NEWS FROM MESSIAH
Nearly 17 years ago, on Palm Sunday, April 16th, 2000, the congregation of Messiah reentered their sanctuary and nave upon completion of renovations. This work included new acoustics and sound system, a flexible worship platform with free standing altar, resetting of the pews with an additional 4″ of space between each, and a new interior design plan including new carpet, pew pads, chairs and color scheme.
Over Memorial Day weekend, also in 2000, Messiah hosted DoubleEdge Productions, a traveling theater group from Florida. The four member troupe presented a program about a family, the rebirth of faith, and a good cup of coffee.
At the end of June of 2000, five of Messiah’s youth traveled with Pastor Esborn attending the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America National Youth Gathering in St. Louis, Missouri. The event was entitled “Dancing at the Cross Roads.” It focused on the ministries of youth across the church. During the event 45,000 youth and leaders gathered from across the U.S. Speakers included Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa who received an enthusiastic reception by the youth.
Four members of Messiah, Pat and the late Joe Forney and Linda and Steve Bahorik, joined Pastors Ritter and Esborn on a trip to the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. They also visited numerous Luther historical sites including his birth house, the church where he was baptized, Wartburg Castle where he translated the New Testament into German from the ancient Greek, the monastery in Erfurt where he took his vows as an Augustinian monk and the Castle Church in Wittenburg where he nailed his 95 theses to the door beginning the German Reformation.
Sunday, May 25th, 2003 was “Music Sunday” at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Mifflintown, and the Messiah Choir presented the cantata, “The Story Tellin’ Man,” by blind composer Ken Medema. The title of the cantata refers to Jesus and his style of teaching that made use of parables, simple stories that illustrate deep meanings. Focusing on the common parables, the cantata consisted of sixteen songs and lasted about forty minutes.
On Saturday, June 21, 2003, a 90th birthday party was held at Messiah for long-time member Al Resko.
There are also many other aspects behind keeping Messiah itself an active member of Mifflintown, Mifflin, and surrounding communities. Church member Dan Stoner does his part by mowing the grass which surrounds Messiah’s building.
On Sunday, September 7, 2004, Messiah had the opportunity to not only hold an outdoor worship service on an absolutely beautiful Sunday morning, but also had the privilege to hear from Brian Eyler, a child of Messiah, who resides with his wife in China..