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The Seventh Sunday After the Epiphany

 February 24, 2019

Dear Friends,

I hope you noticed that our weekly E-vangelist looks different today!  We are slowly starting to catch up with the times, and switching from a PDF weekly newsletter to a true E-newsletter is one of the first steps.  This will give us a lot more flexibility and will enable us to get more information out to you than the previous version of the E-vangelist did.  But if you are one of those who do not use email, don't worry, we will continue providing a print version of the E-vangelist in the back of the church each week.  

As I have been reading through your comments from the listening sessions that the Search Committee held during the transition, many of you brought up concerns with communication.  There has been a perception over the years that the leadership of the church has been unwilling to share information with the congregation.  I don't think that is the case, but, I do see that we have not been utilizing the best methods of disseminating information to you.  This new E-vangelist is one way that we are trying to be more transparent with you.  As we begin using this platform more effectively we will be able to share more information with you.  To that end, we will be putting together a communications team, comprised of members of the congregation who are particularly gifted in communications.  This new Communications Team will be working to make better use of social media and our website, and hopes begin publication of a new quarterly newsletter this year.  In the meantime, if you are not following us on Facebook, please take a few seconds and do so now.  

I look forward to working with you all to better communicate the work we are doing together to share the message of God's love for all people.

Grace & Peace,
Fr. Jeremy
Please mark your calendars for Sunday, March 3rd, as we welcome the Rev. Matt Berryman, the new Executive Director of Episcopal Charities & Community Services.  Matt will be our guest preacher that day and will present a forum after both services in the Resource Room.  Come and discover the great work that Episcopal Charities is doing in our community and learn how our parish and the Diocese of Chicago are a part of that work.  
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
LEM: Gale Michael
Lector: Bob Burgwald
Usher: Ken & Beth Blackburn

10:00am Holy Eucharist
LEMs: Susan O'Brien, Steven Russell
Lectors: Candice Barrera, Mike Juskelis
Acolytes: Kyle Dailor, Zoe Huntoon, Oliver Zigmund, Owen Zigmund
Ushers: Jack Voigt, Bryan Burke
Greeters: Zayda Stewart, Jack Voigt
Oblation Bearer: Rob & Dee McManamy
Coffee Hour: Cyndie Knoll, Shirley Reilly, Lynn Ruschhaupt
Altar Guild: Lynn Ruschhaupt, Bev Keene, Marilyn Kromer, Nancy Mulcahy
This Week's Lessons

Go to to read this week's lessons.

Genesis 45:3-11, 15
Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42
1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50
Luke 6:27-38
A New Kind of Ancient Worship Experience

St. John's Table continues this Sunday, February 24th at 5:00 pm, and every month on the 2nd and 4th Sunday.  

The ancient church worshipped 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.  
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Week

Monday, February 25: David Ruschhaupt
Wednesday, February 27: Elliot McManamy
Friday, March 1: Lita Morgan

Service Times:

6:30 am - 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm
Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

Collect of the Day

O LORD, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing; Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Coming Up This Week

Saturday, February 23
11:00 am  Wally Hein's Funeral  (Church)

Sunday, February 24
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)
11:30 am  Lector Training  (Church)
5:00 pm  St. John's Table  (Undercroft)

Monday, February 25
7:00 pm  Yarn Ministry  (Guild Room)

Wednesday, February 27
6:00 pm  Hate Crimes Forum (Irwin Community Center)
8:00 pm  A.A.  (Undercroft)

Thursday, February 28
7:00 pm  Practicing Our Faith Book Club  (Guild Room)
Other Announcements

Fleece Blanket Donation
The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center provides fleece blankets to all children with whom they conduct sensitive interviews.  At this time they are running out of blankets.  We will be putting together blankets on Monday, February 25th at 6:30pm in the undercroft.  If you are planning to help assemble the blankets please bring a sharp scissors and a ruler. We will be working with the fleece that was donated and if anyone had fleece purchased for this project we would appreciate your bringing it that evening.   Please contact Marilyn Kromer (708-772-5745), Bev Keene (219-789-7497) or Shirley Reilly (708-305-2540) with any questions.  Thank you.
SWIFT Speakers’ Forum, March 17 at St. John’s
St. John’s will be hosting the South West Interfaith Team’s (SWIFT) Spring Speakers’ Forum on Sunday, March 17. The topic is “Environmental Stewardship in Our Faiths” and will feature a Christian, Jewish, and Muslim speaker who will present the perspective of each faith on our responsibility to God’s creation. Registration starts at 2:30pm with the forum running from 3:00pm to 5:00pm with a Q&A following that. Those who cannot stay for the Q&A are free to not attend. There will be snacks and light refreshments throughout. If you have any questions please talk to or email Bryan Burke ( or Rob McManamy (
Respond Now Needs Men’s Gloves!
Respond Now is asking for St. John’s help in collecting men’s gloves for this winter season. Any winter articles would be appreciated (hats, scarves, gloves, coats), but they have completely run out of men’s gloves to give out. Donations can be placed in the boxes at the top of the stairs to the undercroft.
Lector Training
There will be a Lector training session right after the 10 a.m. mass on Sunday, February 24. It shouldn’t last much more than 15 minutes. We have had a lot of changes and all lectors need to be informed of the tweaks in the ‘choreography.’ If you didn’t make the one last Saturday, please plan to attend this one. If you can’t make it, or no longer want to be a lector, please let me know. Thanks. Bill Moser 708/772-0100 or
“Recognizing Hate,” Event in Homewood
The SouthWest Interfaith Team (SWIFT), of which St. John’s is a member, was invited to attend an event put on by the South Suburban Housing Center concerning hate crimes, how to recognize them, and how to address them. The event will be at the Irwin Community Center in Homewood on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 6pm to 8pm. If you have any questions please talk to or email Bryan Burke (
Yarn Ministry – Meets on Monday, March 4th at 7:00 PM in the Guild room. 
The Fine Print
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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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