Nov. 27 -Dec. 11
Christmas Giving Trees are UP!
We’ve connected with Joy Medrano at LSSI for our Gifts program, and this year (as in previous years) we are supporting Intact Family Services. Intact is a program that works with DCFS to keep the children and parents together. Many of the parents are receiving treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, so while the parent is receiving help, the children are getting help and being monitored.
Gift tags for each of the 36 children we are supporting were on the tree by Sunday the November 27th. We have also included some of our local assistance families as well, and tags are up for them, too. Contact Moni Ryczeck with questions about gifts at 847-692-6972.
We are also collecting hats, gloves, and scarves for The Night Ministry serving the homeless of Chicagoland. We are looking for mostly adult items, and asking that they be NEW, STURDY, WINTER ITEMS, rather than “magic gloves” which are very thin. SOCKS are also much needed. Some of these items will be saved and given to our own Assistance Ministry guests as well. We thank everyone for all that they do to help those in need in our community and beyond.
Saturday, December 3 at 4 PM
We will be “Hanging the Greens.” We will decorate, do a Cross+Gen activity, have light refreshments and prepare for the arrival of Jesus.
ADVENT LOCK IN!
We are inviting all Messiah Youths (youngers, high schoolers and even college students!) to our Youth Lock-In on December 3rd at the Parsonage.
Mrs Lippert and Mrs Levy will be supervising and spending the night. Any parent who wishes to hang out with the group are also welcome!
All Messiah youths are invited for the festivities that evening, however only the current youths who have gone through confirmation will be able to sleep over. Youngers need to be picked up by 9pm.
We will meet at the Parsonage at 6pm. Please bring a nonperishable food item for your admission! We will have games, snacks, Pizza, a craft(blanket making) and movies!
We ask that everyone bring their own pillow, sleeping bag/air mattress, blanket, etc and a snack of their choice to the lock-in.
Mrs Levy and Mrs. Lippert will provide beverages and pizza. If you have a card game or board game, bring it on!
The Lock in will end at 8:45am the following morning just in time for confirmation class! Mr Lippert will be serving breakfast at 8am sharp!
If you have any questions or concerns, please Teresa (847.791.6624) or Helen (847-698-5838).
EMPTY BOWLS EVENT AT OCC
Saturday Dec 3
Buy a unique ceramic bowl from Oakton Community College’s renowned Pottery Department, and share a bowl of soup with hundreds of others from the community. Proceeds go to fight hunger in Maine Township and our surrounding area. Since 2004, this has raised over $200,000 for local food charities! Several Messiah members have enjoyed this program over the last decade. Make this your year!
Sunday, Dec. 11 during worship
Our Office Admin is moving on. On Dec 11 we will take a moment to thank her for all she has done for and meant to Messiah as a congregation over 14 years here, and wish her God’s blessings on her new business venture.
BABY SHOWER FOR BABY JESUS
Sunday Dec 18
During the worship service on Sunday, December 18th we will host a “Baby Shower for Mary and Joseph.” Children will carry their “gifts” and place them in front of the manger. Gifts will then be donated to local organizations that serve families in need. During the coffee hour following the service, we will celebrate with punch and other shower treats. If you would like to donate some cookies or other treats for this event, please contact Julie Jensen.
Manna Orders for Christmas
Contact the Child Care Center to order your Christmas Gift Cards from Manna!
Monday, Dec 5
Monday, Dec 19