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Our Mission:  We care for, connect and equip our congregations
                           to be the heart and hands of Jesus.
 

“Faith is a living, daring, confidence in God’s grace so certain that you could stake your life on it one thousand times. This kind of trust in and knowledge of God’s grace makes a person joyful, confident and happy with regard to God and all creatures. This is what the Holy Spirit does by faith. Through faith, a person will do good to everyone without coercion, willingly and happily; serving everyone, suffering everything for the love and praise of God, who has shown such grace.” 
  
Martin Luther


As 140+ local Lutheran congregations and worshipping communities, organized as a regional synod, we are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person – questions, complexities and all.

As people of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world.

The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.8 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.

Welcoming
We are a church that belongs to Christ. There is a place for you here.
We believe God calls each of us by name. Christ’s church is not ours to control, nor is it our job to sort, divide, categorize or exclude. Whenever we feel compelled to “draw the line” in our lives, we must acknowledge as Lutherans that Jesus always stands on both sides of that line.

Engaging
We are a church whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread.
Because we are grounded in God’s love and forgiveness, we are equipped to live and serve here and now, in the world, will all its complexities, tensions and ambiguities. We have the courage to explore the world as saints and sinners, knowing we will never take God somewhere God has not already been.

Inviting
We are a church that believes Jesus is God’s “YES” to us.
Our lives can be a “YES” to others. The “Yes” of Jesus Christ compels and empowers us to be open and accessible within any community, within any context.

Together
We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world –together.
We don’t have to do it alone, and we don’t have to do everything. Each of us has a unique story, and we are part of a larger story that makes up the ELCA. We work through our local congregations, synods and partners and the churchwide organization. Together, we achieve things on a scale and scope that we could never do otherwise.

Active
We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work.
We do God’s work in the world – restoring and reconciling communities. We pursue justice and seek peace no matter how long the journey or wide the chasm.

Connected
We are a church that is a catalyst, convener and bridge builder.

Our faith calls us to see the world as interdependent/ The ELCA has become a force for connection, working across denominations, faiths, organizations and sectors, locally and globally. We’re a welcome partner because we respect the perspectives and strengths of others and share a common vision to uphold human dignity.

Thoughtful
We are a church that is energized by lively engagement in our faith and life.
“Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty, thing.” said Martin Luther. We continually strive for a deeper understanding of what the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ means for the world. Doing so puts us right where God wants us to be: in the thick of life.

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