Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
February 10, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
Purification of Isaiah
Cathédrale d'Amiens, 1220-1240
Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
" The fifth Sunday after Epiphany continues to highlight unlikely instruments and circumstances appointed to reveal the glory of the Lord. “Who will go for us?” queries the voice of the Lord. A man of unclean lips, a former persecutor of the church of God, and three fishermen who couldn’t catch a thing. More surprising still, perhaps, is the fact that we are also called. "
See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: O God, you spoke your word and revealed your good news in Jesus, the Christ. Fill all creation with that word again, so that by proclaiming your joyful promises to all nations and singing of your glorious hope to all peoples, we may become one living body, your incarnate presence on the earth. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Loving God, you have called forth disciples and prophets to live and speak your word. Give us ears to hear, lives to respond, and voices to proclaim the good news of salvation, which we know in our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus, help us to see you in the bread and wine of communion. Help us to see you in the world around us too. Amen.
In our prayers: Bill, Howard, Jody, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Eric, Charlie, Barbara, Dan, Airreylle, Belita, Eileen, Velda, Paul, Ina, Lili, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Jennifer, Chuck. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
Isaiah 6:1-8, (9-13)   •   Psalm 138   •   1 Corinthians 15:1-11   •   Luke 5:1-11
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 Chris Comella and his family. His mother Lucille died last Sunday.
For Carol Hedin who continues to recover from surgery.
This Week's Commemorations
Cyril, monk, died 869; Methodius, bishop, died 885; missionaries to the Slavs
Thursday, February 14, 2019
These two brothers from Thessalonika, Greece, were monks and were sent to bring Christianity to the Slavic people. In the course of their work they created a written language, inventing the Cyrillic alphabet for it, and translated the Bible and the liturgy.
Ebenezer in Mission
Community Hour at Ebenezer
Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15 a.m. downstairs in the Education Center.
Feb. 10 – The Rev. Jehu Jones and early Black Lutherans in America.  Join Pastor Michael for a look and the life and ministry of Jehu Jones, perhaps the first African descent Lutheran Pastor in North America.

Feb. 17: Speech as Music in Liturgy. John Elmquist will lead a discussion around the idea that the speech that happens during worship is essentially a musical act.

Feb. 24: Ebenezer Refugee Support.
You are invited to join Norm Dynneson and Jackie Wood to learn more about Ebenezer Refugee Support, formed a year ago. Part of the story is a celebration of the generosity of so many Ebenezer members and friends.
However, much of the story Norm needs to share is what he has learned about being poor, hungry, unemployed, and at the mercy of red tape and corrupt landlords. His is a story that compels us to remember Micah 6:8 - “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  
2018 Ebenezer Congregational Survey Full Report
You can download a PDF version by visiting https://bit.ly/2st36Br. A few hard copies will also be available in the Narthex. As always, if you have questions, please reach out to Jennifer Cox at council.ebenezer@gmail.com.
2018 Ministry and Programs Reports Available
The book of reports was available during last Sunday's annual meeting, if you missed it or wanted another opportunity to review, you'll find an electronic copy here

Do note, a report from the finance team was missed(!) in the previous version, but is included here. You'll also note that full reports from the treasurer and endowment committee are not included in this online version. The full and complete printed version is available by request anytime or in the narthex during the month of February.
If there are any other additions or revisions, please contact Jessica Daniels at  council.ebenezer@gmail.com .
Ebenezer Parent Group
Join us for our first gathering of parents of infants and toddlers. We will share parenting joys, frustrations and ideas, as well as offer support to one another.
Sunday, February 17 after worship, in the parlor.
For more information contact Marcia Smith, parish nurse at parishnursemarcia@gmail.com or 773-743-1831.
SAVE THE DATE: March 3 – Fat Sunday Celebration! Gather following worship for food, fun, and the burning of the Palms. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6th. 
Ebenezer Seniors
Ebenezer Seniors will meet for fellowship and conversation on Thursday, February 21 at 12:00 noon in the Cafe. Please bring your own lunch.
Ebenezer Parent Group
Join us for our first gathering of parents of young children. We will share parenting joys, frustrations and ideas, as well as offer support to one another.

Sunday, February 17 after worship, in the parlor. For more information contact Marcia Smith, parish nurse at parishnursemarcia@gmail.com or 773-743-1831.
Suicide Prevention
Suicide is a tragedy that takes lives every day. Among young people it is a leading cause of death. But it CAN be prevented. Let’s come together and see what we can do to stop tragedies in our community before they happen.

Sunday, February 24, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
This will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church
1500 W. Elmdale, Chicago

Two programs will be offered at that time, one for 8-12 th graders, the other for adults. They will be facilitated by people from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

  • For Teens: “More Than Sad.” This program teaches teens to recognize the signs of depression in themselves and others, challenges the stigma surrounding depression, and demystifies the treatment process.
  • For Adults: “Talk Saves LivesTM: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention.” A community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide and how together we can help prevent it.

For more information contact Parish Nurse Marcia Smith at 773-743-1831 or parishnursemarcia@gmail.com .
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the adult program if their child is attending the teen program.
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!

February 18 – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
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 and Confirmation Winter Retreat Recap: 
On Friday, Feb. 1-Sunday, Feb. 3, 28 E.C.T. youth and 6 adults attended the annual ELCA Metro-Chicago Synod Winter Retreat at Lutherdale Bible Camp in Elkhorn, WI. At the retreat, our youth gathered with other Chicago area churches for worship, small group discussions about the Apostle's Creed and how it applies to our lives, tobogganing, snowball fights, crafts, and games. During worship at the retreat, 5 of our youth taught and led the rest of the attendees two songs they learned at the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event in Houston and 8 of our youth served as communion assistants. This was a wonderful opportunity for our youth to get out of the city, enjoy nature, meet other Christian youth, serve as leaders, and develop stronger relationships with each other. 

We want to say a big thank you to all who have supported our group through prayers and/or financial assistance. We could not have had this experience without your support! 

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 .
“Parent’s Night Out!” – FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Saturdays: Dec 1 and March 9 from 4:00-8:00pm
@Immanuel Lutheran Church (1500 W. Elmdale Ave.)
Ages: 2 years-5th grade
Suggested Donation:
$20 – for one child, $25 for two children, $30 for more than two
children.

Enjoy a night out for a good cause! While parents/guardians have a night out, children will be in a safe environment doing fun activities led by Pastor Emily Heitzman, the church youth group, and several other adult church members. Children should bring a sack dinner to eat during the evening. All proceeds will help send middle-high school youth who attend the Edgewater Congregations Together Youth Group and Immanuel Lutheran Church to Dubuque, Iowa this August for a service-learning trip. This is a
wonderful opportunity for many youth in the Edgewater area to get out of the city, visit a college, learn about social agencies and participate in service projects in another city, and develop relationships with other youth from Chicago as well as with people in a smaller Midwest town.
To register or inquire with any questions:
Contact Pastor Emily Heitzman 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
James Kenneth Echols Memorial Service
A memorial service has been scheduled at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), for James Kenneth Echols, 67, former president of the seminary, who died December 22. On Wednesday, February 13, at 11:15 a.m. a memorial service will celebrate the life of James Echols. It will be held in Augustana Chapel, and be followed by lunch in the seminary’s First Floor West.
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.
Do you or someone you know need someone to talk to?  
Confidential live chat or phone support available:  http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 
Additional resources are available here:  http://www.lutheransuicideprevention.org