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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May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Tacos, Sangria, and Winemaking

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Join us for a fun afternoon of tacos, sangria, winemaking demonstrations, and live music.

This is a great way to join in Christian fellowship while enjoying tacos and sangria and watching live wine-making demonstrations while supporting our young people’s plans to attend the LCMS National Youth Gathering in July this year. This is the first time First Saint Paul’s young people will attend this LCMS-sponsored gathering to celebrate, learn, serve, and worship together with young people from around the world.

First Saint Paul’s talented musicians will perform as we officially kick off the Christmas in July giving-tree fundraising challenge. This challenge encourages members and friends to pick an envelope off the giving tree that matches their personal donation amount. Then return the envelope along with their donation that day or return it to the church whenever they can.

Please RSVP and mark the date on your calendar. Don’t forget to invite your friends by sharing this event with your Facebook followers.

If you are musically inclined and would like to join the rotation of musicians providing music for the event, please contact the church office or Marlo Schulz.

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Jun
22
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. These sessions are also a great way to get to know other people who are new to First Saint Paul’s.

You’ll receive a Spiritual Gifts Assessment form where you can self-select areas of need where your time and talents can serve First Saint Paul’s mission. There is a wide range of opportunities for members to serve and lead.

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 as a new member or transferring membership, please call the church office at 312-642-7172, or email Pastor Johnson or Marlo Schulz

 

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Jun
29
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. These sessions are also a great way to get to know other people who are new to First Saint Paul’s.

You’ll receive a Spiritual Gifts Assessment form where you can self-select areas of need where your time and talents can serve First Saint Paul’s mission. There is a wide range of opportunities for members to serve and lead.

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 as a new member or transferring membership, please call the church office at 312-642-7172, or email Pastor Johnson or Marlo Schulz

 

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Apr
21
10:45 AM10:45

Easter Celebration Brunch

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Please join us for Easter Brunch immediately following our Easter Celebration Worship Service on Sunday, April 21, in First Saint Paul's Fellowship Hall.

Our FSP young people serve as hosts for this bountiful brunch featuring good food and Christian fellowship. As our way of saying thank you to the youth of our faith community, we will accept freewill donations to support our youth’s participation in the National Youth Gathering in July.

This LCMS gathering, held every 3 years since 1980, provides thousands of young people the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith, and their Lutheran identity.

You can RSVP here in the comments, by calling the church office (312-642-7172), or adding your name to the sign-up sheet in the narthex of the church, letting us know how many from your household plan to attend. If you’d like to donate baked goods, an egg casserole, fruit salad, or veggie tray for the meal, please post that in the comments as well, then plan to bring your donations to the church before the worship service.

If you’d like to prepare your freewill donation ahead of time to support the 7 young people and 2 adults attending NYG 2019, you can make checks payable to First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church and write, “Youth Fund” in the memo.

Our young people are looking for volunteers to help with cleanup following the breakfast. Clean-up is a good way to show your support while getting to know the kids if you haven't already.

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Apr
21
9:30 AM09:30

Easter Sunday - He Is Risen!

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Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday, is the day we celebrate the risen Christ. Through Jesus' death and resurrection, he has won the victory for us over death, our sin, and evil. And so, we sing, "This is the feast of victory for our God!" and sing our Alleluias once again.

The Easter Festival Service of Worship begins with our children and youth carry Alleluia banners and flags as they follow the cross into the sanctuary, joining the congregation and choir in singing hymns of joyous praise to our risen Lord.

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Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Easter Vigil

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The Easter Vigil is a multisensory celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. From beginning to end there is a striking movement from darkness to light, fasting to feasting, grief to gladness, old to new, and death to life. It is a journey that begins with Creation, recalling God’s redemptive acts in history, and climaxing in the greatest triumph over sin, evil, and death—the Resurrection.

Our celebration will begin on the church patio around a fire. From there, we process into the church with candles, we remember our Baptism by being sprinkled from the Font, and we receive Christ’s Body and Blood in Holy Communion. We taste, see, hear, touch, smell, and experience the goodness of God during this special service.

The Easter Vigil is the third of three services beginning with Maundy Thursday, continuing Good Friday, and culminating on the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday. Please join us for this beautiful and powerful service!

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Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Good Friday Service

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Good Friday continues our observance of the holy three days (Triduum) as we prepare for the risen Christ. The name may come from an older name, "God's Friday," but it is certainly GOOD. It’s not a day to feel sorry for Jesus because of his suffering and death. It is a day to feel good because of the good gifts Christ won for us on this day.

This is also a time we hear St. John's unique account of the crucifixion which is sometimes sung by the choir. The service does not end in a benediction or closure because the service continues the following day at dusk for the Vigil of Easter.

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Maundy Thursday Service

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Maundy Thursday occurs on the eve of our Lord’s crucifixion, ushering in the holy three days (Triduum) of preparation for the Resurrection of our Lord (Easter). During this service, we commemorate the institution of the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion) and Christ's commandment that we should love one another as he has loved us; the word "Maundy" refers to this mandate.

Toward the end of the service, the altar is stripped—furniture, vessels, and adornments are removed—just as Jesus was stripped before his crucifixion. This prepares us for Good Friday, the continuation of the three-days, culminating with the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ from the dead during our Easter Vigil.

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Apr
14
9:30 AM09:30

Palm Sunday Service

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Palm Sunday begins what is traditionally called Holy Week. Also called "Passion Sunday," this service begins with the procession of palms and reflects the contrasting attitudes toward Jesus that were on display during the days leading up to his crucifixion. What begins with "Hosanna!" (Lord, save us) will end with "Crucify, crucify!" We will hear a longer, dramatic portion of the sufferings and death of Jesus this day. 

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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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Apr
10
7:00 AM07:00

Battle of the gods: Lent mid-week series

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Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship with us today:

7AM - Holy Communion
12PM - Bible Study and BYO lunch
7PM - Evening Prayer

The goal of this series is to have a life-changing encounter with the true and living God through key Scriptures. We can understand the uniqueness of our Triune God better in contrast to man-made religion. The gods of this world come from human imagination; true religion defies and transcends imagination. In this series, we will not only identify but also celebrate who God is for us.

Together, we will re-experience the creation account, the Exodus, and other biblical events through a new lens—false religion. This will not swell us up in pride but help us grow in faith and thanksgiving for the true and living God.

We welcome you to join in our lively discussion.

March 13 Creator: Mesopotamian gods vs. YHWH
Genesis 1:1-5,14-19,26-28; 2:1-3

March 20 Redeemer: Egyptian gods vs. YHWH
Psalm 78

March 27 Sovereign: Canaanite gods vs. YHWH
1 Kings 18:20-40

April 3 Savior: Babylonian gods vs. YHWH
Daniel 3

April 10 Father: Hellenistic gods vs. Jesus Christ
Acts 17:16-34

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Apr
7
11:00 AM11:00

Featured speaker: Voice of Hope Behind the Wall Ministries - Deaconness Lori Wilbert

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During our Lent Caring and Sharing Adult Forum series, Deaconness Lori Wilbert of Voice of Hope Behind the Wall Ministries will share with us her experiences serving as a chaplain at Stateville Correctional Center.

During her 32 years in this ministry teaching classes and building community within the prison population, she continues to see God’s grace and hope fill the environment. From the cards and drawings prisoners receive to the personal growth of individual men both in the small moments and over the long-term, prison is a place where God’s spirit is found in the mundane, obscene, and obscure. For more information on Voice of Hope Behind the Wall Ministries, visit the Northern Illinois District News and the NID Voice of Hope Behind the Wall webpage.

Through Caring and Sharing education and giving opportunities during Lent, Lutherans around the world and in our community are responding to human needs resulting from poverty, disease, natural disasters, war, and religious persecution.

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
Matthew 25.40

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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
3
7:00 AM07:00

Battle of the gods: Lent mid-week series

Lent.jpg

Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship with us today:

7AM - Holy Communion
12PM - Bible Study and BYO lunch
7PM - Evening Prayer

The goal of this series is to have a life-changing encounter with the true and living God through key Scriptures. We can understand the uniqueness of our Triune God better in contrast to man-made religion. The gods of this world come from human imagination; true religion defies and transcends imagination. In this series, we will not only identify but also celebrate who God is for us.

Together, we will re-experience the creation account, the Exodus, and other biblical events through a new lens—false religion. This will not swell us up in pride but help us grow in faith and thanksgiving for the true and living God.

We welcome you to join in our lively discussion.

March 13 Creator: Mesopotamian gods vs. YHWH
Genesis 1:1-5,14-19,26-28; 2:1-3

March 20 Redeemer: Egyptian gods vs. YHWH
Psalm 78

March 27 Sovereign: Canaanite gods vs. YHWH
1 Kings 18:20-40

April 3 Savior: Babylonian gods vs. YHWH
Daniel 3

April 10 Father: Hellenistic gods vs. Jesus Christ
Acts 17:16-34

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Mar
27
7:00 AM07:00

Battle of the gods: Lent mid-week series

Lent.jpg

Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship with us today:

7AM - Holy Communion
12PM - Bible Study and BYO lunch
7PM - Evening Prayer

The goal of this series is to have a life-changing encounter with the true and living God through key Scriptures. We can understand the uniqueness of our Triune God better in contrast to man-made religion. The gods of this world come from human imagination; true religion defies and transcends imagination. In this series, we will not only identify but also celebrate who God is for us.

Together, we will re-experience the creation account, the Exodus, and other biblical events through a new lens—false religion. This will not swell us up in pride but help us grow in faith and thanksgiving for the true and living God.

We welcome you to join in our lively discussion.

March 13 Creator: Mesopotamian gods vs. YHWH
Genesis 1:1-5,14-19,26-28; 2:1-3

March 20 Redeemer: Egyptian gods vs. YHWH
Psalm 78

March 27 Sovereign: Canaanite gods vs. YHWH
1 Kings 18:20-40

April 3 Savior: Babylonian gods vs. YHWH
Daniel 3

April 10 Father: Hellenistic gods vs. Jesus Christ
Acts 17:16-34

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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
20
7:00 AM07:00

Battle of the gods: Lent mid-week series

Lent.jpg

Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship with us today:

7AM - Holy Communion
12PM - Bible Study and BYO lunch
7PM - Evening Prayer

The goal of this series is to have a life-changing encounter with the true and living God through key Scriptures. We can understand the uniqueness of our Triune God better in contrast to man-made religion. The gods of this world come from human imagination; true religion defies and transcends imagination. In this series, we will not only identify but also celebrate who God is for us.

Together, we will re-experience the creation account, the Exodus, and other biblical events through a new lens—false religion. This will not swell us up in pride but help us grow in faith and thanksgiving for the true and living God.

We welcome you to join in our lively discussion.

March 13 Creator: Mesopotamian gods vs. YHWH
Genesis 1:1-5,14-19,26-28; 2:1-3

March 20 Redeemer: Egyptian gods vs. YHWH
Psalm 78

March 27 Sovereign: Canaanite gods vs. YHWH
1 Kings 18:20-40

April 3 Savior: Babylonian gods vs. YHWH
Daniel 3

April 10 Father: Hellenistic gods vs. Jesus Christ
Acts 17:16-34

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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
13
7:00 PM19:00

Guest Choir: University of Sioux Falls

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“...be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Speak to each other with psalms,
hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and
make music in your heart to the Lord.”

Ephesians 5:18b-19

We’re delighted and thankful to have the University of Sioux Falls Choir participating in our mid-week Lenten Evening Prayer Service on Wednesday, March 13, beginning at 7 p.m.

This sixty-voice choir from a small Christian liberal arts college will fill the sanctuary with beautiful sounds as part of the service and will sing additional selections afterwards.

Admission is free and open to the public. There will be a free-will offering at the end of the evening to help support the choir’s mission.

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Mar
13
7:00 AM07:00

Battle of the gods: Lent mid-week series

Lent.jpg

Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship with us today:

7AM - Holy Communion
12PM - Bible Study and BYO lunch
7PM - Evening Prayer

The goal of this series is to have a life-changing encounter with the true and living God through key Scriptures. We can understand the uniqueness of our Triune God better in contrast to man-made religion. The gods of this world come from human imagination; true religion defies and transcends imagination. In this series, we will not only identify but also celebrate who God is for us.

Together, we will re-experience the creation account, the Exodus, and other biblical events through a new lens—false religion. This will not swell us up in pride but help us grow in faith and thanksgiving for the true and living God.

We welcome you to join in our lively discussion.

March 13 Creator: Mesopotamian gods vs. YHWH
Genesis 1:1-5,14-19,26-28; 2:1-3

March 20 Redeemer: Egyptian gods vs. YHWH
Psalm 78

March 27 Sovereign: Canaanite gods vs. YHWH
1 Kings 18:20-40

April 3 Savior: Babylonian gods vs. YHWH
Daniel 3

April 10 Father: Hellenistic gods vs. Jesus Christ
Acts 17:16-34

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Mar
6
7:00 AM07:00

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship with us today:

7AM - Holy Communion and imposition of ashes
12PM - Drop by for imposition of ashes, or stay for Bible study and BYO lunch
7PM - Evening Prayer with Holy Communion and imposition of ashes

On Ash Wednesday, we begin a season of reflection and turning away from destructive paths towards ourselves and others.

The ashes represent our mortality.

The ashes in the sign of the cross remind us that our lives are in God's hands, that he sent his Son to die for us on the Cross and rose again from the dead so that we would have the assurance of eternal life.

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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

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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.”

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
27
10:45 AM10:45

Tailgate Potluck & Trivia

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Let the games begin!

Our Tailgate & Trivia Bowl is a fun way to taste a selection of great food and snag your favorite recipes to use for your own super bowl parties. Bring your favorite tailgate dish and several copies of the recipe to share. Prizes and bragging rights go to the winners in each category: appetizers, meats, salads, and desserts.

And that’s just part of the fun!

You can compete for prizes during several trivia rounds covering topics from the arts, pop culture, the Bible, sports, and more. Invite a group of friends to come to church with you and be on your trivia team.

Free will donations will help support our First Saint Paul’s teens who are headed to the National Youth Gathering this summer. Held every three years since 1980, this Christ-centered event provides students with many opportunities to participate in choir, orchestra, dance, service projects, and worship with up to 35,000 others daily; a chance to hear speakers on topics relevant to teens and learn more about their own Lutheran identity; a chance to meet fellow believers from around the world and to have fun.

Checkout: http://www.lcmsgathering.com/ for more information.

Tailgate & Trivia organizers are asking for volunteers to help set up and decorate the fellowship hall on Saturday and to serve and clean up on Sunday. They also need volunteers to judge the tailgate dishes and select winners in each category. What a tasty and fun way to volunteer.

Contact Marlo Schulz and Megan McGinnis.

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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

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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
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
31
7:00 PM19:00

New Year's Eve Holy Communion Service

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Please join us at the turn of the year as we meditate on endings and beginnings, knowing that all the world’s time begins and ends in God. We watch and keep vigil for the coming of God’s justice.

Holy God,

your beauty shines forth from the manger

and your love flows from the cross.

As you gather us around these signs

of your love come among us,

warm us to extend your care

among the hungry and all in need.

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

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Dec
25
10:00 AM10:00

Christmas Day Holy Communion Service

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On this Christmas morning, the people of God gather to celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh, Christ our Lord. Luke recounts the familiar story of shepherds and angels; John’s gospel tells of the Word that dwells among us, full of grace and truth. The meaning of Christmas is made clear: the light shines in the darkness. It is in the liturgy that we encounter the Word made flesh—in the people of God gathered together as the body of Christ, and in the meal around the holy table. We go forth to be bearers of light as we proclaim this good news to all the ends of the earth.

God the Creator who delights in you,
Jesus the Savior who is born for you,
and the lifegiving Spirit who shines on you,
☩ bless you and keep you in hope and peace.

Amen.

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Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Eve Holy Communion Service

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We welcome you to join us on a long winter evening as we gather to proclaim the coming of the light.

Music by First Saint Paul’s Choir and the Metropolis String Quartet:
Jeri-Lou Zike, violin
Thomas Yang, violin,
Dave Moss, viola
Craig Trompeter, cello

Pre-service music by the quartet begins at 6:40 pm

Isaiah announces that the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Paul reminds us that the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. In the familiar account of Christ’s birth, the evening sky is bright with the heavenly host singing, “Glory to God in the highest.” Amid our broken world we proclaim that the Prince of peace is born among us. God comes to us in human flesh—in Christ’s body and blood—so that we may be bearers of divine light to all the world.

God the Creator who delights in you,
Jesus the Savior who is born for you,
and the lifegiving Spirit who shines on you,
☩ bless you and keep you in hope and peace.

Amen.

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Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Longest Night Prayer Service

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Cast all your cares upon God, for he cares for you. In the darkness, let’s anticipate the coming of the Light of the world.

During the Christmas and New Year season, not everyone feels like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss can be magnified. Even those who are not struggling with losses may feel the stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas. In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is the longest night and winter solstice.

Please join us for this unique worship experience.

Many of us bring a brown-bag supper to enjoy in the company of First Saint Paul’s community members and guests. We welcome you to be at home among us.

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