Archive for 2016

December 22

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Luke 2: 8 – 11


Congratulations to Michelle Lucas, RN and health services coordinator at the Engle Center for Counseling and Health Services, who recently became a certified ambulatory care nurse by passing the American Nurses Credentialing Center Ambulatory Care Certification exam. Certification is a mark of distinction for nurses who demonstrate expertise in their area of specialty and recognizes excellence in nurses practicing in ambulatory care. We are privileged to have Michelle on our team!


Engle Center Counselor Marcelle Giovannetti, MS, NCC, CADC, LPC, was recently recognized for her contribution to the substance use disorder field and elected to serve a four year term on the PA Certification Board of Directors. The PA Certification Board (PCB) offers credentialing to substance abuse and other behavioral health professionals. Additionally, the PCB implements standards and testing for certification of addiction counselors, prevention specialists, clinical supervisors, criminal justice addictions professionals, co-occurring disorders professionals, auxiliary professionals, recovery specialists and intervention professionals in the state of Pennsylvania. PCB advocates for quality, comprehensive, substance abuse and other behavioral health services and offers management to related organizations.


Pete Ramsey was elected president of the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council (PTC) in December. PTC provides educational opportunities for turfgrass professionals and helps to fund turfgrass research for golf courses and athletic fields at Penn State University. This is a two year term and Pete has served on the PTC Board since 2008.


INTERCOM will continue Jan. 5

Due to the Christmas break, there will be no issue of the INTERCOM on Dec. 29. The INTERCOM will resume on Thursday, Jan. 5.

EMPOWER needs a few more employees

We are hoping to offer a popular on-site wellness program beginning in January, but we need a few more employees to sign up. EMPOWER is an 8-week program that uses interactive sessions with a motivational health educator as well as colleague support to guide individuals into a lifetime of success in weight management. But this program is much more than just a weight management course! The skills and knowledge you gain are guaranteed to improve your overall well-being in many areas. Classes will meet on Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 19. But we are a few employees short of meeting our required number for offering the class. The registration deadline is Jan. 3, 2017, so sign up today. Simply email Doug Miller at to indicate your interest. Participants must be able to attend at least 6 of the 8 meetings, and will be eligible for prize-drawings. EMPOWER may the New Year’s resolution you’ve been looking for!

Christmas week at Grantham Church

Please join us at Grantham Church for worship and celebration of the Christmas season at these three special events:

Lessons and Carols with Friends, Wednesday, Dec. 21: This special intergenerational Advent/Christmas event features Nine Lessons (scripture) and Nine Carols (choral and congregational), following a pattern established at King’s College in England almost a century ago. If you interested in participating as a singer or musician, come to rehearsal at 5 p.m. Then at 6:30 p.m., everyone is invited to a carry-in meal in the fellowship hall, after which we will move to the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m., for the reading and singing.

Christmas Eve candlelight service, Saturday, Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m.: Prepare for Christmas by gathering with family and friends to sing Christmas carols and songs. The service concludes with a traditional candle-lighting.

Christmas Sunday worship service, Sunday, Dec. 25, 10:30 a.m.: Our multigenerational gathering is characterized by a meaningful and engaging mix of modern, traditional and global forms and styles. Pastor David Flowers will conclude his Advent series Ancient Words with a special Christmas message “Emmanuel Has Come!”

We hope to see you there!

Annual campus budget forum

The annual campus budget forum is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9 from noon-1:30 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110). There will be a presentation by David Walker, vice president for finance and planning, and a Q&A session. Following feedback from governance groups, College Council is scheduled to vote on potential increases to tuition, room, board and fees on Jan. 23. The budget forum is open to all employees and attendance is encouraged.


Job opportunities

Campus Events is accepting applications for the position of campus events worker III – Witmer B/Kelly. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at

The Athletics Department at Messiah College currently has an opening for the position of head men’s and women’s swim coach; director of aquatics. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Jack Cole, executive director of athletics and fundraising, at

For rent

Walk-in basement apartment within a ten-minute walk of the college.  Ideal for single person or young couple. One bedroom, living-dining room, kitchen and bath.  The apartment has central AC, washer and dryer, good off-street parking.  Utilities include oil heat, sewer and garbage collection. $425/monthly. Please contact or call 717-766-4937.

Townhouse for rent in midtown Harrisburg area. 435 Peffer Street, Harrisburg, Pa. Available Now. 20 minutes from campus. First floor: Living room furnished with 2 couches and coffee/end tables; Dining room with table and chairs; kitchen with stove, microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher; 1/2 bath; Second floor: 3 bedrooms and 1 bath with washer and dryer; Third floor: 2 bedrooms. Storage space in basement; on-street parking. Renting out 4 of the bedrooms individually. Rent: $400/month plus splitting all other bills with other tenants (electric, gas, water, trash, etc.) One month rent and $400 security deposit due at lease signing. For pictures or any other questions contact: or 717-818-7636