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The December Messenger Issue #534

Nov 30, 2012

The Messiah

Christmas Services
Sunday, Dec. 23 @ 10:15am
Sunday School Program

Monday, Dec. 24 @ 4:00pm
Family Christmas Eve

Monday, Dec. 24 @ 10:15pm
Candle Light Christmas Eve

Tuesday, Dec. 25 @ 10:15am
Christmas Day Service

Sunday, Dec. 30 @ 10:15am
Hymn Fest


According to current (since 1907) usage, Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30 November) and embracing four Sundays. The first Sunday may be as early as 27 November, and then Advent has twenty-eight days, or as late as 3 December, giving the season only twenty-one days.”
So, depending on the calendar, some years we celebrate in a week’s time – Christ the King, Thanksgiving (in the United States), and then Advent 1. Other years ( like 2012) Christ the King Sunday falls after Thanksgiving, giving the appearance of an “extra” week prior to Advent.
As Reverend Jim Hazelwood, Bishop of the New England Synod, ELCA, stated “The time between Christ the King Sunday and Advent feels like no man’s land”. However, the perception of an “extra” week is somewhat misleading. The fourth Sunday of Advent or Advent 4 comes only a day before December 24 on Monday, so much for “extra” time! Either way, on any given year – the total time that can be spent in Advent is three or four weeks. As it happens in 2012, we have twenty-three days. According to many resources on the interwebs, “officially”
Advent is supposed to end at sundown on December 23.    

So what does all this mean to us here at Messiah? This year Advent will “feel” shorter and our prayer is that you will still find the time each day to listen for God, and to pray. Stand up and be alert and look for God’s activity in your life and in the world.

Yours in Christ,

The Giving Tree
In the narthex is a Christmas Tree covered with hats, gloves and scarves. We collect these through December 16th, at which time we will ship our goods to The Night Ministry in Chicago, who will hand out these items to those in need. We ask that you bring heavy duty adult items – children’s sizes are not needed. Menards and WalMart often have these items on sale around this time of year. Thank you for your participation.   
LSSI Gifts for Kids
Beginning the first Sunday in Advent we have gift tags in the narthex, each with a child’s name and sizes and gift requests. Please take a name, buy a gift, and bring it wrapped back to chuch by December 16th. Lutheran Social Services of Illinois will come pick up the gifts later that week. If you have any questions about this, please ask Moni Ryczek - (847) 692-6972. Thank you for helping with this project … Messiah sponsors 60+ children in this way every year, including some from our own community.

Highlights from November 19th:
•   Voted and approved NAMI space use request for Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall from 2-12-13 to 3-19-13.
•   Voted and approved annual CA Diversity Dinner on Mach 23, 2013 in the Fellowship Hall.
•   Had a lively conversation with Pastor Joe Schultz about creating a “Growth Team.”   
October Attendance
10/7=80, 10/14=58, 10/21=62, 10/28=72
October Giving (Gen. Fund)
10/7=$879, 10/14=$2763, 10/21=$3962, 10/28=$1581

I am so thankful for the abundance in blessings for the congregation and the commuity for the Thanksgiving meal. We were able to serve 60 people and donate food to the firehouse and food pantry.
Thank you to Rhonda Cady, Cynthia Santos and her family, Teresa and Ralph Lippert, David Swanson, Jim and Jarett Lobitz, David and Donna Hanson among other volunteers and to all who donated food.
~Jennie Read

Thanks to our new computer system, Messiah is able to post a COMPLETE Calendar!
•   Go to the Calendar page on our website.
•   Click where indicated to connect to Messiah's Calendar, which is in MS Outlook format.
•   You will need to answer "yes" to a couple of questions, and then our calendar will appear in whatever calendar program you use on your computer. (If you use Outlook, a new Messiah Calendar will appear on your Outlook Calendar. If you use Google, a new Google Calendar will appear.)
•   You will not be able to edit appointments, but you will be able to open them in order to see what room they are in, and what time they start and finish.
•   Your calendar will update automatically when changes are made to the Messiah Calendar, and dates are available up through the next 60 days.
•   You will only have to do this once, unless you delete the calendar on your own computer - if you do, you can then come back here and re-download the calendar.
•   BE ADVISED - our calendar is updated each month in conjunction with the upcoming newsletter. Your best bet is to check here when you receive your Messenger for the most up-to-date and accurate information.
This process appears to be working well for some folks, not as well for others. If you experience difficulties, contact the Office, and we can try to help you figure it out!   

After meeting with our architect (David Lindquist) the MAP Committee has approved modifications that will be required to satisfy Park Ridge building codes. (See revised North and West Elevation drawings below.) The good news is that the changes may actually lower the cost of construction while providing slightly more interior space.
Please keep the Messiah Accessibility Project in mind as you plan your end-of -year charitable giving. Because of tax law changes, it may be advantageous to make a planned contribution before year end rather than in 2013.
Featured – more space and new window configurations.

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

Sat. 12/1 at 10:30-2pm
Another opportunity to share a community meal! Head on over to OCC for the Ceramics Club’s wonderful charity program. Running from 10:30-2pm on Saturday Dec 1st, buy a unique ceramic bowl from Oakton’s renowned Pottery Department, and share a bowl of soup with hundreds of others from the community. Proceeds go to fight hunger in Maine Township and our surrounding area.   

Sat. 12/1 at 4PM
Come out and help us decorate for Christmas! We will hang our Chrismons, put up the outdoor nativity, and string our garlands. There will be music for singing, pizza and activities for the children to assist.

Tuesdays in December
This season of Advent, Messiah will offer a mid-week service on the Tuesdays, December 4, 11, and 18 at 7:00 p.m. This short Evening Prayer service will offer us all an opportunity to still our hearts and receive the blessing of “time out” during this hectic time.
Many of us have seen the signs and stickers with sayings such as “Keep Christ in Christmas” or “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” Yet, it is all too easy to get so caught up with the other aspects of this time of year that we miss the timeless beauty of the season of Advent, the time of spiritual, as well as material, preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
Give yourself the gift of Advent worship this season by joining us for this service of music, scripture and prayer.   

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Dec 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 Date to be determined.

Annual Reports Available, Jan. 20th
New Phone Directories Coming for Annual Meeting in February

Dec 2   First Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 25:6–9
Psalm: Psalm 24
2nd Lesson: Revelation 21:1–6
Gospel: John 11:32–44   
SS: A Good Ruler (Christmas Program Rehearsal)   
CHAT: Advent Reflections   
CONF: My Faith #8:What do I have to offer?

Dec 9   Second Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: 1 Kings 17:8–16
Psalm: Psalm 146
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 9:24–28
Gospel: Mark 12:38–44   
SS: Zechariah (Christmas Program Rehearsal)   
CHAT: Sharing Faith - Andy Travis    
CONF: My Faith #9: I Believe

Dec 16   Third Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Daniel 12:1–3
Psalm: Psalm 16
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 10:11–25
Gospel: Mark 13:1–8   
SS: John the Baptist (Christmas Program Rehearsal)   
CHAT: Advent Reflections   
CONF: No Class

Sunday, Dec. 23
@ 10:15am   Sunday School Program + Baptism
Our Sunday School will present their program during the “Word” portion of our service. We will also celebrate an infant baptism this special day!

Monday, Dec. 24 @ 4:00pm   Family Christmas Eve
Our extremely popular Family Service, with kid-friendly worship and a convenient start time.

Monday, Dec. 24 @ 10:15pm   Candle Light Christmas Eve
Traditional late-night “Lessons and Carols” Christmas Eve service.

Tuesday, Dec. 25
@ 10:15am   Christmas Day Service
“From Heaven Above,” a celebratory service for Christmas Day.

Sunday, Dec. 30
@ 10:15am   Hymn Fest Service
Congregation selects hymns to sing during the service.

Sunday, Dec. 23rd at 10:15AM
Please join us for a special Christmas program. We have an active and lively group of Sunday School students, so please plan on attending this wonderful event to share this exciting time of year with our youngest members!   This year’s program is called “Jesus, the Giver and the Gift,” written by Cheryl Erdman. Enjoy a program narrated by a lonely grandmother who is opening the gifts mailed to her by her far-away family members. As she opens them, the Christmas story unfolds before her, acted out by our Messiah young people and their teachers.

   Dec. 2   Dec. 9   Dec. 16   Dec. 23   Dec. 24   Dec. 24   Dec. 25   Dec. 30
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   4:00pm   10:15pm   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Jade G   Michael Y   Mikey H   Nick L   Thomas Y   Phil H   *   Nick L
Communion Assistants   Bridget G   Floyd Y   Kim H   Rich L   Floyd Y   Julie H   *   Rich L
Readers   Ravi P   Nina P   Dave H   NA   NA   Multiple   Karen B   Nick L
Worship Assistants   Pat K   Karen B   David S   Vikki H   *   Diane B   Andy T   David S
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   NA   NA   NA   Jim H
Ushers   David H,
Bob B   David H,
Bob B   David H,
Bob B   David H,
Bob B   *   *   *   David H,
Bob B
Greeters   Jackie S,
or Sue B   Jackie S,
or Sue B   Jackie S,
or Sue B   Jackie S,
or Sue B   *   *   *   Jackie S,
or Sue B
Altar Guild   Sue K   Cindy N   Kathi S   Sue K   *   Sue K   *   Kathi S
Counters   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   NA   NA   NA   Paul H,
* These are spaces that we need filled. Please check with your coordinator to sign up!

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
Dec. 2   in memory of Floyd T. Yager.
Dec. 9   in memory of Frank Luck.
Dec. 16   in memory of John Borgeson.
Dec. 23   by the Wiberg Family.   Available.
Dec. 24 & 25   Poinsettias will be on display on the altar for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services. Order forms are available in the Sunday bulletins, or contact the office directly.
Dec. 30   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.

Check out our calendar page online!

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. The last order date of the year is Sunday, December 9, still in plenty of time for the holidays. 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 about Manna. Kristin Yager and Laura Hauser are no longer the contacts for this program.

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. IMPORTANT NOTICE!!
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.

The Church Office will be closed Tuesday Dec 25th and Jan 1st, 2nd and 4th.
The Child Care Center will closed Monday Dec 24th through Friday Dec 28th and again on Tuesday January 1st.

New Phone Directory Coming in 2013
We will be publishing a new directory (not pictures, just info) that will be available at the Annual Meeting. If your information in the current photo directory, (from 2009) has changed, or you’d like to add a phone number or email address to your listing, PLEASE let the office know asap.

Dear Friends in Christ,
In October of this year the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA) commemorated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Rorke's Drift (Oscarsberg/Shiyane) in what is now the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Local training of catechists, teachers and evangelists began soon after the arrival in the mid-1800' of Lutheran missionaries from Germany and Scandinavia at different locations.
Collaboration between the mission societies led to the establishment of the seminary at Rorkes Drift in 1912 (which was moved to Umphumulo in 1962). In 1993 the seminaries at Umphumulo and Marang were merged into the Lutheran Theological Institute (LTI) and moved to Pietermaritzburg next to the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Currently there are about 60 theological students at the seminary preparing for ministry in ELCSA which has over 400 ordained pastors serving congregations in South Africa, Swaziland and Botswana.
The triennial ELCSA Partners Bishops' consultation and annual ELCSA Partners' meeting were planned to coincide with the celebration.
Representatives came from Lutheran churches in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland and the USA. From the ELCA the six Companion Synods linked to South Africa were represented by Bishop Jon Anderson (SWMN), Bishop Wayne Miller (Metro Chicago) and Rev. Peggy Paugh Leuzinger (Montana). I was privileged to be there along with Rev. Benyam Kassahun and Rev. Barbara Berry Bailey from the ELCA Global Mission unit in Chicago. A delegation of deans and pastors was also there from SW Minnesota Synod.
The meeting on Saturday and worship service on Sunday at Rorke's Drift provided a number of opportunities to remember the past, celebrate the    present and plan together for the future regarding theological education.
The focus was on how we as companions walking together can further enable our churches to be faithful learning and teaching communities participating in God's mission of transformation, reconciliation and mutual empowerment.
ELCA Global Mission supports theological education in ELCSA through an annual grant and several scholarships. As part of this broad strategy I am excited to also be working with the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa to develop a missional leaders' resource book for Lutheran congregations across the region.
This past summer we were on Home Assignment in the USA and enjoyed the visits to sponsoring congregations and being with family and friends. We are getting settled in our new home in Johannesburg. Lou was able to get a temporary position teaching physical science and chemistry in a public high school nearby. Lindiwe is at Columbia University NY doing a Masters degree in International Law. Thandiwe is completing a BSc Honours Degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support through the ELCA Missionary Sponsorship Program and participation in God's mission locally and globally.
May you have a blessed Advent and Christmas season. Yours faithfully,
Philip J. Knutson, ELCA Global Mission

(MYDI Night)
Saturday December 8th from 6-8 pm.

Middle and High Schoolers – there will be a Retreat at Lutherdale Feb 8-10, 2013. Please let Mrs. Holzer or Pastor Lynne know of you'll be attending.
Parents of Sunday Schoolers - there are two Elementary School retreats offered at Lutherdale. There is one Jan 11-12, 2013 and one April 12-13, 2013. Let Pastor Lynne know if you're interested and which date works better.


Thank you to the Youth Families and those who dined with us on Saturday, November 10, 2012. The dinner was a success again this year. This fundraiser helps our youth pay for the ELCA Youth Gathering. Some of our young men and women attended this event in July 2012. And we look forward to more of our young members attending the next Gathering the summer of 2015 in Detroit.
To learn more about the ELCA Youth Gathering visit www.elca.org/elca/youth-gathering.aspx
Thank you again for supporting the youth of our church!
Floyd Yager, Julie Holzer, Julie Jensen,
Pat and Brad Kovach

Melissa Holzer, 12/1
Mildred Anderson, 12/5
Rhonda Cady, 12/5
Kylie Benjamin, 12/6
Dorothy Pollack, 12/6
Lisa Francis, 12/7
Jennifer Hanson, 12/10
Aidan Loverme, 12/14
Bobby Hanson, 12/19
Marlyn Wenn, 12/22
Neena Penumaka, 12/23
John Wiberg, 12/23
Andrew Travis, 12/24
Laura Olson, 12/27   
Marcella Larson, 12/28
Paul Stolz Jr., 12/28
Laura Hauser, 12/31

None in December

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, Cindy Norberg
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 November 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 November.   

(Now Showing)
When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.
I read several reviews of this movie (after we saw it) that did not like this film. I say “fie” on them … sometimes I think reviewers have lost the knack of seeing a film from the eyes of a child, and hence lose the wonder and magic that just such a story can evoke. If nothing else, seeing this movie has reawakened beliefs in Jessica (who is 9) that were starting to fade just a bit by answering questions about why it took the Tooth Fairy 3 days to replace her last tooth with a gift, and HOW Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny do what they do in such a short time.
I think the true beauty of this film was the vibrant JOY that all the Guardians take in fulfilling the tasks that have been given to them. Each character is responsible for protecting and nurturing an aspect of childhood that can be taken away all too quickly. Each of them has a “core,” a central purpose that they strive to fulfill. For example, North (Santa Claus, voiced by Alec Baldwin) shows Jack Frost that his core is wonder … the wonder and delight of innocent joy in things like toys and snow. It follows that Bunny (the Easter Bunny) symbolizes hope and   new life. Sandy (the Sandman) brings the peace of rest and happy dreams, while Tooth (the Tooth Fairy) holds the memories of childhood safe for all time in the tiny teeth collected from children all over the world. The focus of the story is for Jack Frost, as a newly recruited Guardian, to find his own core, enabling children to see him and believe in him, in turn giving HIM the power to protect them. Personally, I think this is a brilliant concept that relies heavily on the strength of faith and belief to make a significant point.
Of course the same goes for the bad guy, as well … Pitch (aka The Boogey Man). He desires to be believed in as well, because that will feed his power. And the only way he can do that is to STOP children from believing in the Guardians. There are plenty of Christian parallels to draw in this analogy, despite the secular nature of all the main characters.
The other brilliant concept explored in this film is the way the Guardians are portrayed. Bunny is a warrior jackrabbit (voiced by Hugh Jackman), styled to be up to the task of the job he is set out to do. Tooth and her fairies look like hummingbirds, gorgeously feathered and flitting speedily around gathering teeth and leaving gifts. Each Guardian has been imagined as a being of power and action.
There are some scenes that might be scary for really young children (6 and younger), but otherwise I highly recommend this film as a terrific holiday choice.

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

We give thanks for the joy of sharing as seen in the devotion of Brad and Pat Kovach who have led the Spaghetti Dinner for 19 years! Thanks so much for your time and your talents!

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!
Deborah and Arden Sasak
720 N Western Ave., #2
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Eric Anthony Robles
1199 Scott Ct
Carol Stream Il 60188-4367

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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