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Friday, December 2, 2016

E-News

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.
This Week:
At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the light of Christ’s coming. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. We wait with hope for that day when the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and there will be no more hurt or destruction. From the Lord’s table we are sent in the spirit of John the Baptist to proclaim that in Christ the kingdom of God has come near.

Readings and Psalm



Our MIC Students, Samantha and Malina, both wrote pieces for our recent newsletter about Advent.  If you have not read them, or want to read them again, click here!

Plan to Join us for another edition of Beer & Carols, First Trinity style. We are still in the process of venue-picking, but rest assured, there will be singing and santa, voices and glasses raised high to the sky. Merry Christmas, people.  Thursday, December 15, 8-11 pm.



Godly Play


Godly Play is every Sunday at 9:15 am.
All kids, 11 and under are welcome. Coffee will be on for parents.

We are looking for folks to provide snacks for youth on Sundays. If you are interested, please speak to Erika or Patti.
 
I wonder, what is Godly Play? 
Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Come join us!

St. Nicholas Day


On November 13 Santa stopped by, but he still had a clean-shaven look for the warmer weather. He tells us that by St. Nicholas Day (December 6) he will have regrown his beard and will be ready for photos!

He has agreed to come back on St. Nicholas Day to visit God's Closet. BYO Camera for free photos, or we will post photos on Facebook and Instagram so that you can download them. Kids of all ages, families, friends, and well behaved pets are welcome to take a photo with Santa. 

This is a free event but we do suggest making a $5 donation to God's Closet. As usual there will be a community meal shared during God's Closet. God's Closet is open 5-7, but Santa is only commiting an hour. If we have a line of people we might be able to convince him to stay longer. 

Little is known about Nicholas, except that he was a bishop in present-day Turkey. According to legend, he was famous for his giving to the poor, and so has become a symbol of anonymous gift-giving.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

December Calendar


Commemorations

Saturday, December 03, 2016 Francis Xavier, missionary to Asia, died 1552 A native of the Basque region of Spain, Xavier became a missionary to India, Southeast Asia, Japan, and the Philippines. He also helped to found the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Sunday, December 04, 2016 Second Sunday of Advent - Color of the Season is Blue

Sunday, December 04, 2016 John of Damascus, theologian and hymnwriter, died around 749 A monk in an abbey near Jerusalem, John wrote many hymns as well as theological works. One of his works, The Fount of Wisdom, remained influential for centuries.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, died around 342 Little is known about Nicholas, except that he was a bishop in present-day Turkey. According to legend, he was famous for his giving to the poor, and so has become a symbol of anonymous gift-giving.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016 Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, died 397 While a governor of northern Italy, Ambrose was elected bishop of Milan on the same day he was baptized. He was a famous preacher, a writer of hymns we still sing today, and helped lead St. Augustine to faith.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 Third Sunday of Advent - Color of the Season is Blue

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Lucy, martyr, died 304 Lucy was a young Christian of Sicily who was martyred during the persecutions under Emperor Diocletian. Her celebration became particularly important in Sweden and Norway, perhaps because the feast of Lucia (whose name means "light") originally fell on the shortest day of the year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 John of the Cross, renewer of the church, died 1591 John was a member of the Carmelite monastic order, and worked to reform it. His writings reflect a deep interest in mystical thought and meditation.

Friday, December 16, 2016 Las Posadas This celebration, long popular in Mexico, takes its name from the "posadas," or lodgings, sought by Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. Their search is reenacted in a neighborhood, unsuccessfully, until finally they are welcomed in, and a party commences.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 Fourth Sunday of Advent - Color of the Season is Blue

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Katharina von Bora Luther, renewer of the church, died 1552 Born to an impoverished nobleman, Katie eventually took vows as a nun, but around age twenty-four she and several other nuns who were influenced by the writings of Martin Luther left the convent. Six children were born to Katie and Martin.

Saturday, December 24, 2016 Nativity of Our Lord I: Christmas Eve - Color of the day is White

Sunday, December 25, 2016 Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day - Color of the day is White

Monday, December 26, 2016 - Stephen, Deacon and Martyr Stephen was a deacon and the first martyr of the church. He was one of those seven upon whom the apostles laid hands after they had been chosen to serve widows and others in need. Later, Stephen's preaching angered the temple authorities, and they ordered him to be put to death by stoning.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 John, Apostle and Evangelist The son of Zebedee and brother of James, John was one of the twelve disciples and witness to the transfiguration. Tradition has named him also the writer of the Gospel of John, the three New Testament letters bearing his name, as well as Revelation.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 The Holy Innocents, Martyrs This day commemorates the young children killed by Herod in Bethlehem in his jealous attempt to murder the baby Jesus, a sobering reminder of the evil that led Christ to be born for our salvation.


Saturday, December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve

Birthdays!
2 - Bill H 
3 - Charlie R 
3 - Malina K 
3 - Alizabeth G 
4 - Daisy V
7 - Lynn B 
7 - Kestutis N 
12 - Bill V 
14 - Samantha N
15 - Pr. Dave H 
17 - Sara H 
24 - Jacquie R 
27 - Elma R 

E-News

This Week:

In this Advent season of hope and expectation, the whole world awaits the coming of the Savior. We hear the words of the prophets. We sing of God’s promises. We place our hope in God. The carols in this Sunday's service draw from a variety of countries, cultures, and traditions. The dialogue, response following the lessons, responsive prayer, and blessing/dismissal are based on passages from Isaiah.

Our MIC Students, Samantha and Malina, both wrote pieces for our recent newsletter about Advent.  If you have not read them, or want to read them again, click here!



Godly Play


Godly Play is every Sunday at 9:15 am.
All kids, 11 and under are welcome. Coffee will be on for parents.

We are looking for folks to provide snacks for youth on Sundays. If you are interested, please speak to Erika or Patti.
 
I wonder, what is Godly Play? 
Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Come join us!



Thanksgiving


We are again hosting a community Thanksgiving Potluck.  All Are Welcome!  If you know anyone who needs a place to go for Thanksgiving, please share this flier or invite them on the Facebook event page.   

St. Nicholas Day


On November 13 Santa stopped by, but he still had a clean-shaven look for the warmer weather. He tells us that by St. Nicholas Day (December 6) he will have regrown his beard and will be ready for photos!

He has agreed to come back on St. Nicholas Day to visit God's Closet. BYO Camera for free photos, or we will post photos on Facebook and Instagram so that you can download them. Kids of all ages, families, friends, and well behaved pets are welcome to take a photo with Santa. 

This is a free event but we do suggest making a $5 donation to God's Closet. As usual there will be a community meal shared during God's Closet. God's Closet is open 5-7, but Santa is only commiting an hour. If we have a line of people we might be able to convince him to stay longer. 

Little is known about Nicholas, except that he was a bishop in present-day Turkey. According to legend, he was famous for his giving to the poor, and so has become a symbol of anonymous gift-giving.
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.

Friday, November 18, 2016

E-News

Jeremiah’s promise of the execution of “justice and righteousness in the land” finds ironic fulfillment in the execution of Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. It appears so utterly contradictory that the king should be crucified with the criminal. This victory appears for all the world as ignominious defeat. Yet through the gate of death our Lord opens the door to paradise.

Readings and Psalm

  • Jeremiah 23:1-6
    Coming of the shepherd and righteous Branch who will execute justice
  • Psalm 46
    I will be exalted among the nations. (Ps. 46:10)
  • Colossians 1:11-20
    Hymn to Christ, firstborn of all creation; peace through his blood
  • Luke 23:33-43
    Jesus is crucified between two thieves: you will be with me in Paradise



Godly Play


Godly Play begins Sunday, November 20, at 9:15.
All kids, 11 and under are welcome. Coffee will be on for parents.

We are looking for folks to provide snacks for youth on Sundays. If you are interested, please speak to Erika or Patti.
 
I wonder, what is Godly Play? 
Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Come join us!



Thanksgiving


We are again hosting a community Thanksgiving Potluck.  All Are Welcome!  If you know anyone who needs a place to go for Thanksgiving, please share this flier or invite them on the Facebook event page.   

St. Nicholas Day


On November 13 Santa stopped by, but he still had a clean-shaven look for the warmer weather. He tells us that by St. Nicholas Day (December 6) he will have regrown his beard and will be ready for photos!

He has agreed to come back on St. Nicholas Day to visit God's Closet. BYO Camera for free photos, or we will post photos on Facebook and Instagram so that you can download them. Kids of all ages, families, friends, and well behaved pets are welcome to take a photo with Santa. 

This is a free event but we do suggest making a $5 donation to God's Closet. As usual there will be a community meal shared during God's Closet. God's Closet is open 5-7, but Santa is only commiting an hour. If we have a line of people we might be able to convince him to stay longer. 

Little is known about Nicholas, except that he was a bishop in present-day Turkey. According to legend, he was famous for his giving to the poor, and so has become a symbol of anonymous gift-giving.
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.
Mark your Calendars!

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, 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

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
11/20/2016    Christ the King
11/20/2016  Godly Play Begins
11/24/2016    Thanksgiving
11/26/2016    Ben's Movie Night
11/27/2016    Living Lutheran
11/29/2016     Giving Tuesday
12/4/2016     Annual Meeting
12/6/2016    Santa visits God's Closet
12/24/2016    Christmas Eve
12/25/2016    Christmas Day
12/31/2016    New Year's Eve
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Friday, November 11, 2016

E-News

This Week

The end is near. There is no doubt about it. The warnings are dire. The tone of today’s texts is ominous. But the baptized know how to live in the “meantimes.” The baptized are strengthened for the living of these days in word and sacrament. The baptized rally around the invitation of the apostle: “Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.”

Readings and Psalm

  • Malachi 4:1-2a
    A day of blistering heat for the arrogant; a day of healing sun for the righteous
  • Psalm 98
    In righteousness will the Lord judge the world. (Ps. 98:9)
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
    Do not be idle, but do what is right for the sake of Christ
  • Luke 21:5-19
    Jesus speaks of wars, endurance, betrayal, and suffering for his sake
Thank you to all who participated in our Dia De Los Muertos and All Saints' Sunday celebration.  See more photos on our instagram page - https://www.instagram.com/trinitywebsite/
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.
We are again hosting a community Thanksgiving Potluck.  All Are Welcome!  If you know anyone who needs a place to go for Thanksgiving, please share this flier or invite them on the Facebook event page.   
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.
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.
Mark your Calendars!

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
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
12/4/2016     Annual Meeting
12/24/2016    Christmas Eve
12/25/2016    Christmas Day
12/31/2016    New Year's Eve