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The June Messenger Issue #552
The June Messenger Issue #552
May 30, 2014
FROM THE PASTOR
ENJOY SUMMER GROWTH
Can it be? Is it true? Is winter really over? Yes, it seems that despite the unpredictable weather, the seasons of Pentecost and Summer have arrived!
This summer, we are blessed to have new opportunities for growth, worship, fellowship, prayer, food and fun!
Looking to grow your faith and Worship? We look forward to the WoW (Worship on Wednesdays) as Deacon Jennie Read has planned Cross+Generational fun for us to help in growing as children of God. All children of God, all ages are welcome to come and Share, Read, Talk, Pray and Bless!
Or, join us we plant things that grow in the ground such as annuals, perennials and grasses! There is a depth to gardening that goes beyond the visible produce of flowers or food. Gardens can offer so much more to a community – like fellowship! The process of gardening (weeding, preparing, planting, maintaining, harvesting) enhances the relationships in the community as well.
The Friendship Place is a wonderful addition to the fellowship space of the Messiah campus. Are you looking for a place to be quiet, pray, share food or study God’s Word with a friend? Come inside, bring a friend or make a new friend and enjoy our new welcoming Friendship Place!
The power of God’s Word is present and available for you these Pentecost and Summer seasons. I pray that you feel God’s transforming love present in each of your relationships. As we strive to be good stewards of God’s blessings, it is our privilege to explore ways that the Messiah campus might be able to offer sanctuary as well as food to those in need of both.
I invite you to join us this summer as we live the ELCA’s theme of “God’s Work. Our Hands.” I pray that the experience will offer you an opportunity for reflection, growth and renew your spirit with peace and comfort!
FRIENDSHIP PLACE COMPLETE
Our new addition has been officially dubbed the “Friendship Place.” Thanks to Bill Norberg for our beautiful sign! We have already begun using the Place for events – Child Care Chapel was held in the Friendship Place on Wednesday, May 21st; those seeking assistance have been invited to sit and stay for a few moments in the Friendship Place and enjoy a small bite to eat; a reception was held for Michaelene, Carlos and Kyle in the Friendship Place following their first communion, and we will hold our Confirmation Reception in there on June 8th. We are blessed by the beautiful Place, and look forward to using it well! There are a few things to note about this new addition to our campus:
• It is called the “Friendship Place” and will be referred to as that in all communication from the church (FP when abbreviated, or “the Place”).
• The two gorgeous new bathrooms will become “unisex” as soon as the correct signs come in. This is so anyone can use either one, and to make it more convenient for male/female partners who need the accessible facilities.
• We will eventually put up some signage to help with directions and what doors are open when. We want to wait a few months to get a sense of the “flow” and patterns of use. Plus, everything looks so NEW and CLEAN, we hesitate to clutter the space with signs! MAP ITEMS FOR DONATION
Many thanks to those who have picked an item to donate! Below is an updated list. Simply indicate on your check what item you are purchasing, and we’ll take care of the rest! Gifts of ALL sizes are appreciated, and will be recognized on a plaque in the Friendship Place.
LWR COLLECTIONS & CREATIONS
This summer our main focus is still on quilts so that we can reach our goal of 60! In June we have two dates planned to work on quilts – Tuesday, June 3rd at 1:00 and Sunday, June 22 after the worship service – in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us to work on quilts - remember no sewing experience necessary!! And we need more hands to make our goal! We will also continue collecting sheets for the quilts 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. Place monetary donations in the angel kettle (outside of church office) or in the offering plate (designate for LWR kits). And now that school will be out for the summer, back to school sales will start! Watch for deals on items for the school kits, especially:
• 70 sheet spiral notebooks (no loose paper)
• #2 pencils – unsharpened
• black or blue ball point pens (no gel ink)
• 16 or 24 pack boxes of crayons
Keep us posted if you find sales! Thanks for helping to Celebrate 60!
Highlights from May 18th meeting:
• July 4th is approaching quickly. Musical entertainment is tentatively planned, and volunteers are needed. Please reach out to Pastor or an EC member.
• Leadership team meeting scheduled for August 16th from 9am to 12pm - save the date!
April Attendance (Easter)
April Giving (Gen. Fund)
4/6=$3396, 4/13=$6311, 4/20=$1467, 4/27=$1777
BOOKKEEPER POSITION OPEN
Messiah is seeking a new bookkeeper. The financial bookkeeper is responsible for preparing all checks for Executive Committee to sign. This person will help ensure that the church’s finances are in accord with legal, ethical and biblical standards. This paid position is 8-10 hours per month, and we are currently hoping to fill it with someone who is not a member of Messiah. Contact Larry Ryczek at email@example.com for more info about the position.
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
PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
Sunday, June 1
We will recognize our Sunday School, Child Care, and other teachers, as well as graduates from Kindergarten, Middle School, High School, and/or college. This is a chance for us to say “well done!” and “thank you!” to the teachers and students in our midst.
14TH ANNUAL ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE
Sunday June 1st @4pm
Join members of John 17 Fellowship as they attend this Prayer Service for Christian Unity. We will meet at St. Isaac Jogues at 2:45 pm to take a bus to United Methodist Church Chicago Temple on W Washington. We will return by 7pm. Contact Pat Fragale for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-698-6270.
Sunday, June 8th
Join us as we welcome
as full, confirmed members of Messiah! They have completed a three-year course of study and have chosen to affirm their baptismal covenants in the Lutheran tradition. Congratulations to our young men and women for their hard work and dedication. Many thanks also to Floyd Yager for instruction, mentoring and guidance through the curriculum. After the service we will be serving a light lunch and cake and the Friendship Place. If you would like to bring something, please contact Teresa Lippert at email@example.com
TIES FOR FATHER’S DAY
Sunday, June 15th
We invite all the gentlemen of Messiah to wear a tie on Father’s Day in remembrance of their fathers, and men who have been influential in their lives.
July 4th Fireworks, 7/3
Rev. Knutson Visit, 7/19
LOMC Swing Choir, 7/24
REMINDERS FOR JUNE
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, June 14th 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 In June we have TWO meeting times! Tuesday, June 3 at 1pm, and following worship on June 22nd. Please join us if you can – remember, no sewing needed!
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
June 1 Seventh Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 1:6–14
Psalm: Psalm 68:1–10, 32–35
2nd Lesson: 1 Peter 4:12–14; 5:6–11
Gospel: John 17:1–11
June 8 Pentecost
1st Lesson: Acts 2:1–21
Psalm: Psalm 104:24–34, 35b
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:3b–13
Gospel: John 20:19–23
June 15 Holy Trinity
1st Lesson: Genesis 1:1—2:4a
Psalm: Psalm 8
2nd Lesson: 2 Corinthians 13:11–13
Gospel: Matthew 28:16–20
June 22 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Reading: Romans 6:1b–11
Gospel: Matthew 10:24–39
June 29 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6–8, 17–18
Gospel: John 21:15–19
Sunday School, CHAT Room, and
Confirmation Class will return Sunday, September 7
Meanwhile, enjoy the summer,
and join us for WoW (see below)
June 11-August 27
at 6:30 PM!
Sunday, June 8th 10:15 am
The Day of Pentecost is the celebration of the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, The Holy Spirit! We will decorate our sanctuary with fiery flowers, and enjoy supporting our six confirmands as they affirm their baptism!
Wednesdays all Summer in the Friendship Place
6:30 pm Service
7:15 pm Shared Meal
This year’s format is from the Faith5.org curriculum:
Share, Read, Talk, Pray, and Bless
Our topic this summer will be “I Am” and will include study for all ages … families are encouraged to come together for this fun, contemporary, “cross+generational” worship format.
THIS MONH IN WORSHIP
June 1 June 8 June 15 June 22 June 29
10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am
Acolytes Arden S Michael Y
Adam H Julia F Samantha F Ralphie L
Communion Assistants Debbie S Laura H Jennie R Jennie R Ralph L
Readers Nick L Rich L Rhonda C Kristin Y Dottie B
Worship Assistants Andy T Trygve J Diane B Rhonda C Pat K
Projection Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H
Ushers Steve Y,
Susan R Steve Y,
Susan R Steve Y,
Susan R Steve Y,
Susan R Steve Y,
Greeters Diane W Diane W Connie K Connie K Diane W
Altar Guild Marilynn D * Kathi S * Nancy H
Counters Paul H Paul H Paul H Paul H
IMPORTANT NOTICE for READERS – your readings will be emailed to you the week before you read, and a hardcopy left for you in the Sacristy that Sunday.
FLOWERS AND BULLETINS
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.
REMEMBER TO PAY FOR YOUR FLOWERS OR BULLETINS!
June 1 Available. By Les and Nancy Herak in honor of Ava Manzella’s baptism.
June 8 Geraniums and Kalanchoe plants will decorate the sanctuary in honor or memory of loved ones on Pentecost Sunday. They are $5 each. Call Jennifer in the church office to place an order. Deadline for ordering is Monday, June 2nd, so order soon! By John and Sue Fox in honor of Peter’s baptism anniversary.
June 15 Available. Available.
June 22 In celebration of Michael Yager’s birthday by the Yager Family. In loving memory of Aunt Dorothy and Uncle George by the Hausers.
June 29 Available. Available.
See Calendar Page
Manna Orders are due June 1st! Gift cards make great graduation gifts!
Also, we welcome Karol Kamman to the Manna team. She steps in as Diane Wilson steps out. Many thanks to Diane for her service to the Manna program for the last year.
FIREWORKS PARKING PASSES
ONLY 40 PARKING PASSES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE BACK (EAST) LOT FOR JULY 3RD. PROCEEDS FROM THIS FUNDRAISER GO TO MAP (TOWARDS THE LOAN PAYMENT) WE ARE SUGGESTING A DONATION OF $15 (THE SAME AMOUNT MAINE EAST IS CHARGING) FOR EACH PASS, WHICH GUARANTEES A SPOT IN OUR LOT. IF YOU WANT A PASS, CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE SOON, THEY ARE LIMITED AND WILL GO QUICKLY. THE MAIN (NORTH) LOT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON THE 3RD ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS.
Landscaping Our Campus
Debbie Sasak will be coordinating several work sessions for landscaping efforts between now and the end of June. She would appreciate people willing to help with this reaching out to her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Swing Choir Returns to Messiah!
Thursday, July 24 at 7pm
We are STILL looking for someone to be a contact and coordinate this concert. Please call the church office if you are able to help!
A reminder that we need men’s clothes -especially jeans and t-shirts as well as draw string bags (sturdy ones) for our Assistance Ministry. Please leave any items in the south alcove of the narthex.
Harvest Festival to Return this Fall!
Thanks to our completed construction we can start planning the return of this popular fundraising event! We made almost $3000 The last time we did it in 2011 – lets do it again!
Anyone interested in helping with planning can contact Debbie Sasak
Would you like to coordinate Rev. Philip Knutson’s visit here on July 19th? Contact Pastor Lynne!
MAINE TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY ALERT
The Food Pantry has issued an alert, calling for donations to help community children during the summer months, when they do not have access to the school food programs. Items always needed are peanut butter and jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, and spaghetti sauce.
Messiah Lutheran Church is a designated drop off point for the Maine Township Food Pantry. You don't have to be a member of the church, just bring non-perishable food items to Messiah during office hours (9-1 M-F) or during worship on Sundays.
The children of our Child Care Center bring canned foods each and every week to Chapel on Fridays, and place their gifts on our altar. All food collected goes to the pantry every week to two weeks.
The Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry provides food on an emergency basis to persons living in the greater Maine Township area. To receive assistance individuals must reside within Maine Township.
The food is donated by individuals, businesses and local organizations such as churches, schools, and Scout programs who hold food drives to keep the food pantry stocked throughout the year. Monetary or food donations may be dropped off or mailed to the General Assistance Office in the Maine Township Hall, 1700 Ballard Rd., Park Ridge, or call 847-318-5200 for more information.
“GLORIA DEI” MUSIC NOTES
Trinity Sunday, June 15, is one of the few celebrations of the church year that commemorates a doctrine instead of an event or person. We may not understand the mystery of the Trinity: God is three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit— all equal, and cannot be divided. But we celebrate this mystery in Word and sacrament, by professing our faith, and, then sharing that faith with others as Jesus commanded the disciples.
Trinity Sunday is the last Sunday the Gloria Dei Choir will be singing until fall, and the anthem that day, “Go Ye into All the World,” is an exciting, contemporary version of Jesus’s great commission. I want to thank all the Gloria Dei members for this terrific choir season: for leading worship, for flexibility in singing old favorites and new, and most of all, for volunteering your time and talent to God’s glory.
From June 1 thru June 15, please use the “Yes” sheet to name your favorite hymn and why you like it. We will again incorporate those hymns into worship this summer. Also, remember if you would like to share your musical gifts in worship, vocally or instrumentally, please speak with me. You don’t need to be an expert musician to share your faith. ~ Sue Fox
Please note: June 3 is the last choir rehearsal until Fall.
SUNDAY SCHOOL THANKS
Thank you to Deacon Jennie Read and Deaconess Cheryl Erdmann for all their efforts in working with our Sunday School this year! We recently started a wonderful new intergenerational Sunday School program called Bible Songs that includes songs, artwork, sign language and more! You will hear more about the program as we start the school year next fall. Have a great summer!
Saturday, June 14
We will be in the Parsonage, doing a bit of clean up and organizing in the basement.
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH
GO-KARTING AT SUGAR GROVE
Friday, June 20th
Permission slips by June 15. Email Julie Holzer at JulieHScrapbook@aol.com. Text Julie at 847-840-3169 if you need additional information. Chaperones and drivers are needed, too! We will depart from Messiah at 10am. Cost is $30, and lunch is included. We will return by 4:30pm. “Slick track” available for those with drivers licenses!
YOUTH SPAGHETTI DINNER TO RETURN THIS FALL!
Date to be determined
Watch the Messenger for details, and then invite your friends and neighbors for this delicious event!
6/1, Matthew Seggeling
6/2, Christine Ruterschmidt
6/3, Vikki Hanson
6/5, David Tjhio
6/7, Susan Bromstad
6/7, Katharine Scheck
6/9, Jimmy Olson
6/12, Claudine Ward 6/13, Nancy Boomer
6/13, Susan Kopij
6/13, Linda Raymond
6/14, Pat Kovach
6/17, Natalie Norberg
6/19, David Divita
6/22, Barbara Loverme
6/23, Mary Jane Kovach
6/24, Michael Yager
6/26, Floyd Yager
6/28, Jake Saul
6/29, Jessica Saul
6/29, Christian Travis
Neil and Laura Hauser 6/6/1995, 19 years
David and Donna Hanson 6/12/1965, 49 years
Mark and Anne Wiberg 6/18/1960, 54 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
Floyd Yager and Jennie Read
David Hanson, Bob Bisgard, Karen Black, Carol Hrodey, & Marilynn Duckett
EXTENDED LEADERSHIP TEAM
The CHAT Room: David Swanson/
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,
Manna Coordinators: Kathi Scheck, Diane Wilson
Women’s Service Group: Trudi Handzel,
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 May 23 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.
An extensive, updated list of memorials will be listed here in the July Messenger.
THE LEGO MOVIE
(DVD AND ONDEMAND)
An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied “Special,” is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.
This movie was WAY more fun than I expected it to be. I was resistant to seeing it just because it looked a little too silly to me, and there is definitely some silliness, but along with some great laughs and incredible animation design, there is a solid central story.
Set in what amounts to Lego-land, characters cross between realms that can be bought off the shelves in any toy store. There is a truly staggering mish-mosh of characters, everyone from Batman to Gandalf to Cleopatra. I really am going to have to watch it again, because there was SO MUCH going on everywhere on screen, I am sure I missed a number of things.
Emmett is just a regular guy that gets swept up into events beyond his control. In the process, he discovers that ideas – even ones that everyone else thinks are dumb – show a creative, inventive spirit.
When you believe in yourself, you can accomplish great things. When others believe in you, together you can be a team that accomplishes even GREATER things. Several prejudices are broken down along the way as the characters explore this idea in a very real way.
The fun part was that this is a genuinely funny movie. The jokes were inventive and clever, and were understood by all of us. It didn’t disintegrate into bathroom humor or grown-up “wink-wink-nudge-nudge” jokes – the script was character driven, charming, and, well, silly. The REASON there is silliness becomes clear close to the end of the film – I don’t want to give anything away, because this was a nice discovery moment for me. But I will say that parents and children alike will benefit from the lesson learned by the main characters – ALL of them.
The animation design was stunning. All done in Lego-style, with “real world” objects thrown in, it was visually charged and exciting. And the voice talents behind the characters was a cornucopia of great movie actors (listen for Anthony Daniels to reprise his role as C3PO!).
A good, clean, PG movie with a strong message and loads of fun, enjoyable by all members of the family.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Ardene Ejnik, Molly McGonagle, Rhonda Cady, Carrie R and family, 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, 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.
Spring planting has begun! We joyfully thanked Rev. Song and his willing workers who started the process of turning the soil in our Produce Garden!
We gave thanks for the strong and special work done by Lutheran Social Services in Illinois.
We also gave JOYFUL thanks on Mother’s Day for those who are mothers or have been like mothers to us all!
Congratulations to Emerson Middle School’s Symphonic Band, who won a prestigious Spirit Award in a recent competition. Many of our young people are in this band – congratulations!
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.
Prayers also for Diane Wilson’s Grandson Tyler Daye, who enters the military in July.
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.
(Some of these folks are graduating!)
Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Phone: (847) 823-6984
Fax: (847) 823-6996
Child Care Center Phone: (847) 825-3767
Child Care Email: MessiahChildCareCenter@gmail.com