“Living in God’s grace, we reach out to welcome All with Christ’s love”
Messiah Lutheran Church was formed in March of 1973. Messiah is the result of a merger between two Washburn Churches. Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded by Swedish settlers in the late 1800’s. The Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church was also founded in the late 1800’s. After years of operating independently, the two churches proposed a merger. After several years of discussion, the two churches finally completed the merger in March of 1973. The new church was named Messiah Lutheran. Messiah now has over 200 members.
Messiah is also a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Church, meaning that we welcome and strive to incorporate all persons, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, into full participation in the church. We welcome you to join us for worship or one of our many special community or ministry events.
Messiah Sunday Service with Holy Communion - 8:30 a.m.
Our services are open to everyone. We love making new friends. Whether you live in the area or are here visiting friends or relatives, or are enjoying a vacation in the northland, we welcome you to join us! You are also invited to enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack during Coffee Fellowship following most Sunday Services.
231 West 5th Street, Washburn, Wisconsin 54891
First Lutheran Port Wing Sunday Service with Holy Communion - 10:45 a.m.
We welcome everyone to join us.
83105 Washington Avenue, Port Wing, Wisconsin 54865
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What's Happening at Messiah
Sunday, September 3, and Sunday, September 10 - Blessing of the backpacks at Messiah. All students welcome!
Saturday, September 9, Ryan Wolfram fundraiser, St. Louis School
Saturday, September 9, Ryan Wolfram fundraiser, St. Louis School
Here's a riddle: What's old and new?
Answer: Messiah’s welcoming and diverse family!
Messiah has always extended an open and loving welcome to all. And a few years ago we became even more committed to this welcoming nature by becoming a "Reconciling In Christ" congregation. We joined a larger community of churches who reach out to those who have felt left out. Our adopted welcoming statement reads, "We welcome people of every age, color, culture, and political persuasion, every sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic status and ability as we celebrate together our unity in Christ." So that is our identity and our tradition. That is the “old.”
The "new" part is that now we have a group of church members who are working to bring forward our commitment to welcoming diversity in new ways. In April we showed part of the National Geographic film, "Gender Revolution" and invited a neighbor, Carri Hoagland, to share her personal story of discovering her transgender identity. We also attended the April meeting of PFLAG where Pastor Nancy was awarded Person of the Year by that group for her work on diversity in our local communities. In June we plan to help with the annual Chicken Dinner fund-raising Sunday by working on a special celebratory service that will intentionally reach out to invite community members to join us!
So again, "What's old and new?" Messiah's tradition and Messiah's re-emphasis of Christ's message of love and acceptance. Let's celebrate! ~Ginny Pedersen, RIC Committee
Easter Breakfast THANK YOU!
Thank you to Bill and Jeff Luckenbill and their team for organizing, hosting and cooking Easter Breakfast! The proceeds from the free will offering go to the June 26-29 Community Vacation Bible School and Bible Camperships. Breakfast was excellent!!
Woman's Book Club News
Women’s Walking Book Club meets on Monday nights at 6:00. Call or text Sarah Myers at 715-685-4177 to get on the list for their next date. The book they are currently studying is “For the Love” by Jen Hatmaker.
New Sound System Installed - Goal Reached!
If anyone would like to pull a month (or more) stint on helping clean the church, please contact Bob Leis at 715-373-1087. By utilizing volunteers to clean the church we are saving considerable money by not hiring a janitorial service. There are cleaning jobs available that would only take about an hour a week!
Hospice Grief Group to Meet April 20 - May 25
Hospice Grief Support Group will meet Thursdays from 6:00-7:30pm at the Presbyterian Church, 214 Vaughn Avenue in Ashland. Anyone seeking a safe, supportive environment following loss is welcome to attend. Call 715-685-5151 for more information.
Heaven's Helping Hands News
Recently Heaven's Helping Hands decided to send $100 to 12-year old Emma MacArthur. Emma lives in Ashland and has Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus and other medical issues. The money goes to help make her home accessible for her wheelchair (Her mother works at the IGA in Washburn), $200 went to the Bayfield County Veterans' Service Officer Special Fund for Veterans needs and $500 went to the Wolframs (Kathy/Ryan) to help with expenses associated with Ryan's Illness.
A couple of items and outdated medicines were disposed of for home bound members at the Hazardous and Electronic Waste and Medication Disposal Day on July 15. Assistance was given to moving out an old couch and in a newer one for a member in July.
Upcoming event: Heaven's Helping Hands is sponsoring a Veterans Ecumenical Service and Appreciation Picnic on Wed., August 2, 2017 at Memorial Park in Washburn. The Ecumenical Service will be held at 6:00 pm followed by a bratwurst picnic for Northern Bayfield County Veterans. This event is sponsored by Messiah Lutheran Church and a Thrivent Action Grant. Thank you for your service Veterans!
Dispose of Hazardous Waste July 15th. HHH can help.
Hazardous & Electronic Waste & Medication Disposal Day in Washburn on Sat., July 15 from 8-11am at the County Highway Garage. If you are home bound & in need of help to transport some items please contact HHH or the church office. There is no charge for disposal of outdated medications. Some Hazardous or Electronic waste have a fee. depending on the item, that you would have to pay.
Tremendous Thanks Due!
You are always doing more than I am aware of, so please forgive me for not mentioning everyone. It is just that I must express gratitude for Two Big Things!
First, so many thanks to the members of the Stewardship and Finance Committee. They have put in more hours than we know, pondering and praying to find ways to help Messiah be financially sound. They came up with the March 5th Giving Sunday idea along with talks, pledge sheets and detailed information. You can still turn in your sheet to the church office.
Second Thank You goes to ALL of you who are responding! So far we have received over forty replies. You are telling us how you plan to give back to God through your time and talents. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your responses are amazing!
God Bless You Richly for taking the time to pray about how you want to give!
Love in Christ, Pastor Nancy
WWW Kicks Off September 13th
Wednesdays With the Word (WWW) includes a meal and learning about Jesus. We start on Wednesday, September 13, 5:30 pm at Messiah. We pray that our youth will grow up knowing Jesus. As a whole congregation, may we grow in getting to know each other, not just names, but how we can love and pray for each other.
Therefore, everyone is invited to WWW, not just kids! The final outline of WWW for this fall is still in the planning. So come to the Wed, August 16, 6:30 pm Youth Ministry Team meeting to help plan WWW for the year. Your input is vital. Thank you so much.
Love in Christ, PN
Congregation Approves 2017 Budget
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - During the Annual Meeting, Messiah members approved the 2017 Operating Budget for the Church. The total projected expenses for 2017 is $112,620. Projected income in the approved budget is $102,878 leaving a projected deficit of $9,742.00. In order for us to meet our projected expenses we need to raise $9,385 per month through contributions and fundraisers. In January, we raised $8,756.27. We have some work to do!
We have designated March 5th as Giving Sunday. We will be asking members to pledge their planned giving for 2017 in terms of dollars and/or in terms of gifts of time and talent. We hope to see everyone there.
To see a copy of the 2017 budget, click here.
How to Donate to Messiah
2017 Giving Envelopes are here. If you haven't picked up yours, please contact Cheryl Follis.
Simply Giving - It's an easy way to contribute to Messiah. Our church offers electronic giving, which allows you to make donations on a scheduled, automatic basis. If you are writing checks and preparing envelopes every week, you will especially appreciate electronic giving. It's convenient for you and provides a much-needed donation consistency for our church. Forms are available from the Ushers on Sundays. Fill out the form and drop it in the collection plate. Donations will automatically be deducted from you savings or checking account.
To view and print the electronic giving form, click here.
Financial Contributions/Pledges are Up
Thank you to the members of Messiah! After our March Pledge Drive, individual financial contributions are up! We are on our way in covering our 2017 budgetary needs. With the pledges received & regular individual donations considered, we predict we will take in approximately $117,000 in 2017. The budget that the congregation approved for 2017 is $112,620. When we include fundraisers like the garage sale, chicken dinner, salad luncheon, Lutefisk dinner, and the Heavenly raffle, we could have a budget surplus for the first time in several years!
This surplus is important and will be used wisely. We will be able to concentrate on some of the financial needs that have not been covered in recent years or by the current budget. Facility maintenance & improvements, staff salaries & staffing needs, and the church’s ministries will be addressed.
We also appreciate those who are giving in other ways. We have more volunteers than we have had for a while helping clean the church. Others are giving their time in different ways. Please read the Quarterly Service Pledge form in this newsletter for ideas on how to become involved.
If you would like to learn more about giving to the Church, please contact any Finance and Stewardship Committee member–Tom Murphy, Jim Pedersen, Dede Maki, Cheryl Follis, and Keith Holm.
Business Card Bulletin Ads Now Accepted
The Council approved a policy allowing one business card ad in each Sunday Bulletin. If you would like to place an ad, you need to provide a camera ready business card size ad. The cost is $25.00 per ad. Drop your ad and the cash at the church office by the end of the day on Thursday. Please share this information with area businesses that may be interested in buying an ad.
Pastor Nancy and Messiah Lutheran Church,
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude and feelings of
honor for being married by you at our home church. It is such a blessed thing to be the first same-sex couple wed at Messiah! The ceremony was gorgeous, the sermon lovely, and the music perfect. Thank you so, so much for a ceremony to create a lifelong
commitment to one another. We are so fortunate to belong in this church, in this community.
All our love,
Kate & Katie
Serving Group Leader Needed
Are you interested in co-chairing a serving group? Group 2 needs one more leader to help out Sally Toepfer and Ruth Carlson. Please contact the church office if you can help.
Back Up Drivers Needed
Back up drivers needed for Sunday transport to and from church! Northern Lights will train drivers. Contact the church office at 715-373-5378 if you can help out!
Join Women's Walking Bible Study
Women’s Walking Bible Study meets bimonthly at 6:00 on Monday nights. Please text or call Sarah Myers at 715-685-4177 for the next meeting date.
Parsonage in Need of Updates. Can you help?
The Council approved making two major improvements to the parsonage. The first, is a remodel of the main floor bathroom. This will include new lighting, tub & shower, vanity and flooring. That project has been completed. The second project will be a total remodel of the kitchen. The plan is to replace the original cabinets and countertops, add an over the range hood and microwave and a new dishwasher. A new floor will be installed along with new lighting. The total budget for the two projects is $25,000. We borrowed money from the memorial fund to pay for the improvements. We would love to be able to put the money back in the fund at some point with your help. If you would like to make a contribution, send a check to the church. In the memo, write 2017 Parsonage Project. Thank you!
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