Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
December 1, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!

First Sunday of Advent
"The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In today’s readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord’s coming. Isaiah proclaims the day when God will gather all people on the holy mountain and there will be no more war or suffering. Though we vigilantly watch for the promised day of salvation, we wait for what we already have: Christ comes among us this day as the word and meal that strengthens our faith in the promises of God. "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: God of justice and peace, from the heavens you rain down mercy and kindness, that all on earth may stand in awe and wonder before your marvelous deeds. Raise our heads in expectation, that we may yearn for the coming day of the Lord and stand without blame before your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Unexpected God, your advent alarms us. Wake us from drowsy worship, from the sleep that neglects love, and the sedative of misdirected frenzy. Awaken us now to your coming, and bend our angers into your peace. 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: Michael, Ben, Linda, Dave, Michele, Wayne, Judy, Frank, Johanna, Ruth, Mal, Ashley, Allison, Kare, Pat, Dem, Jody, John and Sharon, Debbie, Velda, Howard, Gloria, Paul, Kevin, Brian, Belita, Dick, Barbara, Chuck, Susan . We also pray for our Bishops, Elizabeth and Yehiel.
Isaiah 2:1-5   •   Psalm 122   •   Romans 13:11-14   •   Matthew 24:36-44
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 the family and friends of Michelle Comella, upon her death. 
This Week's Commemorations
Andrew, Apostle
Saturday, November 30, 2019
The first of the disciples to be called by Jesus, Andrew quickly began to bring others to the Savior, including Simon Peter. The Bible also shows him leading some Greeks to meet Jesus, and he brought forward the boy with five loaves and two fish, with which Jesus fed thousands.

Francis Xavier, missionary to Asia, died 1552
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
A native of the Basque region of Spain, Xavier became a missionary to India, Southeast Asia, Japan, and the Philippines. He also helped to found the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

John of Damascus, theologian and hymnwriter, died around 749
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
A monk in an abbey near Jerusalem, John wrote many hymns as well as theological works. One of his works, The Fount of Wisdom, remained influential for centuries.

Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, died around 342
Friday, December 6, 2019
Little is known about Nicholas, except that he was a bishop in present-day Turkey. According to legend, he was famous for his giving to the poor, and so has become a symbol of anonymous gift-giving.

Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, died 397
Saturday, December 7, 2019
While a governor of northern Italy, Ambrose was elected bishop of Milan on the same day he was baptized. He was a famous preacher, a writer of hymns we still sing today, and helped lead St. Augustine to faith.
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!
Dec. 1, 8, and 15: Advent Bible Series. Join Ralph Conrad for a study of the biblical texts for Advent about John the Baptist, Mary, and Elizabeth, and of course, Jesus!

New Members to be received Dec. 8. New member orientation sessions will be held during Community Hour Nov. 24 and Dec. 1. Questions? Contact Pastor Michael for more information!
Visioning Worskshop Saturday, Dec. 7., 12:30 - 3:45 P.M.
We have exciting times ahead as God leads this church. YOU have exciting opportunities to serve God and enrich your life and the lives of those around you. 
Join us for a Saturday afternoon together seeking God’s guidance in our ministry.
Everyone  in the congregation is invited to participate, including young adults and youth. Please do encourage others to participate. RSVP to  council@ebenezerchurch.org  or call/text Jessica Daniels at 773.915.3901 to help us prepare. 

Supervised childcare will be provided for kids, toddlers and little ones during the session. 

Email  council@ebenezerchurch.org  to let us know  how many children and what ages  so we can plan appropriate coverage.
Children’s Message Volunteers
We love to tell the story! That’s how we feel as we get ready for Children’s Message. We would be happy to expand our list of Children’s Message volunteers. We just ask you prepare a short message to present to our youngest or young at heart congregants, based on one of the week’s bible lessons. The rotation is based upon the number of volunteers. Right now we have 6 members. If you have any questions see Rick Stuckey or Pastor Michael or email Rick.
It is time for our second annual Ebenezer Congregational Survey!
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. And we encourage each member of a household (even the kids!) to fill the survey out independently, to ensure that our picture of our congregation is as complete as possible.

Your participation will help Ebenezer create and strengthen our bold and loving vision!

Please click here to take the survey, or -- if you would prefer -- there are paper copies available in the narthex. The survey will be open until Sunday, December 1 .

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Cox.
Mental Health Matters
Ebenezer Mental Health Team

Physical and mental health is an essential component of a Christian vocation and is God's intention for every human being. It is vital to our well-being and helps strengthen relationships and enhance our Christian service in our communities and world.
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.

Glogg & Carols at Simon's Tavern, 7 p.m. (21+ young adults) and Apps at Lady Gregory's, 8:15 p.m. (18+ young adults). Tuesday, Dec. 17. Appetizers will be covered. Drinks and dinner are on your own.  
Lucia Bun Baking
Saturday, December 7th, join Ebenezer members as we make traditional Lussekatter to be served at the annual Sankta Lucia Festival at Ebenezer. The process will start at 8:00am in the dining room and go through noon. No baking experience necessary! Contact Nathan Tolzmann if you are interested or have questions.
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. 

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
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.
Women's Book Group
Women's Book Group  meets at 7:00 p.m. in the Education Center Cafe. Come join the conversation!

Dec. 16 – The Foundling: The true Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me by Paul Joseph Froncziak
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.
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.
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
Community and Announcements
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.
Do you or someone you know need someone to talk to?  
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Additional resources are available  suicidepreventionministry.org