LIL LOVES MINISTRY

LIL LOVES
Lil Loves Ministry is a new ministry at Messiah, and its aim is to come alongside underserved parents and babies in the Tri-county area. The store, located in the Gathering House, will be available to attend on an appointment basis and there will also be distribution events. Appointments can be made at mlcjoliet.org/lil-loves-ministry.

Lil Loves needs donations of diapers, formula, wipes, and other baby and family items to build up stock in the store. If you'd like to donate, please place your items in the bin marked “Lil Loves & Micro Pantry” in the narthex. 

CAMPING TRIPS

STUDENT MINISTRY CAMPING TRIPS
(July 27th-July 30th)

These camping trips will be at Chain O’ Lakes Campground in Albion, IN. They are for students in 7th-12th grade. Contact Brian at brian@mlcjoliet.org for more details. Get ready for a fun-filled time of “roughing it” with your fellow students.

FAMILY CAMPING TRIP
We’re headed camping to Mendota Hills Campground from
 Sept. 3-6. See Dave Stier (pastor.stier@mlcjoliet.org) for details. Approximate cost is RV's $40-50/night, tents $35-45/ night (May be less if we have a lot of people).

MLC NEWS

ONLINE GIVING
Online giving is an easy way to give to MLC, and there are three ways to do it:
1) Go to this link: churchcenter.com/giving

2) Download the Church Center app on your phone or tablet and choose to use either your debit/credit card or automatic bank withdrawal.

3) Text your dollar amount (with a dollar sign in front of it) to 84321.

 

WORSHIP SERVICES FOR JULY

The 9:30 service is streamed at YouTube and Facebook.

 

OFFICE HOURS

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday by appointment.

 

COUPLES RETREAT 2022
We want your opinion! Go to mlcjoliet.org/couples2022 to let us know which of the two options you’d like to attend. The one with the highest number of votes wins. Our last retreat was a blast and we want even more couples to get involved this time, so check it out!

 

GET INVOLVED
 

DAYBREAK SHELTER VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are needed to serve dinner to needy people at Daybreak Homeless Shelter in Joliet. The commitment is from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the second Monday of each month. A team of Messiah members meets at the shelter to set up and serve dinner. Food donation needs include canned fruit cocktail, juice, potato salad, buns, baked beans and cookies. Sign up in the narthex.

 

LIL LOVES
Lil Loves Ministry is a new ministry at Messiah, and its aim is to come alongside underserved parents and babies in the Tri-county area. The store, located in the Gathering House, will be available to attend on an appointment basis and there will also be distribution events. Appointments can be made at mlcjoliet.org/lil-loves-ministry.

Lil Loves needs donations of diapers, formula, wipes, and other baby and family items to build up stock in the store. If you'd like to donate, please place your items in the bin marked “Lil Loves & Micro Pantry” in the narthex. 

 

MICRO PANTRY
This month Messiah has developed a micro-food pantry that is housed in the closet across from the church office. This ministry is 100% donation driven and maintained by the Evangelism board. Our church office gets many requests for help, both from individuals who are living out of their car and looking for food stuffs for a couple of days and parents just looking to feed their children a decent meal come to us for help. Your support for this ministry has the potential make a difference in the life of 100 plus people a year. Ways you can help:

1. Pray for this ministry and those it will serve. 2. Cash or check with micro-pantry in notes 3. Unexpired can goods with pull tops or individual serving foods such as:

• Chicken  • Fruit or vegetables • Peanut butter (creamy) • Juice boxes • Tuna • Chicken or tuna packs with crackers • Pasta in bags or boxes • Pasta sauce • Canned meat • Vegetable or fruit cups • Mac and cheese

¨ Individual cereal cups • Granola bars • Individual trail mix or nut packs

 

PARISH FELLOWSHIP NEEDS YOU!
We are in need of volunteers to help set up coffee at 8:45 and also to clean up after the 11:00 service around 12:30. Please note that it only takes arriving at about fifteen minutes to set up and staying 20 minutes after the 11:00 service to clean up. We also need volunteers willing to help provide food for funerals and memorial services. Contact Julie Ferenzi at PFMLCJoliet@gmail.com if you are interested.

 

MESSIAH QUILTERS

The Messiah Quilters next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 17th from 9 am – 12 pm.  We have lots of quilts that are ready to be tied, so we can use extra hands-no experience required.  Quilt Sunday is coming up September 19th and we want to get as many quilts possible done to ship to Lutheran World Relief the end of September. 

Please join us if you can.  Contact Kathy Mueller at scpbklane@aol.com for more information.


MEMORY BEARS

The Memory Bears Life Group meets together once a month to make teddy bears out of clothing from people who have passed away to comfort the grieving.  We also make and sell Bears once a year to raise money for supplies and children’s charities.  With the lost time with Covid and orders have not slowed down, we really could use your help.  We meet the Fourth Tuesday of each month from 9:00 am to Noon. What does it take to make a bear? Cut fabric, iron, stuff bears, hand sew bears closed, machine sew bears together. The Memory Bears uses the monetary donations from custom bears and bear sales to give to children charities (AWANA, Vacation Bible School, Ronald McDonald House, St. Judes Hospital, just to name a few)  Joining a Life Group is a great way to meet new people and help with an important mission. Contact Cindi Souza at 815 931-8478 for more information.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

It is time to start thinking about gathering items for your shoeboxes. There will be a lot of items on sale right now, so take advantage of them. Just think of how happy the children will be when they open up your shoeboxes. I challenge you to do more boxes than we have ever done before. God bless you for what ever you can do. A big thank you from your Stewardship team.

MLC CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

MESSIAH KIDS SUNDAY 11 AM

Come join the summer fun at Messiah Kids during the 11:00am Service!

Here’s how it works: you will check in for the service like you do for Sunday School at the computer in the narthex. Then you will go to the worship service with your kids and they will be a part of worship with you as a family. They will sing worship songs with you, hear the children’s message and the offering. Then just before the sermon the kids will be dismissed and can leave to be with their friends. They will meet leaders in the narthex and head to the FLC where they will play indoor and outdoor games. It’s for all kids grades K-5th.

 

MESSIAH KIDS REMIND GROUP
Parents of Sunday School aged children (Kindergarten through sixth grade), you can join the Messiah Kids Remind group by texting the code mlcmk to 81010. You can also go to this link: https://www.remind.com/join/mlcmk. It will be used to send reminders and notifications about Sunday School and any events we have planned. Contact Kimber Drummond at CEMLCJoliet@gmail.com with questions.

 

MLC STUDENT MINISTRY


MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL (Sundays at 9:30 am)
We’re back in the building for Sunday school for middle and high school students (7th-12th grade) every Sunday. We meet in the youth room in the Family Life Center. Contact Brian at brian@mlcjoliet.org for a link to Zoom Sunday school.

 

IGNITE (Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm)
Ignite is our summer program for middle and high school students. There are games, fellowship, teaching, and every night has something different to offer.

 

STUDENT MINISTRY CAMPING TRIP (July 27th-July 30th)

These camping trips will be at Chain O’ Lakes Campground in Albion, IN. They are for students in 7th-12th grade. Contact Brian at brian@mlcjoliet.org for more details. Get ready for a fun-filled time of “roughing it” with your fellow students.

 

CENTER LAKE BIBLE CAMP (August 8th-13th)
Hey students (and parents): We’re headed back to CLBC! These weeks of camp are for students going into 5th-9th grade. Get more details by emailing Brian at brian@mlcjoliet.org or by watching the video at bit.ly/MLCCenterLake.

 

EVENTS

 

PRAYER GROUP (Thursdays at 10 am)
In the Fireside Room and on Zoom platform. Email pastor.stier@mlcjoliet.org for more information.

 

MOSAIC (Sundays at 9:30 am)

Mosaic is a “next level” Life Group ministry for 20-30 somethings AKA Mosaics or Millennials.  Mosaic focuses on a life of worship through; service, fellowship, prayer, and music, all the while discussing Biblical truths. To join this group, simply come to the study at the Mosaic room (the classroom off of the fellowship hall).

 

INSIGHT ADULT BIBLE STUDY

Insight (the Adult 9:30a Sunday morning Life group) will be taking a break for the month of July. Watch the bulletin for information for when we restart. 

 

RALLY DAY (Sunday, August 22nd)
Rally Sunday will be held outside and under the big top this year. We’ve rented a tent for an all-church service at 11 am and luncheon afterward.

CRUISE IN CAR SHOW (Saturday, August 28 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
Come join us for some classic cars, some good music and great food. Register your classic car for awards or just check all the great classics on display. Registration begins at noon, food, viewing and voting begin at 2 pm. And the best part? It’s free!

 

FAMILY CAMPING TRIP (September 3-6)
We’re headed camping to Mendota Hills Campground for Sept. 3-6. See Dave Stier (pastor.stier@mlcjoliet.org) for details. Approximate cost is RV's $40-50/night, tents $35-45/ night (May be less if we have a lot of people).

 

ROUTE 66 GOD LOVES YOU TOUR (Sunday, September 19th)
Our evangelism team is excited to inform you that the Route 66 God Loves You tour is kicking off in Joliet this fall on September 19 at 4 pm. This free, one-night event includes live music and the perfect opportunity to invite your lost friends and family members to hear the Gospel. There are equipping events to help you engage in Gospel conversations. The next one is Saturday evening July 12 in Naperville and then in Joliet Saturday morning Aug. 14th. Email Mike Brown at evmlcjoliet@gmail.com for more info.