Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
September 8, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
Water-Lily Pond and Weeping Willow
Claude Monet, 1916-1919
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
"Called to contemplate the cost of discipleship today, we might be helped by translating Paul’s request to Philemon into our prayer of the day: Refresh my heart in Christ. Strengthened by the company and forgiveness of the Christ in the blessed sacrament and recalling God’s grace in remembrance of baptism, we can be strengthened in this hour to “choose life”—to choose life in God as our own. "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: God of power and justice, like Jeremiah you weep over those who wander from you, turn aside to other gods, and enter into chaos and destruction. By your tears and through your mercy, teach us your ways and write them on our hearts so that we may follow faithfully the path you show us. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Creator God, you form us on the wheel of life as a potter molds the clay. Shape us into holy vessels, bearing the mark of your wise crafting, that we may remain strong and useful through years of faithful and obedient service in Christ's name. 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: Emerson, Dave, Dan, Belita, Wayne, Don, Michele, Eileen, Judy, Max, Velda, Paula, Susan, Lili, Bob, Sean, Gloria, Monroe, Sandra, Johanna, Frank, All affected by hurricane Dorion, John and Sharon, Beth, Dan, Chuck, Howard, Jody, Barbara, Ruth, Dennis, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Linda. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne, and our Bishop-elect, Yehiel.
  Deuteronomy 30:15-20  •  Psalm 1   •   Philemon 1:1-21   •   Luke 14:25-33
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 Lili, who is recovering in the hospital
In thanksgiving for the ministry of John Minor, coordinating the Children's time
For baby Emerson
For the Bahamas and all in the path of Hurricane Dorian
This Week's Commemorations
Peter Claver, priest, missionary to Colombia, died 1654
Monday, September 9, 2019
Born into Spanish nobility, Claver became a Jesuit missionary, and served in present-day Colombia. His ministry was focused on the slaves that arrived there. He gave them food and medicine, learned their dialects, and taught them Christianity.

John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, died 407
Friday, September 13, 2019
John was a priest in Antioch and an outstanding preacher. His eloquence earned him the nickname "Chrysostom" ("golden mouth"). Appointed bishop of Constantinople, seat of the empire, he criticized corruption in the court. As a result, he was exiled by the empress.

Holy Cross Day
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Helena, mother of Constantine, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and found what may be the actual site of Jesus' crucifixion. Her son built two churches there, and the dedication of one of them gave rise to this celebration of our Lord's victory on the cross.
Ebenezer in Mission
God's Work Our Hands Sunday! 
September 8th, 12pm-1:30pm 
Ebenezer Lutheran Church

Edgewater Congregations Together (Unity, Ebenezer, and Immanuel Lutheran Churches) will be gathering again for ELCA's annual God's Work Our Hands Sunday. This year, we will be assembling hygiene kits for The Night Ministry. 

At 12:00pm we will gather at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (1650 W Foster).
At 12:15pm lunch will be served (from Middle Eastern Bakery). A free-will offering will be collected to help with the cost.
At 12:45pm we will begin assembling kits!

In the days leading up to Sunday September 8th, you can help out by donating some of the following  TRAVEL SIZED  toiletries and other items:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Washcloths
  • Shampoo
  • Lotion
  • Mouthwash
  • Gallon Sized Ziplock Bags
  • Monetary donations will also be accepted for purchase of these items. 

Please bring any of the items listed above to Ebenezer and put them in the box in the Narthex on Sunday mornings OR bring them to the church office during the week.

All are welcome!
Opera Without Borders: A Benefit Concert for Immigrant Relief
In times of moral and ethical crisis, artists use their specific language to comment, to protest, and to share resonant stories with their audiences. Artists invite their audiences to view the events of the day in a sharp focus and not in the haze of inundation, and then send them to their phones, emails, wallets, and the organized protests that are the right of the people of this great county.
Transgressive Theatre-Opera is answering art’s dictate by giving a single concert performance of Menotti’s masterpiece,  The Consul . This is the perfect time to share Menotti’s story of persecuted immigrants trying to flee their oppressed lives only to be met with a cold bureaucracy demanding they obtain the correct papers in order to escape to asylum. If these papers cannot be obtained, their only choice is to attempt escape over the border, a journey that often ends in a speedy death or worse.
TT-O will offer this benefit concert at 7:30 PM on Saturday, September 7 in Ebenezer Lutheran Church’s auditorium. Everyone involved is donating their talent so that all tickets sales and other donations can go directly to a local immigrant relief and a national immigrant relief organization. The organizations to be benefited are Ebenezer’s own Refugee Support and the National Immigrant Justice Center. Special permission for this concert benefiting these specific organizations was granted by the Menotti estate, and TT-O is proud to continue to share this immigrant composer’s deeply-felt story.
Tickets are available here .
Those who cannot attend but would like join in this offering may do so on TT-O's website. Please make a notation that the funds are for "immigrant relief." 
Ebenezer Sunday School Starts on September 8!
Families and kids aged 4-12, get ready to get back in the swing of our All Kids Sunday school. We start the Sunday after Labor Day. We meet at 9:45 (15 minutes before Worship Service starts) in the Education Center for games, lessons, music, light crafts, and most of all, sharing our ideas about how God wants us to live in this world. Our time together lasts about 40 minutes, with ushers and teachers escorting kids back to families right after the sermon, before the Children's Message and the Meal. Check it out! Any questions, feel free to email  Chris Korn, Kris May,or Karen Miley. We welcome volunteers of all sorts: moms, dads, non-parents, teens, grandparents. We provide light training, curriculum, and materials. Most of the time, you will assist a lead teacher. Come join us!
Fall Fun Fair: Save-the-Date and Join the Fun
It’s starting to feel like autumn around Chicago so mark your calendar for Ebenezer’s Fall Fun Fair on Saturday, September 21, 12:00 - 4:00!

We’ll have a bounce-house, petting zoo, games, snacks and more! This event is free of charge and open to the congregation and entire community. 

You can help make this all of this fun possible by giving your time or a donation to support the event. We need volunteers to: set-up, keep the kitchen, get crafty, mind the games, help things run smoothly, and close-down. Click here to sign up for a spot.

To make a donation supporting related expenses for this event, you can donate online or in-person.
Thank you!
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.
New Member Class
Exploring Ebenezer is a two-session orientation for those exploring church membership. We'll meet during Community Hour (after morning worship) on Sept. 15 and 22, with new members received on Sept. 29. Contact Pastor Michael for more information.
Communion Instruction
Communion instruction for kids will be after morning worship on Sept. 29. All ages are welcome to commune, and to learn more!
Fight the Flu!
Get your flu shot at Ebenezer on Sunday October 6, 9:00 a.m. till noon.
Pharmacists from Mariano’s will again offer this service for us. Insurance is accepted. Anyone without insurance or with questions contact Marcia Smith.
parishnursemarcia@gmail.com or 773-743-1831
Prayer Team
Do you listen for a name you recognize during the reading of the names of people for whom we pray? Maybe you listen for a friend who might want prayers for the family. Maybe you listen for your own name because you have asked your congregation to pray for you. That list includes members, families, strangers, those who have suffered atrocities, even evildoers, each of whom is a child of God.

If you want a person prayed for please contact Pastor Michael or Pam Edelmann Sall give them the first name of the person for whom you want prayers said and, if you want, the reason the person needs prayers. You should know that even before this person is named the next Sunday in the prayers of the people, a group of Ebenezer members prays for them.

The prayer team or prayer circle is a dedicated group who know prayer works. Many of those who pray are members or former members of Ebenezer. If you would like to become one of those “prayers” we welcome you to notify Pam (see above) and give her your email address. The group respects confidentiality for both the person being prayed for and their families. That is why we only use the first name.

Being a member of this group is so rewarding. It means so much that someone knows he or she is being prayed for. 
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. 

Edgewater Congregations Together Fall Kick-Off Back-To-School BBQ/Party and Youth Gathering Parent Meeting
@Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
Wed., Sept. 11, 6:15-9:00pm
Community members are invited to join.

Contact Pastor Emily for questions or to sign up. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group is in need of volunteers for cooks, drivers, chaperones, small group leaders, etc. for various events throughout the year. Please contact Pastor Emily if you would like to learn more about how to get involved. 
Ebenezer Senior Luncheon
Joke day and planning for the year
September 19, 2019 at 12 noon in the cafe

Join us for our first fall senior luncheon. Bring a joke or funny story to share and enjoy food, fellowship and laughter. After lunch we will plan future senior gatherings so bring ideas. 
Edgewater Congregations Together Confirmation
E.C.T. Confirmation is a two-year program for youth from Ebenezer, Unity, and Immanuel Lutheran Churches in grades 7-8. (Youth above 7 th -8 th grade who are have not been through confirmation and would like to join are also welcome.) Confirmation begins in Sept. and will meet the 1 st and 3 rd Thursdays of the month at Ebenezer. Contact Pastor Michael or Pastor Emily if you would like to sign up or would like more information.  
Choir Schedule Change for the Fall

Beginning September 3, Ebenezer’s choir will rehearse on Tuesday nights from 7-8:30 pm in the Choir Room. This is instead of Thursday nights as in the past. All are welcome to participate! Speak to or email John if you have any questions.  
Ebenezer Tutoring Program: Fall Volunteers Needed!
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 at  annegoeltzer@gmail.com   or 773-960-2866 if you are able to help with a meal.

The program can also use tutors who can commit  to the year and substitutes who can fill in when available. Contact Norm Dynneson at   normdynneson64@gmail.com   or 773-218-8729 if you are interested in tutoring.
Women's Book Group
Women's Book Group  meets at 7:00 p.m. in the Education Center Cafe. Come join the conversation!

September 16 – Educated by Tara Westover
Back to School!
We’re collecting school supplies for  Lutheran World Relief . Grab the list of items in the narthex and bring your donation to church through Sunday, September 22. We’ll assemble the bags on October 6. THANKS!
Ebenezer Small Groups
Challenged by large issues in our world right now, sometimes stepping into a small circle can help. If you're searching for a circle, Ebenezer Small Groups may be for you. 

Small Groups start again in September, twice a month for 5 months, to talk, question, share, listen, study, and pray--learning things that we write on our hearts.

Interested? Talk to Pastor Michael, or a small group leader (Bev Albert, Dar Erickson, Ann H. Hicks, Janet Lundblad).
Ebenezer Parents Group
Join us for a gathering of parents of infants and toddlers on September 15. 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.
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 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. 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 text at 773-484-3923. or call Norm Dynneson at 773-218-8729
Esprit:  A Support Group for People Recovering or Supporting Others with Mental Health Challenges Coming This Fall
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. “Suicidal behavior is universal, knows no boundaries and affects everyone.” Prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year mental health organizations across the U.S. and around the world raise suicide prevention awareness. In the United States National Suicide Prevention Week is September 8-14, 2019 surrounded by World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday,September 10. For additional information see .. " Working Together to Prevent Suicide”,  World Suicide Prevention Day Official Website  https://www.iasp.info/wspd2019 . " SUICIDE PREVENTION,"   Adopted by the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on November 14, 1999. " Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,”   n am i.org .
Esprit welcomes anyone affected by mental health issues and makes available a spiritual circle to share, listen, learn, and be renewed.

For more information, please contact Ashley at 773 428-1521 or  ashley.frigerio@gmail.com
Community and Announcements
Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent
This month marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the slave trade in English-speaking North America. The “Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent” was presented to representatives of the African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA) during the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. View the full text here:  http://bit.ly/2GSiMpj
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!
September Office Hours
Monday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 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.
Do you or someone you know need someone to talk to?  
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Additional resources are available  suicidepreventionministry.org