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The Messiah Messenger > The August Messenger Issue #482
The August Messenger Issue #482

Jul 31, 2008

THE Messiah

From the pastor
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
These are the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer–days when life’s pace slows down – days to picnic, swim, garden, walk outdoors, travel, lay on the beach, read a book, or just sit on our favorite chair outside and watch the world go by. It is a time to be renewed, re-created and recreate. It is a gift from God and I encourage you to take that time for yourselves. We all know that the pace for many will become hectic and over-scheduled once the kids go back to school!
Some have commented that my schedule is rather fast paced at the moment. And, I must admit, this is the case. I would like to explain the reason behind this. As Interim Pastor, with a congregation that has the Child Care Center and so many other wonderful ministries, I have the need to meet with those identified as members of the Leadership Team in order to prepare for fall planning. It is a way for me to hear about what people are doing at Messiah and what they are responsible for. So I am meeting with those responsible for Christian Education, for Outreach, for Worship, for Women’s Ministries, for Men’s Ministries, for Building Maintenance, for Finances. It is my way of getting on board with all the marvelous things that are happening here–things you already know but the newcomer doesn’t. It is part of the Interim’s task to do this.
After I have completed these interviews, I will be meeting with all the members of this congregation to hear what you have to say. And then I will compile the data and work with the Executive Committee and Leadership Team at prioritizing the tasks ahead. Again, it is part of my role as your Interim Pastor.
Rest assured, I am truly enjoying my time at Messiah and my time away from Messiah. I am going to the beach, reading my novels, listening to books on tapes, visiting with family and friends...so I too am enjoying these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. And I am especially enjoying the process of getting to know more about all of you.
I am blessed to be here. And I look forward to getting to know about you and working with you to bring glory to God as the people of Messiah.
In Jesus’ Name,
Pastor Munker

Noteworthy News

On August 10, 2008 we will hold a special congregational meeting to discuss and vote on several proposals to increase security on our church grounds and in our building. This will be a short meeting directly following the worship service in the sanctuary.
This is an important topic, and we would like to have everyone’s input.

On Wednesday evenings, August 6, 13, 20, and 27, the Evangelism Committee and Rev. Mark Wiberg invites you to walk in the neighborhood. Meet at 6 PM in the Messiah parking lot. You will be given a one block assignment and several of our congregation’s brochures to hand out. This is a good opportunity to meet our neighbors, and to pass the word of our upcoming Fall events at our church.
The meeting time each Wednesday is at 6 PM. This “Walk-a-Block” will take approximately one hour. Mark Wednesdays August 6, 13, 20, and 27 on your calendar. Come one time, or come all four times.

We have done some research and determined that it would be better in the long run to replace the projector completely than to attempt to get it fixed. The cost for this will be about $5500. We have had some members offer to help offset the cost, but we’d like to open this appeal up to everyone. If you’d like to donate to the replacement of the projector, please write “Projector” in the Other box on your envelope, or use one of the pew envelopes and do the same thing.

Upcoming Events
(Always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
August 15-16, 9AM - 3 PM
We are planning to have a “youth run” rummage sale on Friday August 15 and Saturday August 16. The proceeds will be split between the Messiah Youth Group and the Maine Township Food Pantry. The sale will run from 9am until 3pm each day. At the end of the sale, any unsold goods will be donated to a charity.
We are still taking donations! Contact Floyd Yager if you need help getting stuff to the church. If you can bring it yourself, please put it in the Fellowship Hall. Thanks!

August 1-14 at Brickton Art Center
Opening Reception Sunday August 3, 3-6 PM

Global Alliance for Africa raises money for East African orphans who have lost parents from HIV/AIDS by partnering with African organizations to design and implement innovative, economic-strengthening programs with the goal of enabling families and communities to provide sustainable care and support for orphans and other vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS. Proceeds from this event and Art Fair will benefit that mission. Free and open to the public, call 847-823-6611 for directions/information.

Tuesday, August 5th from 6:30-9 PM

This great annual event will be held in Hodges Park (in front of City Hall). There will be music, and food, and games, and fun for all families, young and old! This is a great way for the police and the community to work together. We have the opportunity to distribute valuable information about local crime prevention programs and other information that may prove useful to our citizens.

Sunday, August 24 at 2:30 PM

This annual gathering will be again at Tom and Pat Daniels’ lovely home in Glenview, 1635 Forest Drive. Choir members and their families are invited (actually, everyone is invited, choir member or not!). Bring a dish to share, such as a salad, rolls/bread, entree or dessert, everything else will be provided. RSVP with number of persons/ type of dish to 824-847-0497 or tadpat@comcast.net. We sure hope you can join us! In case of rain, excessive heat, mosquito takeover, etc. we’ll picnic indoors!

Friendship Day   There will be no Friendship meeting in the month of August. We will resume with Ingathering on Sept. 25th. We hope some members will come to help us package our quilts, health kits and layettes. We are no longer collecting men's, women's or children's clothing. We need a couple of men to help with the packing and weighing of the items. Please remember the ANGELS IN THE NARTHEX FRIENDSHIP KETTLE to help with the purchase of new items for the Health Kits. Thank you and God Bless, Eva Thoren
Men’s Fix It Club   Saturday, August 9th at 9AM. The men will meet for breakfast in our kitchen, and then undertake some projects around the building. This is a great way to help out God’s house!

WELCA Board   August 6th at 9:00 AM
Executive Committee   August 12th at 7:00 PM
Leadership Team    August 31st at 11:30 AM

Rally Day Festivities
Sunday School and Adult Forum Returns
Choir Returns

This Month in Worship
All Worship Services are at 10:15 AM unless otherwise noted.
August 3 – 12th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 55:1–5; Psalm 145:8–9, 14–21; Romans 9:1–5; Matthew 14:13–21
August 10 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 19:9–18; Psalm 85:8–13; Romans 10:5–15; Matthew 14:22–33
August 17 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 56:1, 6–8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1–2a, 29–32; Matthew 15:[10–20] 21–28
August 24 – 15th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 51:1–6; Psalm 138; Romans 12:1–8; Matthew 16:13–20
August 31 – 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 15:15–21; Psalm 26:1–8; Romans 12:9–21; Matthew 16:21–28


With the altered routines of summer, and the blessings of vacations and seasonal events, our accustomed patterns of attendance and offerings are often interrupted. Please keep your offerings up to date. You can mail them to the church office before you go away, or place in the offering plate beforehand - or sign up for Simply Giving. Thank you.
David Hanson, Financial Secretary

   August 3   August 10   August 17   August 24   August 31
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Joe L   Melissa H   Jenni H   Kevin K   Andrew F
Communion Assistants   Rich L   Julie H   Vikki H   Pat K   John F
Readers   Anne W   Tom D   Laura H   Tait J   Joe L
Worship Assistants   Vikki H   Pat K   John F   Diane B   Vikki H
Projection   Ravi P   Ravi P   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Chuck S, Jackie S, Larry J, Arlene J   Chuck S, Jackie S, Larry J, Arlene J   Chuck S, Jackie S, Larry J, Arlene J   Chuck S, Jackie S, Larry J, Arlene J   Chuck S, Jackie S, Larry J, Arlene J
Greeters   Sue K   Sue K   Sue K   Sue K   Sue K
Counters   Dave H,
Larry R   Dave H,
Larry R   Dave H,
Larry R   Dave H,
Larry R   Dave H,
Larry R

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!

August 3 –    None.
August 10 –    None.
August 17 –    Flowers are given in loving memory of Susan Claire Nugnis on her birthday.
August 24 –    Flowers and bulletins are given in honor of Olav Johnson by Joyce Johnson and the Herak family.
August 31 –    Bulletins are given in honor of Vic and Donna Berzins’ 25th wedding anniversary.


Letter from Pastor Sue

Dear Brothers & Sisters at Messiah-
Thank you so much for my pot luck and especially my Theriot jersey - I love it! It was my pleasure to serve all of you. I know this has been such a tough time for you and I hope I was able to help you even for a short time.
You are all in my prayers!
Love and blessings,
Pastor Sue

I would like to thank you all for your prayers and good wishes and also birthday greetings. I'm doing pretty good now and I thank God for my Church and friends, and for all the prayers and birthday greetings I received. Thank you all and GOD BLESS YOU
Love, Clare Doud

Thank you to everyone who made my installation such a joyous occasion–everyone who worshiped, Tom and Alan for the beautiful string instrumentals, Sue and the upbeat hymns, and all who worked on and attended the reception afterwards. It was a wonderful, joy-filled day for me and I am most grateful!
Blessings and peace,
Pastor Munker

The Summer Blood Drive will be at the Park Ridge City Council Chambers on Saturday, August 2, 2008 from 10AM to 3PM.

Manna Orders are due August 10th – great for back-to-school items!

Messiah Ministries
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the sock and underwear tree for the Night Ministry. We collected 145 pairs of Socks, 54 pairs of women's underwear, and 144 pairs of men's underwear for a grand total of 343 items! We have been in contact with the group and will deliver the items by the end of July. The Night Ministry are very appreciative of our efforts.

(Originally printed in the October 1999 issue of Lutheran Women Today)
One April morning, six women piled quilts, many bags filled with health care kits, and a heavy bag of bar soap into the back of a minivan, then found seats in the van for themselves. This was the Lenten offering of material goods from the quilting group and our small congregation, Lutheran Church of the Congregation in Roseville, MN. We were taking it to the Lutheran World Relief warehouse in Minnesota.
During our tour of the LWR warehouse, the manager showed us how 40 quilts are strapped together into bales and wrapped in burlap. The burlap then is stamped with the necessary information. We walked among the piles of baled clothing, mounds of large, stapled, sealed and labeled cartons that contained kits of various kinds. Cartons of bar soap lined up against one wall.
The previous week, four 40 foot ocean-going containers filled with quilts, clothing, soap, and kits had been shipped off for distribution overseas. One such container can hold 280 bales of quilts, which adds up to 11,200 quilts to put on beds or become beds, provide disaster victims with refugees with warmth, or privacy when hung as room dividers - and to tell them someone cares. (Article to be continued in next month’s Messenger.)

The Friendship bucket entitled ANGELS IN THE NARTHEX will be in the Narthex under the stained glass windows through Labor Day. You have been very generous in the past and we hope that will continue. Please do not feel any gift is too small … or too large. All of the items for the HEALTH KITS must be new. The layettes may be GENTLEY USED ITEMS. Most people having the garage sales are very understanding when you say it is for Lutheran World Relief. Items may be put in either basket. A list of the layette items is available. More information about InGathering and the pickup dates as it becomes available.

Youth Corner
Check out all the fun stuff coming up for the rest of the year!
August 15-16, 2008 – Messiah Lutheran Rummage Sale – Our Rummage Sale is scheduled for Friday August 15 and Saturday August 16. The proceeds will be split between the Messiah Youth Group and the Maine Township Food Pantry. The work will consist of bringing out the goods for sale on Friday morning, running the sale, moving unsold goods back into the Church on Friday evening and then doing it over again on Saturday. We will have sign-up for shifts on the two days. Donations are already being accepted from the congregatoin This will be a fun event, take some work, but should be a great way to interact with your peers and work on behalf of the church and the Maine Township Food Pantry.
September 13, 2008 -- Volunteering at Greater Chicago Food Depository -- We will meet at Messiah early in the morning on Saturday September 13th (7:30am) to leave and arrive at the GCFD to volunteer from 9am – Noon. We will have lunch and then drive back to Messiah. This will be a fun event to which you can invite you friends. Some of you have volunteered at the GCFD before. This is also an event where your parents can join us!
October 24, 2008 – “Coffee House” Open Mike at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church –Youth Group at the Park Ridge Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a “coffee house” and open mike night on Friday night October 24th. We have been invited to join them and participate. More information will be coming in the future, but mark your calendars now! This is a great way to meet other Christians from the Park Ridge Community…many with whom you may go to school!
November 1, 2008 – Annual Youth Spaghetti Dinner -- The Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be this day. The Confirmation Class that will begin in the fall of 2008 will only have 3 students, so I am sure they would welcome your help in setting up, cooking, serving, and cleaning up. This is always a wonderful event at Messiah and has been a great tradition. I hope you will mark this date on your calendar and come help us make this year’s event a success!
November 15, 2008 – Messiah Harvest Festival – The annual Harvest Festival is scheduled for this Saturday. We are always in need of volunteers to set up, host, sell refreshments, and clean up and other activities.
December, 2008 – To be Announced – Christmas Youth Event – We will look for a volunteer service project we can do in early December with the Youth Group to make the Christmas season a little special for those not as fortunate as we are. Perhaps it will be an afternoon of volunteering at Lutheran General on the Pediatrics Unit, deliver gifts to children, or some other project. Look for more information!

Marissa Reeve, 8/1
Jacqueline Steigerwald, 8/1
Zachary Hall, 8/3
Kristin Kopij, 8/5
Sandra Deines, 8/7
Ron Duty, 8/8
Kevin Kaufman, 8/8
Arlene Johnson, 8/9
Cindy Norberg, 8/10
Lois Anderson, 8/13
Barbara Shapiro, 8/13
Ronald Bittner, 8/14
Greg Nastali, 8/14
Ravi Penumaka, 8/15
Michael Deines, 8/20
Donna Berzins, 8/21
Belletech Deressa, 8/21
Abedi Markos, 8/23
Jean Nastali, 8/23
Clare Rodin, 8/23
Michele Valenta, 8/23
Brian Deines, 8/28
Samantha Knab, 8/28
Debra Oswald, 8/28
AnitaMarie Corkill, 8/30
Margaret Lobitz, 8/30

Susan and Ed Kopij, 8/25/1974 – 34 years
Vic and Donna Berzins, 8/31/1983 – 25 years
Ralph and Teresa Lippert, 8/31/1997 – 11 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 July 20, 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:   Millie Anderson for Property Reserve Fund
Given by:   John and Sue Fox for Music Fund

Messiah Movies
(Available on DVD.)

Based on real-life events, Evelyn follows the story of Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan), who is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children - Evelyn, Dermot and Maurice – make it clear to the authorities that his is an untenable situation. The Catholic Church and the Irish courts decide to put the Doyle children into Church-run orphanages, splitting up the boys and girl. Although a sympathetic judge assures Desmond that when his financial situation reverses, he will be able to get his children back, money is hard to come by. During that time, Evelyn and her brothers suffer the abuses of living in orphanages while Desmond struggles to secure finances. Now he must battle the Irish Supreme Court to get his children back.
I think the reason I liked this movie so much is that the father character, Desmond, is not a superman…he is everyman. This is a sweet, thought provoking movie based on true events. The way courts in the United Kingdom, and even here in the United States, deal with custody issues involving father’s rights can be traced back to these actual events, and the decision by the Irish Supreme Court in this case. Beautifully acted by Brosnan, and by the young actors who play his children, this is a family movie that all will enjoy. If you rent the DVD, there are additional special features that include more information about the original case, and the inspiring sequence of events about how this story came to be made into a motion picture. I highly recommend Evelyn as a movie to lift your spirits.

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
Chris Jacobsen
Richard Levy
Char Lobitz
Nancy Maher
Doris Prienitz
Aidan Ray
Mary Reter
Gloria Solum
Chuck Steigerwald
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!

New phone number and address directories will be available on Rally Day, September 7th. These are not photo directories, and will replace the ones from Fall 2006. If you have moved, or have new information (including email addresses!) since 2006, please contact the office to make sure we have the right info. If you haven’t moved, but think your info might be wrong for some reason, do the same thing! The last 3 Sundays in August copies of the DRAFT directory will be available in the narthex. We invite you to double check your information in those directories BEFORE we print them all out!

In this issue…
“Summer Days”
Congregational Meeting
Walk-a-Block for Messiah
New Projector Appeal
Youth Rummage Sale
Choir Picnic Pot Luck
Thanks from Pastor Sue
Thanks from Pastor Munker
Angels in the Narthex
Socks and Undies a Success~
Movies: Evelyn

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Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

Church Staff
Pastor Cynthia Munker, Interim 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




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