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The Messiah Messenger > The May Messenger Issue #551
The May Messenger Issue #551

Apr 30, 2014

The Messiah

Anniversary Celebration & New Addition Dedication
May 18

Sixty years ago this month, a group of faithful believers gathered together to begin a new Christ-centered community to worship God and serve God’s children. This month, a group of faithful believers will gather together to worship God and serve God’s children. What has occurred the 60 years between May 1954 and May 2014 has been an amazing example of God’s active presence here in Park Ridge.
Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center has been called “Small but Mighty” in the many ways our community worships and serves. Over the years, the local community has experienced Christ through the Worship Services, Messiah Sunday School, Messiah Lutheran Church Women, Child Care Center, Luther League, Vacation Bible School, Lutheran World Relief, Youth Group, Worship On Wednesday, Souper Bowl Food Collections, Bible Studies, Assistance Ministry, Day of Service, Community Thanksgiving Meal, John 17 Fellowship and numerous other service and fellowship ministries.
For the past eight months the community has watched through the “keyhole” as the Accessibility Project has taken shape; we’ve watched the stained glass Life of Christ windows be dismantled and then reassembled in a new location with new light streaming through. Perhaps you may have noticed that the Christmas and Easter postcard theme was designed to be looking through a keyhole and stained    
glass? And the clarity and brilliance of the wonderful news of God’s active presence can be seen through that keyhole!
Now, dear friends, it is time to unlock the lock, throw open the doors, and take the Good News of Christ out to our community! We are called to go out and proclaim Christ Crucified and Risen! Just as the angel told the faithful believers gathered at the empty tomb:
"Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.' This is my message for you." So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
Pastor Lynne

November 8, 1924 -
April 15, 2014
Martin came to Chicago after early life in Austria. He met and married Christine (Wenz), and built a home of love and laughter. His children, Herb, Moni (Ryczek) and Anita remembered him as a man who worked hard to make a good life and enjoyed a good laugh.
A funeral service was held at Messiah on Saturday, April 19th. We are grateful for Martin and his life among us.   

Our list of items to be donated for the completion of the MAP project has been updated. Many thanks to those who have donated already! We will post a large version of our list in the new space in time for the dedication – you can pick up a “gift tag” and donate to a specific item. Be sure to indicate on your check what you are donating for!

Items are still being collected. If you have something you’d like to donate, please contact the Child Care office prior to May 1st. Auction items will be set up in the Multipurpose Room throughout the week of May 5-9th. Also, volunteers are needed to help run games and meet people.   

Highlights from April 21st meeting:
•   Thanks to all who helped make Holy Week special.
•   Dedication of the addition is coming on May 18th.
•   Assistance is needed for the audit committee.

March Attendance
3/2=72, 3/9=62, 3/16=81, 3/23=85, 3/30=54

March Giving (Gen. Fund)
3/2=$2517, 3/9=$3206, 3/16=$2034, 3/23=$972, 3/30=$3594

Do you think you know what your Spiritual Gifts are? Find out if you are right by taking this free, brief survey at www.HealthierChurch.org. You may be surprised … or maybe not!!
Thank you and Blessings Steve Yager    


On Sunday, May 18th Messiah will look both to its past and to its future. During our worship service we will have liturgy and dialog honoring our 60 years of ministry in Park Ridge, as well as asking a blessing on the new addition we have added to make us a more accessible place of worship. We will be joined by Metro Chicago Synod Bishop Wayne Miller, who will preach the sermon this day.
At 12:00PM we will move outside to the new north-facing front doors, and we will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony, where we will be joined by members of the Park Ridge business and government offices. Press will be on hand to cover the event.
Following the ribbon-cutting, we will return inside to the new Friendship Place area for a reception including light refreshments. We will have photo albums and memorabilia around the campus of our past ministries, as well as a slide show running in the Sanctuary for your viewing enjoyment.
We invite all Messiah’s family, friends, members, acquaintances, and supporters to this momentous occasion. Our hope is that people who used to call Messiah home will be able to join us for this celebration. If you are unable to attend, we would still like to hear from you. Please send your thoughts, prayers, memories, wishes or congratulations to Office@messiahparkridge.org or mail a hardcopy directly to the church.   


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

Saturday, May 3 @ 9 AM

All Brotherhood participants and your friends and any other Messiah members are asked to devote a couple hours the morning to assist with Church landscaping and yard work. We will meet at 9:00 AM for coffee and doughnuts and yard assignments in the Fellowship Hall. If possible bring a shovel and/or rake and gloves.
(Note: this will not change our normal Brotherhood Breakfast meeting for the following Saturday.)

Friday, May 9th &
Saturday, May 10th
The Fair runs Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM, and features games, rides, food, and fun for kids. The Silent Auction will be open for bidding on Friday, May 9th during school hours, and also at 9AM on Saturday while staff is setting up. Bid early and bid often, for the good of the Child Care Center!

Sunday, May 11th
We invite all the women of Messiah to wear hats on Mother’s Day in remembrance of their mothers, and women who have been influential in their lives.

Monday, May 26th

On Memorial Day, Messiah Church & Child Care members will be in the Park Ridge Memorial Day parade. Those that wish to march/roller skate/scooter, etc. in the parade need to meet by Roosevelt School on Fairview near the intersection with Talcott by 9:50am. Streets will be closed off, but you can drop off in the parking lot by the Walgreen's on Devon.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, May 10th 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 - For 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. 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 won’t meet in May because we will be celebrating our 60th!   

May 4   Third Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 2:14a, 36–41
Psalm: Psalm 116:1–4, 12–19
2nd Lesson: 1 Peter 1:17–23
Gospel: Luke 24:13–35
SS: The Great Commission   
CON: Jesus of Nazareth: Jesus’ Death

May 11   Fourth Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 2:42–47
Psalm: Psalm 23
2nd Lesson: 1 Peter 2:19–25
Gospel: John 10:1–10
SS: TBD   
CON: Jesus of Nazareth: Resurrection and Ascention

May 18   Fifth Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 7:55–60
Psalm: Psalm 31:1–5, 15–16
2nd Lesson: 1 Peter 2:2–10
Gospel: John 14:1–14
SS: TBD   
CHAT: Kholould Khoury Pales-tinian Christians   
CON: Review: Video and Discussion

May 25   Sixth Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 17:22–31
Psalm: Psalm 66:8–20
2nd Lesson: 1 Peter 3:13–22
Gospel: John 14:15–21
SS: TBD   
CHAT: No more CHAT Room till Sept   

May 11th
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally “Good Shepherd Sunday.” All three Illinois synods of the ELCA have established an annual “Good Shepherd/ LSSI Sunday.” All ELCA congregations in the state will focus attention on the strong yet gentle caring ministry of LSSI. We will also collect a special offering on that day for LSSI.   

Sunday, May 25th
Bring your bicycles, your tricycles, your scooters, your helmets and your bells to worship with you. As we look forward to the start of the outdoor play season, we want to bless these tools and toys for fun and for safety. Come to worship and bring things with you. We'll gather outside at the conclusion of worship for a special congregational prayer of blessing.

May 4   May 11   May 18   May 25
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Nick L   Haley L   Mikey H   Nikolaus R
Communion Assistants   Rich L   Tess L   Kim H   Larry R
Readers   Larry R   Kristin Y   David H   Marilynn D
Worship Assistants   Pat K   Karen B   Vikki H   Rich L
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Bob B,
Pat F   Bob B,
Connie K   Steve Y,
Pat F   Bob B,
Pat F
Greeters   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D
Altar Guild   Sue K   Sue K   Nancy H   Cindy N
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.

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.

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
May 4   In celebration of the Perzentka’s Anniversary by the Handzels.   In celebration of
Ralphie Lippert’s 11th birthday.
May 11   In celebration of Trygve Jensen’s birthday by the Jensen Family.   In honor of college graduation of her granddaughters Marissa Reeve and Heather Glowacki by Jean Reeve.
May 18   In memory of Bud Duckett by Marilynn Duckett.   In honor of my children and grandchildren by Marilynn Duckett.
May 25   In celebration of Kaelyn Yager by the Yager Family.   Available.

See our calendar page online

Manna Orders are Due May 4th!   

Swing Choir Returns to Messiah!
Thursday, July 24 at 7pm
We are looking for someone to be a contact and coordinate this concert. Please call the church office if you are able to help!

Out of the Office
Jennifer will be out of the office May 6-8 and May 28-30
At this time we are simply planning to close the office, however, if someone is available to come in and “babysit” the phones and email, we would welcome their help! This pays $15 per hour. Please contact Jennifer asap if you are interested.

Daniel Shaughnessy is the 11 year-old son of Miss Cathy in the Child Care Office. Daniel is finishing up fifth grade and will be entering junior high in the fall. When Daniel began special needs preschool when he was 3, he would cry, was not very verbal, didn’t like music or singing and struggled with daily activities. He now spends 90% of his day in a general education classroom, goes to art, gym and music with his classmates. Academically Daniel does well, but socially he still struggles. This is all part of Daniel’s disorder … Daniel has Autism.
Five years ago the Shaughnessy family began Daniel’s Dream, and through the amazing generosity of family and friends have raised over $23,000 in the last five years in support of Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to the support and awareness of families dealing with Autism (1 in 88 children in America). This year’s walk will be Saturday, May 17. To donate to Autism Speaks and/or support Daniel’s team, go to: www.WalkNowForAutismSpeaks.org/Chicago
Enter Daniel’s Dream into the box that says “Join or Support a Team.” Click on the team link, and then click on “Join Our Team” at the top of the page, or just click on the General Team Donation tab to make a donation. Thank you for your generous support!

Dear friends in Christ,
Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa.
This April the people of South Africa have been celebrating 20 years of democracy. It was on April 27, 1994 that the first non-racial democratic elections were held marking the end of Apartheid. There have been many public events, interviews and news articles reflecting on how South Africa has changed since then, or not, on what has been achieved and what challenges remain. While political freedom was achieved economic justice and social equity remain sites of struggle …

(to read the complete letter, please visit www.messiahparkridge.org/rev_phil_knutson.html

… Once again 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 - Southern Africa
Johannesburg, April 17, 2014   

On Good Shepherd Sunday, May 11, our hymn of the day will be ELW 789 “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us.” No one knows who wrote the lyrics to the hymn; however, it first appeared in 1836 in a hymnal for children.
There is a wonderful story associated with this hymn. One Christmas Eve in the 1870’s, Ira Sankey, a well-known musician of the time, was traveling on a steamboat, when passengers asked him to sing for them. He sang "Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us.” Afterwards, one of the passengers pulled him aside and asked if Sankey had served guard duty for the Union army during the Civil War. Sankey answered yes. The other man revealed that he had been in the Confederate army, and on one particular night, he aimed his gun at a Union soldier on patrol. The Union soldier began to sing "Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us." The Confederate soldier, who had often heard his own mother sing that song, stopped and lowered his musket, unable to fire as he heard the words from verse 2: “We are yours; in love befriend us, be the guardian of our way.” The hymn had saved Sankey’s life.
~ Sue Fox


Our terrific kids and their families have done it again. This year’s collection of change to benefit the Maine Township Food pantry netted $919.39 –Since 2002, this collection of coins during Lent has raised over $7900.00 for the Food Pantry. Miss Cindy’s class had a record year, bringing in over $200! Thank you to everyone who contributed for showing us that even the SMALLEST donation has a huge impact!

Beginning June 11th
It is contemporary, fun, casual worship for all ages. The theme this year is “I Am”, and our first worship will be June 11th. Worship starts at 6:30 pm for all, and features praise songs and a short message.
Children are invited to attend the first part of the worship service and then leave to do activities and crafts in the Multipurpose Room – this is our “VBS” portion. More details about the format and topics will be available in next month’s newsletter. Dinner follows the worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

Saturday, May 10
We will be in the Parsonage. Contact Julie Holzer for more info.

Arline Baranowski, 5/1
Harold DiVita, 5/1
Ralphie Lippert, 5/3
Philip Holzer, 5/4
Paula DiVita, 5/8
Nancy Herak, 5/8
Trygve Jensen, 5/10
Darrell Eckert, 5/12   
Tiffany Erthal, 5/12
Roger Jones, 5/15
Helen Levy, 5/17
Jessica Schneider, 5/17
Jacob Stolz, 5/19
Joe Levy, 5/20
Bradley Paulus, 5/20
James Handzel, 5/22
Amber Saul, 5/22
Alyson Allemeier, 5/23
Peter Nugnis, 5/25
Larry Fogel, 5/28   
Bradford Kovach, 5/29
Michelle Litwin, 5/31

Bill and Kirsten Boyce,
5/2/2009, 5 years
Don and MaryJane Kovach,
5/5/1956, 58 years
Jen and Vince Manzella,
5/23/2009, 5 years
Floyd and Kristin Yager,
5/23/1998, 16 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 April 28, 2014
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 April.

Present-day college freshman and devout Christian Josh Wheaton finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson. Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words "God Is Dead" on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future.
I am excited that more of these “faith-based” movies are finding their way into the mainstream cinematic arena. The challenge for these moviemakers, I believe, is to craft a movie that is basically a two-hour sermon WITHOUT making it sound like a two-hour sermon. Some films are more successful than others, and I thought “God’s Not Dead” was a well-crafted, well-acted film, not a sermon.
The story of the college freshman who is given the assignment to prove that “God’s not dead” is the main focus of the film,    but several other storylines are incorporated, include a young woman facing difficult challenges alone, another woman in a Muslim family who is hiding her Christian faith, a business man with no time for anyone but himself, and the wife of the atheist professor, who also happens to be a Christian.
Overall this was a really good movie that I enjoyed seeing with my daughter. There were moments of profound emotion and subtle hints of God’s hand directing events. I don’t want to ruin any surprises, so I won’t go into detail about the story lines. I will say that they all weave together eventually and culminate at a Newsboys concert, where several of the characters are given a chance to feel and understand the Gospel in a true-to-life setting.
For me the most interesting aspect was that during the credits, dozens of court cases are listed of past, present and possibly future instances where students are being discriminated against for their faith. This is what the movie was based on, and I was shocked to see how many there were.
I really recommend it. It has been out for a few weeks, so may not be around long. Let’s show Hollywood that we’d like to see more of these kinds of movies!

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Floyd Yager, Phyllis, Dan Kivel, Ron Wenn, 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, JoAnn Wood, Hugh Williams, Tom Jason, Martin Ruterschmidt, Ruez Family, Janis, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Rosalie Lucarelli, Harold Hjelm, George and Audrey Krell, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Richard Reeve, Gnanamari, Val Bowman, Richard Levy, Aidan Ray.   

We were thrilled to celebrate The Lord's Supper with the students who have completed the First Communion class. We joyfully welcomed Kyle Hauser, Michaelene Marchetta and Carlos Santos to the Lord's table!
Marlyn Wenn joyfully reported that Mary Norman has much improved, and can be taken off our prayer list. Thanks be to God for answered prayers!

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!

Jennie Read
704 N Delphia
Park Ridge, IL 60068

David Swanson

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




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