Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
May 13, 2018
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
In these final days of the Easter season, we hear from Jesus' long (and kind of rambling) prayer to his disciples in the gospel of John. But the rambling is purposeful. Jesus is offering a prayer, but also a testimony, and giving them the words - and the Word - that will sustain them when he has departed their presence in the flesh.

What words of faith do we share on repeat? What testimony will sustain and expand the reign of God in Christ in this time and place?

See you Sunday,
Pastor Michael
Paradise - Jan Bruegel (1568-1625)
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer:
 Gracious God, in the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, you have given us eternal life and glorified your name in all the world. Refresh our souls with the living streams of your truth, that in our unity, your joy may be complete. 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, when Jesus prayed fro his friends, he prayed that they would be "one," like you and Jesus are one. That means a closeness and love that only can exist in you! Bring us closer in love to all. Thank you Jesus! Amen.
In our prayers:  
Dick, Ashley, Sue, Debbie, Pam, Dan, Ione, Belita, Tom, Velda, Paul, Ina, Seth, Kendra, Patrick, Eric, Nikki, Jennifer, Linda, Gene, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Jinny, Beck, Alan, Bob, Dennis, Don, Howard, Richard, Jody. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26   •   Psalm 1   •   1 John 5:9-13   •   John 17:6-19
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 .

Don McCrary, who is continuing treatment.
Tom, Ashley Frigerio's stepfather, whose health is declining.
Seth, son of Mark Hicks, who has moved to Sober Living.
Bob Reiden Bach, who is addressing health concerns.
This Week's Commemorations
Matthias, Apostle
Monday, May 14, 2018
Matthias was the apostle added to the Twelve after Jesus' resurrection, as a replacement for the dead Judas Iscariot. He had traveled among the followers of Jesus throughout the Lord's ministry. Formerly commemorated on February 24, Matthias's celebration is moved to May 14 in agreement with most Western calendars.

Erik, King of Sweden, martyr, died 1160
Friday, May 18, 2018
Erik is considered the patron saint of Sweden. As king of that nation, he tried to bring peace in the region, and to spread Christianity in Scandinavia. He was also known for his attempts to make fair laws and to protect those who were poor or sick.
Ebenezer in Mission
Confirmation Is Next Sunday, May 20
Congratulations to Vivian Miltner and Joe Johnson! Plan to attend next Sunday to celebrate with our young adult members.
Vacation Bible School
@Immanuel Lutheran Church
(1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)

Mon., June 25-Thurs., June 28
12:30pm – free lunch
(provided by Catholic Charities)

AGES: 5 yrs-6 th grade,
3-4 yrs may come w/ an adult

Bible Stories! Songs! Dance! Crafts!
Games! Service Projects!

To Register, contact: churchoffice@immanuelchicago.org
Senior Ministry Events
Senior Luncheon: Thursday, May 17, 12:00 p.m.
We will meet in the Cafe (below the sanctuary) for our gathering in May. As usual we will eat lunch, then instead of discussing a topic we will talk about what discussion topics and events we would like to have after our summer break. Our Parish Nurse Marcia will do blood pressures and Ralph will anoint and offer prayers.

Senior Poetry Group: Monday, May 21, 12:00 pm
We will meet one week earlier this month for our poetry discussion in the Cafe (below the sanctuary) this month. This time we will be looking at 2 poems our leader Ralph has written. Bring a sandwich and join us for a great discussion. Ralph will bring Dessert.
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.
Women's Book Group
The group meets at 7:15 p.m. at Ebenezer.

May 21: Britt Marie Was Here  by Fredrik Bakman
June 18: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Wellness Screening
The annual Wellness Screening is approaching. This year the testing will be done at your convenience at any of several Quest Labs beginning in May and continuing until June 9 th. The follow-up event for discussing your results will be Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m. at Ebenezer.

The basic screening test includes a lipid and chemistry profile and a complete blood count for $54. Additional tests are available: thyroid profile, vitamin D, PSA (prostate specific antigen,) CRP (C-reactive protein,) hemoglobin A1C and ColoCare (take-home colon cancer test.) This is a great opportunity to have low cost screening tests done thanks to Health Maintenance Institute (HMI) and a chance to discuss your results in detail with doctors from Advocate Health Care.

Here is what you need to do:
She will get the needed paperwork to you and enter you in the Quest Lab
system. Allison will discuss ways to submit your payment.
  • Have screening tests done at Quest no later than June 9.
  • Receive results in the mail within 2 weeks after testing.
  • Bring results with you when you come for the follow-up on Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m.at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster, Chicago. Breakfast will be provided!

Questions? Contact Marcia Smith at 773-743-1831 or parishnursemarcia@gmail.com.
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.
New Member Orientation May 13
Ebenezer will welcome new members on May 20th at the 10 a.m. service. If you are interested in joining the Ebenezer community formally, contact Pastor Michael for information or with questions, and/or plan to atttend a New Member Orientation Session on Sunday, May 13 at 11:30 a.m. (following the morning liturgy). Can't make it? Pastor Michael is happy to work with you!
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 .
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
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.
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