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The October Messenger Issue #508

Sep 30, 2010

The Messiah

Perhaps you've noticed minor change on the YES! Sheets recently? The addition of "Answered Prayers" on the Prayer side, along with Prayer Requests and Celebrations. Why are we asking for answered prayers? Many times we get so caught up in the requesting of prayers for our concerns that we forget to share the times that prayer is answered.
Martin Luther believed so strongly in prayer that he prayed a minimum of 2 times a day. He said, "It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business of the morning and the last at night." In fact, our ELW hymnal offers a Morning Prayer (Matins), Evening Prayer (Vespers) and a Night Prayer (Compline).
Prayer can take many and various forms - silent, meditative, musical, poetic, spoken, individual or corporate. Prayer might be a conversation with God similar to a letter, reciting the Lord's Prayer, Commandments, Creed or reading Scriptures.
Prayer itself can seem to be an individual, private event; yet, we pray corporately (collectively as a community) each time we gather to share the Word and Sacraments. Individually and corporately, the leadership of Messiah prays for guidance and discernment for the mission and ministries of Messiah. In the coming months, we will gather together for the process of prayerful discernment for future leadership of Messiah. We will pray, read Scriptures, share our vision of what God and the Holy Spirit are up to here at Messiah Lutheran Church. We will respectfully listen to each    
other's experiences and prayerfully discern that which offers "the capacity for a shared meaning element or keen intellectual vision" (Webster’s Dictionary definition of discernment). In these next few months, our prayerful discernment will lead us to new leaders for Messiah. Leaders who want to grow and move forward…to come alive; leaders who have the qualities that are important to leadership and want grow spiritually. Those new leaders will be asked to prayerfully consider taking new roles in our church. And we will pray for these new leaders!
Meanwhile, some of you have asked how you might actively participate in the Prayer Ministry. There are a number of ways! I invite you to pray the Messiah directory, share prayers with those at work, pray with your families, send prayer cards or make phone calls to those whose needs are in your hearts. Beginning Thursday November 4th, I will be in the Sanctuary from 6:00-6:30pm every Thursday evening praying for God's mission to be done here through the ministries of Messiah Lutheran Church. I hope you'll join me.
Prayerfully yours,

Wrapped in the love of his wife Marilyn and family and in the promises of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Bud Duckett died peacefully Wednesday morning, September 8 in Marshfield, WI while on vacation at their cottage. Thankfully, all the children, grandchildren, and the 1 great grandson were in WI at some point in time during his 2 week hospital stay. Marilyn and the family appreciate your prayers and will remain in Wisconsin for a few weeks. As per Bud's wishes, he was cremated and no services were held or are planned.

We are still collecting pledges and awaiting word on the grant for MAP. Approximately
1000 letters have been sent out to neighbors and friends and another batch will be going out soon. The Executive Committee felt we did not have adequate information for a vote in September so decided to present everything at our regular November congregational meeting on the 21st! If you haven't turned in your pledge please do so as soon as possible. If you're unable to pledge but want to help - the Harvest Festival is coming up - please sign up to help with that. We are also planning a concert fundraiser in early spring - details to come!! Additionally, work should be starting soon on roof/exterior repairs - thanks to Tim Blanks for his diligence in coordinating this effort.   

Coming next month (November 13th) we will again host our Arts and Crafts festival. This is a fundraiser for MAP, and a lot of fun, but we need HELP to make it successful:
• We still need vendors – registration forms available in Narthex or Office!
• We need items for the Silent Auction! Donate gift cards to add to baskets, art work you've done, services you can do, any type of household items, etc.
• We will need help with the Harvest Cafe - shopping for food, making it, selling it!
• We need someone to organize Santa's Workshop for the kids - and help to run it on the 13th.
• We will need miscellaneous help with set-up, running things on Saturday, and clean-up.
We need people to attend the Harvest Festival!!! Please put it on your calendar, call your friends and neighbors and PARTICIPATE!! See Carol Hrodey and let her know how you can help!

As of Monday, October 18, 2010 we will be changing EVERYONE’s door codes. This is an annual security measure that we do every year from now on. We have had a security issues lately, and one preventative measure we can take to ensure the safety of our staff, parishioners, and students is to change the door codes on an annual basis. Here is how it will work:
• New codes will be available beginning October 11. Call the office if you currently have a code and need your new number.
• If you cannot call during regular office hours (9-1 M-F) leave a message and your call will be returned, and your code will be left on your voicemail/answering machine.
• New codes will go into effect
October 18th at 9 AM. If you have a code now, it WILL NOT WORK after this time. If you need access to the building, you must call the office to get your new code.

A small group of people met to discuss the next steps in working on reorganizing our leadership structure. After a good discussion we determined it would be good to do some homework and review what is being done at other churches and if any of that would work for Messiah. Meanwhile, Executive Committee has been looking ahead to 2011 and will convene a group soon to discuss and prayerfully consider new leadership to take us forward in the new year.   

Thanks, thanks, thanks!
Ingathering was such a success, thanks to each member and friend of Messiah who contributed to it in any way. We cannot begin to thank each of you personally, but give yourself a pat on the back! The Child Care was also a part of this wonderful mission work. We packed 28 beautiful quilts, 92 health kits (plus 16 from Bethany Lutheran), and 45 layettes. We added 12 school kits this year, too. Also we will contribute financially to the Project Comfort Fund. The cost of sending 1 quilt overseas is $2.25, 1 health kit is $2.65, and 1 layette is $1.30. The Project Comfort Fund helps pay for those costs. Thank you to all the people that have helped in any way towards this very important mission project. Many hands make light work. And don’t forget …

Saturday, Oct. 2 9 AM-12 PM
Sunday, Oct. 3 12 PM-3 PM
Churches from all around the area drop off the quilts and health kits that they have been making for the last year. To see where these items go, check out the display case outside the office. We always need folks to help out – just stop by if you can!

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

Sunday, 10/17 at 2 PM
The Niles/Park Ridge crop walk will be held on October 17th this year and Messiah will have a team walking in the event - please consider joining us on the walk, sponsoring the team or sponsoring one of the walkers. Walkers will be easy to spot Sundays at Church with CROP Walker sponsor sheets held in hand and wearing a red CROP Walk badge. "We walk because they walk" has long been the motto of this event. We walk to raise money to help people around the world - whether in crisis or just learning how to grow their own food supply. We walk to help families in our own neighborhood that are in need, since 25% of the money raised on the Niles/Park Ridge CROP Walk goes to the Maine Township Food Pantry. The demand is even greater this year with more local families needing help. 75% of the funds go to Church World Service who help in areas of need in the US and around the world. If you are interested in walking, or if you would like more info, please contact Trudi Handzel or David Swanson. To donate online, click on the link on Messiah’s homepage. Thanks for your support.   

Saturday, 10/23 from 4:30-7:30PM
Start working on those appetites, and mark your calendars for the evening of October 23rd! That will be the date for the Annual Youth Spaghetti Dinner. If you have attended before, you know not to miss it. And, if you haven't, you had better come and see what you’re missing! Dinner is only $8 for adults and $3 for children under age 10. Bring friends and family – this event is open to the public.

Friendship Day - On October 28 we will start again for next year’s Ingathering. Try and join us, if only for a few hours. It is such a rewarding experience. We start at about 9AM or whenever you can come, and work until we are tired, with a coffee break. Bring a sandwich or whatever you like if you plan to stay for lunch. Refreshments are served. Also mark your calendar, in November we will meet on the 3rd Thursday the 18th, same time same place, as Thanksgiving is on the 4th Thursday.
Men’s Brotherhood Breakfast –
Sat. Oct.9 at Jimmy’s Restaurant. Join us for great food and fellowship.

Child Care Center Board
Tuesday, 10/19 6:30pm
Executive Committee
Tuesday, 10/19 7:00pm

All Saints Sunday, 11/7
Harvest Festival, 11/13   

Oct 3   Creation Sunday: Cosmos
1st Lesson: Proverbs 8:22-31
Psalm: Psalm 104:24-26
2nd Lesson: Colossians 1:15-20
Gospel: John 6:41-51   
SS: Lesson 1 Wedding Wonders #2   
CHAT Room: ELCA Statement on Genetics An Ethical Framework   
CONF: What is a Lutheran #4-6 Topic: Sacrements, Baptism, Communion

Oct 10   20th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: 2 Kings 5:1–3, 7–15c
Psalm: Psalm 66
2nd Lesson: 2 Timothy 2:8–15
Gospel: Luke 17:11–19   
SS: Lesson 1 Wedding Wonders #3   
CHAT: ELCA Statement on Genetics Power, Choice & Responsibility   
CONF: Worship Music Special guest, Ms. Fox!

Oct 17   21st Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Genesis 32:22–31
Psalm: Psalm 121
2nd Lesson: 2 Timothy 3:14—4:5
Gospel: Luke 18:1–8   
SS: Lesson 1 Wedding Wonders #4   
CHAT: Music in Lutheran Worship   
CONF: What is the Small Catechism?

Oct 24   22nd Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Sirach 35:12-17
Psalm: Psalm 84:1–7
2nd Lesson: 2 Tim. 4:6–8, 16–1
Gospel: Luke 18:9–14   
SS: Lesson 1 Review
CHAT: “Being Lutheran”   
CONF: 10 Command-ments #1 Topic: Before the Commandments

Oct 31   Reformation Sunday
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31–34
Psalm: Psalm 46
2nd Lesson: Romans 3:19–28
Gospel: John 8:31–36   
SS: Lesson 2 Stormy Seas #1   
CHAT: Reformation Sunday Discussion   
CONF: 10 Command-ments #2 Topic: Respect for God

Sunday, 10/4 at 1 PM
Dogs, cats, birds, hamsters - all furry or feathered (or scaled) companions welcome! This short service will take place on our grounds outside, and is celebrated in connection with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi - we hope you join us!   

We invite everyone to wear red to celebrate Reformation Sunday. We will have a potluck luncheon following worship in the Fellowship Hall, with games and activities for everyone. Watch the YES! Sheets to sign up your dish to share!

   Oct 3   Oct 10   Oct 17   Oct 24   Oct 31
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Tommy H   Thomas Y   Nick L   Mikey H   Michael Y
Communion Assistants   Kim H   Floyd Y   Rich L   Kim H   Floyd
Readers   Kristin Y   Dottie B   Anne W   Larry R   Cindy N
Worship Assistants   Karen B   Pat K   Diane B   Vikki H   John F
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Dave H, Carol H   Dave H, David K   Dave H, David K   Dave H, David K   Dave H, Connie K
Greeter   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N
Bread Providers   Julie J   *   *   *   *
Counters   Dave H,
Diane B   Dave H,
Diane B   Dave H,
Diane B    Dave H,
Diane B   Dave H,
Diane B
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 …
Oct 3   for Dan Kovach’s birthday by Brad and Pat Kovach.   for Dan Kovach’s birthday by Brad and Pat Kovach.
Oct 10   by Russ and Linda Raymond for their 41st wedding anniversary.   Available.
Oct 17   Available.   Available.
Oct 24   by Russ and Linda Raymond in memory of Art Raymond.   Available.
Oct 31   in honor of Jarrett Lobitz’s 8th birthday.   by the Fox Family in honor of Andrew’s baptism day.

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.


Park Ridge Blood Drive
LifeSource, Chicagoland’s Blood Center, is hosting the Park Ridge Community Blood Drive on Monday, Oct. 4, from 2p.m. to 8p.m. at the South Park Church, 1550 S. Courtland Avenue, about a block south of Devon, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Reservations are suggested, but drop-ins are welcome! Call 847-803-7943 for an appt.

Advocate Health Careers Night
Wednesday, November 3rd 6-8 pm
Grainger Atrium and Yacktman Children’s Pavilion
•   Learn about health career choices.
•   Talk with people who work in various health-related careers
•   Obtain information about educational requirements and salary ranges.
There is no charge to attend Health Careers Night. Advanced registration is not required. This is not a job fair. For more information, call Jan Welter at 847-723-8336.

Manna Dates
Orders for Manna will be due October 10, and cards will be available the following Thursday. This is a great time to get Manna cards – that holiday shopping is just around the corner!

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

Pastor Lynne will be on vacation Oct. 8-12.
Rev. Mark Wiberg will be on call for any emergency pastoral care at that time.

Granny’s Attic
St. Matthew Service League invites you to “Granny’s Attic” on Friday, October 15th from 9-4pm. We will have many interesting items for sale, and our coffee shop will also be serving coffee and pastries for your enjoyment. Proceeds benefit the Service League. Call 847-825-5531 for more info.

We had a great open house Saturday, Sept. 18th for our new designated youth space in the Parsonage basement. The air hockey, bumper pool, and Wii kept the kids busy. We had Pizza Hut and the veggie pizza disappeared pretty quickly! We want to have a cool name for that space, so please try to come up with a catchy name by 10/2.Winner gets a $25 gift card. Future events scheduled are:
October 2nd: Painting Party to finish up the walls in the main room of the youth area. We will start at 7pm at the Parsonage. Probably we will have pizza again. Around 10pm we'll go over to the church and play games and maybe get a little sleep. Breakfast provided. Even if you can't spend the night, consider coming to paint and have some fun.
Oct. 23: Spaghetti Dinner. This is our annual big event, combined with a lock-in after the dinner. We need you to cook, serve and clean-up. Proceeds go to the Youth Fund!! Let's raise some money for some awesome trips! Feel free to invite everyone you know to join us for dinner.
Oct. 30th Halloween Party in Youth Space from 6-9pm. $5 per kid will help provide pizza and juice/Gatorade. Costumes are cool! Friends a must! If you know you are coming, send Julie H a reply so we can help determine the number of adults to supervise. We’ve extended the invite to St. Mark's, Edison Park, St. Lukes and Redeemer's Youth Groups as well. We'll have cool tunes and lots of fun. Even if you don't rsvp, you are still welcome.
~ submitted by Julie Holzer   

In our first lesson, we talked about "Who are Lutherans?" We started with talking about groups and how using your individual talents can help make the group stronger! We played a "jeopardy" game. The categories were: Scripture, Faith, Jesus, and Lutheran. They were chosen to be this because some of the Lutheran “basics” revolve around the 3 "alones”:
Scripture Alone The Bible is the key determinate of what is "right" in the Lutheran faith
Faith Alone It is through our Faith in Christ that we are justified
Christ Alone It is through Christ that we receive the gift of grace and get salvation.
We talked about Scripture as the written word of God, spoken by the prophets and found in the Bible.
We talked about Faith as being certain of what we hope for, trusting in what we do not see, and spoken in the creed.
We talked about Jesus as the Son of God, baptized by John the Baptist, and died for our forgiveness.
We talked about Lutheran as being founded by Martin Luther, based on belief in the Trinity, and recognizing two sacraments.
Next Sunday we will cover the Reformation and Martin Luther.
Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly with God. ~ Floyd Yager

Full letter can be read online at our website at http://www.messiahparkridge.org/ rev_phil_knutson.html

Dear Friends,
Greetings from a cool and wet Cape Town where September 1 is celebrated throughout South Africa as Spring Day …
I have just returned from a trip to the province of KwaZulu-Natal to meet with eleven newly arrived Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteers. They were in Pietermaritzburg for a few days of orientation before going to their placement sites where they will be for the next 10 months. Some will be staying in homes and others in church centers in rural and urban areas. The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for young adults in the ELCA to learn from our global companions and to develop as Christian leaders who are globally formed and informed. See: www.elcamud.blogspot.com …
Finally I visited the diocesan center of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa - South Eastern Diocese (ELCSA - SED) which is at Umphumulo about a two-hour drive north and west of Durban. …
These are some examples of what we are learning as we serve with you and companions in God's mission. Thank you for your continued support through ELCA Global Mission.
Yours faithfully, Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission

This is a new column for the Messenger!
Psalm 100--"Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into God's presence with singing!"
If you would like to serve the Lord with gladness and song, please come to choir rehearsals on Tuesdays from 7:30pm until 8:45pm. We will be learning some traditional tunes as well as contemporary songs to share in worship. There are no tryouts, no previous experience needed...only job requirement is a love of God and song. Please join us!
We are looking for folks who play ANY instrument to help enhance worship. Please check the YES Sheet if you want to make a joyful noise!

Anthony Reeves, 10/5
Linda Stolz, 10/5
Sandra Downie, 10/6
Darryl Hanson, 10/7
Daniel Kovach, 10/7
Zachary Elder, 10/9
Julie Berzins, 10/12
Tommy Hanson, 10/16
Gary Corkill, 10/20
Michael Herak, 10/25
David Kaufman, 10/26
Neil Hauser, 10/29   

Gerald and Barb Valasek, 10/10/64 - 45 years
Russ and Linda Raymond, 10/11/69 – 40 years
Ron and Theresa Duty, 10/27/74 – 35 years
Tom and Kim Hanson, 10/29/93 – 16 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 September 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.

In Memory of Chuck Steigerwald
Given by: Irene Luck for Property Reserve, and by Mildred Anderson, Bob Bisgard, Carol Hrodey for MAP

In Memory of Carol Smith
Given by: Mildred Anderson, Mark and Anne Wiberg for MAP

In Memory of Susan "Kathy" Bootz
Given by: Russ and Linda Raymond for Altar Furnishings

In Memory of Clare Rodin
Given by: Mark and Anne Wiberg, Mildred Anderson, David and Donna Hanson, Karen and Bob Black, Lorraine and Harry Trestrail, Char Lobitz, Carol Hrodey, Brad and Pat Kovach, Ruth A. Hughes, Connie and David Kaufman, Alyson and Scott Allemeier, The Patterson Family for MAP and by Russ and Linda Raymond for Altar Furnishings

In Celebration of Tom Daniels
Given by: Carol Hrodey for MAP

Can you believe how popular Scooby Doo and his friends from Mystery, Inc. are? I can’t! You can still see episodes from 1965 OnDemand through Kids WB – and Jessica LOVES them. Recently we got this very cute movie from the library … produced by Cartoon Network, it is a live action account of how Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby all met, came together, and solved their first mystery! There are some truly hilarious    moments in this film, along with some nice bits that deal with how hard high school can be without good friends. Each of the teens is asked to question their assumptions about each other (the jock, the brain, the goofball, and the beauty queen) and find that they have common ground when it comes to their love for solving mysteries. The film follows the same ghosts-to-scare-people-away-while-the-bad-guy-makes-money format that all the original episodes have, with one twist … the ghosts are real!
For light family entertainment, though, and a Halloween-esque movie that really is not very scary, I say check this one out, if ONLY to get the super-secret Scooby-Snax recipe!


Update on Jeannette, Rochelle, and Jim

We celebrate answered prayer this month as Scott Formaggio reports that his mother, Jeannette, has had successful surgery and is recovering nicely. Also, Dottie Burger’s friend Rochelle has a new job teaching Kindergarten – another answered prayer!!
This just in – Jim Clayton’s new full time job at Einstein Bros. in Park Ridge. Hallelujah!

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:
Viv Beyer, Val Bowman
Lois Bunt, Evelyn Burval, Shirley Busse, Sara Christiansen, Clare Doud, Linda Foltz, Pearl Fox, Graham Family, Arlene Johnson, Kennet, Leonard Knuth, Vera Koehler, Audrey Krell, Richard Levy, Mary Norman, Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve
Aleida Rodriquez, Luke Samuel, Steve Schmidt, 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, Jake Stolz, 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, Jesse Olesen, Dane Preisser, 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!

Nothing this month, thanks!

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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