Family Drop and Shop, Saturday, Dec. 16

byline: Joy Studer   Parents may bring their children of all ages to Messiah on Saturday, December 16th any time between 10a-1:30p for arts, crafts, stories and games. Suggested donation of $10 per child all goes toward the intergenerational Guatemala trip next May sponsored by Lutheran Partners in Global Mission . The nurs...
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Go "tail" it on the mountain - Shopping can change lives

Americans spend over $300 billion on Christmas shopping each year. This year, consider giving gifts that fight hunger and grow the church with ELCA Good Gifts . Select from more than 50 gifts – from goats to water filters to school fees – to help people in need. All gifts can be given in honor of friends and loved ones, and each gift comes with a f...
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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" offerings 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, W...
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Theology on Tap - Monday, December 4, 2017 - "Can you hear me now?"

Uptown Barrel Room in downtown Vancouver for an exclusive, ToT patrons' only event | 7:00-8:45pm | register here You are welcome to arrive early to order dinner or hor d'oeuvres ... the earlier the better. This is a "Bring a Friend" Event Consider this a Christmas party to which you may invite a friend or two ... or more*! The m...
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Messiah will host Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO), January 21-28, 2018

by Brenda Gardner  |   click here to sign up   |     Our congregation will be participating in providing staffing for the Winter Hospitality Overflow shelter at St. Paul Lutheran Church. This ministry provides overnight housing for 24-30 homeless men during the winter months. It is a truly ecumenical ministry...
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"Of the Father's Love Begotten" Christmas Cantata this weekend - December 2-3

Performances on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5:00p and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 8:30 and 9:45a   Messiah Lutheran Church has a rich tradition of presenting a full-on concert the week after Thanksgiving. It's an annual kick-off to the Advent and Christmas season. While Messiah is by no means a mega-size church, the quality of the ...
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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will read "Astoria" for January 3

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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Hiking Group will trek this Sunday, November 12

Frenchman's Bar  Trail with Family Friendly Happy Hour following.   To register, click here .   Frenchman's Bar Trail   9612 NW Lower River Road  People of all ages and abilities are welcome on this hike. Invite your friends! Elevation changes are minimal and the entire trail—3.9 miles—is paved (see photo below). You m...
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Former Summer Intern in the News

Remember summer intern Hannah Norem? She's in a 4-minute piece produced by a Sioux Falls television station about millennials, social justice, "nones," and the Lutheran Reformation. See if you can identify another former summer  intern in the background. Hannah's part begins at 1 minute, 55 seconds (1:55).   Watch it here »
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Treat Street Fun is this Wednesday, October 25

6:00–7:00p, Wednesday, October 25; begins in the sanctuary All children 5th grade and younger are invited to this fun event. Games, crafts, snacks and trick-or-treating in Messiah's classrooms all led by the middle school and high school youth of Messiah. This is a great event in which to invite a friend! Children should come dressed in non-spooky ...
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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 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

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 #103  |   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 child fro...
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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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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 reading "Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship"

The Prayer Breakfast Group is reading 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. Pete...
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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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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 meeting 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 have formed at Messiah. The group meets weekly from 6:00-7:00p as part of Messiah Lutheran Church's midweek Faith Life in Progress (FL!P) pr...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tuesday Morning Small Group studying Matthew's Gospel

Churches following the Revised Common Lectionary (Messiah included) are about to embark on the year of Matthew. Almost all of the Gospel of Matthew will be read during worship over twelve month's time beginning the first Sunday of Advent, November 27. In preparation for the year of Matthew, the Tuesday Morning Pra...
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Former Pastoral Intern Allison Siburg accepts Call to serve Salem Lutheran Church, Fontanelle, NE

We miss you guys at Messiah, but we're slowly getting used to this new landscape! The people here have been so welcoming and kind as we transition to life in Nebraska. Timothy's role is up and running full-time at the synod office, and just last week I accepted a call to be Pastor at Salem Lutheran in Fontanelle, NE. We'll live next door at the par...
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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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Parenting the Love and Logic Way®, Tuesdays, October 4 - November 8

An opportunity for parents with children 6-months to 6-years of age and happening in Ridgefield |  sponsored by Messiah Lutheran Church's North County & Hazel Dell campuses Would you like to feel more confident at parent? Would you like more fun parenting? Would you like to fee more relaxed at the end of the day? Love a...
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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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Lawson ready to leave for Liberia. It’s been a long time in the making.

contributed by Jim Dawson on behalf of all the Messiah friends of Lawson Jallah.  Two years after a 2014 Fund Raiser concert, Messiah member Lawson Jallah will board an airplane on September 12 that will take him to Monrovia, Liberia. There he will meet his family and fiancé whom he hasn't seen in eighteen years. ...
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All-Congregation Picnic and Day of Service for the ELCA’s “God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday - September 11 after worship

All-congregation-both-campuses Picnic - 11:00am  I t's back—an all-church, combined Hazel Dell and North County campus picnic following worship on Sunday, September 11. The event will take place in the big backyard of the intern house in Hazel Dell (1017 NW 94 th Street, just west of the preschool). Meal service will begin at 11...
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Yoga with Heidi Johnson begins 09.07.2016

Restless: A yoga class accessible to all skill levels and focused on the spiritual connection between bone, brain and breath.  Messiah's own Heidi Johnson will be leading five absolutely free sessions of a new yoga class in the gymnasium at Messiah's Hazel Dell campus. You are invited to attend one or all five sessions! Sessions will be on: Mo...
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Serving in Messiah's Teaching Congregation Mission Initiative

Being a Teaching Congregation for the Church (one of Messiah's three defining mission initiatives) requires the commitment of a large number of people. This year, 22 individuals served on teams relating to pastoral intern Allison, and summer interns Austin and Miriam. Our many thanks to the following who welcomed, supported, evaluated, an...
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Important Information for new and returning Messiah Preschool Households from Joyce Handran, Director

Thank you for choosing Messiah Lutheran Preschool for your child(ren)'s early educational experience. We are honored to serve your children during these formative years and look forward to partnering with you in supporting their growth in the months/years to come. New Parent Orientation—Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7:00p There is a 30-minute optional ...
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Guatemala Mission Team is inspired to serve

An update from Vicki Taylor-Roskopf, adult sponsor   August 1, 2016   Nothing could have prepared our group for what we have experienced thus far. The warm hospitality and community greetings have been humbling. As we walked on a dirt road to enter their village, several people met us with bouquets, balloons and banners welcoming Mes...
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Financial Review Underway

​ Under the direction of James Harnish , CPA and partner at   Ford, Black & Co. , Portland, OR, Messiah members, Betsi Eki, Mary Hatzenbeler, Libby Odren, and Jon Ricket, conducted a thorough on-site review of Messiah's finances, accounting, and bookkeeping processes last week.  Before the  audit began, Mr. Harnish...
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Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Small Group begins new study August 30

You are invited to participate in the next study of the Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Small Group based on the book The Phoenix Affirmations by Eric Elnes. A limited number of books are available for purchase ($4.50) at church. Click here for the reading schedule . Steeped deeply in the words of Jesus and built on t...
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Messiah Volunteers Resupply Sam’s Art Cart

ART THERAPY CONTINUES FOR PATIENTS AT LEGACY SALMON CREEK HOSPITAL  Monday, June 27, twelve volunteers from Messiah gathered to help resupply and put together art activity packages for Sam's Art Cart. Pastoral care chaplains and nurses use the cart to provide a variety of art materials and journals to patients at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospi...
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You are Invited to help set-up at Compassion Ridgefield - Friday, 08.26.2016

Online volunteer registration is now closed. However, you are invited to help on the set-up day, Friday, August 26, starting at 12:30pm. (No preregistration is required.) Meet at Ridgefield Nazarene Church and look for Larry and Nancy Johnson. You too can be the hands and heart of Jesus! ---------------------------------- Not long ag...
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Siburgs headed to the Nebraska Synod of the ELCA

Bishop Brian Maas and the Council of the Nebraska Synod of the ELCA have called Timothy Siburg to serve in a full-time synodical staff position as Director for Stewardship. He will begin in late August. Timothy currently serves Messiah as its half-time Mission Developer for the North County campus. Prior to s...
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Meet Messiah's next pastoral intern - Mary Beenken

Mary will be Messiah's 6th pastoral intern from Luther Seminary. She will begin in September.   Hello from St. Paul, Minnesota! My name is Mary Beenken, and I will have the privilege of serving as Messiah Lutheran's intern, beginning in September. With the help of my fiancé Nathan Johnson, I'll be trying to fill the very la...
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5:00pm Saturday Evening Worship Time and Saturday Evening Godly Play®

Summertime Godly Play® classes for children 3 years-5th grade are in room 103.  Messiah's trained Godly Play practioners are ecstatic to be spending time with the children during these summer evenings, telling new Bible stories, and continuing Christian education in the most fun way possible! Godly Play allows children to think outside the box and to grow a remarkable theological insights of the many stories from the Bible that they hear and experience. I wonder… what part of Godly Play will your child most enjoy? Brightest blessings, Joy Studer, Director of Children's and Family Ministries Weekly Theme for 5:00pm Saturday Evening Godly Play August 6th - Baptism Storyteller - Megan Doorkeeper - Alex August 13th - Jonah Storyteller - Betsi Doorkeeper - Tiffany August 20th - Story of Daniel Storyteller - Joy Doorkeeper - Garet August 27th - The Great Family Storyteller - Joy Doorkeeper - Andrea No GP Labor...
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Meet Messiah's College Summer Interns for 2016

Both will arrive the fourth week of May to serve 10-12 week summer internships within the congregation. Lloyd and Dorothy Summers will host both interns in their home. Miriam Hanson Hello and thank you! My name is Miriam Hanson, and I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as one of Messiah’s summer interns in the coming months. A little bit of background on me: Originally from Rochester, MN, this May I will graduate from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD with degrees in psychology and Spanish, and a minor in religion. My future plans likely include attending seminary, and I have potential interests in hospital chaplaincy or in combining social work with ministry. First, however, I am hoping to spend the 2016-2017 academic year serving with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in one of their many placement cities within the U.S. In my free time I enjoy...
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VBS registration full! Wait list forming

Egypt comes to Messiah! July 11-15 & 17, 2016  Online registration form Join Joseph as he swats away scorpions in a dark prison cell...stroll through the golden splendor of Pharaoh's palace...experience exotic sights and smells in an Egyptian bazaar...be carried away by music wafting through enticing desert air. What a week of fun—and lasting Bible learning! This year the church will be transformed into an Egyptian desert as together we learn about Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace! Children will go to different stations each day with their group leader and discovering however they learn best. The separate stations are designed to meet the needs of and engage all kinds of learners. Each day of Egypt's holy adventure, your child will be led by a family Leader with 5-7 other children to the individual stations that grow and teach the days bible points and verses. Our primary aim and hope...
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Parenting the Love and Logic Way®, Wednesdays, April 13-May 18

Love and Logic is a parenting program designed to provide practical skills that can be used immediately. Love ... allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic ... allows children to live with the consequences of their choices. Love and Logic ... is a way of working with children that put parents and teachers back in control, teaches children to be responsible, and prepares young people to live in the real world, with its many choices and consequences. Classes will be on Wednesdays, April 13 – May 18 in the Fellowship Hall of the Hazel Dell campus from 6:00-7:00pm. The cost is $25/couple or individual, and $12/workbook. Full and partial financial assistance is available. To sign-up or to learn more, contact Joy Studer , Director of Children and Family Ministries, via email or 360.574.7081. Bonus. Enjoy a family dinner in Messiah’s Lower Level Dining Hall anytime between 5:00-6:00pm on Wednesdays as part of...
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A Year of Living Luke - 8 springtime sessions resume 04.13.2016

Pastoral Intern Allison and Pr. Peter invite you to the spring sessions of A Year of Living Luke adult Bible study class. During the fall we explored how God’s story and our story interact. In January we wondered how we would preach unique Lukan passages. During spring sessions of the class, we will focus on who Jesus is, and who we are as Jesus’ disciples in the 21 st century (with light optional homework). The classes are Wednesdays 10:00-11:30am and 6:00-7:00pm.  Morning sessions meet in the Hazel Dell campus fellowship hall as well as the March 30 and May 25 eveing sessions. All other evening sessions will be in rooms 205-207 in the education wing (April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18). Week 1 - March 30 Discipleship and the Call to It Luke 5:1-11 – The Call of Disciples & Fishers of People Luke 9:46-52 – True Greatness,...
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