Saturday, September 15, 5:00 pm  

Greeter  Sally Carpenter   Reader  Elaine Stampfli   Communion   Elaine Stampfli, Elaine McNeil, Phil & Char Lawler    Ushers Linda Meyer, Jim McNeil   Musician  Amy Ziebell   Musician  Amy Ziebell  Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Cara Musick, Donna Buchert, Mike Digman, Mim Jacobson

Sunday, September 16,  8:15 am    

Greeter  Bruce & Carol Bryan   Reader  Glenn Schmitz   Communion  Judy Misfeldt, Glenn Schmitz, Kathy & Gary Lukens   Ushers Charlie & Bonnie Eastman, Bill Gingher, Virgil Simley, Don Tjugum   Musician  Dean Gardner Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte

Sunday, September 16, 10:30 am

Greeter  Dan & Jessica Polcyn   Reader  Gail Schneider   Communion  Deb Thies, Karen Dilley, Donna Jensen, Glori Laundrie   Ushers   Andy Shultis, Walt Herrod, Lee Nelson, Matt Tully   Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte, Celebrate Group

Weekly News for September 17-23, 2018

2018 September Column

September Worship Assistants

For Family Ministry updates:  Click Here!

To enhance your devotion life during the week click here for this week’s Taking Faith Home: Week of Sept 16th
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 September 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 September-December schedule is now posted. Contributions of doughnut holes, baked goods and/or kiddie snacks are appreciated. We have some September and October openings. Sign up for either service on the kiosk.
  • Homeless Meal – The next meals are Wednesday, October 10th and December 12th.  The meals are served at the Homeless Shelter at Grace Episcopal Church. Sign up on the kiosk!
Keep up to date on what’s happening with the Racial Justice Team! 

Click here to read about a number of upcoming events: Upcoming Racial Justice Events

MOSES Updates: 

Sept 9 2018 MOSES Meeting Minutes

Moses Training

End Child Poverty Wisconsin Petition

There is a call by four organizations, including the Wisconsin Council of Churches, who have researched child poverty in Wisconsin and found it has increased dramatically in the last few years. They have developed a call to action for our legislators to halve child poverty in the next 10 years and to halve the racial inequity within those poverty numbers.  They have issued a petition statewide so that it can be presented to our legislators to call for this goal. To learn more and sign the petition go to www.endchild  The petition is asking our legislators to commit to setting a goal of ending childhood poverty and then measuring themselves in accomplishing it. 

The Racial Justice team would like to develop a lending library of books relating to Social Justice.  If you have any books you would like to donate, please drop them off in the office. The book case is located in the coat area near the Community Room.

Messiah Racial Justice Team — Fall Book Study Book: “Trouble I’ve Seen, Changing the Way the Church Views Racism” by Drew Hart.  Please sign up on the kiosk. Books are for Sale for $10 through Holly Tunak in the church office, make checks payable to Messiah Church.   Meeting Dates: Sunday mornings September 23, October 14 and November 4 between services in the Social Hall. Drew Hart, author, will be in Madison December 1 and 2 as this is a multi-congregational inter-denominational BIG READ!

Socks for Saints

It’s hard to imagine that in a few months we will be experiencing colder weather.  Most of us do not worry about this, but if you are a resident of the Triangle who has limited resources and have to decide between buying food or a warm pair of socks, this could be a real problem.  We can help by giving them a gift of warm winter socks. Women prefer the prettier socks. Men prefer heavier, warm socks of darker colors. Last year we gathered 300 pair of socks, let’s see if we can surpass that number this year!  Please place in the bin marked Socks for Saints.  For more information, call Naoma Michaelis, 608-298-7788.

Social Outreach Committee

The Committee meets Monday, September 17th at 6:00 pm in the Conference Room by the office.  If you are interested in being a part of this wonderful ministry, please feel free to join the meeting.  New members are always welcome!!  Also, save the date for the Social Outreach Ministry’s Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, November 3rd.  More information will be included in the October Column.

There’s Still Time to Join Senior Choir!

Do you like to sing? Senior Choir meets on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm in the Community Room.  If you have musical gifts you’d like to share, please contact  Clyde Nyhus, Coordinator of Worship and Music,, or: 608-516-4926.  Come and make a joyful noise!

Divine Yoga Returns

 The four week session continues to October 2, from 5:30-6:45 pm.  This session will focus on beginner yoga, but all levels will benefit as the focus will include meditation, breath, functional alignment and movement that is appropriate for any level. This is a free yoga practice. However, good will donations are encouraged to benefit  Gio’s Garden. Please bring an open and willing mind, heart and a yoga mat  A block, strap, and a blanket are helpful as well. The mobility to move from the floor to standing positions is helpful but all levels welcome!  For more information contact Leanne Widen at or call 608-839-4550.  You can join the class at any time, even if you miss some sessions.

Psalms: Music For The Soul Study 

The Book of Psalms, what a wonderful gift to all of us that offers the reader so much. First it is a literary gem. Poietic, lively, sorrowful, captivating and mind provoking. Next, it offers us insight into Gods Grace, Mercy and Power. Finally, Psalms is a musical gift from the authors. We are provided so much from just one book of the Bible.  Psalms: Music For the Soul is a 11 week Bible Study here at Messiah that runs through November 21 at 6:30 pm led by Rich Valenta, that ventures deeper into this scripture so we can share each other’s insight into these remarkable writings. For more information contact Rich at or 847-226-6101.  Flyers with the study dates are on the kiosk.

Fall Grief Group

There will be a three-week grief group program beginning on October 4,  11, and 18 in the Community Room at Messiah from 6:30-8:00 pm.  The group will be facilitated by Peggy Weber, RN.  This is a time for information on healthy grieving, reflection, prayer and sharing memories.  All are welcome, regardless of the length of time since the death occurred.  There is no fee but registration is needed.  Please complete a registration form found on the kiosk and return to the office or call the office at 222-3833.  For more information contact Janet Alfonso, email: or 608-221-1040.

Women’s Self Defense Class

As part of Women’s Ministry, we are promoting a “Fightback-Women’s Self Defense” class scheduled for Saturday, September 22 from 9-4:00 pm at Monona State Bank, 341 West Cottage Grove Road, Cottage Grove.  Cost is $75 or $40 if you’ve attended before. For more information check out the flyer on the kiosk.  To register contact Sue Meng,  608-839-4277,

SAM Potluck Lunches 

The fall season is upon us and that means we are starting the SAM potluck season. Our first luncheon is September 26 at noon in Social Hall (lower level). If you are 55 or older, you are invited! Bring your favorite dish, tableware, and stay for the program which will feature a worldwide journey in photos from a well-known wildlife photographer.

SAM Ladies’ Lunch Bunch Date

The next luncheon will be Wednesday, October 10, 11:30 am at the Rodeside Grill, 6317 Rostad Circle, Windsor. ( Exit 131 off I-90/94 at hwy 19).  We have a limit of 28 due to the room size. They did not have a menu because they are changing it next month.  Individual checks will be accepted.   For more information contact Janet Alfonso at alfonso_janet or call the church office at 222-3833. Sign up on the kiosk by Sunday, October 7th

SAM Walks Are Back – Mark Your Calendars!!

September SAM Walk  “Lake to Lake”  Tuesday, September 18 

 Tenney Park to Yahara Park Place, Madison (Rain Date Wednesday, Sept. 19)

Starting in scenic Tenney Park on Lake Mendota, we’ll walk along the paved Yahara River Bike Path and on neighborhood sidewalks to Yahara Park Place on Lake Monona, and then return along the same route.  The walk takes us under Johnson St. and East Washington Avenue and through pretty neighborhoods.  The distance is a little over two miles round trip and at a leisurely pace should take 90 minutes to a couple of hours.  There are restrooms at Tenney Park but not further along our route.  Some people may wish to explore more of the park afterwards.  Comfortable sneakers or walking shoes recommended. 

Meet at Messiah at 9:00 am  We can car pool if people want. You can meet us at the park if you want, but we’d still like you to let us know you’re coming so we can find each other there on the day of the hike.  Sign up with Walt & Barb Herrod, 608-318-2129 or at

 October SAM Walk – McCarthy Park  Tuesday, October 23    

 McCarthy Youth Park, Sun Prairie, just east of Co. Rt. N at Co. Rt. TT   

Please join us for one of our favorite walks!  This is a scenic walk in woods and along 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.  A hiking pole or walking stick can be helpful. The distance is about 1.5 miles.  There is a non-flush comfort station at the parking lot.  If we’ve had some sustained rainfall the ground could be a little mucky, so you might want to throw in an extra pair of shoes for afterwards.   Meet at Messiah at 10:00 am 

Sign up with Walt and Barb Herrod at 608 318-2129 or

1st Fun Run/Walk/Roll, Saturday, October 6

 Hosted by Advanced Employment Inc. is scheduled for Saturday, October 6 at Warner Park. Registration and check-in begins at 8:30 am.  They are looking for walkers/runners/rollers to participate in the event as well as volunteers for set-up, water stations, registration table, clean up and more. To volunteer contact Haley Drozdowicz at  To participate visit Advanced Employment Inc.’s Facebook page to register. Messiah is proud to promote this event as one of our members participates in the program.  Check the kiosk for more information.

Kennedy Adopt-A-School Partnership

Messiah Lutheran Church has been working with the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools and our neighbor, Kennedy Elementary through a partnership with the goal of improving student achievement.  If you are interested in getting involved with Kennedy as a volunteer, please contact Sandra Allen at (651) 307-2831 or Pam Aldrich at (608) 222-7934. Below are a few of their current needs and volunteer opportunities:

Snacks for students whose families are not able to provide them: granola bars, goldfish crackers, pretzels, etc.

New or gently used winter gear, especially warm gloves, boots & snowpants
New or gently used athletic shoes – kids size 12 through adult size 10
Socks, underwear (4T-size 8), sweatpants (4T-size 10)

Tutors for Reading; listen to students read contact: Kathy Mallach,
Volunteer help for Recess and Lunch (10:30 am – 1:00 pm daily); help
supervise students in the lunchroom or out on the playground; help for just
a half-hour, or more!

The Health Office is in need of: boys underpants (4T-8); boys belts, small size
socks; granola bars & saltine crackers; feminine protection for young girls;
hair ties/combs; chewable ibuprofen & acetaminophen