Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
July 7, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
Harvest in Provence
Vincent van Gogh, 1888
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
"God is the source of our nourishment. Our Lord’s invitation to “take and eat . . . take and drink” is a repeated one. In the holy eucharist, in the word read and proclaimed, in the assembly of the people of God, the dominion of God has come near. Rejoice! Your name is written in heaven. "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: Beckoning God, as you moved in the lives of Elijah and Elisha, move in our lives, inviting us to journey to unknown territory, to listen for your voice, and to speak your prophetic word in a world that does not want to hear. empowered by your Spirit, grant us the courage we need to journey, trust, listen, speak, and accept your commission to be your faithful servant people. Amen.
Evening Prayer: God of fresh beginnings, you make all things new in the wisdom of Jesus Christ. Make us agents of your transforming power and heralds of your reign of just ce and peace, that all may share in the healing Christ brings. 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: Bob, Sean, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Beth, Dan, Chuck, Howard, Jody, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Linda, Charlie, Dave, Sierra, Dan, Pam, Belita, Eileen, Andrea, Max, Velda, Paula, Ina, Susan, Lili. 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 .

For Anthony Thangaraj, recovering after hospitalization.
This Week's Commemorations
Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, died around 540
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Benedict is known as the father of the Western monastic movement. Educated in Rome, he went to live as a hermit, and eventually gathered a community of monks around him. He wrote a rule for living in monasteries that is used by Benedictines and adapted by others.

Nathan Söderblom, Bishop of Uppsala, died 1931
Friday, July 12, 2019
A winner of the Nobel Prize for peace for his efforts to unite peoples after the First World War, Söderblom also called attention to the revival of early church worship principles, and helped to lay the groundwork for the World Council of Churches.
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.
Small Groups at Ebenezer
Are you interested in learning more about the Small Group ministry at Ebenezer? Current members of the small groups gather…
  • To get to know one another and become a caring community.
  • To support one another through listening, sharing, praying, and being present to one another.
  • To discover meaning in God’s word and apply it to our lives.
  • To enjoy one another’s uniqueness and take responsibility for our own adventure in Christian growth.

We are happy to announce a fourth small group that will meet on a week day morning determined by the group. If you are interested in making a commitment or learning more please contact Bev, Darlene, Janet, or Pastor Michael:
Bev Albert:            bkalbert925@yahoo.com , 773-392-1619
Darlene Erickson: dre5531@att.net , 773-315-8738
Janet Lundblad:      janetlundblad@sbcglobal.net , 773-203-8368
Michael Fick:         pastormichael@ebenezerchurch.org , 773-561-8496
Esprit:  A Support Group for People Recovering or Supporting Others with Mental Health Issues Coming This Fall

Mental health is everyone's business

July is NATIONAL MINORITY AWARENESS MONTH  designated by Congress in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States. The term “ minority" is associated with racial, ethnic, or cultural minorities, those who identify as LGBTQAI, refugee, immigrant, religious and other groups who are often overlooked.

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!
Regular Spring Office Hours
Monday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 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.
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