St. John's Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church
           Pastor's Message
          Dobrodošli!                           Welcome! 

Dear Members and Friends of St. John’s Windish Church:

Things are in full swing as we begin another academic year.  There are a lot of events coming up and I hope you will join us for these special events.  Commitment Sunday will be held on October 8th.  If you can't join us in person, please be sure to return your commitment card to the office so we have your information.  On October 15th we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by presenting the Martin Luther play during our 10:45 worship service.  Please note, there is no 8 am service on the 15th of October so  that everyone can enjoy the play.  Plan to stay after worship for the chicken paprikash luncheon.  On October 29 we will celebrate the affirmation of baptism of three of our young people.

Many of you will remember that we did a survey in the summer to better understand our congregation.  One of the results of the survey was that our members have trouble articulating our mission and vision as a congregation.  Upon further exploration, we determined that our mission statement was lengthy and certainly not something we could recite freely.  The task force who are serving as our leadership group for the  Generosity project developed a more user friendly mission statement and vision for our congregation.  All of the elements of the previous mission statement are incorporated.  The following mission statement and vision was approved by the congregational council on September 11, 2017 and will be presented to the congregation for a vote during the fall congregational meeting to be held on November 19, 2017.

Proposed Mission Statement:  Witnessing God's love through generous living
Proposed Vision:

Believing:  We are chosen and called into a community of faith by the Triune God who we celebrate and praise in our worship.  By God's grace we receive the sacraments and deepen our relationship with God.
Serving:  We seek to be visible in our community and our world as we serve all God's children according to their individual and collective and needs by wisely and generously sharing our time, talents, and earthly treasures in Christian mission.
Witnessing:  We are witnesses to God's love by building up one another in Christian love, compassion, and understanding.  We invite others to join us in our faith journey.
Living:  We strive to be living examples of God's love by reflecting God's love and respect to all people, including those who have different views of faith and life.  As Christ's followers, we are willing to accept change, grow spiritually, and participate in the wider Christian community as we strive to live out our Christian faith.

Please be sure to join us on November 19th for the congregational meeting to share your views and vote on the proposed mission statement and vision.

May God continue to bless you and guide you in your daily lives.

In Peace,

Pastor Suzanne

Cell phone:  610-217-1375