MInistry


16
Oct 2020
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Dear ones, Wednesday evening, the council met in a specially called meeting to discuss expanding our worship capacity (a move to Phase 2). We are aware that the numbers are going up in Knox County and we are watching the benchmarks carefully, but based on the survey responses so far we have agreed that it is time to begin welcoming up to 50 people in worship on a Sunday morning. We will begin that experiment on October 25, Reformation Sunday.  The Five Core Actions will be required for safety (stay home if......

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13
Sep 2020
This Week at Messiah

TUESDAY, September 15 10:00 am – WELCA Bible Study Follow-Up via Zoom 6:30 pm – Congregation Council via Zoom 8:30 pm – Diversity & Justice Meeting WEDNESDAY, September 16 10:00 am – Pericope Bible Study via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89999226752?pwd=dlM3OTJ6bWMzWkdPcEFKNCtYT1NKUT09 THURSDAY, September 17 12:00 pm OWLs Luncheon via Zoom In observance of Suicide Prevention Month, Dr. Bob DuBois from UT will be our guest speaker. The subject will be “How to talk with someone who is having suicidal thoughts and how to help.”  Invitations to the Zoom meeting will be sent via email. 6:30......

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30
Aug 2020
Wildfire Relief

From Lutheran Disaster Response… “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). Friends, Fueled by a heat wave and ignited by lightning strikes, some of the worst wildfires in California’s history have erupted across the state. At least four people have died, tens of thousands of people are under evacuation orders,......

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10
Jul 2020
Weekly Minute with Pastor Susan

Dear ones, This fight against Covid has gotten really personal for me. My brother, John Thisell, lost his life to complications of this disease on Sunday (the day before his 63rd birthday), after 4 weeks in ICU, three of which he was on a ventilator. He leaves behind his grieving widow, 2 beloved step-children and daughter in-law, our mother, my sister and me, 5 nieces and nephews, and a plethora of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who love and miss him. The world feels so empty without him in it, but I......

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03
Jul 2020
Weekly Minute with Pastor Susan

Dear ones, I pray that you are all staying well and avoiding high risk places and activities as we move into our fifth month of this new, crazy life I’ve begun calling “Covid-Chaos 2020.” For many (if not most) of us this has added a layer of stress to our already complex lives. We know that intermittent stress can be good for us (that’s another article) but when it becomes chronic it can affect all aspects of our health. So please remember to do the things that keep you grounded in life......

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