Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
September 23, 2018
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
Jesus Teaching The Disciples, late 17th-early 18th c.
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
"Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in front of them an actual flesh-and-blood child. We are called to welcome the particular children God puts in front of us, to make room for them in daily interaction, and to give them a place of honor in the assembly."

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: O God, Wisdom of the universe,you bear the pain of your people. Grant us the gift of wisdom, that we may discern your way and live justly and graciously amid the struggles of this world. Amen.
Evening Prayer: O God, our teacher and guide, you draw us to yourself and welcome us a beloved children. Help us to lay aside our envy and selfish ambition, that we may walk in your ways of wisdom and understanding as servant of your peace. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear God, you have made us and we are great! Help us to remember that each person you have made is great, too, and to treat them as equals and friend. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.
In our prayers: Those affected by Hurricane Florence; Caroline, Rita, Lili, Sharon, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Lauren, Bob, Don, Howard, Dennis, Richard, Jody, Sharon, Scott, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Dan, Ron, Walker, Major, Belita, Esther, Bob, Tom, Aimee, Velda, Paul, Ina, Patrick, Eric, Nikki, and Jennifer. 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 .

Tom, Ashley Frigerio's stepfather, whose health is declining.
Bob Reiden Bach, who is addressing health concerns.
Barbara Ketter who is recovering from surgery.
This Week's Commemorations
Michael and All Angels
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Michael the archangel, captain of the heavenly hosts, is remembered on this day along with the other angels and archangels. The word "angel" means messenger, and in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, these beings have a fully spiritual nature and no physical body.
Ebenezer in Mission
Take the Ebenezer Congregational Survey!
Ebenezer Congregational Survey is Underway! This 10-minute survey is intended to help us see who we are and what we value, both as individuals and as a body of Christ. We will not be using this for any purposes outside Ebenezer Lutheran Church. No identifying information is being collected. Your answers will be totally anonymous, so we're asking you to be as thoughtful and honest as possible. Your participation will help Ebenezer create and strengthen our bold and loving vision!

Visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/Eb18 , or, fill out a paper survey in the narthex. The survey will be open until Monday, October 1.
Blessing of the Animals Sunday, October 7 at the 5:00 p.m. liturgy.
Community Hour at Ebenezer
Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15 a.m. downstairs in the Education Center.
THIS WEEK: Lutheran World Relief Sunday. Gather for a special coffee fellowship, help make quilts, pack school kits, and have fun! See the flyer in your bulletin for more information.
Sept. 30: Meetinghouse and Project Day. Those groups and committees that wish to meet are encouraged to do so. Also, following coffee fellowship, we'll have a projects that need attention around the church building you can help with! Don't be afraid to wear your work clothes to church!
Oct. 7 and 14 with the Mental Health Team
October 7: Dr. Sherrie All, Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in cognitive rehabilitation and brain health will lead us in discussion of the topic “Suicide: Doesn’t Hurt to Ask”. Dr. All plans to organize the focus around questions from the group. Come and learn.
This community hour is sponsored by Mental Health Team.
October 14: Understanding the Opioid Crisis and Developing Compassion
Last year according to data provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) 70,000 people died from overdoses related to opioids. Individuals with Opioid Use Disorders are still a small portion of the number of people with Substance Use Disorders, but what’s causing this crisis is the number of people who are dying. This crisis has been compared to the HIV crisis and is considered the number one public health crisis of our time. 

Although our understanding of addictions has progressed, so that we understand it as a disease and not just a “matter of will,” there is still so much stigma surrounding addictions. The opioid crisis has highlighted the need for communities to talk openly about addictions and to reduce the stigma.

For instance, there is an antidote for an opioid overdose. It’s called Naloxone. If a person is experiencing an overdose; they can be administered Naloxone; the overdose is reversed; and the person lives, providing another opportunity for them to seek recovery. Even though lives can be saved, some communities are asking the question, “how many times should we save someone’s life from an overdose?” We don’t ask this same question of people with diabetes or other chronic illness. Why do we ask this question of people experiencing a substance use disorder? 

Join the discussion on October 14 during adult education hour on learning about the Opioid Crisis and supporting people on their journey towards recovery. 
Justice Team Book Discussion in October
It's time to start reading! Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism by Deborah Jian Lee.

Generational changes and the shifting racial make-up of evangelicals are transforming the evangelical movement and pushing it in a more progressive direction. A young and diverse array of people on this leading edge of progressive evangelicalism--LGBTQ and straight; white, black, Asian, Hispanic and indigenous--are working to wrest political power away from conservatives. Given the clout that evangelicals still hold in national politics, Lee argues, this movement is important not only for the future of evangelicalism but also for the future of the country.
Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group
@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

The E.C.T. (Edgewater Congregations Together) Youth Group resumes their regular youth group schedule this month! 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. They gather for dinner, games, faith discussions, worship, and free time. They also attend social and service activities throughout the year.  

Additional Upcoming Events:
Annual Pumpkin Craze/Corn Maze Event (with other local youth groups)
@Abbey Farms in Aurora, IL
Sat., Oct. 6, 4:15pm-11:00pm (6:30-10:00pm at the farm)

Email Pastor Emily at:  pastoremilyh@gmail.com  to sign up.
*DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: WED., SEPT. 26!
Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group Brunch Fundraiser & ELCA Youth Gathering Recap
Sunday, Sept. 30, 12:15-1:15pm  
Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.) in Founder's Hall

Want to hear more about our youth group's experience in Houston at the ELCA Youth Gathering AND support our youth group in their upcoming trips and events? 

Join the youth group for a brunch fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 12:15pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church. There, you will eat delicious food prepared by our youth and their families, watch a photo slideshow from the ELCA Youth Gathering, and hear from some of the youth about their experiences on the trip.  You can also find daily blog posts with photos and videos, links to media coverage of the event, and the ELCA Youth Gathering youtube channel with videos of worship and speakers here.

There is no set cost for the brunch. However, donations will be collected (and will help send our youth to the upcoming 2018-2019 events and trips.)

Thrivent Members will also have an opportunity to learn about how they can use their Thrivent Action Team benefits ($250 gift cards) to support our youth group.  

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 .
Ebenezer will hold a flu shot clinic Sunday, October 7, from 9 a.m. till noon. Insurance accepted. No insurance? Come early! 1st 5 vaccines are free!
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 ashley.frigerio@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 Announcements
"Finding God in All the Wrong People" with Nadia Bolz-Weber
The Old St. Patrick's Church At the Crossroads Lecture Series in partnership with The St. Catherine of Siena Center at Dominican University are delighted to host Nadia Bolz-Weber, recognized as one of the most inspiring and important preachers of our day. The lecture is sold out, however, we invite you to join us for a live video feed of the lecture at Old St. Patrick's. There is no fee for attending the live video feed.

Click here to sign up and for more information.
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 Office Hours
Monday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 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