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The Messiah Messenger > The December Messenger Issue #510
The December Messenger Issue #510

Nov 30, 2010


Sunday, Dec. 19 @ 10:15am
Sunday School Program

Sunday, Dec. 19 @ 4:00pm
Blue Christmas Service

Friday, Dec. 24 @ 4:00pm
Family Christmas Eve

Friday, Dec. 24 @ 10:15pm
Candle Light Christmas Eve

Saturday, Dec. 25 @ 10:15am
Christmas Day Service

Sunday, Dec. 27 @ 10:15am
Hymn Fest


Advent Greetings to you!
It is here! That oft overlooked season that calls us to prepare for the arrival of Christ on Christmas. Isn't it ironic that the very purpose of Advent has become its biggest distracter? The season of Advent marks the beginning of the church year and a season of preparation before Christmas. The church has observed Advent since the appearance of regulations on fasting issued by Bishop Perpetuus of Tours in 490 C.E.
Yet as we prepare for Christmas in 2010, the focus of the secular world is on the buying, the busy-ness and the reflective nature of the season is often misplaced or even lost. The season of shopping and stress has replaced the season to anticipate the birth of a savior. Following all the stress, there is an emptiness - a feeling of missing purpose. Sensing this and emphasizing the initial purpose for the four weeks of Advent, the ELCA offers this admonishment:
"To emphasize the yearning and preparation for the presence of Christ, the assembly is encouraged to refrain from Christmas celebrations until the celebration of Christmas that begins on December 24. The reflective nature of the season encourages simplicity in ritual and opportunities for silent reflection within
the liturgy."
There is a movement around the world to celebrate Christmas by spending less, giving more, worshiping fully and loving all this season. This movement is called “The Advent Conspiracy” and the premise is to commit to thoughtful gift giving that can really change the world.[www.adventconspiracy.org] Gifts might include feeding the hungry, being more loving, spending quality time together, or providing clean water. This is not merely a way to avoid the post-holiday debt and gift returns, but a suggestion on giving of one's presence instead of presents.
You are invited to hear the Advent story this year as if it were the first time. May you find this Advent season to be full of purpose, wonder and love and may Christ's presence be the best gift of all.
Blessings to you in Christ,


On November 7th as part of our celebration of baptism on All Saints Sunday, we welcomed some new members to Messiah! Some have been around for a long time, and others are new to our family. Please find an opportunity to welcome:
Jeane Geeve – Jean is Debbie Rosequist’s mom. Jeane has been attending regularly at Messiah for several years, and we are thrilled to welcome her as an “official” member of Messiah.
Bridget Graham and Family – Bridget joins us not only with her lovely singing voice, but also with her three children, Jade (9), Damion (8), and Dragan (6)! The children have been very active in Sunday School, and Bridget has been “pitching in” in the choir. They began attending just last summer, and quickly felt they had found a church home at Messiah. Welcome, Graham Family!
Cathy Krawitz and Family – Cathy and her kids Jessica (11), and Andrew and Clayton (8) have been coming to Messiah for a while, after first being enrolled in our Child Care Center. We thank Cathy for her past help with Sunday School projects and other ways she has contributed, and warmly welcome her and the children as new members of Messiah.
Laura Olson – Laura was actually already a member, but she chose to re-affirm her baptism as part of a “welcome back” to Messiah. Laura comes often with her parents, Ray and Ardene Ejnik, and was a big help at VBS and in the church office last summer. Welcome back, Laura!
Rebecca Rangel and Family – Rebecca and her family come to us from United in Faith Lutheran Church in Chicago. Her son Emilio (3) is enrolled in the Child Care Center, and his little sister Micaela (2) won’t be far behind! The Rangel Family live in Des Plaines, and we are glad they have chosen Messiah as their spiritual home.
Jennie Read – Jennie is Audrey Krell’s granddaughter. Jennie has been making her presence known for the last year or so in worship with her beautiful voice and lively personality. She is a cosmetologist with a wealth of gifts and energy. We joyfully welcome her as a Messiah member.
Cynthia Santos and Family – Cynthia and her wonderful group of children began attending last year as guests of the Holzer family. Amalia (12) is currently in Confirmation Class, and Alesha (11), Alexandra (9), Nydia (7), and Carlos (4) are all active in Sunday School. Welcome, Santos Family! ?

You can find contact information on for these new members on page 15, unless they are already in our photo directory. New member “buddies” have been assigned to these folks, but we invite you to make them feel welcome, too!

The 5th Annual Festival is done, and by all accounts it was a success! Those who participated enjoyed fellowship with old friends and new and shopped for a variety of unique items.
Thanks to the vendors who came and shared their wares. Preliminary figures indicate that we at least doubled the funds we made last year, too! These funds will go toward the MAP project. Many people came together to organize it over the last few months, set it up, supply it, run it, clean it up and participate in it. Thanks to everyone who helped with it in some way – it was truly a team effort!
We also want to say a special thank you to the businesses and Messiah members who donated to the Silent Auction. Please note the list that includes the names of the businesses and thank them by going to their establishments! If you need any specific information for a vendor or donating business, we have provided a list as an insert (too long to squeeze in here). If you need a phone number please contact me directly, I will be happy to help.
Thanks to all who participated!!
~ Carol Hrodey

At Messiah our tradition is to celebrate Holy Communion every week. Our wonderful Altar Guild takes care of setting that up for worship every Sunday. We have also gotten into the tradition of having members of Messiah PROVIDE and PRESENT the bread for communion. We’d like to clarify a few things about this process:
Do you need to bake it yourself? – No, any store-bought loaf is perfectly fine.
Do you need to cut it into little squares? – No, the Altar Guild will take care of that for you.
Do you need to walk it down the aisle at Communion time? – No, we usually select someone who is present in sanctuary and ask them just before communion if they’d like to “PRESENT” the bread; often we opt for children or families.
How do I “PROVIDE” the bread for communion? – Simply sign up for a date on the calendar in the narthex (next to the Flowers and Bulletins calendar). Someone from the Altar Guild will call a few days before to remind you of your allotted Sunday. Then drop your loaf of bread off by 9:30 Sunday morning so that the Guild has a chance to set it all up. It’s that easy!
Providers are still needed for December, and a new calendar will be up as of December 1st for 2011. (New Flower and Bulletin Calendars are up as well!)

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

Saturday and Sunday December 4 & 5
from 10 – 4 PM St. Matthew’s Center for Health
1601 Western Avenue in Park Ridge
If you haven’t seen this yet, you MUST go see it! Or if you have gone before, go again, there are always new sets. For the ninth year, Oak Park resident Susan Greeley will be displaying her growing collection of over 400 nativity scenes from around the world. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public!

Sunday, Dec. 19th
at 10:15AM
Please join us for a special Christmas program called “Christmas Around the World.” The children are hard at work preparing a special program of song and scripture to share the meaning of Christmas from their perspective. We have an active and lively group of Sunday School students, so please plan on attending this wonderful event to share this exciting time of year with our youngest members!

Sunday, Dec. 19th at 4:00 PM
For many people, the approaching Christmas holiday does not bring with it the joy and happiness advertised on television or in greeting cards. The "Blue Christmas" concept serves an important function for those who have experienced a loss. Whether missing someone or dealing with personal, health or economic issues, the presence of joy may heighten the sense of loss during this season. Blue Christmas services include an emphasis on candles, with people in the congregation invited to come forward and light a candle in memory of someone or to mark an event in their lives. Feel free to invite friends and neighbors to this service.

Executive Committee
Tuesday, 12/13 at 7:00pm

Friendship Day – There will be no Friendship Day in December but will resume on January 27, 2011. (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?) Same time, same place as usual. May you have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you on Jan. 27th ~ Millie Anderson
Men’s Brotherhood Breakfast –
Sat. Dec. 11 at Jimmy’s Restaurant. Join us at 9 AM for great food and fellowship.

Annual Reports Due, 1/10/2011

Dec. 5   2nd Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 11:1–10
Psalm: Psalm 72:1–7, 18–19
2nd Lesson: Romans 15:4–13
Gospel: Matthew 3:1–12   
SS: Christmas Program Rehearsal   
CHAT: The Apostle Paul   
CONF: Lord’s Prayer #1 Topic: What is prayer?

Dec. 12   3rd Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 35:1–10
Psalm: Psalm 146:5–10
2nd Lesson: James 5:7–10
Gospel: Matthew 11:2–11   
SS: Christmas Program Rehearsal   
CHAT: The Apostle Paul   
CONF: Lord’s Prayer #2 Topic: The Lord’s Prayer

Dec. 19   3rd Sunday in Advent
The “Word” this Sunday will be provided by the Sunday School’s Christmas Program!
SS: Christmas Program Prep   
CHAT: No Class   
CONF: Lord’s Prayer #3 Topic: Personal prayer

Dec. 26   1st Sunday of Christmas
1st Lesson: Isaiah 63:7–9
Psalm: Psalm 148
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 2:10–18
Gospel: Matthew 2:13–23   

Sunday, Dec. 19 @ 10:15am = Sunday School Program
Our Sunday School will present their program during the “Word” portion of our service. Holy Communion will still be served.

Sunday, Dec. 19 @ 4:00pm = Blue Christmas Service
Special service for those seeking a more contemplative service of reflection during the holidays.

Thursday, Dec. 24 @ 4:00pm = Family Christmas Eve
Our extremely popular Family Service, with kid-friendly worship and a convenient start time.

Thursday, Dec. 24 @ 10:15pm = Candle Light Christmas Eve
Traditional late-night “Lessons and Carols” Christmas Eve service.

Friday, Dec. 25 @ 10:15am = Christmas Day Service
Worship on Christ’s birthday, Holy Communion is served.

Sunday, Dec. 27 @ 10:15am = Hymn Fest
Congregation picks hymns to sing, lay leaders of the congregation lead the worship service.

   Dec. 5   Dec. 12   Dec. 19   Dec. 24   Dec. 25   Dec. 26
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   4:00pm   4:00pm   10:15pm   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Jessie K   Phil H   Nick L   *   Micheal Y   Andrew F   Thomas Y   Julia F
Communion Assistants   Cathy K   Julie H   Rich L   *   Floyd Y   John F   Floyd Y   Larry F
Readers   Tom D   Cindy N   NA   *   *   Multiple   Susan R   John F
Worship Assistants   Karen B   Vikki H   John F   Diane B   *   Diane B   *   Peter F
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   NA   NA   NA   NA   Jim H
Ushers   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *
Greeter   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *
Bread/Wine Providers    *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *
Counters   Dave H,
Val B   Dave H,
Val B   Dave H,
Val B   NA   NA   NA   NA   Dave H,
Val B
* Assistance Still Needed

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Dec. 5   in memory of Durwood Johnson by Valeria Bowman.   for Millie Anderson’s birthday by Don and Mary Jane Kovach.
Dec. 12   in honor of Frank Luck’s birthday by the Jensen Family.   for Frank Luck by Irene Luck.
Dec. 19   by Vikki Hanson for Bobby and Jenni’s birthdays.   Available.
Dec. 24 & 25   Poinsettias will be on display on the altar for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services. Order forms will be available in the Sunday bulletins, or contact the office directly.
Dec. 26   by Russ and Linda Raymond in memory of Dorothy Raymond.    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.


Holiday Manna Orders
Remember to think of ordering gift cards thru the church Manna program for all of your holiday gift giving and entertaining! The last order date of the year is Sunday, December 13, still in plenty of time for the holidays. Order sheets are available in the narthex, or you can go online thru www.messiahparkridge.org. New cards are available this year, including VISA gift cards! Contact Kristin Yager
(847-692-6260) or Laura Hauser (847-292-8225) if you have any questions.

Good Search Check
Thanks to those who have participated in our “Good Search” fundraiser, using www.goodsearch.com to purchase items on line. We received a check for $148.06 for 2010 – checks are mailed annually. For more information about this fundraiser, talk to Floyd Yager, or visit the website listed above.

Mille Anderson has been asked many times where our Friendship Day quilts and health kits go. In a thank you letter for our Project Comfort Fund gift, this info was included: “To see where LWR quilts and health kits go, visit www.lwr.org. If you have any questions, we’re happy to answer them by phone at 800-597 5972 or e-mail at lwr@lwr.org.
John A Nunes, President and CEO”

Poinsettias for Sale!
$12 each Orders due by December 13th. Watch for order forms in the Sunday bulletins, or call the office to place an order.

Annual reports are due into the church office by JANURY 3rd – no ifs, ands, or buts!!! Emailing your report is HIGHLY PREFERABLE to any other method, but I will take what I can get! J I am happy to email you last year’s report if that helps - just let me know.

The Church Office will be closed Friday Dec 24th and Dec 31st.
The Child Care Center will closed Friday Dec 24 through Monday January 3rd.

On Tuesday, December 21st the Youth Drop In Center will open from 10 AM to 3 PM. Kids are invited to come hang out, and to bring a sack lunch. A foosball tournament is one possible activity, as well as games, tv, and reading. Please let Julie Holzer know you are coming, so we can plan chaperones.

The REGULAR Youth Drop-In date for December is Saturday the 11th at 6 PM. Bring your friends!   

The play this year is "Christmas Around the World" where we learn that it doesn't matter where you live, people everywhere can celebrate the real gift of Christmas. We will rehearse during the Sunday School hour on Dec 5th and 12th, and most likely do a rehearsal on Saturday the 18th, time to be determined. We will get into costume, etc., at 9 AM on Dec. 19th, and perform during the “Word” portion of the worship service. All Sunday School students are invited to participate in this production!

Need a day of shopping by yourself? Need a day to gift wrap? Finish Christmas cards? Go to the spa? On Saturday, December 18th, Messiah Child Care Staff members will be offering childcare at Messiah (for children 3-9 years old) while you use the time for finishing up some of those holiday details. Child care will be available from 9am-2pm and will include lunch.
Additionally….We will be having a New Year’s Eve bash at Messiah on the 31st. If you are looking for qualified childcare while you ring in the New Year, Messiah Child Care Staff will be here from 6pm until 2am (or overnight til 8am). Watch for details and pricing on both of these upcoming events or ask Laurie or Karen if you have any questions or interest in signing up your child(ren) for either of these days.   

One of the highlights of last year's play was when the kids' baby pictures were displayed on the big screen. We would like to do that again. To do this, we need you to send Jennifer in our office a jpeg file of your child\children's baby picture (office@messiahparkridge.org). If you only have hard copies, you can drop the pictures off to Jennifer and she will scan them. We need pictures by December 1st.
Jennifer still has on file pictures for the following families: (Penumaka, Yager, Fogel, Lippert, Scheck, Levy, and Hauser). She has a few more but can't remember who they are, so if you already sent her pics last year, you might want to double-check with Jen. Thanks so much for your cooperation, we look forward to a wonderful play. ~ Laura H.

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! PLEASE REMEMBER to put your tag on your wrapped gift, and to write your name next to the tag number you take!
Thanks to Moni Ryczek for coordinating this project again this year, please contact her if you have any questions at 847-692-6972.   

Christmas, one of the most joyful times of the church year, is approaching—the festival of God the Father, who sent His Son to save us.
But before we celebrate Christmas, we travel thru Advent. Advent is a time of preparation for Christ’s birth, and our worship reflects that with songs of hope, expectation, and self-reflection. A favorite Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (in our ELW #257) is based on a worship tradition first mentioned in the 6th century. Monks would reflect on a different name of Christ mentioned in scripture, such as “Wisdom”, “Branch of Jesse”, and “King of Nations.” Each name would be highlighted on each of the seven days leading to Christmas. We will honor this tradition during our worship at 10:15pm on Christmas Eve. Then, when Christmas Day arrives, we will, in music lingo, “pull out all the stops” in praise and thanksgiving with singing of favorite Christmas hymns, choirs, and instruments.
It has truly been a blessing to have so many children participate in worship in recent weeks, with their songs and instruments. Their joy in worship is contagious, and we pray that with God’s help, we will all “catch” that joy!
~ Sue Fox


Melissa Holzer, 12/1
Mildred Anderson, 12/5
Dorothy Pollack, 12/6
Lisa Francis, 12/7
Jennifer Hanson, 12/10
Laura Olson, 12/12
Aidan Loverme, 12/14
Bobby Hanson, 12/19
Marlyn Wenn, 12/22
Neena Penumaka, 12/23
John Wiberg, 12/23
Eugene Plaza, 12/24
Marcella Larson, 12/28
Paul Stolz Jr., 12/28
Laura Hauser, 12/31   

No Anniversaries in December – sorry!



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
Stewardship:      Floyd Yager

MEMORIAL REPORT as of November 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.

There are no memorials to report for this time period.

(In Theaters Now)
Disney's animators take on the story of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), a long-tressed beauty imprisoned in a tower until a rakish bandit (Zachary Levi) aids in her escape. Romance blooms between the unlikely pair as they flee her evil captor, Madame Gothel (Donna Murphy). The film, which also features the voices of Ron Perlman, Jeffrey Tambor and Brad Garrett, marks Disney's return to the classic fairy tale.
My family went to see this movie the day after Thanksgiving, first show in the morning. The place was PACKED with children and families, which was a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy this film in. Unlike last year’s holiday offering (The Princess and the Frog) this film was much more amenable to the younger audiences – no scary ghosts, voo-doo, or witch doctors in this one!    I thoroughly enjoyed this movie – the songs were lovely, and the comedic characters were hilarious. And if you dig deep, there are some real Christian elements to this story – both of the main characters (Flynn and Rapunzel) have to die – sort of – in order to be born again as new people, the people they are MEANT to be. And look for elements of water (baptism) to play an important part in the story.
As usual, the animation is gorgeous … the vision of the luminaries raising above the castle reminded me forcibly of Remy’s first glimpse of Paris (Ratatouille), a sight to take your breath away. And you will never look at your cast iron frying pan in the same way again.
I think this movie is suitable for boys AND girls, and children as young as 3 or so. The simple message – “follow your dreams” – is always a good one, and there is lots of good action to keep it exciting. There isn’t anything deep or earth-shattering about this film … just go and enjoy yourself!

Worknesh Deressa and Karolin Hanna joyfully give thanks for new apartments, and Laura Olson and Rich Levy both give thanks for a new job! Thank you for your prayers!

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 Cline, Cheryl Donahue, Clare Doud, Linda Foltz, Pearl Fox, Graham Family, Evelyn Hanson, Arlene Johnson, Kennet, Leonard Knuth, Vera Koehler, Audrey Krell, Richard Levy,
We want to remember in our prayers our military personnel: Aaron Adams, Jason Koesler, Tim David, Kevin Hrodey, Lars Johnsen, Andreas Johnsen, Sam Krawitz, Jesse Olesen, Dane Preisser, Joey Rosequist, Kevin Ward, and Claudine Ward.   Mildred, Mary Norman, Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve, Aleida Rodriquez, Luke Samuel, and 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.

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!
Leona Johnson
c/o Rebecca Trella (daughter)
1528 Henry Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Rebecca Rangel & Family
435 Alles Street #207
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 361-9630   

Clare Doud
7629 W. Palatine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631
(847) 530-9285

Bridget Graham & Family
8911 Robin Drive, Apt D
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Cynthia Santos & Family
8463 W. Dempster Apt. A
Niles, IL 60714
(847) 630-5863   

Worknesh Deressa
2539 W. Ballard Rd, Apt. 205
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 637-7262

Jennie Read
8630 W. Summerdale
Chicago, IL 60656
(847) 322-3230

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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