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The Messiah Messenger > The July Messenger Issue #565
The July Messenger Issue #565

Jun 29, 2015

The Messiah

It has been a long season of disquiet in our country. From Ferguson to Baltimore, simmering racial tensions have boiled over into violence. But this … the fatal shooting of nine African Americans in a church is a stark, raw manifestation of the sin that is racism. The church was desecrated. The people of that congregation were desecrated. The aspiration voiced in the Pledge of Allegiance that we are “one nation under God” was desecrated.
Mother Emanuel AME’s pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, as was the Rev. Daniel Simmons, associate pastor at Mother Emanuel. The suspected shooter is a member of an ELCA congregation. All of a sudden and for all of us, this is an intensely personal tragedy. One of our own is alleged to have shot and killed two who adopted us as their own.
We might say that this was an isolated act by a deeply disturbed man. But we know that is not the whole truth. It is not an isolated event. And even if the shooter was unstable, the framework upon which he built his vision of race is not. Racism is a fact in American culture. Denial and avoidance of this fact are deadly. The Rev. Mr. Pinckney leaves a wife and children. The other eight victims leave grieving families. The family of the suspected killer and two congregations are broken. When will this end?   
The nine dead in Charleston are not the first innocent victims killed by violence. Our only hope rests in the innocent One, who was violently executed on Good Friday. Emmanuel, God with us, carried our grief and sorrow – the grief and sorrow of Mother Emanuel AME church – and he was wounded for our transgressions – the deadly sin of racism.
I urge all of us to spend a day in repentance and mourning. And then we need to get to work. Each of us and all of us need to examine ourselves, our church and our communities. We need to be honest about the reality of racism within us and around us. We need to talk and we need to listen, but we also need to act. No stereotype or racial slur is justified. Speak out against inequity. Look with newly opened eyes at the many subtle and overt ways that we and our communities see people of color as being of less worth. Above all pray – for insight, for forgiveness, for courage.
Kyrie Eleison.
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

LWR is calling for HELP to aid the people in Nepal after 2 devastating earthquakes. They have already sent 9000 quilts and 1000 kits but their warehouse stock is quickly becoming depleted. What is needed:
• Personal Care Kit Supplies: Bath towels, sturdy combs, bars of bath soap (2 needed for each kit), toothbrushes and nail clippers. (place in bin in Friendship Place)
• Help Assemble Quilts: in July we'll gather after service on Sunday, July 19th. And as always - no sewing experience is necessary! Meanwhile, we have jobs for home - cutting material, sewing tops (sewing experience necessary for this job!).
• Monetary donations to purchase items and to put towards shipping. (put donation in offering plate and designate that it’s for use by MLCW for LWR)
Please consider helping to gather items for kits and to work on quilts to help people in need all over the world.

As you travel this summer, bring home the sample size toiletries from a hotel - or purchase travel size items next time you go to the store. These items are helpful for the Night Ministry in Chicago as well as our own brothers and sisters of our Assistance Ministry. Place items in the bin in the Friendship Place.
- Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey   

On Sunday, June 7th we joyfully celebrated the baptism of Bennett Richard Irving Nugnis, son of Sarah Nugnis, and Al Nugnis’ grandson. The Nugnis family follow up the baptism with a 1st birthday party for Bennett on our CCC playground!


From the June 22nd EC meeting:
•   Emergency repairs to the air conditioning system were reviewed
•   Space use requests and a new service contract were considered
•   The spiritual gifts sermon series was discussed
•   An August congregational meeting was scheduled.

May Attendance
Wk1=41, Wk2=54, Wk3=63, Wk4=49, Wk5=71
*81 individuals worshiped in May (attending between 1 and 4 times)
with 16 non-member visitors

May Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$2235, Wk2=$2194, Wk3=$1063, Wk4=$565, Wk5=$1395

We have updated our mailboxes in the narthex by adding a few new ones, specifically for Executive Committee, the Child Care Board, LWR/Quilts ‘n’ Kits, and the Scout Pack, as well as making sure our regular members and guests have a “mailbox.” These boxes are actually hanging file-folders in the northwest corner of the narthex, and there is one for every household. We will put our new phone directories in these mailboxes on July 12, so be sure to check them at that time. Also, please make a habit of checking them regularly, as there are opportunities for us to share such goodies as coupons, restaurant fundraisers, calendars, etc. This is also a wonderful place for you to leave items for another member that you might not be able to catch.

This was taken at Sunrise Assisted Living at their Alzheimer Fundraiser/Senior Prom!
February 17, 1917 – January 18, 2015
Corrine was a long-time member of Messiah, joining the congregation shortly after its founding, continuing until she moved to Arizona in the 1980's. She was active in many ways, including the Messiah Child Care Center in its early years, the choir, and various women's groups and other ministries. She counted many members of Messiah among her dearest friends, was continuously interested in the congregation, and always attended worship during her visits back home.
She was influential in the lives of many younger people over her years, and none more than her descendants, sons Paul and David, grandsons Lucas, Trygve and Tait, and great-grandson Carson.
Corrine served many roles in her life, but the one she always considered to be the most important was as a faithful servant of her Lord. She affirmed that in her final meeting with her pastor, and in her final moments when she provided one last lesson, "I'm going home, I'm going home."
A memorial service was held at Messiah in her honor on May 23rd, and a committal service was held at Mt. Olive in Chicago on June 23rd.

PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
Friday, July 3rd
begin around 5 pm
Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner, games, and their own chairs or blankets, to relax on our grounds for the July 4th celebration! Parking passes are still available (contact the office ASAP!) and this year we will be holding a raffle, and handing out literature to people who join us on our grounds for the festivities!

Sunday, July 19 @ 1:10pm
Messiah members, your family and friends are welcome to purchase tickets for the White Sox Sunday Afternoon baseball game on July 19th. Game starts at 1:10PM and ticket and bus transportation from Messiah will be provided starting at 11:30AM. Per ticket price is $28. The White Sox will honor and celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2005 World Series victory at this game by playing last year’s defending American League champions, the Kansas City Royals. The bus is air conditioned and the seats are ground level and in the shade. Contact Rich Seggeling (847-975-3610) or Larry Ryczek (847-692-6972) or any of the Brotherhood members for more info and to purchase your tickets. Glass containers are not allowed on the bus.
July 11, 12-7pm
This event is at St. Peter’s UCC in Skokie. We advertise it here because Paul Holzer’s band “Unhinged” has agreed to play again this year while folks chow down on great grilled bratwurst. They will perform at 5pm – just in time for dinner! Other musicians will perform for the rest of the afternoon, everything from Barber Shop to “lounge piano” to acoustic guitar. This event is a fundraiser for the Niles Township Food Pantry and St. Peter’s UCC. For more info and a schedule of the musical acts visit www.stpeteruccskokie.org.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, July 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 – in July we'll gather after service on Sunday, July 19th.

Congregational Meeting, 8/23
Executive Committee Retreat, 8/24
CCC Closed for cleaning, 8/10-14
CCC Open House, 8/17


July 5   2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 123
2nd Lesson: 2 Cor. 12:2-20
Gospel: Mark 6:1–13   

July 12   3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 85:8–13
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 1:3–14
Gospel: Mark 6:14–29
July 19   4th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 23
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 2:11–22
Gospel: Mark 6:30–34, 53–56
July 26   5th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 145:10–18
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 3:14–21
Gospel: John 6:1–21   

No CHAT Room, Confirmation,
or Sunday School
till Fall …
have a nice summer!

Sunday, July 6 12-12:30pm
Join us for a brief singing of patriotic hymns and prayer, led by Pastor Lynne. More details in “Music Notes” on page 11.

On July 26 and the last Sunday of each month until further notice, we will have a Cross+Gen sermon activity.
On July 26, we will kick off The 5 Week Bread Series from the Gospel of John. The sermon activity will be making communion bread (glutton free!). The CCC Summer Campers will be invited as Bible Camp Week begins July 27.
Mark your calendars! September 13 is the ELCA Day of Service. Contact EC or Pastor Lynne if you would like to be a Team Leader for the Day of Service!



July 5   July 12   July 19   July 26
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Samantha F   Julia F   Caitlin L   Michael Y
Comm. Asst.   *   *   Rich L   Floyd Y
Readers   Steve Y   Dave H   Arden S   Nick L
Asst. Min.   David S   Cindy N   Karen B   Rich L
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Steve Y   Steve Y   Steve Y   Steve Y
Altar Guild   Cindy N   Cindy N   Sue K   Sue K
Counters   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H

Help Wanted! We invite welcoming people to usher on Sundays. The duties are light, the rewards are many! Please contact Steve Yager (847-923-3025 or tedybears1@yahoo.com) even if you can only help 1 Sunday a month.

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.
July 5   In celebration of Kevin Kovach’s birthday by Dan Kovach.   In celebration of Adam and Ryan Hauser’s 14th birthday.
July 12   In celebration of Dorothy Nagel’s birthday.   Available.
July 19   In celebration of Eric Ryczeck’s birthday.   Available
July 26   In celebration of Thomas Yager’s birthday.   In celebration of Thomas Yager’s birthday.

See Online Calendar

Manna Order due July 5th.
PLEASE make checks out directly to Messiah Child Care PTO. Thanks!   

Book Club will meet in September, and will discuss the book “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. Maybe this can be your summer reading project!

to a Lutheran exchange student from Germany for the coming 2015-2016 school year
Volunteer host families (with or without children) as well as single people are needed to provide food, a bed and a loving home for the coming school year, one or two semesters, starting in August. EMF students have medical insurance, spending money for their personal expenses and expect to share their host family’s daily life including household responsibilities. They speak English, are well-screened and eager to experience life in America. Their stay here is sponsored and supervised by EMF (Educational Merit Foundation), a non-profit, educational exchange program. It is not too late to apply. For more information on EMF students, please call Marie-Claude Dijoud now at 1-800-467-8363 or visit our web site at www.emfusa.org
Supervisor Carol Teschky congratulates volunteers Angela Kale and George Magerl as they are honored for their volunteer work at Maine Township.
George is a member of Messiah, and was awarded the AgeOptions Volunteer Award. Congratulations!

Would you find it helpful to have your offerings debited directly from your bank account as you probably do with other obligations? Messiah offers electronic giving for those of you who wish to have contributions transferred electronically to the church’s account. If you have plans to travel this summer, electronic giving gives you a convenient way to keep up with your intended offerings. Simply complete and return an electronic giving authorization form to get started. Contact the office for more information.

June 11, 2015
Dear friends,
From May 20-25 I was privileged to attend the Lutheran World Federation’s All Africa Lutheran Leadership consultation held in Moshi, Tanzania. 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the first all-Africa Lutheran consultation held at Marangu in 1955, in what was then Tanganika …
Read the complete letter at http://www.messiahparkridge.org/rev_phil_knutson.html
Thank you for your prayers and continuing support through the ELCA Global Church sponsorship program, ELCA World Hunger, the Malaria Program and the Campaign for the ELCA.
Thank you for your participation in God’s mission locally and globally.
Yours faithfully,
Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission
Regional Program Assistant
Johannesburg, South Africa   

“America! God shed His grace on thee”
- Katherine Lee Bates, 1893

Sometimes called the unofficial National Anthem, “America, the Beautiful” was written by Katherine Lee Bates, a Wellesley College English professor. She wrote the poem after traveling the United States from Niagara Falls to Pikes Peak. It was originally sung to the tune “Auld Lang Syne” until 1911 when it was joined to the tune we know.
You are invited to remain in the sanctuary after worship on Sunday, July 5, for a special celebration of freedom. We will sing a few faith based patriotic songs, including “America, the Beautiful” and offer prayers for our country and its precious liberty. America’s founding fathers justified our freedom in the Declaration of Independence, “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence”. However, true freedom is thru Christ and His victory on the cross. Freed by His forgiveness and love, we are His servants, linked together in hope, and ready and willing to share the gospel.

Flat Jesus is a paper doll children cut out and color. He can accompany you by car, plane, via snail mail or go digitally. When Flat Jesus arrives at his destination, photograph and document his adventures. You can make multiple copies and even send Flat Jesus abroad. If you lose Flat Jesus, don’t worry he (in electronic format) can be found on our website; www.MessiahParkRidge.org OR our facebook page. In September we will host a Welcome Home party for Flat Jesus, and see where he has been all summer!
Flat Jesus visits Van Gogh in Minnesota! Thanks David Swanson!
Different classrooms in the Child Care Center have helped make quilts for LWR! The children create designs for fabric inserts that are used in the quilt tops. The children are learning about helping others and in their way sending love to people in different parts of the world. This picture is Miss Suzanne's class with the quilt top created with their extra special designs!

Carol Hrodey, 7/4
Debbie Deitrich-Schmidt, 7/4
Jeanne Dumerer, 7/5
Stephanie Yager, 7/5
Alice Hulterstrum, 7/7
Lester Thurow, 7/7
Adam Hauser, 7/8
Ryan Hauser, 7/8
Joyce Tjhio, 7/9
Kimberly Bujalka, 7/11
Kevin Kovach, 7/11
Michaelene Marchetta, 7/11
Dorothy Nagel, 7/11
Theresa Duty, 7/13
Donald Wenn, 7/14
Anne Wiberg, 7/16
Robert Kallas, 7/18
David Swanson, 7/18
Eric Ryczek, 7/19
Hannah Lippert, 7/20
Karen Black, 7/23   
Clifford Paulus, 7/23
Irene Luck, 7/24
Haley Lippert, 7/27
Robert Bisgard, 7/28
Evelyn Allemeier, 7/29
Thomas Yager, 7/30

Lynne Morrow & Larry Fogel, 7/3/1994 21 years
David & Julie Jensen, 7/8/1989 26 years
Kimberly & Mike Bujalka, 7/15/2007 8 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 June 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.

Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. While his mom, dad, brother and sister seem to live a charmed life.
I am sure everyone has been there, either as a child, or as an adult … feeling like everything happens to YOU, while your friends and relations all seem to succeed at everything without even trying. It can make it hard to get out of bed in the morning when you are certain life is going to continue to hand you lemons, but not give you the tools to make lemonade.
Alexander finds that even on the eve of his 12th birthday, he can’t catch a break. In a moment of innocent despair, he wishes on a midnight birthday candle    that his family would know what it feels like to have a terrible, horrible day.
While this premise is obviously intended to be played for laughs (and I found it VERY funny!) the soft undercurrent is the pain that people feel when the world just seems out to get them. Layer that with the whole family’s struggle to maintain a positive outlook, and the lesson becomes clear – it takes the bad days to show us just how great the good days are. AND, if you share them with people you love (both good and bad) then you are blessed beyond measure.
This film is sweet and funny, with just enough bathroom jokes to please the middle school aged kids, and enough sympathetic, I-know-exactly-how-that-feels laughs for the parents. (Biggest meeting of your career and your car battery is dead? Yep, very funny.) It really isn’t slapstick enough for little kids to enjoy it, so maybe for 4th grade and up it’s a good time.
The overall message is one of love and caring, and embracing the good and shrugging off the bad. And that it is always good to take a moment and laugh with those you love.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Cheryl Anderson Erdman (safe travels), Eva Ruterschmidt, Barb Loverme, Bob Kallas, Pat Kovach, Carol Hrodey, Phyllis, Marilynn Duckett, Paul Landahl, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, Rosalie Lucarelli, Daniel B., Rick (Ralph & Kathy E’s Grandson), Paul Rostin, Roger Jones, Kevin Dumerer, Kevin P., Jon Cantor, Tom & Ruth Perzentka, Liliana M, The Hauser Family, Millie Anderson, Connie Travis, Tom Jason, Victoria Candiotti, Sarah Fiore, Richard Levy, Ardene Ejnik, Mark Higgins, Cindy Norberg, Rani and Sadgunarao, 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 for the baptism of Bennett Richard Irving Nugnis, son of Sarah Nugnis and grandson of Alan Nugnis.
We celebrated the accomplishments of those who learn and those who teach in our community.
We joyfully celebrated our fathers, and those who have been like a father to us, on Father’s Day.
Debbie Deitrich-Schmidt said “thanks for prayers” for Russell and Megan’s wedding day on May 30th – it was wonderful! Congratulations and blessings to the new couple!

* 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, 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, Brynn Wildenauer and Bryce Wildenauer.

Please let us know if there are changes to this list! We want to honor them June 14th!

Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!

NEW PHONE DIRECTORIES will be available on Sunday, July 12. They will be in the mailboxes in the narthex, contact the office if you need yours mailed.

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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