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The Messiah Messenger > The November Messenger Issue #557
The November Messenger Issue #557

Oct 31, 2014

The Messiah


Twelve baptized souls left from MLC immediately following worship on October 12 and headed to AutumnFest at LOMC in Oregon IL. The group arrived in a light misty rain but was still able to enjoy ZIPPING on the new 1300 foot long ZipLine, dedicated earlier in the day by Bishop Wayne Miller. The ZipLine is in honor of Rev. F. Leonard and Carol Peterson, my childhood pastor and mentor. The LOMC ZipLine is the longest of its kind in the Midwest, and covers elevation change of 110 feet!
Here are some more numbers on the AutumnFest:
•   160 cars parked all over the place
•   82 zippers including the 3 bishops (Wayne, John and Gary) from the state of Illinois
•   200 wagon riders including Florence Pfundstein who has made it to 22 Autumn Fests in a row
•   168 Pumpkins either carved on site or taken home
•   400 apples pressed with the help of Bob Gingras from Dixon
•   350 people fed pasta, pizza, salad, cake, cupcakes and more in the Dining Hall
•   30 Swing Choir Tour singers enjoying their reunion and singing 4 songs with JOY
•   170 in two worships led by Pastor Jeff Schlesinger and the bishops giving thanks to God for 40 years of ministry "Connecting the Word of God with the World of God" at LOMC    
Maybe stepping out in faith 110 feet above the ground, zipping along at 25 or 30 miles an hour isn’t your thing. No matter - we all need to trust in the support that surrounds us and exists within us, a support that never fails us. We all need to know that as we follow Jesus, no matter where he leads us or what he asks us to do, that he is always with us, even to the end, welcoming us home with his outstretched arms and his living embrace.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.”
Jeremiah 17:7
In Christ,

(new name for
Women’s Service Group!)
The 2013-2014 quilts and kits
were loaded on the LWR truck and sent off to one of their warehouses for processing. Once our donations are processed we will b e able to track them to see where they end up! (More to come on that!) Meanwhile - what are we doing for 2014-2015? We're going for 75! By Carol's calculation we're taking our last year's goal of 60 and adding 15 for 2015. By Trudi's calculation we're adding 25%! Either way - we're going for 75 quilts, 75 school kits and 75 personal care kits. We may re-evaluate baby kits, too, with new information we get from the LWR Quilters Facebook page. We will start collecting items for the kits after the first of the year. Meanwhile - we'll start on quilts now! The October quilt date of the 26th focused on shades of red in honor of Reformation. In November we'll meet on the 16th following service in the Friendship Place - and be THANKFUL that we all have warm blankets and that we create quilts for those who don't have them! Remember - no sewing experience necessary. And we have jobs for people who aren't fond of needles and pins!

You may have noticed a NEW keypad on the Office entrance and the door into the Child Care Center. These were replaced, and ALL CODES are the same as before. The only difference is that you must press # following the code in order to get in.   

We had a great day for Crop Walk on Sunday October 19th. We had 11 walkers plus 12 volunteers from Messiah and a very full church with 178 walkers total.
Special thanks to all our walkers, volunteers, and sponsors for their dedication to this very special cause, including; Trudi Handzel, Dave Hanson, Dave Kaufmann, Andy Travis, Christian Travis, Larry Ryczek, Nicholas Ryczek, Pastor Lynne, Julia Fogel, Samantha Fogel, David Swanson, Carol Hrodey, Julie Holzer, Rhonda Cady, Pat Kovach, Steve Yager, Melissa Holzer, Phil Holzer, Nick Levy, Paul Holzer, Jim Handzel, Rich Levy, and everyone at Messiah that supported and sponsored us!!!!!
This year we had 13 churches involved in the walk, including Hope Korean Church who provided music for the sendoff, a delicious buffet meal at the end of the walk, and financial support.
We will have a report at a later date with the total $ raised at this year’s walk. Special thank you to Pastor Lynne for leading the sendoff Program and all the things she did for us behind the scenes!!

Collecting Nov. 30 -Dec. 14
We continue to be so thankful for all those who contribute to our annual Christmas giving projects:
For The Night Ministry serving the homeless of Chicagoland, we bring in hats, gloves, and scarves. Our Giving Tree will be in a new location this year. We are looking for mostly adult items, and asking that they be STURDY, WINTER ITEMS, rather than “magic gloves” which are very thin. Deadline for donations is December 14 – the Night Bus will be delivering the items to people on December 22-24, so we need to pack everything up and ship it before that.
Also, we are doing LSSI’s Gifts for Kids again this year. Gift tags will be available in the narthex. Pick a tag, purchase a present, and bring it wrapped to church by Sunday, December 14th to be sent to LSSI in time for their Christmas Party.
Moni Ryczek will coordinate the gift tags, so contact her if you have any questions at 847-692-6972.

We will pay our respects to Susan Rice, who passed away last month, on Sunday, November 2nd at noon in the sanctuary.
Highlights from Oct 20th meeting:
•   Crop Walk and the Youth Spaghetti Dinner were great events and Messiah is hosting a community Thanksgiving dinner again this year
•   All Saints Sunday is coming up and we will repeat the Rememberance Book tradition started last year
•   Pastor Lynne recapped the Faith Five concepts for Christian education and faith formation that she and Julie Jensen gained at the conference in Colorado
•   A Healing Service is tentatively planned for 5pm on November 16 to support and pray for all those in our congregation and community who have been ill and suffering
•   Budget planning for 2015 is due to begin, a meeting has been set for December 1st

50/50 CASH RAFFLE 2014
Donations are $20, and only 500 tickets will be sold! Cash prizes are*:
1st Place = up to $2500
2nd Place = up to $1000
3rd, 4th, and 5th = Up to $500
Drawing to be held Nov 30th at noon, you don’t have to be present to win.
*Prize amounts dependent on sale of all 500 tickets. Actual prizes may be reduced according to sale of tickets.

PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
November 2
When you come to church on Nov. 2, be sure to stop and write the names of loved ones who have passed on into the Remembrance Book that will be in the Welcome Center as you enter. This book will be available every Sunday throughout November, and we will read the names each week during the Prayers of the People of those who have been added to the book.   

Thursday Nov 20 at 7pm
We are reading The Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin. Hopefully everyone will have read it and we will discuss the novel. Anyone is welcome to join this group–just read or listen to the book and show up!

Nov. 23 during worship
As a congregation of people praying, caring, and participating in God’s Mission here at Messiah, it is an important part of the year for renewing our gifts. We ask you to review your gifts in the next few weeks. You will be sent a form the first week of November. Fill it out and bring it to worship Sunday November 23rd. During worship we will have a special Celebration of Gifts, and the gifts you list will be offered at that time.

10:15am and 2pm
Join us for a feast of bread and wine in worship at 10:15am! Then stick around for a community dinner with all the trimmings. Watch for opportunities to pitch in, or join us for this traditional meal. We hope you join us and friends from our neighborhood as we give thanks!   
Voting Location – Tuesday, November 4th Messiah will serve as a voting location for mid-term elections. The Friendship Place will be the location for the voting, and will be in use from 5pm Monday night through about 9pm Tuesday night.
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Nov 8 at 9am. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W Dempster Street in Niles. Good conversation and food.
Quilts ‘n Kits – Sunday, Nov 16 at 11:30 am We will gather to be THANKFUL for warm blankets! Join us as we start on our 2015 Quilts … no sewing experience necessary!

Hanging Greens/Advent Event,
(NEW EVENT!) December 6

Nov 2   All Saints Sunday
1st Reading: Revelation 7:9–17
Psalm: Psalm 34:1–10, 22
2nd Reading: 1 John 3:1–3
Gospel: Matthew 5:1–12      
CHAT: ELCA Social Statement Rev. Ron Duty   
CON: Old Testament #3: Abraham and Sarah

Nov 9   22nd Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: Amos 5:18–24
Psalm: Psalm 70
2nd Reading: 1 Thess 4:13–18
Gospel: Matthew 25:1–13      
CHAT: Bible Discussion   
CON: Old Testament #4: Forgiveness- Joseph

Nov 16   23rd Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: Zephaniah 1:7, 12–18
Psalm: Psalm 90:1–12
2nd Reading: 1 Thess 5:1–11
Gospel: Matthew 25:14–30      
CHAT: ELCA Social Statement Rev. Ron Duty   
Old Testament #5:Freedom- Moses

Nov 23   Christ the King Sunday
1st Reading: Eze 34:11–16, 20–24
Psalm: Psalm 95:1–7a
2nd Reading: Ephesians 1:15–23
Gospel: Matthew 25:31–46      
CHAT: Bible Discussion
CON: No Class

Nov 27   Thanksgiving Day
1st Reading: Deuteronomy 8:7–18
Psalm: Psalm 65
2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6–15
Gospel: Luke 17:11–19   
Join us for Thanksgiving Dinner at
2 PM in the Fellowship Hall!

Nov 30   1st Sunday in Advent
1st Reading: Isaiah 64:1–9
Psalm: Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3–9
Gospel: Mark 13:24–37   
SS/CHAT: Adults and Children work together to make Ornaments for the new church Christmas Tree   
CON: Old Testament #6: 10 Com-mandments

We will have a study of an ELCA Draft Social Message on Gender-based Violence on Nov 2 & 16, led by Rev. Ron Duty. All are invited. The ELCA has put out this draft message for comment by Nov 26th. For those who cannot attend but would like to read and comment on the draft message, you may access the file at: http://www.elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Current-Social-Writing-Projects/Gender-Violence
This page will also have a link to a way that you can make and submit your comments on the message to the ELCA.   

Sunday, Nov 16 at 5 pm
For anyone feeling the need for spiritual healing. A short, informal service of prayer, including anointing of oil and laying on of hands.



Nov 2   Nov 9   Nov 16   Nov 23   Nov 27   Nov 30
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am      
Acolytes   Caitlyn L   Samantha   Ralphie L   Ryan H
Adam H   na   Michael Y
Communion Assistants   Rich L   TBD   Tess L   Laura H   na   Kristin Y
Readers   Dotty B   Steve Y   Tess L   Eric   David S   Dina S
Worship Assistants   David S   Andy T   Vikki H   Diane B   David S   Rich L
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   NA   Jim H
Ushers   Dave K, Connie K   Kevin K, Amie K   Dave K, Connie K   Dave K, Connie K   Dave K, Connie K   Dave K, Connie K
Greeters   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   Dorothy N   na   Dorothy N
Altar Guild   Sue K   Nancy H   Kathi S   Diane B   Sue K   *
Counters   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   NA   Paul H

PLEASE NOTE: Ushers and greeters are needed. We’ll train you! It's a wonderful way to become more engaged in the service and to be helpful to those worshipping. Volunteer with a friend! Sign up with your family! Husband and wife, parent and child … all are welcome! Call Connie Kaufman if you are interested - (847) 788-0442.

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.
Nov 2   In honor of John and Sue Fox’s 35th Wedding Anniversary.   Available.
Nov 9   Available.   Available.
Nov 16   In honor of Brad and Pat Kovach’s wedding anniversary.   Available.
Nov 23   By Les and Nancy Herak in honor of the wedding of
Michael Herak and Kathryn Schwabe on November 22nd.
Nov 27   In honor of Samantha Fogel’s baptism anniversary.   By John and Sue fox in honor of Andrew’s 18th birthday.
Nov 30   By Donna Hanson
in memory of parents
Rev. & Mrs. Harold E. Larsen.   Available.
Please see website for calendar


Manna Order Dates
November 2 – order due
November 30 – order due!
This will be the first of our two “December” orders!! Don’t wait too long to get your Christmas Gift Cards!!!   

Time Change - November 1st
Don’t forget to “FALL BACK” on Saturday night, or you will be an hour early for church!

Cost of Altar Flowers
We have been notified by Kiko’s Flowers that the price of our regular Sunday flower arrangements will be increasing to $40 per Sunday. There has not been an increase in over a decade, and costs have gone up to the point that Kikos simply must raise the price. This change will take effect in January for the 2015 Flower Calendar.
Please note that new signup calendars will be available right after Thanksgiving.   

In Case of Emergency (ICE) Forms
These are available in the Welcome Area. We keep these on file in the church office so that “in case of emergency” we have a way to contact someone. Please consider filling one out an leaving it in the mailbox on the Church Office door. Thank you!

One of our talented and creative church members is making wonderful headbands with beautiful and colorful satin and tulle flowers, with an option of plastic or elastic headband. The satin and tulle flowers can be mix-n-match.
Tulle Colors: Black, Cream, Pink, Baby Pink, Lavender, Peach, Aqua Blue.
Satin Colors: Red, Burgundy, Pink, Baby Pink, Purple, Peach, Aqua Blue
Headbands are $9 each, and 100% goes to our MAP fund! Order forms available in the Welcome Center, or contact the church office.   Dear
Messiah Lutheran Church,
I’m writing to you in complete gratitude for the hospitality that Messiah Lutheran has given to CA, and specifically the Tuesday night Women’s CA Group meeting. We were given the opportunity to move our meeting a couple of weeks ago to the basement of Holy Family where patients at Keys To Recovery would be escorted down weekly to join the meeting. This will be a big help to growing our program. I just want to thank you again for all of the kindness and flexibility your church has always exhibited to us.
Take care and be well.

Thank you to everyone who has helped with the weekly Assistance Ministry. As you know, we have open hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 to 1:00. Our guests are enjoying the Friendship Place and have stopped to rest, talk, have a cup of coffee and bowl of soup, share accomplishments and hardships, and pray with us. They are thankful for food that they are able to take and have appreciated being able to get some clean, warm clothing. Once a month those who have a need are able to receive a $10 Jewel card. This does make a difference in their lives!
With winter approaching, there are clothing needs that we could help with. Warm socks, scarves, hats, mittens and gloves, hand warmers, and men's sneakers and boots are frequently needed. Money is always appreciated so that we can continue giving out the Jewel cards.
We would also love for more Messiah members to help with this outreach/ ministry. Please consider helping out on a Monday or Wednesday when you can. This is a wonderful way to share our blessings and hospitality with others. Please contact Pastor or Julie Jensen or Connie Kaufman with questions.   


In 1925, hoping to combat the growing influence of dictators in the world, Pope Pius XI created “Christ the King Sunday” as a reminder that there is no true ruler but Christ. Christ the King is always the final Sunday of the church year: the Sunday before the start of Advent. Michael Milton, a Presbyterian minister, recently wrote: ““Advent is preceded by the Reign of Christ so that we remember what kind of King you are, O Lord.”

November 23 is Christ the King Sunday, and we will celebrate using a Service of Lessons and Songs to celebrate Christ’s life and to acknowledge our response to that life. As a “year in review”, we will begin with Advent and travel thru the seasons of Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Trinity, all in one service! We will raise our voices in joy, as we praise and glorify the just, loving, and merciful Christ the King!

Please note: No choir rehearsal on Tuesday November 25th. Happy Thanksgiving!


Join us for this annual event for high school and middle school youth of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod from Friday, November 7 through Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9pm until 5am
From 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 p.m.) to 12:00 a.m., youth and adult chaperones will gather at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Downers Grove, to view the film Wide Awake. This film is rated PG and is about a boy searching for proof of God’s existence after the death of his grandfather. Guided discussion following the film will encourage youth to think about where they see God at work in their everyday lives, and what role death plays in the promise of new life through resurrection.
Then from 12:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m., participants travel to Enchanted Castle in Lombard for arcade games, bumper cars, go-karts, laser tag, food, and fellowship.
Cost for this event is $25 per youth and $10 per adult leader. Registration closes on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, or earlier if the event reaches maximum capacity.
Gloria Dei is at 4501 Main St., Downers Grove, IL 60515, and Enchanted Castle is at 1103 S. Main St., Lombard, IL 60148
We need a final count of which kids are going so we can register. Please contact Debbie Sasak to confirm attendance.   

The Messiah Youth appreciate the almost $600 raised from the Spaghetti Dinner. The money collected will help take our youth to Detroit in the summer of 2015 for the Rise Up Youth Gathering. The dinner was a success again this year, and this was due to help and assistance from the confirmation class parents and students. A special "thank you" goes out to Debbie Sasek who was "in training" for the future youth spaghetti dinners and who provided much support for serving, helped with the shopping and cooking of the dinner. Another "thank you" goes to the Julie Holzer who is always instrumental in training our young servers for the dinner event. Thank you! Patricia Kovach

Messiah’s Youth Group is selling well-made attractive Sports Cups as a fundraiser for the 2015 National Youth Gathering in Detroit. NCAA, NFL, and MLB as well as military teams are available. A set of 4 BPA free, dishwasher safe 24oz tumblers is $18, or a set of 2 travel cups with lids is also $18. See any Youth Group member to order these cups by Thanksgiving. They make GREAT gifts, and will be delivered in time for Christmas!

Grace Palos,11/1
Lynne Morrow, 11/7
Lisa Paulus, 11/7
Alexis Chervinko, 11/11
Laurance Johnson, 11/12
Mary Jo Marchetta, 11/17
Carolyn Clauser, 11/19
James Rosequist, 11/19
Terri Hogan, 11/22
Kirsten Boyce, 11/23
Dorothy Burger, 11/23
Donna Hanson, 11/25
Betty Stinnett, 11/25
Andrew Fox, 11/27

John and Sue Fox,
11/3/79 - 35 years
Scot and Alyson Allemeier,
11/7/03 - 11 years
Brad and Pat Kovach, 11/24/80 – 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 October 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

None for October

Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.
I was so excited, so VERY excited for this movie when I saw the trailers. Several of the best actors on the planet involved in a story that means so much to so many people. Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Kathy Baker … just a great cast. I was therefore very disappointed to discover it was rated PG-13. I had thought this could be a wonderful family movie (that wasn’t animated) and had planned to see it in the theater. The PG-13 rating, however, made me think that there was adult language, or perhaps nudity or something not appropriate for my under-thirteen-year-old. Instead I chose to “screen” it first a few weeks ago before letting Jess watch it with me.
First let me say this is a wonderful movie. Beautifully acted (of course) and lovingly directed, it tells the story of how Walt    Disney finally convinced Mrs. Travers to let him make a movie about her beloved character, Mary Poppins. For 20 years she resisted, unwilling to let her Mary be turned into a singing, dancing, cartoon. Obviously he succeeds … but not until both Mr. Disney and Mrs. Travers have changed how they see each other and share with each other their deepest pain.
As for the PG-13 rating … there was no swearing, not one word. There was no nudity, or violence. My only thought is that there are some very adult themes in the film … death of a parent, alcoholism, suicide, and grief. All these experiences by Travers as a girl were what Mary Poppins was born out of, and are important to the story. They are tactfully handled, though, and I personally think are important for children to be exposed to, if only just a little bit. There is also friendship, caring, creative genius, and a willingness to change one’s perceptions as elements in the film, which I am glad Jess got to experience.
The film might be a little too grown up for some younger children, but is an excellent movie for families to watch together. I highly recommend it.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Rev. Emmett Walsh, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Sarah Fiore, The Hauser Family, Richard Levy, Ardene Ejnik, 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, Gnanamari, Aidan Ray, and those living with cancer.   

The Holzer Family gave thanks for healing for Carol Olesen, and Steve Yager said that “Aunt Mary is doing wonderfully!”
We join the Levy family in giving joyful thanks for successful surgery on Rich’s wrist last month. They have also given thanks that Dan Kivel has recovered from heart issues. Also, Satu Raphod said, “Thanks be to God for new employment!” Also, we gave joyful thanks for the birth of Susan Kopij’s first grandchild, James Edward Clauser, (7lbs, 8oz) born October 8th. This means Dorothy Nagel is now a great-grandma!

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, Brynn Wildenauer and Bryce Wildenauer.

Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
Jean Reeve
Victory Center
97 W. Phillips Rd., Rm #5003
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
847-380-6075 Cell

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




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Park Ridge, IL 60068
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