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Mark your calendar for Tricky Tray 2017!

Church of the Messiah will host its 11th Annual Tricky Tray on Saturday September 9.  Over 200 prizes and gift certificates will be raffled including an LG 43” LED Smart TV, X-Box One, LG G-Pad F Tablet, mega cash basket, wine rack with wine, Coach bags, golf, fishing, jewelry, Keurig, fitness, gift certificates, themed baskets, lottery apron, and much more!  A $15 donation includes 25 regular tickets, a chance for door prizes, and desserts. Hot food will be available for purchase. Doors open at 5:30 and the first drawing is at 7 pm. The church is air conditioned and handicapped accessible. Tickets are sold at the door. All proceeds support the Church’s ministry and community outreach programs. These include mission trips, Habitat for Humanity, bible school, Haven of Hope, providing and serving meals at Homeless Solutions, donating food/clothing/school supplies/holiday items to several organizations, and North Porch, a ministry that provides food and supplies for needy infants.

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

September 2017 Calendar

September 2017 Messenger

Church Of Messiah Annual Survey - The annual survey is now available for your input. Please return by mid-June to Julie or Margaret or place in the basket in the Parish Hall. We look forward to everyone’s input and reflections. Please remember to complete the front and back of the survey. CLICK HERE  for a downloadable pdf of the survey


Mission Trip #1: This year we returned to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Ringwood to help with their all-day Vacation Bible Camp by mentoring their leaders.

Mission Trip #2: - We assisted The House of Prayer in Newark with their Vacation Bible Camp.

See our current issue of The Messenger for highlights and personal experiences from this year's mission trips.

Vacation Bible Camp!

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.


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


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


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).

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 10 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 in Sepetmber.
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.