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Committees & Organizations

2018 Congregation Council

Ernestine Batdorf
Karen Fox, Secretary
Harry Hatt, President
Gayle Hoffman, Vice-President
Rita Savant
Nancie Whelan, Treasurer

Kathaleen Lilley (non-Council), Assistant Treasurer

Christian Education Committee
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.  – Proverbs 22:6
Living in Faith (Sunday School) meets weekly at 10:30 AM following the worship service.  Our classes are as follows

  • Adult Forum
  • Keenagers (Bible Study group)

Summer Living in Faith:
During the summer, the pastor is teaching Stories for God’s Children for all children and any interested adult.  He reads Bible stories with them followed by interactive dramatic re-telling and activities.  The adult forum is discussing varied subjects such as the book of Proverbs, the Names of God, and the relationship of Sunday texts to the hymns we sing.

Library:
Messiah has an extensive library of books, videos and resources for adults.  The library is located in the conference room next to the church office.  Everyone is welcome to sign out resources for their enjoyment and study.  Each LIF class from the Ark Angels through Confirmation Plus has the opportunity to visit and choose books from the church library.
Committee members:
Nancie Whelan, 2018 chair
Nick Adams
Pam Knouff
Kathy Lilley
Dan LaRue
Deb Lutz

Evangelism Committee
We, as members of Messiah, are empowered by the Holy Spirit to share the Good News of God in all that we say and do, both within and beyond our community of faith. Through God’s Word we share the Good News of Jesus Christ. All members of Messiah are called to be partners in this vital ministry. We strive to help one another realize God’s vision for us as His disciples.
Committee members:
Mary Garrett
Charlotte Varone

Fellowship Committee
The purpose of the Fellowship Committee is to provide the congregation with fellowship opportunities.  We sponsor a Freezer Food Bank with meals available for shut-ins, those who have been hospitalized, or for those who have been sick and could use a prepared meal.  We also sponsor Welcome Time, Easter breakfast, bread and soup suppers during Lent, a reception for confirmands, Covenant Day and a picnic for Independent Church in India.  In the past we have also sponsored bus trips and theater shows.
Committee Members:
Karen Hatt, 2018 chair
Carol Artz
Marion Bowman
Mary Ann Hartman
Harry Hatt
Deb Lutz
David Machamer
Debbie Miller
Nancie Whelan

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee is responsible for management of the congregation’s finances, which includes fiscal planning and administration on behalf of the congregation.  The committee prepares a draft budget for the succeeding year and submits the draft budget to the Congregation Council for approval.  It shall, subject to approval of the Congregational Council, be responsible for this congregation’s investments and its total insurance program. It also provides for annual audits of the accounts of the treasurer and financial secretary.
Committee Members:
Kathaleen Lilley, 2018 chair
Nicholas Adams
Ernestine Batdorf
Rita Savant
Nancie Whelan

Personnel Committee
At Messiah Lutheran Church, God’s people experience the love of God, grow in love for one another, express holiness in daily living, and share the joy of belonging to Christ as people who celebrate God’s gifts of life and faith.  Rejoicing in God’s love, we freely share that love with all people, that they too may know God, find meaning in life, and embrace eternal hope.  We must apply the same Christian standards with respect to the employees of the church.
Committee Members:
Gayle Hoffman, 2018 chair
Harry Hatt
Karen Fox
Mary Garrett
David Machamer

Property Committee
The Property Committee at Messiah is responsible for the maintenance of Messiah’s structures and grounds.  Our goal is to maintain the facility in the most faithful possible way, not only looking to the present but also to the future.  We strive for both good stewardship in matters of cost and an attractive, inviting facility which furthers our mission of outreach and welcome.
Committe members and supporters work on such projects as landscape maintenance and trimming, interior painting, and electrical and other general repairs.  We have also implemented a long-range plan to reduce maintenance costs for future generations, replacing iron pipes with more durable copper, controlling humidity and temperature, replacing outdated windows with insulating windows, and converting from flat to pitched roofing wherever practicable.
We are blessed with a large and beautiful facility, and work to honor God for these blessings by taking faithful and proactive actions to care for God’s house and grounds.
Committee Members:
Harry Hatt, 2018 chair
Nick Adams
Tom Gassert
David Machamer
Andrew Trovinger

Publicity Committee
This committee, in cooperation with the pastor and the parish secretary, shall be responsible for the public relations affairs of this congregation.  To this end, the committee shall endeavor to develop contacts with area news media for the purpose of channeling appropriate news releases and publicity.
Committee:
Ernestine Batdorf, 2018 chair
Mary Garrett

Social Ministry Committee
This committee is responsible for fostering the extension of Christian compassion and help to persons in need.  To meet this responsibility the committee carries out these activities:

  • Periodic visits to Messiah’s shut-ins
  • Mail ministry of cards to shuts-ins at Easter, Christmas and birthdays
  • Offering of Fair Trade coffee, tea and cocoa for sale during Messiah’s monthly Welcome Times to benefit small farmers around the world
  • Collection for the Independent Church in India to support its work with orphaned children, abandoned lepers, and the distribution of Bibles
  • Recruitment of Messiah’s members to take part in the annual CROP Walk as walkers or those who make pledges to walkers
  • Erect a Tree of Giving to help the needs of people served by the Rescue Mission and Agape House through the congregation’s provision of items listed on the Tree
  • Christmas Party for Agape House residents with Pastor’s presentation of the story of Jesus’ birth, party refreshments, activity bags for the children, and needed items for their mothers

Through these activities the Social Ministry Committee offers the congregation opportunities to take part in helping needy people in our community and around the world.
Committee Members:
Rita Savant, 2018 chair
Carol Artz
Ernestine Batdorf
Marion Bowman
Mary Ann Hartman
Carey Kendall
Kay Zellers

Stewardship Committee
Purpose:  To help Messiah members grow in their relationship with Christ through the use of their time, talents, and assets that God has entrusted to them.
Christian stewardship is based on the belief that all we have is a gift from God.  We are trustees of God’s gifts, accountable to God and to one another for their use.
Christian stewards set their priorities on the basis of their faith and on an understanding of what God would have them do.  Gratitude is the motivating factor.  Our actions and the way we use what has been entrusted to us are the ways we respond to God’s grace.  Care of creation and compassion for others are part of our stewardship response.
Committee Members:
Rita Savant

Strategic Planning Committee
The Strategic Planning Committee is responsible for planning within Messiah Lutheran Church as stated in Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”  This committee assures all congregational goals and objectives fall within the parameters of the Messiah Lutheran Church Vision and Mission Statements.
The committee administers the proceeds from congregation trust funds, which are recognized as gifts to our Lord Jesus Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit and entrusted to the faithful adminstration of Messiah Lutheran Church.  It also interacts with all other standing committees in formulating the goals and objectives of the congregation and articulates those goals and objectives to the Congregation Council and pastor.
Committee Members:
Gayle Hoffman
Nick Adams
Ernestine Batdorf
Kathy Lilley
Deb Lutz

Volunteer Resources Committee
This committee, in cooperation with the Congregation Council and the pastor, is responsible for the annual recruitment and recommendation of a slate of candidates to stand for election to the Congregation Council.  The committee is responsible for assisting the chairpersons of standing or special committees in the recruitment of volunteers to serve on the committees of the congregation.
Committee Members:
Ernestine Batdorf, 2018 Chair
Dan LaRue
Deborah Lutz
Rita Savant
Nancie Whelan

Worship and Music Committee
In cooperation with the pastor and the Congregation Council, the Worship and Music committee provides conduct of worship in accordance with the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).  The committee oversees the service of the choir(s) of the congregation as well as instruction and services of assisting ministers, lectors, ushers, acolytes, and the Altar Guild.  In addition, the committee provides and cares for hymnals and other worship materials, paraments, vestments, and musical instruments.
Committee Members:
Karen Fox, 2018 chair
Ernestine Batdorf 

Mary Garrett
Janet Gassert
Harry Hatt
Pastor Kendall
Charlotte Varone

Organizations:

Altar Guild
Messiah Lutheran Altar Guild is a dedicated group of men and women whose primary mission is to prepare and maintain our sanctuary for use by God’s family.  We prepare for regular Sunday worship services during which we celebrate Communion every week.  We also prepare for Lent, Easter, Christmas, baptisms, weddings, and funeral services, as well as other special events.  Coordinating flowers for the altar for weekly worship services and special occasions is one of our ongoing tasks.  Making worship meaningful for our congregation and friends is truly the Altar Guild’s privilege.
We are fortunate to enjoy the assistance of a faithful Altar Guild membership.  More than 45 members of the congregation serve on the Altar Guild on a regular schedule.  Each member who serves on the Altar Guild is committed to this service.  We appreciate their gifts of time and warmly welcome any and all members of Messiah Lutheran who are interested in joining our group and have available time to serve.
Janet Gassert, 2018 Altar Guild contact person

Messiah Lutheran Women of the NALC
Messiah Lutheran Women is an auxiliary organization of Messiah that supports the ministry of the congregation.  We reach out to all women of the congregation and invite them to attend any and all of the Messiah Lutheran Women meetings.
Every year the members of Messiah Lutheran Women support and orphan at Independent Church in India’s Home of Compassion, make Christmas stockings for Wernersville Hospital, and with the help of the Confirmation Plus Living in Faith class and the generosity of the congregation, assemble school kits for Lutheran World Relief that are distributed to children in the US and around the world.
Our offerings are sent to support the Women of the NALC, Independent Church in India, Church Women United, CWU Leprosy Fund, and to purchase gifts for the shut-ins of the congregation as a way of brightening their holiday season.
We meet every month at the church (except June, July and December) on the third Sunday of the month at 11:45 AM for Bible study and a brown bag lunch.  Please come join us to become a part of this ministry.
2018 Officers:
President – Kathaleen Lilley
Vice President – Pam Knouff
Treasurer – Carey Kendall

 

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Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

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