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8300 Providence Rd. just south of the Arboretum and Hwy 51 (Pineville-Matthews Rd).  Map.


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March 2017 Message PDF Print E-mail

Pastor Patton Says Yes

On Sunday, February 19th, Pastor Steve Patton announced to Crosspoint Lutheran Church in Sahuarita, Arizona, that he has accepted the Call to become Senior Pastor of Messiah in Charlotte. We thank the Holy Spirit for leading Pastor Patton to this decision. We are excited that Pastor Patton has accepted Messiah’s Call for we know he has the gifts and experience to  serve well as our new Senior Pastor. We will be praying for him and his family as he concludes his pastoral ministry at Crosspoint. And we will continue to pray for Crosspoint congregation as they will soon be dealing with a pastoral vacancy, that God may raise up a good vacancy pastor that will lead them during this time of transition in their journey as a Christian congregation.

 

 

 

Pastor Patton has indicated that he and his wife Myra and their two children will be coming to Charlotte the week of March 20th to begin looking for housing and schooling for their two daughters Anya (7) and Lydia (4). The Installation Service for Pastor Patton is scheduled for Sunday, March 26th at 4 pm. President John Denninger or his designate from the Southeastern District will be leading the Installation. More information will be given in coming weeks in Messiah’s Church bulletin and on the church website.

 

 

 

Pastor Patton is 50 years old. He grew up in Oregon and received his university education at several schools. Before going to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, he was a project manager and small business owner in the computer industry. It was several years after he became a Lutheran that he was accepted at Concordia Seminary, graduating there in 2008. He did his vicarage at the Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior in Green Valley, Arizona. He was the founding pastor of Crosspoint Lutheran Church and served this brand new congregation for the past seven years.

 

 

 

Messiah has been blessed with two faithful Senior Pastors in our 35 years history, Pastor Bob Torgler and Pastor Tim Baldinger. We will soon be adding a new Senior Pastor who we pray will be leading Messiah in its many ministries for years to come.  

 

 

 

Pastor Ron Wiese

 

 

 

 

 
December 2016 Message PDF Print E-mail

Test Your “Advent IQ”

Pastor Ron Wiese

 

Here are some questions to test how much you know about the Advent Season:

 

True or False: Jesus left His disciples explicit directions about how to celebrate the Church Year.

The word “Advent” means:

            a) coming  

            b) thankful 

            c) Christmas shopping in full swing 

            d) a new beginning.

 

True or False: Advent has always been a somber, penitential season.

 

The appropriate color of Advent is (choose one):

       a) blue 

       b) purple 

       c) pink 

       d) all the above

       e) none of the above

 

True or False: The Advent wreath traditionally used four candles.

 

The Advent wreath originated

            a) in medieval France 

            b) with Martin Luther 

            c) devised by a German pastor in 1830 

            d) with the 1st century Church

 

True or False: Advent always begins on the first Sunday in December.

 

True or False: Advent makes its presence known by certain decorations in the church.

 

True or False: Each Advent candle has a special, symbolic meaning: the first candle is “hope,” the second candle is “love”, the third candle “joy,” and the fourth ”peace.”

 

 

Answers:

False. Jesus gave no specific instructions on how to celebrate His birth, death or resurrection. Over the years, the Church Year was developed as a useful tool to guide Christian worship.

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The word “Advent” means “coming” and refers to the three-fold coming of Jesus: His first coming as the Messiah, His coming to us now through His Word and Sacrament, and His final coming at the End of Time.

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False. In Gaul, Advent was viewed as a companion of Lent, but in Rome the emphasis was on preparing for Christ’s incarnation and was thus more joyful.

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All the above. Originally, Advent candles were whatever color was available. Today many Advent wreaths have 3 purple and 1 rose candle or 4 blue candles.

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True. The traditional Advent wreath includes four candles, with one lit the first week and additional candles on following weeks. Sometimes a white candle is put in the center and lit on Christmas Eve.

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We don’t know. Candles were used by early Christians to represent the presence of Christ. The evergreen came to symbolize eternal life. We don’t know for sure when the two were joined together.

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False. Advent begins on the closest day to November 30th. This year it is November 27th.

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True. Look around the church nave and see all the symbols of Advent, including the Advent wreath, the paraments and the Chrismon tree (going up on December 11th).

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False. There is no specific meaning or symbolism of the candles, except as a ”count-down” to Christmas. The Advent Season, along with the wreath and other traditions, was created by the Christian Church as a way to “make time Christian.”

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Modified from an “Advent IQ” test created by Martha Israel who served for many years as Pastor Wiese’s Parish Assistant and Organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Memphis, TN.

 

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January 2017 Message PDF Print E-mail

Everyone is Needed

Pastor Ron Wiese

Recently, a member of Messiah had his appendix removed. Medical people are still trying to figure out why babies are born with an appendix, something they don’t really need. Perhaps there are times when we feel we are like an appendix, not really needed by others. That is especially true in a large Christian Church like Messiah. It seems like everything is taken care of for us:  preachers, teachers, nursery personnel, ushers, custodian, etc. So how are we all  needed? We may say: “I can’t teach or work with the youth. So I’m not very important.”

The Apostle Paul reminds us all in 1 Corinthians 12 that by God’s grace we are all part of the Body of Christ, the Christian Church. We became a part of that Body through our Baptism, and we have become recipients of God’s gifts of faith, hope and love in Jesus Christ. Each of us has also received special gifts from God to use to His glory and for the common good of the Body. 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12 and Ephesians 4 provide just a partial list, a list where there is no ranking of importance, no neat categories, no exhaustive list. The only criteria for the use of these gifts is that they are given by God for “the common good” in the Body of Christ.

Barbara Streisand made popular a song which said: “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” That’s the Christian Church, that’s Messiah congregation, a place where we are all family, needed and cherished, from the very young to the very old. As the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:26 “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”

So how do we discover our place in the Body of Christ called Messiah Lutheran Church? One way is to follow an acrostic called “START.” This stands for:

S    Study God’s Word and other Christian resources regarding spiritual gifts

T    Trial and error, where we discover our gifts by simply trying different activities

A    Analyze or review what we are doing to see if follows our passions and uses our gifts

R    Request a response from others on what gifts they see us having

T    Training or mentoring from others who have been using such gifts in their service to God

Over 100 members of Messiah completed the new “Serving the Living Lord” survey form, indicating where they want to be in service to the Lord in 2017 through their participation in Messiah’s ministries. If you did not complete a form, but still wish to offer some of your gifts in one or more ministries of Messiah, pick up a form at the Welcome Desk in the church lobby. You can return your completed form by placing it in the offering plate on a Sunday morning or mailing it to the church office.

In the Body of Christ, everyone is needed! A pastor was visiting an invalid who felt that she had nothing to contribute any more. He took her hands into his and said: “You still have a ministry – prayer.” In this New Year, may God lead and bless each of us as we find and celebrate our place in the Body of Christ.

 
February 2017 Message PDF Print E-mail

 

BLESSING OTHER PEOPLE

by Paula Weiss
I saw the letters BOP on my daughter’s “to-do” list while we visited over Christmas break.   So I asked… “what does BOP stand for?”  “Blessing other people”—was her response.  “Each week or when we can, our family finds a way to bless someone else.”   I liked that idea! 


How about a challenge to our Messiah family?  What if we would find a way to bless others during the month of February??  Each day your family could find one way to bless someone else.  Maybe family members could take turns with the assignment.  Agree on the plan ahead of time and work it out together.  And what might come of blessing other people?  I suspect that we’ll be more blessed than those we bless.  While we are BOP-ping… I believe God will be BU (Blessing Us). 


So BOP away!  Get a plan and get started.  February 1st is almost here.   Talk about your BOP’s at home (or while you’re driving).  This is not about getting credit or glory--- but it is about being a BLESSING to someone else.
 
And let’s SHARE our BOP’s with each other--  send them to Paula This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and she can (anonymously) share your BOP ideas! Snap a picture (if appropriate) and send that too.  (the cookies your baked, the yard you raked, etc.)  You might let me know how someone blessed you!
 
Some ways you might want to BOP! (BLESS OTHER PEOPLE)— 
1.     Be kind (especially to someone that challenges your kindness).  Ask God to bless them.
2.     Smile—more and a lot!  Smile at those you don’t know—in the store, at the restaurant, in school…
3.     Be thoughtful in traffic.  Let someone else cut in front of you.  Pray a blessing for them!
4.     Return loose shopping carts to the cart return.  At Aldi’s—offer a cart without taking the quarter!
5.     Hold the door for someone.  Offer a “God Bless You. “while you do.
6.     Offer to carry groceries for someone.
7.     Wave (vigorously) at a school bus driver, mailman, or other worker that needs recognition.
8.     Bake cookies or brownies-- for your local police station, fire station or EMT’s
9.     Send a note --- This could be for a birthday or anniversary that you don’t usually remember---OR
10.  To someone who is alone or someone who needs encouragement
11.  To someone you love or to someone you need to love more
12.  To someone you can thank or to someone who is sad
13.  Draw a picture for a friend.  (Frame it!)
14.  Take a special treat to a teacher, school secretary, janitor or other support staff.
15.  Make a Valentine for someone in your neighborhood you don’t know very well (yet).
16.  Give your gently used toys and clothes to salvation Army.
17.  Give eye contact when greeting people today (you might even add a smile!).
18.  Donate extra items to the food pantry this month.
19.  Leave an extra generous tip for a waiter or waitress (whether you’ve gotten great service—or not).
20.  Leave a tip for a housekeeping person in a hotel-- add a note of thanks.
21.  Pay it forward when you are at the drive-through. 
22.  Offer “blessing bags” (bottled water, granola bar, candy bar, nuts or fruit) for someone holding a “need food” or “out of work” sign.  Don’t forget a note of encouragement!  Pray, too!
23.  Do a random act of kindness at work or school. 
24.  Sit by someone at lunch that could use a friend—be sincerely interested in them.
25.  Make a meal for a family that could use a break.  Pray for them. 
26.  Do childcare for a family—so Mom and Dad get a night out.   (could be a family project!)
27.  Choose one person or family to pray for—ALL DAY.  (Breakfast, lunch, breaks, dinner and bedtime).
28.  Invite a family in for game night and snacks.
29.  Offer to rake (or vacuum) for a friend or neighbor. (with their permission but not for payment!)
30.  Do your siblings chores for the week without reward. 
31.  Do your spouses chores for the week….without expecting reward or acknowledgement. 
32.  Bring a cup of coffee to a co-worker. 
33.  Leave a small bouquet of flowers (anonymously) for someone who needs cheering up
34.  Hug someone that might not expect it!
35.  Visit or call someone in the hospital.  Pray, too!
36.  Leave used Christian magazines or devotionals in your dr. waiting room or other waiting room.
37.  Share used books that have blessed you with a friend.
 
May you be BLESSED by BOP-ping this month! 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 
November 2016 Message PDF Print E-mail

Blessed to Be a Blessing

by Pastor Ron Wiese

 

 

 

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”     (Philippians 1:3-4)

Dear Members of Messiah:

On behalf of the Board of Stewardship, we wish to thank you for your continued support and cooperation in fulfilling our ministry at Messiah. In order to achieve our objectives, we will be taking the following steps on the first two Sundays in November.

Our stewardship theme this year is “Blessed to be a Blessing!” On Sunday, November 6th, a “Serving the Living Lord” questionnaire and a financial commitment card will be distributed in all three worship services. 

Consecration Sunday is November 13th. We request that you return your questionnaire and commitment card on that Sunday. We are doing this to encourage you in your management of God’s gifts.

“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches in Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.

(I Corinthians 16:1-2)

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Sample ImagePastor Steve was born and raised in Oregon. After graduating from Willamette University with degrees in German and International Studies, he worked in various vocations that taught him how to work in teams with diverse people.  As a project manager in the computer tech industry in the 90’s, he began to feel God’s call to become a pastor. In 2003, he took a huge leap of faith, selling his business and two homes to drive to Saint Louis for the first time and begin Seminary training.

 

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