We are looking for those interested in volunteering as Sunday School teachers next year to talk to Pastor Stephanie. Please consider how you might be involved in this wonderful ministry to our young people.
Opens the season with: FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, Friday, September 27 (rather than our usual double offering, one for adults, one for kids)
A confidence man plans to swindle the people of a small town in Iowa by selling them non-existent band uniforms. The hope that the prospect of the band inspires plants big visions in the minds of the local kids, and it performs a miraculous cure on one of them (Ron Howard). Romancing the townsfolk and staying one step ahead of the law, his plans are thwarted when he falls in love with a local librarian and piano teacher. Does the marching band becomes a brassy, high-stepping reality—or is it an illusion, another one hatched by this swindler? But why always settle for small horizons - aren't big illusions sometimes better?
Bonhoeffer, Agent of Grace; Gattacca; Babette's Feast; The Seventh Seal; Ordet (The Word); Forrest Gump. Let us know if there is something you would like to see and discuss.
The 2013-2014 LSTC Chapel Music Series kicks off its seventh season with the Manz Organ Series opening recital on September 3rd. These lunchtime concerts are held from 12:15 to 12:45 PM the first Tuesday of each month in the Augustana Chapel. Performances are free and open to the public. Augustana Chapel is home to the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ, a mechanical action pipe organ built by the M. L. Bigelow Company of American Fork, Utah.
LSTC will mark the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with a hymn festival under the theme “Come Share the Spirit.” LSTC President James Nieman will provide reflections, and Cantor Daniel Schwandt will be joined by instrumentalists, the LSTC Cantorei and area church choirs in leading this festival of song. The hymn festival will be on Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 PM in the Augustana Chapel of LSTC.
Youth are invited to help combat malaria by baking and selling treats over Labor Day weekend. We will meet in the Augustana kitchen on Saturday, August 31, at 2:30 PM to bake. We will have essential ingredients like eggs, butter, oil, flour and sugar. You bring a cake mix and cake pan, a cookie recipe and chips and cookie sheet. We will bake together for a couple of hours, play some ELCA Malaria Campaign-related awareness-raising games, and end with pizza from 5 to 5:30 PM. Bring a friend! (So that we know how many bakers are coming, please RSVP to Pastor Stephanie.)
On Sunday, September 1, youth are asked to sell the things we baked the day before during the fellowship time 10:30-11:30. Please sign up to sell on Sunday, September 1 by emailing pastor or signing up in the narthex.
Please consider providing light refreshments during our fellowship hour following or Sunday services. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex. If you have questions please contact me at 312-927-4324. Thank you.
After an energetic October which included a new undergraduate Bible study, a new form of Thursday evening worship, and a Reformation Sunday Night Ministry cooking extravaganza, we now settle into November with its colder weather and its second half of the autumn academic quarter at the University of Chicago. Our regular programming continues, with DinnerChurch each Thursday evening at 6:30 PM (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day) and with our undergraduate Bible study focusing on Mary Magdalene, Job, Peter, and Jacob. In addition, we are particularly excited about a few special events.
On the evening of All Saints Day, we’re happy to be hosting the monthly Taize Hyde Park service at Augustana. The folks at Hyde Park Union Church and your staff at Augustana have worked together to plan this service so that it reflects the best of Taize and still retains the elements of All Saints worship that are so dear to Lutherans. Please come to this service if you are able: it begins at 7 PM and we hope to have a significant crowd gathered as we celebrate together the communion of saints.
Campus Ministry is also hosting (along with a few other campus religious groups) a series of talks called “The Jewish Roots of Jesus” by Rabbi Niles Goldstein, the author of God at the Edge and founder of The New Shul in Manhattan. Rabbi Goldstein is an engaging speaker, and he has described his upcoming Augustana talks this way: “Take a journey back in time to the Jewish Roots of Jesus — and Christianity. Explore core theological concepts and ritual practices, and learn about Jesus in his own historical context. See how powerfully he connected to, yet also departed from, his Jewish origins.” Rabbi Goldstein’s presentations will take place at Augustana after the 10:45 service on two Sundays, November 10 and November 24. Lunch will be served and all are welcome! Campus Ministry has limited funds to purchase copies of God at the Edge for eager readers who would have time to read it ahead of time. Talk to Pastor Elizabeth if you would like a copy.
Mission Night: Saturday November 16
Pledge Sunday: Sunday November 17
2013 has been a bumpy financial year that, due to your generous giving, will end much more smoothly than it began. It’s hard to believe that another fiscal year is on our heels. Another pledge season is in the midst and again we are asking for your support.
As we do each year, we ask that you prayerfully consider a financial pledge and a pledge of your time and talents. Pledge forms for both will be distributed in early November and collected during Mission Night and on Pledge Sunday.
In November 2012 the Stewardship and Finance Committee sponsored its first Mission Night, an evening of fellowship and information and the sharing of our hopes for the upcoming year. We looked forward to this night becoming a tradition at Augustana.
As anticipated, our committee will again sponsor Mission Night, a special evening to kick off our planning for next year. Please join us and enjoy a spaghetti dinner and the camaraderie planning for the future instills. There will be a brief presentation and attendees will have the opportunity to share their hopes for Augustana in 2014.
When: Saturday November 16 at 5:00 PM
Where: Gorder Hall, Augustana Lutheran Church
Child care will be provided in the Nursery
Please RSVP by email or call the church office at 773-493-6451. You may also RSVP to any Stewardship and Finance committee member.
Our engaging adult education offerings during our weekly education hour, Sundays 9:30 – 10:30 AM, continue in November with a range of offerings.
In December we will hold an initial short series on a special topic in “Science and Religion,” with additional “science and religion” topics to be explored in the winter and spring:
The EPA is considering proposals to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants, and is holding a series of 11 “listening sessions” across the country. One of these sessions will be in Chicago on Friday, November 8. The Social Ministry Committee would like to organize members of the congregation who support the proposed regulations, which could be the most significant step to curb carbon emissions from the Obama administration. There will be opportunities to provide testimony throughout the day (sign up here). In addition the Sierra Club is organizing a rally in support of regulations at Federal Plaza at noon. If you are interested in taking part, please contact a member of the Social Ministry Committee.
Kristallnacht, or night of broken glass is a term that is used to refer to the night of November 9 through November 10, 1938. That night there were coordinated attacks on Jews and their businesses throughout Germany and parts of Austria. This was a foreshadowing of events to come that would lead to the incarceration of Jews, Roma, disabled persons, homosexuals and many others during the Holocaust or what is now referred to as the Shoah. The resulting genocide is estimated to be around 6-10 million people in a relatively short amount of time.
The word Kristallnacht comes from the shards of glass that were seen throughout the streets from the broken windows of Jewish Synagogues and shops. There were at least 91 Jews that were killed and well over 30,000 arrested and placed in concentration camps. Homes, hospitals, shops and schools were ransacked and about 1,000 Synagogues burnt… simply because of the anti-Semitic views of Nazi controlled Germany.
On Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM, the Lutheran School of Theology will be hosting a service of remembrance. Please join us as we hear the words from a survivor, lessons read in Hebrew by students in Esther Menn’s class and have a sermon delivered by Rabbi Anna Levin from Hillel. We will once again, as Lutherans, recommit ourselves to the ongoing healing between Christians and Jews through a statement from the ELCA. Let us join together with our brothers and sister to remember those that lost their lives and take a bold action to ensure the commitment that “never again” will we allow this darkness to creep into our world.
The Hyde Park Kenwood Interfaith Council has sponsored an Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service for over 90 years. This service is a celebration of the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood’s religious and community diversity featuring readings from diverse religious traditions, musical selections by the Chicago Children’s Choir, organ and other vocal or choral music, dance from a spiritual tradition, and a keynote speaker. The offering taken up at this service supports the Hyde Park Kenwood Hunger Programs (Community Food Pantry and The Open Kitchen). The service will be held on Thanksgiving Day at 11 AM, with Zen Buddhist priest Taigen Dan Leighton (of Rockefeller Chapel’s weekly Zen meditation, offered in collaboration with Ancient Dragon Zen Gate) giving the address.
Our two church choirs have been hard at work this fall but we are always still open to new members. 24 people are on the regular roster of the Cantorei and 4 children come to Schola each week… consider joining them and swell the ranks!
Join the LSTC Cantorei and President James Nieman in welcoming the season of Advent on Sunday, December 1 at 7:00 PM for their annual Advent Lessons and Carols service. The service will feature hymns and readings for the season. All are welcome to this beloved annual event.
The people of Augustana are once again called to provide Christmas gifts for children in economically disadvantaged families in the Metro Chicago area through Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Open Arms Christmas Wish Project 2014.
This year we are sponsoring 25 children who have expressed specific wishes. In addition, we are collecting as many donations as possible from LSSI’s suggested gift list. If you would like to provide a gift for a specific, sponsored child, please take a decoration from the LSSI display in the narthex. Each decoration lists a child’s name and their 3 wishes. Please purchase one of those wishes and bring it to Augustana wrapped and tagged by or on Sunday, December 8. Once the 25 sponsored children have had their wishes met, please consider donating an extra gift from the LSSI Christmas Wish List available in the narthex. These should likewise be wrapped and brought to Augustana by or on Sunday, December 8.