Vision 20/20: Generations of Faith.
Together for the Glory of God
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord:
Every day there are somewhere between a hundred and a thousand reasons I stop and thank God for our community. It’s such a blessing to be a part of our parish family. I watch and witness your faith and goodness over and over again in the way you pray, care, serve and give in the name of the Lord.
Often, high on that list of ‘thanks’ is the joy and blessing of watching my own nieces and nephews, who are members of our parish, growing and maturing in the ways of the Lord. There’s something special here at Saint Ambrose in the way we care for and support family life. I see in my own family the impact that faith, family and Gospel values make in the life of our youngest members and in our whole community. There’s something powerful about witnessing the passing on from one generation to the next that which matters most – faith, family, and our Catholic roots and tradition.
As we celebrate our 60th Anniversary as a community of faith, Saint Ambrose has been, and continues to be, a special place where people of every generation and background can come to find a deeper faith in God and the joy and hope that comes in living the life of the Gospel. Our parish is alive and vibrant. We do great work for the Lord. We have every reason to rejoice and give thanks to God for all the blessings we have received and shared.
In this special anniversary year, we give thanks to God for the generations of members who have gone before us and set such a strong foundation for Saint Ambrose and our local community. We also use this moment in our history to look forward to the future. How best can we meet the needs of our community now and for generations to come?
Over the past year, our Vision 20/20 leadership team has been meeting to develop a plan that can help us address the needs of our church. It’s thirty-five years old and has been well-used and worn. There’s a long list of things that must be done… from fixing the skylights to replacing the carpet. In our discussions, we started turning to a fuller plan beyond ‘just repair’ to create a place of prayer and worship that will address our urgent needs now, while creating a place to pray and worship for generations to come.
We’ve called this effort to repair and renovate our church worship space “Generations of Faith”. Please take some time to review the information enclosed that outlines both the need, the vision/plan, and the funds needed to ensure that God’s house – the church – is in good repair and accessible to all.
As I reflected on the theme of generations, I was struck by the fact that the word generation and generous both share the same latin root – which means large hearted – to create. I would ask you to prayerfully consider how best you can support this appeal with a ‘large hearted’ gift that will create a living legacy for you and our parish community. Your support will ensure that our generations and those to follow will come to Saint Ambrose and be strengthened in all that matters most – faith, family and community.
As always, what we at Saint Ambrose do, we do …together for the glory of God.
We celebrate Generations of Faith, hope and great love for God.
Father Bob Stec
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Vision 20/20 Committee
- Mike Barth
- Jake Bihari
- Linda Chesnik
- Lisa Cinadr
- Bob Downs
- Robert Erickson
- Joe Gendron
- Joelle LoFaso
- Janet Majka
- Ed Plaspohl
- Phil & Tom Serafin
- Fr. Bob Stec
- Kevin Yaugher
- Todd Zima
“I am honored and excited to be on this committee. Being on this committee is helping to open me up to Spirit in preparing our church for the future.”
– Linda Chesnik
“We feel honored to be part of the Vision 2020 committee working to make our church a more welcoming and comfortable place to gather and worship.”
– Tom and Phil Serafin