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The Messiah Messenger > The October Messenger Issue #532
The October Messenger Issue #532

Sep 28, 2012

The Messiah

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Where were you 25 years ago? Were you part of a family of faith? In Park Ridge? Messiah Lutheran Church perhaps?
We just received the ELCA publication “Stories of Faith in Action: We Are The Church - 25 Years together in Christ”. This publication chronicles the highlights of the past 25 years that the ELCA has been in existence. You see, in the spring of 1987 a gathering of 1,045 people in Columbus Ohio ratified the ELCA Constitution and thus, began the new Lutheran organization in the United States.
As I read the stories of faith, I was moved to go online to see further details of the history of Lutherans in America. (http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/History/Lutheran-Roots-in-America.aspx)
Much of my seminary class on Lutheran Confessions came back in flashes as I recognized names, places, stories and events. There is a strong theme in our Lutheran history – a theme of collaboration, ecumenism and inter-faith relationships. Lutherans in America have been catalysts for justice, conveners in peace and bridge builders.
So it seems natural that we would participate with other faith communities present in our community of Park Ridge and North Maine Township to work towards common goals. In late summer, we actively supported the first Park Ridge Police Department Area One Community Meeting with our residential neighbors, St. Matthew Center and Lutheran General Hospital to work toward an awareness of safety. Every weekend, our campus becomes “church” to three other faith communities with whom we partner to expand the Good News of Jesus Christ. The weather of September has nurtured our produce garden so that we could share the harvest with the Maine Township Food Pantry. In October, Messiah will participate again in the CROP Walk to end World Hunger.
We are stronger when we participate with others in God’s work here. We are people of the Cross, followers of Christ and we are called to make a difference in this world … together, with Christ.
Pastor Lynne

On Sunday, 10/21, the Foxes will be walking in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk in Glenview. Funds raised by donations to walkers are used for lifesaving research and support for those battling blood cancers. It is a casual walk, honoring the survivors and remembering those who have lost their battle.
For more information, our team's site is http://pages.lightthenight.org/il/NShore12/CancerSwagz. You can donate online through our site to our team or any one of the individual members of our team. Or you can write a check to "Leukemia and Lymphoma Society" and give it to one of us, and we will forward it to LLS. Any amount is truly appreciated. Thank you for your consideration and support!
Peter, John, Andrew, and Sue Fox

Highlights from September 17th:
• EC discussed the implementation of our new computers (approved at July meeting).
• EC voted to approve opening a Mission Investment Fund deposit account, which is required to submit an application for a Mission Investment Fund loan for MAP.
• Talked about the Prayerful Process in selecting next year’s officers (open positions include Financial Secretary, Secretary, and Vice-president).
• Pastor shared the first draft of the Child Care Center Employee Handbook.

August Sunday Attendance
8/5=57, 8/12=48, 8/19=63, 8/26=57
August WoW Attendance
8/8=18, 8/15=15
August Giving (Gen. Fund)
8/5=$3109, 8/12=$3096, 8/19=$1054, 8/26=$1166

Cub Scout Pack 105 is now accepting new members for the 2012-13 year. Meetings are held on Friday evenings at Messiah. In addition, fun activities around the Chicago area are scheduled throughout the year, including the upcoming Fall Family Campout at Chain-O-Lakes State Park (October 12-14), and Haunted Hike in Des Plaines (October 27). Membership is open to all Grade 1-5 boys in the area. For more information, visit http://pack105.nwsc.org or contact Amy Dooley, Pack Committee Chair, at 773-682-7158 or amy.george@gmail.com

In July, the Executive Committee approved a bid by John Barrett at Barrett-tech for brand new computers throughout the church and Child Care. Our “youngest” computer at the moment is over 4 years old, and that was purchased for Pastor Munker in 2008. All of our technology is becoming more and more outdated, and “glitches” arise on a regular basis. We are using this opportunity to get the Church Office and the Child Care all on the same platform. Other improvements include:
• A separate, dedicated server for both the church and child care, allowing easy sharing of resources.
• A new workstation in the workroom that is NOT the server, with improved memory and performance.
• A new workstation in the sanctuary balcony with upgraded graphics card and memory for better projection options.
• An upgrade to current software and operating systems – MS Office 2010 and MS Windows X.
• Better, stronger, faster machines that will increase productivity and reduce frustration!
John has worked with us before – he was instrumental in helping us install our new phones in 2008, and has been our go-to IT guy since 2005. He will be installing all our new and wonderful machines mid-October.   

We will be doing a Thanksgiving meal this year and want to plan a meeting for early October.
Anyone interested in helping in the planning stages email Jennie Read at rjennifer007@gmail.com or call her at 847-322-3230. We will then let the congregation know of our needs as we know how blessed we are to have such a giving congregation. Last year’s event was truly special, and we are looking forward to this year’s dinner, too!

Thanks to ALL that helped with the InGathering. The needs from LWR have changed over the years, so this year we are packing up some different items. We packed:
2 quilts
100 Personal Care Kits
30 School Kits
Many thanks to our Sunday School students, who assembled the School Kits for us last week.
God Bless you all, from the Women’s Service Group

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

Saturday, Oct. 6 9-12pm
Sunday, Oct. 7 12-3pm
The trailer will be in the parking lot October 6 and 7. We will have people on hand to help other churches load their goods into the trailer, which will be picked up Monday morning and taken to the LWR distribution center. Thanks to ALL who help!   BIBLE STUDY

Mondays at 7PM
at Panera Bread in Des Plaines
(1518 Market St.
in Metro Square)
This is our third year for Table Talk. If you haven’t joined us in the past, please know that you are welcome any time! Martin Luther started this tradition of “table talk” that involved food and beverage (ML's favorite beverage was beer!) and Messiah has continued it over coffee and treats. Talk continues through October 22 (no class on Columbus Day, Oct 8).

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, October 13th 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 be packing up the LWR Trailer the first Weekend in October. See article above for details.   

All Saints Day, Nov.4
Youth Spaghetti Dinner, Nov. 10
Thanksgiving Community Meal, Nov. 22

Oct. 7   19th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Genesis 2:18–24
Psalm: Psalm 8
2nd Lesson: Heb. 1:1–4; 2:5–12
Gospel: Mark 10:2-6
SS: Adam and Eve
CONF & CHAT: What is a Lutheran?:The Sacraments

Oct. 14   20th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Amos 5:6–7, 10–15
Psalm: Psalm 90:12-17
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 4:12–16
Gospel: Mark 10:17-31
SS: A Rich Man’s Question   
CHAT: TLP #1: Our Father Who Art in Heaven    
CONF: My Faith #1: What is Faith?

Oct. 21   21st Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 53:4–12
Psalm: Psalm 91:9–16
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 5:1–10
Gospel: Mark 10:35-45
SS: James and John
CHAT: TLP #2: Thy Will Be Done   
CONF: Lifelift – Tony Nolan Video

Oct. 28   Reformation Sunday
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31–34
Psalm: Psalm 46
2nd Lesson: Romans 3:19–28
Gospel: John 8:31–36
SS: Bartimaeus Sees   
CHAT: TLP #3: Give Us This Day   
CONF: My Faith #2 & #3: So What? / The Gift – Life!

Small Catechism:
The Lord's Prayer
Beginning Sunday, October 14 at 9:00 a.m. and continuing through November 18th, 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. See above for a schedule of topics.   


We invite everyone to wear red to celebrate Reformation Sunday. We will have a potluck luncheon following worship in the Fellowship Hall, with games and activities for everyone. Watch the YES! Sheets to sign up your dish to share!
Rumor has it that there will be a special guest at Messiah to celebrate Reformation. And don’t forget to wear RED on that day!

   Oct. 7   Oct. 14   Oct. 21   Oct. 28
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Nikolaus R   Nick L   Phil H   Adam H
Communion Assistants   Larry R   Rich L   Julie H   Laura H
Readers   Nick L   Kristin Y   Phil H   Steve Y
Worship Assistants   Andy T   Pat K   Karen B   David S
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Jackie S,
David H   Jackie S,
David H   Jackie S,
David H   Jackie S,
David H
Greeter   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N
Altar Guild   *   Cindy N   *   Kathy S
Counters   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
Bread Providers   Blanks   *   Duckett   *
* These are spaces that we need filled. Please check with your coordinator to sign up!

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Oct. 7   in memory of John Borgeson.   Available.
Oct. 14   by Kevin Kovach for Daniel’s
21st birthday.   in celebration of Chuck’s 75th birthday by Kathi Scheck
Oct. 21   in memory of Joan Miller by Brad, Pat, Dan, and Kevin Kovach.   in memory of John Borgeson.
Oct. 28   Available.   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

Manna Minute
Our orders for October are due on September 30th, due to the Columbus Day holiday the following weekend.

Want to do more than attend Sunday mornings?
Check the bulletin boards in the narthex and the Metro Chicago Synod website www.mcselca.org.
Many of our ELCA suburban and city congregations offer special opportunities for worship, education and service.
Connecting with the greater church is a great way to do or learn something new and make some new friends, too!

Park Ridge Women’s Prayer Breakfast
Oct. 13th at 8:30am
Park Ridge Country Club
The Park Ridge Women's Prayer Breakfast is hosting its annual gathering for women of faith Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8:30 a.m. at the Park Ridge Country Club. Tickets are $25.00 per person. For information and reservations, call Kate Kerin at 847.318.7376.

Memorial Manager Needed
A great service opportunity is available!
Messiah is seeking a new person to coordinate our Memorials – this job is fairly simple and takes little time. It entails sending a letter to people acknowledging any gifts donated in memorial of someone, and tracking those gifts within our donation system. Everything is in the computer, and Karen Black is willing to train her replacement. Speak directly to Karen if you are interested!


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.)    

“Music is a fair and lovely gift from God”
~Martin Luther

Not only did Martin Luther proclaim the doctrine of salvation through faith alone, he also was a great champion for congregational singing. By singing in their own language, people became an active part of worship. Music was to captivate and inspire people to open their mouths to sing their faith, pray, and praise God.
On Reformation Sunday, October 28, we sing his powerful statement of faith, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”. Based on Psalm 46 and written as he was going thru tremendous struggles, ELW 503 is Luther’s original tune, in all its rhythmic glory. In the original German, the text almost dances thru the melody. Most churches, including Messiah, traditionally sing ELW 504; this version first appeared in 1738. Because it is slower and the notes are all sung at an equal pace, it is easier to sing. There are more Luther gems in the ELW: 16 additional hymns, in which Luther wrote the text, melody, or both. These can be found listed on page 1191, at the back of the hymnal.
~ Sue Fox

Friday, October 26th at 7-9pm
Our youth group will get together and have food, games, and fun in the parsonage. We’ll decorate for Halloween – everyone (adults included) are invited to wear a costume and come on out for a great time!

Saturday, October 13th from 6-9 PM at the parsonage. Feel free to bring friends who might be interested in this fun group of great kids!

We have started with registration for Girl Scout Troop 41125 and have 9 girls in the Troop so far. We are planning a camping trip to Eagle Cave in Wisconsin, October 19-21.
We are an all-age Troop. Some other upcoming events include a slumber party during Christmas break, a career fair in January, and Thinking Day International Fair in March. If anyone is interested in joining our Troop, please contact Julie Holzer at juliehscrapbook@aol.com.

We have an outing to Enchanted Castle (Lombard ) on Nov. 4th for the Chicago Youth Ministry Network Lock- In. Please respond via email to Julie Holzer if you plan on attending by Oct. 14th. There is a cost of $40 for the event.   

Martin Luther’s Birthday, and
Youth Spaghetti Dinner and Overnight

Linda Stolz, 10/5
Sandra Downie, 10/6
Darryl Hanson, 10/7
Daniel Kovach, 10/7
Zachary Elder, 10/9
Julie Berzins, 10/12
Tommy Hanson, 10/16
David Kaufman, 10/26
Neil Hauser, 10/29   

Gerald and Barb Valasek,
10/10/64 - 48 years
Russ and Linda Raymond, 10/11/69 – 43 years
Ron and Theresa Duty, 10/27/74 – 38 years
Tom and Kim Hanson, 10/29/93 – 19 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 September 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.

In memory of Harry W. Trestrail by Bob & Karen Black for MAP

In memory of Ruth Jeppeson by Al Nugnis for MAP

In memory of Arlene Meskan by David Meskan for MAP

In memory of Vera Koehler by Kristine Beirne for MAP   

In memory of Char Lobitz by David Swanson, David and Donna Hanson, and Donna and Willard Richards for MAP

In celebration of Friends at Messiah by Brian and Carla Hofland for Music Fund

(Coming Soon On Demand)
Two 12-year-olds fall in love on a summer vacation island in New England and run off together into the wilderness, leaving various adults and friends to search for them as a violent storm approaches. Directed by Wes Anderson (The Royal Tennanbaums, The Fantastic Mr. Fox) this beautiful, artistically styled movie boasts an all-star cast.
I went to see this film by myself, not knowing much about it. I was glad, because although the two main characters are children, they are on the cusp of adulthood, and the film deals with very grown-up issues (mainly sex).
Jared Gilman plays Sam, a bright, adventurous orphan who is sent by his foster parents to a militant Boy Scout camp for the summer because he doesn’t fit in with the other boys at home. While there, he meets Suzy (Kara Hayward) and the attraction is instant – they both recognize the “don’t-fit-in” in each other, and love happens at first sight. Through letters exchanged over the summer, they decide to run away together and get married. This of course causes quite a lot of hoopla amongst the adults on the island.
I really enjoyed this movie, which was visually stunning and subtly directed. The traditional roles of adult and child are reversed here, with our two heroes taking a strong stance and going after what they believe in, while all the adults are reduced to petty quarrels and lack of focus. The result is a dark comedy that won’t make you laugh out loud, but might make you smile all the way through.
I don’t think this is a family movie, though … in the theater behind me was a group of 4 young adults, probably about 15 years-old. When the movie was over, and the lights came on, one of them said, “Worst. Movie. EVER!” Her companion replied, “Oh, I thought it was AWESOME!” So there you have it. It may take a more mature mind to really understand this film. Watch it first before you share it with your children.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month*:
Declan, The O’Driscoll Family, George and Maria Raica, The Knuth Family, George Hrodey, Arlene Baranowski, Viv Beyer, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Sara Christiansen, 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.   

Teresa Lippert gives thanks for answered prayer with healing for her manager.
Cheryl Erdman joyfully celebrates the wedding of her friends Andrew and Erika.
Bridget Graham gives thanks for answered prayer for Diana Binder, who is doing well after her surgery. She will be able to see and join the public soon after a year of hospitalizations.
Nancy Herak’s nephew Andreas and his wife Laura are the new parents of a beautiful little girl. Ainsley Marie Johnsen was born on August 22. She is the first great-grandchild for Joyce Johnsen, Nancy’s mom.
The Levy family gives thanks and great joy for the birth of grandson Luke Anthony Levy.

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!
Val Bowman is moving. Details in the November Messenger.

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




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