Saturday, August 11, 5:00 pm  

Greeter   Kathy Bultman   Reader  Jeff Stadmueller   Communion  Kathy Bultman   Ushers Linda Meyer   Musician  Amy Ziebell     Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Cara Musick, Donna Buchert, Mike Digman

If you plan on attending the Saturday night worship service, we could use some volunteers for Communion and Ushering. Thank you!

Sunday, August 12,  8:15 am    

Greeter  Jim Alsmo    Reader  Jeff Robbe   Communion  Jeff & Karen Robbe, Lynn Brandt, Dawn Olson   Ushers  Tom Green, Carl Burhop, Paul Hoel, Lamont Liefke   Musician  Marian Korth   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte

Sunday, August 12, 10:00 am

Greeter  Doreen Hinrichs   Reader  Dr. Richard Shropshire   Communion  Debbie Diewald, Jim Pofahl, Kathy Digman, Lee Nelson   Ushers   Andy Shultis, Walt Herrod, Lee Nelson, Matt Tully   Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte, Celebrate Group

Weekly News for August 13-19, 2018

2018 August Column

August Worship Assistants

We are in need of some help with Communion and Ushering for the August 11th 5:00 pm service.  If you are interested in helping, please contact the office, 608-222-3833 or  Thank you!

For Family Ministry updates and “save the date” events for the 2018-2019 year:  Click Here!

For Youth Ministry (5-12th Grade) updates: Click Here!  To see some of the mission trip photos

To enhance your devotion life during the week click here for this week’s Taking Faith Home: August 5-12, 2018
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 every Thursday from 8:00 am to 2:00 p.m.  Please sign up for a slot when you can on the August schedule. Our world will  be a better place because of your prayer.
  • Sunday Refreshments – Each week we like to have treats following the services.  There are still a couple opportunities in August and the September-December schedule is now posted. Contributions of doughnut holes, baked goods and/or kiddie snacks are appreciated. Sign up for either service on the kiosk.
  • Homeless MealThank you to all who helped with the Homeless Meal on Wednesday, August 8th.  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!

Goldfish Recall

Someone generously donated a 45 pack box of Goldfish crackers to the Kennedy Collection.  Unfortunately it’s part of the recent recall.  If you donated these crackers and would like to get a replacement, please come to the office to pick them up.

Keep up to date on what’s happening with the Racial Justice Team! 

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

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 is increasing dramatically in the last few years.  They have put together 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.  They are also calling for regular evaluation of outcomes and if they are not reaching the goals set, then to change strategies so that outcomes do meet the goals.  Click on the following two links to learn more and sign the petition End Child Poverty Wisconsin  (   It is very easy to sign the petition and the website is not overwhelming to read.  We’re not asking anyone to approve a certain proposal to end poverty.  All the petition is doing is asking our legislators to commit to setting a goal of ending childhood poverty and then measuring themselves in accomplishing it. 

Psalms: Music For The Soul Study Beginning in September

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 running September 12 – 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.

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,

Backpack and School Supplies Collection 

The deadline for bringing in your school supplies is August 22ndWe are in special need of more backpacks, scissors, notebooks, plastic pencil boxes and pencil sharpeners. Bins for donations will also be located in the Gathering Space. Pam Aldrich and Sandra Allen will again coordinate this effort for us. Last year we collected 118 backpacks, let’s see if we can collect 130 this year! For questions contact: or 

Unfortunately the Galena Fall Trip is Sold Out.  
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

 Messiah On-Line Photo Directory

The pictures taken in May have been uploaded to the On-Line Directory.  If you had your picture taken and you don’t see it in the directory, please call the office at 608-222-3833 or email Holly at  Remember you have to create a log-in at For instructions to create a log in click here: On-Line Directory Flyer

 No Fear All Fun Trail Run 5K, Saturday, August 11

Thank you Messiah members who volunteered, walked/ran and contributed to the race in Memory of Michael Neil.

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. We are always collecting clothing for the students and healthy snacks.

We are excited to host an all-day work project on August 23, 2018, in conjunction with the United Way of Dane County‘s Seasons of Caring’. Kennedy’s families, adult community members, Adopt A School partner organizations (SPi CRM, Associated Bank, and Messiah Church – ELCA), PTO members are invited for a day of grounds beautification at Kennedy!

Volunteers will be painting the playground equipment and sprucing up the gardens around the school. MMSD will provide the paint and brushes. Please plan to bring any other painting or gardening equipment you may have at home, including any perennial plants you might be willing to plant at our school.

In addition, Kennedy would like to provide some light lunch refreshments for our wonderful volunteers. If you are volunteering or even if you are not able to work that day, your contribution to the light lunch refreshment potluck would be greatly appreciated (e.g., fruit/veggies, beverages, chips, sandwiches, etc)!

Volunteers (and light lunch potluck) sign up here: – 

Kennedy Elementary School takes great pride in the students we teach, in our family partnerships, and the neighborhood community we serve. Thank you for being a part of this project to get our school and grounds ready for the 2018-2019 academic year!
Thank you for your generosity!
Nancy Caldwell

A special Kennedy Collection – Kennedy is looking for donations of sweet treats, chips, and non-perishable snacks for their Family Community Engagement event on August 13th. The event is held off school grounds so they are able to offer non-healthy snacks. Donations can be placed in the Kennedy bin marked “Family Event” by the Community Room.

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.

There’s still time to enroll for Fall 2018 Messiah Church Preschool !

The Preschool is a community outreach program of Messiah. We feel that every child is gift from God and that a quality Pre-K experience provides a firm foundation for a successful academic life firmly rooted in Christian values. Our goals are: 1) To provide a safe, Christian environment for children 2) To promote individual growth for the whole child; spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, and social 3) To provide a well-planned curriculum that will incorporate literacy, music, art, and play.  The program is for children who are 3 or 4 by September 1st.  The program operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. There is a non-refundable $75 enrollment fee and monthly tuition is $250.  Enrollment forms can be found on the Messiah Church web page,  Maximum number of children is 18.  Once the program is full, a waiting list will be established.  Please contact the director, Bobbie