May 23, 2019

Several of you have asked me about my daughter’s wedding this past weekend. I cannot imagine how it could have been any better. I have felt a deep sense of gratitude as I have reflected on last weekend. Some of you seemed surprised that I wasn’t the officiant, but I had a much more important role: father of the bride! The officiant was a United Methodist minister who is a year older than my daughter and who grew up at Blacksburg United Methodist Church. It was a great privilege to have her officiate at the wedding and she did a great job. Those sorts of connections remind us about one of the aspects of the church which is so profoundly important: relationships!

We will be reminded of such relationships this coming Sunday in worship as Meghan Roth Clayton returns as our preacher for traditional worship. When Ron Baker told me several months ago that his daughter wanted to get his granddaughter baptized at Messiah, I suggested that we see if Meghan could come back and do it because she had officiated at the parents’ wedding. I told Meghan that she didn’t have to preach, but if she would like to preach, I knew that people at Messiah would be delighted. So, Meghan decided to delight you! She will be focusing on Revelation 21:1-10, 22-22:5 and her sermon is entitled “ Love What You’ve Done with The Place.”  At the 8:15 am service, the Joyful Noise Choir will present “Come Home” as the Introit At the 9:30 and 11:00 am services, the Chancel Choir will present “Who Are the Brave” as the Introit. We will have our traditional Memorial Day Service at 10:35 am in our Memorial Garden. Tommy Suh will be leading our Risk worship service in the Lord Youth Center at 11:00 am. He will be focusing on John 7:37-39 and his sermon is entitled “Come to the Fountain.”

Wherever you are this weekend, we hope at Messiah, we encourage you to remember and celebrate relationships and may it give all of us a deep sense of gratitude.
Memorial Day Wreath-Laying Service.
Sunday, May 26, from approximately 10:40 until 11:55 am, Messiah's annual Wreath-Laying Service in honor of Memorial Day will be held outside of the church's main entrance (weather permitting). Active duty military personnel are invited to wear their military uniforms in order to be publicly recognized. Active duty military are also invited to meet Ruth Lapointe at 10:30 am in the Narthex to participate in this brief service.
Music at Messiah Presents Pomona College Glee Club on Wednesday, May 29 at 7 pm.
You won't want to miss this fabulous group of young people in concert! The Glee Club, directed by Dr. Donna Di Grazia, is Pomona College’s elite chamber choir. One of the current singers, Matthew Cook ‘20, is a member of Messiah. For more information about the ensemble, including the concert set, please visit the choral program’s website .

Before the concert, come and enjoy our community dinner starting at 6:00 pm. Concert admission and dinner are both free, and the performance will last about one hour.
Children’s Summer Sunday School Teachers Needed.
Children’s Summer Sunday School begins June 30. During the 10 am service, we’ll have three pre-school classes, and we’ll use a rotation model for our current kindergarten - 6 th graders. User friendly curriculum is provided. Sign up to help on the poster in the narthex, signup online or contact Robin Ringler .  
We Need Host Families
Fireproof Youth Choir will be coming to lead an Evening Service on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 pm in the youth center. 31 youth and adults need host homes. They will need to be picked up at 8:30 pm from Messiah and dropped off at Messiah by 7 am on Wednesday June 19. Signup now to host.
Chili donations Needed for the LAMB Center
Please bring all chili donations to the church by 9 am on Tuesday, May 28. A chili lunch is made every 4th Tuesday of the month for the LAMB Center. To find out more information about the center, click here . If you have questions, please contact Patti O'Neill .  
We’re going to try something new at Messiah this summer by changing our Sunday morning schedule. Beginning on July 7, we will offer traditional worship at 8:30 am, a blended worship service and sunday school at 10 am and our Risk service at 11:15 am. Be sure to spread the word!
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