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Semi-Annual Meeting of the Congregation, Sunday, February 6, at Noon - Register to receive the Zoom link to attend and Bulletin of Reports

To register, and you must, please click here » Thank you for making plans to attend this twice-a-year Meeting of the Congregation. Once registered, Office Administrator Sally Dost will email you the Zoom link for this online event. A few days before the meeting, you will also receive an emailed .pdf attachment of the spellbinding Bulletin Reports a...

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Preschool Registration for 2022-23 begins Monday, Feb. 7

Current Messiah Preschool families may begin registering Feb. 7 in the church lobby. Previous Messiah Preschool families may begin registering Feb. 9. Open registration begins Feb. 10. See times and details below. The 2-page Registration Update Form is for those children currently enrolled at Messiah Preschool. Registering a sibling new to Mes...

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Calling all beginner gardeners to try out new vegetable gardening ministry

If you've never grown vegetables before, but think you might want to try, then you are invited to to check out a new vegetable gardening ministry at Messiah. It's called "From seed to harvest" and one of our main goals is to help you learn what vegetable gardening is all about, and whether it's something that would work for yo One of the things we'...

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New Practices for In-Person Worship during the Omicron Surge

In response to the current Omicron COVID surge, we are adopting precautionary steps below for Sunday worship to keep everyone safe and comfortable. For the next couple of weeks, we are suspending refreshments before and after services.Holy Communion will be received using elements in pre-packaged communion packs, with worshipers remaining seated in...

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Pr. Kathy's book club discusses "The Lager Queen of Minnesota" February 2

This month Pr. Kathy's book club will be reading  the Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradel. Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of conversation is never a cha...

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Endowment committee grant requests due February 15

Last year, the Endowment Committee dispersed around $34,000 for many different projects and needs. This amount was actually money from TWO years, instead of one, since nothing was dispersed during the height of the Pandemic. As we move into 2022, it is important for folks to realize that we will have a much smaller amount of money this year, roughl...

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16 gallons of oil and many lives touched: Volunteers work to settle Afghan refugees

by Janet Borst Last Thursday evening, one of our intrepid volunteers braved the aisles of WinCo food to purchase the staples needed for 32 incoming Afghan refugees. That included 16 gallons of cooking oil, 80 pounds of flour, 48 large cans of tomatoes and so much more that it filled 3 shopping carts. To say she may have bitten off more than she bar...

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Music and IT ministries position posted. 1, 2, or 3 discrete or combined job positions available

Messiah Lutheran Church seeks one or more people to direct and lead worship and music ministries and administer and maintain Information Technologies systems. One person may combine the three job positions into one larger position. Various tasks may also be flexed into one of the other two positions depending on the gifts and skills of the employee...

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Afghan Refugee Resource Team helping to settle refugees in Vancouver area

The Afghan Refugee Resource Team at Messiah is working closely with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) to help settle refugees from Afghanistan in the Vancouver area. Currently, 20 volunteers from the Messiah community  are busy moving donated furniture to the refugee's new homes, helping them register for the government programs...

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Godly Play every other Wednesday starting January 12

After receiving the feedback of families with children and facilitating some trial-and-adjustment, Godly Play will be offered every other Wednesday, starting in January and until such a time as we have the numbers (both volunteer and participant) to look at expansion. Godly Play will still be the place of curiosity and wonder it has always been, bu...

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Offering envelopes for 2022 available at Messiah Hazel Dell office

Offering envelopes for 2022 are available for pick up outside of the Front Office.  If you would like to have labels made with your name and envelope number and/or you would like to have envelopes mailed to you, please contact Sally Dost at 360-574-7081 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please specify how many envelopes you need.

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Interested in vegetable gardening? New ministry possibility might be up your alley

Planning or hoping to grow some awesome tasting veggies in 2022? We are considering starting a new ministry at Messiah based on growing vegetables at home. We need to know if there are enough people interested in vegetable gardening to make this a viable effort. This project is being initiated by Dave Radke and Mark Hundley. We have over 60 years o...

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'One Coin Found.' A 4-week study of Emmy Kegler’s book that examines Luke’s ‘lost’ parables in light of the author’s self-discovery and church experience as a gay woman.

Led by Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Katie  Via Zoom Tues. mornings starting Jan. 4 at 6:00a. Via Zoom Wed. mornings starting Jan. 5 at 10:00a.  Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Katie invite you to an auto-biographically based re-examination of Luke, chapter 15, by Emmy Kegler. Kegler is an ELCA pastor who serves Grace Lutheran Chu...

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Charles Reinmuth resigns to take new position in Spokane

Charles' final day at Messiah will be January 31, 2022   The Church Leadership Team (CLT) and pastors were saddened to receive a letter of resignation from Charles Reinmuth at their monthly meeting last Tuesday (12.07.2021). Charles has accepted the position of Worship Coordinator at St. Luke Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Spokane. If you're a...

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Christmas Season Worship Services

Christmas Eve10:30a Candlelight Service - Hazel Dell Campus (livestream link will not be archived and cannot be viewed later) Link to livestream » 2:00p Families with Young Children Service - Hazel Dell Campus (will also be live streamed) Link to livestream »4:00p Candlelight Service - North Campus at Windy Hills Winery - read more »7:00p Candlelig...

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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will discuss "Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro, Wednesday, Jan. 5

Click here for the direct link to this Zoom book club meeting »  Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of conversation is never a challenge as everyone has the opportu...

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This Holiday Season, Offer the Gift of Remembering to Those Who Are Grieving

We all know someone who is grieving during this Holiday season. This article from Kenneth Haugk, the founder of Stephen Ministry, provides some ideas of how you might help a person in grief. If you are interested in learning how to help someone who is grieving, please contact Dianne Dawson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Cathy Haywood, guitar32...

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Church display invites guests to draw deeper into Advent

Messiah guests are invited to enter deeper into the season of advent this season through a display in the Church Narthex. The display will feature a new tree each week focusing on the theme of that week's advent gospel message. The first week was hope, the second week peace, and the third and fourth weeks will be love and joy respectively as we jou...

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Comfort and Hope Service - Sunday, December 19, at 3:00p

The Comfort and Hope Service will be held December 19 at 3p at the Hazel Dell Campus. The service will also be live streamed on the Messiah website. The Comfort and Hope service is a special Christmastime service for anyone who has experienced loss, is suffering emotional, physical or relational pain or is feeling alone this season.

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Online Order Form for Poinsettias and Christmas Decorations

You may order your poinsettia to decorate Messiah's sanctuary spaces (Hazel Dell or Messiah North) this season Christmas. The cost is $12 each. We encourage you to take your plant home on Christmas Eve or the following weekend. If you wish, you may also/instead make a contribution toward Christmas decorations for the holiday sea...

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Donations sought for giving tree

The giving tree to provide Christmas presents for families and individuals in need is once again set up at Messiah Hazel Dell. Opportunities are available to donate either from tags attached to the tree at the church, or by signing up for requested gifts online. To donate, either take a tag from the tree at Messiah Hazel Dell, or sign up through th...

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Intern Pr. Jae Bates welcomed to Jubilee Collective and Messiah community

Jae Bates, the new pastoral intern for Jubilee Collective, received a warm welcome from the Messiah Community at a pair of meet and greet events on Nov. 22.  Pr. Jae will be splitting time  between Peace Lutheran in Tacoma and Messiah and Jubilee Collective in Vancouver at least through May while finishing Masters of Divinity studies. The...

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Ministry Associate for the First Third of Life Job Posting

Messiah Lutheran Church is seeking a part-time (15-20 hours/week) Ministry Associate for the First Third of Life. The position Directs and leads, alongside the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, the church's education, care and activity programs for children birth through young adult (with the exception of Messiah Preschool). Also, works...

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Godly Play begins in December

We are pleased to announce that in-person Godly Play will return in December. There will be 4 offerings at the Hazel Dell campus. Two on Wednesdays, Dec. 1 & 8 at 6:00pm Two on Sundays, Dec. 12 & 19 at 10:30am Children ages 3 years thru 5th grade are invited to join Megan Dilitto in the gym for one hour. Volunteers are needed to support thi...

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Opportunity to help serve Afghan families being resettled in Vancouver area

In August of this year the collapse of the Afghan government occurred sooner than intelligence projections had estimated, and evacuation of foreigners and vulnerable Afghans became significantly more urgent. Many of the Afghans supported the US and NATO forces in their attempt to ensure democracy in Afghanistan. The US has temporarily housed many o...

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Meet and Greet Opportunities with Jae Bates - Monday, Nov. 22

Jae is the new pastoral intern for Jubilee Collective   Pastors Peter and Kathy invite everyone from the Messiah/Jubilee community to attend one of two "Meet and Greet" opportunities with pastoral intern Jae on Monday, Nov. 22. The sessions will be at 11:00a and 6:00p at the Hazel Dell campus. We anticipate each gathering to last 30-45 mi...

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Charley Jeaudoin Memorial Fund gift updates shelves, heater for Lewis River Mobile Food Bank

A recent gift from the Charley Jeaudoin Memorial Fund enabled the Lewis River Mobile Food Bank (LRMFB) to replace sagging shelves with new wood and purchase a heater for the warehouse.To learn more about Messiah's relationship to the LRMFB, and how the Food on the 4th ministry works (Charley was an active participant), click here » A gift from the ...

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5 reasons you are invited to play with the contemporary worship band

  Charles is looking for musicians and vocalists to add to Messiah's contemporary worship band.  Here are five reasons you should consider being a guest with the band! You are a strong singer looking to put your talents to use.You play a solo instrument, such as saxophone or electric violin.You enjoy worshiping through music.You love...

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Dirt Day at the Intern House 2021

A group of 14 volunteers help spread topsoil at the Intern House on Nov. 7, 2021.

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As weather cools, bundle up when coming to worship

As the weather outside gets colder and wetter, Messiah would like to remind those attending worship to do their best to dress warmly if possible.  Due to COVID-19 precautions, the windows and doors of the church will remain open to assist with good ventilation. That means the inside of the church may be a bit colder than we are used to at this...

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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will discuss "Reason for Hope" by Jane Goodall this Wednesday, Dec. 1

First Wednesday of each month | 10:00-11:30am via Zoom. Direct link to this Zoom book club meeting » Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of conversation is never a challe...

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Confirmation 2021 Photo Gallery

Photos from Confirmation 2021. Congratulations to our confirmands!

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Godly Play restarting at the Hazel Dell Campus. Your input is requested to determine the schedule.

Take the 30-second survey »  Messiah is planning to offer Godly Play once again starting in the next few weeks, and you can help us decide the schedule. If you are a parent or grandparent with children who would like to attend Godly Play, would you take a moment to complete a 30-second, three-question survey that will help decide when best to ...

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Introducing Jae Bates, New Pastoral Intern and Leader for Jubilee Collective

The executive team, pastors, and SWWA synod staff are excited to introduce a new pastoral leader for Jubilee Collective. Jae Bates, who is currently completing his Masters of Divinity internship at Peace Lutheran Church in Tacoma, will serve half of his remaining internship for his MDivX program through Luther Seminary at Jubilee. In an a...

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Endowment Committee Dispersal Story – Closet for Tablecloths

The church owns a remarkable number of tablecloths for the tables in the downstairs dining room.  For years, they have been washed, folded and stored on closet shelves in a room off the kitchen. Unfortunately, because of the way they are stored, they are difficult to reach and upon removal, they need to be ironed before they can be used. Downs...

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Treat Street 2021 Photos and Thanks

Photos from Messiah's 2021 Treat Street at the Hazel Dell Campus, October 24, 2021. A special thanks to Dutch Bros and Jimmy John's for their support of this year's event. Hover over the photo below to click through 17 of the best pics.

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Jubilee Collective saves Halloween...AGAIN! October 31

Jubilee Collective is prepared to save Halloween...again! This October 31, Jubilee collective will be at the parking lot of the Vancouver YWCA at 3609 Main St. from 6-8 p.m. All are welcome to attend this drive-through Trick or Treat event for children with safe candy distribution. Masks will be required, and not just the scary ones.  We ...

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Treat Street returns this Sunday

Treat Street returns this weekend! The event will have both a drive-through and a walk-through option this year at the Hazel Dell campus.  On Sunday, October 24 from 4:00 - 6:00pm in Messiah Hazel Dell's parking lot there will be many fun decorated parking spaces to see at this free event!  From 4-5p will be a drive-Through opportunity wh...

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Pr. Kathy's Book Club discusses "The Scarlet Letter" this Wednesday

First Wednesday of each month | 10:00-11:30am via Zoom.  Direct link to this Zoom book club meeting on Nov. 3 » Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of conv...

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Endowment Fund Dispersal Story: Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers provide high quality, one-to-one Christian centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties (job or marriage loss, illness, spousal death, etc.). The Stephen Ministers are laypeople that have undergone 50 hours of training. They are trained by Stephen Leaders who have had an additional 2...

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Endowment Dispersal Story: Pizza at the Juvenile Detention Center

For about five years, once a month, Messiah members have been taking pizza, soda, Werther's candy,and Chips Ahoy cookies to the adolescents incarcerated at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center in downtown Vancouver. Steve Friebel and Carie Wright (both members) along with a long-time friend of Steve's, John Perry, have made it their ministry ...

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Worship times have changed at both campuses

Worship at Messiah North at Windy Hills Winery in Ridgefield is now at 9a and worship at Messiah Hazel Dell, as well as the livestream of the service is at 10:30a. Signs are already up at both locations to remind everyone of the change. You will still find the same welcoming community at both locations, just at a new time! Come ...

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Join the "Joyful ringers" Tuesdays starting October 5

We have a new way for you to "give God a ring!" The "Joyful Ringers" handbell choir will be starting soon at Messiah Lutheran Church. If you believe that every song could be made better through more handbells, or perhaps just enjoy being surrounded by the heavenly sounds of ringing bells, we invite you to join us! The choir will meet Tuesdays at 6p...

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Food on the 4th Sunday is September 26

Since its inception in 2010 over 90 tons of food and sundry items have been brought forward as part of the offerings on the fourth weekend of each month. A conservative estimate of the value of those goods based is $350,000 through 2021. There are now two ways to donate to food on the 4th Sundays. The collections are delivered on an alternating mon...

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Christ in Our Homes Fourth Quarter 2021 Edition is now available

The Christ in Our Homes Fourth Quarter 2021 Edition is now available for free. The October-November-December edition of the devotional book Christ in Our Home is available now for pick-up at church or by mail.  To request a mailed copy, please get in touch with Sally in the front office at 360-574-7081 or by email, and she'll make sure you get...

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Endowment Fund Dispersal Story: Quilts Labeled "Made with Love – Messiah Lutheran"

by Hope Quinn | Eight years ago, Diana Webber thought that it would be a nice gesture to give a small handmade quilt to every baby baptized at the church as well as to every preschool family that had a new birth. Over the years, funds from the Seeds of Faith paid for the materials and Diana sewed about 15 quilts a year to meet the demand....

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Reclaiming the “L” Word”: Renewing the Church from Its Lutheran Core

A new online study opportunity via Zoom | Wednesdays at 5:00p (PT), Oct. 6-Nov. 17 | Hosted by Messiah's dear friend and "sister intern," Diane Nokenechny, and supervising pastor, Sarah Dymund |  Trinity Lutheran Church, Regina, Saskatchewan   Pastoral Intern Diane (see information below) and Pastor Sarah Dymund i...

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Messiah North has new “permanent” home at Windy Hills Winery - Services times are changing

The pastors and Church Leadership Team are pleased to announce that Messiah North now has a "permanent" worship site at Windy Hills Winery in Ridgefield. After a summer of worshiping outdoors in the event tent at Windy Hills, owner Dave Kelly, agreed to an every-Sunday rental agreement to bring the congregation indoors into the winery's great hall ...

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Food on the 4th - Two ways to donate

By Dave and Lynne Radke We are planning to re-introduce the Food on the 4th ministry that serves the Ridgefield and LaCenter communities in North Clark County on Sunday, September 26th. Even though Messiah has faithfully and substantially contributed in the form of cash gifts and some food bags during the pandemic, we have not had a formal blessing...

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Endowment Fund Dispersal Story: Sam's Art Cart at Legacy Hospital

About seven years ago, a church member contacted Diana Webber and asked if our Sunday School kids could put together art kits for distribution at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital.Diana said that her family, rather than the Sunday School, would love to do this.The effort grew and eventually the Webber family assembled a cart that holds 20 bins with each...

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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will discuss "The Alice Network" this Wednesday

First Wednesday of each month | 10:00-11:30am via Zoom.  Click here for the Direct Zoom link for this book club meeting event »   Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspec...

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Help those affected by Hurricane Ida

Earlier this week, the remnants of Hurricane Ida barreled through the Northeast, leaving devastation in their wake. New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey were hit with historic flash flooding and tornadoes touched down in Maryland and New Jersey. Homes and subways filled with water, and cars were swept away. The death toll is expected to rise, and ...

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The Story Luke Tells: A survey of Luke's Gospel led by Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Katie

Via Zoom Tuesday mornings starting Sept. 14 at 6:00a  Via Zoom Wednesday mornings starting Sept. 15 at 10:00a   Beginning this Advent (Nov. 28), the cycle of readings for worship turns to the Gospel of Luke. Over the succeeding 52 Sundays and taken cumulatively, worshipers will hear nearly all of Luke's narrative through the Sun...

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Lutheran Disaster Response for Haiti - An opportunity to give

A devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Haiti on Saturday morning, August 18. Over 1,400 people were killed, and that number is expected to increase as search-and-rescue efforts continue. Blocked roads are delaying the delivery of vital supplies to hospitals, which are overwhelmed with more than 6,900 injured people. At least 26,000...

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Food on the 4th Sunday is August 22

Since its inception in 2010 over 90 tons of food and sundry items have been brought forward as part of the offerings on the fourth weekend of each month. A conservative estimate of the value of those goods based is $350,000 through 2021. The collections are delivered on an alternating month basis to the Lewis River Mobile Food Bank operated out of ...

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Return of Mask-Wearing to Messiah's Hazel Dell Campus

UPDATED 08.19.21 - In compliance with Governor Inslee's mask mandate for all indoor spaces in Washington State, mask-wearing will be required for all indoor meeting activities at the Hazel Dell campus, including worship, starting this Sunday, August 22. We continue to be a community that respects all members' and guests' needs. Thank you so much fo...

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Pastor Kathy's Book Club reading "Anxious People" for September 1 meeting via Zoom

First Wednesday of each month | 10:00-11:30am via Zoom   Click here to go to the Zoom meeting » Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book.  She also provides theological perspective. Lack of conversation is nev...

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Endowment Committee approves nearly 15,000 in grant requests in July

The Endowment Committee and the Church Leadership Committee have approved $14,803 in July for ten different grant requests. Among the items are a new refrigerator for the Preschool and painting for both the Intern House and the education wing at the Hazel Dell campus. The next deadline for grant requests to be submitted is December 1.&nbs...

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Messiah Preschool start of year activities and information

UPDATED by Joyce Handran, Preschool Director - 09.03.21 Messiah Preschool Families: The preschool was buzzing with activity this week as the staff busied themselves preparing their classrooms for the upcoming Meet 'n Greets and the start of the new school year. The Messiah Preschool team is very excited to welcome your preschooler into th...

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Have you visited Messiah North?

If you haven't attended Messiah North at Windy Hills yet, we invite you to join us at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings for a delightfully meaningful, joyous worship of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We feature a contemporary full band most Sundays meeting in the outdoor event tent at Windy Hills Winery, 1346 S. 38th Court in Ridgefield. A bonus is the e...

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Nearly $15k approved in first round of grant requests by the Endowment Committee. More to come.

Ten grant requests were reviewed by the Endowment Committee on July 20, making sure the requests met the parameters spelled out in the church's Endowment guidelines. Almost $15,000 have been requested and are now pending approval by the Church Leadership Team. September 1 is the next deadline for grant requests to be submitted to the committee. The...

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Groups returning to in person meetings at Messiah

As pandemic restrictions have eased, many groups are returning to in person meetings at Messiah.  Here are a few of them: The Material Girls quilting group is fully vaccinated and back at it. The group works on heirloom quilting designs, sharing projects, receiving inspiration, and learning from master quilter Janice Harris. The group meets Tu...

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Join the Farewell Celebrations for Intern Pastor Maggie - August 8

Farewell Celebration for Intern Pastor Maggie is Sunday, August 8 It doesn't seem possible, but it is time for Intern Pastor Maggie to return to Luther Seminary for her final year of study. So, on August 8, we will bid farewell to her at both the Hazel Dell (9:00a) and Messiah North (11:00a) campuses. There will be a basket for cards and gifts for ...

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Return of Holy Communion at the altar rail (Hazel Dell) or in the circle at Messiah North

Beginning this Sunday, July 18, at both the Hazel Dell and Messiah North campuses, you will have options in the way you receive Holy Communion. Hazel Dell Campus You may remain in your pew and use the Communion Packs that we have been using for the last few months, orYou may bring your Communion Pack to the altar rail, orYou may receive the element...

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Norma Moore retires from Stephen Ministry Leadership

Celebration of her joyful, faithful caring happens Sunday, July 18, Hazel Dell and Messiah North campuses   Stephen Ministry has been an important part of Norma's life for the past 27 years. The organization began in 1975 to help pastors care for the hurting people within their congregations and surrounding communities. Norma first heard ...

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Assistance with Memorial Services is needed

by Julie Bracken, Minister of Welcome Updated July 14, 2021: I am totally amazed at the outpouring of help. I thought it would be a problem filling the slots I had. As of this afternoon I only need helpers for the following:July 20 Harold Teters 2 people needed July 26 Carl Ahrens 1 person neededOther people who would like to help are invited ...

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Yoga with Karri returns to Tuesday Evenings

Messiah Yoga with Karri Bukant will return on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00p, beginning August 3. The class will be a mix of gentle yoga and some more advanced options. Sessions will take place in the gym at the Hazel Dell campus. Participants should bring a yoga mat and water. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please ...

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No-experience-needed summertime Handbell Choir Opportunity

Charles Reinmuth, Director of Worship and Music, invites anyone reading this PSA to a summertime opportunity to learn and play handbells. Experience needed - nope. Age requirement - nope. Previous or current connection to the Messiah community - nope. Willingness to give it a try and to laugh at yourself - yup. Tuesday evenings at 6:00p, July 13 - ...

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Backpacking in the Wallowa Mountains set for July 23-28

Enjoy God's Beautiful Creation in the Wallowa Mountains. This year's six-day, high adventure trip will be backpacking to Paradise Basin. The dates of the trip are July 23-28. Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be able to hike with a backpack with 40-45lbs. of gear. This will include some group gear. ...

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Messiah Hazel Dell will serve as a Pop-Up Cooling Station - Your help is needed.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday - 2:00-7:00p  Messiah is opening its doors this weekend to people who may need to escape from the excessive heat. There will be air-conditioned space for people to sit, read, work on their laptops, and grab some water. Doors will be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 2:00-7:00p. Please enter thro...

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Jubilee Hosts 'Summer Hangs' at Latte Da Coffee House - next event is this Thursday, July 8

As part of its 'Summer Hangs' programming, Jubilee Collective is hosting a book study and discussion at Latte Da in downtown Vancouver, June 24th and again on July 8th, both from 4-6pm. Jubilee will buy you your first drink! Together participants will discuss the book 'All Out,' a collection of young adult fairy tales starring queer main characters...

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All Under One Roof - Combined Campus Worship, Sunday, June 27

One of Messiah's tag lines is "one congregation | multiple locations". The line works at so many levels and groupings of people. As coincidence would have it, two of Messiah's weekend worship groups won't be worshiping on June 26-27. Pr. Lenny suspended Jubilee Collective's in-person worship at the downtown Vancouver YWCA site during...

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Helen Winters-White announces her Retirement

Helen Winters-White, Messiah Lutheran Preschool founder and current Tots teacher, has announced that she will be retiring at the end of this school year. Mrs. White started Messiah Preschool in 1976, serving as both its director and lead teacher. She took about seven years off to pursue other interests, including serving as a member of Messiah's Pr...

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Endowment Committee Grant Process goes Digital. See "what gives."

An Overview   The Endowment Committee distributes funds earned on the invested principal of the Endowment Fund. The purpose is to "enhance and further the mission and ministries of Messiah Lutheran Church" (MLC Constitution). The Committee adheres to the rules and regulations of our church's Constitutional bylaws. Distributions are made e...

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Register here for the Bi-Annual Mtng. of the Congregation, Sunday, June 6, 2021, at 1:00p.

To register, please click here »  Download the Bulletin of Reports, here » On the Agenda: approval of an Operating Budget for fiscal 2021-22, year-end ministry reports from staff members, and all sorts of happiness. :) Thank you for making plans to attend this twice-a-year Meeting of the Congregation. Once registered, Office Administ...

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Changes in COVID Requirements for Worship

UPDATED 06.10.21 - Great news. Starting this Sunday, June 13, there will be no restrictions on where people can sit in the Hazel Dell sanctuary. You may choose a seat that fits your comfort level.On the horizon, we anticipate that the mask mandate for worshipers and church groups will end with Governor Inslee's plan for full re-opening on July...

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Thursday Morning Community Group is forming for new Summer Cycle

Weekly, beginning June 10.  Thursday mornings at 10:00a.  Studying Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence - contact Julie Bracken to learn more. What is a community group?It is a group of 8 people who will gather initially via Zoom and, when restrictions lift, in homes to know and care for one ano...

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Digital Media Coordinator Position Job Posting

Messiah Lutheran Church seeks a part-time (10 hrs./week) Digital Media Coordinator to develop and execute digital communication and social media strategies in partnership with the church leadership to increase awareness of the church, enhance engagement, grow audience base, and promote content and programs of Messiah Lutheran Church. The Digital Me...

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Pr. Kathy's Book Club reading "The Cold Millions" for June 2 meeting

First Wednesday of each month | 10:00-11:30am via Zoom Direct Zoom link for this book club meeting » Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of conversation is never a challe...

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Hazel Dell Campus worship time moves to 9:00a starting Sunday, May 16

With the reopening of in-person worship of Messiah's North Campus, the worship time for the Hazel Dell (HD) campus will change to 9:00a starting Sunday, May 16. This change will be for both in-person and live-stream worship at the HD campus. The move to an earlier start time at HD will allow staff members to cover services each weekend at both loca...

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Update for making Prayer Requests

At Messiah, we believe that prayer is a powerful spiritual means to communicate with God. It is a privilege and comfort to receive prayer requests from members and friends of Messiah. To ensure that we handle prayer requests in a sensitive and caring way, Messiah offers four options for requests: Prayers directed only to the pastoral team ...

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Christ Bearers Ministry to Resume

After a year hiatus due to Covid, Christ Bearers will again bring Holy Communion to Messiah's homebound members following worship on Sundays. After pastors have blessed the bread and wine on the altar, volunteers go to the homes of shut-ins and offer a brief service of Holy Communion. The extension of the Meal is deeply meaningful for both the Chri...

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New Developments to In-Person Worship: No Sign-Up required + Masked Singing allowed

It has been such a joy to experience the return of in-person worship at Messiah's Hazel Dell the past three weeks! Thank you for observing the COVID rubrics and hanging in there with us as we try to make it as seamless as possible.   No More ReservationsThis week, and moving forward, we will experiment with no longer using the sign-up res...

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Pr. Kathy's Book Club discussing "The Midnight Library" this Wednesday, May 5

First Wednesday of each month | 10:00-11:30am via Zoom Direct Zoom link for this book club meeting » Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of conversation is never a challe...

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Materiality as Resistance – A new study facilitated by Intern Pr. Maggie and Pr. Peter. Not too late to check it out. Only in its second week.

Tuesdays at 6:00a | Wednesdays at 10:00a | RSVP required via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | a reading/class schedule is below Intern Pr. Maggie and Pr. Peter invite you to join them in reading and discussing the latest book by distinguished North American theologian Dr. Walter Brueggemann titled "Materiality as Resistance." Commentators ha...

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Holy Week at Messiah 2021

04.01.21 - Maundy Thursday 6:00p Livestream Worship Service »  04.02.21 - Good Friday 10:00a In-Person Worship Service - reserved seating required - reservation form »10:00a Livestream Worship Service »6:00p Online Worship Service » 04.04.21 - Easter Sunday6:30a Outdoor In-Person Sunrise Service behind Eisenhower Elementary School - ...

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New Contemplative Prayer Practice Group w/Pr. Kathy and Intern Pr. Maggie starts April 6

One of the groups forming in the new spring cycle of community groups will be led by Pastor Kathy and Intern Pastor Maggie using "Contemplative prayer practices. The group will meet initially via Zoom on Tuesdays at 1:00p starting April 6 The practices will help participants listen with the ears of their hearts to...

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In-Person worship reservations now open for all April weekends + comments from worshipers

UPDATE ON 04.04.21  Reservations are now open for all in-person services at the Hazel Dell campus through the end of April. Online reservation form, click here » UPDATE ON 04.01.21from Palm Sunday worshipers: I was emotionally moved just to be back in our church setting. I felt very safe and very grateful to be there. - Nancy The Mes...

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New One Mile Mission Giving Opportunity to the Ridgefield Family Resource Center

The RFRC is in need of new underwear for boys and girls in sizes 4-12. You may send a donation to the RFRC directly from Amazon or items may be dropped off at Messiah's Hazel Dell campus front office, Monday-Thursday, 9:00a-noon. If you elect to ship via Amazon, the recipient address is: Chris Poppert, Rigdefield Family Resource Center, 510 Pi...

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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will discuss "The Water Dancer," Wednesday, April 7

First Wednesday of each month | 10:00-11:30am via Zoom   Click here for the direct link to this Zoom meeting » Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of conversati...

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A Week of Meals for the Homeless at WHO

You are invited to participate!   You are invited to help feed 25 men for six days at the Winter Hospitality Overflow shelter housed at St Paul's Lutheran Church in downtown Vancouver. Our dates, to supply dinner only, are Monday, March 22 through Saturday, March 27. On average, each night we'll need about ten people to volunteer to purch...

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Pr. Peter invites you to a conversation based on a reading of “Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.” Bonus session with the author!

Not too late to check it out! | Tuesdays at 6:00a | Wednesdays at 10:00a | RSVP required via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | the reading schedule is below   Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Maggie invite you to join them in reading and discussing Pr. Lenny's book, Dear Church. Part manifesto, part confession, and all lo...

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"Shining Through: Snapshots of Grace" - Lenten midweek service message series

Links to "Shining Through—Snapshots of Grace"All services on Wednesdays at 6:00p February 24 - featuring Kathy Hoffman » March 3 - featuring Sheri Backous » March 10 - featuring Julie Johnson » March 17 - featuring Lynette Tracy » March 24 - featuring Carlyann Reinmuth » As part of your Lenten season discipline for 2021, Prs. Kathy and Peter invite...

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Preschool Registration for 2021-22 begins this Saturday, Feb. 20

This will be a Drive-thru event at the Hazel Dell campus.   The 2-page Registration Update Form is for those children currently enrolled at Messiah Preschool. Registering a sibling new to Messiah? Please download the 5-page registration packet or pick one up from the preschool office. Thank you for your patronage!Registration Reminders:*F...

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Lenten Season Supply Bags Available

Pack include ashes for Ash Wednesday, February 17   If you missed the Drive-thru Communion, there are still two ways to get your Lenten Supplies Bag. 1. Stop by the front office of the Hazel Dell campus, Mon.-Thurs., 9:00a-noon. 2. Call (360.574.7081) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to have your bag personally delivered to your doo...

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Pr. Kathy's Book Club reading "Meet Me at the Museum" for Wednesday, March 3, Gathering

First Wednesday of each month | 10:00-11:30am via Zoom. Direct link to this Zoom meeting » Pr. Kathy facilitates stimulating conversation among Messiah's book club participants each month, drawing upon overarching themes from various storylines in each book. She also provides theological perspective. Lack of conversation is never a challenge as eve...

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Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO)– Item Collection during Drive-Thru Communion, February 7

Many of our congregation have volunteered at WHO in the past. This winter, as with everything else, is different due to the pandemic. However, WHO is thriving and so are the men staying there. This is the 18th year for St Paul's Lutheran Church in downtown Vancouver to host this place for homeless men to spend the winter nights. This year, its name...

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Shrove Tuesday Party Packs. Pick up yours at the Drive-thru Communion on Feb. 7.

You are invited to participate in Messiah's congregation-wide at-home Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday pancake celebration on February 16! There are three steps to participating. 1. Let us know you'd like to participate by using this online sign-up »We'll put together a Shrove Tuesday Party Pack just for your household that w...

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Drive-thru Communion on Sunday, Feb. 7. Receive your Shrove Tuesday Party Pack, Ash Wednesday ashes, and Lenten season bag. Bring your Food on the 4th and WHO items.

Drive-thru will begin at approximately 11:00a | Messiah's pastoral team and staff members invite you to participate in a drive-thru Communion experience on Sunday, February 7, rain or shine. As the livestream of worship ends, drive to the Hazel Dell campus parking lot ... - for an in-person Holy Communion experience - to receive individual prayer f...

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Neighborhood Dinner Ministry Takes Shape. You can help.

Please share this opportunity with both those who might benefit by receiving a weekly dinner or assisting the ministry. An outreach to those experiencing food insecurity in our own backyards | Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? - Mt. 25:37b Messiah's local...

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