Thanksgiving Eve Supper

(6pm) & Worship (7pm) on November 27th

Advent Worship Services at 7pm

December 4th, December 11th, and December 18th

Christmas Eve Services December 24th at 5pm and 11pm

with special music beginning 30 minutes prior to the start of worship

Worship Services


8:00 a.m. Worship
Messiah Lutheran Church
10:30 a.m. Worship
Messiah Lutheran Church

Third Wednesday Worship Services

Join us for supper at 6:00 p.m. and worship at 7:00 p.m. in the social hall on the third Wednesday of each month.



Messiah Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We have been in the Burlington community for over 150 years. Join us at 8:00 AM or 10:30 AM for worship or attend Sunday School for all ages at 9:15 AM. We, also, hold an informal worship service on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM!

Mission Statement
Welcoming all people to share in God’s blessings by strengthening our commitment to God through prayer, fellowship, and service.

History of Messiah Lutheran Church
Messiah is a friendly congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We were organized in 1859 by Swedish Lutheran immigrants who built their church on “West Hill” in Burlington. In 1962, we dedicated our present building on West Avenue. Messiah is known for music and liturgy, Christian education, friendship and fellowship, and for our involvment in the life of Christ in this community and in the world. Come worship with us!

What’s New?

Adult Sunday School Forum

November 10 – 24: The Story of Lutherans in America DVD and conversation

Synod Book Club

Join others from around the Southeastern Iowa Synod for online discussions on books related to our shared ministry. All discussions will include an introduction and a time to discuss the book with a small group of people from around the synod via video conference. You can register for one session or all, streamed online via Zoom video conference at 7:30 p.m.
To register, go to to get to the registration form for each date. You will have to register for each session individually. (Alternatively, we could meet as a group in Messiah’s library and join the video conference from here. Let the office know if you’re interested.)
November 19: Growing Young by Powell, Mulder, & Griffin
January 16: Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
February 13: One Coin Found by Emmy Kegler


The Christian Education Committee and the 412 Timothy students are making care packages for our college students. We would really appreciate any donations you would like to give. Cards of encouragement are greatly appreciated as well. There is a collection box on the table outside Kelly’s office. Here are some great donation ideas:
• Pencils or Pens
• Highlighters
• Toothpaste, Lotion, Laundry Soap
• Gift Cards
• Snack Foods: Slim Jim beef sticks, trail mix, Gum
• Easy Meals: Easy Mac-N-Cheese, Ramen Noodles

Online donations are now available – click here to view

WOMEN OF MESSIAH, both members and non-members:
September brings the beginning of our monthly circle meetings. Currently, we have three groups. Each circle welcomes new members. Meeting times and locations are as follows:
  • Open Circle-1st Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., church library and homes
  • Ruth/Mary Elizabeth Circle-1st Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., church library
  • Sarah Circle-1st Thursday, 7:00 p.m., church library

In these groups, you will find fellowship, refreshment, and learning about the Bible and Christian living.

Youth and Family

Our Youth group is taking orders for homemade pumpkin and apple pies through Nov. 21. The pies will be made on Nov. 23 and can be picked up between Nov. 24 through Nov. 27. Order forms are available in the narthex. Pumpkin pies are $12, and apple, $14. You may also donate a pie to Messiah’s Thanksgiving Eve dinner (Wed. Nov. 27, 6 p.m.) All proceeds support the 2020 Service-Learning trip to Washington D.C., and help send kids to camp EWALU.

Confirmation classes continue Wednesday evenings as well. Students meet at 7:30 in the conference room.

To encourage students to bring their Bibles to Sunday school, worship and Confirmation, we’re introducing punch cards! We want you to use your Bibles, write in your Bibles, use hi-liter in them, and bring them to worship. Every time you bring your Bible to church, you’ll get one punch. When you’ve accumulated 10 punches, you’ll earn a prize! Punch cards can be found on the table by Kelly’s office.

Service/Learning Trip to D.C. Students who will be in middle or high school during the 2020-2021 school year are eligible to join us on the service/learning trip to Washington, D.C. Reserve your spot, don’t miss out! Talk to Kelly.

412 Timothy is for youth in preschool through high school. We meet Wednesday nights at Messiah from 6:00-7:30. Join us for yoga, small groups, worship and prayer stations. As always, friends are welcome too! On the 3rd Wednesday of each month we invite families to join us at the 3rd Wednesday dinner and worship service. We also do a service project between dinner and worship.
1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

Jesus & Java is a chance for middle and high schoolers to meet for coffee and a quick Bible study. Join Kelly in the Youth Room every Sunday at 9:30 for java and conversation with Jesus.

Messiah Lutheran Church 2411 West Ave Burlington, Iowa 52601 319-754-7591