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The September Messenger Issue #483

Aug 29, 2008

THE Messiah

From the pastor
". . .let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. . ." (Hebrews 12:1c-2a)
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Did you watch the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in China? I have, and I must admit – each time the Olympics occur, I get caught up in all the excitement, no matter what the event! It is inspiring to see people from so many parts of the world come together. They compete with each other but they are united in the pursuit of the same goal – do their best, represent their country, and win the gold medal.
The Spirit of the Olympic Games in particular is one that celebrates what makes us strong as humans – discipline, dedication, courage and encouragement. During a race, both athletes and spectators rally together in the dream of winning the prize. So I enjoy watching all kinds of sports events, whether new records are set or not. What matters most is the effort of the athletes and our recognition of those efforts.
The 2008 Games in Beijing can inspire each of us in our own daily efforts to accomplish our goals in daily life, be it our family, our work, or our ministry. From the Olympians, we learn the importance of coming together as one and uniting in a common purpose. For Christians, that purpose is living out God’s purpose of God’s Church.
The writer of Hebrews uses the image of a runner in a race to illustrate the challenge for each follower of Jesus (Heb 12:1-2). When Jesus called us to become disciples we got started on the track. With our eyes on Jesus we are now running a race, living out God’s purpose, disciplining ourselves in order to be models of the Godly life, moving toward the finish line with perseverance. Paul writes in 1 Cor 9:24-25, "Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one."
We observe in the Olympics that no matter where you are in the race, you keep going. For Christians, that means that no matter your age or station in life, we continue to live our God’s plan for us as individuals, as a congregation and as a denomination. It means there is always work to be done, and God will be there, urging us forward. The Good News for the Christian is that we all win! We all get the Gold Medal!
As we begin our fall schedule, let us all work together to focus our efforts on truly living out the mission God has set before us as Messiah Lutheran Church–With Christ, reaching out and welcoming all God’s children!
A co-runner with you,
Pastor Cynthia Munker

Noteworthy News
On November 15th from 9 – 3 PM we'll host our 3rd Annual Harvest Festival. Please save the date!! We'll need people to help of course!! There will be more about how you can help soon.
Also - for anyone who is "crafty" and would like to have a table to sell your wares, space is free to Messiah members. Or, if you don't think you'd have a whole table full of things to sell or a whole day to man a table, we will have an area called "Messiah Boutique" where we can include your items along with others from Messiah. All we ask is that you mark everything with your name and price so we can keep track of what is sold. In addition, we ask that you give an hour or so of time at the "boutique." Either way - start "crafting" now for this fun November event!!
If you have any questions please see Carol Hrodey or Julie Holzer.

As we move into the fall season, we will begin to discuss the call process to determine our congregation's readiness to embark on this important step. There will be two important aspects to this process - the first to update the Congregational Profile and the second to form the Call Committee. We have already heard from a few people who are interested in participating on the Call Committee but will need a few more when we are ready to proceed. We will keep the congregation informed as we proceed. And as Messiah considers this next chapter, please continue to pray for God's guidance as He leads us forward.

Again, we had another great VBS program! We had over 60 kids enrolled (yep, that is up again this year!) and got lots of great compliments from parents AND children about how much they love VBS! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who donated their time and talents to this great ministry and outreach opportunity!

Upcoming Events
(Always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)

September 7th @ 10:15 AM
Our annual kick off to the Sunday School year begins! Worship is at 10:15 – we haven’t decided yet if it will be outside – and following worship is our family picnic! We will have games and activities, and we will take some time to “sign up” our kids for Sunday School classes. Sunday School classes begin the following week (September 14) at 9:00 AM. Our Rally Day Picnic is a great time to invite guests to Messiah.
We also welcome the choir back after the summer hiatus, and many of our members who have been vacationing in places abroad!

Thursdays 7:30-8:30 beginning September 11th
(This time and date are tentative, based on response and availability. Check the weekly bulletin for confirmation.)
Certified Pilates instructor and Messiah member Missy Vacala will hold a 6-week Pilates class in the NEWLY CARPETED Multipurpose Room Thursdays 7:30-8:30 PM beginning September 11th. Classes are only $15 each/$90 for the whole 6 weeks. Email Missy at vitalfitness@yahoo.com to sign up or for more info. This is open to the public, so bring a friend! Participants should bring their own “yoga mat” or heavy towel to work on, and a water bottle. Missy will provide instruction, music, and some free weights. She is also really good at customizing the workout for different skill levels, so older folks are more than welcome! If you can’t make all the classes that’s okay, just come to the ones you can. Class size is minimum 10/maximum 20, so sign up!

The walk is on October 19th. A hot dog lunch served 12:30-1:30; registration at 1:30 and set-off ceremony begins at 2:00 with step off shortly after. Our own Trudi Handzel and David Swanson were involved in the planning last year, and will soon be looking for people to walk with them. More details in the October Messenger.

Thursday, September 25th at 9 AM
Friendship Day will resume on Sept. 25th at 9 AM with InGathering, which is when we package the layettes and health kits to be sent to the LWR warehouse. We could use some help with this project and we need 2 men to help with the boxing and weighing. Usually we are finished buy 11 AM We do have some "sit down" jobs if you are not able to stand. Please come and help. I really think you will enjoy it. The number of items packed will be in the October Messenger. The trailer will be in the parking lot October 4 and 5. We also need help then. The sign up sheet will be in the Narthex so look for it.

The Angels in the Narthex Friendship Bucket was a great success. Thanks to all who contributed to it.
"He won't forget the love you have shown his people." Hebrews 6:10

Friendship Day   See article above for information about InGathering. In November it is our custom to meet on the 3rd Thurs. due to Thanksgiving being on the 4th Thurs.

Men’s Breakfast   Returns! Saturday, September 13th at 9 AM at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Des Plaines. Join the Men’s Brotherhood for breakfast and fellowship. There will be a couple of months when the Men plan a “fix it” day. Those will be announced as they are scheduled.

Child Care Board    September 2nd at 7:00 PM
WELCA Board   September 3rd at 9:00 AM
Executive Committee   September 9th at 7:00 PM
Annual Blessing of the Pets
Baptismal Class for Parents of
Children to be Baptized
Niles/Park Ridge CROP Walk

This Month in Worship
All Worship Services are at 10:15 AM unless otherwise noted.
September 7 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 33:7–11; Psalm 119:33–40; Romans 13:8–14; Matthew 18:15–20
September 14 – 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 50:15–21; Psalm 103:[1–7] 8–13; Romans 14:1–12; Matthew 18:21–35
September 21 – 19th Sunday after Pentecost
Jonah 3:10—4:11; Psalm 145:1–8; Philippians 1:21–30; Matthew 20:1–16
September 28 – 20th Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32; Psalm 25:1–9; Philippians 2:1–13; Matthew 21:23–32
I asked myself what does “Rally Day” mean – what is it that we are trying to do on “Rally Day?” It’s always been a day to kick off the fall season and a transition from the summer schedule to the fall schedule. A picnic; a transition from the laid back summer days to the work of the “regular” year. Oh yeah – time to work again! But I still ask, what does “Rally Day” mean – what should we be doing at this annual gathering?
So I looked up the word “rally” and here is what I found: As a noun, it means a meeting, a gathering, an assembly or a convention. OK – we’re gathering and assembling. But then I looked at the word “rally” as a verb – an ACTION word – and here is what I found: First – it describes “rally” as a verb meaning to COME TOGETHER – or to UNITE, to SUPPORT, to JOIN FORCES!!. Yes! That is what we need to do for “Rally Day!” And then I looked a little further and there was a second meaning of “Rally” as a verb – to RECOVER. We’ve had a rough year – we are in a recovery phase, right? Not to say that there still won't be tough times here and there, but we have been working hard to get through the events of this past year. It further described the verb to “rally” as to PULL THROUGH, to GET BETTER, to IMPROVE, to REVIVE, to RECUPERATE, to PERK UP, to MAKE A COMEBACK!!
So let’s COME TOGETHER on Sunday, September 7th to UNITE and SUPPORT each other to REVIVE ourselves to PERK UP and JOIN FORCES to continue our mission to “WITH CHRIST, REACH OUT AND WELCOME ALL GOD’S CHILDREN”!!
Carol Hrodey

   September 7   September 14   September 21   September 28
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Melissa H   Jenni H   Andrew F   Kevin K
Communion Assistants   Julie H   Vikki H   John F   Pat K
Readers   Rich L   Trygve J   Cindy N   Dottie B
Worship Assistants   David S   Diane B   John F   Pat K
Projection   Ravi P   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Bob B, Sue B,
David J,
Tait J   Bob B, Sue B,
David J,
Trygve J   Bob B, Sue B,
David J,
Tait J   Bob B, Sue B,
David J,
Trygve J
Greeters   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D
Counters   Dave H,
Tom J   Dave H,
Tom J   Dave H,
Tom J   Dave H,
Tom J

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!

September 7 –    Flowers are given in memory of Conrad Wilson’s birthday by Diane Wilson.
September 14 –    Flowers are given by the Handzels in memory of Skip and Lorraine Handzel.
September 21 –    Flowers are given by the Hausers for Kyle’s 3rd birthday, and bulletins are given in memory of Norbert Hauser
September 28 –    Flowers are given in memory of Lance and Tanya Blanks. Bulletins are given by the Hausers in memory of Uncle Vlasta and Aunt Giselle.


Youth Rummage Sale Thanks
I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to all of those who helped with the Rummage Sale at Messiah on August 15th and August 16th. It took a lot of effort and we had great participation from the youth, adult volunteers, and some friends from Park Ridge Presbyterian Church. All in all it was a successful event with nearly $500 for the Youth Group at Messiah. The Youth will be donating half of the proceeds to the Maine Township Food Pantry!
A big “thank you” to everyone who donated goods for the sale. There were many "treasures" that were sold with the remainder being donated to the Wings Resale Shop in Palatine (http://www.wingsprogram.com/about.htm). WINGS helps homeless and abused women and children by offering integrated services that meet their needs for shelter, education, guidance and support. They provide safe, secure living environments, through transitional housing and emergency shelter, in residential neighborhoods that allow women to go to school, work, and care for themselves and their children. They will sell the remaining goods in their resale shops to raise funds for their mission.
We could not have pulled off the sale without the donation of time and talent of our volunteers. While Kristin and I were on vacation, much of the work fell to the youth who came out to help -- Jenni Hanson, Tait Jensen, Trygve Jensen, Joe Levy, Holly Norberg, and Eric Ryczek. In addition a huge thank you to our Adult Volunteers -- Julie Holzer, Laura Hauser, Vic Berzins, Rich and Helen Levy, and Cindy Norberg. Without the help of each of these wonderful members of Messiah we would not have had a successful sale.
In addition, a thank you all the Hauser family, who, along with Jim Handzel, came the night before the sale and carried many of the goods that were being stored in the Fellowship Hall to the Narthex to make set-up on Friday morning much easier!
Finally, a thank you to the youth volunteers from Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, along with Scott Williams and Youth Director Andrew Knoblauch, who came out to help on Friday afternoon. We are looking forward to having some joint youth events with their group in the future!
Thank you once again for making this event a success and showing the true spirit of Messiah!
Floyd Yager

Dear Messiah Congregation:
Thank you for all the socks and underwear! The youth outreach team was thrilled to have them to pass out to the homeless teens that visit the Broadway Youth Center!
Rev. Julie Delezenne, Coordinator, The Night Ministry

Messiah Ministries – PADS Experience
When I first began my ministry in the south suburbs, new PADS sites were being opened and I had the opportunity to volunteer at several of the newly formed sites. I would like to tell you about my observations, impressions and experiences with PADS.
I would like to begin by addressing the issues that are raised about “homeless” people. When speaking about the homeless, the image that most often arises is that of a long time street person—someone who may live under a bridge or over a heated grate on a sidewalk. This is not the population I found coming to PADS. Rather, I found families who had lost their homes, mothers with babies or young children, men who were out of work—all who came to the shelter for meals and sometimes a place to sleep.
We often had more people coming for dinner who left after the meal and fellowship than we had people who stayed to sleep. Why? Because they did not have enough money to buy food for themselves or their families. People had to make tough decisions—keep their small apartment or live with a family member, but go without food because of lack of money and so they came to PADS to eat their dinner. For people such as these, it was often their only meal for the day and they were hungry.
Many who came to PADS had recently lost their jobs, or had lost their home or apartment because they could not pay their rent. Many were working poor. Often we had to wake guests up between 4:30 a.m.– 5:00 a.m. in order for them to catch several busses and travel 1- 2 hours to a job that paid minimum wages. They could not afford housing and were doing their best to get back on their feet. They paid their taxes and worked every day to get ahead. But they relied on PADS for food and shelter while working at bettering their life.
After meals we had fellowship, television and games,
in which some participated. But many were tired and therefore went to bed early, particularly those who had to go to work in the morning. My overall experience with PADS was quite positive. I can’t remember a time when a guest felt that the world owed them anything and they were always polite and grateful for what they were given at the PADS site.
As a pastor and a Christian, I know to whom much is given, much is expected. PADS is the work of the Church—to be the hands, heart, feet, mind and body of Jesus. It is what we are called to be and what we are called to do.
Pastor Munker

Youth Corner
Check out all the fun stuff coming up for the rest of the year!
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 – The 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.

Confirmation Class Begins Again
We are approaching the beginning of the confirmation year. As previously communicated, last year, we changed confirmation to be a three-year program. This year, we will have our year studying the Bible. The curriculum we use is from “To Know, To Live, To Grow” from Augsburg Fortress. We will plan to meet during the normal Christian Education Hour each week from 9am – 10am. At one of our first classes we will also agree upon a time where we can get together for a 2 hour “Lutheran Learning Experience” session, once a month for some fellowship, fun, learning, and review. We will do a variety of things to reinforce learning and to deepen student’s relationships with God and with one another.


Ardene Ejnik, 9/1
Joey Olson, 9/1
Isabella DiVita, 9/2
Leona Johnson, 9/2
Effie Laster, 9/5
David Hanson, 9/8
Victor Berzins, 9/9
Lauri Hamden, 9/9
Mary Jelonek, 9/9
Melissa Litwin, 9/9
Melissa Vacala, 9/10
Daniel Christiansen, 9/11
George Magerl, 9/11
Melvin Shapiro, 9/12
Caitlin Levy, 9/13
Marilynn Duckett, 9/14
Michael Hanson, 9/14
Donald Wageman, 9/14
Kyle Hauser, 9/16
Tom Hanson, 9/17
David Jensen, 9/18
Richard Levy, 9/18
Teresa Lippert, 9/20
Mary Reter, 9/20
Holly Norberg, 9/21
Lois Patterson, 9/21
Worknesh Deressa, 9/22
Stacey Hall, 9/22
Steve Loverme, 9/23
Julie Jensen, 9/25
Anthony Czarnik, 9/26
Barbara Valasek, 9/26
Thomas Daniels, 9/27
Pat Fragale, 9/28
Joe Hulterstrum, 9/28
Linda Ufkes, 9/29

Marv and Luanne Jelonek, 9/8/1979 – 29 years
Jennifer and Neil Wagner, 6/26/1987 – 21 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

CCC Director:      Karen Black
CCC Board:      Donna Berzins
Maintenance:      Vic Berzins

Stewardship:      Floyd Yager
Evangelism:      David Swanson
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 august 24, 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, Phil and Andrea LeBoy for Property Reserve Fund

Given by:   Millie Anderson for Property Reserve Fund
Given by:   Char Lobitz for Flower Fund

Prayer request updates
Dear Friends at Messiah:
Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers for our mom Doris Preinitz. She is deteriorating both physically and mentally so your caring is especially important to us. Please continue to pray for mom and for us.
Bill Preinitz and Nancy and Don Hrodey

An Update from Joyce Tjhio:
Thank you, Messiah, for your prayers for Patrick and Claudine (Tjhio) Ward, and for Kevin Ward. Patrick is nearing the end of his military career (Air Force), and will be working in the private sector soon. Claudine is about half-way through the 9 years that she “owes” the military for her education, she is currently still finishing her medical residency in DC.
Patrick’s youngest brother Kevin got married the end of May. He and his new bride Emily will be moving to Italy in a few months. Kevin was in Afghanistan for more than a year before the wedding, and he will for sure be deployed again while stationed in Italy.
Your prayers continue to keep these (and other) special people safe, and they are much appreciated. Thank you for your continuing prayer support of our military personnel.

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

Joe & Evelyn Burval
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!


We will be mailing out the new phone directories next week. These are not photo directories, and will replace the ones from Fall 2006.

In this issue…
Running with Perseverance
Harvest Festival Coming Soon
    Call Process
VBS a Success
Rally Day
LWR InGathering
Rummage Sale Thanks
Night Ministry Thanks
PADS Shelter Experience
Prayer Request Updates
No Movie This Month

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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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