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Christ's Hope

Mission Statement

We believe God wants our congregation to exist in Indian Harbour Beach at this time in order to:

INVITE people to know Christ.  As Christ's disciples, we reach out to our neighbors to invite them to share in our community of faith.

GROW a community of faith.  We provide new opportunities, both within and outside our congregation, to learn more about Christ and deepen our relationship with him.

SERVE others.  We identify our neighbors' needs so that we can support, and as individuals and as a congregation, work together to make a difference.

Our Beliefs

The Ascension congregation confesses the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

This congregation confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

The proclamation of God's message to us as both law and gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering all its fullness in the work of Jesus Christ.

Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

"A Lutheran is a person who believes, teaches and confesses the truths of God's Word as they are summarized and confessed in the Book of Concord."

Our Members

Baptized members are those persons who have been received by the Sacrament of Holy Baptism in this congregation, or, having been previously baptized in the name of the Triune God, have been received by certificate of transfer from other Lutheran congregations or by affirmation of faith.

Confirmed members are baptized persons who have been confirmed in this congregation, those who have been received by adult baptism or by transfer as confirmed members from other Lutheran congregations, or baptized persons received by affirmation of faith.

Voting members are confirmed members of this congregation. Such confirmed members, during the current or preceding calendar year, shall have communed in this congregation and shall have made a contribution of record to this congregation. Members of this congregation who have satisfied these basic standards shall have the privilege of voice and vote at every regular and special meeting of the congregation.

Associate members are person holding membership in other Christian congregations who wish to retain such membership but desire to participate in the life and mission of this congregation,  or persons who wish to retain a relationship with this congregation while being members of other congregations. They have all the privileges and duties of membership except voting rights and eligibility for elected offices or membership on the Congregation Council of this congregation.