Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: The Prophet Jesus - Fulfills Advent

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Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season. Using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets Elijah and John who show us how to prepare for the promised Savior, and the prophet Jesus, who fulfills that promise.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent evening service of prayer and meditation.

Wednesday, December 5: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 17:1-13

Wednesday, December 12: The Prophet John - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:5-17

Wednesday, December 19: The Prophet Jesus – Fulfills Advent
Scripture: Luke 4:14-30

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

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

First, invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 5, 12, or 19. 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 2, 9, 16, or 23. 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 sheets on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Longest Night Prayer Service

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Cast all your cares upon God, for he cares for you. In the darkness, let’s anticipate the coming of the Light of the world.

During the Christmas and New Year season, not everyone feels like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss can be magnified. Even those who are not struggling with losses may feel the stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas. In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is the longest night and winter solstice.

Please join us for this unique worship experience.

Many of us bring a brown-bag supper to enjoy in the company of First Saint Paul’s community members and guests. We welcome you to be at home among us.

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Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Eve Holy Communion Service

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We welcome you to join us on a long winter evening as we gather to proclaim the coming of the light.

Isaiah announces that the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Paul reminds us that the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. In the familiar account of Christ’s birth, the evening sky is bright with the heavenly host singing, “Glory to God in the highest.” Amid our broken world we proclaim that the Prince of peace is born among us. God comes to us in human flesh—in Christ’s body and blood—so that we may be bearers of divine light to all the world.

God the Creator who delights in you,

Jesus the Savior who is born for you,

and the lifegiving Spirit who shines on you,

☩ bless you and keep you in hope and peace.

Amen.

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Dec
25
10:00 AM10:00

Christmas Day Holy Communion Service

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On this Christmas morning, the people of God gather to celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh, Christ our Lord. Luke recounts the familiar story of shepherds and angels; John’s gospel tells of the Word that dwells among us, full of grace and truth. The meaning of Christmas is made clear: the light shines in the darkness. It is in the liturgy that we encounter the Word made flesh—in the people of God gathered together as the body of Christ, and in the meal around the holy table. We go forth to be bearers of light as we proclaim this good news to all the ends of the earth.

God the Creator who delights in you,

Jesus the Savior who is born for you,

and the lifegiving Spirit who shines on you,

☩ bless you and keep you in hope and peace.

Amen.

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Dec
31
7:00 PM19:00

New Year's Eve Holy Communion Service

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Please join us at the turn of the year as we meditate on endings and beginnings, knowing that all the world’s time begins and ends in God. We watch and keep vigil for the coming of God’s justice.

Holy God,

your beauty shines forth from the manger

and your love flows from the cross.

As you gather us around these signs

of your love come among us,

warm us to extend your care

among the hungry and all in need.

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

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Jan
6
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - Jesus the Prophet

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Jan
12
8:30 AM08:30

New Member Orientation

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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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Jan
19
8:30 AM08:30

New Member Orientation

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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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Dec
16
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Concert - Joy to the World

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Joy to the world, the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room
And Heaven and nature sing; And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing

Bring in the holiday season with First Saint Paul’s Chicago choir and soloists accompanied by orchestra and organ.

This year’s concert includes favorite choral pieces and opportunities to sing along with the choir and orchestra. There will be plenty of favorite Christmas carols along with new and familiar carol settings by Carl Schalk, Jonathan Stahlke, Paul Bouman, Richard Proulx, Michael Praetorius, and others.

A candlelight reception follows. Print a parking pass at http://bit.ly/2AXUurq to park for free in the Franklin School lot two blocks west of the church on W Goethe St.

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Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - The Prophet John

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: The Prophet John - Prepares for Advent

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Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season. Using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets Elijah and John who show us how to prepare for the promised Savior, and the prophet Jesus, who fulfills that promise.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent evening service of prayer and meditation.

Wednesday, December 5: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 17:1-13

Wednesday, December 12: The Prophet John - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:5-17

Wednesday, December 19: The Prophet Jesus – Fulfills Advent
Scripture: Luke 4:14-30

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

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

First, invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 5, 12, or 19. 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 2, 9, 16, or 23. 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 sheets on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - The Prophet Elijah

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Choral Artists: A Candlelight Christmas Concert

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First Saint Paul's is honored to host Chicago Choral Artists for this traditional holiday concert featuring choir, strings, and oboe, comprised of carols and anthems for the season, including Bach's Cantata #121, Christum wir sollen loben schon. Watch a short video of what CCA is up to.

Guest artists this year include the Kontras String Quartet, recent artists-in-residence at Chicago's classical and arts radio station, WFMT 98.7FM, with oboist Christine Janzow Phillips.

Buy tickets in advance online or 773-658-9799, or at the door before the concert: $25/Adult, $20/Senior, $10/Student. Print a parking pass to park for free in the Franklin School lot two blocks west of the church on W Goethe St.

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Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent

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Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season. Using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets Elijah and John who show us how to prepare for the promised Savior, and the prophet Jesus, who fulfills that promise.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent evening service of prayer and meditation.

Wednesday, December 5: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 17:1-13

Wednesday, December 12: The Prophet John - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:5-17

Wednesday, December 19: The Prophet Jesus – Fulfills Advent
Scripture: Luke 4:14-30

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

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

First, invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 5, 12, or 19. 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 2, 9, 16, or 23. 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 sheets on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - Amazement

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Nov
22
10:00 AM10:00

Thanksgiving Day Worship

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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 of the Church; for God's Word that is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for the gifts of Baptism and Holy Communion; for our pastors and everyone who faithfully serves us; for God's many gifts.

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Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

Consecration Sunday Luncheon

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We invite you to a special luncheon after worship on Consecration Sunday. RSVP today, including all members of your household who are able to attend. Dave Samber of Polo Café brings us the most delicious seasonal menu yet:

Menu: Great Autumn Salad, Baked Crab Cake Nuggets, Baked Dates wrapped w/Country Bacon, BBQ Grilled Boneless Pork Chops, Homemade Sauerkraut, Vegetable Stir-fry tossed w/Sweet Chili Sauce and Worcheshire Sauce, Four- Cheese Mac ‘n Cheese, White Corn Tortilla Cajun Chips and Tomato Cilantro Salsa, Baked Crème Brûlée French Toast Stix, Mini Pretzel Rolls & Butter, S’Mores

Following lunch, we will give thanks for God’s faithful guidance around a bonfire on the patio, followed by S’Mores for everyone prepared by our youth.

We know that it takes all of our church community acting in faith through a commitment of their time, treasures, and talents, to make the ministry of First Saint Paul’s possible. On Consecration Sunday, each of us makes our annual financial commitment to First Saint Paul’s mission.

We approach giving from a biblical perspective, where all giving is based on our need to give in response to God’s unconditional love. Various ministries within the church offer numerous opportunities to serve as a way to give our time and talents. And our financial commitment to giving is not merely in order to pay the bills, but as a way for each of us to grow spiritually in our relationship with God.

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Nov
11
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - The Gift of Prophecy

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Jazz Vespers and Concert Set

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Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan is known, in part, for holding the very first jazz worship service in the 1960s. Jazz ministry was established at Saint Peter’s with luminaries like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Strayhorn being among those attending and playing regularly. As Saint Peter’s Church website says, "By nature, jazz is an open art form, always growing and exploring new edges to music making. By nature, the church, too, is always listening anew to the voice of God and holding all people in a safe and creative environment to explore what it means to be people of God."

On a recent trip to New York City, our Pastor Tom Johnson enjoyed Saint Peter’s Jazz Vespers on several Sunday evenings. He enjoyed these unique worship experiences so much that he’s invited Ike Strum, music director for jazz ministry at Saint Peter’s, to bring a jazz ensemble to First Saint Paul’s in Chicago as part of a greater, midwestern tour.

The Ike Sturm Ensemble is a family of friends and musicians playing original, contemplative music and creatively leading congregational song at Saint Peter’s Church (the “Jazz Church”) in New York City and around the world. Featuring world renowned soloists Melissa Stylianou (voice), Godwin Louis (saxophone), Tim Albright (trombone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Zach Harmon (drums) and Ike Sturm (bass/compositions).

Please join us on November 10, at 5:00 p.m. as we begin with a Jazz Vespers Worship Service followed by a brief reception before the concert set at 6:30.

If you would like to help support bringing this unique worship experience to First Saint Paul’s Chicago and making these musicians feel at home here, please click the DONATE button below, then select Jazz Vespers from the lisit and enter the amount you’d like to contribute.

Thank you for helping us make these musicians feel at home in Chicago and at First Saint Paul’s.

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Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - Kingdom Theology

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Choral Artists presents: Eternity Incarnate

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First Saint Paul’s is delighted to once again host the Chicago Choral Artists on Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. They open their season with collections of a cappella music that explore how humanity experiences the passing of time. The program begins with the Rene Clausen's beautiful setting of Tonight Eternity Alone, and features Samuel Barber's Reincarnations and Irving Fine's grippingly reflective song cycle, The Hour-Glass.

The remainder of the program features works by John Corigliano, Eric Whitacre, Gustav Holst, and Dominick Argento.

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

Future CCA concert dates at First Saint Paul's

  • A Candlelight Christmas, Saturday, December 8, 7:30 PM

  • Berliner Messe, Saturday, April 13, 2019, 7:30 PM

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Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Fall Book Club: Being Lutheran

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Throw out all those notions you might have about what it means to be Lutheran. When it comes down to it, being Lutheran is really very simple. It’s about following Jesus. We go where Jesus goes, we listen when Jesus speaks, we trust when Jesus promises. And we live because Jesus lives.

Fall Book Club begins this year with a refreshing look at Being Lutheran by A. Trevor Sutton. Meet and join a diverse group of people in a guided discussion about topics that are timely and relevant to Lutherans and non-Lutherans in this modern age of denominations, distinctions, and choices. We meet every other Thursday night beginning September 20 through November 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the church lounge.

For more information, call 312.642.7172 or email Marlo Schulz-Kittl.

About the book: “Not religious bravado! Not highbrow stuffiness! Rather, Pastor Sutton refreshingly shows us how God uses the ordinary to do the extraordinary: humankind created from earth, sinners saved with water, everyday believers motivated by ordinary words in God’s Word, doing a world of good. Sutton’s accessible style weaves references to hipsters, marital love, digital content, sacraments, quantum physics, hook-ups, ennui, the workplace, texting, bloodletting, and the problem of evil. With a global and multiethnic scope, Sutton remains insistently confessional, never over-simplifying Lutheran identity, focused unapologetically on the mystery and the clarity of Good News in the cross of Jesus Christ.”—John Nunes, President, Concordia College New York

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Oct
14
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - The Prophet Moses

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Oct
7
7:00 AM07:00

Chicago Marathon Sunday

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Please note that there is no free parking in the Franklin School lot on Sunday, October 7.

First Saint Paul’s is on the 2018 Chicago Marathon route so we are adjusting our worship schedule to accommodate marathon-related traffic congestion and CTA routes.

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Marathon Sunday, First Saint Paul’s members will host an aid station just north of mile marker 4 on the NE corner of LaSalle St. and Goethe St., serving water, juice, coffee and donated baked goods to bystanders.

New this year is a poster-making station with poster board and markers. Don’t worry if you don’t know what to write. We’ve got some crazy-creatives in our group.

At 11 a.m., we will have our regular service of worship.

Contact Sarah Sekki for more information.

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Sep
30
12:00 PM12:00

Blessing of the Animals

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Job 12:7-10
7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

As Christians, we are grateful for the many gifts God gives us in our lives, including our precious pets that are our companions, echoing God’s love for us.

We invite members of the community to bring pets of all kinds to First Saint Paul’s patio (on Goethe between LaSalle Dr. and Clark St.) to receive a blessing. We welcome non-pet owners and everyone who is thankful for all the creatures of God’s creation to join in fellowship and make new friends.

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Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

First Saint Paul's Oktoberfest

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Join us again for an evening of German food, live German music, German beer and wine, plus a chance to win great prizes in the raffle and silent auction!

Here are a few exciting things you could win in the silent auction and raffle:

♦ 2 tickets to “The Wizard of Oz” at The Chicago Theater, Saturday, Dec. 15th at 3pm
♦ 2 Tiffany wine glasses & a bottle of French red
♦ 1 night at Claridge House in the Gold Coast
♦ $100 certificate to Gibson’s Steak House
♦ $100 certificate to Del Frisco's Steak House
♦ $50 certificate to Lloyd’s Chicago
♦ $50 certificate to Shaw’s Crab House
♦ 2 Spiegelau Glas craft beer glasses with beer
♦ 2 tickets to “We’re only alive for a short amount of time” at the Goodman Theatre, Friday, Oct. 12 at 8pm
♦ 2 tickets to the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30pm
♦ 2 tickets to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Oriental Theatre, Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30pm

Buy your tickets online before the event to receive one free glass of beer or wine. Just select 'Oktoberfest' from the list of options.

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
20
7:00 PM19:00

Fall Book Club: Being Lutheran

Fall Book Club 2018

Throw out all those notions you might have about what it means to be Lutheran. When it comes down to it, being Lutheran is really very simple. It’s about following Jesus. We go where Jesus goes, we listen when Jesus speaks, we trust when Jesus promises. And we live because Jesus lives.

Fall Book Club begins this year with a refreshing look at Being Lutheran by A. Trevor Sutton. Meet and join a diverse group of people in a guided discussion about topics that are timely and relevant to Lutherans and non-Lutherans in this modern age of denominations, distinctions, and choices. We meet every other Thursday night beginning September 20 through November 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the church lounge.

If you send us a message through Facebook Messenger or add your name to the sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board—across the hall from the lounge—a book will be available for you to pick up at the church in early September. You’ll want to start reading right away!

For more information, call 312.642.7172 or email Marlo Schulz-Kittl.

About the book: “Not religious bravado! Not highbrow stuffiness! Rather, Pastor Sutton refreshingly shows us how God uses the ordinary to do the extraordinary: humankind created from earth, sinners saved with water, everyday believers motivated by ordinary words in God’s Word, doing a world of good. Sutton’s accessible style weaves references to hipsters, marital love, digital content, sacraments, quantum physics, hook-ups, ennui, the workplace, texting, bloodletting, and the problem of evil. With a global and multiethnic scope, Sutton remains insistently confessional, never over-simplifying Lutheran identity, focused unapologetically on the mystery and the clarity of Good News in the cross of Jesus Christ.”—John Nunes, President, Concordia College New York

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Sep
9
9:30 AM09:30

Fall Programs Kickoff

Fall Programs Kickoff

Please join us on Sunday, September 9 as we kick off our fall programs with worship at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship and refreshments. Then we’ll pack school kits for Lutheran World Relief as we learn more about fall program opportunities for all ages.

Packing school kits for Lutheran World Relief is a fun and meaningful all-ages service opportunity for everyone in your household. If you’d like to donate needed items, you can buy items listed below (please, only those items listed) and bring them to the church by Sunday, August 26th. You can also serve by bringing your spare change to church on August 26th for our “Change for Change” children’s coin collection during the worship service. The change collected by our kids is used to buy additional supplies. Our goal is to pack 80 school kits.

If members of your household have taken part in our programs in the past, this is an opportunity for you to catch up with friends and learn about new programs this year. If you’re new to the area, new to First Saint Paul’s or just want to learn about our fall program offerings, you won’t want to miss this.

See what's in store as we as a community of faith continue to proclaim Christ, nurture faith, and serve others in the strong name of Jesus. We welcome you to be at home among us.

Call or email Marlo Schulz-Kittl for more information. 312.642.7172

School Kits Shopping List

  • FOUR 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper, approximately 8” x 10 ½”; no loose leaf paper
  • ONE 30-centimeter ruler or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other
  • ONE pencil sharpener
  • ONE pair of blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)
  • FIVE unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • FIVE black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • ONE box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • ONE 2 ½” eraser
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Aug
26
11:00 AM11:00

First Saint Paul's Annual Church Picnic

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Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join us for an afternoon of food, fun, games, and fellowship at First Saint Paul's annual church picnic at 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.

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. There’s always plenty to eat. 

Please let us know how many of your family and friends will be attending either on the sign-up sheet in the church entryway or in the comments section of this event page on Facebook. If you can also 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 the church office at 312-642-7171 if you’d like to help with set-up, serving, grilling, and clean-up. If you have any questions, please call the church office.

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Aug
26
8:45 AM08:45

Summer Choir - All Are Welcome

Summer Choir

This is our last Summer Choir of 2018. What luck it is the same day as our church picnic! You can come to sing; Stay to eat, drink and enjoy the company of your family and ours.

For our last summer choir session of the year, we'll sing a venerable favorite, Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." You know this tune very well, but did you know it is the most common English title of a piece of music derived from the 10th and last movement of the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 ("Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life"), composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1716 and 1723?

Under Bach’s design, the triplets (DUM-da-da DA-da-da DA-da-da DA-da-da . . .) form a choir-song of praise to Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, our joy and our strength. Even when the light, bright major chords give way to the minor key, signifying the turning of life’s circumstances, the Christian’s confession remains the same: Jesus is mine; what shall I fear?

Summer choir is simple. You don’t need to have sung in a choir before. This is a unique opportunity to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s congregation who enjoy singing while learning to sing a beloved song with a familiar melody. There’s no long-term commitment and all ages are welcome.

We’ll begin with a short rehearsal at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, August 26th. Then together, we’ll help fill the 9:30 a.m. worship service with music.

Of course, you'll want to stay for all the fun of the church picnic immediately following the worship service.

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Aug
5
8:45 AM08:45

Summer Choir - All Are Welcome

Summer Choir

We're having so much fun in Summer Choir. It's a real joy for everyone who comes to sing, and for everyone participating in the worship service. Won't you join us again (or for the first time) or Sunday, August 5 for the next chance to make music with the First Saint Paul's church family?

We’ll begin with a short rehearsal at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. Then together, we’ll help fill the 9:30 a.m. worship service with music.

Summer Choir is simple. You don’t even need to have sung in a choir before. This is a unique opportunity to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s congregation who enjoy singing while learning how to sing a piece of choral music. There’s no long-term commitment and all ages are welcome.

We invite everyone to join Summer Choir. You don’t have to be a member of First Saint Paul’s or any community of faith. Just visiting? That’s great. Consider this an informal way to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s community with a common interest; music.

If you'd like some time to review the sheet music before the 5th, you can send us your email via private message on Facebook and we'll email a copy to you. Or, simply pick up your copy on Sunday morning the 5th.

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Jul
15
12:00 PM12:00

Open House: 60th Annual Dearborn Garden Walk

Dearborn Garden Walk 2018

We are thankful to be part of the 60th Annual Dearborn Garden Walk on Sunday, July 15th from noon to 5 p.m. We continue to be blessed by our own tradition of opening our doors and welcoming guests from the neighborhood and surrounding communities as part of the Garden Walk.

Highlights of First Saint Paul’s Open House on the Garden Walk include:

  • Access to First Saint Paul’s spaces and activities are free to everyone
    You can purchase $30 tickets online for access to the rest of the Garden Walk.
  • 20-Minute Guided Sanctuary Tours by Paul and Darlene Fahrenkrog at 1 and 2 p.m.
  • Live 30-Minute Presentation on Container Gardens in our Fellowship Hall by Amy Joy Schleef (times TBD)
  • Rest and Enjoy our patio garden space.
  • Activities for all ages throughout the day.

There are several opportunities for you to help make this event a success while welcoming our guests and making new friends.

  • Help set up the presentation and craft area after Sunday morning fellowship.
  • Greet our speakers and guests.
  • Keep the supply of cold drinks fully stocked.
  • Help with general clean up following the event at 5 p.m.

We invite volunteers to help out for the entire afternoon or just a few hours. All help is welcome and appreciated!  Contact Marlo Schulz-Kittl through the church office or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

 

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Jul
8
11:00 AM11:00

2nd Annual Collector Car Show

Collector Car Show 2018

Join us on Sunday, July 8, following the worship service for the 2nd Annual Collector Car Show right outside our door on Goethe Street (between Lasalle St. and Clark St.), where classic car owners invite you to enjoy their collector cars from various eras. If you're a nostalgia buff, we invite you 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 ) 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
8
8:45 AM08:45

Summer Choir - All Are Welcome

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Our first Summer Choir on June 24th was a real joy for everyone who came to sing, and for everyone participating in the worship service. Won't you join us again (or for the first time) or Sunday, July 8 for the next chance to make music with the First Saint Paul's church family?

We’ll begin with a short rehearsal at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 24th. Then together, we’ll help fill the 9:30 a.m. worship service with music.

Summer Choir is simple. You don’t even need to have sung in a choir before. This is a unique opportunity to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s congregation who enjoy singing while learning how to sing a piece of choral music. There’s no long-term commitment and all ages are welcome.

We invite everyone to join Summer Choir. You don’t have to be a member of First Saint Paul’s or any community of faith. Just visiting? That’s great. Consider this an informal way to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s community with a common interest; music.

If you'd like some time to review the sheet music before the 8th, you can send us your email via private message on Facebook and we'll email a copy to you. Or, simply pick up your copy on Sunday morning the 8th.

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Jul
1
9:30 AM09:30

Honoring All Who Serve

Honoring All Who Serve
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13

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 the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 1. A special insert in the service bulletin will include each of the names read aloud.

After the service, join us in the Fellowship Hall as we continue the celebration of our nation's birthday with a patriotic sing-along as part of our regular fellowship hour.

You can add the name(s) of your friends and family members who you’d like named to the sign-up sheets on the table in the church narthex or contact the church office. If you put forth names to be honored last year, you don’t need to do it again.

Please sign up before June 24th so we can join with you in honoring friends and family of First Saint Paul's who currently serve or have served.

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Jun
24
8:45 AM08:45

Summer Choir - All Are Welcome

Summer Choir

Have you ever wondered how church choirs make such beautiful music during worship services? You can find out by joining members of First Saint Paul’s church family for Summer Choir. We’ll begin with a short rehearsal at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 24th. Then together, we’ll help fill the 9:30 a.m. worship service with music.

Summer Choir is simple. You don’t even need to have sung in a choir before. This is a unique opportunity to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s congregation who enjoy singing while learning how to sing a piece of choral music. There’s no long-term commitment and all ages are welcome.

We invite everyone to join Summer Choir. You don’t have to be a member of First Saint Paul’s or any community of faith. Just visiting? That’s great. Consider this an informal way to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s community with a common interest; music.

If you'd like some time to review the sheet music before the 24th, you can send us your email via private message on Facebook and we'll email a copy to you. You can pick up a copy in the church choir loft June 17th, or simply pick up your copy on Sunday morning the 24th.

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May
20
9:30 AM09:30

Pentecost: Birthday of the Church

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Please join us for worship on Sunday, May 20, 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.

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