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Grace Lutheran Church
Our mission is to seek
the fullness of life in Christ
for all people.
"What a Difference the Spirit Makes"
"Forward Together, In Christ, In Community" is an ongoing NC Synod Initiative that encourages congregations to develop goals to assist them in strengthening future plans for ministry, both within the congregation and in the community. As I have reported to you in previous months, a Forward Together Leadership Team has been working on the initiative since the middle of 2014.
The first goal is to involve our existing small group leaders in recruiting volunteers for the Stop Hunger Now and Building for Independence projects. As you are well aware, the "Stop Hunger Now" project in September of last year was a huge success; a little over 10,000 meals were prepared by over 80 members and guests in under two hours. This project involved members and friends of all ages from preschoolers to the older members of Grace. On September 13th we will again participate in the "Stop Hunger Now" project, preparing even more meal packages and involving more people than last year.
"The Building Independence" project is new to us, but it is both exciting and challenging as we attempt to assist in the building of three homes so intellectually and developmentally disabled adults can live independently. Our aim is to involve as many of our small groups as possible in these two outreach projects.
The second goal is to develop a small group around parents of infants through kindergartners for socializing and providing support. This is a rapidly growing segment of our congregational membership, and we are excited about providing opportunities for these families to get to know one another better and to find ways to nurture and encourage one another.
A third goal, which is scheduled to begin in the fall, is for us to renew our effort to generate interest in building the Parish Life Center that was delayed in 2009 due to economic conditions. Given the fact that we are trying to provide more and more congregational nurture to our individuals, families, and senior adults - as well as providing greater community outreach in this rapidly growing Midtown area, the Forward Together Leadership Team and the Congregation Council feel that this fall will be an appropriate time to renew our discussions about the future of this project.
There are a lot of things going on in our world right now, both good and bad, that can distract us from our role as the church in our community. But there is no better time to be the church and to move forward with God's plan for us. Prayerfully consider what your role will be in each of the goals mentioned above, and pray for your congregation and this community in which we witness and minister.
Yours in Christ
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