We Invite All People, Serve Our neighbors, Build a Living Faith
We Invite All People
“Come Unto Me.” We invite all people and offer many opportunities to respond with us to Christ’s invitation, including contemporary and traditional services, fellowship events, Vacation Bible School, summer outdoor worship, Sunday School for all ages, adult seminars, even a Christmas visit from “St.Nicolas, bishop of Myra.”
This also includes our Welcome Statement: Called by Christ, we invite and welcome all people. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, age, abilities, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or employment status. We welcome all without regard to religious belief or identity, citizenship, political views, or anything that might divide us. Our unity is in Christ.
We Serve Our Neighbors
Our faith leads us to serve others in a variety of ways, including yearly blood drives; a Global Mission commitment to Pangani Parish, Tanzania; and biking many miles to raise funds for Lutheran Charities Appeal. A before-and-after school “Stay & Play” program actively serves working parents; while Aid for Friends cook-ins, service at Chester City Team Ministries, and a youth garden nourish the hungry poor. Even our young members learn the lessons of Global Mission concern. Ten people went to the school at the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, Arizona, and made sure they opened on time.
We Build a Living Faith
We look for both traditional and new ways to build “Stepping Stones” of our Christian faith, including congregational celebrations of baptism and first communion; holiday programs for children and families; and by holding evangelism leadership events. Frequent shared experiences between children and adults; among youth who attend Jr./Sr. High retreats; and between members of numerous small interest groups all create a spiritual excitement and desire to build a living faith.