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The July Messenger Issue #505

Jun 30, 2010

The Messiah


Summer has officially arrived, and here in Chicagoland we have already exceeded our expectation of storms for the season. In fact, one of humanity’s greatest fears is of thunderstorms. Perhaps you know of someone who has been injured by such storms, or possibly your home or workplace has been damaged. And you may wonder, what good could possibly come from storms?
Well, throughout the Bible we encounter various storms, and in those storms, times that God's presence is felt through a storm. The most notable storm in the Bible is found in the Book of Genesis, chapters 6-9. The story tells of a giant storm sent by God that threatens the existence of every living creature on earth. God gave Noah and his family an opportunity to save 2 creatures of each species and therefore, creation was able to continue on following the flood. In Job 28, we hear of God's appearance in storms; the Lord is portrayed as a storm God in Psalm 29. The story of Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee in Luke 8 may be quite familiar to us as an example of faithfulness.
Indeed storms have long been part of the natural order around the world. Human beings have learned to live with these storms throughout the years. Humans have adapted to the way that the wind, lightning, and rain can change based on the type of the storm. The variance between earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, ice storms, and blizzards keeps the scientists on constant alert.
    In all of this seeming chaos, one thing remains constant. God is present in all creation, and we have the opportunity and obligation to learn how to exist within all of God's creation. When we experience a storm, might we listen to it as we would listen to a favorite musician? Or watch the storm the same way that you might watch a favorite movie or look at a piece of visual art? For when we look and listen with love, the fear will dissipate and we will find God's presence in creation to be full of love and grace.
Poet and artist Kahlil Gibran asked: "Does the song of the sea end at the shore or in the hearts of those who listen to it?" The answer, the treasure, the secret, whispered the sage, can be found "with a winged heart." Symbolically, the heart meaning Faith and Love, and the wings meaning Hope.
As Christians, we understand and recognize this in St. Paul's letter to the people of Corinth, "and now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love."
(1 Corinthians 13:13)
In God's Love,

June 6, 2010
To Messiah Choir, Pastor Lynne, Executive Committee and All the Wonderful People of Messiah Lutheran Church:
As of June 30, 2010, after 45 years as Director of Music at Messiah, at the age of 83 years, I feel it time that I step down from the duties associated with the position and give opportunity to a younger person with fresh ideas and stamina to lead Messiah choir forward.
New avenues of sacred music are opening up with which I am not familiar and which are out of my particular areas of expertise and music background.
I have loved eveiy minute with Messiah's choir and thank God and all of you at Messiah for the long tenure I have had. The choir itself is a wonderful and dedicated group. I will dearly miss working with them.
God has been very good to me! Again, I thank everyone, present and past, who has sung with the choir; Sue Fox, our very talented organist, with whom I've had the joy of working for over 20 years; and all of the people of Messiah Lutheran Church for the opportunity of serving in music ministry.
Yours in Christ,
Dearest friends at Messiah:
Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beloved husband, father, granddad and best friend. He was a very special person and will be sorely missed. There are no words to adequately express our appreciation to all of you for making the past year such a rewarding one for Chuck. Your calls, cards, good wishes and prayers made difficult days much easier for him. He loved his church and all his friends of so many years. He especially loved the little children who gave him high 5's every Sunday morning when he was ushering.
His funeral service was lovely. Chuck would have been very proud of all who participated. Pastor Lynne's warmth and compassion, David Swanson's ever loving message, Tom Daniels (who brings beauty to our worship services every Sunday) for his beautiful solo, Sue Fox for accompanying the Brass Consortium on such short notice, Rev. Mark and Ann Wiberg and dear, dear old friend John Fox for serving communion, Susan Bromstad, Helen and Rich Levy for ushering and Kevin Kovach for acting as acolyte.
It was heartwarming to see so many of you there to celebrate Chuck's life with us. Thank you, one and all, for all the caring, love and concern you have given us. We will always be grateful.
God bless you,
Jackie Steigerwald and Family

Letters and information for the
MAP Pledge Drive have been sent -
please prayerfully consider how you can help!
Our grant application to the Retirement Research Foundation has been submitted for consideration to receive a $30,000 accessibility grant. Say a little prayer!
In July we will begin to conduct our extensive letter writing campaign. Please submit names and addresses for people, companies, foundations - anyone you feel might be interested in partnering with us in this effort. Use enclosed form or contact Carol Hrodey with your ideas.
Planning has started for our November fundraiser, the Harvest Festival. An organizational meeting will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 11th prior to worship service. We are planning to enhance the Festival this year in hopes of increasing our profit to the $5000 range.
Don't forget our ongoing Manna fundraiser! Do you shop at Jewel or Dominick’s every week? If you pay using a Manna card, Messiah receives a 5% bonus. So for every $100 Manna Jewel card you buy/use - you get $100 worth of groceries and Messiah gets $5.00! (there are also smaller denomination cards). Planning a summer trip? Use an American Airlines Manna card and Messiah gets 5%. Use a Marriott Manna card, Messiah gets 9%. And buy a new outfit for your trip at Carson Pirie Scott using a Manna card and Messiah gets 10%!! Possibilities are endless, and you don't spend anymore money than you usually do - and you're making a donation to Messiah that costs you nothing!   

On Sunday, June 13, twelve couples from Messiah came forward to renew promises made to each other on their wedding day. Pastor Lynne led the whole congregation in prayers for our growth in love for each other. The special music prepared by our church musicians praised God for the
gift of marriage.
A reception for the whole congregation, complete with wedding cake, followed in the Multipurpose Room. Susan Bromstad and David Swanson served as co-hosts for the lively gathering. The sound level from people in conversation indicated the success of the day.
Althought these are not easy times for the marriage relationship in general, Messiah Church chose to affirm marriage through this beautiful event. Thank you to Pastor Lynne, church musicians, and all who worked to make this a day that will be remembered. ~ Mark Wiberg
Those renewing their vows were:
Tom and Pat Daniels (18 years)
Ron and Teresa Duty (35 years)
John and Sue Fox (30 years)
Jim and Trudi Handzel (24 years)
David and Donna Hanson (45 years)
Neil and Laura Hauser (15 years)
Les and Nancy Herak (33 years)
Paul and Julie Holzer (14 years)
Richard and Helen Levy (19 years)
Don and Marlyn Wenn (51 years)
Ann and Mark Wiberg (50 years)
Floyd and Kristin Yager (12 years)

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Friday, July 2nd
Anytime after 5pm
Grab a seat on our grass, this is the best place to celebrate Independence Day! Snacks and beverages will NOT be available this year, but parking in our north lot WILL be. Messiah members and friends are welcome to access our building for restrooms, etc., but alternate bathrooms will be provided for the general public.    

AGING 101: FOR 60068
Wednesday, July 14, 2 & 7:30 pm
Know your healthcare options, and keep it local! This FREE interactive forum features representatives from Abiding Care, St. Matthew Center for Health, and Sunrise Senior Living. Learn about local resources available to you and your loved ones BEFORE you need them.

Wed., July 21 at 7:00 PM
The first step in reorganizing our leadership structure and revising our constitution took place on Tuesday May 13th when a group of 22 people gathered at Messiah. Our next step will be to define our structure and build in the details of our constitution – based on our Mission, Mission Statement and Guiding Principles.    

Mon. July 26th, 5:30 PM
All members of Messiah Lutheran
Church (including women and children)
"and your friends" are invited to see our Chicago White Sox versus the Seattle Mariners. A bus will pick everyone up in the parking lot at Messiah. We will leave at 5:30 sharp! These are "Discounted Lower Level Box Seat Tickets." Cost for bus and seat are only $32.00 each. For more information call Larry Ryczek (847-692-6972) or Rich Seggeling (847-975-3610).

Property Task Force
Tuesday, 7/15 7:00pm

Pastor Lynne Anniversary, August 1
Leadership Team Meeting, August 15
Celebration of Tom Daniels’ Music Ministry at Messiah, August 29   

Friendship Day –
Thur. July 22nd starting at 9AM. We will have quilting days in July and August this year, and some weekend dates are being organized. Watch the News from the Pews for more info.

Men’s Brotherhood Breakfast –
Sat. July 10th at Jimmy’s Restaurant. Join us for great food and fellowship.

Sunday   Worship Focus   Special Events
July 4   6th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 66:10-14
Psalm: Psalm 66:1-9
2nd Lesson: none
Gospel: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20   Hymn Sing continues
during worship.
July 11   7th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Deuteronomy 30:9-14
Psalm: none
2nd Lesson: Colossians 1:1-14
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37   Pastor on Vacation
Floyd Yager presiding and preaching
July 18   8th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Genesis 18:1-10a
Psalm: Psalm 15
2nd Lesson: none
Gospel: Luke 10:38-42   Dedication of
Capital Campaign Pledges

July 25   9th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Genesis 18:20-32
Psalm: Psalm 138
2nd Lesson: none
Gospel: Luke 11:1-13   VBS Registration, 4-6 pm
Leader Roundup Refresher, 6-8 pm

We will have VBS prep sessions on Tuesdays from 6-8pm. These will be on the 6th and 13th of July. If anyone would like to help on an alternative date, we can certainly accommodate you!

Sunday, August 1st
As is our usual tradition, we will have our young people perform the songs and skits they learned the previous week at Vacation Bible School. Plan to have your Bible Buckeroos at church this Sunday to show us their stuff!   CELEBRATION FOR

Sunday, August 1st following worship
We will have a reception following the service on this Sunday to celebrate Pastor Lynne’s being here for one whole year! This is still in the planning stages … if you have ideas or would like to help, please contact Carol Hrodey or Trudi Handzel.

   July 4   July 11   July 18   July 25
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Thomas Y   Jessie K   Phil H   Melissa H
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   Cathy K   Julie H   Julie H
Readers   Susan R   Tom D   Anne W   Laura H
Worship Assistants   David S   Pat K   Vikki H   John F
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   *   *   *   *
Greeter   *   *   *   *
Bread Providers   Available    Available   Susan K   Available
Counters   Rich L,
Paul H   Rich L,
Dave H   Rich L,
Paul H   Rich L,
Dave H

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
July 4   In honor of Carol Hrodey, for her hard work and dedication, given by Russ and Linda Raymond.   Available.
July 11   In honor of Kevin Kovach’s 15th birthday from Mom, Dad, and Dan.   In honor of Adam and Ryan Hauser’s 9th birthday.
July 18   In honor of Eric Ryczek’s birthday by the Ryczek Family.   Available.
July 25   In honor of Thomas Yager’s birthday.   In honor of Thomas Yager’s birthday.

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.

9-1 PM. THANKS!!!

Manna Dates
Orders for Manna will be due July 11, and cards will be available the following Thursday.

Apartment Needed
One of our Messiah moms is looking for an inexpensive apartment in the area to house herself and her two small children. If anyone has a line on a good place to live, please contact the Office and let us know, we will pass the message along. Thanks!

Buckeroo Bonfire
On Thursday, July 8th, at 6:30 pm join us for Family Night fun!
Enjoy playing old fashioned games like horseshoes and stick-horse racing. Cook your own hot doggies and cowboy beans over the fire. Bring friends, and join the fun!

We've established a new fund called the CELEBRATION FUND. We continue to have the Memorial Fund for gifts that honor those who have gone home before us. The Memorial Fund was extended to include "Honorariums" but is mostly known as a way to honor those who have passed on. So we developed a new fund for the purposes of CELEBRATING the living! Whether it be to honor a birthday, anniversary, confirmation, graduation, an accomplishment - whatever!! What a great way to do that with a gift to the church to raise up a special person in your life! New cards will be available in the narthex or from the church office. Acknowledgements will be sent out in the same way as memorials are acknowledged. Contact Karen Black if you have any questions or want to start CELEBRATING!

Summer is here and I hope you all are enjoying the time away from school. While school is out and you have lots of freedom, remember it is Jesus who freed us from sin and death through his great sacrifice. “You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14). Use the freedom you have been given to show your love for one another and your love of God. Find a way to serve; as Christ served during his time on earth.
We do have some events happening this summer for you to be aware of:
(1) LUTHERAN DAY AT SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA - all ages (but there will be many youth groups in attendance). Arrive early for a tailgate worship service in the parking lot at 9:15am. Cost is $26 per person (tkt valid for one day only, over 8/5-8/8 weekend) and tickets must be purchased by Thursday, July 1st. Contact Lauren Busey, 847-673-8564, or email her at lauren@trinityevanston.org. If this deadline has passed, you still might be able to get in, so call right away!
(2) Park Ridge Fireworks are at Maine East on Friday night July 2nd. Come on out and hang with us on the Church lawn to watch the display. Bring a chair, blanket, etc. I am certain folks will be out early, so bring a friend and enjoy the “best seat in the house” for the Park Ridge fireworks!
(3) Park Ridge Community Church is sponsoring three youth (entering 6th grade and up) Movie Nights at PRCC on the last Thursdays of June, July, and August. These will be chaperoned events and youth have a choice of movies rated PG and PG-13. Youth will be able to watch two films AND purchase treats for as little as $3—CAN’T BEAT THAT!
(4) VBS coming up a Messiah the last week of July.....We still need leaders and volunteers. The dates are July 26 – July 30. We need all the help we can get. It is a great way to serve others. The little kids love having you all to help out, to look up to, and it is a great chance to be a positive role model. Contact Mrs. Holzer immediately and let her know you will help!
(5) More to come in the fall with the Northwest Youth Ministry Alliance! There will be lots of chances to meet other Christian teens from local churches, hang out, and have fun. So watch the Messenger, your e-mail, and the Messiah Facebook page for information and updates!
Have a fun and safe summer! Hope to see you in worship!

Do Justice, Love Kindness,
and Walk Humbly with God,
~ Floyd Yager

In June, the Friendship bucket entitled Angels in the Narthex will be in the Narthex under the stained glass windows. You have been very generous in the past and we hope that will continue. All of the items for the HEALTH KITS must be new. The layettes may be GENTLY USED ITEMS. Most people having the garage sales are very understanding when you say it is for Lutheran World Relief. We have an MBA in shopping so your money is spent very wisely. There are two nice ELCA wicker baskets, one by the west entrance, and one outside the church office. Items may be put in either basket. A list of the layette items is available. Ingathering is the 4th Thursday in September, the 24th. We assemble the health kits and the layettes then. We need several men to help that day and some ladies also. It is usually done by noon...Please think about it. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

The Center has just received some additional Homeless Prevention $$ to help people with rent, utilities, mortgage and/or security deposits. The rules are more flexible than usual. They are taking direct referrals, so please contact Tracy Banks at 847/823-0453 for information.   

At this time, our visit with Rev. Phil Knutson has been postponed. His attendance at Messiah would have coincided with our VBS kick-off, and scheduling just could not be worked out. He may be back around Christmas – perhaps we will see him then!

Rev. Mac Minnick from St. Lukes has reached out to Pastor Lynne, and along with 7 other congregations in the area, Messiah is exploring participating in a Career Transition Ministry.
This ministry with folks in career transition began in 2004. With the recession a number of components were added, including training seminars (7 sessions), support groups, job posting, and net-working. This ministry has been greatly aided by the resources that are already in place and available.
There will be an orientation and training session for the ministry representatives on Saturday, July 10th from 9:00 to 10:30 am at St. Luke’s. The Pastor and a lay representative are invited to attend. This ministry is supported and endorsed by Bishop Wayne Miller, and could be a real help to those in our neighborhood suffering from job loss or downsizing issues. Contact Pastor Lynne if you are interested in attending the training.


Martha Thompson, 7/2
Carol Hrodey, 7/4
Stephanie Yager, 7/5
Katelyn Elder, 7/6
Donna Hannibal, 7/7
Alice Hulterstrum, 7/7
Lester Thurow, 7/7
Adam Hauser, 7/8
Ryan Hauser, 7/8
Joyce Tjhio, 7/9
Kimberly Bujalka, 7/11
Kevin Kovach, 7/11
Michaelene Marchetta, 7/11
Dorothy Nagel, 7/11
Jaelyn Benjamin, 7/13
Theresa Duty, 7/13
Christine Plaza, 7/14
Donald Wenn, 7/14
Ralph Dieball, 7/16
Anne Wiberg, 7/16
Joseph Ippolito, 7/17
Robert Kallas, 7/18
David Swanson, 7/18
Eric Ryczek, 7/19
Hannah Lippert, 7/20
Karen Black, 7/23
Clifford Paulus, 7/23
Ryan Cramer, 7/24
Irene Luck, 7/24
Lauren Plaza, 7/24
Haley Lippert, 7/27
Robert Bisgard, 7/28
Evelyn Allemeier, 7/29
Gerald Valasek, 7/30
Thomas Yager, 7/30
Courtney Jelonek, 7/31

Lynne & Larry Morrow, 7/3/1994 16 years
David & Julie Jensen, 7/8/1989 21 years
Larry & Arlene Johnson, 7/10/1954 56 years
Kimberly & Mike Bujalka, 7/15/2007 3 years
Gene & Marilyn Borgeson, 7/24/1948 62 years


Pastor:    Rev. Lynne Morrow
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
Contact the Church Office for phone numbers or email addresses for these folks.

Adult Forum:      Rich Levy,
         David Swanson
Altar Guild:      Linda Raymond
Brotherhood:      Rich Seggeling
CCC Board:      Donna Berzins
Christian Education:   Julie Jensen
Choir:         Patti Daniels
Confirmation/HS:   Floyd Yager
         Julie Holzer
Evangelism:      David Swanson
Friendship Day:    Trudi Handzel, Sandi Collie
Music:         Sue Fox
Property Coordinator: Patti Daniels
Publicity:      Teresa Lippert
Stewardship:      Floyd Yager

MEMORIAL REPORT as of June 28, 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: Char Lobitz for MAP Fund
Given by: David Meskan for MAP Fund
Given by: Russ & Linda Raymond for Altar Guild

Given by: Don and Mary Jane Kovach, Brad, Pat, Dan and Kevin Kovach, and Sue Bromstad for Property Reserve

Memorial donation given by Millie Anderson for Property Reserve.

Those of you who know (and love) the original film from 1984 already know the plotline of this film. The remake follows the sequence exactly, changing only the location and the ethnicities of the main characters. The story follows a young man (12-year-old Dre) as he is relocated to China with his mom, and his struggle to fit in with the new crowd. Many things are culturally different, but bullies, best friends, and first love are universal, and Dre finds all three in China.
I am a very big fan of the original feel-good movie from the 80s. I watched it with Jessica just to “prep” her for the new movie, and while she REALLY liked it, please note that there are more swear words in the 1984 film than you probably remember! But armed with a deep love of Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi, we went to see Dre and Mr. Han   go through the same motions … and we loved this film, too. I highly recommend it for several reasons. The performances are top notch. Jackie Chan has built an iconic career doing dozens of martial arts films. He brings humor and vulnerability to his roles that no other “kung fu” actor has been able to master the way he does, and in this movie, he goes one step farther. When he says, “Kung Fu is in everything, and everything is in Kung Fu”, you know he is speaking from a lifetime of experience and love of the craft. Jaden Smith is also a delightful young actor, who carries a tough film with remarkable presence. Add basic themes of respect, companionship, and accepting others for who they are, and you have a great family film for almost all ages.
Want to give your kids an intro to Jackie Chan? Check out The Spy Next Door On Demand for a G-rated family film that shows off a little of Jackie’s talent. At 55 he isn’t doing all his own stunts anymore, but his moves are still great, and he is still the funniest Kung Fu master of all time. Jessica literally shrieked with laughter at this film, and my husband and I enjoyed it, too!

Update on Hofland Family Many may know that Brian Hofland and his daughter Celeste have recently undergone a liver transplant procedure, with Brian volunteering as a living donor. The procedure went well…we have been receiving regular updates, and at this time Celeste is scheduled to go home today (6/30)! Please keep the Hofland family in your prayers as both dad and daughter continue their recovery. To get updates and share messages with the family, go to www.carepages.com, search for Celeste Hofland, and sign up for free. Thank you, Lord, for answered prayers.
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Viv Beyer, Heather Bowen, Val Bowman, Lois Bunt, Evelyn Burval, Sara Christiansen, Clare Doud, Pearl Fox, Graham Family, Celeste & Brian Hofland, Norma Holm, Larry & Arlene Johnson, Kennet, Leonard Knuth, Audrey Krell, Richard Levy, Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve, Aleida Rodriquez, Kathy Stultz, Linda Ufkes
AND our college students – they may be home right now, but we can still pray for them!: Julie Berzins, Bobby Hanson, Trygve Jensen, Joey Ejnik, Eric Ryczek, Adrianne Blanks, Kevin Kaufman, Paul Stolz Jr., and Natalie Norberg.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to HIPAA laws, pastors are NOT notified if you are hospitalized. If you are in the hospital and would like us to know it, you or someone acting for you has to call the church office and tell us.

Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
Roger and Linka Jones’
correct phone number is 847-698-1115.
Please change this in your directory.

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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