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.
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 or no 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 to cover those fees.
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.