Weekly News for  April 5-11, 2021

Here’s the latest Messiah Newsletter: April Column

Messiah 2020 Annual Report: Annual Report 2020 

Join Us For Holy Week and Easter Services 

This year Messiah will not be celebrating Easter Vigil but click here for a suggestion on how you can celebrate your own Easter Vigil at your home church!   Easter Vigil
Do You Want That Morning Cup of Coffee or Tea to Taste Even Better?

Then serve it in a Messiah mug!  We are offering these mugs for sale for $8.00 and the proceeds benefit our Evangelism efforts.  Just stop in at the office to pick yours up Monday-Friday from 8:00-noon. If you’re new to Messiah in 2021 you might find one in your welcome bag!

Mower Training & Yard Clean-Up on April 17th

There will be a Mower Training and Lawn Clean-up Session Saturday, April 17 at 9:30 am at the garage by the upper parking lot. It will be a good time to meet all the members of our mowing teams and learn the process we use to keep the lawn groomed. Everyone is encouraged to attend to get acquainted or re-acquainted with the mowers.

All new mowing team members should attend. If your unable to attend, contact Clyde Tunak at 608-206-3479 for any training questions or to schedule a separate training.

Help with the gardens and plants would also be appreciated. If this is something you would like to do, please contact Clyde.

       SAM Walk   Tuesday, April 20, 10:00 am

We are fully vaccinated now and welcome other fully vaccinated Messiah SAM folks to join us for one of our favorite walks at McCarthy Youth & Conservation Park, Sun Prairie.  The park is located at 4841 Co Hwy TT, Cottage Grove, WI 53527.  We’ll meet at 10 AM in the parking lot at the park instead of carpooling from the church as we’ve done in the past. Sign up with Walt and Barb Herrod at 608 318-2129 or bwhfam@gmail.com

This is a scenic walk along woods and fields with open views and gentle hilled areas.  There are no paved areas, so it is important that participants have good footwear and are sure-footed.  The distance is about 1.5 miles.  There is a non-flush comfort station at the parking lot.

Please note: if we’ve had some sustained rainfall the ground could be a little mucky.  You might want to throw in an extra pair of shoes so you can change when you get back to the car.

Archaeology in the Bible Study Presented by Rich Valenta

I am sure if you are a casual or avid reader of the Bible, and through the course of  Bible study, you have read text and pondered questions about the persons, places, and events. Additionally, how do we understand the context in which the author wrote, and people lived? One way is to travel back in time and see the ancient world. What were the cities like that the biblical figures and peoples occupied? How did the people live? What were the religious customs and beliefs? Understanding these questions can help us better understand scripture and apply these Bible truths to our times. Click  here to learn more about a new virtual Bible study happening April 20-May 11th. Archaeology in the Bible Study Info

Messiah/Gunderson Blood Drive – May 20th

The 2021 Blood Drive is scheduled for Thursday, May 20 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm. The drive is being co-chaired this year by Mary Marshall and Dawn Olson.  We will operate under COVID guidelines. We are looking for donors to meet and hopefully exceed our goal of collecting 49 units of blood. The Red Cross anticipates a busy summer as people come out to celebrate so the need will be great. We are also looking for volunteers for the drive to help welcome donors to Messiah and support them through the process. Donations of prepackaged snacks will be appreciated. This year we cannot accept home baked snacks.  Please call or text Mary at 608-772-1457 or Dawn at 608-346-9121 or call the church office (608-222-3833) to volunteer.  Watch the May Column for more information on how you can sign up on-line or contact Mary or Dawn for information on signing up or volunteering.

Marriage – A Walk in the Park?

Recently we have celebrated some momentous anniversaries in our congregation – 65 years, 50 years, 55 years and more. If you ask any of these couples if marriage is easy, I am sure you would get some interesting answers.  However, the final answer is, “it’s so worth it if you do the work.”  During the past year with COVID many couples have spent way more time together than they normally have in the past due to working at home, not going out socially with friends and family or maybe recent retirement. This article recently came across my desk at the church office and I want to make this resource available to you – A Well Mannered Marriage. Click here to get a few marriage tips, or for those who have been married a long time, some reminders of ways to keep your marriage strong: The Well Mannered Marriage Article

Divine Yoga Returns via Zoom – Tuesdays Through April 20, 6:00-6:45 pm

It has been almost a year since the pandemic hit and we began practicing Divine Yoga virtually via Zoom.  Join

Leanne for eight weeks as she teaches from the warmth of Arizona to the comfort of your home, as she guides you to center, move and connect while safely practicing yoga.

Please bring an open and willing mind, heart and a yoga mat.  A block, strap, and blanket are helpful as well.  The mobility to move from the floor to standing positions, helpful but all levels, including sitting on a sturdy chair are welcome!

This is a free yoga practice. However, we select a charity to benefit from goodwill donations. For this session, donations will benefit JustDane. JustDane was formerly Madison Urban Ministry (MUM), and they offer a program called Circles of Support. Circles of Support provides a support system for people who were recently released from incarceration. They often have very little resources, so JustDane provides circle members with a basket of household supplies. Donations will provide money to purchase items for these baskets for their clients. Checks can be made payable to Messiah Church and please put Circle of Support in the memo line or you can go online to make a donation at messiahchurch.com – online giving. The Gundlach Family Fund will match all donations.

Please register by email:  LeeLee53527@gmail.com. Yoga provided by Certified Instructor, Leanne Widen of Messiah Lutheran Church, Women’s Ministry.

Flowers for Worship – There are still openings in May, June and July!

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!


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 Updated February 2021

Madison Action Day is Thursday, April 15!

Madison Action Day is an opportunity for WISDOM leaders from across Wisconsin to come together around the values that drive our work–and to share those values and priorities with our legislators as they work to finalize the 2021-2023 state budget.  Click here for more information: Madison Action Day is Thursday

Justified Anger Class – Reflection

Two weeks ago in the Justified Anger: Black History for a New Day Course, we learned from Lilada Gee about the particular traumas Black girls and women have endured through centuries of slavery and the years after. Research shows that generations of sexual assault and abuse literally live in the bodies of the descendants.

In an effort to heal and empower, here is an organization in Madison whose mission is to engage and develop “strong girls of color to positively impact our world”:  Black Girls United Youth Group Raising Funds to Expand. We learned this week about the importance of the need to Educate, Donate and Affiliate. Here is an opportunity!