Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
This Sunday the 5:00 p.m. service is the Annual Blessing of the Pets
October 6, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
Mustard Tree
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
"A little faith goes a long way is our Lord’s point in the gospel. A mustard seed’s-worth has miraculous potential. The patience, tenacity, and endurance required for the life of faith are the blessings received in water and the word (holy baptism), bread and wine (holy communion), the word read and proclaimed in this assembly. Anticipate them. Receive them with thanksgiving. "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: God of power and justice, like Jeremiah you weep over those who wander from you, turn aside to other gods, and enter into chaos and destruction. By your tears and through your mercy, teach us your ways and write them on our hearts so that we may follow faithfully the path you show us. Amen.
Evening Prayer: God, the refuge of wanderers and exiles, the mother and father of the homeless, you weep with those who are uprooted from their homeland, and you suffer with those who exist without shelter and security. Grant that your faithful love may reach out, and that your healing mercy rise like the dawn on all who are oppressed. We ask this through Jesus, your Son, who know hardship and died outside the city wall. 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: The Bedinger family, Ashley, Debbie, Linda, Mal, Emerson, Dave, Dan, Belita, Wayne, Don, Michele, Eileen, Judy, Max, Velda, Paula, Susan, Nancy, Bob, Sean, Gloria, Monroe, Sandra, Johanna, Camryn, Frank, John and Sharon, Beth, Chuck, Howard, Jody, Barbara, Ruth, Dick. We also pray for our Bishops, Elizabeth and 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 baby Emerson
For Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, and Houston
For Warren Bedinger's family and friends, upon his death
This Week's Commemorations
William Tyndale, translator, martyr, died 1536
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Tyndale was ordained a priest in England, and wished to translate the Bible into English. He was opposed in this by King Henry VIII, causing him to flee to Germany. He completed the New Testament in 1525, but before he could finish the Old Testament, he was tried for heresy and burned at the stake.

Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, pastor in North America, died 1787
Monday, October 7, 2019
Divided Lutherans in America asked leaders in Europe to send someone who could take charge and unite their work. Muhlenberg was sent, and was effective in organizing the American Lutherans. Among other accomplishments, his liturgical principles became the basis for the Common Service of 1888.

Massie L. Kennard, renewer of the church, died 1996 (TFF)
Thursday, October 10, 2019
A native of Chicago, Kennard was a major figure in supporting and working toward ethnic and racial inclusiveness in the former Lutheran Church in America. Ordained in 1958, he served in positions including Director for Minority Concerns of the Division for Mission in North America.
Ebenezer in Mission
We gather on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for faith formation, learning, and spiritual growth. Childcare IS available!

Oct. 6
  • Help assemble school kits for Lutheran World Relief with Bev Albert and friends
  • Part 3 of a three-Sunday Bible Study on the Maccabees with Mark Hicks

Oct. 13: The 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Review with Pastor Michael. Come learn more about the elections and actions taken this past summer by our church body.

Oct. 20: Assemble Lutheran World Relief School kits!
Ebenezer Sunday School Has Begun
Families and kids aged 4-12, get ready to get back in the swing of our All Kids Sunday school. We start the Sunday after Labor Day. We meet at 9:45 (15 minutes before Worship Service starts) in the Education Center for games, lessons, music, light crafts, and most of all, sharing our ideas about how God wants us to live in this world. Our time together lasts about 40 minutes, with ushers and teachers escorting kids back to families right after the sermon, before the Children's Message and the Meal. Check it out! Any questions, feel free to email  Chris Korn, Kris May,or Karen Miley. We welcome volunteers of all sorts: moms, dads, non-parents, teens, grandparents. We provide light training, curriculum, and materials. Most of the time, you will assist a lead teacher. Come join us!
Seniors Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo
Join us on Thursday, October 17 to enjoy the animals, each other and lunch at the zoo.
We plan to eat at the zoo’s Park Place Cafe. You may bring a bag lunch if you would prefer.
Admission to the zoo is free. But as they say, there is no free lunch.
If walking around the zoo seems too much for you, wheel chairs are available to rent for free. Please consider letting your friends “push you around.”

There are several options for getting to the zoo.
  1. Take the Clark Street bus which goes directly there from Foster. Meet at Ebenezer at 11 a.m. to walk over and take the bus together.
  2. Carpool from the church. Meet at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer and drive to the zoo. Contact Marcia Smith if you plan on carpooling.
  3. OR Meet us at the zoo visitor’s center at noon if that is more convenient.

Plan B for inclement weather:
We will meet at the church at 11 a.m. anyway and order pizza or some other goodies to cheer ourselves up as we reminisce about zoo experiences of days gone by.

*Please RSVP and let Marcia know how you plan to travel to the zoo at 773--743-1831 or parishnursemarcia@gmail.com .
Lutheran Disaster Response
Lutheran Disaster Response is working to help those dealing with the aftermath of hurricane Dorian. Visit community.elca.org/hurricane-relief to learn more and donate. Designated checks and cash gifts to Ebenezer will be forwarded to LDR.
Share your photo memories with Ebenezer
Ebenezer Archives is creating a digital library of your photos and videos. If you have Ebenezer photos or videos on your phone, on your accounts like Facebook or Instagram, or on your personal computer, please share them by emailing  archives@ebenezerchurch.org . Ebenezer respects your privacy; we will only share images and names with the owner's permission.
Fight the Flu!
Get your flu shot at Ebenezer on Sunday October 6, 9:00 a.m. till noon.
Pharmacists from Mariano’s will again offer this service for us. Insurance is accepted. Anyone without insurance or with questions contact Marcia Smith.
parishnursemarcia@gmail.com or 773-743-1831
Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group
Edgewater Congregations Together 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. 

Contact Pastor Emily for questions or to sign up. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group is in need of volunteers for cooks, drivers, chaperones, small group leaders, etc. for various events throughout the year. Please contact Pastor Emily if you would like to learn more about how to get involved. 
Edgewater Congregations Together Confirmation
E.C.T. Confirmation is a two-year program for youth from Ebenezer, Unity, and Immanuel Lutheran Churches in grades 7-8. (Youth above 7 th -8 th grade who are have not been through confirmation and would like to join are also welcome.) Confirmation begins in Sept. and will meet the 1 st and 3 rd Thursdays of the month at Ebenezer. Contact Pastor Michael or Pastor Emily if you would like to sign up or would like more information.  
Ebenezer Tutoring Program: Fall Volunteers Needed!
Each Thursday during the school year 50 students from 14 different area schools meet for 90 minutes of homework help. The children range from grades 1 to 12. Learning takes place in pairs to small groups of 5-7 students and tutors working together.

The tutors and students depend on a meal at 6 PM to recover from their day and fuel up for tutoring. The program has a way to use your skills! Tutoring needs individuals or small groups to provide a meal or two during the school year. Contact Anne Goeltzer at  annegoeltzer@gmail.com   or 773-960-2866 if you are able to help with a meal.

The program can also use tutors who can commit  to the year and substitutes who can fill in when available. Contact Norm Dynneson at   normdynneson64@gmail.com   or 773-218-8729 if you are interested in tutoring.
Women's Book Group
Women's Book Group  meets at 7:00 p.m. in the Education Center Cafe. Come join the conversation!

October 21 – The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussie Adler-Olsen
Annual Blessing of the Pets!
 Our 5:00 p.m. service on October 6 will include the blessing of pets. All pets on leads or in a carrier are welcome.
Ebenezer Small Groups
Challenged by large issues in our world right now, sometimes stepping into a small circle can help. If you're searching for a circle, Ebenezer Small Groups may be for you. 

Small Groups start again in September, twice a month for 5 months, to talk, question, share, listen, study, and pray--learning things that we write on our hearts.

Interested? Talk to Pastor Michael, or a small group leader (Bev Albert, Dar Erickson, Ann H. Hicks, Janet Lundblad).
Ebenezer Parents Group
Join us for a gathering of parents of infants and toddlers. 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 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.
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. 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. 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
Mental Health Matters
Ebenezer Mental Health Team
OCTOBER 6-12  is Mental Illness Awareness Week. (MIAW) is a national observance that was designated by the United States Congress and U.S. President in response to the increasing incidence of mental illness. It takes place during the first week in October. This week coincides with  October 10th  – World Mental Health Day. In addition to the U.S., Mental Illness Awareness Week is celebrated in Canada and Israel. For additional information  Google: "Mental Illness Awareness Week" and "World Mental Health Day" for more information.
Community and Announcements
Invitation to Installation of Bishop Curry
All are cordially invited to attend the installation of the Reverend Yehiel Curry as bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The service will take place on Saturday,  October 19, 2019, 2 p.m., at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL 60477. Your prayers and presence are requested.

Invitation to Prayer and Fellowship Honoring Bishop Yehiel Curry, October 13
The African Descent Lutheran Association invites all to join them for prayer and fellowship honoring Bishop Yehiel Curry on Sunday,  October 13, 2019, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Shekinah Chapel, 13800 S. Wabash Ave, Riverdale, IL 60827. For more information, contact LaShonda Curry at  lashondahcurry@gmail.com.

Invitation to Pre-installation Celebration Honoring Bishop Yehiel Curry, October 18
The African Descent Lutheran Association invites all to join them for a pre-installation celebration honoring Bishop Yehiel Curry on Friday, October 18, 2019, at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615, beginning at 7 p.m.
Ebenezer selected to participate in Open House Chicago, Oct. 19-20
The Chicago Architecture Center's Open House Chicago is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to over 350 buildings. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free! Contact Jenn Cox if you can volunteer time as a host for our guests during the event!
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!
Fall 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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