WHO WE ARE
WHO WE ARE
Messiah Lutheran Church, ELCA
In the mid ‘50’s some Lutherans settling in Ralston decided the town needed a Lutheran Church. So on February 12, 1956 Messiah Lutheran Church was chartered. In the beginning they met in a school, bought and converted a house into a worship place, and then in 1960 built the first building on our current site (what is now the education wing). As the congregation continued to grow, in 1967 our worship center was added, and in 1980 the fellowship hall and classrooms below completed what is the current facility. In 2008 a major remodeling of the worship center was completed. Through it all, the people of Messiah were guided and inspired by God’s Spirit blowing through their caring, outreach, worship and learning. We continue to believe that is our driving force.
We are united through Christ
What Lutherans Believe...
We are here for you
We preach grace not guilt
We believe that Jesus extends grace to everyone and that we should follow in his steps. Who are we to pass judgment and not extend grace, when we ourselves have sinned? We believe we should love the sinner, not banish them.
We love to worship and pray
We believe that Jesus is central to everything. We believe that prayer is a direct line to God, and that we should speak to Him every chance we get. Worship is our chance to praise God and we take joy in doing so.
We believe in the power of fellowship
We are called to join in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We believe that reaching out to the lost and engaging with them will strengthen our bond with each other through God.
We are a church without walls
Jesus called us to go out and spread the word of God. We believe that this is not done enough. We make it a priority to go outside of the church walls to reach the lost and broken. We hope that you will join us in doing so.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Come as you are
We want you to come just as you are. When you walk through our doors you may see people in suits and ties, but you will also see people in jeans and t-shirts. We want to make sure when you visit you are comfortable and that is all that matters to us. As long you are come through our doors, we want to make sure you feel loved and welcomed. If you ever need anything, always feel free to connect with us. We love to hear from our new visitors.
Our Ministry Council
Ronna Zylstra--President |[email protected]
Elaine Chapin--Vice-President|[email protected]
Stephanie Cutler-- Secretary |[email protected]
Jim McGinnis | [email protected]
Kylene Abraham | [email protected]
Dorothy Lange |[email protected]
Gary Stephan | [email protected]
Martin Malley--Treasurer | [email protected]
Randy Fox--Financial Secretary | [email protected]
Erin directs Faith Formation. A member since childhood, she is deeply rooted in the Messiah Family culture and has a smile that will light up the room. Erin loves spending time with her husband and son, Lane.
Jean "makes it all happen" in the church office. She is the energy behind the newsletters, the slides on the screen in worship, pays the bills, and answers the constantly ringing phone. She and her family are long-time members. She loves spending time with her grandchildren, Issac and Ella!
Ron is the custodian of our building, and is dedicated to making the facility warm and welcoming to everyone who walks through the doors.
Jonathan is our contemporary worship leader! A long-time member, Jonathan found his niche in the church's music and technology early on. By day, he is a product manager and husband to Megan. Jonathan enjoys working with the Sonrise team and Tech team to produce a quality worship experience on Sunday mornings!
Deacon Sue Simmons
Deacon Sue Simmons plays the organ at 8:30am worship, and directs the choir in special music. She enjoys spending time with her husband John, and dogs! Sue is also a chaplin serving at Papillion Manor and Tabitha Hospise.