Weekly News for December 4  – December 10, 2022

Here’s the latest Messiah Newsletter: December Column 2022
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Third Sunday of Advent
Ushers needed for Christmas services.
Christmas Day 10:00am service – 2 ushers
If you are interested in serving as an usher, please contact Elizabeth.
Update for Sunday Nursery

There will be NO Nursery on the following Sundays:

December 18th, December 25th (Christmas Day), and January 1st (New Years Day).

2023 Messiah Initiatives Survey

We are gathering information from our community about where we might focus staff time and energy in 2023. Please click on the link to complete the survey or pick up a hard copy on the Kiosk in the Gathering Space.

2023 Messiah Initiatives Survey

Wondering how to make the Advent/Christmas Season more special?

Check out the Kiosk in the Gathering Space to sign up for the Family Christmas Service (Christmas Eve at 7:00),  the Triangle Community Ministry meal, and the Healing House meals. More information about the TCM and Healing House meals is below.

Pudding Collection

We will again assist the East Madison Community Center and provide 125 LARGE boxes of Instant pudding to be included in their Christmas Food Boxes. We need your donations to meet this goal! Collection ends Sunday, December 11th.

Socks for Saints

Our congregation will again be participating in Triangle Community Ministry’s annual Socks for Saints collection from now through Sunday, December 11th.

Please purchase new socks for your donation. The socks will be given as gifts to Triangle residents who attend TCM’s annual Christmas celebration and dinner on Monday, December 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Brittingham Place Community Room, 755 Braxton Place.

If you would like to help with the Christmas meal, please contact Interim Outreach Development Coordinator, Deacon Meg Nielsen, at 608- 469-5736 or churchladymeg@hotmail.com.

Visit the TCM website at www.TriangleMinistry.com.

Hats, Mittens & Scarves

We will again host our mitten/hat/scarf collection for the Salvation Army. We would ask that all donations be new. Mittens and scarves are needed most.

Messiah Annual Christmas Ornaments

Messiah Annual Christmas ornaments are on sale now in the Gathering Space.  The ornaments cost $10.00 and the proceeds benefit Messiah’s youth program and summer mission trip. Please make checks out to Messiah and put Christmas ornament in the memo line.

First Communion Classes

First Communion instruction for 2nd graders (& older children who have not yet received) will be held on: January 15, 22, 29 & April 16, 23 during Sunday School.  Dates were chosen to avoid the various school spring breaks. An adult is required to attend January 15 and April 16 & 23.

First Communion celebrations will be at the 5 or 10:30 services (your choice) May 6-7.

Your child does not have to attend Sunday School to join these classes. Please contact Elizabeth at familyministry@messiahchurch.com for more information.

Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) News

Second Harvest Food Bank Dates

The next dates are Monday, December 12 and Tuesday December 27. Report time is 12:15 pm and the shift runs 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Sign up early as dates get full rather quickly. This is a great way to meet other SAM members! To sign up, send an email to SAM@messiahchurch.com

SAM Christmas Party

We will gather one week earlier than normal for pizza, salad, dessert, coffee, and bottled water. Table service will be provided for this event. After lunch and fellowship, sit back and enjoy the awesome music from the Middleton Jazz Band.

There is no charge to you for the meal, but you are always encouraged to bring donations for The Empty Table which benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank. Here is what SHFB could use this Christmas season…. beans (canned or dry), canned tuna, low-sugar cereal, oatmeal, low-sugar canned fruits, low-sodium soups and stews, canned veggies, pasta, peanut butter, and canned chicken.

You must register for the SAM Christmas Party by Wednesday, December 14th.  To register, simply send an email to SAM @messiahchurch.com and indicate the number of people in your party. You can also call (608)221-0060 and leave a message with your name and number of people in your party. These are the only two ways to preregister for the event. Do not call the church office.

It is Time to Order Christmas Dinner

The holidays can be a real tough time for a lot of people—especially seniors who are alone for the holidays. If you are going to be alone for Christmas, take time now to put your name on the SAM Christmas Dinner list. Maybe you will have a family member visit you at Christmas? We will have a dinner ready for each of you. To order, send an email to SAM@messiahchurch.com  Deadline to sign up for the complimentary Christmas dinner is November 30th. Pickup or delivery service is available.

Amazon Smile

As you shop for Christmas online, remember Messiah is registered with AmazonSmile to benefit from their charitable organization program.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church (our registered name), no fees and no extra cost to you. Shoppers can click on smile.amazon.com to register and start shopping. Every time you shop, Messiah will be listed in the corner as your charity. Four times per year, a check will be sent from Amazon to Messiah to benefit our ministries. This is another great way to support Messiah as you shop!

Ladies Lunch Bunch

We will be meeting on Wednesday,  December 14th at Erin’s Snug Irish Pub, 4601 American Parkway, Madison at 11:30am.  Please be prompt as orders will be taken at 11:30.

Women of all ages are welcome. Sign-up on the Kiosk in the Gathering Space starting on November 10th.

If you have any questions or would like to be put on the waiting list for a spot please call Claire Gensch at (920) 319-6731.

Healing House Meals

Provide a meal for families who are experiencing homeless coupled with a medical recovery

Healing House opened in July 2019 to provide a safe place for families experiencing homelessness to go when a member of the family needed to prepare for a medical procedure, or to recuperate after childbirth or hospitalization.

When someone is discharged from the hospital and requires follow-up recuperative care, such care is delivered by home health providers. However, if you have no home, you cannot receive these services. Healing House can be that home, so home health providers can provide follow-up care to individuals as they recuperate.

Messiah is going to provide 2 weeks of dinners the week of December 11-17 and February 26-March 4. Please sign up below or on REALM if you are interested. Scott DeBroux will be in touch to coordinate our efforts.

How are you planning to spend Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday?

Opportunity to Serve a Meal at Triangle Community Ministry on 1/16/23

Many people have embraced the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday as an opportunity to serve others. Please consider being part of the team that serves the Monday Meal at the Triangle Community Ministry on MLK Day, Monday January 16th from 4-6:30 PM

TCM serves over 300 residents living in the Triangle Neighborhood of Madison, most of whom are challenged by chronic mental, emotional, physical, and/or developmental disabilities. TCM is dedicated to the development of personal dignity, self-empowerment, and community building among its residents.

We have been asked to provide some side dishes which are typical African American dishes that have been approved by African American Triangle residents in honor of the significance of the day. Some African American residents will be supplying other dishes and might also help with the serving There will be a program towards the end of the meal which consists of readings of African American writers and excerpts from MLK’s speeches.

How many volunteers are needed?

  • 10-12 to prepare the dishes and/or serve the meal.

When, where, what time?

  • Side dish preparation TBD
  • Monday 1/16/23
  • Brittingham Community Room. 755 Braxton Place. There is parking in the parking lot at Brittingham and also around the u-shaped Braxton Place drive.
  • 4-5 PM set up, 5-6 meal, 6-6:30 cleanup

How old do volunteers need to be:

  • We need adults to serve the food and run the dishwasher
  • Children are welcome who are old enough to help with tasks like setting items out on tables, handing out cookies/desserts, and picking up afterwards.

What will volunteers do?

Messiah is asked to provide side dishes for the meal:

    • four 9 x13-inch pans of cornbread
    • four 9×13-inch pans of sweet potatoes
    • four 9×13-inch cakes for dessert
    • fresh fruit like bananas, apples, and Cuties.
  • The serving group breaks into two shifts: while one shift serves the food, the other sits down to eat and chat with the residents.
    • This friendly affirmation of residents is sometimes more important than the food, although food insecurity does exist at the Triangle.
    • Most groups name that experience of connection as the reason they want to come back again to serve another meal.
  • TCM board members attend to help out and help you find the things TCM provides: plates, flatware, napkins, cups, glasses, serving pieces, gloves and masks and a dishwasher.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Elizabeth Crummy at familyministry@messiahchurch.com, sign up on REALM, or sign up on the kiosk by January 2nd. Please indicate if you are wiling to prepare a dish, attend the meal, or both.

Sunday School

It is never too late to join Sunday School, please contact Elizabeth at  familyministry@messiahchurch.com for more information.

Registration forms and calendars are available outside the office and on the Sunday School page of the website  https://messiahchurch.com/faith-life/faith-formation/children-3-years-4th-grade

Save the dates:

December 11 – Sunday School Christmas Program at 2:00pm.

January – First Communion classes will start. If your child is not attending Sunday School but you are interested, please contact Elizabeth to get on the email list.

Youth on Wednesday Night (YOW) Fall 2022-2023

A Time, A Plan, A Place (your home and at church!): YOW encompasses both Pre-confirmation and Confirmation.

Pre-confirmation is a two-year program for 5th and 6thgraders.

Confirmation is a three-year program for 7th-9th graders.

Staying Connected & Being Together
YOW is a relational ministry. Building relationships and connecting with the youth is key to encouraging faith formation and exploration. We have had much success with a hybrid model of zoom lessons twice a month  (Zoom invite info will be provided) along with an in-person activity night once a month. We also have two in-person mini-retreats planned for this year. This is a tentative plan, we may switch to more in-person lessons throughout the year.

Pre-confirmation meets 6-6:45 p.m.

Confirmation meets 7-7:45 p.m.

Activity Nights are for both programs from 6-7:30 p.m. and begin with dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Each on-line lesson will begin with a large group lesson (30 minutes) followed by small group breakout discussions (15 minutes). In-person activity nights begin with a meal.

To register, please go to  https://forms.gle/5esGK5SVfMt5QuGE9

Hospitalization Visits

If you or a family member are members of Messiah and would like a pastoral visit while you are in the hospital, please indicate that on the intake form at the hospital.  The office receives information from UW, St. Mary’s and Meriter hospitals, however, if you do not indicate that you are a member of Messiah, we do not receive that information.  You may also call the church office and let Judy know that you would like a visit.

Large Print Bulletins and Hymnals

Large print bulletins and hymnals will now be available for all services starting this weekend.  You can pick them up on the high-top table where the children’s bulletins are available.

Please look for them as you enter the Gathering Space.

2022 Altar Flower Sign-Up

Please sign-up for the date(s) you would like to sponsor flowers for worship in 2022 by calling the office at 608-222-3833 or contact Judy via Email: ourchurch@messiahchurch.com.  Please include your phone number, any special colors you might want, and what you would like included in the bulletin. The cost is $35 for each date. If you would like to have the flowers you have sponsored, you can pick them up at church after the late service on Sunday or on Monday.  Please return the vase to the church so that we can keep the cost of the arrangements as low as possible.  Thank you.

Kennedy Adopt A School

An ongoing collection for clothing continues, specifically all sizes of winter gear and small sizes sweatpants and sweatshirts, all gently used, clean items. Donations can be brought to Messiah and placed in the Kennedy School bin in the collection area by the Community Room. If you would like to donate, but are unable to shop, a monetary donation would be welcomed. Please make a check out to Messiah, on the memo line specifying Kennedy School clothing. If you have questions, contact Paula at pauladarr@gmail.com.

 Another way to help is to donate your time. The first step for anyone interested in volunteering at Kennedy Elementary School is to complete the sign-up forms found here.  In addition to a background check, volunteers must also participate in both live and online trainings and provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. 

ELCA Social Statement Series – Health and Health Care 

People have been asking where the ELCA stands on some very important topics.

Each month, we will be highlighting one of the ELCA’s Social Statements for our prayerful reflection. October’s Social Statement topic is Health and Health Care.

Caring for Health: Our Shared Endeavor expresses ELCA teaching on health and the health care system. Its vision of health as a shared endeavor rests in a biblical view that wholeness is a blessing God intends for all people. In this vision, a ministry of healing is integral to the life and mission of the Church. This shared endeavor means each person bears some responsibility for his or her own health, but health and health care also depend upon other people and conditions in society and our communities.

Guided by this vision, the statement addresses the health care system and its primary areas, from congregations to medical research.  It describes broad commitments to guide discernment and work toward change in a political, economic and cultural environment that often is more adversarial than cooperative. This social statement was adopted in by the 2003 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

Copies of a summary of this Social Statement can be found on the Kiosk in the Gathering Space at Messiah. 

Full Statement

Summary of Social Statement

Racial Justice Resource Information

For more information on the ELCA and Racial Justice, please check out this link.

Anti-Racism and Social Justice Resources

 If you have any questions about the group, please contact: Tracy Frank –608-220-7999 or jtracyfrank@me.com

Racial Justice Library has moved to a new location

The Racial Justice Library is now located in the Conference Room in the lower level of the church by Entrance Door C.  If you would like to take a book from the library there is a sign out folder on the top shelf for you to use.