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The Messiah Messenger > The January Messenger Issue #559
The January Messenger Issue #559

Dec 24, 2014

The Messiah

Perhaps you've been wondering this too? Last year at this time, we were inundated by billions of snowflakes. Have you ever taken the time to look at a snowflake? They are beautiful, intricately created and no two are alike!
Recently, there was a game going around on Facebook that allows you to type in your name and the logarithms would create your own unique one-of-a-kind snowflake.
This certainly was appealing to many people as we all want to believe that we are uniquely created. We all want to feel special… Beloved in our Creator’s eyes. Good news! We are!
Another curious thing about the exquisite snowflake is that when they combine together they can be quite powerful with an amazing beauty that is also unique. Do you remember shoveling all that snow last year?   
Our faith community is made up of beloved and unique created people. When we gather together, we have seen how powerful and beautiful that can be. We have experienced worship, serving, praying, learning, and fellowship together.
Any time two or more believers are gathered in Jesus' name, we can collectively make a difference in this world.
I look forward to collecting with you fellow beloved and uniquely created believers (snowflakes) this year!
In Christ,

Pastor Lynne


It’s a new year and we have a new goal - 75 quilts, personal care kits and school kits! Starting in January we will collect towels for the personal care kits since many stores have sales. We need 75 bath towels - please place in laundry baskets that will be in the Friendship Place. We will also work on assembling quilts on Sunday, January 18th in the Friendship Place following the worship service. We continue to need sheets for quilt backs - flat preferred, any size, new or gently used without rips or stains. Remember - no sewing experience necessary for quilt assembly - and we do keep bandaids in case a pin gets you! Also - if anyone does sew and would like to make some quilt tops at home, let one of us know and we can set you up with some material and instructions! Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey   

After hearing from a representative from the Night Ministry during our Advent Event in December, our youth have decided to go on a Night Walk in early spring to help them better understand the issues that individuals who are homeless face. We'd like to send them to their Night Walk with some Hygiene Kits so please start gathering items. Here is a list of suggested ingredients (travel or sample size only): shampoo, conditioner, small soap, body lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, mouthwash, lip balm, comb/small brush, disposable shaver, small shave cream, wash cloth, moist towelettes. The Health Kits are packed in gallon-sized zip top bags so we can use those too. If you have any questions, see Floyd Yager or Carol Hrodey.

In the past the Memorial Fund has primarily been used for donations when someone passes away at the time of the memorial service. The question that always arises is whether donations should be given to a fund/project selected by the family or to a fund/project selected by the donor. Beginning in January, there will be Memorial Cards placed in the Narthex at the time of a memorial service that will indicate that donations in memory of the individual will be given to a fund/project selected by the family. The family will be contacted separately and asked how they want donations to be directed.    Therefore, in this situation, the donor will not be given the option to select a fund. However, there will additionally be separate Celebration Donation Cards available on an ongoing basis around church that can be used anytime to make a donation. These cards can be used to celebrate a special event, in honor of someone, or as an annual memorial for someone who has previously passed on. These cards will list current funds as designated by the EC and the donor will have the option to select one of these funds. If you have any questions, please contact Carol H.

On Sunday, January 18, 2015, 3 P.M., three area churches will come together to pray for unity in our divided world. Sunday, January 18 marks the beginning of the 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme for this years’ service is “Jesus Meets the Woman at the Well,” (John chapter 4).
Area churches, as well as the wider community, are cordially invited to the service to be held at Messiah Lutheran.
Leadership in the Prayer Service is to be provided by Fr. Andrew Luczak, St. Isaac Jogues; Pastor Lynn Morrow, Messiah Lutheran, and newly ordained Pastor Chris Neptun. Pastor Neptun has recently been called to serve Holy Trinity Lutheran, Glenview. Laity and clergy from the three churches two years ago formed John 17 Fellowship. The life and work of this planning group is based on the prayer of Jesus, “That they may become completely one.” (John 17: 23)
Following the Prayer for Christian Unity Service, all are invited for refreshments and conversation. The gathering to take place in the church’s new Friendship Place.

Highlights from Dec 8th meeting:
• Initiatives for 2015 were discussed
• IACA Diversity Dinner space use request approved
• Change in Memorials as presented by Carol Hrodey discussed
• Scout overnight request for February approved

November Attendance
Wk1=75, Wk2=55, Wk3=47, Wk4=57, Wk5=60, T-Day=33

November Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$3506, Wk2=$2458, Wk3=$906, Wk4=$2124, Wk4=$2840

Congratulations to Debbie Sasak for winning the first prize amount of $880! Second place amount of $355 was donated back to Messiah. The three third place winners – Brad & Pat Kovach, Rich & Helen Levy, and Ava Stevenson – all received $175. This fund raiser earned $1760 for the MAP fund!

PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
Monday, Jan. 12th
Annual Reports are due into the church office by Monday, January 12th.
This is so reports can be compiled, spell-checked, and printed in time to distribute copies to members on Sunday, January 25th. If you can EMAIL your report, it is much appreciated! If you’d like a digital copy of last year’s report to edit, that can be provided.   

Thursday, Jan 15 @ 7pm
The next book we are reading for our Book Club is UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand. Our meeting is scheduled for Jan 15 at 7pm, in the Friendship Place. Any and all book lovers are invited to attend. Please contact Rich Levy for any additional information.
H: 847-698-5838

Sunday, Feb. 1st following the worship service
This is the time of year that we review and celebrate our accomplishments of the past year, set ministry goals for the coming year, approve 2015 budget and elect congregational officers. Please pick up your Annual Report on January 25th, take a little time to read it over, and then be prepared to discuss and vote on our initiatives and our budget for 2015.

PLEASE NOTE: We’d like to schedule a planning meeting in January for a Lenten Drama Series. Please let a member of the Executive Committee know if you are interested in participating!   

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, January 10 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, January 18 after worship service in the Friendship Place.

Youth Retreat, Feb 6-8
Transfiguration Sunday, Feb 15
Ash Wednesday, Feb 18


Jan 4   Second Sunday of Christmas
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 31:7–14
Psalm: Psalm 147:12–20
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 1:3–14
Gospel: John 1:1–18   
No Sunday School   
No CHAT   
No Class

Jan 11   Baptism of Our Lord
1st Lesson: Genesis 1:1–5
Psalm: Psalm 29
2nd Lesson: Acts 19:1–7
Gospel: Mark 1:4–11   
SS: Epiphany Activity   
CHAT: ELCA Discussion of the Sacraments   
CONF: Old Test #9: Greatness: King David

Jan 18   Second Sunday of Epiphany
1st Lesson: 1 Samuel 3:1–20
Psalm: Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 6:12–20
Gospel: John 1:43–51   
SS: To be determined   
CHAT: Faith 5   
CON: Old Test #10: The Psalms

Jan 25   Third Sunday of Epiphany
1st Lesson: Jonah 3:1–5, 10
Psalm: Psalm 62:5–12
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 7:29–31
Gospel: Mark 1:14–20   
SS: To be determined   
CHAT: Faith 5   
CONF: Old Test review

On Sunday, January 18, 2015, 3 P.M., three area churches will come together to pray for unity in our divided world. Sunday, January 18 marks the beginning of the 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme for this years’ service is “Jesus Meets the Woman at the Well,” (John chapter 4). (More details about this service are available in the “Noteworthy News” section.)

Children in preschool through 5th grade are invited to gather with their parents in Messiah’s Fellowship Hall for an Epiphany activity on January 11th at 9:00 a.m. Other Sunday activities for children in January will be announced on the website and in emails to families.



Jan 4   Jan 11   Jan 18   Jan 25
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Samantha F   Ralphie L   Ryan H   Nikolaus R
Communion Assistants   TBD   Tess L   Laura H   Larry R
Readers   Erik G   Arden S   Neena P   Tess L
Worship Assistants   Vikki H   Trygve J   David S   Karen B
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Rich L,
Helen L   Steve Y,
*   Rich L,
Helen L   Rich L,
Helen L
Greeters   Karol K   Karol K   Karol K   Karol K
Altar Guild   Marilynn D   Marilynn D   Kathi S   Sue K
Counters   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   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 $40, 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.

Jan 4   Available.   Available.
Jan 11   In honor of Kaelyn Yager’s
6th birthday   In honor of Kaelyn Yager’s
6th birthday
Jan 18   Available.   Available.
Jan 25   In loving memory of George A. Raica by the Hauser Family   Available.
See calendar page on website

Thanks to all who helped with the Christmas Season by serving, stuffing, staffing, singing, supporting, and solving anything that came up! You are all a blessing and a joy to the Staff at Messiah!   

Thanks to everyone who has served as an usher or greeter during the past year. This really is an important part of the service ... directing worshipers to communion, welcoming Messiah members and guests, preparing the worship space for our worship, collecting the offering, etc. Assisting with ushering and greeting is an opportunity for persons to become more involved with worship. Please consider saying "yes" if you are asked. Please volunteer if you are so inclined. Thanks to all who have answered the call. Your assistance is appreciated.
Connie and David Kaufman

Manna Order Dates
January 4 – order due
January 8 – cards available
Financial statements were made available in November. Please check yours to make sure it is correct before the end of the year. Final 2014 statements will be mailed out in January – please help us make any corrections before that. ALSO – If you have donated an ITEM (gift card, clothing, food, etc.) and you want a receipt from the office for your taxes, please contact Jen directly.   

In case anyone is looking for the anniversary and historical albums that have been in the narthex for the last several months, they have been moved to shelves in the multi-purpose room and are available to look at! Meanwhile, if you have pictures of current events for Messiah, you can place them on paper in a protective sleeve to be added to one of the notebooks (be sure they are labeled) - or mark them with the event and date and they'll be filed with other pictures.

Sewing Machine
No one has come forward to claim one of the sewing machines we mentioned last month so those will be moved out sometime in January - so last chance if anyone still would like to have one of them!   

Many thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers for my mom as she underwent shoulder replacement surgery and rehab this month. She has told me that she can feel the prayers working, and I also appreciate everyone’s help in getting things done just a few days early so I can go and spend time with her.
Jennifer Schneider

For The Night Ministry, and also for our own assistance ministry, we collected hats, gloves, scarves, as well as underwear and socks. We kept several items here in our “donation station,” but this is what we sent to the Night Ministry:
19 hats
10 scarves
38 pairs of socks
10 pairs of gloves
53 pairs of underwear
19 t-shirts
One whole bag of baby items (hats and gloves) was donated to the Baby Shower.
Many thanks to EVERYONE who supplied gifts, hats, and other clothing items for our Christmas Charities this year, as well as all the wonderful presents for children for the LSSI Gifts for Kids program.

Thanks also to hose whom contributed at the 11th hour for the gifts to the residents of Avantara (formerly St. Matthew’s Center for Health). The inflow of gifts on Thursday morning from all of you brought tears of joy to those of us in the office.    

Thanks to all who have assisted with our Guest Ministry program. Our guests feel comfortable here and stop by for a number of reasons … need a warm place to rest, want to chat about their week, enjoy a cup of coffee and bowl of soup, receive a gift card that helps to make life a little better, share in a prayer of thanks and needs, and to be able to receive food and clothing donated for them. What a joy! We have had a guest be able to interview for a job this past week and he is so appreciative of the support that Messiah has given him. Thanks to everyone! Thanks for sharing God's blessings with our guests.
Connie Kaufman

It is time to plan our February Retreat for Messiah's Youth. We would like all interested youth to register for the event as soon as they are able, and we are also looking for chaperones. This year’s theme is “The Ten Commandments,” and time will be spent learing about them, and sharing disucssion in small group sessions, plus fun activities like “gaga ball” and tobagganing! The retreat starts at 7pm Friday, Feb 6th and goes through 10 am on Sunday, Feb 8th. Both high school and middle school students can participate. Our kids and adults have enjoyed the Lutherdale retreat for the last few years. Please contact Julie Holzer or Pastor Lynne if you are interested in attending.   

At Messiah, this will be our NINTH year participating!
Through your generosity we have given over $6,500 and 3,800 food items directly to the Maine Township Food Pantry due to collections around the past 7 Super Bowls! In 2013 alone, we donated nearly $1,200 and over 1,000 food items! For that, we thank you! This year the confirmation class will again lead the event and are hoping, with you help, that we do even better!
You can start bringing non-perishable food offerings that we will also deliver to the Maine Township Food Pantry. There will be baskets in the Friendship Place labeled “Souper Bowl of Caring” beginning Sunday January 18th and remaining until Super Bowl Sunday.

Thanks to all who generously donated to our Joseph and Mary baby shower. All items were donated to WINGS (women in need of growing stronger) and will be donated to victims of domestic violence. The staff at WINGS expressed so much gratitude for the gifts!
Julia Mix, 1/1
Richard Seggeling, 1/2
Paul Holzer, 1/3
Nicholas Levy, 1/4
Peter Fox, 1/5
Donald Kovach, 1/7
Ralph Lippert, 1/7
Larry Ryczek, 1/7
Jennifer Schneider, 1/10
Thomas Jason, 1/12
Tait Jensen, 1/12
Ryan Bujalka, 1/13
Mark Jones, 1/13
Kaelyn Yager, 1/16
Raymond Ejnik, 1/20
Lester Herak, 1/20   
David Chervinko, 1/22
Heba Penumaka, 1/22
Chris Boomer, 1/23
Karol Kamman, 1/25
Michael Bujalka, 1/28
Lytle Thompson, 1/28

None in January
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 December 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 Joyce Johnsen:
Eva Thoren
In Memory of Harold Byrne:
Eva Thoren

This was a terrible movie. Don’t see it. And if you have seen it already, please accept my apologies for not warning you ahead of time. I am certainly glad we watched this on cable, and did not spend money to see it in the theaters, like I was tempted to do!
I am all for creative anachronisms (putting things in a movie that don’t necessarily have anything to do with the time period, like “We Will Rock You” playing in A Knights Tale) but only if they are done well, and with a sense of purpose behind them … or at LEAST a sense of humor. But this movie’s conceptual design of women wearing cloth pants and men wielding impossibly forged metal weapons (before the Iron Age) just made me more and more annoyed as the movie went on. And that doesn’t even begin to explain the rock monsters (yes,    rock monsters) that were supposedly angels fallen to earth because the pitied Adam and Eve when they were ejected from Eden. Far from a “fresh retelling” of the biblical flood story, I thought it was just dumb.
I am also very thankful that Jess didn’t watch it with us. Rated PG-13, there were terrifying nightmare sequences of torture, cannibalism, and orgy that just went way too far. By the time we got to Noah holding a dagger over the heads of the newborn baby girls on the Ark, I was just done. And the part where the bad guy makes his way onto the Ark and hides out for 9 months? C’mon, man! (I don’t mind spoiling the end for you, because I really hope you don’t watch it).
For the cast, I can only say that with all this talent (Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, and Logan Lehrman) I never saw these actors cry and shout so much.
Seriously, friends, skip it. The sad part is that it has made me nervous about seeing Exodus: Gods and Kings, which I was looking forward to. Perhaps Ridley Scott can treat the pivotal story of the Old Testament with more respect.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Mary Jane Kovach, Rev. Emmett Busch, 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.   

David Swanson gave thanks for prayers and for the negative biopsy results. We are also thankful for the active presence of God in this community.
We were thankful to have touched the lives of so many through the various serving ministries at Messiah … and thankful for the young people who chose to be here for our Advent Events!We gave joyful thanks for the flurry of activity around our campus as we anticipate the coming of the Baby Lord Jesus! Crafts and fun, singing and activities, we gather together in fellowship, reveling in the hope given to us by the Christ child.

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!

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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