Saturday, December 15, 5:00 pm

Greeter  Leanne Widen   Reader  Sue Meng   Communion   Mary Jane Hill, Sue Meng, Kathy Bultman, Peggy Finnegan  Ushers  Gene & Susan Qualmann   Musician  Marian Korth   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Cara Musick, Donna Buchert, Mike Digman, Mim Jacobson

Sunday, December 16, 8:15 am

Greeter  Shirley Randl   Reader  Judy Harris   Communion Jeff & Karen Robbe, Glenn Schmitz, Tara Von Dollen   Ushers  Tim Martinson, Emma Godfrey, Barb Moseley, Marilyn Foss, Jeff & Karen Robbe   Musician  Dean Gardner   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte

Sunday, December 16, 10:30 am

Greeter  Dave & Denise Feivor   Reader  Gail Schneider   Communion Gail Schneider, Kathy Digman, Norene Shultis, Deb Thies   Ushers  Ray & Kathy Robinson, Diane Sersland, Bonnie & Ed Maas   Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte, Celebrate Group, Sisters in Christ

Weekly News for December 17 – December 23, 2018

2018 December Column

December 2018 Worship Assistants

For Family Ministry updates:  Click Here!

Messiah’s Sunday School Program is the 16th at 2:00 pm.  For those unable to attend the video will be available on our “Events” page as a downloadable file.

Don’t forget to purchase your 2018 Messiah Christmas Ornament!

Trim your tree with a beautiful woodcut ornament that celebrates the season and benefits the Messiah 2019 summer youth mission trip. The 2018 ornament is $10.   Previous year ornaments available for $5.

To enhance your devotion life during the week click here for this week’s Taking Faith Home:  Week of Dec 17-23
Please Sign up on the kiosk for the following:
  • Volunteers in Prayer – 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.  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.  The January-March schedule is now posted. Contributions of doughnut holes, baked goods and/or kiddie snacks are appreciated. We have some openings! 
  • Homeless MealThank you to everyone who helped with the December 12th meal!!  Your support of this project is such of blessing to those who dine at the meal.
  • O Antiphon Readers & Candle Lighters – we are looking for children to read and light candles on December 23 at the 8:15 a.m. service.  
  • Christmas Eve Worship Services – We are in need of volunteers for the 4:00 and 7:00 services.  There are separate sign-ups for each service.  If you have any questions, contact the office.
  • 2019 Flower Chart – If you would like to support the cost of our weekly flowers, please sign up on the kiosk.  The cost is $35.  There are still many dates available.
YWCA Gifts were delivered this past week.  Thank you to everyone who generously donated to this Christmas project!

Jail Ministry – Jail Ministry is now asking for soft covered Bibles and reading glasses. If you can donate, please place them in The Road Home’s bin in the collection area by the Community Room.

Mitten Tree – We are again collecting Hats, Mittens, Scarves Collection for Salvation Army to give to men, women & children. Collection ends Tuesday, December 18 and donations can be placed on the Christmas Tree in the Gathering Space.Coordinator: Darilee Nelson, 608-222-4929

Pudding Box Collection – We are also collecting LARGE boxes of instant pudding that can be placed in the basket underneath the Mitten Tree. These will be used for the East Side Community Center/Truax Christmas food boxes. Collection ends, Tuesday, December 18.  Coordinator: Darilee Nelson, 608-222-4929

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The next gathering of the Prayer Shawl group will be Monday, December 17 at 3:30 pm at the home of Marg Reek.

Holiday Family Pictures

We continue to gather pictures for our On-line Member Directory.  Christmas is a great time to take a family picture!  If you have a picture you want to submit for the directory, please email it to: or bring it in and we can scan it for you and return the original.

2019 Giving Envelopes

Please remember to pick up your envelopes from the table in the Gathering Space before January 1st so we can save the cost of mailing, which is $3 per box.  Thank you!

Racial Justice News

 A great resource for news in Madison that affects people of color, especially African Americans is  

This website has “lessons” for 7 days or weeks of talking about race. It could be with your teens (as titled) or can be adapted for personal study or used in any family or small group.

Click here for the minutes from the December 2nd MOSES meeting: MOSES Meeting Dec 2 2018 Minutes

 Nehemiah Needs Your Help with 2018 Soul Santa

The dinner with Soul Santa is a family friendly event where families come together to share in a holiday celebration.  Free to the families, they receive a meal, sing Christmas songs, and participate in making crafts and other activities together.  Disney characters are available for photos. A room is transformed into a winter wonderland where the kids get to visit with Soul Santa and receive goodies and gifts.  This event was created to meet the cultural needs of families of color and to give children an opportunity to see a Santa who reflects their cultural identity.

We need volunteers to help organize the event beforehand, as well as lots of help during the event itself.  It’s bound to be a joyous holiday occasion for everyone!  Click here to sign-up:

Date: Friday 12/21/2018    Time: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm      Location: Fountain of Life Church, Madison

Kennedy Adopt-A-School Partnership

Some Kennedy Families Need Help

Messiah was contacted by Kennedy Elementary School that there are some families that could use some help with Christmas gifts.  If you weren’t able to sign up on the Road Home or YWCA gift lists and would like to “adopt” a family for Christmas gifts, please contact Bridget Cremin at Kennedy via email:

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. 

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

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 Apple Pie Update from Keith!

SAM raised $2,036 in pie sales. Thanks to the Gundlach Family Fund, this total was DOUBLED. From the proceeds $1,072 will be directed to “Neighbors in Need” through the Madison Police Department East Precinct to help support their program.  That left $3,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank. Thanks to Tim Coulthart calling in to NBC 15’s Share Your Holiday Grand Finale to pledge to the drive on behalf of SAM, the pledge was TRIPLED at the first Mike’s Miracle Minute!!  Thank you TIM!!!!!!!  So our initial revenue of $2,036 actually became $10,072!!   Thank you to everyone who helped prepare the pies and purchased them!  It was a win-win, you got to enjoy a homemade pie and your dollars to purchase the pie will serve many people in the Madison area!!

SAM December Luncheon – Wednesday, December 19, 12:00 pm – A SAM Christmas

Note the date change! We will not meet the traditional last Wednesday of December as that is the day after Christmas. SAM will celebrate Christmas on December 19th when the Middleton Jazz Band performs a Christmas concert for us.

Volunteers Needed

East Madison Monona Coalition of The Aging (EMMCA) is looking for people to  “Snow Shovel for Seniors”.  There are numerous people on the East Side/Monona neighborhoods who are physically unable to clear their sidewalks and driveways of snow.  If you can help call 608-210-6905.