Verse of the Day

Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. (Matthew 24:42, ESV)

Vestry Meeting

The Vestry will be meeting this Tuesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm in Donegan Hall.

Outreach Committee


The Outreach Committee will be meeting this Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 pm in the meeting room.

Veteran Arts Showcase November 21-23, 2014

Veteran Arts Showcase, a celebration of multiple arts and how they heal and create community.  The artists are veterans, family members of veterans, or military connected. It will be held at the FDR Presidential Library/Wallace Center on Route 9, Hyde Park, NY. Opening night reception Friday evening Nov 21, 5:30 pm – 8:30pm:  meet the artists, hear selections by the cast of the musical “Deployed,” enjoy original poetry and join in a community rhythm circle. Refreshments will be served. Saturday and Sunday Nov 22 and 23, 10:00am – 5:00pm:  art exhibit, readings, demonstrations, open discussions by veteran authors. Sunday closes with “The Veterans Project:Leaving Theatre,” a veteran and civilian theatrical troop performing an interactive play with the audience that focuses on veteran reintegration. Free and open to the public. For program times and updates contact:    Dr. Lori Arella (845) 226-4218.


Thanksgiving Gift Cards



Once again we are collecting donations to be used to purchase gift cards for Thanksgiving turkeys to be given out as part of our ongoing food pantry program.  Any amount of money given is appreciated to defray the cost of the gift cards.


New Ministry


If anyone would be willing to help some of our parishioners with the paperwork associated with an illness, there are a number of people who could use help dealing with the various insurance forms and phone calls that accompany medical care.  It would be a short term offer of assistance following a hospitalization or critical care.  If interested in helping please speak to Father Richard.

Food Bank —Coats—Thanksgiving


Once again, we will be this area’s point of giveaway for the Dutchess Outreach Annual Coat Drive.  The coats will be arriving on Nov. 9th,  and we will start to give them away on the following Friday, Nov. 14th, from 10:00 until 3:00. Last year we distributed coats to  over 150 men, women and children. The coat give-away is an extraordinarily valuable county-wide cooperative activity, benefitting many hundreds of families.


Thank you all in advance for your cooperation with the Thanksgiving outreach activity of  our Youth Program.  Our kids have started filling bags  with Thanksgiving meal  “trimmings” to be given to our pantry clients, and they want to encourage other parishioners to fill such bags as well.  We are grateful for the wonderful initiative of our children, and for Anne Schmidt’s leadership in making this project possible.

Church School Community Service Project

Messiah’s food pantry, like most in the country, is experiencing a surge in the number of families in need of assistance. We would like to help by dedicating our service project this weekend to meeting part of that need.


Our students decorated paper shopping bags and handed them out during coffee hour last Sunday.  We ask that you fill the bags with items needed for the Thanksgiving food distribution. There is a wish list attached to the shopping bag.  This family activity will reinforce the theme of social justice and gratitude, which was the focus of our parish picnic service. Father Richard will bless the filled bags at the 10:00 service on Sunday, Nov. 16th.  If you did not receive a bag, but still wish to participate, please see Anne Schmidt during coffee hour.


Thank you for your continued support!


EFM – Education for Ministry

Are you eager to more deeply explore your faith and the history of church?  Join our exciting EFM group on Wednesday evenings for an in-depth study, including focused theological reflections.  Only a few spaces left!!  The first meeting will be Wednesday, September 17th at 6:30 pm.  For further information call 845-876-3533

Register for Church School


Click here to view and print the Church School Registration Form

Click here for the 2014/2015 Church School Calendar

Thursday Morning Service

No Thursday Morning Service this week.  Service will resume Thursday October 23th.

Messiah Veterans


Fr Richard has discovered that our commemoration of the men and women of Messiah who served in the armed forces ends with WW II.  We would like to create an accurate list of our Messiah veterans from subsequent armed conflicts, if you know of a veteran from our parish please submit their name and when they served to the parish office.