Saturday, March 23, 5:00 pm

Greeter  Sally Carpenter   Reader  Phil Lawler   Communion  Phil & Char Lawler, Sue Meng, Elaine McNeil   Ushers  Val Roman, Jim McNeil, Robb & Melissa Remiker   Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Cara Musick, Donna Buchert, Mike Digman

Sunday, March 24, 8:15 am

Greeter  Jim & Nancy Herritz   Reader  Chris Gingher   Communion  Andy & Carol Stolarzyk, Mary Wanless, Sharon Ryan   Ushers  Tom Green, Carl Burhop, Paul Hoel, Lamont Liefke, Larry Jones   Musician  Marian Korth   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte

Sunday, March 24, 10:30 am

Greeter  Carla Fears   Reader  Ray Robinson   Communion Ray Robinson, Debbie Diewald, Lee & Tricia Schneider   Ushers  Jim Olson & Janet Woider, Dwight Paulson,  Doris & Richard Shropshire   Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte, Celebrate Group

Weekly News for March 25-31, 2019

2019 March Column

March Worship Assistants

For Family Ministry updates:  ClickHere!

Easter Baskets for Our Home-bound Members

Social Outreach Ministry, along with the Sunday School is collecting the following items for Easter bags for Messiah’s “shut ins”: Small toiletries, small Kleenex packages, small bottles of lotion, soft candies/bars, note cards and decks of playing cards. We need the items by Sunday, March 24th and they can be placed in The Road Home’s collection bin located in the area before the Community Room.

To enhance your devotion life during the week click here for this week’s Taking Faith Home: Week of March 24

Messiah’s Lenten Devotional is available on our website,, under the “Connect” tab.

Please Sign up on the kiosk for the following:
  • Volunteers in Prayer – The March 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. We have some openings in March & April!The May-July schedule is also posted.
  • Homeless MealThe 2019 schedule for the April meal is on the kiosk.  Please help by signing up to cook and/or serve.

The Lenten Soup Suppers will continue each Wednesday during Lent.  We need volunteers to bring soup and bread for the Wednesday night suppers.  We are asking people to bring 10 quarts of their favorite soup, delivered to church by 4:45 pm or if that doesn’t work for your schedule drop it off before hand and we can heat it for you.  Sign up on the kiosk to help with this great opportunity to get to know other members!  For more information contact Debbie at 608-444-0320 or

Messiah Blood Drive – April 4th

The drive runs 1:00-6:00 pm.   Please take time to schedule an appointment to donate blood at a time that is convenient for you.  You may call 1-800-733-2767, visit red cross and enter our sponsor code: messiahlutheranmdsn or sign up in the Gathering Space this weekend!  Walk ins are still welcome, but scheduling will help the event run more smoothly. For questions contact Janet Alfonso at 608-221-1040.

The next Long Range Planning Listening Session is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th at 9:20 a.m. in the Social Hall

We’ll share the results of the member survey and seek your input on a number of areas.  Please Join Us for one or both!!  If you haven’t completed a survey, please contact the office at 608-222-3833 to get a copy emailed to you or pick one up in the Gathering Space. Thank you to everyone who has already completed the survey sent out by the Long Range Planning Committee.  Please only one response either electronically or by paper copy.

Take A Prayer Walk During Lent 

Lent is a time for centering and quieting and what better way to do that than spending time walking while praying through our beautiful church building.  We’ve developed a booklet that will literally walk you around the building, giving you verses to read in each area and a reflection.   It’s also a great way to get a little exercise during these chilly days. Come and walk any weekday morning from 8:00-Noon or call the office to see if the doors will be open later.  On Monday, Wednesday and Friday the Pre-School area is not available to walk in the morning, but you can walk in the rest of the building. Stop and pick up a booklet on the Welcome Cart in the Gathering Space and “Let us go into the House of the Lord.”

Mower Training and Work Day Scheduled

A training session and property work day will be held on April 13 at 9:30 am for new mowers and those who want a review of the equipment. We have a new John Deere tractor so it will be important for all mowers to get oriented on this piece of equipment. For questions contact Clyde Tunak (608-206-3479) or building@ messiah

Racial Justice News

Two educational opportunities for you:  March 28 & 29, the Re-Entry Conference at Fountain of Life Covenant Church –  Reentry Conference Flyer 2019.   and a “Lunch and Learn” MOSES Fundraising event April 17th at Bethel Church Lunch Learn Reggie Jackson 

Next Racial Equity Ministry Learning Events! Sundays from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at New Life Church – 7564 Cottage Grove Road, Madison.  Dates & Topics include:

April 7:  Bill Greendeer (Ho Chunk) and Juliee de la Terre (Sacred Water Sacred Land representative) will present on Native American reverence for land and water

 May 19: Linda Orie (Oneida Nation) will present on education as it intersects with Native American history and culture

 June 7:  Dr. Pamela Oliver (Professor of Sociology at UW-Madison) will present on racial disparities and collective action movements

Light refreshments will be served. No registration necessary. Just come!

Racial Justice Books of Interest  – If you’re looking for some books to further your racial justice knowledge on certain issues, the Racial Justice Team is recommending the following: Book Study Options- Racial Justice Issues 3-19

 Racial Justice FactFrom the Columbia University Justice Lab:  In the 1970’s Black people comprised 3% of the total population in Wisconsin but accounted for 30% of the prison population. By 2016, the overall Black population increased to 7% and Black people made up 41% of all the people in Wisconsin prisons.

Kennedy Adopt-A-School Partnership

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

Kennedy School is in great need of children’s winter clothing.  They need new or gently used winter gear, especially warm gloves, boots & snow pants, new or gently used athletic shoes – kids size 12 through adult size 10, socks, underwear (4T-size 8), sweatpants (4T-size 10).  Please drop donations in the Kennedy bin by the Collection Area. 

Healthy Snacks: granola bars, goldfish crackers, pretzels, etc.

The Health Office is in need of: boys & girl’s underpants size 4T; boy’s belts; granola bars & saltine crackers; feminine protection for young girls; hair, ties/combs; chewable ibuprofen & acetaminophen; dental floss

Tutors for Reading: listen to student read. If interested in helping contact: Kathy Mallach,

SAM Volunteer Opportunity

SAM has a chance to staff a concession stand at the The American Family Insurance Championship, a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour Champions, played at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. The dates are June 15-23. These are the dates for ALL events. I have no further details at this time. Keith is  trying to get a feel of interest. We would be giving back to further support the Second Harvest Food Bank. Sign up on the kiosk or email

Ladies Lunch Bunch

The next luncheon is at the Off Broadway Drafthouse on Wednesday, April 10, at 11:30 am.  Attendance is limited to 24 so sign up on the kiosk soon!   If you sign up and then have a conflict, please contact Janet Alfonso at 608-221-1040 so someone else from the waiting list can enjoy the luncheon.

SAM Monthly Luncheon March 27 at Noon

Steve Cheramy, Messiah’s AV guru, has some new “old-time television clips” that are must-see TV! Be prepared to laugh until it hurts.  Bring something for the “Empty Table” collection, a dish to pass and your tableware.

To catch up on the latest SAM news, click here for the latest newsletterSAM Jan-March Newsletter 2019