The Priestly Pen


Endless Song:  Trusting God with Our Assets

In a collection of hymns published in 1869, this anonymous text appeared set to a beautiful tune by American Baptist minister Robert Wadsworth Lowry: 

My life flows on in endless song; above earth's lamentation,

I hear the real though far-off song that hails a new creation; 

   Refrain:  No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I'm  clinging; Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from     singing?

What tho' my joys and comforts die?  The Lord my Savior liveth!

What tho' the darkness gather round?  Songs in the night he giveth.  R/

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart, a fountain ever springing;

All things are mine since I am his - how can I keep from singing?  R/

What a powerful faith statement and declaration of trust in our Lord!  We can trust Christ the Solid Rock to calm any storm that comes along in life.  Scripture teaches us to trust God all the time and in all circumstances, believing that the Holy One keeps holy promise - to love us, be among us, save us, and sustain us.  Always.  No exceptions. 

            We are to trust God this way as individuals, and as the church.  We ARE the church - "the body of Christ and individually members of it." (I Cor. 12:27.  We are God's called-out people empowered for mission and ministry in this world that God so loves!  Being God's people in this world isn't easy, but God knows that and helps us to trust by showing us the Divine Track Record of what God has given us - everything:  all we are, all we have, and all we can do.

+ All of that comprises our assets - as individuals and church! +

God has blessed Messiah with amazing assets:  members, friends, community (inside and out there), worship, leaders, service and working groups, properties, projects, money, heritage, location, plans, needs, problems and challenges.  Yes, needs, problems and challenges are assets:  they draw us to give thanks to God in all circumstances through using our assets of time, money, abilities and community to live as Christ's body in the world.  We do this by

   + assembling for worship as our first response to God's grace, praising God in

            liturgy, prayer, song, scripture, sermon and sacrament

   + sharing the Good News of God's love in Jesus Christ

   + being hearers and doers of the Word, praying each day, "Lord, use me."

   + feeding and sheltering people through food pantries, meal programs, school

      backpack programs, and offering time and money to supportive agencies

   + caring for and sharing our beautiful property and grounds resources

   + welcoming and embracing all through the ministry of hospitality

   + trusting God with our money as well as our time and abilities

   + learning more and more about God's Word and will for us

   + and being thankful for this long list, because of our many assets!

            This is how our "life flows on in endless song." Thanks be to God that Jesus Christ is indeed Lord of heaven and earth!  Therefore, by grace, each of us can say to the world:  How can I keep from singing?

                                                            In the Savior's love,

Pastor Maggie

Help Preserve Our Historic Church of Messiah; buy a brick on “God’s Pathway”.

 What is the “God’s Pathway” Brick Campaign? Our “Buy A Brick” campaign will raise funds for the preservation, maintenance, and up-keep of our historic church. These bricks will be used in a special pathway so that, in years to come, you will be able to bring your children and grandchildren to “God’s Pathway” to see your name and their names as a permanent legacy of Church of Messiah. You will be able to create your own message or choose from selected designs for your brick(s). 

  Everyone is invited to buy a brick, either for you or for someone else, to commemorate special occasions, or to honor or remember a special loved one. All proceeds will go towards the Church of Messiah’s Building & Grounds Fund. “God’s Pathway” and the Brick campaign is an on-going campaign. Orders will be accepted throughout the year, but can only be processed in lots of 5 or more bricks.

Upcoming Events


Adult Sunday School- Please join us at 9:15 am each Sunday for an interesting and comprehensive journey through the Bible with 30 minute video presentations each followed by a discussion period. This is a great opportunity to visit each book of the Bible in depth.  One week does not depend on another, so come whenever you can.


Sunday, July 9th - Pot Luck after church

Saturday, July 15th - DOK and Brotherhood of St. Andrew 8:30 am

Wed., July 19th - Vestry Meeting at 5:30 pm

Sat., August 5th - Tubing on the Tocoa River




Lowe's is sponsoring a mulch benefit where you can order any kind of mulch and the Friendship House will get the profits.  Order forms are in the parish hall or pick one up at Marketplace Antiques.  Prices are on the form -- same prices as buying from Lowes!  Give your order and money to Ann Taaffe or Linda Ray.  Mulch will be delivered to Shepherd of the Mountains Church (behind Eller & Owens Furniture). Deadline is April 15th.
Please remember that we always need supplies for the Church too!


Outreach Ministries

Our Outreach Project for July

The Cherokee County Sharing Center Food Pantry

Since they are able to buy things affordably in bulk from various sources their main need is money.  Gene Forrister is currently the only volunteer from Messiah, working two days each month.  The Sharing Center supplies basic food supplies for hundreds of local families. If you would like to make a contribution, please indicate that on your check. We will as always be donating our second Sunday loose offering to this ministry.


Also you may bring to Church toiletries, socks, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, paper towels and anything else you can think of to help the homeless.  The shelter has been staying at 25 people which is absolute capacity!

We will as always be donating our second Sunday loose offering to this ministry.

Think about supporting at least one of these ministries while shopping:
Friendship House Homeless Shelter - Constantly in need of cleaning and paper supplies, soap and laundry detergent.  

Care Kits - for shelters and police departments.  Small toiletry items as well as bandanas and carabiner clips.  We will be assembling some kits again in a few weeks.

Sharing Center Food Pantry - Non perishables; also paper products

Aluminum Can Recycling - Bring your crushed aluminum cans to our recycle bin behind the Church.  Proceeds go to Messiah Youth projects.



Free Membership to Dog Park

Dear Parishoners,
As you may know, my daughter Katherine and I bought Messiah's Peachtree property as the new location for her expanded pet care facility. ( You may have noticed the fencing and the little green building where the pavilion used to be.) As a provision of the sale, Messiah's members get a free membership to the new dog park. (One time $3 fee for the card to open the electronic gate.)
Please e-mail Katherine at
Someone will forward you the documents you need to become a member. If you have any questions, please call All Creatures Short and Tall at 828-837-4390.
Ann Taaffe


Church Directory

Cheryl Rutland has a new e-mail address:

Copies of the recently published directory are available in the parish hall.


The Church Directory has been updated and will be printed in the coming week.  It will be available in an electronic format if you would prefer.
Send an e-mail to Jeanne Stump to request the e-edition.
Jeanne's address is

Need a Name Tag?
We haven't ordered them in a very long time.  If you would like to have one, please respond to this email.

They will be on a board as you enter the Church and if you should leave by the back door (Parish hall),  there will be a basket where you can drop them off.


LEM / Lector Schedule for July

Sun Jul 9: LEM: Carl MayLector: Scott Ciluffo

Sun Jul 16: LEM: Tom KlineLector: Scotty Plappert

Sun Jul 23: LEM: Mindy LondonLector: John Proffitt

Sun Jul 30: LEM: Lorraine BennettLector: Tom Bennett


If anyone would be available to meet once a month to help coordinate outreach activities, please email Linda Ray.   (