community and Outreach

Community and outreach keep us connected to those around us. Read on for more details on the many offerings we have to connect and welcome everyone.

  • Community, Health & Wellness

    • Hatha Yoga - 11:30 AM Tuesdays in the Luther Center.
    • Health & Wellness Team meets throughout the year to advise the Messiah community on health related guidance. This team also manages Messiah's medical lending closet, located in the Gathering Place. Each fall, H&W runs a flu-shot clinic in partnership with a local pharmacy team. Additional events are planned as needed throughout the year.
    • Christian Meditation 
    • Tai Chi 
  • Outreach

    • Hospitality Ministry - coordinates Sunday morning refreshments, church luncheons, and other special events.
    • Community Meals - Messiah hosts FREE community meals once a month, open to everyone, in partnership with the organization The Community Meal - Barrington.
    • Good Samaritan coordinates a variety of projects throughout the year to help people in need, both locally and internationally.
    • HUGS keeps in touch with members by sending supportive, encouraging messages and cards to members of the congregation in need of a little "boost"
    • Joyful Outreach (JOM) participates in and supports events & activities at Messiah and in the community that fulfill our Christian message.
    • PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity & Shelter) - Messiah's volunteers partner with The Chapel - Grayslake to support Lake County homeless men on Saturday nights from October - April.
    • Quilters meet twice a month to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief.
    • Service & Mission provides mission trip and inter-generational service opportunities throughout the year.
  • Prayer and support

    • Prayer Ministry - Meets most Thursdays in the Luther Center to pray for the needs of our congregation.  If you have a prayer request, please call the church office.
    • Prayer Shawl Ministry -  Knitted or crocheted Prayer Shawls are made while petitioning and praying to God, and given to those going through an illness or difficult time.
    • Stephen Ministry - Stephen Ministers are laypeople trained to provide confidential one-on-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.
    • 12 Step Support Groups - Messiah provides meeting space for several A.A. and Al-Anon groups throughout the week.  
  • operations and property

    • Finance Team helps advise the Church Council and congregation on Messiah's budget, investments, and charitable giving
    • Outdoor Beautification Team maintains outdoor garden areas around the property.
    • POCOS (Preschool Operations, Church Operations, and Safety) Team As Messiah is home to church, school, and outside activities, ensuring smooth operations is key. POCOS convenes to mediate the shared use of the building, resolve conflict, develop and oversee strategies for safety, and advise the Church Council, MLPK School Board, and congregation on short and long term strategies for building use.
    • Property, Building & Construction Team helps with small repairs & projects around the church.