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Thursday, June 9, 2016


All Are Welcome!

This Week

The enormity of our sin is surpassed only by the mercy of God. We come, repentant, to the table of the Lord. In the body and blood of Jesus, in the announcement of our absolution, all our sins are forgiven. “Happy are they . . . whose sin is put away.” Happy are we.

Readings: 2 Samuel 11:26--12:10, 13-15, Psalm 32, Galatians 2:15-21, Luke 7:36--8:3 
Synod Assembly
Pastor Tom, Toby, Dan and Rene will be away Friday and Saturday for Synod Assembly.  Please keep them and the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA in your prayers.

Kid’s Programming News:
An incredible act of faith last week by the First Trinity Community. We started demoing the basement. Why? To build youth rooms, for youth programming. Because we have faith, we have hope, that our community and our youth (at present, and yet to come), living out the values of love, peace and justice that they learn here, in community, will be a part of the Resurrection that happens daily in Chicago, despite injustice, despite violence. Thanks to Andrew, Rene, Yamara Vincent, Kevin, Frank, Charles, Xavier, Marge, Lizzy, Christopher, Lindsay for your help!

We’ve also received a sizable grant from the Mission Investment Fund that is designated for children’s programming.  Thank you to Hector Garthias and Bishop Miller for their support and advice.  Details of how we will be using these funds will be available at a later time.

Introducing our new MIC Students!
Malina and Samantha will be joining us for the 2016-2017 school year as Ministry in Context students.  This is a class that students at LSTC take and is an opportunity for students to engage in ministry in a congregational context. Malina and Samantha will be with us on a very part time basis, but you will get to know them on Sunday mornings and through their projects.  Click to read their bios!

Hospitality Training 
What Would Jesus Say To Visitors? How can we best welcome people to worship on Sunday? How can we best send people off as they leave? How can we follow up with people who are new to this community between worship services?

Come get trained in best practices for welcoming new people to First Trinity and helping them feel part of this community.   Sunday, June 12 at 12 PM - 2 PM

Toby’s Last Day :(
Join us as we say goodbye to Vicar Toby on Sunday, June 26. Worship will be followed by a potluck lunch and karaoke party. If you able to bring a dish to pass, please try to avoid corn, wheat, soy, eggs, yeast and meat.  Thanks!

Bible Study!
Tuesdays, at 7 pm in the sanctuary.  We are reading Acts.

Tickets are here! If you signed up please see Rene to pay for and pick up your ticket. If you prepaid, just see Rene to get your ticket. Thanks all!

June'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:

If you have never made it out to see Followspot, it's really cool.  The next one is Saturday, June 11.  
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 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
6/12 - Hospitality Training
6/19 - Father’s Day
6/25 - Ben’s Movie Night
6/26 -Living Lutheran Discussion Group
6/26 - Toby’s Last Day :(
6/30 - Bridgeport Alliance
7/4 - Independence Day
7/16 - Up cycle
7/23 - Small Group Training
7/25 - TriSox
7/28 - Bridgeport Alliance
7/30 - Ben’s Movie Night


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