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Baptism, Confirmation highlight Pentecost Sunday 2016

It was a full morning of worship and celebration of the Holy Spirit on May 15, 2016 at Messiah Lutheran Church.

Messiah’s Cherub Choir started off the 8:30 a.m. worship, singing Kumbayah.  The Cherub Choir was led by Claire Strand and was accompanied by Taylor Burton on guitar. The Sacrament of Holy Baptism followed for Nora Elizabeth Christensen. She is the daughter of Jeff and Valerie Christensen and granddaughter of members Gary and Linda Heideman.

Children watching Baptism

Pastor Scott introduces the newly Baptised Nora to children who were invited up to the altar rail for a closer look.

Jr. and Tween Youth Director Sarah Walker spoke on the promises of Baptism and the impact the congregation of Messiah Lutheran Church has had in keeping those promises for her son, Justin Walker, who is a high school senior about to graduate.

Family at Baptism

The Christensen Family with Pastor Scott Peterson following Nora’s Baptism.

Donut Sunday Continues! Class on Welcoming Guests Offered during Sunday School Hour.

Along with it being Pentecost Sunday, it was also Donut Sunday at Messiah Lutheran Church! Donut Sunday takes place on the third Sunday of every month immediately following the first service and before Sunday School.  A selection of donuts, milk and coffee were enjoyed by many.

A combined  Adult Sunday School session featured Pastor Scott Peterson and Director of Outreach Claire Strand leading a refresher class on how to welcome guests and foster community with other members.   Claire led the class off sharing a funny, HOW NOT TO WELCOME GUESTS VIDEO  and then she and Pastor Scott offered wisdom and advice on ways to greet and meet guests and unfamiliar faces while at church.

Messiah Confirms Eight

Eight new members were confirmed into adult membership of Messiah Lutheran Church during the 11:00 a.m. service. The Confirmands were:

  • William Armstrong
  • Joshua Byers
  • Justin Byers
  • Mary Grace D’Antonio
  • Jonathan Huwaldt
  • Patrick Jobman
  • Andrew Seitz
  • Christina Zarazua

Confirmation 2016

A Confirmation Reception took place in the Parish Hall following the late service.

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Special thanks to Claire Strand and the Ryan family for organizing the reception, Ann and Ken Tippie who provided the table flowers and decorations, and Judi McMillin for making the boutonnieres and corsages.   Thanks also to those who helped with the food and the punch.

The joy, celebration, and the energy of the Holy Spirit of the risen Christ was certainly evident through the remarkable events of Pentecost Sunday.