SOCIAL MINISTRIES

Connect with like-minded individuals at Messiah and enjoy time together at any of these Social Ministries. You will find your people and your place here.

Dinner for Eight! We’re celebrating our seventh 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 Hoover

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 Cindi Souza @ 815-931-8478.

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

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

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 

RETIREES AND SENIORS

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

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Stay-n-Play Parents and caregivers, bring your kids under 5 for 2 hours of playing in our Family Life Center. Enjoy a cup of coffee on us and meet new people. Every Tuesday during the school year from 9:30 - 11:30 starting January 7. For more information contact Lynda 

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.

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

Don't see a Ministry you'd like to get involved with? Have an idea for a Social Ministry for any age group?

Contact any of the Pastors with your ideas.

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 Messiah Lutheran Church. 40 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431. Tel: 815-741-4488   info@mlcjoliet.org