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The Messiah Messenger > The September Messenger Issue #507
The September Messenger Issue #507

Aug 31, 2010

The Messiah


Yes, although it sounds awkward, we are all created in God’s image, or ‘Imago Dei’ in Latin. In earlier agriculturally based societies, the arrival of fall meant the harvest and celebration of God’s abundant creation. So at Messiah, we will celebrate the Season of Creation September 12 through St. Francis of Assisi Day, Sunday October 3.
You may wonder what our church and the ELCA do to help us understand our rights and responsibilities to the Care and Stewardship of God’s Creation.
There are many ways that the ELCA supports and promotes Creation. In fact, early in our ELCA history (1993) the Social Statement on Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice was adopted.
“Lutherans Restoring Creation” is an active grass roots movement within the ELCA, seeking to foster care for God's good creation in all expressions of our church's life.
The Web of Creation was established to foster the movement for personal and social transformation to a just and sustainable world from religious perspectives. To that    end, the information at this site will connect ideas, resources and strategies for doing eco-justice; inform, inspire, encourage, educate about eco-justice and support congregations efforts to live, work and pray in ways that promote eco-justice.
The Earth Bible has been developed by a team of scholars from Adelaide, South Australia. In this significant new series, writers from around the world read the Bible from the perspective of justice for Earth.
The celebration of Creation here at Messiah will be seen in The CHAT Room (formerly Adult Forum) from Sept 19- Oct. 10 as we share discussion on Genetics & Faith: Power, Choice, & Responsibility from 9-10am on Sundays. Our worship service will include the elements of Creation in prayer, music and liturgy. Monday night Table Talks, a six week Bible Study, will focus on texts from Luke related to Wisdom. And, the celebration will culminate as the annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday Oct. 3 following worship.
I invite you to prayerfully consider ways to intentionally incorporate care for creation into your daily life – at home, work and the places in-between.
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it …” Psalm 24:1
Created in God’s grace,

Sometime in early Fall (dates are still to be determined) Messiah will have work done on the roof and some other exterior parts of the building. This has come about due to the hail damage received last April. We are working with and through our insurance company, and work should be completed fairly quickly once it begins. Repairs will also include the parsonage. Many thanks to Tim Blanks for his time and efforts in coordinating these repairs.

There is now a nationally based program through LSSI to provide respite care for those who are having trouble balancing the demanding responsibilites of tending to their loved one’s medical and emotional needs with other personal commitments. Volunteers provide an array of support and informational services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for the identified caregiver. Activities and services offered are of a non-medical nature, which do not requier the skills or services of medical, therapeutic, or other licensed professionals. Examples of services are:
•   Relieving caregivers up to four hours a week.
•   Engaging the individual in social or mental stimulation activities.
•   Preparing light meals or snacks.
•   Transporting individuals to doctor appointments or shopping.
Many other services are also available. For more information contact Messiah member Diane Blanks at 847-825-8245 or Kelly Fitzgerald at St. Matthew Center for Health 847-338-8424.   

Recent matches in The Center of Concern’s HomeSharing program
Angela is a long-time Park Ridge resident who works part time, having retired as a financial officer. She is now sharing her home with Jolene, an airline employee who never married and has been traumatized by the fact that she is unable to afford her own place. Angela’s kindness is helping her to accept and enjoy the benefits of homesharing.
Lucille is a widow living in Niles who has relied on The Center’s homesharing program to help her maintain the apartment she moved into shortly before losing her husband. Her income has dropped in recent years, as her full-time office job has decreased to part-time as she has aged. She has offered her home to a variety of Center clients, with Laurie as her current tenant.
The Center of Concern works every day with home owners and renters who have extra space in their homes, finding them compatible housemates who need affordable housing.
We welcome referrals of both home providers and home seekers. Call 847.823.0453 to speak with our housing counselor Eva about this win-win, flexible affordable housing option, which The Center of Concern has offered to north/northwest Chicago area residents for more than 25 years.

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

2nd Annual Metro Chicago Synod Evangelism in Congregations Workshop
Where is God sending Messiah? What "storms” will we navigate to get there?
"Crossing to a New Place" is the name of this workshop that 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.) Please contact Mark Wiberg if you are interested in attending.

Date To Be Determined
There will be a meeting in September to vote on moving forward with MAP, given the financial contribution information we have collected over the summer. This meeting was set up in June when we voted to kick off the MAP Pledge Drive.    

Thursday, September 24th at 9 AM
Friendship Day will resume on with InGathering, which is when we package the layettes and health kits to be sent to the LWR warehouse. We could use some help with this project and we need 2 men to help with the boxing and weighing. Usually we are finished by 11 AM. We do have some "sit down" jobs if you are not able to stand. Please come and help. The number of items packed will be in the October Messenger. The trailer will be in the parking lot October 2 and 3. We also need help then. The sign up sheet will be in the Narthex so look for it. The Angels in the Narthex Friendship Bucket was a great success. Thanks to all who contributed to it. ~ Eva Thoren
"He won't forget the love you have shown his people." Hebrews 6:10

Friendship Day –
See the article above for information about In-Gathering. Reminder, in November it is our custom to meet on the 3rd Thurs. due to Thanksgiving being on the 4th Thurs.

Men’s Brotherhood Breakfast –
Sat. Sept.11 at Jimmy’s Restaurant. Join us for great food and fellowship.

Executive Committee
Monday, 9/20 7:00pm

LWR Trailer, Oct 2-3
Pet Blessing, Oct 3
Spaghetti Dinner, Oct 23
Reformation Potluck, Oct 31   

Sunday   Worship Focus   Sunday School   CHAT Room   Confirmation
Sept 5   15th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Deut. 30:15–20
2nd Lesson: Philemon 1:1–21
Gospel: Luke 14:25–33   Labor Day Weekend
Christian Learning not in session yet.

Sept 12   16th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Job 38:1-18
Psalm: Psalm 104:1-9, 24-26
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 1:3-10
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11   Rally Day!
Begin Season of Creation Series
in worship! Week 1: Ocean Sunday
Outdoor service and picnic!

Sept 19   17th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Job 39:1-8, 26-30
Psalm: Psalm 104:14-23
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 1:10-23
Gospel: Luke 12:22-31   
SS - Lesson 1 Wedding Wonders #1   
CHAT - ELCA Statement on Genetics Intro   
CONF - Section #1 Topic: Introduction & Who are Lutherans?

Sept 26   18th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Job 28:20-27
Psalm: Psalm 29
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 1:21-31
Gospel: Luke 8:22-25   
SS - Lesson 1 Wedding Wonders #2   
CHAT - ELCA Statement on Genetics The Social Context   
CONF - Section #2 Topic: Reformation & Along Came Martin Luther

Sunday, Sept. 12 at 10:15 AM
In keeping with our theme from VBS, come celebrate the beginning of a great new year of Christian Learning at Messiah Lutheran Church! Join us for worship at 10:15 followed by lunch, crafts, and good fellowship. Please consider contributing to school bags for Lutheran World Relief by bringing along any of the following items: blunt scissors, 30 centimeter ruler (or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other), pencil sharpener, new unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers , 2.5 inch eraser, construction paper (assorted colors).   

9/12 – Ocean Sunday
9/19 – Fauna Sunday
9/26 – Storm Sunday
10/3 – Cosmos Sunday
In Advent, Epiphany, Lent and Easter we celebrate the life of Christ. During Pentecost we celebrate the Holy Spirit. Now, in the season of Creation, we celebrate God, the Creator. For these 4 Sundays, prior to St Francis of Assisi Day, we join in celebrating with Christ the wonders of creation. In the liturgy, we follow the lead of the psalm writers and celebrate with creation — with the forests, the rivers and the fields, which praise the Creator in their own way. Bible readings focus especially on the story of Earth, which complements the story of God and the story of humanity in the Scriptures.

Sunday, Sept. 19th during worship
On this Sunday we will dedicate the quilts that our ladies have worked so hard on over the last year. The quilts will be on display in the narthex and sanctuary, and we will bless them during the service.

Mondays at 7PM at
Panera Bread in Des Plaines
We kick off the new conversation with a simple topic … CREATION! In conjunction with our Sunday worship Creation Series, Pastor Lynne will lead a discussion in a comfy atmosphere over coffee and treats. Martin Luther started this tradition of “table talks” that involved food and beverage (ML's favorite beverage was beer!) Come join us for a new twist on Bible Study beginning Monday September 27.

Sundays at 9AM beginning Sept 19
Adult Forum has a new name! Everyone not in Sunday School or Confirmation is invited to join our CHAT–Christians Having A Talk. A variety of topics will be discussed over coffee and treats in the Library.   NEW BIBLE STUDY

Sundays at 9AM in the Library
Since the decoding of the human genome about 10 years ago, we have entered what many call the "Age of Genetics." This age will give us unprecedented powers over many forms of life, including human life. These powers promise to revolutionize both medicine and the growing of our food. These powers will confront us with a number of key choices about how to deal with what God has created. What do these possibilities mean for our Christian faith? What does Christian faith suggest for pursuing any of these possibilities? What are Christian responsibilities in the Age of Genetics?
Pastor Lynne Morrow and Ron Duty will lead four sessions about Genetics and Faith    
beginning 9 A.M. Sunday, September 19 in "The CHAT Room.” Join us in the Library for these conversations. The series will look at the first draft of the ELCA's social statement on genetics, which the group will be invited to criticize or make suggestions for improvement. All are welcome.
These four conversations will cover the following topics:
9/19 Introduction; Genetics and the Affirmations of Christian Faith
9/26 The Social Context for Developments in Genetics
10/3 An Ethical Framework for Applying Genetic Knowledge
10/10 Power, Choice, and Responsibility--Challenges for a Community in Christ

   Sept 5   Sept 12   Sept 19   Sept 26
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Phil H   Melissa H   Tommy H   Andrew F
Communion Assistants   Paul H   Julie H   Kim H   John F
Readers   Susan R   Laura H   Tate J   Tom D
Worship Assistants   Diane B   David S   Karen B   Vikki H
Projection   Jim H   NA   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Susan R,
Susan B   Susan R,
Carol H   Susan R,
Susan B   Susan R,
Dave K
Greeter   Val B   Val B   Val B   Val B
Bread Providers   *   *   *   *
Counters   Dave H,
Larry J   Paul H,
Larry J   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 …
Sept 5   In celebration of Julia Fogel’s birthday!   In honor of Carol and Pete Olesen’s anniversary by the Holzers.
Sept 12   In memory of Norbert A. Hauser by the Hauser Family.   In honor of Kyle Holzer’s 5th birthday.
Sept 19   In celebration of Caitlin Levy’s birthday!   Available.
Sept 26   By the Blanks Family.   In memory of Aunt Giselle and Uncle Vlasta by the Hauser 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.

NAMI Classes
Beginning September 16th, NAMI “Family to Family” classes will be held every Thursday for 16 weeks in the Multipurpose Room. This is a service that is available to anyone who has mental illness in their family. Call 847-716-2252 if you are interested in registering for this class.

Theology of Park Ridge Lecture Series
Celebrating our 44th Year
Offered every other Wednesday morning beginning Sept 15, located at Our Lady of Hope Church in Rosemont, IL. Details about the lectures are available on their website at www.theologyofparkridge.org. September lecturers are Richard Westley, Ph.D on the 15th, and Urban von Wahlde, Ph.D on the 29th. Coffee/rolls at 9:15 am, lecture begins at 9:30am. $35 for the full series (5 lectures) or $10 at the door.

Manna Dates
Orders for Manna will be due September 12, 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!

RIM Available!
We have several barrels of Rapid Ice Melt (RIM) in the basement that we find we do not use because of our snow removal contract. If anyone would like to purchase this non-salt alternative to de-icing your drive and sidewalk, please contact Patti Daniels or the church office.

MAP Pledges Begin
Remember, if you pledged to the Messiah Accessibility Project, contributions should begin in September. If you aren’t sure what you pledged, ask David Hanson.

Prayer Ministry
We are looking for folks to help with the Prayer Ministry. There are many ways to help - praying, sending cards, calling, visiting. If these appeal to you, please check the YES! Sheet on Sunday mornings, or get in touch with Pastor Lynne.

On Saturday, Sept. 18th, we will have an open house for our new "Junior & Senior High" Drop-in center, in the Parsonage basement from 4pm-7pm. Pizza will be served at 6pm. All youth may submit name ideas, and the person with the best name will receive a prize. We hope to have the drop-ins one Saturday each month.

A picture is worth 1,000 words, right? (see website for pictures)

It is almost that time again! How quickly summer went and Rally Day is nearly upon us (Sunday September 12th). That means we will be ready to start confirmation class. Just this past May, Kevin Kovach completed his work and we celebrated his confirmation. This year we are looking forward to a celebration of the faith of Andrew Fox and Tommy Hanson as they complete their third year of study!
The confirmation program is on a rolling three year cycle using curriculum published by Augsburg Fortress entitles "To Know, To Live, To Grow." This year (2010-2011) we will be studying Martin Luther's Small Catechism. We will learn and understand the Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Apostles' Creed. In addition we will have a section studying the life of Jesus.
Confirmation class meets weekly in the “upstairs room” of the loft at during the Christian education hour. We strive to learn, while having fun and deepening our relationships with God and one another. Any member of Messiah Lutheran Church has an open invitation to join us and sit in during a class. If any adult wants to help, please see Floyd Yager. We can find a lesson for you to teach, have you help lead a "Lutheran Learning Experience", or just get to know the kids and let them see you in a situation outside of worship at Messiah.
We will have a great group of students in Confirmation this year and it should be a lot of fun!

The Niles/Park Ridge CROP Walk is scheduled for Sunday October 17th. It is a 10k walk to raise awareness and funds for Church World Services and the Maine Township Food Pantry. Sign in is at 1:30 PM, and the walk steps off at 2PM. The route for this year is:
1.   Crop Walkers START at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1006 Gillick Street.
2.   REST STOP 1 at Park Ridge Presbyterian.
3.   REST STOP 2 at Mary Seat of Wisdom.
4.   FINISH at Redeemer Lutheran.
We are still looking for walkers and if you can’t walk, please sponsor our walkers. They will be in the narthex after church on Sundays in September to get your support. See Trudi Handzel to get a form to be a walker. You can also donate online at www.cropwalk.org. Click on Illinois on the map and find Niles/Park Ridge Walk. Click on that and click “donate,” and type in walkers name or team name (Messiah Lutheran Church) to donate. (Instructions are pretty clear once you get to Niles/Park Ridge Walk.)
You can also be a SpiritWalker and get your family, friends, and coworkers to donate online in your name to our Messiah team, even if you aren’t walking. For more information see Trudi Handzel or David Swanson.
ALSO: Riggio's has proclaimed Wednesday, Sept. 22nd as our Evening Dine-in CROP Walk Fundraiser night. They will donate 15% of sales for customers who identify themselves as with the event. Have a good meal, and support the CROP Walk at the same time!    

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 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.

Thanks to all who donated items to our Giving Tree in July. We have shipped the donations to the Night Ministry in Chicago, and as always they are very grateful. This year, we collected:
69 pairs of socks
63 pairs of underwear
3 t-shirts
Watch for our Giving Tree to go back up this December, when we collect hats, gloves, and scarves for those less fortunate.


Ardene Ejnik, 9/1
Joey Ejnik, 9/1
Isabella DiVita, 9/2
Leona Johnson, 9/2
Julia Fogel, 9/4
Effie Laster, 9/5
David Hanson, 9/8
Victor Berzins, 9/9
Lauri Hamden, 9/9
Mary Jelonek, 9/9
Daniel Christiansen, 9/11
George Magerl, 9/11
Melvin Shapiro, 9/12
Caitlin Levy, 9/13
Marilynn Duckett, 9/14
Michael Hanson, 9/14
Kyle Hauser, 9/16
Tom Hanson, 9/17
David Jensen, 9/18
Richard Levy, 9/18
Teresa Lippert, 9/20
Holly Norberg, 9/21
Lois Patterson, 9/21
Worknesh Deressa, 9/22
Steve Loverme, 9/23
Julie Jensen, 9/25
Barbara Valasek, 9/26
Thomas Daniels, 9/27
Pat Fragale, 9/28
Linda Ufkes, 9/29

Marlyn & Donald Wenn, 9/3/58 – 52 years
Marv & Luanne Jelonek, 9/8/79 – 31 years
Rich and Helen Levy, 9/20/91 – 19 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.
The CHAT Room:   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 August 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.

No new gifts were recorded this month.

When Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) arrives at the Green farm, she uses her blend of magic and discipline to help frazzled Mrs. Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) run things while her husband is off fighting in World War II -- and to help the Green kids deal with their nasty cousins. Soon motorcycles start flying and statues come alive as everyone learns five important lessons. Maggie Smith and Ralph Fiennes co-star.
When we heard there would be a sequel to the wonderful 2005 film, we couldn’t wait to go see it! Nanny McPhee puts a whole new twist on the Mary Poppins-style of governess – adapted from Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda books, Nanny McPhee appears mysteriously at the door, and promises to teach the children 5 lessons. As Nanny’s lessons are learned, she turns from her hag-like appearance into a beautiful woman. Combined with her piercing look, and her seriously magical stick, Nanny   McPhee gets her point across. Both the original film and the new release follow this format – only the characters have changed.
I loved the original, and was delighted with this new installment – I hope Emma Thompson (who also wrote and produced these films) decides to make more of them. Nanny McPhee sets about teaching not only the children, but the grown-ups too, five important lessons they should already know but have somehow forgotten – don’t fight, share nicely, help each other, be brave, and have faith. The payoff for learning each of these lessons is not only the beauty that Nanny becomes, but the beauty that she calls into existence all around her. Toss in a little forgiveness and compassion, and the film’s finale leaves you (and your kids) with excellent tools for life.
Wonderfully acted by the whole cast, this movie is great family fun for all. There is a sub-plot about a couple of female goons that are there to drive the action forward that seemed a little too much to me, but overall a great movie. There isn’t anything too scary for the little ones, and plenty of goopy pratfalls into mud piles to keep them entertained. And if they learn one of Nanny’s lessons in the process, all the better!

Update on Vern Moreno
Vern took a bad spill off his bike a month ago, and shattered his knee. He has been in rehab for several weeks, and is making tremendous progress! In fact, his doctor is hopeful that he will be walking again by early next week. Vern has been on our prayer list for the last month or so, and sincerely appreciates us praying for him. He knows the true power of prayer and thanks all of you!

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, Bud Duckett, Linda Foltz, Pearl Fox, Graham Family, Arlene Johnson, Nancy Johnson, Kennet, Leonard Knuth, Vera Koehler, Audrey Krell, Richard Levy,
Vern Moreno, Mary Norman, Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve, Aleida Rodriquez, Linda Ufkes

We also want to remember in prayer our college students: Julie Berzins, Adrianne Blanks, Nick Boomer, Joey Ejnik, Bobby Hanson, Trygve Jensen, Kevin Kaufman, Daniel Kovach, Eric Ryczek, and Paul Stolz Jr.

We want to remember in our prayers our military personnel: Aaron Adams, Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Andreas Johnsen, Sam Krawitz, Dane Priesser, Joey Rosequist, Kevin Ward, and Claudine Ward.    

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!
Laura Olson
8737 Narragansett, 2nd Floor
Morton Grove, IL 60053 (same phone number)

Also – Allison Allemeier’s email address is alybyrd76@hotmail.com
– it is incorrect in the 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
p 847.823.6984           f 847.823.6996