Worship Assistants for Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22

Saturday, Oct 21, 5:00 pm   Greeter: Elaine & Jim McNeil   Reader: Phil Plourd   Communion: Elaine McNeil, Phil Plourd  Usher: Elaine & Jim McNeil   Musician: Marian Korth   Vocalists: Clyde Nyhus, Cara Musick, Mike Digman

Sunday, Oct 22, 8:15 am   Greeter: Doris Zache   Reader: Corey Randl   Communion: Lynn & Jerry Brandt, Dee Schwoegler  Usher Team 8: Kristie & Mike Palovcsik, Carol & John Otterson, Kim Dietzman  Musician: Marian Korth  Vocalists:  Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte

Sunday, Oct 22, 10:30 am   Greeter: Jo, Paul & Jeremy Vanderbloemen   Reader: Phil Neppl   Communion: Julie Neppl, Ray Robinson, Norene Shultis  Usher A Team:  Catherine & Dale Puisto, Glori Laundrie, Kathie & Phil Kingston  Musician: Melissa Vanden Heuvel   Vocalists: Clyde Nyhus, Brynn Schulte, Celebrate Group

Weekly News for October 23-29, 2017

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October Lay Ministry 2017




Pastor Appreciation Potluck

Dear Friends,

What a wonderful celebration for Pastor Appreciation Day!

I DO feel appreciated. Even more, I am constantly overwhelmed by the spirit, generosity, and joyous laughter of this community of faith. Thank you to all the staff, the amazing volunteers and you, our parishioners, for opening your hearts to the call of God in ministry. There is an old saying “gratitude is the memory of the heart.”

Thank you for the kind words, the gifts, and the time together. I will remember and hold you in my heart.

– – Pastor Jeff Vanden Heuvel


New Bible Study starting Wednesday October 4 at 6:30 pm. Sermon on the Mount will be a study of the word of Jesus, as detailed in the Book of Matthew, chapters 5, 6 and 7. These chapters are referred to as The Sermon on the Mount. This Bible Study will delve into what it means to live each day on earth as part of the Kingdom of Heaven. Please join us in the Conference Room as we study a deeper meaning of this scripture. Rich Valenta, Leader. 


 Racial Justice Learning Opportunity

Saturday, Oct. 22 4-6:30 pm “Martin Luther and the Reformation Meets Black Lives Matter and Liberation Theology”, at New Life Church, 7564 Cottage Grove Road, Madison. Sponsored by South-Central Synod of Wisconsin Racial Equity Team.

Just Bakery Sale

Sunday, Oct. 22 at 8:00 am until sold out in the Gathering Space. All proceeds benefit Madison Urban Ministry program.

Prayer Shawl Gathering

will meet Monday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 pm. Contact Kathy: 347-6318 for more information.

Divine Yoga

SESSION 2 Tuesday, Oct 24- ?Nov 21, 2017  This five week session will encourage a deepening of your practice as you continue to build upon the connection to mind, body and spirit. Sessions meet Tuesday’s 5:30-6:45 pm in the Community Room. This is a free yoga practice. However, good will donations will be forwarded to local charities. Please bring an open and willing mind, heart and a yoga mat (available at Shopko, Kohls, Target).  A block, strap, blanket are helpful as well.  The mobility to move from the floor to standing positions, helpful but all levels welcome!

Yoga provided by Certified Instructor Leanne Widen and Messiah Lutheran Church, Women’s Ministry. For questions contact  Leanne Widen, LeeLee53527@gmail.com

SAM Lighting for Trunk-or-Treat Tuesday, October 24 at 4:00 pm in the parkng lot. Last year was the first year for Trunk-or-Treat and we had a few lights set up in the trees to add a festive color to the setting. This year we will prepare the day before and make the parking lot even more colorful. Do you have some flood lights or spot lights that can be set up on the trees by the parking lot for Trunk-or-Treat? Maybe you have a gas generator that you could bring so all cars have access to electricity. Be sure to label your lights and cords with a piece of masking tape with your name on it. Please notify Keith at adultministry@messiahchurch.com or phone 608-221-0060 and leave a message with what you can do to make the parking lot super colorful. The Trunk-or-Treat event will take place on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 pm.

SAM Apple Pie making begins October 23, and continues on October 25, 27, 30 and November 1 and 3. Judy Harris will coordinate this event, 8:00 am-5:00 pm each day. Please sign up on the kiosk, all are welcome!

Mowing Team for the week ending October 28, Team 1: Clyde Tunak, Chris Gingher, Bill Gingher &  Paul Vanderbloemen

Health Ministry Team Messiah’s Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) will start complimentary blood pressure checks on Nov.11-12. The Saturday checks will take place prior to the 5:00 pm service.  Sunday blood pressure checks will be done between services.  For more information, contact Denise at nisie7575@gmail.com

Bakers are still needed for the bake sale! Please sign up on the kiosk to help.

Thank you to everyone that has signed up to bring baked goods for our bake sale. If you haven’t already signed up, please do and have the items to the church on Friday night, November 3 between 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. or Saturday morning, November 4 before 9:00 a.m. We will price them.

Please have all items labeled and ready to sale – e.g., chocolate chip cookies with nuts. If you would prefer to give a monetary gift instead, write the check out to Messiah Lutheran Church and label it for the bake sale. You can leave it at the church office or give or send it to Diane Iverson, 3837 Anchor Drive, Madison, WI 53714 or Darilee Nelson, 622 Corinth Trail, Madison, WI 53718.

All the money earned from the bake/craft sale is going to 3 local charities:  Salvation Army, LaFollette High School Food Pantry & Briarpatch

Questions – Please call Diane (608) 242-0462 or Darilee (608) 222-4929

Sign up forms for the November 11th event are on the kiosk. Bring a friend!
Choir Rehearses Thursdays at 7:30 pm

If you have musical gifts you’d like to share, please email Clyde Nyhus, Coordinator of Worship and Music, or call: 608-516-4926.

Senior Choir rehearses and sings September – May.  Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm.

Kennedy School Adopt-A-School Partner Needs 

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. 

Providing Material Support ? School is in session, and we will again collect 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.

St. Stephen’s Food Pantry needs paper bags. Please bring to Messiah and place in our collection bin.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY (3 years old – 4th Grade)
Elizabeth Crummy
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Email: familyministry@messiahchurch.com

Sunday School  Fall schedules are available on our website, and on the Kiosk in the Gathering Space. Registration forms are on our website, and available at the church office. Sunday School meets every week, 9:30-10:20 am.

Rome Adventure Part  1 Sunday, Oct. 22 at 9:30 am.  This is our special Roman Adventure (VBS adventure occurring during Sunday School instead). Kids will be divided into mixed age Roman “Families” and learn about life as a Christian in early Rome.  It would be appreciated if parents could arrive a couple minutes early to help get the kids organized.

Special dates to add to your calendar now:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25: Trunk-or-Treat with YOW and SAM, 6:00 pm Start with pizza dinner in the Social Hall, then upstairs to the Community Room for a Halloween Blessing with Pastor Jeff, followed by decorated trunks filled with goodies and treats in the parking lot. Come in costume for this all ages family event.  Be sure to sign up at the kiosk so we can order enough pizza!
  • Sunday School Sings October 29 – Plan to arrive by 9 a.m. to sing at the end of the 8:15 service, stay for Sunday School, then stay till 10:40 to sing for the beginning of the 10:30 service.
  • Sunday, Dec. 17: Christmas Program & Reception, 2:00 pm
YOUTH MINISTRY (5th – 12th Grade)
Teresa Palumbo,
 Youth Ministry Coordinator. Text to: 608-279-7460, Email: youth@messiahchurch.com

Schuster’s Haunted Forest Friday, October 20. Meet at Messiah at 5:30 pm to carpool. $10 each, friends and family welcome, ages 13 and older! Drivers needed, please RSVP to Teresa.

2018 Mission Trip Planning Meeting New Date and Time: October 22 at 9:15 a.m.  Meet in the Community Room.

High School Dinner and Game Night Saturday, November 18 at 6:00 pm Meet at Messiah, dinner at Culver’s and then back to Messiah for games and pie!