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Connect with like-minded individuals at Messiah and enjoy  time together at any of these Life Groups.

You will find your people and your place here.
Looking for Birth-12th Grade Ministries, please visit their individual pages

If you have a gift for music through singing or using instruments, then we'd love to have you share that gift. If you're a self-proclaimed "geek" and love technology, worship ministry is also the place for you.

Contact Lloyd Evans at for more info.

Adult Choir

If you have a gift for singing and want to be a part of a talented Choir then this group is for you. 

Contact Herb Alexander at the church for more info.


Quilters – meet the third Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.  We assemble and tie quilts that are sent to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) where they are distributed around the world to the people affected by natural disasters or war.  Our quilts are used as warm bedding, simple tents or floor coverings and reflect God’s loving presence in a world filled with suffering.  We also make lap robes for our local Lightways Hospice and baby quilts for our own Li’l Loves Ministry.  No sewing or quilting experience is needed to join in and meet new friends. 

Contact Kathy  or call 815-953-6601.

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Pasta Meal

Meal-Train ministry provides meals for those needing a little support because of long term illness, surgery, death in the family, new baby or loss of a job. If you know of or are wishing for meals or would like to sign up to serve on the team please click here 

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Parents and caregivers, bring your kids 5 and under for  2 hours of playing in our Family Life Center gymnasium.

Enjoy a cup of coffee on us and meet new people.

Every Tuesday during the school year from 9:30 - 11:30 starting March 1, 2022 . For more information contact Lynda 


Join Our Secret Pals: Having a secret pal can be a very rewarding experiences you can have at Messiah. Participating in the Secret Pals program takes commitment, loyalty and a desire to have lots of fun. It is also a wonderful way to make new friends!!! Look for sign up information in the fall or contact Maureen Williams or 815-531-7250

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Children as young as 3 years old can join our weekly Awana to learn Bible verses, crafts, games and songs. 

Daybreak Shelter


Volunteers meet at Daybreak Shelter 611 Cass Street, Joliet the 2nd Monday of every month to prepare and serve food.

5:30-7pm. If you can volunteer or provide supplies, please submit the form below or call the church office.

Memory Bears – Join our Memory Bear Group on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 AM! We sew 24-inch stuffed teddy bears out of clothing from one who has passed away to comfort those who are grieving. We also make bears to order as well as new bears we offer for sale on the 1st Sunday in May, called “Bear Sunday”. ALL proceeds are donated to children in need, such as those in the local hospice program, in our own congregation, the local homeless shelter, an orphanage and a children’s hospital. Whether or not you can sew, we need you!

For more information, please contact the church office please 


Insight is various Bible Studies that meet on Sunday morning during the 9:30 am Service. If you are interested in joining us at the church, contact the church office at 815-741-4488. 



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Men's Ministries:

Want to connect with other Christian men, share your skills and hobbies, want to be the Dad in Sunday School; do men activities such as hiking, biking, or learn to be a better dad or  husband then contact Pastor Hoover 

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Middle and High School students have the opportunity to be a part of our Youth group:
Sunday morning middle and high school at 9:30am

Wednesday Confirmation class at 6:15pm

S.A.L.T on Sunday 4:30-6 for fellowship, games and fun.



Bible discussion group

Small groups gather in homes or at church to discuss and learn about specific topics. Some include food and fellowship. Call the church office to find out what groups are meeting

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Volunteer Opportunities:

We are always looking for people to help at our Give Away Day Events as well as helping find ways to donate. Contact Christine Murray @ for

more information.

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OWLS: Our Older Wiser Loving Seniors gather to enjoy a variety of activities such as speakers, crafts, fellowship, and more.  Meet new people, make new friends, learn something new, try new recipes, visit with old friends, learn about other cultures, make a craft, get gardening tips, swap books, and any other endless things we haven’t thought of yet. Schedule of activities coming soon. Contact Dave


Contact Dave for questions about joining our very active over-55 group. Check the Events page for upcoming activities

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Landscape Club

Meet Jim and other green thumbs at church to help with landscaping, gardening, planting and beautifying the church grounds. Fridays from 9-11

Contact Jim at 815-782-5295

Gardening Together

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group of men and women who crochet and knit small blankets and shawls that are available for our members to bring to a loved one in need as a tangible symbol of our congregations love and prayers. This Ministry is a special way to reach out with love and care to others who are hurting, to comfort those in need of healing, to console those who are grieving, to bring hope to those in despair or in transition, or to provide for someone in need. As the garment is created, the recipient is known only to God as the crafter works and prays.



Children as young as 3 years old come to Sunday school at 9:30 am and Kids Church at 11am.

Other programs included Baptism; First Communion; Vacation Bible School; AWANA; Special Children's messages at each Sunday morning service and a nursery for the babies.