Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
March 17, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
Starry Night
Vincent Van Gogh, 1889
Second Sunday in Lent
" Though we sometimes doubt and often resist God’s desire to protect and save us, our God persists. In holy baptism, God’s people have been called and gathered into a God-initiated relationship that will endure. Lent provides the church with a time and a tradition in which to seek the face of the Lord again. Lent provides another occasion to behold the God of our salvation in the face of the Blessed One who 'comes in the name of the Lord.' "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: Artist of souls, you sculpted a people for yourself out of the rocks of wilderness and fasting. Help us as we take up your invitation to prayer and simplicity, that the discipline of these forty days may sharpen our hunger for the feast of your holy friendship, and whet our thirst for the living water you offer
through Jesus Christ. Amen
Evening Prayer: Hope beyond all human hope, you promised descendants as numerous as the stars to old Abraham and barren Sarah. You promise light and salvation in the midst of darkness and despair, and promise redemption to a world that will not listen. Gather us to yourself in tenderness, open our ears to listen to your word, and teach us to live faithfully as people confident of the fulfillment of your promises. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus, thank you for being loving and forgiving.
Help us to love people in the same way as you love us. Help us do generous things for others because we love you. Amen.
In our prayers: Jack, Dave, Velda, Paul, Ina, Lili, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Jennifer, Chuck, Bill, Howard, Jody, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Eric, Charlie, Barbara, Dan, Airreylle, Belita, Eileen. 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 .

Barbara Ketter, who is recovering from surgery
For Ashley
For Jack
This Week's Commemorations
Patrick, bishop, missionary to Ireland, died 461
Sunday, March 17, 2019
A native of Britain, Patrick was kidnapped by pirates at age sixteen and sold into slavery in Ireland. After a few years, he escaped, returned home, and entered the ministry. Returning to Ireland, he successfully served as a bishop and missionary there.

Joseph, Guardian of Jesus
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Though the Bible tells us little about the husband of Jesus' mother Mary, we know that he was a carpenter or builder by trade. He is also shown as being devoted both to God and to Mary and Jesus. It is assumed that he died before Jesus became an adult.

Thomas Cranmer, Bishop of Canterbury, martyr, died 1556
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Cranmer's lasting achievement is contributing to and overseeing the creation of the Book of Common Prayer, which remains (in revised form) the worship book of the Anglican Communion. He was burned at the stake under Queen Mary for his support of the Protestant Reformation.

Jonathan Edwards, teacher, missionary to American Indians, died 1758
Friday, March 22, 2019
A Puritan minister in Connecticut, Edwards is remembered as being a great preacher. Though his most famous sermon talks at length about hell, he was more concerned with God's love. He served both as missionary to the Housatonic people in Massachusetts, and as president of the future Princeton University.
Ebenezer in Mission
Community Hour at Ebenezer
Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15 a.m. downstairs in the Education Center.
March 17 and 24: What is Theodicy?
Join Pastor Michael as he invites the group into the oldest of dilemma's: If God is good, then why does evil exist? And if evil exists, how good, or even real, can God be?Through the lenses of various thinkers, we'l delve into the mystery of faith in a hurting world.

Special Lenten Bible Study series with Mark Hicks: The Cast of Characters.
As Lent and Easter approach, we are offering a five week Bible Study Class to learn about many of the people involved in the betrayal, trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Based on readings from the four gospels we will learn about many involved in those processes such as: the Roman Legion at Caesarea, Annas, Caiaphas, Malthus, Peter, the Two thieves, John, the Maid at the warming fire, the Temple police, Pontius Pilate and his wife, Herod Antipas, Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, Herodians, etc. Join us to explore all the many moving parts in this holy story. The series begins Sunday, March 17 during community hour.

March 31: Meetinghouse Sunday. Ebenezer groups, teams, and committees are encourages to meet during community hour on March 31.
Lent Evening Prayer
We will gather for song, silence, reflection, scripture, and poetry, using the Holden Evening Prayer setting, on March 13, 20, and 27; and, April 3 and 10 at 7:00 p.m. Please join us!
Ebenezer Parents Group
Join us for our next gathering of parents of infants and toddlers. We will share parenting joys, frustrations and ideas, as well as offer support to one another.
Sunday, March 17 after worship, in the parlor. For more information contact Marcia Smith, parish nurse at  parishnursemarcia@gmail.com  or 773-743-1831.
Senior Lunch and Program
Our Senior Lunch and Program for March will be on Thursday the 21st at noon in the Cafe (below the sanctuary ). All seniors are invited join us for lunch and a discussion. Lunch will be offered and you can give a freewill offering if you wish. Our discussion this month will be Childhood Memories. All are invited to share memories of their childhood. If you would like you can bring items from your childhood for show and tell or just tell us favorite stories of your growing years. We look forward to seeing you. 
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
Women's Book Group
Women's Book Group meets at 7:00 p.m. in the Education Center Cafe. Come join the conversation!

March 18: Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott
E.C.T. (Edgewater Congregations Together) Young Adults Group
Young adults (18 years old through mid-20s) 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 event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 4:30-8pm at Pastor Emily's house.   We will gather for dinner, games and to check in with and get to know one another. 

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 for the February event.   
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 .
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
Dal Niente Concert at Ebenezer
Friday, March 15 at 7pm in Ebenezer's sanctuary, the excellent Chicago new music ensemble Dal Niente (of which Ben Melsky, the harpist who often plays here, is executive director) will present a concert of chamber music old and new. $10 suggested donation
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 Winter 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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