Saturday, February 22, 5:00 pm

Greeters  Linda Meyer   Reader  Jane Feuerstein  Communion  Elaine McNeil, Kelli Weisinger, John & Carol Otterson   Ushers  Sue Meng, Jim McNeil, Michaelle Eeg, Breanna Egg   Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Cara Musick, Donna Buchert, Mike Digman, Dave Down, Evensong

Sunday, February 23, 8:15 am

Greeters  Naoma Michaelis   Reader   Sandy Tiedt   Communion  Jerry & Lynn Brandt, Mary Wanless, Naoma Michaelis   Ushers   Tom Green, Carl Burhop, Paul Hoel, Lamont Liefke, Larry Jones   Musician  Dean Gardner   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte

Sunday, February 23, 10:30 am

Greeters  Denise & Jamie Feivor   Reader Phil Neppl    Communion  Debbie Diewald, Julie Neppl, Teri Terry, Deborah Thies   Ushers   Matt Tully, Lee Nelson, Paul Vanderbloemen, Carol Schuch, Diane Sersland   Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte, Celebrate Group

Weekly News for  February 24-March 1

Worship Asst Schedule Feb 1 to Feb 29, 2020

February Column

Messiah Cancellation Policy

Wisconsin weather can be unpredictable and members sometimes question if services will be cancelled. We will always have Saturday evening and Sunday morning services as Pastor Jeff lives close to the church.  It may not be a full service but there will be worship regardless of the weather.  For evening activities, if the Madison School District cancels evening activities, Messiah also cancels evening events.  If in doubt, we would suggest you contact the ministry leader of the group via text or phone call.

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What’s on the Kiosk??
  • Volunteers in Prayer – The February schedule is on the kiosk. Our goal at Messiah is to have people commit to praying in the Prayer Room or sanctuary every Thursday from 8:00 am to 2:00 p.m.  or stop in anytime when the office is open.  Please sign up for a slot when you can on the schedule. Our world will  be a better place because of your prayer.
  • Sunday Refreshments – Each week we like to have treats following the services.  Contributions of doughnut holes, baked goods and/or kiddie snacks are appreciated. You just need to bring 6 dozen cookies or bars. Plates are available to use in the hospitality kitchen. The schedule for February-April 2020 is on the kiosk.  Please sign up if you can help, especially in February and March!
  • Homeless Meal  The sign up sheet for the  April 2020 meal is on the kiosk. Thank you to our Yow group and all the people preparing and serving the February 12th Homeless Meal!!!
Theresians Group

If you missed the information session on February 9th due to the weather, please contact the church office (608-222-3833) and Holly will let Gail Schneider know of your interest and Gail will contact you. Theresians is a national Christian women’s organization with a focus on five dimensions: Spirituality, Vocation, Education, Community and Ministry. It is Women in Support of Women, Reaching out with Gospel values. Women of all ages are encouraged to participate. If we have enough women interested, we would like to begin a Theresian’s group here at Messiah. For more information go to .

Lent Begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26. We will enjoy some fellowship at the first soup supper at 6:00 pm and worship at 7:00 pm. Typically we ask each volunteer to make 10 qts. of soup or supply 4 loaves of sliced bread. Consider working with a friend to each make 5 qts. of the same recipe if you don’t have a kettle big enough for 10 qts. You can also use the kitchen at church to prepare your soup. Just let the office know when you will be coming and bring your ingredients!   We still need soup makers for all five soup suppers. If you can help supply soup or bread, please sign up on the kiosk. 

Lenten Devotion Book

We did not publish a Messiah Lenten Devotional Book due to time constraints this year. We are providing a small devotion book called “Wondrous Love” which is available for you to pick up in the Gathering Space to guide you on your Lenten Journey. It will take you from Ash Wednesday through Saturday, Easter Vigil.  Take some time to “be still and know God.”

Column Mailing

The next Column mailing group will be Thursday, February 27th at 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  Thank you to our faithful volunteers who meet each month to put the newsletter mailing together!! Anyone can help, will train! If you are new to Messiah, it’s a great way to meet some new friends!!

2nd Red Cross Blood Drive

Save the date!  April 2nd   from 1 to 6 pm, will be our next Messiah – Gunderson Red Cross Blood Drive.  We will have only one drive this year so our goal will increase from 35 to 45 donations. If you routinely donate, and want to donate to our drive, it’s important to remember that you can only donate whole blood every 56 days.  Last year we had two people who wanted to donate but they were just a few days short of the 56 days and were deferred.  The last day to donate before our drive would be February 5th.  For those who donate Power Red (double whole blood) the time between donations is 112 days.  Please watch for the March Column for more information about our upcoming drive.  Thank you to all who donate and to those who volunteer.  There are many lives depending on you, and you are very much appreciated.

Lawn Mowing Teams Forming

It may be winter in Wisconsin but we look forward to warmer temperatures and lawn mowing. Mowing Teams will be forming in March. If you are interested in serving on a team contact Clyde Tunak (608-206-3479) or

Madison Area Jail Ministry (MAJM) Ongoing Fundraiser

To help support the efforts of MAJM they are offering an ongoing fundraiser selling coffee and hot chocolate. With each sale, 25% of the purchase will benefit the Jail Ministry. They offer k-cups, ground coffee and hot chocolate. Madison Area Jail Ministry (MAJM) has been providing spiritual care to incarcerated men and women for 50 years. Approximately 750-800 men and 80-100 women are held each day in the Dane County Jail. Each person comes to the jail with unique physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. MAJM provides spiritual care through the work of our chaplains and a network of clergy and volunteers from the entire spectrum of faith traditions. There would not be a ministry without the partnership of the Dane County Sheriff’s Department, which provides office space and works cooperatively with MAJM as active members of the advisory board. Madison Area Jail Ministry is fully funded through the generosity of numerous area congregations, individuals and charitable organizations and by your purchase of coffee. To order go to organizations/MAJM.  With each sip think about the number of people you will be touching with the Love of Jesus!

Save the Dates:   

March 6th – MOSES is co-sponsoring with First Unitarian First Friday Films, True Justice BRYAN STEVENSON’S FIGHT FOR EQUALITY -Please see attached Flyer First Friday Films True Justice March 6

 Please Note Training Date Changes:

March 7 11am  to 3 pm  N’tosake at the Upper House  365 E Campus Mall, Ste 200, March 14  10 am to 1 pm – Unlock the Vote at Fountain of Life Church, March 28th – 9 am to 4 pm – Issues and Actions – Place TBD, April 24 – 5:30 pm to 8 pm and April 25th 9 am to 2 pm. Community Organizing 101 (also known as New Member Orientation).  Place -TBD

 Kennedy Adopt-A-School Partnership Continues 

The Messiah – Kennedy partnership is an ongoing community outreach program initiated by our Evangelism Committee.  Currently some of the needs are as follows, new items noted in blue:

  • Kid size snow pants/boots/mittens
  • Boys athletic pants, size 4T & 5T
  • Girls leggings, size 4T & 5T
  • Health Office needs: boys & girl’s underpants size 4T & 5T; boy’s belts; granola bars & saltine crackers; feminine protection for young girls; hair, ties/combs; chewable ibuprofen & acetaminophen; dental floss.
  • Healthy Snacks: granola bars, goldfish crackers, pretzels, Watch sold by date.
SAM – Monona Grove High School Opportunity

If you’re age 55 & up you’re invited to attend the Monona Grove High School presentation of Mary Poppins on Friday, April 17 at 7:30 pm. Ticket information is on the kiosk and the cost is $8.00. You can turn your ticket form and payment into the office or to Keith Schlesinger. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 1st! Click here to download the ticket form: 04_17 Mary Poppins.docx

Ladies Lunch Bunch – March 11 at 11:30 a.m.

The next Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at the Olive Garden, 4320 East Towne Blvd. The limit is 24 diners. Sign up on the kiosk. For more information, contact Janet Alfonso at 608-221-1040.

SAM February Luncheon

Join us for Our February 26 at noon when the luncheon speaker will be WKOW-TV chief meteorologist, Bob Lindmeier. Bob is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oregon, and a member of the synod’s Care for God’s Creation team. He uses his many years of experience as a scientist who has closely followed the problem of climate change to offer education on the following: causes of global warming, impacts of global warming in Wisconsin and in the U.S., consensus in the scientific community, what is needed to create positive change, and taking responsibility as people of faith. Bob will also share resources from the Care for God’s Creation team that include materials from ELCA World Hunger, ELCA Advocacy, and additional faith-based and secular groups. Bring a dish to pass, your tableware and a smile!

Second Harvest Opportunity to Give Back!

SAM Can! Each month we “give back” in partnership program with Second Harvest Food Bank. We meet the third Friday of the month from 9:30 am to 11:30 am to help re-pack bulk foods into family-size portions. This job does allow you to SIT at the table. This is a great way to meet some of your Messiah family in a small group setting while helping our neighbors in need at the same time. To sign up, email or call (608) 221-0060.

To catch up on the latest SAM news, click here for the latest newsletter:   SAM January-March 2020