Messiah serves a dinner of fried chicken, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, fruit, rolls, and brownies to the guests staying at the YWCA Family Center (900 Harvey Ct. Columbus) once a quarter. We depend on volunteers to provide fruit, rolls and brownies.
If you would like to help with food donations or would like to prepare food or serve, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49adaf23a57-ywca
The Church of the Messiah's Run For God group will return Winter 2018 to train for the OhioHealth Cap City Quarter & Half Marathon!
If you have thought about training for something more than a 5K, seeking that personal record, or just looking for a group that loves running and share faith, this group is for you!
+ All are welcomed! New runners and experienced runners. Children and adults. Members of the church and non-members.
+ Group will begin Saturday, January 20
+ We will meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday mornings at Messiah, and head over to Westerville's Columbus Running Company store at 8 a.m. to join their group runs and follow their run plan.
+ The majority of participants will make Cap City their goal race, but that's optional!
+ To prepare, start running 2-3 miles 2 times per week until we start.
For more information and to register please contact Stefanie Ragase at email@example.com.
Men's Bible Study will be embarking on a study of the End Times in 2018. We will have an initial meeting to discuss our approach to the topic on Jan 27 the study itself on Feb 10. Further meetings will be held on Feb 24, Mar. 10 & 24, Apr. 14 & 28, May 12, Jun. 9 & 23, Jul. 14 & 28, and Aug. 11 & 25. (There is no meeting on May 26 due to Memorial Day weekend.) We will begin our next topic in September.
Men's Bible Study meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of most months in room 300. If you have questions, please contact William McCracken (firstname.lastname@example.org). We hope to see you there!
Poverty Issues in US Forums: February 25 and March 25
According to the World Bank, 769 million people lived on less than $1.90 a day in 2013. Of these, 3.2 million live in the United States. But 5.3 Americans are absolutely poor by global standards when needs are considered. The next two Forum sessions, on February 25th and March 25th, will address the deep poverty and income disparity in the United States. Drs. Jeffrey Ankro, Otterbein Assistant Provost, will be our guest speaker on February 25th; and Dr. Mark Partridge, Ohio State Economics Professor, will be our guest speaker on March 25th in the Lounge. A snack lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m.
In 2018 we are offering Confirmation class for 7th grade and older youth from January through April. The class is for youth who are ready to learn what it means to be committed publicly to Christ and the church. The class meets on Sundays from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Gathering Place which is across State Street east of the church. The class is led by clergy and lay leaders including mentors who lead the small groups within the class. The experience features various visits to other congregations in the Columbus area, service projects and a Methodist heritage trip to St. Simon's Island Georgia during the 1st part of Spring Break.
Confirmation classes start January 7th. Confirmation Sunday is April 29th, 2018.
New Member Lunch
If you’re a new member (who joined within the last year) please attend our welcome lunch at the gathering place on Sunday, March 4 at 12:15. We’ll have fellowship and food. RSVP to Megan at email@example.com or Stefanie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Food will be provided by the previous group of new members.
H.U.G.S. (Healing, Understanding, Grieving, Sharing)
Activities for Messiah’s HUGS group for widows are being scheduled. The following events require a filled-out registration form and payment when necessary to reserve your spot. Reservation forms can be found at the Visitor Desk or outside Pastor Linda’s office, Room 403. Questions can be directed to Carolyn Hannick, 614-891-9138. Starred* activities are in the planning stage. Out of town trips usually are via the church bus.
March 14 Lunch TBA
April 11 Lunch TBA
The Grief Recovery Method® 10-Week Support Group Program
The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, Career, Health, Trust, Faith, and Other Losses
People say you have to let go and move on in your life after a loss, but they don’t tell you what you need to do to accomplish that. The Grief Recovery Method® helps to make that possible by providing guidance and support.
The 10 week program will meet on Tuesdays, March 27 –May 29, 2018 • From 7:00 – 9:00pm – Chapel
Cost: $40 (includes book)
Mark your calendar for April 13 & 14. Friday, April 13th from 8:30am-2pm and Saturday, April 14th from 8:30am—noon.
Donations of clothing and household items (no furniture, TVS, or computers) can be dropped off on the top floor of the church on April 9th through noon on Thursday, April 12th.
Volunteers are needed to sort and price items during the week. A time of fellowship and lunch is provided Monday - Thursday at noon for all helpers. Proceeds from the sale benefit missions locally and around the globe.
Interested in joining our Messiah family? The next informational meeting will be held Sunday, May 6th at 3 pm for persons wanting more information about joining the membership of Church of the Messiah. Pastor Jim Wilson will give a brief overview of the ministries of the church and answer any questions about church belief and membership. Please contact Administrative Assistant to Membership & Ministry, Nita Jeffries for more information.
Meet in the Church Lounge at 3pm.
Church of the Messiah has a long standing ministry with Church For All People. On the third Sunday of each month, Messiah families prepare, deliver, and serve breakfast to ~130 neighbors at the Church For All People. For many of these folks it may be the only meal that they receive that day. We provide 10 casseroles, two large trays of Corned Beef Hash, three gallons of milk, apple juice, and orange juice, bananas, seasonal fruit, and paper products. Breakfast servers arrive by 8:20AM, breakfast is served from 8:30AM, and worship follows afterwards at 9:15AM. To learn more about supporting the breakfast ministry, contact Mickey Cox 614-893-1569 or click on the link to signup http://www.signupgenius.com/go/church81
Christmas in July
We all love receiving Christmas gifts but unfortunately, there are kids around the world who never have heard of Christmas, let alone received a gift. Operation Christmas Child is a ministry run by Franklin Graham in conjunction with Samaritan’s Purse that provides shoebox gifts to these under privileged children. This small shoebox can teach a child about the love of God, lead him or her to faith in Christ, inspire pastors, and plant new churches. What goes into the box is useful and fun, but what comes out is eternal. We invite you to be a part of changing lives through the power of a simple gift.
When we started this project, our goal was 100 boxes and we filled 120. Last year 181 boxes were filled. This year our goal is 200 boxes and I am confident that Messiah can do this.
The boxes will be available outside of the sanctuary on June 24 and 25. Included will be a label that includes ideas of what to pack, a coloring page, and a picture of the church so the recipient can see where the gift is coming from. The $7 fee will be covered so you don’t need to include it.
The boxes will be returned the weekend of July 28 and 29. We will have a Christmas celebration , sing Christmas hymns and enjoy some Christmas goodies.
Chapter 3 - New Small Group Starting January 2018
Those interested in deepening their faith while enriching their spiritual lives will not want to miss being part of this new small group starting Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel.
This study will focus on chapter 3 (Who is God the Holy Spirit?) from the book Key United Methodist Beliefs by William J. Abraham and David F. Watson. These two popular seminary teachers will connect the group to the life and ministry of John Wesley, demonstrating relevance for the lives of Christians today.
The group will be led and facilitated by Jack Arthurs who recently has completed the Small Group Leader Training Program here at Messiah conducted by Pastor Kathy. Hurry and call the church office to register your place in the group as space may be limited.
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Returns
Tired of living paycheck to paycheck or having too much month left at the end of your money? Tell your money where to go instead of wondering where it went! Give the gift of financial peace for the new year. Join us for a 9-week class that explores topics such as saving, budgeting, insurance, retirement, and generous giving. Class is open for church members and non church members.
Class begins Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at 6:00 pm in room 401. Childcare available upon request.
The kit needed for the class is $109 per household. To register for the class and order the kit go to:
Ourday Open House
Ourday at Messiah Preschool is now registering children for the 2018-2019 school year. Please join us for our evening Open House on Wednesday, January 17 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Please invite your friends and neighbors! Daytime tours are also offered this month. More information can be found on the church website. We welcome your calls at 614-882-4416 and look forward to meeting you!