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The August Messenger Issue #506

Jul 28, 2010

TThe Messiah


Brothers and sisters,
Have you noticed? Summertime is a time for slowing down, and not just because for the Road Construction Zones! The pace of summer is a slower, more contemplative one - a pace that seems to plead with us to linger just a little bit longer. With the longer days of summer, it seems like we have more time, however, as we near the end of summer and the beginning of the school year, we find ourselves wondering where the summer has gone!
In these final few weeks of summer, how might we include God in our longer days?
WORSHIP: God is present for us 24/7 and so whether you’re in town or spending some time away, make and take the time to worship! God won't mind if you're still dirty from the garden when you come to worship. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20)
PRAY: An article in The Lutheran tells of a congregation who stops whatever they are doing precisely at 6:33pm every day to PRAY! They chose this time as a commitment to Matthew 6:33, a verse that is significant to their congregation.
We've been talking about prayer a lot this summer. Prayer can occur anywhere,    anytime, and in any form. For whom should we pray? Pray for those who are seeking wholeness and health. Pray for those who are serving in some way. Pray for the teachers and the parents and the children who participate in Messiah's CCC Day Camp. Pray for those who are seeking God. Pray for God's creation that we enjoy daily. Pray for those in the world who are oppressed. Pray for fellow Messiah brothers and sisters by praying our MLC directory. (Luke 11:1-4, Matthew 6:9-13, Mark 11:25-26)
SHARE: Sometimes we get so caught up in our own busy-ness that we miss out on opportunities to share. It is in sharing that we are given the gift of community and connecting with those around us. Might you have some extra from your garden? How about using some of that extra daylight time to have a longer chat with a neighbor or friend? Just as our gardens require constant tending, so too do our relationships with one another flourish with regular attention.
(2 Corinthians 9:11, Proverbs 22:9, Matthew 6:19-21)
In her article, "Time lost and found", author Anne Lamott writes that "Time is not free—that’s why it’s so precious and worth fighting for. Fight tooth and nail to find time, to make it. It is our true wealth, this moment, this hour, this day." (Sunset magazine April 2010) http://www.sunset.com/travel/anne-lamott-how-to-find-time-00418000067331/
As these final days of summer ease on into the coolness of fall, I invite you to fight for precious time … time with God, time with yourself, and time with others. God gave God's only Son to die for us … isn't a little time with God worth fighting for?

Clare was born August 23, 1919, in Kenosha, WI to Arthur J. and Clara E. Cappelen. On July 6, 1940, she married Irvin C. Rodin, Jr. He preceded her in death on October 5, 1985.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda (Rev. David) Ufkes, a son Lee (Stephanie) Rodin, a grandson Jeffrey (Lisa) Rodin, a granddaughter Kristin Rodin, two great-grandchildren Kathlynn “Katie” and Keegan Rodin; two sisters, Charlotte Stock of West Union, SC and Geraldine “Carrie” Leone of Zion, IL; three brothers, Robert (Nelda) Cappelen of Des Plaines, IL, Russell (Marcella) Cappelen of Vero Beach, FL, and Calvin “Butch” (Margaret) Cappelen also of Vero Beach.
Clare was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three sisters, Virginia Arnett, Jane Cappelen, and Gerry Cappelen, and six brothers, Arthur, John, Thomas, Gerald “Chicky”, Alvin, and William “Billy”.
Clare attended Leyden High School, and Moody Bible Institute, majoring in voice. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, IL for over 50 years. She also belonged to the Elks Club in Des Plaines.
She was quite proud of her work as a “Rosie the Riveter” at Douglas Aircraft Company. She could vividly recall the methods that were used to be certain the rivets of the airplanes were solid. She worked in the Data Processing Department on the tabulating machines at Kaiser Shipyards in California. Clare loved her job working in the LRC at Maine West High School and then at the district wide LRC located at Maine East. She worked for many years at Messiah Lutheran   as the church secretary. At the time of her death, she was working two days per week as a receptionist at Baptist Village’s Cook Health Care Center.
She lived her motto, “…we have but one life, it will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” Perhaps her greatest joy was sharing her faith. She especially enjoyed sharing with young people. She taught Sunday School her whole life. She truly loved and took interest in each young person that she knew, whether they were in her Sunday School class, her confirmation classes, or even if she had just met them. An example of her dedication to the youth is the title “Mama Rosa.” She earned that in the 1960’s when she told her son Lee, that she would cook a spaghetti dinner for the youth. After she agreed, she found out it was to be a fund raising activity for the whole church! She continued to cook that dinner for many decades, because she loved her “kids.”
She will be missed. But how sad can we be when we know for certain that on Sunday, June 27, 2010, Clare heard from her Lord and Savior himself, “Well, done good and faithful servant … ”
A memorial service was held for Clare at Messiah on Saturday, July 31st.

Beginning in September, our weekly prayers and readings, called the “Celebrate,” will look a little different. They will still include the Prayer of the Day and that week’s readings, they will simply be laid out differently.

Pledges have been coming
in – if you’ve been away or
forgot to turn yours in –
there is still time!!
Letters will start going out the beginning of August so remember to submit names and addresses! We’ll be sending letters out to a variety of groups including former members, local businesses, friends of Messiah, corporations, foundations, our neighbors, groups using the church, etc. Please submit information to Carol Hrodey.
We’ve started planning for the fall Harvest Arts & Crafts Festival. Save the date: Saturday, November 13th! The Festival will include the holiday craft bazaar, a silent auction, raffle, concessions, and children’s activities including a new feature this year of a children’s store so they too can do their holiday shopping. You can start to help now with planning by considering what you can donate for the silent auction. Donations might include Manna cards, items for theme baskets, artwork you’ve done (paintings, needlework, etc), a service such as sewing, cooking, cleaning, etc. The possibilities are endless – let your imagination run wild!!
A special congregational meeting will be scheduled in fall to review the status of fundraising and next steps for MAP! Watch for announcements in the bulletin and/or Messenger!
~ Carol Hrodey   

CROSSING TO A NEW PLACE: Evangelism/Outreach at Messiah
"Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side." (Mark 6:45)
Where is God sending Messiah? What "storms” will we navigate to get there?
"Crossing to a New Place" is the name of the 2nd Annual Metro Chicago Synod Evangelism in Congregations Workshop. Every Messiah member is invited to attend Saturday, Sept. 25, 9am to noon, at Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn. (We will car - pool from our church at 8am.)
This motivational and "hands on" workshop will be led by the Rev. Dr. Richard Bliese, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. We will be challenged to consider where our congregation is being called into new mission. We will practice 10 different approaches to giving witness to our faith.
Sat. Sept 25 is a not-to-miss opportunity. Would you like to know more? Speak with Pastor Lynne, or any member of the "Dream Team"; David Swanson, Cindy Norberg, Pat Kovack, Nina Penumaka, David Jensen, Sue Rice, Mark Wiberg, or Paul Holzer.
As we begin to look to the beginning of the Fall Season at Messiah, would you please remember to pray, asking the Holy Spirit to renew the mission of our church. Thank you.
~ Mark Wiberg

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
August seems to be a time for planning, so there are many meetings scheduled this month:

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS’ MEETING Thursday, August 5 at 6:30¬¬pm in the parsonage (see Youth News p.11 for details).

LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETING Sunday, Aug 15 at noon in the Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be provided while the leaders of the various ministries of Messiah plan for 2010-2011.

MISSION AND MINISTRY RE-ORG MEETING PART 2 Tuesday, Aug 24 at 7pm in the Sanctuary. The meeting that was scheduled in July had to be rescheduled due to crazy summer schedules and various scheduling conflicts. The new time for the meeting is above. Please consider participating in this important project!! Contact Pastor Lynne or Carol Hrodey if you are able to help and attend the upcoming meeting.   

Friday, Aug 20 6-8 pm
This is an excellent chance to meet the teachers and staff of our Child Care. If you know a friend or neighbor in search of quality, Christian-based child care for their preschooler, they are welcome to come to Open House and tour our wonderful school. Spread the word!

Sunday, Aug. 29 following worship
We will have a reception in our Fellowship Hall to celebrate Tom’s 45 years of music ministry at Messiah. We are still planning this event – if you’d like to help, contact Pastor or Carol Hrodey.

Property Task Force
Thursday, 8/5 7:00pm
Executive Committee
Monday, 8/16 7:00pm


Rally Day, Sept 12
Messiah Women Quilt Blessing, Sept 19
LWR Ingathering, Sept 23

Friendship Day –
Thur. Aug 26th starting at 9AM. We will have quilting in August this year, and some weekend dates are being organized. Watch the News from the Pews for more info.

Men’s Brotherhood Breakfast –
Sat. Aug 14th at Jimmy’s Restaurant. Join us for great food and fellowship.

Sunday   Worship Focus   Special Events
Aug 1   6th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12–14; 2:18–23
Psalm: none
2nd Lesson: Colossians 3:1–11
Gospel: Luke 12:13–21   
Outdoor Service - Kids Sing VBS Songs!
Special Coffee Hour Celebrating Pastor Lynne’s 1-year anniversary!

Aug 8   7th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Genesis 15:1–6
Psalm: none
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 11:1–3, 8–16
Gospel: Luke 12:32–40   
Guest Preacher –
Pastor Lynne on vacation

Aug 15   8th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 23:23–29
Psalm: none
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 11:29—12:2
Gospel: Luke 12:49–56   

Aug 22   9th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 58:9b–14
Psalm: none
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 12:18–29
Gospel: Luke 13:10–17   
Blessing of the Backpacks

Aug 29   9th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Proverbs 25:6–7
Psalm: none
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 13:1–8, 15–16
Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7–14   
Celebration of Tom Daniels’ Music Ministry

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. Weather permitting, this service will be OUTSIDE! Plan to have your Bible Buckeroos at church this Sunday to show us their stuff!   

Sunday, August 22st during worship
Pastor Lynne invites all children of Messiah to bring their school backpack to worship this Sunday. During the Children’s Sermon time, she will offer a blessing to them as they embark on another school year as a child (and student!) of God!

   Aug 1   Aug 8   Aug 15   Aug 22   Aug 29
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Thomas Y   Michael Y   Nick L   Andrew F   Tommy H
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   Floyd Y   Rich L   John F   Kim H
Readers   Tate J   Kristin Y   Anne W   Cindy N   Dottie B
Worship Assistants   Diane B   David S   Pat K   Vikki H   John F
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Nancy H,
Dottie B   Nancy H,
Dottie B   The Holzer Family   The Holzer Family   Dave K,
Connie K
Greeter   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D
Bread Providers   *   *   Rich &
Helen L   *   *
Counters   Dave H,
Larry R   Dave H,
Larry R   Dave H,
Larry R   Dave H,
Larry R   Dave H,
Larry R
We need Bread Providers – please sign up on the
sheet in the narthex to participate in this ministry!

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Aug 1   Available.   In memory of Bill Anderson’s birthday by Millie Anderson.
Aug 8   Available.   Available.
Aug 15   Available.   Available.
Aug 22   In memory of Chuck Boomer, with love from Nancy, Chris, and Nick.   In honor Sue and Ed Kopij’s wedding anniversary.
Aug 29   Available.   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.

Messiah Music Update
The Executive Committee is actively working on clearly defining the future leadership for Messiah's Music Ministry. In the meantime, we are very blessed to have the guidance of our own Sue Fox. Sue has continued her involvement with planning worship music this summer, and has offered to keep doing so until the plan for Messiah's Music Ministry has been determined. We will have something in place soon for the fall worship schedule.
Musically Yours, the Executive Committee

Thanks, Partner!
A big “Yee Haw” and thank you to all who helped with our great VBS this year! More about it in the September Messenger, but for now, know that you are much appreciated!

Manna Dates
Orders for Manna will be due August 8, and cards will be available the following Thursday. This is a great time to get Manna cards – use them for all your back-to-school needs!

Firework Thanks!
Thanks to all who helped with the July 2nd fireworks, especially Peter Fox and his fellow cadets, Rich Levy, and Paul Holzer. We sure do appreciate the extra effort for the holiday weekend!

Staff Vacations
Jennifer Schneider will be on vacation Aug 2-6. Laura Olson will be filling in that week, regular office hours – thanks, Laura!! Pastor Lynne will be out August 6-14. Pastoral assistance will be available if needed.

Several Messiah members regularly use our large “industrial” shredder to destroy potentially sensitive documents. This option is available to any Messiah member (or friend) who wishes to use our machine. The benefit to Messiah is that the shredded paper helps fill our Abitibi bin! Contact the office to set up a time to come and shred!

Do you remember the “wondrous stories” of the Bible? This fall, Messiah’s Sunday school students will enjoy learning about Jesus’ miracles through the use of our new curriculum. Please consider joining us as a Sunday School teacher, assistant, or “friend.” All adults are welcome to a short meeting Thursday, Aug 5 at 6:30 in the parsonage to discuss plans for an exciting new “school” year. Don’t worry about making a lifetime commitment – there are plenty of short term Sunday School jobs available (e.g., sew costumes, take pictures, make care packages, etc.)! Call Julie Luck Jensen, our new Sunday School Coordinator, if you have questions or would like more information – 847-299-0986.

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   

Petite Opera’s Fall 2010 production is the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel, which will include five professional vocalists, members of area orchestras, over twenty area ballet dancers, and a children’s chorus. Production dates are November 5-7, 12-14, and 19-20 in Park Ridge.
Auditions for Petite Opera’s Hansel and Gretel Gingerbread children’s chorus will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2010 from 9AM-Noon in Park Ridge.
Petite Opera Productions seeks northwest suburban area children, ages 8-14, to play the starving Gingerbread children’s chorus. The chorus is split into two soprano lines, and sings in harmony. Both boys and girls should have good soprano voices, be able to sustain their vocal part against a harmony line, be able to learn music quickly, and be 5’5” tall or under at the time of the production. Ability to read music is a plus.
Auditions will be held Saturday, August 21, 2010 between 9AM and Noon. Auditions are available by appointment only.
To request an appointment, and to get SPECIFIC audition instructions, call 847.553.4442, or send an email to petiteopera@gmail.com. Appointment times will be confirmed via email or phone message.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1,100 affiliates in communities across the country who engage in advocacy, research, support, and education. Members of NAMI are families, friends, and people living with mental illnesses such as major depression, schizo-phrenia, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, and panic disorder, and borderline personality disorder.
This 12-week is being offered again on Thursday evenings, beginning September 16 from 7 to 9:30pm in the Multipurpose Room. We joyfully accept this opportunity to “with Christ, reach out and welcome all God’s children!” Last year’s classes were attended by people who praised them highly and recommend them to others.
For more info, or to REGISTER for the class, contact the NAMI office at 847-716-2252.   CAREER TRANSITION MINISTRY (CTM) JOB OPPORTUNITY POSTINGS
We have 2 new posters – one in the narthex, one by the church office – announcing a new job posting outreach ministry. Underneath each of these posters you will find a plastic envelope with copies of blank "Current/Future Job Posting" cards. Anyone is welcome to fill out a card and drop it off in the Church Office mailbox to let CTM organizers know of an upcoming or existing employment opportunity. Or, you can e-mail employment opportunities directly to Paul Sheehan at pmsheehan91@gmail.com.
Every Tuesday morning before noon, CTM compiles all of the job leads from all nine Lutheran churches and other sources. They then create a "Job Postings List" for the week from all churches in the network and send it to each church office via e-mail. This list will be printed out and hung up next to the poster each week. Messiah members and friends are invited to peruse the postings if they have a need to.
Only a few more weeks to bring in items for Lutheran World Relief! A list is available of items needed for Layettes and Health kits. All of the items for the HEALTH KITS must be new. The layettes may be GENTLY USED ITEMS. Financial donations can be    
made in the Angel Kettle in the narthex, and will be used to purchase items still needed.
Ingathering (the packaging of the items we collected) is Thursday, September, 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. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.


Jackie Steigerwald, 8/1
Kristin Kopij, 8/5
Sandra Deines, 8/7
Ron Duty, 8/8
Kevin Kaufman, 8/8
Arlene Johnson, 8/9
Cindy Norberg, 8/10
Lois Anderson, 8/13
Barb Shapiro, 8/13
Ravi Penumaka, 8/15
Henry Allemeier, 8/16
Michael Deines, 8/20
Donna Berzins, 8/21
Abedi Markos, 8/23
Kyle Ippolito, 8/26
Brian Deines, 8/28
Samantha Knab, 8/28
Debra Oswald, 8/28
AnitaMarie Corkill, 8/30
Margaret Lobitz, 8/30
Susan and Ed Kopij, 8/25
Vic and Donna Berzins, 8/31
Ralph and Teresa Lippert, 8/31


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 July 20, 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: David Swanson, David Hanson for MAP Fund

Given by: Sue Beromstad for MAP Fund, Jackie Steigerwald for Property Reserve.

Given by: Ronald and Carol Swope, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Rousseaux, Mark and Anne Wiberg, Elaine Peterson, David Hanson, David Swanson, Char Lobitz, David and Connie Kaufman, Barbara Loverme, David and Janet Gibb, Jeane Geeve, Brouki-Mary Rousseaux, Joyce Tjhio, Lois Bunt for various funds, including MAP, Property Reserve, Music, and Flowers/Memorial Garden

I read a review of this movie right before going to see it. This is not always a good idea, because spoilers will get you, and some reviews set up expectations that the film can never live up to. The reviewer claimed that Toy Story 3 was quite possibly the best “trilogy” movie ever made. He compared it to Return of the Jedi, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. So when Jess and I went to see it, I expected to be wowed out of my seat.
What I did not expect was to be so deeply moved by the plight of these beloved toys. Again (and I KNOW I keep saying this!) Pixar had cornered the market on intense emotion, they give these characters a humanity that is impossible to ignore. Woody, Buzz, The Potato-heads, and few more toys in a select group that have stayed with Andy through his teen years,    start this story languishing in a toy box as Andy prepares to move to college. The pain of separation is as real for them as it is for Andy’s mom, who is also not ready to say “goodbye.” Eventually the toys end up at Sunnyside Day Care, being treated harshly by pre-schoolers too young to “play nice,” and treated even worse by a group of toys that have power in that little kingdom, and who will do anything to keep it.
The plot line is secondary to the emotional journey, and the climax of the film leaves you wondering if special toys are allowed into heaven. This, combined with some of the funniest animation I have seen in years (imagine, if you will, Mr. Potato-head as a tortilla) and a wonderful ending that leaves our good friends the Toys in very capable, imaginative and caring hands, means that I was, indeed, wowed out of my seat.
I laughed. I cried. I cheered. I shouted. I loved it. If you can’t see it on the big screen, definitely see it on DVD–you won’t be sorry!

Update on Norma Holm
Thank you so much for your prayers and concern during the recent hospitalization and rehab for my mom, Norma Holm. She is back home, doing well and is very grateful for all of the concern and prayers that were included for her. What a great family Messiah is!
Thanks … Connie and Dave Kaufman

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:
Viv Beyer, Heather Bowen, Val Bowman, Lois Bunt, Evelyn Burval, Shirley Busse, Sara Christiansen, Clare Doud, Pearl Fox, Graham Family, Celeste Hofland, Arlene Johnson, Nancy Johnson, Kennet, Leonard Knuth, Vera Koehler, Audrey Krell, Richard Levy, Vern Moreno, Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve, Aleida Rodriquez, 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: Aaron Adams, Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Andreas Johnsen, Kevin Ward, and Claudine Ward, and Samantha Krawitz.

We add Aaron Adams (Holzer’s nephew) to our Military personnel, as he is shipping out in August.
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!
None this month.
Please note that both Lee Rodin and Linda (Rodin) Ufkes are in our directory,
if you wish to get in touch with them, or send a card.

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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