Worship Assistants for Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15

Saturday, Oct 14, 5:00 pm   Greeter:  Linda Meyer   Reader:  Kate Mennenga   Communion: Linda Meyer, Kate Mennenga, Elaine McNeil   Usher: Linda Meyer   Musician Amy Ziebell   Vocalists: Clyde Nyhus, Cara Musick, Mike Digman

Sunday, Oct 15, 8:15 am   Greeter: Carol & Bruce Bryan   Reader: Chris Gingher   Communion: Judy & Bill Harris, Sharon Ryan   Usher Team 7:  Bonnie & Charlie Eastman, Bill Gingher, Harley Schmidt, Virgil Simley, Donald Tjugum   Musician: Dean Gardner   Vocalists:  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte

Sunday, Oct 15, 10:30 am   Greeter: Dennis & Jamie Feivor   Reader: Paula Kedzie   Communion: Karen Dilley, Donna Jensen, Gloria Laundrie   Usher E Team:  Kathy & Ray Robinson, Bonnie & Ed Maas, Diane Sersland, Anne Benishek-Clark   Musician: Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists: Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte, Celebrate Group

Weekly News for September 29, 2017

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2017 September Column

October Lay Ministry 2017




Pastor Appreciation Potluck

Sunday, October 15 at 11:30 am. Join with your Messiah family in celebrating Pastor Jeff and his family at our annual Potluck!

  • Last names beginning with the letters A-K, please bring a large main dish
  • Last names beginning with the letters L-R, please bring a salad
  • Last names beginning with the letters S-Z, please bring a dessert

New Bible Study starting Wednesday October 4 at 6:30 pm. Sermon on the Mount will be a study of the word of Jesus, as detailed in the Book of Matthew, chapters 5, 6 and 7. These chapters are referred to as The Sermon on the Mount. This Bible Study will delve into what it means to live each day on earth as part of the Kingdom of Heaven. Please join us in the Conference Room as we study a deeper meaning of this scripture. Rich Valenta, Leader. 


Second Saturday Soda & Sangria

following the 5:00 pm worship service on October 14. Come for worship, stay for fun, fellowship and treats! Thank you to Hosts Elaine and Jim McNeil


Racial Justice Team Meeting

Sunday, Oct. 15 at 9:30 am in the Social Hall. All are welcome! For information contact Tracy Frank at

Racial Justice Learning Opportunity

Saturday, Oct. 22 4-6:30 pm “Martin Luther and the Reformation Meets Black Lives Matter and Liberation Theology”, at New Life Church, 7564 Cottage Grove Road, Madison. Sponsored by South-Central Synod of Wisconsin Racial Equity Team.

Just Bakery Sale

Sunday, Oct. 22 at 8:00 am until sold out in the Gathering Space. All proceeds benefit Madison Urban Ministry program.

Prayer Shawl Gathering

will meet Monday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 pm. Contact Kathy: 347-6318 for more information.

Divine Yoga

SESSION 2 Tuesday, Oct 24- ?Nov 21, 2017  This five week session will encourage a deepening of your practice as you continue to build upon the connection to mind, body and spirit. Sessions meet Tuesday’s 5:30-6:45 pm in the Community Room. This is a free yoga practice. However, good will donations will be forwarded to local charities. Please bring an open and willing mind, heart and a yoga mat (available at Shopko, Kohls, Target).  A block, strap, blanket are helpful as well.  The mobility to move from the floor to standing positions, helpful but all levels welcome!

Yoga provided by Certified Instructor Leanne Widen and Messiah Lutheran Church, Women’s Ministry. For questions contact  Leanne Widen, LeeLee53527@gmail.com

SAM Cheese, Wine and Fall Color Tour Wednesday, October 18 9:00 am – 6:00 pm SOLD OUT Keith for information: 608-221-0060.

SAM Lighting for Trunk-or-Treat Tuesday, October 24 at 4:00 pm in the parkng lot. Last year was the first year for Trunk-or-Treat and we had a few lights set up in the trees to add a festive color to the setting. This year we will prepare the day before and make the parking lot even more colorful. Do you have some flood lights or spot lights that can be set up on the trees by the parking lot for Trunk-or-Treat? Maybe you have a gas generator that you could bring so all cars have access to electricity. Be sure to label your lights and cords with a piece of masking tape with your name on it. Please notify Keith at adultministry@messiahchurch.com or phone 608-221-0060 and leave a message with what you can do to make the parking lot super colorful. The Trunk-or-Treat event will take place on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 pm.

SAM Apple Pie making begins October 23, and continues on October 25, 27, 30 and November 1 and 3. Judy Harris will coordinate this event, 8:00 am-5:00 pm each day. Please sign up on the kiosk, all are welcome!

Mowing Team for the week ending October 21, Team 14: Chris Brown, Jeff Misfelt, Mike Digman, Bob Schmidt

Bakers are still needed for the bake sale! Please sign up on the kiosk to help.
Choir Rehearses Thursdays at 7:30 pm

Music weaves together and through the liturgical components of our worship. We are truly blessed by the musical gifts shared by so many here at Messiah.

If you have musical gifts you’d like to share, please email Clyde Nyhus, Coordinator of Worship and Music, or call: 608-516-4926.

Senior Choir rehearses and sings September – May. Provides music at the 8:15 am worship service two Sundays per month. Additionally, they sing at Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday services. Members of this choir are automatically in the Men’s Choir, or the Women’s Choir. Senior Choir works in a variety of styles for anthems, including four-part SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass). Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, starting Sept. 14.

Women’s Choir sings one Sunday per month at the 8:15 am worship service. Women not in Senior Choir are welcome to join this group. Typically sing a traditional hymn with 2 or 3 part harmony. Rehearsal is 8:00 am on the Sunday morning when singing.

Men’s Choir sings one Sunday per month at the 8:15 am service. Men not in Senior Choir are welcome to join this group. Rehearsals are Sunday morning at 8:00 am on day of singing.

Kennedy School Adopt-A-School Partner Needs 

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. 

Providing Material Support ? School is in session, and we will again collect new and gently used warm winter clothing, and healthy snacks. Especially needed are the following: girls clothing, specifically underwear, t-shirts and sweatpants – girls sizes 4-20 and even women’s sizes would be great. Kids shoes, boys and girls sizes 12-6. Please bring these items to Messiah, and place in the yellow collection bin located by the Community Room.

Providing Financial Support Donate basic headphones and flash drives for students to use, new or gently used laptops, large monitors, smart board.

St. Stephen’s Food Pantry needs paper bags. Please bring to Messiah and place in our collection bin.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY (3 years old – 4th Grade)
Elizabeth Crummy
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Email: familyministry@messiahchurch.com

Sunday School  Fall schedules are available on our website, and on the Kiosk in the Gathering Space. Registration forms are on our website, and available at the church office. Sunday School meets every week, 9:30-10:20 am.

Rome Adventure Part 1 Sunday, October 22 with YOW  Parent actors and shop keepers needed. Contact Elizabeth to volunteer.

Special dates to add to your calendar now:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25: Trunk-or-Treat with YOW and SAM, 6:00 pm Start with pizza dinner in the Social Hall, then upstairs to the Community Room for a Halloween Blessing with Pastor Jeff, followed by decorated trunks filled with goodies and treats in the parking lot. Come in costume for this all ages family event.  Be sure to sign up at the kiosk so we can order enough pizza!
  • Sunday School Sings October 29 – Plan to arrive by 9 a.m. to sing at the end of the 8:15 service, stay for Sunday School, then stay till 10:40 to sing for the beginning of the 10:30 service.
  • Sunday, Dec. 17: Christmas Program & Reception, 2:00 pm
YOUTH MINISTRY (5th – 12th Grade)
Teresa Palumbo,
 Youth Ministry Coordinator. Text to: 608-279-7460, Email: youth@messiahchurch.com

Schuster’s Haunted Forest Friday, October 20. Meet at Messiah at 5:30 pm to carpool. $10 each, friends and family welcome, ages 13 and older! Drivers needed, please RSVP to Teresa.

2018 Mission Trip Planning Meeting Saturday, October 21 at 6:00 pm, following the 5:00 pm worship service. Meet in the Community Room.

High School Dinner and Game Night Saturday, November 18 at 6:00 pm Meet at Messiah, dinner at Culver’s and then back to Messiah for games and pie!