A message from Pastor Lou
Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church… Now the church is not wood or stone, but the company of people who believe in Christ.” – Martin Luther
To have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ infers that we need a relationship with his body, the church. At Messiah, we understand that there are many varied expressions of faith and ministries. Each has a unique purpose and beauty. As you seek to meet the Risen Christ in your life, we invite you to journey with us. No pressure, just come, taste and see. For now, please explore our website – especially our picture gallery, calendar and newsletter sections – to gain a better sense of our shared life. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me by email (MessiahMechPR@gmail.com) or by phone (804-746-7134). I would also be honored to meet with you to help you discern your call within Christ’s family. May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you now and forever. Amen.
Personal Blog: 2pennyblog.wordpress.com
Sample children’s sermon, Silent Night? (Christmas Eve 2015)
Messiah’s sixth pastor, The Rev. Louis A. Florio, Jr. (or “Pastor Lou”) is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (BA, English) and concurrently earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary (formally Union – PSCE) and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. Additional studies for ordination were completed at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.
A former six year veteran of the City of Alexandria (Virginia) Police Department, Pastor Lou served primarily in midnight patrol, including as a field training officer and as part of their community policing efforts. He was awarded six Chief’s Outstanding Achievement and Performance Awards for his service. In 1994, he and his police partner were awarded the Alexandria Kiwanis’ Police Officer(s) of the Year Award.
Among Pastor Lou’s previous ministry and mission experience, he served as a “house parent” at St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota and as a volunteer with the Ecumenical Community of Taizé in France. He also has experience as a chaplain with Mary Washington Hospice in Fredericksburg, VA. He remains a member of the Virginia Chaplains Association and the International Conference of Police Chaplains.
Pastor Lou is blessed to be part of the L’Arche Metro Richmond community and volunteers regularly with Mechanicsville’s Relay for Life, Hanover Adult Center, Hanover Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics Virginia. He has been a profiled blogger at Living Lutheran in the past, or you can visit his 2pennyblog. He currently serves as the Dean of the Richmond Conference of ELCA Congregations. His wife, Kristine, is employed with the Federal government and serves on several ministry teams of the congregation.