Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
August 5, 2018
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
Bread of Life
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
"Apparently not satisfied by Jesus’ feeding of thousands, some who were there press him for a sign of his power; perhaps it is daily manna they want. As always in John’s gospel when people want a sign, Jesus offers himself. He is the bread come from heaven to give life to the world. He calls us to come to him and believe in him, and through that relationship to know the one who sent him."

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: God of hope, when your hungry people longed for the slave food of Egypt, you opened the doors of heaven and rained down manna. Feed us with the bread of life at your table, that we may taste the freedom of eternal life and lead lives worthy of our calling, through Christ our head. Amen.
Evening Prayer: O God, sustain us in the complexity of our humanity as you sustained David-- playing the harp of youth, throwing stones at giant problems, loving our friends beyond wisdom, dancing worship, mourning children, breaking our hearts in psalms, and longing for warmth in our old bones. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Jesus, you are the bread of life. Help us to remember that because of you we will never be hungry. Amen.
In our prayers: Carol and her family, Scott and Diana, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Dan, Belita, Esther, Bob, Tom, Velda, Paul, Ina, Patrick, Eric, Nikki, Jennifer, Lili, Linda, Sharon, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Lauren, Bob, Don, Howard, Richard, Jody, Sharon. We 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 .

Tom, Ashley Frigerio's stepfather, whose health is declining.
Bob Reiden Bach, who is addressing health concerns.
Barbara Ketter who is recovering from surgery.
This Week's Commemorations
Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), died 1221
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Dominic was a Spanish priest who saw the wealth of the clergy as a stumbling block for the church, so he formed a movement, the Order of Preachers (commonly called Dominicans) devoted to itinerant preaching and living in poverty.

Lawrence, deacon, martyr, died 258
Friday, August 10, 2018
As one of the seven deacons of the church at Rome, Lawrence was responsible for the church's financial matters and for the care of the poor. Asked by the emperor to gather the church's treasure, he presented a collection of orphans, lepers, and the like. The enraged emperor had him put to death.

Clare, Abbess of San Damiano, died 1253
Saturday, August 11, 2018
A contemporary of Francis of Assisi, Clare and a growing number of companions established a women's Franciscan community, called the Order of Poor Ladies, or Poor Clares. She inspired other women to pursue spiritual goals.
Ebenezer in Mission
Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group Brunch Fundraiser & ELCA Youth Gathering Recap
Sunday, Sept. 30, 12:15-1:15pm  
Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.) in Founder's Hall

Want to hear more about our youth group's experience in Houston at the ELCA Youth Gathering AND support our youth group in their upcoming trips and events? 

Join the youth group for a brunch fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 12:15pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church. There, you will eat delicious food prepared by our youth and their families, watch a photo slideshow from the ELCA Youth Gathering, and hear from some of the youth about their experiences on the trip.  You can also find daily blog posts with photos and videos, links to media coverage of the event, and the ELCA Youth Gathering youtube channel with videos of worship and speakers here.

There is no set cost for the brunch. However, donations will be collected (and will help send our youth to the upcoming 2018-2019 events and trips.)

Thrivent Members will also have an opportunity to learn about how they can use their Thrivent Action Team benefits ($250 gift cards) to support our youth group.  

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 .
God’s Work Our Hands Sunday! 
Sunday, Sept. 9, 11:45am-1:45pm .
Unity Lutheran Church (1212 W. Balmoral Ave.)
Gather with our Edgewater Lutheran congregations for lunch, fellowship, and an opportunity to participate in a few service projects together.
This year we will be collecting materials and assembling hygiene Kits for the Night Ministry. (These kits will be distributed to our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.) 
Please bring any of the following items and drop them in the bin in the narthex by Sun., Sept. 3. 
Travel size items:
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Comb
  • Soap
  • Body lotion
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Mouthwash
  • Lip balm
  • Disposable razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Wash cloth
Tutoring Program
Ebenezer’s community tutoring program will begin a 19 th  year in September. The tutoring program provides homework support, mentoring and advocacy for the 40+ children enrolled in the program. Children range in age from first grade through high school and come from 13 different public, parochial and charter schools. A special focus of the program helps students and their families through the transitions from elementary to high school and from high school to college or advanced training. 

Tutoring meets most Thursdays during the school year with a simple meal at 6 PM and tutoring from 6:30 to 8 PM.  

  • New tutoring orientation – September 13 at 6 PM in the dining room
  • All tutors meet for planning and organization – September 13 at 7 PM
  • First tutoring session is on September 20

How you can help with the tutoring program:
 
Tutors -  Tutors range in age from high school students to retirees and come with a broad range of skills. The only requirement is a willingness to be open to a productive relationship with a student(s) and attend regularly. Students are matched with tutors based on skills and interests of tutors. Tutors work in small groups or 1-on-1.

Substitute tutors – When tutors can’t attend substitutes fill in. This is a great way to be involved when one can’t commit to weekly tutoring.

Meal preparers – Cooks provide a simple meal at 6 PM each Thursday. Most students and tutors come directly from school and work. The meal provides necessary food for productive learning to follow. The meal period provides a valuable community building opportunity as well. Meal preparers often team up with friends or neighbors and we may be able to help with that. Some prepare one meal a year and others regularly sign up for 3 or 4 meals a year.

Fund raising – 1 or more volunteers who can meet to coordinate a fund-raising activity for The Frank Hoffman Scholarship Fund. This fund helps students with extracurricular lessons, learning opportunities and college attendance.

Transportation – Some children, especially the newer refugee children, can only attend tutoring if they have rides home. Drivers would provide a ride to a specific group of children going to a specific neighborhood on Thursdays at 8 PM.

To volunteer or ask questions, contact Norm Dynneson at normdynneson64@gmail.com or call at 773-218-8729
Meal provider volunteers can call meal coordinator, Anne Goeltzer, at 773-205-8190 or adlgoeltzer@comcast.net

Thank you for giving the tutoring program your prayerful consideration .
Ebenezer Refugee Support
Ebenezer’s support group works with newly arrived refugees in the Rogers Park and Edgewater area. Sponsoring agencies offer a minimum of initial help when families first arrive. Ebenezer’s group works to fill the gap until families are self-supporting. To see a list of items needed and sign up to donate them, click here. Check back periodically. The list is updated as families’ needs change. Cash donations can be made out to Ebenezer Lutheran Church with the notation of Refugee Fund on the memo line. Questions can be directed to  Jackie Wood or text at 773-484-3923. or call Norm Dynneson at 773-218-8729

To learn more, visit the Facebook Page for the group here. Or, contact Norm D.
Learn more about Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
For almost 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has been a champion for migrants and refugees from around the globe. Our legacy of courageous and compassionate service has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who have sought safety and hope in America’s communities. Our history reflects American Lutherans’ deep immigrant roots and passionate commitment to welcoming newcomers, especially those who are most in need. In partnership with community-based legal and social service providers nationwide, LIRS has helped over 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America.

Visit lirs.org to learn more.
Women's Book Group
The group meets at 7:15 p.m. This summer, the group will be meeting in members' homes. For location and directions, contact Judy B. at 773-525-0556

August 20: Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II  by Liza Mundy
Esprit:  A Support Group for People Recovering or Supporting Others with 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 will meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each Month!
Please join us at 7:00pm — 8:30pm, October 11th—May 23, 2019

For more information, please contact Ashley at 773/428-1521 or ashley.frigerio@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 Announcements
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!


Regular Office Hours
Monday-Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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.
Fall Office Schedule Begins August 20
Monday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Do you or someone you know need someone to talk to?  
Confidential live chat or phone support available:  http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 
Additional resources are available here:  http://www.lutheransuicideprevention.org