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The December 2020 Messenger #630
The December 2020 Messenger #630
Nov 30, 2020
The December 2020 Messenger
FROM THE PASTOR
Advent, Season of Longing
The season of Advent is a time of longing. As we look forward to the coming of Christ at Christmas, we also look forward to the coming of Christ at the end of history. We long for Christ to complete the ministry he began on earth. We sing, “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” “Savior of The Nations, Come.” “O Come, Desire of Nations, Come.” We long both for the Jesus who has come and for the Jesus who is still coming.
There are many things we long for as we await God’s coming in Advent 2020. Perhaps what we most long for collectively is an end to the Covid-19 pandemic and all that goes with it. We long for the scourge of dying and grief to end. We long to worship together in person. We long for the old ways of life to resume in schools, businesses, restaurants, and care centers. We long to be able safely to visit family and friends.
In Advent, we don’t look back with nostalgia. We look to the future with hope, trusting that God of Jesus Christ is in control of the future, and that God’s purposes will be accomplished.
As we look ahead with hope, however, we are intensely aware of all the ways that the kingdom of God has not yet come to our world. To look ahead with hope means being aware of the brokenness that exists in the world and in our own lives.
I invite you in your prayers in these weeks of Advent to name before God the things that are broken in the world and in your life, and to name the things you long for—for yourself, your family, your community, and your nation. Name them, and then add, “Come, Lord Jesus, that we may be saved.”
In Advent we recognize that we ourselves don’t have the answers to the world’s brokenness. We need something outside ourselves.
So, we wait for God to speak a new word into our lives. We wait for God to open our eyes and expand our imaginations. We wait not in despair but in hope, trusting in the faithfulness of God as revealed to us in Jesus Christ.
Jesus is our foundation, our cornerstone, as we wait in hope and longing. “O come, O king of nations, come, O cornerstone that binds in one; refresh the hearts that long for you, restore the broken, make us new.”
Faithfully, Pastor David
A SEASON OF HOPE
ADVENT begins December 1st It is a season of waiting. It is a season of hope.
We look forward to the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and to his coming again in glory. During Advent, as we seek assurance of God’s continued presence in our lives, we are reminded of the words of Psalm 46:10,
“Be still, and know that I am God!”
The four candles of the Advent Wreath represent the four weeks of Advent. The outer candles represent the period of waiting for the birth of Christ. The weekly progression of the lighting of the candles symbolizes our preparation, prayer, reflection and our Hope and Expectation of Jesus’ birth. In the center sits a white candle that represents Christ. As a whole, these candles represent the coming of the Light of Christ into the world.
Each of the four candles has a meaning that we remember as they are lit each Sunday:
1st Week of Advent = HOPE
2nd Week of Advent = PEACE
3rd Week of Advent = JOY
4th Week of Advent = LOVE
Christmas = The CHRIST Candle
Christ is the Light of the World the light that shines in the darkness, the light that can never be overcome by the powers of this world. Christ is the Light of God that has come to us in Jesus.
Finding Hope This Christmas
Even though Christmas this year may be different than we’re used to, we can still find inspiration and hope in the birth of Jesus. The following is excerpted from an article “7 Things Christmas Teaches Us About Hope” by Therese Borchard. (https://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/inspiring-stories/stories-of-hope/7-things-christmas-teaches-us-about-hope)
No matter what challenges you face, Christmas offers powerful symbols of hope…
….Most of all, Christmas inspires hope. The symbols and stories surrounding the birth of Jesus whisper into my ear, “Don’t give up. Keep going.” Here are just a few of the ways Christmas teaches me lessons of hope and fills me with optimism.
1) Follow the North Star
An epiphany refers to a sudden realization about the meaning of something. It usually feels inspired – from an intuitive place that is charged with wisdom. For Christians, the Epiphany is
associated with the visit of the Wise Men to Jesus. They were guided by the Star of Bethlehem that heralded the newborn king of the Jews. The Epiphany teaches us to trust our North Star, the voice inside of us that is guided by the Spirit and will direct us to goodness and truth. The story of the Magi inspires hope that if we follow our epiphanies, we will, like the Wise Men, arrive at the place we were meant to be.
If you watch the Macy’s Parade on Thanksgiving morning, you’ll see the unmistakable backdrop with the word “Believe.” Christmas is about believing in things that defy logic: the Son of God being born to a virgin in a stable filled with farm animals. This holy season prompts us to become childlike in our faith: to think with our hearts rather than our brains, to embrace a world beyond our own, trusting that God is with us every day. Christmas inspires faith – in God and in His goodness, truth, and beauty that are very real but not always visible.
3) Say Yes
Perhaps the greatest story of courage ever told was Mary’s three-word response to the angel Gabriel when he explained to her that she would bear the Son of God. “Let it be,” she said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord.” With great humility, she opens herself to God’s will and submits to His plan, even though she knows none of the details. By uttering her Fiat (Latin for “Let it be”) she initiates the Christmas story and the arrival of God into human history. Mary’s response also generates hope for all believers – that by saying yes to God we participate in the Christian story and find meaning that sustains us.
4) Talk to Your Angels
The angel Gabriel may not appear to us as vividly as he did to Mary, but we are all surrounded by angels that we can call on for guidance and assistance whenever we need it. Like an inspired GPS system, they help navigate the way, getting us from Point A to Point B, if we choose to
access their help. Christmas reminds us of the active presence of angels in our lives. They sit at the top of decorated trees as beacons of hope sending the message that we are not alone.
5) Embrace Your Royalty
Purple or violet has traditionally been the color of Advent. It symbolizes an anticipation of the coming King, as well as royalty and nobility. The first candle of the Advent Wreath is the Candle of Hope, representing the arrival of something new and profound. Advent teaches us to anticipate the good things that we can’t see and to remember the presence of the royal King in our lives, who bestows upon us gifts beyond measure. As sons and daughters of the King, we are part of the royal family. We can embrace our nobility and wear purple year-round.
6) Consider the Evergreen
Evergreens decorate our homes and churches during Christmas, reminding us of the promise of everlasting life and our ability to weather hardship. The evergreen remains unchanged through the seasons, inspiring a message of hope to persevere through adversity. The Christmas tree is a symbol of Christ, the miracle of Christmas, and God’s gift of life. The green boughs on a Christmas wreath or a garland point us the perennially freshness of life -- that even when we feel as though our world is growing stale, there is always an element of newness and rebirth.
7) Persist in Darkness
Light shines brightest in darkness. That’s the heart of the Christmas story, an overriding message of hope that is articulated beautifully in the lyrics of “O Holy Night”: “O holy night, the stars are brightly shining, It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.” God didn’t come into our world at high noon. He entered our lives in darkness -- showing us the way to light, guiding us towards love, and demonstrating how to overcome shadows and blackness. Christmas teaches us that even when things seem dark, we can trust the everlasting light.
Celebrating a Century!
On December 6th we join the family of Dorothy Pollack in celebration of her 100th birthday!! Dorothy and her husband, Wally, along with their 6 children joined Messiah in the early days of the church and were active in many aspects of church life through the years. Today Dorothy has 14 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren! She lives at the Summit in Park Ridge and still keeps up with what’s happening at Messiah. We wish Dorothy God’s richest
blessings as she celebrates this significant milestone!
There will be Christmas Eve and Christmas services available online! Watch for specific details in weekly Message Board e-mails!
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!
Keeping with tradition, we will be ordering red poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas. Each plant with a pot cover will cost $15.00. All orders are due to the office by Monday December 7th at 9:00 am. You will be able to pick-up your plant home with you after the Christmas morning service. For those who receive the monthly Messenger by mail you will receive a copy of the order form inserted into the messenger. A PDF will be attached to the weekly Messiah Message Board that can be printed, completed and mailed back to the church office. Those who order will be informed of specific pick-up instructions.
Reverse Advent Calendar
The season of Advent is a time for giving and sharing our blessings with others. For many years Messiah has purchased gifts for LSSI families, donated winter outerwear to the Night Ministry and continued to donate goods to the Maine Township food pantry. We would like to continue Messiah’s wonderful tradition of giving but with a bit of a twist this year. Instead of using a traditional Advent calendar this year, we are suggesting each household adopt a “reverse Advent calendar”! A reverse Advent calendar works by adding an item to a box every day. We’ve included a suggested list of items that will help those who are less fortunate that may be struggling at Christmas time. We ask that each family wrap the outside of the box with Christmas wrapping to keep things festive. The filled boxes will be collected on Wednesday December 23rd at designated times (details will be coming). We will line the altar with the festive boxes for the Christmas Eve and Christmas morning services. After Christmas the items will be distributed to the Maine Township Food Pantry, the Night Ministry, and our Assistance Ministry.
Messiah Reverse Advent Calendar 2020
Please collect an item every day beginning December 1st and place in a box to be dropped off at Messiah during designated times. Items will be used for Assistance Ministry, Night Ministry and Maine Township Food Pantry. (all foods should be non-perishable & in easy open cans/containers)
2nd Tuna Fish
3rd Peanut Butter
4th Travel Size Toothpaste
5th Box of Cereal
6th Can of Soup (Pull Tab Can)
7th Jelly or Jam
8th Macaroni & Cheese
9th Travel Size Body Wash or Bar of Soap
10th Apple Sauce
11th Winter Gloves
13th Canned Fruit (Pull Tab Can)
14th Travel Size Shampoo
15th Spam/Meals in a Pull Tab Can
17th Pasta Sauce
18th Winter Hat
20th Hand/Toe Warmers
21st Cooking Oil (canola, olive or vegetable oil)
22nd Granola Bars
23rd Food Storage Bags
24th Winter Scarf
Ways to Donate
Messiah still needs your support! There are still bills to pay to continue to operate! Besides the traditional check or cash donation/offering (which can be mailed to the church office), there are various other ways to support Messiah. 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. For those who do holiday shopping online, check out these online shopping opportunities that also support Messiah: These sites would be a great way to order items for your Reverse Advent Calendar and support Messiah at the same time!
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.
FACEBOOK GIVING TUESDAY! December 1st
Facebook is again matching $7 million in donations on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 8:00 am EST (7:00 am CST) on Tuesday, December 1st. What a great opportunity to let your donation to Messiah double! Many nonprofits are hoping to take advantage of this great opportunity so it’s important to donate early!
Be the first to donate! Show your passion for Messiah Park Ridge by making the first donation – whether its $5 or $500. Every little bit helps and can help motivate your friends to support the cause. To donate go to Messiah’s Facebook page and look for the post on Giving Tuesday and follow the directions. Or use this link:
If you need help accessing the site, contact Paul Holzer or the church office.
Thank you for your support!!
Congregation Update for 2020 – from Paul Holzer, Congregation President
The pandemic has required many changes in the way things are done at Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center. I am thankful for the various methods the congregation has found to continue doing God’s Work, staying connected, and supporting each other.
Lent was planned to involve a service with Child Care Center children and families participating in a special event that changed into a March 15th service with empty pews in response to restrictions due to the rising rate of infection in the community. The interactions with the Child Care Center families in 2019 were going well. The combined events like Trunk or Treat and children signing at services grew connections at Messiah.
The worship services changed to a video only format published on the MessiahParkRidge Facebook Group and YouTube channel. The services included music from past service combined with Pastor Heim recording videos from home of the Welcome, Readings, Homily, Creed, Prayers, and Benediction. Eventually members contributed video of readings made from home. Since Messiah had been previously recording on the Facebook Group this transition wasn’t a completely new activity.
The Child Care Center was closed from March 20, 2020 until June 15, 2020. A decision was made by the CCC board and EC to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan to help continue staff payroll during the pandemic. On April 20, 2020 our bank provided $136,126.69 to be used by the Church and Child Care Center to cover expenses. This loan was considered an emergency action to give the CCC a chance to reopen when permitted by State and Local government and Health officials. This loan has special terms which allow for "forgiveness" of the loan amount used to pay specific expenses defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) The application of forgiveness of the PPP loan is in process. At the moment our lender Village Bank & Trust has decided to grant "Approved in Full" status. The next step is pending forgiveness approval from the SBA. A big THANK YOU to all those people involved in the application process for the loan.
Outdoor Services were held in the parking lot in August. This allowed the return of live music with Bill Decker at the piano while a soloist sang outside. We were blessed with nice weather and an opportunity to celebrate with car horn honking for special occasions like the memorable confirmation of Kyle Hauser.
Worship Services from the sanctuary by a small group of people began in October as the cold weather has returned to the area. When phase three restrictions were re-instated the video from home services have restarted. I invite everyone to get involved in these services by offering to do a pre-recorded reading or hymn.
Assistance Ministry was able to adapt their process for a period of time to continue providing meals and support to the needy in our community.
Technology was leveraged to do virtual Staff Meetings, Coffee Hour, Book Club, Brotherhood Breakfast, and Confirmation Classes. These on-line activities allow us to connect during the new isolated conditions. A long-distance visitor to our virtual coffee hour included Rev. Phil Knutsen in South Africa. We have occasionally called Larry Johnson in Florida for the virtual Brotherhood Breakfast. These have been uplifting activities that I invite everyone to join.
Our office manager Alaine Wong has been working with Carol Hrodey and Pastor Heim to increase the frequency of the communication via the Messenger and regular e-mail. These messages have comforted and inspired me.
I am truly grateful for all the generosity, flexibility, and creativity that many have shown during the pandemic. Changes will continue as we adapt to different pandemic related conditions. Looking forward to the celebration of Advent as we continue "With Christ, reaching out and welcoming all God's children".
Thanks, Paul Holzer
We thank Paul and the Executive Committee for continuing to lead us through this difficult time.
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. The pandemic has gone on longer than anyone expected and the winter may prove to be even more difficult for everyone. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be updating the Messiah Message Board weekly. Please send news to the office by 5:00 pm on Wednesday.
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.
DECEMBER 2020 Virtual Activities!
Men’s VIRTUAL Brotherhood Breakfast
Men’s Brotherhood will hold a Virtual Breakfast gathering on Saturday, December 12th at 9:00 a.m. All Messiah men are invited to participate. Watch your email for notice of how to connect on the 12th! Contact Rich Seggeling or Paul Holzer if you have questions.
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!
Messiah VIRTUAL Book Club
The next selection for the Book Club is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verhese.
A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel–an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him–nearly destroying him–Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him. An unforgettable journey into one man's remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.
The next meeting of the book club will be held the 3rd week of December. The day and time will be announced at a later date. 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.
Music Ministry: Focusing Our Hearts and Minds
Here’s a short list of some uplifting music that I hope will help us to focus our minds and spirits on the meaning and purpose of Advent and Christmas.
Wake, O Wake: Concordia Publishing House Music has a 90-minute presentation of the music of Advent that includes hymns, choral pieces, choirs, and organists. Click on the following link:
The Music of Advent.
The Messiah: G.F. Handel’s Messiah covers the life of Christ as God’s Messiah. It is a masterpiece that both points us to Christ and lets Scripture sing. It includes Israel’s prophecies that point to the coming of the Messiah, the birth of Christ, and Christ’s passion. Divided into three sections, Part One is sometimes called the “Christmas” portion. Here is a recording of Part One performed by the Dream Orchestra and Opera Chorus of Los Angeles. Conducted by Daniel Suk: The Messiah.
3. Lessons and Carols: “The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” is a worship service that has become a holiday favorite in the life in the United Kingdom at Christmas Eve. The choir at King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University leads the congregation and provides a superb example of the English choral tradition. The service combines both Scripture readings and carols. Here is a recent recording: Lessons and Carols.
4. Instrumental Music: Lastly, I recently across a composer and musician whom I had not heard of before. His name is Tim Janis. He writes mainly orchestral music. His music is lyrical, flowing, rich, meditative, and relaxing. He includes the music of faith in his repertoire. Here are two links: Favorite Christian Hymns and Christmas Music.
May this music bring you some joy, peace, and rest in Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Enjoy. Bill Decker, Music Coordinator
OUR MISSIONARY: REVEREND DR. PHILIP KNUTSON
Check out Pastor Knutson’s blog at southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com
First of all, during this challenging time, I hope everyone is remaining healthy, and reaching out to friends and family to stay connected.
Assistance Ministry had been handing out nutritious lunches with both a hot entry and sandwiches, fruit, salad, granola bar and dessert and allowing one guest at a time to shop in a limited, safe way our donated clothing, toiletries and canned foods. We continued to also give a $10 gift card.
We reached out to our team and congregation to help with meals, “to go” options and donations and the response was wonderful.
Because of the pandemic, we made the painful decision to temporarily stop our Monday Assistance Ministry meals. We served our guests on Nov. 16 and let them know that we would follow the Governor’s recommendation to stay at home. We should not be encouraging our vulnerable guests to take public transportation, car pool, etc. to congregate at Messiah. We will continue to evaluate and will resume when restrictions are lifted. Fortunately, we have contact information for many of our guests so can let them know when we can safely return.
Thank you for helping our guests. Please continue to keep them lifted up in prayer. The donations from the reverse Advent Calendar collections will be a welcome addition to this ministry when we again meet in person.
Quilts & Kits
While we still can’t meet on Sundays following worship services to assemble quilts and kits, we are still actively working on what we can to prepare for the time we can gather again. We are pleased to announce that we received an Action Team Grant of $250 from Thrivent to be used to purchase remaining supplies needed for Personal Care Kits! Thanks to Thrivent! Also, if you’ve been spending your quarantine time at home cleaning out closets, we are happy to take donations of flat sheets (any size) or material for our quilts. If you want to check out the Quilts & Kits program at Lutheran World Relief, go to https://lwr.org.
And – great news from LWR! There were four shipping containers filled with quilts & kits in the port when the deadly explosion occurred in Beirut on August 4th. The initial report indicated all were lost. However, one container had been separated and was still on
Quilts & Kits (continued)
the water at the time of the explosion and was spared and rerouted to Tripoli. And then, against all odds, the other three containers were found intact! Their placement in a concrete storage building and being surrounded by other shipping containers protected them and they remained sealed.
From LWR: “We give thanks to God that the love of hundreds of Lutheran congregations contained in this shipment will be able to be shared with more than 24,000 of our neighbors in Beirut and across the country of Lebanon – many refugees from across the region, and now also those affected by the blast in the heart of Beirut. From the ashes of this crisis rises a beautiful ray of hope: your love, intact and powerful, in just the right place, at just the right time.”
Carol Hrodey & Trudi Handzel
Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center
The CCC teachers are using the Reverse Advent Calendar as a daily classroom activity. Pastor David provided daily devotions that are written to help children understand the meaning and importance of the season of Advent to us as Christians. We would like to thank the families and staff of the Child Care Center for their continued support of Messiah’s outreach.
For more information on CCC Activities and Programs contact CCC Office at 847-825-3767
or see the website at www.messiahchildcare.com
Upcoming Manna order dates:
Orders Placed By Available for Pick-Up
December 14th December 17th
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP December 6th Second Sunday of Advent
Isiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15 Mark 1:1-8
December 13th Third Sunday of Advent
Isiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28
December 20th Fourth Sunday of Advent
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Luke 1:46b-55 Romans 16:25-27Luke 1:26-38
Isiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-20
Isiah 62:6-12 Psalm 97 Titus 3:4-7 John 1:1-14
December 27th First Sunday of Christmas
Isiah 61:10-62:3 Psalm 148 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:22-40
The Metro Chicago Synod worship team will be compiling a service of Lessons and Carols for the First Sunday after Christmas (December 27).
Watch for details in weekly emails or check out their website at
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 mourn
The family of Cindy Decker as they mourn the loss of Cindy’s mother Eunice Morris, who died November 27.
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, Eunice Morris, & Laura Decker (family of Bill and Cindy Decker)
Katie Brandon and Carol Rudy (friends of Dotty Burger)
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, Pattie & Chris Aaron, Sandi & Tom Farley, J.T., Becky, Ann, and Julie & Ed (family & friends of the Handzel Family)
Ed & Toni (friends of Rich Seggeling)
Dwayne Hanson (brother of Dave Hanson)
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 Christian Travis Ryan Hauser Kevin Kovach
Trygve Jensen Nikolas Ryczek Michael Yager
Those who celebrate:
Larry Dumerer, 12/1 Melissa Holzer, 12/4 Rhonda Cady, 12/5 Dorothy Pollack, 12/6
Jennifer Hanson, 12/10 David Jensen 12/18 Bobby Hanson, 12/19 Neena Penumaka, 12/23
Andrew Travis, 12/24 Laura Olson 12/27, Marcella Larson, 12/28 Elaine Von Schwedler, 12/30
Laura Hauser, 12/31
No Anniversaries this month