Health Care Workers Thank Messiah’s Sewing Group

The Mustard Seeds Sewing group has made over a thousand masks during the Coronavirus pandemic! They have kept a continual supply available in our Little Library for anyone who needs one. Hundreds of masks and dozens of caps have gone to medical workers and others in the Lincoln community.
 
Kathy Carter and Wendy Rich, Mustard Seeds Coordinators, received the following letter from Heath Boddy, President and CEO of the Nebraska Health Care Association:
 
“Dear Messiah Mustard Seed Ministry:
Thank you for Messiah Lutheran Church’s role in the fight to protect Nebraskans from COVID-19, including those residing in nursing and assisted living facilities and those in hospice care. Your willingness to provide hand-sewn cloth masks through the talents of your Mustard Seed Ministry has played an important role in our strategy to protect those who are at greatest risk from the virus. 
 
Here are just a handful of comments from Nebraska health care providers expressing gratitude:
 
‘We appreciate everything you are doing for all of us!!! It’s such a blessing to see how businesses and folks in the community have gone above and beyond to help those in need.’
 
‘Every day is a challenge. Those that reach out and help us are angels walking among us. We appreciate the masks, and we appreciate YOU! Thank you!’
 
‘We really appreciate and are so grateful and blessed for organizations and individuals like you! You are helping in the fight against COVID-19 and keeping this out of communities and keeping residents and employees safe and well.’
 
‘The safety and health of our residents and our staff are our number one priority, and this helps us facilitate that the best we can. It’s very much appreciated!!’
 
‘We have experienced great teamwork throughout our COVID-19 precautions and are  grateful for the support of so many in our healthcare community and beyond!’
 
Nebraskans have always been known to support each other in times of need. The pandemic has amplified that notion, as organizations like Messiah Lutheran Church stand up for our state’s most vulnerable. Thank you for your good work. 
 
Thank you for your support! Truly Outstanding!
 
Sincerely, Heath G. Boddy”
 
 

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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.


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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.

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