Who We Are

Our Vision, Mission and 2020 Goals

2020 Vision Plan GAPS to Goals—update for the members      June 2012

 

Our Vision Statement

We are an engaged, Christ-centered family

Partnering with the community

To share God’s love through service and care,

Inspiring EVERYONE to seek and know Christ.

 

Our Mission Statement

We

Serve Christ and

Strengthen the people of our community by

Seeking opportunities to meet their

Spiritual and physical needs

 

 

2020 Vision Plan Gaps to Goals – An update on   what has been accomplished  since 2011

Inspired by the Holy Spirit, it was determined there are seven key goals which God is leading our church to focus on in the years to come.  The “gaps” we need to close in order to reach these goals become our vision action items.

 

Goal # 1—Prayer:  to grow  in our prayer life

Monthly Adventures in Prayer
Care Ministry People of Prayer, active prayer warriors, email urgent requests
Online prayer requests at HC website
Practice “stop & pray” at meetings, ask for God’s guidance
Portals of Prayer devotionals,  seasonal devotional booklets

Goal # 2—Worship:  people more engaged, more energized worship

Sanctuary modificationàenergized contemporary worship, more engaged members
Tried one blended service in summer 2011, went back to two different services in summer 2012
Included hymn #’s on the screens for hymnal use preference
Provided nursery care during late service
Engaging more personally with visitors before/ after worship

Goal # 3—Communications:  improved, effective sharing of information

Phone Tree—upcoming events shared on HC automated recorded phone messages
Enhanced Holy Cross website
Improved Messenger newsletter, article deadline compliance improved, reminders via email
Care Ministry—prayer requests, Servant of the Day needs emailed instantly
Pre-worship slide shows on multimedia screens—share event info
Video production team has been formed
Technical support team formed
Multimedia training team formed

Goal # 4 –Engagement in Church Life:  members more actively engaged in Bible study, worship and service activities

Spiritual Gifts classes
Church clean-up days twice a year
Connecting more with inactive members
Reintroducing the Stewardship program to members
Library renovation project begun
Servant of the Day, Love meals, Shut-ins, Care Ministry programs
Small groups: weekly Bible study groups,  ChristCare groups, “What Matters” (2011), “Prodigal God” (2012), “Experiencing God” (2012), “The Story” (2012-13)
Christmas Blessing Gift Offering—year-end opportunity to   give  extra  funds for   furthering God’s  Kingdom work (2011 and 2012)

Goal # 5—Leadership Development:   continue leadership development programs, mentoring new leaders, recognition and  appreciation, expand the leadership core

Annual leaders retreat / workshops
Leaders monthly “table talks” (2012)
Staff weekly prayer and planning meetings
Attended the 2012 CNH district  convention (Pastor, President and  DCE attended)
Special growth retreats for Pastor and DCE
Leader  and Staff appreciation:
            Staff appreciation Christmas lunch and  congregation gifts
            Celebrated Pastor Scott’s 10th  anniversary (2011)
            Celebrated Linda Lutz’ 10th Anniversary (2012)
            Donna Jones’ retirement (2012)
            Retreat trip to Cabo San Lucas gift for  Pastor Scott, Thao and  sons (2012-13)
            Cards and small appreciation gifts  for  church leaders  and staff during the  year
            Developing the leaders resource room in the  church office

 

Goal # 6—Children & Youth Ministry:  to encourage  young families to become active in  church life

Inviting, involving Children’s Center families with Holy Cross
Yearly Summer Family Campout
Summer Family  Bonfire /BBQ Night (2011 and 2012)
Trunk or Treat (2011 and 2012 Autumn Festival)
Energized children’s and youth Sunday School with growth in attendance
“Faith Legacy” groups for  equipping families with  young children
Rally Day/ annual church picnic
Fantastic Easter and Christmas children’s / youth  worship programs!
Good News Club is growing
Outstanding Vacation Bible School  program with ~300 children & youth each summer
Volunteers in the nursery during the late service on Sundays
Combining fellowship activities with  Jr and Sr High  youth together
An energized Good Tidings groups in the new sanctuary layout
Instant Parties provide fellowship to raise funds , support for youth activities and missions

 

Goal # 7—Connecting With the Community: engging in regular  care and service in the community and  with the community, to spread the Gospel to all people

1. Regular on-going HC community ministry programs:  NOW, COME, SJ Family Shelter, Real Options Community Pregnancy Center, Hope Senior Center, Nursing Home Ministry; neighborhood outreach:  HC youth visiting nearby apartments ( spring 2012), Adopt-a-Family program (2012), Autumn Festival outreach, Thanksgiving dinner invitations to neighbors, Children’s Center families

2.  Work alongside other organizations to serve & speak the Gospel to  our community:  Habitat for Humanity All Faiths Build  (Cupertino 2012), SJ Veterans resource Fair prayer table & child care (2011, 2012),music concerts with other churches, New Life Band from Tanzania, Joni & Friends Summer Family Camps and  HC  Respite Events for Families with Disabilities, International Short-term mission trips

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