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. 

We worship at three times every weekend: 

On Saturdays at 5 p.m. we celebrate Holy Communion in a casual, intimate atmosphere with piano and hymns. This service takes place in our Luther Center and lasts about 50 minutes.

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 and lasts about one hour.

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 begins after the children's sermon. This service takes place in our sanctuary and lasts about one hour and ten minutes. 

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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Sun. Aug 18       9:30 am           Blessing of the Backpacks

Sun. Aug 18      11:00 am          Ecumenical Picnic @ Federated     


Sat. Aug 24       5:00 pm            Beatles Worship & Dinner

Wed. Aug 28     6:30 pm            Huddle Leader / FINK Training

Thurs. Aug 29   4:00 pm            Heritage Day @ Farmers' Market

Sept 6-8                                    God's Work. Our Hands. Weekend

Wed. Sept 4      6:45 pm           Mandatory Pathway Parent / Youth  


Sun. Sept 8       9:30 am           Youth Group Sunday / Sunday  

                                                 School Begins

Wed. Sept 11     7:00 pm          Pathway Begins

Wed. Sept 18    5:30 pm           September Community Meal


Sunday School resumes Sunday, September 8!  Click here for the Sunday School Registration Form.


Pathway, our Affirmation of Baptism program for 6th-8th graders, begins September 11 and meets each Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  There is a mandatory Parent / Student Night on Wednesday, September 4 from 6:45-8:30pm in the Gathering Place and Sanctuary.  Contact Jessica Wallwin for more information (847) 613-5881.

High School Youth Group - Calling all 9th-12th graders!  Sunday, September 8 we will meet at The Rock after communion is served at the 9:30 am service.  Games, snacks and fun are all included as we learn about the theme of INFLUENCE.  Registration forms can be found at the youth table in the Gathering Place.  See you there!  Contact Jessica Wallwin for more information (847) 613-5881.


God's Work. Our Hands. Weekend is September 6-8.  

- September 6, we will be taking a group to the Northern Illinois Food Bank for a packing event from 3:00-5:00 pm.

- September 8 we will prepare and take meals to our First Responders.

Sign up for one or both of these opportunities in the Gathering Place!  Get your God's Work. Our Hands swag (t-shirts, etc.) here.


Messiah Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten is now hiring for the fall!  We are looking to hire substitute teachers for our preschool and kindergarten classes, and lead teachers in our before & after care program.  Perks include flexible, part-time hours, competitive pay, tuition discounts, and a fun working environment!  Please e-mail Erica at ejawnyj@mlpk.org or Deana at drossi@mlpk.org for more information.


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Pastor's Message: Thank you

Dear Messiah family,

It is with an excited, grateful, and heavy heart that I share the news that I have accepted a call to serve as Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas. When I first arrived at Messiah in September, 2011, I had no idea how much this community would end up meaning to me. I’m deeply grateful for everything we’ve done together. I’ve seen you invest many hours in getting to know new members, help bring younger people into worship leadership, maintain faithful support for PADS and so many other ministries of care and compassion, stay dedicated to worship, be generous in your stewardship, and change and grow in so many big and small ways. 

More than all of that, though, I’m grateful for the times you’ve invited me to really be your pastor: when you’ve shared a joy, a problem, a grief; when you’ve handed your babies (or mostly-grown kids) to me to baptize; when you’ve allowed me into your homes, your workplaces, and your hospital rooms. And I’ve been consistently humbled by the kindness you have always shown to my family as it has changed over the years.

It’s hard to end such a meaningful chapter and to say goodbye to people we’ve loved so dearly. My last Sunday will be September 15, and I intend to do everything I can to prepare a smooth transition to the next phase of Messiah’s life. You have powerful gifts for ministry, many of which are still just being discovered. I’ve had the privilege of helping you discover some of them and put them to use, and I’m excited for what you will learn and do in the future. There will be more to say and do in the next several weeks, but for now I want to tell you how thankful we are to God for all of you. You’ve made me into a pastor, and you’ll always be with me.


Grace and peace,


Pastor Ben Dueholm