The Messiah Messenger eNews

Messiah Lutheran Church

801 High Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060

Friday September 25, 2020


Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,

          for they have been from of old.

Psalm 25:6

Worship Services

Our Sunday Services this Sunday will be in the sanctuary and via ZOOM at 10am. Please see below for preservice screening and arrival information.  Sunday, after the service a link will be posted on our website under Events/Worship Online of the recorded service.  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.

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

Preservice Screening and Arrival Instructions

  1. As we gather, all participants will be asked to self-screen themselves for COVID 19 symptoms and exposures.
  2. Symptoms:
  3. Temperature of 100.4
  4. Coughing
  5. Shortness of breath
  6. New loss of taste or smell
  7. Congestion or runny nose
  8. Nausea
  9. Diarrhea
  10. Exposure
  11. Have you traveled in/out of a COVID 19 hotspot in the last two weeks?
  12. Have you or your family members been in the presence of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID 19 in the last two weeks?
  13. Sick or exposed individuals, or persons whose health conditions put them at risk are asked to stay at home, and call Pastor for personal prayer time.
  14. Everyone will be required to wear face masks covering their nose and mouth and must maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
  15. As you arrive, please go to the Check in Station. Every person’s temperature will be taken. If you have a fever of 100.4 or above, you will asked to return home.

As long as the State and County guidelines don’t change, we will continue to worship in our Sanctuary on Sundays, at 10 am.  Watch for next week’s eNEWS for more details.

Leonard and Helen Godspeed Prayer

At worship, this last Sunday, Leonard and Helen Damm shared that they were departing for moving to live closer to their daughter in Rocklin CA Wednesday.  We had planned on having them with us at our on-site worship.  Instead, they will be joining us on Sunday September 27th at 10am via Zoom.  We will be concluding our service with a prayer of Godspeed and Thanksgiving and the presentation of an Appreciation Plaque.

Thursday Bible Study

The ZOOM meeting ID for 9:30am Thursday Bible Studies will be Meeting ID: 450 934 553.   We are studying The Gospel of Mark.

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

"How to Join Jesus in a Season of Social Distancing"

Below is a message from Greg Finke. We used his “Join Jesus” video 2 years ago.  We are invited to attend his “Join Jesus” event in 2 weeks. 

"How to Join Jesus in a Season of Social Distancing"

Join Greg and Susan Finke, authors of "Joining Jesus on His Mission" as they present this free webinar on Saturday, September 26, 9:00-10:00 a.m. CST.

One of the questions Dwelling 1:14 has been asked the most over the last six months is, "How can we live missionally when we are in an extended season of social distancing? How can we develop relationships with our neighbors when we are constantly being reminded to keep our distance?"

We're so glad you asked!

While our mission remains the same, our methods for joining Jesus during the pandemic have had to shift.

Join this free one-hour webinar as Greg and Susan present their best practices for joining Jesus on His mission during a season of social distancing. Significant Q/A with the Finke's is included. (Please submit any questions for discussion to finkeonthemove@aol.com or add them to the chat during the Webinar.)

Register by clicking on the button below. Invite your whole congregation to participate!

Can't join the fun live? No worries! Register now and you'll have access to a recording of the webinar to view at your convenience.

A free PDF download with the Finke's major points comes with your registration, as well.

Community Drive-Through Food Distributions

If you or someone you know needs food, call Second Harvest Food Bank at 


Drive-through distributions are Fridays, 9am-1pm as follows:

9/25 Santa Cruz, Beach Boardwalk

Mission West Conference October 17 - Register Now!

The CNH District is partnering with the Pacific Southwest and Northwest Districts in equipping leaders for mission in today’s changing landscape.

Mission West will be a live broadcasted conversation with Tod Bolsinger, author of “Canoeing the Mountains,” along with practitioners in healthcare, government, and community engagement. 

This event is a partnership between the three west coast Districts of the LCMS, and will be offered FREE to our congregation. It’s our prayer that socially distanced gatherings of leaders from across our region will tune in from 11:00am – 3:00 pm on Saturday October 17th as we engage real issues of public health, social justice, and Government interaction with innovative and missional responses. 

Click here to register!

Preschool Iights

The Preschool fluorescent lighting is one of our biggest energy uses on campus.  When our electrician Patrick Eastman volunteered to rewire our fixtures so that low energy use LED lights could be used we jumped at the opportunity.  This little $400 expense should help lower our energy costs.  Pastor Rice made a made dash to Salinas Home Depot this last Saturday morning so Patrick could install them last Saturday.

Preschool Update

We have enjoyed another fun week at MLP Outdoor School!  Since regulations require parents to drop off at the gate (and not enter either the outdoor or inside classrooms) together with the children we are creating a window art gallery.  Check out the preschool windows as you walk into the Sanctuary and view our masterpieces.

To give a donation by buying something on the Preschool’s Amazon Wish List click the blue button:

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.


    Daily Bible Readings    
25 F Mal 1:1-14 & Matt 3:1-17
26 Sa Mal 2:1-3:5 & Matt 4:1-11
27 Su Mal 3:6-4:6 & Matt 4:12-25
28 M Deut 1:1-18 & Matt 5:1-20
29 Tu Deut 1:19-36 & Matt 5:21-48
30 W Deut 1:37-2:15 & Matt 6:1-15
1 Th Deut 2:16-37 & Matt 6:16-34
2 F Deut 3:1-29 & Matt 7:1-12