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The May Messenger Issue #527

Apr 30, 2012

The Messiah



Greetings fellow Easter people!

Yes, we began saying these words only a few weeks ago, yet these words will carry us through the opportunities and challenges of the next few months.

Words are very powerful. Whether learning for the first time or relearning, sometimes the mere pronounciation of a word can evoke emotions from the depths of our soul. Whether we are the speaker, writer, hearer or the reader, words wield power. Words could bring joy and exaltation, as when our Easter greeting and proclamation is said. Words might express concern at times of loss or grieving. Similarly, words can be comforting to one who receiving expressions of sorrow.
Words can inspire positive emotions such as hope, joy, and love or invoke fear, anger and hatred. And, words can transform us.

The words of our liturgy offer expressions of thanksgiving, joy, praise and hope as well as request forgiveness, strength and humillity. We enter our worship time together as sinners, coming together to give thanks, ask forgiveness, hear God’s Word, share a meal, and restore our souls to go back out into the world as disciples of the Risen Christ.   

We do this all based on the words of our Baptismal Covenant:
“to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism:
to live among God's faithful people,
to hear the word of God and share in the Lord's supper,
to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
to serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?”
The power of these words can be transformative, especially when we respond: “We do, and we ask God to help and guide us.”

My prayer for all is that you know the power of God’s Words and that you feel God’s transforming love present in each of your relationships.

In Christ,
Pastor Lynne

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19

Prospective Eagle Scout (and CCC alum!) Matt Popper will be building a garden in the space between the parsonage and the church building as his Eagle Scout project. The produce will benefit the Maine Township Food Pantry. He has presented his plans, and was approved to begin work on the garden at the last EC meeting. Matt is looking for donations of plants for this garden and assistance scheduling the garden maintenance. Please contact Matt to see how you can help by dropping a note in Pastor’s door. Matt will be at worship in May to talk about this cool project.

We are in the planning stages for this summers’ Worship on Wednesday (WoW) services. It is fun, casual, contemporary worship for all ages. Jennie Read will be in the Narthex in May for sign ups and info about what is to come this summer! This is a great worship option for families who find themselves with activities or vacation plans on Sundays. If you didn’t try it last year, give it a shot … we think you’ll like it! First service is June 13 at 7 PM.   

Highlights from the
April 16th meeting:
• EC approved to give the 3 youth members going on the ELCA Youth Gathering $600 to go towards their cost of $729 fees. They must come up with balance of $129 with fund raisers.
• EC also approved to give Eagle Scout Matt Popper up to $500.00 in expense money to build our Prayer and Produce Garden benefiting Maine Township Food Pantry this summer.
• EC board is going to meet beginning April 30th with the groups using our campus about the security issues and any other matters that come up.
Holy Week Attendance
Palm Sunday 4/1=104, Seder 4/4=45,
Maundy Thur 4/5=32, Good Fri 4/6=76,
Vigil Sat 4/7=50, Easter Sun 4/8=144
Holy Week Giving (Gen. Fund)
Palm Sunday 4/1=$2958
Three Days 4/5-7=$1139
Easter Sun 4/8= $1858

A recent article in the Pioneer Press recounted Pat’s adventure on this year’s run of the famous Alaskan dogsled race. Pat, a trained EMT, was able to render first aid to a young boy who had a badly bleeding scalp injury. The family has asked to remain anonymous, and Pat is self-effacing about his role in the event, but we want to take a moment to say “Well done, Pat!”   

With the large number of groups using our facilities, security is at the top of the priority list! Please don't leave the door propped open and unattended. Safety and security are EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY, even while we are “With Christ, Reaching Out And Welcoming All Gods Children.”

Online Webinar May 12
Using a new interactive online format, the Lutheran World Federation is promoting a wider conversation on ecological justice in the global communion. On Saturday, May 12, 2012, church leaders, pastors, youth and women leaders and other church workers as well as ecumenical partners are invited to participate in its first virtual conference. Under the theme "green & just" participants can listen to keynote speeches subtitled in English, French, Spanish and German and engage in real-time discussion with the speakers. Two Bible studies - also subtitled in four languages - will open up theological perspectives on the care for creation. Sixteen webinars will be offered to dig deeper into topics like deforestation or the preparation for the Rio +20 conference. In addition to the events, participants from around the world can meet each other in the lounge area of the website and encounter each other directly.
The virtual conference is open for registration for everybody free of charge. Access is possible for computers and mobile devices with internet connection. The virtual conference starts at 11.00 GMT and ends at 19.00 GMT (that is 6 AM to 2 PM Central Standard Time). Participants in different time zones can join at different times. For more information, please see
http://blogs.lutheranworld.org/wordpress/ greenandjust/    

Chronicling Hope through the Center of Concern’s Homesharing Program
A Glenview couple on the verge of losing their home to foreclosure came to the Center for assistance in finding someone to share their home at a rent of $450, which includes utilities and kitchen privileges. The housing counselor matched them with George, a middle-aged gentleman with a stable job. George was pleased with the location, as its proximity to public transportation allows him to get to work easily. The rent was right, the personalities clicked, and both parties are happy with the result.
The Center of Concern works every day with home owners and renters who have extra space in their homes, finding them compatible housemates who need affordable housing.
We welcome referrals of both home providers and home seekers. Call 847.823.0453 to speak with our housing counselor Eva about this win-win, flexible, affordable housing option, which The Center of Concern has offered to north/northwest Chicago area residents for more than 25 years.

At this time, there will be no VBS week at MLC. WoW will offer children and family faith activities each week.

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

Saturday, May 20th
11 AM – 2 PM

The Fair runs from 11 AM to 2 PM, and features games, rides, food, and fun for kids, and a Silent Auction for the grownups! The Silent Auction will be open for bidding on Friday, May 19th during school hours, and also at 9AM on Saturday while staff is setting up. Bid early and bid often, for the good of the Child Care Center! Items include exciting, family-oriented entertainment opportunities and our classes’ special baskets! Silent auction items are still being collected as well, if you have something you’d like to donate.
Volunteers are needed to help run games and meet people. If you can devote a few hours that day to pitch in, please contact Karen Black at 847-825-3767.
Monday, May 28th
On Memorial Day, Messiah Church & Child Care members will be in the Park Ridge Memorial Day parade. This was a LOT of fun the last seven years. Those that wish to march/ roller skate/scooter, etc. in the parade need to meet by Roosevelt School on Fairview near the intersection with Talcott by 9:50am. Streets will be closed off, but you can drop off in the parking lot by the Walgreen's on Devon. If you'd like to pass out candy during the parade, please bring some with you.   
TBD, 3rd week of May
This meeting has been rescheduled from April due to lack of response. This will be a planning meeting for summer activities. All lay leadership are encouraged to attend. An email will go out announcing the date when it is chosen.

Café Women’s Group The May Café Women's Group will be May 2, at 7PM. Bring your "Vision Boards" as we will be checking in with each others goals and making new vision boards! Teresa Duty will host.

Women’s Service Group We will have a “work day” on Sunday, May 20th following the worship service.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, May 12th 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.

Confirmation, June 3rd
Synod Assembly, June 8 & 9
WoW Summer Worship, tbd

(CHAT Room is TBD all Month)
May 6   Fifth Sunday in Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 8:26–40
Psalm: Psalm 22:25–31
2nd Lesson: 1 John 4:7–21
Gospel: John 15:1–8
SS: Philip and the Ethiopian   
CONF: New Testament: Our Lutheran Faith

May 13   Sixth Sunday in Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 10:44–48
Psalm: Psalm 98
2nd Lesson: 1 John 5:1–6
Gospel: John 15:9–17
SS: Love One Another/The Holy Spirit Comes Down   
CONF: New Testament: Holy Baptism

May 20   Seventh Sunday in Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 1:15–17, 21–26
Psalm: Psalm 1
2nd Lesson: 1 John 5:9–13
Gospel: John 17:6–19
SS: Year End Celebration
CONF: New Testament: Holy Communion

May 27   Pentecost
1st Lesson: Acts 2:1–21
Psalm: Psalm 104:24–34, 35b
2nd Lesson: Romans 8:22–27
Gospel: John 15:26–27; 16:4b–15
No Classes

Sunday, May 20th
This special worship service will involve our young people Our youth and Sunday School children will be involved in leading worship, as well as reading, ushering, etc.   

Bring your bicycles, your tricycles, your scooters, your helmets and your bells to worship with you on Sunday, May 27th. This will give you an opportunity to decorate your bike for the Memorial Day Parade! As we look forward to the start of the outdoor play season, we want to bless these tools and toys for fun and for safety. Come to worship and bring things with you. We'll come outside at the conclusion of worship for a special congregational prayer of blessing.

   May 6   May 13   May 20   May 27
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Adam H   Haley L   Samantha F   Christian T
Communion Assistants   Laura H   Teresa L   Youth   Connie T
Readers   Andy T   Larry R   Youth   Steve Y
Worship Assistants   Pat K   Karen B   Youth   John F
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Jackie S,
Susan B   Jackie S,
Tait J   Youth   Jackie S,
Susan B
Greeter   Val B   Val B   Youth   Val B
Altar Guild   Linda R   *   Kathi S   *
Counters   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
Bread Providers   *   *   Youth   
* These are spaces that we need filled. Please check with your coordinator to sign up!

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!

Sunday   Flowers are given …             Bulletins are given …
May 6   by Marilynn Duckett in memory of Bud Duckett.   in memory of John Borgeson.
May 13   Available.               Available.
May 20   in memory of John Borgeson.         Available.
May 27   Flowers for Pentecost*            Available.

* Flowers for Pentecost
They are $5 each. Check your weekly bulletin starting May 6th for order forms, or call Jennifer in the church office to place an order. Deadline for ordering is Monday, May 21, so order soon! The flowers will be displayed on the altar on Pentecost morning, and an insert in the bulletin will list the names of those honored and remembered by the flowers.

See the website

Synod Assembly Representatives Needed
Want to learn more about the ELCA beyond Messiah? Two members of the congregation are needed to represent Messiah at the 2012 Synod Assembly. The Assembly is Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9 in Rosemont. Please contact Pastor Lynne if you are interested in attending.

It took a HUGE crew of volunteer readers, assistants, acolytes, ushers, greeters, Altar Guild-ers, bulletin stuffers, carpet vacuumers, singers, musicians, egg hiders, cooks, and all- around participants to have Messiah’s 2012 Holy Week be as successful and fulfilling as it was. A hearty “thank you, and well done!” goes out to all who helped from Pastor Lynne and Jennifer.

Gods Care For Congregations in Times of Crisis Training
Springhill Suites
8101 W Higgins Road Chicago
Saturday May 12, 10AM to 3PM
Feedback we have received from past events indicated that congregations and pastors found these trainings to be most helpful in enhancing congregational capacities to respond to crisis.
Please contact Joy Medrano, LSSI, at 847/635-4653 or email Joy.Medrano@LSSI.org to register or request more information. There is a $10 registration fee per participant and lunch will be provided.

Vera Koehler Memorial Service
Due to family travels, a date has not yet been set for this.

Flowers for Pentecost
We will once again have lovely orange and red begonias and Kalanchoe plants available for Pentecost! Watch the bulletin for order forms, or call the office to place your order. Plants will be $4 each. Deadline to order is May 21st.

Manna Order Dates
May 6 – order due
May 10 – cards available
Great for graduation gifts!

Our terrific kids and their families have done it again. This year’s collection of change to benefit the Maine Township Food pantry netted $1087.44 – this is $225 more than ANY YEAR SO FAR! Since 2002, this collection of coins during Lent has raised $6003.43 for the Food Pantry. Carol Langan stopped by for Chapel on April 25th to accept the check from the kids and to thank them personally. Thank you to everyone who contributed for showing us that even the SMALLEST donation has a huge impact!

Daniel Shaughnessy is the 9 year-old son of Miss Kathy in the Child Care Office. Three years ago the Shaughnessy family began Daniel’s Dream, and through the amazing generosity of family and friends have raised over $15,000 in the last three years in support of Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to the support and awareness of families dealing with Autism (1 in 60 families in America).
This year’s walk will be Saturday, May 12th.
To donate to Autism Speaks and/or support Daniel’s team, go to:
Enter Daniel’s Dream into the box that says “Join or Support a Team.” Click on the team link, and then click on “Join Our Team” at the top of the page, or just click on the General Team Donation tab to make a donation. Thank you for your generous support!   

“Come, Holy Spirit, Come”
This is the prayerful refrain from hymn ELW 401, Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading. Wilson Niwagila, a pastor born in Tanzania and still working in evangelism there, wrote the words in 1965, and set them to a traditional folk melody. In his own words, Pastor Niwagila wanted to “ask the Holy Spirit to make the church grow as one family of God … ready to preach the gospel to the world.” The verses of the hymn are prayer petitions, asking the Holy Spirit to lead us, teach us, bless us, and keep us ready for witness. Even though it is found in the Pentecost section of the hymnal, we have used this refrain as a response to prayers at our Candlelight Christmas Eve worship, connecting the fulfilling of God’s promise (the birth of Christ), to our response to the great gift (sharing the good news of God’s love with the help of the Holy Spirit).
We celebrate the festival of Pentecost this year on May 27. We remember on that day the Holy Spirit’s coming to Jesus’ disciples, after His ascension, so they could fulfill His command to “Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples.” (Matthew 28:19) Adding Pastors Niwagila’s hymn to our worship, peoples of different backgrounds are asking for that same Holy Spirit, witnessing and praising together as one family of God. ~ Sue Fox

In lieu of the May 12th MYDI night the Youth Group will be having a Lock-in on Friday, May 11th from 6 pm to 9 am Saturday morning. We will have a food scavenger hunt for the Food Pantry, and other fun. Please text Julie Holzer if you can make it.

The Youth Group will have a fundraiser at Clover’s Garden Center May 18-20. 10% of sales will go to Messiah’s Youth Group if customers bring a flyer with them. Flyers will be available in the narthex on Sundays OR in church office can email you one. We will also have them available at the Child Care Center’s Fun Fair on Saturday May 19th. Clovers Garden Center is in the parking lot of Tony’s Finer Foods in on Greenwood in Niles, and also in Mt. Prospect Plaza in Mt. Prospect. Gift cards also count toward our 10%, if you don’t know what plants you need on the weekend of the fundraiser!

In May students will study the stories of Philip and the Ethiopian and the Holy Spirit coming down. They will also be working on special Mother's Day surprises May 13. The last day of Sunday School, May 20, will be a celebration of all the learning experiences student have encountered this year.
The students and I would like to thank the Sunday School teachers and helpers for all the wonderful time and effort they have donated this year. Their positive attitudes and creative ideas have made learning about Jesus meaningful for all! Many thanks to Laura Hauser, Julie Holzer, Pat Kovach, Laura Olson, Jennie Read, Helen Levy, and, of course, Pastor Lynne.
~ Julie Luck Jensen

Thanks to all who participated in the Sunday School’s Buck a Chick fundraiser during Lent and Holy Week. We raised $122 to cover the cost of providing one chick to a family experiencing hunger. Your gifts will help provide chicks to families living in poverty.

Arline Baranowski, 5/1
Harold DiVita, 5/1
Ralphie Lippert, 5/3
Philip Holzer, 5/4
Nancy Smith, 5/5
Paula DiVita, 5/8
Nancy Herak, 5/8
Trygve Jensen, 5/10
Darrell Eckert, 5/12
Tiffany Erthal, 5/12
Elvera Beyer, 5/15
Roger Jones, 5/15
Helen Levy, 5/17
Jessica Schneider, 5/17
Jacob Stolz, 5/19
Joe Levy, 5/20
Bradley Paulus, 5/20
James Handzel, 5/22
Amber Saul, 5/22
Alyson Allemeier, 5/23   
Peter Nugnis, 5/25
Larry Fogel, 5/28
Brad Kovach, 5/29
Michelle Litwin, 5/31

Bill and Kirsten Boyce,
5/2/2009, 3 years
Don and MaryJane Kovach,
5/5/1956, 56 years
Jen and Vince Manzella,
5/23/2009, 3 years
Floyd and Kristin Yager,
5/23/1998, 14 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.

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
Messiah Women/
Friendship Day:    Trudi Handzel,
Carol Hrodey
Property Team Coordinator: Ray Ejnik
Stewardship & Mission: 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 April 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 April.

(in theaters now)
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
The message in this movie sort of hits you over the head again … and again … and again. An environmental plea to not cut down trees in order to further one human’s greed. Despite the lack of subtly, it is a GOOD message that bears repeating. Long before we all started talking about deforestation and global conservation, Dr. Suess featured this message in his 1971 book “The Lorax,” whose title character urges protection of trees and wildlife. Well, it is a message that is still unfortunately relevant today. Mixed into the movie with this is also several other themes that ARE more subtle, and I enjoyed those, too. For example, I loved the way Granny’s character (voiced by Betty White) has some real verve and sharpness to her. Ageism is another issue that has gotten some “press” lately, and it is a good reminder that those elderly in our community are not to be dismissed quite so easily. I also enjoyed the delightful crush that Ted (Zac Efron) has on Audrey (Taylor Swift). Most of the story moves forward because of his desire to please the woman he loves.
This movie has enough cute and fuzzy creatures in it to be fun for very little ones, and has enough high speed action to be fun for older kids and adults alike. (I especially enjoyed the climatic chase through Thneed-ville - very well done!) There are lots of laughs, and Danny DeVito fits the Lorax perfectly as a character voice.
As I write this, it seems fitting that today (4/27) is Arbor Day, a day in which we celebrate trees and growing things. So I include a special warning … this movie may make you want to go home and plant a tree with your family!

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, June Albert, Rosalie Lucarelli, 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.   

We had LOTS of things to celebrate in April:
Babies Born:
Seda Jane Hrodey on April 18, Olivia Rose Clark on April 20, Francesca Lucia DiVita on April 20, Matthew James (Hrodey) DeLonge on April 1, and Jack Sebastian Black on April 9th!
We also gave thanks for answered prayers from: Pat Kovach celebrates Jason and Amy selling their house in one week, Nancy Best (Jackie Steigerwald’s daughter) is home and resting following successful surgery, and Diane Blanks gave thanks for a new job for Adrianne!
We also gave thanks for Chuck Scheck’s recovery following a trip to the hospital.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to HIPAA laws, pastors are NOT notified if you are hospitalized. If you are in the hospital and would like us to know it, you or someone acting for you has to call the church office and tell us.

Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!

The 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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