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The March Messenger Issue #525

Feb 29, 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Messiah,
Lent has begun and we have embarked on the Lenten Journey. Lenten practices trace back to the early Christians in 300 CE who began to observe a time of preparation before the Easter celebration. Preparation is based upon almsgiving, praying and fasting (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21). The Lenten season began on Ash Wednesday and lasts for 40 days (excluding Sundays) until Easter. Lent is a time of simplicity and preparation for Christ’s Resurrection, the Easter event, which defines us as People of the Cross.
At Messiah, our Lenten tradition is based on simplicity – we begin with a simple supper, move to the sanctuary for prayer service and study on Wednesday evenings.
During the prayer service, we will study ways in which we show our love for the Lord. We will work with a series titled “You Shall Love The Lord Your God” that is based on the question in Mark 12 from a scribe to Jesus as to “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus responds “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This response (Mark 12:28-30) is based on the words from the Shema’, the passage in Deuteronomy 6 recited daily by many of the Jewish tradition. In the words of the Shema’, a covenant is formed between God and the people of God. A covenant, or promise, that is so simple yet so strong. A covenant to love and carry us through this    
season of almsgiving, praying and fasting. A covenant to bring us to the Resurrection of Our Lord on Easter!
In our Wednesday night service and study, we will focus on almsgiving in ways that show our love for the Lord in service to others. Messiah has a strong tradition of supporting Lutheran World Relief and so each Wednesday of Lent we will collect items for “Personal Care Kits” for LWR. We will hold a Passover Seder on Wednesday March 28 to connect the Passover story to the Last Supper and to assemble the final kits. The act of giving to those in need so that all God’s children have the tools to care for themselves is showing how we love the Lord our God.
Join us this Lent!
In Christ,
Pastor Lynne

Ruth Jeppesen was a member for many years at Messiah, and contributed by helping out in the office and Sunday School. She was a sweet lady who had some very close friends in the Messiah family. We didn’t see much of Ruth in recent years due to her illness. In spite of her advanced dementia, Ruth retained her loving spirit, always had a smile on her face, a bright gleam in her eye and hand claps for everyone. She died peacefully listening to Handel’s Messiah on January 31. A memorial service was held here at Messiah on February 4th.    
Martha Thompson, beloved wife of Lytle Thompson, passed away on January 31st also. A private graveside service was held. Martha was a member at Messiah for many years, and only her illness kept her from coming regularly. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Rainbow Hospice. She was a graduate of University of Illinois, Champaign, a retired educator in Des Plaines. She was an enthusiastic member of AAUW and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Pastor Lynne presided at both ladies’ services.   

Highlights from the February 20th meeting:
• Property Manager Ray Ejnik gave a repoet on his year of service.
• Appointments were discussed and made for MAP, permanent Property Committee, and CCC Board.
• Approval was granted for the Russian Congregation to use our facility on Saturdays.
• Set a date for Leadership Meeting in April.

At the Annual Meeting, the congregation voted to proceed with MAP project:
1. Dissolve Old Capital Fund & place $50,000 in MAP Fund / $14,230 in Property Reserve;
2. Proceed with Design Development & Construction Drawings, (approx cost of $11,700 – included in projected costs);
3. Proceed with Construction Bids, and
4. Secure funds to complete project (which may include a construction loan & additional fundraising).
Weekly Attendance for Feb.
2/5=86, 2/12=71, 2/19=64, 2/26=81
Weekly Giving for Feb. (Gen. Fund)
2/5=$5011, 2/12=$3568, 2/19=$1810, 2/26=$1635

I would like to thank the women who came together last Sunday for a time of discussion, fellowship and food. The women of Messiah have a passion for outreach and a history of being involved. We want this to continue and are trying to find a time convenient for as many women as possible to participate. The Friendship Circle will be moving from Thursday mornings to the third Sunday of the month after church. Please bring a lunch, dessert will be provided. We will be working on items for Lutheran World Relief, such as quilts (sewing skills are not required). Please plan to spend an afternoon a month coming together so we can all reach out. Even if you were not able to come last Sunday, please feel free to join us. Our first Sunday Friendship Circle will be March 18th.   

We continue through Lent to combine one aspect of our Lutheran World Relief outreach with our Lenten services. Our focus is 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. The items we are collecting are:
Week 2 (March 7) – Nail Clipper
Week 3 (March 14) – Adult Toothbrush
Week 4 (March 21) – Sturdy Comb
Week 5 (March 28) – Bath-sized Towel
The collections will culminate with a Passover Seder meal on Wednesday during Holy Week. As we share the Passover story and food, we will assemble the kits for delivery to LWR.

Following the vote to proceed with the project, the architect, David Lindquist, was contacted to establish next steps. A MAP Team was invited by EC to provide leadership for the project in the following areas: construction, finance/insurance, communication and fundraising. Those serving on the MAP Team include David Hanson, Carol Hrodey, Karen Black, and others. Keep listening and looking for new updates on our progress to make Messiah accessible for all God’s children!    

The name of the new church is Hope Advent Center. The Hope Advent Center is a Christian non-profit, educational and faith-based organization that provides outreach and resources to people and families who are searching for spiritual guidance. Started as a small, home-based, Russian-speaking, Bible-studying group, they have grown to a membership of about 20 at this point. They are ministering to people of all backgrounds and denominations with Russian speaking background. Hope Advent Center plans to meet weekly on Saturdays from 10-1 pm in the Sanctuary. We welcome this new addition to our growing busy facility!

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

PALM SUNDAY - April 1 at 10:15 AM
Worship begins with the congregation entering the sanctuary waving palm branches and singing.

PASSOVER SEDER - April 4 at 6pm
The Exodus story of Passover and a traditional Seder Meal. First Communicants rehearse for Maundy Thursday worship and the LWR Health Kits are assembled.

MAUNDY THURSDAY - April 5 at 7pm
Communion service including the washing of feet, celebration of the Last Supper, First Communion for some of our youth, and stripping of the altar.

10am – Family Service
The message of Good Friday for all ages.
7pm – Tenebrae Service
Traditional service of scriptures and darkness.

EASTER VIGIL - April 7 at 7pm
A progressive service that starts in darkness and ends in the light of the resurrected Christ. Holy Communion is offered, and all are invited to celebrate with a short reception following the service.

April 8 at 10:15am
Celebrating the occasion of the risen Christ!
Easter Breakfast at 8:30 am
Sunday School Egg Hunt at 9:45 am   

Saturday, Mar 31st @ 10 AM
Messiah will again be hosting a community-wide Easter Egg Hunt – this is a great event to welcome our community to our campus! We can always use helpers for the Hunt itself, since we usually draw between 50 and 70 kids! Contact the office if you can pitch in.

Café Women’s Group
For March and April the CAFE Women's Group will not be holding our typical meeting due to the Lent and Holy Week services taking place on Wednesdays. Instead, we ask our ladies to join together for the Lent service being held on that night. Our next regular meeting date will be May 2nd, 2012.
Please bring your "Vision Boards" as we will be checking in with each others goals and making new vision boards!

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, March 10th at 9am. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W Dempster Street in Niles. Good conversation and good food.

Holy Week!

March 4   Second Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16
Psalm: Psalm 22:23–31
2nd Lesson: Romans 4:13–25
Gospel: Mark 8:31–38   
SS: Old Testament Stories   
CHAT: Open the Lenten Scriptures: Genesis 17   
CONF: New Testament: Jesus Heals Us

March 11   Third Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Exodus 20:1–17
Psalm: Psalm 19
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Gospel: John 2:13–22   
SS: Old Testament Stories   
CHAT: Open the Lenten Scriptures: Exodus 20   
CONF: New Testament: Jesus Teaches Us

March 18   Fourth Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Numbers 21:4–9
Psalm: Psalm 107:1–3, 17–22
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 2:1–10
Gospel: John 3:14–21   
SS: Stuff Easter Eggs for Community Egg Hunt   
CHAT: Open the Lenten Scriptures: Numbers 21   
CONF: New Testament: Review the Life of Christ

March 25   Fifth Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31–34
Psalm: Psalm 51:1–12 or 119:9-16
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 5:5–10
Gospel: John 12:20–33   
SS: Stuff Easter Eggs for Community Egg Hunt   
CHAT: Open the Lenten Scriptures: Jeremiah 31   
CONF: NO CLASS: Stuff Easter Eggs for Community Egg Hunt

For our bible study this year during the “reflection” time of the Holden Evening Prayer Service we will follow the suggested liturgy from Sundays and Seasons. Our topic of discussion each week will be as follows:

Lent 1: Hear, O Israel (Mark 12:28-34)
The encounter between Jesus and the scribe still resonates today. How would we have responded to the scribe's question? Does the covenant with God truly form the bedrock of our own lives?

Lent 2: You Shall Love the Lord Your God with All Your Heart (John 12:37-43)
True obedience and understanding come from the heart. How can we respond to God's love from the depths of our hearts?   Lent 3: … With All Your Soul (Psalm 42)
Our souls thirst for the living God. When trouble comes and faith wavers, in whom do we place our hope?

Lent 4: … With All Your Mind (1 Kings 3:3-15 ) Solomon prayed to God for an understanding mind, able to discern good from evil. How can we use our minds to walk in faithfulness to Christ?

Lent 5: … With All Your Strength (Isaiah 12:1-6) Christ took upon himself the weakness of the cross to triumph in strength over the grave. Truly, God is our strength and our salvation.

   March 4   March 11   March 18   March 25
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Nikolaus R   Phil H   Thomas Y   Melissa H
Communion Assistants   Moni R   Julie H   Floyd Y   Paul H
Readers   Haley L   Laura H   Dave H   Rhonda C
Worship Assistants   Karen B   Pat K   Cindy N   John F
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Connie K,
Steve Y   Connie K,
Steve Y   Connie K,
Steve Y   Connie K,
Steve Y
Greeter   Dave K   Rhonda C   Rhonda C   Rhonda C
Altar Guild   Cindy N   Kathi S   Sue K   Sue K
Counters   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
Bread Providers   *   *   *   *
Please sign up on the calendar in the narthex if you would like to bring bread for communion during Lent.

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
March 4   by the Handzels in honor of our anniversary.   by the Travis family in memory of Connie Webber.
March 11   by Susan Rice in memory of her mother, Charity Grove.   in memory of John Borgeson.
March 18   by Dorothy Burger in memory of her mother and father, William and Dorothy Burger.   Available.
March 25   in honor of Kristin Yager’s birthday.   in honor of Kristin Yager’s 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 the website for this month's calendar

Messiah is again hosting a Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt, and we are looking for donations of plastic eggs, as well as small trinkets, stickers and candy to fill the eggs. Suggested types of candy include Starbursts, Mini Tootsie Rolls, Skittles, etc. All candy must be wrapped, and hard candy is discouraged as a choking hazard. Please avoid chocolate candy, as it melts, and all other candies should be peanut free! Look for the Easter basket in the Narthex during Lent to drop off your donations, and thanks for helping the Easter Bunny!

Easter Garden Flower Orders
Again this year we will offer not only 2 sizes of Lilies, but also Hyacinths, Tulips, Azaleas, Hydrangeas, and Hibiscus! Prices range from $8.50 to $12 – order deadline is March 26.
Beautiful flowers will decorate our sanctuary on Easter morning, and those plants that are not taken home will grace our landscaping shortly after that!

Manna Order Date
March 4 – order due
March 7 – cards available
Thank you for your continued support of this program!
Our profit in 2011 from Manna was $983.81!

Altar Guild
Please remember to sign up for the Lenten Season and Holy Week. Thanks!

Mayfair Church Closing
Mayfair Lutheran will have their final worship on Pentecost Sunday, May 27. If you have memories or stories to share with the congregation, please contact Pastor Meagan at:
4335 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630

Full letter can be read online at our website at http://www.messiahparkridge.org/ rev_phil_knutson.html

Dear Friends in Christ,
This year the African National Congress (ANC) is celebrating 100 years of existence as a liberation movement and recounting with great pride the history of the struggle to overcome colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. Much of this powerful story is captured in Nelson Mandela's autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom." …
… On a personal note, we are scheduled for our biennial home assignment in the US this summer. It will be a time for visiting family, friends, sponsoring congregations and attending various Global Mission conferences.
Thank you for your prayers, continuing support through the ELCA missionary sponsorship program and for your participation in God's Mission locally and globally.
Yours faithfully,
Rev. Philip Knutson, ELCA Global Mission

“Why are Lenten pieces so dull and depressing?” In another church at another time, this was asked at a choir rehearsal I was accompanying. Over the years, I’ve realized that the choir member who asked that is not the only person to have felt that way.
Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, just as Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas. However, as one worship leader wrote, for the weeks leading to Christmas, children try to convince others how good they have been to receive gifts they want. For the weeks leading to Easter, all of God’s children repeatedly say “we’re sorry” for the times we aren’t good, and we acknowledge we are not worthy of God’s Greatest Gift. Throughout Lent, we ask for forgiveness and remember the great sacrifice of Jesus. In this context, how could typical Lenten music be joyous and upbeat?
“Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross”, a Lenten favorite of mine, was first published in 1869. As we sing it in worship on March 4, please take note of the beautiful, calming melody and Fanny Crosby’s reassuring lyrics, combining self-reflection and thankfulness: the cross not only heals but is our glory and way to eternal life.
~ Sue Fox

Over the next few months, Messiah Sunday School will continue studying stories from the gospel of Mark as well as some Old Testament stories. Students will keep collecting food for the food pantry, help prepare the annual Community Egg Hunt, and take part in various other service projects. Other special events include: a Sunday School Student Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, a dad-student project on May 13, and a celebration of the year on the final day of Sunday School, May 20. All children in grades K-5 are encouraged to join Messiah's Sunday School!

Starting Sunday, March 4th, join people from across the country for a “Buck-a-Chick” sale! Members can purchase and decorate a paper chick for themselves or in honor of a loved one for one dollar — the cost of providing a chick to a family experiencing hunger. Your gifts will help provide chicks to families living in poverty. We will hang colorful chicks in a prominent spot and announce the fundraising total on Easter Sunday. To date, congregations have raised more than $85,000 to support this effort.

Our Sunday School students will be participating in a project to assemble 5 Easter baskets for LSSI’s Head Start program. This will be an internal Sunday School project, using SS offerings and items left over from last year to complete the baskets. Baskets will be assembled on March 18th.   

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.
March 10 also is MYDI Night from 6-9 pm. We will be making lunches and maybe playing “Fear Factor.”

On February 29th, a few of our young people will begin the journey of preparing for their First Communion. Classes are held on Wednesday beginning at 6:45, and will include the following topics:
3/7 Bible Study 1 on the Passover
3/14 Bible Study 2 on the Covenants
3/21 Bible Study 3 on the Last Supper
3/28 Luther's Small Cathechism
4/4 Discussion of interviews, Practice

Thanks to the efforts of our Youth Group, the people of Messiah, and our Child Care Center, we collected $1186.42 this year for the Maine Township Food Pantry! Isn’t that great? Also, we reached just over 1,000 food items, supplying the Food Pantry as well as those who come to Messiah looking for assistance. Thanks to ALL who contributed!

Madelyn Palos, 3/1
Joyce Johnsen, 3/4
Marilyn Borgeson, 3/6
George Hrodey, 3/7
Kim Hanson, 3/8
Nancy Magerl, 3/8
John Fox, 3/9   
Nydia Santos, 3/9
Julie Holzer, 3/10
Vernon Moreno, 3/10
Emma Penumaka, 3/12
Michael Berzins, 3/15
Samantha Fogel, 3/15
Deborah Chervinko, 3/16
Samed Hamden, 3/18
Vera Koehler, 3/18
Zachary Loverme, 3/20
Nick Boomer, 3/21
Dina Salemi, 3/22
Amalia Santos, 3/22
Adeline Sauer, 3/23
Mark Wiberg, 3/23
Kristin Yager, 3/24
William Downie, 3/28
Alan Christiansen, 3/29
Pierson Anderson, 3/31

Jim and Trudi Handzel – 3/8/86, 26 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 February 28, 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.
In memory of Sister Mary Stella Szewczyk by Martin & Christine Ruterschmidt for MAP
In memory of Clare Doud
by Al Nugnis for MAP
In memory of Eunice Eckert
by Al Nugnis for MAP
In memory of John Borgeson
by Al Nugnis for MAP
In memory of Jane Myers
by Carla Butler for MAP
In memory of Jane Myers
by Anita, Bob & Tommy Vaughn for MAP
In memory of Jane Myers
by Carol Jones for MAP

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live secretly in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. From the legendary team of Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Hiromasa Yonebayashi comes a lush, beautiful tale of friendship and courage.
I WANTED to go see Hugo. After multiple glowing recommendations from friends and family, as well as several Oscar nominations, it seemed like a good pick. But it isn’t showing anywhere other than in 3-D (which I can’t stomach) so I took Jess to see this movie instead. And I am SO glad I did.
Rich in fanciful imagination, this is the tale of young Arrietty who is courageous, curious and strong, and all too eager to grow up. The Borrowers (based on the books by Mary Norton) are supposed to exist in secret, but on her first excursion with her father she seen by Shawn, a young boy with a heart condition who has moved into the house. The two form a bond that tests both of their preconceptions.
No other animators (including Pixar – sorry guys) are as talented as Miyazaki and Yonebayashi at creating a rich, magical world that you can buy into so deeply. I highly recommend other offerings by these two (Academy Award winner Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Friend Totoro, and Ponyo are ALL excellent) if only for the superb animation. Embedded in all these stories (including Arriety) is the simple gift of seeing the world through the eyes of a child with wonder, hope, and joy. The villains tend to be a little silly, and you can laugh at their antics without being too afraid of them.
I am sure that Hugo is fantastic, and I look forward to seeing it. But I treasured the experience of seeing Arriety, and I think you and your family will, too.

We joyfully report that we can remove Ben Wilson from our prayer list! He continues to heal from brain surgery, and has been allowed to go back to work. Praise God for the power of prayer!
Kim Hanson also rejoiced in the birth of Michael and Rachel’s daughter.
And, with great joy we celebrate with the Levy family Rich’s 5th anniversary of his heart transplant! Thanks be to God!

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:
Aunt Althea, Piers Anderson, Kelley Anichini, Arlene Baranowski, John Beirne, Viv Beyer, Diana Binder, Val Bowman, Evelyn Burval, Sara Christiansen, the Carlino Family, Amy Disney, Cheryl Donahue, Pearl Fox, William Gerlich, Graham Family, Walter Goelling and Family, Robbie Gunther, Harold Hjelm, Jairam, George Hrodey, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Kennet, Vera Koehler, Audrey Krell, John L., Rosalie L., Richard Levy, Deanna Levy and Family, Char Lobitz, Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve,Pastor John Sunder, Sammy and Anna Tinaglia, Linda Ufkes, Rosie, Gnanamari, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Barb Valasek, Lynn Webb, and Dina and Zoe.

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.

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!
Please let us know if there are any corrections to be made to the new PHONE DIRECTORIES that were handed out 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




1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
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