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20 | April 12, 2018 | The tinley junction Faith tinleyjunction.com Faith Briefs Anointed Word International Ministries (16250 84th Ave., Tinley Park) Food Pantry Every Wednesday, the AWIM’s food pantry is open from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information regarding qualification of receiving food from food pantry or to become a volunteer at AWIM, contact Kindell Renee’ at kindell@anointedword.net or Joyce Brunson at joyceb@anointedword. net or call (708) 429-2600. Calvary Baptist Church (17430 94th Ave., FUNERAL SERVICES DIRECTORY Kim O’Neil Golob Kelli Hartseil Mores Kelly Furlong Foresman, Secretary It was easy to decide on cremation. Now, what about the rest of the decisions? Colonial Chapel Funeral Home Private, On-site Crematory 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, Illinois Family owned for 40 Years colonialchapel.com 708-532-5400 The Cremation Experts. Tinley Park) Wednesday Prayer, Bible Study and Sword Club 6:45 p.m. every Wednesday Chicago Church of Christ (16530 Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park) Sunday Service 12-1:30 p.m. every week. Faith Christian Reformed Church (8383 W. 171st St., Tinley Park) Sunday Service 9:30 a.m. Family Harvest Church (18500 92nd Ave., 2017 WINNER "BEST FUNERAL HOME" ©2006 Copyrighted Material Tinley Park) Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Spanish services are held in the chapel, while teen services are held in the gym. The Spanish and teen services are only held at 5 p.m. Breakfast is available in the church’s Café, located near the gym, on Sunday mornings from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church of Tinley Park (7025 W. 179th St., Tinley Park) Sunday Service 10:45 a.m. ADVERTISE YOUR FUNERAL SERVICES. Sunday Bible Study 9:30 a.m. St. George Catholic Church (6707 W. 175th St., Tinley Park) Reconciliation After the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday and after the 7:30 and 9:30 Masses on Sunday. There is no Reconciliation on the Thursday preceding the first Friday of the month. South Suburban Chinese Church (17100 S. 69th Ave., Tinley Park) Please see Faith, 23 Contact Jessica Nemec @708.326.9170 ex.46 www.22ndcenturymedia.com In Memoriam Geraldine Borgman Geraldine Marie Borgman (nee Kopec), 80, of Tinley Park, died on March 29. She was the mother of Borgman Kim (Mark) Witek, Mark (Judy) Clemens and Kerri Borgman (David Wright); Grandmother Jennifer (Mike) Vieu, Kathleen (Nick) Gross and Michael Clemens and great grandmother of Matthew, Madelyn and Jacob Vieu; Sister of Richard (Barbara) Kopec, Robert (Joan) Kopec and Stanley (Butch) Kopec; and aunt to many nieces and nephews. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Jermilla Mason Jermilla “Jerry” Mason (nee Novak), 95, died on March 30 at her home in Mason Tinley Park. She was born in Chicago. Jerry will be remembered as kind-hearted, funny, full of life and always ready to throw a party or care for family, friends or any animal in need. You never left her house cold, hungry or needing money. She is survived by her four children Patricia (Cotton) Neace, Guy T. (Jackie Schmitz) Mason Jr., Pamela Mason- Paslawski and Lorelei Mason. Grandmother of nine and great grandmother of 10. Interment in Zion Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to (TLC) Tender Loving Care 13016 W. 151st Street Homer Glen, IL 60491 or P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park 8301 W. 191st Street Tinley Park, IL 60487. For information, call (708) 532-1635 or visit www.vandenbergfuneral home.com Elizabeth Schmidt Elizabeth Schmidt, 51, of Tinley Park, died on April 2. She was the fiancee of Jimmy Ashley; daughter of the late Schmidt Kenneth Sr. and Patricia Schmidt; sister of the late Kenneth Schmidt Jr.; sisterin-law of Emma Schmidt; and aunt to Megan Schmidt. Interment is private at St. Mary Cemetery. To sign the guestbook, visit maherfu neralservives.com. Services entrusted to Maher Funeral Home Tinley Park. Lori Bickham Lori Ann Bickham, 56, of Tinley Park, died peacefully on April 2 after a brief illness. Bickham was an accomplished and proud nurse Bickham and mother of two daughters Kristy Bickham and Erica (Christopher) Cisek; “Mimi” to her grandson Evan who was the center of her life; daughter of Ed and Janis Bickham; sister of Mark Bickham Curt (Rebecca) Bickham and Lisa (Robert) DesMarais; and aunt of many nieces and nephews. Interment Orland Memorial Park Cemetery. For more information, call (630) 257-6363 or visit www.mar kiewiczfh.com Have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email Editor Cody Mroczka at cody@tinleyjunction. com with information about a loved one who was a part of the Tinley Park community. visit us online at www.tinleyjunction.com

tinleyjunction.com Life & Arts the tinley junction | April 12, 2018 | 21 What it’s like repping the Tough Mudder lifestyle Cody Mroczka, Editor Arctic Enema. Electroshock Therapy. Block Ness Monster. Funky Monkey. Augustus Gloop. Matthew Lewitke has conquered them all and believes most others can, too. They are just some of the names of the obstacles participants must traverse in order to complete a Tough Mudder challenge, a fitness and endurance event that typically features 10,000 to 15,000 people running, crawling and climbing through 10 miles and over a dozen physically and emotionally draining challenges. The Tinley Park native and 2009 Victor J. Andrew graduate completed his first Tough Mudder in 2014 in Chicago. Since then, the Valparaiso alum who works full-time as a project manager for a consulting firm, has made it though seven more grueling courses. This upcoming season he plans to knock off another three or four, and in the process, continue to grow an exercising trend that has drawn over 3 million participants since its inception less than a decade ago. It’s all a part of Lewitke’s new role as a North American Tough Mudder Ambassador, a sort of sponsorship and personal marketing like position held by just 200 competitors. “I didn’t have the most active lifestyle in college. I still thought I was an athlete. It was a humbling experience that inspired me to get in better shape,” the former football and track athlete said. “It definitely resparked a passion and rejuvenated me. It was challenging, but fun. A lot more challenging than I thought.” After becoming a “Legionnaire,” the name given to the approximate average of 78 percent of people who complete one of the outdoor feats found throughout the country, Lewitke couldn’t get enough of the lifestyle, training and dieting for the next opportunity. He talked about it so much his family and friends probably got tired of hearing about Tough Mudder, he said. “Every other word out of my mouth was about Tough Mudder,” Lewitke said. “I had become passionate — almost to an obsession. It was more than a hobby.” So he applied to be an ambassador and took on the task of registering a certain number of new participants, hosting informational sessions, and representing the brand on social media accounts. In return, he receives a season pass (valued at $499) that can be used at over 60 events scheduled for the upcoming 2018 season, a plethora of training gear, and merchandise. “First, it isn’t timed. And it’s based on the motto of ‘no man left behind,’ the camaraderie of helping those struggling or falling behind get to the finish line,” he said. “It’s not about where you place. People sign up for all kinds of reasons. They’re getting over a divorce or a loss, they’re celebrating being cancer free.” Tough Mudder has grown since the first event was held in 2010, and even more so since Lewitke’s first trial more than three years ago, adding new and innovative redesigned obstacle courses in 2016 and 2017 that prey on human fears of fire, water, electricity, heights and uncleanliness. It’s not uncommon for athletes to submerge their bodies in icy waters, run through fields of live wires, tip-toe over tight rope planks, and climb greasy half-pipes. Competitors sometimes even have to work together to get past obstacles and some choose to participate as teams. Tough Mudder has also added half courses, a semi-professional competitive series, and plans to debut a 5K-inspired challenge in 2018. “A lot of people are intrigued by it, but they don’t know exactly what it is. They think they’re incapable or assume they can’t, so I clarify it’s not an ultramarathon,” Lewitke said. “It’s so much more than physical feats.” “Legionnaires” who do cross the finish line, whether it takes a few hours or all day, receive action photos, memorabilia and, most sacredly, a headband. The first headband is orange, followed by four categories before a coveted black headband is bestowed upon those who complete 10 challenges. “I place an emphasis that it’s not about how fast you finish or how you look finishing it,” he said. “You don’t have to be chiseled or size zero. I’ve seen people finish with artificial legs, arms; it’s truly an incredible thing, and the best thing is that it’s not bigger than anyone.” As a Tough Mudder Ambassador and Tinley Park native, Matthew Lewitke would like to offer new participants the code BRAND257 to be used at checkout for 30 percent off registration for Tough Mudder Full or Tough Mudder Half events. Featuring 20+ fun things to do in your town over the summer! Publishes May 17, 2018 Space Reservation Deadline: May 2nd Ad Approval: May 8th As a Tough Mudder Ambassador, Matthew Lewitke represents the brand during events and helps register new participants. He plans to attend three or more challenges in 2018 throughout the Midwest. PHOTO SUBMITTED 2018 Guide PLEASE CALL: 708.326.9170 TO RESERVE YOUR AD