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The Messiah Messenger > The September Messenger Issue #531
The September Messenger Issue #531

Aug 30, 2012

The Messiah

Greetings, fellow created beings!
Yes, although it sounds awkward, we are all created in God’s image, or “Imago Dei” in Latin. In earlier agriculturally based societies, the arrival of fall meant the harvest and celebration of God’s abundant creation. So at Messiah, we will celebrate the Season of Creation September 9 through the Sunday prior to St. Francis of Assisi Day, October 3.
You may wonder what our church and the ELCA do to help us understand our rights and responsibilities to the Care and Stewardship of God’s Creation.
There are many ways that the ELCA supports and promotes Creation. In fact, early in our ELCA history (1993) the Social Statement on Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice was adopted.
• “Lutherans Restoring Creation” is an active grass roots movement within the ELCA, seeking to foster care for God's good creation in all expressions of our church's life.
• The Web of Creation was established to foster the movement for personal and social transformation to a just and sustainable world from religious perspectives. To that end, the information at this site will connect ideas, resources and strategies for doing eco-justice; inform, inspire, encourage, educate about eco-justice and support congregations efforts to live, work and pray in ways that promote eco-justice.
• The Earth Bible has been developed by a team of scholars from Adelaide, South    
Australia. In this significant new series, writers from around the world read the Bible from the perspective of justice for Earth.
• The celebration of Creation here at Messiah will be seen in The CHAT Room, worship service will include the elements of Creation in prayer, music and liturgy. Monday night Table Talks, a six week Bible Study, will focus on texts from Old and New Testament related to Wisdom.
• And, the celebration will culminate as the annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday Sept. 30 following worship.
I invite you to prayerfully consider ways to intentionally incorporate care for creation into your daily life – at home, work and the places in-between.
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it …” Psalm 24:1
In Christ,
Pastor Lynne

On August 28th, our request for variance was approved by the Park Ridge Zoning Committee. Our next step is to get permits approved for our building project from PR City Council on September 17th, but it sounds like this is a formality following the zoning hearing. Hooray! We are on our way!

Lutheran World Relief - the "Giving Tree" is down to just a few nail clippers (thank you!) and now we've added a poster to help us collect items to complete School Kits. Our Sunday School children will assemble the kits on Sunday, September 16th so please sign up to bring items by September 9th! Take slips of paper for items you can bring and sign name underneath. Then check off your name when you bring the items in. The "Angel Bucket" is also available for donations to help us buy missing items and to provide LWR assistance for shipping the kits overseas. Thanks for your help!   

Our mom’s faith was important to her. As a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, she was active in many roles and took her faith seriously. She spent time visiting and taking communion to shut-ins, participating in the Altar Guild, covering the office occasionally, and was always availble to pitch in whenever the need arose for a volunteer. Even after her health issues arose, she still made it a point to provide the bread for Communion on Sunday as often as she could. Mom often worked in the Maine Township Food Pantry, bringing collected items from Messiah over to Ballard Road, and loved to talk about religious issues with the the pastors at Messiah.
Char touched many teachers, students, family, and friends with her easygoing, patient ways. She will be remembered by many as a positive and supportive
influence who really made a difference in people’s lives. ~Jim and Margaret Lobitz

Highlights from Aug 20th:
• EC plans on attending to the Park Ridge zoning meeting Aug 28th at 7PM if all goes well our MAP committee will be ready to get bids for our Narthex.
• EC signed a request for Brian Halverson to use our campus for a prayer meeting.
• Ministry heads will receive Budget Worksheets in October to help EC with 2013 budget planning.   

July Attendance
7/1=62, 7/8=62, 7/15=48, 7/22=65, 7/29=65
July WoW Attendance
7/11=30, 7/18=21, 7-25=26
July Giving (Gen. Fund)
7/1=$889, 7/8=$3376, 7/15=$4344, 7/22=$1783, 7/29=$1381

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

The Diakonia program is starting Sept. 6th at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Glenview from 7 to 10. You may go to the first one free to try it out. New Testament is the first class. If anyone is interested in joining Jennie Read to continue to grow spiritually and become a better servant to the church, please contact her directly at (847) 322-3230.   

Mondays at 7PM
at Panera Bread in Des Plaines
This is our third year for Table Talks. If you haven’t joined us in the past, please know that you are welcome any time! Martin Luther started this tradition of “table talks” that involved food and beverage (ML's favorite beverage was beer!) and Messiah has continued it over coffee and treats. Talks begin Monday September 10.

Sept. 21-22, 9-3
St. Peter’s UCC-Skokie
School clothes, toys, furniture, house wares, and boutique! Don’t miss this huge sale at St. Peter’s UCC, on Oakton St. across from the Library in Skokie. $5 bag sale on Saturday from 1-3pm. Ask Jennifer at 224-659-9158 for more info.   
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, September 8th at 9am. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W Dempster Street in Niles. Good conversation and food.
Women's Service Group will assemble health kits and quilts on Thursday, Sept 27 from 9 till noon. As always, men are welcome to come help lift heavy boxes and such!
Café Women’s Group This group has ceased to meet at this time. The women involved enjoyed fellowship and bonding during their time together, and the group may decide to meet again in the future.

LWR Truck Loading, Oct 6 & 7
CHAT Room – Study of Lord’s Prayer

Sunday Sept 9-30
In Advent, Epiphany, Lent and Easter we celebrate the life of Christ. During Pentecost we celebrate the Holy Spirit. Now, in the season of Creation, we celebrate God, the Creator. For these 4 Sundays, prior to St Francis of Assisi Day, we join in celebrating with Christ the wonders of creation. In the liturgy, we follow the lead of the psalm writers and celebrate with creation — with the mountains, the sky and the earth, which praise the Creator in their own way. Bible readings focus especially on the story of our planet, which complements the story of God and the story of humanity in the Scriptures.

Sunday, Sept. 23 during worship
On this Sunday we will dedicate the quilts that our ladies have worked so hard on over the last year. The quilts will be on display in the narthex and sanctuary, and we will bless them during the service.

Sunday, Sept. 30th at 1pm
Bring your favorite critter on his leash or in her box, and receive a blessing! We will have a short service, and are often joined by neighbors and friends who wish their special pet to get blessed. This service is in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, and is a fitting wrap-up to our Creation worship series. Our service this year will be led by congregational members rather than the Pastor – if you’d like to help plan and be a part of this service, please let Pastor know!

Small Catechism: The Lord's Prayer
Beginning Sunday, October 14 at 9:00 a.m. and continuing for 6 consecutive Sundays, Messiah will feature an adult Christian Education opportunity to just “Pull Up a Chair and Talk to God.” Together we will focus on the Lord's Prayer and its 7 petitions that Martin Luther featured in his Small Catechism. This 6 week series will be team taught by Ron Duty and Mark Wiberg. More information will be available in next month’s Messenger.

Sept. 2   14th Sunday After Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 15
2nd Lesson: James 1:17–27
Gospel: Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23
No Classes

Sept. 9   1st Creation Sunday - Earth
1st Lesson: Genesis 1:1-25
Psalm: Psalm 33:1-9
2nd Lesson: Romans 1:18-23
Gospel: John 1:1-14
Rally Day at 9 AM in the Parsonage

Sept. 16 2nd Creation Sunday - Humanity
1st Lesson: Gen 1:26-28,2:7-8,15,19
Psalm: Psalm 8
2nd Lesson: Philippians 2:1-8
Gospel: Mark 10: 41-45
SS: LWR Service Project   
CHAT: Welcome/ Open Chat    
CONF: Intro/ Welcome

Sept. 23 3rd Creation Sunday – Sky
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 4:23-28
Psalm: Psalm 19:1-6
2nd Lesson: Philippians 2:9-13
Gospel: Mark 15:33-39
SS: Who is the Greatest?   
CHAT/CONF: Intro & What is a Lutheran?: Who are Lutherans?

Sept. 30 4th Creation Sunday – Mountains
1st Lesson: Isaiah 65:17-25
Psalm: Psalm 48:1-11
2nd Lesson: Romans 8:28-39
Gospel: Mark 16:14-18
SS: Share God’s Love   
CHAT/CONF What is a Lutheran?: Reformation/ Along Came Martin Luther

In a Season of Creation we will:
1. Celebrate Earth as a sacred planet filled with God’s vibrant presence.
2. Unite with all creation in praising the God of creation.
3. Confess our sins against creation and empathize with a groaning
4. Embrace our kin in creation as our extended family.
5. Proclaim the good news that the risen Jesus is the cosmic Christ who fills and renews all creation.
6. Go forth on a mission to be partners with Christ in the healing of creation.

   Sept 2   Sept 9   Sept 16   Sept 23   Sept 30
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Jade G   Haley L   Julia F   Nick L   Mikey H
Communion Assistants   Bridget G   Teresa L   Jennie R   Rich L   Kim H
Readers   Dave H   Rich L   Laura H   Kristin Y   Larry R
Worship Assistants   Pat K   Karen B   Vikki H   Cindy N   David S
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Steve Y,
Susan R   Steve Y,
Susan R   Steve Y,
Susan R   Steve Y,
Susan R   Steve Y,
Susan R
Greeter   Diane W   Diane W   Diane W   Diane W   Diane W
Altar Guild   Sue K   Sue K   *   Kathi S   *
Counters   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   *   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
Bread Providers   Marilynn D   *   Hausers   *   Blanks
* These are spaces that we need filled. Please check with your coordinator to sign up!

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Sept 2   in memory of Conrad Wilson, and in celebration of Diane Wilson’s birthday.
Sept 9   Available.   in memory of John Borgeson.
Sept 16   in memory of Norbert A. Hauser by the Hauser Family.   in celebration of Kyle Hauser’s 7th birthday by the Hauser Family.
Sept 23   in celebration of Holly Norberg’s birthday.   in memory of Uncle Vlasta and Aunt Giselle by the Hauser Family.
Sept 30   in memory of John Borgeson.   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 website for calendar.

Great American Bible Challenge on GameShow Network
Check your local listings … this new game show offers contestants the opportunity to show their knowledge and win money for their favorite charities!

Harvest Festival News
Messiah will not be hosting a Harvest Festival this year. Due primarily to our pending building projects, timing and availability of space will be uncertain over the next several months. The Harvest Fest takes up the whole campus, and parts of our campus MAY be under construction in November when we usually hold our Harvest Arts and Crafts Festival. If it helps, Grace Lutheran in Elmwood Park is holding a craft fair the last weekend of October – you might be able to get your “craft fix” there, while helping out a fellow Lutheran congregation!

Constitution Week, September 17-23, commemorates the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States. The first plan of national government the United States had was called Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, quickly shortened to the Articles of Confederation by most people. The Confederation was a loosely joined group of states that gave only limited powers to the central government. The Articles were drawn up in 1777, adopted in 1781 and went out of existence when the Constitution was adopted in 1789. This announcement was provided by Twenty First Star Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Manna Minute
September Manna orders are due on the 9th – that is Rally Day, and there will be a lot going on, so don’t forget to put in your order! Also, our order for October will be due on September 30th, due to the Columbus Day holiday the following weekend.

Once again this year we plan to collect socks and underwear for the Night Ministry in Chicago. These basic items are often needed by those the Ministry Supports. Our Giving Tree will be up in the narthex starting September 9th and will be up through September 26th. We invite you to bring in packages of NEW socks and underwear for men and women, which we will then send to the Night Ministry. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity!

The Niles/Park Ridge CROP Walk is scheduled for Sunday October 21st. It is a 10k walk to raise awareness and funds for Church World Services and the Maine Township Food Pantry. We are looking for walkers, and if you can’t walk, please sponsor our walkers. They will be in the narthex after church on Sundays in September to get your support. See Trudi Handzel or David Swanson to get a form to be a walker. You can also donate online at www.cropwalk.org. Click on Illinois on the map and find Niles/Park Ridge Walk. Click on that and click “donate,” and type in walkers name or team name (Messiah Lutheran Church) to donate. (Instructions are pretty clear once you get to Niles/Park Ridge Walk.) More info in Oct.   

“All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!”
~St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis wrote these lyrics around 1225, shortly before his death. The hymn, with its five verses, speaks of rushing wind, rising moon, sailing clouds, flowing water, and even fire that gives warmth and light, praising God in a symphony of creation. This “Song of All Creatures,” as it is also known, was not published until 400 years later. Finally, in 1919, William Henry Draper, an English minister, translated the Italian to English so this image-rich hymn could be used in a Pentecost celebration.
Here at Messiah, the last four Sundays this September are set aside for celebrating creation. It is a perfect occasion to joyfully sing St. Francis’s hymn, as we praise and honor the Creator.
~ Sue Fox


Sunday, September 9th at 9am
Calling All Parents and Students!!
Join us Sept. 9th at 9:00 a.m. in the parsonage south of Messiah’s main church building.
Parents will meet their children’s teachers and learn about this year's new Sunday School curriculum.
Students will kick off the new Sunday School year visiting with old and new friends, enjoying a treat and working on cool team projects!!

Saturday, September 8th from 6-9 PM at the parsonage. Feel free to bring friends who might be interested in this fun group of great kids!

Another large group of Confirmation students begin their classes this September.
We continue to use the curriculum “To Know, To Live, To Grow.” This year we will be in “Year C – L.” This rotational program is on a rolling three-year cycle and the three years are not necessarily sequential, e.g., Year A is not a prerequisite for Year B.
Rally Day is September 9, and we will have our first class the following week on Sunday September 16 at 9am. Confirmation is planned for Pentecost on May 19, 2013, so our last class will be on or about May 12th.
The Confirmation Program also includes periodic “Lutheran Learning Experiences.” The goal is to have one of these events once a month for some fellowship, fun, learning and review. We do a variety of things to reinforce learning and to deepen the student’s relationship with God and with one another. We are as flexible as possible with sports and other activities.
In addition, there will be a few “field trips” and service projects throughout the year. Many of these are done with the High School Youth Group. These additional events are designed to work with the students to help them live out their Christian faith by helping others and showing Christ’s love. Youth Group activities can be found on the Youth Page on the Messiah website at www.messiahparkridge.org for more information. To enroll your 6th grader in Confirmation Class contact the church office at 847-823-6984.   

Joe Ejnik, 9/1
Isabella DiVita, 9/2
Leona Johnson, 9/2
Julia Fogel, 9/4
Effie Laster, 9/5
David Hanson, 9/8
Victor Berzins, 9/9
Daniel Christiansen, 9/11
George Magerl, 9/11
Caitlin Levy, 9/13
Marilynn Duckett, 9/14
Michael Hanson, 9/14
Kyle Hauser, 9/16
Tom Hanson, 9/17
David Jensen, 9/18
Richard Levy, 9/18
Teresa Lippert, 9/20
Ardene Ejnik, 9/21
Holly Norberg, 9/21
Lois Patterson, 9/21
Steve Loverme, 9/23
Julie Jensen, 9/25
Alesha Santos, 9/25
Barbara Valasek, 9/26
Thomas Daniels, 9/27
Pat Fragale, 9/28
Linda Ufkes, 9/29

Marlyn & Donald Wenn, 9/3/55 – 57 years
Marv & Luanne Jelonek, 9/8/79 – 33 years
Bil and Sandi Downie, 9/16/61 – 51 years
Rich and Helen Levy,
9/20/91 – 21 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, Rhonda Cady, Bob Bisgard, Karen Black, Carol Hrodey, & Marilynn Duckett

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 August 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 July.

(On Demand/DVD)
Based on the true inspirational story of a boy who helps rescue a dolphin who has been caught in a crab trap, a dolphin’s amputated tail becomes the center of a story about not giving up on those you love, even if they have become damaged.
This is a terrific, wonderful, family movie. Rated PG for some reason, I think it could easily have been a G movie and is watchable by all audiences. So pull up your couch, pop some popcorn, grab the Kleenex box, and snuggle up with your loved ones to enjoy this film.
Sawyer is a quiet, painfully shy boy whose only friend is his older cousin Kyle. Kyle is a state-champion swimmer who has enlisted to fight in the Iraq war. When Kyle is deployed, Sawyer feels lonely and left behind, and closes himself off from everyone, including his mom (Ashley Judd). On his way to his first day at summer school, his life path takes a sharp turn when he stops to help a fisherman untangle a young dolphin that has washed up on the beach in Clearwater, FL. In rescuing and caring for the dolphin (named Winter) at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Sawyer gains friends, respect, and purpose. So much so that his mom, recognizing the SIGNIFICANT change that has come about in her son, pulls him out of summer school to work at the Aquarium every day.
There are so many fantastic things about this movie. I think my favorite part is the parallel drawn between Winter’s infirmity and cousin Kyle, who comes home wounded from the war. Love can heal SO many things, for humans and animals alike. I also enjoyed Sawyer’s emergence as a young person of integrity and drive – he and his friend Hazel personally organize a fundraiser to “Save Winter” when funding is threatened for the not-for-profit Aquarium. The two youngsters (11 years old, I think) rally their community around a hurt dolphin, a hurricane-damaged aquarium, and an injured war veteran. I think my very FAVORITE scene takes place on the morning after the hurricane in the parking lot of the Aquarium – I don’t want to give anything away, but you’ll know it when you see it.
Again, as it was with Soul Surfer, live footage of Winter’s rescue and treatment, as well as her prosthetic tail, are seen during the closing credits. And the best part is that you can actually go online to www.seewinter.com and watch her swim around via webcam! I have been doing just that as I write this review, and it is making me smile. I HIGHLY recommend this movie – don’t miss it.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month*:
George and Maria Raica, The Knuth Family, George Hrodey, Arlene Baranowski, Viv Beyer, William Gerlich, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Sara Christiansen, Evelyn Burval, 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, and Minerva.   

The Yager family gives thanks for answered prayer as Maggie Tinkoff starts a new job teaching 3rd grade! Blessings and congratulations, have a great year!
Many thanks for prayers for Amy Disney, Jen Schneider’s cousin. Amy had successful surgery on August 6th, and though her long journey to recovery has just begun, her spirits are good and she feels supported by many who have prayed for her.

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!

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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