Saturday, December 7, 5:00 pm

Greeter  Sally Carpenter & Barry Straus   Reader  Kate Mennenga, Communion  Kate Mennenga, Lee & Tricia Schneider   Ushers   Michaelle Eeg, Breanna Eeg, Robb, Melissa & Essie Remiker   Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Musician  Marian Korth   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Cara Musick, Mike Digman, Dave Down, Donna Buchert

Sunday, December 8, 8:15 am

Greeter  Claire Gensch & Dave Broome   Reader  Karen Shilts   Communion  Jerry & Lynn Brandt, Richard & Karen Shilts   Ushers  Charlie & Bonnie Eastman, Bill Gingher, Virgil Simley, Don Tjugum   Musician  Marian Korth   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte

Sunday, December 8, 10:30 am

Greeter   Gary & Sandy Damaske   Reader  Joe Schraven   Communion  Debbie Diewald, Carla Fears, Ray Robinson, Joe Schraven   Ushers  Phil &  Kathie Kingston, Glori Laundrie, Pat & Judith Goldschmidt   Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte, Celebrate Group

Weekly News for  December 9-15, 2019

Worship Volunteers:  Dec 1 to Dec 31, 2019

2019 December Column

For Family Ministry updates:  ClickHere!

This Christmas project replaces the sock collection for the Triangle Community Ministry.  This year Triangle Community Ministry is asking Messiah to become part of a new Christmas gift collection. They are requesting items for kitchen Christmas packages. Items needed include:

  • 2 new dishcloths, 2 new dish towels
  • 2 new pot holders
  • 1 Sponge w/scouring side
  • 1 Plastic/wood or rubber spoon, 1 spatula
  • 1 Small bottle dish detergent
  • 1 Sm. Tube of hand cream

Items can be placed in the plastic bins in the Collection Area as you enter the Community Room by December 15th. Thank you for your support!!

Social Outreach Ministry – Annual Christmas Collections

We will again be sponsoring five families for The Road Home and gifts for the YWCA women.  Gifts should be returned by this Sunday, December 8th UNWRAPPED and marked with the family identification code.  We will again be collecting hats, mittens and scarves to benefit the Salvation Army and large instant pudding to support the East Side Community Center/Truax Christmas food boxes.  Deadline for the hats/mitten/scarves and pudding will be Sunday, December 15th. More details are in the weekly bulletins and the December Column.

Our Annual Pudding Collection and the Mitten Tree Collection is Happening Now!

Pudding Collection – We need to collect 120 large boxes of instant pudding for the East Side Community Center at Truax Christmas food boxes by Dec. 15. Please place the pudding in the box under the hat/mitten tree. Coordinator: Darilee Nelson, 222-4929

Mitten Tree – We are collecting hats, mittens, scarves for area men, women & children. These will be given to the Salvation Army. Collection ends Dec. 15.  Coordinator: Darilee Nelson, 222-4929.

The Gift of Presence this Advent

Throughout the month of December, you are invited to use a Presence Jar. To begin find a clear container, any will do and pick up a daily activities sheet from the kiosk to guide your journey.  Cut out the activities from the Presence Jar sheet, (feel free to add your own ideas) and place them in the jar. Each day, draw an intention to focus on. You may choose to practice a new intention each day, or live into one for several days in a row. Complement your daily practice with the weekly devotions included in the worship bulletins to gain peace, connect with those around you, and experience the light of Christ this Advent.  This can be a wonderful family activity to make Advent extra special. You can pick up a Presence Jar sheet in the Gathering Space or click here for the activity sheet: The Presence Jar

What’s on the Kiosk??
  • Volunteers in Prayer – The December schedule is on the kiosk. Our goal at Messiah is to have people commit to praying in the Prayer Room or sanctuary every Thursday from 8:00 am to 2:00 p.m.  or stop in anytime when the office is open.  Please sign up for a slot when you can on the schedule. Our world will  be a better place because of your prayer.
  • Sunday Refreshments – Each week we like to have treats following the services.  Contributions of doughnut holes, baked goods and/or kiddie snacks are appreciated.  We still have some December openings. Sign up if you can help!
  • Homeless Meal  The sign up sheet is on the kiosk for the  December meal.  There are still a few open slots to fill.
  • Volunteers Needed for Christmas Eve ServicesIf you are planning to attend the Christmas Eve 7:00 pm worship service, we need adults and children in various positions. We also need adults to greet, usher and assist with communion at 4:00 and 9:00 pm. A listing of all volunteer opportunities are listed on the kiosk. Please help out where you can.

Help Decorate the Altar for Christmas

If you would like to sponsor a poinsettia for Christmas by contributing to the Christmas Flower Fund, please complete a flower fund envelope located in the pew holders. Plants may be given in memory or in honor of a loved one or family.  There is no set amount, it is a freewill donation. Please print all information on the envelope and place in the collection plate, along with your check payable to Messiah Church. You may pick up your plant after services on Sunday, December 29. Return your envelope by  Sunday, December 15th.

YOW Annual Ornament Sale 

The ornaments have arrived! Trim your tree with a beautiful woodcut ornament that celebrates the season and benefits the Messiah 2019 summer youth mission trip. The 2019 ornament is $10.   Previous year ornaments available for $5.

Flower Chart for 2020

 Is available 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. One week prior, office will contact you for information to have included in the bulletin, and for your color choice of flowers.

Take a Break Christmas Prep and Enjoy Second Soda and Sangria!!!

Stay following worship on Saturday, December 14th to enjoy beverages and treats along with wonderful conversation.  If you are new to Messiah it’s a great way to meet new friends!

Bishop Call Process Update

Interim Bishop Peter Rogness of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin is busy gathering information from the churches in the area as part of the call process.  If you would like to know more about the process and where Town Hall meetings are being scheduled, click here: BISHOP ELECTION PROCESS BEGINS

Racial Justice Event-Save the Dates

MOSES Monthly Meeting Sunday, December 8, 2:00 fellowship, 2:30-4:30 meeting, James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2146 E Johnson St, Madison. Click here for the meeting agenda:  MOSES Dec 8 Meeting Agenda

MOSES Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony

The event is Saturday, December 14th from 5:30-11:00 pm at the Goodman Community Center Brassworks. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and celebrate those receiving “Transformation Awards.” Click here for more information: MOSES Gala Dec 14

Racial Environmental Justice Fact: A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that 11.2% of African American children and 4% of Mexican-American children are poisoned by lead, compared with 2.3% of white children.

 Kennedy Adopt-A-School Partnership Continues 

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/boats/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.
SAM Christmas Luncheon, Wednesday, Dec.18, Noon

We will meet  on December 18th, one week earlier than normal. The Promised Band will help us celebrate the coming of Christmas. Please bring a dish to share, your tableware and a few extra items for The Empty Table so we can fill the LaFollette High School pantry for the Christmas season.  Bring a friend!

Ladies Lunch Bunch -December 11 at 11:30 a.m.

The next Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at Benvenuto’s Italian Grill located at 1849 Northport Dr., Madison.  The limit is 20 participants so be sure to sign up on the kiosk ASAP!  For more information, contact Janet Alfonso at 608-221-1040.

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. Our current production dates are November 15, and December 20. 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 or call (608) 221-0060.

To catch up on the latest SAM news, click here for the latest newsletter: SAM October-December Newsletter 2019