Upcoming Events at Messiah
New Session September 13:
The Book of James
by Francis Chan
Join us for a delicious meal every Wednesday before MKW (Messiah Kids Wednesday) and Adult Bible Study. Bring a dessert or bread if you'd like!
Online giving is an easy way to give to MLC, and there are three ways to do it:
1) Go to this link: churchcenter.com/giving
2) Download the Church Center app on your phone or tablet.
3) Text your dollar amount (with a dollar sign in front of it) to 84321.
Our office hours are from 9am-3pm Mon-Fri. Saturdays and evenings by appointment. The office will be closed Thanksgiving Day, and the Friday after as well.
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.
WHY THE NATIVITY? SERMON SERIES
For the four Sundays in Advent, we will be answering four questions: why did Jesus become a man, why Joseph, why Mary and why call him Savior? Please attend these specially themes services on Sunday, 8, 9:30 and 11 am.
The Quilters will not meet in December. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 from 9 am – 12 pm. We have many quilts ready to be tied and you don’t need any sewing or quilting experience to help us. If you are unable to join us and would like to sew at home, we have kits available. Contact Kathy Mueller (815-953-6601) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or any questions you may have.
The Memory Bears Life Group meets together once a month to make teddy bears out of clothing from people who have passed away to comfort the grieving. We also make and sell bears once a year to raise money for supplies and children’s charities. We would love to have you join us! We have jobs that do not require sewing as well as jobs that do. Please contact Cindi Souza (815-931-8478) for more information. The Bears will not meet in December.
Don’t forget to use Amazon Smile when you shop Amazon. You can choose Messiah as your designated charity to donate a portion of the proceeds of your order. Simply type in smile. Amazon.com to use this feature.
DAYBREAK SHELTER VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are needed to serve dinner to at Daybreak Homeless Shelter in Joliet. The commitment is from 5:00 pm to 7:00 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.
MLC MESSIAH KIDS
MESSIAH KIDS SUNDAY 11 AM
We are looking for help to staff this program. Please consider shadowing a leader and signing up to help.
MESSIAH KIDS WEDNESDAYS (Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 pm)
The name has changed (it used to be Awana), but the ministry focus has not. All Kindergarten – 5th graders are encouraged to join us for worship, lessons, games, and connection – with the Bible and friends. Stop by Wednesday to see what the fun is all about.
PRE-K THROUGH 5TH GRADE SUNDAY SCHOOL (Sundays at 9:30 am)
Make sure to bring your children to Sunday school upstairs every Sunday!
STAY N PLAY (Tuesdays at 9:30 am)
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. There will be no Stay N Play on December 27 or January 3.
Practice Dates for December are :
Practice on December 7th from 6-6:30 pm
Performance on December 11th at 9:30 and 11:00 am service
December 21st: Holiday party - 6 to 6:30 pm
Come join the fun and sing with your friends! Children’s Choir is for k-8th grade.
MLC STUDENT MINISTRY
6th-8th & 9th-12th GRADE SUNDAY SCHOOL (Sundays at 9:30 am)
Sunday school continues this week. Middle school meets in the youth room and high school will be meeting in the Gathering House
HEAD2HEART (Wednesdays at 6:15 pm)
Head2Heart is for all middle school students.
SALT (Sundays from 4:30-6 pm)
Hey high school students, SALT continues this Sunday. Make sure to come out for some great fellowship, fun and teaching.
MAFIA (Dec. 9th from 7 to 10 pm)
For the 5th-8th grade. Come out and eat some pizza and play this classic game. Bring a friend! Cost is $5
WINTER BLAST (December 28-31)
It’s just like the title says! It’s a great time of fellowship and learning about God in Wisconsin. See the student ministry boards in the narthex hallway for the schedule and other information, or check out mlcjoliet.org. Talk to Brian Werner for details or email him at email@example.com.
PRAYER TEAM (Thursdays at 10 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 for December. Dec. 4—David Stier
CHOSEN LIFE GROUP (Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 pm)
We'll be meeting at Harold & Donna Stier’s home and Jeanette will continue to lead the study. We are between seasons 2 & 3 of The Chosen.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Every Wednesday night we have a meal at 5:30 pm, and it’s open to anyone. A freewill offering is taken and desserts are always welcome. Then join us in the fellowship hall for our weekly adult class. Our last meal will be December 14.
CHRISTMAS AT MESSIAH
MOVIE NIGHT (December 11 at 4 pm)
On Sunday, December 11 at 4 pm, we are hosting A Night at the Nativity event at church. Together we will watch David Jeremiah’s new film, Why the Nativity? This movie night is open to everyone, young and old, saved and unsaved. If you have friends that are typically hesitant to attend church on the weekends, this is the perfect opportunity to invite them. After all, it’s a movie night!
CHRISTMAS CANTATA (Sunday, December 18)
Our annual Christmas cantata will be on December 18th during the 8 and 9:30 a.m. services. Please attend and hear our wonderful choir celebrate the birth of Jesus in song.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN’S PROGRAM (Sunday, December 18)
Our Sunday School Children’s Program will happen on December 18th at 3 pm in the FLC. They are currently rehearsing during the Sunday school hour. The rehearsal will be December 17th at 3 pm. Contact Summar Evans at email@example.com with any questions you might have. Make a point to come out and support our kids!
ADVENT SERVICES (Wednesdays at 7 pm)
November 30, December 7, 14 & 21
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES (5, 7 & 11 pm)
Join us for a contemporary Christmas Eve service at 5 pm, and traditional services at 7 and 11 pm. All services are candlelight services.
CHRISTMAS DAY & NEW YEAR’S DAY (10 am)
We will have one Christmas Day Sunday service at 10 am, as well as one New Year’s Day Sunday service, also at 10 am.
We’re asking people to bring in their family nativity scenes so that we can display them in the narthex. Please bring them to the office so that we can make a card with your family’s name on it and place it next to the nativity. Please leave them in the narthex from November 27 to December 24 if possible. Thank you.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO MESSIAH
This year, designated "Christmas Gifts to Messiah" will be used for concrete repair work around the bell tower. Of the total monies received, a tithe of 10% will be directed to Pastor's Discretionary account with the remaining 90% going towards the concrete work.