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The August 2019 Messenger #614

Jul 31, 2019

A few weeks ago, we heard in church the passage in Luke 10 where Jesus sends out the 70 disciples to prepare the way for the gospel. He sends them out with “no pursue, no bag, no sandals.” It’s a risky enterprise, and to accomplish their mission the disciples will have to travel light. It does no good to be weighed down with baggage. They’ve got to be nimble.
Messiah Lutheran Church, I’ve discovered, is a pretty nimble place. A lot gets done with few resources. We don’t have a lot of extra bags and purses around.
When the 70 disciples come back from their missionary journey, Jesus tells them what they have done: they have managed to cast out Satan! “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning.”

It seems we don’t need a lot of resources to be part of Jesus’ work of casting out evil in the world and proclaim the reign of God. All we have to do is use the resources we have in living lives of humility, patience, forgiveness, compassion, always pointing to Jesus as the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. When we do this, we proclaim the good news of Christ, spread the peace of God—and cast out demons.
The poet Samuel Smith writes:

So John the Revelator got it wrong?
It wasn’t Michael and his angel throng

who threw the mighty Lucifer from his throne?
You’re telling me that seventy raw-boned

peasants passing barefoot from town to town,
carrying no money, no change of gown,

and sparing no time for chat with chance
encounters on the way . . . you mean these schleps

drew down from heaven upon unmapped squares
apocalyptic judgments . . .?

These were the lambs who blacked the dragon’s eye,
who rumbled him down from his realm in the sky?

Yes, that’s what the gospel says, all right. Thanks be to God!
Faithfully, Pastor David

Our Missionary:
Reverend Dr. Philip Knutson - Check out Pastor Knutson’s blog at southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com


One more month to share your favorite hymns and your musical talent this summer!
If you have a favorite hymn or hymns you would like to hear and sing during worship this summer, please let me know. You can contact me—Bill Decker—directly at messiahmusic1605@gmail.com or by writing it down on the pew pad when you mark your attendance. Also, with the choir taking a break from singing until September, I’d be interested in knowing if there are individuals who would be willing to share their faith and talents either vocally or instrumentally during the summer in solos, duets, quartets, whatever! Let me know at worship on Sundays or via email at messiahmusic1605@gmail.com.      
Bill Decker, Music Coordinator


The Assistance Ministry Team once again wants to say thanks to the businesses who are partnering with us to provide meals for our guests. This month Lou Malnati’s provided pizza and Subway provided sandwiches. Boston Market is providing corn and beans for our dinner this coming week and Devon Avenue Meats gave us a $30 gift card. We're thinking of barbecuing one week when it isn't so hot. Please thank these businesses if you dine or shop there.

With vacations and unexpected conflicts, we are having a challenge at times finding persons to help serve. We really need a minimum of 3 persons to set up and serve our lunches. And we also need someone to assist with the food pantry and clothing. Please consider helping us with this important outreach. We could use help Mondays from 10:30 am -1:00 pm. It's a great way to start out the week!

If you are able to help out, please let me or Julie Jensen
know or leave a message with Alaine in the church office.

Also, we are always in need of travel-sized toiletries so if you’re traveling and staying at a motel, consider asking the manager if they’ll donate some toiletries for AM!

With thanks!
Connie Kaufman


It’s the time of year when we focus on collecting items for the school and personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief. Check out details of the LWR Quilts & Kits ministry at https://lwr.org/quilts-and-kits. The lists for each type of kit follow. If you find any good deals on these items please let us know! Or if you’d rather have us shop, monetary donations are welcome!

Personal Care Kits:
• Bath towel (complete – we have enough to assemble at least 160 kits)
• Nail clippers (16 needed)
• Sturdy combs (16 needed)
• Toothbrushes (160 wrapped - ask your dentist for donations!)
• Bars of 4-5 oz bars of soap (160 needed)

School Kits:
• Backpacks (complete – we have enough to assemble at least 160 kits)
•   70-page spiral notebooks (465 needed - this is our biggest need since each kit needs 4
notebooks – They are on sale for 25 cents at Meijer, Staples, Office Depot,
• Ballpoint pens (248 needed – each kit contains 5 - no gel pens)
• #2 unsharpened pencils (190 needed – each kit contains 5)
• Pencil sharpeners (156 needed – Dollar Tree has good ones)
• Blunt end scissors (133 needed – can usually find on sale for 50 cents)
• Rulers (111 needed – has to include cm’s)
• Erasers (97 needed)
• Box of 24 crayons (can usually find on sale for 50 cents)

Many of the sales limit the number of items purchased so we usually need to make multiple trips to the stores – or need multiple people to make a trip or two!
Meanwhile, we continue to work on quilt assembly every month. Our upcoming dates include:
   **August 18
   ** September 8 (Day of Service – Personal Care Kit Assembly & Quilts)
   **September 22 (School Kit Assembly & Quilts)

Besides saving these dates, watch for details on packing quilts & kits on September 30 (10:00 am) and LWR truck at Messiah on October 5 & 6. Help will be needed!

Please join us to assemble quilts – and maybe make a panel or string a cord handle into a backpack or just hang out with us! We meet after the worship service in the Friendship Place! Besides items for the kits, we can always use monetary donations – a roll of batting is approximately $112! Checks can be made out to MLCW!!     Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey

Christian Education

Even though Chat Room and Confirmation are off for the summer – meanwhile, we keep Jesus in our hearts and continue learning and growing in our faith!!
See you in Fall!!
CCC is wrapping up the summer program as of August 16th! It’s been another great summer with a week of Vacation Bible School thrown in!
The center will be closed the week of August 19-23 for cleaning and preparation for the new school year to start the following week.
The open house will be Monday, August 26th with classes starting on Tuesday, August 27th Registration is still being accepted for the fall!

For more information on CCC Activities and Programs contact CCC Office at 847-825-3767 or see the website at www.messiahchildcare.com


Sunday, September 8th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Right here at Messiah!! 1605 Vernon Avenue in the Friendship Place!

A fun evening of games, dinner and a service project!

A donation for the Lutheran World Relief School Kits (see Quilts & Kits list) ...and a friend!

Aly Allemeier!

Messiah is fortunate to be involved with active scouting in our community. Between the Cub Scout Pack and Troops there are many opportunities for different ages. Here is information on one of the newest troop opportunities:

BSA Scouts Troop 105
This BSA Scout Troop is exclusively for all girls age 11-17.

Scouts BSA, one of the 100+ year traditional membership divisions of the BSA. This all-girl Troop is very proud to be one of the first all-girl BSA Troops in the Chicagoland area.

The program achieves the BSA’s objectives of developing character, citizenship, leadership and personal fitness. This Troop has a youth led and planned monthly program, that includes a 12-month camping program and a full week at Summer Camp that includes boating, climbing, swimming and shooting sports.

Our Troop participates in all Blackhawk District and “Pathway to Adventure” activities plus, local civic and community service opportunities in the Park Ridge area.

Troop 105 meets here at Messiah Lutheran Church on most Friday evenings at 7:00 pm.

For more information contact Scoutmaster, Paul Bilski at 309.212.4842

Another current member who grew up at Messiah is Kristin Tinkoff Yager! Kristin’s parents, Marilyn and “Tink” Tinkoff joined Messiah in the late 1960”s after building their house only blocks from Messiah. Their five children, Bruce, Bob, Don, Rich and Kristin all grew up at Messiah. In 1971 Kristin was baptized and her oldest brother Bruce was confirmed. In fact all five Tinkoff children were confirmed at Messiah; Bob in 1974, Don in 1976, Rich in 1978 and Kristin – along with Mary Jo Jones and Paul Holzer - in 1984! Bruce got married at Messiah in 1980 and his first two children were baptized here too.
And along came Floyd Yager! Kristin and Floyd were married by Pastor Larson, but at Edison Park Lutheran due to the need for a bigger space! Their oldest child, Thomas was baptized at Messiah in 2000, had his first communion in 2008 and was confirmed in 2014. Next came Michael who was baptized in 2002, had his first communion in 2010 and was confirmed in 2016. And then came Kaelyn Joy! Her middle name “Joy” was a suggestion from Pat Kovach because of the joy she would bring to our family. And certainly to the Yager’s church family, along with Thomas and Michael! Kaelyn was baptized in 2010 and had her first communion in 2016.
At one point the Yagers moved into the home that Marilyn and Tink built and continue to live there today. And they became more and more active at Messiah. Both Floyd and Kristin have been involved in church leadership, particularly with the youth of Messiah and Sunday School, At one point the Yagers moved into the home that Marilyn and Tink built and continue to live there today. And they became more and more active at Messiah. Both Floyd and Kristin have been involved in church leadership, particularly with the youth of Messiah and Sunday School, Confirmation and MANY youth & family activities. Floyd completed the diakonia program with an ordination in 2008 and became one of Messiah’s Deacons, a volunteer position that has included several special sermons that came from his heart. Kristin also served on the Child Care Center Board. Kristin said that “Messiah has been a place with warm and welcoming members that have become friends”. And speaking of friends, another current Messiah member who grew up at Messiah is Mary Jo Jones! Kristin and Mary Jo actually met in kindergarten! Mary Jo’s parents, Roger & Linka Jones joined Messiah when Mary Jo was a child. Linka is known for her “cucumber salad” (secret recipe!) that she has brought when she helps with Assistance Ministry and meals at Messiah. As mentioned, Mary Jo and Kristin were confirmed together in 1984 and are lifelong friends, as are their daughters, Michaelene Marchetta and Kaelyn. Michaelene was confirmed just this year on Mother’s Day and her and Mary Jo remain active at Messiah. We are blessed that the Tinkoff/Yager and Jones/Marchetta families have grown up at Messiah and remain part of our church family!

Hopefully we see the joy of family involvement in church life and what can be passed on to future generations. May we build on this foundation for the future of Messiah and its

Saturday, August 9th at 9:00 a.m. All Messiah men are invited to Jimmy’s on Rand Road in Des Plaines.
Manna orders will be due Monday, August 5th at 9 a.m.! The cards will be distributed by Thursday, August 8th.

The next Messiah Book Club will meet on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 7 p.m. to- 9 p.m. in the Friendship Place. We’re reading The Night Circus: a novel by author Erin Morgenstern. A circus, titled Le Cirque des Reve, comes to town out of the blue and without warning. Within its tents, young magicians Celia and Marco compete to be the best, having done so since childhood. However, under the backdrop of their intense rivalry, a blossoming romance develops. Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading. All are welcome. If anyone has any questions, please contact Paul Holzer at 847-296-0734

•   5th Manna Orders Due
•   9th Brotherhood Breakfast
•   18th Quilts & Kits
•   19th EC Meeting
•   20th CCC Board Meeting
•   Week of 19th CCC Closed for prep for Fall classes
•   26th CCC Open House
•   27th CCC Fall session begins
•   29th Messiah Book Club

•   Gloria Dei Choir resumes
•   8th Congregation meeting and ELCA Day of Service
•   8th Youth Mixer
•   10th CCC Board meeting
•   14th Brotherhood Breakfast
•   16th EC meeting
•   20th Inter-congregational gathering
•   22nd Assemble LWR school kits & quilt assembly
•   30th Packing LWR quilts & kits

“God’s work. Our hands.” is Sunday, September 8, 2018. 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.
Please plan to attend!! We’ll start at 9:00 a.m. with a brief prayer service, followed by the 2nd Congregation Meeting of the year. Then we’ll have an outside crew collect non-perishable food items in the neighborhood (organized by Connie Kaufman) plus an inside crew assemble LWR personal care kits and quilts (organized by Carol Hrodey). Then, we’ll enjoy our annual chicken lunch provided by the Quilts & Kits crew. Any salads & desserts are welcome!

Congregation Meeting will take place on Sunday, September 8th in conjunction
with ELCA Day of Service. Please save the date!!


Come out and represent Messiah at an Inter-Congregational Gathering!

A joint potluck and worship time are being planned with Hope Advent Church, Hope Korean Church, and Messiah Lutheran Church for Friday evening, September 20.

Please plan to attend to meet and break bread with the brothers and sisters in Christ who share our building and learn about their witness to God.

Pastor David us taught us the phrase “Holy Chutzpah” on Sunday, July 28th during his sermon! What a great term! It boils down to speaking up, taking action, and reaching out to serve others. And in this month’s article he referred to Messiah as being “nimble”, able to do a lot without many resources. Our biggest resource is YOU!! Together, all our members can form an awesome team to “With Christ, Reach Out and Welcome all God’s Children”! Many members of Messiah reach out in their communities by volunteering in various ways. And there are also many ways we can all help with ministries, events and programs at Messiah to reach out and spread God’s message, as well as to keep Messiah ministries viable in the future.
Here are some of the ways to show our Holy Chutzpah here at Messiah!!

•   TEACH! Due to scheduling difficulties of time and leaders, Sunday School has not been in session. We’d like to have SS or an equivalent program going again so if you would like to help, please consider donating your time. Perhaps a team approach? And it doesn’t need to be a parent of a SS student! There have been many wonderful SS teachers through the years at Messiah whose children have grown but find joy in teaching children about how much God loves them! Any ideas are welcome! Think outside the box! If you are willing to help please contact the Executive Committee. You can always volunteer to help with CCC (contact Karen Black), Confirmation (contact Pat Kovach) & Chat Room (contact David Swanson or Pastor David).
•   MENTOR! It’s important for the future of Messiah to have programs for our youth!! What ideas do you have and how can you help develop these important activities for our youth? Contact Aly Allemeier
•   LEAD! The Executive Committee is looking for 2 Child Care Center Board members to replace outgoing members. If you want to be part of this awesome team that helps shape Child Care Center services, please contact a member of the Executive Committee. In addition, we need a person to complete Tryg Jensen’s term as Vice President when he moves to Minnesota to start grad school. Contact Tryg or a member of EC.
•   SERVE! Be sure to come on September 8th for the Prayer Service, Congregation Meeting (let your voice be heard!) and the Day of Service – our service activities are ways to reach out to our own community plus people in need around the world! Also consider helping serve our guests who are in need during Assistance Ministry on Mondays (contact Connie Kaufman or Julie Jensen). And help with assembly of quilts and kits for Lutheran World Relief (contact Carol Hrodey or Trudi Handzel).
•   REACH OUT & WELCOME! Come out to the Inter-Congregational Potluck on September 20th! Be there to represent Messiah and get to know the members of Hope Advent and Hope Korean who we share our space with!
•   ORGANIZE! In October we plan to do a Trunk & Treat event for families in addition to a pumpkin sale along with a CCC Open House. Tryg Jensen is starting to plan before he moves but help will be needed to carry out the plan. And then help will be needed for the event – and to participate!! Talk to Tryg to let him know you’re in!
•   ENVISION! EC will be scheduling Visioning meetings this fall to develop a plan for Messiah’s future. Attend, participate and let your voice be heard! Watch for details on dates & times.

THANK-YOU We continue to say THANK YOU to everyone who is pitching in and helping during Pastor Lynne’s leave of absence – prayers, support & words of encouragement are appreciated We also continue to be grateful for Pastor David’s ministry & leadership during this time.


The office is woking on a process to be sure everyone’s information is current. Our records will need to stay as up to date as possible so the office can communicate with everyone more effectively. Watch for details on how to either verify or update your information – and please respond so we know we have your correct information!
Thank you in advance!!

EC Corner – July meeting included continued discussion on Pastor Morrow’s leave and coverage as well as finding 2 new CCC board members and replacement for VP position. In addition, there was review of facility request and property needs. Planning included changing Harvest Festival to a Trunk & Treat event along with pumpkin sales. In addition, planning is in the works for a joint pot luck with Hope Advent and Hope Korean congregations. EC reviewed plans for September 8 congregation meeting and ELCA Day of Service. They will review annual calendar prior to next meeting. Additionally, EC will set meetings for visioning of Messiah’s future in fall.
July Attendance
Wk 1=32    Wk 2=46
Wk 3=27    Wk 4=40
July Giving (general fund facility use, MAP)
Wk 1= $ 3399 Wk 2= $ 5763.80
Wk 3= $ 2593.20   Wk 4= $ 935.00

It’s not too late to consider giving a “Birthday Present” for Messiah’s 65th Birthday in the form of a monetary donation to help pay off MAP!! We’re celebrating all year! It’s clear that Messiah has touched all of us in some special way – let’s all think about what Messiah has meant to us and our community over the last 65 years and consider honoring that with an extra donation for its birthday this year!

1st Reading   Psalm   2nd Reading   Gospel
August 4th – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23   Psalm 49:1-12   Colossians 3:1-11   Luke 12:13-21

August 11th – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 15:1-6   Psalm 33:12-22   Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16   Luke 12:32-40
August 18th – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 23:23-29   Psalm 82   Hebrews 11:29-12:2   Luke 12:49-56
August 25th – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 58:9b-14   Psalm 103:1-8   Hebrews 12:18-29   Luke 13:10-17

August 4   August 11   August 18   August 25
   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am
Acolytes   Novena C   Adam H   Nikolas R   Ralphie L
Assisting Ministers   Diane B   Karen B   Vikki H   Erik G
Readers   Marilynn D   Pat K   Teresa L   Janitha C
Comm. Assts.   Janitha C   Laura H    Larry R   Teresa L
Ushers   TBD   TBD   TBD   TBD
Projection & Video   Jim H & Paul H    Jim H & Paul H   Jim H & Paul H   Jim H & Paul H
Altar Guild   Marilynn D   Sue K   Sue K   Nancy H
Counter   Jim H   Jim H      Jim H   Jim H

Sunday   Flowers are Given By   Bulletins are Given By

Signing up to donate the chancel flowers or weekly bulletins is a great way to honor or remember a special person or event. It also helps to offset the cost for the church. The sign-ups for flowers and bulletins are in the narthex near the entrance to the choir loft. 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.

August 4   Available   Available
August 11   In Loving memory of Neil B. Hauser by the Hauser Family   Available
August 18   In loving memory of Susan Nugnis
by the Nugnis Family   Available
August 25   In memory of Clare Rodin
by brad & Pat Kovach    Available

Interim Pastor: Rev. David Heim
Music Ministry Coor.: William Decker
Child Care Center Dir. Karen Black
Office Manager: Alaine Wong
Bookkeeper: Laura Hauser
Property Coordinator: David Hanson

President: Paul Holzer
Vice President: Trygve Jensen
Secretary: Vikki Hanson
Treasurer: Larry Ryczek
Financial Sec.: Jim Handzel

Chair:       Erik Grove (temporary)
Secretary: Kathy Malyszko, Sue Kopij
Treasurer: Pat Kovach
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
Worship Assistants: David Swanson
Worship Readers:     Rich Levy
John 17 Fellowship: David Swanson
Prayer Cards:     Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry:     Staff
Floyd Yager and Jennie Read Robles

On July 4th we celebrated the 243rd birthday of the United States. We are thankful that this nation has given us, and other people of faith, the opportunity to freely gather together to worship God and to share and teach what we believe, freedoms that cannot be taken for granted in our world today. We are also grateful for those who have chosen to seek to preserve these and other freedoms by serving this nation through our armed services in the past and today, including those from Messiah.
It was a joy to have Pastor Phyllis Kersten return to Messiah to fill in for in for Pastor David. She presided at Messiah earlier this year as well.
Additionally, it was a joy to have Barbara Kurdirka return to Messiah to fill in for in for Bill Decker. She presided at Messiah earlier this year as well.
The Child Care Center is thankful that the summer program and Day Camp has been a success thus far. The children have been able to take weekly field trips to places such as the Des Plaines splash pad, Wrigley Field, Wagner Farm, Pickwick Theater, The Exploratorium in Skokie, and the Wildwood Nature Center--with more trips to come as the summer continues. We thank God that the children, teachers and staff are experiencing a summer to remember.

As of July 28th Worship Bulletin
Those who mourn:
Bill & Cindy Decker in the loss of Cindy’s sister-in-law
The Saul Family in the loss of a family member

Those who are ill, in recovery, or facing adversity:
The Dumerer Family   Pastor Lynne Morrow and the Fogel Family
Trudi Handzel      Jim Handzel   The Hauser Family
Carol Hrodey      Bob Kallas    Richard Levy   
The Family of Deborah Dietrich Daniel Kovach
Don & Mary Jane Kovach       Maria Raicia (mother of Laura Hauser)
Ruth Perzentka (mother of Trudi Handzel)
Terry DeSchepper (friend of David Swanson)
Ron Sersen (friend of David Swanson)
Lauren Givens (a friend of Pastor Lynne)
Chris Kubiluis (friend of the Jensen Family)
Ted Gradt (friend of the Jensen Family)
Dick Moody (friend of the Jensen Family)
Sonja Snell (niece of Bill & Cindy Decker)
Katie Brandon (friend of Dotty Burger)
Karen Heisler (friend of the Jensen Family)
Bonnie Bomhack (friend of the Jensen Family)
The McEnerney Family (friends of the Kaufman Family)

Those who are homebound:
Arlene Baranowski   Barb Loverme    Dorothy Nagel Eva Thoren      

Those serving in the armed services and first responders:
(those known to us & all those who serve)
Brandon Ajyek      Tim David      Tyler Daye      Jerred Engvall
Bobby Hanson      Jenni Hanson      Mikey Hanson      Andreas Johnson Claudine Ward      Jason Koesler      Joey Rosequist      Officer Matt McGannon    
Those attending college:
Rachel Daye      Melissa Holzer      Phil Holzer      Kevin Kovach      
Nick Levy      Haley Lippert      Dina Salemi      Arden Sasak
Jake Saul      Jessica Saul      Christian Travis      Thomas Yager        

Those who celebrate:
Birthdays:         Jackie Steigerwald 8/1      Sandy Deines 8/7
Kevin Kaufman 8/8      Jennifer Robles 8/8      Cindy Norberg 8/10
Barbara Shapiro 8/12      Ravi Penumaka 8/15      Henry Allemeier 8/16
Connie Travis 8/19      Michael Deines 8/20      Carlos Santos 8/21
Anniversaries:   Sue & Ed Kopij 8/25 (45 years)    Andy & Connie Travis 8/28 (21 years)
Ralph & Teresa Lippert 8/31 (22 years)      Pastor Lynne’s Ordination Anniversary 8/8
Please let us know if you do not see your birthday or anniversary here!
We want to be sure to celebrate you!




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