Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
November 12, 2017
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
Feast of the Lamb
Today the prophet Amos calls for justice to roll down like waters. Paul urges us to encourage one another with the promised coming of the Lord. Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Surrounded by the faithful of every time and place, we celebrate Christ’s coming in our midst in the word of life and the feast of victory—the marriage feast of the lamb.

See you Sunday!
This visual prayer is: Clever Bridesmaids by He Qi. From the Vanderbilt digital library.
Sharing Faith at Home
Reading the Scriptures:
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Amos 5:18-24; Psalm 70
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13
Morning Prayer:     You let us choose, O God, between you and the false gods of this world. In the midst of the night of sin and death, wake us from our slumber and call us forth to greet Christ, so that with eyes and hearts fixed on him, we may follow to eternal light. Amen.
Evening Prayer:   Ever-living God, you inscribe our names in your book of life so that we may share in the firstfruits of salvation. Grant that we may acknowledge Christ as our redeemer and, trusting in him, be confident that none of your own will be lost or forgotten. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.     Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear God, we hear it all the time: Look out! Pay attention! Be careful! You are the greatest parent of all, help us to listen for your word so that we will be aware and ready to help people around us. Thank you Jesus! Amen.
In our prayers:  Anna, Monroe, Don, Ahmed, Denny, Theresa, Richard, Jody, Beth, Michael, Debbie, Dan, Lili, John and Sharon, Mary, Pastor Geoffrey, Joshua, Steve, Ione, Tom, Donna, Theo, Velda, Paul, Charlie, Ina, John, Ashley, Kyle, Bob, Ashley, Brian, Eric, Nikki, and Howard. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
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!
November 12 and 19: Stewardship Team
While reflecting on our recently observed anniversaries - Ebenezer's 125th and the Reformation's 500th - the Stewardship Team was drawn to Hebrews 13:8 where Paul reminds us of the eternal nature of God in Christ by declaring that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. This verse has been established as the point of departure for this year's stewardship focus and discussion because its truth gives us the freedom and confidence to ask challenging questions of ourselves as individuals and as a community.
Please join us for two weeks of discussion during the Community Hour downstairs on November 12 and 19. We will use the evaluative prompt "Cut - Keep - Start" as a tool through which to imagine our individual and collective stewardship.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Ebenezer:
Thursday, Nov. 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Dining Room.
Last year, we enjoyed a rich and bountiful dinner with a large crowd of friends! Everyone is welcome. Those who are able are asked to contribute a side dish or dessert. Please see the sign up sheets in the narthex. Everyone is welcome, and please, bring friends!
November Senior Ministry Events
At Ebenezer we have two monthly programs for the senior members and attenders of our congregation. All seniors are welcome. All you need to do is call the church office at 773-561-8496 and let us know you are coming.

Monthly Luncheon : Thursday, November 16. 12:00 p.m. Join us in the Cafe (below the sanctuary) for lunch and the next episode of our 2017-18 program: The Gift of Years: Immediacy and Nostalgia. Lunch will be provided and you can give a free will donation if you wish. Also remember our Parish Nurse, Marcia, will check blood pressures and Ralph will anoint and offer prayers.

Monthly Poetry Reading and Discussion : Monday, November 27, 12:00 p.m.Bring a sandwich and join us in the Cafe (below the sanctuary) as we discuss two poems this time: November 1938 (excerpt) by Paula Tatarunis and God is a Pure Nothing by Angelus Silesius.
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 
New Members to be received Sunday, Nov. 19, at the 10:00 a.m. liturgy. If you are interested in exploring membership in this dynamic community of faith, contact Pastor Michael using your contact sheet, or email him at pastormichael@ebenezerchurch.org. 
Coffee Fellowship: YOU can serve!
Most Sundays, we gather following the 10:00 a.m. liturgy for simple snacks and treats and coffee. We're in need of more hosts! This is an easy and meaningful way to serve your church community and get to know new people, and you can serve often or only occasionally. Contact Jen to learn more or sign up!
Wednesday Morning Devotions and Evening Prayer
 We gather at 9 a.m. for 30 minutes of Bible study, and at 6:30 p.m. for Vespers (Evening Prayer). Everyone's welcome!
Women's Book Group
The Women's Book Group invites participation in their upcoming discussions:
at 7:15 p.m. Happy reading!

November 20: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
December 18 – Atonement by Ian McEwan
Parish Nurse Seeks Helpers!
Our parish nurse ministry is developing and evolving. Inspiration is moving us to try some new things. In order to help meet the needs of parishioners and to help make new programs succeed, it would be great to know who is able and interested in volunteering. There are many ways to help. For example:
Giving people rides, to church, the store, doctor appointments, etc; Bringing meals to people when needed due to surgery, illness, family crisis, etc; Being a banquet bearer, that is, taking communion to people unable to come to church; Assisting in organizing events, programs.

Volunteering can be very occasional or frequent, whatever works for you. The more folks we have to draw from the less often anyone would be called on to do so.
If you are interested or have questions please contact parish nurse Marcia Smith at 773-561-8496, ext.103 or at Marcia.smith@advocatehealth.com.
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
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
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?  
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