“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
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What's Happening at Messiah
Saturday, February 23, 2019 Annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner. Come join your friends at Messiah's annual dinner. Dinner served from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Take Outs are available. In addition to a great meal, you will be able to check out our newly remodeled Fellowship Hall!
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services with Communion
Serious construction has started on the church Save the Steeple Project
Fasten your seat belts, folks. The Save the Steeple project is moving forward! Serious construction is about to begin! The loan, which was voted on by the congregation, has been processed and construction will be starting soon. In the July newsletter, the construction schedule was announced. Work on Phase 1A, Exterior Work is to begin during the month of August. This phase includes roof, gutters, and trim work. We have a new update to the schedule for Phase 2! The contractors have agreed to start earlier. On August 14th, weather permitting, we will be breaking ground between the two buildings. It should take 2-3 weeks to complete this phase as preparation for the fellowship remodel (Phase 3) starting at the end of October. Things are about to get messy! How exciting!!!
During the construction stages, remember there will be some limitations for building usage. It is very important that we do not use the areas of the building under construction. This will allow the contractors to move forward with the project so it is completed as soon as possible. We know this may be a hardship during this time and we look forward to the improved facilities once construction is completed. Once the building is done, the facilities will be more functional for everyone. If you have questions about the construction, please reach out to a Church Council member or a Save the Steeple committee member.
It is not too late to contribute to this project. If you have not yet had a chance to financially contribute to the project, and would like to do so, please contact the church office or a committee member and we will get you the information you need.
Thanks for the November Boost to our
Dear Messiah Family,
For over 125 years, our church building has served our congregation well. We have gathered here. We have worshiped here. We have celebrated, laughed, ate, prayed, played, sang, learned, hugged, cried, said hello, said good-bye here…..It has been a part of us. To many of us, it has been like a second home. Many of us couldn’t imagine our community without our church building. It is loved.
Our church building is a great structure. It is sound. It has stood the test of time. As the times have changed, and the congregation has changed, the building has changed to fit our needs. Additions were added, the elevator was installed, spaces have been rearranged and adapted, repairs were made. Like any great structure, the church building has needed care and attention. We need to continue to invest in our building so it can serve our future generations, as it has served us and those who came before us.
Our church building is in dire need of a new roof and exterior paint. Without a new roof and paint, the building’s integrity will be compromised in the near future. Roofing and exterior paint is estimated to cost $70,000.00. Our goal is to replace the roof during Summer 2018.
This is the first phase of our building improvement project and Capital Campaign.
We need your help maintaining and improving our church building. Please consider donating a financial gift towards this project. Your financial gift is tax deductible.
We sing a hymn, "The Church's One Foundation is Jesus Christ Her Lord." The church is not the building; the church is the people, the body of Christ. We maintain our building so we can continue to minister to people inside our structure and beyond for years and decades to come. Thank you all for your prayerful consideration.
Sincerely with the Grace of God,
Messiah Lutheran Church Council—Ginny Pedersen, Council President
Click here to see the list of needed repairs
If you would like to donate to Save the Steeple Repairs, click the Donate button above.
To print your Messiah Contribution Form Click Here.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Quick Clicks to Navigate Through the Website
It's pretty easy to find your way around Messiah's website. Scroll over any of the tabs on the top of the page. Drop down menus will appear. Just click on anything you are looking for. Another way is to click on any of the links below to be taken directly to the page you are looking for.