Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
August 11, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
 Greetings!
Landscape with Stars
Henri Edmond Cross, c.1905
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
"Jesus says, 'It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.' It is God’s promise from the beginning—to Abraham, to the early church, and to the 'little flock' of which we are a part today in assembly. Faith, God’s baptismal gift, trusts the promises of God. Have no fear. "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: God of justice, your word is light and truth. Let your face shine on us to restore us, that we may walk in your way, seeking justice and doing good. Amen.
Evening Prayer: God of judgment and grace, you ask not for sacrifices but lives of trusting faith that acknowledge your power and mercy. Give us faith as deep and strong as Abraham's and Sarah's, that we may follow you through all our days as did Jesus Christ our Savior. 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: Frank, Lili, Bob, Sean, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Beth, Dan, Chuck, Howard, Jody, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Linda, Charlie, Dave, Sierra, Dan, Belita, Wayne, James, Don, Michele, Eileen, Andrea, Judy, Dion and family, Max, Velda, Paula, Susan. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne, and our Bishop-elect, 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 friends and family of Louise, Dion Walton's mother, who died recently
This Week's Commemorations
Clare, Abbess of San Damiano, died 1253
Sunday, August 11, 2019
A contemporary of Francis of Assisi, Clare and a growing number of companions established a women's Franciscan community, called the Order of Poor Ladies, or Poor Clares. She inspired other women to pursue spiritual goals.

Florence Nightingale, died 1910; Clara Maass, died 1901; renewers of society
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Nightingale was born in England, and horrified her wealthy family by deciding to become a nurse. She led a group of nurses in ministering in the midst of the Crimean War, and worked for hospital reform. Maass, a native of New Jersey, was also a war nurse, and volunteered as a subject for research on yellow fever. She died of the disease.

Maximilian Kolbe, died 1941; Kaj Munk, died 1944; martyrs
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Father Kolbe was a Franciscan priest arrested by the Nazis and confined in Auschwitz. Kolbe gave generously of his meager resources, and finally volunteered to be starved to death in place of another man. A Danish Lutheran pastor and playwright, Munk strongly denounced the Nazis who occupied Denmark in the Second World War. His sermons and articles helped to show the anti-Christian nature of the movement.

Mary, Mother of Our Lord
Thursday, August 15, 2019
The church (including Martin Luther) honored Mary with the title theotokos, meaning "God-bearer," for her role in giving birth to the Son of God. Her song, the Magnificat, speaks eloquently of God's lifting the lowly and feeding the hungry.
Ebenezer in Mission
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
On August 19 we will meet at Pam Sall's home. Please call her at 847-675-7204 for information and directions. Hope to see you there!

August 19 – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
September 16 – Educated by Tara Westover
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.
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 .
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

Mental health is everyone's business

August 11-17 is National Health Center Week

"23 years ago, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois  (LSSI) took a bold step to create Project IMPACT ( Immediate Multidisciplinary Pre-Screening Assessment Crisis Team) at Swedish Covenant Hospital on Chicago’s northwest side. The program, located inside the emergency department, provides crisis invention and mental health screenings to individuals struggling with mental health episodes. Project IMPACT is open 24 hours every day, including weekends and holidays. It serves all individuals, insured or uninsured." 

Esprit welcomes anyone affected by mental health issues and makes available a spiritual circle to share, listen, learn, be and renewed.

For more information, please contact Ashley at 773/428-1521 or ashley.frigerio@gmail.com
Community and Announcements
Bishop Eaton Re-Elected
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton was re-elected presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Aug. 6 at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. On the first ballot, 897 votes were cast and 670 votes were needed for election. Eaton received 725 votes, which is 81.19% of the vote.

Eaton is the first ELCA presiding bishop to win re-election on the first ballot. She was elected to a first term as presiding bishop at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh. The 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly met Aug. 5-10 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. For a complete summary of actions, visit elca.org.
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!
August 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?  
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Additional resources are available here:  http://www.lutheransuicideprevention.org