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 and picking strawberries for local Food Pantries. Messiah members and friends are welcome at all events. Read our newsletter for information on upcoming events: SAM July-Sept Newsletter 2018

SAM Ladies’ Lunch Bunch Date?

The next luncheon will be Wednesday, September 12, 11:30 am Buck & Honeys Restaurant, 804 Liberty Blvd., Sun Prairie.  Due to our size we will have a limited menu of five choices.  We will have individual checks.  The events coordinator will send a sample menu later with prices listed which will be posted on the kiosk.  For more information contact Janet Alfonso at alfonso_janet @yahoo.com or call the church office at 222-3833. Sign up on the kiosk by Sunday, September 9.

 Apple Pies Are Back?

Fall is just around the corner and that means SAM will again be making apple pies for your Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Be sure to buy another one for your freezer when company comes to visit. Judy Harris has agreed to again lead this project. Production dates will be October 29 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., November 5 7:00 a.m -6:00 p.m. and November 7, 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.   If you have not helped before, this is definitely a fun activity you will not want to miss.

SAM Potluck Lunches ?

The fall season is upon us and that means we are starting the SAM potluck season. Our first luncheon is September 26 at noon in Social Hall (lower level). If you are 55 or older, you are invited! Bring your favorite dish, tableware, and stay for the program which will feature a worldwide journey in photos from a well-known wildlife photographer.

Yes, we will meet on October 31, on Halloween! Our program that day will feature a variety show of SAM members’ talents. Do you have a special talent or hobby you would like to share? There are a couple of slots left. If you are interested, send an email to adultministry@gmail.com We will have a pumpkin contest with some nice prizes. Bring your pumpkin already decorated and let the voting begin! You can carve it, not carve it, almost anything goes except NO store decorated pumpkins.

 Fall Color Tour is SOLD OUT?

The SAM fall color tour to Galena is SOLD OUT and the wait list is full. If you have already signed up for the tour, watch your email for the next step in preparing for the tour.

Fall is a Great Time to Join a SAM Walk!

Tenney Park to Yahara Park Place, Madison Tuesday, September 18

Starting in scenic Tenney Park on Lake Mendota, we’ll walk along the paved Yahara River Bike Path and on neighborhood sidewalks to Yahara Park Place on Lake Monona, and then return along the same route.  The walk takes us under Johnson St. and East Washington Avenue and through pretty neighborhoods.  The distance is a little over two miles round trip and at a leisurely pace should take 90 minutes to a couple of hours.  There are restrooms at Tenney Park but not further along our route.  Some people may wish to explore more of the park afterwards.  Comfortable sneakers or walking shoes recommended.  Meet at Messiah at 9:00 am. We can car pool if people want. Sign up with Walt & Barb Herrod, 608-318-2129 or at bwhfam@gmail.com.  You can meet us at the park if you want, but we’d still like you to let us know you’re coming.  Rain date is Wednesday, September 19.

 McCarthy Park, Tuesday, October 23    


McCarthy Youth Park, Sun Prairie, just east of Co. Rt. N at Co. Rt. TT   

Please join us for one of our favorite walks!  This is a scenic walk in woods and along fields with open views and gentle hilled areas.  There are no paved areas, so it is important that participants have good footwear and are sure-footed.  A hiking pole or walking stick can be helpful. The distance is about 1.5 miles.  There is a non-flush comfort station at the parking lot.  If we’ve had some sustained rainfall the ground could be a little mucky, so you might want to throw in an extra pair of shoes for afterwards.  Meet at Messiah at 10:00 am.  Sign up with Walt and Barb Herrod at 608 318-2129 or bwhfam@gmail.com.  Rain Date is Wednesday, October 24.

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