Future Vision

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“And what we will be has not yet been made known...” This statement in 1 John 3:2, written to a young Church uncertain about its future, could also be said of us here at Peace Lutheran Church.  We don't know exactly what God has in store for us.  We're not certain what we might look like down-the-road—but we invite you to come and, by God's grace, help us shape that future!

Here are some of our thoughts at this point in time...

  • We want to grow!  Growth for the Christian congregation is not an option.  Jesus commanded it—and when we're attached to the Vine of Christ (John 15:1-8), we can't help but grow.

  • Since our facility is small, we want to keep our worship services intimate.  If we grow beyond 50 in attendance on Sunday morning consistently, we may look at establishing a second worship service, either on Sunday morning or on Saturday night.  Each of these services could have its own distinctive style.  

  • We want to continue to offer quality music.  God is worthy of our best and so, if we expand our worship schedule, we plan to offer the same high quality of music we do now—with lots of opportunity for involvement!  Currently we're looking for a rhythm guitarist, bass guitarist, percussionist, flautist and/or violinist and more good singers.  We'll also be involved in any of our community's musical events, e.g. a Christmas cantata.  

  • In addition to our Sunday services, we hope to offer various other types of worship experiences throughout the year—perhaps a Taize-style service on Wednesday nights during Advent; a traditional candlelight service, as well as a unique outdoor "Christmas at the Stable" event, on Christmas Eve; mid-week Lenten services,  using the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer liturgy; meaningful Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, occasionally in conjunction with other Holbrook congregations; a wonder-full Easter sunrise service, along with festive Easter celebrations; Thanksgiving Eve “Count Your Blessings” worship; and more...

  • We SO excited about what God has done with Youth For Christ here in Holbrook!  We now have an active and vital youth ministry amongst all our evangelical congregations AND a dynamic outreach ministry to the many non-believing teens in our community.  We look forward to taking-on additional YFC staff in the near future to help direct this growing ministry to/with our middle and high school youth.

  • Could some similar cooperative ministry be done with/for our children?  Youngest and Oldest Members
    Merlin Jons, our oldest member, died on Valentine's Day 2018.  Here is holds our youngest member, little Olivia Madison who is already walking and talking!
    While Peace has very few children at the moment, could we join forces with other evangelical congregations (who also only have a handful of children) and come up with some mid-week children's ministry that would be a blessing to all concerned?  Currently, First Baptist offers the AWANA program on Thursday nights during the school year.  Could we join them for that or come up with something different?  We think the possibilities are many.  Always, however, we will offer Confirmation instruction here at Peace so that the tenets of the Christian faith, from a Lutheran perspective, are taught to our adolescents.

  • We want to maintain a strong ministry of fellowship among our people—knowing who we are so that we can care about each other more intentionally and effectively!  One of the advantages of a small congregation is the opportunity we have to develop deep and lasting relationships, bonded in Christ.  As we grow, we'll be looking for different ways by which sustaining friendships can be established.

  • Always, we want to offer consistent Bible-based adult education opportunities—weekly Bible studies, classes on financial management, parenting and stress management.  There are so many great resources out there and with today's technologies, we can tap into the best.  

  • Mission and spiritual growth trips!  In June of 2018, twenty "missionaries" from several of our evangelical congregations, including Peace, travelled to Costa Rica for an eight-day mission trip, assisting with the efforts of The Abraham Project there.  What a wonderful experience!  We're already looking at a possible mission trip to Thailand in 2k020.  These experiences help us to be Christ's "hands and feet" in needy places and also enable our own people see more clearly the breath of God's Kingdom worldwide.

What, exactly, Peace will look like three, five and ten years into the future, none but God knows.  However, we believe what the angel said to a questioning virgin Mary, “For with God, nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)  Come, be a part of our developing vision!  We believe that God will use us to great purposes, now and in the future!

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