Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
January 7, 2017
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
Dreams and Manifestations...
On Sunday, Ebenezer will observe Epiphany, which means manifestation. As the child Jesus grew, his divine calling became just so manifest, with all the promise... and danger... that implies.

In a new year, as we perceive new things emerge, we turn to God in the midst of just such promise and danger.

See you Sunday.
+ Pastor Michael
The visual prayer included here is Dreams of the Magi by He Qi. From the Vanderbilt Digital Library.
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer:   Bright Morning Star, your light has come, and the birth of Jesus has overwhelmed us with joy. Like the magi of long ago, may we be drawn to you and offer you such gifts as we are able.  Amen.
Evening Prayer:   Radiant Morning Star, you are both guidance and mystery. Visit our rest with disturbing dreams, and our journeys with strange companions. Grace us with the hospitality to open our hearts and homes to visitors filled with unfamiliar wisdom bearing profound and unusual gifts. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear God, in Jesus, you know what it's like to be a kid, and to grow up. Help us to remember that you're with us, even while we're growing up! Thank you Jesus! Amen.
In our prayers:   Patrick, Ashley, Brian, Eric, Nikki, Howard , Monroe, Don, Richard, Jody, Beth, Ashley, Bob and Nancy, Sue, Michael, Debbie, Dan, John and Sharon, Mary, Steve, Ione , Sasoun, Tom, Velda, Paul, Charlie, and Ina.
W e also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
Celebrations, Concerns, and Condolences...
If you have items you'd like shared in this section, email Pastor Michael . Names may be added or removed from the prayer list by contacting Pam S .

For members of our community undergoing cancer treatments.
Ebenezer in Mission
Congregational Meeting
January 28

We gather in the Dining Room following the 10 a.m. liturgy for our Annual Congregation Meeting. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Community Hour Schedule
Community Hour is usually from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays in the Education Center, following coffee fellowship. Childcare is available!
January 7 - No community hour program. Please stay for coffee fellowship.

January 14 and 21 - Preparing for the Congregational Meeting
These sessions, led by the Finance and Stewardship Teams, will help familiarize you with Ebenezer's ministries, and give you the opportunity to examine closely and ask detailed questions about the 2018 Budget.
January Senior Ministry Events
Senior Luncheon and Discussion: January 18 at noon. We meet in the Cafe (the room below the sanctuary) for lunch followed by our discussion series from the Gift of Years: Spirituality and Loneliness. We ask that you consider giving a freewill donation for the lunch. Also our parish nurse Marcia will do blood pressures and our leader Ralph will anoint and offer prayers. 

Senior Poetry Group: January 22 at noon. Bring a sandwich and join us in the Cafe (the room below the sanctuary) as we discuss a poem that Carol Hedin will share with us. Desert will be provided. 
Women's Book Group
The group meets at 7:15 p.m. at Ebenezer.

January 15: I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers and the March Up Freedom’s Highway  by Greg Kot
February 19: Cane River  by Lalita Tademy
March 19: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine  by Gail Honeyman
Lutheran Disaster Response: How you can help
Please stand by our neighbors as they begin the long road to recovering from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as earthquake victims in Mexico, and fire recovery efforts in California.

Click here to learn how you can support their efforts.
Esprit: A Support Group for People Recovering from Mental Health Issues 
We at Ebenezer welcome everyone into our spiritual circle. We know that most everyone has experienced or supported someone with mental health issues. We also recognize that we all need a circle of support in our lives. Ebenezer strives to create a place where all can come, share, listen, learn and be renewed. 

We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each Month! 7:00 pm—8:30 pm 
For more information , please call Ashley at 773-428-1521 
Youth Group Update
Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group! Youth Group consists of youth in grades 6 th -12 th from Unity, Immanuel, and Ebenezer Lutheran Churches in the neighborhood of Edgewater. During the school year, they gather on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at Immanuel Lutheran Church for a meal, games, faith discussions, and worship. For more information, contact Pastor Emily at pastoremilyh@gmail.com.

Help send our Edgewater Congregations Together youth to Lutherdale Bible Camp this February 2-4 for the annual ELCA Metro-Chicago Synod Confirmation and
Senior High Retreat!

This year, 23 E.C.T. youth will be attending the retreat. The cost is $115 per person,
and 12 full scholarships are needed.

If you would like to contribute to our youth scholarship fund: write a check to
Immanuel Lutheran Church (and include a note in the memo: “ECT Youth
Scholarship.”) You can place checks in the offering or leave them in Pastor Emily’s
box in the church office.

“Parent’s Night Out!”FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Saturdays: March 3, and April 21 from 4:00-8:00pm
@Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
Ages: 2 1/2 years-5th grade

Suggested Donation:
$15 for one child, $20 for two children, $25 for more than two children.

Enjoy a night out for a good cause! While parents/guardians have a night out, children will be in a safe environment doing fun activities led by Pastor Emily Heitzman, the church youth group, and several other adult church members. 

Children should bring a sack dinner to eat during the evening. 

All proceeds will help send several of our youth group high schoolers to travel to Houston, Texas this June for the triennial ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) Youth Gathering. This is a powerful and life-changing event, where our youth will gather with 30,000+ other Lutheran youth for worship, justice, and service work in and around Houston. As we have seen this fall, Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston and its surrounding areas. Thus, not only will your financial contribution help our youth get to the youth gathering, but it will also help Houston get back on its feet post-Harvey. Imagine how much of an impact 30,000+ people can make in doing service projects, Hurricane relief work, and by putting money into Houston’s economy: hotels, transportation, food, hired workers for the event, etc.?!

To register or inquire with any questions:
Contact Pastor Emily Heitzman at pastoremilyh@gmail.com
Facilities Feedback
Ebenezer's facilities are busier than ever, which is both a gift and a challenge! To help us understand areas where cleaning and repair could be improved, you are invited to use this form to provide feedback to Jesse, our sexton. This is a more reliable method than verbal reports to staff or volunteers on Sundays, when our focus in on worship. Please let us know how we can continue to make Ebenezer a place of hospitality for all! The link is also available at any time at the Ebenezer Facilities webpage.
Community and Announcments
Give with Goodshop and Amazon Smile
Shopping online at  goodshop.org allows you to do the shopping you'd do anyway at your favorite sites, while supporting the ministry at Ebenezer! Simply register and then select Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Chicago, as the beneficiary of the donation Goodshop makes when you shop through their site. Check it out today!

Also, Ebenezer is designated as a recipient for Smile dollars on Amazon. Any shopping you do on Amazon can benefit Ebenezer! Simply register at smile.amazon.com and designate us... same great shopping, but we receive .5% of your purchase amount!
Office Hours
Monday-Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Closed Friday.
Our Mission:
God calls Ebenezer to be a Christian home for all who seek the sustaining nature of the Holy Spirit, to demonstrate faith and trust in God through the ministry of its people, and to let Christ's model of service, justice and love give expression to how we share God's gift with the world.
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