MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH AND PRESCHOOL

MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH AND PRESCHOOL
2727 Five Mile Rd. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Rev. Tom Bartzsch, Pastor
Pastor’s Home phone: 884-5131
Pastor’s Cell phone: 616-490-7315
Mr. Richard Krueger, Parish Assistant
616-363-2553
www.messiahgr.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/messiahgr
E-mail: [email protected]
Pastor’s Twitter: @MessiahGRPastor
E-mail: [email protected]
January 11, 2015
IN OUR PRAYERS:
 Those with immediate prayer concerns: Phil Tillotson; Bruce
Coleman; Tammy Ahrens; Arlene Woosley; Alexis White,
granddaughter of Rev. & Rosy Masih; Jimmy Edwards, friend of Matt
VanEtten; Wanda Mitchell, friend of Victor VanEtten; Simon Leavit,
grandson of Bob & Jan Ringel, former members; Barbara Feorene, sister of Elaine
Jingles; Dawn Feorene, niece of Elaine Jingles; Maryann Northcott, friend of
Marcie Merkle; and Sharon Lemune, friend of Judy Spencer.
 Those with ongoing prayer concerns: Bill Navarre; Duane Parks; and Peter
VanLente, nephew of Judy Spencer.
 Joe and Becky Buss, and their new little son, for God’s protection and a safe and
a speedy return as they travel to China to pick him up and bring him home.
 Melissa, Madison and Josiah Nall; our Salvation Army Congregational Partnership
Program family, that Melissa is able to return to being self-supporting with God’s
guidance and Messiah’s help and encouragement.
(Please pray for the above in your prayer time at home. If there are additions, deletions or changes to the
above list, please inform the church office by Wednesday noon.)
THE WORLDWIDE FLOOD - Some
people don’t want to believe it ever
happened. Some people believe there
was a flood, but only a local one. We’ll
look at the flood and its effects as we
continue our study of NOAH. Join us at
9:45 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Next
week (January 18th) we’ll finish up our
discussion of the flood and look at its
aftermath.
THE BAPTISM AND TEMPTATION OF
JESUS serve as the lesson focus for
Sunday School this week. Jesus is
baptized into and takes on our sin, and
faces our temptations so we, in Baptism,
would receive His goodness, His
holiness, and His purity. Parents could
ask, “Why is it important that Jesus was
baptized? Why is it important that we
are baptized?”
THINKING OF BECOMING A MEMBER
OF MESSIAH? – Want to know more
about the Lutheran faith? Pastor Bartzsch
is offering LUTHERANISM 101 again.
Classes will start this Saturday, January
17th from 10-11:30 AM,
and run
Saturday mornings until mid-March. Sign
up at the Welcome Center.
MiB RESUMES! – Men Into the Bible
resumes this Saturday, January 17th, at
8:30 AM. Join us as we continue our study
of the Formula of Concord and nosh on
some good breakfast together!
GARDEN
GETAWAY
WOMEN'S RETREAT The
deadline to register for the
women's
retreat
Garden
Getaway is January 15.
Please mail your check for
$15 made payable to "Messiah Lutheran
Church" with name and phone number of
participant to: Messiah Lutheran Church,
"Garden Getaway”, 2727 5 Mile Rd NE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49525 . Your payment
is your registration. Join us for a time to
relax with friends, share laughter and
spend time with God. It will be held 4
miles from church at: Leisure Village
Community Building, 5305 Circle Drive,
Belmont, MI. Saturday, January 31,
2015. 10 am - 4 pm.
SANCTITY OF LIFE SUNDAY is next
Sunday, Jan. 18th.
Following both
services there will be an offering collection
to go to Lutherans for Life and support all
the work they do: life education, training,
counseling, and materials from a Lutheran
perspective.
Due to Thrivent’s new
“neutral” policy towards life issues, LFL is
facing a funding gap. Your help is greatly
appreciated.
CARES our Wednesday morning Ladies
Bible Study continues: “Is God Listening:
Lord Teach Us to Pray.” Join us on
Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am
THE OUT TO LUNCH BUNCH will meet on
th
Thursday, January 29 at noon for lunch
at the Rio Grande restaurant. We will
discuss plans for the year of 2015. Please
RSVP to Jackie Cobb by Monday the 26th.
THANKS SO MUCH for all of your warm
wishes for us at Christmas, along with your
generous thoughts, prayers and gifts. We
are truly blessed to be members of this body
of Christ, and we pray that God blesses
each and every one of you in the coming
year!
Rick & Deb Krueger
THANK YOU for the beautiful cards,
thoughtful gifts and especially for your
prayers and friendship.
Millie Rathbun
WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU
for all the prayers and well wishes you have
given us over the past year. We are so
excited to be heading to China to bring our
little boy home. We leave on Jan 14 and
return on the 30th. Once home the 3 of us
will spend our time together bonding and
allowing our little guy to adjust to his new
world. We appreciate your continued
prayers as we travel, become a family, and
experience those first months of adjustment.
God’s blessing to you all.
Joe, Becky, and little boy Buss
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following Open House dates: January 14th,
2015, January 21st, 2015 and January 27
from 5 to 7 PM. A light meal will be
provided
HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED becoming
a pastor or deaconess? If so, Rev. Bill
Wrede from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
would like to meet with you at West
Michigan Lutheran High School on
nd
Thursday, January 22 between 9:00 am
and 1:00 pm. Rev. Wrede is interested in
meeting with prospective students of all
ages – elementary school age through
adults.
Appointments are individual,
informal, and family/friends are welcome to
come with you.
Appointments are not
necessary but encouraged.
If you are
interested in scheduling a specific time,
please contact Rev. Wrede at 314-505-7221
or [email protected]
WIN-SOME WOMEN.ORG.
THURSDAY/FRIDAY, MAY 14-15. Messiah
will once again be putting together a group.
This women's Christian retreat is held
overnight at the beautiful Grand Hotel,
Mackinac Island. Look for more information
about both retreats in the January newsletter
or call 364-8776.
MOUNT CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
IN GREENVILLE is sponsoring a Be A
Match Marrow Donor Registry Drive, on
th
Tuesday, January 20 fron 3 pm to 7 pm
with a light lunch provided, inspired by our
pastor’s wife, Grace Wilhelm. See her story
on the bulletin board across from the
kitchen. We are seeking committed donors
between 18 and 44 years of age and in good
general health to complete a consent form
and do a simple cheek swab for the registry.
This adds your tissue type to the registry; it
is NOT a donation, but we seek folks who
would be fully committed to donate to
someone they didn't know if they are
found to be a match some day.
THIS WEEK AT MESSIAH:
(January 11 – January 18, 2015)
TODAY
Circuit Forum @ St. James........ 2:00 pm
MONDAY
WOW – Women Of the Word... 11:00 am
Trustees Meeting ....................... 7:00 pm
TUESDAY
Lifelight .................................... 10:30 am
Evangelism Callers Meeting ...... 2:00 pm
WEDNESDAY
CARES ...................................... 9:30 am
Jr & Pre Confirmation ................ 6:00 pm
Lifelight ...................................... 6:00 pm
Choir.......................................... 7:00 pm
THURSDAY
Preschool Internal Enrollment begins
Parish Guild ............................. 12:30 pm
Garden Getaway Retreat committee
meeting in fellowship hall ........... 4:00 pm
FRIDAY
Pastor’s & Rick’s Day Off
SATURDAY
MIB – Men Into the Bible ........... 8:30 am
Lutheranism 101 ................... 10:00 am
SUNDAY
Sanctity of Life Sunday
Door Offering for Lutherans For Life
Worship/Communion .... 8:30 & 11:00 am
Classes ..................................... 9:45 am
Bowling League ......................... 3:00 pm
PERSONS
INTERESTED
IN
MEMBERSHIP AT MESSIAH are
encouraged to speak with the Pastor or
call the church office (363-2553) for
more information.
SERVING THE LORD TODAY:
Presider:
Rev. Tom Bartzsch
Organist:
Mr. Richard Krueger
Rhythm Section
Dave, Tammy & Andrew Ahrens, Jonathan Chaffer, Larry Goodlander,
& Singers:
Sheryl Keller, Deb Krueger
EARLY
LATE
Elders:
Mike Slimmen, Randy Gerke
Mark Hoogerhyde, Bill Brinkman
Ushers:
Pat Wheeler, Jim Hoffman,
Dan Hula, Bill Legate,
Jon Hoffman, Ken Stayton
Mike Khodl
Acolyte:
Kate London
Natalie Tyson
Nursery:
Megan Kearney
Allie Gadziemski
9:45 - Kendal Khodl
Greeters:
Jerry & Kay Tiedt
JoAnne Gillette
Coffee Host:
Legate
Team 1: Carol Mushong, Tammy Wanhatalo, Laura Altemann, Marcie Merkle
Altar Guild:
SERVING THE LORD NEXT WEEK:
EARLY
LATE
Elders:
John Lueders, Jim Hoffman
Larry Goodlander, Rick Domine
Ushers:
John Lueders, Dan Bohlinger,
John Wanhatalo, Rick Domine,
Rick Quackenbush, Lee Cobb,
Glen Ottenjan
Joe Buss
Acolyte:
Andrea Glenn
Kendra Veitengruber
Nursery:
Sarah Ahrens
Kaylee Sheridan
9:45 - Marian Meehleder
Greeters:
Pat & Diane Wheeler
Chris & Rae Sheridan
Coffee Host:
Mushong
Team
2:
Shirley
Hoese,
Lori
Kearney,
Sandy
Hoffman, Rae Sheridan
Altar Guild:
THE ALTAR FLOWERS THIS MORNING: were placed to the glory of God and in
Loving memory of Diane’s dad, Rudy, by Randy & Diane Oppenneer.
OUR DISCIPLESHIP LAST WEEK
Worship Attendance January 1 .................................................................................. 23
Worship Attendance January 4 ................................................................. 125 (49 & 76)
Adult Bible Classes.................................................................................................... 47
Sunday & High School Classes ........................................................................... 12 & 5
Offerings 12-31 .............................................................................................. $2,140.00
Offerings 1-1 & 1-4 ........................................................................................ $5,063.00