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The March Messenger Issue #537

Feb 28, 2013

The Messiah

Easter Sunday
March 31st
8:30am Breakfast
9:45am Egg Hunt
10:15am Resurrection Celebration

The Messiah March calendar is full of worship opportunities celebrating Lent, Holy Week, The Triduum (Three Days) and Easter. This seems a good time to review the Lutheran liturgy (the way that we worship). This month will bring a variety of liturgical settings built around the purpose of that worship experience.
According to Martin Luther’s essay on the German Mass and Order of Divine Service from 1526, he outlined the basics for the “new” worship.
Hymn, Kyrie, Prayer, Epistle, Hymn, Gospel, Creed, Sermon, Lord’s Prayer, Consecration of Communion Elements, Communion, Hymn, Prayer, and Blessing.
However, it is important to note Rev. Dr. Martin Luther’s comments at the conclusion of the lengthy essay.
“Forms and Orders should be for the promotion of faith and the service of love, and not to injury of faith… So no Order has any intrinsic worth of its own, as hitherto the Popish Order has been thought to have. But all Order has its life, worth, strength, and virtue in right use; else it is worthless and fit for nothing. God's Spirit and grace be with us all. Amen.”
Here at Messiah, the worship typically changes by church season, and we get to learn new orders of worship called “Settings” from our ELW Hymnal. As our backgrounds in worship vary based on our geographic and cultural experiences, the goal of planning worship is to offer ways to reach each community member to connect with God.   
Although there are differences between worship styles around the world, the current pattern of worship is fairly similar. We gather together, we encounter God’s Word, we share a meal at the Lord’s Table and we are sent into the world.
But, as it was in Pastor Luther’s lifetime, we still do not think about worship so much in terms of what we do, but in terms of what God is doing and our response to God’s action in our lives and in the world.
I look forward to hearing your feedback on how God speaks to you in our worship services. And, as always, how God is active and alive in your life!
“God's Spirit and grace be with us all. Amen.”
In Christ,
Pastor Lynne

Our architect, David Lindquist, has in formed us that he will have detailed drawings ready to submit to potential contractors before mid-March. We expect the bidding process to take a few weeks. Then we will be ready to schedule actual construction.
Loan applications have been submitted to obtain funding for the project. We expect to have responses, and a commitment, by the time bids are received.
“MAP is Moving!”

March has a great line up of experts speaking on the topic. The Lectures are free, and free parking is available at Lutheran General. Refreshments are served with the lecture. All lectures are at 7 pm.
March 5 – Updates on ADHD
March 12 – IEPs – Positive Parent/School Partnerships
March 19 – The Air We Breathe: Kids, Asthma & the Environment
Registration is limited – call
800-3-ADVOCATE to reserve your spot!

Highlights from
February 18th:
•   Messiah is looking for a Property Manager to manage tasks around the campus and head up the Property Committee
•   EC voted to pay for Jennifer's fees and parking for the Administrator’s Conference in Chicago on April 22.
•   Discussed Eagle Scout proposal for the Library shelves and redecorating in the Childcare Bookkeepers Office.

January Attendance
1/6=81, 1/13=69, 1/20=75, 1/27=60
January Giving (Gen. Fund)
1/6=$2799, 1/13=$3036, 1/20=$1005, 1/27=$1321

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

Saturday, Mar 23rd @ 10 AM
Messiah will again be hosting a community-wide Easter Egg Hunt – this is a great event to welcome our community to our campus! We can always use helpers for the Hunt itself, since we usually draw between 50 and 70 kids! Many thanks to Susan Rice and her family, who are organizing the Hunt this year. Please contact them directly, or check the YES! Sheet in Sunday worship, if you can help. As usual we are looking for donations of plastic eggs, as well as small trinkets, stickers and candy to fill the eggs. Suggested types of candy include Starbursts, Mini Tootsie Rolls, Skittles, etc. All candy must be wrapped, and hard candy is discouraged as a choking hazard. Please avoid chocolate candy, as it melts, and all other candies should be peanut free! Look for the Easter basket in the Narthex during Lent to drop off your donations, and thanks for helping the Easter Bunny!

March 17
All those involved with the worship services during the dates listed to the left are asked to participate in a short “run through” following the worship service on March 17th. This should on take about 30 minutes, and will help everyone feel comfortable about their roles.
Saturday March 9 4-6pm in the Library
Do you love jewelry? Looking for a new piece for spring? Come to Mystery Hostess Style Show as Crystal Levy shares premier designs and new and fun items for Spring! Invite your friends and neighbors … this is a FUNraiser for Messiah.

Sunday, March 10 2-5 pm
We will retreat to Cabrini Retreat Center where we will have a bible study, pray, share our faith journey stories, share communion and develop goals for the 2013 initiatives. This involves the members of the Executive Committee only.

Sunday, March 10 4-6 pm
Our Scout Troop, Pack 105, will hold their annual awards banquet on March 10th in the Fellowship Hall. Congratulations to all the young men who reached their achievements, and will be receiving awards this night. The banquet doesn’t start until 5pm, but members of the troop will be in the Hall beginning at 1 pm to set up.   

PALM SUNDAY – March 24 at 10:15 AM
Worship begins with the congregation entering the sanctuary waving palm branches and singing.

PASSOVER SEDER - March 27 at 6pm
The Exodus story of Passover and a traditional Seder Meal.

MAUNDY THURSDAY – March 28 at 7pm
Communion service including the washing of feet, celebration of the Last Supper, and stripping of the altar.

GOOD FRIDAY – March 29
10am – Family Service
The message of Good Friday for all ages.
7pm – Tenebrae Service
Traditional service of scriptures and darkness.

EASTER VIGIL – March 30 at 7pm
A progressive service that starts in darkness and ends in the light of the resurrected Christ. Holy Communion is offered, and all are invited to celebrate with a short reception following the service.

March 31 at 10:15am
Celebrating the risen Christ!
Easter Breakfast at 8:30 am
Sunday School Egg Hunt at 9:45 am
Worship Service at 10:15 am   

Brotherhood Breakfast March 9th 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 Sunday, March 17th until 3pm. Everyone is welcome - we actually don't do any sewing on the Sundays we meet, so don't worry if you don't have any sewing skills! We prepare quilt materials and assemble kits - and enjoy each other's company!! Come join us!

Good Shepherd Sunday


March 3   Third Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 55:1–9
Psalm: Psalm 63:1-8
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 10:1–13
Gospel: Luke 13:1–9   
SS: Parable of the Fig Tree   
CHAT: Making Sense of Scriptures   
CONF: Building the Church: Do You Love Me?

March 10 Fourth Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Joshua 5:9–12
Psalm: Psalm 32
2nd Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:16–21
Gospel: Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32   
SS: The Prodigal Son   
CHAT: Making Sense of Scriptures   
CONF:   Building the Church: Change My Heart

March 17 Fifth Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 43:16–21
Psalm: Psalm 126
2nd Lesson: Philippians 3:4b–14
Gospel: John 12:1–8   
SS: Mary Anoints Jesus   
CHAT: “To God Be the Glory” The Faith of Fanny Crosby   
CONF: Building the Church: Many Gifts

March 24   Palm Sunday
1st Lesson: Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm: Psalm 31:9–16
2nd Lesson: Philippians 2:5–11
Gospel: Luke 19:28-44   
SS: Palm Sunday/ Holy Week   
CHAT: Making Sense of Scriptures   
CONF: No Class

March 27   Passover Seder
The Exodus Story of Passover (ch.12)   
March 28   Maundy Thursday
1st Lesson: Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm: Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 11:23–26
Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35         

March 29   Good Friday Tenebrae
1st Lesson: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
7 Last Words of Christ: John 18:1- 19:30         

March 30   Easter Vigil
1st Lesson: Genesis 1:1—2:4a
2nd Lesson: Exodus 14:10–31; 15:20–21
3rd Lesson: Isaiah 55:1–11
4th Lesson: Daniel 3:1–29
5th Lesson: Romans 6:3-11
Gospel: John 20:1-18         

March 31   Easter Sunday
1st Lesson: Isaiah 65:17-25
Psalm: Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24
2nd Lesson: Acts 10:34–43
Gospel: John 20:1-18   Easter Breakfast @ 8:30 AM!
Sunday School Egg Hunt at 9:45 AM!


Mar. 3   March 10   March 17   Mar 24   HOLY WEEK   March 31
   10:15am   10:15am   7:00pm   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Ryan H   Arden S   Ralphie L   Alex S   Readers and Worship Assistants for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday,
and Holy Saturday will be contacted separately.   Adam H, Samantha F
Communion Assistants   Laura H   Debbie S   Teresa L   Cynthia S      Laura H, Jennie R
Readers   David H   Susan K   Teresa L   Melissa H      Rich L
Worship Assistants   Karen B   Cindy N   Vikki H   Andy T      David S
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H      Jim H
Ushers   Sue B,
Connie T   Sue B,
Connie T   Sue B,
Connie T   Sue B,
Connie T      Sue B,
Connie T
Greeters   Pat F   Pat F   Pat F   Pat F      Pat F
Altar Guild   Sue K   Marilynn D   Kathi S   **      Sue K
Bread Providers   *   *   E & L Grove   *      *
Counters   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H      Paul H
* These are spaces that we need filled. Please check with your coordinator to sign up!

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
March 3   by Brad and Pat Kovach in memory of Clare Rodin.   Available.
March 10   by the Handzels in honor of their anniversary.   in memory of Aunt Dorothy from the Hausers.
March 17   By Susan Rice in memory of her mother.   in celebration of Samantha Fogel’s 10th birthday.
March 24   Palm fronds decorate our sanctuary.   Available.
March 31   Special Easter Garden Flowers – see bulletin insert for dedications.   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.
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 calendar page online

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) invites you to join us in “getting our hands dirty,” doing the work of the people of God, making lives better for our neighbors in need. Come learn about the different components of Hands@Work. The nearest of these workshops is Monday, March 11 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church located at 2328 Central Road in Glenview from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. LSSI encourages the participation of teens, pastors, lay leaders and congregation members. Refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Joy Medrano at 847-635-4653 or email at joy.medrano@lssi.org.   

Sunday, March 3 is our only Manna date in March, and the last chance to get cards for Easter!
Also, Manna is now offering $25 and $100 Whole Foods gift cards. Use them for your regular grocery shopping, and Messiah benefits!
Check with Diane Wilson or Kathi Scheck if you have questions.

Saturday March 9, 2013 from 6:30-11:00 pm at Galvin's Public House
(5901 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago).
Each $30 per person ticket includes:
Corned Beef Dinner, The Finbar Fagan Band, Shannon Rovers, Mulane Healy Godley Irish Stepdancers, and complimentary flights of Irish beer from 7-8:30. Cash bar and great raffle prizes also available. Contact Dawn at the Center of Concern, 847-823-0453, ext. 1003 to reserve your spot!

Messiah will again this year participate in the EcoPalms program for our Palm Sunday greenery!
The University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) is working together with the Rainforest Alliance TREES program and Smartwood to certify palms harvested from the forests of Mexico and Guatemala for sale to Christian congregations in the United States and Europe.
The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NACEC) provided the initial financial support enabling CINRAM to start the project. Today, partnerships with wholesaler Continental Floral Greens and distributor Hermes Floral have enabled Eco-Palms to be distributed throughout the United States for Palm Sunday. In addition, partnerships with faith-based organizations such as Lutheran World Relief (LWR), United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the Presbyterian Church of the United States (PCUSA) have helped expand awareness of the Eco-Palms program.
Think about this wonderful program as you wave your beautiful palm fronds on Sunday morning!   

"Gloria Dei” Music Notes
“To God Be the Glory”
The Faith of Fanny Crosby

Join CHAT on March 17 to learn about the life and faith of one of the English speaking world’s greatest hymnists, Frances J. (Fanny) Crosby. The native New Yorker overcame life’s hardships to write over 8000 hymns after she was 40 years old. It is good to honor her during the seasons of Lent and Easter; her hymns contain the message of Jesus’s death and resurrection – our sin and God’s grace and salvation. At the same time, her texts give God praise and glory for His amazing love. Please come and hear about this remarkable woman and her faith songs which are sung throughout the world, including here at Messiah!


Saturday, March 9 from 6-8

Youth are invited to attend the Mystery Hostess Style Show jewelry sale before MYDI night starts!


This year the confirmation class worked hard to collect for the Souper Bowl of Caring. The class did a short skit along with two announcements to help the congregation understand what was coming up for the Souper Bowl. Messiah has participated in this youth led event for 7 years and over that time, including 2013, has collected nearly $6500 and over 3800 food items to be donated to the Maine Township Food Pantry. Most of this is due to the generosity of congregation members, childcare families, as well as the youth working in their neighborhoods to collect food. This year Messiah donated $1185 and 1078 food items to the Maine Township Food Pantry.

A simple prayer: "Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat" has inspiring a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world -- including right here at Messiah!

Madelyn Palos, 3/1
Joyce Johnsen, 3/4
Marilyn Borgeson, 3/6
George Hrodey, 3/7
Kim Hanson, 3/8
John Fox, 3/9
Nydia Santos, 3/9
Julie Holzer, 3/10
Vernon Moreno, 3/10
Emma Penumaka, 3/12
Michael Berzins, 3/15
Samantha Fogel, 3/15
Deborah Chervinko, 3/16
Zachary Loverme, 3/20
Nicholas Boomer, 3/21
Dina Salemi, 3/22   
Amalia Santos, 3/22
Adeline Sauer, 3/23
Mark Wiberg, 3/23
Kristin Yager, 3/24
William Downie, 3/28
Alan Christiansen, 3/29

Jim and Trudi Handzel – 3/8/86, 27 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., Patrick Brennan
President:   Rich Levy
Vice President:    Neena Penumaka
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:   Teresa Lippert, Laura Hauser, Pat Fragale, Connie Travis
Christian Education:   Julie Jensen
Confirmation/Youth:   Floyd Yager,
Julie Holzer
Manna Coordinators: Kathi Scheck, Diane Wilson
Women’s Service Group: Trudi Handzel,
Carol Hrodey
Property Team Coordinator: **
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 February 26, 2013
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 February.   

(In Theaters Now)
After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.
I know what you are thinking. This zombie movie is not a very family-oriented film, nor is it particularly Christian. I do want to share it with you, though, because I enjoyed EVERY SECOND of this movie, and because it has more Christian relevance than you might think.
The premise here is that zombies have taken over most of the world, with a small bastion of humans left alive, barricaded into a large city fortress. Some zombies have become “bonies,” creatures so far beyond humanity that they look like skeletons. The rest of the undead wander aimlessly, stuck in a non-life loop that resembles what they must have done while they were alive.
Enter R, who can only remember that much of his name. R is different … he struggles to regrasp his humanity. He wants to “make a connection,” do something useful. He spends his days wandering like the rest, but he collects items – records, books, snowglobes, etc. – that remind him of being human. Then he sees Julie… and something about her strikes him. As he works to keep her safe from the other zombies (who want to eat her!) he begins the slow trek back to being alive, and human.
This journey was charming, sweet, and powerful. And believe me; hugely Christian themes abound, like “love conquers all,” and the whole aspect of redemption and resurrection. Plus, throw in a heavy dose of Romeo and Juliet (ie, R and Julie) complete with a balcony scene and the death of Paris (aka Perry), and you have a terrific, complex, enjoyable script.
Nicholas Hoult as R is terrific. Sweet and scary, big zombie blue eyes and all. Rob Corddry (of Daily Show fame) is R’s scene-stealing best friend. He frankly has the best scene in the whole movie, when HE starts remembering what it means to be human, too.
Yes, there are some zombie-eating-people scenes, but they are not overly graphic (much is left to the imagination) or gory. The PG-13 rating is primarily due to some strong language. As R & Julie’s bond grows stronger, it begins to affect all those who are still reachable, and able to work their way back to being human – able to feel love, and pain, and to dream. And yes … one man, with the right mission, CAN change the world.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month*: Ray Natale, Toni Krawczyk, Anderson Family, Maria Raica, Jean B, George Hrodey, Arlene Baranowski, Viv Beyer, O’Driscoll Family, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Sara Christiansen, June Albert, Rosalie Lucarelli, Lynn Webb, Graham Family, Harold Hjelm, Kennet, Audrey Krell, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Judie Hernandez, Jairam, Richard Reeve, Gnanamari, Val Bowman, Richard Levy, Aidan Ray, and Minerva.   

Rich Levy and his family joyfully celebrated February 21st as his sixth anniversary of his heart transplant! Thanks be to God!
Larry and Jeanne Dumerer gave thanks to God answered prayers that Kevin is returning to his family.
The Yager Family gives thanks for answered prayer, as Kristen’s niece Kiersten recovers from a concussion.
Our Youth Group joyfully gave thanks for gifts of food and money to help our local food pantry in the annual SouperBowl of Caring drive!

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!

If you didn’t receive a new phone directory, and want one, please contact the office.

Messiah Lutheran Church
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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Park Ridge, IL 60068
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