Worship on Sunday at 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
No 5:00 p.m. service on Easter.
April 16, 2017
1650 W. Foster Ave.,  Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
ebenezerchurch.org
  Greetings!
This visual prayer is by Nathan Tolzmann .
This Is the Story
This is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. This is my body, my blood, given for you. This is the tree. This is your king. This is the night. This is the day that the Lord has made. This is the week when with greatest intention, the heart of our faith, Jesus Christ, lives in the fullness of the unfolding story of creation, birth, death, and resurrection. Join us at Ebenezer for as much of this rich week as you can!

In peace,
+ Pastor Michael

Sharing Faith at Home
Reading the Scriptures:
Easter Sunday
Acts 10:34-43      Psalm 118:1
Colossians 3:1-4    Matthew 28:1-10

Morning Prayer: Resurrecting God, you conquered death and opened the gates of life everlasting. In the power of the Holy Spirit, raise us with Christ that we, too, may proclaim healing and peace to the nations. 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, you show us that there's no where, no place, that you won't go to show us how much you love us. Thank you for being alive! Thank you for my life! Alleluia! Thank you Jesus! Amen.

In our prayers: Alex and Andy, Steve, Ione, Gene, Tom, Joe, Linda, Sue, Bill, Velda, Paul, Charlie, Tina, Ina, Don, Ashley, Brian, Eric, Nikki, Ahmed, Denny, Theresa, Richard, Dan, Lili, Gabby, John and Sharon, and Vereen. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.

Ebenezer in Mission

Holy Week & Easter
Join us for this Sacred Season.

Maundy Thursday: April 13 at 7:00 p.m. (which includes a simple dinner in the Dining Room).

Good Friday: April 14 at 12:15 and 7:00 p.m.

Children's Triduum: Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. An experience of the three days especially for children.

Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday: 6:00 and 10:00 a.m., with an Easter Breakfast Potluck at 9:00 a.m.
No 5:00 p.m. service on Easter.

Holy Week and Easter... HOW YOU CAN HELP!
We could use some assistance in a few areas this coming week. If you can help, email Pastor Michael today!

Easter Breakfast Set Up and Clean Up:  Decorations are already planned for, and the meal is a potluck, but we can still use extra hands! We need folks to prepare the coffee, put out the plates and flatware, and load the dishwasher and clean the tables and counters after church on Easter Sunday.
Easter Breakfast Potluck April 16 at 9:15 a.m.
Bring a dish to share and gather in the Dining Room before the festival liturgy at 10 a.m. Everyone's welcome!
Community Hour at Ebenezer
Gather following morning worship for coffee fellowship, followed by Community Hour from 11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.  Childcare is provided!
Reminder: There is NO community hour program on 16.
Everyone's encouraged to attend the Easter Breakfast Potluck at 9:15 a.m.

April 23rdIslam 101
Our speaker will be Mark Swanson -  Mark Swanson is the Harold S. Vogelaar Professor of Christian-Muslim Studies and Interfaith Relations at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

April 30 – Women In Islam 
Using a video from the Discover Islam Series, we look at who are Muslim women, discussing what are seen as media misconceptions about the status of Muslim women. There will be time for conversation.

May 7 - In Our Own Voice: An Interactive Presentation About Mental Health
In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which three trained individuals, living with mental illness, share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. They share insights into what a mental illness is, the effect the illness has had on their lives, and the prejudices and stereotypes they sometimes face in the community.
Women's Book Group
The Women's Book Group invites participation in their upcoming discussions:
April 17, May 15, and June 19 at 7:15 p.m. Happy reading!

April 17– Defending Jacob by William Landay
May 15– The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
June 19 - The Dali Mystery by Sue Swinger- Elbogen
New Offering Envelopes Available; First Quarter Statements Available
Ebenezer has discontinued, after March, the mailed offering envelope program. But if you prefer to make your gifts using envelopes, you still can! Send a message to Nathan at ebenezerbookkeeper@gmail.com, or give him a call at the office, and Ebenezer will provide you with a packet of envelopes for use every week of the year. New boxes of envelopes, enough for a full year, are now available in the Narthex.

First Quarter Giving Statements are available in the narthex. If there are questions or corrections, please email Nathan.

April Senior Ministry Events
Are you 60 years of age or older? At Ebenezer we have a number of programs which are specifically designed for you. You are invited to participate in the events listed below. Please call the church office at 773-561-8496 and let us know you are coming.

Monthly Poetry Reading and Discussion: Monday, April 17, 12:00 pm. This time we are meeting a week earlier than usual. Bring a sandwich and join us in the Cafe (the room below the sanctuary) as we discuss the poem: A Canticle to the Waterbirds (excerpt) by Brother Antonius (William Everson). Desert will be provided.

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.
Confidential Wellness Screening May 20
Lipid/Chemistry Profile and Complete Blood Count (CBC) - $52
Blood Pressure Screening
Other tests available including:  Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA), Thyroid Profile, Vitamin D, Hemoglobin A1C, Bone Density.
Saturday, May 20th, starting at 8 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale. Take advantage of this discounted rate, a fraction of the cost of these tests at a doctor's office or hospital. Questions? Contact Parish Nurse Marcia Smith.
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.
It's Time to Update the Directory!
Periodically, Ebenezer publishes a directory to help members and friends stay connected. Distributed only to members and friends of the congregation (and never posted online), it helps us stay connected to one another. There are two ways to submit the information you’d like included:

By email: Send a message with your preferred name(s) (including kids if applicable), address, phone number(s), and email to: ebenezerbookkeeper@gmail.com. Include “directory” in the subject, and only include information you’d like published.

Using the Communication Sheet. Follow the above instructions but on the “purple sheet” and place it in the offering, writing “directory” on top. Even if you information hasn’t changed, participating will help us confirm our records, and know exactly what you’d like published. Thanks!
Community and Announcments
Take Part in Good Friday Walk for Peace
Our hearts break as we recognize the violence and the precious lives lost in our city. Good  Friday invites us to the foot of the cross... to recognize our pain, Chicago's pain, and to join others in embodying peace and reconciliation in our world and in our streets.

You are invited to join people of good will, including civic, education and religious leaders (Including Archbishop Cupich of the Chicago Diocese, Bishop Wayne Miller of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod ELCA, and National Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the ELCA)  from across the city to join him for a Walk for Peace through Englewood on Good  Friday, April 14.

The walk will begin at  10:30 a.m. at St. Benedict the African Church, at the corner of 66th Street and Stewart Avenue. During the walk, participants will trace the Stations of the Cross and pause along the way to remember those who lives were lost to violence. 

Visit  https://www.archchicago.org/peace-walk for information.
Benefit Concert for Augusta Victoria Hospital
On my second visit to the Holy Land, not only did we see where Jesus lived and walked, we also saw where His work is still going on today. One of those places is Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives. This hospital is owned by the Lutheran World Federation and gives life saving care for adults and children with cancer and kidney disease.

On Sunday, April 30, 3:00 pm, at Luther Memorial Church, 2500 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, we are honored to have Ali Paris perform for a Benefit Concert for Augusta Victoria Hospital and their life-saving work with children in the West Bank and Gaza. Quincy Jones describes Ali as an “unrivaled unique artist.”  There are only a handful of people who have mastered the Qanun, a 76-string zither dating back to the 14th century.  NO TICKETS - FREE WILL OFFERING AT THE DOOR.

We are thankful to our sponsors, Luther Memorial Church, Ethnic Specific & Multicultural Ministries of the ELCA and Metro Chicago Synod’s Working Group on the Middle East, for supporting Ali’s appearance so that ALL your Door Offerings will go directly to help children at Augusta Victoria Hospital.

Checks may be made payable to: ELCA.
In the memo portion:   Gmg 0739 Augusta Victoria Hospital. 
You may also mail to:
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA Gift Processing Center,
P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

AVH serves very poor, mostly Palestinian,  people. It is supposed to be paid for this care by the Palestinian Authority after the Israeli government gives back the taxes it has collected. Unfortunately that is not a steady stream of income and insurance is not available to most. Your supporting this concert by coming, making a donation or sending in a check, will allow the hospital to remain open and keep saving lives. 
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.

The office will be closed Monday, April 17. Pastor Michael will be off most of the week, but will be forwarded emergency messages from his church voicemail.
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: 
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Additional resources are available here:  http://www.lutheransuicideprevention.org