Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
December 2, 2018
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
Tree of Jesse , Bavarian ivory panel, 1200
First Sunday of Advent
" Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Our Lord’s contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.” With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the advent of our Lord in word and supper. "
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: O God of all the prophets, you herald the coming of the Son of Man by wondrous signs in the heavens and on the earth. Guard our hearts from despair so that we, in the company of the faithful and by the power of your Holy Spirit, may be found ready to raise our heads at the coming near of our redemption, the day of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus, be with us as we prepare for the celebration of your birth at Christmas. Amen.
In our prayers: Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Eric, Dan, Ron, Major, Belita, Jack, Aimee, Velda, Paul, Ina, Lili, Gloria, Monroe. John and Sharon, Bob, Lauren, Gordon, Justice, Ashley, Carolyn, Jennifer, Charlie, Howard, Dennis, Richard, Jody, Those traveling. 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 .

Carolyn Bertagnoli and Vereen Nordstrom, recovering from falls.
Vikki Ward-Martin, recovering from an infection.
Pastor Gordon Straw, undergoing cancer treatment.
This Week's Commemorations
Andrew, Apostle
Friday, November 30, 2018
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
Monday, December 3, 2018
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
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
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
Thursday, December 6, 2018
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
Friday, December 7, 2018
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
Advent at Ebenezer
Glögg and Carols , a favorite neighborhood event hosted by Ebenezer, is at 7 p.m., Dec. 11, at Simon's Tavern. Mark your calendars!

Christmas caroling to the homes of members of the Ebenezer community will be on Sunday, Dec. 16, following the morning liturgy.

Sankta Lucia Community Program and Reception, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Gather for this beloved Andersonville tradition. Contact Pastor Michael to help with the reception or if you can help bake Lussekatter on Sat., Dec. 8.

Advent Evening Prayer: Wednesdays Dec. 5 and 12, at 7 p.m. Join us!

Longest Night
A service that acknowledges that this time of year isn't always comfort and joy, will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19. Gather for prayer, peace, and healing.
Christmas at Ebenezer
Christmas at Ebenezer will be celebrated on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) at 4 p.m. (with children in mind), 10 p.m. (Candlelight with choir), and Christmas Day (Dec. 25) at 10 a.m. All are welcome! 
Community Hour at Ebenezer
Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15 a.m. downstairs in the Education Center.
December 2Creating a home Advent Wreath
This all-ages project with Georgian and Laura Hadley will help you create an Advent wreath for home use, while Pastor Michael offers a brief explanation of the symbols and traditions of the Advent season. Join us!

December 9 and 16 – Stewardship in Focus
Join Ebenezer's Stewardship Team as they lead two sessions that focus our attention on the stewardship of our resources individually and collectively.

December 23
Stay after church to help decorate the sanctuary for Christmas.
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.
Parent’s Night Out! – FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Saturdays: Dec 1 and March 9 from 4:00-8:00pm
@Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
Ages: 2 years-5th grade

Suggested Donation:
$20 – for one child, $25 for two children, $30 for more than two children. 

Enjoy a night out for a good cause! While parents/guardians have a night out, children will be in a safe environment doing fun activities led by Pastor Emily Heitzman, the church youth group, and several other adult church members. 

Children should bring a sack dinner to eat during the evening. 

All proceeds will help send middle-high school youth who attend the Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group and Immanuel Lutheran Church to Dubuque, Iowa this August for a service-learning trip. This is a wonderful opportunity for many youth in the Edgewater area to get out of the city, visit a college, learn about social agencies and participate in service projects in another city, and develop relationships with other youth from Chicago as well as with people in a smaller Midwest town. 
 
To register or inquire with any questions:
Contact Pastor Emily Heitzman at pastoremilyh@gmail.com
Endowment Grant Program
Each year Ebenezer’s Endowment makes grants to Ebenezer’s ministries, external ministries and an infrastructure improvement. The endowment strives to fund innovative and new projects that have had difficulty finding funding from other sources. The Ebenezer Endowment Committee is pleased to invite applications for this year’s grants to support ministry and social justice work in the Ebenezer congregation and broader community.  We have extended the application submission deadline to December 1st.  Please find the application at http://ebenezerchurch.org/contactsandnews/endowment-grant-program/
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
Women's Book Group meets at the church at 7:15 p.m. on December 17 to discuss The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ  by Phillip Pullman.
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 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 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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