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The August Messenger Issue #578

Jul 29, 2016

The Messiah

Dear Messiah family of faith,
There are times when we wonder if God has heard our prayers … we wonder if we are still waiting for God to make an appearance … maybe we even feel like Moses and the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years. The familiar poem “Footprints in the Sand” comes to mind.
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”
(This version is by Mary Stevenson, 1936)
Since I’ve been sick and in treatment, many people may have wondered who’s been doing all the things that go on at Messiah? Who has been “carrying” the ministries of our congregation? A group of faithful and committed people have stepped up and carried on the primary priorities of Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center. Everyone has contributed in some way during this challenging time.   
The Executive Committee and the Child Care Center Board have served as liaisons; Pastor Paul Amlin has presided and preached worship services; Andy Travis led CCC Chapel services and continued classroom visits; David & Julie Jensen led the worship services at Sunrise Living; Julie Holzer made pastoral care visits; Connie Kaufman, Julie Jensen and Debbie Sasak have hosted and served guests of the assistance ministry; Dave Hanson has maintained and upgraded the campus property; Karen Black has adapted CCC chapel and classroom visit schedules; Sue Fox has led the worship planning process; David Swanson, Sue Kopij, Trudi and Jim Handzel have picked up many loose ends on Sundays and Jennifer Schneider has kept the daily operations going smoothly with coordination of all the ministries and groups at Messiah.
Indeed, God has been present through each of you these last months. I thank God for each of you, for your faithful commitment and for sharing the ministry to which we are called.
In Christ,
Pastor Lynne
There was some confusion last year about how this works, and whether or not we have church on this Sunday. WE DO INDEED have church on Sunday, September 11, beginning at 9am. We gather together for a brief service in the sanctuary, and then split into different ministry projects. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Lynne.

Highlights from the July 18 meeting include:
•   July 3rd Fireworks discussed.
•   Space Use request approved for Meditation Group.
•   Update on the status of the Financial Audit.
•   Discussion about a Fall Harvest Festival.

June Attendance
Wk1=40, Wk2=35, Wk3=52, Wk4=39
*72 unique individuals attended worship between 1 and 5 times in June.

June Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$2366, Wk2=$3584, Wk3=$2188, Wk4=$589

Celebrate 150 Years of LSSI!
On October 31, 2016, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) turns 150! The organization is planning celebrations and commemorations to honor a century and a half of “bringing healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities.” LSSI would like to hear from people who have been impacted by its services over the years who would share their stories. Please contact Barb Hailey, Director of Communications and Advancement, at Barb.Hailey@LSSI.org or (847) 635-4686.   

“August Water”
In August we will collect dedicated offerings for “WATER” to help offset our water bill! To indicate your preference to contribute towards our landscaping bill, please write “water” on a pew envelope. Your gift will be applied directly to that particular account.

September is coming up
fast so, we increase our focus
on completing Quilts ‘n’ Kits for Lutheran World Relief. August and September will be busy months completing our 2016 contributions.
In August we’ll meet on Sunday, August 28th to assemble quilts. Snacks will be available along with great fellowship and remember - no sewing experience necessary! We’ll meet again on the Day of Service (9-11-16) for marathon quilt assembly – and lunch!
In July, LWR had an opportunity to have donations matched so we went ahead and made a $250 donation (which becomes $500) towards shipping costs!
Meanwhile, we continue to focus on collecting items for the Personal Care Kits that need to include bath towels, 2 bars of soap (full size), sturdy combs, toothbrushes and nail clippers. We have found some sources for purchasing items in bulk and the cost is approximately $5.00 per kit. Donations to purchase the items for these kits are greatly appreciated.
In addition, we are focused on collecting items for the School Kits now that back to school sales have already started (sorry kids!). These kits need to include 4 - 70 page spiral notebooks, 5 ballpoint pens, 5 pencils, a box of 24 crayons, pair of safety scissors, an eraser, pencil sharpener and ruler. With our bulk resources the cost per kit is approximately $4.00.
Donations to purchase the items for these kits are greatly appreciated. We do need some extra help for these kits in the form of shopping. We can get the 70 page notebooks at Staples or Meijer’s for $.17 each. They limit each purchase to 30 notebooks and since we need 400 notebooks we need some shoppers to pick up notebooks! And while you’re there – pick up some 24 packs of crayons for the sale price of $.50 (limited to 10). Please email Carol Hrodey (cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net) if you are able to purchase either of these items.
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!!

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

Monday, Aug 15 @ 5:30pm
Open invitation to anyone looking for quality pre-school and Kindergarten Christian Education. This is also an opportunity for parents to meet their children’s teachers before school starts the August 16th.   

Thursday, Aug 25 @ 7pm
Friendship Place
We will discuss the book “Deep Down Dark” by Hector Tobar. Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading.

Sunday, Sept 11 @ 9am
Messiah will again participate in ELCA’s Day of Service: God’s Work, Our Hands so SAVE THE DATE! We will have a brief prayer service to start the day and then some of us will go out in the neighborhood to collect food for the Maine Township Food Pantry, and the rest of us will work on LWR Quilts and Kits Ministry in the Friendship Place. Lunch will be served. It’s a great time to help those in need, as well as to enjoy fellowship with each other! Be sure to wear your t-shirt! Let the office know by 8/2 if you need a TShirt!   
Sunday, August 28th after worship
Concisely, initiatives will be updated, MLC and CCC fall calendars shared, and other business matters attended to. A quorum of 25 is needed for the vote.

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, August 13 at 9am. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W Dempster Street in Niles. Good conversation and food.

Quilt Dedication, 9/25
Flat Jesus Party, 9/25
Quilts ‘n Kits – In August we’ll meet on Sunday, August 28th to assemble quilts. Snacks will be available along with great fellowship and remember - no sewing experience necessary!


No CHAT Room or Confirmation Class
till Fall …
have a nice summer!

Aug 7   12th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 33:12-22
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Gospel: Luke 12:32-40

Aug 14   13th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 82
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 11:29--12:2
Gospel: Luke 12:49-56
Aug 21   14th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 103:1-8
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 12:18-29
Gospel: Luke 13:10-17
Aug 28   15th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 112
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14

Sunday, August 21st
during worship
Pastor Lynne invites all children of Messiah to bring their school backpack to worship this Sunday. During the Children’s Message time, she will offer a blessing to them as they embark on another school year as a child (and student!) of God!   

We begin each Sunday 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 welcome to share out loud or write it on a card and give to an usher. Pastor Lynne will read the cards during "God Sightings." This will continue through Sunday 9/11.



Aug 7   Aug 14   Aug 21   Aug 28
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Samantha F   Michael Y   Evelyn A   Caitlin L
Communion Assistants   Julia F   Floyd Y   Aly A   Rich L
Readers   Dottie B   Erik G   Larry R   Marilynn D
Worship Assistants   Andy T   Diane B   David S   Trygve J
Projection   Jim H    Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   12th Man   12th Man   12th Man   12th Man
Altar Guild   Nancy H   Marilynn D   Marilynn D   Sue K
Counter   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H

* Thanks to God for those who have stepped up as ushers! The 12th person (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.
Aug 7   In celebration of Moni Ryczek’s birthday.   Available.
Aug 14   By Marilyn Baalson   Available.
Aug 21   In memory of Sue Nugnis by her family.   Available.
Aug 28   Available.   Available.


CALENDAR: See Calendar online at

Dear Pastor Lynne and Millie’s Messiah Friends,
Grace and peace to you all!
I’m writing this note to let you know that my mom continues to do well at Wesley Willows and thinks of you often. She accepts that she is where she needs to be, but does miss you all. She attends chapel twice a week, and received communion from my pastor at my Rockford congregation, who visits her.
We’ll miss the July 3 fireworks, but will think of you all.
My god bless you today and always,
In Christ, Cheryl
PS – thanks for your emails!

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 3rd!
Manna orders will be due on AUGUST 1st in the Child Care Center because they will be closed the week of August 8th

“We moved so fast, we didn’t get a chance to say good bye to any friends. Messiah is a great place, and we enjoyed the services. Thank you for the fellowship.”
Don and Marlyn Wenn

Don and Marlyn Wenn
1234 N. Riviera Circle
Pearland, TX 77581
Interested in joining Messiah?
We have had a few people express interest in joining the ministry of our congregation, and we will celebrate new members on August 7th. If you’d like to join that day too, please contact Pastor Lynne!

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1,100 affiliates in communities across the country who engage in advocacy, research, support, and education.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Class is a 12-week course for families and close friends of adults with mental illness. This course is taught by trained volunteer family members who are experienced in caring for a loved one with serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other disorders. Many family members describe this experience as life-changing. Join the thousands of families, just like yours, who have gained information, understanding, and support.
This 12-week class is being offered on TUESDAYS this year September 17 to December 13 from 7 to 9:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Messiah is happy to once again support this vital ministry in our community.
For more info, or to REGISTER for the class, contact the NAMI office at 847-716-2252. Classes are free, but registration is required.   
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing
-Robert Lowry, 1869

Please mark Tuesday, August 30, 7; 30p-8:45p, on your calendar for the first rehearsal of the new season for Gloria Dei Choir. We rehearse in the Multipurpose Room.
It’s a great way to become involved in the life of Messiah. A choir does not just sing notes together, but it shares life and ministry together. There are no tryouts and no prior choir experience is needed. Just bring your love of God and your love of singing. Anyone of high school age and older is invited to join.

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.
Living the Journey,
Tim Saul
Charter Organization Rep., Messiah Lutheran Church, C7-751-13

Some of our members have gotten REALLY creative about how they decorate Jesus for his travels this summer! Trudi Handzel crocheted her own version …
And Carol Hrodey got hers ready to journey to Alaska with her, and also a special, patriotic one for her birthday!

The Lipperts took Jesus to a ball game with them, and Paul Holzer brought him to the Brotherhood Breakfast:

Jacqueline Steigerwald, 8/1
Kristin Kopij, 8/5
Sandra Deines, 8/7
Kevin Kaufman, 8/8
Jenni Robles, 8/8
Cindy Norberg, 8/10
Ravi Penumaka, 8/15
Henry Allemeier, 8/16
Connie Travis, 8/19   

Susan and Ed Kopij, 8/25/1974 – 42 years
Andy and Connie Travis,
8/28/1998 – 18 years
Ralph and Teresa Lippert,
8/31/1997 – 19 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:       **
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 July 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


A terrier named Max's quiet life is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray, who Max instantly dislikes.
I was rather disappointed in this film. Given the creative minds behind the story, I was looking forward to something fun, and sweet, and funny, with deeply human emotions embodied in a wide range of animal characters. What I felt like I got was a darker film than I was prepared for, and several theatrical puzzles that made no sense to me (for example … why do all the pets talk EXCEPT for Sweet Pea, the little bird? And what was with the sausage factory dream sequence?). I also found myself cringing repeated at the danger that the little pets found themselves in, from simply going up and down fire escapes (too easy to imagine them falling through the steps and plunging to their deaths), to an elaborate “short cut” across a construction site hanging 50 stories in the air, to an enormous battle sequence with a terrifying snake and subsequent drowning danger in the sewers under New York.
There were a lot of laughs, especially from the kids in the audience, mainly aged 8-14. The grownups found funny stuff too, but not quite enough to make a dent in how scary some of it was (at one point, my husband and I looked at each other like, “Really? PG?”).
The animation that we’ve come to expect is terrific, and there are fun, high action sequences and a few great gags (Chloe the cat’s embarrassing video on YouTube is pretty hilarious) but I can’t help feeling they’ve missed the mark in the emotional department. And I for one have come to expect that emotional punch from these movies.
I can’t say that I recommend this movie, especially for younger kids. It was okay, but not terrific, and I think with so many options out there, you can probably pick a better one. I haven’t seen Finding Dory yet, but now I wish I had seen it instead of this one.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Julie Holzer, Brad Kovach, Penumaka Family, Paula DiVita, 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, 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 joyfully said “well done!” and “thank you!” to the teachers and students in our midst.
We gave joyful thanks for Mikey Hanson’s successful knee surgery!
We also celebrated the birth of TWO babies to the Kaufman family!! Kevin and Amie Kaufman had a son, Hayden James, on Friday, June 10. He weighed 8lbs 6oz. Kirsten (nee Kaufman) and Will Boyce had a son Thursday, June 16. Connor William weighs 9 lbs 15 oz. Dave and Connie Kaufman are proud grandparents to both boys, and two white roses were placed on the altar in celebration!

* 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, 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!


The Messiah
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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