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Our Infuriating God

by summer intern Miriam Hanson - "Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward. For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised." – Hebrews 10:35-36In the weeks leading up to my time at Messiah, and even in the first few days here, I anticipated that this su...
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Trusting in the Not Yet Seen

Serving alongside each of you in the faith community that is Messiah Lutheran Church, its leaders, and my wife Allison this year has been a joy. That is why it has been a bit bittersweet this last week as we have packed and loaded our truck trailer. As the Nebraska Synod has called me, I will be the full-time Director for Stewardship for the synod ...
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Serving in Messiah's Teaching Congregation Mission Initiative

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

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

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

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

You are invited to participate in the next study of the Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Small Group based on the book The Phoenix Affirmations by Eric Elnes. A limited number of books are available for purchase ($4.50) at church. Click here for the reading schedule. Steeped deeply in the words of Jesus and built on th...
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Motherhood

"Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow." Psalm 25:4  There is nothing that compares to becoming a parent... It's absolutely beautiful, amazing, and completely exhausting. That's right, exhausting. As in four hours of sleep in two days, hardly having time or strength to shower, let alone ge...
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The Lessons We Learn

In early March, my Grandma was diagnosed with terminal bile duct cancer. Terminal and cancer are such painful words and too often we hear them in regard to people in our lives that we love and cherish. Let me tell you a little bit about my Grandma McKee. Many would call her a non-traditional grandma.She had a strong faith and lived it out daily.I r...
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Messiah Volunteers Resupply Sam’s Art Cart

ART THERAPY CONTINUES FOR PATIENTS AT LEGACY SALMON CREEK HOSPITAL Monday, June 27, twelve volunteers from Messiah gathered to help resupply and put together art activity packages for Sam's Art Cart. Pastoral care chaplains and nurses use the cart to provide a variety of art materials and journals to patients at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospit...
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The Way to Graduation

I will lead the blind by a road they do not know, by paths they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I will do, and I will not forsake them. Isa. 42:16"And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." – Jesus in Mt. 28:20 Crazy adventur...
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You are Invited to help set-up at Compassion Ridgefield - Friday, 08.26.2016

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

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

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

Summertime Godly Play® classes for children 3 years-5th grade are in room 103. Messiah's trained Godly Play practioners are ecstatic to be spending time with the children during these summer evenings, telling new Bible stories, and continuing Christian education in the most fun way possible! Godly Play allows children to think outside the box and to grow a remarkable theological insights of the many stories from the Bible that they hear and experience. I wonder… what part of Godly Play will your child most enjoy?Brightest blessings, Joy Studer, Director of Children's and Family MinistriesWeekly Theme for 5:00pm Saturday Evening Godly Play August 6th - BaptismStoryteller - MeganDoorkeeper - Alex August 13th - JonahStoryteller - BetsiDoorkeeper - Tiffany August 20th - Story of DanielStoryteller - JoyDoorkeeper - Garet August 27th - The Great FamilyStoryteller - JoyDoorkeeper - Andrea No GP Labor Day Weekend. SUNDAY FALL KICK OFF will be September 11th 
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Meet Messiah's College Summer Interns for 2016

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

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

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

An epic fail essay by Pr. Kathleen Braafladt.   It was only the 6th week, but I knew I was in trouble. I thought I had better call him, before he called me. Sitting outside his office, I couldn’t tell if I was more angry than anxious. I had given up a good job, packed up all my belongings, moved to a new state. It had never been part of my plan. I remember the day I sat in the sanctuary of my home church and relented. “OK, God, I’ll go to seminary … BUT you will never get me to preach.” Now I was sitting with 4 quizzes and a paper in my hand. All of them indicated I was failing philosophy. I had never come close to failing a class before.His door opened and Dr. Lee Snook welcomed me. His reputation at Luther Seminary was legendary. I didn’t know what...
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A Year of Living Luke - 8 springtime sessions resume 04.13.2016

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

In April we see many signs of spring and new life. In the Pacific Northwest we are likely to see plenty of rain, which like our baptism, is life giving. This year, find new life and God’s love in your marriage by attending a Lutheran Marriage Encounter weekend. You will be blessed by the “May flowers” that will bloom in your relationship and stay fresh throughout the years to come. For more information or to apply for weekend attendance, visit the Lutheran Marriage Encounter web site www.GodLovesMarriage.org or contact: Jim and Detra Swenson, 360-574-6009 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Lutheran Marriage Encounter Spring 2016 DateApril 29 – May 1 in Beaverton, OR
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Water for the World - 2016 Lenten Theme

“Water for the World” will be Messiah's Lenten theme this year. Pastors will be preaching a Lenten Wednesday night series entitled "Stay Thirsty." The congregation will also be participating in the ELCA World Hunger “40 Days of Giving” with weekly opportunities to learn about the lack of clean water in much of the world and to support efforts by our church to improve water delivery and sanitation where it is desperately needed.Service Projects Each WednesdayEvery Wednesday during Lent everyone has the opportunity to help with a service project from 6:00-6:50pm.March 16: Blankets for Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel; Buck-A-ChickMidweek Worship this Wednesday - 7:00-7:30pmMarch 16: Rev. 7:9-17 “He will guide them to springs of water of life.
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Directors of local Food Banks thank Messiah as the congregation surpasses 100,000 lbs. in Food Donations

The Lewis River Mobile Food Bank of Highland Lutheran Church sends thanks and praise to Messiah Lutheran Church’s Food on the 4th program for being instrumental in providing additional choices of foods for our clients to select such as cereals, soups, canned chicken and canned pork. Many times your food donations have filled the shortages in our warehouse. Financially, the thousands of pounds of food that Messiah has donated has made it possible for the Lewis River Mobile Food Bank to direct their dollars to emergent food needs. We thank you again for your dedication and support in our mission to feed the hungry people in the communities where we live. Candice Howell, DirectorLewis River Mobile Food BankOn behalf of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, their clients and volunteer staff, please accept our heartfelt thanks for your most generous donations to our food pantry for the past six years! Many times, we would...
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Messiah Preschool nominated to top five of preschools in Clark County. You can help make it #1 by voting this week.

Messiah Preschool has been nominated as one of the top five preschools in Clark County in a pole conducted by The Columbian newspaper. Voting has begun for the ranking of "Best" and you can help. Would you be so kind as to vote for Messiah Preschool as the best preschool in Clark County? The online voting process is painless and obligation free. Be sure to select the category "Schools", then subcategory "Pre-school" and select the button for "Messiah Lutheran Preschool." Thank you. Click here or on either of images to vote.
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Are We All Like That? Really?

by guest contributor Mark Hundley, Messiah member and North Campus attender.For most of my life, being a churchgoing Christian was held in high regard. Today, not so much. What’s happened?For the most part, the mainstream media shapes today’s public opinion, and there’s not much doubt that it has not been kind to churchgoing Christians over the past several years.The Bad NewsBad news, tragedy, scandal, and other negative and inflammatory things are what sells today. That’s what we’re fed by the mainstream media because that’s what sells. Truth be told, there’s been no shortage of that type of story as available fodder for the media. We can read about church scandals, ultra conservative exclusionary practices, homophobia, and no room allowed for wondering or questioning about the churches dogma. It’s likely that many of these stories are true. Taken together, it paints a pretty bad picture of churchgoing Christians.The TruthThe truth is that...
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North County Campus News: Big Things...

This past week has been full of big things. Last Sunday I had the pleasure and joy to lead worship alongside Allison at the Hazel Dell campus. I preached and shared some of the stories from North County. The worshipers there seemed excited and overjoyed to hear of the big things happening at North County and to hear of where God may be leading. If you would like to read about what I preached, you can find the sermon text on my personal blog. Though the Seahawks didn’t make it to championship weekend, there was still football last weekend. Seeing that Tom Brady and the Patriots won’t be able to be repeat champions this year provides a little solace at least. Maybe next year the Seahawks can get back to the Super Bowl, and perhaps meet Tom Brady there one more time. This year though, I am rooting for Peyton Manning...
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Messiah Water Bottles: One for you. One to give away.

Convey the message that you love your church or preschool by carrying a new water bottle that proudly — though not too proudly — displays the Messiah brand.The bottles are high quality, genuine Nalgene 24 oz. with leak proof tops. They also fit in all automobile cup holders. The bottles have an ml./oz. scale on the side and are bpa free. Definitely not cheap, inferior, or schloky. Two ways to get onebuy 2 for $15 with the promise that you give the second bottle away to someone outside the congregation or someone whose child does not currently attend Messiah Preschoolorbuy 2 for $15 and donate the second bottle to the welcome ministry at Messiah to give to a guestAvialable atthe front office of the Hazel Dell campusthe Preschool Director's Officethe display table of the North County campus
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North County Campus News: Some Thoughts About Identity

The Core Visioning Team that has been discerning about the current and future chapter of Messiah North County met this past week. We had a wonderful discussion on a number of topics. One of the questions that was posed was related to who and what Messiah North County is. What is the identity of Messiah North County? The new website (messiahnorthcounty.org) features a wonderful video which provides a first look at this question, describing the identity and feel. But there’s more than this. One possible idea that the team considered was, is Messiah North County a Thinking Church? If so, would it be worthwhile to claim and identify as this? By being a Lutheran congregation, Messiah is a church that engages both the head and the heart. Whether Messiah North County could identify as “a Thinking Church” is an interesting question and perhaps a nice way to describe some of the...
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North County Campus News: A Challenge, A New Website, and a New Year

A New YearLast Sunday, there was a great North County meeting before worship. North County also welcomed Daniel Ortman as the new worship team leader.  And together, North County started a new day and a new year, 2016. All of these new things, barely scratch the surface of all that is new. A New WebsiteNorth County now has its own dedicated webpage that is a part of Messiah’s website (messiahnorthcounty.org). It is, like all good websites, a living thing and will change over time. But, for now, North County has its own dedicated online space. I am particularly pleased with the front of the site, and the video that welcomes anyone who visits the site. In the days and weeks ahead I hope that you visit this website, watch the video, and then share it widely. Many of North County participate and show up in this video, so together, you can hear...
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Theology on Tap - 02.09.2016 - The Meaning of Money

God. Conversation. Beer. Facilitated by Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Allison. February topic: The Meaning of Money  RSVP Registration  Preparatory HomeworkLocation: The Lucky Lab Pub on North Killingsworth in PortlandMessiah's TOT has steadily grown. Because most pubs in North Portland and Clark County can no longer accommodate the entire group, we regularly offer a twice-a-month schedule with the topic and location the same for both events. However, February TOT will be a one-time-only event on Monday, February 9, 7:00-8:45pm at The Lucky Lab Pub on N. Killingsworth in Portland. Participants are welcome to arrive early to order dinner. This is an RSVP only event.TOT has three goals:to engage in relaxed and guided conversation about interesting and often profound theological topics;to enjoy some of the finest craft beers anywhere;and to do it with some of the best people around.The meeting place is usually a local craft brewery or taproom in North Portland or Clark County. The group typically...
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North County Campus News: Baptism, Promise, and Change

Happy Epiphany! I am excited for our conversation before worship on Sunday January 10th at 9am and to share what the North County Core Visioning Team has learned so far, and to invite you into the conversation.  I am also excited because today we observe and remember the baptism of Jesus. For obvious reasons, it’s kind of a big deal. Promises are being fulfilled. Ministry is starting, and this voice from heaven (from God) comes. It’s actually quite a rare thing in the New Testament at least to hear from heaven and God directly. This means something important is happening and to take note. “...when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’” - Luke 3:21b-22,...
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Newcomers' Orientation - Sunday, 10.07.2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 5:00-7:00 P.M., 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 similarly interested in learning more about the church. It is Pr. Peter’s goal that newcomers leave with a clear sense of what it would mean for them to belong to the community that is Messiah. He also provides information on the various pathways to membership.This orientation is for persons who have attended either campus. The event includes a fully hosted meal and free childcare is provided.For more information or to register your intention to attend, please email Sally Dost, Administrative Assistant, or leave her a voicemail at 574-7081.
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A Year of Living Luke: Wednesday Adult Bible Study

Pr. Peter invites you to the winter sessions of A Year of Living Luke adult Bible study class. The class has been exploring God’s voice in Luke, as well as God’s story in our daily lives. The winter sessions will take a new turn as each week students will be invited to ponder how they would preach the Good News of Luke's gospel.The classes are Wednesdays 10:00-11:30am and 6:00-7:00pm. Classes meet in the Hazel Dell campus fellowship hall.Week 1, January 6It’s the water and a whole lot more.No homework. Bring your Bible. It will be fun.Week 2, January 13Is not this Joseph’s son?Read Luke 4.21-30. Extra credit for reading Jeremiah 1:4-10.Week 3, January 20Repent or perish or shall we get the manure?Read Luke 13:1-9. Extra credit for reading Isaiah 55:1-9.No class on January 27.Week 4, February 3The Passion, burial, and resurrection according to LukeRead Luke 22:14-24:12. Extra credit for just reading it.
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North County Campus News: The Incarnation, a North County Meeting, and More

Merry Tenth Day of Christmas! I hope that you all have had a restful and fulfilling celebration of the 12 Days of Christmas, and a wonderful start to the New Year!As we continue our journey through Christmas, one of the big ideas that we think about is the Incarnation. It’s part of the readings of the season, including today’s gospel passage, “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14, NRSV).The incarnation is this notion that the eternal and infinite God came down to this earth in the finite and first-century Jesus of Nazareth. That’s an important thing to remember, and it also has implications for who we are as the church.God comes to us as one of us. God breaks into the world through the birth, life, death, and...
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"Searching for Sunday: loving, leaving, and finding the church." Tuesday Morning Small Group starts a new reading for the new year.

The Tuesday Morning Breakfast Bible Study Group is reading Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans starting January 2016. You are invited to be a guest in the eating, reading, and conversation. The group meets at 6:00a.m. at the Peachtree Restaurant on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Facilitated by Pr. Peter, each session begins with prayer and ends when the first group member has to leave for work, usually around 7:05am.Walter Brueggemann comments about Searching for Sunday: “Evans has written a zinger of a book. Grounded in the deep things of faith, she writes in a vivid style and transposes the claims of faith into compelling concrete narrative. Her book is a forceful invitation to reconsider that faith has been misunderstood as a package of certitudes rather than a relationship of fidelity.” Another reviewer writes: “If there’s a part of you– a big part, a small part– that is whispering the question ‘why...
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Beginnings and Endings

Year-end is an excellent time to pause and reflect on what we have accomplished together, and what we plan to continue in the new year. Our 2016 theme is “Growing. Giving. Grateful.” We are a church that lives this out in how we serve the church, the community, and the world.Former summer interns Jayson, Caitlyn, Kevin, and Ben. All students at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary studying to be pastors.Messiah is a Teaching Congregation for the ChurchMessiah provides college students with summer internships to help discern their vocational passions.Messiah prepares pastoral interns for ordained ministry after seminary.Messiah is considering becoming a pastoral residence congregation, providing a short-term mentoring experience to a first-call pastor as another way to prepare pastors for lives of effective and fulfilling ministry.The One Mile Mission for the CommunityEvery child age 0-18, living or attending a school within one mile of either of Messiah’s campuses will have everything they...
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North County Campus News: Christmas, Communion and Prayer

written and compiled by Timothy Siburg, Messiah North County Mission DeveloperOne of the things you may not know about North County is that communion is done a bit differently here. Communion is served each week, like it is done at every weekend service at Messiah’s Hazel Dell campus. What makes it unique at North County is that the whole worshipping congregation takes the meal together in one line spread across the room. It’s like a whole bunch of people all around one table at the same time. Everyone gathers in the line and receives the sacrament, and then stays until everyone else has received it and then are blessed and dismissed back to our seats in peace.That’s usually how it works, anyway. This past Sunday we did something a little differently, but something I have come to learn is not outside the norm for North County.Instead of our normal post-communion prayer,...
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North County Campus News: Go Tell It on the Mountain

written and compiled by Timothy Siburg, Messiah North County Mission Developer. Go Tell it on the Mountain  Confession time. I grew up in the church choir loft. That probably explains a bit about me. Because of that, and because I grew up with a mom who served as a music minister, I also grew up without much of a choice about learning to sing and playing music on piano (and other instruments).My first solo was on “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” sung on Christmas morning as the anthem on Christmas Day at my home church. You might have figured this out by now, I love jazz and spirituals because of the rhythm, the fun, the emotion, and the energy.There’s another thing about this song in particular though that sits with me this year. As I am working as a mission developer, part of my role is to help people hear the story...
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A Strange Nativity

 ... for the Mighty One has done great things for me. Luke 1:49a They said it was our Christmas gift—dinner out at a new restaurant. As we pulled into the parking we noticed an ominous sign: no other cars. “We should go someplace more familiar,” one of them said. The other was already holding open the door to the restaurant. We would at least go inside.We sat alone in a room set for three to four-dozen people. The restaurant had been open 48 days. The woman who waited on our table was specific and proud of that fact. She explained that Mondays were typically slow.We ordered our meals and soon after the food service began ... one-plate-at-a-time. I watched as she placed a plate of sizzling sautéed prawns in front of our gentleman host. He raised his fork to start eating right away, but suddenly halted. He closed his eyes, pausing motionless....
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North County News: Telling the Story of Messiah's North County Campus

written and compiled by Timothy Siburg, Messiah North County Mission Developer. Who is Timothy and what is he doing?Good question. Lately I have been hearing from some of you that you would like to know more about me, as well as some of the work I am doing. If we haven’t met yet, I am Timothy Siburg, and I’m serving as the half-time mission developer for Messiah Lutheran Church North County this year while my wife Allison serves as the congregation’s pastoral intern.I grew up in Poulsbo and graduated from PLU in Tacoma in 2009 with majors in economics and religion. I decided I liked learning so much that I added two masters degrees in Management and Congregational Mission and Leadership, and have been working since grad school in congregations and nonprofits doing work related to leadership development, mission cultivation, worship and music, social media, and stewardship.Every Member VisitsBack in October at...
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Returning Veterans Project - An Opportunity to Give this Season

Over that past three years, members and friends of Messiah have been generous supporters of the Returning Veterans Project (RVP). Our gifts and those from other supporters helped the RVP deliver a record number of, 4,387 hours of free confidential counseling and somatic services in 2014, to 360 veterans & service members, and 106 family members in Oregon and Southwest Washington! You are invited to consider making a gift this Veterans Day.In 2011, after 1,200 41st Brigade troops returned from the war in Iraq, the number of veterans the Returning Veterans Project served soared by 150% the following year.This summer, 953 Oregon Army National Guard 41st Brigade troops who call Oregon home returned from Afghanistan. For some of them, this was their 8th or 9th war zone deployment. Your gift this Veterans Day will help to ensure that the RVP is ready to meet another steep expected client number increase this...
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Expanded Front Office Hours include Sundays and Wednesday Evenings

In order to better serve Messiah’s members and friends (especially those who work daytime jobs), the front office at the Hazel Dell campus will now be open late on Wednesdays as well as on Sunday mornings. The extended hours will provide time to make connections, get answers about ministries, and take care of church business during the times when the most people are at church. Many thanks to the volunteers who will staff the front office on Friday mornings so that Connie can be present during high volume times.New Front Office Hours at MessiahMonday 8:00am-4:00pmTuesday 8:00am-4:00pmWednesday 8:00am-7:00pm (4:00pm during summer and non-Fl!P weeks)Thursdays 8:00am-4:00pmFridays 8:30-11:30amSundays 8:00-11:15am
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October Theology on Tap - "Déjà vu all over again (only faster): from Gutenberg to Google – the challenge of being a flesh and blood church in a digital world" 10.27.2015

God. Conversation. Beer. Facilitated by Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Allison Tuesday, October 27, 2015. 7:00-8:45pm. Click here to register and to learn about the preparatory homework. October Topic: Déjà vu all over again (only faster): from Gutenberg to Google – the challenges of being a flesh and blood church in a digital world.Guest Speaker: Dr. Laura K. Simmons, Ph.D.Professor of Christian MinistriesGeorge Fox Evangelical SeminarySynopsis:Mill Creek PubFive-hundred years ago the Church and the world experienced a paradigm shift fueled by the advent of the moveable type printing press. Today, the world is changing at breakneck speed as digital technologies continually evolve and dominate our lives. How might Christians faithfully align and assess all the messages and their messengers in light of their connection to Jesus and how might we convey the Gospel … digitally?LocationMessiah's October TOT will meet once this month on Tuesday, October 27, from 7:00-8:45pm at MacTarnahan's Taproom at Portland Brewing Company.An Important Detail Regarding the loccation.We...
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A Year of Living Luke: New Wednesday Adult Bible Study

painting by Michel Martin Drolling, "The Return of the Prodigal Son," 1806. Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Allison invite you to the first of three six-week studies focusing on the Gospel of Luke. We’ll study and explore God’s voice in Luke, as well as God’s story in our daily lives through a unique practice that Allison brings from her previous congregational ministry. The second and third segments will happen in the winter and spring.The classes will happen twice on Wednesdays starting October 14 at 10:00-11:30am and 6:00-7:00pm. The classes are meeting in the Hazel Dell campus fellowship hall. Intern Pr. Allison and Pr. PeterThe course is being co-written by Peter and Allison. Below is the outline for the first six weeks:An introduction to LukeWeek 1 (10.14.2015) - How do you start a good story? An overview of how Luke begins and how we read him.Weeks 2-5 will examine Messiah’s mission statement...
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Mark Anzelon guest musician at Hazel Dell campus Oct. 17-18 weekend

Mark Anzelon is a contemporary Christian songwriter/artist who serves as the music ministry director at Lutheran Church of the Foothills in La Cañada, CA. He is also a Nashville recording artist and has produced albums with Grammy Nominated Christian artist/producer Margaret Becker – “Be an Offering” and “Prodigal.” He will serve at guest musician at all Hazel Dell services this weekend, October 17-18.God has called Mark into a unique ministry, making a difference in the lives of the world’s neediest children by visiting congregations all across the country — raising awareness of the poor, hungry and orphaned children of this world through a volunteer artist association with World Vision. He has teamed with over 100 Christian songwriters, artists and authors that have joined together to do this, including many of today's top recording artists such as Third Day, Casting Crowns, and Sarah McLachlan; and authors like Max Lucado. As a group, they have...
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Newcomers' Orientation Upcoming Sunday, 10.18.2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 5:00-7:30 P.M., 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 similarly interested in learning more about the church. It is Pr. Peter’s goal that newcomers leave with a clear sense of what it would mean for them to belong to the community that is Messiah. He also provides information on the various pathways to membership.This orientation is for persons who have attended either campus. The event includes a fully hosted meal and free childcare will be provided.For more information or to register your intention to attend, please email Connie Howard, Office Administrator, or leave her a voicemail at 574-7081.
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Compassion Ridgefield 2015 Report

Last weekend Messiah Lutheran Church participated in Compassion Ridgefield. Messiah has been involved in this ministry since its inception in 2011 and members from Messiah’s North County campus have served on its leadership and planning board each year.Statistics from this year’s clinic:• 45 dental hygiene appointments• 55 restorative dental appointments, including 39 extractions• 42 medical visits• 18 chiropractic appointments• 5 PT appointments• 10 foot-care appointments• 63 vision checks, with glasses when needed (donated by the Lion’s Club)• 49+ hair cuts• 45 manicures• 60 massages• 59 children registered in the Kid’s Zone• 30 organization at the Social Services Fair• countless articles of clothing given.• approximately 500 lunches servedMessiah's Book Table at Compassion Ridgefield 2015Nutrition classes were also provided and a presentation by Shared Hope International was given about human trafficking taking place locally.A Kid’s Zone was abuzz with activity including reading time with the local librarian. The Ridgefield Fire Department showed the...
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Paul Kaczynski, ’08 Summer Intern accepts call to serve as Pastor at Luther’s Table

Former summer intern at Messiah, Paul Kaczynski (’08), first got a Masters of Arts degree in theology from the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley in 2014. This year he completed his Masters of Divinity requirements at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and was endorsed for ordination in the ELCA.Paul has just accepted a Call from the Northwest Washington Synod to serve as mission developer pastor at Luther’s Table in Renton, Washington. Luther’s Table is the rebirth of what was Renton Lutheran Church—a congregation that accepted death to be reborn as an emergent ministry of the ELCA. Renton Lutheran was the home congregation of Pr. Peter when he was growing up.Writes Paul on his Facebook post, “Well, the secret is out! I have officially received a call from the Northwest Washington Synod to be the mission developer who hangs out at Luther's Table and leads the Sunday evening worshiping community called Roots...
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Baby and Me Music Classes happening at Messiah - Wednesdays

Joy Studer, Director of Children’s and Family Ministries, invites you and your baby to a fun upBEAT class. It’s a group music class for the little ones (newborn to 2-years) with fun built in for the parents as well.Wednesdays, 9:15-9:45amroom 207 at the Hazel Dell campusages newborn to 2-yearsfree, on-site nursery care provided for other childrenBenefits:quality time with childmusic interaction and reactiondevelopment insightnurture a natural love of musicContact Joy Studer for more information.
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Former Intern Joe Installed as Associate Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church, Dickinson, ND

Read the feature article in The Dickinson Press by clicking here.  Former pastoral intern Joe Natwick was installed as the new associate pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Dickinson, ND, on Sunday, September 20. Joe served Messiah from September 2013 through August 2014. There is a bit of Messiah's influence now present in Dickinson. Way to go Joe!  
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Theology on Tap - September 2015

God. Conversation. Beer. Facilitated by Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Allison | Click here for this month's preparatory homework. Messiah's TOT has steadily grown. Because most pubs in North Portland and Clark County can no longer accommodate the entire group, we are now offering a twice-a-month schedule with the topic and location the same for both events. This month TOT will meet on Tuesday, September 22 and Thursday, Thursday 24 at the recently opened Feral Public House the new home of Heathen Brewing in downtown Vancouver. An RSVP is required to attend. Click to register for Thursday, September 24. Sorry, the Tuesday event is completely full. Mill Creek PubTOT has three goals:to engage in relaxed and guided conversation about interesting and often profound theological topics;to enjoy some of the finest craft beers anywhere; andto do it with some of the best people around.The meeting place is usually a local craft brewery or pub in North Portland or...
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Compassion Ridgefield Coming September 26

An Opportunity to Serve Neighbors in North Clark Countybyline: Larry and Nancy Johnson Compassion Ridgefield, one of Messiah’s outreach commitments, is looking for a few (many) good (fair to middling are just fine too) people to help move materials and equipment on Friday, September 25, and/or Saturday, September 26, 2015.  This is an excellent opportunity to be the helping hands and feet of Jesus. Messiah′s crew is called “Set Up/Take Down” and you can register online. There are also lots of other crews, such as medical, dental, translating, hospitality, and flow. Massage therapists and chiropractors are also needed.Larry JohnsonSet up on Friday, September 25. 4:00 p.m. at Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene (take exit 14 and follow Pioneer Street west into downtown Ridgefield; the church will be on the left and parking is directly behind it) to load up chairs and tables. 5:00 p.m. at View Ridge Middle School (directly across...
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Video Production in the Works for Messiah's North County Campus

Messiah’s marketing team is in the process of preparing to launch a new and engaging website solely for Messiah’s North County Campus (NCC) and its future. The new site will link to Messiah’s current website and carry the Messiah brand so that the two will be clearly connected. We are designing the new NCC site specifically to appeal to those without a church home. It will be newcomer driven, outward focused, and all about NCC. As part of the content of the new site, short video interviews will be recorded on Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20. These will be professionally edited for use on the new site. Nothing tells the story like a great video. If you’re up to being interviewed (interview prompts will be provided in advance), please contact Pr. Peter.
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Greetings and Thanks from former Interns Kristen & Ben

Meister Eckhart, German theologian and mystic from the 13th century, famously claimed, "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." (He was also famously tried as a heretic, but all the really good ones are, don't you think?) It's a prayer that we have been saying fervently and frequently in these last few weeks, as we reflect on our time at Messiah. We were so blessed, in so many ways, by our year with all of you, especially by your generosity with our baby shower and farewell program. Thank you, thank you for your gifts, your time, your presence and your words of encouragement and support. We'll be sure a baby picture makes its way west when the little one arrives. We are excited for the impending start of Allison and Timothy this fall, and we will continue to hold you...
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Introducing Allison and Timothy Siburg

Allison will serve as Messiah's '15-'16 Pastoral Intern. Timothy will serve a half-time AIM (Associate in Ministry) Field ExperienceGreetings Messiah Lutheran!Hello from Minnesota! We're Allison and Timothy Siburg, and we will have the joy and privilege of learning, leading, growing and serving alongside you starting this September. Allison is excited to be your pastoral intern, and Timothy will be leading as a part of his experience and learning towards being an Associate in Ministry. We'll be following in the footsteps of our PLU and Luther Seminary friend Joe Natwick, and this year's awesome co-interns Ben and Kristen. You'll quickly realize we don't have the big hair like Joe and aren't native mid-westerners like Ben and Kristen, but you'll learn what's unique about us, we're sureWe're excited to say that coming to Vancouver is sort of a homecoming for us, as we both grew up in Washington. Allison is originally from Issaquah...
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Pr. Kathy's Book Club resumes 09.02.2015

Time to get reading “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. Pr. Kathy’s book club will resume its monthly meeting the first week of September. The group meets at the Hazel Dell campus on the first Wednesday of the month from 10:00-11:30am. Free childcare is available for children 0-5 years of age.Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among the members of the group, drawing upon overarching themes and storylines in each month’s reading. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of discussion is never a problem as everyone has the opportunity to contribute. Refreshments are also served. All are welcomed to attend and participate.Reading for Sept. 2: The Rosie Project by Graeme SimsionLooking ahead:October 7 - The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
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Three new teams forming to help bring congregation’s visions to reality. You are invited.

At its June Meeting of the Congregation, President Della Hundley and Pastors Peter and Kathy outlined the leading edges of a vision that they and Church Leadership Team (CLT) have been developing over the past year. (To read the complete story, click here.)Vision 1Self-identify as a teaching congregation of the Church, developing a 3-tiered approach to mentoring college students, pastoral interns, and pastoral residents.Vision 2That every child (0-18 years of age) living within a defined area (perhaps 1.5 miles) of both of Messiah’s worship sites has everything he or she needs to learn.Former Summer Interns Jayson, Caitlyn, Kevin, and Ben - all attending Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CAThree new teams are forming to begin the process of bringing these visions to fulfillment. You are invited! Contact the person(s) below to register your interest or to learn more.Teaching Congregation Vision and Initiative TeamContact: Pr. KathyEvery Child Vision and Initiative TeamContact: Jessica...
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Mark Anzelon inspires with his musicianship and message during worship

Mark Anzelon is a contemporary Christian songwriter/artist who serves as the music ministry director at Lutheran Church of the Foothills in La Cañada, CA. He is also a Nashville recording artist and has produced albums with Grammy Nominated Christian artist/producer Margaret Becker – “Be an Offering” and “Prodigal.” He assisted Kaitlyn Roth in leading worship at Messiah on Saturday, July 25. God has called Mark into a unique ministry, making a difference in the lives of the world’s neediest children by visiting congregations all across the country — raising awareness of the poor, hungry and orphaned children of this world through a volunteer artist association with World Vision. He has teamed with over 100 Christian songwriters, artists and authors that have joined together to do this, including many of today's top recording artists such as Third Day, Casting Crowns, and Sarah McLachlan; and authors like Max Lucado. As a group, they have been...
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Riding the Wave … Catching a Vision

Congregation endorses a twofold ministry vision “... let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. Looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith ...” (Heb. 12:1)Vision 1Self-identify as a teaching congregation of the Church, developing a 3-tiered approach to mentoring college students, pastoral interns, and pastoral residents. Vision 2That every child (0-18 years of age) living within a defined area (perhaps 1.5 miles) of both of Messiah’s worship sites has everything he or she needs to learn.An Important Meeting of the CongregationAt its June Meeting of the Congregation, President Della Hundley and Pastors Peter and Kathy outlined the leading edges of a vision that they and Church Leadership Team (CLT) have been developing over the past year.The vision was the product of a discernment process to examine the congregation’s DNA and culture. The pastors and CLT identified the skills, passions, and unity of spirit that God has...
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John Ojala receives his HS diploma ... 73 years later

In a moving ceremony at the board meeting of the Battle Ground School District in June, 91-year old Messiah member, John Ojala, was awarded his high school diploma. Click here to see all the pics.Drafted to serve in the Navy in 1941, John was not able to graduate with his high school class of 1942, or to receive his diploma. When he returned from having served in the Pacific, John, like many other veterans of his era, immediately joined the workforce. As a surprise to John and his family, the US Department of Defense also sent a representative to the ceremony to present John with the medals he had earned, but never received, for his military service in Japan. Applause and tears abounded as he pinned the medals on John's chest and announced the overdue citation of honor.As a 2015 graduate, John is now a member of the 100th graduating class...
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Former Pastoral Intern Joe Natwick accepts call to serve as Associate Pastor at St. John LC, Dickinson, ND

Pr. Kathy preached for Joe's ordination at his home congregation, First Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, the last weekend in May with Pr. Peter presiding. Joe served his pastoral internship year as part of his Masters of Divinity degree requirement at Messiah from September 2013-August 2014. Click here to read a feature article about Joe in The Fargo Forum newspaper. To see pictures from Joe's ordination service, click here.
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The ELCA and the Tragedy in Charleston

by The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA  June 18, 2015  It has been a long season of disquiet in our country. From Ferguson to Baltimore, simmering racial tensions have boiled over into violence. But this ... the fatal shooting of nine African Americans in a church is a stark, raw manifestation of the sin that is racism. The church was desecrated. The people of that congregation were desecrated. The aspiration voiced in the Pledge of Allegiance that we are “one nation under God” was desecrated. Mother Emanuel AME’s pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, as was the Rev. Daniel Simmons, associate pastor at Mother Emanuel. The suspected shooter is a member of an ELCA congregation. All of a sudden and for all of us, this is an intensely personal tragedy. One of our own is alleged to have shot and...
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Mt. Everest VBS has come to Messiah! July 13-17 & 19, 2015

The VBS program is full. A wait list is forming in case of cancellations. To get on the wait list, contact Joy Studer or call Connie Howard in the front office at 360.574.7081.This year the church will be transformed into an adventure filled, snowy Mt. Everest Base Camp. Things here at Mt. Everest VBS are, well, a little different from what you might be used to seeing. At Mt. Everest VBS, children learn the way they learn best. Not all children learn the same way, so Mt. Everest offers seven daily stations to meet the needs of and engage all kinds of learners.Each day your child will be led by a Crew Leader with 5-7 other children through seven stations designed to emphasize and reinforce the day’s Bible point and verse: Base Camp Sing & Play, Bible Expeditions, Mountaintop Treats, Imagination Station, KidVid™ Cinema, Glacier Games, and the Summit Celebration. Our...
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sticky faith: a summer story

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. - Eccl. 3:1. Pr. Peter - a Bible camp attendee. Twenty-eight years ago it was not something I expected—perhaps explaining why I continue to remember it today. Kathy and I and the Church Council members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Madras, OR, went on a full-day planning retreat. As part of a team building exercise, our retreat facilitator invited everyone to answer this question: “What has been one of the most important and formative events in your life as a Christian?”Confident in my ability to figure things out and puffed up by the “vast” amounts of “valuable” knowledge recently imparted to me through my seminary education, I silently predicted others′ responses: “The day I was baptized” or “When pastor (fill-in-name) came to my (fill-in-the-place) during (fill-in-the-event) and God spoke to me” or “When I heard a life-changing...
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June Theology on Tap happening in the big backyard of the Intern House, Thursday 06.18.2015

6:00-8:30 p.m. To register for the June meeting of Theology on Tap, click here. RSVP required.For this month's preparatory “homework,” click here.Special Guest Presenter: Dr. Theodore Engelbrecht, Concordia University Religion DepartmentThis year’s final Theology on Tap will be in-house ... at the Intern House, to be exact! We will host a single event on Thursday, June 18 with a soft start at 6:00 p.m. Get there when you can. We will “officially” begin when most everyone has arrived.The topic will be on the lighter end - God of Heaven and...Mirth? God, the Bible, and Holy Humor. Bring your sense of humor.Special Notes ... a bunch of them.Location & Parking: Intern House backyard! Just west of Messiah Lutheran's Hazel Dell campus. Please park in the church-building's parking lot (not in the intern's driveway.) Head through the gate on the west side of the house - you'll see the signs when you get there.Cost:...
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Dr. Julie Bracken commissioned as an Associate in Ministry on Sunday, June 28, at Messiah

Dr. Julie Bracken will be commissioned as an Associate in Ministry during a special worship service at Messiah on Sunday, June 28, at 1:30 p.m. Commissioning Worship Servcie at Messiah Lutheran Church, Hazel Dell Campus Sunday, June 28 at 1:30 p.m.Presiding Pr. Kim Laterell, Assistant to the Bishop, SWWA Synod Preaching Pr. Eric Niemi, Highland Lutheran ChurchAssisting and Hosting Prs. Peter & Kathy Braafladt, Messiah Lutheran ChurchFrom Julie:On May 1, I began my new vocation as an Associate in Ministry. Through the grace of God and the authority of the Southwestern Washington Synod, I have been called to act as the interim minister at Immanuel Lutheran Church here in the Vancouver Heights.I have been authorized to do all pastoral care including a Communion Service each Sunday. A weekly sermon is a challenge that I have enjoyed doing. I also do home and hospital visitation and lead two bible studies each week. Immanuel...
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Cathy Young will teach Messiah Preschool’s extended-day Pre-Kindergarten Class

Messiah Lutheran Preschool is offering an Extended-Day Kindergarten Preparation Class, an innovative option for students preparing for full-day kindergarten. Cathy Young is serving as lead teacher. Cathy has served for eight years as a lead teacher at Messiah Preschool, most recently teaching its pre-k 3-day morning and afternoon classes. Her class meets Monday-Thursday from 8:45am-12:45pm, which is longer than the preschool's current 3 & 4-yr-old classes.An excellent option for students headed to full-day kindergartenMonday-Thursday, 8:45am-12:45pmThe class begins in the morning and extends into the afternoon— four hours of school time—and include a lunch period with the teachers. This unique classroom experience is an excellent transitional option for students bound for full-day kindergarten. It also provides an additional option for parents having to decide where to place their "young" 5-year-old students.tuition and registrationother 4-5-year-old class optionsother Messiah Lutheran Preschool classestake a virtual tourmeet Cathy Young, extended-day Teachermeet Joyce Handran, Preschool Directortestimonials from...
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Nepal Area Earthquake – Give through Lutheran Disaster Response | Article Updated May 7

100% of your gift will go to those impacted by the earthquake.Click here or on the "Disaster Response" logo to donate.        We have seen the devastating images and stories coming out of Nepal. Sections of Kathmandu, the nation's capital, and surrounding areas lie in rubble. More than 3,000 people have lost their lives, and the number continues to rise as officials make their way through rural communities. Historic buildings and houses have been leveled; roads are destroyed. The injured and their families line the streets in front of hospitals and caregivers. The need for food, water, medical care, blankets and shelter is great.Lutheran Disaster Response is actively networking with partners such as The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Lutheran World Relief and the ACT Alliance who are already on the ground. LWF's office in Kathmandu escaped the worst of the impact of the quake and has already launched a...
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Theology on Tap - April 2015

God. Conversation. Beer. Facilitated by Pr. Peter and Intern Prs. Ben & Kristen. Click here for this month's preparatory homework.Messiah's TOT has steadily grown. Because most pubs in North Portland and Clark County can no longer accommodate the entire group, we are now offering a twice-a-month schedule with the topic and location the same for both events. This month TOT will meet on Tuesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 23 at the brand new Fortside Brewing Company in Vancouver. We will be the first "pre-opening" patrons of the pub. RSVP is required. Register for Tuesday, April 21. Register for Thursday, April 23.02.24.2015 at Mill Creek Pub in Battle GroundTOT has three goals:to engage in relaxed and guided conversation about interesting and often profound theological topics;to enjoy some of the finest craft beers anywhere; andto do it with some of the best people around.The meeting place is usually a local craft brewery or...
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Real Struggle Marks Us For Life

by guest blogger and Messiah member, Dr. Julie Bracken  I am the only child of northern European parents. My dad was an engineer at Boeing in Seattle; my mom was a stay-at-home mother. My dad was raised Methodist, but didn't attend. My mom was a strong, quiet Lutheran woman who took me to church every Sunday. Our life when I was young was comfortable, both financially and personally.In 1970, when I was fourteen years old, my mother died suddenly of a brain aneurysm; the cause of her death I only found out years later. My father was destroyed by the loss. He couldn't talk to me about what had happened, or what would happen in the future. He arranged to have women from mom's church come in the next day, even before the funeral, and remove all of my mom's clothes and many of her personal belongings. It was as if...
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Tuesday Morning Small Group reading "Take this Bread" by Sara Miles

The Tuesday Morning Small Group has begun a seven-week study based on the book Take this Bread (© 2008) by Sara Miles. The author, raised an atheist, wandered into a church, received communion, and found herself transformed. The mysterious sacrament of communion has sustained Miles ever since, in a faith she’d scorned, in work she’d never imagined. In this astonishing story, she tells how the seeds of her conversion were sown, and what her life has been like since she took that bread. The first of seven sessions began Tuesday, April 7, 2015.The group meets at 6:00am at the Peachtree Restaurant on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Facilitated by Pr. Peter, the study and conversation ends when the first group member has to leave for work, usually around 7:05am. Pr. Peter supplies a reading schedule (see below). There is always an open seat at the table for newcomers and guests. For more information,...
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Director of Children’s and Family Ministries Hired

The Church Leadership Team is pleased to announce that Joy Studer will serve as Messiah’s new Director of Children’s and Family Ministries. Joy comes to the position having worked nearly five years with special education students (preschool through 5th grades) for the Battle Ground School District. She has also worked as a private nanny and tutor. Additionally, Joy is a Certified Nurse Assistant. Currently, Joy and husband Garet serve on one of Messiah’s pastoral internship committees. She is also a member of the marketing team, helping manage the congregation’s social media platforms and regularly updating its Facebook. Joy will begin orientation and training for her new role on April 6. Her regular schedule will start Sunday, April 26. Alyson Schumacher, current director of the ministry, will end her employment on April 30 after which she will fill much of her time readying her family for an early-summer move to Ft. Leavenworth,...
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All-Church Beach Campout on Tap, 06.18-21.2015

$35 per household per night if staying all 3 nights | $40 per household per night if staying fewer than 3 nights | Yup, we're going back to Nehalem Bay State Park near Manzanita, OR. All sorts of fun for all ages, this is a great way to enjoy camping. Your registration fee includes a pancake breakfast each morning and a shared potluck dinner each evening. Each household will provide its own main course item.To register, contact Jessica Potts or use the form posted in the fellowship hall of the Hazel Dell campus. For more information contact Jon Ricket, the coordinator of the event.
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Summer Intern Program Returns

Messiah will provide internships for one college student this summer. Pastoral interns Ben and Kristen will help serve as mentors. | At its February meeting the Church Leadership Team (CLT) approved a plan to resume Messiah's summer internship program for college students. The program was put on hold in 2011 as the congregation prepared and transitioned into becoming a full-year pastoral internship site for Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.The 10-12 week summer internship is characterized as a "full-immersion" experience into the daily life of Messiah's dynamic, active, and growing congregation. Lutheran campus pastors in the West and Midwest are now being contacted to help identify potential candidates. The experience will provide a structured and intentional opportunity for interns to discuss and discern where God may be calling them to serve in their vocational lives. Pictured above (l-r) are former summer interns Jayson Nicholson, Caitlyn Melillo, Kevin Beebe, and Ben Hogue on the...
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Messiah Preschool Offers an Extended-Day Kindergarten Prep Class

An excellent option for students headed to full-day kindergartenMonday-Thursday, 8:45am-1:30pm, starting fall 2015Messiah Lutheran Preschool is offering an innovative option for students preparing for full-day kindergarten. The preschool’s new extended-day kindergarten prep class will begin in the morning and extend into the afternoon—nearly five hours of school time—and include a lunch period with the teachers. This unique classroom experience will be an excellent transitional option for students bound for full-day kindergarten. Also great for "young" 5-year-old students.tuition and registrationall 4-5 year old class optionsother Messiah Lutheran Preschool classesmeet the preschool directortestimonials from Messiah Preschool familiesrequest for more information
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Theology on Tap --Tuesday, February 24

God. Conversation. Beer. Facilitated by Pr. Peter and Intern Prs. Ben & Kristen Messiah’s TOT has steadily grown. Wait lists to attend are common and most pubs in North Portland and Clark County can no longer accommodate the entire group at once. But not this month! This month TOT will be one night and one "large" group on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground. The group will return to its twice-a-month schedule with the topic and location the same for both events in March. TOT has three goals:to engage in relaxed and guided conversation about interesting and often profound theological topics;to enjoy some of the finest craft beers anywhere;and to do it with some of the best people around.The meeting place is usually a local craft brewery or pub in North Portland or Clark County. The meeting date is typically the fourth Tuesday and Thursday of the month. The...
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"Jesus, The Final Days" Tuesday Morning Small Group begins new study February 24 - meeting at the Peachtree Restaurant at 6am

The Tuesday Morning Small Group is beginning a six-week Lenten season study based on a book by Craig Evans and N.T. Wright entitled Jesus, The Final Days (© 2009). The authors are concerned with three essential elements of the second article of the Apostles’ Creed: the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Evans and Wright make the argument that these are not merely theological ideas, but actual historical events that served to awaken faith in the lives of Jesus’ followers. The book draws upon a thorough analysis of the biblical witness along with extra-biblical sources and archeological evidence to make the case.The first of the six sessions will begin Tuesday, Febraury 24, 2015. The group meets at 6:00am at the Peachtree Restaurant on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Facilitated by Pr. Peter, the study and conversation ends when the first group member has to leave for work, usually around 7:05am. Pr....
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Chocolate and Lent

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 came to Vancouver. She was one of God’s gifts to this congregation and to Kathy and me as she taught all of us many important lessons before she retired. She once advised me—probably on a day when she knew I was in trouble with Kathy—that chocolate was a nutritional requirement that all women have, and when filled makes women happier, healthier, and forgiving. She taught me a lot.Although she had a great personal affection for chocolate, one of Sandy’s annual tradition was to stop eating it during Lent. Her motive wasn’t to be less happy or healthful during this 40-day season. Instead, it was an exercise in self-restraint that gave the...
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Here for Good

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. (Phil.1.6)  It is a rare thing when someone interrupts the service at church. But it happened the third weekend in January. We were introducing Messiah’s 2015 stewardship theme here for good. “I really like that tag line!” she blurted out. “Cool,” I thought!here for good so fittingly captures what is the ethos and passion of this congregation. At so many levels it expresses who and what we are as a community of faith. We are here for good. The blurting-out-worshiper understood this.As I write, members of Messiah are receiving their 2015 financial stewardship packet in the mail. Messiah’s ministries are strong and expanding because a growing number of us recognize that we are here for good—here for good to engage in opportunities to give our...
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Mental Health and You: 3-week Seminar hosted by Messiah's Stephen Ministry Team

Mondays from 7:00-8:30pm starting January 25, 2016.Accepting the People’s Choice Health Hero for 2015 Award recently, Glenn Close, inspired by her sister’s bipolar disorder, stressed the need for more people to talk openly about “the human condition” of mental health. Close said that one in four of us “are touched in some way” by mental disorders.You can find out more about mental health issues by attending a series of seminars, sponsored by Messiah Stephen Ministers, on Mondays in the Messiah Lutheran Sanctuary, 905 NW 94th Street, Vancouver, WA.Monday, January 25, 7:00-8:30pmRecognizing Signs of Mental IllnessDr. Margartet Eichler, PHD, PPC, ACShttp://www.dr-meichler.com/Monday, February 1, 7:00-8:30pmWhat It’s Like To Live With Mental IllnessSandy Frischman, SEE ME CoordinatorNAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) SW WAhttps://namisouthwestwa.wordpress.comMonday, February 8, 7:00-8:30pmBiblical Implications and the Church’s Role In Mental HealthMessiah Staff and Stephen Ministry TeamReading links:Is the Pope an Excorcist?Mark 5.1-20ELCA Social Statement on Mental Illness
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Food on the 4th offerings top $135,000

Click here for the March Food on the 4th shopping list that is easily viewable on your smart phone. | Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." -- Matthew 25:37-40What was planted as a mere seed of an idea within Lynne and Dave Radke while visiting Camano Lutheran Church over five years ago, has grown into a successful and tremendously beneficial ministry of Messiah. In the fall...
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Raising Faithful Preschoolers – a new 6-week learning opportunity on Wednesdays - newcomers welcomed

How do you introduce your preschooler to God? How do you prepare her to be a loving, open, and humble follower of Jesus? How do you activity impact your small child’s faith formation? Please join me Wednesday mornings from 10-11:00am for a small group experience that tackles these very questions and allows parents/caregivers to share their own experiences. Free childcare is available in Messiah’s nursery. Register by emailing me, Alyson Schumacher, or calling the church office. A suggested donation of $10 per family registering is appreciated. Financial assistance is available for material. Texts will be distributed at the first meeting.Time: 10:00-11:00am, Wednesdays Dates: Wednesdays, January 7, 2015 – February 11, 2015Place: room 101 at HD campus
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An Opportune Time to Support Messiah - Here for Good

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 NRSVDear Member and Friend of Messiah Lutheran Church,As the busy-ness of this year ends, it is an opportune time to pause and reflect about the work we have accomplished together, and which we hope to complete in the coming year. Our 2015 theme is Here for Good, and there are many ways Messiah is here for good—for the good of the church, the community, and the world.Pastoral Interns Ben and Kristen have often remarked that Messiah is “unusually gifted” in terms of how active, involved, and age-diverse we are as a congregation—a big complement and a good thing! We use our gifts to accomplish a lot of good for Jesus' sake. We consistently demonstrate that we are here for good. Messiah is a...
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Tuesday Morning Small Group studies Bonhoeffer on Advent and Christmas

Messiah’s Tuesday Morning Small Group is currently doing a guided reading of God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Books may be purchased online at amazon.com and other sites. There is always an open seat at the table for newcomers and guests.Messiah’s Tuesday morning small group meets at 6:00am at the Peach Tree Restaurant on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Facilitated by Pr. Peter, the study ends when the first group member has to leave for work, usually around 7:05am. For more information, contact Pr. Peter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 574-7081. Everyone is welcome.
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Praise the Lord: What gives?

Guest blogger and Messiah member Jim Swenson reflects on a recent experience during worship. As a Lutheran I have discovered I, and maybe you too are shy when it comes to expressing praise to our Lord. Here is my discovery. True, we sing praise songs to our Lord. But then what?Recently we visited our daughter’s church in Olympia, WA. They too sing praise songs to our Lord. What I discovered is that the worshiper’s hands were raised in triumphant as they sang God's praise. What an uplifting expression of praise.I recall that when the Seahawks make a touchdown I jump up and raise my hands in praise of the Seahawk offence. Or when the Seahawk defense defends the goal I jump up raising my hands in praise for the triumphant defense.Seems I can easily express exuberant praise for the Seahawks but not so much for our Lord. What gives? Our Lord...
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Cover Letter for Third Quarter Giving Statements

October 11, 2014Dear Member and Friend of Messiah Lutheran Church and Preschool, | Enclosed [mailed USPS] is your statement of charitable giving to Messiah Lutheran Church and Preschool for January 1 through September 30, 2014. Thank you for your generous support of the ministries at Messiah! This detailed accounting should help you track your year-to-date giving total(s). We strive for accuracy, but if you should find errors or omissions, please call or contact me, Jim Dawson, at 360-891-1174 or by email.A flood of good thingsBecause of your generosity, we have seen a flood of good happen at Messiah including:a preschool that began with fall enrollment of 96 students and included an expansion to 2 two-year-old classes in newly remodeled rooms in the HD education wingcontributions of nearly $3,000—the bulk of this from the African Gospel Acapella Choir concert in June—to bring Lawson Jallah together with his fiancé Dekontee who lives in Liberia....
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Godly Play Expands

Godly Play for 2nd through 5th grade 6-7:00pm during FL!P Godly Play began this fall on Sunday mornings for 3 & 4 year-olds and for 3 years through 1st grade during FL!PNow it is expanding to cover 2nd through 5th graders during FL!P. This method of Christian education recognizes that even our youngest children have an innate awareness of God’s presence, they simply lack our adult Christian language to express that awareness. Godly Play uses a child’s natural desire to hear stories, play, and create to teach them Christian language in an environment directed by and created for them. Learn more at: Godly Play Foundation. For the complete children’s ministries line-up this season, click here. Contact: Alyson Schumacher, Director of Children’s and Family Ministries.For the complete children’s ministries line-up this season, click here.
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All Church Picnic - Sunday - 09.14.2014

11:45am Sunday, September 14Abram's Park, RidgefieldEveryone is invited to this fun outing. There will be games and activities for all ages and abilities. It will be a great way to fellowship with people from all services and campuses. Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share. The church will provide hot dogs, hamburgers (and a veggie option), drinks and tableware. A sign-up sheet is available in the fellowship hall if you would like to help leading a game during the picnic.
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Handbell Choir and Orchestra Begin New Season

Unpack your musical instruments! Or get your ‘bells’ on! This Tuesday kicks off with two great musical opportunities for high school through adult participants.Each Tuesday from 6:00-7:00pm, the Joyful Noise Handbell group meets in room 205-207. Director David Teeter welcome newcomers and returning members to explore this wonderful musical group expression.That same night, following from 7:00-7:30pm, the new Messiah Worship Orchestra meets in the sanctuary under the direction of David Teeter. If you have a musical instrument and would like to be involved, please send an email to David Teeter describing your instrument and key so that music can be prepared for that night. Come, enjoy the camaraderie of people who love playing their instruments in worship of God.
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Bible Study examining the entire New Testament begins

20 sessions. 3 teachers. 2 class times. What could be better?Are you ready to commit to a serious reading of the New Testament? Do you wish you had a better understanding of how it all fits together? Would you like to do Bible study with some of the finest people around? You are invited!!Pr. Peter and Intern Prs. Ben and Kristen are teaching a class covering the entire New Testament this new school year. They are using the New Testament curriculum from the highly acclaimed Crossways Bible study course. Classes covering the same session are being taught twice on Wednesdays at 10:00-11:30am and 6:00-7:00pm at the Hazel Dell campus. Students may attend either class each week.The evening session coincides with middle school confirmation instruction and is a great option for parents of confirmands. Evening students also have the opportunity to enjoy dinner at church as part of Messiah′s mid-week FL!P (Faith...
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Andrew Suhr receives call to serve as Associate Pastor

he will serve Christ Church (ELCA) in Mequon, WisconsinAndrew Suhr served a yearlong pastoral internship at Messiah from Sept. 2012-Aug. 2013. He was the congregation′s first seminary intern in over 30 years. Andrew has now received and accepted a call to serve as Associate Pastor for a growing congregation north of Milwaukee, WI. He graduated from Luther Seminary this past June with a Masters of Divinity degree and was certified for ordination upon receiving a call. Andrew′s letter about his and Patti's new beginning in Mequon is below. To learn more about Andrew′s new church, click here.
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Theology on Tap June 26 - Last ToT of the Year with Intern Joe - 95 people have already signed-up. There is room for more!

′′God. Conversation. Beer. | Thursday, June 26 at 6:30pmhosted by Intern Joe in the backyard of the intern houseRSVP requiredMessiah′s Theology on Tap (TOT) group will gather for the last time this season at the home of Intern Joe on Thursday, June 26 at 6:30p.m. The group meets each month for interesting and guided conversation on a theological topic while enjoying some of the best craft beers around with some of the finest people anywhere.The June gathering will be a potluck event. Participants will be encouraged to bring an appetizer or dessert to share along with their own serving utensils if needed. Disposable plates, napkins and forks will be provided.The topic and homework for each month of TOT are shared in a pre-meeting email from Pr. Peter and Intern Joe. If you are not already on the TOT distribution list, contact Pr. Peter and he will add you to the list. RSVP′s for...
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Summertime and Sabbath

"Observe the Sabbath Day and keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you." Deut. 5:12 | Does the word “summertime” produce different feelings and expectations in you than it used to? It does for me. I used to look forward to June, July, and August with an expectation that things would slow down, both personally and professionally. Now it seems different.For one thing, it seems like summer has become shorter. What I used to recall as being three months, now feels like two months ...plus maybe a week or two. But this is only part of my new reality. While the length seems shorter, the list of obligations seems longer. Not long ago Kathy and I were chasing our boys to baseball tournaments, soccer matches, and golf courses across the county and the state—all in the name of “positive parent involvement.” Now it’s helping our youngest move to college to...
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Why We Love Messiah - One Congregation | Two Locations

Here for Good.The following is Pastor Peter and Kathy’s annual review of the congregation’s ministry for ’13-’14. It was prepared for the June Meeting of the Congregation and highlights the mission and ministry at Messiah."And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." – Jesus (Mt.28:20b)Whenever God’s people embark on a journey, we commit ourselves to God’s providence and nurture. Along the way, we certainly seek to employ the best wisdom we have, and try not to be foolish in our decision-making. But from the beginning we know that we cannot see or know the ending. We move forward—at times boldly and at times hesitantly—as have our forebearers in faith, trusting in the Lord.Our sense is that the past year was marked not so much by milestone accomplishments (e.g., capital campaigns, building construction, a second campus opening, or pastoral internship program kick-off), as it was by steady...
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