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The Third Sunday of Advent 
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December 15, 2019 
Dear Friends,
 
As we are nearing the end of our first full year together, I have been reflecting on the ministry that we have shared.  We have embarked on new adventures, such as St. John’s Table and our Recovery & Healing Ministry, which have both drawn new people into our community and are transforming lives.  We have taken steps to ensure the integrity of our buildings as we have repaired the back wall of the sanctuary and restored the mosaic tile work, and we have remediated the asbestos tile in the undercroft and replaced the floor.  We have reinstituted the Building & Grounds Committee, which has conducted an extensive survey of our property and is busy prioritizing the deferred maintenance needs of the buildings that have been entrusted to us as stewards.  Our attendance is up this year and our giving is higher than we had projected, both signs of a healthy community.  But we have also faced some challenges this year with the departure of our Music Director and the ongoing search for Michael’s replacement, and we have had unexpected costs that have challenged our budget.

Looking forward to the new year, we will be sharing the results of our Cottage Meetings and begin to focus our energy on the opportunities for mission and ministry that have come out of those meetings, and I have made a commitment to our youth that a renewed youth ministry will be a priority of this parish. Another goal for this coming year is to balance our budget.  As you are hopefully aware, we passed a deficit budget last year.  This is not a sustainable model for ministry.  Our budget will be a significant challenge this year.  Based on the pledges we have received for next year, we are facing a substantial reduction of income that will significantly strain our reserve funds to maintain our ministry at the current level.  Please keep our Finance Committee in your prayers as they work to present a responsible budget to the Vestry.  I know that there are still a number of individuals and families who have not pledged. I understand that this is a busy time of year and that these things can often slip past us, but if you have not yet pledged, please do so.  And as you consider your pledge, I ask you to prayerfully consider all the blessings that God has given you this year, and if you are able to please increase your pledge. And for those of you who have already pledged, and to those who have increased your pledge, thank you.  It is only through your generosity that St. John’s will continue to be a place of blessing where lives will continue to be transformed by God’s amazing love.    
 
Faithfully,
Fr. Jeremy
 St. John's Annual Holiday Cookie Walk
Saturday, December 14th from
9:00-11:30 a.m.


It's not too late to whip up a batch of your best homemade treats! Delectable delights can be dropped off in the Undercroft on Friday, December 13th by 7:00 p.m. Please be sure to use non-returnable containers for your goodies.

Additionally, helpers of all ages are needed for set-up on Friday, December 13th and during the event on Saturday, December 14. 

There will be two shifts for Set-up on Friday:
10am-1pm & 1pm-4pm. 


During the event on Saturday, December 14:
8:30-10:00, 10-11:30, 11:30-1pm


Your help and contributions are what keeps the cookie sheets greased and we thank you from the bottom of our cookie jars.
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday:90
Last Week's Offering: $7,489.00
We need an average of $3,865.66 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$185,566.24 which is $3,846.20 (2%) BELOW our budgeted need.
St. John's Needs You!
The end of the year is quickly approaching and that means it's time to submit nominations for Warden, Vestry, and Convention Delegates.  If you are interested in standing for election for any of these offices, or know someone who is, go to https://www.mysje.org/nomination-form.html to download the Nomination Form.  Please note, that those who are elected to serve as Convention Delegates will represent St. John's at both the June 20, 2020 Special Electing Convention (where we will elect the new Bishop) and the November 20-21, 2020 Annual Diocesan Convention.   
The children were nestled all snug in their beds… 

 Dear friends, we're looking for someone to make a BIG sacrifice and spend from 10:45 pm – 3 am on Christmas Eve watching over the PADS Women & Children’s shelter at Church of the Holy Family in Park Forest.  If you can help out – please contact Laura Brady lcmbrady@comcast.net.
Lay Ministers- Christmas Edition
 
Blue Christmas
December 21, 7:00 p.m. 

Lector- Betsy Elliot
LEM- Steven Russell

December 24, 5:00 p.m.
Lector- Don Rubins
LEM 1- Gale Michael

December 24, 10:30 p.m.
Lector- Bob Burgwald 
LEM 1- Debbi Huggett
LEM 2- Donna Blackburn

December 25, 9:00 a.m.
Lector- Bill Moser
LEM- M.J. Bond

If you're planning to buy gift cards for Christmas please consider checking out the wide variety of gift cards available through Scrip. 

What is scrip?  It is the purchase of gift cards that give a rebate percentage to the charity. Rebates range from 1%- 12% rebates.  The range of gift cards include grocery stores, department stores, gas, restaurants, airlines, etc.

There are 3 ways to order scrip:

1.) Create a Shopwithscrip account and set up Bank draft (Presto Pay)
2.) Create a Shopwithscrip account, order and give check to the Scrip Coordinator(s).
3.) Complete a form with pre-selected cards,    turn in form and check to the Scrip Coordinator(s).

If you are interested in viewing the website it is: shopwithscrip.com

Pat Smith-Huntoon and Shirley Reilly will have more detailed information and will be available to answer any questions in person or you can send any questions to sjescrip@gmail.com.

 This week's Birthdays 

December 16: Claudette Doyle
December 16: Susan Lawrence
December 19: Cynthia & Eric                                            Turnquest
 
Heavenly Father, from whom all blessings flow, we come to you in thanksgiving for those who are celebrating this week. May they continue to shine in your heavenly light. Please bless and keep them close, all the days of this year. 
2019-2020 Adult Christian Formation
Would you like to know more about what we, as Episcopalians, believe, and how we are formed to be followers of Jesus?  Please join us on Sunday mornings beginning September 15 at 9:00am in the Resource Room as we spend a year walking through the Book of Common Prayer together and learning what shapes us.  This is a perfect class for anyone who would is considering being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church.  This year's Confirmation and Reception will be the last one with Bishop Lee!
Registration is not required, but you should purchase the book to fully participate in the class.  You can purchase Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices on Amazon.com. 
What's going on with the Capital Campaign?
 
The Cottage Meetings have concluded, the Long Range Planning Committee has been working hard, and here's what to expect over the next few months:
 
November/December - Writing of Executive Summary + Detailed List of Comments

January 26 - Presentation of Executive Summary at Annual Meeting

February 2 & 9 - Open Forums for further feedback. Forums will take place after each Mass. 

February 16 - Capital Campaign Survey Distribution

March 8 - Survey Deadline


April/May - Survey results distributed
 
Please note these important dates and stay engaged!
Exciting developments are on the horizon.
  Click the link above to go to the Online Giving page of our website and join us as we continue worshipping God through our generosity.  
Collect for December 15

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

This Week's Lessons

Isaiah 35:1-10

Psalm 146:4-9
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11


Go to lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Our Longest Night
 A Blue Christmas Service of Hope
Saturday, December 21
7:00 p.m.

 We understand that the holidays are not always seasons of joy for everyone.  Blue Christmas is an opportunity to gather for prayer and reflection in a setting where it is safe to acknowledge the "blue" feelings we have at Christmas, the reasons for them, and then offer them to God for healing and transformation.
Please share this with those you know who would welcome such a time of reflection and know that all are welcome.
Practicing Our Faith Book Club is scheduled to meet Thursday, December 19th at 7:00 p.m. The book to be discussed this month is The Power of Love: Sermons, Reflections, and Wisdom to Uplift and Inspire by Bishop Michael Curry. You can purchase the book on Amazon by clicking here.
Youth of St. John's!
This one's for you! 
Join us for a night of good natured frivolity, snacks, games, and Christmastime fellowship.
Friday, December 20th starting at 6pm. 
If you haven't made your pledge toward the 2020 Stewardship Campaign, it's never too late!  We invite you to join us as we work to secure the financial health and future of St. John's.  Every penny counts!  If you have not received your 2020 Stewardship Book and Pledge Cards there are extra copies in the back of the Church or in the Parish Office. 
Parish Cycle of Prayer
  • Ginny McCollum 
  • Lee Turner
  • Joan Unterberg 
Father God, we come to you in thanksgiving for our friends Ginny, Lee, and Joan. We ask that you bless their lives and keep them safe and healthy this winter. Please help them find joy and contentment in their lives and hold them close to your heavenly heart when life is hard. And help us to be a good friend to them, too. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. 
Have you ever wondered, "What if church was like a dinner party?"  

On Sunday evenings it is!  You're invited to join us as we worship much like the early Church did, gathering as a community around the table, sharing a meal that we all help to prepare. Come see how God's Holy Spirit is moving in our own time and community.

On the menu this week:
Build your own Pizza!
Crust, sauce, and cheese will be provided. BYOT (toppings) if you want something special.
Salad and dessert will also be served.
 

St. John's Table is held every Sunday at 5:00 pm.  Come join us and invite your friends.
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Donna Blackburn
LEM: Kristy Petersen
Usher: Warren Becker

 
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Mike Juskelis, Paul Eisenberg
LEMs: Sam Otoo, Steven Russell
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Maggie Oyster, Catherine Madden, Gale Michael
Ushers: Ted Stone, M.J. Bond
Greeters: Martin Mears, Greg Lawrence
Oblation Bearer: 
Stewart Scott
Coffee Hour: Cyndie Knoll, Lynn Ruschhaupt

Altar Guild: Captain: Susan Marquis, Debbi Huggett, Don Rubins, Betsy Elliot                     
The newly formed Recovery & Healing Ministry meets on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m in the Guild Room.  All are welcome to join us, as we explore the addictive and co-dependent nature of Western society and seek to find recovery and healing that only comes through Spiritual transformation.  Currently we are studying Addiction and Grace by Gerald G. May, M.D.  You can purchase the book through your local bookseller or by clicking on the image above to purchase it through Amazon. 
Coming Up This Week & Beyond:

Friday, December 13
10:00 a.m-4:00 p.m. Set up for Cookie Walk (Undercroft)

Saturday, December 14
9-11:30 a.m. St. John's Annual Holiday Cookie Walk (Undercroft)

Sunday, December 15
8:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Rite I 
9:00 a.m. Adult Christian Formation: Walk in Love (Resource Room)
9:00 a.m. Church School (Education Wing)
10:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  
5:00 p.m. St. John's Table 


Wednesday, December 18 
9:00 a.m Holy Eucharist w/Healing
10:00 a.m. Bible Study (Resource Room)
6:45 p.m.  Evening Prayer (Church)
7:00 p.m.  Vestry (Resource Room)
7:00 p.m.  Healing & Recovery Ministry (Guild Room)
8:00 p.m. A.A. (Undercroft)

Thursday, December 19

7:00 p.m. Practicing Our Faith Book Club

Friday, December 20
6:00 p.m. Youth Christmas Party


Saturday, December 21
7:00 p.m.  Blue Christmas Service

Sunday, December 22
8:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Rite I 
10:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  
5:00 p.m. St. John's Table 


Tuesday, December 24
5:00 p.m.  Christmas Eve Family Service 
10:30 p.m.  Christmas Eve Mid-Night Mass


Wednesday, December 25
9:00 a.m.  Christmas Day Mass

Saturday, December 28
5:00 p.m.  Recover Mass (Church)

Sunday, December 29
9:00 a.m.  Service of Christmas Lessons & Carols
Please Note: There is only ONE service this Sunday
Other Announcements

Pastoral Care & Hospital Visits
One of the most important aspects of ministry is visiting with those who are ill.  If you or a family member or friend are hospitalized, please be sure to contact the Parish Office at (708) 798-4150 as soon as possible to let us know.  It used to be that hospitals would notify clergy of parishioners who have been admitted.  With HIPPA laws as they now are, hospitals are NOT allowed to contact us anymore.  If you are in the hospital, or are in need of pastoral care, Fr. Jeremy wants to visit you, but he cannot do so if no one tells him that you are in the hospital. Please make this a part of your family's emergency plan, to have someone contact the church.  Thank you for your assistance. 
The Fine Print
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The Church of St. John the Evangelist
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
(708) 798-4150
office@mysje.org
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The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
Rector
frjeremy@mysje.org
To schedule an appointment with Fr. Jeremy,
please go to https://frjeremy.youcanbook.me

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