Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
January 13, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
Baptism of Christ
Mesrop of Khizan, 1615
Baptism of Our Lord
" The Baptism of Our Lord cannot help but recall our own and all baptismal blessings. We recall and celebrate our adoption as daughters and sons, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promised company of almighty God when we “pass through the waters . . . the rivers . . . fire.” On this day the heavens open again for this assembly, and we receive the gift of the beloved Son of God in bread and wine. "
See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: God, your voice moves over the waters. Immerse us in your grace, mark us with your images, and raise us to live our baptismal vows empowered by the Holy Spirit and the example of Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Evening Prayer: God of grace and glory, you call us with your voice of flame to be your people, faithful and courageous. As your beloved Son 
embraced his mission in the waters of baptism, inspire us with the fire of your Spirit to join in his transforming work. We ask this in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus, as we celebrate your baptism on Sunday we are reminded of our own baptisms. Thank you for showing your love to us with the waters of baptism. Amen.
In our prayers: Dorothy, Sandy and Sue, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Eric, Charlie, Barbara, Dan, Major, Belita, Eileen, Carol, Scott, Velda, Paul, Ina, Blase, Lili, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Bob, Lauren, Justice, David, Jennifer, Charlie, Howard, Jody, Barbara . We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
Isaiah 43:1-7   •   Psalm 29   •   Acts 8:14-17   •   Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
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 .

Carolyn Bertagnoli, Betty Obendorf, and Vereen Nordstrom, recovering from falls.
The family and friends of Pastor Gordon Straw and Byron, Wes Aldridge's father, who both died last week.
This Week's Commemorations
Martin Luther King Jr., renewer of society, martyr, died 1968
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
An American prophet of justice among races and nations, King was an eloquent preacher, a leader of the nonviolent resistance to race-segregated society, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Born on this date, he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Antony of Egypt, renewer of the church, died around 356
Thursday, January 17, 2019
One of the earliest of the Egyptian desert fathers, Antony gave away his sizeable inheritance and became a hermit. Later he became leader of a group of monks who devoted themselves to prayer, worship, and labor.

Pachomius, renewer of the church, died 346
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Born in Egypt, Pachomius became a Christian while a soldier. He became a hermit (a solitary monk) and organized others into a religious community. His rule for monasteries influenced later ones in both the Eastern and Western churches.

Confession of Peter
Friday, January 18, 2019
Today the church remembers the apostle Peter's great acknowledgement of Jesus as "the Christ, the Son of the living God." This festival serves as a fitting beginning to the week in which we particularly pray that all Christians might be united in faith and witness.

Henry, Bishop of Uppsala, martyr, died 1156
Saturday, January 19, 2019
When Erik, King of Sweden, determined to invade Finland for the purpose of converting the people there to Christianity, Henry went with him. Henry is recognized as the patron saint of Finland.
Ebenezer in Mission
Baptized Sunday...
is Eliza Beth, child of Crystal Lea Kittisopikul and Mark Andrew Kittisopikul. Brian Spitzer and Chad Sohl are sponsors. Welcome!
Interested in Becoming a Member of Ebenezer?
New Members will be received on Sunday, February 3. Information sessions are Sunday, Jan. 20 following morning worship, and Sunday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. before the afternoon service.
Community Hour at Ebenezer
Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15 a.m. downstairs in the Education Center.
January 13th: Preparing for the Annual Meeting

January 20th: Common sense safety. Join Jen Cox for a brief training on common sense ways we can ensure the Ebenezer community remains open AND safe. Materials from Church Mutual Insurance Company will be used to start the conversation.

January 27th: Annual Meeting, Part Two. We gather at 11:15 a.m. to complete the work of adopting a revised budget and reviewing mission priorities for the coming year. WE NEED YOU TO ATTEND. With out a quorum, we cannot adopt a budget!
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:            bkalbert925@yahoo.com , 773-392-1619
Darlene Erickson: dre5531@att.net , 773-315-8738
Janet Lundblad:      janetlundblad@sbcglobal.net , 773-203-8368
Michael Fick:         michaelfick@gmail.com , 773-561-8496
Ebenezer Seniors
Please join us for Ebenezer’s Senior Luncheon on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at noon. On the menu – Pizza! Activities –Games! Feel free to bring your favorite board or card game.
Women's Book Group
Women's Book Group meets at 7:15 p.m. in the Education Center Cafe. Come join the conversation! January 21 – Little Fires Everywhere by Celest Ng; February 18 – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
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. 

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.   
Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering and Multicultural Youth Leadership Event Slideshow & Recap:
Sunday, Jan. 20, in the cafe following worship 
Watch a 15 minute slideshow and hear a few stories from some of our E.C.T. Youth who attended the ELCA Youth Gathering and Multicultural Youth Leadership Event in Houston last summer. Cash and check donations will also be collected at this time to help pay for scholarships for youth to attend the Feb. confirmation and youth retreat at Lutherdale Bible Camp. 

This Feb. 1-3, 29 E.C.T. youth and 6 adult leaders will be attending the annual ELCA Metro-Chicago Synod Confirmation and Youth Retreat at Lutherdale Bible Camp in Elkhorn, WI.  Registration to attend the retreat is $115 per person. 15 youth scholarships are needed.   

If you would like to help send a youth to the retreat, you can write a check to: "Immanuel Lutheran Church" and write in the memo: "E.C.T. Youth Retreat."
Send check to: Attn: Pastor Emily Heitzman, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale Ave., Chicago, IL 60660.

E.C.T. Youth Group Community Night: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6:15-7:45pm
@Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.) 
Get to know the E.C.T. Youth Group by joining them for a community dinner (6:15pm) and/or worship (7-7:45pm). 

Contact Pastor Emily at   pastoremilyh@gmail.com  with questions.

Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group:
at Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month (NEXT: Jan. 9 and Jan. 23)
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  pastoremilyh@gmail.com .
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
Community and Announcements
Rev. Gordon Straw Memorial Service
A Memorial Service for The. Rev. Gordon Straw will be on Saturday, February 9 at Lutheran School of Theology, 1100 E. 55th Street, Chicago. There will be a pre-service gathering from 1-3pm. The worship will be at 3pm. Refreshments and reception will follow.
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 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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