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.
Cookies for Michael’s Fun Run
Sherri and Joe Neill are busy organizing the 2nd Annual No Fear All Fun Run/Walk in memory of their son, Michael. The event is set for August 10th at Lake Farm County Park. This year the organizers are advertising “homemade cookies after the run/walk” That is where SAM (you!) comes in. The estimate is for 300 participants this year. Last year was the inaugural run/walk and they had 200 participants. Wow! Our goal as SAM is to make homemade cookies and bars for the fun/walk. We are aiming for 1200 cookies/bars and we can do it with your help. Mark August 7th and 8th to help us package cookies. We will be receiving cookies in Social Hall from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. A signup sheet for helpers and bakers will be posted on the kiosk soon.
Potluck Luncheon Kickoff
Our new season for potluck lunches and programs starts on Wednesday, September 25, at noon in Social Hall. An invitation has been offered to the speaker. We are currently waiting for an announcement in the media before the speaker can be confirmed.
We will again feature the Empty Table where we all place non-perishable food items on the table before we eat together. We will again benefit the LaFollette High School Food Pantry with your donations. Can’t think of what to bring? The faculty advisor says that instant mac and cheese cups are the students’ favorite.
All Aboard for the Fall Color Tour
Mark Friday, October 11, for SAM’s fall color tour. We will be boarding our very own passenger railroad car for the 11:30 am train at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom, Wisconsin. Details, like price, are still under development but for now please get the date on your calendar. Yes, you can bring a friend. This will be a very unique tour and one you won’t want to miss.
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!
Wednesday, July 10, 11:30 am – Ladies’ Lunch Bunch
The sign –up for the July 10th luncheon at the 1855 Saloon & Grill in Cottage Grove is on the kiosk. Sign up by July 7th. Attendance is limited to 28 so don’t wait to sign up!
Second Harvest Opportunity to Give Back!
SAM Can! is starting up a monthly “give back” partnership program with Second Harvest Food Bank. We will 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 June 21, July 19, 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 email@example.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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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