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The Messiah Messenger > The August Messenger Issue #530
The August Messenger Issue #530

Jul 31, 2012

The Messiah

The dog-days of summer are ahead and our children are overheard counting the days until they return to school. There is a good chance that you are impacted in some way, by the school year and its own calendar. There are other calendars in our lives in addition to the school year calendar. Businesses use “fiscal year” calendars, agencies use the “calendar year” and churches use the “liturgical calendar.” It can be a bit overwhelming.
Recently, while inputting our family’s multiple school calendars for the upcoming school year, it occurred to me how integral these different calendars are to guiding our lives. Calendars guide our planning, timing, and scheduling – sometimes to the point of feeling a bit controlled by the calendar!

Here at Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center, we work hard to manage “the keeping of the calendar.” And as our campus is utilized more and more, we find ourselves spending more time on calendar management.
Yet, in all this administrative activity, I frequently ask myself “Where is God in this?” (Perhaps you have wondered the same?)
We meet on each Sunday to gather with music, God’s Word, prayers of concern and celebration and God’s meal of Holy Communion. Every time we ‘sit’ together to share the bread and the wine, we celebrate our relationship with Jesus and his active presence in our lives.    
We schedule ourselves for time with Jesus each week – what would happen if we schedule time with Jesus every day? Wouldn’t it be great to have coffee with Jesus? Or drive time with Jesus? Maybe even invite Jesus to your meetings?
You see, our God is an active God and through God’s son, Jesus Christ, we have been given the opportunity to live with Jesus’ presence in our daily lives.
As you plan, time and schedule for the upcoming months, I invite you to put Jesus on your calendar!
In Christ,
Pastor Lynne

The zoning requirements applications have been submitted to the Park Ridge Community Preservation and Development Department.
This is the first step in getting approval from the city for the Messiah Accessibility Project. The Site Plan Review Application and the Special Use Application were delivered in person on July 25.
We understand that it may take up to two months to get the final approvals that are needed to go forward with the bidding process for construction contractors.
Our next priority will involve addressing the funding issues. Initial applications will be submitted to three potential sources for a loan.
Highlights from July 18th:
• Discussion about the Fence proposal, and approved recommended bid.
• Staff vacations reviewed and coverage discussed.

June Attendance
6/3=88, 6/10=69, 6/17=49, 6/24=67
June WoW Attendance
6/13=18, 6/20=19
June Giving (Gen. Fund)
6/3=$3125, 6/10=$3565, 6/17=$1176, 6/24=$1775

Look for the Angel Kettle and Angel Tree in the narthex during August/September to help complete Personal Care and School Kits for Lutheran World Relief. We will need specific items to finish both types of kits, as well as monetary donations to purchase any additional items not donated and to help with shipping costs! Thanks for your help!   

We have created a complete list of the upcoming events for the whole 2012-13 school year. This list includes worship services and fellowship events, Christian Learning opportunities and mission days. If you have a question about a day or time of a service or event, go to www.messiahparkridge.org and click on “Schedules” to download a copy! This schedule will be finalized at the Leadership Team meeting August 16th, and will be posted the following week.

As of Monday, August 13, 2012 we will be changing EVERYONE’s door codes. This is a preventative security measure that we do every year to ensure the safety of our staff, parishioners, and students. We are doing it this year in conjunction with the opening of the school year at the Child Care Center. Here is how it will work:
• New codes will be available beginning Monday August 13. Call the office if you currently have a code and need your new number. Macy will be giving out codes all week.
• If you cannot call during regular office hours (9-1 M-F) leave a message and your call will be returned, and your code will be left on your voicemail/answering machine.
• New codes will go into effect Monday August 13th at 9 AM. If you have a code now, it WILL NOT WORK after this time. If you need access to the building, you must call the office to get your new code.   

Char passed away suddenly following a serious stroke on Wednesday July 11th. Char has been an active participant for many years at Messiah, often helping out in the office, doing home communion for shut ins, supporting various fundraisers, and being a sweet presence in worship and Sunday School. Please keep her family in your prayers as they plan for Char’s memorial service, which is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 25th at 2 PM. A light reception will follow the service. Any additional details that come up will be in the weekly bulletin News from the Pews.

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

Sunday, August 5th following worship
On Sunday, August 5th immediately following the worship service, MLC will hold a Special Congregational Meeting for the purpose of approving the recommendation from the CCC Board and MLC Executive Committee to install a fence surrounding the eastern half of our property. Details about total cost, procurement, placement, and funding of this fence will be available at the meeting. Questions may be addressed to those Board and Committee members who have voted to go forward with this project. (Board and Committee members are listed on page 13.)

Thursday August 16 at 7:30 pm
This is our annual planning meeting for the 2012-13 year. We will discuss Christian Learning, schedules, and special events. Members of the Leadership Team are expected to attend. Location is still to be determined.   CHILD CARE

Friday, Aug 17 6-8 pm
This is an excellent chance to meet the teachers and staff of our Child Care. If you know a friend or neighbor in search of quality, Christian-based child care for their preschooler, they are welcome to come to Open House and tour our wonderful school. Spread the word!

Café Women’s Group will not meet in August. Instead we encourage women to attend the WoW services in August, and we will reconvene in Fall.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, August 11th 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.

Women's Service Group No work days are scheduled in August. Watch the September Messenger for news about InGathering.

Rally Day, Sept 9
Creation Worship Series, beginning Sept 9
Socks and Undies Collection, beginning Sept 9
Table Talks at Panera, beginning Sept 10
InGathering, Sept 27

Sunday School, CHAT Room, and Confirmation Class will return Sunday, September 9 with RALLY DAY!

Aug 5   Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 78:23–29
Epistle: Ephesians 4:1–16
Gospel: John 6:24–35

Aug 12   Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 34:1–8
Epistle: Ephesians 4:25—5:2
Gospel: John 6:35, 41–51
Aug 19   Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 34:9–14
Epistle: Ephesians 5:15–20
Gospel: John 6:51–58
Aug 26   Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 34:15–22
Epistle: Ephesians 6:10–20
Gospel: John 6:56–69

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM all Summer
We are averaging 20-30 people each week for our praise and prayer service. Our time together has been special and inspiring. Don’t miss a chance to catch WoW before the summer is over! Services continue through August 15th!

Sunday, August 19th during worship
Pastor Lynne invites all children of Messiah to bring their school backpack to worship this Sunday. During the Children’s Sermon time, she will offer a blessing to them as they embark on another school year as a child (and student!) of God!

   Aug 5   Aug 12   Aug 19   Aug 26
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Thomas Y   Michael Y   Samantha F   Christian T
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   Floyd Y   TBD   Andrew T
Readers   Andrew F   Melissa H   Amalia S   David H
Worship Assistants   Diane B   Cindy N   David S   Andy T
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Bob B,
Dave K   Bob B,
Dave K   Bob B,
Nancy H   Bob B,
Nancy H
Greeter   Val B   Val B   Val B   Val B
Altar Guild   *   Nancy H   Marilynn D   Marilynn D
Counters   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!

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Aug 5   Available.   in memory of John Borgeson.
Aug 12   in memory of John Borgeson.   Available.
Aug 19   in memory of Donna
by the Wenn Family.   Available.
Aug 26   in memory of Chuck Boomer by Nancy, Chris, and Nick.   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.

See our calendar page on the website


Thank you to all my friends for coming out in support of the Brat Fry in July. St. Peter’s UCC in Skokie raised $445 for the Niles Township Food Pantry, and $296 for the church itself. BIG, HUGE thanks go out to Paul Holzer (the awesomest AV guy around and terrific bass player) and his band Unhinged, who provided great music to eat by. Thanks also so VERY much to Jennie Read and Joe Marshall for their terrific set of music, too.
I also want to thank Laura Olson and her family (Ray, Ardene and Maria) who ate LOTS of brats, bought more to take home, and stuck around to help clean up!
The whole event was delightful … a gorgeous summer day, great music, excellent food, and fellowship on the front lawn of my church, St. Peter’s UCC. We are already in the planning stages for next year’s Fry … it was that much fun! Watch for the date next July!

Blessings to you all,
Jen Schneider
Messiah Office Admin

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
August 5 – order due
August 8 – cards available
Please note that Jennifer will be on vacation the following week, and there will be no access to the safe for that week. Please be sure to pick up your cards by Sunday, August 12.

Firework Thanks!
Thanks to all who helped with the July 3nd fireworks, especially Pastor Lynne and husband Larry, who pitched in on their wedding anniversary! We sure appreciate the extra effort for this big annual event!

Staff Vacations
• Jennifer will be on vacation Aug 13-17. Macy Pearson will be filling in that week during regular office hours.
• The Child Care Center is closed that week as well, so access to the building may be limited if you don’t have a code.
• Pastor Lynne will be on vacation Aug 5-9, and again Aug 12-15. Pastoral care has been arranged, call the office if you need assistance.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1,100 affiliates in communities across the country who engage in advocacy, research, support, and education. Members of NAMI are families, friends, and people living with mental illnesses such as major depression, schizo-phrenia, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, and panic disorder, and borderline personality disorder.
This 12-week class is being offered on WEDNESDAYS this year beginning September 19 from 7 to 9:30pm in the Multipurpose Room. Messiah is happy to once again support this vital ministry in our community.
For more info, or to REGISTER for the class, contact the NAMI office at 847-716-2252.   

“All things are mine since I am His! How can I keep from singing?”
These words, written by Robert Lowry, a Baptist minister, are from the hymn, “How Can I Keep from Singing”, found in ELW #763. In gratitude to God, we lift our voices in thankfulness and praise. For all He has done for us, how can we keep silent?
The Gloria Dei Choir will resume singing, with its first rehearsal for the new season on Tuesday, August 28, at 7:30pm until 8:45pm, in the Multipurpose Room. Anyone of high school age and older is invited to join. There are no tryouts, and no previous choir experience is needed. Just bring a love of God and a love of singing, knowing that as we rehearse, we do so to give our best to God in worship.

Just a few words of thanks to the 850 people from Metro Chicago who were part of the ELCA Youth Gathering and the MYLE event in NOLA. You are awesome! And so was the gathering.

Hard to decide what part of it to love the most ... Nadia Bolz-Weber, Switchfoot, the amazing musicians, the powerful personal stories that were shared, the prayer pilgrimage on day 1, or the discipleship time together on day 4. And the MYLE event, in which Chicago made a big impact on the whole Church.

But truthfully, for me the best and most inspiring part were the 33,309 people that made a witness to New Orleans and the world that Jesus lives! He lives in the hearts and minds and hands and feet of all the people in that great river of Christian life and community.

Thank you in a thousand ways for being my church... for being our church... for being THE church in a time when the world has never needed the Church more.

Bishop Wayne Miller    


Christian Education is a vital ministry at Messiah, teaching our children the stories of Jesus. Please consider joining us as a Sunday School teacher, assistant, or “friend.” All adults are welcome to a short meeting Thursday, Aug 2 at 7pm in the parsonage to discuss plans for an exciting new “school” year. Don’t worry about making a lifetime commitment – there are plenty of short term Sunday School jobs available, including helping with four different mission projects this year. Call Julie Luck Jensen, our Sunday School Coordinator, if you have questions or would like more info – 847-299-0986.

Last year we switched to the Spark! curriculum by Augsburg Fortress. A complete schedule of the Sunday School lessons is available on our website – go to www.messiahparkridge.org and click on Christian Education/Sunday School to access it.

Saturday, August 11th from 6-9 PM at the parsonage.

Jacqueline Steigerwald, 8/1
Kristin Kopij, 8/5
Rebecca Rangel, 8/5
Sandra Deines, 8/7
Ron Duty, 8/8
Kevin Kaufman, 8/8
Jenni Read, 8/8
Arlene Johnson, 8/9
Cindy Norberg, 8/10
Damion Graham, 8/12
Lois Anderson, 8/13
Barbara Shapiro, 8/13
Ravi Penumaka, 8/15
Henry Allemeier, 8/16
Connie Travis, 8/19
Michael Deines, 8/20
Donna Berzins, 8/21
Carlos Santos, 8/21
Brian Deines, 8/28
Debra Oswald, 8/28   

Susan and Ed Kopij, 8/25/1974 – 38 years
Andy and Connie Travis,
8/28/1998 – 14 years
Vic and Donna Berzins, 8/31/1983 – 29 years
Ralph and Teresa Lippert, 8/31/1997 – 15 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:   **
Vice President:    Diane Wilson
Secretary:    Stephanie Yager
Treasurer:    Larry Ryczek
Financial Sec.:    Paul Holzer

David Hanson

The CHAT Room:   David Swanson/
Steve Yager
Altar Guild:      Linda Raymond
Brotherhood:      Rich Seggeling
CCC Board Chair:   Ravi Penumaka
CCC Board Members:   Donna Berzins, Teresa Lippert, Laura Hauser, Pat Fragale
Christian Education:   Julie Jensen
Confirmation/Youth:   Floyd Yager, Julie Holzer
Women’s Service Group: 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 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.


(On Demand/DVD)
An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.
I always find it fascinating when two movies come out based on the same story, yet told in completely different ways. So when two movies came out at the same time based on the story of Snow White, it makes me wonder about the popularly of this beautiful princess all of the sudden. I have not seen Snow White and the Huntsman yet, so I cannot speak to how Snow is portrayed in that movie. In Mirror Mirror, however, I enjoyed this young woman’s journey to self-sufficiency, coming into her birthright by using her intelligence and wit.
Princesses over the years have gotten a bad rap. There is a great scene in Shrek the Third when Fiona, Beauty, Snow, Rapunzel, and Cinderella are imprisoned. Fiona tries to rally the other princesses, and they all “assume the position,” in which they intend to wait for a prince to rescue them. In today’s day and age a much more self-sufficient princess is called for, and girl power is on the rise. In Mirror Mirror, Snow actually finds herself rescuing the Prince … twice. The message is clear – good looks will get you far, but courage and kindness can take you all the way.
The main focus for this movie, however, is comedy. And it delivers, providing several laugh-out-loud moments through slapstick humor and funny characters. It seems like the cast had a blast making this movie, especially the wonderful actors playing the “rebels” (insert “dwarfs” here). Julia Roberts revels in the character of the evil queen, and Nathan Lane is hilarious as always.
Also worth noting is the visually stunning effects – director Tarsem Singh creates a beautiful kingdom, as well as a terrific glimpse behind the magic mirror of the queen.
I do recommend this for family members of most ages … very little children might be afraid of some of the dark parts of the forest. And some of the jokes only the parents will really get. But I think that is the sign of a good family movie – one that can be enjoyed by everyone!

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month*:
The Knuth Family, 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, 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 George Raica.   

The Levy family gives thanks for answered prayer in the form of a loan for Joe, who will now be attending Michigan State. Congratulations, that is great news!
Steve Yager gives joyful thanks for answered prayer with a new job for Bill Myenstee.
Susan Rice gives thanks that her 8th granddaughter was born on Tuesday. Her name is Amelia Susan Rice, born to Seth and his wife Erin. The Holzers also give thanks for the birth of Logan Suchta.

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, Jenny Hanson, Tait Jensen, Trygve Jensen, Daniel Kovach, Joe Levy, 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!

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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