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The Messiah Messenger > The May Messenger issue #587
The May Messenger issue #587

May 2, 2017

The Messiah Messenger > The May Messenger Issue #587


Dear Messiah family of faith,

It is with sadness that I share with you Sue Fox’s resignation as our Music Coordinator. Sue will finally be joining John and living in South Bend, Ind., after five years of living apart.
Sue has been involved in Messiah’s music program for 33 years. She began as a substitute organist in 1984, and after two intermittent long-term substitutions, she accepted the permanent organist position in 1989. In 2010, the church leadership saw in Sue the gifts that matched the newly created position of Music Coordinator, and we have been blessed by her knowledge of sacred music these past seven years.

Under Sue’s leadership, our congregation has learned six of the settings in the ELW hymnal, our choir membership has exceeded the national average of 10 percent of church attendees, people of all ages have shared their musical gifts with Sue’s encouragement, and her love of church music has motivated her to write an ongoing Music Notes column for the newsletter. This year, she suggested learning hymns as part of our Cross Generational Faith Activity in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Sue’s faith commitment is not limited to the music of Messiah Lutheran Church, as she also has been an accompanist for Maine East High School as well as teaching piano with Quinlan and Fabish.

The impact that Sue has had on our music over the past three decades will be greatly missed. Sue has taught many of us about the history of hymns and how to best utilize musical styles that connect to the congregation. Her studies and love of learning have been shared with our community as she has taught us about the rich heritage of worship and music in the Lutheran faith. Sue believes and teaches that one need not be a professional musician to “make a joyful noise to the Lord,” but need only to be a faithful servant and believer in the Lord.

Sue’s last day at Messiah will be Sunday, June 11, when we will say “Godspeed and Farewell” to her, appropriately, on Holy Trinity Sunday. Please join us for worship and a reception afterward.

In Christ,
Pastor Lynne


Johannesburg, April 20, 2017

Dear Friends,
In May, some 1,200 delegates from 145 member churches representing 74 million Christians in 98 countries will gather in Windhoek, Namibia, for the Twelfth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation.

The assembly will gather around the central theme, “Liberated by God’s Grace,” and structure its work around three sub-themes: “Salvation - Not for Sale,” “Human Beings - Not for Sale” and “Creation - Not for Sale.”

The global commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be held May 14 in Sam Nujoma Stadium.

The story of the relationship between the LWF and the Lutheran churches in Namibia is closely intertwined with the national struggle against apartheid.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be sending an official delegation to the Assembly, including ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. Observers from ELCA Companion Synods linked to Lutheran churches in Namibia will also attend.

Yours faithfully,
Pastor Philip Knutson
ELCA Global Mission
Regional Representative – Southern Africa
Johannesburg April 2016

From Sue Fox

In 2002, Stuart Townend wrote the lyrics to “In Christ Alone,” telling the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection and how that life makes the difference in each of ours.
Keith Getty furnished the music, and the popular Irish writing team was born. The duo’s hymns spell out our identity in Christ, telling the Gospel with beautiful melodies.
“In Christ Alone” can be sung by a worship band or by a congregation with an organ accompaniment. As we continue in the Easter season, celebrating the Resurrection as we move towards Pentecost, it is a perfect time to showcase this hymn.
On Sunday, May 14, Gloria Dei Choir will sing a sparkling version, as we celebrate our faith, standing together in the power of Christ alone.

On March 19, Neilan Durdov received the rank of Wolf at the 2017 Blue and Gold Banquet.

Neilan belongs to Boy Scout Pack 105, based at Messiah Lutheran, where the event was held.

During the ceremony, each scout lit a candle, symbolizing lighting the path to their futures.

Highlights from the April meeting include:

Music Ministry
EC Communications
Care of Facility
Financial Audit results
EC retreat date
Fundraising opportunity
Pest control updates
New CCC Board member
Parsonage Usage
Constitution update
Annual Meetings
Stewardship and Contributions
Pastoral care, Christian Ed, Assistance ministry updates from Pastor Morrow

Mar. Attendance
Wk1=46, Wk2=45, Wk3=55, Wk4=34

Mar. Giving (Gen, Fund & MAP)
Wk1=$1,531, Wk2=$2,097,
Wk3=$1,575, Wk4=$1,676

Autism Walk
May 13, 2017

Funds raised by this annual event support Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to the support and awareness of families dealing with Autism (1 in 88 children in America). To donate to Autism Speaks and/or support a walking team, go to: http://act.autismspeaks.org

For kits, we continue to focus on towels and soap for the Personal Care Kits. There still may be some “white sales” this spring, so 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 bars of soap, 4 to 5 ounces.

We also continue to focus on assembling quilts once a month and have set the following dates at 11:30 a.m. following the worship service in the Friendship Place: May 21, June 25, July 16 and Aug. 20.

Mark your calendars! For information or to volunteer, contact Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or 847-828-7819.


Those who share their last moments in life with a friend offer a precious gift. You can accept this gift by becoming a volunteer with Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care.

Rainbow Hospice volunteers participate in a wide variety of activities: patient care, pet therapy, data management, and more.

For information, contact Katie Kirby at kkirby@rainbowhospice.org or 847-721-3342 or at www.rainbowhospice.org.

Rainbow is also conducting a faith-based Bereavement Support Group at 7 p.m. on alternating Wednesdays in the Messiah Lutheran Church Parsonage. In May, that will May 3, 17, and 31. Fee required. To register, call 847-653-3141.

We received a certificate of appreciation from Mary Catherine Hinds of Church World Service for raising $6,177 in the 2016 Niles/Park Ridge CROP Hunger Walk. To learn more, visit crophhungerwalk.org.

FIRST COMMUNION: The Next Generation

The next First Communion class will begin on April 30 and continue on May 7 and May 14.

Participating will be Henry Allemeier, Marina Cooper, Melanie Diaz, Millie Diaz and Annabelle Grove.

The students in the class will meet immediately after worship on Sundays in the upstairs classroom. The class should be over by 1 p.m.

The students will receive their First Communion on Sunday, May 21.
If you have any questions, contact Rod in the office.

Saturday, May 20
The Fair runs Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and features games, rides, food, and fun for kids.

The Silent Auction will be open for bidding on Friday, May 19 during school hours, and also at 9 a.m. on Saturday while staff is setting up and throughout the day of the Fair. Items will be on display all week in the Child Care hallway and the Library.

Bid early and bid often, for the good of the Child Care!

The latest installment of the Brotherhood Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Just Like Home, 8501 Dempster St., Niles.

Book Club
Thursday, May 18
at 7 p.m. in the Friendship Place
We will discuss the book “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading.

May 7: Fourth Sunday of Easter
   1st Lesson: Acts 2:42-47
   Psalm: Psalm 23
   2nd Lesson: 1 Peter 2:19-25
   Gospel: John 10:1-10
   CHAT Room: Luther's Small Catechism
   Confirmation: Last Days of Jesus' Life
May 14: Fifth Sunday of Easter
   1st Lesson: Acts 7:55-60
   Psalm: Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
   2nd Lesson: 1 Peter 2:2-10
   Gospel: John 14:1-14
   CHAT Room: Luther's Small Catechism
   Confirmation: Jesus' Death
May 21: Sixth Sunday of Easter
   1st Lesson: Acts 17:22-31
   Psalm: Psalm 66:8-20
   2nd Lesson: 1 Peter 3: 13-22
   Gospel: John 14:15-21
   CHAT Room: Luther's Small Catechism
   Confirmation: Jesus' Resurrection and Ascension
May 28: Seventh Sunday of Easter
   1st Lesson: Acts 1:6-14
   Psalm: Psalm 68:1-10,32-35
   2nd Lesson: 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
   Gospel: John 17:1-11
   CHAT Room: Done for Summer
   Confirmation: Videos, Review, Discussion



Bring your bicycles, tricycles, scooters, helmets and bells to worship with you. We want to bless these tools and toys for outdoor fun and safety. We'll gather outside at the conclusion of worship for a special congregational prayer of blessing.


May 7:    Acolyte: Evelyn A
      Communion Assistant: Aly A
      Reader: Erik G
      Assistant Minister: Tait J
      Projection: Jim H
      Ushers: TBD
      Altar Guild: Nancy H   
      Counter: Paul H

May 14:    Acolyte: Caitlyn L
      Communion Assistant: Rhonda C
      Reader: Sam F
      Assistant Minister: Erik G
      Projection: Jim H
      Ushers: TBD
      Altar Guild: Sue K   
      Counter: Paul H

May 21:    Acolyte: Michaelene M
      Communion Assistant: Mary Jo M
      Reader: Dan K
      Assistant Minister: Erik G
      Projection: Jim H
      Ushers: Debbie and Arden Sasak
      Altar Guild: Marilynn D   
      Counter: Paul H

May 28:    Acolyte: Ralphie L
      Communion Assistant: Teresa L
      Reader: Larry R
      Assistant Minister: Cindy N
      Projection: Jim H
      Ushers: Steve Y
      Altar Guild: Cindy N   
      Counter: Paul H


Flowers:   May 7    In honor of Tryg Jensen's birthday
      May 14 Available                           May 21 Memory of our soldiers, from Brad and Pat Kovach
      May 28 In honor of Brad Kovach's birthday, by his family

Bulletins:   May 7:   Available                        May 14:   In memory of Bud Duckett               May 21:   Available                        May 28:   Available



St. Philip Lutheran Church in Glenview will be hosting Mental Health First Aid Training on May 15-16. This is a great program for staff (particularly youth leaders) and congregational leaders, among others. The program teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses. The cost is $30. To register, email info@stphilipglenview.org by Monday, May 1.


The Day of Pentecost is the celebration of the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, The Holy Spirit! We offer Geraniums and Kalanchoe flowers to decorate our worship space with fiery colors. Plants may be purchased in honor of special people or occasions in our community's life. You may choose from the flowers in the sanctuary on June 4 after the worship service. Flowers are $5 each. Contact the office to order. Bulletins in May will feature the order forms.


On June 4, we will recognize our grads and teachers during a special worship service. If you know a teacher, or have a family member who is graduating from any level of education, please let the office know


It will soon be time for the fifth annual Adult Down Syndrome Center’s Fun for Everyone 5K Run/3K Walk, on Saturday, June 3, to raise funds for the center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
To donate or sponsor, contact Kerry Neville at 847-723-2324 or kerry.neville@advocatehealth.com.

Like last year, it will be from 7 to 11 a.m., and Weeg Way will be closed for those hours.


Ever wish someone would sneak in and clean your house while you sleep? Well, that has happened to Messiah.

Dave Hanson, property coordinator, took on a project to scour almost every surface of our church’s basement kitchen, off Fellowship Hall.

In addition to making repairs, Dave also (with help) cleaned the kitchen ranges, inside and out; contracted to have the floor stripped and waxed; cleaned the cabinets; and sanded and refinished the wood-block table.

New signs were also placed prominently in the area to remind everyone about their responsibilities when using it.


At this time there are 5 plarn mats completed with another 4-5 in process. We’ve continued to make plarn to try to use up all the bags we have, but we still have a lot more to go. We’ll continue working on making plarn after services on Sundays when we’re not quilting and also on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.

We need help to get through all the bags that were donated so please stop in even for an hour to help! Enjoy the fellowship (and sometimes treats). Bags can also be taken home - great activity for a TV night!
Other folks who have participated in the plarning project are, from left, Helen Levy, Rich Levy, Dottie Burger and Cookie Bonilla.


Samantha Fogel, Caitlin Levy and Ralphie Lippert will be confirmed on Pentecost Sunday, June 4 during our regular worship. Letters of support and encouragement are appreciated and may be put into basket in Narthex.  There will also be a celebration reception following worship.


We applied for funds for a Thrivent Action Team Project for Quilts & Kits and were approved! We will receive $250 from Thrivent to use for supplies to complete both quilts and kits.

Thrivent Financial is a not-for-profit membership organization. It’s also a Fortune 500 financial services organization. Thrivent Financial is actually a unique kind of not-for-profit called a fraternal benefit society. By definition, a fraternal benefit society is a not-for-profit organization that provides insurance to its members and – this is key – has to carry out social, intellectual, educational, charitable, benevolent, moral, fraternal, patriotic or religious purposes for the benefit of its members and the public. So it can't simply sell insurance, and it can't simply do charitable work either.

It has to do both. Thrivent has a program to help members involved with team projects and fundraising for charitable projects. And we are honored to receive this financial assistance for our Quilts & Kits ministry!


o   Messiah CCC Kindergarten Graduation, Thursday, June 1
o   MLC Craft Day, Saturday, June 3
o   Pentecost, Sunday, June 4 - Confirmation AND
      Graduate/Educator Recognition Sunday
o   Trinity, Sunday, June 11 - Godspeed and Farewell for Sue Fox 
o   Father's Day, Sunday, June 18


Arline Baranowski, 5/1
Harold DiVita, 5/1
Ralphie Lippert, 5/3
Philip Holzer, 5/4
Paula DiVita, 5/8
Nancy Herak, 5/8
Trygve Jensen, 5/10
Darrell Eckert, 5/12
Helen Levy, 5/17
Joe Levy, 5/20
Bradley Paulus, 5/20
James Handzel, 5/22
Amber Saul, 5/22
Alyson Allemeier, 5/23
Larry Fogel, 5/28
Bradford Kovach, 5/29
Michelle Litwin, 5/31

Bill and Kirsten Boyce, 5/2/2009, 8 years
Don and Mary Jane Kovach, 5/5/1956, 61 years
Jen and Vince Manzella, 5/23/2009, 8 years
Floyd and Kristin Yager, 5/23/1998, 19 years


Pastor: Rev. Lynne Morrow
Coordinator/Music Ministry: Sue Fox
Child Care Center Director: Karen Black
Office Manager: Rodney Richey
Bookkeeper: Daniel Kovach
Property Coordinator: David Hanson

Executive Committee
President:    Larry Ryczek
Vice President:    Trygve Jensen
Secretary (acting):    Carol Hrodey
Treasurer:    Rhonda Cady
Financial Sec.:    Paul Holzer

CCC Board
Chair:   Tim Saul, Erik Grove
Treasurer:   Erik Grove
Members:   Tim Saul, Pat Kovach, Sue Kopij
Kathy Malyszko

Congregational Deacons
Floyd Yager and Jennie Read Robles

Extended Leadership Team
Assistance Ministry:    Connie Kaufman
Altar Guild:    Sue Kopij,
Cindy Norberg
Brotherhood:       Rich Seggeling
CHAT Room:    David Swanson,
Steve Yager
Cross+Gen:        Julie Luck Jensen
Memorials:    Carol Hrodey
Women’s Svc. Group: Trudi Handzel,
Carol Hrodey
Spiritual Gifts Coor.: Steve Yager
Worship Assistants: David Swanson
Worship Readers:     Rich Levy
Ushers:        Larry Ryczek
John 17 Fellowship: David Swanson
Steve Yager
Publicity: Elaine von Schwedler
Prayer Cards:    Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry:     Staff



Extended Leadership Team
Assistance Ministry:    Connie Kaufman
Altar Guild:    Sue Kopij,
Cindy Norberg
Brotherhood:       Rich Seggeling
CHAT Room:    David Swanson,
Steve Yager
Cross+Gen:        Julie Luck Jensen
Memorials:    Carol Hrodey
Women’s Svc. Group: Trudi Handzel,
Carol Hrodey
Spiritual Gifts Coor.: Steve Yager
Worship Assistants: David Swanson
Worship Readers:     Rich Levy
Ushers:        Larry Ryczek
John 17 Fellowship: David Swanson
Steve Yager
Publicity: Elaine von Schwedler
Prayer Cards:        Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry:     Staff

We offer thanks for another joyous Easter season.

We congratulate Don and Mary Jane Kovach on their 61st anniversary on May 5.

With pride we begin a new First Communion class today.

All of us at Messiah Lutheran share in our admiration and gratitude for the work that Sue Fox has done here as the music ministry coordinator.

Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Tom Daniels, Piper, Mr. Young, Millie Anderson and family, Nicholas Levy and his family, Auntie Helmke, Nina Lippert, Mike Wokisin, Haley Lippert, Teri and Bill Muenster, Joe, Mike Kivel, and Nancy Maltec (Rhonda Cady’s mom). We also keep in our prayers the Duval/Higgins family, as they mourn the loss of Mark; we also keep in our prayers the Egloff family as they mourn the loss of Ralph. Also: Estaven Vargas, Meaghan, EB, Tyler, Zander, Chad Adams and Family, 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, 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 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.

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

Worship Schedule
9 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
Monday – 11 a.m. -1 p.m. (west entrance)

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




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