In January of 2019, the Rev. Philip DeVaul introduced a new Vision Statement to the Church of the Redeemer. One that was developed over several years of discernment and prayer by clergy and laity. A vision of a worshiping community that knows Jesus and grows in love. A community united in relationships of holy connection and communion. A community growing with people of every age, race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic situation, and political persuasion. A community inspired by our understanding of why we are Christian, why we are Episcopalian, why Redeemer matters to us. A community sent into the world, rooted and grounded in love, to serve all people with humility, compassion, and faithfulness.
On Sunday, February 10, 2019, at the Annual Parish Meeting 175 of us gathered to hear a plan for how to live into our vision. The plan, developed by our leadership, focuses on five (5) strategy planks to guide us through the next three years as we are becoming the worshiping community we dream to see. As you will see below, each plank has an icon to identify it. In the coming months, watch for these plank icons to see where we are implementing these strategies. Also, continue in prayer as to what role you will play in this plan and contact the clergy or staff member leading each strategy for more information on how you can participate with us in the vision and mission of your church.
The five strategy planks for living into this vision:
Leadership: Build Increased Effectiveness in Leadership
The Rev. Philip DeVaul, Rector
Through our Leadership plank we seek to enhance the connections between our ministries; to raise up new ministry leaders; to reinvest in ministry training; and to build a culture of engaged laity ready to take their place in the governance of the Church.
Welcome: Create a culture of Welcome and Incorporation
Anny Stevens-Gleason, Minister of Worship and Incorporation
Through our Welcome plank we seek to strengthen communication to better proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ; to expand our community's awareness of Redeemer through communications and invitation; to know the difference between friendliness and welcome; and to understand the connection between invitation and incorporation.
Connection: Form meaningful relationships, including across cultural barriers
The Rev. Joyce Keeshin, Associate for Pastoral Care
Through our Connection plank we see to increase recognition of existing ministries as small groups; to examine who we are and how that connects to our community; to form connections that encourage the understanding of the belovedness of others;p and to nurture and nourish each other to strengthen us all to strive for justice and peace among all people.
Y/YA Ministry: Develop engaging Youth and Young Adult ministries
The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski, Associate for Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Through our Y/YA plank we seek to develop life-long relationships with each other, God, and the Church; to empower the younger generation of the Church to lead now; to instill a sense of identity and ownership with the Church through formational programming; and to engage in mission with our Youth and Young Adults to instill a sense of to whom they belong.
Mission: Engage in transformative, meaningful, impactful Mission work
The Rev. Melanie W. J. Slane, Associate for Liturgy and Mission
Through our Mission plank we seek to create opportunities for parish-wide conversations clarifying Mission at Redeemer; to seek new and nurture ongoing relationships in our neighborhood; to connect prayer, worship, and action with justice, peace, and love; and to increase the parishioners making a difference in the world through Mission participation.
Worship on Annual Parish Meeting Sunday - 2019
On Sunday, February 10, 2019, all four of Redeemer's Sunday worship services were combined at 9:00 am. It was a wonderful time to experience parts of each different worship style and to come together as one body. Have a look at these photos (taken by Krista DeVaul) and see for yourself the joyful experience had by all.