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14
Apr 2019
Adult Sunday School Series

Caring for Our Neighbors in Need This class will run for three weeks beginning Sunday, April 28. Members of Messiah’s Benevolence Team (Gloria Frye and Kristin Kennedy) will lead the sessions with guest speakers from Compassion Coalition and Knoxville Police Department. WEEK 1–April 28. Carolyn Hansen of Compassion Coalition will be with us to share her wealth of knowledge and experience from her years working at Compassion Coalition. She will bring thoughts and perspective on how to respond to and help those less fortunate in our community. She will give us an......

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10
Apr 2019
A Message from Your Council President

Beth Ford, 2019 Council President It took Samuel three times, but he finally knew that it was the voice of God calling him. Samuel loved and obeyed God, but the first thing that he had to do was listen and hear. The story of the little boy Samuel has been persistently in my mind as we move through our interim time together. The most important question that we pray to be able to answer is “What is God calling us to do?” Like Samuel, we love God, and we want to be......

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09
Apr 2019
From the Pastor

Reverend Larry K. Richardson We enter the month of April deep in Lent and exit with the celebration of Easter. A significant spiritual transition, not unlike our daily transition from sleep of night to a new day. We are not, however, asleep during Lent; it is rather a time to consider our Baptism into Christ and our new life in Christ. In fact, the quality of our Lenten journey determines the joy of our Easter. We are called to contemplate our mortality on Ash Wednesday and continue to contemplate our life journey......

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09
Apr 2019
Creative Worship Arts

Joan McGinnis, Director of Music Throughout the centuries, people have worshipped in many different places. These include deserts, along side rivers, in the catacombs and prisons of Rome and in great cathedrals. Each space brings something special to those who are there, whether it be the grandeur of the open sky, the quiet singing in a cave or the booming organ of a large church. At Messiah, we continue the practice of using our worship spaces in ways that share the gospel, allow for meditation and lift our hearts and minds in......

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05
Feb 2019
Devotions on our Proposed Mission Statement

By Jenny Adams As I was contemplating our proposed new mission statement I decided to break it down, look up definitions of each word, and see if I could find something on the ELCA website that would support it. I was pleased to find not only validation for each section of the statement but also explanations that enhanced my understanding of it. I have provided the definitions and the corresponding support below. Each definition is from Google dictionary and the corresponding paragraphs are from the ELCA website. Proclaim – announce officially or......

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05
Feb 2019
Health Notes from the Parish Nurse

By Mary Sophia Hawks– RN, BSN, FCN – Parish Nurse Upcoming Fairs This is Your Lifetime! This is Your lifetime! is the new title for our upcoming “fairs.” Our health fairs are now an educational series covering birth to retirement and beyond. Part I: Birth thru Pre-K Saturday, March 2, 2019 — 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Topics will include developmental milestones, stimulating your child, parenting styles, vaccinations, doctor visits, electronics, preparing for school, social behaviors, and how faith and faith communities play a role. Discussions on parenting issues will be encouraged.......

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03
Feb 2019
From The Pastor

By Pastor Larry Richardson As I sit writing this column, it’s 46 degrees and sunny outside. Tomorrow we are due for 17 degrees and 2.5 inches of snow. Of course, that may not happen, but I have grown more confident in weather forecasts in the past few years. Radar and constant ground station information has made forecasting future weather events much more precise. It brings to mind a famous story about a Minnesota snow storm that happened to occur on a Sunday morning. The snow was deep, the winds were high, and......

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01
Feb 2019
The OWLs Program

The OWLs (Older Wiser Lutherans) Ministry is tailored to individuals over the age of 55, especially those of retirement age and older. This ministry is made possible by a generous endowment fund established by Kathleen and Merton Badenhop. Messiah has used these funds to hire Mary Sophia Hawks, BSN, RN, FCN, as Parish Nurse and provide her with tools to care for our elders. The fund also allows us to provide her with administrative support. We have used the funds to provide the monthly OWLs luncheon, which also features a speaker, health......

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31
Jan 2019
A Message from your Council President

By Beth Ford It is that time of year again. Did we not just finish 2017? How did 2018 pass so quickly? It is a logical time to consider all the gifts that we were given in 2018 and how we shared those gifts. It is, also, the time to think about how we can better serve God in 2019. In 2018, our Messiah family grew. When it could have been a temptation to sit back and feel sorry for ourselves, no one gave in to that as a possibility. We became......

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31
Jan 2019
From the Pastor

I recently had a medical checkup, (turned out OK), that included a memory check. I sometimes forget where I parked my car when I visit the mall or the hospital so I, (and some of my friends), thought it would be a good idea to see if I was losing my mind. After answering about an hour’s worth of questions, the doctor came to the conclusion that my memory was fine, I just didn’t pay attention! (Something my wife has been saying for years.) Still, as my wife pointed out, it could......

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