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The February Messenger Issue #572

Jan 29, 2016

The Messiah

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
At Messiah, the month of January is typically spent closing out the previous year and preparing for the many aspects of the Annual Report and Annual Meeting of the Congregation.
One of the more agonizing processes is the preparation of the budget. The priorities of our ministries should be reflected in our budget. One category of the budget is benevolence. Messiah has a history of generosity towards benevolence in the community, state, country and world. A reminder of this came in the mail just as I had already finished writing my newsletter article. But this is something that is worth replacing my other article (concerning breaking down the walls and letting Jesus pass among us).
On Wednesday January 27, we received a letter of thanks from LSSI for our support of the LSSI ministry over the years. “According to our records, your first congregational gift of $400.00 was given on 12/1/1975. Since then, Messiah Lutheran Church has made direct donations to LSSI that total $32,747.65.    
This is over and above the support LSSI receives from the three ELCA synods in Illinois. Thank you so much for your faithful generosity!”
This letter comes as we have just heard of the recently announced budget impasse in Springfield and its’ impact on LSSI staffing for programs around the state. Programs that are touching the lives and actively offering the love of God and the light of Christ to people who are often ‘the least among us’ and those whom are most in need.
Yes, we are Messiah Lutheran Church in Park Ridge and we may be small in numbers, but we are mighty in our support of ministries that touch people all around Illinois. Perhaps my original article theme still applies here – we are not limited to the walls of our campus, but we can break down the walls as we go out into the community, state, country and world proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God!
Your sister in Christ, Pastor Lynne


Carol was the core of our family. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, she will be missed by all. Compassionate and loving, she was always ready to help anyone. Her smile was contagious. Being around her was to be in a better place.
She is survived by Peter, her husband of 57 years, her children Mark (Judy), Eric (Vicki) and Julie Holzer (Paul), nine grandchildren, Darel, Aaron, Jesse (Jessica), Chad, Ember, Melissa, Lindsay, Philip & Aidan, and one great-grandchild Jaycee; her brother Donald E. Swanson (Beverly), brother-in-law Henry Olesen (Shari) and many nieces and nephews.
Carol graduated from Arlington High School (1955) and the Illinois Masonic Hospital School of Nursing (1958). A dedicated RN for more than 40 years, she was truly caring and loving. She found her calling in working with the residents of Clearbrook Commons for more than 15 years, including ten as Assistant Director of Nursing.
She leaves behind a wide group of family and friends that are better for having known her love. She leaves a space in our hearts that cannot be filled. A funeral service was held at Messiah in her honor on January 16.   


Emily (Chris) Jennie Baum, (nee Ryglewicz), of Park Ridge was born November 26, 1929 in Plainfield, N.J.; daughter of Andrew and Sophie Ryglewicz; she is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harold Baum (married May 2, 1953) and her children Jay (Georgia) Baum and Vikki (Robert) Hanson and grandchildren Jason and Andrew Baum and Robert Jr. and Jennifer Hanson and one great grandson, James Andrew Baum. In addition to her grandchildren, she was an 'honorary grandmother' to Tommy and Mikey Hanson.
A journalism graduate with honors from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and member of Kappa Tau Alpha; her career included jobs at weekly newspaper chains, including managing editor of the Lerner Newspapers Times Division and at Reed Elsiver Trade magazines. She was active in Communications and the Illinois Women’s Press Association. For many years she was active at St. Anselm’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, serving on the church governing board and as a Sunday school teacher.
She was a world traveler as she and Harold had visited every continent except Antarctica. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A funeral service was held at Messiah in her honor on January 22.

Highlights from the January 18 meeting include:
•   Approval of the 2016 Budget and 2016 initiatives.
•   ELCA Day of Service is 9/11.
•   Approval of IACA Use of Facilities requests.
•   Eagle Scout proposal was discussed.

“Have a Heart” Warmth! February has been designated “Gas Bill” month for special collections. To indicate your preference to contribute towards our gas bill, please write “GAS” on a pew envelope. Your gift will be applied directly to that particular account.

In the next few weeks I will be contacting all participants who took their SG surveys with a copy of their results to see how they have affected your lives. I will then schedule a Sunday after service for a discussion on your views. Anyone interested in taking the survey you can go to: www.healthierchurch.org/ (you will have to register to take the survey). Any question feel free to e-mail me at tedybears1@yahoo.com or call me at home at 847-923-3025

To “share the love” in February we’ll be assembling quilts for Lutheran World Relief on Sunday, February 28th following worship service in the Friendship Place. Snacks – and good fellowship – will be provided. Please consider joining us – no sewing experience necessary! We’re also in the process of starting our collection of items for Personal Care Kits. Watch for a “Towel Sale” coming up in February after services where a donation of just $3.00 will purchase a towel for a kit. If you prefer to shop yourself, towels need to be bath towel size – darker colors are preferred. Bring in your purchases and place in the designated bin in the Friendship Place (hint – Walmart has bath towels for approximately $3.00 – including tax). We’re aiming for 100 kits again this year. We’ll start collecting for the rest of the items in the kits soon. Hope to see you February 28th! For additional information and to volunteer, contact Carol Hrodey at 847-828-7819 or cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net.

In 2015, Messiah spent $805 on the monthly envelopes mailings (including postage). We have 87 households who receive these mailings, so the average cost per household for the envelopes is $9.25 per year. Many thanks to those who contribute to the “Initial Offering” to offset this cost each year.

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

February 7 during worship
All current Scouts are invited to attend this service. You may be a Cub Scout, Brownie, Boy Scout, Girl Scout, or Indian Scout – all are welcome. If you are a former Scout, bring along a memorabilia or your favorite memory to share with the current Scouts.

Feb 7 after worship We will have King Cake at coffee hour – come see if you get Baby Jesus! We will also burn palms for Ash Wednesday, and celebrate the last Sunday before Lent.

Messiah CCC will be holding its annual “Be My Valentine” Pizza Dinner and Valentine Making Party/Open House on Thursday, February 11th. The pizza party will be from 5:45-6:30pm (reservations and pre-payment may be made by in the CCC Office). The Open House will be from 6:15-7:30pm and is open to current families as well as families interested in registering for the summer and school year programs. Guests may visit classrooms, meet staff, pick up registration materials and participate in Valentine activities and projects.
Spotlight Youth Theater Presents:

Feb. 12-21 at Prairie Lakes Theater in Des Plaines
For tix: 847-516-2298/www.spotlight.org
GREAT FUN for the whole family on Valentine’s Day! These shows always sell out, get your tickets today!

ALSO! A Special Night for Special Friends! SYT invites individuals with Special Needs and their Families to be a guest at the final dress rehearsal on Wed. Feb 10 at 6:30 pm. This show is FREE and ends around 8:30 (it’s okay if you don’t stay the whole time!) Call Elizabeth at 847-962-9348 or email nwcook@spotlight.org to reserve tickets.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Feb 13th 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, February 28th following worship. Lunch will be provided, please let Carol Hrodey know if you are coming so she can plan food!


Community Egg Hunt, March 19
Holy Week, March 20-27


Feb 7   Transfiguration Sunday
1st Lesson: Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm: Psalm 99
2nd Lesson: 2 Cor 3:12--4:2
Gospel: Luke 9:28-43a   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: Meaning of Service #5: Giving Your Gifts Away

Feb 10   Ash Wednesday
1st Lesson: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm: Psalm 51:1-17
2nd Lesson: 2 Cor 5:20b--6:10
Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21      

Feb 14   1st Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm: Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
2nd Lesson: Romans 10:8b-13
Gospel: Luke 4:1-13   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: Meaning of Service #6:Living in Love

Feb 21   2nd Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Gen 15:1-12, 17-18
Psalm: Psalm 27
2nd Lesson: Philippians 3:17--4:1
Gospel: Luke 13:31-35   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: Video and Discussion

Feb 28   3rd Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 55:1-9
Psalm: Psalm 63:1-8
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: Building the Church #1: Who will be our Guide?

February 10
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday services at
9:15 AM and 7:00 PM.
Please note that the early service will be DURING our Child Care Chapel time, and we will be offering imposition of ashes to children as well as adults.    

As we did last year, we meet at Messiah each Wednesday beginning Feb. 17 to travel to other places of worship. Details of our Wednesday pilgrimages will be available at worship the Sunday prior.



Feb 7   Feb 10   Feb 14   Feb 21   Feb 28
   10:15am   7:00pm   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Ralphie L   NA   Nikolaus R   Caitlin L   Evelyn A
Comm. Asst.   Tess L   NA   Larry R   Rich L   Aly A
Readers   Erik G   Rhonda C   Dottie B   Rhonda C   Arden S
Asst. Min.   Karen B   Rhonda C   Trygve J   Diane B   Vikki H
Projection   Jim H   NA   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Scouts   Steve Y   Rich L,
Helen L   Rich L,
Helen L   Rich L,
Helen L
Altar Guild   Marilynn D   NA   Marilynn D   Cindy N   Cindy N
Counters   Paul H   NA   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H

New Worship Assistants’ Process
Those people who are responsible for scheduling our worship “staff” will be contacting volunteers by the 15th of the month, and will work out and finalize the schedule via email before sending the list to the office for publishing in the newsletter on the 20th. They will also make sure that everyone receives the email and responds, even if that means a follow-up phone call.

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.

Feb 7   In honor of Ruth Perzenka’s birthday by Trudi and Jim Handzel.   Available.
Jan 17   No flowers will be on the altar during Lent   

By Les and Nancy Herak in honor of their granddaughter Ava’s 2nd birthday.
Jan 24      Available.
Jan 31      Available.

Please feel free to stop by and sign up to honor or memorialize a loved one.

CALENDAR: February 2016 - See Website

2015 Year End Giving Statements were made available at the end of January in the Narthex by the mailboxes. If you have not been able to pick yours up, please contact the office and we will mail it out. If you need a correction made to your statement, please call the office as soon as possible – we will be closing out the financial year 2015 by Feb 10!
for Sale! $9 & $13
Orders due by March 14
Look for order forms in Sunday bulletins beginning February 14 or
call the office to place an order.
This year’s flowers will be lilies, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, azaleas and chrysanthemums.

Effie Laster
We received word that long-time member Effie Laster passed away on January 2nd. Her son Gene called to let us know. Please keep the Laster family in your prayers at this time.

You are invited to take part in
New Questions for a New Day Workshop,
with Jeffrey D. Jones, author of
Facing Decline, Finding Hope:
New Possibilities for Faithful Churches
February 27, 2016,
9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Gather at 8:30 a.m.)
Joint Workshop for Clergy and
Congregational Leaders
Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016
$50/person or $120 for a group of three,
includes lunch
Please let Jennifer know by
Friday February 19 of your participation.

Our next meeting of the Messiah Book Club is March 31 at 7pm. The book we have selected is The Good Goodbye, by Carla Buckley.

Messiah will again this year participate in the EcoPalms program for our Palm Sunday greenery! The University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) is working together with the Rainforest Alliance TREES program and Smartwood to certify palms harvested from the forests of Mexico and Guatemala for sale to Christian congregations in the United States and Europe.
The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NACEC) provided the initial financial support enabling CINRAM to start the project. Today, partnerships with wholesaler Continental Floral Greens and distributor Hermes Floral have enabled Eco-Palms to be distributed throughout the United States for Palm Sunday. In addition, partnerships with faith-based organizations such as Lutheran World Relief (LWR), United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the Presbyterian Church of the United States (PCUSA) have helped expand awareness of the Eco-Palms program.
Think about this wonderful program as you wave your beautiful palm fronds on Sunday morning!

“Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.”
--ELW 803, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Isaac Watts, 1707
In one of the most beloved hymns, Isaac Watts beautifully describes our lives as Christians. Rather than giving something up for Lent, why not add an act of service? We invite you to join the Gloria Dei “40 Day” Choir for Lent and Easter. The “40 Day Choir” is a great way to experience leading worship through singing, and there is no obligation past Easter. Please join us beginning Tuesday, February 16, at 7:30p in the Multi-purpose room, as we serve God in song throughout Lent and Easter!

Calling Musicians! Please contact Sue Fox if you have a love of God and a love of music! No prior experience necessary, just a desire to share in leading worship.

If you have a child who is the right age for First Communion, contact Pastor Lynne to get enrolled in the class asap. Class days and times will be determined when we know who is coming!. First Communion with your child will be celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as “Bright Sunday,” April 3rd at 10:15 am.

Sunday, Feb. 7th
following the worship service

Remember to show your support for this annual food and funds drive by our Youth Group. All monies collected go to the Maine Township Food Pantry. Drop your cash in the soup pot, or add your canned goods to the Wall of Food … every little bit helps fight hunger in our community!

Jean Reeve, 2/3
Sarah Litwin, 2/8
William Norberg, 2/9
Jaxon Winiarski, 2/11
Bob Hanson, 2/16
Linka Jones, 2/17
Lisa Saul, 2/18
Timothy Saul, 2/18
Nikolaus Ryczek, 2/19
Sarah Nugnis, 2/24
Rosemary Paulus, 2/26
Audrey Krell, 2/27

Dave and Connie Kaufman – 2/28/1976, 40 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:    *
Secretary:    Debbie Sasak
Treasurer:    Larry Ryczek
Financial Sec.:    Paul Holzer

Chair:         To be determined
Members:   Erik Grove, Tim Saul, Mark Dupke, Pat Kovach, Cindy Norberg

Floyd Yager and Jennie Read Robles   

Assistance Ministry:   Connie Kaufman
Altar Guild:   Sue Kopij,
Cindy Norberg
Brotherhood:      Rich Seggeling
CHAT Room:   David Swanson,
Steve Yager
Cross+Gen:       Julie Luck Jensen
Confirmation/Youth:    Floyd & Kristin Yager,
Debbie Sasak
Memorials:   Carol Hrodey
Women’s Service Group: Trudi Handzel,
Carol Hrodey
Spiritual Gifts Coordinator: Steve Yager
Worship Assistants:    David Swanson
Worship Readers:    Rich Levy
Ushers:       Steve Yager
John 17 Fellowship:    Anne & Mark Wiberg
Prayer Cards:       Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry:    Anne & Mark Wiberg, John Wiberg

MEMORIAL REPORT as of January 28, 2016
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 Ardene Ejnik by Joyce Hilgert and Darlene Flanigan

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
I was given to believe based on some things that I read that this would be a family film. For the most part, it is – the themes are simple enough, and it isn’t too violent or scary. But there are several instances of language (highly appropriate, given the situation) that make this movie inappropriate for younger audiences. The PG-13 rating is spot on.
Given that, I did seriously enjoy this movie. I love Matt Damon – this guy is one of the best there is as playing an every-day man that you can relate to while also being (literally) the smartest man on the planet (e.g., math-genius/ janitor Will Hunting).
What makes this film great are the performances, not only by Damon, but also by the top notch supporting players. This was not a one-person tour de force the way Tom Hank’s Cast Away was. It’s an ensemble piece, more like Apollo 13 in its storyline – people working together to help fix a problem millions of miles away.
Also contributing is the wry humor and tongue-in-cheek feel of the film. It feels more like a celebration of life than a million-miles-away space oddity. Jessica’s comment was that she liked the main character, “because he was so funny.” And that sums up the definition of the right kind of human spirit … faced with a seemingly insurmountable problem, Watney puts his shoulder down and tackles it with smarts and humor.
I do recommend this movie for adults and older families. I am sure in a few years an edited version will be available on regular cable with the offending dialog dubbed out, and maybe younger families can watch it together then.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Diane S. Connie Kaufman, Jeanne Dumerer, Ralph E, Larry E, Laura Soto, Ruth Perzentka, Tom Jason, Irene Luck, Fred D, Bob Bisgard, Debbie P, Boyer Family, Joe W., Roberto, Donna Hanson, Lippert Family, Penumaka Family, Lytle Thompson, Dottie Burger, Joanne Trestrail, Barb Loverme, Carol Hrodey, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, Rosalie Lucarelli, Rick (Ralph & Kathy E’s Grandson), Roger Jones, , Kevin P., The Hauser Family, Victoria Candiotti, Sarah Fiore, Richard Levy, Mark Higgins, Cindy Norberg, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, George and Audrey Krell, those living with cancer, those living with mental illness.*   

The Lippert Family said thank you for your continued prayers and support.
We joyfully reported healing for Don Kovach, who is cancer free! Also, Rev. Phil Knutson, visited us in December, and he said “thank you for your support of God’s mission in South Africa.”
Joy was found in an overheard conversation between a Child Care Center mom talking to her small children outside the church office. Mom explained to the children about buying a gift for one of the tags left on the LSSI tree, and wouldn’t that be a nice thing to do? The children agreed, and the tag was taken.
* 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!

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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