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The May Messenger Issue #575

Apr 29, 2016

The Messiah

Dear Messiah family of faith,
The church consists of much more than the steeple, the pastor, the organist and paid staff… the church is made of “the people”. Remember that hand song that we learned as children, “Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and here’s all the people!”?
Our small and mighty family of faith continues to amaze me and others in our community! Challenge after challenge, the people of Messiah continue to dig deep and offer their time, talent and treasures when needed. Whether it is helping with worship at the last minute, participating in a community fundraiser like the Open Mic Nite, praying the directory, bringing food for the food pantry, teaching our young people, leading worship and studies at Sunrise Senior Living, visiting and praying with our guests, leading CCC Chapel, visiting those who homebound or in the hospital, Messiah is a caring and demonstrative community brought together by the love of God, following the leadership of Jesus Christ.
I am so grateful to each of you for giving more of your time, talent and treasures than you thought you could. Thank you for all that you’ve done the past six weeks since I began treatment. Early in April, we received an email from the Park Ridge Mayor’s office with a Volunteer Proclamation for our faith community. As Rich Levy said, each and every one of our community deserve a copy of that Proclamation, and so they were sent out to you. Not only does the City of Park Ridge value and appreciate the work that each of you do, we the paid staff of Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center truly admire the leadership of the people here.
The author of the Book of Acts says it best in the 2nd chapter of Acts, verses 42-47:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
In Christ’s love,
Pastor Lynne

Our friend Rebecca Rangel (a former member and Child Care family) is asking for friends to donate to help victims of the Ecuador earthquake. She is 4 hours from most of the damaged areas and many friends and organizations are taking water and other supplies including medicine, food, candles, flashlights, diapers and baby formula to those in need. She started a GoFundMe page so that she can buy items that are needed. https://www.gofundme.com/Ecuador-Rebecca Lutheran Disaster Response ALSO works to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan, Ecuador, spring storms in the United States, and other disasters around the world. Find out more at http://www.elca.org/en/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response

Highlights from the April meeting include:
•   Approved installation of LED lighting in Sanctuary
•   Proceding with church and CCC audits in coming weeks.
•   Discussion of Messiah music festival fundraiser for July 16, need to start planning now.
•   Need for both EC and CCC Board to meet.

March Attendance
Wk1=56, Wk2=50, Wk3(Palm)=50, MT=27, GF=44, Wk4(Easter)=84
*84 individuals worshiped in March, attending between 1 and 4 times.

March Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$3351, Wk2=$3146, Wk3=$1671, Wk4=$2270

May 14 2016
Funds raised by this annual event support Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to the support and awareness of families dealing with Autism (1 in 88 children in America). Pastor Lynne and many of the Child Care teachers participate in this walk every year. To donate to Autism Speaks and/or support a walking team, go to:

“May Flowers!”
May has been designated “Landscaping” month (again) for special collections. To indicate your preference to contribute towards our landscaping bill, please write “flowers” on a pew envelope. Your gift will be applied directly to that particular account.

Hopefully we can get "blooming" in May with our Lutheran World Relief Quilts & Kits! 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.
We've also been blessed with a beautiful quilted table runner by our own Susan Bromstad and a quilt made by a person from another quilting group. These lovely pieces were donated with the express purpose of raising funds for LWR Quilts & Kits so we'll be raffling them off in the coming weeks - watch for it!

We received a letter of thanks from Melanie Gibbons at Lutheran World Relief for our 2015 contributions. She notes that in the last several months, quilts and health kits have been shipped to places like Tanzania, India, Zimbabwe, and Georgia. Thanks again to all who support this mission.   

Proceeds for all three options benefit our General Fund.

Lets go Cubbies! Four Field Box tickets (valued at $434!) will be raffled off after worship on May 22! The game is Saturday May 28th @ 1:20 pm vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. Raffle chances are:
•   One ticket/chance for $10
•   Three tickets/chances for $20
•   Eight tickets/chances for $50
You do not have to be present to win. Great seats are right behind 3rd base dugout. Raffle tickets available beginning May 1st.

For anyone who shops or searches online, there are 3 different online fundraising sites: GoodShop, GoodSearch and Amazon Smile. Merely by registering with each of them, one selects Messiah Lutheran Church as the organization receiving the funds. Details to come.

We earn a small amount of money for every ton of paper that is collected and retrieved in the green and yellow bin in our parking lot. We can always improve our earnings (and reduce our carbon footprint) by feeding the Green Machine instead of throwing away our paper waste! Make it a habit!

PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
Sunday, May 15th
Join us as we welcome
Nikolaus Ryczek &
Michael Yager
as full, confirmed members of Messiah! They have completed a three-year course of study and have chosen to affirm their baptismal covenants in the Lutheran tradition. Congratulations to our young men for their hard work and dedication. Many thanks also to Floyd Yager for instruction, mentoring and guidance through the curriculum.    

Saturday, May 21st
The Fair runs Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM, and features games, rides, food, and fun for kids. The Silent Auction will be open for bidding on Friday, May 20th during school hours, and also at 9AM on Saturday while staff is setting up and throughout the day of the Fair. Items will be on display all week in the Child Care hallway and the Library. Bid early and bid often, for the good of the Child Care!

May 27-June 3
Julia and Samantha Fogel have been cast in this show!
The 1950s are over, and change is in the air! Hairspray,
winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. Performances are the last two weekends in May. For details and tickets, visit www.spotlight.com. Posters and cards are available in the narthex.

Wednesday, May 11
at 7pm in the Library
We will discuss the book “Our Souls at Night” by Kent Haruf. Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading.

Teacher and Grad Recognition, 6/5

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, May 14th 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 – Quilt assembly will be on Sunday, May 22nd after worship service! Snacks will be available along with great fellowship and remember - no sewing experience necessary!


May 1   6th Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 16:9-15
Psalm: Psalm 67
2nd Lesson: Rev 21:10, 22--22:5
Gospel: John 14:23-29   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: Building the Church: Remembrance, Reverence, Responsibility

May 8   7th Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 16:16-34
Psalm: Psalm 97
2nd Lesson: Rev 22:12-21
Gospel: John 17:20-26   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: Building the Church: Review

May 15   Pentecost
1st Lesson: Acts 2:1-21
Psalm: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
2nd Lesson: Romans 8:14-17
Gospel: John 14:8-17 [25-27]   
CHAT: Talking Together as Christians   
CONF: Done

May 22   Holy Trinity
1st Lesson: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Psalm: Psalm 8
2nd Lesson: Romans 5:1-5
Gospel: John 16:12-15   
CHAT & CONF: Done for Summer

May 29   2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 96:1-9
2nd Lesson: Galatians 1:1-12
Gospel: Luke 7:1-10   
CHAT & CONF: Done for Summer

May will feature the ceremonies of many stages of life that flow in a fellowship of members like Messiah:
May 8th Don and Mary Jane Kovach celebrate the anniversary of 60 years of marriage!
May 15th Thomas Yager and Nikolaus Ryczek are being Confirmed! A reception will follow.
May 22nd The Kopij Family celebrates the infant baptism of Tessa Grace Taylor!
May 29th Steve Yager is wished farewell and Godspeed as she moves to Rockford.   

Sunday, May 29th
Bring your bicycles, your tricycles, your scooters, your helmets and your bells to worship with you. We want to bless these tools and toys for outdoor fun and safety. We'll gather outside at the conclusion of worship for a special congregational prayer of blessing.



May 1   May 8   May 15   May 22   May 29
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Nikolaus R   Michael Y   Caitlin L   Ralphie L   Evelyn A
Communion Assistants   Larry R   Floyd Y   Rich L   Teresa L   Aly A
Readers   Marilynn D   David H   Dina S   Debbie D   David S
Worship Assistants   Pat K   Erik G   Rich L   Karen B   David S
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Steve Y   Steve Y   Steve Y   Steve Y   Steve Y
Altar Guild   Sue K   Nancy H   Sue K   *   *
Counter   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H

Sunday   Flowers 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.
May 1   In celebration of Les and Nancy Herak’s 39th wedding anniversary
May 8   In honor of Trygve Jensen’s birthday.
Also given in memory of her brother, James Phillip Cady, by Rhonda Cady.   In honor of birth, foster and adoptive mothers (Fogel family).
May 15   Geraniums and Kalanchoe plants will decorate the sanctuary in honor or memory of loved ones on Pentecost Sunday.
They are $5 each. Deadline for ordering is Monday, May 9th – either call the office or fill out a form in Sunday bulletin.   Available.
May 22   In memory of Bud Duckett by
Marilynn Duckett.   Available.
May 29   By Don and MaryJane, Pat, Dan, and Kevin Kovach in honor of Brad’s birthday.   In celebration of Larry Fogel’s bday.

CALENDAR: May 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
PASTORAL CARE VISITS = Rev. Paul Amlin, 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

Flowers for Pentecost
The Day of Pentecost is the celebration of the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, The Holy Spirit! We offer Geraniums and Kalanchoe flowers to decorate our worship space with fiery colors. Plants may be purchased in honor of special people or occasions in our community's life. You may choose from the flowers in the sanctuary on May 15th after the worship service. Flowers are $5 each. Contact the office to order, or fill out a form found in the Sunday bulletin.   

Grads and Teachers!!!!
In June we will recognize our grads and teachers during a special worship service. If you know a teacher, or have a family member who is graduating from any level of education, please let the office know asap!

It is that time of year again and the Adult Down Syndrome Center
is planning our 4th Annual Fitness, Fun for Everyone 5KRun/3K Walk
on Saturday June 4th. Like last year, it will be from about 7am - 11 am and Weeg Way will be closed for those hours.    

Congratulations to Quin Santucci!
He will be representing Illinois – AGAIN! –
for an FCCLA cooking compitition! He’s going to Washington D.C. to compete!
Great job, Quin, and good luck!

Dear friends –
Recently I was invited to facilitate several Christian education workshops in the Northern and Lake Tanganyika dioceses of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT). The ELCT is one of the largest and fastest growing Lutheran churches in the world with some 6 million members and 24 dioceses.
I was asked to share some of the Christian education resources and experiences emanating from companion churches in Southern Africa that belong to the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA). www.lucsa.org …
Complete article available at:

Bishop Ambele Mwaipopo of the new Lake Tanganyika Diocese expressed appreciation for the north-south and south-south collaboration and accompaniment between the ELCT, the ELCA and LUCSA and hoped that these relationships will strengthen in the years to come.
Thank you for your participation in God’s mission and for your continued prayers and support.
Yours faithfully,
Pastor Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission, Regional Representative – Southern Africa
Johannesburg April 2016

Once again this summer, we will use favorite hymns in worship. Beginning May 15 thru May 29, as you mark your attendance on the pew pads, also please name your favorite hymn there, and why you like it or why it is important to you. You can also email your choices to the office.
In addition, if you would like to share your musical gifts in worship, vocally or instrumentally, please write a note on the attendance sheet. God does not ask you to be an expert musician to glorify Him. A loving heart is all that’s required to share your faith, musically, with our community.
The Gloria Dei Choir finishes their singing season in May. The 13 members are truly a “faith family” and I thank you, Choir, for your faithfulness.

Please Note: On Tuesday, May 17th, Gloria Dei Choir will meet briefly in the sanctuary to practice, and then will move to the Friendship Place for a small End-of-Year gathering. Then we will be “off” until fall!

This was overall a success with positive feedback and comments from performers and guests. There were many requests for us to host another Open Mic Nite in the future. In addition to the 12 performers, the cub scouts we on hand to assist as needed. Nick did a great job as the coordinator and MC. We had a variety of genre from folk music, banjo, vocal, and pop and rock. We need to give a HUGE THANKS to Paul Holzer for all of his technical help, the night before an early flight to Germany!
We raised $374 and collected 5 crates of food. Many visitors commented on how the church felt invigorated and lively! The band "The Hustle" wrote on Twitter "they enjoyed rocking with Jesus." Another band, Eric Bachmann and Sons, said "we need to do this at our church"!

May 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm
Jake started his scouting career in 2006 with Cub Scout Pack 105. He advanced through Bobcat, Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, and Webelo and in 2011 he crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 1, earning the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, and Life, completed in June 2013. His years of commitment and dedication to scouting has culminated with this achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout on March 15, 2016. Messiah members are welcome to attend.   CROSS+GEN

The April Cross+Gen activity collected and bagged Oreo cookies for the Night Ministry. Besides the 160 bags of cookies, there was also good table discussion about the Great Commandment to love one another!
The Youth Group delivered the cookies to the Night Ministry when they attended their walk.

Paul Holzer, Steve Pokrak, Debbie and Arden Sasak worked at Maine Park doing maintenance on the prairie under the guidance of the Park Ridge Garden Club. We were fortunate to work alongside one of the park district commission ers, Joan Bende, and also welcomed two teens from Park Ridge, Tanya (who attends Oakton) and Michael (a Loyola Academy student) into our group.

Arline Baranowski, 5/1
Harold DiVita, 5/1
Ralphie Lippert, 5/3
Philip Holzer, 5/4
Paula DiVita, 5/8
Nancy Herak, 5/8
Trygve Jensen, 5/10
Darrell Eckert, 5/12
Roger Jones, 5/15
Helen Levy, 5/17
Jessica Schneider, 5/17
Joe Levy, 5/20
Bradley Paulus, 5/20
James Handzel, 5/22
Amber Saul, 5/22
Alyson Allemeier, 5/23
Larry Fogel, 5/28
Bradford Kovach, 5/29
Michelle Litwin, 5/31   

Bill and Kirsten Boyce,
5/2/2009, 7 years
Don and MaryJane Kovach,
5/5/1956, 60 years
Jen and Vince Manzella,
5/23/2009, 7 years
Floyd and Kristin Yager,
5/23/1998, 18 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,
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


Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.
This film has been around for almost a decade, but I wanted to review it because Spotlight Youth Theater is mounting a production of it in May. It strikes me that not everyone knows the stories and themes behind this funny, uplifting film.
Hairspray was first a movie in 1988 starring Ricki Lake as Tracy, and Jon Waters (aka Devine) as her mom Edna. The movie featured an all-star (at the time) musical cast, including Sonny Bono, Debbie Harry, Ric Ocasek, and Jerry Stiller. It is edgy with dark humor, and is considered a cult classic.
In 2003, the story was turned into a Broadway musical that won 8 Tony awards (including Best Musical). From there it was turned BACK into a movie, also with an all-star cast, including John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Queen Latifa. This top-notch group of performers bring all kinds of   talent to the film, especially John Travolta playing the role of Edna – Tracy’s mom.
There are so many great things about this movie, from the catchy tunes to the laugh-out-loud jokes. It is a story about being happy with who you are – fat or thin, black or white, old or young – and not letting anyone else sell you short. Tracy embraces that, and her positive, hopeful outlook brings big changes to her community because she’s willing to stand up for what she believes is right.
Edna’s character also resonates for me. She begins the movie not even wanting to leave the house because she’s “no longer a size 5.” But thanks to Tracy’s urgings (“Hey mama hey mama, follow me/I know something's in you that you wanna set free!”) and supportive love from her husband Wilbur (“Styles keepa changing, the world’s rearranging/but Edna you're timeless to me!”), Edna finds a new way to look at the world, and her place in it. She takes the stage in triumph during the finale and croons, “You can’t take my happiness/because I like the way I am!”
Great songs, a positive message, and a nostalgic look at the changes in America in the 60’s are all great reasons to either see the movie or the live musical.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Jimmy Grass, Rev. Mark Wiberg, Linda Ostrand, Carol Hrodey, Dana Szul and family, Pastor Lynne and family, Sandy Downie, Nancy Boomer, Duecker Family, Dottie Burger, Lytle Thompson, Jeanne Dumerer, Larry E, Laura Soto, Ruth Perzentka, Tom Jason, Irene Luck, Fred D, Bob Bisgard, Joe W., Donna Hanson, Lippert Family, Joanne Trestrail, Barb Loverme, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, 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 gave joyful thanks for Tait Jensen’s new job at Allstate!
The Yagers’ niece Maggie and her husband Cory Sandford welcomed their first baby Bruce Wayne Sandford on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 8:15 am. He was 7 lb 5 ounces and 21 inches. Cory was on our prayer list while he was serving in the Marines. Everyone in the Sandford family is doing well!
We also found joy in 3-year-old Hannah who has brightened and energized Carol Hrodey's life while Carol awaits the next steps on her path to healing.
* 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!

Don and Marlyn Wenn
1234 N. Riviera Circle
Pearland, TX 77581   

Rhonda Cady
1465 Meyer Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

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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