Encompassing the needs of a diverse congregation, the group plans and coordinates educational events and resources for First Saint Paul's.

For more information, please contact Amy Harkness through the church office.
Board meets monthly

Part of our community outreach includes feeding the hungry, homeless, senior citizens, children, and disadvantaged of our neighborhood. Each Saturday, a team of both member and nonmember volunteers work to prepare noon meals for approximately 150 people on a six-week rotational basis. Volunteers are needed to greet guests, assemble food items, prepare and serve meals, and clean up. Substitutes are needed to fill in on a one-time, short- or long-term basis.

For more information, please contact the church office.

On the second Saturday of each month between 10AM and 12N, a volunteer team of podiatrists holds a foot clinic at First Saint Paul’s. The homeless in our community are particularly in need of this essential healthcare. Donations of new, white socks for foot clinic patients are always welcome.
For more information, please contact the church office.

Responsible for the food service-related functions of First Saint Paul's such as the Christmas concerts, the group puts together events from start to finish. Opportunities include, but are not limited to cooking, decorating, party planning, publicity, serving, set-up / take-down, shopping, and orchestrating teamwork to make events a success.

For more information, please contact the church office.

Human care ministry is a vital part of our ministry for those inside and outside the church walls. The Social Ministry Board works to strengthen both the congregation and friends of First Saint Paul's through prayer, volunteerism, and monetary support.

For over 25 years, Community Meals has been the centerpiece of the church’s social ministry. The church’s reach is extended to other special needs populations through support of established social service providers. Each Lenten season, the congregation targets programs and organizations through the Caring & Sharing program.

To provide feedback to the Social Ministry Board or for more information, contact the church office or Christine DeVries.

Working as an extension of the church to draw people in, the group acts as a liaison between the community and the congregation. Its purpose is to inform the community of the congregational events, while informing the congregation of community needs and trends. This includes designing and producing banners and other signage at the church and in the neighborhood, planning direct mail outreach, and handling advertising as well as participating in neighborhood events.

For more information, contact Tom Randall, Chair.



Our enthusiastic and diverse group of amateur singers from across the Chicagoland area gathers for music-making, fellowship, and an opportunity to serve the Lord through song.

The choir rehearses on Sundays from 8:30-9:15 a.m. and one Saturday morning per month. We welcome singers in all voice ranges.

The choir sings...

  • for Sunday morning worship two to three times per month from September through May
  • special music for festival services, such as during Holy Week and Easter
  • an annual Christmas Concert with soloists and orchestra

The choir gives musical leadership to the liturgy on Sundays and sings a rich variety of a cappella and accompanied music by composers of the Christian tradition, including Bach, Buxtehude, Handel, and Mendelssohn, as well as composers of our time. The conductor is Steven Wente, distinguished professor of music at Concordia University Chicago, who also serves as cantor (music director) of First Saint Paul’s. Margaret Danilovich, associate cantor of First Saint Paul’s, is the accompanist.

For more information, please contact Dr. Steven Wente .

We look forward to meeting you!

Young Professionals Community

Join our Young Professionals group. Everyone is welcome, no matter where they are on their faith journey. Our objective is to provide Christian singles with an opportunity to meet others, share the faith, and experience Chicago and its many events together. During our meeting, we will discuss how frequently we want to meet as well as upcoming Bible studies, social outings, church events, and concerts we want to attend. We hope to see you there!

For more information, email us.

Youth group

AGES 13-19
The youth group meets to discover God's Word together. This group applies topics of interest, current events, and social studies to Biblical truths in order to make sense out of the world around them.

The youth group also has fundraisers so that they can attend community events, go bowling, to the movies or outreach to the community. Previous events included servant events in the community to share their skills and grow. For more information, please contact the church office.

Youth group is encouraged to attend VBS Summer Camp during the summer months.
Every other Sunday, September – May



CRADLE ROLL (infants through three-year olds) AND TODDLIN' TO JESUS
All children of the congregation are included in the cradle roll correspondence. If you'd like to add your child to the list or if you have questions, please contact the church office.

NURSERY (infant through three-year olds)
We welcome and encourage the participation of children in worship. But if your little one needs a break, childcare is available on the lower level of the church from 8AM to noon. The door to the lower level is just past the entrance into the sanctuary.
8AM – Noon
Church Basement

DURING WORSHIP Children's activity packets are available from an usher to assist your child during worship. These include coloring pages, crayons, and activities that relate to the theme of the day and can be discussed later with the family at home. Ask an usher for one anytime you are in a service of worship.


Life is full of challenges, and these studies address diverse topics focusing on everyday life as they relate to God's Word and Sacraments.