After six months of thought, discussion, prayer, work and waiting, Resurrection Lutheran Church has a new look for its website. I am so thankful for all the creative work Sue Guck, Matthew Mayer, Susan Asplund, Sarah Storvick, and Betsy Hickey put into this project. They not only worked hard rewriting and reformatting information, but they had to tolerate my occasional rants and false starts. They are a great team and I am so thankful for each of them.
The website has some new features: calendar, map and streaming audio. In the coming weeks we expect to add other features such an on-line registration, store and video. It remains a work in progress and your feedback is welcomed. Our primary goal is to introduce visitors to Resurrection and then to serve people within our community.
The new look is part of the process of communicating our congregation’s mission and vision. Like many congregations, Resurrection is seeking how to best utilize the many tools the internet now provides: web, e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. This blog is also part of the overall process. No one tool is sufficient by itself. Together they have the potential to reinforce our congregation’s mission: to call all people to a vibrant life of faith in Christ.
The internet is a powerful set of tools for our mission. Yet there is an even better tool available. I am convinced that the best way to invite people to join our mission is face-to-face invitation. A warm personal invitation to a neighbor or co-worker has the power of the Holy Spirit with it. People are more likely to trust your personal words of invitation than all the e-mail, blogs or tweets that I or anyone can send. You are God’s missionary in your community.
Jesus said, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
The last time I checked south Washington county is not beyond the ends of the earth.
How do you bear witness to Jesus in a creative or caring way?
Lord Jesus, show me a way to bear witness to you today.
Wow, the website looks fantastic! It’s apparent all the hard work and time it must have taken to put that together. You guys thought of everything. Even the calendar is in depth by being able to click on “detail” to get more information. I also liked that I can get previous Announcements and/or Newsletters!
I think being a witness to Jesus is to think about WWJD in your every day life and then try to do the same. It takes a constant effort and that comes more easy by tapping into the Holy Spirit that is within you. We all know what Jesus would do….He asks people to come drink the water, He serves others, He shows love, He teaches…..those are all things I can do too!