A Future of Hope

 

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.Colossians 2:6-7


      Believing we are deeply rooted in Christ, I’m confident the future of Hope Lutheran Church is a bright one! I’m assured first, because this is God’s church, and as such, God will preserve and keep it. My confidence is also centered in Hope’s over 100-year history of life and light-giving ministry. Finally, the energy and enthusiasm with which the people of Hope engaged our strategic planning initiative this summer and fall, leaves little doubt that this ministry will continue to be actively vibrant in the years to come.

     Hope member Marty Cook, who helped drive our collective process in developing a strategic vision and plan, writes:

“Beginning in mid-2022, following the worst pandemic in history which had a seismic impact on the patterns and behaviors of almost all humans worldwide and most certainly church goers globally, Hope began an exercise to step back and consider the path we have been on and the path we wish to pursue going forward.”

     This process led by the core team of Marty Cook, Pastor Matt, Pastor Dave, Congregational President Shannon Pfeiffer, and Parish Administrator Michelle Dowson, began this past summer. After pouring over and summarizing demographic data related to congregational, community, and cultural trends, we invited past congregational presidents, youth, and the whole congregation to provide input through a series of seven listening sessions. Contributions at these listening sessions were offered by a balanced group representing all generations. This work led to a leadership and staff retreat attended by all staff, council, and a couple past presidents where a new Mission Statement, a list of Congregational Values and 7 Vision Statements to shape strategic initiatives were ratified by the convening group.

     In Worship on Sunday, November 13, we will present a summary of the consummation of this process that highlights the following:

¨ Hope’s ministry has been good and faithful, including what we have been up to in recent years.

¨ Responding to shifting realities, Hope has identified 7 Vision Statements to undergird our annual mission plan, to strengthen our sense of community, and to enhance our portfolio of ministry.

¨ This vision toward the future is OUR COLLECTIVE VISION, as Hope invites all to connect with God and each other, through worship, community, and service.

     As we seek to implement strategic initiatives that respond to our collective vision, your investment in Hope is more important than ever. We will need volunteers to step up. We will need members inviting and accompanying new neighbors into our life together. We will need the time, talents, and treasures of our youngest, our oldest, and everyone in between. I believe we will respond. I believe we CAN and WILL be the church our ever-changing community needs, and the church God is calling us to be.

     A final word from our core team leader, Marty:

“Godspeed to all the members of Hope Lutheran Church, to its leaders and pastors.  It’s going to be exciting to see what we may become….with God’s guidance.  Thanks to all who so positively and actively gave of their time, their talents, and their wisdom to this effort.”

 


Pastor Matt