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The Messiah Messenger > The November Messenger Issue #558
The November Messenger Issue #558

Nov 26, 2014

Christmas Services

Sunday, Dec. 21 @ 10:15am
Mary and Joseph
Baby Shower

Wed., Dec. 24 @ 4:00pm
Family Christmas Eve

Wed., Dec. 24 @ 10:15pm
Candle Light
Christmas Eve

Thurs., Dec. 25 @ 10:15am
Christmas Day Service

Sunday, Dec. 28 @ 10:15am
Hymn Fest

Advent, the season of waiting, has begun and Christmas is fast approaching. A favorite time of the year when we begin to prepare for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Not only do the days grow shorter, but many find the days packed full with activities and to-do lists. The Christmas holiday approaches and brings a sense of urgency in the planning ahead for all those things that “need” to be completed.
In all of the hustle of preparation, sometimes the true reason for celebration is lost and forgotten. Perhaps you've wondered where you will find time for God. How will God be added to the to-do list? The advertisements are overwhelming this month of long dark nights and yet there is hope in the anticipation of the festive season ahead. Decorations, shopping, meals, gifts, holiday parties, greeting cards, children's activities … and how does God fit into this?
The month before Jesus' birth, his mother Mary must have been as preoccupied as the retailers who constantly remind us of Christmas shopping countdowns. Joseph was lovingly watching her health and activity, trying to limit life's demands on her. Mary grew more and more introspective, as expectant mothers tend to do, identifying with the baby-in-waiting and full of hope for this child … for all creation. In Mary's case, she was expecting a gift that she would share with the world.    
How can you keep God in your hectic schedule? Take the Faith 5 - in just a few moments every day, you can share the Gift of Faith together with your family. Share, Read, Talk, Pray, Bless with your loved ones and stories about your faith will deepen your lives, build traditions, strengthen relationships and allow spiritual growth.
All are invited to share the Gift with our community of faith this month with new Cross+Generational worship and learning opportunities (see page 12). As we grow our faith, we glorify the God who loves us so much that he gave us the most awesome gift of all … his only son. Celebrate the warmth and light that God offers us in Jesus and our community. This season, hear the Advent story as if it were the first time.
My prayer for you is that the love of the Christ child Jesus will fill your hearts with joy and peace and hope.
In Christ,

(new name for
Women’s Service Group!)
While we will take December
off from quilt assembly, let’s start thinking ahead to next year. For 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. And we continue to need hands to help assemble quilts. No sewing experience is necessary – we have jobs for everyone and they don’t all require handling needles and pins. We’ll be scheduling extra quilt assembly sessions so there will be lots of opportunities to help. If you are inclined to sew and would like to do work on a project at home, we can give you materials to piece together for tops – all straight sewing – nothing fancy! For kits – in January we’ll start collecting items for kits – watch for the annual January “white sales” for towels! Watch the January Messenger for details.
Meanwhile, have a blessed Christmas – and stay warm! As we bundle up in our quilts and blankets at home, let’s think about making quilts for individuals around the world who need them and get fired up for another banner year in 2015! Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey

Several sewing machines have been discovered in the LWR closet on the stage downstairs. A couple portables will be maintained at Messiah for when we might need to do some sewing when working on quilts – or if anyone would like to borrow one to work on quilts at home. Otherwise, we have a few that are looking for a new home. They could use some tune-up and TLC – but if you’re interested in having one of them or know someone who would like one or likes to fix up machines, here is the inventory:
•   Kenmore – machine and table – estimated age from 1960’s. It works – needs clean up and new belt – has manual
•   Singer – machine and table – estimated age from 1970’s. Not working
•   Singer – machine and table – estimated age from 1970’s. Zig Zag Model 750. Works – needs a tune-up. No manual.
•   Singer – portable with case – estimated age from 1950-60’s. Made in Italy. “Fashion Mate”. Works – needs tune-up and belt. Metal body.
There is also an empty sewing table where the hole for the machine has been filled in. It is double-sided and 72”x18” when open. Could use a portable machine on top – or it would make a good work table. Additionally there is an empty portable case – needs to be cleaned up. See Trudi Handzel or Carol Hrodey if interested in any of these or if you know of anyone who might be interested. If no one comes forward we will donate them somewhere


April 30-1945 – October 6, 2014
Susan was born the youngest of three siblings (Scott and Gerald) on April 30, 1945 to Charity and Clyde Grove. She grew up in the Northwest side Chicago.
Susan was a professional ballet dancer and later received her Master’s Degree in Psychology. She worked at Reed Mental Hospital but then choose to be a stay at home mom. She had three children, Britta (Chris), Seth (Erin) and Zachary (Sarah), 8 grandchildren, Abigail, Tyler, Layah, Ella, Naomi, Camille, Amelia and Luca, 2 nephews, Andy & Erik (Lynn) and one grandniece, Annabelle. Her family was her greatest joy.
Susan found herself becoming a favored substitute teacher at Franklin Elementary School. She eventually was hired as a resource teacher for the 5th grade. She loved every minute of it. She felt such a purpose working with children and doing her best to make a difference in their lives. We have come to learn through so many stories shared with us that she really did make a difference.
Susan is missed and but through all her acts of kindness, her spirit lives on. Thank you for all your love and support and for being a part of Susan’s life. There was a memorial service here at Messiah on Nov. 2nd to honor her life.   

Highlights from Nov 17th meeting:
• Preparing for next year’s budget, and collecting pledge forms.
• Reviewed Use of Facilities Agreements and decided who would meet with each group
• Reviewed attendance and contribution records of members, prepared a list of people to send letters to regaring their membership status.
• Changes to the way attendance on Sundays is taken, voted to switch to pew pads.

Please note that all the locks to the parsonage have been changed. Several were not working properly, and we had two different keys for knob locks and deadbolts. Now all locks are keyed the same for security and simplicity. IF YOU HAVE keys to the parsonage, they will not work now. See David Hanson for a replacement key.

PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
Saturday December 6 at 5 PM we will hold a new version of “Hanging of the Greens.” We will still decorate, and we will also have a guest from The Night Ministry, work on an Advent project, and share a meal together. Details on the Youth Page.   

Wednesday December 10th
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Another cross-generational advent observance will take place this evening. We’ll gather for a light supper before a variety of story, music and art activities. More details to follow!

Head on over to OCC for the Ceramics Club’s wonderful charity program. Running from 10:30-2pm on Saturday Dec 6th, buy a unique ceramic bowl from Oakton’s renowned Pottery Department, and share a bowl of soup with hundreds of others from the community. Proceeds go to fight hunger in Maine Township and our surrounding area. Since 2004, this has raised over $184,000 for local food charities! Several Messiah members have enjoyed this program over the last decade. Make this your year!

During the worship service on Sunday, December 21st we will host a “Baby Shower for Mary and Joseph.” Children will be asked to dress in their party clothes and bring donations of paper diapers or other baby products. Children will be encouraged to carry their “gifts” and place them in front of the manger. Later, the gifts will be donated to local organizations that serve needy families. During the coffee hour following the service we will celebrate with punch and other shower treats. If you would like to donate some cookies or other treats for this event, please contact Julie Jensen.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Dec 13 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 – Merry Christmas!
No work day in December   

Service for Christian Unity, Jan 18 Annual Meeting, Feb 1


Dec 7   Second Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 40:1–11
Psalm: Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13
2nd Lesson: 2 Peter 3:8–15a
Gospel: Mark 1:1–8   
CHAT: Advent Reflections
CON: Old Test #7: Love: Ruth and Naomi

Dec 14   Third Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11
Psalm: Psalm 126
2nd Lesson: 1 Thess 5:16–24
Gospel: John 1:6–8, 19–28   
No Sunday School
CHAT: Advent Reflections   
CON: Old Test #8: Friendship: David and Johnathan

Sunday, Dec. 21 @ 10:15am   
Mary and Joseph Baby Shower
A fun way to celebrate the coming baby King! We are asking for donations of paper diapers and other baby products to be shared with the Food Pantry.

Wednesday, Dec. 24 @ 4:00pm   
Family Christmas Eve
Our extremely popular Family Service, with kid-friendly worship and a convenient start time.

Wednesday, Dec. 24 @ 10:15pm   
Candle Light Christmas Eve
Traditional late-night “Lessons and Carols” Christmas Eve service.

Thursday, Dec. 25 @ 10:15am   
Christmas Day Service
A celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Dec 28   First Sunday of Christmas
1st Lesson: Isaiah 61:10—62:3
Psalm: Psalm 148
2nd Lesson: Galatians 4:4–7
Gospel: Luke 2:22–40

Messiah is moving to a NEW way of taking attendance! We will be using “pew pads” starting this Advent Season. This change has been requested by the Executive Committee in order to try to increase our accuracy in reporting who attends every week. We ask that the congregation signs the pad, and passes it to the center aisle, where they will be collected following the worship service by the ushers. Prayer requests can be listed on the Prayer Request Slips (also found in the pew pad) and placed it in the offering plates. Please be patient as we experiment with this new system.



Dec 7   Dec 14   Dec 21   Dec 24   Dec 24   Dec 25   Dec 28
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   4:00pm   10:15pm   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Nikolaus R   Adam H   Julia F   Ralphie L   -----   Michael Y,
Thomas Y   Caitlin L
Communion Assistants   Larry R   Laura H   TBD   Tess L   -----   Floyd Y   Rich L
Readers   David H   Larry R   Neena P   ----   Multiple   Andy T   Dina S
Worship Assistants   Karen B   Pat K   Rhonda C   Cindy N   Trygve J   Diane B   Andy T
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   -----   -----   Jim H
Ushers   Dave K, Connie K   Dave K, Connie K   Dave K, Connie K   *   Dave K, Connie K   Sue B,
Julie J   Dave K, Connie K
Greeters   Worknesh   Worknesh    Worknesh   -----   -----   Worknesh   Worknesh
Altar Guild   Marilynn    Marilynn   Sue K   Kathi S   -----   *   Kathi S
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.

Dec 7   In loving memory of
Gerald Grove.   In loving memory of George Raica by the Hauser Family
Dec 14   In loving memory of Frank Luck.   Available.
Dec 21   In loving memory of Paysoff and Marilyn Tinkoff and Floyd Yager.   Available.
Dec. 24 & 25   Poinsettias will be on display on the altar for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services. Order forms are available in the Sunday bulletins, or contact the office directly.
Dec 28   Available.    Available.
CALENDAR - See the website


Manna Order Dates
December 14 – order due
December 18 – cards available

Don’t wait too long to get your Christmas Gift Cards!!! There is an order on November 30th that is better for getting cards before Manna runs out of them!   

Poinsettias for Sale! $11 each
Orders due by December 14th. Watch for order forms in the Sunday bulletins beginning November 30th or call the office to place an order. IMPORTANT NOTICE!!
We will be offering multicolored plants again this year … regular red, plus marble, white, and pink. You may select the color you want when you take the plant home on Christmas Eve/Day. We are NOT taking requests for specific colors on the order form … this will be first come-first served when you pick up the plant.

The Church Office will be closed Thursday Dec 25th and Friday Dec 26th.
Also, Jan 1st and 2nd
The Child Care Center will closed Monday Dec 22nd through Friday Dec 26th and again on Thursday January 1st.
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 up by the first Sunday in Dec.    
Courtesy Request
As it gets colder and snowier, we ask that those who are more “able bodied” to please leave the parking places closest to the ramp and accessible doors open for those who need access to this entrance. We plan to restripe our parking lot sometime in the future, and we will add more handicapped parking spaces, but until then, please be courteous to those who have limited mobility. Thank you!

For The Night Ministry, and also for our own assistance ministry, we collect hats, gloves, and scarves. Our Giving Tree will be in a new location this year. We are looking for mostly adult items, and are NOW INCLUDING socks and underwear (new, in packages) for both men and women as a part of our yearly request. Deadline for donations is December 14 – the Night Ministry 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 this year we are doing LSSI’s Gifts for Kids supporting the “Visits to Moms” program, helping children whose mothers are incarcerated. Gift tags are available in the Friendship Place. Pick a tag, purchase a present, and bring it wrapped to church by Sunday, December 14th to be sent to LSSI in time to be distributed for Christmas.
More About Visits to Moms: There are 8,500 children in the Chicago area who yearn to say “I love you” and hug their mothers but can’t. Their mothers are serving time in one of seven Illinois prisons more than 100 miles away…

“It's 5:00 in the morning and I am getting ready for my visit with mom. I didn't sleep much last night because I can't wait to see my mom. We have to be at the bus by 7:00a.m. so Grandma said, "we need to hurry." I am so glad we made the bus, I love it when the movies come on because it's a long ride. We are almost there, "I hope the food is good because I am hungry. I can't wait to see my mom, hug her and play games in the recreation center. The only part of the trip I hate the most is having to get back on the bus and leave mom in this place...it seems like such a long time before we see each other again. I wrote mom a card to let her know how much fun I had and that I love her so much.”    Leslie, 7 years old

Joy to the World!
The Lord will come again!
What beloved Christmas hymn is actually not about Jesus’s birth? When Isaac Watts wrote “Joy to the World” in 1719, he did not write it as a Christmas song nor did he intend it to be used as such. If you look at the lyrics closely, there is nothing about shepherds, a manger, wise men, angels, or any other part of the Christmas story. Based on Psalm 98 and originally titled, “The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom”, Watts wrote the words glorifying Christ’s triumphant second coming at the end of the age; no one knows how or when it became a beloved Christmas carol.
In the ELW, it is placed as the final Advent hymn, like a “bridge” between Advent and Christmas. As we sing it on December 14, the Advent “Joy” Sunday, remember the true meaning of the hymn, as Watts describes how all creation will receive the King Jesus when he comes again: people, fields, and even the rocks will sing with joy!
Please note: No choir rehearsal on Tuesday December 30th.


I wanted to share some details of the upcoming family advent events. This Sunday, November 30, from 9-10 a.m. there will be a cross-generational gathering in the Friendship Place. We will be creating ornaments for the beautiful new tree that will be coming soon to the Friendship Place. Materials to make the ornaments will be supplied, but please bring your creative ideas and any decorations you might want to donate. We would like everyone to also consider bringing an ornament that represents your heritage and/or family. We’ll enjoy seasonal music and refreshments as we work together on our special decorations. We’d love to have adult family members join their children for this event, but if you are not available, let me know and I will make sure other adults are available to assist your child as needed.

The decorating of the sanctuary is another event for all ages that will be Saturday, December 6. Activities will run from 5-7 p.m. in the Friendship Place. Besides the decorating, there will be songs, crafts, a pasta dinner and more!
This event is followed by a Youth LockIn! We will pack lunches for the homeless (sign-up sheet for food items is in the Narthex). ). Aidan McCormack from the Night Ministry will speak about their work and we will have the director of a Shelter in Elgin talk to the youth, and Chef Rhonda will teach a baking class as well. A great way to kick off the Advent Season!   

Another cross-generational Advent observance will take place 6:00 – 7:30pm Wednesday, December 10th. We’ll gather for a light supper before a variety of story, music and art activities. More details to follow!

During the worship service on Sunday, December 21st we will host a “Baby Shower for Mary and Joseph”. Children will be asked to dress in their party clothes and bring donations of paper diapers or other baby products. Children will be encouraged to carry their “gifts” and place them in front of the manger. Later, the gifts will be donated to local organizations that serve needy families. During the coffee hour following the service we will celebrate with punch and other shower treats. If you would like to donate some cookies or other treats for this event, please let me know.
Julie Luck Jensen
Email: JLuckJensen@gmail.com

Melissa Holzer, 12/1
Mildred Anderson, 12/5
Rhonda Cady, 12/5
Kylie Benjamin, 12/6
Dorothy Pollack, 12/6
Lisa Francis, 12/7
Jennifer Hanson, 12/10
Aidan Loverme, 12/14
David Jensen, 12/18
Bobby Hanson, 12/19
Marlyn Wenn, 12/22
Neena Penumaka, 12/23
Andrew Travis, 12/24
Laura Olson, 12/27
Marcella Larson, 12/28
Paul Stolz Jr., 12/28
Laura Hauser, 12/31   

None in December
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
Mark Dupke
Sunday School:   Julie Luck Jensen
Confirmation/Youth:   Floyd Yager, Debbie Sasak, Julie Holzer
Manna Coordinators: Kathi Scheck, Karol Kamman
Women’s Service Group: Trudi Handzel,
Carol Hrodey
Spiritual Gifts Coordinator: Steve Yager
Worship Assistants:    David Swanson
Worship Readers:    Rich Levy
Prayer Cards:    Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry:    Marilynn Duckett

MEMORIAL REPORT as of November 23, 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

In Memory of Susan Rice:
Roger Rice, Mark & Ann Wiberg, Diane Wilson, Jackie Steigerwald, Susan Bromstad, Karol Kamman, Millie Anderson
In Memory of Joyce Johnson:
Les & Nancy Herak, Jackie Steigerwald, Millie Anderson   In Memory of George Hrodey:
Millie Anderson
In Memory of Val Bowman:
Millie Anderson
In Memory of Evelyn Hanson:
Millie Anderson
In Memory of Martin Ruterschmidt: Millie Anderson

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.
This movie does for “Sleeping Beauty” what “Wicked” does for “Wizard of Oz” … it explores the “dark side” of a story we all know very well, examining the reasons why people go bad, and what made them become the villain we all know and “love.”
Maleficent, played gorgeously by Angelina Jolie, starts as a powerful girl-child fairy who loves to take care of her home (the Moors). Thanks to the greed and betrayal of a human boy-child from a neighboring kingdom, she learns not to trust or love anyone or anything, until she is    confronted with the innocence and purity of Aurora, who she has unfortunately cursed to die on her 16th birthday.
The story is a well-known one, and I do like the way this one has been told. Jolie has that otherworldly beauty that lends itself to the character, and is also a gifted actor who’s performance does not rely on special effect to tell her story.
I did think some aspects of this film were more scary than they needed to be. And it is unfortunate that the true villain (the human who betrays Maleficent), when given the opportunity to repent and receive grace, chooses to continue down the dark path he is on instead.
Ultimately, it is a story of choices and their consequences. And that love, true love, exists in many forms, and can conquer even the greatest evil.
I’d recommend this movie, but for older audiences – maybe 10 and up.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: The Lenzini Family, Rev. Emmett Walsh, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Sarah Fiore, The Hauser Family, Richard Levy, Ardene Ejnik, Jean Reeve, Carrie R and family, Phyllis, 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 and Debbie Dietrich- Schmidt, Hugh Williams, Tom Jason, Ruez Family, Janis, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Rosalie Lucarelli, George and Audrey Krell, Gnanamari, Aidan Ray, those living with cancer.
* We understand that some prayer requests are short term for specific events, while others find ongoing prayers to be powerful.   

The Yager family rejoiced in feeling better, after extended sickness. Vikki Hanson is glad to report that her dad, Harold Baum, has recovered from his infection. And the Levy family joyfully announces Joe’s receiving an internship! Praise God for all he does for us!
We also gave joyful thanks for the “behind the scenes” work that Messiah members and friends do to ensure Messiah is able to be doing God’s work. Prayer cards, bulletin/ newsletter stuffers, candle fillers, pencil sharpeners, bread makers, coffee makers, sign changers … the list goes on. Thank you all.

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
847-380-0075 Cell (correction)

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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