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The November 2021 Messenger #641
The November 2021 Messenger #641
Nov 1, 2021
The November Messenger
FROM THE PASTOR
When leaders at Messiah get together, the discussion often turns to parts of the physical plant that need attention. A boiler needs replacing, a pipe is leaking, or an alarm system needs repair. A facility like ours is always in need of attention.
These are not glamorous topics, and they might seem far from the central tasks of the church—which are to preach and teach the gospel, to praise God in word and deed, to share the sacraments, and to encourage one another in faith. And it’s true that over the years faithful Christians have not necessarily needed a special building to fulfill their mission.
Nevertheless, there are many forms of ministry that take place in our building, and these ministries wouldn’t happen so easily or productively without the building. So, the building needs our attention and our stewardship.
After all, it is only by having a safe, clean, and functioning facility that we are able to offer Monday lunches to those who are hungry and lonely. It’s by way of our education building that we can be home to a wonderful Christian preschool, where children are nurtured and the gospel is shared. It’s our Friendship Place that hosts weekday luncheons for seniors, and that’s also the place that confirmation youth from three different churches frequently meet to learn and grow in faith. And of course, it is the building that provides space in which our congregation—and two others—gathers to worship, sing, pray, mourn, and celebrate.
As you make your financial contributions for the rest of 2021 and in the months that follow, I hope you will keep in mind all that goes on within the walls of Messiah, all the people served by our ministries, and all the ways that the building and those who care for it are instruments of the gospel in this community.
MESSIAH UPDATES Indoor Services and Online Church Services Continue With Current 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor David at email@example.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.
At their October meeting, the EC determined that the ministry profile is complete and ready to submit to the synod pending identification of Call Committee Chairperson. Various property issues were also discussed including a new security door between the church and education building. EC also reviewed ministry and facility activities.
We thank the EC and Pastor David for their leadership and continuing to guide our future steps.
Ways to Donate
Let's finish the year strong in giving. An active church, like an active family, needs financial support to fulfill its mission.
Turn on AmazonSmile!
If you have the Amazon app on your phone, you can now set it up with AmazonSmile so that your purchases automatically generate donations to Messiah! First, be sure you’ve signed up on AmazonSmile and designate Messiah Lutheran Church Park Ridge as your designated charity. Then, open the Amazon app and find “Settings” in the main menu. Tap on AmazonSmile and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone!
Contributions to Messiah can be submitted through a variety of means as outlined in previous newsletters. Check out Messiah’s website on ways to contribute: https://www.messiahparkridge.org/contribute.html
“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is… Life is good when you are happy; but much better when others are happy because of you.” Pope Francis
OUR MISSIONARY: REVEREND DR. PHILIP KNUTSON
Check out Pastor Knutson’s October newsletter where he talks about his latest activities in South Africa.
The Story of “For All the Saints”
Some of you may remember a radio personality named Paul Harvey. He had his own news show in the last century, but he also hosted special shows, one of which was called The Rest of the Story. Harvey would narrate a story, often about a historical personality or some event in history. He shaped his narration so that the listener would not know the identity of the subject until the very end. Once he revealed the identity, he would close his comments with “And now you know…. the rest of the story.”
The hymns of faith—including the stories behind them—can also fit into this form of narration. You and I see hymns—hundreds of them—bound within a thick hymnal that were mostly composed over the last five millennia. But what do we know about the writer of the lyrics and composer of the melody or the writing of the hymn itself? These human lives and the hymns they wrote did not arise in a vacuum.
On the first Sunday in November, the Church observes All Saints Sunday. It’s a time to thank God for the lives of those who have died. It reminds us of our loved ones who were part of our families but, even more importantly, a part of God’s family in Christ. One of the excellent hymns that marks All Saints Day so very well (this year, set for Nov. 7) is “For All the Saints.”
The author of this hymn was a parish pastor of the Church of England in the 19th century. One of his first parishes was located in Wales where he wrote many of his hymns. He began writing hymns at the very early age of 13! During his lifetime, he was called to work as a bishop in East London and Wakefield. In London, his parishioners called him by various popular titles including “the children’s bishop,” “the poor man’s bishop,” and “the omnibus bishop.” Some called him the “omnibus” bishop because he frequently traveled among the people of his parish. However, instead of riding in a private coach, he would take public transportation, striving to work and live among the poorer people as much as feasible.
“For All the Saints” originally had 11 verses; most modern hymnals have pared that number down to six or seven (ELW 422 includes seven verses). Its verses are based on both Scripture and the Apostles’ Creed. The Scriptural reference comes from Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us…” When we recite the portion of the Apostles’ Creed “I believe in the communion of saints”—that is, the church of Christ on earth as well as the church of Christ with God in heaven—we are also pointing to that great “cloud of witnesses,” including our loved ones, that God has joined us to.
The original melody was eventually replaced by a tune composed by a famous English composer of the 20th century which many Christians, including those of us at Messiah, sing at worship today.
So, who penned the words of “For All the Saints?” William Walsham How (1823-1897). Who wrote the tune we sing? Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958). And now you know…the rest of the story.
(P.S.—If you would like to hear a stirring rendition of this hymn which the St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, of London, England, sings, click on the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvXDY4HHC1o)
Bill Decker, Music Coordinator
Hard to believe that we are now in November. We’ve had quite a year! This is a good time to give thanks…that many of our guests have returned; that most of our guests have been vaccinated; that we are able to safely welcome our guests into Friendship Place; that Messiah continues to prayerfully support this ministry and that we continue to receive large donations of food to prepare for our guests. We are blessed!
The number of guests that we serve are increasing. We typically have 18-24 guests each Monday. Please know that they frequently ask us to pass on to our congregation their thanks for what we provide. We have had gifts from former members of Messiah, friends, Child Care relatives, scouts, Child Care staff, Messiah members, neighbors and the community. We can’t begin to tell you how grateful we are for this.
Please keep this ministry in your prayers. If you are able to contribute in any way; know that this is appreciated. This truly is a ministry of our whole church.
With thanks, Connie
Quilts & Kits
We will meet in November to do the finishing work on quilts that were previously tied. We’d also like to gather a small group to assemble Personal Care and School Kits since we have the items for them. If you are able to help, please contact Carol or Trudi. Once we get these completed we’ll take them to a gathering place in Elgin so they can be shipped to an LWR warehouse.
We heard from LWR about where quilts and kits went in 2021 and the urgent requests for more! “Due to limited inventory in our warehouses, we have sent only a small number of quilts and kits in 2021. So far this year quilts and kits have been shipped to nine countries” (Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Serbia, Georgia, Burkina Faso, Jordan, Iraq, and Angola). “There are many more urgent requests…including:
• Vulnerable refugees and children escaping conflict in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon
• Orphans and the elderly in Tanzania
• Poor communities devastated by flooding in El Salvador
• Families displaced by conflict in Armenia
• Street children at risk of being drawn into gangs in Honduras
• Struggling school children in the Democratic Republic of Congo
• Impoverished families in South Sudan”
If you want to check out the Quilts & Kits program at Lutheran World Relief, go to https://lwr.org.
Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey
Joint confirmation program is underway and had its first meeting at Messiah. There are a total of 9 confirmands enrolled with 4-5 adults participating.
The confirmation classes are held on Mondays from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. The location of the classes rotates between the four churches. Leadership of the program is also shared. Each class session includes a lesson, devotion, prayers, and activities.
Please keep the students from Messiah in your prayers, along with all the confirmands and leaders, that our youth may grow in knowledge, faith, hope, and love.
Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center
In October, the CCC held a “bus-less field trip” to our playground! This special field trip was the annual trip to a pumpkin farm and Harvest Festival activities rolled into one special day!
There will be 3 Holiday Order dates!
Orders Due Available for Pick-Up
November 8th November 9th
November 29th November 30th
December 13th December 14th
Do you know a child-loving, hard-working, kind-hearted person who is wondering what to do with their long, winter (and spring) afternoons?? Well, have we got a place for that child-loving, hard-working, kind-hearted person!!! Messiah Child Care Center is looking for an afternoon assistant to join in the fun activities with groups of delightfully entertaining children and staff. The hours would be M-F from 2-5pm. Please contact Messiah’s office at 847.825.3767 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on CCC Activities and Programs contact CCC Office at 847-825-3767 or see the website at www.messiahchildcare.com
2021 Crop Walk
With only 3 members, (Trudi Handzel, Dave Hanson and Larry Ryczek (Spirit Walker), the Messiah team
raised the second highest amount of area teams in the Niles/Park Ridge 2021 Crop Walk!! The Messiah team raised $3,345. Small but Mighty!!
November 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, November 13th 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 book club meeting will be Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 7:00- 9:00 pm in the Friendship Place unless otherwise notified!
Next Selection: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.
Summary: January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends--and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society--born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island--boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society's members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.
All are welcome to attend and if you have questions, please contact Paul Holzer.
All Saints Remembrance
As we observe All Saint’s Day on Sunday, November 7th, we give special thanks for those in our Messiah family who have graced our lives with their presence, but have gone to their heavenly home this past year: Throughout November we will continue to honor all loved ones who have passed on. Be sure to write the names of your loved ones in the Remembrance Book that will be located in the Welcome Center every Sunday in November. The added names will be read each week during the prayers of the people.
Paul Fiske – We mourn the death of Paul Fiske, former Messiah member. Paul and the Fiske family were very active at Messiah in the 70’s. Paul became a minister, following in his father’s, Reverend Arland Fiske, footsteps. Awhile back Paul shared his thoughts about Messiah saying “how much Messiah has meant to me over the years. Wherever I have been a member of the church I always found myself measuring that church with Messiah. Most of them have fallen short of the mark. I know that Messiah was and is not perfect but the experiences I had there in my high school years set a standard and expectations for every church that followed. Every week my thoughts return to Messiah if only briefly. The support and love shown by Messiah to the youth and particularly myself has been unmatched. I have tried to apply those same standards to the congregations where I have been pastor.” Our prayers are with Paul’s family.
Christ the King Sunday – November 21st
What Kind of Kingdom?
From Sunday and Seasons
Some have interpreted Jesus’ statement “My kingdom is not from this world” (John 18:36) to mean that Jesus promises good things only in some distant future, as if we need not worry about justice or poverty in this life. However, in his actions and teachings throughout his life, Jesus clearly cared very much about the here and now of this world.
In the Lord’s prayer, we say, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.” We are praying for God’s will in this world, the only home and society we know. But what does it look like for God’s will to be done on earth?
Jesus disappointed his followers, who expected a revolutionary leader. In generation after generation, revolutions come and go. Those who were on the bottom get to be on the top for a spell. Inevitably, we have the same old
concentration of power in high places, insiders versus outsiders, the haves and the have-nots. The names and titles change, but the system does not.
By the typical standards of a political revolution, Jesus’ execution meant he was a total failure. But he embodied a different kind of power, testifying to a truth larger and deeper and ultimately stronger than any revolution. In his crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus jammed up the whole system that keeps cycling back around to perpetuate violence, retribution, inequality, and exclusion.
Through Jesus, the kingdom of God breaks in amid the old kingdoms that rise and fall, bringing a new reign of love, forgiveness, and peace. As a beloved community that longs to break free from old cycles of worldly power, we continue to pray for God’s kingdom to come, for renewal that is deeper and more lasting than any political movement. And we continue to work for a world where all of God’s children and God’s creation are treated with respect, justice, and love.
Advent Begins November 28th
This time last year we were hopeful the pandemic would be behind us and things would be back to “normal”! Well, as we all know, we’re still experiencing the pandemic and somewhat of a “new normal” has emerged. It seems that repeating last year’s Advent article would be appropriate for this year too:
Advent is generally a season of hope and anticipation as we wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus but it can be hard to wrap our minds around this season during these challenging times. Vinita Hampton Wright wrote the following article a few years ago but much of it rings true in 2021 – with a few adjustments:
Advent Again—Time for Practicing Hope
The thing about the Christian year is that it keeps coming around. Over and over again, we get to try our hearts and minds and hands at Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time. We get to dust off the liturgies and speak or sing them again. We get to try old prayers in new ways—or try new prayers on old themes. We get to pick up our symbols and phrases and turn them slowly and look at them and listen to them repeatedly and allow their many layers and nuances to speak to us.
This is called spiritual practice. So, yes, it’s Advent again. But that is how it should be. We have a season ahead of us in which to rehearse and reenact the sacred story of God Is on the Way! God Will Soon Be with Us in the Most Extraordinary Way! Hope is coming; love is coming. A shining realm of peace and wholeness is, truly, coming.
We have a season in which to give our faith a workout, in which to exercise our hope muscles. Some years make that exercise more difficult than others. But it’s Advent now, and, as people of faith, we are called upon to exercise our hope.
If hope isn’t created for times such as these—when countries are divided, when civil war
annihilates whole communities and sends refugees fleeing, when hungry children are ignored because their interests are of no interest to powerful entities, when human beings are trafficked by the thousands to be used for sex or cheap labor, when industry and wealth win over the
health of the planet and all its creatures and the global community—if hope isn’t created for times such as these, then why have hope at all?
So, let’s try Advent once again. Let’s practice a hopeful way of being in the world.
• Sing the songs.
• Ring the bells.
• Put up the decorations.
• Tell the stories.
• Give lots and lots to all sorts of worthy charities.
• Open your home to those who need welcome; pretend each one of them is the baby Jesus, born on the road and needing help. (editor’s note: perhaps we can’t literally open our homes right now so let’s change “home” to “heart”)
• Use your creative gifts: to write, bake, paint, act, make quilts or sound financial plans.
• Go to church. (editor’s note: at this time let’s worship virtually)
• Go to the neighborhood hang-out or the family party (editor’s note: perhaps we have to “hang-out” this year via zoom or face time – or just on the phone or email – anyway to keep in touch!)
• Pay attention to the kids and welcome their very selves.
• Don’t leave pets out in the snow.
• Don’t give up prayer because life feels raw and scary.
• Don’t hurry through Advent because you’re not terribly good at living it; just let it live in the real life you have.
• Don’t forget that God loves you.
• And please don’t forget that God loves everybody else too.
He came for us all. Together, we wait for the holy child. https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent-again-a-time-for-practicing-hope/
Keeping with tradition, we will be ordering red poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas. Each plant with a pot cover will cost $15.00. All orders are due to the office by Monday December 6th at 9:00 am and you will be able to take your plant home with you after the 10:15 am Christmas morning service.
Hanging of the Greens
Keeping with the long-standing tradition of decorating Messiah, we will host the Hanging of the Greens November 28th following the worship service. All are invited to stay.
This year we plan to “Stuff the Stockings” for our Assistance Ministry guests! As winter and colder weather approaches the needs grow. Please consider filling one of the empty stockings you’ll find in the narthex as of November 28th with travel sized toiletries. Suggested items include shampoo, conditioner, comb/brush, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, lip balm/chapstick, body lotion, razor, shaving cream. We also hope to fill Holiday Bags with favorite food items, a $5 gift card (Jewel, Dollar Store) and some cookies and granola bars. Watch for a list of favorite food items in weekly Message Board.
Collection starts November 28th and will conclude Sunday, December 12th (stockings and bags will be distributed to our guests on December 20th). Monetary gifts are also welcome if you’re unable to shop! See Connie or Julie if you have any questions.
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.
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP November 7th – All Saints Sunday
Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 24, Revelations 21:1-6a, John 11:32-44
November 14th – 25th Sunday after Pentecost
Daniel 12:1-3, Psalm 16, Hebrews 10:11-25, Mark 13:1-8
November 21st – Christ the King Sunday
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14, Psalm 93, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 18:33-37
November 28th – First Sunday of Advent
Jerimiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36
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:
Our love and prayers are with Tim Saul and family as they mourn the death of his mother Jacquelyn, a former member of Messiah. Jacquelyn’s funeral was held at Messiah on 10/28/21.
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)
Mike Rodbro and family (Child Care Center family)
Katie Brandon and Carol Rudy (friends of Dotti Burger)
Domonic & Leah Mareuccilli Family, Anne Flick (Friends of the Lippert Family)
Pat & Ted Gradt, Amanda Jensen, John, Karen Heisler, and Sy Rubenstein (friends and family of the Jensen Family)
Ron, 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)
George and Rosie (siblings of Cookie Bonilla)
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:
Richard Nugnis 11/5, Curt Preissne 11/6, Lisa Paulus 11/7,
Alexis Chervinko 11/11, Mary Jo Marchetta 11/17, Carolyn Clauser 11/19, Kirsten Boyce 11/23, Dorothy Burger 11/23, Arden Sasak 11/25, Betty Stinnett 11/25, Andrew Fox 11/27, and Charles Tarochione 11/28
Anniversaries this month
Alyson & Scott Allemier, 11/7 (18 years) Brad & Pat Kovach, 11/24 (41 years)