We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Adopted October 2014
As Christians, called to serve our Lord in our unique time and place, we believe our church community must continually move beyond our church walls. We seek to honor our past as an involved community church by challenging ourselves to more vibrantly share our faith, and its blessings, with those around us. As we approach our 150th anniversary in 2017, we strive to reach a new level of Christian fellowship and spiritual engagement, based upon our faith-committed congregation, inspiring pastoral leadership and worship experience, a strong multi-generational church family and a tradition of outreach to others.
Through the use of our resources of time and talent, we will serve our members and our community by:
- Intensifying existing and exploring new partnerships with outside organizations that address the basic human needs of food, shelter, economic assistance, etc.
- Working with the New Jersey Synod and the ELCA to identify areas of global and local engagement.
- Improving our communication ministry (print and social media, etc.) to better inform our members, and educate our community about who we are and what we do.
Serving and Sharing
- Expanding our Care Ministry focused on congregation members who need specific assistance and support (such as shopping, driving, visitation, yard care, etc.).
- Creating and empowering the creation of new programs that encourage more diverse participation in the service culture and leadership of the congregation.
Worship and Christian Education
- Diversifying our worship experiences to engage a greater cross-section of our congregation.
- Strengthening our youth program through education, leadership formation, music and service opportunities, and encouraging them to become engaged with others through community service.
- Working with diverse groups within the congregation to develop new fellowship opportunities that offer broader appeal and improve the relationship between members of all generations with the congregation.
As Jesus said the the Gospel of Mark (10:45), "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve..." With God's help through the power of the Holy Spirit, humble dedication to achieving our unified vision will result in the growth of our relationship with Christ, because of a renewed emphasis on building up and supporting one another in a strong family of faith and reaching out to serve, educate, and nurture God's people.