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“The Lord’s Faithful Love” (Our 150th Anniversary Theme)


As we usually do, we will celebrate Thanksgiving with our sister church in Lombard, Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 1165 S Westmore-Meyers Road. There will be two services: one on Thanksgiving Eve (Nov. 25) at 7 p.m. and the other on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) at 10 a.m. The services will be identical; choose the one that best fits your schedule. Pastor Kellerman will serve as liturgist and Pastor Steven Wagner of Trinity will preach. Worshipers are asked to wear a mask and sit six feet apart.

Trinity is located at the northeast corner of Westmore-Meyers Road and Roosevelt Avenue, just west of where Roosevelt Road narrows back down from a six-lane road to a four-lane road.


Every November we ask our members to bring some items for our food pantry, especially those that we cannot get through the Greater Chicago Food Depository. (We are able to get many staple food items at a reduced cost through the depository, but they don’t carry everything.) Also, at this time of the year we start trying to accumulate winter gear and hygiene supplies.

Each week we will have a different theme for what we are primarily collecting that day:

  • November 1: Stretch gloves, skull caps, scarves, and other winter gear
  • November 8: Ramen noodles
  • November 15: Hygiene supplies: toilet paper, washcloths, soap, shampoo, razors, and toothbrushes
  • November 22: Vienna sausages and saltine crackers
  • November 29: Your favorite non-perishable food (If you like it, so will someone else!)

If you cannot bring a particular item on a particular Sunday, feel free to bring it earlier or later than the scheduled Sunday. The important thing is that we bring some of these items to distribute through our food pantry.

In addition, feel free to bring non-perishable food items commonly given out at Thanksgiving and Christmas, such as stuffing, canned yams, pumpkin pie mix, cranberries, and the like. You can place the food items on the table near the piano at the front of the church (where the Nativity Scene is set up for Christmas); we will leave the items up through November and then bring them downstairs.


Our Bible classes meet year-round except for the most important holidays. That means there will be no Wednesday evening Bible class on Thanksgiving Eve (November 25). However, we will still have the Sunday Bible class on the following Sunday (November 29).

The Sunday Bible class studies a chapter of Matthew each Sunday. Thus, we should cover Matthew 18 on November 1 and reach Matthew 22 by November 29.


Today (October 25) we are studying the first two chapters (pp 1–54) of Dr. Jeffrey Leininger’s new book, Callings for Life: God’s Plan, Your Purpose. On November 29 we will look at chapter 3 (pp 55–94) and in January we will finish the book. Dr. Leininger is campus chaplain at Concordia University Chicago, where he often encounters students who want to know better what God’s plan for their life is. His years of experience helping students discover their callings form the basis for this book.


One of the big joys every year is to have a festive worship service on All Saints’ Sunday (technically November 1, as it is this year, but celebrated on the first Sunday in November), followed by a big friendship dinner. Unfortunately, this year we will have to skip it. We pray that next year social life will have returned to normal and we can have a double portion at that dinner.


Advent begins on November 29. We will put up the Advent and Christmas decorations on Saturday, December 5. We will have midweek services on the first three Wednesdays in December at 7 p.m. (Note that this is one hour later than the Bible class hour.) The Christmas Eve service will be at 7 p.m. and the Christmas Day service will be at 10:45 a.m.


We will celebrate our 150th anniversary in a special service on May 2, 2021, at 2:30 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Allan Buss, President of the Northern Illinois District, preaching.