Weekly News for  September 28-October 4

Here’s the latest Messiah Newsletter: October 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, either 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.

Construction Update!

This week construction was full steam ahead as they laid carpeting, worked on more wiring, laid the floor and wall tile in the bathrooms and continued work on the fire suppression system in the Community Room. Next week wood trim, carpeting and cabinetry will be installed.  No work was done on the canopy this week but hopefully next week! The first picture is of a classroom, the second picture is of the conference room (that was previously the preschool) and the third is the new handicapped bathroom in the education area.

If you need to drop something off after hours we have a temporary mailbox on the right side of the driveway as you enter from Cottage Grove Road.  It is secure and checked every day. 

Sunday School Update:

The Sunday School bags with supplies for the children are ready for pick-up. See below for location and times:

  • They are inside the main doors organized by grade.
  • You can pick them up when Holly is in the office, 8 AM to 12 PM Monday through Friday.
  • You can also stop by on October 1st & 2nd 5-6 PM and on Saturday October 3rd, 9- 11 AM.  On October 1st & 2nd you will need to park on Kingsbridge Street (to the North of the main lot) and take the sidewalk to the front doors as the Messiah Parking lot is being sealed and closed off.
  • If none of those times work, please contact me and let me know at familyministry@messiahchurch.comor 608-235-6910 and we will figure something out.

Family Support:

If you are in need of help with children doing classes at home, for more information go to the Children’s Ministry page.

Activity Sheets for Children

To print out activity sheets for your kids, click here for the Age 3-6 sheet: September 27 2020 Age 3+   For Ages 7+: September 27 2020 Age 7+

Christ in Our Home Devotion Books

The October-December books are now available.  Stop at the office between 8:00-noon, Monday thru Friday to pick yours up.

Care Net Baby Bottle Collection

October is “Respect Life Month.” Due to the COVID virus, the annual Baby Bottle Campaign, normally held in May, was post-poned. Care Net Pregnancy Center, on the East side of Madison, will now be observing Respect Life Month by going virtual with the Baby Bottle Campaign. Messiah will be holding a collection during the month of October that will be matched by the Gundlach Family Fund. You will be able to make a donation on Messiah’s website, mail it, or drop it in the mail slot at the church. Those of you who are unfamiliar with Care Net can visit their website to view a short video called First Care Clinic Buzzed into Madison at https://friends.carenetdane.org/connect/videos/We appreciate your support of this important cause!

Ongoing Dignity Project:

Thank you to those who contributed to our latest project mailing by donating underwear or sewing pads to help the girls in Africa. Our next mailing will be October 15th.  This is a great project for novice sewers. You do not need to be a member of the Social Outreach Ministry to help the girls in Africa stay in school. Lack of supplies means many girls miss class or drop out of school completely. If you don’t sew, please consider donating panties (girls size 14 or 16 and smaller adult sizes). Contact June Nyhus (608-241-5855) or the church office (608-222-3833) for the pattern with instructions.  Completed projects and panties may be dropped in the bin in the collection area near the Community Room by October 15. SaniPad_infor-2019-update

Messiah Reaches Out Across the Country!

Being able to stream our services is a wonderful thing, not only for our Messiah members but for our members and friends who may be traveling or have moved from the Madison area.  Steve Cheramy, who coordinates our streaming each week sent this snapshot of where people were streaming our services last week. Thank you to Steve for all his work in taping, editing and getting our services on-line for all to enjoy. 

Divine Yoga is Back!

Divine Yoga returns  via Zoom through November 3, on Tuesday’s from 6:00-6:45 pm. Classes will be provided by Certified Instructor, Leanne Widen. of Messiah Lutheran Church, Women’s Ministry.

This is a free yoga practice. However, good will donations will be generously matched by the Gundlach Family Fund and forwarded to The Elizabeth House, which is a residential maternity and parenting program that supports pregnant women. Please make checks payable to Messiah  Church for the matching funds and mail to 5202 Cottage Grove Road, Madison 53716 or go to www.messiahchurch.com – Online Giving to make your gift.  Registration is required, to access the Zoom link. Please send your request to: LeeLee53527@gmail.com.

RSVP of Dane County Conference

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Dane County is hosting a virtual Conference during the Fridays of October. The topics of the Conference include a keynote address concerning the topic of elder abuse and workshop topics cover how police officers respond to mental health issues to internet safety to the proper use of exterior cameras to servile properties. There is a registration fee of $15.00 for the Conference. Click here for more information:  RSVP conference flyer

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 August 2020

Racial Equity Mobilizer: Bringing about social justice is a lifestyle change.  Read. Listen. Watch. Engage

Moses Lunch & Learn Event: This MOSES virtual educational event is free and open to the public on Thursday, October 22  — 11am to 1pm via Zoom. Click here for more information: Moses Lunch-Learn 10-22-2020   To register, please go to: https://mosesmadison.org/event/lunch-and-learn-fall-2020/  Bring your lunch and share your spirit as we learn how to grow our advocacy for people, not prisons, healing the harm for wrongs done, and making our neighborhoods safe for everyone.

The Road Home News

Be Part of The 2020 Virtual Breakfast

Mark your calendars for the 16th annual Homes for Families Breakfast, a fundraising event to benefit families in The Road Home’s housing programs on Thursday, October 22, 8:00 am. This year’s theme is Strong Families, Strong Communities. Due to Covid-19, the 2020 Breakfast will be held virtually. The event will include presentations from a program graduate and staff from The Road Home, a video about our work and a direct appeal for financial support. While the way we hold the event this year has changed, the need to share The Road Home’s story and raise funds has not. Each year, the Breakfast raises $375,000 to provide critical services to families who have experienced homelessness in our community. Support is needed to help families address housing disparities, sustain affordable housing, meet basic needs and reach goals for employment, education and health. Please contact Peggy Halloran at peggyh@trhome.org to be a part of the event.

With the COVID-19 virus The Road Home continues to have needs to serve their clients.  These items are especially needed right now: toilet paper and paper towel, cleaning supplies, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, laundry and dish detergent, and gifts cards for gas and groceries. If you can help support The Road Home please drop off your donations at Messiah between 8:00 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday.

The Road Home is also in need of face masks, adult and children’s.

 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!!