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The Messiah Messenger > The November 2019 Messenger #617
The November 2019 Messenger #617

Nov 1, 2019

November Messenger
Everyday Thanksgivings

   A few year ago, a Scranton, Pennsylvania, woman named Elena Anguita wrote a thank-you letter to a friend who had helped her decorate her home. It gave her such joy that the next day she wrote another thank-you note, this time to a colleague who helped her at work. The next day she wrote a note of thanks to a helpful grocery store clerk. Then she wrote to an airport security officer, and then to a hotel clerk who had gone out of her way to help.
Over the past few years, Ms. Anguita has written a letter of thanks almost every day—some 2,000 notes in all. “It’s such a simple practice,” she says, “but I am now more at peace, less stressed, healthier, and just happier, every single day.”
   Ms. Anguita has a lot to teach us about a life of gratitude. What if we were to sit down every day and write a letter of thanks to someone? We might have to think a bit about who to write to each day— but that very act of bringing people and events to mind would be powerful, and might even shape our days the way it did hers.
Gratitude is at the heart of our life as Christians. In every worship service at Messiah we participate in the Eucharist, a Greek word that means “giving thanks.” In the Eucharist, we give thanks for the goodness of God, and for all of God’s gifts to us in creation, relationships, community, and most of all for the love of God made tangible in Jesus Christ, and made present with us in the bread and wine.
Because God is the God revealed in Jesus Christ, who shares his life with the world, our good deeds and words of thanks are not just “random acts of kindness,” ways to help brighten up a dark world. More than that, they are ways that we join ourselves to God’s own nature as Father, Son, and Spirit, the One who gives and receives love and praise, so that all creatures may have more life.
Faithfully, Pastor David

Period of Ministry Transition
Members of Messiah gathered after worship on Sunday, October 20, for a lively discussion of core ministries at Messiah and areas for future emphasis and growth. Participants identified these four ministries as central to Messiah's identity:

•   Worshiping in the Lutheran liturgical tradition
•   Building and sharing Christian community and fellowship
•   Forming children in faith via Child Care Center, Scouts, etc.
•   Ministering to the hungry and homeless

Participant also encouraged the congregation to focus on building relationships in the communities that we already serve, including the Child Care Center families, the Assistance Ministry, and Scouts. Other ideas for new projects: develop a ministry to the elderly, and create a women's group. The discussion will help guide the Executive Committee as it formulates a profile of the congregation to pass on to the synod and eventually the Call Committee. If you are willing to serve on the call committee please contact a member of Executive Committee.


Music and the Earliest Thanksgiving Celebration

Nearly 400 years ago, English settlers, whom we call the Pilgrims, walked onto our shores in what is now known as Plymouth, Massachusetts. At times, I’ve wondered if the tradition of music and Thanksgiving actually had its start back then (1620-21). Remember, the settlers who survived the first winter in Plymouth had much reason to be thankful. The survivors of that first icy and cold New England winter had lost nearly half of their family and friends who had journeyed to the New World. However, the historical documentation of this time doesn’t leave any clues in answer to the question about music. So, the most we can say is that it might have been so.

The Pilgrims of America were the Puritans of England. The Puritans’ main reason to come to the New World was to escape religious persecution and seek religious freedom to practice their faith. The Puritans were known to have Psalters, books used in worship that contained metrical versions of the Book of Psalms. It’s a safe assumption that many would have packed their Psalters in their belongings before crossing the Atlantic in ships. In those days, the music of faith among Puritans was often sung without the use of musical instruments, but it was also possible that these early settlers brought instruments that were common in their day including pipes, fiddles, guitars, and lutes.

Did the Native Americans they met also break out into singing? Possibly. Over generations of time, Native Americans have used chants and dancing to celebrate the events of their everyday lives in honor of the Creator who had given them life. The first Native Americans the Pilgrims met were known as the Wampanoag. One writer noted “…the Wampanoag may have offered a chant to the creator performed with common clamshell, dried gourd and bean seed rattles accompanied by voice” (“Mountain Folklore: Did the Pilgrims sing at first Thanksgiving?” by Dave Kline, Reading (PA) Eagle, November 25, 2014). Though we don’t know for sure what actually happened musically among Pilgrims and Native Americans in those early years, Thanksgiving both then and today underscores a reality among the people of faith. Are not our daily lives ultimately dependent on the One who is the primary source—as we pray in the Lord’s Prayer—of everything we call “our daily bread”? Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise him all creatures here below. Happy Thanksgiving!
Bill Decker, Music Coordinator

As we are nearing November, we are mindful that the cold weather is coming and this always brings challenges for our Assistance Ministry guests. They enjoy the nutritious meals and fellowship offered Monday mornings and frequently give thanks for our congregation's generosity.

We are thankful that we are able to serve the community through this outreach. Recently we have received food donations from Lou Malnatis's Pizza and Subway and will receive food from Andrew's Open Pit Restaurant and Make Room for Truman Restaurant. Thanks to them for partnering with us.

With winter approaching, please keep in mind the needs of our guests.
•   stocking caps, socks, hand warmers, gloves, scarves
•   men: most common sizes L or XL for shirts and jackets, 34-38 waist sizes
•   shoes/boots sizes 7.5,9,10.5,12.5,13,14
•   Women: shirt and jacket size L, XL 2XL. Shoe/boot sizes 8,9,11

As always, we'd like to extend an invitation to all of you to assist us in serving our Monday morning guests. Come once, come weekly, drop off some food or clothing... but most of all, keep these guests and this Ministry in your prayers. We are grateful to be able to share our blessings with those less fortunate.

With thanks, Connie Kaufman

Remember when we made PLARN and Plarn Mats?! We’ve given some of our completed mats to our Assistance Ministry guests but because we produced a lot of mats, we had a surplus. So, there was a message about plarning at the next Youth Mixer – lightbulb! What will they do with the plarn and mats they make? The organizer of the November Youth Mixer said they are working with a group called McKenna’s Bags. This group started out helping one young woman who was homeless and now put together bags of toiletries and other essentials and make plarn mats for individuals who are homeless. Check out their website to see their story: http://mckennasbags.org They had just given out a bunch of mats so they were thrilled to get surplus mats from Messiah. We kept two mats in case any other of our guests wanted one but the rest are already on their way to help others!

In October we sent off our boxes of quilts & kits on their journey to LWR. Once again, Messiah hosted the LWR truck to collect the boxes from area churches. Many thanks to Dave Hanson for securing and driving a U-Haul truck again this year. This started out as a trial for LWR to replace the large semi van. It saves LWR quite a bit of money and ends up being easier for us. So far, they haven’t expanded this to other collection sites but continue to have us repeat this practice every year. The truck was full when Dave took it to Downer’s Grove Monday morning after the ingathering. We extend our thanks to everyone who helped load the truck on Saturday & Sunday – the contributing churches greatly appreciated the help and hospitality. We again thank 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.

Now we embark on another year starting with quilt assembly on:

•   November 17 Quilt Assembly
•   December 8 Quilt Assembly

Please join us – we always enjoy great fellowship!! No sewing experience necessary!!
Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey

Christian Education
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! 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 continues in November
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
•   November 18th – Holiday Parent-Tot Class Begins
•   November 21st – Thanksgiving Luncheon
•   November 25th – 27th Family Week
•   November 28th – 29th CCC Closed for Thanksgiving Break

The CCC will be starting to prepare for Christmas programs soon! This year’s Christmas programs will be held December 17,18 &19th. And as an extra treat, the children will sing some of their songs during the worship service on December 15th. Be sure to experience the children sharing their Christmas music!

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

Sunday, November 10, 5:30 p.m.

Edison Park Lutheran Church, 6626 N Oliphant Ave, Chicago, IL 60631 in the North Hall

A fun evening! The service project will be plarning (BRING PLASTIC BAGS). Gaga ball, ping pong and other games will be played. Pizza and pop will be served.

Plastic bags and feel free to bring snacks to share. And bring a friend! All are welcome!

Aly Allemeier! Please let Aly know if you plan to attend!

Harvest Festival was a big hit this year! Thanks to all the CCC staff members and Messiah members who helped to make this inaugural event a success! Special thanks to Alaine Wong, Karen Black and the CCC staff for coordinating the event! We hope to make this an annual event and enlist more participation – start thinking about how to decorate your car to reach out to our community!

Messiah had 11 walkers this year for the Annual Niles-Park Ridge Crop Walk! At press time donations were nearing our last year’s total. Donations can continue to be made up until the first few days of November! Let’s push us over the top!
Special thanks to David Swanson for his leadership with the Crop Walk!

Remember to turn your clocks back 1 hour before you go to bed on Saturday, November 2nd! Daylight Savings time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3rd.

Manna orders are due Monday, November 4th by 9:00 a.m. Cards will be available Thursday,
November 7th.

Saturday, November 9th at 9:00 a.m. All Messiah men are invited to Jimmy’s on Rand Road in Des Plaines


The Messiah Book Club will meet Thursday, November 21st at 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Friendship Place to discuss The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. This book delves into Bryson’s past, telling of his youth growing up in Des Moines, Iowa during the 1950’s and early 1960’s. All are welcome. If anyone has any questions, please contact Paul Holzer at 847-296-0734.


Keeping with tradition, we will be ordering red poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas. Each plant with a pot cover will cost $15.00. All orders are due to the office by Monday December 9th at 9:00 am and you will be able to take your plant home with you after the 10:15 am Christmas morning service.


There will be a change of schedule for Hanging of the Greens due to scheduling issues related to the Thanksgiving weekend. David Swanson will put up the Advent Wreath and Giving Trees on Thanksgiving – Thanks David! We’ll then have our Hanging of the Greens event on Saturday, December 7th from 4:00-7:00 to decorate the church. Please plan to come out for this festive event – its lots of fun and includes great fellowship! Details on Giving Trees will come out soon!

•   3rd All Saints Sunday
•   9th Brotherhood Breakfast
•   12th CCC Board Meeting
•   17th Quilts & Kits
•   18th EC Meeting
•   21st Messiah Book Club
•   24th Christ the King Sunday
•   26th PR Inter faith Thanksgiving service
•   28th Thanksgiving

•   1st Beginning of Advent
•   7th Hanging of the Greens
•   8th Quilts & Kits
•   9th Poinsettia orders due to office
•   14th Brotherhood Breakfast
•   15th CCC Children sing at worship
•   17-19th CCC Christmas programs
•   24th Christmas Eve Candlelight service
10:15 pm
•   25th Christmas Day service 10:15 am

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!

The last in this year’s series on current members who grew up at Messiah will focus on Brad Kovach and three generations of the Kovach family. In February 1962, Don and Mary Jane selected Messiah Lutheran Church as their church. One reason they wanted to attend Messiah is that it was close to home allowing them to walk to church on Sundays. Apparently, that didn’t become a regular habit but regardless of how they got to Messiah, they’ve been faithful members ever since. Another reason Don and Mary Jane were drawn to Messiah was Messiah’s first minister, Pastor Weeg. Additionally, being part of the choir was another reason for joining Messiah. Don and Mary Jane continue to lend their voices to Messiah’s choir. At the first rehearsal they attended, they experienced the pleasant surprise of seeing Corrine Jensen, Don’s high school English teacher! Don and Mary Jane say that being part of the choir for over 57 years has been a blessing and great enjoyment for them.
Brad was 9 months old when the Kovachs joined Messiah. When he got a little older Brad joined the Children’s Choir! Eventually Brad was confirmed at Messiah in 1975 and later served as Treasurer of the Luther League (a sign of things to come?!)
Don and Mary Jane both served in leadership positions on the Church Council as well as numerous committees, boards and groups of the church. To this day they are very active in many church functions.
Don and Mary Jane have great stories & memories about the early days of Messiah – ask them to share! In the early days they participated in our Messiah Lutheran Church Bowling League and Bowling Banquets. Bowling Banquets were a big deal back in the day! The bowling team with the two Kovach’s was fortunate to take 1st place in 1970, and included George and Betty Hrodey. As fate would have it, Brad and Pat were also in the church bowling league their team took 1st place one year too!
Brad and Pat were married at Messiah in November, 1990 by Pastor Gilbertson. Their son Daniel was born on October 7, 1991 followed by Kevin on July 11, 1995. Both boys were baptized at Messiah. Pat shared that both sons had a great foundation by attending the Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center for at least 3 years each. Dan was confirmed at Messiah after taking confirmation classes with Claire Rodin, while Kevin was confirmed after classes with Floyd Yager.
Pat was a Sunday School teacher for many years and enjoyed every minute of it. While teaching she started painting visuals for the children to help them understand and see the bible stories. She is now the Confirmation teacher and is a board member for the Child Care Center.
Brad spent numerous hours and years at Messiah as the Treasurer of the Church and Treasurer of the Child Care Center. Brad also worked as a Janitor the Church and Child Care Center during his High School years.   We are very grateful that Brad and Pat also took over the leadership of Messiah’s World-Famous Spaghetti Dinner after Clair Rodin, aka Mama Rosa, retired.
Daniel and Kevin are both living in California these days but we always look forward to seeing them when they’re home visiting. Daniel served as Messiah’s bookkeeper for a few years before moving west!
The Kovachs share that Messiah Lutheran Church has been a wonderful church for their family. “We have enjoyed being part of the Messiah Lutheran Church here in Park Ridge where we have many friends considered as 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 ministries.

EC Corner –
EC shares the good news that David Jensen will serve the remainder of Tryg Jensen’s terms as Vice President! Thanks David! A main focus of the October meeting was a review of the October 20th visioning meeting and using that information to begin the Congregation Profile. In addition, plans were discussed to form a Call Committee. EC welcomes input and volunteers for the Call Committee. EC also discussed the joint event with Hope Advent and Hope Korean and possible future events, among other business items.

October Attendance
Wk 1= 39 Wk 2=39
Wk 3=34 Wk 4=39

October Giving (general fund facility use, MAP)
Wk 1= $ 1937.00    Wk 2= $ 1080.00
Wk 3= $ 5153.00   Wk 4= $ 1201.95


Messiah will again participate in a Thirty-One Gifts Fundraiser beginning November 24th thru December 8th! This company is known especially for their great totes and storage solutions – plus they have a lot more! Messiah receives 25% of sales to help support our ministries! It’s a great source for Christmas shopping! Check out their website to see what they have: https://www.mythirtyone.com. Our representative’s name is Jennifer Rusin. We’ll get details and catalogues out soon!!

Thirty-One Gifts has created Thirty-One Gives, their charitable program that works to empower girls, women and families by helping them build the confidence and self-esteem needed to live a purposeful, thriving life. Since 2012, Thirty-One Gives has donated $100 million in product and cash to charitable organizations that share the Gives mission.

1st Reading   Psalm   2nd Reading   Gospel
November 3 – All Saints Sunday
Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18   Psalm 149   Ephesians 1:11-23   Luke 6:20-31
November 10 – Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost
Job 19:23-27a   Psalm 17:1-9   2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17   Luke 20:27-38
November 17th – Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost
Malachi 4:1-2a   Psalm 98   2 Thessalonians 3:6-13   Luke 21:5-19
November 24th – Christ the King Sunday
Jeremiah 23:1-6   Psalm 46   Colossians 1:11-20   Luke 23:33-43


November 3   November 10   November 17   November 24
   10:15 am   9:00 am   10:15 am   10:15 am
Acolytes   Michaelene M   Ralph L   Henry A   Evelyn A
Assisting Ministers   David S   Pat K   Andy T   Cindy N
Readers   Laura H   Teresa L   TBD   TBD
Comm. Assts.   Mary Jo M   Teresa L   Aly A   Aly A
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   Sue K   Sue K   Marilyn D   Marilyn D
Counter   Jim H & Tim S   Jim H & Tim S   Jim H & Tim S   Jim H & Tim S

November 3   Given by Marilynn Duckett   Available
November 10   Available   Available
November 17   Brad & Pat Kovach in celebration of their anniversary   Available
November 24   Dave Hanson in memory of
Donna Hanson   Available

Park Ridge Community Church will be host an Inter-Faith Thanksgiving worship service on Tuesday, November 26th at 7:30 pm.

As we observe All Saint’s Day on Sunday, November 3rd, we give special thanks for those in our Messiah family who have graced our lives with their presence, but have gone to their heavenly home this past year: Jill Turek (wife of Roger Turek, former Music Coordinator) and Reverend Gordon Straw (former interim Pastor). Throughout November we will continue to honor all loved ones who have passed on. Be sure to write the names of your loved ones in the Remembrance Book that will be located in the Welcome Center every Sunday in November. The added names will be read each week during the prayers of the people.

The Quilts and Kits team would like to thank the Assistance Ministry team and guests for helping to pack the boxes with the school and personal care kits that will be sent around the world through Lutheran World Relief. Thanks also to all those who helped load these boxes on the truck. Thank you to all who helped load the LWR truck Saturday October 5th & Sunday, October 6th – the other churches that brought their boxes of quilts & kits were grateful for the help! The truck was full for Dave Hanson (special thanks to Dave!) to deliver to Downer’s Grove on the morning of Monday, October 7th for the next leg of the journey to LWR headquarters and from there to be distributed to those in need around the world. Thank you to those who participated in the CROP Walk on Sunday, October 20th. We would especially like to thank David Swanson for all the years of hard work and dedication to this local ministry. Thank you David! Many thanks to all who attended the Visioning meeting after worship on Sunday, October 20th. Participants expressed many ideas about the kind of mission and service Messiah could focus on in the years ahead. Pastor David did an excellent job leading the group discussion, The EC will use these recommendations to create a new congregational profile which the Metro Chicago Synod can use to help the congregation find pastoral candidates.

As of October 27th 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 Maruccilli Family (Friends of the Lippert Family)
The Tomennille Family (friends of the Jensen Family)
Russell Sorensen (father of Cindy Norberg) Jo?e (friend of Cookie Bonilla)
Dan & Fran Lorenzo (friends of Debbie Dietrich)

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 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:
Richard Nugnis, 11/5 Curt Preissner, 11/6 Lynne Morrow, 11/7 Lisa Paulus, 11/7
Alexis Chervinko, 11/11 Mary Jo Marchetta, 11/17 Carolyn Clauser, 11/19
Kirsten Boyce, 11/23 Dorothy Burger, 11/23 Arden Sasek, 11/25 Betty Stinnett 11/25
Andrew Fox, 11/27 Charles Tarochione, 11/28
Alyson & Scott Allemier, 11/7 (16 years) Brad & Pat Kovach, 11/24 (39 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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