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The Messiah Messenger > The December Messenger Issue #570
The December Messenger Issue #570

Nov 30, 2015

Christmas Services
Sunday, Dec. 20 @ 10:15am
Mary and Joseph
Baby Shower

Thur., Dec. 24 @ 4:00pm
Family Christmas Eve

Thur., Dec. 24 @ 10:15pm
Candle Light
Christmas Eve

Fri., Dec. 25 @ 10:15am
Christmas Day Service

Sunday, Dec. 27 @ 10:15am
Hymn Fest

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The month of December mimics the seasons of life ... we spend the first three weeks of the month preparing and waiting for Emmanuel, Word of God Incarnate, Holy One of Israel ... and then the last week celebrating the arrival of Jesus the Christ child.
It is in the preparation and waiting that we are given the opportunity to reflect prayerfully about how Jesus arrival here on earth has made a difference in our lives. As stated in the beautiful song "Mary Did You Know":
"This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you."
We are waiting and preparing in many ways here at Messiah Lutheran Church + Child Care Center. With our ecumenical partners, we will offer an Advent Retreat at St. Isaac Jogues. There will be a Cross+Generational Advent Event while we decorate the church, the CCC children will perform holiday dance programs and sing Christmas songs, make Gingerbread Houses, gifts will be purchased and wrapped for families in need, gloves, hats, and scarves will be hung on our Giving Tree and we will prepare for the arrival of the Christ child with a Baby Shower to benefit local organizations.

May this season of preparation and waiting bring you hope. May the arrival of the Christ child bring you peace and joy ... all the year through.

We’ll gather in the Friendship Place for one last quilt session in 2015 (with “festive” snacks!) on Sunday, December 20th following the worship service. We’ve gotten off to a good start for next year’s quilts so let’s keep it going. We appreciate everyone’s participation and support over this past year – it takes a team! And remember – no sewing experience necessary! Join us in assembling quilts – along with good fellowship and “festive” snacks! In January we are planning a quilt & lunch event to kick off 2016! For additional information and to volunteer, contact Carol at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or 847-828-7819.   50/50
Thanks to all who participated in our Fall Raffle! We awarded $1,000 in prize money. The results were as follows:
First Prize - $500 Bill and Cindy Norberg
Second Prize - $300 Bertha Beathey (friend of Paul Holzer's at Shure)
Third Prize - $200 Bob Bisgard

No information was available about the November EC meeting.

October Attendance
Wk1=49, Wk2=46, Wk3=50, Wk4=51
*82 individuals worshiped in October (attending between 1 and 4 times)

October Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$2210, Wk2=$2812, Wk3=$1366, Wk4=$1467

Please note … The Attendance and Giving reports will always be one month behind, because the Messenger is created and printed in the last week of the month. So at the printing for the December newsletter, for example, the November numbers are not yet available. Hence the October report. This will always be the case.

The next meeting is Wednesday, Dec 2 at 7pm. 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. 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.

We would like to know if you want to continue receiving envelopes in the mail. If you don’t use them, or would rather be enrolled in our Simply Giving automatic giving program, please contact the office. Each monthly packet of envelopes costs money, and we’d like to tighten up our expenditure on this. If you have college students or adult children who are still receiving envelopes, and don’t use them, please let us know that as well. Thank you!
We have improved the way we schedule our Worship Assistants – readers, acolytes, assisting ministers, and all others who participate as worship leaders each Sunday. Our hope is to clarify who is doing what and when!
Those people who are responsible for scheduling our worship “staff” will be contacting volunteers earlier in the month, and will work out and finalize the schedule via email before sending the list to the office for publishing in the newsletter. They will also make sure that everyone receives the email and responds, even if that means a follow-up phone call.
With the schedule coming in earlier to the church office, and people being confirmed for their dates, the office will be able to mail out the reminder postcards well before the end of the month.
If you have any questions about this new process, please feel free to contact the office.

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

Saturday, December 5
8:30am to 12pm
St. Isaac Jogues Church
8149 Golf in Niles
The people of Messiah are invited to participate in an Advent morning of fellowship, discussion, and reflection, planned and lead by Rev. Andrew Luczak, Rev. Lynne Morrow. and Rev. Mark Wiberg. As we prepare the way of the Lord, we gather as Christians to learn, share, and celebrate our faith in love for the Word made flesh, as well as some of our special advent traditions and guides. Messiah participants will be joined by others from our John 17 Fellowship at Holy Trinity, Glenview and St. Isaac Jogues, Niles. A good turn-out from Messiah people is important and encouraged. For more information, or to indicate that you will attend, please contact Steve Yager, 847-923-3025; Pat Fragale 847-698-6270; or Anne or Mark Wiberg 847-806-0952.

Saturday, December 5 at 4 PM
We will be “Hanging the Greens.” We will decorate, do a Cross+Gen activity, have light refreshments and prepare for the arrival of Jesus.

Saturday Dec 5
Buy a unique ceramic bowl from Oakton Community College’s renowned Pottery Department, and share a bowl of soup with hundreds of others from the community. Proceeds go to fight hunger in Maine Township and our surrounding area. Since 2004, this has raised over $200,000 for local food charities! Several Messiah members have enjoyed this program over the last decade. Make this your year!

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Dec 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 – Sunday, December 20th after worship

Annual Reports


Dec 6   Second Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm: Luke 1:68-79
2nd Lesson: Philippians 1:3-11
Gospel: Luke 3:1-6   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: My Faith #8:
What do I have to offer?

Dec 13   Third Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Zephaniah 3:14-20
Psalm: Isaiah 12:2-6
2nd Lesson: Philippians 4:4-7
Gospel: Luke 3:7-18   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: My Faith #9:
I believe

Sunday, Dec. 20 @ 10:15am   
Mary and Joseph Baby Shower
A fun way to celebrate the coming baby King! We are asking for donations of paper diapers and other baby products to be shared with families in need.
Thursday, Dec. 24 @ 4:00pm
Family Christmas Eve
Our extremely popular Family Service, with kid-friendly worship and a convenient start time.
Thursday, Dec. 24 @ 10:15pm
Candle Light Christmas Eve
Traditional late-night “Lessons and Carols” Christmas Eve service.
Friday, Dec. 25 @ 10:15am
Christmas Day Service
A celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Dec 27   First Sunday of Christmas
1st Lesson: 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Psalm: Psalm 148
2nd Lesson: Colossians 3:12-17
Gospel: Luke 2:41-52   
No CHAT Room or Conf Class

During the worship service on Sunday, December 20th we will host a “Baby Shower for Mary and Joseph.” Children can dress in their party clothes and bring donations of diapers or other baby products. Children will carry thier “gifts” and place them in front of the manger. Gifts will then be donated to local organizations that serve families in need. During the coffee hour following the service we will celebrate with punch and other shower treats. If you would like to donate some cookies or other treats for this event, please contact Julie Jensen.



Dec 6   Dec 13   Dec 20   Dec 24   Dec 24   Dec 25   Dec 27
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   4:00pm   10:15pm   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Caitlyn L   Evelyn A   Michael Y   *   Nikolaus R   Samantha F   Ralphie L
Communion Assistants   Rich L   Aly A   Floyd Y   *   Larry R   *   Teresa L
Readers   Rich L   Erik G   Rich L   Cindy N   Multiple   NA   Teresa L
Worship Assistants   Cindy N   Karen B   Vikki H   Diane B   Trygve J   Tait J   Pat K
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   NA   NA   NA   NA
Ushers   Debbie S,
Arden S   Debbie S,
Arden S   Connie K,
Dave K   *   *   Susan B   Teresa L
Haley L
Altar Guild   Cindy N   Sue K   Nancy H   Sue K   Sue K   Sue K   Nancy H
Counters   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   NA   NA   NA   Paul H

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 $30, 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.

Dec 6   In memory of Frank Luck’s birthday.   Available.
Dec 13   By Brad and Pat Kovach in memory of Joan Miller.   Available.
Dec 20   By Brad and Pat Kovach in memory of Harold Baum.   Available.
Dec. 24 & 25   Poinsettias will be on display on the altar for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services. Order forms are available in the Sunday bulletins, or contact the office directly.
Dec 27   Available.   Available.

CALENDAR: December (See Online Version)

Jazz Nativity
“Bending Towards the Light”
Saint Luke Church
1500 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
Saturday, December 12, @ 4pm
Free Admission
Church is wheelchair accessible, and free parking is available in the parking garage behind the church. Entrance is on Melrose Street. For more information, please contact Saint Luke Church at 773-472-3383
Poinsettias for Sale!
$12 each
Orders due by
Monday, December 14
Watch for order forms in the Sunday bulletins beginning November 29thor call the office to place an order.
We will be offering multicolored plants again this year … red, marble, white, and pink. You may select the color you want when you take the plant home on Christmas Eve/Day.

Budget Worksheets
Group leaders will receive a budget worksheet the first week of December. Please fill it out and return to Larry Ryczek by Dec 14 to assist in creating the 2016 budget.   

Manna Orders Due
Monday, November 30th and
Monday, December 14th.
Please submit check and order to Child Care Center.   

Bethlehem Walk
See the miraculous Christmas story come alive!
Saturday Dec 5 3-8 pm
Sunday Dec 6 3-7pm
St Andrews Lutheran Church
260 N Northwest Highway
Park Ridge
Reservations required

“He came down that we may have joy;
Hallelujah forevermore!”
ELW 253, Cameroon traditional
As December begins, we are already in the church season of Advent. It is the season of waiting, even longing, for the birth of the Savior. Advent hymns, similar to Lenten hymns, can be somber, almost melancholy, such as the words and music of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” or “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”. But Advent hymns can also contain the hope and anticipation of Jesus’ birth thru brighter words and music. They foreshadow the joy that we celebrate on Christmas and the days following it, when we sing our beloved Christmas hymns with gusto, rejoicing that Jesus is born for our salvation.
Not included in our hymnal is an additional verse to this hymn from Cameroon:
“He came down that we may have life;
Hallelujah forevermore!”
We agree with this statement of faith, and can confidently proclaim thru Advent: “Hallelujah indeed!”
~ Sue Fox
Please note: there will be no choir rehearsal on Tuesday, Dec. 29th.   

Nov. 29 -Dec. 13
Christmas Giving Trees are UP!
LSSI’s “Visits for Kids” gift tags are 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. MOST TAGS are for clothing items … if you’d like to also purchase a small toy to go with the clothes, you are welcome to. Contact Moni Ryczeck with questions about gifts at 847-692-6972.
We are also collecting hats, gloves, and scarves for The Night Ministry serving the homeless of Chicagoland. We are looking for mostly adult items, and asking that they be NEW, STURDY, WINTER ITEMS, rather than “magic gloves” which are very thin. SOCKS are also much needed.

“I am sending my last deposit to Elkhart and our total for the 2015 Walk is $36,022. That is our highest total! We also increased our on-line donations to.....$13,131. We will still receive a few matching gifts totaling $100. We had 225 walkers and 49 volunteers. Carol estimated that we donated about 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food at the walk. She picked the food up for the pantry on Monday (day after the walk) and it had mostly been distributed 4 days later on Friday.
Thanks to all of you who support this project year after year. Our work is paying off!”

Thanks again to those who donated their time and money to this annual event.

Larry Dumerer, 12/1
Melissa Holzer, 12/1
Millie Anderson, 12/5
Rhonda Cady, 12/5
Dorothy Pollack, 12/6
Jennifer Hanson, 12/10
Aidan Loverme, 12/14
David Jensen, 12/18
Bobby Hanson, 12/19
Marlyn Wenn, 12/22
Neena Penumaka, 12/23
Andrew Travis, 12/24
Laura Olson, 12/27
Marcella Larson, 12/28
Laura Hauser, 12/31   

None in December
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
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 November 25, 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

Life always seems complicated for good ol' Charlie Brown, the boy who always tries his best against seemingly impossible odds. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown develops a crush on her. Meanwhile, his best friend Snoopy embarks on an epic adventure in a fantasy world. As a World War I flying ace, the lovable beagle pursues his nemesis, the Red Baron, while also trying to win the heart of a beautiful poodle named Fifi.
I wasn’t sure at first, but now I am so very, very glad that Blue Sky decided to make this film. I am not well versed in the technology needed to create this perfect hybrid blend of softly textured 3D and warmly crafted hand-drawn characters, but it is perfect. You get the classic, imminently decipherable sketched facial expressions from these well-known characters, while at the same time details are added to make them even more    lovable. The best example is the light suggestion of fur on Snoopy and feathers on Woodstock, without taking over the specific look we expect from Charles Schultz’s original designs. The artists even used hand-drawn originals throughout the film to flash back in reference to other films and shows.
And then there’s the story … beautiful, charming, and completely identifiable. Your heart breaks for Charlie Brown, who just wants to be accepted, but somehow always seems to make the wrong choices. But he makes them from the heart, and in the end it all pays off for him. (And funny … I laughed through this WHOLE FILM. I haven’t done that since Kung Fu Panda.)
I think the most important thing was that every character acted exactly as I expected them to, only on a bigger scale. They had a whole movie to be themselves in, and they filled it to the brim, and it was a GOOD thing.
I highly recommend this movie for everyone. I went with my mom and my daughter, and all three generations loved every second of it. The combination of gorgeous animation and emotional impact makes this a don’t miss film.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Bob Bisgard, 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), Roger Jones, Dumerer Family, Kevin P., Tom & Ruth Perzentka, The Hauser Family, Tom Jason, Victoria Candiotti, Sarah Fiore, Richard Levy, Mark Higgins, Cindy Norberg, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, George and Audrey Krell, those living with cancer.*   
* We understand that some prayer requests are short term for specific events, while others find ongoing prayers to be powerful.

In September we celebrated our INTERNATIONAL impact as we not only blessed and enjoyed the beautiful quilts and helpful kits that go all around the world to bring help and comfort to those who need them, but ALSO we celebrated Flat Jesus, who traveled all last summer with us to places in the US and abroad!

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, Paul Song (HKCC), Brynn Wildenauer and Bryce Wildenauer.


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

Eva Thoren has moved.
No new address is available for her at this time.

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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