Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
June 10, 2018
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
"Adam and Eve" Marc Chagall 1887-1985
Third Sunday after Pentecost
"A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit. We who have received the Holy Spirit through baptism have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection and knit together in the body of Christ. Those with whom we sing and pray this day are sisters and brothers of the Lord. With them we go forth in peace to do the will of God."

See you Sunday! Pastor Michael
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: Unlike earthly kings, you, O Lord, are ever steadfast and faithful. You sent us your Son, Jesus the Christ, to rule over us, not as a tyrant, but as a gentle shepherd. Keep us united and strong in faith, that we may always know your presence in our lives, and, when you call us home, may we enter your heavenly kingdom where you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
Evening Prayer: O God our ruler and shepherd, you anointed Jesus
as the king and servant of your people. Make us attentive to your word, that we may accept your reign over us and serve you alone. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear God, you made us to need rest and to be refreshed. Help us to take rest when it is offered, so we can build new energy to love our friends and neighbors. Thank you Jesus! Amen.
In our prayers:  
Eric, Nikki, Jennifer, Linda, Sharon, Gene, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Beck, Bob, Don, Howard, Richard, Jody, Sharon, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Mitzi’s son-in-law, Debbie, Dan, Belita, Esther, Bob, Lorna, Tom, Velda, Paul, Ina, Patrick, Ryan's family. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
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.
Bob Reiden Bach, who is addressing health concerns.
Barbara Ketter and Lorna Luebbers, who are recovering from surgery.
This Week's Commemorations
 Barnabas, Apostle
Monday, June 11, 2018
Barnabas was not numbered among the twelve apostles, but the book of Acts gives him that title. After Paul was converted to Christianity, Barnabas welcomed him to Jerusalem, and later the two traveled together on missionary journeys.

Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, died 379; Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, died around 385; Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople, died around 389; Macrina, theologian, died around 379
Thursday, June 14, 2018
The Cappadocian fathers, as the three men in this group are known, explored the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Basil's monastic rule forms the basis for Eastern monastic life. Gregory of Nazianzus defended orthodox Christianity in Constantinople. Gregory of Nyssa, Basil's younger brother, wrote on the spiritual life. Macrina, older sister of Basil and Gregory of Nyssa, was the leader of a community dedicated to asceticism, meditation, and prayer.
Ebenezer in Mission
Baptism this Sunday
Keaton Eli, child of Megan Lott and Lenny Rodriguez, will be baptized on Sunday. Susan Lott is serving as sponsor. Welcome!
E.C.T. Youth
Last week, two of our Edgewater Congregations Together youth gathered with four other Chicago area youth, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, and the ELCA Youth Gathering Director for a text (scripture) study at the ELCA Churchwide office. They offered their insights about the scripture Bishop Eaton will preach on at the Youth Gathering closing worship in Houston and how it speaks to youth today. 

Our youth did a fantastic job representing the E.C.T. Youth Group, our Edgewater congregations, and the ELCA youth as a whole, and the Bishop and the ELCA will be better because of these young people and all they have to offer the Church and our world.

Keep our 13 youth, 2 young adult leaders, and 2 pastors who will be attending the ELCA Youth Gathering and Multicultural Youth Leadership Event in Houston in your prayers!  
Vacation Bible School
@Immanuel Lutheran Church
(1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)

Mon., June 25-Thurs., June 28
1:00-4:00pm
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 
click here for registration form
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.
Summer 2018 Messenger

click here to read
Women's Book Group
The group meets at 7:15 p.m. at Ebenezer.

June 18: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

July 16: History of Wolves  by Emily Fridlund
Wellness Screening Follow-Up
What do all those numbers mean on your medical lab test results? They can be confusing. Does your health care provider explain them to your satisfaction? If not, join us for a follow-up session with physicians from Advocate to discuss your results, ask questions, and get a better understanding of your health.

When:  Saturday, June 23, 2018; 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Ebenezer Lutheran Church.

Bring your test results with you!!! 

These can be tests from any lab, any doctor, any time in the recent past. They do not have to be tests done in this screening. Breakfast will be provided. For more information contact Marcia Smith at 773-743-1831 or parishnursemarcia@gmail.com .
Coping with Chronic Illness
Join us and learn about ways to cope with the challenges of chronic health issues. We will have two knowledgeable presenters and also time for questions, sharing and conversation.

When: Saturday, June 9, 2018; 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 
Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church 1500 W. Elmdale Ave.

Presenters include: Dr. Harvey Wolf, health psychologistand Jenni Grover, author of Chronic Babe. For more information contact Marcia Smith at 773-743-1831 or parishnursemarcia@gmail.com
Thinking Ahead about Community Hour
Have you ever thought as you sat in the pews that you wished we could have a discussion about something that was important to your life, maybe about parenting or living the single life, or Zoroastrianism or time management or the safety of football or whatever.

If you have ever had this thought please join us as we lift up possible topics for next year’s community house hour on Sunday June 10 th following coffee hour. No topic is too silly or serious to be put on the list.
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 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.
Do you or someone you know need someone to talk to?  
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Additional resources are available here:  http://www.lutheransuicideprevention.org