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In the closing story in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is about to ascend into heaven. Before he goes he gives a mission to the Church, then 11 disciples (Judas was dead) and other witnesses. Jesus said, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

What Jesus tells us is that the Church is in motion—it is to Go! And the Church is going somewhere, it has a goal, a mission—to make disciples. A disciple is a humble student who trusts his teacher. The Church makes disciples by baptizing (the sacraments), teaching (sermons, Bible studies, Sunday School, Worship) and going(it seeks sinners).

So we sum up our mission this way: “Because of who God is and what he has accomplished for us in Christ: we listen to his words, we speak those life-giving words; we live those words by actively serving one another in Christian love and sacrificially bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people.” And our vision for this mission is, “to connect people to Christ and to each other.” We hope that you will use the gifts and talents God has given you, and your own unique personality to serve God in his mission to save the lost.

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