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Thursday, September 10, 2015


On the anniversary of September 11, we continue to pray for peace.
Today (Friday) we will hold a memorial to celebrate the life of our brother, Walter Riley, in the chapel at noon. Walter was a regular at God's Closet, and often came to worship on Sundays. 

This Sunday

This Sunday we will be joined by guest preacher, Bishop Wayne Miller.  Bishop Miller is about to embark on a sabbatical, the first of his career.  We'll also welcome Rocky Torres to the family through baptism.  After worship we'll have a potluck meal, featuring homemade brats (by James Ravnic).  It's going to be a great day and one you don't want to miss!  Worship starts at 10:30.

Oh!  And we're moving back to the sanctuary!  We could use some help getting it ready on Friday.  Anytime between 10-4.

Three weeks ago we heard John’s gospel’s version of Peter’s confession of faith. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of “messiah”) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.

Readings and Psalm: Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 116:1-9, James 3:1-12, Mark 8:27-38 
The flier for the anniversary celebration is below.  There are three things we currently need for the event:
1 - If you know a business or organization who would want to sponsor the event or donate a raffle prize, please contact or share this link.
2 - We also need volunteers to help the day of the event and for tasks such as distributing fliers, picking up donations, and decorating.
3 - We need to know where to send the invites!  If you know former members, friends, or students we would like to have their address or email to invite them to the anniversary.  

A new Bible Study, Luther's Greatest Hits, starts October 26.

Leading up to Reformation Day, and our 150th Anniversary, join us for the month of October as we read from works by Martin Luther. "Martin Luther's Greatest Hits."

Tuesdays 7-8:30 in October.

You know you'll love it.
And.. our mural made the news.  Read it here!

Cool Community Event Alert:

The Bridge Opens Fall Season with Mac Wellman's The Hyacinth Macaw, Sept.18-Oct. 4

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm
The Bridge, 643 W. 31st Street
Regular Activities:

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
Wednesday - Yoga 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 The Lutheran Magazine Discussion Group

Check out some of the groups who meet or perform in our space: The BridgeBridgeport AllianceThe Glint, LGBT Neighbors in BridgeportMidwest Books to PrisonersThe Group ProjectWindy City Opera, and more!

If you have news for the benefit of the community, please send it to
Coming Up:

Sep 13 - Bishop Miller preaching
Oct 11 - Rev. Ronald Nitz preaching
Oct 4 - St Francis Day
Oct 25 - Reformation Sunday
Nov 1 - Anniversary Celebration
Nov 22 - Christ the King Sunday
Nov 26 - Thanksgiving Day
Nov 29 - December 24 - Advent
Dec 24 - 7pm Candlelight Service, Lessons & Carols
Dec 25 - 10:30 Christmas Day Worship & Brunch

* as part of our  year-long 150th anniversary celebration we have invited the bishop and former pastors to preach

Did you know, First Trinity is a member of Concordia 

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