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The September 2020 Messenger #627
The September 2020 Messenger #627
Aug 31, 2020
September 2020 Messenger
From the Pastor
In What Do You Believe?
When Barbara and I were out of town on a road trip a few years ago, we found our way on a Sunday morning to worship at a local Lutheran church. The order of service was very familiar, but when it came time to recite the Apostles’ Creed, the pastor did something different. She began with a question:
“Who are you people? A jaded and weary world wonders why you are gathered here today.”
To which the congregation responded: “We are the church and we gather in the name of God, to worship God, that we may be sent to serve the world God created.”
The pastor then asked a second question: “Everyone believes something. In what do you believe?” The congregation replied, “We believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord.”
Then there was another question: “What do you believe about Jesus?” The congregation answered, “He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary...”
The question-and-answer format is a neat way of saying the creed, for it reminds us that there are many reasons people gather together and many beliefs people can hold about the world, or about God, or about Jesus. As Christians, we orient our lives around a particular set of beliefs. These beliefs are not shared by all our neighbors, and they are not obvious to all.
In recent weeks, the sermons at Messiah have focused on the creed as a way to remind us about these particular beliefs. In saying the creed, we remind ourselves of the big story we are part of—the story of a God who is the creator of a world that is good, who comes in the flesh of a person named Jesus, who through the Spirit creates a community that lives by the forgiveness of sins and hope in the resurrection.
One can spend a lifetime pondering the words of the creed and the story they tell and never get to the bottom of all that they mean. God’s story is so much bigger than our story.
We say these words not with perfect understanding but with trust and hope that our lives find their meaning in God’s story. We trust and hope that what is only dimly understood now will become clear in the end. We trust and hope that the God of Jesus Christ, who gives life to the world, will give light to our days, and to all our living and our dying.
Faithfully, Pastor David
OUR MISSIONARY: REVEREND DR. PHILIP KNUTSON
Check out Pastor Knutson’s blog at southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com
SEPTEMBER 2020 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. During their August meeting they talked over and reviewed the results of the Re-Opening Survey (see below). The EC along with Pastor David have decided to keep the worship service outside through the month pf September. This decision was reached out of an abundance of caution and will be reviewed week to week and revised as appropriate. During the meeting the EC discussed the options of using Zoom or Facebook to hold the Congregational Meeting in September. Please watch for additional details to come later regarding the meeting. Thanks to our property manager, Dave Hanson, for spearheading several repairs and a contract renewal this past month. We are very grateful to have such a keen eye watching over the Messiah campus.
The EC also reviewed information provided by the MLCCC Board regarding enrollment and a GoFundMe fundraiser that has been started to offer financial assistance to the MLCCC. You can read more about the fundraiser in the Christian Education section of this month’s Messenger.
We thank the Executive Committee for continuing to lead us through this difficult time.
Re-Opening Survey Results
Last month Pastor David and the Executive Committee asked the members of Messiah to take a brief survey regarding resuming worship in the Sanctuary. The survey was created to help the EC determine the congregations comfort level in returning to in-person, in-building services. It also gave the congregation the opportunity to voice their opinion. The survey results are below and have been reviewed by the EC and Pastor David. We would like to thank those who participated in the survey. If you have anything further to add, please contact any member of the EC or contact the church office and your message will be communicated.
Question 1: What is your comfort level with returning to in-person services inside the building?
Comfortable – 10%
Somewhat Comfortable – 65%
Uncomfortable – 20%
Will not return until a vaccine is available – 5%
Question 2: If you said you would be comfortable or somewhat comfortable attending in-person services, would you be willing to help prepare the sanctuary for worship on Sunday mornings?
Yes – 30%
No – 35%
Maybe – 35%
Question 3: If you said you would be comfortable or somewhat comfortable attending in-person services, would you be willing to help clean and sanitize the sanctuary after worship on Sunday mornings?
Yes – 20%
No – 40%
Maybe – 40%
Watch your email for a possible virtual Congregation Meeting in September! The EC is discussing how to go about conducting our normally scheduled fall meeting. Details to come!
Outdoor Worship Service
As stated in the EC Corner section, outdoor worship will continue through September. The outdoor services have offered members the opportunity to gather together for worship, while still remaining safe during the pandemic. The EC and Pastor David continue to monitor the guidelines and regulations put forth by public officials and health experts. Any changes in the worship plans will be communicated to the congregation.
Online Church Services Continue:
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. Thanks to Paul Holzer for making sure we can participate virtually in worship for the last 3 years!
Virtual Coffee Hour:
We will continue to have periodic virtual coffee hours after service. The dates and means of accessing will be communicated via the weekly emails and on Facebook. We are trying different access tools to see what works best. Be sure to watch for details and try to join in! It’s another great way to stay connected!
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 email@example.com). We will be updating the Messiah Message Board weekly. Please send news to the office by 5:00 pm on Wednesday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor David at email@example.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
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……..”
Back To School 2020
Back to school in 2020 is providing unprecedented challenges for students, school personnel and parents. Let us keep them all in our prayers and offer our support and encouragement for everyone’s health and safety.
Lord, please watch over our nation’s youth as they return back to school. Whether it be in the classroom, online, through homeschooling, or a combination. Give them peace, focus, and afford them the opportunity to be kids. And Lord, please also watch over our nation’s teachers and school staff as they return to school during this time of uncertainty. Give them peace, focus and patience to support their students in a safe and healthy learning environment. And Lord, please watch over the parents and family’s of our nation’s students as schools are back in session, whether learning occurs at school or at home. Give them peace, focus and resources to support their children and manage their homes and jobs.
2020 Day of Service
On Sunday, Sept. 13, congregations will observe “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. This year our church — and our world — are living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing has changed the way we worship and serve. But the need is great, and God’s church is at work.
Although we won’t be able to conduct our usual Day of Service this year, one way we can still help is to bring non-perishable food and supplies to the outdoor service on the 13th for support of the Assistance Ministry. Current needs include: Canned fruit, tuna, crackers, granola bars, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, fresh fruit, garden vegetables. Other needs include sun screen, bug spray, men's gym shoes, men's caps, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, packets of shaving cream, shampoo and conditioner (sample size is fine). Candy or snacks are also welcome--the guests appreciate a treat! Donated items can be dropped off at the door when arriving for the service.
Below are other service project ideas and considerations for safely supporting your community in the time of a pandemic. Acts of service can happen anywhere: you might contribute to an online project from your home or volunteer in person keeping a safe physical distance and wearing a mask. As a church, we are guided by our life in Christ to share the love of Jesus and serve our neighbors — even if such acts of service look different this year.
Ideas for Service Projects at Home:
• Arrange for meal deliveries from restaurants. Place an order on behalf of anyone in your community who could use a meal, and coordinate with them ahead of time about what they would like from the menu. Be sure to inquire about allergies and dietary restrictions.
• Make masks. Many sewers have already contributed their talents and fabric scraps to mask-making this year. Mask-wearing could be common practice for a while, so people may need another mask.
• Write cards or letters, or send care packages. Every community has people who are always ready to serve. Express your gratitude for emergency workers, teachers, frontline health care workers, postal and delivery workers, those in the military, and all essential workers, remembering especially members of your congregation.
• Start a pen pal program for older adults in nursing homes to connect or reconnect with members of your congregation.
• Call or video-call seniors or those who are homebound or isolated.
• Start a conversation partnership with someone learning English as a second language.
• Reach out to a local organization that supports immigrants and refugees, and offer to participate in video calls.
• Pack hygiene kits for people experiencing homelessness.
• Participate in a 24-hour prayer chain. Members of your congregation can sign up for 30-minute increments around the clock to pray for a world in need.
For additional service ideas, go to https://www.elca.org/dayofservice
Music Ministry: How Can I Keep From Singing?
My higher ed undergrad years were spent at a school in the small central Pennsylvania town of Lewisburg. The university was founded in 1846 by a group of Baptist Christians who named the school the University of Lewisburg. The first group of students met in the basement of a local Baptist church. Forty years later, the college changed its name to Bucknell University, named after a major benefactor. While no longer primarily a faith-based institution today, it remains a major educational player among private universities, especially in the East Coast of the U.S.
Among its first students was Robert Lowry. Lowry attended the university, as well as a seminary associated with it. His education shaped him to become a preacher. He was also as skilled as a composer of hymns. Some of his hymns are still sung today including “Shall We Gather at the River” and “How Can I Keep from Singing?” In the ELW, the later hymn goes by a different title. It was changed to reflect the first line of the first verse—"My Life Flows on in Endless Song” (ELW 763).
My life flows on in endless song; above earth’s lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far off hymn that hails a new creation.
No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?
Technology has been Messiah’s friend since the pandemic started. While we have not been able to meet inside our worship space, we have been able to continue worshipping online. Because our services have been recorded for the past three years and posted on Youtube, we have been able to access previously recorded music. The Gloria Dei Choir is still singing anthems. The congregation is still singing many hymns. Soloists are singing music accompanied by piano or guitar. The music of Lent and Easter was recorded and posted to help the congregation celebrate these seasons of the church.
In early August, the congregation began to gather in the parking lot in our cars for worship. Pastor David preaches. A music assistant sings a portion of the liturgy and hymns. The church musician plays the sanctuary piano from inside the church. Audio technology connects worship leadership outdoors with the church musician playing the piano indoors (thanks to the expertise of Paul Holzer and Jim Handzel!). Hopefully, you too are joining the music assistant as the liturgy and hymns are sung. For those who cannot come to the church’s parking lot, live streams of our outdoor worship services can be found on Youtube.
Because of the pandemic, worship has changed. We are not “going” to church or singing the music of faith as we use to. But worship has not ended nor our desire or need to keep on singing the faith. For the follower of Christ, Lowry’s words point to a reality that undergirds all reality: “No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging. Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?”
Bill Decker, Music Coordinator
Assistance Ministry has started up our Monday Ministry again. We have reached about 12 of our usual guests. We are not allowing anyone in our building but are handing out healthy meals to go, face coverings, Jewel cards, toilet paper, water and Gatorade.
We have asked for phone numbers of any guests who would like to stay connected to us and then have texted them with our hours, what we’re serving, etc.
Many of our guests come for the socialization during our meals - at this time we are just unable to do this.
We are going to put up a canopy and have a table of clothing, toiletries and a small clothing rack this week to be able to further assist them. We will insist on social distancing and wearing of face coverings.
Please continue to keep this ministry in your prayers. There are many of our previously regular guests whom we haven’t seen since reopening. We hope everyone is safe.
Quilts & Kits
As noted on the Messiah Message Board earlier in August, we found out that besides the devastating loss of life in the Beirut explosion, shipping containers filled with humanitarian aid from Lutheran World Relief were lost. The containers included thousands of quilts and kits earmarked for refugees. The total value of items in the containers was estimated at $624,000. Between this and the pandemic we anticipate the need for quilts & kits and donations to be even greater. While we don’t know right now when we can meet to assemble quilts and kits, it’s a great time of year to purchase school supplies that are on sale. We will also be prepared to assemble personal care kits when we can meet again. If you’re shopping in person or online consider picking up the supplies listed below for either type of kit. For more information or to make a direct donation to LWR go to: https://lwr.org/story-hub/more-600000-humanitarian-aid-refugees-destroyed-beirut-explosion
The school kits each have to contain the following 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
The personal care kits have to contain the following according to LWR requirements:
• 1 bath towel (lightweight, dark color preferred)
• 2 bars of bath soap (4-5 oz each)
• 1 adult size toothbrush
• 1 sturdy comb
• 1 metal nail clipper
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
Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center
Help is Needed!
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down these past few months, creating uncertainty and stress for all of us. With stay at home orders and nationwide shutdowns, everything came to a standstill – only to speed back up again with quite literally every aspect of our lives going virtual, including work, school, family gatherings. Yet childcare, especially for young families, is not something that can remain virtual, so Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center (MLCCC) was able to open their doors to families and children needing summer camp on June 15, 2020 after nearly three months of being shuttered. But the future of Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center like other small businesses, faces challenges.
Enrollment for Summer 2020 Campers at MLCCC was substantially reduced even though more teachers were needed for additional care at check in, class size limitations, and merging room usage, as well as extra cleaning throughout and after the school day. These additional resources and materials (e.g. PPE and extra sanitizing/cleaning) to ensure MLCCC was safe and open for families this 2020 summer, are additional unaccounted costs for MLCCC.
The 2020-2021 MLCCC school year will face similar measures with extra teachers and or helpers for extra care at check in and cleaning throughout and during the day.
MLCCC is a loving community of teachers and staff that has been a gem in the community for decades. MLCCC has always been self supported with tuition and school fundraisers. This year’s fun fair, our major fundraiser was cancelled due to the virus and the school closed for 12 weeks between March 15 to June 15. Messiah appreciates the donations made to the school at that time, but will be facing similar financial shortages due to state, federal, and DCFS guidelines/protocols. Gift cards for local restaurants and businesses from our cancelled fun fair silent auction will be raffled off for each $25 donation received by 9-30-20!
Current and future young families at MLCCC need the community to help ensure that MLCCC, an independent small business in Park Ridge, Illinois, remains open and vibrant during and after the COVID crisis.
Please consider a one-time donation or a potential on-going donation during the COVID crisis. There is a need for MLCCC to maintain a certain level of staff during this crisis, and to provide a safe place for young families needing childcare. The initial goal for MLCCC to remain open through the end of 2020 is $50,000, which will be used to help pay for additional costs due to the COVID crisis.
As you know the COVID crisis does not have an anticipated end date, so the need for community support beyond the end of the 2020 calendar year will likely exist. If you can commit to a monthly donation during this COVID crisis, it would be greatly appreciated!
There are two ways to donate:
1. The MLCCC GoFundme page (https://www.gofundme.com/f/messiah-lutheran-child-care-center-covid19) OR
2. Send Checks directly to MLCCC at 1605 Vernon Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068 with the note “COVID Donation” so that it can be applied for the COVID crisis needs.
Please also consider asking employers about company matches for financial donations. Your donation maybe matched up to 100%!
Thank you for supporting Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center, for current and young families needing this loving community! Please let us know if you have any additional questions. We appreciate your support and generosity!
For more information on CCC Activities and Programs contact CCC Office at 847-825-3767 or see the website at www.messiahchildcare.com
After a long delay, the confirmation of Kyle Hauser has been scheduled for Sunday, September 13th. It will occur during the outdoor worship service – a first for Messiah! Kyle has completed a three-year course of study and has chosen to affirm his baptismal covenants in the Lutheran tradition. Come out to the service on September 13 and extend congratulations to Kyle for his hard work and dedication. We are proud of the outstanding young man he has become and look forward to seeing what God has in store for him going forward!!
Meanwhile, we thank Pat Kovach for continuing to share God’s word with our current confirmation students – virtually!
Confirmation Class 2020 – 2021
We joyfully welcome our 2 students back to Confirmation Class via Zoom starting Sunday, September 13th. Please reach out to 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders that you know who would like to learn about the Bible, Jesus, and be confirmed at our Church.
This year we will be covering topics such as What it means to be Lutheran, and we will learn about the Old & New Testament’s of the Bible. We will also learn about the major stories, people & themes of God’s love for His people. For more information contact the church office.
COMING IN OCTOBER
2020 Crop Walk
The annual Crop walk benefiting the Maine Township Food Pantry will still be held this year but will look slightly different. We are inviting individuals, families and small groups to participate in the 29th Annual Crop Walk on October 18th. Messiah is registered online and we will be participating as a virtual fundraising group. However, you might choose a creative way to walk virtually from your home. You might choose to walk as an individual, a family or a small group, choosing your own time and route. Maybe you'd like to participate as a Spirit Walker! Whatever your choice, please register on-line and, if possible, solicit donations on-line also. You can donate directly to Messiah’s team at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/nilesil/Team/View/135216/Messiah-Lutheran-Church or you can send checks to the church office. If you choose to write a check please make it payable to CWS Crop. Remember 25% of the money raised goes directly to the Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry who is currently supporting over 900 families each month.
This year the Crop Walk will again participate in “give back nights” partnering with local restaurants in Park Ridge. The first give back night will be Tuesday, September 15th from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm at Harp & Fiddle located at 100 Main Street in downtown Park Ridge. Make sure to mention the Crop Walk when ordering and 15% of your pre-tax bill will be donated to the Maine Township Food Pantry. This applies with all dine-in or carry-out orders.
MEMORIAL & HONORARIUM REPORT
All gifts to the Memorial & Honorarium Fund are automatically acknowledged to the giver and donee or family by a personal note. Unless otherwise designated, all gifts go into the General Fund. Addresses and envelope numbers on memorial cards or checks are much appreciated. The purpose of this report is to confirm that gifts are received. If you don’t see your gift listed here after two months, please contact the church office.
In memory of Marilyn Borgeson:
Mary M Sprandel
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP We’re including the scripture readings for September. Once we know when services can resume, we will reach out to Worship Teams.
September 6th Fourteenth Sunday of Pentecost
Ezekiel 33:7-11 Psalm 119:33-40 Romans 138:14 Matthew 18:15-20
September 13th Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost
Genesis 50:15-21 Psalm 103:1-13 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35
September 20th Sixteenth Sunday of Pentecost
Jonah 3:10-4:11 Psalm 145:1-8 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16
September 27th Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 Psalm 25:1-9 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32
50 Years of Ordained Women
With gratitude for those who have gone before and hope for the future, the ELCA gives thanks to God for the ministry of women. In 2019 and 2020 we celebrate 50 years of Lutheran women being ordained in the United States, 40 years of women of color being ordained, and 10 years of LGBTQIA+ individuals being able to serve freely.
As part of this anniversary year, we lament that women have been barred from serving and have been bullied, dismissed and excluded. We also celebrate the gifts and service that women have brought to our church and our world as pastors.
ELCA and Pandemic Relief
Excerpt from an article titled “ELCA and Lutheran World Relief partner to fight COVID-19 around the world” located on www.elca.org.
CHICAGO — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has worked with Lutheran World Relief (LWR) to repurpose $160,000 in project funding for emergency responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
In Latin America, the funding will be used for food assistance in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, which have been hard-hit by the coronavirus and the resulting economic disruption that is causing increased hunger. In Africa, the support will provide improved water, sanitation and hygiene, along with personal protective equipment, to displaced communities in South Sudan. And a project in Nepal will ensure that quarantine facilities are hygienic and comfortable, and that households economically affected by COVID-19 are able to cultivate their crops and sustain their small-scale businesses.
"Thanks to the flexibility and rapid action of our ELCA partners, Lutheran World Relief has been able to quickly ramp up these emergency responses to COVID-19," said Daniel Speckhard, LWR president and CEO. "This is so important because COVID-19 is a major threat to the resilience and well-being of the communities where we serve. Lives will be saved as a result of this support."
"The ELCA has a tradition of standing with our global neighbors in good times and in bad," said the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA. "Our partnership with Lutheran World Relief is a reflection of that strong commitment and allows us to deepen and extend it in this time of extreme crisis."
The ELCA and LWR share a long, historical relationship and a mutual commitment to companionship in mission. Through its ELCA World Hunger program, the ELCA has provided $1 million in annual support to LWR for projects that serve people and communities in various regions around the world, including Latin America, Asia and Africa.
ELCA Anti-Racism Pledge
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17).
As church we are called to confess the sin of racism, condemn the ideology of white supremacy, and strive for racial justice and peace. Beyond statements and prayers, we are called to also act and respond to injustices. We invite you to commit to one or more of the actions below:
1. Sign the pledge below, “I commit to study, prayer and action to become an anti-racist individual in an anti-racist church,” and share your participation on social media using #ELCA4justice.
2. Work to dismantle racial injustice by listening to voices, experiences and the expertise of people of color. Learn about the ELCA ethnic-specific associations and their strategies.
3. Learn the history of systemic racism in this country and the ways racism and white supremacy impact every aspect of our life together.
4. Join, support or attend your synod’s anti-racism team or work with your synod leadership to start one in your congregation. Study the ELCA social statement “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture” and the “Explanation of the Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent.”
5. Explore and use on “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday the forthcoming ELCA Advocacy resources on a “Just Society Supporting the Health of All,” which are focused on advancing racially equitable public policies, and by engaging in ELCAvotes to encourage and ensure voting rights for all.
6. Start where you are by joining community organizations working for racial justice.
7. Reach out to build or deepen relationships with Historic Black Churches. Consider using the congregational resource “Understanding One Another,” co-authored by the ELCA and the African Methodist Episcopal Church, or our Joint Statement of Mission with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church as a way to get started.
8. Explore and use the anti-racism resources of our ecumenical partners through the A.C.T. Now to End Racism initiative of the National Council of Churches.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE We pray for each other, our congregation, our families, our community, our state, our country and the world during this challenging time.
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 (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)
Pat & Ted Gradt and Amanda Jensen (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)
Eunice Morris (mother is Cindy Decker)
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:
David Hanson, 9/8 George Magerl, 9/11 Melvin Shapiro, 9/12
Caitlin Levy, 9/13 Marilynn Duckett,9/14 Michael Hanson, 9/14
Kyle Hauser, 9/16 Tom Hanson, 9/17 Richard Levy, 9/18
Teresa Lippert, 9/20 Holly Norberg, 9/21 Worknesh Deressa, 9/22
Steve Loverme, 9/23 Julie Jensen, 9/25 Barbara Valasek, 9/26
Pat Fragale, 9/28
Anniversaries this month
Bill & Sandi Downie, 9/16, (59 years) Rich & Helen Levy 9/20, (29 years)