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September 2018

Holy Cow!!! It’s almost time for the CAT!!

And we need your help!

Let me explain… Having completed much of our current strategic plan (yay!), it’s time to look to the future and consider what’s next for Hope as we seek to steward our relationships, resources and gifts. The council has decided to enlist the help of Holy Cow! Consulting in creating our next strategic plan. Their primary tool is a survey called the CAT – Congregational Assessment Tool. It will help us understand where we are, our strengths, challenges, and potential, so we can then create a plan for where we’re going. There’s more information on page 2.

Why does Hope Lutheran Church exist? Why are you here? It’s essential for us to start here before answering what we do and how. I can’t speak for you or forHope, but we must answer these questions together. Here are some of my thoughts – we are here because God comes to us, naming and claiming us as God’sown and because we believe in the Good News that is found in Jesus Christ. We believe that this is worth sharing and we believe that it calls us to action.

Who are we? The dictionary.com definition of hope is “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” So Hope Lutheran, what do we hope for? What sorts of expectations and desires do we have, does God have for our future? And how are we going to get there?

These are just some of the questions we’re considering with the help of the CAT.

As we hear in Proverbs 15:22, “Without counsel, plans go wrong, but with many advisers, they succeed.” We want to and we need to hear from every single oneof you. Please take the 20 minutes or so that it will take to fill out the CAT so we can continue to grow together with Hope. Thanks in advance and may God continue to bless us and guide us as we share Christ’s love with one another and the world.

Serving with you in Christ, Pastor Amy

Verse of the month:

“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you…”

Ephesians 1:17-18

Complete the Survey

Beginning September 23 through October 19, we are inviting you to complete an online or paper-based survey that will help leaders gauge the strength, vitality, and trends in our church. The information gained from this assessment will be valuable in helping leaders of Hope as they build a strategic plan to support the mission of Hope: Knowing God. Inspiring People. Transforming Lives.  To complete the survey online click here.

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