Our Core Mission is to:
“Live the Love of Christ”
As receivers of God’s unconditional love through Word and Sacrament, we commit all that we have to Living the Love of Christ through:
- Worship and celebration of the sacraments
- Education in Christian beliefs and values
- Support of the faith, friendship and lives of those in our congregation family
- Service in meeting the human needs of others in our community and in the world.
St. Timothy’s Welcome Statement
St. Timothy Lutheran joyfully welcomes all people of any race, national origin, age, gender, ability, relationship status, political affiliation or sexual orientation, whether you are a believer, doubter or seeker. We welcome all because God welcomes all. Sharing our different experiences and ideas about life and faith, we live the love of Christ together.
Frequently Ask Questions
What is a welcome statement?
It is exactly that—a clear statement of a congregation’s commitment to welcome members and non-members alike to share in worship and ministry.
Why do congregations write welcome statements?
Welcome statements tell members and prospective members that everyone is welcome to share fully in congregational ministries and programs. Congregational welcome statements often express a special welcome to groups who may have felt unwanted or excluded in church.
Where will I see it?
The Welcome Statement will appear in church publications such as Tidings, Tidbits, Timbytes, and in online communication such as St. Timothy’s website (www.sttimothylutheran.com) and Facebook page.
What is it used for?
The Welcome Statement is a communication tool, announcing that our congregation is an open-hearted, inclusive community where people of diverse backgrounds and experiences live out their spiritual journey together.
Will our pastors perform same-sex marriages at St. Timothy?
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America allows individuals churches to make this decision. The Congregational Council is discussing this question.
What are the ministry implications?
The statement challenges all our members to live the love of Christ by reaching out to those who are not members of our congregation and who may be different from themselves. It also challenges us to examine how we welcome and maintain caring contacts with everyone who enters our building—members, non-members and community groups.
Where does it direct our ministries outside our current membership?
The Welcome Statement directs the congregation beyond those who are already members to seek ways to partner and engage in ministry with diverse populations in our immediate neighborhood and community.
St. Timothy’s Welcome Statement will be explored during Adult Bible Study, The Welcoming God, a study in Galatians, at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning in February. The Adult LOGOS meeting will also discuss the statement on Wednesday, Jan. 29. at 6:30 p.m. St. Timothy’s other small groups will discuss the statement at one of their regularly scheduled times.