Emmanuel UCC Mission

The mission of Emmanuel United Church of Christ is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

In examining this mission, we are reminded of a song that expresses the plight of so many individuals both in our congregation, community, and world. The song is titled “Press On.” The basic goal we have as Christians and as members of this household of faith is to subscribe to the message conveyed by these lyrics. This message was used to create our vision for Emmanuel United Church of Christ as we come to the celebration of our 200th year in 2022 and “press on” into the future.

Press On”

Song Lyrics

When the valley is deep, when the mountain is steep,

When the body is weary, when we stumble and fall;

When the choices are hard, when we’re battered and scarred,

When we’ve spent our resources, when we’ve given our all—

In Jesus’ name we press on.

In Jesus’ name we press on.

Dear Lord, with the prize clear before our eyes,

We find strength to press on.

When we long for the past, when our visions don’t last,

When the future’s uncertain, when the road seems so long;

When we hear a last breath, when a shadow means death,

When we’re blind to the wonder, when we’re deaf to the song—

In Jesus’ name we press on.

In Jesus’ name we press on.

Dear Lord, with the prize clear before our eyes,

We find strength to press on.

Scripture Basis for the formation of our vision.

Philippians 3: 12-14

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Friends, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Emmanuel UCC Vision

We press on in the ministry of worship and spiritual life through inspiring worship and uplifting music…

We press on in the ministry of church life through the stewardship and maintenance of our physical property, the stewardship of our programming, and the stewardship of our membership with continual communication between church leaders and the congregation…

We press on in the ministry of our faith journey through Christian education and small groups encouraging invested membership in our congregation…

We press on in the ministry of staffing with pastoral leadership and pastor parish support including auxiliary staff to assist the pastor in maintaining church programming…

We press on in the ministry of visitation through prayer, committed called to care volunteers, card ministry, and other expressions of love to our faith community and beyond…

We press on with our ministry of faith in action through our support of missions in our local community and the world…