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The May Messenger Issue #491

Apr 30, 2009

THE Messiah

From the Pastor
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, I can’t help but notice that the readings and Gospel since Easter Evening all have something to do with peace, love, the power of the Holy Spirit, being sent, and the inclusion of all people. All God’s work. All God’s actions.
All gifts from God.
Immediately in John’s Easter Gospel, Jesus offers peace to the disciples. Peace, from the Hebrew word “Shalom” means healing, wholeness, newness, God’s presence, assurance—particularly spiritually. It means being assured that we are right with God, accepted by God, and can go forth trusting that God is with us, cares for us, and wants the very best for us. It reminds us that God forgives us. (Did you know you were saying all that when you offer another “Christ’s peace” during worship or at any other time?)
Now, that is a very good feeling to know all this comes with God’s offer of peace to us. However, it is not offered just for us to feel good. It is offered to us so that we will move forward on God’s behalf. Grounded in hope and assurance, we celebrate in a community of believers who are empowered and equipped by the Holy Spirit, (the very Spirit that was present in the creation; the very Spirit that breathed life into Adam; the very Spirit that spoke through the prophets; the very Spirit that made Jesus incarnate; the very Spirit that led him into the wilderness and out again; the very Spirit that led him throughout his ministry, even to the cross; the very Spirit that raised him from the dead; the very Spirit that he breathed into his disciples and then led them into the streets on Pentecost!)—that Spirit is the very same Spirit that leads us as a community of faith and sends us into the world to offer hope, love, healing, peace, wellness, JESUS—to others. That includes EVERYONE! No one is excluded!
We are sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing, so that the seeds of faith planted in us can blossom into action for God and for all—incited by God’s grace, united by God’s love, to work for God’s kingdom and answer God’s call (to quote a favorite hymn).
As we continue the Great High Feast of Easter into Pentecost, let us be mindful that the Spirit of God equips all who are called. That is us! And it is a gift. We only need to answer God’s call. God will do the rest!
In Christ’s peace,
Pastor Munker

Noteworthy News
Rev. Joseph P. Hulterstrum, 84 of Mt. Prospect died on Thursday March 12, 2009 at his home. Joe was born in Clifford, North Dakota on September 28, 1924, the son of David and Nora Hulterstrum. He served in the United States Air Force in World War 2. He was ordained as a Lutheran minister in 1952 and served parishes in Eleva, WI, Iola, WI, Aurora, IL, and Mt. Prospect, IL. He also worked as executive assistant to the bishops of the Metro Illinois Synod and later the Northern Illinois Synod.
He is survived by his wife, Alice, his daughter Karen and husband William Bell and three grandchildren, Ryan, Matthew and Jenna. He was a member at Messiah Lutheran Church for many years, and was a mentor to many youngsters for decades in the Christian Education program here. He was widely respected and admired within and throughout the Lutheran community in Illinois, and will be sorely missed.

Beginning Monday, May 4th, the church office will be open from 9 AM until 1 PM Monday through Friday. Jennifer asked the Executive Committee to consider her request to shorten her hours in the office for several reasons. Due to years of streamlining and organizing, in addition to a part time bookkeeper and a volunteer property coordinator, Jennifer feels she can effectively complete the “normal” duties of the Office Administrator in less time each week. Also, the demands of Jennifer’s personal life have changed and impact her daily schedule. With this in mind, the Executive Committee has agreed to try this for the next six months. Be assured that Jennifer will be checking for phone messages once later each day to ensure that no emergencies have arisen, and will be available to work extra hours during the busier times of each month and year—newsletter weeks, Christmas, Holy Week, end-of-year, etc. AND, whatever needs the new pastor has will of course be considered as well. Please keep these new hours in mind as you communicate with the church office.

Messiah has contracted with Abitibi Recycling to receive a paper recycling bin the first week of May. This is to be an ongoing fundraiser for Messiah Lutheran Church. The bin will be collecting paper recycling, for which Messiah will receive a CHECK every month! The more paper, the more money! Newspaper, magazines, envelopes, bulletins, anything paper can be deposited in the bin, which will be picked up and weighed every 2 weeks. No cardboard or phonebooks, please. Watch for posters and flyers in the coming weeks for more info!

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

Saturday, May 16th 11 AM – 2 PM

The Fair runs from 11 AM to 2 PM, and features games, rides, food, and fun for kids, and a Silent Auction for the grownups! The Silent Auction will be open for bidding on Friday, May 15th during school hours, and also at 9AM on Saturday while staff is setting up. Bid early and bid often, for the good of the Child Care Center! Items include theater tickets, Tiffany jewelry, and our class’ special baskets!
Volunteers are needed from the congregation to help run games and meet people. If you can devote a few hours that day to pitch in, please contact Karen Black at 847-825-3767.

Monday, May 25th
On Memorial Day, we will gather at the “step-off” point at 9:45 AM, (exact spot to be announced). The parade starts at 10 AM. This was a LOT of fun the last FOUR years, and we will be using this as an evangelism opportunity, handing out Messiah Church and Child Care flyers, and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ! If you can help or march, let David Swanson know!

Men’s Breakfast   Saturday, May 9th at 9:00 AM at Jimmy’s Restaurant,
1440 Rand Road in Des Plaines.
Friendship Day   Friendship Day will be Thurs. May 28th starting at 9AM. If you plan to stay for lunch, bring a sandwich or whatever you like, dessert will be furnished. Please feel free to come for an hour or more, or for whatever time you can give. We need help to continue this very important mission work. You will feel rewarded for your effort. You may also work at home, making quilt tops, baby sweaters, receiving blankets and baby wash clothes. Just see Eva Thoren. Thanks and GOD BLESS.

Child Care Board Meeting   May 12th at 6:30 PM
Executive Committee Meeting   May 13th at 7:00 PM
Park Ridge Lutheran Church Leaders   May 18th at 7:00 PM

Teacher and Grad Recognition   
Synod Assembly
Congregational Meeting

Property Report
There is a lot happening around the building these days – have you noticed? Things are shaping up and people are pitching in more and more to spruce things up!! As you know Pat Daniels picked up “the torch” from Vic Berzins last year and has been continuing to build the momentum over the last several months. Along with Pat has come a true blessing in her son Patrick – a talented electrician/handyman – who has been able to help us with any number of repairs that have been on our list or that have cropped up along the way. Besides Patrick, a number of volunteers have been spending many hours to work on our building. We have lists of things that have been accomplished!
Of course there are also lists of things that still need to be done! Some of them are large scale projects – like dealing with the bell tower and the parking lot, and ultimately our addition. Some are energy saving projects, like replacing lighting and putting timers on our HVAC and replacing old doors. Some are refurbishing projects like replacing carpeting, painting, etc. Pat has been busy building on lists that Vic started and getting estimates and problem-solving with the Executive Committee on how to address these many projects that lie ahead of us. One of the next steps will be to assemble a “think tank” of members to prioritize, discuss options and look at funding issues in order to develop a short and long term plan to present to the congregation.
All of these things of course will cost time and money – and the things that have already been done have already strained the budget and/or taken many volunteer hours. So creative financing and time management is going to be essential. Any and all ideas are welcome – every little (or large) bit helps! Thanks to Pat and all those who are helping us move forward with taking care of our building so that we can most effectively “With Christ, Reaching out and Welcoming All God’s Children.”

Call Committee Update
The Committee has been presented with several candidates and has conducted initial interviews with two of them and are in the process of scheduling an interview with a third. We’re still a ways away from a recommendation but a lot further along since our last update. We continue to pray every Sunday during the prayers of the church for God’s help and guidance in selecting a new pastor. Please continue to keep Messiah in your own prayers as well as we continue our search.

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

May 3 – Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:5–12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16–24; John 10:11–18
May 10 – Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 8:26–40; Psalm 22:25–31; 1 John 4:7–21; John 15:1–8
May 17 – Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 10:44–48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1–6; John 15:9–17
May 24 – Ascension Sunday
Acts 1:1–11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15–23; Luke 24:44–53
May 31 – Day of Pentecost
Acts 2:1–21; Psalm 104:24–34, 35b; Romans 8:22–27; John 20:19-23

May 3 – Lutheran Handbook
May 10 – The New Testament
May 17 – Meet with Sunday School
May 24 – Celebration Sunday Breakfast (no Adult Forum during the summer)

May 3rd at 10:15 AM
We will join with ELCA congregations across Illinois in celebrating Good Shepherd/LSSI Sunday. This will be a special day for us to focus on ways in which our congregation and our synod extend the caring ministry of Jesus to people in need through Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, following our Good Shepherd as he calls us to serve others. David Jenson will preach and a special offering in support of our extended ministries through LSSI will be received.

Saturday, May 9th at 11 AM
We will honor Rev. Joe Hulterstrum with a memorial service on Saturday, May 9th at 11 AM. You may greet and visit with his family from 10-11 AM,and a light luncheon will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall.

   May 3   May 10   May 17   May 24   May 31
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Andrew F   Tommy H   Kevin K   Thomas Y   Nick L
Communion Assistants   John F   Kim H   Pat K   Floyd Y   Rich L
Readers   Donna B   Rich L   Susan R   Kristin Y   Teresa L
Worship Assistants   John F   Diane B   Vikki H   David S   Pat K
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Dave H,
Bob B,
Carol H,
Ravi P   Dave H,
Bob B,
Carol H,
Ravi P   Dave H,
Bob B,
Carol H,
Ravi P   Dave H,
Bob B,
Carol H,
Ravi P   Dave H,
Bob B,
Carol H,
Ravi P
Greeters   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N
Bread Presenters   Dorothy N,
Sue K   The Lippert Family   Carol H   *   *
Counters   Dave H,
Rich L   Dave H,
Rich L   Dave H,
Rich L   Dave H,
Rich L   Dave H,
Rich L

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!

May 3 –    Flowers and bulletins are given by Brad and Pat Kovach in honor of Don and Mary Jane Kovach’s wedding anniversary.
May 10 –    Flowers are given for Pastor Hulterstrum from the Bell Family.
May 17 –    None.
May 24 –    Flowers are given in honor of Tom and Patti Daniels’ wedding anniversary
May 31 –    Flowers and bulletins are given in honor of Floyd and Kristin Yager’s wedding anniversary.

Calendar(See Calendar Page)

A Note About Messiah’s Worship Service:
Our hymn lyrics and liturgical materials are projected on a screen at the front of the sanctuary. An Order of Worship and Announcements is available to everyone, and lists the order of worship and hymn numbers, and any news, announcements, prayer requests, worship helpers, and message themes that are relevant to the service. This, combined with the projection, is all that is needed to follow our worship service.
Copies of the Complete Service Bulletin are made available for persons who cannot see the screen easily, or who wish to take the text from the service home with them for prayer or meditation.
Copies of the Celebrate! are also made available. These simple brochures include the Prayer of the Day, the Readings, the Psalm, the Gospel, and the Prayers of the Church.

We STILL need two people (preferably one male and one female) to act as synod delegates for Messiah at the Metro Chicago Synod Assembly on Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, IL. We pay your expenses and you learn about the exciting ministries of our synod! Please see Pastor or Carol Hrodey for more information.

Many thanks to many people for the beautiful renovations of the bathrooms, both downstairs and up by the choir loft. They look terrific, and certainly are more pleasant to use and to direct guests to! We would like to add a diaper changing table to the women’s restroom downstairs. If anyone has one they’d like to donate, please contact the church office or Patti Daniels.

Christmas Already?
We know it seems early, but the Altar Guild would like to make new Chrismons over the summer and fall in order to replace the ones we have before Christmas. We can schedule a work day, and/or people can craft these at home if needed. Please talk to Linda Raymond if you are interested in helping.

Manna Order Dates
Manna orders for May are due on May 3rd (the first Sunday, not the second one) in order to allow for Mother’s Day gifts!

Teachers and Grads
We will be recognizing our teachers and graduates June 7th – please let the office know if you have a loved one that fits either category!

Gospel Messengers Concert
For those who experienced the Gospel Messengers on Saturday 4/25 or Sunday 4/26 it was a true BLESSING! A big thank you goes to everyone who helped with planning, tickets, program, food, setup, cleanup, audio, ushering, housing – EVERYTHING! Truly, having everyone’s participation made this event a success!

Gospel Messengers CDs
For anyone who wanted to buy a CD at the concert but didn’t get one (they ran out!) please let Carol Hrodey know by May 22nd and she will place an order. They are $10 each. cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net
Or 847-828-7819

•   to all who coordinated, prepared for and assisted with our two, very well attended Easter Egg hunts!
•   to our choir and musicians for beautiful, meaningful music and dedication, especially through Holy Week and on Easter Sunday.
•   to all who contributed to our Easter Lilies.
•   to the Altar Guild for all their extra labors this festival season.
•   to everyone who participated in the foot washing on Maundy Thursday.
•   to all those who helped strip the altar and chancel on Maundy Thursday.
•   to those who put it back together again for Easter services.
•   to Russell Raymond for the beautiful Easter Resurrection garden on Easter morning.
•   to our staff for their extra efforts and labors.
•   to all who joined in such a blessed season with their prayers, voices, offerings and worshipful presence.

Do you speak a language other than English? We would love to have as many languages as possible represented on Pentecost Sunday. Please speak with Pastor Munker (in English, naturally)!

Pastor Munker will offer a four week Adult Bible Class on Tuesdays from 7p.m.-8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m., beginning May 12 and 13, respectively. The topic is Lutheran 101. Hope to see you in class!

Messiah Ministries
Dear Friends in Christ,
Greetings from Cape Town.
Easter week is a special time in Southern Africa when workers and students travel long distances to be with their families and respective churches. In many congregations there are services every evening during Holy Week following Palm Sunday. On Maundy Thursday there is a eucharistic service with the washing of feet. The Good Friday service is a 3 hour service from 12pm to 3pm to mark the time Jesus was on the cross and then there is an Easter vigil with singing and preaching that goes all night long from Saturday evening until the sunrise service on Easter Sunday.
During these days I am re-reading parts of Vitor Westhelle's book The Scandalous God: The Use and Abuse of the Cross (Fortress Press, 2006). Vitor describes the traditional pattern of the via dolorosa with 14 stations that begin with the condemnation by Pilate and continue through the burial of Jesus in the tomb. He then suggests an alternative pattern that includes the resurrection (which he also calls an "insurrection"). He writes (:164), "In the face of suffering, cross and death, what does one do? The answer of the Stations is, first, there is care, and there is also an itinerary we need to follow. ... A map gives one the options and means to go where one chooses but does not tell us in advance where to go or the course to take... An itinerary is different; it has implications! ... It tells the steps to take, the direction to follow and the turns required at certain points in order to reach the goal. ...Undertaking the via crucis, one meditates at each station, trying to place oneself in Jesus' position or to find ourselves or our communities represented in that station. When this is done, one knows to move on to the next station or goal and on this way to the end."
I hope you will have a meaningful journey in the community and church family where you are living, serving and learning as you follow the "itinerary of Cross and Resurrection" this Easter.
Thank you for your support and participation in God's mission in South Africa and in the USA.
Yours faithfully,
Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission
Regional Program Assistant - Southern Africa, Cape Town

Youth Corner
Friday May 8th we will be traveling to University Lutheran Church at Northwestern to hang-out with their college Lutheran group. Last year we had a good time sharing a meal, getting to know one another, worshipping together in a Vesper's service, and learning with each other about poverty issues. We also had alot of time to just "hang" and play games, pool, ping-pong, etc. Then on Saturday we went to do a service project. We truly hope you all can attend this year. If you can come Friday, but have commitments on Saturday, we will likely have a parent who will come to bring some kids home who can't spend the night. Please let Floyd know if you can come! We will leave around 5pm or 6pm on Friday and be home just after lunch on Saturday. No cost...other than bring some food to donate to the shelter the ULC @ NW supports.

Concert Notice - AGAPE (Dave Scherer) who performed Christian rap at FUMC in January will be back in the area on June 11th! For those of you who attended, it will be a great chance to see him again, for those who missed him it will be a second chance for you! More details on times to come soon, but mark your calendar for the evening of June 11th!

Vacation Bible School
July 27-31, 9 AM to noon
What a great opportunity VBS gives us every year to “With Christ, Reach out and Welcome All God’s Children”!! We can touch the lives of young children in our community and let them know about God’s love for them – all in the context of a fun, summer day camp-like environment! How fun is that?!

Over the last few years we have continued to increase the number of children that come to VBS. In order to continue to have VBS though, we need everyone’s help! There are a limited number of people who can help for the entire week – we need all of you! PLUS – we need even more help! If all of us who work (adults and teens) could flex their schedule or take a morning or two off during the week of VBS – we will have enough help to make this another great VBS!! Please consider giving a morning (or two or three or…) to let these children know about God’s love for them!
Let Julie Holzer know when you can help during the week of July.

And remember, online registration for VBS begins MAY 1st! Click on the link on our homepage at www.messiahparkridge.org and sign up!


Arline Baranowski, 5/1
Harold DiVita, 5/1
Jonathan Herak, 5/3
Ralphie Lippert, 5/3
Philip Holzer, 5/4
Nancy Smith, 5/5
Emily Hamden, 5/6
Paula DiVita, 5/8
Nancy Herak, 5/8
Joshua Corkill, 5/9
Craig Bittner, 5/10
Trygve Jensen, 5/10
Darrell Eckert, 5/12
Tiffany Erthal, 5/12
Elvera Beyer, 5/15
Odell Duckett, 5/15
Roger Jones, 5/15
Helen Levy, 5/17
Jacob Stolz, 5/19
Joe Levy, 5/20
Bradley Paulus, 5/20
James Handzel, 5/22
Amber Saul, 5/22
Alyson Allemeier, 5/23
Clare Doud, 5/24
Ruth Jeppesen, 5/24
Terry McIntyre, 5/24
Peter Nugnis, 5/25
Bradford Kovach, 5/29
Jeffrey Bittner, 5/30
Michelle Litwin, 5/31

Don and Mary Jane Kovach – 5/5/1956, 53 years
Floyd and Kristin Yager – 5/23/1998, 11 years

Messiah Leadership In 2009

President: Carol Hrodey
Vice President: Vikki Hanson
Secretary: Nancy Boomer
Treasurer: Brad Kovach
Financial Sec.: David Hanson

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
Altar Guild:      Linda Raymond

Memorial Report as of April 16, 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:   The Yager Family for the pew bibles

Given by:   Brian and Carla Hofland, Ronald and Katherine Faulkner, Dave and Connie Kaufman, Audrey Krell, Homer and Marlys Jenkins, Anne Sullivan School Staff c/o Ingrid Henehan, Joyce Tjhio, Lois Bunt, Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Rev. Mary Appelt Graves for Property Reserve

Given by:   David Meskan for the Property Reserve

Messiah Movies
Available on Netflix or Blockbuster
Based on best-selling author Mitch Albom's book, this moving TV drama centers on Eddie (Steven Grayhm and Jon Voight), who dies at the age of 83, uncertain that he was able to save a girl from a horrible accident and doubting that his life had any significance. In heaven, Eddie meets five souls who, through flashbacks, show him how he affected the lives of others in amazing ways. Ellen Burstyn, Jeff Daniels and Michael Imperioli also star.
This was a difficult movie to watch. It really has nothing to do with the heaven that we as Christians believe exists. Each of the five people that Eddie meets has created their own heaven, and they use that environment to teach Eddie in death something that he never learned in life. While it was emotionally riveting, VERY well acted by a superb cast, and beautifully portrayed visually, I kept hoping that Jesus would show up, and He doesn’t. It is also not for children … the first scene is Eddie’s death while attempting to save a small child from an amusement park catastrophe, followed by graphic scenes of WWII, attempted assault, child abuse, and bullying. I would not recommend this for kids.
This was an intense, poetic, thought provoking movie, and worth watching, but not as a family. Watch it and consider your own vision of Heaven, and who waits for you there.
Prayer Requests
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:

Val Bowman
Lois Bunt
Evelyn Burval
Ardene Ejnik
Pearl Fox
Rev. Gaylen Gilberston
Chris Jacobsen
Ruth Jeppeson
Larry and Arlene Johnson
Richard Levy
Nancy Maher
Lois Oset
Helen Paul
Sumdara Rao
Aidan Ray
Mary Reter
Chuck Steigerwald
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!

None to report this month.

In this issue…
Pastor Joe Hulterstrum
New Office Hours
Paper Recycling
Child Care Fun Fair
Memorial Day Parade
This Month’s Readings
LSSI Sunday
Pastor Joe Memorial Service
Many Messages
Youth Events Coming Up
Memorial Report
Movie: Five People You Meet In Heaven

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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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