Welcome to Messiah!

Messiah is a community of Christians seeking to live face to face with God, with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and with the most vulnerable. Our faith and our life are rooted in the central Christian practices of every time and place: worship, prayer, celebrating holy baptism and holy communion, helping children grow in faith and knowledge, ministering to our community and the world, speaking for justice and wholeness in our lives and in the world, and inviting anyone to come and be a part of it all.

Dear friends, 

After much research and deliberation the Messiah Church Council has decided that it is in the best interest of the congregation and our Pastors to suspend worship services until further notice. This decision is supported by the ELCA which has recommended all congregations immediately cease worship services.

This is mainly a precautionary measure intended to prevent spreading the COVID-19 virus to the susceptible members of our congregation. The office staff and Pastors will be available next week to respond to your telephone, email or text inquiries. Updates on this temporary situation will be communicated through our social media channels, Community News and the Messiah website. We appreciate your understanding

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.

What's Happening Right Now


The COVID-19 situation is highly dynamic, with new information becoming available on an almost daily basis. We are making every effort to provide Messiah's congregation with the latest information as it relates to church and community activities. Please return here often to stay updated.

March 20:

With the new advisory for people to remain at home as much as possible and further suspend non-essential activities the church office and building will be closed until further notice. Phone messages and emails will still be addressed by our remote staff so do not hesitate to reach out to them. All meetings will be via video or audio conference calls. Additional communications on services and devotions will be issued as needed.

March 24:

With vehicle rentals way down, Messiah is helping our neighbor, Enterprise car rental, by allowing them to temporarily park unused cars in our parking lot. This is the reason for the large number of vehicles around the church. Messiah remains closed during this "stay-at-home" period but consistently looks for ways to help out our community.



Messiah hosts Vacation Bible School every June for ages 4 - 8th grade! Save  the date for "Rocky Railway." June 8 - 12, 2020. We always need volunteers for this program - including Middle & High School students!

Click here for registration form.


Click here for a full calendar of events.


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 lisac0085@comcast.net.

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


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