A vibrant group of adults 55+ Some of our activities include monthly lunch meetings with speakers and entertainers, concerts, boat rides on the local lakes, road trips and picking strawberries for local Food Pantries. Messiah members and friends are welcome at all events.
Potluck Luncheon, November 20 – Noon
Note the special date—one week earlier than normal. After lunch our featured entertainer will be Gospel Magic Entertainment. Dan Feaster is a professional magician with over 30 years of experience. His program will incorporate Biblical themes.
Ladies’ Lunch Bunch, December 11th – 11:30 am
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.
Sam Fall Walk
Friday, November 22, 2019 – Meet at Messiah at 10 AM (Tentative)
Let’s take a walk on the woodland trails practically in Messiah’s back yard!
These are two short hikes near the church. You can do the first one and call it a day, or continue with us to the second one. If doing both you can plan on about 2 hours. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with traction, as the trails can be a little muddy. A walking stick or ski pole can be helpful. There are a few small hills. Plan on a slow pace with time to enjoy the walk and each other’s company.
We’ll meet at the church and take the sidewalk to the entrance to the 1/2 mile long Tom George Greenway-Heritage Prairie Trail, which goes through woods and grassy areas. We’ll do that loop and return to the church via sidewalks for a bathroom break. Then we’ll cross Cottage Grove Road and enter the Elvehjem Sanctuary Trail, which has both woods and grassy areas. It ends at Academy Road, so we can return via sidewalks or turn around and retrace our steps through the woods. Please email or call to register with us: Walt & Barb Herrod, email@example.com, home 608-318-2129, Barb’s cell 518-567-6816.
We started this “give back” opportunity at our November luncheon. It replaces the container for dollar bills at the start of the food table. Due to its success in many directions, we will again feature the Empty Table in 2019 at all of our luncheons. The Empty Table is just that, an empty table with no cloth at the start of the potluck food tables. The goal is to cover the Empty Table with non-perishable foods before we sit down to enjoy our meal. A SAM volunteer boxes the donations after lunch and delivers them to a local food pantry.
Second Harvest Opportunity to Give Back!
SAM Can! Monthly SAM “gives back” through a partnership 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (608) 221-0060.
SAM On-Going Event:
SAM to Offer New Lunch Opportunity for Women
Janet Alfonso has developed a lunch program for women called “Let’s Do Lunch Bunch.” They meet on the second Wednesday of the month starting at 11:30 am. Sign up for the luncheons will be on the kiosk. The group will go to area restaurants that take individual checks. This will be a nice way to go to a variety of restaurants. For more information, contact Janet at (608) 221-1040 or by email email@example.com
Keith Schlesinger, Coordinator of Senior Adult Ministry – Email Keith