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The Fifth Sunday in Lent

April 7, 2019

Dear friends,
I want to share with you a variation of a conversation that I have many times in just the last few weeks.  It goes something like this ... I meet a mother of young children and our conversation eventually works its way over to St. John's.  Often this mother sheepishly admits that her family does not go to church (it doesn't matter, by the way) and she begins to ask me what St. John's has to offer her children.... You can guess where the conversation goes from there.   

First let me offer a heart-felt thank you to Cyndie Knoll, who is our lone Sunday School teacher for our older children.  But one of the refrains I have been hearing over and over again, even before I accepted the call to be your Rector, is that we want more young families and children to join us on this journey of faith as we are living it here at St. John's.  Let me put it bluntly, it WILL NOT happen as long as our children's ministry is virtually non-existent.  I would like to make a commitment to our children, and to those who we will one day welcome into our midst.  Beginning this September we will have a a vibrant ministry for our children.  This includes both Sunday School and offering nursery during the 10:00 service for those parents who would like their children in nursery.  

Now, how will that happen, you may be asking.  I want to challenge each person in this congregation to prayerfully consider if God might be calling you to serve as either a Sunday School teacher or a nursery worker.  In order for our children's ministry to become successful and compliant with our Keeping God's People Safe guidelines, we must have 2 teachers for every class.  

The 1980's movie, Field of Dreams, has made the saying, "If we build it, they will come," popular.  Well, if we build it, they might come, and it might take a while and a lot of hard work, but the converse is even more true, "If we DON'T build it, they most certainly WILL NOT come."  We often say that our children are the future of the Church, the truth is, though, that our children ARE the Church, and if we truly value them and they are a priority for us here at St. John's then we must do better by them.  We must take seriously the vows we make at every baptism, to do all in our power to support these children in their life in Christ.   

If you feel that God is calling you to this ministry please reach out to me and let's have a conversation.  Thank you, and may God richly bless our common life together.  
Grace and peace,
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
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.  
A New Kind of Ancient Worship Experience

St. John's Table continues Sunday, April 7th at 5:00 pm.  We will then go on a short hiatus until after Easter for a time of reflection and evaluation.  We will resume Sunday, May 12.

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.  
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Tom Senesac
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Gale Michael
Usher: Warren Becker
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Candice Barrera, Donna Blackburn
Lay Eucharistic Ministers: Sue O'Brien, Sam Otoo
Acolytes:  Abbey Sutherland, Zoe Huntoon, Catherine Madden, Owen Zigmund
Ushers: John Huntoon, Mike Juskelis
Greeters: Alison Deniston, Martin Mears
Oblation Bearer: Ginny Eysenbach
Coffee Hour: Jack Voigt, Nancy Mulcahy
Altar Guild: Captain: Alison Deniston, Ginny McCollum, Joan Stevens, Margi Strombeck
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 contact Dana Zigmund at if you would like to help with this event.
Collect of the Day

ALMIGHTY GOD, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Week

Sunday, April 7: Matthew Senesac
Wednesday, April 10: Kim Freeborn
Thursday, April 111: Lisa Juskelis
Friday, April 12: Glynis & Wade Keene
This Week's Lessons

Go to to read this week's lessons.

Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8
St. John's by the Numbers

Last Sunday’s Attendance: 87
Last Sunday’s Offering: $3,065.50
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is $53,043.56, which is $2,790.53 (5%) BELOW our budgeted need.
Coming Up This Week

Sunday, April 7
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)
2:00 pm  Art in the Undercroft
5:00 pm  St. John's Table

Tuesday, April 9
7:00 pm  Building & Grounds Committee (Conference Room)

Wednesday, April 10
9:00 am  Holy Eucharist w/ Healing Rite
10:00 am  Bible Study (Guild Room)
6:45 pm  Evening Prayer (Church)
7:00 pm  Vestry Meeting (Resource Room)
8:00 pm  A.A.  (Undercroft)

Thursday, April 11
7:00 pm  Holy Eucharist and Lenten Study
Other Announcements

Art in the Undercroft
Longing for Caribbean sunsets? The next “Art in the Undercroft” class, which will create a painting of a sunset in Aruba based on a participant’s photo, will be from 2 - 4ish p.m. on Sunday, April 7. The cost is $40, and all materials are provided. You don’t need to be a great artist. We’ll have fun creating a painting and surprise ourselves at how good it will be. For more information, contact Gale Michael,, Shirley Reilly,, or Bill Moser, We have several openings, so sign up now.

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

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. 

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 ( 

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.
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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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