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God Gives the Growth

As I write this article in early June, my garden in New Hampshire sits, waiting...
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Family Promise Week August 2018

Our Family Promise host week at Saint Ansgar Church begins Sunday, August 26. There are a number of ways you can
Family Promise Week August 2018

God’s Work. Our Hands.

Sunday, September 9, 2018 This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
God’s Work. Our Hands.

FLC @ Sea Dogs

Sunday, August 19, 1PM Nothing says "summer" like a Sunday afternoon game with the Sea Dogs! This afternoon game promises
FLC @ Sea Dogs

Gathered as believers
in Christ

We believe that the Lord has truly gathered us from all around the City of Portland to worship the Lord Jesus Christ, as those who believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We come and receive God’s gifts to us in scripture, sermon, sacrament and song and  rejoice in God who does such wonderful things for us.

We are saved
by God's Grace

This we firmly believe! Our faith in Jesus Christ and the assurance of our salvation is a wonderful gift from God. For we know that “all who believe and are baptized will be saved. ” (Mark 16:16)

We live by the Word!

God has blessed us with the Holy Scriptures. In God’s Word we find out much about the Living Word our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word who became Flesh. We expect and intend to be more involved in reading the Bible, praying for one another, and seeking to grow in our relationship to Christ Jesus our Lord and one another.

Family Friendly ~ Community Centered

We are a vibrant congregation serving
Greater Portland Maine.

We offer three worship services each Sunday, plus a variety of Christian education, fellowship, and community outreach activities for all ages. 

Mission & Vision

Mission

Together in Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly and serve joyfully. 

Vision

A world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation.

Values

Our values are grounded in faith, in our biblical and Lutheran confessional sources and our love of God and neighbor. They speak to the way this church lives and practices our faith, and they will guide how we journey forward in Christ as church together.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

We are reconciled to God by God’s forgiving mercy. Forgiveness and reconciliation flow from what God has made us to be in Jesus Christ and what God is doing with us in the world. As a people of God, we embody forgiveness in speech, action and relationships, and our ministry in reconciliation is foundational.

Dignity, Compassion, and Justice

Each person is created in God’s image. We respect this God-given right to dignity and, inspired by the life of Jesus, show love and compassion for all people. Through proclamation of the gospel, through worship and as servants of God working for healing and justice in the world, we uphold and seek to protect the dignity and human rights of all people.

Inclusion & Diversity

As Christ’s church, we value the richness of God’s creation and offer a radical welcome to all people, appreciating our common humanity and our differences. We are a church that does not view diversity as a barrier to unity. We recognize and will challenge dynamics of power and privilege that create barriers to participation and equity in this church and society – for women, people of color, minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities, people who are marginalized or living in poverty, and the LGBTQ community.

Courage and Openness to Change

Because we trust in God’s promise and understand faith to be a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, we are emboldened to embrace learning and change in our spiritual and institutional journey as church. This means we are open to new ways and willing to take risks to discover God’s plan for this church.

Faithful Stewardship of God's Creation & Gifts

As church together, faithful stewardship is about holding to God’s purpose and ensuring the responsibilities and resources that God has entrusted to us are used with great care and with accountability to God, to each other and those served by this church.

Who are Lutherans

Mission: Together in Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly and serve joyfully.  

Vision: A world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation.