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The Messiah Messenger > The August Messenger Issue #590
The August Messenger Issue #590

Aug 1, 2017

August 2017 - Issue #590


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Jesus taught people about God using multiple formats – stories, scriptures, parables and prayer. He knew the power of words could move people beyond their typical behavior. Perhaps you know of someone who has the gift of evocative language – using words in such a way so as to evoke an action? Maybe you’ve experienced this with a teacher, coach, business colleague, or friend?
In philosopher John Austin's book “How to Do Things with Words,” Austin explores how words go beyond mere descriptive use to actually make things happen. He calls this “speech-act theory” and proposes that words can evoke in us a feeling to do something.
Regarding words that Jesus used in the parables, David Lose, theologian and professor from Luther Seminary, writes “the key is … to be moved by the parable, to feel in our bones what it means when God gets involved in our life and in the world.”
Examples of powerful words that evoke an active response can be found all around us. We begin each worship service at Messiah Lutheran Church – Park Ridge with “This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” These ancient words from the Psalmist bring smiles and elicit a feeling of gratitude.
How do the words of Jesus move you to do something? Have you been emotionally moved by a scripture? How might a scripture evoke an action in you to be God’s hands and feet?
In Christ,
Pastor Lynne


Important Announcement About ELCA Day Of Service

There was some confusion in previous years about how this works, and whether or not we have church on this Sunday.
WE DO INDEED have church on Sunday, Sept. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. We gather together for a brief service in the sanctuary, and then split into different ministry projects.
If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Lynne.

EC Corner
July 17 meeting discussion included:
Progress regarding Music Ministry staffing
Scheduling Leadership Meeting in conjunction with EC and Congregational Meetings
CCC Board Update
Concrete proposal to repair problem areas around the campus
Secretary position update
Stewardship/contributions, property, pastoral care, Christian ed., assistance ministry, staff updates

June Attendance
Wk1=68, Wk2=43, Wk3=48, Wk4=44
*102 unique individuals attended worship at least once in June.

June Giving (Gen. Fund)
Wk1=$1,972, Wk2=$2,260, Wk3=$1,454, Wk4=$1,096

Care Program
If you wish you had more pastoral care skills, the Spiritual Care Visitor Program may be just right for you. This training equips spiritual care visitors with skills for effectively and competently providing pastoral care to sick, lonely, stressed and grieving people. 

Hosted by Redeemer Lutheran, 139 E. 1st St., Hinsdale, the fall session, Sept. 9 to Nov. 11, runs on Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Tuition is $325, and deadline is Aug. 18. Call 312-563-4825 or visit http://bishopandersonhouse.org/are-you-called-to-care/.

Property Stewardship
“August Water”

In August, we will collect dedicated offerings for “WATER” to help offset our water bill! To indicate your preference to contribute towards our landscaping bill, please write “water” on a pew envelope. Your gift will be applied directly to that particular account.

Quilts & Kits
Just a reminder that we’re collecting items and/or monetary donations for Personal Care Kits and School Kits. (Back to School sales are starting!)
And on Sunday, Aug. 20, we’ll assemble quilts after service in the Friendship Place. Watch for announcements about Quilts & Kits activities in September and October – it will be a busy month!
For information or to volunteer, contact Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or 847-828-7819.

(The following is an excerpt from an article in Faith in Action, an LWR newsletter – the full article can be viewed at https://lwr.org/faith-in-action/decades-later-a-former-refugee-remembers-his-quilt.)
We wanted to share a story that demonstrates the impact of the Quilts & Kits we send out from Messiah:
The following is an excerpt from an article in Faith in Action, an LWR newsletter specifically for the Quilts and Kits Ministry:
By all accounts, Pastor Del Akech Del has lived an extraordinary life so far. As a member of the refugee group that came to be known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, he lost family members, fled from civil war, and sought refuge in two different countries before coming to the United States as a refugee in 2001.
“I fled the country with other Lost Boys because of the war in South Sudan that broke out in 1983 between Muslim Arabs in the North and Christians in South Sudan,” explains Del. “There were many life-threatening challenges on the way to Ethiopia, but I made it safely even though some relatives and friends died in the desert.”
Listening to his story and all that he’s gone through, you might be surprised to know that one seemingly small act of kindness still stands out in his mind to this day – while in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, Del Akech Del received the gift of a quilt.
When Del arrived in Ethiopia in 1987, he says and the other Lost Boys lacked many of the most basic necessities of life. “I spent about six months with other Lost Boys of Sudan without food or clothes,” he says. “But most importantly, there were no blankets to keep me warm when it was cool at night.”
“You may be surprised when I tell you this, but the quilts you spend hours putting together saved millions of lives in refugee camps around the globe.”

Quilts & Kits blessing, Sept. 24
Packing Q&K, Sept. 25
LWR truck, Oct. 7-8


Child Care Open House
Monday, Aug. 14 @ 5:30 p.m.
Open invitation to anyone looking for quality pre-school and Kindergarten Christian Education. This is also an opportunity for parents to meet their children’s teachers before school starts Aug. 15.

Messiah Book Club
Thursday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m.
Friendship Place
We will discuss the book “Life Expectancy” by Dean Koontz. Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading.

Messiah Goes To Wrigley
Messiah members, their family and friends, are invited to watch the World Champion Chicago Cubs play the Milwaukee Brewers for a Saturday, Sept. 9 afternoon game, at 3:05 p.m.
Tickets are $55 each, and several are left. Rich Seggeling (847-975-3610) will be making these tickets available when he actually receives them from the Chicago Cubs. This is when they will be available for purchase; therefore, consider your plans and how many you may want.
Go, Cubs, go.   

Congregational Meeting
Sunday, Aug. 27 after worship
Concisely, initiatives will be updated, MLC and CCC fall calendars shared, and other business matters attended to. A quorum of 25 is needed for the vote.

Reminders for August
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Aug. 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 & Kits – In August, we’ll meet on Sunday, Aug. 20, to assemble quilts. Snacks will be available along with great fellowship and remember - no sewing experience necessary!

Coming in Next Month
Quilt Dedication, 9/24
Flat Jesus Party, 9/24   


Aug. 6
9th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
Lesson: Romans 9:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21

Aug. 13
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 85:8-13
Lesson: Romans 10:5-15
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33

Aug. 20
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 67
Lesson: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Gospel: Matthew 15:10-20, 21-28

Aug. 27
12th Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm: Psalm 138
Lesson: Romans 12:1-8
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20

Blessing of the Teachers and the Backpacks
Sunday, Aug. 20 during worship

Pastor Lynne invites all children of Messiah to bring their school backpack to worship on Sunday, Aug. 20. During the Children’s Message time, she will offer a blessing to them as they embark on another school year as a child (and student!) of God!

Worship Assistants

         Aug. 6      Aug. 13      Aug. 20      Aug. 27   

Acolytes      Millie D   TBD      Evelyn A   Kyle H   
Communion Assistants   Mayra D      TBD      Aly A      Laura H   
Readers         Pat K      Ralphie L   Sam F      David H   
Worship Assistants   Diane B      Rhonda C   Tryg J      Erik G   
Projection      Jim H      Jim H      Jim H      Jim H   
Ushers         Connie & Dave    Tess & Hannah    Laddie & Henry Steve Y   
Altar Guild      Sue K      Cindy N      Nancy H      Marilynn D   
Counter         Paul H      Paul H      Paul H      Paul H   

Flowers and Bulletins
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:
Aug. 6   Available.
Aug. 13   By Les and Nancy Herak in memory of Nancy’s parents.
Aug. 20 By the Kovachs in memory of Claire Rodin.
Aug. 27 Available

Aug. 6   Available.   
Aug. 13   By Les and Nancy Herak in memory of Nancy’s parents.   
Aug. 20   Available.   
Aug. 27   Available.   

A Heartfelt Thank You

Dear Friends:

In the three months since April 20, when I tendered my resignation to the Executive Committee, I have experienced many emotions regarding the end of my time at Messiah. However, your outpouring of gratitude and friendship leading up to and including June 11, truly warmed my heart.

I thank you for the kind words in the many cards and emails sent; they were a joy to read and very much unexpected. I will treasure the gifts I received on that last Sunday of the two Martin Luther figures, the book of his hymns, and the lovely shadowbox – all reminders of Messiah and our shared faith.

I truly appreciate the gift cards to help with my new life in Indiana with John. Gloria Dei Choir’s rendition and leading of the singing of “Thy Strong Word,” one of my favorite hymns, with words so meaningful for the day, was another beautiful surprise.
I will miss Messiah; at the same time, I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life as a “Hoosier.”
May God continue to bless you all and Messiah’s mission. Soli Deo Gloria – To God Alone the Glory!

In thankfulness and friendship,
Sue Fox

Former Messiah member Jeaniene Johnson died July 24 in Delavan, Wisc.

Jeaniene was born in 1935 in St. Louis, Miss. She had been a member of Messiah from 2003 to 2007, when she relocated to Lutheran Memorial in Delavan.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at Messiah.

From Pastor Mark & Anne Wiberg

We both would like to thank you for continuing cards, emails and encouragement for Mark. Hospice has entered our home, and we feel helped by their caring services! We both think and talk about the faithful friends we have at Messiah! Keep the faith!

Love always,
Mark & Anne   


Icing on the Cake

On Sunday, July 30, during coffee hour after services, we celebrated the eighth year of Rev. Lynne Morrow’s ministry as pastor of our church. There were guests and cake and warm memories aplenty!

Pastor Lynne was called to Messiah in 2009 after our congregation had experienced several years of difficult changes. Since then, she has helped us stabilize and facilitated growth in our ministries. Many of us have learned from and been touched by Pastor Lynne’s strong faith and caring ways.

We are indeed blessed to have her as our leader as we “With Christ, Reaching Out and Welcoming All God's Children.”


Kids & Assistance Ministry:
The sandwich team of Caitlin Levy, Julia & Sam Fogel, Adam & Ryan Hauser assembled two dozen sandwiches at the Friendship Place after services on July 23. This huge “sack lunch” was made for those in our Assistance Ministry. Thanks, crew! And thank you to those who donated the ingredients to make the sandwiches.

Flat Jesus

Where will Flat Jesus visit in 2017? In past years he’s traveled the U.S. and the world – and also stayed home! He’s attended breakfasts, ball games, balloon races, parties – and we’ve even had a crocheted Flat Jesus!

Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center invite children of ALL AGES to participate in our summer mission to share God’s Good News by keeping “Flat Jesus” with you this summer!

Jesus is with us – everywhere, everyday! We want ALL GOD’s CHILDREN to continue their faith formation over the summer and to share God’s Good News. Who better to send with them than Jesus?

Be sure to take your Flat Jesus with you this summer, take a picture and send it to office@messiahparkridge.org! Your picture(s) will be displayed on a bulletin board and included at “Welcome Home” party in September! To find Flat Jesus, go to Messiah’s website at www.messiahparkridge.org and he’s right there on the front page. Click on “HERE” and you’ll find instructions and his image that you can cut out and color in and take with you wherever you go!


Jacqueline Steigerwald, 8/1
Kristin Kopij, 8/5
Sandra Deines, 8/7
Kevin Kaufman, 8/8   
Jenni Robles, 8/8
Cindy Norberg, 8/10
Barbara Shapiro, 8/13
Ravi Penumaka, 8/15
Henry Allemeier, 8/16
Connie Travis, 8/19
Michael Deines, 8/20

Susan and Ed Kopij, 8/25/1974 – 43 years
Andy and Connie Travis, 8/28/1998 – 19 years
Ralph and Teresa Lippert, 8/31/1997 – 20 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

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
Secretary:      Kathy Malyszko
Treasurer:      Erik Grove
Members:      Tim Saul, Pat Kovach, Sue Kopij
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
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
Ushers:       Larry Ryczek
John 17 Fellowship: David Swanson
Steve Yager
Prayer Cards:       Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry:        Staff   

MEMORIALS & HONORARIA FUND as of July 30, 2017   

All gifts to the Memorial & Honorarium Fund are automatically acknowledged to the giver and donee or family by a personal note. Unless otherwise designated, all gifts go into the General Fund.  Addresses and envelope numbers on memorial cards or checks are much appreciated. The purpose of this report is to confirm that gifts are received. If you don’t see your gift listed here after two months, please contact Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net.   

A donation was made by Nancy (Nelson) and Steve Karnatz in honor of Dorothy Nagel’s 90th birthday!


Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month:
Robert Saul, The Hauser Family, Ted Gradt, Judy Jones, Diane Wilson, Carolyn Morrow, Karen Whyte, Rev. Mark Wiberg, Doris Hay, Nancy Wendt, Ping, Vikki Hanson, Bob Morrow, Michael Baumeister and family, Terry, Ruth, Judith, Betty & Ray Hoyle, Szul family, Lukasz Stechnij, Al Nugnis (recovering from knee surgery), Baby Grace Horton, Jackie Saul, Tom & Berni, Chris, Debby Brown, Beth Perfetti, Diane, Lorraine, Frank Daye, Margot, David Swanson, Chuck Powers, Tom Daniels, Piper, Mr. Young, Millie Anderson and family, Auntie Helmke, Nina Lippert, Teri and Bill Muenster, Joe, Nancy Maltec (Rhonda Cady’s mom), Tyler, Zander, Chad Adams and Family, Griffin family, Dottie Burger, Terry DeSchepper, Dan S., Helmke Fields, Donna Hanson, Brad Kovach, John, Linda Ostrand, Carol Hrodey, Jeanne Dumerer, Laura Soto, Ruth Perzentka, Tom Jason, Irene Luck, Bob and Justine Bisgard, Barb Loverme, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, Julie Higgins, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, George Krell, those living with cancer, those living with mental illness, Norb Wenson, Cathie Glesener, Diane Brendza, Ron Nytko, Robin Horton, Fran, Chris, Julia Ramsland, Sean White, Jackie Powers, Mary Cvetan, Bill Schuman, Charlie Kizer, Jeff Koszczuk, Gary Hamilton, Ruth, Sandi, Tom, Tony, Mary, Peg, David, Don, JT, Mary-Jean, Jim, Ed, Nancy, Scott, Mary, Jimmy, Dan, Barb.

Those requesting prayers for other purposes such as emotional, grief, financial, employment, general or unknown are: Anne Wiberg, Myra Lusiak, Rochele K., Debbie Dietrich, Salena Jason, the Jefferson family, Sarah Nugnis, Kevin Kovach, Terry K., Fred D., the family and friends of Jim Leeney, the Krell family, the families and staff of Child Care Center, Julie, Paul, Bonilla Family, Mike Wokisin, Haley Lippert, Eastaven Bargas, Meaghan, EB, Griffin family, Worknesh Deressa, Joann Wood, Penumakea family, Larry Dumerer, Jeane Reeve, Lippert family, Fox family, Victoria Candiotti, Richard Levy, George Krell, Provenzano family, Behl family, Schiaone family, Swenson family, Frost family, Kraiger family, family of Jan Ehans, Megan, Fran, Lorenzo, and those who are unemployed or underemployed, those living with addiction, those whom are hungry, alone or homeless.

Please update us as your loved ones’ status changes.
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, 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.   

With gratitude, we thank William Decker for pitching in during the last few weeks as musical accompanist.
On our nation’s 241st birthday, we were able to accommodate spectators’ cars in our lot for the Park Ridge July 3rd fireworks. We’re grateful to be able to host parking for this exhilarating event!
On a related note, our boundless thanks to Ray Ejnik and his daughter, Maria Andros, for the amazing ice cream social they provided earlier that evening. What a spectacular sweet treat!
Thanks to Donna Hanson and Marilynn Duckett for giving their musical gifts to the glory of God on July 9 for our worship service. Thanks also to the Gloria Dei Choir members who made a point to be at worship to support Donna and Marilynn.




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