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The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
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January 17, 2021
Dear friends,

I invite you to keep our nation in your prayers over this next week.  As we have witnessed an invasion in our nation's capitol last week, something that the full force of the Confederate Army was never able to accomplish, we have been promised more violence leading up to next Wednesday's inauguration of President-Elect Biden.  These are dark times for our country, made even darker still by the realization that those invaders and those who are threatening to do even more violence this weekend are overwhelmingly represented by white nationalists and white supremists and accompanied by symbols of hate and death.  We are called to pray without ceasing, but this week we especially need to offer our prayers for peace and justice and unity.

I invite you to join me on Wednesday morning at 8:30 am for a service of Morning Prayer, as we pray for our nation on Inauguration Day.  Click here to join the Zoom gathering.

I also invite you to watch our Bishop-Elect, The Rev. Canon Paula Clark as she preached from the Washington National Cathedral this past Sunday.  You can watch the full service by clicking here.  Her sermon begins at the 33:45 mark.

As we struggle to make sense of our world, even as we continue to struggle with the effects of COVID-19, please know that you are loved and that you are in my prayers.

Grace & peace,
Fr. Jeremy

Mark your calendars for 
JANUARY 31, 2021 @ 12:15 P.M.

 
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Annual Parish Meeting will be held via Zoom immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Mass on January 31, 2020.
Please click here to join the Zoom gathering.
2021 Pledge Appeal

As of today, we are only $9,867 away from having a fully funded and BALANCED budget for 2021.  

As of today, 47 out of the 91 ACTIVE families at St. John the Evangelist have pledged their financial support for our work and mission in 2021.  That means there are still 44 families who have not yet joined us on this journey toward Faith Filled Generosity.

If you have not yet pledged, please prayerfully consider doing so today.  To pledge, either return the physical pledge card you received in the mail to the church, or go to the Stewardship page of our website and complete your pledge card online.  If you would like to see a summary of St. John's Budget (current as of October 31) and to see the initial draft of our 2021 Budget please click here.


Please keep the Finance & Stewardship Committee and your Vestry in your prayers as they work to approve a balanced budget for this year.
2021 Pledge Envelopes are in and available to be picked up at the Parish Office on Mondays or Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please call or email the Parish Office if you need to stop by outside of these hours and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. 
Upcoming Worship

Sunday, January 17
Holy Eucharist at 11:00 a.m.  (Livestream)

All Masses 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.


Wednesday, January 20
Inauguration Day Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m.
Please click here to join the Zoom gathering.
Did you miss church this weekend?  Watch last Sunday's, 11:00 a.m. Mass here.

Ladies of the Parish: You're Invited!
 
What:  A Winter Afternoon Tea
When:  4:00 PM, Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Who:  All Women of St. John the Evangelist Parish
Where:  Virtually via Zoom
Hosted by:  Daughters of the King at St. John’s
 
Please RSVP to the Church Office by clicking here to receive your Zoom link and Afternoon Tea Kit.
We look forward to this opportunity to gather, to chat and to share stories of grace experienced during this pandemic.
This Week's Lessons

1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20) 
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51


Visit lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Collect for The Second Sunday after the Epiphany 

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former long time parishioner Ino Martinez. Please keep his wife, Lucy in your prayers and pray for the repose of Ino's soul. 
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.

What if you had a way to give free money to the work and ministry of St. John's?  Well there is!

By signing up with Scrip you can do your shopping (at most of the stores you are already shopping at) with prepaid cards and Scrip offers a percentage of what you spend back to St. John's.  There is NO cost to you.  

This is also a great way to purchase all those gift cards you will want to give as Christmas gifts this year.

Please go to the scrip page of our website for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact Pat Smith-Huntoon at sjescrip@gmail.com.  

The next Scrip order will be submitted at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 17
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
We would like to extend our condolences to Betsy Elliot at the passing of her brother, Roger Rossen. Please keep Betsy and her family in your prayers during this difficult time.  
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.  
Parish Cycle of Prayer

Laura Brady
Bill Braker
Carol Brenner


Father in Heaven, this week we lift up in prayer: Laura, Bill, and Carol.  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 
 Birthdays & Anniversaries
 

January 15: Glynis Keene
January 18: Mitchell Lawrence
January 18: Randy Oyster
January 20: Polly Mallinga 
January 21: Pat Smith-Huntoon

 Heavenly Father we are so thankful for our birthday celebrants, Glynis, Mitchell, Randy, Polly, and Pat. Lord, we ask that You please bless them with another year filled with joy, contentment, good health and spiritual wealth. Please keep them safe and on the path that leads to love and life eternal.
  In Jesus' name we pray.
Amen
Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, January 17
11:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Livestream on our website.

12:00 p.m. Zoom Coffee Hour
Click Here to Join

Wednesday, January 20
8:30 a.m.  Inauguration Day Morning Prayer
Click here to join.

7:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting (Zoom)

7:00 p.m.  AA (Undercroft)

Thursday, January 21
5:00 p.m Virtual Bible Study
Click here to join.

6:45 p.m. Recovery & Healing To participate please email Brave Fung.

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;  Ela Bujak; Phil Calvin; Jim & Arlene Carr; Janelle Carrier; Rob Carrier; Carol Cerullo; Sabina Childs; Denise Coffman; 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; Shawn Lobaugh; Mary Long; Richard M.; Jerry Mabry; Jacob MacDonald; Terri Martin; Rev. Annette Mayer; Ginny McCollum; Claire McDonnell; 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; Don Rubins; Karen Scherrer; Mark Scott & Family; Stewart Scott; Karen Scheffers; Julie Seely; Blake Sheffer; Doris Sheffer; Barry Sims; Diance Smith; Thomas Smith; The Rev. Tom Smith; Bob Stevens; Jim Stewart; Jamie Stovall; Ginny Summers; Leslie Tatum; Phyllia Tettey-Enyo; Shanti Thayil; Bishop Robert Thompson; Tawny Triebold; Emilia Turner; Lee Turner; Joan Unterberg; Roman VanSwol; Jack Voigt; Cora Watson; Erna Watson; 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;  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: Ino Martinez


In the Parish Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for Laura Brady, Bill Braker, and Carol Brenner

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, Pray for The Anglican Church of Australia 

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Congregations in the Aurora Deanery: St. Mark in Geneva; St. Barnabas in Glen Ellyn; St. Mark in Glen Ellyn; Companion Dioceses of SE Mexico and Renk: St. Michael and All Angels in Cancun; St. James in Lathbior

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
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
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The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
Rector
frjeremy@mysje.org
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