The Messiah Messenger eNews

Friday February 19, 2021


1  To you, O Lord,
I lift up my soul.
2  O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
3  Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Psalm 25:1-3


Worship Services

MLC will continue to follow COVID safety procedures, 

Worship Service this Sunday will be via ZOOM at 10am.

Pastor and the Board of Directors are being cautious in the return to on-site worship services.  We have a great connection and attendance on ZOOM, and only 10 or 12 in attendance on site when we did the hybrid worship.  The cost to heat the sanctuary and provide for proper ventilation does not make for good stewardship during these cold months. We will be maintaining only ZOOM services for the next few weeks.  As the weather warms up this will change to hybrid services. 

We plan for services to be onsite again at Messiah beginning Palm Sunday.


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

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

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


Communion Services


Communion will be offered twice weekly.

Sundays 11:30am-12:00pm

Wednesdays 3pm

Please call or email Pastor Rice to RSVP for your Covid Safe Appointment!

831.588.8330 or pastor@messiah-lutheran.us

Upcoming Online Worship Opportunities

Worship Volunteers

We are looking for individuals who would be willing to assist in the worship by leading responsive prayers or reading scriptures.  As we get closer to Easter and warmer weather, we will need assistance decorating for Easter. 

Passion Walk

We would like to do a “Passion Walk” this year during Holy Week.  If you remember, DCE Inese Dahl lead us in these several years ago.  We are looking for someone to lead/organize please.

If you are interested and available in any of the above, please email   pastor@messiah-lutheran.us or call 831.423.8330

Lenten Season

Our Lenten Theme will be “O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High”. 

Join us on ZOOM for Midweek Worship on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. 


Thursday Bible Study Zoom

We are on chapter 14 in the Gospel of Mark.

Access the room using a smartphone, tablet or computer using this link:  



Eating With Jesus


Thank you so much to Sue, Tim and Darlene who were available to do our Feb 4 Prep Day.

We will be serving this Saturday, Feb 20 with our thawing prepped potatoes, eggs and carrots.

Our next EWJ Prep day will be March 18 so please keep your calendars open to help prep the meals for so many in need available.


Thank you for your clothing donations. We delivered them on Friday to the homeless camp at the old Armory which is run by the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army representative was thrilled to accept all the clothing and told us they had been planning a clothing drive. The residents are so thankful for your generosity.

There are about 150 residents on site, including the armory, second tent, and numerous single tents on the hillside. Salvation Army has done an outstanding job of providing two hot meals to them daily.

Dean and I have been bringing shelf stable milk and cereal from Second Harvest, plus snack bags made up by Darlene on our prep days, and fruit when available.

The big hit is the hot breakfast every two weeks, which is prepared by Sue Kolte, on Saturday mornings at Housing Matters consisting of our grilled potatoes, scrambled eggs with chorizo and ground beef, and pancakes. Dean and I bring the excess breakfast to the Armory. 

Our teaming up with Mountain Bible Church has made our efforts a blessing, providing a Housing Matters dinner meal every other Saturday as well. Breakfast meals given are around 35, dinner meals are around 75 on site at Housing Matters.

The residents and staff are very thankful for all the support they have been given during the stay at the camp from all those who are helping those in need.

The residents a staff are mindful of Covid restrictions, and thank us every time we come through with a wave or a simple "thank you".


Julie and Dean


Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay Thanks Darlene & MLC
Habitat for Humanity thanks Darlene for her service delivering lunches to the worksite volunteers.

“We cannot express enough how dedicated and generous Darlene has been as a lunch provider. Always a smile & terrific attitude.”

Darlene prepares, cooks, and distributes 10 lunches every month to the Habitat for Humanity worksite volunteers.  If you would like to help with meals or defray some of the financial cost, please contact Darlene.

Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes Program

Donate your vehicle to Habitat’s car donation program, Cars for Homes, and help build strength and stability for families in our communities. 

Start your car donation to Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay today online https://www.habitatmontereybay.com/donate-a-car or call (877) 277-4344 for further information.


Preschool Update

We are excited about the news of SCCS limited reopening of schools this March.  We will be adapting our program to meet the needs of the families who will be directly impacted by this huge change.

To give a donation via the Preschool’s Amazon Wish List, please click the blue button:


Campus Projects


Organ Maintenance

We are looking forward to worshiping in the Sanctuary, and so our organ tuning company set up a date of March 25, 2021 for the tuning of the organ.  They noted a repair that is needed on the leather swell reservoir from the last tuning a year ago.  They gave a quote of $6,150 for this repair.  One of our members had remarked several years ago that the ‘leathers’ were going and we would need to repair them in the ‘future’. This was said over ten years ago.  He thought the price would be much larger than the quote we have received.  The board elected to go forward with this repair before Easter.  If anyone would like to donate toward this it would be greatly appreciated.  We have already received several offerings for this repair.

Tree Maintenance

Over the years, at the back of our property, there is a line of trees that is under the PGE power lines that have been problematic. Annually PGE sends out workers to trim the trees around the powerlines. Over the years the trees have become disfigured and not healthy. Our neighbors are concerned that the trees are going to fall on their side of the property line.  We reached out to PGE to see what could be done with the trees since branches have fallen and damaged the Hut and its power supply twice in the last year. We finally have a response. PGE will do what they consider a “contractor assist” on the trees.  They will assist in the removal of the trees by cutting all branches above ten feet below the powerlines. We will be reaching out to Los Primos Tree Service to remove what is left of the trees.  At this time, we do not have a cost proposal since PGE will have to do their work before a bid is given. If anyone would like to donate toward this it would be greatly appreciated.


General Fund Donation

Messiah Lutheran Church, has had to make some budget adjustments, and may make more in the near future.  We are trying to be good stewards of the resources God has given us.  Please consider an additional donation at this time.

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.


    Daily Bible Readings    
19 F Gen 2:4-25 & Mark 1:29-45
20 Sa Gen 3:1-24 & Mark 2:1-17
21 Su Gen 4:1-26 & Mark 2:18-28
22 M Gen 6:1-7:5 & Mark 3:1-19
23 Tu Gen 7:11-8:12 & Mark 3:20-35
24 W Gen 8:13-9:17 & Mark 4:1-20
25 Th Gen 11:27-12:20 & Mark 4:21-41
26 F Gen 13:1-18 & Mark 5:1-20