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The November Messenger Issue #545
The November Messenger Issue #545
Oct 31, 2013
FROM THE PASTOR
As the wet leaves fall onto the slowly browning grass, another season ends so that a new can begin. Like the meteorological seasons, so it is in the church. We begin this month remembering the Saints who have gone before us and conclude the month with the end of the church year, Christ the King Sunday. All this is done in preparation
A lot will occur in the “in-between” time and much of it will focus on prayer, spiritual gifts and the future of Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center. Along the way, you will receive a “Time, Talent and Treasure” mailing that includes a form similar to an annual checkup you may have with your physician. Perhaps in the past you’ve quickly checked off a few things that “sounded” like you in order to turn it in on Celebration Sunday. Or maybe you have prayerfully poured over the questions and placed it in the basket on Celebration Sunday. Either way, you may wonder “what is the point of this annual checkup?”
The apostle Paul writes in the first letter to the Christian community of Corinth (Corinthians) “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through
the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.”
Spiritual Gifts (or talents) are God given for two purposes: The first is to give glory to God and the second is to build up the members of the body of Christ. We are each blessed with spiritual gifts – everyone has at least one! As Messiah’s Leadership Team recently learned, sometimes the spiritual gift is hidden and the identification of it opens up new opportunities for serving God.
Soon you will receive the “Time, Talent and Treasure” mailing. Please take some time to go through it prayerfully considering the questions and choices. You may find a new, yet undiscovered opportunity for you to be part of God’s mission through ministries of Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center.
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it… But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.”
MAP IN PROGRESS!
October has been another busy time for the Messiah Accessibility Project.
• The final Building Permit was issued October 18th.
• Foundation has been completed and backfilled.
• Plumbing has been roughed in.
• Electrical conduits have been installed.
• The floor has been poured – (Monday October 28.)
• Color choices for beams and decking (roof/ceiling), windows and doors have been approved. See display board for samples.
• Soon we will see construction above ground in process.
Highlights from Oct 21st meeting:
• Discussed security. issues around campus
• Hardwood/laminate floors to be installed in Parsonage.
• 50/50 Raffle coming!
CATHOLICS AND LUTHERANS TOGETHER PLAN WORSHIP
Three congregations are at work planning a Worship Service to express the hope for Christian Unity. The afternoon Advent Service will be held on Sunday, December 8, 4 PM at Holy Trinity, 2328 Central Road (Sherman and Central) in Glenview.
The entire community of all three congregations is invited to participate in this Service of Lessons and Carols.
The Advent Service is being planned by a group of laity and clergy representing three churches - Messiah Lutheran; St Isaac Jogues in Niles, and Holy Trinity in Glenview. The planning group has chosen "John 17 Fellowship" as its name. This is based upon scripture found in the Gospel of John 17:21 where Jesus prays, "that all may be one." As the newly formed committee from the three congregations met and prayed together, they searched for an event that would welcome the wider faith community. The Advent worship on December 8 is their choice.
Highlights of the Service of Lessons and Carols will include readings and music that will deepen our preparation for the Birth of Christ. The choirs from each of the three congregations will offer Advent Anthems. Coffee, refreshments, and conversation for and with all will follow the service.
WHAT IS AN “INGATHERING”?
At Messiah the term “Ingathering” has been used as the name of the day we pack boxes with quilts and kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and for the days when the truck is parked in our lot and loaded with our boxes, as well as boxes from other churches. So what does the term “ingathering” have to do with all that? We asked LWR that question since that is where the term comes from. Vicki Whetstone from LWR shared with us that they took the term from “ingather” which is a verb (action!) meaning “to gather in.” Since the packing of boxes and loading the truck are meant to gather our gifts, as well as gathering the gifts from other churches, LWR named them “Ingatherings.” Vicki says, “In short, we gather what God has given us, then gather together to share them with others.” This year Messiah gathered 22 quilts and school kits. 353 boxes were gathered on the truck. 267 of those boxes contained 910 quilts, 326 school kits, 130 personal care kits, 35 baby blankets and a box of soap.
The remaining 86 boxes contained additional quilts and kits, although numbers are unknown.
So now we start looking ahead to 2014 to see what we can gather. Hmm – wonder if we can come up with something that relates to our upcoming 60th anniversary? Look for more information in the January Messenger. Thanks to everyone who helped gather all these gifts. From Vicki Whetstone (LWR): “Please extend our deep thanks and gratitude to all those in your congregation who gather their gifts and help save the lives of those in need overseas.”
- Carol Hrodey & Trudi Handzel
IN MEMORIAM: BOB WOOD
Following a series of unexpected medical events in the hospital, Bob Wood passed September 22. A Celebration of Life service was held at Bob and JoAnn’ s previous church home, St. James Lutheran on Foster. They had been active in that community for years prior to moving to their home in Park Ridge and joining Messiah’s congregation. Bob was known for his quick wit, sharp dressing, fun and generous heart. He and JoAnn shared a strong love for each other and those who knew them. They worked together in their Real Estate business, Flamingo Realty, and Bob was respected in the field. Some in the neighborhood knew that Bob had been by to visit when finding flowers or fresh fruit or vegetables on their door step. His sparkling eyes and zest for living life to the fullest will be missed by many.
IN MEMORIAM: GERRY VALASEK
Born in 1934, Gerry married the love of his life Barbara in October 1964. Gerry and Barbara joined Messiah in 2007. Gerry worked for 40 years at Illinois Bell and served in the US Navy. Gerry had a knack for fixing things … whether it was a basement, kitchen or appliance repair, he used his gifts to help others. We’ll miss Jerry’s quiet ways of expressing his love for others by fixing things. A service for Gerry was held on Saturday, August 30th.
PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
Monday, Nov 4 at 7 pm
Messiah Members are invited to meet for the first of 3 “prayerful process” sessions. In these gatherings, we come together for the process of prayerful discernment for future leadership of Messiah. We will pray, read Scriptures, share our vision of what God and the Holy Spirit are up to here at Messiah Lutheran Church. We will listen to each other's experiences and prayerfully discern that which offers "the capacity for a shared meaning element or keen intellectual vision" (Webster’s Dictionary definition of discernment). In these next few months, our prayerful discernment will lead us to new leaders for Messiah. Those new leaders will be asked to prayerfully consider taking new roles in our church. And we will pray for these new leaders! Speak with Pastor Lynne if you’d like to be involved in this process.
THANKSGIVING WORSHIP AND DINNER AT MESSIAH
Nov. 28th at 10:15am and 2pm
Join us for a feast of bread and wine in worship at 10:15am! Then stick around for a community dinner with all the trimmings. Watch for opportunities to pitch in, or join us for this traditional meal. We have invited the public to this event, and are asking for folks to let us know if they are coming so we can plan food accordingly. Please let the office know if you intend to come.
HANGING THE GREENS
Sat. 11/30 at 4PM
Come out and help us decorate for Christmas! We will hang our Chrismons, put up the outdoor nativity, and string our garlands. There will be music for singing, pizza and activities for the children to assist.
REMINDERS FOR NOVEMBER
Women’s Service Group – Sunday, November 17th at noon. 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! (No work day in December, we will plan and take inventory.)
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, November 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.
COMING IN DECEMBER
Advent Worship on Sundays
Christian Unity Service, 12/8
Christmas Eve and Day Services
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
Nov. 3 All Saints Sunday
OT Lesson: Daniel 7:1–3, 15–18
Psalm: Psalm 149
Epistle: Ephesians 1:11–23
Gospel: Luke 6:20–31
SS: Isaac, Rebecca, Esau, Jacob: Gen 21
CHAT: C#5: No Killing Rev. Ron Duty
CONF: 10 Com-mandments #3: Respect for Life
Nov. 10 25th Sunday after Pentecost
OT Lesson: Job 19:23–27a
Psalm: Psalm 17:1–9
Epistle: 2 Thess 2:1–5, 13–17
Gospel: Luke 20:27–38
SS: Joseph, part 1 Gen 37-38
CHAT: C#6: No Adultery Rev. Andy Travis
CONF: 10 Com-mandments#4: Respect for Community
Nov. 17 26th Sunday after Pentecost
OT Lesson: Malachi 4:1–2a
Psalm: Psalm 98
Epistle: 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13
Gospel: Luke 21:5–19
SS: Joseph, part 2 Gen 40-41
CHAT: C#8: No False Witness Rev. Andy Travis
CHAT: TBD – Nooma Quiz
Nov. 24 Christ the King
OT Lesson: Jeremiah 23:1–6
Psalm: Psalm 46
Epistle: Colossians 1:11–20
Gospel: Luke 23:33–43
CHAT: C#7, 9, 10: Not Steal or Covet Rev. Ron Duty
CONF: No Class
Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Day Service
OT Lesson: Deuteronomy 26:1–11
Psalm: Psalm 100
Epistle: Philippians 4:4–9
Gospel: John 6:25–35
Join us for Thanksgiving Dinner at
2 PM in the Fellowship Hall!
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
When you come to church on Nov. 3, be sure to stop and write the names of loved ones who have passed on into the Remembrance Book that will be in the hallway as you enter. This book will be available every Sunday throughout November, and we will read the names each week during the Prayers of the People of those who have been added to the book.
Nov. 17 during worship
Connecting Ministry to Mission
Time, Talent, and Treasure forms will be mailed out the first week of November. We will have a celebration of gifts during worship service on Nov. 17th.
THIS MONH IN WORSHIP
Nov. 3 Nov. 10 Nov. 17 Nov. 24 Nov. 28
10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am
Acolytes Alex R Mikey H Adam H Nikolaus R Samantha F
Comm. Asst. Cynthia R Kim H Laura H Larry R Jennie R
Readers David S Jennie R Rhonda C Steve Y Teresa L
Worship Asst. Pat K Karen B Rich L Trygve J *
Projection Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H NA
Ushers Pat F,
Connie K Pat F,
Dave K Pat F,
Connie K Pat F,
Connie K Dave K,
Greeters David S David S David S David S David S
Altar Guild Marilynn D Marilynn D Kathi S Sue K *
Counters Paul H, * Paul H, * Paul H, * Paul H, * NA
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!
Nov. 3 In memory of Eugene Borgeson. In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
Nov. 10 In memory of Eugene Borgeson. In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
Nov. 17 In memory of Eugene Borgeson. In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
Nov. 24 By Dan and Kevin Kovach in honor of Brad and Pat’s wedding anniversary. By the Fox family in honor of Andrew’s 17th birthday.
See our Calendar Page!
I just wanted to say thanks again for the gift of the Love Offering on Sept 1st. It has taken me a while to get out all the thank you notes! I wanted to let everyone know that I chose to use your generous gift to have wonderful experiences with my family. We have purchased our Six Flags tickets for next season, and we will be attending a Broadway show downtown in December (Wicked at the Oriental Theater). This was made possible by your generosity, and I and my family deeply appreciate it.
Thanks also to Kristin Yager for organizing the donations and providing me with a list so I could thank each of you personally and individually.
I look forward to my next 10 years!
Jen Schneider, Office Administrator
Inspired by a comment that Pastor Lynne made last December about “wishing someone would clean her office for Christmas,” several Messiah members decided to give her the next best thing … a gift certificate for 4 hours of cleaning/organizing from Organizing Solutions, a faith-based small business that specializes in bringing order from chaos for projects large OR small. It took almost a year (Pastor has been busy!) but the project has finally been completed! There are few remaining details, but the old large desk has been converted (for now) into a conference table that better meets Pastor’s daily needs. OS did a great job converting this space into a comfortable place, and we HIGHLY recommend their services!
Anyone who said they’d like to contribute to this project please contact Jen in the office for details. Thanks!!
ST. ISAAC JOGUES CATHOLIC CHURCH
THIS MONTH, MOVIE NIGHT IS NOV 8 AND WILL FEATURE “YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU,” BEST PICTURE WINNER IN 1938, THIS FRANK CAPRA DIRECTED FILM FEATURES JIMMY STEWART AS THE SON OF A WELL TO DO FAMILY WHO FALLS FOR JEAN ARTHUR, A WOMAN FROM A FREE-SPIRITED FAMILY. 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
November 3 – order due
November 7 – cards available
We will also do TWO orders in December, on the 1st and the 15th to accommodate Christmas gifts!
Please consider donating Jewel Cards to our Assistance Fund.
2013 CROP WALK
Benefitting Church World Service and Maine Township Food Pantry
Thanks to all who walked, pledged, and prayed! Thanks to Kevin Kovach, David Swanson, Larry and Nikolaus Ryczek, David Hanson, Trudi Handzel, and Andy and Christian Travis, Pastor Lynne, Samantha and Julia, and Max the dog. Messiah’s current total for donations is over $3200 and the numbers are still coming in (and are still being accepted)! Way to go team!
Collecting from Nov. 24 -Dec. 8
Messiah has a giving congregation! Blessings to all who can help provide the items below for Christmas:
For The Night Ministry serving the homeless of Chicagoland, we put hats, gloves, and scarves on our Giving Tree in the hallway outside the church office. We are looking for mostly adult items, and asking that they be STURDY, WINTER ITEMS, rather than “magic gloves” which are very thin. Deadline for donations is December 9th – the Night Bus will be delivering the items to people on December 20-21, so we need to pack everything up and ship it before that.
Also, we are doing LSSI’s Gifts for Kids again this year. Gift tags will be available in the narthex. Pick a tag, purchase a present, and bring it wrapped to church by Sunday, December 8th to be sent to LSSI in time for their Christmas Party on Dec 14th. This year LSSI has provided a wonderful list of suggested gifts under $25. That list is available in the narthex and on our website.
Moni Ryczek will coordinate the gift tags, so contact her if you have any questions at 847-692-6972.
"GLORIA DEI” MUSIC NOTES
In 1925, hoping to combat the growing influence of dictators in the world, Pope Pius XI created “Christ the King Sunday” as a reminder that there is no true ruler but Christ. In our liturgical calendar, it’s always the final Sunday of the church year. On November 24, we will celebrate Christ the King Sunday as a “year in review,” using a Service of Lessons and Songs to celebrate Christ’s life and to acknowledge our response to that life. We will start with Advent and travel thru the seasons of Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Trinity, all in one service! It will be celebratory, raising our voices in joy, as we praise and glorify the just, loving, and merciful Christ the King!
~ Sue Fox
Please note: there will be no Choir Rehearsal on Tuesday, November 26th.
SUNDAY SCHOOL UPDATE
As most of you know, Miss Cheryl (Erdmann) will be leaving us soon for her next calling. She has been a tremendous asset to Sunday school over the past year. Her creativity and passion have inspired us all to think of new and fun ways to teach the lessons. She will be greatly missed.
With Cheryl's absence and Miss Jennie's choir duties, we have a greater need for parent involvement and help this year. It would be great if we could have an extra helper each week to assist the leader, especially in the next month while we transition after Cheryl's departure.
Please let us know if you would be able to help us out and which Sunday would be best for you. Ongoing, we will put together a sign up calendar so we can plan ahead. The planning is usually done ahead of time by the leader, however, extra hands are always helpful to assist in the projects and overall keep the kids focused and engaged.
As always, thank you for sharing your children with us each week - its so fun to watch them learn and grow.
COMING SOON: YOUTH GROUP VARIETY SHOW! STAY TUNED …
Lynne Morrow, 11/7
Lisa Paulus, 11/7
Alexis Chervinko, 11/11
Laurance Johnson, 11/12
Richard Reeve, 11/15
Mary Jo Marchetta, 11/17
Carolyn Kopij, 11/19
James Rosequist, 11/19
Terri Hogan, 11/22
Kirsten Boyce, 11/23
Dorothy Burger, 11/23
Donna Hanson, 11/25
Betty Stinnett, 11/25
Andrew Fox, 11/27
John and Sue Fox,
11/3/79 - 34 years
Scot and Alyson Allemeier,
11/7/03 - 10 years
Brad and Pat Kovach, 11/24/80 – 22 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/
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 October 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.
In memory of George Hrodey for MAP Fund: Patricia Langfield, Sherm and Barb Hagan
(on Demand and cable)
In small town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend - a Greenpeace volunteer - on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Amazingly, this is a true story that captivated the world in 1988.
I was hesitant to watch this movie with my daughter. I had heard that it was not entirely a happy ending, and she is pretty sensitive about things like that. So if nature films where animals die are a problem for your child, perhaps you want to skip this one.
I did this was a good movie, though, and I can’t believe that I don’t remember this happening in 1988. (Of course, I was a freshman in college at the time, and world news was not on my radar!) Interspersed with actual news reports of the event, the film follows the attempts of several local and international people as they try to help free this family of whales who are trapped too far from the open ocean. Everyone begins by helping for their own reasons … politicians and oil barons want to look good (and green) to the world. Reporters want to break the “big story.” The Alaskan people who live in the area want to show the world how deep their culture goes, and how they are in harmony with their environment. Greenpeace gets involved, using the whales as proof of how horrible humans are … everyone has an agenda, even the Russians who lend a hand late in the film
The real miracle of the movie is not the efforts of the people to save the whales. Human ingenuity goes a long way, but does not in itself create a miracle. The miracle is the way all the people involved change because of their experience. They eventually come together in extremely dangerous circumstances to rally around a single idea; the idea that when someone is vulnerable and suffering, it is our duty to do whatever we can to help them. If that someone is a huge whale, that only makes it more significant to help them in their vulnerability. Isn’t that what Jesus tells us to do? Love our neighbor – even if it swims in the sea.
This is an inspiring, “feel good” movie by the end. The fact that it is not all completely happy only lends a strong note of truth to it (no Hollywood ending here). Bad things do happen in the world. But if we help each other, we might just make the world a little better.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Jean Reeve, JoAnn Wood, Valerie Giorno, Hugh Williams, Cindy Decker, Jim O., Jim S., Anna P., Bernadette Yacopino, Tom Jason, Martin Ruterschmidt, Ruez Family, 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. PRAYERS ANSWERED
Congrats to Ray Ejnik on his induction into the Eternal Lodge of the Elks and the American Legion!
Congratulations to Nick Boomer on obtaining employment in his profession post-graduation!
Cheryl Erdmann gives thanks for a new chance to serve as she begins a new position with the Northern Illinois Synod. Congrats Cheryl, and many blessings on your ministry!
A joyful thanks for the gift of organization that has transformed Pastor Lynne’s office into functional space!
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, 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!
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