Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
June 9, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
Pentecost
Bontoc, Philippines
Day of Pentecost
"Pentecost is a day of promises fulfilled. The promised Spirit of God is poured out. The baptized have become 'children of God' and 'joint heirs with Christ.' By the power of the Spirit we have seen the face of the Father in his only begotten Son and been saved by him. Bless the Lord, O my soul. "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: Holy God, you spoke the world into being. Pour your Spirit to the ends of the earth, that your children may return from exile as citizens of your commonwealth, and our divisions may be healed by your word of love and righteousness. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Living God, you have created all that is. Send forth your Spirit to renew and restore us, that we may proclaim your good news in ways and words that all will understand and believe. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus , we are your disciples, and you visit us in small and big ways each and every day. Help us to look for signs that you are with us. Amen.
In our prayers: Gus, Dan, Belita, Eileen, Andrea, Wesley, Jack, Max, Velda, Paula, Ina, Susan, Lili, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Beth, Dan, Lorin, Chuck, Howard, Jody, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Linda, Charlie, Barbara. 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 .

Congratulations to our 2019 high school graduates: Kai Boogert, Steve Hobbins, Aidan Miltner, Kylie Ramirez, and Tyler Wisner.

Congratulations to those completing the 2-year Walk Through the Bible.

Prayers for Pastor Betty Rendón and her family; and, for Ashley
This Week's Commemorations
Columba, died 597; Aidan, died 651; Bede, died 735; renewers of the church
Sunday, June 9, 2019
These three monks from the British Isles helped keep the light of learning alive during the Middle Ages. Columba founded three monasteries off the coast of Scotland. Aidan was a pastor who led people to works of charity. The Venerable Bede was a Bible translator, historian, and hymnwriter.

Barnabas, Apostle
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Barnabas was not numbered among the twelve apostles, but the book of Acts gives him that title. After Paul was converted to Christianity, Barnabas welcomed him to Jerusalem, and later the two traveled together on missionary journeys.

Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, died 379; Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, died around 385; Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople, died around 389; Macrina, theologian, died around 379
Friday, June 14, 2019
The Cappadocian fathers, as the three men in this group are known, explored the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Basil's monastic rule forms the basis for Eastern monastic life. Gregory of Nazianzus defended orthodox Christianity in Constantinople. Gregory of Nyssa, Basil's younger brother, wrote on the spiritual life. Macrina, older sister of Basil and Gregory of Nyssa, was the leader of a community dedicated to asceticism, meditation, and prayer.
Ebenezer in Mission
New Member Orientation

New members will be received next Sunday, June 16th. An orientation session will be held TODAY following worship. Need to make other arrangements but still want to join? Contact Pastor Michael .

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

June 17 – Dark Town by Thomas Mullen
Ebenezer Senior Luncheon
Join the Ebenezer Senior Luncheon Group for a barbecue on June 20 at 12 noon. Pastor Michael will be our principle chef but if you'd like to bring something contact him or Parish Nurse Marcia Smith . Location will be at church but specifics will depend on weather. We hope to see you there!
Ebenezer Parents Group
Join us for our next gathering of parents of infants and toddlers on June 16. 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.
Vacation Bible School 
 
"Who is My Neighbor?" (ELCA World Hunger)
 
Where : Immanuel Lutheran Church: 1500 W. Elmdale Chicago, IL

When : Monday, June 24th-Thursday, June 27th (1pm-4pm)
Registration and Free lunch begin at 12:30 Ages 5 years to 6th Grade

Who : Children from Ebenezer, Immanuel, and Unity Lutheran Churches, as well as children from the neighborhood.  Ages 5 years to 6th Grade; 3-4-year-olds may come with an adult.

What : Bible Stories! Songs! Crafts! Games! Service Projects! Snacks and Stories from our neighbors around the world! Bring a friend!

Registration forms can be found on the welcome table in the narthex or here
VBS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  
Contact Pastor Emily Heitzman at  pastoremilyh@gmail.com  if you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities. 
 
Contact Pastor Emily Heitzman for further information or to sign up at  pastoremilyh@gmail.com .
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 Two Young Adults Events Will Be:
 
Andersonville Midsommer Fest: Sunday, June 9, 12pm – 3pm
Meet at Ebenezer (1650 W. Paulina) in the Education Center (below the sanctuary). We will gather for lunch (provided) from 12-12;30pm. At 12:30pm, we will walk over to the Andersonville Midsommer Fest on Clark St. and hang out at the festival until 3pm. Bring $10 for admission fee for the Midsommer Fest and any additional money you wish to spend on snacks, vendors, beverages, etc. (Let Pastor Emily know if you need scholarship assistance for the admission fee.)  
 
March in Pride Parade  (with the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches) : Sunday, June 30, following worship until end of Pride Parade (around 3 or 4pm.)  Pastor Emily will be heading to the train from Immanuel Lutheran following worship. You can do any of the following:
  • Meet Pastor Emily at Immanuel (1500 W. Elmdale) at 11:30am and walk to the train with her
  • Meet others who are marching in the parade at Ebenezer or Unity following their worship services and head to the train from there. You will meet Pastor Emily at the Coalition of Welcoming Churches starting point. 
  • Meet Pastor Emily at the Coalition of Welcoming Churches starting point.
PLEASE LET PASTOR EMILY KNOW WHAT YOU PLAN TO DO. 
TIPS:  Bring lunch, snacks and water bottle with you.

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.
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:         pastormichael@ebenezerchurch.org , 773-561-8496
Esprit:  A Support Group for People Recovering or Supporting Others with Mental Health Issues Coming This Fall

“There is no health without mental health; mental health is too important to be left to the professionals alone, and mental health is everyone’s business.” — Vikram Patel.  

Esprit welcomes anyone affected by mental health issues and makes available a spiritual circle to share, listen, learn, be and renewed.

For more information, please contact Ashley at 773/428-1521 or ashley.frigerio@gmail.com
Community and Announcements
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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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