Weekly News for November 29- December 5, 2021

Here’s the latest Messiah Newsletter:

2021 December Column

 Advent/Christmas Devotion Book

The season of Advent is a beautiful time to pause, reflect and breath! To help you slow a bit during Advent and Christmas, Messiah has purchased the Heaven and Nature Sing devotion book for you.  Please stop at the table in the Gathering Space and pick up a copy. It’s a beautiful book filled with a Bible reading for each day, a thought to ponder, a reflection and a prayer. It is Messiah’s gift to you.

As you shop for Christmas online, remember Messiah is registered with AmazonSmile!

In the past Messiah has been able to benefit from their charitable organization program by $317. Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church (our registered name), no fees and no extra cost to you. Shoppers can click on smile.amazon.com to register and start shopping. Every time you shop, Messiah will be listed in the corner as your charity. Four times per year, a check will be sent from Amazon to Messiah to benefit our ministries. This is another great way to support Messiah as you shop!

2022 Altar Flower Sign-Up – We Have Lots of Openings!!

Please sign-up for the date(s) you would like to sponsor flowers for worship in 2022 by calling the office at 608-222-3833 or contact Holly via Email: ourchurch@messiah church.com.  Please include your phone number, any special colors you might want, and what you would like included 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.

Senior Adult Ministry (SAM)

Apple Pie Sale Is Again Virtual This Year

As you are well aware, Covid-19 continues to make its presence felt. This is not the right time for the SAM pie makers to gather and make the traditional apple pies. As a result, watch for further information as to when the virtual pie sale will start. The price is staying the same!!  Just $12.00 for an awesome virtual pie. For each virtual pie sold, a church family will match each pie sold and that will be doubled at NBC 15’s “Share Your Holiday Campaign” finale in December. So that $12.00 pie actually turns into $48.00. Every penny will go to hungry families in South Central Wisconsin.

December Luncheon – Wednesday, December 22, 12:00 luncheon, 12:30 program

We will meet again one week earlier in December for our Christmas program. Ricardo Vasquez will use his musical talents to perform a selection of Christmas favorites. He also has a couple of special selections that he picked out just for SAM. Ricardo’s dedication to his craft has allowed him to learn and memorize over 500 individual songs without the need of sheet music spanning over 5 different genres. Ricardo has been accolated for his masterful performances and work ethic by some of the most treasured foundations for autism awareness.

Special SAM Christmas Meals

Messiah’s Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) is offering a complimentary Christmas dinner to those individuals that will be alone on Christmas this year. It is SAM’s way of saying “thank you” for what you have done for Messiah and SAM.  Cranberry Creek will provide either a turkey or beef tip dinner which you can reheat at your convenience. Your meal comes with all the trimmings and there is even a special dessert.

The deadline for ordering is December 10.  Return forms to: Messiah Lutheran Church; Attn: SAM; 5202 Cottage Grove Road; Madison, WI 53716. You may also send your order to: adultministry@messiahchurch.com

For either meal, Call Keith for more information at (608) 206-7272 and leave a detailed message for Keith.

Kennedy Adopt A School Winter Needs!

Clothing needs now:  cool weather items, sweat shirts and pants, in all sizes. Also unopened packs of boys and girls underwear and socks. If you would like to donate, but are unable to shop, a monetary donation would be welcomed, I will shop for any needed items. Please make a check out to Messiah, on the memo line specifying Kennedy School clothing.

An ongoing request is for outdoor winter clothing, coats, snow pants, hats, waterproof mittens and boots. Please consider purchasing a few items or donating items that your children have outgrown and no longer need. The collection is on-going so keep it in mind as your children cycle through clothes each season. Donations can be brought to Messiah and placed in the Kennedy School bin in the collection area by the Community Room. If you have questions, contact Paula at pauladarr@gmail.com.  Please note Kennedy is no longer accepting snack donations.

Divine Yoga is Back With An Advent Series!

Join Leann Widen on TUESDAY Evenings, November 30 – December 21, from 6:00 -6:45 p.m. via Zoom (Please RSVP for a zoom link if you are new to Divine Yoga leelee53527@gmail.com) There will be an opportunity for in-person/zoom blended practice December 21, 6:00-7:15 pm at Messiah Lutheran Church in the Community Room (sign up prior to event with details forthcoming) This is a free yoga practice. However, free will donations will be forwarded to Domestic Abuse Intervention Services ( https://abuseintervention.org)  and generously matched by the Gundlach Family Fund.

Checks can be made out and mailed to Messiah Church, 5202 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison, WI  53718 or online through the website at http://messiahchurch.com/ online giving.  Please include Divine Yoga in the memo line on checks. Divine Yoga, as taught by Certified Instructor, Leanne Widen and is an exploration of mind, body and spirit to the divine within and around you as you connect to a higher level. All levels are welcome.

Ladies Lunch Bunch – There’s Still Room to Sign Up!

The December luncheon will be December 8th at Erin’s Snug Irish Pub, (American Parkway) at 11:30 a.m. Luncheons will continue on the second Wednesday of the month and women of all ages are invited to attend. Sign up on the kiosk, space is limited to 25 diners. For questions contact Claire Gensch at 920-319-6731.

2021 Christmas Collections:

YWCA Christmas CollectionThe Social Outreach Committee is once again asking the congregation to provide Christmas gifts for the woman who are permanent residents at the YWCA. There is no other group sponsoring them at Christ-mas and our help is needed. There will be a poster in the Gathering Space after Thanksgiving listing names and wishes. Messiah members should write their name for each person they select to buy a gift and bring that UNWRAPPED item to church by December 12th. Remember to attach the name and room number to the unwrapped gift.  For questions, contact Bernie Hartwig, 608-222-7350.

The Road Home Christmas & Team Rubicon CollectionMessiah has partnered with The Road Home for many years and the Social Outreach Ministry is determined to continue the mission of giving to those in need at Christmas. Again, this year, rather than posting lists of desired gifts for these families, we are requesting monetary donations for a “Christmas Fund”. We are sponsoring four families.  Each family member will receive a $50 gift card to a store they select or the parent chooses. Additionally, each family will receive a $50 gift card to a grocery store to help with their holiday meal. Please make your check payable to Messiah Church and put Christmas Fund in the memo line by November 29th. If you prefer, you may give online by going to Messiahchurch.com and clicking the “Online Giving” – Christmas Fund.  Our Messiah family was so generous last year – let’s continue that giving this year!

Thank you to those who are donating to the Road Home and the Afghan Refugee Resettlement Fund. We had to make an adjustment in where we are directing the Afghan funds we collect. Team Rubicon is no longer collecting donations for clothing so instead, the funds will be sent to Lutheran Social Services which is working to provide housing.

Pudding CollectionWe will again assist the East Madison Community Center and provide 125 LARGE boxes of Instant pudding to be included in their Christmas Food Boxes. We need your donations to meet this goal!  The deadline is December 12th for pudding donations.  Place your donation in the tub in the front entrance.

 Hats & MittensWe will again host our mitten/hat collection for the Salvation Army. We would ask that all donations be new. Bring your donations in by December 12th. Place your donation in the tub in the front entrance.

Donations for the Christmas Fund, pudding and mittens/hats can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to noon. 


Racial Justice Resource Information

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 the leaders of the racial justice group have 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 7-2021