Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
May 12, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
Jesus, the Good Shepherd
Jacques Le Breton; Jean Gaudin
Fourth Sunday of Easter
" The gift of new life, of eternal life, is the gift of the risen Christ. It is the promise of Jesus. It was true for Dorcas in Joppa. It was true for those “who have come out of the great ordeal” in the Revelation vision. It is true for us and for all the baptized: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. "

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: God of comfort and compassion, through Jesus, your Son, you lead us to the water of life and table of your bounty. May we who have received the tender love of our Good Shepherd be strengthened by your grace to care for your flock. 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: Linda, Charlie, Barbara, Dan, Belita, Eileen, Wesley, Jack, Max, Velda, Paul, Ina, Susan, Lili, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Chuck, Howard, Jody, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
Acts 9:36-43   •   Psalm 23   •   Revelation 7:9-17   •   John 10:22-30
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 Jack, who is recovering from a fall
This Week's Commemorations
Matthias, Apostle
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Matthias was the apostle added to the Twelve after Jesus' resurrection, as a replacement for the dead Judas Iscariot. He had traveled among the followers of Jesus throughout the Lord's ministry. Formerly commemorated on February 24, Matthias's celebration is moved to May 14 in agreement with most Western calendars.

Erik, King of Sweden, martyr, died 1160
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Erik is considered the patron saint of Sweden. As king of that nation, he tried to bring peace in the region, and to spread Christianity in Scandinavia. He was also known for his attempts to make fair laws and to protect those who were poor or sick.
Ebenezer in Mission
Community Hour at Ebenezer
Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15 a.m. downstairs in the Education Center.
May 12: Mary's role in Lutheran Spirituality
Join Pastor Michael for a conversation about Mary's role in Lutheran spirituality

May 19: End of the Program Year Celebration Picnic
The church will provide hot dogs, veggie dogs, condiments and chips. If you are able please bring a side dish or a dessert to share. Rain or Shine!

June 2:The Justice Committee will host a mini workshop called "1000 Paper Cuts, 1000 Feathers", subtitled "Micro Aggressions, Micro Affirmations"
This project is a continuation of our Anti-Racism initiative as we expand the concept of racism to include a wide range of issues and different groups who are marginalized. Microaggressions has been defined as "brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership". This project is about showing how these comments create and enforce uncomfortable, violent and unsafe realities onto peoples' workplace, home, school, childhood/adolescence/adulthood and public transportation/space environments.

Join us to have a purposeful discussion and for an opportunity to learn and grow while fulfilling Christ's call to "love one another."
Ebenezer Parents Group
Join us for our next gathering of parents of infants and toddlers on May 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 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
Vacation Bible School 
WHO: Children ages 5 yrs old - 6 th   grade from Ebenezer, Immanuel, and Unity Lutheran Churches and from the surrounding community. 3-4 years olds are welcome to attend with an adult.
WHAT: Songs, Bible Stories, Crafts, Snacks, Dance, Friends, Fun!
WHEN: Monday, June 24-Thursday, June 27
12:30pm - Optional FREE lunch 
1:00-4:00pm – Program
WHERE : Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
HOW: Registration forms will be available the end of May in the Ebenezer and Immanuel Lutheran Church offices. Email your registration form to  churchoffice@immanuelchicago.org .
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 .
Annual Edgewater Congregations Together Youth-Led Ascension Service
Thursday, May 30, 7:00pm
Light reception will follow worship
Unity Lutheran Church (1212 W. Balmoral Ave.)
A special offering will be collected to support the youth going to Iowa for the youth mission/service and learning trip.  
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 at  pastoremilyh@gmail.com   to learn how you can get involved.
Wellness Screening
The annual Wellness Screening is now beginning. This is a great opportunity to have low cost screening blood tests done thanks to Health Maintenance Institute (HMI) and, if interested, a chance to discuss your results in detail with doctors from Advocate Health Care. The testing will be done at your convenience at any of several Quest Labs from May 1 st until June 1 st. The follow-up event to learn more about what your results mean will be Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m. at Immanuel. Here is what you need to do:

  • To sign-up for the screening call HMI at 847-635-6580 or email psc@hmi.health.
  • You will receive the necessary form to fill out and return to HMI.
  • Payment is due before you visit the lab. Once HMI receives your form and payment they will send you a confirmation order and further instructions to visit the lab for your screening.
  • You will receive results in the mail within 2 weeks after testing.
  • Bring results with you when you come for the follow-up on Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m.at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale, Chicago. A physician will be present to answer questions you may have about your test results. Snacks will be provided!

Questions? Contact Marcia Smith at 773-743-1831 or parishnursemarcia@gmail.com .
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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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