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The Messiah Messenger > The December Messenger Issue #582
The December Messenger Issue #582

Nov 30, 2016


Christmas Services
Sunday, Dec. 18 @ 10:15am
Mary and Joseph
Baby Shower

Sat., Dec. 24 @ 4:00pm
Family Christmas Eve

Sat., Dec. 24 @ 10:15pm
Candle Light
Christmas Eve

Sun., Dec. 25 @ 10:15am
Christmas Day Service

Advent greetings to you all!
The season of Advent brings a time to ponder new beginnings as we await the coming of Christ into our world. There are preparations to make for the new beginnings that are coming with the arrival of Christ. The month of December mimics the seasons of life ... we spend the first three weeks of the month preparing and waiting for Emmanuel, Word of God Incarnate, Holy One of Israel, and then the last week celebrating the arrival of Jesus the Christ child.
How will we stay awake to watch and listen for Christ?
It is in the preparation and waiting that we are given the opportunity to reflect prayerfully about how Jesus arrival here on earth has made a difference in our lives.

“About that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father… Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
Matthew 24:36, 44

As the world stays awake and watches, we too, are staying awake and watching at Messiah Lutheran Church + Child Care Center. Advent began with a Cross+Generational Advent Event, church decorating, and in soon we will have a Youth LockIn. What a better way to stay awake and watch for Christ?
This year at Messiah, we will be preparing for a new Church Office Manager as Jennifer moves on to managing her business R & J Productions fulltime. We will be staying awake and waiting for the Holy Spirit to guide us to hiring a new Office Manager. We pray for God’s guidance in considering the gifts of those who will be joining the Messiah Leadership Team in the upcoming year. Yes, this is definitely a time to stay awake!
The following weeks there will be CCC children performing holiday dance programs and singing Christmas songs, gifts will be purchased and wrapped for families in need, gloves, hats, and scarves will be hung on our Giving Tree and we will prepare for the arrival of the Christ child with a Baby Shower to benefit New Moms, Inc.
May this season of staying awake and preparing bring you hope for the future. May the arrival of the Christ child bring you peace and joy ... all the year through.
In Christ,
Pastor Lynne
We took great joy in baptizing Sarah Nugnis’ son Richie on Sunday, November 6. As part of our celebration of the Saints of Messiah, this sacrament was extra special. The Allemeier and Nugnis families were on hand to welcome baby Richie into this household of faith.

Highlights from the November 14 meeting include:
•   No information from the November meeting was made available

October Attendance
Wk1=53, Wk2=49, Wk3=50, Wk4=49, Wk4=62
*83 unique individuals attended worship between 1 and 4 times in October.

October Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$2537, Wk2=$2098, Wk3=$1832, Wk4=$1007, Wk5=$2383

Prayerful Process began in November. This 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. In the upcoming 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.
This year instead of adding extra stand-alone meetings to the calendar, we would like to be efficient and respectful of everyone’s busy schedules to incorporate PP into existing regularly scheduled activities such as Chat Room, Choir, Brotherhood, Quilting, CCC and Assistance Ministry. Look for PP dates in the January newsletter.

Nov. 27 -Dec. 11
Christmas Giving Trees are UP!
We’ve connected with Joy Medrano at LSSI for our Gifts program, and this year (as in previous years) we are supporting Intact Family Services. Intact is a program that works with DCFS to keep the children and parents together. Many of the parents are receiving treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, so while the parent is receiving help, the children are getting help and being monitored.
Gift tags for each of the 36 children we are supporting were on the tree by Sunday the November 27th. We have also included some of our local assistance families as well, and tags are up for them, too. Contact Moni Ryczeck with questions about gifts at 847-692-6972.
We are also collecting hats, gloves, and scarves for The Night Ministry serving the homeless of Chicagoland. We are looking for mostly adult items, and asking that they be NEW, STURDY, WINTER ITEMS, rather than “magic gloves” which are very thin. SOCKS are also much needed. Some of these items will be saved and given to our own Assistance Ministry guests as well. We thank everyone for all that they do to help those in need in our community and beyond.   

Every month Pack 105 will be featuring a scout who has demonstrated an exemplary behavior or skill and will be highlighted as a model for practicing the Scout Law.
Our very first featured scout of the month is NEILAN DURDOV, Wolf in Pack 105! He is being recognized for his hard work and doing his very best which earned him the Top Popcorn Seller spot and Badge! Congratulations Neilan! Your sales will help get your Pack ready for lots more adventures to come!
*Special thanks to Neilan’s little brother Evan, our junior Tiger scout-in-training, who also worked hard to help his big brother achieve this goal.

PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator
Saturday, December 3 at 4 PM
We will be “Hanging the Greens.” We will decorate, do a Cross+Gen activity, have light refreshments and prepare for the arrival of Jesus.

Saturday Dec 3
Buy a unique ceramic bowl from Oakton Community College’s renowned Pottery Department, and share a bowl of soup with hundreds of others from the community. Proceeds go to fight hunger in Maine Township and our surrounding area. Since 2004, this has raised over $200,000 for local food charities! Several Messiah members have enjoyed this program over the last decade. Make this your year!

Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, December 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.

Quits ‘n’ Kits We're off to a great start for this year’s Quilts & Kits
Ministry so come join us on Sunday, December 11th to assemble quilts! We'll get started after the reception for Jennifer in the Friendship Place. We'll also complete the second part of Prayerful Process during our quilting session. We enjoy good fellowship and there's no sewing experience necessary. Please join us!   
Annual Meeting, 1/29/2017
SouperBowl of Caring Collection Begins, 1/15/2017


Dec 4   Second Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm: Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
2nd Lesson: Romans 15:4-13
Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12   
CHAT: Advent Conversation   
CONF: Lord’s Prayer #1: What is Prayer? (Pat Kovach)

Dec 11   Third Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm: Psalm 146:5-10
2nd Lesson: James 5:7-10
Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11   
CHAT:   Advent Conversation   
CONF: Lord’s Prayer #2: The Lord’s Prayer (Pat Kovach)

Sunday, Dec. 18 @ 10:15am   
Mary and Joseph Baby Shower
A fun way to celebrate the coming baby King! We are asking for donations of paper diapers and other baby products to be shared with families in need.

Saturday, Dec. 24 @ 4:00pm
Family Christmas Eve
Our extremely popular Family Service, with kid-friendly worship and a convenient start time.

Saturday, Dec. 24 @ 10:15pm
Candle Light Christmas Eve
Traditional late-night “Lessons and Carols” Christmas Eve service.

Sunday, Dec. 25 @ 10:15am
Christmas Day Service
A celebration of the birth of Jesus.

During the worship service on Sunday, December 18th we will host a “Baby Shower for Mary and Joseph.” Children will carry their “gifts” and place them in front of the manger. Gifts will then be donated to local organizations that serve families in need. During the coffee hour following the service, we will celebrate with punch and other shower treats. If you would like to donate some cookies or other treats for this event, please contact Julie Jensen.   

Sunday, Dec. 11 during worship
Our Office Admin is moving on. On Dec 11 we will take a moment to thank her for all she has done for and meant to Messiah as a congregation over 14 years here, and wish her God’s blessings on her new business venture.



Dec 4   Dec 11   Dec 18   Dec 24   Dec 24   Dec 25
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   4:00pm   10:15pm   10:15am
Acolytes   Michaelene    Ralphie L   Caitlin L   Evelyn A   Samantha F   Michaelene & Samantha
Communion Assistants   Mary Jo M   Tess L   Rich L   Aly A   Julia F   Mary Jo
Readers   Erik G   Debbie D   Rich L   Cindy N   Trygve J, Trudi H,
Dave H,
Julie J,
Julia F   Larry R
Worship Assistants   Vikki H   Rhonda C   Karen B   Cindy N   Tait J   Trygve J
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   NA   NA   NA
Ushers   *   *   *   *   *   *
Altar Guild   Nancy H   Sue K   Cindy N   Cindy N   Marilynn D   Nancy H
Counter   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   NA   NA   NA

* Thanks to God for those who have stepped up as ushers! 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.

Dec 4   In memory of George A. Racia by the Hauser family.   Available.
Dec 11   In memory of Frank Luck’s birthday.   By Marilynn Duckett in honor of her new great-grandson.
Dec 18   In honor of David Jensen’s birthday.    Available.
Dec. 24 & 25   Poinsettias will be on display on the altar for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services. Order forms are available in the Sunday bulletins, or contact the office directly.



Jazz Nativity
at St. Luke Church
1500 W. Belmont in Chicago

Top Jazz Artists, Vocalists, and Dancers
Jazz settings of Christmas Carols,
great for all ages! Pets are also welcome!

Free Admission * Free Parking
Freewill offering benefits the
Anti-Cruelty Society    

Poinsettias for Sale!
$16 each
Orders due by
Monday, December 19
Watch for order forms in the Sunday bulletins beginning November 27thor call the office to place an order.
We will only have RED plants this year. We are

Messiah Book Club
January 19
“My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry”
by Fridrik Backman
Manna Orders for Christmas
Contact the Child Care Center to order your Christmas Gift Cards from Manna!
Order dates:
Monday, Dec 5
Monday, Dec 19
Budget Worksheets
Group leaders will receive a budget worksheet the first week of December. Please fill it out and return to
Larry Ryczek by December 9 to assist in creating the 2017 budget.

December 18th
During the worship service on Sunday December 18th new, unwrapped baby items will be presented to Mary and Joseph, and then given to New Moms, Inc. following the service. Suggested items include: diapers, formula (Enfamil), sippy cups, wipes, pacifiers, bottles, and baby wash. A poster will be up in the Friendship Place with more details.

As we enter this season of giving and, most likely, colder weather, please remember our Assistance Ministry guests. We are trying out having hours on Mondays only from 11:00-2:00 and offering a hot meal. Thanks to those of you who have provided meat, casseroles and other yummy foods.
Also remember that there is always a need for warm socks, winter jackets, sweatshirts, sweat pants, sweaters and boots. You have been so very generous in the past and our guests are appreciative. Feel free to drop in and join us on any Monday!

This year, you have the opportunity to help pick hymns we will sing during the brief Christmas season from Christmas Eve 12/24 and continuing thru 1/1/17. Using the pew pads as you mark your attendance on December 4 and December 11, please tell us your favorite Christmas hymn from ELW #267 thru ELW #300.
Joy to the world—the Lord has come!
~ Sue Fox

Please note: There is no choir rehearsal on Tuesday, December 27


We are inviting all Messiah Youths (youngers, high schoolers and even college students!) to our Youth Lock-In on December 3rd at the Parsonage.
Mrs Lippert and Mrs Levy will be supervising and spending the night. Any parent who wishes to hang out with the group are also welcome!
All Messiah youths are invited for the festivities that evening, however only the current youths who have gone through confirmation will be able to sleep over. Youngers need to be picked up by 9pm.
We will meet at the Parsonage at 6pm. Please bring a nonperishable food item for your admission! We will have games, snacks, Pizza, a craft(blanket making) and movies!
We ask that everyone bring their own pillow, sleeping bag/air mattress, blanket, etc and a snack of their choice to the lock-in.
Mrs Levy and Mrs. Lippert will provide beverages and pizza. If you have a card game or board game, bring it on!
The Lock in will end at 8:45am the following morning just in time for confirmation class! Mr Lippert will be serving breakfast at 8am sharp!
If you have any questions or concerns, please Teresa (847.791.6624) or Helen (847-698-5838).    

Mark your calendars for the Metro-Chicago Youth Retreat at Lutherdale scheduled for Feb. 3-5, 2017. Registration happens directly with Lutherdale (www.lutherdale.org).

Thanks to Teresa Lippert and Pat Kovach for teaching Confirmation classes! We still have a few upcoming classes available and would love for our members to lead! There are leader guides and resources available for you – ask Pastor Lynne if you are interested!

Larry Dumerer, 12/1
Melissa Holzer, 12/1
Millie Anderson, 12/5
Rhonda Cady, 12/5
Dorothy Pollack, 12/6
Jennifer Hanson, 12/10
Aidan Loverme, 12/14
David Jensen, 12/18
Bobby Hanson, 12/19
Marlyn Wenn, 12/22
Neena Penumaka, 12/23
Andrew Travis, 12/24
Laura Olson, 12/27
Marcella Larson, 12/28
Laura Hauser, 12/31

None in December

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 November 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


A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.
Disney does it again. Despite Moana’s assertion that she is “NOT a princess,” the daughter of the chief of her people finds herself on a quest to help push back the darkness that is threatening her island home. Disney has been giving us “princesses” for decades, starting with Snow White in 1937 and continuing for the next 80 years. In that time, we’ve seen a shift in the way that princesses are portrayed (personified perfectly in Shrek 3 as victims who wait for a prince to rescue them), emerging as strong young women who follow their dreams, stand up for themselves, save their people, and/or make the world a better place. Moana is no exception.
Set in the Polynesian Islands of the South Pacific, we are given a fairy tale about the demi-god Maui, who stole the heart of the Goddess Te Fiti and set about a chain of events he didn’t expect. Now, after 1000 years, his choices are still wreaking havoc   and Moana is the new hero of the story, the one chosen by the ocean to put things right.
The film is beautiful, with several touching moments of emotional impact. I found myself reaching over to grab my daughter’s hand at one point, hoping to let her know that if she were ever in the same situation that Moana finds herself in, I’d support her 100%, the same way Moana’s mom does.
We also have some great laughs, thanks to a chicken (yes … a chicken), and the stunning animation we have simply come to expect.
And the music … oh, the music. Penned by the phenomenal Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) it lifts you up, and makes you soar with the explorers in the story. His knack for understanding what drives people to do what they do, and his ability to translate that into song is unparalleled in our current artistic culture. Even with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson singing the lyrics (and mixing in a little bit of rap!) was terrific – and believe me, I was skeptical going in.
This movie was wonderful, and I would like to go see it again. It is not too scary for little kids, as some people might think, so take the whole family and enjoy.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Dan S., Ralph and Kathie, Debbie P., Helmke Fields, The Hauser Family, Worknesh Deressa, Donna Hanson, Joann Wood, Brad Kovach, Penumaka Family, Rev. Mark Wiberg, Linda Ostrand, Carol Hrodey, The Szul Family, Pastor Lynne and family, Dottie Burger, Lytle Thompson, Jeanne Dumerer, Laura Soto, Ruth Perzentka, Tom Jason, Irene Luck, Fred D, Bob and Justine Bisgard, Lippert Family, Joanne Trestrail, Barb Loverme, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, Victoria Candiotti, 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 congratulated Arden Sasak and Thomas Yager, both of whom were inducted into the National Honor Society at Maine South High School.
We gave thanks to everyone who pitched in for the Quilts ‘n’ Kits Cross+Gen Work Day!
We gave thanks to God for the gifts of straw for our Harvest Festival from Walk On Barn and Lurveys.
We joyfully gave our time, energy, and food to the CROP Walk as we walk to help end hunger in our community and around the world.

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.

* We understand that some prayer requests are short term for specific events, while others find ongoing prayers to be powerful.


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

Rhonda Cady
Arden Courts
3240 Milwaukee Ave
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 795-9000 office

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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