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Thursday, May 5, 2016


All Are Welcome!

This Week

In today’s gospel the risen Christ ascends into heaven and his followers are assured that the Spirit will empower them to be witnesses throughout the earth. The disciples were told to not gaze up into heaven to look for Jesus; we find his presence among us as we proclaim the word and share the Easter feast. We too long for the Spirit to enliven our faith and invigorate our mission.

We will also be saying goodbye to Ambria this Sunday.  She is embarking on an exciting internship!

And, after worship, please join us for a potluck brunch and discussion about moms.  

Readings: Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians, Luke 24:44-53 
Money Matters
Last week we received a very generous gift of $2000 from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and a $3000 check from Concordia Cemetery.  Thanks be to God!

While these donations and the offerings that we receive every week are a great blessing in helping us to further our mission, we are still facing serious financial challenges this year.  If you have considered regular online giving and need help setting it up, please schedule a time with Rene and we will help you get set up!

Moral Mondays IL
Monday - May 9, Noon at Federal Plaza,  Adams & Dearborn  Talk to Pastor Tom or Toby if you are interested in participating.  There will be a bus leaving from First Trinity shortly after 11 am.  Breakfast and coffee provided.
White Sox Raffle  
We are raffling off 2 seats for the Sox -vs- Royals game on Friday, May 20, 7:10 start time. They are in section 512, row 2, seats 1&2. Regular price with fees and whatnot would make these about $47. These are just ok seats for the game, but they are AMAZING seats for the FIREWORKS!
How do you get in on this most incredible raffle? Make a donation to the First Trinity Kid's Camp Fund! Every donation of $3 or more is entered into the raffle, to be drawn after worship on Sunday, May 15. 
So, you not only get entered for the chance to win the tickets, but you get to help some awesome kids go to camp this summer! 
Make a donation online at or in person during God's Closet or after Worship on Sunday  (see Rene) Thanks and good luck!

Tri-Sox 2016!
Join us in the upper decks at Sox Park on the afternoon of Sunday, July 24.  Tickets will be $10 each and must be reserved by May 20. Contact Rene@firsttrinitychicago,com or use the sign up sheet in Sunday's bulletin.  
Addition to the Calendar:
The Memorial Day worship atConcordia Cemetery will take place on Saturday, May 29 at 11am.

May's Calendar with Birthdays and Commemorations available now!

Rene here - if I miss your birthday please let me know.  I can only add them to the calendar if I know when they are!  Thanks! 
Happening in the Orphanage:

New show from The Group Project presents -  EVERYTHING THAT RISES with stories about JUDGMENT! Formerly known as 7 Stories, Everything That Rises combines unscripted storytelling with live music and visual elements for a unique theatrical experience. Thursday, May 12 - Doors: 8:30pm Show: 9:00pm $10 donation or pay what you can. Beer, wine, and kombucha will be available for purchase. CASH ONLY. There is an ATM at the gas station next door.

Midwest Books to Prisoners has been at it, packing books last Tuesday.  They could use some help getting them in the mail.  Please see Bob after worship on Sunday to donate, or check out their Facebook page.  

The Glint has a show coming up on May 21 - The Glint is back with its third edition of its 2016 season with the "The Great American Songbook" show. Grab your feather boas, strap on some tap shoes, and bone up on your Gershwin, because we're going to trip the light fantastic with tribal and tribal fusion bellydance performed to the greatest hits of hte 30s and 40s.  Doors at 9, show at 10pm $15 at the door BYOB and 21+ only Bring your own floor pillows for the best seats in the orchestra section of the house. Couches and chairs on the periphery of the venue.
Sunday: Worship 10:30 am
Monday: Office Closed
Tuesday: Lectio Divinia 9 am, God's Closet 5-7, Books to Prisoners 5-9
Wednesday: Bible Study 6 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 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
4/28 - Bridgeport Alliance
4/30 - Ben’s Movie Night
4/30 - Spring Cleanup Sale
5/8 - Mother’s Day
5/15- Day of Pentecost
5/15 - LSTC Graduation
5/22 - Trinity Sunday
5/26 - Bridgeport Alliance
5/28 - Ben’s Movie Night
5/28 - Memorial Day Worship at Concordia
5/29 - The Lutheran Magazine Discussion Group
5/30 - Memorial Day
6/19 - Father’s Day
6/25 - Ben’s Movie Night
6/26 - The Lutheran Magazine Discussion Group
6/26 - Toby’s Last Day :(
6/30 - Bridgeport Alliance
7/4 - Independence Day
7/16 - Up cycle
7/25 - TriSox
7/28 - Bridgeport Alliance
7/30 - Ben’s Movie Night
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