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Apr
3
7:30 PM19:30

Book Club: The Triumph of Christianity; How a forbidden religion swept the world

Book Club - Triumph of Christianity

Join us for a guided discussion on this book by early Christian historian Bart Ehrman that weaves a rigorously-researched answer to the question, “How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries?”

The book shows, through a readable narrative, how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time. This humane, thoughtful and intelligent book upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

For those of you who’ve attended Pastor Johnson’s Adult Bible Forum: Paganism, this text will be familiar to you. Pastor’s discussion on world religions aims to cultivate respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity, and develop skills to help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are religious but not in the conventional Christian way.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 13, we will meet regularly on Wednesdays during Lent from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the First Saint Paul’s Lounge. During Lent, we invite you to join us at 6:00 p.m. for a BYO dinner (dessert and coffee are provided) before the 7:00 p.m. Lenten Evening Prayer Service, then stay for the book club until 8:30 p.m.

Books are available at the church beginning Sunday, March 3 ($12 while supplies last), or you can buy a copy of the book online any time. If you have questions, please call Marlo Schulz-Kittl in the church office at 312-642-7172 or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club Schedule

Wednesday meetings 7:30-8:30 p.m.
March 13- Chapters 1-2
March 20- Chapters 3-4
April 3- Chapters 5-6
April 10- Chapters 7-8

Thursday meeting 7-8:30 p.m.
May 2 – Chapter 9, Wrap up

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Apr
10
7:30 PM19:30

Book Club: The Triumph of Christianity; How a forbidden religion swept the world

Book Club - Triumph of Christianity

Join us for a guided discussion on this book by early Christian historian Bart Ehrman that weaves a rigorously-researched answer to the question, “How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries?”

The book shows, through a readable narrative, how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time. This humane, thoughtful and intelligent book upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

For those of you who’ve attended Pastor Johnson’s Adult Bible Forum: Paganism, this text will be familiar to you. Pastor’s discussion on world religions aims to cultivate respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity, and develop skills to help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are religious but not in the conventional Christian way.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 13, we will meet regularly on Wednesdays during Lent from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the First Saint Paul’s Lounge. During Lent, we invite you to join us at 6:00 p.m. for a BYO dinner (dessert and coffee are provided) before the 7:00 p.m. Lenten Evening Prayer Service, then stay for the book club until 8:30 p.m.

Books are available at the church beginning Sunday, March 3 ($12 while supplies last), or you can buy a copy of the book online any time. If you have questions, please call Marlo Schulz-Kittl in the church office at 312-642-7172 or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club Schedule

Wednesday meetings 7:30-8:30 p.m.
March 13- Chapters 1-2
March 20- Chapters 3-4
April 3- Chapters 5-6
April 10- Chapters 7-8

Thursday meeting 7-8:30 p.m.
May 2 – Chapter 9, Wrap up

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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club: The Triumph of Christianity; How a forbidden religion swept the world

Book Club - Triumph of Christianity

Join us for a guided discussion on this book by early Christian historian Bart Ehrman that weaves a rigorously-researched answer to the question, “How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries?”

The book shows, through a readable narrative, how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time. This humane, thoughtful and intelligent book upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

For those of you who’ve attended Pastor Johnson’s Adult Bible Forum: Paganism, this text will be familiar to you. Pastor’s discussion on world religions aims to cultivate respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity, and develop skills to help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are religious but not in the conventional Christian way.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 13, we will meet regularly on Wednesdays during Lent from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the First Saint Paul’s Lounge. During Lent, we invite you to join us at 6:00 p.m. for a BYO dinner (dessert and coffee are provided) before the 7:00 p.m. Lenten Evening Prayer Service, then stay for the book club until 8:30 p.m.

Books are available at the church beginning Sunday, March 3 ($12 while supplies last), or you can buy a copy of the book online any time. If you have questions, please call Marlo Schulz-Kittl in the church office at 312-642-7172 or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club Schedule

Wednesday meetings 7:30-8:30 p.m.
March 13- Chapters 1-2
March 20- Chapters 3-4
April 3- Chapters 5-6
April 10- Chapters 7-8

Thursday meeting 7-8:30 p.m.
May 2 – Chapter 9, Wrap up

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Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

Book Club: The Triumph of Christianity; How a forbidden religion swept the world

Book Club - Triumph of Christianity

Join us for a guided discussion on this book by early Christian historian Bart Ehrman that weaves a rigorously-researched answer to the question, “How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries?”

The book shows, through a readable narrative, how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time. This humane, thoughtful and intelligent book upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

For those of you who’ve attended Pastor Johnson’s Adult Bible Forum: Paganism, this text will be familiar to you. Pastor’s discussion on world religions aims to cultivate respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity, and develop skills to help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are religious but not in the conventional Christian way.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 13, we will meet regularly on Wednesdays during Lent from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the First Saint Paul’s Lounge. During Lent, we invite you to join us at 6:00 p.m. for a BYO dinner (dessert and coffee are provided) before the 7:00 p.m. Lenten Evening Prayer Service, then stay for the book club until 8:30 p.m.

Books are available at the church beginning Sunday, March 3 ($12 while supplies last), or you can buy a copy of the book online any time. If you have questions, please call Marlo Schulz-Kittl in the church office at 312-642-7172 or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club Schedule

Wednesday meetings 7:30-8:30 p.m.
March 13- Chapters 1-2
March 20- Chapters 3-4
April 3- Chapters 5-6
April 10- Chapters 7-8

Thursday meeting 7-8:30 p.m.
May 2 – Chapter 9, Wrap up

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Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Book Club: The Triumph of Christianity; How a forbidden religion swept the world

Book Club - Triumph of Christianity

Join us for a guided discussion on this book by early Christian historian Bart Ehrman that weaves a rigorously-researched answer to the question, “How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries?”

The book shows, through a readable narrative, how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time. This humane, thoughtful and intelligent book upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

For those of you who’ve attended Pastor Johnson’s Adult Bible Forum: Paganism, this text will be familiar to you. Pastor’s discussion on world religions aims to cultivate respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity, and develop skills to help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are religious but not in the conventional Christian way.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 13, we will meet regularly on Wednesdays during Lent from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the First Saint Paul’s Lounge. During Lent, we invite you to join us at 6:00 p.m. for a BYO dinner (dessert and coffee are provided) before the 7:00 p.m. Lenten Evening Prayer Service, then stay for the book club until 8:30 p.m.

Books are available at the church beginning Sunday, March 3 ($12 while supplies last), or you can buy a copy of the book online any time. If you have questions, please call Marlo Schulz-Kittl in the church office at 312-642-7172 or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club Schedule

Wednesday meetings 7:30-8:30 p.m.
March 13- Chapters 1-2
March 20- Chapters 3-4
April 3- Chapters 5-6
April 10- Chapters 7-8

Thursday meeting 7-8:30 p.m.
May 9 – Chapter 9, Wrap up

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Mar
3
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Paganism

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If you want to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Bible and the uniqueness of our Christian faith, you’ll want to join the next six-session Adult Bible Forum titled, “Paganism.”

If you want to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Bible and the uniqueness of our Christian faith, you’ll want to join the next six-session Adult Bible Forum titled, “Paganism.”

This is week 3 of our discussion on pagan religions and paganism in the Old and New Testaments, over the last 2,000 years, and today.

Studying paganism throughout history helps us to gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity and to cultivate greater respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds.

Equipped with this deeper understanding, we can develop skills that help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are very spiritual, but not in the conventional Christian way.

We welcome your thoughts, stories, and questions in this class.

This is the third of the six classes in this seriers. We’ll skip a few weeks so watch this website and the First Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Facebook page for additional dates.

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Feb
24
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Paganism

Adult Forum - Paganism.jpg

If you want to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Bible and the uniqueness of our Christian faith, you’ll want to join the next six-session Adult Bible Forum titled, “Paganism.”

Week 2 of our discussion on pagan religions and paganism in the Old and New Testaments, over the last 2,000 years, and today.

Studying paganism throughout history helps us to gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity and to cultivate greater respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds.

Equipped with this deeper understanding, we can develop skills that help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are very spiritual, but not in the conventional Christian way.

We welcome your thoughts, stories, and questions in this class.

This is the second of the six classes in this seriers. We’ll skip a few weeks so watch this website and the First Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Facebook page for additional dates.

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Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Paganism

Adult Forum - Paganism.jpg

If you want to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Bible and the uniqueness of our Christian faith, you’ll want to join the next six-session Adult Bible Forum titled, “Paganism.”

During these sessions, we’ll be discussing pagan religions and paganism before Abraham, in the Old and New Testaments, over the last 2,000 years, and today.

Studying paganism throughout history helps us to gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity and to cultivate greater respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds.

Equipped with this deeper understanding, we can develop skills that help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are very spiritual, but not in the conventional Christian way.

We welcome your thoughts, stories, and questions in this class.

The first of the six classes is on Sunday, February 17 at 11 a.m. We’ll skip a few weeks so watch this website and the First Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Facebook page for additional dates.

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Feb
3
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: The Apostle Peter - Great Faith, Human Weakness, God’s Grace

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It’s during this, the Epiphany season, that we commemorate the confession and call of St. Peter. So it is fitting that this Sunday, February 3rd, Dr. David Rogner, chair of the Department of English at Concordia University Chicago, will lead our Adult Bible Forum about the life and work of the Apostle Peter.

David’s presentation features paintings and poems depicting five events in the life of St. Peter, beginning with his call and his bold profession of faith, but will also examine his moments of weakness and denial.

The presentation concludes with Christ’s post-resurrection meeting with Peter and Christ’s call to “feed my sheep.”

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Jan
19
8:30 AM08:30

New Member Orientation

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If you’re interested in learning more about First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, please join Pastor Johnson and Marlo Schulz, Director of Outreach & Family Ministries, for two new member orientation sessions. We gather in Pastor’s office for a lively discussion on the basic tenants of the Christian faith, our Lutheran heritage, the history and ministry of First Saint Paul’s and various timely topics of interest to participants.

We look forward to getting to know you better and welcoming you into the First Saint Paul’s family. If you’re interested in joining us, please call the church office at 312-642-7172, or email Pastor Johnson or Marlo Schulz

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Jan
12
8:30 AM08:30

New Member Orientation

New Member orientation Jan 2019.jpg

If you’re interested in learning more about First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, please join Pastor Johnson and Marlo Schulz, Director of Outreach & Family Ministries, for two new member orientation sessions. We gather in Pastor’s office for a lively discussion on the basic tenants of the Christian faith, our Lutheran heritage, the history and ministry of First Saint Paul’s and various timely topics of interest to participants.

We look forward to getting to know you better and welcoming you into the First Saint Paul’s family. If you’re interested in joining us, please call the church office at 312-642-7172, or email Pastor Johnson or Marlo Schulz

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Jan
6
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - Jesus the Prophet

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

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

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

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

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Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - The Prophet John

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

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

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

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

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Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - The Prophet Elijah

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

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

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

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

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Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - Amazement

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

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

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

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

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Nov
11
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - The Gift of Prophecy

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

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

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

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

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Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - Kingdom Theology

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

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

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

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

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Oct
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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Oct
14
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - The Prophet Moses

Adult Forum - Prophetic Imagination.jpg

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

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

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

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

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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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Oct
29
10:30 AM10:30

Adult Bible Forum: Annunciation and Nativity - the Virgin Mary as the Mother of God

In this presentation, Dr. David Rogner discusses how poets and painters have depicted the Virgin Mary, particularly in scenes of the Annunciation and the Nativity. In light of the 500th Reformation celebration, he also includes commentary on how the Lutheran Reformers saw the Virgin Mary.

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Sep
17
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Study: The Reformation from 40,000 Feet, An Historical Overview

Continuing our year-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pastor Jeffrey Leininger, University Pastor at Concordia University Chicago and member of First Saint Paul's, takes a fly-by approach to the Reformation’s incredible impact in the fields of religion, politics, society, and culture.

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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
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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Jul
9
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Study: Another Reformer...Casiodoro de Reina

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As we celebrate this 500th year of the Lutheran Reformation, there are certainly many names of great reformers of that era that form part of our collective ecclesial memory: Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and Melanchthon, to name a few. These reformers were certainly a great part of the reformation movement still honored by churches that look back to northern Europe.

This Bible Study, presented by Rev. Dr. Douglas Groll, is an opportunity to learn about another Lutheran Reformer, the Spaniard, Casiodoro de Reina (1520-1594). Lesser known to many, de Reina is known throughout the Spanish-speaking world as the Patriarch of Hispanic Protestantism. There is much to be said about him, principally about his role as the father of modern Spanish language versions of the Bible.

Our discussion will concentrate specifically on the route to the first publication of the Spanish language Bible in 1569. We will focus on this Bible because an original First Edition (extremely rare and worth around $60,000) will be on display at Concordia University in October as a part of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

We welcome all to show up, ask questions and experience the journey.

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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
24
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
11
11:00 AM11:00

The Augsburg Confession—The Exposition of the Christian Faith the Reformers were willing to die for

One week ago today, on June 4, 1530, Phillip Melanchthon presented Emperor Charles V with the reformers’ reformational understanding of the Gospel in the Augsburg Confession.

During today’s Adult Bible Class, Pastor Johnson shares the history of the Augsburg Confession, the Roman Catholic response in the Confutation, and the Lutheran defense in the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, and discusses why it was such a relevant event in the history of the Church and politics.

This is a pivotal moment in history, world politics, and religion. Were it not for the courage of these princes and reformers, we may not have ever had the freedom to worship as we enjoy today.

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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
11:00 AM11:00

Lutherland—A Brief Pilgrimage to Reformation Sites in Germany

Pastor Johnson shares pictures, stories, and history from two periods of Luther’s life and the Reformation: The Augustinian Cloister in Erfurt and Wartburg Castle in Eisenbach.

This is not just a travelogue or photo journal. This is living history and an encouraging journey through a place and time that transformed the world.

We invite you to join us and bring anyone who might be interested in the history of the Reformation, particularly in this, the 500th anniversary year. Show up, ask questions, and experience the journey.

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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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