Press Release — New Mission Plant — Tradition is the New Innovation

Here is a “press release” that just came across my desk that shows a new mission congregation in Moscow, Idaho. This mission plant could use your prayers and support .. read below for more information. We previously asked for donations for this mission on our article Help Supply a new Confessional Parish.

 

Tradition is the new innovation

MOSCOW, Idaho – July 21, 2014 – Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle planted a mission church in Moscow, where previously there had been no Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) presence.  The mission church officially formed June 22 and is currently home to 36 baptized members.

 

What to expect

Messiah Lutheran Church, Moscow Mission, is a distinctly Lutheran congregation that deeply respects and adheres to the traditions of the historic Lutheran church. The mission reflects a wide variety of backgrounds, interests and talents, but is united by the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. The congregation strives to be a caring Christian community that will serve the people of Latah County, with the peace of God that transcends all understanding, the peace that comes only through the Knowledge of Jesus Christ.

 

The purpose of this congregation

It is the mission of this church to preach, teach, and confess Christ-Crucified for the forgiveness of sins.

 

Sunday Divine Service (Gottesdienst)

Barring the first Sunday of each month, the congregation gathers for Sunday School and Adult Bible Class at 9:30 a.m. and Divine Service – without communion – at 10:45 a.m. Adult Bible studies and the Divine Service are streamed from Messiah Seattle.

On the first Sunday of the month, Pastor Musegades of Trinity Lutheran Church (Grangeville, ID) leads the congregation in the Divine Service, with communion. This 3 p.m. service takes the place of the regular morning service and is typically followed with Sunday School, a time of fellowship and a potluck.

 

A brief history

Congregants of the Moscow Mission gathered informally for Hymn Sings every Thursday night for a year. These casual gatherings grew into an earnest desire to serve the community of Moscow and the students at the University of Idaho by establishing the first LCMS church in Moscow.

On June 22, 2014 this desire became a reality.  With a service officiated by Pastor Mike Musegades of Trinity Lutheran Church (Grangeville, ID), assisted by Pastors Lassman (Sr. Pastor, Messiah Seattle) and Mankin (Assoc. Pastor, Messiah Seattle), the church formed and officially joined the LCMS community.

 

 

For more information on the new mission, visit moscowlutheran.org, call 208.962.1456, or email us and we’ll pass it on to them.

 

This is still an early-stage mission development with various parish supply needs.  If you know of any source for materials that would benefit from regular use in our Lord’s earthly kingdom, please contact us.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

Comments

Press Release — New Mission Plant — Tradition is the New Innovation — 13 Comments

  1. What a blessing! Things sure seem different in that part of the country. My district (Mid-South) plants churches that don’t use the historic liturgy, stray from the confessions, and don’t use the name “Lutheran.”

  2. Randy :
    What a blessing! Things sure seem different in that part of the country. My district (Mid-South) plants churches that don’t use the historic liturgy, stray from the confessions, and don’t use the name “Lutheran.”

    Yup Randy, that’s what I’ve noticed, too.

  3. I am a lay member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle. This mission is being done directly through our congregation. The Northwest District Office did not start this mission and is not providing any financial support. We have kept the DP in the loop during the process and he has no problems with our involvement in this mission start.

  4. @Harry Edmon #3

    Harry,

    Bless you for your efforts and the work of your congregation! It seems that more and more these days, districts plant crazy heterodox churches instead of confessional/liturgical ones. This news is an inspiration! Thank you for what your congregation is doing / has done. In my opinion, what your congregation has done is completely in line with the “Great Commission.” You all have played a key role in establishing a Word and Sacrament ministry for the community in Moscow, Idaho.

    Randy

  5. No, I did not miss anything after more review, but streaming the service and adult Bible class? Interesting. So this is an online Church? And the (as was done in the past) roaming pastor from the mother congregation would come and preside; or the circuit rider type pastor.

    So this is now a congregation in the LCMS? If so, when it calls a pastor, perhaps a CRM man first, eh??????

    This would send a message.

    Or SMP from the mother Church, better than streaming online I would think.

  6. Randy :@Harry Edmon #3
    It seems that more and more these days, districts plant crazy heterodox churches instead of confessional/liturgical ones. This news is an inspiration!

    Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. :Or SMP from the mother Church, better than streaming online I would think.

    Randy :@Harry Edmon #3
    It seems that more and more these days, districts plant crazy heterodox churches instead of confessional/liturgical ones. This news is an inspiration!

  7. @Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. #7
    Or SMP from the mother Church, better than streaming online I would think.

    I think friends of mine, who belonged to Pr. Lassman’s congregation when they lived in that area, would say the mission is well served, but I will ask them to look at the article and the comments.

    It would indeed be a blessing to a faithful CRM, if he were given this opportunity, as the congregation becomes instructed in the responsibilities of caring for a full time Pastor and is able to do so.
    Meanwhile the mission is an opportunity for prayer, for the rest of us.

  8. @helen #8 Hi Helen, Harry and all. Yes, indeed Moscow Lutheran is well served by Pastor Lassman and Messiah Seattle. Pastor Lassman was our pastor for our five years in the Seattle area. He is a wonderful, faithful pastor. His AIC was great. And thanks to the work of faithful laity, vicar, Pastor Lassman, the AIC was made available on YouTube and then DVD. And now this! It’s wonderful that Messiah Seattle is able to support this new church plant in this way, streaming their services. And that they get the blessings of monthly communion with Pastor Musegades.

  9. The small assembly of Saints in Moscow are well-served by Pastors Lassman, Mankin, and Musegades. Though there are technical challenges and limitations with this “early-stage” ministry, we are reminded to be patient and allow God’s Will to be done in the time He has prepared.

    We are eager to have a Pastor that can serve this ministry locally and on a more full-time basis. Our current status as an extension of Messiah Lutheran in Seattle is a good starting point which allows the congregation to take shape under the leadership of a parent church that takes Article III of their constitution very seriously.

    Thank you all for your comments, prayers, and support.

    + soli deo gloria +
    Mac McCabe

  10. @Randy #1
    What a blessing! Things sure seem different in that part of the country. My district (Mid-South) plants churches that don’t use the historic liturgy, stray from the confessions, and don’t use the name “Lutheran.

    Texas gets that kind, too, even where the demographics would seem to indicate that ‘traditional’ would be more successful and we have CRM’s (for traditional), enough and to spare.

    “willowcreek or bust” even after the guru there has admitted that willowcreek is a bust!
    [People go in and out but they don’t become more than ‘veneer’ Christians, if that.]

    What’s wrong with this picture? !!!

    What’s wrong with these bureaucrats?!

    SORRY!
    The topic is a new traditional mission.

  11. We are still looking for Hymnals and other parish supplies — if anyone of you know of surplus supplies or closed parishes willing to pass them along.

    Also, our ‘planting’ congregation, Messiah Seattle, has added a capital campaign through GoFundMe to their website :: http://www.messiahseattle.org/moscow-idaho these funds, as mentioned on the page will be used to call a Pastor to this mission.

    Thanks, again for the prayerful and intentional support.

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