Get Connected with our Small Group Ministries
Dinner for Eight! (We’re celebrating our sixth year of Dinner Fellowship for adults single, married, widowed or divorced) Sign up and we will put you into a group of eight people who will meet together for dinner once a month for six-eight months. Each person will take turns in providing a dessert, bread, salad, pasta or entree and a place for the dinner (if possible). The meals will be kept simple. The real emphasis of the evening is to meet and bond with other members of the church. There will be a short three question Bible study that requires no leader, just someone to read the questions. You’ll make friends, have fun and feel more a part of the mission and family of Messiah Lutheran Church! Sign up in September at the Welcome Center. Dinners start in October or contact Pastor Dave
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.
The creation of a prayer shawl is a blessing for not only the recipient but also the crafter. The repetitive action of knitting or crocheting helps us to slow down our racing minds and the frantic pace of our day. It provides an opportunity for contemplation and a sense of stillness in our lives. Once the pattern’s directions become a part of us, time seems to shift and distractions drift away.
Into the stillness, God can enter in and begin to help us connect with the various people who are ill, grieving, or walking a difficult road. We then pray and ask God to wrap the recipient in compassionate love. While praying for someone we do not know is a different experience than intercessory prayers offered for a specific individual, praying for a stranger helps us to learn to trust the truth that God works through us when we care for friends and strangers alike.
We welcome you to join us in this ministry.
Financial Peace University
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Financial Peace University! Christian financial Advisor Dave Ramsey offers a nine week DVD presentation starting each Fall and summer. Find clear practical Biblical ways to get out of debt, how to be on the same page with your loved ones when handling money, ways to save for college and retirement, and how to use your money as good stewards of God’s gifts. Get to know other members of the congregation and community. For information contact Doug
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, contact Kathy Carlson or 815-758-2773
OWLS: Our Older Wiser Loving Seniors gather the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 Noon. We 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 Nancy
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
Alpha! (Explore Your Doubts And Questions Here.) This wonderful small group dinner and discussion groups explores our deepest questions about God. The class is held periodically -stay tuned for the next date. Over 7 million people have attended an Alpha course. Alpha is in 154 countries, 62 languages and now you can attend at Messiah Lutheran. Find out more at Alphausa.org
What if you could change the world – not just for today but for generations to come? At Moms in Prayer International, we believe that a mom can be the single greatest force for good in the lives of her children and the children around her. We believe that lives and whole communities are changed forever when moms gather together to pray to the only One who can change a human heart. Moms can make the difference as they reach out to God in prayer- moms just like you. Join us Wednesdays at 10am when we come together to passionately pray before God for the lives of our children. Contact Kate
Adult Bible Study- Insight-
Check the Insight page for more info!
Join Our Secret Pals: Having a secret pal can be one of the most 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
Quilters – Our quilters meet the third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. They make and tie quilts to be sent to the poorest of the poor around the world. They would be glad to teach you the skills needed to make these much needed quilts. Come make new friends too!
Contact Pat Boe or 815-436-7363
Thursday Morning Prayer Group – 10:00-11:00 a.m. Fireside Room. You will enjoy this informal prayer group that practices conversational prayer. We pray for the needs of our congregation and families, community and nation. Many people say that this is the best hour of their week. Join us!
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