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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 starts Jan.9—The Bible as God’s Inspired Word

Wednesdays, Jan.9-Feb.20 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 Giants, ...
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Wednesday Connect Group for Moms of all ages resumes Wednesday, Jan.9

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 at 4:00p as part of Wednesday's Faith Life in Progress (FL!P) activities. The group is en...
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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

6:00-7:00p  |  Wednesday, October 3  |  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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NEW: Children's Craft Table at Saturday Evening Worship - Hazel Dell Campus - 5:00pm

If you have been to worship at Messiah's North County Campus, 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. Beginning this Saturday at the Hazel Dell campus, children will be invited to sit ...
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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

Next forums are Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 9:00am and 6:00pm, HD Campus | Carrie, Mel & Vern at the Forum last Sunday at NCC. Twenty-one people attended this 1st of 5 information meetings. ​ 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 wer...
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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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Six-Session Adult Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark

Wednesdays with Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Ryan. Classes at 10a and 6p |  Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Ryan invite you to join them for a six-session Bible study through the Gospel of Mark. Attend either the morning or evening session on Wednesdays starting January 3, 2018. Drop in on any week. Mark is the gospel appointed reading for the ...
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Adult Disaster Relief Trip Going to Houston

February 11–17, 2018 Messiah will be heading to Houston to help rebuild houses damaged in Hurricane Harvey. The group will be working on homes that were flooded and have already been gutted. Work is expected to be mainly indoors. Qualifications are a willingness to serve wherever needed; skilled and unskilled volunteers appreciated. Download a PDF ...
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Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Group spending time in the Gospel of Mark - Newcomers welcome!

The Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Small Group is starting the new year with a new 10-session study of the Gospel of Mark. 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 99 in Hazel Dell. Fa...
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Comfort and Hope Service Tonight, Wed., Dec. 20 at 6pm. Free transportation provided.

The Comfort and Hope Service began as a ministry for people who were hurting, especially during the holidays. The season and its festivities often make people acutely aware of their losses. Decorations, Christmas carols, the empty chair at the dinner table often serve to remind those in grief of the loved ones who will not be with them for the...
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Family Drop and Shop, Saturday, Dec. 16

byline: Joy Studer   Parents may bring their children of all ages to Messiah on Saturday, December 16th any time between 10a-1:30p for arts, crafts, stories and games. Suggested donation of $10 per child all goes toward the intergenerational Guatemala trip next May sponsored by Lutheran Partners in Global Mission . The nurs...
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Go "tail" it on the mountain - Shopping can change lives

Americans spend over $300 billion on Christmas shopping each year. This year, consider giving gifts that fight hunger and grow the church with ELCA Good Gifts . Select from more than 50 gifts – from goats to water filters to school fees – to help people in need. All gifts can be given in honor of friends and loved ones, and each gift comes with a f...
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Theology on Tap - Monday, December 4, 2017 - "Can you hear me now?"

Uptown Barrel Room in downtown Vancouver for an exclusive, ToT patrons' only event | 7:00-8:45pm | register here You are welcome to arrive early to order dinner or hor d'oeuvres ... the earlier the better. This is a "Bring a Friend" Event Consider this a Christmas party to which you may invite a friend or two ... or more*! The m...
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Sign Up here for WHO. Messiah will host Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO), Feb. 24–Mar. 3, 2019.

by Brenda Gardner  |   click here to sign up   |     Our congregation will be participating in providing staffing for the Winter Hospitality Overflow shelter at St. Paul Lutheran Church. This ministry provides overnight housing for 24-30 homeless men during the winter months. It is a truly ecumenical ministry...
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"Christmas Presence" Cantata - December 8-9

Performances on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5:00p and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 8:30 and 9:45a   Messiah Lutheran Church has a rich tradition of presenting a full-on concert early in December. It's an annual kick-off to the Advent and Christmas season. While Messiah is by no means a mega-size church, the quality of the concert always surprises ...
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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will read "Astoria" for January 3

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 theological perspective. Lack of discussion is never a challenge as everyone has the oppo...
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Hiking Group will trek this Sunday, November 12

Frenchman's Bar  Trail with Family Friendly Happy Hour following.   To register, click here .   Frenchman's Bar Trail   9612 NW Lower River Road  People of all ages and abilities are welcome on this hike. Invite your friends! Elevation changes are minimal and the entire trail—3.9 miles—is paved (see photo below). You m...
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Former Summer Intern in the News

Remember summer intern Hannah Norem? She's in a 4-minute piece produced by a Sioux Falls television station about millennials, social justice, "nones," and the Lutheran Reformation. See if you can identify another former summer  intern in the background. Hannah's part begins at 1 minute, 55 seconds (1:55).   Watch it here »
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Treat Street Fun is Coming! - October 24

6:00–7:00p, Wednesday, October 24; begins in the sanctuary All children 5th grade and younger are invited to this fun event. Games, crafts, snacks and trick-or-treating in Messiah's classrooms all led by the middle school and high school youth of Messiah. This is a great event in which to invite a friend! Children should come dressed in non-spooky ...
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Messiah Music Opportunities for Children

Praise Patrol : Three year olds to grade 1   4:45-5:15pm (Rooms 205/207)   Young children experience dance, song, and rhythm at an age when these gifts most need to be fostered. This is a great confidence building experience for your children. The Praise Patrol's efforts are not pointed toward performance as much as building enjoyment and...
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New Hiking Group's next trek this Sunday, October 22

Whipple Creek Trail with Happy Hour for everyone at 3 Peaks Brewery in Ridgefield. To register, click here . Whipple Creek Trail People of all ages and abilities are welcome on this hike. Invite your friends! Participants can choose the "easy" or more "difficult" hike. These are easy – moderate options. Dress for the weather, ea...
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Special Invitation to participate in the Choir for its annual Christmas Cantata

Do you enjoy singing Christmas music? If so, you are invited to join rehearsals of the choir starting this Wednesday, October 18, and continuing through the performances of Messiah's Christmas Cantata on December 2 and 3. This short-term stint with choir involves participating in limited Wednesday evening rehearsals from 7:00-7:35-ish. There is no ...
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First Communion Class for parents and children, Wednesday, November 1

6:00-7:00p | Room #103  |   Synopsis : An educational event led by Pastor Kathy to help children learn about Holy Communion. People of all ages are welcome to the Lord's Table at Messiah. A child's readiness to receive Holy Communion is left up to the child's parent(s) or guardians. While there is no theological reason to rush a child fro...
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Volunteers needed to help build retaining wall in the HD courtyard

​part of the courtyard beautification & water diversion project | Saturday, Oct.14 | 9:00-11:00a | volunteers may simply show up. Please bring heavy work gloves. Volunteers are needed to help build a two-course and capstone concrete block retaining wall in the Hazel Dell campus courtyard. The new wall will run ...
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A Month Filled with Tragedy - Messiah’s Stephen Ministers are here to help

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28  |   This last month set a record for disasters: fires in the west, Hurricane Harvey in Texas, followed by Irma in the Caribbean and Florida, and Maria in Puerto Rico, an earthquake in Mexico, and now the unimaginable loss of life in Las Ve...
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Tuesday Morning Small Group reading "Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship"

The Prayer Breakfast Group is reading Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship  (© 2017) edited by Adam Copeland . The group is led by Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor Ryan. Everyone is welcome to participate ... and Pr. Peter pays for breakfast for all first-time guests! Questions? Want to know more? Contact Pr. Pete...
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Middle School Corn Maze Trip

Middle School Youth Event: The Sauvie Island Haunted Corn Maze   Saturday, October 7, 2017   5:00–10:30pm (beginning with worship) Dress appropriately including warm and waterproof jacket, shoes and pants that can get muddy. Also bring an extra pair of shoes to change into at the end. Friends welcome! Eat dinner before you come. Cost...
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Blessing of the Pets, Wednesday, October 3 - 4:30-5:30p

Pet owners are invited to bring their pets (or a photo of their pet) to church on Wednesday, October 3, from 4:30-5:30p for a blessing from the pastors. Weather permitting, the blessings will be on the north lawn along NW 94th ST. If it is raining, the blessings will be under the breezeway leading to the front doors of the church.&nb...
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New Group for Parents meeting as part of Faith Life in Process (FL!P) on Wednesdays

Justin and Carrie Ferrell, both of whom are m ental health counselors at Real Life Counseling , invite you to be a guest of a new group for  parents that  they have formed at Messiah. The group meets weekly from 6:00-7:00p as part of Messiah Lutheran Church's midweek Faith Life in Progress (FL!P) pr...
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Re-Thinking Church - a special first session of the new Adult Bible study on the Book of Acts with Greg Rhodes, Pr. Peter, and Intern Pr. Ryan

Wednesday, September 27  |  Presentations at 10:00am and 6:00pm  |  Hazel Dell Campus    Greg and Pr. Peter will be sharing how they (and many others) are seeing the ground shift in regard to the church's work, the challenges and opportunities ahead, and how these may impact Messiah and its future minist...
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New Adult Bible Study on the Book of Acts. Wednesdays with Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Ryan. Classes at 10am and 6pm

Pr. Peter and Intern Pr. Ryan are co-teaching this new adult Bible class on the Book of Acts. Attend either the morning or evening session. The course began with a special first session titled "Rethinking Church." Greg Rhodes, Intern Pr. Ryan, and Pr. Peter discussed the challenging future for the C...
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Theology on Tap considers "Religion and Resistance" in September 26 Event - Wait List forming

Tuesday, September 26 – 7:00-8:45pm  |  Ben's Bottle Shop, Garrison Square, Vancouver   [Update 09.18.2017] This event is now "sold out." But stuff happens and there are always those unable to make it on the night event—and they're pretty good about letting us know. We are very conscientious about contacting people on the wait l...
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New Hiking Group's next trek - Sunday, September 10

Lacamas Heritage Trail with Happy Hour for everyone—including pets—on the private patio at MEstro's in Camas. To register, click here . Lacamas Heritage Trail People of all ages and abilities are welcome on this hike. Invite your friends! Participants can choose to hike along the Lacamas Heritage Trail and/or to hike around Round Lak...
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Godly Play® Kicks-off Sunday, September 10

New this year—a Godly Play® room for 4th-5th grades. Yes, it's that time of year again! Godly Play® kicks-off with an open house Sunday, September 10, in rooms 101, 103, and 105 for ages 3 years- 5th graders. There will be crafts ready with adult and youth volunteers to greet children and families. Parents are welcome to stay or attend th...
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Messiah's Mom's Group begins a New Year

Mom's of all stages of life are welcome to room 108 every Monday morning from 9:30-11:30a where we connect through Bible study, good conversations, occasional craft projects, and the necessary coffee. This group welcomes moms who can make it every week, and moms who can only come once in awhile. This is a group where #momlife is understoo...
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Farewell Weekend for Joy Studer and her Family, August 26-27

Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27, marks the farewell weekend for Joy Studer and her family at Messiah's Hazel Dell campus. Joy, Garet, and Everett are moving to Everett, WA. Joy has served as the congregation's Director of Children's and Family Ministries through which she brought her "joy" to the entire congregation and staff. Joy will be present...
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Introducing Grace Middelstadt - Interim Director of Children’s and Family Ministries

Grace and her family have been members at Messiah since Grace was five years old. When she was a little older, Grace and her mother used to teach a Sunday school class together. She is also a nine-year veteran of Messiah's annual high altitude backpack trip in the Wallowa Mountains. A year ago, she graduated from Linfield College in McMinnvill...
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Introducing Reta Sollenberger - newly hired Assistant Nursery Attendant

Reta and husband Mark are recent transplants to Vancouver from south Florida where Reta served as an elementary teacher for 39 years at St. Paul (Boca Raton) and Faith (Ft. Lauderdale) Lutheran Schools. She has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Florida and a Colloquy Degree in Religious Studies from Concordia Teacher's College in ...
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Tuesday Morning Small Group will reading "October 31, 1517: Luther and the Day that Changed the World", September 12 - October 3

The Prayer Breakfast Group began the new school year by reading October 31, 1517: Luther and the Day that Changed the World (© 2016) by Dr. Martin Marty . The group is led by Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor Ryan. Synopsis As the catholic (universal) Church prepares to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on...
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Pr. Kathy's Book Club will read "All the Light We Cannot See" for Sept. 6

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 theological perspective. Lack of discussion is never a challenge&...
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Sunday Hiking Group forming at Messiah

First hike will be August 20  |   Caravanning and carpooling from the HD parking lot at 11:30am. To register for this hike, click here . The inaugural day-hike for a family-friendly hiking group at Messiah is set for Sunday, August 20. Hike difficulty ratings will be easy to moderate and distances will be short and long with eac...
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Shhhhhhhhhh. It's a surprise! A gift for Intern Mary for her final Sunday, August 13

Dear Members and Friends of Messiah, Pastoral Intern Mary Beenken will be completing her year at Messiah on Sunday, August 13. That day, during the 9:45am service, we will give thanks for her ministry and celebrate her time among us. There will also be receptions in her honor after both services to provide the opportunity for everyone to expre...
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Candidates Sought for Director of Children and Family Ministries

Non-Exempt | FTE: 0.625 |  Messiah Lutheran Church is seeking a part-time (25 hours per week) Director of Children and Family Ministries. This person will coordinate program ministries for all children birth through fifth grade and their families. Responsibilities include planning and implementing program ministries for Sunday school, mid...
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Confirmation Crash Course offered by Intern Mary

Three session class will happen Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 18-20   Intern Mary invites you to join her in mixing up the summer with a three-night confirmation crash-course for all ages! Are you a confirmand who missed a portion of confirmation in the last few years? Are you an adult who never had the opportunity to go thr...
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Joy Studer and her family are moving to Everett, WA

Director of Children's and Family Ministries will conclude her work at Messiah on August 27.   My Messiah Family,  It is with a broken heart that I have to inform you all that my time as your Director of Children and Family ministries is coming to an end. My husband has been offered a position north of Seattle at Everett Community Co...
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Three CRHS graduates receive 2017 Judy Joy Fund Scholarships

Pictured are Ray, Vanessa, and Judy Herkert on graduate recognition Sunday 2012. Judy Herkert was a classroom assistant at Columbia River High School who worked with teacher Tim Smith. She loved her students. She loved her work. And she loved her church, Messiah Lutheran. Judy died in December 2014 after a long battle with breast cancer. Follo...
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Rev. Ron Werner, ELCA Pastor Developer for Millennial Engagement in Portland will be guest preacher July 1 and 2 at Messiah

Saturday Service, July 1, at 5:00p at HD and Sunday Service, July 2 at 10:00a at NCC    Ron's specific call is to bring together people in the first half of life to explore and experiment with spirituality, community building, and collective action. In light of Messiah's recent discernment process, we have invited Ron ...
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