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The January Messenger Issue #523

Dec 30, 2011


Epiphany Blessing
Matthew writes that when the magi saw the shining star stop overhead, they were filled with joy. "On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother" (Matt. 2:10-11). In the home, Christ is met in family and friends, in visitors and strangers. In the home, faith is shared, nurtured, and put into action. In the home, Christ is welcome.
Twelfth Night (January 5) or another day during the season of Epiphany offers an occasion for gathering with friends and family members for a blessing of the home, using the following as a model. Someone may lead the greeting and blessing, while another person may read the scripture passage. Following an eastern European tradition, a visual blessing may be inscribed with white chalk above the main door; for example, 20 + CMB + 12. The numbers change with each new year. The three letters stand for either the ancient Latin blessing Christe mansionem benedica, which means, "Christ, bless this house," or the legendary names of the magi (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar).
After the inscription and blessing, all may walk from room to room, blessing the house with incense or by sprinkling with water, using a branch from the Christmas tree.

Begin with:
May peace be to this house and to all who enter here.By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. See Proverbs 24:3-4

As we prepare to ask God's blessing on this household, let us listen to the words of scripture:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:1-4, 14, 16

This inscription may be made with chalk above the entrance of the home:
20 + C M B + 12
The magi of old, known as
C: Caspar, M: Melchior, and B: Balthasar
followed the star of God's Son who came to dwell among us
20: two thousand
12: and twelve years ago.
+: Christ, bless this house,
+: and remain with us throughout the new year.

Conclude with:
O God, you revealed your Son to all people by the shining light of a star. We pray that you bless this home and all who live here with your gracious presence. May your love be our inspiration, your wisdom our guide, your truth our light and your peace our benediction; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

On Sunday February 5, 2012, if history is any guide, the world will be watching as two of the teams from the National Football League play for the right to be called Super Bowl Champions. On that day, while millions eat and drink at parties while watching the game, millions more will go hungry.
In 1990 the “Souper Bowl of Caring” was born. In that year, the youth of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC addressed the issue of hunger with this Super Bowl Sunday prayer: “Lord, as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those without even a bowl of soup to eat.”
The prayer inspired this single church to invite 21 other congregations to join them in collecting $5,700, which was donated to local charities that provide assistance to the those in need. Over the past 20 years, more than $50 million has been raised in cash and food for organizations that fight hunger. From a single prayer and a single youth group, the Souper Bowl of Caring has become a powerful nationwide movement that touches more lives each year.
At Messiah, this will be our sixth year participating. Through your generosity we have given over $4000 and 1,700 food items directly to the Maine Township Food Pantry due to collections around the past 5 Super Bowls! In 2011 alone, we donated over $1200 and 800 food items! For that, we thank you! This year the confirmation class will again lead the event and are hoping that, with you help, we do even better!
We ask that on February 5th, as you leave worship, you drop a donation, no matter how big or how small, in a soup pot. Your donation will go directly to the Maine Township Food Pantry. With your help, more dollars will be raised, more lives will be changed, and more young people will experience the joy of serving Christ by serving others.
Additionally, you can bring a non-perishable food offering that we will also deliver to the Maine Township Food Pantry, there will be baskets in the Narthex labeled “Souper Bowl of Caring” beginning Sunday January 22nd and remaining until Super Bowl Sunday.
The over 35 million people in the United States who live in food insecure households would fill over 500 NFL stadiums! Three million dollars will be spent for a 30 second commercial during the Super Bowl and many more millions of dollars are spent to enjoy the Super Bowl experience. However, it can also be a day we choose to turn our thoughts and dollars towards those without a bowl of soup to eat.
Please do not forget a special donation in the Soup Pots after worship. Checks can be made out to Messiah Lutheran Church with a note on the memo line for “Souper Bowl of Caring.”

WE DID IT! As a congregation, Messiah increased its giving for the last 6 months by $6000! Our anonymous donor will now match that amount, which helps us to meet the challenge voted on at the Annual Meeting in January of 2011 - to increase giving by $12,000. That means we took $12,000 less from the endowment fund in 2011. Thank you to all who have contributed that extra amount to push us up over our $6000 goal for the last half of the year. Let's try to keep this trend going in 2012!   

The last time we updated our directory was October 2009. For this round we will not do a photo directory, just a new listing of names, addresses, phone numbers, and for the first time, email addresses. We will be printing these out in the office by January 31st, in time to be handed out at the Annual Meeting on February 5th. Please take a moment and look at your listing in the photo directory. If you cannot find yours, there will be a copy of it in the narthex and in the bucket on the office door. PLEASE send any additions, deletions, corrections, or changes to the church office no later than January 16th.   

Highlights from the
December 18th meeting:
•   Lawyer Scott Fintzen's Jr. Associate is working on property purchase documents.
•   Diane Wilson met on November 22nd with Karen Black about ChildCare manuels.
•   Stewardship information Larry had 23 responses.
•   Ray Ejnik working on a basic work list for John Handzel.

Weekly Attendance for Nov.
11/6=90, 11/13=93, 11/20=76, T-day=24, 11/27=60

Weekly Giving for Nov. (Gen. Fund)
11/6=$3839, 11/13=$3012, 11/20=$2947, 11/27=$782

Weekly Attendance for Dec.
12/4=86, 12/11=98, 12/18=88, 12/24(both)=128, 12/25=66

Weekly Giving for Dec. (Gen. Fund)
12/4=$5587, 12/11=$2143, 12/18=$4025, 12/25=$2759

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

Monday, Jan. 9th
Annual Reports are due into the church office by Monday, January 9th This is so reports can be compiled, spell-checked, and printed in time to distribute copies to members on Sunday, January 29th. If you can EMAIL your report, it is much appreciated! If you’d like a digital copy of last year’s report to edit, that can be provided.   

Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 7:30 PM
in the Multipurpose Room
We want to give you the current status of MAP and discuss how you can assist us in moving forward with this project. If you are aware of other Messiah members who might be interested in participating in this project, you are welcome to invite them to attend our meeting on January 9th.   

Sunday, Feb. 5th following the worship service
This is the time of year that we review our accomplishments of the past year, and set goals for the coming year. Please pick up your Annual Report on January 29th, take a little time to read it over, and then be prepared to discuss and vote on our initiatives and our budget for 2012.   

Café Women’s Group Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 7pm Laura Olson hosts this month’s get-together.
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Dec. 10th at 9am. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at a new location, Just Like Home Cooking Restaurant, 8501 W. Dempster Street in Niles. Good conversation and good food.
Women's Service Group and Friendship Day
There will be NO Friendship Day on the 4th Thursday, January 26th. Watch for future dates for this and the Service Group. Happy New Year to all!

COMING IN February
Youth Retreat,
Feb. 17-19
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22nd
First Communion Classes, Feb. 29th

Jan. 1   First Sunday in Christmas
1st Lesson: Isaiah 61:10—62:3
Psalm: Psalm 148
2nd Lesson: Galatians 4:4–7
Gospel: Luke 2:22–40
No Christian Ed Hour

Jan. 8   Epiphany of our Lord
1st Lesson: Isaiah 60:1–6
Psalm: Psalm 72:1–7, 10–14
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 3:1–12
Gospel: Matthew 2:1–12
SS: Jesus’ Baptism    
CHAT: Mark Wiberg: 1 God,3 Faiths   
CONF: Old Testament: Greatness – King David

Jan. 15   Second Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: 1 Samuel 3:1–20
Psalm: Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 6:12–20
Gospel: John 1:43–51
SS: God Calls Samuel    
CHAT: Andy Travis: LGH Chaplaincy   
CONF: Old Testament: The Psalms

Jan. 22   Third Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Jonah 3:1–5, 10
Psalm: Psalm 62:5–12
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 7:29–31
Gospel: Mark 1:14–20
SS: Jonah and the Big Fish    
CONF: Old Testament Review: Unit Test!

Jan. 29   Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Deuteronomy 18:15–20
Psalm: Psalm 111
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 8:1–13
Gospel: Mark 1:21–28
SS: Teaching and Healing    
CONF: New Testament: John the Baptist


   Jan. 1   Jan. 8   Jan. 15   Jan. 22   Jan. 29
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Melissa H   Julia F   Nick L   Amalia S   Jade G
Communion Assistants   Julie H   *   Rich L   Cynthia S   Bridget G
Readers   Rich L   Ravi P   Larry R   Teresa L   Laura O
Worship Assistants   David S   Vikki H   Karen B   Pat K   Cindy N
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Dave H,
Carol H   Dave H,
Carol H   Dave H,
Carol H   Dave H,
Carol H   Dave H,
Carol H
Greeters   Val B   Val B   Val B   Val B   Val B
Altar Guild   Linda R   Sue K   Sue K   Marilynn D   Marilynn D
Counters   Paul H,
Larry J   Paul H,
Larry J   Paul H,
Larry J   Paul H,
Larry J   Paul H,
Larry J
Bread Providers   *   *   *   *   *
* There is no one signed up to provide bread in January. Please visit the signup sheet in the narthex to participate.

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Jan. 1   by the Handzels in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Bannister.   Available.
Jan. 8   in honor of Tait’s birthday by the Jensen Family.   Available.
Jan. 15   Available.   Available.
Jan. 22   Available.   Available.
Jan. 29   Available.   for Susan Rice’s father, Clyde Grove.

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.


In whatever language speaks to you, please hear my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to all who have contributed throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons!
• The Music Ministry Team led by Sue Fox, along with the cantors, Gloria Dei Choir, instrumentalists and soloists for beautiful music that enhanced our Advent and Christmas services.
• All who helped decorate our sanctuary for Advent and all the Christmas services.
• The Altar Guild - thank you for your tireless attention to all the details that make our worship happen so smoothly.
• The Tech Team - thank you for coordinating all the audio and visual details that enhance our worship.
• All who contributed gifts to LSSI, the Maine Township Food Pantry, and the Night Ministry.
• Everyone who participated in the Manna Card Christmas Sales.
• The Sunday School Team for the extra efforts in presenting us with a special production of "She Said Yes."
• The Messiah Child Care Center staff, students, and families for the wonderful Peanutcracker and Christmas Programs.
• The Worship Teams of ushers, greeters, readers, acolytes, as well as worship and communion assistants.
• To Diane Wilson and Dorothy Nagle for their faithful assistance with the bulletins and newsletters.
• To Ray Ejnik for his leadership in organizing and operating our Messiah campus.
• To the entire Messiah Staff for keeping the place clean, operating well, and running efficiently during such a busy time.
• A special thank you to Jennifer Read for coordinating and leading the Tuesdays in Advent services.
• A special thank you to Jennifer Schneider for her boundless energy, creativity and commitment to Advent and the week of Christmas.
• A special thank you to Sue Fox for faithfully and joyfully coordinating the music, rehearsing, playing, teaching us and proofing bulletins.
And finally, I would like to thank you all for making Advent and Christmas at Messiah such a special time for me and my family. We thank all who remembered us with a card, gift, or holiday blessing. We are blessed by your generous love and we appreciate all of you!
~ Pastor Lynne

The Church Office will be closed Monday Jan 2nd.
The Child Care Center will closed Monday Jan 16th for MLK Day.

Thanks to EVERYONE who bought gifts for children last month. We supplied presents for 60 children, plus THREE additional families that we have been helping out during the Christmas season. Your generosity is overwhelming, and is MUCH appreciated by the folks at LSSI/Intact. Thanks, also, to Moni Ryczek who organized this again this year – we couldn’t have done it without her!
Our glove/hat/scarf drive was also
generous this year. We shipped the following to The Night Ministry in Chicago:
30 pairs of gloves
24 hats
7 scarves
5 scarf/hat sets
We kept back about a dozen sets of gloves and hats to give to some of our regular “guys” that visit us for assistance.
There were quite a few baby-sized hats and thin stretchy gloves that we gave to Miss Kathy in the Child Care Center – Miss Kathy was collecting them for Mary Seat of Wisdom, who does a drive for children’s hats and gloves. Thanks to ALL for your generosity!

We celebrate the Epiphany of Our Lord on January 6. The word “Epiphany” means “to reveal” or “make known.” Epiphany celebrates the coming of the three wise men to worship Jesus after their long journey. Their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh reveal to the world that Jesus is King and Lord.
Throughout the readings in the church season of Epiphany, Jesus is revealed through His teaching, miracles, and calling of the disciples. As the star guided the wise men, the music we sing during this season guides us in our response to His birth and ministry. Hymns are full of the imagery of light, healing, and discipleship, showing Jesus as Messiah. For us, Epiphany begins our journey of faith to the promise of Christmas: the Resurrection and our salvation.
As 2011 ends, I want to thank all of the vocalists and instrumentalists who have shared their gifts in worship throughout the year. You are such a blessing!
~ Sue Fox
Please note: choir will resume rehearsal on Janurary 3rd.

The youth group will meet Sat., Jan 14 from 6-9pm. We will have regular MYDI night in the Parsonage, and pack some sack lunches for Journeys from PADS to Hope.

Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North Concert
At the Sears Center on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7pm. It is $10, for general seating at the door. We am looking for chaperones and drivers for this event. We will need to leave from Messiah around 5:30pm. We will probably be home around 10pm. Late for a weeknight, but it will be a great concert. Talk to Julie Holzer if you’d like to drive or attend.
There are three teens going with Julie Holzer to the Youth Gathering, in New Orleans this July. They will be starting some fundraising projects in January. These high school students will be part of a group from the Synod taking seven coach busses from Chicago down to New Orleans. While there, they will learn leadership, discipleship and assist in service projects. We will be with several area youth groups for this trip, hopefully fostering new relationships with local teens. Please help support our youth during their fundraising efforts.

Julia Mix, 1/1
Richard Seggeling, 1/2
Paul Holzer, 1/3
Nicholas Levy, 1/4
Peter John Fox, 1/5
Donald Kovach, 1/7
Ralph Lippert, 1/7
Larry Ryczek, 1/7      
Kirby Corkill, 1/9
Jennifer Schneider, 1/10
Thomas Jason, 1/12
Tait Jensen, 1/12
Ryan Bujalka, 1/13
Mark Jones, 1/13
Alexander Johnson, 1/16
Kaelyn Yager, 1/16
Marv Jelonek, 1/17
Raymond Ejnik, 1/20
Lester Herak, 1/20
   David Chervinko, 1/22
Heba Penumaka, 1/22
Christopher Boomer, 1/23
Karol Kamman, 1/25
Evelyn Burval, 1/26
Michael Bujalka, 1/28
Lytle Thompson, 1/28

Rebecca and Esteban Rangel – 1/4/2003, 9 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/Steve Yager
Altar Guild:      Linda Raymond
Brotherhood:      Rich Seggeling
CCC Board Chair:   Ravi Penumaka
Christian Education:   Julie Jensen
Confirmation/Youth:   Floyd Yager/Julie Holzer
Evangelism:      TBD
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 December 29, 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 were no memorials in December/November.   

(now showing)
Based on the real story of and adapted from the book by Benjamin Mee. Benjamin (Matt Damon) is a recent widower who, with rebellious 14 year old son Dylan and precocious 7 year old daughter Rosie, decides to relocate to provide a new start for the kids and get away from the city that reminds them of wife and mother. They find a house they love in rolling hill country … and then discover the house and property includes a zoo.
This is a delightful, touching film. The real story is, as usual, not so much about the zoo as it is about the people an their relationships. Benjamin is concerned about his children, especially his son who has gotten into more and more trouble at school since the death of his mother. Dylan expresses himself through graphic, violent drawings, showing only on paper the deep despair he is in. Benjamin loves his son, but has no idea how to reach him … and so they embark on the radical new adventure that is the zoo.
Benjamin’s relationship with his daughter is sweet and special – despite being only 7, Rosie takes care of her dad with joy and love, and he returns the favor in kind.
Benjamin’s brother, Duncan, also catches the “zoo bug,” and rediscovers a joy in life that he thought he had lost. The staff at the zoo, the animals, and even the deceased mom, Katherine – all these relationships are shaped by Benjamin’s character.
There are many terrific moments in this movie, examples of good parenting (and bad), life lessons learned (and re-learned), all supported by Benjamin’s conviction that life is an adventure to be lived. The people who love us, and whom we love, shape who we are and who we will become. Benjamin is shaped by his brother, his wife, his children, and even the old tiger Spar in the zoo. In turn, he is able to give his children the incredible gift of love and family, even in the face of sadness and despair.
This movie is for older children, 9 or so and up. There are about 4 swear words (why can’t they just leave those out? I’ll never understand) that are a little much for sensitive ears. Aside from that, the presence of death and watching adults struggle with adult issues (money, responsibility, dating, etc.) might be a little much for very young kids. But overall this is a wonderful family film that I recommend.

We give thanks for answered prayer, and are happy to remove a couple of people from our prayer list!
We have been told that we can take Greg Russo off our prayer list, he is doing much better now.
We also give thanks for the chance to remove Linda Raymond’s sister Nina Hubert, from the prayer list. She has done remarkably well and has recovered nicely from her surgery!   

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:
Aunt Althea, Piers Anderson, Arlene Baranowski, John Beirne, Viv Beyer, Diana Binder, Val Bowman, Evelyn Burval, Adrienne Busse, Sara Christiansen, Cheryl Donahue, Pearl Fox, Peter Fox and Family, William Gerlich, Graham Family, Walter Goelling and Family, Harold Hjelm, Jairam, Arlene Johnson, Kennet, Vera Koehler, Audrey Krell, John L., Rosalie L., Richard Levy, Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve, Pastor John Sunder, Sammy and Anna Tinaglia, Harry and Sue Trestrail, Linda Ufkes, Rosie, Gnanamari, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Lynn Webb, and Benjamin Wilson.

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!
No changes.

The Messiah

1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

Phone: (847) 823-6984
Fax: (847) 823-6996
Child Care Center Phone: (847) 825-3767
E-mail: PastorLynne@messiahparkridge.org
Homepage: www.messiahparkridge.org
Child Care Email: messiahchildcare@sbcglobal.net




1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
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