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The May Messenger Issue #563

Apr 30, 2015

The Messiah


4/29/2015 Reprinted from ELCA website

CHICAGO (ELCA) – In an effort to stand in solidarity with residents of Baltimore as the unrest there continues, the Rev. Wolfgang D. Herz-Lane, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland Synod based in Baltimore, is encouraging people of faith across the country to step outside their places of worship May 3 for a moment of silence and prayer.
Shortly after the death of Freddie Gray, Herz-Lane and other religious leaders of the city expressed concern over Gray's death. In a public statement they appealed to "citizens of good will to remain calm" and express their "anger and frustration in peaceful and constructive ways." Herz-Lane chairs an ecumenical leaders group in Baltimore and is a member of the city's interfaith council, which includes Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders.
"What religious leaders here want to get across is that what's happening in Baltimore has root causes," said Herz-Lane in an interview.
"The continued challenges of poverty, race relations, unemployment and sub-standard housing (perpetuates) feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness among people here, which has then led to the despair. That is what we have    seen. Preceding the rioting, there were peaceful protests – no incidence of violence until Saturday evening," said Herz-Lane. "But if we don't address these root causes, then the symptoms are not going away – symptoms being mass demonstrations and rioting."
Congregations of the ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod first stepped out of their church properties on April 26 to stand in solidarity with the family and friends of Gray, Baltimore's mayor, police commissioner, state's attorney and other city leaders and law enforcement officials.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton has called on Lutherans to pray for peace in Baltimore. "Pray that God send us the courage and grace to come to grips with the root causes of this strife," she said on Twitter.
According to Judith Roberts, program director for ELCA Racial Justice Ministries, the "issue of racial injustice in Baltimore is not the problem. It is only a symptom of the deeply embedded issues of racism and classism that persist within our nation. Privilege and oppression are two sides of the same coin. As long as we have institutions, polices, practices and attitudes that benefit and provide opportunities for white people as a whole while simultaneously denying access, opportunities and resources to people of color, the wounds of racism will continue to fester. Until we come to terms that we share a linked fate and that our lives and communities are intertwined and inseparable, we can never achieve racial unity or harmony in this country."

The Messiah Guest Ministry program continues to provide services to many homeless or needy persons. They do appreciate the generosity of the Messiah members for food, a warm, comfortable place to stop, clothing and a monthly gift card. We have had a request for a few items. Men's jeans or pants size 46 x 34, socks, baseball hats, and cereal, preferably Cheerios. It is amazing that the gift of a $10 gift card, once a month is so appreciated. Thanks to everyone who assists in any way with this ministry. You ARE making a difference.
Connie Kaufman

We said goodbye and Godspeed to on April 26th. We wish him well in his new adventures in the land of Florida!   
We are focusing on
collecting for Personal Care Kits,
both for LWR and for the Night Ministry. For LWR we still need towels, sturdy combs, bars of soap (4-4.5 oz size), nail clippers, and toothbrushes. We continue to accept sheets for quilt backs - flat preferred, any size, new or gently used without rips or stains.
Suggested ingredients for the Night Ministry kits are (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 any of these items in the designated bins in the Friendship Place.
Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey

Discussed at the April 27 meeting:
• Administrative Issues - transitioning our banking relationship to a new bank, staff reviews, emergency call list procedures, the status of our internal financial audit, and space use requests and issues.
• Leadership Activities - EC retreat rescheduled to July, nominations to the Synod meeting, and a review of the constitution.
• Ministry Updates - assistance ministry, cross-generational activity on Pentecost, and upcoming summer events.
• Detail of the wording of a sign honoring the Bowmans to be placed in the welcome center were finalized

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

Friday, May 8th at 6pm
All Messiah Ladies are invited for an evening out. This month we will meet at Hay Carumba on 122 S. Prospect in Park Ridge. Come for a cocktail, come for dinner, come for dessert, or all of the above. We will officially start at 6pm.

Sunday, May 9th at 8:30am
Our high school youth will be preparing a pancake breakfast on Mother's Day morning starting at 8:30am, ending at 10. All are welcome. Free-will donations are accepted, no tickets needed! Families may sign up in narthex, or you can just show up. Breakfast will be in Friendship Place. All women invited to wear hats for Mother’s Day!

Saturday, May 9th
The Fair runs Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM, and features games, rides, food, and fun for kids. The Silent Auction will be open for bidding on Friday, May 8th during school hours, and also at 9AM on Saturday while staff is setting up and throughout the day of the Fair. Items will be on display all week in the Child Care hallway and the Library. Bid early and bid often, for the good of the Child Care!
NOTE: Volunteers are welcome to come and help with this fundraiser. You don’t need to stay all day, an hour would do! Contact Karen Black if you can help!

May 21-31
For those of you who enjoyed Spotlight's Godspell, c’mon out for this family friendly, rousing original musical! The story is about a group of students who are stuck overnight in a museum, and the exhibit of Tall Tales characters comes to life. Featuring great songs and fun dance numbers by this talented group of young performers, the whole family is sure to enjoy it. Performances are the last two weekends in May. For details and tickets, visit www.spotlight.com, or ask Jennifer in the office. Posters and cards are available in the narthex.

Saturday, May 23 at 2:30pm
A memorial service for Corrine Jensen will be followed by a reception in the Friendship Place. All are invited to join Corrine's family in remembrance and celebration of the life of this devoted, long-time member of MLC.

Sunday, May 31st
Join us as we welcome
Julia Fogel
Adam Hauser
Ryan Hauser
as full, confirmed members of Messiah! They have completed a three-year course of study and have chosen to affirm their baptismal covenants in the Lutheran tradition. Congratulations to our young men and woman for their hard work and dedication. Many thanks also to Floyd Yager for instruction, mentoring and guidance through the curriculum.
After the service we will be serving a light lunch and cake and the Friendship Place. If you would like to bring something, please contact Laura Hauser or Pastor Lynne.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, May 9 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 – Quilting date to be determined.

Teacher and Grad Recognition, 6/14
LOMC “Important Pieces” Family Camp Registrations Due, 6/30 (more info in the June Messenger)


May 3   3rd Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 8:26–40
Psalm: Psalm 22:25–31
2nd Lesson: 1 John 4:7–21
Gospel: John 15:1–8
CHAT: ELCA Sacraments Wrap Up
CONF: New Test #12: Holy Communion

May 11   3rd Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 10:44–48
Psalm: Psalm 98
2nd Lesson: 1 John 5:1–6
Gospel: John 15:9–17
CHAT: Word Play   
CONF: New Test Review

May 17   3rd Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 1:15–17, 21–26
Psalm: Psalm 1
2nd Lesson: 1 John 5:9–13
Gospel: John 17:6–19
CHAT: Word Play   
CONF: Year in Review

May 24   Pentecost
1st Lesson: Acts 2:1–21
Psalm: Psalm 104:24–34, 35b
2nd Lesson: Romans 8:22–27
Gospel: John 15:26 - 16:15
No CHAT Room, Confirmation, or Sunday School till Fall …
have a nice summer!

May 31   Holy Trinity/Confirmation
1st Lesson: Isaiah 6:1–8
Psalm: Psalm 29
2nd Lesson: Romans 8:12–17
Gospel: John 3:1–17   


There is a Cross+ Generational activity scheduled to take place on Pentecost Sunday, May 24th. More details will follow in May bulletins. All ages will be welcome to participate in the Pentecostal activity.   
Sunday, May 25th

Bring your bicycles, your tricycles, your scooters, your helmets and your bells to worship with you. As we look forward to the start of the outdoor play season, we want to bless these tools and toys for fun and for safety. We'll gather outside at the conclusion of worship for a special congregational prayer of blessing.



May 3   May 10   May 17   May 24   May 30
   10:05am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Nikolaus R   Michael Y   Julia F   Samantha F   Caitlin L
Comm. Asst.   Larry R   Floyd Y   Steve Y   Steve Y   Rich L
Readers   Marilynn D   Ravi P   Dave H   Erik G   Rich L
Asst. Min.   Trygve J   Rich L   Vikki H   Karen B   David S
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Susan B,
Marilynn D   Susan B,
Marilynn D   Susan B,
Marilynn D   Susan B,
Marilynn D   Susan B,
Marilynn D
Greeter*   Jackie S   Jackie S   Jackie S   Jackie S   Jackie S
Altar Guild   Marilynn D   Marilynn D   Diane B   Cindy N   Sue K
Counters   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H
*Please note: beginning in June, we will no longer have an offical “greeter” – our new facilities make it very easy for our ushers to greet people as they arrive. Many thanks to all those who have performed this duty over the years!

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.

May 3   In celebration of the Perzentka’s Anniversary by the Handzels.   In celebration of Kirsten and Bill’s 6th Anniversary by the Kaufmans.

May 10   In celebration of Don and Mary Jane Kovach’s wedding anniversary by the Kovach family.   In celebration of Trygve Jensen’s birthday by the Jensen Family.

May 17   In memory of Bud Duckett by Marilynn Duckett.   Available.

May 24   Geraniums and Kalanchoe plants will decorate the sanctuary in honor or memory of loved ones on Pentecost Sunday. They are $5 each. Deadline for ordering is Monday, May 18th – either call the office or fill out a form in Sunday bulletin.   Available.

May 31   In celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary by Neil and Laura Hauser.   Available.


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Day of Service Success!
Thanks to Arden and Debbie Sasak, Adam Hauser, Paul Holzer, Nikolaus and Larry Ryczek, Julia and Samantha Fogel and Pastor Lynne for helping to improve our community by cleaning out the Wildwood Park area. This was the 2nd Annual PRMA Day of Service.    

Dear Community Leaders,
Thank you for your help in promoting our poll worker positions for the April 7th Election. I can't emphasize enough how valuable your support has been to building our election day team. It takes thousands of committed poll workers to support our local democracy. Many of those poll workers learned about this position from your bulletin boards, Facebook pages, newsletters, emails or pulpits. Every little bit counts and I am grateful to all those who helped spread the word.
Sincerely, David Orr, Cook County Clerk

Manna News
Currently, the Child Care Center has taken over the act of ordering Manna for those members who continue to participate in that program. Consequently, the profit from those orders is going to the Child Care Center.
If we would like to continue receiving funds from Manna, we need a volunteer to take care of Manna from the church side. Please contact the office if you are interested. Thank you.   

Memorial Day Parade
This year, Messiah will not officially participate in the parade as a church.
If you would like to walk in the parade, you are welcome to join the Child Care Center as they march. Please contact Karen Black or the Child Care office if you’d like to participate.

Congratulations to Quin Santucci!
He will be representing Illinois for an FCCLA cooking compitition! He’s going to Washington D.C. to compete! Great job, Quin, and good luck!   Grads and Teachers!!!!

In June we will recognize our grads and teachers during a special worship service. If you know a teacher, or have a family member who is graduating from any level of education, please let the office know asap!

Our thanks to Diane Wilson for prayerfully leading and organizing the Friendship Lunch.

Daniel Shaughnessy is the 12 year-old son of Miss Cathy in the Child Care Office. Daniel is finishing up his first year of Junior High! When Daniel began special needs preschool when he was 3, he would cry, was not very verbal, didn’t like music or singing, and struggled with daily activities. He now spends 90% of his day in a general education classroom, and is involved in a couple of after school activities, including Glee! Academically Daniel does amazingly, but socially he still struggles. This is all part of Daniel’s disorder … Daniel has Autism.
Through the amazing generosity of family and friends, the Daniel’s Dream team has raised over $27,000 over the last 6 years to support of Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to the support and awareness of families dealing with Autism (1 in 88 children in America). This year’s walk will be Saturday, May 16. To donate to Autism Speaks and/or support Daniel’s team, go to:
Enter Daniel’s Dream into the box that says “Join or Support a Team.” Click on the team link, and then click on “Join Our Team” at the top of the page, or just click on the General Team Donation tab to make a donation. Thank you for your generous support!   

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told the disciples, “… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
With the rush of a mighty wind, the disciples received the Holy Spirit and were able to speak in languages so all people could understand. We celebrate that event on Pentecost, 50 days after Easter: this year on May 24.
The ELW is a collection of music reflecting the essence of Pentecost and enriching us, as well. It includes music of faith from all corners of the world. Some hymns have a verse shown in the original language such as ELW 281 “Silent Night” (German) and ELW 401 “Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading” (Swahili). By singing the various and unique songs in ELW, we are linked as one people of faith.
~ Sue Fox

NOTE: There will be NO choir rehearsal on May 12th. Last day or choir rehearsal for the summer will be May 26th.

On May 16th we have the opportunity to participate in a Night Walk sponsored by the Night Ministry. Messiah has a long history of donations of supplies and other assistance to this group. In Advent, a representative from the Night Ministry joined us at a cross-generational event to talk about their ministry. The plan for the Night Walk is to meet at Messiah at 5pm on May 16th and we will carpool down. We will meet with leaders and volunteers from the organization and learn about homelessness. Then we split into group of 2-3 kids who will be chaperoned by an adult (so parents, we need to have enough chaperones!) and the kids will go out into the street as if they were homeless and only had a couple of dollars to figure out where to eat, how to stay safe, find a place to sleep, and so on. The goal is to experience a bit of what it is like to be alone with no home to go to. How would you feel? What would you do?
If there is a chance we can visit the health bus the Night Ministry uses to provide services to the homeless in Chicago. The bus is normally out on Saturday night and you can walk by and see the work this organization does first hand.
High School and Confirmation aged kids are invited to participate, as well as parents. Please contact Floyd Yager and let him know you are coming.   

Farewell to the Hendricks family. Both Tammy and Isaac have been adult leaders for many years, of which, they have contributed to the growth of Pack 105. They will be relocating to NC to care for Tammy’s ailing father. Each of us in the Scouting family wishes them the best and we thank them for their devotion, contributions and leadership to our youth. We will miss you!
The Space Derby was a great success for the Cub Scouts. Even the siblings of Scouts were able to build and race a self propelled space vehicle that ran along a line the length of fellowship hall. Congratulations to our winners.
May is the month of our annual Spring Camping trip. Each Scout family is invited for the overnighter, which focuses camping skills, games with purpose, and outdoor fun.
Scouts will be placing flags at the graves of Veterans in Maine Township Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day.
Know a boy that is entering first grade? We would like an introduction. The Pack is now recruiting kindergartners thru 5th graders to join the Scout fun at Pack 105.
Tim Saul

Arline Baranowski, 5/1
Harold DiVita, 5/1
Ralphie Lippert, 5/3
Philip Holzer, 5/4
Paula DiVita, 5/8
Nancy Herak, 5/8
Trygve Jensen, 5/10
Darrell Eckert, 5/12
Roger Jones, 5/15
Helen Levy, 5/17
Jessica Schneider, 5/17
Joe Levy, 5/20
Bradley Paulus, 5/20
James Handzel, 5/22
Amber Saul, 5/22
Alyson Allemeier, 5/23
Larry Fogel, 5/28
Bradford Kovach, 5/29
Michelle Litwin, 5/31   

Bill and Kirsten Boyce,
5/2/2009, 6 years
Don and MaryJane Kovach,
5/5/1956, 59 years
Jen and Vince Manzella,
5/23/2009, 6 years
Floyd and Kristin Yager,
5/23/1998, 17 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 April 28, 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 this month.

A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.
There is just something about a baseball movie. Not sure what it is, or why baseball movies seem to be so much more enjoyable to watch than other sports films. I love to spend time in April “gearing up” for baseball by catching a baseball movie if I can, so this year I decided to try one I hadn’t seen yet … Million Dollar Arm.
Based on a true story, this film chronicles the year-long attempt of desperate sports manager JB Bernstein to break into the untapped talent market of India for baseball players. In order to find cricket players who just might compete as pitchers in American MLB, he concocts a contest that is reminiscent of American Idol, visiting a dozen cities in India to let men try and pitch to beat the radar gun. His top two finalists then get the dream of coming to America to try out for a team.
As with most baseball movies, however,   this film is not about the game, but about the people. John Hamm’s JB character is really pretty much a jerk who needs to learn how to be a good person before he can be a good manager. Slowly he finds himself opening up, and realizing that if he treats his clients like people instead of commodities, everyone wins.
The three men from India – the two players and a third man who LOVES baseball and just sort of tags along as an assistant for free – all go on a journey of discovery, while continuing to stay grounded in the traditions they were raised with. They find confidence in themselves, and turn give confidence back to JB.
My whole family enjoyed this movie, and is a delightfully G-rated Disney film, fun for all ages. During the credits we get to see actual photos of the real-life players in this international drama, which I always love to see in a “true story” film.
If you find yourself in the mood, other baseball movies worth noting, including the obvious, are: Field of Dreams, Moneyball, Major League, and A League of Their Own. And not so obvious: 42: The Jackie Robinson Story, The Natural, and 61* (hardly anyone has heard of this one, but it is AMAZING, the only film ever directed by Billy Crystal).

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Eva Thoren, the Linse family, Daniel B., Rick (Ralph & Kathy E’s Grandson), Paul Rostin, Roger Jones, Kevin Dumerer, Kevin P., Jon Cantor, Barb Loverme, Tom & Ruth Perzentka (Trudi Handzel’s parents), Liliana M, The Hauser Family, Rosalie Lucarelli, Millie Anderson, Connie Travis, Tom Jason, Victoria Candiotti, Bob Kallas, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Sarah Fiore, Richard Levy, Ardene Ejnik, Jean Reeve, Carol Hrodey, Mark Higgins, Cindy Norberg, Rani and Sadgunarao (Neena’s parents), Steve W., Hugh Williams, Janis, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, George and Audrey Krell, Gnanamari, Aidan Ray, those living with cancer.*   

We gave joyful thanks as we removed Lars Johnsen from our military prayer list. He has retired from the Air Force after serving 16 years, and is now in training with a commercial airline. Les and Nancy Herak gave thanks for prayers over the years for their nephew Lars, and we wish him all the best!
We gave joyful thanks as we also removed Cory Sandford from our military prayer list. He is now back home from active duty in the marines. He is safely with his wife Maggie, who is the Yagers’ niece, and they thanked everyone for their prayers while he was serving our country.
* We understand that some prayer requests are short term for specific events, while others find ongoing prayers to be powerful.

We want to remember in our prayers military and first responder personnel (those known to us and those serving who are not known to us): Brandon Ajyek, Tim David, Tyler Daye, Vikki Hanson, Bob Hanson, Bobby Hanson, Tom Hanson, Andreas Johnsen, Jason Koesler, Sam Krawitz, Jesse Olesen, Joey Rosequist, Claudine Ward, Matt McGannon   

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!
Eva Thoren
Brentwood North, 3705 Deerfield Road, Room 211, Riverwoods, IL 60015
847-947-9000, extension 4222

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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