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The Messiah Messenger > The July Messenger Issue #577
The July Messenger Issue #577

Jun 30, 2016

The Messiah

July 3rd starting at 5:00pm

Dear Messiah family of faith,

Every July is a time of vocational reflection for me as I began my call July 27, 2009. The life events of this past year have given me more cause and time for both vocational and personal reflection. A few things have become very clear to me and in hopes of enhancing your spiritual growth, I’d like to share.
God’s presence is shown to us in different ways … nature, people, community, prayer, scripture, music, and even in ways that are not visible to one’s senses but felt strongly in the heart. The feeling of God’s presence can vary, too, from the peacefulness of a morning sunrise to the sorrow felt in losing someone dear to the heartfelt passion when an injustice occurs to a vulnerable person.
Even in the darkest of hours, we look to God for hope, for life, for grace, for renewed energy. The times that God makes God’s presence known to us are special and worthy of noting. The times that we wonder “where is God?” are also worth noting. Are we looking too hard for the signs that we want God to give us and in doing so, missing other ways in which God is present?
Life is filled with events and people – positive and negative. When we feel blessed and grateful for all that we have, our perspective changes and then, we notice that God can make good out of even a dismal situation.    The past seven years, we have witnessed our community’s spiritual growth, seen a physical transformation in our campus, and discovered new spiritual gifts. These are all evidence of God’s presence in the ministries of Messiah Lutheran Church + Child Care Center.
We have celebrated together in the best of times, served together to fight injustices like hunger and mourned with one another in the sad times. And God’s presence has brought us all hope, promise, grace and renewed energy to get up every day and try it all again. Through all of these times, it has truly been my privilege to preach and teach, worship with you, meet with you on campus and in your homes, preside at weddings, baptize babies and children, welcome new members, bury our sisters and brothers in Christ, work with the gifted staff and children in the Church + Child Care Center, share and learn from our differences and celebrate our successes, learn your stories, and to love one another. For all this, I am deeply grateful to each of you and to God for these years together.
And, as we enter the eighth year of my call to Messiah Lutheran Church + Child Care Center, let us continue to find and proclaim God’s presence!
In Christ’s love, Pastor Lynne
Harold Baum of Park Ridge (and Vikki Hanson’s dad!) received the Super Senior Award at North Shore Senior Center on May 26. A volunteer for more than 10 years, Harold is one of the mailing volunteers for MaineStreamers as well as assists at Intergenerational fishing outings done at the Adventure Maine Township Summer Camp. Congratulations Harold!
Highlights from the June 20 meeting include:
• Plans for July 3rd were confirmed - parking passes to be sold as usual, tracts are available to distribute, portapotties have been ordered, no music or sales of food will be pursued this year.
• Ongoing pastoral concerns (for Pastor and congregation members) were discussed at length
• Initial information for an extensive air conditioning system installation for the child care center was provided, will be discussed at the congregational meeting
• Business and financial information was reviewed, including the progress of the financial audit

“July Bugs!”
In July we will continue to collect dedicated offerings for “Pest Control.” To indicate your preference to contribute towards our landscaping bill, please write “bugs” on a pew envelope. Your gift will be applied directly to that particular account.   

May Attendance
Wk1=55, Wk2=64, Wk3=76, Wk4=61, Wk4=39
*81 unique individuals attended worship between 1 and 5 times in May.
(we also had a significant number of family visitors in celebration of Confirmation and infant baptism)

May Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$2366, Wk2=$1563, Wk3=$2471, Wk4=$1541, Wk4=$1311

Even though summer
just started we realize
fall won't be far behind when
we pack up quilts and kits to send to Lutheran World Relief so we want to keep momentum going. We also 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). We'll also start watching for back to school sales for the School Kits. More to come on those kits. Designate donations for Messiah Lutheran Church Women or LWR Quilt & Kit Ministry and place in offering plate or give to the church office. Thanks for your support!!
Flat Jesus is a paper doll children of all ages can cut out and color. He can accompany you by car, plane, via snail mail or go digitally. When Flat Jesus arrives at his destination, photograph and document his adventures. You can make multiple copies and even send Flat Jesus abroad. If you lose Flat Jesus, don’t worry he (in electronic format) can be found on our website; www.MessiahParkRidge.org OR our Facebook page. In September we’ll host a Welcome Home Party for Flat Jesus and find out where he has been all summer!

Saturday, June 18th we held a memorial service for Kevin Dumerer, son of Larry and Jeanne.
Kevin came to us and became acquainted through the assistance ministry a few years ago. One day he brought his mom and dad by to meet us and say thank you for helping their son. Then Jeanne and Larry began to attend worship and have since became part of our community, joining the church in November 2013.   
Kevin lived with mental illness and sometimes took medication and sometimes did not. He and his former girlfriend Alyssa went to her church together. It is heartbreaking to think that he was in such despair to think there was no alternative.
Please remember Larry, Jeanne and all of Kevin’s family in your prayers as they are in this time of sorrow

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

Sunday, July 3rd
begin around 5 pm
Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner, games, and their own chairs or blankets, to relax on our grounds for the July 4th celebration!

Thursday, July 7 @ 7pm
Friendship Place
We will discuss the book “Decider” by Dick Francis. Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading.
Called for SUNDAY, JULY 10
Immediately following the worship service, MLC will hold a Special Congregational Meeting for the purpose of approving the recommendation from the CCC Board and MLC Executive Committee to install new ductless, remote, energy-efficient air conditioning units in the Educational Wing of the building. Details about total cost, procurement, placement, and funding of these units will be available next Sunday July 3. Questions may be addressed to David Hanson (Property Coordinator) and Karen Black (CCC Director).

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, July 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 – Quilt assembly will be on Sunday, July 31st after worship service! Snacks will be available along with great fellowship and remember - no sewing experience necessary!

Child Care Open House, 8/15
EC Retreat, 8/20
Congregational Meeting, 8/28


July 3   7th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 66:1-9
2nd Lesson: Galatians 6:1-16
Gospel: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

July 10   8th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 25:1-10
2nd Lesson: Colossians 1:1-14
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
July 17   9th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 15
2nd Lesson: Colossians 1:15-28
Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
July 24   10th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 138
2nd Lesson: Colossians 2:6-19
Gospel: Luke 11:1-13
July 31   11th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 49:1-12
2nd Lesson: Colossians 3:1-11
Gospel: Luke 12:13-21
Sunday, July 3 12-12:30pm
Join us for a brief singing of patriotic hymns and prayer, led by Pastor Lynne. More details in “Music Notes” on page 11.

Each Sunday throughout the summer we will begin our worship with “God Sightings,” a time to share where God has been seen at work through stories in the lives of our faith community members. Should you have a God Sighting that you wish to share with the congregation, you are invited to share out loud or write it on a card and give to an usher. Pastor Lynne will read the cards during "God Sightings" before the call to worship.



July 3   July 10   July 17   July 24   July 31
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Samantha   Evelyn A   Nikolaus R   Ralphie L   Caitlin L
Communion Assistants   Julia F   Aly A   Larry R   Tess L   Rich L
Readers   Debbie D   Dina S   Dan K   Tess L   Dave H
Worship Assistants   Pat K   Rich L   Erik G   Karen B   David S
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   *   *   *   *   *
Altar Guild   Sue K   Cindy N   Nancy H   Marilynn D   Nancy H
Counter   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H

* Since we have not been successful in finding someone to coordinate our ushers, we are going to try something a little different in July. The 12th person, like the football team’s 12th man (who is not David Hanson) to come in the church each Sunday will be tapped to be the usher for that day! That person will hand out bulletins, put the pew pads out, and will recruit someone to help them collect the offering.

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.
July 3   By Pastor Lynne in celebration of being married to Larry Fogel for 22 years.   In celebration of Ryan and Adam Hauser’s 15th birthday.
July 10   In celebration of
Dorothy Nagel’s birthday by the Kopij Family.   Available.
July 17   In celebration of Eric Ryczek’s birthday.   Available
July 24   In celebration of Irene Luck’s birthday by the Jensen Family.   Available.
July 31   Available.   Available.

CALENDAR: July 2016
See online

Would you find it helpful to have your offerings debited directly from your bank account as you probably do with other obligations? Messiah offers electronic giving for those of you who wish to have contributions transferred electronically to the church’s account. If you have plans to travel this summer, electronic giving gives you a convenient way to keep up with your intended offerings. Simply complete and return an electronic giving authorization form to get started. Contact the office for more information.

Mark your calendars
ELCA Day of Service
Sunday September 11!
If you need a tshirt,let the office know asap!
Orders for tshirts will not be accepted after August 1st!
Please keep the Poole family in your prayers. Brenda’s son Ethan died June 18 and a service was held at the Hill Funeral Home Monday June 27.

Marlyn and Don Wenn have moved to Texas to be near their granddaughter and, soon to be joined by their daughter. We miss them and wish them Godspeed and Farewell! Their new address was posted in the May Messenger, but by request is being re-posted here:
Don and Marlyn Wenn
1234 N. Riviera Circle
Pearland, TX 77581
Secretary on Vacation
Jennifer will be gone the week of July 4-8. Debbie Sasak will be filling in that week during regular office hours, T-F, 9-1
(closed Monday for the holiday)
Thanks, Debbie!

Messiah’s Assistance Ministry is going strong. Our guests continue to visit and consider Messiah as their church. Recently the teenage son of one of our guests died of an overdose. His mother asked Pastor Lynne to say prayers for him at the funeral home. This is her religious connection. Her son had also been to Messiah on several occasions to look through the food and clothing.

Our guests appreciate getting a bottle of water or Gatorade during the summer months … please consider donating these items. T-shirts and shorts are also appreciated.

We give our guests one $5 card to Jewel or Dollar Store each month. Please consider donating to this if you are able – mark “assistance ministry” on your envelope.

If you are making pasta, casserole, or other family style meals and have leftovers, please consider packaging for our guests. We often reheat individual meals and they are well received. Fresh fruit is also welcomed.
A few of our male guests could use some lighter weight clothing like shorts or light weight pants with stretch waistbands (jogging pants). Men’s gym shoes are also appreciated.
Thanks so much for all that you do. What a giving congregation we have!
Julie Jensen and Connie Kaufman   

“America! God shed His grace on thee.”
-Katherine Lee Bates, 1893
“America, the Beautiful,” a poem written by Katherine Lee Bates, a Wellesley College professor, is sometimes called the “unofficial National Anthem.” She wrote the lyrics after traveling the United States from Niagara Falls to Pikes Peak. It was originally sung to the tune “Auld Lang Syne” until 1911 when it was joined to the tune we know.
You are invited to remain in the sanctuary after worship on Sunday, July 3, for a special celebration of freedom. We will sing a few faith based patriotic songs, including “America, the Beautiful” and offer prayers for our country and its precious liberty. America’s founding fathers justified our freedom in the Declaration of Independence, “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.” However, true freedom is thru Christ and His victory on the cross. Being freed by His forgiveness and love, we are His servants, linked together in hope and willingness to share the gospel.

Rank Advancement-Northwest Park
In May 2016, the Pack held their annual rank advancement Ceremony at Northwest Park. The event was highlighted by the graduation of the Tiger Cubs into Cub Scouts and the Cub Scouts advancing into the Webelo I den. There was a bit of pomp and circumstance, but mostly the Cubs had fun with carnival style games each boy brought to the event. The purpose was to create a game with Dad, and have the other Scouts play the game. Fun was had by all. Congratulations to our small group for continuing through the Cub Scout program. We wish them great success and most of all, have FUN!
A Scout is Loyal.
Recruiting at July 3rd Fireworks
The Scouts will be distributing recruiting flyers at the July 3rd Fireworks. The Pack is currently seeking to grow and is in the hunt for Tiger Cubs. If you know of a family who has an incoming first grader this semester, please ask them to contact me. Tim Saul, timothysaul@sbcglobal.net.
Blast into Scouting
On September 15, 2016, each unit in the Pathway to Adventure – Blackhawk District will cover a school for the annual “Blast into Scouting” campaign. This is a recruiting effort to introduce youth to the Scouting program. How do we do it? Each unit is asked to cover a local school on that Thursday night. When an interested family shows up we explain the benefits of Scouting. If they choose to sign up that night, they receive a rocket to build that will be launched at a District wide event in October. Pack 105 will cover Ben Franklin School and the Math and Science Academy (Des Plaines) for this event.
We have a great program to share with our community and dedicated leaders that build confidence in our youth. If you know of a youth looking for something other than sports, please let them know about us.
Living the Journey,
Tim Saul
Charter Organization Rep., Messiah Lutheran Church, C7-751-13

Carol Hrodey, 7/4
Debbie Deitrich, 7/4
Jeanne Dumerer, 7/5
Stephanie Yager, 7/5
Alice Hulterstrum, 7/7
Lester Thurow, 7/7
Adam Hauser, 7/8
Ryan Hauser, 7/8
Joyce Tjhio, 7/9
Kimberly Bujalka, 7/11
Kevin Kovach, 7/11
Michaelene Marchetta, 7/11
Dorothy Nagel, 7/11
Donald Wenn, 7/14
Anne Wiberg, 7/16
Robert Kallas, 7/18
David Swanson, 7/18
Eric Ryczek, 7/19
Hannah Lippert, 7/20
Karen Black, 7/23   
Clifford Paulus, 7/23
Irene Luck, 7/24
Haley Lippert, 7/27
Robert Bisgard, 7/28
Evelyn Allemeier, 7/29
Thomas Yager, 7/30

Lynne Morrow & Larry Fogel, 7/3/1994 22 years
David & Julie Jensen,
7/8/1989 27 years
Kimberly & Mike Bujalka, 7/15/2007 9 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,
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

Floyd Yager and Jennie Read Robles

MEMORIAL REPORT as of June 30, 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


As a boy, Philippe Petit dreams of performing daring feats for dazzled crowds. As an adult (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), his life's ambition comes true when he becomes a high-wire artist who stares death in the face with every step. Under the guidance of mentor Papa Rudy, the French daredevil devises a plan to walk on a tightrope between the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. With help from his team and against all odds, Petit attempts the seemingly impossible stunt on Aug. 7, 1974.
I had seen the 2008 Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire that tells this same story many years ago, and was eager to see what director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) would do to make it even more interesting and/or exciting than the original film. Because seriously … the documentary is amazing. I can truly recommend you watch either of these films (or both, as I did), and the story will inspire and astound you. Just be warned … if you are not afraid of heights now, you might be after watching this!
Despite the truly awesome, spectacularly amazing feat of stringing a tightrope (under cover of darkness, mind you) between the two tallest man-made structures in the world, the real story here for me is about what drives people to do what they do.   For Philippe, just a glimpse in a newspaper in Paris of the plans for the Towers to be completed are enough to drive him across the Atlantic and give up a year of his life in planning, staffing, and financing this expedition. In The Walk, we get the benefit of narration by Philippe (Gordon-Levitt, who is almost unrecognizable as Petit) as he explains what he is doing, using the words spoken by Petit himself in the documentary version of the story.
The benefit of one over the other is that in the Zemeckis film we have special effects and a directorial style that really make you feel as if you are on the top of the building with Petit and his crew. And it is terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. I found myself needing to turn away because I couldn’t look into the abyss between the towers.
With the documentary, you get the benefit of the interviews with the actual people who perpetrated this “artistic crime of the century” and you can be in awe of who they are, and what drove them to do it.
An underlying theme of the 2015 film is also an understated sense of loss in memory of the Twin Towers themselves. Every frame that revels in the glory of those enormous man-made structures comes with a pang of sadness for their absence.
I think this film is good for families – there are a few swear words sprinkled throughout, and the “peril” of the walk itself. The very end of the documentary has a bizarre scene with some nudity that can easily be skipped over for family viewing.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Adrienne B., JJ, The Hauser Family, Rev. Mark Wiberg, Linda Ostrand, Carol Hrodey, Dana Szul and family, Donna Hanson, Mikey Hanson, 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 and Justine Bisgard, Joe W., Lippert Family, Joanne Trestrail, Barb Loverme, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, Roger Jones, 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 celebrated Jake Saul who was, after a lifetime of commitment to scouting, been honored with achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout.
Christine Ruterschmidt thanked everyone for their prayers and well wishes for her granddaughter Eva, who had open heart surgery last June, and has since fully recovered.
We gave joyful thanks for Nikolaus Ryczek and Michael Yager who completed their course of study, and affirmed their baptism and officially joined the church.
And we celebrated the baptism of Tessa Grace Taylor, daughter of Brent and Kristin (Kopij) Taylor.

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, Andrew Fox, Peter Fox, Jenni Hanson, Tommy Hanson, Kevin Kovach, Paul Song, Brynn Wildenauer.
In August, Jenni Hanson will complete her internship, and Melissa Holzer will go to college!


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

Deborah Sasak
1229 Hoffman Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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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