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The September 2021 Messenger #639

Sep 1, 2021

The September Messenger

As the United States abruptly ended its 20-year military involvement in Afghanistan, reporters sought to hear the opinions of military veterans who had served in that war. What did they think of the collapse of U.S. efforts in that country? The veterans were by turns angry or bitter or philosophical.

There was one soldier, however, who made a response that really struck me. “I focus on how I and the men and women I served with did our jobs with integrity and honor,” he said. “We did the best we could for our fellow soldiers and the Afghan people. We were true to the oath we swore as soldiers.”

That soldier chose to focus on the part of the war he could control. There is much wisdom in that approach, because there are so many ventures in life whose final outcome we can’t determine. We can only do the best we can in the place we find ourselves.

The true meaning of our efforts—whether as parents, friends, workers, or faithful Christians—is often not be apparent right away, perhaps not even in our lifetime. All we can determine is how we will meet the challenges we face and how we will treat the people we encounter. We can decide what values we will stand for.

As Christians, our struggle is not a military one. It is a battle, as St. Paul said, against the” spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:12). The forces of evil are sometimes inside us as well as outside us. The weapons we use against evil are honesty, truth telling, justice, repentance, patience, kindness, fidelity, and trust in God’s steadfast love.

We are now entering a second fall season in which our lives will be curtailed by the Covid pandemic. Besides living with Covid, we are living amid a pandemic of misinformation and suspicion. Honest efforts to keep children safe at school are often met with angry responses. Flight attendants report a massive increase in unruly behavior by airline passengers. Meanwhile, each of us has our own battles with discouragement, loneliness, isolation, or fear.

Let us enter this season determined to stay close to God’s word in Jesus Christ, and to encourage each other with our prayers, our faithful giving, and our presence in worship. The final victory of the world belongs to Christ, and that means that our striving in faith is never in vain and our acts of faithfulness are never futile.

Grace and peace,
Pastor David

MESSIAH UPDATES Indoor Services and Online Church Services Continue With New Mask Guidelines!

The current guidelines from the Metro Chicago Synod and the Centers for Disease Control call for all people, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, to wear masks indoors, so we are therefore asking everyone to wear masks for worship services and any visit to the church building. Recent data indicates that although the vaccine has a high level of protection against serious cases of Covid-19, the very contagious Delta variant can be spread even by those who are vaccinated.

The Executive Committee and Pastor David continue to monitor guidelines and provide updates as they change. As we've learned this past year and a half, it’s important that we remain flexible and adapt to these changes as they are presented. We are doing our part to protect one another, our families, our neighbors, and the wider community. Please contact the church office if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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!

EC Corner:
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 grateful to Rich Seggeling for accepting an appointment to fill the vacant Vice President position on the Executive Committee! We are certain Rich will be an asset to our leadership team and look forward to working with him! Thanks Rich!

We continue to need a CCC Board Member – specifically someone to fill the Treasurer role. Being part of the CCC board is a rewarding way to help guide our largest ministry, the Child Care Center! Please prayerfully consider participating on the CCC Board.

For information on the CCC Board position please talk with Pastor David or a member of EC or contact the church office.

At their August meeting, EC discussed the agenda for the August Congregation Meeting, open positions, call process, building maintenance, Center of Concern proposal, LSSI True Friend Event and status of donations among other issues.

The Executive Committee, along 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 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 has returned 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.

ELCA Day of Service
On Sunday, Sept. 12, ELCA congregations will observe “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday. However, out of an abundance of caution, the Executive Committee has decided to cancel this year’s in-person Day of Service activities. But there are still ways we can continue to serve.

If you would still like to volunteer your time, consider donating blood, pick up trash along the road, make a donation to the Maine Township Food Pantry, or donate personal care items to the Night Ministry. Even if we cannot serve together, every small action creates waves of change.

Although we won’t be able to conduct our usual Day of Service this year, one way we can still help is to support our Quilts and Kits ministry by bringing needed items to church on the 12th or drop them off to the church office another day. Primary needs right now include 70-page single subject spiral notebooks, pencil sharpeners and boxes of 24 crayons for the School Kits. These items are generally on sale this time of year!

Below are other service project ideas and considerations for safely supporting your community in the time of a pandemic. Acts of service can happen anywhere: you might contribute to an online project from your home or volunteer in person keeping a safe physical distance and wearing a mask. As a church, we are guided by our life in Christ to share the love of Jesus and serve our neighbors — even if such acts of service look different this year. The reality is, every day is a Day of Service! And perhaps we can reschedule a special day to gather together in service in person.

Ideas for Service Projects at Home:
•   Arrange for meal deliveries from restaurants. Place an order on behalf of anyone in your community who could use a meal, and coordinate with them ahead of time about what they would like from the menu. Be sure to inquire about allergies and dietary restrictions.

•   Write cards or letters, or send care packages. Every community has people who are always ready to serve. Express your gratitude for emergency workers, teachers, frontline health care workers, postal and delivery workers, those in the military, and all essential workers, remembering especially members of your congregation.
•   Start a pen pal program for older adults in nursing homes to connect or reconnect with members of your congregation.
•   Call or video-call seniors or those who are homebound or isolated.
•   Start a conversation partnership with someone learning English as a second language.
•   Reach out to a local organization that supports immigrants and refugees, and offer to participate in video calls.
•   Pray for Haiti, victims of hurricane Ida, Afghanistan, victims of Covid, victims of forest fires, victims of racial injustice………


Check out Pastor Knutson’s August newsletter where he reports on the primary schools operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Malawi and the challenges they currently face including implementing Covid preventative measures such as sanitation stations as seen in the attached picture.

In closing his newsletter, Pastor Knutson said, “Thank you for your prayers, support and your participation in God’s mission locally and globally.”

Favorite Hymn Sunday

Here is a list of hymns that we have sung at Messiah for years.

The Old Rugged Cross, There is a Redeemer, To God Be the Glory, On Eagles Wings, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, Shall We Gather at the River, The King of Love My Shepherd Is, Let All Things Now Living, All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, What Wondrous Love Is This, Morning Has Broken, Earth and All Stars, I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light, All My Hope on God is Founded, You Can Come Down to the Lakeshore, and We are Called.

You might ask: why this list? Well, a common thread binds these hymns together. During the summer of 2019, those gathered for worship at Messiah chose these hymns as among their “favorite” hymns. The pastoral staff sought to include one or two of these hymns in each Sunday’s worship service throughout the summer. The hymns were marked as “Favorite Hymns” in the worship bulletins.

But why bring it up now, two years later? Because we are going to once again fill Messiah’s sanctuary with the inspiring melodies and texts of some of these hymns. Please come and join us. Mark your calendars. Sunday, September 12.

Bill Decker, Music Coordinator

Assistance Ministry

Assistance Ministry has continued to provide guests with a nutritious meal and a bagged lunch to go. We’ve had 13-25 guests a week. Those guests who are fully vaccinated stay to eat and the few who are not must take their meal to go.

We are grateful for the many gifts that this ministry has received for our guests. Ursula from Amazing Bread and Cakes, a Des Plaines bakery, donates tasty breads and desserts weekly. We’ve gotten donations of beautiful tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers which our guests really enjoy as a special treat. The grandparents of a Child Care Center child donated many bags of groceries so our food pantry is restocked. One of our scout leaders has passed along a large donation of meats, bread, baked goods, corn and clothing. Diane’s Allstate agent and friend, Marianne Viola continues to donate large Costco entrees for our guests. We have been able to share some of these donations with our congregation.

One of our more recent guests attended church at Messiah this past Sunday. At the end of the service, she thanked our congregation for the generous meals, clothing, food and gifts that she and others receive on Monday mornings.

And finally, I’d like to share that Monday, August 30, Redeemer Lutheran Church members prepared and served lunch and “to go” lunches for our guests. We welcome their participation and partnership.

With thanks, Connie Kaufman

Quilts & Kits

Although we won’t be gathering on September 12th for the Day of Service, we are still planning to work on assembling quilts, personal care kits and school kits. If you’re interested in participating in a small group to work on these projects, please contact Trudi or Carol.
Meanwhile, we still need additional items for the School Kits. In particular we need:
•   70-page single subject spiral notebooks (each kits gets 4)
•   Pencil sharpeners
•   Boxes of 24 crayons

Please stick to the specifics described for each item. These kits are often given out to large groups of children so it’s important that each child gets identical items. Many of the sales limit the number of items purchased. Items or donations can be dropped off in the church office. Please mark bag or box LWR or Quilts & Kits!

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
Pastor David is working with confirmation parents on details for the upcoming fall Confirmation class. Details to come!

Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center
The CCC began the Fall secession Tuesday, August 17th! The children and staff are happy to be back in the building having fun together.
Upcoming Manna order dates:

Orders Due Available for Pick-Up
September 7th September 9th

For more information on CCC Activities and Programs contact CCC Office at 847-825-3767 or see the website at www.messiahchildcare.com

CCC is a Star!!
This summer, the children and staff who attended Messiah during the final 2 weeks decorated a large star with their handprints and names to be a part of the 'Park Ridge Shines Brightly' Summer STAR Art Display.

Our Messiah CCC star is located in the Park Ridge Library seating area on Prospect Avenue. It's very easy to see with all of our colorful handprints on it.

Please stop over and check it out!! It really looks awesome!!!
As always, thanks for your support!! Karen

Reaching Out: Center of Concern
Last month the Center of Concern reached out to Messiah in search of a host for its community lunch. The Center of Concern is a non-profit social service agency addressing the needs of seniors and the disabled, enabling them to live safely and independently.

Pastor David and the Executive Committee believe the Center of Concern fits the mission of Messiah. We will provide a space for seniors to gather every Tuesday through Friday in the Friendship Place from 12:30 to 2:30. During that time the participants will receive a meal, attend assistance seminars, or play games. We look forward to working together with the Center for Concern.
If you would like more information about their programs please visit, https://centerofconcern.org/ or call 847-823-0453

September 2021 Activities! 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, September 11th at 9:00 a.m. All Messiah men are invited to participate. Contact Rich Seggeling or Paul Holzer if you have questions.

Coming in October!
Messiah Book Club
The next book club meeting will be Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 7:00- 9:00 pm in the Friendship Place unless otherwise notified!

Next Selection: Get a life, Chloe Brown by Hibbert, Talia, author

Summary: Emerging from a life-threatening illness, a fiercely organized but unfulfilled computer geek recruits a mysterious artist to help her establish meaning in her life, before finding herself engaged in reckless but thrilling activities.
All are welcome to attend and if you have questions, please contact Paul Holzer.

Save the Date!! Thursday, October 7th
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois True Friends Celebration
This year Lutheran Social Services of Illinois will hold their annual True Friend Celebration in an interesting new way. A pre-recorded program will be available online, or for those hosting a group for the event, a DVD of the program will be provided.

The program’s keynote speaker, travel author and TV personality Rick Steves, will explore the idea of travel as a spiritual act that promotes empathy, solidarity, and connection. The conversation will be hosted by the Rev. Peter Mary, publisher of The Christian Century magazine and a Lutheran pastor in Davenport, Iowa. Another part of the program will honor Beverly Moody and the life of Richard Moody with this year’s True Friend Award. Finally, there will be a brief segment featuring some of the families who are part of LSSI’s large foster care program. Registration fee of $30 will be asked of each participant. An online silent auction will be offered for a few weeks before and after the event. Event proceeds will benefit Children’s Community Services at LSSI, including our foster care program.

Messiah hopes to host a small True Friend in-person gathering the evening of Thursday, October 7th. Plans are still being finalized, but the event will include the program described above, refreshments, lively discussions and more! If you prefer to view the program on your own, you will be given details as to how to log-in online starting October 7th. Keep watching The Messenger and Messiah Message Board for updates on the event or check out LSSI’s website at www.lssi.org

THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP The following are the scripture readings for September
September 5th – 15th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 35:4-7a, Psalm 146, James 2:1-17, Mark 7:24-37

September 12th - 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 116:1-9, James 3:1-12, Mark 8:27-38

September 19th – 17th Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 11:18-20, Psalm 54, James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a, Mark 9:30-37

September 26th – 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29, Psalm 19:7-14, James 5:13-20   , Mark 9:38-50

Bulletin Dedication
If you would like to dedicate a weekly bulletin in honor, memory, or in celebration of a loved one please sign up using the dedication chart across from the Assistance Ministry food pantry. If you recall, the EC decided to use silk flowers to decorate the altar from week to week, so we are no longer dedicating flowers.

Worship Teams for September
September 5    September 12    September 19    September 26   
Assist. Min.   Diane B    TBD    Vikki H    Cindy N   
Readers   Trudi H    Larry R    Laura H    Available    
Prjct. & Video   Jim H & Paul H Jim H & Paul H    Jim H & Paul H    Jim H & Paul H   
Altar Guild   Sue K    Sue K    TBD    Cindy N   
Counter   Jim H    Jim H       Jim H    Jim H   

Back To School 2021
The last school year was challenging for everyone and unfortunately the uncertainty and fear remains as the 2021 school year begins. The pandemic continues to present unprecedented challenges for students, school personnel and parents. Let us keep them all in our prayers and offer our support and encouragement for everyone’s health and safety.

Lord, please watch over our nation’s youth as they return back to school. Whether it be in the classroom, online, through homeschooling, or a combination. Give them peace, focus, and afford them the opportunity to be kids. And Lord, please also watch over our nation’s teachers and school staff as they return to school during this time of uncertainty. Give them peace, focus and patience to support their students in a safe and healthy learning environment. And Lord, please watch over the parents and family’s of our nation’s students as schools are back in session, whether learning occurs at school or at home. Give them peace, focus and resources to support their children and manage their homes and jobs.

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.

We pray for Bill and Cindy Norberg and family as they mourn the death of Bill’s father, William.

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)
Mike Rodbro and family (CCC family)

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:
David Hanson 9/8, George Magerl 9/11, Melvin Shapiro 9/12, Caitlin Levy 9/13, Marilynn Duckett 9/14, Michael Hanson 9/14, Kyle Hauser 9/16, Tom Hanson 9/17, Richard Levy 9/18, Teresa Lippert 9/20, Holly Norberg 9/21, Worknesh Deressa 9/22, Steve Loverme 9/23, Julie Jensen 9/25,
Barbara Valasek 9/26, and Pat Fragale 9/28

Anniversaries this month
Bill & Sandi Downie 9/16, (60 years) and Rich & Helen Levy 9/20, (30 years




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