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The March Messenger Issue #513

Feb 28, 2011

The Messiah


Dear Fellow Food Lovers and Fasters,
The season of Lent is upon us after an unusually extended Epiphany season. Early Christians around 300 CE began to observe a time of preparation before the Easter celebration. Preparation is based upon almsgiving, praying and fasting (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21). The Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for 40 days (excluding Sundays) until Easter. During these forty days of Lent we will reflect on the 40-day fast of Jesus in the wilderness after his baptism (Matthew 4:2, Luke 4:1-2) and Moses' 40 day fast on Mount Sinai (Exodus 34:28). Lent is a time of simplicity and preparation for the Easter event, which truly defines us as People of the Cross.
At Messiah, our Lenten tradition includes gathering for Supper, Service & Study on Wednesday evenings. We share a simple supper on and then proceed to the Sanctuary for Holden Evening Prayer Service. The year round retreat center Holden Village is known for this service, a form of the traditional Vespers, which is an evening prayer service dating back to the early Christian church.
Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
During the service, we will study Just Eating: Practicing Our Faith at the Table, a resource from Advocate Medical Group, Church World Service and the Presbyterian Hunger Program. We will read, study, share and discuss the way that food shapes a way of life that connects us with God, each other, and all of Creation.   

Although we will not share Communion on these Wednesday evenings, our studies will be using the practice of Eucharist to begin our conversations as we explore what it means to eat well in relationship to our own bodies, other people and the earth. The CHAT Room on Sunday mornings will complement our Wednesday evening studies with continued discussions on the intersection of faith and food in the world. We will support each other as we take action regarding the health of our bodies, the access others have to food, the health of the earth which our food choices influence, and the ways we use food to extend hospitality and enrich relationships. With our commitment and God's help, we hope to extend the reach of this study beyond the forty days of Lent.
May you all be nourished and strengthened in this Lenten season.
In Christ,

On Sunday, February 20th, during worship, we welcomed Carol Langan from the Maine Township Food Pantry so we could present a check to her for $1223.63 collected during our Souper Bowl of Caring food drive! We also counted 824 canned food items that have already been delivered to the pantry. This is an increase over last year - we donated over 550 food items and over $1000.00 to the Maine Township Food Pantry in 2010. Here are the national statistics so far:
Total Raised: $8,394,915 (with matching gifts)
Money Raised: $4,394,311
Pounds of Food Collected: 4,000,604
Participating Groups: 10,067
Participating Youth: 229,183
Groups Registered for 2012: 10,085
Thanks to EVERYONE for their support of this ministry, and for being a part of this national fight against hunger!    

To our fellow parishioners, our property team goal is to keep our church family informed of major projects that are constructive and cost effective. The following are two of our upcoming events.
Painting of the church interior - (Painting party!) when dates are finalized, volunteers will be invited.
The school roofing project - this project will be finalized around May or June of this year. This project is being supervised by Mr. Tim Blanks.
At this time, Messiah is in need of the following items: a portable generator, vaccum, contacts with people in drinking water companies. Also, any help working around our property is greatly appreciated!
If you have any problems or questions regarding the property you may call Ray Ejnik at (708) 751-6836. Thank you.


LORRAINE M. EDLER, beloved wife of the late John; loving mother of Barbara (Gerald) Valasek, Gerald (Catherine), and John (Katherine); devoted grandmother of 10; and great-grandmother of 12. Lorraine joined Messiah in September of 2007 along with Gerald and Barbara Valasek.

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Friday, March 4 at 10AM at First United Methodist Church, 418 W. Touhy Ave. in Park Ridge

The program was prepared by World Day of Prayer Chile Committee, and the theme this year is “Let Justice Prevail.” This is sponsored by the Church Women United of Park Ridge, which Messiah has been a member of for many years. All are invited, MEN also. The World Day of Prayer USA Committee is responsible for translation, publication and promotion of World Day of Prayer in the United States. Do come and join us.

Saturday, March 5 at 9 AM
The Altar Guild is asked to meet in the sanctuary for about 2 hours to review the needs of the upcoming Easter Season. This would also be an excellent opportunity to join the Guild if you are interested. Feel free to just come!

Saturday, March 12 at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary
Please come out and hear this wonderful choir and support their scholarship ministry and our own MAP program!!
Tickets are on sale now - $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.

There is more information about the choir on the back of the Child Care Center insert. There are full-sized flyers available in the narthex, as well as half sized handouts … take some and hang them up around town, at work – wherever! Or use them to invite someone to the event.

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 up for dishes on the YES! Sheets. 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. Burning of last year's Palms from Palm Sunday will occur following worship to prepare the ashes for Ash Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:30 PM

Our first session is titled "The Beginning of All Things - The Book of Eve" from the book "In the Sanctuary of Women." A Prayer Meeting is just the start, as our group evolves so will the content and direction of the meetings. ALL Women of Messiah are invited and urged to attend. It is a good opportunity for us to get to know each other, support each other and bond, when on Sunday mornings we normally have other obligations.
Our meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of every month, however in April we will be attending the "Supper, Service & Study," for Lent in lieu of a meeting. If you are thinking of attending our meetings but transportation may be a problem, please call Ardene Ejnik at (847) 825-0777 and we can arrange transportation. For more info do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Rangel, Steve Yager, Laura Olson or Ardene Ejnik. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 16th at 10 AM
Messiah again will be hosting a community wide Easter Egg Hunt, and we are looking for donations of plastic eggs, as well as small trinkets, stickers and candy to fill the eggs. Please avoid chocolate candy, as it melts, and all other candies should be peanut free! Look for the Easter basket in the Narthex during Lent to drop off your donations, and thanks for helping the Easter Bunny!

Executive Committee
Date To Be Determined

Easter Holy Week Services, 4/17-24

Friendship Day We will meet March 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 March, the Men’s Brotherhood Breakfast will meet at Jimmy’s in Des Plaines Join our men Saturday, March 12th at 9 AM for some food and fellowship.


Mar. 6   Transfiguration of Our Lord
1st Lesson: Exodus 24:12–18
Psalm: Psalm 2
2nd Lesson: 2 Peter 1:16–21
Gospel: Matthew 17:1–9   
SS: TBD   
CHAT: Genetics Presentation: Rev. Ron Duty   
CONF: Jesus of Nazareth #4-Topic:The Parables
Mar. 13   1st Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Gen. 2:15–17; 3:1–7
Psalm: Psalm 32
2nd Lesson: Romans 5:12–19
Gospel: Matthew 4:1–11   
SS: TBD   
CHAT: Food Presentation: Steve Yager   
CONF: Jesus of Nazareth #5 - Topic: The Cost of Discipleship
Mar. 20   2nd Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Genesis 12:1–4a
Psalm: Psalm 121
2nd Lesson: Rom. 4:1–5, 13–17
Gospel: John 3:1–17   
SS: TBD   
CHAT: Food Presentation: Steve Yager   
CONF: Jesus of Nazareth #6 - Topic: The Miracles of Jesus
Mar. 27   3rd Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Exodus 17:1–7
Psalm: Psalm 95
2nd Lesson: Romans 5:1–11
Gospel: John 4:5–42   
SS: TBD   
CHAT: Food Presentation: Steve Yager   
CONF: No Class: Spring Break

Ash Wednesday March 9th
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday services at 9:15 AM and 7:30 PM. Please note that the early service will be DURING our Child Care Chapel time, and we will be offering imposition of ashes to children as well as adults. THEN …
Supper, Service & Study on Wednesdays beginning March 16th
9:15 AM - Child Care Chapel (adults invited!)
9:45 AM - Bible Study – Lenten Lectionary
6:00 PM - Light Supper
6:45 PM - First Communicants Class departs for study
7:00 PM - Holden Evening Prayer w/ Bible Study – see Pastor Lynne’s article for details about this
(First Communicants Class joins at 7:30)
8:00 PM - All finished!   

We hope you will join us for any or all of these Lenten opportunities. If you have a child who is the right age for First Communion, contact Pastor Lynne to get them enrolled in the class as soon as possible.

   Mar. 6   Mar. 13   Mar. 20   Mar. 27
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Jessie K   Nick L   Adam H   Andrew F
Communion Assistants   Cathy K   Rich L   Laura H   John F
Readers   Ravi P   Rich L   Teresa L   Neil H
Worship Assistants   Tait J   Diane B   David S   Pat K
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Sue B,
Susan R   Sue B,
Susan R   Sue B,
Susan R   Sue B,
Connie K
Greeter   Jean G   Jean G   Jean G   Jean G
Bread Providers   *   Jensen Family   *   *
Counters   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Mar. 6   by the Handzels in honor of their anniversary.
also by the Hrodey family in honor of George Hrodey’s 90th birthday.   Available.
Mar. 13   by Dorothy Burger in memory of her mother Dorothy and her father Bill’s birthday.   Available.
Mar. 20   by Susan Rice in memory of her mother Charity Grove.   Available.
Mar. 27   by the Yagers in honor of Kristin’s birthday.
also by the Hrodey family in memory of Betty Hrodey.   by the Yagers in honor of Kristin’s birthday.

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.



Easter Flower Orders
New this year we will offer not only 2 sizes of Lilies, but also Hyacinths, Tulips, Azaleas, Hydrangeas, and Hibiscus! Prices range from $8.50 to $12 – order forms will be available starting March 6, and order deadline is April 10.
Beautiful flowers will decorate our sanctuary on Easter morning, and those plants that are not taken home will grace our landscaping shortly after that!

There is a nice black coat hanging in the narthex by the Donation Station. It has been there since before Christmas. If it is yours, please claim it. If no one claims it in the next 2 weeks, we will give it to someone who needs it.

We have posted a new page on our website called “Lay Leadership.” This has a list of our current volunteer positions, the people who hold them, and their email addresses. In case you are confused about who is now doing what, we invite you to visit that page to find out!

The Maine East Fine Arts Department presents its production of the Broadway musical, "Hairspray", on March 4, 5, 11, and 12. All performances begin at 7:30pm in the Maine East Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased thru the Maine East web site: east.maine207.org, then click on "Fine Arts". Or you can call the Fine Arts Department at 847-692-8500 for more information.

Join the Relay for Life
of Des Plaines/Park Ridge as they kick-off the Relay season on Tuesday, March 1st at Club Casa, the banquet hall at the Des Plaines Golf Center starting at 6:30pm. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature fundraising event held overnight that works to celebrate a world with less cancer and more birthdays! The kick-off event will include a program that details what occurs at a Relay for Life event and will allow attendees to ask questions about Relay for Life, sign up their team for the event, and meet fellow Relay for Life participants. Food will be provided. Please contact Rachel Schindler with any questions or to RSVP at 847-368-1166 or by email at rachel.schindler@cancer.org.

This is an excerpt of the article. The complete letter can be found on our web page under Ministries/Our Mission in Africa/More Info.
Dear Friends in Christ,
We have heard about the heavy snows and cold weather in many parts of the US and Europe. During this time the Southern African region has been experiencing heavy summer rains and in some areas serious flooding causing loss of life and damage to homes and crops. It also means there will be an increase in malaria in affected areas …
… I have just returned from a Malaria Planning Workshop which was held in Johannesburg. In Southern Africa the ELCA is working together with five companion churches that are part of the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA). Two executive staff from the ELCA Global Mission unit in Chicago and I met with about 20 coordinators and field officers from Lutheran churches in Mozambique, Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Each country presented a report of the past year's activities, an action plan for the New Year and a budget to go with it … We have much to learn and contribute as we work together in this campaign.
Thank you for your continuing prayers for, support of and participation in God's mission locally and globally.
Yours faithfully,
Philip J. Knutson (Rev. Dr.)
ELCA Global Mission
Regional Program Assistant – Southern Africa
Cape Town, Feb. 3, 2011   MUSIC NOTES: MARCH

Our worship music in March will reflect the change of church seasons. We will celebrate with joy the Transfiguration on Sunday, March 6, as Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son. March 9 is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Through the 40 days of Lent, music takes a more penitential tone, and “Alleluia” is removed from our worship in spoken word and song until Easter. One of the most exquisite Lenten hymns, and widely acknowledged by hymnologists as the finest English language hymn, is “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (ELW 803). In 16 lines, the lyricist, Isaac Watts, not only eloquently describes Jesus’ death, but also summarizes how believers must respond to such amazing love. Even though it is traditionally used as a hymn for Lent and Good Friday, its message can be sung and remembered at any time of the year.
We invite you to sing with the adult choir during Lent and on Easter Sunday. Traditionally known as the “40 Day Choir”, it is a good way to participate in this special season. During Lent, we will be practicing on Wednesday nights after Lenten worship, from 8pm to about 9pm. Please join us! ~ Sue Fox
Choir Rehearsals for March
Tuesday March 1, 7:30p
Wednesday March 9, 8p
Wednesday March 16, 8p
Wednesday March 23, 8p
Wednesday March 30, 8p

March 5th - Fresh Fire synod event at LSTC. http://www.mcselca.org/what/ ministry/youth/ Speaker - Rev. Dr. Nate Fraumbach and Mulky and the Lab Rats. Adult & Youth workshops. Open for high school students. Go to above website for info & registration.
March 11th – Lighthouse at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, of Mt. Prospect. It's $5 per middle-schooler. They usually have concessions. Kids need to RSVP by March 8th to Julie Holzer.
Dodgeball Tournament for Hunger being held on Saturday, March 12th at St. Mark's. If any youth want to form a team, let Julie Holzer know. There are separate teams for 5th graders – 12th graders. $50 per team, 5 or 6 players on a team. All games will be held at St. Mark Center, 200 S. Wille St., Mt. Prospect, IL.
5th - 8th grade tournament 9:30am – 12:00pm
9th – 12th grade tournament 1pm – 3:30pm
Registration forms and money are due by Saturday, March 5th to the Welcome Desk by the church office or the Dodgeball table at the St. Mark Center to Kurtis Decker. Email Kurtis at kdecker@stmarkmp.org.

March 12 – Drop in at 6:00 PM. We will explore going to the LSTC Gospel event as a group.   

Our overnight eSkape lock-in on February 11th was a great event, starting with human tic-tac-toe and an interesting Worship Service incorporating an interactive drama troupe, Friends of the Groom. Then we drove over to eSkape for bowling, laser tag and arcade games. We had 6 youth and 2 adults from Messiah participate in the lock-in. Thanks to Joe Ejnik for braving the kids! We had over 140 youth join us from 16 ELCA churches.

For the rest of the Sunday School year the students will be participating in activities related to two important Bible stories. Jesus Heals the 10 is the story of Jesus healing 10 lepers, and Little Girl Get Up, describes a miracle in which Jesus brings a young child back to life. Plans include visiting an adult care center and hearing speakers share information on mission trips and pediatric medical services. Pastor Lynne will join the group to talk about Lent and Jenni Read will lead the students in preparing a special musical number for Palm Sunday. Sunday School will continue through May 15th this year.

Madelyn Palos, 3/1
Joyce Johnsen, 3/4
Marilyn Borgeson, 3/6
George Hrodey, 3/7
Kim Hanson, 3/8
Nancy Magerl, 3/8
John Fox, 3/9   
Nydia Santos, 3/9
Julie Holzer, 3/10
Emma Penumaka, 3/12
Samantha Fogel, 3/15
Deborah Chervinko, 3/16
Samed Hamden, 3/18
Vera Koehler, 3/18
Zachary Loverme, 3/20
Nicholas Boomer, 3/21
Amalia Santos, 3/22
Adeline Sauer, 3/23   Mark Wiberg, 3/23
Kristin Yager, 3/24
Kristine Christiansen, 3/27
William Downie, 3/28
Alan Christiansen, 3/29
Pierson Anderson, 3/31

Jim and Trudi Handzel – 3/88/1986,
25 years


Pastor: Rev. Lynne Morrow
Coordinator/Music Ministry: Sue Fox
Child Care Center Director: Karen Black
Office Administrator:    Jennifer Schneider
Bookkeeper:    Helen Levy
Property Maintenance:    John Handzel, Jr.
Custodian:    Worknesh Deressa

President:   John Fox
Vice President:    TBD
Secretary:    Stephanie Yager
Treasurer:    Larry Ryczek
Financial Sec.:    Paul Holzer

The CHAT Room:   Rich Levy,
         David Swanson
Altar Guild:      Linda Raymond
Brotherhood:      Rich Seggeling
CCC Board:      TBD
Christian Education:   Julie Jensen
Choir:         Patti Daniels
Confirmation/Youth:   Floyd Yager
         Julie Holzer
Evangelism:      David Swanson
Friendship Day:    Trudi Handzel, Sandi Collie
Property Coordinator: Ray Ejnik
Stewardship:      Floyd Yager

Contact the Church Office for phone numbers or email addresses for these folks.

MEMORIAL REPORT as of February 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.
No Memorials were received in February.

Sorry, folks … I just could not get past the gnome thing. They just freak me out a little too much.
A Shakespeare adaptation like no other, this animated musical transports the classic tale of forbidden romance between two star-crossed lovers from warring families to the unlikely world of garden gnomes. Featuring songs from legendary recording artist Elton John (who also executive produced the movie), this film features the vocal talents of Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Jason Statham, Patrick Stewart and Michael Caine.
With a cast like that, I was willing to try this film. I enjoy all those actors, and their talents definitely shone through their little gnomey faces. But I didn’t find this movie all that funny, only chuckling weakly a few times. And while I am definitely NOT a purist when it comes to Shakespeare (I adore off-the-wall imaginative adaptations – ask me about Slings and Arrows sometime!) the basic story was so totally butchered that I really didn’t care for it. An hour into the story, Gnomeo, in a conversation with William Shakespeare’s statue, tells the bard that he (Gnomeo) is going to “find a better ending,” thus making a Romeo and Juliet that the little kiddies can watch. And this IS a good movie for kids … rated G, it is more tame than other animated offerings, and Jessica enjoyed it. But between the very, VERY loose interpretation of the classic script and the spontaneous Elton John songs popping up regularly (feeling very out of place and silly), I really just didn’t like this movie. So the weird little gnome figures really didn’t stand a chance.
The basic lesson of the “Tragedie of Romeo and His Juliette” is still there – that escalating violence (an eye for an eye) will have painful, unexpected consequences. But trying to explain that to your child when everyone LIVES at the end of the movie just doesn’t have the same punch that the author intended. So for my money, I’d rather stick with movies that I come out of thinking about, and can have a conversation with my child about that are also fun and exciting, like UP, or How to Train Your Dragon. And oh, yeah – we accidentally saw the 3-D version of G&J, which cost us $36.50 for 3 tickets … watch closely when checking times, because I don’t think it’s worth the money!

Diane Wilson says thanks to answered prayer, her son-in-law Frank Daye can come off our prayer list. Frank had successful back surgery last month, and after several weeks in therapy, he is able to get around with the help of a cane. Vern Moreno also says thank you for the gifts of a coat and a pair of shoes from people in our congregation – they are also an answer to prayer, keeping him warm and dry to finish out the winter months!   

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Viv Beyer, Val Bowman, Lois Bunt, Evelyn Burval, Shirley Busse, Shirley Christian, Kristine Christiansen, Sara Christiansen, Cheryl Donahue, Clare Doud, Lorraine Edler’s Family, Linda Foltz, Pearl Fox, Graham Family, Walter Goelling and Family, Arlene Johnson, Kennet, Vera Koehler, Audrey Krell, Richard Levy, Mary, Mary Norman, Aidan Ray, John Read, Richard Reeve, Barbara Rogers, Aleida Rodriquez, The Santos Family, Luke Samuel, Harry and Sue Trestrail, Linda Ufkes, and Audrey Vandlik.

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.

Knowing the full power of prayer, we ask everyone to pray for Kristine Christiansen. She suffered a severe stroke on Sunday, February 20th, and is in a deep coma. Her husband Alan has asked us to pray for her. Please remember the whole family in your prayers, and pray for healing for Kristine.

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!
No address changes this month.

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
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