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. 

Get your tickets soon!

Monona Grove High School’s Fine Arts Department is offering Messiah’s SAM and friends a special offer for their upcoming events. Please check out the attached pdf file and bring it to church this weekend to reserve your spot. If you cant print the attachment, extra copies are available this weekend at the kiosk in the gathering area at church.The group order will be finalized Sunday evening March 3 and submitted to the high school the next day. Click here for ticket information:  MGHS Play and Show Choir PDF

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 the Madison Police Department East Precinct. Officer Marcus Robbins then delivers the food to neighbors in need right in our community. The food is all distributed within a couple of days. It is common to collect 150-175 food items at each luncheon. Officer Robbins reports back that the recipients are truly grateful for SAM’s outreach.

Blood Pressure Checks

Upcoming blood pressure checks will be held in Messiah’s conference room on the weekends of  March 9-10. A special thank you to SAM’s Health Ministry team for their continuing work on checking blood pressures.

Wednesday, March 13, 11:30 am – Ladies’ Lunch Bunch

The ladies’ luncheon will be held at Olive Garden, 4320 East Towne Blvd., Madison. The sign-up sheet is on the kiosk.  The limit is 30 women so sign up early. For questions, contact Janet Alfonso, alfonso_janet@yahoo.com or (608) 221-1040.

Blood Drive Coming Soon to Messiah Blood Drive April 4th from 1 to 6 pm

What can I do to prepare to donate blood?

? Get a good night’s sleep

? Drink plenty of fluids

? Eat within 2-3 hours of donating

? Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow

We will be available after services the weekends of March 24th and 31st for any questions and to help schedule your donation time.  You can also schedule yourself at redcrossblood.org if you prefer. We will need volunteers for the registration station, donor aide station, and the refreshment area following donations.  If you would like to help please contact Lynn Brandt at (608) 298-7633, or by email at jerlynb504yahoo.com.  Volunteers can work the full 5 hours or a half shift.  We will also need home baked items to serve after blood donations, and we will have a sign-up sheet for food donations before the blood drive.  Denise will be available to give her renowned back rubs to the donors, and we will be having drawings for prizes the day of the drive. We are looking forward to a successful Red Cross blood drive at Messiah and you can be the one who will make this happen!

Upcoming SAM Luncheons

Wednesday, February 27, 12:00 pm – Messiah Listening Session

SAM is lucky to have Messiah’s Long Range Planning Committee as our luncheon guests. They have been hard at work for many months collecting information from many different angles. Now, the committee wants to hear from SAM. This is your opportunity to share with committee members your thoughts on the future direction of Messiah Lutheran Church. Where do you see the church in five years? Ten years?  Longer? Is there one thing you just love about Messiah?  Flip that and is there something you think we could do better or a ministry we need to add? There is no right or wrong. The committee simply wants to hear from SAM. The February luncheon is your golden opportunity to help shape the future of Messiah!!

Wednesday, March 27, 12:00 pm – Retro TV

Steve Cheramy, Messiah’s Video Coordinator (and basically AV guru!) is back again by popular demand to take us back to the older days of television. I believe we will see an ad that ran only once on television before it was pulled. He has quite the library of clips. Bring your slippers, sit back, and enjoy his trip back to the good ‘ole days of television.

Save the Date!

Thursday, July 18, 7:05 pm – It’s Summertime!

Think short sleeves, a slight breeze, and a sunset temperature in the 70s. No, you don’t need to head to Florida to enjoy this weather.  That is the forecast for Messiah Night at the Ballpark on July 18th. We are planning to again have Messiah’s choir present the national anthem. The Madison Mallards have worked with Messiah to create a hybrid ticket for the evening game. We will have reserved stadium seats in left field with access to the TDS Concessions. Same great food and drink, all you can eat before and during the game, plus beverage tabs. Our seats are closer to home plate!

SAM On-Going Events:

Health Ministry Team  

SAM will hold complimentary blood pressure checks on the second Saturday and Sunday of the month. The Saturday checks will take place prior to the 5:00 pm service.  Sunday blood pressure checks will be done between services. If you have been trained to take blood pressures, more volunteers are always needed.  For more information, contact Denise at: nisie7575@gmail.com.

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