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The Messiah Messenger > The May Messenger Issue #479
The May Messenger Issue #479

Apr 30, 2008

THE Messiah

In this issue…
From the President
“Father Floyd?”
New Members and Confirmation
Free Best Buy How-To Clinics!
Readings and Worship Schedule
Flowers and Bulletins
Worship Assistants Schedule
First Quarter Statement News
First Friends Needed
Blood Drive in Park Ridge
Volunteers Needed for CCC Fun Fair
United Power for Action and Justice Event

From the President
Dear Members and Friends of Messiah,
It would be an understatement to say that the last few weeks have been tough for Messiah – losing our brothers and sisters in Christ: Charlie Johnson, Rosemary Thurow, Charity Grove, Pastor Robert Furreboe, Roy Sues, Marge Merriman, and Edith Bunt as well as our leader and friend, Pastor Paul Stolz. The loss of Pastor Paul has touched us all – each in our own way – and of course leaves us without our leader. Pastor Paul was only with us for a couple of years but since his passing I’ve really come to realize what an impact he made on all of us in our short time together.
I want to reassure everyone that we will move into an interim period and then onto the call process when the time is right. The executive committee and I have had meetings and are in regular communication with Pastor Carol Breimeier from the Bishop’s office. Pastor Breimeier has encouraged us to be very deliberate in the process of calling an interim pastor and assess where we are at as a congregation and what our needs are for this interim period. Our situation is different now than it was in 2004 when Pastor Larson left and we called Pastor Straw as our interim. And it is different than it was a year later when we called Pastor Paul or even than when he became ill. I’m sure there is already some speculation because of the uncertainty of the situation we are in – and I urge you to share your thoughts with the leadership of the church. We want to hear what you are thinking. Please feel free to contact me personally at church or via e-mail at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or via cell phone at 847-828-7819 – or any of the other members of the executive committee or leadership team. Or, if you’re shy, write a note and address it to the Executive Committee. Meanwhile, Pastor Sue has agreed to stay with us until the interim situation is resolved, which will most likely coincide with our shift to summertime.
But as we begin this interim period we need to give ourselves time together as a congregation to grieve and process this great loss we’ve experienced. We need time to come together and talk and share our stories of Pastor Paul and reflect on the lessons he’s taught us. Even though Pastor Paul had been ill for six months, he was still at our helm and we looked forward to his return. I met with and spoke to Pastor Paul a number of times during his absence from Messiah and I know that his spirit was strong and he wanted so badly to be back with us. It wasn’t until Palm Sunday that the likelihood of his return really came into question. In hindsight that may have very well been his farewell to us after he checked on us to be sure we were doing OK.
Pastor Paul had great hopes for the ministries of Messiah. He told me when I visited him at the Rehab Institute of Chicago in January that he had had a lot of time to think and had lots of ideas for Messiah!! He had that big grin on his face! I begged him to take it easy on us when he got back since we had been through a rough few months! He said he would but I didn’t believe him for a minute.

After Pastor Paul passed away we have had the opportunity to hear many stories about him and to see pictures of him in healthier times. I couldn’t help but wonder “What if” – What if he had been with us for a longer time and in good health – what would the possibilities have been??
But you know what Pastor Paul would have told me if I said that to him? He would have said it didn’t matter if he was here or who the minister was. “It’s not about me,” he would have said. “The church is not just one person.” It is all of us working together to carry out God’s mission. As Terry McIntyre pointed out in the homily, Pastor Paul “just did.” I guess like the Nike commercial that says “just do it” – Pastor Paul just did it. And that was his challenge to us – to just do it – to get the job done.
All of our members who have died recently had that in common with Pastor Paul – they were all people who saw a need and just went out and got the job done. No matter how big or how small – they just did it. Each of them was a great example of a person of action, serving God by serving their communities and church without complaint or fanfare.
I witnessed the members of Messiah pull together to hold Pastor Paul’s funeral which must have included close to 300 people and around 30 members of the clergy – including the Bishop and his assistants – it was a moving celebration of Pastor Paul’s life. His family, friends, and the clergy all said it was a wonderful service and reception. We got the job done – no questions – we just did it. Some members of Pastor Paul’s family and friends said to me that if he had to go through what he did during the last several months, he couldn’t have been at a better place than Messiah because of the supportive nature of our congregation. Again - we just did it.
After the funeral was over I set about starting to thank people for their help (and if I didn’t personally thank you I extend my sincere thanks to everyone for their help and support). But when I thanked Kristin Yager, she said to me, “You don’t have to thank me, it was a labor of love.” And she was right…it was a labor of love for all of us. We didn’t have to think about it – there was work to be done and we just did it. So imagine the possibilities if we keep that feeling all the time, if everything we do at Messiah is a labor of love. Not just for Pastor Paul or for any particular pastor or member of the congregation,
but a labor of love for God. I think then the possibilities are endless!
So in these coming months, let’s not despair about
what could have been or what may lie ahead –
let’s make everything a labor of love for God
and just do it!
So let’s keep marching forward together as God’s
children, in God’s light, and just do it!
More to come…
God’s Peace, Carol Hrodey

Noteworthy News
Floyd Yager is about to complete his diakonia program in June. After talking with Pastor Paul over a period of time, Floyd enrolled in the diakonia program in 2006 with the intention of someday applying to become a Deacon of the ELCA. Pastor Paul and Floyd spoke of Floyd working with our Youth Ministry someday once he became a Deacon. They eventually shared this idea with me and it sounded like a great plan! Pastor Paul spoke about this a number of times over the last year with great enthusiasm about the boost this would give our youth.
The fortunate thing for us is that Floyd doesn’t necessarily feel compelled to stick to timetables! When Pastor Paul became ill, Floyd did not hesitate to step up and say he would take over the confirmation class. The next job he tackled was the class for first communion. And now Floyd is trying to expand activities that include our high school crew.
Please help me first of all in congratulating Floyd as he completes his diakonia program. It was a lot of hard work on top of having an active family and working full time. But most of all join me in thanking Floyd for stepping in and taking great care of our kids!! I have seen first hand how he touched each and every child in the first communion class and what a great job he’s doing with our confirmation kids. Messiah is very blessed to have Floyd working with our youth!! Thank you Floyd!!
~ Carol Hrodey

We will accept new members to Messiah 2 weeks in a row! On Sunday, May 4th we welcome some new members to Messiah who will be transferring their membership from previous Lutheran background. There will be a cake-and-coffee reception following the worship service.

Then, on Sunday, May 11th we will be receiving several special young adults as full members of our church. Jenni Hanson, Joe Levy, and Kevin Kovach, having completed their 2-year confirmation journey, will be accepted into the household of faith. Congratulations to them, their families, and their mentors. There will be a reception following the service, and lots of picture-taking!

Upcoming Events
(Always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Best Buy, Niles (corner of Greenwood and Golf) is providing four classes aimed at helping YOU understand your computer, your camera, and your television set! All classes are from 7-8:30pm at Messiah in the Multipurpose Room (1st floor).
May 1:   Digital Imaging - How to take pictures with a digital camera and how to share your memories after you take the pictures.
May 8:   Home Theater - How to understand the 2009 digital TV conversion and how to get the most out of your home theater experience (High definition picture, surround sound, etc.).
May 15:   Geek Squad - How to upkeep and maintain your computer basics.
May 22:   Computers - How to get the most out of your computer. Making it the central place for education and entertainment experience.
These classes are provided as outreach to the community from Best Buy, Niles and Messiah Lutheran Church. No products or services will be sold at any class. There is no age limit and classes are open to everyone. Bring your friends, bring your family!
This event was being planned by friends of the Stolz’s prior to Pastor’s death to help offset some of the mounting medical bills. They still want to do the benefit May 21st in downtown Chicago at Le Passage Restaurant, 937 N. Rush Street. The event is from
7:30 – 10:30pm, with a suggested donation of $30 as price of admittance. There will be a silent auction, special music, and all proceeds benefit the Stolz family. They are looking for help of either volunteers or donations for the silent auction. Talk to Carol Hrodey if you are able to help out, donate, or attend.

Saturday, May 31st 11-2pm
Join dozens of Messiah’s Child Care families at the MLCCC Fourth Annual Fun Fair! This is a great time with games, food, a silent auction, raffle prizes, moonwalk, and more! Proceeds benefit the Child Care Center. This is also an excellent evangelism opportunity…invite your family, friends, and neighbors for a day of fellowship and fun!

Monday, May 26th
On Memorial Day, we will gather at the “step-off” point at 9:45 AM, on Fairview Avenue, 1/3 block north of Talcott in front of Roosevelt School (slot number to be announced). The parade starts at 10 AM. This was a LOT of fun the last three years, and we will be using this as an evangelism opportunity, handing out Messiah Church and Child Care flyers, and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ! If you can help or march, let David Swanson know!
Sunday, June 8th at 11:30 am (following the service)
This is our mid-year meeting. We have a lot to discuss, considering the many changes that have affected our congregation in the last months. We haven’t decided if this will be a pot luck, or just a meeting…watch the June newsletter for more details. But we encourage EVERYONE to be there.

Men’s Breakfast   Saturday, May 10th at 9:00 AM at Jimmy’s Restaurant,
1440 Rand Road in Des Plaines.
Craft Night   Friday May 18th at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. This is a fun, laid-back group…come on out and join us!
Friendship Day   May 22nd starting at 9 A.M. If you plan to stay for lunch, bring your sandwich or whatever, goodies will be provided. Please feel free to come for an hour or so if that's all the time you can spare. We need more help to continue this very important work. You do not have to know how to sew, we will show you what to do. You may work at home, making quilt tops, baby sweaters and receiving blankets. Also watch for gently used baby items, birth to 24 months at garage sales. List of items are available. Call Eva Thoren at 847-823-25.
Leadership Meeting   May 4th at 11:30 AM
WELCA Board   May 7th @ 9:00 AM
Child Care Board   May 21st @ 7:00 PM
Congregational Meeting
Creative Memories Consultant at Craft Night!

This Month in Worship
All Worship Services are at 10:15 AM unless otherwise noted.
May 4 – Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 1:6–14; Psalm 68:1–10, 32–35; 1 Peter 4:12–14; 5:6–11; John 17:1–11
May 11 – Day of Pentecost, Confirmation
Acts 2:1–21; Psalm 104:24–34, 35b; 1 Corinthians 12:3b–13; John 20:19–23
May 18 – Holy Trinity
Genesis 1:1—2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11–13; Matthew 28:16–20
May 25 – Second Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 49:8–16a; Psalm 131; 1 Corinthians 4:1–5; Matthew 6:24–34


May 4 – Continued study of the Gospel of Matthew.
May 11 - Confirmation, no Sunday School
May 18 - No Adult Forum - Pancake Breakfast
May 25 - Prep for Memorial Day Parade    

If you have been thinking about transferring your membership to Messiah, now is the time. We will be welcoming at least one new member next Sunday during worship. Please contact Pastor Sue or the church office if you would like more information about joining our great and growing ministry here in Park Ridge!

This Month in Worship (continued)
   May 4   May 11   May 18   May 25
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Kevin K   Andrew F   Joe L   Tait J
Communion Assistants   Pat K   John F   Helen L   Julie J
Readers   Anne W   Confirmands   Neil H   Rich L
Worship Assistants   John F   Diane B   Vikki H   David S
Projection   Ravi P   Jim H   Ravi P   Jim H
Ushers   Bob B, Carol H, Sue B, Rich S   Bob B, Carol H, Sue B, Rich S   Bob B, Carol H, Sue B, Rich S   Bob B, Carol H, Sue B, Rich S
Greeters   Eunice E   Eunice E   Connie K   Eunice E
Counters   Dave H,
Val B   Dave H,
Val B   Dave H,
Val B   Dave H,
Val B

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.

Note to all those purchasing flowers: Your flowers are yours to take home!
If you wish to donate them to one of our shut-ins, please be sure to
let the Altar Guild know. Thanks!

May 4 – Flowers are given in by the Handzels for Perzentka’s anniversary.
May 11 – Flowers are given by the Jensens for Trygve Jensen’s birthday.
May 18 – Flowers are given by Bud and Marilyn Duckett in honor of our children.
May 25 – Flowers are given in honor of Brad Kovach’s birthday. Bulletins are given by Bud and Marilyn Duckett in honor of our great-grandson’s baptism.

calendar - See May Calendar on line


Dear Messiah Congregation,
I was saddened to hear about Pastor Paul. He was a wonderful man and a good friend to many of you – who is very missed.
My hope for you is healing and remembering all the wonderful times you shared.
Thinking of you,
Patti DiVita
South Island, New Zealand

1st Quarter Statements
We will not be mailing all of these out. If you would like a statement of your contributions from January-March 2008, contact David Hanson and he will provide you with one.

GREETINGS FROM CAROL SMITH This has been quite a ride since March 16th. I was headed to church and landed in LGH, where I remained until April 11th. I now reside at Manor Care, 3300 Milwaukee, Northbrook, Rm 120, phone#847-795-9700. Please come visit, I would love to see you. Please come after 3pm and it would be good to call first. After my residency there, I will be moving to Washington to live with my youngest daughter Heather Curtis. My new address there will be: 1255 Wildwood Blvd SW, Issaquah, WA 98027.
Thank you for your prayers, Love, Carol

Manna Order Dates
Last chance for Manna before Graduation! Order May 11 for
May 18th delivery!

Lutheran Bible Translators Annual Dinner and Auction
Learn about missionary work around the world, enjoy a meal and tempting silent auction goodies by participating in LBT Annual Dinner and Auction Friday, May 2nd at the Naperville/Lisle Hilton Hotel. Doors open at 5:30, dinner is at 7:00 . To reserve your spot call LBT at 800-532-4253 or visit www.lbt.org.

Park Ridge Blood Drive
Sunday, June 1st
Two locations:
Mary Seat of Wisdom
(Granville and Cumberland)
St. Paul of the Cross
(NW HWY and Washington)
Both are from 8am – 2pm
The need for blood
never takes a vacation!

First Friends Needed!
We have some new members joining on May 4th, and they will need some “first friends!” These are folks that partner with a new member to “show them the ropes,” invite them to events, and to be available to answer questions. If you’d like to participate, let Pastor Sue know!

Messiah Ministries

The Young Adult Health Bill (SB871) has new support in the senate. United Power for Action and Justice is trying to garner more support to see that this important bill passes, insuring young adults who are no longer in school. Messiah members are encouraged to attend the SPRING HEALTH ASSEMBLY.
Monday, May 5th at 7:00 PM sharp.
Chicago Sinai Congregation
15 W. Delaware (between State and Dearborn)

Anyone wanting a ride, please contact Dave or Connie Kaufman.

Youth Corner
Messiah Youth Group Events

Friday May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd – Youth Outing/Overnight at University Lutheran Church at Northwestern -- We are planning an overnight event with the Social Ministry Committee at the ULC at Northwestern. Messiah youth will go to ULC on Friday night and share an evening of education about poverty and other social justice issues. On Saturday morning following the presentation, we will travel to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to volunteer for several hours. This is an excellent opportunity for outreach and education for our young folks…if you can chaperone, please contact Floyd Yager – help would be appreciated!.

“Faith Finders Detective Club”

VBS is July 28-August 1 from 9 AM to 12 PM this year. The closing program and picnic is set for Friday, August 1st at 6 PM. To register online, visit our website www.messiahparkridge.org and click on the “Register for VBS” Quick Link on the home page. We will also take reservations in the church office beginning May 1st, but the online registration is preferred. Watch the YES! Sheets and the newsletter for opportunities to help!

Calling all members of Messiah Lutheran Church

The Messiah Child Care Center’s Spring Family Fun Fair will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2008. Let’s REACH OUT AND WELCOME ALL GOD’S CHILDREN by volunteering for this fun event. Many volunteers are needed to run the games and activities the day of the fair. Most games are indoors. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with our Child Care Families!

To volunteer, contact Karen Black at 847-825-3767 or messiahchildcare@sbcglobal.net.


Arline B 5/1
Doris P, 5/1
Jonathan H, 5/3
Philip H, 5/4
Nancy S, 5/5
Irene T, 5/5
Emily H, 5/6
Paula D, 5/8
Nancy H, 5/8
Joshua C, 5/9
Craig B, 5/10
Trygve J, 5/10
Darrell E, 5/12
Tiffany E, 5/12
Elvera r, 5/15
Bud D, 5/15
Roger J, 5/15
Helen L, 5/17
Robert S, 5/19
Jacob S, 5/19
Joe L, 5/20
Bradley P, 5/20
James H, 5/22
Amber S, 5/22
Alyson A, 5/23
Clare D, 5/24
Ruth J, 5/24
Terry M, 5/24
Peter N, 5/25
Jake S, 5/26
Bradford K, 5/29
Jeffrey B, 5/30
Tyler C, 5/30
Michelle L, 5/31

Don and Mary Jane K – 5/5/1956, 52 years
Floyd and Kristin r – 5/23/1998, 10 years

Messiah Leadership IN 2008

President: Carol Hrodey (262) 652-3187
Vice President: Vikki Hanson (847) 823-2117
Secretary: Nancy Boomer (847) 678-3048
Treasurer: Brad Kovach (847) 297-4883
Financial Sec.: David Hanson (847) 296-6796

Stewardship:      Floyd Yager
Evangelism:      David Swanson
CCC Director:      Karen Black
CCC Board:      Donna Berzins

Maintenance:      Vic Berzins
Capital Campaign:   Dave Kaufman
Property Committee:   Various Members
WELCA:      Eva Thoren
Brotherhood:      Rich Seggeling
Christian Education:   Kristin Yager
Confirmation/HS:   Floyd Yager
Adult Forum:      John Fox
Choir:         Pat Daniels
Music:         Tom Daniels, Sue Fox

Memorial Report as of April 28, 2008
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.
Given by:   Dave and Connie Kaufman for Property Reserve Fund
Given by:   Susan Rice for Sunday School Fund
Given by:   Rosemary Golez for Music Fund
Given by:   Charlene Lobitz, Charles and Jackie Steigerwald, Charlotte and Bill Baumgartner, David Hanson, Donald and MaryJane Kovach, Doris Preinitz, Eva A. Thoren, Mildred Anderson for Property Reserve Fund
Given by:   Tom and Pat Daniels for Music Fund
Given by:   Audrey Krell, Chuck and Jackie Steigerwald, Dave and Donna Hanson, Doris Preinitz, Eva A. Thoren, Mildred Anderson, Valeria Bowman for Property Reserve Fund
Given by:   Harold and Olga Nelson, Larry and Monica Ryczek, Michael and Sandra Deines, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Abraham for Music Fund
Given by:   Charlene Lobitz, Charlotte and Bill Baumgartner, Doris Preinitz, Eva A. Thoren, Mildred Anderson for Property Reserve Fund
Given by:   Bob Bisgard for Capital Campaign Fund
Given by:   Charlene Lobitz, Charlotte and Bill Baumgartner, Doris Preinitz, Eva A. Thoren, Mildred Anderson, David Lindberg, Val Bowman for Property Reserve Fund
Given by:   Bob Bisgard for Capital Campaign Fund
Given by:   Carol White, Cathi Cruess, Christine Plaza, Citrus World, Inc, D.J. Beasley, Dave and Donna Hanson, David Taylor, David and Alice Corey, Donna Adler, Fredrick R. Ball, Gary and Helen DeWitt, Helene Crouse, Irene Luck, Jeane Geeve, John and Kathryn Crouse, John and Vera Dralle, Karen R. Shannon, Kitty Washington, Rebecca Lyn Christopher, Rev. Leroy Joesten, Ronnie and Carol White, The Staff of St. Matthews, Vernon Sallack, Wanda Taylor, Carol Hrodey, Charlene Lobitz, Charles and Jackie Steigerwald, Charles and Nancy Boomer, Charles and Nancy Boomer, Charlotte and Bill Baumgartner, Clare Doud, Dave, Connie, Kevin and Kirsten Kaufman, Floyd, Kristin, Thomas and Michael Yager, George and Audrey Krell, Laura and Neil Hauser, Mary Hannon, Richard and Edith Reeve, Wendy Becker, David Swanson for Pastor Paul Memorial Fund
Given by:   Susan Bromstad, Eva Thoren, Doris Preinitz for Stolz Family
Given by:   Bob Bisgard, Mark & Anne Wiberg, Bliss-Hagenlocker Family for Capital Campaign
Given by:   Donald and MaryJane Kovach, Joyce Tjhio, Tom and Pat Daniels, Valeria Bowman, Martin and Christine Ruterschmidt for Property Reserve
Given by:   Jean Reeve for Music Fund
Given by:   Jane Myers, Millie Anderson for offsetting Funeral Expenses

Prayer Requests
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:

Chuck Boomer
Joe & Evelyn Burval
Ruth Corkill
Mr. Dennis
Ardene Ejnik
Pearl Fox
Grace Lutheran School
Chris Jacobsen
Richard Levy
Char Lobitz
Nancy Maher
Aidan Ray
Mary Reter
Gloria Solum
Carol Smith
Linda (Rodin) Ufkes

We also want to remember in our prayers our military personnel:
Jason Hood, Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Kevin Ward, and Patrick and Claudine Ward.

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

Carol Smith
1255 Wildwood Blvd SW
Issaquah, WA 98027
(beginning sometime this summer)


1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

Church Staff
Rev. Susan Sauerberg, Pastor
Jennifer Schneider, Office Administrator
Karen Black, Child Care Center Director
Vic Berzins, Director of Property Maintenance
John Handzel, Property Maintenance
Worknesh Deressa, Custodian
Tom Daniels, Director of Music
Sue Fox, Organist
Angela Berger, Bookkeeper




1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
p 847.823.6984           f 847.823.6996