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Friday, February 17, 2017

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Last Friday during God's Closet our volunteers dressed in hijabs as a symbol of friendship and solidarity with our Muslim neighbors. Intissar has been volunteering for God's Closet for a few years now, and her children have participated in the Christmas Pageant and other youth activities.  She was very excited to help the volunteers with their hijabs and share some of her culture with us.  
Sunday:
In today’s first reading we hear, “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” Yet we know we cannot achieve perfection. Our attempts to love neighbors and even our enemies fall short of what God desires for us. Yet in Jesus we see one who loved even those who persecuted and killed him. We are made holy in baptism, and forgiven at the table of God’s mercy. As a people made holy by God, we go in peace to love as we have been loved.

Readings and Psalm

Long ago, April 1st was the first day of the new year.  Then someone had the bright idea to change it, thus creating April Fool’s Day.  This year we are going to celebrate with a calendar mash-up event with a raffle, a penny auction (pennies only accepted for this), a silent auction, a traditional church bazaar, all focusing on different calendar celebrations. It's a FUNdraiser incorporating the hilarity of the day.
Come, be silly, plan to spend a little cash!  Proceeds benefit First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, God’s Closet, and FTKids.  All Are Welcome!

So you want to help make this fundraiser a success?  We need stuff to sell and auction, lots of volunteers, and fun activities for the day.  See Rene or Marge if you want to help!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

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All Are Welcome!
Sunday:
In today’s reading from Deuteronomy we are called to choose life by loving and obeying God. Much of today’s gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments. Jesus’ instructions to the crowd reveal a pattern of behavior that honors both God and the neighbor, resulting in life and health for the whole community. We, too, are invited to embrace these commandments, not out of fear of retribution, but because God has promised that to do so means life for us.

Readings and Psalm

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

Last Thursday of Each Month - Bridgeport Alliance - 7pm

Confirmation Classes 2nd and 4th Sunday of Each Month - See Pastor Tom

Check out some of the groups who meet or perform in our space: The BridgeThe Glint, LGBT Neighbors in Bridgeport, Midwest Books to Prisoners, The Group Project, 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

Weekly Activities:
Sunday: Worship 10:30 am
Monday: Office Closed, Books to Prisoners 
Tuesday: Lectio Divinia 9 am, God's Closet 5-7, Bible Study 7 pm
Friday - God's Closet 10-noon, Office Hours 10-Noon, AA 8:00
 
Upcoming:

02/12/17    Confirmation Class
02/18/17    Martin Luther, renewer of the church,
                  died 1546
02/25/17    Ben's Movie Night
02/26/17    Confirmation Class
02/26/17    Living Lutheran Magazine Discussion
                  Group
02/26/17    Immigration Panel
03/01/17    Ash Wednesday
03/05/17    First Sunday in Lent
03/12/17    Confirmation Class
03/12/17    Daylight Saving Time begins
03/12/17    Second Sunday in Lent
03/19/17    Third Sunday in Lent
03/25/17    Ben's Movie Night
03/26/17    Confirmation Class
03/26/17    Fourth Sunday in Lent
03/26/17    Living Lutheran Magazine Discussion
                  Group
04/01/17    Fundraiser
04/02/17    Fifth Sunday in Lent
04/09/17    Confirmation Class
04/09/17    Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday
04/13/17    Maundy Thursday
04/14/17    Good Friday
04/16/17    Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Day

Thursday, February 2, 2017

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All Are Welcome!
Sunday:
We've been having a lot of fun this January, exploring alternative liturgies and hearing rotating musicians.  The fun continues this Sunday, at 10:30.  Special welcome to Guest Preacher Diane Mack!  And we welcome back Bob Leone after his time off!  Come and See!
  
Light shines in the darkness for the upright, the psalmist sings. Isaiah declares that when we loose the bonds of injustice and share our bread with the hungry, the light breaks forth like the dawn. In another passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, the light of the world, calls his followers to let the light of their good works shine before others. Through baptism we are sent into the world to shine with the light of Christ.

Readings and Psalm

Friday, January 27, 2017

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All Are Welcome!
Sunday:
We've been having a lot of fun this January, exploring alternative liturgies and hearing rotating musicians.  The fun continues this Sunday, at 10:30.  Come and See!
  
Who are the blessed ones of God? For Micah, they are those who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. For Paul, they are the ones who find wisdom in the weakness of the cross. For Jesus, they are the poor, mourners, the meek, those who hunger for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers. In baptism we find our blessed identity and calling in this countercultural way of living and serving.

Readings and Psalm

Sunday, February 26 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Concerned about the future? Your status as a resident? Concerned about a loved one in this time of uncertainity and shifting politics?
We're in this together.
Join us for a panel on Civil Rights, Immigration, and Governmental Limitations.

Lawyers will specifically address: adjusting your immigration status, the path to citizenship, asylum, documentation for undocumented immigrants, wage discrimination, police brutality, Title VII protection, property damage, and bodily injury.

75 minute panel, followed by questions and answers from you.

First Trinity seeks to be a sanctuary. All are welcome.

Translators will be available in Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic.

Speaker information and more on Facebook

Thursday, January 19, 2017

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All Are Welcome!
Sunday:
We've been having a lot of fun this January, exploring alternative liturgies and hearing rotating musicians.  The fun continues this Sunday, at 10:30.  Come and See!
  

Readings and Psalm

Thursday, January 12, 2017

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All Are Welcome!
Sunday:
We've been having a lot of fun this January, exploring alternative liturgies and hearing rotating musicians.  The fun continues this Sunday, at 10:30.  Come and See!
  

Readings and Psalm

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

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

Last Thursday of Each Month - Bridgeport Alliance - 7pm

Confirmation Classes 2nd and 4th Sunday of Each Month - See Pastor Tom

Check out some of the groups who meet or perform in our space: The BridgeThe GlintLGBT Neighbors in BridgeportMidwest Books to PrisonersThe Group Project, 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

Weekly Activities:
Sunday: Worship 10:30 am
Monday: Office Closed, Books to Prisoners 
Tuesday: Lectio Divinia 9 am, God's Closet 5-7, Bible Study 7 pm
Wednesday: Yoga 7:30 pm
Friday - God's Closet 10-noon, Office Hours 10-Noon, AA 8:00
 
Upcoming:

01/16/17    Martin Luther King Jr. birthday
                  observed
01/22/17    Confirmation Class
01/28/17    Ben's Movie Night
01/29/17    Living Lutheran Magazine Discussion
                  Group
02/12/17    Confirmation Class
02/18/17    Martin Luther, renewer of the church,
                  died 1546
02/25/17    Ben's Movie Night
02/26/17    Confirmation Class
02/26/17    Living Lutheran Magazine Discussion
                  Group
03/01/17    Ash Wednesday
03/05/17    First Sunday in Lent
03/12/17    Confirmation Class
03/12/17    Daylight Saving Time begins
03/12/17    Second Sunday in Lent
03/19/17    Third Sunday in Lent
03/25/17    Ben's Movie Night
03/26/17    Confirmation Class
03/26/17    Fourth Sunday in Lent
03/26/17    Living Lutheran Magazine Discussion
                  Group
04/02/17    Fifth Sunday in Lent
04/09/17    Confirmation Class
04/09/17    Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday
04/13/17    Maundy Thursday
04/14/17    Good Friday
04/16/17    Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Day