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The May Messenger Issue #467
The May Messenger Issue #467
May 1, 2007
From the Pastor
“A SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
A special meeting of the congregation has been set by the
leaders of the church for Sunday, May 20, 2007 following
the 11:00 am service that day. The meeting should begin at
12:15 pm. This meeting has been called to discuss the
planned additions and renovations to the building and the
various options for funding this project.
After the congregation overwhelmingly approved the proposed
building plans at the February 4, 2007 Annual Meeting of
the Congregation, a task force was assigned to formulate a
plan to fund the project. Their proposal will be offered at
this month’s meeting.
It is obviously vital for every member of this congregation
to attend this meeting and join in the discussion for the
future mission of Messiah. You should have received a set
of plans for the renovation and addition in the mail. If
you have any questions prior to this meeting, feel free to
contact me, any member of the Executive Committee, the
Property Development Committee or the Funding Task Force.
All members’ names are listed below.
President: Carol Hrodey
Vice Pres.: Vikki Hanson
Secretary: Nancy Boomer
Treasurer: Brad Kovach
Financial Sec.: Dave Hanson
FUNDING TASK FORCE
PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Carol H, Karen B, and Pastor Paul
Join me in daily prayer for the future of Messiah and the
vision necessary to further our mission: With Christ,
Reaching Out and Welcoming All God’s Children
SAYING GOODBYE TO SUE
On April 2, 2007, we lost one of our dearest and our best.
Susan (Knuth) Nugnis passed away after a courageous 12-year
battle with breast cancer. She was 56 years old. Sue was
not only a member of Messiah, but was a teacher at the
school for 20 years. A celebration of her life was held
here on Thursday, April 5th, and included words from many
of the teachers who knew her best. Mary Hannon (teacher)
read this poem that she wrote in honor of Sue:
When All That’s Left of Me is Love
Now that I’m gone, remember me with a smile and laughter.
If you need to cry,
cry with those who walk in grief beside you.
When you need me, put your arms around someone,
and give to them what you need to give to me.
Look for me in the people I’ve known
and loved or helped along the way.
Let me live through your eyes and in your minds and hearts.
You can love me best by letting love live
within the circle of your arms,
embracing those in need.
Love does not die, people do.
So when all that’s left of me is Love,
give me away as best you can.
I’ll see you at home, where I’ll be waiting.
Sue was a model of how to handle life’s adversities for all
who knew and loved her. Her strong faith and positive
attitude sustained her and helped her live her life to the
fullest. She was quoted as saying “I am a person who has
cancer. Despite the fact that I have the disease, I am a
mother, a wife and a woman.” She will be remembered for her
enthusiasm, energy, and dedication, and all who knew her
will miss her greatly.
NEW SIGN FINISHED
Did you see our new sign? It looks beautiful! Thank you,
Tom Vacala and friends, for our new beautiful sign! Thanks
also to all of those who contributed financially to our new
sign, as well as the new signs around the parking lot. Now
we need help changing the wording on the sign. We need 8-10
people to be our
“Messiah Sign-Posters” – please express your interest by
signing the sheet on Pastor’s office door, or by calling
BROTHERHOOD SPRING DINNER
Tuesday May 15th at 6:30 PM
All "men and women" of Messiah (and your guests) are
invited. Dinner is served downstairs in the Fellowship Hall
at Messiah. Entertainment is provided by Bud & Norma
Hinchman: "Musical Memories A La Mode." Sign up in the
narthex. Program cost is $7.00 per person.
MESSIAH’S THIRD ANNUAL FAMILY FUN FAIR
Saturday, May 19th 11 AM to 2 PM
Join dozens of Messiah’s Child Care families at the MLCCC
Third Annual Fun Fair! This is a great time with games,
food, a silent auction, raffle prizes, moonwalk, and more!
Proceeds benefit the Child Care Center. This is also an
excellent evangelism opportunity…invite your family,
friends, and neighbors for a day of fellowship and fun!
SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Sunday May 20th at 12:00 PM
Called by the Executive Committee and the Property
Development Committee to discuss and vote on actions to
fund and begin work on the proposed structural changes and
additions to the building. It is strongly recommended that
everyone attend this meeting as we discuss the future of
our mission in Park Ridge.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST /
Sunday, May 20th at 9:45 AM
Join us for a delicious pancake breakfast between services
on Sunday, May 20th! Reservations are not needed, and there
is no charge for the event. This get-together has become a
real favorite! This is the Sunday School wrap up for the
year…our next breakfast won’t be until September!
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Monday, May 28th
On Memorial Day, we will gather at the “step-off” point at
9:45 AM, on Fairview Avenue, 1/3 block north of Talcott in
front of Roosevelt School (slot number to be announced).
The parade starts at 10 AM. This was a LOT of fun the last
two years, and we will be using this as an evangelism
opportunity, handing out Messiah Church and Child Care
flyers, and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ! If you
can help or march, let David Swanson know!
Naomi Circle Thursday, May 10th at 9:30 AM. The location is
still to be announced – Val Bowman will call everyone when
it is confirmed. This will be the last circle meeting until
Men’s Breakfast Saturday, May 12th at 9:00 AM at Old
Country Buffet in Park Ridge (Dempster and Luther Lane).
Friendship Day May 24th at 9 AM. Come when you can and stay
as long as possible. If staying for lunch, bring a sandwich
or whatever you like. Please remember to donate old sheets,
blankets, drapes, and any material to us to make quilts.
They may be left in the Tower Room metal box or the LWR box
across from the office. If you would like to work at home,
contact Eva Thoren at the 8:30 AM service or Millie
Anderson at the 11 AM service. Several ladies have
expressed a desire to learn to knit. If you are interested,
contact Carol Smith. "He won't forget the love you have
shown his people" ~ Hebrews 6:10
Thanks…see you, and God Bless. Eva Thoren, Chair
WELCA Board May 2nd @ 9:00 AM
Leadership Team May 6th @ 12:00 PM
Executive Committee May 8th @ 7:00 PM
Child Care Board May 16th @ 7:00 PM
COMING IN JUNE…
Graduate and Teacher Recognition
Summer Worship Schedule Begins
Youth Confirmation Camp
This Month in Worship
WORSHIP SCHEDULE AND READINGS
Unless otherwise noted, all Sundays in May offer Worship at
8:30 and 11:00 AM.
May 6 – Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 11:1–18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1–6; John 13:31–35
May 13 – Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 16:9–15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22—22:5; John
May 20 – Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 16:16–34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12–14, 16–17, 20–21;
May 27 – The Day of Pentecost/Confirmation Sunday (10:00 AM
Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24–34, 35b; Romans 8:14–17; John
Please note that there will only be ONE service at 10:00 AM
on Confirmation Sunday.
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Beginning June 3rd, Messiah moves to its summer worship
schedule. Worship will be at 10:00 AM only all summer, with
no Sunday School, Adult Forum, Confirmation Class, or Bible
Study. Choir also takes a break, and we enjoy special
musical selections throughout the summer months instead.
Watch the News, the Messenger, and the website for the
2007-2008 Worship Schedule, which will be set by the end of
ADULT FORUM SCHEDULE
May 6 – Terry and Faith Fretheim "Hope in God in Times of
May 13 – Dr. John Davis, Dentist from Park Ridge -
Presentation on his Medical Mission to Guatemala
May 20 – No Adult Forum, class is finished
until the fall.
FLOWERS AND BULLETINS
The sign-ups for flowers and bulletins are in the narthex
by the hall to the Educational Wing. Flowers are $30, 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.
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO PAY FOR YOUR FLOWERS OR BULLETINS!
Note to all those purchasing flowers: Your flowers are
yours to take home!
If you wish to donate them to one of our shut-ins, please
be sure to
let the Altar Guild know. Thanks!
May 6 – Flowers are given in honor of Trygve Jensen’s 16th
May 13 None.
May 20 – Flowers are given in celebration of Tom and Pat
Daniels’ 15th wedding anniversary.
May 27 – Flowers are given by Dan and Kevin Kovach in
celebration of their dad’s birthday.
There will be a reception for our confimands following the
service on May 27th. Please watch the YES! Sheets for an
opportunity to help with that.
Manna, Manna, Manna!
So far in the first 4 Manna orders we have placed in 2007,
the church has made a profit of about $175. Let’s see if we
can make a profit of $200 on the next two manna orders –
and double the profits we’ve made this year! May orders
will be ready in time for Mother’s Day gifts…and June
orders are perfect for graduations, teacher’s gifts, and
Father’s Day! Don’t forget to use the cards for your weekly
Orders placed by: Ready for pickup:
Sunday May 6 Thursday May 10
Sunday June 3 Thursday June 7
Teacher and Graduate Recognition
The first Sunday in June is traditionally when we recognize
our teachers and graduates. Please let the office know if a
friend or loved one falls in one of those categories so we
can honor them during the worship service. Thanks!
Spaghetti Dinner Gift Basket Raffle
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Gift Basket
Raffle by purchasing tickets at the Youth Spaghetti Dinner.
Thanks especially to the Men's Brotherhood, Linda Stolz,
The Choir, The Youth Group, The Child Care Center and
Board, The Sunday School Children and Families, The
Evangelism Committee and The Stewardship Committee for all
of their very generous donations to create the ten
wonderful gift baskets that were raffled. This was a great
fundraiser, and we look forward to making this a part of
the Spaghetti Dinner again next year. Congratulations to
all of the winners...we hope you enjoy all of your gifts!
YOUTH SPAGHETTI DINNER THANKS
Thank you to each young person of Messiah who helped
set-up, serve the spaghetti, and clean-up after the dinner.
A special "Thank You" to Brad Kovach, Edith Reeve, and
Cindy Norberg for their valuable help in the kitchen. We
also appreciate the desserts that were donated for the
dinner, and the other families who helped during the
evening. The Youth Group appreciates Kristen and Floyd
Yeager for their time and help on the evening of the
Spaghetti Dinner. We served 87 plates of delicious
spaghetti and raised $795.00 for the Youth Group. Thrivent
Financial will be matching funds raised from the Youth
Group event up to $795.00 dollars. Thank you Jennifer and
thank you Nancy!
~ Submitted by Pat Kovach
VBS REGISTRATION STARTS MAY 1ST
“Time Stone Travelers: Quest for God’s Ten Commandments”
VBS is July 23-27 from 9 AM to 12 PM this year. The closing
program and picnic is set for Friday, July 27th at 6 PM. To
register online, visit our website www.messiahparkridge.org
and click on the “Register for VBS” Quick Link on the home
page. We will also take reservations in the church office
beginning May 1st, but the online registration is
We recently had a planning meeting, and while we are in
good shape, there are still a few positions we need
covered. We need two adults to Lead the 3-year-old and
preschool rooms, and as many teen helpers as possible! Talk
to Julie H to volunteer.
UNITED POWER REPORT
United Power members have been having meetings with the
legislators in Cook County to gather support for the
Governor's bill for health care for the uninsured. Irene
Luck, Charlotte Baumgartner, and 2 other members met
Saturday, April 21st with Representative Carolyn Krause.
Although health care for her constituents has been a
priority for her 10 years in the House, she cannot support
the Governor's bill. The bill in not mandated. People with
preexisting conditions and chronic conditions will apply
for care. The healthy young hope illness or injury will not
affect them thus leaving the insurance pool without needed
money to help pay for the program. The Governor has not
listened to any other voices to debate or alter his plan.
Representative Krause has not decided whether to attend the
meeting on April 29th. United Power has worked for almost
10 years to help citizens get needed health care. We have
improved access to health care for children. We believe the
time is now and we support increased taxes to support this
initiative for the uninsured. The taxes must be dedicated
and not be diverted for another use. Thank you to all the
Messiah members who attended our meeting on April 29th.
~ Charlotte Baumgartner
PENNIES FOR LENT
Every year, our Child Care children bring pennies and
change in to their classes throughout the season of Lent.
Then, during the last chapel before Easter, the money is
collected, counted, and given to the Maine Township Food
Pantry. Each year, the total goes up, but this year was
truly extraordinary. Our children brought in $695.78 to
benefit those who need assistance in our community.
COMMUNITY-WIDE EGG HUNT
While not exactly a “ministry” of Messiah, this was a
terrific opportunity for Messiah to reach out and welcome
the children of our neighborhood and Child Care Center. The
event was a huge success, with about 75-80 children
participating. Thanks to all who donated, stuffed, hid, and
helped with this! We look forward to doing it again next
Arline Baranowski, 5/1
Doris Preinitz, 5/1
Jonathan Herak, 5/3
Philip Holzer, 5/4
Nancy Smith, 5/5
Irene Tietz, 5/5
Emily Hamden, 5/6
Paula DiVita, 5/8
Nancy Herak, 5/8
Joshua Corkill, 5/9
Craig Bittner, 5/10
Trygve Jensen, 5/10
Terry Johnson, 5/11
Darrell Eckert, 5/12
Tiffany Erthal, 5/12
Elvera Beyer, 5/15
Odell Duckett, 5/15
Roger Jones, 5/15
Helen Levy, 5/17
Carla Hofland, 5/18
Robert Scarpelli, 5/19
Jacob Stolz, 5/19
Joe Levy, 5/20
Bradley Paulus, 5/20
James Handzel, 5/22
Alyson Allemeier, 5/23
Clare Doud, 5/24
Ruth Jeppesen, 5/24
Terry McIntyre, 5/24
Peter Nugnis, 5/25
Jake Scarpelli, 5/26
Brad Kovach, 5/29
Michelle Litwin, 5/31
Les and Nancy Herak – 5/5/1956, 31 years
Floyd and Kristin Yager – 5/23/1998, 9 years
Messiah Leadership for 2007
President: Carol Hrodey
Vice President: Vikki Hanson
Secretary: Nancy Boomer
Treasurer: Brad Kovach
Financial Sec.: David Hanson
EXTENDED LEADERSHIP TEAM
Stewardship: Floyd Yager
Evangelism: David Swanson
CCC Director: Karen Black
CCC Board: Donna Berzins
Maintenance: Vic Berzins
Capital Campaign: Dave Kaufman
Property Committee: Various Members
WELCA: Eva Thoren
Brotherhood: Rich Seggeling
Christian Education: Kristin Yager
Confirmation/HS: Edith Reeve
Adult Forum: John Fox
Choir: Pat Daniels
Music: Tom Daniels, Sue Fox
For the Memorial, Honorarium, and Thanks to God Fund
This report is as of April 7, 2007.
NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT MARK DONATIONS AS “BUILDING FUND.”
PLEASE DESIGNATE EITHER “CAPITAL FUND” OR “PROPERTY
RESERVE.” IT IS VERY CONFUSING TO YOUR CHAIR AND THE
COUNTERS. THANK YOU.
IN MEMORY OF BETTY HRODEY
Given by: Yager Family, Marie Riggio, Wendy J. Poe, Jeanne,
of son Daniel Ellenwood, William and Betty Abraham, Lynn C.
Villani, Laurance and Arlene Johnson, Richard and Nancy Van
Landuyt, William and Grace Ricker, Marshall and Marion
Holmgren, Gloria Orlowski, Joyce Beet, Barb Ditthardt,
Isolde Dannenhauer, Aileen Schmeller, Mr. and Mrs. Dean
(The family has requested the memorials be given to the
IN MEMORY OF SUSAN NUGNIS
Given by: Dave and Connie Kaufman, Carol Hrodey, Char
Lobitz, Joyce Tjhio and Family, Audrey Krell, David and
Donna Hanson, Carolyn E. Nasheim, Brad, Pat, Dan, Kevin
Kovach, Chuck and Jackie Steirgerwald, Valeria Bowman
(The Family requests the memorials go to the Property
If there are any omissions in my report, I mean if you have
donated to this fund and it was not acknowledge by me and
not listed in my report, please let me know. This does
happen now and then and I certainly want to check it out.
If it did not come to me, I will certainly do everything I
can to find where it is. However please allow several
months … sometimes it comes in after the cut off date.
Also, to make things easier for your chair, donations not
designated, unless requests are made by the family, will be
put into the Property Reserve, a much needed fund.
I would like to thank those who put their address on the
Memorial Card. It saves me the time it takes to look it up.
Also if the family address is not available in our church
book, please include it along with the relationship. FYI,
the amount of the donation is acknowledged only to the
donor. If requested, I give a total amount to the family.
REQUEST FROM THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY: Please put your
envelope number on the memorial card.
Millie Anderson, Chairperson
(847)692-2385, E-Mail: MillieAnderson@CompuServe.com
Please include the following individuals and families in
your prayers this month:
Joe & Evelyn Burval
Jean E. Gilbert
Pastor Sally Terrell
We also want to remember in our prayers our military
Kevin Hrodey, Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Kevin
Ward, and Patrick and Claudine Ward.
Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
No Moves to Report
Don’t forget to let us know if you change your email
In this issue…
Saying Goodbye to Sue
Outdoor Sign is Finished!
Brotherhood Spring Dinner
MLC Child Care Fun Fair
Special Congregational Meeting
Manna, Manna, Manna!
Teacher and Grad Recognition
United Power Report
Pennies for Lent
Community-wide Egg Hunt
VBS Registration and Planning
MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH
1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Rev. Paul Stolz, Pastor
Jennifer Schneider, Office Administrator
Karen Black, Child Care Center Director
Vic Berzins, Director of Property Maintenance
John Handzel, Property Maintenance
Worknesh Deressa, Custodian
Tom Daniels, Director of Music
Sue Fox, Organist