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.  As we grow beyond the size of our sanctuary (which seats about 50 comfortably), we anticipate offering additional worship services, each with its own distinctive style. Currently we're considering adding a second service, this one on Sunday evening to reach those who are out-of-town for the weekend or have to work on Sunday mornings.

  • We want to continue to offer quality music.  God is worthy of our best and so, as we expand our worship services, 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 four good singers for our proposed Sunday evening service.  We'll also be involved in our community's annual Christian musica.  

  • In addition to our Sunday services, we hope to offer various types of worship experiences throughout the year—perhaps a Taize-style service on Wednesday nights during Advent; traditional candlelight, as well as unique family-friendly Christmas Eve services; mid-week Lenten services,  possibly using the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer liturgy; meaningful Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, perhaps 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...

  • Children's and youth ministry, possibly cooperating with other evangelical congregations in Holbrook.  If another congregation is doing a better job of Vacation Bible School than we could by ourselves, why not join forces and work together to teach our children?  Currently we're very excited about the possibility of several of our Holbrook evangelical congregations pooling our resources and jointly calling/hiring a Youth Director to both ministry to the middle- and high-school youth within our congregations, as well as reaching out to the many unchurched youth of Holbrook.  Peace Lutheran is taking the lead in this initiative and it's exciting to see what's happening!   Since our facility is small (only one classroom!), why not unite with our friends at First Baptist on Thursday nights and provide for our children's Christian education via their dynamic AWANA program?  We'd like to offer some sort of children's (and adult) ministry on Sunday mornings, as well, but aren't exactly sure what that might look like yet.  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.  Who knows? Perhaps we'll be able to offer our own mission and spiritual growth trips sometime in the future?

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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