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The February Messenger Issue #584

Jan 31, 2017

The February Messenger Issue #584

Beloved sisters and brothers of Messiah,
Every year, we are blessed with the formal opportunity to reflect, rejoice, review and resolve as a new calendar year begins. This gift of reflection is unique to humans and is one way which we are uniquely created in God’s image, or in Latin, “Imago Dei.”
As you take this time to reflect, you will likely find both joys and sorrows have been part of 2016. Some joys and sorrows were things that happened to you while other joys and sorrows involved a choice that you made. While it may be painful to acknowledge some things, it is good to accept them as sorrows. Just as important is to claim the joys and celebrate them. It is in the context of reflection that we are able to review what went well, what didn’t go well, and ways to make adjustments for the future.
Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. 1st Corinthians 13:12
The leadership of Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center uses a similar review of all ministries and events. The “Four Questions,” the review process includes: What has worked well? What did not work? What can we do differently next time? What Ministry goals can be set?


Quilts ‘n’ Kits: In January, we were proud to participate in the 2nd session of the Prayer Process, and we pray for MLC’s leadership in the coming year! And we still got a couple of quilts assembled!
In February, we show our love by assembling quilts on Sunday, Feb. 26 following worship in the Fellowship Place. And remember – no sewing experience necessary! So join us in assembling quilts – along with good fellowship and snacks!
Also, we’ll continue gathering items for Personal Care Kits. Be on the lookout for “white sales” this winter and pick up some towels. Or, we can shop for you for a donation of $3 per towel (Walmart has a good deal on decent towels). The Personal Care Kits also contain bars of soap (2–4 oz. bars per kit), nail clippers, toothbrushes and sturdy combs. We exceeded 100 kits last year, so let’s shoot for that goal again!
Meanwhile – see you on the 26th. For information and to volunteer, contact Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or 847-828-7819.

EC Corner: At the January 23rd EC meeting:
·   Preparations for the annual congregational meeting were finalized
·   Space use requests were considered
·   Needs related to property maintenance were detailed
·   Parsonage use was discussed
Spaghetti Dinner: The Spaghetti Dinner is back on Saturday, Feb. 25, moved to February due to the Harvest Fest in October.
Join us as the confirmation and high school students and their families serve you in the Fellowship Hall with the ambiance of an Italian restaurant. $10 per person, $5 for children under $10. (Donations of store-bought desserts needed for the sweets table.) Proceeds benefit Messiah's community ministries.
Memorials: A memorial gift was given to celebrate the lives of Charles and Leona Johnson by their children. The Johnsons were charter/founding members of Messiah, and their children wanted to honor the important role Messiah played in the lives of their family. Thank you to the Johnson family.

Messiah Book Club: The next book to be read and discussed is Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrick Bachman, the author of A Man Called Ove. It is a novel about finding love and second chances in the most unlikely of places. The club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2 in the Friendship Place.


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

Scout Sunday: Feb. 12 during worship. All current Scouts are invited to attend this service. You may be a Cub Scout, Brownie, Boy Scout, Girl Scout, or Indian Scout – all are welcome.

Mardi Gras Coffee Hour: Feb. 26 after worship. We will have King Cake at coffee hour – come see if you get Baby Jesus! We will also burn palms for Ash Wednesday, and celebrate the last Sunday before Lent.

Brick by Brick: The Child Care Center is holding a fundraiser to install personalized bricks in the patio. Some have already been installed, but the project is open to all who wish to participate, to honor a loved one or their family. The bricks will be installed May 30, and the order deadline is April 10. For more information, contact the CCC office.
Manna Orders: The Child Care Center is the place to order your gift cards from Manna, the store certificate program. The next orders are due into the Church Office by Friday, Feb. 3 at close of business (3 pm). Please make your check out to Messiah Lutheran Church.

Child Care Open House: Messiah CCC will be holding its annual “Be My Valentine” Pizza Dinner and Valentine Making Party/Open House on Thursday, Feb. 9. The pizza party will be 5:45-6:30 p.m. (reservations and pre-payment may be made by in the CCC Office). The Open House is open to current families as well as families interested in registering for the summer and school year programs.

Brotherhood Breakfast: Saturday, Feb 11 at 9 a.m. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W. Dempster St., Niles. Good conversation and food.

Quilts ‘n Kits: Sunday, Feb. 28 following worship. Lunch will be provided, please let Carol Hrodey know if you are coming so she can plan food!

Coming in March: Ash Wednesday, March 1.

Sunday   Worship Focus   CHAT Room   Confirmation
Feb. 5
5th Sunday After Epiphany
1st Lesson: Isaiah 58:1-9a
Psalm: Psalm 112:1-9
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 2:1-12
Gospel: Matthew 5:13-20
CHAT: Reformation 500
Conf.:   Apostle’s Creed #1, God Our Creator, Souper Bowl of Caring, Pat Kovach

Feb 12
6th Sunday After Epiphany
1st Lesson: Deut. 30:15-20
Psalm: Psalm 119:1-8
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 3:1-9
Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37
CHAT: Reformation 500
Conf.:   Apostle’s Creed #2, Christ Our Redeemer, Pat Kovach

Feb 19   
7th Sunday After Epiphany
1st Lesson: Lev. 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm: Psalm 119:33-40
2nd Lesson: 1 Cor. 3:10-11, 16-23
Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48
CHAT: Reformation 500
Conf.:   Apostle’s Creed #3, The Holy Spirit, Helen Levy

Feb 26
Transfiguration Sunday
1st Lesson: Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm: Psalm 2
2nd Lesson: 2 Peter 1:16-21
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
CHAT: Reformation 500
Conf.:   Apostle’s Creed #4, Sacraments, Helen Levy

Worship Leaders:

   Feb. 5   Feb. 12   Feb. 19   Feb. 26
   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am
Acolytes   Ralphie L   Sam   Evelyn   Caitlin L
Comm. Asst.   Tess L   Rhonda C   Aly A   Rich L
Readers   Sam F   David H   Rich L   Erik G
Asst. Min.   Cindy N   Vikki H   Rhonda C   Karen B
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   12th Man   Scout Sunday   12th Man   12th Man
Altar Guild   Cindy N   Sue K.   Nancy H   Marilynn D
Counters   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H   Paul H

New Worship Assistants’ Process: Those people who are responsible for scheduling our worship “staff” will be contacting volunteers by the 15th of the month, and will work out and finalize the schedule via email before sending the list to the office for publishing in the newsletter on the 20th. They will also make sure that everyone receives the email and responds.

Flowers and Bulletins:
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.

Feb. 5      In honor of Ruth Perzenka’s birthday by Trudi and Jim Handzel.
Feb. 12   
Feb. 19   By Les and Nancy Herak in honor of their granddaughter Ava’s 3rd
Feb. 26   By Les and Nancy Herak: Thanks to God for birth of grandson Andrew
      in December.   

Feb. 5      Available.
Feb. 12   Available.
Feb. 19   Available.   
Feb. 26   Available.

Please feel free to stop by and sign up to honor or memorialize a loved one.


A Special Thank You
Dear Messiah Family:

Thank you very much for so many things. I was touched to receive gifts from you on Sunday, Dec. 11, including a gorgeous shadow box, some Cubs memorabilia (a car flag and license plate bracket), colored pen, and Swiss Army Knife to help me in my adventures going forward. I also received a $200 gift certificate to Broadway in Chicago to use to buy tickets to a downtown musical (perhaps “Hamilton”). Thank you all for your thoughtfulness.
The other gifts I have received from you all are less tangible and don’t fit into a gift bag. Your love, your support, your dedication and your kindness have always been there, and I deeply appreciate them in all of you. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to journey with you all in ministry for a while – I am left with feelings of warmth and gratitude.
I have not retired – I continue to try to spread positivity and well-being through the world with the company that I helped found 3 years ago. My hope is that by doing that, God’s love will have even more opportunity for healing and grace in this world. So, you see, my ministry hasn’t ended. It’s just moving in a different direction.
Thanks again, and many blessings to you in the future.
Jen Schneider

Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey… ELW 808
On Transfiguration Sunday, Feb. 26, we will learn a relatively unknown hymn from the ELW, “Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song.” The music is a gentle, lyrical melody, and its lyrics describe our journey through life with Jesus as the song on our lips.
The text encompasses creation, servanthood, salvation, communion, fear and courage. Because of these all-encompassing topics, we will continue to sing it throughout the seasons of Lent, Easter and Pentecost so we may be able to become familiar with this beautiful hymn. This hymn, originally in French, was written around 1961 by an unknown member of a contemplative community called Les Petites Soeurs de Jesus (The Little Sisters of Jesus), a worldwide society that shares the poverty and social conditions of the down-trodden and humble. It has also been adopted as the theme for “L’Arche,” communities that provide family-like homes for adults with developmental disabilities.

Jean Reeve, 2/3
Sarah Litwin, 2/8
William Norberg, 2/9
Jaxon Winiarski, 2/11
Bob Hanson, 2/16
Linka Jones, 2/17
Lisa Saul, 2/18
Timothy Saul, 2/18
Nikolaus Ryczek, 2/19
Sarah Nugnis, 2/24
Rosemary Paulus, 2/26
Audrey Krell, 2/27

Dave and Connie Kaufman – 2/28/1976, 41 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: Rodney Richey
Bookkeeper: Daniel Kovach
Property Coordinator: David Hanson

President: Larry Ryczek
Vice President: Trygve Jensen
Secretary: In Process
Treasurer: In Process
Financial Sec.: Paul Holzer

Chair: TBD
Members: Erik Grove, Tim Saul, Pat Kovach, Sue Kopij, in process

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: David Swanson
Prayer Cards: Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry: Marilynn Duckett

Floyd Yager and Jennie Read Robles

MEMORIAL REPORT as of Jan. 31, 2017

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, contact Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglopbal.net.

Please include the following individuals and their families in your prayers this week: Audrey Vandlik, Mary and the Griffin family, Dottie Burger, Terry DeSchepper, Dan S., Ralph and Kathie E., 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, 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, Julie and Mark Higgins, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, George and Audrey Krell, those living with cancer, those living with mental illness.*

We joyfully celebrated the birth of Andrew Vincenzo Manzella, son of Jennifer (Herak) and Vince Manzella, born Dec. 22. His grandparents are Nancy and Les Herak.
It was with joy we learned that Arden Sasak had been accepted into a study abroad program for this coming summer and would be going to France.
The congregation was joyous as Chuck Tarochione affirmed his Baptism.
And it was with joy and gratitude that we marked the Week of Christian Unity with our ecumenical partners of the John 17 Fellowship, St. Isaac Jogues and Holy Trinity Lutheran – Glenview.
* We understand that some prayer requests are short term for specific events, while others find ongoing prayers to be powerful.

We also want to remember in prayer our college students: Art DeSchepper, Peter Fox, Tommy Hanson, Melissa Holzer, Kevin Kovach, Paul Song, Brynn Wildenauer.

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.


Worship Schedule
9:00 a.m. – Christian Learning Hour
10:15 a.m. – Worship and Communion

Other Schedules
Pastor’s Office Hours
Available for non-scheduled appointments:
Mon. & Wed. – 10 a.m. -1 p.m. (PM visitations)
Available beyond these hours by appointment.

Assistance Ministry
Mon.– 11 a.m. -1 p.m. (west entrance)

Child Care Center
Year-round 3-K
Monday – Friday
6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Church Office
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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




1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
p 847.823.6984           f 847.823.6996