Well, winter seems to have
arrived after an extended summer-like fall season!
Thanksgiving is but a memory and Christmas is rapidly
approaching. Where does
the time go?
I want to take a moment to
thank all of you who participated in our church visioning workshop
in November. About 40 of
our church leaders gathered together for a day and a half of
reflection, prayer, and imagining our future.
During that time, we worked to get our arms around just what
our core values are as a church and in light of those values what
our mission is as a church and what our vision is for the future.
let me share with you what the group came up with…
Core Values as a church are:
Worship • Community • Outreach
Mission Statement is:
We are a worshipping community seeking to be the hands of
Christ reaching out to others in love.
Vision Statement is:
We see ourselves called to glorify God through:
Inspirational worship which strengthens our journey with Christ
Prayerful study of the Scriptures, guided by the Holy Spirit
Powerful music ministries which unite us in worship of God
We understand ourselves to be a community:
Grounded in prayer
Experiencing and sharing God’s active grace
Creating a loving and nurturing environment for discipleship with
people of all ages and stages of life
We minister in the world
with compassion, respect, acceptance, and love through:
Personal and cooperative outreach to our community and beyond
Continued support of global mission opportunities through the United
Challenging ourselves to respond to emerging needs in our area and
Each ministry area in the
church will be actively discerning how we live out our mission and
vision. I am excited to
be serving here in Pueblo during this time.
This is a wonderful
season! Please take a
look at all of the information in this issue of the Chimes so that
you won’t miss any of the exciting things that are happening.
This is a great time of
the year to invite a friend or a family member or a neighbor or a
co-worker to join you at church.
The children’s Christmas play is a great event to invite
people to as well as our Holiday Musical and Christmas Eve services.
In the midst of the hustle
and bustle of Advent, I hope that you will take time to reflect and
to give thanks for the great gift of Jesus that we have been given.
the Savior is Born!
look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday!
Pastor Kirsten Barlow
not be afraid. I
bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has
been born to you; he is the Messiah, the
Luke 2: 10-11