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The December Messenger #594

Dec 1, 2017


Christmas Services

Sunday, Dec. 24 @ 4 p.m.
Family Christmas Eve

Sunday, Dec. 24 @ 10:15 p.m.
Candle Light
Christmas Eve

Monday, Dec. 25 @ 10:15 a.m.
Christmas Day Service

Greetings Messiah Family of Faith,
Although the weather outside is not yet frightful, and many of us are too busy to sit by the fire and sing “Let It Snow,” it is December and Advent is beginning.
Advent, the season of waiting … waiting for Christmas which is fast approaching. It is a wonderful time of the year when we begin to prepare for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Not only do the days grow shorter, but many find the days packed full with activities and to-do lists. The Christmas holiday approaches and brings a sense of urgency in the planning ahead for all those things that 'need' to be completed.
In all of the hustle of preparation, sometimes the true reason for celebration is lost and forgotten. Perhaps you've wondered, when will you find time for God? How will God be added to the to-do list? The advertisements are overwhelming this month of long dark nights and yet there is hope in the anticipation of the festive season ahead. Decorations, shopping, meals, gifts, holiday parties, greeting cards, children's activities … and how does God fit into this?
The month before Jesus' birth, his mother Mary must have been as preoccupied as the retailers who constantly remind us of Christmas shopping countdowns. Joseph was lovingly watching her health and activity, trying to limit life's demands on her. Mary grew more and more introspective,    as expectant mothers tend to do, identifying with the baby-in-waiting and full of hope for this child … for all creation. In Mary's case, she was expecting a gift that she would share with the world.
How can you keep God in your hectic schedule? Take the Faith 5 - in just a few moments every day, you can share the Gift of Faith Together with your family. Share, Read, Talk, Pray, Bless with your loved ones and stories about your faith will deepen your lives, build traditions, strengthen relationships and allow spiritual growth.
All are invited to share the Gift with our community of faith this month with new Cross+Generational worship and learning opportunities (see pages 11-12). As we grow our faith, we glorify the God who loves us so much that he gave us the most awesome gift of all … his only son. Celebrate the warmth and light that God offers us in Jesus and our community. This season, hear the Advent story as if it were the first time. I pray that the love of the Christ child Jesus, will fill your hearts with joy and peace and hope.
In Christ,


’Tis the season to Reflect, Realize and Rejoice!
Christmas and Easter are without a doubt the busiest times of the church year, and at Christmas one of my biggest challenges as a Music Director from year to year is “keeping Christ in Christmas.” The “battle” with the secular world seems to start earlier and earlier every year.
Obviously the best “weapon” I have is Music. Music can serve many purposes within a congregation. Most of all it can unite worshippers in a single focus. This special time of year allows us, through our music, to focus on the true meaning and real story of Christmas. Oh yes, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn all have their Christmas “jingles”, ummm I mean music, blaring away in the hope that you will listen and heed their messages … “one-day sale,” “picture with Santa,” “free gift wrapping” and the most inspirational one of all “clearance.”
I guess it serves a purpose and delivers a message. However it is the Church’s Christmas music that truly brings the message we all need to hear, the unchanging message of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love for a world in need.
We need to not lose sight of the fact that the first Christmas was a season of miracles, not one-day sales, pictures with Santa, or free gift wrapping. The miracle of the virgin birth and a star that just happened to appear before    shepherds humbly at work in a field forever changed our world. It’s during this season that we must make the time to Reflect on these miracles, Realize their importance, and Rejoice in their message, and lucky for you it’s all right there in the Church’s music!

“O harken ye who long for peace
Your troubles searching now may cease
For at this cradle you shall find
God’s healing grace for all mankind….”

“O harken ye who long for love
And turn your hearts to God above
The angel’s song the wonder tells
Now love incarnate with us dwells”

This Christmas, because of Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday, the fourth day of Advent will be observed on Dec. 19, a Tuesday.
The first three days will be, as usual, Sundays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, at 10:15 a.m.
The Tuesday night Advent service will begin at 6:30 p.m., following a potluck dinner at 6 in the Friendship Place.


Dear friends and family of Messiah and Messiah Child Care Center,
As we are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, please think about the possibility of providing a gift to our less fortunate guests who come weekly to our Assistance Ministry. If you are able to provide a gift card to be given out during Assistance Ministry to our guests, please know that it would be very much appreciated. Suggestions would be for local grocery stores, Dollar Tree, gasoline cards, restaurants, Walgreens or CVS, etc.

Any amount would be appreciated.
Cards can be placed in the offering or given to Pastor, the Church Office, Ms. Karen, or anyone on the executive committee. This is a wonderful way to share our abundance with others!

On behalf of Messiah Assistance Ministry, thank you!
Connie Kaufman

Christmas Giving Trees are UP!

We are doing LSSI’s Gifts for Kids again this year Nov. 26 to Dec. 10. Gift tags are available on the trees in the narthex and outside the church office. Pick a tag, sign your name on the list by the tree, purchase a present, and bring it wrapped to church by Sunday, Dec. 10, to be sent to LSSI in time for their Christmas Party. Contact Moni Ryczek with questions at 847-692-6972. The suggested gift amount is $25.

We’ll also have our Giving Tree to collect socks, winter gloves and hats for Night Ministry as well as our friends from Assistance Ministry. We are looking for mostly adult items, and asking that they be NEW, STURDY, WINTER ITEMS, rather than “magic gloves” which are very thin. SOCKS are also needed.
For specifics, check out: www.messiahparkridge.orgThe tree is in the Friendship Place through the month of December.

What? Santa Claus? No! Saint Nicholas!! Dec. 6 is Saint Nicholas Day! St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop who provided for the poor and sick, and is the basis for the popular character of Santa Claus. He was born in Patara, a land that is part of present-day Turkey, circa 280. There are many legends about him but it does appear that St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop who was known for    helping the needy. After his death, the legend of his gift-giving grew. St. Nicholas transformed into the legendary character called Santa Claus, who brings Christmas presents to children around the world. Let us follow his example by providing hope, peace, love and joy for those in need among us.

Dear Friends in Christ:
Christmas is all about mission. The story of the incarnation, the unique entrance of God into our world in the humble birth of Jesus in a marginalized village called Bethlehem, is central to the story of God’s way of doing mission for the sake of the world. As Paul writes in Philippians 2:6-8, [Jesus], “emptied himself, taking the form of a slave being born in human likeness, and being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross.”
Anthony J. Gittins asks in “Ministry at the Margins: Strategy and Spirituality for Mission” (Orbis, 2002:152) “How close are we to the powerless, the weak, the exploited, the homeless, the poverty-stricken or those without status? … To accept to be marginal and a stranger [even in our own culture] is to place oneself at the disposal of the God who calls… Jesus the marginal missionary calls, co-missions and sends us too.”
Thank you for your participation in God’s mission locally and globally. Thank you for your prayers and support this past year for our family and for our companion churches across Southern Africa.
“Come, let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us”
Luke 2:15b    
Bishop E. Sinalo (IELM) greets members of a congregation in Mozambique.
Peace and blessings.
Yours faithfully,
Rev. Dr. Philip Knutson, ELCA Global Mission Regional Representative, Southern Africa
Johannesburg, Nov. 29, 2017

My blog page address is: https://southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com/

Please note the link to my online giving page on www.elca.org: https://community.elca.org/SouthAfrica

The initial sessions of Prayerful Process have been completed. The second sessions will take place in December when we’ll prayerfully consider leaders for the positions of Financial Secretary and Treasurer.    

Future dates:
Assistance and CCC Monday, Dec. 11
Brotherhood, Dec. 9
Quilts+Kits, Sunday, Dec. 10
Chat Room, Sunday, Dec. 17
Choir, Tuesday, Jan. 2
Book Club, Thursday, Jan. 11

Come join us for our monthly Sunday school, Dec. 3. It is a great way for the kids to start Advent, by hearing and discussing the Christmas story. We will meet at 9, in the Friendship Place.
Children ages 4-10 are all invited to attend! Parents are encouraged to attend with their child to encourage their faith formation and to build faith relationships with other families.

Consider joining us for Chat Room on Sundays at 9 in the Friendship Place for a lively discussion in December on Advent. We’ll also participate in the second session of Prayerful Process on Dec. 17.
If you have requests/ideas for future topics, please contact David Swanson or Steve Yager.   CONFIRMATION
In December, our confirmands will focus on the Lord’s Prayer. Please contact Pat Kovach if you have questions or have information to contribute to these lessons.

Dec. 4:
Manna Orders due
Silent Auction begins for Christmas program Front Row Seats
Dec. 7:
Manna Orders delivered
Silent Auction ends (noon)
Dec. 11-13:
Miss Pat’s Christmas Program (11:15 a.m.)
Dec. 18:
Manna Orders due (final before Christmas), 9 a.m.
Dec. 19:
Christmas Program (Miss Laurie, Miss Cindy, Miss Terri),
4:15 p.m.
Dec. 20:
Christmas Program (Miss Suzanne, Miss Carrie, Miss Kirsten), 4:15 p.m.
Dec. 21:
Manna Orders delivered
Christmas Program (Miss Jennifer, Miss Ro), 4:15 p.m.
Dec. 25 & 26:
Christmas Break – CCC, Church closed

LEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Manager.
Saturday, Dec. 2
at 4 p.m.
Our annual Hanging of the Greens is set for 4 p.m. Dec. 2. There will also be pizza and then, from 6 to 7 p.m., caroling! Come be part of the fun!

Saturday, Dec. 2
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Buy a unique ceramic bowl from Oakton Community College’s renowned Pottery Department, and share a bowl of soup with hundreds of others from the community. Proceeds go to fight hunger in Maine Township and our surrounding area.
Tickets are $3 each, four for $10, for the event at TenHoeve Center in Des Plaines. Admission is free. Donation for bowl: $15. For information, call 847-635-1699 or email emptybowls@oakton.edu.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Jimmy’s, 1440 Rand Road, Des Plaines. Good conversation and food.

Quilts + Kits – Join us on Sunday, Dec. 10, after service to do the final Prayerful Process session, assemble quilts and possibly finish NICU “presents”! We’ll be in the Friendship Place. Remember: no sewing experience necessary! And we have Band-Aids! Join us for snacks and good fellowship. For information and to volunteer, contact Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or 847-828-7819.

Annual Meeting, 1/28/2017
SouperBowl of Caring Collection Begins


Dec. 3
First Sunday in Advent
Worship Focus
1st Lesson: Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
2nd Lesson: Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel: Mark 13:24-37
Advent Conversation   Lord’s Prayer #1: What is Prayer?

Dec. 10
Second Sunday in Advent
Worship Focus
1st Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm: Psalm 85:1-2,8-13
2nd Lesson: 2 Peter 3:8-15a
Gospel: Mark 1:1-8
Advent Conversation   Lord’s Prayer #2: The Lord’s Prayer

Dec. 17
Third Sunday in Advent
Worship Focus
1st Lesson: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm: 126
2nd Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28
Advent Conversation   Lord’s Prayer #3: The Lord’s Prayer

Dec. 19
Fourth Day in Advent
Worship Focus
1st Lesson: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Psalm: Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
2nd Lesson: Romans 16:25-27
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
Advent Conversation   Lord’s Prayer #4: The Lord’s Prayer

Sunday, Dec. 24
@ 4 p.m.   Family Christmas Eve
Our Family Service, kid-friendly with a convenient start time.

Sunday, Dec. 24
@ 10:15 p.m.   Candle Light Christmas Eve
Traditional late-night “Lessons and Carols” Christmas Eve service.

Monday, Dec. 25
@ 10:15 a.m.   Christmas Day Service
A celebration of the birth of Jesus.
Sunday, Dec. 31   Hymn Sing



      Dec. 3      Dec. 10      Dec. 17      Dec. 24      Dec. 24      Dec. 25
      10:15 a.m.   10:15 a.m.   10:15 a.m.   4 p.m.      10:15 p.m.   10:15 a.m.

Acolytes   Kyle H      Evelyn A   Millie D   TBD      Kyle H      Michaelene & Samantha
Comm. Asst.   Laura H      Aly A      Mayra D      TBD      Laura H      Mary Jo M
Readers      Dina S      Nick L      Debbie D   Larry       Trudi H,   David H
                        Nick R      Teresa L
                              Ralphie L
                              Marilyn D
                              Novena C   
Worship Asst.    David S      Andy T      Karen B      Cindy N      ryg J      Diane B
Advent Candle   Hausers      Allemeiers   (open)      Ryczeks      (open)      (open)
Projection   Jim H      Jim H      Jim H      n/a      n/a      n/a
Ushers      *      *      *      *      *      *
Altar Guild   Nancy H      Sue K      Cindy N      Cindy N      Cindy N      Sue K
Counter      Paul H      Paul H      Paul H      n/a      n/a      n/a

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
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.
Dec. 3   Flowers      Available
   Bulletins   In memory of George A. Racia by the Hauser family.
Dec. 10   Flowers      In memory of Frank Luck’s birthday.
   Bulletins   Available.
Dec. 17   Flowers      In celebration of David Jensen’s birthday.
   Bulletins   Available.
Dec. 24   Flowers      Poinsettias
Dec. 25   Flowers      Poinsettias
Poinsettias will be on display on the altar for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services. Order forms are available in the Sunday bulletins, or contact the office directly.



The theme of the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering is: “This Changes Everything,” based on Ephesians 2:8, “By grace you have been saved ... ” The dates are June 27-July 1 in at NRG Park in Houston.
For more information and to register, email to: gathering@elca.org.

Sign-up has begun for the 2018 Pinewood Derby. Pack 105 will be holding a clinic meeting on Dec. 1 to distribute pinewood kits.
Please contact your respective Den Leader(s) for itinerary details or if you cannot make it to the clinic on Dec. 1 and would still like to participate in the Derby.

Highlights from the Nov. 13 meeting include:
* Prayerful Process
* Open Positions: Financial Secretary and Treasurer (due to resignation of Rhonda Cady)
* Discussion of Harvest Festival results
* Concrete work finished; blacktop in 2018
* New speakers in sanctuary
* Financials
* Iron railing approved for NW walkway
* LSSI progressing to determine feasibility of using parsonage    

Exterior Surfaces
In a joint venture between MLC and Hope Advent, a powerful new speaker system has been installed in the sanctuary. The system will strengthen and improve services for all congregants involved, and we thank Hope Advent for its involvement!

Also, concrete sidewalk work has been finished around the campus. Resurfacing the parking lot will take place in 2018.

Railing Donation
Railings will be installed along the north entrance walkway. Steve Burval of JB Metal Works has generously donated the railings in memory of his parents, Joe and Evelyn Burval. The Burvals were longtime dedicated and faithful members of Messiah. We offer a heartfelt thanks for this wonderful addition!


Poinsettias for Sale!
$16 each
Orders due by Monday, Dec. 18
Watch for order forms in the Sunday bulletins or call the office to place an order.
We will only have RED plants this year.

Manna Orders for Christmas
Contact the Child Care Center to order your Christmas Gift Cards from Manna!
Order dates:
Monday, Dec. 4
Monday, Dec. 18

Messiah Book Club
Jan. 11
"No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year"
by Virginia Ironside
7-9 p.m., Friendship Place
Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading.
All are welcome.

A Message From Aly Allemeier
I would like to thank everyone for the kind messages and cards, while I was recovering from surgery. I really appreciated the kind thoughts and prayers.
Aly and entire Allemeier Family

Larry Dumerer, 12/1
Melissa Holzer, 12/1
Millie Anderson, 12/5
Rhonda Cady, 12/5Dorothy Pollack, 12/6
Jennifer Hanson, 12/10
Aidan Loverme, 12/14
David Jensen, 12/18
Bobby Hanson, 12/19
Neena Penumaka, 12/23
Andrew Travis, 12/24
Laura Olson, 12/27
Marcella Larson, 12/28
Elaine von Schwedler, 12/30
Laura Hauser, 12/31

None in December       


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

President: Larry Ryczek
Vice President: Trygve Jensen
Secretary: Aly Allemeier
Treasurer: TBD
Financial Sec.: Paul Holzer

Chair:       Tim Saul, Erik Grove
Secretary: Kathy Malyszko
Sue Kopij
Treasurer: Pat Kovach

Floyd Yager and Jennie Read Roble

Assistance Ministry:       Connie Kaufman
Altar Guild:          Sue Kopij, Cindy Norberg
Brotherhood:          Rich Seggeling
CHAT Room:          David Swanso, 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 & HONORARIUMS REPORT as of November 28, 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.
* JB Metal Works (Steve Burval) in memory of Joe and Evelyn Burval.

Don and Mary Jane Kovach, Brookdale Des Plaines, 800 S. River Road, Apt. 416, Des Plaines, IL 60016

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Tom Daniels, Donna Hanson, the Wiberg family, the Hauser Family, the family and friends of Pastor Megan Jones, the family of Jean Johnson, the family of Vern Frost, Ginger Borys (healing), Sharon Wilk, Robert Saul, the family of Jeff Koszczuk, Teri and Bill Muenster, the Froderman family, John Francis, Gilbert Garcia (Jeanette's dad), Aly Allemeier (surgery), Dorothy Nagel, 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, 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, Gary Hamilton, Ruth, Sandi, Tom, Tony, Mary, Peg, David, Don, JT, Mary-Jean, Jim, Ed, Nancy, Scott, Mary, Jimmy, Dan, Barb.
Those requesting prayers for other purposes such as emotional, grief, financial, employment, general or unknown are: Don and Mary Jane Kovach, Dorothy Nagel, Anne Wiberg, John Francis, Rochele K., Don and Mary Jane, Anne Evans, Bill Zuhme, Debbie Dietrich, Salena Jason, the Jefferson family, Sarah Nugnis, Kevin Kovach, Terry K., Fred D., the family and friends of Jim Leeney, the Krell family, the families and staff of Child Care Center, Julie, Paul, Bonilla Family, Mike Wokisin, Haley Lippert, Eastaven Bargas, Meaghan, EB, Griffin family, Worknesh Deressa, Joann Wood, Penumaka family, Larry Dumerer, Jeane Reeve, Lippert family, Fox family, Victoria Candiotti, Richard Levy, George Krell, Provenzano family, Behl family, Schiaone family, Swenson family, Kraiger family, family of Jan Ehans, Megan, Fran, Lorenzo, those who are unemployed or underemployed, those living with addiction, those whom are hungry, alone or homeless, our assistance guests, and all of those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
* 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, Phil Holzer, Rachel Daye.




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