Congregation Beth Messiah
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Proclaiming Yeshua is the Messiah!
History, Congregation, Lifestyle, Vision, and Affiliation
Messianic Rabbis: Richard Freeman and Ron Aaronson
Congregation Beth Messiah holds its main worship service on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. About once a month we celebrate "Oneg Shabbat" (Delight of the Sabbath) after our service, where we enjoy bagels, coffee, and other refreshments with our guests. Everyone is welcome to attend our services. Yeshua said that His house would be a "house of prayer for all people." We offer classes in Foundations, Hebrew, Davidic Dance, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and Shabbat school. We have Havurah groups (Home Bible Studies), mikveh (immersion services), and other areas of education.
The fullest sense of what it means to live as a Jew is biblically defined. G-d has called Israel to be unique among the nations, a witness to His truth and faithfulness. As a nation, Israel was given distinct practices and heritage as a covenant community.
Central to our lifestyle are the home, congregation, and community. Through faith in Yeshua the Messiah, messianic congregations provide a unique witness to the Jewish community. They are the most forceful and visible testimony that Jewish believers have not forsaken their love of Israel and their respect for the customs and traditions of their people. Celebrations of the weekly Shabbat and annual Feasts and the general outworking of Jewish life center around the home and synagogue. Many Jewish practices are congregational in nature while others are individual or family-oriented. Our distinctiveness is enriched by the varied backgrounds of people within our community, both Jew and non-Jew, and the freedom we have to express our faith and identity in Yeshua.
Congregation Beth Messiah belongs to the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) a Messianic Jewish umbrella organization consisting of over 80 messianic fellowships.
The UMJC establishes a central location where we can unite our efforts to areas of education, worship and praise, aliyah (moving back to the land of Israel) , raising funds in support of the nation of Israel, and other endeavors. Equally important, the UMJC provides accountability to the leaders of member congregations.
Congregation Beth Messiah supports that concept of accountability, where all men and women in the body of Messiah must submit themselves to biblical authority.