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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
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
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
5
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent

Advent Services 2018.jpg

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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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
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
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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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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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
20
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec
17
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Concert - Savior of the Nations, Come

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

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

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

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

  • First, we invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 6, 13, or 20. We ask that hosts bring sweets for roughly 20 guests, and arrive at 5:30 to make coffee, set up and clean up before the service at 7 p.m.

  • Or, light a candle on the Advent wreath during the Sunday Divine Worship services on December 3, 10, 17, or 24. The pastor will invite you forward at a designated time during the services to light the candle(s).

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

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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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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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Jun
10
9:00 AM09:00

Wunder's Cemetery Work Day: caring for the resting place of the saints

Wunder’s Work Days are a great service opportunity for all households, all ages. We invite you to join us as we come together one Saturday morning a month at Wunder’s Cemetery (3963 N. Clark St.) to do general yard work like raking, picking up sticks and trimming trees, and some heftier tasks like moving soil and leveling headstones.

You’ll want to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, a good pair of outdoor shoes, and work gloves if you have them when you join us for a morning of outdoor fun and fellowship.

There’s no need to sign up in advance. Just arrive at the cemetery entrance on the NE corner of Irving Park Rd. and Clark St. around 9 a.m. on any Wunder’s Work Day.

For more information on how to volunteer, email: info@wunders.net or call 773-525-4038.

Learn more about the history of Wunder's Cemetery and First Saint Paul's role as trustee.

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Jun
4
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Forum: Experiences at the Danja Fistula Center in Niger, Africa

Danja Fistula Center

During this adult forum, Karla Wente shares experiences from her most recent service trip to the Danja Fistula Clinic in Niger, Africa, through Worldwide Fistula Fund. Through these stories and her experiences as a pelvic floor physical therapist, Karla draws attention to the need for mission work serving women suffering from obstetric fistula, and the opportunities to serve. Her presentation will be packed with pictures from her trip that are sure to entertain and educate!

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May
21
10:45 AM10:45

Patio Rededication and Blessing

Following the worship service on May 21, we will hold a brief service of dedication and blessing of the patio, complete with ribbon-cutting, during our Fellowship Hour beginning around 10:45 a.m.

We give thanks to God for our church’s beautifully renovated patio space. Henry Webb, one of our FSP members, has been hard at work planning, organizing, and implementing the renovations as part of an Eagle Scout project. There are new flowers and grasses, a new path, and a beautiful new rock garden adorn the outdoor space. We are excited to be able to use this space for future events and activities at FSP. Great job Henry. Thanks to you and your group of dedicated volunteers.

See more photos of the patio project team in action: http://bit.ly/2rbzLbZ

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May
14
11:00 AM11:00

Baby Care Kits Packing Party

Lutheran World Relief distributes Baby Care Kits as part of emergency relief efforts and to encourage expectant women to seek prenatal care. The kits include new t-shirts, sleepers, receiving blankets, socks, and other items. During Lent, we collected donations of these items to include in the kits and money to ship them. Now, following the Sunday service and fellowship on Mother’s Day (May 14th), we invite you to join a Baby Care Kit Packing Party. We will assemble the kits using donated items and pray for those who will receive them.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jan
29
11:30 AM11:30

1ST ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF

Fire up the crockpots, break out the cayenne, and get those taste buds ready. First Saint Paul’s is hosting our 1st 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 into 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.

Organizers are asking for three volunteers to serve as judges for the competition portion of the event, and for volunteers to help prepare the fellowship hall on Saturday (January 28th) afternoon from 2-3PM and to help clean up afterward on Sunday.

There are sign-up sheets to attend, to bring chili and to volunteer at the fellowship table and on the bulletin board in the church. Or, you can contact Zach at Zach.Treece@gmail.com for more information.

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Oct
22
9:00 AM09:00

Wunder's Workday

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.

As such, a group of dedicated members organizes several Wunder’s Work Days each year where volunteers come together for general yard work like raking and trimming trees and heavier tasks like moving soil and leveling headstones.

There’s no need to sign up in advance. Just arrive at the cemetery entrance on the NE corner of Irving Park and Clark St. around 9 a.m. on a Wunder’s Work Day, and look John (wearing a straw hat in these pictures) or John (wearing a yellow t-shirt).

Be prepared to get dirty, have fun and enjoy sharing the satisfaction of a job well done with fellow volunteers.

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Oct
9
7:00 AM07:00

Chicago Marathon Sunday

First Saint Paul’s is on the 2016 Chicago Marathon route so we are adjusting our worship schedule to accommodate marathon-related traffic congestion, CTA routes and the fact that Pastor Tom Johnson will be one of the 45,000 runners. 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.

At 11 a.m., Pastor Jeff Leininger, Campus Pastor at Concordia University, will conduct our worship service.

Like to volunteer?

Bring individually packaged baked goods in sandwich bags to the church by 7 a.m. Marathon Sunday. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the church near the fellowship hall where you can volunteer to donate baked goods or to serve at the aid station.

Contact Sarah Sekki for more information.

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