Bringing Hope, Healing and Wholeness
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church has begun to educate itself on what it looks like to be a congregation that is intentional about creating practices that support healing and resiliency. Our hope is to be able to reach out to our community as a resource for those who have gone or are going through traumatic times. We seek to be a place where people can experience God's hope, healing and wholeness.
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church wants to be equipped not only with the love of Christ, but with the skills to appropriately welcome and accompany individuals and families who are seeking acceptance and understanding for their wounded hearts.
From Council President Vicky Anderson:
“Everything that is done in the world is
done by hope.” - Martin Luther
“Life’s most persistent and urgent
question is ‘what are you doing for others?’” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
the past year MCLC has provided for and participated in a multitude of
wonderful opportunities. We have
explored the church from “within our walls” and reached-out to the community
“outside our walls.”
of where we have journeyed, there has been a strong resounding theme for
movement, action, and revitalization within our churches, neighborhoods, and
examples from this year are:
- Called Forward – Together in
Christ (ELCA Synod Strategic Direction 2025)
- Coming Down - God to us, Moving In - Us to God, and Reaching Out - Us to Neighbors (ELCA
Model of the Cross -Stewards of God’s Love)
- Race Forward – Advancing
Racial Justice (Peace & Justice Gathering)
- Go Deeper – Building
Relationships with Christ and Each Other – MCLC’s Mission
- Answer the Call – Offering God’s
Hope, Healing and Wholeness to All - MCLC’s Primary Initiative
- Flesh-Out – Giving
Substance to Our Goals
- Flush-Out – Searching for
the Truth, Leaving the Hiding Places, and Revealing God’s Plan
pastors recently posed two thought provoking questions to our congregation:
- “Do we hear the
call to become a light to others?”
- “Are we ready to
accept what God gives us and follow where Christ leads the way?”
The pastoral staff at MCLC firmly believes
that God is calling us to continue our work as being a place of “Building
Relationships through bringing God’s Hope, Healing, and Wholeness to All.”
response to this call has and will continue to take place in phases:
first phase was to learn about and continue doing what it means to be an
intentional place of Hope, Healing, and Wholeness. This phase took place before, during, and
after the sabbatical (2014 – 2016).
second phase will begin in 2017, where we go deeper with our call by turning
our attention outward, moving further into the community.
three will be looking ahead to 2018, inviting and equipping all of you, as MCLC
members, and friends in the community to participate in partnership as we go
forward with our mission and continue our journey.
We hold in our
hands the “stone of hope”. Are we ready to
“carry it forward” with determination and faithful
collaboration in 2018 and beyond?
be stewards of hope and make our mission, initiatives, and goals come to life, we need the whole church to explore, engage, and most importantly, EMBRACE them.
2017, we will be laying out a road map for phase 2 to guide us
forward in our participation in God’s Mission.
When we agree to share ownership, and stand together in solidarity
regarding the future direction, goals, and priorities of this church, we are
embracing our mission. Collaboration involves the support of our entire
we have embraced our future road map, it needs to go hand-in-hand with
implementation, action, and an understanding of some of the leadership
challenges we face.
are poised at an exciting and challenging place, but change often faces
and revitalization are a messy, slow labor of love.
is likely that not every member will support change and the process can be
difficult and slow-moving.
way of church life to which we have grown accustomed to may change.
may be physical messes like mud on the carpet, smudges on the walls, dirty bathrooms,
or broken vases.
may also be relational messes – things changing that some do not want to
matter how challenged we are, change and revitalization empowers us to “produce
lasting fruit” and “momentum results from movement against inertia.”
congregation we need to listen, talk, and get excited about fulfilling God’s
mission for us. If we remember to “love
God, ourselves, and others” during times of change, we will stay connected while
we travel forward on this journey.
is “rooted in Scripture, and in Christ, as our church continues to be shaped by
the changing face of our communities, by new immigration patterns and national
and global trends affecting religion and society.”
2017, we will be observing the 500 anniversary of the Martin
Luther’s reformation. This significant
milestone provides an opportunity to look back with joy to our deep theological
roots and faith traditions, history of being a reformed and reforming church
and to a future filled with abundant HOPE and possibilities.”
also reflect on the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. as we begin our journey
for peace & justice for all.
sincere thanks to all past, present, and future members of MCLC for keeping our
roots healthy, our traditions preserved, and our heritage alive and well.
is both an honor and a privilege to serve the congregation of MCLC.
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