Coming Back Together

By now everyone is anxiously waiting to once again be together, in person, for worship. Well, we are almost there!

We are pleased to announce that all the work behind the scenes has produced a comprehensive reopening plan that is fully aligned with the latest Synod guidelines. Reopening will occur in steps. As a start, our first "drive-in" service in the parking lot is planned for July. Following that our first in person worship service in the sanctuary will be on August 23rd. Initial services will only be able to accommodate a limited number of people in the sanctuary but Live Streaming will be available so you can still participate from your home.

Stay tuned for more information in upcoming Community News and on our website. Please click HERE to view a more in depth reopening plan from our Logistics Operation Team (Curt DeCaro) and the Health Team (Liz Sellers).

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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What's Happening Right Now

April 9:

With all of the uncertainty in our lives right now, the health and safety of our children and volunteers is very important to us! With the COVID-19 crisis still at hand, we have decided to cancel this summer's Vacation Bible School. It is disappointing, as we always look forward to VBS and seeing God's work in the lives of our children and volunteers. We are confident this is the right decision and I hope to see all of your children back next year for what I am sure will be another awesome VBS!

May 20:

Messiah, with the help of a grant from United Way of Lake County, hosted a Drive-Thru Community Meal. The event was a huge success, serving about 500 meals, providing 100 bags of fruits & vegetables, 200 face masks and a large number of bratwursts! With the help of several local officials meals where also delivered to seniors at John Kuester Manor and Liberty Arms. To see a short video clip of the event click HERE.



Messiah is proud to be a PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity & Shelter) host church.  Starting in October and throughout the winter months, we feed and house homeless men every Saturday night.  Interested in volunteering?  Sign up here.  For more information, contact Lisa Charnogorsky at (847) 438-0085 or

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


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