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The Messiah Messenger > The August Messenger Issue #566
The August Messenger Issue #566

Jul 31, 2015

The Messiah

The first months of summer fun has been heightened in our community by the joy of sharing Flat Jesus with others we encounter in our summer travels. It has been especially interesting to note how Jesus is portrayed in the coloring of each unique paper “doll.” Some are brightly colored and festively adorned with flowers and tattoos even! Some have orange skin, some have brown skin, some have gray skin with matching gray hair and one even had a blue beard!
Each of us understands who Jesus is through the lens of our own life experiences. When we are asked to color a cut -out form on paper representing Jesus to us, sometimes he looks like us and sometimes he doesn't. It is with this understanding that Jesus appears differently to each of us that is especially appealing in this "long season of disquiet" in our country. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton used this phrase in her letter following months of racial tension incidents that culminated in the massacre at Mother Emanuel’s AME Church in Charleston South Carolina. Last month, Bishop Eaton invited and encouraged each of us to "get to work" acting against racial injustices as we look within ourselves and around our communities with new eyes, ears and hearts.
During this month, I have heard stories from community members of feeling excluded by others based on a    
difference of skin color, ethnicity and culture. As we follow Jesus the Christ who broke down barriers of inequity, we too are called to include people outside of our own skin color, ethnicity and culture as full and equal sisters and brothers in Christ.
“…for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” - Galatians 3:26-28
As the lyrics in the song “Let there be peace on earth” state: “Let it begin with me.”
When we shipped out our quilts and kits last year we utilized a new LWR system to track them so we could see where they ended up. We recently got an update from LWR that tells us just where it all went!
Quilts went to India and LWR’s partner there, the Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA). CASA distributes quilts to hospitals, orphanages, schools and homes for the elderly which serve the poorest citizens of India.
Personal Care Kits went to Yemen and LWR’s partner, International Relief and Development (IRD). IRD serves refugees, displaced persons and those at risk through programs that help vulnerable communities develop sustainable income and livelihoods. In 3 districts of Hodeidah Governorate (Hays, Al Zaidiah, and Al Marawas), IRD is focused on reducing levels of malnutrition by addressing unclean water and hygiene practices by providing the necessary tools.
School Kits went to Nicaragua and LWR’s partner, Society of Small Producers and Exporters of Coffee (SOPPEXCCA). SOPPEXCCA is a coffee cooperative that is part of LWR’s agricultural development work. The cooperative distributed school kits to 52,500 students which enabled them to stay in school since the families would not be able to afford to send their children to school. In some cases the families have to choose one child to attend school, often leaving the girls behind. Obtaining an education ensures the best possible chance to break out of the crippling cycle of poverty.
So let’s complete more quilts and kits and see how they help people in need around the world! ~ Carol Hrodey

From the July 20th EC meeting:
• The agenda for the upcoming meeting of the congregation
• Space use requests and the sign for the welcome center
• Administrative tasks (e.g. staff reviews and safety and financial audits)
• Plans for fall events - spaghetti dinner and Fall Fest

June Attendance
Wk1=61, Wk2=59, Wk3=41, Wk4=33,
*91 individuals worshiped in June (attending between 1 and 4 times)
with 8 non-member guests

June Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$2576, Wk2=$2208, Wk3=$2181, Wk4=$655


Congratulations to Quin Santucci! Quin was one of three students who represented Illinois and competed in a FCCLA Cooking Competition in Washington DC on July 6th. He received a gold medal and ranked 2nd place out of the 36 states who competed!

Parivar International will no longer be using the Parsonage for their counseling services. They have amicably concluded their agreement with us, and have returned their keys. We wish them all God’s blessings in the future … please keep this wonderful organization’s ministry in your prayers as they continue to serve the South Asian community with Christian Family Counseling.    

We’ve got work to do! The
gathering of quilts and kits is
fast approaching! Here’s what we need:
• 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 with assembling quilts: As always, no sewing experience is necessary! Meanwhile, we have jobs for home - cutting material; sewing tops (sewing experience necessary for this job!).
• School Kit Supplies: 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper (4 per kit), blunt end scissors (safety scissors), 30-cm ruler (can have centimeters on one side/inches on the other), pencil sharpeners, erasers, unsharpened #2 pencils (5 per kit), black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink) (5 per kit), boxes of crayons (16 or 24 count). Watch for back to school sales!!
• Monetary donations to purchase items and to put towards shipping (put donation in the offering 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! We have jobs for everyone!
~ Carol Hrodey & Trudi Handzel

PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
Sunday, August 23rd after worship
Concisely, initiatives will be updated, MLC and CCC fall calendars shared, and a vote will be taken on the allocation of undesignated benevolence funds. A quorum of 25 is needed for the vote. Immediately following the meeting, we will move to the Friendship Place for the Bowman Welcome Center Dedication.   

Sunday, August 23rd after Congregational Meeting
The Bowman Welcome Center will be dedicated with a beautiful sign handcrafted by Bill Norberg after the Congregational Meeting on the 23rd. This was determined to be an appropriate way to honor Ed and Valeria for their years of ushering and greeting.

Monday, Aug 17 @ 5:30pm
Open invitation to anyone looking for quality pre-school and Kindergarten Christian Education. This is also an opportunity for parents to meet their children’s teachers before school starts the August 18th.

Sunday, Sept 13 @ 9am
Messiah will again participate in ELCA’s Day of Service: God’s Work, Our Hands so SAVE THE DATE! We will have a brief prayer service to start the day and then some of us will go out in the neighborhood to collect food for the Maine Township Food Pantry and the rest of us will work on LWR Quilts and Kits Ministry in the Friendship Place. Lunch will be served. It’s a great time to help those in need, as well as to enjoy fellowship with each other! Be sure to wear your t-shirt, or order one!   

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, August 8 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 August we’ll meet after church on Sunday, August 16th. In September we’ll have another “marathon” as part of the ELCA service day when lunch will be served (see Save the Date notice).

Choir Rehearsal Resumes, 9/1
Quilt Dedication, 9/27
Flat Jesus Party, 9/27


Sunday   Worship Focus   Sunday School   CHAT Room   Confirmation
Aug 2   10th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 78:23–29
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 4:1–16
Gospel: John 6:24–35   

Aug 9   11th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 34:1–8
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 4:25—5:2
Gospel: John 6:35, 41–51
Aug 16   12th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 34:9–14
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 5:15–20
Gospel: John 6:51–58
Aug 23   13th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 34:15–22
2nd Lesson: Ephesians 6:10–20
Gospel: John 6:56–69
Aug 30   14th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 15
2nd Lesson: James 1:17–27
Gospel: Mark 7:1–8,14–15,21–23

CHAT Room, Confirmation,
& Sunday School
will resume September 20!

Sunday, August 23rd during worship
Pastor Lynne invites all children of Messiah to bring their school backpack to worship this Sunday. During the Children’s Sermon time, she will offer a blessing to them as they embark on another school year as a child (and student!) of God!   

Sunday, August 30th during worship
Rev. Ron and Teresa Duty are moving back to Minnesota this fall. On the 30th we will take a moment to thank them for all they have done for and meant to Messiah as a congregation over their many years of membership here, and wish them God’s blessings on their new adventures.


Aug 2   Aug 9   Aug 16   Aug 23   Aug 30
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Samantha F   Michael Y   Nikolaus R   Julia F   Adam H
Comm. Asst.   Tbd   Floyd Y   Larry R   Tbd   Laura H
Readers   Arden S   Andy T   Erik G   Dina S   Rhonda C
Asst. Min.   Trygve J   Pat K   Rhonda C   Vikki H   David S
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Steve Y   Steve Y   Steve Y   Steve Y   Steve Y
Altar Guild   Sue K   *   *   Cindy N   Cindy N
Counters   Paul H   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.
Aug 2   Available.   Available.
Aug 9   Available.   Available.
Aug 16   By Brad and Pat Kovach in memory of Joan Miller.   Available
Aug 23   By Brad and Pat Kovach in memory of Clare Rodin.   Available.
Aug 30   By Brad and Pat Kovach in honor of Messiah’s students.   Available.

See website

Manna Order due August 2nd.
PLEASE make checks out directly to Messiah Child Care PTO. Thanks!   

Congratulations to Connie Travis, who is the new City Clerk for Morton Grove! She will be filling this position as an interim until the city elects a new Clerk next spring.

Musical Tribute:
Cheers to 50 Years!

Grace and Duane Kamrath invite all of you to a Fun and Free Event while recalling the times of 50 years ago when a Cosmos boy married a Wisconsin girl.

When: Saturday, August 8 @ noon
Where: Peace Lutheran Fellowship Hall, Cosmos
• Noon meal like 50 years ago
• “Everly Brothers” sing along
• Special Guest – Song of the 60s
• Minnie Pearl – yes, Pastor “M”
• Sing Along – Ron and guitar
• Conversation and anniversary program

Instead of anniversary gift, the Kamraths ask you to consider a free-will offering to the Cosmos Community Center with its Library and Fitness Center.
Have questions? Email duanekamrath@gmail.com

Thank you to Paul Holzer and his band, Unhinged, who came out and played for this year’s Brat Fry Music Fest at St. Peter’s UCC in Skokie. Thanks also to those who came to the event to listen, eat, and support the Niles Township Food Pantry! We raised over $1400 for the Pantry, and are happy to also use some of our “leftovers” for A Just Harvest in Rogers Park!

Don’t forget to CHECK YOUR MAILBOXES in the narthex on Sundays. There are currently still a lot of directories left in there, as well as other items of interest in some people’s mail.

DO YOU LOVE TO GARDEN? LANDSCAPE? Please contact Dave Hanson, Property Coordinator

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1,100 affiliates in communities across the country who engage in advocacy, research, support, and education.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Class is a 12-week course for families and close friends of adults with mental illness. This course is taught by trained volunteer family members who are experienced in caring for a loved one with serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other disorders. Many family members describe this experience as life-changing. Join the thousands of families, just like yours, who have gained information, understanding, and support.
This 12-week class is being offered on TUESDAYS this year beginning September 15 from 7 to 9:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Messiah is happy to once again support this vital ministry in our community.
For more info, or to REGISTER for the class, contact the NAMI office at 847-716-2252. Classes are free, but registration is required.   

Sunday, September 20
Check in at 7:00am
Run at 8:00am
Walk at 8:15am
Step off at George Washington Elementary School in Park Ridge, 1500 Stewart Avenue. (Strollers welcome, pets on leashes welcome.) Route will mainly stay on Western avenue between Touhy and Peterson.
Messiah will be participating this year in the NAMI Walk. If you are interested in walking or sponsoring a walker, please contact Paul Holzer, who is organizing this event for us.


See the bulletin board by the church office for pictures!

We baked gluten-free communion bread during worship, and have made enough to last for our Eucharist through August!

Jacqueline Steigerwald, 8/1
(90th! Wow!)
Kristin Kopij, 8/5
Sandra Deines, 8/7
Ron Duty, 8/8
Kevin Kaufman, 8/8
Jenni Robles, 8/8
Cindy Norberg, 8/10
Ravi Penumaka, 8/15
Henry Allemeier, 8/16
Connie Travis, 8/19
Michael Deines, 8/20
Carlos Santos, 8/21   

Susan and Ed Kopij, 8/25/1974 – 41 years
Andy and Connie Travis,
8/28/1998 – 17 years
Ralph and Teresa Lippert,
8/31/1997 – 18 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 July 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
Memorials: In memory of Corinne Jensen by Kristine & Brian Socha
Honorariums: In honor/celebration of Ryan & Adam Hauser’s confirmations by Neil and Laura Hauser, Maria Raica and Kathy Yanku
In prayer for good health of Neil Hauser and Family by Maria Raica and Kathy Yanku

Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world's first-ever super-villainess.
These little guys are definitely funny … I’ll give them that. I actually like them better as a large group, lemming-like followers of bad ideas – watching them run around en masse makes me giggle. This movie, however, focuses on three individuals – Stuart, Kevin, and Bob. Kevin is clearly meant to be the “brains” of the trio, with Stuart filling in as the brawn and Bob supplying the cute factor as the youngster   who still carries his teddy bear.
For light-hearted entertainment, this movie was fun (although I worried constantly that something was going to happen to that teddy).
Unfortunately, I have come to expect so much more out of animated feature films, and this one left me feeling blah. There is no character journey or development – it is all very one-level, and is simply created as a vehicle to make people laugh and make the studio money.
The wonderful thing about the two Despicable Me movies is how Gru (self-professed evil villain) changes as he comes in contact with first the three orphan girls, and then Lucy. There is nothing like that in the Minions movie. Scarlet Overkill is exactly as she seems, and our trio of heroes’ quest doesn’t actually change them in any way. So while you get a few good laughs out of the film, you never get the good feelings that could have gone with them.
Okay for little ones, as it is not too scary (the teddy bear survives!) and is good and funny. But for deep entertainment, you may want to see something else.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Joanne Trestrail, Kwame Pitts, Pastor Jade Chienyu Yi, Eva Ruterschmidt, Barb Loverme, Bob Kallas, Pat Kovach, Carol Hrodey, Phyllis, Paul Landahl, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, Rosalie Lucarelli, Daniel B., Rick (Ralph & Kathy E’s Grandson), Paul Rostin, Roger Jones, Kevin Dumerer, Kevin P., Liliana M, Tom & Ruth Perzentka, The Hauser Family, Millie Anderson, 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.*   JOYFUL THANKSGIVING
We said joyful prayers of thanksgiving for the TOP Soccer program that serves children with disabilities!

We gave thanks for successful surgery for Eva Ruterschmidt. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers, Eva is recovering nicely!

* 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 the office know if you are moving! Thanks!

David Swanson’s email is incorrect in the directory. It should be:

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
p 847.823.6984           f 847.823.6996