Welcome To Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church
A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN – June 30, 2020
I have much information to share this week, and that heartens me. While we are indeed “Living on the Threshold” as our summer theme indicates, the work of the church continues in many wonderful ways. I am thrilled to see so much participation in worship, learning, fellowship and outreach even as we remain socially distanced. Thank you for all that you do to keep Messiah a vibrant, engaged faith community!
As I said, there is much that we are doing and many opportunities for you to be engaged and so please read through to the end so that you don’t miss a single one!
This week we will celebrate Holy Communion at our 10:00 am Zoom worship. Individual “loaves” of bread will be baked by Susan Roth and available at the Handicap Entrance to the sanctuary on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm. Take the amount that you need for your family. Feel free to check in with your friends and neighbors and deliver it to them if they could use that assistance. If you are unable to pick up bread, please know that bread you have on hand at home is perfectly acceptable to us. Please also have prepared enough wine or grape juice for your family to use for the sacrament.
Beginning Sunday evening (schedule follows), you are welcome to bring a lawn chair and meet at the main entrance of the church for a brief prayer service that will include prayers, scripture and a benediction. You must bring your own chair and face mask and we will ask that you remain 6 feet apart for the duration of the service. The schedule is as follows: Sunday evening at 5:00 pm, Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm, and Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9:00 am.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR JULY 12! We will hold a special congregational meeting via Zoom for the purpose of voting on a plan for lighting for our church parking lot. Please use the following connection to join in:
Meeting ID: 879 0356 1218 Passcode: 944223
An update on clergy visitation at our local hospitals. For your information, when you or a loved one are in the hospital for the foreseeable future, Pr. Hans and I will not be allowed to visit you. Current hospital policies dictate that you must indicate two people who will be allowed to visit. Naturally, if you indicate one of us, then we may see you. However, knowing that most people will list family, we want you to be aware that clergy are still prohibited from making visits. Please let us know if a member of your family is hospitalized, which hospital, and what room and we will be in touch by phone. We are sorry for this inconvenience, but acknowledge that it is for everyone’s safety and well-being.
Again, thank you for the many ways you are engaged in mission and ministry at Messiah.
Thursday Morning Bible Study is studying the book of James. All are welcome to join us every Thursday at 10 am. All you need is a Bible.
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81645249128
Meeting ID: 816 4524 9128
Study Opportunity Sundays from 7 pm- 8 pm through July 12 (with the exception of July 5) After surviving three years in concentration camps, psychiatrist Viktor Frankl wrote “Man’s Search for Meaning” based on his observations that those who were able to hold on to faith and hope in spite of the death and dying all around them, had better chances for survival. The book can be purchased from Amazon starting at $8.39 and at Barnes and Noble, starting at $11.99.
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88663658291
Meeting ID: 886 6365 8291
The Spiritual Growth Group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 pm – 8:15 pm, with the link remaining the same each week. The next meeting will be July 14. If you wish to receive the lesson in advance, contact Julie Gerstenberger.
Meeting ID: 971-654-509
Audio only participation:
Meeting ID: 971-654-509#
Work out together with the Ripples Chair Yoga Group, every Thursday at 9 am
Zoom meeting ID: 450-243-871
Sunday worship continues to be available to everyone at 10 am through the Internet or the phone. The links are the same for each week. If you have an internet connection, join via Zoom using this link: us04web.zoom.us/j/573579627 If you do not have internet access, you can listen to the service by dialing 270-2524. After the greeting, enter the conference ID of 291-1296 followed by the # key. At the prompt, state your name, and then press the # key again. If you are not able to join worship at 10 am, the service is recorded and can be accessed through Messiah’s Facebook page. Coffee hour will also be held after worship via zoom, using the following link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/367670353
Current needs for our food distribution are cereal, peanut butter, baked beans, pasta sauce, and personal products. Place items in the bin outside the handicapped entrance. You may also donate monetarily, making the check out to Messiah, writing “Food distribution” on the memo line. If you would like to donate gas cards, they may be placed in an envelope in the donation bin, or mailed to the church. Thanks!
Food Distribution continues by appointment Tuesdays 10 am - 12 pm and Thursdays 1 pm –
3 pm. If you or someone you know is in need of food, call the church office at 865-1866 x 2 to set up a time.
Ways we can be together
M – F Noon devotional reflections by Pr. Aileen and Willie on Face Book Live. They are recorded to be watched anytime after they appear.
Devotional Reflections on the Church Face Book page written by Pastor Mary Johnson.
Don’t forget to keep calling your friends to stay in touch!