"Reaching out with Faith, Love, and Praise"
St. Anskar Episcopal Church
St. Anskar’s Vestry
revises mission statement
"Growing together in faith, love and praise."
That was the mission statement for St. Anskar’s developed about
five years ago with input from members of the congregation who
attended a weekend visioning seminar. It happened at a time of
transition for the parish and fit us well. Our
mission statement has been displayed on communications
and used by groups within the parish as a guideline when some
decisions needed to be made.
Since that mission statement was established, St. Anskar has put
it to use in the way we act as a congregation and it has shaped
our worship services. There is no question that we have grown
together significantly in the past five years. Our faith has
grown and there is always lots of love for the Lord and our
neighbors. The music we sing on Sundays fills this church
glorious praise. Our mission is being fulfilled in our church
St. Anskar’s has several active outreach programs; soup
kitchen, food pantry, school supplies for
needy children, our annual mitten tree, food basket
programs at Thanksgiving and Christmas, healing services,
support for Love INC, MELD and Freedom School. These are some of
the many ways our small congregation reaches out.
For a parish our size, we are very generous and have a great
history for reaching out to those in need. When Pastor Andrea
went to Haiti last year, this parish stepped up and made a great
offering to support this mission trip. There are many more
examples of how this congregation reaches out.
recent Vestry meeting, we recognized that our congregation has
really grown together and been very active in outreach programs.
Therefore, we reviewed our mission statement and decided it
needed a slight revision. After much discussion and prayer, we
believe our mission statement should be changed to:
"REACHING OUT WITH FAITH, LOVE AND PRAISE"
offers this change to our Mission Statement as a better
description of what makes us tick and drives us through our
tasks. Please accept this change and use it in your parish life
to live by and make important decisions with. If you have any
comments, feel free to discuss this with any of our Vestry