What We're About
building. belong. becoming.
christ-inspired service in our community
(local and global)
Jesus' great commandments and great commission send the church to love everyone in word and in action. Christ-inspired service is both serving others and learning to be served in humbleness, acknowledging that mutual service is how we learn from one another. TLCS needs to be proactive and open to new ways of being church. We will be able to do it only if we dismantle silos and find ways to collaborate.
inclusion of all people
Inclusion means the willingness to be vulnerable and to die to ourselves so that we can see Christ in others. TLCS is called to be a table and a place, a movement that is an extension of God’s grace and Jesus’ welcoming compassion. We will continue to strive to be a congregation that lives out the faith and the values of inclusion beyond slogans and statements without action. TLCS is working on moving away from the idea of just “we welcome you” into the formalization of a permanent team that will foster and guide TLCS to be a congregation in which inclusion of all people and racial justice is our way of life.
impactful relationships with one another that provide support for life's journey
TLCS focuses on relational evangelism, connecting people, and fostering a culture of mutuality and accompaniment, seeking ways to connect with people and instill a culture of intentional relationships that foster trust, accompaniment, and a shared and common purpose in the journey which lead to collaboration and mutual accountability.
faith-based communal experience
of worshiping and learning together
The weekend gathering (in-person and online) focuses on being a space where participants will experience a celebration that ranges from traditional Lutheran liturgy to contextual/not conventional format, explore styles, rhythms, and traditions that lead the congregation to an experience of deepening in their faith and an opportunity to connect with the community regardless if they participate in person or online. Learning opportunities focus on developing a deeper understanding of being disciple makers who make disciples makers. TLCS consistently and intentionally seeks to reflect the values of inter-generational ministry, inclusion, art, sensorial, and collaborative planning.
multi-generational ministry relevant to all ages and promoting relationships across generations
We believe that youth will see visions and the old will dream dreams. Neither generation is better than the other; it is in coming together that the ministry will be enriched, strengthened, and will reflect God’s vision of a feast of all people. The Pray-ground in the sanctuary is a place for families to worship together, where generations come together to taste the goodness of the Lord as they grow and as they are part of the community.
Building up and joining in God's mission as one to nurture, love and serve all.
Building one another up, building a community, building spaces for growth, and accompanying one another in a collaborative environment of mutual trust as all people join God’s unfolding reign.
Developing intentional and authentic relationships that connect people with one another and with God, include, and embrace all people as we accompany, serve, and care for all people.
As we journey together, we are growing into the people that God called us to be by engaging with the community in word and action.
We profess our faith with the words of the Apostles’ Creed, which is Trinitarian in structure: 3 sections affirming belief in one God who is three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We trust in the ordinary means of grace manifest in the Word (primarily through preaching, but also in reading of scripture) and the Sacraments (Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper), through which God freely gives grace and blessings that make an extraordinary impact on the people of God.
We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all.
As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world.