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The April 2018 Messenger #598
The April 2018 Messenger #598
Apr 5, 2018
The Messiah MESSENGER
FROM THE BISHOP
An Easter Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton:
It all started with such promise – the angel announcing to Mary that the child she would bear would be called Son of the Most High; the conviction of Mary that this child would be the embodiment of God’s promised justice, that the hungry would be filled with good things and the rich sent away empty; angels announcing his birth; thousands being fed; the sick healed; the dead raised.
And then, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” It was over.
The world hadn’t changed. Might still made right. How ridiculously naïve to believe that any reversal of the old order could come about. Hope is for the gullible. Looking at this broken man hanging utterly helpless, naked and broken on a cross, the powers and principalities, earthly and spiritual, death and the devil must have said, “You fool.”
This, as St. Paul reminds us, is the wisdom of the world. And the world can present plenty of hard evidence that it is right: children killing children in horrific school shootings, 60 million displaced people – all of this supported by our rebellion against God, our idolatrous claim that we are in control and the world is ours. In the face of this and all of the suffering others cause and we cause others, we, too, might cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
I believe that the beginning of Psalm 22 expresses the anguish of the psalmist and the anguish of our Lord, but there is more going on here.
Citing the first words of a text was, in the tradition of the time, a way of identifying an entire passage. The psalm ends this way: “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. … Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.” This is the wisdom of God.
Jesus’ crucifixion is the death of our death. His innocent suffering has reconciled all of creation to God. He has done it. We stake our lives on this.
This year, Easter falls on April 1. We shall have come through the Lenten desert to the Easter garden. We shall say, “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!” And we shall confess this and live this in the face of worldly wisdom that is based on death. Life wins. Love wins. And if the world wants to call us April fools, we are glad to claim that title.
Music & Worship Notes
EASTER HYMNS: NOT JUST FOR EASTER SUNDAY
I’ll bet you didn’t know there are 34 (yes, you read that correctly), Easter Hymns in the ELW Hymnal, and that doesn’t count the different ones that appear in other hymnals. Seems a bit much for one Sunday a year, doesn’t it? Can you imagine what time church would get out if we were required to sing all of them on Easter Sunday?
Now out of the 34 I’ll wager there are some that you’ve never sung, and probably never will. I know that, in 25+ years of music ministry, there are some that I’ve never used. So we could probably put together a “top 10” list of the most used of the 34. But that would still make for a long service – you’d probably be late for brunch!
BUT, we’re in luck! We don’t have to use all 34 hymns (or even our “top 10”) on Easter Sunday. Why? Because there are 7 (count ‘em) Sundays in the “season” of Easter! And honestly, if you really think about it, EVERY Sunday should be an “Easter” Sunday, shouldn’t it? Should we really only celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and all its meaning and beauty one day a year … or only seven for that matter? Isn’t it something we should celebrate year round?
So five weeks from now, or even 15, 20 or 38 weeks from now when we’re still singing Easter hymns and you wonder “what’s up with this,” just remember, we COULD sing them all on one day, but why would we do that when our true goal is to make EVERY DAY an EASTER Day!
He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Shalom! Roger
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN
Several of Messiah’s Youth, along with family and friends participated in preparing and packing meals at the Feed My Starving Children warehouse in Libertyville on Tuesday, March 27 during their spring break! Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Their mission is: “Feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit.”
We have been blessed!! The Assistance Ministry team was recently awarded a Domestic Hunger Grant from the ELCA! Awesome! We requested additional monies so that we could be more purposeful with our Ministry to our guests. We are intending to provide nutritional meals and well balanced lunches to go and will see how we can share nutritional information with our guests. As we know, when one has very limited means, it is difficult to make healthy choices.
The Assistance Ministry team will give prayerful consideration to how we can best use this grant to see how we can make a difference in our outreach program. From time to time our guests have had specific requests for medical items or other special needs and this might allow us to be able to assist with special requests.
We have also been blessed to have 4 high school teens who have helped when they have had a day off of school. They have been well received and are a huge help. Welcome!
We'd also like to say a special Thank You to Tim Saul and the scouts. They donated the leftover food from their Blue and Gold Banquet to our guests. We have been able to provide many yummy meals because of this!
QUILTS & KITS MINISTRY
We got back on track pinning quilts in March so save the dates for the next few months to help assemble more: April 29, May 20, and June 10.
And remember – no sewing experience necessary! So join us in assembling quilts – along with good fellowship on April 29!
Also – we continue to gather items for Personal Care Kits. The Personal Care Kits contain bath towels, bars of soap (two 4-ounce 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. And we also have A LOT of backpacks made thanks to Steve Yager and Trudi Handzel – and they are ready for their cords so looks like we might be able to break a record for school kits this year!
School kits contain seven-page spiral notebooks (four per kit), bundles of five pencils and five pens, an eraser, pencil sharpener, blunt scissors, ruler and box of 24 crayons. We’ll start looking for sales on school supplies later in summer (sorry, kids!)
For additional information and to volunteer, contact Carol Hrodey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-828-7819
Carol Hrodey & Trudi Handzel
Sunday, April 8 is BRIGHT SUNDAY!
One day isn’t enough to celebrate the Resurrection! For centuries in Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant countries, the week following Easter Sunday was observed by the faithful as "days of joy and laughter" with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. The celebration culminated on “Bright Sunday”, the Sunday after Easter. The custom was rooted in writings of early theologians, like Augustine and John Chrysostom, who called it "Risus paschalis - the Easter laugh”: God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. Messiah will continue to celebrate Easter and the Easter season on April 8, “Bright Sunday.” All the music will be joy-filled. We will sing specially written Easter lyrics to Christmas tunes, connecting God’s promise of salvation (Jesus’s birth) to the fulfillment of that promise. After all, Jesus is the Life of the party!
OUR MISSIONARY: REV. DR. PHILIP KNUTSON
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Good Shepherd Sunday
On Good Shepherd Sunday, many congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) across the state celebrate their shared social ministry with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI).
Jesus the Good Shepherd cared for his sheep by feeding them, healing them and reconciling them to themselves, their families and their communities.
Today, LSSI serves almost 50,000 people — of all ages, races, incomes, and religions — helping them to address important needs and make essential changes in their lives.
Through LSSI — and the churches that support this ministry — the love of Jesus continues to transform the lives of people in Illinois. Each day, congregations help LSSI advance our shared mission of bringing “healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities.”
This month we will meet at 9 a.m. on April 8 due to Easter being on the first Sunday.
We will be learning more about Easter and the Road to Emmaus!!
Children ages 4-10 are all invited to attend! Parents are encouraged to participate with their child to encourage their faith formation and to build faith relationships with other families. Contact Aly Allemeier for more information.
The confirmands meet with Pat Kovach at 9 a.m. Sundays in the Confirmation Room, off the choir loft!
April 8 Jesus Teaches Us, & Jesus Heals Us
April 15 Jesus' Death & Resurrection, & A Review of the Life of Christ
April 22 The Holy Spirit & The Book of Acts
April 29 The Letters of Paul & The Lutheran Faith
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.
CHILD CARE CENTER
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
April 17 & 18
at 6:15 p.m.
in Fellowship Hall
38th annual Ice Cream Social with Magician, Mr. Ash!! Contact the Child Care Center office for more information.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
The Messiah Child Care Center will once again present the Scholastic Book Fair on April 16-24 in the library.
Books are “cash and carry” and are not just children’s books!
There are great items for parents as well, including fiction, how-to books, and much more
For more information, contact Miss Rita in the Child Care Center at 847-825-3767.
COMING IN MAY!
14th annual Family Fun Fair
Saturday May 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
YOUTH GROUP PIZZA PARTY!
Come have pizza at 6 p.m. on April 22 and enjoy a visit from the dogs of Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry! Roger Turek has arranged for a special visit from this special group.
Launched in August 2008, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is a national human-care ministry embracing the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are a bridge for compassionate ministry, opening doors for conversation about faith and creating opportunities to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ. For more information on this ministry go to: https://www.lutheranchurchcharities.org/k-9-comfort-dogs-about.html
We are thinking ahead to May and graduations! Please let the office know if you have a family member who is graduating this year!
ELCA YOUTH GATHERING
Arden Sasak, Novena Christal, Julia and Sam Fogel along with Pastor Lynne will join 30,000+ ELCA Youth in Houston June 27 – July 1 for a week of service, worship and being God’s hands!
HELP SUPPORT US!
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 by purchasing goodies on APRIL 29!! Contact Debbie Sasak or Pastor Lynne to help!
YOUTH SPAGHETTI DINNER
Are you ready for spaghetti?? Its time for our annual dinner in the Fellowship Hall with Mama Rosa’s sauce and great fellowship!!
Time: 2 sittings – 5 & 6:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $12 Adults, $7 Child &
$35 Family. Take-out orders also available!
Also,take a look in the Friendshp Place and purchase raffle tickets to win some great prizes!! (including Cubs tickets!)
See Roger Turek or the church office for tickets! Also available at the door! Proceeds support our youth!
PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Manager.
MESSIAH BOOK CLUB
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Friendship Place
We will discuss the novel “Camino Island” by John Grisham, about a young novelist struggling to come up with an idea for her next book, when she is recruited by a shadowy company to locate five priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts.
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.
PARK RIDGE MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST
53rd annual Prayer Breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 a.m. at the Park Ridge Country Club.
Cost is $30. Contact Eric Johnson at
847-894-0134 for info/tickets.
DAY OF SERVICE
Sunday, April 22
Make plans to be part of Park Ridge Ministerial Association’s 5th annual Day of Service.
Join members of various Park Ridge congregations to help clean up our community! Indoor and outdoor activities include raking, planting, painting, picking up litter, cleaning, as well as blanket making and assembling sack lunches. You can also donate items such as eyeglasses, shoes and non-perishable food items.
12:30 p.m. Check-in
1 p.m. Welcome, Blessing and Project Sendoff from Mary Seat of Wisdom
1:30 to 5 p.m. Outdoor projects at various sites and indoor projects
For information, email email@example.com.
For April, Manna orders will be due Monday, April 9 at 9 a.m.!
MEN’S BROTHERHOOD BREAKFAST
Saturday, April 14 at 9 a.m. All Messiah men are invited to Jimmy’s on Rand Road in Des Plaines.
Coming in May!
• Autism Walk, May 12
• Youth Car Wash, May 19
• Godspeed to 2018, Graduates
Coming In June!
• Down Syndrome Fun Walk (Weeg Way closed!), June 9
• Texas Hoedown Send-off for the National Youth Gathering, June 16
A family (friends of Ejniks) are looking for a caregiver for a male family member. They are looking for a part time person within walking distance of Messiah Lutheran. For more information, please call Fran at: 847-825-3947.
Fundraising: Shopping for Dollars
As noted in last month’s Messenger, we are highlighting alternative ways we can all help increase Messiah’s income that are easy and less “painful” to us as individuals. The first way we mentioned is “SHOPPING”!! Many of us shop online and there are simple ways to return a percentage of our shopping dollars to Messiah without it costing us any additional money!!
Many people these days shop on Amazon – which has a program called Amazon Smile, and Messiah Lutheran Church Park Ridge is now registered with it:
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Messiah Lutheran Church whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
You can select Messiah Lutheran Church Park Ridge after signing in.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
Support Messiah by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com
Just go to smile.amazon.com and log in using your regular Amazon ID and password and follow the prompts to list Messiah Lutheran Church Park Ridge as your designated charitable organization. And tell your friends and family that shop Amazon too!!
The other shopping donation site is GOODSHOP! We were introduced to this program several years ago, but now it’s much easier to access. Goodshop has numerous retailers represented (Lands’ End, LL Bean, etc.) and offers regular coupons and discounts on top of donating a percentage to the charitable organization of your choice (Messiah Lutheran Church Park Ridge, of course!). Just go to goodsearch.com/goodshop and register, select Messiah and shop!! Goodshop can also be accessed on other social media sites and offers an app for your phone.
Both of these programs are ways we all can contribute additional money to Messiah without it costing us extra money!! So go SHOPPING and help Messiah Ministries continue to thrive!
Kimberly Jones, 4/2
Jennifer Manzella, 4/3
Diane Wilson, 4/4
James Seggeling, 4/8
Connie Kaufman, 4/10
Peter DiVita, 4/12
Francesca DiVita, 4/20
Trudi Handzel, 4/23
Jean Seggeling, 4/28
Eva Thoren, 4/28
Paul and Julie Holzer, 4/20/1996, 22 years
Les and Nancy Herak, 4/30/1977, 41 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!”
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
Sunday Worship Focus CHAT CONFIRMATION
1st Lesson: Acts 10:34-43
Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Gospel: Mark 16:1-8 No chat No confirmation class
Second Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 4:32-35
Psalm: Psalm 133
2nd Lesson: 1 John 1:1--2:2
Gospel: John 20:19-31 TBD Jesus Teaches Us, Jesus Heals Us
Third Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 3:12-19
Psalm: Psalm 4
2nd Lesson: 1 John 3:1-7
Gospel: Luke 24:36b-48 TBD Jesus' Death & Resurrection and a Review of the Life of Christ
Fourth Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 4:5-12
Psalm: Psalm 23
2nd Lesson: 1 John 3:16-24
Gospel: John 10:11-18 TBD The Holy Spirit and the Book of Acts
Fifth Sunday of Easter
1st Lesson: Acts 8:26-40
Psalm: Psalm 22:25-31
2nd Lesson: 1 John 4:7-21
Gospel: John 15:1-8 TBD The Letters of Paul and the Lutheran Faith
THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP
Apr 1 Apr 8 Apr 15 Apr 22 Apr 29
10:15 am 10:15 am 10:15 am 10:15 am 10:15 am
Acolytes Evelyn A,
Novena C Michaelene M Kyle H Evelyn A Michaelene M
Comm. Assts. Aly A Mary Jo Laura H Aly A Mary Jo M
Readers Rich L Marilynn D Larry R Dave H Debbie D
Worship Assts. David S Tryg J Karen B Pat K David S
Projection Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H
Ushers TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Altar Guild Sue K Marilynn D Sue K Cindy N TBD
Counter Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H Jim H
FLOWERS AND BULLETINS
Flowers are given … Bulletins 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.
April 1 Easter Garden. Available.
April 8 Available. Available.
April 15 Available. Available.
April 22 In honor of Trudi Handzel’s birthday,
from Jim. Available.
April 29 In honor of their 41st anniversary,
by Les and Nancy Herak. In honor of their 41st anniversary, by Les and Nancy Herak.
EC CORNER Highlights from the March meeting include: Facility use convenants, IT services for church & CCC, Property/parsonage use update, Youth/Christian Ed, Assistance Min.
Wk1=56 Wk2=39 Wk3=44 Wk4=45
*67 unique individuals attended worship between 1 and 4 times in February. Feb. Giving (Gen. Fund & MAP)
MEMORIAL & HONORARIUMS REPORT as of March 30, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In memory of Irene Luck – April Wells and Julie & Dave Jensen
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: Steve Yager
John 17 Fellowship: David Swanson
Prayer Cards: Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry: Staff
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
JOYFUL THANKSGIVING (MARCH)
• The Hrodey family welcomed Lorelei Elsie Hrodey on Monday, Feb. 26. She was born to Carol's nephew Dan and his wife, Stephanie. This makes 9 “greats” in the Hrodey family.
• For the Feb. bake sale, $211 will go towards registration, hotel and transportation for Arden, Novena, Julia, Sam and Pastor Lynne’s participation in the National Youth Gathering!
• We are grateful and joyful that Messiah Lutheran Church was the recipient of a $2,400 grant from ELCA World Hunger, to support our Monday morning Assistance Ministry.
• Grateful for the official start of spring! Birds chirping! Sunny days! Green sprouts beginning to show!
• We celebrated with Pastor Lynne as she marked one year of “No Evidence of Disease”
• And for some, we were grateful for SPRING BREAK from school!
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Our prayers for healing are with: Pastor Lynne and her family, Diane Wilson, Joe Ketola, Doris’ family, the family of Ryan Sernel, Carolyn Harbensee, Jillian & Simeon Bonilla, Ricky Redd, Porsia Bonilla, Janelle Hackett, Margaret, Linka, Doug Hubbard, Ted Grady, Sam Fogel, Russ Reynolds, Carol Hrodey, Rich Levy, Trudi Handzel, Charles Maynard, the family of Gilbert Garcia, Soto Family, Al Rembis, Mark Banaszak, Annette, Ashley Williams, Leslie, Tom Jencius, Ruth Perzentka, the Hanson family, Bob Kallas, Sharon Rose Keenon, Francis, Hailey and Johnny, Kathy, Rochele Kasny, June Abbryscato, Danny O’Connor, 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, Annie’s new baby and family (John, Elissia, Naz), Dorothy Nagel, Judy Jones, Carolyn Morrow, Doris Hay, Nancy Wendt, Ping, Bob Morrow, Michael Baumeister and family, Myra Lusiak, Betty & Ray Hoyle, Szul family, Lukasz Stechnij, Baby Grace Horton, Jackie Saul, Dan, Lea, Katy, Tom & Berni, Debby Brown, Beth Perfetti, Margot, David Swanson, Chuck Powers, Piper, Mr. Young, Millie Anderson and family, Auntie Helmke, Teri and Bill Muenster, Nancy Maltec (Rhonda Cady’s mom), Chad Adams and Family, Dottie Burger, Terry DeSchepper, Dan S., Helmke Fields, Brad Kovach, Linda Ostrand, 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, Julia Ramsland, Sean White, Jackie Powers, Mary Cvetan, Bill Schuman, Charlie Kizer, Gary Hamilton, people in silent pain.
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, 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 families and staff of Child Care Center, Mike Wokisin, Haley Lippert, Eastaven Bargas, Meaghan, EB, Griffin family, Worknesh Deressa, Joann Wood, Penumaka family, Larry Dumerer, Jeane Reeve, Fox family, Victoria Candiotti, Provenzano family, Behl family, Schiaone family, Swenson family, Kraiger family, family of Jan Ehans, those who live with anxiety and depression, 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 (those known to us and those serving who are not known to us): Jenni Hanson, Mikey Hanson, 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.
(We understand that some prayer requests are short-term for specific events, while others find ongoing prayers to be powerful. We appreciate being updated so our prayer list is as current as possible.)