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The Messiah Messenger > The February Messenger Issue #524
The February Messenger Issue #524

Jan 30, 2012

The Messiah


This year, the month of February includes multiple liturgical seasons as we begin in Epiphany, celebrate Transfiguration and Ash Wednesday midway through the month, then end February in the first week of Lent.
The Gospel stories this month begin with healing stories in the Gospel of Mark and ends with the story of Jesus’ Baptism from the author of the Gospel of Mark. It is interesting that in one calendar month, we begin with sickness and healing then midway we hear the story of the Transfiguration and finish the month remembering the waters of baptism.
This month could be a snapshot of Life! The Life of a human being includes sickness … not merely high fevers or paralysis, but addictions, fear, greed, pessimism, etc. These sicknesses tempt us to find temporary healing through many sources. We find that some remedies work; some work for a short time and some just take our money with no results.
Then sometime in Life, we meet Jesus – perhaps not on a mountaintop, but truly meet, become acquainted with and learn to love Jesus. When this occurs, there is an opportunity for whole healing... the kind that a perfect love offers… the kind that Jesus can give us… healing as the gift of grace.

We are marked with the sign of the cross in ashes to remind us of our human frailties and the pure love of Jesus Christ for us. We then prepare for our Lenten journey with the waters of baptism that offer whole healing, cleansing and community.
"You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
Pastor Lynne

Be sure to check out Pastor’s article in the Lutheran Magazine:
Addition not Subraction: 10 Things Your Family Can Add This Lent


How do we show our love for the Lord? One way is with service to others. This year for Lent we are combining one aspect of our Lutheran World Relief outreach with Lenten services. Our focus will be on assembling “Personal Care Kits” to symbolize the need for all God’s children to take care of themselves in order to serve the Lord and show our love for God. Each week we are asking participants to bring one of the components of the Personal Care Kit to mid-week Lenten service and the kits will then be assembled after a dinner on the Wednesday of Holy Week. Components for the kits can also be brought any other day of the week if you are unable to make it Wednesday night (there will be containers for collecting items in the narthex and outside the church office). Monetary contributions are also welcome to help offset cost of mailing and to purchase additional items to complete kits. The items that go in the Personal Care Kits are adult toothbrush, nail clipper, sturdy comb, bath sized towel and 2 bars of bath soap. Details of which weeks we will collect which items will be listed in the bulletins.
If you have any questions on how you can help, contact Carol Hrodey or Trudi Handzel.   

Highlights from the January 12th meeting:
•   Credit Card and Reimbursements policy being worked on.
•   Larry gave a finance report stating he met with Brad and they are just about done with the year end and compiling the budget for next year.
•   MAP: John Fox and Dave Hanson have a meeting with the architect on Thursday January 19th, 2012
•   We may have to delay the Congregational Meeting a week.
(Attendance and contributions for January will be in next month’s Messenger, since they were not complete when this one was printed.)

In case you haven’t noticed, the building is HOPPING with activity these days! Hope Korean Church continues to make good use of our rooms and santuary on a daily basis, and Gospel Life church has moved over to the Parsonage for Saturday evening fellowship. We also have Zumba classes in the MPR on Thursdays (soon to add Mondays to that) and our CA group has added a Women’s CA on Tuesday nights. Our Scout pack is here most Friday nights, and uses our building for some of their various projects. We are also in talks with a couple other groups to add them to our space usage! A schedule of WHEN everyone is WHERE is maintained by the church office if you ever have any questions about space availablity!

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

Its time to plan for our 2012 Harvest Festival! If you have helped in the past or have ideas for the future or just want to be involved – please plan to attend this brief meeting in the library following service and after you’ve made your contribution to the Souper Bowl of Caring on Sunday, Feb 5th!   

Sunday, Feb. 5th following the worship service
Remember to show your support for this annual food and funds drive by our Youth Group. All monies collected go to the Maine Township Food Pantry. Drop your cash in the soup pot, or add your canned goods to the Wall of Food … every little bit helps fight hunger in our community.

Sunday, Feb. 12th 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 February 5th, take a little time to read it over, and then be prepared to discuss and vote on our initiatives and our budget for 2012.   

Sunday, Feb. 19th after worship
In honor of our Messiah Mardi
Gras tradition, we are having a
pot luck after the Worship service. “Jambalaya," "dirty rice," and a "King Cake" will be provided, along with non-alcoholic "Hurricanes." Sign ups for dishes will be in the narthex in February. Don't worry if you are unable to bring a dish! We will have crafts and activities for "all of God's children." Feel free to invite friends and visitors to this fellowship activity.

Wed. Feb 15th @ 7 PM
Anyone who is currently a worship leader, or has expressed interest in being a worship leader, please come! We will talk about what it means to be a reader, an usher/greeter, a worship assistant, and/or an acolyte/communion assistant. Musicians and Altar Guild members are also welcome, as we will go over the upcoming Lenten season in detail.   

Please stop by to mingle, get pampered and hang out with other young adult moms while you learn more about Women of the ELCA!
The Chocolate Spa networking event will take place Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1 to 4pm at the Nail Bar in Elmhurst. We only have a limited number of spaces available, so please RSVP before Feb. 6! RSVP: elizabeth.mcbride@elca.org (Please include your telephone number in email.)

We come from a rich heritage of Messiah Lutheran Church Women (MLCW) that over the years has included a large organization of women who participated in various programs that provided worship, service and fellowship opportunities. Over recent years MLCW has dwindled and the former circles have faded because times change and we’re sort of drifting. So it’s time to figure out what we, as women of Messiah, want MLCW to be. To get that dialogue started we will have a luncheon after service on Sunday, February 26th. Please plan to attend and discuss our direction for MLCW! Please RSVP to the church office by Sunday, February 19th so we know how to plan for lunch. See you there! Carol Hrodey and Trudi Handzel

Café Women’s Group Wednesday, Feb. 1st at 7pm Cindy Norberg hosts this month’s get-together, and will talk about bookmaking.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, February 11th 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.

Friday, March 2 at 10AM at Park Ridge Presbyterian, 1300 W Crescent Ave
The program was prepared by World Day of Prayer Malaysia Committee, and the theme this year is “Let Justice Prevail.” This is sponsored by the Church Women United of Park Ridge, which Messiah has been a member of for many years. All are invited, MEN also. The World Day of Prayer USA Committee is responsible for translation, publication and promotion of World Day of Prayer in the United States. Do come and join us – a light luncheon will follow the program.   

Lenten Mid-week Services, Wednesdays
Community Egg Hunt,
Saturday March 31st

Feb. 5   Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Isaiah 40:21–31
Psalm: Psalm 147:1–11, 20c
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 9:16–23
Gospel: Mark 1:29–39   
SS: Jesus Heals
CONF: New Testament: Jesus Our Savior

Feb. 12   Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: 2 Kings 5:1–14
Psalm: Psalm 30
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 9:24–27
Gospel: Mark 1:40–45   
SS: Healing
CONF: New Testament: Jesus Teaches Us

Feb. 19   Transfiguration of Our Lord
1st Lesson: 2 Kings 2:1–12
Psalm: Psalm 50:1–6
2nd Lesson: 2 Corinthians 4:3–6
Gospel: Mark 9:2–9   
SS: The Trans-figuration   
CHAT:   Sue Fox: Music for Lent and Easter   
CONF: New Testament: Jesus Heals Us

Feb. 22   Ash Wednesday

Feb. 26   First Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Genesis 9:8–17
Psalm: Psalm 25:1–10
2nd Lesson: 1 Peter 3:18–22
Gospel: Mark 1:9–15   
CONF: New Testament: Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

Ash Wednesday Feb. 22
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday services at 9:15 AM and 7:30 PM. Please note that the early service will be DURING our Child Care Chapel time, and we will be offering imposition of ashes to children as well as adults. THEN …
Supper, Service & Study on Wednesdays beginning Feb 29
9:15 AM - Child Care Chapel (adults invited!)
10:00 AM - Bible Study (sanctuary)
6:00 PM - Light Supper
6:45 PM - First Communicants Class departs for study
7:00 PM – Lenten Service w/ Bible Study – see Pastor Lynne’s article for details about this (First Communicants Class joins at 7:30)
8:00 PM - All finished! Choir practice follows.    

We hope you will join us for any or all of these Lenten opportunities. If you have a child who is the right age for First Communion, contact Pastor Lynne to get enrolled in the class as soon as possible.

   Feb. 5   Feb. 12   Feb. 19   Feb. 22   Feb. 29
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   7:30pm   10:15am
Acolytes   Haley L   Alexis C   Adam H   *   Samantha F
Communion Assistants   Teresa L   Debbie C   Neil H   *   tbd
Readers   Andy T   Bridget G   Anne W   Marilyn D   Mark W
Worship Assistants   John F   Diane B   Andy T   *   David S
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   NA   Jim H
Ushers   Jackie S,
Susan R   Jackie S,
Susan R   Jackie S,
*   *   Jackie S,
Susan R
Greeter   Sue K   Sue K   Sue K   *   Sue K
Altar Guild   Cindy N   *   *   *   Kathy S
Counters   Paul H,
Susan R   Paul H,
Susan R   Paul H,
Susan R   NA   Paul H,
Susan R
Bread Providers   Marilynn D   Marilynn D   *   *   *

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Feb. 5   by the Handzels in honor of Ruth Perzentka’s birthday.   in celebration of Christopher’s birthday by Kathi Scheck.
Feb. 12   by Char Lobitz in honor of
Jackson Lobitz.   by the Hauser Family in memory of grandmothers Viola and Evelyn.
Feb. 19   in honor of Nikolaus Ryczek’s 10th birthday by the Ryczek Family.   Available.
Feb. 26   Available.   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.

See web page for calendar


We want to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, words of support, visits, food and food gift cards so graciously offered to us during Peter’s fight against leukemia. It was truly overwhelming to have such support when things seemed so dark. We know that God was working thru you, and He continues to walk with us. Peter is now in remission, and is beginning to resume his “Prior-to-Leukemia” life, which now includes classes at Oakton. Thank you again for everything you have done for our family.

John, Sue, Peter and Andrew Fox

Manna Dates for 2012

For 2012 we are switching to Manna orders on the FIRST Sunday of the month. In looking at the calendar, this just works better in terms of holidays that you may want cards for. So for the next six months, dates are as follows:

February 5 – order due    February 8 – cards available
March 4 – order due       March 7 – cards available
April 1 – order due       April 4 – cards available
May 6 – order due       May 9 – cards available
June 3 – order due      June 6 – cards available

Thank you for your continued support of this program!


We received a very nice letter of thank you from the Night Ministry in response to our gifts before Christmas. Here are some highlights:
Dear Rev. Morrow:
On behalf of everyone at The Night Ministry, and especially the people we serve, we would like to thank you for your generous in-kind gift of hats, gloves, and scarves. Your thoughtfulness helps us to enhance our work of offering shelter, health services, counseling, food, and clothing to those in the vulnerable communities of Chicago …
For 35 years, we have been committed to providing health, housing, and support services to some of Chicago's most vulnerable and underserved populations. It is estimated that 643,000 individuals are homeless in the US on any given night. Homeless adults include veterans, the medically uninsured and mentally ill, and those who have lost their jobs in the recent economic downturn. Homeless youth include pregnant and parenting teens, youth identifying as lesbian, gay or transgendered, and those who are escaping abuse in the home …
The Night Ministry's 38-foot Mobile Health Outreach Bus continues to reach out to high-need neighborhoods in Chicago six nights per week, providing vital health services, hospitality, and outreach. The program is extremely unique in its commitment to meet individuals where they dwell, creating a consistent presence in their communities and fostering the trusting relationship necessary for them to take the next step in achieving healthier lifestyles
Thank you again for being an integral partner in our continued effort to support individuals who need it most in Chicago.
Best wishes, Paul W. Hamann, President   

Worship music reflects the change of church seasons. We joyfully celebrate Transfiguration on Sunday, February 19, as Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22. Through the 40 days of Lent, music takes a more penitential tone as we reflect on our sinfulness and Jesus’ great sacrifice for us. Also, “Alleluia” is removed from our worship in song and spoken word until Easter. It is, as one theologian wrote, “a verbal fast which has the effect, not of depressing the mood…but of creating a sense of anticipation and even greater joy when that familiar word of praise and thanksgiving returns!”
Rather than giving something up for Lent, why not add an act of service? We invite you to join the Gloria Dei Choir for Lent and Easter. At Messiah, this is traditionally called the “40 Day Choir”. Beginning February 22, choir practices move to Wednesday nights from 8pm to about 9pm, after Lenten worship. The “40 Day Choir” is a great way to experience leading worship through singing. Please join us!!
~ Sue Fox
Please note: No choir rehearsal on Tuesday Feb 21 and Tuesday Feb 28. Instead, rehearsal will be Wednesday Feb 22 and Wed Feb 29 at 8p after Lenten worship.

Reminder for Souper Bowl of Caring … ask neighbors for items or money for Maine Township Food Pantry.
Mercy Me Concert @ Sears Center on Thursday, 2/2/12 -Mr. Travis has volunteered to chaperone. Tickets are$10 for general seating. Won't get home til 10pm though. Please RESPOND asap if you want to go.
Sat. Feb 4th - The Big Miracle is supposed to be out. We are hoping to go to something around 2ish. Let Julie H know if you are interested in joining up at the Golf Mill AMC to watch together. It was $5 for matinee, we don't know if they have raised the price or not.
Feb. 5 Souper Bowl of Caring: bring food and money.
MYDI night on Feb. 11 from 6-9pm. We will make sack lunches for Journeys from Pads to Hope. RSVP if you want pizza for dinner. Feel free to bring items for the lunches. So far Phil is bringing 2 friends. Who else can bring a friend? Let's make this a challenge-who can be an Evangelist?
Lutherdale Retreat Feb 17-19. So far we have Christian, Nick, Phil, Amalia, Melissa and Alesha going with Mrs. Levy and Mr. Travis chaperoning.
March 10, 9-12 is a free Synod event for all interested Youth Leaders/ Parents @ LSTC. Training on ways to help our kids move toward Christ in their daily lives. RSVP if you would like to go.
The posters are up. Baskets are out and labeled, and we have begun collecting food gifts, building up to our collection on February 5th. We have 3 short skits we will do and 2 "Mission Minutes" to read. We will work some of the skits into the services along with the Mission Minutes on Jan 29th and February 5th. This will be the sixth year Messiah participates in the Souper Bowl of Caring. Last year we collected $1200 and over 800 food items. We would like to do even better this year and your hard work in making this fun and encouraging participation will help! Thanks to all who participate in our skits in worship:
Sunday January 29th
Mission Minute -Melissa Holzer
Skit "The Return of Super Can"
Narrator - Mr. Yager
Peter - Christian Travis
James - Nick Levy
John - Mikey Hanson
Super Can - Melissa Holzer
Quarterback #1 - Phil Holzer
Quarterback #2 - Thomas Yager
Sunday February 5th
Mission Minute - Thomas Yager
Skit "Confusion"
Kid #1 - Haley Lippert
Kid #2 - Dina Salemi
Kid #3 - Alexis Chervenko
Skit "Souper Bowl Sunday Shorty"
Young Person #1 - Melissa Holzer
Young Person #2 - Amalia Santos

Ethan Ash, 2/2
Christopher Scheck, 2/2
Jean Reeve, 2/3
Linda Larson, 2/4
Melanie Moon, 2/4
Kendra Corkill, 2/7
Maureen Dieball, 2/8
William Norberg, 2/9
Kristin Rosequist, 2/11
Bob Hanson, 2/16
Linka Jones, 2/17
Joseph Rosequist, 2/17
Lisa Saul, 2/18
Timothy Saul, 2/18   Nikolaus Ryczek, 2/19
Sarah Nugnis, 2/24
Rosemary Paulus, 2/26
Audrey Krell, 2/27

Dave and Connie Kaufman – 2/28/1976,
36 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
Messiah Women/
Friendship Day:    Trudi Handzel,
Carol Hrodey
Property Coordinator: Ray Ejnik
Stewardship:      Larry Ryczek
Worship Assistants:    David Swanson
Worship Readers:    Rich Levy
Contact the Church Office for phone numbers or email addresses for these folks.
MEMORIAL REPORT as of January 27, 2012
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 January.

(on cable and DVD)
Based on Anne Holm's acclaimed young adult novel North to Freedom, I Am David chronicles the struggles of a 12-year-old boy (Ben Tibber) who manages to flee a Communist concentration camp on his own. All he has in his possession is a loaf of bread, a letter to deliver to someone in Denmark and a compass to help get him there. James Caviezel and Joan Plowright co-star.
Set in 1952, young David manages to escape and board a boat to Italy, from which he trudges north, mostly on foot, with Denmark as his goal. Throughout the movie, an adult’s voice-over repeats instructions that were given to David as before he left the camp, and flashbacks featuring Jim Caviezel’s character explore their relationship.
This is one of those quiet, powerful movies that sucks you in and makes you care deeply about the people involved. David has spent his entire life in the brutal environment of the camp, and has never seen the beauty of the world, had a    friend his own age, or even held a purring cat. Once free of the camp, his mission is a clear one … deliver the packet of papers he has to someone in Denmark. He will know the person when he gets there. Along his journey, he meets several special people who help him. The biggest obstacle David has to conquer is not the thousands of miles between himself and his goal – it is the need to trust people, and to open himself up to life and love.
Joan Plowright is wonderful as the kindly older woman who finally gets all the way through David’s walls, and in the end he learns to trust other people. The payoff, of course, is the climax of the movie, in a nice twist that will bring a tear to your eye.
This is a very nice family film … no swearing, and limited violence that tastefully displays the difficult times following WWII in communist Bulgaria. It does have some grown-up themes, and is worth watching with your kids. Some of the plot lines are simple, and a little unbelievable (he ends up walking a VERY long way in the same shoes, for example), but engaging enough to not really matter. I think you (and your family) will enjoy it!

We give joyful thanks for answered prayer – Peter Fox’s leukemia treatment has been successful!
Kim Hanson also gives thanks for Michael and Rachel’s new baby, Tatum.
We are also thankful for answered prayer for Bruce Tinkoff.
Bridget Graham gives thanks for the wonderful help from the church and Boy Scouts for a wonderful Christmas for her kids!
Thanks, too, for medical prayers answered for Adrienne Busse.   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, Sara Christiansen, Cheryl Donahue, Joey Ejnik, Pearl Fox, Peter Fox and Fox Family, William Gerlich, Graham Family, Walter Goelling and Family, Robbie Gunther, Harold Hjelm, Jairam, Ruth Jeppeson, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Kennet, Vera Koehler, Audrey Krell, John L., Rosalie L., Richard Levy, Deanna Levy and Family, Char Lobitz, Aidan Ray, Jennie Read, Richard Reeve, Pastor John Sunder,
We want to remember in our prayers military personnel (those known to us as well as those serving who are not known to us): Brandon Ajyek, Alex Apostolou, Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Andreas Johnsen, Sam Krawitz, Jesse Olesen, Joey Rosequist, Cory Sandford, and Claudine Ward.   Sammy and Anna Tinaglia, Martha Thompson, Sue Trestrail, Linda Ufkes, Rosie, Gnanamari, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Barb Valasek, Lynn Webb, and Benjamin Wilson.
We also want to remember in prayer our college students: Julie Berzins, Nick Boomer, Bobby Hanson, Trygve Jensen, Kevin Kaufman, Daniel Kovach, Holly Norberg, 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!
BRAND NEW PHONE DIRECTORIES will be available at the Annual Meeting!

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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