It is that time of year when we often “look back” over what happened last year. Christmas letters detail vacations taken, milestones marked, a synopsis of joys and sorrows. Organizations send out summaries of accomplishments, goals met, and accomplishments to celebrate. It is good to look back, especially if we do it with a spirit of thanksgiving for God’s presence in the middle of it all.
For Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2022 was a year of homecoming from the pandemic diaspora. It was a year of blessed worship filled with beautiful music. It was a year of renewal for learning ministries as a new team found its stride. We welcomed Pastor Travis Segar to help lead the congregation. We welcomed new members, fed the hungry, housed the homeless, and cared for the members of the congregation. I could go on, but it suffices to say that 2022 was an exceptionally good year because God blessed us.
For me, the beginning of a new year is more about looking ahead. 2023 will continue to bring us challenges to face and changes to make. The Annual Ministry Plan developed by Council and the staff details a myriad of ways we will conduct our mission in the new year. Here are four things to watch for as we navigate the future together:
We ask for your prayers as we undertake the call of mission and the work of ministry done in the name of the Blessed, Holy Trinity. We ask for your support as we discuss and decide our path. May 2023 be a blessed year for you – and for this congregation.
Tim Olson, Lead Pastor