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. 


Keith Schlesinger, Coordinator of Senior Adult Ministry – Email Keith

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SAM Programs

Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteer Dates

We have shifts at SHFB on:

  • Monday, March 6
  • Monday, March 20

Everyone is welcome. We report at 12:15 pm and are normally done at 3:30 pm. Our shifts are done sitting at tables. Sign up is easy –  send an email to SAM@messiahchurch.com. This is a wonderful way to meet other SAM members in a small group setting.

Upcoming SAM Potluck Luncheon Speakers

February 22, 12:00-1:30 pm    Music Selections for a Celebration of Life

Dean Gardner, one of Messiah’s organists, will be today’s presenter. His presentation will focus on hymns and passages people may want to have included in their own Celebration of Life service. Dean will play the hymns on the organ and then talk to us about the hymn, what it means, and how it fits into a Celebration of Life service.

March 29, 12:00-1:30 pm   Getting Older—Should We Care More About Our Nutrition?

As we age, we may think some changes in our health our inevitable. However, good nutrition and remaining active can help us keep strong enough to keep doing all the things we enjoy. This talk will cover the evolving research on nutrition as we age. Beth Olson is Associate Professor in the UW’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences/Nutritional Sciences.

  April 26, 12:00-1:30 pm    John Stofflet, News Anchor, NBC15

John Stofflet will retire in June 2023 after 40 years in television news. We will learn what it takes to make a 30-minute newscast. What are some of John’s favorite stories? What were some of his hardest stories to deliver to his audience? Join us as we celebrate this icon in broadcast journalism.

May 31, 12:00-1:30 pm      Toco Beach Steelpan

Specializing in instrumental tropical music performed on steelpans, flute, saxophone, and marimba, Toco Beach evokes listeners’ most blissful moments in the sun, caressed by cool tropical breezes with bare feet in turquoise waters. SAM will provide lunch today as we close out the potluck season. Yes, flower leis will be available! Think tropical attire for this event.

SAM Trips Are Back!!

On Wednesday, June 21, we will head up to the Wisconsin Dells and board the Clipper Winnebago for a two-hour catered lunch cruise compete with linen service. We will leisurely cruise the Wisconsin River above the dam. Once we return to port, we will travel to Wollersheim Winery for a sit-down wine tasting. You will have snacks paired to each wine and staff will talk about the wines you rea currently tasting. The final tasting will be Wollersheim’s own Brandy Old Fashioned. As you board the coach for church, you’ll receive a special treat. Then it is nap time while the coach heads for Messiah!

Watch your email for more details which should be available within a few weeks. Tickets will go on sale at the SAM Potluck on March 29th. Mark that date as this tour will sell out very quickly.

 Are You Getting SAM Emails?

Messiah’s Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) is open to anyone age 55 or older. SAM maintains an email mailing list specific to this group. If you are not getting SAM emails and want to receive them, simply send your request to SAM@messiahchurch.com You can also be removed from this list by following the same procedure.