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The February Messenger Issue #512

Jan 31, 2011

The Messiah


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Not a minute after Christmas the stores begin putting out Valentine's Day items and schools begin planning for Valentine's Day parties. Yes, it seems that we all need something to look forward to in the bleak gray days of winter.
But - why Valentine's Day? Well, the day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and became officially established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 CE. In the Middle Ages, the day began to include more romantic traditions reflective of the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. However, the day was erased from the official Roman Calendar of Saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.
In our current culture, Valentine's Day has become more than simple expressions of love. Expectations have heightened for those special date dinners, movies, flowers, candy, jewelry and sporting events. There is hope for love requited and yet, the hope may not be fulfilled. In face, Vinegar Valentines became very popular in the late 1800s as a way to add insult and hurt to certain “types” of people who were outside society's sense of “acceptable.” The one page “cards” were caricatures and insulting poems printed on cheap, thin paper and mailed anonymously. These have re-appeared in recent years in the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip.
With all the hopes for love and fear of being hurt, we have been blessed with God's grace. When the fear is replaced by love, we are capable of doing God's work here.
When we accept Jesus Christ as God revealed to us, we have accepted unconditional love forever. In this season of Epiphany, we find joy and light in the hope of things to come … in the knowledge that we have been adopted as God's children and given God's love through God's own Son Jesus Christ!
May all people, including those who are outside society's definition of “acceptable,” find the love of God. We ask the Holy Spirit to guide us and fill us with God's love so that we can witness to the power of Jesus Christ in this world.
“We love because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:19
In God's Love,
Pastor Lynne

Saturday, March 12th at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary
Please come out and hear this wonderful choir and support their scholarship ministry and our own MAP program!!
The choir suggests a $500 donation for their performance which goes to their two scholarship ministries that support women and persons of color studying for the ministry. Any additional funds will go to Messiah’s MAP program. Tickets go on sale Sunday, Feb 6th:
$10 for adults
$5 for 6 – 18 year olds
Free for children under 6
You can also become a sponsor to help support the concert:
Platinum Level: $251 & over   
receive 6 free tickets & name in program
Gold Level: $151 - $250   
receive 4 free tickets & name in program
Silver Level: $50 - $150   
receive 2 free tickets & name in program
Help is needed to sell tickets, both at church and to family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and anyone else you can think of! We also need people to act as hosts for the concert and to help with the reception following the concert. There are also posters for distribution – we need help to get the word out!! See Pat Daniels or Carol Hrodey to let us know how you can help!   

Laura Hauser reports that in 2010, the Manna Program had orders of over $60,000 ($26,000 church/$34,000 child care). The estimated net profit is around $2,800 ($1,100 church/ $1,700 child care). Definitely a worthwhile effort! Thanks to those who support our Manna fundraiser and thanks to Laura and Kristin Yager for managing it for the church!
There is a new vendor list available in the Narthex, along with the Manna dates for 2011. We will also be updating our online order form to reflect these changes. We encourage everyone to try the Manna program at least once – see how easy it is!

Having a birthday party? Need more room? Several members have recently had the opportunity to use Messiah as a place to hold their events. Our Fellowship Hall is an excellent location for a party, or a workshop, or a group meeting – the kitchen is available, and the chairlift stairs offer easy access directly to the Hall. There is a Use of Facilities application available on the homepage of our website, or in the church office. Fill this out, hand it in at least a month before your event, and once it is approved by the Executive Committee, the space is yours! We don’t charge “rent” – if you’d like to give a small donation to cover expenses that is fine. Let’s keep the building busy!

On Wednesday, January 26th, five women got together to plan what might be a good event for the WELCA “Bold Women” Sunday event on February 27th.
In attendance that night was Pastor Lynne, Ardene Ejnik, Stephanie "Steve" Yager, Rebecca Rangel and Laura Olson. Quite quickly the group came to realize just what a good mix God had brought together as they had a wide spectrum of inspirations and experiences to reflect upon!
After sharing who inspires them and thier experiences as women, they came to some conclusions, the first being that "Bold" Women's Day” might not be the right name for this group. They came up with a new name – the "CAFE" Women's Group - A Community of Affirming, Faithful and Enlightened Women. The second conclusion was that the CAFE group would start out as a women's prayer group that will meet the first Wednesday of every month, beginning after the formerly known “Bold Women's Day” of February 27th. March 2nd will be our first meeting of that format… mark your calendars!
On Sunday, February 27th, after worship, the women will have a "tea" to talk with the other women of the church about this new group and how they want to be involved. The CAFE Committee (which includes ladies    
who were interested, but couldn’t make the planning meeting) is going to meet one more time to finalize plans for CAFE (Bold) Women's Day, on February 27th. On Feb 23rd the group will meet at Messiah at 7:30 PM to finalize immediate plans – anyone who wants to join are welcome. Each woman is so unique and can add so much!
The hope is that the CAFE group will evolve into other areas of support and community for the women of Messiah, like possibly a "PM" Women's Group, and/or Book Club?? So many ideas so many wonderful women to be inspired by and grow with, the possibilities are endless!
So mark your calendars ladies, and plan to meet February 23rd to finalize February 27th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the women on the committee, their emails are below.
Thanks so much!
The CAFE Committee (so far!) is:
Stephanie Yager
Laura Olson
Rebecca Rangel
Ardine Ejnik

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Sunday, Feb. 6th 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. Annual reports were distributed on January 30th. We will be voting on new officers, new budget, and further developments to MAP. All members are encouraged to come and participate!
ATTENTION FAMILIES! Child care will be provided (food and activities, too) in the Multipurpose Room –this should help EVERYONE to participate in this meeting!

Sunday, March 6 following worship
In honor of our Messiah Mardi Gras tradition, we are having a pot luck after the Worship service. “Jambalaya," "dirty rice," and a "King Cake" will be provided, along with non-alcoholic "Hurricanes." Sign ups for dishes will be in the narthex in February. Don't worry if you are unable to bring a dish! We will have crafts and activities for "all of God's children." Feel free to invite friends and visitors to this fellowship activity.


Executive Committee
Date To Be Determined
Leadership Team Meeting
Date To Be Determined

March Café, 3/2
Mardi Gras Pot Luck and Party, 3/6
Ash Wednesday Worship, 3/9
Lenten Midweek Study begins, 3/16

Friendship Day We will meet February 24th, 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. Contact Trudi Handzel or Millie Anderson for more information.

Men’s Breakfast – In February, the Men’s Brotherhood Breakfast will move back to Jimmy’s in Des Plaines Join our men Saturday, February 12th at 9 AM for some food and fellowship.

Feb. 6   5th Sunday in Epiphany
1st Lesson: Isaiah 58:1–12
Psalm: Psalm 112:1–10
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 2:1–16
Gospel: Matthew 5:13–20   
SS: Post Hunger Facts and pictures of Food Wall
CHAT: Amazing Grace Movie Discussion part 1   
CONF: Souper Bowl Activities

Feb. 13   6th Sunday in Epiphany
1st Lesson: Sirach 15:15–20
Psalm: Psalm 119:1–8
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 3:1–9
Gospel: Matthew 5:21–37   
SS: Make Valentines for cong-regation   
CHAT: Amazing Grace Movie Discussion part 2   
CONF: Jesus of Nazareth #1 Topic: Mary and Joseph

Feb. 20   7th Sunday in Epiphany
1st Lesson: Lev 19:1–2, 9–18
Psalm: Psalm 119:33–40
2nd Lesson: 1Corinthians 3:10–11,16–23
Gospel: Matthew 5:38–48
SS: Healing: Week 1   
CHAT: Music - Sue Fox - Research Your Favorite Hymn!   
CONF: Jesus of Nazareth #2 Topic: Jesus’ Birth and Boyhood

Feb. 27   8th Sunday in Epiphany
1st Lesson: Isaiah 49:8–16a
Psalm: Psalm 131
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 4:1–5
Gospel: Matthew 6:24–34   
SS: Healing: Week 2
CHAT: Genetics Presentation - Rev. Ron Duty
CONF: Jesus of Nazareth #3 Topic: Jesus’ Ministry

During our worship service on Sunday, February 13th, we will recognize those leaders in the congregation who will be moving on to new ministry, and we will install those who have agreed to fill the roles that are available. Please join us in thanking those who have served so diligently for several years, and welcoming those who are moving us into the future!

Lent does not begin until March 9th this year with Ash Wednesday. (More details about what will be offered during Lent will be available in the March Messenger.) We will be offering First Communion classes again this year – if you have a child who is the right age for First Communion, contact Floyd Yager to get them enrolled in the class as soon as possible.

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Feb. 6   
Flowers by the Handzels in honor of Ruth Perzentka’s birthday.   
Bulletins by Kathy Scheck in honor of Christopher and Johathan’s 7th birthdays.

Feb. 13   
Flowers by Char Lobitz in honor of Jackson Lobitz.
Bulletins by the Hauser Family in memory of grandmothers Viola and Evelyn.

Feb. 20   
Flowers by Brad and Pat Kovach in honor of committed couples.   
Bulletins Available.

Feb. 27   
Flowers by the Kovachs in memory of Clare Rodin.   
Bulletins by David Hanson in memory of Marvin R. Hanson.

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.



a social service agency in Park Ridge dedicated to helping our neighbors in need. Friday, 2/11 - Lunch session for men and women from 12:30 -3:30pm, dinner session for Ladies only from 6:30-9:30 pm. Held at South Park Recreation Center, corner of Talcott and Cumberland, Park Ridge. Price is $15.00 and ticket includes Bunko games & prizes, your choice of a hot entre, dessert, coffee & tea. Wine, beer and pop will be available for purchase. Call: Nancy at (847) 318-1008 for reservations.

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!

Deepening the Welcome
People at every stage of the conversation about GLBTQ inclusion, including those who have never addressed such topics in their congregations, are invited to a day of workshops - Deepening the Welcome: Living out Jesus’ Welcome for GLBTQ People in Our Congregations. The workshop will take place on Saturday, February 19, 2011, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph St., Oak Park, IL 60302. The cost is $10 per participant, and $30 for groups of four or more.

Celebrate “Called to Common Mission”
Join us as the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA and the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago celebrate ten years of "Called to Common Mission," the full-communion agreement between the two churches. The first of these celebrations will be held on Sunday, February 20, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Cathedral (65 E. Huron Street, Chicago); the second will be on Sunday, May 15, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke (1500 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago). The first liturgy (Feb. 20) is an Episcopal Liturgy with Bishop Miller presiding and Bishop Lee preaching, and they are joined by musicians under the direction of Cathedral Musician Bruce Barber and the Rev. Michael Costello of Grace Lutheran Church. A reception follows....come and celebrate!

Dear Moni and Messiah Lutheran Church,
I am writing to thank you for the incredible generosity you showed to us and to our clients this past holiday season. To say that the Christmas gifts that the congregation of Messiah Lutheran Church donated were wonderful would be an understatement. As you know, the majority of the children we serve come from under-privileged backgrounds, so it is a thrill for them to receive their own personalized gifts. In some cases, the gifts that you gave them were very likely the only Christmas gifts they received. The children's families were also most grateful for the kindness shown to them, and our caseworkers enjoyed giving the gifts almost as much as the children enjoyed receiving them.
On behalf of Julie Hanson, our senior supervisor, Suzanne Isenberg and Emilie Forrester, our team supervisors, and all of our case workers at the Intact Family Programs, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of you. Thank you for all of the work that you did to make Christmas extra special for our clients. And thank you for all you did to organize the collection of the gifts. Your time, effort, and generosity are greatly appreciated. We could not have done it without you.
It was a pleasure working with you to coordinate the gifts for "our" kids. I hope you have had a wonderful start to the new year, and look forward to working with you in the future.
Again, many thanks.
Jean Marie Sloan    

Worship is our response to God’s grace and faithfulness to us, and it is a blessing to be able to come together each Sunday as a church family. Worship is also a participatory event for everyone, young and old.
Do you want to raise your voice to God by learning a variety of musical styles? Please try our adult choir—we rehearse from 7:30pm to 8:45pm on Tuesdays. No training or prior experience is needed—just a desire to praise God. If you have any questions, please come speak with me or any of our choir members.
Vocal soloists, song leaders, and instrumentalists also enhance our worship—we invite you to share your talents, whether you are a child or a child-at-heart; we are all God’s children! Again, you don’t need to be a professional—if you would like to sing or play during worship, please speak with me. Everyone is welcomed to share their love of God through music!
Sue Fox

PS – Watch the bulletins in February for a chance to have your favorite hymn reseached. We will do this for the CHAT Room February 20th!

In Romans 12:13 we are told: Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. This congregation certainly obeys that command.
As you are probably aware, Sunday February 6, 2011 is the FOOTBALL Super Bowl. Our church will also have our S-O-U-P-E-R Bowl (of Caring).
The Souper Bowl of Caring is a grassroots, faith-based crusade against hunger. We are joining other churches, schools, organizations and individuals across the country to fight hunger and poverty by collecting dollars in soup pots next Sunday. What is collected stays in the community to help fight hunger, but we report our total to the Souper Bowl of Caring headquarters so that they can come up with a grand total.
In 2010, nearly 15,000 groups raised over $10 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other helping charities. Since the Souper Bowl of Caring began in 1990, over $71 million has been given to help those in need. The Souper Bowl of Caring most often benefits local food banks and soup kitchens, but world hunger organizations, denominational missions and other international ministries have also been recipients of Souper Bowl of Caring dollars.
Last year, our youth collected over $1000 and 500 cans/boxes of food for the Maine Township Food Pantry. We will again direct our collection to this great organization, but it will be through your generosity that we are able to help. May God bless our gifts.   

Youth Group outing February 11-12th. Eskape Overnight Adventure starts at 7pm on Friday, Feb. 11th. Youth Ministry Network is hosting the interactive group "Friends of the Groom" at Our Savior in Arlington Hts. Then we head over to Eskape in Buffalo Grove for 6 hours of laser-tag, bowling and arcade games. Pizza will be served at 1am. Total cost $25 for youth group members and $45 for friends. Adult chaperones also welcome! Contact Julie Holzer if interested.

Regular Youth Drop-in is
February 19 from 6-9pm.

January’s Sunday School lessons were about Jesus' miracle of taking a little boy's lunch of fish and bread and feeding over 5,000. To build on this story and in conjunction with the Souper Bowl of Caring on Feb 6th, our Sunday School has been collecting non-perishable food items throughout the month of January. We will present our collection during service on Feb 6th - the kids will also be singing that day in church. Visit the "Wall of Food" in the narthex and see how high we can go! Donations will be presented on Feb 6th for the Souper Bowl of Caring food drive.

Ethan Ash, 2/2
Jean Reeve, 2/3
Linda Larson, 2/4
Melanie Moon, 2/4
Jane Myers, 2/6
Kendra Corkill, 2/7
Maureen Dieball, 2/8
William Norberg, 2/9
Kristin Rosequist, 2/11
Bob Hanson, 2/16
Linka Jones, 2/17
Joseph Rosequist, 2/17
Lisa Saul, 2/18
Timothy Saul, 2/18   
Nikolaus Ryczek, 2/19
Sarah Nugnis, 2/24
Rosemary Paulus, 2/26
Audrey Krell, 2/27

Dave and Connie Kaufman – 2/28/1976,
35 years

LEADERSHIP will change after 2/6/11!
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.

Given by: Debrah & Robert Maday and Leona Johnson in memory of Charles Johnson
Given by: Kathy and Chuck Van Dike in memory of Bud Duckett
Given by: Len Bunge in memory of Marilyn Bunge

Philippa and Martina are sisters (named after Martin Luther and his best friend Philipp Melanchthon) who turn down a chance to leave their 1860’s Danish town, staying instead to care for their pastor father and his small church. Thirty-five years later, a French woman – Babette - seeks refuge, and Philippa and Martina take her in. Babette’s effect on the entire town is remarkable, and 14 years later she is given the opportunity to repay their kindness.
Pastor Lynne and I were talking about this movie several weeks ago, and we both agreed that this is one of our favorites. It is subtitled, so won’t be for younger children, but is a beautiful, charming, loving film that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Set in the late 1800’s in a VERY small village in Jutland, Denmark, the two beautiful daughters of the village’s religious leader both turn down their opportunities at love in order to fulfill their duty to their father and   his small congregation of followers. They spend their lives doing good works for the poor, and when Babette shows up on their doorstep, bearing a letter from an old flame of Philippa’s, they take her in.
It is hard to explain this movie without giving it away. Each scene, each advancement of the plot and character, is a soft discovery that builds on the last. The journey through the movie for someone who hasn’t seen it can be a special experience that I don’t want to derail with preconceived notions. I will say this … it is clear, when all is said and done, that Babette’s Feast is not about the food. It is about the feast of love that was given to her by complete strangers, and the feast of love that she returns. Don’t get me wrong … there is definitely food! The church members gather repeatedly at an empty table to sing their hymns and have their studies. But when Babette fills their table with food – and love – that is when the real miracle happens, for all of them.
Pastor Lynne and I each have a copy of this movie, if you’d like to borrow it.

The Graham family joyfully reported that their court case closed on January 3, 2011. Bridget gave thanks for all the help she has received from various members of Messiah, as well as the many prayers that were said for the family. She said thanks for everything else, as well - from everyone who helped the family with Christmas, to getting the kids new shoes the day before court. God bless you! We also gave thanks for Evelyn Hanson’s and Evelyn Burval’s successful surgeries last month!   

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, Vern Moreno, Mary Norman, Aidan Ray, John Read, Richard Reeve, Barbara Rogers, Aleida Rodriquez, The Santos Family, Luke Samuel, Harry and Sue Trestrail, Linda Ufkes, Audrey Vandlik and Marlyn Wenn.

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!

The Santos Family
8293 W. Oak Ave. #5
Niles, IL 60714
(224) 365-5084
Nancy Boomer
has cancelled her land line at home, so
(847) 436-3061 C
is now her phone number.

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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