Through our Listening Sessions, we identified our strengths and weaknesses, and have begun to discern who and what God is calling us to be. As the only Episcopal presence in Lodi, we want to better known in the larger community. The areas we feel God is calling us to pay attention to are:
–We are hopeful our new Rector will support and guide us in making St. John’s a place for families, where youth and children have a space to grow in their faith, where they explore music, community engagement and participate in diocesan events. We are also looking for someone who can lead us in intergenerational programming, where both older and younger members can explore their faith together.
–We are hopeful our new Rector will help us be more engaged with the Lodi community. This engagement might be hosting congregations that have no building of their own, renting space to local groups, hosting 12 Step programs, or finding ways for St. John’s to serve as a resource for homeless in the community.
–We are hopeful our new Rector will help us feel renewed and revived as a congregation. This renewal includes not only opportunities for faith formation and connection with the community, but it’s also about how we can be more welcoming to newcomers, providing pastoral support to shut-ins and seniors, and developing a vision for the future of St. John’s.
–We are hopeful our new Rector will assist us in determining ways to best utilize our beautiful building and our historic chapel. We have wonderful musical concerts at St. John’s and a powerful organ, however we would like to be better stewards of our historic chapel and utilize it for community gatherings, workshops and meetings.