Messiah Lutheran Church is located on the west side of Santa Cruz. The church's grounds offer a variety of amenities, including a large picnic area for the congregation's many outdoor activities. The congregations hall is regularly rented out to area nonprofit groups. There is both a chapel and a sanctuary on-site. A natural spring on the grounds irrigates the whole property. In 1983, Messiah Lutheran established a preschool, which now provides childcare for children 2 1/2 years to 5 years.