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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What’s in Your Wallet? Not Enough.


20th Sunday after Pentecost - October 18, 2020

 

Say the word stewardship in some congregations and people are protectively guarding their wallets faster than you can say “pledge card!” Unfortunately, too often we associate stewardship exclusively with issues of money. The good news is that God has little interest in our wallets. God wants our whole lives, wallets, and all! Nevertheless, this week is prime time for stewardship campaigns in congregations around the country. The stewardship theme is reflected in our announcements, our prayers, our songs, and our readings. Today’s gospel provides an ideal time to reflect on stewardship of all sorts—time, talent, and financial treasures.

The Pharisees approach Jesus in a thinly veiled attempt to trap him on issues of financial obligations to the Roman government. Their question of Jesus, simplified to the extreme, is “who gets your wallet?” If Jesus answered one way, he would be guilty of treason. If he answered the other way, he would have been considered guilty of heresy in the eyes of the religious leaders. Jesus responds by issuing a challenge of his own—give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give to God what belongs to God. This statement challenges us to ponder: if God created the world and everything in it, what doesn’t belong to God? God wants a whole lot more than just your wallet. God wants your life, wallet, and all!

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