Middle School Corn Maze Trip

Middle School Youth Event: The Sauvie Island Haunted Corn Maze   Saturday, October 7, 2017   5:00–10:30pm (beginning with worship) Dress appropriately including warm and waterproof jacket, shoes and pants that can get muddy. Also bring an extra pair of shoes to change into at the end. Friends welcome! Eat dinner before you come. Cost...
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Heritage Farm Work Party - July 5

Do you like gardening, working with your hands or playing in the dirt? Do you want to help to increase access to fresh produce in our community? Messiah is putting together a work party from 9:00am-1:00pm on July 5 at Heritage Farm on 78th Street. Work includes weeding, harvesting and lending a hand wherever needed! Pack a lunch and join us for a p...
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Holy Week and Easter at Messiah

You are invited to experience the mystery of God's work in Christ as it unfolds in this most important week in Jesus' life.  Maundy Thursday, April 13   This night we remember how Jesus washed his disciples' feet prior to his betrayal and arrest. Jesus says, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved yo...
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Youth Ensemble Begins Sunday, March 5

An opportunity to play worship music on Sundays! Youth will meet beginning Sunday, March 5, for practice from 8:30-9:20am. Rehearsal room TBA. Contact David Teeter .
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One Mile Mission Volunteer Opportunity

Ten adult volunteers are needed to help with PSAT testing at Columbia River High School on Wednesday, October 19 from 7:15–11:45am. Volunteers will need to have a volunteer clearance form on file with the Vancouver School District and there will be a short training prior to the testing. If you are available or interested in learning more, please co...
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Adult Bible Study on Wednesday Evenings

25-sessions on the overarching themes and theology of the Bible taught by Intern Pr. Mary and Pr. Peter; held at the Hazel Dell campus   an excellent opportunity to study the Bible for the 1st or the 100th time especially geared for adults "newer" to the Lutheran tradition or who would like an adult refresher of the content of their confi...
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Sticky Faith Parenting Class

Sticky Faith Parenting Class - New this Fall!  Practical ideas to nurture long-term faith in teenagers. Help your kids build a deeper faith that lasts. It's never too early or too late to build sticky faith. Five-sessions; 6:00–7:00pm on Wednesdays, September 21–October 19. Facilitated by Justin Farrell, Clinical Director at Real Lif...
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Intro to the Psalms Presented - Week 2

Session two of a class on the Psalms presented by Luther Seminary student and Messiah member, Susan Dollinger   Would you like a quick introduction to the Psalms and/or a willingness to help out a seminarian? You are invited to a two-week survey class on the Psalms Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45 in the Hazel Dell campus conference room January 31 and February 7. The class will introduce participants to the different types of Psalms and their place in our lives. Bonus Homework assignment: Come with your favorite Psalm in mind. Bring a Bible and a friend! Please email Susan Dollinger for more information
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I Have Seen the Mighty One

I have seen the Mighty One. I have watched as the Holy Spirit moved through a room and touched each individual. I have heard God speak. The Lord has brought me to tears. All of this, and more, I have been able to witness through the children of Messiah—through Godly Play. I have had my heart smile through the words and actions made from these children each Sunday morning and every Wednesday night. I still get goose bumps each time I enter the Godly Play Sunday school rooms. The moments of clarity that the children bring to the room still brings silence, stillness, and pure joy, into my heart. The glimpses of God moments are never ending in our Godly Play rooms as the children say things such as , “this is where we learn about Jesus and God’s promises for us” (Carter Jean Bial, Pre-K). Or after hearing the Parable...
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High School Mission Trip going to Guatemala this Summer

High school youth are going on a mission trip with Medical Teams International to Guatemala this summer, July 30–August 7, 2016. Participants will help build latrines and ventilated stoves. Spots are limited and trip deposit is needed to secure your spot. Find out more here: Guatemala Mission Trip Information . Spots are limited and trip deposit is needed to secure your spot. Please contact Jessica Potts with any questions.  
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Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO) Host Sign-ups Happening Now

Messiah will again be providing host volunteers at St. Paul Lutheran Church for the Winter Hospitality Overflow ministry. Homeless men are housed at the church each night. The dates for Messiah's host crews are Monday evening, January 18, through Friday morning, January 22. Shifts are in three to four hour increments. To sign-up, email Connie in the front office or see the display located in the fellowship hall at the Hazel Dell campus and on th display tables at the North County campus. Learn more about Winter Hospitality Overflow , a Vancouver, WA-based organization devoted to helping those in need during winter’s coldest months.
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Music Programs Gearing Up for Christmas

Messiah's choir, orchestra and handbells are beginning rehearsals for the upcoming Christmas program 'Darkness into Light' December 5 & 6. Messiah Worship Choir–rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm and Saturdays at 9-10:00am at Hazel Dell. No auditions, just let David Teeter know that you are interested Messiah Worship Orchestra–rehearsals are Wednesdays from 6-7:00pm and Sundays from 11:00 am–12:00 pm in the Hazel Dell campus sanctuary. Add energy to Messiah’s worship, accompanying the singing and providing special music. For high school-adult, no auditions required, only that you feel comfortable with the playing of your own orchestral instrument. Just let David Teeter know that you are interested. Joyful Noise Handbells–rehearsals are Tuesdays, at 6:00–7:00pm at the Hazel Dell campus, music room 205/207. For middle school-adult, no music reading required. We teach everything you need to know to make beautiful music with bells. Contact David Teeter if you are interested.      
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A New Fall Beginning

This is the season where I can start living into the new beginnings that resulted from summer’s uncomfortable changes and begin to realize that without them, these new beginnings wouldn’t exist. As the old song from the 90’s by Semisonic, Closing Time, states, “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end,” and I have found this to be true. I have lived as a single person for the past 28 years. There was a time when I wondered if perhaps that would be God’s will for my life. That was until He brought my now fiancé through the door of the coffee shop where I worked when I was a barista five years ago. And now, come September 19, Tim and I will choose to enter into the covenant of marriage. Together, we will begin a new chapter in our lives, one of discovery, of growth, joy, and learning....
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Children,Youth, and Adult Activities Begin!

FL!P (Faith Life in Progress) from 4:00 to 8:30 during the school year, begins Wednesday, September 16 Activities include Bible storytelling, games, crafts and music—Praise Patrol, NewSong, and Chaos! (for music details, see children's music ministries ) Three Years Old – First Grade 4:00–4:40 p.m. Godly Play Rm 105 4:45–5:15 p.m. Praise Patrol (choir) Rms 205-207 5:00–6:00 p.m. Dinner $2.00 Lower Level Second – Fifth Grade 4:00–4:30 p.m. NewSong (choir) Sanctuary 4:35–5:15 p.m. CHAOS! Gym 5:00–6:00 p.m. Dinner $2.00 Lower Level 5:45–7:00 p.m. Godly Play Rm 105 Middle School and High School Pax Christi - begins Wednesday, September 16 An exciting singing experience for grades six through high school led by David Teeter and Kaitlyn Roth. You will want to be a part of this! We will be concentrating on building choral/vocal and reading skills, further developing the singing of harmony, while learning new songs of praise and worship. We will add other instruments, including those that...
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Messiah Preschool is Off and Running!

The first days of preschool were Tuesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 10 Morning classes run from 8:45-11:30 am  Afternoon classes are 12:30-3:15 pm, and Tots classes are 9:15-11:15 am There are currently spaces available in the Thur/Fri TOTS class, the afternoon preschool 2 & 3-day 3-yr-old Beginner classes as well as the 3 & 4-day Pre-K classes for 4-yr-olds.
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Messiah Music Programs Begin

Messiah worship choir rehearsal resumes Wednesday evenings at 7:00 in the Hazel Dell campus sanctuary. This is an all volunteer choir for high school-adult, no audition is required. Just show up for rehearsal on Wednesday evenings in the sanctuary. The only requisite is that you love to sing with others who share this same love. If you want to be involved in a ministry that touches many, this is for you. Messiah worship orchestra begins Sunday, September 20 at 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in the Hazel Dell campus sanctuary. Add energy to Messiah’s worship, accompanying the singing and providing special music. For high school-adult, no auditions required, only that you feel comfortable with the playing of your own orchestral instrument. Just let David F. Teeter know that you are interested. Joyful Noise handbells begins Tuesday, September 22 at 6:00–7:00 p.m. at the Hazel Dell campus, music room 205/207. For middle school-adult, no music reading...
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Stephen Ministry Invites You

Messiah's Stephen Minsitry Team is planning a new training class this fall.   Listening is mainly what Stephen ministers do.  To “listen” another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being ever performs for another. Douglas Steere from Gleanings: A Random Harvest The goal of Stephen Ministry is to help those who are struggling to walk through the difficult times they are having. Stephen ministers feel called by God to help others who are grieving. What is Stephen Ministry? We learn to listen carefully to our care receivers and to others, friends and family when they talk to us about their problems and concerns. However, what most of us don’t realize when we begin this ministry is that we grow spiritually during this time of helping others. We learn to pray more and listen to the Holy Spirit. We read...
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A Change of Season

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” Eccl. 3:1  In Disney’s animated film Frozen, one of the characters named Olaf sings about his dreams of experiencing summer for the very first time. In his song, called In Summer, Olaf confesses that he doesn’t have “much experience with heat” (he is, after all, a snowman...) and then adds, “But sometimes I like to close my eyes, and imagine what it’ll be like when summer does come.” It’s a clever, catchy number (don’t look it up unless you’re prepared to have it stuck in your head). Olaf can’t wait to “find out what happens to solid water when it gets warm!” and shares that “when life gets rough, I like to hold onto my dream/of relaxing in the summer sun, just lettin’ off steam.” What’s this got to do with anything? Aside from the obvious,...
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What was I Thinking?

As preparation ramps up for the start of VBS next week, Joy Studer, Director of Children’s and Family Ministries muses on her “Yes.”  It was supposed to be my summer vacation! Something those of us in education guard ferociously every year. So what was I thinking? I said yes to be a volunteer for Vacation Bible School. Having never been part of a “VBS” before I had no idea what to expect. However, when Alyson Schumacher asks you to volunteer, she makes it terribly difficult to say no. “You’re a teacher! You have such a gift with children! I could really use your positive energy!” Thank you very much. However, I use my summer vacation to mentally prepare for that gift and positive demeanor; and part of the preparation is my being kiddo free! Shows what I know ... of course I said yes ... and what an incredibly memorable...
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Summer Bible Study for College Age Young Adults

College Age Young Adult Summer Bible Study led by summer intern Katie Molyneux. A weekly summer Bible study for college age young adults is meeting on Thursday evenings at 7:00 in the fellowship hall. Includes FREE pizza! Hmmm good. Bring your Bibles as well as your friends. The weekly sessions run until August 20. To learn more, contact Katie .
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Godly Play Summer Sunday School at HD Campus

Begins pre-service Sunday mornings at 9:30a.m. in room 105 New summer Sunday school program runs through August 23 for children ages three (as of last September 1, 2014) through beginning fifth grade. Parents are invited to bring their children to the Godly Play® classroom (room 105) at 9:30 a.m. before going to worship. During the song after the sermon, the children will be escorted by teachers to the sanctuary to experience the last part of worship with their families. Pastors Peter and Kathy and David Teeter have redesigned the order of worship so that children will participate in the children's message, the Apostles' Creed, Lord's Prayer, Holy Communion, and the closing hymn. Come, bring your children for a fun, educational and worshipful experience!
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Summer Bible Camp Reflections

My first soda from a vending machine, all-camp softball game, purchasing candy at the camp store, playing miniature golf, sleeping in a cabin, church meetings twice daily, the smell of the cement basketball court after a rain shower, and, my favorite, the sound of a ringing church bell signaling meal time; when I think back on my earliest camp experiences, these are some of my memories. Every other summer, my family of seven would pack up the station wagon and begin our journey to Covenant Heights in Estes Park, for a week-long Bible Camp. Our cousins from California would meet us part way and we would tent camp together the rest of the way to Colorado. Even though I was only about six the last time we made this trip, I have some very vivid memories of my experiences at these camps. While much of our time was spent running around...
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It's All About You, Jesus

We've all seen it. People singing with their eyes closed, and their hands raised high, maybe even jumping around in circles, or people standing still, no emotion seeming to pass over their faces. But who is truly worshiping? What is the most "heart-felt" way to express musical praises to our God? As a worship leader, there is a certain amount of time I spend looking for new music to incorporate into our church's repertoire, songs that proclaim the truth of Jesus. I choose these songs based on the lyrics' soundness in Scripture, playability (how easy is it to sing, to follow along, and to play? Will it work for the instrumentation we currently have available?), input from the team, and prayer. However, choosing a song and singing it is a very different thing than worshiping through song. Moreover, what is worshiping through song supposed to look like in this day and...
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Rocks and Fog

"And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, 'Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" Mark 16:2-3 It wasn't the rock that bothered me. It was the fog, or the cloud, or is fog a cloud or a cloud, fog? You see it just got more and more confusing. The rocks didn't bother me. I knew I could climb over them or go around them. Most of the day I'd been doing that and actually enjoyed it. But the enjoyment vanished when the fog/cloud, whatever it was, blew in and I lost my bearings and my confidence on the trail. Probably barefoot or sandle-footed, the women who went to the tomb on Easter morning weren't expecting to scale rocks. But their heads must have...
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Easter Vigil: A New Worship Experience

Easter is coming! But sometimes it's hard to transition from Lent and Good Friday into Easter. An ancient tradition of the church is to hold vigil until the dawn of Easter morning, and declare Christ's Resurrection. This year, though we won't stay up all night, Messiah is going to practice an Easter Vigil worship service on the Saturday before Easter, April 4, at 6:30pm. It's a service that begins in darkness and with fire to remind us that the Light of Christ is never extinguished, and we will declare that "this is the night!" that Christ crosses from death to life. Then we settle in to hear the stories of God's faithfulness, from Creation to Resurrection. And when we hear the resurrection story, we'll bust out the lilies and "Alleluias!" and celebrate the Risen Lord. You're all invited. To learn more, or if you're interested in participating, contact Intern Ben...
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Financial Peace Classes begin January 24

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University will be held Sunday evenings, January 24, 2016 from 6:00-7:30pm and run through March 20, 2016. This life-changing class uses a video-based curriculum produced by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team. The class will be facilitated by George and Diana Webber, members of Messiah Lutheran Church. The course will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever. Follow this link to register .  Click here to watch an 86-second promo video.
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M. School & H. School Going to Winterhawks Game

Saturday, February 21 from 5:30–10:00pm Meet and end at Messiah Hazel Dell. The group will be attending worship for a short time, then will travel to Portland to cheer on the Winterhawks. Cost: $20 which includes game ticket, hot dog, medium popcorn and drink. Friends are welcome. Please sign up on the Youth News bulletin board by February 8.
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Over 1000 Attend Christmas Eve at Messiah

How wonderful for so many people to come share their Christmas Eve with Messiah!
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When 'Thank You' Isn't Enough

We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Thess. 1:2-3 NRSV  Sometimes words do not seem sufficient to convey what is felt deeply inside. This is one of those times. We don't have an adequate store of words to express to each of you how much we have appreciated your Twelve Months of Gratitude for Twenty Years of Service this past year. Each month we were both surprised and grateful for the many ways you chose to celebrate our 20 years of being your pastors at Messiah. The gifts and well wishes were creative, heartfelt, and stirred within us a deep sense of gratitude and thanks for all of you. For our part, it has and continues to...
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God Sightings

But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you... (Jesus in Mt. 26:32) One of my favorite moments during last summer's Vacation Bible School was when the children met in the sanctuary for closing worship each day. Intern Joe would ask them, "Where did you see God at work today? Tell me one of your God sightings." Hands would go up throughout the sanctuary and one by one the children shared where they had witnessed a "God sighting." They were so excited to share and so open to the question. Without the inhibitions of "theological correctness" that oftentimes creep in as we get older, they saw God at work all over the place. Being open and watchful to "God sightings" is something that all disciples—regardless of age or theological sophistication—are called to be doing. "Where and what do you see God doing these days in your life?...
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Introducing Messiah's Pastoral Interns for this Year

You read it correctly. Messiah is hosting not one, but two pastoral interns for '14-'15! Greetings Messiah Lutheran! Hello from Luther Seminary. (Letter from Ben and Kristen written in August) We are Ben and Kristen Eisele, and we will have the privilege of serving and learning with you as intern pastors starting this September—and the dubious duty of following in the footsteps of our dear friend and your current intern, Joe Natwick. (We're not as cool as Joe—nor do we have as great of hair—but we'll do what we can to measure up.) We're excited to be placed together in such a vibrant community of faith, to discover how our individual and shared gifts will grow, to learn from a talented pastor-couple in Peter and Kathy, and to participate in God's mission with you all. So, in order for you to get to know us a bit better, we'll introduce...
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Fall Music Programs Are Underway

Time to begin singing, ringing and playing our instruments at Messiah! There is something for every age, and every talent has opportunity for expression. Whether you regularly attend at Hazel Dell or North County, all groups will be sharing at both sites throughout the year. "Music has been given to man alone that he might thereby remind himself that God has created man for the express purpose of praising and extolling God." Martin Luther Whether you sing, ring handbells, play an instrument or just want to get involved in helping our worship through audio and visual technology, you will not want to miss these opportunities for expressing your worship! Details about the following programs can be found in Music Ministries . For more information concerning any worship opportunity email David F. Teete r or Kaitlyn Roth or call them at 360-574-7081. Ongoing Sat 3:30-5:00pm – Worship Team : Rehearsals are...
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Oso Mudslide Thanks

Dear Diana and Jeane – Messiah's Children's Quilt Ministry We want to thank you for sending the beautiful children's quilts for those affected by the Oso landslide. The quilt that had the trucks on it was given to Jacob Spillers. You probably saw pictures of him in the news—it has become an iconic photo from the disaster. Jacob's father and three siblings all died in their home. It was a miracle that, somehow, Jacob popped up to the top of the mud. His mother was not at home at the time and is alive to care for him. I am told that he loves trucks and the quilt is perfect for him. The three other quilts were given to the children of Ryan Pszonka. His sister, her husband and their two children—the Ruthven family—were all lost in the tragedy. Ryan and his wife have three children, so they lost their two...
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Same Easter, New Life

"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation." -2 Corinthians 5:17-18 The verdict should have been enough to call the whole thing off for this young seminary student. After two years of hopeless rhetoric surrounding the future of the church, an email sat in my inbox sentencing me to one year in the Pacific Northwest—the religious wasteland of the United States! For decades, Oregon and Washington have been setting the trend for the rest of the country as less and less people head to church on Sunday mornings or even identify themselves as Christian. Now the rest of the country is catching up and it's leaving our seminaries wondering, "What is God up to in our churches?"...
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Food on the 4th Sets New Record

2070 pounds of food, along with soap, toothpaste, and other incidentals were collected during the month of December for the Lewis River Mobile Food Bank. This is a new record for a one month collection! The Lewis River Food Bank thanks you for your support. All has been greatly appreciated. Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Ridgefield will be the recipients for our January collection. The collection will be the weekend of January 25/26. They have requested several items that currently are in short supply: Canned fruits and vegetables (the #1 request) ; Tuna; One can meals such as chili, ravioli, spaghettios stew etc.; Boxed meals: Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, potatoes (scalloped, au gratin etc.) ; Macaroni and cheese, pasta; Optional: toilet paper, soaps of all kinds, toothpaste, deodorants, hand lotion (These are all items that are not covered by food stamps.). Monetary gifts are also helpful in allowing the food bank to purchase...
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Holiday Greetings from Pastoral Intern Andrew

Andrew Suhr, our Pastoral Intern from last year and his wife Patti sent us a Christmas letter and update from the past few months. Please read! holiday_letter_suhr.pdf
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Over 1000 Attend Christmas Eve Services

How wonderful for so many people to come share their Christmas Eve with Messiah!
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Why We Support Messiah

Recently, Kathy and I participated in an in-depth ministry audit of another congregation in our synod. One of the most telling questions was, "What would be lost if this congregation ceased to exist?" A large cadre of members from within the congregation and an equally large number of community leaders from outside the church paused and reflected. As we listened to one heartfelt response after another, we observed that no one (including the pastors) fully grasped how significant, broad, and profoundly important was this congregation's work and service. Kathy and I are certain that we too do not fully comprehend the extent of the good that Messiah is accomplishing week after week, month after month. Below are only snapshots. Pastoral Intern Joe recently remarked, "This has to be the best internship site anywhere." Messiah is making a lasting investment in the future of the church. Messiah's preschool is operating at...
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Over 600 people attended the Festival of Lessons and Carols!!

Messiah's rich tradition of presenting a full-on concert the weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday continues. It is an annual kick-off to the Advent and Christmas season. While Messiah is by no means mega-size, the quality of the presentation lived up to its reputation again this year.
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Festival of Lessons and Carols

Messiah's Annual Christmas Concert Begin your Christmas season in celebration! 5:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7;  8:30 and 9:45 a.m. Sunday December 8 Presented by Messiah music groups
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Are You a Sinner or a Saint? Yes

Are You a Sinner or a Saint? Yes. by Pr. Peter Braafladt And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him . – Col. 1.21-22 The first weekend of November is always celebrated as All Saints' Saturday/Sunday at Messiah. It is the weekend that we remember and give thanks for all the saints who have served Christ in word and deed and especially those who now rest in the Lord. We often begin the worship by singing the hymn with these memorable words, "For all the saints, who from their labors rest..." For many people, identifying someone as a saint means that the one being identified was or is closer to God than the rest of us. This conclusion is indicated by all the...
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Thanksgiving Eve Worship and Pie Fest

7:00 Thanksgiving Eve Worship, followed by our annual Pie Fest All are invited to Messiah's Thanksgiving eve worship followed by the annual Pie Fest at the Hazel Dell campus. (Bring a  pie to share!)
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First Impressions

Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. - Rom. 15.7 Did you know that first time guests at worship typically decide within ten minutes whether they will return for a second visit? That is not very long to make a first impression ... and we all know how important first impressions can be. I ask you to pay extra special attention to the presence of guests at Messiah. Say a silent prayer for each one you notice and then gently and assertively extend a warm personal welcome to them before service begins. Introduce yourself. Follow-up by introducing guests to others you already know. If you are at the Hazel Dell campus, offer to show guests around if they need help finding the nursery or introduce them to Alyson Schumacher or Jessica Potts if they have a student. How guests feel welcomed in...
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The Journey Is the Destination

by Pastoral Intern Joseph Natwick "Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you." – 3 John 5 Dad and I don't mess around when it comes to travelling. Much to the chagrin of other members of our family, who prefer that road trips include taking in the beautiful sites and landscapes of America, my father and I are all about the destination. Breaks are optional, lunch is on the go, and rest is taken in short snippets in the passenger seat. Not really the "scenic option." Well, dad and I had the pleasure of driving from Fargo, ND to Vancouver, WA just last month to meet the people of Messiah who I would be called to serve for the next year. We were making great time. That is until we got stuck on I-84 behind an incident involving the tragic shooting...
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