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The Messiah Messenger > The April Messenger Issue #526
The April Messenger Issue #526

Mar 30, 2012

The Messiah

Easter Sunday
April 8th
8:30am Breakfast
9:45am Egg Hunt
10:15am Resurrection Celebration


Greetings, Dear Brothers and Sisters!
We begin this month completing our Lenten journey in the wilderness, move into the valley of Holy Week then revel in the celebration of the Great Vigil and Easter Resurrection. At the end of this month, we will celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday and hear about how Lutheran Social Services of Illinois addresses the wants and fears of many in Illinois. Perhaps it’s not so surprising that the song that pops into my mind is Marty Haugen’s “Shepherd me, O God” (ELW 780). The song is based on the most recognized Psalm, Psalm 23.
“Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.”
This Psalm addresses the presence of God throughout all of our lives and provides comfort and love for us. The version that most of us know is:
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” (King James)   I would like to introduce you to another version from The Message – a translation by Eugene Peterson from 2002. Reverend Peterson wrote to make the original meaning more understandable and accessible to the modern reader.
“God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd's crook makes me feel secure.
You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.
Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I'm back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.” (The Message)
We heard in our Lenten series, based on the Jewish Shema, many understandings of God’s presence in our lives. Throughout the centuries, throughout the cultural changes, one thing remains constant. And that is that God is revealed to each of us in many and various ways.
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deut 6:5)
My prayer for you is that however God’s Word speaks to you, whichever translation you choose, you feel God’s presence.
In Christ,
Pastor Lynne

On April 27 & 28 Carson's (or Boston Store if you're in Wisconsin) is holding its Community Days Event. We will be selling coupon books for that event during April to raise money for our MAP fund. The coupon book sells for $5 and includes:
• One coupon worth $10 off on a $10 or more item.
• One tiered shopping pass for 20%/15%/10% off each regular or sale priced item.
• One 30% Early bird coupon, valid 7am-10am on Saturday, April 28.
• Twelve Merchandise offers: Customers must have the coupon to receive the special pricing on these offers.
• Two Web Exclusive Offers

Messiah can get and sell as many coupon books as we can - and we keep the entire $5 sales price. We urge everyone to "sign out" coupon books to sell to friends, neighbors, co-workers, relatives - whoever you know that might want to shop at Carson's! We can also sell coupon books at Carson's during the week and weekends. If you can bring a friend and sell books for a two hour shift, please contact Carol Hrodey to sign up. If we can sell 200 books - that's $1000 for MAP! Maybe we can sell more than 200! Let's go for it! Someone from the MAP committee will be available after church on Sundays with coupon books to sell and sign out. You can also get coupon books by contacting Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or 847-828-7819.

Highlights from the
March 26th meeting:
• MAP appointments have been made and they are: Carol Hrody, David Hanson, Karen Black, Marilyn Duckett, Bob Bisgard and Rhonda Cady.
• Property Team appointments are being completed, with a few more people to be spoken to. As of now Ray Ejnik (Chairperson), David Hanson, Jim Handzel have accepted.
• CCC Board appointment has been accepted by Teresa Lippert.
• EC is looking for 3 people to become Certified Food Handlers. Please contact Pastor Lynne if interested.
• Leadership Meeting is set for Thursday April 26th from 6-9pm.

Weekly Attendance for March
3/4=90, 3/11=63, 3/18=83, 3/25=82
Weekly Giving for March (Gen. Fund)
3/4=$3371, 3/11=$2768, 3/18=$1199, 3/25=$1892

Vera Koehler passed away Tuesday, March 13th. Vera was a long time member of Messiah, a former Sunday School teacher here, and was very active until her health prevented her coming. A memorial service is planned for after Easter. We will share more details about that at a later time, and will put more about Vera’s life and ministry in next month’s Messenger.

PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Holy Week Worship Schedule: SEE ATTACHED

Wednesday, April 4th @ 8pm
We will finish our LWR Kits following the Seder Dinner in the Fellowship Hall. Any last-minute items can be brought at that time, and we will assemble our gifts for shipping.

Thursday, April 26 6-9pm
This will be a planning meeting for summer activities. All lay leadership are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, April 21st @ 6pm
Ladies night out! Join us for fun in the Fellowship Hall as we play Bunco and hang out! Hosted by Cynthia Santos and Julie Holzer.

Café Women’s Group The April Café Women's Group will not be our typical meeting due to the Passover Seder. We ask our ladies to join us for this traditional meal. Our next regular meeting date will be May 2, 2012. Bring your "Vision Boards" as we will be checking in with each others goals and making new vision boards!

Women’s Service Group We will have a “work day” on Sunday, April 29th following the worship service.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, April 14tth 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.


National Day of Prayer, May 5th
Pentecost Celebration, May 27th
Blessings of Bikes, May 27th
Memorial Day Parade, May 28th

Messiah Lutheran Church is joining forces with organizations from the Chicago area for CROSSwalk, a four-mile procession across Chicago to remember children we have lost and connect participants with opportunities for action. CROSSwalk takes place on Monday, April 2, 5:30 pm and will step off from St. James Cathedral, proceed through the city to the lawn outside Stroger Hospital, with stops along the way. At each stop we will lament the loss of our young people and commit ourselves to efforts that protect children and mitigate violence in our communities. Please join us for all or part of the procession.

Tuesday, April 3 at 11 AM
All are invited to join Bishop Miller for this service, which will include a renewal of Ordination Vows and recognition of rostered leaders. Vials of oil will be given out to all present for use in Easter liturgies and throughout the year. Mass is at Luther Memorial Church, 2500 West Wilson Avenue in Chicago. Call 708-481-3222 for more information, or talk to Pastor if you would like to go.

Sunday, April 22nd
We will honor our Boy and Girl Scouts during worship. Scouts and their leaders are asked to attend and to wear their uniforms.

Sunday, April 29th
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally “Good Shepherd Sunday.” All three Illinois synods of the ELCA have established an annual “Good Shepherd/ LSSI Sunday.” All ELCA congregations in the state are encouraged to focus attention on the strong yet gentle caring ministry of LSSI. We will also collect a special offering on that day for LSSI.

Rev. Ron Duty will lead the CHAT Room discussion on the draft ELCA social statement on criminal justice in April, starting the series after Easter Sunday. Join us in the Library at 9:00am for an informative look at this interesting topic. Copies of the draft will be available on Sunday, April 15th.
In a nutshell the statement says: The ELCA affirms the fundamental principles of the U.S. criminal justice system but also hears the cries that reflect the system’s serious deficiencies. Drawing from the biblical witness to God’s wondrously rich forms of love and justice, the ELCA is compelled by a “holy yearning” to address the need for change and improvement. The ELCA through its members and various expressions are called to strengthen or take up responsive ministries. In addition, drawing on evidence and data, the ELCA is compelled to speak publically to commend positive efforts and to identify areas in the criminal justice system that require reform.

Apr. 1   Palm Sunday
1st Lesson: Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm: Psalm 31:9–16
2nd Lesson: Philippians 2:5–11
Gospel: Mark 11:1-11   

Apr. 4
Passover Seder
The Exodus Story of Passover (ch.12)   
Apr. 5   Maundy Thursday
1st Lesson: Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm: Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 11:23–26
Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35         

Apr. 6   Good Friday Tenebrae
1st Lesson: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
7 Last Words of Christ: John 18:1- 19:30         

Apr. 7   Easter Vigil
1st Lesson: Genesis 1:1—2:4a
2nd Lesson: Exodus 14:10–31; 15:20–21
3rd Lesson: Isaiah 55:1–11
4th Lesson: Daniel 3:1–29
5th Lesson: Romans 6:3-11
Gospel: John 20:1-18         

Apr. 8   Easter Sunday
1st Lesson: Acts 10:34–43
Psalm: Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Gospel: Mark 16:1-8   
Easter Breakfast @ 8:30 AM!
Sunday School Egg Hunt at 9:45 AM!

Apr. 15   Second Sunday in Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 4:32–35
Psalm: Psalm 133
2nd Lesson: 1 John 1:1—2:2
Gospel: John 20:19–31   
SS: Jesus Appears to Disciples- Doubting Thomas   
CHAT: ELCA Statement /Criminal Justice - Ron Duty   
CONF: New Testament: The Holy Spirit

Apr. 22   Third Sunday in Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 3:12–19
Psalm: Psalm 4
2nd Lesson: 1 John 3:1–7
Gospel: Luke 24:36b–48   
SS: The Great Commission
CHAT: ELCA Statement /Criminal Justice - Ron Duty   
CONF: New Testament: The Book of Acts

Apr. 29   4th Sunday in Easter/Good Shepherd Sunday
1st Lesson: Acts 4:5–12
Psalm: Psalm 23
2nd Lesson: 1 John 3:16–24
Gospel: John 10:11–18   
SS: The Good Shepherd - LSSI Sunday   
CHAT: ELCA Statement /Criminal Justice - Ron Duty   
CONF: New Testament: The Letters of Paul


Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
April 1   Palm fronds decorate our sanctuary.   in memory of John Borgeson.
April 8   Special Easter Garden Flowers – see bulletin insert for dedications.   by Jean Reeve in honor of John Reeve’s first communion.
April 15   in memory of John Borgeson.   Available.
April 22   by the Handzels in honor of Trudi’s birthday.   in memory of Robert Nagel by the Kopijs.
April 29   in memory of Matthew Ryczek by the Ryczek family.   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.


Scholastic Book Fair
April 23 – May 1 in the Library
This is an annual fundraiser for our Child Care Center, with tons of BEAUTIFUL books for children of all ages. Stop in during Child Care hours to shop and browse!
Ice Cream Social
April 24 & 25th at 6:30 in Fell. Hall
Join the Child Care families for Ice Cream and Magic with the awesome Mr. Ash! Tickets are available in the Child Care Center office.

Manna Order Dates
April 1 – order due
April 5 – cards available
Perfect timing to stuff those Easter Baskets!

Food Service Certification
The EC has authorized monies for 3 people to become licensed in Food Sanitation. The license would allow MLC to offer ongoing meals in conjunction with worship services such as Lent, Advent, WoW. The Messiah CCC has 3 licensed people on staff if you'd like to ask them more about the course.(Karen Black, Cathy Shaughnessy, Laurie Bachmann)
The course is typically a 15 hour course with a test afterward administered by the IL Dept of Public Health. The license is valid for 5 years and can be renewed with a shorter course.
The following links give more information about the course provider used by the Messiah CCC: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/fdd/fdd_fs_certificate.htm http://certifiedfoodsafety.com/main.html?src=%2F
Please contact a member of the Executive Committee if you are interested in becoming certified for Messiah Lutheran Church.

Many thanks to those who have helped in the past by contributing to the Assistance Fund. This fund helps provide $10 Jewel cards to people who are experiencing hunger or homelessness and visit us each month seeking assistance. Donations of even $10 helps an individual when they are without employment or their hours have been cut. Through your generosity, we are able to offer assistance to 20-30 people each month. Jewel cards allow them to buy food, toiletries, medication, and in some cases bus passes.
Your donations to the food pantry are also valuable for those who visit us during the week. We allow them to “shop” our Donation Station, picking out items that will help their food dollars go just a little bit farther.
Thanks for all you do in “reaching out and welcoming” those that come to us for general assistance.

Easter worship begins on Saturday, April 7, with the Easter Vigil. Since the earliest days of the Church, the vigil has been a way of preparing new converts for baptism and a celebration of the Resurrection. At the Vigil, the history of God’s redemption of his people is retold, beginning with the Creation. When Christ’s resurrection is proclaimed, our music resounds with the joyous Alleluias that we have not sung since Transfiguration! And we continue the celebration on Easter Day with our hymns, choir, and instrumentalists.
Each Sunday is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Easter hymns are not limited to the Vigil or Easter Day, but are sung throughout the 50 days of the season to Pentecost. The text of one Eastertide hymn, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”, ELW 373, written by Charles Wesley, has been sung to many different tunes. But the lyrics are not only a testament to Wesley’s faith but words we can remember well past the Easter season: the first line recites the fact that Jesus has risen from the dead; verses 2 thru 4 state the result of this event, that death and the grave are no longer victorious because Christ “burst the gates of hell”; verses 5 and 6 state our required response that we are to forever praise, sing and love the Lord of heaven and earth. Alleluia! ~ Sue Fox

Please note: Choir rehearsal is scheduled for Tuesday April 3, no choir on Tuesday April 10, then rehearsal resumes regular schedule on Tuesdays April 17 and April 24.

Thanks for your support for Buck a Chick!
The total donations will be announced on Easter Sunday!

Jade Graham, 4/2
Kimberly Jones, 4/2
Jennifer Manzella, 4/3
Diane Wilson, 4/4
Alexandra Santos, 4/6
Charlene Lobitz, 4/8
Russell Raymond, 4/8
James Seggeling, 4/8
Connie Kaufman, 4/10
Richard Daniels, 4/11
Peter DiVita, 4/12
Dragan Graham, 4/14
Patricia Daniels, 4/19
Sue Fox, 4/19
Trudi Handzel, 4/23
Samson Markos, 4/23
Jean Seggeling, 4/28
Eva Thoren, 4/28
Eugene Borgeson, 4/29
Susan Rice, 4/30

Susan and Roger Rice,
4/4/1970, 42 years

Paul and Julie Holzer,
4/20/1996, 16 years

Les and Nancy Herak,
4/30/1977, 35 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

David Hanson and Carol Hrodey

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 Team Coordinator: Ray Ejnik
Stewardship:      Andrew Travis
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 March 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.
There are no memorials to report for March.

(on DVD and Rental)
Twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo's undercover life – and his most precious secret – are put in jeopardy.
What a beautiful movie. I had to convince Jess to watch it with me because she thought it was going to be scary … but it wasn’t. There is some “mild peril” involved, including the scene that is pictured on the poster above, but even that isn’t a scary as some other movies we’ve seen. And given the famous style of “rough guy” movies that director Martin Scorsese’s career includes, it seemed almost impossible that he could give us a true, bona fide “family film.” In fact, he has succeeded marvelously. There is so much love and care in this movie, both in the character’s story lines and in the way those characters’ stories are told. And then there is overarching love of film itself, as tribute is paid to those people who made movies at the turn of the 20th century, when the motion picture industry was brand new.
Asa Butterfield plays the title character. He is terrific, and has the perfect face for this role. His wide blue eyes are guileless and innocent, even when loses everything and has to fight for his own survival. Other cast members include Ben Kingsley as George Melies, a real-life character, the man who gave us the iconic image of the rocket-ship embedded in the eye of the Man in the Moon. Melies created over 500 films before WWI all but destroyed the fledgling film industry. Kingsley is supurb, as usual, as are all the other actors (you Harry Potter fans will recognize a few faces in small roles).
The exquisite production design is itself another character, with the intricate workings of the clocks inside the walls telling a story of time, and motion, and emotion, personified in the automaton that Hugo is attempting to repair.
The movie comments on itself repeatedly, even to the extent of saying, “Happy endings only happen in the movies.” Well, fortunately, this happens here, too. I can recommend this movie for all ages – it is gorgeous, and loving, and will speak to different people in different ways.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month*:
Larry and Arlene Johnson, Kelley Anichini, Viv Beyer, George Hrodey, Diana Binder, Richard Levy, Sara Christiansen, Evelyn Burval, Amy Disney, Cheryl Donahue, Linda Ufkes, Char Lobitz, William Gerlich, Graham Family, Robbie Gunther, Harold Hjelm, Kennet, Audrey Krell, John L., Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve, John Beirne, Pastor John Sunder, Jairam, Arlene Baranowski, Piers Anderson, Gnanamari, Val Bowman, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Lynn Webb, Walter Goelling and Family, and Minerva.

*Please note: we have removed some people from our prayer list. If they need to go back on, please let the office know.   

We give thanks to God for a healthy baby boy, Roberto Markos, born to Abedi Markos and his wife in Kuwait on January 14th, making Worknesh Deressa a new Grandmother!
We give grateful thanks that we can remove Deanna Levy from our prayer list this week - Anne Wiberg tells us that her daughter-in-law is doing much better, and thanks us for prayer.

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, & Claudine Ward.   We also want to remember in prayer our college students: Julie Berzins, Nick Boomer, Joe Ejnik, Bobby Hanson, Trygve Jensen, Kevin Kaufman, Daniel Kovach, Holly Norberg, Eric Ryczek, and Jake Stolz.

We heard from Linda that Paul Stolz Jr. has graduated college, and is in Africa at the moment helping to build a library! Congrats to Paul, and we pray for his success!

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!
Worknesh Deressa
c/o Samson Markos
5441 N. East River Road, Apt. 210
Chicago, IL 60656 ph: 312-961-9799

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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