Upcoming Events at Messiah
Our new five-week sermon series began on 11/26!
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Our office hours are from 9 am - 3 pm Monday-Friday. Saturdays and evenings by appointment. The pastors are always available via their cell phones, even outside of office hours.
The deadline for submitting items for the weekly bulletin is Wednesday at noon, and the deadline for submitting items for the newsletter is the 22nd of each month.
CHOIR CHRISTMAS CANTATA
Our Sanctuary Choir will be performing its annual Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 17 at the 8:00 and 9:30 am services.
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Please join us at 3 pm on Sunday, December 17 in the Family Life Center as we celebrate Christmas with the youth of Messiah! This year's program will feature a puppet show!
WEDNESDAY EVENING WORSHIP DURING ADVENT
Join us for worship Wednesdays during Advent (Nov. 29 - Dec. 20) at 7 pm. Our theme is “Every Good and Perfect Gift”, about how God has given us everything we need to live and serve him.
NEW SERMON SERIES
Our new five-week Advent sermon series, “The Whole Christmas Story: An Advent Adventure from Genesis to Revelation,” kicked off November 26.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS (most Wednesdays at 5:30 pm)
The menu for December 6 is meatballs with gravy over noodles, veggies, and garlic bread. There will be a freewill offering. Desserts are welcome!
PRAYER TEAM (Thursdays at 10:15 am)
In the Fireside Room. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
INSIGHT ADULT BIBLE STUDY (Sundays at 9:30 am)
Join us for adult Sunday school in the Fellowship Hall. Mosaic and adults will meet together. Please note that there will be no Insight on December 3, 24 or 31.
FAITH & BODY CHALLENGE LIFE GROUP (Thursdays 9 to 10 am)
Faith & Body has started to meet on Thursdays mornings. The Faith and Body group is dedicated to help each other to improve their health. We meet September through May in the FLC from 9 – 10 am for walking, stretching and faith building time. There is no cost, and you are welcome to bring a friend. Please register on the Messiah website under Faith & Body. Contact Sherri at 815-741-4488 or email bookkeeper@MLCjoliet.org for more information.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Calling all moms from pregnancy onward to join a supportive community of moms! Each meeting has a different topic related to parenting, and childcare is provided. We get to know each other more, watch a video from a MOPS speaker, have a discussion, and end with a devotional. The meetings are the first and third Friday of every month at 9:30 am. Contact Amy at email@example.com with any questions.
Our next luncheon is Tuesday, December 12 at noon. Please sign up in the Narthex.
The Memory Bears Group meets once a month to make teddy bears out of clothing from people who have passed away, to comfort the grieving. We would love to have you join us! We have jobs that do not require sewing as well as jobs that do. We will not meet in December. Our next meeting is at 9 am on Tuesday, January 23.
The Messiah Quilters will next meet on Tuesday, December 19 from 9 am – 12 pm. We have a lot of quilts ready to complete and if you can tie a knot, you can help us out. We even have jobs you can do sitting down. Think about stopping in and see what we do. If you are unable to join us and would like to sew at home, we have kits available.
Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or any questions you may have. Hope to see you on December 19!
DAYBREAK SHELTER VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are needed to serve dinner to at Daybreak Homeless Shelter in Joliet. The commitment is from 5 - 7 pm on the second Monday of each month. A team of Messiah members meets at the shelter to set up and serve dinner. Sign up in the Narthex.
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. You can support this ministry through prayer, and through monetary or food donations. Contact the church office for more info.
Messiah uses a Prayer Chain made up of people willing to pray for our members, community, and nation in times of crisis. Prayers are confidential and anonymous, as much as possible. You can make a difference through the gift of your prayers.
Contact Cindi Souza at email@example.com
or Pastor Dave Stier at firstname.lastname@example.org to become a partner.
We are looking for individuals to care for young children in the nursery during all three Sunday services. We are hoping for a team of people so that no individual has to serve more than one Sunday a month. This is a paid position. Please contact Tom Bond at email@example.com.
MESSIAH KIDS SUNDAY 11 am
We encourage all kids pre-k thru 5th grade to be a part of Messiah Kids church at 11 am after the kids message in the Family Life Center (FLC). Kids will experience God during this time with weekly themes, songs, short movie clips, games and prizes. All are encouraged to attend.
PRE-K THROUGH 5TH GRADE SUNDAY SCHOOL (Sundays at 9:30 am)
Make sure to bring your children to Sunday school upstairs every Sunday.
MESSIAH KIDS WEDNESDAYS (Wednesdays at 6:30 pm)
Have your K-5th grader join us for a great time on Wednesdays for a fun night of worship, lessons, games, crafts, and connection with the Bible and friends! Registration $15 per child. Maximum of $45 per family. Questions? Contact Beth Hohisel firstname.lastname@example.org or 815 735-7897.
STAY AND PLAY (Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30)
Stay N Play is a weekly playgroup for children five and younger that meets in the Family Life Center on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:30. This group is open to church members and to the community. Parents or caregivers must stay and keep an eye on their children.
MESSIAH STUDENT MINISTRIES
S.A.L.T. (Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 pm)
S.A.L.T. is a time for high school students to interact with their faith.
HEAD2HEART (Wednesdays from 6:15 to 8 pm)
Hey middle school students, come join us for nights of instruction and fun as we teach Luther’s catechism and play games!
STUDENT MINISTRY LIFE GROUP (Sundays at 9:30 am)
What's in a Name? HS Bible study has kicked off a new series at 9:30 in the Gathering House. Each week's study will focus on a single word. The study will include a short video and discussion questions each week. Drop Kate a line at email@example.com if you have questions or just to let me know what you feel is an important component of your student ministry.