For further details about what was discussed in the video, as well as other announcements, expand the sections below: 

Beginning Sunday, June 12th, worship times will be changing. Please make note of the following:

8:00am – Spoken worship (quiet, meditative service with no music)

9:00am – Festive worship (traditional service as you are used to)

Both services will include communion. The 9:00am service will be the only livestreamed service.

Celebrate with 4 of our youth and their families as they affirm their baptisms through Confirmation on Sunday, June 5th at the 10:00am worship service. We’ll hear their personal faith statements as well on this special Pentecost Sunday!

For our Concordia Church members: save the date for the Annual Congregational Meeting.

Sunday, June 5th at 11:00am following the worship service.

This meeting will be hybrid in format, so you can attend either in-person in the sanctuary or via Zoom from home.

The purpose of this meeting is to hear updates from our core mission teams, as well as approved the budget proposed for the upcoming fiscal year. Make plans to attend!

On Sunday, June 19th we’re having a special celebration for our Sunday School and Confirmation families as we celebrate the end of the year and beginning of summer. There will be activities, treats, games, and other activities for family-friendly fun! Mark you calendars today!

Concordia’s 2nd Annual Golf Outing also returns this summer. Join us at River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst on Monday, June 13 for a wonderful day of golf. Sign up at concordiaplace.org/golf.

Proceeds from this event benefit the children, teens, and families of Concordia Place. Questions? Contact Katie Bernabei at kbernabei@concordiaplace.org or at (773)463-1600 x421

We will soon be embarking on a community-wide collection for 5 specific items in high need in the community. They are:

  1. Adult diapers – size medium and large (pull-up style preferred)
  2. Brown rice
  3. Whole grain crackers
  4. Feminine hygiene products
  5. Baby wipes

We continue to ask for help in supporting our neighbors facing food insecurity – either via donations of (shelf-stable) food and toiletry items or through financial contributions. Concordia Church is partnering with the Common Pantry, to support a ‘Take What You Need’ food pantry in the lobby of Swedish Covenant hospital — created for patients to grab grocery and toiletry staples they need on their day of discharge.  Our neighbors (and their immediate families) who are utilizing this food pantry are often facing a double challenge of (1) already experiencing food insecurity and (2) being sidelined from work and the ability to care for themselves/families while being in the hospital.  This food pantry aims to lessen the stress for these patients leaving the hospital.

We have a scheduled delivery the first Tuesday of every month.  Please bring shelf-stable groceries (examples are: canned goods, pasta, jarred sauces, rice, boxed mixes, etc.) and/or new toiletry items (examples: shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, etc.) to the marked container in the church’s main entrance on or before Sunday, October 3rd.  Donations received after this will be included in a future delivery.  Concordia, We are looking for 10 more sponsor families to commit to providing $30 a month (in donations or equivalent items) to this ministry.  If you are unable to commit monthly, but you’d still like to give, simply Text the word “CONCORDIA” to 73256 to give using your mobile device and use the drop down list to choose our ‘social impact’ fund.  All donations to this fund benefit our neighbors in need and is a tangible way we express our faith and gratitude for the blessings we’ve received.  Please connect with Jen Phillips if you have any questions.

Enjoy all previously released Midweek music releases from this Lenten season! These short videos included short written reflections paired with a music piece – created for reflection and meditation for us all! These reflections focus on baptism and our identity as God’s children. You can find all programs on our YouTube Channel: Concordia Church Chicago. You can also find these links on the Lent page of our website: www.concordiafaith.org/lent.

The next LIVE Family Faith lesson is Sunday, May 8th at 9am with a special Mother’s Day theme! 

Please note that the lessons will now be held in the church office if you are joining in-person.

Sunday School is now a fun activity for the whole family! On the first Sunday of each month, a Family Faith gathering will be presented, which will include a Bible story, lesson, and a craft or activity that can be completed with things around your home. A teacher will lead the session, which will focus on a different Bible story each week.

These sessions will be presented in a hybrid format, so that you can attend in-person or via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent out to families already receiving Family Faith materials.  Questions? Connect with Betsy Ries or Jen Phillips.

On the weeks we don’t gather together, families will receive a complete lesson packet with read along video, activity, and craft that can be done at home.  If you’d like to be on the email list to receive these, or to receive the Zoom link for the monthly lesson hours, please email Jen or Desirae.

Check out our Family Faith webpage for links to the lesson on Noah’s Ark from this past Sunday and for links to this week’s at-home lesson & activity.

Our friends at Concordia Place have some exciting events coming up soon!

On Thursday, May 5th, attend their second candlelight concert at 6pm at Chief O’Neills. Visit www.concordiaplace.org/candlelight2022 for more details and tickets.

On Monday, June 13th, play a round of golf in their second annual golf tournament. Held at the Forest Lakes Country Club in Elmhurst, IL, registration begins at 10:30am with play beginning at 12:00pm. Visit www.concordiaplace.org/golf to register your team today!

Check out the encouragement page of our website. Here you’ll find reflections and writings on a variety of topics that we hope will meet you where you are, with whatever you may be facing. Take some time to peruse the selection, and take a moment when you need to read and reflect. New resources are added regularly. 

Join us every Sunday morning for worship a 10am, either in-person or virtually! All worship details and resources can be found on our worship page.

Realm: If you haven’t yet activate your Realm account or you need your password reset, contact the church office at ddiehl@concordiafaith.org or (773) 281-1225.

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Concordia Church continues to monitor the COVID situation in the area. Worship continue both in-person and via livestream with some modifications. Masks are still required or all those attending worship, Confirmation classes are held in-person but with masking and social distancing, and there is no fellowship after church. As always, we encourage you to make the worship decision that is best for you and your family, and of course – if you are feeling unwell, please stay home and join us for worship virtually. Visit the protocols section of our webpage for updates as they happen. 

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