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The November Messenger Issue #497

Oct 30, 2009

The Messiah

From the Pastor   2
“The Great Commission”
Noteworthy News   3
Harvest Fest, Care Packages, New Members
Upcoming Events   4
Harvest Fest, Stewardship Sunday, Hang/Greens
This Month in Worship   6
Worship Assistants, Thanksgiving, Adult Forum
Messiah Ministries   8
Christmas Charities, CROP Walk, Rev. Knutson
Calendar / Child Care News   Insert
Messages   10
Manna, America Recycles, Adoption Month
Special Articles   11
Building Update, Turnaround Synod Initiative
Youth Corner   12
New Confirmand, New Opportunities, Facebook
Member Info   13
Memorial Acknowledgements   14
Messiah Movies: Wild Things   14
Prayer Requests   15
Directory Changes   15   
Arts & Crafts Festival
Nov. 14
9am – 3pm
Free admission, great vendors, a movie and activity for kids! Bring your friends!


Dear Brothers and Sisters,
God has blessed us and so we share God’s blessings with others. Based on the Great Commission, our own Metropolitan Chicago Synod continues to generously surpass previous giving – even in the current economic recession.* Although quite surprising, this is very good news! And an indication that we are living into The Great Commission which Jesus has charged us to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Why is this significant? Bishop Wayne Miller has the vision of the Metro-Chicago Synod as a healthy tree. The roots receive nourishment through worship; the fulfillment of this nourishment creates the solid trunk of stewardship from which two healthy branches emerge. One branch is Ministry which can be defined as the internal care-taking of the church. The second branch, however, is the outward activity and commitment to the greater world, known as Mission. The healthiest tree will have equal branches of Ministry and Mission fed by the generosity of the healthy trunk of stewardship. The trunk carries the nourishment of the worship experience upward to sustain each branch for both internal and external well-being. In essence, the branches bring in new light and    new life as does the manifestation of the Great Commission. And, the roots are the reminder that Christ is always with us.
I have found that the more frequently we articulate our faith and belief in God's greatest gift to us, Jesus Christ, the more comfortable we are sharing and communicating our faith with others. My greatest prayer is that as you continue to share your faith stories with me, you develop a higher level of comfort in proclaiming your faith to others. It is my hope that you find nourishment in our worship so that the generosity of your stewardship continues to flow outward to others. Through this extension of your faith, the branches of the Mission and Ministry here will reach others outside of Messiah. And, in turn, the branches will give new light and life back to Messiah.
Thanks to each of you who have shared your faith story with me. I have heard of God's grace in your lives. I have heard the strength of the Ministry branch here at Messiah. I have been privileged to hear where you find God, how your faith in God is/has been active in your life and the role that Messiah plays in feeding your faith. I look forward to hearing many more of your faith stories in the future. It is my hope that as Messiah moves into a new time, these words of your faith will sustain you and Messiah as you branch out to reach others. For this is what we are called to… true discipleship…the fulfillment of the Great Commission… “With Christ, reaching out and welcoming all God’s children.”
Your Sister In Christ,

* Metro Chicago Synod mission support gifts for September exceeded the gifts of last September by $33,889, and the year-to-date mission support has exceeded last year’s by $38,341.

There are many ways to help make this event a success:
•   Donate art item for art auction or items for gift baskets for auction.
•   Set-up Friday night at 6:00.
•   Saturday – requesting 2 hours of time between 9:00-3:00.
?   Serving as host to vendors & completing set-up early Saturday (7:30 am).
?   Serving as sales person for Fair Trade table.
?   Selling Raffle Tickets & Manna cards
?   Helping with children’s activities – movie & crafts.
?   Bring bake sale items (need to have individually wrapped items with printed recipe card with your name & info per Park Ridge regulations).
?   Helping with concession stand.
?   Assist with Silent Auction.
?   Clean-up.
•   ATTEND * ATTEND * ATTEND!!! And bring friends and family!!
Contact Carol (cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or 847-828-7819), Donna Berzins (847-825-0422) regarding bake sale and concession stand, Julie Holzer (847-840-3169) regarding children’s activities and silent auction (art & gift baskets). The Harvest Festival will raise funds for our building – the more involvement we get – the more funds we may raise! Please come out and participate!
~ Carol Hrodey   

The Sunday School kids, in addition to the Child Care Center and the rest of the congregation, are busy working on a special project for our college students! We sure miss them and want them to know we are thinking of them. If you are a college student or are the parent a college student, please make sure the church office has the student's address at college, so we can include them in this special way of Messiah reaching out. And college kids....watch your mailboxes!
~ Kristin Yager

On November 1st as part of our celebration of baptism on All Saints Sunday, we will welcome some new members to Messiah! More info about these special folks will be available in next month’s Messenger. If you are currently a visitor to Messiah, and wish to join as a full member, there is still time to talk to Pastor Lynne about joining! There will be a cake and coffee reception following the service to meet and greet our new family.

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Saturday, 11/14 9-3 PM
Admission = FREE!
It’s almost time for the 4th Annual Harvest Arts & Crafts Festival! Proceeds from the Festival will be added to our funds for the current and future needs of our campus. The Festival will feature a Holiday Bazaar with both handcrafted items, as well as direct sales vendors – including, but not limited to jewelry, wine, handbags & tote bags, children’s books, note cards, key chains, homemade candy and food products, floral arrangements and miscellaneous gift items. This year we will feature a variety of gift items from Fair Trade companies from around the world!! We’ll also have a silent auction featuring child and adult artwork, gift baskets, and a raffle for items donated by the vendors. Plus Manna cards will be available in time for gift giving!
Special activities for children include the new Veggie Tales movie – “St. Nicholas – A Story About Giving”. It will be shown at 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon in the sanctuary. In addition we’ll have a take-home craft activity for the children to do while you shop and a great Face Painter!!
A Concession Stand will offer hot dogs, sloppy joes, and drinks. Please come and join us to do your holiday shopping!   

Saturday and Sunday
December 5 & 6 from 10 – 4 PM
St. Matthew’s Center for Health
1601 Western Ave in Park Ridge

If you haven’t seen this yet, you MUST go see it! Or if you have gone before, go again, there are always new sets! For the eighth year, Oak Park resident Susan Greeley will be displaying her growing collection of over 325 nativity scenes from around the world. It takes two 10-hour days for five people to unpack and set up the display. Susan will be on hand to meet visitors and answer questions about the collection. While viewing this beautiful, inspiring exhibit, guests may register for a chance to win a nativity set of their own. Children will also enjoy the “Please Touch” table, and may participate in a separate drawing to win a set that has special appeal to them. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public!

Sunday, 11/22 during worship

Connecting Ministry to Mission
Letters and pledge forms will be mailed out the first of November. We will have a celebration of gifts during worship service on Nov. 22nd. Please remember to bring your Time, Talent, and Treasure forms so your gifts are counted!

Saturday, 11/28 at 4 pm

Come out and help us decorate for Christmas! We have a plethora of beautiful Chrismons, created by many of you and Linda Raymonds team of helpers. They belong on our trees! There will be Christmas music, and after we dress our space for the holidays, we will share some light refreshment.


Friendship Day   
Friendship day will be on the THIRD THURSDAY 19th in November due to Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday. Same time, same place.
Also we will have our ThankOffering in February, (Valentine month) as so many requests are made at this time of the year. Thanks again for all you have done for LWR. Good Bless and Happy Thanksgiving
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 Anderson
847-692-2385 or millieanderson@att.net

Leadership Team Meeting
November 8th at 11:30 AM
(Sunday after worship)
Child Care Board Meeting
November 10th at 7:00 PM
(2nd Tuesday)
Executive Committee Meeting
November 16th at 7:00 PM
(3rd Monday)   COMING IN

Advent and Christmas Worship
Blue Christmas Service
Kids Christmas Program
Infant Baptism

Sunday   Worship Focus   Sunday School   Confirmation   Adult Forum
Nov. 1   All Saints Sunday
1st Lesson: Isaiah 25:6–9
Psalm: Psalm 24
2nd Lesson: Revelation 21:1–6a
Gospel: John 11:32–44   Believe the Creed

Week 2   My Faith #2 & #3
Topics: So what? / The Gift: Life!   Wholly Healthy
Spiritual Wellbeing Intro
Nov. 8   23rd Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: 1 Kings 17:8–16
Psalm: Psalm 146
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 9:24–28
Gospel: Mark 12:38–44   Believe the Creed

Week 3   My Faith #4

Topic: I doubt it/I’m in the dark!   Wholly Healthy
Wellbeing Topic #1
Nov. 15   24th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Daniel 12:1–3
Psalm: Psalm 16
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 10:11–25
Gospel: Mark 13:1–8   Sunday School Service Project
Nov. 22   Christ the King/Celebration of Gifts
1st Lesson: Dan. 7:9–10,13–14
Psalm: Psalm 93
2nd Lesson: Revelation 1:4b–8
Gospel: John 18:33–37   No Sunday School   My Faith #5

Topic: Confession- I’m a sinner!   No Adult Forum
Nov. 29   First Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 33:14–16
Psalm: Psalm 25:1–10
2nd Lesson: 1 Thess.3:9–13
Gospel: Luke 21:25–36   Christmas Program Preparation
   My Faith #6

Topic: Forgiveness
   Wholly Healthy
Wellbeing Topic #3

SERVICE @ 10:15 AM
We continue our tradition of
sharing a “meal” together as
congregation on Thanksgiving morning. At the Thanksgiving Service we will collect a special offering of food items for the Maine Township Food Pantry. Please join us at this special service and bring with you at least one non-perishable food item, so that others may share in God’s abundance this holiday season.    

Each week we will hear from a Messiah person about different aspects of wellbeing, and also sharing their own story. We will intersperse this with other topics (like meeting with Sunday School). Some of the wellbeing topics will be: physical, emotional, financial, vocational, and intellectual well-being.
Pastor Lynne will kick off the first week with an overview of spritual well-being.

   Nov. 1   Nov. 8   Nov. 15   Nov. 22   Nov. 29
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Melissa H   Tommy H   Thomas Y   Kevin K   Nick L
Communion Assistants   Julie H   Kim H   Floyd Y   Pat K   Rich L
Readers   Rich L   Susan R   Teresa L   Larry R   Dottie B
Worship Assistants   Diane B   David S   John F   Vikki H   Pat K
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Carol H,
Connie K   Carol H,
Connie K   Carol H,
Connie K   Carol H,
Connie K   Carol H,
Connie K
Greeter   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N
Bread & Wine Providers /Presenters   Jensens /
Foxes   Char L /
*   *
*   *
*   Alan N /
Counters   Dave H,
Diane B   Dave H,
Diane B   Dave H,
Diane B   Dave H,
Diane B   Dave H,
Diane B
Bread and Wine Providers/Presenters are needed in November!

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Nov. 1   By John and Sue Fox in honor of their 30th wedding anniversary.   By John and Sue Fox in honor of Andrew’s baptism anniversary.
Nov. 8   By Russ and Linda Raymond in memory of Linda’s mom
Harriet Goldenstein.    By Char Lobitz in honor of Jarrett Lobitz’s 7th birthday.
Nov. 15   In honor of Brad and Pat Kovach’s wedding anniversary.   None
Nov. 22
   By John and Sue Fox in honor of Andrew’s 13th birthday.   In honor of Samantha Fogel’s baptism anniversary.
Nov. 29   By Donna Hanson in memory of
Rev. and Mrs. Harold E. Larsen.   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.

Collecting from Nov. 29 -Dec.13

Once again we will be collecting goods to help out those less fortunate than ourselves. For The Night Ministry, serving the homeless of Chicagoland, we put hats, gloves, and scarves on our Giving Tree in the narthex. We are looking for mostly adult items, and asking that they be STURDY, WINTER ITEMS, rather than “magic gloves” which are very thin. The Child Care Center is also collecting gloves for this ministry…THANKS! Deadline for donations is December 13th – the Night Bus will be delivering the items to people in need on December 18-19, so they need to pack everything up and ship it before that.
Also, we are doing LSSI’s Gifts for Kids again this year. Gift tags will be available in the narthex. Pick a tag, purchase a present, and bring it wrapped to church by Sunday, December 13th to be sent to LSSI in time for their Christmas Party. Gift cards are also welcome… remember, you can use our Manna program, deadline November 29th, delivery of cards on Dec. 4th!
Moni Ryczek has agreed again this year to coordinate the gift tags, so contact her if you have any questions at 847-692-6972.   MESSIAH CROP WALKERS
A BIG thank you to all who supported the CROP Walk this year. We had a lot of people involved - some got involved by walking and some did so by helping staff the rest stop (Messiah was a rest stop this year). There were those who donated supplies to our rest stop and the many, many of you who sponsored our walkers. We could not have done it without your support.

The Messiah walking team included David Swanson, Floyd Yager, Peter Fox, Larry Ryzcek, Dave Hanson, Stevie Yager, Pastor Lynn, and Trudi Handzel. The final numbers are not in yet, but I do know Messiah raised over $5000.00. Outstanding!! Over 200 walkers participated on what turned out to be a glorious Sunday afternoon. We walked from Our Lady of Ransom, to the Maine Township office and past St. Matthews. Our next stop was over to Messiah and finally indirectly back to Our Lady of Ransom to complete our 10K walk. There were sore feet, and tired knees, but high spirits at the end of the walk. We know we are helping people locally since 25% of the money raised goes to the Maine Township Food Pantry. We also know the rest of the money goes even farther, through Church World Service, sometimes around the world, but also sometimes else where in our own country. Thank you again. Remember - we walk because they walk. ~ Trudi Handzel

Dear Friends in Christ,
The hopes and fears of many people around the world, in the North and South, will be linked to what happens in Copenhagen December 7-18, 2009 at the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference.
Climate Change: A Challenge to the churches in South Africa is a new publication, endorsed and published by the South African Council of Churches. The statement follows in the tradition of the famous Kairos Document which challenged the churches in 1985 during the apartheid era in South Africa. (Kairos is a Greek word referring to a moment or time of truth, of both danger and opportunity.)
Then and now to be a faithful and relevant Christian and Church means to carefully see, judge and act regarding the signs of the times with the newspaper (or internet) in one hand and the Bible with the good news of Jesus Christ in the other so to speak.
The writers of the new kairos document declare that we face not only a global ecological and economic crisis but a cultural and spiritual crisis as well. As with the apartheid heresy the gospel is being compromised and Christian faith distorted in this case by a consumerist, prosperity and market-oriented paradigm. The document seeks to discern the structural causes of climate change and calls for a bold prophetic critique of wealth idolatry.
The writers call for a new vision, a new way of seeing and doing, of producing, distributing and redefining wealth. The document presents an alternative vision of hope for people and creation based on    justice, peace and a sustainable way of life. The writers encourage the discerning search for appropriate theological and biblical metaphors to overcome the church’s lack of moral imagination, leadership and will at this critical time.
The document ends with a call to confession and conversion, a prayer for healing the earth and human relationships and a doxology declaring “The Earth Belongs to God.”
The ELCA Advocacy Network has sent out an Environmental Action Alert calling for urgent action to support strong climate legislation this year saying: “The U.S. Senate was supposed to take up climate and energy legislation this fall, but now are saying they will not address the issue this year. This delay is unacceptable -- climate change is a matter of great urgency for the future of God's creation and for people living in poverty around the globe who are already facing the impacts of a warming planet. Give your Senators a call and tell them to pass effective climate legislation this year. As people of faith, we are called to use our voices to speak out for justice for God's people and God's Creation.” The number given to call is 1-888-784-0527.
Thank you for your continued support of the ELCA missionary sponsorship program and for your participation in God’s mission of transformation, reconciliation and empowerment so that all people and creation may have life in its fullness.
Yours faithfully,
~ Rev. Philip Knutson, Cape Town South Africa

Remember to think of ordering gift cards thru the church Manna program for all of your holiday gift giving and entertaining! We are adding an additional order due to the holidays. Orders will be due on Sunday, November 8, and then again on Sunday, November 29. This later date in November should be in time to purchase gift cards for the LSSI Angel Tree gifts! Give the gift card, or use a gift card to make your purchases! The last order date of the year is Sunday, December 13, still in plenty of time for the holidays. Order sheets are available in the narthex, or you can go online thru www.messiahparkridge.org. New cards are available this year, including VISA gift cards! Contact Kristin Yager (847-692-6260) or Laura Hauser (847-292-8225) if you have any questions.

November is Adoption Month
In the church, we begin the month of November by recognizing and remembering our baptism on All Saints Sunday. We recognize and remember those who have preceded us here in this world with whom we are brothers and sisters through our adoption into God's family.
Romans 8:15 "For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba!' Father"
Galatians 4:6 "And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba!' Father!"
Did you realize that November is National Adoption Month? Saturday, November 21, thousands of foster children across the nation will be adopted into permanent, loving families. Many communities, local organizations and courts are participating in National Adoption Day by sponsoring activities to celebrate adoption and encourage others to consider adoption.
Join the nation in celebrating families that adopt and learn more about how you can make a difference in the life of a child through adoption. http://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam/

America Recycles Day (ARD), November 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Celebrating its 12th year, it has grown to include millions of Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and work and to buy products made with recycled materials. Through America Recycles Day, Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) and the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) support local communities and raises awareness by educating citizens about the benefits of recycling. Volunteer America Recycles Day coordinators are positioned throughout the country and work to organize recycling awareness events in their schools and communities, and in conjunction with their local municipalities.
On November 15 each year, millions of people become better informed about the importance of daily recycling and buying recycled products. The purpose of America Recycles Day is to continue to promote the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling and encourage more people to join the movement toward creating a better natural environment. Help Messiah do it’s part – use our Abitibi bin to recycle your paper goods! Keep the drive alive!

The Bell Tower has been taken down and as we write this the parking lots are being paved. The Property Task Force’s next step is to select an architect to work with us on short and long term planning for our campus. In addition, the group is beginning to look at finances for these current and future projects. We will likely be forming a sub-group to continue to work on creative financing. We welcome everyone’s input ideas for fundraising.
The Property Task Force continues to be thoughtful as it works hard enthusiastically to maximize the use of our campus and fulfill our mission to “With Christ, Reaching Out and Welcoming All God’s Children.” Thanks to all members for their energy and hard work!!!
~ Carol Hrodey

On Tuesday, November 10, from 7 to 9 p.m., Messiah members will be talking together in the church library. The topic for the evening will be how our congregation can participate in “turning around” the decline in church attendance that is taking place in these times.
Messiah is being challenged to develop a plan/strategy that could result in new people coming to know the love of God that has been made known to us in Jesus.
Of course, our plan for reaching out to the children, and women and men who are not presently a part of the church, will not be completed in a one night meeting. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we will begin. Please pray for the people who come Thursday, Nov. 10. We will continue to "update" the congregation on the developing process.
At a workshop, sponsored by the Metro Chicago Synod, Pat Kovach, David Jensen, Pastor Lynne Morrow, and Mark Wiberg received information and inspiration for the Turnaround Initiative. We are excited about the possibilities of developing a plan that will help Messiah carry out the Mission Statement that our congregation took on a number of years ago.
~ Mark Wiberg

Spaghetti Dinner A big THANK YOU to all of you who helped to make the Spaghetti Dinner a success. We had a fair amount of help and with the able kitchen staff including the Kovach's, Kaufman's, Levy's, Hanson's as well as others the event was once again a tremendous event! We also hosted a lock-in (our second this fall) following the Spaghetti Dinner. For those of you the missed the Sardines, you will have to watch the calendar for the next time we hang out together at the church for the night -- We always seem to have a pretty good time.
New Confirmand I would like to welcome Lensa Sedeta. Lensa is a freshman at Maine East and is joining our confirmation class. We look forward to working with her as we explore practical faith in confirmation this year. If you haven't had a chance to meet Lensa yet, please look for her at worship over the next several weeks and introduce yourself and make her feel welcome. It is great to have new faces joining us!
New Opportunities Speaking of new faces, we have alot of upcoming opportunities to interact with youth groups from other churches soon. Mrs. Kovach and Mrs. Holzer attended a meeting of the Youth Leader Network. This is a group representing several churches in the Northwest suburbs including Edison Park, St. Luke's, Resurrection, St. Mark's, Atonement, and a few    others. Many of these also have smaller youth groups and we are working to find events we can do together to meet new people, hang out, have some fun, along with a few service events. I think you will find this to be a wonderful opportunity. There is talk of things like: a joint High School group lock-in during January, an overnight/lock-in at a Laser Tag facility (Laser tag and video games all night with pizza) this February, St. Mark's is hosting a Dodgeball Tournament to raise money for Hunger in March, and so on.
Upcoming Events In addition we are looking to have some other events at Messiah. We are talking with the Night Ministry about doing a "Night Walk" with them in Jan/Feb to learn about homeless issues, trying to find a day to work at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, we will have a educational/worship/fellowship overnight again at University Lutheran Church this spring, we have the Souper Bowl for Hunger in February, may participate in the 30-hour famine in April, and will work with you on other events. I hope you will be able to make the time to come hang-out, have fun, and meet some other Christian youth from the area!
Facebooking Finally, if you are a Facebook user, check out the Messiah Lutheran Church, Park Ridge page. You can search for it, or look for me and add me as a friend and I will send you the link! I try to keep youth information, confirmation information, and other useful facts there for everyone!
Thanks for all your do around the church, I truly appreciate it.
~ Floyd Yager


Grace Palos, 11/1
Valeria Bowman, 11/3
Lynne Morrow, 11/7
Lisa Paulus, 11/7
Robert Reter, 11/7
Katelyn Hamden, 11/8
Alexis Chervinko, 11/11
Larry Johnson, 11/12
Richard Reeve, 11/15
Mary Jo Marchetta, 11/17
Carolyn Kopij, 11/19
James Rosequist, 11/19
Terri Hogan, 11/22
Kirsten Boyce, 11/23
Dorothy Burger, 11/23
Carmen Loverme, 11/24
Donna Hanson, 11/25
Betty Stinnett, 11/25
Andrew Miro Fox, 11/27

John and Sue Fox, 11/3/79 - 30 years

Scot and Alyson Allemeier, 11/7/03 -
6 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 October 27, 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:   Lillian Wells, Bob Bisgard, and Joyce Weiman for Property Reserve

Given by:   Bob Bisgard for Property Reserve
Given by:   Millie Anderson for Property Reserve

Max (Max Records) imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts -- Ira, Carol, Douglas, the Bull, Judith and Alexander -- crown him as their king, play rumpus, build forts and discover secret hideaways. Producer Tom Hanks and director Spike Jonze bring Maurice Sendak's whimsical story to life.
I hardly know what to say about this movie. It was beautiful; it was magical; it was difficult; it was honest; it was a loving, caring, moving, thought-provoking adaptation of one of the most gorgeous children’s books ever created. What it was NOT was light family entertainment. I think it is appropriate for ages 6-7 and up (depending on your child) mostly because it deals with strong emotions that kids will understand, probably even better than adults. You see the anger in Max, as he lashes out at his mom, and you know WHY he feels that way. His escape to the land of the Wild Things, doesn’t solve the problem, though…emotions still need to be dealt with, not hidden. Each of the monsters personifies a different aspect of his own emotional stew, and as he comes face to face with that, he takes his first steps towards growing up.
For a deep, moving experience, I recommend this movie. For the most exceptional, scintillating puppetry I have EVER witnessed, I recommend this movie. (I swear, the Wild Things look utterly real, and I have no idea how they do it.) Expect to be shown the world through a child’s eyes – take the trip to where the Wild Things are, and revel in what it teaches you about yourself … if you dare.
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:

Viv Beyer, Val Bowman, Lois Bunt, Evelyn Burval
Sara Christiansen, Clare Doud, Ardene Ejnik, Janette Formaggio, Pearl Fox, Ruth Jeppeson, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Kevin Kaufman, Kennet, Richard Levy, Carm Loverme, Helen Paul
Sumdara Rao, Aidan Ray, Mary Reter, Chuck Steigerwald, Linda (Rodin) Ufkes, Richard Wilson, Len & Carol P., Maureen & Marvin, Maria N

Our College Students:
Julie Berzins, Kevin Kaufman, Bobby Hanson,
Eric Ryczek, and Trygve Jensen   
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!

Clare Doud
8975 Golf Road, Apt. 504
Niles, IL 60714

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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