New liturgy posted each Sunday morning.
Holy Communion will be share Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on Zoom.
January 10, 2021
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
Pr. Michael Fick
From Pastor Michael...

Greetings to the Saints of Ebenezer!

A new calendar year has begun, and in a fashion that I know has given us all pause. The events of this week have been frightening, confusing, and somber as we mourn lives lost and perhaps for some or many, mourn too a sense of hope. It is more important than ever that communities of good conscience, whether they be religious or otherwise, raise our hands and voices to speak for peace, justice, and meaningful reconciliation in the face of hate and division.

I have every confidence in this community's commitment to that vision of God's reign in Jesus Christ that announces hope and peace in a hurting world.

To that end, I'm choosing to meet these days with all the gratitude I can muster. Here are just a few things for which I am thankful:

  • For our congregation. We continue to rise to the challenges of this pandemic reality with care and creativity. At our congregational meeting on January 24th at 11:30 a.m. on Zoom we will pray, plan, and adopt a budget that reflects our ongoing commitments and values. Please plan to attend!
  • For the healing and sustaining power of the arts. John Elmquist, Rick Stuckey, Pastor Emily and our kids, our choir, and all who create audible and visual signs of God's reign each week make all the difference!
  • For all the ways you continue to gather online to sustain one another!
  • For the gift of the Sacraments. In baptism, we are named and claimed and sustained by God's Spirit. In Holy Communion, we are nourished with the very body and blood of Christ. As we have longed to gather for the meal, pastorally, I feel the time has come to acknowledge that while less than ideal, we need to be nourished again. To that end, online Holy Communion of Zoom will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays at the start of our fellowship time. Simply prepare you own bread and wine or grape juice, and we will celebrate the sacrament together.
  • For acts of love and service. For Kris May, Chris Korn, and Karen Miley who have sustained our Sunday School ministry; Pastor Emily and our youth and young adults; for Jes Daniels and her team of volunteers who have labored to bring us a new website later this month; for Norm Dynneson and Dave and Jackie Wood who have expanded our New Neighbors Ministry as need has expanded... and so many more. You all continue to carry our the promise of your baptisms in ways known and unknown.

Together, we will continue to live in the light of Epiphany's promise.

Take care and God bless you all in this new year.
+ Pastor Michael
 Greetings!
Baptism of Jesus
Castera Bazile, 1950
Baptism of Our Lord
"Our re-creation in baptism is an image of the Genesis creation, where the Spirit of God moved over the waters. Both Mark’s gospel and the story in Acts make clear that it is the Spirit’s movement that distinguishes Jesus’ baptism from John’s. The Spirit has come upon us as upon Jesus and the Ephesians, calling us God’s beloved children and setting us on Jesus’ mission to re-create the world in the image of God’s vision of justice and peace."
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: God of grace and glory, you call us with your voice of flame to be your people, faithful and courageous. As your beloved Son embraced his mission in the waters of baptism, inspire us with the fire of your Spirit to join in his transforming work. We ask this in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Holy God, creator of light and herald of goodness, at the waters of his baptism you proclaimed Jesus your beloved Son. With the baptized of every time and generation, may we say yes to your call to repentance and be led to the life of abundance we experience in your kinship and your love. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus, you teach us to give thanks for the good things we have in life. Help us to remember that your love and the people we love are the most important of all. Amen.
In our prayers: Jason, Jim, Fran, Nour, Ada, John, Remy, Dem, Katherine, Miss Vi, Tyler, Joanna, Jody, Tyler, Miriam, Allan, Steve, Emily, Joy, Jane, Gene, Karin’s nephew, Bruce, Dick, Debbie, Velda, Gail, Misha, Emily, Jeff, Darby, and Katie, All affected by Covid, natural disasters and unrest, Lisa, Paul, Kyle. We also pray for our Bishops, Elizabeth and Yehiel.
Genesis 1:1-5  •  Psalm 29  •  Acts 19:1-7  •  Mark 1:4-11
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.

For the residents and staff of retirement communities where Covid-19 cases are increasing.

For Jim, Barbara Ketter's son, who awaits a heart transplant.

For those recovering from, and suffering because of, hurricanes, fires, and other natural disasters.

For all areas experiencing in increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths.
This Week's Commemorations
Martin Luther King Jr., renewer of society, martyr, died 1968
Friday, January 15, 2021
An American prophet of justice among races and nations, King was an eloquent preacher, a leader of the nonviolent resistance to race-segregated society, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Born on this date, he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
Ebenezer in Mission
Coffee Fellowship on Zoom Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday Bible Study to Begin and At-Home Children's Sunday School Resources
Wednesday Bible Study, meeting online weekly at noon.
Pastor Michael leads a weekly, 40 minute scripture study of the week's texts online. Look for an email Wednesday morning with a link to the study hangout. Hope to see you there!

Spark Sunday School at home. Click here for weekly, free Sunday School videos and downloadble materials. In addition, children's bulletins are posted along with the Sunday bulletin each week at ebenezerchurch.org.
New Years Resolutions or Pandemic Positive Adjustments?
However you want to think of it, Get My People Going can help you make positive changes for your physical, mental or spiritual health.

During this pandemic there is much in our lives we cannot control. But we CAN take control of some things as we seek health and wholeness and support one another. Take the challenge to embrace healthier habits along with others in our community. This program, Get My People Going, encourages you to identify small changes in your life to help you be healthier and feel better. You choose 1 or 2 things you’d like to work on. You set your own goals. Together we encourage each other as we journey together.

Our parish nurse will facilitate check-ins where individuals can share ideas and encouragement. Participants will decide when and how they want to do this. If you have any questions or comments, or want to sign up, contact Marcia Smith (773 743-1831. A happy, healthy new year to all!
Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group Upcoming Events 
The E.C.T. Youth Group consists of youth in grades 6th-12th from Immanuel, Unity, and Ebenezer Lutheran Churches, as well as other youth in the neighborhood.  In order to keep everyone extra safe during the pandemic, we are gathering with each other over zoom on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month and will find additional times for small groups to connect virtually and to participate in service. 

Contact Pastor Emily Heitzman if you would like to learn more and/or join us at our next zoom meeting.
Intentional Spirituality small groups are meeting! (Currently online)
A safe place to experience your spiritual growth through Scripture, other seekers, and prayer. 

If you are interested in learning more, or in joining a group, please contact Bev Albert
Flower Orders for Online Liturgy
Interested in ordering flowers for online liturgy? Contact Pastor Michael via email at least 10 days before your desired date. The flowers will appear in the liturgy video along with any dedication you may like. You have two options: A live plant suitable for replanting in the flower boxes at church, or, a cut flower arrangement you may arrange pick up from the parsonage front porch after the liturgy has been filmed.
Lutheran World Relief Needs Your Fabric!
If you're cleaning out your closets while you're social distancing, consider donating any cotton fabric in clean condition to Ebenezer's Lutheran World Relief (LWR) ministry for mission quilts! The cotton fabric currently needed includes used sheets, table cloths, washable drapes and cotton shower curtains. Any fabric donations can be set aside until they can be safely picked up at a later time. If you'd like to further partner in the work of LWR beyond our annual school kits and quilts, consider a monetary donation: visit lwr.org/lifesaver, lwr.org/coronavirus, or ebenezerlutherchurch.org.
Sharing the Peace
Will you and/or your family share your peace in one of our online worship services? It’s a simple process, with assistance available. We’d love to include all members and friends of Ebenezer!

Contact Rick Stuckey or Bev Albert if you’re interested!
Ebenezer Mental Health Team
New SAMHSA app will help people who have serious mental illness to develop a crisis plan!

My Mental Health Crisis Plan is a psychiatric advanced directive (PAD) that allows individuals who have serious mental illness to create a plan to guide their treatment during a mental health crisis. It includes a list of instructions and preferences that the individual wishes to be followed in case of a mental health crisis, should they be unable to make their own decisions. My Mental Health Crisis Plan is a new mobile app released October 1, 2020 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) administered by The American Psychiatric Association. My Mental Health Crisis Plan is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. View videos on What is a PAD? and How to Use the App. More information at: www.smiadviser.org/mymhcp.
Intergenerational Ebenezer Pals
This year, we would like to start an Ebenezer Pal program, where an Ebenezer member or household is partnered with another member or household of a different generation.  These pals will connect with one another at least 1-2 times a month over facetime, zoom, phone, or through cards/letters to get to know one another and encourage each other.  During their time together, they might: check in with each other, share a craft, piece of artwork, poem, musical piece, something they’ve learned, an encounter they’ve had with God, or reflect on a worship service together, etc.
 
If you, your kids, or your household would like to become an Ebenezer Pal, please contact Pastor Emily . (People of ages are invited to participate!)
Edgewater Congregations Together Young Adults 
(18-mid-30 year olds)
Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm
via zoom

The E.C.T. Young Adults are gathering over zoom to catch up, check in with each other, and play some games together. Grab a beverage and/or a snack and join them!   
  
To join our next zoom meeting, contact Pastor Emily
Face Masks

NEED A FACE MASK?
The CDC guidance states that cloth masks are recommended when going out on necessary trips like to the grocery store, pharmacy, or to work.
 

If you need a mask, contact Pastor Emily with the number of masks and the sizes needed (adult or child).
Refugee and Tutoring Support Needed
Many of our refugee and tutoring families have extra needs during the covid-19 pandemic. If you are in a position to assist, please consider helping in one of the following ways:
 
  • Financial support for groceries or other needed items during this time. Visit www.ebenezerchurch.org and click “Give Online.” 100% of funds entered in the “Other” line and labeled “Refugee Support” will assist our refugee families.

  • Helping adults fill out Medicaid, unemployment, and job applications over the phone.

  • Tutor youth and children virtually.

We celebrate that a generous donation has now been made to support a struggling family with rent for the next several months!
 
If you are able to offer support in any of these ways, contact Norm Dynesson.
Community and Announcements
Need some help with groceries?
The Irving Park food pantry at 4256 North Ridgeway has an incredible amount of food every week. They have dairy, eggs, meat, lentils, and more. 

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
Closed until further notice
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? 
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Additional resources are available suicidepreventionministry.org