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The October Messenger Issue #568
The October Messenger Issue #568
Sep 30, 2015
FROM THE PASTOR
KNOW WHOSE YOU ARE
Our September Cross+Gen sermon activity was packing school kits into backpacks for Lutheran World Relief. The sermon theme was "to know our identity as Christians through our stories." This theme was carried through to the activity so that we learned the history and stories of the items we were packing. As the items were packed into the backpacks, a card with the history of each item was placed along the assembly line. Conversations were interesting when learning the background of the items. Final count of completed backpacks was 113! Way to go Messiah!
During the worship service, we also blessed the 30+ quilts that have been made throughout the year by our industrious Quilts ‘n’ Kits crew and their helpers. What a glorious way to send these off to people around the world!
SERVICE DAY SUCCESS!
On Sunday, September 13th, Messiah Lutheran Church joined other congregations in the ELCA in a Day of Service. Instead of a traditional worship service, we met briefly for communion and a prayer, and then 46 people either went out in the neighborhood and collected goods for the Maine Township Food Pantry, or they stayed here to make quilts and health kits for Lutheran World Relief.
ELCA Day of Service: Results by the Number:
• 48 people participated!
• 13 quilts pinned!
• 100 personal care kits assembled!
• 350 items of food collected by 4 teams!
• And lots of good fellowship and food!
We will be having the 50/50 raffle again this year. Tickets go on sale starting with Spaghetti Dinner October 24th and drawing to be held Sunday November 22nd at noon, and you don’t have to be present to win! More details coming in Sunday bulletins.
USE OF PARSONAGE
We have an opportunity to intentionally seek out a good use for our Parsonage. After the Parivar Int’l Counseling Center moved, a group has gotten together to brainstorm and research options for that space. We will keep you posted here as things develop. Thanks to Connie K, Julie L-J, Vikki H, Diane B and Anne W for their participation in this group.
Discussion items from the Sept 21st meeting:
- Space use requests and status of facilities agreements
- Insurance requirement for an audit by a CPA and need for a notary
- Pending improvement to the sanctuary sound system
- Upcoming youth events schedule
Wk1=44, Wk2=33, Wk3=47, Wk4=43, Wk5=93 (baptism)
*80 individuals worshiped in August (attending between 1 and 5 times)
August Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$2619, Wk2=$1960, Wk3=$2042, Wk4=$1377, Wk5=$1735
First – a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped on the ELCA Service Day on September 13th! We were able to assemble 13 quilts (13 on the 13th!) and 100 Personal Care Kits. The crew also prepped items for the School Kits for assembly on September 27th. And another BIG THANK YOU for the generous donations we’ve received! Because of the money collected we were able to exceed our goal of 75 Personal Care and School Kits – plus we’ll be able to send Lutheran World Relief money to cover shipping costs. In addition, because of buying some of the materials in bulk (such as 144 combs), we’ll have a good start on next year’s kits.
And speaking of next year – it starts in October! First we’ll host the Lutheran World Relief truck on Saturday & Sunday, October 3rd & 4th to load ours and other church’s boxes of quilts and kits. We can use help on those days (9-12 on Saturday a.m. and 12-3 on Sunday p.m.). Please let Carol Hrodey know if you can help.
Then, on Sunday, October 25th we’ll begin our new year of Quilts & Kits with the Fall Festival of Quilts following the worship service. Remember – no sewing experience necessary! Join us for the “festival” and fellowship! For additional information and to volunteer, contact Carol Hrodey at email@example.com or 847-828-7819.
MEAL PLANNER NEEDED
Thanks to Jennie Read (Robles) for coordinating the Thanksgiving Community Meal for the last 5 years. In order to have the meal again this year, Jennie and Debbie Sasak are looking for a team to take over this wonderful event – neither of them is able to do it this year, and it will not happen without a new volunteer crew. Please contact Pastor Lynne, Jennie, or Debbie if you are able to take over.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING RESULTS
Sunday, 8/30, we included in our Congregational meeting a vote on how best to distribute an undesignated $5000 in benevolence money. The results of benevolence voting ensured that the top five ministries would receive $1000 each from us. They were:
• Wounded Warriors
• Cub Scouts
• Legacy Corp
• Night Ministry
BAPTISM: JAXON REID WINIARSKI
On Sunday, August 30 we joyfully celebrated the baptism of Jaxon Reid Winiarski, child of Kristy and Jeff Winiarski. Many friends and relatives were on hand to help us celebrate his baptism.
PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
LWR TRAILER PACKING
Saturday, Oct. 3 9-12pm
Sunday, Oct. 4 12-3pm
The trailer will be in the parking lot October 3 and 4. We will have people on hand to help other churches load their goods into the trailer, which will be picked up Monday morning and taken to the LWR distribution center. There will be a bar code added to each box in order to track where in the world it goes! Help is needed for packing, scanning, and loading the boxes.
OCTOBERFEST BENEFIT FOR CENTER OF CONCERN
October 3, 6-11pm
Ridgemoor Country Club,
6601 W. Gunnison St., Harwood Heights
$60 ticket includes traditional German buffet dinner, complimentary wine with dinner, (cash bar available throughout the evening), entertainment provided by Alpine Thunder German band. Come for fun, games, dancing, celebrity bartenders and raffles! Groups of 8 or more pay reduced price of $50 per ticket. Tickets will be $75 at the door. Come for a great time and support a local social service agency that helps our neighbors in need! Contact the Center at (847) 823-0453 for information or visit the website to buy tickets. http://centerofconcern.org/oktoberfest
LOMC AUTUMN FEST
Sunday, October 11 10-4pm
Pumpkin carving, cider pressing, human foosball, GAGAball, ziplining, hiking, tours, wagon rides, Swing Choir performance, and dedication of David’s Loft treehouse. A group will leave Messiah at 11:45 to travel down – don’t miss it this year!
MESSIAH BOOK CLUB
Thursday, Oct. 15
We will discuss the book “Trustee from the Toolroom” by Nevil Shute. Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading. If anyone has any questions please contact Rich Levy. H: 847-698-5838, C: 847-909-5018
REMINDERS FOR OCTOBER
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, October 10 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 – Fall Festival of Quilts on Sunday, Oct 25 following worship!
COMING IN NOVEMBER
Thanksgiving Service and Dinner (maybe!), November 26
Hanging Greens/Advent Party,
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
Oct 4 19th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm: Psalm 8
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 1:1-4;2:5-12
Gospel: Mark 10:2-16
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians
CONF: What is a Lutheran? #2&3
Reformation/ Along Came Martin Luther
Oct 11 20th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Psalm: Psalm 90:12-17
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 4:12-16
Gospel: Mark 10:17-31
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians
CONF: What is a Lutheran? #4-6
Oct 18 21st Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 53:4-12
Psalm: Psalm 91:9-16
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 5:1-10
Gospel: Mark 10:35-45
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians
CONF: My Faith #1
What is Faith?
Oct 25 Reformation Sunday
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm: Psalm 46
2nd Lesson: Romans 3:19-28
Gospel: John 8:31-36
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians
CONF: Video and Discussion
Lifelift – Tony Nolan
PET BLESSING SERVICE
Sunday, October 5 at 1pm
Bring your favorite critter on his leash or in her box, and receive a blessing! We will have a short service, and are often joined by neighbors and friends who wish their special pet to get blessed. This service is in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.
We invite everyone to wear red to celebrate Reformation Sunday. We may even be visited by special guests Martin and Kate Luther!
Oct 4 Oct 11 Oct 18 Oct 25
10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am
Acolytes Ralphie L Caitlin L Nikolaus R Michael Y
Comm. Asst. Teresa L Rich L Larry R Floyd Y
Readers Rhonda C Dotty B Dina S Erik G
Asst. Min. Cindy N Andy T Pat K Vikki H
Projection Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H
Ushers Steve Y Steve Y Steve Y Steve Y
Altar Guild Sue K Nancy H Nancy H Sue K
Counters Paul H Paul H Paul H Paul H
** HELP NEEDED **
Usher help is desperately needed for Sundays in October and December. (Thanks to Jake and Tim Saul for signing up to usher in November!) A signup sheet in on the door in the Narthex along with ushering instructions. Steve Yager will be on vacation from December 21-30, and needs coverage for those days. Any questions please e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or see her at worship.
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.
Oct 4 In honor of Dan Kovach’s birthday by Brad, Pat, and Kevin Kovach. Available.
Oct 11 In honor of Dan Kovach’s birthday Kevin Kovach. Available.
Oct 18 Available. Available.
Oct 25 By Les and Nancy Herak in honor of Michael Herak’s birthday By John and Sue Fox in honor of Andrew’s baptism anniversary.
Manna Orders Due
Monday, October 5
Spotlight Youth Theater Presents:
at Prairie Lakes Theater
in Des Plaines
For tix: 847-516-2298 or
THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT
Get your tickets today!
Table Talks at Panera
Each Monday at Des Plaines Panera from 7-8:30pm through October.
We will be discussing the Epistles, and sharing a time of fellowship and support.
is settled in at Wesley Willows, 4054 Albright Lane Apt. F118 Rockford, IL 61103. Phone is 815-316-6051 and email address is the same: email@example.com.
Her daughter Cheryl is still at her Rockford-area address: 4474 Hilltop Drive, Loves Park, IL 61111; 815-236-6657; firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 CROP WALK
Benefitting Church World Service and Maine Township Food Pantry
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Beginning at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 West Crescent, Park Ridge, IL 60068. Registration at 1:30pm, step-off at 2pm. This is a 10k walk to raise awareness and funds for Church World Services and the Maine Township Food Pantry. We are looking for walkers, and if you can’t walk, please sponsor our walkers. They will be in the narthex after church on Sundays in October to get your support. See Trudi Handzel or David Swanson to get a form to be a walker. You can also donate online at www.cropwalk.org. Click on Illinois on the map and find Niles/Park Ridge Walk. Click on that and click “donate,” and type in walkers name or team name (Messiah Lutheran Church) to donate. (Instructions are pretty clear once you get to Niles/Park Ridge Walk.) CURRENTLY we have $95 pledged – lets get that number up!
Another way to contribute is to visit the Park Ridge Chipotle on October 15th, from 5-9pm. Mention CROP Walk or bring in flyer - 50% is donated when a Crop Walk is flyer is presented at checkout. Flyers are available in the narthex.
MUSIC NOTES GLORIA DEI CHOIR
“The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music.”
- Martin Luther
On Reformation Sunday, October 25, we’ll sing Martin Luther’s most famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”. Luther wrote the hymn as a source of comfort in the knowledge that Christ has won our salvation and God’s Word will survive forever.
Luther became particularly known for three things: the doctrine of salvation by faith alone, the belief that Scripture should be translated into the people's language, and the birth of congregational singing. He felt that music was a gift of God, not of man. In worship, we sing as a congregation with thankfulness and praise to remember God’s Word, to respond to God’s grace, and to reflect God’s glory!
Messiah Lutheran Church
invites you to the Annual Youth Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 4-7pm
$10 for adults
$5 for children under age 10
Take a moment to enjoy being served by our young people in the family-friendly atmosphere of our Fellowship Hall
Proceeds benefit the service activities of Messiah’s Youth Group! A Youth Group Overnight Lockin follows the dinner.
FYI – We will need help on Friday night before the Spaghetti Dinner to set up the Fellowship Hall. Youth are encouraged to help make the Hall look like an Italian Café! Please contact Debbie Sasak (773- 852-5129) to let her know you are coming on both Friday and Saturday.
FLAT JESUS AWARDS
Flat Jesus has returned home to Messiah Lutheran Church + Child Care Center! Awards were given out at our celebration party as we heard stories of FJ's travels and watched the slide show collection of photos.
• Most Photos of FJ - Miss Jan LeClere (CCC aide) - sent 6!
• Best Flat Jesus Outfit - Carol Hrodey - rainbow FJ
• Best Travel Story – Jessica Schneider and Family for the Miller Park FJ and Pat Kovach for FJ's travel log photos
• Furthest Distance FJ Traveled - Nancy and Les Herak took FJ to St. Maarten and Hungary, Budapest and the Danube
• Most Different Photo Locations - Sam and Julia Fogel took FJ to GS camp, White Sox game, LOMC, etc.
• Most Photos of FJ around MLC+CCC - Miss Suzanne's class
• Most People in photo with FJ - Boy Scout Troop #1 with landscaping crew
Thanks to all who participated! Let's keep FJ traveling throughout the year!
COMING IN NOVEMBER
Ultimate Lock-in event Friday Nov. 6 to Sat. Nov. 7. More details available in bulletins and in the November newsletter, but we need adult chaperones to share the Enchanted Castle supervision. Please contact Debbie Sasak to participate.
Linda Stolz, 10/5
Sandra Downie, 10/6
Darryl Hanson, 10/7
Daniel Kovach, 10/7
Zachary Elder, 10/9
Julie Berzins, 10/12
Tommy Hanson, 10/16
David Kaufman, 10/26
Neil Hauser, 10/29
Ron and Theresa Duty, 10/27/74 – 40 years
Tom and Kim Hanson, 10/29/93 – 21 years
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!”
CHURCH LEADERSHIP STAFF
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, Erik Grove, Tim Saul,
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, Ann & Mark Wiberg
MEMORIAL REPORT as of August 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
Memorials: None this month
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 (2015)
(IN THEATERS NOW!)
Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep his daughter Mavis from leaving the hotel.
We were eager to see this sequel – our family really enjoyed the first “Hotel Transylvania,” as it was a cute, fun, Halloween-themed movie, full of good laughs (“I do not say ‘blah, blah, blah!’” from Drac is actually now an oft-used catch-phrase in our home) and packing some sweet emotional punch. We were lucky to get decent seats in the theater on opening weekend, so I think lots of other folks felt the same way, and we were not disappointed.
We fast forward quickly in the opening 15 minutes of the film through Mavis and Johnny’s wedding (very sweet and lovely), pregnancy, and the birth of adorable, red-headed Dennis. Drac is convinced that little Dennis is destined to be a vampire, and goes a little overboard trying to “pull” the drac out of him before his 5th birthday. There are moments here that we can all relate to – overprotecting moms, dads who don’t get any attention anymore, and grandparents who perhaps think they know better than their children how to raise a child.
As always, the fun silliness is a venue for deeper concepts, and there were some interesting moments about what it means to be “normal” and how we treat people who are different. The monsters are accepted by people now … but still not thought of as normal. Can Dennis exist in both worlds? Can the monsters go back to being scary, when clearly they like who they’ve become, now that humans aren’t trying to kill them all the time?
There are lots of laughs, Dennis is adorable, and those of us who know movies will enjoy Mel Brooks as Vlad (aka, great-Dracpa). It does have some frightening moments, despite the PG rating, and may not be for very, very little children (we had a very upset toddler in our audience). But for most, it is a fun, delightful movie experience, perfect for kicking off Halloween season.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Donna Hanson, Lippert Family, Penumaka Family, Marvin Fogel, Carol Olesen, Lytle Thomson, Don Kovach, Dottie Burger, Millie Anderson, Joanne Trestrail, Pastor Jade Chienyu Yi, Eva Ruterschmidt, Barb Loverme, Carol Hrodey, Phyllis, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, Rosalie Lucarelli, Rick (Ralph & Kathy E’s Grandson), Paul Rostin, Roger Jones, Dumerer Family, Kevin P., Liliana M, Tom & Ruth Perzentka, The Hauser Family, Tom Jason, Victoria Candiotti, Sarah Fiore, Richard Levy, Ardene Ejnik, Mark Higgins, Cindy Norberg, Rani Rao, Steve W., Hugh Williams, Janis, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, George and Audrey Krell, Gnanamari, those living with cancer.*
We joyfully welcomed back our students of Christian Learning, both the Confirmation Class and our CHAT Room participants!
We celebrated our INTERNATIONAL impact as we not only blessed and enjoyed the beautiful quilts and helpful kits that go all around the world to bring help and comfort to those who need them, but we also celebrated Flat Jesus, who has traveled all summer with us to places in the US and abroad!
* We understand that some prayer requests are short term for specific events, while others find ongoing prayers to be powerful.
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, 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, Andrew Fox, Peter Fox, Jenni Hanson, Tommy Hanson, Tait Jensen, Kevin Kovach, Joe Levy, Brynn Wildenauer and Bryce Wildenauer.
Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
8282 N. Merrill
Niles, IL 60714
Wesley Willows, 4054 Albright Ln. Apt. F118
Rockford, IL 61103
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