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The January Messenger Issue #499

Dec 31, 2009

The Messiah


Greetings Brothers and Sisters of Messiah!
In the winter of every year, we are given the chance to review our lives and make choices that will renew our whole lives, mind, body and spirit. And each January we may face a new year with some doubt and some confidence in ourselves, our situation, and our future.
So it was with the people of Jesus' time. They faced an unknown future and had many doubts about their lives. Imagine their surprise when they discovered that the Messiah they long awaited was the infant Jesus born in a stable full of animals! No wonder they were startled and bewildered! However, it is precisely at this time of uncertainty that the baby, Jesus, brings all people together in a supportive and loving community. As it was then, our new year may have some unexpected surprises along the way. The good news is that Jesus' love is so very present in this community. We know the warmth and light of Christ will be with us as we continue to fulfill our mission of reaching out and welcoming all God's children here at Messiah.
As we wonder about Messiah in 2010, our first prayer is that we are able to continue to do relevant ministry here. Many of us will face financial challenges. We are called to be faithful stewards of all our resources so that the ministry can continue to thrive and support those on the margins of the economy. The Turnaround Synod Initiative 'Dream Team' will continue to prayerfully explore ways that Messiah can be of significance to the community. In doing so, new faces with new talents will join our    Messiah family of faith. They will find Messiah through the light of Christ that YOU will share; they will become active in our ministries through the warmth that emanates from YOU; they will become part of Messiah's mission by the welcome that YOU give. We will find new joys and new concerns?and through it all, we will face the future together? with Christ.
The season of Epiphany is known as the season of light. How appropriate for the dreariest month of the Midwestern winter! Remember that wherever you go, the light of Christ will always be within you. Allow His light to guide your whole life ? mind, body and spirit.
A Prayer for the New Year
Come, Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Risen Christ, be with us today and always.
Be our Light, our Guide, and our Comforter.
Be our Strength, our Courage, and our Sanctifier.
May this new year be a time of deep spiritual growth for us.
A time of welcoming your graces and gifts,
A time for forgiving freely and unconditionally,
A time for growing in virtue and goodness.
Come Holy Spirit, Be with us today and always. Amen.
Blessings to you and yours,
Pastor Lynne

In a special congregational meeting on December 6th the congregation voted to hire architect David Lindquist to develop a long range plan for our church campus as well as a preliminary design for an accessible entrance and first floor bathroom. The long range plan will encompass the goals that have developed over the last several years. The short-term, more specific design will be for an initial phase that will address the accessible entrance and bathroom, the first two priorities on our list of goals.
Although we had hoped we could have this work done by the annual meeting in January, realistically the Property Task Force is targeting early March to have a proposal for Messiah's Accessibility Project (MAP) ready to present to the congregation. Meanwhile, we will hold a series of "Town Hall Meetings" beginning in mid-January to get input from the congregation as the Property Task Force meets with Mr. Lindquist to develop the plan. (See the calendar on page 8 for a schedule of the meetings.) Members are strongly encouraged to attend these brief meetings to hear about the progress and to give input into the overall plan. Questions can be directed to Task Force members, but the meetings will be your best source of up- to-date information. Task Force Members include: Pastor Lynne, Carol Hrodey, Pat Daniels, Russ and Linda Raymond, Dave Hanson, Bob Bisgard, Tim and Diane Blanks, Marilyn Duckett, Karen Black, Vic and Donna Berzins, Floyd Yager, Larry Ryczek, and Gene Plaza. ~ Carol Hrodey   

On Sunday, December 20th, we joyfully witnessed the baptism of Kaelyn Joy Yager. Mom and dad Kristin and Floyd were joined by many members of the Yager/Tinkoff family in welcoming the darling girl to Messiah?s family of faith!

We want to thank Eva Thoren for her many, many years of service as the chair of the Friendship Day. She and her late sister Doris Preinitz worked many hours for this mission project. We can never say enough thanks.
Now we have new co-chairs ? Trudi Handzel and Sandy Collie will take over. Thanks so much to them. We will continue to support them in this project. There are so many Messiah members that help keep this mission project going with donations to the "Angel Kettle" and doing work at home, and also the Child Care Center. Thanks to them also.
~ Millie Anderson

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event ? there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Monday, January 4th
Annual Reports are due into the church office by Monday, January 4th. This is so reports can be compiled, spell-checked, and printed in time to distribute copies to the congregation on Sunday, January 24th. If you can EMAIL your report, it is much appreciated! If you cannot, and need to submit a handwritten or typed report, please do so as soon as possible.

Sunday, February 7th following the worship service
This is the time of year that we review our accomplishments of the past year, and set goals for the coming year. Please pick up your Annual Report on the 24th, take a little time to read it over, and then be prepared to discuss and vote on our initiatives and our budget for 2010.

Sunday, January 31st
at 9 AM
Join us for breakfast and fellowship during the Christian Education Hour.

Friendship Day
We will resume January 28th, 9AM or whenever you can come for an hour or more. Dessert will be served. Please bring a sandwich or whoever you like for lunch if you plan to stay. Don't worry if you cannot sew, we will teach you! Also you may work at home, making sweaters for the layettes, patterns available. Just check if there are other things you would like to do. Knitting lessons will be started in January. If interested, Call Millie at 847-692-2385 or email millieanderson@att.net ~ Millie Anderson
Men?s Breakfast ? This may resume in January. Rich Seggeling will contact people directly with date and location.
Property Task Force
Tuesday, 1/5 and Thursday, 1/14 at 7 PM
Leadership Team Meeting
Sunday, 1/17 at 11:30 AM
Executive Committee Meeting
Monday, 1/18 at 7 PM   

COMING IN February

Annual Meeting
Souper Bowl of Caring
Lenten Services Begin

2009 is over and 2010 is here! We had a little fun this Fall with Rally Day, a couple of Lock-ins, attending a Todd Agnew concert, and participating in a multi-church youth group scavenger hunt. We also did a bit of service in helping with the Sock and Underwear Tree, loading for the LWR in-gathering, participating or helping at the rest stop for the Crop Walk, and serving at the Spaghetti Dinner.
As we enter into 2010 we have more planned. Mrs. Holzer has been working with a Lutheran Youth Network to find us broader events in which to participate and I hope you will take advantage of these opportunities. Here are some events we have planned for the next couple of months:
January 30th (Saturday night) we will have a lock-in at Messiah. We will watch some movies, play games, and also work on a service project -- perhaps packing lunches that we can deliver to a shelter to help those who have little to eat during these cold months.
February 7th is the Super Bowl and, as we did last year, we will take charge as a Youth Group of collections for the Souper Bowl of Caring (www.souperbowl.org). Last year we collected, with your hard work, over $1200 and 340 food items for the Maine Township Food Pantry. We will begin work on plans for this early in January to try to exceed our totals from last year!   As part of the Youth network we are invited to ?eSkape? for a lock-in on February 12th-13th. We're excited for an awesome night of fellowship, fun, new friends...oh, and laser tag, bowling, and video games. Our cost for the evening will be $40/person -- the Messiah Youth group will pick up $25 of the cost, but we are asking that each of the youth (Jr. and Sr. High) pay $15 to commit them to attend. The money is due to Mrs. Holzer or Mr. Yager by January 31st! This will be A LOT of fun. Bring a friend. We will meet at Messiah at 8pm and travel to Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights to be there my 9:00 p.m. for some opening activities and structured free time. There are two student bands lined up for the evening. Beginning a little after midnight, we will begin to shuttle youth over to eSkape in Buffalo Grove. We will be able to use their facility from 12:30 a.m.- 5:00 a.m.
I will also be in contact with University Lutheran Church at Northwestern again and hope to find a Friday evening to spend with them in March and attend a service event on Saturday morning.
I look forward to a good Spring and finding opportunities for fun, fellowship, and service with our youth group!
Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly with God,
~ Floyd Yager

Sunday   Worship Focus   Sunday School   Confirmation   Adult Forum
Jan. 3   Epiphany
1st Lesson: Isaiah 60:1?6
Psalm: Psalm 72:1?7, 10?14
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 3:1?12
Gospel: Matthew 2:1?12   

Practice the Prayer
Week 1
My Faith #9
I Believe   

No Adult Forum

Jan. 10   Baptism of Our Lord
1st Lesson: Isaiah 43:1?7
Psalm: Psalm 29
2nd Lesson: Acts 8:14?17
Gospel: Luke 3:15?17, 21?22   

Practice the Prayer
Week 2

Meaning of Service #1

Serving Others   Intellectual Well being Diane Blanks

Jan. 17   2nd Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Isaiah 62:1?5
Psalm: Psalm 36:5?10
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 12:1?11
Gospel: John 2:1?11   

Practice the Prayer
Week 3

Meaning of Service #2
Love the Lord Your God   

Vocational Well being David Swanson

Jan. 24   3rd Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Nem 8:1?3,5?6,8?10
Psalm: Psalm 19
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 12:12?31a
Gospel: Luke 4:14?21   

Practice the Prayer
Week 4   

Meaning of Service #3
Noticing and Reaching Out   

To Be Determined

Jan. 31   4th Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 1:4?10
Psalm: Psalm 71:1?6
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 13:1?13
Gospel: Luke 4:21?30   

Pancake Breakfast ? no Sunday school

Meaning of Service #4
Forgiving Others   

Pancake Breakfast ? no Adult Forum


On January 3rd, we will celebrate Epiphany, the day that Christ is revealed to all nations. As a sign of the hope of Epiphany, and the light of Christ that we each possess, please wear white to church. ?We are called to shine with the light of Christ for all.?   

   Jan. 3   Jan. 10   Jan. 17   Jan. 24   Jan. 31
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Thomas Y   Tommy H   Andrew F   Melissa H   Kevin K
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   Kim H   John F   Julie H   Pat K
Readers   Dottie B   Julie J   Susan R   Kristin Y   Teresa L
Worship Assistants   David S   Pat K   Karen B   Diane B   Vikki H
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Dave H,
Dave K,
Connie K   Dave H,
Dave K,
Connie K   Dave H,
Dave K,
Connie K   Dave H,
Dave K,
Connie K   Dave H,
Dave K,
Connie K
Greeter   Jean R   Jean R   Jean R   Jean R   Jean R
Bread/Wine Providers /Presenters   There is no one signed up to provide or present bread/wine in January. Please visit the signup sheet in the narthex to participate.
Counters   Dave H,
Connie K   Dave H,
Connie K   Dave H,
Connie K   Dave H,
Connie K   Dave H,
Connie K

Sunday   Flowers are given ?    Bulletins are given ?
Jan. 3   None.    None.
Jan. 10   By the Fox Family in honor of Peter?s 17th birthday.   None.
Jan. 17   In honor of Kaelyn Yager?s
1st birthday.   In honor of Kaelyn Yager?s
1st birthday.
Jan. 24   By Russ and Linda Raymond in memory of dad Dale Goldenstein.   In memory of Norbert A. Hauser.
Jan. 31   None.   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.



Thanks to EVERYONE who bought gifts for children last month. We supplied presents for 60 children, plus one additional family that we have been helping out throughout the fall. The generosity is overwhelming, and is MUCH appreciated by the folks at LSSI/Intact. Thanks, also, to Moni Ryczek who organized this again this year ? couldn?t have done it without you!

Our glove/hat/scarf drive was also very generous this year. We shipped the following to The Night Ministry:
10 hand knit scarves
(thank you, whoever you are!)
31 pairs of gloves
28 hats
3 hat/glove sets for kids
4 pairs of super thick socks
We also kept back 3 sets of gloves and hats to give to some of our regular ?guys? that visit us for assistance. They were all VERY appreciative, too.

We received the following two notes from Marissa Reeve and Julie Berzins:

Hi Messiah,
I wanted to thank everyone for the great care package I received at school. I am so happy that you thought of me during the holiday season! It means a lot to me. I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas!
Love, Marissa Reeve
p.s. I have attached a picture of my grandma and I with the pillow case signed by all the kids! =]

Dear Everyone,
Thank you so much for sending the care package to me at school. It was so great to know that you guys are thinking of me and it was such a nice thing to do! The candy definitely came in handy during finals week, and it brought my spirits up to know I am being looked out for. You guys are awesome!
Much thanks, Julie Berzins

Hymn Board
We have done some redecorating in the sanctuary, and part of that has included removing the Hymn Board from the front right wall of the sanctuary. Does anyone know if that board was donated by someone? We would like to know before removing it permanently.

to Russ Raymond, Patrick Brennan, Patti Daniels, and Eagle Scout, David Grandes for their work on the Pastor's Study and the Narthex ceiling. There is new lighting, new paint and extra shelving in the Pastor's Study which we believe will make it more welcoming. The ceiling tiles in the Narthex are now cleaned up and signs of previous water stains gone. All of this is in line with our mission "With Christ, reaching out and welcoming all God's children."

Another THANK YOU to Michael Navarez of M&S Contracting who surprised us with a beautiful piece of artwork, inspired by the faithful prayers of the people of Messiah. Please take a moment to enjoy the painting of a prayerful Jesus hanging on the landing to the Fellowship Hall.

?Gracias! Tak! Thank You! Danke!
In whatever language speaks to you, please accept my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to all who have contributed throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons!
? The Music Ministry Team led by Tom Daniels and Sue Fox, along with the cantors, choir, instrumentalists and soloists for the beautiful music.
? All who helped decorate our sanctuary for Advent and all the Christmas services.
? The Blue Christmas Worship Team for creating an amazing setting for our first Blue Christmas service. Special thanks to Patricia Kovach for her gift of visual art that became our image throughout Advent season and to Adrianne Blanks for her musical gift.
? The Altar Guild - thank you for your tireless attention to all the details that make our worship happen so smoothly!
? All who contributed gifts to LSSI, the Maine Township Food Pantry and the Night Ministry.
? The Sunday School Team for the extra efforts in presenting us with a special production of The Messenger.
? The Sunday School and Adult Forum folks for preparing the Care Packages sent to the Messiah college students.
? The Messiah Child Care Center staff, students, and families for three amazing Christmas Programs.
? The Worship Teams of ushers, greeters, readers, acolytes, as well as worship and communion assistants.
? To Diane Wilson and Dorothy Nagle for their faithful assistance with the bulletins and newsletters.
? To the entire Messiah Staff for keeping the place clean, operating well, and running efficiently during such a busy time.
? A special thank you to Jennifer Schneider for her tireless energy and even working through a bout with the swine flu the week of Christmas.
On a personal note, thank you all for making my first Christmas at Messiah such a special time for me and my family. We thank all who remembered us with a gift, a card or holiday blessings. You have blessed us with your generous love and we appreciate all of you! ~ Pastor Lynne


As the first storm of winter blew outside, six Messiah members sat in a warm circle at the front of our sanctuary. This team of people has taken the task of clarifying plans that will help our congregation to continue to reach out, with Christ, to the neighborhoods surrounding our church.
Our first "order of business" was prayer. We prayed for a person who has been invited to Messiah, but declined saying she no longer has confidence in organized religion. We prayed for people without shelter or sufficient food. We prayed for peace in the world and for comfort for the family of Larry Fogel, at the death of his mother.
Next we listened to a "sermon" preached by John the Baptist and recorded in Luke 3:7-18. The words that "struck home" were: ?bear fruit,? ?whoever has food must share,? ?baptized with the Holy Spirit," and "What then shall we do??
Each of the team had taken the assignment last month of talking with a person from outside our church. We listened to these "outsiders" to try to learn more about the community into which we are being sent. Several things became apparent:
1.   Cutbacks due to the economy are pervasive. (i.e. Park Ridge system for food certificates has run out.)
2.   Counseling services are less available.   3.   The racial/cultural diversity of our neighborhoods is great (75% of the families represented at Maine East consider English as a second language.)
4.   There is a ?new poor? made up of people whose work does not allow them to care for their families.
5.   As we listened, we realize the challenges that face the congregation when trying to reach out beyond our walls.
As we talked together a consensus seemed to be that there could be something that Messiah could do to enhance the lives of a small number of people who have been coming to our church to receive help.
We acknowledged the frustration of "just talking" about these concerns, with no concrete plan for changing the situation. However, our team was not ready to propose a clear strategy that might make a difference.
Therefore, team members took the following responsibilities for our next meeting. We will pray for the guidance of God's Holy Spirit. We will "brain storm" with others about what could be done. We will determine in our own minds concrete ideas that could enhance the lives of this small number of people who look to Messiah for help. We will come together on the second Tuesday of January, (Jan 12) at 7 p.m. to further develop these plans.
We ask the congregation to continue to pray for the Synod Turnaround Initiative, and for Messiah's Mission.
~ Mark Wiberg


Julia Mix, 1/1
Richard Seggeling, 1/2
Paul Holzer, 1/3
Nicholas Levy, 1/4
Peter John Fox, 1/5
Brian Jason, 1/5
Donald Kovach, 1/7
Ralph Lippert, 1/7
Larry Ryczek, 1/7
Kirby Corkill, 1/9
Jennifer Schneider, 1/10
Thomas Jason, 1/12
Tait Jensen, 1/12
Ryan Bujalka, 1/13
Mark Jones, 1/13
Brenda Reter, 1/15
William Demonte, 1/16
Alex Johnson, 1/16
Kaelyn Yager, 1/16
Marv Jelonek, 1/17
Raymond Ejnik, 1/20
Lester Herak, 1/20
Cara Nastali, 1/21
David Chervinko, 1/22
Heba Penumaka, 1/22
Chris Boomer, 1/23
Karol Kamman, 1/25
Evelyn Burval, 1/26
Michael Bujalka, 1/28
Lytle Thompson, 1/28
Eric Daniels, 1/29
Jessica Valenta, 1/29
Chuck and Jackie Steigerwald,
1/11/47 ? 63 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
Contact the Church Office for phone numbers or email addresses for these folks.

MEMORIAL REPORT as of December 29, 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.

No new memorials to report for this time period.

Trace the history of American national parks with director Ken Burns's rousing documentary, which recounts how remarkable heroes fought to preserve nature for all people and offers striking views from Yosemite, Yellowstone and other stunning locales. Narrated by Peter Coyote, this program also features the voices of talented actors like Tom Hanks, Andy Garcia, John Lithgow, George Takei and Sam Waterston.
My husband and I actually devoted 12 hours of our lives to this remarkable, spellbinding, riveting account of the birth and life of America?s National Park System. Airing on PBS last September, 2 hours a night for 6 straight nights, we couldn?t wait each evening until it came on. Jessica watched some of it with us, and while she appreciated the beauty and splendor of the scenery, it really couldn?t hold her attention for more than 30-45 minutes or so. But that being said, it certainly was ?family friendly? viewing. Ken Burns directorial style of documentary has become the standard by which other documentaries are measured, and he doesn?t disappoint. First-hand accounts by park rangers (one passionate individual is a veritable gold mine of love of the parks!) and voice over narration punctuate the stunning scenery. The story is told of the last 100 years of preservation and conservation, and true American idealism. We finished the week by mapping out the parks that WE want to visit, especially ones we never knew existed. I highly recommend this whole series ? watch the whole thing one weekend, or parcel it out in chunks, but don?t miss this wonderful film.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:
Ashcraft Family, Viv Beyer, Charlene Boss,
Val Bowman, Lois Bunt, Victor Jiminez,
Evelyn Burval, Sara Christiansen, Sandi Collie,
Clare Doud, Ardene Ejnik, Pearl Fox,
Ruth Jeppeson, Larry and Arlene Johnson,
Kennet, Richard Levy, Carm Loverme,
Sumdara Rao, Aidan Ray, Mary Reter,
Chuck Steigerwald, Linda (Rodin) Ufkes,
Richard Wilson, Len & Carol P.,
Marvin Fogel, Maria N
We want to remember in our prayers our military personnel:
Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Kevin Ward and Claudine Ward.

We also want to remember in prayer our college students: Julie Berzins, Bobby Hanson, Trygve Jensen, Joey Ejnik, Stephen Plaza, Eric Ryczek, Adrienne Blanks, Kevin Kaufman, James Seggleing, Paul Stolz Jr., Natalie Norberg

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

Sorry for the delay ? directories are still coming!
We should have them by the Annual Meeting!

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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