The Messiah Messenger > The January Messenger Issue #571
The January Messenger Issue #571

Dec 31, 2015

The Messiah MESSENGER

FROM THE PASTOR   
EPIPHANY BLESSING
Many of you have asked what the 20 CMB 15 means above the doorway in the Friendship Place. This is something you can do, should you like an Epiphany Blessing for your home too.
The author of the Gospel of Matthew writes that when the magi saw the shining star stop overhead, they were filled with joy. "On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother" (Matt. 2:10-11). In the home, Christ is met in family and friends, in visitors and strangers. In the home, faith is shared, nurtured, and put into action. In the home, Christ is welcome.
Twelfth Night (January 5) or another day during the season of Epiphany offers an occasion for gathering with friends and family members for a blessing of the home, using the following as a model. Someone may lead the greeting and blessing, while another person may read the scripture passage. Following an eastern European tradition, a visual blessing may be inscribed with white chalk above the main door; for example, 20 + CMB + 16. (The first two numbers indicate the century and the last two numbers change with each new year.) The three letters stand for either the ancient Latin blessing Christe Mansionem Benedica, which means, "Christ, bless this house," or the legendary names of the magi (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar).
After the inscription and blessing, all may walk from room to room, blessing the house with incense or by sprinkling with water, using a branch from the Christmas tree. The typical blessing is as follows:    
May peace be to this house and to all who enter here. By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. (Prov 24:3-4)
As we prepare to ask God's blessing on this household, let us listen to the words of scripture:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1:1-16)
This inscription may be made with chalk above the entrance of the home:
20 + C M B + 16
20: two thousand
+: Christ, bless this house
CMB: wise men/Latin blessing
+: remain with us through the new year
16: sixteen years
Conclude with:
O God, you revealed your Son to all people by the shining light of a star. We pray that you bless this home and all who live here with your gracious presence. May your love be our inspiration, your wisdom our guide, your truth our light and your peace our benediction; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
   

NOTEWORTHY NEWS
CHRISTMAS CHARITIES THANKS!
For The Night Ministry, and also for our own assistance ministry, we collected hats, gloves, scarves, as well as socks. We kept several items here in our “donation station,” and also gave out items to our guests who came in December, but this is what we sent to the Night Ministry:
9 store-bought hats
11 hand-knit hats
2 hoods
3 scarves
2 pairs of gloves
60 pairs of socks
We kept an additional 40 pairs of socks to supplement our Clothing Closet for this winter’s guests.
Many thanks to EVERYONE who supplied gifts, hats, and other clothing items for our Christmas Charities this year, as well as all the wonderful presents for children for the LSSI Gifts for Kids program. We also helped out a couple of families in our own community who have a hard time buying Christmas presents. Thanks to all who participated and helped with this program.

EC CORNER
No information from the December 7th Meeting.

November Attendance
Wk1=52, Wk2=48, Wk3=44, Wk4=39, Wk5=42
*87 individuals worshiped in November (attending between 1 and 5 times)

November Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$2831, Wk2=$2354, Wk3=$3783, Wk4=$718, Wk5=$2218

Please note … The Attendance and Giving reports will always be one month behind, because the Messenger is created and printed in the last week of the month. At the printing for this January newsletter, the December numbers are not yet available. Hence the November report. This will always be the case.
NOTEWORTHY NEWS

IN MEMORIAM: ARDENE J. BEHRENDS EJNIK
9/21/1939 – 12/19/2015

Beloved wife of Raymond. Loving mother of Laura Olson and Maria Andros. Devoted grandmother of Joseph Ejnik and James Olson. Adoring great-grandmother of Arya. Fond sister of the late Delores Broezell. Ardene has been active at Messiah for many, many years, teaching Sunday School, helping with VBS, and the Assistance Ministry. A funeral service was held at Messiah on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 10:30am. Please keep Ardene’s family in your prayers.

2016 QUILTS AND KITS
Happy New Year!
We’re looking forward to
another banner year of assembling Quilts & Kits for Lutheran World Relief to distribute to those in need around the world. Beginning this month we’ll start collecting items for the Personal Care Kits – specifically towels. Watch for sales! Towels need to be bath towel size – darker colors are preferred. Or, if you are tired of shopping – a donation of $3 per towel is also appreciated! We exceeded 100 kits last year so let’s shoot for that goal again! Also in January we’ll kick off the New Year with an extended quilt assembly session on the 17th following worship service in the Friendship Place. Lunch will be served! Please let Carol Hrodey know if you plan to attend so we are sure to have enough food. And remember – no sewing experience necessary! So join us in assembling quilts – along with good fellowship and lunch! For additional information and to volunteer, contact Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or 847-828-7819

PRAYERFUL PROCESS - JANUARY
The Prayerful Process to discern future leadership for Messiah will conclude with a short meeting on Thursday, January 7th at 7pm. If you have not yet participated, you are welcome to join this final discussion.   

ENVELOPES UPDATE
Thanks to everyone who has provided updated info on your envelopes. The changes will take effect in February.

UPCOMING EVENTS
PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
ANNUAL REPORTS DUE
Monday, Jan. 11th
Annual Reports are due into the church office by Monday, January 11th.
This is so reports can be compiled, spell-checked, and printed in time to distribute copies to members on Sunday, January 24th. If you can EMAIL your report, it is much appreciated! If you’d like a digital copy of last year’s report to edit, that can be provided.

ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, Jan 31st following the worship service

This is the time of year that we review and celebrate our accomplishments of the past year, set ministry goals for the coming year, approve 2016 budget and elect congregational officers. Please pick up your Annual Report on January 24th, take a little time to read it over, and then be prepared to discuss and vote on our initiatives and our budget for 2016.

MESSIAH BOOK CLUB
Thursday, Jan 21st
at 7pm
We will discuss the book “Mr. Penumbras 24 hr Bookstore” by Robin Sloan. Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading. If anyone has any questions please contact Rich Levy at (847) 698-5838.

REMINDERS FOR JANUARY
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Jan 9th 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 – Sunday, January 17th following worship. Lunch will be provided, please let Carol Hrodey know if you are coming so she can plan for food!

COMING IN FEBRUARY
Youth Retreat, Feb 5-7
Transfiguration Sunday, Feb 7
Ash Wednesday, Feb 10


THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP


Jan 3   Second Sunday of Christmas
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 31:7-14
Psalm: Psalm 147:12-20
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel: John 1:[1-9] 10-18   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: No Class

Jan 10   Baptism of Our Lord
1st Lesson: Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm: Psalm 29
2nd Lesson: Acts 8:14-17
Gospel: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: Meaning of Service #1: Serving Others

Jan 17   2nd Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm: Psalm 36:5-10
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Gospel: John 2:1-11   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: Meaning of Service #2: Love the Lord Your God

Jan 24   3rd Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Nem. 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm: Psalm 19
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor 12:12-31a
Gospel: Luke 4:21-30   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: Meaning of Service #3: Noticing and Reaching Out

Jan 31   4th Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm: Psalm 71:1-6
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Gospel: Luke 4:21-30   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: Meaning of Service #4: Forgiving Others

PRAYERS FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
Sunday, Jan 24 at 3pm
St. Isaac Jogues Church

Please join our John 17 Fellowship for a prayer service for Christian Unity. Pastor Lynne will be preaching. St. Isaac Jogues is located at 8149 W Golf Road in Niles.

THIS MONH IN WORSHIP

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS

Jan 3   Jan 10   Jan 17   Jan 24   Jan 31
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Nikolaus R   Caitlin L   Evelyn A   Michael Y   Samantha F
Comm. Asst.   Larry R   Rich L   Scott A   Floyd Y   TBD
Readers   Debbie Schm.   Cindy N   Nick L   Larry R   Dave H
Asst. Min.   David S   Rich L   Rhonda C   Andy T   Cindy N
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Marilynn D
Debbie Schm   Marilynn D
Debbie Schm   *   Karol K
Diane W   Karol K
Diane W
Altar Guild   Susan K   Susan K   *   *   *
Counters   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H

New Worship Assistants’ Process
Those people who are responsible for scheduling our worship “staff” will be contacting volunteers by the 15th of the month, and will work out and finalize the schedule via email before sending the list to the office for publishing in the newsletter on the 20th. They will also make sure that everyone receives the email and responds, even if that means a follow-up phone call.

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.
Jan 3   Available.   By John and Sue Fox in honor of Peter’s birthday.
Jan 10   In honor of Tait Jensen’s birthday.   Available.
Jan 17   Available.   Available.
Jan 24   Available.   Available.
Jan 31   Available.   Available.

NEW FLOWER AND BULLETIN CALENDARS ARE NOW UP IN THE HALLWAY.
Please feel free to stop by and sign up to honor or memorialize a loved one.

CALENDAR: January 2016
Please see online calendar -
http://73983233.view-events.com

MESSAGES

THEOLOGY OF PARK RIDGE
Register by January 15 for the Winter, 2016 Series
50 YEARS – OUR FINAL PROGRAM
Wednesdays, 9:15 am – Coffee/Rolls, 9:30 am – Lecture

Jan. 20 Cam von Wahlde, Ph.D. “SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW THE GOSPEL OF JOHN?”
Feb. 3 Pauline Viviano, Ph.D. “WHEN AN ENDING IS A BEGINNING: CREATION TO CONSUMMATION TO NEW AGE IN THE BIBLE”
Feb. 17 Rev. Donald Senior “FIFTY YEARS AND COUNTING: THE BIBLICAL REVOLUTION OF VATICAN II”
Mar. 2 Rev. Richard Fragomeni “LET US CELEBRATE”
Mar. 9 John Shea “CROSSING THE THRESHOLD OF MERCY: 50 YEARS OF THEOLOGY”

TO REGISTER: Send check for $35.00 payable to
Theology of Park Ridge with name and address to:
Mary Lou Murphy, 5813 N. Nicolet, Chicago, IL 60631
Phone (773) 774-4421
Men and women are invited to participate
$10.00 per single session
Our Lady of Hope Church
9711 W. Devon Ave., Rosemont, IL 60018   

Thanks to all who helped with the Christmas Season by serving, stuffing, staffing, singing, supporting, and solving anything that came up! You are all a blessing and a joy to the Staff at Messiah!

PLEASE CHECK YOUR STATEMENTS
Financial statements were made available in November. Please check yours to make sure it is correct before the end of the year. Final 2015 statements will be mailed out in January – please help us make any corrections before that. ALSO – If you have donated an ITEM (gift card, clothing, food, etc.) and you want a receipt from the office for your taxes, please contact Jen directly.

Law Enforcement “Hockey Classic” to Benefit Honor Flight Chicago
Saturday, Feb 27 at 6:30 PM, The Chicago Police Department and the Chicago FBI will battle it out on the ice in an Exhibition Fundraiser for Honor Flight Chicago. Honor Flight helps WWII Vets attend an unforgettable day of honor in Washington D.C. next summer. For more information about both events, please see the posters in the Narthex, or speak to Marilynn Duckett. Early-bird discounts apply.   

Spotlight Youth Theater Presents:
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Feb. 12-21
at Prairie Lakes Theater
in Des Plaines
For tix: 847-516-2298 or
www.spotlight.org
GREAT FAMILY FUN for Valentine’s Day!
These shows always sell out, get your tickets today!

MESSIAH MINISTRIES
REV. KNUTSON
We were thrilled to have Rev Knutson join us for worship in December. Below is an excerpt from his most recent letter to us. As always, the complete letter is available online at:
http://www.messiahparkridge.org/rev_phil_knutson.html
Dear friends in Christ,
Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Recently I attended a conference with the theme: African Futures. It was a festival of interdisciplinary activities imagining what various African futures might look like. One session focused on the question of knowledge production asking: Who generates knowledge about Africa? Whose voices are heard or repressed? How are young Africans telling their own stories of the past and present and imagining that story’s future? …
… A special focus for me this year has been working with member churches of the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA) through their Christian Education Desk to compile a resource book with and for youth and young adults. www.lucsa.org
Thank you for your prayers and continuing support through the ELCA Global Church sponsorship program. Thank you for your participation in God’s mission locally and globally.
May God’s kingdom of grace, justice and peace come to us all.
Yours faithfully,
Rev. Philip Knutson    

MUSIC NOTES
A viable church choir reflects 10% of Sunday attendance. Since Gloria Dei Choir currently has 13 members, Messiah is blessed to be way above the standard!
Gloria Dei Choir is an amazing, all volunteer group, dedicated to praising God and leading worship. At rehearsals, we practice music to sing the very best we can but it is always, only because our “audience” is God. From September thru May, it is a cohesive unit: unique voices and personalities joined together as one – a reflection of the Church, the “Body of Christ.” But also, their individual voices sing year round in worship as soloists, small groups, or within the pews as part of the congregation.
On behalf of the congregation, thank you, choir! And, of course, we are always looking for new voices; please join us on Tuesdays at 7:30p for rehearsals. There are no tryouts and no experience needed.

YOUTH PAGE
CUB SCOUT PACK 105
Night Ministry
The Cub Scouts donated approx. 60 pairs of socks to the night ministry for the homeless. The socks were hung on the tree and afterwards there was a discussion about those who need help.
A Scout is Helpful.
Pinewood Derby
The annual Pinewood derby will be held Jan 8, 2016, Fellowship Hall 7PM. All are invited to view this race of derby cars built by Scouts and there family. Scouts race for fun and after the official race, a sibling race takes place also.
A Scout is Cheerful.
Scout Sunday
Scout Sunday is scheduled for Feb. 7, 2016. All current Scouts are invited to attend this service. You may be a Cub Scout, Brownie, Boy Scout, Girl Scout, or Indian Scout – all are welcome. If you are a former Scout, bring along a memorabilia or your favorite memory to share with the current Scouts.
A Scout is Reverent.
Yours in Scouting,
Tim Saul
Charter Organization Rep., Messiah Lutheran Church, C7-751-13    

SOUPERBOWL OF CARING COMING!
At Messiah, this will be our NINTH year participating!
Through your generosity we have given over $7000 and 4200 food items directly to the Maine Township Food Pantry due to collections around the past 9 Super Bowls! Each year we are amazed at the dedication and commitment of our congregation when it comes to its capacity for giving. This year the confirmation class will again lead the event and are hoping, with you help, that we do even better!
You can start bringing non-perishable food offerings that we will also deliver to the Maine Township Food Pantry. There will be baskets in the Friendship Place labeled “Souper Bowl of Caring” beginning Sunday January 24th and remaining until Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th.

FEBRUARY RETREAT
It is time to plan our February Retreat for Messiah's Youth. We would like all interested youth to register for the event as soon as they are able, and we are also looking for chaperones. The retreat starts at 7pm Friday, Feb 5th and goes through 10 am on Sunday, Feb 7th. Both high school and middle school students can participate. Our kids and adults have enjoyed the Lutherdale retreat for the last few years. Please contact Pastor Lynne if you are interested in attending.

MILESTONES
BIRTHDAYS
Richard Seggeling, 1/2
Paul Holzer, 1/3
Nicholas Levy, 1/4
Peter Fox, 1/5
Donald Kovach, 1/7
Ralph Lippert, 1/7
Larry Ryczek, 1/7
Jennifer Schneider, 1/10
Thomas Jason, 1/12
Tait Jensen, 1/12
Ryan Bujalka, 1/13
Kaelyn Yager, 1/16
Raymond Ejnik, 1/20
Lester Herak, 1/20   David Chervinko, 1/22
Heba Penumaka, 1/22
Chris Boomer, 1/23
Karol Kamman, 1/25
Michael Bujalka, 1/28
Lytle Thompson, 1/28

ANNIVERSARIES
None in January
      
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

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
President:   Rich Levy
Vice President:    Neena Penumaka
Secretary:    Debbie Sasak
Treasurer:    Larry Ryczek
Financial Sec.:    Paul Holzer

CONGREGATIONAL DEACONS
Floyd Yager and Jennie Read Robles
   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:   Cindy Norberg, Erik Grove, Tim Saul,
Mark Dupke
Christian Education: Julie Luck Jensen
Confirmation/Youth:   Floyd Yager, Debbie Sasak, Julie Holzer
Manna Coordinators: Help Needed
Women’s Service Group: Trudi Handzel,
Carol Hrodey
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 December 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 cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net

Memorials: None this month

MESSIAH MOVIES   
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
(IN THEATERS NOW)
No spoilers, I promise!
If you haven’t seen this yet, I want to make sure that I don’t ruin anything for you. I will be very careful not to reveal any main plot points, but I will express some opinions on the end result.
We went to see this a few weeks after it opened. I tried very hard not to read or hear anything ahead of time to spoil my experience, and I am glad that I did. Many things I have read since seeing the film have attacked the plot and the characters, and I simply don’t agree with the reviewers’ complaints. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and for those who like to over-think things, they have missed out on a great movie-going experience.
By now you know that we have jumped about 30 or so years after the end of “Episode 6: Return of the Jedi.” It is also Not surprising that some of our old favorite characters are back, including Han Solo and Chewbacca (they are in the trailers). We also get to meet a NEW set of characters – the next generation in the story of Star Wars.
One of the best things about the film is how accurately they recreated the look and feel and style of the first (Ep. 4, 1977) movie. Similar camera shots, grungy equipment, costumes, aliens … all are strongly reminiscent of the movies we know and love. Director JJ Abrams chose to not “update” the style of the world of Star Wars (the way he did with the Star Trek reboot) and I think it was an excellent choice, and well executed.
Another plus for the film is the instant likeability of our new younger set of characters – Finn, Rey, Po Dameron, etc. Deftly directed from the first instant on screen, each of them gives us someone to root for, much in the same way we felt an instant liking for Luke, Han, and Leia. With honest moments of fear, humor, and compassion, with a little bit of classic destiny thrown in, they deliver the forward momentum of the story.
Finally, it is just plain fun. Exciting chases and battles, a galactic scale, nostalgic at times, and silly at others, it’s a terrific movie. I’d like to go see it again!

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Ruth Perzentka, Tom Jason, Chris Baum, Irene Luck, Fred D, Bob Bisgard, Debbie P, Boyer Family, Joe W., Roberto, Donna Hanson, Lippert Family, Penumaka Family, Carol Olesen, Lytle Thomson, Dottie Burger, Joanne Trestrail, Eva Ruterschmidt, Barb Loverme, Carol Hrodey, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, Rosalie Lucarelli, Rick (Ralph & Kathy E’s Grandson), Roger Jones, Dumerer Family, Kevin P., The Hauser Family, Victoria Candiotti, Sarah Fiore, Richard Levy, Mark Higgins, Cindy Norberg, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, George and Audrey Krell, those living with cancer, those living with mental illness.*   

JOYFUL THANKSGIVING
In November, we gave thanks for several babies! Millie Anderson’s first great granddaughter and Cheryl Erdmann’s first grandchild, Ember Grace Erdmann, born to Stephanie and Will Erdmann born October 29 weighing 8.6 pounds. Tessa Mae Taylor, daughter of Kristin and Bart Taylor, granddaughter of Susan Kopij and great granddaughter of Dorothy Nagel was born Friday November 6th. We also welcomed the following newborn babies to the Messiah extended community: Grace Ellen, Thomas William, Avery Lynn
We also gave joyous thanks for new beginnings that TK has been given.
* 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, Joe Song (HKCC), Brynn Wildenauer and Bryce Wildenauer.


DIRECTORY CHANGES

Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!

Eva Thoren
Christwood Retirement Community
100 Christwood Blvd
Covington LA 70433

The Messiah MESSENGER
1605 Vernon Avenue

Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Phone: (847) 823-6984
Fax: (847) 823-6996
E-mail: PastorLynne@messiahparkridge.org
Office@messiahparkridge.org
Homepage: www.messiahparkridge.org
Child Care Center Phone: (847) 825-3767
Child Care Email: MessiahChildCareCenter@gmail.com

 


 

 

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