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The November Messenger Issue #485

Oct 29, 2008

THE Messiah

From the pastor
Psalm 107:1 "Give thanks to the Lord,
for the Lord is good!"
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
What a beautiful fall we are experiencing. The trees and bushes around my home are beginning to change and show their splendor! With so many trees still full of their leaves, it’s hard to believe that it is already November!
When I think November, I think "thanksgiving." And while I do think about the day of turkey and eating and family and eating and parades and eating and football and eating (you get my drift), I think more of the attitude of "thanks-giving."
We begin November with the Festival of All Saints, the day we remember all those who have gone before us, particularly those who have met Jesus face to face since last All Saints Day. We give thanks to God for their lives, their faith that sustained them and for Jesus who bought their salvation. But we also thank God that through our baptism, we are named and claimed, made living saints, through Jesus Christ our Lord!
For Messiah, November also focuses on how we order our lives, as the living saints, through our stewardship. How do we demonstrate our thanks to God for our life, our homes, our family, our gifts and talents, all that we are and all that we have? How do we decide how we spend our time and our money? Each decision we make is a way of recognizing that all we are and all we have is truly from God and therefore belongs to God. What we do with what we have is an expression of our attitude of “thanks-giving.”
On Christ the King Sunday, we focus on the Lordship and Kingship of Jesus–that he truly is Lord of lords and King of kings! We give thanks that he died on our behalf, and that nothing in life, nor nothing in death, can separate us from him! Again, we examine how our lives reflect our thanks to God for what Jesus has done for us, as we offer to our Lord our commitments of time, talent, and treasure.
And yes, we do take pause on Thanksgiving Day to worship our Lord and give thanks with the rest of our nation for the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. We will take a special offering of non-perishable foods that will be given to Maine Township Food Pantry to help those who need assistance. Another opportunity to give thanks to our Lord and God.
Yes, it is a beautiful time of year! Let us give thanks to our Lord and God.

Pastor Munker

Noteworthy News
Laurie (Melendez) Hamden and Samed Hamden welcomed baby Lacey on Saturday, October 18th – big sisters Emily and Kaitlyn are very excited! The baby girl is 19 inches long, and weighed 7.25 pounds. Congratulations, Hamden family!

Thanks to all of you for a successful walk! Ken and the members of St. Luke's welcomed us so graciously. Here are some very preliminary numbers for you:
We registered 175 walkers; we handed out 4 bandanas to dogs so I am creating a new category of "DOGS." Bishop Miller was counted with the St. Luke's team and we had two other dignitaries who walked......so as of now I'm saying we had 181 walkers. I deposited $15,318 with Church World Service today. On-line donations as of 10/16/08 were $4300.00.

I expect to donate at least $1300.00 from the "Friends account" (business donations for the shirts). That puts us at $20,918 and I am expecting more donations from St. Luke's walkers, St. Mary's, PR Community, Our Lady of Ransom, Messiah Lutheran and First United Methodist. If I were to guess right now I'd predict about $26,000. Congratulations to ALL who participated!


We packed for In Gathering:
20 Quilts
31 Layettes
49 Health Kits
A BIG THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED. I am not going to name names as I might leave someone out. Also thanks for your generous donations of money and items, some new.

God Bless you all,
Eva Thoren, Chair

Upcoming Events
(Always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
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 can be purchased at the door. We sure hope you can join us for what has become a Messiah tradition!

Saturday, November 15th 9-3 PM
Do you have a hidden talent that your friends at Messiah don't know about? The Harvest Festival may be your chance to showcase it! If there is any kind of craft that you make and would like to try to sell - join us at the Harvest Festival on November 15th! We will have a "Messiah Boutique" where we can compile our collective talents to sell.
And even if you don't have a craft to sell - we need your help! We can use people to help greet the vendors & public, help with kid's activities, sell raffle tickets & Manna cards, sell food - and of course - we need everyone to attend the festival and purchase your Christmas presents!! We have some different crafters - including several jewelry exhibitors, as well as vendors like Tastefully Simple, Party Lites and Tupperware - even a book seller! Please be sure to come out - November 15th - 9:00-3:00! Please let Carol Hrodey know if you can help for set-up Friday night or during the day on Saturday!

Sunday, November 16th 11:30 AM
We’d like to invite all women of Messiah to a potluck luncheon. We will view a DVD about the Women of the ELCA, how they make quilts and health kits for LWR, how they support Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolate, how they gather for Bible study, and how they help each other. Please bring a dish to share and join us as we see how the Women of the ELCA continue to grow; lets see how we can grow here at Messiah. Join us for food and fellowship. Beverages will be provided.

Collecting from Nov. 30-Dec.14

Once again we will be collecting goods to help out those less fortunate than ourselves. For The Night Ministry, serving the homeless of Chicagoland, we put hats, gloves, and scarves on our Giving Tree in the narthex. We are looking for mostly adult items, and asking that they be STURDY, WINTER ITEMS, rather than “magic gloves” which are very thin. The Child Care Center is also collecting gloves for this ministry…THANKS! Deadline for donations is December 14th – the Night Bus will be delivering the items to people in need on December 19-20, so they need to pack everything up before that.
Also, we are doing LSSI’s Gifts for Kids again this year. Gift tags will be available in the narthex. Pick a tag, purchase a present, and bring it wrapped to church by December 14th to be sent to LSSI in time for their Christmas Party. Gift cards are also welcome…remember, you can use our Manna program, deadline November 30th, delivery of cards on Dec. 4th!

Friendship Day   The third Thursday of November, the 20th, due to Thanksgiving. We will meet at 9 AM, and hope to see lots of you there. Come when you can, and leave when you have to.
Men’s Breakfast   Saturday, November 8th at 9 AM at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Des Plaines. Join the Men’s Brotherhood for breakfast and fellowship.
WELCA Board   November 5th at 9:00 AM
Executive Committee   November 9th at 11:30 AM
Visioning Meeting Correction   It was announced at the congregational meeting that there would be a leadership visioning meeting in November. It will actually be held in January on the 11th after service. The leadership team will review where we've been and look at where we're heading at Messiah. Anyone who is interested in participating in this meeting is welcome to attend - please let Carol Hrodey know if you wish to come.
Room at the Inn      Christmas Services        Youth Christmas Program

This Month in Worship
All Worship Services are at 10:15 AM unless otherwise noted.
November 2 – All Saints Sunday (*see below)
Revelation 7:9–17; Psalm 34:1–10, 22; 1 John 3:1–3; Matthew 5:1–12
November 9 – 26th Sunday after Pentecost
Amos 5:18–24; Psalm 70; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Matthew 25:1–13
November 16 – 27th Sunday after Pentecost
Zephaniah 1:7, 12–18; Psalm 90:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11; Matthew 25:14–30
November 23 – Christ the King
Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24 Psalm 95:1–7a; Ephesians 1:15–23; Matthew 25:31–46
November 27 – Thanksgiving Day
Deuteronomy 8:7–18; Psalm 65; 2 Corinthians 9:6–15; Luke 17:11–19
November 30 – First Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 64:1–9; Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19; 1 Corinthians 1:3–9; Mark 13:24–37
We give thanks to God for the faithful saints who have gone before us this year:

Betty Ortaggio
Charles Johnson
Rosemary Thurow
Paul Stolz
Marge Merriman
Roy Sues
Edith Bunt
Ruth Corkill
Jenny Stabb
Chuck Boomer
Doris Preinitz

We thank God for their lives and service, for their witness of faith.

Nov. 2 - Lutheran Handbook Study
Nov. 9 - Parable of the Good Samaritan preview
Nov. 16 - Parable of the Good Samaritan w/ Sunday school
Nov. 23 - Celebration Sunday/Pancake Breakfast
Nov. 30 - Lutheran Handbook Study

Thursday, November 27th at 10:15 AM

This will be a wonderful chance to reflect on the abundant love God has given to each of us and thank him for those blessings. At the Thanksgiving Service we will take a special offering of food items to be donated to the Maine Township Food Pantry. Please join us at this special service and bring with you one (or multiple) non-perishable food items to donate and help others at the beginning of this holiday season.

   November 2   November 9   November 16   November 23   November 30
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Tommy H   Kevin K   Melissa H   Andrew F   Tait J
Communion Assistants   Kim H   Pat K   Julie H   John F   Julie J
Readers   Rich L   Kristin Y   Teresa L   Laura H   Dottie B
Worship Assistants   Vikki H   Pat K   David S   Diane B   John F
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Dave H,
Rich L,
Joe L,
Bob B   Dave H,
Rich L,
Joe L,
Bob B   Dave H,
Rich L,
Joe L,
Worknesh D   Dave H,
Rich L,
Joe L,
Dave K   Dave H,
Rich L,
Joe L,
Dave K
Greeters   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N
Counters   Dave H,
Jim H   Dave H,
Jim H    Dave H,
Jim H   Dave H,
Jim H    Dave H,
Jim H
Thanksgiving Service To Be Determined
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!

Nov 2 –    Flowers and bulletins are given in honor of John and Sue Fox’s 29th wedding anniversary.
Nov 9 –    Flowers are given by Russ and Linda Raymond in memory of Linda’s mother Harriet Goldstein. Bulletins are given in honor of Jarrett Lobitz’s 6th birthday.
Nov 16 –    Flowers are given in honor of Brad and Pat Kovach’s wedding anniversary.
Nov 23 –    none
Nov 27 -    Flowers are given by John and Sue Fox in honor of Andrew’s 12th birthday.
Nov 30 –    Flowers are given by Donna Hanson in memory or Rev. and Mrs. Harold E. Larsen.

To the congregation –
Thank you for allowing my daughter to be with me during my illness. I know it was a sacrifice on your part but I appreciate it very much. She was most helpful while she was here. I thank you for all your prayers also. Please continue to keep me in your prayers so I can continue to recover fully. I have days that are very boring and I get jittery. Please help me to get over this with your prayers.
Thank you again.
Lois L. Oset
(Pastor Munker’s Mom)

Dear Floyd –
Thank you so much of inviting me to share with the Adult Ed and Confirmation Class yesterday at Messiah Lutheran. The conversation was wonderful with some great questions and compassionate insights. Thank you also for all the cookies! They will be enjoyed this week. We look forward to continuing this partnership.
Peace, Julie Delezenne
The Night Ministry, Chicago

Dear Julie and Messiah Lutheran –
Thank you so much for the art carts! They have already been greatly used!
The Child Life Team
Lutheran General Hospital

Thank you to "Anonymous" who has refurbished the downstairs bathrooms with fresh paint and border trim! We are so very grateful for your work. The bathrooms are beautiful!

DOUBLE Manna Dates
As usual, we will have 2 dates in November to help support the Christmas Charities. Sunday, November 9th will be the regular November order, and then we will place another order on November 30th, perfect timing for gift cards for the LSSI kids.

Splinter Anyone?
Has anyone attended a potluck lately and received a splinter from one of the tables? Or has anyone tried to move one of those big old heavy tables up the stairs lately? Our old tables in the basement are beginning to fall apart - some are even giving us splinters! Awhile back we bought a couple of new 8 ft tables from Sam's Club to try them out and see if they might work for us. They seem to work pretty well and we'd like to replace our old tables with these lighter weight, very durable tables. The cost is approximately $80.00 each and we'd like to have about 12-16 tables. If you would be willing to donate money to "buy a table" - please put it the offering and designate it for the table fund! Thanks!

Messiah Ministries
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The words of the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 40) both challenge and comfort us, calling us to prepare the way of the Lord who comes paradoxically with mighty power and gentleness. The prophet shares a vision of lofty mountains being leveled and deep valleys being lifted up, of an end to warfare, hunger, fear and strife. It is a message we need to hear again this Advent as we are reminded that the ground is not level in the world we live in.
Recently I visited the Kingdom of Swaziland, a small and hilly land-locked country of 1 million people caught between Mozambique and the Republic of South Africa. I was invited by the Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa to attend a meeting of mission partners in the capital Mbabane and the 20th anniversary celebration of the diocese. The Eastern Diocese has companionship relationships with the ELCA Caribbean Synod and also with Lutherans in Germany, Sweden and Finland.
As ELCA Global Mission regional program assistant in Southern Africa I was interested in visiting several of the projects of the diocese that are being supported in part by the ELCA. I was taken by Mr. Mafika Shabalala, the Diocesan HIV & AIDS Program Coordinator, to visit the Mpuncu Water and Garden Project near Manzini. The Sigwaca Lesihle Support Group consists of men and women who are infected and affected by HIV & AIDS. According to Mr. Shabalala the group has not only taken bold steps to be open about their HIV status but has also taken it upon themselves to be champions of development in the area. For the last two months the group has been working hard setting up reservoirs and digging trenches for pipes to bring water closer from hillside springs for drinking and garden irrigation purposes. In 2007 the government declared a national state of disaster due to severe drought and bush fires. Maize production was down 60% from the previous year and prices rose 132%. The Lutheran Development Service of Swaziland has been active along with other relief organizations in distributing emergency food relief and supporting local food production initiatives. Everyone hopes that spring and summer rains will come soon.
During this Advent and Christmas season I would like to encourage your ongoing support for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal and the ELCA Stand with Africa Campaign in our efforts to banish hunger, overcome HIV&AIDS and build peace. Learn more at www.elca.org/goodgifts. Advocacy in the USA and Southern Africa around the Millennium Development Goals through support for the ONE campaign is still critically important in order to create an effective global partnership for sustainable and just development.
Thank you for your prayers and participation in God’s Mission locally and globally.
Yours faithfully, Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission, Cape Town, October 2008

Youth Corner
Check out all the fun stuff coming up for our Youth!!
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! Ask your family and friends to attend - the more people the more fun!
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!
ELCA Youth Event Summer, 2009 -We are looking for Messiah Youth who have serious interest in attending the ELCA Youth Gathering in the summer of 2009. The gathering in July 22-26, 2009 in New Orleans. We need to know by the end of November who has serious interest in attending. The gathering is about $300 per person just to register. That does not include travel, lodging, and meals. If we have a few youth who are serious about going, we would consider bringing you all down to the event. But it needs to be a pretty firm commitment on your part as to whether you want to go, so we can raise funds in the Church, make plans, and so forth.
The event is designed for youth who are members of ELCA congregations and non-ELCA youth are welcome when they register, prepare, covenant and come with ELCA congregations. Young people entering High School by September 2009 and those already in high school and will graduate in 2009 are eligible.
If you have interest, we would recommend talking with your parents and determining whether this is something that they would want you to do. Then talk to Floyd by the end of November so we can figure out if we can get a group of our Messiah Youth to the event.


Viviann Markech, 11/1
Grace Palos, 11/1
Valeria Bowman, 11/3
Char Baumgartner, 11/5
Lisa Paulus, 11/7
Robert Reter, 11/7
Katelyn Hamden, 11/8
Alexis Chervinko, 11/11
Laurance Johnson, 11/12
Richard Reeve, 11/15
Mary Jo Jones, 11/17
Shannon Hall, 11/18
Carolyn Kopij, 11/19
James Rosequist, 11/19
Joseph Milios, 11/20
Terri Hogan, 11/22
Dorothy Burger, 11/23
Kirsten Kaufman, 11/23
Carmen Loverme, 11/24
Donna Hanson, 11/25
Betty Stinnett, 11/25
Reena Wagner, 11/25
Brian Bittner, 11/26
Mark Wilson, 11/26
Andrew Fox, 11/27
Alex Wagner, 11/27

John and Sue Fox – 11/3/1979, 29 years
Scott and Allison Allemeier – 11/7/2003, 5 years
Richard and Edith Reeve – 11/24/1984, 24 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

Stewardship:      Floyd Yager
Evangelism:      David Swanson
WELCA:      Eva Thoren
Brotherhood:      Rich Seggeling
Christian Education:   Kristin Yager
Confirmation/HS:   Floyd Yager
Adult Forum:      Rich Levy, David Swanson
Choir:         Pat Daniels
Music:         Tom Daniels, Sue Fox

Memorial Report as of October 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:   Larry, Monica, Eric and Nikolaus Ryczek for Pastor Paul’s Family Fund

Given by:   Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Anderson for Property Reserve Fund

Given by:   Ravi and Neena Penumaka for Property Reserve Fund

Given by:   Lois and Sandy Anderson for Property Reserve Fund

Messiah Movies
On on DVD and in theaters
I know we have all heard about the phenomenon that is HSM:1, 2, & 3. I have not yet seen the third installment in this mega-hit franchise by Disney, but have (repeatedly) viewed the other two, and feel compelled to review these movies all together.
Super-cute high school juniors Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) meet at a karaoke party and discover something new about themselves – they can sing together! Now the “jock” and the “brain” decide to go out for the Spring Musicale at school, and discover that it isn’t that easy to do what people don’t expect of you. The three movies follow this group of kids as they deal with peer pressure, parental expectation, fears of the future and adulthood, establishing personal identity, and any other “teen angst” issue you can think of. And they do it with SONG … really good songs! (and great dance numbers!)
I think the reason I enjoy the first 2 movies so much, and cannot wait to see the third, is the positive message that Disney is broadcasting. Work together, be yourself, and respect others all come out in songs like “We’re All in This Together” and “All for One.” The best lyrics might be “there’s not a star in Heaven that we can’t reach … when we’re tryin’ we’re breakin’ free!” The best news? All movies are rated G, and are great for kids 3 and up. Trust me, there is NOTHING offensive in any of these movies – great for families! Enjoy!
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
Nancy Maher
Lois Oset
Dana Powell
Aidan Ray
Mary Reter
Gloria Solum
Linda (Rodin) Ufkes
Frank & Jane Whitecotton
Anne Wiberg

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!


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”
Another New Baby!
CROP Walk Report
LWR Trailer Report
Spaghetti Dinner
Harvest Festival
WELCA Luncheon
Christmas Charities Coming Soon
Letter from Rev. Phil Knutson
Messiah Movies: HSM 1,2,3
Prayer Requests

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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
John Handzel, Property Maintenance
Worknesh Deressa, Custodian
Tom Daniels, Director of Music
Sue Fox, Organist




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