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Women's Breakfast Club & Ladies Night Out

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: Off site Liz is leading a once-a-month group for moms that meets for breakfast at a variety of eateries in Vancouver. The group also plans regul...
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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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No Worries Adult Bible Study: A Survey of the Gospel of Matthew

9-Sessions starting Sept. 18 | Wednesdays at 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Meet Cynthia Morales-Hartin (Interim Administrative Assistant)

It is with pleasure that we introduce to you our Interim Administrative Assistant, Cynthia Morales-Hartin. Cynthia will be at the helm of the front office at the Hazel Dell campus as Cheralyn transitions to another full-time opportunity and we begin the search for our next candidate. Cynthia brings a host of talents and gifts to the position. She's...
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Intern Ryan receives Call of the Texas-Lousiana Gulf Coast Synod to serve as Mission Developer Pastor

Ryan met last week with members of Celebration Lutheran Church, Cypress, TX, where he will serve as full-time pastor. His farewell weekend at Messiah is this Saturday and Sunday Pastoral Intern Ryan returned last week from a two-day, whirlwind trip to Cypress, TX (near Houston), where he met with th...
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VBS Culmination Sunday

VBS has been a week packed with science, stories, and God sightings, and the children would like to share it with you! Come to the Hazel Dell campus this weekend to hear about what the kids were up to, learn some fun VBS songs we rocked out to, and get an idea of how Vacation Bible School really brings God's love close to the children in our commun...
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What's In A Name?

Perhaps more than meets the eye. It can define us, represent us, frustrate or please us. "North County" - the name we've often used for our presence at Tri-Mountain Golf Course - has been a source of frustration. It means nothing, or perhaps suggests we gather in Yacolt (a lovely place, but far from accurate). Some have suggested we call ourselves ...
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Anna Countryman Accepted To Augsburg Youth Theology Institute

Anna Countryman will be attending the Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN this July! This is a week-long immersion experience where high school students get to study theological questions relevant in today's world while also learning more about community leadership for the common good. Please hold her ...
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Greg Rhodes is Moving to China

In October 2016, Greg Rhodes joined the Messiah community as the North Country Project Manager. This move was made with the intention of a new building being built for our worshipping community gathering in Ridgefield.  With Greg's leadership, he helped lead Messiah through an extensive discernment process about the future of not only North Co...
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Let's Go Hiking!

Sunday, June 24  Hiking at Leverich Park   Meet at Messiah Hazel Dell at 11:30am to caravan/carpool or at 12:00pm at the Leverich Park middle parking area (by the restrooms, off of NE Leverich Park Way). The trail is 7 miles total, but participants can choose any distance they would like to hike. All ages and abilities welcome! Invite a f...
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Material Girls North's - Period of Purple Crying Caps

Messiah's Material Girls North met for the first time in May and decided to start a project called, Period of Purple Crying Caps program. The group will make individual hats for newborns to donate to the program that helps raise awareness for the Period of Purple Crying and help prevent shaken baby syndrome. New parents often discover the frustrati...
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Volunteer Appreciation Weekend

Messiah is one church, two campuses, and a village of volunteers. So many have given their time in a wide variety of ways to keep our church running smoothly and our ministries full of energy. We want to say thank you! Come to either campus on ​ May 19/20th ​ and let us show you how much we appreciate the work of our volunteers' hands. No effort is...
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New Administrative Assistant Hired

The Church Leadership Team and pastors are pleased to announce that Cheralyn Hann (pronounced like "Marilyn" with a "Sh") has joined Messiah's staff as the congregation's new Administrative Assistant. Cheralyn brings over 10 years of administrative experience and a diverse skill-set to this front office position. Cheralyn's office hours will be 9:0...
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Sabbatical Sending for Prs. Braafladt | Sabbatical Welcoming for Pr. Martha Maier

Saturday, May 12 at 5:00p, Sunday, May 13 at 8:30 and 9:45a, Hazel Dell Campus  |   Messiah congregation will bless and send off Pastors Peter and Kathy as they begin a 12-week sabbatical leave. The sending will occur during all weekend services at the Hazel Dell campus, May 12-13. While away, Prs. Braafladt will rest as well as...
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Registration for VBS is now open. Preschool and Elementary programs July 9-13, 15.

Click here to register .   There is a wait list for the Preschool program Two Programs  Preschool Program – Children entering as pre-kindergarten students must be 4 years before August 31, 2018 through those entering kindergarten. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes will be held in the Dorothy link building on the wes...
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Pastoral Intern Joel Hinck will be introduced this weekend during all Hazel Dell services

Joel is a Duke Divinity School graduate and Luther Seminary student. He will be Messiah's '18-'19 pastoral intern, arriving in late August. "I feel weird about this, and I don't normally do this sort of thing, but…I feel like God wants me to tell you something." Christine, the church secretary, normally bursting with energy, looked embarrassed...
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Children's Craft Table at Saturday Evening Worship - Hazel Dell Campus - 5:00p

If you have been to worship at Messiah North meeting at TriMountain Golf Course, you know that one of the special additions to 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. Not long ago, the same kind of activity space was added to Satu...
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Calling all Volunteers for VBS – Online Sign-Up Happening Now – Choose Your Favorite Place to Serve!

by Megan Dilitto, Dir. of Children and Family Ministries |  Vacation Bible School will be here before we know it (July 9-13), and we need YOUR help! Do you love being around God's youngest children? Then we have a place for you! Whether you have a heart for teaching, decorating, making a mess, having fun, singing, dancing, being silly, telling...
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Personal Dimensions of Cancer Seminar begins this Monday, April 9

3-sessions focused on helping cancer patients and loved ones navigate the medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual dimensions of cancer   Monday Evenings, April 9, 16, 23 6:30-8:30pm Messiah Lutheran Church 905 NW 94 th ST Vancouver, WA 98665-6842 360.574.7081 Synopsis We all know someone who is facing cancer—a friend, relative, neighbor,...
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How We Got the Bible - A new 7-week Adult Bible study on Wednesdays, beginning April 11

Sessions at 10:00a and the 6:00p each week.  FREE CHILDCARE during both sessions! ​  See the weekly topics below.  Are you curious how we got the Bible we hold in our hands today? In our new 7-week adult class, we will hear from leading voices in the Christian faith like: Rachel Held Evans, Phyllis Tickle, and Nadia Bolz-Weber. Drop ...
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Brewed Theology twice on Tuesday, April 10 - "My Story. Your Story. God's Story."

Confidence in telling. Respect in listening. Experiencing God in the midst of it. |   Click here to register for 4:00-5:30p    Click here to register for 7:00-8:30p   Synopsis In a world where 144 characters often become "the story," in this Brewed Theology we will be expanding our understanding and awareness of stories. St...
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Brief Report of the Special Meeting of the Congregation - 03.18.2018

Voters approve a threefold capital campaign and, if needed, authorize a short-term loan to begin work on the church's roofs. |   At a special meeting of the congregation this past Sunday members of Messiah approved two matters. The first supported a capital campaign to fund a mission developer, to make capital repairs at the Hazel Dell campus,...
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Julie Backous hired as Messiah's North County Campus Site Coordinator

This past week, Julie Backous began her new role as the congregation's North County Campus (NCC) Site Coordinator. Already a faithful attender and contributor at NCC, Julie will serve in a part-time job that includes organizing volunteers, keeping the Sunday experience one of warm welcome and high quality, and extending the congregation's...
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"51% Christian" – Tuesday Morning Small Group begins study of highly acclaimed book on March 13. Led by Intern Ryan.

The Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Small Group will begin an 11-week study of Mark Stenberg's new book " 51% Christian: Finding Faith after Certainty. " It's a perfect time to jump in, try it on, discover how once-a-week Bible study can enhance your spiritual health. The Tuesday morning small group meets at 6:00am at Panera Bread on Highway ...
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Links to all things Capital Campaign

Start here for brief introductions and links to the latest information and background to the Church Leadership Team's proposal to conduct a Capital Campaign   Special Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday, March 18, 11:00am , in the Hazel Dell sanctuary. Pre-Meeting Forums Wednesday, March 7, 6:30pm in rooms 205-207 at the ...
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The Rev. Martha Maier will serve as Sabbatical Pastor

Pr. Martha Maier will serve Messiah as lead pastor during Prs. Peter and Kathy's 12-week sabbatical leave this May, June, and July. Prs. Peter and Kathy's request for a sabbatical was granted by the Church Leadership Team in November and announced at the Meeting of the Congregation in January. This will be the second time that Pr. Martha ...
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Brewed Theology on Feb. 26 - Wisdom of the Generations: Parent-Child-Grandparent Relationships

Two Opportunities on Monday, February 26, 2018    4:00-5:30pm and 7:00-8:30pm   To register, click here .   Synopsis  Leonardo da Vinci said, "Wisdom is the daughter of experience." Saint Augustine wrote, "Patience is the companion of wisdom." And Homer Simpson said, "I think the saddest day of my life was when I realized I...
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144 Envelopes -- Fund-raiser for the National Youth Gathering

The high school youth who are going to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston this summer are fundraising during the month of February. Youth will be in the narthex on Sunday, February 11, Saturday, February 17 and at NCC on February 18. There will be envelopes available numbered 1–144. Choose an envelope, return with the amount of money that...
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Surrender ... I Give Up: A Lenten Midweek Series, Wednesdays, February 21 - March 21

"I give up" are three very powerful words—hard to say, hard to accept, and hard to live by. "I give up" will be the theme of our Lenten discipline together. Lent is a "giving-up" season when we confess our failures and examine our shortcomings. It is a period when Christians intentionally resign themselves to God's will and not their own. It h...
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Megan Dilitto hired as Director of Children's and Family Ministries

Megan Dilitto today rejoins Messiah's staff as the congregation's new Director of Children's and Family Ministries. Megan previously served  in the preschool as both a teacher and classroom assistant until giving birth to her son last spring. She has and continues to serve in the nursery. Megan brings a passi...
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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will read "Small Great Things" for February 7

First Wednesday of each month (September - June) 10:00-11:15am 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 theological perspective. Lack of discussion is never a challenge as eve...
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Seminar on "How to Have Difficult Conversations" this Thursday, Jan. 18 - Everyone Welcome

Hosted by Messiah's Stephen Ministry Team  |   Location – R ms  205-207 , Hazel Dell Campus Time - 6:00-8:00pm Guest Presenter The Rev Dr. William DeLong, Ed.D., M.Div. Director of Spiritual Care at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Randall Children's Hospital Synopsis The last time you rode in a car with your aging parent dri...
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Brewed Theology - Twice on Tuesday, January 30

4:00-5:30pm and 7:00-8:30pm  |  register here for the 4pm session | 7:00pm is "sold out"   Brewed Theology (formerly known as Theology on Tap)   Topic What will you do with your one wild and precious life? A conversation about God and vocation. Synopsis Many people identify what they do as who they are. They equat...
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Final Forums to Discuss a Call Process for a Mission Developer and a Capital Campaign this Wednesday 01.24.2018

​ The forums are in preparation for the Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday, January 28, 2018.   Dear Fellow Messiah Members,  Just a year ago we were about to embark together on a journey of discernment as the people of Messiah. We reported to you in June that, in listening to each other and the Holy Spirit, the community of Messi...
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Alison Treichel hired as Regional Homelessness Coordinator for Polk & Marion Counties, OR

It is with a sense of gladness and sorrow that the Church Leadership Team and Pastors have accepted Alison Treichel's resignation as the congregation's administrative assistant. During her nine months in the position, she swiftly learned the tasks, generously shared her technical and people skills, and quickly became part and parcel of the&nbs...
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