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Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

First Saint Paul's Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest 2018

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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Aug
26
11:00 AM11:00

First Saint Paul's Annual Church Picnic

First Saint Paul's Church Picnic.jpg

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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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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Sep
23
5:00 PM17:00

First Saint Paul's Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest 2017.jpg

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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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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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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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.

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Nov
13
11:00 AM11:00

Consecration Sunday Luncheon

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 will be catering.

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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