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Wednesday bible study underway

The Wednesday Bible Study with Pastor Dave is underway and had a great turnout at the first session! All are welcome to join in anytime with no commitment. Each week the study will go over the bible lessons for the coming Sunday with a study sheet provided weekly. The group meets each Wednesday at 2pm in the fellowship hall of Messiah Hazel Dell.

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Ministry Site Profile feedback opportunities Feb 19, 26, 28

Following the Messiah Annual meeting, the Ministry Site Profile team will be offering several chances for the congregation to give feedback on the Ministry Site Profile which will be sent to the Synod as part of the pastoral transition process. There will be three opportunities to provide direct feedback over the course of February. The first meeti...

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Make plans to attend Messiah's annual meeting, February 5, 2023

Make plans to attend Messiah's annual meeting at 11:45am on February 5, 2023 in the Hazel Dell church sanctuary.  This meeting will be in person only, there will be no online option. The meeting will include a vote to revise the church constitution, reports from the Church Leadership team and staff and updates on the site ministry profile and ...

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Learn more about Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO)

Winter Hospitality Overflow Opportunities Messiah Lutheran has been involved with supporting WHO since its inception in 2003. Two of our sister churches, St. Andrew Lutheran in Orchards and St. Paul Lutheran in downtown Vancouver, agreed to provide space for this ministry in their church facilities From November 1 through March 31 during the coldes...

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Pr. Dave at Bishop's Convocation this week

This week I'll be at the SWWA Synod Bishop's Convocation in Seabeck, WA. The Bishop's Convocation is an annual event in which our synodical bishop, currently Bp. Rick Jaech, calls all of our deacons and pastors together to "build a greater sense of community and be deepened in our theological, spiritual and educational formation." I ...

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Bible Study with Pr. Dave begins January 25 at 2pm

Happy New Year!! 2023 would be a great year to invest in some noggin nuddlin' with Pr. Dave!! Face to Face Bible Study - Yea!!This past Fall we had a second, virtual, book group that paralleled our Tuesday Study. This group met Wednesday mornings. However, this study used to be Face to Face, and a Bible Study to boot. So, we're returning ...

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New website launches for Messiah Preschool

Messiah Preschool has had many things over the years. Support from the congregation, amazing students, caring staff. What it hasn't had is its own stand-alone website. Until now. Messiahpreschoolvancouver.org launched last week, giving the preschool its first stand-alone web presence since its founding. The new website will be the home for all info...

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Messiah hosts Godly Play training January 27-28

Messiah is excited to be hosting a Godly Play training at Messiah this January! This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning about Godly Play, regardless of your experience and familiarity with the program. As Messiah prepares to reboot the Godly Play program in the near future, there will be many volunteer opportunities...

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Endowment Committee disperses all funds for 2022

Endowment Committee Grant Request for last Fall The Endowment Committee met Dec 4 and considered the requests that had been received. The following were approved by the committee and then were also approved by the CLT. $4000 will be sent to Compassion International which will provide food for 80 families for one month overseas. Because fair trade c...

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Vegetable gardening ministry, From Seed to Harvest, meets January 28

The Messiah vegetable gardening ministry, From Seed to Harvest, will have our first meeting of the year on Saturday, January 28 at 9:30 AM in the sanctuary at Hazel Dell campus. If you are planning or even thinking about growing veggies this year, please plan to attend. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to do some growing but don't have space ...

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Young Adult New Year celebration January 8

Young adults are invited to celebrate the New Year this Sunday, January 8th from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM! Pizza will be provided, but please bring a food item to share with the group. There will also be a White Elephant gift exchange, so please bring a gift (approximately $5 value) to swap. The gathering will be at 1017 NW 94th St. Vancouver, WA, 98...

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Can-Am Book group continues reading 'Seeing Gray in a Black and White World' January 4

The Can-Am Book group will continue reading Part III of "Seeing Gray in a Black and White World" by Adam Hamilton and will be meeting Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am via Zoom beginning January 4.  Contact is Julie Backous, 360-910-2022. 

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Tuesday morning book group to discuss 'The Flag, the Cross and the Station Wagon' beginning Jan. 10

The Tuesday and Wednesday morning bookgroups just finished Refugias Faith by Debra Rienstra. Thank you to all who participated. Beginning Tuesday, Janaury 10, at 6 AM the Tuesday morning bookgroup will be discussing The Flag, the Cross and the Station Wagon by Bill McKibben. It's available in digital, paper and audio versions at Amazon, and it...

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Notice to Members of the Congregation on vote for revising constitution

Notice to Members of the Congregation: The ELCA, in Churchwide Assembly, has approved revisions to the constitution of the Church. Messiah Lutheran Church has our Annual Meeting called for February 5, 2023, during which we will need to vote on revising our constitution to conform to that of the Southwestern Washington Synod. Link to constitution as...

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Chatter books begins new year Jan. 4 to discuss 'The Light Between Oceans'

The Chatter Books book group (formerly Pastor Kathy's book group) has been meeting continuously for the last nine years, maintaining contact via Zoom during the pandemic.  They have read nearly 100 books during their tenure from many different genres, which include the classics, mysteries, fiction and non fiction and have explored some of the ...

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Leah Gonzales joins Messiah staff

Leah Gonzalez is Messiah's new Administrative Assistant. She will be in the front office Monday - Thursday from 9am - Noon.  Please welcome Leah! 

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New Year's Resolve

I would like to add my personal "Thank You" to that of the entire staff for the wonderful Christmas Season with all of you. Thank you for your support, your various forms of service and help, and thank you for your gift of time and presence through the whole of the Advent/Christmas cycle. It's been wonderful. By extension I wish to also thank you f...

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Thank you for a wonderful Christmas season

The staff of Messiah Lutheran Church extend their deepest thanks and gratitude to all who helped in big ways and small with their time, talents and presence to make this Christmas season special at Messiah.While the weather may have made things challenging this year, we still consider ourselves truly blessed.  Whether you were a long time memb...

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Weather cancellations update: Christmas Eve 2022 worship at Messiah

Update: Due to persistently icy conditions at Windy Hills Winery in Ridgefield, the 4pm Service at Messiah North has also been cancelled. Due to icy weather conditions the 10:30am service and 2:00pm service at Messiah Hazel Dell have been cancelled.  All are welcome to join in worship at the  7pm service at Messiah Hazel Dell. For th...

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Church office closed Dec. 26-Jan.2

The Messiah Church office will be closed from Dec. 26-Jan. 2. While the office is closed, voicemail messages will be checked regularly. Additionally, in the event of urgent pastoral needs, please email Pastor Dave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Pastor Tom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Change to church door locking procedures during worship

Messiah is always evaluating procedures surrounding access to the Church building and campus buildings.  To allow for a better guest experience and provide more consistent security during worship, effective immediately the side doors to the church will be locked shortly after the start of worship on Sunday.  To access the church building,...

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Poinsettias available to order for Christmas Eve services

Order your poinsettia to grace Messiah Christmas Eve services.  The cost is $15 each.  You may also/instead make a contribution toward Christmas decorations for the holiday season.  Poinsettias and decorations may be placed in memory or honor of loved ones (these will be noted in the Christmas Eve bulletin.) Online order form for Poi...

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Comfort and Hope Service Dec. 21

You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm 18:28 A Winter Solstice Service Offering Comfort and Hope during the year's longest night: Wednesday, December 21 at 3PM Hazel Dell sanctuary Time with God and others to unburden yourself of life's stresses and sorrows. Time to feel enveloped in God's love and be consoled. ...

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Messiah's Advent and Holiday worship schedule

December and the Advent season at Messiah will feature multiple opportunities for Christmas Eve worship, the annual special Comfort and Hope service, as well as services on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The worship schedule is as follows: Dec 21- Comfort and Hope Service Messiah Hazel Dell 3pm (also livestreamed) A special service for anyone wh...

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Chatterbooks book selections for December, January

Chatter Books will be reading The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston for December 8th. Judy Duncan has several copies available. She can be contacted at 360-991-8146 to arrange for book pickup. For January, the group will readThe Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman for the January 4th discussion. Judy Duncan has several copies that ca...

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Lost and Founds items to be donated if not claimed

Messiah has accumulated many Lost and Found items.  If you are looking for an item, please contact the main office at 360.574.7081.  Items not claimed by December 18 will be donated.

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Giving Tree up at Messiah Hazel Dell

The giving tree at Messiah is now up and displayed in the church Narthex. Tags on the giving tree display gifts that can help families and children in need this Christmas season. All gifts for the giving tree must be returned unwrapped to the church office by Dec. 7 with the giving tree tag attached to the item.

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Advent 2022-Waking up to Hope

Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn is a beautiful Advent hymn by Marty Haugen, and captures much of the prophet Isaiah's witness to the coming hope and anticipation of the Messiah. Advent is a season of looking forward and looking back. Looking forward to Christmas obviously and the celebration of the Incarnate one born in Bethlehem. In retrospec...

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Messiah North collecting gifts for Ridgefield Family Resource Center

by Julie Backous  One of the missions supported by Messiah is the Ridgefield Family Resource Center, located at the Ridgefield School District's district office at the RACC on Pioneer in Ridgefield. This busy center serves many families in need, especially this time of year. Messiah has helped with the Family Event each Christmas for the past ...

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Godly Play Wednesday evenings during Advent

Children ages three years old through fifth grade are invited to join us for an Advent Godly Play series! This will be a 3-week series on Wednesday evenings meeting from 6:00-7:00 PM, starting on November 30th and ending on December 14th. We will meet in the lower level Godly Play classrooms at Messiah Lutheran Church. This opportunity will be a fu...

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Pie Fest returns after Thanksgiving Eve Worship November 23

Annual favorite Pie Fest returns to Messiah after a two year hiatus after Thanksgiving Eve Worship on November 23. Thanksgiving Eve worship will be at Messiah Hazel Dell at 6pm. After worship, join in for Pie Fest and sample some delicious pies! If you are able to bring a pie for the pie fest, please bring it pre-cut to the lower level kitchen of t...

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Staffing change in Messiah's front office

Maria Kramer will continue in her role as Director of Worship and Music, but she has resigned her role as Administrative Assistant.  Messiah is thankful to Maria and also thankful we will continue to see her around.  For the time being when you call the church office or stop in, you will see a friendly Messiah volunteer. 

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Stewardship 2023: The Power of Wealth in Holy Hands

You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth; that He may confirm His covenant, which He swore to your fathers, as at this day.  Deuteronomy 8:18 In Holy Hands During the last few weeks, we have been discussing the power God gives us through Word and Sacrament. Simple elements like water, bread, and wine...

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Messiah staff, leadership, gather to develop "road map"

Messiah staff and leadership met October 29 for a retreat to help guide the process of moving the congregation toward a new pastor. Pastor Dave facilitated the meeting and provided thought provoking exercises to help participants gain an understanding of what the congregation could be feeling during this time of change and to help chart the path fo...

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A special All Saints service at Messiah North

by Julie Backous Messiah North had a very special service on Sunday, November 6.  As we gathered to celebrate All Saints Sunday with light and candles, a large power outage "blew out" the lights and sound system for most of the service.  We made the best of it with the candles brought for All Saints Sunday, and, as Pastor Dave remarked, "...

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Messiah pays tribute to those who have served

by Laurie Ricket In 2004 the Messiah family had young members who were in the military and were deployed in harms way. Marian Erikson and I (Laurie Ricket) were on the Capital Campaign Committee together and whether it was to do with the campaign or not, I do not remember, but we decided to set up a display inviting Messiah's members to pray for ou...

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Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade coffee now being offered Sunday mornings at Messiah Hazel Dell

Messiah has new coffee on Sunday mornings at Hazel Dell.  It's Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Fair Trade coffee.  Fair Trade is not only a better grade of coffee, it is also better for the farmers.LWR Farmers Market Coffee is sourced directly from coffee farmers participating in LWR projects.  Every delicious cup helps transform poor co...

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Treat Street a spook-tacular success

The annual treat street celebration on October 30 was a rousing success. Around 100 children and families visited the Messiah Hazel Dell parking lot which was full of ghosts, dragons, dinosaurs, super heroes, princesses and everything in between. Pastor Dave was also on hand to provide blessings for four legged friends and numerous volunteers gave ...

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The Ongoing Reformation

October 9 - "Storied Water" (Baptism) in which we died to this dysfunctional social matrix and were reborn in the faith, committed to the "Creation Community" spoken into life by God.October 16 - The story itself, written, spoken and walking among us in he person of Jesus Christ. October 23 - Of wheat and wine, feasting on bread made by our co...

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Vegetable gardening ministry meets October 29

From Seed to Harvest (the vegetable gardening ministry), will be meeting on Saturday, October 29 at 9:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall at Hazel Dell. The meeting will conclude at 11 AM. This gathering is open to anyone. If you'd like to learn more about growing veggies at home or contribute some of your knowledge to others, we'd love to see you. Believ...

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Can-Am Small Group reads "Seeing Gray in a Black and White World"

The Can-Am Small Group is starting a new book after our summer study of "Wholehearted Faith" by Rachel Held Evans.New Book Study: "Seeing Gray in a Black and White World: Thoughts on Religion, Morality and Politics " by Adam Hamilton.When: Every Wednesday at 1:00 pm1.5 hours (Zoom only)Can-Am Small Group(Canada-America Group) with our friends from ...

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Messiah's Confirmation Program

My thanks to Ben McCarty, Messiah's Digital Media Coordinator, for helping me with posts about what's going on at church. AND, of course, keeping the website up, getting the Northern Highlights out, etc. One of my more joyful duties as one of your interim pastors is to teach confirmation. Our program is a three year program with rotating emphases. ...

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What's a "Refugia?!"

This Tuesday and Wednesday - at 6 AM and 10 AM respectively - I am offering a book study opportunity. I'd love to have you join us! Our book is called Refugia Faith: : Seeking Hidden Shelters, Ordinary Wonders, and the Healing of the Earth by Debra Rienstra.  Amazon says, "Refugia (reh-FU-jee-ah) is a biological term describing place...

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Are you ready for the return of Treat Street?

Treat Street will be an outdoor event for all ages on Sunday, October 30th from 3:30-5:00 PM. All are welcome to join in the fun by walking or driving through the decorated parking lot at Messiah. Volunteers are needed to decorate a parking spot, direct participants, and hand out treats. If you are able to help, please contact Tori Beavin at torib@...

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Chatterbooks reads Lincoln in the Bardo for November

 It's official. The name for Messiah's monthly book group is Chatterbooks. The book for November is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Judy Duncan has graciously checked out a kit from Vancouver Public Libraries and has several copies on hand for check out. She can be contacted at 360-991-8146 via text to arrange for ...

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Middle and High School Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch trip to Bi-Zi farms October 23

 Middle and High Schoolers are invited to join us for a fun afternoon at Bi-Zi Farms on Sunday, October 23rd. Please join us for worship at 10:30 AM, and then we will head over to Bi-Zi Farms together around 11:30 AM.  We will enjoy the corn maze, pick out a pumpkin to take home, and have fun with the group! Please dress for the weather, ...

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Letter to the Congregation from the President of the Church Leadership Team regarding the development of the Ministry Site Profile statement

: Greetings from the Church Leadership Team. The Church Leadership Team (CLT) met Tuesday, October 4, 2022. Attending the meeting were the leadership team, our lead interim pastor Pr. Dave, and two representatives of our Ministry Site Profile (MSP) committee. As you know the congregation is in a transition period, served by interim pastors, while w...

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Bell choir returns

Are you the sort of person who believes that hand bells make everything better? Messiah has just the opportunity for you to try! The Messiah Handbell choir is resuming, with practices on Mondays at 7pm at Messiah Hazel Dell.  If you would like to give it a try, or want more information, contact Maria Kramer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Adult book/bible study resumes Oct. 11-12

After a pair of informational meetings last week, the adult bible/book study group will be resuming via Zoom with two meeting opportunities each week.  Pastor Dave sends thanks to those  those who were able to make our informational Zoom meetings this past Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  The group will meet starting Tuesday, October...

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"God Writes Straight With Crooked Lines "Or How Messiah Became Part of God's Plan

by Janet Borst Messiah welcomed its last Afghan refugee in August with a refrigerator stocked and pantry full of food. Since then the federal government has not sent Afghan refugees to Clark County and it appears that there will not be more soon. However, the refugee fund still had a tidy sum of funds. Perhaps you might be interested in the history...

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Dive deeper into the power of gifts of faith during special worship series

This October Pr. Dave and Pr. Tom will be delivering a special worship series delving into the power of our ministries and how different aspects of faith apply to our lives. Each Sunday will focus around a "sacramental" theme which will be represented with a tangible symbol of that week's theme. For example, the first week, October 9, will be discu...

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Hearing The Great Commission refreshed and "refleshed"!

Pastor Dave recalled for us this week the potential or power that the congregation assumes with the gifts of the Holy Spirit in fulfillment of our Kingdom ministry. Together the church baptizes and communes, and teaches and preaches, and serves and preserves for the sake of all the nations. This is not a matter of one or two pastors or a couple of ...

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Size Matters? - Not!!

Speakers In Luke 15 people are coming to listen to Jesus and those in power - the Scribes and Pharisees - grumble. They don't like it. So, Jesus shares his perspectives on rich people and that's what I've preached on the last two weeks. Before this Pr. Tom had set these lessons up beautifully by talking about Christians as "pointless...

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Treat Street is Coming October 30

Treat Street is Coming! Sunday, October 30 from 3:30 - 5:00pm outdoors at Messiah Hazel Dell. Mark your calendars for this fun event for all ages!  Help is needed decorating a parking spot, directing participants and/or handing out treats. If you are able to help, please contact Jessica Potts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Donations of non-...

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Bible Giveaway for 3 year-olds and 3rd Graders Sunday, Oct. 16 at both campuses

 Do you have a 3 year old or current 3rd grader (or a child who didn't receive a Bible as a 3 year old or 3rd grader)?  If so, Messiah would love to present these children with Bibles on Sunday, October 16.  To help us prepare for the correct number of Bibles, please contact Tori Beavin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know ...

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Interested in an Adult Bible/Book study this fall? Pr. Dave wants to hear your thoughts

Adult Education/Book Study Opportunity Pastor Dave would like to meet (via Zoom) and discuss interest in an Adult Bible/Book Study this fall.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please join in the Zoom meeting on Tuesday, October 4 at 6am or Wednesday, October 5 at 10am.  Please contact the front office at office@messiahvanco...

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Want to be a lunch buddy? One Mile Mission schools need you!

The One Mile Mission Elementary Schools are in need of "Lunch Buddies." Lunch Buddies sit and have lunch with a student once a week. This is just a time to chat and maybe play a game. If you are interested or to learn more, please contact Jessica Potts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the Outreach Ministries page for more One Mile Mission Op...

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Pancake breakfast fundraiser for Winter Hospitality Overflow Oct. 15

A pancake breakfast fundraiser is being held at  local Applebees Restaurants on October 15 with proceeds benefiting the Winter Hospitality Overflow Shelters.  Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO)  is a winter overflow shelter for members of the community who experiencing and homelessness and need refuge from the elements on any given ni...

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Make quilts for Lutheran World Relief Tuesday mornings at Messiah Hazel Dell

The Tuesday Morning Quilters are looking for others to join in making quilts for Lutheran World Relief. They meet at church every Tuesday morning at 9:15am. All experience levels welcome. You don't have to be a Messiah member to join so please invite your friends!  

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Somebody just doesn't like rich guys!

I try not to take this personally, but either Luke (the Gospel writer) or Jesus himself seems to have an issue with rich guys. My wife isn't sure I qualify but, you know, I have a job and a pension. What does it take?! Anyway, last Sunday the Gospel Lesson began, "There was a rich man who ..." and I had to talk about "dishonest wealth." Gotta say, ...

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Worship outdoors at Messiah North while the weather is nice

This weekend the weather is expected to be in the mid-80s in the area, but as everyone knows, those weather conditions won't last forever. At Messiah's North County Campus at Windy Hills Winery, guests will continue to worship outdoors while the weather is warm, but could be moving inside as weather conditions changes. The outdoor worship tent will...

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Book group continues with new name, same good reading

New Name…Same Good Reading The Book Group founded by former pastor Kathy continues with a new name. We are now Chatter Books (or Chatter Boox - spelling to be determined at our next meeting). Chatter Books is open to anyone interested in books in general or the specific book of the month. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. We ha...

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"Make friends with dishonest wealth!" - Really?

The Gospel Lesson this Sunday (September 18, 2022) is Luke 16:1-13. It's a story sometimes called The Parable of the Dishonest Manager. In it Jesus says that the "children of this age" are smarter than Christians. He also tells us to "make friends for ourselves by means of dishonest wealth." What the heck does that mean??! (In all honesty prea...

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Funds available for Endowment Grants

The Endowment Committee still has about $9,000 to distribute this year.  Requests for Grants are being accepted until our last deadline, Dec 1. The committee is particularly hoping to receive requests that deal with World Outreach Ministries and Missions.  (There are particular categories and percentages that the church's Constitution req...

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High school, confirmation, begin Sept. 14

Confirmation classes and high school youth get underway September 14. Both will meet at Messiah Hazel Dell.  Confirmation begins Sept. 14 at 6pm and High school at 7pm. For more information, contact Jessica Potts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Do you have the gift of musical talent? Consider using it with the Messiah worship band

Do you have the gift of musical talent? Do you dabble with the guitar, bass or other musical instrument?  The Messiah North worship band is looking for new members! Calling all singers, guitarists, bassists, pianists, percussionists, ukulele players, fiddlers, egg shaker extraordinaires… if you play an instrument or sing and you're looking for...

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Messiah musical groups practicing for fall season

The Messiah choir is currently practicing for the fall anthem season. All abilities are welcome to be a guest at rehearsal and try. No robes are required!  The choir practices on on Wednesdays at 7pm. The worship band is also always on the lookout for more members. Currently the band could use bass and guitar players. The worship band practice...

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Fall programming kickoff September 11

Messiah will kickoff fall programming with an carnival after worship on September 11. The 10:30 am September 11 worship service at Messiah Hazel Dell will also include a blessing of backpacks to celebrate the start of the school year.  After worship at 11:30am will be a carnival featuring $1 shaved ice from Kona ice. All are welcome to attend ...

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A fitting farewell to Pastors Peter and Kathy Braafladt

"Ok God, what now?" That question defined the past 28-years at Messiah Lutheran Church under the stewardship of Pastors Peter and Kathy Braafladt. As the congregation and Pastors said their goodbyes during a sending and celebration Sunday morning at Messiah's Hazel Dell campus, that same question popped up again and again-not out of concern or worr...

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Messiah's book club continues in September with "The Great Alone"

Messiah's book club will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of every month, and resume meeting in September after a summer hiatus. The book club will meet next on Wednesday, September 7 at 10am at Messiah Hazel Dell. This month the book club will be discussing "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah.

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Detour in place for worship at Messiah North this summer

Those worshiping at the Messiah North County Campus at Windy Hills Winery should plan to give themselves extra time to get to and from worship for the rest of the summer and into the fall. Road maintenance by Clark County has closed a portion of S Royale Rd, typically the most direct route to the Winery, from August 8 through early October. There a...

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Middle School and High School youth invited to Urban Walk at Vancouver Waterfront August 13

Youth Urban Walk. Saturday, August 13 from 1:30 - 3:00pm. All middle and high school youth are invited. Youth should meet and get picked up at the parking lot next to Who Song & Larry's on the Vancouver Waterfront (111 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver).  The group will walk along the water and stop at What a Catch where youth can purchase i...

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A message of thanks from Pastoral Intern Katie Hendrikson

Messiah, From the bottom of my heart—thank you. It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since I arrived in Vancouver and joined the incredible community that is Messiah Lutheran Church. On my first Sunday as pastoral intern, Pastor Peter made a comment during my installation… he said "She called this 'your congregation.' By the end of the...

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Pastor Dave Brauer-Rieke, Pastor Tom Tweed announced as Interim Pastors at Messiah

Beginning September 1, Messiah's pastoral team will be The Reverends Dave Brauer-Rieke and Tom Tweed. Pastor Dave will be the Lead Interim Pastor, focusing on worship, teaching and administration. Pastor Tom will be the Interim Pastor for Pastoral Care. They will both be preaching at Messiah North and Hazel Dell campuses. You will be able to g...

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Messiah Community continues to assist with resettling Afghans in Vancouver area

During the period of December 2021 through February 2022, Messiah helped Lutheran Community Services Refugee Service division settle 120 Afghan in the Vancouver area. We provided 5 days worth of food - both staples and fresh food - to tide the families over until they were able to apply and receive the federal benefits that would sustain them for a...

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An invitation to attend a special Brewed Theology August 23 featuring two renowned theologians

You are invited to attend a special Brewed Theology featuring two renowned theologians! You have probably heard that Peter and Kathy Braafladt are retiring from the Messiah Lutheran congregation after 28 years of serving the community.  Peter was the mastermind and architect behind Brewed Theology (formerly named Theology on Tap), which you ma...

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Farewell to Pastoral Intern Katie Aug. 14

The time has sadly come to say farewell to Katie Hendrikson, Messiah's Pastoral intern for the past year. The community will have the opportunity to say goodbye and wish her the best of luck as she goes through her first call process at the 9a service at Messiah North and the 10:30a service at Messiah Hazel Dell on August 14. There will be a sendin...

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You are invited try connecting with worship services in a whole new way in the A/V booth

Have you ever dreamed of operating sound and light boards? Of making sure the church looks and sounds its best during services? Of running a broadcast?Messiah is looking for volunteers to help out in the A/V booth! No experience necessary. Full training provided. Come learn new skills and connect with worship services in a whole new way!Call the of...

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Messiah Choir rehearsals resume July 20

The Messiah Choir is back in action!The choir will resume rehearsing July 20 at 7pm. That rehearsal and a rehearsal on July 27 will be to prepare for a memorial service on August 13.. Following that, the choir will continue to rehearse regular Sunday anthems on Wednesdays at 7pm starting Aug 3. Everyone is welcome to be be a guest and try...

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RSVP for Pastors' celebration!

Celebrate good times, come on! The flyer below contains details for Peter and Kathy Braafladt's retirement celebration on August 28th. Please RSVP using this Google form. As a token of our gratitude for Peter and Kathy, Messiah is giving them the gift of a travel fund for their retirement.  Your donation, however small or large, is always welc...

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Vacation Bible School seeks snacks

The Messiah Vacation Bible School team is seeking snack donations for Vacation Bible School.  Snacks items can be brought to Messiah during office hours or to any worship service. Snacks items needed no later than July 24. See the sheet below for requested snack items. You may also sign up online using this form to help avoid any snack duplica...

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August 31 Next deadline for Endowment Committee Funds

Grant Requests for funds from the Endowment Committee will be considered next at their meeting on Thursday, Sept 1. That means that all formal requests must be submitted by Wednesday, August 31. Both these dates are right before Labor Day weekend.  The Leadership Team will be meeting on the Tuesday after the holiday and all grant requests reco...

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Christ in Our Homes Third Quarter 2022 now available

The Christ in Our Homes Third Quarter 2022 Edition is now available for free. The July-August-September edition of the devotional book Christ in Our Home is available now for pick-up at church or by mail. To request a mailed copy, please get in touch with Maria the front office at 360-574-7081 or by email, and she'll make sure you get your booklet ...

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Godly Play Training June 29 at 1p at Messiah Hazel Dell

This Wednesday, Messiah will host a short, in-person Godly Play training. If you are interested in learning more about the Godly Play method and volunteering in the future, you are invited to try it out! If you have previously volunteered with Godly Play sessions, this will make a great refresher course. All are welcome to join in at Messiah's Haze...

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End-of-life planning series information and materials

For her internship project, Intern Pastor Katie Hendrikson developed a three-part series centered around preparing for one's end of life arrangements. This series engaged almost 100 participants across the three sessions and covered the topics of financial preparation, advanced care planning, and arrangements for bodily disposition and memorial ser...

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Worship together June 26

All guests are invited to worship together on June 26th. Both campuses will be worshiping together at the 10:30a service at Messiah Hazel Dell. The 10:30a service will be the only Messiah worship service that day.

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Jubilee Collective Holding Space luncheon w/Bishop Jaech, July 10

Jubilee Collective will be honored by a visit from Bishop Richard Jaech on July 10th, with the Bishop preaching at both Messiah North and the Hazel Dell campus. Please join at the Hazel Dell campus at 11:30am that day to share a lunch (provided by Jubilee Collective) and hold space for all who are working to build inclusion, not just in the church,...

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Endowment Committee Dispersal Story – Buddy Bench at Lake Shore Elementary

A "buddy bench" is sometimes called a friendship bench. It's a fairly new concept to foster inclusion and reduce loneliness among children. The bench is placed on the playground. When a child sits on the bench, it signals to all other children that that person is looking for a friend. Shy children, children new to the school, or children with ...

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One Mile Mission in action to celebrate grads, end of school year

One Mile Mission Volunteers have had a very busy week honoring graduates and helping One Mile Mission Schools celebrate the end of the school year. Last Friday, several volunteers served breakfast to graduates at Columbia River High School. That evening a group volunteered at the Eisenhower Elementary end of the school year dance. On Tuesday, Messi...

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New to Messiah? You are invited to be a guest at the newcomers dinner

Do you have questions about the mission and the ministries of Messiah? Are you a guest or a recent new member? We will be hosting a newcomers' dinner and discussion on Sunday, June 26th, at the Hazel Dell campus Fellowship Hall.  Dinner will start at 6pm, followed by a question and answer time with Pastor Peter. This is a great way to learn ab...

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Ministry Site Profile forums June 19 after worship, team requests your feedback in surveys

Ministry Site Profile forums for the Pastoral Transition process will be having forums after worship June 19 at both Messiah Hazel Dell and Messiah North campuses. The Ministry Site Profile team is also requesting feedback in through online surveys for the Pastoral Transition Process.  You will find links to both an original survey, as well as...

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Maria Kramer joins Messiah staff as Director of Worship and Music

Messiah is pleased to announce the newest addition to Messiah's staff. Maria Kramer has accepted the positions of Director of Worship and Music, leading music at Messiah North and Hazel Dell, and the Administrative Assistant position in the front office. The office will remain open 9am-noon, Monday-Thursday. Maria is from Bend, Oregon, where she se...

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Leading the band one last time

Sunday, May 29th, was Steve Holmberg's last weekend leading the worship band at Messiah North.  The band has been amazing under his watch and the Messiah North Community has been blessed to have him leading the band. Thank you for all of your efforts Steve!

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Messiah and Jubilee observe Pride Month starting this Sunday, June 5th

Messiah and Jubilee Collective mark the start of Pride Month with special prayers and refreshments this Sunday, June 5, at the Hazel Dell campus. 

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Kids 3-11 welcome to join in for Wednesdays @ Messiah starting June 22

Kids ages 3- 11 are welcome to join this summer for a time of Bible Stories, Crafts, Games and Fun during Wednesdays @ Messiah! June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13 from 9:30 - 11am in Messiah's gym. Parents and guardians can use this time to run errands or to connect with others over provided coffee and treats.  Volunteers will also be needed du...

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Braafladts' Sending and Celebrations scheduled for late August

Sending and Celebrations for Prs. Peter and Kathy Braafladt are scheduled for late August at both Messiah North and Messiah Hazel Dell. Look for more information in the near future. Sunday August 21st 9:00am Messiah North There will be a Sending ceremony at the Worship Service at Windy Hills Winery.  Plan to stay for refreshments and enjoy an ...

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Messiah North to begin worshiping in event tent May 29

Messiah North will start worshiping in the outdoor event tent at Windy Hills Winery  beginning May 29 at 9:00 am for the summer. Come enjoy the the best landscape of any congregation in the Pacific Northwest and worship with us in the fresh air and great outdoors!  It is suggested worshippers bring a light coat or jacket in case of weathe...

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VBS is back! Mark your calendars for July 25-29

VBS is Coming! Mark your calendars! Please mark your calendars for Messiah VBS, July 25 - 29, 2022. There will be a preschool program for children ages 3 (but must be age 4 by August 31, 2022) through 5, which will be held at the preschool, and an elementary program held at the church for those entering grades 1-5. This year we will have staff...

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Bi-Annual Meeting of the Congregation - June 5

Thank you for making plans to attend this twice-a-year Meeting of the Congregation on June 5, 2022 at 11:30 am. The event will be held both in-person at Messiah Hazel Dell, and online via Zoom. To participate online, you must register in advance. Once registered, you will be emailed the Zoom link for this online event. A few days before the meeting...

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Graduation Recognition Sunday June 12 10:30am service

Graduation Recognition Sunday June 12 at the 10:30am service Messiah would like to recognize all high school, college and higher education graduates. If you or a family member would like to participate in the celebration, please fill out the Graduate Recognition Form and return it to the main office by Wednesday, May 25. Please contact jessicap@mes...

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