Our annual congregational meeting will occur on January 31 at 12:30 pm. All members are encouraged to attend. We will also be streaming the meeting via Zoom. The link will be provided next week to those who request it. We will be voting on the 2021 church budget. There will be annual reports available on January 24 in the narthex and available electronically. To obtain a copy electronically, simply contact us via this website.
Stay connected with Messiah Lutheran. Fill out the green connection card in the pew in front of you, or go to bit.ly/MLCConnect to fill out our online connection card.
Online giving is an easy way to give to MLC, and there are three ways to do it:
1) Follow this link: messiahlutheranchurch.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 JANUARY
Please make your reservation for what service you plan to attend at
mlcjoliet.org. The 8:00 and 9:30 services will be streamed live as well, and there will be overflow in the narthex for those services if we surpass the 70 person threshold. Other non-religious or non-educational building usage will be encouraged to follow both state and church-posted protocols. If you’d like a standing reservation at one of the services, call the office or email Lloyd at and we will put you on the standing reservation list.
Messiah uses a prayer chain made up of people willing to pray for our members, community and nation in times of crisis. The prayers are confidential and anonymous as much as possible. You can make a difference through the gift of your prayers. Contact Cindi Souza at or Pastor Dave at
to become a partner.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
The spring semester of Financial Peace University is coming soon. It’s a free budgeting class for Joliet area residents. Dates and times are forthcoming. Also, there will be a $100 emergency fund starter to the first 10 people who complete our online Financial Peace University (based on need).
Because of Covid-19, Daybreak Shelter is now collecting and delivering them instead of packaging them. We are still accepting donations of these items during normal office hours, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. We need donations of individually wrapped snacks, instant oatmeal, hot chocolate packets, cereal boxes (small) and fruit.
Have you ever pictured yourself as the person bringing the message on Sunday morning? We would like to provide some training for anyone feeling called to explore what is involved in preaching law and gospel. Contact Pr. Kurt if you are interested. We will begin at the end of January.
Quilters are in need of any size sheets. Please be sure they are without rips, tears or stains. There is a basket in the narthex to put them. Thank you.
MLC CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
ZOOM KAHOOT PARTY (Sunday, January 31 at 3 pm)
Join us for a virtual game night. If your child is ages kindergarten through 6th grade, they’re invited! It will be on Zoom, so you will need internet, a computer and the Remind app to receive the code. More information to come.
AWANA (Wednesdays, online)
Awana looks a little different, but the goal of teaching children the word of God and training them to serve Him will remain. It’s virtual Awana, with weekly releases including worship time, group lessons and bible verse memorization. We’ll gather together occasionally to allow for some fun and social interaction. We’ll be sure to meet in a large area and practice social distancing. It’s for Preschool - 6th grade. You don’t need to have joined Awana to participate this year! Make sure to join Remind to get the latest Awana updates. To join, simply text @awanamlc to 81010 or go to remind.com/join/awanamlc. Get links to Awana videos at mlcjoliet.org/awana.
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’re doing it both in-person and on Zoom. We meet upstairs in the Awana area. Contact Brian at for a link to Zoom Sunday school.
Purchase fabulous masks today and help the MLC Youth raise funds for a much needed van. “Faith” and “Hope” masks come in a pack of 2 for $15. Purchases can be made in the narthex.
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN (Friday, January 22nd at 4:30 pm)
We are going back to FMSC! This is a great ministry where the students work together to pack food for children in need across the world. We will be meeting at the church at 4:30 pm and will be back around 9:00 pm. Be sure to sign up for this awesome ministry. Contact Brian at email@example.com.
GLOW NIGHT (Friday, February 19th from 4pm-7pm)
Hey 7th-12th grade: get ready for Glow Night! We will have students come in their best glow in the dark clothing. We will have glow in the dark tape and glow in the dark paint. We will play volleyball, basketball, dodge ball, have a devo time and fellowship with the student.
MFUGE MISSION TRIP (July 12th-17th)
We will be taking a trip to Tennessee to do M-Fuge which stands for Mission Fuge. M-fuge is a ministry that takes student ministries from all over the country and brings them into one area to serve. During this week students will be put in ministry situations that can range from yard work, day care, teaching, to recreation, buidling, and more, all in a local community. The goal of this is to open students’ eyes to the need that they have in their hometown. This is accompanied with awesome worship nights where the students have a big group worship along with church group time, and small group time. This is for students going into 9th grade in August 2021 to graduating 12th graders. Talk to Brian about signing up for this ministry opportunity at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTS BIBLE STUDY LIFE GROUP
(Tuesdays at 6:30 pm)
This book of Acts Bible study is led by Jeanette Wegemer at Mike and Jeanette’s home and via Zoom. The book being used for the study is “New Wine: A Study of Transition in the Book of Acts” by J. Dwight Pentecost, which can be purchased on Amazon or through the church office. Contact the church office if you are interested in attending.
WALKING IN FAITH (Wednesdays at 11 am)
For the foreseeable future, this group will walking at the Joliet mall at 11 am. Email Sherri at for more info.
PARENTING STUDY LIFE GROUP (Wednesdays at 6:30)
Tom Bond is leading a study through the book “Tough Guys and Drama Queens” for parents of teenagers. The group is meeting at 6:30 pm. Please email
pastor.stier@mlcjoliet to let us know your interest in the group.
PRAYER GROUP (Thursdays at 10 am)
In the sanctuary and on Zoom platform. Email for more information.
INSIGHT ADULT BIBLE STUDY
After much prayer and discernment, the church leadership has decided that
Insight and Messiah Kids SS will be postponed until some time in 2021.
We will be constantly evaluating the situation in our area and pray to restart as soon as the timing is right. In the meantime, we encourage you to worship as a family - we always have something for the kids to keep them busy during the service.