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 express their personal thanks to Mary.
It is customary for congregations hosting pastoral interns to offer an opportunity to give a special monetary gift to their interns as they conclude their tenure. You may make a gift online by going to Messiah's online giving portal. After entering the amount of your gift, use the Select a fund pull-down menu to select "Special Donation" (it's the first choice at the top the list), type "Mary" into the optional memo field, and then click the blue "Continue" button.
Your online gift will be recorded on your annual giving statement and combined with others' gifts in a single check from the congregation.
There will also be a card basket available for non-tax-deductible gifts direct to Mary on the weekend of the celebration, August 12-13.
The coming weeks will be busy as we bid farewell and Godspeed to all of Messiah's interns. August 13 will also mark the final Sunday for our college summer interns Hannah Norem and Zach Croonquist. Hannah will return to Augustana University in Sioux Fall, SD, and Zach to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.
As we say our goodbyes, we will also look forward to the coming of Messiah's next seminary intern from Luther Seminary, Ryan Dockery. He and wife Breann will arrive Labor Day weekend.
Thank you for all the ways you serve to support, nurture, and encourage the next generation of pastors for the church.
Yours in Christ, Prs. Peter and Kathleen Braafladt
P.S. To see where Mary is headed next year, click here.