Worship Assistants for August 19-20

SATURDAY – August 19,  5:00 pm   Greeters: Char & Phil Lawler  Reader: Phil Lawler  Communion Assistants: Char & Phil Lawler, Elaine McNeil  Ushers: Linda Meyer, Elaine & Jim McNeil  Musician: Marian Korth  Vocalists: Mike Digman, Mim Jacobson, Jim Stolzenburg

SUNDAY – August 20,  8:15 am  Greeters: Corinne & Lamont Liefke  Reader: Judy Harris  Communion Assistants: Lynn & Jerry Brandt, Shannon Meyer  Usher Team 7: Bonnie & Charlie Eastman, Bill Gingher, Harley Schmidt, Virgil Simley, Donald Tjugum  Musician: Dean Gardner  Vocalists: Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte

SUNDAY – August 20,  10:00 am  Greeters: Donna & Mike Jensen  Reader: Phil Neppl  Communion Assistants: Donna Jensen, Michelle & Vince Borleske  Usher Team B: Andy Shultis, Walt Herrod, Lee Nelson, Matt Tully   Musician: Melissa Vanden Heuvel  Vocalists: Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte, Celebrate Group

Weekly News for August 17, 2017

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2017 August Column

Worship Service Time Change to 10:00 am. During the summer months, our 10:30 am worship service time moves to 10:00 am. We will return to 10:30 am on September 10.


Divine Yoga Returns to Messiah Lutheran Church for 9 weeks this fall.    

SESSION 1 Tuesday, Sept 5-26, 2017 This four week session will focus on beginner yoga, all levels are welcome and will benefit as the focus will include meditation, breath, functional alignment and movement that is appropriate for any level as you connect to your divine self.

SESSION 2 Tuesday, Oct 24- ​Nov 21, 2017 This five week session will encourage a deepening of your practice as you continue to build upon the connection to mind, body and spirit.

Sessions meet Tuesday’s 5:30-6:45 pm in the Community Room. This is a free yoga practice. However, good will donations will be forwarded to local charities. Please bring an open and willing mind, heart and a yoga mat (available at Shopko, Kohls, Target).  A block, strap, blanket are helpful as well.  The mobility to move from the floor to standing positions, helpful but all levels welcome!

Yoga provided by Certified Instructors and members of Messiah Lutheran Church, Women’s Ministry.

Namaste, Leanne Widen, LeeLee53527@gmail.com

Just Bakery will again be available at Messiah on Sunday, August 20 at 8:00 am. These delicious bakery goods are part of the Madison Urban Ministry (MUM) effort to provide education/work training to people re-entering our community after incarceration. All proceeds go back into supporting the program.

SAM Senior Adult Ministry will start the fall monthly luncheons on Wednesday, August 30. Mike “Jocko” Jacques, Sports Director at Channel 15 in Madison, will kick off the SAM series of lunches and programs with a special tailgate edition.

After working at NBC15 from 2005-07 as Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter, Mike “Jocko” Jacques returned home to be Sports Director.

Jacques brings 15-plus years of college, high school, and pro sports reporting talent to NBC15, most recently serving as a reporter for the University of Wisconsin Badger Sports Report, featured on affiliates across Wisconsin.

The grills will be going so plan your potluck dish for a tailgate. Wear your red and white or green and gold. Bring a dish to share, and a friend! Email Keith or call: 608-221-0060, for information.

SAM Lunch and Program Wednesday, September 27, Living Life to It’s Fullest Patrick Ellestad, one of Messiah’s own and a former UW Badger, will talk to us on getting the most out of life each and every day. He will share his experiences with Ironman competition as well as his days as a Badger. Patrick was featured in a television newscast for his teamwork in helping a disabled teammate in the Ironman competition. You will leave feeling ready to successfully handle life’s challenges.

SAM Fall Walk Thursday, September 28. Get to know pretty Warner Park in Madison on an approximately 2 hour walk with Barb & Walt Herrod. Our 1.5 miles of trails are partly open, partly shaded, with generally good footing on mowed and paved pathways. Carpools leave Messiah at 9:00 am. Register with the Herrods: 608-318-2129, or email.

SAM Cheese, Wine and Fall Color Tour Wednesday, October 18 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Our first stop is the Arena Cheese Factory where our tour guide will explain the cheese making process. You will be able to buy cheese and store it in a cooler on the coach. Enjoy cheese and sausage on the coach as we wind our way to Platteville for lunch. We will be heading home after lunch but first…..a stop at Botham Winery in Barneveld. We will tour the winery, sample wines, and make a purchase to enjoy at home! Keith for information: 608-221-0060.

Mowing Team for the week ending August 19, Team 5: Kay & Paul Hoel, Don Chisman

Backpack and School Supplies Collection 115 backpacks!! Were filled with school supplies and readied for donation to local in need eastside of Madison students. Backpacks will be blesssed this Sunday, during the 8:15 am and 10:00 am worship services. Backpacks will be given students next week. Thank you, Messiah, for your overwhelming support of this collection! – – Sandra Allen and Pam Aldrich

Online Photo Directory The next photo session will be scheduled this fall. In the meantime, if you have a photo you’d like to include in the Directory, please email an electronic copy to:  Annette 

Birthday and Anniversary Listings Are available for pick-up on the Kiosk. If you would like an electronic copy emailed to you, please contact Annette

Meals on Wheels Drivers needed to deliver Meals-on-Wheels during  September and December. Sign-up on the Kiosk for September, or call Diane Iverson, 608-242-0462. If you have signed-up to drive, and need to cancel, please call Diane.

Box Tops for Education Please save your box tops for our Adopt-a-School partner, Kennedy Elementary. Here’s how it works: Look for this label on products you purchase, clip and place in an envelope. Indicate the number of labels on the envelope, and bring to the church office. Each label is worth $0.10. The school goal is to collect 20,000 labels.

As you travel, please worship with Messiah through our  Live Worship Stream on the website at 5:00 pm Saturday, and 8:15 and 10:00 am on Sunday. Safe and joyful travels!

Annual Autumn BBQ Sunday, September 24 following the 10:30 am worship service. Save the date and celebrate with your Messiah family! Tickets go on sale soon, or can be purchased at the door, day of event. $10 Adults, $5 Children under 10 years old. Menu featuers BBQ Pork, and homemade Potato Salad, Oriental Broccoli Crunch Salad, Calico Beans, Rolls and Dessert Bars. Coffee, white and chocolate milk, too. Ticket sales will be matched 5 times by generous donors. All profits go to pay down the debt on our Building Fund.

Join us for Sinner’s Dinners

Do you like a good meal and the company of friendly people?  Then join your fellow “sinners” of Messiah for a fellowship activity this fall called “Sinner’s Dinners.”  It’s a great way to share stories, food, and fun with your friends, old AND new. We will form new groups, but there is a possibility of having someone from last year in your group again. Again, the idea is to meet NEW people.

Here’s how it works….  Just sign your name and information on the Kiosk sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space, OR call Jim at 608-224-2664 for more information. Then we will take all the names and form groups of 6 to 8. This activity is for both singles and couples. Couples will be kept together in the same group. You will be notified of the people in your group and will be given their contact information. One of the members will be assigned to be the ‘host’ for the first meal.  After that, each single or couple will host a meal until each household has had a turn. This will usually be 3 or 4 meals over a 9 month period.

‘Hosting’ a meal does not mean providing the whole meal. The host usually provides the main course, whether it is a meat dish or something else, and the rest of the meal is shared. It is the duty of  the host to ask each household to bring a particular dish to accompany that main course. For example, the host family might want to do a chicken dish as the main course, but ask another couple to bring the potatoes, and another member to bring a vegetable dish, and another member a dessert or appetizer, etc.  The host family usually provides the beverage as well, including beer or wine if that is their wish.

Once a group has met at the first host’s house, it is up to that group to schedule the next meal and its host. Each group can choose the type of food that best fits its members. Be creative, it’s part of the fun, but also be flexible and accommodating to the individual needs of the other members in your group. There is no agenda to the dinners other than friendly conversation and a willingness to meet fellow Messiah members, old and new.

This is intended as an adult’s night out, so arrangements for babysitting should be made.  However, in the past, groups have been flexible in how they handle this.

The only qualification is that you are a ‘sinner.’  (No one has an excuse not to sign up)!

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY (3 years old – 4th Grade)
Elizabeth Crummy
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Email: familyministry@messiahchurch.com

Sunday School ‘Meet & Treat’ on September 10 This is the start date for all classes, children who are 3 years old by September 1 through fourth grade. Fall schedules are available on our website, and will be sent in an email to families. Please register prior to the start of classes. Registration forms are on our website, and available at the church office.

Third grade students and 3 year-olds should have received postcards inviting them to the Bible Blessing event on Sept. 9, and to enroll in Sunday School, respectively. Third graders are welcome to the Bible Blessing event, even if not able to attend Sunday School in the fall. Please contact Elizabeth if your child didn’t receive a postcard.

Special dates to add to your calendar now:

  • Saturday, Sept. 9: Third grade Bible Blessing, 8:30 am
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25: Trunk-or-Treat with YOW, 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 17: Christmas Program & Reception, 2:00 pm
YOUTH MINISTRY (5th – 12th Grade)
Teresa Palumbo,
 Youth Ministry Coordinator. Text to: 608-279-7460, Email: youth@messiahchurch.com

Youth Mentors and Faith Formation Guides Needed Do you enjoy spending time and connecting with youth? Are you available Wednesday evenings? We are looking for adults to lead small groups and engage with the youth of our community for Messiah’s preconfirmation and Confirmation programs. We meet from 6:30-8:00 pm on Wednesdays (YOW). No experience necessary! Please contact Teresa to discuss. YOW meetings begin Wednesday, September 27.