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The July 2021 Messenger #637

Jun 30, 2021

The Messiah July 2021 Messenger


Experiencing God’s Presence

Last month I spent some days fly fishing in Pennsylvania. I am a novice fly fisherman, but I still valued this time on the water. Close encounters with the majesty of God’s creation have a way of lifting one’s spirits.

Standing in the stream, I spent hours at a time focused on the movement of the water, the activity of the trout, the location of my fishing line, the mayflies hatching on top of the water, and the rocks beneath my feet. These are not the things I think about or observe most days of the year, and it was energizing to do it. At the end of each day, whether I caught any fish or not, I could sense that some of the goodness of creation had seeped into my soul. I experienced once again that there is something deeply healing about spending time in the natural world.

Paying close attention to God’s world makes a difference in our lives, just as prayer makes a difference. In these moments we are taken out of ourselves and brought mysteriously into the presence of God. The majesty of creation reminds us that, as the psalm writer says, “the LORD is a great God, and a great king above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed” (Psalm 95).

I hope in these weeks of summer, you will take time to be drawn into the beauty of the world to experience God’s presence, a place where, as a writer once said, “troubles become like pebbles on the road, joys like the everlasting hills.”

Faithfully, Pastor David

See Pastor Knutson’s June Newsletter at https://southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com/

We pray for our Brothers and Sisters in Southern Africa as they experience a third wave of Covid-19 and seek global support and access to vaccines.

Indoor Services Have Begun!! Plus, Online Church Services Continue:

We began indoor services on Sunday, June 13th! What a blessing to be together again in the sanctuary!

The current guidelines state that wearing masks are now optional at worship for those individuals who are fully vaccinated (two weeks since receiving the second dose). Adults and children who are not vaccinated should continue to wear a mask while inside the building. Please note some people with special health concerns or who live with those with special health concerns might continue to wear masks even though they are vaccinated. We honor anyone who continues to wear a mask as a sign of care for themselves and the community. We also respect individual choices for social distancing and physical manner of greeting each other. Not everyone is ready for a hug or a handshake! EC will continue to keep a close eye on the state and national developments and direction relative to Covid and inform us if there are continued changes.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Meanwhile, 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 4 years!

Worship Team: Now that we have returned to worship in the sanctuary, we would like to get back to scheduling our worship assistants. It’s a great opportunity to “let your light shine” during worship. If interested in becoming part of the Worship Team or have questions, contact Pastor David or one of the following:

Assisting Ministers: Diane Blanks will be coordinating Assisting Ministers and sends this message: "Wanted Assistant Ministers, flexible schedule, Sundays only, no experience required, complete individual training by Diane Blanks at your convenience, 847-830-5515 or email her at diane.blanks@gmail.com".

Readers: Rich Levy will be coordinating Readers. To let Rich know that you’d like to be a Reader, send him a text messages at 773-673-1700 or email him at richlevy647@yahoo.com

Music Assistants: A big thank you to Bill Decker and the Music Assistants for their worship leadership during the pandemic! Bill will of course continue to coordinate the Music Assistants so if you’d be interested to get on the list, contact Bill at messiahmusic1605@gmail.com

Altar Guild: We also thank members of the Altar Guild who have continued to participate in worship when it was videoed in the sanctuary and outdoors with communion. If you’d like to join this team or are a current member, contact Sue Kopij at 847-698-3628.

Messiah has a long history of service and we’ve continued this strong tradition through a myriad of trials – in part due to dedicated and talented leadership. We’re currently in need of additional leaders. Please prayerfully consider participating in leading our current ministries and shaping the future of Messiah through roles as:
EC Vice President, CCC Board Member, and Confirmation Teacher
For information on these positions please talk with Pastor David or a member of EC or contact the church office – these are all important and rewarding roles!!

The Executive Committee, with Pastor David, have resumed meeting in person. We thank them for continuing to lead us through this difficult time and guide our future steps.

Ways to Donate
Messiah still needs your support! Giving is down, 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
Ways to Donate 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.

Communication With Church & Each Other:

The church office will return to regular office hours as follows: Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

In addition, phone messages, regular mail and email will 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 your email 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! If you have information to share with all members, submit it to the church office for the weekly Messiah Message Board! If you are not receiving email communication, please first check your spam or promotions folder in your email. Often email providers automatically move mass emails into those folders and if you are not checking, you may be deleting important information. If you are still not receiving email communication, please reach out to the office to be added to the email list. Or if you don’t have email, contact the office to be put on a call list.

Thank You to our Staff!
As we return to some sense of “normal”, it’s a good time to stop and say a BIG THANK YOU to our church and CCC staff members for continuing to keep things going during such a crazy and difficult time! Karen and the CCC staff had to adapt to many new guidelines and were able to keep providing quality Christian education to their students. Alaine has kept the office going and supported worship service (wherever it took place!) often from home. Laura has kept our bills paid and our accounts straight. Dave has kept the building going without a hitch so that we can gather back indoors in comfort and safety. And of course, Pastor David had kept us going in prayer and worship! Thanks to all for your tremendous efforts!!


Music Ministry: Our Favorite Hymns

Messiah has had a summer tradition of encouraging its parishioners to share their “favorite” hymns for use in Sunday worship. For Summer 2021, please let me know what yours are.

1. Send an email to my Messiah music account: messiahmusic1605@gmail.com.
2. Write the songs on a piece of paper, stick it in an envelope with my name on it, and bring it the church office at Messiah. If the office is locked, place the envelope in the door’s letter holder.
3. Mail a letter to my home address at 619 Yale Court, Des Plaines, IL 60016.

I will do my best to use as many of your suggestions as possible over the summer. Many thanks.
Bill Decker, Music Coordinator

Assistance Ministry
In the last few weeks, the Assistance Ministry has been offering Monday lunch both inside the Friendship Place for those guests who are already vaccinated and, outside on the parsonage lawn. The guests have thoroughly enjoyed meals based on generous donations from the Child Care Center, members of Messiah Lutheran Church, Diane Blank's friend Marianne Viola (who receives large donations from Costco), and the Amazing Bread and Cakes Bakery in Des Plaines. The guests continue to "shop" the food previously collected by the boy scouts and, recently, Miss Cindy's preschool class. We are encouraged by the pride our guests take in the new clothes our ministry has provided and in the good news that one of our regular guests has found a full-time job. Please join us in praying for safety and good health for our guests.

Julie Jensen

Quilts & Kits
Now that we’re able to return to worship indoors, we’ll be looking to schedule a time in August to gather to work on quilts and kits. Trudi and I will meet in July to do an inventory of our closet to get reorganized for this fall. We hope to be ready to also do some of this work on the Day of Service, September 12th. Once we figure out what we need to complete personal care and school kits we’ll send out lists so everyone can start looking for sales. In particular we’re getting close to the time for back-to-school sales! We know for sure we’ll need 70-page single subject spiral notebooks so watch for those to go on sale and pick up a bunch! Each kit needs 4 notebooks. Meanwhile, if you see any other 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.

If you want to check out the Quilts & Kits program at Lutheran World Relief, go to https://lwr.org.

Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey

Christian Education
Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center
Check out the story about the Superhero food collection in neighborhood later in the newsletter!

The Child Care Center is full steam into their summer program and fall registration has begun. Since open houses aren’t currently possible, evening tours can be arranged for both sessions. Check out the monthly newsletter for details on the Child Care website: www.messiahchildcare.com

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
July 6th July 9th

”Beyond Thankful”
Experiencing God’s Presence
Submitted by William A. Decker

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They certainly include the essential workers who have served the nation well during the devastating impact of the Covid pandemic over the past 15 months. But it also includes many heroes that seek to help their neighbors even though their efforts remain behind the scenes.

At Messiah, the families of the students of the congregation’s Child Care Center have regularly made donations of food and cash to Messiah’s Assistance Ministry and local food pantries over the years. Children are encouraged to bring in donations weekly. However, in early June this year, one of the preschool classes held a special food drive as part of a week set aside to talk about what superheroes are and what they do. Unknown to all, this food drive would also result in an amazing surprise for one resident coming to the Assistance Ministry for the first time—a gift for her and especially her young children.

The food drive was held on Friday, June 4 when 15 children, ages four and five, set out to collect food from neighbors in the company of their teachers Ms. Cindy, Lavonne, and Becca. The children were all dressed in superhero costumes. They all wore had capes.

Earlier this spring. one of the students, asked Ms. Cindy (aka, Cynthia Decker) if the class could celebrate superheroes for a week. Never having planned a superhero week for her students before, she asked her students, “Who are the superheroes in our community? And what do the superheroes do in our neighborhoods?” They decided to hold a superhero week near the end of the school year.

Two days before the collection date, the children walked around the neighborhood, distributing flyers to alert neighbors when they would come by to collect the donations. The flyers were printed on neon green paper and attached to a Jewel grocery bag. In class, the children also spent time decorating their capes with insignias from the Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman stories.

On June 4, the children came to school wearing their favorite superhero costume. They tied their capes around their necks and all went outside to begin their journey. Pulling two wagons to place the bags of donations in, the children went to homes where they could see a bag with the neon green flyer attached to it. “Each child ran to a house with his or her cape flowing in the wind and brought back the bag and placed it in the wagon,” said Ms. Cindy. “One house donated a bag that was pretty heavy so two children went up to the house and carried the bag back to the wagon together.” In all, 14 households donated enough bags so all 15 children had a chance to carry a bag from the donor’s home to a wagon.

Collecting food for those who are hungry is nothing new in metro Chicago. This has been especially true in light of the increased unemployment and financial insecurity caused by the health pandemic. But the story with Messiah’s superhero preschoolers doesn’t quite end with the collection of donations.

“It so happened,” said Pastor David Heim, “that among the items collected were some baby food and baby formula.” He added that because the volunteers of the Assistance Ministry do not normally encounter people with small children, they decided to donate the baby food and formula to another agency which works with children and could use them.”

“But it also happened that just as the volunteers of the Assistance Ministry were sorting through the food items, a person showed up at the door of the church who had never come to the church’s Assistance Ministry before. She had been brought by a friend, who was a frequent guest of the Assistance Ministry.”

The volunteers learned that this woman had three young children and a teenager and was in need of a special kind of baby formula. And the special kind of baby formula she needed was exactly what the class of children had collected from one of the school’s neighbors. This woman was utterly amazed and, as someone put it, “beyond thankful.”

Together, 15 preschoolers and their teachers, generous neighbors, and a church and school had linked arms to assist vulnerable residents facing personal challenges. But for one woman and her children, “a sign of hope was also offered,” said Pastor Heim. “It was, as someone else said, a ‘God moment.’”

The children, dressed in superhero costumes, hold the bags of donations they received from the church’s neighbors at the front entrance of the school. Standing behind them are their teachers: (left to right) Ms. Cindy, Ms. Becca, and Ms. Lavonne.

July 2021 Activities! Did You Know? Park Ridge has canceled the July 3rd fireworks this year due to the uncertainty of the pandemic – so no need for parking passes! Here’s hoping we can gather again next year for the sparkling celebration!!

Patriotic Hymn Sing After worship on July 4, Independence Day, worshipers are invited to stay to sing a few national anthems.

Men’s Brotherhood Breakfast
Men’s Brotherhood has resumed meeting in person at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Des Plaines located at 1440 Rand Rd. The next breakfast gathering will take place on Saturday, July 10th at 9:00 a.m. All Messiah men are invited to participate. Contact Rich Seggeling or Paul Holzer if you have questions.

Messiah Book Club
The next virtual book club will meet Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 7:00- 9:00 pm AT CHURCH! Right now we’re scheduled to meet at church in the Friendship Place unless otherwise notified!

The next selection is Sourdough by Robin Sloan.

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her; feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it. Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she's providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer's market, and a whole new world opens up

All are welcome to attend and if you have questions, please contact Paul Holzer.

Coming in August

Congregation Meeting
Please stay after the worship service on Sunday, August 22. We will discuss welcoming everyone back to worship and church activities, and the status of Messiah’s call process.

THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP The following are the scripture readings for July
July 4th –Sixth Sunday of Pentecost
Ezekiel 2:1-5, Psalm 123, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, and Mark 6:1-13

July 11th – Seventh Sunday of Pentecost
Amos 7:7-15, Psalm 85:8-13, Ephesians 1:3-14, and Mark 6:14-29

July 18th – Eighth Sunday of Pentecost
Jeremiah 23:1-6, Psalm 23,    Ephesians 2:11-22, and Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

July 25th – Ninth Sunday of Pentecost
2 Kings 4:42-44, Psalm 145:10-18, Ephesians 3:14-21, and John 6:1-21

July Worship Assistants
         July 4th   July 11th   July 18th   July 25th
Assisting Ministers   Cindy N   Karen B   Vikki H    Available   
Readers    Trudi H    Larry R    Laura H   Available    
Altar Guild    Cindy N   Sue K    Cindy N    Sue K   
Counter    Jim H    Jim H      Jim H    Jim H   

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 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)
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
Ryan Hauser Kevin Kovach Trygve Jensen Nikolas Ryczek Michael Yager

Those who celebrate:
Debbi Dietrich 7/4, Carol Hrodey 7/4, Stephanie Yager 7/5, Alice Hulerstrum 7/7, Adam Hauser 7/8, Ryan Hauser 7/8, Joyce Tjhio 7/9, Kimberly Bujalka 7/11, Kevin Kovach 7/11, Michaelene Marchetta 7/11, Dorothy Nagel 7/11, David Swanson 7/18, Eric Ryczek 7/19,
Hannah Lippert 7/20, Karen Black 7/23, Clifford Paulus 7/23, Haley Lippert 7/27, Bob Bisgard 7/28, Evelyn Allemeier 7/29, and Thomas Yager 7/30.

Anniversaries this month
David & Julie Jensen, 7/8 (32 years)




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