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The February 2021 Messenger #632

Feb 1, 2021

The Messiah February 2021 Messenger


Steadfast in Faith

It will soon be a full year that we have been living with the Covd-19 pandemic. When Messiah canceled in-person worship services last March, few of us imagined that the pandemic would stretch into 2021 (or that “in-person” would become a necessary qualifier in our speech!).

In March, as I recall, there was talk of “reopening church by Easter.” We knew so little then about the virus and how it was transmitted, and we did not envision the number of deaths the virus would take or how it would upend our lives.

Martin Luther was once asked if it was appropriate for Christians to flee from a plague. It was a question that routinely arose in the late Middle Ages. He answered, characteristically, with a 10,000-word treatise on the subject.

His position can be summed up this way: Christian should not run from a plague but rather should stay to help their neighbors. At the same time, Christians should not foolishly endanger themselves or their neighbors, and should take steps to protect the community.

Luther called on the government to establish a central hospital to avoid the contamination of individual homes, and he urged that cemeteries be moved outside the city. As for himself, he said, “I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and person where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect others” (Whether One May Flee From A Deadly Plague, 1527)

During these months, the people of Messiah have, I believe, followed the outline of Luther’s counsel. We have tried to be where we are needed but not infect others or ourselves.

The Assistance Ministry has adapted its ministry to minimize risks while still helping neighbors in need of food, clothing, and gestures of care. After closing for a couple months, the Child Care Center adapted its program and enacted a regimen of cleaning and social distancing so as to continue to serve families and help children grow. The people of Messiah have continued to encourage one another, offer their gifts to the community, and gather (“virtually’) to hear God’s word in scripture, song, and prayer.

Though vaccines are being delivered, health officials tell us that very difficult months lie ahead in the pandemic. So in these days, we are called to continue to be steadfast in faith and patient in tribulation, rejoicing in the ministry we have and remembering Paul’s words to the Galatians: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Faithfully, Pastor David

Message from Bishop Eaton
Connected, Generous, Free To Serve
Excerpted from Message from Presiding Bishop Eaton - January 8, 2021

Dear Church,

We have been living with this pandemic for nearly a year. So much has changed. Bubbles, personal protective equipment, social distancing and one-way grocery aisles are part of our lexicon and everyday experience. Who knew, a year ago, that face masks would be advertised as ideal stocking stuffers? Our homes have become offices, schools and gyms. Our commutes have been cut down from hours of traffic to walking over to the dining room table. I do not look forward to the weekly summary from my iPhone that tells me how many hours a day I am staring at a screen.

But the pandemic has also revealed the remarkable resilience and creativity of this church. Within weeks of shelter-in-place restrictions, thousands of our congregations converted to online worship, Bible studies and coffee hours. As the economy stuttered and people lost jobs, you stepped up the work of your food pantries. When kids needed internet access to go to virtual school, you became neighborhood hot spots.

We became more connected. And the gospel was heard by people who, in the “Before Times,” would never have come to church. There is a story about the devil bragging to a pastor, saying that the pandemic was the devil’s tool to close all the churches—to which the pastor replied, “We have opened a church in every home.”

Now it’s 2021. The pandemic is still with us. Yes, there are vaccines and distribution is being sorted out. There is an end in sight. But now is not the time to let down our guard. We’ll keep washing our hands, wearing masks and avoiding crowds. We will do this for ourselves and for each other. We will respect the disease and give thanks to God for the gift of science. And we will continue to worship, pray and serve.

The pandemic has also taught us something about ourselves. Though we are physically distant, we are connected. Paul put it this way in a letter to the Corinthians: “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:26-27).

It is our joyful duty to care for one another, particularly the most vulnerable. It is an act of faithfulness when we limit ourselves so that the pandemic is brought to heel. It is an act of love when we restrict our travel or wear a mask. As Martin Luther pointed out in The Freedom of a Christian, it is the freedom we have in Christ that makes us servants of all.

There is a model of such self-giving, self-limiting love. “Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:4-8).
I pray that we all live in such freedom.
Peace. Be well.

Important Occurrences in February

Our Annual Meeting will be held online Sunday, February 7th at 11:00 am. The annual report will be emailed prior to the meeting, but if you need a hard copy please contact the office. Instructions to connect to the meeting will be sent out via e-mail the week prior to the meeting. If you have any questions about how to connect to the meeting, contact the church office or Paul Holzer

The Transfiguration of Jesus We celebrate the transfiguration of Jesus on Sunday, February 14th. The following was taken from Living Lutheran Lectionary Blog on Transfiguration February 2020 https://www.livinglutheran.org/2020/02/lectionary-blog-transfigurations/

“I’ve always had a little trouble connecting with the transfiguration story. It’s really neat that Moses and Elijah appear and talk with Jesus. I, as a scholar, have been interested in the parallels among the lives of Moses, Elijah, Jesus and Peter. But that interest, if I’m honest, has been mostly intellectual and hasn’t really changed how I feel about Jesus. What difference does it make if he got shiny for a little bit? In rereading this passage to prepare for writing this article, it struck me that Jesus’ transfiguration makes all the difference to us.

The transfiguration is a strange event in the already quite unique life of Jesus. The Messiah took a break from teaching and healing to climb a mountain with his inner circle of disciples. Once there, he became radiant and had a conversation with the prophets of old. But then, the disciples heard the voice of God from heaven proclaim: “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him” (Matthew 17:5).

Jesus could have snuck off by himself, as he frequently did, for this mystical experience. Instead, he chose to bring his disciples. Then, as if seeing a radiant Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah weren’t enough, God spoke to the disciples directly, affirming Jesus’ beloved sonship, and ordering the disciples to listen to him. God did not, that we know of, speak to Jesus here. Jesus and God the Father arranged this whole event on the mountaintop so Peter, James and John could witness it. Why? The language used gives us a big hint.

The Greek word that we translate as transfigured is familiar: ??????????? (from which we get “metamorph”). It carries a valence of being utterly transformed into something new. Think of a caterpillar metamorphizing into a butterfly. This word, with different conjugations, is used four times in the New Testament. Twice it is used (in Matthew and Mark) to describe Jesus at the transfiguration. The other two times, it’s applied to other humans. In Romans 12:2, Paul uses the word “metamorph” to describe a process that happens as our minds are made new and we no longer conform to the patterns of this world. To think differently is to undergo the sort of radical transformation that Jesus experienced.

Even more interesting to me is 2 Corinthians 3:18, which prophesies that we will be changed by the Spirit’s power into the same radiant image as we behold God’s glory. Transfiguration into a glorious, radiant body is not just for Jesus, but for us too—eventually.

But 2 Corinthians 3 is about Moses, not Jesus. Hundreds of years earlier, Moses had asked to see God’s glory, and God granted him at least a partial fulfillment of that request. Indeed, all the people gathered at Sinai saw the glory of the Lord (Exodus 24:17). But for Moses, to whom God’s presence was so powerfully intimate, transformation was unavoidable. When Moses returned to the people after conversing with God, his face was radiant, like Jesus’ would be on the mount of transfiguration (Exodus 34:29-35). And like Jesus on the mountain, the transfiguration was only temporary.

If the mountaintop experience was only temporary, what’s the point of Jesus’ transfiguration? I argue that Jesus and God the Father wanted the disciples to get a foretaste of what the kingdom of heaven and New Jerusalem would be like. Jesus is the pioneer of our salvation (Hebrews 2:10; I’ve always appreciated the New Revised Standard Version’s and New International Version’s translation of ??????? as “pioneer”). Literally, he is the one who goes first to show the
way. And the end realization of the path that we follow Jesus on is to be in the company of God and all the saints who have gone on before us. We will all be transfigured into our heavenly, resurrected bodies, just as Jesus now is permanently transfigured.

And what God said of Jesus, God longs to say of all of us: “Behold, this is my beloved son, my beloved daughter.” Jesus’ transfiguration was meant to show the disciples, and us who come after, part of what awaits us when, at last, we enjoy God’s holy presence.

Ash Wednesday

This year Ash Wednesday falls on Wednesday, February 17th.
In his article Ash Wednesday During a Pandemic, author Philip J. Brooks cites Marcia McFee at Worship Design Studio who said “I know many of us are sad not to be worshipping together in a sanctuary for Ash Wednesday, but I hope we can also see this as a unique opportunity for creativity and reflection. I hope this time can be one where each of us rediscovers the calling of our baptism and reflects on the way we can live out our commission as Christian healers to communities hurt by the pandemic.”
The author concludes the article with the following: “For many Christians Ash Wednesday may take on a deeper meaning this year. It was during Lent last year that most of our lives were upended by the pandemic. As we mourn those who were lost this past year, we are reminded daily of our own mortality. Yet just as we can see light at the end of tunnel in the miracles of modern science, so too do we find hope in promise of Christ’s resurrection and the new life it offers all of us.”
For the complete article see https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/ash-wednesday-during-a-pandemic


Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and lasts for 40 days (excluding Sundays) and ends with Easter. The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. Through the years Christians have marked the season of Lent in different ways, often “giving up” something. Today, we try to find deeper meaning by focusing on our relationship with God and sometimes choosing to give up something or perhaps volunteering and giving of ourselves for others. It is such a great time to spread love, goodness, and kindness to the world. It can go beyond “not eating ice cream” or “not having chocolate.” In the past few years Messiah has opted to work on service projects during Lent – remember “plarn mats”? This year, like many seasons and activities of the church this past year, Lent may seem a little different. However, maybe it can be even more meaningful?

One opportunity to deepen our understanding of the book of Exodus with Pastor David:

Israel’s Liberation and Ours: Exploring Exodus

Pastor David will lead an online Lenten Bible study for the six weeks of Lent, beginning Sunday, Feb. 21. The class will meet virtually over Zoom on Sunday mornings at 9 am. A Zoom link will be sent out each week prior to each class.

The book of Exodus recounts some of the major and fundamental stories of the Bible—the enslavement of Israelites in Egypt, the rise of Moses, the liberation of the people, the crossing of the sea, and the giving of the Ten Commandments. Exodus reveals who God is, who human beings are in relation to God, and how humans should act in God’s world.

This class will look at some key passages in Exodus. As we consider how God’s people in the past responded to the challenges of life, we are better able to see how God longs to relate to us now.

What a great way to help us explore our own relationship with God!

In addition, many ideas for ways to mark the season of Lent at home can be found on the internet – and here are a few:
1) Complete daily and/or weekly Lenten readings and reflections from Messiah or found online. Participate in Messiah’s weekly Lenten Bible Study!
2) Label a jar “Lenten Charity” (or “Pennies for Lent” in the tradition of the Child Care Center), and leave it on the kitchen counter, or somewhere easily accessible. Anytime someone in the family brings home loose change during Lent, put it in the jar. At the end of Lent, take all the money from the jar, and give it to Messiah for the Maine Township Food Pantry or a charitable organization.
3) Spend time doing something to help others (do chores for an elderly friend, help Assistance Ministry on a Monday, donate to food pantry or one of Messiah’s ministries. Do any of these in a safe manner, following CDC guidelines!!
4) Make a Lenten Prayer Corner. Use a small table or other flat surface. Put out a Bible, a picture of Jesus’ Passion and/or the Last Supper, and some other decoration that reminds you of Lent (maybe a crown of thorns, palm branches, or wheat). Gather around the prayer corner once a day during Lent to pray.
5) Write a prayer together to say as a family each day during Lent. Make the prayer meaningful for your family. Allow each family member to contribute something to the prayer, then write it all out and pray it each day during Lent.
6) Declutter and organize at home. Every day, walk around your house and collect 40 things to donate. Before Lent is over, donate what you have set aside to a charitable organization.
7) Work out daily to take care of the body God gave you. For Lent, commit to doing some kind of workout every single day. “Or do you now know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price, So glorify God in your body.” Corinthians 6:19-20
8) Replace 30 minutes of TV or screen time with 30 minutes of devotion/prayer time. Read a devotional or Bible story with your family and have a discussion about it.
9) Call to check on friends and family who may be isolated during the pandemic – or just reach out to say hello to someone you haven’t been able to see for awhile.
10) Make pretzels. Pretzels used to be made during Lent because they didn’t have any dairy or eggs, which people used to abstain from. Also, the shape of the pretzels symbolizes arms folded in prayer.

These are just a small sample of activities that can be found on the internet. Remember to follow safety and health guidelines whatever you do!

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. Services are posted at 10:15 am Sunday mornings, but can be watched at any time. 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!

The Executive Committee, with Pastor David, continue to meet virtually on a regular basis – in addition keeping a continual eye on local, state and national developments. We thank them for continuing to lead us through this difficult time.

Ways to Donate
Messiah still needs your support! There are still bills to pay to continue to operate plus unexpected expenses! 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:

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. We have received money from AmazonSmile thanks to member purchases.

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.

Traditionally our confirmation/youth spearhead our annual collection for the Maine Township Food Pantry beginning in January. Because of the pandemic and the successful Reverse Advent collection, we won’t be collecting additional food this winter. However, if you would like to make a monetary donation you can send it directly to the Maine Township Food Pantry. Or consider making meals and/or helping with Assistance Ministry (see Assistance Ministry article on ways to help!

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
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 office@messiahparkridge.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.

FEBRUARY 2021 Virtual Activities!
Men’s VIRTUAL Brotherhood Breakfast
Men’s Brotherhood will hold a Virtual Breakfast gathering on Saturday, February 13th at 9:00 a.m. All Messiah men are invited to participate. Watch your email for notice of how to connect on the 9th! 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
Last month’s Book Club was postponed because people had difficulty getting the book to read! Keep on reading Fredrik Backman and we’ll reschedule soon. Watch for notifications of new 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.


From Pastor Knutson’s January Blog:
Dear Friends,
With mixed feelings we reflect on the past year and look ahead to the coming year. There is sadness at the loss of life due to the corona virus pandemic affecting communities and families across the region and around the world. There is also admiration and appreciation especially for health care and frontline workers. There is hope for the roll-out of effective vaccines but concern over uneven access and slow distribution especially in poorer countries. The World Health Organization Director General Dr. Ghebreyesus has stressed that “the only way to end the pandemic anywhere is to end it everywhere” by working together as “one global family.”

ELCA Global Mission – Lutheran Disaster Response is supporting various COVID-19 emergency response programs initiated by companion churches around the world.

In Southern Africa, over the past six months:
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Angola has distributed essential food items and Personal Protective Equipment to vulnerable families in several communities in southern Angola.
The Evangelical Lutheran Development Service (ELDS) in Malawi is working with volunteer community change agents to distribute posters and pamphlets and conduct door-to-door awareness campaigns to prevent and control the spread of Covid-19.
ELDS also facilitated identification and selection of artisans (tailors) in targeted villages to make masks that meet the WHO/Ministry of Health standards. The training included information on
(January message from Pastor Knutson – continued)

how to wear and care for cloth masks effectively.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and the Ecumenical Church Leaders Forum have distributed food hampers to vulnerable families and purchased hospital beds to meet the growing need to accommodate COVID-19 patient.

Leaders and members of Lutheran churches in the region appreciate the ongoing companionship of the ELCA Global Mission and ELCA Companion Synods and offer their prayers in return.

Thank you for your support and your participation in God’s mission locally and globally.
Yours faithfully, Rev. Dr. Philip Knutson

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

Music Ministry: Bind Us Together
Favorite hymns are part of the fabric of Messiah’s worship life, especially during the summer. One of my favorites is “Bind Us Together” (With One Voice #748). It’s a hymn that has much to say during these times of uncertainty and divisiveness. You might remember the refrain: Bind us together, Lord, Bind us together With cords that cannot be broken. Bind us together, Lord, Bind us together, Bind us together with love.

The hymn was written in 1974 by an Englishman, Bob Gillman, at a time when the Charismatic movement was having a major influence on the nature of Christian worship in churches around the globe. In England, this movement initially arose within the Anglican Church and then spread to other communions. With roots in the Pentecostal movement, the Charismatic movement found its way into many different churches, including Lutherans and other mainline denominations. It emphasized that the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as recorded in Scripture, were not time-bound to the early Christian church but could also be expressed among present-day believers. While the movement had its controversial aspects, one of its more positive emphases focused on the unity of God’s people.

In Gillman’s own words, this is how the hymn was composed: “I was in my 20s and had been writing songs since I became a Christian at the age of 13. One evening in 1974 at Ken and Maureen’s house, I remember a group of us were all praying together; I had such an emotional feeling come over me, and I felt a real need to do something concerning the unity of God’s people. It was then that the words ‘Bind Us Together’ dropped into my mind; they were immediately followed by ‘With cords that cannot be broken,’ and ‘Bind us together with love.’ Also, a tune popped straight into my head, and I stood up and sang it out to share it with everybody. Afterward, Ken said, ‘Bob, I think there’s more to come.’ He was right, but it seemed the Lord wasn’t going to do everything for me, and it took a few weeks of meditation before the verses came to me as well…Around this time, I was also involved in a multi-church Christian musical, which was on tour in the London area. After one performance, when the choir was sitting around relaxing, I sang ‘Bind Us Together’; to my surprise, they all joined in. It kind of took off after that, and thenceforth was passed from person to person and church to church.” (see Discipleship Ministries website, United Methodist Church at Bind-Us-Together).

Gillman’s hymn springs from the Scriptures: Psalm 133:1, John 17:11 and Ephesians 4:1-5, to name a few passages. Here’s what the text from Ephesians says: ‘’I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.”

Some parishioners from Bedok Lutheran Church, a Lutheran congregation in Singapore, Malaysia, posted their version of this hymn on Youtube in celebration of its 41st anniversary in 2020. For me, this video reminds me that our unity in Christ transcends and embraces all racial, ethnic and national boundaries. Check it out: Bind Us Together Singapore.

Bill Decker, Music Coordinator

Assistance Ministry
Assistance Ministry is restarting Monday hours February 1. Guests will not be eating at Messiah but we will be handing out both a warm meal and hearty sandwich lunch to go. Diane was able to get insulated carriers donated so hopefully the meals will stay warm for a while.

We will also be encouraging our guests to take canned foods and toiletries that we still have from the Advent boxes and limited clothing items, hand warmers, etc. Once again, thanks so very much for your donations as they are very much appreciated.

Julie and I dropped off Messiah’s contribution of hats, scarves, gloves and socks to the Night Ministry. Once again, this nonprofit organization relies on donations and was very appreciative of our generosity.

As always, please feel free to help us Monday mornings from 10-12:30. If you’d like to make a dinner to go....chili, pasta, soup, bbq, meatloaf, salad, casserole, dessert, etc. just let us know. We welcome your help and input.

Please continue to keep this ministry and our guests in your prayers.

Thank you! Stay safe!

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’ve used the Action Team Grant from Thrivent to purchase soap (over 200 bars) and towels for Personal Care Kits. If you see any sales, on any of the items for kit or supplies for quilts let us know where the sale is! 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.
Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey

Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center
The Child Care Center is looking ahead to summer and fall registration already! Since open houses aren’t currently possible, evening tours can be arranged for both sessions. Check out the February Newsletter for details on the Child Care website: www.messiahchildcare.com
Registration for the summer program will open for new families Monday, February 15th.

Pennies for Lent
During Lent, a time of sacrifice and reflection, Messiah Child Care is, once again, collecting pennies (nickels, dimes, dollars, are welcomed, as well.) for the Messiah Lutheran Church Food Pantry. Each classroom has a penny jar. The children may bring in their coins from Ash Wednesday (2/17) until Maundy Thursday. (4/1). For the past 19 years, during the Lenten season, the Messiah children have collected pennies (nickels, dimes, bills, checks, etc.) to donate to the Maine Township Food Pantry.

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 Due Available for Pick-Up
February 8th February 11th

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.

The following memorial donations were given in honor of Don Kovach:
Josephine B. Buetow
Richard & Edith Reeve
Earl O. Bergersen
James & Carolyn Belohlavek
Jerome & Evelyn Miller
The Hauser Family    

The following are the scripture readings for December
February 7th 5th Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah 40:21-31 Psalm 147:1-11, 20c 1 Corinthians 9:16-23   Mark 1:29-39
February 14th Transfiguration of our Lord
2 Kings 2:1-12    Psalm 50:1-6    2 Corinthians 4:3-6    Mark 9:2-9
Wednesday, February 17th Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Psalm 51:1-17   2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
February 21st 1st Sunday of Lent
Genesis 9:8-17   Psalm 25:1-10   1 Peter 3:18-22    Mark 1:9-15
February 28th 2nd Sunday of Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Psalm 22:23-31    Romans 4:13-25 Mark 8:31-38

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 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)
Domonic & Leah Mareuccilli Family, Anne Flick (friends of the Lippert Family)
Teresa & José (aunt & uncle of Cookie Bonilla)
Pat & Ted Gradt, 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 Aaron, Sandi Farley, J.T. & Becky and Julie (family & friends of the Handzel Family)
Ed & Toni (friends of Rich Seggeling)
Joshua Harady (friend of Tim Saul)
Brady Nelson (family friend of Alaine Wong)

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

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:
Jean Reeve, 2/3 Sarah Litwin, 2/8 William Norberg, 2/9 Jaxon Winiarski, 2/11 Bob Hanson, 2/16 Linka Jones, 2/17
Tim Saul, 2/18 Ava Manzella, 2/19 Nikolaus Ryczek, 2/19
Sarah Nugnis, 2/24 Rosemary Paulus, 2/26

Anniversaries this month
Dave & Connie Kaufmann, 2/28 (45 years!)




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