Saturday, October 20, 5:00 pm  

Greeter  Kathy Bultman   Reader  Melissa Remiker   Communion  Melissa Remiker, Elaine McNeil, Kathy Bultman   Ushers  Jim McNeil, Robb Remiker   Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Cara Musick, Donna Buchert, Mike Digman

Sunday, October 21,  8:15 am    

Greeter  Emma Godfrey   Reader  Cindy McVay   Communion  Linda Olson, Karen Wenger, Jim Stolzenburg, Naoma Michaelis   Ushers   Tim Martinson, Emma Godfrey, Barb Moseley, Marilyn Foss, Jeff & Karen Robbe   Musician  Dean Gardner   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte

Sunday, October 21, 10:30 am

Greeter  Doreen Hinrichs   Reader  Paula Kedzie   Communion  Peggy Ladwig, Carla Fears, Mary Marshall, Julie Neppl   Ushers   Andy Shultis, Walt Herrod, Lee Nelson, Matt Tully   Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte, Celebrate Group

Weekly News for October 22-28, 2018

2018 October Column

October 2018 Worship Assistants

For Family Ministry updates:  Click Here!

Sunday School children sing at the end of the 8:15 a.m. service on November 4 and should arrive by 9:00 a.m.

“More Trunks Full of Treats Needed!!

The Trunk or Treat Event is fast approaching at Messiah! On Wednesday, October 24 from 6 to 7:30 PM children, youth, parents and seniors will be joining together to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve. We will have pizza, a blessing and then proceed out to the parking lot to trunk or treat from car to car. We are excited that we have lots of people signed up to come, but we do not have enough trunks loaded with goodies! We estimate that we need at least 25 more trunks for the event to be a success. You can decorate your car with lights, a Halloween theme, wear a costume, whatever appeals to you, and you can bring candy or trinkets to pass out.

We have 148 kids and parents registered so far. Maybe plan on treats for 150-200 kids to allow for last minute registrations? We will order pizza for all participants: parents, kids and trunk providers.  Please sign up on the kiosk at church by 11:30 AM this coming Sunday, or email Elizabeth at so we know the status of trunks and how much food to order.

Help is also needed to decorate the parking lot on Tuesday, October 23rd and to clean up on the 24th after the event.   If you have decorative lights to lend, please place them in the bins in the Gathering Space and mark them with your name, tape will be provided.

To enhance your devotion life during the week click here for this week’s Taking Faith HomeWeek of Oct 22, 2018
  • Volunteers in Prayer – 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.  Please sign up for a slot when you can on the October schedule. Our world will  be a better place because of your prayer.
  • Sunday Refreshments – Each week we like to have treats following the services.  The September-December schedule is now posted. Contributions of doughnut holes, baked goods and/or kiddie snacks are appreciated. We have some November openings. Sign up for either service on the kiosk.
  • Homeless Meal – The next meal is December 12th.  The meals are served at the Homeless Shelter at Grace Episcopal Church.  Sign up on the kiosk!  Thank you to those who helped with the October 10th meal!!!
  • Thanksgiving Eve Worship – we are looking for ushers and communion assistants for the November 21st worship.  Sign up on the kiosk if you can help.
Pastor Appreciation Potluck this Sunday!

Please join Messiah Members for an Appreciation Potluck for Pastor Jeff on Sunday, October 21st, beginning at 11:30 am in the Social Hall.   We would appreciate those attending bring the following:
If your last name begins with the letter A-K, please bring a large main dish; if your last name begins with the letter L-R, please bring a large salad; if your last name begins with the letter S-Z, please bring a large dessert.

Fall Craft and Bake Sale is November 3rd – Bake Sale Items Needed

The annual Fall Craft and Bake sale is happening Saturday, November 3rd and is in need of baked goods for the sale.  Please sign up on the sign-up poster in the Gathering Space.  Specifics are included on the poster.  If you have any questions, contact Darilee Nelson at 608-222-4929.   Click here for more information about the Craft & Bake Sale:  Craft-Bake Sale 2018     Thank you for your help!

Women’s Breakfast/Speaker Event – Saturday, November 17th at Messiah – Depending on an Overwhelming God when Life is Overwhelming!

When life gets tough, and scripture tells us that it will, it is easy to become overwhelmed.  In John 4, Jesus goes out of his way to meet a woman who has relationship troubles, financial troubles and even career troubles – she’s just like many of us!  In this very familiar story you will find new insights, personal challenges, Biblical encouragement and practical tools for how to depend on God when life is overwhelming.  Cost is $15.  Connect with other women who are challenged by an overwhelming life for conversation, learning and laughter!  Click here for more information:  Elizabeth Murphy Flyer Registration

St. Olaf’s Band Concert – Dubbed “one of America’s preeminent bands!”

Enjoy the concert on Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m. at James Madison Memorial High School, 201 S. Gammon Road, Madison. Cost is $10 adults, free for students. Call 800-363-5487 for tickets or go online

Attention all Snow Birds!

If you will be traveling to warmer climates this winter for an extended period of time, please contact the office with the dates you will be gone.  If you provide the address we can have your Messiah mail sent directly to you.  This saves Messiah from having to pay postage when your mail is returned to us marked “Temporarily Away”.  Thank you!

On-Line Directory

If you are new to Messiah and would like to have access to our On-Line Member Directory here are the directions to create a log in to get access to the directory: On-Line Directory Login Directions.  

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

Racial Justice Meeting

November 4 will be the next Messiah Racial Justice Team General Meeting (8:30-9:30 am in Messiah’s Social Hall)  Come share what area of racial justice you are passionate about. Come learn about what we have been doing as an organization and help envision the future of this team. We are looking forward to growing as an organization with your views and passions as a part of the work. This meeting will be a chance to think big in order to determine actions to bring to the greater congregation.

MOSES Updates: 

Moses October Newsletter: MOSES-October-2018-Newsletter

Socks for Saints – We Could Use More Socks!

It’s hard to imagine that in a few months we will be experiencing colder weather.  Most of us do not worry about this, but if you are a resident of the Triangle who has limited resources and have to decide between buying food or a warm pair of socks, this could be a real problem.  We can help by giving them a gift of warm winter socks. Women prefer the prettier socks. Men prefer heavier, warm socks of darker colors. Last year we gathered 300 pair of socks, let’s see if we can surpass that number this year!  Please place in the bin marked Socks for Saints.  For more information, call Naoma Michaelis, 608-298-7788.

Divine Yoga 

 The next session runs until November 20th, from 5:30-6:45 pm. This is a free yoga practice. However, good will donations are encouraged to benefit Breast Cancer Recovery. Please bring an open and willing mind, heart and a yoga mat  A block, strap, and a blanket are helpful as well. The mobility to move from the floor to standing positions is helpful but all levels welcome!  For more information contact Leanne Widen at or call 608-839-4550.  You can join the class at any time, even if you miss some sessions.

Psalms: Music For The Soul Study 

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 that runs through 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.

Wednesday, October 31, 12:00 pm Luncheon/Pumpkin Contest/Variety Show 

BOO!!  It’s Halloween and what better way to celebrate than with a pumpkin contest with real prizes! Work with your friends or by yourself but be sure to bring your decorated pumpkin to the SAM luncheon. Your pumpkin will receive a number, attendees will vote, and the winners will receive some nice restaurant gift cards. The fine print…..only one pumpkin entry per church mailing address, winner must be present. Our Variety Show consists of three speakers—Marlene Green will be talking to SAM about her African violet hobby she has ongoing in their basement. Duane Paulson’s presentation is on SONshine—a mission outreach ministry in Mexico. Our final speaker, Barbara Voelker, is going to share her secrets on how you can raise monarch butterflies in your backyard.  Bring a dish to pass, your tableware and a friend!

SAM Ladies’ Lunch Bunch Date

The next luncheon will be Wednesday, November 14, 11:30 am at at Benvenuto’s Italian Grill at 1849 Northport Dr., Madison.  We have a limit of 25 due to the room size. Individual checks will be accepted.    Sign up on the kiosk by Sunday, November 11th.  If you signed up and then find you are unable to attend, please contact Janet right away. For more information contact Janet Alfonso at alfonso_janet or call the church office at 222-3833.

SAM Walks Are Back – The Next Walk is Tuesday, October 23!!

 McCarthy Park  Tuesday, October 23, Meet at Messiah at 10:00 am.    

 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.   Sign up with Walt and Barb Herrod at 608 318-2129 or

SAM Apple Pie Sale – We Need Your Help!

Fall is just around the corner and that means SAM will again be making apple pies for your Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. We are looking for help with preparing the pies.  Production dates are on the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space. To sign up, send an email to, call (608) 221-0060 or sign up in the Gathering Space with your name, phone number, email and the date(s) you can help.  No experience necessary, will train and everyone is welcome.  If you have questions, email Judy at or you can reach her at (608) 271-9343.

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. Below are a few of their current needs and volunteer opportunities:

Snacks for students whose families are not able to provide them: granola bars, goldfish crackers, pretzels, etc.

New or gently used winter gear, especially warm gloves, boots & snowpants
New or gently used athletic shoes – kids size 12 through adult size 10
Socks, underwear (4T-size 8), sweatpants (4T-size 10)

Tutors for Reading; listen to students read contact: Kathy Mallach,
Volunteer help for Recess and Lunch (10:30 am – 1:00 pm daily); help
supervise students in the lunchroom or out on the playground; help for just
a half-hour, or more!

The Health Office is in need of: boys underpants (4T-8); boys belts, small size
socks; granola bars & saltine crackers; feminine protection for young girls;
hair ties/combs; chewable ibuprofen & acetaminophen