Messiah Lutheran Church
13901 Clopper Rd. Germantown, MD 20874
(301) 972-2130


Your Messiah Properties Committee can be reached via email at

Your Messiah Lutheran Church Properties Board is looking for ADVISORS and Board members.  Please consider serving as an ADVISOR for the Properties Board.  An ADVISOR does not necessarily complete the work (although that would be great!) but can be a source of information on what work needs to be done and how best to accomplish the work properly and in a timely and cost-effective manner.  If you are interested please see Susan Wollman or email

The table below lists some small projects that may be suitable for a family or one or two individuals to complete.  Please let Susan know if you are planning one of these projects and if you need any materials to complete the project.

Project/Scopedeadlinecompleted by _____

Apply NO PARKING stencil to yellow
curb — paint and stencil are available


Apply coating of WD40 to exterior
door frames for protection
and glossiness.


Remove rust stains from front steps
using a special cleaner (located in the
Fan Room). 
Please do NOT use bleach!


A small deciduous tree is growing in
the middle of our pine tree at the
edge of the parking lot.
Can you rescue our pine tree?

complete! John Slaughter

Two bare wood steps need a coat of
easy-to-apply brown stain (in the
Fan room).
The steps can be moved or taken
outdoors for easier staining.


2 rocking chairs in the nursery are
in need of refinishing and repair.
1 child’s chair is in need of
This could be a great project for you
to practice your refinishing skills on!


Landscape Project at Entrance Area

The contracted work on the left side of the front steps has been completed AND fully funded! thank you to the many generous contributors to this project. Much of the planting has also been completed, just in time for summer sun and heat.

Your Properties Committee is looking forward to a swift completion of the other half of this project — the left side of the front steps and the entrance to the Sunday School and Preschool. The cost of this project is ~$16000. More stone is required for this portion of the retaining walls, but there are no stumps to grind and we have been given a returning customer discount.

It is always interesting to have “outside eyes” view our property. The preschool’s Accreditation Visiting Team noted the “unattractive nature” of our walk from the lower level, along the sidewalk and to the playground. A few preschool families have referred others to the preschool with the warning to overlook the not-so-great exterior and look inside. The work at the front of our building has dramatically improved both the safety and the curb-appeal of our building. Let us continue this good work on the left side of the steps!

Please prayerfully consider special gifts towards the completion of this project.

Upper Level Smoke Detectors  

Currently, we do not have smoke detectors on the upper level of our building.  Many, if not most, churches do not have smoke detectors in their sanctuaries due to the high ceilings.  However, some concerns about the education and office wing of the upper level remain.  Estimates for installing a set of hard-wired, interconnected smoke detectors in these areas are being obtained.

Maintenance Updates 

Our fire alarm system has been given a clean bill of health. This is as expected since last year saw a replacement of the original smoke detectors!

Our HVAC systems have also successfully passed their quarterly inspection. however, it is time for an infrequent maintenance task — chemical cleaning of the AC exterior condenser coils. This should improve performance extend the life of our system even further.

Posted on: June 18th, 2019 by Susan Wollman

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