The Teddy Bear Ministry shares God’s Love, Care, and Comfort. You’ll find the bears sitting with us in church. Each Bear has tag that shares the story & reflects the love of Messiah. “This bear has been among the congregation of Messiah Lutheran Church. It has heard the Word read, prayers prayed, praises sung and sermons preached. It has been loved by Messiah and has soaked in God’s love. Now it comes to you with blessings of worship and love.”
Anyone may take a Teddy Bear to share with another. We’ve seen Bears head to the hospital, to homebound, to those suffering loss, and for kids or grandkids who celebrated worship with us.
Our goal is to maintain one Bear in each Pew at all times. We do ask that each time you take a Bear you place a monetary donation in the pew envelop designating it to the “Bear Ministry or donate a new, non- musical bear to the Bear Den.
Special Stories of our Bears’ Travels:
One bear went to the west coast and was given in love to a grandchild. Gran explained about the bear, and the child dearly loved it. A few months later, the great grandfather was failing in health, that same young grandchild presented it to her great grandfather, explaining to him about the love in the bear. Who would ever have anticipated that special Messiah Bear, could bring so much caring, so much love!
Visitors to our church during Memorial Services and the Summer Concert Series have been touched by the bears and taken these messengers of God with them.
One of the most touching experiences was the afternoon a women stopped by the church to sit and pray as her son had just left for Afghanistan. As she was leaving we presented her with a bear. She immediately hugged the bear and with tears in her eyes thanked us.
We have also received thanks from the family of one of our congregants. “What a surprise to have the special bear on our doorstep! He is now sitting on the couch for my parents return. When we see him, he reminds us that the Lord is watching over us during this difficult time and will comfort us as well…just like a teddy. Thank you for helping my parents feel loved and thought of, especially during their extended absence from their church family.”