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

Click here for the October-December Newsletter:  SAM October – December Newsletter 2021

Fall is Here……and So Are SAM Hikes!

We are appreciative of the efforts of Barb and Walt Herrod in lining up our SAM hikes for this fall. They always check out the trails first to determine if the trail is suitable for SAM. This way we will not have any surprises on the hike. Here is a look at the fall schedule of hikes:

Fall is Here……and So Are 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.

Here is the schedule of SAM hikes:

?  UW Arboretum on Thursday, October 21 (9:30 am)

? McCarthy Park on Thursday, November 11 (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.

SAM Luncheons

We had over 40 people attend our September luncheon. The speaker was WKOW-TV’s Bob Lindmeier, who provided a very informative presentation on climate change. While the September luncheon was a brown bag event, the luncheon format may change for future gatherings, so please watch your email for updates.

Wednesday, October 27, 12:00 luncheon, 12:30 program

It truly will be an All in the Family program. No, Archie and Edith will not be here. We are going one better than that. Walt and Barb Herrod and their daughter, Casey, will take us on a visual and musical tour of Mother Nature’s beauty across the country.  Barb and Walt not only organize the SAM walks and hikes, but they also travel the country and Barb always has her camera at the ready.

Casey Oelkers will play her flute for us, as Barb and Walt take us across the country. Casey Oelkers received her undergraduate degree in flute performance from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in arts administration from Florida State University. She has served as Director of Development for the Madison Symphony Orchestra for the past eight years.

Wednesday, November 17, 12:00 luncheon, 12:30 program

We will meet one week earlier this month due to the Thanksgiving holiday. An all-new look at television of yesteryear will be presented by Steve Cheramy. It is amazing how many historical audio-visual clips Steve has collected over the years. You will definitely be laughing and enjoying Steve’s presentation.

Wednesday, December 22, 12:00 luncheon, 12:30 program

We will meet again one week earlier in December for our Christmas program. Ricardo Vasquez will use his musical talents to perform a selection of Christmas favorites. He also has a couple of special selections that he picked out just for SAM. Ricardo’s dedication to his craft has allowed him to learn and memorize over 500 individual songs without the need of sheet music spanning over 5 different genres. Ricardo has been accolated for his masterful performances and work ethic by some of the most treasured foundations for autism awareness.

Only Leaves Must Fall—YouTube Edition

Over 100 people attended the virtual presentation on September 30, which focused on things seniors can and should do to prevent falls. The program was organized by Safe Communities. It is sad to see that Wisconsin leads the nation for falls in our age group. The panel was excellent and provides some very good information. Be sure to check it the 90-minute program. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/_BK7MEpSN_4

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.

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