The Messiah Messenger eNews

Messiah Lutheran Church

801 High Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060

Friday August 7, 2020


1 I love you, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
          my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
          my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
          and I am saved from my enemies.
Psalm 18:1-3



COVID 19 Worship Update

Due to the advancement of the pandemic locally, we will be holding worship services this Sunday August 9, 2020 on Zoom at 10am and outdoor worship in the courtyard at 11:00.

Please watch your email, or go to our website home page www.messiah-lutheran.us for any last minute updates.


Worship Services

Our Sunday Services this Sunday will be on ZOOM at 10am, outdoor worship in the courtyard at 11:00, and sometime after the servicea link will be posted on our website under Events/Worship Online.  You will need to sign in on the home page.  If you do not have credentials to sign in, please email Pastor@messiah-lutheran.us.

The ZOOM meeting ID for Sunday Services will be Meeting ID: 485 087 170

Access the room using a smartphone, tablet or computer using this link:  https://zoom.us/j/485087170

You can also “listen” to the service without video by calling: +1 669 900 6833

ZOOM worship will continue every Sunday at 10:00am.

For Aug 9 and Aug 16 we plan to also have a worship service outside in the courtyard at 11:00am. 

Following the Aug 9 outdoor service, we will meet to go over the proposed 2020-2021 budget.  (If you cannot be at the Budget Forum and would like to be a part of a ZOOM conversation on the budget, please email pastor@messiah-lutheran.us with a request.  We are looking at having a ZOOM Budget conversation on Tuesday, August 11, at 7:00pm. Please RSVP by Monday at 3pm if you are interested.)

Following the Aug 16 outdoor service, we will meet to have our voters meeting.


Voters Meeting Agenda

The items on the agenda for the August 16 voters meeting:

  1. Pastor’s Report
  2. Treasurer’s Report
  3. Election of 2020-2021 Board Members (three members)
    • Nominees: Shirley Busch, Jonathan Mueller, Tim Morgan
  4. Budget for 2020-2021
  5. Columbarium Proposal


Thursday Bible Study

The ZOOM meeting ID for Bible Studies will be Meeting ID: 450 934 553. 

Access the room using a smartphone, tablet or computer using this link:  https://zoom.us/j/450934553


Preschool Update

Families are delighted to be back and children are adjusting to “outdoor school “ and doing a wonderful job of wearing masks.


General Fund Donation

During this time of Shelter in Place, Messiah still has expenses that need to be supported. We ask that you prayerfully consider keeping up with your stewardship commitments.

If you would like to maintain your stewardship commitments to support the ministry of Messiah Lutheran Church, mail your offering to Messiah Lutheran Church, 801 High Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060, or you can make a General Fund donation by clicking below.  Please email melody@messiah-lutheran.us a note of each online donation that you make so that we can include it in your offering statement.


Second Harvest Food Bank Drive-Through Food Distributions

If you or someone you know needs food, call the Community Food Hotline at


Community Drive-Through Food Distributions:
Fridays, 9am to 1pm:

  • August 7 - Fairgrounds, Watsonville
  • August 14 - Boardwalk, Santa Cruz
  • August 21 - Fairgrounds, Watsonville
  • August 28 - Boardwalk, Santa Cruz


    Daily Bible Readings    
7 F 1 Sam 20:24-42 & Cor 1:1-25
8 Sa 1 Sam 24:1-22 & 1 Cor 1:26-2:16
9 Su 1 Sam 25:1-22 & 1 Cor 3:1-23
10 M 1 Sam 25:23-44 & 1 Cor 4:1-21
11 Tu 1 Sam 26:1-25 & 1 Cor 5:1-13
12 W 1 Sam 28:3-25 & 1 Cor 6:1-20
13 Th 1 Sam 31:1-13 & 1 Cor 7:1-24
14 F 2 Sam 1:1-27 & 1 Cor 7:25-40