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The August Messenger Issue #542
The August Messenger Issue #542
Jul 31, 2013
FROM THE PASTOR
A NEW SEASON
We are just about to enter a new season in the life of Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center. A season of building and new opportunity for “reaching out and welcoming all God’s children” begins with the addition of the Accessibility Project.
In this time of building, we sometimes struggle to let go of the “knocking down” of previous edifices and behavior patterns. Four years ago, the Belltower was knocked down due to diminishing structural stability and safety concerns. After much productive conversation, research and planning, we are now ready to “build up” again.
In the Wisdom Book of Ecclesiastes, we read or hear:
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build up, a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance…”
When we are made anew in Christ, we lose some of our old selves. And when this happens to a community of faith like Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center, it is an experience that is shared by all, yet each member has different emotional reactions. Some may be sad or angry at the loss of the way things were while others may be exuberant or joyful at the prospect of the new way things will be. The way we respond is based on our life experiences and the spiritual gifts with which God has gifted us. God-endowed gifts received through the Holy Spirit occur when one is joined to the body of Christ by the baptizing work of the Spirit (1 Cor 12:12-13). This gifting of the Spirit equips each believer to serve in the body of Christ.
Each of us as Children of God has been given spiritual gifts by God for two important purposes. First, so that all might give glory to God and secondly, to build up the members of the body of Christ. As we enter this new season and time of “building up,” how will you use your spiritual gifts for God’s mission here?
Looking forward to this season in our community life together!
MAP ON THE MOVE
We are currently waiting for the finalization of some building permits. Several meetings have happened, and some action has been delayed because people are on vacation. As soon as we are able to schedule our Groundbreaking Ceremony, we will inform the congregation.
Highlights from July 15th meeting:
• Working on the Sept 8 Day of Service.
• Waiting for more information about upcoming groundbreaking.
• Scheduling staff personnel reviews
Eugene Philip Borgeson passed away at Alden Rehabilitation Center on June 20, 2013. Beloved husband of Marilyn, nee Ohl, for 65 years; loving father of Carol, Andrea, and John. Gene graduated from North Park High School and Northwestern University. He was a lieutenant in the Navy in WW II. After becoming a Certified Public Accountant, he joined Leonard Borgeson & Co, public accounting firm, becoming the owner. Later he became founder and joint owner of Chicago Graphic Service, and Graphic Products and a general partner of International Machine and Tool Works. For Messiah, he was a member for over 50 years, and served as Vice President of Congregation, Chairman of Deacons, and on the Trustees and Stewardship committees. The funeral service and interment were private.
George Hrodey passed away on Thursday, July 11th. George and his wife Betty (deceased, 2006) were charter members of Messiah Lutheran Church. George’s ill health has prevented him from attending regularly over the last few years, and his presence has been missed. The family is planning a Memorial Service in his honor, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 14th. The details around time and date will be available later.
WORSHIP CANCELLED - JOIN THE SERVICE!
Sunday September 8
“God's work. Our hands." Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate our 25th anniversary as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. On Sept. 8, we join together as 4 million members, nearly 10,000 congregations, 65 synods for a dedicated day of service.
Teams start at Messiah with a prayer, and then will participate one of three service opportunities: go out to collect food for the Maine Township Food Pantry, stay on campus and make fleece-tied lap blankets, or assemble school or health kits for Lutheran World Relief. There will be opportunities in the coming weeks to indicate on the YES! Sheets in worship which project you would like to participate in. Meanwhile, we can also collect donated items to supply our service …
Fleece Material Needed The group making lap blankets would appreciate your donations of fleece material. Material should be at least 24” x 24” and should be soft and clean. Donations can be left in the “Donation Station” in the narthex (by the coat racks).
Items Needed for LWR Health Kits
These can be left in the wicker baskets for LWR in the narthex and outside the church office:
• One light-weight bath-size towel (between 20"×40" & 52"×27"), dark color recommended
• Two bath-size bars (4 to 5 oz.) of soap, any brand, in original wrapping
• One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging
• One sturdy comb, remove packaging
• One metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging
School Supplies for Backpacks
The backpacks have already been made … we just need to fill them! All items should be new and in good condition. These can be left in the box in the narthex:
• Four 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper
• One 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other
• One pencil sharpener
• One blunt scissors (safety scissors with steel blades work well)
• Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
• Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
• One box of 16 or 24 crayons
• One 2½” eraser
PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETING
Sunday August 18
Noon to 3pm
This is our annual planning meeting for the 2013-14 year. . We are blessed that Dr. Ed Kruse from Healthier Church will lead us in learning about our Spiritual Gifts. All ministry leaders are members of the Leadership Team and are expected to attend. Location is still to be determined.
Friday, Aug 23 6-8 pm
This is an excellent chance to meet the teachers and staff of our Child Care. If you know a friend or neighbor in search of quality, Christian-based child care for their preschooler, they are welcome to come to Open House and tour our wonderful school. Spread the word!
Please note: The Child Care Center will be closed August 16-23 for annual cleaning and prep for the new school year.
REMINDERS FOR AUGUST
Women's Service Group There is no Service Group scheduled for August. We will be doing InGathering on September 26th … more information about that in next month’s Messenger!
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, 10th 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.
COMING IN SEPTEMBER
Service Day, Sept 8
Table Talks at Panera, beginning Sept 9
InGathering, Sept 26
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
Sunday School, CHAT Room, and Confirmation Class will resume Sunday, September 15th at 9:15am.
Sunday School will meet in the Parsonage, Confirmation Class in the Upstairs Class Room, and the CHAT Room in the Library.
Aug 4 11th Sunday After Pentecost
Reading: Colossians 3:1–11
Gospel: Luke 12:13–21
Aug 11 12th Sunday After Pentecost
Reading: Hebrews 11:1–3, 8–16
Gospel: Luke 12:32–40
Aug 18 13th Sunday After Pentecost
Reading: Hebrews 11:29—12:2
Gospel: Luke 12:49–56
Aug 25 14th Sunday After Pentecost
Reading: Hebrews 12:18–29
Gospel: Luke 13:10–17
BLESSING OF THE TEACHERS AND THE BACKPACKS
Sunday, August 25th
Pastor Lynne invites all children of Messiah to bring their school backpack to worship this Sunday. During the Children’s Sermon time, she will offer a blessing to them as they embark on another school year as a child (and student!) of God!
Wednesdays at 6:30pm until Aug 28
Come as you are, and DISCOVER, SHARE, GROW, and BUILD Relationships!
VBS crafts for kids, and fellowship following the service. Check out the lighter side of worship this summer!
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
Aug 4 Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 25
10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am
Acolytes Jade G Thomas Y Julia F Nikolaus R
Comm. Asst. Bridget G Floyd Y Jennie R Larry R
Readers Teresa L Susan R Rich L Larry R
Worship Asst. David S Cindy N Vikki H Diane B
Projection Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H
Ushers Dave K,
Steve Y Susan R,
Steve Y Susan R,
Steve Y Susan R,
Greeters David S David S David S David S
Altar Guild Nancy H Kathi S Cindy N Cindy N
Bread Providers Duckett * Penumaka *
Counters Paul H,
* Paul H,
* Paul H,
* Paul H,
IMPORTANT NOTICE for READERS – your readings will now be emailed to you the week before you read, and a hardcopy left for you in the Sacristy that Sunday. We hope this makes it easier for you so you don’t have to remember to bring your reading with you.
FLOWERS AND BULLETINS
Sunday Flowers are given … Bulletins are given …
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!
Aug 4 In memory of Eugene Borgeson. By Panil.
Aug 11 In memory of Eugene Borgeson. In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
Aug 18 In memory of Donna Wenn by the Wenn Family. By the Penumaka Family.
Aug 25 In loving memory of Chuck Boomer by Nancy, Chris, and Nick Boomer. In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
See website for Calendar
Want to help with
Speak to Pastor Lynne
or Connie Kaufman about the
Assistance Office Hours
Marilyn Borgeson thanks the members and friends of Messiah for their prayers, concern and kind expressions of sympathy after the passing of her husband Eugene Borgeson.
Manna Order Dates
August 4 – order due
August 8 – cards available
Great for Back-to-School gifts!
Vacations and Closings
The Church Office Administrator will be on vacation August 12-16.
Sue Fox will be on vacation Aug 18
Pastor Lynne will be on vacation Aug 6-8
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SINGING
REDUCE STRESS AND IMPROVE MOOD
LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
REDUCE PERCEIVED PAIN
IMPROVE A SENSE OF RHYTHM
FORGE COMFORTING MEMORIES
PROMOTE COMMUNAL BONDING
MOTIVATE AND EMPOWER
AND ABOVE ALL, SERVING GOD!
JOIN THE GLORIA DEI CHOIR!
BRAT FRY THANKS!
Thank you to all my friends for coming out in support of the 2013 Brat Fry in July. St. Peter’s UCC in Skokie raised $1435 for the Niles Township Food Pantry, and $987 for the church itself. This is three times as much as last year! BIG, HUGE thanks go out to Paul Holzer and his FABULOUS band Unhinged, who provided great music to eat by. The whole event was delightful … a gorgeous summer day, great music, excellent food, and fellowship on the front lawn of my church, St. Peter’s UCC. Many people also attended the Art Fair across the street. Next year’s date will likely be July 12 … mark your calendars!
Blessings to you all, Jen Schneider
Congratulations to Jennifer Schneider on the 10th anniversary of employment with Messiah Lutheran Church! We give thanks for her dedication and service through the years in support of all of Messiah’s ministries. Stop by, email or call Jen with your appreciation for her work.
OPEN YOUR HEART AND HOME
to a German or French exchange student for the coming 2013-2014 school year
The Educational Merit Foundation (EMF) is a non-profit organization offering opportunities for young people from Europe to spend a school semester or year with a host family in America.
Volunteer host families (with or without children) are needed to provide food, a bed and a loving home for the coming school year, one or two semesters, starting in August. EMF students have medical insurance, spending money for their personal expenses and expect to share their host family’s daily life including household responsibilities. They speak English, are well-screened and eager to experience life in America. Their stay here is sponsored and supervised by EMF. Currently there are 19 Lutheran students from Germany, Norway and France that would like to come for the 2013-2014 school year and are waiting for their match with a volunteer host family. There are only have a few weeks left before the deadline of September 3rd.
For more information on EMF students, please call Marie-Claude Dijoud now at 800-467-8363 or visit our web site at www.emfusa.org.
“GLORIA DEI” MUSIC NOTES
“Those who sing, pray twice”
This sentiment is thought to have been written by St. Augustine in the 5th century. I believe St. Augustine was right. Melodies as well as lyrics stay with us. How many of us remember songs we learned long ago? We don’t need to be “professional” singers to enjoy music and have it touch our lives.
You also don’t need to be a “professional” singer to join the Gloria Dei Choir. The choir will resume singing in worship, with its first rehearsal for the new season on Tuesday, August 27 at 7:30pm until 8:45pm, in the Multipurpose Room. When we rehearse, we do so to give our best to God in worship. Come and join us: bring a love of singing and a love of God. Anyone of high school age and older is invited to join. There are no tryouts, and no previous choir experience is needed.
~ Sue Fox
MESSIAH MINISTRIES (continued)
ART IN AFRICA
Laurie Bachmann, one of our Child Care teachers, is making another trip to Africa with Linda Stolz’s charitable organization in order to run volunteer for Art Therapy Camps in Kenya and Tanzania. This camp benefits children affected by HIV/AIDS. Miss Laurie is taking material, yarn and scissors (both adult and child kinds) with her – many thanks to those who donated items.
In chapel on August 24th all the children in the child care and the teachers gathered to pray for God to bless her trip. Daycampers also gave Laurie 58 headbands that the children finger knitted. She is planning to give them to children in the poorer areas of Africa.
YOUTH ACTIVITIES THIS MONTH
Youth Group will meet on the second Saturday of the month, August 10, from 6-8pm @ the Parsonage for MYDI (Messiah Youth Drop In) Nite . 6th through 8th graders welcome.
Tentative date for Senior High "go karting outing," Saturday, August 17. This will be an all-day event. Details will be on youth page soon.
ULTIMATE LOCK-IN AT ENCHANTED CASTLE
7pm Friday, November 1 thru Saturday, November 2
All youth 6th grade & up:
Movie "Bully" to be shown before we go to Enchanted Castle. Need drivers/ chaperones who can stay up till 5 am.
Jacqueline Steigerwald, 8/1
Kristin Kopij, 8/5
Sandra Deines, 8/7
Ron Duty, 8/8
Kevin Kaufman, 8/8
Jenni Read, 8/8
Arlene Johnson, 8/9
Cindy Norberg, 8/10
Damion Graham, 8/12
Lois Anderson, 8/13
Barb Shapiro, 8/13
Ravi Penumaka, 8/15
Henry Allemeier, 8/16
Connie Travis, 8/19
Michael Deines, 8/20
Donna Berzins, 8/21
Carlos Santos, 8/21
Brian Deines, 8/28
Debra Oswald, 8/28
Susan and Ed Kopij, 8/25/1974 – 39 years
Andy and Connie Travis,
8/28/1998 – 15 years
Vic and Donna Berzins, 8/31/1983 – 30 years
Ralph and Teresa Lippert,
8/31/1997 – 16 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, 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
Sunday School: Julie Jensen
Confirmation/Youth: Floyd Yager,
Manna Coordinators: Kathi Scheck, Diane Wilson
Women’s Service Group: Trudi Handzel,
Property Team Coordinator: Dave Hanson
Stewardship & Mission: Andrew Travis
Worship Assistants: David Swanson
Worship Readers: Rich Levy
WoW Leader: Jennie Read
MEMORIAL REPORT as of July 30, 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 June or July.
DESPICABLE ME 2
(in theaters now)
Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.
Shhhh … I have a confession to make - the minions don’t really make me laugh. Not sure why … I have a pretty good sense of humor, and frankly I love dark comedy the best. So odds are that these wacky little guys should tickle my funny bone like crazy. But they just don’t, and in this movie they are almost the star. The minions (androgynous little creatures created by Gru and Dr. Nefario to do all the heavy lifting of their villainous evil schemes) were so popular after the first movie that the writers of this one definitely decided to feature them much more strongly. Personally, for me, Gru is much more fun, and enjoyable as a character, and I could have done without some of the extra minion madness myself.
Don’t go by me, though … when we saw this movie 4 weeks after it opened, the theater was PACKED (the three of us couldn’t sit together) with families AND adults that didn’t have kids along. And everyone laughed repeatedly at the antics of the little yellow guys. So clearly I am anomaly, and this movie is very funny!
Despite “not getting” the humor of the minions, I still enjoyed this movie. We catch up with Gru who is still the single parent of the three young orphans he adopted in the first film. He has given up evil in favor of good daddy acts like dressing like a fairy princess for little Agnes’ Fairy Princess Party when the “real” princess fails to show. When Gru is kidnapped by the AVL (Anti-Villain League) because they want his help solving a master-criminal plot, he furiously demands, “Could you not CALL someone instead of KIDNAP them?” Clearly, he’s had a change of heart - the girls have given him a gift of love and family, and this story finds Gru continuing to grow and change.
I always have a little trouble with animated movies that have villains who want to kill people. I think that is a little intense for a younger audience, but it seems to be more the norm these days. Because of that, I’d recommend this film for kids older than 6 or so.
Overall, it is a good movie, with lots of laughs (if you like the minions) and good action and fun.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:
The Hrodey Family, Anna P., Bernadette Yacopino, Tom Jason, Martin Ruterschmidt, Cynthia Santos, Janis, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Jean B, Arlene Baranowski, O’Driscoll Family, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, 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.
We joyfully shared a recent report that Ray Natale is responding well to cancer treatment.
We also shared the joyfully news that Eric Ryczek has accepted a job at Anixter. This comes right on the heels of Erik’s graduation from college, and the job is in his field of study. Congratulations, Eric!
Steve Yager joyfully reports the birth of her niece Kelly’s son Jake on July 11th. Congratulations to Kelly, her husband Tony and their daughter Alli on the new addition!
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, Tait Jensen, Daniel Kovach, Joe Levy, Holly Norberg, Jake Stolz, and Bryce Wildenauer.
Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
The Messiah MESSENGER
1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Phone: (847) 823-6984
Fax: (847) 823-6996
Child Care Center Phone: (847) 825-3767
Child Care Email: firstname.lastname@example.org