Help A Child… Take a Trip!
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is holding its annual True Friend fundraising event in a little different way this year and we invite you to be part of it!
This year’s proceeds will benefit LSSI’s Children’s Community Services including the Foster Care Programs. LSSI provides supportive services for children in need and their families. Foster care services focus on placing children who have experienced neglect or abuse in a loving and secure home. Children’s Community Services offers numerous other services to at-risk children and their families in their communities. LSSI is the largest foster care agency in the state. We were blessed to see a video and hear Terri Gens from LSSI speak during the service on Sunday, September 27th. If you weren’t able to attend or haven’t watched the service online yet, check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/user/holzerp.
A $30 registration fee to LSSI for the True Friend event helps these at-risk children and also gives you the opportunity to access an exclusive video by keynote speaker, travel author and TV personality, Rick Steves. The presentation will explore the idea of travel as a spiritual act that promotes empathy, solidarity, and connection. In addition, there will be many ticket and travel packages offered in an online Silent Auction! If you’re tired of the limitations of the pandemic, why not consider bidding on the chance to take a short car trip to a great, nearby location!
To make the $30 donation/registration fee, go to Register | LSSI True Friend Celebration 2021 | Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and complete the registration information. All registrants will be given the link to the virtual event which can be accessed beginning October 7th at 6;30 p.m. Ignore the Watch Group section as that is only for groups that meet in-person. The auction will also run that evening and afterwards (more information on that to come).
If you want to simply make a donation and not access the event, you can donate any amount via the LSSI fundraiser on Messiah’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/donate/257865506232382/or by cash or check made out to Messiah Lutheran Church but be sure to indicate that the donation is for LSSI. You’ll still be able to bid on the silent auction items. If you have any questions, contact Julie Jensen!
While we continue to rejoice at being able to gather for worship indoors, please note that the current guidelines from the Metro Chicago Synod and the Centers for Disease Control for wearing masks indoors have changed. The updated guidelines call for all people, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, to wear masks indoors, so we are therefore asking everyone to wear masks for worship services and any visit to the church building. We also continue to encourage social distance. Recent data indicates that although the vaccine has a high level of protection against serious cases of Covid, the very contagious Delta variant can be spread even by those who are vaccinated.
The Executive Committee and Pastor David will continue to monitor guidelines and provide updates as they change. As we've learned this past year and a half, its important that we remain flexible and adapt to these changes as they are presented. We are doing our part to protect one another, our families, our neighbors, and the wider community. Please contact the church office if you have any questions.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Worship services will continue to be posted on the Messiah Lutheran Church Facebook group. To receive worship notifications, you can subscribe to our email list by selecting the About Us tab on the left, then click join our email list. If you need help accessing either viewing platforms please reach out to the church office and we can help. Thanks to Paul Holzer for making sure we can participate virtually in worship for the last 4 years!
Assistance Ministry Announcement
We are excited to announce that our Assistance Ministry program is continuing to welcome and serve vaccinated guests into the building for a sit down lunch We look forward to seeing our guests!