Living in Gratitude: Seeking to Commitment

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. ...
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Messiah Music Opportunities for Children

Praise Patrol : Three year olds to grade 1   4:45-5:15pm (Rooms 205/207)   Young children experience dance, song, and rhythm at an age when these gifts most need to be fostered. This is a great confidence building experience for your children. The Praise Patrol's efforts are not pointed toward performance as much as building enjoyment and...
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New Hiking Group's next trek is this Sunday, October 22

Whipple Creek Trail with Happy Hour for everyone at 3 Peaks Brewery in Ridgefield. To register, click here . Whipple Creek Trail People of all ages and abilities are welcome on this hike. Invite your friends! Participants can choose the "easy" or more "difficult" hike. These are easy – moderate options. Dress for the weather, ea...
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Special Invitation to participate in the Choir for its annual Christmas Cantata, December 2-3

Do you enjoy singing Christmas music? If so, you are invited to join rehearsals of the choir starting this Wednesday, October 18, and continuing through the performances of Messiah's Christmas Cantata on December 2 and 3. This short-term stint with choir involves participating in limited Wednesday evening rehearsals from 7:00-7:35-ish. There is no ...
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First Communion Class for parents and children, Wednesday, November 1

6:00-7:00p | Room #105  |   Synopsis : An educational event led by Pastor Kathy to help children learn about Holy Communion. People of all ages are welcome to the Lord's Table at Messiah. A child's readiness to receive Holy Communion is left up to the child's parent(s) or guardians. While there is no theological reason to rush a chil...
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Living in Gratitude: Scarcity to Abundance

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Rom. 8:38-39 As those named and claimed in the abundant promises of baptism, we have God's...
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Volunteers needed to help build retaining wall in the HD courtyard

​part of the courtyard beautification & water diversion project | Saturday, Oct.14 | 9:00-11:00a | volunteers may simply show up. Please bring heavy work gloves. Volunteers are needed to help build a two-course and capstone concrete block retaining wall in the Hazel Dell campus courtyard. The new wall will run ...
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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will read "Wonder" for November 1

First Wednesday of each month | 10:00-11:30am | Hazel Dell campus | Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, always drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of discussion is never a challenge as everyone has the oppo...
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A Month Filled with Tragedy - Messiah’s Stephen Ministers are here to help

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28  |   This last month set a record for disasters: fires in the west, Hurricane Harvey in Texas, followed by Irma in the Caribbean and Florida, and Maria in Puerto Rico, an earthquake in Mexico, and now the unimaginable loss of life in Las Ve...
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Tuesday Morning Small Group will read "Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship"

The Prayer Breakfast Group will read Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship  (© 2017) edited by Adam Copeland . The group is led by Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor Ryan. Everyone is welcome to participate ... and Pr. Peter pays for breakfast for all first-time guests! Questions? Want to know more? Contact Pr. Peter . Me...
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Who is Listening?

a reflection by Norma Moore, Stephen Ministry Leader  We all have stories we need to share. We may not have been through a flood or fire or hurricane recently, but we all have life stories to tell and someone needs to listen to us tell them. We all have faced change and challenge, loss and grief, joy and sorrow. We all have stories. We all nee...
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Blessing of the Pets on St. Francis of Assisi Day, October 4 - 4:30-5:15p

Pet owners are invited to bring their pets (or a photo of their pet) to church on Wednesday, October 4, from 4:30-5:15p for a blessing from the pastors. Weather permitting, the blessings will be on the north lawn along NW 94th ST. If it is raining, the blessings will be under the breezeway leading to the front doors of the church.&nb...
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New Group for Parents forming as part of Faith Life in Process (FL!P) on Wednesdays

Justin and Carrie Ferrell, both of whom are m ental health counselors at Real Life Counseling , invite you to be a guest of a new group for  parents that  they are forming at Messiah. The group will meet weekly from 6:00-7:00p as part of Messiah Lutheran Church's midweek Faith Life in Progress (FL!P) program start...
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Re-Thinking Church - a special first session of the new Adult Bible study on the Book of Acts with Greg Rhodes, Pr. Peter, and Intern Pr. Ryan

Wednesday, September 27  |  Presentations at 10:00am and 6:00pm  |  Hazel Dell Campus    Greg and Pr. Peter will be sharing how they (and many others) are seeing the ground shift in regard to the church's work, the challenges and opportunities ahead, and how these may impact Messiah and its future minist...
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New Adult Bible Study on the Book of Acts. Wednesdays with Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Ryan. Classes at 10am and 6pm

Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Ryan are co-teaching this new adult Bible class on the Book of Acts. Attend either the morning or evening session. The course began with a special first session titled "Rethinking Church." Greg Rhodes, Intern Pr. Ryan, and Pr. Peter discussed the challenging future for the C...
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Experiences and the body of Christ

Summer intern Hannah Norem leaves us with her reflections about her summer experience with Messiah.  "So, what exactly are you going to do on this internship?" seemed to be the most important question on my friends' and family's minds before I drove halfway across the country to Vancouver. To be honest, I cannot tell them all of the ...
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Theology on Tap considers "Religion and Resistance" in September 26 Event - Wait List forming

Tuesday, September 26 – 7:00-8:45pm  |  Ben's Bottle Shop, Garrison Square, Vancouver   [Update 09.18.2017] This event is now "sold out." But stuff happens and there are always those unable to make it on the night event—and they're pretty good about letting us know. We are very conscientious about contacting people on the wait l...
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New Hiking Group's next trek - Sunday, September 10

Lacamas Heritage Trail with Happy Hour for everyone—including pets—on the private patio at MEstro's in Camas. To register, click here . Lacamas Heritage Trail People of all ages and abilities are welcome on this hike. Invite your friends! Participants can choose to hike along the Lacamas Heritage Trail and/or to hike around Round Lak...
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Lord, Give Me Strength

Joy's  final blog. "Lord give me strength!" This is what my mother would say in an exasperated tone when I was trying her patience, which I did frequently. Now, however, this has been my saying, my prayer, and my request, as I get ready to say farewell to all of you here at Messiah. As we look for houses and for a new community to call home up...
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Godly Play® Kicks-off Sunday, September 10

Yes, it's that time of year again! Godly Play® kicks-off with an open house Sunday, September 10, in rooms 101, 103, and 105 for ages 3 years- 5th graders. There will be crafts ready with adult and youth volunteers to greet children and families. Parents are welcome to stay or attend the 9:45am worship service in the sanctuary. Kick-...
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Messiah's Mom's Group begins a New Year

Mom's of all stages of life are welcome to room 108 every Monday morning from 9:30-11:30a where we connect through Bible study, good conversations, occasional craft projects, and the necessary coffee. This group welcomes moms who can make it every week, and moms who can only come once in awhile. This is a group where #momlife is understoo...
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Farewell Weekend for Joy Studer and her Family, August 26-27

Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27, marks the farewell weekend for Joy Studer and her family at Messiah's Hazel Dell campus. Joy, Garet, and Everett are moving to Everett, WA. Joy has served as the congregation's Director of Children's and Family Ministries through which she brought her "joy" to the entire congregation and staff. Joy will be present...
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Deep Roots. New Life.

Project Manager for Messiah's North County Ministry, Greg Rhodes reflects on letting go of what no longer makes sense, and discovering deeper life in God.  At age 30 I accepted a promotion to run a new manufacturing plant. It was a bet-the-company move, tripling the size of the business with a new product line if it worked (and bankruptin...
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Introducing Grace Middelstadt - Interim Director of Children’s and Family Ministries

Grace and her family have been members at Messiah since Grace was five years old. When she was a little older, Grace and her mother used to teach a Sunday school class together. She is also a nine-year veteran of Messiah's annual high altitude backpack trip in the Wallowa Mountains. A year ago, she graduated from Linfield College in McMinnvill...
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Introducing Reta Sollenberger - newly hired Assistant Nursery Attendant

Reta and husband Mark are recent transplants to Vancouver from south Florida where Reta served as an elementary teacher for 39 years at St. Paul (Boca Raton) and Faith (Ft. Lauderdale) Lutheran Schools. She has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Florida and a Colloquy Degree in Religious Studies from Concordia Teacher's College in ...
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Tuesday Morning Small Group will reading "October 31, 1517: Luther and the Day that Changed the World", September 12 - October 3

The Prayer Breakfast Group began the new school year by reading October 31, 1517: Luther and the Day that Changed the World (© 2016) by Dr. Martin Marty . The group is led by Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor Ryan. Synopsis As the catholic (universal) Church prepares to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on...
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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will read "All the Light We Cannot See" for Sept. 6

First Wednesday of each month |  10:00-11:30am |  Hazel Dell campus |   Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, always drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of discussion is never a challenge&...
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Sunday Hiking Group forming at Messiah

First hike will be August 20  |   Caravanning and carpooling from the HD parking lot at 11:30am. To register for this hike, click here . The inaugural day-hike for a family-friendly hiking group at Messiah is set for Sunday, August 20. Hike difficulty ratings will be easy to moderate and distances will be short and long with eac...
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Shhhhhhhhhh. It's a surprise! A gift for Intern Mary for her final Sunday, August 13

Dear Members and Friends of Messiah, Pastoral Intern Mary Beenken will be completing her year at Messiah on Sunday, August 13. That day, during the 9:45am service, we will give thanks for her ministry and celebrate her time among us. There will also be receptions in her honor after both services to provide the opportunity for everyone to expre...
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Where are we going?

North County Campus Project Manager, Greg Rhodes, wonders if the Messiah community is as confident in God as it is in its own competencies. Read on.   When our kids were young, occasionally my wife Heidi and I would declare, "Let's go." The kids would always ask, "Where are we going?" Imagining we were clever and fun, parents every child would...
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Candidates Sought for Director of Children and Family Ministries

Non-Exempt | FTE: 0.75   Messiah Lutheran Church is seeking a part-time (30 hours per week) Director of Children and Family Ministries. This person will coordinate program ministries for all children birth through fifth grade and their families. Responsibilities include planning and implementing program ministries for Sunday school, ...
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Confirmation Crash Course offered by Intern Mary

Three session class will happen Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 18-20   Intern Mary invites you to join her in mixing up the summer with a three-night confirmation crash-course for all ages! Are you a confirmand who missed a portion of confirmation in the last few years? Are you an adult who never had the opportunity to go thr...
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Joy Studer and her family are moving to Everett, WA

Director of Children's and Family Ministries will conclude her work at Messiah on August 27.   My Messiah Family,  It is with a broken heart that I have to inform you all that my time as your Director of Children and Family ministries is coming to an end. My husband has been offered a position north of Seattle at Everett Community Co...
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Three CRHS graduates receive 2017 Judy Joy Fund Scholarships

Judy Herkert was a classroom assistant at Columbia River High School who worked with teacher Tim Smith. She loved her students. She loved her work. And she loved her church, Messiah Lutheran. Judy died in December 2014 after a long battle with breast cancer. Following her death, Judy's sister and brother-in-law, Dianne and John Patience helped...
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What grows in my garden … a happy heart

Joy Studer, Director of Children's and Family Ministries, reflects on her recent trip to Guatemala with Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry   I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds. -&nbs...
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Rev. Ron Werner, ELCA Pastor Developer for Millennial Engagement in Portland will be guest preacher July 1 and 2 at Messiah

Saturday Service, July 1, at 5:00p at HD and Sunday Service, July 2 at 10:00a at NCC    Ron's specific call is to bring together people in the first half of life to explore and experiment with spirituality, community building, and collective action. In light of Messiah's recent discernment process, we have invited Ron ...
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Theology on Tap - June 22

To register, click here .  Topic — How to Have Difficult Conversations   Location – The big backyard of the Intern House, just west of the church on NW 94th St. Childcare — Free, professionally staffed, on-site childcare for infants - 10 yr. olds next door at the church! (see below) Guest Presenter The Rev Dr. William DeLong, Ed.D., M.Div...
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Important Follow-Up Information to the Meeting of the Congregation on June 4, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,  These past few months have been a blessed time for Messiah, praying, listening and sharing. We are grateful for the people who have walked together with us in discernment, through prayer and participation in the feedback opportunities. This past Sunday at the Meeting of the Congregation we tried to communi...
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The Timing is Up to God

Nathan and I love gardening. Of course, like many gardeners, we love the end results of our hard work. We like the beauty of flowers in our front yard and the satisfaction of eating vegetables we grew ourselves. But we also love the glamor-less, labor-intensive parts: the pruning and weeding, the digging and watering. It's a lovely and gratify...
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Why Did I Wait so Long? – by Richard Vaughn

Stephen Minister Richard Vaughn reflects on his Stephen Ministry experience.  To me being a Stephen Minister means being open to the needs of someone else. The training you receive is incredible, though each care receiver has very different needs and it is a learning and growing experience to connect with them. Being a Stephen minister has cha...
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Wondering about the Future of Gardening

He [Jesus] said therefore, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches." – Lk.13.18 Now there was a garden in the place where he [Jesus] was crucified, and in the garden there was...
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Theology on Tap takes on the topic of "mission tripping," Tuesday, May 23

7:00-8:45pm (publuck starts at 6:30pm).  Register here . Please act quickly. There are only a few spots left.  Previous months of Theology on Tap have quickly filled to capacity. Seating is limited for this event. Synopsis When is going on a mission trip, tripping over mission? Christ calls us to serve our neighbor, but when may we b...
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Intern Pr. Mary wins year-long graduate preaching fellowship.

What will Nathan and I be doing next year? Ufda. Well, for starters, we'll be moving to Des Moines, Iowa, where Nathan will complete his own pastoral internship. As many of you know, Nathan and I were in the same seminary class—but Nathan was gracious enough to take a year off from his schooling while I came to intern at Messiah. Next year it's his...
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Messiah's pastoral interns: Heidi Johnson will serve as '17-'18 Pastoral Intern at Nativity LC, Bend, OR

"When the time is right, I, The Lord, will make it happen." - Isa. 60:22  My journey towards becoming an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) has not been the quick, linear, or smooth-sailing adventure I imagined it would be when I wrote my first candidacy essay at eighteen-years-old.Instead, it took me across the countr...
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Meet Ryan Dockery, Intern Pastor for '17-'18

Greetings from Houston, Texas! My name is Ryan Dockery, and I am thrilled to be joining Messiah Lutheran as your pastoral intern this fall. I grew up in a small town in central Texas called La Grange. Maybe you have heard a song by ZZ Top about it. I spent my first 18 years until graduating from high school in La Grange. During that time I was deep...
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Theology on Tap - May 1 - Trivia on Tap

​RSVP is required. Click here to register . Previous months of Theology on Tap have quickly filled to capacity. Seating is limited for this event. UPDATE on 04.22.2017. Our pub owner is allowing us to add more seating. There are still open seats. Topic Trivia on Tap Synopsis Charge up your thinking caps and hide your digital devices as we brea...
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God Equips the Called

a reflection by Stephen Ministry Co-Leader, Detra Swenson.  I did not choose to be a Stephen minister. God called me. I reminded him that Stephen ministry is a listening ministry and I am not a good listener. He reminded me that he does not call the qualified; he qualifies the called. And so he did—50 hours of training plus continuing educatio...
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Karri Bukant leads new Monday evening Yoga Sessions

Monday evening classes have begun. Free childcare for both sessions!  Enjoy the yoga experience with instructor Karri Bukant. Two Christ-centered classes in the way only Karri can present them. Yoga Workshop 4:30 – 5:45pm in the gym An opportunity to breakdown poses and work on specific body parts, postures and alignment. Some previous yoga ex...
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Holy Week thoughts from Pr. Peter

Holy Week and Easter are better experienced than explained. Kathy and I always look forward to the unexpected ways the living Christ meets those who hear the Holy Week story for the first or for the 100 th time. You cannot be unaffected by it. Because of Easter, Jesus the Christ is alive and on the loose and always shows up to draw us home, give us...
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VBS wait list forming. Program dates: July 10-14, 16, 2017

Both preschool and grade school programs are at capacity, but we have begun a wait-list. Contact Joy ​ to add your child's name. Please complete and return an informed consent form during check-in on the first day of VBS, July 10. Informed Consent Form   . Two Programs   Preschool Program – children 4 years old (before September 1, 2017) ...
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Joy Studer invited to introduce Godly Play® in Guatemala

click here to donate »    Messiah's own Joy Studer, Director of Children's and Family Ministries, has accepted the invitation of Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry (LPGM) to experience the partnerships it has forged in Guatemala and to introduce Godly Play® to some key players in hopes of planting the seeds for future ministry opportuni...
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A Resurrection People

Reflections from Pastoral Intern Mary Beenken - A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of joining three former interns on a panel for our most recent Theology on Tap. The subject was 'changes in the church' and our task was to provide perspectives on how these changes were talked about and handled while we were in seminary—and whether or not that mea...
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Design a Robot Contest – 3 Winners will get Gift Cards

All children and adults are all invited to participate in a robot-building contest to benefit this summer's VBS program. All robots will be used to decorate the church during the week of Vacation Bible School, July 10-16, 2017. This year's theme is Maker Fun Factory: Created by God, Built for a Purpose. There are three categories for the robot cont...
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Minister of Welcome Job Posting Extended

The application period for a Minister of Welcome position at Messiah Lutheran Church has been extended. The position is approximately 0.3 FTE.  If you or others you know may be interested in this position, please share this information and point them to the links below. Hardcopy application packets are also available in the front office. Minis...
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Theology on Tap - March 28 - What's Next? Respawning. Resuscitation. Reabsorption. Reincarnation. Resurrection.

with Bo Sanders, Professor of Theology, George Fox Seminary, Tuesday, March 28, from 7:00-8:45pm at  Heathen Brewing Feral Public House.  Update 03.20.2017 - The event is filled to capacity, but life always happens and there are always a few who have to cancel. To get on the wait list, please email Pr. Peter . He will contact you as seats...
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Congregation Input and Discernment Meetings - Next Opportunity will be Wednesday, March 29, from 6:30-8:00pm

a message about upcoming opportunities for everyone to participate in the congregation's current three-month discernment process regarding steps in north Clark County from Greg Rhodes (Project Manager) and the Church Leadership Team (CLT)  Dear Members of Messiah, You've probably heard that our congregation has entered...
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Introducing Alison Treichel, Messiah's new Administrative Assistant

The Church Leadership Team and pastors are pleased to announce that a new administrative assistant has been hired for Messiah's front office. Alison Treichel will begin her work for the congregation tomorrow, Wednesday, March 8. Alison graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in communication sciences. She is currently working on ...
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About the Lutherans: Women and the Reformation

"I am prepared to lose everything, even life or limb. May God stand by me." So wrote Argula von Grumbach (1492–1563/68?) from Bavaria, who found Martin Luther's message of Christian freedom and equality empowering. This noble woman challenged an entire Catholic university in Ingolstadt in defense of Lutheran faith and a student persecuted for "Luth...
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Six words. Your input is needed.

When you think of Messiah, what comes immediately to mind? As part of the congregation's current discernment process, we want to hear about this from all members of the church. We have a fun and very quick way to say what is important to you about this faith community: share up to 6 words that describe Messiah for you. Some people may carefully cra...
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He's not there... you can tell.

Most of us stood in the hall making small talk. Every once in awhile, someone would enter the room quietly and return a minute later. Friends of my grandmother had come to pay their respects and view her body the day before her funeral. Each of us in the family had taken a turn beside her casket. All of us, except for Jacob, our son. He was only ni...
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Meet Messiah's College Summer Interns 2017

Hannah Norem and Zachary Croonquist will serve 10-12 week internships at Messiah this summer. Lloyd and Dorothy Summers will serve as their host family. Hannah Norem Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD Hello Messiah! My name is Hannah Norem and I am honored to serve as one of your friendly interns this summer. I am originally ...
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Seminar on Dementia, May 15,16, 22 - presented by Messiah’s Stephen Ministers

Messiah's Stephen Ministry Team is presenting a 3-session seminar on the topic of dementia this May. The evening classes are specifically for friends, family members, and caregivers of those who suffer with various degrees of dementia, and for those who may be anticipating the same. Jan Malone, author and leader of seven local dementia support grou...
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Theology on Tap - February 28, 2017

Fat Tuesday, February 28 – 7:00-8:45pm | Email Pr. Peter  to get on the wait list. |  Topic  -  Lent: Discipline, Discipleship, or just a Drag? Updated 02.18.2017: This event filled to capacity in less than a day. Life happens and people always cancel. A wait list is forming. See the email link above. We ...
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Minister of Welcome Job Posting

The Church Leadership Team has posted a new position for a Minister of Welcome at approximately 0.3 FTE. If you or others you know may be interested in this position, please share this information and point them to the links below. Hardcopy application packets are also available in the front office. Minister of Welcome (app...
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Bible Study? Small Group? Worship? Service projects? All of the above this Lent with Intern Mary's Internship Project. You can help.

You are invited to experience Lent in a new way with Intern Mary.  You can sign up here .  During Lent, Messiah typically interrupts its regularly-scheduled programming to bring you something a little different on Wednesday nights—and that's true this year as well! It's called "The Faces of Easter," and it's a six-week intergenerational e...
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An Introduction to Messiah's three-month Discernment Process

A Message from the members of the Church Leadership Team (CLT)  |   (Updated (02.10.2017) with meeting dates for all members of the congregation. See below.) Dear Fellow Messiah Members,  You may already be aware that the Church Leadership Team (CLT) is entering a discernment process about whether to move toward a dedicated Mess...
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About the Lutherans – The Augsburg Confession

The Augsburg Confession, written in the midst of the Reformation tumult, is the core statement of what Lutherans believe. It was produced in 1530, thirteen years after young professor Martin Luther posted the Ninety-Five Theses in Wittenberg. A lot had happened in those thirteen years. Thanks to Luther's creative exploration of the gospel and its i...
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All-Congregation Season of Discernment and Prayer Begins

​ The Church Leadership Team (CLT) invites the entire congregation to join them in daily prayer as we seek to follow God's way forward for the mission of the congregation in North Clark County At the semi-annual meeting on January 29, Greg Rhodes, Messiah's Project Manager for the North Campus, talked about the congregation entering a time of ...
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Cross-Campus Visitors Sought

​ An invitation to build unity by worshiping at Messiah's other campus on a once-a-month basis.   One Congregation, Two Locations. This is how we talk about Messiah, about our special opportunity to be one people across two campuses whose ministries radiate from multiple centers. To be one congregation under these circumstances takes...
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God is the Cure Giver

by Stephen Minister Marilyn Mattson   God works though us, like conduit, as we walk beside, listen to, have empathy, and pray confidentially on a one-to-one basis with one who needs hope and/or healing . The growth and help is left to God.He is the cure giver. The gift we receive as Stephen Ministers is to grow in our own faith, be better...
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Sydney Tag, Messiah Confirmation Student, Reflects on where she's seen God’s Stewardship – Every Day, Every Way.

When I was in sixth grade, our confirmation group went to Lapwai Idaho. We spent a week serving this wonderful community, and had an amazing time doing it. At the beginning of the week, we spent time getting to know the kids. These kids didn't have all the needs we have. Some of them didn't have shoes, and almost all of them were covered in dirt. O...
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Reformation Changes - First Communion

Lutheranism is a movement within the Church that is always reforming, ever on the lookout for the new ways that God is speaking and working in the world. One of the observable areas of change within our tradition has been the gradual movement among our congregations to lower the age for first Communion. A position paper from the ELCA concludes, "Th...
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Theology on Tap at The Uptown Barrel Room in Vancouver on Tuesday, January 31 from 7:00-8:45pm

Special Guest Presenters in a Panel Discussion |  Messiah Pastoral Interns Mary Beenken,  Ben Eisele,  Kristen Eisele,  Joe Natwick.     UPDATE ON 01.24.2017 PM -  This event is "sold out" and we have closed the registration portal as there are now 30 people on the wait...
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’17-’18 Messiah Preschool Registration Begins

from Joyce Handran, Preschool Director   Here are the pertinent details: ​ > ​ Families with children currently attending Messiah and church members register February 1    > Paperwork and fees will be accepted at 8:30am in church lobby, first-come, first-served > Forms will be numbered in order received—registration fees ($8...
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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will read "Rise of the Rocket Girls" for March 8 meeting

First Wednesday of each month (except for March)   10:00-11:30am   Hazel Dell campus   Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, always drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of discussion is nev...
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Yoga Class with Heidi Runs through May 15

A restorative yoga class accessible to participants of all skill levels and focused on the spiritual connection between bone, brain, and breath begins on Monday, January 9. Weekly sessions will go through Memorial Day. Messiah's own Heidi Johnson (M.Div.) leads these absolutely free sessions in the foyer at Messiah's Hazel ...
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About the Lutherans – Luther's Small Catechism

Of all the things Martin Luther wrote, he is probably best known for two things: the hymn "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" and the Small Catechism. Interestingly, Luther himself was ambivalent about the lasting value of most of his writings, with two exceptions—and one of them was this little pamphlet, the Small Catechism. And this from someone whose...
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Tuesday Morning Small Group will read "The Great Emergence", January 3 - February 7

The Prayer Breakfast Group will begin reading The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle next week. The group is led by Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor Mary. Synopsis Every five hundred years, the Church cleans out its attic and has a giant rummage sale. Well, not exactly. But according to internationally renowned religion expert Phyllis Tickle, this i...
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Parenting the Love and Logic Way® begins January 3, 2017

To register, contact Joy Studer , Dir. of Children's and Family Ministries. This class is for parents with children birth to 6-years of age. Would you like to feel more confident at parenting? Would you like more fun parenting? Would you like to fee more relaxed at the end of the day? Love and Logic® is a parenting program designed to provide pract...
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The Gift of Stephen Ministry - by Dianne Dawson

In this season of gifts and giving I am grateful for the gift of Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministry is a gift to the congregation, to those who are sad, who may be grieving a loss or facing a difficult time in their lives. A Stephen minister walks beside the care receiver through a time of sadness and helps them by listening. What a gift it is to h...
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Martin Luther's German Bible

What version of the Bible do you hear and read? Just in English, we have many to choose from. They range from translations that aim to be as accurate as possible (such as the New Revised Standard Version) to others whose main objective is to be easy to understand, even if certain details get lost. Imagine, though, if there were no Bible available i...
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The Perils of Gift Giving

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. – 1 Cor. 13:13  Last spring Kathy and I had a spirited conversation about a graduation gift for our son, Luke. We had agreed on the amount we would spend, and identified three possible items we both thought were excellent choices for the occasion. Our challeng...
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Messiah Mugs. One for you. One for someone you invite to Messiah this season.

Messiah's new mugs are available for purchase and for give-a-way. The 16 oz. mugs (proudly, but not too proudly) display Messiah's new logo featuring Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and the Columbia River as design elements forming a cross. The tapered mugs have a raised handle and will fit in any cup holder. And the dark interior means no embarrassing t...
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Former Summer Interns at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary ... and other places too

Between 2005 and 2010, and starting again in 2015, Messiah Lutheran Church hosted twelve college summer interns. Five of these interns made their way to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) in Berkeley, CA — all studying to become pastors. In the group photograph are former and current PLTS students (l-r) Jayson Nicholson (’08), Caitlyn Melillo (’10), Kevin Beebe (’10), and Ben Hogue (’09). Jayson just graduated has been approved for ordination in the ELCA.        Paul Kaczynski (’07) graduated from PLTS in the spring of 2014 and is the Pastor Developer at Luther's Table in Renton, WA.        One of Messiah's first summer interns, Seth Novak (’05), earlier completed his M.Div. degree at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Seth and wife Stephanie (also an ELCA pastor) now serve as co-pastors at Agnus Dei Lutheran Church in Gig Harbor, WA.        Other former interns include Kyle...
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Stewardship as Defiance by Mary Beenken, Pastoral Intern

And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah . - Acts 5:42   Despite the overtones of danger in the story preceeding this year's stewardship theme verse, Acts 5:42 conjures for me the image of a celebration—of people rejoicing as their numbers grow, full to bursting with joy and eag...
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Summer Intern Program for College Students set for 2017

Messiah is providing two internships for college students this coming summer. Pastors Peter and Kathy and Pastoral Intern Mary will serve as their mentors.  This 10-12 week summer internship is characterized as a "full-immersion" experience into the daily life of Messiah's dynamic, active, and growing congregation. The experience will provide a structured and intentional opportunity for interns to discuss and discern where God may be calling them to serve in their vocational lives. Pictured (l-r) are former summer interns Jayson Nicholson, Caitlyn Melillo, Kevin Beebe, and Ben Hogue on the campus of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. Jayson just graduated and has been approved for ordination, and the others are current PLTS students working toward their Masters of Divinity degree and ordination as pastors in the ELCA. The process of contacting Lutheran Campus Ministry pastors in the West and Midwest to identify potential candidates is underway. To catch up...
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Pray, Listen, and Share. North County campus discernment process moves to Hazel Dell campus on Sunday, Dec. 11, with forums at 8:30 and 9:45am

Pray, listen, and share.  That's what we did on November 20 at TriMountain in Ridgefield. The golf course fed us breakfast to say thanks for our presence there, and we used the opportunity to pray, listen and share about the future of Messiah's North County location. We heard about parcels and partnerships, financing and full seats. We listene...
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Thanksgiving Eve Worship and Pie Fest - 7:00pm

Start your holiday by giving thanks to the Giver of all good gifts and enjoy delicious pie immediately after the service. Everyone is invited. "Food on the 4th" offering will gladly be accepted. Pie Fest immediately afterward in the Lower Level Dining Hall. Enjoy a foretaste of the feast to come! Messiah Lutheran Church 905 NW 94th ST Vancouver, WA...
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Neighborly Steward–Every Day, Every Way - a reflection by Doug Ruecker

This past summer a former neighbor of ours passed away. When I reflect on my memories of Pat, my first thoughts are of his genuine generosity and kindness. I often bragged that I had the best neighbor a homeowner could ever have. Pat was the ultimate Mr. Fix-it. He had so many tools in his shop that I didn't know the name for half of them or how th...
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The Light of Christ

by Stephen Minister Jim Swenson     ​ Sometimes an experience of truth gets put into words that affirm my experience. The light of Christ lives within each of us. Stephen ministry is the communication with Christ that happens between the care giver and the care receiver. A question came to mind: Is the light of Christ brought to the ...
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Tuesday Morning Small Group will examine "Names for the Messiah" during Advent (Nov. 29 - Dec. 20)

​ The Prophet Isaiah foretold, "For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Christians have claimed from the beginning that Jesus was the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament. In preparation for Christmas, the Tuesday...
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Stewards: Every day. Every way. - See the Videos

View all the stewardship testimonials shown during worship here, and be inspired in your stewardship over everything that God has given to you manage: your money, your time, your skills. Many thanks to Mary Beenken and Nathan Johnson, Jon and Kris Ann Bial, Victor and Brooke Enriquez, Tom and Cathy Haywood, and Rod and Beth Ludvigsen. Thank you for prayerfully considering and making your pledge of financial support for the mission and ministries of Messiah in 2017. If you need new or additional materials to make your pledge, please contact  Doug Ruecker, Financial Secretary . Mary Beenken & Nathan Johnson Jon & Kris Ann Bial Victor & Brooke Enriquez Tom & Cathy Haywood Rod & Beth Ludvigsen    
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Stewards: Every day. Every way. - a reflection by Shari King

Shari King, mom, wife, self-employed worker, and Church Leadership Team member, shares a story about how a sermon heard years ago has influenced her stewardship practices and planning. When my husband, Dennis, and I were newly married, we sometimes visited a little church in our small town. I remember one sermon in particular when the pas...
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The Power of a Prayer and of a Principle: An explanation to why we are all learning new words in worship.

A message from Prs. Peter and Kathy, and Intern Pr. Mary    One of the more poignant moments I've experienced as a pastor was on an evening over 20 years ago. A group of men from our church had just returned from a "guys only" fishing trip—minus one man. The missing one had drowned, his body not yet recovered, the result of a windsto...
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About the Lutherans - Martin Luther: Monk to Reformer

We live in an era when fame is highly desired. Whether it's getting hits on social media, getting invited to desirable gatherings, or making it big in Hollywood or Nashville, people want to be known, to be memorable— often for the wrong reasons. It's noteworthy, then, that in 2017 the Lutheran church—and the world—marks a big anniversary involving ...
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Free Yoga with Heidi Johnson Nov. 7-Dec. 12

Known: A yoga class accessible to all skill levels and focused on the spiritual connection between bone, brain and breath.  Messiah's own Heidi Johnson (M.Div.) will be leading six absolutely free sessions of a new yoga class in the foyer at Messiah's Hazel Dell campus. You are invited to attend one or all six sessions! Ses...
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Final weekend of collections for Operation Christmas Child, Nov. 5-6

Operation Christmas Child is a global outreach program that collects toys, clothes, and toiletries for children in our world for whom these mean so much for Christmas. This Sunday, November 6, is the final collection day. We are in need of any small dolls, Barbies, bouncy balls, coloring items, play dough, underwear, socks, shirts, hats, stickers o...
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Healing of the Nation Prayer Services, Election Day, Nov. 8, 10:00am & 6:30pm

He [Jesus] was teaching and saying, "Is it not written,'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'?"  (Mk.11:17) It is always good for people of faith to gather together in prayer. Given the depths to which our nation's current election cycle has divided our country, and created anxiety about our nation's future, praying t...
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Theology on Tap takes on Sola Scriptura: Loose Canon or Canon Indeed?

Plenty of seats available for this Thursday's event!   Click here to register.  RSVP required. Thursday, November 3 - 7:00-8:45pm  Synopsis Five hundred years ago, the Protestant Reformation adopted the doctrine of Sola Scriptura, which proclaimed that the Bible alone was the authority on Christian doctrine and practice. But the...
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Greg Rhodes to serve as Project Manager for the Congregation

The Messiah community welcomes Greg Rhodes, new quarter-time Project Manager focused on the congregation's second campus in Ridgefield. Greg has extensive experience in working with church groups, both large and small. Within the circles of his own Episcopal tradition, he has led groups of laypeople, clergy, and diocesan executives in facilitating ...
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