Dear 2020+ Vision people,
August was a great month of engaging with Scripture and exploring our common understanding of biblical interpretation and study. It was exciting to watch people engage in our new classes last week! Our participation for the first week of Grow discipleship studies included:
- Adults: 247
- Youth: 86
- Children: 293
These are exciting numbers as we move forward into a new year. Grounding ourselves in Scripture allows us to move into our new vision. Our 2020+ Vision is the strategic 3-5 year vision you as St. Lukers helped us create through worship and studies in the fall of 2017. We spent almost a year discovering data, working as a Vision Team, creating Pillar Teams to flesh out your ideas, then putting every idea into initiatives, objectives, and 3-5 year goals and outcomes. Now it’s time for each Vision Pillar to come to life and for each of us who call ourselves St. Lukers to find our passion and excitement for what is to come.
This Sunday, we kick off a sermon series to look at each Pillar up close. “Dear Church” will be based on letters written to our church from people looking for connection, support, and mentoring into a journey of faith. Every week we will see how each Pillar helps us build a bridge from who we are today to the St. Luke’s of tomorrow, helping people find their way into a community of faith and relationship with Christ. (By the way, if you like the music of “Dear Evan Hansen,” you will want to be in worship each week!)
The foundational Pillar that will bear the weight of our next 3-5 years of ministry is Awakening Disciples. What does it mean for our lives to produce “much fruit” as Jesus called us to in John 15? How do the fruits of the spirit help disciples maximize our impact on living out the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20)? Join Jad and I in worship on Sunday as we awaken ourselves to “hear Jesus calling” each and every St. Luker to build bridges for the next generation of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
See you Sunday, because it’s not St. Luke’s without U!