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The July Messenger Issue #529
The July Messenger Issue #529
Jun 29, 2012
FROM THE PASTOR
The hot summer days have arrived! As school is out, children are found at sports events, summer camps and just “hanging out’, often with less structure than the school year offers.
The recent viral story of a bullied bus monitor, has brought both international attention and monetary recompense to Karen Klein. Many are also using this situation as a rally cry to discuss and address the issue of bullying. Schools and parents in Illinois are also finding the downtime of summer to "bully-proof" their children.
Kris Nielsen, supervisor of the School-Based Services program at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, gives some good advice. "Have some fun over the summer. Don't focus so much on what happened during the school year, or get so stressed out about that. But cook with your kids, garden, throw the ball around, go swimming." *
Nielsen says focus on keeping them connected to you, their siblings and friends with similar interests. She also suggests spending a little time each day talking about the good things that happened to them, and what they are good at. Nielsen works with school programs that help students develop empathy and problem-solving abilities to prevent bullying and other behavioral issues.
You can find additional resources at www.SecondStep.org to find resources for families and teachers.
When we fill our hearts and minds and souls with the love of God, there is no need to belittle or bully others.
May your hot summer days be filled with the love of God, the peace of Christ and the winds of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
*Full article found at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?%2Fcontent%2Farticle%2F27103-1
THE PROPERTY TEAM
This group of men have been busy around the campus. Thanks to Ray Ejnik, Dave Hanson, Alan Nugnis, Jim Handzel, Rich Seggeling, and Joe Ejnik. If you are aware of a needed repair or have a suggestion, please complete a “Work Order” (found in the workroom) and place it in the Property Coordinator’s mailbox.
These gentlemen have undertaken several small projects, including (but not limited to) fixing the locks on the Church Office and Workroom doors, organizing keys, installing doorbells, etc. We thank them for their drive and commitment.
NEW MANNA COORDINATOR NEEDED
Many thanks to Laura Hauser and Kristin Yager for coordinating our Manna orders for the last several years! Our Manna Program has earned an average of $1000 per year in support of our ministries at Messiah. The job takes a few days each month, and entails collecting and placing the order, consulting with the Child Care Center on THEIR portion of the order, separating and distributing the cards when they come in. Anyone interested in taking on this job should contact Laura and Kristin asap. They will both be “retiring” from this job when school starts in September.
Highlights from June 21st:
• Approved NAMI’s request for space this fall, and will host their “Friends and Family” classes again this year.
• Approved cost associated with updating our current website with new content and features now available, including “sub-menu” tabs.
• Discussed upgrading our computer systems (most over 5-years old) and will connect with Child Care Board for joint a MLC/CCC computer platform plan – also get additional bids.
• Set Leadership Team meeting for August 15, place to be announced.
5/6=108, 5/13=70, 5/20=77, 5/27=53
May Giving (Gen. Fund)
5/6=$2693, 5/13=$3194, 5/20=$2304, 5/27=$542
The produce garden is planted! Thanks for all the hard work – now we need to keep it watered. In case you hadn’t noticed it looks like it will be a very hot summer. There is a watering schedule sign up sheet in the narthex. If you have any small amount of time during the week, please sign up to help keep our veggies weeded and watered. The “Peace Garden” is next. Follow Matt’s progress on his webpage, updated regularly http://matteagle.bbnow.org/index.php
VERA KOEHLER MEMORIAL SERVICE
On Saturday, June 30th there was a Memorial Service for Vera Koehler here at Messiah. Vera’s daughter Kristine wrote a lovely biography of her mother that was included in the memorial bulletin. Below is an excerpt from that bio:
George and Vera lived in Chicago until May 1954, when they bought a home in Niles. I was about 4½ years old and my sister Karen was 2 months old when we moved. They joined Messiah Lutheran Church soon after.
My mom became an active member of this church. She taught Sunday School for many years, and I think she enjoyed that most of all. She served as a Sunday School Superintendant for a few years. She helped as a Vacation Bible School teacher. She served on the Altar Guild and various committees. I remember that she took an active role on a committee that was instrumental in helping a Southeast Asian family relocate in the early 1980’s.
My mom was very creative and loved to sew. She helped direct Sunday School Christmas pageants, and made the costumes. As a child, I remember “angel wings” on the basement table. She loved being active, and in her quiet way, was able to accomplish much.
For a copy of the complete story, please contact the church office.
REPORT ON THE TWENTY-FIFTH
ANNUAL ASSEMBLY MCSELCA
Prepared by Jeffrey L. Drake
“For God All Things Are Possible” was the theme as the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, met for its 25th annual assembly June 1-2, 2012, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL 60477. The assembly opened with a Celebration of Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. The Rev. Al Starr, the churchwide office representative, preached the homily, and Bishop Wayne N. Miller declared the opening of the assembly. Following the appointment of committees, Bishop Miller gave his report entitled “Possibility.” Reports by the synod vice president, secretary, and treasurer were also shared. A bible study was presented by the Rev. Ray Pickett, Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
The budget was passed as presented.
Friday afternoon there was an opportunity to take part in two sessions of workshops and hearings on resolutions and the budget. Throughout the assembly, participants were able to learn from 30 displays representing a wide range of ministries carried out by the synod, congregations, and partner ministries.
Eight Mission Moments, shared with the assembly, highlighted some of the many social and justice ministries congregations in the synod provide to their communities.
PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION:
REV. MARK WIBERG
June 28 2012 marks 50 years in ministry for Pastor Wiberg. To celebrate, he has offered to preach on Sunday, July 1st. We welcome him to the pulpit on this special occasion, and celebrate with him a lifetime of commitment to Christ. Congratulations Pastor Wiberg!
CHURCH FAMILY PICNIC
Tuesday, July 3rd
begin around 4 pm
Messiah will provide hot dogs and lemonade and a place to eat. Families are invited to bring a dish to share, and their own chairs, games, blankets, etc. Many thanks go to Teresa Lippert, Helen Levy, Cynthia Santos, and Rhonda Cady for organizing this event. And thank you to Joe Marshall and Jennie Read for sharing their musical gifts at the picnic.
BRAT FRY IN JULY
Saturday, July 7 12-6pm
This event is taking place at St. Peter’s UCC in Skokie. We are advertising it here because some Messiah members will be providing musical entertainment! Both Paul Holzer and Jennie Read have agreed to play live while folks chow down on great grilled bratwurst. This event is a fundraiser for the Niles Township Food Pantry and St. Peter’s UCC. For more info and a schedule of the musical acts visit www.stpeteruccskokie.org.
REMINDERS FOR JULY
Café Women’s Group will not meet in July and August. Instead we encourage women to attend the WoW services throughout the summer, and we will reconvene in the fall.
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, July 14th 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.
COMING IN AUGUST
CCC Closed for cleaning, August 13-17
MLC Leadership Team Meeting, August 15
CCC Open House, August 17
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
Sunday School, CHAT Room, 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 15 at 6:30 PM!
July 1 Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 30
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 8:7–15
Gospel: Mark 5:21–43
July 8 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 123
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 12:2–10
Gospel: Mark 6:1–13
July 15 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 85:8–13
Epistle: Ephesians 1:3–14
Gospel: Mark 6:14–29
July 22 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 23
Epistle: Ephesians 2:11–22
Gospel: Mark 6:30–34, 53–56
July 29 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 145:10–18
Epistle: Ephesians 3:14–21
Gospel: John 6:1–21
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM all Summer
Our WoW services feature a study of Covenants this summer, based on the book Shaking Hands with God by Dick Bernal. The intimate, informal service is just right for the lighter side of worship this summer, and includes music and meditation. We will serve a light meal AFTER the service at about 7:15 pm as well.
On July 25th, the WoW service will be a special “healing service.” Healing encompasses all sorts of ailments, physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional. Based on the “healing verse” in James 5:13-16, a service wht praise, prayers, and annointing will be offered.
WOW VBS Children start in the sanctuary for a couple of songs, and then are invited for Bible stories and crafts at in the MPR (or outside) during the rest of the WoW service. Thanks to Andy Travis for leading these activities.
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
July 1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29
10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am
Acolytes Mikey H Michael Y Nick L Phil H Adam H
Communion Assistants Kim H Floyd Y Rich L Paul H Laura H
Readers Ann/John W Kathi S Dotty B Nancy H Susan R
Worship Assistants Andy T Pat K Karen B John F Vikki H
Projection Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H
Ushers Susan R
Susan B Susan R
Susan B Susan R
Susan B Susan R
Susan B Susan R
Greeter Jackie S Jackie S Jackie S Jackie S Jackie S
Altar Guild * * Sue K Kathi S Nancy H
Counters Paul H,
* Paul H,
* Paul H,
* Paul H,
* 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 …
July 1 in memory of Edward Bowman by Valeria Bowman. in memory of Durwood Johnson by Valeria Bowman.
July 8 in honor of Dorothy Nagel’s birthday by the Kopijs. in celebration of Ryan and Adam’s 11th birthday from the Hauser Family.
July 15 in memory of John Borgeson. in memory of John Borgeson.
July 22 in honor of Erik Ryczek’s 21st birthday. in honor of Irene Luck’s birthday by the Jensen Family.
July 29 in honor of Thomas Yager’s 12th birthday. in honor of Thomas Yager’s 12th 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.
Monday – Friday, July 2-6
Saturday-Sunday, July 7-8
Late July-Early August
Monday – Friday, August 13-17
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.
Manna Order Dates
July 1 – order due
July 7 – cards available
Thanks to all who continue to support this monthly fundraiser.
REV. PHIL KNUTSON VISIT!
Pastor Knutson is planning a visit to our congregation on Monday July 30th for an evening reception. Details are still in the works for this event, please watch the News from the Pews for more info.
ANGELS IN THE NARTHEX
The donation kettle will be in the narthex from June through Labor Day for donations. No amount is too small. The donations will be used for Personal Care Kits, and Baby Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Please be an Angel and help us out.
“GLORIA DEI” MUSIC NOTES
While the Messiah Produce Garden is to help physical hunger, the hymn “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” shows that Jesus feeds our spiritual hunger. We received nice feedback about the beautiful solo in June; here’s more information about that awesome hymn.
It is unclear who wrote the lyrics, contrasting the limited bounties of nature with the unlimited bounty of surrendering ourselves to Jesus. First printed as a poem in 1797 in New England, an English composer, Elizabeth Poston, wrote the best known melody, and the one shared in worship. The song has become a favorite Christmas carol in England, although there is no mention of a manger, angels, or shepherds. In Jesus’ “tree of life”, we see glory and happiness that the world cannot give. We can “sit and rest awhile under the shadow” of Christ and find comfort. The “fruit” Christ gives us keeps our faith alive until that day we will live with him.
Please ask me if you would like a copy of the lyrics. If you would like to hear a choir version, please see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm3fZDZxiko.
ELCA YOUTH GATHERING!
On July 17, Amalia Santos, Andrew Fox, Melissa and Julie Holzer will join up with 320 others from our synod to travel by coach busses to the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans. They will arrive on the 18th and be part of 30,000 Lutheran youth and leaders coming together to be "citizens with the saints." They will try to take lots of pictures and the youth will give a talk about the trip after we return.
Many thanks to the congregation for their support of this mission trip, the first one we have done in at least TEN YEARS! We welcome your prayers as we travel to New Orleans.
Messiah is not offering a VBS this year, St. Andrews still has a program available in July.
St. Andrews 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.
Saturday, July 14th from 6-9 PM at the parsonage.
Carol Hrodey, 7/4
Stephanie Yager, 7/5
Alice Hulterstrum, 7/7
Lester Thurow, 7/7
Adam Hauser, 7/8
Ryan Hauser, 7/8
Joyce Tjhio, 7/9
Kimberly Bujalka, 7/11
Kevin Kovach, 7/11
Michaelene Marchetta, 7/11
Dorothy Nagel, 7/11
Jaelyn Benjamin, 7/13
Theresa Duty, 7/13
Donald Wenn, 7/14
Ralph Dieball, 7/16
Anne Wiberg, 7/16
Robert Kallas, 7/18
David Swanson, 7/18
Eric Ryczek, 7/19
Hannah Lippert, 7/20
Emilio Bravo, 7/22
Karen Black, 7/23
Clifford Paulus, 7/23
Irene Luck, 7/24
Haley Lippert, 7/27
Robert Bisgard, 7/28
Evelyn Allemeier, 7/29
Gerald Valasek, 7/30
Thomas Yager, 7/30
Lynne Morrow & Larry Fogel, 7/3/1994 18 years
David & Julie Jensen, 7/8/1989 23 years
Larry & Arlene Johnson, 7/10/1954 58 years
Kimberly & Mike Bujalka, 7/15/2007 5 years
Gene & Marilyn Borgeson, 7/24/1948 64 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
MAP: David Hanson
EXTENDED LEADERSHIP TEAM
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
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 June 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 June.
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
I finally figured out what was different about Brave. While Disney has long been the go-to company when it comes to fairytale princesses, Pixar’s heroes have been predominantly male. Toy Story, Cars, Wall-E, Nemo, and Up all have boys at the heart of the story. But here we have Merida, who is definitely a girl (despite her tomboy ways) and she is being groomed by her mother the Queen to me a “proper princess.” Merida of course does not WANT to be proper, and both mother and daughter find themselves more and more frustrated with each other. Finally, everything boils over, and Merida makes a terrible choice.
Since I went to see this movie with my own daughter, who is only a few years younger than our Brave princess, many of the messages in the story were timely and relevant to me. I was struck by how alike Merida and Elinore are (without them realizing it, of course) and how much both of them change by the end of the story.
Visually, this is just gorgeous, exactly what we have come to expect from our friends at Pixar. An added nuance for me was Merida’s bright hair – she is literally a glowing FLAME of color in all the dark places. And when her mother forces her to cover her hair and “look respectable” at the archery contest, you can just feel all that wild energy bursting to break loose.
This film is probably too scary for very young children – the large bear that is a symbol of Merida’s fate is pretty terrifying, actually. And depending on how you feel about nudity, a few bare bottoms to be found here and there. But for older children, boys and girls alike, it is exciting and funny, and a great summer film.
Worth mentioning: La Luna is the wonderful short feature that plays before the movie. Visually stunning, with a very simple and obvious message, I just loved watching this. So make sure you get your popcorn early!
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month*:
Norma Holm, George Hrodey, Arlene Baranowski, Viv Beyer, William Gerlich, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Sara Christiansen, Evelyn Burval, Amy Disney, June Albert, Rosalie Lucarelli, Linda Ufkes, Lynn Webb, Char Lobitz, Graham Family, Harold Hjelm, Kennet, Audrey Krell, Kelley Anichini, John L., Larry and Arlene Johnson, Judie Hernandez, Bill Decker, Jairam Richard Reeve, John Beirne, Diana Binder, Pastor John Sunder, Gnanamari, Val Bowman, Richard Levy, Aidan Ray, Minerva, and Laura Hauser’s dad George Raica, recently diagnosed with lung cancer. PRAYERS ANSWERED
We said congratulations to Rhonda Cady, who was selected as a 2012 Five-Star Insurance Professional by Chicago Magazine. Five-Star Award winners are a select group of fewer than 7% home/auto insurance professionals in the Chicago area. Way to go Rhonda! We gave thanks last month for fathers, and those who are like fathers to us, and recognized those who graduated and who are teachers in our community.
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, Joe 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!
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