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The Second Sunday of Easter 

April 19, 2020

Dear Friends,
During this time of quarantine and social distancing, when we have not been present in the building of the church that has become a place of refuge and comfort for so many, we continue to BE the Church.  We, the people of God, gathering in community, even if it is across phone lines and broadband technology instead of the in person, shake your hand, give you a hug sort of way we have become so used to.  During this time, when many of us are feeling isolated, the work of the Church continues.  We continue to reach out to each other, we continue to help each other, we continue to love and pray for each other.  There is also a lot of behind the scenes work that is still taking place.

Over the last month or so, your Long Range Planning Committee has been working on the parish-wide survey that will go out in the next several weeks that will help us to focus our attention for the long overdue Capital Campaign.  As you are aware, a major step in this process has been to articulate our Mission and Vision, or our Passion, for the work that we are called to do in this local community.  

Through our Cottage Meetings, and listening sessions at Coffee Hour and through our individual conversations, the Long Range Planning Committee has heard you say that St. John's identifies with three primary spiritual passions: Service, Connection, and Spiritual Development.  We are asking you to participate in the short, one (1) question survey below to help us identify where our passion as a community lies.  So you will be asked which of these three passions feed your spiritual energy the most.  Please note that all three of these passions are necessary for the Church to thrive and for us to be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus in our world.  When you make your selection, you are not saying that the other two passions are any less important to you or to the community, we are simply want to see which ones people resonate with the most.  

Please click on this link to go to the "Clarifying our Passion" survey.  

Thank you for all that you do to be the Church, being incarnations of God's love in this world that seems so out of control right now.  Know that you are loved and prayed for.
Fr. Jeremy

All in-person worship, meetings, and other gatherings are still cancelled until further notice.

Bishop Lee continues to work closely with Diocesan staff, civil, and medical authorities to determine the best course of action for the re-opening of our churches.  Please continue to monitor messages from St. John's and our website for updates.  The health and safety of our people is our highest priority right now, so please continue to follow all social distancing guidelines and recommendations from our state and local authorities.  
Worship for Sunday, April 19, 2020
Morning Prayer at 9:30 a.m.
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Collect for the Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Week's Lessons

Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1: 3-9
John 20:19-31

Visit to read this week's lessons.
 Birthdays & Anniversaries 
April 19:  Sue Buckman
April 20: Gayle Coan
April 20: Cyndie & Greg Knoll
April 21: Nate Berg
April 23: Luke Lorenz
April 25: Shirley Reilly

Dearest Lord, we come to you in thanksgiving, asking for blessings for Sue, Gayle, Nate, Luke, and Shirley as they celebrate another year of life, and for Cyndie & Greg as they celebrate another year of marriage.  Father, please guide their minds, guard their hearts, and help them to continue to walk in the light that leads to Your unending love.
  In Jesus' name we pray.
Parish Cycle of Prayer
  • Mike Juskelis
  • Harold & Bev Keene
Heavenly Father, this week we lift up in prayer: Mike, Harold, and Bev. Please bless them with wisdom and insight and shape their hearts to mirror Yours. Shield them from illness, both mental and physical. Grant them grace, fill them with peace, and hold them close in times of strife.  All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.

For those of you who have been keeping your pledges current and those who have given extra to support the work of St. John's, THANK YOU!
We understand that the last several weeks have been challenging for many people, so if you have found that you need to adjust your commitment to the budget of St. John's, please let Sarra in the Church Office know.  

We are confident that God will see us through the challenges that lie ahead and that we will come out of this being a stronger and more faithful community because of it.  

Please continue to share your generosity by mailing a check to:

St. John the Evangelist
P.O. Box 25
Flossmoor, IL 60422

Of by setting up automatic bill pay through your bank (this is a free service of most banks).  Or by clicking on the "Online Giving" button below.  If you give online, please consider clicking the box that allows you to add 3% to cover the processing fees from the credit card companies.  
  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.  
Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, April 19
9:30 a.m.   Morning Prayer for the 2nd Sunday of Easter
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11:30 a.m.   Zoom Youth Group
Youth will gather via Zoom to catch up, process what's going on in the world around them, and support each other.  This week is bring your favorite lunch to share!  (Please note: the Zoom link and password has been texted to all the youth.  If your youth needs it resent, please text Fr. Jeremy at (954) 347-4862)

Tuesday, April 21
12:00 noon  Office hours with Fr. Jeremy.  
This is open forum time for us to gather together, connect, and ask any questions that may be on your mind.  There is no agenda to these gatherings, so stop by for a few minutes and say hi.

Please click here to enter Office Hours.

Thursday, April 23
5:30 p.m.  Online Bible Study
Since we are in Year A in the Sunday lectionary, which focuses on the Gospel of Matthew, we will begin a study of Matthew.
Please click here to enter the Bible Study.
Do you know anyone in need?

Please let the Church Office know if you are aware of anyone in our Parish who is ill, in the hospital, or in any other need.  Please do not assume that we are already aware, because we may not be.  Please call (708) 798-4150 and leave a message for Sarra, or email the Church Office at  Thank you for keeping an eye out for each other.   
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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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