Weekly News for  August 10-16

Here’s the latest Messiah Newsletter: August Column

Worship Opportunities at Messiah

During this time of social distancing we continue to offer 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, check Recent Sermons 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.

Needs During COVID Time

Remember that we are a faith community ready to help one another during the Corona virus pandemic. Please contact Holly in the the office (608-222-3833) or Elizabeth at familyministry@messiahchurch.com if you are in need of food, shopping or other services including dog walking, and/or a human connection. We have a team of people ready to help!

Construction Update!

This week the classrooms have been framed out with the metal studs, they are working on electrical and they are working in the bathrooms which will be larger. The classrooms will have lots of natural light and be larger than the previous space. They will start dry walling soon. The prep work has been done for the canopy and construction on that will begin next week.  We are asking that people use the next entrance to the north which is marked with signageIf you need to drop something off after hours we have a temporary mailbox on the right side of the driveway as you enter from Cottage Grove Road.  It is secure and checked every day.    Pictured below is the new conference room (which was the preschool previously) and coming down the steps, looking down the hall toward the classrooms.

YOW & Sunday School

We know that many people are wondering how we will handle YOW and Sunday School. Click here for the latest information and then watch for updates here, in the Column or on Facebook: Sunday School Yow Info

Sunday School Information for 3 Year Olds and Children New to Messiah

Children who are 3 years old by September 1, 2020 through and including those in 4th grade are welcome to attend Sunday School. Click here for more information: Sunday School 3 yr olds

Click here to download a registration form for all classes: 2020-2021 Registration Form

First Communion and Bible Blessing celebrations 9/26 and 9/27. If your child is a current 3rd grader and/or prepared for First Communion last spring and you have not heard about these events yet, Elizabeth must not have your current email address. Please email her at familyministry@messiahchurch.com.

Activity Sheets for Children

To print out activity sheets for your kids, click here for the Age 3-6 sheet: August 9 2020 Age 3+   For Ages 7+: August 9 2020 Age 7+

Messiah’s Annual Backpack/School Supply Drive – 

This year’s backpack collection looks a little different from past years due to COVID-19.  We have heard from a number of the schools that benefit and Elizabeth has compiled a shopping list.  Right now we would ask that you keep them at home as we determine the best time and method for dropping off supplies at church. Due to COVID-19 concerns, we have established 6 dates when you can safely bring your school donations to the Social Hall on the lower level.If the weather is nice, a marked table will be located right outside the double doors to the Social Hall so you can drive up and place your supplies on the table. Staff will be inside the Social Hall maintaining social distancing while wearing a mask. They will bring your donations inside. If it is raining, the donation table will be located immediately inside the double doors with staff masked and socially distanced.

Here are the school supply drop off dates and times: 4-7 PM Monday, August 10, Wednesday, August 12, Monday, August 17, Wednesday, August 19.  9 AM -11 AM  Saturday, August 22, Saturday, August 29. If these dates and times will not work for you, please contact Elizabeth Crummy at familyministry@messiahchurch.com or 608-235-6910.  Click here for the shopping list:School Supplies List

Ongoing 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 dispose of pads. Our Social Outreach Ministry has taken on a simple sewing project to provide pads and panties (girls sizes 14, 16 and small adult sizes ) for these young girls and we’re so thankful for all our sewers who have made pads and the people who have donated panties.  Our next shipment will be August 15th.  If you have pads made or want to donate panties, please drop them off on either Monday, August 10th or Wednesday, August 12th between 4-7:00 pm by the Social Hall double doors. This is the same area school supplies will be dropped off. Just let the volunteer know it’s for the “Dignity Project”. If these hours don’t work to drop off, please call the office at 608-222-3833 to arrange a drop off.

Is Your Garden Yielding Extra Veggies?

Are you wondering what to do with the extra produce from your garden? The Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB), 2802 Dairy Drive, Madison, is set up to take extra veggies starting at 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Once you enter the lobby there is a sliding glass window to your left for vegetable donations. Ring the bell if they are in the back working. If you have cherry tomatoes, please put them in a clear clam shell container (like what strawberries and blueberries come in). They will take any quantity of produce. The turnaround time on fresh produce is very quick. The demand for fresh garden items is always very high. If you don’t garden but want to support SHFB, consider stopping at a local farmers market to pick up a few veggies for the food bank.

Summer of Solidarity August 8 – After an outstanding presentation and discussion about Mass Supervision last week, we move this Saturday to the topic of “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.”  We will be learning from the Women’s Leadership Cohort of the Menikanaehkem (“Community Re-builders,” of the Menominee Reservation).  As always, the Summer of Solidarity event will be from 10 am to 12 noon. To register, just fill out this form:   https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtcequpz8sHNNBh2WvhQb-IBgtR84iS4C-  Then, you will be sent a link to join us on Saturday.Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is a nation-wide issue.  Unfortunately, Wisconsin is not an exception to the problem.  On Saturday, you can learn more about the problem, about how it impacts families in our own state, about some of the amazing work being done by the Women’s Leadership Cohort to change policy and to provide direct help, and you will learn what the rest of us can do if we really want to help. You might be interested in listening to this podcast, from the This American Life radio program a few months ago:   https://www.thisamericanlife.org/706/a-mess-to-be-reckoned-with  It will give you a sense of what we’ll be hearing about.  (Warning:  you might not want to listen to the podcast with children.)

Messiah Racial Justice Team Summer Book Studies– The Racial Justice Team is offering another book study this summer via Zoom. White Fragility is the new book study that began July 22nd at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.  It’s not too late to sign up for this study that ends on August 12. To receive the Zoom log-in information contact Tracy Frank at jtracyfrank@me.com.

More Racial Justice Resources – Each week, we are posting a link to some quick learning around Anti-Racism and Social Justice. Please click (PDF should be linked here) to view the entire document we have assembled which includes articles, podcasts, movies, non-fiction and fiction books and a children’s section for deeper learning. Click here:  Anti-Racism & Social Justice Resources. This article is one that could be read in its entirety, or you can choose a category that you feel strongly about and learn more.  Even watching the graphics without reading the text is an enlightening experience. The Race Gap

Jesus you know the places that hurt. You join your voice to the voice of all who cry out in sadness, fear, hunger, injustice or rejection – all who long for someone to hear them and rescue them. Thank you for the hope that you give today. Help us share the solace of your comfort, bringing solidarity through your consolation. Amen

Porchlight Update

Recently we received the annual report for Porchlight, a non-profit whose mission is to reduce homelessness in Dane County by collaborating with the community to provide shelter, affordable housing, and supportive services that eliminate barriers and empower the individuals and families we serve. Messiah members have supported Porchlight for many years in our annual budget and with a portion of excess funds at the end of the year.  Attached is a page from their annual report that shares their accomplishments last year: Porchlight Report  If you would like to know more about donations they accept, besides financial support, please check this link: https://porchlightinc.org/donate-items/  Thank you for all your support of Porchlight during the year through your Messiah giving!

A New Way To Support Messiah When You Shop!

Recently Messiah has registered with Amazon to benefit from their charitable organization program, AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church (our registered name) —no fees, no extra cost to you. When shoppers click on the link below you can sign up for AmazonSmile and you can start shopping. Every time you shop Messiah will be listed in the corner as your charity. Four times per year a check will be sent from Amazon to Messiah to benefit our ministries.  Click on  https://www.amazon.com/s?k=amazonsmile.&pldnSite=1. At the top of the page, click “Sign in to AmazonSmile to get started” where you will choose Messiah as your charity. This is another great way to support Messiah as you shop!

No Fear All Fun Run/Walk

The past two years Messiah members have been involved with the No Fear-All Fun Run/Walk in memory of Michael Neill, son of Joe & Sherri Neill, who was a strong Cross Country runner and always helped young kids get exercise and have fun doing it. The event assists our LaFollette Middle Schools maintain strong Walking/Running Clubs/Cross Country teams and getting more kids involved to get the exercise they need to be healthy. This year due to COVID-19 there won’t be an actual run/walk (either 5K or 1 mile walk) but rather a virtual event. This year there is no set entry fee – people can give what they wish, printable race bibs, printable completion award, no prizes this year, run or walk anytime from now until August 8th, send in photos after completing the walk or run to nofearallfun@gmail.com. The goal is to have 100 participants. We are still accepting sponsorship donations as well.  For more information contact Sherri Neill at 608-234-2897. Click here to read a recent article from the Wisconsin State Journal about the Run/Walk`No Fear All Fun’ running event honors memory of Madison La Follette student-athlete Michael Neill

The Road Home Needs Continue

With the COVID-19 virus The Road Home continues to have needs to serve their clients.  These items are especially needed right now: toilet paper and paper towel, cleaning supplies, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, laundry and dish detergent, and gifts cards for gas and groceries. If you can help support The Road Home please drop off your donations at Messiah between 8:00 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday. The Road Home is also in need of face masks, adult and children’s.

 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:

  • 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.