We understand that we are called to live missional lifestyles, making ourselves available to be used by God to change the story of the lives of the people we daily encounter. It is a wonderful and challenging vision, and one that I hope and pray will never be far from Thanksgiving’s heart!
Vision Statement – As followers of Christ, our vision is to be like Jesus in every way, by connecting with God, with one-another, and with the world.
Mission Statement – Our Mission is to reach out and gather people into the Family of God, equipping them to be disciples of Jesus Christ in our community, nation and world.
We believe the Bible to be the divinely inspired Word of God, and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) In matters of life and faith, the Bible is our highest authority.
THE HOLY TRINITY
We believe in the triune God, one divine being, eternally existing in three persons… the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:12, John 8:34, Ephesians 2:1-3)
We believe that we are saved by Grace alone. God’s Grace is God’s undeserved love poured out for us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Grace, which is an unearned gift that can be neither earned, purchased, or merited in any way, bestows forgiveness of sins and new life on the believer. (John 3:16, Ephesians 4:4-5, Colossians 13-14)
JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE
We believe God’s Grace is received only through faith (trust, hope) in the cleansing work and person of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:8-9, John 3:16-18, John 14:6)
We believe that the Holy Spirit working in the life of the believer, empowers good works which bring glory to God. Although good works “reflect” God’s presence in our lives, they cannot “affect” God’s presence in our lives. (John 15:5, Ephesians 2:10)
We believe God also gives His Grace to us through the sacraments. We understand a sacrament to be something that Christ Himself commanded us to do, that involves an earthly element (water, bread and wine), and which bestows God’s forgiveness and new life to the believer. The lutheran church celebrates two sacraments, Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 6:1-11, Matthew 26:26-29)
Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper, is a meal for followers of Christ to receive an assurance of God’s presence and forgiveness. God’s promises are offered through ordinary bread and wine, which become extraordinary because of the real presence of Christ.
We are a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).
Sandy Van Cleave
Community Life Pastor