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The April Messenger Issue #550

Mar 31, 2014

The Messiah

Our community will experience an abundance of worship experiences and activity in the month ahead. We begin the month with Lenten services focused on “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” work through the remaining Sundays of Lent, and enjoy a Holy Week filled with a range of joyful and somber services culminating in the Joyous Resurrection of Our Lord in the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday worship.
In the business of the season, sometimes the opportunity to appreciate the small things is forgotten. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer stated in his book Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community,
“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.”
Research continues to show the importance of gratitude and appreciation for all – people and things. Perhaps you have heard this contemporary saying: “Love People and Use Things – when this becomes ‘Love Things and Use People’, we have mixed it up and this is when trouble occurs.”
In our individual and collective prayers, we ask for healing, for guidance, for forgiveness and for more. When we pray and offer our thanks to God for the smiles on our children’s faces, for the extra time spent with a loved one or for a hug from a friend, we are sharing the gratitude and extending it back to God.    
God has blessed us with many and various people in this world. I invite you to join me in giving thanks every day to God for the gifts and blessings found in the ordinary.
Thank you to each of you who go above and beyond in your service to the ministries here at Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center. I give thanks to God for each and every one of you.
Pastor Lynne

For April and May we’ll continue to focus on quilts and collecting sheets and monetary donations for shipping the kits and quilts. 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 shipping costs for the kits and quilts we plan to send. If we reach 60 each of personal care and school kits and quilts, the cost for LWR to ship all this is $378.00. We got a good start when we started collecting for personal care kits, so let’s keep going! 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!! In April we’ll meet on Sunday, April 27th following worship service. Please join us. Thanks for helping Celebrate 60!    

The Messiah Accessibility Project is showing much visible progress. The winter weather has been responsible for multiple delays, but our general contractor is projecting that we will be able to use the new space by Easter.
As of this writing, the doors have been installed, all windows are in, the HVAC is functional, the painter has finished the primer coat of paint and is working on staining and varnishing the windows and trim, and floor tile has been installed. We have been informed that the carpeting is scheduled to be installed the week before Easter and are waiting on delivery of the lighting fixtures.
Please consider funding one or more of the items on the Donatable List, found on the next page, so you will be able to say, “I paid for that window,” or “We bought the automatic door opener,” or “We funded that light fixture,” etc!

Highlights from March 10th meeting:
•   Planning meeting for Holy Week will be April 5th.
•   The new addition is expected to be completed in time for Easter!
•   Planning is underway for the 60th Anniversary celebration to be held May 18.   

February Attendance
2/2=72, 2/9=52, 2/16=70, 2/23=74
February Giving (Gen. Fund) 2/2=$2985, 2/9=$1572, 2/16=$3441, 2/23=$1587

Mark on the memo line of your check the item which you have selected to sponsor. Your participation in sponsoring is appreciated and will be publicly acknowledged.

Item            Qty   Value

$1 - $100 Items      
Roof (per square foot)      3100   $3
Carpet (per square ft)      1200   $5
Ceramic Floor Tile (per square foot)   300   $14
Paper Towel Dispenser      2   $90
Waste Receptacle      2   $90

$100 - $500 Items      
Bathroom Mirrors      2   $120
Baby Changing Station      2   $135
North Vestibule Sconces      2   $150
Bathroom Exhaust Fans      2   $200
Bathroom Light Fixtures      2   $225
Grab Bars (3 per set)      2   $263
Bathroom windows      3   $280
West Windows (singles)      2   $325
Toilet            1   $335
2014 Cornerstone      1   $350
Exterior Sconces      2   $450
Ceiling Fan         1   $455

$500 - $1,000 Items      
West Exterior stucco Cross   1   $500
Microwave         1   $500
Gathering Place Door Frame   1   $520
Low Level Exit Signs(ea)   5   $535
Exterior Post for door opener   1   $550
Clearstory windows      1   $600
Loft Window         1   $600
East Stained Glass       1   $752
West Windows (doubles)      2   $760
North Window         1   $815
Color Band         1   $850
Kitchenette Sink & Faucet   1   $850
Water Fountain         1   $885
Clearstory windows      2   $900
Sink and Automatic Faucet   2   $975

$1,000 - $2,500 Items      
Upgrade Kitchenette Wall   1   $1,100
New Deck Existing Church Roof   1   $1,300
Refrigerator         1   $1,300
Skylight         1   $1,325
Planter patching existing wall   1   $1,850
North Interior Doors      1 set   $2,090
Automatic Door Opener      2   $2,300

$2,500 - $5,000 Items      
Greeting area Cabinets &
Counter Top         1   $3,100
West Center Window      1   $3,800
Exterior Panic Doors      2 sets   $4,150

$5,000 - $10,000 Items      
Cross (above stained glass)   1   $5,000
Carpet for Narthex and Hallway       $5,000
Kitchenette Cabinets & Counter    1   $5,740
Fire Alarm System      1   $8,000

$10,000 + Items       
Stained Glass Frame & Energy Efficient Glass   1   $10,483
HVAC            1   $22,500

Items still to be priced      
Lighting Fixtures   ?      TBD
Furniture (chairs, tables, etc.)   TBD
Plants                TBD
Landscaping for north and west lawn   TBD
Carillon System             TBD

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

Worship begins with the congregation entering the sanctuary waving palm branches and singing.
The Exodus story of Passover and a traditional Seder Meal.
Communion service including the washing of feet, celebration of the Last Supper, and stripping of the altar.
The message of Good Friday for all ages.
7pm – THE PASSION ACCORDING TO JOHN A service of dramatic reading and darkness.
A progressive service that starts in darkness and ends in the light of the resurrected Christ. Holy Communion is offered, and all are invited to celebrate with a short reception following the service.
MARCH 31 AT 10:15AM
Celebrating the risen Christ!
Easter Breakfast at 8:30 am
Sunday School Egg Hunt at 9:45 am
Worship Service at 10:15 am
60th Anniversary Celebration, May 18   COMMUNITY EGG HUNT
Saturday, April 12
@ 10 AM
Messiah will again be hosting a community-wide Easter Egg Hunt – this is a great event to welcome our community to our campus! We can always use helpers for the Hunt itself, since we usually draw between 50 and 70 kids. As usual we are looking for donations of plastic eggs, as well as small trinkets, stickers and candy to fill the eggs. Suggested types of candy include Starbursts, Mini Tootsie Rolls, Skittles, etc. All candy must be wrapped, and hard candy is discouraged as a choking hazard. Look for the Easter basket in the office hallway during Lent to drop off your donations, and thanks for helping the Easter Bunny!

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, April 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.

Women's Service Group Sunday, April 27th following worship service. 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 and stay as long as you can.


Sunday   Worship Focus   

April 6   Fifth Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm: Psalm 130
2nd Lesson: Romans 8:6-11
Gospel: John 11:1-45   
SS: Jesus Raises Lazarus   
CHAT: Rev. Ron Duty
CON:Jesus of Nazareth: Cost of Discipleship

April 13 Palm Sunday
1st Lesson: Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm: Psalm 31:9–16
2nd Lesson: Philippians 2:5–11
Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11   
SS: New Curriculum   
CON: Jesus of Nazareth: Miracles of Jesus

April 16   Passover Seder
The Exodus Story of Passover
(Ch. 12)   
April 17   Maundy Thursday
1st Lesson: Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm: Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 11:23–26
Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35         

April 18   Good Friday
The Passion of John: John 18:1—19:42         

April 19   Easter Vigil
1st Lesson: Genesis 1:1—2:4a
2nd Lesson: Ex 14:10–31; 15:20–21
3rd Lesson: Isaiah 55:1–11
4th Lesson: Daniel 3:1–29
5th Lesson: Romans 6:3-11
Gospel: John 20:1-18         

April 20   Easter Sunday
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 31:1-6
Psalm: Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24
2nd Lesson: Romans 6:3-11
Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10   Easter Breakfast @ 8:30 AM!
Sunday School Egg Hunt at 9:45 AM!

April 27   Bright Sunday
1st Lesson: Isaiah 55:1–9
Psalm: Psalm 63:1-8
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 10:1–13
Gospel: Luke 13:1–9   
SS: New SS Curriculum   
CHAT: Palestine through the Eyes of Palestinian Christians   
CON: Jesus of Nazareth: Last Days of Jesus’ Life

Saturday, April 5th at 3pm

Worship Assistants, Readers, Altar Guild, and anyone else involved in supporting worship for Holy Week are asked to attend this planning/practice meeting!



April 6   April 13   HOLY WEEK   April 20   April 27
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Ralphie L   Adam H   Readers and Worship Assistants for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday,
and Holy Saturday will be contacted separately.   Nick L,
Thomas Y   Ryan H
Communion Assistants   Tess L   Laura H      Floyd Y   Laura H
Readers   David H   Larry R      Rich L   Kristin Y
Worship Assistants   Andy T   Trygve J      David S   Diane B
Projection   Jim H   Jim H      Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Sue B,
Debbie S   Sue B,
Debbie S      Sue B,
Debbie S   Sue B,
Debbie S
Greeters   Karol K   Karol K      Karol K   Karol K
Altar Guild   Sue K   *      Cindy N   Kathi S
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 …
April 6   In memory of Susan Nugnis by her family.   Available.
April 13   Palm fronds decorate our sanctuary.   Available.
April 20   Special Easter Garden Flowers – see bulletin insert for dedications.   In memory of Marvin Hanson by Dave Hanson.
April 27   By the Ryczek family in memory of Matthew.   Available.

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.

See Calendar Page on website.


Servicemen Addresses Needed
Our folks in the service tend to move around a bit, and we always appreciate updated addresses. EMAIL addresses would be appreciated as well! Contact the office if you have a serviceperson on our prayer list that needs to have their address updated, or if you can provide an email address for them. Thanks!    

Swing Choir Returns to Messiah!
Thursday, July 24 at 7pm
There will be more details later, but for now save the date for this great concert!

The Maine Township High School District 207 Educational Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that operates independently of the District 207 Board of Education. A volunteer Board of Trustees made up of business, education and community leaders governs the Foundation. Established in the spring of 1993, the mission of the Foundation is "To acquire and distribute resources to the students and staff of District 207 for the purpose of providing extended learning opportunities."
Limited funding for education puts enrichment programs and services in jeopardy. Designed to enhance education, the Foundation can make the difference between a good education and an excellent education without using tax dollars.
The Foundation trustees are responsible for determining guidelines for project funding, for selecting projects, and for dispensing funds. However, the trustees encourage suggestions from school personnel, alumni, members of the community and work closely with the District 207 Board of Education to develop creative teaching and learning enrichment programs.
Many of us at Messiah have connections to the Maine Township High Schools because we’ve attended ourselves, we have children who attended or will attend, or just because we are interested in our community. Part of the work of the foundation has also been to partner with the Student-Based Health Center which Messiah has also supported in the past. There is great support from Lutheran General for the Health Center also – another of our community partners. In bringing this foundation to the attention of Messiah’s members, it is hoped that we can all find ways to ”pay it forward” and help support the youth of our community. Check out the foundation’s website: http://maine207foundation.org
One opportunity is the foundation’s annual benefit dinner and silent auction on Thursday, April 10th at the Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont. Details can be found on the foundation’s website, where tickets can also be purchased. It’s a nice evening and a great way to support this worthwhile effort. ~ Carol Hrodey

Messiah will again this year participate in the EcoPalms program for our Palm Sunday greenery! The University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) is working together with the Rainforest Alliance TREES program and Smartwood to certify palms harvested from the forests of Mexico and Guatemala for sale to Christian congregations in the United States and Europe.
The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NACEC) provided the initial financial support enabling CINRAM to start the project. Today, partnerships with wholesaler Continental Floral Greens and distributor Hermes Floral have enabled Eco-Palms to be distributed throughout the United States for Palm Sunday. In addition, partnerships with faith-based organizations such as Lutheran World Relief (LWR), United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the Presbyterian Church of the United States (PCUSA) have helped expand awareness of the Eco-Palms program.
Think about this wonderful program as you wave your beautiful palm fronds on Sunday morning!   


“Death is dead,
Love has won,
Christ has conquered!”
Stuart Townend and Keith Getty
Those nine words from the wondrous Easter hymn, “See, What a Morning!” simply and joyfully proclaim our faith. How can we celebrate such a victory on just one Sunday? Answer: we can’t! After contemplative Lent, the celebration begins Easter (April 20) and continues for 50 days, through Bright Sunday, April 27 (a centuries-old tradition that began when early theologians said God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead: "Risus paschalis - the Easter laugh"), and through the festival of Pentecost on June 8. The music will be joyful and praise-filled as we rejoice in Christ’s resurrection every Sunday. After all, Jesus is the Life of the party!
~ Sue Fox
Hear “See, What a Morning” at http://www.gettymusic.com/hymns-seewhatamorning.aspx


We are excited to introduce new learning for our children! “Bible Song” is the best brain-based curriculum for capturing the hearts of kids with the love of God. The moving, vibrant cartoons on the big screen, hilarious grab-and-read skits, original (Bible verbatim) scripture songs, and interactive art will engage the whole body as a learning tool. Families can look forward to:
•   Kids who can’t wait to come to Sunday School!
•   Third-graders who not only know the stories of Noah and Moses and Jesus, but know the stories of Ezra, Tabitha, Agrippa, and Nehemiah!
•   Sixth-graders who can sing and do American Sign Language for 75 Bible verses from memory!
•   A curriculum that is full of music and requires no musicians!
•   Preschoolers teaching Bible verses to their parents!
•   Children growing into teenagers who talk to their parents about the real stuff of life!
•   Children who go to bed each night knowing they are blessed!
•   Parents who can sleep in peace knowing that they are blessed!
We will begin using the Bible Song program on Palm Sunday, April 13 at 9:00am! Bring your friends!   
The youth group will be on hand Saturday morning to help “hide” eggs and manage the crowds. The Grove and Lippert families and Susan Rice have volunteered to organize this event, so please direct any questions to them. Thanks for your help!!

Saturday, April 12 6-8pm

We will be in the Parsonage. Contact Julie Holzer for more info.

Jade Graham, 4/2
Kimberly Jones, 4/2
Jennifer Manzella, 4/3
Diane Wilson, 4/4
Alexandra Santos, 4/6
Russell Raymond, 4/8
James Seggeling, 4/8
Connie Kaufman, 4/10
Richard Daniels, 4/11
Peter DiVita, 4/12
Dragan Graham, 4/14
Sue Fox, 4/19
Trudi Handzel, 4/23
Samson Markos, 4/23
Jean Seggeling, 4/28   
Eva Thoren, 4/28
Susan Rice, 4/30

Susan and Roger Rice,
4/4/1970, 44 years

Paul and Julie Holzer,
4/20/1996, 18 years

Les and Nancy Herak,
4/30/1977, 37 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   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, 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 March 28, 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 March.

The story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
As our bitter winter weather reluctantly gives way to spring, one of my favorite things begins to happen … baseball movies come out of the woodwork. Scrolling through cable channels reveals multiple choices – The Natural, Field of Dreams, Moneyball, Major League, A League of their Own and others are all getting heavy playtime this time of year. So I was excited to get the opportunity to see a new one: 42 - The Jackie Robinson Story.
I watched this first with my husband, as I was not sure whether it would be appropriate for my 10-year-old. I was concerned that bigotry and hatred towards Jackie would translate into foul language and possible violence, so I wanted to screen the film first. And I was right – those who opposed Jackie’s participation in Major League Baseball did not hold back in using the foulest terms for this young man   However, I intend to watch this again with my daughter. I believe this is an important story about an important (and not so pretty) time in American history (and yes, it is still going on today). And while there is repeated use of the “n” word, most of the derogatory language is not swear words, but are simply the small-minded put-downs of racially minded people.
For me, the best part of this movie is actually Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. His performance is phenomenal. And while Jackie obviously is the hero and legend for what he went through, put up with, and triumphed over, none of this would have happened without someone in authority making a change. An interesting element to this film (well-crafted by writer/director Brian Helegland) is that Rickey is asked 3 times, “Why do this?” And he gives 3 different answers. I believe answer #3 is the real one, truest to his intention, and worth watching the whole film for.
Performances are top notch (Nichole Beharie as Rachel Robinson is subtle and strong), and the love for America’s pastime is evident. I recommend this film for families with older children, especially lovers of baseball. And remember … Jackie Robinson day is April 15th! Now, lets play ball!

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Carol Hrodey, Mark Higgins, Al Bettisch, Cindy Norberg, 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.   

More babies were celebrated in March! We joyfully announced the first Jensen great nephew born! Carson Jensen was born February 6th. Congratulations to the Jensen family!
Also, Luca Stephen Rice was born March 6, and was 6 lb., 7 oz, and 17.5 inches long. This is Susan Rice’s 9th grandchild, and Zac and Sarah Rice are the proud parents. Congratulations!
The Hauser family gave thanks for Neil’s continued healing, and prayers of thanksgiving were offered for the Leadership Team of Messiah Lutheran Church and Childcare Center. We are blessed by all the spiritual gifts!

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
E-mail: PastorLynne@messiahparkridge.org
Homepage: www.messiahparkridge.org
Child Care Center Phone: (847) 825-3767
Child Care Email: MessiahChildCareCenter@gmail.com




1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
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