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The June Messenger Issue #528
The June Messenger Issue #528
May 31, 2012
FROM THE PASTOR
The windy seasons of Pentecost and Summer have arrived!
Have you felt the urge to go play in the soil? To get your hands dirty and pull weeds? Perhaps plant some zinnias, cucumbers, oregano or strawberries? There is a depth to gardening that goes beyond the visible produce of flowers or food. Gardens can offer so much more to a community.
The physical space of a garden, no matter what size, can offer a safe and comfortable space providing peace and serenity. Through the active working of a garden, one can engage in the physical act of weeding out the unwanted, life draining items. And intentionally plant new seeds that can bring new growth and life to the garden and gardener. The process of gardening (weeding, preparing, planting, maintaining, harvesting) enhances the relationships in the community as well.
Gardens need not be large or perfect, as one might imagine the Garden of Eden. But every garden can offer a place of sanctuary - that is, a safe and sacred space to reflect, regenerate our strength and renew our spirits.
Messiah is abundantly blessed with a beautiful green spacious campus with mature tall trees that provide shade and nourishment for our environment. This season of Pentecost, the strong breezes blowing through these trees can be a reminder of the presence of the Holy Spirit here in this place.
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 As we strive to be good stewards of God’s blessings, it is our privilege to explore ways that the Messiah campus might be able to offer sanctuary as well as food to those in need of both.
I invite you to join us this summer as we live the ELCA’s theme of “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sign up either with old friends or new-to-you friends to work and maintain the Messiah Produce Garden. I pray that the experience will offer you an opportunity for reflection, growth and renew your spirit with peace and comfort!
In Christ, Pastor Lynne
USE OF FACILITIES
Over the last two months, members of the Executive Committee has met with ALL of the groups that use our facilities to discuss security and cleanliness, to get feedback from THEM on their experiences with our campus, and to sign new, up-to-date agreements outlining expectations for both them and us. This process was very positive on all sides, and the EC plans to keep this sort of 2-way communication open and transparent. We have an agreement signed for each group by a group representative and a member of the EC, as well as an insurance certificate or a waiver on file. These will be renewed annually. We have discussed the need to keep the doors closed at all times, and everyone is very clear about the focus MLC has placed on campus security. We are thrilled to have such a busy, thriving campus, and encourage patience and understanding from all involved if and when we occasionally “rub elbows” with others in the building. Finally, a gentle reminder to ALWAYS check with the office before scheduling something in ANY of our spaces – the building is full to the brim, and the master calendar is only available in the church office.
Highlights from the
May 23rd meeting:
• Thanks to Ray Ejnik for installing a doorbell at the north door by the chair lift.
• All the groups that use our campus have been met with and signed new agreements.
• There will be a survey coming out for the youth group.
• July 3rd “Church Picnic” was discussed.
• Next Leadership Team Meeting will be August 15th
4/1=104, 4/8=144, 4/15=79, 4/22=78, 4/29=79
April Giving (Gen. Fund)
4/1=$4237, 4/8=$1881, 4/15=$3342, 4/22=$1262, 4/29=$2174
KYLIE NOELLE BENJAMIN
On Sunday, May 6th, we welcomed baby Kylie into God’s family. Mother Joy (Nilsen) Benjamin grew up at Messiah, and we were thrilled to welcome her back for this happy occasion. Kylie’s sister Jaelyn was baptized here in December of 2009.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION:
REV. MARK WIBERG
Sunday July 1, 2012 marks 50 years in ministry for Pastor Wiberg. To celebrate, he has offered to preach on that Sunday. We welcome him to the pulpit on this special Sunday, and celebrate with him a lifetime of commitment to Christ. Congratulations Pastor Wiberg!
At a meeting on Monday, May 21st, these items were discussed and reviewed:
• Thanks to all who participated in our Carson’s Community Days Fundraiser – we received over $500 for MAP!
• We have a preliminary quote from a construction company via David Lindquist, our architect.
• David has also contacted Park Ridge and found that in addition to a Site Plan Review, we will need to submit a Special Use Application and an Appearance Commission Application.
• The Park Ridge Fire Department will not require sprinklers, however our alarm system will need to be updated.
• Mr. Lindquist expects to be ready to put the project out for bids by mid-June.
• The MAP Committee is also looking for additional members to supplement the group we currently have.
• Our next meeting will be June 4th at 7:30 PM and will include Pat Dever from the ELCA. Anyone from the congregation who wishes to attend this meeting is welcome.
RENEWAL OF WEDDING VOWS
Messiah members who would like to celebrate “special” wedding anniversaries this year (e.g. 1, 5, 10, …50, etc.) are invited to participate in a Renewal of Vows at the worship service Sunday, June 24. All are invited to join the celebrating couples for refreshments following the service. Let us know of your participation and your anniversary date using the YES sheet in the Sunday bulletin or by contacting the church office by June 20.
“ANGELS IN THE NARTHEX” GETS A FACELIFT
Every year during the summer our Messiah Women set out a kettle for collection of funds that is meant to go to the purchasing of items for our Lutheran World Relief efforts in the Fall. This year our Angel Kettle will look a little different! Details will be available in June bulletins, or watch the narthex on Sunday mornings for an updated Kettle!
Eagle Scout Candidate Matt has cleared the area, and will be planting and “pod gardening” in early June. He welcomes any helpers that would like to pitch in. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pierson Anderson passed away Thursday May 24th. Pierson was a longtime member of Messiah, and friends with many in the neighborhood. Services will be privately held by the family.
PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Friday and Saturday
This year’s synod assembly will be held at Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL 60477. The theme is - For God All Things Are Possible. Want to learn more about the ELCA beyond Messiah? Two members from Messiah are needed to represent us at the 2012 Synod Assembly. Contact Pastor Lynne if you are interested in attending.
VERA KOEHLER MEMORIAL SERVICE
Saturday June 23 at 2 PM
Please join us for a service honoring Vera Koehler, long-time member and Sunday School teacher at Messiah.
REMINDERS FOR JUNE
Café Women’s Group will not meet in June, July and August. Instead we encourage women to attend the WoW services throughout the summer, and we will reconvene in the fall.
Women’s Service Group We will have a “work day” on Sunday, June 10th following the worship service.
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, June 9th 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.
CHURCH FAMILY PICNIC
Tuesday, July 3rd
Prior to the Fireworks
We are in the planning stages of a good ole’ fashioned church picnic! Please contact Diane Wilson, Steve Yager, Larry Ryczeck, Paul Holzer or Pastor Lynne if you are interested in helping with this event.
COMING IN July
Fireworks and Picnic, July 3
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
June 3 The Holy Trinity/Confirmation
1st Lesson: Isaiah 6:1–8
Psalm: Psalm 29
2nd Lesson: Romans 8:12–17
Gospel: John 3:1–17
June 10 Second Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 130
2nd Lesson: 2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1
Gospel: Mark 3:20–35
June 17 Third Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 92:1–4, 12–15
2nd Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:6–17
Gospel: Mark 4:26–34
June 24 John the Baptist
Psalm: Psalm 141
2nd Lesson: Acts 13:13–26
Gospel: Luke 1:57–67 [68–80]
Sunday School, Adult Forum, and Confirmation Class
will return Sunday, September 9
with RALLY DAY!
Meanwhile, enjoy the summer, and join us for WoW
(Worship on Wednesdays)
with a VBS component for kids every week
June 13-August 8 at 7 PM!
Sunday, June 3rd
Join us as we welcome Melissa Holzer and Amalia Santos as full, confirmed members of Messiah! They have completed a 3-year course of study and have chosen to affirm their baptismal covenants in the Lutheran tradition. A celebration reception follows the service in the Fellowship Hall.
We will also recognize our Sunday School, Child Care, and other teachers, as well as graduates from Kindergarten, Middle School, High School, and/or college. This is a chance for us to say “well done!” and “thank you!” to the teachers and students in our midst.
WOW SERVICES START!
Wednesdays at 7 PM all Summer
Coordinated by Jennie Read, Messiah celebrates “WoW” in the sanctuary. Using the PowerPoint screen, this informal service consists of contemporary praise songs and sharing of faith stories. The intimate, informal service is just right for the lighter side of worship this summer! Please join us beginning June 13. We serve a light meal at 6:30 if you’d care to break bread with us as well.
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
June 3 June 10 June 17 June 24
10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am
Acolytes Thomas Y Jade G Julia F Haley L
Communion Assistants Floyd Y Bridget G Jennie R Teresa L
Readers Melissa H,
Amalia S Teresa L Phil H Steve Y
Worship Assistants Diane B Cindy N Vikki H David S
Projection Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H
Ushers Bob B,
Nancy H Bob B,
Julie H Bob B,
Julie H Bob B,
Greeter * Melissa H Melissa H Melissa H
Altar Guild Linda R Kathi S * *
Counters Paul H,
Bob B Paul H,
Bob B Paul H,
Bob B Paul H,
Bread Providers * * * *
* These are spaces that we need filled. Please check with your coordinator to sign up!
FLOWERS AND BULLETINS
Sunday Flowers are given … Bulletins are given …
June 3 in memory of John Borgeson. Available.
June 10 by Dan and Kevin Kovach in honor of Pat Kovach’s birthday. in memory of Uncle George and Aunt Dorothy by the Hauser Family.
June 17 in honor of Natalie’s birthday. in memory of John Borgeson.
June 24 in honor of Michael Yager’s 10th 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.
FIREWORKS PARKING PASSES
ONLY 40 PARKING PASSES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE BACK (EAST) LOT FOR JULY 3RD. PROCEEDS FROM THIS FUNDRAISER WILL GO TO THE MAP BUILDING PROJECT SO WE ARE SUGGESTING A DONATION THIS YEAR OF $10 FOR EVERYONE TO GET THESE PASSES, WHICH GUARANTEE A SPOT. IF YOU WANT A PASS, CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE SOON, THEY ARE LIMITED AND WILL GO QUICKLY. THE MAIN (NORTH) LOT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON THE 3RD FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.
NEW TAX EXEMPT LETTERS
If you have a tax exempt letter, it expires September 1st. New letters are now available in the church office, or a copy can be emailed to you. Contact the office to get your new copy.
Summer Coffee Hour Volunteers
Any one interested in helping with Summer Coffee Hour please contact David Swanson. We especially need people to volunteer to bring treats and fruit. I will take care of making coffee and lemonade. Also, we will need help with serving the goodies. I will have a sheet in the narthex for signing up for a particular Sunday. In the past we have had a good response to having it on the lawn in front of the church, and look forward to continuing this great fellowship event.
Mountain View Adventure Golf
The Center of Concern
18th Annual Miniature Golf Outing & Picnic Dinner
BBQ Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Brats, Salads, Dessert and Beverages
June 13, 2012
(Rain Date: June 14, 2012)
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
510 E. Algonquin Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
$15 per adult
$8 per child under 12
Please RSVP by June 11, 2012
For more information,
please call the Center at
Pastor Takes a Sunday Off!
Pastor Lynne will be gone June 10th.
Rev. Brian Halverson from St. Matthew Center for Health will preside and preach.
Manna Order Dates
June 3 – order due
June 7 – cards available
Thanks to all who continue to support this monthly fundraiser.
LETTER EXCERPT FROM REV. PHIL KNUTSON
Full letter can be read online at our website at http://www.messiahparkridge.org/ rev_phil_knutson.html
After 12 years in the coastal city of Cape Town we are relocating to Johannesburg which is in the middle of the country and situated on the “high veld” savannah almost 6000 feet above sea level. My work continues as ELCA Global Mission regional representative in Southern Africa. Lou will be looking for a new position teaching high school physics and chemistry in the Johannesburg area …
… In late July and in August Lou and I will be in Chicago and Minnesota on Home Assignment. We will attend the Summer Missionary Conference in Kenosha, WI and meet with other Regional Representatives at the Global Mission offices in Chicago.
We look forward to seeing family, friends and sponsoring congregations during this time.
Thank you for your continuing prayers, sponsorship and participation in God’s Mission.
ELCA Global Mission
Regional Program Assistant – Southern Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
“GLORIA DEI” MUSIC NOTES
Recently, I found this statement written by a church musician: “Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. Feed your faith and your fears will starve.” We will be singing favorite hymns this summer as we have done at Messiah for the past several years. Please look for the space on the “Yes” insert to your bulletin, thru June 10, to submit your favorite, and if you can, please include why the hymn is special to you. We will include that information in worship; we can see things differently when looking at them thru another’s eyes.
The Gloria Dei Choir season has come to a close with the celebration of Pentecost, and I am truly grateful to all who have sung in the choir since fall. You have shared your faith and your talents by leading worship and have volunteered your time by attending weekly rehearsals. I thank God for you, and I look forward to working with you again in the fall, learning new music along with revisiting some favorite tunes.
~ Sue Fox
PS – The choir’s last rehearsal was 5/22. We will be on hiatus until September. Have a great summer!
Messiah is not offering a VBS this year, but several other organizations in the immediate area are! Check out one of these other VBS offerings in Park Ridge and Maine Township:
Gospel Life BiC:
Dates: June 24-28
Times: 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: Golf Mill Park in Niles
Kickoff is Sunday, June 24th at 4:30 pm at Golf Mill Park, Niles, IL
PR United Methodist, PR Community, and St. Luke’s Lutheran
Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid!
Dates: June 18th-21st,
Times: 4:00 – 6:30 PM.
Cost: $15 per child, $40 per family.
Amazing Wonders Aviation VBS
Dates and Times:
June 25-29 8:45-12;00pm M-F
June 24-28 6:00-8:00pm Sun-Thu
Cost: $10/student, Max of $25/family
South Park Church:
FAM VBS: Adult family members join kids to start the evening then separate for fun time:
Age: Adults of all ages and kids completing K-6th grade
Dates: Monday June 18- Thursday June 21
St. Andrew's Lutheran:
Adventures on Promise Island
Age: Children age 3 (potty-trained) through entering 6th grade may attend. Older children may volunteer to help.
Dates: July 30-August 3, 2012!
Times: not available
Cost: $15 per child; walk-in registrants will be $20 per child.
St. Paul of Cross
SonRise National Park
Age: Grade levels for 2012-13 4 year old Preschool through 4th graders
Dates and Times: The Park is open June 25 through June 29 8:45 am to 11:30 am
Where: St. Paul of the Cross Campus
Cost: $30.00 for 1 child, $55.00 for 2 children, $80.00 for 3 or more children
Matthew Seggeling, 6/1
Christine Ruterschmidt, 6/2
Vikki Hanson, 6/3
David Tjhio, 6/5
Susan Bromstad, 6/7
Kathi Scheck, 6/7
Jimmy Olson, 6/9
Claudine Ward, 6/12
Nancy Boomer, 6/13
Susan Kopij, 6/13
Linda Raymond, 6/13
Pat Kovach, 6/14
Natalie Norberg, 6/17
David Divita, 6/19
Barbara Loverme, 6/22
Mary Jane Kovach, 6/23
Michael Yager, 6/24
Floyd Yager, 6/26
Sara Christiansen, 6/28
Jake Saul, 6/29
Jessica Saul, 6/29
Christian Travis, 6/29
Neil and Laura Hauser 6/6/1995, 17 years
David and Donna Hanson 6/12/1965, 47 years
Mark and Anne Wiberg 6/18/1960, 52 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.
Vice President: Diane Wilson
Secretary: Stephanie Yager
Treasurer: Larry Ryczek
Financial Sec.: Paul Holzer
EXTENDED LEADERSHIP TEAM
The CHAT Room: David Swanson/
Altar Guild: Linda Raymond
Brotherhood: Rich Seggeling
CCC Board Chair: Ravi Penumaka
Christian Education: Julie Jensen
Confirmation/Youth: Floyd Yager, Julie Holzer
Friendship Day: Trudi Handzel,
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 May 30, 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 May.
(on Netflix and Masterpiece.com)
Let me share with you my latest obsession.
I have ALWAYS been a fan of Sherlock Holmes. I have read all the original mysteries published by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, beginning when I was 13 years old and was introduced to this extraordinary genius in English class. I have seen countless movies and shows featuring the super-sleuth, starring several different actors. The styles always change – from Jeremy Brett, who mastered the character for BBC/A&E back in the 1980’s, to Robert Downey Jr. who made Sherlock a super-smart action hero in the most recent blockbuster movies. Sherlock appeals to many of us because he SEES things that no one else bothers to notice, and he draws frighteningly accurate conclusions from what he sees. And then of course there is Dr. John Watson, Holmes’ faithful friend and biographer. We follow the two through London and the surrounding countryside during the 1880’s, using deductive reasoning and forensic science to capture cads and criminals alike.
Now, let’s fast-forward 130 years, and give Holmes a website and Watson a blog. Lets make our criminals into computer hackers, and have texting and social media play a part in each investigation. Here you have Sherlock, created by BBC One, aired by PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery!, and frankly the best thing I’ve seen on television in ages.
Let’s face it … every crime drama on TV (CSI, Law & Order, Criminal Minds, etc.) are Sherlock Holmes-wannabes. So it seems only natural to bring Holmes to this generation … and it WORKS. The script is sharp and exciting, and for the first time we get to see what Sherlock is thinking, due to the graphic-laden style of the program. The biggest success, however, was in the casting. Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse, Atonement) is spot-on perfect as tall, energetic, often maniacal Holmes. And his chemistry with Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) as Watson is flawless. John Watson serves not only as Holmes’ sounding board and recorder of events, but also as his conscience. Watson helps keep Holmes grounded in reality – Holmes claims to be “on the side of the angels,” and Watson keeps him there when the devils inside his “mind palace” threaten to overwhelm him.
Season 1 of this show is only three 90-minute episodes, and is available on Netflix. Season 2 just aired in May on PBS, and you can watch all 3 episodes on Mystery’s website for just a couple of weeks. Don’t miss out – get your Holmes fix now! Of course, you can always catch up with our heroes by visiting their Facebook pages. (Nope, I am not kidding.) or better yet, www.thescienceofdeduction.co.uk/
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month*:
Diana Binder, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Kelley Anichini, Viv Beyer, George Hrodey, Cheryl Donahue, Sara Christiansen, Evelyn Burval, Amy Disney, June Albert, Rosalie Lucarelli, Linda Ufkes, Char Lobitz, William Gerlich, Aidan Ray, Graham Family, Arlene Baranowski, Harold Hjelm, Kennet, Audrey Krell, John L., Bill Decker, Piers Anderson, Richard Reeve, John Beirne, Pastor John Sunder, Jairam, Gnanamari, Val Bowman, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Lynn Webb, Richard Levy, and Minerva.
Giving thanks for answered prayer, we joyfully take Robbie Gunther off the prayer list. Barb Loverme informed us that he’s recovered from his surgery and is doing well.
Also we received a nice note from Kevin Kaufman saying he really appreciates the prayer support and warm thoughts while he was a college student, and he wanted us to know that he has finished school and have moved to Portland, OR to begin his legal career. Congrats, Kevin, and may the Lord bless you in your new life! (see new address below)
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, Joey Ejnik, Peter Fox, Bobby Hanson, Trygve Jensen, Daniel Kovach, Holly Norberg, Jennie Read, 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!
Will and Kirsten (Kaufman) Boyce
550 W. Surf #409
Chicago, IL 60657
914 NE Prescott St.
Portland, OR 97211
1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Phone: (847) 823-6984
Fax: (847) 823-6996
Child Care Center Phone: (847) 825-3767
Child Care Email: email@example.com