Caring for Each Other

ECRA Community Drive Supporting Care for Real

ECRA (Edgewater Community Religious Association) will host a collection drive for HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES & PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS on Saturday, October 3rd from 12-3 PM at the Ismaili Jamatkhana (6259 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660).

We also welcome the donation of NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS though the greater need at present is for HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES (toilet paper, paper towels, cleansers, disinfectants, face masks, gloves) and PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS (soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrushes) at this time. 

Drop-off of items will take place in the parking lot on the northeast corner of Broadway and Rosemont. (Entrance to parking lot on Broadway.) To maintain social distancing and limit personal contact, we request that, when possible, items for drop-off be placed in your vehicle’s trunk. Volunteers equipped with face masks and gloves will remove items directly from your trunk.
For those who walk to the drive, items may be dropped off on designated tables in the parking lot. In both circumstances, we ask that you follow social distancing protocols to limit personal contact. 

With Care for Real serving the Rogers Park and Edgewater communities, we hope that the Edgewater and Rogers Park communities will come together to support Care for Real in its effort to provide these items to those most in need in our communities.

Need some help with groceries?

The Irving Park food pantry at 4256 North Ridgeway has an incredible amount of food every week.
They have dairy, eggs, meat, lentils, and more.

Face Masks

We want to say a huge thank you to Sue Swinger-Ellbogen, Jackie Wood, and Bev Albert for making face masks for several of our community members who need them!  This week Ebenezer Tutoring Director Norm Dynneson was able to deliver 38 of these face masks to Ebenezer’s refugee families and in the next few days, Pastor Emily will be able to deliver over 25 masks to youth group members and their families.  

The CDC guidance states that cloth masks are recommended when going out on necessary trips like to the grocery store, pharmacy, or to work. Click here for more information on the CDC’s recommendations for wearing, and making homemade masks.

If you need a mask, contact Pastor Emily with the number of masks and the sizes needed (adult or child).

The flu vaccine is here and ready to protect you!

Medical experts say that it is especially important to get the flu shot this year because if someone gets the flu virus and the coronavirus this could result in an extremely severe respiratory illness.

We want to make getting a flu shot as easy and safe as possible. Thanks to Mariano’s Pharmacy we will again have a flu shot clinic at the church! Covid-19 prevention practices will be followed.

Sunday, September 2712:00 – 4:00 p.m. Ebenezer Lutheran Church (in the dining room) 1650 W. Foster Ave.

Vaccines will be available to people 6 years old and up. The high dose vaccine for seniors will be offered. Most health insurance covers the flu vaccine.
If you are not insured or have questions contact the parish nurse, Marcia Smith.

Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins will be accepted.
To make an appointment contact the parish nurse or go to this link:

Refugee and Tutoring Support Needed

Many of our refugee and tutoring families have extra needs during the covid-19 pandemic. If you are in a position to assist, please consider helping in one of the following ways: 

  • Financial support for groceries or other needed items during this time. Visit and click “Give Online.” 100% of funds entered in the “Other” line and labeled “Refugee Support” will assist our refugee families.
  • Helping adults fill out Medicaid, unemployment and job applications over the phone.
  • Tutor youth and children virtually.

We celebrate that a generous donation has now been made to support a struggling family with rent for the next several months! 

If you are able to offer support in any of these ways, contact Norm Dynesson.

Intergenerational Pals

This year, we would like to start an Ebenezer Pal program, where an Ebenezer member or household is partnered with another member or household of a different generation.  These pals will connect with one another at least 1-2 times a month over Facetime, Zoom, phone, or through cards/letters to get to know one another and encourage each other.  
During their time together, they might: check in with each other, share a craft, piece of artwork, poem, musical piece, something they’ve learned, an encounter they’ve had with God, or reflect on a worship service together, etc. 
If you, your kids, or your household would like to become an Ebenezer Pal, please contact Pastor Emily. (People of ages are invited to participate!)

Moments from Spring 2020