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The Messiah Messenger > The January Messenger Issue #487
The January Messenger Issue #487

Dec 31, 2008

THE Messiah

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The annual calendar may show the new year beginning January 1st, but the church calendar is already in its sixth week and its third church season, the Time after Epiphany! It is at this time that Jesus and his identity is revealed to all the nations—that the Son of God has entered the world for all people—the godly and the ungodly. And it is during the Time after Epiphany that we hear of the most unlikely people in both the Old and New Testaments, called by God to carry and deliver an important message of God’s love to others.
We hear in the readings that there are many different ways to respond to God’s call. Some of these very real people respond with an immediate “Yes.” Nathaniel proclaims Jesus as the Son of God. Men who will become disciples of Jesus leave their fishing boats immediately when Jesus calls out to them. Others like Jonah flee when sent on a mission from God. Paul sought out and executed Christians by feeding them to the lions, until he met Jesus face to face on the road to Damascus, was knocked off his high horse, became a follower of Jesus and then became the greatest of evangelists in biblical times.
Jesus is indeed the Light of the World. And as baptized believers, we are asked to carry his light into the world so that others may know him and give thanks and praise to God! It is quite a responsibility. It is quite an honor and privilege. And sometimes we run away from the task, just like those in the Bible were inclined to do; and at other times we immediately say “Yes” and do what God asks of us.
So how might you reveal Jesus to others this Time after Epiphany? How might you let your light shine before others? Because God still calls unlikely people, US, to respond to God’s work in this world. Perhaps it will be through random acts of kindness; or helping a neighbor; or volunteering time at a food pantry, a homeless shelter, or PADS site; or perhaps you will work with our youth, or volunteer to do something new to you at church, even starting a new ministry here at Messiah—whatever it is you do, when asked by others why you do it—I suggest you let your light shine through your words and tell people it is because you think Jesus would like you to do this. In this way, you give glory to God, and lead others to give God the glory, too! So let your light shine, in whatever way you choose and give God the glory!
A partner with you in this journey of faith,

From the Pastor – Thanks!
Many, many thanks to everyone who helped make this a beautiful, meaningful and memorable Christmas:
•   Tom Daniels and Sue Fox, along with the choir, instrumentalists and soloists for the joyous, beautiful music. Bravo!
•   Everyone who purchased a poinsettia.
•   Everyone who helped decorate our sanctuary for Advent and Christmas services – our trees and greens look beautiful.
•   The Raymonds who so beautifully adorned our sanctuary by setting out and caring for the poinsettias.
•   All who helped with Altar care. Your work does not go unnoticed.
•   Everyone who contributed gifts to LSSI, the food pantry and the night ministry. Your generosity gave many people hope and encouragement.
•   Everyone who braved the cold and ice and worshiped here at Messiah. Your presence meant so much.
•   The Sunday School and teachers who gave us a wonderful gift in your presentation of the Christmas story! You touched many hearts.
•   The Sunday School for the beautiful Christmas cards and gift bags for the shut-ins in our congregation – they loved them!
•   All our ushers, greeters, readers, acolytes, as well as worship and communion assistants. You add greatly to our worship through your service.
•   To Jennifer, for all her attention to detail at this very busy time of year and the many extra bulletins prepared for our worship service. We could not do this without you!

And thank you to everyone at Messiah for making this Christmas so very special to me this year. And on behalf of Stefan and myself, thank you to all who remembered us this year with a gift and/or card. We truly appreciate you thinking of us and have been very blessed by you.

Thank you to everyone who supported our book fair, the proceeds of which go to Kibosho Project in Tanzania. Your generosity will help purchase books for a much needed library the in Kibosho region. We will publish the amount we made for this project in the February Messenger.

Noteworthy News
Annual Reports are due into the church office by Monday, January 5th. This is so reports can be compiled, spell-checked, and printed in time to distribute copies to the congregation on Sunday, January 25th. If you can EMAIL your report, it is much appreciated! If you cannot, and need to submit a handwritten or typed report, please do so as soon as possible.
We need reports from the following:

•   Pastor
•   President
•   Child Care Center Board
•   Child Care Center Treasurer
•   Christian Education (including Youth Sunday School & Confirmation, VBS)
•   Stewardship Chairperson
•   Memorial Fund
•   Altar Guild
•   Financial Secretary
•   Messiah Brotherhood
•   Property
•   Women of the ELCA
•   Call Committee

L&F – We have been finding many “treasures” on the coat racks that have been there for months. In order to reduce the clutter we will be collecting stray items and placing them in a Lost and Found bin located in the alcove of the narthex, next to the small pew along the south wall. After a month any unclaimed items will be donated or tossed, whichever is most appropriate!
Clean Up – We will be planning a clean-up day in the Spring (before Holy Week) to try to reduce some of the clutter and to maximize storage space. The date is to be announced. Meanwhile, ther are some things you can do to get things started:
•   Clean out any unnecessary items currently stored by you and/or your group.
•   Label anything currently stored with contact name, group, function, items in containers, etc.
•   Let Pat Daniels know what you have stored and where.
•   If you need storage space, let Pat know.
One Additional Note – many of us have cleaned out things at home and thought “they could use this at church/child care!” Sometimes that is true … sometimes not! Please check with Pat (or with a representative of the group that might use the item) before dropping something off at the church. Thanks!

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

Saturday, January 10 at 10 AM
This is an organizational meeting for the Altar Guild. We have some new members, and anyone interested in serving on the Altar Guild should contact Linda Raymond. The meeting will be at 10 AM.

Sunday, February 1st 11:30 AM

This is the time of year that we review our accomplishments of the past year, and set goals for the coming year. Please pick up your Annual Report on the 25th, take a little time to read it over, and then be prepared to discuss and vote on our initiatives and our budget for 2009. Please do not miss this meeting.

Men’s Breakfast   Saturday, January 10th at 9:00 AM at Jimmy’s Restaurant,
1440 Rand Road in Des Plaines. Join us for fellowship and the best fresh-squeezed orange juice in town!
Friendship Day   Friendship Day will resume on January 22 at 9 A.M. If you plan to have lunch, bring your sandwich or whatever…dessert will be furnished. Please feel free to come for an hour or so if that is all you can spare. We need more help to continue this very important work. You will feel rewarded for your effort. You may also work at home, making quilt tops, making baby sweaters, and receiving blankets. Just see Eva Thoren or call her at home 847-823-2594. Thanks and GOD BLESS.
Leadership Team    January 11th at 11:30 AM
Child Care Board    January 13th at 6:30 PM
Executive Committee   January 18th at 11:30 AM

Annual Meeting    Souper Bowl of Caring Lent Begins       

This Month in Worship
All Worship Services are at 10:15 AM unless otherwise noted.

January 4 – Sunday Celebrating the Epiphany of Our Lord
Isaiah 60:1–6; Psalm 72:1–7, 10–14; Ephesians 3:1–12; Matthew 2:1–12
January 11 – The Baptism of Our Lord
Genesis 1:1–5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1–7; Mark 1:4–11
January 18 – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
1 Samuel 3:1–20; Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18; 1 Corinthians 6:12–20; John 1:43–51
January 25 – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany
Jonah 3:1–5, 10; Psalm 62:5–12; 1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20

Jan. 4 – The Lutheran Handbook, David Swanson
Jan. 11 – To Be Determined
Jan. 18 – Teach the Sunday School Lesson
Jan. 25 – Meet with the Sunday School Classes

   January 4   January 11   January 18   January 25
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Kevin K   Tommy H   Andrew F   Thomas Y
Communion Assistants   Pat K   Kim H   John F   Floyd Y
Readers   Rich L   Teresa L   Dottie B   Trygve J
Worship Assistants   Vikki H   John F   Diane B   David S
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Dave K,
Connie K,
Julie H,
Nancy B   Dave K,
Connie K,
Julie H,
Nancy B   Dave K,
Connie K,
Julie H,
Nancy B   Dave K,
Connie K,
Julie H,
Nancy B
Greeters   Eunice E   Eunice E   Eunice E   Eunice E
Counters   Dave H,
Val B   Dave H,
Val B   Dave H,
Val B   Dave H,
Val B

The sign-ups for flowers and bulletins are in the narthex by the hall to the Educational Wing. Flowers are $30, and the Bulletins are $10. Envelopes are provided next to the sign-up calendar, or you may simply write “Flowers” or “Bulletin” on your regular envelope in the Other box.

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

Jan. 4 –    Flowers are given by John and Sue Fox in honor of Peter’s 16th birthday.
Jan. 11 –    Flowers and bulletins are given by Dan and Kevin Kovach in honor of Grandpa Don’s birthday
Jan. 18 –    Flowers are given by Russ and Linda Raymond in memory of Linda’s dad, Dale Goldenstein.
Jan. 25 –    Flowers are given by Nancy and Nick Boomer in honor of Chris’ birthday. Bulletins are given in memory of Norbert A. Hauser.


Dear People of Messiah,
Anne and I send our thanks for your prayers, cards, and good words. The chemotherapy, while "not fun," is progressing. We are learning to "live one day at a time."
This Christmas Season has been so enjoyable, even with health challenges. Highlights of our Celebration include:
•   Arriving at the church for the Family Service and being given candy canes, and coloring books.
•   Being together with our whole family at the Christmas Eve Communion.
•   The lovely "new look" of the brightly decorated Chancel and Altar area.
•   Thoughtful, gospel-based sermon by Pastor Cynthia Munker.
•   Surprise phone call from Clair Rodin in Arizona, assuring us of daily prayers for our family.
Messiah Lutheran Church: it’s great to be part of this community of faith. Pray for our Call Committee, and our congregation as we move boldly into 2009.
Mark and Anne Wiberg

Contribution Statements
Financial statements for all of 2008 will be available at the Annual Meeting. Statements not picked up at the meeting will be held in the church office until February 15th. To save on postage, we will NOT be mailing out the leftover financial statements. If you need your statement for tax purposes, contact the office by February 15th and we will be happy to mail it to you. All others will be shredded.

Global Alliance for Africa
For those who wish to make a donation to the clinic that Linda Stolz is building in honor of Pastor Paul, please send your checks to:
Global Alliance for Africa
703 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60626
For more info about this project, contact Linda directly at lstolz@globalallianceforafrica.org.

Congratulations to Diane Blanks!
Diane was nominated by Valerie Niskenen at St. Matthew’s Center for Health for the Park Ridge Chamber “Star Award” for Large Businesses. Diane was nominated and awarded this honor for her 11 years as a tireless volunteer at St. Matthew’s. Congratulations, Diane, and keep up the great work!

Manna Order Dates
Thanks for a great turn-out on Manna over Christmas! Our order date for this month is January 11th.

Messiah Ministries

Thanks again to everyone who participated in our Christmas Charities this year. We collected 85 hats, scarves, and gloves for the homeless and needy, who are supported by the Night Ministry in Chicago. We also bought gifts for sixty children this year…kudos to everyone for stepping up to the challenge! Our Mitten Tree and our Giving Tree were full to the brim! Thanks also to Moni Ryczek for spearheading the operation again this year and thanks to her many helpers.

Call committee 2009
The congregation approved the following Call Committee at a special congregational meeting on Sunday, December 7th:

Debbie Chervinko
Vikki Hanson
Tait Jensen
Connie Kaufman
Rich Levy
Ravi Penumaka
Linda Raymond
Larry Ryczek
Anne Wiberg

The committee selected Larry Ryczek as chairperson and Connie Kaufman as assistant. Thanks to all the members of the committee for making the commitment to servo on this very important committee. All members of the congregation are asked to keep these people and their work in your prayers.

The Call Committee would like to thank Messiah's Congregation for having the faith and confidence to appoint us to the committee and we promise to faithfully serve them during the Call process.

We had our first meeting on December 8th to review the Call process with Pastor Carol Breimeier, assistant to the Bishop and our representative at the Chicago Metro Synod. The Committee appointed Connie Kaufman and myself as co-chairpersons of the Committee.

We are having our second meeting January 5th to begin organizing and preparing for interviews once candidates have been selected and show interest in Messiah.
We will keep you informed of all our progress moving forward.
Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year,
Larry Ryczek

Youth Corner
Check out all the fun stuff coming up for our Youth!!
First, we will be gearing up in January we will begin work for the "Souper Bowl of Caring." We have participated at Messiah the last two years, collecting a little over $700 over the two years for the Maine Township Food Pantry. This year, let's aim to collect $750 and at least 50 food items. The week of Jan 18th (two week before the Souper Bowl) we will have a group of Youth attend worship in football jerseys and after the service have a little table in the narthex with posters and handouts reminding people of the Souper Bowl. You can learn more about the Souper Bowl at http://www.souperbowl.org. Check the site out! Last year, nationwide, over $10 million was collected! This is the 20th year for the event; let's make it the best we can. It would be great to have a Youth Leader volunteer to champion, organize his/her peers, and make this event really work at Messiah. For those of you needing community service hours for Honor Society, Scouts, or some other organization this would be a great way to earn those. If you want to help lead the effort, let Floyd know!

Last year we did this in the Spring, and I think everyone had a great time. Floyd has been trading e-mails with the group there and hopes to have something set up for late January or early February. We would go there on a Friday evening, spend the evening with fellowship and dinner, a worship service, some games and fun, and some learning about social justice issues. The next morning we would participate with their group at a service event....Last year we went to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We may do that again or something with the Night Ministry. More info to come later. This is a great time for the confirmation class and High School group!

Floyd still has a gift certificate bought at a charity auction to Public Ice Skating Admission, Skate Rental, and Laser Tag for up to 10 people! The gift certificate expires on May 3, 2009. Now, if we can find a service project we can do locally in the spring, we can do that on a Saturday morning and go have some fun with skating and Laser Tag. Suggestions are welcome! Get them to Floyd quickly and we will look to make this an outing and event in March!
By the way, we are half done in that basement. Floyd put a 35 inch TV down there and a DVD player....there is ping-pong, bumper pool, and an air hockey table....with a little more work and a bit of furniture we would have a place to hang out for the Youth Group!


Julia Mix, 1/1
Richard Seggeling, 1/2
Paul Holzer, 1/3
Nicholas Levy, 1/4
Peter John Fox, 1/5
Brian Jason, 1/5
Donald Kovach, 1/7
Ralph Lippert, 1/7
Larry Ryczek, 1/7
Kirby Corkill, 1/9
Jennifer Schneider, 1/10
Patricia Fisher, 1/12
Thomas Jason,1/12
Tait Jensen, 1/12
Mark Jones, 1/13
Brenda Reter, 1/15
William Demonte, 1/16
Alexander Johnson, 1/16
Marv Jelonek, 1/17
Raymond Ejnik, 1/20
Lester Herak, 1/20
Cara Nastali, 1/21
David Chervinko, 1/22
Heba Penumaka, 1/22
Chris Boomer, 1/23
Karol Kamman, 1/25
Evelyn Burval, 1/26
Lytle Thompson, 1/28
Charlotte Pearson, 1/29
Jessica Valenta, 1/29
Neil Wagner, 1/30


Rev. Cynthia and Rev. Stefan Munker – 1/3/1997, 12 years
Chuck and Jackie Steigerwald – 1/11/1947, 62 years

Messiah Leadership IN 2009

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
Property Coordinator: Patti Daniels

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 December 21, 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:   Carol Hrodey, Saring Chan and family, Oleg Bychuk, Joseph Diamente, Mary Ann Gavin, Mildred Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Thoren, Jr.

The family has requested that all memorials for Doris be put toward lights in the hallway to illuminate the South Wall Sanctuary Windows.

Messiah Movies
Now in theaters
Despereaux (voiced by Matthew Broderick) is different from other mice: He reads books, has ears too big for his too-small body and loves the human Princess Pea (Emma Watson). With his friend, a rat named Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman), Despereaux sets out to escape the castle dungeon and win the girl of his dreams. Sigourney Weaver, William H. Macy and Kevin Kline also lend their voices to this adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's Newberry Medal-winning books.
This beautiful movie made the perfect ending to a lovely Christmas Day. The stunning animation was gorgeous, and the story was wonderful. There are strong messages about being yourself, and about forgiveness, and destiny … all the classic elements of an epic hero’s quest! Even if the heroes in this case are a mouse and a rat. This movie was good for all audiences (as long as you don’t mind rodents). There were some darker scenes involving Ratworld (2 levels below the human dungeon), so it may not be appropriate for VERY young children. My five-year-old seemed to enjoy the movie “Bolt” more, though, because at times Desperaux slowed down and focused on it’s own beauty and message a little too much, inspiring a little bit of “is it over yet?” in her mind. But I highly recommend it for families, and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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

Evelyn Burval
Mr. Dennis
Ardene Ejnik
Pearl Fox
Chris Jacobsen
Ruth Jeppeson
Richard Levy
Nancy Maher
Lois Oset
Sumdara Rao
Aidan Ray
Mary Reter
Gloria Solum
Linda (Rodin) Ufkes
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!

Please note in your directory that Joseph Burval has passed away. Thank you.

In this issue…
“Let Your Light Shine”
Thanks from the Pastor
Annual Reports DUE
Lost and Found/Church Clean Up
Altar Guild Meeting
Annual Meeting
January Readings and Schedules
Adult Forum Schedule
Worship Assistants
Financial Statements 2008
Thanks from the Wibergs
Christmas Charities Update
Souper Bowl of Caring
Overnight Youth Outing
The Tale of Desperaux Movie

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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
Helen Levy, Bookkeeper




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