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The Messiah Messenger > The October Messenger Issue #496
The October Messenger Issue #496

Sep 30, 2009

The Messiah

Pet Blessing Service
October 4th
2 pm
Dogs, cats, birds, fish, lizards … all are welcome!


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is a gray fall day in late September and our physical environment is beginning to change. The Messiah bell tower is being taken down as I write; the leaves are starting to fall; the forecast is cooler. Many are still green, some fading to yellow, orange, red and even brown. This type of day gives me cause for introspection and reflection upon God’s creation.
As I reflect during this time, I remember a story that a favorite artist shared of one of his pieces. The artist, David Behrens, tells the story of a beautiful transformation from young girl to mature woman found in his piece called "Talking Leaves." Behrens shares how the beauty of the changing seasons can become so commonplace that one can miss the mystery and the miracle each season holds.
“Like a composer of a beautiful song, God infuses a certain order and rhythm to each interlocking season. As the beauty of each season builds, it creates anticipation for the season to follow. God is much more than a composer; God is also a teacher and has placed many lessons of life in God's song of the seasons.
In order for the trees of spring to bring forth their new buds, the leaves of autumn must humbly fall to the earth. But before they make their descent, they adorn the trees with a spectacular array of colors; from fiery reds and rich plums to pumpkin oranges and yellow ochres.
When one is young, one is like a young bud of spring unfurling, thirsting for sunlight, vibrant and green. This season    speaks of growth, of life. As one grows, the unpredictability of weather strengthens the form, causing one to mature dancing gloriously against the spring and summer skies. These seasons speak to us in the form of an adolescent, enjoying life at its healthiest, fullest. As autumn approaches and life has been lived for a few seasons, the color of wisdom starts to emerge and slowly begins to permeate the entire leaf. In this season, we are reminded of our mortality and are more reflective. When the wind rushes through a grove of autumn trees, it is as if a chorus of elders are singing their songs and telling their stories. Then as they all must, they fall and lie down in the deep sleep of winter. The season of winter offers the peace that many do not find during life…the solace…the wholeness of God's intended grace.
And just as God, the Great Composer echoes these truths in God's handiwork, God also was the leaf that fell that we might have new life in God's name.”
So the question that remains is not "do leaves talk?" but "are we listening?"
My prayer is that you have a fall full of listening… to all of God’s creation…the commonplace changes….the miracles and mystery found in all changes… the Talking Leaves.
Yours In Christ,

Beginning Monday, September 21st the bell tower at Messiah began to come down. It took them a little over a week and our beautiful old tower was gone. The work was done by M&S Construction under the watchful eyes of Russ Raymond and Tim Blanks. Thanks to Russ and Tim for all their work to make this happen! Although the bell tower was a grand addition to Messiah’s “skyline” it had fallen in such disrepair in recent years that it had become a safety risk that would have cost a lot of money to keep up with repairs. And each patch job was making it look less and less appealing. We look forward to using the “repair” money to add an accessible entrance and bathroom and making the entrance to Messiah look inviting and “grand” again!    HARVEST ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL

Coming next month (November 14th) we will again host our Arts and Crafts festival. This is a fundraiser for our church, and a lot of fun, but we need HELP to make it successful:
•   We still need vendors – see Carol H or Julie H or office for registration forms!
•   We need items for baskets for the raffle – see Julie H!
•   We will need help with food – see Donna Berzins!
•   We will need miscellaneous help with set-up, running things on Saturday, and clean-up – see Carol H!
•   We need people to attend the Harvest Festival!!! Please put it on your calendar, call your friends and neighbors and PARTICIPATE!!

Thanks, thanks, thanks! Ingathering was such a success, thanks to each member and friend of Messiah who contributed to it in any way. We cannot begin to thank each of you personally, but give yourself a pat on the back! The Child Care was also a part of this wonderful mission work. Also Thrivent Financial gave us matching funds. We packed:
35 beautiful quilts
54 health kits
57 layettes   
Our goal was 50 health kits and layettes, and we passed that. And had fun doing it!!! Also we contributed financially to the Project Comfort Fund. The cost of sending 1 quilt overseas is $2.25, 1 health kit is $2.65, and 1 layette is $1.30. The Project Comfort Fund helps pay for those costs.
Thank you, Millie A and Eva T

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Sunday, 10/4 at 2 PM
Dogs, cats, birds, hamsters - all furry or feathered (or scaled) companions welcome! This short service will take place on our grounds outside, and is celebrated in connection with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi - we hope you join us!

Sunday, 10/11 at 9 AM
Our pancake breakfast is in place of Christian Education hour, and is meant to be a time when everyone can share what they have been learning about in Sunday School and Christian Ed classes. This is a free event!   

Monday, 10/5 from 3-9 PM
Tuesday, 10/6 from 3-9 PM
Last chance to sign up for your pictures for Messiah's 2009 Photo Directory! Pictures will be taken Mon. & Tues. Oct 5-6. You can sign up online by going to Messiah's website and click on the Photo Directory link. Or stop at the Photo Directory table on Sunday, Oct. 4th. You will receive a free 8x10 portrait by Halloween. You can also order other pictures at your cost including holiday cards - but there is NO obligation to buy anything! Directories will be out before the end of the year. Please be sure to have yourself included in this directory so we can continue to get to know each other and put names with all the lovely faces around here!!

Collections continue 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. Put your gift on the tree, or in the box provided. The Night Ministry, and those they assist, are very appreciative of anything we can give. Thanks in advance for your contributions!   

Sunday, 10/18 at 2 PM
We are in our fall CROP Walk drive – walkers will be collecting pledges now and for the next few weeks. The Walk will be on October 18th, and Messiah is a rest station this year. Last year we collected over $4000 – let’s top that this year! See David Swanson or Trudi Handzel to pledge, or go to our website to pledge on line (link right on homepage). We expect walkers to hit Messiah by about 2:30 PM, and we will be offering water refills to them. Watch the YES! Sheets for an opportunity to help with this.

Saturday, 10/24 from 4:30-7:30PM
Start working on those appetites, and mark your calendars for the evening of October 24th!!! That will be the date for the Annual Youth Spaghetti Dinner. If you have attended before, you know not to miss it. And, if you haven't, you had better come and see what you’re missing! Dinner is only $8 for adults and $3 for children under age 10. Bring friends and family – this event is open to the public.

Sunday, 10/25 at 11:30 AM
This is our annual fall meeting, we will review upcoming building projects, talk about Stewardship, and more. Members should plan to be present. The meeting will be held in the sanctuary.


Friendship Day   
On October 22 we will start again for next year’s Ingathering. Try and join us, if only for a few hours. It is such a rewarding experience. We start at about 9AM or whenever you can come, and work until we are tired, with a coffee break. Bring a sandwich or whatever you like if you plan to stay for lunch. Refreshments are served (always delicious – you know from our Pot Luck dinners we have some good cooks here!) Also mark your calendar, in November we will meet on the 3rd Thursday the 19th, same time same place, as Thanksgiving is on the 4th Thursday.
God bless you, and remember, “He won’t forget the love you have shown for his people.” (Heb 6:10) Eva and Millie
PS – Several ladies have asked for knitting lessons. I am flattered they think I can teach them. I am thinking about January 2010. If you are interested, let me know.
Millie A

Child Care Board Meeting
To Be Determined
Executive Committee Meeting
October 19th at 7:00 PM
(3rd Monday)   

New Members!
Stewardship Drive   
Harvest Arts and Crafts Festival
Thanksgiving Day Service

Sunday   Worship Focus   Sunday School   Confirmation   Adult Forum
Oct. 4   18th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Genesis 2:18–24
Psalm: Psalm 8
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 1:1–4; 2:5–12
Gospel: Mark 10:2–16   Count on the Command-ments

Week 3   What is a Lutheran? #2
Topics: The Reformation
Along Came Martin Luther

(Confirmation, New Member Class & Adult Forum combined)
Oct. 11   19th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Amos 5:6–7, 10–15
Psalm: Psalm 90:12–17
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 4:12–16
Gospel: Mark 10:17–31   Count on the Command-ments

Week 4   What is a Lutheran? #3
Topics: The Sacraments
Holy Baptism, Holy Communion

(Confirmation, New Member Class & Adult Forum combined)
Oct. 18   20th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 53:4–12
Psalm: Psalm 91:9–16
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 5:1–10
Gospel: Mark 10:35–45   Congregation Celebration and
Pancake Breakfast!
Oct. 25   Reformation Sunday
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31–34
Psalm: Psalm 46
2nd Lesson: Romans 3:19–28
Gospel: John 8:31–36   Believe the Creed
Week 1   My Faith #1

Topic: What is faith?
   Wholly Healthy
Beginning the Spiritual Well Being Wheel


Red is one of the first colors that a small child learns to recognize. The color of the altar cloths and the pastor’s stole are red on Reformation Sunday. Red is also a reminder of the blood that Jesus shed to save us. Red is the color of the flames above the heads of the apostles on Pentecost when the gift of the Holy Spirit was received. Red is also seen when emotions erupt into anger. Red is seen when there is violence and injury. Red is the color of fire that burns and destroys. Red fire purifies and the red sun warms the earth and produces growth. Red is the color of love in the shape of a big heart. Red can be seen all around us as in the beauty of a red rose. The scripture in Jeremiah 31:33 tells us that the Lord will write the law on our hearts. In the early childhood centers and schools across our country the love of Jesus is shared with all that enter the doors. The warmth of God’s love is felt by the children and parents as they are welcomed into a warm, loving, caring, and Christ-centered environment. As the red blood runs through our bodies may we feel its warmth and be enveloped by the love of the Lord that has entered into our hearts.

   October 4   October 11   October 18   October 25
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Nick L   Thomas Y   Kevin K   Phil H
Communion Assistants   Rich L   Floyd Y   Pat K   Julie H
Readers   Anne W   Kristin Y   Laura H   Tate J
Worship Assistants   Diane B   Vikki H   David S   Pat K
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Dave H, Sue B   Dave H, Sue B   Dave H, Sue B   Dave H, Sue B
Greeters   Chuck and Jackie S   Chuck and Jackie S   Chuck and Jackie S   Chuck and Jackie S
Bread & Wine Providers /Presenters   Char L,
Russ & Linda R   Sue B,
Russ & Linda R   Mark & Anne W   Vikki H
Counters   Dave H, Jim H   Dave H, Jim H   Dave H, Jim H   Dave H, Jim H

Sunday   Flowers   Bulletins
Oct. 4   Flowers are given by Kevin Kovach for Dan Kovach’s birthday.   None.
Oct. 11   Flowers are given in honor of
Russ and Linda Raymond’s
40th wedding anniversary.   Bulletins are given in celebration of Julia Fogel’s baptism anniversary.
Oct. 18   Flowers are given for Jessie’s birthday.   None.
Oct. 25   Flowers are given by Russ and Linda Raymond in memory of Arthur Raymond (dad).   None.

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.


Fun for All in the Fall!
“Best of the Bottle Band”
St. Luke’s Bottle Band Benefit Concert
The Center of Concern
Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 pm
Olson Auditorium,
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Call 847-823-0453 to purchase your $20 tickets, or talk to Bob Bisgard.

Grace Lutheran Church
Ladies Craft Fair
Elmwood Park
October 17, 2009
10 – 3
Tables are available for $25. Please call 708-453-7267 for more information.
Talk to Cynthia.

Manna Dates this Month
Our Manna orders are due October 11th this in October. They will be available for pickup on Thursday, October 15th.

“Granny’s Attic”
Annual event to benefit
St. Matthew’s Service League
October 16th,
We will have many interesting items – our little café will again be serving coffee and pastries for your enjoyment!

Bread for communion and all worship assistants should be in the sacristy by
10 AM on Sundays in order to allow time to prepare for worship!

A meeting to address acts of vandalism in the 1400 block of Parkside, Park Ridge will take place on Wednesday October 7, 7-9 pm
At Franklin School, 2401 Manor Lane, Park Ridge.
Park Ridge and Niles police will be present to discuss this issue
Please consider attending.

We’ve continued to address general repairs around the church property, as well as the four major initiatives addressed at congregational meetings.
•   A group of people gathered on Saturday, September 12th at the parsonage for a clean-up day. While Sunday School was set-up and organized upstairs, some of the men worked very hard in the basement to clean and sanitize it after some of the flooding issues we’ve had and now it is ready for painting. Thanks to this crew for all the hard work!
•   Also thanks to Russ Raymond for clearing so much underbrush from around the property so we can actually see the property and not worry about harboring unfriendly wild life or losing small children! And also thanks to Russ for adding gutter extensions to the parsonage to address the flooding issues!
•   The first of the 4 major initiatives – the CCC kitchen – is done!
•   The second – the energy efficient lighting project – is almost done. Have you noticed how things are much more bright and cheery? And it will cost us less money for the light bills! Thanks to Pat Daniels and her son Patrick for their diligence for keeping this project moving! The last shipment of fixtures, etc. was received and the expected completion time is in another 6 weeks. Then a report will be completed for the grant to receive the designated funds. Thanks to Karen Black for writing that grant!
•   Our dynamic duo of Russ Raymond and Tim Blanks continue to work with the paving companies on the plan to repave the parking lot this fall. The congregation will be notified of any parking restrictions as soon as we know dates.
•   And the last of the four projects – the bell tower entrance. As mentioned the bell tower came down. Now the property task force is meeting to finalize an architect selection. Some master planning will be done so that each small step we take now will fit into a grand scheme of things for the future. And we will determine a final plan for the short term that includes the accessible entrance and bathroom to present to the congregation. This will also include planning for financial support for these projects.
If you have interest in being involved in any building projects please let Pat Daniels know!


Saturday October 24th from 4:30pm until 7:30pm – The Annual Messiah Youth Spaghetti Dinner We will need help to set-up, cook, serve, clean up, etc. This event will take help form ALL of the youth, so I hope you can spend a couple of hours with us. The funds we raise go to the Youth Group. Please help us with ticket sales through October....Ask your family and friends to attend - the more people the more fun! Our dinner is followed by a lock in at the church – always a good time!
Keep checking the Messiah webpage (http://www.messiahparkridge.org/ youth_page.html) for updates! We have lots we can do, all we need is YOU!

Celebration Sunday October 18 at 9 am we will have a pancake breakfast in place of our usual Sunday School classes. Attendees are encouraged to discuss with each other what they have been learning in their respective classes. We hope everyone plans to join us!

Acolytes Needed Traditionally our Confirmation Class have been our acolytes, combining the duty with one parent who also then is a communion assistant. We could use a few more folks, however, so we would like to also try to get more of our Sunday Schoolers who are in 3rd grade to 5th grade involved. If there is anyone else we can add to the acolyte schedule, please let Floyd know. We will "train" as needed, but most of what you need to know can be learned watching and "on the job."


Anthony Reeves, 10/5
Linda Stolz, 10/5
Sandra Downie, 10/6
Darryl Hanson, 10/7
Daniel Kovach, 10/7
Zachary Elder, 10/9
Julie Berzins, 10/12
Tony Demonte, 10/12
Tommy Hanson, 10/16
Weston Bukar,10/19
Gary Corkill, 10/20
Michael Herak, 10/25
David Kaufman, 10/26
Neil Hauser, 10/29

Carm and Barb Loverme, 10/10/64 - 45 years

Gerald and Barb Valasek, 10/10/64 -
45 years

Russ and Linda Raymond, 10/11/69 –
40 years

Ron and Theresa Duty, 10/27/74 – 35 years

Tom and Kim Hanson, 10/29/93 – 16 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 September 25, 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:   Lois Bunt, Mary   Leeland, Charlene Lobitz, Irene Luck, Eva Thoren, Gary Johnson, Joseph and Regina Del Re for Property Reserve
Given by:   John and Sue Fox, for Music

Given by:   Lois Bunt, Ed and Sue Kopij for Property Reserve

Given by:   Rea and Len Robin for Property Reserve

When the pop star fame of her secret alter ego, Hannah Montana, gets to be too much for her family, Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) is ushered back to her Tennessee hometown of Crowley Corners by her father for a much-needed break and a small dose of reality. But the pressures of celebrity life prove difficult to escape when Miley is pursued by a snoop who suspects the truth about her identity.
Whether you care for the super-pop sensation Hanna Montana or not, Disney once again does what it does best … offers a wholesome, totally inoffensive movie that I can take my 6-year-old to see. Much like the High School Musical movies that I am such a fan of, Hanna/Miley and her pals don’t swear, kiss, or behave badly – unless you count some regular “bratty-ness” that comes with the pressures of being too famous too young. The music is good, and inspiring, and for me the BEST part of the movie by far was the duet scene between Miley and her daddy, Billy Rae. And the overall message is positive and affirming for young women (and men, as well) everywhere. Be yourself. LOVE yourself. And respect yourself. I know, it is hard to buy into the hype, but taken on it’s own, I can recommend this movie as good family entertainment.

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

Viv Beyer, Val Bowman, Lois Bunt, Evelyn Burval, Sara Christiansen, Ardene Ejnik, Pearl Fox, Ruth Jeppeson, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Kennet, Richard Levy, Carm Loverme, Lois Oset, Helen Paul, Sumdara Rao, Aidan Ray, Mary Reter, Chuck Steigerwald, Linda (Rodin) Ufkes, Richard Wilson, Len & Carol P., Maureen, Maria N   
We also want to remember in our prayers our military personnel:
Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Kevin Ward and Claudine Ward.

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


Of course we are creating new photo directories! Those will be available in the next couple of months. PLEASE take this opportunity to update our information in the office. Correct addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses would be much appreciated!

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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