Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
June 18, 2017
1650 W. Foster Ave.,  Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
This visual prayer is Harvest in Provence, by Vincent Van Gogh.  From the Vanderbilt Digital Library. 
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As we enter the season of the church, and it's green rhythms of wisdom, healing, and growth, we turn to Jesus call for laborers, and harvest is plentiful. But his apostles seem an unlikely bunch. Indeed, God has a longstanding habit of calling the uncallable, or working through the unworkable. Even and especially when it comes to us.

In peace,
+ Pastor Michael

Sharing Faith at Home
Reading the Scriptures:
The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 19:2-8a    Psalm 100
Romans 5:1-8
    Matthew 9:35-10:8

Morning Prayer:   Through dreams and visions, O God, you broaden the horizon and hope of your people, that they may discover the meaning of your covenant, even in the midst of trial and exile. Increase the number of those who believe in your word so that all people may joyfully respond to your cal and share in your promises. Amen.
Evening Prayer:  God of compassion, you have opened the way for us and brought us to yourself. Pour your love into our hearts, that, overflowing with joy, we may freely share the blessings of your realm and faithfully proclaim the good news of Christ. Amen. 
Prayer with Children: Dear God, you ask us and everything in world to make a joyful noise to you! (Talk about sounds, or other things sensed, that bring joy to your child). Help us to always make a joyful noise to you! Thank you Jesus! Amen.

In our prayers: Kyle, Michelle, Ashley, Brian, Eric, Nikki, Howard and Pat, Ahmed, Denny, Theresa, Richard, Dan, Andrea, Lili, Gabby, Garcia family, John and Sharon, Victims of violence, Vereen, Bob, Alex and the Nelson Family, Steve, Ken, Ione, Tom, Joe, Linda, Sue, Velda, Paul, Charlie, Tina, Ina, and Don. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.

Ebenezer in Mission
March with Ebenezer in the PRIDE Parade June 25
Those who want to march with Ebenezer and other members of the Coalition of Welcoming Churches are invited to gather following the 10 a.m. liturgy on June 25th. We'll take the Clark Bus together to the starting location on Broadway between Montrose and Wilson. Everyone's welcome to show their Pride!
Office Volunteers Needed
Are you looking for a way to give back to Ebenezer? Are you available one morning per week?

Ebenezer is in need of addition office volunteers on  Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Office volunteers sort mail, direct emails from the general account to specific staff members, and greet people at the door. This allows our building coordinator and bookkeeper to focus on their respective duties with a minimum of interruptions.

Contact Pastor if you can help or would like more information!
Favorite Hymns featured in worship July 2 and 9
Turn over your communication sheet in your worship bulletin for the next several Sundays and tell us your most believed hymns! (up to three, please). We'll sing as many as we can in early July.
Women's Book Group
The Women's Book Group invites participation in their upcoming discussions:
June 19, and July 17 at 7:15 p.m. Happy reading!

June 19: The Dali Mystery by Sue Swinger- Ellbogen
July 17:   The Redbreast by Joe Nebo
Stained Glass Restoration and Preservation Begins July 9
Generous support for Ebenezer's 125th Anniversary Capital Campaign and a remarkable gift from the estate of Yvonne Johnson have made it possible to begin long needed, comprehensive work on the Sanctuary stained glass, as well as the large window in the Auditorium. This project will ensure many more years of beauty and light in a sacred space that serves our neighbors. You can still support this exciting project! Make a gift to the 125th Anniversary Capital Campaign today!
June 2017 Ebenezer Senior Programs
As we approach the end of our 2016-2017 programs for our older community and take a summer break we will be doing something special at each of our programs. All senior members of our church community are invited to participate in the events listed below. All you need to do is call the church office at  773-561-8496 and let us know you are coming.

Monthly Poetry Reading and Discussion: Monday, July 10, 12:00 pm

Instead of meeting in the  Cafe below the sanctuary, we will gather at the Waterfront Cafe in Berger Park, 6219 Sheridan Road, where we will celebrate our 2016-2017 year as we eat lunch and enjoy the wonderful view of Lake Michigan.

Finally as we celebrate on both of these occasions we will look forward to continuing our programs in September.

VBS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Contact Pastor Emily Heitzman at pastoremilyh@gmail.com if you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities.
Youth and Children's Events at Ebenezer
Vacation Bible School:
The Life and Times of Jesus, June 26-29
WHO: Children ages 5 through 6th grade from Ebenezer, Immanuel, and Unity Lutheran Churches and from the surrounding community.  3-4 years olds are welcome to attend with an adult.
WHAT: Join others in a fun journey through the Life and Times of Jesus!
WHEN: Monday, June 26-Thursday, June 29
12:30pm - Optional FREE lunch (provided by Catholic Charities); 1:00-4:00pm – Program
WHERE: Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
HOW: Registration forms will be available the first week of May in the Ebenezer and Immanuel Lutheran Church offices.  Email your registration form to churchoffice@immanuelchicago.org.
Celebrate the Ebenezer Quasquicentennial!
What’s a  Quasquicentennial? It’s Ebenezer’s 125th Anniversary! A task force is forming now to plan a celebration that has been 125 years in the making. You’ve felt the joy at Sunday service and many other programs housed at 1650 Foster. Help share that joy in a celebration weekend, September 30-October 1. We need your time, talent and special touch. If interested in helping plan the party weekend, contact Pastor Michael, check the box on the Connection Card, send an email to  ebenezerarchives@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.
Ebenezer Night at the Theatre
June 30th 7:30 pm 
Akvavit Theatre presents
"Hitler on The Roof" a play for two clowns by Rhea Leman
directed by Kirstin Franklin and Amber Robinson

Tickets are $25 and can be found at  www.chicagonordic.org 

This prescient 2011 Danish play finds the Nazi propagandist Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Amy Gorelow) and filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl (Jay Torrence) doomed to a perpetual afterlife in which to confront their pasts. Locked deep down inside the present day Führerbunker, the two engage in cunning feats of denial, manipulation and pure slapstick. 


Written during an alarming rise of Danish Nationalism in 2011, this play is a timely reminder of the consequences of selling lies as truth and propaganda as art. A favorite of audiences and critics alike, Hitler on the Roof’s original production toured Denmark for two years with the company Folketeatret, winning the prestigious Reumert award for Best Leading Actress. The English language version is scheduled to tour Europe in 2017.

Meet the directors  June 25th  for a special Community Hour to learn about the historical context of the play. Then JOIN fellow members of Ebenezer Lutheran at the performance  June 30th at 7:30pm at the Strawdog theatre located in lakeview at 1802 W. Berenice. A talkback with the directors will follow the 90 minute performance.
Did you know that July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month?

If not, you’re not alone. In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives designated July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in honor of the leading African American novelist and journalist, who also was a voice for individuals and families affected by mental Illness. In recognition of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month designated as a time for public education about serious mental illness in diverse communities, the mental health sub-committee will host a book discussion on72 Hour Hold” by Bebe Moore Campbell during a special summer Community Hour, 11:30-12:30, on July 16.  

"72 Hour Hold" is based on a true story.  The book is a masterfully written rollercoaster ride through the effects of mental illness on individuals, families, and communities.  The characters are real; a family member, neighbor, co-worker or person who lives a couple blocks over.   There’s Keri Whitmore who owns a successful upscale Los Angeles resale clothing shop.  She’s a single mom who has a beautiful, brilliant daughter who's been offered a college scholarship.  Sounds wonderful?  But wait. This beautiful daughter begins to show outward signs of some sort of illness and is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Keri is thrust into seemingly endless hurdles in balancing the needs of the business with the growing medical needs of her daughter.  The reader is then sent on the rocky highway of the mental health and medical insurance systems, along with the stigmas attached to a family when someone is diagnosed with mental illness.  There’s the ex-husband who refuses to acknowledge his daughter has a mental illness and a boyfriend who’s confronting the fact his son is gay.“72 Hour Hold” deals with Keri's desperate attempts to find help for her daughter, and her vain hope that somehow things will get back to the way they were.  

This book is a must read for anyone who has ever dealt with a mental illness or has family or friends that battle mental illness.

Community and Announcments
Give with Goodshop
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!
Office Hours
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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