Saturday, November 17, 5:00 pm  

Presiding  Pastor Gil Splett    Greeter  Steve & Denise Cheramy   Reader  Cara Musick   Communion  Melissa Remiker, Mary Jane Hill, Marcia Hendrickson   Ushers  Linda Meyer, Robb Remiker, Phil Lawler   Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Cara Musick, Donna Buchert, Mike Digman

Sunday, November 18,  8:15 am    

Presiding  Pastor Gil Splett    Greeter  Steve & Sarabeth LeMoine   Reader  Corey Randl   Communion  Gary & Kathy Lukens, Sharon Ryan, Diane Iverson   Ushers    Mike & Kristie Palovcsik, Kim Dietzman, John & Carol Otterson   Musician  Dean Gardner   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte

Sunday, November 18, 10:30 am

Presiding  Pastor Gil Splett    Greeter  Matt & Alyssa Bell   Reader  Phil Neppl   Communion  Julie Neppl, Debbie Diewald, Peggy Ladwig, Jim Pofahl   Ushers  Dale & Catherine Puisto, Glori Laundrie, Kathie & Phil Kingston       Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte, Celebrate Group

Weekly News for November 19-25, 2018

2018 November Column

November 2018 Worship Assistants

For Family Ministry updates:  Click Here!

There will be no Sunday School November 25 due to Thanksgiving weekend.   Classes resume on December 2nd.
To enhance your devotion life during the week click here for this week’s Taking Faith HomeWeek of Nov. 18th
  • 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 October 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 November-December schedule is now posted. Contributions of doughnut holes, baked goods and/or kiddie snacks are appreciated. We have some openings!  Sign up for either service on the kiosk.
  • Homeless Meal – The next meal is December 12th.  The meals are served at the Homeless Shelter at Grace Episcopal Church.  Sign up on the kiosk! 
Join us for Thanksgiving Eve Worship on Wednesday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Pause to reflect on the goodness of life, pray for the challenges you face and cherish the blessings you have.  Come and sing praises to our Lord and Savior for all the wonderful things He has done.

Column Newsletter Mailing

The date to assemble the December Column will be Wednesday, November 28 at 8:30 a.m.  Come and join the fun, new helpers always welcome!  The conversation and laughter is therapeutic and will add years to your life!

Thank You Tim Martinson!

Tim will be retiring from his staff position as Co-Facilities Manager as of December 31st.  Please join us on Sunday, December 2nd following the 8:15 a.m. service to thank Tim for all that he has done to keep the Messiah building and grounds in tip top condition.

It’s Stewardship Time

From the Stewardship Committee-Thank you for returning your pledge information along with your Time and Talents  forms to further the on-going work of Messiah.   As a church we are extremely thankful for all the blessings we receive and those we can share with others in need. If you haven’t returned your information yet, you may mail your information to church or drop it in the offering plate. For questions contact Tim Coulthart at It is important to receive all pledges to properly plan the 2019 budget.  Contact the church office if you have not received your mailing.

Harvest Meal Appreciation!

Thank you to EVERYONE who helped cook, provided pies and supplies, served and cleaned up following the Harvest Meal!  The food was delicious and the conversation enlightening!  Clean up went quickly with so many hands!  We’re also thankful for the help of the Scouts! The meal raised $1,229 plus a match by the Gundlach Family Fund to benefit the Goodman Community Center’s Thanksgiving baskets!  It was a day to celebrate the blessings generously given to Messiah.

Racial Justice News


Our final “Trouble I’ve Seen” book study meeting is Sunday, November 25th at 9:30 a.m. in the Social Hall.

 Learning Event Brought to You By Your Synod’s Racial Equity Ministry Team – Next Event Will Be Sunday, December 2 Event / 4:00- 6:00 pm, Place:  New Life Church  – 7564 Cottage Grove Road – Madison.    *Free will offering 

Featuring:  Henning Garrett, a member of the Ho-Chunk council. Henning’s knowledge of Ho-Chunk history and treaty relations with the federal and state governments as well as current life issues for the Ho-Chunk people make him an excellent resource for us.

 About the Speaker:  Henning Garvin, H??w?xetega, is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. He was raised in the Madison area and attended UW-Madison where he graduated with a degree in Linguistics. He worked a number of years with the Ho-Chunk Language Division as a Curriculum Developer and Program Administrator before taking other positions within the Ho-Chunk Nation government. He served as the Executive Director of the Department of Heritage Preservation as well as serving as a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation President’s senior staff. He was elected to the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature in 2013 and completed his term as a District 2 Representative in 2017. Due to his passion for language revitalization, he made the decision to not seek re-election and returned to the Language Division where he currently serves as a Program Manager and a Language instructor teaching in the Black River Falls High School. He and his wife Kjetil currently reside in Tomah with their four children. They are an avid outdoors family and enjoy hunting, foraging, outdoor sports, and all things nature has to offer.

Click below for upcoming events:

“The Big Read” Drew Hart  author reception, Saturday, December 1, 1-3:00 pm at Madison Christian Community:  Big Read flyer     

Moses Fundraiser “Transforming Celebration” – Saturday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m.: Transformation Celebration flyer

Kennedy Adopt-A-School Partnership

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Take Your Adult to School Day!  You spread the love of Messiah to our community, that’s Evangelism!

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.

Shoes/Clothing: 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)

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,

Daily Text Devotion Books

If you would like to order a Daily Text please sign up on the kiosk. The cost is $5, due at the time you pick up your book(s).  Checks should be made payable to Messiah.  An announcement will be made when the books arrive. For those not familiar with Daily Text you can check it out at, click on resources tab.

Divine Yoga 

 The last session for the year is November 20th, from 5:30-6:45 pm. For more information contact Leanne Widen at or call 608-839-4550.

SAM Apple Pie Project

There’s still time to purchase a pie!  You can pick up your pie order or purchase a pie in the Gathering Space:  November 17-18, and November 21. If you have any questions, contact Keith Schlesinger: 221-0060 or Click here to print your:  Apple Pie Order Form 2018

SAM November Luncheon – Wednesday, November 28, 12:00 pm – Madison’s Florist/WWII Veteran

We all know him as Madison’s Florist—George Choles. As we celebrate and recognize America’s veterans this month, it is very fitting to hear of George’s journey serving in the military. He will also share some of his memories of being a prominent Madison businessman.

Ladies’ Lunch Bunch Date

The next luncheon will be at Doolittles Woodfire Grill by East Town Mall on Wednesday, December 12, at 11:30 am.   Please sign up by Sunday, December 9th.  The limit is 30.  We will have a limited menu of five items and they will take individual checks. If you sign up and then have a conflict, please contact Janet Alfonso at 608-221-1040.

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.