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The Messiah Messenger > The September Messenger Issue #519
The September Messenger Issue #519

Aug 31, 2011

The Messiah


Perhaps you wonder why we celebrate Creation in worship during the fall.
Many ancient cultures featured autumnal celebrations of the harvest, often the most important on their calendars. Some are still celebrated in North America today – Thanksgiving, Sukkot, Native American festivals, and the Chinese Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival to name a few.
The church seasons of Advent, Epiphany, Lent and Easter Christians celebrate the life of Christ, the Redeemer. In the season of Pentecost we celebrate the Holy Spirit, the Sustainer. Now, as the harvests are coming in around the northern hemisphere, we think of the abundance of God’s love and specifically, Creation. In this season of Creation, we have an opportunity to celebrate God, the Creator, and complete the Holy Trinity.
The four Sundays in September preceding St Francis of Assisi Day, we join in celebrating with creation. We celebrate Christ, the Creator, and the wonders of creation. On September 1 we are invited to celebrate Creation Day with Christians around the world. In our worship, the liturgy follows the lead of the psalm writers and celebrate with creation — with the forests, the rivers and the fields, which praise the Creator in their own way.
There is growing concern in Christian communities about the ecological crisis and the way human beings are treating God’s Earth. An effective way to focus these concerns is through worship. By concentrating our worship on God’s creation and our relationship with creation, we can seek ways to heal rather than exploit creation. The season of Creation helps us care for our planet home rather than destroy it. Bible readings will focus on the story of the created Earth, through stories of God and humanity.
We commit ourselves to a ministry of healing Earth, with Christ and creation as our partners.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Lynne

The Season of Creation Charter
In a Season of Creation we will:
1. Celebrate Earth as a sacred planet filled with God’s vibrant presence.
2. Unite with all creation in praising the God of creation.
3. Confess our sins against creation and empathize with a groaning creation.
4. Embrace our kin in creation as our extended family.
5. Proclaim the good news that the risen Jesus is the cosmic Christ who fills and renews all creation.
6. Go forth on a mission to be partners with Christ in the healing of creation.

We continue to be on target to meeting budget for income AND adding extra to meet the 50/50 challenge. It’s important to continue our efforts to meet our overall financial challenge for this year!
Another “painless” way to contribute is to designate “Choice Dollars” to a Lutheran organization that you care about. With this program you can designate a quarterly gift to a Lutheran organization (hint: Messiah!) of your choice. The gift comes from Thrivent and is based on qualifying payments or contract values - it doesn't cost you anything additional. If you are already a Thrivent member, be sure you designate Messiah as your organization of choice to receive the “Choice Dollars.” Our treasurer, Larry Ryczek reported that we received $2607 from Thrivent so far this year! If you are not a member and are interested in finding a place to put your money – consider Thrivent because of this extra added bonus! See Dave Hanson if you have any questions about Thrivent.
Don’t forget Manna cards in September for any additional school supplies, school projects, clothes, groceries, gas, prescriptions, dining out, etc.   

This month’s EC Corner is a Summary of Actions that were adopted at the 12th Annual ELCA Churchwide Assembly, Aug 15-19.
ELCA Malaria Campaign officially launched
The assembly officially launched the ELCA Malaria Campaign under the auspices of ELCAWorld Hunger. Along with our full communion partners, ELCA members will join with Lutheran churches in Africa to work toward a malaria-free future. A goal of the campaign is to raise $15 million over a four-year period. The assembly acknowledged that gifts to the ELCA Malaria Campaign are not intended to replace gifts to ELCA World Hunger.
"Genetics, Faith and Responsibility" social statement adopted
The assembly adopted "Genetics, Faith and Responsibility," a social statement on genetics. The statement, described as the first by a North American church, develops a comprehensive ethical framework for addressing advancements in medical and agricultural research. It is the 11th social statement of the ELCA.
Review process for social statements adopted
The assembly called for a review process of current procedures for the development and adoption of social statements. No new social statements will be considered until a review process has been completed and shared with the ELCA Church Council in the fall of 2012, followed by a report to the 2013 Churchwide Assembly. During this time, the process for developing the criminal justice social statement and the justice for woman social statement will continue. A complete list of Actions can be found at:

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)

Sunday, Sept 11 at 7:30 am
Maine East High School

The ceremony will include a color guard with posting of the colors, an unveiling of an I-beam from the WTC, brief speeches by the Police and Fire Chiefs, ceremonies to commemorate fallen firefighters and police officers, taps, bag pipes (Amazing Grace), and an honor salute. The Park Ridge Ministerial Association will provide opening remarks and prayers. Eric Sodderstol (retired military officer and husband of Rev. Sarah Odderstol of St. Mary's Episcopal Church) is a survivor of the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11 and has been asked to offer a brief word of commemoration.
Please note, this service will last under an hour, and should conclude in time for people to come to Messiah for Rally Day and worship service. It is being offered as a memorial service to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11th.   

Thursday, Sept. 22nd at 9am

Friendship Day will resume on with InGathering, which is when we package the layettes and health kits to be sent to the LWR warehouse. We could use some help with this project and we need 2 men to help with the boxing and weighing. Usually we are finished by 11 AM. We do have some "sit down" jobs if you are not able to stand. Please come and help. The number of items packed will be in the October Messenger. The trailer will be in the parking lot October 1 and 2. We also need help then. The sign up sheet will be in the Narthex so look for it. The Angels in the Narthex Friendship Bucket was a great success. Thanks to all who contributed.

Starting Sept 20 thru Oct 25
Now on THURSDAYS from 6-7pm
Duvia Vivas will teach Zumba in the Multipurpose Room, which is carpeted and heated in the fall. The cost is $50 for the 6-week session (or $10 each individual class). Please contact Duvia directly at 773-350-4120 to sign up. Duvia is the Child Care’s Spanish teacher, and is excited to continue this class here at Messiah!   

Holy Trinity Glenview
(Central and Shermer)
Sat., Sept. 17 at noon
Holy Trinity Fellowship Committee is pleased to invite you to attend a luncheon and book review by the well known Barbara Todd, who will take you into the life and times of the beloved comedienne, Carol Burnett. Join us for an unforgettable afternoon. Cost is $10 for adults; $4.00 under 12. Tickets on sale now. For more information, call the Trinity church office (847) 724-6060.

Mondays at 7PM at
Panera Bread, Des Plaines

We kick off the new conversation with a simple topic … CREATION! In conjunction with our Sunday worship Creation Series, Pastor Lynne will lead a discussion in a comfy atmosphere over coffee and treats. Martin Luther started this tradition of “table talks” that involved food and beverage (ML's favorite beverage was beer!) Come join us for a new twist on Bible Study beginning Monday September 26.   Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, September 10 at 9 AM, at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Des Plaines. We are talking about changing location next month, check back here for more details!   

Sept. 23-24, 9-3
St. Peter’s UCC-Skokie
School clothes, toys, furniture, house wares, and boutique! Don’t miss this huge sale at St. Peter’s UCC, on Oakton St. across from the Library in Skokie. $5 bag sale on Saturday from 1-3pm. Ask Jennifer at 224-659-9158 for more info.   

Café Women’s Group Wednesday, September 7th at 7pm. We will be doing the Vision Board Project, since we did not have time in July due to the WoW service. All women of Messiah are welcome to join us!

Women's Service Group and Friendship Day
Any women who can are encouraged to participate in InGathering this month We meet in the Fellowship Hall Thursday September 22 at 9 AM to pack up our quilts and health kits. See the article on previous page.

Changes were made following the Leadership Team and Congregational Meetings. Check out this list of the upcoming events for the whole 2011-12 school year. This schedule includes worship and fellowship events, Christian Ed 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!   

Pet Blessing Service,
Oct 1
LWR InGathering,
Oct 1 & 2
Youth Spaghetti Dinner
& Lockin, Oct 22

Sept. 4   
12th Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Ezekiel 33:7–11
Psalm: Psalm 119:33–40
2nd Lesson: Romans 13:8–14
Gospel: Matthew 18:15–20   
No Classes

Sept. 11   
1st Creation Sunday - Forest
1st Lesson: Genesis 2:4b-22
Psalm: Psalm 139:13-16
2nd Lesson: Acts 17:22-28
Gospel: John 3:1-16   
Rally Day at 9 AM in the Parsonage

Sept. 18   
2nd Creation Sunday - Land
1st Lesson: Genesis 3:14-19; 4:8-16
Psalm: Psalm 139:7-12
2nd Lesson: Romans 5:12-17
Gospel: Matthew 12:38-40   
SS: TBD    
CONF: Intro & What is a Lutheran?:Who are Lutherans?

Sept. 25
3rd Creation Sunday – River
1st Lesson: Gen 8:20-22; 9:12-17
Psalm: Psalm 104:27-33
2nd Lesson: Revelation 22:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10   
SS: TBD    
CONF: What is a Lutheran?:Reformation/ Along Came Martin Luther

Oct. 2
4th Creation Sunday – Rainbow
1st Lesson: Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm: Psalm 33:4-9
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Gospel: Mark 16: 14-15   
SS: TBD    
CONF: What is a Lutheran?:The Sacraments

Sunday Sept 11-Oct 2
In Advent, Epiphany, Lent and Easter we celebrate the life of Christ. During Pentecost we celebrate the Holy Spirit. Now, in the season of Creation, we celebrate God, the Creator. For these 4 Sundays, prior to St Francis of Assisi Day, we join in celebrating with Christ the wonders of creation. In the liturgy, we follow the lead of the psalm writers and celebrate with creation — with the forests, the rivers and the fields, which praise the Creator in their own way. Bible readings focus especially on the story of Earth, which complements the story of God and the story of humanity in the Scriptures.   

Sunday, Sept. 18th during worship
On this Sunday we will dedicate the quilts that our ladies have worked so hard on over the last year. The quilts will be on display in the narthex and sanctuary, and we will bless them during the service.

   Sept. 4   Sept. 11   Sept. 18   Sept. 25
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Michael Y   *   Thomas Y   Melissa H
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   *   Floyd Y   Julie H
Readers   Cathy K   Rich L   Melissa H   Ravi P
Worship Assistants   John F   Karen B   Diane B   David S
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Jackie S   Susan R,
Julie J   Susan R,
Julie J   Susan R,
Julie J
Greeters   Jackie S   Jackie S   Jackie S   Jackie S
Altar Guild   Sue K   Available   Cindy N   Available
Bread Providers   Available   Hauser   Available   Blanks
Counters   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Sept. 4   in memory of John Borgeson.   by Diane Wilson in memory of Conrad Wilson.
Sept. 11   by the Hauser Family in honor of Kyle’s 6th birthday.   by the Hauser Family in memory of Norbert A. Hauser.
Sept. 18   by Bill and Sandi Downie in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 16th.   Available
Sept. 25   by the Blanks Family.   by the Hauser family in memory of Uncle Vlasta and Aunt Giselle.

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.


We are getting responses from vendors but still seek crafters and retailers for the November 12th sale. Please provide information to anyone you may know who would be a good addition. Also – we are sending out letters to seek donations for the Silent Auction. If you know of a business that might be willing to make a donation please let Carol Hrodey know by e-mailing messiahfestival-2011@yahoo.com. Donations are also welcome from Messiah members – consider services, Manna cards, desirable items from home, etc. Send your ideas to Carol!

Prayers for Kris and Doug Hanson
Your prayers have been appreciated since the tragic accident that took the life of my sister-in-law Kris and seriously injured my brother Doug on August 1. Funeral services were held on August 13 for Kris. Doug continues to recover from his injuries, which include 12 broken ribs and a broken collar bone. He will be returning to work (at least part-time) today, August 29, and will be starting physical therapy this week.
A “Campership Fund” has been established at Bethel Lutheran Church in Green Bay, WI in memory of Kris, who had been the church secretary there for 20 years.
Dave Hanson

The Altar Guild asks anyone who has scraps or small pieces of wallpaper to please donate them to Messiah for re-covering the flower containers in the sanctuary. Pieces should be at least 2 feet square, and be a nice, neutral print. Contact Linda Raymond if you have any questions.

Manna Minute
September Manna orders are due on the 11th – that is Rally Day, and there will be a lot going on, so don’t forget to put in your order!

A request has been made that those using the Sanctuary and/or the Sacristy, indeed any of our building, please be a bit more careful with our equipment. We have had a very busy summer, with a lot of different groups (both inside and outside of Messiah) using our facilities. During this time some of our equipment has been either broken or moved off its settings.
Please be aware. Please take care. Please do not handle equipment unless you have permission or know exactly how to use it. Thank you.

If you have any of the following items to contribute please do so by Sept 18. We need the following gently used items, size birth to 24 months: Lightweight cotton t-shirts, long or short- sleeved gowns or sleepers (without feet), socks, baby caps, 4 oz soap, receiving blankets. Leave donations in the wicker baskets in the narthex or by the church office. Thank you for your help.

Our Giving Tree will be up in the narthex through Sept. 18th. We invite you to
bring in packages of socks and
underwear for men and women, which
we will donate to The Night Ministry in Chicago to help those in need of these “basic” items. Thank you in advance!

The Niles/Park Ridge CROP Walk is scheduled for Sunday October 22nd. It is a 10k walk to raise awareness and funds for Church World Services and the Maine Township Food Pantry. We are looking for walkers, and if you can’t walk, please sponsor our walkers. They will be in the narthex after church on Sundays in September to get your support. See Trudi Handzel to get a form to be a walker. You can also donate online at www.cropwalk.org. Click on Illinois on the map and find Niles/Park Ridge Walk. Click on that and click “donate,” and type in walkers name or team name (Messiah Lutheran Church) to donate. (Instructions are pretty clear once you get to Niles/Park Ridge Walk.) More info in Oct.

“What we sing we believe,
What we believe we become.”
I found this anonymous quote as I was “surfing the net,” looking for new music resources. And I think it is a wonderful statement of faith. One of the ways we can increase our faith is by serving God with our talents. Each of us has been given talents and yours might be a love of singing. Each singer in a choir is an important part, whether one sings melody, harmony, or is a soloist, whether one is a beginning singer or accomplished voice. We are participants in a choir for Christ thru the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Please join me on Tuesday, September 13, at 7:30pm until about 8:45pm for our first adult choir meeting of the new season. With the new season, we have an opportunity to discuss and share our commitment and expectations for the choir, always remembering it is to God’s glory, not our own, that we sing. And in good Lutheran tradition, snacks will be provided; if there’s time, we’ll look at an anthem or two. If you are interested in singing but are unable to attend, please let me know.
I look forward to praising God with you!
~ Sue Fox


Sunday, September 11th at 9am
Calling All Parents and Students!!
Join us Sept. 11th at 9:00 a.m. in the parsonage next to Messiah Lutheran Church.
Parents will meet their children’s teachers and learn about this year's new Sunday School curriculum.
Students will kick off the new Sunday School year visiting with old and new friends, enjoying a treat and working on cool team projects!!

Drop-In on September 10th from 6-9pm at the Parsonage.
Sunday Night Suppers are a new monthly even that is in the planning stages. This is for the High School group, and more information will be available next month!   

How is THIS for exciting? We could have as many as 12 students in Confirmation this year!! When was the last time THAT happened???
We continue to use the curriculum “To Know, To Live, To Grow.” This year we will be in “Year B – Old & New Testaments of the Bible.” This rotational program is on a rolling three-year cycle and the three years are not necessarily sequential, e.g., Year A is not a prerequisite for Year B.
Rally Day is September 11 at 9am and kicks off the 2011-12 school year. Then the first Confirmation class is Sunday, Sept.19th at 9am during the normal Christian Education hours. Class meets weekly at the same time on Sundays. The last class for the year is May 20th.
The Confirmation Program also includes periodic “Lutheran Learning Experiences.” The goal is to have one of these events once a month for some fellowship, fun, learning and review. We do a variety of things to reinforce learning and to deepen the student’s relationship with God and with one another. We are as flexible as possible with sports and other activities.
In addition, there will be a few “field trips” and service projects throughout the year. Many of these are done with the High School Youth Group. These additional events are designed to work with the students to help them live out their Christian faith by helping others and showing Christ’s love. Youth Group activities can be found on the Youth Page on the Messiah website at www.messiahparkridge.org for more information or to enroll your 6th grader contact the church office at 847-823-6984.   

Joey Ejnik, 9/1
Isabella DiVita, 9/2
Leona Johnson, 9/2
Julia Fogel, 9/4
Effie Laster, 9/5
David Hanson, 9/8
Victor Berzins, 9/9
Lauri Hamden, 9/9
Mary Jelonek, 9/9
George Magerl, 9/11      

Melvin Shapiro, 9/12
Caitlin Levy, 9/13
Marilynn Duckett, 9/14
Michael Hanson, 9/14
Kyle Hauser, 9/16
Tom Hanson, 9/17
David Jensen, 9/18
Richard Levy, 9/18
Teresa Lippert, 9/20
Ardene Ejnik, 9/21
Holly Norberg, 9/21
Lois Patterson, 9/21
Worknesh Deressa, 9/22
Steve Loverme, 9/23   
Julie Jensen, 9/25
Alesha Santos, 9/25
Barbara Valasek, 9/26
Thomas Daniels, 9/27
Pat Fragale, 9/28

Marlyn & Donald Wenn, 9/3/55 – 56 years
Marv & Luanne Jelonek, 9/8/79 – 32 years
Bil and Sandi Downie, 9/16/61 – 50 years
Rich and Helen Levy,
9/20/91 – 20 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
Property Coordinator: Ray Ejnik
Stewardship:      Floyd Yager
Contact the Church Office for phone numbers or email addresses for these folks.

MEMORIAL REPORT as of August 30, 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.

Memorials from August/September will be reported in the October Messenger.

In 1960s Jackson, MS, aspiring writer Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan crosses taboo racial lines by conversing with Aibileen Clark about her life as a housekeeper ... and then writing about those conversations. When other long-silent black servants begin opening up to Skeeter, the disapproving conservative Southern town soon gets swept up in the turbulence of changing times, smack in the middle of the Civil Rights movement.
I find it interesting that church groups and bible study groups and literary groups want to get together to discuss this movie. For me, this film was an intensely personal experience. I was glad for the 20 minute drive home afterwards, and even added to that by sitting in my car for 15 minutes, letting the emotions wash over me. It gave me time to think (and pray) about what I had seen, and I am not sure I would have wanted to discuss it with anyone right away, other than God.
These women had courage. All of them. The housekeepers, the writer, the Harper & Rowe editor who backed the book (yes, a female NY editor in 1962 – think about it), the women    who had housekeepers but chose to treat them as employees and friends instead of lower life forms – they all had serious guts.
I left the movie wanting to be as strong and courageous as half the woman in the story … or at least half as courageous as ALL the women in the story.
The important thing to remember is that we are all the same under our skin. We all have joy, and love, and we all have pain, and sorrow. And we are never, ever helping ourselves as Christians or as human beings when we think we are better than someone else based on our race, our class, or our creed. These lessons were there to be learned in the 1960’s, taught by Dr. King, Medger Evers, Rosa Parks, and a whole lot of other folks who figured it out. Are we still learning this lesson? Do we need a refresher course? Perhaps this is why so many want to get together to discuss the film – to remind ourselves that we were given a mission by Jesus Christ himself … to love our neighbors (our families, our friends, our co-workers, our housekeepers) as we love ourselves.
This was a top notch movie – the acting across the board was superb; the people were real, and funny, and honest; the story was sublime, and I left wanting to be a better person. What more can I say?

With great joy we welcome Dane Preisser home from Afghanistan – Linda Raymond’s nephew is thankful for all the prayers while he was on duty there.
Also Adrianne Blanks is thankful for the answering of her prayers for a new job and apartment. The speed and accuracy of the answered prayer was amazing!
Carol Hrodey heard from her cousin, and his son Kevin (Hrodey) is now out of Afghanistan and is now HOME! Thanks from the Hrodey family to our Messiah family for keeping Kevin in their prayers!
The Ryczek family also gives thanks for Bill Hyland’s negative test results.    

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:
Piers Anderson, 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 and Family, Harold Hjelm, William Gerlich, Graham Family, Walter Goelling and Family, Doug Hanson 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, and Rosie

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, Lars Johnsen, Andreas Johnsen, Sam Krawitz, Jesse Olesen, Joey Rosequist, Kevin Ward, and Claudine Ward.

We also want to remember in prayer our college students: Julie Berzins, Nick Boomer, Joey Ejnik, Bobby Hanson, Trygve Jensen, Kevin Kaufman, Daniel Kovach, Eric Ryczek, Jake Stolz, and Paul Stolz Jr.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to HIPAA laws, pastors are NOT notified if you are hospitalized. If you are in the hospital and would like us to know it, you or someone acting for you has to call the church office and tell us.

Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!

The 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




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