All of this page is being reviewed and will change in the future. The fire and our new pastor - really the Holy Spirit - are sending Grace back to the fundamentals. So read the part below the ********** as a 'history lesson'. -- webguy
Grace Church has been going through an intense and difficult study of the Bible, our culture and of ourselves. What follows below is our current understanding. As we grow in Christ Jesus, the Mission will not change; it is Jesus' direct command to us, to all the Christian churches and to all believers. The Vision will be under constant review and will change as our understanding of how Grace Church is to carry out the mission He has given us.
Grace Lutheran Church is a Great
We accept Matthew 28:19 as the primary reason for our existence:
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
God the Father has loved us into
life through Christ the Son.
Called and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we worship God as we:
Display the love of Christ
Share the Good News with all
Nurture individuals and families of all ages
Discover, Develop and Use the gifts and talents He has given us
Encourage and Support one another spiritually, emotionally and physically
Grow a family who forgives, learns, laughs, and lives in harmony.
*************************************************** Below are the 'old' statements', replaced by the new. At some time, this portion will disappear from this page.
Grace Lutheran Church is a Great Commission congregation. We accept Matthew 28:19 as the primary reason for our existence: "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Mission
We, the people of Grace Lutheran Church of Vestal, NY, declare ourselves to be believers in Jesus Christ as revealed in our Holy Bible and the Lutheran confessions. In Christ, we declare ourselves to be a family of caring people. With His help and blessing, we pledge ourselves to our mission:
Provide opportunities to strengthen ourselves and others through regular and special worship.
Provide the Holy Sacraments on a regular basis. Provide worship that is God-pleasing and people-satisfying.
Provide 'life support' for ourselves and others. Help people with spiritual and physical problems of everyday living, through caring of individuals and congregation.
Provide opportunities for a saved people to show their love for God and each other. Give opportunity for people to be witnesses of the faith they hold. Give opportunity for sharing God's blessing with others. Provide family fellowship opportunities.
Develop personal growth throughout life. Provide opportunities for personal sanctification through worship, study, education, stewardship, fellowship, and service.
Be a Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod people. Proclaim salvation through faith alone. Offer a uniquely Lutheran emphasis. Purpose
Grace Lutheran Church is here to FIND, KEEP and GROW people in, through and for Christ. Core Values
· Using God-inspired holy scripture, prayer, and sacraments to make us Christ-centered and biblically-based.
· Our pastor as a shepherd and respect his God-given spiritual leadership.
· Worship as a vibrant, joyful celebration, where we meet the Father who created us, the Son who forgives us, and the Holy Spirit who empowers us.
· All people, since Christ values them. Because we value all people, we reach out in love with Christ’s message of salvation.
· Serving the Lord by using all His gifts to us.
· Lay servanthood, a gift given to Grace and all people for His ministries.