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Nov
17
10:45 AM10:45

Consecration Sunday Worship and Celebration Luncheon

Consecration Sunday at First Saint Paul's Chicago

Our Fall Stewardship Campaign theme for 2019 is God is ever giving—Let gratitude your banner be! This text is from a new hymn titled You Saints of God, Glad Voices Raise, with lyrics by First Saint Paul’s member David Rogner and music by Jonathan Kohrs. We will sing this hymn several times during the Fall Steward Season to remind us that God gives us everything we need; and to respond to God’s many gifts with gratitude not only through financial contributions but with our time and talents in service of the First Saint Paul’s mission to Proclaim Christ, Nurture Faith, Serve Others.

What is Consecration Sunday?

We know that it takes all our church community acting in faith through a commitment of their time, treasures, and talents, to make the ministry of First Saint Paul’s possible. On Consecration Sunday, each of us makes our annual commitment to support First Saint Paul’s mission. 

As Christians, we approach giving from a biblical perspective, where all giving is based on our need to give in response to God’s unconditional love. Various ministries at First Saint Paul’s offer numerous opportunities to serve by giving our time and talents. And our financial commitment to giving is not merely in order to pay the bills, but a way for each of us to grow spiritually in our relationship with God.

For three Sundays leading up to Consecration Sunday, Pastor Johnson will lead us to consider God’s generous love for us and our spiritual need to respond:

October 20 - What has God given me?
November 3 - Let us pray: How can I respond to God’s love and generosity to me?
November 10 - What commitment can I make to service as part of this faith community in the coming year?

Each of these three Sundays during worship, we will hear God’s Word as it relates to stewardship and participate in all-ages activities that will help us understand how each of us can be good stewards of the gifts God has given us. During Fellowship following these services, Marlo Schulz-Kittl, our director of family ministry and outreach, will present activities to engage us in thinking about stewardship in the week ahead, preparing us to prayerfully consider and fill in our Plans for Giving forms on Consecration Sunday. 

During the Consecration Sunday worship service

Today, we complete our Plans for Giving forms and place them in the offering plate as it passes. Then, Pastor will consecrate our Plans for Giving at the altar. This offering is the first act of consecration on Consecration Sunday!

After the worship service

We invite everyone to a free Consecration Celebration Luncheon. Dave Samber of Polo Café has created a special luncheon menu again this year. Everyone in our First Saint Paul’s households is invited to this free feast of love. The menu includes some of our First Saint Paul’s favorites—pork chops, sauerkraut, bacon-wrapped dates, crab-cake nuggets, and baked crème rûlée French toast—as well as a variety of other brunch food, including plenty of vegetarian options. You can find a complete menu on the sign-up sheet in the church narthex and on the church bulletin board.

Near the end of the meal, Jan Seefeldt, our financial secretary, will announce the number of Plans for Giving commitments received and the amount committed for 2020.

After the meal

As the Lord taught us to pray in Psalm 141, “may my prayer be set before you like incense,” we end our Consecration Sunday celebration by consecrating our thank-yous and commitments to service in a Prayer Fire on our patio. This prayer fire is the second act of consecration on Consecration Sunday.

The Stewardship Committee welcomes you to participate prayerfully in this year’s Fall Stewardship Campaign activities. Please join the First Saint Paul’s community of faith for worship on any or all of these Stewardship Sundays. We especially welcome you to worship on Consecration Sunday, November 17, and for the Consecration Celebration Luncheon and the Prayer Fire that follows.

If you and members of your household plan to attend the Consecration Celebration Luncheon, please add your name and the number of your household members planning to attend to one of the two sign-up sheets — on the bulletin board in the church hallway and on the table in the narthex. You can also RSVP by calling the church office at 312-642-7172 (be sure to leave a message if you get voicemail), or RSVP to the email invitation you receive if the church office has your email address on file. 

We welcome you to be at home among us.

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Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

First Saint Paul's Annual Church Picnic

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Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join us for an afternoon of food, fun, games, and fellowship at First Saint Paul's annual church picnic at the corner of LaSalle and Goethe in Chicago. We’ll grill some hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs on our beautiful patio, and have plenty of ice-cold beverages on hand for all to enjoy.

In the pot-luck tradition, we ask anyone who can come to bring a favorite food item to share. Typical favorites include salads, fruits, chips, snack trays, and of course, desserts. If you can't bring something to share, please join us anyway. There’s always plenty to eat. 

Please let us know how many of your family and friends will be attending either on the sign-up sheet in the church entryway or in the comments section of this event page on Facebook. If you can also let us know what you plan to bring, it helps us plan for a variety of popular foods.

If you really want to have some fun, contact the church office at 312-642-7172 if you’d like to help with set-up, serving, grilling, and clean-up. If you have any questions, please call the church office.

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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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Nov
22
10:00 AM10:00

Thanksgiving Day Worship

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Well over 3 and a half centuries ago, strengthened by faith and bound by a common desire for liberty, a small band of pilgrims sought out a place in the new world where they could worship according to their own beliefs. On this national day of Thanksgiving, we gather together to rejoice, be glad and give thanks for God’s many blessings. 

In today’s Divine Worship Service, we join in thanks for the sweet comfort of the Gospel, the forgiveness of our sins by the blood of our Lord Jesus, the promise of our resurrection to eternal life; for the joyful companionship of the Church; for God's Word that is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for the gifts of Baptism and Holy Communion; for our pastors and everyone who faithfully serves us; for God's many gifts.

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Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

Consecration Sunday Luncheon

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We invite you to a special luncheon after worship on Consecration Sunday. RSVP today, including all members of your household who are able to attend. Dave Samber of Polo Café brings us the most delicious seasonal menu yet:

Menu: Great Autumn Salad, Baked Crab Cake Nuggets, Baked Dates wrapped w/Country Bacon, BBQ Grilled Boneless Pork Chops, Homemade Sauerkraut, Vegetable Stir-fry tossed w/Sweet Chili Sauce and Worcheshire Sauce, Four- Cheese Mac ‘n Cheese, White Corn Tortilla Cajun Chips and Tomato Cilantro Salsa, Baked Crème Brûlée French Toast Stix, Mini Pretzel Rolls & Butter, S’Mores

Following lunch, we will give thanks for God’s faithful guidance around a bonfire on the patio, followed by S’Mores for everyone prepared by our youth.

We know that it takes all of our church community acting in faith through a commitment of their time, treasures, and talents, to make the ministry of First Saint Paul’s possible. On Consecration Sunday, each of us makes our annual financial commitment to First Saint Paul’s mission.

We approach giving from a biblical perspective, where all giving is based on our need to give in response to God’s unconditional love. Various ministries within the church offer numerous opportunities to serve as a way to give our time and talents. And our financial commitment to giving is not merely in order to pay the bills, but as a way for each of us to grow spiritually in our relationship with God.

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Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

First Saint Paul's Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest 2018

Join us again for an evening of German food, live German music, German beer and wine, plus a chance to win great prizes in the raffle and silent auction!

Here are a few exciting things you could win in the silent auction and raffle:

♦ 2 tickets to “The Wizard of Oz” at The Chicago Theater, Saturday, Dec. 15th at 3pm
♦ 2 Tiffany wine glasses & a bottle of French red
♦ 1 night at Claridge House in the Gold Coast
♦ $100 certificate to Gibson’s Steak House
♦ $100 certificate to Del Frisco's Steak House
♦ $50 certificate to Lloyd’s Chicago
♦ $50 certificate to Shaw’s Crab House
♦ 2 Spiegelau Glas craft beer glasses with beer
♦ 2 tickets to “We’re only alive for a short amount of time” at the Goodman Theatre, Friday, Oct. 12 at 8pm
♦ 2 tickets to the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30pm
♦ 2 tickets to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Oriental Theatre, Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30pm

Buy your tickets online before the event to receive one free glass of beer or wine. Just select 'Oktoberfest' from the list of options.

Adults: $20
Children ages 6-13: $5
Ages 5 and under: free

There are several areas in which your time and talents are needed to help make this event a success. Please contact Olga Pierce Busse, Laurie Bart, or Gretchen Randall for more information.

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Aug
26
11:00 AM11:00

First Saint Paul's Annual Church Picnic

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Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join us for an afternoon of food, fun, games, and fellowship at First Saint Paul's annual church picnic at the corner of LaSalle and Goethe in Chicago. We’ll grill some hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs on our beautiful patio, and have plenty of ice-cold beverages on hand for all to enjoy.

In the pot-luck tradition, we ask anyone who can come to bring a favorite food item to share. Typical favorites include salads, fruits, chips, snack trays, and of course, desserts. If you can't bring something to share, please join us anyway. There’s always plenty to eat. 

Please let us know how many of your family and friends will be attending either on the sign-up sheet in the church entryway or in the comments section of this event page on Facebook. If you can also let us know what you plan to bring, it helps us plan for a variety of popular foods.

If you really want to have some fun, contact the church office at 312-642-7171 if you’d like to help with set-up, serving, grilling, and clean-up. If you have any questions, please call the church office.

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Sep
23
5:00 PM17:00

First Saint Paul's Oktoberfest

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Join us for an evening of German food, live German music, German beer—including Pastor Tom’s homemade beer—and wine, and a chance to win great prizes in our raffle and silent auction! Buy your advance tickets online now to receive one free glass of beer or wine.

Adults: $20
Children ages 6-13: $5
Ages 5 and under: free

There are several areas in which your time and talents are needed to help make this event a success. Please contact Olga Pierce Busse, Laurie Bart, or Gretchen Randall for more information.

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Aug
27
11:30 AM11:30

Church Picnic

Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join us for an afternoon of food, fun, games, and fellowship at the First Saint Paul's annual church picnic at our church on the corner of LaSalle and Goethe in Chicago. We’ll grill some hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs on our beautiful patio, and have plenty of ice-cold beverages on hand for all to enjoy. You’ll want to taste the beer Pastor made during his beer-brewing demonstration in January.

In the pot-luck tradition, we ask anyone who can come to bring a favorite food item to share. Typical favorites include salads, fruits, chips, snack trays, and of course, desserts. If you can't bring something to share, please join us anyway. We'll have plenty. 

Please let us know how many of your family and friends will be attending either on the sign-up sheet in the church entry way, or in the comments section of this event page on Facebook. If you let us know what you plan to bring, it helps us plan for a variety of popular foods.

If you really want to have some fun, contact Mike C. who is coordinating a team of volunteers to help with set-up, serving, and clean-up. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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May
21
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday School Year-End Celebration

Following the worship service on Sunday, May 21, we invite the students, parents, teachers and volunteers of our Sunday School program to gather in the church Fellowship Hall for our Sunday School year-end celebration. There will be fun activities for all ages including crafts, coloring, and a What's in the Bible video. We plan to collect memories of the Sunday School year, so start thinking about and writing down a few of your favorites to share at the party.

Organizers would like a head count to help them prepare, and they’re looking for volunteers to bring drinks, side dishes, or desserts. Parents, watch your inbox for an email asking you to RSVP to attend and/or bring something to share. 

First Saint Paul’s Sunday School gives our youth the tools for critical thinking, faithful reflection, and discovery while tackling questions about the Bible, the Creed, Jesus, general beliefs, and current topics. Lessons are geared towards various age groups: toddlers (0-3yo), Pre-K through K, grade 1-4 with grade 5-6 helpers, and Jr/Sr high school. They feature time for bible study, fun activities, prayer and growing in faith with their peers.

On Sundays this summer beginning June 11th, we welcome all children and young adults in these age groups to join us for Nurturing the Faith Classes, when we explore the Fruits of the Spirit! During the summer months, we meet as Households, meaning groups of believers in all stages of life, pursuing Godly living together.

Then, we kick off a new year of Sunday School with a Rally Day on September 10th. Watch the First Saint Paul’s church bulletin, the bulletin board, this website calendar and our church Facebook page for details. You can call (312-642-7172) or email Marlo Schulz, Director of Family and Outreach ministries, or email Amy Harkness with any questions.

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Apr
16
10:45 AM10:45

Easter Celebration Breakfast

We invite you to join First Saint Paul’s church family for our Easter Sunday festival service on Sunday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. as we celebrate the Risen Christ.

Immediately following the service, we welcome you to share Easter Breakfast with us, served in our Fellowship Hall. The continental breakfast menu includes a breakfast sandwich buffet, deviled eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, assorted pastries and muffins, and coffee, tea, and juice.

To help with planning the meal, please RSVP through Evite, or add your name to signup sheet on the desk in the church narthex.

We hope that many of you will join us on this special day and that you will invite others to share in the joy of the Resurrection with us. Thank you, Sue Wente and Gretchen Randall, for your thoughtful service and bringing us together for food and fellowship.

We welcome you to be at home among us.

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Nov
13
11:00 AM11:00

Consecration Sunday Luncheon

We invite you to a special luncheon after worship on Consecration Sunday. RSVP today, including all members of your household who are able to attend. Dave Samber of Polo Café will be catering.

We know that it takes all of our church community acting in faith through a commitment of their time, treasures, and talents, to make the ministry of First Saint Paul’s possible. On Consecration Sunday, each of us makes our annual financial commitment to First Saint Paul’s mission.

We approach giving from a biblical perspective, where all giving is based on our need to give in response to God’s unconditional love. Various ministries within the church offer numerous opportunities to serve as a way to give our time and talents. And our financial commitment to giving is not merely in order to pay the bills, but as a way for each of us to grow spiritually in our relationship with God.

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