Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
July 14, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
Good Samaritan
Paula Modersohn-Becker, 1876-1907
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
"To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind is to reflect God’s mercy in responding to one’s neighbor. That mercy found its most profound expression in the “gospel that has come to you”—namely the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That gospel mercy comes to us again today: at the font, at the altar, and from the pulpit. It is very near to you. "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: God of justice, your word is light and truth. Let your face shine on us to restore us, that we may walk in your way, seeking justice and doing good. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Divine Judge,
you framed the earth with love and mercy and declared it good; yet we, desiring to justify ourselves, judge others harshly, without knowledge or understanding. Keep us faithful in prayer that we may be filled with the knowledge of your will, and not ignore or pass by another's need, but plumb the depths of love in showing mercy. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus , we are your disciples, and you visit us in small and big ways each and every day. Help us to look for signs that you are with us. Amen.
In our prayers: Howard, Jody, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Linda, Charlie, Dave, Sierra, Dan, Belita, Eileen, Andrea, Max, Velda, Paula, Ina, Susan, Lili, Bob, Sean, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Beth, Dan, Chuck. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne, and our Bishop-elect, Yehiel.
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 .
This Week's Commemorations
Bartolomé de Las Casas, missionary to the Indies, died 1566
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
A native of Spain, Las Casas first came to the Western hemisphere while serving in the military. Granted a large estate with indigenous slaves, he freed them after he was ordained a priest. He worked in the Caribbean and Central America to improve the lives of the native peoples.
Ebenezer in Mission
Women's Book Group
July 15 we will meet at Judy Bianchi's home. You can call her at 773-525-0556. On August 19 we will meet at Pam Sall's home. Please call her at 847-675-7204 for information and directions. Hope to see you there!

July 15 – The Girl with Seven Names  by Lee Hyeon-sea
August 19 – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Ebenezer Parents Group
Join us for a gathering of parents of infants and toddlers on July 21. We will share parenting joys, frustrations and ideas, as well as offer support to one another. For more information contact Marcia Smith, parish nurse at  parishnursemarcia@gmail.com  or 773-743-1831.
Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group
Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group meets at Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month
Dinner - 6:15 pm; Program - 7:00-8:30 pm; Free Time - 8:30-9:00 pm

Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group consists of youth in grades 6th-12th 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 Congregations Together Young Adults Group
Young adults (18 years old through early 30s) from Unity, Ebenezer, and Immanuel Lutheran churches, as well as others from the community, will be gathering once a month for social events, service projects, and faith and life discussions. 

If you are a young adult and would like to connect with other young adults in the area, please contact Pastor Emily Heitzman at  pastoremilyh@gmail.com   to learn how you can get involved and/or to sign up.
2019 VBS Summer Program at Pilgrim!
July 15-19th from 9:00 am - noon.

Games, music, drama, bible lessons, and arts and crafts.

Our theme is “Renew”, which will focus on faith and our care of the earth.

Ages 4 through 5th grade, youth 6th grade and older are invited to serve as leaders.

Suggested donation is $35 per child, $50 per family.

To register your child or children, click here:
To express interest as a volunteer, click here:
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

Follow the Ebenezer Refugee Support Group on Facebook to see updates on families and the what the current needs are. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Norm Dynneson or Jackie Wood, as well.
Esprit:  A Support Group for People Recovering or Supporting Others with Mental Health Challenges Coming This Fall

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Mental illness doesn’t choose who is affected by it, but culture, race, gender or sexual orientation can affect access to treatment, support and quality of care for many. National Mental Health Awareness Month was established by Congress in 2008 to start changing this.

Esprit welcomes anyone affected by mental health issues and makes available a spiritual circle to share, listen, learn, be and renewed.

For more information, please contact Ashley at 773/428-1521 or ashley.frigerio@gmail.com
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!
July Office Hours
Monday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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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