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24
Jun 2020
GivePlus Text is Here!

Messiah Lutheran Church can now receive your contribution via text message.   Simply dial : 833-751-0311 (This is a dedicated number for Messiah) Getting Started:   Enter the 10-digit GivePlus Text number above and the amount you wish to donate, then press send. Register… You will receive a Vanco registration link. Click the link and enter your contact and payment information. Tap “Process” Give… After registration is complete you will receive a verification text as well as a receipt via email. Repeat… For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give,......

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23
Jun 2020
An Invitation from the Fellowship Team

As we approach our third month of “social distancing,” Messiah’s Fellowship Team is exploring ways to stay connected with our community of faith.  We hope to organize a series of Virtual Social Hours…a time for groups of 5-7 people to come together via ZOOM, enjoy conversation, share food and beverage, and fellowship with one another. If you are interested in participating in a group, please EMAIL ANNE TINKER....

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23
Jun 2020
A Note from the Church Office

There are so many in need and so much information about what is happening around Covid-19 out there these days that it’s hard to keep up with it all. And it’s even more difficult for us to disseminate information that comes to us but which may have particular interest to you individually.  So why not sign up to receive at least two informative newsletters yourselves? Compassion Coalition’s Monday afternoon Bulletin Board provides up-to-date information on individuals and agencies needing assistance, volunteers, food pantries that are available, and many other tidbits of local news......

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19
Jun 2020
A Note from the Parish Nurse

Greetings from your parish nurse!  I pray all of you are well and making wise decisions, even though they are difficult ones to make. Did you remember that Messiah houses a medical equipment lending library? We have straight walkers, rolling walkers, wheelchairs, bedside commodes, shower chairs, and handrails for the bed. Did you know that if you remove the bucket, a bedside commode can be placed over your toilet and provide a raised seat and arms? All of these items are available for lending, free of charge, as part of the Badenhop......

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18
Jun 2020
Weekly Minute From Pastor Susan

Thanks to all who made possible the commemoration of the Emanuel Nine and lament for the lives lost to the sins of racism and white supremacy. Special thanks to our guest soloist Janine Fuller, who moved us greatly with her music and her willingness to be present. Despite our technical problems that delayed the start of the service and the unusual length due to the extra litanies, many of you stuck with us. I hope it was a meaningful time for each of you. The service was recorded and is available on......

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18
Jun 2020
YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley 21-Day Challenge

Join the YWCA team in a 21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participants are asked to complete activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and......

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16
Jun 2020
Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Wondering when we’ll all see each other in person again? Pastor Susan and the Messiah COVID team have been working on a plan and would like to share it with you. WHEN: 11:30 a.m., Sunday, June 21, after the online service has ended WHERE: Online through Zoom WHAT: We’ll review the plan, answer some questions, and wish all the dads a happy Father’s Day.  RSVP to the church office with your email address, so we can send you an Zoom invite. We’ll send more information soon on how to join the meeting, where to review the plan......

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16
Jun 2020
World Refugee Day

COME CELEBRATE WITH US! Please join us in a unique, virtual celebration of our refugee communities in East Tennessee—World Refugee Day: Together at Home. You will have the chance to experience the local diversity and contributions refugees make in a unique way—via live online broadcast. There will be client stories, language lessons, fashion and music. Learn to make Ajiaco from Columbia and Mandazi Congo-style, grab a pot or a bucket for an East African drum lesson, try a DIY henna tattoo. There will be music, gardening, community shout-outs to our refugee friends—and, of......

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13
Jun 2020
Weekly Minute with Pastor Susan

Join us this Sunday at 10 a.m. as we commemorate the 5th anniversary (June 17) of the Charleston Shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church, and also lament the loss of innocent black and brown lives. We will confess our complicity, conscious or unconscious, with racist systems informed by white supremacy and ask for forgiveness. We will explore ways that we can support our black and brown siblings in the fight for justice. And we will praise God that we are given opportunities again and again to learn more about God and each......

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12
Jun 2020
A Note From The Parish Nurse

God’s blessings to each of you!  As I watch my container garden grow with yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil, I am reminded of God’s loving care for us. God knows just what my garden needs. Food, water, soil, and light. Just as God knows what each plant needs, He knows what each of you need. Food, both physical and spiritual; water, both physical and transformational; soil, both physical roots and spiritual grounding; and LIGHT, both physical, spiritual, and God’s word. During this time of the unknown, where everything changes day......

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