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The June Messenger Issue #564
The June Messenger Issue #564
May 29, 2015
FROM THE PASTOR
GROWING IN FAITH
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
As we begin to enjoy the beauty of vegetation growth and summertime in the Midwest, we look for new ways to grow in our faith. We have begun to intentionally learn about God’s Word and deepen our faith using Cross+Generational Faith Formation.
Throughout the summer, consider taking Christ with you in all you do … not just the cut-out and decorated Flat Jesus, but the true spirit of Jesus Christ. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christian community in Rome, “So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh — for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption.”
We begin the month welcoming three confirmands into full membership of the church of Christ. Confirmation is one step in the lifelong pilgrimage of faith – it is not a completion point, but a check-in point. Like God, faith is alive and ever changing in our lives and our world. There may be times when one is “more faithful” and other times when our faith seems “weaker.”
When we live in the full Spirit of God, we are given the gift of being children of God forever. In the spirit of adoption, we are given the freedom to love and serve God by loving and serving others.
This summer, consider how you might be intentional about learning and deepening your faith. Perhaps through prayer, meditation, daily devotions, participating in worship, bible study or serving with others in a ministry?
Yours in Christ,
At the May 18th EC meeting, the leadership team endeavored to review all open issues and action items.
• Leadership items discussed included coordination with the CCC board, staff reviews, financial audit, safety audit and a review of the constitution.
• Administrative issues resolved or presented for consideration were landscaping, contract for copier maintenance, air conditioning repair, and completion of the Bowman sign for the welcome center.
• Initiatives requiring action and/or guidance included encouraging persons to donate specifically to helping reduce the MAP mortgage balance, greater emphasis on the Spiritual Gifts, and a possible "kitchen cabinet" after services once a month.
• Upcoming events include the July 3rd fireworks, EC retreat in July, August congregational meeting, and a fall fundraising activity.
Maundy Thursday = 23
Good Friday AM = 12
Good Friday PM = 43
Wk2=50, Wk3=59, Wk4=55
*105 individuals worshiped in April, attending between 1 and 4 times.
April Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$5274, Wk2=$2342, Wk3=$1347, Wk4=$698
QUILTS ‘N KITS
LWR is calling for HELP to aid the people in Nepal after 2 devastating earthquakes. They have already sent 9000 quilts and 1000 kits but their warehouse stock is quickly becoming depleted. Please help by bringing in items for the Personal Care Kits: Bath towels, sturdy combs, bars of bath soap (2 needed for each kit), toothbrushes and nail clippers. Items can be placed in the bin in the Friendship Place. Monetary donations to purchase items are also welcome - put donation in offering plate and designate that it’s for use by MLCW for LWR. In June we are setting aside 2 Sundays to work on quilts - June 14 & June 28. (See page 5 for more info). Please consider joining us to work on these quilts to help people in need all over the world. And as always - no sewing experience is necessary! We have jobs for everyone!
Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey
BAPTISM: EDWARD JAMES CLAUSER
On Sunday, May 17th we joyfully celebrated the baptism of James Edward Clauser, son of Mathew and Carolyn (Kopij) Clauser, Sue and Ed Kopij’s grandson, and Dorothy Nagel’s GREAT grandson!
LOMC “IMPORTANT PIECES” FAMILY CAMP
Join Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center for a weekend family camp designed to celebrate families with kids on the Autism spectrum. It is a great opportunity to spend time with family, meet new friends, gain support, and explore where your puzzle piece “fits.”
Camp is August 6-9. Cost is $200 per family, scholarships are available, and this includes meals and housing in Freedom Tree Village. Registrations due by end of June. To register, or to ask questions, contact LOMC at 815-732-2220.
LOMC is located in Oregon, IL, 90 minutes west of Park Ridge.
IN MEMORIAM: ARLENE JOHNSON
August 9, 1933 –
May 7, 2015
Arlene was born in Chicagoland, where she met Larry Johnson on a double-date through Trinity Lutheran Senior League. A Chicago native, she loved music and found great joy sharing it with others. When she and Larry moved to Niles, they chose Messiah as their faith home and raised their family here. She was an active member at Messiah, as well as a nurse and musician. She’ll be remembered for her witty, caring personality and boundless energy. A funeral service was held for Arlene here at Messiah on Tuesday, May 19th.
TABLE AND FONT IN THE ELCA
Last fall, all ELCA congregations were asked to have a conversation about “The Use of the Means of Grace,” particularly on the matter of invitation to Holy Communion. Once a month since September, the CHAT Room has discussed the Lutheran sacraments of Baptism and Communion. We used the ELCA Study Guide and additional resources to guide our conversation. What we learned was that the understanding of receiving communion varied even among our group. The suggestion to slightly alter the invitation to communion will be brought up at the August Congregational Meeting.
The current invitation is “all baptized believers in Christ are invited to participate in the sacrament of Holy Communion, regardless of denomination.” The proposed invitation reads: “all baptized believers in Christ are invited, but not required to participate in the sacrament of Holy Communion, regardless of denomination.” Thank you to those who participated in the discussion over the past 9 months!
PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
LADIES NIGHT OUT!
Friday at 6pm, date to be determined!
All Messiah Ladies are invited for an evening out. We had a lot of fun last time! We will let you know when and where the next event will be. Come for a cocktail, come for dinner, come for dessert, or all of the above. We will officially start at 6pm
JOHN 17 FELLOWSHIP
Monday, June 8 at 7:00 PM
At St. Isaac Jogues in Niles. Join us for lively conversation and fellowship with other people of faith!
TIES FOR FATHER’S DAY
Sunday, June 21st
We invite all the gentlemen of
Messiah to wear a tie on Father’s Day in remembrance of their fathers, and men who have been influential in their lives.
REMINDERS FOR JUNE
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, June 13 at 9am. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W Dempster Street in Niles. Good conversation and food.
Quilts ‘n Kits – In June we are setting aside 2 Sundays to work on quilts - June 14 & June 28. The 14th will be a "regular" quilt session after service and the 28th will be an extended quilt session with lunch served.
COMING IN JULY
July 4th Fireworks, 7/3
Sox Game Outing, 7/19
CCC Bible Camp 7/27-7/31
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
No CHAT Room, Confirmation, or Sunday School
till Fall … have a nice summer!
June 7 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Genesis 3:8–15
Psalm: Psalm 130
2nd Lesson: 2 Cor. 4:13—5:1
Gospel: Mark 3:20–35
June 14 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Ezekiel 17:22–24
Psalm: Psalm 92:1–4, 12–15
2nd Lesson: 2 Cor. 5:6–17
Gospel: Mark 4:26–34
June 21 4th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Job 38:1–11
Psalm: Psalm 107:1–3, 23–32
2nd Lesson: 2 Cor. 6:1–13
Gospel: Mark 4:35–41
June 28 5th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Lam. 3:22–33
Psalm: Psalm 30
2nd Lesson: 2 Cor. 8:7–15
Gospel: Mark 5:21–43
Sunday, June 14
We will recognize our Christian Learning, Child Care, and other teachers, as well as graduates from Kindergarten, Middle School, High School, and/or college. This is a chance for us to say “well done!” and “thank you!” to the teachers and students in our midst.
If you haven’t already, please let the office know if you have a graduate or teacher you’d like to honor.
Flat Jesus is a paper doll children cut out and color. He can accompany you by car, plane, via snail mail or go digitally. When Flat Jesus arrives at his destination, photograph and document his adventures. You can make multiple copies and even send Flat Jesus abroad. If you lose Flat Jesus, don’t worry he (in electronic format) can be found on our website; www.MessiahParkRidge.org OR our facebook page. In September we will host a Welcome Home party for Flat Jesus, and see where he has been all summer!
June 7 June 14 June 21 June 28
10:05am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am
Acolytes Adam H Nikolaus R Michael Y Ryan H
Comm. Asst. Laura H Larry R Floyd Y Laura H
Readers Dina S Teresa L Dotty B Andy T
Asst. Min. Andy T Pat K Diane B Rhonda C
Projection Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H
Ushers Steve Y Steve Y Steve Y Steve Y
Altar Guild Sue K Sue K Nancy H Nancy H
Counters Paul H Paul H Paul H Paul H
Help Wanted! We invite welcoming people to usher on Sundays. The duties are light, the rewards are many! Please contact Steve Yager (847-923-3025 or firstname.lastname@example.org) even if you can only help 1 Sunday a month.
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 $40, 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.
June 7 In honor of Pat’s (mom’s) birthday by Dan and Kevin Kovach. By John and Sue Fox in honor of Peter’s baptism anniversary.
June 14 In memory of Harold by the Brad Kovach family. Available.
June 21 In honor of Michael Yager’s 13th birthday. In honor of Michael Yager’s
June 28 By Dan and Kevin Kovach in honor of Grandma Mary Jane’s birthday.
SEE CALENDAR ONLINE
FIREWORKS PARKING PASSES
ONLY 40 PARKING PASSES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE BACK (EAST) LOT FOR JULY 3RD. PROCEEDS FROM THIS FUNDRAISER GO TO MAP (TOWARDS THE LOAN PAYMENT). WE ARE SUGGESTING A DONATION OF $15 (THE SAME AMOUNT MAINE EAST IS CHARGING) FOR EACH PASS, WHICH GUARANTEES A SPOT IN OUR LOT. IF YOU WANT A PASS, CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE SOON, THEY ARE LIMITED AND WILL GO QUICKLY. THE MAIN (NORTH) LOT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON THE 3RD ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS.
A reminder that we need men’s clothes -especially jeans and t-shirts as well as draw string bags (sturdy ones) for our Assistance Ministry. Please leave any items in the south alcove of the narthex.
Secretary Help Needed
We are looking for someone to cover for our Office Administrator the first full week of July (7/6-10) while she is on vacation.
This is a paid position, and hours are Monday through Friday
Please contact the office if you are available and interested.
Please send updated directory information and/or emergency contact information to the office. We are working to keep our records as up to date as possible!
Please send any info by June 8th.
Manna Order due June 7th
MAINE TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY ALERT
The Food Pantry has issued an alert, calling for donations to help community children during the summer months, when they do not have access to the school food programs. Items always needed are peanut butter and jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, and spaghetti sauce.
Messiah Lutheran Church is a designated drop off point for the Maine Township Food Pantry. You don't have to be a member of the church, just bring non-perishable food items to Messiah during office hours (9-1 M-F) or during worship on Sundays.
The children of our Child Care Center bring canned foods each and every week to Chapel on Wednesdays, and place their gifts on our altar. All food collected goes to the pantry every week to two weeks.
The Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry provides food on an emergency basis to persons living in the greater Maine Township area. To receive assistance individuals must reside within Maine Township.
The food is donated by individuals, businesses and local organizations such as churches, schools, and Scout programs who hold food drives to keep the food pantry stocked throughout the year. Monetary or food donations may be dropped off or mailed to the General Assistance Office in the Maine Township Hall, 1700 Ballard Rd., Park Ridge, or call 847-318-5200 for more information.
SUMMER HYMN SING
Once again this summer, we will incorporate your favorite hymns into worship. As you mark your attendance on the pew pads, also please name your favorite hymn there, and why you like it or why it is important to you.
Also, if you would like to share your musical gifts in worship, vocally or instrumentally, please write a note on the attendance sheet. You don’t need to be an expert musician to glorify God or to share your faith with others. The Messiah congregation offers even new musicians a loving environment in which to offer musical praises to God!
~ Sue Fox
The Holy Spirit made quite an entrance at Messiah this Pentecost! We enjoyed a Lego slide show and the Holy Spirit even moved the congregation out of the sanctuary into the Friendship Place for a Cross+Gen sermon activity. We learned how to trust in God through the Holy Spirit as three groups created beautiful crosses! There was an effervescent buzz in the place while everyone participated.
PACK 105 NEWS
May was the month of our annual Spring Camping trip. Each Scout family enjoyed a wonderful time at Cantigny in Wheaton, IL. There were pictures taken with the Scouts about 25 ft from wild turkeys. Although, it was hard to distinguish who the wild turkeys were. LOL ?
Scouts placed American flags at the headstones of Veterans buried at Maine Township Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day. They also marched in the annual Park Ridge Memorial Day parade to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Our next event will be held Friday June 5th, 7 PM at Northwest Park, next to Franklin School. This will be our recruiting and graduation night. Lots of fun ….. which will include a compass course and a race to build a rescue “A” frame to transport an injured person. In the summer months, Cub Scouts have the opportunity to participate in the day camp program at Maryville academy. Webelos can attend resident camp (overnighters) at Camp Lakota in Woodstock this summer also.
Know of a boy that may be interested in the outdoors? We would like an introduction. The Pack is now recruiting kindergartners thru 5th graders to join the Scout fun at Pack 105.
June 1st starts the latest program update for the Cub Scout Program. This revision is designed to jump start the Cubs on new adventures. The current program has been in place for decades and needed a revision to attract, retain and keep the boys interested in the Scouting program for generations to come.
“Scouting is a game, with purpose”…..Lord Baden Powell
Thank you Messiah Lutheran for another fantastic Scouting year.
6/1, Matthew Seggeling
6/2, Christine Ruterschmidt
6/3, Vikki Hanson
6/7, Susan Bromstad
6/13, Nancy Boomer
6/13, Susan Kopij
6/14, Pat Kovach
6/17, Natalie Norberg
6/19, David Divita
6/22, Barbara Loverme
6/23, Mary Jane Kovach
6/24, Michael Yager
6/26, Floyd Yager
6/28, Jake Saul
6/29, Jessica Saul
6/29, Christian Travis
Neil and Laura Hauser 6/6/1995, 20 years
David and Donna Hanson 6/12/1965, 50 years
Mark and Anne Wiberg 6/18/1960, 55 years
Congrats to these couples on their milestone anniversaries!
If you do not see your birthday or anniversary here, that means the church office does not have it in the system. Please let us know if we don’t have your “celebration information!”
Pastor: Rev. Lynne Morrow
Coordinator/Music Ministry: Sue Fox
Child Care Center Director: Karen Black
Office Admin: Jennifer Schneider
Bookkeeper: Daniel Kovach
Property Coordinator: David Hanson
President: Rich Levy
Vice President: Neena Penumaka
Secretary: Debbie Sasak
Treasurer: Larry Ryczek
Financial Sec.: Paul Holzer
Floyd Yager and Jennie Read
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: Cindy Norberg, Pat Fragale, Connie Travis
Sunday School: Julie Luck Jensen
Confirmation/Youth: Floyd Yager, Debbie Sasak, Julie Holzer
Manna Coordinators: Help Needed
Women’s Service Group: Trudi Handzel,
Spiritual Gifts Coordinator: Steve Yager
Worship Assistants: David Swanson
Worship Readers: Rich Levy
Prayer Cards: Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry: Marilynn Duckett
MEMORIAL REPORT as of May 28, 2015
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 Messiah Accessibility Project (MAP). 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 Carol Hrodey at email@example.com
None this month.
DOLPHIN TALE 2
(ON DEMAND AND DVD)
The team of people who saved Winter's life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother's passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital.
This is a wonderful continuation of Winter’s inspirational story of the power of love, friendship, and determination. Just because the first movie had such a wonderful real-life Hollywood ending does not mean that Winter’s troubles were over. As we discover in life, challenges will continue to plague us even after our biggest successes.
Apparently, the USDA dictates that it is unlawful to keep dolphins in captivity alone – they must have at least one other dolphin with them, basically to keep them company, due to the highly social nature of these mammals. When Winter’s dolphin companion Panama dies of old age, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is threatened with losing not only their star attraction, but a member of the family.
The young adults (now about 15 or 16 years old) have matured, and become trusted members and leaders of the team. Nathan Gamble (Sawyer) and Cozi Zuehlsdorff (Hazel) return in their respective roles, and their relationship has grown into something that is ALMOST more than friends … but not quite. I was actually glad that they didn’t turn this film into a teen love story, because the actual story is so much more interesting and important.
I deeply admired the way several of the main characters in this film held fast to their convictions despite tremendous pressure to make decisions that went against their beliefs. Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick, Jr.) is determined to do what is best for the animals in his care, even if it means putting everything he loves at risk. Sawyer (Nathan Gamble), who is offered a chance-of-a-lifetime scholarship program in the field of biology, makes choices that he can live with, rather that bowing to the pressure of his future and his family.
Overall, this is yet another inspiring story, with an extra touch of “super-cute” with the addition of a new baby dolphin to take Panama’s place (and yes, the whole crowd breathes an, “Awwwww!” when they bring her off the truck). I highly recommend it as a good movie for all ages!
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Marilynn Duckett, Paul Landahl, Jeane Reeve, Barb Loverme, Eva Thoren, Rosalie Lucarelli, Daniel B., Rick (Ralph & Kathy E’s Grandson), Paul Rostin, Roger Jones, Kevin Dumerer, Kevin P., Jon Cantor, Tom & Ruth Perzentka (Trudi Handzel’s parents), Liliana M, The Hauser Family, Millie Anderson, Connie Travis, Tom Jason, Victoria Candiotti, Bob Kallas, Larry Johnson, Sarah Fiore, Richard Levy, Ardene Ejnik, Jean Reeve, Carol Hrodey, Mark Higgins, Cindy Norberg, Rani and Sadgunarao (Neena’s parents), Steve W., Hugh Williams, Janis, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, George and Audrey Krell, Gnanamari, Aidan Ray, those living with cancer.*
* We understand that some prayer requests are short term for specific events, while others find ongoing prayers to be powerful.
We gave joyful thanks for the young men and woman who affirmed their baptism as confirmands.
We said congratulations to Bobby Hanson on his graduation from Des Plaines Police Academy and his new job as a police officer with the Des Plaines Police department!
We joyfully celebrated the baptism of James Edward Clauser, son of Mathew and Carolyn (Kopij) Clauser, Sue and Ed Kopij’s grandson, and Dorothy Nagel’s GREAT grandson!
Also, we said prayers of thanksgiving for Julie Holzer’s nephew Jesse Olesen’s safe return from deployment.
We want to remember in our prayers military and first responder personnel (those known to us and those serving who are not known to us): Brandon Ajyek, Tim David, Tyler Daye, Vikki Hanson, Bob Hanson, Bobby Hanson, Tom Hanson, Andreas Johnsen, Jason Koesler, Sam Krawitz, Joey Rosequist, Claudine Ward, Matt McGannon.
We also want to remember in prayer our college students: Art DeSchepper, Leah DeSchepper, Joe Ejnik, Peter Fox, Jenni Hanson, Tait Jensen, Kevin Kovach, Joe Levy, Brynn Wildenauer and Bryce Wildenauer.
Please let us know if there are changes to this list! We want to honor them June 14th!
Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Phone: (847) 823-6984
Fax: (847) 823-6996
Child Care Center Phone: (847) 825-3767
Child Care Email: MessiahChildCareCenter@gmail.com