For more than a year we have been providing funding for a pig project in a partnership with St. Peter Lutheran Church and School in Sierra Leone. We are close to the day of this project bearing fruit for the church and community.
To celebrate this accomplishment we will have a Sierra Leone style Service of Thanksgiving on June 28 at 10:30 with Pastor Christopher Yanker and friends from the Sierra Leone community leading our worship. Also, Pastor Yanker has agreed to provide us all with a Sierra Leone style noon meal.
Lutherans all over the U.S. for many years have been making simple quilts used throughout the world in relief projects of Lutheran World Relief.
Most of the recipients of LWR quilts use them to protect themselves from cold and rain, but their versatility also makes them useful as simple tents or a wrap to hold/carry a child around them. Anyone interested in creating these quilts does NOT need to have proficient sewing machine skills. There are many steps from start to finish that do not require machine skills. An interest and planning session will be held on Saturday morning June 13 at 10:00 AM or contact Mary LeBeck if you are not able to attend.
Messiah has begun participating in a local expression of a nationwide initiative called “Churches Uniting in Christ”. The purpose of the initiative is to assist congregations to reach out to one another across denominational, racial, and ethnic lines for better understanding of one another and to better serve their communities.
As part of this work, we will be having a pulpit exchange on June 14. Pastor Stephen Schmidt of First United Methodist in Weatherford will be preaching at our 10:30 service, while Pastor Franz will be preaching at 11:00 at Prince Memorial CME church on Oak St.
Messiah has been invited to participate in the Healthy Kids Summer Lunch Program. We will need at least one driver and one or two helpers Monday – Friday June 8 through August 7. If you can help please contact Pastor Franz or Darrell Mohr (817-694-8307) as soon as possible.
Healthy Kids Summer Lunch Program is a collaboration between Weatherford ISD and the community of Weatherford The congregations currently involved include First United Methodist Church in Weatherford, North Side Baptist Church, First Baptist Church Horseshoe Bend, New River, and Grace First Presbyterian Church. Weatherford Parks & Recreation Department is also very supportive of the program. They are providing the use of their parks, signs for their locations, and other support.
The program is fully funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture. Hot meals will be prepared at Curtis Elementary every day, Monday – Friday. Volunteers from the community pick up those meals in coolers, deliver them to their site, and pass the meals out to each kid there. Any kid age 18 and under is eligible for a meal. There is no registration or income check. Every kid there can eat. The volunteers only take a tally of the number of meals fed
We have three young Christians who will be affirming their faith through the rite of confirmation on June 7 at the 8:00 a.m. service: Clara Fulsaas, Charlotte Lowes, and Harrison Lowes. Please hold them in your prayers.
A reception with cake and goodies will be held for the confirmands after the service.
MESSIAH’S WEDNESDAY EVENING SCHEDULE HAS BEEN REVISED FOR APRIL AND MAY
6:30 Small group discussions of the latest Reading the Bible Together chapters. You will enjoy the discussion even if you haven’t done the reading.
7:30 Choir Practice. All are welcome.
Maundy Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.
On Maundy Thursday we focus on the last supper of Jesus with his disciples and his command to them that they love one another as he has loved them.
Good Friday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
At this solemn service we remember our savior Jesus’ crucifixion and death and his final works and words. The climax of the service is the solo singing of “Were You There” in darkness.
Easter Sunday, April 5
Easter Sunday, April 5
Sunrise Service, 7:00 a.m.
Dawn brings the news that Christ is risen indeed! At this early morning service we hear the story of God’s salvation for us in Christ and call on the Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith and commitment as we renew our baptismal vows.
Potluck Easter Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
The Lenten fast is over. Bring a little something to share and enjoy a true breaking fast meal with your church community.
Egg Hunt for the Young Ones, 9:30 a.m.
The children enjoy a fun way of recognizing the new life that Christ brings on Easter morning.
Festival Worship, 10:30 a.m.
Joyous music hailing the triumph of Christ over the power of the grave accompanies the baptism of a new member of the body of Christ, Jace William Becker, son of Kyle and Nikki Becker.
10 Suggestions for making your Lent (and your life) better
- Take part in Messiah’s “Reading the Bible Together” program . The list of readings is in the hallway by the coat rack. Pastor Franz sends a daily email reminder that is also posted on Facebook. It’s okay to jump in at any point; don’t worry about catching up or keeping up.
- The email reminder includes a “Thought for the Day from Martin Luther.” You may not always agree with him, but Luther’s thoughts on the Christian life are always earnest and seek to make you strong in your faith in God’s grace in Christ.
- Start your day with a devotion. Use Christ in Our Home or the booklet provided by the Prison Congregations of America, both available in the narthex.
- Join in the Wednesday night bible study, meeting at 6:00 p.m. during Lent. Ten to 15 of our Messiah friends have been meeting every week since September, enjoying learning and fellowship. You will be blessed by the time together.
- Worship at the weekly 30-minute Lenten evening Holy Communion services. It’s at 7:00 P.M. Wednesdays, and we are using a beautiful liturgy setting by Marty Haugen and Pastor Susan Briehl: “Unfailing Light.” Very short sermon.
- Set aside a little money each day for the hungry. Global offering boxes for these gifts are in the narthex. Pick one up. Cutting back a little on one of your personal luxuries will make it possible.
- Pray for others each day. It might be a friend or loved one who needs special care, those on our Messiah prayer list, or those you know are just not getting along with very well.
- Take on a volunteer opportunity at Messiah: Outreachers, the mentoring program, the lawn mowing crew, the Sunday school and the choir; and Pastor Franz can always use your help. Community groups outside Messiah need help, too.
- Forgive someone.
- Trust in God. For everything.
Messiah’s Book Group meets at church this afternoon, Wednesday, at 5:30 to talk about “When Bad Christians Happen to Good People: Where We Have Failed Each Other and How to Reverse the Damage,” by Dave Burchett.
The Out-to-Dinner Group of Messiah Lutheran will gather at La Playa Maya, 1445 Fort Worth Hwy., in Weatherford, at 6:30 P.M. Join the group for good fellowship and food.