Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
January 6, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
The Three Wise Men
JESUS MAFA
Epiphany of Our Lord
" Epiphany means “manifestation.” On this day we celebrate the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles—that is, to all nations. Some Christian traditions celebrate three great epiphanies on this day: the magi’s adoration of the Christ child, Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, and his first miracle, in which he changes water into wine. The word and sacraments are for us the great epiphany of God’s grace and mercy. We go forth to witness to the light that shines brightly in our midst. "
See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: O God of light and peace, whose glory, shining in the child of Bethlehem, still draws the nations to yourself: dispel the darkness that shrouds our path, that we may come to kneel before Christ in true worship, offer him our hearts and souls, and return from his presence to live as he has taught. Amen.
Evening Prayer: O God of light and peace, whose glory, shining in the child of Bethlehem, still draws the nations to yourself: dispel the darkness that shrouds our path, that we may come to kneel before Christ in true worship, offer him our hearts and souls, and return from his presence to live as he has taught. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus, thank you for sending the Three Wise Ones from the east to visit Jesus and his family. Help us to seek Jesus as well, and offer him gifts. Amen.
In our prayers: David, Jennifer, Charlie, Howard, Jody, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Eric, Charlie, Barbara, Dan, Major, Belita, Eileen, Carol, Scott, Velda, Paul, Ina, Blase, Lili, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Bob, Lauren, Gordon, Justice. 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 .

Family and friends of Byron, Wes Aldridge’s father, who died this week
Carolyn Bertagnoli, Betty Obendorf, and Vereen Nordstrom, recovering from falls.
Pastor Gordon Straw, undergoing cancer treatment.
Blase Masini, recovering from back surgery.
This Week's Commemorations
Adrian of Canterbury, teacher, died around 710
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
African by birth, Adrian (or Hadrian) worked with Theodore, archbishop of Canterbury, in developing the church in England. He was director of a school at which church leaders were trained.
Ebenezer in Mission
Community Hour at Ebenezer
Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15 a.m. downstairs in the Education Center.
January 6
The Justice Committee will lead a discussion on Voter Rights and Discrimination featuring a guest speaker, Dr. Christina Rivers. Dr. Rivers is an associate professor of Political Science at DePaul University. She earned her BA in political science from the University of California, Irvine and her Ph.D. in government from Cornell University. Her teaching and research focuses on black politics and political thought, law and voting rights, and the political implications of mass incarceration on those with felony convictions and their communities. She also teaches on these topics at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois. Supplemental reading will be placed in the narthex for people to read in preparation for this discussion.

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
Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group
at Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
The E.C.T. (Edgewater Congregations Together) Youth Group has resumed their regular youth group schedule. 
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 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.
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
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 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.
Do you or someone you know need someone to talk to?  
Confidential live chat or phone support available:  http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 
Additional resources are available here:  http://www.lutheransuicideprevention.org