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The October Messenger Issue #556

Sep 30, 2014

The Messiah


One month into the school year and there has been a strong presence of learning around Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center. Comments overheard include: "Let's learn a new song,” "I learned to pray,” "I have learned how to quilt,” "I am learning to play an instrument," and "Now I know how to chain crochet." Learning is an exciting process that exercises the brain. With each new learning situation, the new knowledge gained is combined with the experience of learning and is added to the memory. When the learning is done together as a group - think music or drama groups, school classes, sports teams - the whole group experience is a part of the learning. Within that experience, the relationship within the group is strengthened.
"Music That Makes Community" is a way of learning songs without books or screens to invite a more relational experience. I was part of a conference learning how to use music to establish relationships with each other and with God. My key learning point from this experience was that the music leader's specifically intended outcome was not always achieved. However, the beautiful music that was created was even more beautiful as it was enhanced by the Holy Spirit.
I learned that singing without paper or screens within a community emphasizes listening and awareness. It invites with a sense of belonging and gives a newcomer an entry into the music making and the community, without any special knowledge or interpretation.
As we celebrate our Lutheran heritage with the Reformation later this month, I invite you to learn about our rich musical history. And remember to, “Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!” Psalm 98.4
In Christ,

Celebrate!! The goal has been reached!!! 60 quilts!! 60 personal care kits!! 60 school kits!! Thanks to everyone who helped achieve this goal with your time and donations. What better way to celebrate Messiah’s anniversary, than by sending these creations off into the world to help others less fortunate than us!
On September 28th the quilts and kits were blessed and packed in preparation for the LWR truck that will be parked at Messiah for loading on October 4 & 5. Area churches will also be loading their boxes on the truck on Saturday October 4th from 9-12 and Sunday October 5th from 12-3. Help is needed both days to greet and assist people from other churches who are delivering their quilts and kits. Please let Carol Hrodey or Trudi Handzel know when you can help!
Coming up for Messiah and the LWR Quilts and Kits Ministry? What will our next goal be? Stay tuned and get ready to help reach the next goal. Plans have already begun!

On Sunday, September 7th, Messiah Lutheran Church joined other congregations in the ELCA in a Day of Service. Instead of a traditional worship service, we met briefly for communion and a prayer, and then 35 people either went out in the neighborhood and collected goods for the Maine Township Food Pantry, or they stayed here to make quilts and health kits for Lutheran World Relief. We completed 16 quilts, 60 personal care kits, and collected over 400 food items from our neighborhood.
The spirit of community was felt most strongly in those who helped with the quilts, a ministry that has existed at Messiah for decades. So many got to see how these are made when they didn’t previously know how easy it is!

October 2, 2014
The ELCA congregations of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, in partnership with our churchwide ministries staff, will host a revival to pray for peace in our homes, peace in our communities, and peace in our world. The event will be held at the Kroc Center of Chicago (1250 W. 119th St., Chicago, IL 60643) at 7:15 p.m. The date has been chosen specifically to coincide with the fall meeting of the ELCA Conference of Bishops. The 66 bishops of our church will be present and will participate in a prayer ministry at the revival. In a time when the whole creation cries out for peace with justice, please join us as we make this public witness, commending ourselves and our lives to God, so that we may become the instruments of God’s wholeness, respect, and reconciliation.   

Highlights from September 15th meeting:
•   Upcoming October events were discussed - loading of the LWR trucks, Crop Walk, and youth spaghetti dinner.
•   Status of fundraising, financial audit, and safety audit were reviewed.
•   Action was taken on improved door locks for building security and a snow removal contract that protects Messiah from unexpected expense was approved.

August Attendance
Wk1=40, Wk2=67, Wk3=62, Wk4=57, Wk5=54
August Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$949, Wk2=$1555, Wk3=$3546, Wk4=$1456, Wk4=$1833

Saturday, Oct. 18 @ 8am
Park Ridge Country Club
Doors open at 8:00am, program begins at 8:30am. The program this year is “The Choices we Make” presented by two women from Avenues of Independence . Call 847-685-0685 Suzanne Stanits for tickets ($30) or information.   

We are working to track down all of the “outside door” keys. These keys are expensive to make, and are all numbered for easy tracking. You don’t necessarily need to turn your key IN … just let David Hanson know you have it. This is an urgent security matter, so please let us know as soon as possible. Thanks.

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

Saturday, Oct. 4 9-12pm
Sunday, Oct. 5 12-3pm

The trailer will be in the parking lot October 4 and 5. We will have people on hand to help other churches load their goods into the trailer, which will be picked up Monday morning and taken to the LWR distribution center. THIS YEAR we will be adding a bar code to each box in order to track where in the world it goes! Help is needed for packing, scanning, and loading the boxes.    

Sunday, Oct. 5 after worship
The first session of the Messiah Book Club will meet for an introductory meeting in the Friendship Place immediately after Sunday's service on October 5th. Anyone with an interest in reading or listening to books on tape is welcome to join. Please contact Rich Levy with any questions at (847) 698-5838.

October 4. 6-11pm
Hosted by The Center of Concern Auxiliary, the $60 ticket includes traditional German dinner, complimentary wine at dinner and one beer or mixed drink (cash bar available throughout the evening), entertainment provided by Alpine Thunder German band. Come for fun, games, dancing, celebrity bartenders and raffles! Groups of 8 or more pay reduced price of $50 per ticket. Come support a local social service agency! Contact the Center at (847) 823-0453 for information or visit the website to buy tickets. http://www.centerofconcern.org/octoberfest2014.html

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, October 11 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, October 26 at 11:30 am. We’ll meet to do planning for next year!

Thanksgiving Service and Dinner, November 27
Hanging Greens/Advent Party, (NEW EVENT!) November 29

Exciting news about Sunday School coming soon!

Oct. 5   17th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: Isaiah 5:1–7
Psalm: Psalm 80:7–15
2nd Reading: Philippians 3:4b–14
Gospel: Matthew 21:33–46   
CHAT: William Billings & America’s Music (Sue Fox)
CONF: What is a Lutheran #5-6:Baptism/Communion

Oct. 12   18th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: Isaiah 25:1–9
Psalm: Psalm 23
2nd Reading: Philippians 4:1–9
Gospel: Matthew 22:1–14   
CHAT: Bible Discussion   
CONF: Into the Bible

Oct. 19   19th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: Isaiah 45:1–7
Psalm: Psalm 96:1–13
2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10
Gospel: Matthew 22:15–22      
CHAT: Bible Discussion/Pick a Verse   
CONF: Old Testament #1: What is the Bible?

Oct. 26   Reformation Sunday
1st Reading: Jeremiah 31:31–34
Psalm: Psalm 46
2nd Reading: Romans 3:19–28
Gospel: John 8:31–36      
CHAT: Bible Discussion/Pick a Verse   
CONF: Old Testament #2:Adam and Eve

Sunday, October 5 at 1pm

Bring your favorite critter on his leash or in her box, and receive a blessing! We will have a short service, and are often joined by neighbors and friends who wish their special pet to get blessed. This service is in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.
We invite everyone to wear red to celebrate Reformation Sunday. We may even be visited by special guests Martin and Kate Luther!



Oct. 5   Oct. 12   Oct. 19   Oct. 26
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Michael Y   Julia F   Adam H   Nikolaus R
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   Karen B   Laura H   Larry R
Readers   Nick L   Rich L   Dina S   Larry R
Worship Assistants   Diane B   Karen B   Pat K   Rhonda C
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Susan B,
Steve Y   Susan B,
Steve Y   Susan B,
Steve Y   Susan B,
Steve Y
Greeters   Karol K   Diane W   Diane W   Karol K
Altar Guild   Sue K   Nancy H   Cindy N    Kathi S
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.

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.
Oct. 5   By Kevin Kovach in honor of Dan Kovach’s birthday.   Available.
Oct. 12   By Brad and Pat Kovach in honor of Dan Kovach’s birthday.   Available.
Oct. 19   Available.   Available.
Oct. 26   Available.   By John and Sue Fox in honor of Andrew’s baptism anniversary.
See Website for calendar

Don’t Miss Television
Thursday, October 16 at 9pm
“Divided Families:
Responding with Faith”
An hour long documentary explores the impact of current US Immigration policies on Amy and Carlos, a young family from
West Chicago.
Produced by Chicago Sunday Evening Club   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.

Manna Order Dates
October 5 – order due
October 9 – cards available   

Fun Outing in January
Anyone interested in going to see the "St Luke's Bottle Band" on January 17th, 2015 at 3PM at the Prairie Center in Schaumburg? Call Steve Yager at 847-923-3023 or email her at tedybears1@yahoo.com.

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!
David Swanson and Trudi Handzel have “walker” packets for those who wish to participate. If you’d like to pledge, see a walker, or you can donate online by Googling “Niles Park Ridge CROP Walk.” The first result takes you right to the Niles/Park Ridge Page. Click “donate” and then “support a TEAM” and select “Messiah Lutheran Church.”
Another way to contribute is to visit the Park Ridge Chipotle on October 16th, from 5-9pm. Mention Crop Walk or bring in flyer, 50% is donated when a Crop Walk is flyer is presented at checkout. Flyers are available in the narthex.   

Join CHAT on Sunday, October 5, to learn about America’s first composer, William Billings. Born on October 7, 1746 in Boston, his hymns and choral anthems laid the groundwork for unique American church music; in addition, he was a great patriot who played an important part in the American Revolution.
October 5 is also the beginning of “National Carry-A-Tune Week.” This annual celebration begins the Sunday closest to Billings’ birthday; we will be joining in the celebration in worship that day by singing hymns whose melodies were written by Americans. Please come and hear about this special week and the composer who inspired it.

Please Note: There will be no choir rehearsal on Tuesday, October 21.

Welcome Back Flat Jesus Party was held Sunday September 21 to celebrate the “arrival” of our new life-sized Flat Jesus. Attendees shared stories with each other about their adventures with Flat Jesus. The life-sized Flat Jesus was colored and decorated for his stay at Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center. Be sure to watch for his appearance around campus!
Congratulations to the following contest winners: Kaelyn Yager for the most photos; Samantha and Julia Fogel for the most locations; The Yager Family for traveling the furthest distance; David Swanson for the most interesting selfie photo; Millie Anderson for consistent efforts on the home front; Rich and Helen Levy for their artist efforts; Paul Holzer for the last Flat Jesus to arrive back. Special prize to Trudi Handzel for her artistic adaptation of Flat Jesus.

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 Friday)   

Missing for a couple years due to construction, etc., we are VERY excited to welcome this tradition back to Messiah!
Saturday, October 25 from 4-7pm
Proceeds benefit the Youth Group, and will go toward the 2015 Youth Gathering. This event will be held in the Fellowship Hall, but we might do a little something in the Friendship Place as well. The event is followed by a lockin at the parsonage.

Pastor Lynne and Julie Luck Jensen joined 150 other interested staff and lay leaders in a conference focusing on creating cross+generational family communities. They spent 3 days in Boulder, Colorado thinking and planning for faith formation in the “post-Gutenberg, post-television, neo-Google world.” Participants from 30 states shared their experiences and dreams for the future as they wo¬¬rked to blend the wisdom of the elder and wonder of the child at church and in the home. Julie and Pastor Lynne will soon be tapping into your creative thoughts to continue this journey of faith!

Linda Stolz, 10/5
Sandra Downie, 10/6
Darryl Hanson, 10/7
Daniel Kovach, 10/7
Zachary Elder, 10/9
Julie Berzins, 10/12
Tommy Hanson, 10/16
David Kaufman, 10/26
Neil Hauser, 10/29   

Russ and Linda Raymond, 10/11/69 – 45 years
Ron and Theresa Duty, 10/27/74 – 40 years
Tom and Kim Hanson, 10/29/93 – 21 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 September 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 Joyce Johnsen for the MAP fund by: Dr. Lee Sonin and Dr. Mark Miller of Advanced Allergists. Ltd., The staff of Advanced Allergists, Ltd., Gregory & Nancy Schwabe, John & Sue Fox, Mathilde Allen, Irmagard Frolich, Mr. & Mrs. Tom Grunwald, Mr. & Mrs. Steve Herak, Frank Manzella, Mr. & Mrs. Vince Manzella, Mr. & Mrs. John McDonough, Mr. & Mrs. Klaus Ptach

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun - a long-needed moms' night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours ... what could go wrong?
I was looking for a comedy to watch with the family … that seems to be getting increasingly harder to find these days. I had seen trailers for this movie when it was in the theaters, but didn’t know much about it. We watched a “sneak peek” for 10 minutes OnDemand, and decided it would be okay. I am very glad we did … I liked this movie, and it is totally appropriate for all ages.
This is a comedy of errors, one mishap leading to another and so on. Ultimately, each mom is required to face their fears and issues, and really explore WHAT makes their lives so crazy - the “perfect” preacher’s wife mom with the rebellious teenager, the mother of two young twins who misses the days of being able to go out and party, the unwed mother of a tiny baby who is just struggling to do her best and keep it all together, and our storyteller mom who’s three very young children are somehow always into things they shouldn’t be. Each woman comes to terms with what sort of mother they think they should be, and learns to accept the woman she is.
The really nice thing about this film is that it is a faith-based movie. The most poignant soul-searching happens during a wonderful scene in which two characters ponder what God would think of all this chaos, and who the moms are trying to please … themselves? Or God?
Rated PG, I would really consider this appropriate for ALL ages (G-rated) and think you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Sarah Fiore, The Hauser Family, Richard Levy, Ardene Ejnik, Jean Geeve, Jim Handzel, Jean Reeve, 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, 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, Aidan Ray, and all others fighting cancer.   

We gave thanks for Tait Jensen’s opportunity to study at Queen Mary Campus, University of London!

If you have something exciting you’d like to share (a promotion, a new opportunity, a family wedding or celebrating a new birth, etc.) please use the YES! Sheet (the back) to let us know. We love to share the GOOD news, and thank God for his many blessings whenever we can!

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!


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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