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The Messiah Messenger > The February Messenger Issue #560
The February Messenger Issue #560

Jan 30, 2015

The Messiah

Beloved sisters and brothers of Messiah, every year, we are blessed with the formal opportunity to reflect, rejoice, review and resolve as a new calendar year begins. This gift of reflection is unique to humans and is one way which we are uniquely created in God’s image, or in Latin, “Imago Dei.”

As you take this time to reflect, you will likely find both joys and sorrows have been part of 2014. Some joys and sorrows were things that happened to you while other joys and sorrows involved a choice that you made. While it may be painful to acknowledge some things, it is good to accept them as sorrows. Just as important is to claim the joys and celebrate them. It is in the context of reflection that we are able to review what went well, what didn’t go well, and ways to make adjustments for the future.

“Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” - 1 Corinthians 13:12

The leadership of Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center uses a similar review of all ministries and events. Commonly known as “Four Questions,” the review process includes: What has worked well? What did not work? What can we do differently next time? What Ministry goals can be set?   The underlying item on all things we do at Messiah, “How does this ministry/event further God’s mission here?”

How might our own reflection and review upon 2013 change with that final consideration? How does our personal year further God’s mission? What might it look like to pray more, to love more fully, to forgive more freely, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all God’s children through our actions?

The good news, dear friends, is that we are traveling in this journey together. As a community based on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we are here to support all the sorrows and celebrate the joys together… and we look forward with hope.
On our way rejoicing
gladly let us go.
Christ our Lord has conquered;
vanquished is the foe.
Christ without, our safety;
Christ within, our joy;
who, if we be faithful,
can our hope destroy?

On our way rejoicing;
as we forward move,
hearken to our praises,
O blest God of love!

Pastor Lynne Morrow

Even though we rejoice in the knowledge that our loved ones will be welcomed into Christ’s eternal embrace and will feel no more pain, we here on earth are left with an empty space when they go. Messiah started 2015 by losing several of our company, including one who was here as Messiah began, and one who just came to us in recent years. Please say a prayer for the families of the following individuals who passed away in the last month, that they may be comforted by their faith in their time of grief:
Leona Johnson (1/6/2015) – Last surviving charter member, Leona has been a constant supporter of Messiah with her gifts and her prayers.
Steve Schmidt (12/28/2014) – Married to Debbie Deitrich here in 2008, Steve and Debbie have been regularly attending for the last year.
Linda Larson (1/26/2014) – Daughter-in-law of member Marcella Larson.
Christine Keay (12/30/2014) – Wife of former Messiah pastor Luther Keay, Christine lived in Washington with her family.
Corrine Jensen (1/18/2015) – Mother of David Jensen, Corrine was a longtime member who joined shortly after Messiah was founded, and stayed active until moving to AZ in the 1980’s.
Each of these remarkable people leaves a legacy in their family and our faith community. We thank God for them.   

We have gotten off to a good start on collecting towels for the personal care kits - we are a third of the way to our goal of 75! Thanks to those who have contributed towels so far. We'll continue to collect those in February and then move on to other items for the kits. We've gotten off to a slow start on quilts, so hopefully we can get fired up and get those quilts going! Some of the Child Care Center children made special squares to include on the quilts, so we want to be sure those get made soon so we can show them how their work will be included in quilts for people in need around the world. In February, we will meet on Sunday, February 22nd after service in the Friendship Place to assemble quilts - as always - no sewing experience necessary! All are welcome! We will likely add a weekday and/or a Saturday to the schedule - watch for announcements on that date! We continue to accept sheets for quilt backs - flat preferred, any size, new or gently used without rips or stains. Please come out and help assemble quilts!
- Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey

We so are blessed by many people who consider Messiah when they have an item they are interested in donating. We appreciate that we are at the front of people’s minds when they think of giving. The difficulty comes in knowing sometimes for what purpose the item is intended. Therefore, we now request that any donated item be accompanied by a NAME and PHONE NUMBER. If we have any questions, we can call and ask. Otherwise, unlabeled items will be distributed at the staff’s discretion … and if we don’t need it, it could be thrown away. Including your name and phone number gives us an opportunity to give it back to you instead of disposing it if we cannot use it. It ALSO allows us to give you a letter stating your donation, which you can use to for tax credit.
Please remember there are at least NINE GROUPS using this campus on a daily or weekly basis. Random items left on benches, beside offices, in the workroom, MPR, Friendship Place or Fellowship Hall may be considered a donation and handled accordingly, so please don’t leave items laying around that you don’t want to be disposed of.
Don’t worry … if you forget your coat, or leave something out one day by mistake, we won’t instantly toss it. After 2 weeks of the mystery item not moving, though, we reserve the right to throw it away!   

At the January meeting the EC discussed:
• The upcoming congregational meeting and 2015 budget.
• Plans for mid-week Lent worship - experiencing other faith traditions.
• Changes to the attendance reporting process.
• The health and well-being of Messiah members and families.

Messiah CCC will be holding its annual “Be My Valentine” Pizza Dinner and Valentine Making Party/Open House on Tuesday, February 10th. The pizza party will be from 5:45-6:30pm (reservations and pre-payment may be made by February 9th).
The Child Care’s Open House will be from 6:15-7:30pm and is open to current families as well as families interested in registering for the summer and school year programs. Guests may visit classrooms, meet staff, pick up registration materials and participate in Valentine activities and projects. Questions??? call 847.825.3767

PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
Sunday, Feb. 15 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 Sunday, February 8th, take a little time to read it over, and then be prepared to discuss and vote on our initiatives and our budget for 2015.   

Sunday, Feb. 15 following the Annual Meeting
We will have our last hurrah before the somber season of Lent. To be held in the Friendship Place, we will celebrate with a Mardi Gras parade, food, palm burning and other fun activities!   

Feb 20-March 1
For a different way
to experience Jesus' Lenten journey, Godspell (the 2012 Broadway Musical) is playing at Des Plaines Prairie Lakes Theater. Follow Jesus from his Transfiguration to his Death and Resurrection, told in song by the amazing Spotlight Youth Theater performers, including “Day by Day” and “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord.” Tickets available online at www.spotlight.org.

Thursday, March 5 @ 7pm
Our next meeting will be on Thursday March 5 at 7pm in the Friendship Place. We will be reading "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. Our meeting is open to everyone who enjoys reading. If anyone has any questions please contact
Rich Levy. H: 847-698-5838,
C: 847-909-5018

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, February 14 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, Feb 22 after worship service in the Friendship Place.


Holy Week Begins, March 29

Feb 1   4th Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Deut 18:15–20
Psalm: Psalm 111
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor 8:1–13
Gospel: Mark 1:21–28
CHAT: Faith 5   
CONF: New Test #1: John the Baptist

Feb 8   5th Sunday after Epiphany
1st Lesson: Isaiah 40:21–31
Psalm: Psalm 147:1–11, 20c
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor 9:16–23
Gospel: Mark 1:29–39   
CHAT: Faith 5   
CONF: New Test #2: Jesus Our Savior

Feb 15   Transfiguration of Our Lord
1st Lesson: 2 Kings 2:1–12
Psalm: Psalm 50:1-6
2nd Lesson: 2 Corinthians 4:3–6
Gospel: Mark 9:2–9
CHAT: ELCA Discussion of the Sacraments   
CONF: New Test #3: Jesus Teaches Us

Feb 22   1st Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Genesis 9:8–17
Psalm: Psalm 25:1–10
2nd Lesson: 1 Peter 3:18–22
Gospel: Mark 1:9–15
SS/CHAT: Cross+Gen Event   
CONF: New Test #4: Jesus Heals Us

February 18
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday services at 9:15 AM and 7:00 PM. Please note that the early service will be DURING our Child Care Chapel time, and we will be offering imposition of ashes to children as well as adults.

As we begin our Lenten journey, we will be meeting at Messiah each Wednesday beginning Feb. 25 to travel to other places of worship. Our goal is to experience together with other faith traditions. Following each experience, we will share and discuss back at Messiah. We will begin with Holy Trinity Lutheran in Glenview, one of our partners in the John 17 Fellowship. We will meet at Messiah at 5:30pm to travel together. Lenten Supper starts at 6:00 pm followed at 7:00 pm with a short contemplative service, lasting approximately 30 minutes. The service will be based on a book titled, "Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting” by Holly Whitcomb. Please join us for supper and the services to follow!



Feb 1   Feb 8   Feb 15   Feb 18   Feb 22
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   7:00pm   10:15am
Acolytes   Julia F   Michael Y   Caitlin L   *   Samantha F
Communion Assistants   Rhonda C   Floyd Y   Rich L   *   *
Readers   Dotty B   Dina S   Larry R   *   Rich L
Worship Assistants   Rhonda C   Pat K   Andy T   *   Cindy N
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   -----   Jim H
Ushers   Jackie S,
Pat F   Jackie S,
Pat F   Jackie S,
Pat F   *   Jackie S,
Pat F
Greeters   Debbie DS   Debbie DS   Debbie DS   *   Debbie DS
Altar Guild   Cindy N   Sue K   Sue K   Marilynn D   Cindy N
Counters   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   -----   Paul H

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.
Feb 1   Available.   Available.
Feb 8   By Brad and Pat Kovach in honor of committed couples for Valentines’ Day.   In loving memory of Grandmothers Evelyn and Viola by the Hauser Family.
Feb 15   By Les and Nancy Herak in honor of Granddaughter Ava’s 1st birthday.
Feb 22   No flowers during Lent.   Available.

About the Flowers: One of the ways Messiah will observe Lent is by not having flowers on the altar during this season of austerity and simple reflection. We hope this absence will amplify the resurrection message of the Easter flowers when the Easter garden arrives! Since we know many of you like to honor loved ones by dedicating flowers on special days, and some of those days may fall during Lent, we are letting you know in time to consider other ways of showing your respect and affection. Perhaps you would consider one of the options highlighted in the ELCA Good Gifts Catalog instead. For the $40 you would spend on altar flowers, you could contribute to any number of charitable programs sponsored by the ELCA. If you prefer, you could make an additional offering to Messiah in your loved one’s name, or select a date during another season of the year to pay for flowers. However you choose to respond, we thank you for your generosity.

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Copier Issues
No, it is not your eyesight … your bulletins have been blurry and light and had black gunk on it. We are looking to replace our copier service company due to very poor service in the last few weeks. (Our previous vendor was bought by Warehouse Direct – hence the downgrade in quality.) We’d prefer a LOCAL, personal-touch company that services Kyocera machines – suggestions welcome.
Dear Pastor Lynne Marrow and Church Family,
On behalf of the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and Prisoner Family Ministry/ Connections program, we would like to thank you for your generous donation of Christmas gifts that were given to the children in our program. It is because of your generosity that our children will experience a Christmas filled with love and appreciation for those who give selflessly to others.
We would like to extend a special thanks to Mrs. Moni Ryczek for all of her hard work and dedication in working with this program to insure that the children had gifts.
Each year, the Connections program continues to advance its mission to help children of incarcerated mother’s to maintain a close relationship with their parent. We would not be able to continue to provide the support or help to these families without the support of the faith community to whom we are deeply grateful and indebted.
May the knowledge of Christ's birth bring you joy, love, peace and hope this Christmas season.
Rev. Valerie Y. Riley, Director, LSSI

Rainbow Hospice Grief and Loss Center
is offering several workshops, sessions,
and support groups to help those who are coping with the pain of grief and loss. There are bright yellow flyers detailing these programs in our Welcome Area.    

Manna Orders Due
For 2015 we are continuing with Manna orders on the FIRST Sunday of the month.
February 1 – order due    
February 5 – cards available
Cards make a great Valentine’s Gift!   

Furniture Available
One big chair and a big sofa (includes a recliner chair on both sides) plus single bed with box springs. Strong men needed to take them down stairs because they are heavy and are on 3rd floor. Contact Pastor if you are interested.

Just a reminder that we are collecting items for the Night Ministry Health Kits to send with our youth this spring when they go on their Night Walk. 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. There will be a bin in the Friendship Place for these items.


“Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.”
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Isaac Watts, 1707

In one of the most beloved hymns ever written, Isaac Watts beautifully describes our lives as Christians. Rather than giving something up for Lent, why not add an act of service? We invite you to join the Gloria Dei “40 Day” Choir for Lent and Easter. The “40 Day Choir” is a great way to experience leading worship through singing, and there is no obligation past Easter. Please join us beginning Tuesday, February 17 at 7:30pm in the Multi-purpose room, as we serve God in song, preparing for our joyous Easter celebrations!

We will leave for Lutherdale at 5:00pm Friday, Feb 6th and return around 1:00pm on Sunday, Feb 8th. We have 5 high school and middle school students participating this year. Thanks to Rhonda Cady and Pastor Lynne for chaperoning! This year’s theme is The Ten Commandments and how they are relevant today in our daily lives. Ask them to show you the Sign Language Commandments when they return!

Sunday, Feb. 1st
following the worship service

Remember to show your support for this annual food and funds drive by our Youth Group. All monies collected go to the Maine Township Food Pantry. Drop your cash in the soup pot, or add your canned goods to the Wall of Food … every little bit helps fight hunger in our community!

Saturday Feb 21 from 5-7pm –
Sanctuary and Friendship Place
Enjoy a lasagna dinner while learning about Lent. All generations are invited to gather around a meal, sing, play a fun Bible Quiz, learn Sign Language, pray and more!
You may want to come back for seconds!

Ethan Ash, 2/2
Christopher Scheck, 2/2
Jean Reeve, 2/3
Melanie Moon, 2/4
Maureen Dieball, 2/8
William Norberg, 2/9
Kristin Rosequist, 2/11
Bob Hanson, 2/16
Linka Jones, 2/17
Joseph Rosequist, 2/17
Lisa Saul, 2/18
Timothy Saul, 2/18
   Nikolaus Ryczek, 2/19
Sarah Nugnis, 2/24
Rosemary Paulus, 2/26
Audrey Krell, 2/27

Dave and Connie Kaufman – 2/28/1976, 39 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
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 Steve Schmidt: Susan Bromstad

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales of "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and "Rapunzel," the film is a fantasy genre crossover centered on a childless couple, who set out to end a curse placed on them by a vengeful witch. Ultimately though, the characters are forced to rectify the consequences of their actions. Adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name, it features a truly astonishing, talented ensemble cast.
Into the Woods is one of my husband’s all-time favorite musicals. The songs are incredibly well written, and can be heartbreakingly beautiful. “Children Will Listen” seems especially poignant as we all struggle in our lives to be a good example to those who look up to us for guidance and example of how we should be in the world. Each of the characters woven together in this tapestry of tales has somehow been disappointed by love – the baker and his wife seem happy, but long for a child; Cinderella has enchanted her Prince, but she’s not sure if he is what she really wants; Jack’s mother loves her dim-witted son, but can’t believe he traded beans for their only cow; the Witch loves Rapunzel, but feels betrayed when she is visited by Prince #2 in her tower; Little Red wants to grow up too fast, and looks for guidance from the Wolf, who has his own agenda. All of them are working toward their own vision of a “happy ending,” and they come together in the woods to find it.
This movie adaptation is lush with beautiful staging of the songs, and special effects that make you feel like you are in a storybook. Major high points are “Agony” sung by the two Princes, and the final reprise of “Children Will Listen” at the end of the film. ALL of the actors are top notch – yes, Meryl Streep CAN sing, and an even better surprise is Emily Blunt, who is marvelous.
As with most fairy tales, however, there is a darker side that might not be for younger viewers. But most of the family can enjoy the music, the humor, the hubris, and the love that spills out in this wonderful movie.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Christine Ruterschmidt, Victoria Candiotti, Bob Kallas, Marilyn Joy, Marilyn, Lorice Amlin, Mary Jane Kovach, 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., Barb Loverme, 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.   

We gave joyful thanksgiving for the generous spirit of Messiah congregation as we continue to reach out and welcome ALL God’s children. Thanks be to God for the legacy of saints whom established this community of joyful generosity!
Mark Higgins (John 17 Fellowship) gives thanks for the healing power of prayer.
Thanks also for the joy of Pastor Paul Amlin preaching and presiding recently.

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!
Debbie Sasak
310 Busse Highway, #356, Park Ridge, IL 60068-3251
773-852-5129 (cell, no land line)

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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