Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
May 21, 2017
1650 W. Foster Ave.,  Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
This visual prayer is Love One Another . From the Vanderbilt Digital Library. 
If You Love Me...
Jesus asks his disciples to keep his commandments, because when they do, the promised Advocate (Spirit) will be among them. That conditional "if" is a tough teaching. But it's also a "when." And perhaps the most challenging part if this teaching is to recall just what Jesus commands in the first place.

In peace,
+ Pastor Michael

Sharing Faith at Home
Reading the Scriptures:
The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 17:22-31    Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22
    John 14:15-21

Morning Prayer:  Living and gracious God, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ you have brought us out to a spacious place where we are called to live as those redeemed. Empower us by your spirit to keep your commandments, that we may show forth your love with gentle word and reverent deed to all your people. 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, your commandment to us is simple, and sometimes really hard: to love! Thank you for all the ways I receive love, and help be to give love more and more. Thank you Jesus! Amen.

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

Ebenezer in Mission
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!
May 21:  Don McCrary concludes his series on the Small Catechism.

May 28: No community hour on Memorial Day Weekend.

June 4: Volunteer Appreciation Picnic!
Mark your calendars and plan to stay following the 10 a.m. service to celebrate a wonderful program year of service and learning. This Pentecost Day will include a special recognition of Ebenezer's many volunteers, followed by a beginning of Summer picnic (rain or shine!) We'll provide hots dogs and veggie dogs with all the fixings; please bring a side dish, snack, or dessert to share. 
Office Volunteers Needed
Are you looking for a way to give back to Ebenezer? Are you available one morning per week?

Ebenezer is in need of addition office volunteers on  Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Office volunteers sort mail, direct emails from the general account to specific staff members, and greet people at the door. This allows our building coordinator and bookkeeper to focus on their respective duties with a minimum of interruptions.

Contact Pastor if you can help or would like more information!
Summer Schedule At Ebenezer
Our new Sunday schedule in 2016-17 will remain largely unchanged for the summer months, with Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

If you haven't tried the 5:00 p.m. liturgy yet, summer is the perfect time! This simple, peaceful service last 30-40 minutes, and is the perfect alternative for those busy summer weekends.

Children's Sunday School and Community Hour will return in the Fall.
Summer Office Hours are unchanged: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Women's Book Group
The Women's Book Group invites participation in their upcoming discussions:
June 19, and July 17 at 7:15 p.m. Happy reading!

June 19: The Dali Mystery by Sue Swinger- Ellbogen
July 17:  The Redbreast by Joe Nebo
Youth and Children's Events at Ebenezer
Youth-Led Ascension Service: Thursday, May 25, 7:00 pm at Unity Lutheran Church
A light reception will follow worship at Unity Lutheran Church (1212 W. Balmoral Ave.) This festival liturgy is planned and led by members of our youth group and confirmation class. Come show your support! A special offering will be collected to support the youth mission/ service/ learning trip to Dubuque, Iowa this August.

Vacation Bible School:
The Life and Times of Jesus, June 26-29
WHO: Children ages 5 through 6th grade from Ebenezer, Immanuel, and Unity Lutheran Churches and from the surrounding community.  3-4 years olds are welcome to attend with an adult.
WHAT: Join others in a fun journey through the Life and Times of Jesus!
WHEN: Monday, June 26-Thursday, June 29
12:30pm - Optional FREE lunch (provided by Catholic Charities); 1:00-4:00pm – Program
WHERE: Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
HOW: Registration forms will be available the first week of May in the Ebenezer and Immanuel Lutheran Church offices.  Email your registration form to churchoffice@immanuelchicago.org.

VBS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Contact Pastor Emily Heitzman at pastoremilyh@gmail.com if you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities.

May 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, May22, 12:00 pm. Bring a sandwich and join us in the Cafe (the room below the sanctuary) as we discuss the poem: Unholy Sonnet 4 by Mark Jarman. Dessert 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.
Caregivers Support Group
1st Tuesday of the month, 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm, at Ebenezer. A group of individuals of different ages and backgrounds gather to listen and discuss their caregiving experience. Some have just begun this journey, others have done this for some time. It’s a time to share concerns both for their loved ones and for themselves, to network and share information, and to laugh and share stories and memories. Facilitator - Marcia Smith, BSN, FCN
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
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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