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The Messiah Messenger > The February Messenger Issue #548
The February Messenger Issue #548

Jan 30, 2014

The Messiah

It is an exciting time to be at Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center! The MAP construction has offered many opportunities to expand our understanding and vision as walls have gone up and the roof protects us from the elements. The new placement of the openings for doors and windows offers new ways to look out into the world. The new streams of light coming in from the skylights remind us to look up and offer praises to God. The cut-out for the new north vertical Life of Christ windows gives hope for reaching out and welcoming the community to the north, including Lutheran General. The multiple windows on the west side will continue to provide views of our neighbors to the west, including Maine East High School.
Just as Jesus called the church in Laodicea to repent in a vision of himself knocking at a door (Revelation 3:20), we are called to renew our fellowship with Christ through the newly relocated doors and windows. The church in Laodicea had become complacent in their mission and "lukewarm in their faith." Jesus challenged them to repent... in the Greek (metanoeo) and Hebrew (nacham and shub), the meaning is "to turn or change ways." In turning around, one is given new vision and understanding. With new vision and understanding, our faithfulness is renewed and we are better equipped to be disciples for Christ.
Moving doors and windows gives new perspective as we view things with new vision. Our minds open up and we see new ways to look out and new ways to go out. When we are able to look and go out in new ways, we take the love of Christ with us. We are able to invite others who have been looking in, to come in and meet Christ.
I invite you to look and see through different openings. How will you go out? How will you bring others in?
“‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name." ... "Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me." Revelation 3:8, 20


As we come to the end of a record cold, snowy January, the addition is now under a roof! Weather has caused delays, but progress is being made, and completion is currently scheduled for early March.
Some windows have been installed. The skylight is in. The stained glass window frame has been removed to be cleaned and refurbished before being installed in its new location. The HVAC unit has been delivered. The roof will soon be shingled.
The MAP Committee will be meeting with the architect and general contractor the first week of February to finalize decisions concerning interior details such as wall color(s), floor tile, kitchenette cabinets and counter tops, carpeting, etc.
A list of items that can be sponsored by members and friends will soon be available.

Highlights from January 20th meeting:
•Approved the use of the multipurpose room for Julie Holzer for Feb 1st for her scrap booking group.
•Approved 2014 budget and Initiatives for 2014
•May 7th was set as our 60th Anniversary celebration.

December Attendance
12/1=53, 12/8=53, 12/15=58, 12/22=56, 12/24 (4pm)=71, 12/24 (10pm)=49, 12/25=49, 12/29=45
December Giving (Gen. Fund)
12/1=$2749, 12/8=$2158, 12/15=$3395, 12/22=$2259, 12/29=$1867

One of our longstanding ministry groups moved to Resurrection Hospital for meeting space at the end of January. The CA Group has been a positive outreach at Messiah for over 7 years, and has provided support to hundreds of people living with addictions. Due to changes in regulations, the group is now required to meet on hospital grounds to allow for current patients at the hospital to attend. We wish this vital group all the best in their new surroundings.

We’re off to a good start with collecting towels for the Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. As of January 19th we have 17 – just about one-third of the way to the goal of 60! We’ll continue to collect towels through February 16th with hopes of meeting our goal by then. If you are not a shopper, you can donate money and we’ll shop for you. A donation of $10.00 is requested. If we find a sale somewhere, the remainder of the money will go to LWR for shipping the kits. If you decide to shop for a towel and find a good sale, please let us know and we’ll spread the word. Look for the sign-up sheet and posters outside the church office. The posters will be updated each month with the next thing on the “wanted list.” After towels we’ll be collecting soap. Each kit is to contain 2 bars of soap so we’ll need 120 bars! We already have had some donated so we’re already on our way. Remember to check the posters for our progress toward 60 personal care and school kits and 60 quilts to CELEBRATE 60 years of Messiah! ~ Carol Hrodey & Trudi Handzel

Wanted: 120 bars of soap for Personal Care Kits (plus continued collection of towels).
Description: Bath soap in 4-5 oz bars in original wrapping (place in wicker baskets in narthex or outside church office).
Since 2010, Messiah has followed a Prayerful Process in discerning future leadership. The process is biblically based, and the group has prayerfully established the Spiritual Gifts of the future leaders. This year, we were blessed to have experienced the Spiritual Gifts Workshop and were guided by the learnings of our new Spiritual Gifts Coordinator, Steve Yager. Each year has brought new revelations of Christ's work among us from the participants. This year, three new leaders have been lifted up and have accepted the opportunity to lead Messiah.
Cindy Norberg: A longtime Messiah member, Cindy has recently been active in many ministries including Altar Guild, Assisting Minister, Reader, Women's Service Group and Assistance Ministry.
Debbie Sasak: Since joining Messiah in 2012, Debbie has been involved with the Property Committee, Landscaping, Usher, Thanksgiving Dinner, Youth Group Chaperone, and Assistance Ministry.
Trygve Jensen: Trygve has grown up in Messiah and participated in many ways before going to college. Since his graduation and return, he has been active and has been an Assisting Minister, Reader, Youth Group Chaperone and SS assistant.

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

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.    
Sunday, Feb. 2nd
following the worship service

Remember to show your support for this annual food and funds drive by our Youth Group. All monies collected go to the Maine Township Food Pantry. Drop your cash in the soup pot, or add your canned goods to the Wall of Food … every little bit helps fight hunger in our community!

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, February 8th 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, February 16th following worship. Please join us to put together quilts – more help is needed! No sewing experience is necessary – men and women are welcome! Bring a bite to eat if you wish and stay as long as you can.

Ash Wednesday, 3/9
Lenten Worship Services   

Feb. 2   4th Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Micah 6:1–8
Psalm: Psalm 15
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 1:18–31
Gospel: Matthew 5:1–12   
SS: Moses, Pharaoh and the Plagues   
CHAT: Holy Baptism Rev. Ron Duty   
CONF: Apostle’s Creed #2: Christ our Redeemer

Feb. 9   5th Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Isaiah 58:1–12
Psalm: Psalm 112:1–10
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 2:1–16
Gospel: Matthew 5:13–20   
SS: The Passover   
CHAT: Holy Baptism Rev. Ron Duty   
CONF: Apostle’s Creed #3:The Holy Spirit

Feb. 16   6th Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Deut. 30:15–20
Psalm: Psalm 119:1–8
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 3:1–9
Gospel: Matthew 5:21–37   
SS: Escape from Egypt   
CONF: Sacraments: Baptism and Communion

Feb. 23   7th Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Lev. 19:1–2, 9–18
Psalm: Psalm 119:33–40
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 3:10–11, 16–23
Gospel: Matthew 5:38–48   
SS: Wandering in the Desert   
CONF: Video/ Review: TBD - Nooma

Sunday, Feb 2 & 9 at 9 am
Rev. Ron Duty will be leading a two-week series on Baptism focused on Luther's Small Catechism. All adults are welcome to come and chat about this!

   Feb. 2   Feb. 9   Feb. 16   Feb. 23
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Haley L   Mikey H   Nikolaus R   Nick L
Communion Assistants   Teresa L   Kim H   Larry R   Rich L
Readers   Thomas Y   Nick L   Dina S   Arden S
Worship Assistants   Cindy N   Andy T   Trygve J   Diane B
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Dave K,
Connie K   Steve Y,
Rich L   Dave K,
Connie K   Dave K,
Connie K
Greeter   Diane W   Diane W   Diane W   Diane W
Altar Guild   Cindy N   Kathi S   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.
Feb. 2    by the Handzels in honor of Mrs. Perzentka’s birthday.   Available.
Feb. 9   In loving memory of Jamie Levy.   Available.
Feb. 16   by the Ryczek Family in honor of Nikolaus’ 12th birthday.   in memory of grandmothers Viola and Evelyn from the Hausers.
Feb.23   by Brad and Pat Kovach in memory of Joan Miller.   Available.

See Calendar Page on Website
Manna Dates for 2014
For 2013 we are continuing with Manna orders on the FIRST Sunday of the month. So for the next five months, dates are as follows:

February 2 – order due    February 6 – cards available
March 2 – order due       March 6 – cards available
April 6 – order due       April 10 – cards available
May 4 – order due       May 8 – cards available
June 1 – order due      June 5 – cards available

Also, for the MOST up-to-date order form, visit our web page and click on the link for Manna on the home page. This will take you directly to the Manna website and most recent order form. The form changes often, so this is your best bet. Then, you can either print out the form and drop it off by the due date, or simply send an email to the office with the cards you want. Thank you for your continued support of this program! Any questions, please call Kathi Scheck or Diane Wilson.
Perhaps you've heard of “Pay it Forward?” The phrase comes from the movie Pay It Forward (Warner Bros., 2000), starring Helen Hunt, Kevin Spacey, and Haley Joel Osmet. In its depictions of broken people struggling to do good deeds for one another, the story illustrates both the challenge of loving others and the unexpected way in which blessings shared become blessings multiplied.
We have an opportunity to have a “Pay It Forward with Premier” fundraiser to fund Messiah's Assistance Ministry. Premier Designs jewelry representative, Crystal Levy, has offered to hold a fashion jewelry party on Sunday February 23 following worship. Fifty percent (50%) of profit from any purchases up to and that day would go towards the Assistance Ministry Fund. All purchasers would also receive a raffle ticket for jewelry.
Crystal is very excited about helping Messiah and “Paying it Forward with Premier.” Visit www.premierdesigns.com to see the beautiful jewelry selections that will be available for sale.
During the season of Epiphany, the lessons outline the life of discipleship. On February 9, Gloria Dei Choir will sing the African-American spiritual, “Lord, I Want to be a Christian in My Heart,” a response to Jesus’s call to follow Him. The first verse expresses the desire to be a Christian. The remaining 3 verses are prayers for growth: to be more loving, more holy, and to live more like Jesus.
It is believed that this spiritual first appeared in the 1850’s, and is thought to be based on a conversation between a slave and a minister. The slave asked to learn more about the life of Jesus and how following Him might change his life, saying in conclusion, “Sir, I want to be a Christian.” Gloria Dei will offer this anthem, in praise to God, as it’s traditionally sung: as a call and response, with a soloist singing the first 2 lines of the verse, and the choir responding with the last 2 lines in 4-part harmony.
~ Sue Fox


Participants will explore the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion: Why do we practice these traditions? Who should be baptized and when? How does taking communion affect my life and faith? This retreat will help youth take a closer look at what Luther’s Small Catechism has to say about these sacraments, and how these traditions bring them into Christian community.
Music, games, worship, Toboggan Slide (weather permitting), friends, fellowship and fun are all part of this weekend!
Singer, songwriter and worship leader Celia Whitler will join youth at the retreat. This event is being hosted collaboratively by Lutherdale and the Chicago Youth Ministry network for youth of the Metro Chicago Synod, with confirmation programming for 6th-8th graders and Bible study activities for 9th-12th graders.
WHERE: Lutherdale Bible Camp
N7891 US Hwy 12
Elkhorn, WI 53121
Office 262.742.2352
WHO: 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th-grade youth (attending from Messiah are Amalia Ruez, Alex Ruez, Julia Fogel, Pastor Lynne and one more adult)
WHEN: Arrive Friday at 7pm, depart Sunday at 10am

Ethan Ash, 2/2
Christopher Scheck, 2/2
Jean Reeve, 2/3
Linda Larson, 2/4
Melanie Moon, 2/4
Maureen Dieball, 2/8
William Norberg, 2/9
Kristin Rosequist, 2/11
Bob Hanson, 2/16
Linka Jones, 2/17
Joseph Rosequist, 2/17
Lisa Saul, 2/18
Timothy Saul, 2/18
Nikolaus Ryczek, 2/19
Sarah Nugnis, 2/24
Rosemary Paulus, 2/26
Audrey Krell, 2/27

Dave and Connie Kaufman – 2/28/1976, 38 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,
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 January.

(In Theaters Now)
A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job is threatened, he takes action in the real world, breaking out of his shell to find adventure … and himself.
I am a HUGE fan of the original film, starring Danny Kaye. Whenever I happen to catch it on TCM I watch it with joy. Kaye’s imaginary characters leap full-fledged from his mind and become full-bodied with his comedic talent. I was very excited to see a preview for this remake several months ago, and treated myself to it for my birthday. ?
While the basic idea of the film is the same as the original, the finished product is completely different. Walter is a shy, quiet man who harbors a creative genius. In the original film, Walter’s talent is exploited by his boss at a pulp magazine company. In this film, starring Ben Stiller (in the best role I’ve ever seen him do), Walter’s talent is recognized by Life Magazine photographer Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn), who travels around the world having   adventures Walter can only dream about, sending back iconic photos for the covers of Life Magazine. O’Connell sends Walter a final gift of “the best photo he’s ever taken” when he learns that the magazine is being bought out. Unfortunately, this priceless negative goes missing, and Walter must embark on his own adventure to find it.
I thought this movie was a loving tribute to imagination and courage, with real moments of profound beauty and heart. There were laugh-out-loud bits (like the fight scene involving Stretch Armstrong), and heartbreakingly glorious celebrations of life (like skateboarding down a mountain in Iceland). I loved the interaction between Walter and the woman he likes – and I LOVED that he does not go on his epic journey just to please her. She is his muse, but not his purpose, and I liked and respected that.
I think this is a sweet, warm, wonderful movie to share with your family. There is one swear word in the whole thing (that sort of gets swallowed up in the action) so it is very “clean” film. And the messages about believing in yourself, and finding your own voice, and breaking trails to your future are good ones for us all to remember. The soundtrack is phenomenal, the acting first rate, and the story is an invitation to adventure.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Victoria Candiotti, Barb Loverme, 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.   

We give joyful thanks for Fred Biederman of the MCS Hunger Team for his work with eliminating hunger. Fred joined us in worship to share with us a Temple Talk about this ministry.

The Ruez Family gives thanks to God that Alesha is home. They are also thankful for all the prayers and support from their Messiah family.

The Yager Family gives joyful thanks in celebration of the marriage of niece Maggie Tinkoff to Cory Sandford (on our military prayer list) on 12/20/13 in Orlando. May God bless this union!

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!

New directories will be available at the Annual Meeting. If you would like a directory mailed to you, please contact the office.

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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Park Ridge, IL 60068
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