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The April Messenger Issue #574
The April Messenger Issue #574
Mar 25, 2016
The Messiah MESSENGER
FROM THE PASTOR
Dear faithful sisters and brothers of Messiah,
Alleluia! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
Since Easter was so early this year, it may not ‘feel’ like Easter in the dreary chilly weather yet. However, have you noticed the little green sprouts that are popping up in the dead bushes and brown grass? Signs of life coming through in unexpected places… little purple petals peeking out against the dark barren soil … laughter among patients in the chemo suite as they hope for healing … the comfort of a life -giving hug when we lose someone whom we love…
You see, we are people of the Cross – we follow Christ and find hope in the dark places.. . we find life even in death.
The past month has been filled with “God sightings” as we’ve begun the journey toward healing of cancer. From the sudden opening up of appointments, to friends’ availability to help, to nurses and techs praying with me to friends whom have been through cancer and offering guidance and inspiration in their testimonies to an incomprehensible cloud of witnesses whom are traveling this journey with us. There have been many signs of God’s active presence in *LIFE* among the potentially dark path of the unknown that is cancer.
I have spoken with many people since my diagnosis and am reminded of the miraculous strength that our faith can have in the interruption of our lives. I have heard stories of cancer survivors, for whom life has been difficult; I have heard stories
of loved ones who lived with cancer for decades and passed on; I have heard stories of families for whom cancer is part of their lives.
As people of the Cross, we see life where the world sees only death.
From the beautiful Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom:
O death, where is thy sting?
O Hell, where is thy victory?
Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead; for Christ having risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!
Your sister in Christ, Pastor Lynne
ALL doors must remain CLOSED and LOCKED at all times.
There was an incident on March 17th involving state police and fugitives running from the law that ended up in our neighborhood, indeed, in the parking lot at Lutheran General right across the street. Fortunately the situation was resolved with no injury to anyone; however the outcome could have been very different. At that time it was discovered that the west doors (off the Friendship Place) were propped open for just a short time to complete a task.
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ASKS FOR EVERYONE’S SAFTEY THAT THIS SORT OF THING DOES NOT HAPPEN.
Please, do not prop the doors open for any reason, ever. There are signs on every door requesting this. Please adhere to them. We are very sorry if this makes things inconvenient for you and/or your group, but it must be so.
The only times that doors may be unlocked (not propped, but simply unlocked from the inside) is during the worship services of the 3 congregations that meet here. We do not want to bar people from attending worship, and we have “staff” in place (ushers/greeters, etc.) at each service to watch the doors. The doors are then re-locked when people leave. Thank you for your attention to this very serious matter.
Highlights from the March meeting include:
• Prayed for Pastor Lynne's recovery and planned coverage of key responsibilities
• Reviewed the proposed contracts for HVAC and landscaping services
• Discussed upcoming Holy Week services, First Communion, youth events, and congregational activities
Wk1=54, Wk2=38, Wk3=49, Wk4=34, Ash Wed=18
*71 individuals worshiped in February, attending between 1 and 4 times.
February Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$2791, Wk2=$3119, Wk3=$748, Wk4=$2321
April has been designated “Landscaping Services” month for special collections. To indicate your preference to contribute towards our landscaping bill, please write “Landscaping” 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
Sunday, April 3
After completing 4 weeks of classes, we will welcome Evelyn Allemeier, Hanna Lippert, and Kaelyn Yager to the Lord's table during worship this Sunday!
JOHN 17 FELLOWSHIP
Thursday, April 14
Will meet at Messiah at 7 pm to discuss chapter 3 of “One Hope” and enjoy light refreshments.
FAITH 5 AND CROSS+GEN
Saturday April 16 8am-5pm
Cross Generational training with Rev. Dr. Rich Melheim for lay and clergy! For more info visit http://lomc.org/events/
LUTHERAN DAY 2016
April 20, 2016
Join Lutherans on April 20, 2016 from across the state in study, prayer and action for greater justice and compassion in Illinois. This year we are facing an extended budget impasse that has forced many organizations to close programs and eliminate positions. Every day people are being denied critical services. Now more than ever your advocacy is needed.
Please join us to build relationships with public officials, showcase the active engagement of Lutherans in pursuing the common good, and build camaraderie among Lutheran advocates in Illinois.
The cost per participant is $25, which includes breakfast, lunch, and transportation between the hotel and the Capitol. For more details and to register, please visit www.LutheranDay.org. If you have any questions, please contact Joy Medrano at 847-635-4653 or Joy.Medrano@lssi.org.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
April 21st & 22nd
in Fellowship Hall
Join the Child Care families for Ice Cream and Magic with the awesome Mr. Ash! Tickets are available in the Child Care Center office.
PRMA 2016 DAY OF SERVICE
Sunday, April 24
The Park Ridge Ministerial Association's Annual Day of Service will be Sunday April 24th. The PRMA organized the first Community Day of Service for the last two years, enlisting the support of members of the various church congregations in Park Ridge. There are a variety of projects, both indoor and outdoor from which to choose to participate. Everyone will meet at 1:00pm at Mary Seat of Wisdom (MSW) for Registration, Blessing and Project Sendoff. From MSW, participants will head out to Outdoor Projects at various locations and Indoor Projects at MSW. If you are interested, please to go http://www.parkridgemanna.org to sign up. Please devote as much time as you are able, however you need not feel obligated to stay for the full three hours.
REMINDERS FOR APRIL
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, April 9th 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 –
Happy Spring! And let's "spring" back into action to assemble quilts on April 17th after worship service! Snacks will be available along with great fellowship and remember - no sewing experience ecessary! Meanwhile we continue to focus on collecting items for the Personal Care Kits that need to include 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.
COMING IN NEXT MONTH
Pentecost & Confirmation - May 15
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
April 3 2nd Sunday of Easter “Bright Sunday”
1st Lesson: Acts 4:27-32
Psalm: Psalm 150
2nd Lesson: Revelation 1:4-8
Gospel: John 20:19–29
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians
CONF: Building the Church: Many Gifts
April 10 3rd Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 9:1-6 [7-20]
Psalm: Psalm 30
2nd Lesson: Revelation 5:11-14
Gospel: John 21:1-19
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians
CONF: Building the Church: Issues of the Church: Past and Present
April 17 4th Sunday of Easter
“LSSI Good Shepherd Sunday”
1st Lesson: Acts 9:36-43
Psalm: Psalm 23
2nd Lesson: Revelation 7:9-17
Gospel: John 10:22-30
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians
CONF: Building the Church: Come One, Come All
April 24 5th Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 11:1-18
Psalm: Psalm 148
2nd Lesson: Revelation 21:1-6
Gospel: John 13:31-35
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians
CONF: Building the Church: A New Day of Grace
April 3rd during worship
One day isn’t enough to celebrate the Resurrection! All the music on April 3rd will be music of joy, connecting God’s promise of salvation to the fulfillment of that promise. Smiles and happiness are the themes of the day – Jesus is the Life of the party! PLUS, we will celebrate First Communion with three of our young people! All are invited to a reception in the Friendship Place after worship to commemorate this joyous event!
GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY
Sunday, April 17th
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is “Good Shepherd Sunday.” All ELCA congregations in the state are encouraged to focus attention on the strong yet gentle caring ministry of LSSI. We will also collect a special offering on that day for LSSI.
THIS MONH IN WORSHIP
April 3 April 10 April 17 April 24
10:15am 10:15am 10:15am 10:15am
Acolytes Samantha F Michael Y Nikolaus R Evelyn A
Communion Assistants Julia F Floyd Y Larry R Aly A
Readers Dorothy B Erik G Dan K Teresa L
Worship Assistants Rhonda C Vikki H Cindy N Andy T
Projection Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H
Ushers Pat F, Steve Y Pat F, Steve Y Pat F, Steve Y Pat F, Steve Y
Altar Guild Sue K Marilynn D Cindy N Marilynn D
Counter Paul H Paul H Paul H Paul H
FLOWERS AND BULLETINS
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.
April 3 In memory of Sue Nugnis
by her family. Available.
April 10 Available. Available.
April 17 Available. Available.
April 24 In honor of
Trudi Handzel’s birthday. Available.
FLOWER AND BULLETIN CALENDARS ARE IN THE HALLWAY.
Please feel free to stop by and sign up to honor or memorialize a loved one.
CALENDAR: April 2016
Covering for Pastor Lynne
As Pastor Lynne continues treatments, many people are stepping up to help “pitch in” to cover some of the duties that normally fall to her. If you have a question, need help, or want to help yourself, please contact the following people:
WORSHIP SERVICES = Sue Fox and/or Trygve Jensen
SUNRISE CHAPEL and ASSISTANCE MINISTRY = Julie Luck Jensen
PASTORAL CARE VISITS = Rich Levy and Julie Holzer
CHILD CARE CHAPEL and VISITS = Debbie Sasak and Karen Black
PROPERTY = Dave Hanson (Paul Holzer for AV concerns)
GENERAL ADMIN = Jennifer Schneider
Child Care Center
Scholastic Book Fair
This annual fundraiser for the Child Care Center
will be in the Library
Books are “cash and carry” and are not just children’s books!
There are great items for parents as well, including fiction, how-to books, and much more
For more information, contact Miss Rita in the Child Care Center
It seems very early, but we are already thinking ahead to May and graduations! Please be sure to let the office know if you have a family member who is graduating from school or
college this year!
Water Cooler needs a new home.
Make an offer to Dave Hanson!
LENTEN PENNIES FROM OUR CHILD CARE CENTER
Our terrific kids and their families have done it again, collecting loose change to benefit the Maine Township Food Pantry. The pennies will be tallied right after Easter, and a check will be presented to the Pantry during Chapel one Wednesday in April. The children often donate between $500 and $1000 every year to this great cause! Thank you to everyone who contributed for showing us that even the SMALLEST donation has a huge impact!
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING 2016 WRAP UP!
This is the TENTH year the confirmation class worked hard to collect for the Souper Bowl of Caring. In 2016, Messiah donated $1662.85 and over 1800 food items to the Maine Township Food Pantry! On Sunday, April 10th, we will invite Carol Langan from the Food Pantry to worship with us, and we will present the check to her at that time. Many thanks to ALL who have so generously supported this ministry!
One day isn’t enough to celebrate the Resurrection! For centuries in Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant countries, the week following Easter Sunday was observed by the faithful as "days of joy and laughter" with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. The celebration culminated on “Bright Sunday”, the Sunday after Easter. The custom was rooted in writings of early theologians, like Augustine and John Chrysostom, who called it "Risus paschalis - the Easter laugh”: God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead.
Messiah will continue to celebrate Easter and the Easter season on April 3, “Bright Sunday”. All the music will be joy-filled. We will sing specially written Easter lyrics to Christmas tunes, connecting God’s promise of salvation (Jesus’s birth) to the fulfillment of that promise. After all, Jesus is the Life of the party!
OPEN MIC NIGHT
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!
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.
MESSIAH YOUTH NIGHT WALK WITH THE CHICAGO NIGHT MINISTRY
Friday, April 29 at 6pm – 9pm
Chaperones and drivers needed. We will meet at Messiah at 4:30 pm and travel together to the Night Ministry.
A friend of Pastor Lynne's daughter participated in Night Ministry Walk as part of her Faith course at Loyola Academy and she found the experience to be very significant in her faith journey. She told Pastor Lynne that it “changed her understanding of who the homeless are and gave her new reason to work for affordable housing options in her community.”
Participants will go out into the city to “walk” with those who help others in need every night in Chicago. It is guaranteed to be an eye-opening experience.
Now is the time to register for summer camps!!!
Kimberly Jones, 4/2
Jennifer Manzella, 4/3
Diane Wilson, 4/4
James Seggeling, 4/8
Connie Kaufman, 4/10
Peter DiVita, 4/12
Sue Fox, 4/19
Trudi Handzel, 4/23
Jean Seggeling, 4/28
Eva Thoren, 4/28
Paul and Julie Holzer,
4/20/1996, 20 years
Les and Nancy Herak,
4/30/1977, 39 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
EXTENDED LEADERSHIP TEAM
Assistance Ministry: Connie Kaufman
Altar Guild: Sue Kopij,
Brotherhood: Rich Seggeling
CHAT Room: David Swanson,
Cross+Gen: Julie Luck Jensen
Confirmation/Youth: Floyd & Kristin Yager,
Memorials: Carol Hrodey
Women’s Service Group: Trudi Handzel,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
In Memory Of: Carol Oleson: by Peter & Carol Oleson
A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.
I don’t know if you or your child is a fan of Goosebumps books or not – I never have read them, and my daughter isn’t that interested in books about things that go bump in the night. Our main reason for watching this movie is that we all DO like Jack Black a lot, and we are also getting older as a family, and have had our fill of animation for a while (I still need to see Inside/Out).
This was a fun, not-too-scary thrill ride that also included some of the deeper character development that makes the books so popular, and higher quality than just a scare-fest.
The story opens with Zach (Dylan Minnette) moving into a new town following the death of his dad. Zach faces the prospect of a new school with his mom as vice-principle with not a lot of optimism. He soon meets the daughter of his creepy new neighbor, and events unfold that wreak havoc on the town.
I think the fun part of this is that everyone has something that creeps them out … I have a personal aversion to those creepy garden gnomes … Jess doesn’t like mannequins, and I bet there are those out there who don’t like bugs, aliens, invisible creatures, living plant-life, dark cellars, etc. Be warned, pretty much all of these show up in this movie. But there is a good deal of humor, and friendship, and caring, and mystery that diffuses the scary, and gives us a moment to reflect on what is really important.
The special effects are very cool, and some wonderful performances by the main cast (and the quirky aunt, too!) round out what could have been a cheesy film. I enjoyed it, and I think you will too.
(It is probably just scary enough to limit the viewing to kids maybe 8 and over … just like the books!)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Dana Szul and family, Pastor Lynne and family, Sandy Downie, Nancy Boomer, 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.* \
* 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.
We honored and recognized our Scout Pack 105, and all who have been or are currently involved in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or Indian Scouts!
Sue Fox gave thanks for prayers for her cousin Evelyn who is doing much better!
Rich Levy gave thanks to God for the 9th anniversary of his heart transplant!
We celebrated Thomas Yager’s excellence in Indoor Track and Field – he set a personal record AND a team record in shot put!
Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
The Messiah MESSENGER
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: MessiahChildCareCenter@gmail.com