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The Messiah Messenger > The October Messenger Issue #484
The October Messenger Issue #484

Sep 30, 2008

THE Messiah

From the pastor
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
In September I began meeting in clusters with members of this congregation to get to know you. Several people have been heard to ask, “Why does she want to meet with us? Why does she want to meet with us?” And my answer is, “Because getting to know you and your history with Messiah is a very important part of the interim and congregational profile process.”
As an interim, I am called to Word and Sacrament ministry here are Messiah, which means I preach, teach, preside over the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, visit the sick and shut ins, work with the executive committee and leadership team, and provide pastoral leadership, just as a “settled” pastor would do. Additionally, I have five specialized, developmental tasks to address as your interim.
Three of the five tasks are part of what we are addressing in these cluster meetings:
(1) Coming to terms with the history of Messiah—past, present and future;
(2) Discovering a new identify for Messiah;
(3) Committing to a new direction as you prepare to call a new pastor.
The information gathered in these cluster meetings are obtained thru discussion and sharing; by discovery and teaching; by your presence and input. It provides key information for your congregational profile, for the next call committee and in calling a new pastor. It is information that is different from that which is provided on the questionnaire you have received. And most importantly, the process isn’t complete without your input regarding your history, hopes and dreams for Messiah.
There are still opportunities to come to a cluster meeting on October 1, 2 or 9. Some of you have already told me these dates do not work for you. I am very willing to provide additional cluster meeting dates and times. I ask you all to prayerfully consider coming to one of these cluster meetings and participating more fully in providing information vital to the process of putting together an updated congregational profile.

A partner with you in this interim period,
Pastor Cynthia M. Munker

Noteworthy News
Grandson of Alan Nugnis, and second child born to Scott and Alyson Allemeier, Henry was born on August 16th, just a few days after his late Grandma Sue Nugnis’ birthday. As always we rejoice when a little one comes into the world to grace us with life and light! Congratulations, Allemeiers!

We have heard the cry for better communication, and we have a new resource. Using a company called “Voice Shot” we will be creating a phone tree to call those members who don’t have or don’t regularly check email. You will get a recording in Jennifer’s voice with whatever urgent announcement is being made, whether it’s a funeral announcement, or some other necessary message. Don’t worry-we haven’t sold your phone number to anyone. The list is maintained and uploaded on a one-time basis by the church office, and is completely controlled by us. If you wish to be on this phone call list INSTEAD of receiving an email for general broadcast announcements, please let the office know.


The Leadership Team met on August 31st and decided we would
proceed with the first step of the call process - updating the
Congregational Profile. This task is being completed by Connie Kaufman,
Rich Levy, Ann Wiberg, Floyd Yager and Carol Hrodey. This group met, and
while much of the profile can be easily updated since it’s based on factual
information, there are a few questions that need input from the members of Messiah.
The Congregational Profile is important to give a prospective minister a true picture of Messiah and what our needs and desires are relative to calling a new pastor. Therefore, it is important to get everyone's input! There are several ways to give your input: one is to attend one of the cluster meetings that are currently scheduled with Pastor Munker. One of the members of the task group will also be there. There are still a couple of meetings scheduled in October. Another way is to complete one of the questionnaires that were sent to you. Extra copies are available in the narthex. Completed surveys should be placed in the designated spot in the narthex. You can also talk to any of the members of this task force to give your thoughts. Any way you want to participate is fine - as long as you give your input!! The next step once the Congregational Profile is completed will be to form a Call Committee. More information to come… please continue to pray for Messiah as it works through this process and considers calling a new minister!

Upcoming Events
(Always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Saturday, October 4th @ 9-12
Sunday, October 5th @ 12-3

The truck to pick up our boxes, as well as those from other churches, will be in the Messiah parking lot. We need members to be available at these times to not only load our boxes, but to offer help to other churches when they bring their boxes. We don't want to see our long-time members of the Messiah Women's group pushing boxes into the back of the truck!! Please lend a hand!!

Sunday, October 5, 3:30 PM
We are continuing the Messiah tradition of a special service for the blessing of pets in honor of the Feast of St. Francis! Bring your pet (in a carrier or on a leash) to the front lawn, and we will hold a short service. This is a non-denomin-animal service – invite your neighbors and their animals!

The Niles/Park Ridge CROP Walk is scheduled for Sunday October 19th. It is a 10k walk to raise awareness and funds for Church World Services and the Maine Township Food Pantry. The walk steps off at St Lukes Lutheran Church at 2pm. We walk to Park Ridge Presbyterian church and then on to Our Lady Of Ransom Church and back to St Lukes. We are still looking for walkers and if you can’t walk, please sponsor our walkers. They will be in the narthex after church on Sundays to get your support. See Trudi Handzel to get a form to be a walker. You can also donate online at www.cropwalk.org.
You can also be a SpiritWalker and get your family, friends, and coworkers to donate online in your name to our Messiah team, even if you aren’t walking. For more information see Trudi Handzel or David Swanson.

Sunday, October 19th

There will be a Pancake Breakfast at 9:00 AM before worship, and then the Congregational Meeting will follow the service. We will not have a pot luck or any lunch during the meeting. All members are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, November 1st, serving from 4:30 to 7:00 PM
It's that time again! On November 1st, the Youth will be be hosting the Annual Spaghetti Dinner in the Fellowship Hall at Messiah. Spaghetti will be served beginning at 4:30pm and we will finish serving at 7:30pm. Bring your appetite, bring your family, and bring a friend to this wonderful event and support our Youth Group at Messiah. Dinner is only $8 for adults and $3 for children under age 10. Tickets will be available throughout October from our Youth before and after worship service or can be purchased at the door. We sure hope you can join us for what has become a Messiah tradition!

The Anti Racism Team of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod is sponsoring "An Antiracism Town Hall Event and Worship of Healing & Reconciliation" on Sunday, November 2, 2008, from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
It will include a completely candid discussion regarding the state of racism in our Church and Society. We believe that God is calling this Church to work toward dismantling racism and building antiracist diversity in our congregations, agencies and institutions. By addressing the real problems, the foundation, construction and ongoing sustenance of the racial construct we will arrive at our destination: A church where all people are equal, at all levels, as God intended!
This event is open to all members of congregations in Metropolitan Chicago Synod. All are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 773-248-0021.

More Upcoming Events!
Saturday, November 15th 9-3 PM
An excellent opportunity to start your Christmas shopping! We will have crafters and vendors from all over the Chicago-land area.
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.

Friendship Day   Ingathering was held on Sept. 25th. At this writing, it has not taken place so no count of the items will be available until the November Messenger. We hope you enjoyed seeing the quilts that were displayed in the sanctuary on Sept. 21. We are very proud of them though there were fewer than we usually have. Thanks to those who moved them up and returned them for Ingathering. The next Friendship Day will be October 23rd.
   Saturday, October 11th at 9 AM at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Des Plaines. Join the Men’s Brotherhood for breakfast and fellowship.

WELCA Board   October 1st at 9:00 AM
Executive Committee   October 12th at 11:30 AM
Child Care Board    October 15th at 7:00 PM

Spaghetti Dinner          Harvest Festival        Christmas Charities

In memoriam
CHARLES “CHUCK” BOOMER (1954 – 2008)
After a long struggle with illness, Chuck Boomer went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 26th. Chuck and his wife Nancy, and their sons Chris and Nick became members of Messiah in 2003. Chuck’s sweet personality and sense of humor have been a joy to all who knew him, and he will be sorely missed. A funeral service was held at Messiah on Saturday, August 30th. His wife Nancy has found much comfort in remembering that “the Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.”

Jenny Louise Stabb became a member of Messiah in November of 2000 when she moved to Park Ridge after having lived in New York, Chicago and San Diego. Wherever she lived, Jenny was involved in her congregation and was an activist. In New York, she spearheaded a bond referendum that resulted in a new high school for the town; in San Diego she directed the "Meals on Wheels" program and organized a lending library for her congregation. In 2005, St. Matthews became Jenny's home, where she was lovingly cared for by the staff and Pastors Munker and Harris. Jenny passed away on August 6th at St. Matthews at the age of 91. Her funeral service was held at Messiah on August 14th.

Ruth and Jack Corkill and their family moved to Park Ridge in 1965 and became active at Messiah Lutheran Church. As the children grew up and moved out Ruth was able to move to both Sun City, AZ and Williams Bay, WI where she once again was active in her local congregations. She came back to Park Ridge and Messiah Lutheran in 1994. Ruth had faith in God, a steady love of her children and acknowledged Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She was a good and faithful servant to her family and God. Ruth passed away on July 27th after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. A funeral service was held at Messiah on August 1st.

This Month in Worship
All Worship Services are at 10:15 AM unless otherwise noted.
October 5 – 21st Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 5:1–7; Psalm 80:7–15; Philippians 3:4b–14; Matthew 21:33–46
October 12 – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 25:1–9; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:1–9; Matthew 22:1–14
October 19 – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 45:1–7; Psalm 96:1–13; 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10; Matthew 22:15–22
October 26 – Reformation Sunday
Jeremiah 31:31–34; Psalm 46; Romans 3:19–28; John 8:31–36
Now that the fall season is underway we want to say a
few thank-you's! First, to John Fox for his hard work in leading our Adult Forum for the last few years!! And next - to David Swanson and Rich Levy for taking over the leadership from John!! Please let David and Rich know your thoughts and ideas for Adult Forum! Reminder, it meets at 9:00 Sunday mornings and is open to all adults and teens.
October 5th - The Parable of the Sower (with Sunday School)
October 12th - The Night Ministry
October 19th - Celebration Sunday

These questions and much more will be addressed by Pastor Munker as she meets with parents of new babies, infants, or young children not yet baptized in the Baptism class offered on Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m. If you are a parent desiring to have your child baptized, please attend this informative class in preparation for your child’s baptism. And afterwards, a date will be set for your child’s baptism!

   October 5   October 12   October 19   October 26
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Tait J   Kevin K   Tommy H   Andrew F
Communion Assistants   Julie J   Pat K   Kim H   John F
Readers   Neil H   Teresa L   Julie J   Anne W
Worship Assistants   Vikki H   David S   Diane B   John F
Projection   Jim H   Ravi P   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Anne W,
Carol H,
David S, Connie K   Anne W,
Carol H,
David S, Connie K   Anne W,
Carol H,
David S, Connie K   Anne W,
Carol H,
David S,
Connie K
Greeters   Val B   Val B   Val B   Val B
Counters   Dave H,
Jim H   Dave H,
Tom J   Dave H,
Jim H   Dave H,
Jim H

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!

October 5 –    Flowers are given in by Kevin Kovach for Pat Kovach’s birthday. Bulletins are given in honor of Chuck and Nancy Boomer’s anniversary.
October 12 –    None.
October 19 –    Flowers are given by Karen Black and Terri Hogan for their parent’s 60th wedding anniversary. Bulletins are given by Karen Black in honor of her parents.
   Flowers are also given by the Kovachs in memory of Jan Miller.
October 26 –    Flowers and bulletins are given in memory of Marilyn and Paysoff Tinkoff by the Yager family.

InGathering Thank You
I want to take this time and thank all the Messiah members and Child Care families for their generous donations to our LWR project. Thanks for both money and time, as many worked at home, and items for the layettes. Many new items were donated. God loves a cheerful giver and you all certainly are that. Since we have so few workers now, we are planning an MLCW luncheon sometime soon to see if maybe something can be worked out on a Saturday. Then perhaps some of our working members and stay-at-home moms can join us. Watch for information on that. Also watch for the next meeting date, which is October 23rd, the 4th Thursday in October.
Forms are available for income tax purposes for cash donations and cost of items purchases. You're on your honor for that as I have no idea who gave. See Millie for the form.
Again thanks so much to all. The angel in the narthex reminds you "he won't forget the love you have shown his people" Hebrews 6.10
God bless
Eva Thoren

Women’s Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, Oct. 18 @ 8AM
at the
Park Ridge Country Club
Linda Stolz,
featured speaker!
Call 847-318-7376
for ticket info

“Granny’s Attic”
Annual event to benefit
St. Matthew’s Service League
Friday, October 17th,
We will have many interesting items – our little café will again be serving coffee and pastries for your enjoyment!

Manna Dates
The Manna order will be placed Monday, October 13, cards will be available for pickup October 16.

No More Bowling League
The Saturday Night Bowling League has been cancelled. Members have moved away, or have joined other leagues. Thanks to all who have attended the league over the years!

Messiah Ministries
At Adult Forum on October 12th, we will be visited by Julie Delezenne from The Night Ministry to talk to us about the issue of homelessness and the wonderful minsitry they have in place to help the homeless in Chicago. Messiah has been very generous to The Night Ministry, donating hats and gloves in the winter and most recently underwear and socks. We hope you will come out to Adult Forum to learn more about this important work. Also, as a way of thanking Julie for presenting at our Adult Forum, we would like to donate cookies to pass out as part of the meals this ministry provides. The cookies can be homemade or store-bought. They need to be packed in small plastic bags, 3 cookies per bag. If the cookies are homemade the date they were made should be written on the bag. Starting September 28th we will have plastic bags available to take home with you to pack the cookies. You then can bring the packed cookies with you to worship on October 12. Better yet, join the Adult Forum at 9 AM, learn about the Night Ministry, and bring the cookies with you at that time! Thanks in advance for your help!
Don’t Forget – in November we begin looking to our Christmas Charities/Giving Trees! More info next month …

October 5th at 7:00 PM
The Park Ridge Ministerial Association wishes to announce its plans for the PADS Prayer Vigil to begin at 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 5th at St Paul of the Cross Church, 320 South Washington, Park Ridge, Illinois. All of the congregations that make up the Park Ridge Ministerial Association have been invited to attend. October 5th marks the opening of PADS shelters in the northwest suburbs. The opening of the shelter at St. Paul was delayed to permit further input and dialogue in the Park Ridge Community. The PADS Prayer Vigil will give public expression to the broad support and cooperation that exists across denominational lines on the issue of homelessness. It will also express the sadness and disappointment many in our community feel about the delay in the opening of a shelter in Park Ridge. Participants are asked to wear a white shirt and to bring a flashlight and/or a candle.

Youth Corner
Check out all the fun stuff coming up for our Youth!!
First, don't miss Adult Forum on October 12th during Christian Education Hour (9am - 10am). Julie Delezenne from The Night Ministry will be joining us at Messiah to talk about homelessness and the work of The Night Ministry (http://www.thenightministry.org/). Did you know that the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago is one of the top destinations for teenage runaways living on the street? The Night Ministry provides assistance to the homeless in Chicago -- food, basic medical care, and shelter. We are also collecting cookies to give to Julie to be handed out in their ministry. Sign up to bring cookies. They need to be packaged 3 to a plastic bag and can be homemade or store bought. You can bring them to Adult Forum on the 12th, so we can give them to Julie to thank her for coming to talk with us! E-mail me for details on packing cookies. I think you will enjoy this adult forum. Please try to attend.
October 24 @ 6PM "Coffee House" and Open Mike Night at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church -- The Youth Group at the Park Ridge Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a coffee hour and open mike night on Friday October 24th. We have been invited to join them and participate. Mark you calendar. If you have talent, playing an instrument, singing, or performing, this is a great chance to show off that talent. This is also a wonderful way to meet other Christians from the Park Ridge Community....many of whom you may sit next to in class and not even know it!
Saturday November 1st from 4:30pm until 7:30pm – The Annual Messiah Youth Spaghetti Dinner We will need help to set-up, cook, serve, clean up, etc. This event will take help form ALL of the youth, so I hope you can spend a couple of hours with us. The funds we raise go to the Youth Group. There is a national youth gathering in New Orleans next July.....We would love to be able to get a group of our Messiah Youth. To do that we need to make this fund raiser a success! Please help us with ticket sales through October....Ask your family and friends to attend - the more people the more fun!
Keep checking the Messiah webpage (http://www.messiahparkridge.org/youth_page.html) for updates! We have lots we can do, all we need is YOU!
Also, to the High School group, stop by and sit in a Confirmation Class! I am sure Kevin, Tommy, and Andrew would love to have you participate. I have attached the schedule of classes!
Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly with God,
Floyd Yager


Anthony Reeves, 10/5
Linda Stolz, 10/5
Sandra Downie, 10/6
Darryl Hanson, 10/7
Daniel Kovach, 10/7
Zachary Elder, 10/9
Julie Berzins, 10/12
Tony Demonte, 10/12
Tommy Hanson, 10/16
Weston Bukar, 10/19
Gary Corkill, 10/20
Michael Herak, 10/25
David Kaufman, 10/26
Neil Hauser, 10/29
Ricky Reeve, 10/30

Carmen and Barb Loverme – 10/10/1964, 44 years
Gerald and Barbara Velasek – 10/10/1964, 44 years
Russell and Linda Raymond – 10/11/1969, 39 years
Ron and Theresa Duty – 10/27/1974, 34 years
Tom and Kim Hanson – 10/29/1993, 15 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 September 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:   Char and Bill Baumgartner, Richard A. Reeve Family, Bob Bisgard, Dave and Donna Hanson, Char Lobitz, Carol Hrodey for Property Reserve Fund

Given by:   Evelyn I. Vaughn for Property Reserve Fund

Given by:   Neena Penumaka for Property Reserve Fund

Messiah Movies
Now on DVD
Penelope Wilhern (Christina Ricci) is cursed at birth with the nose and ears of a pig, and the only way out of the curse is to fall in love with someone of suitable stock. But how can she possibly find her soul mate when she's sequestered inside her family's sprawling estate with only her parents (Catherine O'Hara and Richard E. Grant) to keep her company? Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon co-produced this unconventional fairy tale about a girl who bucks convention to make her own happy ending.
I loved this movie! It is a sweet, delightful fairy tale that teaches that beauty is ever so much more than skin deep. And that love, in all its forms (parents and children, man and woman, friend to friend, of oneself), must be totally free of prejudice for the magic to work. James McAvoy is utterly charming as the man who dares to love her despite the way she looks, and the rest of the cast works together seamlessly to create a delightful story. I did little except smile through this whole movie! I highly recommend it for all families – the lesson about loving yourself, and BEING yourself is nicely told in a fun story that everyone will love.

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
David Kaufman
Richard Levy
Nancy Maher
Lois Oset
Doris Prienitz
Aidan Ray
Mary Reter
Gloria Solum
Harry Trestrail
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!

Adrianne Blanks
227 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130

Since everyone just got NEW DIRECTORIES in the mail, take a moment to make this change either directly to the name, or in the Notes pages provided in the back of the directory.

In this issue…
“Cluster Meetings”
New Allemeier Baby!
New Phone Messages
LWR Trailer Event
Pet Blessing
PADS Prayer Vigil
Night Ministry Cookies
Spaghetti Dinner Coming Soon
Messiah Movies: Penelope
Prayer Requests

1605 Vernon Avenue
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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