Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
November 10, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
Mysteries of the Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Christ
Antonio Campi, 1569
Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost
"We worship on the first day of the week because our Savior was raised on that day. Every Sunday is a little Easter. This Sunday feels more like Easter than many as the appointed texts celebrate the reality of the resurrection. Live it up this Lord’s day. Our God is the God of the living. "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: God of faithful surprises, throughout the ages you have made known your love and power in unexpected ways and places. May we daily perceive the joy and wonder of your abiding presence and offer our lives in gratitude for our redemption. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Almighty God, you hold all the powers of the universe within your hands, and we are your children. Turn us to the splendor of life in you, transforming us through Jesus Christ our Savior, and strengthening us in every good deed and word. 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: Chuck, Howard, Jody, Barbara, Ruth, Dick, Debbie, Linda, Mal, Dave, Belita, Wayne, Kari, Allison, Ashley, Michele, Pat, Vereen, Ashley, Judy, Velda, Paul, Susan, Gloria, Johanna, Frank, John and Sharon . We also pray for our Bishops, Elizabeth and Yehiel.
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 the families and friends of Rich Ellbogen

In celebration of Janet Nelson, honoree at this year's Swedish American Museum Gala for her many years of service to the community
This Week's Commemorations
Martin, Bishop of Tours, died 397
Monday, November 11, 2019
Martin's pagan father enlisted him in the Roman army. Approached by a beggar, Martin cut his cloak in half and gave part to the man, whom he later understood as representing Christ. He asked to leave the army, but was jailed instead. After his release, he became a preacher, and later a bishop.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, teacher, died 1855
Monday, November 11, 2019
Kierkegaard was a Danish theologian whose writings also gave rise to the modern philosophy of existentialism. He frequently attacked the complacency of the state church of his day, as well as its desire to be accepted by polite society rather than be a stumbling block.
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!
Nov 10: John Elmquist presents...! Join our music director for a time of learning. Planning for the future of the organ will be discussed.
Mental Health Matters
Ebenezer Mental Health Team
Nov. 17: Community Hour and the Mental Health Team Welcomes Eleanor Smith
Eleanor Smith is a Rabbi and a physician. She served a congregation in Evanston for many years before deciding to go back to school and study medicine so that she could more fully understand the workings of the human body, in order to be able to care for her people in the fullest possible way. She is deeply interested in and devoted to the intersection where the spiritual, physical, emotional and metaphysical elements of being a human being intersect. Having worked in the synagogue for seven years, and now in medicine for seven years, she is seeking the full integration of these elements in her work for her next chapter of life. She has been blessed with three amazing children who give her great joy and inspiration.

Physical and mental health is an essential component of a Christian vocation and is God's intention for every human being. It is vital to our well-being and helps strengthen relationships and enhance our Christian service in our communities and world.
Children’s Message Volunteers
We love to tell the story! That’s how we feel as we get ready for Children’s Message. We would be happy to expand our list of Children’s Message volunteers. We just ask you prepare a short message to present to our youngest or young at heart congregants, based on one of the week’s bible lessons. The rotation is based upon the number of volunteers. Right now we have 6 members. If you have any questions see Rick Stuckey or Pastor Michael or email Rick.
It is time for our second annual Ebenezer Congregational Survey!
This 10-minute survey is intended to help us see who we are and what we value, both as individuals and as a body of Christ. We will not be using this for any purposes outside Ebenezer Lutheran Church.

No identifying information is being collected. Your answers will be totally anonymous, so we're asking you to be as thoughtful and honest as possible. And we encourage each member of a household (even the kids!) to fill the survey out independently, to ensure that our picture of our congregation is as complete as possible.

Your participation will help Ebenezer create and strengthen our bold and loving vision!

Please click here to take the survey, or -- if you would prefer -- there are paper copies available in the narthex. The survey will be open until Sunday, December 1 .

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Cox.
Thanksgiving Day at Ebenezer
Join us for a Thanksgiving feast at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 28. Bring a side dish or a dessert to share, if you are able. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. All are welcome!
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.
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. 

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. 
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.  
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 at  annegoeltzer@gmail.com   or 773-960-2866 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!

November 18 – This meeting will be dedicated to selecting the book list for 2020. Bring your suggestions!

Dec. 16 – The Foundling: The true Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me by Paul Joseph Froncziak
Ebenezer Parents Group
Join us for a gathering of parents of infants and toddlers. 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.
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 
archives@ebenezerchurch.org . Ebenezer respects your privacy; we will only share images and names with the owner's permission.
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
Community and Announcements
Don McCrary's and Gordon Straw's Stoles and Vestments
Stoles and vestments belonging to Pastors Don McCrary and Gordon Straw will be blessed, and then donated to new pastors, on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Evanston. All are welcome to attend.
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!
Fall 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