Through God’s grace, we shall follow Jesus Christ, loving one another and serving all.
Called by God’s grace
and led by the Holy Spirit to proclaim Jesus Christ Savior of all,
we receive the assurance of that grace through Word and Sacrament.
Through worship, learning, and fellowship,
the Spirit empowers us to share God’s love and grow in faith.
We welcome everyone, reach out in witness,
and with compassion serve our community and the world.
Objective 1: Develop and implement “accompaniment” as a model for being in community within and beyond the congregation. The ELCA dictum “God’s work. Our hands.” reminds us that our work in the world is an expression of our faith in God. As we seek to “join in God’s healing and renewing mission in our community and the world,” our lens and strategy is accompaniment, or walking with and working with others “in a solidarity that practices interdependence and mutuality.”
Objective 2: Nurture spiritual practices in the faith formation of children that will carry over into other settings and into adulthood. This objective focuses on fostering awareness of the holy, reverence for God, and love of neighbor in young people. Although we do not have a large number of children and youth, we want the children and teens who are here to feel support from adults and a solid connection to their congregation, and we want to increase the exposure of LCGS to the community as a place that welcomes young families and children.
Objective 3: Support lay leadership. LCGS has already developed a culture of lay leaders. Cottage meeting participants highlighted both our congregation’s identity as a place of intellectually engaged faith and the many hours that members and friends give to the congregation in the form of volunteer ministry.
In order to staff volunteers for all the work we are involved in, we need additional support for leaders, both those already serving and those new to our church community or ready to explore new roles.
Objective 4: Share LCGS identified strengths in music and education with the community and thereby raise the visibility of the church in the community. Our church has developed an outstanding music program and has a membership with a broad range of educational and professional expertise, including many retired clergy from a variety of faith backgrounds. We have a proven ability to organize and present programming that serves not only the interests of our congregation but attracts people from our community and beyond.
Objective 5: Develop initiatives for member care by volunteers that balance planned and spontaneous responses to need. Many cottage meeting participants remarked on the way they had received care from their fellow congregation members, both tangible expressions of care (meals, cards, rides) and intangible ones (kind words, a sense of welcome during difficult times). At the same time, we are aware that some needs go unnoticed or unmet. This objective speaks to the need to develop systems of support that are flexible enough to accommodate spontaneous expressions of care and at the same time structured enough to ensure that people are unlikely to “fall through the cracks” at difficult times.