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The July Messenger Issue #541
The July Messenger Issue #541
Jun 28, 2013
FROM THE PASTOR
We are excited and thrilled to announce that we will be BREAKING GROUND on our new addition THIS MONTH. It could be as early as July 11, most likely before July 21. There are a number of planning details to attend to prior to an event of this nature, and we just didn’t get all the info before the newsletter went to print.
We will do a ceremonial groundbreaking, and to invite various officials and community leaders to participate. We will do it during the week, and one suggestion was to do it as part of our regular Wednesday Chapel service to include our CCC students as well. Other options are also being explored. We hope to have representatives from each the groups that use our space, so as you can see this will take some planning. Once we finalize the details, we will be sure to let everyone involved with Messiah know, so that they can all come and celebrate with us.
Many thanks to ALL who have worked so hard to make this project happen. And in faith we know that, “in Christ, all things are possible!”
MAP ON THE MOVE
A Vanderwerff Construction Company of Libertyville has been chosen as general contractor for our MAP Addition and is in the process of working with the city for building permits as well as lining up subcontractors for the project. We expect to be able to break ground in July, and the project is expected to take approximately 100 days.
One of the first things we will see happening is the removal of the stained glass window. The individual window sections will be stored in the parsonage garage during construction. During this time Stuevel Studios, Inc. will be cleaning and repairing each window section individually in their studio.
Some compromises have been made to help bring the cost in line with our budget expectations. Interior surfaces will be cinder block (similar to the original church building) instead of the proposed glazed block. Utility brick will be used for exterior surfaces. It will be similar is color and texture to the original building, but the bricks are larger, thus saving on labor cost. A more economical source was found for the “heavy timber” ceiling deck and insulation. We are following up with the three potential lenders on finalizing a ten year loan to fund the remaining costs, not covered by the current balance in the MAP fund.
PROPERTY TEAM REPORT
The property committee is looking for volunteers to share time and skills in maintaining the Messiah Campus.
There are a number of areas where volunteers can share their time and talents. Currently Debbie Sasak is taking charge of the landscaping challenges on our campus. Al Nugnis is working with the Child Care Center on a project to build a storage shed for their outdoor playground equipment. Julie Holzer has volunteered to coordinate activities at the Parsonage.
Other areas that could use some help are: washing windows, replacing broken glass and repairing deteriorating glazing, clean out parsonage garage, painting parsonage bathroom, cleaning and organizing storage areas, managing/updating bulletin boards, etc. From time to time, assistance is needed with plumbing and electrical issues, etc.
Dave Hanson, our Property Coordinator, can help you find something you can do to assist in maintaining our church facilities. Messages can be left on Ext 350, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHILD CARE CENTER HANDBOOK CREATED
Over the past year, the Child Care Board has been actively working to finalize an official, updated, comprehensive employee handbook. The handbook has received input from the teachers and staff, as well as from our Board, some of whom have experience writing such handbooks. With additional help from Wayne Kolweier, organizational business consultant, a first draft was created in fall of 2012. Since then revisions and legal jargon have been added and reviewed. This has been an in-depth process, and the final result will be a standardizing of policies and procedures for the Child Care staff. Items included are:
• Vacation and sick day policies
• Pay raise and review procedures
• Grievances and rewards system
• Scheduling, breaks, etc.
In a letter to the staff on June 13, the following was announced:
“We are excited and pleased to announce that the Board will be introducing the new Messiah Lutheran Church Child Care Center Employee Handbook this fall. Your first opportunity to see the new Employee Handbook will be at the staff in-service on August 23. Then on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 PM we invite you to attend our Child Care Center Board meeting to ask any questions you may have regarding the Employee Handbook and employee expectations.”
At that time we hope to finalize any additions, and address any issues or concerns that are not covered in the handbook. Ratification will follow shortly after that.
Many thanks to the Child Care Board, the Staff, to Wayne Kolweier and to Kevin Kaufman, who served as our legal expert on this project.
If anyone has any questions regarding the handbook, contact a member of the Child Care Board, they will be happy to assist you: Ravi Penumaka, Teresa Lippert, Laura Hauser, Pat Fragale, or Connie Travis.
Highlights from June 24th meeting:
• July 3rd picnic at Messiah will feature Jennie Read and her music as entertainment and fireworks after.
• July 11th at 7 pm – Brainstorming meeting for September 8th “Community Day of Service.”
• There will be a Leadership Team meeting on August 18th from 12-3pm. Guest speaker – Ed Kruse will lead discussion on spiritual gifts.
5/5=101, 5/12=86, 5/19=68, 5/26=63
May Giving (Gen. Fund)
5/5=$2715, 5/12=$3914, 5/19=$1285, 5/26=$1518
PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
CHURCH FAMILY PICNIC
Wednesday, July 3rd
begin around 4 pm
Messiah will provide hot dogs and lemonade and a place to eat. Families are invited to bring a dish to share, and their own chairs, games, blankets, etc. Thanks also to Jennie Read, Eric Robles, and Joe Marshall for lending their musical talents to the occasion!
BRAT FRY IN JULY
Saturday, July 13 12-7pm
This event is taking place at St. Peter’s UCC in Skokie. We are advertising it here because some Messiah members will be providing musical entertainment! Paul Holzer’s band “Unhinged” has agreed to play again this year while folks chow down on great grilled bratwurst. This event is a fundraiser for the Niles Township Food Pantry and St. Peter’s UCC. For more info and a schedule of the musical acts visit www.stpeteruccskokie.org.
REMINDERS FOR JULY
Women's Service Group Sunday, July 21st until 3pm. Everyone is welcome - we actually don't do any sewing on the Sundays we meet, so don't worry if you don't have any sewing skills! We prepare quilt materials and assemble kits - and enjoy each other's company!! Come join us!
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, July 6th at 9am. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W Dempster Street in Niles. Good conversation and good food.
COMING IN AUGUST
MLC Leadership Team Meeting, August 18
CCC Closed for cleaning, August 19-23
CCC Open House, August 23
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
July 7 Second Sunday After Pentecost
Reading: Galatians 6:1–16
Gospel: Luke 10:1–11, 16–20
July 14 Third Sunday After Pentecost
Reading: Colossians 1:1–14
Gospel: Luke 10:25–37
July 21 Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
Reading: Colossians 1:15–28
Gospel: Luke 10:38–42
July 28 Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
Reading: Colossians 2:6–19
Gospel: Luke 11:1–13
PATRIOTIC HYMN SING
Sunday, July 7 12-12:30pm
Join us for a brief singing of patriotic hymns and prayer, led by Deaconness Cheryl Erdmann. More details in “Music Notes” on page 11.
Wednesdays all Summer 6:30 pm
Come as you are, and DISCOVER, SHARE, GROW, BUILD Relationships!
VBS crafts for kids, and fellowship following the service. Check out the lighter side of worship this summer!
There will be no WoW on Wednesday, July 3rd due to the fireworks and picnic.
We welcome Kwame Pitts back to the pulpit on Sunday, July 14th. She will join us to preach before heading off to Texas for her internship year.
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
July 7 July 14 July 21 July 28
10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am
Acolytes Ryan H Ralphie L Alex S Mikey H
Comm. Asst. Laura H Teresa L Cynthia R Kim H
Readers Dave H Steve Y * Marilynn D
Worship Asst. Andy T Dave S Pat K Rich L
Projection Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H
Ushers * * * *
Greeters * * * *
Altar Guild Nancy H Nancy H Sue K Sue K
Bread Providers * * * *
Counters Paul H,
* Paul H,
* Paul H,
* Paul H,
IMPORTANT NOTICE for READERS – your readings will now be emailed to you the week before you read, and a hardcopy left for you in the Sacristy that Sunday. We hope this makes it easier for you so you don’t have to remember to bring your reading with you.
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.
REMEMBER TO PAY FOR YOUR FLOWERS OR BULLETINS!
Sunday Flowers are given … Bulletins are given …
July 7 By Brad and Pat Kovach in honor of Kevin’s birthday. By the Hauser Family in celebration of Adam and Ryan’s 12th birthday.
July 14 By Daniel Kovach in honor of brother Kevin’s birthday. Available.
July 21 By the Ryczek Family in honor of Eric’s birthday. Available.
July 28 By Jensen Family in honor of Irene Luck’s birthday. Available.
See the web for calendar.
Vacations and Closings
The Church Office will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 4-5 and Friday, July 12.
The Church Office Administrator will be on vacation August 12-16.
Sue Fox will be on vacation July 7 and August 18
Pastor Lynne will be on vacation July 22-28
Church Secretary Substitute Needed!
August 12-16, 9am to 1pm
Light duty – phones, messages, and some administrative tasks
$15 per hour
Please contact Jennifer in the Church Office if you are interested
FIREWORKS PARKING PASSES
FIREWORKS PARKING PASSES LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR PARKING PASS! PROCEEDS FROM THIS FUNDRAISER WILL GO TO THE MAP BUILDING PROJECT SO WE ARE SUGGESTING A DONATION OF $10 FOR EVERYONE TO GET THESE PASSES, WHICH GUARANTEE A SPOT. THE MAIN (NORTH) LOT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON THE 3RD - FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.
Rich Levy did the readings at Metro Chicago Synod Assembly this year!
Manna Order Dates
July 7 – order due
July 11 – cards available
REV. KNUTSON LETTER
As ELCA Global Mission regional representative in Southern Africa I recently had the privilege of visiting the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Angola (IELA). Angola is a country of 20 million inhabitants on the west central coast of Africa. Angola is almost twice the size of Texas with tremendous human and natural resources. Partly for this reason the country has suffered much due to slavery, colonialism, cold war politics and a devastating civil war which only ended in 2002. Removal of millions of landmines still continues in many affected rural communities. Currently Angola is the third largest producer of oil on the continent. The urgent challenge is to use this wealth for the benefit and development of the country …
Find the complete letter at on our website at www.messiahparkridge.org/
… On behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Angola Bishop Ndawanapo sent greetings to the ELCA and expressed appreciation for the partnership in the malaria program as well as the desire to strengthen and broaden the relationship of companionship in the region and between our two churches. Thank you for your continuing prayers and support.
Yours faithfully, Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission, Regional Program Asst.
Johannesburg Southern Africa
“GLORIA DEI” MUSIC NOTES
“America! God shed his grace on thee”
---Katherine Bates, 1893
“America, the Beautiful”, written by Katherine Bates, is one of our most beloved national songs, and is sometimes called the unofficial National Anthem. It was originally sung to the tune “Auld Lang Syne”, before it was published in 1911 with the tune we sing.
You are invited to remain in the sanctuary after worship on Sunday, July 7, for a special celebration of freedom. Led by Deaconess Cheryl Erdmann, we will sing a few faith based patriotic tunes, including “America, the Beautiful” and offer prayer for our country and its precious liberty. America’s founding fathers justified our freedom in the Declaration of Independence, “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.” We must always remember that there is only one way to truly find freedom, and that is thru Christ and His victory on the Cross.
~ Sue Fox
Saturday, July 6th at 6 pm
Carol Hrodey, 7/4
Stephanie Yager, 7/5
Alice Hulterstrum, 7/7
Lester 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
Jaelyn Benjamin, 7/13
Theresa Duty, 7/13
Donald Wenn, 7/14
Ralph Dieball, 7/16
Anne Wiberg, 7/16
Robert Kallas, 7/18
David Swanson, 7/18
Eric Ryczek, 7/19
Hannah Lippert, 7/20
Emilio Bravo, 7/22
Karen Black, 7/23
Clifford Paulus, 7/23
Irene Luck, 7/24
Haley Lippert, 7/27
Robert Bisgard, 7/28
Evelyn Allemeier, 7/29
Gerald Valasek, 7/30
Thomas Yager, 7/30
Lynne Morrow & Larry Fogel, 7/3/1994 19 years
David & Julie Jensen, 7/8/1989 24 years
Larry & Arlene Johnson, 7/10/1954 59 years
Kimberly & Mike Bujalka, 7/15/2007 6 years
Gene & Marilyn Borgeson, 7/24/1948 65 years
Pastor: Rev. Lynne Morrow
Coordinator/Music Ministry: Sue Fox
Child Care Center Director: Karen Black
Office Admin: Jennifer Schneider
Bookkeeper: Helen Levy
Property Coordinator: David Hanson
President: Rich Levy
Vice President: Neena Penumaka
Secretary: Stephanie Yager
Treasurer: Larry Ryczek
Financial Sec.: Paul Holzer
David Hanson, Bob Bisgard, Karen Black, Carol Hrodey, & Marilynn Duckett
EXTENDED LEADERSHIP TEAM
The CHAT Room: David Swanson/Steve Yager
Altar Guild: Sue Kopij, Cindy Norberg
Brotherhood: Rich Seggeling
CCC Board Chair: Ravi Penumaka
CCC Board Members: Teresa Lippert, Laura Hauser, Pat Fragale, Connie Travis
Sunday School: Julie Jensen
Confirmation/Youth: Floyd Yager,
Manna Coordinators: Kathi Scheck, Diane Wilson
Women’s Service Group: Trudi Handzel,
Property Team Coordinator: Dave Hanson
Stewardship & Mission: Andrew Travis
Worship Assistants: David Swanson
Worship Readers: Rich Levy
WoW Leader: Jennie Read
MEMORIAL REPORT as of June 30, 2013
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.
No memorials to report in May.
(in theaters now)
A look at the relationship between Mike and Sully during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.
I always have a little bit of a tough time with “prequels.” If we know how it is going to end – Anaken Skywalker becomes Darth Vader, Bilbo Baggins finds the One Ring and unleashes Golem on the Middle Earth, and Mike and Sully are the best scare team in the business – then the story had better be pretty good to live up to our expectations.
This dramatic convention has been around for centuries. William Shakespeare tells us EXACTLY what is going to happen to Romeo & Juliet at the very beginning of the play … and yet we are still shocked and saddened at the end of the story when fate is fulfilled for our star-crossed lovers. So I suppose if the story is strong enough, and the characters are good enough, then the journey is worth it to reach the already-known destination. Such is the case with Monsters University. I really did enjoy this movie. We have a classic match-up of two characters – one who intends to achieve success through hard work and determination, the other who has raw talent and solid family tradition, but relies on those to carry him through. The tension between them slowly evolves into respect, then friendship, the kind of friendship that will last a lifetime. The lessons here are crystal clear, and we enjoy learning about Mike and Sully as they learn about each other.
As an added bonus, the movie is hilariously funny, with great one-liners and sight gags throughout. I think my favorite theme, though, is the subtle homage to the slasher and monster movie genres – a good part of the last 20 minutes of the film takes place at a summer camp (a la “Friday the 13th”). While the scare tactics our heroes use are frighteningly familiar to us grownups, my 10 year old giggled during the “scariest” parts because it was Mike and Sully doing it. I enjoyed this terrific twist and I think you will too.
I highly recommend this film for its warmth, character, and as-always outstanding animation.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:
Anna P., Bernadette Yacopino, Tom Jason, Martin Ruterschmidt, Cynthia Santos, Janis, Ray Natale, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Jean B, George Hrodey, Arlene Baranowski, O’Driscoll Family, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Rosalie Lucarelli, Lynn Webb, Harold Hjelm, Kennet, Audrey Krell, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Judie Hernandez, Jairam, Richard Reeve, Gnanamari, Val Bowman, Richard Levy, Aidan Ray, and Minerva.
We pray for the Borgeson and Holzer families, that comfort may be found in their time of loss.
We congratulated Jennie Read for her graduation from the diakokia program as well as her new job at Bloom Salon! Steve Yager gave thanks for answered prayer in the event of Cynthia selling her house. We gave joyful thanks for Pat Kovach, who celebrated 20 years on the job at AOSSM as Education and Meeting Coordinator. Cheryl Erdmann gave thanks for answered prayer in the form of a “new” car, and with great joy, the Kaufman family announced Kevin Kaufman’s engagement!
We want to remember in our prayers military personnel (those known to us as well as those serving who are not known to us): Brandon Ajyek, Alex Apostolou, Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Andreas Johnsen, Sam Krawitz, Jesse Olesen, Joey Rosequist, Cory Sandford, and Claudine Ward.
We also want to remember in prayer our college students: Julie Berzins, Nick Boomer, Art DeSchepper, Joe Ejnik, Peter Fox, Jenny Hanson, Tait Jensen, Daniel Kovach, Joe Levy, Holly Norberg, Jennie Read, Jake Stolz, and Bryce Wildenauer.
Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
Barb and Gene Valasek
7149 Oakton Ct.
Niles, IL 60714
John Handzel, Jr.
651 Busse Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Sunrise Assisted Living
1725 W Ballard Rd Rm 112
Park Ridge, IL 60068
1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Phone: (847) 823-6984
Fax: (847) 823-6996
Child Care Center Phone: (847) 825-3767
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