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Thursday, December 17, 2015


All Are Welcome!

This Sunday - Advent 4 - A Prayer for Redemption

Cradle and cross are inextricably connected on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Between a lovely tribute to the little town of Bethlehem and the blessed virgin Mary’s magnificent song of praise, the letter to the Hebrews reminds us in no uncertain terms that Christ’s advent is for “the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” It is the kind of tension in which the church always lives as when in the holy communion—with high delight—“we proclaim the Lord's death.”

Readings: Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:46b-55, Psalm 80:1-7, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45 [46-55] 

Bring Peace to the Earth Again
This year, our Advent hymn is Bring Peace to Earth Again.
Read more about this tradition on our blog.

Beer and Carols Tonight!

Friends, Neighbors, Aquaintences! Join us for an evening of Fa La La and Folderol! We will be taking over the back room of ledgendary local bar, Schaller's Pump. Their kitchen closes at 9, so if you plan to get food try to come early. We don't want to overwhelm them!  Cash only - buy your own drinks. Snacks and Songbooks provided. Donations Accepted. And, of course, Bob Leone will be playing keyboard.

Christmas Pageant

The kid's are at it again! This year's pageant includes a modern twist! All are welcome to attend the show and stick around after for the cast party and to get their program signed. Suggested donation $5 (goes to the FT Kid's Activity Fund).  Sunday - 5 pm.


Christmas Caroling

Our annual trip to visit seniors and sing carols is coming up next Tuesday.  Times and route are still being finalized, but we are looking at leaving around 9 am. Please contact Pastor Tom, Rene, or Vicar Toby if you plan to go.  We need to make sure we have enough seatbelt!
First Trinity Last Minute Pop Up Sale
Sunday at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

We had a great time at Armour Elementary's Craft and Vendor Sale, but we had a lot of leftovers. Sunday, December 20 we'll be presenting them for your last minute shopping needs. Gift items available for purchase include:
Holiday pins and jewlery
Handmade scarves and hats
Paper flowers
Grab-bag jewlery
Gift tags, boxes, cards and wrap
Holiday decorations
First Lutheran Church
of the Trinity

643 W 31st Street
Chicago, IL 60616

All Are Welcome!
There is so much going on in December, we thought a calendar would help!  
Our Friends at The Bridge have a show this Friday that you want to see!

Friday, December 18 @8PM
$10 or PWYC* at the door
*Pay What You Can
At The Orphanage

Preview performances of works by The Bridge's artists-in-residence, which will premiere at the IN TIME >16 Performance Art Festival coming in February:
 - Dao Nguyen presents "Holzwege", which employs thought experiments, play apparatuses, and obstacle courses to respond to the existential question How do I live?
 - Elise Cowan presents "Up to the Elbows in What They Call Adventures", a performance spurred by two sources: historical patents for inventions that attempted to bestow the body with extraordinary capabilities and Cervantes's Don Quixote. Onward!
 - Drag superstar Chic Filet will transport us to a world where queens are kings and kings are queens...
 - Puppeteer Kely Nesheim will delight and entertain.
 - Madeline Pell will break out of hell with her piece entitled "Music Box", which examines the question: Who is the music box doll when no one is watching?
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
Dec 17 - Beer and Carols
Dec 20 - Advent 4
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
Dec 27 - Hymn Sing Sunday!
Jan 6 - Joint Feast of the Epiphany with Christ the Mediator

Did you know, First Trinity is a member of Concordia Cemetery?  
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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!

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