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The Messiah Messenger > The November Messenger Issue #533
The November Messenger Issue #533

Oct 31, 2012

The Messiah


Dear Messiah family of faith,
The Reformation Lives On!
Wait, you say Reformation was in October? Well, yes, you are correct - we do celebrate Reformation Sunday the final Sunday of October. And, this year 2012 marks the five year countdown to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
However, the Reformation did not end with Martin Luther, Katharina Von Bora Luther, Philip Melanchthon, John Calvin and the Reformers. Every generation has had reformers, both in the church and in secular society. A very partial list includes: St. Augustine, Julian of Norwich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jane Addams, Pope Paul VI, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bill Hybels and Bishop Mark Hanson.
So what is the definition of reformation? According to Merriam-Webster, it is “a process of improving an institution or practice”. Those whom participate in such activities are known as “reformers”. Reformers have dreams, visions about how the church might be faithful to the good news of Jesus.
In worship on Reformation Sunday, all in attendance were invited to share their dreams for the congregation and the church. These are being collected and will form the foundation for the “Dreams Team” who will begin meeting in November. The Dreams Team will prayerfully explore and discern God’s will for the future Messiah Lutheran Church.   
The prayerful process will begin with scripture, bible study, prayer and will form the characteristics of Messiah’s future leaders and ministries. The Dreams Team will begin meeting Nov. 5 and will conclude in December.
God has called each of us to be ministers and work in community with one another. We are each called to do God’s will and as people of the Cross, we are each called to constantly look for ways to improve this world.
Yes, the Reformation Lives On and it begins with each of us, guided by Christ.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Lynne

Evelyn Maria Burval (nee Hasse) was born in Wheeling on January 26, 1916. Her entire life was spent in the Maine Township area, beginning on the family farms in Park Ridge and Des Plaines. On June 20, 1936, she married Joseph Burval at Trinity Lutheran Church in Des Plaines, IL. They celebrated 72 years of marriage prior to Joseph passing in 2008.
Evelyn passed away in Park Ridge on Sept. 13, 2012. Evelyn was a homemaker. She was a Lady of the Elk for over 35 years and a former president of the Ladies of the Elks.
Evelyn was a member of Messiah for over 50 years, and was active in many areas of the church. In recent years she resided at Sunrise Assisted Living where she attended Pastor Lynne’s chapel services regularly.
Highlights from September 15th:
• Voted and approved getting an all-campus janitoiral service. Jani-King of Illinois will begin service on November 18, 2012, and will service the entire campus for an overall savings (church building, educational wing, and parsonage).
• An email was sent to all the ministries for information on monies for beginning our Budget plans for 2013.
September Attendance
9/2=60, 9/9=65, 9/16=89, 9/23=89, 9/30=75
September Giving (Gen. Fund)
9/2=$4389, 9/9=$2894, 9/16=$1687, 9/23=$1089, 9/30=$1166

On November 4th as part of our celebration of baptism on All Saints Sunday, we will welcome some new members to Messiah!
If you are currently a visitor to Messiah, and wish to join as a full member, there is still time to talk to Pastor Lynne about joining. There will be a cake and coffee reception following the service to meet and greet our new family.   
Eric Anthony Robles – Eric is a friend of Jennie Read’s who has been attending since last summer’s WoW services.
Dina and Suzi Salemi – Dina has been a confirmation student since last fall, and her mother Suzi, will join us as a full member. Dina will be a full member when she is confirmed.
Arden and Deborah Sasak – Arden has just begun Confirmation class. We welcome Arden and her mom Deborah, as well as all these others, into our family of faith.

Laura Olson will be running in the Hot Chocolate 15K downtown Sunday, Nov. 4th. This particular run she is doing to raise money for a special group, Teen Mother Choices, a program that helps young moms that keep their children become successful moms! She is asking for donations of any amount, as this is her first fundraiser she needs your help! You can go to teenmotherchoices.org/?page_id=1355 scroll down until you see “Laura Olson” and click the DONATE button. She will be accepting checks after church and throughout the week through the church office, and also handing out cards with all the information on where/how to donate should you wish to do it on your own. Checks should be made out to Teen Mother Choices. Congratulations, Laura, on your success and your dedication.   

Collecting from Nov. 25 -Dec. 9
Messiah has a generous congregation! Blessings to all who can help provide the items below for Christmas:
For The Night Ministry serving the homeless of Chicagoland, we put hats, gloves, and scarves on our Giving Tree in the narthex. We are looking for mostly adult items, and asking that they be STURDY, WINTER ITEMS, rather than “magic gloves” which are very thin. The Child Care Center is also collecting gloves for this ministry… THANKS! Deadline for donations is December 16th – the Night Bus will be delivering the items to people on December 21-22, so we need to pack everything up and ship it before that.
Also, we are doing LSSI’s Gifts for Kids again this year. Gift tags will be available in the narthex. Pick a tag, purchase a present, and bring it wrapped to church by Sunday, December 9th to be sent to LSSI in time for their Christmas Party on Dec 15th. This year LSSI has provided a wonderful list of suggested gifts under $25. That list is available in the narthex and on our website.
Moni Ryczek will coordinate the gift tags, so contact her if you have any questions at 847-692-6972.

October 6 & 7, the truck trailer sat in our lot for two days, while congregations and organizations from all over the area dropped off their contributions to Lutheran World Relief. The LWR truck carried away a total of: 1122 quilts, 220 personal care kits, 572 school kits, 8 baby kits plus 5 boxes of baby kits, 6 fabric care kits and 5 boxes of soap!!!   

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

Saturday, Nov 10
Bring your family and friends to this year’s Youth Group Spaghetti Dinner. Cost is: Adults $10 and child $5. We look forward to serving you! Proceeds from the dinner benefit our Youth Group. Our Youth Group will also use this opportunity to have an overnight lockin at the Parsonage … a special celebration in honor of Martin Luther’s birthday 529 years ago this date!   

Nov. 22nd at 2pm
Worship is followed by a community dinner with all the trimmings. Watch for opportunities to pitch in, or join us for this traditional meal. We have invited the public to this event, and are asking for folks to let us know if they are coming so we can plan food accordingly. Please let the office know if you intend to come.

Wednesday, Nov 14 11 am to close
On Wednesday, November 14th, Messiah Child Care will be holding a fundraiser at Moretti’s in Edison Park. We urge everyone to participate and to encourage friends, family and neighbors, as well, to support our school. All that is needed is to present a Messiah/    
Moretti’s coupon OR just mention Messiah Child Care when ordering food at Moretti’s on the 14th. All purchases made for dine-in, carry-out, or home delivery, will qualify and Messiah will receive a percent of all food that is ordered on that day. We appreciate everyone’s help in our fundraising endeavors. We use the funds to improve our playground and A/V materials throughout the school.   
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Nov 10th 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 Date to be determined.

Hanging the Greens, 12/1
Sunday School Program, 12/23
Christmas Eve Services, 12/24
Christmas Day Service, 12/25

Sunday   Worship Focus   Sunday School   CHAT Room   Confirmation
Nov 4   All Saints Sunday
1st Lesson: Isaiah 25:6–9
Psalm: Psalm 24
2nd Lesson: Revelation 21:1–6
Gospel: John 11:32–44   
SS: A Message from God   
CHAT: TLP #4: Forgive Us Our Trespasses   
CONF: My Faith #4: I Doubt It:I am in the Dark

Nov 11   24th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: 1 Kings 17:8–16
Psalm: Psalm 146
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 9:24–28
Gospel: Mark 12:38–44   
SS: The Widow’s Offering   
CHAT: TLP #5: Lead Us Not into Temptation    
CONF: My Faith #5: Confession: I am a Sinner

Nov 18   25th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Daniel 12:1–3
Psalm: Psalm 16
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 10:11–25
Gospel: Mark 13:1–8   
SS: Be Ready   
CHAT: TLP #6:Kingdom, Power, & Glory Forever   
CONF: My Faith #6: Forgiveness

Nov 22   Thanksgiving Day
1st Lesson: Joel 2:21–27
Psalm: Psalm 126
2nd Lesson: 1 Timothy 2:1–7
Gospel: Matthew 6:25-33   
Join us for Thanksgiving Dinner at
2 PM in the Fellowship Hall!

Nov 25   Christ the King
1st Lesson: Dan 7:9–10, 13–14
Psalm: Psalm 93
2nd Lesson: Revelation 1:4b–8
Gospel: John 18:33–37   
SS: Christ the King   
CHAT: To Be Determined   
CONF: My Faith #7: What do I believe?

November 4
On Sunday, Nov 4th, please bring photos of your loved ones who have joined the cloud of witnesses. We will display any visual pieces before and honor all during worship.

Nov. 18 during worship
Connecting Ministry to Mission
Time, Talent, and Treasure forms will be mailed out the first week of November. We will have a celebration of gifts during worship service on Nov. 18th.

   Nov. 4   Nov. 11   Nov. 18   Nov. 22   Nov. 25
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Thomas Y
Michael Y   Samantha F   Haley L   Alesha S   Christian T
Arden S
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   Jennie R   Tess L   Cynthia S   Connie T
Readers   Christian T   Susan R   Thomas Y   Jennie R   Dotty B
Worship Assistants   Cindy N   Diane B   Vikki H   David S   Andy T
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   NA   Jim H
Ushers   Connie K,
Steve Y   Connie K,
Steve Y   Connie K,
Steve Y   Dave K,
Connie K   Connie K,
Steve Y
Greeter   Phil H   Melissa H   Phil H   Bill B,
Kristin B   Melissa H
Altar Guild   *   Cindy N   *   Kathy S   
Counters   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   NA   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 …
Nov. 4   in memory of Paysoff and Marilyn Tinkoff.
Nov. 11   in honor of Jarrett Lobitz.   in memory of John Borgeson.
Nov. 18   in memory of John Borgeson.   Available.
Nov. 25   By Donna Hanson in memory of parents Rev. & Mrs. Harold E. Larsen.

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 online Calendar

Remember to think of ordering gift cards thru the church Manna program for all your holiday gift giving and entertaining! As usual, we add an additional order due to the holidays. Orders will be due on Sunday, November 4, and then again on Sunday, November 25. This later date in November should be in time to purchase gift cards for the LSSI Angel Tree gifts! Give the gift card, or use a gift card to make your purchases! The last order date of the year is Sunday, December 9, still in plenty of time for the holidays. Remember, Manna has been known to run out of cards this close to Christmas, so the earlier order dates are recommended. Order sheets are available in the narthex, or you can go online thru www.messiahparkridge.org. Contact Kathi Scheck (847-966-7869) or Diane Wilson
(847-698-3138) if you have any questions.

Poinsettias for Sale! $11 each
Orders due by December 17th. Watch for order forms in the Sunday bulletins beginning in mid-November, or call the office to place an order.
We will be offering multicolored plants again this year … regular red, plus marble, white, and pink. You may select the color you want when you take the plant home on Christmas Eve/Day. We are NOT taking requests for specific colors on the order form … this will be first come-first served when you pick up the plant.

Anyone interested in a full-sized snow blower, please contact Alan Nugnis at 847-825-0964

Ministry Leaders who have received a budget worksheet for our 2013 budget, please remember to turn those in to Larry Ryczek by Thursday, November 1st. They can be placed in his mailbox in the workroom.

Don’t forget to change your clocks back on Saturday, November 3rd. You get one extra hour of sleep! Hooray!

Thanks to all who walked, pledged, and prayed! Thanks to Floyd and Thomas, David Swanson, Larry and Nikolaus Ryczek, David Hanson, Trudi Handzel, and Andy and Christian Travis; plus Pastor Lynne, Samantha and Julia, who were on the “team” but were unable to walk. Messiah raised $5700 for CROP Walk this year!

Team Cancer Swagz thanks everyone who made our Light the Night Walk a great success! It was a beautiful night to walk and a wonderful event to share for all of us who have been touched by blood cancers. We raised $1940 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for research and support.

“Take my life and let it be,
ever only all for thee.”
~ ELW #685
Frances Havergal, an educated daughter of an English minister, wrote the words to this beloved stewardship hymn in 1874, and her father wrote the tune. Frances wrote the lyrics after witnessing a group of people dedicating their lives to Jesus, and called it her “consecration hymn”: She would give away copies of “Take My Life”, asking people to consider the words in a quiet moment with God, and to pledge their lives by signing the bottom of the hymn and keeping it in a safe place.
But Frances also lived the hymn she wrote; she gave away her jewelry and profits from her many hymns. (The ELW contains 3 more of her compositions.) She said she never wrote a lyric without first praying for God’s guidance. And in 1879, she sang a hymn of praise as her final words on Earth. As a congregation, we will sing her “consecration hymn” in November as we prepare to pledge our lives to the service of God.
~ Sue Fox

Ultimate Lock-in and 100 Well Concert on Friday, Nov. 2-3. Reservations have been taken already. This is a “no sleep” event in conjunction with the Chicago Youth Ministry Network at the Enchanted Castle in Lombard.

Saturday November 10th the Youth Group will host the Annual Spaghetti Dinner. This event is also an overnight in the Parsonage for fun and fellowship!

Our confirmation Class students will be working with Sponsors this year, individuals in the church community who will mentor and support each student on an individual basis. Sponsors will help with Faith Statements, and there will also be a November "question of the month” for pairs to discuss. A few of our newer students still need sponsors … please talk to Floyd Yager if you would be interested in doing this.   SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
As the leaves are turning color, we are beginning to look ahead and plan for the Sunday School Christmas presentation. In order to include all students, we need to understand roughly how many children will be participating. The presentation is scheduled for Sunday December 23. Please contact Laura Hauser (847-292-8225) and let her know if your child(ren) are available to participate on December 23rd. The service is at 10:15am.

Many thanks to all our students who helped put the school kits together!

Dad got an e-mail from the Chicagoland Youth Football League that reads:
"Thomas Yager, The Board of Chicagoland UYF and Academic Achievers would like to congratulate you on your excellent work in the classroom. You are among the top students in the Chicagoland Region. You will be presented with a Certificate of Achievement and Medal of Academic Excellence and recognized at the Regional Chicagoland Cheer Competition." Great Job! We are very proud of you for being an athlete AND doing great in school!

Grace Palos, 11/1
Valeria Bowman, 11/3
Lynne Morrow, 11/7
Lisa Paulus, 11/7
Katelyn Hamden, 11/8
Alexis Chervinko, 11/11
Laurance Johnson, 11/12   
Richard Reeve, 11/15
MaryJo Marchetta, 11/17
Carolyn Kopij, 11/19
James Rosequist, 11/19
Terri Hogan, 11/22
Kirsten Boyce, 11/23
Dorothy Burger, 11/23
Donna Hanson, 11/25
Betty Stinnett, 11/25
Andrew Fox, 11/27   ANNIVERSARIES
John and Sue Fox,
11/3/79 - 33 years
Scot and Alyson Allemeier,
11/7/03 - 9 years
Brad and Pat Kovach, 11/24/80 – 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:      Sue Kopij
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.
No memorials to report in October.   

(On Demand)
Two down-on-their-luck brothers inherit a run-down mansion that turns out to be worth millions. They can sell it and pocket a fortune, but first they have to evict its diminutive tenant: a mouse with no intention of leaving.
This is a fun movie that I had seen many years ago, and came across it recently on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it before, I recommend it as a delightful family comedy. There is plenty of screen time for the adorable mouse for little girls to enjoy, and enough gross-out humor to appeal to the boys in the family.
Nathan Lane and Lee Evans play the brothers who inherit their father’s string factory. Ernie Smuntz (Lane) feels he deserves better than life as the manager of a meager string factory. Circumstances, however, dictate that he   partners with Lars (Evans) to manage their father’s estate, including a priceless home designed by eclectic architect. The dollar signs pop in Ernie’s eyes, and as usual, he makes some pretty bad choices.
Lars and Ernie move into the home to restore it for sale. They get greedy, however, and all sorts of trouble ensues when they decide to auction off the home for the most money possible.
There aren’t any real big messages here, just lots of slapstick fun. We do see that the gifts the father leaves for his sons is not just a tiny piece of lucky string, but something stronger and deeper. When they accept it, things begin to go the right way for them.
There is a bit of language, and some suggested adult themes that will likely go right over really young children’s heads. But it is fun, and sweet, and good Friday-night-with-a-bowl-of-popcorn fare.

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, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Sara Christiansen, June Albert, Rosalie Lucarelli, Linda Ufkes, Lynn Webb, Graham Family, Harold Hjelm, Kennet, Audrey Krell, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Judie Hernandez, Bill Decker, Jairam, Richard Reeve, Gnanamari, Val Bowman, Richard Levy, Aidan Ray, and Minerva.   PRAYERS ANSWERED
Bridgett Graham gives joyful thanks for her new job! And the Ryczek family gives thanks that Jim is out of ICU, and is continuing to recover.
Jackie Steigerwald gives thanks for the marriage of Ryan & Stephanie Steigerwald. Congratulations!
Ann O’Keefe joyfully reports that her friend Kelley Anichini is doing much better, and is back to working full time now. Kelley and her family deeply appreciate Messiah’s prayers during Kelley’s illness.
Rev. Dr. George Koch, Jr. (St. Luke’s interim senior pastor) also continues to recover following double bypass surgery.

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, Art DeSchepper, Joe Ejnik, Peter Fox, Bobby Hanson, Jenny Hanson, Tait Jensen, Trygve Jensen, Daniel Kovach, Joe Levy, Holly Norberg, Jennie Read, Eric Ryczek, Jake Stolz, and Bryce Wildenauer.

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
Norwood Park
6016-20 N. Nina Avenue, #346
Chicago, IL 60631 773-577-5291

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




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