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The Messiah Messenger > The July 2018 Newsletter #601
The July 2018 Newsletter #601

Jul 7, 2018


What Changes Everything?
“This” Changes Everything
The theme of the ELCA National Youth Gathering (NYG) is “This Changes Everything”. So what is it that changes everything? As we learned from the send-off blessing on June 24th God’s call, God’s love, God’s grace, God’s hope – and Jesus – all CHANGE EVERYTHING! As part of God’s call the NYG participants will engage in a “Service Learning Day”.

Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

The mission of Service Learning Day is to:
•   Invite participants to enter into the diverse story of Houston.
•   Empower our partners in Houston to further their mission.
•   Join in relationships of accompaniment with our partners.
•   Create opportunity for transformative experiences for Gathering participants so they return home as agents of change in their own communities.
The ELCA Youth Gathering invites participants to engage in one day of service learning during their time in Houston. As a faith community, the ELCA Youth Gathering combines meaningful service, instruction and reflection with a faith lens of accompaniment.
What does this have to do with us here at Messiah? As we read in 1 Peter 4:10. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace”. Well, one thing that Messiah is all about is Service!
So we have a new project for July! ADOPT A VET!
Diane Blanks has let us know about “Freedom’s Path” – a program at Hines Veterans Hospital where 75 Veterans who were homeless have been given apartments and the support to rebuild their lives They came to these apartments with only the clothes on their backs so it is difficult to maintain themselves and their apartment without basic daily items for personal hygiene and cleaning. Diane has provided us with ribbons that include a list of supplies that can be purchased from a Dollar Tree Store. The ribbons are on a clothes line attached to a poster in the Narthex/Friendship Place. Diane is happy to help you or answer any questions you may have. We hope you’ll consider this one of God’s calls to serve and help these veterans! After all, “This” Changes Everything for one of these veterans!
Music & Worship Notes
What’s “Playing” This Summer??

WOW formerly known as Worship on Wednesday will this summer be known as Wednesday Outdoor Worship. One Wednesday night each month during June, July and August we invite you to worship with us “Ravinia Style”. Dinner will start at 6 and Worship will begin at 7. The music will be contemporary and led by Gloria Dei Choir and the setting will be casual. Bring your own bag chair or blanket and enjoy great food, great fellowship and an inspiring open-air worship experience. If you don’t have a bag chair or blanket, not to fear we’ve got chairs! In the event of inclement weather we’ll meet in Friendship Place.

   Wednesday, July 24th
   Theme : Christmas in July
   Dinner: We’ll be firing up the grills to chase away the “chill”! Watch for further

   Wednesday, August 15th
   Theme: Hot August Nights
   Dinner: Route 66 Potluck Picnic with a build your own Sundae dessert

Calling Messiah Musicians!

For those of you with musical talent – please consider sharing your gift with the congregation this summer! Think of it as “Messiah’s Got Talent”. While you may not have time to make the commitment to Gloria Dei Choir perhaps you could commit to one or two Sundays over the Summer to help fill the void. So whether you sing, or play piano (or another instrument) Roger would like to hear from you! Come share your God given gifts and talents…. You’ll be glad you did. Just email him at music@messiahparkridge.org or catch him on a Sunday morning. He’d love to hear from you!
And also let Roger know what your FAVORITE HYMNS are so he can include them during our summer services!


Our Assistance Ministry team continues to serve our guests with gratitude that our Messiah congregation is so generous in sharing with those who have so little.

Our guests are finding the rain and hot temps to be challenging and are now in need of bug spray as the mosquitoes are plentiful. If you are buying spray for yourself and find a good deal or a buy one, get one, please consider a donation. Gently used baseball hats would also be welcome.

We continue to see new faces- some just for a time or two while they are getting on their feet and others look forward to sharing our Monday meal and there most Mondays.

We want to thank Thrivent for their Action Team Grant! We were able to purchase a lot of staple items that will last awhile to serve our guests. And we purchased bulk items from Thrivent Smile so that we earn a small percentage back! Thanks to Thrivent!!

We are humbled by the "thank you" and "God bless you" that we hear weekly.
We want to be sure to pass this along as this really is a congregational effort.

For the Assistance Ministry team,
Connie Kaufman

We’ll soon be seeing “Back to School” sales on school supplies! (sorry kids!). Our School Kits contain:
•   4 - 70 page spiral notebooks
•   5 - ballpoint pens (no gel pens)
•   5 - #2 pencils
•   1 - pencil sharpener
•   1 - pair blunt end scissors
•   1 - ruler (needs to include cm’s)
•   1 - eraser
•   1 - box of 24 crayons
Please be on the lookout and help us fill ALL the backpacks! A group worked on adding the cording to them in June so they should be ready to fill in September!
We’re also still collecting supplies for the Personal Care Kits. The main items we need now are bath towels and 4oz bars of soap (each kit requires 2 bars).
We’ll be assembling quilts and stringing cord in backpacks on the following Sundays following worship in the Friendship Place:
•   July 8
•   July 29 (we threw in an extra one since we missed out in May)
•   August 19
•   September 9 (ELCA Day of Service)
•   September 30 (school kit assembly during worship and quilt assembly following worship)
Remember – no sewing experience necessary – there’s something to do for everyone! Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey


OUR MISSIONARY: Reverend Dr. Philip Knutson
Be sure to check out Pastor Knutson’s blog (southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com)


Christian Education

Will all resume in September!
See you then!!


Child Care’s Summer Programs are in full swing and it looks to be a great summer!
They have lots of fun activities and great field trips scheduled. July 23rd is their Vacation Bible School week. And it’s hard to believe – but it won’t be long before the fall program starts on August 21st!
For more information on CCC Activities and Programs contact CCC Office at



Our Cub Scout pack’s own Ashley got to give the Family Cub Scout report to Governor Rauner. Way to go Ashley!


Thanks to everyone who contributed books for our crew to take to Houston. All together they were able to take 51 books with them!


As the Messenger is being written Arden Sasak, Julia Fogel, Novena Christal and Samantha Fogel are with Pastor Lynne in Houston with 30,000+ new friends at the National Youth Gathering! We’ve received some initial updates from them and it sounds like so far it’s a special and meaningful experience for all of them!

The first message is THANKS!! Thanks to everyone who contributed money, time and effort to make this happen! The group is so appreciative of everyone’s support to send them to Houston!

Even though it was a long ride they were still smiling when they arrived! Each day the group does a “First 15” and a “Final 15”. The First 15 is time to prepare for the day and the Final 15 is time to reflect on the day. Here are their Final 15 reflections from the first day:
From Arden:
•   Be open about your feelings
•   Don’t be afraid to share your perceptions in religion, especially between one’s between your church. Everyone sees God differently.
•   Making connections through religion can be rewarding.
From Julia:
•   The music is awesome here. God she watched over me when I met someone new and I was a little shy. (Tuhina) The person who was talking about how she found God surprised me.
From Novena:
•   It was awesome to be surrounded by other Jesus followers our own age. There was no judgement…just love..love for God…and love for all people. The excitement and energy that filled the room as we worshipped was so uplifting.
From Samantha: Things I learned today
•   God can be found anywhere
•   God always has a plan
•   A welcoming environment=stronger faith
We can’t wait to hear about the rest of the gathering! We pray for their safe journey home!


Thanks to everyone who participated in the Send-Off on the 24th! A good time was had for all while we showed our support for our travelers! A thanks to Dave Jensen (aka “Sweet Baby Dave”) for making his delicious pulled pork for lunch!! DE-licious!


Service Opportunities
If any of our youth need service hours, contact the church office!
We may have some chores for you to do. EC hopes to arrange a “Campus Clean-up Day” this summer so that will also be an opportunity to get those hours in!

The EC will be scheduling a Campus Clean-up Day in late July or August! We need a good “Clean-Up” inside and outside! As stewards of this building and campus we need to tend to both with love and care for our future generations!!
Watch for details!!

The annual Day of Service is scheduled for Sunday, September 9th!
Our outside crew will again collect non-perishable food items for the Maine Township Food Pantry and our inside crew will work on Lutheran World Relief kits – personal care and school kits – as well as assemble quilts. Plus other jobs that may come up in the meantime! The MLCW will sponsor its annual chicken lunch (yum!)!


Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Friendship Place.
We will discuss the book “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. 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.

Saturday, July 14th at 9 a.m. All Messiah men are invited to Jimmy’s on Rand Road in Des Plaines.

For June, Manna orders will be due Monday, July 9th at 9 a.m.!

There are still a few passes left at the time when Messenger was written. You can still call the church office on Monday, July 2nd to claim your pass! $15 donation suggested with proceeds going to support Messiah ministries!

July 27th marks the 9th anniversary of Pastor Lynne’s ministry with Messiah!
We pray for God’s blessings on her as she embarks on this next year of her ministry!

We are so grateful to the Park Ridge Library for their gift of miscellaneous office furniture, tables and chairs! They are remodeling and offered their outgoing furniture to organizations who could use it. And we are so grateful to Dave Hanson who arranged for pick-up (thanks to the folks who have helped him move it!) and has been working hard to get it set-up. And we thank Pat Kovach and American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine for giving us their printers! They are only 5 years old and still in good condition! There is still more to do to finish setting things up but stop in the church office and see some of the new “stuff”!

Metro Chicago Synod
A summary of the Metro Chicago Synod Assembly Meeting in June can be found at http://www.mcselca.org/assembly/

Fundraising: Shopping and More
Remember when shopping on Amazon to go to AMAZON SMILE and select Messiah Lutheran Church Park Ridge.
The other shopping donation site is GOODSHOP! 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.
Another way to help Messiah is through Thrivent. Are you a THRIVENT member? Select Messiah Lutheran Park Ridge for your Choice Dollars!!

Rainbow Hospice is seeking volunteers: Patient Care Friendly Visitors, Pet Therapy Volunteers, Massage Therapy Volunteer, Greeter/Receptionist in Mt Prospect and Sewers (to help make memory bears). They have training for some of the positions – July 18, September 19 and November 14. For more information contact Kathe Kirby, Volunteer Services Manager at 847-653-3199.

Center for Concern is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year! Check out their website for information about how they’re celebrating! https://centerofconcern.org/

Spiritual Care Visitor Training is being conducted by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn. It takes place on Saturdays for 10 weeks from September 8 to November 10, 2018, 9:30 am-12:00 noon. The training is designed to give a basic training in spiritual care techniques and sensitivity awareness. The ten weeks of classwork are combined with hands-on experience in a volunteer setting. Applications are being received now, through August 1st. Tuition is $325. See https://www.bishopandersonhouse.org/fall-spiritual-care-visitor-training/ for more information.


Debbie Dietrich, 7/4
Carol Hrodey, 7/4
Jeanne Dumerer, 7/5
Steve Yager, 7/5
Alice Hulterstrum, 7/7
Lester Thurow, 7/7   
Adam Hauser, 7/8
Ryan Hauser, 7/8
Joyce Tjhio, 7/9
Kim Bujalka, 7/11
Kevin Kovach, 7/11
Michealene Marchetta, 7/11
Dorothy Nagel, 7/11
David Swanson, 7/18
Eric Ryczek, 7/19
Hannah Lippert, 7/20
Karen Black, 7/23   
Clifford Paulus, 7/23
Haley Lippert, 7/27
Robert Bisgard, 7/28
Evelyn Allemeier, 7/29
Thomas Yager, 7/30

Pastor Lynne & Larry Fogel, 7/3 (24 years!)
David & Julie Jensen, 7/8
(29 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!”

Sunday   Worship Focus   Christian Education
July 1   Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: 2 Samuel 1:1,17-27
Psalm: Psalm 130
Gospel: Mark 5:21-43   
Even though Chat Room,
Confirmation and
Sunday School are off for
the summer –
we keep Jesus in our hearts
and continue learning and
growing in our faith!!

July 8   Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Psalm: Psalm 48
Gospel: Mark 6:1-13   
July 15   Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: 2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19
Psalm: Psalm 24
Gospel: Mark 6:14-29    
July 22   Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Psalm: Psalm 89:20-37
Gospel: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56   
July 29   Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
1st Reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-15
Psalm: Psalm 14
Gospel: John 6:1-21   

July 1   July 8   July 15   July 22   July 29
   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am
Acolytes   Michaelene M   TBD   Adam H   Evelyn A   TBD
Assisting Ministers   Diane B   Eric G   Cindy N   Andy T   Tryg J
Readers   Rich L   Andy T   Erik G   Samantha F   Dave H
Comm. Assts.   Mary Jo M   TBD   Laura H   Aly A   TBD
Ushers   TBD   TBD   TBD   TBD   TBD
Projection & Video   Jim H & Paul H   Jim H & Paul H   Jim H & Paul H   Jim H & Paul H   Jim H & Paul H
Altar Guild   Nancy H   Sue K   Cindy N   TBD   Nancy H
Counter   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H

Worship Changes Everything!

Sunday   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.

July 1   Available   Available
July 8   Available   In celebration of Adam & Ryan Hauser’s 17th birthdays by the Hauser family
July 15   In honor of Kevin Kovach’s birthday by Daniel Kovach   Available.
July 22   In honor of Eric Ryczek’s birthday by the Ryczek family   Available.
July 29   Available   Available

EC CORNER Highlights from the June meeting include: Update on Office Manager position, property issues including storage, proposed campus clean-up date, and status of new office furniture from PR library, joint meeting of CCC Board & EC, Tech update, Fundraising, EC retreat

May Attendance
Wk4=34   May Giving (Gen. Fund & MAP)
Wk1=$1723 Wk2=$2049 Wk3=$1335 Wk4=$724
Mayl Facility Use
Wk1=$500 Wk2=$625 Wk3=$3090 Wk4=$100

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.    

In memory of Millie Anderson – David Hanson, Les & Nancy Herak, Ryczek Family, Christine Ruterschmidt
In memory of Irene Luck – Les & Nancy Herak
In memory of Donna Hanson – Les & Nancy Herak





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