Weekly News for October 25-31, 2021

Here’s the November Worship Volunteer Schedule:   Nov 1 to Nov 30, 2021.rtf

Here’s the latest Messiah Newsletter:  October Column

Messiah 2020 Annual Report: Annual Report 2020 

Worship Assistants 
Thank you Pastor Jeff and Pastor Mark for all you do to serve the spiritual needs of our congregation!  You’re The Best!!
Scouts are Offering Leaf Raking Again This Year

Do you need help, or know someone that does? Please contact Mike Diewald and get on the list for Leaf Raking, Saturday, October 23!  Call  608-575-1899 or Email: den3.pack132.madison@gmail.com. Click here for more information: 2021RakeFlyer

Messiah Trunk or Treat – Sunday, October 24, 3:30-4:30 pm. We Could Use A Few More Trunks with Treats!

Join us at Messiah for an afternoon of family fun for all ages at our annual Trunk-or-Treat event. Come in costume! Vehicles will be parked in the church parking lot with trunks or tailgates full of goodies. Trunks for treating are needed and car decorations are encouraged. Bring your own goodies to pass out.

We will not be serving pizza this year, but we will be outside, so we hope many people will still come to this intergenerational event for all members. Please sign-up on the kiosk if you plan to give out treats from your car trunk. For more information,  email Elizabeth Crummy at: familyministry@messiahchurch.com.

Save the date for Sunday, October 31st at 9:30 am

Jeff Steuer will be offering a program on Climate Change in the Social Hall. Jeff completed the “Climate Reality Leadership Corps” training and is ready to share a bit of the science, some of the affects, and what can be done about climate change. There’s no doubt our weather is changing, learn what may be the cause.

Kennedy Adopt A School Winter Needs!
Clothing needs now:  cool weather items, sweat shirts and pants, in all sizes. Also unopened packs of boys and girls underwear and socks. If you would like to donate, but are unable to shop, a monetary donation would be welcomed, I will shop for any needed items. Please make a check out to Messiah, on the memo line specifying Kennedy School clothing.
An ongoing request is for outdoor winter clothing, coats, snow pants, hats, waterproof mittens and boots.
I want to thank all of you that have generously donated children’s clothing for the students at Kennedy Grade School.

Please consider purchasing a few items or donating items that your children have outgrown and no longer need. The collection is on-going so keep it in mind as your children cycle through clothes each season. Donations can be brought to Messiah and placed in the Kennedy School bin in the collection area by the Community Room. If you have questions, contact Paula at pauladarr@gmail.com.  Please note Kennedy is no longer accepting snack donations.

Messiah Craft Sale

The Messiah Craft Sale is planned for Saturday, November 6th, 9:00-3:00 pm. To reserve a craft table, contact Naoma at shirlmi06@gmail.com.  At the last Social Outreach Ministry meeting, it was decided that the Bake Sale will be a virtual event.  Because we traditionally raise quite a lot of money, which is then matched by the Gundlach Fund, we did not want to cancel this event.  These charities still need our help, so please take the time to make a donation either by check (put bake sale in the memo line) or on Messiah’s website.  The charities that will benefit from the proceeds are the Salvation Army, LaFollette High School Food Pantry and Briarpatch. Click here to download the application:  Craft Fair Vendor Application 2021  Feel free to email the flyer to your family and friends!  Craft Fair Flyer 2021

Ladies Lunch Bunch 

Claire Gensch and Mary Kedzie have volunteered to co-lead the luncheons!! Thank you ladies for coordinating these events!!  The first luncheon will be held at The Off Broadway Drafthouse on Wednesday, November 10th at 11:30 a.m.  Sign up on the kiosk, space is limited to 25 diners. The December luncheon will be at Buck & Honey’s in Monona. Luncheons will continue on the second Wednesday of the month.

Fall is Here……and So Are Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) Hikes!

Barb and Walt Herrod have checked out the trails and they are ready to lead us on hikes this fall. Think of the SAM hikes as a gaggle of geese with Walt leading the pack and Barb at the rear. You see, Barb takes beautiful nature pictures of the hikes, so if you are interested in nature photography, you will want to be at the back of the gaggle.

The next walk is:  Thursday, November 11, at McCarthy Park – 1:00 pm.

To register: call Walt & Barb Herrod (518) 567-6816 (Barb’s cell – leave message) or email bwhfam@ gmail.com and they will call or email you back

 Apple Pie Sale Is Again Virtual This Year

As you are well aware, Covid-19 continues to make its presence felt. This is not the right time for the SAM pie makers to gather and make the traditional apple pies. As a result, watch for further information as to when the virtual pie sale will start. The price is staying the same!!  Just $12.00 for an awesome virtual pie. For each virtual pie sold, a church family will match each pie sold and that will be doubled at NBC 15’s “Share Your Holiday Campaign” finale in December. So that $12.00 pie actually turns into $48.00. Every penny will go to hungry families in South Central Wisconsin.

Just Dane’s Returning Prisoner Simulation at Messiah Church – Deadline to Register has been extended to October 18th!!!

On Saturday October 23, 9 am -12 pm, Messiah is partnering with Bethel Lutheran Church to offer Just Dane’s Returning Prisoner Simulation at Messiah Church.

This experience gives participants an up close view of what it’s like to come home from prison, as they experience realistic scenarios and lifelike struggles that released prisoners are likely to encounter. For people without a stable home, family support or financial means, navigating the rules ranges from burdensome to impossible, contributing to Wisconsin’s reincarceration rate of 40% within three years of release. Click here for more information: https://madisonessentials.com/Article/2021-09/JustDane-Journey

This is geared toward adults and older teens. It is not appropriate for children. Masks will be required and we will social distance as much as possible. The cost for the event is generously covered by a grant Bethel has received.  A donation at the door to Madison Area Jail Ministry (MAJM) or JustDane is appreciated.

Register online at https://bit.ly/2WYJsA1

OR contact Elizabeth at familyministry@messiahchurch.com with your name, email, phone number and any special accommodations needed.
Local organizations with faith-based roots — JustDane, Nehemiah, and Madison Area Jail Ministry – work to improve the odds of success for returning citizens.
JustDane’s reentry programs, for example, have a 2-year recidivism rate of 9-15% compared to 40% in 3 years. Their services like Circles of Support depend on people in the community including church groups stepping up to help. This simulation helps us learn what we’re stepping up to and why.

Racial Justice Resource Information

There is so much going on in our city, country and the world with racism. These are volatile times!  Now is the time to educate yourself on Social Justice issues and the leaders of the racial justice group have developed a list of resources for you. Click here to access the list, which has been updated from the original list: Anti-Racism Social Justice Resources 7-2021