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The Messiah Messenger > The April Messenger Issue #562
The April Messenger Issue #562

Mar 31, 2015

The Messiah

Easter Sunday
April 5th
8:30am Breakfast
9:45am Egg Hunt
10:15am Resurrection Celebration


"He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!"

These joyous words have given hope to many ... the hope of the resurrection and the joy of Jesus' living presence in our lives.

However, for some, the joy of Easter can be a sad experience. For those who have suffered a loss, embracing life again can be challenging. We look to the resurrection as our sure and certain hope of eternal life and pray that will comfort all who are mourning. It is with that Hope that we also seek companionship along our journey.

The support of friends and a faith community can offer meaning and connections following a loss of any kind, especially from people who have experienced similar losses or grief. Perhaps the loss of a spouse, parent, child, sibling, relationship, marriage, or job has affected you or someone whom you know? Our faith community has experienced losses throughout the years and we would like to offer a safe space for conversation, prayer, shared meals or companionship to all who are journeying through a loss.

All are welcome to join us for conversation and a meal on Thursday April 30 luncheon 12:30-1:30pm. Kindly let Diane Wilson know by Tuesday April 28 if you're able to attend so we can be sure to have enough food!

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Lynne


Rainbow Hospice and Advocate Lutheran General are co-sponsoring a morning seminar on April 29 in Olson Auditorium at ALGH on “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and the Dementia”. This compelling program is from Hospice Foundation of America in which experts weigh in on how to help families cope with the feelings of grief and loss that often begin at the time of diagnosis. A panel of local experts will continue the discussion and answer questions. Wednesday April 29 7:30am-12:00pm at Advocate Lutheran General Olson Auditorium. Register by April 17 at http://www.AdvocateHealth.com/Seminars or 1-800-3ADVOCATE.
Cost is $20 registration fee includes a companion book. Continuing Education Units are offered for an additional $25.    

The Park Ridge Ministerial Association's Annual Day of Service will be Sunday April 26th. The PRMA organized the first Community Day of Service last year enlisting the support of member of the various church congregations in Park Ridge. There are a variety of projects, both indoor and outdoor from which to choose to participate. Everyone will meet at 1:00pm at Mary Seat of Wisdom (MSW) for Registration, Blessing and Project Sendoff. From MSW, participants will head out to Outdoor Projects at various locations and Indoor Projects at MSW. If you are interested, please to go http://www.parkridgemanna.org to sign up. Please devote as much time as you are able, however you need not feel obligated to stay for the full three hours. Our Youth Group plans to participate in this event.

Discussed at the April 16 meeting:
• Administrative items such as Messiah's banking relationship, service contract renewals, a financial audit, and the upcoming synod meeting were reviewed.
• Details of Holy Week services and the activities of individual ministries were talked about.
• A sign for the welcome center in the Friendship Place honoring the Bowmans was discussed.   

February Attendance
Wk1=0 (snow), Wk2=55, Wk3=49, Wk4=51

*81 individuals worshiped in February, attending between 1 and 3 times.

February Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$985, Wk2=$2968, Wk3=$2810, Wk4=$1095

We are focusing on collecting for Personal Care Kits - we still need towels - plus we need sturdy combs, bars of soap (4-4.5 oz size), nail clippers, and toothbrushes. Place donations in collection bin found in the Friendship Place. Monetary donations are also welcome to be used for additional supplies and to put towards shipping. In April we will meet on Sunday, April 26th 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

Just a reminder that we are still collecting items for the Night Ministry Health Kits 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. Place these items in the designated bin in the Friendship Place.

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

Maundy Thursday – April 2 at 7pm
Communion service including the washing of feet, celebration of the Last Supper, and stripping of the altar.

Good Friday – April 3
10am – Family Service
The message of Good Friday for all ages.
7pm – The Passion According to John A service of dramatic reading and darkness.

Easter Resurrection Celebration!
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   

April 3 at 12 noon
Held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 205 Prospect in Park Ridge. Short, 30-minute service featuring music of Franz Joseph Haydn and meditations offered by clergy from churches in Park Ridge.

April 10th at 6pm
All Messiah Ladies are invited for an evening out. We will have a ladies night at Don Juan's in Edison Park. Come for a cocktail, come for dinner, come for dessert, or all of the above. We will officially start at 6pm.

Thursday, April 30 12:30-1:30
We offer a safe space for conversation, prayer, a shared meal to all who are journeying through a loss. Please let Diane Wilson know if you plan to attend.   

April 21st & 22nd at 6:30 in Fell. Hall
Join the Child Care families for Ice Cream and Magic with the awesome Mr. Ash! Tickets are available in the Child Care Center office.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, April 11 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 April 26th following worship.    

Pentecost & Confirmation


Apr 2   Maundy Thursday
1st Lesson: Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm: Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 11:23–26
Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35   

Apr 3   Good Friday
The Passion of John
John 18 & 19 (read dramatically)    

Apr 5   Easter Sunday
1st Lesson: Acts 10:34–43
Psalm: Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor 15:1–11
Gospel: Mark 16:1–8   

Apr 12   Bright Sunday
1st Lesson: Acts 4:32–35
Psalm: Psalm 133
2nd Lesson: 1 John 1:1—2:2
Gospel: John 20:19–31
CHAT: Discussion on Psalms   
CONF: New Test #9: Letters of Paul

Apr 19   3rd Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 3:12–19
Psalm: Psalm 4
2nd Lesson: 1 John 3:1–7
Gospel: Luke 24:36b–48   
CHAT: Bible Verses   
CONF: New Test #10: Our Lutheran Faith

Apr 26   LSSI Good Shepherd Sunday
1st Lesson: Acts 4:5–12
Psalm: Psalm 23
2nd Lesson: 1 John 3:16–24
Gospel: John 10:11–18   
CHAT: Bible Verses
CONF: New Test #1:Holy Baptism

One day isn’t enough to celebrate the Resurrection! Messiah will continue to celebrate Easter on April 12, “Bright Sunday.” All the music will be music of joy, connecting God’s promise of salvation to the fulfillment of that promise. Smiles and happiness are the themes of the day. After all, Jesus is the Life of the party!   
Sunday, April 26st
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is “Good Shepherd Sunday.” All ELCA congregations in the state are encouraged to focus attention on the strong yet gentle caring ministry of LSSI. We will also collect a special offering on that day for LSSI.



Apr 2   Apr 3   Apr 5   Apr 12   Apr 19   Apr 26
   7:00pm   7:00pm   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   *   NA   Michael Y
Thomas Y    Adam H   Samantha   Ryan H
Communion Assistants   *   NA   Floyd Y   Laura H   *   Laura H
Readers   Diane B   Marilynn D, Ann & Mark W, Larry R   Susan B   *   *   *
Worship Assistants   Diane B   Cindy N   David S   Rhonda C   Andy T   Pat K
Projection   NA   NA   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Steve Y
Connie K   Steve Y
Connie K   Debbie S
Arden S   Debbie S
Arden S   Steve Y
*   Debbie S
Arden S
Greeters   NA   NA   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D   Worknesh D
Altar Guild   Sue K   Sue/Cindy   Sue/Cindy         
Counters   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H

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.

Apr 5   Easter Garden Insert   In love to Marilynn Duckett from the McKervey Family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and Zephyr.
Apr 12   In memory of Sue Nugnis
by her family.   Available
Apr 19   Available   Available.
Apr 26   In memory of Matthew Ryczek.   In honor of Les and Nancy Herak’s 28th wedding anniversary.

See Online Calendar

We are a polling location.
There will be voting in the Friendship Place on Tuesday, April 7th!   

Thanks to Kathi Scheck and Karol Kamman!
For running the Manna Program the last 2 years.
Please contact the office if you have an interest in being our new Manna person or team!

Larry Johnson will be moving to Florida in May. A Godspeed and Farewell will be held on Sunday April 26 during worship and we will celebrate Larry and his ministry following worship with a reception.   

Christine Ruterschmidt would like to thank everyone for their cards, prayers, and well wishes while she was in the hospital.

John 17 Fellowship will meet at Holy Trinity Glenview at 7 pm for ecumenical discussion and light refreshments.    

Out of the Office
The church office will be closed on Monday April 6th and Friday April 24th

Lutheran Day 2015
April 14, 2015
Join Lutherans across the state on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Springfield to build relationships with public officials, showcase the active engagement of Lutherans and other people of good will in pursuing the common good and build camaraderie among Lutheran advocates in Illinois. The morning will begin with speakers and a panel discussion at the Hilton Springfield, followed by lunch and then grassroots lobbying at the capitol. In the late afternoon, we will gather in the rotunda of the Capitol to pray together as Lutherans and to present the Paul Simon Courage in Public Service Award. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please visit the Lutheran Day website.
The cost per participant is $25, which includes breakfast, lunch, and transportation between the hotel and the Capitol. For more details and to register, please visit www.LutheranDay.org. If you have any questions, please contact Joy Medrano at 847-635-4653 or Joy.Medrano@lssi.org.

The angel said to them, “Do not fear,
You look for Jesus who is not here.”
~verse 3, ELW 364

Our Easter Hymn of the Day, ELW 364, “Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia” was written in 1966 by Bernard Kyamanywa, a Tanzanian minister. According to the ELCA’s Musician’s Guide to Worship, this hymn “takes its rightful place alongside the texts of (Martin) Luther and (Isaac) Watts, for a common pattern…the simple but bold proclamation of the gospel, which prompts expressions of praise.”
ELW 364 is written as a “call and response”, a common African form of song. Each of the 5 verses are the “call”, each telling part of the resurrection story—the Gospel. The “response” or refrain follows each verse. And the refrain is quite literally what our response should be to the glorious news of Christ’s victory over death: to sing praise to God with endless joy because death’s sting was destroyed!
~ Sue Fox


Thanks to the Messiah Youth for stuffing, hiding and cleaning up over 2800 eggs in our Annual Community Egg Hunt!
We were blessed by a sunny (but cold!) morning and had 82 Egg Hunters with their families in attendance.

The Youth Group are planning to participate in this event and do a service project in our own Park Ridge Community. Any interested youth should contact Debbie Sasak and let her know, she will sign us up for one group project.

Now is the time to register for summer camps!!!

The Blue and Gold awards dinner was a success!
Each of the Scouts advanced in Rank and is now off to their next outdoor journey. We wish our Scouts well who crossover to Boy Scouts.
One Scout earned a Merit Badge within 6 days of graduating to Boy Scouts!
Next events will be the Space Derby and Family Camping Trips.
Messiah EC and Scouting leadership are 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)
timothysaul@sbcglobal.net or

Kimberly Jones, 4/2
Jennifer Manzella, 4/3
Diane Wilson, 4/4
Alexandra Santos, 4/6    
James Seggeling, 4/8
Connie Kaufman, 4/10
Peter DiVita, 4/12
Sue Fox, 4/19
Trudi Handzel, 4/23
Jean Seggeling, 4/28
Eva Thoren, 4/28
Paul and Julie Holzer,
4/20/1996, 19 years

Les and Nancy Herak,
4/30/1977, 38 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: Help Needed
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

Family of Leona Johnson in memory of Leona Johnson
The note from Deb Maday (one of Leona's daughters) said, "My mom dearly loved Messiah Lutheran Church. Her religion was important to her. Thank you for helping us to honor her as she goes to her rest."

When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
We all know this story – it has been told before many times, and in many formats. Most parents have probably been subjected to REPEATED viewings of the DVD over the years, as well as on-ice, on-parade, and on-screen in as many sizes and shapes as possible. So why remake this into a live action movie? And even more so, why go see it?
I can’t speak for why Disney chose to make this film, but I CAN say you should go see it. It is a beautiful, well-crafted film that delights whether you are 3 or 63.
From the very beginning I was captivated by the style of the film, and by the deft hand that director Kenneth Brannaugh (yes, that Shakespeare guy) used to gently reacquaint us with characters we thought we all knew so well.   The acting is TOP notch across the board – Downton Abbey fans will recognize Lilly James, who brings the perfect balance of hope, strength, and kindness to Ella. Each actor (to many to mention individually here) has at least one moment where we get an extra peek into what makes them tick, and we get a refreshing look at these characters.
There are several beautiful moments – Haley Atwell (Agent Carter) as Cinderella’s mom gives her a life lesson that sets the tone for the film. And Kip (aka Prince Charming) has a lovely journey in his developing relationship with his father. All these plus many more serve to do justice to a great script and production design that is beyond gorgeous.
I think the best thing for me was that this truly felt like a family film. There was none of the really scary elements that films like Maleficent had, and lots of beautiful dresses, a funny godmother, and cute animals to appeal to the little ones. Rated PG, I can honestly recommend it for the whole family.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Paul Rostin, Roger Jones, Kevin Dumerer, Kevin P., Jon Cantor, Barb Loverme, Tom & Ruth Perzentka (Trudi Handzel’s parents), Liliana M, Joanne, The Hauser Family, Rosalie Lucarelli, Millie Anderson, Connie Travis, Tom Jason, Christine Ruterschmidt, Victoria Candiotti, Bob Kallas, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Sarah Fiore, Richard Levy, Ardene Ejnik, Jean Reeve, Carrie R and family, Phyllis, Carol Hrodey, Mark Higgins, Cindy Norberg, Rani and Sadgunarao (Neena’s parents), Steve W., 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.   

Rich Levy gave joyful thanks on the 8th anniversary of his successful heart transplant., and Carol Hrodey shared that she has found joy and thanksgiving in the love and support of friends and family through the ups and downs of ongoing healthcare challenges. Praise be to God for his healing power and love!

We gave thanks for the abundance of Performing Arts available in our community and to all whom participate.

We gave thanks for the pilgrimage to other places of worship and the shared experience of worshiping with new friends in Christ.

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!


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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