Worship on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
April 14, 2019
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 561-8496
Entry of Christ into Jerusalem
Wilhelm Morgner, 1912
Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday
" The voice of the suffering savior, Jesus, can be heard in the prophet Isaiah’s words and the pleading of the psalm. We are invited into the agony of our Lord in the extended reading of the story of Jesus’ passion. In the second reading, we who have put on Christ in holy baptism are urged to let the mind of Christ be our own. Lent leads us to this holy moment. Embrace it. "

See you Sunday!
Sharing Faith at Home
Morning Prayer: God of the living, through baptism we pass from the shadow of death to the light of the resurrection. Remain with us and give us hope that, rejoicing in the gift of the Spirit who gives life to our mortal flesh, we may be clothed with the garment of immortality, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Evening Prayer: Compassionate God, your love finds full expression in the gift of Jesus Christ your Son, who willingly met betrayal and death to set us free from sin. Give us courage to live obediently in these days until we greet the glory of our risen Savior. Amen.
Prayer with Children: Dear Jesus , thank You that You are loving and forgiving.
Help us to love people in the same way as You have loved us. Help us do generous things for others because we love You. Amen.
In our prayers: Barbara, Dan, Belita, Eileen, Wesley, Jack, Dave, Velda, Paul, Ina, Susan, Lili, Gloria, Monroe, John and Sharon, Jennifer, Chuck, Howard, Jody, Barbara, Dick, Ashley, Debbie, Betsye and Pippy, Willstrom family, Susan, Eric, Charlie. We also pray for our bishops, Elizabeth and Wayne.
Isaiah 50:4-9a   •   Psalm 31:9-16   •   Philippians 2:5-11   •   Luke 22:14-23:56
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 .

Barbara Ketter, who is recovering from surgery
For Ashley
For Jack
This Week's Commemorations
Olavus Petri, priest, died 1552; Laurentius Petri, Bishop of Uppsala, died 1573; renewers of the church
Friday, April 19, 2019
These two brothers studied with Luther at the University of Wittenberg and then returned to their native Sweden to introduce the Lutheran reforms. Olavus published a catechism and hymnal; Laurentius was a professor who defended the office of bishop and later became one.
Ebenezer in Mission
Community Hour at Ebenezer
Sundays from 11:15 – 12:15 a.m. downstairs in the Education Center.
April 14: Jesus and “the Jews” in the Christian Gospels
Join Pastor Michael for study about the gospel writers’ understanding of Jesus as prophet in the Hebrew tradition, their understanding of him as the messiah, and how the gospels have been misused to fuel anti-Semitism and create suspicion toward Jewish people.

April 21 : No community hour on Easter Sunday

April 28: Healing and Hospitalization
Join Janet Lundblad, who has many years of experience in hospital chaplaincy, for a conversation about healing and spirituality during hospitalization.

Special Lenten Bible Study series with Mark Hicks: The Cast of Characters.
As Lent and Easter approach, we are offering a five week Bible Study Class to learn about many of the people involved in the betrayal, trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Based on readings from the four gospels we will learn about many involved in those processes such as: the Roman Legion at Caesarea, Annas, Caiaphas, Malthus, Peter, the Two thieves, John, the Maid at the warming fire, the Temple police, Pontius Pilate and his wife, Herod Antipas, Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, Herodians, etc. Join us to explore all the many moving parts in this holy story. The series begins Sunday, March 17 during community hour.
  • There is no Easter breakfast this year. Please join us for the reception Saturday night after the Vigil!
  • Wednesday services will resume on May 1.
Lent Evening Prayer
We will gather for song, silence, reflection, scripture, and poetry, using the Holden Evening Prayer setting, on March 13, 20, and 27; and, April 3 and 10 at 7:00 p.m. Please join us!
Ebenezer Seniors on Maundy Thursday
Seniors will gather on April 18 to worship together at the 12:15 p.m. Maundy Thursday service. This will be followed by a soup luncheon and fellowship. Please join us.
For more info contact Marcia Smith at  parishnursemarcia@gmail.com  or 773-743-1831.
Ebenezer Parents Group
Join us for our next 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.
Women's Book Group
Women's Book Group meets at 7:00 p.m. in the Education Center Cafe. Come join the conversation!

April 15: The Japanese Lover by Isabelle Allende
May 20: Ordinary Grace by William Krueger
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 .
Youth-led Stations of the Cross
Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale. Come support our Ebenezer Youth as they help to lead this moving Holy Week service.
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. 

Our next event will take place on Tuesday, April 23 from 6-8:30pm 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.
Treasurer's Report
February 2019 Statement of Income/Expense
  • $25,737 in General Operating Account
  • $ 6,526 in Capital Fund Account
  • $ 7,194 in Frank Hoffman Scholarship Fund
  • $ 4,320 in Refugee Resettlement Fund
* No enrichment transfer has been requested to-date.
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.
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
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
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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 Spring 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?  
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Additional resources are available here:  http://www.lutheransuicideprevention.org