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The Second Sunday of Advent 
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December 8, 2019 
Dear friends,
 
I want to make sure that you are all aware that our Annual Meeting of the Parish will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  Please note that on this Sunday there will only be one service at 9:00 a.m., so that everyone will have the opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting. 
 
This year’s Annual Meeting will be especially important for two reasons.  First, the Long Range Planning Committee will be distributing their full report of the Cottage Meetings we recently conducted.  
 
Also at this meeting, in addition to the Vestry and Warden elections, we will be electing three Convention Delegates and at least one Alternate who will represent us at two Conventions this year.  This year’s Delegates will be responsible for attending the Special Electing Convention on June 20, 2020, being held for the purpose of electing our next Bishop, in addition to our Annual Diocesan Convention to be held November 20thand 21st.  
If you have questions or are interested in being nominated to serve St. John’s as a Convention Delegate, please see me, or any member of the Nominating Committee (Mary VanSwol, Tonya Eisenberg, Chris Pfiefer, Pat Smith-Huntoon, or Donna Blackburn).    
 
You can read Bishop Lee’s Call to Electing Convention here.
 
Please continue to keep our Diocese and those who have been charged with facilitating this Episcopal transition in your prayers.  Also, please be praying for the person who God is already calling to serve us as our next Bishop.

Faithfully,
Fr. Jeremy
Prayers Requested
Please keep the students, staff and parishioners of our SWIFT partner, St. Michael's Parish & School in your prayers.  Last night two of their teachers were struck by a hit-and-run driver while leaving their Parish Christmas Party.  Please keep Elizabeth Kostek in your prayers as she recovers from her injuries.  And please pray for the repose of the soul of Rone Leja who was killed in this tragic incident.  May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Please note: The Parish Office will be closed
Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10. 
 St. John's Annual Holiday Cookie Walk
Saturday, December 14th from
9:00-11:30 a.m.


We really need all hands on deck for this one, folks. We'd love it if everyone could make a double or even
triple batch of their best homemade treats. Delectable delights should be dropped off in the Undercroft on Friday, December 13th by 7:00 p.m. Please be sure to use non-returnable containers for your goodies.

Additionally, helpers of all ages are needed for set-up on Friday, December 13th and during the event on Saturday, December 14. 

There will be two shifts for Set-up on Friday:
10am-1pm & 1pm-4pm. 


During the event on Saturday, December 14:
8:30-10:00, 10-11:30, 11:30-1pm


Your help and contributions are what keeps the cookie sheets greased. Please consider using your talents to help out with this festive, fun holiday event. 
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday:91
Last Week's Offering: $4,881.00
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$178,077.24 which is $28,079.40 (14%) BELOW our budgeted need.
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, go to https://www.mysje.org/nomination-form.html to download the Nomination Form.  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 the new Bishop) and the November 20-21, 2020 Annual Diocesan Convention.   
The children were nestled all snug in their beds… 

 Dear friends, we're looking for someone to make a BIG sacrifice and spend from 10:45 pm – 3 am on Christmas Eve watching over the PADS Women & Children’s shelter at Church of the Holy Family in Park Forest.  If you can help out – please contact Laura Brady lcmbrady@comcast.net.
Christmas Baskets for ReVive Center 2019

24 adults and 41kids.

It doesn't seem that significant in the grand scheme of things but that's 65 people who had their prayers for a happy Christmas answered by our awesome and generous congregation.

HUGE Thank you to everyone who helped including shoppers, wrappers, carriers, organizers, and benefactors.  

If you're planning to buy gift cards for Christmas please consider checking out the wide variety of gift cards available through Scrip. 

What is scrip?  It is the purchase of gift cards that give a rebate percentage to the charity. Rebates range from 1%- 12% rebates.  The range of gift cards include grocery stores, department stores, gas, restaurants, airlines, etc.

There are 3 ways to order scrip:

1.) Create a Shopwithscrip account and set up Bank draft (Presto Pay)
2.) Create a Shopwithscrip account, order and give check to the Scrip Coordinator(s).
3.) Complete a form with pre-selected cards,    turn in form and check to the Scrip Coordinator(s).

If you are interested in viewing the website it is: shopwithscrip.com

Pat Smith-Huntoon and Shirley Reilly will have more detailed information and will be available to answer any questions in person or you can send any questions to sjescrip@gmail.com.

 This week's Birthdays 

December 9: Ida Norton
December 13: Ian Marquis
December 13: Lois Rinkenberger
 
Father God, from whom all blessings flow, we come to you in thanksgiving for Ida, Ian, and Lois who are all celebrating birthdays this week. We pray that they have a joyful and healthy year filled with the fruits of Your heavenly spirit. 
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 Amazon.com. 
  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.  
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. 
This Week's Lessons

Isaiah 11:1-10

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12


Go to lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Collect for December 8

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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. As of today we have reached 57% of our stewardship goal and 48% of our participation goal.  
Save the Date!
The next Art in the Undercroft will take place Sunday, January 19. The cost is $40 and all materials will be provided. Each participant gets to personalize the address, for themselves or to give as a gift. Mark your calendar, tell a friend, and let's get painting!
Parish Cycle of Prayer
  • Candice Barrera
  • Diego Barrera
  • Andrea Barrera
  • Alexander Barrera
Heavenly Father, we ask that you please watch over Candice, Diego, Andrea, and Alexander. Help them find joy and contentment in their lives and hold them close to your heavenly heart when life is hard. Please help us to be a good friend to them, too. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. 
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the College Survival care package for Matthew Turnquest. What a blessing it is to have so many kind and thoughtful parishioners here at St. John's.
What's going on with the Capital Campaign?
 
The Cottage Meetings have concluded, the Long Range Planning Committee has been working hard, and here's what to expect over the next few months:
 
November/December - Writing of Executive Summary + Detailed List of Comments

January 26 - Presentation of Executive Summary at Annual Meeting

February 2 & 9 - Open Forums for further feedback. Forums will take place after each Mass. 

February 16 - Capital Campaign Survey Distribution

March 8 - Survey Deadline


April/May - Survey results distributed
 
Please note these important dates and stay engaged!
Exciting developments are on the horizon.
The Daughters of the King will meet just once in December: 10 a.m., Saturday, December 7, in the Resource Room. And stayed tuned for news about our annual brunch in January. For more information, talk with Cyndie Knoll, Betsy Elliot, or any other Daughters member.
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:
Chicken & Rice 
Salad, bread & butter, dessert

St. John's Table is held every Sunday at 5:00 pm.  Come join us and invite your friends.
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Tom Senesac
LEM: Debbi Huggett
Usher: Ken & Beth Blackburn

 
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Ginny Eysenbach, Chris Pfeifer
LEMs: Steven Russell, Debbi Huggett
Acolytes: Kyle Dailor, Zoe Huntoon, Rowan Moxley, Ruby Moxley
Ushers: Rob Carrier, John Huntoon
Greeters: Alice & Stuart Creason
Oblation Bearer: 
Rob McManamy
Coffee Hour: Jack Voigt, Nancy Mulcahy

Altar Guild: Captain: Alison Deniston, Ginny McCollum, Joan Stevens                     
Coming Up This Week & Beyond:

Saturday, December 7
10-11:30 a.m. Daughters of the King (Resource Room)

Sunday, December 8
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  
5:00 p.m. St. John's Table 

Monday, December 9 & Tuesday, December 10
Office Closed

Wednesday, December 11 
9:00 a.m Holy Eucharist w/Healing
10:00 a.m. Bible Study (Resource Room)
8:00 p.m. A.A. (Undercroft)


Friday, December 13
10:00 a.m-4:00 p.m. Set up for Cookie Walk (Undercroft)

Saturday, December 14
9-11:30 a.m. St. John's Annual Holiday Cookie Walk (Undercroft)

Sunday, December 15
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  
5:00 p.m. St. John's Table 


Saturday, December 21
7:00 p.m.  Blue Christmas Service

Tuesday, December 24
5:00 p.m.  Christmas Eve Family Service 
10:30 p.m.  Christmas Eve Mid-Night Mass


Wednesday, December 25
9:00 a.m.  Christmas Day Mass

Sunday, December 29
9:00 a.m.  Service of Christmas Lessons & Carols
Please Note: There is only ONE service this Sunday
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. 
The Fine Print
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The Church of St. John the Evangelist
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
(708) 798-4150
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The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
Rector
frjeremy@mysje.org
To schedule an appointment with Fr. Jeremy,
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