Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Lent Evening Prayer Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
March 11, 2018
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
Lifted Up
"The fourth of the Old Testament promises providing a baptismal lens this Lent is the promise God makes to Moses: those who look on the bronze serpent will live. In today's gospel Jesus says he will be lifted up on the cross like the serpent, so that those who look to him in faith will live. When we receive the sign of the cross in baptism, that cross becomes the sign we can look to in faith, for healing, for restored relationship to God, for hope when we are dying."

See you Sunday.
+ Pastor Michael
The visual prayer included here is Cricifixion , by Robert R. Thurman. From the Vanderbilt Digital Library
Remember to Spring Forward This Weekend!

Set your your clocks on Saturday night to arrive on time to church on March 11.
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer:    Through Christ you make us a new creation, O God, for with him we pass from sin to the new life of grace. Accept our prayers in the warm embrace of your compassion, and welcome all people to the festive banquet of your table, where we may rejoice in your love and celebrate the inheritance you have given to us. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
Evening Prayer:   Steadfast God, you reach out to us in mercy even when we rebel against your holy call and prefer to walk in disobedience rather than in the way of your divine truth. Soften our hearts with the warmth of your love, that we may know your Son alive within us, redeeming us and raising us up into your eternal presence.   Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear God, your greatest gift to me is grace. Grace means that your love for me is no matter what! Thank you Jesus! Amen.
In our prayers:   Sasoun, Tom, Velda, Paul, Charlie, Ina, Kendra, Patrick, Ashley, Eric, Nikki, Howard, Jennifer, Linda, Beverly, Lili, Carl, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Jinny, Donna, Don, Richard, Jody, Beth, Ashley, Bob and Nancy, Sue, Michael, Debbie, Dan, Steve, and Ione . W e 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 .

Those in our community undergoing cancer treatments.
Donna Anderson, recovering at home.
Barbara Ketter and Kendra Thulin, who are recovering from surgery.
Don McCrary, who is continuing treatment.
This Week's Commemorations
Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, died 604. Monday, March 12, 2018. Born into wealth and power, Gregory was for a time the chief administrator of the city of Rome. Giving this up for a life in the church, he was elected pope in 590. He influenced public worship through the establishment of a lectionary and prayers to correlate with the readings. Gregorian chant is named in his honor.

Patrick, bishop, missionary to Ireland, died 461. Saturday, March 17, 2018. A native of Britain, Patrick was kidnapped by pirates at age sixteen and sold into slavery in Ireland. After a few years, he escaped, returned home, and entered the ministry. Returning to Ireland, he successfully served as a bishop and missionary there.
Ebenezer in Mission
Lent Evening Prayer
Continuing the Covenant of Baptism
Wednesdays March 14, and 21
at 6:30 p.m.
These 30 minute services of Evening Prayer will focus each week on a different Baptismal promise and living those out in our daily lives.
Palm Sunday: March 25 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Maundy Thursday: March 29 at 12:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.*
*A simple soup dinner and conversation begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Education Center Cafe. Worship at 7 p.m. will be in the Sanctuary.
Good Friday: March 30 at 12:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The Three Days for Children: March 31 at 10:00 a.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter: March 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday: April 1 at 6:30 a.m. (sunrise) and 10:00 a.m.*
Potluck Easter Breakfast in the Dining Room at 9:00 a.m.
*There is no 5:00 p.m. liturgy on Easter Sunday.
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!
March 11: Spring Cleanup!
That's right, wear your coveralls and favorite old jeans to church! Following fellowship time, we'll be cleaning and decluttering Ebenezer to prepare for Easter. There are many ways to help, so stick around and we'll find the right project for you!

Ebenezer commitees, teams, and groups that might also find it convenient to have a meeting following worship are also invited to do so on March 11.
March 18: What's New in Brain and Heart Health with Parish Nurse Marcia Smith, RN.We will talk about the new blood pressure guidelines, what this means for us and how this effects the health of our brains. Please join us.

Reminder: There are no community hour programs on March 25 or April 1.
 Ebenezer Staffing Change

The Ebenezer Council has begun the process of enacting office staffing changes. We will be introducing a new staff member in the coming weeks, who will be keeping regular, in-person office hours (at least four days a week), and who will answer the phone and general emails, handle building usage and scheduling, and coordinate volunteers.

Until this person starts, the Community Hospitality Ministry members will be monitoring building scheduling and User needs, and our volunteers, building monitors and bookkeeper will continue to support the general church office operations. While we do not anticipate significant problems, we do ask your patience in the coming month as we get our new routine in place and the dust settles. The familiar email addresses ( ebenezerbuilding@gmail.com  and 
office@ebenezerchurch.org ) are still the best ones to use.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jennifer Cox. She can be reached in person on Sundays or by email at  jennifer.eliza.cox@gmail.com .
Senior Ministry Events

Senior Luncheon:  Thursday, March 29, 12:15 p.m. This month we will begin with the Maundy Thursday Service at 12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary and then go downstairs to the Cafe for a lunch of soup and sandwiches. As usual our Parish Nurse Marcia will be available for blood pressure checks and Ralph will be available for anointing and prayers.

Senior Poetry Group:  Monday, March 19, 12:00 p.m. We will meet one week earlier than usual to discuss a poem that Carolyn Bertagnoli will share with us. Bring a sandwich and join us in the Cafe (below the sanctuary ) as we have a great discussion. Dessert will be provided.
Introducing Ebenezer Refugee Support
Ebenezer's Refugee Support group works with newly settled refugee in the Rogers Park and Edgewater area in cooperation with their sponsoring agencies and St. Thomas of Canterbury School staff . The site will follow families to process and list specific needs of families. When you find you can fill a need, contact one of the administrators and donated items can be picked up. Cash donations can be made out to Ebenezer Lutheran Church with the notation of Refugee Fund on the memo line.

To learn more, visit the Facebook Page for the group here.
Or, contact Norm D.
Looking Back at the 2018 Retreat
On the evening of February 2 and Saturday February 3, forty Ebenezer folks gathered at St. Mary's of the Lake. Yes, this is a new location, nestled in the woods in Mundelein. All found their way and enjoyed the new wooded location. We sang, listened, were challenged, and talked. Our leader Rev. Heidi, led us in exploring the challenging theme, "The Spirituality of Resistance”.

There are many people to thank. Thanks to Michel Lathrop for designing the stunning flyer and program, thanks to those who gave extra money for scholarships, thanks to Chad Sohl for printing 500 copies of the program, (no cost to us), thanks to Chuck Obendorf for guiding folks from the parking lot, thanks to John Elmquist for choosing moving music and inspiring us to SING! , thanks to Jen Debner, Kris May, and Dion Walton for giving inviting announcements at worship, thanks to Pastor Michael for being a source of wisdom and leading the closing Eucharist.

And of course thanks to our leader, Pastor Heidi Neumark, for challenging us in many ways. We will not forget. 

Be sure to look for reflections on the retreat from attendees in the March Messenger Newsletter! And mark your calendars for next year's retreat: Feb 1-2 at St. Mary of the Lake; our leader will be Rev. Erik Christensen who is serving at our seminary, Lutheran School of Theology, as Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship.
Women's Book Group
The group meets at 7:15 p.m. at Ebenezer.

March 19: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine  by Gail Honeyman
April 16: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn  by Betty Smith
May 21: Britt Marie Was Here  by Fredrik Bakman
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.
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 .
“Parent’s Night Out!”FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Saturday: April 21 from 4:00-8:00pm
@Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
Ages: 2 1/2 years-5th grade

Suggested Donation:
$15 for one child, $20 for two children, $25 for more than two children.

Enjoy a night out for a good cause! While parents/guardians have a night out, children will be in a safe environment doing fun activities led by Pastor Emily Heitzman, the church youth group, and several other adult church members. 

Children should bring a sack dinner to eat during the evening. 

All proceeds will help send several of our youth group high schoolers to travel to Houston, Texas this June for the triennial ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) Youth Gathering. This is a powerful and life-changing event, where our youth will gather with 30,000+ other Lutheran youth for worship, justice, and service work in and around Houston. As we have seen this fall, Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston and its surrounding areas. Thus, not only will your financial contribution help our youth get to the youth gathering, but it will also help Houston get back on its feet post-Harvey. Imagine how much of an impact 30,000+ people can make in doing service projects, Hurricane relief work, and by putting money into Houston’s economy: hotels, transportation, food, hired workers for the event, etc.?!

To register or inquire with any questions:
Contact Pastor Emily Heitzman 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!
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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