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The November Messenger Issue #569

Oct 30, 2015

The Messiah

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Messiah will join other mainline congregations across the continent and observe a longer Advent season this year. For the past decade, this has been the focus of The Advent Project Seminar in the North American Academy of Liturgy (people who are liturgical scholars and/or teach worship in the seminaries of a broad spectrum of churches including Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and United Church of Christ).
How does this honor God and our faith tradition?
As you may have noticed over the past decade, “Christmas culture” has begun earlier and earlier. In fact, this year I overhead a toddler parroting his parents admonishment that Costco had Christmas items out and it wasn’t even October yet! And as soon as Halloween is over, the Christmas takes over seemingly to extend the Christmas season from November 1 through January. With the beginning of the church year in late November and the preparation for the “end times”, the four week season of Advent, which focuses primarily on preparing for the “reign of God” is diminished with the focus instead on the fulfillment of the Word becoming Incarnate through Jesus Christ.
This emphasis on Advent and   
preparation is intended to heighten the beginning of the annual cycle of the liturgical year in hopes that Christians will engage more deeply in Christ’s mission of peace, justice, and the integrity of creation. It is then that we may be able more authentically enter into the yearly cycle from Bethlehem to the Passion, Pentecost, and the celebration of All Saints that concludes the church year.
So what does this mean? The lections (readings) for an expanded Advent season are in place as the ones we already hear in our three-year cycle. There is already a change in the tone of the lessons after All Saints’ Day really concludes the long season of Pentecost. There will be some musical emphases that appear in hymns specifically for Advent. The Advent blue paraments will replace Pentecost green three weeks earlier this year. With an expanded Advent, we pray that we will arrive at the celebration of Bethlehem with a clearer understanding of why we are embarking once again on the annual pilgrimage of the liturgical year.
Let the preparations begin!


Spiritual Gifts forms will be emailed and mailed out the first week of November. We are keeping the same format that we used last year, so it should look familiar! Plenty of extra hardcopies will available in the Welcome Center if you prefer to simply pick up a form at church.
Our Celebration of Gifts will be accepted three Sundays, November 8, 15, and 22 – bring your completed form to church to be celebrated during the offertory. Also, please note that EVERY confirmed member in each household should fill out this form. We encourage all individuals, especially recently confirmed youth, to take time and consider how their gifts can support and grow the ministry of this church. This is much more than just a financial pledge. This is how we apply ourselves to becoming good stewards of our faith, our finances, and our church family.
50/50 RAFFLE
Tickets on sale NOW, drawing to be held Sunday November 22nd at noon. You don’t have to be present to win! Tickets are $5 = 1 ticket, $10 = 3 tickets, $20 = 10 tickets. Prize amounts are dependent on the sale of tickets, and one half of all moneys collected will be awarded as prizes. The other half will be donated by the Messiah Brotherhood to Messiah Lutheran Church to be used at their discretion. Prize monies will be distributed as follows: 20%= 3rd prize, 30% = 2nd prize, and 50% = 1st prize.

Discussion items from the October 19th meeting:
- An Eagle Scout presented his project proposal benefitting the assistance ministry
- Facilities use and maintenance issues were reviewed
- Upcoming events, services and the 50/50 raffle were discussed
- CPA audit questionnaire was completed
- Leadership terms and succession plans were considered

September Attendance
Wk1=71, Wk2=46, Wk3=35, Wk4=40
*71 individuals worshiped in September (attending between 1 and 4 times)
September Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$4162, Wk2=$2053, Wk3=$835, Wk4=$1221

… for all our blessings
by helping others through
Lutheran World Relief Quilts and Kits Ministry. After the first of the year we’ll start collecting items for kits – but first - join us on Sunday, November 15th following the worship service to help assemble quilts. We got off to a great start in October so let’s keep the momentum going! Join us in giving thanks by assembling quilts – along with good fellowship and snacks! For additional information and to volunteer, contact Carol Hrodey.

Messiah members are invited to meet for the “Prayerful Process” sessions. In these gatherings, we come together for the process of prayerful discernment for future leadership of Messiah. We pray, read Scriptures, share our vision of what God and the Holy Spirit are up to here at Messiah. We listen to each other's experiences and prayerfully discern that which offers "the capacity for a shared meaning element or keen intellectual vision."(Webster’s Dictionary) In these next few months, our prayerful discernment will lead us to new leaders for Messiah, who will be asked to prayerfully consider taking new roles in our church. Speak with Pastor Lynne if you’d like to be involved in this process. The first meeting is Thurs, Nov 19 7-8pm.   JOHN 17 FELLOWSHIP:

Perhaps you’ve been reading or hearing about John 17 Fellowship here at Messiah and wondering what it’s all about. For about 3 years now, Messiah has been meeting and having dialog with 2 other churches in the area; Holy Trinity Lutheran in Glenview and St. Isaac Jogues Caltholic on Golf Road in Niles. We truly feel a calling to act upon what Christ says in the 17th chapter of John …“That all may be one.” Surely we are aware of the differences we may have with people of other faiths, but in truth, there is reason to joyously celebrate the things we have in common, namely Christ and his teachings and examples, which nourish us on our journey through life.
Why not consider joining us? Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 10th at St. Isaac Jogues. We’ll be discussing the 2nd chapter of One Hope: Remembering the Body of Christ, written by Lutheran and Catholic writers working together in the spirit of ecumenism.
Recently, members of all three churches watched the 2003 MGM film, “Luther.” We enjoyed pizza and goodies together at the home of one of our members. It was a delightful evening, and we’re planning another such event.
We don’t get a whole lot of time on God’s green earth, so we may as well use the precious time we are allotted to celebrate the things we all have in common. Won’t you join us? You’ll be glad you did!
- Submitted by Pat Fragale

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

Tuesday, Nov 10 @ 7pm
Holy Trinity Glenview
Our John 17 ecumenical group will hold its next meeting at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2328 Central road in Glenview.
The agenda will include a discussion on Chapter 2 in the book “One Hope: Remembering the Body of Christ.” We will also be finalizing plans for a morning Advent Retreat & Reflection service scheduled for December 5th at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Niles. Specific details will be in the Dec Messenger. Light refreshments will be served. Please consider joining us. For more info, contact Steve Yager (847-923-3025) or Pat Fragale (847-698-6270).

Nov. 29 -Dec. 13
For The Night Ministry serving the homeless of Chicagoland, we bring in hats, gloves, and scarves. We are looking for mostly adult items, and asking that they be STURDY, WINTER ITEMS, rather than “magic gloves” which are very thin. SOCKS are also much needed. Deadline for donations is December 13 – the Night Bus will be delivering the items to people on December 22-24, so we need to pack up and ship ahead of time.
Also, we are doing LSSI’s Gifts for Kids again this year. Gift tags will be available in the narthex. Pick a tag, purchase a present, and bring it wrapped to church by Sunday, December 13th to be sent to LSSI in time for their Christmas Party.
Thanks again to Moni Ryczek, who will coordinate the gift tags. Contact her with questions at 847-692-6972.

Thursday, Dec 3 at 7pm in the MPR
We will discuss the book “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stien. Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading. If anyone has any questions please contact Rich Levy at (847) 698-5838.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Nov 14 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, November 15 following worship.

Cross+Gen Advent Event Hanging of the Greens, 12/5
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, 12/24 & 25   


Nov 1   All Saints Sunday
1st Lesson: Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm: Psalm 24
2nd Lesson: Revelation 21:1-6a
Gospel: John 11:32-44   
CHAT Talking Together as Christians   
CONF My Faith #2&3 So What?/The Gift: Life!

Nov 8   24th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: 1 Kings 17:8-16
Psalm: Psalm 146
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 9:24-28
Gospel: Mark 12:38-44   Talking Together as Christians   My Faith #4:
I doubt it: I am in the dark

Nov 15   25th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm: Psalm 16
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 10:11-25
Gospel: Mark 13:1-8   Talking Together as Christians   My Faith #5
Confession: I am a Sinner

Nov 22   Christ the King
1st Lesson: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm: Psalm 93
2nd Lesson: Revelation 1:4b-8
Gospel: John 18:33-37   Talking Together as Christians   My Faith#6:

Nov 29   First Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm: Psalm 25:1-10
2nd Lesson: 1 Thess 3:9-13
Gospel: Luke 21:25-36   Talking Together as Christians   My Faith#7:
What do I believe?

When you come to church on Nov. 1, be sure to stop and write the names of loved ones who have passed on into the Remembrance Book that will be in the Welcome Center as you enter. This book will be available every Sunday throughout November, and we will read the names each week during the Prayers of the People of those who have been added to the book.    

We will not be holding either the worship service nor the dinner on Thanksgiving Day this year. Please see Pastor Lynne if you are interested in participating in the PRMA Community Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 24 at 7pm at Park Ridge Presbyterian.



Nov 1   Nov 8   Nov 15   Nov 22   Nov 29
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Ralphie L   Samantha F   Caitlin L   Nikolaus R   Michael Y
Comm. Asst.   Tess L   TBD   Rich L   Larry R   Floyd Y
Readers   Arden S   David H   Nick L   Dina S   Debbie DS
Asst. Min.   Rhonda C    Diane B   Rich L   Trygve J   Karen B
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Tim & Jake S   Tim & Jake S   Tim & Jake S   Tim & Jake S   Tim & Jake S
Altar Guild   Sue K   Cindy N   Nancy H   Nancy H   Sue K
Counters   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H

Usher help is desperately needed for Sundays in December. If no one signs up on the sheet in the narthex, we will randomly select someone when they arrive for worship. Thank you.

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.
Nov 1   By Marilyn Baalson.   In honor of John and Sue Fox’s 36th wedding anniversary.
Nov 8   Available.   Available.
Nov 15   By Les and Nancy Herak in honor of Mike and Katie’s 1st wedding anniversary   By Les and Nancy Herak in honor of Mike and Katie’s 1st wedding anniversary
Nov 22   In honor of Brad and Pat Kovach’s 25th wedding anniversary.   Available.
Nov 29   By Donna Hanson
in memory of parents
Rev. & Mrs. Harold E. Larsen.   By John and Sue fox in honor of Andrew’s 19th birthday.

See online calendar


Global Fair Trade Market
Our Saviors Lutheran Church
1234 N. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights
Saturday, November 7, 9-2pm
Free Admission!
Take a shopping trip around the world! Multiple vendors will bring clothing, accessories, purses, jewelry, foodstuffs, and a wide variety of other goods. Sale of these items help feed and educate families in the Third World Countries. Bake Sale goodies and Alternative Gifts also available. Bring your friends!

All are invited to the
Community Thanksgiving Service
at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, November 24th at 7:00 p.m.
A special service of thanksgiving for the whole community.
For additional information, please contact the
Park Ridge Presbyterian Church office at office@parkridgepresby.org or 847.823.4135
Do you want to sing in the choir for this service? 6pm call time for all who wish to sing.

Time Change – October 31st
Don’t forget to “FALL BACK” on Saturday night, or you will be an hour early for church on Nov 1st!   

Manna Orders Due
Monday, November 1st   

Spotlight Youth Theater Presents:
Les Miserables
(School Edition)
Oct. 30-Nov.8
at Prairie Lakes Theater
in Des Plaines
For tix: 847-516-2298 or
Get your tickets today!

We had a great day for Crop Walk on Sunday October 20th. Special thanks to all our walkers, volunteers, and sponsors for their dedication to this very special cause, including; Trudi Handzel, Jim Handzel, Dave Hanson, Larry Ryczek, Pastor Lynne, Julia Fogel, Samantha Fogel, and David Swanson, plus a couple of our friends from St. Isaac Jogues. Many thanks to everyone who supported the Walk, either by walking, praying or pledging. Our Messiah team raised over $3000 to offset hunger in our community … well done!

Thanks also to our volunteers who came out to help load the LWR truck!
The church year comes to an end with a flurry of activity! On November 1, All Saints’ Day, we celebrate the lives of believers who have gone before us. On subsequent Sundays we remember the widow who gave all she had, we acknowledge the final resurrection and last days, and celebrate Christ as King on November 22, the final Sunday of the church year.
Our special music offerings during the month of November are just as diverse. On All Saints’ Day, the Gloria Dei Choir sings “Hallelujah,” an American hymn first published in 1835. On November 15, a duet based on the African American Spiritual, “I’ve Got a Robe,” will be sung as we remember the last days. The choir sings the contemporary praise song, “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High” on Christ the King Sunday.
November ends with the First Sunday in Advent on November 29: the start of the new church year as we prepare for Jesus’s birth!

Do you want to sing in the choir for the Community Thanksgiving service? 6pm call time for all who wish to sing at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church Tuesday, November 24th. Service starts at 7pm

Take part in the Ultimate Lock-in on November 6-7, 2015, beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending on Saturday at 5 a.m. Register by Monday. November 2, 2015.
We'll be starting at a different location this year for a new perspective.
This year, we're excited that Rachel Kurtz and Agape will be with us as part of their Rise Up Together Tour. They are touring to raise awareness and funds for ELCA World Hunger.
The cost is $30, and registration is by group. Join youth from around the synod for this annual event for high school and middle school youth of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. From 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., youth and adult chaperones will gather at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187, for a concert with Rachel Kurtz and Agape.
Then from 12:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m., participants travel to Enchanted Castle in Lombard (1103 S. Main St., Lombard 60148) for arcade games, bumper cars, go-karts, laser tag, food, and fellowship.
We need a final count of which kids are going so we can register. Please contact Debbie Sasak to confirm attendance.

The Messiah Youth appreciate the $600 raised from the Spaghetti Dinner. The dinner was a success again this year, and this was due to help and assistance from the confirmation class parents and students. A special "thank you" goes out to Debbie Sasak for organizing the Dinner.

Lynne Morrow, 11/7
Lisa Paulus, 11/7
Alexis Chervinko, 11/11
Mary Jo Marchetta, 11/17
Carolyn Clauser, 11/19
Kirsten Boyce, 11/23
Dorothy Burger, 11/23
Arden Sasak, 11/25
Donna Hanson, 11/25
Betty Stinnett, 11/25
Andrew Fox, 11/27   

John and Sue Fox,
11/3/79 - 36 years
Scott and Alyson Allemeier,
11/7/03 - 12 years
Brad and Pat Kovach, 11/24/80 – 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 Robles
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, Erik Grove, Tim Saul,
Mark Dupke
Christian Education: 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,
Ann & Mark Wiberg
MEMORIAL REPORT as of October 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

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.
I did not care for this movie. The visual effects are quite stunning, but we have come to expect nothing less than perfection from Disney, and movie-makers in general when it comes to showing us a new and imagined world. The irony (I believe) is that Walt Disney was the leading pioneer in projecting our imaginations up on the screen for us to see, and one of his visions has been translated into “Tomorrowland” exhibits in his parks, and even EPCOT. The film, however, is clunky, and farfetched, with some extra violence thrown in that I did not appreciate. This serves to diminish   the “visionary” aspect of what Tomorrowland (the movie) could have been.
The first half of the movie labors to establish a scenario that would support the existence of an actual “Tomorrowland.” In doing so, we meet several characters that are kind of annoying, and spend much of the film shouting at each other. There is a completely unbelievable sequence in the center of the film involving the Eiffel Tower, and then the rest of the movie is a sermon about negative humanity destroying the earth. This unfriendly narrative, plus the bad guys touting guns that literally disintegrate people, left a bad taste in my mouth.
The idea behind the whole thing is sound … bringing together the best and the brightest from all over the world to advance humanity to the “next level” is a good premise. But I was disappointed in the script and the direction, both by Brad Bird (director, The Incredibles) which I expected so much more from.
My recommendation – skip this one!

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Debbie P, Ardene Ejnik, Caitlin Grace and Boyer family, Joe W., Roberto, Chris Baum, Donna Hanson, Lippert Family, Penumaka Family, Carol Olesen, Lytle Thomson, Don Kovach, Dottie Burger, Joanne Trestrail, Eva Ruterschmidt, Barb Loverme, Carol Hrodey, Phyllis, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, Rosalie Lucarelli, Rick (Ralph & Kathy E’s Grandson), Paul Rostin, Roger Jones, Dumerer Family, Kevin P., Liliana M, Tom & Ruth Perzentka, The Hauser Family, Tom Jason, Victoria Candiotti, Sarah Fiore, Richard Levy, Mark Higgins, Cindy Norberg, Rani Rao, 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.*   

With great joy we announced Rich and Helen Levy’s first granddaughter! Alyssa Gianna was born at 8:55 pm, Thursday 9/24 weighing 7lb 6 oz. Crystal (Levy) Pesce and Alyssa are both fine. (Dad is Marcello Pesce.)
Larry Ryczek offered prayers of thanksgiving for the birth of a baby girl born to his friend Dominic at work.
Satu Rathod, a regular guest here at Messiah, offered prayers of praise and thanksgiving!
Cheryl Erdman sent word that Millie Anderson is doing “amazingly well,” and for that we gave joyful thanks!

* 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, Joe Song (HKCC), Brynn Wildenauer and Bryce Wildenauer.


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

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




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Park Ridge, IL 60068
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