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Women's Breakfast Club brings Women Together

Next meeting - Friday, October 25  |   Facilitators: Liz Bailey   and Tiffany Brogan Contact Liz or Tiffany to get on the distribution list for the rotating location. Last month was the Syrup Trap!  Participants: Women  Day & Time: Once-a-month breakfast group meeting the last Friday of each mon...
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Treat Street 2019 is Coming!

6:00-7:00p | Wednesday, Oct. 30 | Hazel Dell Campus  No Wednesday Worship Service on 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 s...
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"'Yes.' Your Legacy Matters" seminars to dovetail with Messiah's ongoing stewardship theme

Your passion … y our plan … y our 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 semin...
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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 ...
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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 Trap 1104 Main St, Suite 111, Vancouver, WA This is a once-a-month group for women that meets for breakfa...
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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 mon...
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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...
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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 o...
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Ministry Showcase: Time for Messiah to Shine

Sept. 8  |  11:00a  |  Hazel Dell Campus An 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, 8 th at 11a (following our 9:45a service). This is a BBQ t...
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New 6:00p Wednesday Worship Service this Fall

An ideal option for those who may miss weekend worship due to work, other commitments, or travel plans Messiah 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 Wednes...
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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 Den The Tall Assistant looks at her clipboard. It was t...
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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 Party Where: Rob and Cathy Ramer's home 1702 NW 109th St, Vancouver, WA  360.573.7162 When: Wednesday, August 28, 7:00-8:30p Brin...
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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 Weekend It is customary for congregations hosting pastoral interns to offer an opportunity to give...
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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 th...
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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). He will begin in a part-time transitional role this week and go full-time January 1, 2020. Charles is a ...
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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 opport...
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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 studie...
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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 u...
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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 ...
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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 104:33 David 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 y...
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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 lette...
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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. – ...
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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 t...
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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 childr...
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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 diff...
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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 Brown Anna Countryman Chase Mattson Eisenha...
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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 Mes...
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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 Description Applic...
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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 ...
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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 underwa...
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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. Synopsis Since 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 misl...
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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 wi...
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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 cor...
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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 ....
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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 ...
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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 Church 905 NW 94th ST Vancouver, WA 98665 360.574.7081 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The Stephen Ministers of Messiah Lutheran Church, Vancouver, invite interested community members to attend an...
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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 | l ed 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 supplies Come experience SoulCollage®, a creative process to access your inner wisdom! No ar...
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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 Evangelica...
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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 w...
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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 times Presch...
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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 wo...
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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. I...
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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 5 th grade) 5:00-5:45p - Soup supper in lower level 6:00-6:30p - Worship 6:30-7:00p - Service project for all ages 6:30-7:00p - Quiet prayer time in chapel 7:00-8:30p - Messiah Worship Choir Sundays during Lent 8:30-9:40a - Youth Ensembl...
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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 no...
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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 Improvements Roof Replacements Last summer roof replacements were completed...
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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 NRSV Sandra Jacobson was Messiah's church secretary when Kathy and I first arrived at Messiah. She was one of God's gifts to this cong...
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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...
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Instructions for Living a Life

Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.  -- Mary Oliver | What astonishes you? What makes you surprised, impressed, amazed? I can honestly say for me I continue to be astonished by how God is at work in Messiah's One Mile Mission ( that every child 0-18 living within 1 mile of Messiah's campuses would have everything they need to learn an...
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Tuesday Morning Small Group reading “Liturgy of the Ordinary”

The Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Small Group just began a 6-week study of Tish Harrison Warren's book " Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life . " 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 t...
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Mindfulness Meditation Class | Thursdays | 5:30p | Free onsite childcare!

All are welcome to this free meditation course that is co-led by Liz Bailey, Director of Children and Family Ministries and Catherine Loverti. Both have been practicing different forms of meditation for many years and are excited to share their practice with you. The book, Where You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, is the focus of this cour...
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Nursery Attendant Job Posting

Messiah Lutheran Church is seeking a part-time Nursery Attendant. This person is responsible for assisting the Lead Nursery Attendant in the care of children during church events. A full job description may be viewed and downloaded. Application packets and hard copies of the job description are available in the church office. To send a resume, requ...
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One Mile Mission Midyear Report

The One Mile Mission team has been busy over the last few months, thanks to the generosity of Messiah members. Below is a list of ways that Messiah has support our schools, children and families. Thank you for making this outreach of the congregation possible by providing both human resource and financial support. If you would like to learn more ab...
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Wallowa Mountains Backpacking Trip slated for July 26-31, 2019

Do you enjoy hiking and the outdoors? If you have never experienced the Wallowa Mountains, then this is your opportunity! Messiah will be hosting a backpacking trip this summer. Cost is $85. Your non-refundable payment reserves your spot. Please  email , text, call Jessica Potts at 608-469-4785 to register and for more information.
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Team from Messiah will join Lutheran Disaster Relief (LDR) effort in Puerto Rico this Spring

May 25 – June 2, 2019 | Information Mtng this Sunday, January 20 | Hazel Dell Campus The congregation will be sending a group to Puerto Rico to help with the hurricane relief efforts. The team will stay at a Lutheran Camp outside of San Juan and work with Lutheran Disaster Response to assist where needed most. To learn more, please attend...
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Brewed Theology on January 29 - "Democracy and Civility: Can the first exist without the other?"

Tuesday, January 29, 7:00-8:30p - The Sportsman's Pub in Ridgefield |  An RSVP registration is required for this event. To register,  click here . Synopsis As our political leaders blowtorch each other on Twitter and create TV spots and soundbites that are fiercely unkind and ridiculing, it's hard not to notice that the rhetoric of Americ...
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Yoga with Karri is back on Monday evenings with Free Childcare

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit…you are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies. " - 1 Corinthians6:19-20 You have a great opportunity to invest in your health and your temple! Come explore all of the benefits of a Christ-centered yoga practice. A few of these benefits include...
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Year-End Giving | Creative Ideas

Thank you for your year-end giving! Messiah Lutheran Church documents year-end gifts in accordance with IRS regulations. This means that any contributions you'd like to deduct for tax purposes in 2018 must be received by the Church office before the office closes at 3:00p on Monday, December 31, or  online by midnight . Offerings sent via...
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New 6-week Adult Study—The Bible as God’s Inspired Word

Wednesdays, Jan.9-Feb. 27 at 10:00a and 6:00p |  Course text: "Inspired" by Rachel Held Evans |  You are invited to join Pr. Peter in an examination of what it means to say the Bible is inspired. Along with reviewing some of the Bible's more memorable stories, students will participate in a guided reading of Inspired: Slaying Gi...
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Gullibility and Open Hearts

In her Erma 'Bombeckesque' kind of way, Messiah's Director of Children's and Family Ministries, Megan Dilitto gets to the heart of the matter about children, Christmas, and what it means to live with a heart wide open. I have a friend with two kiddos in elementary school who we like to have over for Movie Night Fridays, where we throw a movie into ...
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Comfort and Hope | Tuesday, Dec. 18 with music by Celtic Muse | 7p

by Jim Dawson |  I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the earth rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy . - John 16:20  For some, Christmas is a time of good cheer and generous giving. Yes, a time of glad tidings and wishful thinking. Yet for others Christmas is a time of loneliness and bewilderment. Not ...
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The Cantata: Find Your Place to Be

A story written by Kathy Hoffman and presented at the Women's Advent Luncheon at Messiah Lutheran Church on November 18, 2018. |  They had consumed copious amounts of coffee. Their vocal chords were steamy .The Singers were ready. They had each surreptitiously slipped by the cookie table for a quick pick-me-up.  And now, they were pr...
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"See What 'Yes' Can Do" Comprehensive Campaign Update

Monday, November 19 | THANK YOU to all who have made their pledges for our "See What 'Yes' Can Do" comprehensive campaign. We are excited to report that 69 households have pledged a total of $528,075. This is almost 70% of our Cornerstone Goal, and over half-way toward our 3-year challenge goal. We also anticipate many more pledges to be made in th...
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Wednesday Connect Group for Moms of all ages reading "Help, Thanks, Wow"

weekly at 4p | led by Pr. Kathy |  Wednesday Connect  is a new small group experiment for moms of all ages to gather around books and prayer for connection with each other and with God.  Led by Pastor Kathy, the group gathers from 4:00-5:00p as part of Wednesday's Faith Life in Progress (FL!P) activities. The...
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Advent Festival Sunday, Dec. 2

Meeting in the Gym | 11a | for children and families |  by Megan Dilitto | Sunday, December 2 marks the beginning of the season of Advent, when we are all on the way to Bethlehem to meet the baby in the manger. Join us as we experience the journey to the stable and meet all of those who were there so many years ago to welcome the new...
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Thanksgiving Eve Worship and Pie Fest - 7:00p

Start your holiday by giving thanks to the Giver of all good gifts and enjoy delicious pie immediately after the service. Everyone is invited. "Food on the 4th" offerings will gladly be accepted along with extra canned goods for the $1,000 Thrivent Challenge. Pie Fest immediately afterward in the Lower Level Dining Hall. Enjoy a foretaste of t...
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Food on the Fourth November Challenge Grant

This month, Messiah has the opportunity to participate in the Thrivent "Give Thanks and Give Back" Food Bank Challenge. In order to receive a $1,000 challenge grant from Thrivent, Messiah donors need to give 1,000 cans of food as part of the congregation's ingathering this month. Dave and Lynne Radke, Messiah's Food on the Fourth facilitators ...
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Welcome to Liz Bailey, Messiah's new Director of Children and Family Ministries

The Church Leadership Team, Personnel Committee, and pastors are pleased to introduce Liz Bailey as the Director of Children's and Family Ministries. Liz began her work alongside former director, Megan Dilitto, in November. Starting in January she is flying solo as the person leading this important ministry. Liz w...
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Asking: Our Invitation to Give

"See What 'Yes' Can Do" Devotion for Nov. 10-11 | by the Rev. Steve Olson, Capital Campaign Consultant for Messiah |  Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.  - Matthew 7:7   What would you rather receive in the mail – a court subpoena or an invitation to a joyful celebrat...
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Learning to Share

"See What 'Yes' Can Do" Devotion for Nov. 3-4 | by the Rev. Steve Olson, Capital Campaign Consultant for Messiah | Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. -  Hebrews 12:1 Among our...
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Women's Advent Luncheon - Nov. 18

Sunday | 12:00p     This year's Advent Luncheon is early—fully a week or two earlier than typical—so make your reservations soon. $5 tickets are on sale before and after worship at both campuses and available weekdays in the front office. The theme is "Fall on your Knees" with storyteller Kathy Hoffman serving as the guest prese...
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Scripture and Money

"See What 'Yes' Can Do" Devotion for Oct. 27-28 | by the Rev. Steve Olson, Capital Campaign Consultant for Messiah | Honor the LORD with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce ...   Proverbs 3:9-10 As we celebrate the Reformation, we remember the important work of Martin Luther in making sure all people had access to...
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Faith: Our Desire to Give

"See What 'Yes' Can Do" Devotion for Oct. 20-21 | by the Rev. Steve Olson, Capital Campaign Consultant for Messiah | For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes, he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.  2 Cor. 8:9 REFLECT: Someone once defined stewardship as "Everyt...
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Full Circle Parenting Class - Wednesdays this Fall

A five-week series to assist parents in challenging tasks of raising children | 6:00-7:00p |  Each session features a guest presenter on a specific topic about raising children. November 7 Navigating Adolescence w/Justin Farrell November 14 Raising Healthy, Active Children w/Karis and Matt Cooper November 28 Childhood Grief w/Julie B...
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Tuesday Morning Small Group studying Luke’s Gospel - Newcomers welcome!

New study began October 23 |  In preparation for the year of Luke gospel readings during worship that begins in December, the Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Small Group is starting a new 8-session read-through of the Gospel of Luke on October 23. No study guides, no commentaries, no outside experts, the group will simply read and reflec...
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Brewed Theology - Tuesday, October 23 - 'Take and Give: The Paradox of Generosity'

TO REGISTER - CLICK HERE   |   Two Opportunities on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 |  4:00-5:30p and 7:00-8:30p   Synopsis In a culture of give and take, what does it mean to live life in the reverse order? Are we born as takers or givers? As we age, do we become more, or less, generous? We will explore these questions, the inte...
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Needs: Our Reason to Give

"See What 'Yes' Can Do" Devotion for Oct. 13-14 | by the Rev. Steve Olson, Capital Campaign Consultant for Messiah |  I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that th...
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Megan Dilitto resigns as Dir. of Children's and Family Ministries

Messiah Congregation and Families,  As I am expecting my second child in March, I feel called from my position serving Messiah's families to focusing on my own. With happiness that is tempered with the knowledge that I must step down from my duties as Director of Children and Family Ministries, I inform you all that my last day will be Christm...
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Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO) Flapjack Fundraiser, Saturday, Oct. 27

at three Applebee's locations from 8:00-10:00a |  Hazel Dell |  Orchards |  Mill Plain (@SE 2nd Circle)   $10 tickets are available before and after worship each weekend at both Messiah campuses from Hope Quinn, Brenda Gardner, and Christine Quinn. If you would like to buy tickets, but do not plan to attend the breakfast, y...
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Mission & Ministry: Our Opportunity to Give

"See What 'Yes' Can Do" Devotion for Oct. 6-7 | by the Rev. Steve Olson, Capital Campaign Consultant for Messiah |  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  - Mt. 28:20 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to d...
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Creation: Our Need to Give

"See What 'Yes' Can Do" Devotion for Sept 28-29 | by the Rev. Steve Olson, Capital Campaign Consultant for Messiah |  So God created humankind in his image. - Genesis 1:27 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. - John 3:16 The story of creation p...
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If We Are the Body

Janet Borst reflects on being the arms, hands, and words of Christ and the role of a mission developer |  I thought I might enjoy some music today as I lay down for a short nap. So, I fired up my Kindle and found a Christian music channel. The first song on the playlist was "If We Are the Body" by Casting Crowns. I was frankly a little pu...
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First Communion Class for Parents and Children

6:35-7:30p  |  Wednesday, October 2  |  Hazel Dell Campus   |  Led by Pastor Kathy, this educational event is to help children learn about Holy Communion and prepare them for their first participation in it. People of all ages are welcome to the Lord's table at Messiah. A child's readiness to receive Holy Communion is ...
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Redeeming Risk - Wednesday Adult Bible Study this Fall

Identical sessions at 10:00a and 6:00p on Wednesdays | Led by Intern Pr. Joel and Pr. Peter         Sign up by emailing  Sally Dost , Administrative Assistant or leaving a voicemail at 360-574-7081. This seven-week course will use scripture, theology, and insights from the business world t...
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Brewed Theology - Sept. 25 at 4:00 and 7:00p - "'I'm Sorry': Good, Bad, and Misguided Forms of Apology"

​ Register here. ​    Synopsis   Saying "I'm sorry" was probably one of the first lessons you learned at your parents' knee. But what does it really mean and how do we cheapen ourselves and the deep gift of confession by either "over-apologizing" or simply passing off our deeds as "mistakes." We'll ponder these and other aspects...
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God in the Clouds

a "Travel and Arrival" blog by Joel Hinck, Pastoral Intern  |   For days we never saw the sky. As we drove west the smoke from blazing forest fires covered the landscape in a dull grey, stinging in our nostrils and hiding all but the vaguest shapes of the mountains around us. The mountains were lurking giants, hiding just out of...
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FL!p (Faith Life in Progress) programs for Children, Youth, and Adults every Wednesday

Preschoolers through 5th Graders Activities include Bible storytelling, games, crafts and music—Praise Patrol, NewSong, and Chaos! Three Years Old–First Grade 4:00–4:40p Godly Play Rm 105 4:45–5:15p Praise Patrol (choir) Rms 205-207 5:00–6:00p Dinner $2.00 Lower Level Second-Fifth Grade 4:00–4:30p NewSong (choir) Sanctuary 4:35–...
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Digital Media Coordinator Job Posting

Applications are now being accepted for a part-time Digital Media Coordinator at Messiah. The Digital Media Coordinator is responsible for the church's digital presence. Duties include oversight and updating of the congregation's websites, social media channels, weekly digital newsletter The Northern Highlights,  and parts of digital content f...
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Anticipating the Start of a New School Year

The scent of a fresh box of crayons, newly-sharpened pencils, the "whoosh" of school bus doors opening, children laughing and greeting one another after the summer break, school bells ringing, playground whistles blowing, lunchbox notes from home, meeting new classmates ... For a number of us, these signs and sounds represent one thing, the start o...
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Forum Summer Intern Ben Hogue (2009) will be ordained as an ELCA Pastor

Ben has been called to serve as Associate Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Reformation , Washington, D.C.  Ben served as a summer intern at Messiah in 2009. At the time he was a student at California Lutheran University. He graduated with dual degrees in Advertising/Public Relations and Sociology. Upon graduation, Ben joined the Peac...
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Godly Play Sunday School in full swing

Children three years old to 5th grade begin Godly Play® at 9:30a  while parents go to worship. Children are escorted to the sanctuary by teachers after the sermon to finish worship with their families. Children participate in the children's message followed by Communion and a closing hymn. Godly Play® Godly Play® is a method of Christian educa...
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Meet Sally Dost, New Administrative Assistant

The Church Leadership Team, Personnel Committee, and pastors are pleased to announce that Sally Dost has accepted Messiah's offer to serve as its Administrative Assistant and "first voice" in the front office of the Hazel Dell campus. Sally has over 35 years of experience in administration, management/supervision, program development, training/inst...
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Pastoral Intern Mary Beenken ('16-'17) completes her year as preaching fellow of Luther Seminary

During the spring of Mary's internship at Messiah (2016-17), she was awarded a graduate preaching fellowship by the faculty of Luther Seminary. This fellowship allowed her to travel this past year to study the religious life of communities that have experienced Genocide—particularly, how they hear and experience the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the s...
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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will discuss "The Women of Christmas" by Liz Curtis Higgs on Jan. 2

First Wednesday of each month | 10:00-11:30am | 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 has ...
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Tuesday Morning Small Group continues reading “The Vanishing Neighbor” on Jan. 8

The Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Small Group just began an 7-week study of Marc Dunkelman's book " The Vanishing Neighbor ." 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...
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