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The Messiah Messenger > The May Messenger Issue #539
The May Messenger Issue #539

Apr 30, 2013

The Messiah


This year, the month of May begins in the middle of the Easter liturgical season and leading up to the celebration of Pentecost on May 19. Four of our confirmation students will be affirming their Baptismal Covenants as we welcome the Holy Spirit into the church.
In preparation for the celebration of Pentecost on May 19, Sunday May 12 we will honor those who serve as Godparents in our faith lives. As Lutherans, we believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and so after our baptism, we begin the faith journey with Godparents who have committed to teach and guide us in our Christian lives. The Baptismal Covenant is then "affirmed" (or confirmed) after Sunday School and Confirmation classes. Messiah's tradition is to "Affirm our Baptism" on Pentecost, emphasizing the role of the Holy Spirit in the confirmation. We do all this, as we state in the Baptismal Covenant:
“to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism:
to live among God's faithful people,
to hear the word of God and share in the Lord's supper,
to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
to serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?”   

The power of these words can be transformative, especially when we respond: “We do, and we ask God to help and guide us.”
Please join us this month as we affirm, confirm, re-commit, and live our Baptismal Covenants with our Confirmands: Philip Holzer, Quinn Santucci, Sam Santucci and Christian Travis.
Yours in Christ,


Six potential bidders for the Messiah Accessibility Project met with our architect at Messiah on Wednesday, April 24 for a site visit. They were able to look over our current facility in light of the new addition and also discuss questions such as our access requirements during the construction process; where can the stained glass be stored during construction?; etc.
Bids will be received by May 13 and the MAP Committee plans to review them on May 14.
We have had additional meetings with two of the three potential lenders for the additional funds that will be needed for the actual construction costs. Final loan arrangements cannot be made until after we have chosen a contractor, have determined the actual loan amount needed, and have scheduled construction dates.   

Highlights from the April 22nd meeting:
•   David Hanson has accepted the position of Property Coordinator.
•   Leadership meeting Sunday May 5th is scheduled from noon to 2 PM
•   Working on fund raiser ideas.
March Attendance
3/3=78, 3/10=78, 3/17=63, 3/24=97
3/31 (Easter) = 117
March Giving (Gen. Fund)
3/3=$2340, 3/10=$2868, 3/17=$1786, 3/24=$30058, 3/31=$1377

Born to Kristen and Will Boyce on April 20 at 12:16 am. This is Dave and Connie Kaufman’s first grandbaby! Congratulations to the whole family!

Gospel Life Christian Brotherhood has informed Messiah that they will no longer be using our Parsonage for their meetings and worship times. They are currently reevaluating their ministry’s future, and do not need our space. This past year of ministry partnership with Gospel Life has been a blessing to our community, and we will continue to pray for their ongoing ministry.   

We are saddened to report the passing of Sara Christensen, Alan Christensen’s daughter. Sara lost her battle with cancer on April 8th. She was a middle school algebra teacher in North Carolina, loved rock climbing and hiking. She attended Maine East High School and was confirmed at Messiah. She was 39 years old. Please keep her family in your prayers.

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

Sunday May 5
from Noon to 2 PM

All ministry groups at Messiah MUST be represented. If you are the head of your group, and are unable to attend, appoint a representative to come in your place. Ministry groups are: Christian Learning Ministry (Child Care Center and Board, CHAT, Sunday School and Confirmation), Worship Ministry Team (Choir, Readers, Ushers, Acolytes, Assistants, Altar Guild, WoW), Fellowship Ministry Team (Brotherhood, Youth Group), Property Ministry Team (Property and MAP), Outreach Ministry Team (Women’s Service Group, Stewardship, VBS, and Sign Changers) and the Executive Committee. Lunch will be provided.
Wednesday May 8
As in previous years, Lutherans from across the state gather to study, pray and take action for greater justice and compassion in Illinois. Lutheran Day is sponsored by LSSI, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois, Lutheran Advocacy–Illinois, Holy Family Ministries, Bethel New Life, Advocate Healthcare and Mosaic. For more information, contact Joy Medrano at LSSI at 847/635-4653 or Joy.Medrano@LSSI.org. This year Lutheran Day will join the:

Friday May 3rd from 7-9pm in the Parking Lot (Fellowship Hall if the weather is bad). If you know any families who are interested in getting their boys involved in scouting, let them know about this event!   

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 Saturday during the Fair. 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!
Saturday, May 4 in Hodges Park
Registration begins at 8 am, walk begins at 9 am. To donate, or to participate, call Grace at 847-368-1166 x 3 or visit www.makinstrideswalk.org/parkridgeil
This is Park Ridge’s first time participating in this national event.

Monday, May 26th
On Memorial Day, Messiah Church & Child Care members will be in the Park Ridge Memorial Day parade. Those that wish to march/roller skate/scooter, etc. in the parade need to meet by Roosevelt School on Fairview near the intersection with Talcott by 9:50am. Streets will be closed off, but you can drop off in the parking lot by the Walgreen's on Devon. If you'd like to pass out candy during the parade, please bring some with you.

Drake String Ensemble, conducted by Professor Akira Mori, is comprised of the best string players at Drake University. Enjoy a special tour concert with soloist Dr. Ashley Sidon, cello, for an evening of classical string repertoire. The concert will take place at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (Logan Square) at 2649 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago on Saturday, May 4th at 5:00 P.M. For more info, please contact office@stlukesls.org

Women's Service Group There will be no quilting in May.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, May 11th at 9am. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W Dempster Street in Niles. Good conversation and good food.

Synod Assembly, May 31-June 1
Teachers and Graduates, June 2
Wedding Vow Renewal (tbd)

Sunday   Worship Focus   
May 5   Sixth Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 16:9–15
Psalm: Psalm 67
2nd Lesson: Revelation 21:10, 22:5
Gospel: John 14:23–29   
SS: Lydia   
CHAT: The Apostles’ Creed   
CONF: Review

May 12   Seventh Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 16:16–34
Psalm: Psalm 97
2nd Lesson: Rev. 22:12-21
Gospel: John 21:1–19   
SS: Mother’s Day Craft   
CHAT: The Apostles’ Creed   
CONF: Final Class Wrap Up

May 19   Day of Pentecost
1st Lesson: Genesis 11:1–9
Psalm: Psalm 104:24–34, 35b
2nd Lesson: Acts 2:1–21
Gospel: John 14:8–17 [25–27]   
SS: End of Year Trivia Fun   
CONF: No Class
May 26   Holy Trinity
1st Lesson: Proverbs 8:1–4, 22–31
Psalm: Psalm 8
2nd Lesson: Romans 5:1–5
Gospel: John 16:12–15

May 5th we will celebrate the world of Scouts! Anyone who is involved in either Boy or Girl Scouts is encouraged to wear their uniform to church. Pack 105 will make a special presentation.
Perhaps you are a Godparent to someone, or you remember your own Godparents. On Sunday, May 12th, we will recognize and celebrate those who have guided us in our faith.

It is fun, casual, contemporary worship for all ages. Worship starts at 6:30 pm for all, and features praise songs and a short message. VBS is in with the service, and the leaves to do activities and crafts. Dinner follows the worship service in the Fellowship Hall. The theme this year is Relationships, and our first worship will be May 29th.   

Bring your bicycles, your tricycles, your scooters, your helmets and your bells to worship with you on Sunday, May 26th. As we look forward to the start of the outdoor play season, we want to bless these tools and toys for fun and for safety. Come to worship and bring things with you. We'll come outside at the conclusion of worship for a special congregational prayer of blessing.


May 5   May 12   May 19   May 26
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Phil H   Julia F   Nick L   Haley L
Comm. Asst.   Julie H   Jennie R   Rich L   Teresa L
Readers   Susan R   Larry R   Rich L   Teresa L
Worship Asst.   Andy T   Pat K   David S   Rich L
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Dave H, Bob B   Dave H, Bob B   Dave H, Bob B   Dave H, Bob B
Greeters   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N
Altar Guild   Marilynn D   Marilynn D   Sue K   Kathi S
Bread Providers   *   *   *   *
Counters   Paul H, *   Paul H, *   Paul H, *   Paul H, *

IMPORTANT NOTICE for READERS – your readings will now be emailed to you, and a hardcopy left for you in the Sacristy on the Sunday that you read. We hope this makes it easier for you so you don’t have to remember to bring your reading with you.

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
May 5   by Brad, Pat, Daniel, and Kevin Kovach in honor of Don & Mary Jane’s Kovach’s wedding anniversary.   Available.
May 12   by Brad, Pat, Daniel, and Kevin Kovach in honor of all mothers.   By Marilynn Duckett in memory of Bud.
May 19   Geraniums by special order in honor or memory of loved ones.*
May 26   by Brad, Pat, Daniel, and Kevin Kovach in honor of Brad’s birthday.   by Jean Reeve in honor of her grandchildren Brian, Ruth, and Ricky’s graduations.

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.

* Flowers for Pentecost They are $5 each. Check your weekly bulletin for order forms, or call Jennifer in the church office to place an order. Deadline for ordering is Monday, May 13, so order soon! The flowers will be displayed on the altar on Pentecost morning, and an insert in the bulletin will list the names of those honored and remembered by the flowers.?

See calendar page on website.

Do you believe in angels? Don’t look skyward to see your angels. No! Look about you in the pews at Messiah Lutheran Church and you will see angels all around you. Just look at them, they’re precious: Pastor Lynne, Susan Bromstad, Susan Rice, Bob Bisgard, Connie Kaufman, Marilyn Duckett, Barbara Loverme, Larry Peterson, The Holzer Famiy, Marilyn & Don Wenn, the Levy Family, Bob and Joann Wood, and I’m sure I missed quite a few so please forgive me.
I‘ve had a very big bump in the road and have been recuperating at home, but it is so comforting to know that a large group of angels is available and willing to help if and when needed. Thank you to all you angels. God bless you.
I also want to thank you so much for your cards, gifts and visits. Most of all, I appreciate the get well and good wishes for me and especially the many expressions of sympathy on the loss of my devoted pal, Arky.
Love your bones, Jackie Steigerwald   

Manna Order Dates
May 5 – order due
May 9 – cards available
Great for graduation gifts or Mother’s Day!

Peer to Peer Class in Park Ridge
A peer-created class that teaches an individual in recovery how to develop a self-directed plan to use as a personal guide to daily living. It was created by people in recovery from mental illness and focuses on self-help, recovery, and long-term stability. 8 evenings, once a week beginning May 14th. Free. At Messiah Lutheran Church. Call (847) 716-2252 to learn more or to register.

We have a small bookshelf in the entry to the narthex full of children’s books from pre-school to about 4th grade. Please feel free to borrow any of these books, no time limit. Use them during worship, or bring them home to read as a family!   

A much-needed update to this office has been undertaken by an Eagle Scout candidate as his final project. As part of this update, the old books from the Library have been packed up and moved to the balcony for the time being. A new bookcase has been built to accommodate CCC books that are currently in the MPR. The CCC office is being reorganized, painted, and the carpet cleaned. We are creating new closet space with the existing shelves to make a more attractive and welcoming office space.
Our terrific kids and their families have done it again. This year’s collection of change to benefit the Maine Township Food pantry netted $985.52 –Since 2002, this collection of coins during Lent has raised over $7000.00 for the Food Pantry. Thank you to everyone who contributed for showing us that even the SMALLEST donation has a huge impact!

Daniel Shaughnessy is the 10 year-old son of Miss Cathy in the Child Care Office. Daniel has had many firsts this year, including a trip to Disney, a solo in the church choir, and developmental milestones. Four years ago the Shaughnessy family began Daniel’s Dream, and through the amazing generosity of family and friends have raised over $19,000 in the last four years in support of Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to the support and awareness of families dealing with Autism (1 in 88 children in America). This year’s walk will be Saturday, May 18th. To donate to Autism Speaks and/or support Daniel’s team, go to:
Enter Daniel’s Dream into the box that says “Join or Support a Team.” Click on the team link, and then click on “Join Our Team” at the top of the page, or just click on the General Team Donation tab to make a donation. Thank you for your generous support!   

“Gloria Dei” Music Notes
As written in Acts 1, before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told the disciples they would be baptized by the Holy Spirit. Pentecost, May 19, celebrates that day of baptism. With the rush of a mighty wind, the disciples received the Holy Spirit and were able to speak in languages so all people could understand. Looking through the ELW, you will find hymns and liturgies reflecting the spirit of Pentecost … music from all corners of the world, and from the Middle Ages (ELW 577 Creator Spirit, Heavenly Dove—an early Pentecost hymn written in the 9th century) to the contemporary hymns of Marty Haugen.
Pentecost is also the last Sunday the Gloria Dei Choir will be singing until fall. I want to thank all the members for this great choir season – f or leading worship, for flexibility in singing old favorites and new, and most of all, for volunteering their time and talent for the glory of God!
~ Sue Fox
Please note: Final Gloria Dei rehearsal before summer break is Tuesday, May 14th

Saturday, May 11th
Eagle Scout Matt Popper planned, built, planted and harvested the Giving Garden last summer. (THANK YOU MATT!) The Giving Garden harvest yielded more than 6 large boxes/baskets of produce that was delivered to the Maine Township Food Pantry for people in need.

Thanks to Peter Fox for offering to serve as our Messiah Giving Garden Coordinator this year! Peter brings a wealth of agricultural and horticultural knowledge to our Giving Garden. Peter has offered to lead the Giving Garden and suggested that it would be a good service project for our Confirmation Class to do along with the Confirmation Sponsors. The Messiah church officers (also known as "EC") agree and so ...


3:00-6:00pm Saturday May 11
(Before MYDI night)

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Sunday, May 19
Join us as we welcome Phil Holzer, Christian Travis, Quin Santucci and Sam Santucci as full, confirmed members of Messiah! They have completed a course of study and have chosen to affirm their baptismal covenants in the Lutheran tradition. Congratulations to our four young men for their hard work and dedication. Many thanks also to Floyd Yager for instruction, mentoring and guidance through the curriculum.

Arline Baranowski, 5/1
Harold DiVita, 5/1
Ralphie Lippert, 5/3
Philip Holzer, 5/4
Nancy Smith, 5/5
Paula DiVita, 5/8
Nancy Herak, 5/8
Trygve Jensen, 5/10    
Darrell Eckert, 5/12
Tiffany Erthal, 5/12
Elvera Beyer, 5/15
Roger Jones, 5/15
Helen Levy, 5/17
Jessica Schneider, 5/17
Jacob Stolz, 5/19
Joe Levy, 5/20
Bradley Paulus, 5/20
James Handzel, 5/22
Amber Saul, 5/22
Alyson Allemeier, 5/23   Peter Nugnis, 5/25
Larry Fogel, 5/28
Bradford Kovach, 5/29
Michelle Litwin, 5/31

Bill and Kirsten Boyce,
5/2/2009, 4 years
Don and MaryJane Kovach,
5/5/1956, 57 years
Jen and Vince Manzella,
5/23/2009, 4 years
Floyd and Kristin Yager,
5/23/1998, 15 years

Pastor: Rev. Lynne Morrow
Coordinator/Music Ministry: Sue Fox
Child Care Center Director: Karen Black
Office Admin: Jennifer Schneider
Bookkeeper: Helen Levy
Property Coordinator:    David Hanson

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
Sunday School:   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: Dave Hanson
Stewardship & Mission: Andrew Travis
Worship Assistants:    David Swanson
Worship Readers:    Rich Levy

MEMORIAL REPORT as of April 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 April.   

(On Demand/DVD)
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter.
Unlike Frankenweenie and Wreck-it Ralph, I thought that THIS is what a family movie should be. I found myself enjoying this movie a lot, along with the rest of my family. I think it is hard to pin down what makes a good family movie vs. a not-so-good one. For me, there are some elements that stand out:
•   Humanity. Do the characters we are supposed to sympathize with (the “hero” of the story) come across as human in their hopes, dreams, and desires? Are they likeable?
•   Growth. Do the characters change and grow through the story, come to some special realization of who they are, and what their place is in the world?
•   Values. Do the people in the story represent similar values to you and your family? (This is a big one, I think, and where many films fall flat for me.)
•   Love. Do they have a capacity to love and appreciate others in the story?
I thought all four of these elements were present Hotel Transylvania, and perhaps that’s why I liked it. If you nail these, then the laughs will come due to the situations our “heros” find themselves in rather than being forced by sarcastic humor or cutting someone down (like Wreck-it Ralph). Also, if we believe in the humanity of our heroes, and think they are capable of love and affection, it will matter what happens to them (unlike Frankenweenie, who was just too creepy to like).
I loved Count Dracula, (Adam Sandler) because he is just a dad who loves his only daughter deeply and wants to protect her. He has extended that protection to include a safe place for all his friends who need somewhere to be themselves away from the potentially dangerous humans. It’s the relationships that are important in this movie, and the caring all the main characters have for each other. The other important point is that Drac takes a journey … he is challenged to re-think his prejudiced notions about humans, his daughter, and himself. And he finally understands that it is okay to be different.
I highly recommend this movie – there are enough good laughs and funny monsters to keep youngsters entertained, and enough father-daughter tear-jerk moments to satisfy the grown-ups.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month*:
Tom Jason, Ruth Holzer, Martin Ruterschmidt, Cynthia Santos, Janis, Ray Natale, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Jean B, George Hrodey, Arlene Baranowski, Viv Beyer, O’Driscoll Family, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, 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.   

Laura Olson gave joyful thanks for health, happiness and safety of her family.
Laura Hauser also gave joyful thanks for her family, and the ability to spend time with them.
The Ryczek family gave thanks for answered prayers because Alvin is now feeling better.
Rhonda Cady gave joyful thanks to God for such a beautiful life!

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, Jenny Hanson, Trygve Jensen, Daniel Kovach, Joe Levy, Holly Norberg, Jennie Read, Eric Ryczek, Jake Stolz, and Bryce Wildenauer.

Congrats to those who are graduating! Bobby Hanson (Ferris State U) and Trygve Jensen (Drake)

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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