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The Messiah Messenger > The January Messenger Issue #511
The January Messenger Issue #511

Dec 30, 2010



Perhaps you have heard this frequently in the past few weeks. This common expression is used over the holidays to express gratitude for gifts received.

We teach our children to use their manners by saying "please," and "you're welcome." Psychological studies have shown that the words "thank you" aren't merely just good manners, they are also beneficial to the soul. In fact, studies have suggested that being grateful can improve well-being, physical health, strengthen social relationships, produce positive emotional states, and help us cope with stressful times in our lives. Many times, we also say thank you because we want the other person to know we value what they’ve done for us and, perhaps, to encourage them to help us again in the future. There are also indications that when one receives a “thank you,” one is much more likely to pass that gratitude on to others. Studies also show that sales and profits increase when appreciation is shown to employees.

The apostle Paul frequently uses the phrase "I thank God for you," in communicating with the early Christian communities. Although I doubt that he was doing it to increase profits or sales, it does seem likely that Paul knew the other benefits of expressing thanks.

I have been blessed to work with a group of people here at Messiah who have tirelessly continued their calling as members of the Executive Committee. They have served out of love during the past few years of transition and now it's time for them to turn over their positions to new leaders. Specifically, I thank God for Carol Hrodey, Vikki Hanson, Nancy Boomer, David Hanson and Brad Kovach for serving Messiah with great passion for upholding our mission "With Christ, reaching out and welcoming all God's children."
I give thanks to God for each
and every one of you!

Please join me for a prayer service at 7PM on Thursday, January 4th in celebration of Epiphany. Epiphany means "manifestation." On this day we celebrate the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles— that is, to all nations. Some Christian traditions celebrate three great epiphanies on this day: the magi's adoration of the Christ child, Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River, and his first miracle, in which he changes water into wine. We will have a short prayer service in the sanctuary.


As reported at the November congregational meeting, we have reached over $104,000 in funds collected and pledged (this was as of 10-31-10). Since then, we've added another $2500 (+) from Harvest Festival fundraising. Some additional cash donations and the donation of 2 toilets by Kohler Company now put us over $110,000. We continue to seek ways to raise funds for the MAP project.
In 2011 a spring fundraiser is planned with the LSTC Gospel Choir on Saturday, March 12th. In addition we will have some Dinner Out Nights at local restaurants. We're always looking for other fundraising opportunities including grants, foundations, and corporations to contact.

On Saturday, March 12 we will host a concert with Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago's Gospel Choir performing! This promises to be a great evening of music and will serve as a fundraiser for MAP. Please save the date and invite your friends to join you for this inspirational performance! Opportunities to help organize and publicize this event will be detailed in the February Messenger.    


Thanks to EVERYONE who bought gifts for children last month. We supplied presents for 60 children, plus THREE additional families that we have been helping out during the Christmas season. Your generosity is overwhelming, and is MUCH appreciated by the folks at LSSI/Intact. Thanks, also, to Moni Ryczek who organized this again this year – we couldn’t have done it without her!

Our glove/hat/scarf drive was also
generous this year. We shipped the following to The Night Ministry in Chicago:
14 pairs of gloves
14 hats
4 scarves
1 scarf/hat set and 1 scarf/glove set
We kept back about a dozen sets of gloves and hats to give to some of our regular “guys” that visit us for assistance. They were all very appreciative, too. We also sent 9 infant-sized sets of hats and mittens to LSSI, who can use them more than the Night Ministry. Thanks to all who contributed!

A simple prayer: "Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat" is inspiring a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world.
This prayer, delivered by Brad Smith, then a seminary intern serving at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, gave birth to an idea. Why not use Super Bowl weekend, a time when people come together for football and fun, to also unify the nation for a higher good: collecting dollars and canned food for the needy? Youth could collect donations at their schools and churches in soup pots, and then send every dollar DIRECTLY to a local charity of THEIR choice.

The senior high youth of Spring Valley Presbyterian liked the idea so much they decided to invite other area churches to join the team. Twenty-two Columbia churches participated that first year, reporting their results so a total could be determined, and then sending all $5,700 they had raised to area non-profits.

That was 1990. Since then, ordinary young people have generated an extraordinary $70 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities in communities across the country. In addition, hundreds of thousands of youth have experienced for themselves the joy and satisfaction of giving and serving, inspiring people of all ages to follow their generous example.

The Youth and Confirmation Class at Messiah became involved in 2007 and in that year collected $230 that went directly to the Maine Township Food Pantry. Over the past 4 years the contributions have grown and in total we have donated nearly$3000 and over 900 food items to the Maine Township Food Pantry. During this event we remember those who may not even have a bowl of soup to eat as hundreds of millions of people watch the Super Bowl and participate in a viewing party.

The Souper Bowl of Caring will be on Sunday February 6th, 2011. We will ask the Confirmation Class and Youth Group to lead the event. They will be speaking before the congregation, performing small skits, and helping to encourage everyone to give on behalf of this cause. However, it will only be with the help and generosity of the Messiah Congregation that the event will be a success. Look for baskets in the Church beginning two weeks before the Souper Bowl (January 23rd) where you can drop off food items for the Maine Township Food Pantry. Also, bring a little extra for your donation on February 6th at drop it one of the many soup pots at the end of worship. Checks can be made out to Messiah with a note on the memo line to the "Souper Bowl of Caring" and cash is always welcome!

Let's make this year's event the best ever for Messiah and the folks at the Maine Township Food Pantry! ~ Floyd Yager

Saturday, Jan. 22nd
Jennie Read is planning a trip to a great concert in Dekalb for this date. Tickets are only $10 each! Contact Jennie directly if you are interested in going.

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

Monday, Jan. 3rd
Annual Reports are due into the church office by Monday, January 3rd. This is so reports can be compiled, spell-checked, and printed in time to distribute copies to members on Sunday, January 23rd. If you can EMAIL your report, it is much appreciated! If you’d like a digital copy of last year’s report to edit, that can be provided.

Sunday, Jan. 30th following the worship service
This is the time of year that we review our accomplishments of the past year, and set goals for the coming year. Please pick up your Annual Report on the 23rd, take a little time to read it over, and then be prepared to discuss and vote on our initiatives and our budget for 2011.

Saturday, Jan. 15th 1-4 PM
at The Nail Bar 110 West 2nd Street, Elmhurst
Sponsored by the Women of the ELCA - Come for a complimentary mani or pedi while you mingle with other young moms! Refreshments will be served and each participant will receive a spa candle from Bright Endeavors, a non-profit women's organization that received a grant from WELCA! Messiah can arrange childcare for this afternoon, if needed – talk to Pastor. RSVP for the event by January 5 via email to: elizabeth.mcbride@elca.org (Please include a phone number. Space is limited.)

Executive Committee
Tuesday, 1/11 at 7:00pm
Leadership Team Meeting
Members of Leadership Team please watch for a meeting coming up in January to discuss 2011 goals and set 2011 schedule!!   

Friendship Day - We will resume January 27th, 9AM or whenever you can come for an hour or more. Dessert will be served. Please bring a sandwich or whoever you like for lunch if you plan to stay. Don't worry if you cannot sew, we will teach you! Also you may work at home, making sweaters for the layettes - patterns available. Just check if there are other things you would like to do. If interested, Call Millie at 847-692-2385 or email millieanderson@att.net ~ Millie Anderson

Men’s Breakfast – In January, the Men’s Brotherhood Breakfast will move to the Parsonage! Join our men Saturday, January 8th at 9 AM for some food and fellowship.

Souper Bowl of Caring, 2/7

Jan. 2   2nd Sunday in Christmas
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 31:7–14
Psalm: Psalm 147:12–20
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 1:3–14
Gospel: John 1:1–18    
SS: No Class   
CHAT: No Class   
CONF: No Class

Jan. 9   Baptism of Our Lord
1st Lesson: Isaiah 42:1–9
Psalm: Psalm 29
2nd Lesson: Acts 10:34–43
Gospel: Matthew 3:13–17   
SS: Sharing Lunch Week 1   
CHAT: The Apostle Paul   
CONF: Apostle’s Creed #1 Topic: God our Creator

Jan. 16   2nd Sunday in Epiphany
1st Lesson: Isaiah 49:1–7
Psalm: Psalm 40:1–11
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1:1–9
Gospel: John 1:29–42   
SS: Sharing Lunch Week 2   
CHAT: The Apostle Paul
CONF: Apostle’s Creed #2 Topic: Christ our Redeemer

Jan. 23   3rd Sunday in Epiphany
1st Lesson: Isaiah 9:1–4
Psalm: Psalm 27:1, 4–9
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 1:10–18
Gospel: Matthew 4:12–23   
SS: Sharing Lunch Week 3   
CHAT: The Apostle Paul
CONF: Apostle’s Creed #3 Topic: The Holy Spirit

Jan. 30   4th Sunday in Epiphany
1st Lesson: Micah 6:1–8
Psalm: Psalm 15
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 1:18–31
Gospel: Matthew 5:1–12   
SS: Sharing Lunch Week 4   
CHAT: The Apostle Paul   
CONF: Sacraments Topic: Baptism and Communion


Our Altar Guild is in need of some new members. Due to injury and illness, and changes in life situation, our numbers have dropped off dramatically. Please prayerfully consider serving the Lord in this unique and special way. The Altar Guild is responsible for the setting up of communion, the banners and paraments on the altar, candles, set up for baptisms, weddings, and    funerals, and other aspects of worship. The more people we have doing it, the less work it is for each person! This is a wonderfully spiritual way to serve your church. Linda Raymond is available to answer questions about what being in the Guild entails – call 847-298-6186 for more info.

   Jan. 2   Jan. 9   Jan.16   Jan. 23   Jan. 30
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Julia F   Adam H   Tommy H   Melissa H   Andrew F
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   Laura H   Kim H   Julie H   John F
Readers   Rich L   Kristin Y   Laura H   Teresa L   Julie J
Worship Assistants   David S   Pat K   Karen B   Vikki H   Diane B
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Susan R,
Lisa F   Susan R,
Lisa F   Susan R,
Lisa F   Susan R,
Lisa F   Susan R,
Lisa F
Greeter   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N
Bread Providers   *   *   *   *   *
Counters   Dave H,
Paul H   Dave H,
Paul H    Dave H,
*   Dave H,
Paul H   Dave H,
Paul H
* There is no one signed up to provide bread in January. Please visit the signup sheet in the narthex to participate.

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Jan. 2   by the Handzels in memory of
Mr. and Mrs. Bannister.   Available.
Jan. 9   Available.   Available.
Jan. 16   Available.   Available.
Jan. 23   Available.   Available.
Jan. 30   Available.   Available.

The sign-ups for flowers and bulletins are in the narthex by the hall to the Educational Wing. Flowers are $30, and the Bulletins are $10. Envelopes are provided next to the sign-up calendar, or you may simply write “Flowers” or “Bulletin” on your regular envelope in the Other box.
Note to all those purchasing flowers: Your flowers are yours to take home!
If you wish to donate them to one of our shut-ins, please be sure to let the Altar Guild know.

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In whatever language speaks to you, please hear my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to all who have contributed throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons!
• The Music Ministry Team led by Sue Fox, along with the cantors, choir, instrumentalists and soloists for the beautiful music.
• All who helped decorate our sanctuary for Advent and all the Christmas services.
• The Altar Guild - thank you for your tireless attention to all the details that make our worship happen so smoothly.
• The Tech Team - thank you for coordinating all the visual details that enhance our worship.
• All who contributed gifts to LSSI, the Maine Township Food Pantry and the Night Ministry.
• The Sunday School Team for the extra efforts in presenting us with a special production of The Messenger.
• The Messiah Child Care Center staff, students, and families for three amazing Christmas Programs.
• The Worship Teams of ushers, greeters, readers, acolytes, as well as worship and communion assistants.
• To Diane Wilson and Dorothy Nagle for their faithful assistance with the bulletins and newsletters.
• To Vern Moreno - thank you for your passionate attention to organizing our Food Pantry Donation Station.
• To Patti Daniels for your leadership in organizing and operating our Messiah campus.
• To the entire Messiah Staff for keeping the place clean, operating well, and running efficiently during such a busy time.
• A special thank you to Jennifer Schneider for her tireless energy and commitment to
the week of Christmas.
• A special thank you to Sue Fox for coordinating the music, rehearsing, playing and proofing bulletins, all with a smile and joyful attitude.
On a personal note, thank you all for making Christmas at Messiah such a special time for me and my family. We thank all who remembered us with a card, gift, or holiday blessings. You have blessed us with your generous love and we appreciate all of you! ~ Pastor Lynne

We have two dates reserved for our Youth Group to volunteer for
“Feed My Starving Children.” Tuesday March 1 2011, 8-930pm in Schaumburg and Wednesday March 30th, 6-730pm in Schaumburg. More information coming soon, but please put these dates on your calendar!

Dear Friends,
Greetings from a very warm and windy Cape Town! Vitor Westhelle in his book The Church Event: Call and Challenge of a Church Protestant. (Fortress Press: Minneapolis, 2010:41) writes: "The temptation of the church is always to find or allow itself to be entangled by one type of its self-representation in order to acquire a stable identity. The common supposition among [Christians], is that the challenge is to get the ‘ought’ out of a deficient ‘is.’" What Bonhoeffer proposes in Sanctorum Communio, in Westehelle’s words, “is not what the church ought to be, or how it can bail itself out of the frailty of its institutional reality." Bonhoeffer’s proposal presents a different question. "Where is the church-community as the existing Christ present?” (:158).

As the ELCA we are learning slowly that there are not "missions" to pick and choose from but that, marked by the sign of the cross, we are claimed, gathered and sent to participate in God's Mission locally and globally. We do not bring the gospel or God to any one or any place. God is already at work and ahead of us in the world. As the angel said to the women at the empty tomb (Matthew 28:6-7): "He is not here; for he has been raised… he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him." The stable in Bethlehem, the inclusive meal tables, the cross at Golgotha, the roads to Emmaus, Damascus, even Chicago, Lusaka and Khayelitsha continue to surprise even shock us into discovering anew where the "church-community as the existing Christ is present."

This past year it has been a privilege and a challenge to walk with global mission companions in Southern Africa and the USA. Like the early disciples we have often not fully understood or cared enough for God's world and God's reconciling Mission. We have wrestled with divisions, decreasing funding, HIV & Aids, malaria, poverty, climate change and war. We have also been encouraged and strengthened as we have worshipped, shared meals and conversations together as well as stories, learning and resources.

I thank God for your companionship and look forward to continuing to walk together, trying to catch up with Christ who graciously goes ahead (and with us) in God's Mission locally and globally.

Have a blessed Christmas and New Year.
Yours faithfully,Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission,
Regional Program Assistant – Southern Africa, Cape Town

Jesus says, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave me food ... I was a stranger and you welcomed me ... I was sick and you took care of me ... Truly I tell you, just as you did it one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.” (from the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, Matthew 25:31-46).
What an outpouring! The monies you gave towards our rent and the gifts for the children have given us hope for a better 2011. We thank you for all that you have done for us.
Thanks be to God for your generous outpouring of the love of Christ.

On Dec. 21 we had a Youth Drop-in day from 10-2pm. We invited the older Sunday School class to join us. This allowed for some youth mentoring and gave the 4th & 5th graders a taste of the Youth Group. We had 14 kids attend. We made 48 sack lunches for Journeys from Pads to Hope, including cookies baked by the youth. We had fun playing games in the "Lounge" and just hanging out. Later on, the 6th-8th graders went on an outing to see Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. We even had a discussion group after the movie over sundaes.    

It’s a new calendar year, Christmas Day has come and gone, but the Christmas season is still with us. Until January 6, we can still enjoy Christmas music in worship, before we move on to the seasons of Epiphany and later, Lent.

Did you know that “Silent Night,” one of the most beloved Christmas hymns, originally had six verses? Father Joseph Mohr wrote the lyrics in 1816, and set them aside, until a couple years later, when the church he was serving had an inoperable organ, thanks to hungry mice! Mohr still wanted music for the Christmas Eve worship, remembered his poem, and asked Franz Gruber, the church organist, if he could compose a tune for it. Gruber wrote the music for guitar (another instrument he played) and a classic Christmas carol was born and debuted that night in 1818! As the years passed, arrangers and editors have changed “Silent Night” to fit their needs, so the original lyrics and Austrian folk-tune rhythm have evolved into what we know and treasure.

I want to thank all who have shared their talents to bring wonderful and inspiring music to our worship over these past months of transition: instrumentalists, vocalists, the children of the Sunday School, and the Messiah Choir. The Choir has sung a wide array of music since August, and I am truly grateful for their dedication and willingness to learn and lead worship.
A blessed 2011 to all! ~ Sue Fox

Julia Mix, 1/1
Richard Seggeling, 1/2
Paul Holzer, 1/3
Nicholas Levy, 1/4
Peter John Fox, 1/5
Donald Kovach, 1/7
Ralph Lippert, 1/7
Larry Ryczek, 1/7
Kirby Corkill, 1/9
Jennifer Schneider, 1/10
Thomas Jason, 1/12
Tait Jensen, 1/12
Ryan Bujalka, 1/13
Mark Jones, 1/13
Alexander Johnson, 1/16
Kaelyn Yager, 1/16
Marv Jelonek, 1/17
Raymond Ejnik, 1/20
Lester Herak, 1/20
David Chervinko, 1/22
Heba Penumaka, 1/22
Christopher Boomer, 1/23
Karol Kamman, 1/25
Evelyn Burval, 1/26
Michael Bujalka, 1/28
Lytle Thompson, 1/28
Eric Daniels, 1/29

Rebecca and Esteban Rangel – 1/4/2003, 8 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
Stewardship:      Floyd Yager

MEMORIAL REPORT as of December 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.

MAP DONATIONS: Given by: Paula Dywer and Peter Karras

With their dour, bookish cousin Eustace (Will Poulter) in tow, the youngest Pevensie offspring -- Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes) -- take an unexpected trip back to Narnia and join noble King Caspian (Ben Barnes) for an epic high-seas adventure. Setting sail aboard the Dawn Treader, the young heroes head for the end of the world, determined to rescue seven once-powerful lords banished by Caspian's evil uncle.

The third adaptation in the CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia is every bit as beautiful and breathtaking as the first two. I admit that THIS is my favorite book of the seven when I was growing up – I always loved the sea voyage aspect, and the adventures our heroes have on different islands along the way. So I guess it was okay that when I saw the ship for the first time, lovingly detailed on screen by the artistic masters at Disney, I promptly burst into tears. This whole movie is gorgeously done, and deftly brings to life the world of Narnia and beyond.

Because of the episodic nature of the book the screenwriters took some liberty with the book, and added a stronger storyline and condensed some of the action. Edmund, Lucy, Eustice, and Caspian are given the task of ridding the world of evil – only by finding 7 powerful swords, and laying them on Aslan’s table at the end of the world can they persevere and bring those who have been taken away back from the “Dark Island.” CS Lewis’ original Narnia stories are famous for their Christian themes, and this added storyline lifts those themes into even stronger prominence. Also, the characters’ journeys are nicely elevated, and vanity, jealousy, rage, and greed personified become sins that all must be overcome along the way.

The action is intense, and some images may be frightening for very young children. I will also say that (spoiler alert!) we find out at the end that Lucy and Edmund will not be returning to Narnia – Aslan tells them that they must learn to know him as he is in our world, meaning God. This really upset Jess, because Lucy’s relationship with Aslan is central to the books. But it gave us an opportunity to talk about how God is always with us, no matter what. I highly recommend this movie – enjoy!

In December we gave thanks for a healthy baby Abby born to Miss Diane from the Child Care Center, as well as thanks for safe return of Kevin Ward after 1 year deployment in Afghanistan. We gave thanks for Aaron Adams’ honorable discharge from the Army, and for all our blessings, including new jobs, good auditions, healthy children, and successful surgeries. God is indeed an Awesome God!

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Viv Beyer, Val Bowman, Lois Bunt, Evelyn Burval, Shirley Busse, Sara Christiansen, Frank Daye, 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, Mary Norman, Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve, Barbara Rogers, Aleida Rodriquez, Luke Samuel, Harry and Sue Trestrail, and Linda Ufkes.

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

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!

Clare Doud
is still at St. Matthew’s Center
1601 N. Western Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Last month’s address is where her mail is being forwarded to, and is her son’s address. Please make note of it.   

Laura Olson
8737 Narragansett, 2nd FL
Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 384-1928 H
(708) 641-8607 C
Laura is still listed with her parents in the directory. Please note this address for her.

Messiah Lutheran Church
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