Church Operating Status: Caution

As members of Messiah come from a 60 mile radius, there will be no Sunday school at 9:15 am to help folks avoid icy roads. We **WILL** gather for worship at 10:45 am as usual, followed by our congregational meeting. The nativity play rehearsal remains scheduled for during the congregational meeting.

advent to christmas

Share our journey through Advent to Christmas and beyond…

“This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12) — All season, drop off disposable diapers of all sizes at Messiah. We will be collecting for needy neighbors and clients of MCEF and Lutheran Family Services of Virginia.

11/27 Interfaith Holiday Memorial Service at 7:00 pm, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (6000 Grove Ave, Richmond) – A community event offered in support of those grieving the loss of a child.

12/3 First Sunday in Advent, Holy Communion at 10:45 am – Messiah will also give thanks for Pastor Lou’s ten years of ordained ministry AND kick-off its marking of 50 years in ministry!

12/10 Second Sunday in Advent, Holy Communion at 10:45 am – Messiah members are asked to remain for its annual business meeting following worship.

12/17 Third Sunday in Advent, Lessons & Carols with Nativity Play at 10:15 am – Join All Souls Episcopal for a full morning of fun and worship! At 9:15 am, come with your entire family to help sing carols and decorate our sanctuary tree. Refreshments will be offered, along with a festive combined choir and worship service. if your child would like to participate in our Nativity Play please contact our office or speak with Lois Schroeder (Messiah) or Donna Haynes (All Souls)

12/17 German Kaffeeklatsch & Worship at 4:00 pm –  This special (and tasty) event is sponsored by members of local German clubs and Messiah Lutheran. It is open to the public. 

12/21 LFS Foster Care Children’s Party at 6:00 pm – Messiah will host a very special gathering open to the entire community (Christmas activities, treats and more) with foster children and their families as our special guests. 

Please note the important differences between our two worship services offered on this day:

12/24 Fourth Sunday in Advent, Service of the Word at 10:45 am (No Sunday School will be held.)

12/24 Christmas Eve Service with candlelight ceremony and Holy Communion at 7:00 pm! This is our primary Christmas celebration and includes special fun for younger children (along with a small gift) as they gather around our tree with Pastor Lou. This year’s theme: Angels we have heard on high!


1/6 Epiphany Party! at 6:30 pm: Join All Souls Episcopal and Messiah Lutheran as we close out the 12 Days of Christmas with a vesper service of light, bonfire and celebration! As the Magi were said to bring gold, frankincense and myrrh to honor the newborn king, attendees are invited to honor the Jesus found in our neighbors in need by donating hats, scarves and gloves. Bring a sample of your Christmas greens to burn in our bonfire. Children will be able to share Epiphany cupcakes. Those children who find the chocolate gold coins win prizes. Fun and meaningful for all ages!

500 Years Later: Ecumenical Dialogue as Gift and Call

This year in Richmond! Join us! December 1 & 2!

The annual LARCUM (Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic-United Methodist) event is open to all!

Friday will take place at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Saturday will be held at St. Bridget Catholic Church. (Both are next door to each other.) Local Bishops from all four denominations will be in attendance, and you are invited to attend. Download more information and registration material below:

LARCUM Conference 2017 Registration

LARCUM Conference 2017 Brochure 

LARCUM Conference 2017 Map


forwarding faith

Code Red

If you live or work in Hanover County Virginia, sign up for the county’s emergency alert system. To learn more, click the above image.

worship watch

Messiah Lutheran Church and School participates in Worship Watch.


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