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The October 2019 Messenger #616

Oct 1, 2019

From the Pastor
What Do We Love?

A middle-income couple in the United States reportedly spends between $12,000 and $14,000 a year on raising a child. That figure includes the added cost of housing, food, transportation, clothing, child care, health care, and miscellaneous expenses, like video games, soccer balls, and music lessons. Over 17 years, that amounts to almost a quarter million dollars devoted to raising a child.

It seems strange to put a dollar figure on it. My hunch is that most parents don’t think about the money. Of course, they may grumble at times about expenses, and worry about whether there will be enough money to cover the costs; but if they have the money, they are mostly happy to spend it on their children. For what is more rewarding that helping the child you love to grow and flourish? What is more fun than buying a baseball glove or a soccer ball or music lessons for your child? We spend our money on the things we love. Which raises the question: what do we love?

Over the coming weeks, the people of Messiah have a chance to reflect on what we love about this congregation. As we think about the direction of ministry in the future, how do you want to see Messiah flourish? Where do you want to see the congregation invest its resource? How do you want to invest yourself and your resources to help the ministry flourish? What gifts does Messiah have to share with the world? What is the story of this congregation thus far? And what do you want the next chapter of the story to be?

On Sunday, October, 20, we will take time during the Sunday worship hour to reflect on some of those questions together. The discussion will be extremely valuable to the Executive Committee as it seeks to create a profile of the Messiah to share with the synod and with candidates who may be called to this ministry. Your presence is vital!
Faithfully, Pastor David

September was indeed a busy month for ministries at Messiah!

On Sunday, September 8th the congregation participated in the ELCA Day of Service. We started with our prayer service at 9:00, followed by a short congregation meeting. Then we split into inside and outside crews. All together over 225 food items plus monetary donations were collected in the surrounding neighborhood. Thanks to our Scouts for not only participating in the Day of Service, but also passing out flyers for the food collection the previous week! The inside crew assembled 161 personal care kits, 6 quilts and prepared materials for the school kits. Then everyone enjoyed a delicious chicken lunch!

Then, Messiah hosted the joint Youth Mixer of St. Luke, Edison Park, Redeemer and Messiah Lutheran Churches on Sunday, September 15th. The group that gathered enjoyed dinner and activities and hanging out together! Thanks to Aly Allemeier for coordinating this evening for Messiah!

Inter-Congregation Pot Luck: Members of Messiah, along with Hope Advent and Hope Korean congregations that share our building, joined together for dinner and conversation on Friday, September 20th. After dinner, everyone gathered in the sanctuary and the leaders from each congregation shared information about their faith and community. It was an evening of learning, friendship, understanding, great food, music and laughing. Video of the service is available on YouTube. https://youtu.be/MvAGg2DJ0JE

On September 22nd the congregation joined Quilts & Kits to assemble 142 school kits and on September 30th guests from Assistance Ministry assisted in packing personal care and school kits along with completed quilts.

In spite of less than ideal weather, several dogs received a special blessing at the annual Pet Blessing on September 29th

A Period of Ministry Transition
With Pastor Lynne’s official resignation, Messiah has entered a period of transition to search for new ministry leadership. The Executive Committee met with Pastor Cynthia Hileman, Assistant to the Bishop of Metro Chicago Synod on Monday, September 16th to begin this process. The next step is to complete an assessment of our congregation’s needs, as well as a Ministry Site Profile.

The worship hour on October 20 will include some time set apart to help identify Messiah’s ministry goals. Who are we as a congregation and where are we going? What are our resources for ministry and what are our priorities? Your voice and perspective are needed! Plan to be present on October 20 to join the discussion.

Meanwhile, we are grateful to have the leadership of Pastor David who will continue to be with us as we work through this time of transition. And, how can you help? Participate! Give! Lend a Hand! Encourage! Support! Pray! Contact any member of Executive Committee if you have any questions, concerns, ideas!

Music Ministry
A Mighty Fortress

For Lutherans, as with many other Christian faith communities, music and faith are inseparable. We read the Bible; we sing the Bible. We preach the Word of God; we sing the Word of God.

On Sunday, October 27—also known as Reformation Sunday—we will again remember the 16th century events that created our faith community and its desire to seek spiritual reality based on the person of Christ and the reading and study of Scripture.

Luther’s famous hymn—A Mighty Fortress is Our God—underscores the close linkage between faith and music. Luther wrote this hymn around 1527 to 1529, approximately a decade after the start of the German Reformation. Its verses were based in his reading of Psalm 46. As one writer, David Mathis, wrote:

The hymn takes its inspiration mainly from the first two verses of Psalm 46, along with the refrain of verses 7 and 11.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear... (Psalm 46:1–2)

The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Psalm 46:7, 11)

“Psalm 46 opens with God as “refuge and strength,” and the… hymn opens with God as “mighty fortress”—literally, a strong or unshakable castle. Line three is “help in trouble; stanza three is “we will not fear.”
In our daily lives, as well as through song and Scripture, we are continually asked to consider where human strength and confidence ultimately lie:

A mighty fortress is our God,
A sword and shield victorious:
He breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod
And wins salvation glorious…

Bill Decker, Music Coordinator

Assistance Ministry
This month has been full of blessings for Assistance Ministry. We had the ELCA Day of Service and our food pantry was replenished and monetary gifts were also received to supplement our account. We were able to serve the leftover chicken, etc. the next day and our guests received sandwiches made by our youth in their "to go" lunches. Several of them remembered their own confirmation years.

One week we served hot dogs donated by our scouts. Caitlin Levy made mac 'n cheese and offered to add to our meals on a regular basis. Thanks Caitlin! Aly talked with the youth director at Redeemer Lutheran at the youth mixer and he offered to volunteer weekly. Aneel is a seminary student and would like to help us on Mondays. He enjoyed serving our guests and talking with them and is a wonderful addition to our group.

The last Monday of the month is the day to pack the health kits, quilts, etc for LWR. Our guests will assist with packing and will share a chicken dinner with Messiah volunteers. This Ministry is meaningful, both to the guests and to those who serve them.

Thanks again for your continued support. When we have a need and put the word out - you come through!

With thanks, Connie Kaufman

Quilts & Kits
September was a busy month for LWR Quilts & Kits! On the Day of Service, the “inside crew” assembled 161 personal care kits and prepared materials for the school kits. Plus, we continued assembling quilts. On the 22nd 142 school kits were assembled and on the 30th quilts and kits were packed in boxes, ready to be sent to the LWR warehouse. Thanks to our Assistance Ministry guests who helped pack – what a great crew (as you can see from the pictures!) We extend our thanks to everyone who donated items and/or money and helped to assemble and pack! For more information on Lutheran World Relief Quilts & Kits Ministry go to https://lwr.org/quilts-and-kits.

Our next step in to load the boxes in the LWR truck. Messiah hosts the truck every year to receive boxes of Quilts & Kits from surrounding churches. Thanks to Dave Hanson for arranging the truck and delivering it to the next stop along the road to the warehouse. Help is needed with the truck on Saturday, October 5th (9:00 a.m. to noon) and Sunday, October 6th (Noon to 3:00 p.m.). Please let Carol Hrodey or the church office know if you can help.
Then save these dates as we start our next year of Quilts & Kits:

   ** October 27 Quilt Assembly
   ** November 17 Quilt Assembly
   ** December 8 Quilt Assembly
Please join us! No experience necessary!!    
Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey

Christian Education
Sunday School
Due to scheduling difficulties of time and leaders, Sunday School is currently not in session. We’d certainly 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! If you are willing to help please contact the Executive Committee.
The confirmands meet with Pat Kovach at 9:00 a.m. Sundays in the Confirmation Room, off the choir loft! Joining the teaching team this year is Debbie Sasak. Students this year include Kyle Hauser who will be completing his last year and Henry Allemeier and Hannah Lippert starting their first year. There are potentially 2 other students joining the class too! The topics being covered this year include “What is a Lutheran”, the Ten Commandments, the Small Catechism, Lord's Prayer, Apostle's Creed, and Jesus of Nazareth.
Dwelling in Philippians: Bible study starts Sunday, October 13

Pastor David will lead this class which meets at 9 am on Sunday morning as part of the CHAT discussion hour.

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is one of his most personal letters, where he expresses some of his deepest beliefs about what it means to live as a Christian and what it means to be the church.

Join us to deepen your own life with God.

Important dates to remember for the Child Care Center
•   October 7th –Manna orders due to the office
•   October 8th - Pumpkin Farm field trip
•   October 10th – Manna cards distributed
•   October 19th – Harvest Fest and CCC Open House
•   October 23rd – Moretti’s restaurant fundraiser- all day long

For more information on CCC Activities and Programs contact CCC Office at 847-825-3767 or see the website at www.messiahchildcare.com
The next Youth Mixer has a tentative date of Sunday, November 10th at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Park Ridge. Stay tuned for more details!

Upcoming Events
Messiah Book Club
We’ll meet on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00-9:00 pm in the Friendship Place to discuss “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin. The Mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs!
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.

Harvest Fest and CCC Open House
The Harvest Fest which will be Saturday, October 19th will have a new theme this year, Trunk-or-treating! Trunk-or-treating is a safe alternative to the traditional trick or treating where children go from trunk to trunk asking for treats, where families decorate the trunk or their cars in any way they choose and hand out treats to trunk-or-treat’ers. This is a great opportunity for Messiah to reach out and welcome the community to a fun Halloween themed event. We will also have snacks to sale, pumpkin decorating, bounce house and more. Please contact Alaine in the office if you would like your car to be part of the trunk-or-treating.

Crop Walk
The Niles/Park Ridge Crop Hunger Walk this year will take place on Sunday, October 20th. Last year Messiah raised $6,775! Can we beat that total this year? If you are unable to walk you can support the Crop Walk by donating to a Messiah team or by participating in one of the upcoming fundraising events in the area. On Wednesday, October 2nd from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Graziano’s Restaurant in Niles, and Thursday, October 17th from 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm The Harp & Fiddle in Park Ridge will give back a portion of their sales to the Crop Walk. When placing your order, mention the Crop Walk and each restaurant will donate 20% of your order to the Walk. For further questions, please see David Swanson.

October Dates to Remember
•   3rd Messiah Book Club
•   5th & 6th LWR Truck packing
•   8th CCC Board Meeting
•   12th Brotherhood Breakfast
•   19th Harvest Fest & CCC Open House
•   20th Visioning Session
•   20th Crop Walk
•   21st EC Meeting
•   27th Reformation Sunday
•   27th Quilts & Kits
•   31st Halloween
November Dates to Remember
•   3rd All Saints Sunday
•   9th Brotherhood Breakfast
•   12th CCC Board Meeting
•   17th Quilts & Kits
•   18th EC Meeting
•   24th Christ the King Sunday
•   28th Thanksgiving
•   30th Hanging of the Greens

Growing up at Messiah
Growing up at Messiah can provide a special foundation for individuals that can last a lifetime. We continue telling you about some of our current members who grew up at Messiah!

Sue Nagel Kopij joined Messiah in 1964, along with her parents Robert & Dorothy Nagel and brother Bruce. Sue and her brother were both confirmed at Messiah. Sue recalls that Mr. Jensen (Harold, father of David Jensen) was her Sunday School for about three years in a row. According to Sue, Mr. Jensen moved up a grade each year because he liked her class! Sue remembers a crowded Sunday School, getting the banner hung on their classroom door because they had perfect attendance, and Bible verse races. She also remembers Sharon Olson falling backward in her chair during confirmation class and Pastor Keay not being amused. Sue was also active in Luther League and remembers the various outings. She also mentioned that Messiah is where she met her best friend, Nancy Nelson Karnatz in Sunday School when they were 10. Sue’s parents were active at Messiah – Dorothy Nagel remained active in the activities of MLCW and regularly attended Chat Room until she recently had to move for health reasons. Sue and her husband Ed were married at Messiah in 1974 and both their daughters, Kristin and Carolyn, attended preschool, Sunday School and were confirmed at Messiah. Both of them were married at Messiah by Pastor Lynne. All three of Sue’s grandchildren were baptized at Messiah. Sue currently serves on the CCC Board and co-coordinates the Altar Guild. She is also active with Quilts & Kits and a variety of other Messiah activities/events. Sue shared that “Messiah has been a constant in my life. I feel very fortunate to belong to such a loving and caring congregation. You truly are my second family.”

Another current member who joined Messiah in the early 60’s is Karol Kamman. The Kamman family, including parents Paul and Mary Ann and their children Paula, Jane, Karol and Paul Jr. moved to Park Ridge and joined Messiah. The Kamman’s lived a couple of blocks away and sometimes walked to church. Paul Kamman, Karol’s father, became the Financial Secretary in 1964 and served as part of Messiah’s leadership. He was in charge of counting offerings after service just about every Sunday. Mary Ann Kamman, Karol’s mother was active with MLCW and other church activities. Jane, Karol, and Paul were all confirmed at Messiah. Karol and her brother attended Sunday School every week and joined the Children’s Choir too. Karol has helped out (still does!) in the office answering the phone and completing other various tasks while the office staff were on vacation. She also helped with the Manna Cards, and mailing the Messenger along with Diane Wilson and Dorothy Nagel.

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 ministries.

Church Business
EC Corner
At the September meeting the EC’s primary focus was meeting with Pastor Hileman from the synod office to map out the next steps as we enter this period of transition. (see article on Period of Ministry Transition).
September Attendance
Wk 1= N/A    Wk 2=42
Wk 3=39    Wk 4=33
Wk 5= 29

September Giving (general fund facility use, MAP)
Wk 1= $ 3399    Wk 2= $ 5763.80
Wk 3= $ 2593.20   Wk 4= $ 935.00
Wk 5= Not available at time of print

This month in Worship
1st Reading   Psalm   2nd Reading   Gospel
October 6th – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Habakkuk 1:1-4;
2:1-4   Psalm 37:1-9   2 Timothy 1:1-14   Luke 17:5-10

October 13th – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c   Psalm 111   2 Timothy 2:8-15   Luke 17:11-19
October 20th – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 32:22-31   Psalm 121   2 Timothy 3:14-4:5   Luke 18:1-8
October 27th – Reformation Sunday
Jeremiah 31:31-34   Psalm 46   Romans 3:19-28   John 8:31-36

Worship Teams

October 6    October 13    October 20    October 27
Acolytes   Evelyn A    Hannah L    Kyle H    Nikolas R
Assisting Ministers   Diane B   Karen B   Vikki H    Erik G
Readers   Pat K    Rich L    Marilynn D    Janitha C
Comm. Assts.   Aly A Teresa L    Laura H    Larry R
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   TBD   TBD   TBD   TBD
Counter   Jim H & Tim S   Jim H & Tim S   Jim H & Tim S   Jim H & Tim S

Flowers and Bulletins
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 hallway 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.
October 6th    Larry and Moni Ryczek in celebration of their 31st wedding anniversary   Available
October 13th    Available   Available
October 20th    Jim and Trudi Handzel   Available
October 27th    Available   In loving memory of Neil Hauser by the Hauser Family

Joyful September
We are very pleased to announce that Rich and Helen Levy have welcomed a new granddaughter named Mikayla. Congratulations!
We would like to thank those who are participating in the ELCA Day of Service on Sunday, September 8th. God has put us here to be his servants and help those who are in need, and this day we sought to demonstrate what it means to follow Christ.
We collected 225 food items, assembled 161 personal care kits, made to-go lunches for the Assistance Ministry guests, made 6 quilts and prepped the supplies to assemble the school kits for Lutheran World Relief. We are blessed to be a blessing.
It was a joy to meet with our brothers and sisters from the Hope Adventist and Hope Korean congregations on the evening of September 20th. We shared both a meal and the traditions and beliefs that make up the lives of our faith communities.
Quilts and Kits team would like to thank everyone for helping pack 142 school kits on Sunday, September 22nd.

Reformation Refresher
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.

Prayers of the People
As of September 29th Worship Bulletin
Those who are ill, in recovery, or facing adversity:
The Dumerer Family Pastor Lynne Morrow and the Fogel Family
The Hauser Family The Family of Deborah Dietrich
Don & Mary Jane Kovach Trudi Handzel Jim Handzel Bob Kallas Richard Levy Daniel Kovach Carol Hrodey
Maria Raicia (mother of Laura Hauser) Ruth Perzentka (mother of Trudi Handzel)
Terry DeSchepper (friend of David Swanson) 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) Judy Swensen (friend of the Jensen Family)
Mary and Bruce (friends of David Swanson) Carol Rudy (friend of Dotty Burger)
Crystal, Marcello, and Mikayla (Rich and Helen Levy’s daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter)
Amanda Jensen (family member of The Jensens)
Ted Gradt (friend of the Jensen Family) Joanne May (friend of the Jensen Family)
Ron, Carol, Lynne, Mary & Bruce (friends of David Swanson)
George (friend of Trudi Handzel)
The Maruccillli Family (Friends of the Lippert Family)
The Tomennille Family (friends of the Jensen Family)
Russell Sorensen (friend of Cindy Norberg) Jo?e (friend of Cookie Bonilla)

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 Ajye 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 Thomas Yager Julia Fogel Phil Holzer   
Nick Levy Novena Christal Haley Lippert Dina Salemi Arden Sasak
Adam Hauser Jake Saul   Jessica Saul Christian Travis Ryan Hauser
Kevin Kovach Trygve Jensen

Those who celebrate:
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 (31 years!) Karen & Robert Black 10/20 (26 years!)
Tom & Kim Hanson 10/29 (29 years!)
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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