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The Messiah Messenger > The September Messenger Issue #495
The September Messenger Issue #495

Aug 28, 2009

The Messiah


It seems like just yesterday that we agreed to begin our ministry partnership. In this first month together, you have blessed me and my family with your gracious and enthusiastic welcome.
Thank you!
Each of us has experiences that have formed our faith journey and led us to this place, Messiah Lutheran Church in Park Ridge. There is an abundance of love and faithfulness here - God is truly present in this place! When we trust in the Holy Spirit, we can bridge the past of Messiah with a future full of growth and opportunity. There are four questions that will help to guide and shape our future faith journeys and the ministry here at Messiah.
What in the world is God up to?
What is God up to in our community?
What is God up to in our congregation?
What is God up to in my life?
Please sign up for a “Chat with Pastor” so that we can share our hopes and dreams for Messiah Lutheran Church. (Sign up either on the calendar on my door, via phone, or email.)
I look forward to meeting with you soon!
In Christ,
Pastor Lynne
The Eleventh Biennial Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) was held Aug. 17-23, 2009, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. About 2,300 people participated, including 1,045 voting members. The theme was “God's work. Our hands."
Full Communion with the United Methodist Church - ADOPTED
HIV and AIDS Funding Proposal - ADOPTED
Development of Lutheran Malaria Initiative - APPROVED
Social Statement, "Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust," – ADOPTED
The assembly adopted “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust,” on marriage, same-gender relationships, families, protecting children, friendships, commitment, social responsibility and moral discernment.
Ministry Policies Resolutions – ADOPTED
The actions direct that changes be made to churchwide policy documents to make it possible for people in publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships to serve as rostered leaders in ELCA.
More information about the social statement and the ministry policies resolutions is at http://www.elca.org/ faithfuljourney/faq on the Web.
Visit www.elca.org for a full report.

As of Tuesday, September 8, 2009 we will be changing EVERYONE’s door codes. This is a security measure that we will likely be doing every year in conjunction with the beginning of the Sunday School/Child Care school year. We have had a few instances lately of people found wandering in our hallways that shouldn’t have open access, and one preventative measure we can take to ensure the safety of our staff, parishioners, and students is to change the door codes on a regular basis. Here is how it will work:
•   New codes will be available beginning September 1. Call the office if you currently have a code and need your new number.
•   If you cannot call during regular office hours (9-1 M-F) leave a message and your call will be returned, and your code will be left on your voicemail/answering machine.
•   New codes will go into effect
September 8th at 9 AM.
•   If you have a code now, it WILL NOT WORK after that time. If you need access to the building, you must call the office to get your new code.
Thank you for your time and patience with this matter.   

Thanks to all who have been supporting our ongoing paper drive by bringing in recyclable goods and putting them into our big green and yellow bin! We received our first check for $45, and that was for the almost FOUR TONS of paper that was collected and weighed since getting the bin the last week of May! Great job, everyone, but I know we can do better. The Child Care classes will be adding their assistance as teachers plan to have the children bring in recycles.
We have heard that there are some members who have a “ton” of paper to contribute, but they are physically unable to bring it in. If you HAVE paper, and need help getting it here, please contact the office, and we will arrange to have someone to come get your paper. If you are able to volunteer to be that someone, please also contact the office.
Thanks, and congratulations!

(Always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Sunday, 9/13 at 10:15 AM
Rally Day is the kick off
for our Sunday School and Christian Education programs. We will have a picnic and games following the 10:15am worship service. Registration for Sunday School can be done on our website or in person on Rally Day.
This year for Rally Day we will also be asking people to bring items needed for the Lutheran World Relief Health Kits and Layettes, as part of fufilling our church's mission. Next to the Angel Kettle in the Narthex will be a poster of Angel Wings with tags naming items that are needed to complete this ministry. Items most needed include Bars of Soap (4oz size, gentle only are required), Band-Aids (3/4 inch wide), diaper pins, and baby sleepers (size newborn to 24 months). Complete lists will also be available. Grab a tag and bring your items to the worship service on Rally Day!   

Saturday, 9/12 from 9 AM to 3 PM
Help is always welcome for smaller projects around the church too. On Saturday, September 12th we are having a clean-up day for the inside and outside of the parsonage! We’ve had floods in the basement that are now under control but it needs to be cleaned! The entire inside of the parsonage needs a good cleaning, some organization and a little TLC. And the outside needs it too. Russ Raymond has already gotten a great start on the exterior work but there is still work to be done. We will start at 9:00 with coffee and bagels or doughnuts – and finish up in the early afternoon after a much deserved lunch. Come on out for the whole time or even just a couple hours if that’s all you’ve got! See Pat Daniels, Russ Raymond or Rich Seggeling if you have questions or want to volunteer!

Sunday, 8/20 from 12 PM to 3 PM
Those who expressed interest in helping create new Chrismons for our Christmas trees are asked to join Linda Raymond on this day. You will be going over patterns, supplies, etc. and Linda is planning to provide a light lunch for the workers that can stay and work that whole day. If you have already signed up to help, great! If not, please contact Linda asap.   

CHOIR PICNIC Sunday, 8/20 at 3 PM
Pat and Tom Daniels will be hosting the annual Choir Picnic at their home at 1635 Forest Drive in Glenview. This is a great get-together to kick off the year! If you are in the choir, or want to be in the choir, you should come! Call Tom or Pat (847-824-0497) to let them know you are coming.

Thursday, September 24th at 9 AM
Friendship Day will resume on Sept. 25th at 9 AM with InGathering, which is when we package the layettes and health kits to be sent to the LWR warehouse. We could use some help with this project and we need 2 men to help with the boxing and weighing. Usually we are finished buy 11 AM. We do have some "sit down" jobs if you are not able to stand. Please come and help. I really think you will enjoy it. The number of items packed will be in the October Messenger. The trailer will be in the parking lot October 3 and 4. We also need help then. The sign up sheet will be in the Narthex so look for it.
The Angels in the Narthex Friendship Bucket was a great success. Thanks to all who contributed to it. ~ Eva Thoren
"He won't forget the love you have shown his people." Hebrews 6:10

Friendship Day   
See article to the left for information about InGathering. In November it is our custom to meet on the 3rd Thurs. due to Thanksgiving being on the 4th Thurs.

Men’s Fix-it Club   
In lieu of Breakfast, we will pitch in to help clean the parsonage. All Messiah men are welcome to come pitch in! Meet at the church at 9AM to help both inside and out.

Child Care Board Meeting
To Be Determined
Executive Committee Meeting
September 21st at 7:00 PM
(3rd Monday)


LWR Trailer   
Pet Blessing Service
Youth Spaghetti Dinner and Lock In


Mark your calendars for your manna dates from now until the end of the year! It is really an easy way to help Messiah make some money for things your are already buying! Simply order cards from vendors that you usually frequent and the church receives a percentage of the order at no extra cost to you! Please consider giving this fundraiser a try…you will enjoy its benefits and so will the church!
Manna gifts cards make wonderful gifts! Or how about filling your Trick or Treat bags with gift cards? Buy your Thanksgiving goodies or easily complete your holiday shopping! And don’t forget to use the cards for your weekly groceries, gas, and prescriptions, too!
Orders Placed By
SUNDAY   Available for Pick Up
September 13   September 17
October 11   October 15
November 8   November 9
November 29   December 3
December 13   December 17
January 10   January 14
Order forms are available in the narthex, or you can order online at www.messiahparkridge.org. Please contact Kristin Yager or Laura Hauser if you
have any questions!

A Special Congregation Meeting was held Sunday, August 23rd to vote on paving and the bell tower entrance. The congregation voted to move forward with repaving our parking lots and driveways by removing the top 2 inches and replacing it. Russ Raymond and Tim Blanks have done a lot of work researching the best options and after consulting with a number of people, including Les Herak, are recommending this method of redoing our paved surfaces. This should last 15-20 years with proper maintenance and is much less costly than if we dig out the whole thing. We will begin paving once we address the first step of redoing the bell tower entrance and permits are obtained. The final cost will be just under $50,000 and will be paid for from the capital building fund.
The building task group will be meeting with a few architects during September, but meanwhile it was recommended we proceed with tearing down the bell tower to prevent any accidents from occurring if any or all of it continues to crumble. The congregation voted to take this first step at a cost of $23,000 out of the capital building fund.
We are also continuing to work on ways to replace any money taken from the capital fund and continue to add to it. Higher interest accounts are being investigated as well as additional fundraising opportunities. We will receive money from the lighting grant once that project is completed and a grant for the accessible bathroom and ramp at the bell tower entrance has been applied for.
Of course if anyone wants to donate directly for these two specific projects or just the capital fund in general or the property reserve fund for other repairs and building projects, any amount is welcome! Just designate what your donation is to be used for when sending it in!

Many of us get an idea from time
to time for a new program or
ministry or church activity – but then what’s
next? The Leadership Team discussed
“what’s next”. We certainly want to
encourage everyone’s ideas but we also
feel its important that we be sure what we
do fits with our mission. And we also want
to be sure that we don’t work at cross
purposes by having one activity conflict with another.
So to be sure we can nourish the seeds that are sown the Leadership Team came up with the following steps for everyone to follow prior to starting anything new:
•   First, be sure that the activity, program or ministry is mission centered. If it’s a service project, perhaps it can fit into one of our regular events instead of creating something totally new.
•   Talk to members of the leadership – get at least 3 on board – one to include an executive committee member. Why 3? Whenever 3 or more are gathered in His name…
•   Check with appropriate people – including Pastor Lynne – and others as appropriate (eg: if it involves youth – check with Floyd).
•   Notify members as appropriate relative to activity, program, ministry.
•   Use a Ministry Review Form to help with planning and review of the event to help with planning for next year. (Available from Pastor Lynne or church office.)
This new process will help us stayed focused on our mission, as well as preventing conflicts and facilitating greater support of all of Messiah’s various activities, programs and ministries.

Sunday   Worship Focus   Sunday School   Confirmation   Adult Forum
Sept. 6   
18th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 35:4–7a
Psalm: Psalm 146
2nd Lesson: James 2:1-17
Gospel: Mark 7:24–37   

Sept. 13   Rally Day
1st Lesson: Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm: Psalm 116:1–9
2nd Lesson: James 3:1–12
Gospel: Mark 8:27–38   

Sept. 20   16th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 11:18–20
Psalm: Psalm 54
2nd Lesson: James 3:13—4:3; 4:7–8a
Gospel: Mark 9:30–37
LWR Quilt Blessing   
Count on the Command-ments

Week 1   Introduction / Welcome   CROP Walk Speaker from Church World Services

Sept. 27   17th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29
Psalm: Psalm 19:7–14
2nd Lesson: James 5:13–20
Gospel: Mark 9:38–50   Count on the Command-ments

Week 2   What is a Lutheran? #1
Topic: Who are Lutherans?

(Confirmation, New Member Class & Adult Forum combined)


On Sunday, September 13 (Rally Day), we will dedicate the sign in front of Messiah to the memory of Pastor Paul. We selected Rally Day because it is close to Pastor Paul’s birthday and because Rally Day was a favorite of Pastor Paul’s because it was full of enthusiasm and optimism about the new season at Messiah! A plaque will be dedicated during the service so please be sure to attend to join in this special service.

   September 6   September 13   September 20   September 27
   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   Rich L   Larry R   Teresa L   Susan R
Worship Assistants   Diane B   David S   Vikki H   Pat K
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Bread & Wine Providers /Presenters   Diane W /
Karol K   Levy Family   Hauser Family   Blanks Family
Counters   Dave H, Jim H   Dave H, Jim H   Dave H, Jim H   Dave H, Jim H

Sunday   Flowers   Bulletins
Sept. 6   None.   None.
Sept. 13   Flowers and bulletins are given in loving memory of John and Lorraine Handzel.
   Flowers are also given in celebration of Ravi Penumaka’s birthday.   
Sept. 20   Flowers are given in memory of Norbert A. Hauser by the Hauser family.    Bulletins are given in celebration of Kyle’s 4th birthday by the Hauser family.
Sept. 27   Flowers are given by the Blanks family.    Bulletins are given in memory of Aunt Giselle and Uncle Vlasta by the Hauser family.

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.

Hello from Washington!
Carol Smith called Char Lobitz last month to say hi, and wanted everyone to know that she is well, and misses us! The office does have an address for Carol if you’d like to drop her a note.

NAMI Classes
Beginning September 17th, NAMI “Family to Family” classes will be held every Thursday for 16 weeks in the Multipurpose Room. This is a service that is available to anyone who has mental illness in their family. Call 847-716-2252 if you are interested in registering for this class.

Altar Guild “Rally Day”
Sept.27th after church in the Sacristy. We will be going over old business and some new items also. This will be an organization and planning meeting … all Altar Guild members are encouraged to attend. Thanks!

Park Ridge
Women’s Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, October 17th. For more information contact Kate
at 847-318-7376

November 14th will be our 4th Annual Harvest Arts & Crafts Festival! This festival has evolved over the last few years, has grown bit by bit in its fundraising capability and also served as a way to invite our community into our church home. Last year we had a good number of vendors – but we were missing people to check out what they were vending!! Some of them were disappointed with the turn out – as were those members who worked hard to put it together. We need all of you to come out, invite your neighbor and make this the best Harvest Arts & Crafts Festival yet!
If you'd like to be a vendor we have special deals for members! Also, this year for the raffle we're adding special theme baskets filled with great surprises! We’ll get them together over the next several weeks and display them at the Spaghetti Dinner in October. We can use donations of money, Manna cards or items to fill the baskets so that we can make the baskets very special! So these are two ways you can start to help to make this a great Festival this year!! Remember to also save November 14th on your calendar!

The Niles/Park Ridge CROP Walk is scheduled for Sunday October 18th. It is a 10k walk to raise awareness and funds for Church World Services and the Maine Township Food Pantry. The walk steps off at 2pm, and this year Messiah has been scheduled as a stopping place during the walk. We will be providing water bottles to walkers – more on that in the October Messenger.
We are still looking for walkers and if you can’t walk, please sponsor our walkers. They will be in the narthex after church on Sundays in September to get your support. See Trudi Handzel to get a form to be a walker. You can also donate online at www.cropwalk.org. Click on Illinois on the map and find Niles/Park Ridge Walk. Click on that and click “donate,” and type in walkers name or team name (Messiah Lutheran Church) to donate. (Instructions are pretty clear once you get to Niles/Park Ridge Walk.)
You can also be a SpiritWalker and get your family, friends, and coworkers to donate online in your name to our Messiah team, even if you aren’t walking. For more information see Trudi Handzel or David Swanson.
We will once again be setting up trees in the Narthex to collect socks and underwear for the underprivileged that are served by Chicago’s Night Ministry organization.
Trees will go up on Rally Day Sunday. We will accept donations until Sunday,
October 18th. We are looking mainly for men’s t-shirts, socks, and underwear, all types and sizes. Women’s undergarments are good, too. Items should be warm and practical. Last year we collected 145 pairs of socks, 54 pairs of women's underwear, and 144 pairs of men's underwear for a grand total of 343 items! The Night Ministry, and those they assist, are very appreciative of anything we can give. Thanks in advance for your contributions!

I know it is hard to think that the summer is beginning to wind down. Some of you are off to college, and we will be adding a new student (Melissa Holzer) to the confirmation class, joining Kevin Kovach, Tommy Hanson, and Andrew Fox. Confirmation is set to beginning on Sunday Sept. 20th, but to begin the year we will be having a Youth Event on Saturday evening Sept. 19th.
On Saturday September 19th, we will attend the Todd Agnew and Building 429 concert in Elmhurst. These are popular contemporary Christian artists. The concert begins at 7pm, with doors opening at 6pm. We will meet at the church no later than 5:15pm and leave for the concert. After the concert we will return to Messiah and have a LOCK-IN. We will eat, have fellowship, play some games, perhaps watch a movie. Then, in the morning, we will have breakfast followed by confirmation class or adult forum, then worship! It should be a good way to start the year.
Throughout the year we will have monthly events. I expect that the confirmation students will attend as many as possible as part of the confirmation curriculum, but our high school group (and any college students in town) are always welcome to join us. Call or email if you have any questions. ~ Floyd Yager   

Sunday School Kicks Off!
After a fantastic Rally Day event, Sunday School begins on Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 9:00am in the parsonage! We are looking forward to a great year. This year we will be studying the Firelight curriculum - Most Certainly True Living the Catechism! Sunday school is set up in a series of 5 lessons during the year. Each lesson is 4 weeks long, and we are always looking for individuals who are interested in helping teach a lesson! This year’s calendar is:
•   Lesson 1 - Count on the Commandments (The Ten Commandments): 9/20 thru 10/11
•   Lesson 2 - Believe the Creed
(The Apostles' Creed): 10/25 thru 11/15
•   Christmas Program: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13
•   Lesson 3 - Practice the Prayer
(The Lord's Prayer): 1/3 thru 1/24
•   Lesson 4 - Splash in the Spirit
(The Sacrament of Baptism): 2/14 thru 3/7
•   Lesson 5 - Gather in Grace
(The Sacrament of Communion): 4/11 thru 5/2
All of the materials are prepared for you to teach or assist teaching! It is really fun getting to know all of our wonderful Sunday Schoolers! If you are interested in teaching a lesson, please contact Kristin Yager. If you are unable to teach a lesson, please join the Sunday School when they combine with Adult Forum for an exciting hour of Christian Education!


Ardene Ejnik, 9/1
Joey Olson, 9/1
Isabella DiVita, 9/2
Leona Johnson, 9/2
Julie Fogel, 9/4
Effie Laster, 9/5
David Hanson, 9/8
Victor Berzins, 9/9
Lauri Hamden, 9/9
Mary Jelonek, 9/9
Melissa Litwin, 9/9
Melissa Vacala, 9/10
Dan Christiansen, 9/11
George Magerl, 9/11
Melvin Shapiro, 9/12
Caitlin Levy, 9/13
Marilynn Duckett, 9/14
Michael Hanson, 9/14
Kyle Hauser, 9/16
Tom Hanson, 9/17
David Jensen, 9/18
Richard Levy, 9/18
Teresa Lippert, 9/20
Mary Reter, 9/20
Holly Norberg, 9/21
Lois Patterson, 9/21
Worknesh Deressa, 9/22
Stacey Hall, 9/22
Steve Loverme, 9/23
Julie Jensen, 9/25
Barb Valasek, 9/26
Thomas Daniels, 9/27
Pat Fragale, 9/28

Marv and Luanne Jelonek, 9/8/1979 –
30 years

Jennifer and Neil Wagner, 6/26/1987 – 22 years

Pastor: Rev. Lynne Morrow (847) 612-6950
Director of Music: Tom Daniels
Organist: Sue Fox
Child Care Center Director: Karen Black
Office Administrator: Jennifer Schneider
Bookkeeper: Helen Levy
Property Maintenance: John Handzel, Jr.
Custodian: Worknesh Deressa

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 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 August 24, 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:   Florence Karlquist, Barbara Leibrecht, David Karlquist, Delores Prostek, The Tjhio family, Charles and Diana Lawrence, Judith Kreznor, Kristin and Aimeric Lajuzan, Audrey Vandlik, E.W. Roofing, Carol Hrodey, Charlotte and Bill Baumgartner for Property Reserve
Given by:   William and Margareta Beyer, for Flowers

Given by:   Clare Doud for Music
Given by:   Joyce, David and Claudine Tjhio, Mark and Mary Beth Selbo for Property Reserve
Given by:   Dorothy Pollack for Property Reserve
Given by:   Joyce Tjhio for Property Reserve

DEFIANCE (DVD and On Demand)
Daniel Craig stars as Tuvia Bielski, one of four Jewish brothers who escape from Poland into the forests of Belarus during World War II to lead a band of resistance fighters and create a safe haven for Jewish refugees. The real-life sanctuary established by the Bielski brothers saved more than 1,000 Jews from persecution and death. Liev Schreiber also stars in this moving historical drama based on actual events
WARNING: This movie is R-rated, and is not for children. I wanted to recommend it, however, because it is a chilling, remarkable movie based on actual events, and it deeply explores faith and how shattering the Holocaust was to the faith of the Jewish people. Craig and Schreiber are superb as two brothers who are on opposite sides of the same coin. Their dichotomy even shows up in the book of James. Craig is the brother that is driven to care for the people he is protecting (James 1:27 – “visit the widows and orphans in their affliction.”) and Schreiber is the brother consumed with the need to DO something to fight back (James 2:17 – “Faith by itself, without works, is dead.”) The violence is graphic, but the message is uplifting, and the performances are Oscar-worthy.

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, Helen Paul, Sumdara Rao, Aidan Ray,Larry and Arlene Johnson, Kennet, Richard Levy, Lois Oset, Mary Reter, Chuck Steigerwald, Linda (Rodin) Ufkes, Richard Wilson, Len & Carol P., Maureen, Cheryl P.   

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

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

We will be mailing out the new phone directories by mid-September. These are not photo directories, they will replace the ones from Fall 2008. If you have updated information that you think the church office does not have, PLEASE contact us right away.
We ARE exploring doing a new photo directory, which may happen this winter. We will be looking for volunteers to help with that project.

The Messiah

1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

Phone: (847) 823-6984
Fax: (847) 823-6996
Child Care Center Phone: (847) 825-3767
E-mail: PastorLynne@messiahparkridge.org
Homepage: www.messiahparkridge.org
Child Care Email: messiahchildcare@sbcglobal.net




1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
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