Live services are back at messiah

The next LIVE outdoor worship service will be on August 9th at 9:30am.

We hope to see you there!

Our pastors will conduct a live service outside in the church's south parking lot.  Please enter the lot off of Old Rand Road and ushers will then direct you to a parking space. Tune your car's FM radio to 93.7, then sit back and listen to the service. Communion will also be offered at the service.

If you would rather sit in one of the grassy areas bordering the parking lot feel free to bring your lawn chairs, a portable FM radio and a canopy or umbrella.

For more information about the service click HERE to see a short video clip.

Welcome to Messiah!

Messiah is a community of Christians seeking to welcome and connect everyone, make disciples of everyone, and share Jesus' love everywhere.  We welcome the participation of people of all ages, races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, physical abilities, political affiliations, educational backgrounds, and economic conditions -- all who want to join us in serving God and proclaiming our faith.

Dear Friends,

Although the church building remains closed due to the COVID-19 virus, our ministries thrive: Sunday school lessons are offered weekly on our Facebook page and website, our middle school and high school youth meet via zoom regularly and our youth director offers devotionals everyday on our Facebook page, worship is taped and available on the website, committees and Bible studies continue to meet on zoom, Messiah's volunteers are working overtime to feed those in need, our Preschool staff is preparing to open in August following DCFS rules and our pastors each post spiritual messages and devotionals daily on our Facebook page.  Plans are being made to reopen the church when the appropriate time arrives. We will be following ELCA and State guidelines in order to provide our congregation with the safest possible environment for worship. Please follow Messiah's Community News emails, website and social media channels for the latest information on the reopening of the church.

See the "What's Happening Right Now" section below for the latest information on church and community activities.

On Saturdays at 5 p.m. we celebrate Holy Communion in a casual, intimate atmosphere with piano and hymns. This service takes place in the Luther Center.

On Sundays at 8 a.m. we celebrate Holy Communion with a diverse mix of music and instruments. This service takes place in our sanctuary. 

On Sundays at 9:30 a.m. we celebrate Holy Communion with a diverse mix of music and instruments. From the second weekend in September until Memorial Day, Sunday School for Preschool - 5th Grade begins after the children's sermon. This service takes place in our sanctuary.  

Additionally, on the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. we celebrate Holy Communion at Wauconda Care and Rehabilitation Center.

You are welcome here, because God welcomes you.

Messiah is an ELCA congregation and a member of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod.

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Latest Community news

Check HERE to access the latest issue of the Messiah Community News.

The Community News is usually published twice a week on Tuesday and Friday.

What's Happening Right Now


An online worship service is scheduled for this Saturday, July 25th at 5:00pm via zoom,

a web-based video conferencing tool. (a zoom account is not required.)


A link will be included in the Friday Community News. Copy and paste the link into your browser and join others in prayer, lessons, and sermon.  As many as 100 can join the service.



Messiah is proud to be a PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity & Shelter) host church.  Our PADS season was ended abruptly in March as the church facilities closed due to the pandemic.  Happily, PADS Lake County rose to the challenge and secured hotel rooms for the local homeless population.  Currently the are housing 151 people in 68 hotel rooms in Lake County.  The clients have been provided with dinners and non-perishable food for breakfast and lunches in addition to lodging.  Currently they have managed to have ZERO cased of COVID-19! In a normal year we would start hosting our PADS guests in October but this year,as with many things, will be different. COVID would make hosting extra difficult due to concerns about safety to volunteers and trying to maintain a safe distance between guests  during sleeping and eating.  For these reasons PADS secured  the funds for at least 50 hotel rooms through April 2021.  They expect to be able to house the homeless population by arranging more permanent situations and using the hotel rooms.  This is awesome!  How can we help serve our vulnerable brothers and sisters?  The Lake County website gives information on volunteering or donations, but the Messiah PADS ministry wants to make it easy for Messiah members to contribute.  We have set up a Sign-Up genius page listing out the non-perishable foods that work well for the clients.  Since they are hotel rooms without kitchens and utensils easy meals are important. We will collecting these donations on August 2nd and August 16th from 10:30-10:45, right after drive-up church!  Click on the link to see what we are collecting.   Gerry Lemke and Lisa Charnogorsky

For more information about PADS, check out their website here.


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