Weekly News for  January 18-24, 2021

Here’s the latest Messiah Newsletter:   January Column

Messiah 2020 Annual Report: Annual Report 2020 

Needs During COVID Time

Remember that we are a faith community ready to help one another during the Corona virus pandemic. Please contact Holly in the the office (608-222-3833) or Elizabeth at familyministry@messiahchurch.com if you are in need of food, shopping or other services including dog walking, and/or a human connection. We have a team of people ready to help!

Pastoral Care

If you need to speak with Pastor Jeff or Pastor Mark during this COVID time, please call the office at 608-222-3833.

During this COVID time we want you to know that the church is open for prayer in the Sanctuary or the Prayer Room. Please call the office  at 608-222-3833 to be sure there will be someone available to let you into the building and so we can  monitor social distancing.  A mask will be required.

Drive Thru Communion this Weekend!

The next drive thru Communion opportunity is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, January 16 and 17th from 10:00 am to noon.  You can still pick up your 2021 giving envelopes, 2020 Annual Report and Sunday School bag(s) if you have not already done so.

Messiah Annual Meeting Next Weekend

We will hold our Messiah Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 24th at 12:00 pm and it will be held virtually. Members will log into messiahchurch.com and click on the “watch now” button to participate in the meeting. There will be an opportunity to ask questions in a “Chat Box” (to see the chat box, don’t go to full screen or you won’t see the Chat Box) or you can call the church office at 608-222-3833 with your questions that will be conveyed to Pastor Jeff, Tim Coulthart and Council President, Kate Mennenga for response. Another option to ask questions is by texting 608-279-7460 or 608-235-6910 with your question. For those without computer access, we will allow a small group of people at the church with masks and social distanced by reservation only. If you know of Messiah members without computer access, please call the office and we will invite them to the meeting. Copies of the Annual Report are available for pick up Monday-Friday from 8:00 to noon. For any questions about the annual meeting, please contact the office at the number above.  We can also email a copy of the report to you upon request that includes the financial pages, just email ourchurch@messiahchurch.com.

Sunday School Bag Pick-Up

If you have not yet gotten your Sunday School Bag and you are coming to Drive Thru Communion this weekend, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, you can pick up your bag then. Just let a staff member know you need your bag(s) and we will be happy to run it out to you! You can also pick up Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or you can contact Elizabeth to arrange another pickup time. Remember, there is only one bag that you need to pick up for January through April.

2021 Giving Envelopes – We Still Have Some!

The giving envelopes for 2021 are in the Gathering Space!  You can stop in between 8:00-noon, Monday-Friday to pick yours up. If you don’t see a box with your name on, don’t worry, we have extra boxes. Just pick monthly or weekly envelopes, write your name and the number of the box on the sheet provided by the display and you’re set! The 2020 giving statements will be in your mailbox soon!

Ongoing Dignity Project

According to UNICEF, 1 in 10 school girls in Africa miss class or drop out of school due to their menstrual cycle. They lack supplies and facilities to dispose of pads. Our Social Outreach Ministry is taking on a simple sewing project to provide pads and panties (girls sizes 14, 16 and small adult sizes ) for these young girls and they need your help. Click here for the sewing instructions, which are very simple SaniPad_infor-2019-update. During these cold days of winter, what a great activity to pass the time and benefit young women in Africa! Even if you don’t sew, consider donating a pack of underwear. Messiah will ship the products to Little Dresses for Africa. Completed projects can be dropped in the bin in the collection area by February 15 for the next mailing.

Christ in the Home Devotion Books

The January-March books have arrived, in fact we received a double shipment. So we have many of them!! You may stop in to pick one (or more) up Monday-Friday, 8:00-noon or call the office at 608-206-3833 to reserve your copy for pick up later.

Virtual Angel Bible Study in January

We often hear people say things like, She/He’s such an angel…. You look like an angel…. I have a guardian angel….Look they’re making snow angels… Are there bad angels?… or only good ones?…. The word brings many thoughts to mind. Depending on the translation, the word angel is mentioned up to 273 times in the Bible. This would lead us to believe that they play a significant role in the God story.

This 11-week Online Bible study takes a closer look at the types of angels, roles of angels and what the Bible has to say about angels. Nancy Macgregor, one of our Bible study group, will spend several weeks presenting a program she developed utilizing her art in conjunction with an insightful look at angels. We will be using the Fisherman Angel Bible Study Guide. You can find it at https://www.amazon. com/Angels-Fisherman-Studyguide-Vinita-Hampton/dp/0877880131. The study runs from January 5-March 16th at 5:00 pm.  To be a part of the study contact Rich Valenta by email at richfsi@gmail.com or 847-226-6106 for log in information.

NEW Flower Chart for 2021 – There are still many openings – Especially in January and February!

Please sign-up for the date(s) you would like to sponsor flowers for worship in 2021 by calling the office at 608-222-3833 or contact Holly via email: ourchurch@messiahchurch.com. If emailing, please include your phone number, any special colors you might want and what you would like in the bulletin.  The cost is $35 for each date. We do not accept additional amounts for larger bouquets. You may pay for the flowers close to the time of your chosen date. Thank you in advance for sponsoring the flowers to beautify our worship services!


There is so much going on in our city, country and the world with racism. These are volatile times!  Now is the time to educate yourself on Social Justice issues and Elizabeth Crummy has developed a list of resources for you. Click here to access the list, which has been updated from the original list: Anti-Racism Social Justice Resources Updated November 2020

Some Upcoming Events from WISDOM

A Video Study Opportunity – Justified Anger’s Virtual 2021 session

These classes come highly recommended! You can attend as an individual or can set up your own group. We currently have 11 Messiah members to form our own group.  Please email Elizabeth Crummy at  familyministry@messiahchurch.com if interested and for more information.

Feb 1 – March 29 7-9 pm   Registration is open for Justified Anger’s Virtual 2021 session of the Black History For A New Day course. We are going even bigger in 2021 with the in-demand Black History Course now offering group opportunities. The transformative power of this course for those on the allyship journey is clear. We hear from participants all of the time about how this is more than an educational experience. It truly shifts the way they view and live in the world.  The regular virtual course will meet on the following dates from 7-9 pm: February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 with optional virtual potluck on April 5. Limited to 500 individuals.  Click here for more information: https://nehemiah.org/justified-anger/us-history-application/

From the Bookshelf – Other Resources to Read

Therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of body-centered psychology–white supremacy is literally in our blood and our nervous system. The body endures the trauma inflicted by society and that is where our instincts to fight, flee, or freeze reside. Our collective agony doesn’t just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma, as do police.
My Grandmother’s Hands is a call to action to recognize that racism is not about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide. The book paves the way for a body-centered understanding of white supremacy and offers a step-by-step solution and healing process.
 Kennedy Adopt-A-School Partnership

Until further notice, we will not be collecting food items and clothing for Kennedy. Once students are back in the classroom, Kennedy will send a list of all their needs.  Thank you so much for your past support!!