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The Messiah Messenger > The January Messenger Issue #547
The January Messenger Issue #547

Dec 31, 2013

The Messiah

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, sisters and brothers of Messiah,
We are blessed with the formal opportunity to reflect, rejoice, review and resolve every twelve months as a new calendar year begins. This gift of reflection is unique to humans and is one way which we are uniquely created in God’s image, or in Latin, “Imago Dei.”
As you take this time to reflect, you will likely find both joys and sorrows have been part of 2013. Some joys and sorrows were things that happened to you while other joys and sorrows involved a choice that you made. While it may be painful to acknowledge some things, it is good to accept them as sorrows. Just as important is to claim the joys and celebrate them. For example, our neighborhood flooding was out of our control, whereas the choice not to rebuild or finish our basement was within our control. It is in the context of reflection that we are able to review what went well, what didn’t go well, and ways to make adjustments for the future.
Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. - 1 Corinthians 13:12
The leadership of Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center uses a similar review of all ministries and events.   
There is one additional item added to the MLC/CCC Ministry Review – “How does this ministry/event further God’s mission here?”
How might our own reflection and review upon 2013 change with that final consideration? How does our personal year further God’s mission? What might it look like to pray more, to love more fully, to forgive more freely, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all God’s children through our actions?
Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. – 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
The good news, dear friends, is that we are traveling in this journey together. As a community based on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we are here to support all the sorrows and celebrate the joys together. With thanks for all you do,


December has seen a lot of visible activity involving the Messiah Accessibility Project - although part of the work was done under a heated tent. Exterior walls are completed and work has progressed on interior walls as well as plumbing and electrical installation. Sidewalks are done. Roof timbers and roof decking will be installed by the end of December, barring any extreme weather or other unforeseen delays. Windows and doors will be arriving soon and the addition should be totally enclosed by early January.

It is time to plan our February Retreat for Messiah's Youth. A big thank you to those who helped at the December 15 luncheon. The Youth raised enough for 2 scholarships to the retreat. The cost for the weekend retreat is $110. We would like all interested youth to register for the event as soon as they are able, and we are also looking for chaperones. The retreat starts at 7pm Friday, Feb 7th and goes through 10 am on Sunday, Feb 9th. Both high school and middle school students can participate. Our kids and adults have enjoyed the Lutherdale retreat for the last 2 years. Please contact Julie Holzer or Ron Duty if you are interested in attending.

Highlights from December 16th meeting:
•   Space use approved for IACA Diversity Dinner in March
•   Working on 2014 Budget

November Attendance
11/3=62, 11/10=82, 11/17=63, 1/24=48, 11/28=21 (T-day)
November Giving (Gen. Fund)
11/3=$3432, 11/10=$3687, 11/17=$2952, 1/24=$2208
What a better way to celebrate Messiah’s 60th Anniversary than to continue our long- standing tradition of service to others. So for 2014 we are setting a goal to send Lutheran World Relief:

60 Personal Care Kits!
60 School Kits!!
60 Quilts!!!

Although these are lofty goals, we are confident that with everyone’s help we can achieve them! For the kits, we’ll start collecting specific components each month beginning in January with bath towels for the Personal Care Kits (think “white sales”!). We’ll spend the first few months focused on Personal Care Kits and the second few months on School Kits. Watch for details each month in the Messenger, the Sunday bulletins and around church so you can help! Our monthly service days will be focused on quilts – 60 will be a tall order, but if we can get some extra help on these days we can do it. No sewing experience is necessary! Service days will be the 3rd Sundays January-September with the exception of April when we’ll meet the 4th Sunday. Please join us - what a great way to celebrate 60 years of Messiah! Celebrate 60!!

Carol Hrodey & Trudi Handzel
Wanted: 60 bath towels for Personal Care Kits
Description: Light-weight bath-size towel (between 20"×40" & 52"×27") dark color recommended

The results are in! Here’s how it looks:
228 tickets sold = $4,560
1st Place – Rich Seggeling = $1,140
2nd Place – Michelle Shaffer = $450
3rd Place – Grace Martinez = $230
4th Place – Martha Seggeling = $230
5th Place – Carmen Ader = $230
Total Prizes = $2,280
Total received by Messiah = $2,280
We unfortunately did not reach our goal of $3,000 (300 tickets) so no additional monies were available for donation.
Thanks to everyone that participated by either selling chances and/or purchasing them. If you have any suggestions regarding future events of this type or any other fundraising ideas, please share them with an EC member so we can make plans for 2014.
Thanks again for your support.

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

Monday, Jan. 13th
Annual Reports are due into the church office by Monday, January 13th. This is so reports can be compiled, spell-checked, and printed in time to distribute copies to members on Sunday, January 26th. If you can EMAIL your report, it is much appreciated! If you’d like a digital copy of last year’s report to edit, that can be provided.   

Sunday, Feb. 2nd following the worship service

This is the time of year that we review and celebrate our accomplishments of the past year, set ministry goals for the coming year, approve 2014 budget and elect congregational officers. Please pick up your Annual Report on January 26th, take a little time to read it over, and then be prepared to discuss and vote on our initiatives and our budget for 2013.

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

Women's Service Group Sunday, January 19th following worship. 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!


Annual Meeting, 2/2/13


Jan. 5   2nd Sunday of Christmas
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 31:7–14
Psalm: Psalm 147:12–20
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 1:3–14
Gospel: John 1:[1–9] 10–18   
CHAT: Kholoud Khoury- Palestine Through the Eyes of Palestinian Christians   
CONF: Christmas Break – no class

Jan. 12   Baptism of our Lord
1st Lesson: Isaiah 42:1–9
Psalm: Psalm 29
2nd Lesson: Acts 10:34–43
Gospel: Matthew 3:13–17   
CONF: Welcome Back: Review quiz

Jan. 19   2nd Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Isaiah 49:1–7
Psalm: Psalm 40:1–11
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 1:1–9
Gospel: John 1:29–42   
CHAT: Rev. Mark Wiberg - The Lords Supper   
CONF: Souper Bowl of Caring: Hunger Issues

Jan. 26   3rd Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Isaiah 9:1–4
Psalm: Psalm 27:1, 4–9
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 1:10–18
Gospel: Matthew 4:12–23   
CHAT: Rev. Mark Wiberg - The Lords Supper   
CONF: Apostle’s Creed #1: God Our Creator

Sunday, January 5th at 9 am

Kholoud Khoury of the of the Metro Chicago Synod's Working Group on the Middle East will be our guest for Sunday's session of Chat Room. A native of Palestine herself, she will help us see Palestine through the eyes of Palestinian Christians. There are Christians on the West Bank, including 5 Lutheran congregations of Arab Christians, one of which is in Bethlehem. Also, the Lutheran World Federation has an extensive health care ministry centered on Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem. Learn about the ELCA's "Peace, Not Walls" Campaign. Join us for a fascinating hour.


   Jan. 5   Jan. 12    Jan. 19   Jan. 26
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Ryan H   Julia F   Samantha F   Ralphie L
Communion Assistants   Laura H   Jennie R   Jennie R   Tess L
Readers   *   *   *   *
Worship Assistants   Pat K   Rich L   Karen B   Vikki H
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Dave H,
Sue B   Dave H,
Sue B   Dave H,
Sue B   Dave H,
Sue B
Greeters   Karol K   Karol K   Karol K   Karol K
Altar Guild   Sue K   Sue K   Marilynn D   Marilynn D
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.

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.

Jan. 5    Available.   By John and Sue Fox in honor of Peter’s 21st birthday.
Jan. 12   Available.   Available.
Jan. 19   Available.   Available.
Jan. 26   In loving memory of father/ grandfather George A. Raica from the Hauser Family.   For Clyde Grove (Susan Rice’s father).


See our Calendar page on the website

Sing Noel
The music ministry of St. Isaac Jogues Church will present a concert of holiday music on Sunday, January 5 at 3 PM in the church. The Choir, Youth Choir, Praise singers, Bell Choir, Cantor Ensemble, and guest violinist Dr. Linda Veleckis-Nussbaum will prove an entertaining and joyous afternoon of music. After the rush of preparations, sit back and let the peace and music of the Christmas Season surround you. St. Isaac’s is located at 8149 W. Golf Rd. in Niles.

New Phone Directory
Coming in 2013
We will be publishing a new directory (not pictures, just info) that will be available at the Annual Meeting. If your information in the current directory has changed, or you’d like to add a phone number or email address to your listing, please let the office know asap.

A big thank you from the Altar Guild to Steve Yager for doing repair work on the paraments and Dave Hanson for making new risers for the altar plants! The risers are MUCH lighter and easier to handle and made completely out of recycled parts. Their time and efforts are greatly appreciated.

Please note: The Altar Guild needs half gallon milk and juice cartons for our flowers. They can be left in the sacristy. Thanks!
Many thanks to those of you who donated items to our (small but mighty!) Giving Tree in the hallway this year! We collected 24 pairs of Boots for LSSI’s Boots for Kids program, and gifts for 7 children in our immediate Messiah community. We also collected a few dozen hats and gloves that we are using to give to both our Assistance Closet as well as sending to the Night Ministry. Your generosity is a wonderful part of the spirit of Messiah Lutheran Church, and is deeply appreciated.


The children in Miss Terri and Miss Cindy's classes collected over 200 baby and toddler items for the children at Advocate Lutheran Children's Hospital. Pastor Lynne prayed a blessing over the items and the children who will receive them. The children carried all the items to the hospital, received a explanation of what it's like to be a child in the hospital from a Child Life Specialist and then had snack in the hospital cafeteria.   

We continue to joyfully celebrate Christmas for the 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany (January 6), the visit of the Wise Men to the Christ Child.
There are many stories around the origins and meaning of the popular Christmas carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” One says it has its beginnings in the 13th century. Another says it evolved as a secret “catechism” taught to English Catholic children during the time of Catholic persecution in that country. Whatever its history, here is one faith-based explanation of the lyrics to remember as you sing or listen to the carol during your Christmas celebration.
My True Love = God
Me = The Christian
Partridge in a Pear Tree = Jesus in manger
2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope, and Love
4 Calling Birds = The four Gospels
5 Gold Rings = The first five books of the Old Testament
6 Geese a-Laying = Six days of creation
7 Swans a-Swimming = Seven gifts of the Spirit, Isaiah 11:1-2
8 Maids a-Milking = The Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-10
9 Ladies Dancing Nine = Fruits of the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23
10 lords a-leaping = Ten Commandments
11 Pipers Piping = Eleven faithful disciples
12 Drummers Drumming = Twelve points of the Apostle’s Creed

Merry Christmas, and may God be with you and your family in the new year!


On Sunday February 2, 2014, if history is any guide, the world will be watching as two of the teams from the National Football League play for the right to be called Super Bowl Champions. On that day while millions eat and drink at parties while watching the game, millions more will go hungry.
In 1990 the “Souper Bowl of Caring” was born. In that year. the youth of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC addressed the issue of hunger with this Super Bowl Sunday prayer:
“Lord, as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those without even a bowl of soup to eat.”
The prayer inspired this single church to invite 21 other congregations to join them in collecting $5,700, which was donated to local charities that provide assistance to the those in need. Over the past 25 years, more than $50 million has been raised in cash and food for organizations that fight hunger. From a single prayer and a single youth group, the Souper Bowl of Caring has become a powerful nationwide movement that touches more lives each year.
At Messiah, this will be our EIGHTH year participating. Through your generosity we have given over $6,500 and 3,800 food items directly to the Maine Township Food Pantry due to collections around the past 7 Super Bowls! In 2013 alone, we donated nearly $1,200 and over 1,000 food items! For that, we thank you! This year the confirmation class will again lead the event and are hoping, with you help, that we do even better!
We ask that on February 2th, as you leave worship, you drop a donation, no matter how big or how small, in a soup pot. Your donation will go directly to the Maine Township Food Pantry. With your help, more dollars will be raised, more lives will be changed, and more young people will experience the joy of serving Christ by serving others.
Additionally, you can bring a non-perishable food offering that we will also deliver to the Maine Township Food Pantry, there will be baskets in the Narthex labeled “Souper Bowl of Caring” beginning Sunday January 19th and remaining until Super Bowl Sunday.
The over 35 million people in the United States who live in food insecure households would fill over 500 NFL stadiums! Four million dollars will be spent for a 30 second commercial during the Super Bowl and many more millions of dollars are spent to enjoy the Super Bowl experience. However, it can also be a day we choose to turn our thoughts and dollars towards those without a bowl of soup to eat.
Please do not forget a special donation in the Soup Pots after worship. Checks can be made out to Messiah Lutheran Church with a note on the memo line for “Souper Bowl of Caring.”

Julia Mix, 1/1
Richard Seggeling, 1/2
Paul Holzer, 1/3
Nicholas Levy, 1/4
Peter Fox, 1/5
Donald Kovach, 1/7
Ralph Lippert, 1/7
Larry Ryczek, 1/7
Jennifer Schneider, 1/10
Thomas Jason, 1/12
Tait Jensen, 1/12
Ryan Bujalka, 1/13
Mark Jones, 1/13
Kaelyn Yager, 1/16
Raymond Ejnik, 1/20
Lester Herak, 1/20
David Chervinko, 1/22
Heba Penumaka, 1/22
Chris Boomer, 1/23
Karol Kamman, 1/25
Michael Bujalka, 1/28
Lytle Thompson, 1/28

None in January

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,
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
WoW Leader:     Jennie Read

MEMORIAL REPORT as of December 29, 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 for December.

(In Theaters Now)
Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Based (loosely) on Hans Christian Anderson’s story “The Snow Queen,” this is Disney’s latest Princess offering.
I was able to go see this movie after all! We went on Friday after Christmas, and it was so packed we ended up sitting in the handicapped reserved seats because EVERY other seat was full! So I think it will be around for a few more weeks – definitely go and see it!
The real star of this movie is the breathtaking animation. Within the first 5 minutes I was hooked, unable to take my eyes off the way light and color were shown through the ice and snow. Every time I think digital animation cannot get better, it does, and this movie is at the    very top of the list. Add to that the beautiful art direction, which echoes the artistry of Norway in its design and everything from the detailing on the characters’ clothing to the gothic style of the buildings makes it clear you are seeing a story set in the far northlands.
Another plus is the music. Disney has done what it does best and made this into a musical, including several songs that advance the plot and the characters. The powerful duet between sisters Anna and Elsa lyrically shows the conflict between two strong young women who love each other, but don’t know how to connect. And Elsa’s anthem “Let it Go” rockets off the screen, one young woman embracing her destiny and accepting who she is and what she is meant to be. (Not to mention the whopping effects of her building her own ice castle while she sings it.)
The snowman and the reindeer are a riot, and while a number of plot points are fairly predictable, they are well played. The central message – true love conquers anything – is always appropriate. This is a terrific family film that is a perfect winter afternoon treat, suitable for kids of all ages. Enjoy!

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Neil Hauser, the Hauser Family, Steve Schmidt and Debbie Dietrich, Mary Norman, Jean Reeve, JoAnn Wood, Valerie Giorno, Hugh Williams, Cindy Decker, Jim O., Jim S., Anna P., 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, George and Audrey Krell, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Judie Hernandez, Jairam, Richard Reeve, Gnanamari, Val Bowman, Richard Levy, Aidan Ray, and Minerva..   
Jennie Read gave thanks for the marriage of Nicole Norman and Dane Smith … congratulations to the new couple!

Jackie Steigerwald gave thanks for the baptism of baby Henrik Steigerwald in Michigan.

We gave joyful thanks for Matthew Popper as the Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony was held yesterday here at Messiah. Matt's Eagle Scout Project was visioning, designing and implementing the Messiah Prayer and Produce Gardens. We give thanks to God for his commitment to the community and keep him in our prayers while he is in college at Ohio State University.

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!
The Messiah
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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