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  • Mess iah Mes s enger

    Messiah Lutheran Church

    February, 2017

    Pastor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rev. Susanne Smith Youth Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Benz Organist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hal Morton Choir Director Administrator/Bookkeeper . . . . . . . . . .Dennis Wohlers Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Toni Landon Facilities . . . . . . Jerry & Kay Claussen, & Matt Mitchell Nursery Attendant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ashley Gerst Preschool Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margie Gerst, Director Aubrey Gerst, Deb Jensen, Krystal Klein 2016 Council Members: Joel Hanger-president, Mark Smith-vice-president, Steve Sanders-treasurer, Joanne Mohr-secretary, Deb Brinkley, Joy Shah, Christa Ruther, Carm McBeth, Dan Wiedemeier, Judy Stewart, Marcia Taeger, Rich Miller, Roger Hatteberg, John Larson

    Inside this issue:

    February Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

    Preschool News and

    More February Happenings . . . . . . . . . . .3

    Youth Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

    Stewardship Message from Marcia

    Wiedemeier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    Scheduled to Serve,

    Birthdays & Anniversaries . . . . . . . . . . . .6

    Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Staff and Council Members at Messiah

    We need to provide housing arrangements for approximately 60 young women, an evening meal the night

    of the performance, and breakfast the following morning. If you are able to house two or more student-

    singers, please phone Toni in the church office.

  • By the grace of God . . .

    Funeral - Ben Lundell 07/03/1922 - 01/05/2017

    Worship and celebration

    HOLY BAPTISM - We welcome into Gods family through the sacrament of Holy Baptism: Sean Scott Ganschow, baptized January 8, 2017, born April 28, 2016. Seans parents are Scott and Meghan Gan-schow. Sponsors for Sean are Shannon Ganschow and Jaime Ganschow.

    MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS On January 22, 2017, Joe and Paula DeJesus became members of Messiah. On January 29, 2017, the following will become members of Messiah: Mike and Erin Wolter and their children Josie and Ben; and Stan and Alesia Lehman. Be sure to meet and welcome our new members.

    SERVICE AND WITNESS

    MESSIAH will be packaging meals for TAKE AWAY HUNGER on Saturday, February 18th at 10 a.m. Please sign the sheet in the narthex if you plan on helping.

    TEACHING AND LEARNING

    SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS will be available in the narthex and church office in February for high school seniors and college students. The scholar-ship applications must be renewed each year. Com-pleted forms are due April 1st. Messiah offers schol-arship for members of the congregation who have been accepted into accredited institutions of higher learning. The undergraduate scholarship program includes accredited non-degree programs and tech-nical training.

    ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL/ADULT FORUM February 5 & 12: movie Babettes Feast

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    Dear Friends,

    Thank you for your gifts to ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response this past year.

    Thousands of families in the U.S. and around the world are living new lives by the work you help make possi-ble. With your generous gifts, you are sharing the hope and joy of Jesus each day.

    This is a picture of one small family, in one village, in one of the 60 or so countries where we have the opportunity to serve. Im struck by the joy of this family, despite the hardship of little rain and the challenge to grow enough to take to the market.

    This familys hard work, combined with your gifts, mobilized through the hands of those who serve in the name of Christ, has brought joy. Together, we have become bea-cons of hope and joy in the midst of troubles and challenges today. Thank you for joining this work.

    With gratitude, Dan The Rev. Dan Rift, Director ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

  • Messiah Preschool 3, 4 & 5-Year-old Sessions

    SHAPING FUTURES THROUGH FAITH BASED EDUCATION

    Messiahs funeral lunches and receptions are a gift to our members and friends at difficult times. If you have not helped with funeral lunches in the past, would you consider joining our call list now? You can provide a salad or dessert, or offer to help prepare and serve. You dont have to be available every time. To add your name to the funeral lunch/reception list, or to find out more, please call Marcia Wiedemeier at 319-752-5824. Supper and lunch groups have long been a mainstay of Messiahs fellowship. Are you interest-ed in joining an existing group or helping form a new group? Have a favorite restaurant youd like to meet other Messiah members at once a month, or would you like to have a group meet for a meal in homes? Joanne Mohr is happy to help your group get started. To find out more, call her at 319-752-2849.

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    We are busy learning about the Dinosaurs and their habits of the past through books, short videos, music, fingers plays, sand play digging up bones, water play washing them, play dough, painting scenery, playing with them in the block and puppet centers. We are also doing many winter science experiments with snow (when it comes), water and ice. We have many winter projects deco- rating the rooms and halls showing all our work. Snowpals of many kinds are dancing in our rooms. Starrs Nature Center Naturalist came to visit and do a penguin activity with the children involving an iceburg, an ocean, fish and them being the

    penguin to get to add and subtract (by eating) the fishes jumping into the ocean. Great fun and learning experience. We also participated in the National School Choice Campaign. Each child was given a beautiful scarf and a letter thanking their parents for choosing Messiah Preschool for their childs first school experience. If you are interested in providing tuition for a preschooler next session or making a donation to the preschool fund, please see Ms. Margie.

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    Preschool & Elementary Ministry

    LIFT is an educational program for children 3 years6th grade. This program is a joint minis-try among the Lutheran churches of Burlington. Our next LIFT is February 12th from 5:00-6:45pm at Trinity Lutheran. Supper is provided. All are welcome.

    Meal Time Prayer Good and gracious God, thank you for the food we are about to eat and those we share it with. In your name we pray. Amen.

    Jr. High Ministry

    High School Ministry

    Confirmation meet in February: 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd

    Students and their family are encouraged to attend the 3rd Wednesday worship on 2/15.

    Dinner 6pm & Worship 7pm

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    A Stewardship Message from Marcia Wiedemeier

    Good morning! Are we good stewards of Messiah, its members, our community and our world?

    When considering this question, we need to take inventory of the many facets of our ministry and its contributions.

    Sometimes I think we take for granted not only the beauty of our church, but the many ways it serves our congregation, our community and our world. We sit in our pew feeling warm and cozy and assume it will be here for us every Sunday.

    Our building of brick and mortar isnt only beautiful, but is home base for many worthwhile organizations and groups that benefit others.

    Consider the following ways we provide a haven and service to others in Gods name:

    Take Away Hunger feeds the hungry in all parts of our world

    Messiah Preschool shapes futures through faith based education.

    Piecemakers provide quilts to the needy in far away places

    Coptic Christians utilize our space to practice their faith

    AlAnon meetings provide hope and understanding to family members affected by substance abuse

    P.E.O. meets to enable financial assistance to women furthering their education

    Community Action, Salvation Army and Homeless Shelter all benefit from our dona- tions to their cause

    Funerals and luncheons, weddings and receptions, and other family celebrations are so easily accommodated by our sanctuary and social hall. And no doubt Ive left out others.

    So you see, Messiah is a vital source of services in Gods name and calls to each of us to commit financially to its future. Please step up and consider how you can be counted in this time of stewardship campaign so we can further the responsible management of Messiah entrusted to our care.

    Marcia Wiedemeier

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    Scheduled to Serve in February

    8:00 SERVICE Greeter: February 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bonnie Kienlen Communion Assistant: February 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marge Classen February 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marilyn Demijan February 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cathy Borden February 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kathy Geren Lector: February 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bonnie Kienlen February 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marilyn Demijan February 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cathy Borden February 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Darwin Bunger

    10:30 SERVICE Ushers: Dan Wiedemeier (head usher), Chalmer

    Good, Christa Ruther, Mark Smi