Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
October 8, 2017
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
This visual prayer is Vinyards in the View of Auvers by Vincent Van Gogh. From the Vanderbilt Digital Library.
Does God Really Give and Take Away?
In the midst of disaster, this phrase is often used, and the idea behind it... that people "get what they deserve..." is the "operating system" of our society, religious and secular. But is it true? And for we who follow Jesus, is it even good news?

See you Sunday!
+ Pastor Michael
Sharing Faith at Home
Reading the Scriptures:
The 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:7-15
Philippians 3:4b-14  Matthew 21:33-46
Morning Prayer:    Holy God, you love justice and hate oppression; you call us to righteousness and not to exploitation. Give us generous and loving hears, and eyes to see the splendor of your reign, that we may live in truth and honor, and praise you for the transformation of our lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
Evening Prayer:   God, our beloved, you set before us the goal of new life in Christ. May we live in the power of his resurrection and bring forth the fruit of your gentle and loving rule.   Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear God, sometimes, things don't come easy, and we get frustrated and upset. Help us to keep trying, to reach our goals, and to be gentle with ourselves and others when things are hard and we need a break to keep trying. Thank you Jesus! Amen.
In our prayers:  Howard, Ahmed, Denny, Theresa, Richard, Jody, Debbie, Dan, Lili, John and Sharon, Mary, Pastor Geoffrey, Joshua, Steve, Ione, Tom, Donna, Theo, Velda, Paul, Charlie, Ina, John, Ashley, Ann, Don, Kyle, Bob, Ashley, Brian, Eric, and Nikki. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
Ebenezer in Mission
Reminder: The Chicago Marathon is Sunday
Click here for a complete guide to street closures so you can plan your trip to Ebenezer accordingly. And remember: Our 5:00 p.m. liturgy is also a great option!
Giving Thanks
by Jessica Daniels, President of the Congregation

We are so thankful to everyone who served and celebrated the 125 th Anniversary of Ebenezer with us and for the presence of the Spirit for inspiring our service to the church body and community.

Thank you to Chris Comella and the archives and anniversary celebration committees for leading the planning of all the festivities. It has been a celebration to remember!
Thank you to everyone who worked to plan, prepare, manage and clean up from the Fun Fair! And thank you to all of you who came to bounce, play, pet an animal, make a craft, eat a snack, and spend a lovely afternoon in the neighborhood.

Thank you Chad Sohl, Brian Spitzer and the many people who decorated, served, washed dishes, cleaned up, sold raffle tickets, raised voice in song, shared the meal with church family, and kept the dance floor hopping! What a terrific celebration!

Thank you to Ann O. Hicks and everyone who joined in the Sunday brunch meal to prepare food, to make sure that everyone had enough and to clean up afterward. The gifts of all are welcome at the banquet table and we are fed when we feed each other.

Thank you to our staff and the facilities team for ensuring that all our spaces were ready for celebration – and ready for their next use on the following days.

And, thanks be to God for bringing us every day “thus far by faith”. We pray that God will continue to guide and direct the ministry of this church body.
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.

Click here to learn how you can support their efforts.
Blessing of the Pets THIS SUNDAY, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m.

Bring your blessed companions, leashed, crated, or carried, to be blessed at our 5 p.m. communion service, following the feast day of St. Francis, patron saint of animals. 
Children's Sunday School Sunday at 9:45 a.m.
This year, we are changing the location of Sunday school from the 2nd floor Auditorium to the Education Center (lower level below the sanctuary, or main church building). We will still begin with music at 9:45, and kids will return to the worship service during the Hymn of the Day (approximately 10:35) to join their families for the Children's Talk and Holy Communion. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity (teaching, assisting, music, art, drama, other special skills, too!), please contact Kris May at  kristinehmay@gmail.com
Consider Joining the Ebenezer Choir!
Everyone  is welcome to participate in singing and fellowship Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. in the choir room. Can't always make it to rehearsal? Don't let it be a barrier to your participation. Speak to John Elmquist with any questions.
September Community Hour Schedule
Community Hour is usually from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays in the Education Center, following coffee fellowship. Childcare is available!
October 8 : Justice Team Book Discussion: The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. Acts 10:39. The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. Both the cross and the lynching tree represent the worst in human beings and at the same time a thirst for life that refuses to let the worst determine our final meaning. While the lynching tree symbolized white power and black death, the cross symbolizes divine power and black life, God overcoming the power of sin and death. For African Americans, the image of Jesus, hung on a tree to die, powerfully grounded their faith that God was with them, even in the suffering of the lynching era.

October 15 and 22: Luther's Small Catechism.
We'll continue and conclude a contemporary look at Luther's seminal work of faith instruction.

October 29 - The Ebenezer Ministry Fair!
Ebenezer's many teams, committees, groups, and ministries will be on display and talking about their important work. Learn more and consider where God might be calling YOU to get connected!
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!
Please come join us OCTOBER 12!! 7:00 pm—8:30 pm 
For more information , please call Ashley at 773-428-1521 
Senior Programs in October
All Seniors are welcome to participate in the programs listed below. Call the church office at  773-561-8496  and let us know you are coming. 

Monthly Luncheon: Thursday, October 19, 12:00 p.m. Join us in the Cafe (the room below the sanctuary) for lunch and the next epidode of our 2017-18 program series: The Gift of Years: Future and Agelessness. Lunch will be provided and you can give a free will donation if you wish. Our Parish Nurse will check blood pressures and Ralph will anoint and offer prayers.

Monthly Poetry Reading and Discussion: Monday, October 24, 12:00 p.m.   Bring a sandwich and join us in the Cafe as we discuss a poem that Vereen Nordstrom will share with us. Desert will be provided.
Parking and Trumbull Redevelopment Update.
Trumbull School’s sale to a development company has closed. The plan for residential apartments and a professional theatre in the existing building is moving forward. This is a reminder that as of now, Ebenezer does not have an agreement with the new owners for use of the parking lot. We’ll keep you updated should an arrangement become possible.
Wednesday Morning Devotions and Evening Prayer
 We gather at 9 a.m. for 30 minutes of Bible study, and at 6:30 p.m. for Vespers (Evening Prayer). Everyone's welcome!
Women's Book Group
The Women's Book Group invites participation in their upcoming discussions:
at 7:15 p.m. Happy reading!

October 16: Euphoria by Lily King
November 20: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Spirituality Small Groups at Ebenezer – That’s It!
Who hasn’t search for something but simply don’t know what it is? Sometimes stepping into a small circle allows us to get off that perimeter.

If you’re nodding in agreement, Ebenezer Spirituality Small Groups may be a find for you. Groups of 6 - 9 people meet twice a month for 5 months to talk, share, listen, study, and pray. Our purpose is to know another and support one another through listening, sharing, praying, and being present. The schedule starts up again this month and if you are ready now or want to at least get on the interest list, please let us know (Bev Albert, Darlene Erickson, Janet Lundblad, Don McCrary, or Pastor Michael).

"We need places to pray as if someone were listening, to study as if we might learn something worth writing on our hearts....."
Stained Glass Restoration and Preservation: UPDATE!
The first work run for the sanctuary stained glass restoration began on July 31 and ended on August 12th. This first run included the restoration and repair of the Gothic windows (tall skinny ones). The second run will begin October 20 and conclude two weeks later with a finished project! This project will ensure many more years of beauty and light in a sacred space that serves our neighbors. You can still support this exciting project! Make a gift to the 125th Anniversary Capital Campaign today!
Mental Health First Aid Course to be Offered
Many, many people experience mental health problems. These range from mild to severe and vary greatly in their symptoms. Most of us have friends, family or neighbors who live with these challenges. Many of us would like to help them, but don’t know how. In the Mental Health First Aid class you will learn about the different kinds of mental illness. You will learn to recognize their signs and learn how best to respond.
Saturday, November 4
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Ebenezer Lutheran Church
1650 W. Foster Avenue

The fee is $20 or pay what you can. Textbook and lunch are included.
To register contact Parish Nurse Marcia Smith RN at 773-743-1831 or Marcia.smith@advocatehealth.com or our instructor Stephanie Frank LCSW at 773-807-9515. Space is limited so register soon!
Parish Nurse Seeks Helpers!
Our parish nurse ministry is developing and evolving. Inspiration is moving us to try some new things. In order to help meet the needs of parishioners and to help make new programs succeed, it would be great to know who is able and interested in volunteering. There are many ways to help. For example:
Giving people rides, to church, the store, doctor appointments, etc; Bringing meals to people when needed due to surgery, illness, family crisis, etc; Being a banquet bearer, that is, taking communion to people unable to come to church; Assisting in organizing events, programs.

Volunteering can be very occasional or frequent, whatever works for you. The more folks we have to draw from the less often anyone would be called on to do so.
If you are interested or have questions please contact parish nurse Marcia Smith at 773-561-8496, ext.103 or at Marcia.smith@advocatehealth.com.
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.

Edgewater Youth Coalition Pumpkin Craze Event @Abbey Farms in Aurora, IL , Sat., Oct. 21 . We will meet at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 5 p.m. to leave by 5:15 p.m. We will return by 11:15 p.m. (Eat before you come or bring extra money to pay for food at the farm.) Cost: $7 per person. Let Pastor Emily know if you need scholarship for this event.
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
John Elmquist Composition to be featured on WFMT.
On Monday, October 16 at 8 p.m., Live from WFMT will present the Kontras String Quartet performing a piece by John Elmquist inspired by shape-note singing. (The piece will also be played during worship in January.)
Reformation Hymn Festival TONIGHT (October 6) at Immanuel Lutheran Church
7:00 p.m. at 1500 W. Elmdale. Daniel Schwandt will be the organist and conductor, with commentary on the hymns offered by Rev. Dr. Mark Bangert. A free-will offering with benefit hurricane relief through Lutheran Disaster Response.
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.

The office is closed on Monday, October 9, to honor Indigenous Peoples' Day.
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