Ascension Lutheran Church, as a House of Hospitality, is committed to being a radically loving and welcoming community of faith, centered in the Good News of Jesus Christ and our Lutheran heritage. You are welcome here! You are welcome if you are Asian, Latino, Black, Native American, Caucasian, biracial, or any race or ethnicity. You are welcome if you are male, female, transgender, or any gender identity. You are welcome if you are a member of a political party, an independent voter, or not registered to vote. You are welcome if you are straight, gay, lesbian, or any sexuality. You are welcome if you are single, married, partnered or divorced. You are welcome if you have never set foot in a church, if you are spiritual but not religious, if you are from a different Christian denomination, if you are from a different faith tradition, or if you are a life long Lutheran. You are welcome if you are fully-abled, disabled, or a person of differing abilities. You are welcome if you have, or had addictions, mental health issues, abortions or a criminal record. You are welcome! Therefore, in faithfulness to the Gospel and our Lutheran heritage, and to the best of our ability, we promise to provide programs, ministries, and pastoral care to all who seek God in this place.
Vision & Mission
Our Vision Ascension is a house of hospitality built on the foundation of sharing the living faith in Jesus Christ at home, in the congregation, and in the community.
Our Mission: Purpose, Passion, & Power
Our Purpose is to be in relationship with God, the creation and one another.
What does this mean for us? † Building and strengthening all relationships with God’s grace † Building up the Body in love † Being faithful stewards of all that we’ve been given
Our Passion is the love of Christ for all people.
What does this mean for us? † Bringing the cross of Christ to the center of all we do. † Living in grace and thanksgiving † Seeking to serve all with justice and mercy † Inviting others to the Table which bears the Bread of Life
Our Power is the Holy Spirit gifting us to fulfill our purpose and passion.
What does this mean for us? † Keeping us in the one true faith † Challenging us to pass on a living faith in Jesus Christ † Renewing our hearts and minds daily for discipleship
Our vision and mission are supported by six concentric circles of relationships, five themes, four keys, and are enlivened by AAA disciples, as explained below.
The Six Concentric Circles of relationships are: 1. Children and Youth must be at the center of all ministries. 2. Families serve as the primary relationship for building faith. 3. Congregations support families in the shared mission to nurture and pass on faith. 4. Community is shaped by the faith of families, strengthened by the congregations, and lived out in a larger community. 5. Culture is transformed by congregations and families working together in faith. 6. Creation shows the relationship with God whose power is seen in mercy, and glory seen in majesty.
The Five Themes which support our vision and mission are: 1. Faith is formed by the Holy Spirit through personal, trusted relationships, often in our own homes. 2. The church is a living partnership between the ministry of the congregation and the ministry of the home. 3. Where Christ is present in faith, home is church, too. 4. Faith is caught more than taught. 5. If we want spiritual children and youth, we need to be spiritual adults and parents.
The Four Keys to faith formation are: 1. CARING CONVERSATION. Christian values and faith are passed on to the next generation through supportive conversation. Listening and responding to the daily concerns of our family members and friends make it easier to have meaningful conversations regarding the love of God and ways to express God's love to others. An example of a caring conversation is simply telling one another about one of the ways God blessed you today and one of the ways the evil one spoiled your plans.
2. DEVOTIONS. Adults need to learn the Christian message and the biblical story as their own story if they are to pass on their faith to their children and other adults. Our Christian faith shapes the whole of our lives and involves a lifetime of study, reflection, and prayer. Devotions can be as simple as saying a table prayer together, or a prayer before bedtime or before you leave the house. They can be done anywhere, even in the car. Instead of complaining about other drivers’ ability to drive, you could pray for safety!
3. RITUALS AND TRADITIONS. Families identify themselves and tell their family stories through daily routines, celebrations, and rituals. These are the things that make your family yours. They are what you always do when you’re together, either at meal time, or holidays. Whether it's an annual summer vacation, hanging Christmas ornaments, or an informal liturgy before bedtime, these activities speak volumes about what the family values, believes, and promotes, and how much a family values its faith.
4. SERVICE. Children, youth, and adults are most likely to be influenced by those who "walk the talk." There are many opportunities for service: some in the church, some in the larger community. Whatever type of service you choose, it is best done with family members, friends or other inter-generational groups.
AAA Disciples are people who demonstrate these three qualities: 1. Authentic 2. Available 3. Affirming These qualities promote hospitality and generosity.
Ascension Lutheran Church. 2030 Third Street. Brookings. South Dakota. 57006. Phone: 605.692.6565. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fax: 605.692.6808.