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.

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
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

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

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.


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.

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.