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The March Messenger Issue #501

Feb 25, 2010

The Messiah

From the Pastor   2
“Going Green”
Noteworthy News   3
Holy Week Schedule
Upcoming Events   4
Community-wide Egg Hunt, World Day of Prayer
Messages   5
Manna, Lilies, Drama, and Thank You
This Month in Worship   6
Christian Ed & Lenten Evening Schedules
Calendar   8
Child Care News   Insert
Youth News   10
Messiah Ministries   11
Souper Bowl Results, Letter from Rev. Knutson
Special Article   12
T.S.I Dream Team
Milestones   13
Messiah Movies: Temple Grandin   14
Prayer Requests   15
Directory Changes   15   

Community-wide Egg Hunt!

March 27th
at 10 AM.
FREE EVENT – bring your baskets!


Lenten Greetings!
Recently I took a quiz titled “What Liturgical Color Are You?” According to the quiz authors, my result is Green, the color of the Pentecost Season. Yes, we are currently in the Purple Season of Lent and it does seem like rushing things to begin speaking of Green already when Easter Sunday is still weeks away.
So why think Green? The quiz states that descriptive words for a Green person are Growth, Renewal, and Abundance.
Alas, as I write this on a snowy Lenten day, the only visible green is the freshly painted green Pastor’s Study. Yet there is an almost palpable sense of Green in the air here at Messiah. Some signs of healthy life include: the abundant response of Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center to the TSI Dream Team's request to bring food items for Maine Township Food Pantry; the spiritual growth for 11 First Communion students, the participation at the Wednesday evening Lenten Service and the
progress of the Messiah Accessibility Project; the renewal of paper products through our Abitibi recycling program. (see page 12 for more Good News from the Dream Team!)
The use of “Green” to represent the living was also used frequently by the visionary German nun, Hildegard of Bingen in her theology. She used the Latin word viriditas frequently to signify the greenness (life) that pulses through God and creation. In Hildegard's understanding, it is a metaphor for spiritual and physical health, which is visible in The Word.
You may have noticed that the new Messiah logo also uses green. Yes, that too is intentional and reflective of the Growth, Renewal and Abundance found in this community. Thanks be to God!
Your Sister in Christ,

Some things stay the same, but others are new! A schedule will be in the weekly bulletins, but here is a little more information about our Holy Week services.

Sunday, March 28th at 10:15 AM
Palm Sunday (also known as the Passion Sunday) worship service begins with the congregation entering the sanctuary waving palm branches and singing. The responsive, dramatic scripture readings encompass the journey of Jesus from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem until his betrayal and crucifixion. Many find this an enlightening introduction to Holy Week.
Thursday, April 1st at 7:00 PM
On Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus’ Last Supper with the celebration of Holy Communion, as we welcome 11 first communicants to the Lord’s Table! But first we hear Jesus’ words of forgiveness, the command to love one another, and to wash one another’s feet.
Friday, April 2nd at 10:00 AM & 7:00 PM
The Good Friday Family Worship service at 10:00 AM is the message of Good Friday for all ages. It is a great way to expose young ones to the serious nature of Good Friday. At 7:00 PM is the service of Darkness and Light. It is a contemplative Tenebrea Service.   
Saturday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM
We gather again in the dark on Saturday for an Easter Vigil. We begin our service around an outdoor fire, then proceed into the darkened sanctuary. As the Scriptures are read, the light gradually increases and we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Holy Communion will be offered, and following the service all are invited to celebrate with a light reception. Like the women gathered at the tomb that night, we enter in darkness and as we gather together as the body of Christ, slowly the darkness of death lifts and we find the warmth and light of a resurrected Christ... our Christ! The service will conclude by 8:30 PM. (If you like the Sunrise Service, this is the service for you!)
Sunday, April 4th at 7:30 & 10:15 AM
The same Easter Celebration is held at both 7:30 AM and 10:15 AM, as we sing praises to the Risen One and celebrate the salvation Jesus won for us. Come, let us worship God!
Easter Breakfast is offered between services (8:30 AM), and is a wonderful time of family fellowship that continues until the Easter Egg Hunt (9:30 AM) for the Sunday School children. There is no cost for the breakfast, and all are welcome to come and eat.

You are invited to participate in services offered during Holy Week. Participation in ALL services will be most beneficial for experiencing the full Easter event.

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Friday, March 5th @ 10 AM

Held this year at Our Lady of Ransom Church, 8300 N. Greenwood in Niles. The service is written by the Church Women United of Cameroon and they invite us to the country described as "Africa in Miniature." Both men and ladies are invited to attend, and a light Lenten lunch will be served. Call Millie Anderson if you wish to go.

Friendship Day - March 25th starting at 9AM or whenever you can come for an hour or more. Dessert will be served. Please bring a sandwich or whatever 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 started in January. Trudi Handzel and Sandi Collie are now in charge of this program. Contact them if you have any questions. Thanks!
Men’s Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, March 13th at Jimmy’s Restaurant. Join us for great food and fellowship.    COMMUNITY WIDE EGG HUNT
Saturday, March 27th at 10 AM

Messiah again will be hosting a community wide Easter Egg Hunt, and we are looking for donations of plastic eggs, as well as small trinkets, stickers and candy to fill the eggs. Please avoid chocolate candy, as it melts, and all other candies should be peanut free! Look for the Easter basket in the Narthex to drop off your donations, and thanks for helping the Easter Bunny!

Volunteers are welcome to help fill the thousands of eggs we will use for the Easter Egg Hunts during the Christian Education hour from 9-10am on Sundays, March 14th and 21st. Join the Sunday school children and parents, who will be filling the eggs on these dates, too!

THEN, we will welcome all children and their families from the surrounding neighborhood to join us, and the Child Care Center as well. The Egg Hunt is free, but we are asking for Food Pantry donations from participants. Note: This is in addition to our Sunday School Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. (The hunt will move inside if the weather is bad.)

Child Care Board
Tuesday, 3/9 at 6:30 PM
Executive Committee Meeting
Monday, 3/15 at 7 PM   COMING IN

Holy Week Services
Easter Celebration
Messiah Mission and Ministry Meeting

Manna Dates
Orders for Manna will be taken March 14th, and cards will be available by March 18th. Consider using Manna cards for Easter Baskets!

Spring Forward!
Daylight Savings Time BEGINS Sunday, March 14th at 2 AM. Set your clocks ahead one hour.

Easter Lilies on Sale
They are $12 each. Check your weekly bulletin
starting March 7th for order forms, or call Jennifer in the church office to place an order. Deadline for ordering is
Sunday, March 21th
The lilies will be displayed on the altar on Easter Sunday morning, and an insert in the bulletin will list the names of those honored and remembered by the lilies on that day.

Feeling the Drama?
We will need readers for the Palm Sunday Passion reading on
March 28th. No lines to memorize, just stand up when it is your turn to talk! Let Pastor Lynne know if you’d like to participate.

Dear Members of Messiah,
Our family wanted to send the members of Messiah a most heart-felt thank you for the beautiful “celebration” of my husband, Carm Loverme’s life. The kindness, warmth, and sympathy from Pastor Lynne and fellow members touched my family’s heart. A special thank you to Pastor Lynne, Vikki Hanson, Rev. and Mrs. Wiberg, Paul and Julie Holzer. The memorial service for Carm was beautiful, and such a tribute to a man who had a well-lived and a well-loved life. We will always be grateful to Messiah for their kindness and thoughtfulness at this hard time. There are no words to express our gratitude for all that was done for us. Thank you all for your love, and the blessing of your friendship.
Sincerely, Barbara Loverme and Family

Sunday   Worship Focus   Sunday School   Adult Forum   Confirmation
March 7   Third Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 55:1–9
Psalm: Psalm 63:1–8
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 10:1–13
Gospel: Luke 13:1–9   Splash in the Spirit
Week 4

Meet with Sunday School   Building the Church #3
Change of Heart
March 14   Fourth Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Joshua 5:9–12
Psalm: Psalm 32
2nd Lesson: 2 Cor. 5:16–21
Gospel: Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32   Service Project Day
College Care Packs and Stuff Easter Eggs   Stuff Easter Eggs!   Videos and Discussion
March 21   Fifth Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 43:16–21
Psalm: Psalm 126
2nd Lesson: Philippians 3:4b–14
Gospel: John 12:1–8   No Sunday School (spring break)
Stuff Easter Eggs   Stuff Easter Eggs!   Building the Church #4
Many Gifts
March 28   Palm/Passion Sunday
1st Lesson: Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm: Psalm 31:9–16
2nd Lesson: Philippians 2:5–11
Gospel: Luke 22:14—23:56
(done as reader’s theater)   Palm Sunday Review
Easter   NAMI Speakers: special guests    Building the Church #5
Church Issues: Past and Present

The Sunday, March 28, 9am. Adult Forum will provide help.
Two people in recovery will tell their powerful stories. They represent the effective work of NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Health).
You will not want to miss this Adult Forum Sun. March 28.
Themes from the Songs of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) will be discussed, embedded in the Holden Evening Prayer service, in place of the sermon. Participants are asked to read the Psalms prior to attending the service. If participants desire more from the series, supplemental reading is available that will enhance the overall experience. Discussion during the service will focus primarily on the Psalm, with optional readings from the provided materials. Pick up copies of the materials in the narthex.
Date      Topic         Reading
March 3    Providence      Psalm 121
March 10    Worship      Psalm 122
March 17    Perseverance      Psalm 129
March 24    Blessing      Psalm 134

   March 7   March 14   March 21   Feb. 28
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Melissa H   Kevin K   Thomas Y   Andrew F
Communion Assistants   Julie H   Pat K   Floyd Y   John F
Readers   Marilyn D   Cindy N   Julie J   Susan R
Worship Assistants   David S   Pat K   John F   Diane B
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Bob B,
Carol H   Bob B,
Carol H   Bob B,
Carol H   Bob B,
Carol H
Greeter   Susan R   Susan R   Susan R   Susan R
Bread Providers   Bud D   Char L   Dottie B   Jensen Family
Counters   Dave H,
Rich L   Dave H,
Rich L   Dave H,
Rich L   Dave H,
Rich L

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
March 7   By the Handzels in honor of their anniversary.    By the Handzels in honor of their anniversary.
March 14   By Susan Rice in memory of
Charity Grove.   Available.
March 21   For Kristin Yager’s birthday.   For Kristin Yager’s birthday.
March 28   In memory of Betty Hrodey by the Hrodey Family.   Available.

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.



What We Did - We had a lock-in on Saturday Jan 23rd where we had ELEVEN different students attend. Not everyone could stay the night, and some came later after other activities, but we had a great time. We started with packing lunch that were delivered to the office of Journeys from PADS to Hope. We made 50 lunches with a sandwich (Peanut Butter or Cheese), chips, fruit, and a cereal bar, along with a note from the Messiah Youth Group. These lunches, I am certain, went to some folks who were in need and were an act of service we were able to do among the fellowship of the lock-in. We also enjoyed a movie, popcorn, pizza, and played Sardines for what seemed like hours! It was great to see some of our youth invite friends along to our church and we hope to continue building on the momentum.
The next morning the youth, and in particular the Confirmation Class, made pancakes for the congregation as we ate together before worship. I know the youth worked hard to serve the meal, and we appreciate the kind donations of fruit, pastries, milk, juice, and so on that help to make these gathers successful. I believe we have another breakfast planned before the summer, so keep an eye out for the date....you don't want to miss it.
As we rolled into February we started the month with both the Super Bowl and the "Souper Bowl of Caring." For the fourth year in a row, our youth participated in this event, planning and organizing, so we can collect food and money for the Maine Township Food Pantry. See the Messiah Ministries page for details.
On February 12th, we had a group of 8 youth, along with two adult chaperones, attend a multi-church lock-in at Eskape in Buffalo Grove. This was the largest event organized the Lutheran Youth Ministry Network and over 130 youth and 21 adults attended! We began the evening at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights with two Worship bands, games, ice-cream social   and an informal Worship service. Then we left the church at MIDNIGHT to go over to Eskape in Buffalo Grove where we played laser-tag, arcade games and bowled until 5am. Even though everyone was tired, everyone had a great time!
What’s Coming Up - We are working on the next events....On Saturday March 13, the Youth Ministry Network is hosting a Dodgeball Tournament to raise funds for the World Hunger Appeal. We have some of our High School students express interest in entering a team. The youth will need support in this endeavor, and we are looking for sponsors to donate money to fund our team with the proceeds going to the World Hunger Appeal. The youth will be looking for your support, so please help them.
We are still trying to nail down a date to visit our friends at the University Church at Northwestern for fellowship, worship, and a service project. It looks like the March date will not happen, but we will aim for April or May before classes at Northwestern let out for the summer.
We are having alot of fun together and building our relationships with each other while finding ways to serve, showing our love for others as Christ commanded. Thanks to all the youth for their participation and please let us know if there are other ideas you have for events -- both for fellowship and service!
Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly with God,
~ Floyd Yager
Please note: Julie Holzer is also involved in the Youth Group. Let her know if you have any input on what events our youth may enjoy in the future.

This year, with the hard work of the Youth Group, and the generosity of both Church members and Child Care families, Messiah was able to donate over 550 food items and over $1000.00 to the Maine Township Food Pantry in 2010. To see how our effort adds into the total result, as of the end of February, in Illinois, $201,685 and 55,693 food items were collected by 382 different groups. Messiah Youth did a tremendous job again with this effort.

February 2010 Letter

Dear Friends in Christ,
Participation is a verb that has become increasingly important in our understanding of mission. According to this view we do not “do” or “have” missions or “go” with or on a mission …we can only, by God’s grace, participate in God’s mission. The, unfortunately, commonly used word “missions” implies that there are various missions for the choosing or taking or doing. The related idea of going on a “mission trip” may give the impression that a distant journey with a bus or plane ticket makes what we do mission. If, for example, one goes on a “mission trip” once a year, I would like to ask what one is doing the rest of the time. I believe that everything we are called to be and do as church is about participating in the one mission of the Triune God. Even a trip to the local grocery store should be a mission trip!    Mission is God’s gift and call to every baptized Christian as well as to the church as a whole. Every Christian is a missionary and every congregation a missional congregation. If we do not grasp what God’s mission is locally we will have difficulty knowing what God’s mission is globally…or, to put it another way, understanding and participating in God’s mission locally will help us better understand and participate in God’s mission globally and vice versa.

God is a loving, missionary God. God loves the whole world and is on a mission to overcome sin and death and to create, transform and sustain life in its fullness for all creation. God’s mission as creator, redeemer and sanctifier is reflected in the threefold way of Christ: the way of incarnation, the way of the cross and the way of resurrection. God’s mission is one of transformation, reconciliation and empowerment based on unconditional love (2 Cor. 5:17-21). As Lutherans like to put it: The Good News is that we are all justified by grace through faith on account of Christ. By God’s grace we are claimed, gathered, equipped and sent to participate in God’s mission.

Actually we do not bring God to anyone… God has already gone ahead! Remember the disciples at the empty tomb. The angel said, “You seek Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, he has been raised, … Go quickly now and tell his disciples, ‘He has been

raised from death, and now he is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him!’” What we are called and empowered to do is to follow (try and catch up), learn and faithfully give witness to where and how God is deeply present and graciously active in and for the world. The crucified and risen Christ chooses to be found especially at the margins with the outcastes of our world, cultures and economies…forgiving the unforgivable and including the excluded. That is God’s mission, always and everywhere.

Despite misunderstandings, divisions and resistance among followers then and now God in Christ continues to call, transform and send each one of us every day as disciple-missionaries to participate together in God’s in-breaking reign in Jesus Christ for the sake of the world. Relating to companion churches in Southern Africa we continue to learn what it means to be communities in God’s mission.

Thank you for your participation in God’s mission locally and globally and for you continuing prayers and financial support through the ELCA Missionary Sponsorship Program.
We look forward to seeing you this summer when we return on Home Assignment in July and August 2010.

Yours faithfully, Philip Knutson
Regional Program Assistant – Southern Africa, Cape Town

We began with prayer led by David Swanson. Based on 1 Cor. 12:7 "To each (member of Messiah) is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." Our team then lifted up happenings in our congregation that seem to be the work of God's Holy Spirit. Below is a sampling of our conversation.
•   10 children are being prepared to receive First Communion on Maundy Thursday.
•   150 high school people met at Our Saviors, Arlington Heights. Young people from Messiah invited their friends (good example for us all).
•   New faces, and some not seen for a long time, are at Sunday worship.
•   $500 in our 2010 Budget for Student Health Center at Maine East.
•   Adult Forum on March 28th will feature 2 people recovering from Mental Illness.
•   Our Cub Scout Pack will begin using space in our church building.
As we thankfully acknowledged these activities of the Spirit, we named some of the many people whose good work is making a TURNAROUND happen:
•   Melissa Holzer introducing her school friends to her church friends, and leading both to the altar to receive a blessing from the Pastor.
•   Julie Holzer organizing a fun Mardi Gras inter generational event. Our team recognized that social activities involving food are "non threatening" ways to include new friends.
•   Jenny Read (Audrey Krell’s granddaughter) adding her voice to the praises that are sung each Sunday by our excellent church choir.
YES. We are rejoicing in the "common good" that our Lord is accomplishing among us. The next team meeting: Tues. March 9, 7:00 p.m.


Madelyn Palos, 3/1
Joyce Johnsen, 3/4
Marilyn Borgeson, 3/6
George Hrodey, 3/7
Kim Hanson, 3/8
Nancy Magerl, 3/8
John Fox, 3/9
Julie Holzer, 3/10
Emma Penumaka, 3/12
Michael Berzins, 3/15
Samantha Fogel, 3/15
Debbie Chervinko, 3/16
Eric Williams, 3/16
Samed Hamden, 3/18
Vera Koehler, 3/18
Zachary Loverme, 3/20
Nicholas Boomer, 3/21
Adeline Sauer, 3/23
Mark Wiberg, 3/23
Kristin Yager, 3/24
Diane Williams, 3/26
Kris Christiansen, 3/27
William Downie, 3/28
Alan Christiansen, 3/29
Pierson Anderson, 3/31

Jim and Trudi Handzel,
3/8/1986, 24 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
Vice President: Vikki Hanson
Secretary: Nancy Boomer
Treasurer: Brad Kovach
Financial Sec.: David Hanson

CCC Board:      Donna Berzins
Property Coordinator: Patti Daniels
Stewardship:      Floyd Yager
Evangelism:      David Swanson
Friendship Day:    Trudi Handzel,
Sandi Collie
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
Publicity:      Teresa Lippert
Contact the Church Office for phone numbers or email addresses for these folks.

MEMORIAL REPORT as of February 24, 2010
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: Norman and Anna Holmstrom, Charlotte Kenzel, Gudrun Harr, Preissner Family, Rev. Lynne Morrow for Property Reserve
Given by: Al Nugnis for Property Reserve

Given by: Ronald and Sandra Schifano, Roger and Lynne Wahlin, Nancy Frohnmaier, Rosemary Litwin, Bruce and Kathy Andrise, Joe and Elsa Pekarek, Mildred Anderson, Chuck and Jackie Steigerwald, Diane Rabicke, Mary Ann Flynn, Jensen family, Toni Perfetto, Lynne Morrow, James and Anita Hornbrook, Connie and David Kaufman, Northwest Community Hospital Home Healthcare for Property Reserve
Claire Danes stars as Temple Grandin in this real life story about a brilliant woman coping with the stigma of autism in the 60’s and 70’s, when it was widely misunderstood. With the support of her loving family, Temple dedicates herself to learning and becomes a famed animal behaviorist. Temple's autism gives her unique ability to understand animals, and she fulfills her love for them by championing the most humane ways to treat both livestock and pets.
I am so sorry this movie is only available on HBO OnDemand right now, because it is one of the best movies I have seen all year. Clare Danes’ performance is riveting, and you get a rare look into the mind and emotions of a person with autism. Temple doesn’t process information the same way other people do, and thanks to a special high school teacher (played wonderfully by David Straithern) she learns to maximize her gifts, and to treat each new challenge as a door she needs only to pass through to reach a new world of discovery. She is strongly supported by her wise mother (Julia Ormond) and caring, discerning aunt (Catherine O’Hara), and by others that recognize and appreciate her talents along the way. This movie has some strong adult themes, mainly about the topic of autism that small children won’t understand, and there are a couple frightening images involving the death of some cows. But I watched this the second time with Jessica (6 years-old) and even though I had to explain several things, she enjoyed the movie. I recommend this film highly for adults, and for families with older or more mature children.
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:

Nancy Best, Viv Beyer, Eugene Borgeson, Charlene Boss, Val Bowman, Lois Bunt, Evelyn Burval, Sara Christiansen, Clare Doud, Ardene Ejnik, Pearl Fox, Ruth Jeppeson, Larry & Arlene Johnson, Jean Johnson, Kennet, Richard Levy, Neena Penumaka, Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve, Aleida Rodriquez, Chuck Steigerwald, Linda Ufkes
We want to remember in our prayers our military personnel:
Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Andreas Johnsen, Kevin Ward, and Claudine Ward, and Samantha Krawitz.

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

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

We have received our proof, will make changes in the next week, and should have directories very soon.

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




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