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The November Messenger Issue #521

Oct 28, 2011

The Messiah


November Greetings!
This month begins a season of hospitality in our culture. The holidays tend to bring many opportunities to attend or host a gathering with friends, co-workers and family.
While many of us find the joy in hosting, welcoming, and serving others in our own comfortable environments, God calls us to another definition of hospitality. We are called to a spiritual hospitality – that is, using our spiritual gifts to make room, be ready and available for the needs of others. This takes us past our fears, mistakes and calls us to live joyfully in accepting grace, forgiving ourselves and others and seeing Christ in each person we encounter.
In a resource from the ELCA, we find “The spirituality of hospitality is based on the premise that, having being saved by the gracious hospitality of God, we are invited and inspired to respond.”
The more we practice the spirituality of hospitality, the more it becomes second nature to us and we are able to make room in our hearts, be ready with our presence and available to share Christ’s love.
I have found that this type of hospitality goes past merely giving to others. Part of moving to a spiritual hospitality involves our own transformation. Receiving hospitality will change our hearts and actions so that we can be available to others. There is a sense of vulnerability and humility when one is in need that deepens our relationships and strengthens our mutual humanity.    
In the book Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, author Christine Pohl emphasizes the spiritual benefits of entertaining angels. Pohl points out the human toll that providing hospitality takes on the givers, and many times a select few carry the enormous burden. Yet, in many stories when one entertains angels or has received hospitality from those whom they have sought to serve, an underlying story emerges. A story of a hospitality giver who is tired, discouraged, and spiritually empty and unable to give anymore. And when that transformation occurs, the giver finds fulfillment, life, and hope in the receiving of hospitality from others who would typically be the recipients.
I pray that you find the opportunity in this season of hospitality to be both the giver and the recipient.
In Christ,
Pastor Lynne

Our 6th annual festival will be held Saturday, November 12th from 9:00 - 3:00 p.m. Proceeds will go to MAP fund and everyone's participation is needed to make the festival a success! Everyone can help advertise – hang posters, hand out postcards, spread the word all around! Tell everyone about what we'll have at the festival. Here’s some highlights:
Vendors – This year we're pleased to welcome vendors who are raising funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund, a water project in Africa, and a Salvation Army home in Jamaica. In addition, two vendors represent Fair Trade companies that offer unique, sustainable, handcrafted products. We might be treated to a pottery wheel demonstration by a pottery vendor and ornaments that can be decorated for a great Christmas present! Other vendors include jewelry, gluten-free mixes, candles, handbags, children’s books, and floral arrangements. Silent Auction – items so far include tickets for the Chicago Bears, Rush & Wolves, tickets for various shows, gift certificates for area restaurants and entertainment and gift baskets and a raffle for items donated by the vendors. You can still add items, services, gift cards or donations to help us make up some baskets! Get donations to Carol Hrodey asap!
Santa Store – where children can shop inexpensively for gifts that they can give on Christmas. Additionally, we’ll have craft activities, Veggie Tale movie & related activities at 10:00 & 2:00 for the children to do while you shop and a great Face Painter!!
Harvest Café – available for lunch or a snack!!
Help is Needed for set-up Friday evening and Saturday, as well as on Saturday to run various parts of the festival and clean-up.
The Maine Township Food Pantry needs replenishing so bring a non-perishable food item to help out and receive a free raffle ticket!
And most important - Come Out & Shop – bring your friends and neighbors!! ENJOY!!   
Collecting from Nov. 27 -Dec.11
Once again we will be collecting goods to help out those less fortunate than ourselves. For The Night Ministry, serving the homeless of Chicagoland, we put hats, gloves, and scarves on our Giving Tree in the narthex. We are looking for mostly adult items, and asking that they be STURDY, WINTER ITEMS, rather than “magic gloves” which are very thin. The Child Care Center is also collecting gloves for this ministry… THANKS! Deadline for donations is December 11th – the Night Bus will be delivering the items to people in need on December 17-18, so we need to pack everything up and ship it before that.
Also, we are doing LSSI’s Gifts for Kids again this year. Gift tags will be available in the narthex. Pick a tag, purchase a present, and bring it wrapped to church by Sunday, December 11th to be sent to LSSI in time for their Christmas Party. Gift cards are also welcome… remember, you can use our Manna program, deadline November 27th, delivery of cards Dec. 2nd.
Moni Ryczek has agreed again this year to coordinate the gift tags, so contact her if you have any questions at 847-692-6972.

On November 6th as part of our celebration of baptism on All Saints Sunday, we will welcome some new members to Messiah!
The Travis Family – Andy, Connie and Christian will be joining us. Andy learned about us because he is the Chaplain over at Lutheran General. He met Pastor Lynne, and decided to bring his family here for their church home. Christian is in our Confirmation Class. Welcome, Travis Family!
Rhonda Cady – Rhonda has been coming for a while as a guest of Jennie Read. She has been attending our Table Talks, walked in the CROP Walk, and we are thrilled with her decision to join Messiah. Welcome, Rhonda!
If you are currently a visitor to Messiah, and wish to join as a full member, there is still time to talk to Pastor Lynne about joining. There will be a cake and coffee reception following the service to meet and greet our new family.   

Highlights from the
October 17th meeting:
• EC reviewed and approved the MAP Letter/Survey that went out October 24th to members. Watch for yours in the mail, and reply ASAP.
• Reviewed more research in Property proposal for a neighbor to purchase a strip of our land on the east side.
• Motion carried for Cub Scout Pack 105 to use Fellowship Hall and Kitchen on May 13th, 2012 (Mother’s Day) for a pancake breakfast. Messiah members are invited to the breakfast.
• Ravi Penumaka has accepted the role of Chairman of the Child Care Center Board. Thank you Ravi!

Weekly Attendance for Sept.
9/4=59, 9/11=76, 9/18=71, 9/25=89
Weekly Giving for Sept. (General Fund)
9/4=$3179, 9/11=$2570, 9/18=$3548, 9/25=$2188

A BIG thank you to all who supported the CROP Walk this year. Walking were Julia and Samantha Fogel, Pastor Lynne, Floyd and Thomas Yager, Trudi Handzel, Les and Nancy Herak, David Swanson, Larry, Nikolaus and Max (the dog) Ryczek, David Hanson, Andy and Christian Travis, and Rhonda Cady. Thanks to ALL who pledged, prayed, and walked! Total raised so far is around $27,000 for all of Park Ridge/Niles – great job!   

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

Nov. 6th 10:15am worship
As we celebrate the lives of the saints who have passed away this past year, we will also welcome new saints into the Messiah family of faith by receiving new members. And, in honor of November being “National Adoption Month” we will celebrate baptism and give thanks for our OWN adoption into Christ’s family, as sons and daughters of God.

Saturday, 11/26 at 4 pm   

Come out and help us decorate for Christmas! We will hang our Chrismons, put up the outdoor nativity, and string our garlands. There will be music for singing, and after we dress our space for the holidays, we will share some light refreshment.

Nov. 20 during worship
Connecting Ministry to Mission
Time, Talent, and Treasure forms will be mailed out the first of November. We will have a celebration of gifts during worship service on Nov. 20th.

Café Women’s Group Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 7pm the Café group will be attending special a screening of Miss Representation at NIU in Hoffman Estates. Admission is free, talk to Pastor or Laura O if you want to go!

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, November 12th, instead of breakfast we will help out at the Harvest Festival. Meet at Messiah at 8:30, and we will decide on where to have breakfast after we are done helping to set up!

Women's Service Group and Friendship Day
There will be no quilting or service group this month, due to many conflicts in schedule. We will resume with Friendship Day and Service Group in January 2012. Please consider joining us for this important ministry.

Sunday School Program, 12/18
Blue Christmas Service, 12/18
Christmas Eve Services, 12/24
Christmas Day
Service, 12/25

Nov. 6   All Saints Sunday
1st Lesson: Revelation 7:9–17
Psalm: Psalm 34:1–10, 22
2nd Lesson: 1 John 3:1–3
Gospel: Matthew 5:1–12   
SS: All the Saints
CONF: Old Testament: God’s Covenant – Abram & Sara

Nov. 13   22nd Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Zephaniah 1:7, 12–18
Psalm: Psalm 90:1–12
2nd Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
Gospel: Matthew 25:14–30   
SS: Parable of the Talents      
CONF: Old Testament: Forgiveness - Joseph

Nov. 20   Christ the King
1st Lesson: Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24
Psalm: Psalm 95:1–7a
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 1:15–23
Gospel: Matthew 25:31–46   
SS: Sheep and Goats
CONF: Old Testament: Freedom – Moses

Nov. 24   Thanksgiving Day (10:15am)
1st Lesson: Deuteronomy 8:7–18
Psalm: Psalm 65
2nd Lesson: 2 Corinthians 9:6–15
Gospel: Luke 17:11–19

Nov. 27   First Sunday of Advent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 64:1–9
Psalm: Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1:3–9
Gospel: Mark 13:24–37   
SS: First Sunday in Advent: Be Ready      
CONF: Old Testament: The Ten Command-ments

This year we will offer a brief worship service during Advent. Starting Tuesday, November 29th at 7 pm, we will have an informal service which will complete in time for Choir practice. Come at 6pm for a light supper. Services will follow each Tuesday in December, concluding Tuesday 12/20. We invite you to join us during the busy season of Advent for a few moments of quiet reflection and praise.

Nov. 24th at 1pm
Worship is followed by a community dinner with all the trimmings. Watch for opportunities to pitch in, or join us for this traditional meal. We have invited the public to this event, and are asking for folks to let us know if they are coming so we can plan food accordingly. Please let the office know if you intend to come.

   Nov. 6   Nov. 13   Nov. 20   Nov. 24   Nov. 27
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Jade G   Alexis S   Haley L   Thomas Y   Adam H

Communion Assistants   Bridget G   Cynthia S   Ralph L   Floyd Y   Neil H

Readers   Paul H   Steve Y   Melissa H   David S   Kristin Y

Worship Assistants   Cindy N   Diane B   Pat K   David S   John F

Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   NA   Jim H

Ushers   Bob B,
David H   Bob B,
David H   Bob B,
David H   *   Bob B,
David H

Greeters   Val B   Val B   Val B   *   Val B

Altar Guild   Marilyn D   Kathi S   Kathi S   *   *

Bread Providers   *   *   *   *   *

Counters   Paul H,
Rich S   Paul H,
Rich S   Paul H,
Rich S    NA
   Paul H,
Rich S

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Nov. 6   by Russ and Linda Raymond in memory of Linda’s mom
Harriet Goldenstein’s birthday.   in honor of Maureen and Heather Wenn’s birthdays.

Nov. 13
by Char Lobitz in honor of Jarrett’s birthday.   in honor of my new great-grandson, Parker Ash, by Marilyn Duckett.

Nov. 20   in memory of John Borgeson.   Available.

Nov. 24   in memory of all those who have been hungry.   by Diane Wilson in honor of my son Mark’s birthday.

Nov. 27   by Donna Hanson in memory of
Rev. and Mrs. Harold E. Larsen.   by John and Sue Fox in honor of Andrew’s 15th 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.

see online calendar

Poinsettias for Sale! $11 each
Orders due by December 11th. Watch for order forms in the Sunday bulletins beginning in mid-November, or call the office to place an order.

We will be offering multicolored plants this year … regular red, plus marble, white, and pink. You may select the color you want when you take the plant home on Christmas Eve/Day. We are NOT taking requests for specific colors on the order form … this will be first come-first served when you pick up the plant. We do this to add a little color variety to our Sanctuary at Christmas!

Remember to think of ordering gift cards thru the church Manna program for all of your holiday gift giving and entertaining! We are adding an additional order due to the holidays. Orders will be due on Sunday, November 13, and then again on Sunday, November 27. This later date in November should be in time to purchase gift cards for the LSSI Angel Tree gifts! Give the gift card, or use a gift card to make your purchases! The last order date of the year is Sunday, December 11, still in plenty of time for the holidays. Remember, Manna has been known to run out of cards this close to Christmas, so the earlier order date is recommended. Order sheets are available in the narthex, or you can go online thru www.messiahparkridge.org. Contact Kristin Yager
(847-692-6260) or Laura Hauser (847-292-8225) if you have any questions.

Dear Christian Friends,
We give thanks to God and you for your participation in the important “Fall InGathering” of all the quilts and kits donated to Lutheran World Relief through our Chicago-area Friends of LWR organization.
The “work of our hands” makes its way around the world starting there at your church where many helping hands accept the boxes and load the trucks.
We send our gratitude and thanks to you. And to God be the glory! In his name,
The Board Members of Friend of LWR

New Directory Coming 2012
We will be publishing a new directory (not pictures, just info) that will be available at the Annual Meeting. If your information in the current photo directory, (from 2009) has changed, or you’d like to add a phone number or email address to your listing, PLEASE let the office know asap.

Full letter can be read online at our website at http://www.messiahparkridge.org/ rev_phil_knutson.html
Dear colleagues in mission,
"Everyone is contributing in one way or other to climate change, if not through emissions of green house gases then through deforestation." These were challenging words from a South African scientist from the SA Weather Services Mr. Thando Ndarana who addressed the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA) annual partners' meeting on the theme "Climate Change – our role as the church." According to the experts over the next few decades south western Africa could get much drier and east Africa wetter. This could have an impact on human health such as the return of malaria to areas where it was eradicated and on agriculture due to changing rainfall patterns and threats to biodiversity …
… As Bishop Davies said: "Caring for the planet is a central part of God’s mission of life and therefore our mission too."
Thank you for your support and participation in God's mission locally and globally.
Yours faithfully,
Rev. Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake, became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
2 Corinthians 8:9
Henry Smith wanted to serve God, but left seminary because of a degenerative eye condition, and could only do odd jobs due to his eyesight. However, in 1978, he heard his minister preach on this Bible verse, and was inspired to write the song, “Give Thanks”, our offering response for fall worship. The verse, coupled with his faith, confirmed that, in spite of what is happening to and around us, God is all we truly need and for that, we can joyfully give thanks. Smith sang his unpublished song in his church; a military couple who happened to be in attendance that Sunday, took the song back to their church in Germany. In Spirit-led circumstances, it spread thru the world to be translated into many languages and is one of the world’s best loved Christian songs.
Now blind, Henry Smith is still involved in worship music, but “Give Thanks” remains his only published song.
~ Sue Fox

The Messiah Youth Spaghetti Dinner was a success again this year! We served 100 guests who shared fellowship time with us. We also raised about $550!
Thanks as always to the youth and parents who helped by proving desserts, setting the dining room, serving and cleaning the kitchen at the end of the night. A special thanks to other significant helpers in the kitchen, too (Floyd Yager, Julie Holzer, John Fox & Helen Levy)!
We have a few youth who will benefit from this fundraiser by attending the New Orleans ELCA youth gathering in July 2012.
We are looking for volunteer(s) to spearhead this event in the future. If interested, please contact Pat Kovach who will train you next fall on the procedures currently in place.
With sincere gratitude!
The Kovachs

Sunday school is participating in a project this year called Operation Christmas child. The program is coordinated by Samaritan's Purse Int'l, a nondenominational Evangelical Christian organization that was founded over 40 years ago to help the world's poor, sick and needy. Each Sunday school class will fill two shoeboxes with holiday goodies - toys, school supplies and hygiene items. Samaritan's Purse will collect the boxes and distribute worldwide. We are asking the Sunday school families to donate items for these boxes. Thanks to donations from the congregation, the shipping charges ($42) have been covered. We are hoping to assemble 6 boxes. If anyone in the congregation would like to help us cover part of the cost of items in these boxes, please see one of the Sunday school teachers – Laura Olson, Pat Kovach, Laura Hauser, or Julie Jensen. Thank you.

We have an outing to Enchanted Castle (Lombard) on Nov. 4th for the Chicago Youth Ministry Network Lock- In. Details will be sent directly to those attending.

This month’s Messiah Youth Drop In (MYDI) night will be November 12th from
6-9 pm in the Parsonage.

Grace Palos, 11/1
Valeria Bowman, 11/3
Lynne Morrow, 11/7
Lisa Paulus, 11/7
Katelyn Hamden, 11/8
Alexis Chervinko, 11/11
Laurance Johnson, 11/12   
Richard Reeve, 11/15
MaryJo Marchetta, 11/17
Carolyn Kopij, 11/19
James Rosequist, 11/19
Terri Hogan, 11/22
Kirsten Boyce, 11/23
Dorothy Burger, 11/23
Donna Hanson, 11/25
Betty Stinnett, 11/25
Andrew Fox, 11/27   

John and Sue Fox, 11/3/79 - 32 years
Scot and Alyson Allemeier,
11/7/03 - 8 years
Brad and Pat Kovach, 11/24/80 – 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:   Ravi Penumaka
Christian Education:   Julie Jensen
Confirmation/Youth:   Floyd Yager
         Julie Holzer
Evangelism:      David Swanson
Friendship Day:    Trudi Handzel,
Carol Hrodey
Property Coordinator: Ray Ejnik
Stewardship:      Larry Ryczek

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

MEMORIAL REPORT as of October 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.

In memory of Kristine Christiansen,
by Joyce Tjhio for MAP
In memory of Leona Wendt,
by Millie Anderson for Property Reserve
In memory of John Borgeson,
by Millie Anderson for Property Reserve   In memory of Charles Johnson,
by Leona Johnson for MAP
In memory of Tony DiBiase,
by Laura Williams for Music and Food Pantry/ Assistance Cards
In memory of P.L. Samuel,
by Jackie Steigerwald for Music

I unfortunately didn’t have time in the last month to go see one of the family oriented movies that came out so I could review it. I really wanted to see A Dolphin’s Tale, or Winny the Pooh, but just didn’t make it. So instead this month I’ll do a recap of some of my favorites that I always pull out this time of year, ones that say “Thanksgiving” or “Christmas” to me.
It’s a Wonderful Life – one of the best ever, right? If you haven’t started watching this with your kids yet because they don’t like the “old fashioned black and white” type movie, try them again this year. The timeless message in this film makes me cry every time, and we usually watch it Thanksgiving weekend. It is about being thankful for what you HAVE, and what better message is that for T-Day?
A Little Princess – this isn’t a Christmas movie, but the first time I watched it was on a Christmas Day long ago, so it always seems   to feel like a Christmas story. Gorgeous production design and a beautiful, touching story makes this one of my all time favorites.
The Fourth Wise Man – can either be a Christmas or Easter story, really, and follows the life of Artiban, a wise man from the east who follows the star with his 3 companions to find Baby Jesus. But his life takes a different track from his famous friends, and he finds at the end that he has known Jesus all along.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – the most obviously Christian-themed of the movies from this franchise, this gorgeous adaptation of the first Chronicle of Narnia book may to too scary for very little children. However, one of my treasured family memories is of Rich and I watching this movie with 3½ year-old Jessica, and explaining all the connections between Aslan and Jesus, sacrifice, the gifts of Christmas, and the coming of spring into a world of winter. I invite you to make this a Christmas movie tradition in your house, too.


We joyfully celebrated with the Ruterschmidt and Ryczek families for Sandra Stefanski’s wedding last month!
We can report that Peter Fox is out of the hospital following his 5th and final round of chemotherapy.
Carolyn Morrow (Pastor’s mom) appreciates the prayers for healing following breast cancer surgery and treatment, and is back home gardening and spinning!
Jennifer, Jenna and Juliana Burns are all recovering following difficult premature delivery of the twin girls and induced coma for mom Jennifer.
Ben Wilson (Borgeson grandson) is responding well following brain surgery, and outlook is good!   

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:
Aunt Althea, 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, William Gerlich, Graham Family, Walter Goelling and Family, Doug Hanson and Family, Harold Hjelm, Jairam for healing and the family for financial support, Arlene Johnson, Kennet, Vera Koehler, Audrey Krell, Richard Levy, Carolyn Morrow, Margaret Mulberry, Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve, Greg Russo, Diana Stimpel, Harry and Sue Trestrail, Linda Ufkes, and Rosie.

We want to remember in our prayers military personnel (those known to us as well as those serving who are not known to us): Alex Apostolou, Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Andreas Johnsen, Sam Krawitz, Jesse Olesen, Joey Rosequist, Cory Sandford, 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, Holly Norberg, Jennie Read (diakonia), 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 Borgesons have a new email address: borgflil@comcast.net




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