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Join us for a May Day celebration after our 10 a.m. on May 7!


May 7, Youth and Children’s Sunday and May day Celebration
The children will help lead the 10 a.m. service as readers and there will be a youth focused homily. Following our worship our “May Day fun” will be begin. There will be May Pole dancing (but a little less dancing and a little more ensuring we are not too tangled) face painting, and other activities including hula hoop swinging (come and see Maddie swing 4 at once) bean bag tossing and side-walk chalking. Refreshments will be provided as well as at the preceding coffee hour.

May 14, please join us for Mothers’ Day
We will present each mother (and all who are remembering their mothers) with a small decorated plant pot containing a flowering plant at both services on this day. The plant pots are painted by Charlene, and Joe is providing the plants.

May 20, Habitat for Humanity Day
The Men of Messiah have arranged for the Church of the Messiah to participate in a Morris County Habitat for Humanity Day on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Last year, Messiah volunteers (both men and women) helped install insulation and caulking at a work site in Morristown. When Habitat finished this project, new housing was provided to families in need of a home. Helping needy families to secure housing is a great way to help with Messiah’s outreach mission. Specific details and the exact location in Morris County will be available as we move closer to our work date. A sign-up listed is available in the Parish Hall. For additional info, please contact Seminarian Len R.

Be sure to click on the links for our Calendar and wonderful newsletter, The Messiah Messenger, to get all the news and events for the month.


Calendar & Messiah Messenger

May 2017 Calendar

May 2017 Messenger


2017 Pancake Supper and Ashes to Go










A generous donor has recently blessed us with the gift of a Yamaha Clavinova baby grand piano. This is an electronic instrument that replicates the rich sound of a baby grand piano while also offering the ability to add character to a piece with preset instruments as well as imported accompaniments. This instrument is a wonderful addition to our music ministry.

MESSIAH IN THE NEWS!

Click on the links below and check out the “Flippin Fun” coverage of our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party in the Daily Record...

http://dailyre.co/1EubChv

And coverage of our "Maypole Fun and Environmental Stewardship" in the Observer-Tribune...

http://www.newjerseyhills.com/observer-tribune/news_line/maypole-fun-environmental-stewardship-at-church-of-messiah/article_b3ffc8a6-f2c7-11e4-91cf-101f742cecfe.html

A big thank you to both of these local newspapers for covering our events at Messiah!

Calling All Hoopsters! We have a new basketball hoop in the back parking lot! A ball is available in the closet downstairs at the end of the hall near the bathrooms. Take a break and work off some of those coffee hour calories!

New time for Pray and Play - The moms and toddlers who come to Pray and Play service have agreed that Monday at 10:15 a.m. is a good time to meet. This service is especially tailored for children ages 6 and under and their families. We meet in the church. We will also offer Pray and Play on the first Sunday of every month at 9 a.m. (meeting in the lower parish hall).


NEW!  ELECTRONIC GIVING NOW AVAILABLE!

It just got easier to give to Messiah! Just lick the "Donate" button. The first time you do, you'll be asked to provide the bank account which you want your gift to come from. Your gifts may be one-time or recurring. And you may specify any particular cause within Messiah that you wish to support.






Members of the Men of Messiah (MOM) at work polishing the brass.

Men of Messiah (MOM) – The next meeting of MOM is July 15 at 9 a.m., in the Messiah kitchen. Light breakfast of bagels, fruit, coffee, and juice will be provided.

Women of Messiah Encouraging & Nurturing (W.O.M.E.N.)
- Our next meeting will be February 23, at 7 p.m. in the back of the Parish Hall.
 
Inquirer's Class  - Interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church? Please join us for a 5-session class that will enable those who are interested to discuss and learn more about the Church, Christianity, and the Bible. This is a great opportunity for discovery and to ask questions about who we are. Classes held several times a year at convenient times for those interested are interested.

Education For Ministry - This is not a program for those seeking ordination as they go to seminary. But this is a wonderful college level program for any one interested in learning more by reading and discussion. The program continues for four years, each year a separate unit. Currently there is a class on their third year of study on Mondays evenings. A new class is being formed on Tuesdays from 3:45 - 5:45 starting in September. if you are interested please speak with Margaret who is the facilitator for the program.

Bible Study at Messiah - We will be discussing The Old Testament on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and The New Testament on Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Lunch Book Group - Tuesdays at Messiah on the lower level, Noon to 1 p.m.
Each week's reading and destination is listed in the Sunday announcements. We will be bringing our own lunches so pack or tote your meal; coffee and/or water will be served while we discuss.

Contemplative/Centering Prayer - It meets every Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the church. You are welcome to join our group for 30 minutes of quiet prayer. Other times are possible too, contact the rector if you are interested

Tuesday Book and Movie Night -  A Book discussion and bag supper usually held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. followed by a movie (TBD) at around 7:30 p.m. Click on our current Monthly Messenger for book descriptions and details.

Armchair Theologians - A summer program that meets on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. ending with Compline at 8:30 p.m.


Coffee Hour is available after each Sunday Service in our Parish Hall. It's a wonderful time to enjoy friends and fellowship with members of the Congregation. Want to help out? Sign up to host coffee hour! An updated calendar will be posted soon! Sign up for an empty date by sending an email to info@messiahchester.org with "Coffee Hour" in the subject heading.