April 21, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
Holy Week Services at Ebenezer

Maundy Thursday
April 18, 12:15 and 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday
April 19, 12:15 and 7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday
April 20
10:00 a.m.: The Three Days for Younger Children
7:00 p.m.: The Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Sunday
April 21
6:00 a.m and 10:00 a.m.
*there is no 5:00 p.m. service on Easter
 Greetings!
Easter Morning
Claude Lorrain, 1681
Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Day
" 'This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.' God has indeed raised from the dead the one who was put to death 'by hanging him on a tree.' Alleluia! God allows Jesus to appear 'to us who were chosen by God as witnesses' in holy baptism and invites us to eat and drink at the table of the risen Christ. Alleluia! "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: Mighty God, in whom we know the power of redemption, you stand among us in the shadows of our time. As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life, uphold us with knowledge of the final morning when, in the glorious presence of your risen Son, we will share in his resurrection, redeemed and restored to the fullness of life and forever freed to be your people. Amen.
Evening Prayer: We exult in your love, O God of the living, for you made the tomb of death the womb from which you bring forth your Son, the first-born of a new creation, and you anointed the universe with the fragrant Spirit of his resurrection. Make us joyful witnesses to this good news, that all humanity may one day gather at the feast of new life in the kingdom where you reign for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus , you are alive! Help us to remember every day that you are with me, helping me to live, too! Amen.
In our prayers: Dion, Susan, Lili, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Chuck, Howard, Jody, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Betsye and Pippy, Willstrom family, Charlie, Barbara, Dan, Belita, Eileen, Wesley, Jack. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
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 .

Barbara Ketter, who is recovering from surgery
For Ashley
For Jack
This Week's Commemorations
Anselm, Bishop of Canterbury, died 1109
Sunday, April 21, 2019
This eleventh-century monk was one of the greatest theologians of the Middle Ages. He is remembered for emphasizing the maternal aspects of God, and for the theory that the Son of God became human in order to make the necessary payment for our sin.

Day of the Creation (Día de la Creación) (LLC)
Monday, April 22, 2019
This observance invites us to notice and give God thanks for the wonders of the created universe. As stewards of that creation, we are also challenged to be careful in our use of it.

Toyohiko Kagawa, renewer of society, died 1960
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Born in Kobe, Japan, Kagawa was orphaned as a young child. Later, when he became Christian, he was disowned by the rest of his family. Wishing to bring Christian principles into society, he worked among poor people, established schools and hospitals, and worked for peace.

Mark, Evangelist
Thursday, April 25, 2019
He was not numbered among the twelve apostles, yet Mark was probably a member of the early church community. The gospel that bears his name is the shortest and most direct, and many scholars think it was the first to be written.
Ebenezer in Mission
Community Hour at Ebenezer
Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15 a.m. downstairs in the Education Center.
April 21 : No community hour on Easter Sunday

April 28: Healing and Hospitalization
Join Janet Lundblad, who has many years of experience in hospital chaplaincy, for a conversation about healing and spirituality during hospitalization.

May 5: Mental Health Team Presents Guest Speaker Dr. Sherrie All
Dr. Sherrie All founded CCCW in 2012 driven by a passion to help people with cognitive decline.  She is equally passionate about developing other professionals to spread the availability of cognitive rehabilitation and brain health services. She offers consultation, coaching and training in addition to educating the public on brain health. She is an engaging speaker and writer on the topics of brain health, cognitive reserve, and neuropsychology.
Reminders:
  • There is no Easter breakfast this year. Please join us for the reception Saturday night after the Vigil!
  • Wednesday services will resume on May 1.
  • There will be no 5:00 p.m. service on Easter Sunday, April 21, or on Sunday, April 28
Ebenezer Parents Group
Join us for our next 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.
Women's Book Group
Women's Book Group meets at 7:00 p.m. in the Education Center Cafe. Come join the conversation!

May 20: Ordinary Grace by William Krueger
Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group
Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group meets at 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

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 .
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. 

Our next event will take place on Tuesday, April 23 from 6-8:30pm at Pastor Emily's house.    We will gather for dinner, games and to check in with and get to know one another. 

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 for the February event.
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.
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
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
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 Spring 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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