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The Messiah Messenger > The March Messenger Issue #585
The March Messenger Issue #585

Mar 6, 2017

The November Messenger Issue #585
March 3, 2017


March 2017


A time to weep,
a time to laugh

Dear Messiah family of faith,

“All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again.”
Ecclesiastes 3:20

We begin this month with these words at the distribution of Ashes on Ash Wednesday.
This is one of the two most somber worship services that we have in the Christian tradition.
In the energetic morning service, we offer the children of the Child Care Center either ashes or water crosses on their foreheads.
The evening service is more somber, reflective and contemplative as we read the 51st Psalm with mostly adults gathered.
Each year, the distribution of ashes brings out emotional responses … sometimes even joyful from the younger recipients receiving their first ashes and melancholy from the older recipients.
This is why the third chapter of Ecclesiastes is especially relevant. It is in the different times and phases of our earthly lives that we experience rituals in different ways.
May this season bring you the fullness of life, a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance …

Prayerful Process Update
We were happy to add members to new positions and are still in the process of praying for and considering our new members of the Executive Council. Although we had more participation than previous years, the condensed time frame in

January did not allow for completing the process as would have been optimal. Due to this we plan a more comprehensive and balanced schedule for the process next year that will work to reach every member of the congregation and take their

prayers and input into consideration. All MLC ministries are supported through the voluntary efforts of our members. More hands is lighter work for all.
We have designed a form – Willingness to Serve Form (WiTS) – that will be available in the Messenger for the next few weeks and at the welcome center counter after that. The WiTS form will give leadership an indication of your interest,

talents, and availability to serve either in leadership or with a specific ministry and works in conjunction with our Time and Talents form as well as our Prayerful Process.
Please review it next time you attend worship. If you want to or feel the need to serve at Messiah we encourage you to complete this form and return in the collection plate at service or directly to Pastor or an EC member. Thanks for all

you do for the ministries here at Messiah.

Larry Ryczek, President
and Tryg Jensen, Vice President   

Highlights from the February meeting include:
•   No information from February meeting was available

Feb. Attendance
Wk1=48, Wk2=37, Wk3=57, Wk4=60

Feb. Giving (Gen. Fund & MAP)
Wk1=$3,255, Wk2=$2,762, Wk3=$934, Wk4=$998

Faith-Based Grief Support Group
As we walk the road of grief with a sense of spiritual purpose, our every turn away from and towards God can become profoundly meaningful.
Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care invites you to explore the grief process from an ecumenical faith perspective in this six-session group.
All faith and spiritual views are welcome!
The sessions will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, from March 22 to May 31.
Registration required; call 847-653-3141 for more details or to register.

Newsletter February 2017
Dear Friends,
HIV & AIDS was first identified almost four decades ago, in the 1980s. Research shows that South Africa still has the highest incidence of the disease in the world, with an estimated 7 million people living with HIV in 2015. South Africa

also has the largest antiretroviral treatment (ART) program globally. However, HIV prevalence remains high (19.2%) among the general population, and at almost 40% in some areas (see www.avert.org).
The Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA), with 15 member churches across 10 countries, is the sub-regional expression of the Lutheran    
World Federation in Southern Africa (www.lucsa.org). …
Complete article available at:
ELCA World Hunger is one of the main supporters of the LUCSA HIV & AIDS Program. I was privileged to be part of the team for this new resource.
Thank you for your prayers, support and participation in God’s mission locally and globally.
Yours faithfully,
Pastor Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission, Regional Representative – Southern Africa
Johannesburg February 2017


Lent Service Squared on Tuesdays at Messiah

This year Messiah will observe Lent with two different types of services. The first is a short weekly prayer service reflecting on Luther’s Catechism in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In recognition of that

anniversary, this midweek Lenten series is built around Luther’s Small Catechism.
The second type of service is a weekly service project where we give of ourselves instead of giving up something for Lent. The project will involve making “Plarn Mats”!
These two services will take place on Tuesday evenings, beginning March 7 at 6:30 p.m. and conclude on Tuesday, April 5. The prayer service will last approximately 30-40 minutes in the sanctuary and will be followed by work on the “Plarn

Mats” in the Friendship Place. Then the 40-Day Choir will follow around 7:45/8 p.m. The choir is open to all!   ‘Plarn’ it!
The “plarn” sleeping mats are made out of strips of plastic bags that are joined together to make plastic yarn – or “plarn.” The mats are intended for people who are less fortunate, be they homeless, refugees in camps, or people in the

third world.
Not only are they free to make, but each mat will keep 500-700 plastic bags out of the landfill!
We need plastic bags – LOTS of plastic bags! And then we have to prepare the “plarn,” which involves straightening, cutting, looping and rolling the plastic from the bags. These preparations will take place on Tuesday nights during Lent

– all are welcome to help!
The last step is crocheting or knitting the “plarn” into a mat. It’s helpful to have some experience with basic crochet or knitting stitches, but anyone who wants to learn is welcome! As the “plarn” is prepared, we’ll start making the

mats on Tuesday nights, though some may want work on the mats at home. Please let Trudi Handzel know if you’re interested in crocheting the “plarn.”
Plastic grocery bags work the best but other ones can be used, too. Bring what you have at home – plus ask your local grocery if you can take the ones in their recycle bin. Bins are available by the east entrance near the church office

& Child Care Center entrance and in the Friendship Place. Keep them coming during Lent!

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

Our annual spaghetti dinner was held Saturday, Feb. 25. Special thanks go out to event organizer Debbie Sasak.
Debbie, with assistance from Pat and Brad Kovach and a cast of volunteers both youth and adult, provided a great meal including table service to approximately 100 guests made up of members, friends, family and neighbors, including

several families from the Child Care Center.
As always, it was a wonderful evening complete with great food and fellowship. Thanks to everyone that helped make this a wonderful event.
That same evening, we held a fundraiser: a raffle for a set of four tickets to a Chicago Cubs game. Lo and behold, the winner was none other than our spiritual leader (as well as head Cubs cheerleader) Pastor Lynne Morrow.

Congratulations to Lynne on her second big win of the week. Earlier this week, she received news from her doctors related to her battle with cancer. The news was that she is now disease free. That news is a win for all of us.

Congratulations again, Lynne.
Finally, thank you to all that participated in the raffle fundraiser. Together, we raised $980 for Messiah.

Larry Ryczek, President


The Messiah Lutheran Confirmation Class wishes to send the congregation a huge thank-you for your generous donations to the Super Bowl of Caring.
Because of your substantial giving, we exceeded both our goals in food items and financial donations.
We collected 1,000 food items and $1,640.00 dollars for the Main Township Food Pantry. We plan to present the check to the Food Pantry in the next few weeks. We are filled with gratitude. Thank you again!

Patricia Kovach


Messiah Lutheran Church held a baby shower for Baby Jesus on Dec. 18. Once again, Messiah members generously donated a large quantity of needed items to New Moms, a program that offers support for single young mothers and their young

children. New Moms staff gratefully accepted the baby items (diapers, formula, etc.) and some donations for the moms (beauty and hygiene products). Check out the wonderful work they do at: https://newmoms.org/

Julie Luck Jensen


COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT – SATURDAY APRIL 8, 10 A.M. Looking for a coordinator!
Worship begins with the congregation entering the sanctuary waving palm branches and singing.
Communion service including washing of feet, celebration of the Last Supper, and stripping of the altar.
10:15 a.m. – Family Service
The message of Good Friday for all ages.
7 p.m. – The Tenebrae Service A service of dramatic reading and darkness.
Easter Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
Children’s Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service at 10:15 a.m.

It looks like spring is springing early (or just teasing us), so hopefully this nice weather will give us renewed energy to work on Quilts & Kits for Lutheran World Relief! Our March date for assembling quilts is Sunday, March 19, and

in April we’ll assemble on the 9th (Palm Sunday) following worship in the Fellowship Place. And – no sewing experience necessary!
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). We’re

also focused on collecting soap for these kits – we need full size 4–5 oz. bars of soap. Each kit contains two bars, so if we exceed 100 like we did last year, we need over 200 bars of soap!
See you March 19 and April 9. For info or to volunteer, contact Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or 847-828-7819.

CALENDAR: March 2017


Sunday      March 5 (First Sunday in Lent)
Worship Focus 1st Lesson: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
      Psalm: Psalm 32
      2nd Lesson: Romans 5:12-19
      Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11   
CHAT Room   Luther's Small Catechism
Confirmation   Jesus of Nazareth: Mary and Joseph

Sunday      March 12 (Second Sunday in Lent)
Worship Focus   1st Lesson: Genesis 12:1-4a
      Psalm: Psalm 121
      2nd Lesson: Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
      Gospel: John 3:1-17
CHAT Room   Luther's Small Catechism
Confirmation   Jesus of Nazareth: Jesus' Birth and Boyhood

Sunday      March 19 (Third Sunday in Lent)
Worship Focus   1st Lesson: Exodus 17:1-7
      Psalm: Psalm 95
      2nd Lesson: Romans 5:1
      Gospel: John 4:5-42
CHAT Room   Luther's Small Catechism
Confirmation   No class

Sunday      March 26 (Fourth Sunday in Lent)
Worship Focus   1st Lesson: 1st Samuel 16:1-13
      Psalm: Psalm 23
      2nd Lesson: Ephesians 5:8-14
      Gospel: John 9:1-41
CHAT Room   Luther's Small Catechism
Confirmation   No class


         March 5         March 12      March 19      March 26
Acolytes      Michaelene      Ralphie L      Samantha      Evelyn A
Communion Assistants   Mary Jo M      Teresa L      Rhonda C      Aly A
Readers         Pat K         Larry R         Julia F         Debbie D-S
Assisting Ministers   Eric G         Tait J         Diane B         Tryg J
Projection      Jim H         Jim H         Jim H         Jim H
Ushers         12th Man      12th Man      12th Man      12th Man
Altar Guild      Cindy N         Marilynn D      Marilynn D      Sue K
Counter         Paul H         Paul H         Paul H         Paul H

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …

Mar 6   No flowers during Lent.   By Marilynn Duckett.
Mar 13   No flowers during Lent.   By Marilynn Duckett.
Mar 20   No flowers during Lent.   Available.
Mar 27   No flowers during Lent.   Available.

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.

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


Seek and ye shall find … eventually

Several years ago, Millie Anderson asked, “What happened to Laughing Jesus?”

A number of people had been looking, but were unable to locate the picture. Dave Hanson had been searching around the church’s many storage areas and “hiding places” for a couple years, but was unsuccessful until last week when, while

looking for something totally unrelated, he found the picture in the choir room stuffed in beside a file cabinet!

“Jesus Laughing” is now hanging by the stairwell to the fellowship hall awaiting a more permanent location.



EcoPalms and awareness
Messiah will again this year participate in the EcoPalms program for our Palm Sunday greenery! The University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) is working together with the

Rainforest Alliance TREES program and Smartwood to certify palms harvested from the forests of Mexico and Guatemala for sale to Christian congregations in the United States and Europe.
The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NACEC) provided the initial financial support enabling CINRAM to start the project. Today, partnerships with wholesaler Continental Floral Greens and distributor Hermes Floral

have enabled Eco-Palms to be distributed throughout the United States for Palm Sunday. In addition, partnerships with faith-based organizations such as Lutheran World Relief (LWR), United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the

Presbyterian Church of the United States (PCUSA) have helped expand awareness of the Eco-Palms program.


For Sale! $9 & $13
Orders due by April 3!
Look for order forms in Sunday bulletins or call the office to place an order. This year’s flowers will be lilies, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, azaleas and chrysanthemums.

‘Is Genesis History?’ returning to theaters

The new film “Is Genesis History?” will be offered in encore showings here in the Park Ridge area. It a new look at biblical, historical, and scientific evidence for Creation and the Flood. The film will be shown Tuesday, March 7, at the

Randhurst 12 in Mount Prospect, and at the AMC Niles 12. Check with your local theater for show times and ticket prices.

Lenten Prayer Services
The year 2017 marks the international observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In recognition, this midweek Lenten series is built around Luther’s Small Catechism. The Small Catechism was designed as a teaching tool of the

faith, not just within the church but in the home. Luther intended for the home to be the place where faith was first shared and taught. To that end he created the Small Catechism: a simple explanation of the Ten Commandments, the Creed,

the Lord’s Prayer, and the Sacraments. He included basic prayers for morning and evening, and suggested ways to worship, praise, and revere God during each part of our day.
Studying the Small Catechism offers a way of growing closer to God by thinking on God’s word and the basics of our faith. Within the Holden Evening Prayer Service, we will study the Small Catechism:

March 7: Baptism: Romans 6:1-11
March 14: Apostle’s Creed: 1st John 1:1-7
March 21: Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:1-13
March 28: Ten Commandments: Exodus 34:1-9, 27-28
April 5: Communion: Matthew 26:26-29

Going ‘screenless’
Some may notice that we’re going “screenless” for Lent ... so that we may focus more on Jesus on the east wall stained glass window. We invite you to use this time to look around the sanctuary with a new view without the screen.

“Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.”
– ELW 803, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Isaac Watts beautifully describes our lives as Christians in one of the most beloved English language hymns.
Rather than giving something up for Lent, why not add an act of service? We invite you to join the Gloria Dei “40 Day” Choir for Lent and Easter.
The “40 Day Choir” is a great way to experience leading worship and serving God through singing, and there is no obligation past Easter. Beginning Tuesday, March 7, please join us after the mid-week Lenten worship in the multi-purpose

No tryouts needed – just bring a love of God and a love of singing!


Marilyn Borgeson, 3/6
Kim Hanson, 3/8
Nancy Magerl, 3/8
Julie Holzer, 3/10
Emma Penumaka, 3/12
Samantha Fogel, 3/15
Deborah Chervinko, 3/16
Annabelle Grove, 3/18
Zachary Loverme, 3/20
Nicholas Boomer, 3/21
Dina Salemi, 3/22
Kristin Yager, 3/24
William Downie, 3/28
Alan Christiansen, 3/29

Jim and Trudi Handzel – 3/8/86, 31 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
Coor./Music Ministry:       Sue Fox
CCC Director:    Karen Black
Office Manager:    Rodney Richey
Bookkeeper:    Daniel Kovach
Property Coordinator:       David Hanson

President:           Larry Ryczek
Vice President:        Trygve Jensen
Treasurer:           Rhonda Cady
Financial Sec.:        Paul Holzer

Chair:             TBD
Secretary:          Cindy Norberg*
Treasurer:          Erik Grove
Members:          Tim Saul, Pat Kovach, Sue Kopij

CONGREGATIONAL DEACONS      Floyd Yager, Jennie Read Robles

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:       Pat Kovach
Memorials:          Carol Hrodey
Women’s Svc. Group:       Trudi Handzel, Carol Hrodey
Spiritual Gifts Coor.:    Steve Yager
Worship Assistants:        David Swanson
Worship Readers:        Rich Levy
John 17 Fellowship:        Steve Yager, David Swanson
Publicity Elaine von Schwedler
Prayer Cards:           Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry:           Staff


MEMORIAL REPORT as of Feb. 28, 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, please contact Carol

Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net


Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:
Our prayers are with the family of Lytle Thompson, who died this month. Also our prayers are with the family of Sheila Legner, who also passed away this month. Our prayers are with the Levy family as they mourn the passing of Rich’s

sister-in-law, who died suddenly.
Our prayers continue to be with the Duval/Higgins family, as they mourn the loss of Mark. Also: Estaven Vargas, Meaghan, EB, Tyler, Zander, Chad Adams and Family, Audrey Vandlik, Griffin family, Dottie Burger, Terry DeSchepper, Dan S.,

Helmke Fields, The Hauser Family, Worknesh Deressa, Donna Hanson, Joann Wood, Brad Kovach, John, Penumaka family, Rev. Mark Wiberg, Linda Ostrand, Carol Hrodey, 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, Norb Wenson, Provenzano family, Cathie Glesener, Ted Gradt, Jim Leeney, Behl family, Swenson Family, Schiaone Family, Diane Brendza, Teri + Bill Muenster, Ron Nytko,

Robin Horton, Fran, Chris, Julia Ramsland, Frost family, Sean White, Jackie Powers, Mary Cvetan, Bill Schuman, Charlie Kizer, Jeff Koszczuk, Gary Hamilton, Ruth, Sandi, Tom, Tony, Mary, Peg, David, Don, JT, Kraiger Family, Mary-Jean,

Jim, Nancy, Scott, Mary, Jimmy, Megan, those living with addictions, refugees fleeing persecution.*

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, 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.

We rejoiced with our confirmation students as they collected food and donations for the Souper Bowl of Caring.
We rejoiced as we installed our new officers and Office Manager and prayed that they will be guided by God to do the best for our church.
We also rejoiced at the Scouts on Scout Sunday, their special day to shine.
Les and Nancy Herak celebrated their granddaughter Ava’s third birthday! Also, we celebrated a favorite event for everyone: Spaghetti Dinner!
And we extended thanks to Matei Chetrosanu and his family Roberto, Oana and Eugen for making the King Cake for our Mardi Gras coffee hour!




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