Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
February 16, 2020
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
The Sermon on the Mount
Károly Ferenczy, 1896
Sixth Sunday After Epiphany
"In today’s reading from Deuteronomy we are called to choose life by loving and obeying God. Much of today’s gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments. Jesus’ instructions to the crowd reveal a pattern of behavior that honors both God and the neighbor, resulting in life and health for the whole community. We too are invited to embrace these commandments, not out of fear of retribution, but because God has promised that to do so means life for us. "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: Perfect Light of revelation, as you shone in the life of Jesus, whose epiphany we celebrate, so shine in us and through us, that we may become beacons of truth and compassion, enlightening all creation with deeds of justice and mercy. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Divine Gardener, you give growth to our seeds and to the towering forest trees; you raise to abundant life that which seems dead. Teach us to choose blessing and life rather than death, so that we may walk blamelessly, seeking you through reconciliation with all of your children. 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: Dick, Michele, Jim, Judy, Frank, Johanna, Louis, Ruth, Mal, Ashley, Pat, Jim, Jim, Frank, John, Allison, Kari, Dem, Jody, John and Sharon, Debbie, Velda, Howard, Gloria, Paul, Barbara, Chuck, Bruce and Margo, David, Michael, Ben, Linda, Carol, Ben, Scott and Laurie, Sue, Dave . 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 John Minor and Louis, spouse of Vikki Ward-Martin, both in physical and occupational therapy.
For Jim, Barbara Ketter's son, who awaits a heart transplant.
For Jim, Carolyn's son.
This Week's Commemorations
Martin Luther, renewer of the church, died 1546
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Though he began his adult church life as a simple Augustinian monk, Luther challenged the abuses he saw in the church, and his work eventually led to the Protestant Reformation. Luther's accomplishments included liturgical reform, translation of the Bible, and creation of the Small and Large Catechisms.
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!
Feb. 16: Interested in learning more about “Women in the Old Testament"? They were ordinary people. Most wouldn’t make headlines in any other history book but God’s. Yet the women of the Old Testament made critical choices that led to extraordinary results.Today during Community Hour  “God’s Equal Rights Amendment” Daughters of Zelophehad,  Numbers 27:1-11, 36:1-12.   The sessions will be led by Vikki Ward Martin, MA, MDiv. All adults are welcome.

March 15 & 22: What can we do about forgiveness? We know that God forgives. We also know that living as Christians we are to forgive. We say it in the Lord’s Prayer. We also know how hard forgiveness is. Come, as we talk together about how forgiveness works or doesn’t. This 2 week discussion will be based on Lewis Smedes’ book , Forgive & Forget, Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve. Sessions will be led by Pastor Ann Hamilton Hicks.
Ebenezer Ministry Fair and Chili Cook-Off February 23rd!
Come learn more about Ebenezer's ministries at interactive displays, enjoy a delicious lunch, and consider how God might be calling you in service! Bring your best chili for the competition!

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 to learn how you can get involved and/or to sign up.
Seniors of Ebenezer
Seniors will meet on Thursday, February 20 at noon in the cafe for lunch and poetry. Bring a poem to share. Soup and bread will be provided for lunch. Feel free to bring a dessert or side dish. We hope you can join us.

For more information contact parish nurse Marcia Smith.
Ebenezer Parents Group
Join us for a gathering of parents of infants and toddlers this Sunday, February 16. We will share parenting joys, frustrations and ideas, as well as offer support to one another. For more information contact parish nurse Marcia Smith.
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.
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. 
The E.C.T. Youth Group had a fantastic time at the ELCA Metro-Chicago Synod winter retreat at Lutherdale Bible Camp in Wisconsin  last weekend

They had fun enjoying games, activities, and the outdoors and worshiped and prayed together. They learned about and discussed the 10 Commandments and how they are a sign of God’s love for us and how they call us to love God, love our neighbor, and love ourselves. While Metro-Chicago Synod Bishop Yehiel Curry couldn’t make it because he was under the weather, the youth still got to hear a wonderful message from and be led in dance by Associate to the Bishop, Pastor Sunitha Mortha. Two of the E.C.T. Youth even led the other 170 youth in three songs at the closing worship service on Saturday night! 

The E.C.T. Youth Group loved getting out of the city, spending time in worship and nature, getting to meet and see other youth from the synod, and growing stronger in their relationships with each other. 

Pastor Emily and the E.C.T. Youth Group would like to give a big thank you for helping make this happen through financial assistance, prayers, and supporting our youth ministry!
Youth Group: Summer Trip
Living Water Ministry - New Era, Michigan, Sat., July 18 - Fri., July 24
Cost of the trip: $380 per person (if sent to camp by Feb. 28)
FULL AND PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL YOUTH WHO NEED ASSISTANCE.  Let Pastor Emily know what you can pay and we will cover the rest. 
This summer, the Youth group will be doing something new and exciting! Youth finishing 6th-12th grades will all head to Living Water Ministry (a Lutheran-ELCA camp in New Era, Michigan) to participate in two separate camp programs.

  • Students who will be finishing 9th-12th grade: will attend the Bridge Builder's program. They will gather with a diverse group of youth from other churches and locations (this is an intentionally multicultural group) to learn about systemic racism and how they can be agents of change. Participants are trained by blending peer ministry curriculum with anti-racism curriculum to create leaders equipped to listen, facilitate, and engage others about challenging and meaningful topics. They will also participate in worship and other camp activities, such as the high and low ropes course. You can learn more about the Bridge Builder's Program here.

  • Students who will be finishing 6th-8th grade:  will attend the Challenger's Camp program. They will join youth from many other churches and grow in their gifts and abilities through worship, daily small group discussions led by Pastor Emily, a high and low ropes course, and other camp activities (swimming, games, team building, etc.)

Deadline to Register:  This camp week fills up quickly, and the early bird registration (lower cost of the camp) is Friday, Feb. 28.    Therefore, we hope to register our youth by that date if possible.   Please let Pastor Emily know by Wed., Feb. 26 if your youth plans to participate! 
“Parents' Night Out!” – FOR A GOOD CAUSE!
Saturday, March 7 from 4:00 pm -7:30 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
Ages: 2 years-5th grade.
Suggested Donation:   $15 – for one child, $25 for two children, $35 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. (Please do not bring anything with nuts.) 
All proceeds will help send our youth group high schoolers this July to Living Waters Ministry (an ELCA camp in New Era, Michigan) for the Bridge Builders program. During the week, youth will explore systemic racism and learn how they can become agents of change. Participants blend peer ministry with anti-racism to create leaders equipped to listen, and engage others.  To register or inquire with any questions click here .
Lenten book discussion
Join us to consider together what meaning “sabbath” might have for us in the 21 st century. In his book Sabbath as Resistance author Walter Brueggemann writes that the Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Brueggemann calls out our 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. Brueggemann shows readers how keeping the sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. 
We will meet 5 Wednesdays in lent, March 4 through April 1 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm following evening prayer.
For more info contact Marcia Smith , parish nurse, or Sue Swinger-Elbogen
Women's Book Group
Women's Book Group  meets at 7:00 p.m. in the Education Center Cafe. Come join the conversation!

February 17– Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
March 16 – Girl Woman Other by Bernadine Evaristo
April 20 – Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
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 Norm Dynneson
Community and Announcements
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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!
Office Hours
Monday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Closed Monday Feb. 17 for Presidents' Day)
Tuesday by appointment
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday by appointment
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.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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