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The August 2020 Messenger #626

Jul 31, 2020

Living With the Grain Of The Universe

At the front of the Lutheran national cathedral in Copenhagen, Denmark, stands a much-loved statue of Christ with outstretched arms in a posture of invitation. (Mormon leaders in the United States were so impressed by this statue by Bertel Thorvaldsen, created in 1839, that they ordered a replica for Salt Lake City.)

Beneath the statue is an inscription in Danish, “Kommer til mig,” or “Come to me.” The words are a reference to Christ’s words “Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:23), which were part of our Gospel reading a few Sundays ago.

In that passage, Jesus goes on to invite his followers to “take my yoke upon you.” Jesus ties the promise of rest to the taking on of his yoke. Paradoxically, it is in bearing the yoke of Jesus that we find rest and find the burdens of life easier to bear.

What is the yoke of Jesus? The yoke is following in Jesus’ footsteps, the way of the cross. It is following the way of mercy, justice, and forgiveness, trusting that this is God’s way. It is the way of loving one’s enemies and affirming the dignity of those the world judges to be expendable. It is the yoke of bearing one another’s burdens.

At any given moment, carrying Jesus’ yoke may not always seem to make things easier. But his yoke is actually what gives our lives direction, energy, and hope. This yoke puts us on God’s way, the way that ultimately leads to peace and joy.

These days, wearing a mask in public is one small way we bear one another’s burdens and affirm the dignity of others. It may feel like a burden to put on a mask, but that burden become a lot easier to bear when we remember that this is part of the life Jesus calls us to: a life in which we seek the well-being of others and make sacrifices for the good of all.

When we take on the yoke of Jesus, our lives are shaped to fit the purposes of God and to follow the true grain of the universe. That’s the yoke Jesus invites us to carry. That’s the yoke that he promises will give true rest to our souls in these days and every day.

Faithfully, Pastor David

Check out Pastor Knutson’s blog at southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com

In Memoriam

We pray for the family of long-time member, Marilyn Borgeson (nee Ohl) who passed away at her home in Park Ridge on July 21, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Eugene for 65 years; loving mother of Carol (Richard) Wilson, Andrea (Curtis) Johnson, and the late John; cherished grandmother of Benjamin (Leah) Wilson, David Wilson, Dawn (Walker) Mack, Daniel Johnson, Laura (Bain) Rumohr, Stephen (Christina) Johnson; and great grandmother of 12. Carol Hrodey was also honored to have Marilyn as her godmother. Marilyn was a graduate of National Louis University and worked in communications for Army Air Forces, municipal bond clerk for Salomon Brothers and in accounts receivable for Borgeson and Assoc. She was a board member of Twentieth Century Club and member of both Manor Women’s Club and Republican Women’s Club. Marilyn also volunteered at Lutheran General Hospital and Wings. Marilyn and Eugene joined Messiah on March 6, 1955, the same day their second daughter, Andrea was baptized. Their son, John was also baptized at Messiah in 1962. All three Borgeson children were confirmed at Messiah. Marilyn took great pleasure in working hard to overhaul Messiah’s library at one time and also taught Sunday school. She served on the Altar Guild and on the MLCW board. Interment was private. Memorials to Avenues of Independence, 515 Busse Hwy. in Park Ridge, or Messiah Lutheran Church, 1605 Vernon Ave. in Park Ridge are appreciated.

We also pray for the family of Marion McCauley Harker who served as an early teacher and subsequent director of Messiah’s Child Care Center beginning in 1966. Marion was most recently living out east. Her three sons were raised attending Sunday School and confirmation at Messiah.

Executive Committee Corner
Messiah’s Executive Committee has continued to meet virtually throughout the pandemic; keeping a watchful eye on all of us and Messiah’s ministries. In their July meeting they reviewed current Illinois guidelines and determined it would be safe to try an outdoor service. See information below about this event scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 9th at 10:15. The plan is to still provide the service via YouTube for those who cannot attend in person. Future services – outdoor or indoor will be determined and announced as the current situation unfolds. Per President, Paul Holzer: “All things are subject to change. Based on participation and guidance from the synod and government health officials, adjustments will be made as we work together to continue providing opportunities for worship.” It is important to watch email updates to get further details. If you know of anyone without email or who doesn’t check email frequently, please give them updates! Meanwhile, EC is monitoring groups that beginning to return to use Messiah’s facilities and their restrictions to remain only in the church building and to stay out of the Child Care Center portion of the building. Child Care Center reopened June 15 with specific safety guidelines and will continue with their fall term. Meanwhile, communication with church staff has continued through emails and meetings via Zoom. Assistance Ministry has also resumed with guests remaining outside. Eagle Scout projects have begun. EC discussed potentially holding the 2020 summer congregational meeting the beginning of September via Zoom. The Executive Committee continues to monitor Messiah’s financial obligations and encourages members to continue their giving via Facebook, Simply Giving and by mail.

We thank the Executive Committee for continuing to lead us through this difficult time.

Outdoor Worship Service
Messiah will hold an outdoor worship service in the church parking lot at 10:15 on Sunday, August 9. At this point the plan is to have the service conducted from the east side of the parking lot, with cars parked in the area. Speakers will amplify the service and pre-recorded music. Hopefully the service will still take place in the event of rain. Materials for worship will be available by email. Please watch your email during the week of August 3-7 for more specific details, as Paul Holzer has already pointed out, things are subject to change!

Please note the following guidelines for outdoor worship as recommended by the Metro Chicago Synod:
•   Worshipers who live together should travel together, without adding others into the car.
•   Worshipers should remain in their vehicles at all times.
•   Cars should be parked more than six feet apart—otherwise, car windows and doors should be

Materials for worship will be available by email. It will be great to see each other and worship together, even if it is from our car!

Online Church Services Continue:
As the EC and Pastor David work together for us to return to worship safely, online church services are still going on – whether it is an outdoor service or filmed at Pastor David’s home. As a reminder, all of the church services can be viewed through two different avenues. All of the services are posted on the Messiah Facebook page as well as our YouTube channel under the name Messiah Park Ridge. The YouTube channel can be found at this web address, https://www.youtube.com/user/holzerp. If you need help accessing either viewing platforms please reach out to the church office and we can help.
We continue to be blessed to have Pastor David and his wife Barbara lead our online worship with musical help from Bill Decker and the technical direction and editing skills of Paul Holzer. In addition, some of our assisting ministers have added their voices to reading of the scriptures. For more information or to add your voice to worship, contact Pastor David at messiahpastor1605@gmail.com.

Music During Worship
Music at Messiah may look a bit different these days but, using his talents, Bill Decker continues to bring music to the virtual worship services. Bill has used the favorite hymn suggestions submitted by our members, played background music, sometimes accompanied by his daughter Laura, and with the help of Paul Holzer, the music has been inserted into the virtual services.
-Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Psalm 95:1

Communication with Church & Each Other:
Phone messages, regular mail and email continue to be monitored throughout the week. If you are in need of pastoral care, please leave a message on the church phone or send an email to the church at office@messiahparkridge.org or Pastor David at pastor1605@gmail.com. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Pastor David and the church office are sending out several emails each week to help keep the people of Messiah connected during this time. If you have an email address that you receive messages from church, please be sure to check it regularly so you don’t miss any updates. If you know someone who doesn’t have email or doesn’t check it regularly, please keep them up to
date! In addition to communicating with church staff, let’s continue to keep in touch with each other. A phone call, an email, a text or even a note via snail mail can make a difference in someone’s day. Being isolated at home can take a toll on all of us so let’s make sure we check in with each other and stay connected! “With Christ, Reaching Out……..”

The Messiah Message Board!
If you have information to share—celebrations, prayer concerns, messages or just news of interest to the people of Messiah—please pass it on to the church office via email (send to office@messiahparkridge.org). We will be updating the Messiah Message Board weekly. Please send news to the office by 5:00 pm on Wednesday.

Music Ministry: The Music of Morning Prayer
The Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) program has brought together talented young people with trained musicians at Valparaiso University since 1981 for instruction and performances (for more info on this excellent summer program, visit Lutheran Summer Music). This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the program continued its instruction online. Recently, the LSM leadership shared a treasured tradition with members of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (of which I am a member) which I pass onto you. The tradition combines Martin Luther’s “Morning Prayer” (found in his Small Catechism) set to fine choral music composed by Carl Schalk.

LSM students begin each day by singing Schalk’s setting of Luther’s “Morning Prayer.” The students are asked to memorize this music within days. This tradition allows the current class to express a common musical link with alumni, faculty, and staff that joins the Christian faith with those participating in and leading this program, despite years and distance apart.

To hear a virtual choral recording, click on this link--Luther's Morning Prayer. If you are reading this on hard copy and would like to listen to it, the web address is: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uUyHAj0ZLw.

Carl Schalk, a resident of the metro Chicago region and a Lutheran, has been a teacher and composer of faith music for many decades. While Schalk paraphrased Luther’s prayer to some extent, he masterfully remained true to Luther’s words in the Small Catechism. Here is Schalk’s text:

I thank you heav'nly Father
Through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord
You kept me safely through the night
And brought me to the morning light

Be with me through this day, I pray
And keep me safe from Satan’s way
That all I think or do or say
Please only you, my Strength and Stay

Into your hands I now commend
My body and soul until life's end
Your Angel keep me safe from harm
Until I rest in Jesus’ arm. Amen.

Assistance Ministry

Assistance Ministry has resumed Monday morning meals. We are handing hearty bag lunches to go, masks and limited toiletries, toilet paper, etc. Guests are not allowed inside at this time. We are also giving out Jewel cards and will look through clothing if there is a certain request. Our numbers are down - 4 to 8 but we are hoping to get the word out that we are open.

Beginning August 3, we will be serving hot meals to go. We have many chickens in freezers from the restaurant closing of Save Room for Truman. Diane Blanks and Linda Raymond will be roasting the chickens and adding salad to go and other foods. We are trying to think a safe way of having our guests eat at Messiah, but do not feel comfortable doing that at this time. We know that for many of our guests, they come for the socialization and feeling of community as well as for the food. We want to get back to this but want to be safe.

We had fresh cucumbers and zucchini’s donated last week from our congregation. They were very, much appreciated!
Please keep these guests in your prayers as they are certainly vulnerable.
Be safe! Connie Kaufman

Quilts & Kits
We continue to work at home to prepare items for quilts and kits. Since we don’t know what the coming months will bring, we are not sure if we will be able to assemble our usual offering of quilts and kits this year. However, back to school sales are in full gear so if you see any good deals go ahead and grab some items or let us know where the sales are. Even if we don’t assemble kits, we can save the items for next year!

The school kits each have to contain according to LWR requirements:
•   4 70-page spiral notebooks
•   5 ball point pens
•   5 pencils
•   1 pair blunt tipped scissors
•   1 eraser
•   1 pencil sharpener
•   1 ruler (must include one metric side)
•   1 box of 24 crayons
If you’ve been spending your quarantine time at home cleaning out closets, we also are happy to take donations of flat sheets (any size) or material for our quilts. Please let us know if you plan to donate any supplies so we can be sure to get them to the right place. If you are out shopping, be safe and wear your mask!
Carol Hrodey & Trudi Handzel

Christian Education
Child Care Center
The Child Care Center is close to successfully completing their summer session. They worked hard to develop appropriate protocols to keep children and staff safe, while providing their usual high-quality programming. Miss Karen said over the course of the summer session, more children enrolled and in addition, parents added days as they became more comfortable having their children in the program. Karen also added that the children and parents did very well complying with guidelines to make the adjustment run more smoothly. And parents were very appreciative to have Messiah CCC up and running again!

At this time, plans are underway for the fall term to start on Tuesday, August 24th. The center will be closed the previous week for cleaning and preparation. There won’t be a traditional open house prior to the start but the staff is considering options. It’s a complex process to develop safe protocols that follow guidelines and directives from DCFS, as well as state and federal mandates. Karen and the staff are working hard to prepare! There are already children registered and ready to attend.

For more information on CCC Activities and Programs contact CCC Office at 847-825-3767 or see the website at www.messiahchildcare.com

National Youth Gathering
The National Youth Gathering is a special time in which thousands of youth from across the nation come together in celebration to praise God and grow as one in their faith. The theme for the next gathering is boundless: God beyond measure which is based off of Ephesians 3:14-21 CEV. (To learn more about the gatherings theme you can visit this website, https://www.elca.org/YouthGathering/About/Theme.)

Out of an abundance of caution, the ELCA has decided to move the Nation Youth Gathering to the summer of 2022. Below is a statement from www.elca.org regarding the decision to postpose the gathering.

After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to postpone next summer’s ELCA Youth Gathering to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held July 24-28, 2022, in Minneapolis, with the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble, scheduled for July 21-24, 2022. To learn more about the postponement and the 2022 Gathering, please visit: elca.org/YouthGathering/COVID19.

Reaching Out With Masks
As some of you know, Trudi Handzel has been busy making masks so we wanted to know more about her efforts and who was benefitting from these masks! This is what she told us:

I have made over 1000 masks and given them away.
How did this all start? Need, Time, Energy and Supplies all came together.

To start this story, we have to go back to March 2020. I left mom at her assisted living facility on March 11th to go to choir. It will be for just a few days, maybe a week until visitors would be allowed back. That's what they said at the time when I left her that day - not knowing that would be the last time I would have a chance to hug her and hold her hand.

Meanwhile Jim had a cough and a fever and ended up getting tested for COVID 19. While waiting for his results, I stayed elsewhere. I couldn't see my mom. I couldn't see Jim. I was scared and had what I call nervous energy. I had to do something. I needed to keep busy. So, I crocheted, and crocheted, and crocheted some more.

10 days later we found out Jim's test was negative. I went home. I still couldn't see my mom. I called her every day, but was not allowed my daily visit. My hands needed a break from crocheting. The news started talking about how we should be wearing masks and that there was a supply shortage of them. I went to my craft stash. I had fabric, elastic, thread and my 40+ year old sewing machine. I was able to work at home part time and Jim’s schedule changed too so I had evenings to myself after work. No meeting up with friends. No dinners out. I had time.

I researched mask patterns. So many options. I found a simple pattern on the CDC website using 2 layers of cotton fabric and elastic ear-bands. So, I made masks for Jim and I. I made some more. I gave them to our neighbors. I gave them to friends. I would find some fun fabric in my stash and that would remind me of someone and I would reach out and ask if they needed any masks (like fabric with money printed on it made nice masks for our accountant!). About 90% of the time I got a yes. I felt this was something I could do. There was so much talk about the number of COVID 19 cases rising. This was my little way of helping. I felt driven. I mailed masks. I did porch drops. I passed them out to delivery drivers at work. I passed them out at my oncologist's office. I was tweaking the pattern and process as time went by based on feedback and experience. Jim has stepped in to help by trimming threads, cutting elastic pieces and putting the elastic pieces in the side casings.

When I ran low on supplies, I was able to purchase more elastic and material thru a work contact, in addition to people giving me fabric when they found out I was making masks. I was getting more efficient at making them, but running out of homes for them. I offered them to church members. I gave some to the Maine Township office. I gave some to Messiah Child Care. I gave Jim some to take to work. I sent some to my sister in law and nieces and nephew. I gave Reaching Out (continued)
some to our Assistance Ministry. I saw in my Project Linus newsletter that they had places asking for masks. Thru that connection some of the masks I have made have gone to hospitals, hospice facilities, local food pantries, etc.

I did have to go back into work 5 days a week but still had my evenings free. I would get home, maybe throw in a load of laundry and go into my sewing room until Jim came home. If it was a choice between vacuuming and sewing, sewing always won!

Mom went into the hospital in early June and on June 13th she passed away. She was 99.
I never got to see her smile again. I needed to keep busy. The nervous energy was back. I could sew and yet my mind could be sorting out projects - mom, home, or work related. (also known as multi-tasking) And so I sewed. And still I sew.

When I started - I felt 1000 put on my heart, Could I do that many? Would the need go away? Would I run out of time or energy? So far - that's yes - no - and no. Would I stop at 1000? No - as long as there is a need and I can find them homes - I will continue. God put it on my heart. It's my therapy during these uncertain times.

Trudi Handzel July 2020
Mom always liked when I wrote - so this story is for her.

August 2nd Ninth Sunday of Pentecost
Isaiah 55:1-5   Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21   Romans 9:1-5   Matthew 14:13-21

August 9th Tenth Sunday of Pentecost
1Kings 19:9-18    Psalm 85:8-13 Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33

August 16th Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost
Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Psalm 67 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15:10-28

August 23rd Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost
Isaiah 51:1-6   Psalm 138 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20

August 30th Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost
Jeremiah 15:15-21   Psalm 26:1-8   Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28

We pray for each other, our congregation, our families, our community, our state, our country and the world during this challenging time.

Those who mourn:
Longtime Messiah member Marilyn Borgeson died on July 21. We pray for all who mourn her death and celebrate her life. Eternal rest grant her, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine on her.

We pray for the family and friends of Jackie Steigerwald as they mourn the loss of Jackie’s great-grandson Pierce David Movitz.

Those who are ill, in recovery, or facing adversity:
The Dumerer Family The Hauser Family Don & Mary Jane Kovach
Trudi & Jim Handzel Bob Kallas Richard Levy
Daniel Kovach Carol Hrodey Joe & Nick Levy
Maria Raicia (mother of Laura Hauser)
Sonja Snell and Larry Morris (family of Bill and Cindy Decker)
Katie Brandon and Carol Rudy (friends of Dotty Burger)
Jessica Saul (daughter of Tim Saul)
Domonic & Leah Mareuccilli Family, Anne Flick (Friends of the Lippert Family)
Teresa & José (aunt & uncle of Cookie Bonilla)
The family of Bonnie Bomhack, Pat & Ted Gradt, Jack & Joanne May, the family of Julian Hernandez, Kathy Nilles (friends and family of the Jensen Family)
Ron, Carol, Margot, Maggie, Steve W., Mary, Bruce, and Terry DeSchepper
(friends of David Swanson)
George, Gari, the Beierwaltes Family, Pattie & Chris, Aaron, Sandi, & Tom Farley, J.T., & Becky (family & friends of the Handzel Family)
Ed & Toni (friends of Rich Seggeling)

Those who are homebound:
Arlene Baranowski Barb Loverme Dorothy Nagel Eva Thoren      

Those serving in the armed services and first responders:
(those known to us & all those who serve)
Brandon Ajyek Tim David Tyler Daye Jarred Engvall Bobby Hanson
Jenni Hanson Mikey Hanson Andreas Johnson Claudine Ward Jason Koesler
Joey Rosequist Brian Nagel Eric Nagel David Nagel
Officer Matt McGannon

Those attending college and graduate school:
Thomas Yager Phil Holzer Nick Levy Novena Christal Haley Lippert Dina Salemi Arden Sasak Adam Hauser Jake Saul Jessica Saul Christian Travis
Ryan Hauser Kevin Kovach Trygve Jensen Nikolas Ryczek Michael Yager

Those who celebrate:
Jackie Steigerwald, 8/1 Sandra Deines, 8/7 Kevin Kaufman, 8/8 Cindy Norberg, 8/8
Barbara Shapiro, 8/12 Ravi Penumaka, 8/15 Henry Allemeier, 8/16 Connie Travis, 8/19
Michael Deines, 8/20 Carlos Santos, 8/21

Anniversaries this month
Ed & Sue Kopij, 8/25 (46 years) Andy & Connie Travis, 8/28 (22 years)
Ralph & Teresa Lippert, 8/31 (23 years)




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