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The October Messenger Issue #460

Oct 1, 2006

As fall fast approaches, so does the emphasis to focus on
ways to “grow the church.” I know it is that time of year
when each member of the church shudders at the thought of
being asked to serve on the evangelism committee. Being on
this committee involves hard work and results in much
frustration. Perhaps we are doing it all wrong. My
thoughts turn to the concluding chapter of a book I have
been reading, The Evangelizing Church: A Lutheran
Contribution. This final chapter offers some startling but
useful ideas about reinventing evangelism in the church.

Evangelism, isolated as a particular program of the church,
needs to die. Unfortunately, evangelism continues to be
perpetrated by most Lutheran congregations as a program
where it is the property of the clergy and the few laity
willing to serve on an evangelism committee. Evangelism as
a program tends to be the property of those with
specialized training. As such, it is often relinquished to
the entrepreneur, the TV evangelist, or a consultant.
Evangelism as a program is an agenda item at a church
council meeting, rather than the very business of the whole
church. Evangelism as a program of the church must be put
to death. (p.115)
Even as we call for the death of evangelism, we do so for
the sake of resurrecting evangelizing as integral to what
it means to be church culture. Harbingers of this
resurrection are to be found scattered on the landscape if
we have the eyes to see. Jan Linn, for example, has
written: “Far from being something we do, evangelism is
something we are:” His proposal outlines practical steps
for "becoming a witness evangelism church.” “Intentional
witnessing depends on the church being the church, living
out of a deep center of spiritual power, functioning as the
body of Christ engaged in ministries that witness to the
One who is the head.”
George Hunter summons the church to take up “the Celtic way
of evangelism.” Hunter holds up the ancient model of the
Celts who sought to inculturate Christian faith by the
establishing of “a monastic community welcoming seekers as
guests and teams from the monastic community visiting
settlements for weeks or months.” According to this
approach, the evangelizers dwell with the seekers for an
extended period of time, until the way becomes part of
their own being. Key practices for this culture are
ministries of hospitality (including cell groups), a
conversational approach, and sending teams who set up
“colonies” among a foreign people.
Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America, envisions an ELCA that is “a witnessing
church” and “an inviting church.” “Being an inviting church
means inviting your neighbors, colleagues, and family
members to come and hear the story of God's love in Christ.
Most of us have come to the faith because someone else has
brought us.” Hanson invites congregations to take an
inventory of the first impressions people have of them. How
does a congregation exude hospitality and a welcome for
all? (pp. 127-8)

In what ways might an evangelizing church culture be
fostered at Messiah? What part are you willing to play in
the development of such an identity for this church?
On October 1st and 8th, Mark Wiberg will once again be
leading us in a discussion of several chapters of The
Evangelizing Church. I hope that you can attend and be
part of these studies. Also, copies of this book are
available for purchase at a discounted rate of $15.00 each.
Contact me or the church office if you wish to buy a copy.

I invite each one of you to think and act imaginatively and
creatively as evangelists for the church. Call me if you
have ideas on how we might reach out to welcome all God’s
children. The new evangelism committee is comprised of
each member of the church. Invite a friend. Speak the
words of faith. Pray for those have not come to believe.
Continue your efforts to grow the Kingdom of God. God’s
blessing on your witness,

Noteworthy News
In August we lost two long-time members of Messiah. We’d
like to take a moment to remember these special people.
Olav Johnsen
Olav Johnsen was born on June 27, 1915 on a small island
off the western coast of Norway. He left Norway at the age
of 18 and came to the United States. He sailed on ships on
the Great Lakes and settled in the Chicago area. He was in
the U.S. Army for 3 1/2 years, serving in Patton's 3rd
Army, the 925th ordinance, serving in England, France, and
Germany. After the war he married Joyce Bjerke on July 27,
1946. They lived in Chicago and had 2 children, Harold and
Nancy. They moved to Des Plaines, where Olav built their
new home. They have been members of Messiah for more than
25 years. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding
anniversary. Olav has been mostly home-bound the last 3
years, getting round-the-clock care from Joyce. He passed
away in his sleep suddenly on August 22, 2006. He was 91
years old. He is survived by Joyce, Harold, Nancy (Les),
grandchildren Lars, Nicole, and Andreas Johnsen and
Michael, Jonathan, and Jennifer Herak, and many nieces and

Betty Hrodey
Betty Bergeson was born on March 27, 1923 in Chicago,
Illinois. She met George Hrodey at Irving Park Lutheran
Church, and they were married on Valentine’s Day in 1944.
George and Betty moved to Park Ridge in the early 1950’s
and there became charter members of Messiah Lutheran
Church. In the 52 years that Betty was a member here, she
served on many committees, taught Sunday School, was a
Luther League sponsor and served as Secretary. Betty’s
three children – Kenneth, Donald, and Carol – were all
confirmed at Messiah. When her children went to school,
Betty worked a couple of office jobs during the day. In
1981 she began volunteering at Lutheran General, which she
did for the next 25 years. She ended up in the LGH Gift
Shop, which she loved. Betty was at their cottage with
George in Michigan when she passed away quite suddenly on
August 27th. She is survived by George, Kenneth (Linda),
Donald (Nancy) and Carol, grandchildren Andrew (Liz), Kelly
(Mark), Daniel and Peter (Audrey) and her brother Harold,
who lives in Florida. Betty was an inspiration to all who
knew her, and her warm, gentle spirit will be missed by
everyone at Messiah.
Thanks be to God for both of these wonderful people, and
their lasting impact on Messiah Lutheran Church.

On Sunday, October 29th, the people of Messiah Lutheran
Church will thank Clare Rodin. She has been a faithful
member of our congregation for 49 years. In November of
this year, Clare will move to Phoenix, Arizona.
When asked the reason for her move to a new part of the
country, Clare answered: "...to be near to my son, and
grandchildren, and great grandchildren." This desire to be
helpful to younger generations is consistent with her years
of service through her church.
Clare grew up in River Grove, Illinois, in a family of 15
children. Her parents instructed their large family,
"First, love the Lord; then, love each other." These words
have provided guidance for her whole life.
A significant number of young people from Messiah and the
Park Ridge Community have found their lives influenced by
this woman of faith. For 35 years, under Clare's
leadership, a high school class met in a building behind
the church that was affectionately called "The Shack."
Bible Study, prayer, and discussion provided the foundation
for her classes. To broaden the life experience of young
people, trips to inner city Chicago, and on one occasion a
trip to New York City, were planned.
The lasting impact that Clare has had upon children, youth,
and young adults is evident in the people who return as
visitors to their home congregation. It is Clare Rodin that
they seek out, to share a hug, or a memory. With her
typical good humor, Clare might give a "cuff to the head"
and ask, "Are you remembering the Lord?"
With the move to Arizona, Clare will continue her "youth
ministry" in a new setting. The pastor of the church,
already knows her, and greets her with, "Here comes Miss
After the 11:00 a.m. service on October 29th a special
celebration will be held for Clare’s service to this
congregation. Messiah will provide the main dish, and
members are asked to bring side dishes and deserts. Talk
to Donna Berzins if you can help.

Tired of getting your newsletter 2-3 weeks out of date? Me
too! In order to try to solve this issue, we have put this
newsletter on our website. Go to our website, and click on
the “Messiah Messenger” button in the center/top of your
screen. Then follow the instructions on the page, and
voila! You have our Messenger. This version of the
newsletter will be available EVERY MONTH on the first of
the month. You can also always pick up a copy in the

Upcoming Events
October 7 and 8

The semi-trailer will be in the Messiah parking lot Sat.
Oct 7, loading from 9AM to 12PM and Sunday Oct 8, loading
from 12PM to 2PM. Other churches in the district will be
bringing their boxes to be placed on the trailer as well,
and we need volunteers to be there. There will be a sign up
sheet or sign up on the registration sheet in the bulletin.
We thank all who are willing to help in this important
"He won't forget the love you have shown his people." ~
Hebrews 6:10
Saturday, October 7th at 4:00 PM

Pastor Paul is reviving a Messiah tradition with a special
service for the blessing of pets in honor of the Feast of
St. Francis! Bring your pet (in a carrier or on a leash)
to the front lawn, and we will hold a short service. This
is a non-denominational service – invite your neighbors and
their animals!

Sunday, October 15th

The motto is ‘We walk because they walk.’ There are places
in the world where people have to walk miles to get to
school or even just to get their water. So we walk to raise
money to help them. When a disasters strikes, like
hurricane Katrina - Church World Services is there to help
because of funds raised on CROP Walks. In our local area,
families in need can go to our local Maine Township food
pantry, which is supported in part by this CROP Walk (25%
of the money we raise goes to our local food pantry).
Please help us support Church World Services though this
Crop walk. Walk with us or sponsor someone who is walking.
If you would like to walk, please contact Trudi Handzel or
David Swanson. If you would to sponsor a walker, look for
the folks wearing red ‘I’m a Crop Walker’ pins and waving
sponsor sheets in the narthex after the Sunday church
services, or you can go on line to pledge by credit card at
www.cropwalk.org (or just follow the link from Messiah’s
web site) and click on Messiah’s team. Your support would
be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Upcoming Events (continued)

Tuesday, October 17th at 6:30 PM
All men and women of Messiah and their guests are invited
to attend! Tom Higgins, Dir. of Community Relations at
Advocate Healthcare Hospitals, will be our speaker. Tom
will update us on "What's Going On" with all the new
construction, programs and their future goals for Lutheran
General Hospital. Sign up in the narthex today!

Sunday, October 22nd
The pancakes will be served during the Christian Ed hour
(9:45 AM). This is our chance for the all the Sunday School
groups to share what they have learned for the last 4
weeks. Then, at 12 PM, our Fall Congregational meeting
will cover such topics as our new hymnals, new signs, a new
Risograph/Copier proposal, and the status of United Power.

Naomi Circle   Thursday, October 12th at 9:30 AM at Carol
Smith’s house.
Men’s Breakfast   Saturday, October 14th at 9:00 AM at Old
Country Buffet in Park Ridge (Dempster and Luther Lane).
Friendship Day   The next meeting is October 26. If you plan
to stay for lunch, bring a sandwich or whatever you like to
eat. We start about 9 AM…Come whenever you can and stay as
long as you are able. Delicious snacks will be served.
Executive Committee   Needs to be rescheduled, date TBA.
Child Care Board   October 18th @ 7:00 PM
Property Development   October 24th @ 7:30 PM

Stewardship……Karen Thames Recital……Women’s Thank Offering

Youth Corner
Thanks again to those who registered their children on line
for Sunday school. We have almost THIRTY children and
young adults attending Sunday School this year! Pastor
Paul is teaching the High School class, Edith Reeve is
teaching Confirmation, and Kristin Yager is coordinating
the teachers for the elementary and pre-school kids.
Teachers are needed for the younger kids… please check your
schedule to see if you can help on any of these dates:
Believe the Creed 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 (Celebration
Sunday 11/26)
Practice the Prayer 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28 (Celebration
Sunday 2/11)
Splash in the Spirit 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11 (Celebration
Sunday 3/18)
Gather in Grace 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6 (Celebration
Sunday 5/20)
Teachers should understand that they need to be available
for at least 3 of the 4 weeks, and hopefully can attend the
Celebration Sunday following the lesson. All lessons are
planned out in advance for you to teach. Sunday School is
from 9:45am to 10:45am.
Please contact Kristin Yager at 847-692-6260 if you can
teach. Thank you for your help!

This Month in Worship
All services are at 8:30 and 11 AM.
October 1 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29; Psalm 19:7–14; James 5:13–20;
Mark 9:38–50
October 8 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 2:18–24; Psalm 8; Hebrews 1:1–4; 2:5–12; Mark
October 15 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Amos 5:6–7, 10–15; Psalm 90:12–17; Hebrews 4:12–16; Mark
October 22 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 53:4–12; Psalm 91:9–16; Hebrews 5:1–10; Mark
October 29 – Reformation Sunday
Jeremiah 31:31–34; Psalm 46; Romans 3:19–28; John 8:31–36

We will have Saturday worship services on Saturday, October
7th and 21st at 5 PM. The services will include live music
– come check it out!
Also, on October 7th at 4:00 PM, we will have a Pet
Blessing service, based on the Feast Day of St. Francis of
Assisi. Bring your pets to the front lawn of the church
for a short ceremony. (See “Upcoming Events” for more

Oct. 1&8 – Mark Wiberg, "The Evangelizing Church: A
Lutheran Contribution"
Oct. 15 – Julie Jensen, "Our Calling & Education" A Social
Oct. 22 – Celebration Sunday, Breakfast with the Sunday
School kids
Oct. 29 – Linda Stolz, Trip to Africa

Our regular Adult Bible Study has resumed its regular
schedule on
Wednesdays at 10 AM and Thursdays at 6:30 PM.

The sign-ups for flowers and bulletins are in the narthex
by the hall to the Educational Wing. Flowers are $30, and
the Bulletins are $10. Envelopes are provided next to the
sign-up calendar, or you may simply write “Flowers” or
“Bulletin” on your regular envelope in the Other box.

Note to all those purchasing flowers: Your flowers are
yours to take home!
If you wish to donate them to one of our shut-ins, please
be sure to
let the Altar Guild know. Thanks!

October 1 –    Flowers are given in honor of Chuck and Nancy
Boomer’s 25th Anniversary. Bulletins are given in memory of
Lance and Tanya Blanks.
October 8 –    Flowers and bulletins are given by Kevin
Kovach in honor of Dan’s birthday.
October 15 – Flowers are given in honor of Paul Allen
O’Connor’s 1st birthday by the Nugnis Family.
October 22 – Flowers and bulletins are given by Jim and
Trudi Handzel in honor of Tom Perzentka’s birthday.
October 29 – Flowers are given in honor of Ricky Reeve’s
8th birthday. Bulletins are given by John and Sue Fox in
honor of Andrew’s baptism anniversary.

For our calendar, please visit our webpage Calendar.
This page is a placeholder for our paper printed

Special Thank you
From:   Chuck and Sylvia Beyer    August 28, 2006
1514 Hunters Point Rd.
Slidell, LA 70460
To the Dear Families and Members of Messiah Lutheran
Sylvia and I wish to thank the wonderful families at
Messiah for your most generous gift. This past year has
been very challenging for our family and all the families
we know. All of us lost our homes, our churches, and our
communities in which we raised our families and loved our
friends. Our family was much more fortunate than many
others we know. We were given many blessings and God has
led us though this storm in our lives by giving us a
renewed and growing faith. We received support from the
people we love, support from people we have grown to love
and people who remind us each day we are not alone and we
have family everywhere.
Though out this year, God has led us in many directions.
Sometimes it was hard for us to understand what or why he
had this in store for our family, but in each leg of our
journey he has reinforced his love.
For months, Sylvia and I commuted 300 miles from work to
our evacuation home weekly, so our son Chuckie could
graduate from his new High School. He feared he would lose
a time in his life that is so important to anyone his age,
his senior year and playing football. He graduated in May
and not only did he get to play football his senior year,
but his new team played and won the Louisiana State
Football Championship. Chuckie was able to also compete and
win the Regional, the State and the National Power-lifting
Championship in his division, setting an American record.
For our family, sitting in the stands at the football games
and power-lifting tournaments this year helped our whole
family experience being normal, even if only for a few
hours a week. Chuckie is currently living again away from
us. He received a football scholarship from the University
of Louisiana at Monroe. This is where God has led him,
where he is needed.
Sylvia and I set up home in a trailer in New Orleans for
eight months. One month ago we were able to buy and move
into our new home. One year later, we are beginning a new
life and believe we were led by God to where we needed to
be. As my brother Tom signs all of his e-mails – “If God
leads you to it God will lead you through it.” God has
truly blessed and led our family to where we are now.
Over the last year we have all learned much more about how
God works in our lives. We would like to thank our family
and friends at Messiah for your generous gift, your
generous prayers and reminding us once again that none of
us are ever alone as long as we have our Family in God.
It will be years before this is behind the Gulf Coast
region. The losses are still so great. Many people are
still suffering here in many sections of the city. Whole
areas still sit mostly untouched as they did on August 29,
2005. Please keep the people of south Louisiana and
Mississippi in your prayers daily, as we do. I often think
how hard it must be if you were alone and did not have
family and friends to help you through this. This area will
not be the same for many years to come. Thank you again for
your love and kindness.
Our love and prayers to you, Chuck, Sylvia and Chuckie

Messiah Ministries
From:   Rev. Phil Knutson
Dear Friends in Christ,    August 31, 2006
"Time to Deliver," was the theme of the 16th International
AIDS Conference (IAC), held from 13-18 August 2006 in
Toronto, Canada. The theme emphasizes the need for action,
not just words, in responding to the global HIV and AIDS
pandemic. Discussion during the conference focused on
prevention strategies, especially for women, universal
access to treatment and galvanizing responses to the
pandemic, as well as the fight against stigmatization. The
faith-based and inter-religious community was well
represented among the 24,000 participants. Bishop Johannes
Ramashapa from the Botswana Diocese of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Southern Africa noted that "the
conference has managed to bring in more people living with
HIV, [and] served as a platform for them. That was a big
achievement." He continued, "The conference has brought
more hope ... Going back to my ministry, I will scale up
the fight against stigma, especially among pastors."
Recently during my home assignment visits in the United
States several people asked me directly or indirectly why
AIDS is so widespread particularly in Africa. There is no
single or simple answer to this complex issue. What is
clear however is that poverty is a major factor. Poverty
does not only mean lack of basic necessities but the lack
of power, options and choices. Related to this are issues
such as poor nutrition, social dislocation due to civil
conflict and migrant labor, lack of resources for education
and lack of access to affordable and adequate medical care.
Women and children are the most vulnerable. Since 1999,
annual deaths in South Africa among women, young adults and
children have increased dramatically. More people between
the ages of 30 and 34 die than any other age group.

Messiah Ministries (continued)
You might have seen or read about protest action led by the
Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) a lobby and support group
at the conference as well as their call for a global day of
action on August 24. I attended a TAC sponsored interfaith
service at St. George's Anglican Cathedral in Cape Town on
that day. The speakers (including two Lutheran pastors
from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa)
called on President Thabo Mbeki and everyone in South
Africa to be united in facing the crisis. According to the
World Health Organization/UNAIDS more than 800 people in
South Africa die of AIDS every day. The TAC also points
out that while the government agreed to roll out
anti-retrovirals in 2003 only 175,000 out of 800,000
infected people are receiving ARVs at present. The TAC is
even calling for the Health Minister to resign. The South
African Council of Churches is planning an urgent meeting
with the government to discuss the crisis.
I would like to encourage everyone to advocate for more
funding for HIV and AIDS programs through the US Congress,
ELCA Stand with Africa Campaign and Companion Synod
Programs. Beyond emergency relief and care we need to
work for broader economic policy changes in the United
States and internationally that support fair trade and
affordable medicines. For more information visit the ELCA
Advocacy web site:
http://www.elca.org/advocacy/issues/aids/default.asp and
Finally we need each other's prayers. As Dietrich
Bonhoeffer put it: "I can no longer condemn or hate other
Christians for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble they
cause me. In intercessory prayer the face that may have
been strange and intolerable to me is transformed into the
face of one for whom Christ died." In prayer we put others
and ourselves into God's hands. When we do that we begin
to see them and ourselves more clearly - as God's beloved
children who live by God's grace alone.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Yours faithfully,
Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission
Regional Program Assistant
Southern Africa, Cape Town
PLEASE NOTE:   Rev. Knutson plans to visit us in December for
Adult Forum and worship. When we know the exact date, we
will let everyone know. Messiah contributes $3000 a year
to Rev. Knutson’s ministry in Africa.


Anthony Reeves, 10/5
Linda Stolz, 10/5
Sandra Downie, 10/6
Darryl Hanson, 10/7
Daniel Kovach, 10/7
Zachary Elder, 10/9
Julie Berzins, 10/12
Tony Demonte, 10/12
Tommy Hanson, 10/16
Candace Zaucha, 10/17
Weston Bukar, 10/19
Gary Corkill, 10/20
Michael Herak, 10/25
David Kaufman, 10/26
Neil Hauser, 10/29
Ricky Reeve, 10/30

Charles and Nancy Boomer – 10/2/1981, 25 years
Russell and Linda Raymond – 10/11/1969, 37 years
Ron and Theresa Duty – 10/27/1974, 32 years
Tom and Kim Hanson – 10/29/1993, 13 years

Messiah Leadership Team for 2006

President: Dave Kaufman (847) 788-0442
Vice President: Carol Hrodey (262) 652-3187
Treasurer: Brad Kovach (847) 297-4883
Secretary: Trudi Handzel (847)359-7830
Financial Sec.: David Hanson (847) 296-6796
Stewardship: Les Herak
Evangelism: David Swanson
Child Care Center: Donna Berzins
Visioning Task Force: Floyd Yager

For the Memorial, Honorarium, and Thanks to God Fund
This report is as of September 19, 2006.

Given by:   Karen Krone, Wanda Kalmuk, Advanced
Allergist-Schaumburg Office, Advanced Allergist-Niles
Office, Joyce Johnson, Richard and Vivian Fjloheim, Don and
Mary Jane Kovach, Chuck and Jackie Steigerwald, Co-Workers
of Les Herak, Millie Anderson, John and Lorraine Handzel,
Les, Nancy, Mike, Jon and Jennifer Herak, Harry I Sakai,
Sharon Kilkenny, Kathleen Kilkenny, Joyce Tjhio, Valeria
Bowman, David Swanson
Given by:   Valeria Bowman, Charlene A. Lobitz, Skip and
Lorraine Handzel, Chuck and Jackie Steigerwald, Joyce Tjhio
The family has requested the memorials be given to the
Capital Fund.
NOTE: As of this date, the hymnals have been paid for. The
sign fund is still open for donations as we wish to correct
the signs not on church property and add more signs around
the neighborhood.
If there are any omissions in my report, I mean if you have
donated to this fund and it was not acknowledged by me and
not listed in my report, please let me know. This does
happen now and then, and I certainly want to check it out.
If it did not come to me, I will certainly do everything I
can to find where it is. However PLEASE ALLOW SEVERAL
to make things easier for your chair, donations not
designated, unless requests are made by the family, will be
put into Property Reserve, a much needed fund.
I would like to thank those who put their address on the
Memorial Card. It saves me the time it takes to look it up.
Also, if the family address is not available in our church
book, please include it along with the relationship. F.
Y.I. Amount of the donation is acknowledged only to the
donor. If requested, I give a total amount to the Family.
And remember, it helps if you put your envelope number on
the check.
Millie Anderson, Chairperson
(847)692-2385, E-Mail: MillieAnderson@CompuServe.com

Prayer Requests
Please include the following individuals and families in
your prayers this month:

Dolores Broezell
Joe & Evelyn Burval
Mr. Dennis
Lorraine Handzel
Sue Horger
Arlene Johnson
Chris Jacobsen
Louise Johnson
Richard Levy
Susan Lyle
Nancy Maher
Sue Nugnis
Aidan Ray
Mary Reter
Jenney Schafrik
Pastor Sally Terrell
Linda (Rodin) Ufkes

We also want to remember in our prayers our military
Kevin Hrodey, Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, and
Patrick and Claudine Ward.
We also pray for Lutheran Men in Mission, the men's
ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Some members of the organization visited us in worship
recently, and they asked for our prayers.

Directory Changes
Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!

John and Michelle Litwin
965 Concord Lane
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

Steve and Pamela Helms
3605 Biscayne Road
McHenry, IL 60050

New Phone Directories are available in our narthex. We
have decided that we will only MAIL directories to those
people who call and request them. If you are unable to
come to church and pick up a directory, please call
847-823-6984 and ask Jennifer to send you one.




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Park Ridge, IL 60068
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