Core Values

FAITH  +  FAMILY  +  FOOD

Everything we do as a community can be understood as an expression of one or more of these three values.  Our worship, learning, and stewardship ministries are anchored in our FAITH, and serve as examples of how we feed others spiritually. Our fellowship, youth, family, and care ministries are expressions of FAMILYdemonstrating how we feed people both spiritually and physically.  Our outreach, property, and Bread of Life ministries grow out of the value we call FOOD, the physical care of those in our community.

At Triumphant Cross our mission is to feed people—spiritually and physically. We feed people spiritually by providing life-changing connections to God and one another. We feed people spiritually and physically by providing a diverse, welcoming, and loving family of faith expressive of Christ’s love and hospitality. And we feed people physically by providing food for fellowship, for love, and for people who are food insecure. In feeding others, we ourselves are fed.

Joining Triumphant Cross

Those who are new to our community may wonder what process is needed to become an official member of Triumphant Cross.  Everyone should know that our mission is feed people spiritually and physically, so everyone is welcome to participate in the worship, learning, fellowship, and spiritual life our congregation.  Membership is not a requirement of faith, nor necessary for participation in God’s Kingdom, nor even your ticket to heaven.  But it does allow you the fuller breadth and depth of participation in the life of the community of faith–the Body of Christ–here at Triumphant Cross.  Formal membership requires a conversation with Pastor Scott. Here is what to expect:

  • If you are a current member of another Lutheran congregation or congregation with whom the ELCA is in partnership (e.g. Episcopal Church), you need only speak with Pastor Scott and then request a letter of transfer from your congregation to Triumphant Cross.  Once the letter is received, you will be welcomed with a short prayer during a convenient worship service.
  • If you are a member of a church that is not Lutheran or in partnership with the ELCA (e.g. Baptist), speak to  Pastor Scott and plan to be received during a convenient worship service with a brief Affirmation of Baptism and prayer. 
  • If you are new to faith altogether, your journey begins with a conversation with Pastor Scott and plans to participate in the sacrament of Holy Baptism (a sacrament is a means of God’s grace that uses physical things, like water or bread and wine, to convey God’s promise of grace).  Then begins your lifelong mystagogical journey (fancy word for “on the job training”) as a new disciple of Jesus.

If you have any questions, email Pastor Scott @ rev.scott.howard@gmail.com