April 3, 2020

To the Faithful Flock of God at Messiah Lutheran Church:
Grace, Mercy and Peace to you as we enter our most sacred week of the church year.
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
We continue our week with Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday where the institution of Eucharist is celebrated as well as we hear those magnificent words from John’s Gospel, “This I command you, that you love one another.”   How true these words have echoed through the centuries and how imperative it is for us to hear them now.
This Friday, as we observe Jesus’ death and relive the Passion, we will be together on our website at 7 pm for Good Friday devotions and prayers followed by our joyous celebration of His Resurrection on Sunday at 10:30 am.  We also can join together as a congregation in our spirit and pray for one another as God continues to knit our hearts together.  You are welcome to go to our website  and join in with many others of our congregation for our Easter Celebration of Prayers and hymns and an Easter message for all of us.
Please go to and click on the link for

Good Friday and Easter Sunday and join together in worship.
May God’s richest blessing be upon you and may He protect you and

hold you in the palm of His Hand.
God’s Peace and Love
Pastor Stephen Unger

March 31,2020
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray this note finds you well as we continue to face difficult times and yet in the midst of it, our God has remained faithful to us.
We are God’s baptized people and as such have the wonderful Grace to abide in His love and protection.  This is not to devalue the hardship and isolation that many of you are facing but, to remind us that we have a God who will make His home with us and banish the darkness.  Please take this into your heart this day.
This Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week which starts this Sunday with Palm Sunday and Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  We will celebrate the event as a church and invite you between 10 am and 11 am to drive through our entrance and receive a blessing and a palm in the confines of your vehicle.  We are still the church and His children and” nothing shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.”
More information will follow about our Holy Week and Easter observances.
May God’s Peace reign in your heart.
Pastor Stephen Unger
PS.  Please feel free to call us at the church at 631-751-1755 or 631-751-5584 for updated info,  In case of an emergency, please call Pastor Unger at 631-512-1069

March 30th, 2020

Nothing shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.

Dear friends we have been together now under very difficult circumstances for the last few weeks and our prayers are with you all. While we are not able to meet together as a body, our hearts and our souls are intertwined with the love we have for each other and the love that God has for us. You are welcome to call us at the church and leave a message and we will get back to you very quickly as we check for messages on a daily basis. We will be looking at different ways that we can connect but in the meantime be assured of our love and prayers. This Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. We will be distributing palms at the church. The Pastor will be at the church and distributing palms to anyone who would like to drive by the church and receive a blessing. It would not be necessary to leave your car. This will begin at 10 AM and end at 11 AM.

Our phone numbers where you can receive information and leave messages are (631) 751-5584 and (631) 751-1775. And of course to talk with Pastor Unger please call him at 631-512-1069.

God bless you as we continue our journey to Jerusalem.

March 26th, 2020

Church will not be open this Sunday due to the change in conditions and severity of the virus.  

For 1 week we will be asking people to pray in their homes.  A decision will be made next week about

opening the church as well as having electronic means of worshiping together. 
Please continue to call the church (631-751-1775) where the messages are checked on a daily basis. 

Check our website, our Facebook page and our message on the phone (631-751-5584).  
And of course to talk with Pastor Unger please call him at 631-512-1069
We are here for you in this difficult time.  Do not feel alone.  Not only is our Lord with you but the church family

is with you. The church elders are in the midst of calling everyone in the congregation to say hello and to see

if anyone needs anything. If for some reason you have not received a call, let us know. 

Leave your name and number and we will call you back.
Our prayers are with you and we love you very much.  May God’s blessing and protection be with you.
Pastor Steve
March 21, 2020
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold”    Psalm 18:2

During these extraordinary times we look to our Lord for strength and mercy.

Due to these unusual circumstances, we are suspending some activities while we move forward with our most essential core of providing comfort and worship.

To stay informed about our events, check our website at, or  call

631-751-5584.  The information on this line will be updated regularly.

March 17, 2020

While these times are difficult for each of us, we remember all our brothers and sisters in our prayers. 

Please remember that we are called to unite at this difficult time and care for one another.  And let God's presence carry us through.  Our church office is closed but we will check the messages through out the day so leave a message if you want a call back. If you need Pastoral care, please call Pastor Unger at 631-512-1069

While we will not have formal services on Sunday our sanctuary will be open for

meditation and prayer from 8:15 am until 12 noon. 

Call 631-751-5584 for updates.

special message from the bishop

A Special Message from the Atlantic District Bishop regarding Covid 19 (Coronavirus) and

it’s Effect on our churches...


LWML Meeting on March 20th is Cancelled

The Great Easter Surprise Event on April 18th is cancelled

Easter Breakfast on April 12th, Easter Morning, is cancelled

Wednesday Morning Bible Classes are cancelled

All Bible Study Classes, Men's Fellowship, Sunday School, Confirmation Classes are postponed until further notice.


in the know: covid-19

March 11, 2020

Covid-19 Symptoms and Knowing When to Stay Home and Return to Work
The following is the most recent guidance from our Infection Prevention and Control team on the symptoms and duration of Covid-19, along with when to stay home from work, when you may return, and what procedures to follow when you are ready to come back.

What are the most common symptoms of Covid-19?
- Muscle aches
- Loss of energy and appetite
- Persistent cough
- Low grade fever lasting 24 hours or more, causing the person to feel feverish with chills

If I have Covid-19, how long can I expect to feel sick?
- Typically one week.
- The majority of individuals feel better in 5 to 7 days with rest and over-the-counter cold and flu medications.

How does illness progress in cases of Covid-19?
- A few individuals progress to pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and/or pneumonitis (inflammation of the lungs).
- Pneumonia/pneumonitis causes shortness of breath, worsening cough and in most cases, fever.
- Individuals with the symptoms of Covid-19 who develop a worsening cough and shortness of breath must seek care quickly.

If I’m concerned about my symptoms or feel unwell, when must I stay home from work?
If you have muscle aches, cough, fatigue and low-grade fever, do not come to work.

I’m feeling better—when is it safe to return to work?
- Return after you are without fever for 24 hours and your cough is improving.
- Direct care providers and employees who support direct care providers must call Occupational Health Services for clearance prior to returning to work.

I’m feeling worse—when and where should I seek medical care?
If you are developing worsening cough with shortness of breath, call your doctor, go to Virtual Urgent Care or, if necessary, go to the nearest Emergency Room.

When I’m ready to come back, are there any special precautions I need to take?
- Once your fever is gone for 24 hours and your cough is improving, call Occupational Health Services to indicate you are ready to return to work.
- Make sure to follow excellent respiratory etiquette: cover your cough in your sleeve (not your hand) or a tissue; dispose of the tissue promptly; perform hand hygiene immediately afterwards; don’t shake hands—but elbow bumps are okay.
- Direct care providers who are well enough to be at work but have frequent cough may wear a mask, but respiratory etiquette and especially hand hygiene are the most important measures.