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The February 2018 Messenger #596

Feb 1, 2018

February 2018

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
At Messiah, the month of January is typically spent closing out the previous year and preparing for the many aspects of the Annual Report and Annual Meeting of the Congregation.
To be honest, one of the more agonizing processes is the preparation of the budget. The priorities of our ministries should be reflected in our budget. One category of the budget is benevolence. Messiah has a history of generosity towards benevolence in the community, state, country and world.
In her sermon prior to the Annual Meeting, Pastor Brenda Smith prepared a Top 10 Things MLC does to make a difference in the world. She researched and discovered these things that our community does to reach out and make a difference in the world:
•We support our Global Mission partner, Pastor Philip Knutson, as he teaches and proclaims Christ in South Africa
•We teach children in both Cross+Gen and Sunday School
•We have Bible Studies out in the community or in members’ homes
•We confirm young people in the traditions of the faith
•We share our campus with support groups
•We share our campus with community groups like Zumba and Scouts
•We care for and teach children in the CCC
•We have a “super duper musician” to fill our hearts with the music of God;
•We have a fulltime pastor who works to “share the passion for the gospel”
•And most importantly, we have each other, to share, to lift up, to preach and teach with, to spread the Good News of Christ.
As Congregational President Larry Ryczek said, our faith community is indeed Mighty! Just like our Christ, Mighty Messiah offers ministries that touch the lives of many people. We serve by actively offering the love of God and the light of Christ to people who are often “the least among us” and those whom are most in need.
Yes, we are Messiah Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, and we may be small in numbers, but we are mighty in our support of ministries that touch people all around Illinois. May God continue to bless what we do so that we can continue doing what God blesses! Let us continue to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ in a Mighty way!
Thanks be to God!
In Christ, Pastor Lynne

Be sure to check out blog page: https://southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com/


July 24, 1927 – Jan. 15, 2018
Longtime Messiah member Irene Luck died on Jan. 15.
Irene was born in Harbor, Ind., to John and Julia Kohler. She grew up in Calumet City, Illinois.
While attending the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Irene met Frank Luck, a returning WWII soldier from Arkansas. They married after his graduation and moved to Chicago.
Three children later, the couple relocated to Glenview. Irene completed her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and her Master’s in Educational Administration at North Park College. For years, she was a well-loved sixth grade teacher at Washington School.
Irene loved volunteering, cooking, traveling, reading mysteries and spending time with her grandchildren.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Frank Luck. She leaves behind her children, Julie (David) Jensen, Jim (Lisa) Luck and Lori (Paul) Ellinger and grandchildren Joe (Katlyn) Ellinger, Trygve Jensen, Elise (Mark) Holmes, Tait Jensen, Joseph Luck and Elizabeth Luck and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Jan. 12, 1929 – Jan. 9, 2018
Tom Jason, a member of Messiah since 1957, passed away on Jan. 9, 2018.
Tom valued his family above everything else except the Lord.
He enjoyed every moment with his wife of over 50 years, Marcy, and their two sons, Brian and Bruce.
At home, Tom enjoyed building his elaborate model railroad city. In the summer, gardening was his passion.
He donated his time at Messiah teaching Sunday school, ushering and counting money every week.
Tom is survived by his son, Brian; his daughter-in-law, Laura, and two grandchildren, Jeremy and Salena.
We will all really miss his contagious smile, but know that he is smiling even more in heaven and is now at peace!
His wife, Marcella, and his son Bruce preceded him in death.
He leaves behind his son, Brian (Laura); and his beloved grandchildren, Jeremy and Salena.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org or to the Parkinson's Foundation at www.parkinson.org.


Traditionally during Lent we give up something that we like a lot and makes us feel good. You know, like dessert!
The intention is to make us appreciate it more once Lent is over. So, Lent is on the horizon, have you decided what you are going to give up? I have, and what I’m giving up affects all of you. I’m giving up “Alleluia.”
That’s right! As a Music Ministry Coordinator in a “liturgical” church, I have to give up using Liturgies, Hymns and Anthems that have the word “Alleluia” in them. The omission of alleluia during Lent goes back at least to the fifth century in the western church. The custom of actually bidding it farewell developed in the Middle Ages in Babylon. The association of alleluia with Easter led to the custom of intentionally omitting it from the liturgy during the season of Lent, a kind of verbal fast which has the effect of creating a sense of anticipation and even greater joy when the familiar word of praise returns.
You will also notice a change in the mood of the music during Lent. While not all the music will be dark and macabre, there will be more “reflective” style hymns as we journey through the 40 days up to that joyous Easter morning where Alleluias will resound again as we proclaim, “Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed. Alleulia, Alleluia, Alleluia!”
In the spirit of an ecumenical church, several non-liturgical denominations such as the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ also participate in the process of saying “farewell to Alleluia,” although by their doctrine not required to.
Our sending hymn on Sunday, Feb. 11 will be “Alleluia, Song of Gladness” (ELW 318), the third stanza goes like this:

Alleluia cannot always be our song while here below;
Alleluia our transgressions make us for a while for-go
For the solemn time is coming when our tears for sin shall flow

Farewell, “Alleluia”! You are gone but not forgotten, and we will hold you in our hearts. See you soon! Shalom! Roger

Transfiguration Sunday – February 11
Ash Wednesday -- Wednesday, February 14
Imposition of Ashes
   9:15 am CCC Chapel
   7:00 pm Service


This year Messiah will observe Lent with two different types of services. The first is a prayer service focusing on God’s Word and music from Holden Evening Prayer.
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 Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. with final service on Tuesday March 20. The prayer service will last about 30 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 will also be available to work on at 5:00 for all you plarn enthusiasts (we had fun last year!!)

We'd like to share with all of you that our Monday Assistance Ministry guests frequently tell us how very thankful they are for Messiah and the fact that our members are so generous. Once again, we want to say “THANKS” to each of you!
This past Monday we had two new guests, both recently homeless. The gentleman was widowed recently and on his own, wasn't able to pay the rent so is now on the street. His friend heard that they could get a meal and clothing at Messiah so they came, although asking for help was difficult. They enjoyed a meal and looked through the clothing and were grateful for the $10 Jewel cards. What a wonderful witness to be able to share our gifts with others and to love our neighbors.
Warm clothing (especially men's L and XL), hand and foot warmers, toiletries (small sizes), luncheon meats and cheese for sandwiches to go, meatloaf, casseroles, pasta, chili, etc. are always welcome. Gift cards to Jewel, Dollar Tree, etc. are appreciated.
Blessings, Connie Kaufman
We’re looking forward to a special quilt day on Feb. 11. That Sunday is also Transfiguration Sunday and Scout Sunday! So how can we tie in quilt assembly? All HANDS on deck!! Come to church on the 11th and see!
Also, we’ve started to gather items for Personal Care Kits. The Personal Care Kits contain bath towels, bars of soap (two 4-oz. bars per kit), nail clippers, toothbrushes and sturdy combs. If you don’t have time to shop, we can shop for you for a donation of $5 per kit. Meanwhile, see you on the 11st!
And remember, no sewing experience necessary! So join us in assembling quilts, along with good fellowship! And save March 18 for our quilting session in March!
For additional information and to volunteer, contact Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net or 847-828-7819.

Sunday, Feb. 4, we will be meeting for Sunday School. We will be discussing Ash Wednesday, and getting ready for Lent. Then on March 4 at 9:00 a.m. we’ll continue our discussion of Lent and prepare for Easter!
Children ages 4-10 are all invited to attend! Parents are encouraged to attend with their child to encourage their faith formation and to build faith relationships with other families. Contact Aly Allemeier for more information.
Join us for Chat Room on Sundays at 9 in the Friendship Place in January. If you have requests/ideas for future topics, contact David Swanson or Steve Yager.
Feb. 4 will wrap up Souper Bowl of Caring, our annual collection for non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Maine Township Food Pantry.
Meanwhile the confirmands meet with Pat Kovach at 9:00 a.m. Sundays at 9 in the Confirmation Room, off the choir loft! In February they will continue studying the Old Testament.

February Highlights:
Pizza Party and Open House
Thursday, Feb. 8
5:45 p.m. – Pizza Party for Current Messiah families (in the Friendship Place)
6:15 p.m. – Valentine Party and Open House for current families and anyone wanting more information about the Child Care Center

People in Our Neighborhood
Weeks of Feb. 19 and 26 and March 5

The children will be learning about occupations and people who work in our community. During the week of Feb. 26, we will be doing a week of “class rotation.” Each classroom will be transformed into a part of the community (doctor’s office, post office, library, etc.) and the children will move to the other rooms and experience their settings. Additionally, we will still be doing some parent presentations (the weeks of Feb. 19 and March 5).
If you would be interested in sharing your job with the children at Messiah, please see Miss Karen. You would present a 15-20 minute ‘job show and tell’ to 4 or 5 classes, beginning at 9:15 a.m. and ending about 11:15 a.m.
See Miss Karen if you are available to help with any of our People in Our Neighborhood activities.

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

Tackle Hunger through your participation in this year’s SouperBowl of Caring! Please join us as we collect food and money for the Maine Township Food Pantry to feed hungry families right in our own local area. Our Youth Group will complete collections on Feb. 4.

To add to the proceeds for the Food Pantry we’re holding a Cook-Off! Bowls will be available for purchase and you can sample as many entries as you like. PLUS you will have a chance to vote on the Chili and Soup that you liked the best. Trophies will be given for first place and runner up! Contact Roger Turek for more information.

Scout Sunday is Feb. 11! Come welcome our Scouts!!
The Spaghetti Dinner is tentatively a go this February, but help is needed to wrangle it and set it up.
Pat Kovach is already on the job, but she needs assistance to get it done.
If you can pitch in, please contact Pat at patkov10@gmail.com or at 847-297-4883.


The theme of the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering is: “This Changes Everything,” based on Ephesians 2:8, “By grace you have been saved ... ” The dates are June 27-July 1 in at NRG Park in Houston.
Julia and Sam Fogel, Arden Sasak and Pastor Lynne are going to join 30,000+ ELCA Youth in Houston the last week of June. There's still time to register youth if interested and the focus of service will be on Literacy. Each church group is to bring books from a curated list for the "Blast Off for Books" program. During the week in Houston, these books will be taken to community centers and read to elementary children, then donated to their library.

To raise money to help our Youth participate they’re holding BAKE SALES the last Sunday of each month until they leave for Houston! The first one was a big success so please continue to participate!! Contact Debbie Sasak or Pastor Lynne to help!


Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Friendship Place
We will discuss the book, "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto" by Mitch Albom. Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable character – Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist ever to walk the earth – in this magical novel about the power of talent to change our lives. Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading. All are welcome. If anyone has any questions, please contact Paul Holzer at 847-296-0734.

Manna Orders Due – Feb. 5
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Jimmy’s on Rand Road. Good conversation and food.
Quilts & Kits We’ll see you on Feb. 11! And remember, there’s no sewing experience necessary! So join us for quilt assembly and good fellowship!
Ash Wednesday Imposition of ashes at CCC Chapel Service and 7:00 pm service
Lenten Service Squared Starts Feb. 20 with Holden Prayer Service at 6:30 and Plarn Service Project following. Then join us for 40-day Gloria Dei Choir rehearsal. Plarn will also be available to work on at 5:00 prior to Prayer Service.


Manna Orders Due – March 5
Lenten Service Squared continues on Tuesdays until March 20
Youth Lock In & Egg Stuffing March 16
Quilts & Kits March 18
Cook County Voting, March 20, in Friendship Place
Feed My Starving Children Youth Event March 26-30 (dates TBA)
Community Egg Hunt Saturday, March 24
Palm Sunday, March 25
Youth Bake Sale March 25
Maundy Thursday, March 29
Good Friday, March 30
And Easter Sunday is APRIL 1!!

Sunday   Worship Focus            Chat Room   Confirmation

Feb 4   Fifth Sunday After Epiphany      TBD      Ruth & Naomi
   1st Lesson: Isaiah 40:21-31
   Psalm: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
   2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
   Gospel: Mark 1:29-39
Feb 11   Transfiguration of Our Lord/      TBD      David & Johnathan
   Last Sunday After Epiphany
   1st Lesson: 2 Kings 2:1-12
   Psalm: Psalm 50:1-6
   2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 4:3-6
   Gospel: Mark 9:2-9

Feb 18   First Sunday in Lent         TBD      King David and The Book of Psalms      
   1st Lesson: Genesis 9:8-17
   Psalm: Psalm 25:1-10
   2nd Lesson: 1 Peter 3:18-22
   Gospel: Mark 1:9-15               

Feb 25   Second Sunday in Lent         TBD      Old Testament Quiz
   1st Lesson: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
   Psalm: Psalm 22:23-31
   2nd Lesson: Romans 4:13-25
   Gospel: Mark 8:31-38         

This lovely setting of vespers that follows the traditional form while using contemporary and inclusive language will be the basis for our Lenten Services.
Come and hear!



         Feb 4         Feb 11         Feb 18         Feb 25

Acolytes      Evelyn A      Kyle H         Millie D      Michaelene M
Communion Assistants   Aly A         Laura H         Mayra D         Mary Jo M
Readers         Pat K         Rich L         Sam F         Nick L
Worship Assistants   Diane B         Cindy N         Tryg J         Karen B
Projection      Jim H         Jim H         Jim H         Jim H
Ushers         TBD         TBD         TBD         TBD
Altar Guild      Marilynn D      Sue K         Marilynn D      Cindy N
Counter         Paul H         Paul H         Paul H         Paul H

Flowers 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 4   In honor of Mom’s birthday, from Jim and Trudi   
Feb 11   Scout Sunday   
Feb 18   In memory of Norma Murk, from the Kovachs.   
Feb 25   Available.   

Bulletins are given …

Feb 4   Available.
Feb 11   Scout Sunday
Feb 18   Available.
Feb 25   Available.   

Highlights from the Jan. 15 meeting include:
- Leadership Slate 2018 - Annual Meeting Agenda
- Fundraising - LSSI use of Parsonage
- 2018 Budget - Assistance Ministry

December Attendance
Wk1=510 Wk2=42 Wk3=40 Wk4=60 Wk5=26
*82 unique individuals attended worship between 1 and 5 times in December.

December Giving (Gen. Fund & MAP)    
Wk1=$2,713 Wk2=$1,668
Wk3=$4,704 Wk4=$2,949 Wk5=2,003

Members of Gloria Dei Choir are having a Mardi Gras get-together social at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, prior to their regular practice time of 7:30. It will be held at the home of Marilynn Duckett, 1480 Dee Road, Park Ridge.
Any and all individuals who enjoy music are invited to join us.
If you would like to attend, contact Marilynn by Feb. 11 at 847-825-2571 or dd1480@comcast.net.


Following the Prayerful Process, Janitha Chellian and Jim Handzel have answered the call to be our new treasurer and financial secretary, respectively.

Jim succeeds Paul Holzer as financial secretary. The office of treasurer had been filled by President Larry Ryczek the past few months. We thank them both for stepping up to serve our congregation!

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

Dave and Connie Kaufman – 2/28/1976, 42 years

Jean Reeve, 2/3
Sarah Litwin, 2/8

Pastor: Rev. Lynne Morrow
Music Ministry Coor.: Roger Turek
Child Care Center Dir. Karen Black
Office Manager: Rodney Richey
Bookkeeper: Daniel Kovach
Property Coordinator: David Hanson

President: Larry Ryczek
Vice President: Trygve Jensen
Secretary: Aly Allemeier
Treasurer: Janitha Chellian
Financial Sec.: Jim Handzel

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

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

MEMORIAL & HONORARIUMS REPORT as of January 28, 2018
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.
   In memory of Neil Hauser: Floyd & Kristin Yager
   In memory of Donna Hanson: Sue Kopij
   In memory of Tom Jason: Dave Hanson and Laura & Brian Jason
   In memory of Irene Luck: Dave Hanson

   We give much thanks for the new railings at our north and west doors, provided and installed by JB Metal Works, owned by a former member, Steve Burval!
   We give thanks to God for Jenni Hanson following her call to serve as a Conservation Officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
   We bid Mikey Hanson Godspeed as he is deployed to San Diego as a new recruit in the US Marine Corps.
   We rejoice with Paul Song, HKCC, as he as entered the U.S. Navy Program Office as a Chaplain Candidate.
A note from Ruth Prezentka: “To my friends at Messiah: Thank you for remembering me in your prayers and for the cards you sent. Words cannot express the comfort those cards bring me. Have a blessed Christmas and New Year.”

Please include the following in your prayers this month: Our prayers for healing are with: Trudi Handzel, Pat Kivel, Al Rembis, Mark Banaszak, Annette, Ashley Williams, Leslie, Jilian, Steve Homberg, Tom Jencius, Ruth Perzentka,the Luck/Jensen/Ellinger families, Robert Tollick, the Hanson family, Bob Kallas, Sharon Rose Keenon, Julie Ketola, Francis, Hailey and Johnny, Kathy, Rochele Kasny, June Abbryscato, Danny O’Connor, the family of Rafael Soto, Tom Daniels, the Wiberg family, the Hauser Family, the family of Vern Frost, Felicia, Sharon Wilk, Warren Lathan, Robert Saul, the family of Jeff Koszczuk, Teri and Bill Muenster, John Francis, Cookie Bonilla and her sisters and brother, Gilbert Garcia (Jeanette's dad), Annie’s new baby and family (John, Elissia, Naz), Dorothy Nagel, Ted Gradt, Judy Jones, Carolyn Morrow, Doris Hay, Nancy Wendt, Ping, Lori, Michelle, Bob Morrow, Michael Baumeister and family, Myra Lusiak, Terry, Ruth, Judith, Betty & Ray Hoyle, Szul family, Lukasz Stechnij, Baby Grace Horton, Jackie Saul, Tom & Berni, Chris, Debby Brown, Beth Perfetti, Diane, Lorraine, Margot, David Swanson, Chuck Powers, Piper, Mr. Young, Millie Anderson and family, Auntie Helmke, 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, Brad Kovach, John, Linda Ostrand, Carol Hrodey, Jeanne Dumerer, Laura Soto, Bob and Justine Bisgard, Barb Loverme, Jeane Reeve, Eva Thoren, Julie Higgins, Maria Raica, Arlene Baranowski, those living with cancer, those living with mental illness, those dealing with sorrow, Norb Wenson, Cathie Glesener, Diane Brendza, Ron Nytko, Robin Horton, Fran, Chris, Julia Ramsland, Sean White, Jackie Powers, Mary Cvetan, Bill Schuman, Charlie Kizer, Gary Hamilton, Ruth, Sandi,    Tom, Tony, Mary, Peg, David, Don, JT, Mary-Jean, Jim, Ed, Nancy, Scott, Mary, Jimmy, Dan, Barb, Rich Levy.
Those requesting prayers for other purposes such as emotional, grief, financial, employment, general or unknown are: the family of Dwayne and Michelle Miller, Dave Hanson, Don and Mary Jane Kovach, Dorothy Nagel, Anne Wiberg, John Francis, Anne Evans, Bill Zuhme, 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, Penumaka family, Larry Dumerer, Jeane Reeve, Lippert family, Fox family, Victoria Candiotti, Provenzano family, Behl family, Schiaone family, Swenson family, Kraiger family, family of Jan Ehans, Megan, Fran, Lorenzo, families whom are seeking reconciliation, those who are unemployed or underemployed, those striving for peace in the Mideast, those living with addiction, those whom are hungry, alone or homeless, our assistance guests, and all of those affected by hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.
We want to remember in our prayers military and first responder personnel: Jerred Engvall, 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, Phil Holzer, Rachel Daye.

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




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