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The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King
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November 22, 2020 

Dear Friends,
 
As we prepare for Thanksgiving in less than a week, most of us will be doing so in unprecedented ways.  This year's holiday season will not be marked by large family gatherings, or Christmas parties, or even by gathering as family and community for worship inside our churches.  During this season in which many in our community will already be experiencing the grief of loss in an especially poignant way, these additional losses due to COVID-19 will affect some of us harder than others.  Please keep each other and our community in your prayers.  These are difficult times, but we continue to experience God in our midst and continue to be the Church bearing the Good News message of God's love.

Even in the midst of COVID restrictions, your Vestry has continued its work of serving this Parish Community, and I wanted to let you know about a few things that have happened over the past month.

Please mark your calendar for our Annual Parish Meeting, which will be held on Sunday, January 31 at 12:15 pm.  Due to COVID restrictions, and the very real possibility that our buildings will still be closed, this year's meeting will be held entirely online.  In January you will receive a special Annual Meeting edition of the e-Vangelist with all the information you will need to participate in that meeting.

At the Annual Meeting, you will be tasked with electing delegates to our Diocesan Convention and electing new members to the Vestry.  At our meeting this past Wednesday, your Vestry approved a revision to our By-Laws that will affect the composition of the Vestry and how we select our Wardens.  Our practice has been that Wardens are elected separate from our Vestry and serve 2 year terms, as opposed to the 3 year terms other members of the Vestry serve.  This was once the norm, and in fact at the time our original by-laws were written almost a century ago was the way that the Canons of the Church required Wardens to be selected.  That has not been the case in many years and is no longer the practice in most of the Episcopal Church, including in most of our Diocese.  Beginning at our January Annual Meeting, we will now only elect three additional members to the Vestry each year to replace the three whose terms will be ending.  The Rector will now appoint a Senior Warden from among the members of the Vestry each year, and the Vestry will be responsible for confirming that appointment.  The Junior Warden will be elected each year by the Vestry from among elected members of the Vestry.  With this change the number of people serving on Vestry will be decrease from 11 to 9.  Given the size of our Parish, this will be a good move.  

The Vestry also received the first draft of our 2021 budget.  This is NOT the final budget that will be presented to the congregation at the Annual Meeting, but is our starting point.  The draft budget is based on the same level of pledging from 2020 and reflects a deficit of over $41,000.  Obviously this is not a sustainable budget.  As we are wrapping up our annual stewardship campaign this week, I am asking every member of our Parish to make a pledge this year.  Last year we received 63 pledging units (families), which represents about half of our congregation.  As of last Sunday, only 27 pledges have been received.  If you normally pledge, please continue your financial commitment to the work of this parish, and prayerfully discern whether you may be able to increase your pledge this year.  If you have not pledged in the past, please prayerfully consider pledging for the first time this year.  Our budget is not hopeless and if we rise to the challenge of meeting this proposed budget we will be in a strong position to increase our outreach to our communities and bear the Good News of God's love, which is ultimately what Jesus' teaching about the Kingdom of God is all about.  You can see a summary of our 2020 budget (year-to-date) and the proposed draft of the 2021 budget on our website by clicking here.  

Finally, we all recognize that worshipping virtually is more challenging.  We are continually working to ensure that the technology is working properly so that everyone may participate, which has turned out to be a bigger challenge than we expected.  Beginning this Sunday, our Zoom Coffee hour will resume immediately following the 11:00 am live-streamed Mass.  Members of your Vestry have agreed to co-host this Zoom gathering, which will hopefully resolve the problem with people being admitted into the Zoom room.  Please join us after church on Sunday for fellowship at Zoom Coffee Hour.

Please know that you are all in my prayers, especially as we enter this holy, if sometimes lonely, season.  May God bless you and your families as we begin our journey to Bethlehem and to the manger where we meet our Savior.
 
Grace & Peace,
Fr. Jeremy

Since we are unable to host our annual Cookie Walk this year die to COVID-19, we have been given the opportunity to host a Christmas Tree sale.  Please consider purchasing your Frasier Fir Christmas tree and wreath from St John's this year.  All trees will be available for pick up on Friday, November 27 (that's next Friday) at the Church.  Please click here for more information on how to order your tree and to pay online (please help us reduce contact by paying online).  

As of Friday morning we still have the following available:
34 6'-8' trees
24 9'-10' trees
11 24" wreaths

So please order soon!


We have 2 trees that have been donated for families in need.  If you know of a family that would like a tree, please contact Sarra in the Parish Office.
2021 Pledge Appeal
You should have already received the 2021 Pledge Appeal in your mail.  If not, please contact Sarra in the Church office, or visit the Stewardship page of our website.  You may either return your pledge card to the church, or go to the Stewardship page of our website and complete your pledge card online.  Either way, I encourage you to participate in this very important act of worship in the life of our community.  We will place all the pledges on the altar and bless them at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on November 22.  
The 183rd Convention 
of the Diocese of Chicago 


Please join members of the Diocese of Chicago for Convention Worship on Friday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Please click here to join the worship service.
Please click here to download the bulletin.
Did you miss church this weekend?  Watch last Sunday's, 11:00 a.m. Mass here.
Worship for the week of November 22, 2020

Sunday, November 22
Holy Eucharist at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 26
Thanksgiving Day Morning Prayer at 9:30 a.m.

All services will be live-streamed.  Follow us on Facebook to receive notifications when our services are being streamed, or visit the homepage of our website to watch the service there.
THIRTEENTH
BISHOP
OF CHICAGO

In normal times, the Transition Committee would have hosted a week of "Walk-Abouts" during which time the Candidates would have toured the Diocese and engaged in a series of Town-Hall forums to help us get to known them better.  Clearly, in the age of COVID-19 this is not going to be possible.  Instead there will be 6 Candidate Conversations hosted via Zoom beginning tonight.  These Conversations are open to all people of the Diocese, and I encourage you all to attend at least one, if not more of them, and to share your impressions of the candidates to your electing delegates.  Your electing delegates are:
Gale Michael
Sue O'Brien
Steven Russell
Pat-Smith Huntoon (Alternate)

In addition, you can also share your thoughts with any of the Clergy who all have a vote as well.   

Please click here to see the schedule, and to access the Zoom links for each Candidate Conversation.
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.  Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.  This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people.  Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.  

We already have one Dialogue Circle meeting, and there is room to add others.  If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Fr. Jeremy at frjeremy@mysje.org.  

Please click here to learn more about Sacred Ground from the Episcopal Church's website.
Angels on Assignment at Guardian Angel Community Services

In lieu of the ReVive Christmas Basket program this year we have decided to direct our generosity to the Angels on Assignment at Guardian Angel Community Services. This is a safe, non-contact way to help families in need have a great Christmas. Please read below to see how you can spread Christmas cheer throughout our local communities.

Angels on Assignment is Guardian Angel Community Services’ (GACS) holiday giving program. This heart-warming GACS holiday tradition is made possible through months of careful preparation between GACS staff members, families receiving services by any of the agency’s 7 programs, and our generous community donors.  GACS staff members, across all 7 programs, ask their clients to fill out a “Wish List.”  The items listed on those wish lists are coded and compiled (to protect the confidentiality of those families served by our programs) into a big master list, that can be accessed by donors via Amazon at the following links:
 

Amazon Angels on Assignment Wish List - https://a.co/7PgIQ78
Amazon Wish List General Agency Needs - https://a.co/aOmANKX
 
All items purchased will be shipped directly to GACS’ Main Office for distribution.  Please note that the Amazon Wish Lists are a new platform for us as of 2020, and Amazon does not provide the buyers information to us.  Therefore, if donors would like to receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes, they must include their name and mailing address or email address in the thank you note section during checkout. 
 
As always, GACS is so very grateful for the generosity of our community during the holiday season and year-round.  Please contact our Development Staff with questions:


Jane Ukleja at 815-729-0930 ext. 1235 or jukleja@gacsprograms.org
Valerie Pastwa at 815-729-0930 ext. 1233 or vpastwa@gacsprograms.org


 
If you haven't used Scrip before now is a great time to try it out. As many of you know, when you buy gift cards through Scrip the church receives a percentage of the sale as donation. On November 19 & 20 Scrip will be upping the donation percentage on more than 120 vendors. Gift the church and your family by ordering Scrip gift cards this holiday season. Please contact Pat Smith-Huntoon with any questions.
This Week's Lessons

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 95:1-7a
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46


Visit lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Collect for The Last Sunday after Pentecost 

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

As part of a winter community service project the youth of St. John's will be volunteering at Feed My Starving Children on Friday, December 11, 2020. They will meet at the Church at 5:00 pm and will be back around 9:00 pm. Please feel free to contact Pat Smith-Huntoon with any questions. 
 Did you know that the church has earned over $450 by using Scrip? $450+ just from doing our regular shopping. 

If you're considering giving gift cards as holiday presents please check out the list of over 600 retailers Scrip has to offer. 

If you haven't tried Scrip yet please check out
shopwithscrip.com  
to see how you can contribute to the church by simply doing your regular shopping. Questions may be directed to sjescrip@gmail.com

The next Scrip order will be submitted at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22.
Parish Cycle of Prayer
 
Christopher Pfeifer 
Jack Pfeifer
Stella Pfeifer


Father in Heaven, this week we lift up in prayer: The Pfeifer family  Please bless them with an abundance of peace and an overflowing cup of joy. Bring comfort to them in their time of need and help them to seek You in all that they do. Please Lord, act as their shield  from illness, both mental and physical.  All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Amen 
Need a little midweek spiritual socialization pick-me-up? Join us for Weekly Bible Study! Thursdays at 5:00 we will gather via Zoom to continue the study of the book of Matthew.
Click here to enter Zoom for Bible Study
Farewell Bishop Lee

As you are all aware, Bishop Lee will be retiring at the end of next month.  The Standing Committee will be hosting a virtual farewell celebration for Bishop Lee and Lisa on December 5 at 4:00 p.m.  You are invited to be a part of that gathering, please click here to register for the event.  At that farewell celebration the Diocese will present Bishop Lee and Lisa with a purse to show our love and appreciation for their years of ministry among us.  If you would like to contribute to that purse, please either mail in a check made payable to St. John the Evangelist and put "Bishop's Purse" in the memo line, or click here to make an online donation.  (Please remember to select "Bishop's Retirement Purse" in the 'Fund" dropdown menu.  All donations need to be received by St. John's no later than November 30.  
 
THANK YOU!!!!!

For those of you who have been keeping your pledges current and those who have given extra to support the work of St. John's, THANK YOU!
We understand that the last several weeks have been challenging for many people, so if you have found that you need to adjust your commitment to the budget of St. John's, please let Sarra in the Church Office know.  

We are confident that God will see us through the challenges that lie ahead and that we will come out of this being a stronger and more faithful community because of it.  

Please continue to share your generosity by mailing a check to:

St. John the Evangelist
P.O. Box 25
Flossmoor, IL 60422

Of by setting up automatic bill pay through your bank (this is a free service of most banks).  Or by clicking on the "Online Giving" button below.  If you give online, please consider clicking the box that allows you to add 3% to cover the processing fees from the credit card companies.  
In addition to online giving there is also a text option.
Text "SaintJohn" to 73256 to give using your mobile device. This number will never send unsolicited texts to you. To cancel further messages, text STOP. If you need assistance with text giving, text HELP. Standard text message and data rates may apply.
 Birthdays & Anniversaries

November 19: Jack Voigt
November 25: Janice Hickman


  Dearest Lord we are so thankful for this week's birthday celebrants: Jack and Janice. We ask that You please bless them with a year filled with joy and contentment. Please keep them safe, mentally and physically healthy, and on the path that leads to love and life eternal.
  In Jesus' name we pray.
Amen
Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, November 22
11:00 am - Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Livestream on our website.

Wednesday, November 25
7:00 p.m.  AA (Undercroft)

Thursday, November 26

9:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Morning Prayer
Livestream on our website.


Friday, November 27
10:00-1:00 p.m Christmas Tree pickup 

Please pray for those seeking God’s healing: Alexa; Alice & Anna; Amy; Annie B.; Bessie; Bonnie; Carolyn; Hank; Jacques; Jay; Jessica; John; Kelly; Kim; Larry; Laura; Laura; Linda; Lynn; Marcia; Marcy; Margret; Michael; Mike; Ralph; Rich; Sadie; Theresa; Tony; Vince; Marsha Acheson; Pr. Dave Adams; Lynn Ahearn; Kennith Allen; Joyce Aryee; Nancy Barys; Shannon Benaitis; Carmen Bernal; Iris Bestow; Ken Blackburn; Millie Boggs; Joe Boland; Deacon Mike Bond; Laura Brady;  Ela Bujak; Phil Calvin; Jim & Arlene Carr; Janelle Carrier; Rob Carrier; Carol Cerullo; Sabina Childs; Denise Coffman; Lorraine Corey; Alice Creason; Jennifer Cummins; Alex Deniston; Claudette Doyle; Katherine Doyle; the Englewood community; Ethan Eisenberg; Paul Eisenberg; Ruth Frank; Valorie Franklin; Anita Frigo; Janet Froyen; Grace Gaskill; Laura Gorski; Kathi H.; Marie Haar; Mary Harrison; Kojo Hayford; Marilyn Hurt; Buddy Johnson; Ken Johnson; Stewart Keene; Judy Kiedaisch; Brenda Knight; Cyndie Knoll; Anne Knuth; Bill Knuth; Paul Koch; the Koswenda family; Kelli Lange; Scott Lauterbach; Alex Lawler; Greg Lawrence; Elizabeth Lee; Charles Lind; Shawn Lobaugh; Mary Long; Richard M.; Jerry Mabry; Jacob MacDonald; Terri Martin, Ino Martinez; Rev. Annette Mayer; Ginny McCollum; Susan McKeever; Kelly McLaughlin; Katelyn Moore; Lita Morgan; Ann Moser; Sharon Moxley; Carol Mullings; Michael Mullins; Terry Needham; Alex Nettey;  Audrey Ongman; Elaine Ooms; Jake Peckel; Patty Portrey; Anthony Raimondi; Shirley Reilly; Damen Ressel; Bob Rhoads; Pat Rhoads; Julie Rinkenberger; Lois Rinkenberger; Bella Rodrigues; Stephanie Rogers; Laura Rossen; Roger Rossen; Don Rubins; Karen Scherrer; Mark Scott & Family; Stewart Scott; Karen Scheffers; Julie Seely; Blake Sheffer; Doris Sheffer; Diance Smith; Thomas Smith; The Rev. Tom Smith; Bob Stevens; Jamie Stovall; Ginny Summers; Leslie Tatum; Phyllia Tettey-Enyo; Shanti Thayil; Bishop Robert Thompson; Tawny Triebold; Lee Turner; Joan Unterberg; Roman VanSwol; Cora Watson; Erna Watson; Grant Weichbrodt; Bob Weinman; John Whennen; Jim Whitfield; Terri Whitfield; Austin Widner; James Woods; Vonda Young
 
Please pray for those seeking God’s guidance: Alicia; Angel; Bonnie; Brianna; David; Debbie; Don; Glenda; James; Linda; Marcy; Mary; Nora; Polly; Rich; Stephanie; Terri; Victor; Bishop David & Mrs. Bailey; Marilin Brown; Norval Brown & Family; Freeborn family; Arifa Brookins Hinton; Gregory Brookins Hinton; Mike Mabry; Nancy Mulcahy; The Diocese of The Navajoland; the Seelaus family; the Stevens family; Jessica Wetzel; The Wetzel Family; James Woods; Bill Sole; Staci Young.
 
Please pray for our members serving in the military and their families: Christina Bembenic; Kevin Cunningham; John O’Brien; David Trier; Darius Webb.

Please pray for all First Responders, especially, Austin Corydon; Amy Vitulli; Sarah Lawrence

Please pray for the faithful departed


In the Parish Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for Chris Pfeifer, Jack Pfeifer, and Stella Pfeifer

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, Pray for the Church of Bermuda (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury) The Rt Revd Nicholas Dill – Bishop of Bermuda

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Intercessions and thanksgivings are offered today for the clergy of our Diocese: our Bishops, Priests and Deacons, and their ministries in parishes, as well as our clergy in specialized ministries such as chaplaincies, teaching and hospice care And for our relationship with our companion Dioceses of Renk, Sudan and SE Mexico

Do you know anyone in need?

Please let the Church Office know if you are aware of anyone in our Parish who is ill, in the hospital, or in any other need.  Please do not assume that we are already aware, because we may not be.  Please call (708) 798-4150 and leave a message for Sarra, or email the Church Office at office@mysje.org.  Thank you for keeping an eye out for each other.   
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The Church of St. John the Evangelist
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Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
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The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
Rector
frjeremy@mysje.org
To schedule an appointment with Fr. Jeremy,
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