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The Messiah Messenger > The April Messenger Issue #538
The April Messenger Issue #538

Mar 29, 2013

The Messiah

We have made it through another Lenten Journey and are now basking in the giddiness and joy of the season of our Resurrected Christ! This is a time for joy and celebration and we will be celebrating in a new way on April 7 as we celebrate Bright Sunday (see pages 6 and 11 for more).
This month we reflect on our Lenten Journey while looking forward with hope and trust and faith. Perhaps you chose to give up something for Lent or additional meditation or service to others as a Lenten discipline. How did that sacrifice affect your daily living? Now, given the insight of reflection upon the journey to the cross, we look forward with hope. We look forward to the new things that God has in store for Messiah, individually and as a community, of which we are completely unaware.
We look forward to the new people who will join us and who, by their very presence, will change Messiah. We look forward to the new songs that will be sung, the new joys that will be celebrated, and the new ways that we will find to share and bear one another's burdens. We look forward to learning more about God’s Word with each other.
As we join together in our worship and service, we look for new life and new hope on Easter morning and every morning to come.
This is indeed a time to celebrate and to shout "Alleluia!" for the new life and the new things that God is doing in and through the people called Messiah.
Alleluia! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Lynne

The MAP committee met on Tuesday March 19, and viewed some of the proposed materials for the MAP addition. Samples of these materials will be on display in the near future.
Our architect has informed us that we have 6 potential bidders for the project and he should have the final construction documents ready to distribute by mid-April. There is possibility that we could have a bid, or bids, available by month’s end!
Initial approval has been received from three sources (the ELCA Mission Investment Fund, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and MB Bank) for a loan to finance the additional funds needed for the project. We will be able to finalize loan details after a decision is made on a general contractor and we have a better feel for what additional funds will actually be needed. The Messiah Accessibility Project is “on the move!”   

Highlights from the March 18th meeting:
•   The EC decided and discussed the formation of a Ministry Review Team.
•   A Property Team with Supervisor is forming.
February Attendance
2/3=90, 2/10=56, 2/17=74, 2/24=76
Ash Wed = 60
February Giving (Gen. Fund)
2/9=$2311, 2/16=$3011, 2/23=$1967, 3/2=$1592

On Saturday, March 16, Carolyn Kopij (daughter of Susan Kopij, grand- daughter of Dorothy Nagel), wed Eric Clauser in a ceremony here at Messiah. Gracious blessings on the couple in their married life!

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

Sunday, April 21st
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally “Good Shepherd Sunday.” All three Illinois synods of the ELCA have established an annual “Good Shepherd/ LSSI Sunday.” All ELCA congregations in the state are encouraged to focus attention on the strong yet gentle caring ministry of LSSI. We will also collect a special offering on that day for LSSI.

April 23 – May 1 in the Library
This is an annual fundraiser for our Child Care Center, with tons of BEAUTIFUL books for children of all ages. Stop in during Child Care hours to shop and browse!

April 24 & 25th at 6:30 in Fell. Hall
Join the Child Care families for Ice Cream and Magic with the awesome Mr. Ash! Tickets are available in the Child Care Center office.

Friday, May 10th
& Saturday, May 11th
The Fair runs from 11 AM to 2 PM, and features games, rides, food, and fun for kids. The Silent Auction will be open for bidding on Friday, May 10th during school hours, and also at 9AM on Saturday while staff is setting up. Bid early and bid often, for the good of the Child Care Center! Items include exciting, family-oriented entertainment opportunities and our classes’ special baskets!

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS are still being collected. If you have something you’d like to donate, please contact the Child Care office prior to April 30th.
Volunteers are needed to help run games and meet people. If you can devote a few hours that day to pitch in, please contact Karen at 847-825-3767.

Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 AM
There will be a "this month only” change for the Brotherhood Breakfast in the month of April. Messiah Brotherhood will be meeting for breakfast at the "Park Ridge Prayer Breakfast" being held on the same Saturday morning they usually meet. Any Messiah men interested in coming must contact Rich Seggeling (Cell ph: 847-975-3610) ASAP since tickets are "pre-paid" to attend. The cost (typically $25) is still to be confirmed.
Women's Service Group Sunday, April 21st 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!

National Day of Prayer, May 3th
Pentecost & Confirmation, May 19th
Blessings of Bikes, May 26th
Memorial Day Parade, May 27th


Sunday   Worship Focus   Sunday School   CHAT Room   Confirmation
April 7   Second Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 5:27–32
Psalm: Psalm 118:14–29
2nd Lesson: Revelation 1:4–8
Gospel: John 20:19–31   
SS: Doubting Thomas   
CHAT: The Apostles’ Creed   
CONF: Building the Church:Issues of the Church

April 14 Third Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 9:1–6 [7–20]
Psalm: Psalm 30
2nd Lesson: Revelation 5:11–14
Gospel: John 21:1–19   
SS: Saul to Paul   
CHAT: The Apostles’ Creed   
CONF: Building the Church:
Come One, Come All

April 21 Fourth Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 9:36–43
Psalm: Psalm 23
2nd Lesson: Revelation 7:9–17
Gospel: John 10:22–30   
SS: Peter and Tabitha
CHAT: The Apostles’ Creed   
CONF: Building the Church: A New Day of Grace

April 24 Fifth Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 11:1–18
Psalm: Psalm 148
2nd Lesson: Revelation 21:1–6
Gospel: John 13:31–35   
SS: Peter’s Dream   
CHAT: The Apostles’ Creed
CONF: Building the Church: Remembering, Reverence & Responsibility

One day isn’t enough to celebrate the Resurrection! Messiah will continue to celebrate Easter on April 7, “Bright Sunday.” All the music will be music of joy, with specially written Easter lyrics to Christmas tunes, connecting God’s promise of salvation (Jesus’s birth) to the fulfillment of that promise. Smiles and happiness are the themes of the day. After all, Jesus is the Life of the party!
To finish out CHAT Room for the year, Reverends Ron Duty, Mark Wiberg, and Andy Travis will lead discussion in a series on the Apostles’ Creed.

April 7 – Rev. Ron Duty
"I believe in God the Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth"

April 14 – Rev. Ron Duty
April 21 & 28 – Rev. Mark Wiberg
"I believe in Jesus Christ, God's Only Son,
our Savior"

May 5 & 12 – Rev. Andy Travis
"I believe in God, the Holy Spirit"


April 7   April 14   April 21   April 28
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Michael Y   Mikey H   Phil H   Thomas Y
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   Kim H   Julie H   Floyd Y
Readers   Arden S   Haley L   Thomas Y   Alesha S
Worship Assistants   Karen B   Cindy N   Susan R   Vikki H
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Connie K
Debbie S   Connie K
Debbie S   Connie K
Debbie S   Connie K
Debbie S
Greeters   Jean R   Jean R   Jean R   Jean R
Altar Guild   Cindy N   *   *   *
Bread Providers   *   *   *   *
Counters   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H
* These are spaces that need to be filled.

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
April 7   in memory of Susan Nugnis   Available.
April 14   Available.   Available.
April 21   Available.   Available.
April 28   by the Ryczek Family in memory of Matthew Ryczek.   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

There is lots of space left for flower and bulletin dedications!
Sign up in the narthex on the calendars in the hallway.
See online calendar.

St. Matthew’s Accolades
Congratulations to the staff of St. Matthew Center for Health on receiving a five-star rating by U.S. News and World Report! This is great news for our long-term care and rehabilitation program, which was rated among 15,000 skilled nursing facilities in the country. The ratings were developed using combined information from state health inspection reports, nurse staffing information and selected quality measures of clinical care reported at the Nursing Home Compare website run by the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Thanks for your continued support of St. Matts and Intouch Home Care!! We truly appreciate it, and all you do to support your patients, clients, friends and family in providing the best continuum of care possible!

Tori Engstrom-Goehry,
Regional Director of External Relations Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Sunday, April 7 is our order date for Manna this month.
Check with Diane Wilson or Kathi Scheck if you have questions.

Women of St. Andrews Salad Bar Luncheon
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 12 noon
Donation $15
For tickets, please contact July Szkwarek at 847-825-4579
or the Church Office at

Dear Friends,
As ELCA Global Mission regional representative in Southern Africa it is a privilege to live and work and walk with companions in this part of the world on your behalf.

(Read the COMPLETE letter on our website at www.messiahparkridge.org on the Ministries and Community page. Highlights include Malaria Program Review and Planning meeting, and official presentation of a four-wheel drive ambulance to the Sr. Doraci Clinic)

Thank you for your prayers and continuing support and companionship through the ELCA Missionary Sponsorship program.
May you have a blessed Easter.
Yours faithfully,
Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission
Regional Program Assistant - Southern Africa Johannesburg March 12, 2013,
“Gloria Dei” Music Notes

One day isn’t enough to celebrate the Resurrection! For centuries in Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant countries, the week following Easter Sunday was observed by the faithful as "days of joy and laughter" with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. The celebration culminated on “Bright Sunday,” the Sunday after Easter. The custom was rooted in the musings of early church theologians (like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom), that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead: "Risus paschalis - the Easter laugh," the early theologians called it.

Messiah will continue to celebrate Easter on April 7, “Bright Sunday.” All the music will be music of joy. We will sing specially written Easter lyrics to Christmas tunes, connecting God’s promise of salvation (Jesus’s birth) to the fulfillment of that promise. Smiles and happiness are the themes of the day. After all, Jesus is the Life of the party!
~ Sue Fox

Saturday, April 14 from 6-8

At the March MYDI night, the kids wrote letters for Operation Write Home. These letters will get sent to our US Troops. Thanks Messiah Youth for participating. The middle schoolers have a drop in night 4/13/13 from 6-8pm. Please wear clothing appropriate for painting. We will be making wall art for the youth lounge. All members of the congregation in 6th grade, or above, are welcome to join in the fun.


High School Youth will be meeting for outings monthly. April 19th there is a concert. ELCA Day of Service is on April 20th. Details to follow via text, closer to event. High Schoolers, Please send Julie Holzer a text with your contact info, including email @ 847.840.3169.


Dear Messiah Youth,
It is with great awe and gratitude that we accept your check in the amount of $1,028.07. What a great testimony to you and your congregation! As donations typically wane after the holidays, we are grateful for this check as we will use it to replenish our shelves.

Please extend our gratitude to your members for their generous “Souper” Bowl Sunday donations. On behalf of the elected officials and staff at Maine Township, we sincerely thank all for their generosity.

Very truly yours,
Carol A. Tehschly
Main Township

4/2 Graham, Jade
4/2 Jones, Kimberly
4/3 Manzella, Jennifer
4/4 Wilson, Diane
4/6 Santos, Alexandra
4/8 Raymond, Russell   
4/8 Seggeling, James
4/10 Kaufman, Connie
4/11 Daniels, Richard
4/12 DiVita, Peter
4/14 Graham, Dragan
4/19 Fox, Sue
4/23 Handzel, Trudi
4/23 Markos, Samson
4/28 Seggeling, Jean
4/28 Thoren, Eva   
4/29 Borgeson, Gene
4/30 Rice, Susan

Susan and Roger Rice,
4/4/1970, 43 years

Paul and Julie Holzer,
4/20/1996, 17 years

Les and Nancy Herak,
4/30/1977, 36 years

Pastor: Rev. Lynne Morrow
Coordinator/Music Ministry: Sue Fox
Child Care Center Director: Karen Black
Office Admin: 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   EXTENDED LEADERSHIP TEAM
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

MEMORIAL REPORT as of March 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.
Marie C., given by Cindy Norberg for Food Assitance Cards
Char Lobitz, given by Mark and Anne Wiberg & Bob Bisgard for MAP   With thanks from Joann and Eric Preissner for MAP
Evelyn Burval given by Heather Burval-Eveland for Prayer Garden

(In Theaters Now)
A small-time magician arrives in an enchanted land and is forced to decide if he will be a good man or a great one.
Sometimes I think the challenge with a film like this is that everyone knows the outcome. Prequels can be that way – we KNOW that Glinda is the good witch, and that the other two become the evil sisters. We KNOW that Oz becomes the man we see in our beloved 1939 The Wizard of Oz, a charlatan flim-flam man with no real wizardry about him. The journey that all these characters take to their eventual destiny, however, is well mapped in this interesting (but predictable) plotline.
The best thing this film has going for it is that is undeniably GORGEOUS. The design of the Land of Oz is stunning, beautifully imagined, and refreshingly original. With all we can do these days with CGI, it can be difficult to really blow someone’s socks off because we EXPECT it to be amazing. Well, this comes really close to some of the best effects I have seen in a long time. Jeweled flowers, an exceptional waterfall, and the final spectacular climax in the center of the Emerald City are worth the price of the ticket. Best of all, I think, is the lovely, charming beauty of the China Girl.
Now for some of the drawbacks. Personally, I really just can’t like James Franco. I just don’t think he’s that good of an actor, and something about him just bugs me. If you like him, then you probably won’t mind his performance as much as I did. I actually thought the animated China Girl had more honesty and life in her than Oz’s character did. I also thought Sam Raimi was an odd choice as a director for this film, and several very Raimi-esque elements showed up very clearly. The ugly scariness of the witches was highlighted in a very Evil Dead 2 sort of way (if you are fan of the film like I am, you will know what I am talking about). I also spent the first hour of the film distractedly waiting for Bruce Campbell to make his cameo appearance (again, fans will know who he is and why).
Altogether, I’d say it is a pretty good movie, worth the matinee price. My family liked it better than I did, and maybe with a different actor in the starring role I’d have liked it better.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:
Janis, 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, Harold Hjelm, Kennet, Audrey Krell, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Judie Hernandez, Jairam, Richard Reeve, Gnanamari, Val Bowman, Richard Levy, Aidan Ray, and Minerva.   PRAYERS ANSWERED
Neena Penumaka gave joyful thanks for the wedding of her brother Sam Suneel and his fiancé Sudha Rani. They are getting married on April 5th 2013, in Hyderabad.

We also joyfully celebrated the inspiring journey of Grace Martinez as she participated in the Healthy Chicago Initiatives dinner.

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 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.

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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