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September 21, 2020
Now that Pastor Niemeier has been installed as Messiah’s pastor we’d like to take a moment to thank Pastor Unger and Linda Unger for their hard work during this interim period. Messiah has been blessed to have them join us during our search for a new pastor. Since starting as Messiah’s Interim Pastor in October 2018, Pastor Unger has shepherded our congregation with love through God’s word while respecting our history. On behalf of the congregation, we would like to thank Pastor Unger and Linda for their dedication, support and love.
AND THERE’S MORE GOOD NEWS!
The Messiah Lutheran Council in discussion with Bishop Lecakes asked Pastor Unger if he would continue to serve the congregation in the role of Associate Pastor. He has graciously accepted. As Associate Pastor he will be a mentor and advisor; continue to participate in worship services and the life of the congregation. We will see him at the Eucharist and preaching. Pastor Unger and Pastor Neimeier have already formed a strong bond and will continue to work together, in collaboration with the congregation, in leading Messiah to continue to grow through God’s love. This team ministry allows us to continue to support our people within our walls even as we seek to share the Gospel with those around us.
Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church Council
August 16, 2020
On August 16 at 3:30 PM, Pastor Niemeier was ordained and installed at Messiah as our new pastor. In attendance were Bishop Derek Lecakes, Rev. Dien Taylor, Rev. David Wackenhuth, Rev. John Fleischmann, Rev. Jacob Benson, Rev. Henry Koepchen, Rev. Al Hofler, Rev. Charles Bell, Rev. Stephen Unger, Rev. Tom Cusanelli, Vicar David Santos, and Deacon Thom Brownworth, as well as many members of the Messiah community.