COVID-19 EMERGENCY

UPDATE - OCTOBER 1, 2020

VIRTUAL CHURCH IS ALWAYS OPEN

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IN-PERSON EVENTS

INCLUDING ACTIVITIES/MEETINGS/WORSHIP

CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Beginning October 4th, with availability on the First and Third Sundays of the Month: We will be offering the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion on a Drive-Thru basis. Distribution will occur in the Messiah Parking Lot from 9:30am to 10:00am. Physical Distancing measures and other guidelines will be observed including

a) All participants in each vehicle will be required to wear a mask.
b) Please keep your windows down until directed to open them by the Communion Minister
c) If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness please remain home.
d) If you have been in the presence of someone who has COVID19, or been notified that you have been exposed to COVID19, please remain home.

After receiving communion there will be an opportunity for those who are not utilizing our online giving tools to drop off their church donations.

Continuation of this opportunity and any further steps towards reopening for in-person activity will take into consideration all CDC recommendations as well as the advice of our Synod and Churchwide representatives. Please note that a sudden increase or spike in local COVID19 statistics may require these and future arrangements to be changed upon short notice. Please watch the website and email UPdates for further information.

The Parish Administrative and Pastoral Care offices remain available by appointment only. You may reach out to a member of the staff by email.

pastor@messiahnfm.org
john.renfroe@messiahnfm.org
office@messiahnfm.org

 

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Jesus Is Really into Relationships!


Reformation Sunday- October 25, 2020

 

Love God, love neighbor, and love self. Jesus is really into relationships! Oftentimes, even if unintentionally, we put loving self first, and because “we are bound to sin and cannot free ourselves” we usually do a poor job of actually loving ourselves. This means we have less love to give to neighbor and even less for God. Jesus puts relationship with God first. He doesn’t do this to make us last but so that we can fully understand love and relationship the way God desires it for us.

Today’s readings give us insight into the ways God desires us to be in relationship: by being just in all our dealings with others, by not being lead astray by the wicked, by sharing the gospel with humility and tender care, and by loving God and neighbor. It might sound simple, but relationships are far from simple. Relationships are complex creatures with complex issues. Even the best relationships include struggle.

People in our congregations struggle with relationships each and every day. Love should be an easy thing, but it takes work and effort to love God, love others, and love oneself. The psalmist uses the image of trees planted by streams of water to describe people who “delight in the law of the Lord.” These are not weak, brittle, or dying trees; these are strong trees that prosper. Our faith plants us, nourishes us, and strengthens us to love.

How can we be like trees planted by streams of water? In what ways can the church help people to make and maintain healthy relationships? How do we encourage self-worth and humility? This is an excellent day to ask these questions, to create forums where answers can be discussed, and to remind one another how much God truly loves us.

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