“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 invite and 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. 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
Christmas Eve at Messiah
It's a boy!
What's Happening at Messiah
Christmas Caroling at The Oaks
December 7th Lutefisk Arrived in Washburn! Messiah's Annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner!
Thanks to everyone for helping make this event a great success!
Kids Fall Clean Up
New Cross Installed on Messiah's Steeple
Pictured: Bas, Kaija and Beverly were confirmed on May 26.
Many thanks to the Don Haugen family who generously donated $300 in memorial money for the purchase of shrubs and plants in Don’s memory. A magnolia and burning bush have already been planted and a forsythia and hostas will be planted upon completion of the church renovation. These plants will serve as a lasting tribute to Don’s love for Messiah and his love of gardening.
Have you heard about The Divine Spark? This book is a product of Pastor Nancy Sabbatical. It is a collection of inspirational stories from members of the LGBTQ community.
"This collection of stories beautifully illustrates the power of radical truth-telling and vulnerability as tools to foster change and understanding in community. Leonard Cohen wrote is his song Anthem, “There is a crack, a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in.” These storytellers have embraced their authentic selves (cracks and all) and have become beacons of light in a world that desperately needs illumination."
Mother, Photographer, and Author
Creator of the Words for Water project
Co-founder of FarmsNotFactoriesWI.org
To learn more about The Divine Spark or to order a copy, click here. Copies are also available for purchase at the Church office.
Let’s replace the downstairs curtains in tiled room where tables are stored!
Messiah's serving groups are donating $1000 toward buying a new wood folding room divider priced at approximately $2000. They challenge the congregation to come up with the remaining $1000! If you pay by check, please write “basement curtain” in the memo line of your check. So far we've raided $362.00. Only $638.00 to go!
JOIN US for WWW.GIFT.
WWW stands for Wednesdays With the Word, GIFT stands for Generations In Faith Together. Please join us on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm starting with a meal. On January 22 our special guest is Mary Meierotto who will show slides and tell us about her recent trip to Malawi. All welcome!
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
Thrivent Choice Dollars Help Messiah
Are you an eligible Thrivent member with Choice Dollars available to direct?
Each year, eligible Thrivent members are designated Choice Dollars based on their qualifying insurance premiums, contract values and volunteer leadership. If you're an eligible Thrivent member with Choice Dollars available to designate, you can help strengthen our community by directing them to Messiah Lutheran Church. Thank you to those members who participated in the program and helped support our church's mission by directing Choice Dollars! Visit Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Don't miss this opportunity to recommend where Thrivent Financial should distribute some of its charitable outreach funds.
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.
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.
Bible Study - Join us!
Bible Study at 1:30 will start again on Tues., January 14. Pastor Don Nickolson finished a study on the meaning of Advent. The new topic is the New Testament book of James. All are welcome.
Journey to Healing
Saturday, January 18, Journey to Justice, Journey to Healing Martin Luther King Day Events in Bayfield. 9:30 Outdoor Ceremony & Walk starts at National Park Service Parking Lot (415 Washington Ave). Walk from Park Service to Bayfield School (300 N. 4th St). 10:30 Vigil Honoring Our Justice Leaders, Teachings, Sung, Spoken, Danced Prayers at Bayfield School Cafeteria & Commons. More on facebook at Bethesda Lutheran Church Bayfield.
Update on Gary Krueger
After a December 23 phone call with Gary Krueger, here is what we know. On December 1 a tree fell on him while he was removing snow. He is at Miller Dwan Rehab in Duluth and hopes to get out in January or February. It is too soon to tell, but he hopes to walk again in a year or two. Send cards and cash directly to: Gary Krueger, 79050 Dryer Rd, Washburn, 54891. There is a GoFundMe page also, but a small percentage is taken out of your donation. He thanks everyone for their thoughts, prayers and donations. Gary is the father of Molly, Parker and Savanah.
Opportunities To Give, Serve and Learn
Host a Sunday coffee fellowship. Those who plan to send their child to bible camp, this is a great way to do a fundraiser. Call Angel at 715 685-8130 if you need training in using the kitchen.
Help with Easter Sunday Breakfast. The proceeds from this free will offering also goes to Bible campership fund. Call the church if you can help or bring an egg bake!
How to Donate to Messiah
2018 Giving Envelopes are here. If you haven't picked up yours, please contact Cheryl Follis.
Simply Giving - Electronic Giving
Thank you so much to all who have started giving their church offering electronically. We are now receiving over $1200 per month by direct deposit through either Simply Giving or through individual bank accounts. Prayerfully consider giving this way. When you miss a Sunday you can continue a steady offering to Messiah. We sure appreciate you. Call 715 373-5378 to receive the Simply Giving form.
Sincerely, Keith Holm - Stewardship and Finance committee
To view and print the electronic giving form, click here.
PayPal or Credit Card - Here's an easy option for those of you who prefer to make your donation(s) using your PayPal or Credit Card. Simply click the Donate Button below.
All are welcome to the Mary Naomi Circle!
This group is a Bible study – traditionally a women’s group - that gladly welcomes newcomers and all interested parties. We meet monthly in the gathering room at Lakeview Terrace Apartments on Thursdays at 1-3:00 pm. We use the Bible studies featured in Gather, a Lutheran publication. Copies of the Bible studies and sample magazines are on hand for any who wish to view this study and learn more.
The study theme is No Hard Feelings. We studied anger in September. The October 23rd Bible study is on the ache of grief. On November 20 we’ll study joy.
If we get enough interest we may decide to do a project: make hygiene kits for young girls or sew plush toy FROGS (Fully Relying On God stuffed animal).
For specifics please contact Pastor Nancy, Tracy in the church office (373-5378),
June Steele (373-2541) or
Janice Allen (812-1068).
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!
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