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 SAM October-December Newsletter 2022

SAM Programs

We all have plenty of doctor appointments on our calendars. Put some fun on your calendar by volunteering with SAM at the Second Harvest Food Bank. It is a fun three-hour commitment complete with snacks at break time! We literally put a dent in food insecurity in southern Wisconsin. Here are our remaining dates for October (future dates will be announced soon):
Monday, October 17th from 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Monday, October 31st from 12:30 – 3:30 pm (get ready to dress up for Halloween!)
Everyone is welcome. Come and join the fellowship with your SAM friends while we work.
Mother Nature’s Colorful Palette Calls for a Hike
Wednesday, October 19 – Rowan Creek Trail, W. Mill St., Poynette, WI 53955
We’ll venture a little farther from home today to explore one of our favorites! We drive about 20 miles on I-39 north to Exit 115, and go east on Co. Rt. CS to a parking lot in Poynette. Rowan Creek is a fishery area but there is a good hiking trail there, too, along with some great fall color.. We’ll see hardwoods and evergreens, ponds, boardwalks, and – a carved statue in the woods! We’ll hike about three miles round trip and there are quite a few benches for rest stops along the way. You might like to have a hiking pole or two with you. We should be back to the parking lot in about two hours. There aren’t any facilities at the parking lot or along the trails, but at Exit 115 there’s a BP Station and a McDonald’s where you can take a break if necessary before continuing a few miles further to the W. Mill St. parking lot.
We’re suggesting that you pack a good snack and/or lunch to eat when we return to the parking lot and before we head back to Madison. We’ll depart Messiah at 9:00 am and should be on the trail by 10:00 am. We should be back to church by 2:00 pm..
Friday. November 4 – UW Arboretum
This hike is a couple of weeks later than when we were there a year ago, so we’re not sure how much fall color might be left, but we’ll enjoy the sound of crunching leaves under our feet. We’ll be on the trail about 90 minutes to a couple of hours. The west entrance to the UW Arboretum is on Seminole Highway, just north of the Beltline (exit 258A). Drive down the main entrance road
until you come to the large parking lot located just before the Visitor Center. We’ll depart the Messiah parking lot at 9:30 am. Or you can meet us in the Arboretum parking lot at 10:00 am.
To register for either hike, call Barb & Walt Herrod at 518-567-6816 (leave message) or email
Upcoming SAM Potluck Luncheon Speakers
Wednesday, October 26, 12:00-1:30 pm
Carol Lancaster, a Stepping On Facilitator for Safe Communities, will make a presentation on preventing falls in your home. Afterwards, you’ll be able to clean up some fall risks as soon as you get home.
Wednesday, November 30, 12:00-1:30 pm
We will travel back in time for this presentation.
Jessica Michna is widely known for her riveting portrayals of First Ladies, notable women of history, and fictitious characters. Today she will portray the Women Who Dared.
Wednesday, December 21, 12:00-1:30 pm
Note the special date!! The Middleton Jazz Band will perform special music at SAM’s Christmas Luncheon.
Apple Pies Are Virtual Again
A month-long call went out for an apple pie coordinator for this year. Since nobody stepped up to take the lead, we will again have a virtual pie sale. It is actually ok to be virtual as we sold $7000 in virtual pies last year. That was doubled by the Gundlach Family Fund. That amount was doubled at NBC15’s Share Your Holidays
Grand Finale.
The initial $7000 became $28,000! That turned into over 80,000 meals for the nearly 200 food pantries in 16 southern Wisconsin counties served by Second Harvest Food Bank. Yes, the price for one virtual pie is still just $12.00! Know that
your $12.00 will “double-double” to $48.00. So think of that one
pie equating to about 144 meals. Order forms will be posted in November on the kiosk in the gathering area at church. You will also be able to place your virtual apple pie order online. Your purchase makes a nice dent in food insecurity in southern Wisconsin.

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