Saturday, January 20, 5:00 pm

Reader  Kathy Bultman   Communion   Kathy Bultman, Elaine McNeil   Ushers   Jim McNeil   Musician  Marian Korth   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Cara Musick, Mike Digman

 Sunday, January 21, 8:15 am

Greeter  Ellie Paulson   Reader  Judy Skolaski   Communion  Diane Iverson, Jim Stolzenburg, Karen Winger   Ushers  Jim Alsmo, Tim Coulthart, Ken Gerstner, Leo Sebald   Musician  Dean Gardner   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte

Sunday, January 21, 10:30 am

Greeter  Jo, Paul & Jeremy Vanderbloemen   Reader  Vince Borleske   Communion  Michelle Borleske, Kathy Digman, Karen Dilley   Ushers  Jim & LouAnn Miller, Judy Zielke & Leon Wilson  Musician  Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte, Celebrate Group

Weekly News for January 22 – January 28, 2018

January Column

January 2018 Worship Assistants

For Children’s Ministry updates follow this link:

 Sign-Up Opportunities on the Kiosk

If you are interested in volunteering to assist with the “Messiah Meals for the Homeless”,  the orange sign-up sheet is on the kiosk.  Messiah is scheduled to provide the meals on February 14, April 11, June 13, August 8, October 10 and December 12.  Help is needed for food prep, and serving.

If you are willing to provide refreshments on Sunday mornings between services, the sign-up is also on the kiosk.  You just need to provide cookies or bars, usually 2-3 dozen.

Your Donations Make A Difference!

St. Stephen’s Food Pantry would like to thank Messiah for all the generous donations of food and clothing throughout the year!  Besides food, they are always in need of paper grocery bags and egg cartons. 

Free Square Dance to Benefit  DAIS

Sunday, January 28, 2-4:40 p.m. at Messiah Church in the Social Hall.  Join the fun, enjoy meeting some new friends, getting some exercise and supporting Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.  Click here for more information:   DAIS BENEFIT – FLYER

A Thank You from the Triangle Ministry

Thank you for your generous Christmas gift of Socks for Saints for residents of the Triangle. Triangle Community Ministry (TCM) had more people than ever this year at the Christmas dinner for residents and the socks were, as always, much appreciated. Each resident at our Christmas party received two pairs of socks and a delicious meal. And there were some socks left over that can be distributed as need requires during the winter months. Many thanks for being a part of the Socks for Saints collection. We hope you will check out the TCM website and consider gathering a group to serve one of the weekly 40 Monday Meals that TCM will begin serving on January 15 to celebrate our 40th anniversary on the Triangle.  We wish you blessings throughout the New Year.      Meg Nielsen,  Outreach Development Director, TCM

A note from the Treasurer – Please toss any 2017 giving envelopes as new numbers have been assigned.  Giving statements for 2017 were mailed on January 17th.  If you do not receive yours, please contact the church office.
Messiah Annual Meeting

Is scheduled for Sunday, January 21st between services.  All members are encouraged to attend to review and vote on the 2018 budget.  The Annual Report is available in the Gathering Space.

Sam Men’s Breakfast Club – The Club meets every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. (Note the new time)at Elie’s Family Restaurant, 4102 Monona Drive.  Stop in for coffee and/or breakfast, dutch treat, and enjoy each others company. The goal is to provide camaraderie, fellowship, and allow time to share knowledge, experiences, discuss sports, current events, faith, or whatever “tickles” the brain. 

SAM Luncheon and Program “Keeping Fit for Seniors”  January 31st at noon.  The featured speaker will be Jean O’Leary from Madison School and Community Recreation. She is employed by MSCR as their 50+ Fitness Specialist. She will talk to us about how we can get in shape right in our own home. She is a true Iowa Hawkeye having earned her B.S. in Physical Education and Masters in Recreation Education/Corporate Fitness and Wellness.  Tickets for the Passion Play trip will go on sale at the luncheon.

SAM Future Luncheon Dates are scheduled for the following Wednesdays: February 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!

The SAM January thru March Newsletter is here! There are lots of exciting events in store for 2018 that you’ll want to get on your calendar.

SAM Jan-March Newsletter 2018

 Women’s Ministry Event Coming in February – Pursue the Best You!

Are you ready to live your life as God intended?  In this powerful, faith-driven session… you will refocus your vision, redefine your values, discover your mission and determine your purpose! You will think deeply about what matters most to you and why.  You will leave choosing how – going forward – you will think, feel and act in such a way that you continue the journey to pursue the best possible you! Registration Forms are on the kiosk!

Women’s Ministry – Feb 3 Flyer

Next South-Central Synod of Wisconsin Racial Equity Ministry Event – February 4, 2018   

 Mark your calendar for February 4, and March 11 learning sessions which will feature educational presentations about the history of slavery, beginning with the kingdoms that existed in Africa before the slave trade began, locations of Africans who were deported during the slave trade and locations where they were re-located in the Americas as slaves. An overview of the Middle Passage and some history of slavery and African-American life in the United States for the past 400 years will complete this brief introduction and probably whet our appetite to learn more!   

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’s New Life Church/7564 Cottage Grove Road/Madison

Racial Justice Team Meeting

The next meeting of the Messiah Racial Justice Team is scheduled for Sunday, February 11 at 9:30 am in the Social Hall. Come and join the discussion!

Minutes from the January meeting can be viewed at this link:

Kennedy School Adopt-A-School Partner 
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.  Volunteers are also needed. Information is on the kiosk.

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.

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

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


Adults are needed to join the Messiah YOW youth for weekly soup suppers during Lent. We are looking for mentors that will meet with a table of youth each week, join them for dinner and lead an informal discussion (with prepared questions) between 6:30-7:00 p.m.  This is an inter-generational opportunity for the youth and members of the Messiah community to get to know one another better. The table talk groups would be the same each week in order to help establish relationships.  If you are interested, please contact Teresa Palumbo.

YOW Students Host Homeless Meal:

Week of February 12 
YOW will be assisting in different capacities with the homeless meal for the guests at the Grace Episcopal Shelter. The schedules and opportunities are listed below.

Please make note of the differences between the pre-confirmation and confirmation activities.

The donation of baked good items is needed for both the meal and the sack lunches we will be preparing. Please let Teresa know if you are able to assist and bring in two dozen baked good items on Wednesday, February 8.

PRE-CONFIRMATION (Grades 5-6): Students will attend Ash Wednesday services on February 14. Families are encouraged to attend this service with their children as there 

will not be a lesson.

CONFIRMATION (Grades 7-9):

The youth in the confirmation program will have the opportunity to be involved in one of three experiences as we plan, prepare, and serve the meal at Grace Episcopal. Confirmation youth must sign-up to participate in one of the experiences listed below. Wednesday, February 14 is Ash Wednesday and all youth are encouraged to attend worship at Messiah with their families. 

The youth assisting with serving the meal will gather downstairs in the kitchen at 7:00 p.m. (See details below.)

Drivers and parent helpers are needed for all events.

  • Saturday, February 10, 9:00-10:30 am  Plan and purchase items for the homeless meal at Woodman’s. Meet at Messiah.  
  • Tuesday, February 13, 6:00-7:30 pm  Prepare the meal at Messiah (cooking the items and any additional food prep).
  • Wednesday, February 14, 7:00-9:00 pm  Deliver and serve the meal at Grace Episcopal. Leave from Messiah.

YOW Lent Walk: Wednesday, February 7 from 6:30-8:00 pm

Youth will prepare for the upcoming Lenten season with a shared meal followed a Lent Walk with interactive stations and activities. The evening begins in the downstairs fellowship hall with a lasagna and pasta dinner, salad and garlic bread. Parent helpers are needed to assist with the meal. Please contact Teresa if you are able to assist.