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Our Mission and Values Statements

Our Mission

Welcoming to all
Worshipping, growing, serving
Christ’s community

Our Vision


  • Recognize that we are all guests of God.
  • Create a welcoming environment where all are received with joy.
  • Foster a community of diversity and affirm God’s grace to all.
  • Offer hospitality and accessibility to all.


  • Reflect a dynamic and life-giving God in our worship life.
  • Provide a diversity of worship experiences that are faithful to our teachings and traditions.
  • Encourage the use of music, drama, art, and other worship forms that utilize and develop congregational talent.


  • Offer educational opportunities for all ages.
  • Expand our care for each other and for all in need.
  • Offer resources for the development and maturity of our faith.
  • Create a place of both comfort and challenge.
  • Foster the spiritual lives of our youth.
  • Actively seek and invite new members.


  • Be deliberate in addressing the needs of our neighborhood.
  • Work in partnership with the ELCA and other Christians to serve our community and world.
  • Actively respond to social challenges and continue to advocate for social justice.

Christ’s Community—

  • What we already are.
  • What God calls us to become.
  • What we live when we welcome, worship, grow, and serve.

Mission and Values Statements bulletin board

Bulletin board highlighting our Mission and Values StatementsApril 2008 bulletin board highlighting the LCH Mission and Values Statements. The bulletin board incorporates pictures from the life of the congregation that illustrate various aspects of the Mission and Values Statements. (Click on any of the individual pictures to view a larger version.)

The LCH Mission Statement is in the form of a haiku, a 17-syllable Japanese poetic form in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.

According to Robert D. Stueart and Barbara B. Moran in Library Management: 3rd Ed. (Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc. 1987), “The Mission is the most important strategic choice an organization can make. It is the overarching concept or principle which guides the organization toward establishing goals and objectives.”

The LCH Vision Statement expands on each significant word of the LCH Mission Statement, offering possibilities for embodiment in congregational life.

Each individual member, small group, task force and committee contributes to the creation of LCH as a community of faith—the actualization of our haiku Mission. Prayerful reflection on our Mission and Vision Statements can benefit our search for meaningful answers to such questions as these:

  • Who are we as a people of God?
  • What inspires our faith and moves us to action?
  • How do we respond to the call to love and serve God and neighbor?
Members wave a welcome in front of the LCH church building. Youth helping to sort donations for Operation Backpack. Fellowship brunch on Easter morning. Even the littlest participate in the the Palm Sunday Procession and all aspects of the worship life of LCH. Members prepare and serve dinner the third Friday at IHS, Honolulu’s homeless shelter. Participants discuss Process Thought in a monthly forum. Children sing as part of the annual benefit concert for an Ark of Animals from Heifer International. Panels of the AIDS quilt displayed for World AIDS Day and the Advent Procession “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” proclaimed at Easter Vigil. Sunday School children host the entire congregation for a Seder meal.

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