Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
October 7, 2018
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
Jesus Welcomes the Children. Jesus MAFA
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
" Today’s gospel combines a saying that makes many of us uncomfortable with a story we find comforting. Jesus’ saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human legislation in favor of the original intent of God’s law. Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples who are fending off the children should challenge us as well. What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a child does? "
See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: Eternal One, whose thoughts and ways are not ours, you alone are God, awesome, holy, and most high. School us in the ways of faith and wisdom, that we, like Job, may learn to truly see and hear, and in humility find blessing. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Mighty and powerful God, through Jesus Christ our Savior you come to save people in all times and places, offering them new life in your presence. Give us open hearts to receive your Chosen One, that through him we may dwell with you as faithful and committed disciples. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus, when the disciples tried to stop people from bringing children to you you told them , " Let the little children come to me." Thank you, Jesus, for welcoming everyone! Amen.
In our prayers: Lauren, Howard, Dennis, Richard, Jody, Scott, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Dan, Ron, Walker, Major, Belita, Aimee, Velda, Paul, Ina, Jennifer, Lili, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Bob. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
Genesis 2:18-24   •   Psalm 8   •   Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12   •   Mark 10:2-16
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 .

The friends and families of Don McCrary and Tom, Ashley Frigerio's stepfather, upon their recent deaths.
Barbara Ketter who is recovering from surgery.
This Week's Commemorations
William Tyndale, translator, martyr, died 1536
Saturday, October 6, 2018
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
Sunday, October 7, 2018
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)
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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
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.
Oct. 7 and 14 with the Mental Health Team
This week, 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.
Senior Group
The Ebenezer Senior group welcomes you to join us for an outing to the Botanic Garden October 18. We will leave church at 11 a.m, eat lunch at the garden and return to Ebenezer before 4 p.m. If you want to go, please contact Joyce Sweet at jsweet100@gmail.com or 224-250-7313 before October 15 to reserve your spot and so that we can arrange transportation. If you can drive for this event, please let her know at the time of your reservation.
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.

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. For more information, contact Pastor Emily at pastoremilyh@gmail.com.
October 28: Congregational Meeting
This year, the Council is calling this October meeting purely to consider and adopt a budget. This will allow our January meeting to focus on ministry update and planning. Be sure to stay!
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
Community Responses to the Van Dyke Verdict

Interfaith Service for Healing and Lament 
(hosted by Edgewater Community Religious Association)
at Emanuel Congregation (5959 N. Sheridan Rd.) 
Sunday following the verdict at 5:00pm 

*Parking will be available in Emanuel's lot. Overflow parking will be available at Swift Elementary School.

Houses of Worship Open on the Day of the Verdict

On the day of the verdict, the following houses of worship in the 48th Ward will be open for prayers, lament, and reflection. (Other houses of worship may be open that day, as well.)

Houses of Worship that will be open the day of the verdict:
One hour after the verdict for 1 1/2 hours:
  • Unity Lutheran Church (1212 W. Balmoral) 
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale)
  • Epworth United Methodist Church (5253 N. Kenmore)
  • North Shore Baptist Church (5244 N. Lakewood Ave.) 

Afternoon of the verdict:
  • Church of the Atonement (5749 N. Kenmore Ave.) - 4:00-6:00pm

Night of the verdict:
  • New Story Church (Swift Elementary School Auditorium) - Open 7:00-8:30pm
  • Edgewater Presbyterian Church (1020 W. Bryn Mawr) - Open 7:00-8:00pm
Travel to the Holy Land
Travel to the Holy Land with LSTC Professors Barbara Rossing and Klaus-Peter Adam, and seminary students from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Jan. 4-17, 2019, "World of the Bible: Ancient Sites and Current Struggles." arranged with Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies. Includes Petra, Jordan, as well as Israel & Palestine. $3958 with airfare from Chicago. (Land only price $2660).
for more information, email Klaus-Peter Adam ( kpadam@lstc.edu ) or Barbara Rossing:  brossing@lstc.edu . (Barbara has led Ebenezer retreats in February 2014 and 2016.). A deposit of $600 is due by Oct. 21.
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.
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