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The April 2021 Messenger #634

Apr 1, 2021

The April 2021Messenger

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
When the Risen Lord appeared to the disciples following the resurrection, he did the same kinds of things he did before the resurrection: he offered food, instruction, and forgiveness, and he called on people to do ministry in his name.

The work of the gospel continues, and it has been passed on to us by people who themselves were touched by the presence and voice of Jesus. “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

Lots of other voices invite us to listen. The sheer number of voices out there is overwhelming. We can get hundreds of channels on cable TV. Billions of websites are available for surfing on the Internet. Every minute more hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. Lots of voices demand or attract our attention, and many of them are certainly important and worthwhile.

But there is only one voice out there that both truly cares for us and truly knows us. Only Jesus the Good Shepherd can lead us to a life that is deeply satisfying and deeply joyful—and part of God’s eternal life.

With all those voices clamoring for our attention, we may need some help to stay tuned to Jesus. Here are five things we all can do to keep Jesus’ voice sounding in our lives:

1. Pray daily. Put yourself each day in the presence of Jesus—to speak and to listen.

2. Worship weekly. Worship is different in the time of Covid, but it is still possible via the Internet to gather around God’s word, where Jesus promises to be present. Soon, we hope, it will be possible to gather in person again.

3. Read scripture regularly. In reading scripture, we learn the language of faith and the story of God’s people, including their joys and struggles. You might try reading a psalm each day, and look for a word there for the day ahead.

4. Nurture Christian friendships. We all need friends who encourage us in faith. Reach out to those whom you can encourage.

5. Serve at Messiah and beyond through acts of prayer and the contribution of time, resources, or money. In our acts of service, we join ourselves to the work of Jesus in the world, and his voice becomes embedded in our bodies and souls.

Jesus the Good Shepherd says that nothing is more important than the people that God has given him. “No one will snatch them out my hand,” he declares (John 10:29). So we stay close to Jesus not out of fear that he will abandon us, but because we know he leads us to the water of life—and because we want to offer living water to those around us.

Faithfully, Pastor David

In Memoriam
Bob Kallas We pray for the family and friends of Bob Kallas who went to his eternal home on March 13th. Bob experienced declining health in recent years but was determined to continue to attend Chat Room and Worship Services as long as he was physically able. Bob had such a curiosity for truth, for biblical understanding and of course, electronics. And for those who were fortunate to participate in choir with him or sit near him during worship, we remember his wonderful bass tones as he sang God’s praises.

Maundy Thursday
Service: 7:30, Thursday, April 1st
Note: This service will be conducted over a live video link. Please check email announcements in Holy Week to locate the link.

Online service on Maundy Thursday will include Holy Communion.

As part of that service, worshipers are invited to participate in Holy Communion from their homes by supplying the elements of bread and wine from their own household and partaking of the elements at the appropriate moment in the communion liturgy.

An Explanation of Maundy Thursday Communion
Our Lutheran theology stresses that the body and blood of Christ are present in, with, and under the bread and wine as it is shared with the baptized in the liturgy of Holy Communion. Lutherans are for good reason therefore uneasy with the notion of “virtual” communion or any move to make the sacrament either a private affair or an activity in which some participate and others watch.

For that reason, Holy Communion has not been part of the pre-recorded services or the services broadcast and archived on Facebook during the Covid pandemic.

However, we have learned during the pandemic that the gathering of people over a live Zoom call or other video conference call creates a genuine community, not an imaginary one. In these gatherings, we see each other’s faces and hear each other’s voices. We occupy the same moment in time, and effectively—through the means of modern technology—occupy the same space. We are gathered together in Christ’s name.

It is on this basis that Pastor David and the Executive Committee have endorsed celebrating Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday. Though the bread and wine will derive from different households, we are gathered together in the presence of God to hear God’s promise: “The body of Christ, given for you; the blood of Christ, shed for you.”

Lenten Service Project: A Tisket A Tasket…
Thanks to all who donated personal care items for Night Ministry and Assistance Ministry!! Our “baskets” overfloweth!

Good Friday
Service: 7:30 pm, April 2nd
The service will be available to view on our YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/holzerp, or on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/MessiahLutheranPR/.

Life and death stand side by side as we enter into Good Friday. In John’s passion account, Jesus reveals the power and glory of God, even as he is put on trial and sentenced to death. Standing with the disciples at the foot of the cross, we pray for the whole world in the ancient bidding prayer, as Christ’s death offers life to all. We gather (virtually) in solemn devotion, but always with the promise that the tree around which we assemble is indeed a tree of life. We depart silently, and we anticipate the culmination of the Three Days in the Easter Vigil.

Easter Celebration Service
Christ is risen! Jesus is alive, and God has swallowed up death forever. With Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, we may feel astonished and confused, unsure of what to make of the empty tomb. But this is why we gather (virtually): to proclaim, witness, praise, and affirm the liberating reality of Christ’s death and resurrection. In word and feast, we celebrate God’s unending love, and depart to share this good news with all the world. Alleluia!
Service: 10:15 am Sunday, April 4th

The service will be available to view on our YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/holzerp, or on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/MessiahLutheranPR/.
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!

EC Corner
It has been decided that services will remain virtual until the state of Illinois reaches Phase 5 in the reopening plans. We will strive for outdoor services when the weather permits. Members of the EC continue to be in contact with the other congregations using the church. Hope Advent offered to pay to have the Sanctuary piano tuned which was completed on March 22. Hope Advent will replace the screen in the Sanctuary to an updated version. The repairs on the damaged fence along Weeg Way have been completed.

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, Simply Giving, Amazon Smile and Good Shop. Over the last several months Messiah has collected donations from several outlets and, to clear up some confusion, an explanation of the different giving avenues is provided below.

Facebook: Facebook users can donate via Facebook by going to Messiah’s “business page” https://www.facebook.com/messiahparkridge (as opposed to our “group page” https://www.facebook.com/groups/MessiahLutheranPR). To make regular donations to Messiah’s general fund click on the Donate button on the right of page. For specific fundraisers (such as Bucks for the Boiler) click on the Fundraiser title under the header for specific information.
Donating through Facebook is a simple contribution method.

Pay Pal: Pay Pal is another online giving tool accessible through Messiah’s website. Pay Pal is a payment system that is linked to your personal account and you can securely personalize your giving as you see fit. You can set up Pay Pal giving by clicking the Contribute tab on the homepage of Messiah’s website, www.messiahparkridge,org.

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

Good Shop: 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.

Bucks for the Boiler
Our boiler is leaking and needs service to keep the building warm. The cost to replace it is $23,000. The congregation voted to replace this very necessary equipment.

Please join us in supporting a good cause! Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps.

You can donate via Facebook (as previously explained) and it pays all the processing fees for you, so 100% of your donation goes directly to Messiah. Please use this link to donate: https://www.facebook.com/donate/226901515835604/

You can also send a direct donation to church and indicate that it’s for the boiler.
Thank you for your support.

Communication With Church & Each Other:
Let’s remember to stay in touch with church and with 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. Please be sure to check it regularly so you don’t miss any updates. If you know someone who doesn’t have email or doesn’t check it regularly, please keep them up to date! And let’s stay in touch with each other! If you have information to share with all members, submit it to the church office for the weekly Messiah Message Board!

April 2021 Virtual Activities!
Men’s VIRTUAL Brotherhood Breakfast
Men’s Brotherhood will hold a Virtual Breakfast gathering on Saturday, April 10th at 9:00 a.m. All Messiah men are invited to participate. 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 virtual book club will meet Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:00- 9:00 pm on FB Messenger Rooms. The next selection is Perfect: A Novel written by Rachel Joyce.
Summary: Byron Hemmings wakes to a morning that looks like any other: his school uniform draped over his wooden desk chair, his sister arguing over the breakfast cereal, the sound of clicking heels as his mother crosses the kitchen. But when the three of them leave home, driving into a dense summer fog, the morning takes an unmistakable turn. All are welcome to attend and if you have questions please contact Paul Holzer.


Music Ministry: The Trumpet Shall Sound
The Resurrection sits at the very heart of the Christian faith. The first sermons written down in the Book of Acts focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus. And this has not been lost on musicians. In the ELW alone, there are 33 pages of Easter hymns (#361-394). If you check for “Easter” hymns under the topical index (see page 1180 in the ELW), add another 18 hymns. But among Christians, these 51 hymns represent only a fraction of the music of faith that points us to the Resurrection.

This wasn’t lost on George Frederick Handel either when he composed his oratorio, The Messiah, in 1741. In Part 3 of this work, there is a bass solo that brings the words of 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 to life: …Behold, I tell you a mystery;…for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…

Handel was known as a composer who wrote music quickly. The entire score of The Messiah took just 24 days to compose. But in the midst of his life, he wrote this and many other pieces of music facing an incredible mountain of challenges which could easily have ended his musical career. Anxiety, depression, and physical ailments all debilitated his life. Four years before composing The Messiah, he suffered the first of two strokes. His friends thought that his first stroke would end his career. But Handel bounced back and lived 18 more years.

“The Trumpet Shall Sound” is one of my favorite parts of The Messiah. I can still hear the booming bass voice of my father singing this solo at church. At my father’s funeral in 2001, some members from the adult choir joined together to sing from Handel’s Messiah once again.

Here is a version of “The Trumpet Shall Sound” performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 2011 during its centennial gala. It is sung by soloist Samuel Ramey: The Trumpet Shall Sound. Another Messiah Easter favorite of mine is “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.” With thanks to Amanda Powell and the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, here’s a recording of I Know That My Redeemer Liveth. Happy Easter!

Bill Decker, Music Coordinator

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

Assistance Ministry
The Assistance Ministry team continues to provide lunches to go Monday mornings. We are hoping to be able to serve lunches in person again, however, think that we have to wait for volunteers and guests to be vaccinated. Pastor David is checking to see if Messiah could be a vaccination site. We are asking our guests if they have been vaccinated and if not, do they want to be. A couple of guests said they didn’t want to be vaccinated but when they heard that perhaps we could serve lunch to vaccinated persons, that said that they would get vaccinated. This ministry is more than the food, it is the community that has evolved.

Our guests not only get a hot meal to go and a lunch, but also can pick up food items, toiletries and clothing. We do this safely, one person at a time, and it is so very much appreciated.

Our Messiah congregation continues to amaze us. Contributions continue to come through contacts of our congregation and members of our congregation. This ministry is blessed!

With thanks,
Connie Kaufman

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. If you see any sales, on any of the items for kit or supplies for quilts let us know where the sale is! Also, we are happy to take donations of new or gently used flat sheets (any size) or material for our quilts. We are thankful to the quilt group of Good Shepherd for gifting us with their materials as their church is unfortunately disbanding.

If you want to check out the Quilts & Kits program at Lutheran World Relief, go to https://lwr.org. The new photo is a picture of the LWR Quilts & Kits Affinity Pin created to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this ministry. To order a pin go to https://lwr.org/qkpin.
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 is now open.

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
April 5th April 8th

LSSI is replacing its Spring Luncheon with the following virtual events. Please consider registering for this event. The price is reasonable for a good line-up of activities and it is all for a good cause.

Spring Fling Medley: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things
Indulge in a few of "my favorite things" during LSSI's Spring Fling Medley on May 12–15, a series of live virtual events spread out over four days. Join the Kitchen Sisters Cooking School, co-founded by Master Chefs Jessica Dawson and Gale Gand, for our main event kick-off—a cook-along class on Wednesday evening. Learn from a master chef, take a mixology class, pour a cup of tea, hear about the royal family, and more! Tickets are $45 per person, which includes access to all events. Spring Fling Medley is presented by the Women's Network of LSSI, and proceeds benefit LSSI’s Foster Care Program. Visit LSSI.org/Fling to register and learn more.

THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP The following are the scripture readings for April
April 1st Maundy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35

April 2nd Good Friday
Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Psalm 22, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1-19:42

April 4th Easter Sunday
Acts 10:34-43   Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24   1 Corinthians 15:1-11   Mark 16:1-8

Sundays in April
April 11th Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:32-35, Psalm 133, 1 John 1:1-2:2, John 20:19-31

April 18th Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 3:12-19, Psalm 4, 1 John 3:1-7, Luke 24:36b-48

April 25th Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18

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:
Please also keep the friends and family of Bob Kallas in your prayers as they mourn his passing.

Those who are ill, in recovery, or facing adversity:
The Dumerer Family The Hauser Family Mary Jane Kovach
Trudi & Jim Handzel 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 (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:
Kimberly Jones, 4/2 Jennifer Manzella, 4/3 Diane Wilson, 4/4
James Seggeling, 4/8 Connie Kaufman, 4/10 Peter DiVita, 4/12 Francesca DiVita, 4/20 Trudi Handzel, 4/23
Jean Seggeling, 4/28 Eva Thoren, 4/28

Anniversaries this month
Paul and Julie Holzer, 4/20/1996, 24 years
Les and Nancy Herak, 4/30/1977, 43 years




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