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 Kickoff

Our first potluck of the 2019-2020 season is Wednesday, September 25 in Social Hall. The traditions continue with a noon start, bring a dish to share and tableware. We’ll continue the Empty Table to collect non-perishable food items before we enjoy the potluck. Our first speaker will be Kris Tazelaar, Communications Manager, for the Second Harvest Food Bank. We are also hoping to have the new CEO of SHFB join him so she can say hello.

The Development Director of The Road Home will be our featured speaker on October 30th. Novem-ber 20 will be magical, literally as we will have a gospel magician as our entertainer. Note the special date for our November meeting! December is a work in progress as we are trying to get part of Monona Groves show choir to present a Christmas concert on December 18, again a week earlier than normal. The new year will bring a strong lineup of speakers and entertainers.

Sam Fall Walks

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – Meet at Messiah at 10 AM – Edna Taylor Conservation Area & Aldo Leopold Nature Center Grounds

This area is a beautiful spot just off Monona Drive.   We’ll start from the small parking area for the Edna Taylor Conservation Area and walk on gentle mowed and crushed stone trails through woods and prairie.  This area abuts the property of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, and we can stop at the center to use their restrooms before heading back out and retracing our steps.  The walk will be about 90 minutes.

The parking lot isn’t large, so we would like to have people car pool as much as possible.   You can meet us there if you wish, but we DO want to know in advance who’s coming, so please email or call to register with us:  Walt & Barb Herrod, bwhfam@gmail.com, home 608-318-2129, Barb’s cell 518-567-6816

October 16, 2019 – Meet at Messiah at 9:30 AM – UW Arboretum

With all the trees at the Arboretum, this should be a colorful walk and we’ll enjoy crunching through the leaves.  We can take trails through the woods and Curtis Prairie, and will probably walk for about 90 minutes.  There are restrooms in the visitor center. The west entrance to UW Arboretum address is on Seminole Highway, just north of the Beltline (exit 258A).  You can meet us there if you wish, but we DO want to know in advance who’s coming, so please email or call to register with us:  Walt & Barb Herrod,  bwhfam@gmail.com, home 608-318-2129, Barb’s cell 518-567-6816.

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,  bwhfam@gmail.com, home 608-318-2129, Barb’s cell 518-567-6816.

 Empty Table

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.

Blood Pressure Checks

Due to busy summer schedules we will not be offering blood pressure checks in June, July, August and September.  Thank you to our wonderful Nurses who give of their time to keep us healthy!

Ladies’ Lunch Bunch

The next Ladies Lunch Bunch date is Wednesday, September 11 at 11:30 am at the Imperial Garden located at 2039 Allen Blvd., Middleton. Sign up by Sunday, September 8th on the kiosk. Attendance is limited to 28.

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 August 16, September 20, October 18, 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 adultministry@messiahchurch.com or call (608) 221-0060.

Summer Tour Headed to Milwaukee

June 10th literally flew by in no time. We had a full motor coach with 55 participants. Our first stop was the Lakefront Brewery where we were ahead of schedule so the sampling started early. Bob was our tour guide and he was the perfect person for the job. The group did a great job of singing the theme song to “Laverne and Shirley” where part of the show was taped. We watched the Edelweiss II dock at the brewery and take us on a two-hour narrated lunch cruise on the Milwaukee River and into Lake Michigan. Our last stop was for chocolate and ice cream.  What a perfect day!!

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 alfonso_janet@yahoo.com

Keith Schlesinger, Coordinator of Senior Adult Ministry – Email Keith