Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club - ANGELS (Chapters 7-8): WHO THEY ARE and HOW THEY HELP—WHAT THE BIBLE REVEALS

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Have you ever wondered: What are angels? What is their role in God's plan? Are they present? Do they appear? Do they give us personal insight about our work and our worship?

Beginning June 5 from 7-8:30PM, join us Wednesday evenings this summer in the First Saint Paul’s lounge for a guided discussion as we explore the book Angels: Who They Are and How They Help-What the Bible Reveals by Dr. David Jeremiah.

If you’re interested in joining us, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the church hallway. You can also buy the book at church beginning Sunday, May 19 for $6 (while supplies last). Both hard and digital versions of the book are available online through your favorite app or online store.

If you have questions, please contact Marlo Schulz-Kittl through the church office at 312-642-7172 or via email at mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club reading and meeting schedule:

June 5 Chapters 1-2
June 19 Chapters 3-4
July 3 Chapters 5-6
July 17
Chapter 7: The Angels and Us: How Much Alike?
Chapter 8: Angels You’ve Heard About (and more)
July 31 Chapters 9-10
August 14 Chapters 11-12
August 28 Chapters 13-14 (wrap-up)

About the book (from amazon.com): “The remarkable truth about angels, the agents of Heaven unveiled through Scripture.”

For centuries, people have been fascinated by stories of angel sightings, yet many contemporary beliefs about them are based on misconception and myth rather than solid, biblical truth.

Responding to our modern cultural interest in angels, popular Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah provides an in-depth, biblical look at these agents of Heaven and their role in our world and our lives. In this broad and thorough survey of Scripture, Dr. Jeremiah clearly and simply separates fact from fiction as it relates to angels. His enlightening findings are supported with illustrations and insights from prominent teachers, such as Billy Graham, Corrie ten Boom, C. S. Lewis, and more.”


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Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club - ANGELS (Chapters 9-10): WHO THEY ARE and HOW THEY HELP—WHAT THE BIBLE REVEALS

Book Club - Angels.jpg

Have you ever wondered: What are angels? What is their role in God's plan? Are they present? Do they appear? Do they give us personal insight about our work and our worship?

Beginning June 5 from 7-8:30PM, join us Wednesday evenings this summer in the First Saint Paul’s lounge for a guided discussion as we explore the book Angels: Who They Are and How They Help-What the Bible Reveals by Dr. David Jeremiah.

If you’re interested in joining us, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the church hallway. You can also buy the book at church beginning Sunday, May 19 for $6 (while supplies last). Both hard and digital versions of the book are available online through your favorite app or online store.

If you have questions, please contact Marlo Schulz-Kittl through the church office at 312-642-7172 or via email at mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club reading and meeting schedule:

June 5 Chapters 1-2
June 19 Chapters 3-4
July 3 Chapters 5-6
July 17 Chapters 7-8
July 31
Chapter 9: The Greatest Angel
Chapter 10: Showing Us How to Worship
August 14 Chapters 11-12
August 28 Chapters 13-14 (wrap-up)

About the book (from amazon.com): “The remarkable truth about angels, the agents of Heaven unveiled through Scripture.”

For centuries, people have been fascinated by stories of angel sightings, yet many contemporary beliefs about them are based on misconception and myth rather than solid, biblical truth.

Responding to our modern cultural interest in angels, popular Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah provides an in-depth, biblical look at these agents of Heaven and their role in our world and our lives. In this broad and thorough survey of Scripture, Dr. Jeremiah clearly and simply separates fact from fiction as it relates to angels. His enlightening findings are supported with illustrations and insights from prominent teachers, such as Billy Graham, Corrie ten Boom, C. S. Lewis, and more.”


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Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club - ANGELS (Chapters 11-12): WHO THEY ARE and HOW THEY HELP—WHAT THE BIBLE REVEALS

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Have you ever wondered: What are angels? What is their role in God's plan? Are they present? Do they appear? Do they give us personal insight about our work and our worship?

Beginning June 5 from 7-8:30PM, join us Wednesday evenings this summer in the First Saint Paul’s lounge for a guided discussion as we explore the book Angels: Who They Are and How They Help-What the Bible Reveals by Dr. David Jeremiah.

If you’re interested in joining us, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the church hallway. You can also buy the book at church beginning Sunday, May 19 for $6 (while supplies last). Both hard and digital versions of the book are available online through your favorite app or online store.

If you have questions, please contact Marlo Schulz-Kittl through the church office at 312-642-7172 or via email at mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club reading and meeting schedule:

June 5 Chapters 1-2
June 19 Chapters 3-4
July 3 Chapters 5-6
July 17 Chapters 7-8
July 31 Chapters 9-10
August 14
Chapter 11: Showing Us How to Work
Chapter 12: Coming to Carry Me Home
August 28 Chapters 13-14 (wrap-up)

About the book (from amazon.com): “The remarkable truth about angels, the agents of Heaven unveiled through Scripture.”

For centuries, people have been fascinated by stories of angel sightings, yet many contemporary beliefs about them are based on misconception and myth rather than solid, biblical truth.

Responding to our modern cultural interest in angels, popular Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah provides an in-depth, biblical look at these agents of Heaven and their role in our world and our lives. In this broad and thorough survey of Scripture, Dr. Jeremiah clearly and simply separates fact from fiction as it relates to angels. His enlightening findings are supported with illustrations and insights from prominent teachers, such as Billy Graham, Corrie ten Boom, C. S. Lewis, and more.”


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Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club - ANGELS (Chapters 13-14): WHO THEY ARE and HOW THEY HELP—WHAT THE BIBLE REVEALS

Book Club - Angels.jpg

Have you ever wondered: What are angels? What is their role in God's plan? Are they present? Do they appear? Do they give us personal insight about our work and our worship?

Beginning June 5 from 7-8:30PM, join us Wednesday evenings this summer in the First Saint Paul’s lounge for a guided discussion as we explore the book Angels: Who They Are and How They Help-What the Bible Reveals by Dr. David Jeremiah.

If you’re interested in joining us, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the church hallway. You can also buy the book at church beginning Sunday, May 19 for $6 (while supplies last). Both hard and digital versions of the book are available online through your favorite app or online store.

If you have questions, please contact Marlo Schulz-Kittl through the church office at 312-642-7172 or via email at mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club reading and meeting schedule:

June 5 Chapters 1-2
June 19 Chapters 3-4
July 3 Chapters 5-6
July 17 Chapters 7-8
July 31 Chapters 9-10
August 14
August 28 (wrap up)
Chapter 13: Hell’s Angels
Chapter 14: The Angels and Jesus

About the book (from amazon.com): “The remarkable truth about angels, the agents of Heaven unveiled through Scripture.”

For centuries, people have been fascinated by stories of angel sightings, yet many contemporary beliefs about them are based on misconception and myth rather than solid, biblical truth.

Responding to our modern cultural interest in angels, popular Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah provides an in-depth, biblical look at these agents of Heaven and their role in our world and our lives. In this broad and thorough survey of Scripture, Dr. Jeremiah clearly and simply separates fact from fiction as it relates to angels. His enlightening findings are supported with illustrations and insights from prominent teachers, such as Billy Graham, Corrie ten Boom, C. S. Lewis, and more.”


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Jul
14
11:00 AM11:00

3rd Annual Collector Car Show

Join us on Sunday, July 14 following the worship service for the 3rd Annual Collector Car Show right outside our door on Goethe Street (between Lasalle Dr. and Clark St.). Friends of First Saint Paul’s and classic car owners invite you to enjoy their collector cars from a variety of eras. If you're a nostalgia buff, feel free to dress in the style of your favorite automobile era as you stroll among the cars and share your stories of those good old days.

Everyone is welcome to this free event. There will be food, games, live music, and potentially a special visitor from Lutheran Church Charities’ K-9 Comfort Dog Ministries.

If you have a car you’d like to display during this event, please contact Nick Covello at 312-217-5138 with the make, model, and year of your car.

If you’d like to help run this event, we’re looking for volunteers who enjoy fun and fellowship while helping with set up, directing traffic, security, taking photos, and cleaning up. Please contact Nick Covello if you’d like to be a part of this unique event.

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Jul
7
9:30 AM09:30

Honoring All Who Serve

Honoring all who serve 2019

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13

Continuing our tradition of honoring the men and women who have served or are now serving in the U.S. armed forces, young people from our congregation will read the names of military friends and family of our First Saint Paul’s community before the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 7.

A special insert in the service folder will include the names of these service men and women.

After the service, join us in the Fellowship Hall as we continue the celebration of our nation's birthday with a patriotic sing-along as part of our regular fellowship hour.

We are updating our list this year, so if you are a veteran or active service member, please add your name, branch of service, and dates you served to the sign-up sheet on the table in the church narthex or contact the church office.

If you have military friends and familiy members you’d like named, please add their name(s), their relationship to you, branch of service, and dates served to the sign-up sheet or contact the church office.

Even if you put forth names to be honored in the past, please add them to the list again.

Sign up before June 30th so we can join with you in honoring friends and family of First Saint Paul's who currently serve or have served.

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Jul
3
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club - ANGELS (Chapters 5-6): WHO THEY ARE and HOW THEY HELP—WHAT THE BIBLE REVEALS

Book Club - Angels.jpg

Have you ever wondered: What are angels? What is their role in God's plan? Are they present? Do they appear? Do they give us personal insight about our work and our worship?

Beginning June 5 from 7-8:30PM, join us Wednesday evenings this summer in the First Saint Paul’s lounge for a guided discussion as we explore the book Angels: Who They Are and How They Help-What the Bible Reveals by Dr. David Jeremiah.

If you’re interested in joining us, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the church hallway. You can also buy the book at church beginning Sunday, May 19 for $6 (while supplies last). Both hard and digital versions of the book are available online through your favorite app or online store.

If you have questions, please contact Marlo Schulz-Kittl through the church office at 312-642-7172 or via email at mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club reading and meeting schedule:

June 5 Chapters 1-2
June 19 Chapters 3-4
July 3
Chapter 5: What Angels Are
Chapter 6: When Angels Appear

July 17 Chapters 7-8
July 31 Chapters 9-10
August 14 Chapters 11-12
August 28 Chapters 13-14 (wrap-up)

About the book (from amazon.com): “The remarkable truth about angels, the agents of Heaven unveiled through Scripture.”

For centuries, people have been fascinated by stories of angel sightings, yet many contemporary beliefs about them are based on misconception and myth rather than solid, biblical truth.

Responding to our modern cultural interest in angels, popular Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah provides an in-depth, biblical look at these agents of Heaven and their role in our world and our lives. In this broad and thorough survey of Scripture, Dr. Jeremiah clearly and simply separates fact from fiction as it relates to angels. His enlightening findings are supported with illustrations and insights from prominent teachers, such as Billy Graham, Corrie ten Boom, C. S. Lewis, and more.”


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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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Jun
22
8:30 AM08:30

New Member Orientation

New Member Class.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. 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
19
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club - ANGELS (Chapters 3-4): WHO THEY ARE and HOW THEY HELP—WHAT THE BIBLE REVEALS

Book Club - Angels.jpg

Have you ever wondered: What are angels? What is their role in God's plan? Are they present? Do they appear? Do they give us personal insight about our work and our worship?

Beginning June 5 from 7-8:30PM, join us Wednesday evenings this summer in the First Saint Paul’s lounge for a guided discussion as we explore the book Angels: Who They Are and How They Help-What the Bible Reveals by Dr. David Jeremiah.

If you’re interested in joining us, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the church hallway. You can also buy the book at church beginning Sunday, May 19 for $6 (while supplies last). Both hard and digital versions of the book are available online through your favorite app or online store.

If you have questions, please contact Marlo Schulz-Kittl through the church office at 312-642-7172 or via email at mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club reading and meeting schedule:

June 5
June 19
Chapter 3: In the Presence of Angels - Part II
Chapter 4: The Angels and God
July 3 Chapters 5-6
July 17 Chapters 7-8
July 31 Chapters 9-10
August 14 Chapters 11-12
August 28 Chapters 13-14 (wrap-up)

About the book (from amazon.com): “The remarkable truth about angels, the agents of Heaven unveiled through Scripture.”

For centuries, people have been fascinated by stories of angel sightings, yet many contemporary beliefs about them are based on misconception and myth rather than solid, biblical truth.

Responding to our modern cultural interest in angels, popular Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah provides an in-depth, biblical look at these agents of Heaven and their role in our world and our lives. In this broad and thorough survey of Scripture, Dr. Jeremiah clearly and simply separates fact from fiction as it relates to angels. His enlightening findings are supported with illustrations and insights from prominent teachers, such as Billy Graham, Corrie ten Boom, C. S. Lewis, and more.”


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Jun
9
9:30 AM09:30

Pentecost: Birthday of the Church

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Please join us for worship on Sunday, June 9, as we celebrate the Festival of Pentecost, the birthday of the church.

On the first Pentecost, the eleven apostles were gathered in Jerusalem for a harvest festival. There, they received an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the form of tongues of fire and they began speaking in languages other than their own. On that day, they became human instruments of the Holy Spirit, courageous proclaimers of the Gospel, calling and gathering believers into the Church of Christ. This is the day of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. Today, we pray for the continued outpouring of the Spirit on people of every nation and language.

We invite you to wear something red as a reminder of the tongues of fire and the blood of Jesus and the martyrs. Look for strips of red cloth tied to our fence as a symbol of Pentecost. Then, stay after the service to enjoy a special birthday cake during fellowship hour.

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Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club - ANGELS (Chapters 1-2): WHO THEY ARE and HOW THEY HELP—WHAT THE BIBLE REVEALS

Book Club - Angels.jpg

Have you ever wondered: What are angels? What is their role in God's plan? Are they present? Do they appear? Do they give us personal insight about our work and our worship?

Beginning June 5 from 7-8:30PM, join us Wednesday evenings this summer in the First Saint Paul’s lounge for a guided discussion as we explore the book Angels: Who They Are and How They Help-What the Bible Reveals by Dr. David Jeremiah.

If you’re interested in joining us, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the church hallway. You can also buy the book at church beginning Sunday, May 19 for $6 (while supplies last). Both hard and digital versions of the book are available online through your favorite app or online store.

If you have questions, please contact Marlo Schulz-Kittl through the church office at 312-642-7172 or via email at mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club reading and meeting schedule:

June 5
Chapter 1: What in the World are Angels Doing?
Chapter 2: In the Presennce Angels - Part I
June 19 Chapters 3-4
July 3 Chapters 5-6
July 17 Chapters 7-8
July 31 Chapters 9-10
August 14 Chapters 11-12
August 28 Chapters 13-14 (wrap-up)

About the book (from amazon.com): “The remarkable truth about angels, the agents of Heaven unveiled through Scripture.”

For centuries, people have been fascinated by stories of angel sightings, yet many contemporary beliefs about them are based on misconception and myth rather than solid, biblical truth.

Responding to our modern cultural interest in angels, popular Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah provides an in-depth, biblical look at these agents of Heaven and their role in our world and our lives. In this broad and thorough survey of Scripture, Dr. Jeremiah clearly and simply separates fact from fiction as it relates to angels. His enlightening findings are supported with illustrations and insights from prominent teachers, such as Billy Graham, Corrie ten Boom, C. S. Lewis, and more.”


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May
19
11:00 AM11:00

Artists of First Saint Paul's

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One of the greatest gifts God gives his church is the gift of the arts, and he has richly blessed members of our First Saint Paul's community with many artistic talents. On Sunday, May 7, we celebrate the artistic life of the church with a recital and artistic program. Members of all ages who wish to share their artistic gifts will sing, play musical instruments, share their written and visual works to the glory of God. If you have questions, please contact Margaret Danilovich or Steve Wente.

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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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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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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

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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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Mar
27
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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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

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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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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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