Sunday, May 31, 2015

Office Manager Ellie Nelson Retires from MLC, Reception Held, Graduates Receive Gifts, Church Council Installed.

Sunday, May 31st was another event filled morning of Worship and celebration at Messiah Lutheran Church.

"Like it or not," summer is a time of transition for many at MLC!

High School graduates in attendance were presented their graduation gift laundry baskets by Claire Strand, Director of Outreach.  Items for each of the ten MLC grad baskets were donated by members of the congregation over the month of May.

Also at each service, members of Messiah's Church Council were installed by Pastor Scott Peterson.   


Following the first service, a retirement reception was held to honor Church Office Manager, Ellie Nelson.  Ellie joined the MLC staff in 2009.  Many stopped by to extend congratulations and best wishes to Ellie and her already retired husband, Jim. Ellie pointed out that Jim has been folding Sunday bulletins just about every Friday since she started! Pastor Scott Peterson presented Ellie with flowers and a framed photo montage of MLC with the inscription,  "Ellie, your service has been a Blessing to Messiah Lutheran Church, 2009-2015."

May God Bless all those who find themselves in times of transition, be it from a graduation from a school, training program, summer relocation or job transition.  Transitions can be a time of joy and excitement, yet also uncertainty and fear.  Just remember... "Like it or not. God loves you.  No matter what."

Additional Photos from Sunday, May 31st.

Monday, May 25, 2015

MLC's 25th Anniversary Looks Back, Leans Forward with Seven Confirmed

(Back row) First year instructor, Lois Graff, Alie Williams, Natalie Tidwell, Abby Woods(Front Row) Jordan Mahafza, Michelle Strand, Bridie Ryan, Shane Peterson, Pastor Scott Peterson
Sunday, May 24th, 2015 was a special Sunday for the members of Messiah Lutheran Church.  While Pentecost Sunday is typically a spirited day of worship, this one was super-charged!  MLC saw a double Baptism at the first service, seven confirmed at second service and a 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner during the Noon hour that went well into the early afternoon.

MLC was set for day of memorable moments years in the making. Messiah's Narthex was festooned with "Messiah Memories" submitted by past and current members while a large collection of photos from Messiah's 25 years played on the digital display nearby. In the sanctuary, large red, silver and white bows ribbons perched on pews. The celebration ribbon colors continued behind the altar in the red and white floral arrangements.

The hymn, "God's Word is Our Great Foundation" served as the 25th Anniversary theme and served as Sunday's gathering song.  Music was abundant and beautifully presented by a number of Messiah ensembles and soloists.  (See music selections at end of post)

Dominique Lovett and Robert Lovett received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. They are the daughter and son of Robert and Rubie Lovett.  

It was also confirmation Sunday for seven Messiah youth.  Affirming the Christian faith they entered in Baptism were: Jordan Mahafza, Shane Peterson, Bridie Ryan, Michelle Strand, Natalie Tidwell, Alie Williams and Abby Woods   First-year confirmation students and parents organized a reception for the confirmands at 9:45 am in the Fellowship Hall preceding 11 am confirmation service. 

Fitting to the occasion, Pastor Scott Peterson asked "Messiah's own" Rebecca (Hanson) Kolowe to give the Sunday Sermon.  Rebecca was in Messiah's  first confirmation class and is now a diaconal minister serving as Director of Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop in ELCA's Southeastern Synod.

Sunday worship concluded, and the long awaited and much planned 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner commenced.  About two-hundred members, former members and guests enjoyed the terrific food and fellowship in the Parish Hall which had been transformed by the 25th Anniversary Committee and a number of volunteers setting the tables.

Beth Mumaw, who oversaw the 25th Anniversary celebration,  arranged for the cake, decorations, flowers and countless details to come together with the help of a number of volunteers. The dinner, organized by Fellowship Chair Greg Kilby and an all-star group of kitchen volunteers, included ham, turkey, garlic mashed potatoes,  trimmings of prosciutto wrapped green-bean bundles, stuffed mushrooms and more.  A number of cakes and treats topped of the special fellowship meal including custom m&m's.

Also serving on the 25th Anniversary Committee were Pastor Scott Peterson, Meredith Kilby, Linda Peirce (Messiah Memories) and Karl and Judy Starkloff (DVD Montage).   LeeLinda Baggett chaired the 25th Anniversary Cookbook sale.  There are number of copies of the cookbook still for sale for $17 a copy. Copies of the DVD photo montage are available at the welcome desk in the Narthex for a free will donation.

Sunday  May 24th Photo Albums
Confirmation / Worship Photos
Reception Photos

Saturday, May 23rd Photo Albums
Visit to Union Hall
Service of Reunion and Remembrance 

Selection of Special Music from May 24th

Adult Choir sings The Church's One Foundation

Notabella presents The Blessing

Processional Hymn Beautiful Savior

Erin McDaniels sings The Call