Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
April 15, 2018
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
Witness Protection
Being a witness can be an emotionally and physically dangerous thing. As Jesus greets his disciples in the days after his resurrection, he bids them peace, but also gives them a new identity: Witnesses. As such, they bear in themselves a truth that will be heard in the midst of trial. A truth that will both cost and free them. A truth that, as any witness knows, is essential and unsettling. You are witnesses to these things.

See you Sunday.
+ Pastor Michael
The visual prayer included here is Love and Peace messages on the John Lennon Memorial Wall, Prague . From the Vanderbilt Digital Library
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: Holy and righteous God, you raised Christ from the dead and glorified him at your right hand. Let the words of scripture, fulfilled in Jesus your Son, burn within our hearts and open our minds to recognize him in the breaking of bread.  Amen.
Evening Prayer:   Creator of the universe, you made the world in beauty, and restore all things in glory through the victory of Jesus Christ. We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war and greed, the new creation in Jesus Christ may appear in justice, love, and peace, to the glory of your name.  Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear God, Jesus is alive! Jesus has called me to be a witness (talk about what a witness is, someone who knows the truth about something that needs to be shared). Help he be a witness to your love, goodness, and peace. Thank you Jesus! Amen.
In our prayers:   Doni and Randy, Steve, Ione, Belita, Tom, Velda, Kris, Paul, Ina, Seth, Kendra, Patrick, Eric, Nikki, Jennifer, Linda, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Jinny, Don, Howard, Richard, Jody, Dick, Ashley, Sue, Debbie, and Dan .
W e also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
Acts 3:12-19   •   Psalm 4   •   1 John 3:1-7   •   Luke 24:36b-48
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 .

Kris May and family, whose brother, Steve, has died.
Donna Anderson, recovering at home.
Don McCrary, who is continuing treatment.
Tom, Ashley Frigerio's stepfather, whose health is declining.
Seth, son of Mark Hicks, who has begun a journey to recovery.
The Heyn-Lamb family, as Doni's brother Ernie has died.
Bob Reiden Bach, who re recovering at home after a brief hospitalization.
This Week's Commemorations
Olavus Petri ,priest, died 1552; & Laurentius Petri , Bishop of Uppsala, died 1573. Renewers of the church. Thursday April 19. These two brothers are commemorated for their introduction of the Lutheran movement to the Church of Sweden after studying at the University of Wittenberg. They returned home and, through the support of King Gustavus Vasa, began their work. 
Ebenezer in Mission
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!
April 15: On Thursday, 4 April 1968, Martin Luther King was shot dead while standing on a balcony outside his second-floor room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of his death.
Darlene Erickson , who actually marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., will lead an impromptu discussion about his life, his historic work and his influential journey.

Come prepared to share your own personal memories of this man as we discuss his contributions and respectfully mourn this great loss.

April 22: Gender and Identity. Join Pastor Michael for a respectful conversation using the "Gender Bread Person" exploring gender, expression, identity, and biology.

April 29: John Elmquist Presents... a conversation about music in worship.
Looking ahead to May 6 and 13 with the Mental Health Team:
On May 6th, Dr. Sherrie All will be our guest. Sherrie All, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in neuropsychology, cognitive rehabilitation and brain health. She owns the Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness, a group neuropsychology practice offering assessment and treatment services for people affected by cognitive issues with locations in downtown Evanston and downtown Chicago. In addition to running her practice, Dr. All has developed programs for training providers cognitive rehabilitation skills and educating the public on brain healthy behaviors. She is also working to open a holistic wellness center for people with mild cognitive declines and their families. She is a leader in the field of brain health and coaches individuals on ways to lower their personal risk for dementia.
 Ebenezer Staffing Change

Welcome Derek Stienmetz!
Derek joined the staff this week as our new Building and Volunteer Coordinator. Derek will be in the office Monday -Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to building use and scheduling, Derek will be the first point of contact for callers, and will soon begin matching volunteers with opportunities to serve at Ebenezer.

The familiar email addresses ( ebenezerbuilding@gmail.com  and 
office@ebenezerchurch.org ) are still the best ones to use to reach Derek.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jennifer Cox. She can be reached in person on Sundays or by email at  jennifer.eliza.cox@gmail.com .
Senior Ministry Events

 Senior Lunch:  Thursday, April 19 at 12:00 pm. This month we will meet in the Education Cafe down stairs below the sanctuary. This month, after lunch we will discuss "The Present" and "Appreciation". We ask that you consider giving a freewill donation for the lunch. Also, our Parish Nurse will check blood pressures and Ralph will anoint and offer prayers. 
Senior Poetry Group:  Monday, April 23, at 12:00 pm. We will meet in the Cafe ( below the sancturary ). This month we will be looking at: "You Are Christ's Hands" by Saint Teresa of Avila and The Pentecost Castle, 15 (excerpt) by Geoffery Hill. Bring a sandwich and join us in the Cafe (below the sancturary ). Dessert will be provided. 
Ebenezer Refugee Support
Ebenezer's Refugee Support group works with newly settled refugee in the Rogers Park and Edgewater area in cooperation with their sponsoring agencies and St. Thomas of Canterbury School staff . The site will follow families to process and list specific needs of families. When you find you can fill a need, contact one of the administrators and donated items can be picked up. Cash donations can be made out to Ebenezer Lutheran Church with the notation of Refugee Fund on the memo line.

To learn more, visit the Facebook Page for the group here. Or, contact Norm D.
Women's Book Group
The group meets at 7:15 p.m. at Ebenezer.

April 16: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn  by Betty Smith
May 21: Britt Marie Was Here  by Fredrik Bakman
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 .
“Parent’s Night Out!”FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Saturday: 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
Youth-Led Ascension Day Service:
Thursday, May 10, 7:00pm; Light reception will follow the service at Unity Lutheran Church ( 1212 W. Balmoral Ave .)

Join us for our annual Ascension Day service, which is powerful service led entirely by our E.C.T. youth group and confirmation students. 

Special offering will help send our E.C.T. Youth to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer.  
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!
Regular 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.
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