The Messiah Messenger > The July Messenger Issue #481
The July Messenger Issue #481

Jun 30, 2008

THE Messiah
MESSENGER

A special message
GOOD MORNING, MESSIAH

(This message was sent from Linda Stolz on Father’s Day as an email to the whole family of Messiah.)

I am writing you a Sunday Morning Greeting from home today. Yesterday Jake and Paul, along with Terry McIntyre and my sister Vicki, her husband Dan, my brother Don and his son Chase helped me to pack up Paul's office. We packed more than a dozen boxes and garbage bags full of his work and professional life for the past dozen years – and more.

These things have now been added to the other parts of our scattered lives which have recently found themselves in our basement, including the boy in the basement, now home from college, the African goods that I sell through Soko Rafiki after moving out of a temporary space in January, items that people donate to Global Alliance, and all the assorted basement things a family accumulates over time.

While packing up Paul's things, we found many very special objects: the shawl that Rosemary Thurow draped around my shoulders as the boys and I sat together in church on the last day that Pauly attended before he left for college. A copy of the bulletin from March 30th, the day Paul died. The printed program from Paul's graduation from Wagner College. His diploma from law school. The ceramic sun Pauly made and gave to his dad in second grade. The Celtic crosses and Iona materials from Paul's sabbatical five summers ago. Small toys that once belonged to his father. The painted plates and get well cards from the Child Care Center. A photo of Jake’s confirmation class. Gifts from the many congregations we were a part of. The vestments Paul had received over the years - some from his Uncle Jake, a German Lutheran pastor who died many years ago. One from a fellow seminary student and seamstress. Two made by church women out of Kente cloth that I'd brought back for him from Africa. Another depicting children – the cornerstone of Paul’s ministry. And books – a whole wall of them – on marriage, on confirmation, on Islam, on systematics, on Bonhoeffer, on grief, on the Gospel of Thomas, to name just a few.

Soon, the boys and I leave for our summer travels. They will help with the music part of the Global Alliance art camp in Tanzania. After the group that I lead leaves, Paul, Jake and I will do some biking in Zanzibar, travel by train in Kenya and then head up to meet Mike and Nina (Paul's daughter) in Europe and travel to Iona, Scotland, to spread Paul’s ashes. We return at the end of July.
Please pray for us as we travel and as we make some decisions – about college and about our work and lives.
And forgive us for not being in church much. It is immensely painful for me especially and we will need some time to sort it out. Paul was a good pastor to his congregations and to us. We now have the unfortunate task of finding something akin to how we always felt in his churches – frankly, a near impossible task.
In the meantime, we will visit Messiah and all of you. We remember always your kindness, your generosity and your faithfulness to Paul as your pastor and to the four of us as a family for whom you deeply cared. We are always grateful – every day – for your cards and calls, your financial support and gifts, for those of you who came to the benefit that our friend Lori planned, and for your love and concern. And, we are especially grateful to you for the beautiful funeral service you held for Paul and the lovely luncheon afterwards. Everyone I’ve spoken with who was there remarked about the love and warmth and openness that you showed.
Thanks especially to Pastor Sue and Mark Wiberg and Terry McIntyre for standing in during what was a very difficult time for Messiah. Thanks to Carol Hrodey for her leadership and compassion. Thanks to Floyd for his friendship and help to Paul.
I know that like the boys and Nina and I feel Messiah has a huge hole in its heart over the loss of Paul. I know you are a strong church and that you will be fine but you will have many days ahead filled with hard work and discernment.
I apologize for the slowness with which I have written to thank you. I know I should be more in touch. Today somehow seems the perfect day to write to you so I hope you will receive it well.
On a rainy Father's Day morning I think of you all fondly and wish you a wonderful summer – enjoy days with those you love and take quiet moments to watch the fireflies and hear the crickets and evening birds and feel the blessings bestowed on all of us.

We love you -
Linda Stolz


From the pastor
GREETINGS FROM PASTOR CYNTHIA MUNKER
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
What a joy it is to finally be present among you! I was thrilled when I was asked to be your Interim Pastor, and look forward to sharing in the mission and ministry of Messiah with you. I have heard of, and am experiencing, your warmth, care and compassion for one another and your love for serving in the name of Jesus.
I realize that as a faith community, you have experienced a number of traumas recently, first with the illness and death of Pastor Paul Stolz, and then with the illnesses and deaths of beloved members of Messiah. My heart hurts for you.
But my heart also sings with you, because in spite of the trials you have been experiencing, the evidence of God’s presence and love among you is palpable. And it is God’s love, faithfulness, and grace that will continue to be present and see us through all aspects of our life together.
I look forward to meeting with you in small groups so I can listen to you and we can get to know each other. I look forward to laughing together, and when necessary, crying together. As your Interim Pastor, I promise to love you, pray for you, uphold, support, lead and encourage you as people of faith. And know that my door is always open to you.
I am truly excited about our journey together.

In Christ’s love,
Pastor Munker

Noteworthy News
NEXT STEPS
We welcome Pastor Cynthia Munker as our new interim pastor at Messiah. Pastor Munker comes to us in her 12th year of ministry with experience as a “solo” pastor in two parishes and two assignments as an interim pastor. She has also completed the initial training for interim ministers. One of her interim assignments was at St. Matthew’s Health Center where she participated in the Park Ridge Ministerium with Pastor Paul. In her “previous life” Pastor Munker was a Head Start teacher in the Detroit area. Please be sure to come out and welcome Pastor Munker as she begins to work with Messiah and leads us through this important interim period.
After Pastor Munker gets started at Messiah this summer we will begin to consider the Call Process. Part of that step will include updating our Congregational Profile which provides information to perspective candidates about our ministry at Messiah, as well as what we look for in our future pastor. The profile is then turned over to a Call Committee to begin our search for a new permanent pastor. Opportunities to give input into the Congregational Profile will be posted down the road – it is important for everyone to give input so we can be sure the profile represents the whole congregation. Also, if you have any interest in being considered for the Call Committee please let me know.
Meanwhile, let’s focus on welcoming Pastor Munker and begin to work with her to heal and move forward in our ministry at Messiah! Please join with me to give Pastor Munker a good old Messiah welcome!!

GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR AFRICA
SPECIAL INITIATIVE
Linda Stolz’s organization Global Alliance for Africa has entered into a partnership with the City of Park Ridge to build a Library/Community Center in the small village of Kibosho in Northeast Tanzania at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. Mayor Howard Frimark will proclaim on July 21st that the City of Park Ridge is dedicating the 2009 fiscal year to the promotion of the first ever community-wide service project: to raise the $20,000 to build the library/community center in Kibosho, Tanzania.
The purpose of this initiative is to use grassroots support to build the Kibosho Center. It will reach it’s goal by encouraging Park Ridge residents, churches, schools, and community groups to rally and make a commitment to support this project throughout 2009. More details will become available as the project progresses.
Upcoming Events
(Always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS
Thursday, July 3rd, after 6 PM
Once again we will welcome the neighborhood onto our grounds to watch the fireworks on Thursday night, July 3rd. We will sell water and snacks like we did last year. We are looking for donations of snacks (chips, cookies, candy) that are individually wrapped and won’t melt. We’ll also take juice boxes and water bottles. Then come relax and enjoy the show with friends, family, and people from the neighborhood!

BUNKO NIGHT!
Friday, July 25th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

July “Ladies Night Out” will be an evening of Bunco in Fellowship Hall. Don't worry if you don't know how to play! We'll go over the simple rules and just have FUN! Bunko is a dice rolling game that requires players to identify the number of dots on the faces of the dice. Yes, it's that easy! Come join us for some fellowship fun & laughter! Just what's needed to reduce some of the summer stress!

REMINDERS!
Friendship Day   There will be no Friendship meeting in the months of July and August. We will resume with Ingathering on Sept. 25th. We hope some members will come to help us package our quilts, health kits and layettes. We are no longer collecting men's, women's or children's clothing. We need a couple of men to help with the packing and weighing of the items. Please remember the ANGELS IN THE NARTHEX FRIENDSHIP KETTLE to help with the purchase of new items for the Health Kits. Thank you and God Bless, Eva Thoren
WELCA Board   July 2nd @ 9:00 AM
Executive Committee   July 8th at 7:00 PM
COMING IN AUGUST…
Leadership Planning Meeting
Staff Vacations
Child Care Fall Session Begins

Manna Report
The Manna Group fundraiser is so easy! Simply order cards from vendors that you usually frequent and the church receives a percentage of the order at no extra cost to you! Please consider giving this fundraiser a try…you will enjoy its benefits and so will the church!

Manna gifts cards are perfect for back to school supplies, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts! Or how about using them for a night out – maybe dinner and a movie? And don’t forget to use the cards for your weekly groceries, gas, and prescriptions, too!

Orders Placed By   Available for Pick Up
Sunday, July 13, 2008   Thursday, July 17, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008   Thursday, August 14, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008   Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008   Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008   Thursday, November 13, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008   Thursday, December 4, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008   Thursday, December 18, 2008

What is the Manna Program?
•   Manna is a program by which you are able to buy many different types of pre-paid gift cards and Messiah Lutheran Church gets a percentage of the proceeds. The cards can be used for everyday monthly expenses such as groceries or gas. They are also perfect for birthday, anniversary or holiday gifts.
•   You do not pay any premium over the face amount. If you buy a $25 gift card for personal use or as a gift, it is worth $25 and will be honored for that full amount at the retailer. Then, depending on the retailer, Messiah Lutheran Church will receive 2-25% of the value of the gift card.

How Does It Work?
•   The program is easy to use and can have a great benefit for both you and Messiah through your everyday purchases and gifts. Simply complete a Manna order envelope or form with the dollar amount you wish to purchase for each retailer. For example, if you order 2 of $25 Jewel or Dominick’s gift cards, it would equal $50, and Messiah would make a profit of $2.50!
•   Then add up the total $ amount of all the cards ordered and write on your check the amount of your order and the word Manna. You do not need to write out separate checks from your weekly offering…just make sure you write the amount of your order and the word Manna. You can place your order form in the collection plate, or process your order online at www.messiahparkridge.org
Please contact Kristin Yager (847-692-6260) or Char Lobitz (847-699-6135) if you have any questions.
This Month in Worship
WORSHIP SCHEDULE AND READINGS
All Worship Services are at 10:15 AM unless otherwise noted.
July 6 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Zechariah 9:9–12; Psalm 145:8–14; Romans 7:15–25a; Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30
July 13 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 55:10–13; Psalm 65:[1–8] 9–13; Romans 8:1–11; Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23
July 20 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 44:6–8; Psalm 86:11–17; Romans 8:12–25; Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
July 27 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 3:5–12; Psalm 119:129–136; Romans 8:26–39; Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52

   
INSTALLATION OF PASTOR MUNKER
Sunday, July 13th
Rev. Carol Breimeier from the Bishop’s office will be on hand to install Pastor Munker. We will follow the worship service with a reception in the Fellowship Hall. Details will be in the News from the Pews. Please join us to officially welcome Pastor Munker to our family!


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
July 28-August 1, 9 AM to Noon

Yes, this counts as worship! Our VBS program uses fun, creative ways to teach the children in the neighborhood about God’s love, and Jesus’ role in our lives. This is a terrific opportunity to put our mission into motion! We need people to help teach classes, read stories, teach songs, and hand out snacks. PLEASE contact Julie Holzer to help out.



WORSHIP HELPERS
   July 6   July 13   July 20   July 27
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Melissa H   Kevin K   Andrew F   Tait J
Communion Assistants   Julie H   Pat K   John F   Julie J
Readers   Neil H   Trygve J   Cindy N   Kristin Y
Worship Assistants   Pat K   John F   Vikki H   Diane B
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Dave K, Connie K, Worknesh D,
Rich L   Dave K, Connie K, Worknesh D,
Rich L   Dave K, Connie K, Worknesh D,
Rich L   Dave K, Connie K, Worknesh D,
Rich L
Greeters   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N
Counters   Dave H,
George H   Dave H,
George H   Dave H,
George H   Dave H,
George H

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!

July 6 –    Flowers are given in memory of Ed Bowman’s birthday by Valeria Bowman. Bulletins are given in honor of Chuck Boomer’s birthday.
July 13 –    Flowers are given for Kevin Kovach’s 13th birthday. Bulletins are given for Adam and Ryan Hauser’s 7th birthday.
July 20 –    Flowers are given for Irene Luck’s birthday by the Jensens.
July 27 –    Flowers and bulletins are given in honor of Thomas Yager’s 8th birthday. Bulletins are given also for Haley Lippert’s 8th birthday.


Calendar
See "Schedules" on our website



2008 Synod Assembly Report
On June 6th and 7th the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA held its assembly at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont. The main outcomes of the assembly were selecting the 23 delegates to represent the Synod at the Churchwide Assembly in August 2009 along with the adoption of 5 resolutions. The resolutions were as follows:

01-08 To Promote Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation in the Holy Land -- The resolution urges congregations to pray for peace, justice, and reconciliation in the Holy Land and to send annual contributions to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL). It also asks the assembly to request that the synod's 2010 budget include significant support for the ELCJHL, that the bishop attend the Conference of Bishops meeting in January 2009 in the Holy Land and report to the 2009 assembly on his observations and how the synod could respond. Further, the resolution asks that November be designated "Palestinian Christian Solidarity Month" and that the assembly urge congregational leaders and members to be active in support of peace, justice, and reconciliation in the Holy Land.
02-08 Social Statement on Human Disability -- The resolution asks the assembly to memorialize the 2009 Churchwide Assembly to direct the Church and Society Unit to develop a social statement concerning people with disabilities to be presented for consideration by the 2015 Churchwide Assembly. It further asks the task force that developed the social statement pay attention to the particular issues that confront people who have different kinds of disabilities.
03-08 Long Range Climate Action Plan -- The resolution asks the synod to establish and staff a task force to develop a climate action plan that sets environmental goals for all churches, missions, and synod properties, with the task force to report back its plan to the 2009 Synod Assembly.


04-08 Book of Faith Initiative -- The resolution asks that the Metropolitan Chicago Synod become a "Book of Faith Synod," that the bishop lead this initiative personally, and that the voting members of the assembly covenant together to engage in regular Bible study and prayer. It further asks that the assembly encourage all congregations to become "Book of Faith Congregations," which would include exploring new way to engage with the Bible, "sending sufficient numbers of members to synod events for training as Bible study leaders," and including Bible study as an integral part of all meetings and other gatherings.
05-08 Good Shepard/LSSI Sunday -- The resolution asks all Metro Chicago Synod congregations to designate the fourth Sunday of Easter as "Good Shepherd/LSSI (Lutheran Social Services of Illinois) Sunday" beginning in 2009; encourages congregations to use LSSI materials to "lift up (our) common ministry through LSSI"; and encourages people to advocate for increased state funding for human care services.
To read a full report on the synod assembly, download final resolutions, view photographs, and see election results you can access this link http://www.mcselca.org/asmb08/index.html.




Messages
Park Ridge Police Department’s
Fourth National Night Out
August 5th, 2008, 6:30 to 9PM

Hodges Park (in front of City Hall)

This is a great way for the police and the community to work together. We have the opportunity to distribute valuable information about local crime prevention programs and other information that may prove useful to our citizens.

Free Entertainment         
Flashlight Walk      
Free Raffle
Crime Prevention Information   
Refreshments          
Radio Disney
Police Department Tour      
Face Painting      
Equipment Display

The Summer Blood Drive will be at City Hall on Saturday, August 2, 2008

Save the Date!

The Park Ridge Women’s Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, October 18th
More details to come…

Manna Update
We have raised over $400 this year already with our Manna program! See the article on page 7 for more info about how YOU can help keep this going strong!


Messiah Ministries
MESSIAH PLANS “WALK-A-BLOCK” FOR WEDNESDAYS IN AUGUST
On Wednesday evenings, August 6, 13, 20, and 27, the Evangelism Committee and Rev. Mark Wiberg invites you to walk in the neighborhood. Meet at 6 PM in the Messiah parking lot. You will be given a one block assignment and several of our congregation’s brochures to hand out. This is a good opportunity to meet our neighbors, and to pass the word of our upcoming Fall events at our church.
The meeting time each Wednesday is at 6 PM. This “Walk-a-Block” will take approximately one hour.
Mark Wednesdays August 6, 13, 20, and 27 on your calendar. Come one time, or come all four times.
“With Christ, reaching out and welcoming all God’s children.”

ANGELS IN THE NARTHEX
The Friendship bucket entitled ANGELS IN THE NARTHEX will be in the Narthex under the stained glass windows through Labor Day. You have been very generous in the past and we hope that will continue. Please do not feel any gift is too small … or too large. All of the items for the HEALTH KITS must be new. The layettes may be GENTLEY USED ITEMS. Most people having the garage sales are very understanding when you say it is for Lutheran World Relief. We have an MBA in shopping so your money is spent very wisely! There are two NEW wicker baskets (see note ?). Items may be put in either basket. A list of the layette items is available. More information about InGathering and the pickup dates as it becomes available.


Youth Corner
Youth Group Rummage Sale
We are planning to have a “youth run” rummage sale on Friday August 15 and Saturday August 16. The proceeds will be split between the Messiah Youth Group and the Maine Township Food Pantry. The work will consist of bringing out the goods for sale on Friday morning, running the sale, moving unsold goods back into the Church on Friday evening and then doing it over again on Saturday. The sale will run from 9am until 3pm each day. At the end of the sale, any unsold goods will be donated to a charity.
In order to make this event a success we need the help of the congregation in at least 2 areas. First, we need your stuff! Please start looking through those closets, garages, attics, crawl spaces, etc and locate goods you have been meaning to part with but haven't had the chance. We would like you to bring those to the church between August 1st and August 12th, dropping them off in the Fellowship Hall. (We want to wait until the first week of August to collect goods so we don't interfere with VBS taking place at the church from July 28 - August 1.) Second, we can use your time and expertise at rummage sales to "chaperone" the youth on Friday and Saturday. Look on the "Yes! Sheets" for a chance to sign up for a shift on Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, or Saturday afternoon. It will be a great way to meet and work with Messiah's youth!
We would like to make this a huge success to help earn some money for our Youth to "fix up" the basement of the parsonage for a space of their own and collect some money for the Maine Township Food Pantry!
July 18-19, 2008 – Youth Lock-in at Messiah to Prepare for VBS – With Vacation Bible School right around the corner, we will have a lock-in to have some food, fellowship, and fun with all the Youth Leaders for the program. We will learn the program and songs so that you can be ready to help out with the kids that come to this special ministry at Messiah. As many of you know, the VBS program continues to grow. It is a chance for us to put our best foot forward, so this evening of preparation will ensure we do a great job. And, yes, we will find time for a game or two of “sardines” in the church! Times TBA, but we most likely will start about 6pm on Friday night.
July 28 – Aug 1, 2008 – VBS at Messiah – The Faith Finders Detective Club will begin in full swing on Monday July 28th. We will need the youth’s help to lead the children, and help teach them about God and His great love for us. VBS had about 70 kids attend last year and we would love to have you come help work with the kids, teach them the songs, lead some crafts, etc. There is a role for everyone, so please mark this on your calendar.

Milestones
BIRTHDAYS

Martha Thompson, 7/2
Charles Boomer, 7/4
Carol Hrodey, 7/4
Katelyn Elder, 7/6
Donna Hannibal, 7/7
Alice Hulterstrum, 7/7
Les Thurow, 7/7
Adam Hauser, 7/8
Ryan Hauser, 7/8
Joyce Tjhio, 7/9
Kimberly Bujalka, 7/11
Kevin Kovach, 7/11
Michaelene Marchetta, 7/11
Dorothy Nagel, 7/11
Theresa Duty, 7/13
Christine Plaza, 7/14
Edith Reeve, 7/14
Ralph Dieball, 7/16
Anne Wiberg, 7/16
Joseph Ippolito, 7/17
Robert Kallas, 7/18
David Swanson, 7/18
Richard Reeve, 7/19
Eric Ryczek, 7/19
Wilbert Beyer, 7/21
Karen Black, 7/23
Clifford Paulus, 7/23
Samantha Valenta, 7/23
Ryan Cramer, 7/24
Irene Luck, 7/24
Lauren Plaza, 7/24
Haley Lippert, 7/27
Robert Bisgard, 7/28
Chuck Steigerwald, 7/28
Evelyn Allemeier, 7/29
Gerald Valasek, 7/30
Thomas Yager, 7/30
Courtney Jelonek, 7/31

ANNIVERSARIES
David and Julie Jensen, 7/8/1989 – 19 years
Larry and Arlene Johnson, 7/10/1954 – 54 years
Kim and Mike Bujalka, 7/15/2007 – 1 year
Eugene and Marilyn Borgeson, 7/24/1948 – 60 years

Messiah Leadership IN 2008

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
President: Carol Hrodey (262) 652-3187
Vice President: Vikki Hanson (847) 823-2117
Secretary: Nancy Boomer (847) 678-3048
Treasurer: Brad Kovach (847) 297-4883
Financial Sec.: David Hanson (847) 296-6796

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:   Floyd Yager
Adult Forum:      John Fox
Choir:         Pat Daniels
Music:         Tom Daniels, Sue Fox

Memorial Report as of June 20, 2008
All gifts to the Memorial Fund are automatically acknowledged to the giver by a personal note, which includes a confirmation of the amount. Unless otherwise designated, all gifts go into the Property Reserve Fund. Addresses and envelope numbers on memorial cards or checks are much appreciated. The purpose of this report is to confirm that gifts are received and properly allocated. If you don’t see your gift listed here after 2 months, please contact Karen Black.
IN MEMORY OF EDITH BUNT
Given by:   Clare Doud for Property Reserve Fund
Given by:   John and Sue Fox for Music Fund

IN MEMORY OF MARGARET MERRIMAN
Given by:   John and Sue Fox for Music Fund

IN MEMORY OF PAUL C. STOLZ
Given by:   John and Sue Fox for Pastor Paul Memorial Fund


Messiah Movies
KUNG FU PANDA
(Now showing in theaters.)
When China's Valley of Peace is threatened, lazy Po the panda (voiced by Jack Black) discovers his destiny as the "chosen one" and trains to become a kung fu hero. Master Monkey (Jackie Chan) and Master Viper (Lucy Liu) impart their knowledge to Po, but transforming this slacker into a brave warrior isn't going to be easy. Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane and Michael Clarke Duncan also provide voices.
This was a HILARIOUS movie. I laughed until I cried about six times, and found myself chuckling, giggling, and hooting over and over. The good news? So did my daughter Jessica (age 5), and so did my step-mom Carolyn (age 65)! Truly a family feature that all can enjoy. Much of the funny stuff comes from the action sequences, which are slowed way down in the classic Kung Fu style. The CGI is stunning, and the plot, while not new, is refreshing and fun. There is a terrific positive message here, too, about being who you are, not what others expect of you, and about your own inner strengths.
The fighting sequences are brilliant, done with the same deft grace and impossible, gravity-defying moves that are all over movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, or anything by Jackie Chan. This is a real tribute to the genre of the Kung Fu movie. And even if you don’t like Jack Black, he is wonderful in this role. Run, don’t walk, to see Kung Fu Panda!

Prayer Requests
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:


Chuck Boomer
Joe & Evelyn Burval
Ruth Corkill
Mr. Dennis
Clare Doud
Ardene Ejnik
Pearl Fox
Chris Jacobsen
Kennet

Richard Levy
Char Lobitz
Nancy Maher
Doris Prienitz
Aidan Ray
Mary Reter
Gloria Solum
Chuck Steigerwald
Linda (Rodin) Ufkes




We also want to remember in our prayers our military personnel:
Jason Hood, Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Kevin Ward, and Patrick and Claudine Ward.





Directory Changes
Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
Many people have asked for Pastor Sue’s Address so they can send her a card:

Susan Sauerberg
7918C Knottingham
Darien, IL 60561
630-550-7341

Patricia and Frank Demonte
970 Harris Rd Unit 23
Grayslake, IL 60030

FYI, we will publish an updated phone directory in the Fall.

The
Messiah
Messenger
In this issue…
“Good Morning, Messiah”
Greetings from Pastor Munker
Next Steps
Global Alliance for Africa Special Initiative
July 3rd Fireworks
Bunko Ladies Night Out!
Flowers and Bulletins
Worship Assistants Schedule
Manna Report
2008 Synod Assembly Report
Angels in the Narthex
Walk-a-Block for Messiah
Movies: Kung Fu Panda Review


MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH            
1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

Church Staff
Pastor Cynthia Munker, Interim 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

 


 

 

1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
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