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The Messiah Messenger > The February Messenger Issue #488
The February Messenger Issue #488

Jan 30, 2009

THE Messiah

From the pastor
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Through most of February, we continue in the Season of Epiphany, where Jesus is revealed as the light of the world. We hear the call stories of the disciples, and later all people. We learn that they were first called, then equipped to be followers of Jesus. They had “on the job training” and lived in a faith community, learning about Jesus, his power and authority and the truth that is Jesus. They were not called because they had special talents, or were well educated, or lived a perfect life. They were called because they were loved by God, even when they were living lives that were un-godly. God knew what plans God had for the disciples, the apostles, and all people. What God wanted was a “Yes” from them. And the more they said “Yes”, the more they realized that they lived and grew in God’s continued grace and love for others.
As believers in Jesus, we follow the same pattern. We are called to be followers, and then equipped to carry out the plans God has for us. God does not name and claim us because of our talents, or training, or because we are perfect people. Far from it! God calls us, names us, and claims us as God’s very own because God loves us and wants us to know and love God. God wants a relationship with us and so initiates that relationship, just as Jesus initiated the relationship he had with his disciples and later Paul with the Gentiles. And just as they said “Yes”, God wants a “Yes” from us, too.
What is so amazing to me about saying “Yes” to God is that the more we say “Yes” the more we grow in faith and trust in God’s continued grace and love and acceptance of others. We realize more fully that we are acceptable to God because Jesus made us acceptable and that it is pure gift. Jesus paid a great price for that—first leaving heaven to become a human being, then giving his life on the cross in our rightful place. The more we take that in, the more we want to respond with “Yes” to Jesus as a thankful response to his love and acceptance.
Towards the end of February we will enter into the Season of Lent, where we will hear that Jesus, in love and grace, took our sins into himself, so that nothing could ever separate us from God. Jesus paid a tremendous price on our behalf and we can never thank him enough for what he had done for us. But we can model ourselves after Jesus, so that everything we do reflects our relationship to God, as Jesus did. We can focus on our daily lives and know that what we do and say really matters. We can say “Yes” to the Lenten disciplines. We can commit to coming to church every Sunday in Lent, to attending mid-week Lenten services, and to being intentional about our devotional and prayer lives. We can practice first fruit giving during Lent, which means we pay God first, and live off the remainder of our income. We can focus on how Jesus touches our lives each and every day and give thanks to him that God never gives up on us. And we can be intentional about sharing the light of Christ with others. We can practice living grace-filled lives and be generous stewards of all God has given us.
As together we continue on our faith journey, may we all grow in our “Yes” responses. May we all grow in God’s amazing grace.
Your fellow pilgrim on this journey of faith,
Pastor Munker

Noteworthy News
Doris Preinitz – May 1, 1921 – October 25, 2008
Doris was born May 1, 1921 in Chicago to William and Eva Allard. Four years later her beloved sister and best friend Eva was born. Family and church were a large part of her life. Doris enjoyed her Naomi Circle and Friendship Circle here at Messiah. She was treasurer of the MLCW and took care of the Cradle Roll for many years. She loved her family, her church, dessert, and anything chocolate, especially M&M’s. A funeral service was held here at Messiah for Doris on November 8th.

Joseph Burval – December 31, 1911 – December 8, 2008
After a long and fruitful life, Joe Burval – resident of Park Ridge for 72 years, member of Messiah since 1965 – passed away at his home at Sunrise Assisted Living on Ballard. His wife of 72 years, Evelyn, and his children were around him when he passed away. A funeral service was held at Oehler Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 10th.

After a year of losing so many special people, we REJOICE to welcome many new babies to our family!

Kim and Michael Bujalka – Our Miss Kim welcomed baby boy Ryan on Tuesday, January 13th! Ryan was 9 lb, 5 oz and 21 in long! Congratulations to Mike and Kim!

The Yager Family – Kaelyn Joy Yager was born Friday, January 16th, at 1:13 PM. She weighed in at 9 lbs. 8.5 oz. and measured 19 1/2 inches. Congrats Yager family!

Heather (Raymond) Glowacki – Alexandra Lee Glowacki (pictured here with Grandma Linda), born to Heather Glowacki, and granddaughter of Russ and Linda Raymond. She was born Wednesday, January 21, at 12:30 PM. She weighed in at 8 lbs. 14 oz and measured 20 inches.
Congrats to you, too, and God’s blessings on ALL these families!

Noteworthy News (continued)
The Executive Committee consulted with Linda Stolz regarding how to use the memorial money donated to Messiah in memory of Pastor Paul - she asked what we recommended. We spoke of it at one of the congregational meetings and have had a few suggestions for both inside and outside of church. It was hard to put our fingers on something specific at church that would appropriately honor Pastor Paul. And then, after hearing about the fundraising for the library in Kiboso and then receiving the information from Linda about the clinic in Pastor Paul's memory, the way to use the money became clear. Pastor Paul was all about outreach so we felt that the money should be sent out to help others. We decided to give $4000 of the memorial money to Global Alliance and asked Linda to determine how it would be spent. She chose for all of it to go to the clinic in Pastor Paul's memory, feeling that the library fund was well underway and would easily achieve its goal. Linda worried that the church needed the money but we assured her that this was how we felt it was best to honor Pastor Paul. Linda and family extend their appreciation for the donation. There will be a small amount remaining that will be used to purchase a plaque to dedicate the sign out in front to Pastor Paul and to frame an enlargement of the picture from the cover of his memorial bulletin to hang in the church building. Any remaining money will be put in a discretionary fund that the pastor can use for people who come to the church in need. We hope to have a special service at the time of Rally Day, which is around the time of Pastor Paul's birthday, during which we will dedicate the sign to Pastor Paul.

March 14th is the date scheduled for the indoor clean-up at Messiah! We hope that many people will come out to lend a hand!! We will be cleaning out things that do not appear to be used anymore, or are never used. If things are in decent shape we'll donate them somewhere or if things are not really usable they will be thrown out. We hope to go through every "nook and cranny" to de-clutter & clean our building. Some minor repairs and maintenance work may also be done that day. If you cannot make it, and you know that there are things stored at Messiah that should remain there, please plan to be sure its labeled with what it is, what its for, a contact name, etc. Otherwise it may disappear! We will schedule an outside clean-up day later in spring. If you have any questions, or can join us to help, please contact Pat Daniels or Carol Hrodey.

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

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 take a little time to read your Annual Report first, and then be prepared to discuss and vote on our initiatives and our budget for 2009.

Sunday, February 22nd at 11:30 AM

In honor of our Messiah Mardi Gras tradition, we are having a pot luck after the Worship service. "Jambalaya," "dirty rice," and a "King Cake" will be provided , along with non-alcoholic "Hurricanes." Please sign up in the narthex if you would like to bring a side dish or dessert. Don't worry if you are unable to bring a dish! We will have plenty for all who come to the table! Bourbon Street music and face painting are included. We will have crafts and activities for "all of God's children." Feel free to invite friends and visitors to this fellowship activity.

Men’s Breakfast   Saturday, February 14th at 9:00 AM at Jimmy’s Restaurant,
1440 Rand Road in Des Plaines.
Friendship Day   Friendship Day will be on February 26th 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.
Executive Committee   February 8th at 11:30 AM
Child Care Board    February 17th at 6:30 PM

Lenten Services       Clean Up Day         First Communion Classes       

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

February 1 – 4th Sunday after Epiphany
Deuteronomy 18:15–20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1–13; Mark 1:21–28
February 8 – 5th Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah 40:21–31; Psalm 147:1–11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16–23; Mark 1:29–39
February 15 – 6th Sunday after Epiphany
2 Kings 5:1–14; Psalm 30; 1 Corinthians 9:24–27; Mark 1:40–45
February 22 – The Transfiguration of Our Lord
2 Kings 2:1–12; Psalm 50:1–6; 2 Corinthians 4:3–6; Mark 9:2–9
February 25 at 2pm and 7:30pm - Ash Wednesday Services
These services include communion and imposition of ashes.

During the Lenten season we will again offer instruction for our children who are ready to receive their first communion. Some people think you need to be confirmed before receiving Communion. Others say that infants should be able to receive it. On the one hand, even the youngest child knows when they are not included in the communion of saints because they don’t get something to eat and drink like their parents do. On the other hand, we would hope that a person has some sense of what Communion means. Here at Messiah, we let the parents decide when their child is ready for instruction and Communion will be perceived as significant and meaningful. Typically this will happen between the 2nd and 5th grades.

We will have classes to prepare students who are ready to being communing on Wednesday evenings during Lent beginning Wednesday March 4th and continuing for 6 weeks until Wednesday April 8th. The children will receive their first communion at the Maundy Thursday Worship Service (Thursday evening, April 9th). Classes will run about an hour and will take place at the same time at the scheduled Wednesday Night Lenten Service. We will plan to have a light supper before the service, then the children will go to class as the rest of the family and other Messiah members attend worship.
If you have a child who you believe may be ready for first communion, and you would like more information, please see Floyd Yager as soon as possible and more details can be provided.

February 1 –Pancake Breakfast
February 8 – LSSI Presentation by David Jensen
February 15 – Speaker TBA
February 22 – The Lutheran Handbook

   February 1   February 8   February 15   February 22
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Kevin K   Tommy H   Andrew F   Melissa H
Communion Assistants   Pat K   Kim H   John F   Julie H
Readers   Julie J   Laura H   Dottie B   Cindy N
Worship Assistants   Pat K   Vikki H   John F   Diane B
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Connie K,
Tait J,
Gene P,
Peter F   Connie K,
Tait J,
Gene P,
Sue K   Connie K,
Tait J,
Gene P,
Sue K   Connie K,
Tait J,
Gene P,
Peter F
Greeters   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D
Counters   Dave H,
Diane B   Dave H,
Diane B   Dave H,
Diane B   Dave H,
Diane 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!

Feb. 1 –    None.
Feb. 8 –    Flowers are given for Jim and Trudi Handzel’s wedding anniversary. Bulletins are given for Jackson Lobitz’s 4th birthday by Char Lobitz.
Feb. 15 –    Flowers are given in honor of Alan and Susan Nugnis’ wedding anniversary. Bulletins are given by the Hauser family in memory of Grandmothers Viola and Evelyn.
Feb. 22 –    None.

See Schedules Page

“Gospel Messenger Choir”
We will welcome this great choir from Carthage College for a concert on Saturday, April 25th!! This will be a fundraiser with funds going toward building projects. The students will perform a concert Saturday evening and then participate in our worship service on Sunday, April 26th. We'll be seeking overnight space for them at members' homes. More details to come - but meanwhile, please put this great event on your calendars!!

Child Care Fun Fair
This is a congregational event with the Child Care Center! Coming May 15th, the Annual Messiah Child Care Fun Fair is a GREAT chance to meet the wonderful families that attend our Child Care Center. More to come in the next few months, but put this date on your calendar so you are sure to participate!

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.

Manna Order Dates
Thanks to Laura Hauser for taking up the reins while Kristin is on “maternity leave!” Our order date for this month is February 8th. Great for Valentine’s Day or Easter gifts!

ATTENDANT SERVICES NEEDED FOR FUNERALS Looking for a little part-time work? Want to help the church out occasionally? We need several people to be on a “call list” to help out with funerals. This is a perfect opportunity for a retired person who can be around for a few hours when there is a funeral here to unlock doors, help people with questions, tidy up the sanctuary before and after the service, and several other “light duty” items. This is a paid position, and would only happen infrequently (we hope!) Please contact the office if you are interested.

Please remember that the hospitals are not calling us to let us know if parishioners have been admitted. If you or a family member are in the hospital, please let the church office know, so that we can pray for you in church, or the pastor can come and visit you!

Messiah Ministries
The Park Ridge Ministerial Alliance (PRMA) is sponsoring a new program called “Sunday Night Suppers” which began January 18th. All who are hungry or homeless are welcome. Every Sunday night doors will be open at 5:45 PM for the meal which is served at 6pm. Meals will be served a St. Paul of the Cross, Morello Parish Life Center, 320 S. Washington Street in Park Ridge. Other Park Ridge congregations are asked to help support this ministry with donations of food, time, or funds. More details will be available in the News from the Pews, or contact Pastor Munker at church. We wish to support this new ministry to the best of our ability, because no one should ever go hungry.

What if Messiah Lutheran Church earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!
GoodSearch.com is a new Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!
GoodShop.com is a new online shopping mall which donates up to 37 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause. Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, ebay, Macy's and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you’ll be supporting your favorite cause.
Just go to www.goodsearch.com wheneve you shop on line, and be sure to enter Messiah Lutheran Church (Park Ridge, IL) as the charity you want to support. And, be sure to spread the word!

Call committee 2009
The Call Committee will hold its next meeting once they have received names of candidates interested in meeting with them. We will continue to keep you updated on their progress.

Youth Corner
Thanks to those of you who attended the Hip-Hop Concert at First United Methodist Church Sunday night 1/25/09. Those who were there truly enjoyed and appreciated the talents of David Scherer and saw a whole new angle on worshipping and praising God! (Don't forget to "Sprinkle Sunshine" on someone!) For those who couldn't make it, CDs were purchased, and your may want to take a listen.....his music was pretty good!
Below is a run-down of the upcoming events we have planned. There may be more things that come along, but mark these dates on your calendars. These events are for both High School and Confirmation, so please get back to Floyd Yager on whether or not you will attend these them.

February 1, 2009 -Congregational Pancake Breakfast and Souper Bowl of Caring Youth will come to worship earlier and join the monthly pancake breakfast. We can use help cooking or at least come and eat. Also, after worship we will be collecting for the Souper Bowl of Caring. We will be wearing "football wear" (Jerseys, tee shirts, sweatshirt, etc) to worship to keep in the theme. We have already collected A LOT of non-perishable food and want to make this our best monetary collection ever for the Maine Township Food Pantry. Rumor has it, a couple of the youth may be participating in a short skit at the beginning of worship to remind people of the Souper Bowl of Caring, so don't miss it!!!!

Feb 7, 2009 – Bowling and Dinner for the High School Group
We are scheduled to bowl at Brunzwick Zone on Rand Rd in Mt. Prospect, Saturday, Feb. 7th.
We are working on getting a group rate and hope to have details confirmed by February 1.
We will bowl from 7-9pm. For those interested, we will meet up at the Steak-N-Shake on Euclid around 5:30. Please bring a friend or two – this will be fun! Please let Julie Holzer know by text or email or phone if you plan to attend. We hope we can enjoy a little time as a group doing activities. It's all about relationships, and we would love ideas about what you’d like to do!

March 14, 2009 -- Ice Skating, Laser Tag, and Lock-in --- We have 10 passes for ice skating and Laser tag at Rinkside Sport in Gurnee. We will meet at Messiah a 1:30pm and head up for an afternoon of fun at Rinkside, then we will come back to Messiah in the evening and host a lock-in with games, movies, and snacks. At this time, we are just scheduling a day of fun.....Please come join us. Note, this lock-in and event is on a Saturday....the following Sunday (March 15th) is a scheduled Congregational Pancake Breakfast, so when we wake up we will have pancakes before worship with the rest of the congregation!


Thomas Vacala, 2/1
Ethan Ash, 2/2
Jean Reeve, 2/3
Linda Larson, 2/4
Melanie Moon, 2/4
Jane Myers, 2/6
Kendra Corkill, 2/7
Claude’ Martin, 2/7
Alfred Preissner, 2/8
William Norberg, 2/9
Russell Smith, 2/10
Pamela Helms, 2/11
Kristin Rosequist, 2/11
Cynthia Munker, 2/13
Julia Vacala, 2/13
Paolo Vacala, 2/13
Bob Hanson, 2/16
Linka Jones, 2/17
Joseph Rosequist, 2/17
Lisa Saul, 2/18
Timothy Saul, 2/18
Nikolaus Ryczek, 2/19
Sarah Nugnis, 2/24
Rosemary Paulus, 2/26
Audrey Krell, 2/27

Dave and Connie Kaufman – 2/28/1976, 33 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 January 26, 2009
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 Wenman, Roger and Ann Larson

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

Given by:   Martin and Christine Ruterschmidt for the Music Fund

Messiah Movies
Available on Netflix or Blockbuster – or borrow from Jen!
When her father enlists to fight for the Brits during World War I, Sara Crewe (Liesel Matthews) goes to New York City to attend the same boarding school her late mother did. Before long, Sara clashes with the overbearing headmistress (Eleanor Bron), who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara is severely tested when word comes that her father has been killed in action and his estate seized, leaving her penniless and a servant relegated to the attic instead of a privileged “princess.” ~ This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Based on the book by Frances Hodgen Burnett, and a remake of the 1939 Shirley Temple movie of the same name, A Little Princess is a jewel of a film. Lavishly directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the colors and imagery are breathtaking. The film moves from the saffron-colored hues of India, to the rich greens of the New York boarding school, to the dusty, sepia wash of the front lines of WWI, to the bright jewel-tones of the mystical world that Sara creates with her stories. Using her imagination, Sara keeps despair at bay, despite the loss of her father, and the grinding cruelty of Headmistress Minchin. This is a terrific film for girls ANY age, and the message of “all girls are princesses” was not lost on my daughter, who was 3 years old when she first saw it. If someone loves you (Daddy, Mommy, God, friends) then you are special, no matter the circumstances. I highly recommend this movie for any family, especially good for daddies to watch with their “little princesses!”

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

Lois Bunt
Evelyn Burval
Ardene Ejnik
Pearl Fox
Chris Jacobsen
Ruth Jeppeson
Larry and Arlene Johnson
Richard Levy
Nancy Maher
Lois Oset
Helen Paul
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!

Clare Rodin has a new phone number that is unlisted. If you need to get in touch with her, call the church office and we can help you do that.

In this issue…
In Memoriam
Babies – Congratulations!
Church Clean Up Date Set
Annual Meeting
Mardi Gras Luncheon
February Readings and Schedules
First Communion Classes
Adult Forum Schedule
Worship Assistants
Save the Dates!
Let Us Know if You are Ill
Funeral Attendant Needed
Upcoming Youth Events
A Little Princess Movie

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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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