Weekly News for  November 23-29, 2020

Join us for on-line Thanksgiving Eve worship on November 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Here’s the latest Messiah Newsletter: November Column

Worship Opportunities at Messiah

During this time of social distancing we continue to offer an alternate worship opportunity you can watch at 5:00 pm on Saturday and anytime on Sunday or thereafter. To watch the streamed services, visit our webpage, www. Messiahchurch.com and find the link on the home page, check Recent Sermons or watch on our Messiah Church-ELCA Facebook page. Please visit our webpage or call the office to check when worship services and other activities will resume.  Stay healthy and we hope to see you soon.

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.

Sunday School Update:

The December Sunday School bags are ready for pick up. There are still some November Sunday School bags available for pick up as well. You can  stop in Monday through Friday 8 AM to noon when the office is open. The bags will be labelled for the most part just with a grade level, and if you did not pick up your October/November bag, they will be available. If none of those times work, please contact Elizabeth to arrange pick-up at familyministry@messiahchurch.comor 608-235-6910. Make sure you pick up your bags soon! 

The next time you are shopping for books, considering visiting Birchbark Books & Native Arts: based in MN and owned/run by Louise Erdrich, a Native author who signs copies of her books purchased through the store. They have children’s books, young adult, fiction and non-fiction books some of which focus on Native studies/history. There are links for Native arts, upcoming events and a tab just for educators.

Winter Connections

When the Safer at Home order went into effect in March, we let our community know that there are people available if you could use a call or help with grocery shopping, dog walking, etc.. Now that we are getting ready to enter winter while still in the pandemic, we are reaching out again. We also are offering the opportunity to become pen pals with Sunday School children. If you or if you know someone who would want any of the above services or might like to establish a connection with a Sunday School family, please reach out to Holly at ourchurch@messiah.com or Elizabeth at familyministry@messiahchurch.com.

Activity Sheets for Children

To print out activity sheets for your kids, click here for the Age 3-6 sheet: November 22 2020 Age 3+  For Ages 7+: November 22 2020 Age 7+

Annual Christmas Collections – The YWCA & The Road Home deadlines are December 1st.

YWCA & The Road Home – The Social Outreach Committee is determined to continue the mission of giving to those in need at Christmas for The Road Home and the YWCA. Rather than posting lists of desired gifts for families in need, we are requesting monetary donations for the “Christmas Fund”. The leaders of each project will take responsibility for buying and delivering items or gift cards to each group.  Please make your check payable to Messiah Church and put Christmas Fund in the memo line by December 1st. You can also visit the Messiah website-Online Giving tab to make a gift.  We need $4,400 to support all the gift needs and we are currently at $3,580.  With your help we can still make Christmas a time of love and sharing, even amid COVID19.

Pudding Collection – Even though we aren’t worshipping in person, we are still going to meet the request of 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 13th for pudding donations.

Hats & Mittens – We will also be hosting our mitten/hat collection for the Salvation Army. Please consider donating  hats/mittens/scarves for adults or children.  Two tubs will be placed in the front entrance for your donations.  We would ask that all donations be new. The deadline is December 20th.

Donations for the Christmas Fund, pudding and mittens/hats can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to noon or November 19 and 20 from 5-6:00 pm and November 21st 9-11:00 am.

NEW Flower Chart for 2021 – There are still openings!

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!

2021 Daily Texts Readings & Prayers

The Daily Texts offers two bible verses and a prayer for each day of the year, along with a hymn of the week.  We have a few copies available to purchase in the office. Call Holly at 608-222-3833 to reserve your copy! The cost is $8.00. If you want to know more about The Daily Texts at their website: https://www.groundupgrace.com/daily-texts.

As you do your Christmas Shopping you can donate to Messiah at the same time through Amazon Smile Foundation! Every time you want to purchase something at Amazon.com, go to Smile.Amazon.Com instead and designate Messiah as your charity of choice. A percentage of your purchase will be donated to us every quarter. So far we have 45 shoppers using Amazon Smile and supporting Messiah – let’s see if we can get that to 100 this next week!! For more information contact the office at 608-222-3833.

Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) Apple Pie Sale is On

 Virtually, that is! Yes, you can purchase one of SAM’s Virtual Apple Pies for just $12.00. Same price as always!! Your donation will be doubled twice—thanks to the Gundlach Family Fund and area businesses supporting NBC15’s “Share Your Holiday” campaign.  So, a $12.00 virtual apple pie purchase will turn into $48.00 which equates to about 144 meals for families in south central Wisconsin. Be sure to put a couple of them in your freezer. Sales runs through December 7. You can either go to Messiahchurch.com – click on Online Giving to make a gift or complete an order form: Apple Pie Order Form to mail or drop off at the church.  For questions, send an email to adultministry@messiahchurch.com. Thank you for supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank with your virtual pie purchase.

Stars and Promises Virtual Christmas Concert with Peter Mayer

In the first-ever ELCA event of its kind, ELCA World Hunger presents an online Christmas benefit concert featuring Peter Mayer, a longtime Lutheran and the lead guitarist for singer Jimmy Buffett. The concert will premiere on the ELCA Facebook page on Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Central time. The concert is a gift to you this Advent season, a way for us to thank you and provide a place for you to gather online with the church community as we prepare for the birth of our Savior. Donations to ELCA World Hunger are encouraged and will support our church’s work to respond to hunger and poverty in more than 60 countries. Register now to receive a free Peter Mayer Christmas album download, created just for this event!

Attention all Snow Birds!

If you will be traveling to warmer climates this winter for an extended period of time, please contact the office (608-222-3833) with the dates you will be gone. If you provide the address we can have your Messiah mail sent directly to you. This saves Messiah from having to pay postage when your mail is returned to us marked “Temporarily Away”.  Thank you!

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

Nehemiah Book Club

The Nehemiah organization will be offering two live online discussion sessions based on the book: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness [http://austinchanning.com/the-book ] by Austin Channing Brown, in November. The discussions will be held on Zoom and include opportunities for both large and small group discussion. You can choose to attend on either of the following dates (Please register for only one). The next date is Monday, November 30th, 5:00–7:30 pm. Registrants will receive a copy of questions to consider while reading the book. Small groups will be assigned one or two questions from that list to discuss. For more information, click here: Nehemiah Book Club Information

Another Resource

Karen is the most recent name applied to women, almost always white, who are entitled, often racist and determined to get what they want. And what they often want is the ability to determine where Black and brown bodies may or may not be present.  https://www.npr.org/2020/07/14/891177904/whats-in-a-karen

 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!!