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
8
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
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.

Apr
2
9:30 am09:30

Caring & Sharing: Lutheran World Relief Critters Program

Lent is a time for particular focus on Jesus life and death. A tradition at First Saint Paul’s is rather than “give up something,” we "take up something” in the way of showing the love of Christ to the needy through acts of giving. Throughout the season of Lent each year, our congregation supports several social ministries.

On Sunday, April 2, our littlest members are collecting “Change for Change” to support the Lutheran World Relief Critters Program, which provides sheep (and other critters) to families in need. Every $100 donated provides the gift of a sheep, feed, and basic veterinary care—providing nutrition and income—to a farming family in Burkina Faso, a land-locked country in Africa. We encourage everyone to bring their loose change for our little lambs to collect and share in the joy of giving.

Mar
29
7:00 pm19:00

Lenten Services: Solus Christus, through Christ alone

Solus Christus, through Christ alone
Romans 5:12-21
“Christ, the Love of All the Living" Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 420

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

Today, we continue with Sola Christus (through Christ alone), the fourth 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.

Mar
26
11:00 am11:00

Caring & Sharing: Lutheran World Relief Project Promise - Baby Care Kits

Lent is a time for particular focus on Jesus life and death. A tradition at First Saint Paul’s is rather than “give up something,” we "take up something” in the way of showing the love of Christ to the needy through acts of giving. Throughout the season of Lent each year, our congregation supports several social ministries.

During the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday, March 26, we will learn about Lutheran World Relief Project Promise: Baby Care Kits. 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.

First Saint Paul’s is seeking donations of items as well as money to complete and ship the kits. Then, following the Sunday service on Mother’s Day (May 14th), we invite you to join an all-group Faith Nurturing activity where friends and family of FSP will assemble and prepare the kits for distribution to people in need. Find more information and guidelines on the LWR Project Promise: Baby Care Kits web page.

Mar
22
7:00 pm19:00

Lenten Services: Sola Gratia, by grace alone

Sola Gratia, by grace alone
Ephesians 2:1-10
“Savior, When in Dust to Thee" Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 419 

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

Today, we continue with Sola Gratia (by grace alone), the third 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.

Mar
19
12:00 pm12:00

Confirmation Class - Apostles' Creed Pt 4

Leininger |  3rd Article: Luke 24:46-49 | the “Promise” of Spirit; review Trinity
Mortell |  3rd Article: Acts 1, 2 (select verses) | the “Promise” and work of Spirit
Webb |  3rd Article: Romans 8:1-17 | conversion; sanctification
3rd Article: Galatians 5:16-26 | Fruit of the Spirit
3rd Article: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 | Gifts of the Spirit

Workbook: pp. 21-24

 

Mar
19
11:00 am11:00

Caring & Sharing: Chicago Uptown Ministries (a program of LCFS)

Lent is a time for particular focus on Jesus life and death. A tradition at First Saint Paul’s is rather than “give up something,” we "take up something” in the way of showing the love of Christ to the needy through acts of giving. Throughout the season of Lent each year, our congregation supports several social ministries.

On Sunday, March 19, first during our 9:30 a.m. service, there will be a brief message of congratulations for FSP family member Gene Svebakken, former CEO of Lutheran Child and Family Services, who recently retired from that role after more than 38 years of service in social ministry. A special fellowship time in his honor will be held afterward.

Then, during our Adult Forum at 11 a.m., Gene will share stories about his years of service. At Gene’s request, our Sharing & Caring donations this week will benefit Chicago Uptown Ministry (a program of LCFS), a center dedicated to providing a wide range of services to the residents of Chicago’s Uptown and neighboring communities.

Mar
15
7:00 pm19:00

Lenten Services: Sola Fide, by faith alone

Sola Fide, by faith alone
Romans 3: 21-31
“Not All the Blood of Beasts” Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 431

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.

Mar
15
6:00 pm18:00

Preparing for the Future: Discussions around Renewal

At a recent Voter’s Assembly, the church elders presented a proposal for pursuing a grant from the Lilly Foundation. The National Clergy Renewal Program awards funding to congregations to provide sabbaticals to pastors while creating opportunities for the congregation to reflect on the success of their ministry. Renewal periods are an opportunity for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in a period of renewal and reflection. It is not a vacation, but a time for intentional exploration and reflection. For drinking again from God’s life-giving waters. For regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry.


This grant process can also inspire us as a congregation to find new ways of preparing to become better at living our mission: Proclaiming Christ, Nurturing Faith and Serve Others in our community, as significant new populations continue to move into our area.

We are planning three open discussions aimed at capturing your ideas for the congregational support portions of the grant proposal and the time of preparation if the grant is awarded. These discussions will be held on Wednesdays March 1, 8 and 15, from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. before the Lenten evening service. Feel free to bring and enjoy your dinner if you’d like.

If you cannot attend one of these sessions, please make your ideas known to a member of the Grantwriting Task Force: Pastor Johnson, Marlo Schulz, Jon DeVries, Mark Knoblauch, and Dan Hendricksen. We look forward to talking with you. There is so much we have to be thankful for, and so much to look forward to, with God's grace!

You can find the grant materials on the Lilly Foundation website. Look for the RFP, but also the “Grace Notes” document under Additional Information.

Mar
12
11:00 am11:00

Caring & Sharing: The Community Foot Clinic

Lent is a time for particular focus on Jesus life and death. A tradition at First Saint Paul’s is rather than “give up something,” we "take up something” in the way of showing the love of Christ to the needy through acts of giving. Throughout the season of Lent each year, our congregation supports several social ministries.

During Adult Forum on Sunday, March 12, we learn about and give generously to support The Community Foot Clinic, which began at First Saint Paul’s in 2006, when a member of our FSP family, Dr. Charlotte Covello, recognized that many of our Community Meals guests suffer from foot problems requiring professional attention. On the 2nd Saturday of each month, Dr. Covello, along with 3-4 volunteer doctors, provide basic foot care and hygiene for 40-50 people who, due to life circumstances, may not have access to this type of care. In addition to providing clean socks and gently used shoes on occasion, they treat minor infections, perform minor procedures and wound care, and refer our patients to appropriate facilities if more extensive care is required.

Mar
11
7:00 pm19:00

Valparaiso University Chorale Spring Tour

Valparaiso University Chorale will present a concert at First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church performing a variety of music including works by Maurice Durufle, Francis Poulenc and the exciting Invocation and Dance by David Conte. The program also features the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and a selection of hymns, spirituals and folk songs.

This 48-mixed voice ensemble is among the top Lutheran collegiate choirs in the United States, known for performing an eclectic repertoire that spans from traditional to significant contemporary works, all in their original languages.

Admission is $10 for adults. You can purchase tickets at the door the evening of the event or online here. Admission for those under 18 is free.

Mar
8
7:00 pm19:00

Lenten Services: Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone

Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone
2 Timothy 3:10-17
“O Lord, throughout These Forty Days" Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 418

Join us for one or all three opportunities to worship today: 7AM, 12PM, 7PM.

Beginning today with Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone), our weekly Lenten services focus 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.

This is what Sola Scriptura means to a few of our community members.

Mar
8
6:00 pm18:00

Preparing for the Future: Discussions around Renewal

At a recent Voter’s Assembly, the church elders presented a proposal for pursuing a grant from the Lilly Foundation. The National Clergy Renewal Program awards funding to congregations to provide sabbaticals to pastors while creating opportunities for the congregation to reflect on the success of their ministry. Renewal periods are an opportunity for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in a period of renewal and reflection. It is not a vacation, but a time for intentional exploration and reflection. For drinking again from God’s life-giving waters. For regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry.

This grant process can also inspire us as a congregation to find new ways of preparing to become better at living our mission: Proclaiming Christ, Nurturing Faith and Serve Others in our community, as significant new populations continue to move into our area.

We are planning three open discussions aimed at capturing your ideas for the congregational support portions of the grant proposal and the time of preparation if the grant is awarded. These discussions will be held on Wednesdays March 1, 8 and 15, from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. before the Lenten evening service. Feel free to bring and enjoy your dinner if you’d like.

If you cannot attend one of these sessions, please make your ideas known to a member of the Grantwriting Task Force: Pastor Johnson, Marlo Schulz, Jon DeVries, Mark Knoblauch, and Dan Hendricksen. We look forward to talking with you. There is so much we have to be thankful for, and so much to look forward to, with God's grace!

You can find the grant materials on the Lilly Foundation website. Look for the RFP, but also the “Grace Notes” document under Additional Information.

Mar
1
6:00 pm18:00

Preparing for the Future: Discussions around Renewal

At a recent Voter’s Assembly, the church elders presented a proposal for pursuing a grant from the Lilly Foundation. The National Clergy Renewal Program awards funding to congregations to provide sabbaticals to pastors while creating opportunities for the congregation to reflect on the success of their ministry. Renewal periods are an opportunity for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in a period of renewal and reflection. It is not a vacation, but a time for intentional exploration and reflection. For drinking again from God’s life-giving waters. For regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry.

This grant process can also inspire us as a congregation to find new ways of preparing to become better at living our mission: Proclaiming Christ, Nurturing Faith and Serve Others in our community, as significant new populations continue to move into our area.

We are planning three open discussions aimed at capturing your ideas for the congregational support portions of the grant proposal and the time of preparation if the grant is awarded. These discussions will be held on Wednesdays March 1, 8 and 15, from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. before the Lenten evening service. Feel free to bring and enjoy your dinner if you’d like.

If you cannot attend one of these sessions, please make your ideas known to a member of the Grantwriting Task Force: Pastor Johnson, Marlo Schulz, Jon DeVries, Mark Knoblauch, and Dan Hendricksen. We look forward to talking with you. There is so much we have to be thankful for, and so much to look forward to, with God's grace!

You can find the grant materials on the Lilly Foundation website. Look for the RFP, but also the “Grace Notes” document under Additional Information.

Mar
1
7:00 am07:00

Ash Wednesday Services

Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship today: 7AM, 12PM, 7PM.

On Ash Wednesday, those who wish, receive the imposition of ashes. This ancient act is a gesture of repentance and a powerful reminder about the meaning of the day. Ashes can symbolize dust-to-dustness and remind worshipers of the need for cleansing, scrubbing, purifying, and humility.

The use of ashes on Ash Wednesday is a more recent custom among Lutheran congregations although some have done it for decades. The pastor takes the ashes on the end of his thumb and makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of each worshiper, saying these words: "Remember: you are dust, and to dust you shall return." The sign of the Cross reminds us that our salvation rests in Christ alone, and assurance that we have forgiveness and eternal life through him.

Feb
9
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!

Feb
5
11:00 am11:00

Adult Forum: Parables in Art and Poetry

David Rogner presents the second in a two-part presentation on “Christ’s Parables in Art and Poetry,” focusing on some of the best-known parables like the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan, and the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. During the one hour session, we read the parable and then examine how various artists and poets have depicted and interpreted the parable, thus deepening our insight into these important words of Jesus.

Jan
29
11:30 am11:30

1ST ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF

Fire up the crockpots, break out the cayenne, and get those taste buds ready. First Saint Paul’s is hosting our 1st Annual Chili Cook-off!

If you like competition as much as you like chili, bring a pot of your own, home-made chili to enter into the contest. For the less competitive, we invite you to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Not a cook? Simply bring your family, friends, and an appetite for food, fellowship and friendly competition.

Organizers are asking for three volunteers to serve as judges for the competition portion of the event, and for volunteers to help prepare the fellowship hall on Saturday (January 28th) afternoon from 2-3PM and to help clean up afterward on Sunday.

There are sign-up sheets to attend, to bring chili and to volunteer at the fellowship table and on the bulletin board in the church. Or, you can contact Zach at Zach.Treece@gmail.com for more information.

Jan
28
8:30 am08:30

New Member Orientation

If you’re interested in learning more about First Saint Paul’s, join Pastor Johnson and Marlo Schulz, Dir. of Christian Education for one or both new member orientation sessions. In these discussions, we cover the basic tenants of the Christian faith, Lutheran doctrines, the ministry of First Saint Paul’s and various timely topics of interest to participants.

Pastor and Marlo are eager to get to know and connect you with the family at First Saint Paul’s as you anticipate making your home among us. If you're interested in joining the discussion, you can call the church office at 312-642-7172, or email Pastor Johnson (tjohnson@fspauls.org) or Marlo Schulz (mschulz@fspauls.org).