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The September Messenger Issue #543
The September Messenger Issue #543
Aug 30, 2013
FROM THE PASTOR
WHY GO TO CHURCH?
Beautiful fall weather will be here soon and there may be some Sunday mornings when you’ll wonder, “Why should I go to church today?”
If you haven't thought this, you probably have heard it. From your kids, from confused friends; “Why do you go to church all the time?” In daily conversation, we usually say "go to church," when what we really mean is "Why do we worship?"
So, how do you answer the question: "Why do you worship?"
The automatic answer that many of us give is something along the lines of "because it's what we do." We may not really be able to put into words the reasons for what we do. We may worship because it's habit, because it's what our parents and grandparents did. We may worship just because it's what we've always done; because it's “what we do.”
And that is a pretty good answer. We worship because it is what we do. As human beings created in the image of God, we worship God, our creator. It's what we were made to do and it's what we do. It is my hope and prayer that in worship, you hear the Good News that God loves you unconditionally, you learn something, you think about God and yourself and the world in a slightly different way and you connect with community (see friends and acquaintances). But first and foremost, we worship because it's what we do.
I invite you to try this: gather with your Christian community here at Messiah for worship each week for at least one month. Then see how you feel about it. I look forward to hearing about your thoughts and feelings. I believe that you will find worship to become part of “what you do.” Because it's what you were made to do. You were made to worship God together with other Christians.
We go to church … we worship because it’s what we do. It's as simple and life-giving as that!
See you soon!
MAP ON THE MOVE
Plans are being made for a September 15 Groundbreaking for the Messiah Accessibility Project addition to our church building. Details will be announced very soon. The requirements for issuance of the long awaited building permit are being completed and we expect to the permit to be issued next week. A loan application is in process and a building fund pledge drive is being planned.
Highlights from August 19th meeting:
• Review of year calendar.
• Discussed Ed Kruse's proposal for help rebuilding our congregation ministry.
• Updates on MAP.
ASSISTANCE MINISTRY HELP NEEDED
One of the fastest growing ministries here at Messiah is our Assistance Ministry. Mondays and Wednesdays from 11-1pm our doors are open to those who coming looking for food, clothing, or just a listening ear. We invite these folks to peruse our food pantry items, look through our small stash of clothing, and if possible we give them a $10 Jewel card (1 per month) to help them have something to eat. We have a number of regular visitors, and we get new people every month. In 2012 we handed out 161 cards … that is an average of 3 per week. We thank those who have supported this ministry with cash donations over the years to supply the Jewel cards.
Now we need another type of help. We are looking for volunteers to be available during our Assistance Hours to talk to people and hand out cards and resources. This is a rewarding and spiritual ministry. Please speak to Pastor or Connie Kaufman if you can help.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS NOW ONLINE
Check out this complete list of the upcoming events for the whole 2013-2014 school year. This schedule includes worship and fellowship events, Christian Ed opportunities and mission days. If you have a question about a day or time of a service or event, go to www.messiahparkridge.org and click on “Schedules” to download a copy!
NOT ONLINE? Those people who receive the Messenger in the mail will find a copy of this schedule in their mailbox in the narthex!
REMEMBERING GEORGE HRODEY
George was born on March 7, 1921 and grew up NW side of Chicago with parents Bertha and Thomas Hrodey and brothers Bob and Tom (both deceased). He attended Irving Park Lutheran Church in Chicago where he met Betty Bergeson. In 1942 he entered the Navy, where he became a Naval aviator and a lieutenant. He was stationed on Guam during WWII.
George and Betty married on Valentine's Day 1944 while George was on leave They settled in Chicago after his discharge from Navy in 1945 to start their family. George completed studies for his CPA, and worked in public accounting firms in Chicago. George and Betty had 3 children - Kenneth (Linda), Donald (Nancy), Carol. They all moved to Park Ridge in 1952 on Manor Lane and were charter members of Messiah - all 3 children were confirmed here.
George served in many capacities at Messiah through the years including congregational president, Board of Trustees and Board of Stewardship, Building Committee (educational wing), Call Committee, Luther League sponsor. In his 50's George left public accounting and worked for Lutheran General Hospital as head of Internal Auditing, eventually becoming Treasurer of LGH until he retired.
George often joked that he did surgery at LGH on weekends, thus his family nickname of "Dr. George." He continued to do taxes privately and as a volunteer at Park Ridge Senior Center until his late 80's.
George and Betty had 4 grandchildren - Andrew (Liz), Kelly (Mark), Daniel, Peter (Audrey) who they enjoyed spending time with a great deal. George and Betty moved to the Moorings in Arlington Heights in Dec 2005. Betty died suddenly in August 2006, leaving a large void in George's life. He worked hard to adapt to life without Betty, making friends at the Moorings, sharing meals and jokes, playing cards, growing his tomatoes and rose bushes. He even learned to make his own chocolate chip cookies.
George enjoyed meeting his 6 great-grandchildren - AJ, Drew, Charlie, Allie, Matthey and Seda. His main aim in life was to take care of his family. His quiet way of caring, gentlemanly ways and sense of humor will be missed.
Messiah Lutheran Church will honor George’s life at a memorial Service on Saturday, Sept 14th. Visitation will be at 10am, service at 11am, with lunch following at church.
Memorials to may be addressed to MAP.
PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
TABLE TALKS AT PANERA BREAD
Mondays at 7PM
at Panera Bread in Des Plaines
This is our FOURTH year for Table Talks! This year we will be discussing “The Acts of the Apostles.” If you haven’t joined us in the past, please know that you are welcome any time! Martin Luther started this tradition of “table talks” that involved food and beverage and Messiah has continued it over coffee and treats. Talks begin Monday Sept 9.
BLESSING OF THE QUILTS
Sunday, Sept. 22 during worship
On this Sunday we will dedicate the quilts that our people have worked so hard on over the last year. The quilts will be on display in the narthex and sanctuary, and we will bless them during the service.
Sept. 20-21, 9-3
St. Peter’s UCC-Skokie
School clothes, toys, furniture, house wares, and boutique! Don’t miss this huge sale at St. Peter’s UCC, on Oakton St. across from the Library in Skokie. $5 bag sale on Saturday from 1-3pm. Ask Jennifer at 224-659-9158 for more info.
Thursday, Sept 26th from 9 till noon
Our Women's Service Group will assemble health kits and quilts for loading onto the trailer. As always, men are welcome to come help lift heavy boxes and such!
REMINDERS FOR SEPTEMBER
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, September 14th at 9am. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W Dempster Street in Niles. Good conversation and food.
COMING IN OCTOBER
LWR Truck Loading, Oct 5 & 6
Pet Blessing, Oct 6
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
Sunday Worship Focus Sunday School CHAT Room Confirmation
Sept. 1 15th Sunday of Pentecost
Lesson: Revelation 21:10, 22:5
Gospel: John 14:23–29
Sept. 8 Worship Cancelled! Join the Service!
Meet at 9am in the Sanctuary for a
short prayer liturgy and communion, then commence service projects!
Sept. 15 Creation - OCEAN
OT Lesson: Job 38:1-18
Psalm: Psalm 104:1-9, 24-26
Epistle Lesson: Ephesians 1:3-10
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
CONF: What is a Lutheran #1: Who are Lutherans?
Sept. 22 Creation - ANIMAL
OT Lesson: Job 39:1-8, 26-30
Psalm: Psalm 104:14-23
Epistle Lesson: 1 Cor 1:10-23
Gospel: Luke 12:22-31
SS: Adam and Eve
CHAT: Holy Listening w Pastor Lynne
CONF: What is a Lutheran #2-3: Reformation/Along came Martin Luther
Sept. 29 Creation - STORM
OT Lesson: Job 28:20-27
Psalm: Psalm 29
Epistle Lesson: 1 Cor 1:21-31
Gospel: Luke 8:22-25
SS: Noah, Part 1
CHAT: Holy Listening w Pastor Lynne
CONF: Tentative – No class
DAY OF SERVICE
AT 9 AM
Sunday, September 8 we are having a "Day of Service" celebrating the ELCA's 25th Anniversary. We will begin our Day of Service in the sanctuary with a short prayer service and communion at 9AM. Afterwards we will go out to serve our community by collecting food bags (previously delivered to the community) for the Maine Township Food Pantry. For those who wish to stay at Messiah, we will tie blankets for the residents at St. Matthews’. We hope all come to join our Day of Service.
CREATION SERIES 2013
Sept 15-Oct 6
Since 2010 we have used the season of Harvest, our fall worship services, to celebrate Creation. This third edition in the Creation Series includes those texts where Wisdom is the designing force behind creation and the impulse that enables the parts of creation to fulfill their roles. Join us as we celebrate God’s creation of Oceans, Animals, Storms, and the wider Universe!
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29
10:15am 9:00am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am
Acolytes Michael Y No Worship! Haley L Nikolaus R Samantha F
Comm. Asst. Floyd Y No Worship! Teresa L Moni R Jennie R
Readers Andy T No Worship! Dave H Kristin Y Ravi P
Worship Asst. Karen B No Worship! Andy T Susan R Pat K
Projection Jim H No Worship! Jim H Jim H Jim H
Ushers Rich L,
Nancy H No Worship! Rich L,
Connie K Rich L,
Dave H Rich L,
Greeters Jackie S No Worship! Jackie S Jackie S Jackie S
Altar Guild Sue K Cindy N Marilynn D Kathi S *
Counters Paul H No Worship! 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
Sunday Flowers are given … Bulletins are given …
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!
Sept. 1 In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
Sept. 8 In memory of Conrad Wilson by Diane Wilson.
Sept. 15 In memory of Norbert A. Hauser by the Hauser Family. In celebration of Kyle’s 8th birthday by the Hauser Family.
Sept. 22 In memory of Eugene Borgeson. In memory of Aunt Giselle and Uncle Vlasta by the Hauser Family.
Sept. 29 In memory of Eugene Borgeson. In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
See calendar on web page.
Manna Order Dates
September 8 – order due
September 12 – cards available
Great for Back-to-School gifts!
THEOLOGY OF PARK RIDGE
Register by Sept 6 for the Fall Series
“Inspire, Transform, Move Forward”
Details about this season’s lecture series are available at www.theologyofparkridge.org
or call 773-774-4421 for more info
Constitution Week, September 17-23, commemorates the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States. Following the reading of the approved Constitution on September 17, 1787, Benjamin Franklin rose with a speech in his hand which was read by his fellow Pennsylvania delegate James Wilson. In the remarks, Franklin urged the delegates to support the Constitution among their constituents in spite of any objections they may have to the document. He concluded by writing that “much of the strength and efficiency of any government in procuring and securing happiness to the people depends on opinion, on the general opinion of the goodness of the government as well as of the wisdom and integrity of its governors. I hope therefore that for our own sakes as a part of the people, and for the sake of posterity we shall act heartily and unanimously in recommending this Constitution wherever our influence may extend, and turn our future thoughts and endeavors to the means of having it well administered.”
This announcement was provided by the 21st Star Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Community Health Beat
LGH Lecture Series
All lectures are free and take place from
7-8pm in the Johnson Auditorium.
Sept 10 – Healthy Family Eating
Sept 17 – Successful Back-to-School Strategies
Sept 24 – A Parent’s Guide to ADHD
ST. ISAAC JOGUES CATHOLIC CHURCH
YOU ARE INVITED THE SECOND FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR MOVIE NIGHT. THIS MONTH WILL FEATURE “PLACES IN THE HEART” STARRING SALLY FIELD, WHO WON AN OSCAR FOR THIS FILM IN 1984. THE CHURCH IS LOCATED AT 8101 W. GOLF ROAD IN NILES. DOORS OPEN AT 6 PM, AND THE MOVIE STARTS AT 6:30 PM DOWNSTAIRS IN THE PARISH HALL. ADMISSION IS FREE, POP AND POPCORN WILL BE PROVIDED.
New Door Codes for 2013: We will NOT be issuing new door codes this year until we complete construction in the Narthex.
REV KNUTSON MOVED!
Greetings from Johannesburg where we are now based after spending 12 years in Cape Town.
Johannesburg is a major economic hub for Southern Africa with a population of over 10 million in the greater metropolitan area. It is situated in the middle of the country on a high plateau at an altitude of 5751 feet above sea level (which is higher than Denver). The church offices for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA) and the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA - which is the office for LWF affiliated churches in the sub-region) are both located in Johannesburg.
It seems some of our sponsoring congregations did not get the change of postal address. Although we mostly use e-mail these days for the record our new postal address is:
PO Box 290295
Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa
Please convey our warm greetings to all.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Philip J. Knutson Rev. Dr.
ELCA Global Mission
Regional Program Assistant, Southern Africa, Johannesburg
GLORIA DEI” MUSIC NOTES
“Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, How can I keep from singing?”
Robert Lowry, ELW 763
Our music and songs are gifts we can freely give back to God in thankfulness for all He has done, and continues to do, for us. Worship is a participatory event for everyone, where we respond to God’s grace and faithfulness as a congregation; it’s a blessing to be able to come together each Sunday as a church family! Even if the music is unfamiliar, we can actively worship.
1. Don’t be hesitant. Take a deep breath and give the song a try. “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord/Come before his presence with singing.” (Psalm 100, v1-2) God does not require us to be perfectly in tune!
2. Don’t ignore the screen or close the hymnal if the music doesn’t touch you. Read the lyrics as the music rings around you. Hymns are chosen because they echo a message found in the lessons for the day. You might find something meaningful to you.
3. Remember - all familiar hymns were unfamiliar once. No one knew “Jesus Loves Me” when it was first presented in the 1860’s!
4. And, above all, do thank God for the opportunities to share our faith in worship, through music and song!
YOUTH ACTIVITIES THIS MONTH
The Youth Group will have a lock in on the 7th, before the Day of Service. We will start at 8 pm @ parsonage. Bring sleeping bags and pillows, and Service Day t-shirts.
MYDI Night will be the following Saturday, September 14, from 6-8pm @ the Parsonage - 6th through 8th graders welcome.
Also an opportunity for youth group and their families to go camping at Eagle Cave October 4-6 $60 per person includes meals. $50 if going Sat-Sunday. Sleep in cave or tent. Might be cabin for adults. Go to www.eaglecave.net for info. Call Julie Holzer if you are interested. Need to reserve our spots soon.
READY, SET, GO!
Messiah Sunday School begins on Sunday, September 15 at 9 a.m.
To all of our Sunday School families and their friends! Sunday School at Messiah starts for the 2013-2014 Christian Education year on September 15 when the students will begin a series of lessons on Old Testament stories, "So Great A Cloud of Witnesses." Children will have the chance to learn those important stories that Jesus and the early church saw as telling over and over how much God loved and continues to love all God's people, with that love being fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will use skits, crafts, games and storytelling to help the children not only learn the stories, but understand how they are the basis of many of Jesus' teachings about God and our relationship with God, as well as how they show Christ to us.
Here are the stories scheduled for the first four weeks of Messiah Sunday School:
September 15: Creation
September 22: Adam and Eve
September 29: Noah, Part 1
October 6: Noah, Part 2
We look forward to seeing ALL our younger saints in the Parsonage at 9 a.m. on September 15. And don't miss the chance to participate as families on Sept 8 for the "God's Work/Our Hands" Service Day.
The Messiah Sunday School Team
SOCKS & UNDIES COLLECTION
The Youth Group will be collecting much needed items in September to give to those in need of such “basic” items. Our Giving Tree will be up in the narthex through Sept. 30th. We invite you to bring in packages of socks and underwear for men and women, which we will donate to The Night Ministry in Chicago. Thank you in advance for your participation in this annual ministry!
Joey Ejnik, 9/1
Isabella DiVita, 9/2
Leona Johnson, 9/2
Julia Fogel, 9/4
Effie Laster, 9/5
David Hanson, 9/8
Victor Berzins, 9/9
Daniel Christiansen, 9/11
George Magerl, 9/11
Melvin Shapiro, 9/12
Caitlin Levy, 9/13
Marilynn Duckett, 9/14
Michael Hanson, 9/14
Kyle Hauser, 9/16
Tom Hanson, 9/17
David Jensen, 9/18
Richard Levy, 9/18
Teresa Lippert, 9/20
Ardene Ejnik, 9/21
Holly Norberg, 9/21
Lois Patterson, 9/21
Steve Loverme, 9/23
Julie Jensen, 9/25
Alesha Santos, 9/25
Barbara Valasek, 9/26
Thomas Daniels, 9/27
Pat Fragale, 9/28
Marlyn & Donald Wenn, 9/3/55 – 58 years
Bill and Sandi Downie, 9/16/61 – 52 years
Rich and Helen Levy,
9/20/91 – 22 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/
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 August 27, 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 August.
SEA OF MONSTERS
(in theaters now)
In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.
I enjoyed this movie very much. It had a lot of good action, funny moments, moving moments, and it sought to teach a few lessons along the way.
I have read the first book in this series, and at the time I was not greatly impressed. I felt that it was a bit of a Harry Potter rip-off ... a boy discovers that he has magical powers he never knew he had, and that makes him part of a new, secret community where great things are expected of him. Sounds familiar, right?
Well, I liked the first movie better than I liked the book, and we were excited to see the next installment come out this summer. Book/Movie #2 finds our hero Percy wondering whether or not he is just a “one-quest-wonder.” Does he warrant all the hype, or was he just lucky the first time around? Others at Camp Half-blood are better, stronger, and faster than he is. Of course what he doesn’t realize right away is that it is strength of character, not winning, that is ultimately important.
Joined again by his friends Grover and Clarisse, they meet Percy’s half brother Tyson, who is a Cyclops. Tyson brings an air of innocence and hope to the movie that was very moving, and all three friends find must examine how they judge someone based on their appearance.
I will admit that the core story theme is a little disturbing to me. As a Christian, and a believer in the one true God, a fantasy based on the idea that ancient pagan gods are real doesn’t sit all that well with me. I actually have an easier time with Harry Potter’s witches and wizards than sons of Poseidon and daughters of Zeus from a theological standpoint. But it did give me an opportunity to have a discussion with my daughter about these gods, and how they aren’t real, but our God IS. So that was a good thing, too.
I think this film is for the slightly older crowd, 7 years old and up – some of the creatures are a bit too scary for the little ones.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Jim S.,
Anna P., Bernadette Yacopino, Tom Jason, Martin Ruterschmidt, Cynthia (Santos) Ruez, Janis, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Jean B, Arlene Baranowski, 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.
GREAT-grandma Jackie Steigerwald welcomed baby Henric Scott Steigerwald on July 25, first child born to her grandson Ryan and his wife Stephanie. Also, Laurie Hamden had a little baby girl, Ashley, on July 28th. Congratulations to both families!
We congratulate Peter Fox upon achieving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol (Air Force Auxiliary).
And we celebrate with Helen and Rich Levy, who both started new jobs on August 19th! Congratulations on this answer to prayer!
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, Jake Stolz, and Bryce Wildenauer.
Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
The Messiah MESSENGER
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Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
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