The Messiah Messenger > The March Messenger Issue #573
The March Messenger Issue #573

Feb 29, 2016


Messiah family of faith –

We have received an invitation to join the ELCA World Hunger 40 Days of Giving.
With your help, ELCA World Hunger has worked on hunger issues for more than 40 years, and together, we have made an incredible worldwide impact. However, the rate of global progress against hunger is slowing in many of the world’s poorest communities. And here in the United States, many Americans have been forced to choose between paying for food and other basic necessities. We must not lose ground. There is more work to do here at home and around the world.
This Lent, we have the opportunity to reverse this trend. ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving is our time to give more – spiritually, intellectually and financially – as we live out God’s call to love and serve our neighbors. With a goal of $2 million by Easter Sunday, March 27, this initiative will enable crucial work to get underway and kick-start ELCA World Hunger’s year-of-emphasis as part of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA.
The Campaign for the ELCA is the first-ever comprehensive campaign for the ELCA. Through the campaign, we will help grow our communities of faith, form new leaders, welcome our neighbors, overcome malaria, confront hunger and poverty, accompany our global companion churches and so much more.
Our congregation is joining in this churchwide effort. The Chat Room committed to collecting $1 a day for each day of Lent. We hope you will join us! One dollar, one person, one day … we can all make a difference in eliminating World Hunger!

Your sister in Christ,
Pastor Lynne

On Tuesday, March 8, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will be joining millions around the world to celebrate International Women's Day and the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
We celebrate this day knowing that the work toward gender equality still remains. Through ELCA Global Church Sponsorship’s International Women Leaders initiative, we are boldly investing in the education and future of women. Women in countries like Malaysia, Suriname and Mexico have been called to lives of ministry and leadership. Through this initiative more than 200 women from ELCA global companion churches will receive scholarships and education opportunities. Together, we can help them respond to God’s call with a resounding “Yes!”
Please join ELCA members across this church in celebrating and supporting our sisters across the globe on March 8, International Women’s Day.    

Highlights from the February 15 meeting include:
• Welcomed Trygve Jensen as vice president
• Established the 2016 calendar of EC meetings, retreats, training, and congregational meetings
• Reviewed pending service contracts - HVAC and landscaping
• Discussed fundraising activities for 2016 - new ideas and more events
• Received feedback on the progress of the parsonage usage committee - several options are being actively pursued

January Attendance
Wk1=38, Wk2=33, Wk3=33, Wk4=52, Wk5=57
*72 individuals worshiped in January, attending between 1 and 5 times.

January Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$1749, Wk2=$3335, Wk3=$768, Wk4=$1270, Wk5=997

“Spring Cleaning!”
March has been designated “Janitorial Service” month for special collections. To indicate your preference to contribute towards our gas bill, please write “CLEAN” on a pew envelope. Your gift will be applied directly to that particular account.

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

Saturday, March 12th
7:30AM at Park Ridge Country Club
Individual tickets are $30 each. The keynote speaker will be Patrick McCaskey, senior director of Special Projects for the Chicago Bears. Please speak to Rich Seggeling (847)975-3610 by March 2 to get your tickets for this annual event. This will take the place of the March Brotherhood Breakfast.

The congregation is invited to the annual Cub Scout Pack 105 Blue and Gold Award Ceremony, Sunday March 13 @ 4:30 PM. Each year, leadership awards all the Scouts for their achievements through a ceremony related to the story of the Jungle Book. Webelos earning their Arrow of Light (the highest honor in Cub Scouts) and those Scouts crossing over to Boy Scouts are recognized by a special ceremony conducted by the Order of the Arrow. (The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Honor Society of youth and adults)
Come and join us for an hour of entertainment and wish our graduating Scouts the best. We congratulate the Scout class of 2016, and wish them a successful Boy Scouting career.   

Saturday, March 19
@ 10 AM

Messiah will again be hosting a community-wide Easter Egg Hunt – this is a great event to welcome our community to our campus! We can always use helpers for the Hunt itself, since we usually draw between 50 and 70 kids. As usual we are looking for donations of plastic eggs, as well as small trinkets, stickers and candy to fill the eggs. Suggested types of candy include Starbursts, Mini Tootsie Rolls, Skittles, etc. All candy must be wrapped, and hard candy is discouraged as a choking hazard. Drop donations in the Easter basket in the Welcome Center during Lent!

Sunday, 3/13 at 9am

Worship Assistants, Readers, Altar Guild, and anyone else involved in supporting worship for Holy Week, please attend this planning/practice meeting!

MARCH 20 AT 10:15 AM
Worship begins with the congregation entering the sanctuary waving palm branches and singing.
Communion service including the washing of feet, celebration of the Last Supper, and stripping of the altar.
10am – Family Service
The message of Good Friday for all ages.
7pm – The Passion According to John A service of dramatic reading and darkness.
MARCH 27 AT 10:15AM
Celebrating the risen Christ!
Easter Breakfast at 8:30 am
Children’s Egg Hunt at 9:45 am
Worship Service at 10:15 am    

Thursday, March 31
at 7pm
We will discuss the book “The Good Goodbye” by Carla Buckley. Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading. If anyone has any questions please contact Rich Levy at (847) 698-5838.

Quilts ‘n Kits – We won't be meeting in March to assemble quilts but we continue to focus on collecting items for the Personal Care Kits: bath towels, bars of soap (full size), sturdy combs, toothbrushes and nail clippers. If you don't feel like shopping donations are appreciated to purchase the items (which we can buy in bulk). Designate donations for Messiah Lutheran Church Women or LWR Quilt & Kit Ministry and place in offering plate or give to the church office. Wishing everyone a blessed Easter!

Bright Sunday/1st Communion, 4/3
Youth Open Mic Night, 4/8
PMRA Day of Service 4/24

March 6 Fourth Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Joshua 5:9-12
Psalm: Psalm 32
2nd Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: Building the Church: Do You Love Me?

March 13 Fifth Sunday in Lent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm: Psalm 126
2nd Lesson: Philippians 3:4b-14
Gospel: John 12:1-8   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians
CONF: Building the Church: Change of Heart

March 20 Palm Sunday
1st Lesson: Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm: Psalm 31:9–16
2nd Lesson: Philippians 2:5–11
Gospel: Luke 19:28-40   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: No class

March 24 Maundy Thursday
1st Lesson: Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm: Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 11:23–26
Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35   
March 25 Good Friday
The Passion of John:
John 18:1—19:42
March 27   Easter Sunday
1st Lesson: Acts 10:34-43
Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Gospel: Luke 24:1-12

Easter Breakfast @ 8:30 AM!
Sunday School Egg Hunt at 9:45 AM!   

Sunday, March 6 during Worship We will officially install members of our Executive Committee and Child Care Board on this day.   


March 6   March 13   March 20   March 24   March 25   March 27
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   7:00pm   7:00pm   10:15am
Acolytes   Michael Y   Caitlin L   Nikolaus R   TBD   Samantha   Ralphie L,
Evelyn A
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   Rich L   Larry R   TBD   Julia F   Tess L,
Aly A
Readers   Cindy N   Dina S   Rich L   Diane B   Anne & Mark W, Rhonda C, Andy T
Tess L, Steve Y, Marilynn D,
Debbie D   Dave H
Worship Assistants   Pat K   Rich L   Rhonda C   Diane B   Cindy N   David S
Projection   NA   NA   NA   NA   NA   Jim H
Ushers   Debbie D, Jackie S,
Susan B   Jackie S,
Susan B   Jackie S,
Susan B   Marilynn D   Marilynn D   Jackie S,
Susan B
Altar Guild   Sue K   Cindy N   Sue K         Diane B
Counter   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   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 $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.
Mar 6   No flowers during Lent.   In honor of her mom’s 100th birthday by Diane Wilson.
Mar 13   No flowers during Lent.   In memory of Aunt Dorothy and Uncle George by the Hauser Family.
Mar 20   Palms for Palm Sunday   Available.
Mar 27   Special Easter Garden Flowers – See bulletin insert for dedications   Available.

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

CALENDAR: March 2016
See online calendar


New Moms, Inc. Email
“Just this weekend one of our staff was out shopping and ran into a young mom, Janice, who was a former resident at New Moms along with her son JoJo. Janice was excited to catch up with our staff and shared that JoJo is now four years old, in school and loving it! Before they parted she said,
'Make sure to tell everyone I have my own apartment and a job!'
This is why New Moms exists. A community of support that can love and empower a young mom as she takes steps on the pathway out of poverty turns into 2 generations being transformed. Education, stable housing, and secure employment = a future filled with hope!”
Messiah’s Baby Shower Items from Christmas were donated to New Moms, Inc., this year. Thank you for your support of this program!   

EASTER GARDEN FLOWERS for Sale! $9 & $13
Orders due by March 14 Look for order forms in Sunday bulletins or call the office to place an order. This year’s flowers will be lilies, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, azaleas and chrysanthemums.
Palm Sunday Pot Luck?

Ideas have been passed around for a Palm Sunday Pot Luck Luncheon in lieu of a Seder Dinner. Anyone interested in coordinating this event should please contact the office as soon as possible. Thanks!

Substitute Secretary Needed
March 28-April 1
We are looking for someone to cover for our Office Administrator while she is on vacation.
This is a paid position, and hours are Monday-Friday from 9-1pm. Please contact the office if you are available and interested.   

Water Cooler Needs a new home Make an offer to Dave Hanson!

Dear Friends in Christ -
Recently I was invited to attend the church assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) in Okahandja 70 km north of Windhoek. The area is looking green now however the country is still facing food shortages due to the ongoing drought and will need to import maize to boost food supplies …
To read Rev. Philip Knutson’s complete letter, please visit
Thank you for your participation in God’s mission locally and globally and your prayers and support through the ELCA Global Church Missionary Sponsorship program.
Yours faithfully,
Philip Knutson Rev. Dr.
ELCA Global Mission
Regional Representative – Southern Africa
What is the function of the prelude before worship? Rev. Spencer Aalsburg of the United Reformed Churches of America wrote a wonderful definition: “The prelude is a time to sit and meditate on what’s about to take place in the worship of God, and we prepare for what is going to be the most important hour and a half of the week. It’s going to involve some preparation.…When there’s something you love and want to set your heart on, you plan.…So, no, this isn’t a time of elevator music, but it’s a work of preparing, meditating on what’s going to happen…This is the time to prepare yourself to meet with the living God who made heaven and earth—this thrice-holy God who has revealed himself in his Word.”
The prelude is not a performance nor background music, but a musical offering reflecting the theme of the season, theme of the day, or an arrangement of a hymn to be sung. During this season of Lent, as we remember God’s amazing grace and love, we can use the prelude as a time for prayer and meditation, as God speaks to us, and we respond thru worship.

Please Note: There is no choir rehearsal on Tuesday, March 29.


Join us for a new fundraiser for the Maine Township Food Pantry and a night of fun! It’ll feature many talented acts, including Live Music, Comedy, Skits, and more!
Friday, April 8 7-11pm
Entry cost is only $6
Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase
To register your talent act
(to perform in the show) go to
and fill out the online form.
Contact with questions.   

Friday, March 18th
Middle and high school youth - please join us at 6pm on Friday, March 18th in the Multipurpose Room for fellowship and to fill eggs for the Messiah Community Egg Hunt. Dinner will be provided. Come early, or later - there are lots of eggs to fill. It's fun, it's fast, help us get 1,000's of eggs filled. Donations of stickers or small non-chocolate candies are also welcome.
FYI – This Egg Stuffing Party may turn into a Cross+Gen event, featuring fun, food, and games. Please watch the weekly bulletins for details.

Friday, April 29 at 6pm – 9pm
Chaperones and drivers needed. More info in the April Messenger.   

Marilyn Borgeson, 3/6
Kim Hanson, 3/8
Julie Holzer, 3/10
Emma Penumaka, 3/12
Samantha Fogel, 3/15
Deborah Chervinko, 3/16
Annabelle Grove, 3/18
Zachary Loverme, 3/20
Nicholas Boomer, 3/21
Dina Salemi, 3/22    
Mark Wiberg, 3/23
Kristin Yager, 3/24
William Downie, 3/28
Alan Christiansen, 3/29

Jim and Trudi Handzel – 3/8/86, 30 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:    Trygve Jensen
Secretary:    Debbie Sasak
Treasurer:    Larry Ryczek
Financial Sec.:    Paul Holzer

Chair:         Mark Dupke
Secretary:   Cindy Norberg
Treasurer:   Erik Grove
Members:   Tim Saul, Pat Kovach,

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
In Memory Of:
Ardene Ejnik: Shirley & Kenneth Oscarson, Marlin & Donnalee Wilken, Stephen & Christine Heller, Judth Wilkes, Diane Rizzuto & Karen Skwiercznski, David Swanson   
Carol Olesen: Yager Family, David Swanson
Chris Baum: Harold Baum, Yager Family, David Swanson
Tom Perzentka: David Swanson

Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.
This third installment of the Kung Fu Panda series is by far the most enjoyable yet. Po’s family story, which was covered in the second movie, gets much of the attention in this film, as Po struggles to come to terms with who he is, and where he belongs. How can he be the Dragon Warrior – something he’s worked very hard and risked very much to attain – if he doesn’t fit in either with his adopted family in the Valley, or in the colony of pandas in the Mountains?
Many important themes are lifted up for consideration in this film, all of which are handled lovingly with humor and compassion.
Po’s adopted father feels threatened by the new dad who has come to take his “baby” away. Li (Po’s panda-dad) is afraid of losing his child again. Po doesn’t think he can be the teacher that Master Shifu wants him to be – it is something new to learn, when he was just getting comfortable with mastering what he already knew. Set to a backdrop of SERIOUSLY the most gorgeous, artistic animation I have EVER SEEN, it makes for a wonderful movie experience.
The highlight of the film is the art of the animation. This movie does for light what Frozen did for ice. Stunning, absolutely stunning, to the point that it made me cry with how beautiful it was. GO.SEE.IT.
Another plus is that while the bad guy is of course bad, he is not a scary as the previous two films, making this more appropriate for much younger children. There are so many fun baby pandas, and slapstick jokes, and unadulterated JOY in the experiences of the pandas that I highly recommend it for all ages. See it on the big screen if you can-it’s worth it.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Duecker Family, Carol Hrodey, Dottie Burger, Lytle Thompson, Connie Kaufman, Jeanne Dumerer, Larry E, Laura Soto, Ruth Perzentka, Tom Jason, Irene Luck, Fred D, Bob Bisgard, Boyer Family, Joe W., Roberto, Donna Hanson, Lippert Family, Penumaka Family, Joanne Trestrail, Barb Loverme, 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.*   
Congratulations to Bob Hanson on his retirement from the Park Ridge Police Department after 3 decades of service. Thank you for serving the Park Ridge community, Bob!
Joyful news from the Ruterschmidt family, who shares that Eva can resume all her “normal” activities as her heart following surgery has healed perfectly. Praise be to God!
And Larry Ryczek gave thanks for answered prayer in the news of Nizzy’s cancer being in remission, and also for Katrina’s pregnancy!
* 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!

Millie Anderson
new phone #

Paula DiVita
1446 Ridge Drive, Sycamore, IL 60178
H 815-991-9349
C 847-987-0089.

1605 Vernon Avenue

Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Phone: (847) 823-6984
Fax: (847) 823-6996
Child Care Center Phone: (847) 825-3767
Child Care Email:




1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
p 847.823.6984           f 847.823.6996