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Set Your Clocks Forward One Hour March 10, 2019
Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
March 10, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
Christ in the Wilderness
Kramskoĭ, Ivan Nikolaevich, 1872
First Sunday in Lent
" These forty days called Lent are like no other. It is our opportune time to return to the God who rescues; to receive the gifts of God’s grace; to believe with the heart and confess with the mouth the wonder of God’s love in Jesus; and to resist temptation at every turn. This is no small pilgrimage on which we have just embarked. It is a struggle Jesus knew. It is a struggle Jesus shares. The nearness of the Lord, in bread and wine, water and word, will uphold and sustain us. "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: God of wilderness and water, your Son was baptized and tempted as we are. Guide us through this season, that we may not avoid struggle,
but open ourselves to blessing, through the cleansing depths of repentance and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit. Amen.
Evening Prayer: God of deliverance and freedom, you taught the people of Israel
to acknowledge that all things come from your bountiful hand. Deepen our faith
so that we may resist temptation and, in the midst of trial, proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, now and for ever. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus, we thank you that you are a generous and that you give us so many good things. We are sorry that we are not always generous with others. Please help us this week to be kind, to do our very best, and to be generous when we are helping others. Amen.
In our prayers: Eric, Charlie, Barbara, Dan, Airreylle, Belita, Eileen, Velda, Paul, Ina, Lili, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Jennifer, Chuck, Bill, Howard, Jody, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie. We 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 .

Barbara Ketter, who is recovering from surgery
For Ashley
For Jack
This Week's Commemorations
Harriet Tubman, died 1913; Sojourner Truth, died 1883; renewers of society
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Harriet Tubman, born into slavery, helped about 300 others to escape slavery until the institution was abolished. Sojourner Truth, whose birth name was Isabella, was freed after slavery was abolished, and discerned a call to be a preacher. Taking the name Sojourner Truth, she set out on an evangelistic journey, where people found her testimony to be deeply moving.

Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, died 604
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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.
Ebenezer in Mission
Community Hour at Ebenezer
Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15 a.m. downstairs in the Education Center.
March 10: Healing in the Bible and Today, Part 2
Join Parish Nurse Marcia Smith for the second part of this conversation.

March 17 and 24: What is Theodicy?
Join Pastor Michael as he invites the group into the oldest of dilemma's: If God is good, then why does evil exist? And if evil exists, how good, or even real, can God be?Through the lenses of various thinkers, we'l delve into the mystery of faith in a hurting world.

Special Lenten Bible Study series with Mark Hicks: The Cast of Characters.
As Lent and Easter approach, we are offering a five week Bible Study Class to learn about many of the people involved in the betrayal, trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Based on readings from the four gospels we will learn about many involved in those processes such as: the Roman Legion at Caesarea, Annas, Caiaphas, Malthus, Peter, the Two thieves, John, the Maid at the warming fire, the Temple police, Pontius Pilate and his wife, Herod Antipas, Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, Herodians, etc. Join us to explore all the many moving parts in this holy story. The series begins Sunday, March 17 during community hour.

March 31: Meetinghouse Sunday. Ebenezer groups, teams, and committees are encourages to meet during community hour on March 31.
Lent Evening Prayer
We will gather for song, silence, reflection, scripture, and poetry, using the Holden Evening Prayer setting, on March 13, 20, and 27; and, April 3 and 10 at 7:00 p.m. Please join us!
“Parent’s Night Out!” – FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Saturday: March 9 from 4:00-8:00pm
@Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
Ages: 2 years-5th grade
Suggested Donation:
$20 – for one child, $25 for two children, $30 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 middle-high school youth who attend the Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group and Immanuel Lutheran Church to Dubuque, Iowa this August for a service-learning trip. This is a
wonderful opportunity for many youth in the Edgewater area to get out of the city, visit a college, learn about social agencies and participate in service projects in another city, and develop relationships with other youth from Chicago as well as with people in a smaller Midwest town.
To register or inquire with any questions:
Contact Pastor Emily Heitzman at
Ebenezer Parents Group
Join us for our next gathering of parents of infants and toddlers. We will share parenting joys, frustrations and ideas, as well as offer support to one another.
Sunday, March 17 after worship, in the parlor. For more information contact Marcia Smith, parish nurse at  or 773-743-1831.
Meal Makers Needed
A few volunteers are still needed to cook and serve a meal for the Thursday night tutoring program this Spring. Three dates are open. Please contact Anne at  for more information or to hear about available dates.
Senior Lunch and Program
Our Senior Lunch and Program for March will be on Thursday the 21st at noon in the Cafe (below the sanctuary ). All seniors are invited join us for lunch and a discussion. Lunch will be offered and you can give a freewill offering if you wish. Our discussion this month will be Childhood Memories. All are invited to share memories of their childhood. If you would like you can bring items from your childhood for show and tell or just tell us favorite stories of your growing years. We look forward to seeing you. 
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:   , 773-392-1619
Darlene Erickson: , 773-315-8738
Janet Lundblad: , 773-203-8368
Michael Fick: , 773-561-8496
Women's Book Group
Women's Book Group meets at 7:00 p.m. in the Education Center Cafe. Come join the conversation!

March 18: Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott
E.C.T. (Edgewater Congregations Together) Young Adults Group
Young adults (18 years old through mid-20s) 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.  Our next event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 4:30-8pm at Pastor Emily's house.   We will gather for dinner, games and to check in with and get to know one another. 

If you are a young adult and would like to connect with other young adults in the area, please contact Pastor Emily Heitzman at  to learn how you can get involved and/or to sign up for the February event.   
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 .
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

To learn more, visit the Facebook Page for the group here. Or, contact Norm D.
Esprit:  A Support Group for People Recovering or Supporting Others with Mental Health Issues

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

MONTHLY gatherings are 2nd and 4th Thursdays 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
October 11, 2018-May 23rd, 2019

For more information, please contact Ashley at 773/428-1521 or
Community and Announcements
Dal Niente Concert at Ebenezer
This Friday, March 15 at 7pm in Ebenezer's sanctuary, the excellent Chicago new music ensemble Dal Niente (of which Ben Melsky, the harpist who often plays here, is executive director) will present a concert of chamber music old and new. $10 suggested donation
Give with Goodshop and Amazon Smile
Shopping online at 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 and designate us... same great shopping, but we receive .5% of your purchase amount!
Regular Winter 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.
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