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The March Messenger Issue #561

Feb 27, 2015


Fellow pilgrims in our Lenten journey,
Do you wonder why the dark and cold wintertime is a good fit for the season of Lent? Perhaps walking in the seasonal darkness offers us more reflection and redirection on praying, fasting, giving and serving. We begin our Lenten journey with dark ashes, in the shape of a cross, smudged across our foreheads and the words “You are dust and to dust you shall return.” Beginning with this sign of both life and death is a reminder of our mortality as well as the hope of the Cross. With our foreheads thusly marked, we are ready for our journey.
This year, we will pilgrimage together to midweek Lenten services offered at other faith communities. The idea is to be pilgrims together – a band of adventurers even as we go out to experience various types of services. This shared experience of literally walking (traveling) together in the dark is also symbolic. The dark represents the unknown wherein fear lies and waits. There may be concern along our journey for safety, expectations, feeling comfortable and even for sensing God’s presence in new surroundings. Author Barbara Brown Taylor’s book Learning to Walk in the Dark addresses the fears and anxieties the dark represents, and invites us to explore what God is teaching us “in the dark.” She suggests that it is, in fact, through the darkness that we find courage, a new world view and feel God’s presence around us. When we walk in the dark, God is there to guide us and teach us how to move ahead when we find ourselves in unknown surroundings. It is God who gives us strength and the hope of Jesus Christ so that when the light returns, we can move ahead and face the challenges life offers. Truly, it is in the dark that we can grow the most in our relationship with God.
“I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.”
- Barbara Brown Taylor
My prayer is that we find how to live more fully in the light of Christ through the shared experience of walking in the dark.
Yours in Christ,

The congregation is invited to the annual Cub Scout Pack 105 Blue and Gold Award Ceremony, Sunday March 15 @ 4:30 PM
Each year, leadership awards all the Scouts for their achievements through a ceremony related to the story of the Jungle Book. Webelos earning their Arrow of Light (the highest honor in Cub Scouts) and those Scouts crossing over to Boy Scouts are recognized by a special ceremony conducted by the Order of the Arrow. (The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Honor Society of youth and adults)
Come and join us for an hour of entertainment and wish our graduating Scouts the best. We congratulate the Scout class of 2015, and wish them a successful Boy Scouting career.   

Messiah EC and Scouting leadership is exploring the opportunity to start a new unit which will outreach to the youth of our community and provide the mission of Messiah through the outdoor experience.
Young women and men age 14-21 are welcome to join and learn the operations of watercraft and appreciate the outdoor experience. The young women and men will be leading and learning from each other under adult co-ed supervision. The Scout experience focuses on achievement, leadership, reverence to God, community service, and fellowship.
If you are interested in participating as a Sea Scout or adult co-ed leader (don’t be shy, you might have more fun than you signed up for…) please contact Tim Saul, Charter Organization Rep., Messiah Lutheran Church C7-751-13 at 224-406-4554 or timothysaul@sbcglobal.net

At the February 16 meeting the EC discussed:
• Tim Saul, Boy Scout liaison to Messiah, spoke about current and proposed activities
• The annual meeting and 2015 initiatives were reviewed.
• Changing Messiah's banking relationships was considered.
• Upcoming Lent celebrations were discussed.   

January Attendance
Wk1=34, Wk2=49, Wk3=49, Wk4=55

*73 individuals worshiped in January, attending between 1 and 3 times.

January Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$1486, Wk2=$3576, Wk3=$1878, Wk4=$1766

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

Worship begins with the congregation entering the sanctuary waving palm branches and singing.
The Exodus story of Passover and a traditional Seder Meal.
Communion service including the washing of feet, celebration of the Last Supper, and stripping of the altar.
10am – Family Service
The message of Good Friday for all ages.
7pm – The Passion According to John A service of dramatic reading and darkness.
12pm - Good Friday Ecumenical Service at St. Luke’s ELCA
A progressive service that starts in darkness and ends in the light of the resurrected Christ. Holy Communion is offered, and all are invited to celebrate with a short reception following the service.
APRIL 5 AT 10:15AM
Celebrating the risen Christ!
Easter Breakfast at 8:30 am
Sunday School Egg Hunt at 9:45 am
Worship Service at 10:15 am   

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

Tuesdays at 1:30 pm
at Sunrise Assisted Living, Ballard Road in Park Ridge.

Saturday, March 14th
7:30AM at Park Ridge Country Club
Individual tickets are $30 each. The keynote speaker will be James D. McLennan, President of McLennan Companies, who will share his story of closing a gap in his life that could only be filled by God. Please speak to Rich Seggeling to get your tickets for this annual event. This will take the place of the regular monthly Saturday Brotherhood Breakfast for March.

March 24 at 7pm
Join us in the Friendship Place as we discuss our gifts and how they are used and heightened in our church community. If you haven’t taken the spiritual gifts survey yet, you can do so at http://www.healthierchurch.org/

Saturday, March 28
@ 10 AM
Messiah will again be hosting a community-wide Easter Egg Hunt – this is a great event to welcome our community to our campus! We can always use helpers for the Hunt itself, since we usually draw between 50 and 70 kids. As usual we are looking for donations of plastic eggs, as well as small trinkets, stickers and candy to fill the eggs. Suggested types of candy include Starbursts, Mini Tootsie Rolls, Skittles, etc. All candy must be wrapped, and hard candy is discouraged as a choking hazard. Look for the Easter basket in the Welcome Center during Lent to drop off your donations, and thanks for helping the Easter Bunny!

ALSO needed is someone to coordinate the hunt – please contact the office if you can take this job on.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, March 14 at 9am. Men from Messiah are encouraged to attend the Park Ridge Breakfast mentioned on previous page.

Quilts ‘n Kits – March Date is to be determined. For Quilts & Kits we still need bath towels and there is a collection bin in the Friendship Place. We are also still collecting sheets needed for quilts.

Holy Week Services, April 2-5
Bright Sunday, April 12
LSSI Good Shepherd Sunday, April 26


March 1   2nd Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Gen 17:1–7, 15–16
Psalm: Psalm 22:23–31
2nd Lesson: Romans 4:13–25
Gospel: Mark 8:31–38   
CHAT: Table and Font: Pastor Lynne   
CONF: New Test #5: Jesus Death and Resurrection

March 8   3rd Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Exodus 20:1–17
Psalm: Psalm 19
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor 1:18–25
Gospel: John 2:13–22   
CHAT & SS: Cross+Gen Lent 2   
CONF: New Test #6: A Review of Life of Christ

March 15   4th Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Numbers 21:4–9
Psalm: Psalm 107:1–3, 17–22
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 2:1–10
Gospel: John 3:14–21
CHAT: Passion of Mark   
CONF: New Test #7: The Holy Spirit

March 22   5th Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31–34
Psalm: Psalm 51:1–12
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 5:5–10
Gospel: John 12:20–33   
CHAT & SS: Cross+Gen Lent 3   
CONF: New Test #8: The Book of Acts

March 29   Palm Sunday
1st Lesson: Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm: Psalm 31:9–16
2nd Lesson: Philippians 2:5–11
Gospel: Mark 11:1-11
CHAT: Passion of Mark
CONF: No Class

For our Lenten journey, we will meet at Messiah each Wednesday to travel to other places of worship. Our goal is to experience together with other faith traditions.
Our upcoming locations are:
• March 4: Edgebrook Lutheran
• March 11: either Redeemer or St. Luke's - Park Ridge
• March 18: St Mary's Episcopal or First United Methodist - Park Ridge
• March 25: optional Unity Lutheran
Meet at messiah 5:30/5:45 or join us at the destination church at 7:00pm. We hope to see you there!   

We will hold an Usher and Greeter class on the 8th of March after service for about a half hour in Friendship Place. We welcome anyone who wants to participate and/or join our team of Ushers!



March 1   March 8   March 15   March 22   March 29
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Ryan H   Nikolaus R   Caitlin L   Michael Y   Julia F
Communion Assistants   Laura H   Larry R   Rich L   Floyd Y   Steve Y
Readers   Arden S   Nick L   Rich L   Rhonda C   Steve Y
Worship Assistants   David S   Trygve J   Karen B   Rich L   Vikki H
Projection   NA   NA   NA   NA   NA
Ushers   *   *   *   *   *
Greeters   *   *   *   *   *
Altar Guild   Marilynn D   Cindy N   Marilynn D   Sue/Cindy   Sue/Cindy
Counters   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H

* Need people!! Please contact Steve Yager to usher or greet!

Also, we are running low on Acolytes! If there are any other students who can join the acolyte team, please let Floyd Yager know (5th, 4th, or 3rd graders). The basics duties are light and extinguish candles, offering, & communion.

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.
Mar 1   No flowers during Lent.   Available.
Mar 8   No flowers during Lent.   In loving memory of Aunt Dorothy and Uncle George by the Hausers.
Mar 15   No flowers during Lent.   Available.
Mar 22   No flowers during Lent.   In celebration of Kristin Yager’s birthday.
Mar 29   Palms for Palm Sunday   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!

See Online Calendar

Copier Issues- UPDATE
We are looking to replace our copier service company due to very poor service in the last few weeks. We are NOT replacing our copier, just the company that owns the service contract. We’d prefer a LOCAL, personal-touch company that services Kyocera machines. The office is looking for assistance in procuring bids from at least 3 different companies. If you are able to help with that, please let Jennifer know.    

for Sale! $9 & $13
Orders due by March 22nd
Look for order forms in Sunday bulletins beginning March 1st or call the office to place an order.
This year’s flowers will be lilies, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, azaleas and chrysanthemums.

Manna Orders Due
March 1 – order due
March 5 – cards available
Cards make a great Easter Gifts!   

Out of the Office
The church office will be closed on Friday, March 20th and Friday April 24th

Lent Offerings at St. Isaac Jogues:
+Stations of the Cross are prayed on all the Fridays of Lent at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
+Soup Suppers & Presentations on Thursdays, Feb. 26, Mar. 5, Mar. 12. Supper at 6:30 p.m. with presentations at 7. Focus will be on Last Supper, Passion/Death, and Resurrection Scriptures.
+Parish Retreat Afternoon on Prayer and Discernment, Mar. 1, 2-5 p.m. All are welcome!
+St. Joseph Table beginning w/Mass at Noon followed by blessing of the Table and serving of food 1:30-4:30 p.m. down in our Parish Hall. This tradition began in Sicily in gratitude to St. Joseph for his help and intercession in times of crisis. It is a meatless table and there is no charge. Donations gratefully accepted for our St. Vincent DePaul Ministry to help the poor who come to our doors.
+Song of Mark w/Lisa Hall and the Choirs/Guest Soloists, Sunday, Mar. 22, at 3 p.m. It's a powerful singing and telling of the Gospel of Mark. Free will offerings will go to our Sharing Parish Maternity BVM in the Humboldt Park area of Chicago to help them help all who come seeking assistance (food, utilities, etc.)
We'd be so happy to have you join us for any or all of these events if you have the time!

Thanks to all who came out to see Spotlight Youth Theater’s production of Godspell. I hope you found the show as inspiring as I did.   Cook County Clerk is hiring

Poll Workers for April 7th election.
Pays between $175 and $325. Contact the church office for more information, or call 312-603-0965.

Messiah will again this year participate in the EcoPalms program for our Palm Sunday greenery! The University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) is working together with the Rainforest Alliance TREES program and Smartwood to certify palms harvested from the forests of Mexico and Guatemala for sale to Christian congregations in the United States and Europe.
The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NACEC) provided the initial financial support enabling CINRAM to start the project. Today, partnerships with wholesaler Continental Floral Greens and distributor Hermes Floral have enabled Eco-Palms to be distributed throughout the United States for Palm Sunday. In addition, partnerships with faith-based organizations such as Lutheran World Relief (LWR), United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the Presbyterian Church of the United States (PCUSA) have helped expand awareness of the Eco-Palms program.
Think about this wonderful program as you wave your beautiful palm fronds on Sunday morning!   

“Next to the word of God, music deserves the highest praise.”
~ Martin Luther
Since Luther’s time, Lutherans have been known as “the singing church.” Our worship is filled with musical liturgies, choral pieces, and hymns, as we express and share our faith thru singing. With the introspection of Lent, we still honor Christ’s resurrection each Sunday. We can still sing with thankful voices the loving sacrifice Jesus made for our salvation.
Some of the most beautiful statements of faith are found in Lenten hymns, such as “God Loved the World,” ELW 323 and “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” ELW 338. If you are able, take time to page thru the Lent/Holy Week hymns in the ELW (#319 thru #360), reading the lyrics written by fellow believers, past and present. Maybe you’ll discover a new favorite!    

This is the NINTH year the confirmation class worked hard to collect for the Souper Bowl of Caring.
In 2015, Messiah donated $1425.63 and over 1140 food items to the Maine Township Food Pantry!

A simple prayer: "Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat," has inspiring a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world -- including right here at Messiah!
Saturday, March 21
Our youth and confirmation students will participate in a fun Lockin this weekend in order to help prep for our Egg Hunt the following week. We will also have games and fellowship time. More details to come.
Youth are also asked to help “staff” the Egg Hunt on March 28th. If you’d like to help with hiding the eggs, checking people in, helping families with small children, etc., please let one of the EC members know.

The past few years Messiah Youth have attended a confirmation retreat at Lutherdale Bible Camp in Elkhorn Wisconsin. This year’s theme was “The 10 Commandments” and in addition to making new friends in Christ and toboganning, Arden, Julia, Samantha and Rhonda learned the “Commandments by Hand”. Ask them to share with you!

Marilyn Borgeson, 3/6
Kim Hanson, 3/8
Nydia Santos, 3/9
Julie Holzer, 3/10
Emma Penumaka, 3/12
Samantha Fogel, 3/15
Deborah Chervinko, 3/16
Zachary Loverme, 3/20
Nicholas Boomer, 3/21
Dina Salemi, 3/22
Amalia Santos, 3/22
Mark Wiberg, 3/23
Kristin Yager, 3/24
William Downie, 3/28
Alan Christiansen, 3/29

Jim and Trudi Handzel – 3/8/86, 29 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 February 27, 2015
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 in February
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
I was very disappointed in this movie. I chose to watch it because it earned the top honor last weekend as “Best Animated Full Length Feature” from the Academy. I wanted to know what was so amazing about this film that it bested my beloved “Dragon 2” movie. And I was vindicated, in a way … I don’t believe the best film won – BH6 is not better than HTTYD2.
While it is a beautifully animated film (as usual) and has some fun laughs at the comic, childlike robot character Baymax, the script is clunky and predictable, and lacking in emotional depth and character development. I feel it was played for cheap laughs - for example, why does Baymax act drunk when his battery gets low? It’s funny, but it doesn’t make sense. And the thrilling flight scenes remind me forcibly of another movie that these animators stole from shamelessly … and didn’t execute as well with emotion, music and humor.
There were no surprises in this movie. I knew from the beginning who the villain was. We (the whole family) also knew what was going to happen over and over again, and by the end were calling out our predictions, only to be proved right every time.
My daughter’s comment was that she would have liked to know more about the rest of the team – they seemed like pretty cool characters, but we never got to see any depth or development. Trust me, it doesn’t take much – even in a 90 minute film, it only takes a line or a look to show depth and background to a character. (Think about some of Hiccup’s friends, and what we know about them just from a few moments of screen time, and you’ll see what I mean.)
It is a fun movie, to be sure. A regular action hero plot, with a regular “becoming an action hero” montage, and regular themes about grief and growing up and not trying to force someone to be something they are not. But for all this regular-ness, I am not quite sure how it won “best animated picture of the year,” because it certainly was not.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Rosalie Lucarelli, Millie Anderson, Rachel, Connie Travis, Tom Jason, Christine Ruterschmidt, Victoria Candiotti, Bob Kallas, 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, Cindy Norberg, Rani and Sadgunarao (Neena’s parents), Mrs. Lippert (Ralph’s mother), Steve W., Barb Loverme, Debbie Dietrich-Schmidt, Hugh Williams, Ruez Family, Janis, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, 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.   

With joy we celebrated our NINTH year in collecting goods and funds for SouperBowl of Caring!
We gave thanks to Rev. Paul Amlin for filling in for Pastor Lynne as she was with our group at Lutherdale!
We joyfully gathered as a congregation to celebrate the ministries we have participated in last year, and looked toward our future opportunities to spread God’s word in our community.

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!
Millie Anderson
The Summit, 10 N. Summit Avenue, #400, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Call 847-825-1161 put in 400 when prompted "to reach a resident”

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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