This means providing services that feed and inspire... this means offering a 'Cradle Roll' Party for those with young children who have recently baptized their children, or who are planning on a baptism in the near future. This means offering 'New Member' classes for those who wish to make their membership formal!
New plans and new directions! God calls us to embrace the new without eliminating the core values and traditions we Lutherans hold dear.
Think of 'Transfiguration' as a transformation without losing the essence of what it once was!
How about Fiona from 'Shrek' who transformed on the outside but was still the powerful and beautiful creature Shrek thought he would never win over. Or 'Spiderman' who was a superhero despite his flaws!
We all have the power to transform - even the church - without losing our essence!
Bring on the new! We have new directions to take!