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The October 2020 Messenger #628

Oct 1, 2020

October 2020 Messenger
From the Pastor
The Church’s Thing
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Those words from business consultant Steve Covey are good advice for any organization, including the church. The church too can get sidetracked from its main purpose, its reason for being.
Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther and other Reformers believed that the church’s main thing was to proclaim the grace of God as shown in Jesus Christ, and they thought that much of the church had been sidetracked from the main thing by the pursuit of money and worldly power. The church focused on what humans can do rather than on what God has done in the cross and resurrection of Jesus. So, Luther and others began what became known as the Reformation.
Each year at the end of October, we remember the Lutheran Reformation of the 16th century as a way to remind ourselves to keep the main thing the main thing. The church of the 21st century can do many good things—social events, entertainment, service projects—and lose sight of the main thing. Our activities are not that important unless, in the end, they are ways of proclaiming and living out God’s love in Jesus Christ.
Keeping the main thing the main thing has been a large part of the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic. What is most important and what is less important for the church to do? How, in these days, can we be the body of Christ for each other and the world?
Many people think that the church will be significantly changed by its experience of Covid. How will it be changed? Perhaps Covid will spark a new reformation of the church, helping us to learn what is most important and what is less important in our ministry. Or perhaps Covid will simply mark the start of a new decline, as people get used to not participating in church and drift away.
I don’t have a crystal ball to see how this will turn out. But I do know that that the church’s main thing is to keep the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus at the center of what we do. If we seek to keep that our main thing, and if we encourage each other in that effort, then surely, we will be part of the future God is making. And we will be part of the thing that really matter—God’s care and redemption of the world.
Faithfully, Pastor David
Check out Pastor Knutson’s blog at southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com
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 September meeting they continued the discussion relative to synod guidelines on holding in-person worship services. The EC along with Pastor David have decided to continue outdoor services for the first two Sundays in October (4th & 11th). After that, the remaining October services will be online only. EC will continue to review week to week and revise as appropriate. During the meeting the EC continued the discussion about options to hold a Congregational Meeting. Please watch for additional details to come later regarding the meeting.
EC continues to address various campus issues/activities. They also discussed avenues for donations including via Facebook page, Pay Pal, and checks (see below for more detail).
We thank the Executive Committee for continuing to lead us through this difficult time.
Ways to Donate
Besides the traditional check or cash donation/offering (which can be mailed to the church office), there are various other ways to support Messiah. We still have bills to pay to continue to operate! Check out Messiah’s website on ways to contribute: https://www.messiahparkridge.org/contribute.html
A variety of avenues to contribute are outlined including via Messiah’s Facebook page, Pay Pal (https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2770654), Simply Giving, Amazon Smile and Good Shop (detailed below).
Amazon Smile
As more of us are doing our shopping online please remember to use AmazonSmile when shopping on Amazon. With Messiah designated as your charity of choice, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate a portion of every qualifying order to Messiah. If you need instructions on how to set up your AmazonSmile account, please reach out to the church office and we can assist you.
Many of us are quite familiar with online shopping through AmazonSmile and how Messiah receives benefits from users shopping. We would also like to once again bring light to another form of giving that also benefits the shopper, Goodshop. The Goodshop is an online source that offers coupon codes to online shoppers all while giving a percentage back to the shopper’s charity of choice. Win, Win! Once you have created an account and selected your charity of choice, all you have to do, before starting your online shopping, is to first go to the www.goodshop.com and find the coupon code of the store you will be ordering from. You then copy the coupon code, do your shopping, and paste the code in the appropriate area during check out. That’s it! Messiah will receive a percentage from your order directly from Goodshop. The percentage amount is listed alongside the code.
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!
Let’s Get Virtual!
During the pandemic we have been able to participate in online worship, coffee hours, messaging and other ways to stay in touch and continue with God’s mission for Messiah. Everyone is encouraged to take these opportunities to stay connected and learn/practice this technology! We don’t know how long we’ll need to use it – plus who knows what other ministry avenues might the technology might open up! If you need help accessing any of these online opportunities, contact the church office or Paul Holzer.
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.
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 messiahpastor1605@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 Communication With Church & Each Other (continued)
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……..”

OCTOBER 2020 Virtual Activities!
Messiah VIRTUAL Book Club
The Messiah Book Club will be meeting virtually Thursday, October 22nd 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on FB Messenger Rooms. The selection this month is Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is her best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette vanishes. It all began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle -- and people in general -- has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence -- creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading. All are welcome. If anyone has any questions, please contact Paul Holzer at 847-296-0734.
Men’s VIRTUAL Brotherhood Breakfast
Men’s Brotherhood will hold a Virtual Breakfast gathering on Saturday, October 10th at 9:00 a.m. All Messiah men are invited to participate. Watch your email for notice of how to connect on the 10th! Contact Rich Seggeling or Paul Holzer if you have questions.
Texts of Faith
Martin Luther ended his famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” (ELW 504), with a verse that reflected his deep-seated trust that nothing could separate us from God. This hymn was written in circumstances not totally different from the pandemic we are currently experiencing. In his day, it was the bubonic plague, a terrible pandemic that ravaged Europe, including his hometown. He wrote: God’s Word forever shall abide, no thanks to foes, who fear it; for God himself fights by our side with weapons of the Spirit.
Approximately 15 years later, Luther penned another hymn, “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word” (ELW 517). The Holy Roman Empire, led by Charles V, was in a war with Turkey and at times, it seemed that Europe might be defeated. Seeing how the chaos of war was affecting the followers of Christ, Luther wrote: Lord, keep us steadfast in your word; curb those who by deceit or sword would wrest the kingdom from your Son.”
Jumping ahead nearly 300 years, famed Danish hymnist, as well as pastor and church reformer, Nicolai F.S. Grundtvig, wrote a fifth verse to Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress.” He called it “God’s Word is Our Great Heritage” (ELW 509). Grundtvig wrote the hymn to encourage the followers of Christ to hold tightly to God’s Word, no matter what happens: God’s Word is our great heritage and shall be ours forever; to spread its light from age to age shall be our chief endeavor. Through life it guides our way; in death it is our stay. Lord grant while time shall last your church may hold it fast throughout all generations.
In the 20th century, Martin H. Franzmann, a professor of Greek and English, as well as a Lutheran and a writer of poetry and hymns, wrote the text to “Thy Strong Word” (ELW 511). The melody was borrowed from a Welsh tune written by Thomas John Williams, an organist, in the 19th century. It is the same melody used for the hymn, “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus.”
Franzmann’s text speaks of the Word’s power. The Word brought light at the time of creation. It brings light to those who dwell in darkness. It makes us righteous and shines from the cross. Each verse ends with an accolade of faith: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to thee who light dost send! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end!
Listen to these fine recordings of the hymns. Here are YouTube links to three of the four hymns: A Mighty Fortress is Our God, Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word, Thy Strong Word
Bill Decker, Music Coordinator
Assistance Ministry
Assistance Ministry has continued to have Monday hours. We are making hearty lunches to go and putting limited clothing, toiletries and food outside for them to take. We hand out the meals and have not had any of the guests indoors. Our guests are appreciative of our efforts and their numbers are slowly growing.
The congregation was gracious in donating food and toiletries on the ELCA Day of Service and our guests appreciated this.
We are thinking about what to do in the winter months since we still aren’t able to open our doors.
We partnered with Walgreens and were able to offer flu shots to the community and our guests on September 28th. Thanks to Pastor David for setting this up.
As we are getting into the colder months, please remember that our guests could use warm hats, gloves, sweaters, sweatshirts, socks, hand warmers, etc. If anyone would like to help with our meals, please let me or any of our team know. As always, please pray for these underserved guests.
With thanks, Connie Kaufman
Quilts & Kits
Due to the pandemic Messiah will not be hosting the LWR truck for the October ingathering this year. The area LWR leaders have decided to have one site which will be in Rockford since many churches, including Messiah do not have many boxes to ship right now. There is also a church in Elgin we can take boxes to year-round when we are able to complete and box our quilts and kits. Because of the pandemic and various disasters around the world this year, 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, we continue to collect items for personal care and school kits. If you’re shopping in person or online consider picking up the supplies listed below for either type of kit. Or make a donation to Messiah’s Quilts & Kits and we’ll shop for you! 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
Christian Education
Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center
Manna cards are now available to order through the Child Care Center. The next orders are due to the office by 9:00 am Monday, October 12th with the cards being available for pick up by Thursday, October 15th. Please call the CCC to make arrangements to pick up your cards. If needed, the CCC can send you an updated order form.
Upcoming Manna order dates:
Orders Placed By Available for Pick-Up
October 12th October 15th
November 9th November 12th
November 30th December 3rd
December 14th December 17th

The Child Care Center is looking for additional staff to help in the afternoon. Help is needed from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. If you are interested or know someone who is, please reach out to the CCC office at (847) 825-3767 or messiahchildcarecenter@gmail.com.
Want to take a night off cooking? Moretti’s located at 6727 N Olmstead Ave in the Edison Park neighborhood of Chicago, will host a give back night benefitting the CCC. Moretti’s will donate a portion of every dine-in, carry out, or delivery order on Thursday, October 22nd. All you have you do is mention the Child Care Center when you place your order.
For more information on CCC Activities and Programs contact CCC Office at 847-825-3767 or see the website at www.messiahchildcare.com
Congratulations to Kyle Hauser on completing his 3-year course of study for his Confirmation – and on being the first confirmand ever to be confirmed during an outdoor service, wearing a mask!! We’re proud of you Kyle!
Eagle Scout project: As you many have seen, there has been a lot of landscaping work completed around the building. This is all thanks to Adan Mulvaney, who has been working towards becoming an Eagle Scout. She was able to gather approximately 30 volunteers to help in her efforts to beautify the Messiah campus. Thank you, Adan and volunteers, for the hard work to spruce our landscaping.
Flu Shots Offered at Messiah! Walgreens reached out to Messiah and thanks to Pastor David for coordinating with them, approximately 15 people received flu shots on September 28th! The clinic was held during Assistance Ministry so that our guests could also receive shots along with Messiah members!
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 honor of Kyle Hauser’s confirmation, donations have been made from the Hauser Family, Maria Raica and Kathy Yanku.
2020 Crop Walk
This year’s Crop Walk will be a virtual fundraiser rather than the usual walk because of Covid. If you can participate as a Messiah team member, please register online at: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/nilesil. Go to Messiah’s team page and register. If you get checks, have them made out to CWS/crop and send them to the office at Messiah. On October 18th you can do your own walk and share a short video and send it to church. Otherwise, donations can be made online for individual team members or for the Messiah team at: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/nilesil/Team/View/135216/Messiah-Lutheran-Church Checks can be given/sent to individual team members (make checks out to CWS/crop).
The funds are in great need to continue the work of CWS. A portion of donations also benefit Maine Township Food Pantry.
Thanks for your support! Trudi Handzel and David Swanson

This month in Worship
October 4th Eighteenth Sunday of Pentecost
Isaiah 5:1-7   Psalm 80:7-15   Philippians 3:4b-14   Matthew 21:33-46

October 11th Nineteenth Sunday of Pentecost
Isaiah 25:1-9   Psalm 23   Philippians 4:1-9   Matthew 22:1-14

October 18th Twentieth Sunday of Pentecost
Isaiah 45:1-7   Psalm 96:1-13   1 Thessalonians 1:1-10   Matthew 22:15-22

October 25th Reformation Sunday
Jeremiah 31:31-34   Psalm 46   Romans 3:19-28   John 8:31-36

All Saints’ Sunday
The decision to move services online in the middle of October will affect the observance of All Saints’ Sunday. Keeping with Messiah tradition of reading names from the book, please email Alaine at office@messiahparkridge.org with the name of your loved one. You may also leave a message on the office voicemail, (847) 823-6984. We will compile a list of names that will be read on All Saints Sunday,
November 1st.

Godspeed for David Swanson

After living in the Chicago area for nearly 40 years, David has decided to retire and move back to Minnesota to be closer to his family. On Sunday, September 20th Messiah held a Godspeed for David, including a car horn send-off. David will still be around the next couple weeks, but we wanted to be sure to say thanks and send him off with our best wishes and God’s blessings as he starts this next chapter in his life. David had visited Messiah a couple times but then felt the draw for a church home after 9-11. He found Messiah to be very welcoming and found that the sense of family and faithfulness were what drew him to join Messiah and become a member. David said “I will miss my church family the most but know I will continue to be with part of Messiah in spirit!!! My prayers will continue to be with my Messiah family.” Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
David’s new address will be: 4201 Parklawn #102, Edina, MN 55435

New Address:
Dave & Connie Kaufman survived 2 moves during the pandemic and have finally settled into their permanent address at: 1401 Apricot Court, Unit B
         Mt Prospect, IL 60056
Phone numbers and email addresses remain the same:
Connie: 847-650-3234 Ckaufman12@gmail.com Dave: 224-456-6617 304@gmail.com

Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, wildfires have erupted across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with at least three Lutheran social services agencies and five synods to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs may include food and other necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized.

Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to "U.S. wildfires" will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires, until the response is complete. Or make a gift to "Lutheran Disaster Response" so we can respond to disasters whenever and wherever they strike.
Please go to www.elca.org to make a donation.

Luther and Lutheranism
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
An article from www.elca.org

Martin Luther was eight years old when Christopher Columbus set sail from Europe and landed in the Western Hemisphere. Luther was a young monk and priest when Michelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel in Rome. A few years later, he was a junior faculty member at a new university in small-town Germany, intently studying the Scriptures, “captivated with an extraordinary ardor for understanding Paul in the Epistle to the Romans.”

In these days Luther was tormented by the demand for righteousness before God. “I did not love, yes, I hated the righteous God who punishes sinners, and secretly, if not blasphemously, certainly murmuring greatly, I was angry with God.” Then, in the midst of that struggle with God, the message of the Scriptures became clear, like a long-shut door opening wide. When he realized that a “merciful God justifies us by faith … I felt that I was altogether born again and had entered paradise itself through open gates.”

What Luther discovered is the freedom of Christians trusting God’s mercy in Christ. As he later wrote, “Faith is God’s work in us. It changes us and makes us to be born anew of God. This faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing. It is impossible for it not to be doing good works incessantly. Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that believers would stake their lives on it a thousand times.”

This discovery set Luther’s life on a new course —both his own life and his public service as a preacher and teacher. When a church-endorsed sales team came to the Wittenberg area in October, 1517, Luther was concerned that the promotion and sale of indulgences undermined the promise of God’s unreserved mercy in Jesus and the faith that trusts that promise. His 95 Theses or Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences became the first of a life-long stream of books, sermons, letters, essays, even hymns in which he expressed his confidence in this life-giving promise from God, the Gospel, and its liberating implications for all of life in church and society.

Martin Luther Influences Future Reformer
In 1934, an African American pastor from Georgia made the trip of a lifetime, sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, through the gates of Gibraltar, and across the Mediterranean Sea to the Holy Land. After this pilgrimage, he traveled to Berlin, attending an international conference of Baptist pastors. While in Germany, this man – who was named Michael King – became so impressed with what he learned about the reformer Martin Luther that he decided to do something dramatic. He offered the ultimate tribute to the man’s memory by changing his own name to Martin Luther King. His 5-year-old son was also named Michael – but not long after the boy’s father changed his own name, he decided to change his son’s name too, and Michael King Jr. became known to the world as Martin Luther King Jr.
This father-and-son name change is just one dramatic measure of the influence of Martin Luther. Luther’s writings and actions so altered the landscape of the modern world that much of what we now take for granted may be traced directly to him, the quirky genius of Wittenberg.
(Excerpted from https://time.com/4998556/martin-luther-mlk-anniversary/)
…… while they were from different generations and countries, they had much more in common in their paths to a place in the history books.

Luther and King wanted to overturn the powers that be
Frustrated by the hypocritical practices of the Church, Luther was particularly incensed by the selling of “indulgences,” in which people essentially paid for the grace of God to fund such lavish projects as the new St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He eventually determined that there was no need for a controlling and corruptible Church hierarchy; one could achieve salvation simply by putting their faith in Christ and looking to the Scripture as the central religious authority.
Kings anger wasn’t geared toward the Church, but at a system of racial segregation that had become ensconced in everyday life and law since Reconstruction, one acutely felt by a highly intelligent and able African-American boy raised in the Jim Crow South.

Both arrived at just the right time
The seeds of Reformation were planted well before Luther first opened a Bible, as dissenter like 14th-century English theologian and academic John Wyclif (also spelled Wycliffe…) had previously spoken out against the Church’s abuse of power. However, Luther benefited from the relatively recent invention of the printing press, which allowed his ideas to quickly spread across Europe.

Similarly, efforts to organize and empower African Americans had been around since before King was born, but the courageous stand of Rosa Parks presented a ripe opportunity for King to enter the limelight with the Montgomery Bus Boycott and assume leadership of the burgeoning civil rights movement.

They risked their lives by defying authorities
The story of Luther dramatically nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church to demand change may not be true, but the widespread distribution of the document had the same effect. He was excommunicate by Pope Leo X in early 1521 and staunchly defended his beliefs before a hostile audience at the Diet of Worms a few months later, the charges of heresy carrying the genuine threat of a death sentence.

King’s method of civil disobedience, meanwhile, made him a prime target of both the police and violent extremists. He was arrested nearly 30 times during his dozen-plus years in the public eye and survived an assassination attempt a decade before the one that took his life April 4, 1968.

They changed the future of religion and civil rights
By standing up to the Catholic Church, Luther is credited with sparking the Reformation and opening the door to a modern world built on concepts of individuality, religious liberty and self-government. Approximately one-eighth of the seven and a half billion people worldwide today, more than 900 million people, follow the religion he founded. And one of the major branches of Protestantism is named after Luther: Lutheranism.

King’s call to duty also brought tangible changes, from the 1956 Supreme Court ruling that ended segregation on city buses to the Civil Rights and Voting Acts of 1964 and ’65. Arguably the most important figure from the American civil rights movement, he is one of the few non-U.S. presidents to be awarded a monument at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and the only one to be honored with a national holiday.
(excerpted from article by Brad Witter, found at https://www.biography.com/news/martin-luther-king-jr-martin-luther-similarities)

How might these reformers influence us in today’s world in need of reform?

The Luther Seal: Summary of the Gospel
Article from www.lutheranreforamtion.org

The most enduring symbol of the Lutheran Reformation is the seal that Luther himself designed to represent his theology. By the early 1520s, this seal begins to appear on the title page of Luther’s works.

Here is how Luther himself explained its meaning:

First, there is a black cross in a heart that remains its natural color. This is to remind me that it is faith in the Crucified One that saves us. Anyone who believes from the heart will be justified (Romans 10:10). It is a black cross, which mortifies and causes pain, but it leaves the heart its natural color. It doesn’t destroy nature, that is to say, it does not kill us but keeps us alive, for the just shall live by faith in the Crucified One (Romans 1:17). The heart should stand in the middle of a white rose. This is to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace—it puts the believer into a white, joyous rose. Faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). This is why the rose must be white, not red. White is the color of the spirits and angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). This rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that a joyful spirit and faith is a beginning of heavenly, future joy, which begins now, but is grasped in hope, not yet fully revealed. Around the field of blue is a golden ring to symbolize that blessedness in heaven lasts forever and has no end. Heavenly blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and better than any possessions, just as gold is the most valuable and precious metal.

(From: Letter from Martin Luther to Lazarus Spengler, July 8, 1530 [WA Br 5:445]; tr. P. T. McCain)

Following are various versions of the seal as it has appeared over time since the Reformation.
The first version was used in Luther’s writings in the 1520s for the first time, and was in black and white, with Luther’s initials. A colorized rendition of the seal began appearing as printers began to include color images in Luther’s works. Each one was laboriously painted by hand.

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 and Laura Decker (Decker family members)
Joshua Haraday (family friend of Tim Saul)

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:
Linda Stolz, 10/5 Sandra Downie, 10/6 Daniel Kovach, 10/7 James Clauser, 10/8 Tommy Hanson, 10/16 David Kaufman, 10/29

Anniversaries this month
Larry & Monica Ryczek 10/8 (32 years!)
Karen & Robert Black 10/20 (30 years!)
Tom & Kim Hanson 10/29 (30 years!)




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