May 2, 2019
Dear

During a recent Sunday morning, Michele DeMocker sent her husband Richard to Giant to get some Lunchables for the kids. Richard related to me that Beans, the clerk at Giant, had identified him as being from Messiah and that he wasn’t quite sure how she knew that. I was in the store later that day and asked Beans how she knew Richard was from Messiah. She said he was a nice-looking man who was obviously dressed for church and had a stack of Lunchables for kids and so she knew he must be from Messiah. So that is the kind of reputation Messiah has in the community! Nice looking people obviously getting something that is not for them! I think that is a pretty good reputation!

People from Messiah get that kind of reputation because we are shaped by our worship together. As we look forward to worship this coming Sunday, traditional worship will focus on John 1:43-50 and the sermon at 8:15 and 9:30 will be entitled “See Something, Say Something.”  We will celebrate our Stephen Ministry at Messiah as we consecrate our new Stephen Ministers at the 11:00 am traditional service. We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion at each of our worship services this Sunday. At the 8:15 traditional service, the Joyful Noise Choir will present “Come to the Banquet” for our anthem. At the 9:30 and 11:00 am services, the Chancel Choir will present “ A Communion Invitation ” for our anthem. The Jubilation Ringers will also present “ Song of Gladness” at the 9:30 and 11:00 am traditional services. Pia Diggs will be leading our Risk worship service in the Lord Youth Center at 11:00 am. She will be focusing on Acts 5:27-32 and her sermon is entitled “ When God is Louder. ” We look forward to sharing in worship with you this Sunday;

Weekend Backpack Summer Sustenance Campaign 
The goal is to provide each of the 348 families currently served by the WBP with a $50 Giant grocery gift card to assist with the transition into summer where no free breakfast or lunch is available. Support can be offered in two ways:
1. donating a $50.00 Giant grocery gift card 
2. making a financial donation to Messiah UMC with WBP Summer written in the memo line of the check.

Your donation can be dropped in the Yellow WBP Donation Boxes after each service, placed in the offering plate or dropped off in the church office. The cards will be delivered to each of the four area schools served along with our last food delivery in June. The WBP Team thanks each of you in advance for your support of food insecure families living in Springfield.  
Soundboard Techs Needed!
Its a lot of fun and easy to do. Hands-on training with a mentor provided. If you are interested drop us a note at info@messiahumc.org or stop by the board on Sunday morning.  To learn more, watch this short video.  
Bible Museum Class. The Bible Museum in Washington, DC has aroused both interest and controversy. Reggie Tuck will offer a class on May 8 and 15 from 7 to 8 pm in Room 263/265 to review the academic discipline of textual criticism and then place the debates around the Bible Museum into that larger field. He will also touch on some of the manuscripts related to early American history that are available for viewing at the Bible Museum. Class members may opt to visit the Bible Museum following the class in order to determine if Reggie was being honest!
Attention All Graduates
Graduation Sunday is May 19. We will honor all those who will be graduating from high school and college. Please email a picture to Tommy Suh by Sunday, May 12. For seniors, also include what you will be doing in the fall and college graduates, where you are graduating from.
The Choctaw Team would like to thank Messiah for your continued support of the Choctaw Mission. Your financial support helped provide an improved sidewalk, needed for disabled church members, two truck-loads of gravel to help with flooding around the church entrances, VBS materials for the children and fleece to make lap blankets with the Elders. Your donations of items for our ditty bags, sewing of our Ditty Bags, supporting the Italian Dinner, cookies for our travels, and most especially your prayers were also greatly appreciated. We bring greetings from our Choctaw brothers and sisters and ask for your continued prayers for them.    
Messiah United Methodist Church | 6215 Rolling Road | Springfield, VA | 22152
703.569.9862 | www.messiahumc.org