Ron Suing Uses His Carpentry Skills for Tithe Boxes

This past winter, when the area was being hit with a particularly nasty flu bug, we discussed finding a way to avoid having to pass an offering plate in church during our worship services. As we return to in-person worship, we felt this was definitely a change we needed to make.

After finding a few designs online, Scott Guenther reached out to Ron Suing, who quickly made up three beautiful offering boxes for us to use. He donated his time and the materials needed to make the boxes, and finished them up in less than a week. He even included a little Lincoln history in them, as some of the oak used for the bottom slats are made from reclaimed wood from the Gold’s building located downtown.

Many of you have made the transition to online giving during our time of online-only worship, and plenty have still faithfully mailed in their tithes and offerings each week. As you return to worship, if you wish to give in person, you’ll be able to place your offerings in the boxes as you enter or leave the worship center.


Messiah School’s Give To Lincoln Day Donations Totaled $33,525!

For Give to Lincoln Day, we hoped to raise funds to help us buy classroom items that had to be cut from our Forward in Faith budget. We’re excited about new classrooms for our teachers and students, and hoped we could replace many of the aging items in their current classrooms. We knew we didn’t have enough money available to replace everything, but prayed that God would provide.
We hoped to raise at least $10,000 to help with the purchase of new furnishings, but God rained down blessings on us by providing more than 3 times our goal! Our final tally for donations was $33,525!
But wait… That’s not all! We will also receive a proportional share of the $500,000 match fund made possible by Lincoln Community Foundation and generous sponsors of Give To Lincoln Day.
Thanks to all who were able to donate! We look forward to sharing pictures of our new school, complete with beautiful furnishings, during the summer.


Who are your neighbors?

From Cris Gittins:
Our 3 neighbor girls have been coming to help with VBS for several years. They couldn’t wait until they were old enough to assist with VBS!
This fall they started helping with our 3rd grade class on Wednesday evenings. They have attended some of our Lenten and Advent services since they were little. Putting together the Blessing care kits is also something they look forward to.
For many years this has been their church family. While it may not look like the “church experience“ many of us have, Messiah has provided ways for Sofie, Alexa and Ava to know Jesus and see faith in action. I am so thankful for the people who have welcomed and included them.

Their dad died unexpectedly in March and I am grateful that there will be people from Messiah to offer words of comfort and encouragement to them when we are all back together. Thank you for giving them the chance to be part of a family of faith.