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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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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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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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