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From the Pastor: Sept 2017

Book bags, sharpened pencils, back-to-school shopping….it doesn’t matter that I am no longer in school; I can still conjure up all those images and feel that sense of change and “newness” in the air. September still gives me this sense every year. It’s almost like New Year’s Day with its feeling of new beginnings and starting over. It was a joy to see all of our children and teachers blessed in church at the end of August. A fabulous start to a new school year!

With the coming of the first day of school, also comes the start of many Messiah programs that have taken a break for the summer. Perhaps you too can grab hold of that sense of excitement our children carry, return to familiar fellowship and try new things, too. So sharpen your pencils and get your backpack ready, because we have some wonderful things planned!

Rally Day kicks us all off on September 10th with an 8:00am traditional and 10:00am combined worship service. We’ll follow worship with food and activities for every age. Then, I hope to see all of you at our first Messiah Night on September 13th. Betsy Barkalow, our new Children’s Minister, has put together a wonderful program for our kids, and Jim Diehm, our Confirmation Director, has moved classes to Messiah Night for our 6th-8th graders. Along with various adult education classes throughout the year led by the pastors and others, I will also be leading a new group I’m calling “FaithWalk,” an opportunity to share about a different topic each week, starting with the subject of “doubt.” So many exciting new possibilities on Wednesday nights! No one should be eating alone on that night.

Of course, there are so many other opportunities throughout the week. Want to sing? Join a choir! Want to learn to quilt? There’s a group for that! Want to dig deeper into your spiritual practice? Join the circle led by Roberta Hammond! I hope you’ll take a look through this newsletter and not only find what you’ve done before, but try something new!

There is “newness” in the air. See where God might lead you.

Pastor Liz

Rally Day 2017!

Rally Day is Sunday, September 10. All summer our staff and volunteers have been preparing for this fall. Back will be our adult education, choir practices, Messiah Night weekly fellowship meals, children’s Sunday School, preschool and weekly youth gatherings. Take a look at this newsletter for all of the times and details around these events. There are many great things happening at Messiah!

On Rally Day, Sunday, September 10 there will be a combined service at 10:00 am bringing the 9:30 and 11:00 congregations together. Our Chancel Choir and Praise Team will lead the service together with many surprises throughout. 8:00 worship will be available, too.

After the worship celebration, at 11:15 Chef Marty and our fellowship team will have subs, baked beans, beverages, chips, and slaw waiting for us at the Shelter House. We want you to bring your favorite dessert to share. Plates, napkins, cups and silverware will be out to use, too. It will be good.

After lunch, Our Super Senior Singers, fresh from the Nursing Home Circuit, will perform their just off Broadway Show. It is a hoot. The children will leave for the First Annual Messiah Rally Day Water Olympics, so have them bring a suit. There will also be games for our middle school students and a scavenger hunt for our high school students.

NOW HIRING: Children’s Minister

Messiah Children’s Minister
Messiah Lutheran Church, Reynoldsburg, OH

This job merges the responsibilities of the Messiah Christian School (MCS) Director and also the Messiah Lutheran Church (MLC) Congregational Children’s Minister.
Please reply to be considered for this job with resume and references to Pastor Karl Hanf, email only,

Broad Job Expectations: Lead the Messiah Christian School providing appropriate academic and spiritual growth. Lead the Messiah Children’s Ministry providing spiritual growth and parental support. Bring together the MCS and Messiah Congregation, making each a good presence in and for the other.

Educational Requirements: Bachelor of Education. Early Childhood Major preferred.

Experience Requirements. Preferred five years of early childhood teaching, leadership/management experience. Current church involvement and/or church leadership required.

Compensation: $40,000 base salary, (July-June), additionally-approximately $6000 in benefits, to be negotiated with Messiah Church Council. Two weeks of vacation in first year.

Hours Required: 40-45 hours per week. Weekly hours are flexible as long as a month long average equals this weekly expectation. Daily presence at MCS September thru May, expected.

Responsible to: MCS Board, Church Council, Education Chair, Senior Pastor

Direct Reports: MCS Assistant Director, teachers, aids, kitchen staff of MCS, nursery nannies

Since this position is a merging of two current positions, it makes sense for this job description to describe each of those positions separately.

MCS Director

Key activities include: organization, supervising, staffing, scheduling, curriculum development, communications, interfacing with the Church, meeting licensing requirements, health and safety issues and fair treatment of the professional staff. Assuring that all specific job descriptions of employees are being carried out in a prompt and professional way.

Hours Required: The MCS Director is in the building four days a week during the MCS school year from 8:30 till 3:30. They should post dedicated times to MCS, per state guidelines.

Responsible for overseeing:
Organization of projects, special events , in-service meetings, and Parent Programs
Ordering Supplies and picking up supplies as needed
Distribution of all communications
Meeting needs of MCS Board, staff, children and parents
Abiding by regulations as outlined in MLC bylaws
Meeting Licensing requirements
Resolving all school personnel matters
Communicating with church staff and council, congregation, school staff, parents, including maintenance of MCS Manual
Maintaining equipment and facility, equipment purchase and maintenance scheduling
Arrangement for room-usage
Classroom, Storage and maintenance needs
Snack, dietary and medical needs
Oversee the work of the MCS Assistant Director
Tuition payments
All invoice and receipt reimbursements
Attendance Records, Student Files, Staff Files
All parental communications
Lunch program

Planning, reviewing and/or preparation of:
Classroom Newsletters License Renewal Family outings
Special Events Web site updates Summer Mailing
Publicity/Advertising Correspondence Book Fairs (2 per year)
Yearly Calendar Enrollment Forms Food Drive (November)
Staff Handbook Parent Handbook Snack Calendar
Chapel planning Lunch program Hat, Coat, and Mitten Drive

Personnel Management:
Continuing Education Staff trainings
Personnel Files Staff evaluations
Hire and train new teachers and assistants
Hire and train substitute teachers (if needed)

Congregational Children’s Minister

Broad Job Expectations: Encourage the spiritual grown of children fifth grade and under at Messiah. Supporting and encouraging parents at Messiah. Training and enabling members of Messiah to lead and serve in Children’s Ministry. Bring enthusiasm to the staff and congregation at Messiah for Christ.

Hours Required: Sunday mornings 9-Noon. Wednesday evenings 5:30 thru 7:30 September through May. Planning and preparation hours throughout the week. Monthly weekend activity with children and parents. Week long Vacation Bible School Annually.

Ministries Responsible to Maintain:
Sunday Morning Education for preschool and academic grades K-5
Structure, room assignment, curriculum, volunteers, training, presence
Wednesday Evening Education/Activities for preschool and academic grades K-5
Structure, room assignment, curriculum, volunteers, training, presence
Vacation Bible School, one week in the summer
Structure, room assignment, curriculum, volunteers, training, presence
A minimum monthly Servant/Fellowship Activity for preschool and grades K-5
Maintain and expand programs and rituals that help our parents keep their baptismal promises to raise their child in the faith, eg. entering Sunday School, First Bible, First Communion.
Nursery Maintenance and Training
Child Safety Policy maintained
Weekly Messiah Staff Meeting
Monthly Youth and Children’s Ministry Staff Meeting
Support of Education Chair