Living Word Lutheran Church LCMS Living Word Lutheran Church was formed in January 2004 by a merger of New Life Lutheran Church of Spicer, MN and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in New London, MN.In January 2005, Living Word was moved to the current home in Spicer, the former Prairie Meadows building and received it's charter from the Minnesota North District of the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church.In September, 2012 the new building was completed and we moved into our new home on Cty Rd 9 NE in New London, MN.Living Word Lutheran Church Core Values:•BIBLE-BASED AND CHRIST-CENTERED preaching, teaching and reaching•MAKING COMMITTED DISCIPLES through small-group ministries•BIBLE-STUDY, PRAYER, FELLOWSHIP & OUTREACH in our small groups•CHRISTIAN EDUCATION where God’s Children of All Ages grow in faith •SERVANT-ORIENTED OUTREACH with the love of Jesus in practical ways•POINTING PEOPLE TO JESUS, not To Ourselves•CELEBRATING IN WORSHIP - Every Sunday truly a "Mini-Easter"•PEOPLE PRAYING for each other, their community and world•A YOUTH FOCUS that treats youth as part of the church today, not just the future of the church tomorrow•A FUN PLACE to KNOW Jesus, GROW closer to Jesus and GO with Jesus•PLANTING MORE CHURCHES as a way of expanding God’s kingdom•MAKING THE TRUTH OF GOD RELEVANT to lives Of people•HUMILITY - Remembering we are imperfect people in need of the forgiveness of our perfect God.See how we are currently putting our Core Values into action...Living Word is a Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod congregation, part of the LCMS Minnesota North District. Here is a brief history of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Being "Lutheran," our congregation accepts and teaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.Grace alone God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly. Scripture alone The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine. Faith alone By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.Our mission is simple. It’s God’s mission: Make disciples. Our official mission statement goes into just a little more detail:"Our goal is to give God glory by making disciples - as we go, wherever we go - by being a joyful, caring, Christ-centered family of God." We recently celebrated the anniversary of the chartering of Living Word Lutheran Church as a member congregation of the LC-MS. We sought to answer the following question (by mission statement area): How has God blessed us relative to that mission this past year?"Going": We have continued past outreach efforts (Parade, Fair Booth, Battery Giveaway) while adding an outreach to the RV Park, monthly New Neighbors visits, and Visitor Giveaways. VBS and Christmas program brought in unchurched kids."Making Disciples": We started a Men’s Study; Congregation-Wide Bible-reading program (Today’s Light) and witnessed an increased expectation in the area of spiritual growth."Being Joyful": Lots of things have increased our "joy-level": A new choir and more people involved with music; Our new building plans; Increased summer attendance; having enough people to fill out usher/fellowship/reading lists."Being Caring": A number of people have helped "Make A Meal" even though we haven’t had a coordinator for the program; We organized two work groups to travel to Rushford to help with flood relief; The Secret Paul prayer program has adults praying for youth and kids."Being Family": The change to a single Sunday worship service has brought people together; Our after-worship fellowship has been a great success; People have "pitched in" to help in many areas of ministry including serving as ushers, greeters, Scripture readers, fellowship servers and acolytes; many people have ordered "Living Word" shirts that identify us as part of that family; Many people make a point to talk with visitors helping them to feel welcome."Being Christ-Centered": In our preaching and teaching we make a point to stick to the Bible as absolute truth that points us to salvation through Jesus Christ alone and that empowers us toward the goal of becoming like Jesus.