Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
August 12, 2018
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
The Bread Line , Mjassojedow, Grigorij Grigorjewitsch
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
"Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the world is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will be raised on the last day. In Ephesians Paul tells us what this life Jesus gives us looks like, this life we live as those marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit in baptism. We live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us. The whole purpose of life is giving yourself for the other."

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: Bread of life, you taught us to put away bitterness and anger, and with tenderhearted kindness to share the fruit of our labor with the needy. Strengthen us by your grace, that in communion with you, we may forgive one another and live in love as Christ loved us. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Bread of heaven, you feed us in the depths of grief, sin, and hostility. Nourish us with your word through the long hours of tears, and in the dawning awareness of our need for forgiveness, so that we may be redeemed by your steadfast love. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus, you love and forgive us always. Please help us to be kind and forgiving to others so that we show your love to the world. Amen.
In our prayers: Walker, Major, 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, Scott, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Dan. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
1 Kings 19:4-8   •   Psalm 34:1-8   •   Ephesians 4:25-5:2   •   John 6:35, 41-51
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
Florence Nightingale, died 1910; Clara Maass, died 1901; renewers of society
Monday, August 13, 2018
Nightingale was born in England, and horrified her wealthy family by deciding to become a nurse. She led a group of nurses in ministering in the midst of the Crimean War, and worked for hospital reform. Maass, a native of New Jersey, was also a war nurse, and volunteered as a subject for research on yellow fever. She died of the disease.

Maximilian Kolbe, died 1941; Kaj Munk, died 1944; martyrs
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Father Kolbe was a Franciscan priest arrested by the Nazis and confined in Auschwitz. Kolbe gave generously of his meager resources, and finally volunteered to be starved to death in place of another man. A Danish Lutheran pastor and playwright, Munk strongly denounced the Nazis who occupied Denmark in the Second World War. His sermons and articles helped to show the anti-Christian nature of the movement.

Mary, Mother of Our Lord
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
The church (including Martin Luther) honored Mary with the title theotokos, meaning "God-bearer," for her role in giving birth to the Son of God. Her song, the Magnificat, speaks eloquently of God's lifting the lowly and feeding the hungry.
Ebenezer in Mission
Confirmation Begins
Sept. 6 (6:30 - 8:00 p.m.) at Ebenezer
All students entering grades 7 and 8 are encouraged to join the Confirmation class! The group meets September through May on the 1,3, and 5th Thursdays of the month, with scheduled breaks for holidays. Contact Pastor Michael for a complete schedule and more information!
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 .
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 .
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
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

Esprit welcomes anyone affected by mental illness and makes available a spiritual circle to share, listen, learn, be heard and renewed.

MONTHLY gatherings are 2nd and 4th Thursdays 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
October 11, 2018-May 23rd, 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