While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, not everyone feels hopeful or like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, loss and stress are magnified. The Longest Night service provides a time and place of solace where, in our sorrow, we still long for hope. We come together seeking healing and room to share grief, sadness, loneliness or confusion when these emotions feel out of place during the holidays. Join us for a time of healing, song, and prayer, Thursday, December 20th at 7pm. May the hope of the Christ child sustain us through this darkness together, that we may shine again.
The annual tradition of a grown-up Christmas Party continues into 2018. It will be held on Saturday, December 1st at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. You are invited to join us for this fun and lively event, featuring fun, fellowship, good food and drink, and is highlighted by a hilarious and spirited gift exchange. Your hosts are the Spirited Woman's Group and will be open to all ELC adults.
The cost is $15.00 per person. We will provide the "libations", but ask that you bring:
- an appetizer or dessert to share
- a $15 wrapped gift for the “Spirited Gift Exchange”
There will be a Toys for Tots collection, so if you so choose, please bring an unwrapped toy for our Toys for Tots collection.
We're looking forward to seeing you at this fun event! Please join us – ALL ADULTS are welcome!!!
You can give or send your check to Joanne Friz, or drop it off on Sunday morning or to the church office.
Please join in an evening of shopping and fellowship on Friday, November 30th from 6-10pm in Fellowship Hall, hosted by ELC’s new Spirited Women Ministry. Admission is FREE, and vendors, crafters, and artists have been invited.
Some of the vendors that will be at this great, holiday event will be: Mary Kay, ThirtyOne Bags, Lipsense, Stella & Dot Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, LuLaRoe ladies’ fashions, D-Terra Essential Oils, Illuminative (Comfy Clothing), local artists-jewelry, bath bombs and MUCH MORE!
If you are able, please bring personal care items for our Outreach Ministries to donate to those in need. Suggestions: soap, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine products.
Let Christmas comes early with ELC’s Annual Candy Cane Lane and Children’s Christmas Market on Sunday, November 25th from 1-3pm. Your little one will find the perfect gift for you and your family, as they travel with their own personal shopping elf to help them shop and use their money wisely, finding incredible treasures for the whole family for a fraction of the cost. Gifts are then wrapped and given to the child to distribute. All proceeds go toward the youth’s mission trip to Colorado this summer.
On Sunday, November 18th, ELC will have one worship service at 10am, followed by a townhall meeting to share what we learned from our strategic planning day earlier in October. By communicating these insights, we want to highlight our shared purpose and values to guide us in living the gospel. Discussions like these will help us grow and flourish as a community of faith, so we hope you can attend.
Work alongside ELC's youth in a one-of-a-kind food packing experience on Monday, November 12th from 12-2pm at the Schaumburg site! Pack rice, soy, dried veggies and nutrients into bags that are sealed, boxed, shipped and delivered to hungry children all over the world! Join us November 12th and register at https://www.fmsc.org/join-group?joincode=2WPD2V by November 9th so we know you’re coming. Contact Pastor Christina with any questions.
This fall, we've heard about ELC's Core Ministries and what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Part of that discipleship is investing in God's mission here at ELC and its ministries through your time, talent, and treasures. It's through these gifts that we can fulfill ELC's mission to transform lives by sharing a saving faith in Jesus Christ and by living the gospel through service.
During worship this weekend, we invite you to write down your 2019 financial pledge to God's mission and the ministries of ELC on a commitment card. We do this exercise of faith annually, not only because it helps us be good stewards of our resources by creating a wise and realistic budget for 2019, but also because we want to faithfully respond to God's abundance with gratitude and give back to Jesus' mission being carried out through you at ELC.
We encourage you to pray, discern, and listen for God's response, and to give from the heart. We thank you for your faithful and continued support of the ministries and mission of Edgebrook Lutheran Church, and of God's mission in the world.
Grandparents bring your grandchildren, parents bring the kids or come on your own. Everyone is welcome as OASIS hosts the 4th Annual Halloween Dinner & Pumpkin Carving on Friday, October 19th.
A delicious and family-friendly dinner will be served at 6pm, and after dinner, we'll decorate the pumpkins! We have the supplies, you just bring your creativity.
The cost for the event is $5, and reservations are required. Please RSVP no later than Monday, October 15th to the church office or Jeannie Greenberg
Are you or someone you know interested in becoming members of Edgebrook Lutheran Church? Check out our Open House on Sunday, October 7th from 4-5:30 PM. Enjoy light refreshments as you meet the pastors, ministry leaders, and others considering membership. Questions? Contact Pastor Christina or Jean Reichenbach through the church office to RSVP by October 5th
In honor of St. Francis Day, ELC is hosting a Blessing of the Animals Service on Saturday, October 6th at 3:30pm on the church lawn.
It will be a time for all members of our community (human and animal, alike) to reflect on the joy that animals bring to our lives through song, words, and individual blessings. All are welcome!
To further honor all of God’s creatures, we ask that all participants bring a donation or money to be given to the Chicago Canine Rescue https://chicagocaninerescue.org/. If you cannot attend the service, still feel free to bring donations to the church house.
We're having a strategic planning day on October 6th from 9am-3pm, and YOU'RE INVITED! Led by renewal expert, Rev. Dave Daubert, our day will Biblically-grounded and include interactive discussion in small groups as well as discover our guiding principles, our priorities, and steps for implementation. All are welcome! Lunch & childcare are provided. RSVP by October 1 to email@example.com, including any dietary restrictions and childcare needs. Contact Pastor Joe, Pastor Christina, or Council President Charity Haines with any questions.
Lauretta Sage will be conducting a card making class at 10am next Tuesday. She is a very talented creator and you will be very pleased with the card designs. After, we will have lunch. The cost is $5.00 and you will take home 3 cards that you made yourself. Contact Jeannie Greenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 30th if you are interested, so we have enough supplies.
Older Adults Sharing In Service (OASIS) is one of ELC’s Core Ministries. This ministry is committed to connecting fellowship, faith and service for the church and the community.
OASIS presents a living history portrayal of Rachel Carson, on Friday, September 21st at 7pm in Fellowship Hall. Carson was an influential biologist in the modern ecology movement and author of best-seller, Silent Spring. In this living-history program, set in 1963, actress and historian Leslie Goddard portrays Carson as she discusses her childhood love for the living world, her passion for writing, and her work to awaken the world to the beauty and fragility of nature. Light refreshments will be served.
There’s one month until Rally Day! That means one month until we worship out on the lawn at 10am, sign up for what we want to rally around this year, and have a delicious potluck lunch. We’ll have games for youth and kids and plenty of opportunity to share the highlights of the summer and what we’re looking forward to with ELC this year. Save the Date, and join us at Rally Day!!
OASIS hosts the Senior Senior Luncheon on Tuesday, September 4th at 10:30am in Fellowship Hall. Our guest speakers are Renee Hansen and Judy Nelson. They will be speaking on their trip to South Africa, as well as a short video. They are excited about sharing their experiences with us. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jeannie Greenberg by Friday, September 1st. Lunch will be served after the program.
Tuesday is the first day of school for CPS. ELC will be welcoming our neighbors at Edgebrook School back to school the Lutheran way - with free coffee!
From 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, we will have a table of free coffee and a few treats to welcome everyone back to school and to introduce ELC and everything we have to offer to families in the neighborhood.
We welcome anyone who is available to greet parents and teachers (including Edgebrook's new interim Principal Unger and other staff) for an hour and to join Pr. Joe, Pr. Christina and others as we reach out to welcome our neighbors.
Parents of Edgebrook students -- please stop by before or after drop off to say hello and welcome all your school friends to get some free coffee as well. Our table will be behind the school near the basketball court (northwest side of the school). Questions? Jennifer Kendzior at email@example.com.
Edgebrook Lutheran Church is hosting another Disney Music Festival on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 6:30pm, outside on the west lawn. The Festival will feature songs from favorite Disney movies, including ‘sing-a-long’ songs. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy during the concert.
Everyone is welcome, so please invite your friends and neighbors.
Admission is free. A free will offering will benefit future community musical events.
Come join us at worship on Sunday, August 12th as we share a special send-off blessing for our young adults who are heading off to college and other academic pursuits, as well as our seminarian, Jason Schultz.
Jason will be going to United Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska for his year-long internship, starting August 5th. He will learn ministry in the field and be supervised by Rev. Dr. Neal Anthony, the pastor of United. Internship is an important part of seminary education and the discernment process.
Celebrate with us at a special coffee hour on Sunday, August 12th and join us as we send them off on this new adventure.
In partnering with Edgebrook Covenant Church, VBS 2018 will be Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10 from 6-8pm. Register at: https://vbspro.events/p/events/edgebrook2018
This is a free event for preschoolers through 5th graders, and our up-and-coming 6th graders and older are encouraged to be volunteers that week. This year’s VBS will be at Edgebrook Covenant Church.
ELC will host the non-profit table at the Edgebrook Farmers’ Market onSaturday, July 28 (9am - 1 pm). We’re looking for volunteers to host for an hour at a time (especially the 11am-1pm shift). All materials are provided, including ELC brochures, event information and crafts and treats for kids. All ages are welcome! This is a great chance to be out and about and to introduce ELC to and reconnect with all of our neighbors, so sign up with or bring a friend!
No experience or skills required – other than a smiling face‼! Buying your veggies, flowers, breakfast and other treats while “working” is encouraged‼ Have you been looking to help out, but need something quick and easy? This is your chance! Can’t commit? Come by whenever you are able. The Farmers’ Market takes place in the Edgebrook School parking lot (Hiawatha, east of Central – street parking available). Please contact Jennifer Kendzior at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. THANK YOU!
As you heard this past weekend, our music director Codrut has accepted a position in Tinley Park beginning in July. We will be saying our official ‘goodbye’ to Codrut on Sunday June 24. We are planning special music, a delicious coffee hour, and, of course, a gift.
If you would like to make a contribution to Codrut’s gift, you can give your contribution to Mary Sikorski, Shelley Shepherd, Lisa Godde or Donna Oberhardt (The choir and praise band members are contributing $10 each).
See you on Sunday June 24 at 10am for a wonderful worship and music celebration (and send-off).
Thank you for all of your generous donations the past two weeks for the Youth Mission Trips FUNDrive! Our donations also helped support our community’s Vietnam Veterans of America. With your help, we raised over $300! Well done!
Next up is the Annual Car Wash – Sunday, June 10th from 9am – 12pm. Want to come out of worship to a clean car AND help raise money for the mission trips?
Join us for a cleansing of the cars! Funds raised will help 25 people do God's work in Houston this June and Minneapolis this July. So, come and be washed by the water!
Steve Cooper will be doing a program on "Fun Places We Loved" at our Senior- Senior, Luncheon on Tuesday, June 5th at 10:30am. He mixes music with videos and tells about each of these places some of us remember from our youth and young adult years. If you have never seen one of Steve’s programs, you’re in for a real treat! If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jeannie Greenberg by June 1st or call the church office (773-763-2121).
Saturday, June 2, we will be headed to the Greater Chicago Food Depository from 8:30am to 11:15am to repackage or label items on behalf of the New Hope Food Pantry.
Please join us and help feed those less fortunate in our neighborhood. Long pants, a shirt with at least short sleeves, shoes without open toes make up the uniform of the day. Please call Pat Godek in the church office at 773-763-2121 to sign up no later than May 24th. Spots fill up fast and you don't want to miss out on this feel-good activity.
Next Sunday, May 20, we will worship together at 10am, celebrating the Day of Pentecost and witnessing and supporting 3 confirmation students who will publicly affirm their faith. Keep these students and their families in your prayers in these coming days.
To celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, everyone is encouraged to wear the color red. We will read the scripture lessons in different languages. If you can read and speak a language other than English, please let Pastor Christina know ASAP. We would love to include you in worship that day to come together as a sign of God’s reconciling Spirit. A reception will follow the worship service.