Nov
23
10:00 AM10:00

Thanksgiving Day Service

Well over 3 and a half centuries ago, strengthened by faith and bound by a common desire for liberty, a small band of pilgrims sought out a place in the new world where they could worship according to their own beliefs. On this national day of Thanksgiving, we gather together to rejoice, be glad and give thanks for God’s many blessings. 

In today’s Divine Worship Service, we join in thanks for the sweet comfort of the Gospel, the forgiveness of our sins by the blood of our Lord Jesus, the promise of our resurrection to eternal life; for the joyful companionship afforded by the Church; for God's Word which is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for the gifts of Baptism and the Eucharist; for our pastors and everyone who faithfully serves to us God's best and highest gifts.

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Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: How to Wait For the End – Wait Prepared

Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season as we consider what we confess in The Apostle’s Creed, “He will come to judge the living and the dead.” Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent service of prayer and meditation on “How to wait for the end.”

Wednesday, December 6: Wait Prepared
Scripture: Matthew 24: 36-51
Hymn:  "Arise, O Christian People" LSB 354

We invite you to join in fellowship while enjoying coffee and dessert in the Fellowship Hall before each Advent service beginning at 5:45 until 6:45 p.m.

We encourage households or groups of members to get involved in our celebration of Advent.

  • First, we invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 6, 13, or 20. We ask that hosts bring sweets for roughly 20 guests, and arrive at 5:30 to make coffee, set up and clean up before the service at 7 p.m.
  • Or, light a candle on the Advent wreath during the Sunday Divine Worship services on December 3, 10, 17, or 24. The pastor will invite you forward at a designated time during the services to light the candle(s).

Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Dec
10
9:30 AM09:30

Children’s Christmas Program - The Wonder

We welcome you to join us on Sunday, December 10 as the children and youth of First Saint Paul’s share the Good News of Jesus birth. Through their telling, we experience the story of Ben, the dreamy son of a Bethlehem innkeeper who helps his family, and us, see the wonder of the baby born in a manger.

A special note to our families with children, we will rehearse at 11 a.m. on Sundays November 5 and 19 and December 3. On Friday, December 8, there is a dress rehearsal from 6-8 p.m. In addition to our final rehearsal, this is a time for our families and children to help prepare Christmas Gift Bags for our Community Meals guests and enjoy an evening meal together.

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Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: How to Wait For the End – Wait Invested

Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season as we consider what we confess in The Apostle’s Creed, “He will come to judge the living and the dead.” Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent service of prayer and meditation on “How to wait for the end.”

Wednesday, December 13:  Wait Invested
Scripture: Matthew 25: 1-30
Hymn: "O Lord, How Shall I Meet You" LSB 334

We invite you to join in fellowship to enjoy coffee and dessert in the Fellowship Hall before each Advent service beginning at 5:45 through 6:45 p.m.

We encourage households or groups of members to get involved in our celebration of Advent.

  • First, we invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 6, 13, or 20. We ask that hosts bring sweets for roughly 20 guests, and arrive at 5:30 to make coffee, set up and clean up before the service at 7 p.m.
  • Or, light a candle on the Advent wreath during the Sunday Divine Worship services on December 3, 10, 17, or 24. The pastor will invite you forward at a designated time during the services to light the candles.

Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Dec
17
4:00 PM16:00

Christimas Concert - Savior of the Nations, Come

Savior of the Nations, come,
Virgin’s Son, make here Your home!
Marvel now, O heaven and earth,
That the Lord chose such a birth.”

We continue our celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by choosing as the centerpiece of this year’s Christmas Concert, Bach’s Cantata 61, “Savior of the Nations, Come,” with text by Martin Luther. In Bach’s setting, rich in musical and textual symbolism, Biblical imagery, and the Lutheran chorale, Luther’s great Advent hymn is paired with part of another Lutheran hymn, “O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright.”

“O Morning Star” was written by the Lutheran pastor Philipp Nicolai around 1600, about eighty years after the beginning of the Reformation. Nicolai suffered great losses in his congregation as well as in his own family due to the plague but found the inner courage to compose texts (and tunes) of great joy and lasting value. “O Morning Star” and “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying” are often known as the King and Queen of Chorales because of their importance and influence on later Lutheran hymnody.

Other pieces on the program include a new Christmas carol by Carl Schalk, a beautiful setting of Mary’s Song, the Magnificat, and a popular carol by John Rutter. As always, the whole assembly will sing favorite Christmas Carols and hymns. Orchestra and soloists will join the choir. Please plan now to join us for this very special Christmas event. A candlelight reception follows the concert.

The concert planning committee is asking for help preparing baked goods for our guests to enjoy at the candlelight reception. They're also asking for volunteers to help with setup, to serve our guests, and to help clean up following the reception. Contact the church office if you'd like to volunteer your time and talents.

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Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: How to Wait For the End – Wait Transformed

Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season as we consider what we confess in The Apostle’s Creed, “He will come to judge the living and the dead.” Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent service of prayer and meditation on “How to wait for the end.”

Wednesday, December 20: Wait Transformed
Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46
Hymn: "Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord" LSB 352

We invite you to join in fellowship while enjoying coffee and dessert in the Fellowship Hall before each Advent service beginning at 5:45 through 6:45 p.m.

We encourage households or groups of members to get involved in our celebration of Advent.

  • First, we invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 6, 13, or 20. We ask that hosts bring sweets for roughly 20 guests, and arrive at 5:30 to make coffee, set up and clean up before the service at 7 p.m.
  • Or, light a candle on the Advent wreath during the Sunday Divine Worship services on December 3, 10, 17, or 24. The pastor will invite you forward at a designated time during the services to light the candles.

Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Oct
31
3:00 PM15:00

Trick or Treat at First Saint Paul's

Dress in your favorite costume, bring your friends and stop by First Saint Paul's for a goodie bag filled with Halloween treats and a message of Jesus’ love for you.

If you want to share the love of Jesus with your friends on Halloween, show them how Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. You can also find answers to some common questions about Halloween below. If you still have questions, please join us on Halloween outside our church entrance on W. Goethe at LaSalle.


When Did Halloween Start?

Hallowe'en comes from the old English words All Hallow's Eve or All Saints Eve. The holiday started in the 4th century as a day to honor all the saints of the church, especially martyrs. By the 8th century, the All Saints festival moved to November 1 to Christianize the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain, which marked the beginning of winter and a time to remember the dead.

How do today’s Christians celebrate the holiday?

On October 31, 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses (or disputes) to a church door in Wittenburg, Germany. These Theses were attempts to reform the Catholic church and questioned false doctrine: the need to pay for sins even after death. Today’s Christians mark October 31st as the Reformation, the birth of the Lutheran church, and celebrate All Saints Day in thanksgiving for all who have died knowing Jesus as their Savior. In many All Saints services, people read the names of the dead to celebrate their new life in Christ.

How does First Saint Paul’s observe the holiday?

We believe that Christ alone paid the price for our salvation through his death and resurrection. Salvation is yours and it is FREE. We observe the Reformation on the Sunday before Halloween. On the Sunday after Halloween, we observe an All Saints celebration to commemorate those who have died in Christ, as well as the Christians before us who testified to their Christian faith.

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Oct
29
10:30 AM10:30

Adult Bible Forum: Annunciation and Nativity - the Virgin Mary as the Mother of God

In this presentation, Dr. David Rogner discusses how poets and painters have depicted the Virgin Mary, particularly in scenes of the Annunciation and the Nativity. In light of the 500th Reformation celebration, he also includes commentary on how the Lutheran Reformers saw the Virgin Mary.

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Oct
29
9:30 AM09:30

Reformation Sunday: 500th Anniversary Celebration

Join us this Sunday as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We will be singing a new hymn commissioned especially for this celebration.

Jesus, Author of Salvation - A Hymn for the Festival of the Reformation

The idea for a commissioned piece to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation came from Sara Dornacker, a faithful member of First Saint Paul’s congregation and of First Saint Paul’s Choir. Sara was actively involved in many aspects of service to others, especially to those in greatest need, and had a true vision of the church as a changer of society. She understood the importance of the upcoming anniversary and supported the venture with a gift that made the commissioning possible.

Dr. David Rogner, a current member of First Saint Paul's and the church choir, was asked to write a text that reflected the Reformation Solas: grace alone, faith alone, scripture alone, with Christ at the center. Dr. Rogner’s text emphasizes a traditional Reformation message in a personal and devotional way. The message of the Reformation in “Jesus, Author of Salvation” is less upon the ‘church militant’ than upon reminding us that the truths Luther preached during the Reformation are still working to reform the hearts and lives of individual believers today.

Robert A. Hobby, an acclaimed composer and an active church musician serving Trinity English Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, composed the tune. He is a frequent performer and clinician and has had many national leadership roles in professional and church activities.

Sara Dornacker died in the Lord on February 8, 2015. To honor her life of faith, dedicated service to her Lord, her leadership and her vision, the tune of this hymn-anthem has been named "Dornacker." We thank God for the grace and blessing that He provided to so many through Sara’s life.

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Oct
7
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Choral Artists present: Der Schwangesang (Swan Song)

First Saint Paul’s is delighted to host the first in a series of concerts by the Chicago Choral Artists on Saturday, October 7th at 7:30 p.m. This performance features Der Schwangesang (Swan Song) by German composer Heinrich Schütz based on Psalm 119, the Magnificat, and Psalm 100. The concert is presented by CCA Kammerchor, an ensemble of sixteen singers from the Chicago Choral Artists roster, organist Mark Schuldiner, gambist Anna Steinhoff, and bassist Jerry Fuller.

Chicago Choral Artists, formerly known as the James Chorale, is an ensemble of talented musicians who have been presenting innovative music to Chicago audiences for nearly 40 years. They perform under the artistic direction of Michael D. Costello. For many years the James Chorale was under the direction of James Rogner, former music director at First Saint Paul’s.

You can purchase tickets at First Saint Paul’s before the show for $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Download a parking pass here to park for free just two blocks west of the church in the Franklin School lot on W Goethe St.

We are happy to announce that CCA is donating two tickets to their October 7 and December 16 concerts at First Saint Paul's to the silent auction at First Saint Paul’s Oktoberfest on September 23.

Future CCA concert dates at First Saint Paul's

  • A Candlelight Christmas, December 16, 7:30 PM
  • Choral Gems from England, April 7, 2018, 7:30 PM

If you plan to attend more than one concert in the series, discounted tickets are available online at the CCA website or by calling 773-658-9799.

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Oct
1
9:30 AM09:30

Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. John Nunes

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Dr. Nunes currently serves as the ninth president of Concordia College-New York. He served for two years as the Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University before assuming the Concordia presidency on July 1, 2016.

Nunes, an ordained LCMS minister, was President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Baltimore, from 2007 to 2013. LWR is an international, non-profit organization working to end poverty and injustice worldwide.

Prior to joining LWR, Nunes taught theology at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Ill., and served as a management consultant, urban parish pastor and community organizer in Dallas and Detroit.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College (now Concordia University), Ann Arbor, Mich.; a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; and both Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He also has received honorary doctorates from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis.

Nunes is the author of Voices from the City: Issues and Images of Urban Preaching and, with his wife, Monique, the children's book, Little Things Make Big Differences: A Story about Malaria.

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Sep
23
5:00 PM17:00

First Saint Paul's Oktoberfest

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Join us for an evening of German food, live German music, German beer—including Pastor Tom’s homemade beer—and wine, and a chance to win great prizes in our raffle and silent auction! Buy your advance tickets online now to receive one free glass of beer or wine.

Adults: $20
Children ages 6-13: $5
Ages 5 and under: free

There are several areas in which your time and talents are needed to help make this event a success. Please contact Olga Pierce Busse, Laurie Bart, or Gretchen Randall for more information.

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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.

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Sep
5
6:30 PM18:30

Home Bible Study Group

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This small group meets most first and third Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and study at Dan and Amy Hendricksen's home in Logan Square. Resuming this fall on September 5, we begin our discussion of Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission by David E. Fitch. If you haven’t read the book, you can find on Amazon in digital, audio and print formats.

In our ongoing study, we continue to ask: How can we become the good news in our communities and our culture? We welcome you to explore this question with us through the engaging stories Pastor Fitch shares of his own journey with his church, his family, and his community he presents in Faithful Presence. You can find an introduction to the book on You Tube: From Gospel Presentation to Kingdom Presence - David Fitch and Dave Fitch Online Learning Hangout- "Faithful Presence"  (begins at 5:00 “presence is the way God works”).

Contact Dan and Amy Hendricksen through the church office at 312-642-7172 for more information. We look forward to getting to know you.

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Aug
27
11:30 AM11:30

Church Picnic

Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join us for an afternoon of food, fun, games, and fellowship at the First Saint Paul's annual church picnic at our church on the corner of LaSalle and Goethe in Chicago. We’ll grill some hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs on our beautiful patio, and have plenty of ice-cold beverages on hand for all to enjoy. You’ll want to taste the beer Pastor made during his beer-brewing demonstration in January.

In the pot-luck tradition, we ask anyone who can come to bring a favorite food item to share. Typical favorites include salads, fruits, chips, snack trays, and of course, desserts. If you can't bring something to share, please join us anyway. We'll have plenty. 

Please let us know how many of your family and friends will be attending either on the sign-up sheet in the church entry way, or in the comments section of this event page on Facebook. If you let us know what you plan to bring, it helps us plan for a variety of popular foods.

If you really want to have some fun, contact Mike C. who is coordinating a team of volunteers to help with set-up, serving, and clean-up. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Aug
20
11:15 AM11:15

Explore the History of the Old Testament Exodus

You are invited to join the Wednesday Noon Bible Study group on a guided tour of artifacts from the time of the Exodus of the Israelites, ancient Egypt, Babylon, and the ancient Middle East with Pastor Ryan Tietz, Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. This small group has been exploring the Old Testament book of Exodus and is delighted to experience this personal tour of artifacts from this period.

We will meet in the entryway of First Saint Paul’s (1301 N. LaSalle St.) at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, August 20, and carpool to the Institute. If you prefer to meet us there, join us in the lobby of the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th Street in Chicago at noon.

Admission to the museum is a suggested $10 donation for adult and $5 for children.

If you'd like to join us, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at church or contact Pastor Johnson if you would like to attend. And, if you can volunteer to drive in the car pool, please let Pastor know how many you can transport.

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Aug
10
5:30 PM17:30

Fellowship in the Park - Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

Our Home Bible Study group is hitting the parks for the summer. Thursday, August 10, we meet at 5:30 p.m. just east of the boathouse in Humboldt Park, 1301 N. Sacramento, for a 6:30 p.m. performance of Romeo and Juliet. Humboldt Park is a short walk from North Avenue and Division Street buses, and there is plenty of free parking. Bring a picnic and something comfortable to sit on.

Contact Dan Hendricksen at 774-844-7361 or Amy Hendricksen at 773-383-5477 for more information.

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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.

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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.

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Jul
9
11:00 AM11:00

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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