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The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

January 19, 2020 

Dear friends, 

This weekend we will remember the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and we will be reminded of the fight against racism and oppression that he gave his life in support of.  When we take our day off work on Monday, let us not fail to give thanks for his witness, and let us not fail to seek to make our own world a better place by standing up against the unjust structures of racism, nationalism, bigotry, homophobia, and all those systems that benefit by keeping the poor, the sick, the lonely, the addict, the homeless, the foreigner in their places. 

Most of us in this community of faith occupy positions of enormous privilege simply by virtue of where we were born and the color of our skin, let us not take that for granted.  Let us use our privilege to stand alongside those who have no voice, who have no power, who have no hope for a better life.  This is what Jesus is talking about when he says that our greatest commandment is that we love God and love one another as we love ourselves.  This weekend, may the words of the prophet Micah ring in our ears and call us to be better followers of Jesus as we seek ways to influence our world for the better - "And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"

May your holiday weekend be safe and may we all seek ways to be of service to others.

Grace and peace,
Fr. Jeremy

Reminder: Sunday, January 26 is the Annual Meeting which means there will be only one service at 9:00 a.m. immediately followed by Potluck Brunch in the Undercroft.
Please bring a yummy dish to pass.
All parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend. 
  • On Monday, January 20th, the Parish Office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. 
  • The beautiful poinsettias that decorated the church for Christmas are still in need of new homes. Please feel free to take one or more home with you.
  • There will be no Sunday School on Sunday, January 26. The Nursery will be open so parents may attend the Annual Meeting.
  • Sarra is looking for volunteers to answer the phones and collect the mail February 3, 4, & 5. If you're interested in helping out, please call or email 
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday: 99
Last Week's Offering: $5,154.00
We need an average of $3,920.42 each week to maintain our budgeted income; or an average of $4,822.00 each week to balance our deficit budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$10,607.00 which is $2,766.16 (35%) ABOVE our budgeted need.

Please note that the budget numbers presented above are only estimates based on the information we have at this time.  We are still working to draft a responsible 2020 budget which to present to the Annual Meeting of the Parish on January 26.
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, please download the Nomination Form that can be found on our website,  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 our new Bishop) and the November 20-21, 2020 Annual Diocesan Convention.   
Daughters of the King Brunch

All women of the parish are invited to the annual Daughters of the King winter brunch. Mark your calendars for 10 a.m., this Saturday, January 18, at Cyndie Knoll's house. RSVP to Cyndie, and come hungry. It's always a time of good fellowship and delicious dishes.
Working together is a great way to achieve a common goal. That's exactly what the Yarn Ministry is hoping to accomplish as they spearhead a collection of items for PADS. There is a growing need for the following items:
  • Underwear (all sizes)
  • Tube socks  (all sizes)
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Disposable diapers 
  • Incontinence pads 
  • Scarves & Gloves 
  • Travel-size: soaps, face lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, chapstick, and hand cream
**Please Note: Items must be new/unused. Open packages may be accepted so long as the remaining items in the pack are unused.
For example, a package of underwear that was opened but did not fit is acceptable IF the remaining pairs were not worn/used.  

If you have any questions regarding what is acceptable please reach out to PADS coordinator Laura Brady or the Church Office and we will be happy to advise you. 

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
-Helen Keller
Serving this week:
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Tom Senesac
LEM: M.J. Bond                      
Usher: Ken & Beth Blackburn

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Kathy Basil,                                            Zayda Stewart
LEMs: Donna Blackburn,                                     Sam Otoo
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Maggie Oyster, Zoe Huntoon,                                 Gale Michael
Ushers: Rob McManamy,
                  Ted Stone

Greeters: Greg Lawrence
Oblation Bearer: Stewart Scott

Coffee Hour: Cyndie Knoll, Shirley Reilly, Lynn Ruschhaupt 
Altar Guild: Captain: Donna Blackburn, Kristy Petersen,                            Candice Barrera          
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 
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

St. John's Table is held every Sunday at 5:00 pm.  Come join us and invite your friends.
This Week's Lessons

Isaiah 49:1-7

Psalm 40:1-12
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

Visit to read this week's lessons.
Art in the Undercroft will take place this Sunday, January 19 from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $40 and all materials are included. Whether you're a novice or your skills are multiplying- all are welcome!
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. 
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. 
Roll out the welcome wagon, these brand new St. John's mugs will be given to visitors and new parishioners with a welcome letter, informational leaflet, and our contact information. By purchasing one of your own, you will be investing in the growth of our congregation. The cost is $22 and they can be purchased in the Parish Office. 
Parish Cycle of Prayer
  • Sue Buckman
  • Bryan Burke
  • Bob Burgwald &                      Betsy Elliot
Dear Lord, this week we lift up in prayer: Sue, Bryan, Bob & Betsy. Please bless their lives with your holy presence. Guard their hearts and minds,  shield them from illness, and help them in the ways only the Heavenly Father can.  And please help us to be a good friend to them, too. All this we ask in the name of your Son, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Amen 
 Birthdays & Anniversaries 
January 10: Nancy Mulcahy
January 18: Mitchell Lawrence
January 18: Randy Oyster
January 20: Polly Mallinga
January 21: Pat Smith-Huntoon
January 23: Tom Senesac

Father God, several of your faithful soldiers for Christ are celebrating birthdays this week and we are so thankful to be able to celebrate with them. Please continue to faithfully bless them and bring peace, joy, safety, and stability to their lives again this year.  In Jesus' name we pray. Amen
  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 January 19

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.

Coming Up This Week:

Saturday, January 18

10:00 a.m. Daughters of the King Winter Brunch
(Cyndie Knoll's home, all women of the Parish welcome)

Sunday, January 19

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  
2:00-4:00 p.m. Art in the Undercroft
5:00 p.m. St. John's Table 

Wednesday, January 22
9:00 a.m Holy Eucharist w/Healing
10:00 a.m. Bible Study (Resource Room)
7:00 p.m.  Healing & Recovery Ministry (Guild Room)
8:00 p.m. A.A. (Undercroft)

Saturday, January 25
5:00 p.m. Recovery Mass

Sunday, January 26
9:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, (One Service)
10:15 a.m.  Brunch in the Undercroft 
Annual Meeting (After Brunch)
5:00 p.m. St. John's Table 
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. 
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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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