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The Messiah Messenger > The April Messenger Issue #514
The April Messenger Issue #514

Mar 31, 2011

The Messiah


April 21 – 7pm
Maundy Thursday

April 22 – 10am & 7pm
Good Friday

April 23 – 7pm
Easter Vigil

April 24 – 10:15am
Easter Celebration!


Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This year we will celebrate Palm Sunday with the same high hopes that those who gathered along the streets in Jerusalem … the hope that the Messiah brings for the world. We will experience the Palm Procession through the eyes of those we have met along our Lenten journey - Nicodemus, The Woman at The Well, The Blind Man, Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Like those before us, we will shout "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
We journey along to Maundy Thursday and gather to remember the one whose love overcomes death and the grave, to remember that we are rooted in this cruciformed love, to recall the ones we are called to serve humbly, most especially the poor and unloved. Then our feet washed and stomachs fed, we are sent out into the world to offer our lives and be the body of Christ broken and shed.
Good Friday is a day we would rather not face, as we are reminded of the painful truth: Jesus suffered, was crucified, and died. Those words become tolerable when followed by: "and on the third day was raised." But today the words stop incomplete, and we, like the grieving women, gather at the Cross and are inconsolable. We feel the pain of the day and the darkness of the night envelopes us.
We gather again in the dark on Holy Saturday for an Easter Vigil. We gather round fire, font, and food to experience the feeling of the women gathered at the tomb. Coming from the dark, hopelessness of the crucifixion, we too, enter in darkness and as we gather together as the body of Christ. Slowly the darkness of death lifts and we find the warmth and light of a resurrected Christ ... our Christ! Our new sisters and brothers in Christ will be bathed in the baptismal waters and a festive celebration will ensue!
On Easter Sunday, we find out the good news that began overnight. Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! We join in on the celebration and are reminded that the power of death is mocked. The sparkling angel announces the good news to the women. Then Jesus himself appears to show that death no longer can contain him. Yes, we made it through the darkness of the night! And we hold true to being Easter people - charged to proclaim the Good News to all corners of the world! Hallelujah!
Pastor Lynne

While we realize that not everyone will choose to attend each of the Holy Week worship opportunities, we pray that those who are able to participate will find the entire story compelling and meaningful in their spiritual journeys.

We shared a wonderful evening with this talented choir in March that included their Spirited music and time for fellowship afterwards. What a great group of people! We'd like to especially thank our sponsors who made a donation to the choir's scholarship fund possible as well as a donation for our own MAP fund. Thanks to all who attended too and those in particular who helped: Millie Anderson, Tom Daniels, Ron & Theresa Duty, John Fox, Pat Fragale, Donna & Dave Hanson, Connie Kaufman, Larry Johnson, Don & Mary Jane Kovach, Pat Kovach, Jenni Read and Susan Rice. Thanks for making it a great evening!
Patti Daniels and Carol Hrodey

CLARE DOUD 1918-2011
Clare E. Doud (nee Harms) of Niles was born in Castilia, Iowa May 24, 1918. She became a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in 1983, and was active in the choir, lending her lovely voice and personal charm to the worship services for several decades. Clare was a registered nurse, and had many friends in the Park Ridge community. She passed away at St. Matthew’s Center for Health on March 13, 2011. Pastor Lynne officiated a funeral at Messiah for her on Thursday, March 17th. Many family and friends attended.

Layettes are now called Baby Care Kits, and require 2 lightweight cotton t-shirts, 2 long or short-sleeved gowns or sleepers WITHOUT FEET, 2 receiving blankets, medium weight cotton or flannel, or knitted with light weight yarn, up to 52" square, 4 cloth diapers (we do have a supply so check) flat fold preferred, one jacket, sweater or sweatshirt with a hood or include baby cap, 2 pairs of socks, 1 hand towel, dark color preferred, 2 bath sized bars (4 to 5 oz.) of gentle soap in original wrapping, 2 diaper pins (we have some so check) or large safety pins. Sizes up to 24 months may be used. We try to mix sizes in kits.   
Health care kits are now called Personal Care Kits. The main change in this is nail clippers and 2 bars of bath sized (4-5 oz) soap and no band aids. We usually purchase the other items with money donated to Angels in the Narthex program. No wash clothes are wanted. We may use up the items we have and are hoping to get an inventory soon. Call if you have any questions, Trudi Handzel or Millie Anderson. Thanks and God Bless.

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Sunday, April 3rd after worship

Please join us to compile the LSSI Easter baskets! It won't take us long but will be a good opportunity for some fellowship while completing this service project. It will also give us an opportunity to discuss the formation of a monthly group to work on various service projects including assisting with LWR quilts and kits and other projects like gift bags for Lutheran General's NICU, etc. If you are interested in being part of a monthly service group but can't attend on April 3rd please contact Carol Hrodey or Trudi Handzel.   

Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 AM

Men of the Messiah Brotherhood are invited to attend the annual "Park Ridge Men's Prayer Breakfast" at the Park Ridge Country Club on Saturday morning April 9th at 7:30AM. We need the $25 fee no later than Thursday, March 31st, so some of the Men’s Brotherhood will call around and ask for attendees. A buffet breakfast and full program, including an address by James Skogsbergh, president and CEO of Advocate Health Care, will be provided. Contact Dave Hanson or Rich Seggeling to attend as soon as possible.

Items due April 3rd
We are still collecting for the LSSI Easter basket program. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, we already have supplies to make more baskets than anticipated. Items still needed are wrapped candy, Easter grass, cellophane for wrapping the baskets, chalk and little gifts for the mothers (like lotions).
Also, for anyone interested, we will gather for about an hour after church service on Sunday April 3 to sort through the donations and begin assembling the baskets. Please see Laura Hauser with any questions.   

Saturday, April 16th @ 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. Suggested types of candy include Starbursts, Mini Tootsie Rolls, Skittles, etc. All candy must be wrapped, and hard candy is discouraged as a choking hazard. 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! We can also always use helpers for the Hunt itself – contact the office if you want to pitch in!

April 17 at 10:15 AM
Worship begins with the congregation entering the sanctuary waving palm branches and singing. This year we will hear from the six characters from Lent what Palm Sunday means to them.

April 21 at 7pm
Communion service including the washing of feet, celebration of the Last Supper, First Communion for some of our youth, and stripping of the altar.

April 22 at 10am – Family Service
The message of Good Friday for all ages.
April 22 at 7pm – Tenebrea Service
Traditional service of scriptures and darkness.

April 23 at 7pm
A progressive service that starts in darkness and ends in the light of the resurrected Christ. Holy Communion is offered, and all are invited to celebrate with a short reception following the service.

April 24 at 10:15am
Celebrating the occasion of the risen Christ!
Easter Breakfast at 8:30 am
Sunday School Egg Hunt at 9:30 am   

Friendship Day We will meet April 28th, 9:30 AM 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 – For April’s breakfast our men will attend the Park Ridge Prayer Breakfast (see article at left). The regular time/location will resume in May.

Child Care Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 10 @ 6:30 pm
Executive Committee
Monday, April 16 @ 7:00 pm


Child Care Center Fun Fair, May 14
Scout Sunday, May 15
LSSI Good Shepherd Sunday, May 22
Memorial Day Parade, May 30


Apr. 3   4th Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: 1 Samuel 16:1–13
Psalm: Psalm 23
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 5:8–14
Gospel: John 9:1–41   
SS: Song Rehearsal and Egg Hunt Prep   
CHAT: Egg Hunt Prep   
CONF: Jesus of Nazareth #7 Topic: Last Day’s of Jesus’ Life

Apr. 10   5th Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Ezekiel 37:1–14
Psalm: Psalm 130
2nd Lesson: Romans 8:6–11
Gospel: John 11:1–45   
SS: Song Rehearsal and Egg Hunt Prep   
CHAT: Egg Hunt Prep   
CONF: Jesus of Nazareth #8 Topic: Jesus’ Death

Apr. 17   Palm Sunday
1st Lesson: Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm: Psalm 31:9–16
2nd Lesson: Philippians 2:5–11
Gospel: Matthew 21:1-10   
SS: No Class   
CHAT: Food Presentation: Steve Yager   
CONF: Jesus of Nazareth #9 Topic: Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascention

Apr. 21   Maundy Thursday
1st Lesson: Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm: Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 11:23–26
Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35   
Apr. 22   Good Friday Tenebrae
1st Lesson: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
7 Last Words of Christ:
John 18:1- 19:30         

Apr. 23   Easter Vigil
1st Lesson: Genesis 1:1—2:4a
2nd Lesson: Exodus 14:10–31; 15:20–21
3rd Lesson: Isaiah 55:1–11
4th Lesson: Daniel 3:1–29
5th Lesson: Romans 6:3-11
Gospel: John 20:1-18         

Apr. 24   Easter Sunday
1st Lesson: Acts 10:34–43
Psalm: Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24
2nd Lesson: Colossians 3:1–4
Gospel: Matthew 28:1–10   
Easter Breakfast @ 8:30 AM!
Sunday School Egg Hunt at 9:30 AM!


Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Apr. 3   in memory of Susan Nugnis
by her family.    by Eugene and Marilyn Borgeson.
Apr. 10   by Jean Geeve in memory of her son Joseph Varhanik’s birthday April 17.
also by the Holzers for their 15th wedding anniversary.   in loving memory of Uncle George by the Hauser family.
Apr. 17   Palm fronds will be on display.   by Jean Geeve in memory of her son Joseph Varhanik’s birthday.
Apr. 24   Easter Garden flowers will be on the altar for Easter Sunday. Order forms are available in the Sunday bulletins, or contact the office directly.

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. REMEMBER TO PAY FOR YOUR FLOWERS OR BULLETINS!
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 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!

Generous Giving from ELCA Disaster Response
Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have contributed nearly $750,000 in response to the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan March 11. ELCA Treasurer Christina Jackson-Skelton provided this report on March 25. One hundred percent of all donations designated for the Japan disaster go to the local response. Financial gifts for the Pacific Earthquake and Tsunami can be contributed at www.ELCA.org/japanearthquake on the ELCA website. Credit card gifts may be made by calling 1-800-638-3522. Gifts designated for the Pacific Earthquake and Tsunami can also be sent to: ELCA Disaster Response, 39330 Treasury Center, Chicago, IL 60694

Metro Chicago Synod Spring Stewardship Conference
Saturday, April 30, 8:45-3:15 at
Lutheran School of Theology Chicago
1100 E. 55th Street, Chicago
This conference is designed to help individuals and congregations gain insights and explore tools and strategies for becoming financially well. Presenters are Polly Bergerson (from ELCA Board of Pensions) and Rev. Robert Buschkemper (Senior Gift Planner, ELCA Foundation). The seminar is open to all. Lunch is provided. Pre-registration fee (before 4/20) is $25. You may register online (preferred) at www.mcselca.org. Brochures and registration forms are also available in the narthex, or call the office for more information.

Medication Take-Back Day- Saturday, April 30
Is your medicine cabinet full of expired, unused or unwanted medications?
Dispose of them safely on Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Drop prescription and over-the-counter medications in their original containers at the Park Ridge, Des Plaines or Niles Police Departments. Do NOT remove labels. Personal information (name, address, doctor) should be crossed out, but information about the medication should be legible.
Protect your family and our environment! Abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs commonly found in homes, most notably by teens and young adults, is on the rise. Removing unwanted, unused or expired medications from the home helps eliminate abuse – and also keeps our water supply clean.
This event is sponsored by MCYAF. For more information, see www.mcyaf.com or contact your Police Department.

This is an excerpt of the article. The whole letter can be found on our web page under Ministries/Our Mission in Africa/More Info.
Dear Friends in Christ,
About 1500 people attended the consecration service for Bishop-elect Absalom Mbuyane Mnisi held in the sports hall in the town of Ermelo in the Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA) on March 20, 2011. The ELCSA Eastern Diocese covers most of the Mpumalanga Province in the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Swaziland…
I was honored to bring greetings and a gift on behalf of the ELCA Global Mission and the Caribbean Synod stressing our desire to continue walking together with the ELCSA Eastern Diocese as companions in God’s mission. (Bishop Mnisi visited the Caribbean Synod in June 2009. The ELCA World Hunger fund supports HIV&AIDS work in the diocese. Several ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission are currently placed in the diocese as well.)…
As regional program assistant for ELCA Global Mission it is a privilege to learn from and share these experiences with you. Thank you for your prayers, support and participation in God's mission locally and globally.
Yours faithfully,
Rev. Dr. Philip J. Knutson
Cape Town, March 22, 2011   

This is a new addition to the Messenger! The Executive Committee would like to make sure that everyone is up to speed with what is going on in the administrative side of the church. We willl be posting information from some of the reports and minutes that come out of the meetings on a monthly basis. The following was discussed at the MARCH Meeting:
• Executive Committee meetings will be the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 PM.
• EC date for Spiritual Retreat is March 20, 2011 off campus from 1 PM to 5 PM.
• Terms of this EC Positions will be:
o President and Treasurer – 3-year term
o VP, Fin Sec and Secretary – 2-year term
o A motion by John Fox to accept this change of terms for this executive committee based on the guide of the Congregation constitution of 2003. (page 15, Part VIII, section B)
o The newly elected officers shall immediately assume their duties and be installed in worship on the Sunday following the congregational meeting. Following subsequent years shall revert to a 2-year terms. Officers may succeed themselves in consecutive terms of the same office not to exceed two terms. Motion was seconded by Larry and all approved.
Weekly Attendance for Feb
2/6=82, 2/13=92, 2/20=74, 2/27=78
Weekly Giving (general fund) for Feb
2/6=$1851, 2/13=$4050, 2/20=$844, 2/27=$1184

Community Egg Hunt Saturday, April 16th at 10 AM High School and Middle School students are needed that morning to assist toddlers and young children with Messiah's Community Egg Hunt. Please come join us!
The Youth Group is invited to Drop-In every 2nd Saturday of the month from 6-9pm at the Parsonage. Call Mrs. Holzer with question at 847-840-3169. April’s date is the 9th.

On Wednesday March 16th, we began lessons with eight eager young students who will be making their First Holy Communion at the Maundy Thursday Service on April 21st. As has become tradition at Messiah, we began with a light supper at 6pm, then went off to class. Over the next several weeks the students will cover three age appropriate bible studies. We will read a story together and do some questions that are fill in the blanks. We cover the Passover from Exodus, the new covenant in Jeremiah 31:31-34, and the Last Supper. Then the following week we talk about communion from the small catechism of Martin Luther and do a word search. The last week bring back two interview forms the fill out through discussion with two adults about communion. We talk about the interviews, will do a craft project this year, and then “practice” for communion. We are learning about sacrifice, forgiveness, and that communion is all about remembering how much Jesus loves us! The students are full of energy and have wonderful questions. I hope you can join us at the Maundy Thursday Service as these children join us at the Lord's Table for the very first time. ~ Floyd Y   

Sunday School students will use their time together in April to rehearse a special song for Palm Sunday and to prepare for Easter. Continuing to apply this unit's theme of reaching out to others, they will also help fill the plastic Easter eggs to be used in Messiah's annual community Easter Egg Hunt, work on another service project and visit a local nursing home. Finally, we'll end our Sunday School year in May by celebrating with an end-of-the-year trivia game and party.

Kimberly Jones, 4/2
Jennifer Manzella, 4/3
Diane Wilson, 4/4
Alexandra Santos, 4/6
Charlene Lobitz, 4/8
Russell Raymond, 4/8      
James Seggeling, 4/8
Connie Kaufman, 4/10
Richard Daniels, 4/11
Peter DiVita, 4/12
Stephen Plaza, 4/13
Patricia Daniels, 4/19
Sue Ellen Fox, 4/19
Trudi Handzel, 4/23
Samson Markos, 4/23
Jean Seggeling, 4/28   
Eva Thoren, 4/28
Eugene Borgeson, 4/29
Susan Rice, 4/30

Susan and Roger Rice,
4/4/1970, 41 years

Paul and Julie Holzer,
4/20/1996, 15 years

Les and Nancy Herak,
4/30/1977, 34 years

We have filled all of our open positions. Diane Wilson has prayerfully agreed to be our new Vice President. Thank you, Diane! Ravi Penumaka and Pat Fragale have agreed to be members of the Child Care Center Board. Thanks to Ravi and Pat!

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:    Diane Wilson
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 Chair:   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 March 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 March.

Rehearsal footage, backstage action, and interviews comprise this moving Michael Jackson experience. He is shown here preparing for a series of 50 sold-out London shows, which were scheduled to kick off in late summer 2009. Singing his numerous hits at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during the days leading up to his untimely death, Jackson is also seen refining cues, delving into dance details and working with director Kenny Ortega (director of High School Musicals 1, 2, & 3).
I was never a huge Michael Jackson fan. I did like his songs, and his popularity was at its all-time height when I was in high school, but I never jumped on the Michael bandwagon. My choice to watch this movie last week was as simple as that there was nothing else on. I was surprised and moved, however, by several things in this movie, and I’d like to encourage anyone who has any interest at all in the man, the music, or the making of a top-notch stage show to watch this film. It is family friendly (no swearing or nudity) and    is a loving tribute to a great artist.
I was seriously impressed by the magnitude of the show they were rehearsing for. Every note, every cue, every dance move was being played for perfection – and Michael was the center of it all. With a quiet voice, and repeated offerings of “God bless you” to the cast, crew and musicians, Michael Jackson proves why he is the undisputed King of Pop – even to someone like me who doesn’t believe in that sort of hogwash. At age 50 he dances circles around men half his age – and why not? He invented this style of dance! And every note of his music is in his blood, and he respectfully works his musicians until they get it perfect. And his message is positive – most of his songs (Black or White, Man in the Mirror) encompass the desire for us all to get along. There are many opinions online about whether or not Michael was a Christian. That is between him and Jesus. He was a gentle spirit advocating love and peace.
As I watched I couldn’t get past the tragedy of what was unfolding. That this show will never be performed. I am so happy to have seen this film, because at least we could get a glimpse of what it could have been.

We received a note from Dane Preisser thanking us for the prayers and kind words. (Dane is on our military prayer list.) He says that it is very comforting to know that people are praying for him, and he asks that we remember to pray for all the men and women of the armed forces, both fallen and standing. Then he references Matt. 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”
Amen to that!   

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Kelly B, Bruce Bachman, Viv Beyer, Val Bowman, Lois Bunt, Evelyn Burval, Shirley Busse, Kristine Christiansen, Sara Christiansen, Cheryl Donahue, Linda Foltz, Pearl Fox, Peter 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, Aleida Rodriquez, The Santos Family, 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.

We ask everyone to continue to pray for Peter Fox, who was diagnosed with AML Leukemia on March 19th. Peter is undergoing a series of 10 chemo treatments over the next few weeks, and thanks to support from his family, friends, teachers and classmates, is doing well. Please keep Peter and his whole family (Sue, John, and Andrew) in your prayers. Peter can have visitors at LGH, but please call first (847-708-4258).
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.

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
p 847.823.6984           f 847.823.6996