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The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

April 14, 2019

Dear friends,
This Sunday we celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into the holy city, Jerusalem.  We join with disciples throughout the ages as we wave our palms and shout our Hosannas!  Palm Sunday is the beginning of the most dramatic week in history; the week that Jesus ushered the kingdom of God into a world that was not much unlike our own.  In a world of political intrigue and religious collaboration, Jesus came into Jerusalem on that Palm Sunday protesting the Roman government that was occupying Israel and the corruption of the religious leaders in the Temple.  Jesus called us to a radical message of love that ran countercultural to his society, just as it does for us today.  Jesus' message of love tells us that we are all made in the image and likeness of God, and so we must seek to discover God's presence in others - particularly those who are living on the margins of society.  In a world that is largely defined by who is in and who is out, by who belongs and who does not belong, it is, perhaps, in our human nature to create and perpetuate these boundaries.  But when Jesus came into Jerusalem on that Palm Sunday, he brought all his teachings of love and service to others to a climax.  He staged a procession that stood in opposition to the one the Roman army led on that same day.  The next day he entered the Temple and overturned the tables of the money changers, not because it was sinful to be changing money in the Temple, but in protest of Temple leadership that was more concerned with wealth and power than with the spiritual cares and concerns of the Jewish people they were there to serve.  

This Holy Week, I invite you to join us on a journey with Jesus, as we make our way from the triumphal entry of Palm Sunday, through the progressive darkening of the days until until we reach Golgotha and the pain and dread of the cross.  As we journey the way of Jesus, we begin to see our lives and the world in a different light, as we seek to recognize the image of God in our neighbors.  By taking time out of our busy schedules to walk this way of Jesus, the joy of the resurrection that we experience on Easter morning is made all the more glorious.
Fr. Jeremy


April 14 - Palm Sunday @ 8:00 & 10:00 am 
April 15 (Monday) - Holy Eucharist @ 7:00 pm
April 16 (Tuesday) - Holy Eucharist @ 7:00 pm
April 17 (Wednesday) - Tenebrae @ 7:00 pm
April 18 - Maundy Thursday Foot Washing / Agape Supper / Stripping of the alter @ 6:30 pm
April 19 - Good Friday Liturgy @ 12:00 noon
April 19 - Good Friday Vespers @ 7:00 pm
April 20 (Saturday) - The Great Vigil of Easter @ 8:00 pm (Incense will be used)
Easter Sunday, April 21 - Holy Eucharist @ 8:00 am
Festival Holy Eucharist @ 10:00 am
Clerk of the Vestry

At last week's Vestry meeting, Susan Marquis offered her resignation after more than 10 years of service as our Clerk of the Vestry.  I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you and to invite you, when you see Susan, to also thank her for her many years of faithful service to St. John's.
The Vestry has unanimously appointed Tracie Moxley to replace Susan as the Clerk.  Tracie's term will begin at the May 15th Vestry meeting.  Please join me in thanking Tracie for offering her gifts to St. John's in this capacity. 
Please join us beginning Sunday, May 19, during the 9:00 Christian Formation hour as we explore the Spiritual Practice of Stewardship.  This class will run for 6 weeks in the Resource Room.  
Confirmations at St. James Cathedral - June 8

Are you an adult who would like to be Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church?  Please e-mail Fr. Jeremy at or call him at the Church Office.  
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Kristy Petersen
LEM: Donna Blackburn
Usher: Carolyn Oyster
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Ginny Eysenbach, Passion readers see separate sheet
LEMs: TBD, Steven Russell
Acolytes: Kyle Dailor, Rowan Moxley, Ruby Moxley, Maggie Oyster
Ushers: Cyndie Knoll, Rob McManamy
Greeters: Zayda Stewart, Sarah Walter
Oblation Bearer: Stewart Scott
Coffee Hour: Donna Blackburn, Ann Glascoff, Gale Michael
Altar Guild: Captain: Susan Marquis, Debbi Huggett, Don Rubins, Betsy Elliot

Holy Week 2019
April 15, 7:00 p.m.
Lector: Bob Burgwald
LEM: Donna Blackburn
April 16, 7:00 p.m.
Lector: Ginny Eysenbach
LEM: MJ Bond
April 17, Tenebrae 7:00 p.m.
Lectors: R.J. Van Swol, Bob Burgwald,
Debbi Huggett
April 18, Maundy Thursday 6:00 p.m.
Lector: John Huntoon
LEM: Debbi Huggett
April 19, Good Friday 12:00 p.m.
Lector: Mike Juskelis
April 19, Choir Vespers 7:00 p.m.
Lector: Choir
April 20, Great Vigil 8:00 p.m.
Lectors: Cyndie Knoll, Bill Moser, Don Rubins
LEM: Gale Michael, Kristy Petersen
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Week

Tuesday, April 16: Barbara & Brian Stockton
Wednesday, April 17: Cyndie Knoll, Jacki & Tony Natale
Thursday, April 18: Nichole Dailor
Friday, April 19: Sue Buckman
Saturday, April 20: Candice & Diego Barrera, Cyndie & Greg Knoll
Invite your friends to join us on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection by hunting for Easter Eggs - an ancient symbol of resurrection.  Immediately following the 10:00am Mass.
Please join us after church on Palm Sunday to help stuff the eggs.  Contact Dana Zigmund if you have any questions.
Offie Volunteers

We are in need of Office Volunteers to help staff the Church Office from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, April 26 through May 10.  Volunteers will need to be able to answer the phones, greet visitors, and collect the mail.  If you are interested in helping fill this need, please call or email the Church office to sign up.

(708) 798-4150
A New Kind of Ancient Worship Experience

Beginning Sunday, May 19, St. John's Table will take place every Sunday at 5:00 pm.  Come join us and invite your friends.

The ancient church worshiped around the table, around a meal that we have ritualized into the modern Mass.  Join us as we reclaim an ancient form of worship, as we gather around the table and together seek the Spirit's movement in our own time and in our own community.  
Collect of the Day

ALMIGHTY AND EVERLIVING GOD, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
This Week's Lessons

Go to to read this week's lessons.

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 22:14-23:56
St. John's by the Numbers

Last Sunday’s Attendance: 100
Last Sunday’s Offering: $5,524.26
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is $58,567.92, which is $1,561.20 (3%) BELOW our budgeted need.
Coming Up This Week

Sunday, April 14
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  (Spoken Service)
9:00 am  Church School  (Education Wing)
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  (Sung service with choir)

Monday, April 15
7:00 pm  Holy Eucharist

Tuesday, April 16
7:00 pm  Holy Eucharist
7:00 pm  Building & Grounds Committee (Conference Room)

Wednesday, April 17
9:00 am  Holy Eucharist w/ Healing Rite
10:00 am  Bible Study (Guild Room)
7:00 pm  Tenebrae
8:00 pm  A.A.  (Undercroft)

Thursday, April 18
6:00 pm  Holy Eucharist ~ Agape Supper ~ Stripping of the Altar

Friday, April 19
12:00 pm  Good Friday Liturgy
7:00 pm  Vespers with Choir

Saturday, April 20
8:00 pm  The Great Vigil of Easter
Other Announcements

Spring Flower Sale!
Last year we held a spring flower sale the day before Mother’s Day, with flowers purchased from Sunrise in Grant Park. I need people who are able to help with flower orders.  We will also need help from those who own trucks, vans or SUV’s to go to Sunrise and pick up the flowers on 5-10-19, and some folks to help with the day people pick up their flowers on 5-11.  Anyone interested in helping with the sale in any way, please contact Shirley Reilly at 708-305-2540

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.

Grand Prairies Children's Choir Concert
If you don't know, one our outreach ministries is to offer space for the Grand Prairie Children's Choir to rehearse.  This community choir fills the halls of the education wing with wonderful energy and glorious music every Tuesday afternoon.  
Please mark your calendars for Sunday, April 28 at 6:00pm, when these children will be performing here at St. John's!!!  The event is free of charge, and a goodwill offering will be collected to help support their ongoing music program.  A reception will follow in the undercroft. 

"Care for Our Common Home," SWIFT Service Project, Saturday, April 13
Come and spend a Saturday morning protecting the environment with volunteers from the South West Inter Faith Team (SWIFT) in a service project to remove harmful invasive species at the Little Red School House Nature Preserve in Willow Springs. Gloves, tools, googles, and light refreshments will be provided and there will be a ranger on-site during the project to help people identify invasives and provide supervision. It will be on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. This is a great opportunity for any student still in need of service hours for school but it is also open to anyone who is interested. Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent. If are interested or have any questions please talk to or email Bryan Burke ( 

St.John's Hosts 1st Interfaith SWIFT Forum
Event on 'Environmental Stewardship' also served as opportunity for healing
Coming just 48 hours after the horrendous terrorist attacks on two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, St. John's first turn as member host for a SouthWest InterFaith Team (SWIFT) event on March 17 was marked by high drama and deep emotion as some 85 speakers and attendees filled the undercroft with heart-felt expressions of compassion and fellowship for our Muslim neighbors. 
Fr. Jeremy welcomed the audience and our own Bryan Burke offered the opening prayer to begin the event. Before the official forum on'Environmental Stewardship in Our Faiths' started, SWIFT co-chair Mohammed Nofal welcomed guest speakers from Respond Now and the Cook County Forest Preserve to speak briefly about the good deeds and persistent needs of their organizations. The 'green' program then featured presentations from Pastor Scott Onque, Rabbi Michael Zedek, and Dr. Lynne Muhammad, representing the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim views, respectively, on caring for God's creation.
Deserving credit behind the scenes for helping things run smoothly, St. John's own Rob McManamy, Deacon Mike Bond, and volunteer sound engineer Jack Zielinski all contributed to what turned out to be a remarkably successful event. Melody Mart in Homewood provided the temporary sound system, which worked well, and Flossmoor Police Department officers stopped by multiple times to reassure the crowd with their presence.
Afterward, all SWIFT board members uniformly thanked St. John's for a great forum.

Blue Jean Yard Clean Up - Sunday, May 5th
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The Church of St. John the Evangelist
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
(708) 798-4150

The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
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