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.


A New Purpose for Such a Time as This

Matthew 17:20 If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
The Pandemic has not slowed the Mustard Seed/Days for Girls Work Group. It has changed how we operate though, since we are unable to gather together for our workdays. 
Co-leaders Wendy Rich and Kathy Carter have been delivering fabric so our wonderful 109 volunteers can measure, pin, cut, sew and serge from their own homes.
Our ministry continues outside the walls of the church – porch to porch, and person to person. We use safe distancing and best practices when handling and exchanging supplies. 
We continue to make infant kits and reusable feminine hygiene kits because those needs continue during the pandemic. However, we are also called to a new purpose for a time like this – just as Queen Esther was called for her time in history.
In April, Dr. Doug Tewes contacted Wendy Rich, requesting cloth masks for his nursing staff at Lincoln Orthopaedic Center. Wendy developed a pattern and researched the best fabric to use. Within days, over 25 servants made 200 masks! 
We were able to use Thrivent Action Project money to purchase fabric and thread. To date, we’ve made over 700 masks for local clinics, the Friendship Home, nursing homes, retirement centers, UNL essential workers, Tabitha Home Health, as well as for friends and neighbors. 
We always have a place and purpose for more volunteers if you feel called. For more information, contact Wendy Rich 402.202.4990 or Kathy Carter 402.416.8953.


Our Continuing Ministry Partnership with Gleanings for the Hungry

Messiah has had a partnership with Gleanings for the Hungry since the first youth trip there in 2006.  Since that time, we’ve sent 15 groups there, with our 16th group arriving today, and plans for our 17th group happening between services in the youth room on Sunday, June 9.  There have been 297 unique individuals that have gone on a trip to Gleanings and God has done fantastic things through those who have gone.

During the trip happening this week, our youth will help process well over 500,000 lbs. of peaches, turning them into tons of dried fruit.  That fruit is distributed to hungry people around the world by God’s servants and missionaries who share the gospel message as they meet the physical needs of the people.
In January, we’re planning to send our second group of adults to Gleanings.  They’ll primarily help package a dried soup mix, which has grown from its infancy when we started our partnership with Gleanings, to where Gleanings volunteers are now producing more soup mix than peaches.
Thank you for your continued prayerful support of our Gleanings volunteers, the Gleanings missionaries and the people who are touched by the Holy Spirit when they receive the food from Gleanings.