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The April Messenger Issue #502

Mar 31, 2010

The Messiah


Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
Alleluia! He is Risen Indeed!
This month we mark the events of Holy Week and celebrate Easter, the day that defines our Christianity.
As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, I'd like to reflect back on Lent for a moment. The Holden Evening Prayer Services were full of good music, prayerful reflection and Spirit- led sharing on the Psalms. (If you’d like to hear some of the music, just go to www.giamusic.com/ search_details.cfm?title_id=8024.) The reflective time of Lent can help us prepare for a festive celebration of the resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday and throughout the Easter Season.
This first week of April we will come together and experience a wide range of emotions. We have joined together with the crowds of Palm Sunday in shouting "Hosanna to the Son of David!" (Even the rocks shouted!) We join together with the disciples in the sharing of the feast at the Last Supper, we welcome eleven first communion students to the Lord ’s Table, and we are bound together by his command to "Love one another." We gather together in silence and awe at the foot of the cross and we know that Christ suffered and died for us, as individuals and as a community.
As we join together, we look for new life and new hope on Easter morning and each morning. This is indeed a time to celebrate and to shout "Alleluia!" for the new life and the new things that God is doing in and through the people called Messiah.
    In this month, we also look back with gratitude and we look forward with hope and trust and faith. We look back with gratitude for the pastors who have come among the people of Messiah and have proclaimed the gospel and shared the joys of the sacraments. And we look forward with hope. We look forward to the new things that God has in store for Messiah, individually and as a community, of which we are completely unaware. We look forward to the new people who will join us and who, by their very presence, will change Messiah. We look forward to the new songs that will be sung, the new joys that will be celebrated, and the new ways that we will find to share and bear one another's burdens.
A prayer for the month, from the Evening Thanksgiving in the Holden Evening Prayer Service:
Blessed are you Creator of the universe – from old you have led your people by night and day. May the light of your Christ make our darkness bright, for your Word and your presence are the light of our pathways, and you are the light and life of all creation. Amen.
In Christ,

An initial meeting has been set to start the process of restructuring our leadership and constitution. Any members interested in this project are invited to attend. Please RSVP to the office if you intend to come to this meeting Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00 in the sanctuary. This meeting will focus on a review of the work our “Visioning Team” did a few years ago regarding Messiah’s Mission and Mission Statement (does it continue to be a relevant reflection of our mission and what we are about at Messiah?). We will also look at the development of our “Guiding Principles” – i.e. what defines Messiah. These parts should be the basis for everything we do at Messiah and upon which we will rebuild our constitution.
Following this meeting we will schedule additional meetings to:
•   Define our structure and build it into the details of our constitution, based on our Mission, Mission Statement and Guiding Principles.
•   Complete any finishing work on the structure / constitution.
•   From there, the Leadership Team will be able to engage in strategic planning for 2010-2011.
~ Carol Hrodey   

You may have noticed a little more Cub activity on our calendar and in our building lately. No, not the
Chicago Cubs, but Cub Scout Pack 105. Messiah has held the charter for this Pack for many years,
and we are working to broaden our relationship with them. Please feel free to welcome them whenever you can, and if you think of a service project they can assist with, let the office know – they are always looking for things to do!

Earth Day celebrates 40 years in 2010. In honor of that, Messiah would like to organize a paper drive to be completed on April 22nd. We have registered with Paper Retriever (the Abitibi bin in our parking lot) to receive DOUBLE the money for all paper collected in April!!! This not only helps our church, but helps the environment, too. Please contact the office if you would like to participate in the paper drive, either by donating or collecting paper, or helping organize the event.

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)

April 1 at 7pm
Maundy Thursday
Communion service including the washing of feet, celebration of the Last Supper, First Communion for some of our youth, and stripping of the altar.

April 2 at 10am
Good Friday
The message of Good Friday for people of all ages.

April 2 at 7pm
Good Friday
Traditional Good Friday service of scriptures and darkness.

April 3 at 7pm
Easter Vigil
A progressive service that starts in darkness and ends in the light of the resurrected Christ. Holy Communion is offered, and all are invited to celebrate with a short reception following the service.

April 4 at 7:30am & 10:15am
Easter Celebration!
Celebrating the occasion of the risen Christ!
Easter Breakfast at 8:30 am
Sunday School Egg Hunt at 9:45 am

This year’s VBS will be July 26-30, featuring Saddle Ridge Ranch from Lifeway. More information will be available in May, but for now, mark your calendar! This FREE Vacation Bible School runs from 9-noon Monday through Friday. Register on line at www.messiahparkridge.org – there will be a link on the home page beginning May 1st.

Friendship Day - April 22 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, April 10th at Jimmy’s Restaurant. Join us for great food and fellowship.

Child Care Board
Tuesday, 4/13 at 6:30 PM
Executive Committee Meeting
Monday, 4/19 at 7 PM   


Child Care Fun Fair
Special Congregational Meeting


Manna Dates
Orders for Manna will be taken April 11th, and cards will be available by April 15th. Mother’s Day is coming up!

Spirit of Life Chorus
Directed by David Barth, the Chorus will present a concert on
Saturday, April 10th at 4:30 PM
At Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
2328 Central Road (at Shermer) in Glenview.
Over 100 voices with instrumental accompaniment will fill the sanctuary with inspiring music from the heart.
A free will offering will be taken. Inquire at 847-724-6060.

Free Joseph Matinee!
Mane West High School is offering a free performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for seniors on Thursday, April 15th at 4 PM. The show runs 2 hours, and no reservations or tickets are required. For more info, contact the Maine West Fine Arts Dept. at 847-803-5895.

Frisbe Senior Center Fundraiser
Texas Hold’em Tournament
Saturday, April 17th
3:00pm Check in
4:00pm Start
$100 Entry Fee Donation
Call 888-311-9224 to register

Dear Jennifer and Moni,
I am writing to thank you for the incredible generosity you showed to us and our clients this past holiday season. To say that the Christmas gifts your congregation donated were wonderful would be an understatement. As you know, the majority of the children we serve come from underprivileged backgrounds, so it is a thrill for them to receive their own personalized gifts. In some cases, the gifts that you gave them were very likely the only ones they received. The children’s families were also most grateful for the kindness shown to them, and our caseworkers enjoyed giving the gifts almost as much as the children enjoyed receiving them.
On behalf of our whole team, and all our caseworkers at the Intact Family Programs (LSSI), I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of you. Thank you for all the work that
Messiah Lutheran Church did to make Christmas extra special for our clients.
Truly, Jean Marie Sloan

Sunday   Worship Focus   Sunday School   Adult Forum   Confirmation
April 4   Easter Sunday
1st Lesson: Acts 10:34–43
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 15:19–26
Gospel: Luke 24:1–12   Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt!
No Sunday School!
April 11   Second Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 5:27–32
Psalm: Psalm 150
2nd Lesson: Revelation 1:4–8
Gospel: John 20:19–31   Gather in Grace
Week 1   New Testament
Corinthians   Building the Church #6
Come One, Come All
April 18   Third Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 9:1–20
Psalm: Psalm 30
2nd Lesson: Revelation 5:11–14
Gospel: John 21:1–19   Gather in Grace
Week 2   Special Guest
Maine East High School Speaker   Building the Church #7
A New Day in Grace
April 25   Fourth Sunday of Easter/
Good Shepherd Sunday
1st Lesson: Acts 9:36–43
Psalm: Psalm 23
2nd Lesson: Revelation 7:9–17
Gospel: John 10:22–30   Gather in Grace
Week 3   New Testament
Corinthians   Building the Church #8
Remembering, Reverence, & Responsibility

Sunday, April 18th
Adult Forum Special Guest
Scott Chavonick from the new Student Health Center at Maine East High School will speak at the 9 am Adult Forum and will greet Messiah at the 10:15 service. He will speak of efforts made by the school to reach the diverse population in the surrounding community. See the article on page 11 for more information.   
Sunday, April 25th
Every year on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, the church observes Good Shepherd Sunday. A resolution that passed at the 2008 synod assemblies in all three Illinois synods of the ELCA, established an annual “Good Shepherd/ LSSI Sunday.” All ELCA congregations in the state are encouraged to focus attention on the strong yet gentle caring ministry of LSSI. We will also collect a special offering on that day in support of LSSI.

   April 4   April 11   April 18   April 25
   7:30am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Thomas Y   Mikey H   Nick L   Jessie K   Mikey H
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   Kim H   Rich L   Cathy K   Kim H
Readers   Marilyn D   Cindy N   Dottie B   Kristin Y   Teresa L
Worship Assistants   David S   David S   Karen B   Vikki H   Diane B
Projection   *   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Rich S,
Floyd Y,
Kristin Y   Dave H,
Susan R,
Tait J   Bob B,
Carol H   Bob B,
Carol H   Bob B,
Carol H
Greeter   Steve Y,   Trygve J   Val B   Val B   Val B
Bread Providers   NA   Char L   Sunday School   Available.
Counters   Dave H,
Rich L   Dave H,
Val B   Dave H,
Val B   Dave H,
Val B

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
April 4   Lilies are on the Altar for Easter. See bulletin insert on that day.    In celebration of Julia Fogel's adoption day.
April 11   By the Ducketts.   In loving memory of Violet and Martin Johnson by Val Bowman.
April 18   In memory of Susan Nugnis by her family.   Available.
April 25   In honor of Don and Mary Jane Kovach’s wedding anniversary from Dan and Kevin Kovach.   In memory of Matthew Ryczek by the Ryczek family.

The sign-ups for flowers and bulletins are in the narthex by the hall to the Educational Wing. Flowers are $30, and the Bulletins are $10. Envelopes are provided next to the sign-up calendar, or you may simply write “Flowers” or “Bulletin” on your regular envelope in the Other box.
Note to all those purchasing flowers: Your flowers are yours to take home!
If you wish to donate them to one of our shut-ins, please be sure to let the Altar Guild know.

See Calendar Page


March was a quiet month for the youth group and I apologize for that. My attention was diverted to the students working on their first communion preparation. I hope you will find time to come out to Worship during Holy Week and will be there for the Maundy Thursday Service on April 1 at which we will have 11 youngsters taking communion for the first time!
We are planning some activities over the next several weeks and want you help on what else we can do. Here is what is on our agenda and we are counting on your participation.
Bring a Friend to Worship Sunday April 18th On this Sunday, we are hoping to have each of our High School group and Confirmation Students bring a friend to them with worship! What is in it for you? A chance to introduce your friend to some other teens from the church, a chance to meet new people and a FREE LUNCH AT CHIPOTLE!!!! Yes, you read that right....There is a new Chipotle in Niles on Golf Road and we have been invited for a free lunch on April 18th. No catch, come to worship, bring a friend and then afterwards we will all carpool to the Chipotle for lunch and fellowship! Please mark this on your calendar and invite someone NOW!
After that our next scheduled events are not until May....but check your calendars now, because I know how busy it gets and would like to make sure you can all attend.
Friday May 7th and Saturday May 8th - Overnight at University Lutheran Church @ Northwestern on Friday night with a service project on Saturday morning. Friday night we will head down to ULC for fun, fellowship, dinner, and worship. We will spend the night there and then in the morning go work with the students from Northwestern cleaning at the Skokie Lagoons. More information will be coming in the next few weeks, but we have had fun the last few years with the students and Northwestern and this is a great opportunity to learn, serve and have some fun!   Lock-in at Messiah Saturday night May 15th -- We will have a lock-in. It will be a chance to invite your friend from the April 18th worship back to hang out, have some fun, play some games, and strengthen the relationships in our Youth Group as the school year comes to an end. The next morning (May 16th) there is a Celebration Sunday Pancake Breakfast at which we will cook and serve the congregational breakfast. I hope you will join us.
Two more events that are coming and will be scheduled soon.
First, We have the opportunity to have a late night (Midnight to 6am) Laser Tag Lock-in at the Laser Zone on Palatine and Rand Roads. It is really cool, multiple layers, music, smoke, and so on. We need to have 35 people, so we are hoping to do this one of the first weekends when school is out and invite the college kids and friends to join us. We will have the whole place to ourselves, play Laser Tag all night, have pizza and sodas, and just have a great time! Tentatively we are looking at June 11 or 12 or June 18 or 19. I need to have a firm commitment. The cost per person will be $15 for 6 hours of Laser Tag and snacks! More to come, but let me know if you have an interest!
Second, we will need your help this summer, as always, with VBS. This is a huge ministry we do each year and it can only work with lots of volunteers. I hope as you see the information about this event you will be among the first to sign up to help out. The kids that are there really look up to the teens that help and we need you!
Do Justice, Love Kindness,
and Walk Humbly with God,
~ Floyd Yager

On Tuesday,
March 2nd , Messiah presented a check for $500 to the Maine East School Based Health Center. The goal of the Center is "to improve the physical and emotional health of the students." Their motto: “Helping Students Be Well and Do Well."
Our congregation’s gift to the School will benefit the 2,000 young people who make up the diverse student body.
Pastor Lynne Morrow spoke to the School Board of Messiah's commitment to reach out to all of God's children in our community. Present at the meeting was Principal Steven Isoye. He has been named Illinois High School Principal of the Year for 2010-2011.
Maine East will return the visit and thank our congregation on Sunday, April 18. Scott Chavonick from the Student Health Center will speak at the 9 am Adult Forum and will greet Messiah at the 10:15 service. He will speak of efforts made by the School to reach the diverse population in the surrounding community.
Plan to be present on April 18 to become better acquainted with our "neighbor to the West … Maine East."

march-april 2010 Letter

Dear Friends in Christ,
A striking aspect about Lent and Easter is how political the story is. Webster’s dictionary gives several definitions of politics including: “…competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership in a government or other group, …the total complex of relations between people in society.”
Jesus does not create or lead a political party although his disciples and detractors saw the journey up to Jerusalem and the Temple as a blatant political move. They continually asked if he was the king of the Jews or the Messiah and when he would establish the new kingdom. Jesus made it clear in words and deeds and through his suffering and death on the cross that the Reign of God was breaking into the world in him through vulnerable grace and not by force. By reconciling everyone, sinners, the poor, the marginalized and outcastes Jesus was, by grace, transforming “the total complex of relations between people in society”…and in the world!
During the struggle against the Apartheid regime in South Africa the churches were lectured by some to stay out of politics and just stick to preaching the Gospel and called on by others to take a strong stand against injustice, racism and oppression.
The Kairos Document of 1985 was entitled “Challenge to the Church.” The document critiqued “State Theology” which defended the status quo and “Church Theology” which withdrew into a private and individualistic spirituality.
The writers called for a “Prophetic Theology” which would eliminate oppression, help establish a just government for the common good of all the people and speak a message of hope, peace and reconciliation. The document concluded, “There is hope. There is hope for all of us. But the road to that hope is going to be very hard and very painful. …But God is with us…We must participate in the cross of Christ if we are to have the hope of participating in his resurrection.”
In 1990 Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were released. The first democratic elections were held in 1994. However, while political freedom was achieved economic inequality has grown with the gap between rich and poor increasing over the past 15 years.
It seems like the long walk to freedom is getting longer but there are still signs of hope and challenging prophetic voices along the way. The Foundation for Church-led Restitution (www.restitution.org.za) is one example of a number of organizations acting as catalysts to bring perpetrators and victims together and working with the rest of the community to build a common future together. The Foundation is developing a “tool box” for individuals and groups to help them address the racist and oppressive past and to collaborate in developing restorative justice initiatives that make a difference for the whole community.
It is a privilege for us as Lutherans in America to learn from our South African companions about God’s mission of reconciliation, transformation and empowerment.
Thank you for your support through the ELCA Missionary Sponsorship Program.

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

The Property Task Force has met with architect David Lindquist on multiple occasions to review and revise drawings for Messiah. At this time, we would like to bring the congregation into the discussion and share the drawings and our vision for Messiah’s building. We want to give the congregation ample time to review the drawings and plans before voting so we’ve established the following timeline to do this:

Sunday, April 18th – Town Hall Meeting following worship service to present the drawings and answer any initial questions. Mr. Lindquist will be present to meet the congregation and explain the drawings and answer questions.

Sunday, May 2nd – No meeting! However, we will have a packet of information available for members relative to the proposed building project and financial information to take home and review.

Sunday, May 16th – Special Congregational Meeting to vote on the proposed project.

Please be sure to attend these meetings and vote on this important step in Messiah’s future!!


Kimberly J 4/2
Jennifer M 4/3
Diane Wilson, 4/4
Charlene Lobitz, 4/8
Russell Raymond, 4/8
James Seggeling, 4/8
Connie Kaufman, 4/10
Richard Daniels, 4/11
Stephen Plaza, 4/13
Patricia Daniels, 4/19
Sue Ellen Fox, 4/19
Trudi Handzel, 4/23
Samson Markos, 4/23
Jean Seggeling, 4/28
Eva Thoren, 4/28
Eugene Borgeson, 4/29
Susan Rice, 4/30

Susan and Roger Rice,
4/4/1970, 40 years

Les and Nancy Herak,
4/30/1977, 33 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:   Julie Jensen
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: Bonnie and Tony Saracco for Property Reserve

Given by: Al Nugnis, John Papadakis for Property Reserve

Given by: Maureen McDonald, August and Elaine Sansone, Charlene Lobitz, Nancy Tomazin, Bob and Joyce Richter, John and Madalynn Neu, David and Donna Hanson for Property Reserve

Given by: Russ and Linda Raymond for Altar Guild items (Funeral Pall for Cremation Urn)

As the son of a Viking leader on the cusp of manhood, shy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third faces a rite of passage: He must capture and train a dragon to prove his warrior mettle. Things don’t go as planned, however, when he finds himself unable to kill the deadly “Night Fury” dragon that he manages to bring down with his ingenious device. The two form an unlikely friendship that manages to save the village, win the girl, earn respect from Hiccup’s friends, and make his father proud.
I expected to go to this movie and laugh for 90 minutes, like I did for KungFu Panda. Dreamworks Animation has brought us gems like Panda and Shrek that make us laugh, and make us think. For Dragon, they leaned more to the thinking side, and created an intense thrill ride that borrows some of the emotional impact that usually characterizes a Disney Pixar film. I thought this was a very good movie – the storyline explores the relationship between an over-achieving man and his apparently underachieving son. Neither seems to listen to each other much, until it is almost too late. The expectations of family and community are sharply in contrast to the reality of Hiccup’s abilities – cleverness, caring, and friendship. And while it is a little bit predicable, that doesn’t mean it isn’t well done.
The animation of this film is spectacular, and the flying sequences are stunning. I did NOT see this in 3-D (I suffer from motion sickness, and didn’t think I could handle it!) I am sure that either 2- or 3-D would be the same great experience. There is some violence, although it is well done and contained, but I wouldn’t recommend this for someone under 6 – too scary. Be careful, though – your kids may want a dragon for a pet!

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

Nancy Best, Viv Beyer, 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!
Directories are HERE!
They will be available on Sundays through April for pick up. If you are not in the area, or prefer to have yours mailed to you, please contact the office. Directories not picked up by April 30th will be automatically mailed. Help us keep the postage cost down, and pick up yours in the narthex!

Leona Johnson is now at the following address, residing with her daughter.
please contact the office for her new address

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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