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The July Messenger Issue #589

Jun 30, 2017

The Messiah
July 2017 - Issue #589

(PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for next month’s Messenger articles is July 20.)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Every July is a time of vocational reflection for me as I began my call July 27, 2009. The life events of this past year have given me more cause and time for both vocational and personal reflection. A few things remain very clear to me and in hopes of enhancing your spiritual growth, I’d like to share.

God’s presence is shown to us in different ways: nature, people, community, prayer, scripture, music, and even in ways that are not visible to one’s senses but felt strongly in the heart. The feeling of God’s presence can vary, too, from the peacefulness of a morning sunrise to the sorrow felt in losing someone dear to the heartfelt passion when an injustice occurs to a vulnerable person.

Even in the darkest of hours, we look to God for hope, for life, for grace, for renewed energy. The times that God makes God’s presence known to us are special and worthy of noting. The times that we wonder “where is God?” are also worth noting. Sometimes we look too hard for the signs that we want God to give us and then we miss God’s presence.

Life is filled with relationships and events, positive and negative. When we feel blessed and grateful for all that we have, our perspective changes and then, we notice that God can make good out of even a dismal situation.

Since 2009, we have witnessed our community’s spiritual growth, discovered new spiritual gifts, served in ministries together and seen a physical transformation in our campus. These are all evidence of God’s presence in the ministries of Messiah Lutheran Church + Child Care Center.

We have celebrated together in the best of times, served together to fight injustices like hunger and mourned with one another in the sad times. And God’s presence has brought us all hope, promise, grace and renewed energy to get up every day and try it all again. Through all of these times, it has truly been my privilege to preach and teach, worship with you, meet with you on campus and in your homes, preside at weddings, baptize babies and children, welcome new members, bury our sisters and brothers in Christ, work with the gifted staff and children in the Church + Child Care Center, share and learn from our differences and celebrate our successes, learn your stories, and to love one another. For all this, I am deeply grateful to each of you and to God for these years together.

And, as we enter the ninth year of my call to Messiah Lutheran Church + Child Care Center, let us continue to find and proclaim God’s presence!

Your Sister in Christ,
Pastor Lynne

Tryg Jensen attends Synod Assembly June 9-10

Tryg Jensen, vice president of the Executive Committee at Messiah Lutheran, represented our church at the 2017 ELCA Metro Chicago Synod Assembly in Tinley Park the weekend of June 9.

“The overall takeaway was that ecumenism – the efforts of Christians of different church traditions to develop closer relationships and better understanding – is something that the ELCA finds important,” Tryg says. “On the 500 anniversary of the Reformation, Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be worshiping with leaders of other Christian faiths in Washington D.C.”
Bishop Wayne Miller said that the church needed to stop focusing on the past, but on the church to be relevant now. He also announced a few initiatives, such as offering double-majors at ELCA institutions to offer part-time pastors in small congregations.

A video from Bishop Eaton closed out the proceedings. New officers and council members were elected to the Synod staff.

Tryg said he also networked at lunch with local congregations and also saw videos on the ELCA Credit Union, the Walk to Wittenberg and becoming Mission Interpreters. If you are interested in any of those, contact him at trygve.jensen10@gmail.com.

Highlights from the June 19 meeting:
• Presentation on potential program for parsonage usage
• Progress regarding Music Ministry staffing
• Portillo’s June 5 fundraiser results
• Stewardship/contributions, property, pastoral care, Christian ed, assistance ministry, staff updates
May Attendance
Wk1=86, Wk2=62, Wk3=46, Wk4=45
*120 unique individuals attended worship between 1 and 4 times in May.

(We also had a significant number of family visitors in celebration of confirmation and teacher/graduate recognition.)

May Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$1,079, Wk2=$1,785
Wk3=$2,781, Wk4=$1,839

For kits, we continue to focus on gathering towels and soap for the Personal Care Kits. If you don’t feel like shopping, we can shop for you for a donation of $3 per towel or soap.
And by the end of July and into August, we’ll start seeing sales on school supplies. Be on the lookout for sales on the following items for School Kits:
• 70-page notebooks (Staples & Meijer, 17 cents apiece) – each kit needs 4
• Boxes of 24 crayons (Staples & Meijer usually have them for 50 cents each)
• Safety scissors (Walgreens usually has a good deal on them)
• Pens (simple ballpoint, black or blue) – each kit needs 5
• Pencils (#2) – each kit needs 5
• Rulers (with cm & inches OK)
• Erasers
• Pencil sharpeners

We also continue to focus on assembling quilts once a month, at 11:30 a.m. July 16 and Aug. 20, following worship, in the Friendship Place.

In September, we’ll work on health care kits and quilts on the ELCA Day of Service, Sept. 10. Mark your calendars!! And remember: no sewing experience necessary! So join us to assemble quilts, along with enjoying good fellowship and snacks!

For information and to volunteer, call Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or 847-828-7819.


Flat Jesus is a paper doll children of all ages can cut out and color. He can accompany you by car, plane, snail mail or email. When Flat Jesus arrives at his destination, photograph and document his adventures. You can make multiple copies and even send Flat Jesus abroad. If you lose Flat Jesus, don’t worry. He (in electronic format) can be found on our website: www.messiahparkridge.org OR our Facebook page. In September, we’ll host a Welcome Home Party for Flat Jesus and find out where he has been all summer!

We’ll complete processing of all the bags behind the Welcome Center in June and then take the summer off of plarning.

We still have a load of bags downstairs, and we’ll work through those starting with the ELCA Day of Service on Sept. 10.

A big thanks to everyone who contributed bags (we do not need anymore!!).

And thanks also to those who have continued to work on processing bags and those who are continuing to crochet mats! We’ll see you all again this fall!

(FEB. 27, 1935-MAY 31, 2017)

Longtime Messiah member Audrey R. Krell died May 31 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

She was the wife of George Krell, the mother of Veronica Read and Kathleen Oare and grandmother of Jennifer (Eric) Robles, Kevin Krell, Ashley Oare and Colton Oare.
Service was held June 10 at Cooney Funeral Home, Park Ridge.

Donations may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631.


Stella Cleveland Gilbertson, former member of Messiah Lutheran Church, passed away May 24 at the age of 89.

Her late husband, Gaylen Gilbertson, was pastor at Messiah from 1978 to 1992. He died in 2009.

The Gilbertsons served as missionaries in Japan, then in Papua, New Guinea. They retired in 1996 to Mundelein.

Services were held June 2. Memorial donations may be sent to Lutheran World Relief, c/o St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 10 S. Lake St., Mundelein, IL 60060.


Dear Friends in Christ:

Zimbabwe achieved its independence in 1980. Violence during the struggle for liberation and post-independence conflicts left many communities and individuals traumatized …

To read Rev. Philip Knutson’s complete letter, please visit

Thank you for your participation in God’s mission locally and globally and your prayers and support through the ELCA Global Church Missionary Sponsorship program.

Yours faithfully, Philip Knutson Rev. Dr. ELCA Global Mission Regional Representative – Southern Africa Johannesburg https://southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com/


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

Monday, July 3rd
begin around 9 p.m.
Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner, games, and their own chairs or blankets, to relax on our grounds for the July 4th celebration!

Monday, July 3, 6:30 p.m.
Maria and Ray Ejnik will host an Ice Cream Social in the Friendship Place at 6:30 p.m. on July 3 before the fireworks. The Messiah community is invited to join in some sweet summer fun!    

Thursday, July 6 @ 7-9 p.m. Friendship Place
We will discuss the book “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend" by Katarina Bivald. Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading. All are welcome.


• Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, July 12 at 9 a.m. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W. Dempster St. in Niles. Good conversation and food.

• Quilts ‘n Kits – Quilt assembly will be on Sunday, July 16 after worship service! Snacks will be available along with great fellowship and remember - no sewing experience necessary!

• Child Care Open House, 8/14
• First Day of School, 8/15
• Backpack Blessing, 8/20
• Congregational Meeting, 8/27

Sunday   Worship Focus   

July 2   4th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Lesson: Romans 6:12-23
Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42
July 9   5th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 145:8-14
Lesson: Romans 7:15-25a
Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
July 16   6th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 65:9-13
2nd Lesson: Romans 8:1-11
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
July 23   7th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 86:11-17
Lesson: Romans 8:12-25
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
July 30   8th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 119:129-136
2nd Lesson: Romans 8:26-39
Gospel: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
No CHAT Room or Confirmation Class
until Fall! Have a nice summer!


July 2
Acolyte: Michaelene M
Communion Assistant: Mary Jo M
Worship Assistant: Pat K
Projection: Jim H
Ushers: Tess & Hannah L
Altar Guild: Nancy H
Counter: Paul H

July 9
Acolyte: Evelyn A
Communion Assistant: Aly A
Reader: Erik G
Worship Assistant: Andy T
Projection: Jim H
Ushers: TBD
Altar Guild: Cindy N
Counter: Paul H

July 16
Acolyte: Sam F
Communion Assistant: Rhonda C
Reader: Nick L
Worship Assistant: Tait J
Projection: Jim H
Ushers: TBD
Altar Guild: Sue K
Counter: Paul H

July 23
Acolyte: Caitlin L
Communion Assistant: Rich L
Reader: Rich L
Worship Assistant: Cindy N
Projection: Jim H
Ushers: TBD
Altar Guild: Marilynn D
Counter: Paul H

July 30
Acolyte: Ralphie L
Communion Assistant: Tess L
Reader: Marilynn D
Worship Assistant: Karen B
Usher: Steve Y
Altar Guild: Sue K
Counter: Paul H

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.

Sunday   Flowers are given …    
July 2   Available   
July 9   In celebration of Kevin Kovach’s birthday by family
July 16   Available   
July 23   For grandson Ryker’s 1st birthday, from Les & Nancy Herak
July 30   In memory of Norma Murk, by Brad & Pat Kovach

Bulletins are given …
July 2   For Ryan and Adam Hauser’s 165th birthday
July 9   For Dorothy Nagel’s birthday, by the Kopijs
July 16   Available   
July 23   For grandson Ryker’s 1st birthday, from Les & Nancy Herak
July 30 Available


Our Assistance Ministry

Our Assistance Ministry hours are now on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Most weeks, we have 10-12 guests who come for lunch, conversation and a look through the food and clothing that have been donated.

With the warm summer months, our guests appreciate a bottle of water or Gatorade. Please consider donating these items, if possible. Men's T-shirts and shorts are also appreciated as well as men's gently used sneakers and new men's athletic socks.

We have been able to give each guest one $10 card to Jewel each month. Please consider donating to this if you are able. Mark “Assistance Ministry” on your envelope.

If you would be able to provide pasta, casseroles or other family-style meals, please package and mark for Assistance Ministry. We are happy to freeze meals and then reheat for our guests. Ham, turkey, cheese, etc., for sandwiches is also appreciated.

Thanks for all that you do. We so appreciate our giving congregation. We'd also like to invite other congregation members to help out with serving meals.

Feel free to stop by and see how your hospitality can be put to use!


For the Patriotic Sing on July 2, our own Donna Hanson will be accompanying the music.
“America, the Beautiful,” a poem written by Katherine Lee Bates, a Wellesley College professor, is sometimes called the “unofficial National Anthem.” She wrote the lyrics after traveling the United States from Niagara Falls to Pikes Peak. It was originally sung to the tune “Auld Lang Syne” until 1911 when it was joined to the tune we know.

You are invited to remain in the sanctuary after worship on Sunday, July 2, for a special celebration of freedom. We will sing a few faith-based patriotic songs, including “America, the Beautiful” and offer prayers for our country and its precious liberty. America’s founding fathers justified our freedom in the Declaration of Independence, “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.” However, true freedom is thru Christ and His victory on the cross. Being freed by His forgiveness and love, we are His servants, linked together in hope and willingness to share the gospel.

To all the great volunteers!

Each of you contributed to the success of the Messiah Day of Service hosted by Troop 1. The clearing of underbrush and the removal of the buckthorn trees has enhanced the campus with added safety for the Child Care Center. Now the “thorny” trees are gone.

A word of thanks to each of you for your cheerful service to Messiah Lutheran Church. A special shout out to Debbie Sasak, Jen Marshall and Pastor Lynne Morrow for keeping us hydrated and filling us with good snacks and lunch. We needed the energy. Thank you, ladies.
It was a very warm day with lots to accomplish, and we did it! We could not have done it without you and your work ethic to complete the project.

All the work was completed with hand tools and bow saws.

Here are the totals:
Labor hours: 118
Volunteers: 22

Thanks again!

Nick Marsall, Patrol Leader, Troop 1
Dave Hanson, MLC Property Coordinator
Tim Saul, Charter Organization Representative, Messiah Lutheran Church, C7-751-13
Carol Hrodey, 7/4
Debbie Dietrich, 7/4
Jeanne Dumerer, 7/5
Stephanie Yager, 7/5
Alice Hulterstrum, 7/7
Lester Thurow, 7/7
Adam Hauser, 7/8
Ryan Hauser, 7/8
Joyce Tjhio, 7/9
Kimberly Bujalka, 7/11
Kevin Kovach, 7/11
Michaelene Marchetta, 7/11
Dorothy Nagel, 7/11
Donald Wenn, 7/14
Robert Kallas, 7/18
David Swanson, 7/18
Eric Ryczek, 7/19
Hannah Lippert, 7/20
Karen Black, 7/23
Clifford Paulus, 7/23
Irene Luck, 7/24
Haley Lippert, 7/27
Robert Bisgard, 7/28
Evelyn Allemeier, 7/29
Thomas Yager, 7/30

Lynne Morrow & Larry Fogel, 7/3/1994 23 years
David & Julie Jensen, 7/8/1989 28 years
Kimberly & Mike Bujalka, 7/15/2007 10 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: TBD
Child Care Center Director: Karen Black
Office Manager: Rodney Richey
Bookkeeper: Daniel Kovach
Property Coordinator: David Hanson

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

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

Floyd Yager and Jennie Read Robles

Assistance Ministry: Connie Kaufman
Altar Guild: Sue Kopij, Cindy Norberg
Brotherhood: Rich Seggeling
CHAT Room: vid Swanson, Steve Yager
Cross+Gen: Julie Luck Jensen
Confirmation/Youth: Pat Kovach
Memorials: Carol Hrodey
Women’s Serv. Grp.: Trudi Handzel, Carol Hrodey
Spiritual Gifts Coordinator: Steve Yager
Worship Assistants: David Swanson
Worship Readers: Rich Levy
Ushers: Larry Ryczek
John 17 Fellowship: David Swanson, Steve Yager
Prayer Cards: Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry: Staff

MEMORIAL REPORT as of June 30, 2017:
Donation from Millie Anderson in recognition of Samantha Fogel’s confirmation.

(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 Rev. Mark Wiberg, Doris Hay, Nancy Wendt, Ping, Vikki Hanson, Salena Jason, Bob Morrow, the Jefferson family, Michael Baumeister and family, the family of Audrey Krell, who passed away May 31, Sarah Nugnis, Kevin Kovach, Terry, Ruth, Judith, Betty & Ray Hoyle, Szul family, Lukasz Stechnij, Al Nugnis (recovering from knee surgery), Baby Grace Horton, the Child Care Center children, families and staff, Jackie Saul, the family and friends of Jim Leeney, Tom & Berni, Chris, Debby Brown, Beth Perfetti, Diane, Lorraine, Frank Daye, Margot, David Swanson, Julie, Paul, Bonilla Family, Chuck Powers, Tom Daniels, Piper, Mr. Young, Millie Anderson and family, Nicholas Levy, the Levy family, Auntie Helmke, Nina Lippert, Mike Wokisin, Haley Lippert, Teri and Bill Muenster, Joe, Mike Kivel, and Nancy Maltec (Rhonda Cady’s mom). 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, Linda Ostrand, Carol Hrodey, Larry & 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 Krell, those living with cancer, those living with mental illness, Norb Wenson, Provenzano family, Cathie Glesener, Ted Gradt, Behl family, Swenson Family, Schiaone Family, Diane Brendza, 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, Ed Nancy, Scott, Mary, Jimmy, Megan, those living with addiction, Fran, Lorenzo, Dan, Barb, Ralph Lippert’s new job.

* 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, Claudine Ward, Officer 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 celebrated the confirmation of three of our young people: Samantha Fogel, Caitlin Levy and Ralphie Lippert.
• We wished Godspeed and good luck to Sue Fox, who left us in June after 33 years performing at Messiah.
• Along that same topic, we were assisted by William Decker on two Sundays.
• We held – with Portillo’s – a fundraiser, receiving 20 percent of all sales directed to our cause. $68 raised.
• We learned that Carol Hrodey marked a full year of normal sinus rhythm with gratitude for all who prayed for and supported her.
• We welcomed some guests to the parsonage: Pastor Byung Yun Jeong and his wife, Sun Yeo Jeong, of Hope Korean Community Church, who are waiting for the go-ahead to begin their mission work in Nepal.

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

The Messiah Messenger June 2017

1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Phone: (847) 823-6984 Fax: (847) 823-6996
E-mail: PastorLynne@messiahparkridge.org Office@messiahparkridge.org
Homepage: www.messiahparkridge.org
Child Care Center Phone: (847) 825-3767
Child Care Email: MessiahChildCareCenter@gmail.com

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
Mon. & Wed. – 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.

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




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Park Ridge, IL 60068
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