New Vision Statement for Wright UCC

Dear Friends,

Our Vision Team is proud to unveil our new Wright Church Vision and Mission statements based on the feedback we received from you. Our process began in February when we first met to discuss our hopes and dreams for our church. We, as a diverse committee representing a good cross-section of our congregation, offered our honest thoughts about how we see God leading us into the future. We learned about the process of writing good vision and mission statements and set to work. We developed a plan, wrote a questionnaire, sent it to you, offered several ways for you to give your feedback, waited and prayed, happily watched the return box fill, read every response carefully, compiled the data, met to discuss our findings, prayed, composed our new Vision Statement based on your feedback, and took it to the board of directors for feedback and approval. With the board’s blessing, we offer you the statement above. Thank you for your participation in this process. We are very excited to report your feedback from the questionnaire was very positive and honest. We see the areas that need improvement but for the most part, your responses indicate Wright Church is poised and ready for a very exciting future.

In the year I have served as your pastor I have witnessed us growing into this Vision and Mission. We are growing in our relationship with Christ and that growth has created many new ways we are able to respond with love to the needs of our community, inside and outside of our church walls.

I want to thank Jeff McElwee for his stellar leadership and dedication to this project. I also want to thank the committee for your honesty and hard work. You are a joy to work with.

Jeff will present this in church on Sunday. Come celebrate these accomplishments and our bright future.

In Christ’s love,
Pastor Kathy

Vision Team:
Jeff McElwee, Chair
Dan VanderVeen
Joan Wenske
Robin Canning
Amelia McCown
John Wiskus
Kathy Abend

Our Vision

We are a Christ-centered church responding with love to the needs of our community.

Our Mission

We accomplish our vision through:

Worship

Our community gathers each week in Spirit-filled worship that inspires, energizes, and brings peace. Our eclectic music and liturgy represent our diverse, multi-generational congregation. For young and old, new members and old friends, our sermons are prayerfully created to bring life to the scripture and find its relevance in our world today.

Spiritual Formation

Our foundation is a meaningful relationship with Christ through the Holy Spirit. To deepen and grow this connection, we offer a variety of classes and groups focused on Biblical studies, spiritual formation, and meditative prayer practices for all ages.

Service

Following Christ’s example, we feed the needs of our community. We offer hot meals and a food pantry to those who are hungry. Together with the CBNA, Wright Church offers garden plots and education to anyone interested in growing organic vegetables and fruits for their families and communities. Our quilters make quilts to warm patients at local hospitals. Through outreach programs, we sponsor and support refugees and those re-establishing their lives after serving prison terms. We offer care to the sick and the elderly, and we financially assist several local and global missions.

Community Building

At Wright Church, we have a long history of building community with our neighbors within the Central Bench. By being an Open and Affirming community we work for justice for all who are marginalized by society. We invite all neighbors to join our community through our many programs: Quilters, Chairlates, Crafters, Lunch Bunch Book Club, and our annual Trunk-or-Treat.

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