Welcome to Messiah Lutheran Church!
Located at the corner of West Southern Avenue and Howard Street in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, a small community nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Allegheny mountains, Messiah Lutheran church is a large congregation of the Upper Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Whether you live in the area, are traveling through, or planning to relocate in north central Pennsylvania, it would be our joy to have you worship with us.
Pastoral Letter from Bishop Robert Driesen
October 17, 2014
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ:
The Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL), our companion synod, is in need of our continued and immediate help. Throughout West Africa more than 8,000 people have become infected with the Ebola virus. Approximately half of those infected in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have died. The World Health Organization predicts that by January, 2015, 1.4 million people may become infected and between 50 and 70% will die.
While the Lutheran Hospitals in Liberia, Phebe and Curran, are open and caring for sick people, schools in Liberia are closed, and food is becoming scarce, as the economy of the region is stifled by reduced transportation, inflated prices, absences from work, unattended fields, and the ruin of this year’s harvest.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, including the Upper Susquehanna Synod have already responded to this growing crisis, but the need remains great. Global Health Ministries was one of the very first agencies to send help to Liberia. With the help of ELCA Global Mission, ELCA Companion Synods and others, it has sent protective equipment and other medical supplies in three shipments by air and one by sea. ELCA Global Mission pledged an initial $25,000 in support of Global Health Ministries earmarked for the purchase of food. The Upper Susquehanna Synod, thanks to the response of our congregations, has sent a total of $6,391 in support of the containers sent by Global Health Ministries. Individuals and companion congregations through the congregation-to-congregation partnerships of the Upper Susquehanna Synod have also sent aid to Liberia.
Bishop Seyenkulo of the Lutheran Church in Liberia is grateful for our support and is seeking our continued assistance through ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response and its four point strategy:
- Supplying and shipping essential protective gear and supplies to protect medical workers at Phebe Hospital and Curran Lutheran Hospital in Liberia.
- Providing food assistance to the Lutheran Church in Liberia and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone.
- Raising awareness and providing sensitization messages on the symptoms and prevention methods of Ebola.
- Completing construction of an isolation center at Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing that meets World Health Organization standards.
The Liberia Committee of the Upper Susquehanna Synod has sent an initial sum of approximately $1,000 to Lutheran Disaster Relief, earmarked “for the LCL.” The committee asks all congregations and members to join in this urgent response to the Ebola crisis. You can give to this effort online at: https://community.elca.org/ebolaoutbreakresponse
Your congregation can collect funds and send them to the office of the Upper Susquehanna Synod. Money collected at the synod office will be sent to Lutheran Disaster Relief earmarked “for the LCL”.
Thank you for your support of our brothers and sisters in Liberia. I solicit your prayers on their behalf.
Yours in Christ, + Robert L. Driesen, Bishop
God loves you . . . serve Him faithfully, serve Him well!