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29
Jun 2018
Notes from the Parish Nurse

Focusing on Hope: A Six-Week Bereavement Workshop During this six-week workshop, through education and support, we will honor our individual grieving process as we learn to focus on hope while living with our loss. The definition of “loss” includes, a loss of a loved one, loss of a long-established situation, a relationship, a life-style change resulting in loss. This work shop is free of charge, open to all adults who are coping with loss. The Workshop will held on your choice of Mondays and Saturdays at Messiah Lutheran Church. Mondays Sept. 10......

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24
Jun 2018
A Message from Your Council President

Submitted by Beth Ford, 2018 Council President Thirteen cottage meetings. More than 100 participants. Members of the Messiah family for 50 years, and members of the family for one year. All with three important things in common—love for each other, love for this community of faith, and a deep love for all of God’s children. I am sure that I am not the only person who was not sure what to expect as we set off on this adventure of cottage meetings with people with whom we had not necessarily chosen to......

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17
Jun 2018
Health Notes from the Parish Nurse

Submitted by Mary Sophia Hawks, Parish Nurse In September, Jane Mason will begin leading a grief support group. Jane has a wonderful background in hospice, and has developed a grief support group for all kinds of grief. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a job, a pet, a mentor, or a life change, all are welcome. Community Cares will be bringing in a speaker on caregiving, more information to come. Messiah will be hosting a Health Fair on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (No UT game that day!) I am so......

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05
Jun 2018
From the Pastor

By: Pastor Larry Richardson, Interim Co-Minister One of my duties as interim co-pastor is to converse with members and former members in an attempt to determine how the congregation got from “there” to “here.” (The starting place is the decline in membership and worship attendance since 2012.) I started by contacting as many former members as I could and asking them to share with me their reasons for leaving Messiah. This information helps Pastor Norma and me (and you) chart a course of future action that will minimize the number of people......

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04
Jun 2018
Transition Ministry Checklist

We understand that all of you are anxious to have a new minister in the pulpit, but, as Pastor Norma explained last month,  there are good reasons for moving step by step through the ELCA recommended pastoral  transition process. Below is a link to the transition checklist, and the items that have been completed, or in progress. Transition Checklist...

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03
Jun 2018
Messiah's Cottage Meetings Wrap Up

Messiah’s Cottage Meetings have been completed. There were thirteen Cottage Meetings held between April 15 and May 13. These meetings were attended by 97 people, in small groups of between 6 and 10 attendees. Many thanks to the facilitators: Pastor Larry, Debbie Hampstead, Pastor Norma, and Marta Murrell; and many thanks to the hosts: Norm & Doris Featherston, Illy Wood, Georgia & Ray Phillippi, Mary Ellen Whitson, Larry & Deanna Moeller, Debbie & Bob Hampstead, Tim & Marta Murrell, Jaclyn Levy and Beth Ford & Mike Driskill. Discussion themes were varied. They......

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14
May 2018
Epiphanies from a Wildflower Hike

Submitted by Marta Murrell  | Photographs Courtesy of Larry Warren The day after the hike through the woods in Norris, planned and led by Larry Warren, and before my muscles had time to send signals to my brain about how sore they were, it struck me that in a way our Messiah community is in the woods. Things shifted in our shared faith home when our pastors left. It’s not like there were no  challenges before; some of our current challenges have existed for a while, and some others are new.  Maybe......

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13
May 2018
Health Notes &  Info from the Parish Nurse

I am excited to share with you that my position is now full-time, by decision of the OWLS task force and the Church Council. I am honored and blessed to be able to pursue this calling with all my attention. This will allow me to expand the Parish Nurse Program to include health fairs, grief support, caregiver support, and programs on transitions of life. You will also see more Health Notes in the Messenger My hours will be 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, with adjustments as needed. I encourage......

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12
May 2018
Step 3:  Ministry Assessment

We, here at Messiah, are now in Step 3 of the Transition process. Step 1 Current pastor resigns or retires … A celebration of ministry together. Step 2 Congregation receives Transition/Interim Pastor(s).   Step 3 of the Transition period includes a discernment process. During this time, the congregation, along with the Transition/Interim Pastor(s), addresses any issues and/or concerns that need resolution prior to initiating the call process. Also, during this time, the Transition/Interim Pastor(s) provide continuity for pastoral leadership and care. The role of the Transition/Interim Pastor(s) includes assisting the congregation in......

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11
May 2018
Transition at Messiah - Part#2

Both Pastor Larry and I have had specialized training in Interim Ministry. In our training (from different trainers, times and places) we were taught about the Five Primary Areas of Focus for Interim Ministry. We believe that it might be helpful for all of you to understand what Interim Ministry encompasses. Below is a brief description that we hope will help. Blessings to all as we travel this road of transition together, Pastor Norma Five Primary Areas of Focus during the discernment period of Transition Helping to organize and frame the work......

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