Saturday, April 24, 2010

Tweens Visit Huntsville Botanical Garden

This month, the Tweens of Messiah Lutheran Church visited the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.

The 112 acres of the Huntsville Botanical Gardens includes a seasonal butterfly house, and aquatic, annual, daylily, fern, herb, perennial, rose, and wildflower gardens, as well as a nature path and collection of flowering dogwood trees. Tremendous Treehouses offers fun, interactive hand-crafted tree houses for kids of all ages.

And many aren’t just your regular, run-of-the-mill backyard tree houses. Some were designed and built by local architects, builders and even a local high school! The tweens had a great time visiting the gardens and climbing in the tree houses.

The Tweens are one of the youth groups at Messiah Lutheran Church.  They are made up of children in the 3d, 4th, and 5th grade.  They usually conduct an activity each month.  In October they visited a corn maze.  If you would like to learn more about the Tweens, please contact the Messiah Lutheran Church Office at (256) 721-0041.  

Mission To Honduras

For several years now, Messiah Lutheran Church has been a sponsor of an important ministry called Lunches For Learning.  Throughout the year, Messiah Lutheran conducts fund raising events to raise the funds to support the program. And in November we celebrated our schools first group of 6th grade graduates.  This March, Claire Strand and Lois Graff made the first mission trip to visit our school in person.

The goal of the Lunches for learning program is simple. It offers the children a nutritious meal each day in school to encourage the children not to drop out in order to search for food. The program provides the raw ingredients for the meals and the parents of the school volunteer and take turns preparing the food in their homes and take it to the school.

While visiting, Lois and Claire had the opportunity to meet with the students, parents and teachers. They even got to try a little cooking Honduras style.

While visiting the school, the children of the school performed a song for the visitors. The song was led by Alex who instructs the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades.

Did you know that:
60%–70% of the people in Honduras live in poverty.
20%–30% of elementary school children drop out of school each year so they can search for food.
Most of the children complete little if any education, but if they can make it through just the 6th grade, they will have a much greater chance at a productive life.

      Jesus is alive in the ministry of the Lunches for Learning program.  As John said, "He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him".  Jesus is here and he wants to be seen.  If you would like to learn more about the Lunches For Learning Program, please contact the Messiah Lutheran Church office at (256) 721-0041 or visit our webpage.  

      Monday, April 12, 2010

      Easter Sunday Service

      He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

      Messiah Lutheran Church joined together to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!

      All of the members of the Messiah Lutheran Church Family participated in the celebration. The music ministries of Messiah Lutheran Church pulled out all of the stops to make sure that the celebration was a memorable one. The musical groups included the Choir directed by Randall Fields.

      And the Notabella Bell Choir directed by Rhonda Gaede. There are Bell Choirs for all experience levels.

      The instrumental ensemble is conducted by Lois Graff our musical director. The ensemble consists of talented musicians of all ages.

      There was even a special Easter sermon for children of the Church.

      Messiah Lutheran Church is a dynamic and growing Church Family. On Easter Sunday we had over 450 members and visitors joining together in celebration. If you would like to learn more about Messiah Lutheran Church, please visit our website or contact the Church Office at (256) 721-0041. We would love for you to become part of our family.

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      Easter Egg Hunt

      The Easter Bunny Visited Messiah Lutheran Church the Saturday before Easter for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

      With their buckets in their hands (or on their heads) the children managed to find a ton of Easter Eggs.

      Approximately 25 children attended this year's event and they all had a great time.

      The Junior Youth also conducted a hot dog lunch fundraiser to raise funds for the youth ministries.

      In addition to hunting for Easter Eggs and eating hot dogs, the children also painted and colored Easter egg pictures and decorated sugar cookies.

      The Egg Hunt was coordinated by the Junior Youth Group of Messiah Lutheran Church. The Junior Youth consists of students in the 6th through 8th grades.

      If you would like to learn more about the Junior Youth Group at Messiah Lutheran Church, please contact Diane Davis, the Junior Youth Adult Leader or the church office at (256) 721-0041.

      Sunday, April 11, 2010

      Senior Youth Easter Breakfast

      On Easter Sunday, the senior youth of Messiah Lutheran Church hosted a fundraiser breakfast to raise funds for the youth ministries.

      The Senior Youth and many other volunteers prepared and donated all of the food and drinks, set up and decorated the dining room and served the food during the breakfast.

      On the morning of the breakfast, the volunteers busily flipped pancakes, cut up fruit, prepared trays of muffins, filled drink cups and manned the serving lines.

      Several hundred congregation members were served Easter Morning.

      Dan Casey the Senior Youth Adult Leader stated that the event was very successful. The Youth were able to raise over $1000 for Senior Youth activities. He thanked all of the volunteers and the entire congregation for their generous support of the Youth Ministries.

      The Senior Youth consist of students in the 9th through 12th grades. They meet each Sunday at 6:30 PM at Messiah Lutheran Church. They typically conduct an outing once each month.

      If you would like to learn more about the senior youth as a volunteer or a participant, please contact Dan Casey or the Church Office at (256) 721-0041.