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Thursday, September 22, 2016

E-News

All Are Welcome!

This Week

In the recent months, there has been an incredible and frighteneing increase of violence, and atrocities done to Dalits in India under the present BJP government.

As a result, and in response, there has been a powerful surge in protest and human rights movements, calling those in power to be accountable to the Dalit community, and to neither allow nor encourage such inhuman violence and persecution.

Join our special guest, Rev. Chakravarthy Zadda, Ph.D., who will be returning to India in October to organize Dalit Empowerment Workshops for clergy and lay leaders, building solidarity among the Indian Christian community for the Cause. Learn more at Rev. Chaks' facebook page here.

He'll be preaching at Sunday worship, 10:30, and leading a discussion after church, 12-12:30. Don't miss this!
Consideration of and care for those in need (especially those “at our gate,” visible to us, of whom we are aware) is an essential component of good stewardship. It is in the sharing of wealth that we avoid the snare of wealth. It is the one whom death could not hold—who comes to us risen from the dead—who can free us from the death grip of greed.

Readings and Psalm

  • Amos 6:1a, 4-7
    Warnings to those who are comfortable or wealthy
  • Psalm 146
    The Lord gives justice to those who are oppressed. (Ps. 146:7)
  • 1 Timothy 6:6-19
    Eager to be rich or eager to pursue richness of God’s justice?
  • Luke 16:19-31
    Story of poor Lazarus and the wealthy man
Seeking Volunteers to Build Community!

Our community meals have become one of the highlights of each week at First Trinity.  They are free meals, shared by community members, and enjoyed by everyone who is able to come.  Community meals are a safe place for our homeless neighbors to rest and have something to eat, a gathering place for our seniors, and a great way to meet neighbors, volunteers, and others in our community.

We need some help!  We need volunteers to help prepare,  serve, and clean up after meals, twice a week.  Volunteers can donate food for the meal or use items from our pantry to create a meal.

If you think this is something you are interested in doing, please contact Rene at welcome@firsttrinitychicago.com.  We hope to find volunteers to sign up once a month, or as able.  We also welcome youth groups, church groups, groups of friends, community organizations, and others to participate as able.
Saint Martin’s Day Before Christmas Festival and Sale at First Trinity

Those interested in vending: tables will be $20 and we ask that you do not sell clothing unless it is handmade. Contact rene@firsttrinitychicago.com.
Our annual voter’s meeting is scheduled for Sunday, December 4, after worship. All are welcome to attend, and members are welcome to vote on the budget and other items. If you are not sure of your membership status, please see Rene or Pr Tom.
September Calendar

If you would like me to include your birthday (or your children's birthdays) please let me know!  welcome@firsttrinitychicago.com

Thursday, September 15, 2016

E-News

All Are Welcome!
Thanks to Erica and Patty and everyone who made Tuesday night's Open House awesome!

This Week

As we are invited today to consider what it means to be managers (rather than owners) of all that we have, it is crucial to recall that we are bought with a price. “Christ Jesus, himself human, . . . gave himself a ransom for all.” Apart from the generosity of God we have nothing—we are nothing. By God’s gracious favor we have everything we need.

Readings and Psalm

  • Amos 8:4-7
    Warnings to those who trample on the needy and poor
  • Psalm 113
    The Lord lifts up the poor from the ashes. (Ps. 113:7)
  • 1 Timothy 2:1-7
    One God, one mediator—Christ Jesus—who gave himself for all people
  • Luke 16:1-13
    A shrewd manager: faithful in little, faithful in much; serving God/wealth

Seeking Volunteers to Build Community!

Our community meals have become one of the highlights of each week at First Trinity.  They are free meals, shared by community members, and enjoyed by everyone who is able to come.  Community meals are a safe place for our homeless neighbors to rest and have something to eat, a gathering place for our seniors, and a great way to meet neighbors, volunteers, and others in our community.

We need some help!  We need volunteers to help prepare,  serve, and clean up after meals, twice a week.  Volunteers can donate food for the meal or use items from our pantry to create a meal.

If you think this is something you are interested in doing, please contact Rene at welcome@firsttrinitychicago.com.  We hope to find volunteers to sign up once a month, or as able.  We also welcome youth groups, church groups, groups of friends, community organizations, and others to participate as able.
September Calendar

If you would like me to include your birthday (or your children's birthdays) please let me know!  welcome@firsttrinitychicago.com
Mark your Calendars!

Sunday, September 25 at 10:30 AM - 12 PM - Solidarity Sunday - Dalit Christian Solidarity in India - Special Guest Rev. Chaks  - In the recent months, there has been an incredible and frighteneing increase of violence, and atrocities done to Dalits in India under the present BJP government.  As a result, and in response, there has been a powerful surge in protest and human rights movements, calling those in power to be accountable to the Dalit community, and to neither allow nor encourage such inhuman violence and persecution.  Join our special guest, Rev. Chakravarthy Zadda, Ph.D., who will be returning to India in October to organize Dalit Empowerment Workshops for clergy and lay leaders, building solidarity among the Indian Christian community for the Cause.
Sunday, October 9 at 10:30 AM - First Trinity Pet Blessing - In honor of St. Francis, patron saint of animals and ecology, we will again bless pets at the end of worship on October 9. Pets are welcome to attend worship.
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - All Saints Sunday and Dio de los Muertos.  We celebrate with pan de la muerto, and hot chocolate, followed by a festive procession and worship with communion.  All are welcome to add memories to our community offerenda.  
Thursday, November 24 - First Trinity’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Potluck.  All are welcome to cook, eat, share, give thanks and enjoy!

November 12 - St Martin's Day vendor sale.  Those interested in vending: tables will be $20 and we ask that you do not sell clothing unless it is handmade.  Contact rene@firsttrinitychicago.com.

Date to be determined - Our annual Beer and Carols event is held at a local tavern.  Join us for FaLaLa and Folderol as we sing carols.  There is no cover charge, though donations are accepted to support Midwest Books to Prisoners.  Follow us on Facebook for details.

Date to be determined - Our annual sing along Christmas Pageant featuring children from the community.  Kids who are interested will begin rehearsing mid-fall.  See Pastor Tom to sign up!
December 24, 7 pm - Christmas Eve - Candlelight Service with Lessons and Hymns.

December 25, 10:30 am - Christmas Day - Worship and Potluck Brunch!
Sunday: Worship 10:30 am
Monday: Office Closed
Tuesday: Lectio Divinia 9 am, God's Closet 5-7, Books to Prisoners 5-9, Bible Study 7 pm
Friday - God's Closet 10-noon, Office Hours 10-Noon, AA 8:00

Last Saturday of Each Month - 7pm Ben's Movie Night

Last Sunday of Each Month - 9:15am Living Lutheran Magazine Discussion Group

Check out some of the groups who meet or perform in our space: The Bridge, Bridgeport Alliance, The Glint, LGBT Neighbors in Bridgeport, Midwest Books to Prisoners, The Group Project, Windy City Opera, and more!

Did you know, First Trinity is a member of Concordia Cemetery?
If you have news for the benefit of the community, please send it to welcome@firsttrinitychicago.com
9/24/2016    Ben's Movie Night
9/25/2016    Living Lutheran, Guest Preacher
9/29/2016    Bridgeport Alliance
10/9/2016    Pet Blessing
10/27/2016    Bridgeport Alliance
10/29/2016    Ben's Movie Night
10/30/2016    Reformation Sunday and Oktoberfest!
10/31/2016    Reformation Day
11/6/2016    All Saints Sunday and Did de los Muertos
11/6/2016    Daylight Saving Time ends
11/8/2016    Election Day
11/13/2016    St. Martin's Day Sale
11/20/2016    Christ the King
11/24/2016    Thanksgiving
11/26/2016    Ben's Movie Night
11/27/2016    Living Lutheran
12/24/2016    Christmas Eve
12/25/2016    Christmas Day
12/31/2016    New Year's Eve
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Best Cookies Ever

Hello Everyone!  Rene here.

I've made these cookies to share at God's Closet and fellowship before, and today we enjoyed them during our getting-to-know-you session with Samantha and Malina.  Since they are the best cookies ever, I thought I would share the recipe!

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Imperial Margarine (you can use butter, but I like the way margarine works in this recipe)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 large bag peanut butter m&ms (you could use Reses' Pieces, but I find the M&M are better for this cookie)
Sea salt to taste.



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine flour and baking soda in small bowl. Beat melted margarine, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chips and M&Ms.
  3. Use a cookie scoop or make 2" round balls.  An ice cream scoops is a good substitute for a cookie scoop.  
  4. I like to use a silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet.  Parchment works too.
  5. Place 6 cookies on the cookie sheet.
  6. When you place the cookies in the oven, set the timer for 10 minutes.  
  7. At 10 minutes remove the cookie sheet from the oven, and leave the cookies on it.  
  8. Take the cookies from the previous batch, and move them to a cooling spot.  I use a big sheet of brown craft paper placed on the table.  Paper is nice because it soaks up some excess grease.
  9. Sprinkle just a little salt on top of the cookies.
  10. Return to step 5 and repeat until all the cookies are done.


The trick to these cookies is underbaking them just a little.  They will not look "done" when you take them out of the oven.  Also, sprinkling the salt on top rather than putting it in the dough gives a really nice sweet/salty thing.  Enjoy!

Friday, September 9, 2016

E-News

All Are Welcome!

This Week

This Sunday we will officially welcome our  new seminary students, Samantha and Malina!  Worship at 10:30 followed by a breif "getting to know you" fellowship time.
The grumbling of the Pharisees and the scribes in today’s gospel is actually our holy hope: This Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. That our God wills to seek and to save the lost is not only a holy hope, it is our only hope. As Paul’s first letter to Timothy reminds us, “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Thanks be to God.

Readings and Psalm

  • Exodus 32:7-14
    Moses begs the Lord to turn from anger against the Hebrews
  • Psalm 51:1-10
    Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love. (Ps. 51:1)
  • 1 Timothy 1:12-17
    Christ Jesus came for sinners
  • Luke 15:1-10
    Looking for the lost sheep, silver coin: Jesus eating with sinners

September 5-11 is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week -
National Suicide Prevention Week (NSPW) is a week-long campaign to inform and engage health professions and the general public about suicide prevention and the warning signs of suicide. The campaign strives to reduce the stigma surrounding the topic as it raises awareness. As part of the campaign, health organizations conduct depression screenings, including self-administered and on-line tests.
The Mission of the Lutheran Suicide Prevention Ministry is to reduce the number of people who die by suicide through awareness, education and advocacy actions that reduce the stigma of suicide. The website lists a number of helpful resources. www.lutheransuicideprevention.org
Seeking Volunteers to Build Community!

Our community meals have become one of the highlights of each week at First Trinity.  They are free meals, shared by community members, and enjoyed by everyone who is able to come.  Community meals are a safe place for our homeless neighbors to rest and have something to eat, a gathering place for our seniors, and a great way to meet neighbors, volunteers, and others in our community.

We need some help!  We need volunteers to help prepare,  serve, and clean up after meals, twice a week.  Volunteers can donate food for the meal or use items from our pantry to create a meal.

If you think this is something you are interested in doing, please contact Rene at welcome@firsttrinitychicago.com.  We hope to find volunteers to sign up once a month, or as able.  We also welcome youth groups, church groups, groups of friends, community organizations, and others to participate as able.
September Calendar

If you would like me to include your birthday (or your children's birthdays) please let me know!  welcome@firsttrinitychicago.com
Mark your Calendars!

Sunday, September 25 at 10:30 AM - 12 PM - Solidarity Sunday - Dalit Christian Solidarity in India - Special Guest Rev. Chaks  - In the recent months, there has been an incredible and frighteneing increase of violence, and atrocities done to Dalits in India under the present BJP government.  As a result, and in response, there has been a powerful surge in protest and human rights movements, calling those in power to be accountable to the Dalit community, and to neither allow nor encourage such inhuman violence and persecution.  Join our special guest, Rev. Chakravarthy Zadda, Ph.D., who will be returning to India in October to organize Dalit Empowerment Workshops for clergy and lay leaders, building solidarity among the Indian Christian community for the Cause.
Sunday, October 9 at 10:30 AM - First Trinity Pet Blessing - In honor of St. Francis, patron saint of animals and ecology, we will again bless pets at the end of worship on October 9. Pets are welcome to attend worship.
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - All Saints Sunday and Dio de los Muertos.  We celebrate with pan de la muerto, and hot chocolate, followed by a festive procession and worship with communion.  All are welcome to add memories to our community offerenda.  
Thursday, November 24 - First Trinity’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Potluck.  All are welcome to cook, eat, share, give thanks and enjoy!

Date to be determined - St Martin's Day vendor sale. This will take place November 12 or 13 - We should know soon.  Those interested in vending: tables will be $20 and we ask that you do not sell clothing unless it is handmade.  Contact rene@firsttrinitychicago.com.

Date to be determined - Our annual Beer and Carols event is held at a local tavern.  Join us for FaLaLa and Folderol as we sing carols.  There is no cover charge, though donations are accepted to support Midwest Books to Prisoners.  Follow us on Facebook for details.

Date to be determined - Our annual sing along Christmas Pageant featuring children from the community.  Kids who are interested will begin rehearsing mid-fall.  See Pastor Tom to sign up!
December 24, 7 pm - Christmas Eve - Candlelight Service with Lessons and Hymns.

December 25, 10:30 am - Christmas Day - Worship and Potluck Brunch!
Sunday: Worship 10:30 am
Monday: Office Closed
Tuesday: Lectio Divinia 9 am, God's Closet 5-7, Books to Prisoners 5-9, Bible Study 7 pm
Friday - God's Closet 10-noon, Office Hours 10-Noon, AA 8:00

Last Saturday of Each Month - 7pm Ben's Movie Night

Last Sunday of Each Month - 9:15am Living Lutheran Magazine Discussion Group

Check out some of the groups who meet or perform in our space: The Bridge, Bridgeport Alliance, The Glint, LGBT Neighbors in Bridgeport, Midwest Books to Prisoners, The Group Project, Windy City Opera, and more!

Did you know, First Trinity is a member of Concordia Cemetery?
If you have news for the benefit of the community, please send it to welcome@firsttrinitychicago.com
8/13/2016  Kids & Family Open House 
9/24/2016    Ben's Movie Night
9/25/2016    Living Lutheran, Guest Preacher
9/29/2016    Bridgeport Alliance
10/9/2016    Pet Blessing
10/27/2016    Bridgeport Alliance
10/29/2016    Ben's Movie Night
10/30/2016    Reformation Sunday and Oktoberfest!
10/31/2016    Reformation Day
11/6/2016    All Saints Sunday and Did de los Muertos
11/6/2016    Daylight Saving Time ends
11/8/2016    Election Day
11/13/2016    St. Martin's Day Sale
11/20/2016    Christ the King
11/24/2016    Thanksgiving
11/26/2016    Ben's Movie Night
11/27/2016    Living Lutheran
12/24/2016    Christmas Eve
12/25/2016    Christmas Day
12/31/2016    New Year's Eve

Friday, September 2, 2016

E-News

All Are Welcome!

This Week

Time to regroup post-summer and cellebrate all things First Trinity. Give thanks for what God has done, hear about new FT stuff, and take a step to connect to community in new and deeper ways.

Pot-luck after church. Bring your neighbors and your friends!

It's gonna be great.

Called to contemplate the cost of discipleship today, we might be helped by translating Paul’s request to Philemon into our prayer of the day: Refresh my heart in Christ. Strengthened by the company and forgiveness of the Christ in the blessed sacrament and recalling God’s grace in remembrance of baptism, we can be strengthened in this hour to “choose life”—to choose life in God as our own.

Readings and Psalm

  • Deuteronomy 30:15-20
    Walk in the way of life and hold fast to God
  • Psalm 1
    They are like trees planted by streams of water. (Ps. 1:3)
  • Philemon 1-21
    Paul says: Receive Onesimus as a coworker
  • Luke 14:25-33
    Jesus says: Disciples, give up your possessions and carry the cross
    Seeking Volunteers to Build Community!

    Our community meals have become one of the highlights of each week at First Trinity.  They are free meals, shared by community members, and enjoyed by everyone who is able to come.  Community meals are a safe place for our homeless neighbors to rest and have something to eat, a gathering place for our seniors, and a great way to meet neighbors, volunteers, and others in our community.

    We need some help!  We need volunteers to help prepare,  serve, and clean up after meals, twice a week.  Volunteers can donate food for the meal or use items from our pantry to create a meal.

    If you think this is something you are interested in doing, please contact Rene at welcome@firsttrinitychicago.com.  We hope to find volunteers to sign up once a month, or as able.  We also welcome youth groups, church groups, groups of friends, community organizations, and others to participate as able.
    September Calendar

    If you would like me to include your birthday (or your children's birthdays) please let me know!  welcome@firsttrinitychicago.com