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Chatterbooks book selections for December, January

Chatter Books will be reading The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston for December 8th. Judy Duncan has several copies available. She can be contacted at 360-991-8146 to arrange for book pickup. For January, the group will readThe Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman for the January 4th discussion. Judy Duncan has several copies that ca...

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Lost and Founds items to be donated if not claimed

Messiah has accumulated many Lost and Found items.  If you are looking for an item, please contact the main office at 360.574.7081.  Items not claimed by December 18 will be donated.

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Giving Tree up at Messiah Hazel Dell

The giving tree at Messiah is now up and displayed in the church Narthex. Tags on the giving tree display gifts that can help families and children in need this Christmas season. All gifts for the giving tree must be returned unwrapped to the church office by Dec. 7 with the giving tree tag attached to the item.

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Advent 2022-Waking up to Hope

Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn is a beautiful Advent hymn by Marty Haugen, and captures much of the prophet Isaiah's witness to the coming hope and anticipation of the Messiah. Advent is a season of looking forward and looking back. Looking forward to Christmas obviously and the celebration of the Incarnate one born in Bethlehem. In retrospec...

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Messiah North collecting gifts for Ridgefield Family Resource Center

by Julie Backous  One of the missions supported by Messiah is the Ridgefield Family Resource Center, located at the Ridgefield School District's district office at the RACC on Pioneer in Ridgefield. This busy center serves many families in need, especially this time of year. Messiah has helped with the Family Event each Christmas for the past ...

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Godly Play Wednesday evenings during Advent

Children ages three years old through fifth grade are invited to join us for an Advent Godly Play series! This will be a 3-week series on Wednesday evenings meeting from 6:00-7:00 PM, starting on November 30th and ending on December 14th. We will meet in the lower level Godly Play classrooms at Messiah Lutheran Church. This opportunity will be a fu...

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Pie Fest returns after Thanksgiving Eve Worship November 23

Annual favorite Pie Fest returns to Messiah after a two year hiatus after Thanksgiving Eve Worship on November 23. Thanksgiving Eve worship will be at Messiah Hazel Dell at 6pm. After worship, join in for Pie Fest and sample some delicious pies! If you are able to bring a pie for the pie fest, please bring it pre-cut to the lower level kitchen of t...

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Can Wealth be held in Holy Hands?

If you have been following along the storyline from Messiah Lutheran this autumn you have been hearing a couple of reoccurring themes.First, in September Pastor Dave had the challenge of preaching on parables in Luke about rich guys.What is the challenge about rich people?Jesus seemed to frown upon wealth and we are among the richest people on eart...

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Staffing change in Messiah's front office

Maria Kramer will continue in her role as Director of Worship and Music, but she has resigned her role as Administrative Assistant.  Messiah is thankful to Maria and also thankful we will continue to see her around.  For the time being when you call the church office or stop in, you will see a friendly Messiah volunteer. 

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Stewardship 2023: The Power of Wealth in Holy Hands

You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth; that He may confirm His covenant, which He swore to your fathers, as at this day.  Deuteronomy 8:18 In Holy Hands During the last few weeks, we have been discussing the power God gives us through Word and Sacrament. Simple elements like water, bread, and wine...

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Messiah staff, leadership, gather to develop "road map"

Messiah staff and leadership met October 29 for a retreat to help guide the process of moving the congregation toward a new pastor. Pastor Dave facilitated the meeting and provided thought provoking exercises to help participants gain an understanding of what the congregation could be feeling during this time of change and to help chart the path fo...

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A special All Saints service at Messiah North

by Julie Backous Messiah North had a very special service on Sunday, November 6.  As we gathered to celebrate All Saints Sunday with light and candles, a large power outage "blew out" the lights and sound system for most of the service.  We made the best of it with the candles brought for All Saints Sunday, and, as Pastor Dave remarked, "...

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Messiah pays tribute to those who have served

by Laurie Ricket In 2004 the Messiah family had young members who were in the military and were deployed in harms way. Marian Erikson and I (Laurie Ricket) were on the Capital Campaign Committee together and whether it was to do with the campaign or not, I do not remember, but we decided to set up a display inviting Messiah's members to pray for ou...

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Who are the saints and what do they have to say to us?

Who are the saints and what do they have to say to us?  Rather than being perfect Christians, the saints are people who have been made whole by the grace of God, through baptism into Christ. The communion of saints is a diverse array of witnesses who remind us of God's continuing faithfulness - past, present and future. This Sunday we commemor...

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Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade coffee now being offered Sunday mornings at Messiah Hazel Dell

Messiah has new coffee on Sunday mornings at Hazel Dell.  It's Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Fair Trade coffee.  Fair Trade is not only a better grade of coffee, it is also better for the farmers.LWR Farmers Market Coffee is sourced directly from coffee farmers participating in LWR projects.  Every delicious cup helps transform poor co...

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Treat Street a spook-tacular success

The annual treat street celebration on October 30 was a rousing success. Around 100 children and families visited the Messiah Hazel Dell parking lot which was full of ghosts, dragons, dinosaurs, super heroes, princesses and everything in between. Pastor Dave was also on hand to provide blessings for four legged friends and numerous volunteers gave ...

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Vegetable gardening ministry meets October 29

From Seed to Harvest (the vegetable gardening ministry), will be meeting on Saturday, October 29 at 9:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall at Hazel Dell. The meeting will conclude at 11 AM. This gathering is open to anyone. If you'd like to learn more about growing veggies at home or contribute some of your knowledge to others, we'd love to see you. Believ...

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Can-Am Small Group reads "Seeing Gray in a Black and White World"

The Can-Am Small Group is starting a new book after our summer study of "Wholehearted Faith" by Rachel Held Evans.New Book Study: "Seeing Gray in a Black and White World: Thoughts on Religion, Morality and Politics " by Adam Hamilton.When: Every Wednesday at 1:00 pm1.5 hours (Zoom only)Can-Am Small Group(Canada-America Group) with our friends from ...

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Are you ready for the return of Treat Street?

Treat Street will be an outdoor event for all ages on Sunday, October 30th from 3:30-5:00 PM. All are welcome to join in the fun by walking or driving through the decorated parking lot at Messiah. Volunteers are needed to decorate a parking spot, direct participants, and hand out treats. If you are able to help, please contact Tori Beavin at torib@...

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Chatterbooks reads Lincoln in the Bardo for November

 It's official. The name for Messiah's monthly book group is Chatterbooks. The book for November is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Judy Duncan has graciously checked out a kit from Vancouver Public Libraries and has several copies on hand for check out. She can be contacted at 360-991-8146 via text to arrange for ...

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Middle and High School Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch trip to Bi-Zi farms October 23

 Middle and High Schoolers are invited to join us for a fun afternoon at Bi-Zi Farms on Sunday, October 23rd. Please join us for worship at 10:30 AM, and then we will head over to Bi-Zi Farms together around 11:30 AM.  We will enjoy the corn maze, pick out a pumpkin to take home, and have fun with the group! Please dress for the weather, ...

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Letter to the Congregation from the President of the Church Leadership Team regarding the development of the Ministry Site Profile statement

: Greetings from the Church Leadership Team. The Church Leadership Team (CLT) met Tuesday, October 4, 2022. Attending the meeting were the leadership team, our lead interim pastor Pr. Dave, and two representatives of our Ministry Site Profile (MSP) committee. As you know the congregation is in a transition period, served by interim pastors, while w...

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Bell choir returns

Are you the sort of person who believes that hand bells make everything better? Messiah has just the opportunity for you to try! The Messiah Handbell choir is resuming, with practices on Mondays at 7pm at Messiah Hazel Dell.  If you would like to give it a try, or want more information, contact Maria Kramer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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"God Writes Straight With Crooked Lines "Or How Messiah Became Part of God's Plan

by Janet Borst Messiah welcomed its last Afghan refugee in August with a refrigerator stocked and pantry full of food. Since then the federal government has not sent Afghan refugees to Clark County and it appears that there will not be more soon. However, the refugee fund still had a tidy sum of funds. Perhaps you might be interested in the history...

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Dive deeper into the power of gifts of faith during special worship series

This October Pr. Dave and Pr. Tom will be delivering a special worship series delving into the power of our ministries and how different aspects of faith apply to our lives. Each Sunday will focus around a "sacramental" theme which will be represented with a tangible symbol of that week's theme. For example, the first week, October 9, will be discu...

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Hearing The Great Commission refreshed and "refleshed"!

Pastor Dave recalled for us this week the potential or power that the congregation assumes with the gifts of the Holy Spirit in fulfillment of our Kingdom ministry. Together the church baptizes and communes, and teaches and preaches, and serves and preserves for the sake of all the nations. This is not a matter of one or two pastors or a couple of ...

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Treat Street is Coming October 30

Treat Street is Coming! Sunday, October 30 from 3:30 - 5:00pm outdoors at Messiah Hazel Dell. Mark your calendars for this fun event for all ages!  Help is needed decorating a parking spot, directing participants and/or handing out treats. If you are able to help, please contact Jessica Potts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Donations of non-...

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Bible Giveaway for 3 year-olds and 3rd Graders Sunday, Oct. 16 at both campuses

 Do you have a 3 year old or current 3rd grader (or a child who didn't receive a Bible as a 3 year old or 3rd grader)?  If so, Messiah would love to present these children with Bibles on Sunday, October 16.  To help us prepare for the correct number of Bibles, please contact Tori Beavin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know ...

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Interested in an Adult Bible/Book study this fall? Pr. Dave wants to hear your thoughts

Adult Education/Book Study Opportunity Pastor Dave would like to meet (via Zoom) and discuss interest in an Adult Bible/Book Study this fall.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please join in the Zoom meeting on Tuesday, October 4 at 6am or Wednesday, October 5 at 10am.  Please contact the front office at office@messiahvanco...

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Want to be a lunch buddy? One Mile Mission schools need you!

The One Mile Mission Elementary Schools are in need of "Lunch Buddies." Lunch Buddies sit and have lunch with a student once a week. This is just a time to chat and maybe play a game. If you are interested or to learn more, please contact Jessica Potts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the Outreach Ministries page for more One Mile Mission Op...

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Pancake breakfast fundraiser for Winter Hospitality Overflow Oct. 15

A pancake breakfast fundraiser is being held at  local Applebees Restaurants on October 15 with proceeds benefiting the Winter Hospitality Overflow Shelters.  Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO)  is a winter overflow shelter for members of the community who experiencing and homelessness and need refuge from the elements on any given ni...

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Make quilts for Lutheran World Relief Tuesday mornings at Messiah Hazel Dell

The Tuesday Morning Quilters are looking for others to join in making quilts for Lutheran World Relief. They meet at church every Tuesday morning at 9:15am. All experience levels welcome. You don't have to be a Messiah member to join so please invite your friends!  

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Worship outdoors at Messiah North while the weather is nice

This weekend the weather is expected to be in the mid-80s in the area, but as everyone knows, those weather conditions won't last forever. At Messiah's North County Campus at Windy Hills Winery, guests will continue to worship outdoors while the weather is warm, but could be moving inside as weather conditions changes. The outdoor worship tent will...

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Book group continues with new name, same good reading

New Name…Same Good Reading The Book Group founded by former pastor Kathy continues with a new name. We are now Chatter Books (or Chatter Boox - spelling to be determined at our next meeting). Chatter Books is open to anyone interested in books in general or the specific book of the month. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. We ha...

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Funds available for Endowment Grants

The Endowment Committee still has about $9,000 to distribute this year.  Requests for Grants are being accepted until our last deadline, Dec 1. The committee is particularly hoping to receive requests that deal with World Outreach Ministries and Missions.  (There are particular categories and percentages that the church's Constitution req...

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High school, confirmation, begin Sept. 14

Confirmation classes and high school youth get underway September 14. Both will meet at Messiah Hazel Dell.  Confirmation begins Sept. 14 at 6pm and High school at 7pm. For more information, contact Jessica Potts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Do you have the gift of musical talent? Consider using it with the Messiah worship band

Do you have the gift of musical talent? Do you dabble with the guitar, bass or other musical instrument?  The Messiah North worship band is looking for new members! Calling all singers, guitarists, bassists, pianists, percussionists, ukulele players, fiddlers, egg shaker extraordinaires… if you play an instrument or sing and you're looking for...

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Messiah musical groups practicing for fall season

The Messiah choir is currently practicing for the fall anthem season. All abilities are welcome to be a guest at rehearsal and try. No robes are required!  The choir practices on on Wednesdays at 7pm. The worship band is also always on the lookout for more members. Currently the band could use bass and guitar players. The worship band practice...

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Fall programming kickoff September 11

Messiah will kickoff fall programming with an carnival after worship on September 11. The 10:30 am September 11 worship service at Messiah Hazel Dell will also include a blessing of backpacks to celebrate the start of the school year.  After worship at 11:30am will be a carnival featuring $1 shaved ice from Kona ice. All are welcome to attend ...

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A fitting farewell to Pastors Peter and Kathy Braafladt

"Ok God, what now?" That question defined the past 28-years at Messiah Lutheran Church under the stewardship of Pastors Peter and Kathy Braafladt. As the congregation and Pastors said their goodbyes during a sending and celebration Sunday morning at Messiah's Hazel Dell campus, that same question popped up again and again-not out of concern or worr...

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Messiah's book club continues in September with "The Great Alone"

Messiah's book club will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of every month, and resume meeting in September after a summer hiatus. The book club will meet next on Wednesday, September 7 at 10am at Messiah Hazel Dell. This month the book club will be discussing "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah.

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Detour in place for worship at Messiah North this summer

Those worshiping at the Messiah North County Campus at Windy Hills Winery should plan to give themselves extra time to get to and from worship for the rest of the summer and into the fall. Road maintenance by Clark County has closed a portion of S Royale Rd, typically the most direct route to the Winery, from August 8 through early October. There a...

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Middle School and High School youth invited to Urban Walk at Vancouver Waterfront August 13

Youth Urban Walk. Saturday, August 13 from 1:30 - 3:00pm. All middle and high school youth are invited. Youth should meet and get picked up at the parking lot next to Who Song & Larry's on the Vancouver Waterfront (111 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver).  The group will walk along the water and stop at What a Catch where youth can purchase i...

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A message of thanks from Pastoral Intern Katie Hendrikson

Messiah, From the bottom of my heart—thank you. It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since I arrived in Vancouver and joined the incredible community that is Messiah Lutheran Church. On my first Sunday as pastoral intern, Pastor Peter made a comment during my installation… he said "She called this 'your congregation.' By the end of the...

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Pastor Dave Brauer-Rieke, Pastor Tom Tweed announced as Interim Pastors at Messiah

Beginning September 1, Messiah's pastoral team will be The Reverends Dave Brauer-Rieke and Tom Tweed. Pastor Dave will be the Lead Interim Pastor, focusing on worship, teaching and administration. Pastor Tom will be the Interim Pastor for Pastoral Care. They will both be preaching at Messiah North and Hazel Dell campuses. You will be able to g...

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Messiah Community continues to assist with resettling Afghans in Vancouver area

During the period of December 2021 through February 2022, Messiah helped Lutheran Community Services Refugee Service division settle 120 Afghan in the Vancouver area. We provided 5 days worth of food - both staples and fresh food - to tide the families over until they were able to apply and receive the federal benefits that would sustain them for a...

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An invitation to attend a special Brewed Theology August 23 featuring two renowned theologians

You are invited to attend a special Brewed Theology featuring two renowned theologians! You have probably heard that Peter and Kathy Braafladt are retiring from the Messiah Lutheran congregation after 28 years of serving the community.  Peter was the mastermind and architect behind Brewed Theology (formerly named Theology on Tap), which you ma...

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Farewell to Pastoral Intern Katie Aug. 14

The time has sadly come to say farewell to Katie Hendrikson, Messiah's Pastoral intern for the past year. The community will have the opportunity to say goodbye and wish her the best of luck as she goes through her first call process at the 9a service at Messiah North and the 10:30a service at Messiah Hazel Dell on August 14. There will be a sendin...

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You are invited try connecting with worship services in a whole new way in the A/V booth

Have you ever dreamed of operating sound and light boards? Of making sure the church looks and sounds its best during services? Of running a broadcast?Messiah is looking for volunteers to help out in the A/V booth! No experience necessary. Full training provided. Come learn new skills and connect with worship services in a whole new way!Call the of...

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Messiah Choir rehearsals resume July 20

The Messiah Choir is back in action!The choir will resume rehearsing July 20 at 7pm. That rehearsal and a rehearsal on July 27 will be to prepare for a memorial service on August 13.. Following that, the choir will continue to rehearse regular Sunday anthems on Wednesdays at 7pm starting Aug 3. Everyone is welcome to be be a guest and try...

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RSVP for Pastors' celebration!

Celebrate good times, come on! The flyer below contains details for Peter and Kathy Braafladt's retirement celebration on August 28th. Please RSVP using this Google form. As a token of our gratitude for Peter and Kathy, Messiah is giving them the gift of a travel fund for their retirement.  Your donation, however small or large, is always welc...

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Vacation Bible School seeks snacks

The Messiah Vacation Bible School team is seeking snack donations for Vacation Bible School.  Snacks items can be brought to Messiah during office hours or to any worship service. Snacks items needed no later than July 24. See the sheet below for requested snack items. You may also sign up online using this form to help avoid any snack duplica...

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August 31 Next deadline for Endowment Committee Funds

Grant Requests for funds from the Endowment Committee will be considered next at their meeting on Thursday, Sept 1. That means that all formal requests must be submitted by Wednesday, August 31. Both these dates are right before Labor Day weekend.  The Leadership Team will be meeting on the Tuesday after the holiday and all grant requests reco...

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Christ in Our Homes Third Quarter 2022 now available

The Christ in Our Homes Third Quarter 2022 Edition is now available for free. The July-August-September 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 Maria the front office at 360-574-7081 or by email, and she'll make sure you get your booklet ...

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Godly Play Training June 29 at 1p at Messiah Hazel Dell

This Wednesday, Messiah will host a short, in-person Godly Play training. If you are interested in learning more about the Godly Play method and volunteering in the future, you are invited to try it out! If you have previously volunteered with Godly Play sessions, this will make a great refresher course. All are welcome to join in at Messiah's Haze...

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End-of-life planning series information and materials

For her internship project, Intern Pastor Katie Hendrikson developed a three-part series centered around preparing for one's end of life arrangements. This series engaged almost 100 participants across the three sessions and covered the topics of financial preparation, advanced care planning, and arrangements for bodily disposition and memorial ser...

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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 w/Bishop Jaech, 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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