The Messiah Messenger > The July Messenger Issue #493
The July Messenger Issue #493

Jun 30, 2009

THE Messiah
MESSENGER







From the pastor
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Congratulations on the calling of soon-to-be Rev. Lynne Morrow as your new pastor! While another transition is in the works for you as the people of Messiah Lutheran Church, it is an exciting time filled with hope, promise and new beginnings! I am very happy for all of you.
As I reflect on the past year, I am thankful to God and to you for the opportunity I have had to be your interim pastor. I have seen remarkable spiritual growth in so many; talents that have come to light and are being used at Messiah to the glory of God! I have had the wonderful opportunity to live and serve among you in the best of times, and in some very sad and troubling times. But God has been so very present in all of these times. It has been my sincere pleasure and privilege to preach and teach, worship with you, meet with you in my office and in your homes, officiate at three weddings, baptize your babies, bury our sisters and brothers in Christ, work with the marvelous staff and children in the Child Care Center, live among you, know you, love you and to be welcomed and honored among you. What more could a pastor ask for? I am deeply grateful to you and to our Lord for this past year together.
There are so many people to thank—the leadership who has done a stellar job in keeping things going (now you can even let go of some things to make room for your new pastor and allow her to bloom and grow in her new identity and role as your pastor); to all those who have gotten involved in new ways and new ministries this past year; to all our Christian Education teachers for touching the lives of this congregation; to the staff who has worked with me and accepted me and my quirky ways; and to all of you who have opened your hearts and allowed me to be your pastor. To all I ask for one thing: if ever I said or did anything that offended you, I ask for your forgiveness and pardon. I never meant for ill or harm.
In the meantime, there is still much to do. Part of the interim’s task is to "leave strong," so that the new pastor can "begin strong." I will do my very best to ensure that this happens. So I will continue to pray for all of you as well as your new pastor and remind you of a promise from God made long, long ago:
"I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord,
"plans to prosper you and do no harm." (Jer. 29:11)
It is a truth and promise you can trust. Rejoice and be glad, because God is good and can be trusted, all the time!
God keep with you all,


Noteworthy News
CRADLE ROLL REPORT
Did you know that between December 2006 and June 28, 2009, ten little ones have been baptized here at Messiah? We have been blessed to welcome (in chronological order):

Isabella Rae DiVita
Alexander Vernon Johnson
Sarah Marie Litwin
Ethan Gerard Ash
Ryan Thomas Cramer
Kyle Robert Cramer
Henry David William Allemeier
Harold DiVita
Madelyn Margaret Palos
Hannah Mae Lippert
And Miss Kim’s 2 boys are scheduled to be baptized in July! We certainly have been blessed with babies!
If you haven't looked lately, the Cradle Roll roster hangs in the narthex next to the stained glass window, with the names and baptismal dates of children baptized here within the last 3 years. From birth until a child reaches 36 months, parents of those children receive a monthly newsletter entitled "Splash!", a faith formation letter filled with fun and easy ideas for bringing faith into the everyday lives of infants and their families. Each letter directly corresponds to the child's age in months, with a music CD also included at timely intervals.
After 36 months, parents are invited to enroll their child in our Sunday School program. Just another great way we fulfill our mission to “reach out and welcome all God’s children!”

IN MEMORIAM - GAYLEN GILBERTSON
The Rev. Gaylen H. Gilbertson was ordained on May 17, 1953. He received a bachelor of arts from Luther College in 1950, and a bachelor of theology from Luther Seminary in 1953. From 1953-1974, Pastor Gilbertson served as a missionary to Japan. From 1975 to 1977, he served as a missionary to Papua New Guinea, and from 1977 to 1978 as a mission developer in the Illinois District, followed by several more months of missionary service in Papua New Guinea. He served as pastor to Messiah Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, from 1978 to 1983, and as senior pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church until his retirement in 1992. Pastor Gilbertson continued to serve the synod through activities at his local congregation including serving on committees, leading adult Bible classes, and visitation. He passed away on June 15. He was deeply loved and respected by many in our congregation, and will be missed.



Upcoming events
(Always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS
Friday, July 3rd, after 6 PM
Once again we will welcome the neighborhood onto our grounds to watch the fireworks on Friday night, July 3rd. We will sell water and snacks like we did last year. We are looking for donations of snacks (chips, cookies, candy) that are individually wrapped and won’t melt. We’ll also take juice boxes and water bottles. Then come relax and enjoy the show with friends, family, and people from the neighborhood!

MONDAY NIGHT BASEBALL
Monday, July 20th – game time 7:11 PM
Meet at Messiah @ 5:00 PM
All members of Messiah Lutheran Church (including women and children and friends) are invited to see Major League Baseball on "Monday Night" July 20th, 2009. Our Chicago White Sox versus the American League Champion Tampa Bay Devil Rays at 7:11 PM. A bus will pick everyone up at Messiah the night of the game. We will leave at about 5:30. These are "Discounted Lower Level Box Seat Tickets" and the cost for transportation and your seat is $30.00 each. For more information call Larry Ryczek at 847-692-6972 or talk to any of the Messiah Brotherhood members. Deadline for ordering tickets is Sunday, July 12th.

SPECIAL SCREENING OF
“VEGGIETALES: THE PIRATES WHO DON’T DO ANYTHING”
Saturday, July 25 at 6:00 PM
Come see the movie that started it all! We will show this in the Sanctuary on the big screen. Popcorn will be served, and this event is OPEN to the public, so bring your friends, free of charge! This is a great chance to generate some excitement about VBS, which starts the following Monday. (Plus it is a very fun movie!)



JULY/AUGUST – A TIME OF TRANSITION

In June the Call Committee sent a recommendation to the Executive Committee to call Lynne M. Morrow as our next Pastor. The Executive Committee met with Pastor Lynne and approved the recommendation of the Call Committee and passed a resolution for the congregation to vote on the call on Sunday, June 28th. After various opportunities for members to meet Pastor Lynne and her family, the congregation met for a special congregational meeting led by Reverend Carol Breimeier of the Synod office to vote on the call. The result of the congregation vote is to call Pastor Lynne M. Morrow as our next Pastor!!

At the time the newsletter is being produced we have received a verbal acceptance of the call from Pastor Lynne who will now await the paperwork from the Bishop. Dates have been set for the transition of Pastor Munker and Pastor Lynne as follows:

July 26th   Pastor Munker’s last day/worship service at Messiah followed by a potluck
luncheon to thank her for her service to Messiah and wish her God’s speed.

July 27th    Pastor Lynne’s first day in the office – starting with Vacation Bible School.

August 2nd   Pastor Lynne’s first worship service at Messiah (Pastor Carlos Ortiz will preside over Holy Communion on this day.

August 8th   Pastor Lynne will be ordained at her home church in Palatine.

August 9th   Pastor Lynne will officially be installed by Pastor Carol Breimeier at Messiah,
followed by a potluck luncheon to welcome her and her family and celebrate the start of this new chapter here at Messiah.
REMINDERS!
Friendship Day   There will be no Friendship meeting in the months of July and August. We will resume with Ingathering on Sept. 25th. We hope some members will come to help us package our quilts, health kits and layettes. We are no longer collecting men's, women's or children's clothing. We need a couple of men to help with the packing and weighing of the items. Please remember the ANGELS IN THE NARTHEX FRIENDSHIP KETTLE to help with the purchase of new items for the Health Kits. Thank you and God Bless, Eva Thoren
ALSO COMING IN AUGUST…
Leadership Planning Meeting     Staff Vacations CCC Fall Session Begins
Property report
BUILDING UPDATE
A task group was assembled for a brainstorming session on May 27th to make recommendations about the next steps for our building. The group reviewed a list of things that have been done over the last few years and then a list of pending projects. Four particular projects were highlighted as priority for this year. Various estimates and information had been gathered about these four projects for the task group to review. Possible ways to raise funds were also discussed. Recommendations were made and brought to the Congregational Meeting on June 14th. The congregation voted to approve the projects as outlined at the meeting. The overall goal of the building plan is:
To create an environment that supports our mission, is safe, accessible, energy efficient and inviting for worship, Christian education, fellowship and community outreach.
The four projects include:
1)   A kitchen (industrial sink & refrigerator) in the CCC per city of Park Ridge requirements and the cost of $40,000 is to be funded via the CCC account
2)   Installation of energy efficient lighting throughout the building per a grant we received via the CCC (only available to child care centers). The energy savings will reduce our monthly utility bills and pay for itself within an estimated 18 months. The estimated cost is $24,300 which will be paid for out of the capital building fund and once the job is complete we will receive $10,000 back from the grant.
3)   Parking lot paving - this is an obvious project that needs to be done! Several estimates have been received but need to be sorted out more as the proposals vary per how the job is to be completed and are therefore difficult to compare. A final cost has to be determined and then funding can be determined. A combination of use of some money from the capital building fund, CCC account, and a portion of a building loan has been discussed.
4)   Bell Tower - Rather than repairing the bell tower again (cannot be permanently repaired) we will tear it down and redo that entrance as a proper handicapped accessible entrance (including a proper ramp and electronic doors), expand the interior space to include the southwest corner outside the bell tower and construct an accessible bathroom on the main floor. The next step in this process is to get architectural drawings at a cost of approximately $6250 to be taken from the capital building fund. The overall cost of the project is roughly estimated to be $248,000 and would be covered by a building loan.

Additional motions that were passed included pursuing financing for balance of costs of parking lot paving and redoing bell tower entrance/bathroom and continuing to pursue fundraising efforts for these projects and future building projects. It was stressed that while we have voted to use some of the money from the capital building fund, we are also still looking at a long range plan to eventually complete the addition of a first floor multi-purpose room and will continue to look at ways to eventually fund that.
Meanwhile, a “Faith Accessibility Grant” has been applied for that would give us up to $30,000 toward the addition of the accessible bathroom and entryway. We will find out the results of that application in approximately 5 months so say a little prayer that it is approved!
The task group will meet again on July 1st to determine the next steps in this multi-level plan. If anyone is interested in joining this task group please contact Pat Daniels or Carol Hrodey.
Special Prayer Petition
The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has asked the church's 4.7 million members to pray and study Scripture for 50 days starting June 29, in preparation for the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
The assembly will act on a proposed social statement on human sexuality, a recommendation on ministry policies and various churchwide program proposals. It will conduct elections and consider memorials (proposed at synod assemblies) and resolutions (proposed by voting members at the churchwide assembly). The proposed social statement and recommendation on ministry policies are sources of significant discussion within the church.
The 50 Days of Prayer is an opportunity for church members who are unable to attend the churchwide assembly to participate. While we all can't be in Minneapolis this summer, we can be together as one in prayer as part of this one expression of the Body of Christ.
How does it work? For seven weeks leading up to the assembly, this church will be invited into prayer for the ELCA, for the voting members who will gather in Minneapolis and for wisdom in discernment. The guide includes suggestions for:
Daily prayer starting June 29.
Weekly prayer with scripture readings taken from the daily lectionary of the assembly with reflection questions, a prayer and a refection hymn.
Sunday prayers with a petition for the Prayers of Intercession for the Sundays from June 28 - Aug. 6 and one for each Aug. 16 and Aug. 23.
These prayer resources are available for use by individuals, small groups or as a congregation-wide initiative at http://www.ELCA.org/50days on the Web.

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

July 5 – Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
Ezekiel 2:1–5; Psalm 123; 2 Corinthians 12:2–10; Mark 6:1–13
July 12 – Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
Amos 7:7–15; Psalm 85:8–13; Ephesians 1:3–14; Mark 6:14–29
July 19 – Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
Jeremiah 23:1–6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:11–22; Mark 6:30–34, 53–56
July 26 – Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
2 Kings 4:42–44; Psalm 145:10–18; Ephesians 3:14–21; John 6:1–21

FAREWELL TO PASTOR MUNKER
Sunday, July 26 at 11:30 AM
As we prepare to welcome a new pastor, it is important to take the time to reflect on this past year and thank Pastor Munker for her service to Messiah. She has touched many people in many different ways and used her many gifts to assist us during this past year. Pastor Munker came to Messiah at a difficult time in our history and had no easy task as our interim pastor following the death of Pastor Paul. But with her help and God’s grace we weathered “the storm” and are now prepared to receive a new Pastor. Please be sure to extend your word of thanks to Pastor Munker as we go through this next transition in Messiah’s history and come to the potluck on Sunday, July 26th to give her a proper Messiah send-off! We will gather following the worship service. Please check the YES! Sheets in July for your opportunity to sign up to bring a dish to pass. Pastor’s last day in the office will be Thursday, July 23rd.

INSTALLATION OF PASTOR LYNNE
Sunday, August 9 @ 10:15 AM
It is an exciting time at Messiah as we welcome Pastor Lynne M. Morrow as the next Pastor of Messiah! Although Pastor Lynne is a new graduate of the seminary, she comes with more than 20 years experience that includes management and organizational development. Pastor Lynne grew up in the Lutheran Church and exhibits a positive energy that is deeply rooted in her faith. We’ll feature more on Pastor Lynne and her family in the August Messenger but meanwhile, put Sunday, August 9th on your calendars!! Although Pastor Lynne officially will start her ministry with us on July 27th, she will be installed at Messiah by Pastor Carol Breimeier from the Synod on August 9th. The installation will be followed by a potluck luncheon to officially welcome Pastor Lynne and her family, as well as to celebrate the start of Messiah’s next chapter!

WORSHIP HELPERS
   July 5   July 12   July 19   July 26
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Thomas Y   Kevin K   Nick L   Melissa H
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   Brad K   Rich L   Julie H
Readers   Rich L   Susan R   Kristin Y   Laura H
Worship Assistants   David S   Pat K   Karen B   John F
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Tait J,
David J,
Connie K,
Nancy H   Tait J,
David J,
Connie K,
Nancy H    Tait J,
David J,
Connie K,
Nancy H    Tait J,
David J,
Connie K,
Nancy H
Greeters   Holzer Family   Holzer Family   Holzer Family   Holzer Family
Bread & Wine Providers /Presenters   Dave and Donna Hanson   The Levys   The Raymonds   The Daniels
Counters   Dave H, Larry J   Dave H, Larry J   Dave H, Larry J   Dave H, Larry J

FLOWERS AND BULLETINS
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.
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO PAY FOR YOUR FLOWERS OR BULLETINS!
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.

July 5 –    Flowers are given in memory of Ed Bowman’s birthday by Valeria Bowman. Flowers are also given in honor of Bill Beyer by the Beyer family. Bulletins are given in honor of our armed forces.
July 12 –    Flowers are given in honor of Dorothy Nagel’s birthday by the Kopij Family. Bulletins are given in honor of Adam and Ryan Hauser’s 8th birthday.
July 19 –    Flowers are given in honor of Kevin Kovach’s birthday by Don Kovach. Bulletins are given in memory of Durwood Johnson’s birthday by Valeria Bowman.
July 26 –    Flowers and bulletins are given in honor of Thomas Yager’s 9th birthday.


Messages
Dear Friends,
Thank you so much for your generous contribution to The Counseling Center. Your support enables us to extend care to many who could not otherwise afford it, provide continuing education opportunities for our staff, and help us develop new services.
On behalf of all of us at The Counseling Center, many, many thanks for your faithful support and friendship.
Faithfully,
Pauline Norton, Practice Manager
(Messiah sent a $200 donation last spring.)

Hope Prayer Service
Wednesdays from 9-11 PM, Hope Korean Community Church will hold a prayer service in the sanctuary. Please be advised that this is happening – if you find yourself in the building at that time, please be respectful of the service going on.
Thank you.

Altar Guild Thanks
Thank you from the ALTAR GUILD to Jim Handzel for his repair of the Christ candle cap, and also to Trudi Handzel for her sewing/repair of our acolytes and assistants robes recently. Their talents and efforts are greatly appreciated.

Manna Order Dates
Finally, back to the regular schedule! Manna orders are due on July 12, to be picked up the 16th. Already time to start thinking back-to-school shopping!

Our Friend Bill Beyer

Wilbert Beyer passed away last month on June 22nd. A service was held for him on Friday, June 26 at Pederson Ryberg Funeral Home in Elmhurst. Please keep his wife Viv and the rest of the Beyer family in your prayers. There will be a memoriam for Bill in next month’s Messenger.


Messiah Ministries
ANGELS IN THE NARTHEX
Throughout the summer, the Friendship bucket entitled Angels in the Narthex will be in the Narthex under the stained glass windows. You have been very generous in the past and we hope that will continue. Please do not feel any gift is too small … or too large. All of the items for the HEALTH KITS must be new. The layettes may be GENTLEY USED ITEMS. Most people having the garage sales are very understanding when you say it is for Lutheran World Relief. We have an MBA in shopping so your money is spent very wisely. There are two nice ELCA wicker baskets, one by the bell tower entrance, and one outside the church office. Items may be put in either basket. A list of the layette items is available. Ingathering is the 4th Thursday in September, the 24th. We assemble the health kits and the layettes then. We need several men to help that day and some ladies also. It is usually done by noon...Please think about it. We assume the trailer will again be in our parking lot, but that info is not available yet. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

MAINE TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY
EMERGENCY WISH LIST
(Reprinting last month’s request – items are still needed!)
The Township has sent out an appeal for certain items to stock the food pantry. As always, we must remember that summer is a tough time for the needy, especially children who do not benefit from a school lunch program during these months. A list of requested foods is posted by the “Donation Station” in the narthex, which is also where you can leave the non-perishable items (by the coat racks next to the bell tower doors). And don’t forget non-food items, like toilet paper, cleaning products, shampoo, bath soap, and feminine hygiene products – these are always in short supply. Additional food requests include Packaged Foods (Jello, rice, pasta, crackers, cookies, biscuit mix), “Quick ‘n Easy” side dishes (Tuna, Chicken, or Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, Mac & Cheese, Dinty Moore Beef Stew), jar foods (spaghetti sauce, peanut butter and/or jelly), any canned vegetables, fruit or pasta, and breakfast foods (cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, juice, tea, coffee). All you can do is much appreciated by both the Township, and by those that receive the goods. Thanks!

Youth Corner
All Aboard for VBS!
It is coming up quicker than you think!
Several items are on the schedule for our popular community event:

VBS Prep and Setup Sessions
Tuesdays in July (7th, 14th, 21st) 6:30 – 9 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Come out if you can, stay for as long as you can. We will assemble crafts, decorate, and get our curriculum ready to go for the kids. No need to tell Julie you are coming – just show up!

Youth Volunteer Training Session
Saturday, July 25th at 4:30 PM in the Sanctuary
Any youth who plan to help out during VBS (and any adults who wish to join us!) please be at Messiah on the Saturday before VBS begins. We will train from 4:30 to 6 PM. Then dinner will be offered, and you can stick around for the “Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything” movie, which we will show in the sanctuary. If you have any friends who want to pitch in, bring them along, too! This is always a lot of fun, and we couldn’t do it without your help!

Final Setup Session
Sunday, July 26th at 5:30 PM in the whole church building
We will put all the finishing touches on our decorations, set up the registration table in the narthex, and get everything set and ready to go for Monday morning! And then …

Vacation Bible School: Heroes!
Featuring VeggieTales -The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything
Monday through Friday, July 27-31 9 AM to Noon
Our VBS program uses fun, creative ways to teach the children in the neighborhood (ages 3-10) about God’s love, and Jesus’ role in our lives. This is a terrific opportunity to put our mission into motion! Registration CLOSES on July 12th – sign up now on our website at www.messiahparkridge.org/vbs_registration.html. We always need people to help teach classes, read stories, teach songs, and hand out snacks. PLEASE contact Julie Holzer to help out.



Milestones
BIRTHDAYS

Martha Thompson, 7/2
Carol Hrodey, 7/4
Katelyn Elder, 7/6
Donna Hannibal, 7/7
Alice Hulterstrum, 7/7
Lester Thurow, 7/7
Adam Hauser, 7/8
Ryan Hauser, 7/8
Joyce Tjhio, 7/9
Kimberly Bujalka, 7/11
Kevin Kovach, 7/11
Michaelene Marchetta, 7/11
Dorothy Nagel, 7/11
Theresa Duty, 7/13
Christine Plaza, 7/14
Ralph Dieball, 7/16
Anne Wiberg, 7/16
Joseph Ippolito, 7/17
Robert Kallas, 7/18
David Swanson, 7/18
Eric Ryczek, 7/19
Karen Black, 7/23
Clifford Paulus, 7/23
Samantha Valenta, 7/23
Ryan Cramer, 7/24
Irene Luck, 7/24
Lauren Plaza, 7/24
Haley Lippert, 7/27
Robert Bisgard, 7/28
Chuck Steigerwald, 7/28
Evelyn Allemeier, 7/29
Gerald Valasek, 7/30
Thomas Yager, 7/30
Courtney Jelonek, 7/31

ANNIVERSARIES
David and Julie Jensen – 7/8/1989, 20 years
Laurance and Arlene Johnson – 7/10/1954, 55 years
Kimberly and Mike Bujalka – 7/15/2007, 2 years
Gene and Marilyn Borgeson – 7/24/1948, 61 years

Messiah Leadership IN 2009

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
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

EXTENDED LEADERSHIP TEAM
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 June 20, 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.

IN MEMORY OF EUNICE ECKERT
Given by:   Millie Anderson, Paula DiVita for Property Reserve
IN MEMORY OF PASTOR JOE HULTERSTRUM
Given by:   Paula DiVita, Richard and Irma Larson, Martin and Christine Ruterschmidt, Karen and William Bell for Property Reserve
IN MEMORY OF ROSEMARY THUROW
Given by:   Lester Thurow for Property Reserve
IN MEMORY OF DORIS PREINITZ
Given by:   Paula DiVita for Property Reserve
Messiah Movies
UP (In theaters now)
After a lifetime of dreaming of traveling the world, 78-year-old homebody Carl (voiced by Ed Asner) is lured into an unbelievable adventure, thanks in part to the persistence of Russell, an 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer (Jordan Nagai). Together, the unlikely pair embarks on a thrilling odyssey full of jungle beasts and rough terrain.
I found this to be a very good movie. However it is not your typical fun summer faire – as usual, Disney’s Pixar Studios tackles difficult, adult issues in a charming animated film that on the surface looks like it is for kids. Wall-E dealt with the extreme topic of global pollution and us as a species. Ratatouille explored how those that don’t fit in cope with their differences. And UP is no exception, dealing with the painful reality that faces so many of our elderly (and not so elderly) widows and widowers. My husband and I were both moved to tears in the first 10 minutes as Carl’s life is laid out for us, up until the death of his wife. His desperate solution to those who wish to evict him from his home of 60 years is to steal it, and finally go on the adventure he was never able to share with his lifelong companion. There are a lot of funny moments – the talking dog is hysterical, and the relationship between the old man and the boy is strong and beautiful. But the underlying message –and it’s commentary on our society – is a bit dark. Jessica was not too crazy about the film … she is getting old enough to discern some of these darker elements, an they disturbed her. So I recommend this as a FAMILY film with reservation – go and enjoy it, but be prepared for the conversation with your children that may follow.
Prayer Requests
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:


Viv Beyer
Val Bowman
Lois Bunt
Evelyn Burval
Ardene Ejnik
Pearl Fox
Ruth Jeppeson
Larry and Arlene Johnson
Kennet
Mary Jane Kovach
Richard Levy
Nancy Maher
Lois Oset
Helen Paul
Sumdara Rao
Aidan Ray
Mary Reter
Chuck Steigerwald
Linda (Rodin) Ufkes




We also want to remember in our prayers our military personnel:
Jason Hood, Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Kevin Ward, and Patrick and Claudine Ward.






Directory Changes
Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!





No one moved last month that we know of!
The
Messiah
Messenger
In this issue…
From the Pastor
Cradle Roll Report
In Memoriam – Rev. Gilbertson
July 4th Festivities
White Sox Game
Free “Pirates” Movie!
Property Report
July’s Readings and Schedule
Special Prayer Petition
Farewell Luncheon
Installation of New Pastor
Hope Prayer Service
Altar Guild Thanks
All Aboard for VBS!
Movie: UP



MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH   
1605 Vernon Avenue
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
Helen Levy, Bookkeeper

 


 

 

1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
p 847.823.6984           f 847.823.6996

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