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Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

Open House Chicago 2019 - Sacred Spaces

OHCjpg 2019

As part of Open House Chicago 2019, we invite visitors to tour First Saint Paul’s Sanctuary guided by a written architectural description and history of First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church. Volunteers will be there to help you find your way and answer questions. Docents will be available on Sunday to lead mini-tours and answer questions.

What makes First Saint Paul’s unique in Chicago is, in no small part, our church building, particularly the Sanctuary. Designed by renowned architect Edward Dart and dedicated in December 1970, our magnificent space is part of #OHC2019, a free event that provides behind-the-scenes access to 350 sites all over Chicago.

First Saint Paul’s is available to #OHC2019 visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m on Sunday.

Dart designed this space with a “theology in architecture: to focus on the Cross, Communion Table, Pulpit and Baptismal Font.” He wanted to exclude everything extraneous.

The “simple, curvilinear, non-monumental building” expresses the feeling of a “working church” rather than a monumental or “showplace” church. This encourages participants and not just spectators.

We’re looking for volunteers to help greet guests on both Saturday and Sunday. If you’re interested, please speak with Marlo Schulz-Kittl (mschulz@fspauls.org or 312-642-7172 ext 23).

The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 350 buildings across Chicago. “Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods — all for free.”

Start planning your Open House Chicago itinerary today.

Here’s a preview of First Saint Paul’s magnificent space. We invite you to experience it live.

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Oct
20
12:00 PM12:00

Open House Chicago 2019 - Sacred Spaces

OHCjpg 2019

As part of Open House Chicago 2019, we invite visitors to tour First Saint Paul’s Sanctuary guided by a written architectural description and history of First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church. Volunteers will be there to help you find your way and answer questions. Docents will be available on Sunday to lead mini-tours and answer questions.

What makes First Saint Paul’s unique in Chicago is, in no small part, our church building, particularly the Sanctuary. Designed by renowned architect Edward Dart and dedicated in December 1970, our magnificent space is part of #OHC2019, a free event that provides behind-the-scenes access to 350 sites all over Chicago.

First Saint Paul’s is available to #OHC2019 visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m on Sunday.

Dart designed this space with a “theology in architecture: to focus on the Cross, Communion Table, Pulpit and Baptismal Font.” He wanted to exclude everything extraneous.

The “simple, curvilinear, non-monumental building” expresses the feeling of a “working church” rather than a monumental or “showplace” church. This encourages participants and not just spectators.

We’re looking for volunteers to help greet guests on both Saturday and Sunday. If you’re interested, please speak with Marlo Schulz-Kittl (mschulz@fspauls.org or 312-642-7172 ext 23).

The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 350 buildings across Chicago. “Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods — all for free.”

Start planning your Open House Chicago itinerary today.

Here’s a preview of First Saint Paul’s magnificent space. We invite you to experience it live.

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Oct
13
7:00 AM07:00

Chicago Marathon Sunday

Chicago Marathon corner view

Join us early Sunday morning, October 13th as we welcome 40,000+ runners and hundreds of spectators to our neighborhood near the #ChiMarathon Mile-4 mark.

We’ll be cheering on our own Pastor Tom Johnson and other runners in the First Saint Paul’s community. There will be freshly-baked treats, hot coffee, and other beverages. We’ll have ample supplies to make your own motivational poster to encourage the runners as they pass by.

If you’d like to join us, show up at the NE corner of Goethe and LaSalle by 7 a.m. on Marathon Sunday. If you’d like to donate treats to share with guests, bring individually wrapped baked goods (please, no nuts) to the church on Saturday morning or on Marathon Sunday.

Plan to stay after the runners have past and join us for worship at 11 a.m.

Please let us know in the comments if you are running in the marathon so your FSP friends and family can pray for you and cheer you on. Then, watch for us and wave as you run by.

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Oct
6
12:00 PM12:00

Blessing of the Animals

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Job 12:7-10 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

As Christians, we are grateful for the many gifts God gives us in our lives, including our precious pets that are our companions, echoing God’s love for us.

We invite members of the community to bring pets of all kinds to First Saint Paul’s patio (on Goethe between LaSalle Dr. and Clark St.) to receive a blessing. We welcome non-pet owners and everyone who is thankful for all the creatures of God’s creation to join in fellowship and make new friends.

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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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Oct
7
7:00 AM07:00

Chicago Marathon Sunday

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Please note that there is no free parking in the Franklin School lot on Sunday, October 7.

First Saint Paul’s is on the 2018 Chicago Marathon route so we are adjusting our worship schedule to accommodate marathon-related traffic congestion and CTA routes.

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Marathon Sunday, First Saint Paul’s members will host an aid station just north of mile marker 4 on the NE corner of LaSalle St. and Goethe St., serving water, juice, coffee and donated baked goods to bystanders.

New this year is a poster-making station with poster board and markers. Don’t worry if you don’t know what to write. We’ve got some crazy-creatives in our group.

At 11 a.m., we will have our regular service of worship.

Contact Sarah Sekki for more information.

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Sep
30
12:00 PM12:00

Blessing of the Animals

Pet Blessing 2018.jpg
Job 12:7-10
7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

As Christians, we are grateful for the many gifts God gives us in our lives, including our precious pets that are our companions, echoing God’s love for us.

We invite members of the community to bring pets of all kinds to First Saint Paul’s patio (on Goethe between LaSalle Dr. and Clark St.) to receive a blessing. We welcome non-pet owners and everyone who is thankful for all the creatures of God’s creation to join in fellowship and make new friends.

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Jul
15
12:00 PM12:00

Open House: 60th Annual Dearborn Garden Walk

Dearborn Garden Walk 2018

We are thankful to be part of the 60th Annual Dearborn Garden Walk on Sunday, July 15th from noon to 5 p.m. We continue to be blessed by our own tradition of opening our doors and welcoming guests from the neighborhood and surrounding communities as part of the Garden Walk.

Highlights of First Saint Paul’s Open House on the Garden Walk include:

  • Access to First Saint Paul’s spaces and activities are free to everyone
    You can purchase $30 tickets online for access to the rest of the Garden Walk.
  • 20-Minute Guided Sanctuary Tours by Paul and Darlene Fahrenkrog at 1 and 2 p.m.
  • Live 30-Minute Presentation on Container Gardens in our Fellowship Hall by Amy Joy Schleef (times TBD)
  • Rest and Enjoy our patio garden space.
  • Activities for all ages throughout the day.

There are several opportunities for you to help make this event a success while welcoming our guests and making new friends.

  • Help set up the presentation and craft area after Sunday morning fellowship.
  • Greet our speakers and guests.
  • Keep the supply of cold drinks fully stocked.
  • Help with general clean up following the event at 5 p.m.

We invite volunteers to help out for the entire afternoon or just a few hours. All help is welcome and appreciated!  Contact Marlo Schulz-Kittl through the church office or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

 

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Oct
31
3:00 PM15:00

Trick or Treat at First Saint Paul's

Dress in your favorite costume, bring your friends and stop by First Saint Paul's for a goodie bag filled with Halloween treats and a message of Jesus’ love for you.

If you want to share the love of Jesus with your friends on Halloween, show them how Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. You can also find answers to some common questions about Halloween below. If you still have questions, please join us on Halloween outside our church entrance on W. Goethe at LaSalle.


When Did Halloween Start?

Hallowe'en comes from the old English words All Hallow's Eve or All Saints Eve. The holiday started in the 4th century as a day to honor all the saints of the church, especially martyrs. By the 8th century, the All Saints festival moved to November 1 to Christianize the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain, which marked the beginning of winter and a time to remember the dead.

How do today’s Christians celebrate the holiday?

On October 31, 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses (or disputes) to a church door in Wittenburg, Germany. These Theses were attempts to reform the Catholic church and questioned false doctrine: the need to pay for sins even after death. Today’s Christians mark October 31st as the Reformation, the birth of the Lutheran church, and celebrate All Saints Day in thanksgiving for all who have died knowing Jesus as their Savior. In many All Saints services, people read the names of the dead to celebrate their new life in Christ.

How does First Saint Paul’s observe the holiday?

We believe that Christ alone paid the price for our salvation through his death and resurrection. Salvation is yours and it is FREE. We observe the Reformation on the Sunday before Halloween. On the Sunday after Halloween, we observe an All Saints celebration to commemorate those who have died in Christ, as well as the Christians before us who testified to their Christian faith.

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Jul
16
12:00 PM12:00

59th Annual Dearborn Garden Walk

We are thankful to participate in the highly-anticipated 59th annual Dearborn Garden Walk on Sunday, July 16, from noon to 5 p.m. Highlights of the First Saint Paul’s tour stop include:

  • Access to First Saint Paul’s spaces and activities are free that day; you need a ticket to see the other gardens on the tour.
  • Guided Sanctuary Tours by Paul and Darlene Fahrenkrog at 3:40 and 4:15 p.m.
  • Gardening and Mindfulness presentations by Amy Jo Schleef at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
  • Rest and enjoy our newly-renovated patio.
  • Flower pot painting activity for all ages throughout the day.

There are several opportunities to help make this event a success while welcoming our neighbors and meeting new friends.

  1. Help set up the presentation and craft area after Sunday morning fellowship.
  2. Greet our speakers and guests.
  3. Keep the supply of cold refreshments fully stocked.
  4. Help with general clean up following the event.

Add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway at church. You can commit to the whole afternoon or just a few hours. All help is welcome and appreciated!  Contact Marlo Schulz-Kittl or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

Tickets for the official garden walk event are available on the North Dearborn Association website.

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Oct
9
7:00 AM07:00

Chicago Marathon Sunday

First Saint Paul’s is on the 2016 Chicago Marathon route so we are adjusting our worship schedule to accommodate marathon-related traffic congestion, CTA routes and the fact that Pastor Tom Johnson will be one of the 45,000 runners. Beginning at 7 a.m. on Marathon Sunday, First Saint Paul’s members will host an aid station just north of mile marker 4 on the NE corner of LaSalle St. and Goethe St., serving water, juice, coffee and donated baked goods to bystanders.

At 11 a.m., Pastor Jeff Leininger, Campus Pastor at Concordia University, will conduct our worship service.

Like to volunteer?

Bring individually packaged baked goods in sandwich bags to the church by 7 a.m. Marathon Sunday. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the church near the fellowship hall where you can volunteer to donate baked goods or to serve at the aid station.

Contact Sarah Sekki for more information.

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Oct
2
12:00 PM12:00

Blessing of the Animals

Why would a Lutheran church host a pet blessing?

Job 12:7-10
7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

Because as Christians, we are grateful for the many gifts God gives us in our lives, including these special creatures that are our companions, echoing God’s love for us.

We invite members of the community to bring pets of all kinds to First Saint Paul’s patio (on Goethe St. between LaSalle St. and Clark St.) to receive a blessing. We welcome non-pet owners and everyone who is thankful for all the creatures of God’s creation to join in fellowship and make new friends.

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