Sep
17
11:00 am11:00

Adult Bible Study: The Reformation from 40,000 Feet, An Historical Overview

Continuing our year-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pastor Jeffrey Leininger, University Pastor at Concordia University Chicago and member of First Saint Paul's, takes a fly-by approach to the Reformation’s incredible impact in the fields of religion, politics, society, and culture.


Jul
16
12:00 pm12:00

59th Annual Dearborn Garden Walk

We are thankful to participate in the highly-anticipated 59th annual Dearborn Garden Walk on Sunday, July 16, from noon to 5 p.m. Highlights of the First Saint Paul’s tour stop include:

  • Access to First Saint Paul’s spaces and activities are free that day; you need a ticket to see the other gardens on the tour.
  • Guided Sanctuary Tours by Paul and Darlene Fahrenkrog at 3:40 and 4:15 p.m.
  • Gardening and Mindfulness presentations by Amy Jo Schleef at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
  • Rest and enjoy our newly-renovated patio.
  • Flower pot painting activity for all ages throughout the day.

There are several opportunities to help make this event a success while welcoming our neighbors and meeting new friends.

  1. Help set up the presentation and craft area after Sunday morning fellowship.
  2. Greet our speakers and guests.
  3. Keep the supply of cold refreshments fully stocked.
  4. Help with general clean up following the event.

Add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway at church. You can commit to the whole afternoon or just a few hours. All help is welcome and appreciated!  Contact Marlo Schulz-Kittl or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

Tickets for the official garden walk event are available on the North Dearborn Association website.

Jul
15
9:00 am09:00

Wunder’s Cemetery Work Days: come care for the resting place of the saints

Wunder’s Work Days are a great service opportunity for all households, all ages. We invite you to join us as we come together one Saturday morning a month at Wunder’s Cemetery (3963 N. Clark St.) to do general yard work like raking, picking up sticks and trimming trees, and some heftier tasks like moving soil and leveling headstones.

You’ll want to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, a good pair of outdoor shoes, and work gloves if you have them when you join us for a morning of outdoor fun and fellowship.

There’s no need to sign up in advance. Just arrive at the cemetery entrance on the NE corner of Irving Park Rd. and Clark St. around 9 a.m. on any Wunder’s Work Day.

For more information on how to volunteer, email: info@wunders.net or call 773-525-4038.

Learn more about the history of Wunder's Cemetery and First Saint Paul's role as trustee.

Jul
9
11:00 am11:00

Adult Bible Study: Another Reformer...Casiodoro de Reina

Adult Bible Study - Another Reformer.jpg

As we celebrate this 500th year of the Lutheran Reformation, there are certainly many names of great reformers of that era that form part of our collective ecclesial memory: Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and Melanchthon, to name a few. These reformers were certainly a great part of the reformation movement still honored by churches that look back to northern Europe.

This Bible Study, presented by Rev. Dr. Douglas Groll, is an opportunity to learn about another Lutheran Reformer, the Spaniard, Casiodoro de Reina (1520-1594). Lesser known to many, de Reina is known throughout the Spanish-speaking world as the Patriarch of Hispanic Protestantism. There is much to be said about him, principally about his role as the father of modern Spanish language versions of the Bible.

Our discussion will concentrate specifically on the route to the first publication of the Spanish language Bible in 1569. We will focus on this Bible because an original First Edition (extremely rare and worth around $60,000) will be on display at Concordia University in October as a part of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

We welcome all to show up, ask questions and experience the journey.

Jul
9
11:00 am11:00

Collector Car Show

Join us on Sunday, July 9, following the worship service for a Collector Car Show right outside our door on Goethe Street (between Lasalle St. and Clark St.), where classic car owners invite you to take a close look at their collector cars from various eras. If you’re a nostalgia buff, feel free to dress the part as you stroll among the cars and share your stories of those good old days.

Admission is free.

If you have a car you’d like to display during this event, please contact Nick Covello (312-217-5138 ) or Dave Benck (847-283-6706) with the make, model, and year of your car.

If you’d like to volunteer your time for this event by helping to set up, directing traffic, security, taking photos, and cleaning up, please contact Nick Covello.

Jul
2
11:00 am11:00

Honoring All Who Serve

Continuing our tradition of honoring the men and women who have served and are now serving in the U.S. armed forces, young people from our congregation will read the names of military friends and family of our First Saint Paul’s community before today’s worship service. 

After the service, people will receive a small American flag as they leave the sanctuary and join in a short patriotic sing-along during the fellowship hour, followed by a brief round-table discussion on “What They Served For” in the lounge.

You can add the name(s) of your friends and family members who you’d like named during the pre-service reading to the sign-up sheets on the table in the church narthex. If you put forth names of people to be honored last year, you don’t need to list them again. If you’d like to honor additional friends or family members, please add their names to the lists.

Jul
1
8:30 am08:30

New Member Orientation

If you’re interested in learning more about First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, please join Pastor Johnson and Marlo Schulz, Director of Outreach & Family Ministries, for two new member orientation sessions. We gather in Pastor’s office for a lively discussion on the basic tenants of the Christian faith, our Lutheran heritage, the history and ministry of First Saint Paul’s and various timely topics of interest to participants.

We look forward to getting to know you better and welcoming you into the First Saint Paul’s family. If you’re interested in joining us, please call the church office at 312-642-7172, or email Pastor Johnson or Marlo Schulz

Jun
25
11:00 am11:00

Voters' Assembly Meeting

A Voter’s Assembly will begin right after today’s worship service in the church Fellowship Hall. The agenda includes A) voting on a slate of candidates for church officers, B) approving the capital budget for 2017/18, and C) rolling out a 3-year fund-raising campaign to replenish our reserves for capital improvements, i.e. the Preserving God’s House Fund.

There will be coffee and refreshments.

Congregation members eligible to vote have: attended one previous Voters’ Assembly meeting, have received a copy of the Constitution and Bylaws which state the qualifications and procedures for members, and have signed the Constitution when they are received as a voting member. We welcome all adult members to take an active role in church governance.

Jun
24
8:30 am08:30

New Member Orientation

If you’re interested in learning more about First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, please join Pastor Johnson and Marlo Schulz, Director of Outreach & Family Ministries, for two new member orientation sessions. We gather in Pastor’s office for a lively discussion on the basic tenants of the Christian faith, our Lutheran heritage, the history and ministry of First Saint Paul’s and various timely topics of interest to participants.

We look forward to getting to know you better and welcoming you into the First Saint Paul’s family. If you’re interested in joining us, please call the church office at 312-642-7172, or email Pastor Johnson or Marlo Schulz

Jun
17
9:00 am09:00

Bike Ride to Chicago Botanic Gardens

On Saturday, June 17th, we invite you to enjoy fellowship, fitness, and flowers with your FSP friends on a bike ride from FSP to the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe. There are options for every activity level from taking a leisurely walk through the Chicago Botanic Gardens to biking 25 or 50 miles there and back along the lakefront path. Google map route.

If you choose to join us at the gardens, you can take the train or drive, then meet the riders around noon near the garden’s cafe. Brunch is served in the café until 2 p.m. If you choose to ride your bike there, we plan to leave from church following promptly at 9:30 a.m. following a brief bike safety review, filling tires and securing helmets. Organizers would like to emphasize the importance of helmets, water bottles, and basic bike safety.

Our planned route to the garden includes portions of the lakefront path, Granville Ave., the North Channel Trail, and the Green Bay Trail. Riders should be comfortable riding at least 10 miles per hour and comfortable sharing portions of the route with city traffic. We will stop twice for water and refreshments along the way. Our ride there will take us about 2.5 hours.

After arriving at the gardens, we will secure our bikes, enjoy brunch in the café and then the beautiful gardens. Riders completing the journey round trip will leave the gardens around 2:30 p.m. For those riding one way, trains depart the Glencoe Metra station to Ogilvie at regular intervals.

Transportation options

Option 1: Intermediate - Ride from FSP to the Chicago Botanic Gardens (~23 miles); take the Metra back, departing the Glencoe Metra station at 2:42, 4:42, and 5:36 p.m.

Option 2: Advanced - Ride round trip from FSP to the Gardens and back to FSP (~48 miles). Riders will return to the city along a different route, taking Sheridan and the lakefront path.

Option 3: Walkers - Take the Metra or drive directly to the gardens and enjoy lunch with the FSP bikers.  A round-trip trolley ticket from the Glencoe Metra station runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and costs $2.

Estimated schedule based on travel time

9:00 AM - Meet at FSP for the ride at for route explanation and bike safety instructions.
9:30 AM - Leave FSP
10:00 AM - Exit the lakefront trail next to the drinking fountains, by the circle portion of the path, between Hollywood and Ardmore
11:45-12:00 - Meet at the Gardens at near the café

RSVP for the ride and/or to volunteer to lead a group of riders (based on speed) via email to Eric Becker prior to the ride or call 847-873-6538.

Jun
16
5:30 pm17:30

Fellowship in the Park

Our Tuesday Evening Bible Study is hitting the parks for the summer. We invite you to bring a picnic and join us for fellowship and music under the magnificent stars and Chicago skyline.

  • Friday, June 16 - Millennium Park. Gather on the lawn at 5:30 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. concert (Grant Park Symphony and Chorus performing The Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • Friday, July 21 - Millennium Park. Gather on the lawn at 5:30 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. concert (Grant Park Symphony and Chorus performing A Broadway Romance, featuring music from classic and contemporary Broadway shows)
  • Thursday, August 10 - Humboldt Park, 1301 N. Sacramento. Gather just east of the Boathouse at 5:30 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. performance of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare in the Park. This is a short walk from North Avenue and Division Street buses—plenty of free parking! Bring something comfortable to sit on.

Email Dan Hendricksen or Amy Hendricksen for more information.

Jun
11
11:00 am11:00

The Augsburg Confession—The Exposition of the Christian Faith the Reformers were willing to die for

One week ago today, on June 4, 1530, Phillip Melanchthon presented Emperor Charles V with the reformers’ reformational understanding of the Gospel in the Augsburg Confession.

During today’s Adult Bible Class, Pastor Johnson shares the history of the Augsburg Confession, the Roman Catholic response in the Confutation, and the Lutheran defense in the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, and discusses why it was such a relevant event in the history of the Church and politics.

This is a pivotal moment in history, world politics, and religion. Were it not for the courage of these princes and reformers, we may not have ever had the freedom to worship as we enjoy today.

Jun
10
9:00 am09:00

Wunder's Cemetery Work Day: caring for the resting place of the saints

Wunder’s Work Days are a great service opportunity for all households, all ages. We invite you to join us as we come together one Saturday morning a month at Wunder’s Cemetery (3963 N. Clark St.) to do general yard work like raking, picking up sticks and trimming trees, and some heftier tasks like moving soil and leveling headstones.

You’ll want to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, a good pair of outdoor shoes, and work gloves if you have them when you join us for a morning of outdoor fun and fellowship.

There’s no need to sign up in advance. Just arrive at the cemetery entrance on the NE corner of Irving Park Rd. and Clark St. around 9 a.m. on any Wunder’s Work Day.

For more information on how to volunteer, email: info@wunders.net or call 773-525-4038.

Learn more about the history of Wunder's Cemetery and First Saint Paul's role as trustee.

Jun
4
11:00 am11:00

Adult Forum: Experiences at the Danja Fistula Center in Niger, Africa

Danja Fistula Center

During this adult forum, Karla Wente shares experiences from her most recent service trip to the Danja Fistula Clinic in Niger, Africa, through Worldwide Fistula Fund. Through these stories and her experiences as a pelvic floor physical therapist, Karla draws attention to the need for mission work serving women suffering from obstetric fistula, and the opportunities to serve. Her presentation will be packed with pictures from her trip that are sure to entertain and educate!

Jun
4
9:30 am09:30

Pentecost: Birthday of the Church

Please join us for worship on Sunday, June 4, as we celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the church.

On the first Pentecost, the eleven apostles were gathered in Jerusalem for a harvest festival. There, they received an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the form of tongues of fire and they began speaking in languages other than their own. On that day, they became human instruments of the Holy Spirit, courageous proclaimers of the Gospel, calling and gathering believers into the Church of Christ. This is the day of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church.

Today, we pray for the continued outpouring of the Spirit on people of every nation and language. We invite you to wear something red as a reminder of the tongues of fire and the blood of Jesus and the martyrs. There will be a special birthday cake during fellowship hour, and strips of red cloth to tie on our fence as a symbol of Pentecost.

We'd also like to adorn the sanctuary during the Pentecost service and throughout the week with red geraniums. You can dedicate one or more geraniums to your loved ones by ordering them through the church office by May 29th or completing the order form in the bulletin.

May
21
11:00 am11:00

Sunday School Year-End Celebration

Following the worship service on Sunday, May 21, we invite the students, parents, teachers and volunteers of our Sunday School program to gather in the church Fellowship Hall for our Sunday School year-end celebration. There will be fun activities for all ages including crafts, coloring, and a What's in the Bible video. We plan to collect memories of the Sunday School year, so start thinking about and writing down a few of your favorites to share at the party.

Organizers would like a head count to help them prepare, and they’re looking for volunteers to bring drinks, side dishes, or desserts. Parents, watch your inbox for an email asking you to RSVP to attend and/or bring something to share. 

First Saint Paul’s Sunday School gives our youth the tools for critical thinking, faithful reflection, and discovery while tackling questions about the Bible, the Creed, Jesus, general beliefs, and current topics. Lessons are geared towards various age groups: toddlers (0-3yo), Pre-K through K, grade 1-4 with grade 5-6 helpers, and Jr/Sr high school. They feature time for bible study, fun activities, prayer and growing in faith with their peers.

On Sundays this summer beginning June 11th, we welcome all children and young adults in these age groups to join us for Nurturing the Faith Classes, when we explore the Fruits of the Spirit! During the summer months, we meet as Households, meaning groups of believers in all stages of life, pursuing Godly living together.

Then, we kick off a new year of Sunday School with a Rally Day on September 10th. Watch the First Saint Paul’s church bulletin, the bulletin board, this website calendar and our church Facebook page for details. You can call (312-642-7172) or email Marlo Schulz, Director of Family and Outreach ministries, or email Amy Harkness with any questions.

May
21
11:00 am11:00

Lutherland—A Brief Pilgrimage to Reformation Sites in Germany

Pastor Johnson shares pictures, stories, and history from two periods of Luther’s life and the Reformation: The Augustinian Cloister in Erfurt and Wartburg Castle in Eisenbach.

This is not just a travelogue or photo journal. This is living history and an encouraging journey through a place and time that transformed the world.

We invite you to join us and bring anyone who might be interested in the history of the Reformation, particularly in this, the 500th anniversary year. Show up, ask questions, and experience the journey.

May
21
10:45 am10:45

Patio Rededication and Blessing

Following the worship service on May 21, we will hold a brief service of dedication and blessing of the patio, complete with ribbon-cutting, during our Fellowship Hour beginning around 10:45 a.m.

We give thanks to God for our church’s beautifully renovated patio space. Henry Webb, one of our FSP members, has been hard at work planning, organizing, and implementing the renovations as part of an Eagle Scout project. There are new flowers and grasses, a new path, and a beautiful new rock garden adorn the outdoor space. We are excited to be able to use this space for future events and activities at FSP. Great job Henry. Thanks to you and your group of dedicated volunteers.

See more photos of the patio project team in action: http://bit.ly/2rbzLbZ

May
14
11:00 am11:00

Baby Care Kits Packing Party

Lutheran World Relief distributes Baby Care Kits as part of emergency relief efforts and to encourage expectant women to seek prenatal care. The kits include new t-shirts, sleepers, receiving blankets, socks, and other items. During Lent, we collected donations of these items to include in the kits and money to ship them. Now, following the Sunday service and fellowship on Mother’s Day (May 14th), we invite you to join a Baby Care Kit Packing Party. We will assemble the kits using donated items and pray for those who will receive them.

May
7
12:00 pm12:00

Beer and Wine Making Demonstration

Did you know that the Reformer, Martin Luther, said he missed his wife Katy's homemade beer every time he traveled?

Please join us on May 7th at noon for food and fellowship, as Pastor Johnson and others take us through the beer and wine making process step by step. Following our Sunday worship service and artistic presentations by various Artists of First Saint Paul’s, we meet in the church Fellowship Hall to enjoy lunch together while watching these fascinating demonstrations. We will enjoy the beer and wine we make together at the church picnic, Oktoberfest and other events later this year.

If you can join us, please let us know in the comments section or add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the church hallway. Please bring your favorite beer or wine to enjoy and share.

Contact Zach Treece through our Facebook page if you'd like to help with setup and cleanup.

May
7
11:00 am11:00

Artists of First Saint Paul's

One of the greatest gifts God gives his church is the gift of the arts, and he has richly blessed members of our First Saint Paul's community with many artistic talents. On Sunday, May 7, we celebrate the artistic life of the church with a recital and artistic program. Members of all ages who wish to share their artistic gifts will sing, play musical instruments, share their written and visual works to the glory of God. If you have questions, please contact Margaret Danilovich or Steve Wente.

Immediately following the program, we meet in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy lunch together, while Pastor Johnson and others give beer and wine making demonstrations. The day’s events provide a unique opportunity for our community to share what they love. 

May
6
9:00 am09:00

Wunder's Work Days

A fun group of dedicated friends of Wunder’s Cemetery organizes several Wunder's Work Days each year where volunteers come together for general yard work like raking and trimming trees, and some heavier tasks like moving soil and leveling headstones.

There is no need to sign up in advance. Just arrive at the cemetery entrance on the NE corner of Irving Park Rd. and Clark St. around 9 a.m. this Saturday.

Be prepared to get dirty, have fun and enjoy sharing the satisfaction of a job well done with fellow volunteers.

Founded in 1859 as First German Lutheran Cemetery, Wunder’s Cemetery was renamed in 1919 after Heinrick Wunder who was pastor at First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church for more than 50 years. It is now under the loving care of First Saint Paul's as sole trustee.

Apr
30
9:30 am09:30

Children’s Choir of Immanuel Lutheran Church

We’re delighted to have this special choir from Immanuel Lutheran School, under the direction of William Ickstadt, sing during our Sunday worship service.

If you would like to help sponsor the choir, we are accepting donations the day of the service to help defray their travel expenses. We will acknowledge all gifts in the April 30th church bulletin.

Apr
16
10:45 am10:45

Easter Celebration Breakfast

We invite you to join First Saint Paul’s church family for our Easter Sunday festival service on Sunday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. as we celebrate the Risen Christ.

Immediately following the service, we welcome you to share Easter Breakfast with us, served in our Fellowship Hall. The continental breakfast menu includes a breakfast sandwich buffet, deviled eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, assorted pastries and muffins, and coffee, tea, and juice.

To help with planning the meal, please RSVP through Evite, or add your name to signup sheet on the desk in the church narthex.

We hope that many of you will join us on this special day and that you will invite others to share in the joy of the Resurrection with us. Thank you, Sue Wente and Gretchen Randall, for your thoughtful service and bringing us together for food and fellowship.

We welcome you to be at home among us.

Apr
16
9:30 am09:30

Easter Sunday - He Is Risen!

Easter Sunday, or Resurrection of our Lord, is the day we celebrate the risen Christ. Through Jesus' death and resurrection, he has won the victory for us over death, our sin, and evil. And so we sing, "This is the feast of victory for our God!" and sing our Alleluias once again.

Apr
15
7:00 pm19:00

Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil is a multisensory celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. From beginning to end there is a striking movement from darkness to light, fasting to feasting, grief to gladness, old to new, and death to life. It is a journey that begins with Creation, recalling God’s redemptive acts in history, and climaxing in the greatest triumph over sin, evil, and death—the Resurrection.

Our celebration will begin on the church patio around a fire. From there, we process into the church with candles, we remember our Baptism by being sprinkled from the Font, and we receive Christ’s Body and Blood in Holy Communion. We taste, see, hear, touch, smell, and experience the goodness of God during this special service.

The Easter Vigil is the third of three services beginning with Maundy Thursday, continuing Good Friday, and culminating on the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday. Please join us for this beautiful and powerful service!

Apr
14
7:00 pm19:00

Good Friday Service

Good Friday continues our observance of the holy three days (Triduum) as we prepare for the risen Christ. The name may come from an older name, "God's Friday," but it is certainly GOOD. It’s not a day to feel sorry for Jesus because of his suffering and death. It is a day to feel good because of the good gifts Christ won for us on this day.

This is also a time we hear St. John's unique account of the crucifixion which is sometimes sung by the choir. The service does not end in a benediction or closure because the service continues the following day at dusk for the Vigil of Easter.

Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

Maundy Thursday Service

Maundy Thursday occurs on the eve of our Lord’s crucifixion, ushering in the holy three days (Triduum) of preparation for the Resurrection of our Lord (Easter). During this service, we commemorate the institution of the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion) and Christ's commandment that we should love one another as he has loved us; the word "Maundy" refers to this mandate.

Toward the end of the service, the altar is stripped—furniture, vessels, and adornments are removed—just as Jesus was stripped before his crucifixion. This prepares us for Good Friday, the continuation of the three-days, culminating with the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ from the dead during our Easter Vigil.

Apr
9
9:30 am09:30

Palm Sunday Service

Palm Sunday begins what is traditionally called Holy Week. Also called "Passion Sunday," this service begins with the procession of palms and reflects the contrasting attitudes toward Jesus that were on display during the days leading up to his crucifixion. What begins with "Hosanna!" (Lord, save us) will end with "Crucify, crucify!" We will hear a longer, dramatic portion of the sufferings and death of Jesus this day. 

Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Book Club - Luther: Biography of a Reformer

In honor of the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, the Thursday night book club is reading Luther: Biography of a Reformer. Join us every other Thursday evening for fellowship and a guided discussion.

Amazon.com has books are available online at http://amzn.to/2kOX23v. Contact Marlo Schulz mschulz@fspaul.org if you'd like to pick up a book at church!

Apr
5
7:00 am07:00

Lenten Services: Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone

Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone
1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1
“Glory Be to Jesus" Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 433

Join us for one or both opportunities to worship today: 7AM and 7PM.

Today, we continue with Sola Fide (by faith alone), the second of our weekly Lenten services focusing on The Five Solae (Latin slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Reformation of the 16th century changed the Christian faith worldwide. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the church of the time, Martin Luther spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today. The reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential, original teachings of Christianity, especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.