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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
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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Apr
2
9:30 AM09:30

Caring & Sharing: Lutheran World Relief Critters Program

Lent is a time for particular focus on Jesus life and death. A tradition at First Saint Paul’s is rather than “give up something,” we "take up something” in the way of showing the love of Christ to the needy through acts of giving. Throughout the season of Lent each year, our congregation supports several social ministries.

On Sunday, April 2, our littlest members are collecting “Change for Change” to support the Lutheran World Relief Critters Program, which provides sheep (and other critters) to families in need. Every $100 donated provides the gift of a sheep, feed, and basic veterinary care—providing nutrition and income—to a farming family in Burkina Faso, a land-locked country in Africa. We encourage everyone to bring their loose change for our little lambs to collect and share in the joy of giving.

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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
19
11:00 AM11:00

Caring & Sharing: Chicago Uptown Ministries (a program of LCFS)

Lent is a time for particular focus on Jesus life and death. A tradition at First Saint Paul’s is rather than “give up something,” we "take up something” in the way of showing the love of Christ to the needy through acts of giving. Throughout the season of Lent each year, our congregation supports several social ministries.

On Sunday, March 19, first during our 9:30 a.m. service, there will be a brief message of congratulations for FSP family member Gene Svebakken, former CEO of Lutheran Child and Family Services, who recently retired from that role after more than 38 years of service in social ministry. A special fellowship time in his honor will be held afterward.

Then, during our Adult Forum at 11 a.m., Gene will share stories about his years of service. At Gene’s request, our Sharing & Caring donations this week will benefit Chicago Uptown Ministry (a program of LCFS), a center dedicated to providing a wide range of services to the residents of Chicago’s Uptown and neighboring communities.

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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
12
11:00 AM11:00

Caring & Sharing: The Community Foot Clinic

Lent is a time for particular focus on Jesus life and death. A tradition at First Saint Paul’s is rather than “give up something,” we "take up something” in the way of showing the love of Christ to the needy through acts of giving. Throughout the season of Lent each year, our congregation supports several social ministries.

During Adult Forum on Sunday, March 12, we learn about and give generously to support The Community Foot Clinic, which began at First Saint Paul’s in 2006, when a member of our FSP family, Dr. Charlotte Covello, recognized that many of our Community Meals guests suffer from foot problems requiring professional attention. On the 2nd Saturday of each month, Dr. Covello, along with 3-4 volunteer doctors, provide basic foot care and hygiene for 40-50 people who, due to life circumstances, may not have access to this type of care. In addition to providing clean socks and gently used shoes on occasion, they treat minor infections, perform minor procedures and wound care, and refer our patients to appropriate facilities if more extensive care is required.

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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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