Weekly News for  March 30-April 5

April Column

Similar to other church closings in the Madison area Messiah has cancelled all worship services and activities until further notice except the April 2 Blood Drive and the April 11th Mower Training.  We are offering 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 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.

In response to the COVID-19 virus and the Safer At Home order we want to be sure our members that are not able to get out and shop are supported. With the current social distancing and self-quarantine policies Elizabeth Crummy, our new Ministry Support Coordinator and Holly Tunak are forming a team of people to make calls to homebound members, prepare cards for nursing home residents (please let us know if there are any members that should receive a card that we may not be aware of), grocery shop and run errands for those who can’t get out, along with dog walking. If you are in need of help, please contact the church office at 608-222-3833 and we will get you in contact with a team member. If you are interested in serving on the team, please contact Elizabeth Crummy at 608-235-6910 or familyministry@messiahchurch.com.

Something to ponder as shared by Pastor Mark:

Dear family and friends here is a story to inspire your day: A reading from Kathleen O’Meara (1839-1888), an Irish-French Catholic from the late Victorian period.   Ruth Haley Barton used this in her blog recently:  “And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and grew gardens full of fresh food, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.  Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.  And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they themselves had been healed.” 

For your information: Companies Offering Special Hours for Older Adults and Immune Compromised

 Dollar General (all locations): Daily from 8am-9am, Willy St. Co-Op (all locations): Daily from 10am-11am – also will be reducing store capacity to 30 people at a time, Hy-Vee (all locations): Daily from 7am to 8am, Whole Foods Market (only individuals 60+): Daily from 8am-9am, Target Every Wednesday from 8am-9am, Woodman’s East Every Wednesday from 6 am to 8 am, Metro Market Every day from 6 am to 8 am

Kwik Trip is letting you order basic groceries online and the delivery fees are paid by Kwik Trip. The delivery is made by EatStreet. Ordering must be online only at https://eatstreet.com/ You will need to create an account with EatStreet but again, Kwik Trip is picking up the delivery fees.

Children’s Bulletins

If you would like something for your children to do while they spend quality family time at home, we’ve attached links to the Age 3-6 bulletin March 29 Ages 3-6  and the Age 7+ March 29 Ages 7+ bulletins for you.

Virtual Divine Yoga 

If you crave breath, movement and stillness in this ever-changing moment in our lives Certified Yoga Instructor, Leanne Widen and Messiah Church invites you to a virtual class via ZOOM, to a weekly yoga practice beginning Tuesday, March 31 at 6:00 pm, central time.  It will be a gentle, simple to follow practice, and a way to connect with one another as we follow the CDC advise and remain isolated as much as possible. Divine Yoga, as taught by Leanne, is an exploration of the mind, body and spiritual connection. All you need is a space to put out a yoga, or exercise mat and a blanket or towel and a computer, lap top, tablet, iPad, smart phone or even a dial up telephone (you’d hear the audio).  You may participate sitting on a chair.  All levels welcome. Leanne will be using ZOOM for classes. By clicking the link below and entering the password, you agree to be responsible for your own practice and health.

As a courtesy, you may practice alongside those in your household.  If you think of someone who would benefit from the practice, please email Leanne at leelee53527@gmail.com with the information and she will share the link.  This is an added layer of security so that the practice remains private.

Below is the link to practice.  Click on the link at the start of the “meeting”.  You will be prompted to enter the password which is a number listed below the link. You may be prompted to “join the meeting audio” click join and you should be in.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/562264082?pwd=TzMwY3lnYmFMKzlKVUdrN0tqRk5aZz09

Meeting ID: 562 264 082, Password: 036737, Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ackUuFMM0L

April 2nd Red Cross Blood Drive Is Still On

Thank you to all who have signed up to donate blood at out Messiah – Gunderson Red Cross Blood Drive being held here at Messiah, April 2nd from 1 to 6 PM.  Your response has been unbelievable.  We will be following the latest Red Cross protocol during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Please come only if you are feeling healthy.  If you are concerned about donating or volunteering please don’t hesitate to cancel. We still have a few open slots for donating blood between 5 and 6 PM.  If you would like to sign up please call the Red Cross number at 1-800-733-2676, or visit redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: messiahlutheranmdsn.  If you have questions or need assistance scheduling, please call Janet Alfonso at 608-221-1040, or email at alfonso_janet@yahoo.com.  If you are scheduled to donate blood here April 2nd, please remember to bring your Red Cross donor card, or a government issued I.D.  Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.  Get a good night’s sleep, drink plenty of fluids, and eat within 2-3 hours of your appointment.  You can use Rapid Pass to decrease the time needed for your donation, but it must be done on April 2nd before your scheduled appointment. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass. Print, save or email the RapidPass.

For those volunteers who are donating food, we are asking, if possible, for you to bring labeled items the day before the drive Wednesday, April 1st, and leave them at Messiah between 9 AM and 3 PM.  If this is inconvenient, you can bring your food items April 2nd, before the drive.   If you have any questions, please call Denise Cheramy at 608-222-0988, or email her at nisie7575@gmail.com.

We could still use a few more gift certificates to give away at a drawing for those who are donating blood.  Restaurants are struggling now that they no longer have dine-in service.  If you would like to buy a gift certificate from your favorite restaurant and donate it, that would be greatly appreciated.  To donate a gift certificate please contact Jim Alsmo at 226-0869 or email him at d_alsmo@yahoo.com.

Thank you to all of you who are helping so many patients who are in need of blood at this critical time during a severe blood shortage.

Lawn Mowing Teams Forming

As of this moment the  April 11 at 9:30 am for mower training and updates is still on. Contact Clyde Tunak (608-206-3479) or messiahbuilding@messiahchurch.com for questions.

Second Harvest Volunteer Request

Volunteers are ESSENTIAL to Second Harvest Foodbank.  And, Second Harvest Foodbank is ESSENTIAL to the community.  We are in need of volunteers to help us fill pre-packed Care Boxes.  Volunteer shifts are available throughout the day, 7 days a week. Care Boxes are filled with healthy perishable and non-perishable foods, and are being distributed to those struggling with hunger through our partner agencies and our mobile pantries throughout our 16 county service area.  An average of 2,600 boxes are being distributed per day! We need volunteer support to assist in packing these boxes.  This helps participants and volunteers maintain social distance during distribution. We are committed to keeping our staff and volunteers safe by limiting the number of volunteers during shifts as well as adding new measures to maintain a clean and healthy environment.  Because Second Harvest is an essential service, we are allowed to continue the work that we do with the help of volunteers during the Safer At Home order. Many families and individuals rely on the food bank and local food pantries.  If you are healthy, please consider lending a hand to support those in need.

BSA Scouting Request

Our BSA Scouting units will soon lose some of their onsite storage at Messiah when the downstairs is remodeled.  A permanent offsite storage solution is needed.  We are looking for a low-cost, or donated, space that is at least 10 x 10 feet.   If you have an unused garage or shed, that could be perfect.  A location as near Messiah would be ideal, but we will travel further if necessary.  The largest items that will be stored are the Troop’s Klondike sleds and a couple of toboggans.  There are also a couple of wooden push-carts and a pop-up canopy.  Please contact Debbie Diewald, 608-444-0320  if you have a space available or need additional information.

Social Outreach Ministry Project

Dignity Project: According to UNICEF, 1 in 10 school girls in Africa miss class or drop out of school due to their menstrual cycle. They lack supplies and facilities to change or disposal of pads. Our Social Outreach Ministry is taking on a simple sewing project to provide pads, and panties (girls sizes 14, 16 and small adult sizes ) for these young girls and they need your help. Check the kiosk for more information and sewing instructions. Even if you don’t sew, consider donating a pack of underwear. Messiah will ship the products to Little Dresses for Africa. Completed projects can be dropped in the “Sani Pani” bin by the collection area.

 Kennedy Adopt-A-School Partnership Continues During School Closures

The Messiah – Kennedy partnership is an ongoing community outreach program initiated by our Evangelism Committee.  Currently some of the needs are as follows, new items noted in blue:

  • Kid size snow pants/boots/mittens
  • Boys athletic pants, size 4T & 5T
  • Girls leggings, size 4T & 5T
  • Health Office needs: boys & girl’s underpants size 4T & 5T; boy’s belts; granola bars & saltine crackers; feminine protection for young girls; hair, ties/combs; chewable ibuprofen & acetaminophen; dental floss.
  • Healthy Snacks: granola bars, goldfish crackers, pretzels, Watch sold by date.
Welcome Summer Tour

Mark Thursday, June 18th, for SAM’s journey to Lake Geneva for the day. We will ride the mailboat and help deliver the mail to the mansions on the shore. Then we will walk to the restaurant for lunch. After lunch you will have shopping time before we head back to Madison. Talk to your friends and get your paperwork and payment in quickly as SAM tours are very popular and fill quickly. Click here for ticket information:SAM Tour Info    A whole day of fun for only $82.00.

Second Harvest Opportunity to Give Back!

SAM Can! Each month we “give back” in partnership program with Second Harvest Food Bank. We meet the third Friday of the month from 9:30 am to 11:30 am to help re-pack bulk foods into family-size portions. This job does allow you to SIT at the table. This is a great way to meet some of your Messiah family in a small group setting while helping our neighbors in need at the same time. To sign up, email adultministry@messiahchurch.com or call (608) 221-0060.