Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
December 3, 2017
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
This visual prayer is: Solar Eclipse from Mount Saint Lucia by Carleton E. Watkins. From the Vanderbilt digital library.
Passing the Time
Advent begins with Jesus admonishing the disciples to "keep awake...": Awake to the world around them, to the depth of God's longing for the world, to a life of meaning and purpose. We live in the in between, waiting, but with a calling. How can our resource... material and spiritual... be engaged to announce life and meaning in the waiting that is our lives? How shall we keep awake?

See you Sunday!
+ Pastor Michael
Sharing Faith at Home
Reading the Scriptures:
The First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 
1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

Morning Prayer:   Creator of the world, you are the potter, we are the clay, and you form us in your image. Shape our spirits by Christ's transforming power, that as one people we may live out your compassion and justice, whole and sound in the realm of your peace. Amen.
Evening Prayer:   Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of joy as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ.  Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear God, sometimes, it's hard to rest when we need it, and hard to stay awake when it's time! Helps us get good rest to stay strong and active, and help us to wake up when its time to serve others and do our work. Thank you Jesus! Amen.
In our prayers:   Bruce, Bob and Nancy, Sue, Michael, Debbie, Dan, Lili, John and Sharon, Mary, Joshua, Steve, Ione, Tom, Donna, Theo, Velda, Paul, Charlie, Ina, John, Ashley, Brian, Eric, Nikki, Howard, Anna, Monroe, Don, Ahmed, Denny, Richard, Jody, Beth, Shanthi, and Ashley. 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 .

Brian Wisner, whose father, Bruce, is hospitalized.
Chris Thangaraj, whose mother, Shanthi, is hospitalized.
Paul Johnson and family , whose mother died recently.
Mark Hicks and family , whose grandson, Kyle, died after a long illness.
Ben and Kate Thierry , celebrating the birth of Savannah. Baptism will be on January 21st.
Ebenezer in Mission
Remember to mail in or place in the offering your 2018 Stewardship Packet! Haven't received one in the mail? Extras are available in the Narthex or by contacting the church office.
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!
 December 3 and 10: Getting to Know Our Eritrean Neighbors. The Eritrean Orthodox community has shared space with Ebenezer for the past 15 years. On December 3 and 10 Faith Formation will offer an opportunity to learn about Eritrea, their culture , history, challenges and hear from some of their young people. On Dec. 3 Norm Dynneson will describe the history of this area of Africa and the events that have created the country of Eritrea today. Eritrea is described as the most insular country in the world with less freedom than North Korea. Learning about conditions today helps us understand the stressors our Eritrean friends face.

On Dec. 10 three Eritreans who were born there, immigrated to America, attended Ebenezer’s tutoring program and are now working will give you a glimpse in to their culture, religion and life as a child in Eritrea.

December 17: Caroling!   Join John Elmquist and friends as they bring cheer to Ebenezer friends with an afternoon of caroling. A brief rehearsal will happen after worship and the group will depart together.

Reminder: There are NO community hour programs on Dec. 24 and 31. In addition, the nursery will not be staffed on Sunday morning, Dec. 24.
December Events at Ebenezer: Mark your Calendars!
Advent Vespers: Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Glögg and Carols : December 12, 7 p.m., at Simon's Tavern.
Sankta Lucia Festival : December 13 at 7 p.m.
Caroling : December 17 following worship
Longest Night Service: Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Julmassa (in Swedish): December 17 at 4 p.m.
Advent Lessons and Carols: Dec. 24, 10 a.m.
Christmas Eve : 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Christmas Day: 10 a.m.
December Senior Ministry Events
December Senior Events at Ebenezer
At Ebenezer we have two programs for senior members and friends. All Seniors are welcome to participate; call the church office at  773-561-8496  and let us know you are coming.

Monthly Luncheon:  Thursday, Dec. 21, 12:00 p.m. Join us at in the Cafe, below the sancturary, for lunch. This time the main course will be provided by the church. All who attend are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. We will have a Christmas Carol Fest and Chistmas Blessing after we have eaten. As usual our Parish Nurse will check blood pressures and Ralph will anoint and offer prayers. 

Monthly Poetry Group:  Monday, Dec. 18, 12:00 p.m. This month instead of discussing a poem we will meet a week earlier than usual at  5260 N. Clark St . for lunch and celebrate the holiday season. Please be sure to let us know you are coming so we can make reservations. 
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 
Women's Book Group
The Women's Book Group invites participation in their upcoming discussions:
at 7:15 p.m. Happy reading!

December 18 – Atonement by Ian McEwan
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.

“Parent’s Night Out!”FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Saturdays: Dec 2., 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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