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The Messiah Messenger > The August Messenger Issue #518
The August Messenger Issue #518

Jul 29, 2011

The Messiah

Blessing of Teachers and Backpacks
August 21 during worship service



Having just finished our “Seed Series,” the idea of planting seeds, weeding, and growing into a blessed church seems to be a natural progression. John Henry Newman said “Growth is the evidence of life” and later in the Development of Christian Doctrine, he connected change to growth. “In a higher world it is otherwise, but here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.”
The changes we’ve experienced following this summer’s storms are something we’d like to avoid! However, changing or growing into or becoming a “Blessed Church” is a preferred outcome.
The officers of Messiah have committed to being prayerful spiritual leaders in this process. “Spiritual Leadership is moving people onto God's agenda" (Blackaby)
Good spiritual leaders allow people to consider the functional merits of a course of action. But people are still encouraged to push their leaders prayerfully to ground their decisions and leadership in God's will and ways. Healthy leadership, grounded in God's purpose, alive to God's presence, and open to the power of God will provide space for growth … and change.
Each time the EC meets, time is spent in prayer, scriptures, and music so as to listen for God’s will in the decisions of the church.   
The following prayer has become a reminder of our part in God’s plan:

God, The Holy Spirit has called us to be spiritual leaders of your body, this church; Help us to surrender our hearts and minds to you;
To humbly seek your voice;
To boldly do your will;
To compassionately share your love;
To faithfully be your servants;
And to reverently lead your people.
Bless all that we do,
So that we can do what you bless.
In Christ’s name we pray. Amen

“So let me ponder how God is ceaselessly active in the midst of my being, working unto good in all things for me, bringing about change, so that the kingdom of justice and love will grow in my heart.” (Newman)
Let us pray for change … for growth into Christ Jesus … for the ability to listen to God’s plan … to grow as the life-giving body of Christ in the world.
Yours in Christ,

The Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center's Swing Choir truly blessed us with their visit and concert on Tuesday, July 26th! Thanks to all who brought food for and helped with the potluck - the choir really enjoyed it and sang a wonderful "thank you" song to the members of Messiah for hosting it. The concert was great with many great songs! It was clear that this group was truly inspired by and felt the message of God's love that they shared with us. We easily had at least 100 visitors and Messiah members in attendance - the music was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thanks to Karen & Bob Black, Ardene & Ray Ejnik, Pastor Lynne & Larry Fogel, Julie & Paul Holzer, Connie & Dave Kaufman, Pat & Brad Kovach, Cindy & Bill Norberg, and Jackie Steigerwald for serving as host families for the choir & staff. Your hospitality was appreciated by all! Thanks to Thrivent for their matching funds to support LOMC! A big thanks to LOMC for sharing their ministry with us!!   

As outlined in last month’s Messenger, an anonymous donor has offered Messiah an incentive to meet our 2011 challenge, by offering up to $6000 in matching funds if we can raise money over and above our budgeted income. The 50-50 challenge! As of June 30th we were very close to meeting our budgeted income from offerings! This alone is a big improvement over the last several years. In addition, approximately $775 has been raised toward the 50-50 challenge as of July 17th. So we’re well on our way to meeting the first month of our challenge! Remember though, we first have to meet our budgeted income – then stretch a little farther! Let’s keep going!

Pastor’s report on Synod Assembly included:
"The reign of God is like…” was the theme as the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, met for its 24th annual assembly June 3-4, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont.
Final Resolutions adopted by the 2011 Assembly include: MCS Budget, Latino Strategy, Continuing Position on Antiracism - including Resolution on Prevention of Bullying, Harassment, and Related Forms of Violence; Celebration and Support of Lutheran Campus Ministry of Illinois and Support of Diakonia.
Throughout the Assembly we heard stories of churches making a difference in this world through their communities. It was very inspiring and many service projects were recognized. One highlight of the Assembly was the information on the 2012 Youth Gathering which will again be held in New Orleans. Look for more information on this in the future!

Weekly Attendance for June
6/5=68 , 6/12= 110, 6/19=56, 6/26= 55

Weekly Giving for June
(General Fund)
6/5=$3518 , 6/12= $3472, 6/19=$714, 6/26= $1835

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Monday, August 1st at 7PM
We are working on getting back on track with MAP! Messiah has been diligently raising funds, and we hope to start work on our addition sometime soon. A meeting has been scheduled for the existing team … if you are interested in joining this group, or have input you’d like to add, contact Ray Ejnik, or simply attend the meeting!   

Tuesday, August 2 6:30-9 PM
in Hodges Park
This event focuses on police partnerships, crime prevention and safe neighborhood programs, and will feature games, refreshments, music and more!

Beginning August 2
Duvia Vivas will teach Zumba on Tuesdays from 6-7 PM in the Multipurpose room. Cost is still to be determined – if you are interested, please contact Duvia directly at 773-350-4120. Duvia is the Child Care’s Spanish teacher, and is excited to start this class here at Messiah!   
Monday August 15 at 7:30 pm
(EC Prep Meeting at 7pm)
This is our planning meeting for the 2011-12 year. We will discuss Christian Learning, schedules, and special events. Members of the Leadership Team are expected to attend. The EC will meet briefly beforehand to go over administrative items.

August 13th by appointment
Highly renowned Lifeline Screening will be holding medical screenings in our Fellowship Hall this day. If you’d like to schedule an appointment you must call their scheduling office (NOT the church office) at 800-690-6313. Many thanks to Paula DiVita for coordinating this event.   
Friday, Aug 19 6-8 pm
This is an excellent chance to meet the teachers and staff of our Child Care. If you know a friend or neighbor in search of quality, Christian-based child care for their preschooler, they are welcome to come to Open House and tour our wonderful school. Spread the word!

Sunday, August 21st following worship
We will review the year to date with special attention to the 2011 Initiatives that were approved at the Annual Meeting. These include:
•   Outreach to make new disciples and efforts to empower/retain existing disciples;
•   Continue to support and develop/expand youth ministry;
•   Complete reorganization;
•   Develop short & long term financial plan; Finalize definitive building plan;
•   and Complete financial audit.
~ Executive Committee

We have created a complete list of the upcoming events for the whole 2011-12 school year. This list includes worship services and fellowship events, Christian Learning opportunities and mission days. If you have a question about a day or time of a service or event, go to www.messiahparkridge.org and click on “Schedules” to download a copy!


Rally Day, Sept. 11
Creation Series, Sept. 11, 18, 25
LWR InGathering, date TBD   

Café Women’s Group will be resuming meetings September 7th, and at that time we will be doing the Vision Board Project, since we did not have time in July due to the WoW. service. We would like to encourage all of our CAFE women to attend the WoW. service in place of our August meeting, and we look forward to seeing all of you back in September!

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, August 13 at 9 AM, at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Des Plaines.

Women's Service Group August’s date is to be determined. We meet in the Fellowship Hall following worship. 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. Contact Carol H or Trudi H for more information.

Friendship Day there is no August workday scheduled. We will meet in September for InGathering to prepare for the LWR trailer. Dates will be announced in next month’s Messenger.

Sunday   Worship Focus   
Aug. 7   8th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: 1 Kings 19:9–18
2nd Lesson: Romans 10:5–15
Gospel: Matthew 14:22–33   

Aug. 14   9th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 56:1, 6–8
2nd Lesson: Romans 11:1–2a, 29–32
Gospel: Matthew 15:[10–20] 21–28   

Aug. 21   10th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 51:1–6
2nd Lesson: Romans 12:1–8
Gospel: Matthew 16:13–20   

Aug. 28   11th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 15:15–21
2nd Lesson: Romans 12:9–21
Gospel: Matthew 16:21–28   

Sunday School, CHAT Room, and Confirmation Class will return
Sunday, September 11 with RALLY DAY!

We had 34 people at our BBQ WoW-fest for a great grill out and praise service. Our time together was special and inspiring. Don’t miss a chance to catch WoW before the summer is over! Services continue through August 10th!   

Tuesday, August 30th 7PM
Are you interested in learning more about worship? Do you have an interest in music? Have you wondered how you could become involved with worship? Bring your questions, your ideas and a prayerful heart to our Fall Planning Meeting!

Sunday, August 21st during worship
Pastor Lynne invites all children of Messiah to bring their school backpack to worship this Sunday. During the Children’s Sermon time, she will offer a blessing to them as they embark on another school year as a child (and student!) of God!   

Look for our Table Talk Bible Study to begin in September!

We will be training new acolytes soon! Watch for the following youth in worship fulfilling their duties in the service of God: Samantha Fogel, Aleesha, Alex, Alexis, & Nydia Santos and Jade & Damien Graham, Haley Lippert and David Chervinko

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Aug. 7   Available   in memory of Bill Anderson’s birthday by Millie Anderson.
Aug. 14   in honor of Sue Nugnis and Henry Allemeier’s birthdays.   Available
Aug. 21   in memory of John Borgeson.   Available
Aug. 28   in memory of Chuck Boomer by Nancy, Nick, and Chris.   Available

The sign-ups for flowers and bulletins are in the narthex by the hall to the Educational Wing. Flowers are $30, and the Bulletins are $10. Envelopes are provided next to the sign-up calendar, or you may simply write “Flowers” or “Bulletin” on your regular envelope in the Other box. 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.

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We are sending out requests for donations for the Silent Auction this summer. If you have a favorite business or two that you think might donate a gift certificate, service, etc – contact Carol Hrodey to get a form or request one be sent to the business(es). Or if you have a service or item that you want to donate, let Carol know also. We’ve started getting vendors for the Festival, but are still on the lookout for crafters!

Staff Vacations
Jennifer Schneider will be on vacation Aug 15-19. Char Lobitz will be filling in that week, regular office hours –
thanks, Char!! The Child Care Center is closed that week as well, so access to the building may be limited if you don’t have a code.

Firework Thanks!
Thanks to all who helped with the July 3nd fireworks, especially Peter Fox and his crew, Rich Levy, and Paul Holzer. We sure do appreciate the extra effort for the holiday weekend!

Manna Minute
August is an EXCELLENT time to get Manna cards for your favorite stores for back-to-school supplies! Orders are due Sunday, August 14

Pastor Morrow and Others...
We just received a check from Messiah Lutheran Church in the amount of $500 for the School Based Health Center. Although we will follow with a personal letter, I HAD to take a moment to express our most sincere appreciation for your unbelievably generous assistance. I know how tough these times are for you. We are reminded of that daily when working with our children in need. But, to find a way to help others, when the focus can certainly be on one's self, is just a terrific testament to the true servanthood character and mission of Messiah Lutheran Church. You all are very special folks!!
We are very grateful to be the beneficiary of your kindness. Thank you SO much.
Scott A. Chovanec
Department Chair, Physical Education & Health
Chair, School-Based Health Center
an IAHPERD 'Blue Ribbon' PE & Health program
Wellness Director
Maine East High School
Phone: 847.692.8353
E-mail: schovanec@maine207.org

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.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1,100 affiliates in communities across the country who engage in advocacy, research, support, and education. Members of NAMI are families, friends, and people living with mental illnesses such as major depression, schizo-phrenia, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, and panic disorder, and borderline personality disorder.
This 12-week class is being offered on WEDNESDAYS this year beginning September 14 from 7 to 9:30pm in the Multipurpose Room. Messiah is happy to once again support this vital ministry in our community.
For more info, or to REGISTER for the class, contact the NAMI office at 847-716-2252.   

New worship music is always being composed, and music by “The Masters” is re-worked by arrangers so it can be used by smaller churches. In this economy, it can be difficult accessing these resources. If you have the ability and feel called by the Spirit, a small donation can be made to enable the different parts of the music ministry to purchase new music. Please mark on your donation “new music” or “sheet music”, and with the help of the Executive Committee, we can make sure these funds are placed in the appropriate account for sheet music purchases. If you like, the donation can be made in honor/memory of someone or an event (such as confirmation or baptism). Please speak with me if you have any questions. I thank and praise God for your continuing support of our music ministry!

~ Sue Fox


A great big THANK YOU to:
Pastor Lynne Morrow
Rev. Ron Duty
Kathi Scheck
Laura Hauser
Jennie Read
Cynthia Santos
Ardene Ejnik
Ray Ejnik
Laura Olson
Chris Graham
for being our adult VBS volunteers!
Thank you also to our teen and youth leaders:
Joe Levy
Brandon Brosnan
Sean Brosnan
Chad Adams
Kevin Kovach
Amalia Santos
Melissa Holzer
Phil Holzer
Lindsay Olesen
Ryan Brosnan
Alesha Santos
Nick Levy
Haley Lippert

Also thanks to the LOMC Swing Choir, who entertained us on Wednesday with songs during our opening session! We had 42 kids this year, who had a great time learning about God’s love! ~ Julie Holzer   

Christian Education is a vital ministry at Messiah, teaching our children the stories of Jesus. Please consider joining us as a Sunday School teacher, assistant, or “friend.” All adults are welcome to a short meeting Tuesday, Aug 9 at 6:30 in the parsonage to discuss plans for an exciting new “school” year. Don’t worry about making a lifetime commitment – there are plenty of short term Sunday School jobs available, including helping with four different mission projects this year. Call Julie Luck Jensen, our Sunday School Coordinator, if you have questions or would like more information – 847-299-0986.

Drop-In on August 13th from 6-9pm at the Parsonage.

Jacqueline Steigerwald, 8/1
Kristin Kopij, 8/5
Rebecca Rangel, 8/5
Sandra Deines, 8/7
Ron Duty, 8/8
Kevin Kaufman, 8/8   
Jenni Read, 8/8
Arlene Johnson, 8/9
Cindy Norberg, 8/10
Damion Graham, 8/12
Lois Anderson, 8/13
Barbara Shapiro, 8/13
Ravi Penumaka, 8/15
Henry Allemeier, 8/16
Michael Deines, 8/20
Donna Berzins, 8/21
Carlos Santos, 8/21
Abedi Markos, 8/23
Brian Deines, 8/28
Debra Oswald, 8/28
AnitaMarie Corkill, 8/30

Susan and Ed Kopij, 8/25/1974 – 37 years
Vic and Donna Berzins, 8/31/1983 – 28 years
Ralph and Teresa Lippert, 8/31/1997 – 14 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
The CHAT Room:   David Swanson
Altar Guild:      Linda Raymond
Brotherhood:      Rich Seggeling
CCC Board Chair:   TBD
Christian Education:   Julie Jensen
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 July 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.

There are no memorials to report for July.

An excellent family film that can be enjoyed by almost all ages, this movie has had heavy playtime recently on premium cable channels. Tired of reruns and action flicks, we watched this the other night while trying to beat the heat by staying inside. I saw this movie in the theater, and enjoyed it then, so I was thrilled by how much Jessica liked it.
Based on a true story about a young girl, Amy (Anna Paquin), who becomes “mother” to a flock of orphaned Canada geese, this delightful tale explores the bonds of love between humans and animals alike. Having recently lost her own mother and been sent to live in Ontario with her estranged father (Jeff Daniels, excellent as always in the role) 13-year-old Amy is lost and lonely in her new home. The geese become her friends and her family, and manage to steal the hearts of almost everyone around them.
This movie would be worth watching simply for the cinematography. You can’t possibly get a whole lot cuter than the baby geese   toddling, and then running, along behind Amy, their imprinted mom. They eat, they take baths, they gambol and they play for a nice big chunk of the first half of the movie, and it is simply delightful fun that makes you smile. As the goslings grow up, however, Amy and her dad are challenged with the task of teaching them how to migrate. They must do so for their own safety – hand-raised geese, by law, must have their wings clipped to stay local so that they don’t get into farmers’ crops, etc. So they build a custom lightflyer shaped like a goose, and embark on an epic 600 mile journey from Ontario to South Carolina.
There are themes of conservation and harmony with nature throughout the film, but the strongest point by far is about knowing when to love and when to let go. Just as Amy is teaching the geese to fly, so too is her father teaching her the same thing.
Rated PG, this movie is completely “clean” except for one swear-word by a hunter that I wish they had edited out (it is totally unnecessary). But if you are prepared for it, you can mute it, and enjoy the rest of the film with even the youngest of viewers.

We give joyful thanks for new babies born this last month! Jennie Read informed us that Natalie Norman had her baby on July 10th – Aubrey Rose Palminteri was 6lb 12oz! And Mary, a Child Care mom whom we have been praying for throughout her pregnancy, delivered safely as well.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Piers Anderson, Evan Barrutia, John Beirne, Kelly B, Viv Beyer, Val Bowman, Jennifer, Jenna & Juliana Burns, Evelyn Burval, Shirley Busse, 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, Margaret Mulberry, Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve, Greg Russo, Diana Stimpel, Harry and Sue Trestrail, Linda Ufkes

Please help us update our prayer list! There are folks on here that have been there for a long time. We’d like to know if they are doing better, staying the same, or need extra prayer. Please call Pastor Lynne and let her know!

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!


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




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Park Ridge, IL 60068
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