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Worship together June 26

All guests are invited to worship together on June 26th. Both campuses will be worshiping together at the 10:30a service at Messiah Hazel Dell. The 10:30a service will be the only Messiah worship service that day.

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Jubilee Collective Holding Space luncheon July 10

Jubilee Collective will be honored by a visit from Bishop Richard Jaech on July 10th, with the Bishop preaching at both Messiah North and the Hazel Dell campus. Please join at the Hazel Dell campus at 11:30am that day to share a lunch (provided by Jubilee Collective) and hold space for all who are working to build inclusion, not just in the church,...

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Endowment Committee Dispersal Story – Buddy Bench at Lake Shore Elementary

A "buddy bench" is sometimes called a friendship bench. It's a fairly new concept to foster inclusion and reduce loneliness among children. The bench is placed on the playground. When a child sits on the bench, it signals to all other children that that person is looking for a friend. Shy children, children new to the school, or children with ...

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One Mile Mission in action to celebrate grads, end of school year

One Mile Mission Volunteers have had a very busy week honoring graduates and helping One Mile Mission Schools celebrate the end of the school year. Last Friday, several volunteers served breakfast to graduates at Columbia River High School. That evening a group volunteered at the Eisenhower Elementary end of the school year dance. On Tuesday, Messi...

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New to Messiah? You are invited to be a guest at the newcomers dinner

Do you have questions about the mission and the ministries of Messiah? Are you a guest or a recent new member? We will be hosting a newcomers' dinner and discussion on Sunday, June 26th, at the Hazel Dell campus Fellowship Hall.  Dinner will start at 6pm, followed by a question and answer time with Pastor Peter. This is a great way to learn ab...

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Ministry Site Profile forums June 19 after worship, team requests your feedback in surveys

Ministry Site Profile forums for the Pastoral Transition process will be having forums after worship June 19 at both Messiah Hazel Dell and Messiah North campuses. The Ministry Site Profile team is also requesting feedback in through online surveys for the Pastoral Transition Process.  You will find links to both an original survey, as well as...

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Maria Kramer joins Messiah staff as Director of Worship and Music

Messiah is pleased to announce the newest addition to Messiah's staff. Maria Kramer has accepted the positions of Director of Worship and Music, leading music at Messiah North and Hazel Dell, and the Administrative Assistant position in the front office. The office will remain open 9am-noon, Monday-Thursday. Maria is from Bend, Oregon, where she se...

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Leading the band one last time

Sunday, May 29th, was Steve Holmberg's last weekend leading the worship band at Messiah North.  The band has been amazing under his watch and the Messiah North Community has been blessed to have him leading the band. Thank you for all of your efforts Steve!

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Messiah and Jubilee observe Pride Month starting this Sunday, June 5th

Messiah and Jubilee Collective mark the start of Pride Month with special prayers and refreshments this Sunday, June 5, at the Hazel Dell campus. 

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Kids 3-11 welcome to join in for Wednesdays @ Messiah starting June 22

Kids ages 3- 11 are welcome to join this summer for a time of Bible Stories, Crafts, Games and Fun during Wednesdays @ Messiah! June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13 from 9:30 - 11am in Messiah's gym. Parents and guardians can use this time to run errands or to connect with others over provided coffee and treats.  Volunteers will also be needed du...

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Braafladts' Sending and Celebrations scheduled for late August

Sending and Celebrations for Prs. Peter and Kathy Braafladt are scheduled for late August at both Messiah North and Messiah Hazel Dell. Look for more information in the near future. Sunday August 21st 9:00am Messiah North There will be a Sending ceremony at the Worship Service at Windy Hills Winery.  Plan to stay for refreshments and enjoy an ...

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Messiah North to begin worshiping in event tent May 29

Messiah North will start worshiping in the outdoor event tent at Windy Hills Winery  beginning May 29 at 9:00 am for the summer. Come enjoy the the best landscape of any congregation in the Pacific Northwest and worship with us in the fresh air and great outdoors!  It is suggested worshippers bring a light coat or jacket in case of weathe...

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VBS is back! Mark your calendars for July 25-29

VBS is Coming! Mark your calendars! Please mark your calendars for Messiah VBS, July 25 - 29, 2022. There will be a preschool program for children ages 3 (but must be age 4 by August 31, 2022) through 5, which will be held at the preschool, and an elementary program held at the church for those entering grades 1-5. This year we will have staff...

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Bi-Annual Meeting of the Congregation - June 5

Thank you for making plans to attend this twice-a-year Meeting of the Congregation on June 5, 2022 at 11:30 am. The event will be held both in-person at Messiah Hazel Dell, and online via Zoom. To participate online, you must register in advance. Once registered, you will be emailed the Zoom link for this online event. A few days before the meeting...

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Graduation Recognition Sunday June 12 10:30am service

Graduation Recognition Sunday June 12 at the 10:30am service Messiah would like to recognize all high school, college and higher education graduates. If you or a family member would like to participate in the celebration, please fill out the Graduate Recognition Form and return it to the main office by Wednesday, May 25. Please contact jessicap@mes...

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Worship Choir forming through mid-June

After what has been a long hiatus, we are pleased to announce and invite you to participate in the re-formation of the worship choir at the Hazel Dell campus.  Weekly rehearsals begin this Wednesday (May 18) at 7:00p.  Messiah member Barb Gibson has volunteered to direct. Merry Jensen will serve as accompanist. Barb is raring to go with t...

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How to make a successful request to the Messiah Endowment Grant Committee

In order to help make the grant application easier for potential applicants, the Messiah Endowment Grant Committee has put together a list of helpful hints for a successful application. When applying it is important to: Follow all instructions carefully.Read the questions carefully.Answer the questions fully – more information is better than less. ...

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Ministry Site Profile team invites your feedback, next forums May 22

The next in-person forums are scheduled for May 22 following worshipat both Messiah North and Hazel Dell. The same questions will be used as in previous forums, but all are welcome to participate. Steve Friebal will be moderating. You may contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Additionally, the Ministry Site Profile team requests your feed...

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Ron Klump to be installed as a Stephen Leader

Ron Klump has recently completed his training as a Stephen Leader and will be installed at Messiah Lutheran Church at Hazel Dell and Ridgefield campuses. Ron accepted an invitation to attend a training funded by Messiah Lutheran Church. This included 10 interactive online sessions offered through Stephen Ministry St. Louis. Each session is two and ...

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Pastoral Transition Process update: What's being done and how you can participate going forward

As we prepare for Prs. Kathy and Peter's retirement, we look back and give thanks to everything they have provided to the Messiah Lutheran Church community over the years. It is now time, however, to look inside our ministries, examine ourselves and discern possibilities for what the Messiah community will look like in the future.  As one of t...

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Siblings in Christ Potluck May 14

Join Jubilee Collection for the Siblings in Christ (biological or chosen) potluck on Saturday, May 14. When: May 14th / 11:30am – 1pm Where: Messiah Lutheran Fellowship Hall What: Sharing a meal and enjoying each other's company. Fun, laughter, memories, stories, friends and family. What to bring: Your sibling or a picture of your sibling and a fav...

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Grow Together with Synod Educational Gatherings– Spring 2022

An invitation to a day of learning, worship and lunch together for all members of the Southwestern Washington Synod. Along with two workshops sessions, a keynote by Joey Ager, Bishop's Assoc/ DEM, on "Sacred Encounter"  As a community organizer, Joey will talk about how we grow together as congregations, communities and society through being c...

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A Joyous Easter at Messiah

Thank you to all who participated in our Lenten, Holy Week and Easter services and events, either person or online. An additional thank you to all those who contributed to making it all possible.  View photos of the Worship and festivities below.

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ELCA World Hunger Appeal gets personal at Messiah

Messiah author and illustrator Kathy Hoffman has a new book. Pick up a signed copy at church for $20, and Kathy will give 100% of your "donation" to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Plus, your gift will be matched. Kathy Hoffman has been a member of Messiah since 2016. During her Covid year, she wrote and compiled an autobiographical collection of ane...

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Walking Together into the Future – Pastoral Transition Forums seek your input.

The Ministry Site Profile Team for the Pastoral Transition Process invites all to attend listening sessions as we seek input to aid in completing Messiah's Ministry Site Profile (MSP). The next opportunity will be at at the Messiah North County Campus following worship on May 1. We'll gather your thoughts about this faith community -- its role now ...

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Easter Egg hunts at Messiah in Hazel Dell and Ridgefield Easter Morning - 2x the fun!

Messiah is pleased to welcome back the tradition of Easter Egg hunts on Easter morning, and this year egg hunts will be held at both Messiah North in Ridgefield and at the Hazel Dell Campus at 10 a.m. on Easter Morning.  Volunteers have packed hundreds of eggs for children of all ages to find at both locations. The egg hunt at Messiah North wi...

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Tori Beavin joins Messiah Staff as Ministry Associate for the 1st Third of Life

read Tori's staff bio here »  Messiah is pleased to announce that Tori Beavin has accepted the Ministry Associate for the First Third of Life Position.  Tori has been a member of Messiah for more than 15 years. She has been an active participant and volunteer in youth ministries, mission trips and previously worked in Messiah's nurse...

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Easter Weekend at Messiah

Easter Sunday-April 17  6:30a Sunrise Service - Hazel Dell Outdoors behind Eisenhower Elementary w/pastries and coffee after at Messiah Hazel Dell campus across the street9201 NW 9th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98665 (across from the Hazel Dell campus)  9:00a Easter Celebration Service - Ridgefieldat Messiah North campus in&nbs...

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An opportunity to assist in several important Sunday ministries at Messiah

Would you like to help with worship on Sundays? We need readers and ushers and communion set-up and communion servers. Readers can either speak in person or record from home. Ushers are needed to greet and help release the pews for communion. Communion set-up and clean-up is done before and after the service. And we are starting to use members to h...

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Jubilee Collective staff changes

Pastoral Intern Jae Bates has concluded his time with Jubilee Collective. In the near future he will leave his internship at Peace Lutheran in Tacoma and move to St. Paul, Minnesota to work in the Residential Life department of Augsburg University. We thank Jae for his work at Jubilee and wish him God's blessings. Watch your Northern Highlights for...

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Material girls resume meeting on Tuesdays at 11:30a

The Material Girls will resume meeting on Tuesday March 29, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the church narthex.  Due to health concerns, we ask that all attending are vaccinated and willing to wear a mask throughout the event. For the time being we will not eat or drink during the meeting. The Material Girls meet for fellowship and sharing of their...

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Endowment Committee Dispersal Story – Coats for Afghan Refugees

We have all seen stories on the TV of the refugees fleeing Ukraine with only the clothes on their backs. Many of the refugees from Afghanistan that have recently come to Vancouver were in the same situation. When they left, it wasn't winter. They arrived here with only a minimum of clothing and generally, with no coats at all. But the Lord had a pl...

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Hellos and goodbyes with Messiah Staff changes

Recent weeks have seen several changes to the Messiah staff. IT Support Messiah is excited to announce that Lael Maddox has accepted the IT Support position. Lael recently moved with their family from Spokane, WA. Lael worships at Messiah North and plays the ukulele in the Messiah North band. Lael has a degree from USC in Arts, Technology, and the ...

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Daylight savings begins the Sunday

Don't forget to set your clock forward an hour this weekend. Daylight Savings Time begins at Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 a.m.

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Buzzin' Bees square dancing at Messiah Hazel Dell on Saturday Nights

We are square dancing at Messiah! On every Saturday the Buzzin' Bees Square Dancing Club is offering square dancing lessons. The lessons are at 6pm in the gym at Hazel Dell. The lessons are free and open to all Messiah members and friends. Then, every 1st and 3rd Saturday, the Buzzin' Bees are meeting for dancing. They meet after the lessons at 7 t...

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An Update on Masking and Worship practices

The Quick Take   Holy Communion will again be offered at the altar rail at the Hazel Dell campus and in the round at Messiah North. Refreshments will be served before and after worship. March 12Masking becomes optional inside Messiah's buildings and worship spaces, including the Dorothy Link Building that houses Messiah Preschool. The Det...

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March 2022 Food on the Fourth requests

March Food on the Fourth Requests The items listed below are the items that are most needed at the Ridgefield Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Bank. Canned Fruits of all kindsOne can meals (chili with meat, ravioli, spaghettios, stew, pork-n-beans etc.) Jams: strawberry, raspberry grape etc.Baby wipes, diapersFeminine hygiene products Of course, an...

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First meeting of Vegetable Gardening ministry March 5

We are excited to announce that we've scheduled the first gathering of From Seed to Harvest, the new vegetable gardening ministry at Messiah. We will be meeting in person, in the sanctuary at the Hazel Dell campus on Saturday, March 5 at 9:30 AM. There will be plenty of room to spread out, and we will be wearing masks. The meeting will start prompt...

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Guitar Lessons for Lent

It's a tradition to give up something for Lent. How about adding something? Steve Holmberg—interim Worship Leader for Messiah North and former public school music educator—is offering Basic Accompaniment Guitar lessons from March 9 through May 4. An 8-week session of beginning Chording, Strumming, and Ensemble playing. Classes will be at the Hazel ...

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Persistent Love. Inconsistent World – Sermon Series for Wednesday Worship during Lent Livestream for 4/06/22

Link to livestream for 3/23/22 service at 6:00p » During midweek evening Lenten worship, Pastors Peter and Kathy, and Pastoral Intern Katie will be presenting a sermon series entitled "Persistent Love. Inconsistent World." Offering on Wednesday evenings will go to ELCA's Lutheran Disaster Response fund which helps victims of the war.Make checks pay...

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End-of-life planning series concludes this weekend - 05.01.22

Session Topic: After Death PlanningEveryone welcome. Pre-registration is helpful, but not required. Pastoral Intern Katie Hendrikson has collaborated with local experts to create a three-part series that covers numerous topics surrounding end-of-life planning. Each session will be held at Messiah's Hazel Dell campus and will take place on Sundays a...

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Persistent Love. Inconsistent World – Sermon Series for Wednesday Worship during Lent

During midweek evening Lenten worship, Pastors Peter and Kathy, and Pastoral Intern Katie will be presenting a sermon series entitled "Persistent Love. Inconsistent World." The theme for this series revolves around the effects and experience of change. Topics will include: moving and relocationthe challenges of the pandemic on students, parents, an...

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Lutheran World Relief Quilters spread warmth from the heart

by Janet Borst When natural disasters strike or war drives families from their homes, our hearts ache with compassion but often we don't know exactly how to help. Making Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilts is a tangible way to express love to our neighbors in need. Quilts can be used as warm bedding, simple tents or floor coverings. Each one refle...

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Lent begins with Ash Wednesday services this week

Ash Wednesday Services at Messiah will be held March 2 at 10:30am and 6:00pm at the Hazel Dell campus (6:00pm worship in person and online). Link to online livestream of 6:00p service » (If you plan to worship online and would like some ashes to use during the worship, please stop by the church office or pick them up on Sunday.) What's it all about...

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Jubilee Collective donation drive for Martha's Pantry

Jubilee Collective is holding a donation drive to benefit Martha's Pantry. Requested items are socks and high efficiency detergent. The detergent must be High efficiency, or it will not be compatible with the laundry machines at Martha's Pantry. Donations for the drive can be dropped off anytime before February 27th at High Grounds Coffee at Higher...

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Everyone Welcome at Lenten Study Offered by Members of Jubilee Collective

Members of Messiah's Jubilee Collective community will be hosting a six-week study this Lenten season and invite you to participate. They will be reading Leigh Finke's book, Welcoming and Affirming, a Guide to Supporting and Working with LGBTQ+ Christian Youth, Thursdays, March 3 - April 7. Sessions will be via Zoom at 5:30p (PT). A reading an...

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Vegetable gardening ministry starting soon

Important update from Messiah vegetable gardening ministry Our thanks to all of you who have responded to the articles and survey regarding a new vegetable gardening ministry at Messiah called "From Seed to Harvest." There are 18 people that want to be involved with this ministry, so we've decided to move forward. This is important! Our primary met...

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Rice, Beans and Tears: An update on Messiah’s latest mission to feed people

Rice, Beans and Tears An update on Messiah's latest mission to feed people It was a damp Thursday in mid-January and Jim and Dianne Dawson volunteered to deliver food and hygiene supplies to several Afghan families who were temporarily housed at a local long stay hotel. I'd let Jim know that there would be 6 different deliveries and he wisely asked...

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February Food on the Fourth Requests

The items collected this month will go to the Fish Food Bank, and the foods requested will be those that are used by Afghan refugees should these neighbors need the help of a food bank. The two food banks that usually receive food from us are still well supplied from the community Walk and Knock that was held in December. We will, however, be ...

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No Cure for Being Human: A multi-week study of Kate Bowler's book that considers the question "How do you move forward with a life you didn't choose?"

Led by Intern Pr. Katie and Pr. Peter  via Zoom Tuesdays at 6am (PT) Via Zoom Wednesdays at 10am (PT)  Intern Pastor Katie and Pr. Peter invite you to participate in reading, listening, and conversation surrounding the life approach of Kate Bowler when her world has seemingly turned upside down. Bowler is a historian and professor at...

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Winter Hospitality Overflow seeks volunteers

Winter Hospitality Overflow (W.H.O.) is a ministry to homeless people in the Vancouver area. A cooperative project of communities of faith and local service agencies, they provide welcome, shelter, hospitality, warm smiles, safety and meals during the coldest and wettest seasons of the year. In their seventeenth year, WHO offers shelter at both St....

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What's happening with the new vegetable gardening ministry?

A big thank you to everyone who took our survey and signed up for the new vegetable gardening ministry called From Seed to Harvest Enough people have signed up that we are going to move ahead with starting up this ministry. If you have an interest in growing vegetables at home, even if you've never done it before, it's not too late to let us know. ...

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Say farewell to Charles January 30

This weekend is Charles Reinmuth's last as part of the Messiah staff. Please join for worship on Sunday, Jan. 30 to bid farewell to Charles and pray for Charles and Katie as they move to St. Luke Lutheran Church in Spokane.  Cards may be mailed to church or brought on Jan. 30.

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Messiah’s pastoral transition process begins - a report from the CLT about its first meeting with the Bishop’s office

The Church Leadership Team met with Pastor Rebecca Shjerven from the SWWA Synod on January 9 to discuss the transition process for Messiah's next pastors. We wanted to share this information with you. As Pastor Shjerven explained, the process consists of four phases, some of which will overlap. A Fulfilling FarewellThe first phase is "A Fulfilling ...

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Preschool Registration for 2022-23 begins Monday, Feb. 7

Current Messiah Preschool families may begin registering Feb. 7 in the church lobby. Previous Messiah Preschool families may begin registering Feb. 9. Open registration begins Feb. 10. See times and details below. The 2-page Registration Update Form is for those children currently enrolled at Messiah Preschool. Registering a sibling new to Mes...

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Calling all beginner gardeners to try out new vegetable gardening ministry

If you've never grown vegetables before, but think you might want to try, then you are invited to to check out a new vegetable gardening ministry at Messiah. It's called "From seed to harvest" and one of our main goals is to help you learn what vegetable gardening is all about, and whether it's something that would work for yo One of the things we'...

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New Practices for In-Person Worship during the Omicron Surge

In response to the current Omicron COVID surge, we are adopting precautionary steps below for Sunday worship to keep everyone safe and comfortable. For the next couple of weeks, we are suspending refreshments before and after services.Holy Communion will be received using elements in pre-packaged communion packs, with worshipers remaining seated in...

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Pr. Kathy's book club discusses "The Lager Queen of Minnesota" February 2

Zoom link to this event » This month Pr. Kathy's book club will be reading  the Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradel. Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of c...

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Endowment committee grant requests due February 15

Last year, the Endowment Committee dispersed around $34,000 for many different projects and needs. This amount was actually money from TWO years, instead of one, since nothing was dispersed during the height of the Pandemic. As we move into 2022, it is important for folks to realize that we will have a much smaller amount of money this year, roughl...

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16 gallons of oil and many lives touched: Volunteers work to settle Afghan refugees

by Janet Borst Last Thursday evening, one of our intrepid volunteers braved the aisles of WinCo food to purchase the staples needed for 32 incoming Afghan refugees. That included 16 gallons of cooking oil, 80 pounds of flour, 48 large cans of tomatoes and so much more that it filled 3 shopping carts. To say she may have bitten off more than she bar...

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Music and ministries position posted. Discrete or combined job positions available

Messiah Lutheran Church seeks one or more people to direct and lead worship and music ministries. One person may combine the job positions into one larger position. Various tasks may also be flexed into one of the other two positions depending on the gifts and skills of the employee. Full Job Descriptions Dir. of Worship and Music »Worship Leader a...

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Afghan Refugee Resource Team helping to settle refugees in Vancouver area

The Afghan Refugee Resource Team at Messiah is working closely with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) to help settle refugees from Afghanistan in the Vancouver area. Currently, 20 volunteers from the Messiah community  are busy moving donated furniture to the refugee's new homes, helping them register for the government programs...

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Godly Play every other Wednesday starting January 12

After receiving the feedback of families with children and facilitating some trial-and-adjustment, Godly Play will be offered every other Wednesday, starting in January and until such a time as we have the numbers (both volunteer and participant) to look at expansion. Godly Play will still be the place of curiosity and wonder it has always been, bu...

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Offering envelopes for 2022 available at Messiah Hazel Dell office

Offering envelopes for 2022 are available for pick up outside of the Front Office.  If you would like to have labels made with your name and envelope number and/or you would like to have envelopes mailed to you, please contact Sally Dost at 360-574-7081 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please specify how many envelopes you need.

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'Thankful to have all of you alongside me for this journey' - Early impressions from Intern Pr. Katie

Whew! What a whirlwind these first few months have been! I have been so graciously welcomed by many of you during this time of transition and I am so thankful for the support you have offered me. There was no hesitation to throw me into just about everything that is going on in the life of Messiah and its members. The biggest adjustment for me, asi...

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Interested in vegetable gardening? New ministry possibility might be up your alley

Planning or hoping to grow some awesome tasting veggies in 2022? We are considering starting a new ministry at Messiah based on growing vegetables at home. We need to know if there are enough people interested in vegetable gardening to make this a viable effort. This project is being initiated by Dave Radke and Mark Hundley. We have over 60 years o...

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Christmas Season Worship Services

Christmas Eve10:30a Candlelight Service - Hazel Dell Campus (livestream link will not be archived and cannot be viewed later) Link to livestream » 2:00p Families with Young Children Service - Hazel Dell Campus (will also be live streamed) Link to livestream »4:00p Candlelight Service - North Campus at Windy Hills Winery - read more »7:00p Candlelig...

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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will discuss "Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro, Wednesday, Jan. 5

Click here for the direct link to this Zoom book club meeting »  Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of conversation is never a challenge as everyone has the opportu...

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This Holiday Season, Offer the Gift of Remembering to Those Who Are Grieving

We all know someone who is grieving during this Holiday season. This article from Kenneth Haugk, the founder of Stephen Ministry, provides some ideas of how you might help a person in grief. If you are interested in learning how to help someone who is grieving, please contact Dianne Dawson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Cathy Haywood, guitar32...

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Church display invites guests to draw deeper into Advent

Messiah guests are invited to enter deeper into the season of advent this season through a display in the Church Narthex. The display will feature a new tree each week focusing on the theme of that week's advent gospel message. The first week was hope, the second week peace, and the third and fourth weeks will be love and joy respectively as we jou...

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Comfort and Hope Service - Sunday, December 19, at 3:00p

The Comfort and Hope Service will be held December 19 at 3p at the Hazel Dell Campus. The service will also be live streamed on the Messiah website. The Comfort and Hope service is a special Christmastime service for anyone who has experienced loss, is suffering emotional, physical or relational pain or is feeling alone this season.

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Online Order Form for Poinsettias and Christmas Decorations

You may order your poinsettia to decorate Messiah's sanctuary spaces (Hazel Dell or Messiah North) this season Christmas. The cost is $12 each. We encourage you to take your plant home on Christmas Eve or the following weekend. If you wish, you may also/instead make a contribution toward Christmas decorations for the holiday sea...

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Donations sought for giving tree

The giving tree to provide Christmas presents for families and individuals in need is once again set up at Messiah Hazel Dell. Opportunities are available to donate either from tags attached to the tree at the church, or by signing up for requested gifts online. To donate, either take a tag from the tree at Messiah Hazel Dell, or sign up through th...

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Intern Pr. Jae Bates welcomed to Jubilee Collective and Messiah community

Jae Bates, the new pastoral intern for Jubilee Collective, received a warm welcome from the Messiah Community at a pair of meet and greet events on Nov. 22.  Pr. Jae will be splitting time  between Peace Lutheran in Tacoma and Messiah and Jubilee Collective in Vancouver at least through May while finishing Masters of Divinity studies. The...

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Ministry Associate for the First Third of Life Job Posting

Messiah Lutheran Church is seeking a part-time (15-20 hours/week) Ministry Associate for the First Third of Life. The position Directs and leads, alongside the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, the church's education, care and activity programs for children birth through young adult (with the exception of Messiah Preschool). Also, works...

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Godly Play begins in December

We are pleased to announce that in-person Godly Play will return in December. There will be 4 offerings at the Hazel Dell campus. Two on Wednesdays, Dec. 1 & 8 at 6:00pm Two on Sundays, Dec. 12 & 19 at 10:30am Children ages 3 years thru 5th grade are invited to join Megan Dilitto in the gym for one hour. Volunteers are needed to support thi...

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Opportunity to help serve Afghan families being resettled in Vancouver area

In August of this year the collapse of the Afghan government occurred sooner than intelligence projections had estimated, and evacuation of foreigners and vulnerable Afghans became significantly more urgent. Many of the Afghans supported the US and NATO forces in their attempt to ensure democracy in Afghanistan. The US has temporarily housed many o...

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Charley Jeaudoin Memorial Fund gift updates shelves, heater for Lewis River Mobile Food Bank

A recent gift from the Charley Jeaudoin Memorial Fund enabled the Lewis River Mobile Food Bank (LRMFB) to replace sagging shelves with new wood and purchase a heater for the warehouse.To learn more about Messiah's relationship to the LRMFB, and how the Food on the 4th ministry works (Charley was an active participant), click here » A gift from the ...

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5 reasons you are invited to play with the contemporary worship band

  Charles is looking for musicians and vocalists to add to Messiah's contemporary worship band.  Here are five reasons you should consider being a guest with the band! You are a strong singer looking to put your talents to use.You play a solo instrument, such as saxophone or electric violin.You enjoy worshiping through music.You love...

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Dirt Day at the Intern House 2021

A group of 14 volunteers help spread topsoil at the Intern House on Nov. 7, 2021.

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As weather cools, bundle up when coming to worship

As the weather outside gets colder and wetter, Messiah would like to remind those attending worship to do their best to dress warmly if possible.  Due to COVID-19 precautions, the windows and doors of the church will remain open to assist with good ventilation. That means the inside of the church may be a bit colder than we are used to at this...

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Confirmation 2021 Photo Gallery

Photos from Confirmation 2021. Congratulations to our confirmands!

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Endowment Committee Dispersal Story – Closet for Tablecloths

The church owns a remarkable number of tablecloths for the tables in the downstairs dining room.  For years, they have been washed, folded and stored on closet shelves in a room off the kitchen. Unfortunately, because of the way they are stored, they are difficult to reach and upon removal, they need to be ironed before they can be used. Downs...

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Treat Street 2021 Photos and Thanks

Photos from Messiah's 2021 Treat Street at the Hazel Dell Campus, October 24, 2021. A special thanks to Dutch Bros and Jimmy John's for their support of this year's event. Hover over the photo below to click through 17 of the best pics.

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Jubilee Collective saves Halloween...AGAIN! October 31

Jubilee Collective is prepared to save Halloween...again! This October 31, Jubilee collective will be at the parking lot of the Vancouver YWCA at 3609 Main St. from 6-8 p.m. All are welcome to attend this drive-through Trick or Treat event for children with safe candy distribution. Masks will be required, and not just the scary ones.  We ...

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Treat Street returns this Sunday

Treat Street returns this weekend! The event will have both a drive-through and a walk-through option this year at the Hazel Dell campus.  On Sunday, October 24 from 4:00 - 6:00pm in Messiah Hazel Dell's parking lot there will be many fun decorated parking spaces to see at this free event!  From 4-5p will be a drive-Through opportunity wh...

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Endowment Fund Dispersal Story: Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers provide high quality, one-to-one Christian centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties (job or marriage loss, illness, spousal death, etc.). The Stephen Ministers are laypeople that have undergone 50 hours of training. They are trained by Stephen Leaders who have had an additional 2...

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Endowment Dispersal Story: Pizza at the Juvenile Detention Center

For about five years, once a month, Messiah members have been taking pizza, soda, Werther's candy,and Chips Ahoy cookies to the adolescents incarcerated at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center in downtown Vancouver. Steve Friebel and Carie Wright (both members) along with a long-time friend of Steve's, John Perry, have made it their ministry ...

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Worship times have changed at both campuses

Worship at Messiah North at Windy Hills Winery in Ridgefield is now at 9a and worship at Messiah Hazel Dell, as well as the livestream of the service is at 10:30a. Signs are already up at both locations to remind everyone of the change. You will still find the same welcoming community at both locations, just at a new time! Come ...

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Join the "Joyful ringers" Tuesdays starting October 5

We have a new way for you to "give God a ring!" The "Joyful Ringers" handbell choir will be starting soon at Messiah Lutheran Church. If you believe that every song could be made better through more handbells, or perhaps just enjoy being surrounded by the heavenly sounds of ringing bells, we invite you to join us! The choir will meet Tuesdays at 6p...

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Food on the 4th Sunday is September 26

Since its inception in 2010 over 90 tons of food and sundry items have been brought forward as part of the offerings on the fourth weekend of each month. A conservative estimate of the value of those goods based is $350,000 through 2021. There are now two ways to donate to food on the 4th Sundays. The collections are delivered on an alternating mon...

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Christ in Our Homes Fourth Quarter 2021 Edition is now available

The Christ in Our Homes Fourth Quarter 2021 Edition is now available for free. The October-November-December edition of the devotional book Christ in Our Home is available now for pick-up at church or by mail.  To request a mailed copy, please get in touch with Sally in the front office at 360-574-7081 or by email, and she'll make sure you get...

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Endowment Fund Dispersal Story: Quilts Labeled "Made with Love – Messiah Lutheran"

by Hope Quinn | Eight years ago, Diana Webber thought that it would be a nice gesture to give a small handmade quilt to every baby baptized at the church as well as to every preschool family that had a new birth. Over the years, funds from the Seeds of Faith paid for the materials and Diana sewed about 15 quilts a year to meet the demand....

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Messiah North has new “permanent” home at Windy Hills Winery - Services times are changing

The pastors and Church Leadership Team are pleased to announce that Messiah North now has a "permanent" worship site at Windy Hills Winery in Ridgefield. After a summer of worshiping outdoors in the event tent at Windy Hills, owner Dave Kelly, agreed to an every-Sunday rental agreement to bring the congregation indoors into the winery's great hall ...

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Food on the 4th - Two ways to donate

By Dave and Lynne Radke We are planning to re-introduce the Food on the 4th ministry that serves the Ridgefield and LaCenter communities in North Clark County on Sunday, September 26th. Even though Messiah has faithfully and substantially contributed in the form of cash gifts and some food bags during the pandemic, we have not had a formal blessing...

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Endowment Fund Dispersal Story: Sam's Art Cart at Legacy Hospital

About seven years ago, a church member contacted Diana Webber and asked if our Sunday School kids could put together art kits for distribution at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital.Diana said that her family, rather than the Sunday School, would love to do this.The effort grew and eventually the Webber family assembled a cart that holds 20 bins with each...

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Help those affected by Hurricane Ida

Earlier this week, the remnants of Hurricane Ida barreled through the Northeast, leaving devastation in their wake. New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey were hit with historic flash flooding and tornadoes touched down in Maryland and New Jersey. Homes and subways filled with water, and cars were swept away. The death toll is expected to rise, and ...

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Pastor Kathy's Book Club reading "Anxious People" for September 1 meeting via Zoom

First Wednesday of each month | 10:00-11:30am via Zoom   Click here to go to the Zoom meeting » Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book.  She also provides theological perspective. Lack of conversation is nev...

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Endowment Committee approves nearly 15,000 in grant requests in July

The Endowment Committee and the Church Leadership Committee have approved $14,803 in July for ten different grant requests. Among the items are a new refrigerator for the Preschool and painting for both the Intern House and the education wing at the Hazel Dell campus. The next deadline for grant requests to be submitted is December 1.&nbs...

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Messiah Preschool start of year activities and information

UPDATED by Joyce Handran, Preschool Director - 09.03.21 Messiah Preschool Families: The preschool was buzzing with activity this week as the staff busied themselves preparing their classrooms for the upcoming Meet 'n Greets and the start of the new school year. The Messiah Preschool team is very excited to welcome your preschooler into th...

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