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The Messiah Messenger > The October Messenger Issue #580
The October Messenger Issue #580

Sep 30, 2016


From Jennifer Schneider   

I have some very important news to share. I believe all of you know that I have my own business. In June of 2013, my business partner and I were joined by 5 other people and we founded a new company called p.Link Coaching Center for Excellence. That company has grown tremendously, I now have an opportunity with p.Link to not only grow as a person, but to grow my business doing work that I enjoy. I feel cannot continue to split my focus between Messiah and p.Link … I am not doing a service to either organization or myself by doing this.

I have chosen to leave Messiah by the end of 2016. This decision does not come easily to me … indeed, I have been thinking about it, and praying about it, and seeking advice and counsel from people I respect for quite some time. I do not want anyone at Messiah to think that this is in any way a reflection on this community … I love you all, and my heart is heavy, thinking that this will hurt some of you.
I have said many times that I feel as though God called me to Messiah … I was here for the challenging years from 2004 through 2009 and everything that happened in that time. I have enjoyed deeply working with so many amazing, faithful, caring people. You have honored me with your trust, and supported me in my tasks.

It has been my sincerest pleasure to spend the last 7 years working closely with Pastor Lynne to bring some
consistency and stability to the admin side of things, and have also enjoyed my relationships with other staff members … Dave, Sue, Karen, Dan, and by extension, Rita and Cathy in the CCC office.

I have begun to believe, however, that God is now calling someone else to fill this role at Messiah. At the same time God sent Messiah into my life, he also sent Gretchen (my business partner), and the work we have been doing to help people live as the most authentic, creative and empowered people they can be. I believe in that mission also, and have an opportunity now to make it a reality on a wide scale by moving to full time for p.Link. I think it is time for me to do so, and to let someone else feel the passion and excitement of working together with you all on your mission as you move into the next phase for Messiah.

I shared this decision with the Executive Committee on September 18th, and they have been gracious and supportive. I will be here through December, and am working with them to find and hire the best person to fulfill the mission of being your Office Admin.

Please feel free to reach out to me with questions. I love you all.

As summer is winding down, we are evaluating our Assistance Ministry and looking at what is working, where the greatest needs are, what our guests are looking for, etc.

Our Messiah family continues to be very generous and supportive. When there is a specific request, someone in the congregation comes forward. We continue to have a bounty of food to share and toiletries, clothing, backpacks, etc. are continually being replenished. Your gifts are very much appreciated!
We generally have out a paper for Prayer Requests for our guests.

Interestingly, there are specific requests from individuals but also many prayer requests for recovery for Pastor Lynne. There is definitely a connection being made with our weekly visitors!

Thank you to the Messiah family for all that you do. You have also shared food...yummy pasta dishes, stews, rice dishes, fruit and vegetables. What a treat it is for many of them to have a home cooked meal, glass of milk, and fresh fruit.

If anyone has any ideas how we might be more helpful, please let us know. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, you would be welcomed!   

The past five years, we have gathered in the fall to look ahead to the upcoming year of ministry at Messiah. Ministry budget sheets are distributed and ministries are reviewed. This is also the time for members of the Messiah faith community to meet for the upcoming “prayerful process” sessions. In these gatherings, we join in prayerful discernment for the future leadership of Messiah. We will pray, read Scriptures, share our vision of what God and the Holy Spirit are up to here at Messiah Lutheran Church. We will listen to each other's experiences and prayerfully discern an outcome that offers "the capacity for a shared meaning element or keen intellectual vision" (Webster’s Dictionary definition of discernment). In these next few months, our prayerful discernment will lead us to new leaders for Messiah. Those new leaders will be asked to prayerfully consider taking new roles in our church. And then we will pray for these new leaders. Let Pastor Lynne know if you’d like to be involved in this process.

Thanks to everyone who
helped on the “inside” crew
during Service Day in September! We accomplished a lot, packing personal care kits and assembling quilts. As we tally the Quilts and Kits we’ll be sending to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) this year, we learned where our boxes went last year:
•   Some went to the Republic of Georgia and LWR’s partner there – the Union of Investments and Humanitarian Projects which provides assistance to disabled people, orphans and other socially vulnerable groups. The quilts and kits are invaluable during the cold winter months and provide a sense of security and dignity to those who receive them. Having these basic necessities allows families to direct slim resources to other essentials like food and firewood for heat.
•   Other quilts and kits went to LWR’s partner in India – the Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) which is a service arm of 24 local churches. CASA distributes quilts and kits to hospitals, orphanages, schools and homes for the elderly which serve the poorest citizens of India. Quilts provide bedding, giving warmth and a tangible expression of God’s love and care for each person who receives one. For individuals who feel that society has forgotten them, this is a precious reminder, and a reason to hope.   On Saturday, October 1st (9:00 am to Noon) and Sunday, October 2nd (Noon to 3:00 pm) Messiah will serve as the gathering site for other churches in our area to collect this year’s Quilts and Kits. A truck will be here to receive these Quilts and Kits, before being sent to LWR and then distributed throughout the world. If you can help during one of these times, please let Carol Hrodey know (847-828-7819 or cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net).

Meanwhile, we’ll begin a new year of Quilts and Kits on Sunday, October 30th (Reformation!) following the worship service in the Friendship Place. We’ll “re-form” material into quilts to send out next year. We’ll have snacks (bring one to share!) – and good fellowship! Please consider joining us – no sewing experience necessary! For additional information, contact Carol H.

Highlights from the September 18 meeting include:
• Contracts for insurance and cleaning
• Plans for fall events
• Terms for EC and CCC board
• Parsonage use

August Attendance
Wk1=42, Wk2=45, Wk3=31, Wk4=49 *76 unique individuals attended worship between 1 and 4 times in August.

August Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$2055, Wk2=$3817, Wk3=$883, Wk4=$754

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

Saturday, Oct. 1 9-12pm
Sunday, Oct. 2 12-3pm
The trailer will be in the parking lot October 1 and 2. We will have people on hand to help other churches load their goods into the trailer, which will be picked up Monday morning and taken to the LWR distribution center. There will be a bar code added to each box in order to track where in the world it goes! Help is needed for packing, scanning, and loading the boxes.

Benefitting Church World Service and Maine Township Food Pantry
Sunday, October 16, 2016
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 are available now. You can also donate online at www.cropwalk.org. Click on Illinois on the map and find Niles/Park Ridge Walk. Click on that and click “donate,” and type in walkers name or team name (Messiah Lutheran Church) to donate. (Instructions are pretty clear once you get to Niles/Park Ridge Walk.)   

The Harvest Festival with craft vendors will kick off the week on Saturday the 22nd from 9-3pm. This is a return to our popular Harvest Festival of years past – come enjoy a great browsing experience! Also, in celebration of the CCC’s 50th anniversary, there will be an Open House with children’s games and crafts. The Pumpkin Patch will start that day and continue through the weekdays until October 30. Pumpkins will be sold during the day – we are looking for volunteers to staff the sale for 2 hour shifts. Please contact Debbie Sasak to sign up for your time!

EC Retreat, 11/6 or 11/13

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, October 8 at 9am. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W Dempster Street in Niles. Good conversation and food.

Oct 2   20th Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Psalm: Psalm 37:1-9
2nd Lesson: 2 Timothy 1:1-14
Gospel: Luke 17:5-10   
CHAT: One Hope: Remembering the Body of Christ   
CONF: What is a Lutheran? #3 Along Came Martin (Pastor Teach)

Oct 9   21st Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c
Psalm: Psalm 111
2nd Lesson: 2 Timothy 2:8-15
Gospel: Luke 17:11-19   
CHAT: One Hope: Remembering the Body of Christ   
CONF: What is a Lutheran? #4-6 The Sacraments (Pastor Teach)

Oct 16   22nd Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Genesis 32:22-31
Psalm: Psalm 121
2nd Lesson: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Gospel: Luke 18:1-8   
CHAT: One Hope: Remembering the Body of Christ   
CONF: The 10 Comm’ts #1 Before the Commandments (Tess L Teach)

Oct 23   23rd Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22
Psalm: Psalm 84:1-7
2nd Lesson: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Gospel: Luke 18:9-14
Harvest for Homeless & Hungry   
CHAT: One Hope: Remembering the Body of Christ      
cONF: The 10 Comm’ts #2 Respect for God (Tess L Teach)

Oct 30   Reformation Sunday
1st Lesson: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm: Psalm 46
2nd Lesson: Romans 3:19-28
Gospel: John 8:31-36   
CHAT: One Hope: Remembering the Body of Christ   
The 10 Comm’ts #3 Respect for Life (Tess L Teach)

Sunday, October 2
at 1pm

Bring your favorite critter on his leash or in her box, and receive a blessing! We will have a short service, and are often joined by neighbors and friends who wish their special pet to get blessed. This service is in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.    

October 30th
We invite everyone to wear red to celebrate Reformation Sunday. We may even be visited by special guests Martin and Katie Luther!


Oct 2   Oct 9   Oct 16   Oct 23   Oct 30
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Caitlin L   Ralphie L   Samantha F   Caitlin L   Evelyn A
Communion Assistants   Rich L   Teresa L   Julia F   Rich L   Aly A
Readers   Rhonda C   Dave H   Tait J   Andy T   Erik G
Worship Assistants   David S   Erik G   Karen B   David S   Tate J
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   12th Man   12th Man   12th Man   12th Man   12th Man
Altar Guild   *   *   *   *   *
Counter   Paul H   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 find a partner to hand out bulletins, put the pew pads out, collect the offering, and pick up pew pads and return to the workroom. We ARE LOOKING for someone to take over coordinating ushers on a regular basis.

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.
Oct 2   In honor of James Clauser’s birthday.   Available.
Oct 9   In celebration of Moni and Larry Ryczek’s wedding anniversary.   In celebration of Julia Fogel’s baptism anniversary.
Oct 16   By Pat and Brad Kovach for Daniel’s birthday   Available.
Oct 23   In memory of Thomas Perzentka Handzel.   Available.
Oct 30   By Brad and Pat Kovach, remembering family members   By John and Sue Fox in honor of Andrew’s baptism anniversary.

CALENDAR: October 2016


“Chocolate, Wine, and Helping Others”
On Thursday, October 6, (7-9pm) the Women’s Network of Lutheran Social Services (LSSI) is hosting a special Get-Acquainted Gathering at a Network member's home in River Forest. In addition to learning about the fine art of pairing wine with chocolate, you’ll hear about LSSI’s Lifebook program, the powerful tool that allows foster children to celebrate their lives. This Women’s Network is a group of women from across Chicagoland who actively support LSSI through program awareness, volunteer service and financial donations. If you are interested in, contact Julie Luck Jensen.

Spotlight Youth Theater proudly presents “Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”
at Prairie Lakes Theater in Des Plaines! From the musical genius of Andrew Lloyd Webber comes the Old Testament tale of Joseph and his 11 brothers. Full of color, energy and incorporating dozens of musical styles, Joseph is sure to dazzle audiences young and old. Tickets are on sale now at www.Spotlight.org. For pictures, videos, and updates on upcoming shows, be sure to like SpotlightNorthwestCook on Facebook (the one that lists 515 Thacker as the theater address is the correct page.)
Flat Jesus Awards!
Most Photos of FJ – Pat+ Brad Kovach
Best Flat Jesus Outfit – Trudi Handzel
Best Travel Story – Carol Hrodey & Diane Wilson/Karol Kaman
Furthest Distance FJ Traveled – Tim Saul (Germany)
Most People in photo with FJ – Paul Holzer and Brotherhood Breakfast
Child Care Center 50th Anniversary Celebration Ideas
If you have ideas about ways to celebrate this, please contact the Executive Committee and let them know.


Dear Friends …
Several years ago the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA www.lucsa.org ) approved the writing of 6 books as Christian education resources by and for LUCSA member churches. LUCSA, with 15 member churches across 10 countries, is the sub-regional expression of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Southern Africa. Books 1 to 3 are for Sunday School teachers, Book 4 is for Confirmation, Book 5 is for Youth and Young Adult ministry and Book 6 is an adult education resource for lay leaders and clergy. I have been privileged to work on this project as one of the coordinators.
See the rest of the letter at …

In 2001, music preservationist, Roger Hall, wanted to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks through music. He developed “National Carry A Tune Week”, honoring American composers. On Sunday, Oct 2, the first day of the celebration, Gloria Dei Choir will share William Billings’ version of the Lord’s Prayer. One of Billings’ most famous choral works, its lyrics are in the 18th century vernacular; the music is beautiful in its harmonies and interplay between the voices.
William Billings, born in Boston on October 7, 1746, is known as America’s first composer. Not only was he the best known American composer of the 18th century, he was a great patriot and friends with Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. Billings wrote hymns and choral anthems, sung during and after the American Revolution. Roger Hall chose the week around Billings’ birthday to establish the beginning of “National Carry A Tune Week.”

~ Sue Fox


Congrats to Floyd Yager on 10 years of teaching our youth at Messiah. Several of Floyd’s former confirmation students came together on Sept 25 to honor him for his decade of service!
Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Going forward, the Confirmation Class will be taught by a number of volunteers who will take the sections to teach. Who is teaching will be listed along with the lesson each week on our “This Month In Worship” page of the Messenger.
On Sunday, September 11th, Messiah Lutheran Church joined other congregations in the ELCA in a Day of Service. Instead of a traditional worship service, we met briefly for communion and a prayer, and then 46 people either went out in the neighborhood and collected goods for the Maine Township Food Pantry, or they stayed here to make quilts and health kits for Lutheran World Relief.
ELCA Day of Service: Results by the Number:
•   42 people participated!
•   12 quilts pinned! Boxed 52 total!
•   107 personal care kits assembled!
•   105 School kits! Boxed 132 total!
•   206 items of food collected by and $60 cash!
•   And lots of good fellowship and food!

Linda Stolz, 10/5
Sandra Downie, 10/6
Daniel Kovach, 10/7
Tommy Hanson, 10/16
David Kaufman, 10/26
Neil Hauser, 10/29   

Tom and Kim Hanson, 10/29/93 – 22 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 September 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
In memory of Roger Jones – Frank Ranieri and the Jones Family

Friends, I am so sorry, but I have not had the time at ALL in the last month to see a movie that is appropriate to review. I have been traveling, busy, and watching baseball!
Instead I thought I’d do a “special edition” review. Anyone who is friends with me on Facebook probably knows that I am a Cubs fan. And this season has been so much fun to watch, especially thanks to a friend who gave me as a gift SIX GAMES at Wrigley Field this summer (known as a 6-pack of tickets). The opportunity to go throughout the summer and watch some seriously awesome baseball has been a joy to me and my family, one we will treasure for the rest of our lives, I am sure.
We made the choice to buy tickets for ourselves to go see ONE MORE GAME … and were present on Sunday, September 25th for the final home game of the season.
The game began with a moment of silence to honor Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlin’s ace pitcher who was killed Sunday morning in a horrible boating accident. That moment seemed to set the tone somehow for a game that was more than just a game.
David Ross has been the “backup catcher” for the cubs for 2 years. He has announced that at 39 years old, and after 14 years in MLB, he’s retiring at the end of the year. Last Sunday, we the fans had the chance to join his teammates in thanking him for everything he’s meant to us in the short time he’s been here.   After receiving an ENORMOUS standing ovation both times he came to the plate; after watching him score the first run of the game with a home run in the 5th, and screaming to lose my voice when that happened; after Joe Maddon, in a prearranged move with pitcher Jon Lester, pulled Ross out of the game in the 7th just so he could get another ovation; after watching a grown man weep unashamedly at the love and honor and respect that was heaped on him, I realized a few things.
One … the power of 40,000+ voices raised in love is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. I can still feel the goosebumps when I think about it.
Two … we honored David Ross not for who he is, but for who he is TO OTHERS. Many players in the clubhouse have said he’s the MVP in their book because of what he gives them, both as men and as players. He is also active in our community, working with Goodwill and other charities.
Three … the game was poignant for me because it began honoring a young life that was cut short too soon, and continued by honoring a life that has meant so much to many for an entire career. It was a reminder to think about legacy, and what we bring to our days, EVERY DAY, because we don’t really know how long we will have to make our legacy real and lasting.
Final thought … having met Mr. Ross at Goodwill, I can honestly say he’s a really nice guy!

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: The Hauser Family, Worknesh Deressa, Donna Hanson, Joann Wood, Julie Holzer, Brad Kovach, Penumaka Family, Paula DiVita, JJ, 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, 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 joy we celebrated with the Yager family as they welcomed great-nephew Oliver Norman Tinkoff, who was born August 10th. He was 7lb 5 oz, and he is the son of Kristin’s nephew Scott and his wife Mary Jo Tinkoff.

We joyfully welcomed Janitha Chellian and her daughter Novena Christal as new members to our congregation!

We gave joyful thanks for the students enrolled in our primary ministry, Messiah Child Care Center.
* 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, Bobby Hanson, Tom Hanson, Andreas Johnsen, Jason Koesler, Sam Krawitz, Joey Rosequist, 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!

Lippert Family
8506 W. Madison
Niles, IL 60714   

Mary Jo & Michaelene Marchetta
1023 Busse Hwy 1E
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
Child Care Homepage: www.messiahchildcare.com




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