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The Messiah Messenger > The September Messenger Issue #591
The September Messenger Issue #591

Sep 1, 2017

September 2017 - Issue #591


SEPT. 10, 9 A.M.

God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. The date for the dedicated day of service is Sunday, Sept. 10. Mark your calendars today!
Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.
At Messiah we will meet at church at 9 a.m. for a brief prayer service in the sanctuary. Afterwards we’ll split into “inside” and “outside” service groups. The inside group will assemble Personal Care Kits, prepare for School Kit assembly later in the month and assemble quilts. We may even pull some plarning out! The outside group will canvas the neighborhood for non-perishable food items. We have been well received by our neighbors in past years!
Lunch will be served! Bring a side dish or dessert to share if you can! If you purchased the gold ELCA shirt in a previous year, please wear it – or just wear a gold shirt if you have one. Or just come as you are!
Pastor Lynne’s column will return next month.


Johannesburg, Aug. 20, 2017

Dear Friends,
I recently attended a week-long training workshop in conflict prevention, presented by the Ecumenical Church Leaders Forum in Zimbabwe.
I joined up with six delegates from the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (ECSS) Upper Nile Internal Province who also attended the workshop. (South Sudan is the newest independent country in Africa and has been affected by internal conflict.)
The program included sessions in demystifying conflict, tools for conflict analysis, effective listening and communication, managing perceptions, power dynamics, healing, reconciliation and strategic peace building.
The week ended with a field visit to   meet with two Local Peace Committees. Both groups testified how the training in conflict management and peace building by the ECLF team had changed their lives and communities. All agreed that peace brings development.
The delegation from South Sudan is already planning how to share experiences and undergo training in peace building in South Sudan.
Yours faithfully,
Pastor Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission Regional Representative – Southern Africa
Johannesburg, Aug. 2017

This is an excerpt from Rev. Knutson’s most recent letter to us. As always, the complete letter is available online at:

September (and October) is
a busy month for Quilts and Kits!
•   Sunday, Sept. 10 – As part of the ELCA Day of Service, we’ll assemble Personal Care Kits in the narthex and quilts in the Friendship Place. Lunch will be served! Help needed!
•   Sunday, Sept. 24 – Quilt Blessing will be held, and School Kits will be assembled during worship service. Help needed!
•   Monday, Sept. 25 – Packing quilts and kits in the Friendship Place beginning at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served! Help needed!
•   Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 7 & 8 – LWR truck at Messiah to collect boxes of quilts and kits from area churches. Help needed 9 a.m.–noon on Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday!
For information or to volunteer, contact Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or 847-828-7819.
Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey


The members of the Assistance Ministry gave the first plarn mat to one of our guests! We will pick up plarning again soon. We’ll post the date you can bring them in.

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Benefitting Church World Service and Maine Township Food Pantry
Our annual involvement in the Park Ridge/Niles CROP Walk is coming up fast! This year the Start and Finish line is at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 260 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge. Pledge packets and signups will be available soon.
The Recruiters’ Rally will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at St. Andrew’s. Watch for your opportunity to raise additional funds by participating in dining out fundraisers like the ones listed below:
Portillo’s: Tue., Sept. 12, 5-8 p.m. 20% of ALL sales go to CROP Hunger Walk.
Potbelly’s: Wed., Sept. 27, 4-9 p.m. 25% of all sales that MENTION CROP Hunger Walk.


In Memoriam: Neil Hauser
Beloved member Neil Hauser died on Aug. 11, after a long battle with cancer.
A funeral was held Aug. 15 in our sanctuary, attended by dozens of those who Neil had touched in his life.
Neil was born in Chicago on Oct. 29, 1969. He received a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management and master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from DePaul University.
While at DePaul, he met Laura, and they were married in 1995. In 2001, Neil and Laura welcomed twin boys into the family, Adam and Ryan. Four years later, little brother Kyle was born.
Neil worked in the manufacturing industry most of his career.

In Memoriam: Rev. Mark Wiberg
Rev. Mark Wiberg, 81, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 30, after a long illness.
Pastor Wiberg and his wife, Anne, had been members of Messiah Lutheran Church for several years, returning in February 2017 to Trinity Lutheran in Des Plaines, where he had served as pastor from 1987 until his retirement in 1998.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Ann, at 539 W. Dempster St., Des Plaines, IL 60016-2650.
A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, with Bishop Wayne N. Miller presiding.

Highlights from the Aug. 21 meeting:
• Establishing account for donations for Hauser Family
• Review of Music Ministry candidates
• CCC Board Update
• Property review of proposals for concrete/black top project
• Congregation meeting agenda
• Fundraising – Harvest Fest, Pumpkin Patch with CCC open house
• Letter from Bishop Miller regarding Confronting Racism and starting this dialogue at Messiah
• Stewardship/contributions, property, pastoral care, Christian ed, assistance ministry, staff updates

July Attendance
Wk1=41, Wk2=39, Wk3=40, Wk4=42, Wk5=40 … *76 unique individuals attended worship between 1 and 5 times in July.

July Giving (Gen. Fund & MAP)
Wk1=$3,341, Wk2=$2,830, Wk3=$1,978, Wk4=$736 Wk5=$1,764


Thursday, Sept. 28 @ 7 p.m.
Friendship Place
We will discuss the book “How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf” by Molly Harper.
The book is about a woman who moves to Alaska and falls in love with a man who happens to be a werewolf.
All are welcome.

Thursday, Oct. 26

Save the date for the 2nd annual LSSI Day of Giving on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. This 24-hour event celebrates LSSI’s 150th anniversary. Support LSSI by making a contribution online or by calling 855.GIFTLSS (443-8577).

Sunday, Sept. 24
immediately following worship
We will have a party in the Friendship Place to welcome Flat Jesus back after his summer of travels! There will be light refreshments, prizes for Flat Jesus participants, a slide show, and fellowship as we chat about our summer adventures.   REMINDERS FOR SEPTEMBER
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W. Dempster St. in Niles. Good conversation and food.
Quilts & Kits – Please see the previous page for details about what is happening for Quilts & Kits this September!

Pet Blessing, Oct. 1
Harvest Festival, Oct. 21
Day of Giving, Oct. 26
Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 21-29
Reformation Sunday, Oct. 29


Sept. 3   13th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 26:1-8
Lesson: Romans 12:9-21
Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28

Sept. 10 Day of Service
9 a.m. -- In Sanctuary for half hour, then food collection from neighbors and Quilts & Kits

Sept. 17   15th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 103:[1-7] 8-13
Lesson: Romans 14:1-121
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35   

Sept. 24 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 145:1-8
Lesson: Philippians 1:21-30
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16   


      Sept. 3      Sept. 10   Sept. 17   Sept. 24
      10:15 a.m.   9 a.m.      10:15 a.m.   10:15 a.m.
Acolytes   Evelyn A   Millie D   Michaelene M   Kyle H
Communion Assts Aly A      DAY OF      Mary Jo M   Laura H
Readers      Marilynn D   SERVICE      Erik G      Larry R
Worship Assts    Pat K            Karen B      David S
Projection   Jim H            Jim H      Jim H
Ushers      TBD            TBD      Steve Y
Altar Guild   Cindy N            Sue K      Nancy H
Counter      Paul H            Paul H      Paul H


The sign-ups for flowers and bulletins are in the narthex by the hall to the Educational Wing. Flowers are $40, 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.

Sunday         Flowers are given …       Bulletins are given …
Sept. 3         Available.         Available
Sept. 10      In memory of Skip and      In memory of Norbert
         Lorraine Handzel,      Hauser and in celebration of Kyle’s             by Jim and Trudi Handzel.   12th birthday by the Hauser Family.
Sept. 17      Available.         Available.
Sept. 24      Available.         Available


A Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch
The second annual Harvest Festival, CCC Open House and Pumpkin Patch will begin Saturday, Oct. 21, and the Pumpkin Patch will continue through Sunday, Oct. 29 at Messiah Church + Child Care Center. The Harvest Festival arts & crafts along with the CCC Open House with crafts & games will kick off the week on Oct. 21. Your help is requested for setting up, unloading pumpkins, staffing games and crafts, staffing concessions, photo booth, selling pumpkins, and cleaning up. Please see Karen Black, Julie Holzer, Debbie Sasak or Pastor Lynne to let us know you can help!

The Manna orders are now coordinated through the Child Care Center, and fundraising goes to the CCC PTO fund. If you are a regular gift card purchaser, please consider putting in a standing order. The list of cards is available on the CCC table in the narthex or on the CCC website, www.messiahchildcare.com. Some folks find that they can purchase grocery or gas gift cards and use for their own shopping AND help raise money for items for the children.


As the sun starts to shine again in the Houston metro area, people, businesses, and churches start the initial wonderings and workings of thinking what’s next. Many of you have asked questions and shown concern about Houston and the Gathering.
Here’s what we know now:
• The 2018 Gathering is on! Registration opens Sept. 15.
• The Gathering WILL happen in Houston.
• NRG Park (where the large gatherings will be held) did not sustain damage.
• Water is receding from downtown and other areas.
• The hospitality/tourist industry is one of the first to bounce back after storms like this.
• We will continue to walk alongside the people of Houston and help how they need us most.   
Here’s what we don’t know yet:
• How many of our hotel properties sustained damage and to what extent. We will start reaching out to our hotels next week. We are expecting that most damage will be limited to the first floor and that hotels will be able to accommodate us in June.
• How this will affect our Service Learning opportunities. Our Service Learning Team Leader and Project Manager are both local to Houston and will continue to work with partners in the city so that we can journey with the people of Houston and do the work they need us to do.

Here’s what we are hoping:
• That the ELCA shows up in a big way next summer in Houston.
• That you donate money to www.facebook.com/ELCALDR. (Also see next page.)
• That you pray for all those along the Gulf Coast that will have to rebuild their lives after this storm.


This year, Confirmation students will, among other things, discuss the Small Catechism.
The curriculum we use is from “To Know, To Live, To Grow” from Augsburg Fortress.

The Day of Service will be Sept. 10, starting at 9 a.m., and the first class will be the following week on Sunday, Sept. 17.

For the eighth graders who will complete their third year of classes, Confirmation ceremony date will be available in early 2018. The last class will be on or about May 21.

As with prior years, participant guides will be used to structure class, but the Bible will also as a regular part of class. Students will need to have a copy of the Bible to use at class each week. If students did first communion at Messiah, the bibles they received there are perfect. (Students without Bibles can contact Pastor Lynne, who can help get them one.)

Messiah will provide study guides, folders, paper, and nearly everything else students need.

Classes will meet each week during the normal Christian Education Hour, 9-10 a.m. Sunday mornings. Patricia Kovach will be the teacher of the Confirmation class for the 2017-2018 year. She can be reached on her cell phone: 847-971-5513 or by email: patkov10@gmail.com.

Students and their parents will need to obtain and review a copy of the “Confirmation Covenant.” At the first class Miss Pat will be collecting these. Before that
class, the students are asked to please read it, pray about it, discuss it with their parents, and bring a signed copy to class. It describes our mutual responsibilities as students, parents, and a church in supporting students through confirmation.

In addition, there is an information sheet students should fill out with their parents and bring to the first class. Pastor Lynne will be using e-mail to share information and would like to have an e-mail address that students and parents check regularly.

Miss Pat is truly looking forward to working with the class this school year. If students or parents have questions, please reach out to Miss Pat first and then Pastor Lynne as needed via e-mail at pastorlynnemorrow@gmail.com or phone at 847-612-6950.


Isabella DiVita, 9/2
Julia Fogel, 9/4
David Hanson, 9/8
Novena Chellian, 9/10
George Magerl, 9/11
Melvin Shapiro, 9/12
Julie Jensen, 9/25
Barbara Valasek, 9/26
Pat Fragale, 9/28

Bill and Sandi Downie, 9/16/61 – 56 years
Rich and Helen Levy, 9/20/91 – 26 years

If you do not see your birthday or anniversary here, that means the church office does not have it in the system. Please let us know if we don’t have your “celebration information!”

We are fortunate to have Roger Turek, who pitched in on Aug. 20, joining us as our new music director here at Messiah.
A native of Connecticut, Roger received his musical training at both Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and the Royal School of Church Music in Cambridge, England.
He has served as music director for the University of South Carolina theater, and he has toured Europe as a sectional director for America's Youth in Concert.
When not making music, Roger enjoys raising and showing Bernese Mountain. Roger and his wife, Jill, live in Bloomingdale.

Pastor: Rev. Lynne Morrow
Coordinator/Music Ministry: Roger Turek
Child Care Center Director: Karen Black
Office Manager: Rodney Richey
Bookkeeper: Daniel Kovach
Property Coordinator: David Hanson

President:    Larry Ryczek
Vice President:    Trygve Jensen
Secretary (acting):    Carol Hrodey
Treasurer:    Rhonda Cady
Financial Sec.:    Paul Holzer

Chair:         Tim Saul, Erik Grove
Secretary:   Kathy Malyszko
Treasurer:   Erik Grove
Members:   Tim Saul, Pat Kovach, Sue Kopij
Floyd Yager and Jennie Read Robles

Assistance Ministry:    Connie Kaufman
Altar Guild:    Sue Kopij,
Cindy Norberg
Brotherhood:       Rich Seggeling
CHAT Room:    David Swanson,
Steve Yager
Cross+Gen:        Julie Luck Jensen
Confirmation/Youth:    Pat Kovach
Memorials:    Carol Hrodey
Women’s Svc. Group: Trudi Handzel,
Carol Hrodey
Spiritual Gifts Coor.: Steve Yager
Worship Assistants: David Swanson
Worship Readers:     Rich Levy
Ushers:        Larry Ryczek
John 17 Fellowship: David Swanson
Steve Yager
Prayer Cards:        Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry:     Staff

MEMORIAL REPORT as of August 27, 2017
All gifts to the Memorial Fund are automatically acknowledged to the giver by a personal note, which includes a confirmation of the amount. Unless otherwise designated, all gifts go into the Messiah Accessibility Project (MAP). Addresses and envelope numbers on memorial cards or checks are much appreciated. The purpose of this report is to confirm that gifts are received and properly allocated. If you don’t see your gift listed here after 2 months, please contact Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: The Family of Rev. Mark Wiberg, who passed away Aug. 30, Nick G., Donna Hanson, Diane Wilson, whose mother passed away Aug. 14 at the age of 101, John Francis, Gilbert Garcia (Jeanette's dad), Ed Kopij, Ted Gradt, Judy Jones, Carolyn Morrow, Doris Hay, Nancy Wendt, Ping, Vikki Hanson, Bob Morrow, Michael Baumeister and family, Myra Lusiak, Terry, Ruth, Judith, Betty & Ray Hoyle, Szul family, Lukasz Stechnij, Al Nugnis (recovering from knee surgery), Baby Grace Horton, Jackie Saul, Tom & Berni, Chris, Debby Brown, Beth Perfetti, Diane, Lorraine, Margot, David Swanson, Chuck Powers, Tom Daniels, Piper, Mr. Young, Millie Anderson and family, Nicholas Levy, the Levy family, Auntie Helmke, Nina Lippert, Teri and Bill Muenster, Joe, Mike Kivel, Nancy Maltec (Rhonda Cady’s mom), Tyler, Zander, Chad Adams and Family, Griffin family, Dottie Burger, Terry DeSchepper, Dan S., Helmke Fields, Donna Hanson, Brad Kovach, John, Linda Ostrand, Carol Hrodey, Jeanne Dumerer, Laura Soto, Ruth Perzentka, Tom Jason,    Irene Luck, Bob and Justine Bisgard, Barb Loverme, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, Julie Higgins, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, George Krell, those living with cancer, those living with mental illness, Norb Wenson, Cathie Glesener, Diane Brendza, Ron Nytko, Robin Horton, Fran, Chris, Julia Ramsland, Sean White, Jackie Powers, Mary Cvetan, Bill Schuman, Charlie Kizer, Jeff Koszczuk, Gary Hamilton, Ruth, Sandi, Tom, Tony, Mary, Peg, David, Don, JT, Mary-Jean, Jim, Ed, Nancy, Scott, Mary, Jimmy, Dan, Barb.*

With gratitude, we thanked William Decker for pitching in this month as musical accompanist.

On Aug. 20, we enjoyed the beautiful music of Roger Turek, who is now our coordinator of musical ministry.

We also gave thanks that all the little ones from Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center returned for school.

* We understand that some prayer requests are short term for specific events, while others find ongoing prayers to be powerful.

We want to remember in our prayers military and first responder personnel (those known to us and those serving who are not known to us): Brandon Ajyek, Tim David, Tyler Daye, Bobby Hanson, Tom Hanson, Andreas Johnsen, Jason Koesler, Sam Krawitz, Joey Rosequist, Claudine Ward, Officer Matt McGannon.   We also want to remember in prayer our college students: Art DeSchepper, Tommy Hanson, Melissa Holzer, Kevin Kovach, Paul Song, Brynn Wildenauer.




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