Weekly News for  May 17-23, 2021

Here’s the latest Messiah Newsletter:  May Column

Messiah 2020 Annual Report: Annual Report 2020 

In Person Worship Returns to Messiah on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday May 23rd (8:15 & 10:00 a.m.)

As you will read in the May Column, which should reach you shortly in the mail or you can read it from the link below, we are going to be back to worshipping in person. Our worship will look different from pre-covid services. Masks will be required and we will social distance. We are not requiring that you sign up for services at this point as we don’t expect to gather as many at worship until more people are vaccinated. There will be no congregational singing – just one cantor, no holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer or hugging/shaking hands during the sharing of the peace. We know that will be extremely hard on this loving congregation!  Communion will look different also, as we’ll use the individual containers that we have been using for Drive Thru Communion. We have a team of people meeting to plan for the opening as your health and safety are our utmost concern. It will be so great to be together again. For those of you who are not ready to worship in a group, we respect your decision and we will continue to stream the services as before. If you have questions about the up-coming serves, please call the office at 608-222-3833.

Messiah/Gunderson Blood Drive – May 20th – There are Still Slots Available!

The 2021 Blood Drive is scheduled for Thursday, May 20 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

Give in May for your chance to win a travel trailer camper, powered by Suburban Propane! Terms apply, see: rcblood.org/life

Bring on the adventures of road-tripping, family fun and relaxation. Thanks to Red Cross partner Suburban Propane and their SuburbanCares initiative, the Red Cross is powering up a lifetime of road-tripping family fun with this epic prize! When donors come to give blood, platelets or plasma May 1-31, 2021, you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps five.

Check out Blood Drive Information on the messiahchurch.com website. We have over 25 parishioners signed up. We need 40 more to fill appointment slots and meet our goals. Thank you to all who have signed up to donate. We hope the additional “chance” of winning a travel trailer will encourage other parishioners to schedule an appointment. We promise to have great snacks (even if you don’t win the camper).

We hope the good feeling you’ll get from helping save lives will keep you smiling for miles!

Gratefully, Dawn Olson and Mary Marshall

May is Mountain of Food Month! You Have Two More Weeks to Contribute!

Each year during the month of May, Messiah holds a Mountain of Food Campaign. Under Dee Schwoegler and Jim Alsmo’s leadership, we have collected thousands of dollars, (matched by the Gundlach Family Fund) and have provided food for many needy families. Currently, St. Stephen’s is financially solvent, so this year we would like to assist a “sister church” in our synod. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church is a small ELCA congregation doing terrific work with their food pantry and their Free Friday Meal in a lower income area of Madison. The neighborhood is diverse, multi-ethnic and young with many families living at or below the poverty line.

The St. Mark Food Pantry works with CAC (Community Action Coalition) to provide staples to anyone in need of food that resides in Dane County. Participants are allowed to choose their own food based on food preferences and dietary needs.

While the Friday Meal is a community meal and everyone is welcome, the recommendation is that the Food Pantry support families who are at 185% of the poverty level. For example, a family of four may have an income of $44,000. That may sound like a solid middle class salary, but if they also have old medical bills or other unpaid bills, they would be welcome at the food pantry. Guests do not need to prove their financial situation, only an ID. Most of the recipients are from the surrounding neighborhoods. The mission of St. Mark’s Pantry is to support families especially on the south side who may be working but still struggling financially.

Please consider giving generously to our Mountain of Food Campaign.  Make checks payable to Messiah Church with Mountain of Food in the memo line or go to our website: Messiahchurch.com – on-line giving.

SAM Walk – Tenney Park to Yahara Park Place, Monday, May 17, 1:00 pm

Each date limited to six fully vaccinated people so sign up early. The distance is a little over two miles roundtrip 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.  Comfortable sneakers or walking shoes are recommended. Sign up with Walt and Barb Herrod by calling Barb’s cell at 518-567-6816 (leave a message) or email bwhfam@gmail.com. Please include your phone number when emailing. We’ll confirm with you that we got your message. The address for Tenney Park is 402 N. Thornton Ave, Madison. For more detailed information visit the Senior Adult Ministry webpage.

Messiah On-Line Directory

If you are new to Messiah you may not know that we have an on-line member directory which requires a log in and password.  If you would like to create one please use these steps:  On-Line Directory Login Directions  If you have any problems logging in, please call the office at 608-222-3833.

Due to COVID, we did not offer a photo session for families to have a picture taken to insert in the directory in 2020. We hope to schedule something later this year.  In the meantime, if you have a digital phone that we can add to the directory, please email it to ourchurch@messiahchurch.com.  If you have a printed copy please bring it in, we can scan it and return it to you.

Do You Want That Morning Cup of Coffee or Tea to Taste Even Better?

Then serve it in a Messiah mug!  We are offering these mugs for sale for $8.00 and the proceeds benefit our Evangelism efforts.  Just stop in at the office to pick yours up Monday-Friday from 8:00-noon. If you’re new to Messiah in 2021 you might find one in your welcome bag!

Flowers for Worship – There are still openings in May (the 30th), June (27th) and July (11th)!

Please sign-up for the date(s) you would like to sponsor flowers for worship in 2021 by calling the office at 608-222-3833 or contact Holly via email: ourchurch@messiahchurch.com. If emailing, please include your phone number, any special colors you might want and what you would like in the bulletin.  The cost is $35 for each date. We do not accept additional amounts for larger bouquets. You may pay for the flowers close to the time of your chosen date. Thank you in advance for sponsoring the flowers to beautify our worship services!


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 Updated February 2021

Justified Anger Class –

Here is the Justified Anger Youtube Channel for anyone who is interested in learning more from the organization who hosts Justified Anger: African American History for a New Day. https://www.youtube.com/c/justifiedanger