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The August Messenger Issue #554
The August Messenger Issue #554
Jul 31, 2014
The Messiah MESSENGER
FROM THE PASTOR
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Jesus taught using multiple formats – stories, scriptures, parables and prayer. He knew the power of words could move people beyond their typical behavior. Perhaps you know of someone who has the gift of evocative language – using words in such a way so as to evoke an action? Maybe you’ve experienced this with a teacher, coach, business colleague or friend?
In philosopher John Austin's book “How to Do Things with Words,” Austin explores how words go beyond mere descriptive use to actually make things happen. He calls this “speech-act theory” and proposes that words can evoke in us a feeling to do something.
Regarding words that Jesus used in the parables, David Lose, theologian and professor from Luther Seminary writes “the key is … to be moved by the parable, to feel in our bones what it means when God gets involved in our life and in the world.”
Examples of powerful words that evoke an active response can be found all around us. Larry Ryczek has shared the story of his friend and business colleague, Eric Lentz. For years, Eric and his wife had shared a vision to build a camp for children and people with tough situations. When Eric was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in 2005, they decided to take action on their dream.
“When you are diagnosed with cancer like I was, you really, really evaluate your life and what is important to you," Eric said.
And as Larry tells us, Eric was an inspiration to many ... he didn't stop working when everyone else was tired for the day, but continued to haul boulders and work hard. Now that camp is his legacy, as Eric succumbed to colon cancer last month (see article on next page).
How do the words of Jesus move you to do something? Have you been emotionally moved by a scripture? How might a scripture evoke an action in you to be God’s hands and feet?
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24, New International Version)
CANCER DIDN’T SLOW VISIONARY
By John Keilman and Amanda Marrazzo, Chicago Tribune, July 12, 2014
Several times a year, Lurie Children’s Hospital sends a family dealing with a child’s cancer diagnosis to a Wisconsin camp where they can spend the weekend reading, cooking, hiking nature trails, and otherwise unwinding from lives normally consumed by medical appointments and stress.
The weekends don’t cost participants a thing, said social worker Gina Baldacci, but are a gift from a Skokie family that knows well how nature can restore a cancer-battered life.
Eric Lentz built the pastoral retreat after being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2005, doing much of the manual labor himself despite the energy-sapping rigors of chemotherapy. Rustic Falls Nature Camp has since hosted hundreds of kids in tough situations, offering a few hours or days of peace, quiet and restoration.
Lentz, who lived far beyond his doctors’ expectations, finally succumbed to his illness July 10th. He was 58.
“It’s amazing what he has accomplished while battling cancer,” said Dave Connelly, a longtime friend. “He really did finish what he started.”
Lentz and his wife, Deanna Hallagan, had long dreamed of opening a camp for troubled teens, but it was not until his diagnosis that they took action. “He had a recurrence that really hit home for him and he started realizing, ‘Well, maybe I’m not going to beat this,’ and that’s when he
really ramped up his plan for the camp,” said Dr. Mary Mulcahy, Lentz’s cancer physician. “He created it. He built it from the ground up. He raised the money. He was out there moving rocks and doing everything.”
The camp expanded last year when students at Niles Township High School District 219 raised more than $70,000 to build new guest quarters. Named Kay’s Cottage in honor of Deanna Hallagan’s mother, the building allows as many as 10 visitors to stay overnight.
Lentz, whose day job was running a commercial pool business, spent virtually every weekend at the camp, even as his health began to deteriorate in December. His condition worsened [in June], and he spent the last several weeks receiving hospice care.
“He beat a lot of odds,” Hallagan said. “A lot was the care and a lot of it was him, and a lot of it was Rustic Falls. The three things together. His sheer determination through everything his whole life. His doctor said, ‘He is dying like he lived. He is fighting.’”
This article has been edited. To read the complete article, visit: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/evanston-skokie-morton-grove/chi-eric-lentz-obit-summer-camp-20140711,0,3261243.story
11/3/25 – 6/30/14
Val was born in Madrid, Iowa; her grandmother was midwife to the doctor. Her mother returned to Chicago when she was several weeks old. She finished high school and went to work at the Chicago Surface Lines (now CTA) in the accounting department. She retired after 45 years of service. Val met Ed Bowman and was married April 26, 1952 at North Austin Lutheran Church. They moved to Niles, IL on January 30, 1959 and joined the Messiah Lutheran Church in Park Ridge on May 1, 1960. Val's first job at Messiah was Sunday School Secretary; she was also in Naomi Circle, Altar Guild, and worked in Friendship Circle making quilts, baby sweaters and etc. Val was a sweet, charming woman who dedicated decades to Messiah, as a teacher, a quilter, and a friend. She moved to Norwood Park about 2 years ago, and was very happy there.
Highlights from June 21st meeting:
• Action was taken to enable payment of the contractor for the remaining obligations related to the MAP project.The course of action requires a congregational meeting to amend the 2014 budget.
• Plans were discussed regarding the leadership retreat to be held on 8/16.
• The need for fundraising was discussed, and some action items identified.
The Messiah Accessibility Project has been completed, and the Friendship Place, as well as the new accessible entrance and accessible restrooms, have been used for over two months now. Many Messiah functions have been held in the Friendship Place and some outside organizations have also enjoyed using our new space.
Much work has been done on the landscaping, but more is to be done. Grass will be sown this fall, but major plantings will be delayed until funds are available.
There are ongoing issues with the rest of our 60 year old facility, many which will require some man/woman power, but not large expenditures. We would welcome volunteers with painting, glazing, plumbing, or general handyman skills. Please contact David Hanson, Property Coordinator for information on specific “to-do’s.”
Access to our physical plant is becoming more of a concern. If anyone has keys for church or parsonage that are not needed, please return them to the office. We are in the process of updating our campus security procedures and need to have a handle on who has keys.
New door codes are coming as well. Please see “Upcoming Events” (next page) for when those will be available.
PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
IMPORTANT SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING CALLED
Sunday, August 10th after worship
We must have a minimum of 25 voting members in attendance in order to take action on items that need the consideration of the congregation to amend the 2014 budget. This includes any of our newly Confirmed members.
LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETING
Saturday August 16
9 am to 12 pm
Meeting off-site, at a location near Messiah. Leadership Team members are asked to pray and reflect on their ministry at Messiah - the successes and areas for improvement, and on the missions and goals for the coming year. Church Leadership, please make every effort to join us for this opportunity to revitalize, express thanks, connect and communicate, and plan. NEW DOOR CODES COMING
Wednesday, August 20
This is a preventative security measure that wasn’t done during MAP construction, but need to do in order to ensure the safety of our staff, parishioners, and students. We are doing it in conjunction with the opening of the school year at the Child Care Center:
• New codes will be available beginning Monday August 18. Call the office if you currently have a code and need your new number. The office substitute will be giving out codes all week.
• If you cannot call during regular office hours (9-1 M-F) leave a message and your call will be returned, and your code will be left on your voicemail/answering machine.
• New codes will go into effect Wednesday August 20th at 9 AM. If you have a code now, it WILL NOT WORK after this time. If you need access to the building, you must call the office to get your new code.
REMINDERS FOR AUGUST
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Aug 9th 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 We will work on quilts on Sunday, August 17th 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!
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
Sunday School, CHAT Room, and
Confirmation Class will return Sunday, September 7
Meanwhile, enjoy the last
month of summer!
Please note: WoW has concluded for the summer.
Aug 3 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Reading: Isaiah 55:1–5
Gospel: Matthew 14:13–21
Aug 10 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Reading: 1 Kings 19:9–18
Gospel: Matthew 14:22–33
Aug 17 10th Sunday after Pentecost
Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6–8
Gospel: Matthew 15:[10–20] 21–28
Aug 24 11th Sunday after Pentecost
Reading: Isaiah 51:1–6
Gospel: Matthew 16:13–20
Aug 31 12th Sunday after Pentecost
Reading: Jeremiah 15:15–21
Gospel: Matthew 16:21–28
BLESSING OF THE TEACHERS
AND THE BACKPACKS
Sunday, August 24th
Pastor Lynne invites all children of Messiah to bring their school backpack to worship this Sunday. During the Children’s Sermon time, she will offer a blessing to them as they embark on another school year as a child (and student!) of God!
SPECIAL WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES COMING IN SEPTEMBER
Sunday, September 7:
Day of Service
We will repeat our “Day of Service” ministry engagement like we did last year. We will focus on a “Quilting Party” to finish items for LWR.
Sunday, September 21:
Flat Jesus Party
Sunday evening we will have a party in the Friendship Place to welcome Flat Jesus back after his summer of travels!
More details will be available in the September Messenger.
THIS MONH IN WORSHIP
Aug 3 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31
10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am
Acolytes * Arden S Adam H Thomas Y Julia F
Communion Assistants * Debbie S Laura H Floyd Y Jennie R
Readers Susan R Rich L Larry R David H Ravi P
Worship Assistants Diane B Rhonda C Trygve J Karen B Pat K
Projection Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H
Ushers Debbie S,
Steve Y Debbie S,
Steve Y Debbie S,
Connie K Debbie S,
Connie K Debbie S,
Greeters Arden S Arden S Arden S Arden S Arden S
Altar Guild Diane B * Sue K Kathi S Nancy H
Counters Paul H 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!
Aug 3 In celebration of Thomas Yager’s birthday. Available.
Aug 10 By Brad and Pat Kovach in honor of students. Available.
Aug 17 In memory of Susan Nugnis by her family Available.
Aug 24 By Brad and Pat Kovach in honor of Kevin going to college. In memory of Donna Wenn by
Don and Marlyn Wenn.
Aug 31 By Brad and Pat Kovach in memory of Clare Rodin. Available.
See Calendar Page online
Congratulations to Kevin Kaufman on his marriage to Amie Platt on
July 4th! David and Connie Kaufman rejoice in the union of their son with this lovely young lady! Pastor Lynne officiated at this beautiful outdoor ceremony.
Largest Organ in the World
Concert Sept 6 in Philadelphia
The Wanamaker organ is found in Macy’s in Philadelphia. It was built in 1904 for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. This instrument claims to have 10,000 pipes capable of producing 17,179,869,183 distinct tonal effects! The September 6th concert features the organ with the New Jersey Symphony in C performing Saint Saens Organ Symphony plus works by Elgar and Poulenc. Anyone interested in further info about the concert can contact Marilynn Duckett at Tanya Travel (847-823-3166).
Manna Order Dates
August 3 – order due
August 7 – cards available
BRAT FRY THANKS!
Thank you to all my friends for coming out in support of the 2014 Brat Fry in July. St. Peter’s UCC in Skokie raised about $1000 for the Niles Township Food Pantry, and $600 for the church itself. BIG, HUGE thanks go out to Paul Holzer and his FABULOUS band Unhinged, who provided great music to eat by. The whole event was delightful again this year, and despite rain in the morning we had lovely cool weather to eat by! Next year’s date will likely be July 11- mark your calendars!
Blessings to you all, Jen Schneider
Many thanks to David Swanson for coffee, lemonade, and all-around hospitality. Your efforts to make Messiah so open and welcoming are deeply appreciated
Vacations and Closings
Pastor Lynne will be on vacation until August 11
The Church Office Administrator will be on vacation August 18-22.
CELEBRATE 60: LWR COLLECTIONS & CREATIONS
We’re coming down to the home stretch so our focus is on School Kits and Quilts! Now that back to school sales are popping up (sorry kids!), it’s time to collect items for school kits:
• 70-sheet spiral notebooks (180+ needed)
• Rulers (30 cm or 12 in on one side/30 cm on other)
• Scissors – blunt end / safety scissors
• Crayons – boxes of 24
• Pencil Sharpeners
• Erasers (2.5 in)
Regarding quilts: we continue to need flat sheets for backing. They can be twin, full, queen or king. New is great, or clean, gently used ones without stains or rips are OK too. In August we’ll work on quilts Sunday, August 17th after service. This month a light lunch will be provided and we plan to work until 4:00 – a “quilt marathon!” We’re looking for commitments of at least 2 hours – either 12-2 or 2-4 – or all four hours is great too! Remember, no sewing experience is necessary. And whatever happens at work day stays at work day! As always, place sheets and school kit supplies in the wicker baskets in narthex or outside the church office. Place monetary donations in the offering plate (designate for LWR kits). We will have another “quilt marathon” on our annual Service Day on Sunday, September 7th. Watch for upcoming details! Please let Trudi Handzel or Carol Hrodey know when you can help!
Music makes people kinder, gentler, more staid and reasonable. I am strongly persuaded that after theology there is no art that can be placed on a level with music; for besides theology, music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy of the heart.
Music touches us, creating moods and feelings that are sometimes difficult to express. It can change a light mood and take it deeper and more profound; it can change a difficult mood and make it joyful.
One way to create music for your heart is by singing your faith with the Gloria Dei Choir, First rehearsal for the new choir season will be on Tuesday, August 26 at 7:30pm until 8:45pm, in the Multipurpose Room. When we rehearse, we do so to give our best to God when we sing in worship. Come and join us: bring a love of singing and a love of God. Anyone of high school age and older is invited to join. There are no tryouts, and no previous choir experience is needed.
Note: Beginning Tuesday, August 26, Gloria Dei Choir rehearsal begins 7:30p to 8:45p.
UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS:
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Feed My Starving Children August 23 from 2-4 in Libertyville
Space for 150 Jr & Sr. High kids/chaperones. Shift times for this day are:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
We need to pick a time and make arrangements for transportation. Please contact Julie Holzer and/or Debbie Sasak if you are able to come to this.
We have done this event in the past, and really enjoyed it!
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! WHERE IN THE WORLD IS FLAT JESUS?
Flat Jesus has starting showing up in a variety of places – some local, some national and now he’s even going international! Remember to take Flat Jesus with you and tell us the story and/or send us a picture – and you can even send in Flat Jesus! This is a job for “all God’s children” – of all ages!
We’ll start sharing Flat Jesus’ travels on one of the bulletin boards so we can all see where all he has been this summer! For more details on “Flat Jesus”, check out our website or facebook page. You can get your “Flat Jesus” from there or you can also find him at church! Let’s find out “where in the world is Flat Jesus”!!
? Flat Jesus in Santa Fe!
He is also going back to Africa with Rev. Knutson!
Jacqueline Steigerwald, 8/1
Kristin Kopij, 8/5
Sandra Deines, 8/7
Ron Duty, 8/8
Kevin Kaufman, 8/8
Jenni Read, 8/8
Arlene Johnson, 8/9
Cindy Norberg, 8/10
Lois Anderson, 8/13
Barb Shapiro, 8/13
Ravi Penumaka, 8/15
Henry Allemeier, 8/16
Connie Travis, 8/19
Michael Deines, 8/20
Donna Berzins, 8/21
Carlos Santos, 8/21
Brian Deines, 8/28
Debra Oswald, 8/28
Susan and Ed Kopij, 8/25/1974 – 40 years
Andy and Connie Travis,
8/28/1998 – 16 years
Vic and Donna Berzins, 8/31/1983 – 31 years
Ralph and Teresa Lippert,
8/31/1997 – 17 years
If you do not see your birthday or anniversary here, that means the church office does not have it in the system. Please let us know if we don’t have your “celebration information!”
Pastor: Rev. Lynne Morrow
Coordinator/Music Ministry: Sue Fox
Child Care Center Director: Karen Black
Office Admin: Jennifer Schneider
Bookkeeper: Daniel Kovach
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
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: Cindy Norberg, Pat Fragale, Connie Travis
Sunday School: Julie Jensen
Confirmation/Youth: Floyd Yager,
Manna Coordinators: Kathi Scheck, Karol Kamman
Women’s Service Group: Trudi Handzel,
Spiritual Gifts Coordinator: Steve Yager
Stewardship & Mission: Andrew Travis
Worship Assistants: David Swanson
Worship Readers: Rich Levy
MEMORIAL REPORT as of July 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.
Carol Hrodey will now be taking over the role of Memorial Chair. Many thanks to Karen Black for 7 years of service as the Memorial Chairperson! Recent memorials will be reported in next month’s Messenger.
HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
(ON DEMAND AND DVD)
A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.
I for one am personally thrilled that these Christian-message movies seem to be getting better and better. This one is by far the best I have seen, with an outstanding cast, deft, gentle directing, and breathtaking cinematography.
Oscar nominated Greg Kinnear leads this amazing group of high quality actors, including Kelly Reilly (Flight), Thomas Hayden Church (Oscar-nominated for Sideways), Margo Martindale (Secretariat and about a million other movies), and the incredible youngster Connor Corum as 4-year-old Colton Burpo.
Based on true events, and a book published by Todd Burpo, Heaven is for Real tells the story of young Colton’s incredible tale of his visit to Heaven while undergoing emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix.
Todd Burpo is the pastor for a thriving small-town Nebraska church, and things seem to be going well for him and his family. Then things begin to fall apart, and Todd’s faith is tested in the most dramatic way.
We are invited on a journey with Todd and the members of his community as they explore their OWN ideas of Heaven, which are in some cases challenged by Colton’s testimony. IF we don’t believe in Colton’s description of what he saw, THEN does that mean we don’t believe in Heaven? Can we possibly find Heaven on Earth (as the Lord’s prayer seems to indicate) or is it elsewhere, a mystical mysterious place that is vague and conceptual? Do we prefer it that way?
One thing I deeply enjoyed about this movie was how achingly beautiful the landscape of the film is, and it seems to indicate that Heaven CAN exist on Earth, if we choose to look for it here … in blue sky, in a baby’s cry, in bird houses, and farmhouses. In deeply rooted faith and friends who pray for us in times of trouble.
The film (and I am sure the book) don’t answer the question for us. More like, it allows us to answer the question for ourselves, which is the best way convince us that Heaven IS for real.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Jean Geeve, Jim Handzel, Joyce Johnsen, Jean Reeve, Terry K, Ardene Ejnik, Carrie R and family, Phyllis, Ron Wenn, Carol Hrodey, Mark Higgins, Al Bettisch, Cindy Norberg, Rani and Sadgunarao (Neena’s parents), Mrs. Lippert (Ralph’s mother), Steve W., Victoria Candiotti, Barb Loverme, the Hauser Family, Steve Schmidt and Debbie Dietrich, Hugh Williams, Tom Jason, Ruez/Santos Family, Janis, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Rosalie Lucarelli, George and Audrey Krell, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Gnanamari, Richard Levy, Aidan Ray.
On July 27 we celebrated Pastor Lynne’s five-year anniversary at Messiah. It is our joy to have had her pastoral care and spiritual leadership these last five years.
Congratulations to Kyle Hauser for being on the Park Ridge All Star Baseball team!
Congratulations to Jim and Julia Lobitz who were married on June 27 – many blessings to them on their union!
Rich Seggeling gives thanks for answered prayers for his son Matthew, and the Levy Family gives thanks for Rich’s continued good health and Joe’s continued education at MSU.
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, Tyler Daye, 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: Art DeSchepper, Leah DeSchepper, Joe Ejnik, Peter Fox, Jenni Hanson, Tait Jensen, Joe Levy, Holly Norberg, and Bryce Wildenauer.
Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
(Karol’s phone number is incorrect in the directory.)
The Messiah MESSENGER
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