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The Messiah Messenger > The March Messenger Issue #549
The March Messenger Issue #549

Feb 28, 2014

The Messiah

Lent is approaching, yet do we look with anticipation to the traditions of prayer, fasting and almsgiving for 7 weeks or 40 days? Perhaps you have wondered if it is really necessary to do without? What if additional spiritual practices were added to enhance the preparation time for the Easter celebration? And, how can an already busy family add to the season of preparation without adding unnecessary stress? Here are some ideas:
1. Pray together as a family. If you’ve never done this, start each day with a breakfast prayer or pray as the kids get going to school. Focus each beginning prayer on “Where will we see God today?”
2. Designate a Family Night each week. Take turns picking an activity and selecting the meal. Keep this time sacred and focus on the sensory parts of the meal. Create special placemats, light candles, change the location (outdoors, basement, garage) so as to allow the senses to be awakened to the presence of God.
3. Begin planting fruits and vegetables. Start indoors with seeds and plan the harvest times to coincide with local food pantry needs.
4. Reconnect and visit those who are homebound, or in the hospital. Take time to listen, ask questions about their faith, family and life. With their permission, record these experiences with photos, audio or written journals.
5. Read spiritual readings. Select passages from the Psalms, Exodus, Ecclesiastes, any book of the Bible, poetry, or The Chronicles of Narnia. Decide on a book as a family and take turns reading it together each evening.
6. Make time to share the visual and musical arts with your family. Discover a new art gallery, begin guitar lessons, experiment with oil painting or attend a concert.
7. Keep a journal for the family. Record an entry each day with contributions from all members. Entries can be drawn, created crafts, written, audibly or visually recorded.
There are many possible additions to your family’s spiritual practices during Lent. Involving everyone in the process of choosing what to add will be key to keeping the practices sacred. And, there may be some practices that stick around long after Lent and Easter!

The lap blankets that were made on our Service Day back in September were donated last month to the residents of St. Matthews Center for Health. Many thanks to all those who participated in creating and delivering these lovely items!

We have recently learned that Nancy Elizabeth Smith, nee Leddy, of Barrington, formerly of Park Ridge and still a current member of Messiah, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Prairieview at the Garlands, Barrington. She was born May 5, 1924, in Chicago and was the beloved wife of the late Grant M. Smith. After her schooling, Nancy worked as a model for Patricia Stevens Modeling Agency in Chicago where she met her husband, Grant. She later became a mother and homemaker during which time she also worked at Marshall Fields for over 15 years. Upon retiring, Nancy dedicated countless volunteer hours at Good Shepherd Hospital in the maternity ward caring for new moms and their infants. She adored the city of Chicago and was an avid Cubs fan. Nancy loved entertaining, taking long walks, visiting her kids, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Highlights from Feb 24th meeting (delayed a week due to inclement weather on the 17th.):
• Dates were identified for First Communion (April 27th) and for 60th Anniversary Celebration (May 18th).
• There was a discussion regarding property care including two topics in particular - increased snow removal required this winter and how best to communicate with outside groups about cleaning and security when using the facilities.   
January Attendance
1/5=21, 1/12=58, 1/19=71, 1/26=63
January Giving (Gen. Fund)
1/5=$1674, 1/12=$1970, 1/19=$1049, 1/26=$2214

HOORAY! We now have enough towels, soap, nail clippers, toothbrushes & combs for 60 Personal Care Kits!! Also - we have $100 toward the $159 for shipping the kits. Thanks for the great response and generous donations!! Before we start on collections for the School Kits we'd like to focus on quilts in March. We need flat sheets for the backing - they can be twin, full, queen or king. New is great - or clean, gently used ones without stains or rips are OK too. Please place sheets in wicker baskets in narthex or outside the church office. We will also focus on collecting the remaining $59 for shipping the Personal Care Kits. Place monetary donations in the angel kettle (outside of church office) or in the offering plate (designate for LWR kits). And please join us to work on quilts - remember no sewing experience necessary!! We are scheduling extra opportunities (see next page) so we can meet our goal of 60 quilts! Please join us. Thanks for helping to Celebrate 60!

It comes as no surprise to anyone that we have already paid way more for snow removal this year than we have budgeted for. Contributions to offset this cost would be greatly appreciated. Can you help? Mark your envelope “snow removal” – every extra dollar is appreciated!   

A Conversation with Jarrett Payton
and Camille Paddock Wed., March 12, 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Maine West High School
Jarrett Payton, son of Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton, will discuss the dynamics of bullying and encourage students to find common ground with classmates and respect each other's differences. He will be joined by Camille Paddock, a young woman with her own story about bullying. Preregistration is required for this free event. Go to www.mainetownship.com/bullying for more information.

Members of our John 17 Fellowship are offering alternative worship experiences for Lent!
St. Isaac Jogues (847-633-1180)
Thursdays: Lent Soup Suppers & “Christ and the Arts” series 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Fridays: Divine Mercy Chaplet & Stations of the Cross, 3:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Labyrinth Walk: Thursday, Mar. 20, 6:00-8:30 p.m. and Friday, March 21,
8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Meditative walk on maze patterned after Chartres Cathedral.
Holy Trinity-Glenview (847-724-6060)
Wednesdays: 6:00pm Lenten Supper and 7:00 Service

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

Saturday March 15 at 7:30 AM
Notice to all the men of Messiah Lutheran Church - our monthly breakfast this coming March has been changed. As we have done for several years now we will not have our regular get together at the local restaurant, but instead will be attending the “Park Ridge Prayer Breakfast” at the Park Ridge Country Club on Prospect Ave. in Park Ridge. We MUST register in advance for this event. Forms must be filled out and sent in by March 5th! If you need a form, please contact Rich Seggeling or the Church Office asap or call 847-825-4630 for more info.
This is the 49th meeting of this annual event for the men of our community. It is because of the support our group and groups and individuals like us provide that this fine event is able to continue a tradition dedicated to our community and our nation under God. The food is excellent, they keep it moving pretty fast and we have an inspirational speaker who promises a meaningful message. This year’s speaker is Dr. Greg Kirschner. If you have not attended in the past, or it has been awhile please, consider attending. Invite a friend or bring your son(s) and/or grandson. Hope to see you there!   
Well, we don’t have an exact date yet, but we have been told that our new addition will be FINISHED BY EASTER! We will let you know when the dedication ceremony will be held as soon as we have a solid date!

Women's Service Group Thursday, March 6th at 1:00 and other will be Sunday, March 16th following worship service. (Yep … two chances to help this month!) 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.

Community Egg Hunt, April 12
Holy Week, April 13-20
Bright Sunday/First Communion, April 27
(And hopefully some warmer weather!!!!)

Mar. 2   Transfiguration of our Lord
1st Lesson: Exodus 24:12–18
Psalm: Psalm 2
2nd Lesson: 2 Peter 1:16–21
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9   
SS:Almost to the Promised Land   
CONF: Jesus of Nazareth 1: Mary and Joseph

Mar. 9   1st Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Gen 2:15–17;3:1–7
Psalm: Psalm 32
2nd Lesson: Romans 5:12–19
Gospel: Matthew 4:1–11   
SS: Jesus' Journey to the Cross Part 1   
Jesus of Nazareth 2: Jesus Birth and Boyhood

Mar. 16   2nd Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Genesis 12:1–4a
Psalm: Psalm 121
2nd Lesson: Rom 4:1–5,13–17
Gospel: John 3:1–17   
SS: Jesus' Journey to the Cross Part 2   
Jesus of Nazareth 3:Jesus’ Ministries

Mar. 23   3rd Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Exodus 17:1–7
Psalm: Psalm 95
2nd Lesson: Romans 5:1–11
Gospel: John 4:5–42
SS: Jesus' Journey to the Cross Part 3
Jesus of Nazareth 4: The Parables

Mar. 30   4th Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: 1 Samuel 16:1–13
Psalm: Psalm 23
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 5:8–14
Gospel: John 9:1–41   
SS: Jesus' Journey to the Cross Part 4   
Jesus of Nazareth 2:
CONF: No Class – Spring Break

Ash Wednesday March 5 Lent begins with Ash Wednesday services at 9:15 AM and 7:00 PM. Please note that the early service will be DURING our Child Care Chapel time, and we will be offering imposition of ashes to children as well as adults. THEN …

Supper, Service & Study
TUESDAYS beginning March 11
6:15 PM - Light Supper
7:00 PM - First Communicants Class departs for study
7:00 PM – Lenten Service
Looking for a daytime Lenten option? Join Pastor Lynne and the residents of Sunrise Assisted Living for bible study every Tuesday at 1:30 PM. Sunrise is at 1725 West Ballard Road.

   Mar. 2   Mar. 9   Mar. 16   Mar. 23   Mar. 30
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Michael Y   Arden S   Thomas Y   Samantha   Julia F
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   Debbie S   Floyd Y   Jennie R   Rhonda C
Readers   Rich L   Susan R   Eric G   Jennie R   Rhonda C
Worship Assistants   Pat K   David S   Rich L   Karen B   Vikki H
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Pat F, Susan R   Pat F, Susan R   Pat F, Susan R   Pat F, Susan R   Pat F, Susan R
Greeter   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D
Altar Guild   Sue K   Sue K   Cindy N      
Counters   Paul H, *   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.
Mar. 2   In honor of Mom’s 98th birthday by Diane Wilson.   Available.
Mar. 9   In honor of the Handzel’s anniversary.   By Sue Peter and Andrew in honor of John’s birthday.
Mar. 16   In memory of Charity Grove by her daughter Susan Rice.   Available.
Mar.23   In honor of Kristin Yager’s birthday.   Available.
Mar. 30   In loving memory of Pastor Paul Stolz by Messiah Lutheran Church.   Available.

See our Calendar page online
60th Anniversary Team Needed!
On Sunday, May 18th, we will have a celebration of Messiah’s 60 years in ministry and worship. We need a few individuals to plan and coordinate this celebration. Watch the YES! Sheets for an opportunity to volunteer, or contact the office directly if you are interested! This will be a short-term commitment – perfect for those with limited schedules!    
Many thanks to young Mr. Patrick who helped again this year with our End-of-Year shredding of financial records. Your help is always appreciated!

The Child Care Center email address has CHANGED!! It is now
Please make a note of this.   

Manna Dates for March
March 2 – order due
March 6 – cards available
Great for early Easter Basket Shopping!

Dear friends in Christ,
A few days ago we went to see the film 12 Years a Slave which recently began showing in South Africa. The horrors of centuries of slavery cannot be demonstrated in even the most graphic movie. While the events portrayed took place in the 1840’s it is sobering to realize that the Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. only took place in the 1960’s and the ending of Apartheid in South Africa with democratic elections in 1994. Tragically discrimination, violence and exploitation on the basis of race, religion, class and gender continue around the world.
See Rev. Knutson’s full letter at
Thank you for your prayers and continuing support through the ELCA Global Church Sponsorship program. We look forward to visiting during our Home Assignment this summer.
Yours faithfully,
Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission Regional Representative – Johannesburg Southern Africa


“Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.”
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Isaac Watts, 1707
In one of the most beloved hymns ever written, Isaac Watts beautifully describes our lives as Christians. Rather than giving something up for Lent, why not add an act of service? We invite you to join the Gloria Dei “40 Day Choir” for Lent and Easter. The “40 Day Choir” is a great way to experience leading worship through singing, and there is no obligation past Easter. Beginning Tuesday, March 11, rehearsals will be immediately after mid-week Lenten worship until about 9pm, in the Multi-purpose room. Please join us, using your time and talent, serving our God in preparation for our joyous Easter celebrations!
- Sue Fox

Saturday, March 29 starting at 5pm

This year’s Winter Jam Tour features such great bands as Newsboys, Tenth Avenue North, and Newsong. For just $10 per person you get FIVE HOURS of great Christian rock music in a wonderful atmosphere. We can meet at Messiah at 3pm and carpool out to the Sears Center Arena in Hoffman Estates, or just try to meet up out there. You must bring CASH for the door, and the earlier you get in line the better the seats are – trust us!
Then, following the concert (over about 10pm) anyone who wants to can come back to the Parsonage for an overnight lockin. Contact Julie Holzer or the Church Office for more information.    

If you have a child who is the right age for First Communion, contact Pastor Lynne to get enrolled in the class asap. Classes will be on Tuesday nights from 7:00 – 7:45 pm. First Communion with your child will be celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as “Bright Sunday,” April 27th at 10:15 am.

Saturday, March 8 6-8pm
We will be making sack lunches for those who need assistance. Food donations requested and appreciated. We will be in the Parsonage. Contact Julie Holzer for more info.

We are exploring a new Sunday School program that will involve the families of our congregation in a new and exciting way. Stay tuned for more details, we hope to “kick it off” in April.


Madelyn Palos, 3/1
Joyce Johnsen, 3/4
Marilyn Borgeson, 3/6
George Hrodey, 3/7
Kim Hanson, 3/8    
John Fox, 3/9
Nydia Santos, 3/9
Julie Holzer, 3/10
Emma Penumaka, 3/12
Samantha Fogel, 3/15
Deborah Chervinko, 3/16
Zachary Loverme, 3/20
Nicholas Boomer, 3/21
Dina Salemi, 3/22   
Amalia Santos, 3/22
Adeline Sauer, 3/23
Mark Wiberg, 3/23
Kristin Yager, 3/24
William Downie, 3/28
Alan Christiansen, 3/29

Jim and Trudi Handzel – 3/8/86, 28 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:    Debbie Sasak
Treasurer:    Larry Ryczek
Financial Sec.:    Paul Holzer

David Hanson, Bob Bisgard, Karen Black, Carol Hrodey, & Marilynn Duckett   
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, Cindy Norberg, 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
Spiritual Gifts Coordinator: Steve Yager
Stewardship & Mission: Andrew Travis
Worship Assistants:    David Swanson
Worship Readers:    Rich Levy
WoW Leader:     Jennie Read

MEMORIAL REPORT as of February 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.
No memorials to report for February.

The Hunger Games movies are based on a 2008 science fiction novel by Suzanne Collins. The story is of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the dystopian, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation by using “The Hunger Games,” an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death.
I watched the first film last year, and am still feeling the effects of it. Every time I hear on the news about a youth or child causing harm to someone else, this particular movie comes to mind. I will admit I have never read the books, and many people whose opinions I value have told me that they are very good. But I am so disturbed by the basic theme of the story that I have little interest in reading them … watching the first movie was enough, thank you. And I have no intention of watching the second. The story here is about a society so messed up that to keep people happy they have developed a barbaric contest that pits children against each other. And it is a fight to the death. Only by killing the other contestants can the young people hope to bring honor to their faction (or town, or city, or family, however you want to look at it).
Do I think Katniss is a strong female character who thinks quickly and relies on her own extensive resources to survive? Absolutely (and Jennifer Lawrence is terrific in this role), but what frightens me is that the moral lesson here … that this is fundamentally WRONG on every level … seems to take a back seat. The contestants even go so far as to group together in little “alliances” in order to advance in the contest, knowing all the while that at some point they will have to kill the person they are currently working with.
Perhaps at the end of the trilogy the government will be overthrown and some respect for human life as the most precious resource we own will be restored. I am not willing to find out. I do not recommend these movies at all – the one I saw was disturbing enough to last me a lifetime.
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Lippert Family, Randy S, Audrey Vandlik, Rani and Sadgunarao (Neena’s parents), Mrs. Lippert (Ralph’s mother), Steve W., Victoria Candiotti, Barb Loverme, Neil Hauser, the Hauser Family, Steve Schmidt and Debbie Dietrich, Mary Norman, JoAnn Wood, Hugh Williams, Tom Jason, Martin Ruterschmidt, Ruez Family, Janis, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Jean B., Arlene Baranowski, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Rosalie Lucarelli, Harold Hjelm, George and Audrey Krell, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Judie Hernandez, Jairam, Richard Reeve, Gnanamari, Val Bowman, Richard Levy, Aidan Ray.   

Both Cindy Decker and Jean Reeve contacted us to say thank you for the prayers … they are doing much better now, and can be taken off the prayer list.
The Hauser Family gave thanks to God that Neil is home form the hospital, having completed cancer treatment, and is beginning the recovery process.
We gave thanks for God for the gift of cooking as Quin Santucci has made it to the state cooking competition!
The Handzels gave thanks for the birth of Casey Nichole Broxterman, born February 5 to Trudi’s oldest niece, and the Dumerers give thanks for a weekend together at home!
Les and Nancy Herak gave thanks for the birth of thier granddaughter, Ava Veronica Manzella. Ava is the second great granddaughter for Joyce Johnsen, so the whole family is excited!

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 were handed out 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: MessiahChildCareCenter@gmail.com




1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
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