Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
February 12, 2017
1650 W. Foster Ave.,  Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
ebenezerchurch.org
  Greetings!
This visual prayer is Marriage of Heaven and Hell, by Keith Haring. From the Vanderbilt Digital Library.
One Hell of a Sermon
Jesus' sermon on the mount turns to a commentary on living a life of discipleship, and on the surface, it's anything but comforting.Talk of the impossibility of righteousness and threats of hell hardly make for hope. But Jesus is up to something in this hard sermon, a move that makes for equality, focus, and new life. For those able to hear it.

See you Sunday!
+ Pastor Michael
Sharing Faith at Home
Reading the Scriptures:
The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Deuteronomy 30:15-20     Psalm 119:1-8
 1 Corinthians 3:1-9     Matthew 5:21-37

Morning Prayer:  Divine Gardener, you give growth to our seeds and to the towering forest trees; you raise to abundant life that which seems dead. Teach us to choose blessinfg and life rather than death, so that we may walk blamelessly, seeking you through reconciliation with all of your children. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Gracious and holy God, lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.  
Prayer with Children:   Dear God, sometimes people who love us have to make rules to protect and care for us. Help us to to trust in loving rules, to question rules that hurt people, and to always help our friends when they are in need.Thank you Jesus. Amen.

In Our Prayers: Saundra, Bill, Velda, Paul, Charlie, Tina, Elaine, Ina, Don, Ashley, Brian, Eric, Nikki, Ahmed, Denny, Theresa, Ken, Charlie, Sue, Lili, Gabby, John and Sharon, Steve, Chris, Alex and Andy, Ione, Gene, Tom, Joe, Linda, Sue, and Denise.
We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.

Ebenezer in Mission
Ebenezer to Welcome New Members February 26th
If you are ready to join the Ebenezer community as a member on February 26th, please contact Pastor Michael for more information. We welcome the opportunity to grow more deeply in faith with YOU!
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!

February 12:   Christian Resistance – What does this looks like? We will look at biblical examples of resistance

February 19: "With New Voices: Luther's Small Catechism in the 21st Century." (led by Don McCrary). As we get ready to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has invited ELCA congregations to join together in studying Luther's Small Catechism: 'With New Voices – the Small Catechism in the 21st Century' is an invitation to all of us –young and old alike, whether we come to the Small Catechism for the first time or return to it after many years. It is an invitation to hear it anew, especially from the voices of those whose perspectives or experiences may be new to us. It is also an invitation to be renewed in our voices for our families, friends and neighbors."

February 26: Mardi Gras Potluck, Reformation Jeopardy, and Burning of the Palms
Ebenezer continues its tradition Fat Tuesday on Sunday!  Bring a decadent dish to share, and we'll provide King Cake, beverages, beads, and burning (of Palms to make our Ash Wednesday Ashes).  We will play a round of Reformation Jeopardy. So bone up on your 16th century European history, bring a dish, and bring a friend for a little fun and feast before the fast!

March 5: Christian Resistance (Session 2). A look at three examples of Christian Resistance in modern times: Nazi Germany, Civil Rights Movement and Ebenezer. In preparation for this session, if possible please read MLK’s  “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”.
Faith and Health?
From Advocate Faith Community Nurse, Marcia Smith:  Health is something we all hope for. But what is it exactly? There are many definitions of health. One such definition is simply a lack of disease. Or is it more than that? Can we have health challenges and still live healthy lives? What does good health mean for you? The ministry of parish nursing strives to integrate faith and health. Does that seem strange? Maybe so for those who think health is no more than a state of being disease-free. But if health includes our spiritual, emotional, mental, social AND physical selves, if it means well-being in all these dimensions of our lives, then faith and health are more clearly bound together. All these aspects of our personhood are interconnected in our well-being. As your new parish nurse I hope to explore with you what your vision of good health is and what you wish for regarding your own health and the health of the congregation and community. I hope we can come up with ways to work together to optimize our health. To begin this process I ask for input from all of you.

The simplest way to share your thoughts is to complete a questionnaire. It is available on paper in the narthex. You may leave your completed questionnaires in the flowered box. It’s also available electronically here. Your comments will be confidential and much appreciated. If you wish to share more ideas or concerns feel free to talk with me. You can contact me 773-734-1831.
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.

February Senior Ministry Events

Are you 60 years of age or older? At Ebenezer we have a number of programs which are specifically designed for members of our older community. In the month of February you are invited to participate in the events listed below. All you need to do is call the church office at 773-561-8496 and let us know you are coming.

Monthly Luncheon: Thursday, February 19, 12:00 pm
Join us in the In the Cafe (the room below the sanctuary) for lunch and the next episode of our 2015-16 program series: The Gift of Years: Time and Wisdom. Lunch will be provided and you can give a free will donation if you wish. Also remember, our Parish Nurse, Marsha, will check blood pressures and Ralph will anoint and offer prayers.

Monthly Poetry Reading and Discussion: Monday, February 27, 12:00 pm
Bring a sandwich and join us in the Cafe (the room below the sanctuary) as we discuss two poems, this time: Love (excerpt) by Saint Paul, I Corinthians 13:1-3, 11-13 and The Divine Will by Jean Pierre de Caussade. Dessert will be provided.

Community and Announcments
Resist Tuesday Rally, February 14
3:30PM FEDERAL PLAZA: JACKSON & DEARBORN
BROKEN PROMISES = BROKEN HEARTS.  Social Security is a promise made so seniors, survivors, and students can live with dignity.  Now the new administration and members of Congress are breaking their promise!  PROTEST WITH JANE ADDAMS SENIORS IN ACTION AGAINST CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY.  RSVP to Anna at 312-787-2382 x226
Seeking Music Video Extras
On Saturday, February 11th, we will be filming a music video for GLAAD Award-nominated artist Trey Pearson's debut single "Silver Horizon" AT EBENEZER and we're looking for extras! The video will be filming in a Chicagoland church TBA, but if you're interested in being involved and would like to stay in the loop, please email producer Grace Hahn at gracehahn6@gmail.com with "MUSIC VIDEO EXTRA" in the subject line. We hope to hear from you!
In Memory: Thelma Lundgren
Former Ebenezer member Thelma E. Lundgren, 90, of Wheeling, died January 10, 2017 at Glenbrook Hospital, Glenview.  She was born December 4, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY a daughter of the late Rev. Olof and Ethel (nee Dolquest) Lundgren. In 1947, she graduated cum laude from the Boston School of Anatomy and Embalming.  After moving to Chicago in 1950, she first worked for the Women’s Missionary Society of the Augustana Synod of the Lutheran Church before becoming Office Manager of the Henry 
Schmitz Medical Group, where she worked for over 40 years until retirement.  A lifelong
Lutheran with a passion for music, she sang in several church choirs over the years, as well as the Apollo Chorus.
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.
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