Messiah welcomes new senior pastor

Pastor Jim Hearne officially joined Messiah as its new senior pastor this past weekend. Pastor Jim comes to us with 11-years of ministry experience, most recently serving as the pastor at Barneveld Lutheran Church in Barneveld, Wisconsin.

Pastor Jim brings a vibrant worship presence guided by the belief "that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete."

Pastor Jim, his wife Amy and their three children have finished their relocation to the Wauconda area and look forward to meeting the entire community.

Pastor Jim will be leading worship on December 6th and December 13th so watch him on our 8:00a.m. online live stream service or come and see him in person at our 9:30a.m. drive-in service.

services at messiah

Worship opportunities at Messiah are as follow:

Saturdays at 5:00p.m.

An interactive online worship service via Zoom, a web-based video conferencing tool (no sign-up or account is required). A link will be included in the Friday edition of the Messiah Community News email. Copy and paste the link into your favorite browser and join others in prayer, lessons, communion and sermon.

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Sundays at 8:00a.m.

Live service from our sanctuary where we celebrate Holy Communion with a diverse mix of music and instrumentation. Due to new State mandates the sanctuary is closed but worship can be seen live online on Messiah's own YouTube channel. Click HERE to be taken to our channel and look for the"live" button. A recording of the service will also be available on YouTube later that morning.

Sundays at 9:30a.m.
Live outdoor drive-in service where we celebrate Holy Communion with a mix of live and recorded music. The service will be in the church's south parking lot. Sunday School is also held during this service.

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.

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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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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