March 2019 Oracle

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Connecting Christ to Congregation and Community

March 2019

Reverend Dustin B. Sullivan, Pastor

Published monthly, the Oracle provides Congregation members information on the major initiatives, events, and activities of Heritage Fellowship Church.

“And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it”. Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV)


Heritage Fellowship Church has a blessed and rich history of ministry and service in the community. We have placed our trust in God to guide us in the development of programs and activities that will equip us to, “Connect Christ, Congregation, and Community” today and in the future. We want a culture of spiritual excellence to prevail in Heritage, and we are dedicated to identifying any area in which we can improve. Change is necessary and it is welcomed when it takes place with intention and purpose. This spring, under the guidance of the Board of Directors, Heritage will undertake a strategic planning process to determine church priorities, focus resources, and strengthen operations, to ensure that Church leaders, staff, and volunteers are working toward common goals, achieving desired outcomes, and responding to our Congregation’s changing environment.

asked to participate in discussion groups. Please avail yourselves to these opportunities to provide feedback. All of the insights we receive will inform our strategic planning process, allowing us to align our ministries and resources to meet congregation and community needs.


Form Timeline & Planning Key Questions

Feb. - Mar.


Survery Focus Group SWOT Financial Analysis


Success Measures Dashboard Adjustments



Mission Statement Vision Statement

Jan. - Jul. Budget Guidance

Heritage’s strategic plan helps to:

• Ensure our Church operates in accordance with Biblical doctrine, and applies generally accepted business practices; • Ensure the fiscal and financial stability and viability of the Church; • Establish a common vision for our Congregation and provides a framework for managing and growing Church operations; • Realign our mission and ministerial objectives to achieve Pastor’s vision for Heritage; • Anticipate the needs of Congregation growth and changing demographics.

Please be in prayer with us that the spirit of God will guide us in the formation of Heritage’s Strategic Plan.

Over the next few weeks, congregation members will receive a survey via email. Some members will be

For additional information contact Cecily Scott @


Align resources Share Plan with Congregaton

Oct. - Nov. Budget Approval


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PEOPLE & PASTOR Pastor Sullivan is holding informal meetings with ministerial servant leaders and Congregation members this month. These meetings are being held to: • Create and nurture community and fellowship throughout the Congregation • Inform and engage more members in ministry initiatives • Nurture and foster information sharing among congregation

Over 20 members attended Coffee Conversations in February. Coffee Conversations, small group social and question and answer meetings with Pastor Sullivan will be held every other month at various times to allow broad cross-sections of the Congregation to attend.

STRATEGIC PLANNING SURVEY Strategic Plan Congregational Survey emailed to members April 8. To ensure you receive the e-survey, please verify your email address is accurate in Power Church Plus by contacting

Right Hand of Fellowship Receptions Coming Soon

Beginning in June, in collaboration with the Diaconate, Pastor Sullivan and Heritage’s Servant Leaders will host Right Hand of Fellowship Receptions quarterly following the 10:45 a.m. worship service. These receptions will allow new members to meet their assigned Deacons and to learn about service and Bible study opportunities. Look for additional information in the Church bulletin and on the website.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Congregational Meeting Thursday, March 28 | 7:00 p.m. In accordance with Heritage’s Constitution, the Board of Directors will convene a Congregational Meeting to update the membership on ministries, administrative initiatives, and the financial position of the Church on March 28 at 7:00 p.m. Individuals who have received the Right Hand of Fellowship are encouraged to attend the meeting.

For additional information contact: Dr. Eugenia Gardner, Communications Director at

Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed Heritage Fellowship Church is pleased to announce the start of AWANA, a Bible-based evangelism and discipleship program for ages 2 to 18. Heritage Fellowship is partnering with Awana, a non-profit ministry, to provide the opportunity for every child at Heritage and in the surrounding communities to hear about God’s loving pursuit of them. Using 2 Timothy 2:15 as the foundation, every week a team of dedicated volunteers will use the Awana curriculum to connect children with the truth of the gospel. This curriculum provides the students with the opportunity to know, love, and serve Jesus. Parents, Awana is a program designed for your children to build their confidence and develop a lasting faith. Using a well thought out plan of activities, each week the students will be involved in a three segment rotation that involves study, group interaction, and game/activity time led by the dedicated Heritage Fellowship Awana staff. We are currently looking for dedicated volunteers who will join us in our endeavor to make a difference in the lives of children starting in Fall 2019. Each volunteer will be trained in the various facets of the program. Won't you prayerfully consider how you can help?

To learn more about the Heritage Fellowship Church Awana program, send an email to or visit the AWANA website at You may also call 703-963-7856.