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The October Messenger Issue #544
The October Messenger Issue #544
Sep 30, 2013
FROM THE PASTOR
BREAKING DOWN AND BUILDING UP
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is a beautiful clear fall day in late September and our physical environment is beginning to change yet again!
Four years ago, we watched the “Bell Tower” come down as a safety precaution; three years ago, we saw a new roof installed and the parking lot repaired and upgraded. This year, we are witnessing a longstanding goal of the Messiah community – the addition of accessible restrooms! The north and west entrances of Messiah are being taken down as I write and the construction fence is up.
It seems that Fall is the time for breaking down and building up at Messiah!
As we read in the Book of Ecclesiastes:
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;”
Not only is the physical breaking down and building up in process, but we are also working to ‘break down’ the walls that have existed between our Roman Catholic and Protestant brothers and sisters. We are participating in an Ecumenism Metro Chicago Dialogue with members from St. Isaac Jogues and Holy Trinity Lutheran. At the last meeting, the group discussed a name descriptive of the spirit of the group. Based on the repetitive verse “that all may be one” throughout the seventeenth chapter of John, the group has tentatively chosen the name “John 17 Fellowship.” A joint celebration of Advent season is being planned for Sunday December 8 at 4:00pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran in Glenview.
“a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”
May you find the fullness of Christ’s peace present in this Fall.
Yours In Christ,
MAP IN PROGRESS!
September has been a busy and exciting month for the Messiah Accessibility Project. Park Ridge issued our Building Permit, (actually only a “Foundation Permit” – the final Building Permit will be issued after the foundation is in place and has been inspected.) A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on Sunday the 15th.
We closed on a mortgage loan with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. On Wednesday the 18th, Vanderwerff Construction was on site and a fence has been erected around the construction area. The project is officially underway!
Both “front” entrances have been blocked off for the construction, so we will be dealing with some inconvenience during the project. The primary entrance for the next several months will be from the parking lot using the doors by the church office. Handicapped entrance will be via the “lift door” into the sanctuary.
The coat racks by the front entrances are not accessible, or do no longer exist. Use the coat rack in the hallway by the MPR.
Highlights from September 16th meeting:
• We are going to continue our “Healthier Church” meetings
• Looking for fundraising ideas!
8/4=46, 8/11=47, 8/18=49, 8/25=55
(plus avg 18 per week for WoW)
August Giving (Gen. Fund)
8/4=$3121, 8/11=$2956, 8/18=$1249, 8/25=$1978
THANKSGIVING DINNER AT MESSIAH
We will be doing a Thanksgiving meal this year and want to plan a meeting for early October.
Anyone interested in helping in the planning stages email Jennie Read at email@example.com or call her at 847-322-3230. We will then let the congregation know of our needs as we know how blessed we are to have such a giving congregation. Last year’s event was truly special, and we are looking forward to this year’s dinner, too!
SERVICE DAY SUCCESS!
On Sunday, September 8th, Messiah Lutheran Church joined other congregations in the ELCA in a Day of Service. Instead of a traditional worship service, we met briefly for communion and a prayer, and then 58 people either went out in the neighborhood and collected goods for the Maine Township Food Pantry, or they stayed here to assemble blankets for St. Matthew’s Center for Health and backbacks and health kits for Lutheran World Relief. We collected over 500 items for our Food Drive, and even received more the following week from neighbors who brought additional items to our door. We made dozens of blankets, and packed up donated items for back packs and health kits.
Many thanks to all who participated, hung bags, collected food, and any who just prayed for the success of our Service Day!
THANKS FROM OFFICE ADMIN
It has been my privilege and my pleasure to serve as the Office Administrator these last 10 years. I love this place, and I love the people, and I love using my gifts to serve God. It was very special for me to be here and worship with you all. I was overwhelmed by the generous Love Offering I was given in honor of my time here, and also very thankful for the lovely figurine. I have taken her home to be with my other figures (I have a collection of these) and enjoy looking at her every day. I am slowly working my way through personal thank you notes to everyone for the Love Offering, so watch for those in your mailbox! May blessings shine on you all, Jen
PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
LWR TRAILER PACKING
Saturday, Oct. 5 9-12pm
Sunday, Oct. 6 12-3pm
The trailer will be in the parking lot October 5 and 6. We will have people on hand to help other churches load their goods into the trailer, which will be picked up Monday morning and taken to the LWR distribution center. Thanks to ALL who help!
PET BLESSING SERVICE
Sunday, October 6
Bring your favorite critter on his leash or in her box, and receive a blessing! We will have a short service, and are often joined by neighbors and friends who wish their special pet to get blessed. This service is in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, and is a fitting wrap-up to our Creation worship series.
“HEALTHIER CHURCH” WORKSHOPS
Saturday Oct 5 & 19, 8am to noon
This is a continuation of the Spiritual Gifts meeting that we had for the Leadership Team members in August. We strongly encourage all Leadership Team members to attend. Dr. Ed Kruse will be leading our discussions again. This will be held at the Parsonage.
REMINDERS FOR OCTOBER
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, September 12th at 9am. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W Dempster Street in Niles. Good conversation and food.
COMING IN NOVEMBER
Thanksgiving Worship Service, November 28
Thanksgiving Dinner, November 28
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
Oct. 6 Creation - Universe
OT Lesson: Proverbs 8:22-31
Psalm: Psalm 148
Epistle Lesson: Colossians 1:15-20
Gospel: John 6:41-51
SS: Noah, Part 2, Gen 7-9:17
CHAT: Intro to 10 C’s & #1: Love No Other Gods, Rev. Ron Duty
CONF: What is a Lutheran #4-6: Sacraments/Baptism/Communion
Oct. 13 21st Sunday after Pentecost
OT Lesson: 2 Kings 5:1–3, 7–15c
Psalm: Psalm 111
Epistle Lesson: 2 Timothy 2:8–15
Gospel: Luke 17:11–19
SS: Abraham, Part 1, Gen 12
CHAT: C#2: Name in Vain, Rev. Andy Travis
CONF: What is the Small Catechism?
Oct. 20 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
OT Lesson: Genesis 32:22–31
Psalm: Psalm 121
Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:14—4:5
Gospel: Luke 18:1–8
SS: Abraham, Part 2, Gen 15
CHAT: C#3: Holy Sabbath, Rev. Ron Duty
CONF: 10 Com-mandments#1: Before the Commands
Oct. 27 Reformation Sunday
OT Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31–34
Psalm: Psalm 46
Epistle Lesson: Romans 3:19–28
Gospel: John 8:31–36
SS: Abraham, Part 3, Gen 21
CHAT: C#4: Father and Mother, Rev. Andy Travis
CONF: 10 Com-mandments#2: Respect for God
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER CHAT ROOM
“The 10 Commandments in 8 Weeks”
Beginning Sunday, October 6 at 9:00 a.m. and continuing through November 24th, Messiah will feature an adult Christian Education opportunity taught by Ron Duty and Andy Travis. This 8 week series will cover each of the Commandments in depth, with lively discussion and new insight to our basic laws within the faith. See above for a schedule of topics.
REFORMATION OCTOBER 27TH
We invite everyone to wear red to celebrate Reformation Sunday. We will have a potluck luncheon following worship in the Fellowship Hall, with games and activities for everyone. Watch the YES! Sheets to sign up your dish to share!
HEALING SERVICE FOR CHILD CARE TEACHERS
Tuesday, Oct. 29th @ 5:45pm
Anyone else interested in this short service of prayer and healing is also welcome to attend. Includes anointing with oil and quiet meditation.
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27
10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am
Acolytes Alesha R Arden S Ralphie L Ryan H
Comm. Asst. Cynthia R Debbie S Teresa L Laura H
Readers Rich L Larry R Teresa L Laura H
Worship Asst. Vikki H Susan R Diane B Cindy N
Projection Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H
Ushers Steve Y,
Deb S Steve Y,
Deb S Connie K,
Deb S Steve Y,
Greeters Dorothy N Dorothy N Dorothy N Dorothy N
Altar Guild Marilynn D Sue K Kathi S Cindy N
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!
Oct. 6 In honor of Dan’s birthday by Kevin Kovach. In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
Oct. 13 In memory of Eugene Borgeson. In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
Oct. 20 In memory of Eugene Borgeson. In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
Oct. 27 In memory of Eugene Borgeson. In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
See Calendar Page
PARK RIDGE WOMEN’S INTERFAITH PRAYER BREAKFAST
Saturday, Oct. 12 @ 8am
Park Ridge Country Club
Doors open at 8:00am, program begins at 8:30am. Thanks to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, a survivor/witness will share a her personal story. Music will also be provided by Karen Nelson string trio and Lynn Brant piano. This year’s theme is Remembering The Past To Guide Our Future. Call 847.318.7376 for tickets ($30) or information.
Mail Checks To:
Park Ridge Women’s Prayer Breakfast
C/O Kate Kerin, 328 S. Redfield
Park Ridge, Il 60068
THEOLOGY OF PARK RIDGE
Oct. 9 = Frank Bergh, Engineers Without Borders -
EMPOWERING FAITH: LIVING A SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT BORDERS
Oct. 23 = Fr. Joe Mulcrone, Catholic Office of the Deaf - CAN THE CHURCH BE A WOUNDED HEALER?
TO REGISTER: Send check for $10 for individual sessions payable to
Theology of Park Ridge with name and address to: Mary Lou Murphy, 5813 N. Nicolet, Chicago, IL 60631
Telephone (773) 774-4421
Men and women are invited to attend. Held at Our Lady of Hope Church
9711 W. Devon, Rosemont, IL 60018
Wednesdays, 9:15 am –
Coffee/Rolls and Lecture
For more information, visit our website: www.theologyofparkridge.org
ST. ISAAC JOGUES CATHOLIC CHURCH MOVIE NIGHT
THIS MONTH, MOVIE NIGHT IS OCT 11 AND WILL FEATURE “MAO’S LAST DANCE” THE INSPIRATIONAL TRUE STORY ABOUT A PEASANT BOY FROM RURAL CHINA WHO HAS DREAMS OF BECOMING A BALLET DANCER. THIS STORY WILL STIR YOUR SOUL AND LEAVE YOU CHEERING! THE CHURCH IS LOCATED AT 8101 W. GOLF ROAD IN NILES. DOORS OPEN AT
6 PM, AND THE MOVIE STARTS AT 6:30 PM DOWNSTAIRS IN THE PARISH HALL. ADMISSION IS FREE, POP AND POPCORN WILL BE PROVIDED.
Manna Order Dates
October 6 – order due
October 10 – cards available
Please consider donating Jewel Cards to our Assistance Fund.
2013 CROP WALK COMING
Benefitting Church World Service and Maine Township Food Pantry
Sunday, October 20,2013
Beginning at First United Methodist Church of Park Ridge. Registration at 1:30pm, step-off at 2pm. This is a 10k walk to raise awareness and funds for Church World Services and the Maine Township Food Pantry. We are looking for walkers, and if you can’t walk, please sponsor our walkers. They will be in the narthex after church on Sundays in October to get your support. See Trudi Handzel or David Swanson to get a form to be a walker. You can also donate online at www.cropwalk.org. Click on Illinois on the map and find Niles/Park Ridge Walk. Click on that and click “donate,” and type in walkers name or team name (Messiah Lutheran Church) to donate. (Instructions are pretty clear once you get to Niles/Park Ridge Walk.)
Also, you can be a “Prayer Walker” and pray for those who are walking!
“GLORIA DEI” MUSIC NOTES
We will commemorate the Reformation on Sunday, October 27, singing “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” Martin Luther’s most famous hymn. ELW 503 is Luther’s original tune, written in a folk style that fits the original German lyrics perfectly. The hymn’s text has been translated into over 200 languages, and even has over 100 English versions. Through the years, it has been called “The Battle Hymn of the Reformation.”
However, just as Luther did not post his 95 Theses to split his beloved Church, “A Mighty Fortress” was not written as a call to action. Written in the 1520’s (the exact date is not certain) Luther’s life had been turned upside down; he had been declared a heretic and excommunicated. The earliest manuscript dated 1529, entitles his hymn, “A Hymn of Comfort.” Based on Psalm 46, Luther wrote that God’s Word will always survive, Christ has won for us glorious salvation, and we can be sustained through the Spirit—truly comforting words of great faith!
~ Sue Fox
Please note: there will be no Choir Rehearsal on Tuesday, October 8th.
YOUTH ACTIVITIES THIS MONTH
MYDI Night will be the Saturday, October 12, from 6-8pm @ the Parsonage - 6th through 8th graders welcome. This month we will be helping out our Property Team by spreading wood chips on the playground.
Also, following our woodchip helping, we will hold a Halloween Party from 6-8pm. Come and join us!
On November 1 there will be a field trip to see the movie Bully then locked in at Enchanted Castle from midnight to 5am. Cost is $25 and we still need chaperones. Contact Julie Holzer if you are interested.
SOCKS & UNDIES COLLECTION
We are still collecting items to donate to the Night Ministry in Chicago! Construction has taken over our regular “tree” spot in the narthex, so a tree will be erected in the hallway by the Church Office to accept donations. We’ll continue taking donations through the month of October. Thanks for your patience!
Linda Stolz, 10/5
Sandra Downie, 10/6
Darryl Hanson, 10/7
Daniel Kovach, 10/7
Zachary Elder, 10/9
Julie Berzins, 10/12
Tommy Hanson, 10/16
David Kaufman, 10/26
Neil Hauser, 10/29
Russ and Linda Raymond, 10/11/69 – 44 years
Ron and Theresa Duty, 10/27/74 – 39 years
Tom and Kim Hanson, 10/29/93 – 20 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 August 27, 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.
In memory of George Hrodey
for MAP Fund: Given by Jay & Susan Harker, Mary Louise DeBoer, Lynn Villani & Wendy Poe, David Hanson, David Swanson, Susan Bromstad, Stanley & Nancy Thoren, Jackie Steigerwald, Charlotte & Bill Baumgartner, Howard & Florence Bergeson, Jeanne M. Ellenwood, Robert & Joanne Hrodey, Mark & Anne Wiberg, Nancy Van Landuyt, Catherine Cooney, Eva Thoren
In memory of Ruth Holzer
by David & Connie Kaufman and Joyce Tjio for MAP
In memory of Arlene Meskan
by David Meskan for MAP
In memory of Viv Beyer
by Dave & Connie Kaufman for MAP
(on Demand and cable)
I had actually planned to review “Epic,” an animated adventure about a young woman who gets shrunk down to tiny size and helps a bunch of miniature people save the forest and the world. (That was a really good movie, too, by the way, and I recommend it!)
But earlier this week I found myself watching Parental Guidance on cable, and I think that this is a good movie to watch with the whole family. It offers a terrific range of perspectives on what it means to be part of a family in today’s world. Basically, the grandparents are out of touch with the grandkids, the mom doesn’t trust her parents (the grandparents) to watch her kids for a week while she and her husband are away. Mom and dad haven’t had a chance to connect with each other for years, and the kids feel like NO ONE understands them at all. Sound like your family? There are lots that we can all identify with in this film, and of course add Bette Midler and Billy Crystal, and there are lots of cute jokes and laughs. But I especially enjoyed the way each character – grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, and 3 kids – has issues that they are dealing with, and when everyone actually starts listening to each other, and having patience and understanding, the world starts to be an easier place to live in. We get to see a family start believing in each other again, forming connections that will last through tough times, that that is a priceless gift.
The other nice thing about the film is that it really is for people of all ages. The language is clean (aside from some obligatory bathroom humor), the grown-ups will get some jokes that the kids won’t, and vice versa. I really enjoyed this movie, and I recommend it for watching with your family – invite the grandparents, too, if you can!
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: JoAnn Wood, Cindy Decker, Jim O., Jim S., Anna P., Bernadette Yacopino, Tom Jason, Martin Ruterschmidt, Cynthia Ruez, Janis, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Jean B, Arlene Baranowski, 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 had many thankful people last month, giving thanks for answered prayer in healing, new jobs, successful college startups, and the beginning of construction of our new addition.
Also, Cynthia Ruez gave thanks for your prayers, and the completion of her successful surgery, and Jean Reeve gave thanks for her son Ron’s successful back surgery on August 27th.
Julie Holzer offered joyful celebration for the marriage of Jessie Olesen to Jessica on September 1!
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: Nick Boomer, Art DeSchepper, Leah 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
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