LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ) is an association of congregations and individuals who are:
✤ Free in Christ
✤ Accountable to one another
✤ Rooted in the scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions
✤ Working together to fulfill Christ’s great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations
Hosanna Lutheran Church’s recent Strategic Planning Committee articulated our Core Values:
The Bible is the Inspired, Inerrant, and Infallible Word of God
The term “ inspired” means that the Bible in the original documents is God-breathed, divine, and because it is divine, the documents are inerrant (2 Timothy 3:16). Inerrancy means that if all Scripture is indeed of God, then it cannot be erroneous. God, being perfect, cannot make mistakes, and He has the power to ensure the original writers wrote down exactly what He intended (2 Peter 1:21). Infallible has a stronger meaning than inerrant. Infallible means the Bible is “incapable of error”. Infallibility means it cannot contain errors; that is, it would not be possible. The Bible cannot contain errors because it is wholly the inspired word of God (2 Peter 1:19).
The Bible is our Guide to Faith
Faith comes by hearing God’s Word. God loves us and gave Himself for us through His Son, Jesus (John 3:16 and Romans 5:8). We are all sinners (Romans 3:10 and Romans 3:23). We are saved by grace, a free gift, and not our works (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9). Jesus wants us to receive the free gift of salvation, which is a priceless inheritance kept by the power of God through faith (I Thessalonians 5:9, Revelation 3:20, John 14:6, Romans 10:9-13, I Peter 1:4-5). We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all sufficient sacrifice for our sins. Jesus Christ’s atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only path to salvation with the eternal God the Father.
The Bible is our Guide to Conduct
We are to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul (Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Mark 12:30, and Luke 10:27). We are to love our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27) (Matthew 22:36-40). The Ten Commandments (John 14:21).
There is one living, true God, who created all things, holy infinitely perfect, and is eternally existing in a loving unity as three equally divine Persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19, Revelation 4:11).
Christ is the head of the church and the church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22– 23). The body of Christ is composed of everyone who believes Jesus Christ is their Savior. Hosanna Lutheran Church is a part of the body of Christ and is purposed to do corporately what all who name the name of Jesus are to do individually – make disciples among all people while bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed, glorify God in worship, obey and honor Him in all we do, gather together to strengthen, support, and guide one another, and finally to be praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit (I Corinthians 12:12-14, Col 3:16, Matthew 28:19, Proverbs 31:20. Ephesians 6:12-16).
Make disciples among all people while bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed. As members of the Body of Christ it is our responsibility to use our prayers, time, talents, and treasures to live out Christ’s great commission through missions. (Matthew 28:19, Luke 24:46-47, Mark 16:15).
Our Council Members 2019:
Earl Benson, President
Darwin Carlson, Vice President
Kim Crandall, Secretary, Bob Drake, Treasurer
Hosanna Lutheran Church’s first worship service was held on February 6, 2011, when 49 faithful people gathered together to worship at the Watertown Event Center, Heritage Theater. In September of 2011 we called our first pastor, Pastor Janine Rew-Werling. On Nov. 4, 2012, the members of Hosanna Lutheran Church voted unanimously to purchase approximately 7 acres of land on 14th Avenue North for a future church facility. Having received all the funds for the final payment of the land, a Building Committee was formed in October 2013. In January 2014 at the Annual Meeting, the congregation voted to begin renting the former Trinity Episcopal Church building located at 500 14th Avenue NW. We worshiped in this facility from March 2, 2014 until July 26, 2015. On May 31, 2015, we celebrated the groundbreaking of our new church building. On August 2, 2015, we began meeting at the Watertown Christian School Gym. We met at this location until our new church building was completed in the spring of 2016. Our first worship service in our new church building was on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016. Hosanna voted to call Pastor N. Craig Werling at a Congregational Meeting on July 10, 2016. He began his ministry at Hosanna as co-pastor with Pastor Janine on August 1, 2016. On August 14, 2016, our new church building was dedicated to the Glory of God. Hosanna has continued to grow and currently has over 450 baptized members. Hosanna Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) and a member of the Augustana District, LCMC.