got questions? join us for alpha!

What is Alpha? Alpha is a nine week series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each weekly session looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Probably the most important part of any Alpha is the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

Who is the Alpha Course for? For seekers, it helps in the search for purpose and meaning. For those looking to know more about Jesus, it is a basic introduction to Christian faith. For believer's, it is a great refresher about our faith.

Will you join us? We invite you to join us for the Introductory Night of our Alpha at Messiah on Sunday, September 26, at 6:00 PM for one hour. We’ll gather upstairs in the Youth Loft, share some dessert, watch a short talk, and have a conversation in a safe, no-pressure place simply to explore our questions. Will you invite a friend to join you on the Introductory Night simply by forwarding them this email? 

Let us know if you're coming. Sign up here or call the office at 651-698-2590 or send us an email at 

Education and Formation are kicking off!

We're excited to welcome back in-person Adult Education Forums beginning Sunday September 12. We'll kickoff the year with a four week refresher on the Way of Love. Join us in the first floor gathering space at 10:00 AM for Adult Education Forums. 

Children's Catechesis and Youth Sunday School Kickoff on Sunday September 19 at 10:00 AM. We'll meet in the side yard this fall and move indoors as the weather gets colder this year. 

annual haiti scholarship drive

Every September, Messiah parishioners have the opportunity to participate in educating the children at Epiphanie School. Since 1994, Messiah parishioners have given generously to support teacher salaries at Epiphanie School, a rural, K-9 school in L'Acul, Haiti. The amount needed to pay the teachers for 2021-2022 is $23,000, though this can vary greatly depending on the value of the Haitian gourde. The average monthly salary of a teacher at Epiphanie School is $50-$75. The budget includes 300 hours for the 7th-9th grade teachers. At least 1/6 of the budget is expected from the parents of the students. 

To support Haiti Scholarships, please send Messiah a check designated to Haiti; visit the Donation page on our website; or send a text message to 73256 with the word MESSIAHEC where you will receive a link to our donation page (select the Haiti Scholarship fund).

Building and grounds fall cleanup day

We need YOU at our Fall Building and Grounds Clean Up day on Saturday October 2 from 8 AM to noon. You can come for all of it or just for an hour, whatever works for your schedule. Families are welcome to come work on a project together! We have a wide range of tasks including gardening, yard work, cleaning, painting, and small repair tasks.

blessing of the animals

Blessing of the Animals is coming on Saturday, October 2nd 2-4 PM in the side yard. In honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, join us for a fun time of celebrating pets and God’s wonderful creation. Bring your pet, favorite stuffed animal, a photo of your dearly departed pet, or just bring yourself! You can drop in anytime. We’ll have individual pet blessings throughout the time and some other fun activities as well (see more info next week). If you would like to participate in the “parade of pets” it will be at 2:30 PM (down the sidewalk from Snelling and Ford) with a (really) short service of music and liturgy following. In addition to pet friends, feel free to bring your human friends too!  

worship schedule

  1. Our first service is Sunday at 8:30 AM outdoors in our side yard. This Holy Eucharist service features music, congregational singing, and a shortened sermon. Please bring a camp chair and a mask to wear when singing. We will move inside to our Youth Loft in case of heavy rain. You're invited to hang out in the church yard for coffee and fellowship after the service.
  2. Our second service is Sunday at 11 AM inside our worship space and livestreamed on YouTube. This Holy Eucharist services has music, but no congregational singing at this time. After the service, we have fellowship in the church yard and a virtual coffee hour on Zoom.
  3. COIVD Safety Reminder: To help keep our community healthy, please do not attend in-person worship or events if you're experiencing symptoms of COVID or had recent close contact with someone with symptoms. Thank you!

Please reach out by email or call the office 651-698-2590 if you have any questions or would like to sign up for our emails.

Learning more about race in america

Messiah's Missions and Outreach Committee created a list of resources for people who want to do more reading, watching, and learning around the issue of race in America.  We'd like to share the list with you so we can continue learning together.