Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
January 12, 2020
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
John Baptizes Jesus
JESUS MAFA, 1973
Baptism of Our Lord
"In the waters of the Jordan, Jesus is revealed as the beloved Son of God. Through this great epiphany, Jesus fulfills all righteousness and becomes the servant of God who will bring forth justice and be a light to the nations. In the waters of baptism we too are washed by the Word, anointed by the Spirit, and named God’s beloved children. Our baptismal mission is to proclaim good news to all who are oppressed or in need of God’s healing. "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: God of grace and glory, you call us with your voice of flame to be your people, faithful and courageous. As your beloved Son embraced his mission in the waters of baptism, inspire us with the fire of your Spirit to join in his transforming work. We ask this in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Creator God, our soul's delight, your voice thunders over the waters, liberating the future from the past. In the Spirit's power and the waters of rebirth, Jesus was declared your blessed and beloved Son; may we recall our baptism, and be disciples of the Anointed One. 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: John, Ken, Marko family, Jes and family, Schroeder family, Louis, Dave, Michele, Wayne, Judy, Frank, Johanna, Ruth, Mal, Ashley, Allison, Kare, Pat, Dem, Jody, John and Sharon, Debbie, Velda, Howard, Gloria, Paul, Kevin, Brian, Dick, Barbara, Chuck, Susan, Bruce and Margo, David, Michael, Ben, Carol, Ben . We also pray for our Bishops, Elizabeth and Yehiel.
Isaiah 42:1-9   •   Psalm 29   •   Acts 10:34-43   •   Matthew 3:13-17
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 Louis, spouse of Vikki Ward-Martin, in physical and occupational therapy.
For John Minor, recovering from surgery.
This Week's Commemorations
Martin Luther King Jr., renewer of society, martyr, died 1968
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
An American prophet of justice among races and nations, King was an eloquent preacher, a leader of the nonviolent resistance to race-segregated society, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Born on this date, he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Antony of Egypt, renewer of the church, died around 356
Friday, January 17, 2020
One of the earliest of the Egyptian desert fathers, Antony gave away his sizeable inheritance and became a hermit. Later he became leader of a group of monks who devoted themselves to prayer, worship, and labor.

Pachomius, renewer of the church, died 346
Friday, January 17, 2020
Born in Egypt, Pachomius became a Christian while a soldier. He became a hermit (a solitary monk) and organized others into a religious community. His rule for monasteries influenced later ones in both the Eastern and Western churches.

Confession of Peter
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Today the church remembers the apostle Peter's great acknowledgement of Jesus as "the Christ, the Son of the living God." This festival serves as a fitting beginning to the week in which we particularly pray that all Christians might be united in faith and witness.
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!
Jan. 12: Meet Intern Dan Beirne: Gather for informal conversation over snacks and coffee and welcome our 2020-2021 intern!

Jan. 19: Ebenezer's Vision for 2020. Gather with members of the Congregation Council to discuss the congregation's annual vision.

Jan. 26: Congregational Meeting. We'll gather in the Dining Room to elect council members and receive ministry reports
Meet Intern Dan Beirne
Dan (he/him/his) is a Chicago native and the current Program Director for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program. He went to Valparaiso University, and is a former ELCA missionary, having served in El Salvador for two years from 2007-2009. Dan worked as a translator with the Sister Parish office, and an English teacher during his time in El Salvador. Since then, he has been a youth director, and a Mission Developer for the Metro Chicago Synod. As a Mission Developer, Dan worked with Synod staff to start up Urban Acacia, a young adult urban mission for those who have been injured by, or estranged from, the Church. This was the ELCA’s first Affiliated Mission Community (AMC). 

Dan is passionate about creating authentic spaces for people to gather and encounter God and one another. He is also a passionate musician, wood worker and dog lover (though he does not yet have a dog). His spouse’s name is Asha, and they have been enthusiastically married for about three years. They love to backpack, cook, camp and kayak, and often their dinner discussions consist of where they’re doing one of those things next. Dan is a part time student at LSTC, pursuing a Master in Divinity, and he is “almost done.”
Ebenezer Seniors Luncheon

This month we will have pizza for lunch and we will play games!
If you have a favorite game bring it along.
Join us Thursday, January 16 at 12 noon in the cafe.

For more info contact Marcia Smith
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 to learn how you can get involved and/or to sign up.
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  them here . Ebenezer respects your privacy; we will only share images and names with the owner's permission.
Ebenezer Parents Group
Join us for a gathering of parents of infants and toddlers on January 19th. We will share parenting joys, frustrations and ideas, as well as offer support to one another. For more information contact Marcia Smith , parish nurse.
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.
Techny Conference Center, Techny, IL
Cost $90 Scholarships available
All are Welcome! Learning and fun for children on Saturday. Donations appreciated.
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. 
Ultimate Lock-In: “Living the Dream”
(w/ Metro-Chicago Synod churches) 
@Enchanted Castle (Lombard, IL)
Fri., Jan. 17-Sat., Jan. 18
7:45pm-6:00am 
*DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: Sun., Jan. 5! 

Cost: $40 (Scholarships Available)

For the first few hours of the night, youth will watch and discuss a documentary about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and participate in service projects. The rest of the morning they will have access to all of the activities at Enchanted Castle: Pizza, Games, Laser Tag, Go-Karts, Mini Golf, Bumper Cars!

Email Pastor Emily  to sign up.
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 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!

Book Selections for 2020

January 20– White Houses: a novel by Amy Bloom and/or
Undiscovered Country: A novel inspired by the lives of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickock by Kelly O’Connor McNees

February 17– Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

March 16– Girl Woman Other by Bernadine Evaristo

April 20 – Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

May 18 – Becoming by Michelle Obama

June 15 - City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

July 20 – Pavilion of Women by Pearl S Buck

August 17 – Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig

September 21 – On Gold Mountain by Lisa See

October 19 – The Other Windsor Girl by Georgie Blalock

November 16 – select books for next year

December 21– Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
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 Norm Dynneson
Community and Announcements
A Message from Shannon Huneryager
Hello Ebenezer Friends,

I hope this new year finds you well. As we jump into to 2020, I would like to invite you to a benefit cabaret raising money for Wheels4Women.org . It is a non-profit founded by friends and fellow artists Kathleen Mulligan & David Studwell. Information on their mission is below.

As part of their 50 States / 50 Cabarets initiative, a few female artists and I are coming together to offer an evening of music by women for women. We hope that you can attend and lend your spirit and presence to create a beautiful, musical evening. If you'd like to be invited to the Facebook event, just respond to this email.

If you are able, freewill donations will be taken at the door. You can also donate on the website  wheels4women.org  
SACRED SEEDS Presents: Reducing Gun Violence in Chicago
SACRED SEEDS presents: Reducing Gun Violence in Chicago, Sponsored by ECRA (Edgewater Community Religious Association). Please join us on Sunday January 19, 2020 at 3:00pm, at Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan. How has gun violence affected you? How can our communities respond to reduce gun violence? Sacred Seeds Congregations will take up this topic and help support your congregation or community determine how you can best respond. ECRA is working with Nisan Chavkin of The Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago to form these community listening response sessions. We hope you can attend this important event. Contact: Pastor Fred Kinsey (773) 878-4747 with any questions.
(THORNDALE RED LINE STOP, BUSES 136, 147, 151)
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!
Office Hours
Monday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday by appointment
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday by appointment
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.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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