November begins with All Saints Day and ends in or near Advent, when we anticipate Christ’s coming again. So the readings today tell of the final resurrection and the end time. In the turmoil of hope, fear, and disbelief that these predictions provoke in us, Hebrews sounds a note of confident trust. Christ makes a way for us where there is no way, and we walk it confidently, our hearts and bodies washed in baptismal water, trusting the one who has promised. The more we see the last day approaching, the more important it is to meet together to provoke one another to love.
Readings: Daniel 12:1-3, Psalm 16, Hebrews 10:11-25, Mark 13:1-8
Our next big event is coming soon! Our Thanksgiving community meal takes place on Thanksgiving day, and is a full day of fun! Doors will be open for cooking and fellowship around 2 pm, and dinner will be ready around 5. Come all or part of the day, bring a dish to pass if you can. There is also a small pie baking party the night before, see Rene if you want to know more.
A Message from Dolores
Dolores shared a story about coming to First Trinity for the 150th Anniversary. Thanks to Chris for editing and uploading it, and to Zarana for interviewing. See the video here!
The kids will begin rehearsing the Christmas Pageant on Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7 (during God's Closet) next week. Adults who want to help out are encouraged to talk to Pastor Tom.
A tentative date has been set for Beer and Carols. Location and time are still being worked out, but the date will likely be Thursday, December 17.
South Loop Campus Ministry was recently featured in The Lutheran. At November's Lutheran Magazine Discussion Group, Pr. Ben will join us to discuss the article and the work that is done at SLCM. All Are Welcome! The article is available here, or we will have copies available. Sunday, November 29at 9:15am Facebook event page We will also take a freewill offering for SLCM that morning, cash and sock donations are appreciated.
31st Street Bus
Monday, November 16 at 5:45pm - Join the coalition for the restored 31st St. and Lincoln Ave. routes, as we fight for fair transit and make our voices heard at the CTA's Budget Hearing. Rene and members of Bridgeport Alliance will meet at 5pm at Dunkin Donuts, 31 and Halsted, and take the #8 to the meeting!. Details here!
The End of the Year is Near! Help us reach our 2015 fundraising goal!
Nov 22 - Christ the King Sunday (Christian New Year) Nov 26 - Thanksgiving Day (And Community Meal) Nov 27 - Grey Friday - God's Closet open as usual Nov 29 - The Lutheran Magazine group with Pr. Ben Adams Nov 29 - December 24 - Advent Dec 6 -12:15PM - Annual Congregational Meeting Dec 17 - Beer and Carols Dec 20 - Christmas Pageant Dec 22 - Visit Seniors/Christmas Caroling 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