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Oct
18
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.

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
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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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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Feb
11
11:00 AM11:00

Shrovetide Pancake Breakfast

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Join us for a Pancake Breakfast on February 11th following the Divine Service of Worship where we will enjoy a variety of Shrovetide foods and learn the history, traditions, and practices of the pre-Lent season.

During Shrovetide, the Sunday through Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, early Christians prepared for fasting or "simple eating" during Lent by using up the last of foods like eggs, sugar, and milk. One of the easiest ways to use up these items was to turn them into pancakes. Won't you join us?

If you've like to cook pancakes, serve breakfast, and assist with clean-up following the breakfast, please email Margaret.

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Jan
28
11:30 AM11:30

2ND ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF

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Fire up the crockpots, break out the cayenne, and get those taste buds ready. First Saint Paul’s is hosting our 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off!

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

There are sign-up sheets to attend and/or to bring chili or a side dish at the fellowship table and on the bulletin board in the church. Or, you can email Zach Treece for more information.

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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 Saturday, December 9, there is a dress rehearsal at a time soon to be announced. 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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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
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

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
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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