Worship Assistants for Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10:

Saturday, December 9, 5:00 pm:  Greeter: Steve & Denise Cheramy  Reader: Mary Jane Hill  Communion: Elaine McNeil, Mary Jane Hill, Annette Durkin  Usher: Linda Meyer,  Jim McNeil  Musician: Amy Ziebell  Vocalists: Clyde Nyhus, Cara Musick, Mike Digman

Sunday, December 10, 8:15 am:   Greeter: Maren & Fred Anderson  Reader: Corey Randl   Communion: Kathy & Gary Lukens, Sharon Ryan  Usher Team 7: Bonnie & Charlie Eastman, Bill Gingher, Virgil Simley, Don Tjugum  Musician: Marian Korth  Vocalists:  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte

Sunday, December 10, 10:30 am:   Greeter: Barb & Walt Herrod   Reader: Karen Dilley   Communion: Karen Dilley, Tracy Frank, Norene Shultis  Usher Team C: LouAnn & Jim Miller, Judy Zielke, Leon Wilson   Musician: Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists: Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte, Celebrate Group 

O’Antiphon Reader(s) for Saturday, December 9, 5:00 pm:  Dylan Simon   Sunday, December 10, 8:15 am: Max & Landon Marty   Sunday, December 10, 10:30 am: Leah Calhoun & Marie Miller

Weekly News for December 11-17, 2017

Download the monthly church newsletter here (pdf):  

2017 December Column

Worship Assistants, Dec 2017

Second Saturday Soda & Sangria   

Saturday, Dec. 9th after the 5:00 pm Worship Service! Go to church, stay for fellowship at this fun and festive monthly event. Thanks to Elaine & Jim McNeil for hosting and coordinating this fun event!

Health Ministry  Team

 Messiah’s Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) will provide complimentary blood pressure checks on Dec. 9 & 10. The Saturday checks will take place prior to the 5:00 pm service.  Sunday blood pressure checks will be done between services.  For more information, contact Denise at: nisie7575@gmail.com.

Monona Senior Chorus

Enjoy the Choir’s annual Christmas Concert at Messiah on December 10 at 2:00 pm in the Community Room. A free will offering will be taken to benefit a local charity.

Christmas Eve Worship Volunteers Still Needed

There are still opportunities at the 7:00 pm service for two readers, we need a Mary & Joseph, children to play prelude music and children for the choir.  Please sign up on the kiosk to participate in this beautiful Christmas Eve worship.  We also need three more ushers for the 9:00 pm service.

Messiah’s Annual Christmas Collections

Deadline and instructions for returning gifts:

ROAD HOME  – WHEN BRINGING THE GIFT TO CHURCH, PLEASE BE SURE TO TAPE THE FAMILY NUMBER ALONG WITH THE PERSON’S NAME (OR CODE) ON TO THE GIFT.  Do not wrap the gifts.  Bring to Messiah by Sunday, Dec. 10.   Coordinator: Diane Iverson, 242-0462

 DOMESTIC ABUSE INTERVENTION SERVICES  – Bring to Messiah by Sunday, Dec. 10.  Do not wrap the gifts.  Coordinator: Diane Iverson, 242-0462

 YWCA RESIDENTS  – Please attach the name and room number of each person’s gift. Bring to Messiah by Sunday, Dec. 10Do not wrap the gifts.  Coordinator: Bernie Hartwig, 222-7350.

 There are plastic bins or Christmas bags in the Gathering Space to collect the gifts.

PUDDING BOXES Messiah is assigned 120 large boxes of instant pudding for the East Side Community Center at Truax Christmas food boxes.   Please place the pudding in the box under the hat/mitten tree.  Bring to Messiah by Sunday, Dec. 17.    Coordinator: Darilee Nelson, 222-4929

 MITTEN TREE Hats, Mittens, Scarves for men, women & children are needed for the Salvation Army. Bring to Messiah by Sunday, Dec. 17.    Coordinator: Darilee Nelson, 222-4929

A Message From the Stewardship Committee-Please remember to pick up your envelopes from the table in the Gathering Space before January 1st so we can save the cost of mailing, which is $3 per box. If you don’t see a box and would like a box to contact the office or email timc@messiahchurch.com.   Thank you!
Flower Chart for 2018  

There are still some open Sundays available to sponsor the flowers on the Kiosk. Please sign up for the date(s) you would like to sponsor flowers for the Altar. Include your name and phone number. 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. The week prior, you will receive a call from the office for information you would like to have included in the bulletin, and for your choice of flowers.  Thank you for beautifying our worship service with fresh flowers.

Advent Devotion Download   

If you’re looking for some Advent inspiration, “God Pause” sponsored by Luther Seminary offers the following 2017 Advent devotional, “Joy to the World”.  You can download it at either of the following links with the second link being a large print edition. 

http://www.luthersem.edu/advent/2017_Advent_Devotional.pdf

http://www.luthersem.edu/advent/2017_Advent_Devotional_LARGE.pdf

Racial Justice Team Update

The next meeting of the Racial Justice Team is Sunday, Dec. 10th. The team will meet between services in the Social Hall from 9:30-10:25, bring a friend.

Also the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin Racial Equity Ministry Event will be held Sunday, Dec. 10th from 4:00 – 6:30 pm.  The program will be “Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities

This Advent, as we wait for Christ’s coming again and prepare in joy to tell the story of Christ’s first coming, we are reminded In Matthew 2 that the Holy Family fled violence and death in Bethlehem to safety in a foreign land. Remembering the vulnerable who seek safety within our nation, we will be joined by someone very well versed in this, Mary Campbell Director of ELCA ministry, Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection Advocacy Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO). No registration required…Just come! This event is sponsored by the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin Racial Equity Ministry Team. This team was created as an outcome of the resolution that was passed at our 2017 Synod Assembly and is working diligently to help you to lift up matters of Racial Equity in your congregations. Please do put these events on your calendar and invite others to join you in becoming more educated on issues of racial justice. Together we will do God’s work of loving our brothers and sisters.   Location: St. Matthew New Life, 7564 Cottage Grove Road, Madison 

Support Group Meals for Chaplain Ministry – Each week the Chaplain’s host off-site support groups for men and women preparing for release and re-entry. To cultivate a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Chaplain Christa always prepares a meal for the men’s group. Many of the men walk multiple miles, regardless of weather conditions, to attend the support group. Arriving at the church to a warm pot of chili or a platter piled high with fried chicken makes the long walk much more bearable. Going forward, Chaplain Christa would like to provide meals for the men and women’s support groups, especially during the Holiday Season. Seeing that this is not allocated in the Jail Ministry budget, we need your help. If your family, friends, or faith community would like to adopt a week, please contact Chaplain Christa to make these arrangements at ChaplainChrista@yahoo.com, 608-332-9424). Both support groups meet at Bethel Lutheran Church beginning at 2:00 pm. The women’s group, which often consists of 5 women, meets each Tuesday and the Men’s Group, which often hosts more than 25 men, meets each Wednesday. 

For information about any of the above programs contact: Tracy Frank, 608-220-7999 or jtracyfrank@me.com

Divine Yoga – last week to be mindful and connect mind-body-spirit!
Pause and take time for yourself to reflect, breathe and move during a time of rush and frenzy of the holiday season.  Join us for the last class of this session on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 5:30-6:45 pm in the Community Room at Messiah Lutheran Church.  Please bring a mat with your open mind and heart.  A blanket, block and strap are helpful along with the ability to move from the floor to standing positions, but ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME.  *This is a goodwill practice, however:

– Monetary donations (cash or checks made out to Messiah Lutheran Church) will be matched  and given to the Canopy Center
– Other items needed: tea bags , tissues, lip balm and cough drops for flu kits for the Triangle Ministry. Together: $800.00 was donated from September’s Practice to the Rainbow Project.  Thank you students for your generosity!
 
Spring Session to resume:  April 3-May 22, 2018 ~ Chakra Series… stay tuned for more information.

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

 Senior Adult Ministry (SAM)

SAM folks will NOT have their traditional potluck on Wednesday, Dec. 27, since the group has a Christmas bus trip on Dec. 13. However, potlucks are planned for the following Wednesdays: Jan. 31st, Feb. 28th, March 28th, and April 25th. We will conclude our potluck season on May 30th when the Social Hall will literally become a zoo! So mark your calendar!

Sam Men’s Breakfast Club – SAM is sponsoring a Men’s Breakfast Club beginning in January 2018. The goal is to provide camaraderie, fellowship, and allow time to share knowledge, experiences, discuss sports, current events, faith, or whatever “tickles” the brain. The Club will meet every Wednesday at 7:30 am, starting Jan. 3rd, at Elie’s Family Restaurant, 4102 Monona Drive. Stop in for coffee and/or breakfast, dutch treat, and enjoy each others company.

Lenten Devotion Writers Needed!! 

Seems odd to be thinking ahead to Lent, but due to a very early Ash Wednesday on Feb. 14, we are doing just that.   Pay attention, God may be nudging you to write a devotion, no prior experience necessary.  Verses will be available by email beginning on Dec. 1.   Completed devotions are due by Jan. 12. For more information or to sign up contact Catherine Puisto at: c.puisto2@gmail.com

 Kennedy School Adopt-A-School Partner Need
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.  Thank you to Sandra Allen and Pam Aldrich for coordinating this program with Kennedy Elementary.  With the cold weather there is a great need for warm winter clothing.

Providing Material Support – We are collecting 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.

Volunteer opportunities include: Tutors – Recess Monitors – Lunchroom Help – Greeters (before/after school). Sign-up on the kiosk to get involved.

 A Volunteer Orientation program is scheduled for Dec. 11,  2-3:30 pm or Dec. 11, 4:30-6:00 pm. at Kennedy School.

For information contact Pam Aldrich: 608-695-7934 or Sandra Allen: 651-307-2831

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

Special dates to add to your calendar now:

O Antiphons – Children are still needed to read the O Antiphons at the 5:00 pm service on Saturday, Dec. 23. Please contact Elizabeth Crummy or Teresa Palumbo or sign up on the kiosk.

Sunday School Christmas Program Dec. 17 at 2 pm 

The kids who will be in the play need to come to the Sunday School area at either 1:30 PM (Kindergarten, 3rd grade, 4th grade) or 1:45 PM (3 years, 4 years, 1st grade and 2nd grade.) If you have signed up to bring treats for the reception, please drop them in the Social Hall when you arrive with your child.

The reception will be your final opportunity to bring items for Baby Jesus’s Birthday Party and for the Flu Care Bags:

    We will be collecting items for flu care bags and baby items for St. Stephen’s food pantry again this year. 

    3 & 4 year olds – 2 cans of chicken noodle soup

    Kindergartners – 2 small boxes or sleeves of salted or unsalted saltine crackers

    1st & 2nd Graders – 2 bottles of Gatorade (not diet or low calorie)

     3rd-4th Graders – 2  cans of 7-Up or ginger ale

    YOUTH MINISTRY (5th – 12th Grade)
    Teresa Palumbo,
     Youth Ministry Coordinator. Text to: 608-279-7460, Email: youth@messiahchurch.com

    No Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

    Christmas Break Dec. 20 and 27

    January 6, 6-9:00 pm

    High School Youth Holiday Party and Game Night, Saturday, Join us for dinner, cards, games, and a movie! Come hang out and share some holiday cheer.  Bring a white elephant gift to exchange. RSVP to Teresa 608-279-7460 or by email: tnpalumbo@yahoo.com

    Messiah Annual Ornament Sale:

    Trim your tree with a beautiful woodcut ornament that celebrates the season and helps the Messiah youth program. Ornaments will be on sale in the Gathering Space beginning in December. Ornaments from previous years will also be on sale. The cost for each ornament is $10; previous year ornaments are $5 each. This is a fundraiser for the youth 2018 summer mission trip.