The Messiah Minute
The Messiah Minute is a weekly message e-mail to highlight news and upcoming events. If you have a special church-related item that you would like to include in The Messiah Minute, please contact Sandy Cooper at messiahsk@gmail.com (or call the office at 598-1188) prior to WEDNESDAY.
LOOSENING OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
At last week's Church Council meeting, we discussed the rules we had been following to keep our members as safe as possible from COVID. Effective immediately, we have decided to:
  • Make mask-wearing optional. Please note that the CDC continues to recommend mask-wearing for unvaccinated people and for those who are immune-compromised.

  • No longer require seat reservations. We will keep seat numbers in place and request that, when you choose a pew, you sit to one side to stay socially distant from people in front and behind you. As now, others with whom you are comfortable may sit with you.

  • Return to the Fellowship Hall for socialization after Sunday services.

While it is up to Pastor Jason, we advised him to continue to do Communion with people seated in pews, with the Communion kits that we’ve been using for some months.

The nursery will remain closed.

We will revisit restrictions as needed, depending on guidance from the CDC and our own community’s health situation.
SCAFFOLDING IN THE SANCTUARY
Property Chair Tim Andrews reports that scaffolding will be erected in the Sanctuary on June 4 to diagnose and repair the lighting. Depending on the source of the problems, scaffolding may remain up in the Sanctuary for 2-3 weeks.
MESSIAH LADIES
Gather for fellowship on Monday, June 21 at 5 pm at the Delegal Marina in the screen porch on the dock. (We plan to arrive early to secure a place.)

Bring an appetizer to share and your own drink. We will plan future monthly gatherings--all ideas are welcome.

RSVP to Carolyn Jones (240.423.9929) or sign up in the Narthex. Let us know if you need a ride.

From: Gayle Denny (513.604.0764) and Carolyn Jones
OUTREACH COLLECTION FOR FATHER'S DAY
The Outreach Team is asking for your help to support the homeless men of Savannah by giving new socks and underwear in celebration of Father’s Day June 20th. This collection will be partnered with the "plarn" mats that the ladies have been making each Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall. We are asking for new men’s socks and underwear (sizes medium, large, and extra large).
There will be a collection area in the Narthex beginning on Sunday, June 6th.

Thank you for your continued support of all our ministries.

From: The Outreach Committee
ARTS AT MESSIAH SUMMER SERIES
Reserve your seat now for one of the upcoming concerts this summer. Reservations are required for all concerts to keep to the limit of 28 households/parties. Up to four people in a party may sit in a pew. An usher will direct attendees to their assigned pew.
 
Reservation deadline: 10:00 the morning of the concert. To make a reservation, call or e-mail Sandy Cooper, Church Administrator (912-598-1188; messiahsk@gmail.com), Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. If you have any questions about your reservation or do not receive a confirmation via e-mail, please contact Ms. Cooper.

There is no admission charge. These concerts are made possible by the generous tax-deductible contributions of a community of supporters and freewill contributions at each concert. To contribute to the continuation of this concert series, please send your check, made out to Messiah Lutheran Church with The Arts at Messiah in the memo line and mail it to the address below.
 
Friday, June 18, 2021 • 7:00 pm
Larry Weng, Piano ~ Mr. Weng, winner of the 2019 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition and a laureate of the 2016 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition, will present a concert featuring works of two of the three “Bs” —  Bach and Brahms, including Bach’s familiar “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” and Brahms’ monumental F minor Piano Sonata.
 
Friday, July 9, 2021 • 7:00 pm
Rising Star Concert
Fantee Jones ~ Ms. Jones’s concert will feature the Brahms “Variations on a Theme by Händel” and works of Mozart and Chopin. Ms. Jones garnered top prizes in the prestigious Gina Bachauer Young Artists, Lagny-sur-Marne, Seattle, and Los Angeles International Piano Competitions. She was awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Prize along with a Master of Musical Arts from Yale School of Music. At present, she is a DMA candidate at the Eastman School of Music.
 
Friday, August 13, 2021 • 7:00 pm
Joseph Pramberger Memorial Concert
Reed Tetzloff ~ Back by popular demand, Mr. Tetzloff will play a great program including the “Masterwork Carnival” by Schumann and other masterworks. He has appeared as a recitalist concerto soloist with major orchestras on three continents, and has won several prizes at international piano competitions. He was named one of twelve semi-finalists at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2012 he made his Lincoln Center debut with the Mannes Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall and his New York solo recital debut at Merkin Hall.
GO BANANAS JULY 20
The Messiah Men's Club is once again organizing an evening of Bananas baseball this summer. We have reserved 25 tickets for the Bananas game against a brand new team, the Spartanburg Spartanburgers. (After the Bananas get done with the 'Burgers, fans will be asking, "where's the beef?") The game will be played on Faith and Family Night -- Tuesday evening, July 20th. Tickets are $18 and include the All-You-Can-Eat concessions. Please contact Barry Jones (912-349-0519) to reserve your tickets to this evening of fun and fellowship at Grayson Stadium.
JUNE 2021 MILESTONES
Birthdays
Judy Nord 06/01, Buddy Martin 06/03, Zion Polite 06/07, Amir Polite 06/07, June Luecke 06/08, Helena Talsness 06/08, Rob Fritz 06/09, Jane Holst 06/11, Sara Sands 06/11, Lana Gilster 06/18, Brittany Boyden 06/20, Virginia Hylander 06/21, Layne Rabold 06/23, Armand Wells 06/25, Marcia Stinson 06/30
 
Anniversaries
Eve & Armand Wells 06/04, Gayle & John Denny 06/09, Susan & Ron Whitaker 06/14, Lynn & Ken McLauchlan 06/16, Jan & Jim Hazel 06/16, June & Carl Luecke 06/23, Marcie & Jim Perry 06/28

SECOND HARVEST
The food for June is CEREAL. In May, we collected 158 boxes of rice.
SUNDAY, JUNE 6 WORSHIP SERVICE
The next live streaming and in-person regular worship will be at 9 am on Sunday, June 6. 

This service will be live streamed at 9:00 am at Messiah's You Tube page, then taped and posted to YouTube by noon on Sunday, for those you prefer to continue watching the service online. Messiah's YouTube page is available here.

A link to the YouTube service will be posted on Facebook and messiahsi.org.  You can access the bulletin by visiting the website or by clicking here.
SERMON PREVIEW SUNDAY JUNE 6
In Mark 3, Jesus fame for ministry rises, and after doing exorcisms Jesus himself is accused of being possessed by a demon. His own family sought to have Jesus restrained, and the scribes said he must be possessed by Beelzebub, the ruler of demons. “How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand" is Jesus' self-defense and explanation. Questions for reflection: How aware were you of the fact that even Jesus' own family didn't understand what Jesus was doing? What modern day examples can you think of applying to Jesus' statement that a house divided cannot stand? How much comfort do you take in Jesus' power over demonic forces? What would you say to someone who says demons are an old-fashioned superstition?