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The Messiah Messenger > The October 2018 Newsletter #604
The October 2018 Newsletter #604

Nov 1, 2018

October 2018 Messenger

From the Pastor
Dear Messiah family,

Many of you know that cancer survivors are blessed with a lifetime of scans to monitor any possible recurrences. Recent scans showed that there were a couple of teeny nodules in my lungs and I will require more testing to determine what those nodules are. The statistics are favorable that they are not cancer. Most of us walk around with nodules in our lungs and don’t ever know it. But as a survivor, I have the gift of a lifetime of scans to increase awareness and response time.

The EC and CCC board have graciously agreed to give me a 90 day leave of absence to focus on my health and my family.

During this time, I pray that each of you will continue to feel God’s love and presence through each other. Messiah is a special community with a strong tradition of faithfully caring for one another. Although the ‘official’ leaders are the EC and CCC Board, each and every one of you are a leader in this ‘priesthood of all believers’. There is enough ministry work to go around and, ‘many hands make for light work’. This is your time to step up when you see someone or something that needs help.

We are blessed beyond measure by the gifts and grace of Alaine Wong, our Office Manager. I believe God has sent her to us at this time to share her calm and faithful presence (and humor!). I encourage you to call Alaine, send her an email or stop by to see how you can help with upcoming events and ministries. If you have a pastoral care need, please let her know and she will contact someone to call or visit you.

Worship will continue as usual - there will be pastors and musicians leading the worship each week.

If you feel called to help with worship, music, pastoral care, CCC chapel, Harvest Fest, Reformation, All Saints Day, Christ the King Sunday, Hanging the Greens and Christmas Caroling and St. Nicholas visit, the Giving Tree, the LSSI Christmas Families, Advent or Christmas services, please let Alaine know.

God be with you til we meet again. Blessings, Pastor Lynne

ELCA Day of Service.

Thank you to everyone that came to help with the ELCA day of service. AS a group we collected 166 food items for the Maine Township Food Pantry and assembled 174 school kits for Lutheran World Relief. “God’s work. Our hands.” This day 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.
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.
This year’s Crop Walk fundraising is in full swing. The recent September fundraising event at Panera Bread raised $101.67 all of which goes towards supporting the Crop Walk! The next fundraising event is at Chipotle on Monday, October15th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Information flyers can be found in the Narthex. If you would like to participate in the Crop Walk please contact David Swanson or the church office. To pledge talk to one of the walkers or go to https://www.crophungerwalk.org/nilesil

We’re entering the home stretch!
On Sunday, September 9th we assembled 174 personal care kits! Our goal was 165! Thanks to everyone who helped on the 9th and to everyone who helped by purchasing items for the kits.
On September 30th, first, the sanctuary will be decorated with the quilts we’ve completed this year. The quilts and kits will be blessed before they’re packed and sent to the next step on their journey to LWR and then to areas of need. We’ll also assembler school kits during worship on the 30th – our goal is 165! And after service we’ll assemble more quilts in the Friendship Place. Remember – no sewing experience necessary to help assemble quilts! – there’s something to do for everyone!
Next, we’ll pack the quilts and kits in boxes on Monday, October 1st starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Friendship Place along with our guests from Assistance Ministry. Lunch will be served!
And finally on Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7 we’ll host the LWR truck for area churches to carry their boxes. Please plan to help at 9-12 on Saturday or 12-3 on Sunday if you can! Future dates for Quilt & Kits assembly are October, 28th, November 18th, and December 16th.
With many thanks, Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey
•   October 1 – packing boxes 10:00 am – lunch provided
•   October 6 & 7 (Saturday & Sunday) LWR truck is at Messiah to load boxes for MLC and area churches. On October 6th the truck needs help from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and on October 7th help is needed from Noon to !:00 p.m.
Help is needed for all three activities – please contact Carol Hrodey (cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net) if you can assist. The truck loading in particular is a great opportunity for service hours for our high school members!

The Assistance Ministry Team continues to serve about 20 guests weekly. We are becoming more purposeful with our menu...trying to provide more nutritional meals. The ELCA World Hunger grant is making a difference in what foods we are able to provide. We're also sending a "To go" "lunch with each guest.

*****With the colder weather approaching our guests are looking for sweatshirts and sweat pants, warm socks, long sleeve t-shirts, gloves, hats, jackets, etc. We especially have requests for Men's Large and XL. *****

Please take a moment to check out our donation area. Patsy, one of our regular team members ( a volunteer who is the Jensen's neighbor) has been in charge of the donation area. She recently brought a cupboard to neatly display our canned goods and had a couple of her friends construct portable clothing rods to better display our clothing. What a difference this makes!! Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness, Patsy!

We are asking our guests to help pack quilts and kits on Monday,
October 1st. We will then all enjoy a lunch together. Please join us if you are also coming to help. This is a good opportunity to share in our community outreach.

With thanks,
Connie Kaufman

Be sure to check out Reverend Knutson’s blog page: southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com
In his September newsletter, Reverend Knutson describes his experience with Infohut.
The goal of the Infohut project is to create an HIV-free generation. The Infohut uses computers and especially designed software learning programs as tools to engage with and educate young people. Participants learn computer literacy and share information on HIV and AIDS, sexual reproductive health, relationships, conflict resolution and other life skills

WHAT IS THE LUTHER ROSE??? Prince John Frederick of Saxony, who was the protector of Martin Luther, commissioned a seal for Luther in 1530 which he would wear as a ring. Martin Luther personally oversaw the creation of this symbol. It provides a beautiful summary of his faith, a faith that is common to all Christians, of every place and every time. The Luther Seal or Luther Rose is a widely recognized symbol for Lutheranism.
Christian Education
Due to lack of response, there will be no Sunday School on October 7th.
If you and your child (kindergarten through 5th grade) would like to participate in Sunday School on November 4th, please respond to Aly Allemeier at AlyByrd1976@gmail.com by October 15.
The confirmands meet with Pat Kovach at 9 a.m. Sundays in the Confirmation Room, off the choir loft! In September they’ll be learning about Lutheran Theology. First class is September 16th.
Join us for Chat Room on Sundays at 9 in the Friendship Place. If you have requests/ideas for future topics, contact David Swanson.
Thursday, October 25th the CCC will have a fundraising event at Moretti’s in Edison Park! The event will be all day in which the CCC will receive a portion from every Dine-in and Carry-out order.
All you need to do is mention the Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center and 15% of your bill will be given back to the CCC!
For more information on CCC Activities and Programs contact CCC Office at
847-825-3767 or see the website at www.messiahchildcare.com

Recall Notice
The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed “Sub-sequential Internal Non-morality,” or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some of the symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction 6. Depression or confusion the mental component
2. Foul vocal emissions 7. Fearfulness
3. Amnesia of origin 8. Idolatry
4. Lack of peace and joy 9. Rebellion
5. Selfish or violent behavior

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect.

The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden or the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required. The number to call for repair is: P-R-A-Y-E-R. Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the repentance procedure. Next, download Reconciliation form the Repair Technician, JESUS, into the heart component.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, JESUS will replace it with:
1. Love 4. Patience 7. Faithfulness
2. Joy 5. Kindness 8. Gentleness
3. Peace 6. Goodness 9. Self-control

Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further detail on the use of these fixes.

WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to danger and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded. For free emergency service, call on JESUS.

DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of the facility. Thank you for your attention!


P.S. Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by “Knee mail”!

Submitted by Dave Hanson.

What is “The Reformation”?
•   A religious and political movement of 16th-century Europe that began as an attempt to reform the Roman Catholic Church and resulted in the establishment of the Protestant Churches
How did it come about?
•   Martin Luther, one of the most notable theologians in Christian history, is responsible for initiating the Protestant Reformation. To some sixteenth century Christians he was hailed as a pioneering defender of truth and religious freedoms, to others he was charged as a heretic leader of a religious revolt. Today most Christians would agree that he influenced the shape of Protestant Christianity more than any other person. The Lutheran denomination was named after
Martin Luther.
The Birth of the Reformation
•   As Martin Luther immersed himself deeply in the study of Scripture, especially the letters written by the Apostle Paul, God's truth broke through and Luther came to the overwhelming knowledge that he was : "saved by grace through faith alone” (Ephesians 2:8).
•   When he began to teach as a professor of biblical theology at the University of Wittenburg, his new found enthusiasm began to spill over into his lectures and discussions with staff and faculty.
•    He spoke passionately about :
Christ's role as the only mediator between God and man, and that by grace and not through works, are men justified and forgiven of sin.
•   Salvation, Luther now felt with all assurance, was God's free gift.
•    It didn't take long for his radical ideas to get noticed. For not only did these revelations of God's truth change Luther's life, they would forever change the direction of church history.
What Was Luther’s Biggest Issue with the Catholic Church
in the 16th Century?
•   In 1514 Luther began to serve as a priest for Wittenburg's Castle Church, and people flocked to hear God's Word preached like never before. During this time Luther learned of the Catholic Church's unbiblical practice of selling indulgences.
•   In those days, the Pope, according to his discretion from the "treasury of merits from the saints," sold religious merits in exchange for building funds. Those who purchased these indulgence documents were promised a reduced punishment for their sins, for the sins of departed loved ones, and in some cases, total forgiveness from all sin.
•   During a church conference in Rome Luther became more disillusioned and very discouraged by the immorality and corruption he witnessed there among the Catholic priests of that time.
•   Luther publicly objected to this dishonest practice and abuse of church power.

The next Messiah Book Club will meet on October 18th at 7:00. We’re reading
“The Dry” by author Jane Harper.
It is open to anyone who enjoys reading.
All are welcome. If anyone has any questions, please contact Paul Holzer at 847-296-0734.
Saturday, October 13th at 9 a.m. All Messiah men are invited to Jimmy’s on Rand Road in Des Plaines.
Manna orders will be due Monday, October 8th at 9 a.m.! If you place an order please let the church office know where you would like your cards kept. Some prefer to pick up directly from the office and others prefer to have them placed in their folder in the Narthex.
The Lutheran World Relief truck will be here Saturday October 6th from 9:00 am – 12:00pm and again on Sunday, October 7th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. We will need as much help as we can get with loading the truck. Please join us if you are able!
Our Harvest Fest and CCC Open House and Pumpkin Patch are coming!!
Saturday, October 20th!
Help is needed – contact Alaine in the Church Office to let her know you can help! We also need crafters!!
•   Columbus Day October 8th
•   Brotherhood Breakfast October 13th
•   Harvest Festival + CCC Open House October 20th
•   Crop Walk October 21st
•   Reformation Sunday October, 28th
•   All Saints’ Day November 1st
•   Daylight Saving November 4th
•   Brotherhood Breakfast November 10th
•   Veterans Day November 11th
•   Thanksgiving Day November 22nd

Coming in October!!
Harvest Festival & Child Care Open House – October 20th Volunteers and crafters needed – contact Alaine Wong in the church office if you can help.
Do not respond to a phone call that says your phone and your computer have been compromised do not use those. Call this number from Apple security xxx-xxx-xxxx
Upcoming Community Events
•   Park Ridge Women’s Interfaith Breakfast – October 13 at the Park Ridge Country Club. Tickets may be purchased at brownpapertickets.com/event/3597513 or contact Joyce Johnson at 847-692-9536 or email at jmj323@comcast.net for more information.
•   Soul Space Interfaith Women’s Group Fall Retreat – “How Does Faith Sustain Us Through Challenges and Adversity?”. November 4 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at The Moorings in Arlington Heights. Register at www.soulspaceinterfaith.org/registraion. Suggested donation is $10.

Linda Stolz, 10/5
Sandra Downie, 10/6
Daniel Kovach, 10/7
James Clauser, 10/8
Tommy Hanson, 10/16
David Kaufman, 10/29
Larry & Monica Ryczek 10/8
(30 years!)
Karen & Robert Black 10/20
(25 years!)
Tom & Kim Hanson 10/29
(28 years!)

Sunday   Worship Focus   Chat Room   Confirmation
October 7   Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm: Psalm 8
2nd Reading: Hebrews 1:1-4;2:5-
Gospel: Mark 10:2-16   
October 14   Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: Amos 5:6-7,10-15
Psalm: 90:12-17
2nd Reading; Hebrews 4:12-16
Gospel: Mark 10:17-31   _______   _______
October 21   Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: Isaiah 53:4-12
Psalm: Psalm 91:9-16
2nd Reading: Hebrews 5:1-10
Gospel: Mark 10:35-45    Music & Worship
Roger Turek   Lutheran Theology
October 28   Reformation Sunday
1st Reading: Jerimiah 31:31-34
Psalm: Psalm 46
2nd Reading: Romans 3:19-28
Gospel: John 8:31-36   Church World Service Crop Walk
David Swanson   Lutheran Theology

October 7   October 14   October 21   October 28   
   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am   
Acolytes   Julia F.      Ralphie L.   Sam F. & Ryan H.   
Assisting Ministers   Vikki H.   Cindy N.   Pat K.   Karen B.   
Readers   Larry R.   Teresa L.   Rich L.   Debbie D.   
Comm. Assts.            Laura H   
Ushers   TBD   TBD   TBD   TBD   
Projection & Video   Jim H & Paul H   ***   Jim H & Paul H   Jim H & Paul H   
Altar Guild   Sue K.   Nancy H.   Sue K.   Cindy N.    
Counter   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   

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.

October 7   Dan Kovach’s Birthday by
Kevin Kovach   Available
October 14   In celebration of their 30Th wedding anniversary by Larry & Moni Ryczek   Available
October 21   In memory of Thomas Perzentka by Jim & Trudi Handzel   Available
October 28   Available   In loving memory of Neil B. Hauser by
The Hauser Family

EC CORNER Highlights from the August meeting include discussion about Music Coordinator, Congregation Meeting, Harvest Festival, CCC Board Update, Property update, Parsonage usage update
September Attendance
Wk1=32   Wk4=24
August Giving (Gen. Fund & MAP)
Wk1=$1550 Wk2=$861 Wk3=$1814 Wk4=

In memory of Millie Anderson: Diane Wilson

Pastor: Rev. Lynne Morrow
Music Ministry Coor.:
Child Care Center Dir. Karen Black
Office Manager: Alaine Wong
Property Coordinator: David Hanson

President: Larry Ryczek
Vice President: Trygve Jensen
Secretary: Aly Allemeier
Treasurer: Janitha Chellian
Financial Sec.: Jim Handzel

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

Floyd Yager and Jennie Read Robles
Assistance Ministry:    Connie Kaufman
Altar Guild:    Sue Kopij,
Cindy Norberg
Brotherhood:       Rich Seggeling
CHAT Room:    David Swanson
Confirmation/Youth:    Pat Kovach
Memorials:    Office Manager
Women’s Svc. Group: Trudi Handzel
Carol Hrodey
Spiritual Gifts Coor.:
Worship Assistants: David Swanson
Worship Readers:     Rich Levy
Ushers:        Steve Yager
John 17 Fellowship: David Swanson
Prayer Cards:        Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry:     Staff

Keep in our prayers the Markay & Eric Suevel and family as they mourn the passing of Markay’s father, Rev George Scheuer. Markay & Eric lovingly restored and moved our Life of Christ windows.
We also keep in our prayers the Brendza family as they mourn the sudden passing of Diane. The Brendza family are dear neighbors of Jackie Steigerwald.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Our prayers for healing are with: Bob Levy, Wendy, Diane, Polly, Szuis family, Jacob C., Nancy H, Kathy Bashore, Tim Cook, Paul Jensen, Jeanette Garcia, Tina Jogman + family, Bishop Curry, Ellen Wyshel, Jennifer Marshall, Rosie, Joe, Tony, Phil Barco, Gera Mitiku, Geleta Mekonnen, Ursula Kalin, Nick Adam, Crystal Levy Pesce, Chris, Jordan McLain, Lynda Jeppesen Jordan McLain, Dumerer Family, Trudi Handzel, Marsha S, Marsha G, Kathy E, Kathy G, Janelle, Dorothy Nagel, Linda (Rodin) Ufkes, Kwame Pitts, Cedric P., Marlena, Marsha Diamond, the Nemeth Family, Helen Young, Andrea Quintenilla, Bob Nelson, Pastor Lynne and her family, the Hauser Family, Diane Wilson, Joe Ketola, Doris’ family, the Soucie Family, the Sapien Family, the family of Ryan Sernel, Carolyn Harbensee, Jillian & Simeon Bonilla, Ricky Redd, Porsia Bonilla, Janelle Hockett, Margaret, Linka, Doug Hubbard, Ted Gradt, Sam Fogel, Russ Reynolds, Carol Hrodey, Rich Levy, Charles Maynard, the family of Gilbert Garcia, Soto Family, Al Rembis, Mark Banaszak, Annette, Ashley Williams, Leslie, Tom Jencius, Ruth Perzentka, the Hanson family, Bob Kallas, Sharon Rose Keenon, Francis, Hailey and Johnny, Kathy, Rochele Kasny, Kathy Bayshore, Danny O’Connor, Tom Daniels, the Wiberg family, the family of Vern Frost, Felicia, Warren Lathan, the family of Jeff Koszczuk, Teri and Bill Muenster, John Francis, Cookie Bonilla and her sisters and brother, Annie’s new baby and family (John, Elissia, Naz), Judy Jones, Carolyn Morrow, Doris Hay, Nancy Wendt, Ping, Bob Morrow, Michael Baumeister and family, Myra Lusiak, Szul family, Lukasz Stechnij, Dan, Lea, Katy, Beth Perfetti, Margot, David Swanson, Chuck Powers, Piper, Mr. Young, Auntie Helmke, Nancy Maltec (Rhonda Cady’s mom), Chad Adams and Family, Dotty Burger, Terry DeSchepper, Dan S., Helmke Fields, Brad Kovach, Linda Ostrand, Jeanne Dumerer, Laura Soto, Bob and Justine Bisgard, Barb Loverme, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, Julie Higgins, Maria Raica,,Arlene Baranowski, those living with cancer, those living with mental illness, those dealing with sorrow, Norb Wenson, Cathie Glesener, Diane Brendza, Ron Nytko, Robin Horton, Julia Ramsland, Sean White, Jackie Powers, Mary Cvetan, Bill Schuman, Charlie Kizer, Gary Hamilton, people in silent pain.
Those requesting prayers for other purposes such as emotional, grief, financial, employment, general or unknown are: Field School, everyone needing relief from all the rain/flooding, for world peace, the people of Syria, the family of Dwayne and Michelle Miller, Dave Hanson, Don and Mary Jane Kovach, John Francis, Anne Evans, Bill Zuhme, Debbie Dietrich, Salena Jason, the Jefferson family, Sarah Nugnis, Kevin Kovach, Terry K., Fred D., the families and staff of Child Care Center, Mike Wokisin, Haley Lippert, Eastaven Bargas, Meaghan, EB, Griffin family, Worknesh Deressa, Joann Wood, Penumaka family, Larry Dumerer, Fox family, Victoria Candiotti, Provenzano family, Kraiger family, those who live with anxiety and depression, families whom are seeking reconciliation, those who are unemployed or underemployed, those striving for peace in the Mideast, those living with addiction, those who are hungry, alone or homeless, our assistance guests, and all of those affected by hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.
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): Jenni Hanson, Mikey Hanson, Jerred Engvall, 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: Rachel Daye, Tommy Hanson, Melissa Holzer, Phil Holzer, Kevin Kovach, Nick Levy, Haley Lippert, Dina Salemi, Arden Sasak, Paul Song, Christian Travis, Thomas Yager.
* We understand that some prayer requests are short-term for specific events, while others find ongoing prayers to be powerful. We appreciate being updated so our prayer list is as current as possible.




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