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The November Messenger Issue #509

Oct 29, 2010

The Messiah


November is the month we remember the saints, give thanks for our blessings, and begin preparations for winter. This time of the year in the Midwest, we begin to stay indoors and consume more food. The desire for an abundance of carbohydrates to fill our stomachs may also be a sign of our need for spiritual soul food. And when we are hungry, we want to be fed. In fact, some of the high carb “comfort foods” popular in the cooler weather increase the amount of serotonin, which commonly enhances one's mood.
Unfortunately, this time of year heightens the physical hunger for many who have found themselves unemployed, without money or a place to live. Yet, even in hard times, one can choose to bless others with an attitude of abundance. We live in a society full of abundance and yet, many choose to live with an attitude of scarcity. When we trust in God's abundance, we can choose to participate in God's generosity and live with an attitude of abundance. A community who intentionally lives with an attitude of abundance will experience healthy ministries and growth.
"Let us go now to the banquet,
to the feast of the universe.
The table's set and a place is waiting; come, ev'ryone, with your gifts to share." ELW 523
These is the refrain of a favorite hymn originally found in the ELCA Libro de Liturgia y Cántico Hymnal titled Vamos todos al Banquete and is now included our ELW. In these lyrics, there exists imagery of an abundant feast that is prepared by God and open to all of God's Kingdom. A feast that will   
feed our hungry souls with God's abundant love and grace. We may choose to participate in this feast by sharing our gifts of time, talent and treasure. And as we, God’s people, invest our gifts and talents on behalf of God’s kingdom, we experience God providing more than enough to meet our needs in the local community and the congregational ministry.
"God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may provide in abundance for every good work" 2 Corinthians 9:8
As God's faithful people, this means supporting one another across this church from our abundance. ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson writes: "A church ... that trusts in the abundance of God's grace and gifts will experience growth in faith, membership, and the generous giving of money and time. As a giving and growing church, we will be faithful to the mission to which God is calling us."
Dorothy Day, social reformer, stated the reason for devoting her life's work for others’ good was "I wanted life and I wanted the abundant life. I wanted it for others too". She found Jesus Christ to offer this in John 10:10 "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly".
May you have life and
choose to live it abundantly.

Be sure to attend the Nov. 21st Congregational Meeting for
an update on MAP fundraising.
We've continued to receive pledges and donations from congregation members (it's not too late to submit yours!), as well as from some old friends. Proceeds from Harvest Festival will also go toward MAP so please participate!!

Congratulations to the two couples who were married here in October. Will and Lauren (Miszcak) Callinan were married on October 2nd at 2 PM. Will and Lauren found us online while searching for a church. Michael and Lonea (Piotrowski) Smith were married on October 10th (yep, 10/10/10!) at 2 PM. They are both members of one of our evening groups, and we were very glad to hold their wedding here.

We would like to offer condolences to the Pearson family on the passing of one of Messiah’s founding members, Margaret Pearson. Margaret had been living in Wisconsin for several years, but her five daughters decided they’d like to have the service in the church where they all grew up. A memorial service was held at Messiah Saturday, October 16th.    

HARVEST ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Our 5th annual festival will be held Saturday, November 13th from 9:00 - 3:00 p.m. Proceeds will go to MAP fund and everyone's participation is needed to make the festival a success!
Vendors – we can still use crafters and vendors – are you crafty or do you know someone who is? We also have a fundraiser within a fundraiser with AVON from Helen Levy! Messiah will receive a percentage of everything sold! And yet another special vendor - Larry Johnson will sell some special handmade needlework items with proceeds going to MAP! Thank you Helen and Larry!
Silent Auction – so far we have a T.V., a vacation package, original artwork from a couple of our resident artists … can you add an item, a special service, gift cards or a donation to help us make up some baskets?
Santa Store – help children shop and make presents in our Santa Store! We'll also have other activities for children while their parents shop!
Harvest Café – help sell selections from our Harvest Café menu!
Set Up and Clean Up - help Friday to set-up and on Saturday to run various parts of the festival and clean-up!
Participation - come out and shop – bring your friends and neighbors!!
See Carol Hrodey to let her know how you can help!

As noted in last month's Messenger, we will hold an initial meeting to prayerfully consider new leadership for 2011 on Thursday, November 4th at 7:15. We will meet in the sanctuary and will conclude by 8:30pm. We invite members of the Executive Committee, Dream Team, Leadership Team, CCC Board, people who have expressed interest in working on reorganization, and any other members interested in this process to attend. We are honored that Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich, VP Mission and Spiritual Care - Advocate LGH, will lead us in this process. If you can't be there - please say a prayer for future leadership at Messiah!

A BIG thank you to all who supported the CROP Walk this year. Walking were John Fox, Dave Hanson, Larry Ryczek, Les Herak, David Swanson, Peter Fox, Trudi Handzel, and Julia and Samantha Fogel (for a little bit), and even Max (the dog) Ryczek. Thanks to ALL who pledged, prayed, and walked!

Collecting from Nov. 28 -Dec.12

Once again we will be collecting goods to help out those less fortunate than ourselves. For The Night Ministry, serving the homeless of Chicagoland, we put hats, gloves, and scarves on our Giving Tree in the narthex. We are looking for mostly adult items, and asking that they be STURDY, WINTER ITEMS, rather than “magic gloves” which are very thin. The Child Care Center is also collecting gloves for this ministry… THANKS! Deadline for donations is December 12th – the Night Bus will be delivering the items to people in need on December 18-19, so we need to pack everything up and ship it before that.
Also, we are doing LSSI’s Gifts for Kids again this year. Gift tags will be available in the narthex. Pick a tag, purchase a present, and bring it wrapped to church by Sunday, December 12th to be sent to LSSI in time for their Christmas Party. Gift cards are also welcome… remember, you can use our Manna program, deadline November 28th, delivery of cards Dec. 3rd!
Moni Ryczek has agreed again this year to coordinate the gift tags, so contact her if you have any questions at 847-692-6972.

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
On November 7th as part of our celebration of baptism on All Saints Sunday, we will welcome some new members to Messiah! More info about these special folks will be available in next month’s Messenger. If you are currently a visitor to Messiah, and wish to join as a full member, there is still time to talk to Pastor Lynne about joining! There will be a cake and coffee reception following the service to meet and greet our new family.

Nov. 21 during worship
Connecting Ministry to Mission
Time, Talent, and Treasure forms will be mailed out the first of November. We will have a celebration of gifts during worship service on Nov. 21st.

Sunday, Nov. 21 at 11:30 AM
We will receive a report on where we are with MAP, and vote on whether or not to break ground next spring. Please be sure to attend this meeting. We will also take care of regular business at this time.

Saturday, 11/27 at 4 pm
Come out and help us decorate for Christmas! Our Chrismons were new last year, and they looked great on our trees! There will be music for singing, and after we dress our space for the holidays, we will share some light refreshment.

Friendship Day - On November 18th. This is one week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We continue to make quilts 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.
Men’s Brotherhood Breakfast – Sat. Nov. 13 at Jimmy’s Restaurant. Join us for great food and fellowship.

Worship Ministry Meeting
Monday, 11/8 7:30pm
Executive Committee
Tuesday, 11/9 7:00pm
Child Care Center Board
Tuesday, 11/16 6:30pm

Blue Christmas Service, 12/19
Christmas Eve Services, 12/24
Christmas Day Service, 12/25
Hymn Fest, 12/26

Nov. 7   All Saints Sunday
1st Lesson: Daniel 7:1–3, 15–18
Psalm: Psalm 149
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 1:11–23
Gospel: Luke 6:20–31   Lesson 2
SS: Stormy Seas #1
CHAT: Journey of Adoption
CONF: 10 Command-ments #3 Topic: Respect for Life

Nov. 14   25th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 65:17–25
Psalm: Psalm 98
2nd Lesson: 2 Thess. 3:6–13
Gospel: Luke 21:5–19   
SS: Lesson 2 Stormy Seas #2
CHAT: African Connection Rev. Knutson and Laurie Bachman special guests   
CONF: 10 Command-ments #4 Topic: Respect for Community

Nov. 21   Christ the King Sunday
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 23:1–6
Psalm: Psalm 46
2nd Lesson: Colossians 1:11–20
Gospel: Luke 23:33–43    
SS: Lesson 2 Stormy Seas #3/4   
CHAT: Spirituality of Food   
CONF: Video/Review/Discussion

Nov. 25   Thanksgiving Day
1st Lesson: Deut. 26:1–11
Psalm: Psalm 100
2nd Lesson: Philippians 4:4–9
Gospel: John 6:25–35    
On Thanksgiving Day at 2PM, Messiah will hold a traditional meal for members, friends, and those in the community that we help and who don't have a place to celebrate this year. Spread the word, all are welcome!

Nov. 28   First Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 2:1–5
Psalm: Psalm 122
2nd Lesson: Romans 13:11–14
Gospel: Matthew 24:36–44    
SS: No Class   
CHAT: Advent Discussion
CONF: Lord’s Prayer #1 Topic: What is Prayer?

CHAT Room & Worship 11/14
We will have the pleasure of some very special guests on Sunday, Nov. 14th. During Christian Learning Hour, Laurie Bachman, a CCC teacher who has accompanied Linda Stoltz with Global Alliance for Africa on some of her mission trips, and Rev. Phil Knutson, whose mission in South Africa we support, will present a program on their activities in Africa. Then Rev. Knutson will preach for us during worship. Please join us for both!   

Nov. 7th
As we celebrate the lives of the saints who have passed away this past year, we will also welcome new saints into the Messiah family of faith by receiving new members. And, in honor of November being “National Adoption Month” we will celebrate baptism and give thanks for our OWN adoption into Christ’s family, as sons and daughters of God.

   Nov. 7   Nov. 14   Nov. 21   Nov. 28
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Melissa H   Adam H   Andrew F   Nikolaus R
Communion Assistants   Julie H   Laura H   John F   Larry R
Readers   Neil H   Susan R   Teresa L   Tait J
Worship Assistants   Vikki H   Karen B   Pat K   Diane B
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Susan R,
Steve Y   Susan R,
Steve Y   Susan R,
Steve Y   Susan R,
Steve Y
Greeter   Jackie S   Jackie S   Jackie S   Jackie S
Counters   Dave H, Larry J   Dave H, Larry J   Dave H, Larry J   Dave H, Larry J

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Nov. 7   By Russ and Linda Raymond in memory of Linda’s mom
Harriet Goldenstein’s birthday.   By John and Sue Fox in honor of their 31st wedding anniversary.
Nov. 14   In honor of Brad and Pat Kovach’s 20th wedding anniversary by Kevin and Daniel.   Available.
Nov. 21   In memory of Paysoff and Marilyn Tinkoff and Floyd Yager Sr. by the Yager Family.   In memory of Paysoff and Marilyn Tinkoff and Floyd Yager Sr. by the Yager Family.
Nov. 25   Available.   By John and Sue Fox in honor of Andrew’s 14th birthday.
Nov. 28   By Donna Hanson in memory of
Rev. and Mrs. Harold E. Larsen.   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.

to benefit the Center of Concern, a social service agency in Park Ridge dedicated to helping our neighbors in need. Friday, November 12th from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at South Park Recreation Center, corner of Talcott and Cumberland. Price is $15 and ticket includes bunko games & prizes, your choice of a hot beef sandwich or mostaccioli with marinara, dessert, coffee & tea. Wine, beer and pop will be available for purchase. Call Nancy at (847) 318-1008 for reservations. Bunko is a fun dice game that anyone can play - no experience necessary!

Remember to think of ordering gift cards thru the church Manna program for all of your holiday gift giving and entertaining! We are adding an additional order due to the holidays. Orders will be due on Sunday, November 14, and then again on Sunday, November 28. This later date in November should be in time to purchase gift cards for the LSSI Angel Tree gifts! Give the gift card, or use a gift card to make your purchases! The last order date of the year is Sunday, December 12, still in plenty of time for the holidays. Order sheets are available in the narthex, or you can go online thru www.messiahparkridge.org. Contact Kristin Yager (847-692-6260) or Laura Hauser (847-292-8225) if you have any questions.

Property Needs?
Contact the Office.
Please be sure that all requests and/or communication about our campus and buildings go through the office. Jennifer can direct information to the correct person, so should be aware of what is going on at all times. She can also forward items to the correct person. Please DO NOT contact vendors or village officials without checking with the office first. Thanks.

We are being asked to save our pill bottles to be sent to Partners in Healthcare, a company that dispenses medication in disadvantaged countries but cannot afford to provide the pill bottles. Please clean them up and put them in the container in the Narthex. It is such a little thing to do, and costs you nothing, but can be very important. Little things help a lot. If you wish to take them to the Senior Center there will be a container for them. Thanks and God Bless, Millie Anderson.

We had a TERRIFIC turnout for our Annual Spaghetti Dinner! We broke a record – over 120 people came to dine and share fellowship with us! We had positive results from the social networking effort, too, with 4 of Pastor Lynn’s Facebook pals making the trip to Park Ridge for some of Mama Rosa’s famous spaghetti sauce. Thanks as always to the Kovachs, Pat and Brad, who slaved over a hot stove all day Friday. Thanks to other helpers in the kitchen, too (Floyd Yager, Julie Holzer, and others)! And the youth that worked the Dinner were:
Tait Jensen
Amaila Santos
Melissa Holzer
Tommy Hanson
Kevin Kovach
Andrew Fox
Sara Stuve
Brendan Leane
We raised over $600 for the youth, who will determine later what that will go to. See you again next year!

On October 24th we trained some of our 10-year-olds to be acolytes. This responsibility will now be handled by Julia Fogel, Nikolaus Ryczek, and Adam Hauser, in addition to our Confirmation Class kids.   SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday School is off to a great start with new students, festive music and great projects! In our second unit, Jesus calms a storm and kicks off a tour of miracles around Lake Galilee. Students will continue to study this miracle worker who could only be sent from God.
New students are always welcome, so please invite your young friends, neighbors and relatives to join our group. We also encourage adults to join us as teacher assistants, music leaders, and costume creators. A special thanks to the parents who have already assisted our teachers and to Jenni Reed for leading some rousing song sessions!
Upcoming Sunday School highlights include preparing for Reformation Sunday and the Christmas Program. Stay tuned for these exciting events!
~ Julie Jensen

We could use some donations of colorful magazines and oatmeal boxes (the cylinder type). Please put them in the Workroom (by Pastor’s office) with a note on them. Thanks!

The Youth Drop-In date for November is Saturday the 7th at 6 PM. Bring your friends!

Dear Friends,
You have no doubt heard the saying that if you give a hungry person a fish he can eat for a day but if you teach him how to fish he will be able to feed himself in the future. Taking it further one should ask if that person actually wants fish and more importantly if he or she has access to, control or ownership of the pond? These words focus our attention on the complex issues of aid, development and justice about which there is continuing debate.
A recent book by a woman economist from Zambia, Dambisa Moyo, is provocatively entitled Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa …
… I am thankful for the ELCA's Poverty, Justice and Advocacy ministries, Global Mission's engagement with companion churches through Global Community and Diakonia, the ELCA World Hunger Program, and the ELCA's Malaria Campaign. These inter-related ministries (evangelism, relief, development and advocacy) can best be carried out by all three expressions of the church walking and working together in God's mission so that all might have life, and life in its fullness (John 10:10).
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Yours faithfully, Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission

The full letter can be read online at http://www.messiahparkridge.org/ rev_phil_knutson.html

“This music in worship today is so different. What happened to the traditional music?” Have you found yourself thinking that either during or after worship? It would not be surprising if people from the beginning of Christianity have had those same thoughts.
What is traditional worship music? We have recently discussed this question with the confirmation class and CHAT. As the times changed, so did music: from un-accompanied chants in Latin, that only priests and monks would sing, to the Reformation era with congregations singing hymns in a language they understood to melodies as familiar as a dance tune. In the 1700’s, worship music became more complicated and difficult as opera became more popular. There was reaction in the 1800’s to go back to simpler tunes with simpler words so everyone could sing, and in the 20th century, as the world became smaller with the advent of technology and communication, western Christianity was introduced to a new world of worship treasures. Worship music has undergone many transformations over the centuries. In 50 years, will the members of today’s confirmation class wonder why they no longer sing their traditional songs like Todd Agnew’s “Grace Like Rain”? Just as our tastes in food are different, so are our tastes in music. Music that touches one soul may not reach the soul in the next pew. But that’s OK. Worship and its music is neither performance nor entertainment. Instead, it is our living, breathing response to God for all of the blessings he’s given us, such as food, shelter, life, and most importantly, our salvation. Responding in our own way, it is our duty to praise, to thank, and to dedicate our lives to God. ~ Sue Fox

Grace Palos, 11/1
Valeria Bowman, 11/3
Lynne Morrow, 11/7
Lisa Paulus, 11/7
Katelyn Hamden, 11/8
Alexis Chervinko, 11/11
Larry Johnson, 11/12
Richard Reeve, 11/15
Mary Jo Marchetta, 11/17
Carolyn Kopij, 11/19
James Rosequist, 11/19
Terri Hogan, 11/22
Kirsten Boyce, 11/23
Dorothy Burger, 11/23
Donna Hanson, 11/25
Betty Stinnett, 11/25
Andrew Miro Fox, 11/27   

John and Sue Fox, 11/3/79 - 31 years
Scot and Alyson Allemeier, 11/7/03 -
7 years
Brad and Pat Kovach, 11/?/80 – 20 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 October 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 Bud Duckett
Given by: Margaret Feilding, Len and Jen Harral, Char Lobitz for MAP

In Memory of Clare Rodin
Given by: Al Nugnis for MAP

In Memory of Chuck Steigerwald
Given by: Al Nugnis for MAP

In Memory of Marilyn Bunge
Given by: Len Bunge for MAP

To the MAP Campaign as a Gift
Given by: Emery and Deborah Percell, Jill Anderson, Chuck and Sylvia Beyer, Rev. and Mrs. Holst, James and Bonnie Pollack, Sandy Williams, The Hofland Family

(In Theaters Now)
Based on the novel "Secretariat: The Making of a Champion" By William Nack, "Secretariat" chronicles the fantastic journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner.
Even if you know what is going to happen, the excitement of watching this spectacular story unfold is not diminished one bit. I will admit that I have been waiting for 10 months for this movie to come out, after seeing “sneak peak” ads last Christmas. I have a special spot in my heart about this story – I have always felt that what happened at in Belmont Park on June 9, 1973 was God reaching down to earth and proclaiming loudly “I made this!” The movie even begins with a voice-over reading from    Job 39:19-25, with God asking Job, “Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with mane?” (Job 39:19).
Ultimately, this story is that of the people that surround Secretariat – their journeys of faith that keep them going when the rest of the world thinks they are crazy. Through death and disappointment they persevere, because of their belief in God and this big, red horse.
The racing scenes are awesome, even the Preakness, which is shown simply on a TV set exactly as it was run in 1973 (brilliant!). This is an excellent family movie, suitable for even the youngest viewers – the only swear words are provided by John Malkovich’s character, and they are in French! It may be a bit slow for kids under 5 years old, but you won’t be sorry you took them to see this film. Double, triple thumbs up!


Debbie Deitrich, one of our CCC teachers, gives thanks for answered prayer. Her husband, Steve Schmidt (they were married here in May 2009) has had successful surgery to treat prostate cancer. We joyfully report that thanks to answered prayer, Peter Olesen (Julie Holzer’s dad) is doing great after a bout with post-op infection! We also give thanks for Allison Ruth Densberger born on 10/9/10, to Kelly and Tony, cousins of the Yager family. Nikolaus Ryczek has recovered from surgery, and Julie Holzer has gotten a new job … all cause for celebration! Thank you, Messiah, for your prayers! Please continue to keep us updated!

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:
Viv Beyer, Val Bowman, Lois Bunt, Evelyn Burval, Shirley Busse, Sara Christiansen, Guy & Traudel Cline, Xiomary Diaz, Worknesh Deressa, Clare Doud, Linda Foltz, Pearl Fox, Graham Family, Evelyn Hanson, Arlene Johnson, Kennet, Leonard Knuth, Vera Koehler, Audrey Krell, Richard Levy, former Bishop Landahl’s family, Mildred, Mary Norman, Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve, Aleida Rodriquez, Luke Samuel, Linda Ufkes, and those seeking unemployment.

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. We add Kevin Hrodey back to our list – he’s being redeployed to Afganistan.   

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




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Park Ridge, IL 60068
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