Thank you for your enthusiastic response to the goals for 2012 announced by the Church Council last week. I look forward to the Listening Sessions scheduled for the next three Saturday mornings in the Great Hall to consider those goals and our sense of God’s leadership in the years to come. Carve out time in your calendar to attend one of the three repeated sessions and let’s listen to the Lord as He speaks through us and to us as a church.
As the new year begins, pages on the calendar are filled with dates and appointments and trips and events. Nothing is more important than determining priorities and bringing God-given dreams into reality. As a church, these questions have been helpful in leading us to the following answers:
Why do we exist? (Our Mission)
We live to bring glory to God
as we obey the Great Commandment: Loving God;
as we live the Great Commitment: Serving others;
and as we fulfill the Great Commission: Sharing Jesus.
Who do we believe we are? (Our Values)
We are a biblical congregation; God’s word is the authority for what we believe and what we do.
We are a multigenerational congregation; God has called us together to be His family across many decades.
We are a missional congregation; God has a purpose for our church that extends outward for His glory.
The greatest joy in following Jesus is introducing a friend to Him. As I pray for you this year, I pray that you—each of you—will have that privilege. The best help I can give you is the Word of God; He has promised that His Word will accomplish His purpose!
As we mark the Bibles in the church pews today, I wanted you to be able to mark your own copies of God’s Word as an aid in introducing people to Jesus. Use this “path” to help a friend “get on the same page” with God’s everlasting love and life.