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The March 2020 Messenger #621

Feb 28, 2020


Lenten Pilgrimage

In recent years there’s been a revival of interest in pilgrimages. The major pilgrimage routes in Europe, like the road to Compostela in Spain, are attracting an increased number of travelers. Many nonreligious people are drawn to the idea of taking a meaningful journey.

But there is still a difference between journeying as a pilgrim and as a tourist. Whereas tourists want to see the sights, pilgrims want to grow more deeply connected to God. Whereas tourists treat their new experiences as entertainment, pilgrims view the people and challenges they meet on the road as sacred encounters through which they can learn more about themselves and God. At the end of the journey, pilgrims reflect on how their faith has been enlarged, not on the miles they’ve traveled.

Lent can be a time of pilgrimage for all of us, even if we stay physically in the same place. It can be a time when we are more than tourists in our life with God. Instead of sitting back and waiting for God to show us something interesting or entertaining, we can be actively involved in our walk with God through deliberate acts of prayer, reading, reflection, or service.

Messiah offers two particular ways to journey with God during this Lenten season. Evening prayer services on Wednesday will include reflections on a series of images of Christ. The icons of Christ can help us explore the deep mysteries of Christ’s presence in the world. The Sunday morning CHAT hour will study some of the central themes of the New Testament as presented by Bible scholar N. T. Wright.

I encourage you to take advantage of these and other opportunities to enrich your days as together we journey toward Easter.

Pastor David

Check out Pastor Knutson’s blog at southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com

From Living Lutheran website:
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season when God calls us to reflect on the meaning of Christ’s death and resurrection. The imposition of ashes – when you receive ashes in the sign of the cross on your forehead – sets the tone for Lent. Each moment you encounter your reflection, your ashes are a striking reminder that “you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19b). But the cross, a symbol of Jesus’ crucifixion, offers hope.

Similarly, in baptism, you received the sign of the cross on your forehead. Many of us begin our Christian life with baptism, called “to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth” (ELW 236). In the ELCA, we describe these instructions as faith practices to guide our daily living. But what do faith practices mean? And how do we practice them?

You can learn more about the ELCA’s faith practices by downloading the guide “Faith Practices in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.”

LENTEN SERVICES Beginning Wednesday, March 4th we will hold a Potluck Soup Supper at 6:00 pm in the Friendship Place followed by a Lenten Service in the Sanctuary beginning at 7:00 pm. The services will again make use of the music and words from the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer vesper service. All are welcome for a time of food, fellowship, prayer and music as we observe the forty days of Lent together.

Written in 1985-86 by Marty Haugen during a musical residency at Holden Village, Holden Evening Prayer is a simple Lutheran vespers service that follows traditional form while using contemporary and inclusive language. Since then, the service has been adopted around the world and continues to be used weekly at Holden Village where it is lovingly known as Vespers ’86. (from the Holden Village website)

Pennies for Lent
Together with the Child Care Center, the congregation will be collecting pennies (and other coins) during the season of Lent. All pennies collected will go to the Maine Township Food Pantry. The collection jar will be located on the CCC table in the Narthex.


Lead Me On: the American Spiritual

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light,
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.
(“Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” ELW 773, verse 1)

For African Americans living in the early years of this nation’s history, Spirituals held a power to communicate a deep-seated hope that God will strengthen and lead those who are facing the immense struggles associated with discrimination, enslavement, and injustice. These songs became a way of sharing and shaping religious, emotional, and physical experience through music.

This year, the rhythmic syncopations and tuneful melodies of the African American Spiritual will fill the Sanctuary during the seasons of Lent and Easter. These hymns will also resonate with texts that point you and I to Jesus who, “through the storm, through the night” will “lead us on to the light.”

Today, the ELW has collected many Spirituals to use in worship. Among them are Precious Lord, Take My Hand (see verse one above), I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me, Wade in the Water, Soon and Very Soon, We’ve Come This Far by Faith, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, Let Us Break Bread Together, Were You There, Oh, Lord What Morning, I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, Give Me Jesus, and I’ve Just Come from the Fountain.

As a young boy from Pennsylvania learning how to play the piano back in the 1950s and 60s, I remember my father introducing Spirituals to me. I use to accompany him as he sang (he had a great baritone voice) songs such as Nobody Knows the Trouble I See, Steal Away, Oh, A Rock-a My Soul, and Go Down Moses.
Bill Decker, Music Coordinator

Holy Week and Easter Choir

April 5 to 12 span the days set aside for Palm/Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter this year. The choir would like to extend an invitation for others to join them just for this period of time. If interested or if you have questions, give Bill Decker a call at 847-375-9656 or send an email to messiahmusic1605@gmail.com. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings and Bill will let you know when you will begin to rehearse music for this week.


Greetings from the Assistance Ministry Team!

I’d like to highlight a few key moments in our ministry this month.

~ One of our guests had a massive heart attack and has been in ICU at LGH for a couple of weeks. He called our church office and asked if our team would visit him. Pastor and various members of Assistance Ministry continue to visit him. His doctors and nurses are amazed at the community that is standing by him. This is what we are called to do.
~ Pastor provided a video and invited our guests to watch it and then stay to discuss. The video talked about feelings and the discussion was lively. Most of our guests attended and stayed to discuss. They are looking forward to another video and discussion. We have come a long way from welcoming our guests with a prayer, a time to chat and a few cans of soup...this ministry is becoming more purposeful and relevant.
~ One of our guests won a turkey at a church raffle. He brought it to us so that we could serve it to all of our guests. He felt so good to be able to give back to not only our church but to his fellow guests.

Messiah is known as a welcoming, warm, generous place. We are so happy to be able to share our treasures with those less fortunate. We have invited our guests to worship with us and rejoice with those who do.

With thanks,
Connie Kaufman

As part of our next quilt date, Sunday, March 15th, we’ll be celebrating Lutheran World Relief’s Quilts & Kits Ministry as well as National Quilt Day!! We invite everyone to join us in making quilt panels after the service in the Friendship Place! No sewing – just create a design on a piece of material with fabric markers!

Then, going forward we’ll be working on quilts & kits on the following Sundays after worship in the Friendship Place:   

   Sunday, April 5th    Sunday, May 17th    Sunday, June 7th

Also – watch for a special fundraising raffle coming in April! Join us – we enjoy great fellowship and as always – no sewing experience is necessary! Meanwhile, if you happen to come across any sales on bath towels, grab a couple or let us know where the sale is!

Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey
Christian Education
The confirmands meet with Pat Kovach with help from Debbie Sasak & Teresa Lippert 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.

Adult Chat Room meets Sundays at 9:00 in the Friendship Place. During the Sundays of Lent, participants will discuss The New Testament You Never Knew: Exploring the Story of God, a series produced by English Bible scholar N.T. Wright. Pastor David will lead the discussions.
Contact David Swanson for more information.
There are a lot of fun activities coming up in the Child Care Center – besides the daily classroom activities! Here are some important dates to remember:

On Sunday, March 15th the children and families of the Child Care Center are invited to come to Messiah for worship at 10:15 am. The children will be singing the songs they have learned during their music classes.

The children of the Child Care Center will again lead us in saving pennies (and other coins!) for Lent! For the past 18 years the Messiah children have collected pennies for Lent to donate to the Maine Township Food Pantry. During the 2002 Lenten season we collected 20,873 pennies and the collection has grown each year! We hope that this showing of generosity will help the children think about our many blessings and our call to help those in need. The collection will begin on Ash Wednesday and continue through Maundy Thursday.
For more information on CCC Activities and Programs contact CCC Office at
847-825-3767 or see the website at www.messiahchildcare.com

BSA Pack 105 will be holding its Blue & Gold Ceremony and Banquet on Sunday, March 15th at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. Scout members will be honored for their work in the past year in the community and at Messiah.

SCOUT SUNDAY          2020

PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Manager.

Manna orders will be due Monday, March 2nd at 9 a.m.! The cards will be distributed by Thursday, March 5th. Order forms can be found on the CCC table in the Narthex.

The next Messiah Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the Friendship Place.
We’re reading The Cherry Cola Book Club by Lee, Ashton. 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.

Saturday, March 14th at 9:00 a.m. All Messiah men are invited to Jimmy’s on Rand Road in Des Plaines.

Our worship service on Sunday, March 15th is for children of ALL AGES, from 0-100!! The Child Care Center children will be showing off their musical talents by leading the service with their special music. They will be singing the songs they have learned in their weekly music class.
Please come and welcome the Child Care Center children and their families to show your support for our Child Care Center Ministry.

•   1st First Sunday of Lent
•   4th First Soup Potluck & Service of Lent 6:00/7:00 (every Wednesday during Lent)
•   14th Brotherhood Breakfast
•   15th Child Care Children’s Service
•   15th Quilts & Kits
•   16th EC Meeting   
•   1st Last Lenten Soup & Service
•   4th Community Easter Egg Hunt
•   5th Palm Sunday
•   5th Quilts & Kits
•   6th Manna Orders due
•   9th Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 pm
•   10th Good Friday Service 7:00 pm
•   11th Brotherhood Breakfast
•   12th Easter (Breakfast 8:30 am, Egg Hunt 9:30 am, Celebration Service 10:15 am)
•   14th CCC Board Meeting
•   20th EC Meeting   
We often hear people talk about what they will give up for Lent – such as chocolate or junk food. But these days the internet is full of lists and ideas for other ways to honor the 40 days of Lent. Here are just a few ideas – for specific lists and other ideas just do a search on the internet!

1st Reading         Psalm         2nd Reading         Gospel
March 1st First Sunday of Lent
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7   Psalm 32      Romans 5:12-19      Matthew 4:1-11
March 8th Second Sunday of Lent
Genesis 12:1-4      Psalm 121      Romans 4:1-5, 13-17   John 3:1-17
March 15th Third Sunday of Lent
Exodus 17:1-7      Psalm 95      Romans 5:1-11      John 4:5-42
March 22nd Fourth Sunday of Lent
1 Samuel 16:1-13      Psalm 23      Ephesians 5:8-14      John 9:1-41
March 29th Fifth Sunday of Lent
Ezekiel 37:1-14      Psalm 130      Romans 8:6-11      John 11:1-45

      March 1   March 8   March 15   March 22   March 29
      10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am
Acolytes   Nikolas R   Henry A   Kyle H      Hannah L   Evelyn A
Assisting Min.   Diane B   Cindy N   Andy T      Pat K      David S
Readers   Laura H   Dave H   Teresa L   Marilynn D   TBD
Comm. Assts.   Larry R    Aly A      Laura H   Teresa L   Aly A
Altar Guild   Sue K      Cindy N   Marilynn D   TBD      TBD
Counter   Jim H & Tim S Jim H & Tim S Jim H & Tim S Jim H & Tim S Jim H & Tim S

Please note the following change in Altar Flowers:
As of January 1st we will no longer purchase weekly flowers for the Sanctuary based on the recommendation of the Altar Guild. The EC made the economical decision to approve the recommendation and use faux seasonal flowers that will be reused from week to week. We will continue to have “Altar Gardens” for Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.

Bulletin dedication will still be available for a $10 donation. The sign-up chart for the weekly bulletins can be found on the bulletin board across from the Assistance Ministry donation station. Signing up to donate the weekly bulletins remains a great way to honor or remember a special person or event. It also helps to offset the cost for the church. Bulletins are $10. Envelopes are provided next to the sign-up calendar, or you may simply write “Bulletin” on your regular envelope in the Other box.

Sunday   Bulletins are given …
March 1   Available
March 8   Jim and Trudi Handzel in celebration of their anniversary
March 15   Available
March 22   Available
March 29   Available

We will once again order flowers for our Easter Garden to decorate the Sanctuary in celebration of Easter Sunday. Order forms are available beginning March 1st and all order forms are due in the office by 10:00 am on Monday, March 23rd. You may take your flowers home with you after the Easter morning worship service, April 12th


EC CORNER Highlights from the February 10th EC meeting included finalizing plans for the February 16th Annual Congregation Meeting including 2020 initiatives, budget, officer and CCC board member openings. Dave Jensen has agreed to be assume Treasurer position once congregation votes. VP position still open. Diane Wilson has agreed to assume position on CCC board, Jim Handzel as sent out year-end statements. The EC finalized Ash Wednesday and Lenten services. As far as call process, work continues on Ministry Site Profile. Property updates also reviewed. CCC Board update included scheduling of 2020 Fun Fair on June 6th and hopes that more church members will participate. Pastor Heim will attend next Park Ridge Ministerium meeting. The church/child care center will seek a new IT contract.

ANNUAL MEETING Messiah’s Annual Meeting was held Sunday, February 16th following the worship service and led by President Paul Holzer. A quorum was established. Some highlights of the meeting include: Review of reports in Annual Report. If you didn’t get a copy of the report please contact the church office. Paul thanked the EC CCC Board, Staff and congregation members. Special thanks to Larry Ryczek for his service on EC as President and Treasurer. Tim Saul thanked the congregation on behalf of the Scouts noting that MLC support is making a difference in young people’s lives. Karen Black thanked the congregation, staff and CCC board on behalf of the CCC. Larry Ryczek reviewed the 2019 financials and there was discussion about the format of the budget. EC will review and make a recommendation. The congregation voted to approve Officers, Initiatives and Budget for 2020 as noted in Annual Report. During New Business the opportunities for fundraising were reviewed including Amazon Smile, Good Shop/Search, Manna cards and donating via Facebook. Erik Grove noted openings on CCC board and thanked Karen Black for her leadership of CCC. Pastor Heim stressed the importance of building on Messiah’s unique relationships with ministries of CCC, Scouts and Assistance Ministry. Tim Saul discussed opportunity for fundraising at July 3rd fireworks and asked that anyone interested to work on this talk to him – help needed! And before adjournment Karen Black encouraged increased participation of congregation members in the Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade.

February Attendance
Wk1=41   Wk3=37
Wk2=60   Wk4=39
February Giving (Gen. Fund & MAP)
Wk1=$5163.00 Wk2=$1090.55 Wk3=$489 Wk4=$2206

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. During the weeks of October 1st to December 31st Messiah was given $11.95 from the AmazonSmile Foundation from people shopping through the AmazonSmile website. If you have an Android device you can now shop AmazonSmile directly from your phone. To learn more about setting up your device search AmazonSmile app in your web browser or visit this website, https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=15576745011.

JOYFUL THANKSGIVING (FEBRUARY) Thank you to the gracious members of Messiah for your continued support of the Maine Township Food Pantry through the Souper Bowl of Caring. Your gifts are helping residents who are food insecure because of low income, unemployment, and other issues.

As we observed Scout Sunday February, 9th, we would like to thank all of the members of Cub Scout Pack 105 (5-11 year olds, coed), Scouts BSA Troop 105G (11-18 year olds, female only), and Scouts BSA Troop 105B (11-18 year olds, male only)
for all of their hard work and dedication to the community-at-large and here at Messiah. We would especially like to thank those who are leading the Scout troop (see today’s insert for a list of their names).

February 16th Annual Meeting and Report are a good reminder of the hard work and commitment of the congregation over the past year. Our many thanks to all those who have served this congregation and community for the sake of Christ and his gospel over the years.

Many thanks to the Gloria Dei Choir for sharing the songs of faith with fellow worshipers at Messiah throughout the year. Thanks for lifting up your voices in praise.

As of February 23rd Worship Bulletin

Those who mourn:
The Beyer family as they mourn the passing of Bill Beyer (oldest son of Viv & Bill Beyer)
The family of Helen Meyers (family member of Alaine Wong)
The Pokrak family as they mourn the passing of Vincent Pokrak (father of Steve Pokrak)

Those who are ill, in recovery, or facing adversity:
The Dumerer Family The Hauser Family Don & Mary Jane Kovach
Trudi & Jim Handzel Bob Kallas Richard Levy Daniel Kovach
Carol Hrodey Maria Raicia (mother of Laura Hauser) Marilyn Borgeson
Sonja Snell and Larry Morris (family of Bill and Cindy Decker) Joe & Nick Levy
Katie Brandon and Carol Rudy (friends of Dotty Burger)
Russell Sorensen (father of Cindy Norberg) Jessica Saul (daughter of Tim Saul)
Domonic & Leah Mareuccilli, Anne Flick (Friends of the Lippert Family)
Teresa & José (aunt & uncle of Cookie Bonilla)
Bonnie Bomhack, Amanda Jensen, Ted Gradt, Jack & Joanne May, the family of Julian Hernandez, Kathy Nilles (friends and family of the Jensen Family)
Ron, Carol, Lynne, Mary, Bruce, Terry DeSchepper (friends of David Swanson)
Ruth Perzentka, George, Gari, The Beierwaltes Family, Pattie &Chris, Aaron, Sandi, & Tom Farley, J.T., & Becky (family & friends of the Handzel Family)
Ed & Toni (friends of Rich Seggeling)

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 Jarred Engvall   
Bobby Hanson Jenni Hanson Mikey Hanson Andreas Johnson
Claudine Ward Jason Koesler Joey Rosequist Officer Matt McGannon   
Brian Nagel Eric Nagel David Nagel

Those attending college and graduate school:
Rachel Daye Melissa Holzer Thomas Yager 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:
Marilyn Borgeson, 3/6 Richard Schneider, 3/7 Kim Hanson, 3/8 Nancy Magerl, 3/8
Nydia Santos, 3/9 Julie Holzer, 3/10 Vernon Moreno, 3/10
Emma Penumaka, 3/12 Deborah Chervinko, 3/16
Anabell Grove, 3/18 Zachary Loverme, 3/20 Nicholas Boomer, 3/21 Dina Salemi, 3/22 Amalia Santos, 3/22 Kristin Yager, 3/24 William Downie, 3/28 Alan Christiansen, 3/29

Anniversaries this month
Jim & Trudi Handzel, 3/8 (34 years!)




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