Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
November 4, 2018
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
Jesus raises Lazarus to LIfe,
All Saints Sunday
" Of all three years of the lectionary cycle, this year’s All Saints readings have the most tears. Isaiah and Revelation look forward to the day when God will wipe away all tears; in John’s gospel, Jesus weeps along with Mary and all the gathered mourners before he demonstrates his power over death. On All Saints Day we celebrate the victory won for all the faithful dead, but we grieve for our beloved dead as well, knowing that God honors our tears. We bring our grief to the table and find there a foretaste of Isaiah’s feast to come. "
See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: God of unfailing light, in your realm of glory the poor are blessed, the hungry filled, and every tear is wiped away. Strengthened by this vision, may we follow in the way of holiness that your Son made known in life and death. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Source of all being, beginning and end, we praise you for those who have served you faithfully. For the sake of Jesus Christ, replenish our hope in your eternal kingdom, that we may have life in all its fullness, unfettered by the fear of death. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus, help us to remember that the people we love who have died are now safe with you. Especially when I am sad or miss them, I trust in you and your care for them and for me. Thank you Jesus! Amen.
In our prayers: Jack, Aimee, Velda, Paul, Ina, Jennifer, Lili, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Bob, Lauren, Howard, Dennis, Richard, Jody, Scott, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Eric, Ann, Dan, Ron, Major, Belit a . We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
  Isaiah 25:6-9  •  Psalm 24   •   Revelation 21:1-6a   •   John 11:32-44  
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 .

Friends and family of Bob, Georgian and Laura Hadley's brother-in-law/uncle, who died this week.
Ann, John Elmquist's mother, whose health is declining.
Aimee Kilman, friend of Ebenezer, who is in hospice care.
This Week's Commemorations
All Saints Day
Thursday, November 1, 2018
The custom of commemorating all of the saints of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century. All Saints Day celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who make up the body of Christ. On this day or the following Sunday, many congregations will remember the faithful who have died during the past year.

Martín de Porres, renewer of society, died 1639
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Martín was the son of a Spanish knight and a freed black slave from Panama. As a lay brother in the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), he engaged in many charitable works in Lima, Peru. He founded an orphanage, a hospital, and a clinic for cats and dogs.

John Christian Frederick Heyer, died 1873; Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, died 1719; Ludwig Nommensen, died 1918; missionaries
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Heyer was the first missionary sent out by American Lutherans. After teaching at Gettysburg College and Seminary he was assigned to the Andhra region of India. A worker among the Tamil people on the southeast coast of India, Ziegenbalg was opposed both by local Hindus and by Danish authorities who favored a different missionary style. He was known for caring about the welfare of the whole person. Nommensen was born in northern Germany and was sent to Sumatra as a Lutheran missionary. Working among the Batak people, he translated the scriptures into their language, and honored their native culture.
Ebenezer in Mission
Lutheran World Relief Quilt Project
This Sunday, Nov. 4, is not only All Saints Sunday; it's also the Sunday on which we display and bless the quilts and school bags which Ebenezer has completed for Lutheran World Relief. Our LWR committee was so pleased with the response on September 23, when we had about 40 people stay after church to learn more about quilting, to tie a quilt on the spot, to remove the extra packaging from certain school supplies, and to fill school bags. What a thrill to see so many people of all ages working together to help our neighbors around the world!

Please make an effort to be in church this Sunday. (You'll have an extra hour of sleep from Saturday to Sunday, so you really should be there!) Come a few minutes early to take a good look at the quilts front and back. Some of you may recognize a piece of fabric you contributed. Once church begins, we encourage you to sit on the quilts! After church, we'll box up the quilts and school bags for transport to a LWR warehouse in Elgin; from there, LWR will see that these signs of our love reach people in need.

Thanks to all of you who have contributed fabric, school supplies, boxes, and cash to this project. Because the need is ongoing, we are always happy to receive fabric, sheets (for lining the quilts), sewing thread, and crochet thread. We start sewing next year's quilts as soon as we say godspeed to this year's!

Thanks to all of you who continue to include Lutheran World Relief in your prayers.

For more information, ask one of our LWR team: Sue, Barb, Nancy, Eliza, Georgia, Dane, Jackie, and Dave 
Ebenezer to Welcome New Members on November 11
Are you interested in formally connecting with the Ebenezer Church community? Come learn more at a New Member Orientation Session on Sundays October 30th and November 4th at 3:30 p.m. Can't make either of those sessions? Contact Pastor Michael Fick ; he'll be happy to meet with you!
Community Hour at Ebenezer
Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15 a.m. downstairs in the Education Center.
Understanding Hebrew Scriptures ( The Old Testament) and the World they Create
The collected, sacred writings of ancient Israel tell the story of how the world came to be, why God choose a people to bring blessing to the troubled world, how God rescued, wrestled and repeatedly rebuilt that chosen people, and how that people might praise, thank, and call on God in good times and in bad.
Session 1, November 4 – Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament): The story of how the Law, Prophets, and Writings became the “canon” ( the books of the Bible) for both Jews and Christians.
Session 2, November 11 – A look at the stories of Genesis and Exodus and some clues for finding familiar places from the Garden of Eden to the Wilderness in today’s world.
Our speaker will be Fred Niedner who taught biblical theology and Hebrew language in Valparaiso University’s Department of Theology for 40 years.

Sunday, November 18
We will have a presentation and discussion on “Single Payer Health Care: Could it work in the US?” Bill Bianchi will be facilitating. Come and share your ideas about the of future of health care in this country. 

Sunday, Nov. 25
The Holy Land: Ancient Sites and Current Struggles in Israel/Palestine. Focus: Water. With Dr. Klaus-Peter Adam from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving Dinner will be here at the church on Thanksgiving afternoon. To prepare food, or help with set up or cleanup; and, to let us know if you plan to attend, contact Mark Hicks at mthicks@comcast.net.
Edgewater Community Religious Association Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Nov. 18
The annual interfaith Thanksgiving service is a time when our very diverse community comes together in celebration of what makes of all grateful. The ECRA service will be held at Ismaili Center on Nov. 18, 2018, at 3PM. 6259 N Broadway, Chicago. Care for Real is the beneficiary of donations collected. Last year, these donations helped us provide meals during the month of November to 2,511 households and fed 4,432 individuals.
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
Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group
at Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
The E.C.T. (Edgewater Congregations Together) Youth Group has resumed their regular youth group schedule. 
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 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. 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
Facilities Feedback
Ebenezer's facilities are busier than ever, which is both a gift and a challenge! To help us understand areas where cleaning and repair could be improved, you are invited to use this form to provide feedback to Jesse, our sexton. This is a more reliable method than verbal reports to staff or volunteers on Sundays, when our focus in on worship. Please let us know how we can continue to make Ebenezer a place of hospitality for all! The link is also available at any time at the Ebenezer Facilities webpage.
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 Office Hours
Monday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 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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