Church Operating Status: CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER – NO EVENTS 12/09/18

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Follow the Star – Advent & Christmas 2018
Jesus said, “I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star” (Revelation 22:16). As we approach Christmas, we prepare through the season of Advent. All the while – as with every season of our lives – we seek to follow Jesus. Please journey with us!

12/2 First Sunday in Advent – Worship with Holy Communion will be at 10:45 am. We will dedicate our new Advent wreath! Messiah members are asked to remain for its annual business meeting following worship.

12/9 Second Sunday in Advent – Worship with Holy Communion will be at 10:45 am. If inclement weather on December 2, we will hold our annual business meeting after this worship. Come back for our popular Kaffeeklatsch at 4:00 pm with German Christmas Service at 5:00 pm.

12/16 Third Sunday in Advent – At 9:15 am, come with your entire family to help sing carols and decorate our sanctuary tree. It’s a family favorite! Light refreshments will be offered. During our special combined worship with All Souls Episcopal at 10:15 am, we will enjoy a festive combined choir and Lessons & Carols. 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).

12/23 Fourth Sunday in Advent, Holy Communion at 10:45 am. (No Sunday School will be held from this date until January 6)

12/24 Christmas Eve Service with candlelight ceremony and Holy Communion will be held at 7:00 pm! Our worship includes special fun for younger children (along with a small gift) as they gather around our tree with Pastor Lou. This year’s theme: Follow the Star (adapted from the Church of England, 2018).

1/6 Morning Worship & Annual Epiphany Party! Sunday school returns at 9:15 am. Our worship with Holy Communion will be offered at 10:45 am. At 6:30 pm, come back to join All Souls Episcopal and Messiah Lutheran as we close out the 12 Days of Christmas with our annual 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 (weather permitting) and any remaining Christmas treats to share. Children will be able to pick from our Epiphany cupcakes. (Those children who find one of the three chocolate gold coins win prizes.) Members of L’Arche Metro-Richmond will once again be invited as our special guests.

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Three Priests Walk in a (Coffee) Bar…

No, this isn’t the beginning of a joke. It’s a time for casual and fun conversations about important matters of faith, spirituality, and life. And you’re invited!

Next Date: 12/20, 7-9 pm

Next Location: Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave., Ashland (Yes, they serve coffee and tea, but also food and beer. In fact, they promise us their full menu next this visit – ribs and more!)

Next topic: What’s the real gifts of Christmas?

The three clergy mentioned below are not a panel. We’re not “experts.” We’re just a group of friends who like good beer, good food, good company, and good conversation. And we want to extend our conversation to include you . . . and anyone else who’s interested.

Who are we?
Father Adam Sexton, Priest at St Andrew’s Orthodox Church, Ashland.
Pastor Lou Florio, Pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church, Mechanicsville.\
Father Nik Forti, Priest at the Fork Church of St Martin’s Parish, Doswell.

Come thirsty for good food, good drink, and great theological discussion.


Save the dates: Messiah members are asked to make every effort to attend our Annual Business Meeting on Sunday, December 2, 2018, after worship (snow date, 12/9). We will elect new council members and seek to approve our 2019 budget. On Sunday, January 20 (snow day, 1/27), join your brothers and sisters as we share the story of our past year and look toward a future filled with hope during our Annual Reports Meeting. The new council for 2019-2020 will be installed and ministry reports shared.

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Join us for FPU. Get rid of your debt. Increase your savings. Live more generously. Our next class will be announced soon. Contact our office for more information.

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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.

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Messiah Lutheran Church and School participates in Worship Watch.

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