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The Messiah Messenger > The September Messenger Issue #555
The September Messenger Issue #555

Aug 29, 2014


Day of Service
September 7
Begins at 9AM in the Sanctuary

It's back-to-school season and for many families, it's a change of routine from the slower summer to the frenetic scheduling of the school year. Isn't it reassuring to know that whatever the season, Jesus is with you?
Over the summer, Flat Jesus traveled and experienced life with many people. Now that school is back in session and activities are changing for the fall, we remember that Jesus continues to go with us everywhere. Whether you participated in the Flat Jesus program or watched the photos, we would like to hear how you saw Jesus in your summer. Our summer sermon series focused on how God is active in our day-to-day lives in the Christian Living sermon series with topics of parenting, shopping, traveling, playing, eating, dreaming, popular music and working.
This month we have opportunities to be God's hands and feet and voices on a daily basis here in the Messiah community. We will serve, worship, parent, travel, eat, work, shop, play together, dream, play and listen to music and learn together. How will you be active in our faith community this month? The Day of Service? Packing for LWR? Book Club? Taking Spiritual Gift Inventory to learn your God-given Gifts? Assisting Guests in need? Singing in worship? Learning in Sunday School and Chat Room? Sharing your faith with someone from another faith tradition?
Let's continue the conversation of how God in Jesus Christ is active in our day-to-day lives. Drop me a note (written or email or in person) and share how God is active in your daily Christian living!

"And remember! I will be with you always, even until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
In Christ,
Pastor Lynne

We’re coming down the home stretch so September will be BUSY to complete the remaining quilts, assemble the personal care and school kits, and pack all of it up in time to load it on the LWR truck the first weekend in October! As of this writing we still need the following for school kits:
• 70-sheet spiral notebooks (we need 66)
• Scissors – blunt end safety scissors (we need 10)
We are continuing to collect money to cover LWR shipping costs. It will cost LWR just under $500 to ship everything we are sending overseas. Please place donations in the offering plate or in the church office and designate that they are for LWR shipping!

Important dates to remember re: LWR:
Sunday, September 7th – personal care kit assembly and complete pinning of remaining quilts during ELCA service day. After collecting food in the neighborhood, everyone will return to Messiah to help assemble quilts and health kits. We’ll continue work after the potluck lunch until all quilts are pinned!
Sunday, September 14th & 21st – Sunday School will focus on LWR and assemble school kits on the 21st.
Sunday, September 28th – Kits and quilts will be blessed during worship service. After service, all quilts and kits will be packed in boxes in preparation for shipping. This will be done in the Friendship Place following Coffee Hour.
Jump to October – LWR truck will be parked at Messiah so area churches can drop off their boxes of quilts and kits. Help will be needed Saturday 9am-noon and Sunday noon to 3pm. Sign up on YES! Sheets in September.
Please let Trudi Handzel or Carol Hrodey know when you can help!

Joyce Johnsen
3/4/1925 – 8/3/2014
Joyce Evelyn Johnsen was born in Chicago on March 4, 1925. Her parents were Trygve and Ingrid Bjerke; both of them were born in Norway. Joyce attended grade school and high school in Chicago. She married Olav Johnsen on July 27, 1946. They lived in Chicago for a few years before moving to Des Plaines where they raised their two children, Harold and Nancy. Joyce was a homemaker; she enjoyed crocheting, rosemaling, and hardanger embroidery. She won many awards for her beautiful embroidery. Joyce was very proud of her Norwegian heritage. She and Olav became members of a Sons of Norway lodge in 1977 and became active in the drill team. They loved to dance and enjoyed going to various lodge activities. Joyce and Olav were married for 60 years before Olav passed away in August of 2006. Joyce was the fond grandmother of Lars (Gena), Andreas (Laura), and Nicole Johnsen and Michael (fiancé Kathryn) and Jonathan Herak and Jennifer (Vince) Manzella. She was the proud great-grandmother of Ainsley Johnsen and Ava Manzella. Joyce is also survived by many cousins, nephews, and nieces and great-grandchildren.
Joyce was a member of Messiah for almost 40 years and attended services regularly until recent years when her health began to fail. She was called home to be with her Lord on August 4, 2014.   

Highlights from August 18th meeting:
• Discussed at the August EC meeting:
• The submission of final payments related to the MAP project
• Status of internal audits - both financial and safety
• Property security and agreements for use by Hope Advent and Parivar
• Fundraising - the significant financial need and ideas
July Attendance
7/6=42, 7/13=64, 7/20=45, 7/27=42
July Giving (Gen. Fund)
7/6=$3564, 7/13=$3379, 7/20=$1134, 7/27=$2564

Pictures of Flat Jesus’ travels are now being posted on the bulletin board outside the church office – check out where he’s been! There’s a lot more room for pictures from Flat Jesus summer travels – and from his fall getaways! Send in your pictures – and you can even send in Flat Jesus! This is a job for “all God’s children” – of all ages! 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”!! And join us for the party welcoming him home on September 21st! (see next page for info)

PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
Sunday, Sept. 21
at 5-6pm
We will have a party in the Friendship Place to welcome Flat Jesus back after his summer of travels! There will be light refreshments, prizes for Flat Jesus participants, a slide show, and fellowship as we chat about our summer adventures.

Sept. 26-27, 9-3
St. Peter’s UCC-Skokie
School clothes, toys, furniture, house wares, and boutique! Don’t miss this huge sale at St. Peter’s UCC, on Oakton St. across from the Library in Skokie. $5 bag sale on Saturday from 1-3pm. Ask Jennifer at 224-659-9158 for more info.
Sunday, Sept. 28 during worship
On this Sunday we will dedicate the quilts and school kits that our people have worked so hard on over the last year. The quilts will be on display in the narthex and sanctuary, and we will bless them during the service. FOLLOWING the worship service we will box up and label all our materials for LWR. (This takes the place of traditional “LWR Ingathering.”) We will assemble in the Friendship Place following Coffee Hour.

Thursday September 25 at 7:00PM
Serving fellowship and coffee in the Friendship Place. If you haven't taken your Spiritual Gifts survey please do at www.HealthierChurch.org

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Sept 6 at 9am. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W Dempster Street in Niles. Good conversation and food. FOLLOWING the breakfast we will have a work day at the Parsonage (prep for winter)!   

LWR Truck Loading, Oct 4 & 7
Pet Blessing, Oct 5
Youth Spaghetti Dinner, Oct 25


Sept 7   Day of Service Everyone meets at 9am in the Sanctuary

Sept 14   13th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: Genesis 50:15–21
Psalm: Psalm 103:1–13
2nd Reading: Romans 14:1–12
Gospel: Matthew 18:21–35   
SS: Kick-off/LWR Focus   
CHAT: Intro to CHAT Room   
CON: What is a Lutheran #1: Who are Lutherans?

Sept 21   14th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: Jonah 3:10—4:11
Psalm: Psalm 145:1–8
2nd Reading: Philippians 1:21–30
Gospel: Matthew 20:1–16
SS: Assemble School Kits   
CHAT: Bible Study   
CON: What is a Lutheran #2-3:Reformation/Along came Martin Luther

Sept 28   15th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32
Psalm: Psalm 25:1–9
2nd Reading: Philippians 2:1–13
Gospel: Matthew 21:23–32   
CHAT/SS: +Gen Chris Ed!(translation: Cross-Generational Christian Education)
CON: What is a Lutheran #4: The Sacraments

Sept. 7, at 9 AM

We will begin our Day of Service in the sanctuary with a short prayer service and communion at 9AM. Afterwards we will serve our community by collecting food bags in our neighborhood for the Maine Township Food Pantry. For those staying at Messiah, we will assemble quilts for LWR. We will have a pot luck luncheon at noon, and everyone is invited to stay after and help finish whatever quilts are left. REMEMBER to wear your shirts!!!

Sept. 28th during worship
During the children’s message we will honor Grandparents as well as have a combined Sunday School session.   

There will be important activities for our children in grades K-5 in the month of September. Each session will start at 9:00 at Messiah. On Sept. 7th they will be joining the rest of the congregation for a day of service in which they can assist in picking up food donations or help with projects inside the church. A video and discussion of Lutheran World Relief will be shared with children and their families in the sanctuary Sept. 14th. On Sept. 21st the children will once again be helping to put together school kits to be donated. And on Sept. 28th the students will join the CHAT Room for a Cross Generational lesson.


Sept 7   Sept 14   Sept 21   Sept 28
   9:00am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   No Worship!   Samantha F   Ralphie L   Ryan H
Communion Assistants   No Worship!   TBD   Teresa L   Laura H
Readers   No Worship!   Debbie S   Arden S   Larry R
Worship Assistants   No Worship!   David S   Rich L   Andy T
Projection   No Worship!   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   No Worship!   Dave H,
Dave K   Dave H,
Dave K   Dave H,
Dave K
Greeters   No Worship!   Jackie S   Jackie S   Jackie S
Altar Guild   Cindy N   Sue K   Marilynn D   Kathi S
Counters   No Worship!   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.

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.

Sept 7   By Diane Wilson in memory of Conrad Wilson   In honor of Julia Fogel’s
14th birthday
Sept 14   In memory of Norbert A. Hauser by the Hauser Family.   In celebration of Kyle’s 9th birthday by the Hauser Family.
Sept 21   By Brad and Pat Kovach in honor of their parents.   In loving memory of Aunt Giselle and Uncle Vlasta by the
Hauser Family.
Sept 28   Available.   Available.
in digital format

Manna Order Dates
September 7 – order due
September 10 – cards available   

IMPORTANT: In the Loop
I would like to appeal to everyone in our Messiah family circle… if you are, or know someone who is ill, scheduled for surgery, or anything PLEASE call and let the office know. Please don’t assume that someone else will do it. There have been several occasions recently where we have missed out on being able to offer support, prayer, love, and comfort, simply because we didn’t know it was needed. Please, keep in touch with how you are doing, and what prayers are needed.

The Yager Family asks for prayers for their nephew, Lance Corporal Cory Sandford, who was recently deployed and is now stationed in Spain. He is in the marines. Please keep him and his wife Maggie in your prayers.

We apologize for inconveniences caused by the rollout of our new door codes last month. There was confusion about calling vs. leaving messages, compounded by mechanical issues with the actual keypads (ie, some codes didn’t work). We are investigating getting NEW keypads, and hopefully this will resolve any outstanding issues.    

Carol Milling called to say that her mother, Janet Schlanbusch, passed away at home in Bradenton FL on August 21st. The Milling and Schlanbusch families were long-time members of Messiah. Please contact the office if you’d like Carol’s mailing address or more information.

Benefitting Church World Service and Maine Township Food Pantry
Sunday, October 19,2014
Messiah Lutheran Church has been selected as the HOST CONGREGATION this year, so the CROP Walk will be kicking off in our beautiful new Friendship Place! Also, we will be partnering with Hope Korean Church, who has approached us about providing music for the CROP Worship before the walk, and also a pot luck dinner following the walk! Details are still being worked out, but we are very, very excited about this opportunity to partner up to fight hunger!
There is also a planning meeting on September 3 at 7pm in the Friendship Place. For more information about being a walker or a “prayer walker” please contact David Swanson or Trudi Handzel.
On September 1, 1653, Johann Pachelbel was baptized in Nuremburg, Germany. You may not recognize his name, but chances are you would recognize “Canon in D Major”, his most famous composition. Pachelbel, a Lutheran, was a composer of religious and secular music, a famous church organist, and teacher. One of his organ students was the older brother of Johann Sebastian Bach.
A canon is like a round, such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”: a melody repeated by different instruments or voices. Written around 1680 as a dance for string instruments and accompaniment, Pachelbel’s “Canon” today is often heard at weddings. But it has also been heard on TV, like the popular General Electric ad in the 1980’s, and in movies, as “The Princess Bride 2”. The “Canon” weaves its beautiful melody thru the composition. An enchanting version can be heard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlprozGcs80
Join us for Choir practice Tuesdays at 7:30pm!

September 7 (Sunday) Day of Service
October 4-5 (Sat-Sun) LWR Trailer
October 19 (Sunday) CROP Walk
October 25 (Saturday) Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser followed by a lock-in!
(plus set up on Friday)
November 7-8 (Fri-Sat) Enchanted Castle Ultimate Lock-In
December 6 (Saturday) Night Ministry Talk followed by a lock-in (details TBD)
January 24 (Saturday) Ecumenical Experience - John 17 Fellowship Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (details TBD)
February 6-7-8 (Fri-Sun) Lutherdale Retreat
February 21 (Saturday) Interfaith Experience (details TBD)
March 21 (Saturday) Lock-in and filling eggs for the CCC Easter Egg Hunt
April 17-18 (Fri-Sat) University Lutheran Church in Evanston – lock-in, worship, and
service (details TBD)
May 1-2 (Fri-Sat) Night Ministry Night Walk (details TBD)
May 9 (Saturday) Run games and activities for CCC Fun Fair
May 15 (Friday) Feed My Starving Children followed by a lock-in!
Also – attending one or more Christian music concerts (maybe WinterJam 2015)
And/or any other activities that kids or parents would like – we are open to suggestions!
Parents – we need chaperones/leaders for these events. Please reach out to volunteer.   We are working as a team this year - if you need any clarification, email Debbie Sasak at deborah_sasak@yahoo.com and she will find the answer for you!
From the YOUTH TEAM:
Mr. & Mrs. Yager, Mrs. Sasak, & Mrs. Holzer
PS: Keep on your radar The 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering will take place in Detroit, Michigan from Wednesday evening, July 15th until Sunday morning, July 19th, 2015. Registration begins September 1st! More details to follow!

Last spring we embarked upon an exciting new program for our young Sunday School students. The family friendly series, Bible Song, is a series that has found much success in multiple congregations as it involves the whole family. Since it has also been successfully used with cross-generational groups, we are planning for Bible Song opportunities in which the whole congregation is invited for Bible stories, music, games, and a wide range of other activities.
For details about Sunday School happenings in September, please see the “This Month in Worship” page. A schedule for the rest of the fall activities will be coming out later in emails to families.
We are looking forward to an exciting year full of new learning!

Joey Ejnik, 9/1
Isabella DiVita, 9/2
Leona Johnson, 9/2
Julia Fogel, 9/4
Effie Laster, 9/5
David Hanson, 9/8
Victor Berzins, 9/9
Daniel Christiansen, 9/11
George Magerl, 9/11
Melvin Shapiro, 9/12
Caitlin Levy, 9/13
Marilynn Duckett, 9/14
Michael Hanson, 9/14
Kyle Hauser, 9/16
Tom Hanson, 9/17
David Jensen, 9/18
Richard Levy, 9/18
Teresa Lippert, 9/20
Ardene Ejnik, 9/21
Holly Norberg, 9/21
Lois Patterson, 9/21
Steve Loverme, 9/23   
Julie Jensen, 9/25
Alesha Santos, 9/25
Barbara Valasek, 9/26
Thomas Daniels, 9/27
Pat Fragale, 9/28

Marlyn & Donald Wenn, 9/3/55 – 59 years
Bill and Sandi Downie, 9/16/61 – 53 years
Rich and Helen Levy,
9/20/91 – 23 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
The CHAT Room:   David Swanson/
Steve Yager
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,
Julie Holzer
Manna Coordinators: Kathi Scheck, Karol Kamman
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

MEMORIAL REPORT as of August 26, 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 Messiah Accessibility Project (MAP). 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 Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net

Given in memory of Val Bowman by: Diane Wilson, Christine Ruterschmidt, David and Nancy McConnell, Karol Kamman, Eva Thoren, John and Sue Fox, Mark and Ann Wiberg, David and Donna Hanson, David Swanson
Given in memory of Joyce Johnsen by: Kathleen Kilkenny, Jane Denne, David and Donna Hanson

Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan.
My family and I are HUGE fans of the Marvel universe. Starting with Sam Raimi /Toby MacGuire’s SpiderMan movie in 2002, I have loved the beautiful transition from comic book to screen of some terrific characters and their heroic journeys from regular guy to superhero. Marvel has created a world we can believe in, where good triumphs over evil (pretty much always) and we the fans are provided with some excitement along the way.
Guardians of the Galaxy is no exception, however this movie has a slightly different feel to it. For one thing, we are given to understand early on that our hero, Peter (who calls himself “Starlord”) might not be just a regular guy. And the team he ends   up playing with are all extraordinary in their own right as well.
The other thing is that this film is played much more for laughs … it is clearly meant to be a comedy throughout, whereas Thor 2 (which was hilarious) was a serious movie that threw in humor to diffuse tension. Guardians is a fun-filled thrill ride, with great action sequences involving a tree creature and a talking, genius raccoon, as well as other memorable characters.
I enjoyed the performances of the actors as well, particularly Dave Bautista as Drax (who knew pro wrestlers could act that well?) and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket (who knew CGI characters could be so full of life?).
Mostly, this was just a really fun, summer blockbuster film, good for the 10-and-up age bracket. Younger children might be too frightened, and there are some language and gesture issues. There are indications that there will be a sequel, so you might want to be sure to catch this in the theater!

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Jennie Read, Karen Black, Florence Bishop, Jean Geeve, Jim Handzel, 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.   

We gave joyful thanks for the leaders committed to furthering the mission of MLC/CCC. The Leadership Team met in August to do planning, teambuilding, and visioning for next year.

The Levy family gave joyful thanks for the birth of Violet Elizabeth Levy, Rich’s great niece!

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, Kevin Kovach, Joe Levy, Holly Norberg, and Bryce Wildenauer.

Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!

Les Thurow: 547 W Ida Court, Apt G, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

Arline Baranowski: 350 W. Schaumburg Rd, Apt A100, Schaumburg, IL 60194

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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