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The June 2019 Messenger #612

May 31, 2019

From the Pastor

The Spirit of Connectivity

One of the new words that has arisen in the digital age is “connectivity,” which is defined as the ability of a computer or device to connect to another computer or device. In the digital age, connectivity is the key to efficiency, versatility, and influence. A device is not much good if it’s not connected.
Christians have our own way of talking about connectivity. For example, at most every Sunday worship service, we exchange this greeting with one another: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.” For the word communion here, we could easily substitute connection, for that’s what is meant. In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of connection. (Holy Communion could be called the Holy Connection!)
It’s the Spirit that connects us to God, to Christ, and to one another. It’s the Holy Spirit that holds the whole world together. Without the work of the Spirit, things tend to fall apart—communities, marriages, families, congregations. And when things do fall apart, the Spirit gives us the power to persevere in faith and to build new connections. Wherever we see communities, marriages, families, and congregations holding together, working through difficulties, bearing one another’s burdens, it’s a sign that the Spirit is at work.
We see the Spirit at work especially in what St. Paul, in the Letter to the Galatians, calls the “fruits of the Spirit.” Wherever the Spirit is, Paul says, there will be love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Usually it is in hindsight that we most clearly see how the Spirit has been at work, connecting us to God and to God’s people. This month, as we enter the season of the Spirit, the season of Pentecost, it would be a good exercise for all of us to reflect on where we’ve seen these nine fruits of the Spirit recently. Who has exemplified these traits for us? How has the Spirit been at work in our life? Who or what has connected us to God? As we think about the signs of the Spirit, we will get some pointers on how we can be part of the Spirit’s work today.

Faithfully, Pastor David

Our Missionary:
Reverend Dr. Philip Knutson - Check out Pastor Knutson’s blog at southernafricanconnections.wordpress.com

Three Peas in a Pod

Have you ever asked this question: “Why do so many things in life seem to come in threes?” The allusive Three-leaf Clover. Three-point sermons. The Three Little Pigs. Three-wheeled Bikes (aka, the tricycle). The Three-Piece Suit. Humans are often seen as a composite of a body, soul, and mind. English teachers have assured us that stories are divided into three parts: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.

Three is also an important number in matters of faith. This year, June 16 is the day set aside as Trinity Sunday. Each year, we, the Church, try to wrap our heads around our God who, according to Scripture, comes to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our ever-present God is one who creates, redeems, and sanctifies.

This brings me to one of my favorite passages of Scripture. Look up Ephesians 5:18-20: “…(B)e filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Read Colossians 3:16 for a similar reference to psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.)

Jesus promised that when he ascended, God’s Spirit would come in his place. When we gather June 9 for the Festival of Pentecost, we celebrate the birth of the Church and the “coming” of the Holy Spirit. And, according to this passage from Ephesians, one indication of the Spirit’s presence is the presence of the music of faith. The first Christians were encouraged to be “filled” with God’s Spirit and to sing (at least) three kinds of music: “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.”

This Scripture doesn’t say that only trained vocalists should sing or people who are able to harmonize or sing in the proper key. It just says “sing,” make “melody,” and give “thanks” through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Could it be singing songs and making melody and living thankfully go hand in glove as three peas in a pod?

Bill Decker, Music Coordinator


If you have a favorite hymn or hymns you would like to hear and sing during worship this summer, please let me know. You can contact me—Bill Decker—directly at messiahmusic1605@gmail.com or by writing it down on the pew pad when you mark your attendance. Also, with the choir taking a break from singing until September, I’d be interested in knowing if there are individuals who would be willing to share their faith and talents either vocally or instrumentally during the summer in solos, duets, quartets, whatever! Let me know at worship on Sundays or via email at messiahmusic1605@gmail.com

The Assistance Ministry has been blessed to receive food for lunches from local businesses. We are so very grateful to Lou Malnatis of Park Ridge for providing pizzas for lunch for our guests and for Subway on NW Highway in Park Ridge for donating bread and subs for our guests. We also received a delicious meal of Greek baked chicken, rice and soup from Andrews Open Pit which our guests thoroughly enjoyed. We also have frozen food from Trader Joe's in Park Ridge to be used in the future and bread from Panera. We are so appreciative of these businesses and happy that they have been willing to partner with us in serving our guests. Please thank the managers or staff if you eat or shop there - the food was enjoyed and is so needed!

If you have a connection to any restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, butcher shops and would like to ask for donations, please do!
We have a letter (available from Alaine or any Assistance Team member) that you could address and deliver that highlights the Ministry that we provide. We typically serve 13-33 guests per week so please keep that in mind if asking for donations.

Once again, we thank our Messiah family for supporting this Ministry. We can use more assistance to help serve our guests or help make sandwiches for "to go" lunches or to assist with clothing and canned foods. You don't have to make a big commitment- come once and, if you like it, come when you can! It just might turn out to be the highlight of your week!

With thanks, Connie Kaufman


We’re getting to that time of year when we focus on collecting items for the school and personal care kits. The lists for each type of kit follows this article. If you find any good deals on these items please let us know!
Meanwhile, we continue to work on quilt assembly every month. Our upcoming dates include:
   **June 23      **July 28      **August 18
Please join us to assemble quilts – and maybe make a panel or string a cord handle into a backpack or just hang out with us! We meet after the worship service in the Friendship Place! Besides items for the kits, we can always use monetary donations – a roll of batting is approximately $112! Checks can be made out to MLCW!! Trudi Handzel & Carol Hrodey

Personal Care Kits Contain:
• 1 – bath towel
• 1 – nail clipper
• 1 – sturdy comb
• 1 – toothbrush (ask your dentist for donations!)
• 2 – bars of 4-5 oz bars of soap
School Kits Contain:
• 4 - 70 page spiral notebooks (this is our biggest need since each kit needs 4 notebooks – in years past these go on sale with back-to-school sales at Meijer, Staples, Office Max, Walmart)
• 5 - ballpoint pens (no gel pens)
• 5 - #2 pencils
• 1 - pencil sharpener
• 1 - pair blunt end scissors (these generally go on sale at Office Max & Walgreens)
• 1 - ruler (needs to include cm’s)
• 1 - eraser
• 1 - box of 24 crayons (these generally go on sale at Meijer, Staples. Office Max, Walmart)
Many of the sales limit the number of items purchased so we usually need to make multiple trips to the stores – or need multiple people to make a trip or two!


Congratulations again to Michaelene Marchetta on her confirmation. We would like to say thank you to her family, friends and teachers that have helped her along her journey of faith. Last but certainly not least we say thank you to Michaelene for her dedication as she worked towards affirming her faith.
And thanks to Pat Kovach for teaching confirmation classes this past year!!

Thank you to everyone who joined and participated in CHAT Room this year. CHAT Room will begin again in the Fall.
It was another successful year at the Fun Fair! The weather was beautiful and everyone had a fantastic time. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped plan the fun fair and thank you to those that volunteered the day of who helped ensure the event ran smoothly. We greatly appreciate all of the donations which will help ensure the success of Messiah Child Care Center for years to come.
Important CCC Reminders
•   Registration is open NOW for summer programs!
•   Tuesday, June 4th-(weather permitting)-6pm-End-of-the-year, family picnic on the school’s playground
•   Wednesday, June 5th-11:45am– Jr. Kindergarten/Kindergarten luncheon at Portillos
•   Thursday, June 6th-4:00pm –Jr. Kindergarten/Kindergarten program in the church and reception in the church’s Friendship Place
•   Thursday, June 6th-Last day of school year
•   Friday, June 7th School Closed-Cleaning day
•   Monday, June 10th - First day of summer program for children 3-10 years old
•   Parent Tot class begins Monday, June 10th and runs through July 22nd.

For more information on CCC Activities and Programs contact CCC Office at 847-825-3767 or see the website at www.messiahchildcare.com

WANTED: The Executive Committee is looking for 2 Child Care Center Board members to replace outgoing members. If you want to be part this awesome team that helps shape Child Care Center services, please contact a member of the Executive Committee.


Thank you to the Kovach Family and Boy Scout Troop 105 for all of your hard work in making the Spaghetti Dinner a success! Mama Rosa is smiling.

Sunday, June 2, 6:00-7:30pm

Redeemer Lutheran Church
1006 Gillick Street, Park Ridge IL 60068 847-823-3634

A fun evening of basketball, dodgeball, games, pizza, snacks and more

A food donation for the Maine Township Food Pantry ...and a friend!

We congratulate this year’s graduates and wish them Godspeed as they embark on their next adventure! We’re proud of you!

Michaelene Marchetta From Emerson Middle School – Going to Maine East High School
Novena Christal      From Maine East High School – Going to Olivet Nazarene University
Julia Fogel      From Lake Zurich High School – Going to Bethesda College, Concordia WI
Adam Hauser -       From Maine South High School – Going to Purdue University
Ryan Hauser      From Maine South High School – Going to Oakton Community College
Joe Levy – Graduated with a Master of Energy Engineering from University of Illinois, Chicago!
    (Joe accomplished this while working full time as an engineer – Awesome!)
Helen Levy – Like Mother, like son – while Helen worked full time, she completed a two year
    Paralegal certificate program from Roosevelt University – with honors! Also awesome!!
And also, a special congratulations to our graduates from Child Care Center Kindergarten!

We continue to say THANK YOU to everyone who is pitching in and helping during Pastor Lynne’s leave of absence – prayers, support & words of encouragement are appreciated We also continue to be grateful for Pastor David’s ministry & leadership during this time.


Over the course of the next few week the office will be developing a member information update sheet. Our records will need to stay as up to date as possible so the office can communicate with everyone more effectively. This information sheet will contian the usual information needed as well as a few questions regarding your opinion on what is the most effictive way of reciving information. When you receive the update sheet, please be sure to fill it out honestly and accuratly and return it to the office as soon as you are able to do so. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Upcoming Events
Saturday, June 8th at 9:00 a.m.
All Messiah men are invited to Jimmy’s on Rand Road in Des Plaines.
Manna orders will be due Monday, June 3rd at 9 a.m.! The cards will be distributed by Thursday, June 6th.

The next Messiah Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Friendship Place.
We’re reading Nine Perfect Strangers by Laine Moriarty. 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.
PENTECOST GERANIUMS We are ordering geraniums for our annual Pentecost Garden! If you are interested in purchasing geraniums that will grace the altar area please contact the church office by June 4th! Plants can be picked up following the service on June 9th.
Join us on Sunday, June 16th to celebrate all the men who provide love and support to us!
40 parking passes will be available for the back (east) parking lot for the July 3rd fireworks! Proceeds from this fundraiser go to support the ministries of Messiah! We are suggesting a donation of $15 for each pass, which guarantees a spot in our parking lot. If you want a pass, contact the church office soon – the passes will go quickly! The main (north) lot will be open to the public on the 3rd on a first-come-first-serve basis.
•   2nd – Graduate Sunday
•   8th Brotherhood Breakfast
•   9th Pentecost Sunday
•   13th Messiah Book Club
•   16th Holy Trinity Sunday
•   23rd Quilts & Kits
•   July 3rd Fireworks
•   4th Independence Day
•   9th CCC board meeting
•   13th Brotherhood Breakfast
•   15th EC meeting
•   28th Quilts & Kits

Happy Birthday Messiah
Growing up at Messiah can provide a special foundation for individuals that can last a lifetime. We continue telling you about some of our current members who grew up at Messiah!

Our current President, Paul Holzer is another individual who grew up at Messiah. The Holzer family moved to Park Ridge in 1970 and joined Messiah in 1979 when Paul was in 4th grade. Bob and Ruth Holzer joined the choir and participated in the bowling league while their children, Linda, John, Paul and Ann began Sunday School. Paul even still has Sunday School pins from his youth at Messiah! He remembers singing the books of the Bible and races to find Bible verses. John, Paul and Ann were all confirmed at Messiah.

The chance to participate in a worship service came when Paul became an acolyte. He recalls enjoying being an acolyte for the baptism of a grandchild of the contractor that remodeled the Holzer home, Mr. Kaepplinger. Helping the pastor and watching them welcome a new member to the family of Christ was special to Paul. Paul joined the Boy Scout Troop 105 at Messiah and continued to be active in Luther League in high school. He served at numerous spaghetti dinners!

Bob and Ruth Holzer moved in the 90’s and transferred to Grace Lutheran, but continued to attend events & activities at Messiah. Paul married Julie and after moving to Niles, they started coming to Messiah. Their two children, Melissa and Philip were baptized at Messiah, attended the Child Care Center and were both confirmed at Messiah. Paul’s sister Linda provided a piano recital as part of the 50th anniversary concert series. Paul joined the choir and has participated in various groups including Messiah Brotherhood and is the organizer of the Book Club. Paul is also our “go to guy” for all things technology. He setup a live stream of Sunday services on YouTube every week so people at home can participate in worship. Julie was active with running Vacation Bible School, the Child Care Center Board and has coordinated a couple of our Harvest Festivals.

Paul joined the Executive Committee as the Financial Secretary and now serves as our President. Paul says that “growing up at Messiah and then raising a family there with Julie and the extended church family has been a big plus in the lives of the Holzers. The fellowship we experienced is not unique (to us) as I meet visitors that have stopped back to see the building when they are in the area. The returning visitors have been touched by Messiah and ask to walk around the grounds to tell stories about their time here. I've given tours of the parsonage and introduced the "Messiah Accessibility Project" to these welcome visitors. Many of my co-workers sent their children to the Child Care Center and have recommended it to others in the area. I hope to help welcome others who continue to enjoy being a part of Messiah Lutheran Church and Child Care Center into the future.”

Hopefully we see the joy of family involvement in church life and what can be passed on to future generations. May we build on this foundation for the future of Messiah and its ministries.


June 2   June 9   June 16   June 23   June 30
   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am   10:15 am
Acolytes   Adam H   Hanna L   Michaelene M   Kyle H   Nikolaus R
Assisting Ministers   Diane B   Karen B   Vikki H   Erik G   Tryg J
Readers   Dave H   Marilynn D   Janitha C   Teresa L   Larry R
Comm. Assts.   Laura H   Teresa L   Mary Jo M   Laura H   Larry R
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   Sue K   Marilynn D   Marilynn D   TBD   Nancy H
Counter   Jim H   Jim H      Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Sunday   Flowers are Given By   Bulletins are Given By
The sign-ups for flowers and bulletins are in the narthex near the entrance to the choir loft. 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.

June 2   The Ryczek Family in honor of Christine Ruterschmidt’s 90th Birthday   Available
June 9   Pentecost Geraniums   Available
June 16   Available   Available
June 23   The Kovach Family in honor of
Mary Jane’s Birthday   Available
June 30   Available   Available

1st Reading   Psalm   2nd Reading   Gospel
June 2nd – Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 16:16-34   Psalm 97   Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21   John 17:20-26

June 9th – Day of Pentecost
Acts 2:1-21   Psalm 104:24-35b   Romans 8:14-17,    John 14:8-17, 25-27
June 16th – Holy Trinity Sunday
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31   Psalm 8   Romans 5:1-5   John 16:12-15
June 23rd –Second Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 65:1-9   Psalm 2219-28   Galatians 3:23-29   Luke 8:26-39
June 30th –Third Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21   Psalm 16   Galatians 5:1, 13-25   Luke 9:51-62

Festival Days
WEAR RED ON PENTECOST! The Festival of Pentecost comes 50 days after Easter Sunday and typically falls between mid-May or early June. It is the longest season of the church year, extending to the season of Advent. Whereas the other seasons of the church year (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent and Easter) emphasize some aspect of the life of Jesus, Pentecost emphasizes the life of the Spirit-infused church—disciples in action. Many ELCA worshipers wear red on the festival of Pentecost, recalling the red of the flames of the Holy Spirit. Please wear red on June 9th as a sign that the Holy Spirit comes to all the believers.

JUNE 16TH IS HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY! Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost to honor the Holy Trinity – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. While the word “trinity” does not appear in in Scripture, it is taught in Matthew 28:18-20 and 2 Corinthians 13:14 along with many other Bible passages. The Bible tells us, “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and o earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’” (Matthew 28:18-20). The concept of the Holy Trinity can never be completely understood. That is the mystery. But it is clearly taught in Scripture. Understanding this comes through the work of the Holy Spirit; therefore, it is appropriate that this mystery is celebrated the first Sunday after Pentecost, when the outpouring of the Holy Spirit first occurred.

Church Business
EC Corner – May meeting included review of use of facilities/parsonage, Pastor Lynne’s ongoing leave of absence and coverage. EC is seeking representatives to attend the Synod Assembly June 7 & 8– as well as 2 new CCC board members and someone to complete Tryg’s VP term when he moves. Contact EC if interested in any of these positions. New email’s set up for Pastor David & Bill Decker – need to update general email list. Pastor David reaching out to Hope Advent & Hope Korean to explore joint activity. Property reviewed specifically new lawn care service established. EC seeking person to coordinate Harvest Festival in October.

May Attendance
Wk 1=54    Wk 2=55
Wk 3=40    Wk4= 25
May Giving (general fund facility use, MAP)
Wk 1= $8439.64       Wk 2= $1944
Wk 3= not available   Wk 4= $6727

A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR MESSIAH!! It’s not too late to consider giving a “Birthday Present” for Messiah’s 65th Birthday in the form of a monetary donation to help pay off MAP!! We’re celebrating all year! It’s clear that Messiah has touched all of us in some special way – let’s all think about what Messiah has meant to us and our community over the last 65 years and consider honoring that with an extra donation for its birthday this year!

Memorials & Honorariums
David Swanson in honor of Messiah’s 65 years of ministry.

Church Leadership
Interim Pastor: Rev. David Heim
Music Ministry Coor.: William Decker
Child Care Center Dir. Karen Black
Office Manager: Alaine Wong
Bookkeeper: Laura Hauser
Property Coordinator: David Hanson

President: Paul Holzer
Vice President: Trygve Jensen
Secretary: Vikki Hanson
Treasurer: Larry Ryczek
Financial Sec.: Jim Handzel

Chair:       Erik Grove (temporary)
Secretary: Kathy Malyszko, Sue Kopij
Treasurer: Pat Kovach

Assistance Ministry:    Connie Kaufman
Altar Guild:    Sue Kopij,
Cindy Norberg
Brotherhood:       Rich Seggeling
CHAT Room:    David Swanson
Confirmation/Youth:    Pat Kovach
Memorials:    Office Manager
Women’s Svc. Group: Trudi Handzel
Carol Hrodey
Worship Assistants: David Swanson
Worship Readers:     Rich Levy
John 17 Fellowship: David Swanson
Prayer Cards:        Jackie Steigerwald
Sign Ministry:     Staff
Floyd Yager and Jennie Read Robles

Joyful May
The CCC generously donated the total amount collected from their Pennies for Lent collection to our Assistance Ministry! The amount donated was $718.23! Thank you to the Child Care Center families, staff, and PTO for this thoughtful donation which will ensure we continue to meet the needs of our Assistance Ministry guests.
We are thankful to all who participated in the celebration of Messiah’s 65th birthday last weekend. We are grateful for members who have gone before, laying the foundations for the blessings we experience today. We are especially grateful to all of the special women in our lives that have helped guide us, and shape us.
As Michaelene Marchetta is confirmed we say thank you to her family, friends and teachers that have helped her along her journey of faith.
We are thankful that the Child Care Center had another successful Fun Fair and thank you to all that attended! We are grateful for the continued support from the CCC families.
With the conclusion of CHAT Room, we are appreciative to those who have participated throughout the year and those who provided thought provoking discussion topics. We look forward to CHAT Room beginning again in the fall.
Thanks to Subway on Northwest Highway in Park Ridge for donating subs to Assistance Ministry and to Andrews Open Pit Restaurant for donating lunch for our guests! The Assistance Ministry team has also recently received food items from these Park Ridge businesses: Panera provided bread, Trader Joe’s donated frozen meals, and Lou Malnati’s gave pizza. We are so thankful that these local businesses have partnered with us to provide lunches to our guests.

Prayers of the People
As of May 26th Worship Bulletin
Those who mourn:
The family and friends of Jill Turek

Those who are ill, in recovery, or facing adversity:
Bishop Miller, The Dumerer Family,
Pastor Lynne Morrow and the Fogel Family
Trudi Handzel   Jim Handzel The Hauser Family
Carol Hrodey   Bob Kallas The family of Debbie Dietrich
Don & Mary Jane Kovach Richard Levy
Daniel Kovach
Maria Raicia (mother of Laura Hauser)
Pat & Ted Gradt (friends of The Jensens)
Ruth Perzentka (Mother of Trudi Handzel)
Terry DeSchepper (friend of David Swanson)
Ron Sersen (friend of David Swanson)

Those who are homebound:
Arlene Baranowski, Barb Loverme, Dorothy Nagel, Eva Thoren      

Those serving in the armed services and first responders:
(those known to us & all those who serve)
Brandon Ajyek    Tim David      Tyler Daye
Jerred Engvall    Bobby Hanson   Jenni Hanson
Mikey Hanson    Tom Hanson Andreas Johnson
Jason Koesler Joey Rosequist Claudine Ward
Officer Matt McGannon       

Those attending college:
Rachel Daye, Tommy Hanson, Melissa Holzer, Phil Holzer, Kevin Kovach, Nick Levy, Haley Lippert, Dina Salemi, Arden Sasak, Jake Saul, Jessica Saul, Paul Song, Christian Travis, Thomas Yager

Those who celebrate:
Bernard Nugnis, 6/1 Matthew Seggeling, 6/1 Christine Ruterschmidt, 6/2 Vikki Hanson, 6/3 Nancy Boomer, 6/13
Sue Kopij, 6/13 Pat Kovach, 6/14 Natalie Norberg, 6/17 David DiVita, 6/19 Barb Loverme, 6/22
Mary Jane Kovach, 6/23 Michael Yager, 6/24 Floyd Yager, 6/26 Zachery Clauser, 6/29 Jake Saul, 6/29
Jessica Saul, 6/29 Christian Travis, 6/29
No Anniversaries this month.

Please let us know if you do not see your birthday or anniversary here!
We want to be sure to celebrate you!




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