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The Messiah Messenger > The September Messenger Issue #567
The September Messenger Issue #567

Aug 31, 2015

The Messiah

The end of summer means an end to the free spirited fun, lazy days and spontaneity for some of us... a return to the tradition of school and activities, sports, and for some, business travel. Routines and traditions play a key role in our lives and our culture.
The role that tradition plays in our lives cannot be underestimated… traditions exist for the basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. The Jewish tradition of hand washing was established thousands of years ago and can be attributed to the book of Exodus. All were to wash hands before coming into the Temple. After the destruction of the Temple, that tradition was challenged as the loss of ritual objects made it difficult to follow the process. Adapting the need for hand washing to their new way of worshiping in homes, the Jewish leaders moved hand washing to the dining room table which served as the home altar.
When traditions become rituals (sacred traditions), it becomes more challenging to change and adapt to new traditions. However, there is an innate need to hold on to familiar traditions especially in the face of adversity and change. Sometimes we hold on to an empty ritual that no longer fulfills its originally intended purpose, “because we’ve always done it”.
As we enter into the season of fall with its changing colors and weather, let us review our traditions and rituals. Do they still serve the originally intended purpose? Or are we holding on to the memories that accompany the tradition or ritual? Are there new ways of thinking that could become tradition in the future? How might we begin a new tradition if needed?
In Christ,

Pastor Lynne   

In September Lutheran World Relief (LWR) will be the focus at Messiah. LWR spearheads relief efforts all over the world, helping those in need. Messiah participates in LWR’s efforts through their Quilts & Kits mission programs. We assemble and complete quilts to share, as well as Personal Care Kits and School Kits. More information about LWR efforts and the Quilts & Kits Ministry can be found on their website: www.lwr.org.
Key dates to remember for Quilts & Kits include:
•   All month – collecting items for Personal Care and School Kits – see Sponsorship List (next page).
•   Sunday, September 13th – ELCA Day of Service – Gather in the Friendship Place following the prayer service to help assemble quilts (no sewing experience necessary) and Personal Care Kits! Lunch will be served.
•   Sunday, September 27th – Blessing of the Quilts & Kits will occur, in addition to School Kits being assembled during the Cross-Generational Activity during the Worship Service
•   Wednesday, September 30th – Quilts & Kits will be packed in boxes to prepare for shipping in October. Volunteers needed to help in the Friendship Place at 10:00 am
•   Saturday & Sunday, October 3rd & 4th – LWR Truck will be at Messiah to collect boxes from Messiah and local groups. Volunteers needed Saturday, 9-12 and Sunday, 12-3.
For additional information and to volunteer, contact Carol Hrodey at 847-828-7819 or cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net

In order to meet our goal of
75 Personal Care Kits and 75 School Kits, we are seeking donations to sponsor item(s) for Lutheran World Relief Kits Ministry. We’ve scouted out sales on the various items and need your help to purchase them. If you sponsor item(s), we’ll shop!
Personal Care Kits
Bath Towels (need 45)    $3.00 each
Toothbrushes (need 37)   $ .70 each
Combs (need 62)      $ .50 each
4 oz Bars of Soap (need 150)$ .40 each
Shipping Cost (for 75 kits)   $2.65 each
School Kits
Notebooks (need 221)   $ .20 each
Pens (need 271)      $ .15 each
Pencils (need 269)      $ .15 each
Erasers (need 20)      $ .15 each
Pencil Sharpeners (need 71)   $ .15 each
24 pk Crayons (need 61)   $ .50 each
Rulers (need 35)      $ .25 each
Back Packs (made by Steve Yager)
Shipping Cost (for 75 kits)   $1.40 each
Shipping Cost         $2.25 each

If you can sponsor one or more of any of these items, please let Carol Hrodey know at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or 847-828-7819. Money can be placed in offering plate or turned into the church office. Donations should be designated for LWR and sent in by September 20th. Checks should be made out to Messiah Lutheran Church Women. Thanks for your help!   
We are very, VERY excited to announce that we are using a new, online calendar program to keep track of our building usage and events. Now, any changes/additions made to our calendar will automatically be updated on our website. Other features and benefits include the ability to MAP events, to sort by ministry group, to invite people to events, and to write descriptions of the item directly into the scheduled event. We invite you to visit our new calendar, which is linked directly on our homepage, and browse it for yourself.

We are still collecting travel and sample size hygiene items for Messiah's Assistance Ministry as well as the Night Ministry. The collection bin has been moved to the Donation Station (south end of the narthex) so please consider adding to it when you travel or add a few items to your cart at the store. Other items that we can use are:
Plastic Spoons - Spaghetti Sauce Bread - Cheese - Fruit
Microwave Popcorn
Pop-top Canned Soup or Pasta
Men’s clothing

Any Friday, Saturday leftovers brought to church Sunday would make meals for guests Monday and Wednesday
All contributions are appreciated!

The August meeting is scheduled for 8/31, too late to include in this newsletter.

July Attendance
Wk1=35, Wk2=40, Wk3=42, Wk4=37,
*73 individuals worshiped in June (attending between 1 and 4 times)
with 7 non-member guests

July Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$2214, Wk2=$3112, Wk3=$1196, Wk4=$1768   

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

Sept 10 @ 7pm
We will discuss the book “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading. If anyone has any questions please contact Rich Levy.
H: 847-698-5838, C: 847-909-5018

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.   

Sunday, Sept. 27 during worship
On this Sunday we will dedicate the quilts and school kits that our people have worked so hard on over the last year. The quilts will be on display in the narthex and sanctuary, and we will bless them during the service.
*Note: We will pack up the quilts on Wednesday, Sept 30. Volunteers needed to help in the Friendship Place at 10:00 am

Sunday, Sept. 27
after worship
We will have a party in the Friendship Place to welcome Flat Jesus back after his summer of travels! There will be light refreshments, prizes for Flat Jesus participants, a slide show, and fellowship as we chat about our summer adventures.

Pet Blessing Service, Oct 4
LWR Ingathering, Oct 3-4   

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, September 12 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 – Our “marathon” of quilting will happen on Sunday, Sept 13 as part of the ELCA Day of Service!


Sept 6   15th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 146
2nd Lesson: James 2:1-17
Gospel: Mark 7:24-37   

Sept 13   Day of Service
Everyone meets in the Sanctuary

Sept 20   17th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm: Psalm 54
2nd Lesson: James 3:13--4:3,7-8a
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37   
CONF: Intro/Welcome

Sept 27   18th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Psalm: Psalm 19:7-14
2nd Lesson: James 5:13-20
Gospel: Mark 9:38-50   
CONF: What is a Lutheran? #1
Who are Lutherans?

Sept. 13, at 9 AM

Messiah will participate in the annual ELCA Day of Service on Sunday, September 13th beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a brief prayer service. Following the service, some of us will canvas the local neighborhood to collect non-perishable food items for the Maine Township Food Pantry. The rest of us will focus on assembling quilts and kits for Lutheran World Relief in the Friendship Place. Lunch will be served when the neighborhood crew returns. Please plan on participating!! It’s a great time to share ourselves in God’s service, as well as enjoy fellowship with each other. Wear your Day of Service t-shirt, or if you don’t have one, try to borrow one from someone or wear a golden yellow shirt (it is too late to order new shirts).
We will continue to use the last Sunday of every month as our Cross+Gen event in worship, and all generations of the congregation participate in a fun, creative worship experience!



Sept 6   Sept 13   Sept 20   Sept 27
   10:15am   9:00am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Michael Y   Nikolaus R   Caitlin L   Samantha F
Comm. Asst.   Floyd Y   No worship!   Rich L   TBD
Readers   David S   No worship!   Nick L   Dottie B
Asst. Min.   Rich L   No worship!   Diane B   Karen B
Projection   Jim H   No worship!   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Steve Y   No worship!   Steve Y   Steve Y
Altar Guild   Sue K   Cindy N   Nancy H   Nancy H
Counters   Paul H   No worship!   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.
Sept 6   In memory of Conrad Wilson by Diane Wilson.   Available.
Sept 13   In memory of Norbert A. Hauser by the Hauser Family.
Also given in honor of Marilynn Duckett’s birthday.   In celebration of Kyle’s 10th birthday by the Hauser Family.
Sept 20   In memory of Skip and Lorraine Handzel by the Handzels.   Available.
Sept 27   Available.   In loving memory of Aunt Giselle and Uncle Vlasta by the Hauser Family.


Register by September 11th
for the Fall 2015 Series
Sept. 16 Bridget Sperduto, Exec. Director,
The Well Spirituality Center: WAKING UP IN OUR SACRED UNIVERSE
Sept. 30 Rev. Patrick Marshall, Director, Chaplain, St. John Paul II Newman Ctr., Univ. IL, Chgo.: ARE THE YOUNG THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH,OR SHOULD WE LOOK ELSEWHERE?
Oct. 14 Rev. Daniel Coughlin, Retired Chaplain United States Congress; HOW SERVING AS CHAPLAIN TO CONGRESS CHANGED MY MINISTRY AND MY PRAYER
Oct. 28 Rev. Brian Walker, O.P., Pastor,
St. Benedict the African Parish, Chicago: TIME, TALENT, AND TREASURE
Nov. 4 Friar Johnpaul Cafiero, O.F.M.:
Pastoral Associate, Holy Family Parish,
TO REGISTER: Send check for $35.00 payable to Theology of Park Ridge with name and address to: Mary Lou Murphy,
5813 N. Nicolet, Chicago, IL 60631
Phone (773) 774-4421
Men and women are invited to participate
$10.00 per single session
Our Lady of Hope Church
9711 W. Devon Ave., Rosemont, IL 60018
Wednesdays, 9:15 am – Coffee/Rolls, Lecture
For more information, visit our website:

Congratulations to
Bob and Kay Holzer on their marriage on August 1st!
May God’s blessings be on the happy couple!

Millie Anderson will be at The Abington in Glenview until Sept 8.

Table Talk Bible Study will resume Monday, August 14, at
Des Plaines Panera 7-8:30pm

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.

2015 CROP WALK COMING Sunday, October 18, 2015
Benefitting Church World Service and Maine Township Food Pantry
Our annual involvement in the Park Ridge/Niles CROP Walk is coming up fast! This year the Start and Finish line is at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent, Park Ridge. Pledge packets and signups will be available soon. Also, watch for your opportunity to raise additional funds by participating in dining out fundraisers like the one listed below:
Wendy's Get Together
Wednesday, Sept. 30th from 5-8 pm
15% of all proceeds during this time will be given to Friends of Niles-Park Ridge CROP Hunger Walk. Wendy’s Restaurant at Dempster and Potter in Park Ridge.


Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?
—Robert Lowry, 1869

Please mark Tuesday, September 1, 7:30p-8:45p on your calendar for the first rehearsal of the new Gloria Dei Choir season. We meet in the Multipurpose Room. Come and join us; bring a love of God and a love of singing. Anyone high school aged and older is invited. There are no tryouts, and no previous choir experience is needed. We rehearse so we may give our best to God in worship. We sing in worship to thank and praise God for His grace and love.

Pathway to Adventure Council is executing a massive media and grassroots campaign aimed at encouraging families with boys in 1st through 5th grade (Cub Scout age) to join Scouting at sign-up events held in EVERY elementary school (public and private) in the Chicagoland geographic territory. Messiah Pack 105 will be covering the Blast into Scouting at Franklin School, 2401 Manor Lane, Sept 17, 2015, 7-8PM. Do you know of a boy that age, please let us know – we would love to have him join us. He will receive a Free Rocket for attending the event, and a rocket launch will take place in early October at select locations. For additional information, visit http://www.blastintoscouting.org
If you want to talk with someone before Sept 17, contact Tim Saul – timothysaul@sbcglobal.net

Webelos will be attending an overnight camp trip to introduce them to Boy Scouts and help those complete requirements. Cub Scouts will camp with Boy Scout Troops on Saturday night and enjoy cooking dinner and attending the Campfire Bowl event aimed at Scout Spirit. Most of the events are run by Boy Scout Troops which provides the leadership skills to give it back to the younger Cub Scouts. Camp Lakota, Woodstock, IL is the host camp this year. Dates to be determined.

Many thanks to our Scouts who (along with a little help from Flat Jesus!) helped clean up the area around the AC unit and spread much needed river rock on the grounds.

Isabella DiVita, 9/2
Julia Fogel, 9/4
Effie Laster, 9/5
David Hanson, 9/8
George Magerl, 9/11
Melvin Shapiro, 9/12
Caitlin Levy, 9/13
Marilynn Duckett, 9/14
Michael Hanson, 9/14
Kyle Hauser, 9/16
Tom Hanson, 9/17
Richard Levy, 9/18
Teresa Lippert, 9/20
Ardene Ejnik, 9/21
Holly Norberg, 9/21
Steve Loverme, 9/23
Julie Jensen, 9/25
Alesha Santos, 9/25
Barbara Valasek, 9/26
Thomas Daniels, 9/27
Pat Fragale, 9/28

Marlyn & Donald Wenn, 9/3/55 – 60 years
Bill and Sandi Downie, 9/16/61 – 54 years
Rich and Helen Levy,
9/20/91 – 24 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 August 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: None this month

ANNIE (2014)
A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.
Doesn’t it seem like we are constantly remaking things? That there are no “new” stories anymore, only rehashes of old ones. Sometimes the new version is a sorry attempt at cashing in on an old favorite, and other times it is a fresh retelling of a story that resonates with us.
I found the new, updated version of Annie to be completely enjoyable, and a welcome update of an age-old story about someone who has the means to make a poor young girl’s dreams come true, and how she changes the people around her in the process.
I REALLY enjoyed the update to the music – Annie’s famous songs have always been just this side of cringe-worthy to me … a little too high and screechy, despite the positive message. This new versions takes familiar words and melodies, and mixes them with just the right amount of hip-hop funk to give the songs a slightly more relaxed and fun sound. I found myself singing them for a couple days after seeing the film, and I didn’t really mind it.
Another plus for this movie was the cast. Quvenzhané Wallis is a charming newcomer who totally anchors the whole movie with style and talent. Jamie Foxx is also great as “Stacks,” the updated Daddy Warbucks, showing off his singing skills as well as fun comic timing. Cameron Diaz is WAY over the top as the nasty foster mom that houses the girls for money, but I enjoyed her comic portrayal all the same.
This is a fun, sweet movie for the whole family. The big chase scene at the end seems a little far-fetched, but the “Opportunity” song in the Guggenheim museum is worth the whole movie by itself. I recommend this one to everyone.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Carol Olesen, Lytle Thomson, Don Kovach, Dottie Burger, Millie Anderson, Joanne Trestrail, Pastor Jade Chienyu Yi, Eva Ruterschmidt, Barb Loverme, Carol Hrodey, Phyllis, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, Rosalie Lucarelli, Rick (Ralph & Kathy E’s Grandson), Paul Rostin, Roger Jones, Kevin Dumerer, Kevin P., Liliana M, Tom & Ruth Perzentka, The Hauser Family, 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, those living with cancer.*   

We gave joyful thanks for answered prayer as Carol Hrodey’s surgery was a success, and she is continuing her healing at home.
We congratulated 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.
We gave joyful thanks for Rev. Paul Amlin as he filled in for Pastor Lynne while she was on vacation.
We joyfully celebrated the infant baptism of Jaxon Reid Winiarski!

* 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, 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, Andrew Fox, Peter Fox, Jenni Hanson, Tommy Hanson, Tait Jensen, Kevin Kovach, Joe Levy, Brynn Wildenauer and Bryce Wildenauer.

Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
Marcella Larson
PO Box 2268
Platte City, MO 64079

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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