Grace Note March 3, 2017

Goings on at Augustana!
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Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park and Lutheran Campus Ministry

Sunday, March 5, 2017
8:15 am Holy Communion

9:30 am Education Hour
10:45 am Holy Communion

Farmers Market Tomorrow, March 4, 9am-1pm

Indoor Winter Farmers Market: Come purchase soups, jams, baked goods, salsas, meats, honey, winter-available produce and more and support your local farmers! On Saturday, March 4th  from 9am to1pm, Augustana Lutheran Church will be hosting a Winter Farmers Market in Gorder Hall. Live music will be provided by the Rockytop Bluegrass Band. For more information, contact the office. (
You can invite your friends on Facebook here.

Responding to Violence, Building Peace

Exploration of our Lenten theme begins this Sunday with an Adult Forum discussion of a letter from our bishop, asking congregations to prayerfully consider the need to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants in the next few months. The Adult Forum will continue discussing our Lenten theme until Easter.

Our Thursday evening midweek worship series begins with a time of meditation and prayer for all who suffer from the pain and trauma of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Lenten Midweek Gatherings
Thursday Evenings

March 9
March 16
March 23
March 30
April 6
6:00 p.m. Soup Supper
6:45 p.m. Lenten Evening Worship
Fair Trade Sale This Sunday

We will be taking orders from the congregation for Equal Exchange coffee, tea, chocolate and other fair trade items, this Sunday (March 5).  Purchase of fairly traded products benefits small producers and cooperatives in developing countries by providing fair prices for their products, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to Lutheran World Relief.  For further information, contact Mark Granfors

Bollywood at Augustana

Friday, March 12, at 6:00 pm, we will be hosting a movie night in Gorder Hall.  The movie is PK, a recent movie by Vinod Chopra about a naive alien sent to study Earth who asks awkward questions about why people put so much store in religious divisions.

It is clever, thought provoking, and fun. There are some passing references to sexual activity (The alien arrives naked and first gets clothes and money from “dancing cars”). But this is Bollywood, so visuals are restrained.

We will eat Indian food beforehand, and watch the movie at 7:00.

Consider becoming a member of Augustana
Joining a congregation is a way of publicly expressing your identity as a follower of Jesus. Members are the engine behind the ministry of worship and proclamation, service and education that happens here. If you’d like to take this step at Augustana, we’ll gather for new member sessions between the services on March 26, April 2 and April 9, so that we’re ready to take in new members on April 23, the Sunday after Easter. Some people who want to remain members of another congregation, but worship at Augustana while here in Hyde Park, join as associate members. If you’re interested in joining, or you’d like to know more, talk to Pastor Goede.
Join the Spring Hospitality Team

We need a couple of people who are willing to serve on the Hospitality Team for spring, March, April and May. Team members recruit others to serve at coffee hour, occasionally serve at coffee hour themselves, and are responsible for one big congregational event, from planning to clean up (for the spring team, this is the Easter Vigil party). Three months and you’re done! Please sign up in the narthex.

If you can’t do a whole term on the team, consider signing up to cover a coffee hour!

Old Lutheran is the place to go for all things Lutheran when it comes to merchandise. Sometimes, it’s also a place to go for inspiration. This short meditation for the beginning of Lent is from

Give it up for Lent! Throughout history a spiritual practice has been and continues to be giving something up for Lent. More recently, rather than giving something up, some have added a new discipline to focus spiritual renewal.

Give up. Refrain. Engage. Retreat. Sacrifice. Let Go. Give Thanks. Accept.

Here is just a little start for you to dream, and prepare to give it up for Lent.

We can for a brief time in our life “give up” some vice or practice for a period of time. Perhaps we could refrain from drinking coffee for seven weeks so we better experience the joy or energy that it gives us when we drink it again on Easter Sunday. We refrain from eating dessert or drinking alcohol or watching television.

Another way would be to give it up in all caps with an explanation point as in to get really excited. GIVE IT UP! Lent is here and we can as a community of believers gather together and celebrate this often somber season in the church year. It could be completely possible to CELEBRATE Lent with our whole heart while we remain quiet and contemplative.

What if we were to evaluate our lives and realize that we fight or resist a regiment of prayer and the use of scripture as a tool to experience our life of faith. What if we “give up” the fight and actually spend more time in prayer or intentional relationship with God.

Different than giving up sweets or caffeine, sometimes we take life’s comforts for granted. It is more difficult but could be much more poignant to actually sacrifice so that we can better understand those without such comforts. Could you consider “giving up” hot showers or warm blankets or your car for a time to experience the life of those less privileged?

Let Go
Stress can be a badge of honor as we go through our daily lives. We can with great satisfaction proclaim that life is hard and I am muscling through. Imagine rather than bracing or enduring through stressful situations actually “giving it up” to God in prayer.

Give Thanks
We live in a do-it-yourself society. We are quick to accept the credit for our successes and accomplishments. What if it became more common place to “give up” the credit to God. Recognize daily that day to day activities are a result of God given abilities.

Sometimes we need to be challenged to “give up” our prejudice or bias that keep us from experiencing a broader more diverse community. Identify your comfort level with people who are different from you, and then push from there to grow in real acceptance.

However you “Give it up!” this year, be it avoiding, experiencing or retreating, we hope that these weeks leading up to the resurrection will fill your soul and guide you to “the peace that passes all understanding.”

Visit Lutherland with Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd in Oak Park is one of the many Lutheran congregations making a “pilgrimage” to the land of Luther in this 500th anniversary year. The tour dates are July 18-July 28. They will visit the major Luther sites in the eastern provinces of Germany (Eisenach, Eisleben, Erfurt and Wittenberg), and also some places of more recent significance, such as the Buchenwald concentration camp where the Nazis held Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and St. Nicholas church in Leipzig that was so important in the revolution of 1990. You can find more information on the church’s website,, or contact Debbie at 708-848-4741 ext 6 or

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Chicago Men’s Acapella Choir Concert March 10

Join Chicago Men’s Acapella Choir for their concert “Winter Song” at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on Friday March 10th at 8pm with the Women’s Ensemble as special guests conducted by Mollie Stone. Experience the winter we never had in musical form!

Organ Recital: Robert E. Woodworth Jr.
March 19, 2017  – 3:00pm 
3rd Sunday at 3:00 Organ Recital Series
Madonna Della Strada Chapel
Loyola University – Lakeside Campus
(free parking in the campus parking garage)

Featuring “Rarely Heard Organ Gems” of Tony Hewitt-Jones, Gaspard Corrette, Jose Lidon, Henri Mulet, Garth Edmunson, Cuthbert Harris & Oskar Lindberg, on the 2008 Goulding & Wood Organ

Ready for Spring?
The Forget-Me-Not Spring Fling benefit event on Saturday, April 29, 2017, is a great way for women of all ages to welcome the spring season! The Women’s Network of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) sponsors this delightful day of shopping at unique boutiques, enjoying a lovely luncheon, and an opportunity to bring home a stunning floral arrangement or an outdoor plant–all while supporting LSSI’s services for children. This year the event will feature George Mitchell of Mitchell’s Flowers and Events creating beautiful designs while sharing floral tips and trends. The event location is at The Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca, (free parking) four miles south of Woodfield Mall near I-290. Boutiques open at 10 am and lunch is at noon. Tickets are $75 each, $45 for students. For more information, call Barb Hailey at 847.635.4686 or
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Augustana is a Reconciling in Christ congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome.

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