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Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles.....

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Messiah Lutheran Church

 


 Welcome Home to Messiah

All are Welcome


Interim Pastor, Steve Fisher



Holy Communion
 

Sundays, 10:00 am

Safety protocols still in place, see below. 

Unique Video Services will continue Sundays on Our YouTube Channel
A Link is also on the Top Bar Menu

Daily Prayers & Devotions published weekly
here

Pastors weekly message published here


Sunday School
Sundays, 10:00 am


Sunday Forum
Suspended
 
Note: Ashtabula County is currently (11-30-22) at a HIGH COVID-19 Community Level
The CDC recommends masks in indoor public areas and on public transportation.
 
Safety Protocols: 
By council resolution, Messiah’s building is now open to monitored, congregational activities. Internal, established groups from Messiah, such as Day Timers and Tapestry, may resume their usual schedules.  The building is also open, for the time being, for the many established, outside groups that have used the building in the past for meetings and activities.  Carefull, gradual re-opening has seemed to be successful. Should it become necessary, we will follow up with re-establishing some of our safety protocols shown to be successful in the past.  Until we are clearly out of the pandemic, this is not a time yet to open the building to large numbers of random guests. 
 
Following the guidelines of public institutions (such as Ashtabula Justice Center), we ask those who have not been vaccinated to wear a mask and practice physical distancing.  If you have been vaccinated, masks are not mandatory, but still recommended for indoor gatherings. See links below.


Note: Ashtabula County is currently (11-30-22) at a "HIGH COVID-19 Community Level"
The CDC recommends masks in indoor public areas and on public transportation.


Liturgy is returning to worship.  The severe restrictions that went into effect in the Spring of 2020 were a reasonable response to a virus that was not fully understood. It is a relatively safe time now to gradually restore worship practices important in the Lutheran Church AND for our size congregation.  So, expect to hear multiple readings, to speak the liturgy, to be assisted by a deacon, to receive the communion host (“wafer”) placed in your hand, and to hold a hymnal again.  Singing is now restored and carefully monitored.  Unfortunately, our heating & cooling mechanisms do not turn over the large volume of air in our sanctuary.  In such an uncirculated environment aerisols can build up within about 30 minutes or less during singing. 

CDC general guidance for
activities, gathering & Holidays:
CDC guidance for those NOT FULLY vaccinated remain as follows:
Currently:
54.5  % of Ashtabula County residents have completed the primary series of 2 vaccinations (11-30-22).
58.6  % of Ashtabula County residents have recieved a single dose of vaccination (11-30-22).

50.96 % of Ashtabula County residents have completed the primary series of 2 vaccination shots (3-15-22).
54.40 % of Ashtabula County residents have a single dose of vaccination (3-15-22).


57.17 % of Ashtabula County residents are NOT fully vaccinated (9-4-21).
53.99 % of Ashtabula County residents have NOT started vaccination (9-4-21).
59.26 % of Ashtabula County residents are NOT fully vaccinated (7-27-21).
59.6 % of Ashtabula County residents are NOT fully vaccinated ((7/19/21).
61.6 % of Ashtabula County residents are NOT fully vaccinated (6/22/21).

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccination-dashboard

 

                 Sunday's Service is Broadcast Live from our Church Parking Lot.  
Suspended due to technical difficulties
 
Drive to Messiah.  Park your car.  Stay in your car. Tune your FM radio to 92.1.  The service from inside the building will be broadcast to you outside in the parking lot. 

The church service inside continues as usual at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday.  The FM 92.1 broadcast option is for the folks who drive to the parking lot and wish to remain in your cars.   The FM broadcast is not intended to replace normal church inside, only supplement normal church inside.


We'll figure out how to bring holy communion out to you in your cars if you advise us you will be there -- sort of like the old drive-in days, but you won't have to attach a tray to your window (nor tip the waiter).

Commentary

A helpful theme that runs thru ELCA Social Statements is the exercise of reason. Reason and rationality help sustain humanity in this creation. Establishing protocols and procedures to help us worship together safely is our challenge and calling in these pandemic days. While we  have modified and fine tuned many of these protocols as time has gone by, make no mistake, we are still in a Pandemic.

This pandemic has taken our nation, culture, economy, households, and churches on an astonishing journey. We've grieved losses, rallied to share support, and responded with a lot of patience and humor. We're stronger for this experience. Thanks be to God. 
 
We've weathered many crises in our lifetimes, none perhaps as dangerous as this -- certainly none as socially isolating as this. We understand that even though we are out and about  physically we stilll have a responsibility for the safety of us all. We should still pray for one another,  phone each other, text each other, email each other or even write a snail mail letter in cursive.  
 
 Continuing Resources 
 
We plan to revise  & support our spiritual resources developed and refined during the early years of the Pandemic.
Sunday's Video Services are archived on our website & on our YouTube channel ("Messiah Lutheran Ashtabula").  Please Subscribe to our YouTube channel.   We are currently refining our path forward with the YouTube channel.

The Facebook Page "Messiah Lutheran Bula" will be under new stucture and hosts all sorts of positive and helpful posts. The Facebook Page previsously written by Rev. Dr. Michael Meranda (retired), "Good Day", provides relevant biblical / prayerful perspectives. It is currently under sebatical.  Links to these pages are provided on this website's Menu and are usefull for those not registered on Facebook - Pages can still be accessed via these links.

In addition to Facebook revisions, Messiah's web page  www.messiahashtabula.com is being re-invented. Helpful pieces show up here, such as sermons from our past Bishop Allende, our current Bishop Barbins as well as archived Pastor's Page's and a Page of Daily Prayers for the week.

 Online Donations Active ! 
 

We have added a link to "GivePlus" an online donation feature powered by Vanco Services to our site. Vanco Services is the same company that has been processing electronic giving for several of our members. With this link on our website you can now give online using a credit card or by deducting from your checking or savings account at your Bank. Donations can be a single, one time gift or scheduled for weekly, bi-weekly or monthly automatically reoccuring donations .  Note: Credit card donations do carry some fees for the church. Usually about 2.75%. There is an option that allows you to absorb those fees if you choose to.  

Choosing the "ACH" option to deduct from your bank account usually does not carry any fees.
  Members still have the option to fill out a form and have their donation come right out of their checking account on a similar schedule of their choosing.  Usually there is only a minimal fee for such transactions.

The link to a "PayPal" option is also live. There is a fee to the church for these transactions of about 2.2%.  Currently there is not an automatic option on PayPal to cover these fees, but you can always manually adjust your donation accordingly if you so choose.

Members can also add Messiah to their Bank's on-line Bill Paying system. Your bank will mail checks to Messiah according to your Bill Pay instructions.  Usually there are no fees for such on-line banking service. The Church mailing address is: Messiah Lutheran Church; 615  Prospect Road; Ashtabula, OH; 44004.