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 (or call the office at 598-1188) prior to WEDNESDAY.
Messiah's Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, November 15th directly after worship. Those who do not attend worship in person can view the meeting via YouTube. If you would like to attend the meeting, please email the office to reserve a place for worship or specify in your email that you are only attending the annual meeting.

Unfortunately, our online audience can only watch the proceedings. Anyone who wants to vote or raise discussion items must reserve a seat and be at the meeting in person. 

If you have questions or concerns about the annual meeting, please contact Pastor Talsness.  
To view the corrected 2020 Annual Report, click here. Hard copies are available on the table in the Narthex.
Candidates for Council:
  • Outreach: Amanda Ridberg (2021-2024)
  • Parish Life: Milda Blaney (2021-2024)
  • Jim Dawson (2021, one year, completing David Ridberg's term)

Audit Committee 2021 nominees:
  • Brad VenHuizen
  • Teresa Camizzi
  • Jeff Samuels

Nominating Committee 2021 nominees:
  • Frank Camizzi
  • Pastor Jason
  • Connie Squibb
  • George Lawrence
  • Jill Poole

A big "thank-you" to this year's Nominating Committee for completing their task:
  • Diana Wilson
  • Jane Holst
  • Frank Camizzi
  • Tom Olson
  • Pastor Talsness
This Saturday is ladies breakfast out. We go to the Original Pancake House on Hodgkin Memorial Blvd at 10 am. If you would like to attend, please contact Lynn McLauchlan (410-353-9795).
Help us decorate for the holidays on December 4th and 5th:
  • On Friday, December 4th members are invited to decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas. The decorating will start at 9:00 am and should take less than 2 hours. If you have questions, please call Jill Poole at 912-441-7170. 

  • On Saturday, December 5th the Men's Group is invited to set up the Christmas Tree in the Sanctuary. Set up starts at 8:30 am. If you have questions please call Barry Jones at 443-797-9461 or Frankl Camizzi at 912-346-8867.
For those looking for a good devotion for Advent, Pastor Talsness is inviting Messiah to join him in reading "Celebrating Abundance - Devotions for Advent" by Walter Brueggemann, who is a renowned scholar of the Old Testament. This devotion roots the promise of the birth of the Messiah in the prophets of the Old Testament, particularly Isaiah. There is a daily reflection and prayer for each day of Advent.
For November, we are collecting side dishes for Thanksgiving: canned green beans, canned corn, canned cranberry sauce, boxed rice or boxed potatoes. The due date will be early–November 20.
Christmas is coming, and soon Messiah’s Sanctuary will be brimming with poinsettias. We invite you to give a Christmas Poinsettia in honor or memory of a loved one. The dedications will be distributed at the Christmas Eve Worship Service. The cost is $12 per plant. To order, please pick up an envelope in the Sanctuary, Narthex, or Church Office. Then fill in the form, enclose your check, and return it to the Church Office or in the offering plate by Sunday, December 6.
If you answered YES, to any of the above, please come join us under the bell tower EACH WEDNESDAY AT 10 am in Fellowship HallPLEASE BRING all your old plastic bags (grocery, Walmart, Dollar General, whatever you have). We will be making PLARN–which was recently featured in the TWATL. These are "plastic mats" that are donated to the homeless shelter for distribution to those on the streets. They are EASY TO MAKE. There are several steps, that we will break into groups to learn. No previous skills needed. You will find where you fit in and will be an important part of our project!!  

We will social distance, wear a mask (if you choose), bring a chair to work in, scissors, hydration, and all those plastic bags!! If you cannot come but wish to donate bags, you may do so at the church office entrance. 

Thank you!! See you on WEDNESDAY!! 
The next live streaming and in-person worship will be at 9 am on Sunday, November 15. 
You must register for the service by contacting Sandy Cooper, our office administrator, no later than Friday at 9 a.m. (; office telephone: 912-598-1188). You and your party will be assigned a seat in the sanctuary, which has pews cordoned off for social distancing.

Some reminders about the safeguards put in place for this service:
·      Do not come if you are ill, have a fever, or have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 in the past two weeks.
·      We suggest you arrive early – by 8:40 am. An usher will help you find your assigned seat(s).
·      You must always wear a mask.
·      Although there will be music, please do not sing. Also please do not speak the responses. Both these activities have been shown to spread widely the virus.
·      There will be hand sanitizer in the pews.
·      You’re welcome to bring a water bottle.

This service will be live streamed at 9:00 am, then taped and posted to YouTube shortly after 10:30 am Sunday, for those you prefer to continue watching the service online.
Sunday’s worship service will on Messiah's YouTube page (click here) but not until 9:00 am on Sunday morning, when it will be live-streamed. This means that you will be seeing the worship service “live” as it happens. Thereafter, the recording of the service will be available on the YouTube page as it always has been; however, it will probably not be posted until 10:30 am. A link to the YouTube service will be posted on Facebook and  You can access the bulletin by clicking here or visiting the website.
In the Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25 Jesus talks about three servants who are each given large sums of god (called "talents"). Two of the servants invest the talents and earn money for their master, to his delight. But one servant played it safe and buried his talent in the ground, to the disappointment and anger of his master. In this story, Jesus is calling us to use our gifts, while we still have time, for the greater and common good. Questions for reflection: What special gifts do you see certain members in this congregation possessing? What gifts do you think God gave you? In what circumstances is it NOT the right thing to say "better safe than sorry"?  

MESSIAH’S HISTORY: “GO AND PROCLAIM…1992” Excerpt from The Early History of Messiah Lutheran Church…1973-1995 by Jean Beckmann Williams, page 10. Again, maintaining the enthusiasm generated by ELCA’s positive actions became a matter of concern to the steering committee. Two of the methods discussed were to begin a regular Bible study class and to hold a social get-together. The existing lists of interested people were reviewed, and new visits were scheduled. In April the committee sponsored a potluck buffet at the Ottos’ home, to which everyone on the lists was invited. This even provided committee members with an opportunity to talk individually with their guests.

The mission’s need for a pastor-developer was great, but the need for a spiritual leader and counselor for those struggling in this effort was even greater. The committee and [Assistant to the Bishop] Pastor Gantt knew that the past must be very special–a commanding presence; recognizable as a spiritual leader even without “the collar”; as comfortable with a business executive as with youth; committed to the work of ELCA and to local outreach; and gifted with verbal communication skills. These and other traits and skills were highly desirable, but “the final qualification is the need for a person who has a pastor’s heart, so that others can feel that they are cared for and loved.” Pastor Gantt presented a candidate to the steering committee on April 14. (He opened by stating that the mission development was six months ahead of schedule!) After interviewing both the candidate and his wife, the committee members agreed that they had been greatly impressed and voted to issue a call. However, the committee received word that the call had not been accepted. For personal reasons, the candidate had chosen to remain at his current church.