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The Triduum Project

3 days | 54 hours | 1 stream  Pastor Lenny and a few dozen of his closest friends have been invited to be part of a 60-hour online vigil for the Three Days called the Tridium traditionally in the church. Each hour will feature a pastor, worship leader, artist, or writer presenting whatever is on their hearts to hold vigil on this Holy Week unl...
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Home preparation for Maundy Thursday Worship at 6:00p

In these days, as we stay at home, the pastoral staff invites you to recognize that your home is also a sanctuary where God lives and moves with you throughout your day. During worship, you may want to imagine your chairs becoming the pews, your tables altars. As we prepare for Maundy Thursday worship, we invite you to gather a few things that will...
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Palm Pictures for the Pews on Easter

COVID-19 has required us to do ministry in new and creative ways. This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Palm processionals with everyone waving leaves together is a special moment that begins Holy Week. This year, we are not able to wave our traditional leafy palms. However, each of you have been given by God two fleshy palms - one on each hand! We are invit...
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An Easter Invitation to Party

gather balloons, confetti, streamers, cake, mimosas, whatever you need to party | decorate to your heart's content | have wine and bread ready for Communion email us photos of your celebration to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will show them during the livestream of worship!The most stunning thing happened one Sunday ...
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Holy Communion during Messiah’s Live Stream Worship - 04.09.2020 and 04.12.2020

Pastors Peter, Kathy, and Lenny, with the approval of Bishop Richard Jaech, will be including Holy Communion as part of this week's live stream worship on Maundy Thursday evening (6:00p) and Easter morning (10:00a). If you would like to participate in this part of these services in your home, here are the preparations to make.Set aside a ...
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Stump the Pastor Children’s Message. A second try this Sunday.

An online worship experiment. Will it work? It depends on who's answering.This weekend (04.05.2020) marks the beginning of Holy Week with Palm Sunday. Various gospel accounts of this day include Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:29-40, and John 12:12-19. In The Beginner's Bible, the story is told on pages 427-432....
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Sunday 03.22 online Worship here

We will be live streaming Messiah's worship on Sunday, March 22, on both YouTube and Facebook. The service will last about 30 minutes and be available for replay for seven days.YouTubeTo participate in today's worship via YouTube, click this link: https://youtu.be/gqe6pEFpBrs(no login required)FacebookIf you have a Facebook...
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Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Taran invite you to online study and conversation based on Bonhoeffer's "The Cost of Discipleship"

Based on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "The Cost of Discipleship" | Tuesdays at 6:00am (Prayer Breakfast Group) | Wednesdays at 10:00am Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor Taran invite you to a new online study starting this week. The course and conversation will be based on a modern classic: "The Cost of Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, f...
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Join Pr. Lenny and Special Guest Tori Glass in a Live Stream, Thursday, March 19 at 4:00p

Pr. Lenny and Tori Glass will discuss topics from Lenny's book, "Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination if the U.S." in a live stream from Messiah's sanctuary.Many congregations across the ELCA are using Pr. Lenny's book for their Lenten season study and will also be viewing and commenting on the...
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"Give us this day our daily bread" and "Forgive us our sins" - Watch Pr. Peter's Lenten Message

Click here for this week's midweek Lenten message by Pr. Peter on the fourth and fifth petitions of the Lord's Prayer.
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Staying Connected to Children’s Ministry during Covid-19 – A Message from Liz Bailey, Dir. of Children’s and Family Ministries

Dear Children and Families of Messiah, I hope you are all managing well as you read this. This is an interesting time and with that comes many prayers for there are so many feelings that come from this unforeseen situation. I am praying for you all and for all the people around the globe as this effects everyone. With these prayers comes hope....
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Covid-19 Outreach Ministry - Connecting with Compassion

by Pastoral Intern Taran Denning  |  Ministry is still happening at Messiah! We have begun to put together a network/web/phone-tree outreach ministry to reach out to households who may have physical or spiritual needs at this time. Volunteers will be reaching out through compassionate phone calls in the weeks to come. Response t...
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The Cancel Culture of Coronavirus and Our Care for Each Other

... let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25Cancellations are happening everywhere—March Madness, the NBA, public schools, airline flights. Last night Governor Inslee&nb...
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All worship services (both campuses) and onsite church activities are suspended until further notice

A Message from Pastors Peter, Kathy, and Lenny, and The Church Leadership TeamQuick TakeAll worship services (both campuses) and onsite church activities are suspended until further notice.Messiah Lutheran Preschool is suspended until Monday, April 27.Online worship, small groups, and service opportunities are coming soon.There is no fear in l...
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Ladies' Night Out Postponed

Tifffany and Liz have decided to postpone Ladies' Night at the bingo parlor scheduled for Friday, March 13. We were looking forward to having fun with everyone and trying something new but feel this is one unnecessary event we can remove. This decision comes with the intention of keeping Ladies Night stress free, safe and fun! We want to ...
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Parenting the Love and Logic Way® begins April 16, 2020

To register, contact Liz Bailey, Dir. of Children's and Family Ministries.  Would you like to feel more confident at parenting?Would you like more fun parenting?Would you like to fee more relaxed at the end of the day?Love and Logic® is a parenting program designed to provide practical skills that can be used immediately.Love ... all...
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Care for Each Other as the Coronavirus Spreads - A Message from Prs. Peter and Kathy

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads, it is certainly prudent to take reasonable precautions as we gather for worship, classes, small groups, and events. The healing ministry that Jesus modeled for us includes basic care for one another as well as care for ourselves. In that spirit, here are the things we are doing at Messiah.Continuing to Worship...
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One Month of Me

Greetings y'all. I was talking with Doug Ruecker at a recent meeting, and it occurred to me that most of you may wonder what the average month of a Mission Developer Pastor looks like. I mean, it all seems very mysterious, right? Pr. Lenny is running around and creating a new church out of nothing?!? What does that even mean? So, here is a list of ...
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Got Preschool? Messiah Lutheran Preschool now enrolling students for the 2020-21 school year!

Messiah's preschool offers a developmentally appropriate program for children ages 2-5 featuring small classes and personalized attention. We encourage a child's spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth through guided discovery and play. Call Joyce Handran, Preschool Director, at 360-574-2686 with questions or to schedule a t...
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Launch Team Discernment Meeting with Pr. Lenny about Messiah's "Church with No Name" online tonight, 03.25.2020 at 7:00pm

Greetings Messiah, I know that there is so much to think through in this time of #COVID-19, and that it's hard to focus on any one thing. But I am prayerfully inviting you to do just that tonight at 7pm. I'm having the second Launch Team discernment meeting tonight for a few reasons. One is simple to grasp but so hard to believe sometimes. God...
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A Fresh Look at the Lord’s Prayer - Lenten Series for 2020

Pastors Kathy, Peter, Lenny, and Intern Pr. Taran return to the catechetical roots of the Lenten season with a Wednesday teaching series entitled "A Fresh Look at the Lord's Prayer." Starting Ash Wednesday (Feb. 26), they will preach through the introduction, seven petitions, and doxology of the Lord's Prayer.Lenten midweek worship will be on Wedne...
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Meet Messiah's College Summer Interns for 2020

Kellie Escovy | Wartburg College, Waverly, IA  Hometown – Katy, TX  Major – Religion  Graduation – Spring 2022Hello Messiah! My name is Kellie Escovy, and I am so excited to be one of your interns this summer! I'm twenty years old, and I'm from Katy, TX. I am currently a sophomore at Wartburg College in Waverly, I...
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What is Ash Wednesday? Services at 10a & 6:00p on Feb. 26.

by Pr. Lenny Duncan, Mission Developer Pastor  |  What is Ash Wednesday? |  This holiday (holy day) has been observed by Christians for over one thousand years. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the season of Lent (40 days before Easter).Why ashes? Why a cross?For centuries, ashes have symbolized mourning and repentance ...
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Creating a Culture of Belonging in Faith Communities - an afternoon and evening with Dr. Erik Carter hosted at St. Andrew LC, March 22

How can our faith communities become places of belonging for individuals with disabilities and their families? Dr. Erik Carter, a national expert on creating inclusive communities, will address this issue and foster community conversation at an event on Sunday, March 22 at 1:30 to 3:30 pm at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 NE Gher Rd., Vancouver, ...
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One Mile Mission Opportunity: Read Across America at Lake Shore and Eisenhower Elementary Schools

Lake Shore Elementary: Monday, March 2 (30 minute time slots available throughout the day)Guest readers are needed to read to an elementary school classroom. You may bring one of your own favorite children's books or you can choose a book from those that are provided. If you are interested or to learn more, please contact Sharon Beavin at shar...
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'Jesus Clean Freaks' small group forming

A new small group people who love Jesus, like to clean, and enjoy food  |  Janet Borst and Julie Bracken invite you to a new small group for a monthly lunch and dessert. The price of admission is a few moments sprucing up the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to be part of a crew that thoroughly vacuums the floor and pews...
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Newcomers' Orientation - Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

6:35-8:00p  |  HAZEL DELL CAMPUS The Newcomers' Orientation is an opportunity for newcomers to Messiah to learn more about its mission, ministries and culture, and how the congregation is moving into the future. It is also an opportunity for guests to ask questions (nothing is off limits), share concerns, and meet others who are simi...
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Women's Breakfast Club headed to C'est La Vie French Cafe - Jan. 31

Next meeting - Friday, January 31Facilitators: Liz Bailey and Tiffany Brogan Come to recharge and get a little "me time"! Relax with coffee, tea, and French cuisine. Let us know if you can make it and we'll save room. No worries if it is last minute though, we would love to see you and hear about the holidays! Participants: Women Day & Tim...
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"Dialogues on Race" Tuesdays at the Morning Prayer Breakfast Group

Pr. Peter invites you to a new 7-week study based on essays by North American theologians and thinkers in a collected work titled "Dialogues on Race." The compilation is a resource that encourage honest talk about this difficult subject. The goal of the readings and conversation is to bring hope and healing out of the church and into...
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Stewardship – What does it mean?

A message from Financial Secretary Doug Ruecker and Pr. Peter | It is that time of the year again when at church, we hear the word stewardship. My guess is when most people hear stewardship, they hear, "They want more of my money." Or they hear – time to make a pledge to the church. What are your thoughts and beliefs about stewardship?A quick ...
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A Fond Farewell to Bev Gray, Chief Wednesday Night Cook

Thank you to Bev Gray, who has headed up the kitchen for the Wednesday night FL!P dinners for the last few years. Bev has gotten a new job and will no longer be able to help on Wednesday evenings. January 15 will be her final Wednesday, and she is making homemade pizza. You won't want to miss it!Jessica Potts (Dir. of Youth and Young Adult Ministri...
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Pr. Kathy's Book Club reading "Educated: A Memior" for Wednesday, February 5

10:00-11:15a  Hazel Dell campus  Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, always drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides a theological perspective. Lack of discussion is never a problem as everyone has the opportunity to contribute. Re...
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Year-end Giving at Messiah

Messiah is a community that worships and welcomes passionately, teaches and engages faithfully, serves generously, and comforts compassionately. "We are what he has made us," a growing, giving, and grateful people created in Jesus Christ for good works (Eph. 2:10). Your financial support of Messiah's ministries is an important way that you share in...
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Pr. Lenny Duncan accepts call to servce as Messiah's Mission Developer Pastor

It is with great gratitude and joy that the Church Leadership Team announces that Pr. Lenny Duncan has accepted the call of Messiah Lutheran Church to serve as our Mission Developer Pastor. Pr. Duncan will begin his work at Messiah on February 1, 2020. Please keep Pr. Duncan, his family, and the people of his current congregation, Jehu's Table in B...
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"Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White" – Winter Adult Class

Staring this January 8, Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor Taran's Adult Bible Class (and Pr. Duncan when he arrives) will engage in a 7-week study based on the book Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White by Adam Hamilton. Sessions will be at 10:00-11:30a and 6:35-7:30p each Wednesday, January 8–February 19 at the Hazel Dell campus.Books for the c...
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Giving to Messiah

by Doug Ruecker, Financial Secretary | As the Financial Secretary at Messiah congregation, I am responsible for monitoring, tracking, and recording the financial gifts that the congregation receives and the tuition and fees the Preschool collects. I would like to take a few moments of your time to share some observations about our giving patte...
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Comfort and Hope Service, Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7:00p

Decorations, Christmas carols, the empty chair at the table often serve to remind those in grief of the loved ones who will not be with them for the holidays, creating great sadness in the midst of others' who are celebrating. It is common among those who have lost a spouse, a parent, a child, or a close friend, to even dread the holidays.Mess...
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Family Advent Fun for All - Sunday, Dec. 1 at 11:00am

11a (following worship) in the Hazel Dell campus gym | No Godly Play December 1st. Families are encouraged to worship together at the 9:45a service where children are always welcome at the 'Pray Area' in the front of the sanctuary. The Family Advent Event will begin immediately after worship. Come celebrate the be...
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Church Leadership Team announces a Special Meeting of the Congregation to Vote on a Call to a Mission Developer Pastor

Read the Candidate's Biographical Profile here | Read the Mission Candidate's Proposal here | The Church Leadership Team of Messiah Lutheran Church is pleased to announce that it is recommending a candidate for Call to the congregation for the position of Mission Developer Pastor. It has scheduled a Special Meeting of the Congregatio...
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Ladies' Night Out this Friday, Nov. 22 at 5:30p

Liz Bailey and Tiffany Brogan invite you to Ladie's Night Out at the Pacific House in Vancouver. The restaurant is known for its regionally inspired menu and decor.Ladies' Night Out is an extension of Messiah's Women's Breakfast Club. The breakfast club meets on the final Friday of each month at 9:00a. The group has been rotating through a variety ...
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Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO) 2019-20 - An Opportunity to Serve

There are two Lutheran churches in Vancouver that provide overnight shelter for the homeless that cannot fit into another shelter. They are St. Paul Lutheran Church in downtown Vancouver, which takes only men and St Andrew Lutheran Church in Orchards that accepts single women and families of mixed genders. These facilities are staffed by volun...
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Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Grp to study "Microaggressions in Ministry" starting Nov. 26

Pr. Peter invites you to a new 8-week study of Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church by Cody Sanders and Angela Yarber. The study will start November 26 in the weekly Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Small Group. The group meets at 6:00a at Panera Bread Company on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell.Facilitated by Pr...
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2020 Summer Intern Program for College Students is Underway

Messiah is again providing two, full-time internships for college students this coming summer. Pastors Peter and Kathy and Pastoral Intern Taran will serve as their mentors. This 10 to 12-week summer internship is characterized as a "full-immersion" experience into the daily life of Messiah's dynamic, active, and adaptive congregation. Th...
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You Are God’s Mosaic

by Jessica Potts, Dir. of Youth and Young Adult Ministries | The One Mile Mission Statement is "That every child age 0 – 18 living or attending school within one mile of Messiah Lutheran Church campuses would have everything that they need to learn and thrive."To thrive means to grow, develop, or be successful. It means to prosper and flourish...
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Thanksgiving Eve Worship and Pie Fest - 6:00p

Start your holiday by giving thanks to the Giver of all good gifts and enjoy delicious pie immediately after the service. Delight in a foretaste of the feast to come! Not required, but you are invited to bring your favorite pie (pre-cut) to share. The Pie Fest is hosted by Messiah's youth in the Lower Level Dining Hall. Everyone welcome!
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Seeds of Faith - Money that Matters

​by Janet Borst - How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? – 1 John 3:17 | This is a complicated world. It's often difficult to know who really needs help and who might be "milking the system." While there are those among us who can freely give without re...
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Reflections on Seeds of Faith

Janet Borst reflects on the arc of her life and the seeds that took root. | He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. – 2 Cor. 9:10 I often wonder how and why I have been granted the gift of faith. My mother believed in God, but not religio...
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Women's Breakfast Club brings Women Together

Next meeting - Friday, Dec. 27  Facilitators: Liz Bailey and ​Tiffany Brogan​  Come to recharge and get a little "me time"!  relax with coffee, tea or mimosas.  Let us know if you can make it and we'll save room.  No worries if it is last minute though, we would love to see you and hear about t...
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Treat Street 2019 is this Wednesday

6:00-7:00p | October 30 | Hazel Dell Campus No Wednesday Worship Service the night of Treat Street   All children 5th grade and under, and all Messiah Preschool households are invited to this super-fun annual event. Games, crafts, snacks and trick-or-treating in Messiah's classrooms all led by the middle school an...
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"'Yes.' Your Legacy Matters" seminars to dovetail with Messiah's ongoing stewardship theme

Your passion … your plan … your gift for those you love … and for God's work in the world! You are invited to consider another way to say 'yes' by exploring how you can make a difference to ministry locally and globally, now and/or in the future through legacy giving. Consider attending any of three remaining Messiah hosted seminars ...
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First Impressions

by Intern Pr. Taran | Here it is! | "How long have you been at Messiah Lutheran Church? What drew you to Messiah?"Those have been my two greeting questions as I meet and greet so many of you for the first time. As you can imagine, the answers to both of those questions are incredibly diverse. The length of time folks have been at Mes...
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Women's Breakfast Club first meeting this Friday, Sept. 27 at 9:00a

Facilitator: Liz Bailey | Participants: Women | Day & Time: Once-a-month breakfast group meeting the last Friday of every month at 9:00a with Ladies Night Out happening quarterly.Location for ​Sept. 27:​ Syrup Trap1104 Main St, Suite 111, Vancouver, WAThis is a once-a-month group for women that meets for breakfast at a ...
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Hiking Group takes on Larch Mtn. Crater Trail - Wednesday, Sept. 18

Messiah's new midweek hiking group explore challenging trails in Washington and Oregon. Its next hike will be the Larch Mountain Crater trail on Wednesday, September 18. The trek also include a post-hike stop for refreshments at a suitable pub.The group makes its treks on the third Wednesday of the month...
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Summer Survey Results

by Julie Bracken, Minister of Welcome and Hospitality  |  Thank you to the 81 responders to our recent survey. The results are in, and the experiment was a summer hit! What did we like the best? "Coffee and Italian sodas at the bistro tables and children in the sanctuary."The average response to the question of the service provided a...
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No Worries Adult Bible Study: A Survey of the Gospel of Matthew

Wednesdays, thru Nov. 20 | 10:00-11:30a and 6:35-7:30p | Hazel Dell Campus | Led by Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Taran These are anxious times—read any news feed or watch any news broadcast. What might we take from the Gospel where Jesus says five times, "Do not worry?" Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor will lead a survey of Matthew's bes...
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Falling for Fall

a blog by Liz Bailey, Co-Lead Dir. of Children's and Family Ministries | As I sit down to write this, I have many feelings in my heart. Most of these feelings are familiar and positive because this season is so comforting and nostalgic. But there are also feelings of anxiety and anticipation of change and the unknown. This is part of...
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Ministry Showcase: Time for Messiah to Shine

Sept. 8  |  11:00a  |  Hazel Dell CampusAn opportunity for everyone to learn about all of Messiah's programs and ministries at an all-congregation BBQ after worship. Everyone welcome.You are invited to attend Messiah's Ministry Showcase Sunday September, 8th at 11a (following our 9:45a service). This is a BBQ to w...
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6:00p Wednesday Worship - a popular choice for many

An ideal option for those who may miss weekend worship due to work, other commitments, or travel plansMessiah has introduced a new 30-minute midweek worship service to its schedule of weekly worship opportunities. The new service is from 6:00-6:30p, which dovetails nicely with other Faith Life in Progress (FL!P) activities on Wednesd...
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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

I recently read about a training session where the facilitator asked participants to identify the item they had with them at that moment that was most precious to them and asked them to place it on the table in front of them. Many people chose a wedding or engagement ring, other jewelry, or a picture of a loved one. The facilitator then explained t...
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"Re-counting" VBS

Storyteller, humorist, and Messiah member Kathy Hoffman "re-counts" her 2019 VBS experience in journal form.   Glory to God Who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by God's power at work within us.Day 1 – Go beyond with Faith – Daniel in the Lion's DenThe Tall Assistant looks at her clipboard. It was the fi...
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Singers, Ringers, and Instrumentalists Welcome Back Party - Wednesday, August 28

Everyone is invited for David Teeter's final two-month season of directing before he retires. Don't miss this opportunity to sing, ring, blow, or bow with the talented Mr. Teeter.What: Musicians' Welcome PartyWhere: Rob and Cathy Ramer's home 1702 NW 109th St, Vancouver, WA  360.573.7162When: Wednesday, August 28, 7:00-8:30pBring: A ...
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Pastoral Intern Joel's final weekend has come

Joel's farewell weekend is August 10-11 at the Hazel Dell campus. He and his family are headed to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Overland Park, KS, where he will serve as full-time mission developer at the congregation's second campus.This WeekendIt is customary for congregations hosting pastoral interns to offer an opportunity to give a s...
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Changing the Light

A farewell post from pastoral intern Joel Hinck | When Liz Bailey (Messiah's fantastic Co-Director of Children's and Family Ministries) ends a Godly Play session, she puts out a candle that has been burning the whole time and says something quite striking. Instead of telling the children that she is "putting out" the candle, she tells them tha...
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Meet Charles Reinmuth - Messiah's next full-time director for worship, music, and technology

The Church Leadership Team and pastors are pleased to announce that Charles Reinmuth has accepted their invitation to succeed David Teeter as Messiah's Director of Worship and Music (0.8 FTE) and Director of Information Technologies (0.2 FTE). From now through December, Charles will only be accompanying worship on the weekends at the Hazel Del...
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Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Grp reading "Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White"

The Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Small Group is engaged in a 9-week study of Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White​ by Adam Hamilton. The group meets at 6:00a at Panera Bread Company on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Facilitated by Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor Taran, each session begins with prayer and ends when the first participant leaves ...
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Intern Pr. Joel Hinck's farewell weekends are here

Joel and his family are headed to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Overland Park, KS, where he will serve as full-time mission developer at the congregation's second campus. His farewell weekends at Messiah are Sunday, August 4 at Messiah North, and Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11 at the Hazel Dell campus.Joel's move to Kansas is an exciting opportu...
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Nona King - Messiah's New Bookkeeper

The Church Leadership Team and pastors are pleased to introduce Nona King as Messiah's new part-time bookkeeper. Nona began her work for the congregation in June.Nona is married with two children, 11 and 13, and lives in the Felida neighborhood. She attended both Pacific Lutheran University and North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene where she studied...
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Christ Bearers Invite You to Wonder

Detra Swenson and the entire Christ Bearer team invite you to consider a holy experiment, i.e., to commit to a-one-time-only experience of accompanying one of our congregation's Christ Bearers.Christ Bearers have the duty and delight of bringing Holy Communion to persons unable to attend worship on the weekends. This ministry is fully an extension ...
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Midweek Hiking Group's 3rd Trek of the Summer Season on Tap

Messiah's new midweek hiking group has formed and is exploring challenging trails in Washington and Oregon. Its next hike will be the Lewis River Falls trail on Wednesday, August 21. The group has also planned a post-hike stop for refreshments at a suitable pub.The group makes its treks on the third Wednesday of the month. To sign up...
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Pastoral Intern Joel Hinck and family are headed to Holy Cross LC in Overland Park, KS

After completing his internship at Messiah, Joel will be a full-time Campus Pastor/Mission Developer | Intern Pastor Joel has accepted a position with Holy Cross Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Overland Park, Kansas. He will be serving as the campus pastor/mission developer for a new location that Holy Cross is launching. It is a...
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David Teeter Is Retiring

A celebration of his service to the church is planned for October 20  I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. - Psalm 104:33David Teeter will be retiring from his position as Minister of Worship and Music effective Sunday, October 20, 2019. He has held this full-time position for eighteen yea...
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Brunch Potluck to celebrate remodel of the Lower Level Dining Room on June 23. Everyone Invited.

Sunday | June 23 | 10:00a | Everyone is invited to celebrate the remodel of the Lower Level dining room and kick-off of the new summer Sunday worship schedule at the Hazel Dell campus. This will be an excellent opportunity to introduce yourself to people from the other service. Please bring the following food to share based on the first letter...
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Midweek Hiking Group Formed - First hike to Falls Creek Falls

A new midweek hiking group has been formed to explore some challenging trails in Washington and Oregon. The group will hike on the third Wednesday of the month, with each hike to be followed by refreshments at a suitable watering hole. The first hike will be Falls Creek Falls on Wednesday, June 19, with a post-hike stop at Walking Man Brewing in St...
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Thomas Sather becomes an Eagle Scout

Son of the congregation, Thomas Sather, was recently recognized at a ceremony on June 2, for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Thomas is an active member of Troop 479 which meets at Family of Christ Lutheran Church in the Felida neighborhood. Thomas completed his Eagle Scout project by building a barn owl nesting box, installing signs and making o...
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Brewed Theology - Talking about Death as a Faithful act of Living: A Conversation about Advance Care Planning - Tuesday, June 18

Jointly hosted with The Vancouver Clinic | One-time-only on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 7:00-8:30p (you may arrive as early as 6:00p) Click here to register for this event »Synopsis We should familiarize ourselves with death during our lifetime, inviting death into our presence when it is still at a distance and not on the move.– from a ...
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New Summer Worship Time Experiment at Hazel Dell campus has begun

Hazel Dell Campus 5:00p Saturday worship (remains the same), 9:00a Sunday worship | Messiah North at TriMountain Golf Course 10:00a Sunday worship (remains the same) Beginning June 23, Sunday morning worshippers at the Hazel Dell campus will have the opportunity to get to know each other with a combined worship time of...
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Children's Craft Table available during all services at both campuses throughout summer

If you've been to Sunday worship at Messiah North at TriMountain Golf Course, you know that one of the special elements within the worship space is a craft table for children. The table allows busy hands to be creative while still listening, watching, and participating in worship.Starting this weekend, craft tables will be available for all childre...
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Zach Croonquist headed to Cental Europe with Young Adults in Gobal Mission - an ELCA ministry

Zach served as a summer intern at Messiah in 2017 |  Greetings | I am so excited to announce that I have accepted the opportunity to serve as a Young Adult in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteer in Central Europe starting this August! YAGM is a year-long service program operated by the ELCA that sends 70+ young adults into service in 9 differ...
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Mission Team from Messiah leaves this week for Puerto Rico

This Saturday a group of members and friends of Messiah will leave on a Mission Trip to Puerto Rico. They will be working with Lutheran Disaster Response to do much needed hurricane relief work. You are invited to keep you to keep these people in your prayers over the next couple of weeks.Kylie BrownAnna CountrymanChase Mattson Eisenhauer...
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Introducing Tiffany Brogan, Co-Director of Children's and Family Ministries as a job share partner with Liz Bailey

The Church Leadership Team and pastors are pleased to introduce Tiffany Brogan as Messiah's newest staff member. Tiffany will be serving the congregation as Co-Director of Children's and Family Ministries in a job-share arrangement with current director, Liz Bailey.Tiffany currently serves as a substitute teacher and classroom assistant within Mess...
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Messiah Posts Part-Time Bookkeeping Position

Messiah Lutheran Church is seeking a part-time bookkeeper at 20 hrs/week to serve at the church's Hazel Dell campus. Experience in non-profit bookkeeping and church-related accounting software is preferred. Core work schedule includes Monday and Tuesday mornings with flexible scheduling for remaining weekly hours.Job DescriptionApplicatio...
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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will discuss "Follow the River" by James Alexander Thom, Sept. 4

First Wednesday of each month | 10:00-11:30a | Hazel Dell campus | Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, always drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides a theological perspective. Lack of discussion is never a challenge as everyone h...
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Capital Campaign Update: “See What ‘Yes’ Can Do”

Lower Level Dining Hall Renovation is Underway | Mortgage Paid Down Substantially | Work on the Lower Level Dining Hall has begun. This week painting of the walls and ceiling will be complete. The new floor has been ordered and will be installed as soon as the walls and ceiling are completed. Research on new tables and chairs is underway ...
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Brewed Theology - "Truth. Fake News. Gospel." - Monday, April 29

Sessions at 4:00-5:30p and 7:00-8:30p | Fortside Brewing, Vancouver | Reservation is required. Click here to register.SynopsisSince the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, the term "fake news" has been hurled at just about every news agency and power broker in US politics. Sometimes it is used to combat blatantly false or misleadi...
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Wednesday Connect Group engages in Godly Play®

weekly at 4p through May 22 | led by Pr. Kathy | each Wednesday in May, the Wednesday Connect group will be hearing a Godly Play® story and wondering about it together.All women are invited. Wednesday Connect is a new small group for moms of all ages to gather around books and prayer for connection with each other and with ...
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Wallowa Backpacking Trip - Reflections and Invitation

July 26-31, 2019 | by Ron Klump, Wallowa trip veteran, botanist, CLT member | "Be still and know that I am God!" Psalm 46.10a This year's Wallowa backpacking trip will take the group to Echo Lake. This beautiful alpine lake is located at an elevation of 7,240 in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of the Wallowa Mountains in the northeast corne...
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Wednesday Adult Class studying “Liturgy of the Ordinary”

Sessions at 10:00-11:30a and 6:00-7:00p | April 24, May 8, 15, 22 | AM session at Latte Da Coffee House | PM Session at Grapes and Growlers in Felida Pr. Peter will lead the Wednesday Adult Bible study in a 4-week spring session class based on Tish Harrison Warren's book "Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life."&n...
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Introducing Taran Denning, Messiah's '19-'20 Pastoral Intern

Taran Denning is a Gonzaga University graduate and Luther Seminary student. He will be Messiah Lutheran's 2019-20 intern. He and his wife, Curyn (an elementary school teacher) will arrive in late August.Have you ever really put yourself in Joseph's shoes? Consider Joseph's side of the Christmas story. He must have thought he had his life planned ou...
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3-Session Seminar on Grief

An in-depth study hosted by the Messiah's Stephen Ministry Team | Mondays | April 29 | May 6 | May 13 |6:30-8:30p Messiah Lutheran Church905 NW 94th STVancouver, WA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Stephen Ministers of Messiah Lutheran Church, Vancouver, invite interested community members to attend an In-dept...
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An Introduction to SoulCollage® will be hosted at Messiah with Pr. Martha Maier - May 2

Thursday, May 2, 6:00-8:30p | Fellowship Hall | led by Pastor Martha Maier and Patricia Skinner Patterson | Pre-registration is required. To register, email Pr. Maier. The group size is limited to 20. Suggested donation: $5 to cover suppliesCome experience SoulCollage®, a creative process to access your inner wisdom! No artistic...
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Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Mission Developer is now live in the "religiosphere"

​Update on "See What 'Yes' Can Do" Capital Campaign projects | Mission Developer | Messiah's Mission Developer Search Team has written a "Request for Proposal" (RFP) with which it hopes to attract mission developer candidates from coast to coast. The team forwarded the RFP to The Rev. Melanie Wallschlaeger, the Director of Evangelical Mis...
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A Lenten Pilgrimage

by Joel Hinck, Pastoral Intern  |  I've been reading John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress during Lent this year. Written in 1678, the book is an allegorical description of the Christian life. The main character, named (appropriately enough) Christian, encounters a series of dangers, monsters, and peculiar characters, all of whic...
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VBS begins Monday, July 15-19. Preschool program – 9:00-11:30a; Elementary Program – 9:00-noon

To get on the wait list, contact Liz Bailey. Get ready to launch into Mission to Mars! We are so excited to welcome you to a galactic experience of learning and growing with God through music, crafts, science, food, and lots of fun!One Curriculum - Two Programs - One start time - Two pick-up timesPreschool Pr...
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Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Group to read C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” starting April 2

The Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Small Group will begin an 8-week reading of C.S. Lewis' classic The Screwtape Letters on April 2. The group meets at 6:00a at Panera Bread Company on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Facilitated by Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor Joel, each session begins with prayer and ends when the first participant leaves for work...
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Let Us Not Be Too Rushed to See

by Liz Bailey | "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created." – Rev. 4:11"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." - Lao Tzu.This Lao Tzu saying has been taped to my fridge for a year now, right by my calendar. It ha...
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Lenten Wednesday Worship "Cross Examinations" with FL!P (Faith Life in Progress) Schedule

Wednesdays, March 13-April 10​ | Midweek Schedule for Lent 4:45-5:30p - Godly Play (3 years to 5th grade)5:00-5:45p - Soup supper in lower level6:00-6:30p - Worship6:30-7:00p - Service project for all ages6:30-7:00p - Quiet prayer time in chapel7:00-8:30p - Messiah Worship ChoirSundays during Lent8:30-9:40a - Youth Ensemble​ 
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Tax Season and Tithing

a guest blog by Justin Farrell | As tax season is upon us, I reflect back to the earlier years of our marriage when Carrie and I tried different ways to prioritize and increase our giving. One thing we enjoyed in the past was tithing our tax return. We made it a priority to be intentional about tithing that amount as a gift beyond what our nor...
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See What 'Yes' Can Do - Capital Campaign Projects Update

Good things are happening because of your gifts to Messiah's "See What 'Yes' Can Do" capital campaign. Thank you! To date, 108 households have participated in the campaign. Gifts and pledges total $639,425. Here are how your gifts are working.Building ImprovementsRoof ReplacementsLast summer roof replacements were completed on b...
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Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Chocolate

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, March 6 | Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed.– 1 Peter 1:13 NRSVSandra Jacobson was Messiah's church secretary when Kathy and I first arrived at Messiah. She was one of God's gifts to this congre...
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Meet Messiah's College Summer Interns for 2019

Ruby Lindgren | University of Portland - currently studying in Salzburg, Austria | Hometown - Sacramento, CA | Major - German Studies | Graduation - Spring 2021 Hello! My name is Ruby Lindgren, and I am incredibly excited to be joining your church family this summer! I am originally from Sacramento, California, where I grew...
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