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The July Messenger Issue #517
The July Messenger Issue #517
Jun 30, 2011
FROM THE PASTOR
“BEING CHURCH” (part 2)
Greetings of Summer,
Last month, we celebrated that the day of Pentecost gave the church a living purpose, to be the community of Christ filled with the Holy Spirit's presence and power. As N. Graham Standish states in his book Becoming a Blessed Church, "Without the day of Pentecost ... the Christian movement would have died." Now, nineteen hundred years later, some solemnly warn that "the (mainline) churches are dying" and cite statistics that in America, the mainline Christian traditions have decreased by 10% between 1990 and 2008: those claiming non-Christian traditions have stayed roughly the same while those who claim no religion or faith tradition increased by 15% during the same period.
So what has changed? Let's take a few specific points to compare the early communities of Christian believers to our current ministry here at Messiah.
Early believers gathered over a meal and prayed in believers’ homes. At Messiah, we gather at least weekly to share a meal and pray in the house built for worshiping and praising God. In addition to Messiah's weekly Sunday services, there are now also mid-week worship, prayer, and fellowship opportunities and our campus is being utilized by more and more community groups, including worship and prayer services with other area faith-based organizations.
And yet, is this enough to show we are alive to God's presence?
The early believers had a sense that the Spirit of God was moving among them and moving them out to spread the good news of the Gospel to everyone ... “Jews or Greeks, slaves
or free” (1 Corinthians 12:13). Members of the Messiah community have a strong tradition of reaching out and welcoming all God's children. There are many stories and testimonies from those who have felt loved and welcomed by the Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center community. And yet, is this enough to be grounded in God's purpose?
When the early Christian community needs changed, the first disciples shared the leadership with other community members to meet the new needs. Messiah has also gone through changes to her original leadership organization - eliminating the Boards and committees then streamlining to the current Executive Committee (EC) to meet the changing needs of our community. Staff positions have been re-evaluated in light of recent economic conditions so as to be better stewards of our limited resources. And yet, is this enough to show that we are open to God's power?
As a Christian community in today's world, are we doing, saying and showing enough to stay alive? Let us pray that the power of the Holy Spirit would keep us grounded in God's purpose, alive to God's presence and open to the power of God.
Yours in Christ,
Tuesday, July 26th at 7 PM
The Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center’s (LOMC) Swing Choir will present an evening concert at Messiah at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26th. The Swing Choir is made up of high school aged campers who travel during the summer to share their musical ministry! Admission is free – tickets will be available in the narthex following services in July or can be reserved via the church office – or just join us on the 26th! A free-will offering will be taken to benefit LOMC. We thank Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for their support of LOMC ministries. Everyone’s help is needed to make this happen:
• We’ll start with a potluck supper for the choir at 5:30 on Tuesday. We’ll purchase a main course so help is needed to bring side dishes.
• For dessert – everyone will be able to select “Sweets & Treats” for a donation to LOMC. So we’ll need bake sale donations. Plus we’d like to add some small craft items to the sale so we’ll need craft donations too!
• We’ll need a few people to serve as hosts, ushers, etc. for the evening.
• We need volunteers to house the campers and their adult leaders (approximately 25-30 individuals) Tuesday night.
To help, sign up on YES sheets in July, in the narthex following services, or contact Carol Hrodey via e-mail at email@example.com or phone at 847-828-7819. And don’t forget to invite your friends, neighbors, family members to attend – it will be a great evening of music and fellowship!
We are looking for flagstone pieces and crushed limestone that could be used for expanding the parking lot at Messiah. Contact Ray Ejnik if you have either of these items, or know of someone who is redoing their landscaping and might be a resource.
ALSO … on the first Sunday in June we had problems with both our toilets and our air conditioning. After calling repair men for both issues during the week, we discovered that both had simply been switched off by someone. PLEASE, we emphatically request that you do not flip ANY switches in this building without consulting Ray Ejnik first. The pump for the toilets cost us a $150 service call, not to mention the anguish of the 5 brave souls who spent the church service trying to fix the problem. Thank you.
NOTEWORTHY NEWS (continued)
MESSIAH 50/50 CHALLENGE!
As you recall, the membership voted to accept the 2011 budget that included income from the endowment fund – but with an amendment that we increase our giving in 2011 by $12,000, thus decreasing what we draw from the endowment fund. This represents a giving level that we had just two years ago in 2009. Thus was born the “Messiah Challenge”. We’ve received some ideas from different members on how to increase individual giving, but mostly on ideas for fundraisers. Currently we are close to budgeted giving – down about 2%. So at this point we are not even touching the $12,000 challenge.
But now we have an offer on the table we really can’t refuse! An anonymous donor has pledged to give up to half of the $12,000 ($6000) if we can match it by the end of the year. How can we not commit to trying to raise this money? It boils down to $1000 more per month – if there are 100 giving units that would be an average of $10 more per month or $2.50 per week. But in order to receive this generous gift we have to meet budgeted giving – plus collect an additional $6000. How can you help meet this “50-50 Challenge”?
• Keep up with your regular giving! PLUS …
• Go without a pizza once a month and contribute that money to Messiah.
• Go without one $2.50 cup of designer coffee per week and donate the money to Messiah.
• Invite 10 friends to church in a month and hope they each throw a $1.00 in the collection plate!
What else can you think of to increase your giving by $10 per month?? Please mark any extra donations with “50-50” to indicate that it goes toward the matching funds. We have 6 months to do it! Let’s pull together and show our commitment to meet this challenge and to the mission of Messiah!
Highlights of the EC meeting Monday June 20:
• Thanks to the MLC Brotherhood, the carpeting of the youth area in the Parsonage basement has been completed. The youth area is now fully carpeted.
• In addition, the Property Committee will be installing new pew ends to replace the missing or broken pieces at the ends of the pews that cover where the cushion is attached to the seat. This will improve the look of the pews and will make them safer.
Weekly Attendance for May
5/1=83 , 5/8= 61, 5/15=82 , 5/22= 90, 5/29= 75
Weekly Giving for May (General Fund)
5/1=$2155, 5/8= $843, 5/15= $3352 , 5/22=$1570 , 5/29=$1211
(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
PARK RIDGE FIREWORKS
Sunday, July 3rd
Anytime after 5pm
Grab a seat on our grass, this is the best place to celebrate Independence Day! Snacks and beverages will NOT be available this year, but parking in our north lot WILL be. Messiah members and friends are welcome to access our building for restrooms, etc., and alternate bathrooms will be provided for the general public.
Monday July 25th
This is Messiah Brotherhood's 3rd annual Monday Night at the Ballgame. Contact Larry Ryczek or Rich Seggeling for tickets to the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers @ 7:10pm. Tickets are $30 and include lower reserved seating and round trip bus transportation. The bus will leave the Messiah parking lot at 5:30.
MONTHLY REMINDERS FOR JULY
Café Women’s Group July 6th after the WOW service. We will be doing "vision boards" (an example is in Pastor's office). Ladies are reminded to find things in magazines, books etc., that inspire them toward their goals to put on board we will provide the posterboard, markers, etc. Theresa Duty will be hosting.
Women's Service Group Sunday, July 17th at 11:30 in Fellowship Hall. This group supplements the efforts of our Friendship Day quilters, doing service work on Lutheran World Relief projects pinning quilts and assembling health and baby kits (no sewing required). Bring a sack lunch and join in the fellowship.
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, July 9th at 9 AM, at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Des Plaines.
Friendship Day Thursday July 28th @ 9:30 AM. Our quilters make quilts and assemble health kits and baby kits for Lutheran World Relief. Don't worry if you cannot sew, we will teach you how to make a quilt. Please bring a sandwich or whatever you like for lunch if you plan to stay. Desserts provided.
COMING IN AUGUST
Life Line Screening, Aug. 13
Leadership Team Meeting, Aug. 15
Child Care Open House, Aug. 19
Monday, July 18 @ 7:00 pm
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
Sunday School, Adult Forum, and Confirmation Class
Sunday, September 11
with RALLY DAY!
Meanwhile, enjoy the summer, and join us for Vacation Bible School
Sunday Worship Focus
July 3 3rd Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Zechariah 9:9–12
2nd Lesson: Romans 7:15–25a
Gospel: Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30
July 10 4th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 55:10–13
2nd Lesson: Romans 8:1–11
Gospel: Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23
July 17 5th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 44:6–8
2nd Lesson: Romans 8:12–25
Gospel: Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
July 24 6th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: 1 Kings 3:5–12
2nd Lesson: Romans 8:26–39
Gospel: Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52
July 31 7th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 55:1–5
2nd Lesson: Romans 9:1–5
Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
WOW! SERVICE TAKES OFF!
Wednesdays at 7 PM this Summer
Coordinated by Jennie Read, Messiah celebrates “WoW” in the sanctuary. Using the PowerPoint screen, this informal service is made up of contemporary praise songs, and sharing of faith stories. This intimate, informal service is just right for the lighter side of worship this summer! Please join us!
Sunday, July 31st
The VBS music will be featured during Worship Service at 10:15 am. This will be the chance to see the children perform all of the songs learned during VBS. Please have your child sit with you and we will call them up when it's time to sing. We will have a picnic following the service at 11:30am. We will have games for the whole family. All are welcome to join us.
SUNDAY SCHOOL PLANNING
Date to be determined
Julie Jensen will be in touch regarding planning for the Fall Sunday School curriculum. She’d like to meet in July to discuss dates, times, and activities!
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
July 3 July 10 July 17 July 24 July 31
10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am
Acolytes Thomas Y Nick L Phil H Adam H Julia F
Communion Assistants Floyd Y Rich L Julie H Neil H *
Readers Andrew F Rich L Ralph L Dottie B Steve Y
Worship Assistants Cindy N Pat K Karen B John F Vikki H
Projection Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H
Ushers Bob B,
Susan B Bob B,
Dave K Bob B,
Susan B Bob B,
Susan B Bob B,
Greeters Worknesh Worknesh Worknesh Worknesh Worknesh
Altar Guild Sue K Sue K available Kathy S/Pat F available
Bread Providers available available available available Blanks Family
Counters Paul H,
Paul H, Paul H, Paul H, Paul H,
FLOWERS AND BULLETINS
Sunday Flowers are given … Bulletins are given …
July 3 in memory of Ed Bowman’s birthday by Valeria Bowman. in memory of Durwood Johnson’s birthday by Valeria Bowman.
July 10 in honor of Kevin Kovach’s birthday by Dan Kovach. in honor of Adam and Ryan Hauser’s 10th birthday.
July 17 in memory of John Borgeson by the Borgeson Family. in honor of Hanna Lippert’s 3rd birthday.
July 24 in honor of Irene Luck’s birthday in honor of Haley Lippert’s 11th birthday.
July 31 by the Yager Family in honor of Thomas’ birthday. by the Yager Family in honor of Thomas’ 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. 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.
PARTNERSHIP IN PILL BOTTLES
We have been informed that the pill bottles are no longer needed.
Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did.
- Millie Anderson -
Flyers and registration forms can now be downloaded from the Messiah website for the November 12 festival!
Get your craft on!!!
On behalf of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, it is my pleasure to thank you for your donation of the lovely Easter baskets for our Head Start children. The kids were delighted to see the toys and candy in their baskets. Many of the parents were thrilled to see the lotions given to them, and were touched by your generosity and kindness.
Thank you again for thinking of our children and families. It is through the partnership of friends like you that we are able to continue our ministry.
Volunteer Coordinator, In-kind Gifts
Dear Messiah Lutheran Church:
Thank you for your gift to God's Global Barnyard, a ministry of ELCA World Hunger. Gifts like yours make it possible for people the world over to lift themselves out of poverty-with a little help from a feathered, four-footed, or finny friend. Let me tell you about one example. In the Philippines, rice farmers learn to raise a better, more sustainable crop with help from the generosity of people like you-and flocks of quacking ducks. The ducks spend their days happily paddling around in the wet rice fields, eating bugs and worms that might damage the crop. The farmers and their families are delighted with the quality of the duck-assisted, organically grown rice. Your life-changing gift brings both help now and hope for the future, around the corner and around the world. Thank you.
Together in Christ's service,
The Rev. Daniel Rift, Director
ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
P.S. I invite you to visit www.elca.org/hunger to learn more about how gifts like yours are helping our neighbors in need.
Orders for Manna will be due July 10, cards available for pick up July 13th. Consider using Manna to purchase groceries or gas!
ANGELS IN THE NARTHEX
The Friendship Day Kettle (also know as Angels in the Narthex) will be in the narthex from June through Labor Day for donations. No amount is too small. The donations will be used for Personal Care Kits, and Baby Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. There will also be a surprise … check it out!!! Please be an Angel and help us. Thanks and God Bless – Millie A.
REV. PHIL KNUTSON LETTERS
Rev. Knutson has sent us newsletters for May and June. Both letters can be read in their entirety on our website on the “Ministries” page. Below are brief excerpts from those letters:
From the May 2011 Newsletter:
“On May 1st I was privileged to attend the consecration of bishop-elect Rev. Jose Mabasso in Maputo on behalf of the ELCA. This is the first bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mozambique. Visit the new LUCSA website for more information about the Lutheran member churches in the region at lucsa.org.”
From the June 2011 Newsletter:
“While South Africans recently went again to the polls in peaceful municipal elections the struggle for justice, equity and reconciliation continues. Pastor Xola Skosana and his congregation from Way of Life Church in Khayelitsha, Cape Town recently participated in a march with others in their community on Freedom Day (April 27) to highlight the plight of poor and unemployed people and the lack of basic services in their area.”
JULY MUSIC NOTES
Lutherans have a diverse worldwide history, and the 10 very different liturgical worship settings at the front of our ELW hymnal reflect our diversity. For worship on Sundays this summer, we will be using Setting 6, which has a definite jazz/gospel feeling. It is based on a setting from This Far By Faith, the African-American ELCA worship resource. Two parts of this setting, the “Glory to God” and the “Lamb of God” and their gospel-style “swing”, make them particularly inspiring gems.
The festival of Pentecost, just observed on June 12, celebrates God’s grace for all people. A favorite hymn, “Lift High the Cross”, has a wonderful verse that didn’t make our hymnal:
“From North and South,
From East and West they raise,
In growing unison their song of praise.”
Our various worship settings affirm this proclamation!
~ Sue Fox
VBS ONLINE REGISTRATION IN PROGRESS!
Through Kingdom of the Son VBS, we will explore the Serengeti along with the Lord's Prayer. Children will learn to talk to God and develop a personal relationship with Him. Please join us on our VBS adventure July 25 - 29th from 9am-12 noon. Children age 4-10 are welcome. The cost is $10 per child, or $25 per family. Scholarships are available to families in financial need, please contact Pastor Morrow. To register, go to Messiah’s home page and click on the VBS Registration link under “Quick Links” – it is that easy!
REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 18th!
OTHER YOUTH EVENTS
Drop-In on July 9th from 6-9pm at the Parsonage.
Youth Group Outing to Orbit Roller Rink in Palatine Friday, July 16th. We will meet at Messiah at 6pm. Please eat first. $3 skate rental and $7.50 admission. Orbit closes at 11pm. We will probably need a few drivers. Younger children can get picked up at Orbit earlier.
Attention VBS Volunteers: We will be having VBS training for all volunteers Wednesday, July 13th at 6pm in the Parsonage. We will be finished in time for WoW. There will be another session for those who cannot make the 13th. We will have the alternate VBS training on Sunday, July 17th at noon, in the Parsonage.
Attention Decorators: All who are interested in decorating Messiah to look like the Serengeti, we will decorate in stages. First will be the Parsonage on Sunday, July 10th after Worship. We might be painting props still, so work clothes are a good idea. Lunch will be provided. We will decorate the Narthex and Sanctuary at 5pm on Sunday, July 24th.
Registrars Needed: We are in need of 3 registrars for the 25 and 26th of July from 8:30-9:30am. We will have a pre-registration Check-In for the VBS attendees on July 17th from 1-2:30pm. All forms can be turned in and signed and group assignments passed out. If anyone would be able to assist us with the paperwork on the 17th, please contact Julie Holzer.
Others Needed: We are still looking for a few good people to help out at VBS. Still needed are cooks, game leaders and craft leaders. Please contact Julie Holzer or the office if you'd like to help.
Martha Thompson, 7/2
Carol Hrodey, 7/4
Stephanie Yager, 7/5
Katelyn Elder, 7/6
Donna Hannibal, 7/7
Alice Hulterstrum, 7/7
Lester Thurow, 7/7
Adam Hauser, 7/8
Ryan Hauser, 7/8
Joyce Tjhio, 7/9
Kimberly Bujalka, 7/11
Kevin Kovach, 7/11
Michaelene Marchetta, 7/11
Dorothy Nagel, 7/11
Jaelyn Benjamin, 7/13
Theresa Duty, 7/13
Christine Plaza, 7/14
Donald Wenn, 7/14
Ralph Dieball, 7/16
Anne Wiberg, 7/16
Robert Kallas, 7/18
David Swanson, 7/18
Eric Ryczek, 7/19
Hannah Lippert, 7/20
Emilio Bravo, 7/22
Karen Black, 7/23
Clifford Paulus, 7/23
Ryan Cramer, 7/24
Irene Luck, 7/24
Lauren Plaza, 7/24
Haley Lippert, 7/27
Robert Bisgard, 7/28
Evelyn Allemeier, 7/29
Gerald Valasek, 7/30
Thomas Yager, 7/30
Courtney Jelonek, 7/31
Lynne Morrow & Larry Fogel, 7/3/1994 17 years
David & Julie Jensen, 7/8/1989 22 years
Larry & Arlene Johnson, 7/10/1954 57 years
Kimberly & Mike Bujalka, 7/15/2007 4 years
Gene & Marilyn Borgeson, 7/24/1948 63 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: Diane Wilson
Secretary: Stephanie Yager
Treasurer: Larry Ryczek
Financial Sec.: Paul Holzer
EXTENDED LEADERSHIP TEAM
The CHAT Room: David Swanson
Altar Guild: Linda Raymond
Brotherhood: Rich Seggeling
CCC Board Chair: TBD
Christian Education: Julie Jensen
Confirmation/Youth: Floyd Yager
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 June 28, 2011
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 in memory of:
Clare Doud by Linda and Russ Raymond for MAP, and by Donna Hanson for Music
Arlene Meskan by David Meskan for MAP
Bill Beyer by Chuck & Sylvia Beyer for MAP
Lois Bunt by Jackie Steigerwald for Music
Kristine Christiansen by Jackie Steigerwald for Music
John Borgeson by Jackie Steigerwald and Brad and Pat Kovach for Property Reserve
Kristine Christiansen by Violet Olsen for MAP
THE LAST STATION
(ON DVD, ONDEMAND)
Set during the last year of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy's life, this biopic (based on the historical novel) explores the fractious relationship between Tolstoy and his wife (Oscar nominees Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren), as he embraces a life of asceticism. Paul Giamatti co-stars as impassioned Tolstoy devotee Vladimir Chertkov, with James McAvoy as Tolstoy’s secretary Valentin, caught in the middle of the struggle between love and vision.
This is one of those gems that you come across by accident looking for something to watch after your kids have gone to bed. The movie is rated R for a couple of love scenes and mild language, plus socio-political content that would be way over their heads. But I tell you, this is a gorgeous, superbly acted film, and it has moved onto my “don’t miss” list for this summer.
My knowledge of Tolstoy and the Tolstoyan movement that grew up around his writings is minimal. Turns out, Leo wanted to give all his profits from War and Peace and Anna Karenina back to the Russian people, in an early precursor to communism (driven by his friend Chertkov’s vision of a new Russia). Tolstoy’s wife, the Countess, is dead set against it, feeling that she will be left destitute by this decision. Their marriage of 50 years comes under extreme stress, due to the Countess’ increasingly dramatic antics in her fight against the tide of progress.
Witnessing all this is Valentin, a star-struck young man who enters the Tolstoy household committed to Chertkov’s vision. He is soon “recruited” by the Countess to see that you cannot have vision without love, and that discipline is meaningless in the face of passion. His journey is the central story.
This movie is fascinating, sweet, funny, and complex. The characters are rich, and you won’t soon forget them. So put the kids to bed, and yourself indulge in this decadent slice of history, literature, and beauty!
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
After 2+ days in the hospital, Phil Holzer is back home with his appendix!
Also, Peter Fox was able to attend Confirmation on June 12 and be part of the celebration with Andrew and the family!
Finally, we must say a word of thankful prayer that despite multiple trees and branches down, a couple of tornados in the area, and widespread loss of power, no one was seriously injured during the storms last month!
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Piers Anderson, Evan Barrutia, John Beirne, Kelly B, Viv Beyer, Val Bowman, Evelyn Burval, Shirley Busse, Sara Christiansen, Paula DiVita, Cheryl Donahue, Gerald Engval, Linda Foltz, Pearl Fox, Peter Fox, Graham Family, Walter Goelling and Family, Arlene Johnson, Kennet, Vera Koehler, Audrey Krell, Richard Levy, Margaret Mulberry, Mary, Aidan Ray, John Read, Richard Reeve, Aleida Rodriquez, Greg Russo, Luke Samuel, Diana Stimpel, Harry and Sue Trestrail, Linda Ufkes.
We want to remember in our prayers military personnel (those known to us as well as those serving who are not known to us): 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!
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