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The September Messenger Issue #579

Aug 30, 2016

The Messiah

ELCA Day of Service
September 11
Begins at 9AM in the Sanctuary

Dear Messiah family of faith,
It is said that in the DNA foundation of every faith community, there can be found one consistent spiritual gift that defines the primary mission of that community.
Fifty years ago, a group of Messiah Lutheran Church members determined there was a need for a quality preschool in the neighborhood. The newly built Education Wing was available during the weekdays. There was a also group of people with a love of children and learning. God brought the three of these together to begin the Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center.
There have been many CCC Board members, CCC teachers and staff through the years but one thing has remained constant. The love of teaching children about God has provided a strong foundation for thousands of preschoolers and their families.
As Messiah celebrates the 50th anniversary of Excellence in Christian Education, we celebrate all those whom have given their time, talent and treasures to this primary ministry and mission of our faith community. It is such a privilege to know that Messiah has consistently contributed to the education of many Maine Township citizens throughout the years.
Christian Education is not limited to Sunday School, church, or pre-school but as Martin Luther taught, is part of thedaily life of a family. We are now entering the season of Cross+ Generational Faith Formation … where the wisdom of the elder meets the wonder of the child … and all are enriched by the shared experiences of learning about God.
Thanks be to God!

“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” ~ Proverbs 22:6

As we heard last week from Worknesh Deressa's announcement, the status of her community in Ethiopa is dire.
She has humbly requested that we have a collection for her church back home in Ethiopa, as they are facing many challenges. In addition to the political uprising, they are besieged by drought, hunger and food distribution. Worknesh has returned to her home in Ethiopa and appreciates our prayers as well as financial contributions made to: Lutheran World Relief https://lwr.org/donate/ethiopia


In Memoriam:
Roger Jones
Roger Jones was born May 15, 1938 to Warren and Josephine Jones in Evergreen Park, IL and grew up in Skokie,
On June 17, 1961 Roger married his college sweetheart, Linka Kirst. The early years of their marriage were spent in Jacksonville, Florida while Roger was stationed at the Naval Airbase, Cecil Field. After completing his service to his country, Roger and Linka settled down in Chicago and had three children; Kimberly, Mark and Mary Jo. In 1974 they moved their family to Park Ridge, and became members here Roger was a charming man with a playful sense of humor. His charisma served him well in his career as a successful salesman.
One of Roger's favorite pastimes was fishing with his children, grandchildren and his friend Rich at the cabin in Bruce, WI. In colder months he and Linka loved spending time in New Port Richey, Florida. He especially enjoyed having breakfast and commiserating with his breakfast club buddies.
Roger was very proud of his Norwegian heritage and loved spending time with his family from Oslo, Norway who visited frequently. He was deeply loved by many and will remain forever in our hearts.
A service was held at Messiah on Friday, August 26 at 11:00 am. Please keep the Jones family in your prayers.   

Highlights from the August 15 meeting include:
• For the first time in several months, all EC members were present! It was great to have Pastor back with us, and to have everyone back from summer trips
• Agenda for the August 28th congregational meeting was planned
• Administrative items reviewed included space use requests, status of financial audit, and upcoming insurance renewal
• Fall fundraisers were discussed, with plans to go ahead with a Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch

July Attendance
Wk1=59, Wk2=50, Wk3=33, Wk4=51, Wk 5, 31 … *76 unique individuals attended worship between 1 and 5 times in July.

July Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$3689, Wk2=$1623, Wk3=$939, Wk4=$903, Wk5=$853
“September Electric”
In September we will collect dedicated offerings for “COOL” to help offset our air conditioning bill from the summer months! To indicate your preference to contribute towards our electric bill, please write “COOL” on a pew envelope. Your gift will be applied directly to that particular account.


It’s time to GATHER together
to complete our annual send-off of quilts and kits to Lutheran World Relief. Our items will be sent to places in need around the world. We’ve been working toward this all year and September is an important month to complete our offerings. Here is our schedule:
Sunday, September 11th – ELCA Service Day. Our “in-house” project will be assembly of health care kits, preparation of items for school kits and quilt assembly. Following the brief service we’ll begin work, take a break for lunch and continue into the early afternoon.
Sunday, September 25th – Quilt Blessing and assembly of school kits during the Cross+Gen activity
Wednesday, September 28th – Packing of quilts and kits at 10:00 am in the Friendship Place
Saturday & Sunday, October 1st & 2nd – LWR truck at Messiah to receive quilts and kits from area groups. Help needed Saturday, 9-12 and Sunday 12-3
Please come out to help complete our mission for Lutheran World Relief.
In order to raise funds for our Lutheran World Relief Kits, we’ll be holding a raffle in September. With buying items in bulk it costs us approximately $5 for a personal care kit or a school kit. We plan to send at least 100 of each type of kit.
For a donation of $5 for one kit, you’ll receive 2 chances to win a beautiful quilt or a beautiful quilted table runner. For a donation of $10 for two kits, you’ll receive 5 chances to win the beautiful quilted items. The quilt was made by a member of a group who also sends quilts to Lutheran World Relief and the table runner was made by our own talented Susan Bromstad.
Of course we’re happy to receive larger donations toward the materials for our Quilts and Kits Ministry. Look for us on Sundays in September to “Buy a Kit” (or 2 or 3 or….) – or designate donations for Messiah Lutheran Church Women or LWR Quilt & Kit Ministry and place in offering plate or give to the church office if you aren’t interested in taking a chance on the quilted items. Thanks for your support.

Messiah has two new groups using our facilities on a regular basis. We welcome them to the “family.”   Glorian Publishing – this small group will use the MPR for meditation and yoga on Saturday afternoons.
Candor Life Coaching – workshops led by certified life coach Duvia Corerra in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday nights.

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

Sunday, Sept. 25 during worship
On this Sunday we will dedicate the quilts and school kits that our people have worked so hard on over the last year. The quilts will be on display in the narthex and sanctuary, and we will bless them during the service.
*Note: We will pack up the quilts on Wednesday, Sept 28. Volunteers needed to help in the Friendship Place at 10am.   

Thursday, Oct 6 @ 7pm
Friendship Place
We will discuss the book "The Light Between Oceans," by M.L. Stedman.
All are welcome.

Sunday, Sept. 25 immediately following worship
We will have a party in the Friendship Place to welcome Flat Jesus back after his summer of travels! There will be light refreshments, prizes for Flat Jesus participants, a slide show, and fellowship as we chat about our summer adventures.   

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, September 10 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 – Please see the News page for details about what is happening for Quilts ‘n’ Kits this September!

Harvest Festival, Oct 22
Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser, Oct 22-30
Reformation Sunday, Oct 30


Sept 4   16th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 1
2nd Lesson: Philemon 1-21
Gospel: Luke 14:25-33

Sept 13   Day of Service
Everyone meets in the Sanctuary

Sept 18   17th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Amos 8:4-7
Psalm: Psalm 113
2nd Lesson: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Gospel: Luke 16:1-13
CHAT: One Hope: Remembering the Body of Christ   
CONF: Intro/Welcome Plus What is a Lutheran? #1 Who are Lutherans?

Sept 25   18th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Psalm: Psalm 146
2nd Lesson: 1 Timothy 6:6-19
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
CHAT: One Hope: Remembering the Body of Christ   
CONF: What is a Lutheran? #2 The Reformation

Sept. 11, at 9 AM

Messiah will participate in the annual ELCA Day of Service on Sunday, September 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a brief prayer service. Following the service, some of us will canvas the local neighborhood to collect non-perishable food items for the Maine Township Food Pantry. The rest of us will focus on assembling quilts and kits for Lutheran World Relief in the Friendship Place. Lunch will be served when the neighborhood crew returns. Please plan on participating!!It’s a great time to share ourselves in God’s service, as well as enjoy fellowship with each other. Wear your Day of Service t-shirt, or if you don’t have one, try to borrow one from someone or wear a golden yellow shirt.



Sept 4   Sept 11   Sept 18   Sept 25
   10:15am   9:00am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Ralphie L   Samantha F   Caitlin L   Evelyn A
Communion Assistants   Teresa L   Julia F   Rich L   Aly A
Readers   Debbie D   NA   Dina S   Teresa L
Worship Assistants   Cindy N   NA   Rhonda C   Pat K
Projection   Jim H   NA   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   12th Man   12th Man   12th Man   12th Man
Altar Guild   Sue K   NA   Cindy N   Nancy H
Counter   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H

* Thanks to God for those who have stepped up as ushers! The 12th person 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.
Sept 4   In celebration of Julia Fogel’s 16th birthday.   Available
Sept 11   In memory of Norbert Hauser by the Hauser Family.   In celebration of Kyle’s 11th birthday by the Hauser Family.
Sept 18   Available   In loving memory of Aunt Giselle and Uncle Vlasta by the Hauser Family.
Sept 25   To the glory of God, by Marilynn Duckett.   Available


CALENDAR: September 2016


A Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch
This fundraiser is planned for
Saturday, October 22nd through Sunday, October 30th.
The Harvest Festival with craft vendors (and more!) will kick off the week on Sunday the 22nd, but Julie Holzer needs help planning and setting up this event.
The Pumpkin Patch will start that day and continue through the weekdays. Debbie Sasak is planning. Persons are needed to help with 2hr shifts selling the pumpkins during the weekend days and during/after CCC school hours. We are hoping that this will be a big hit with our CCC families! PLEASE HELP for a few hours with this important event - we need as many families and individuals to help as possible! Contact the office, Pastor Lynne, or Julie and Debbie as soon as possible to let us know you can help.

Substitute Secretary Needed
Jennifer will be out of the office Sept 12-16 for a business trip, and needs someone to cover her hours (9-1) for that week. Please contact the office if you are able to/interested in doing that.
Messiah Child Care is still using Manna Cards as a fund raiser. Please pick up a manna form each month at the child table in the narthex and support our school. If you have any questions, please stop in and ask (or email us at messiahchildcarecenter@gmail.com

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Benefitting Church World Service and Maine Township Food Pantry
Our annual involvement in the Park Ridge/Niles CROP Walk is coming up fast! This year the Start and Finish line is at Park Ridge Community Church, 100 Courtland Ave, Park Ridge. Pledge packets and signups will be available soon. Watch for your opportunity to raise additional funds by participating in dining out fundraisers like the ones listed below:
Potbelly: Thur, Sept 15th, 5-8 pm. 25% of ALL sales go to Crop Hunger Walk. Move to the front of the line by ordering online and picking up at the register.
Riggios: Wed, Sept 28th, all day. 15% of all sales that MENTION Crop Hunger Walk. No time to dine in that evening, order a pizza in advance and carryout.
Chipotle: Thur, Oct 13th, 4:30-8:30 pm. 50% of all sales who BRING IN the flyer and/or MENTION Crop Hunger Walk. Don't want to stand in line, order online, but pay at the register so you can mention Crop Hunger Walk.   

With September comes traditional “end of summer” changes, such as colors of leaves and crops harvested. In worship, we will be changing our musical liturgical setting. Beginning September 18, we will use setting 4, as we did last fall. (Before the introduction of the ELW 10 years ago, we sang it as setting 2 in the green LBW hymnal.)
An important part of our liturgy is the “offering”. This musical part of worship should not be seen as a performance or a break during worship to help pass the time, or even to cover the noise during the collection. Whether the congregation sings a hymn or another musical offering is given, the offering time is a reaffirmation that we are giving ourselves, our time and our possessions back to their source-to God.

We have had a wonderful beginning to our school year 50th school year! Our Child Care Open House on August 15th was full of energy and enthusiasm. Our first school day, Tuesday, August 16th, was filled with joyful, excited children and families, ready to move into a new year of learning and friendships. Our children are doing a fantastic job learning about their classrooms, their new friends, their teachers, our schedules, etc. It is such a huge experience for them and they are handling it with all their awesome ability. We thank everyone for your support of our school as we celebrate our school's milestone anniversary!
Please be sure to check out our newsletter for additional information. It is sent with the Messiah newsletter via email, or copies are always available in the narthex in the Child Care Corner!

Isabella DiVita, 9/2
Julia Fogel, 9/4
David Hanson, 9/8
George Magerl, 9/11
Melvin Shapiro, 9/12
Caitlin Levy, 9/13
Marilynn Duckett, 9/14
Michael Hanson, 9/14
Kyle Hauser, 9/16
Tom Hanson, 9/17
Richard Levy, 9/18
Teresa Lippert, 9/20
Holly Norberg, 9/21
Steve Loverme, 9/23
Julie Jensen, 9/25   
Barbara Valasek, 9/26
Pat Fragale, 9/28

Bill and Sandi Downie, 9/16/61 – 55 years
Rich and Helen Levy,
9/20/91 – 25 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 August 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 young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.
So, when I think “stop motion animation” I think “Wallace and Grommet” or possibly “Nightmare Before Christmas.” And I went to (and enjoyed immensely) this film, and did not know at ALL that it was stop motion (or motion capture) animation until I sat down to write this review. IT. IS. THAT. GOOD. I even just watched the trailer a couple of times, and I still think they are fibbing. The hair? The water? The light? The monsters? Surely that is all computer animated, right? No. It isn’t. And for that reason alone, I encourage you to go see this movie in the theater. You simply will not believe your eyes.
The story follows Kubo, an 11 year old boy with a talent for storytelling, as he learns about his past and embarks on a quest to save his own future.
He is joined by a talking monkey (a protector provided by his mystical mother) and an enchanted warrior who has    become a very large beetle. The three join together to find set of magical armor, the only thing that can protect Kubo against the Moonking, who wants to claim Kubo as his own.
Aside from the glorious animation, the story and characters are strong as well, and offer a deeply nostalgic look at what so many of us hold dear … our families, and the relationships that make them powerful. Borrowing from a Japanese tradition (and echoed by dozens of other cultures) the people of Kubo’s village have a powerful ceremony of honoring their departed loved-ones. Lighted lanterns keep dear ones close.
There are some fairly dark sequences that might frighten really little children. I think anyone over the age of 6 or so would be thoroughly enchanted by this stunning masterpiece that is warm, funny, touching, and courageous. Even though the animation is stunning, the story does not take a back seat … it is front and center, and does not disappoint.
I think my only complaint is that Matthew McConaughey’s subtle southern drawl sounds odd as the voice of the Japanese inspired character he plays. Other than that, this movie is a total winner. Do not miss it on the big screen!

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Nick G., Donna Hanson, Joann Wood, 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, 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, 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.*   

With joyful thanksgiving for her faithful commitment, we sent Arden Sasak to Leadership Lab in July!

Les and Nancy Herak celebrated the arrival of a new grandson, Ryker Olav Herak born to Mike and Katie on July 22nd.

* 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, Tommy Hanson, Melissa Holzer, Kevin Kovach, Paul Song, Brynn Wildenauer.


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

Worknesh Deressa, C/O Zewdito Deressa
PO Box 15518
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
H: 011-251-116-1827, C: 11-09-479647-79

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
Child Care Homepage: www.messiahchildcare.com




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