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The First Sunday of Advent 
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December 1, 2019 
Dear friends,
 
This Sunday we enter into the holy season of Advent, that time of the year when we wait with joyful anticipation the incarnation of God into our world as one of us.  I never cease to be amazed at God's amazing love and grace, that the Creator of all that is, humbled God's self to enter the world as a tiny, helpless baby; not into a powerful and influential family, but into a family that was just as ordinary as most of ours, with all its challenges.  God chose an unwed, teenage girl to be the God Bearer, and in that instant changed the world.  The status quo of the way things had always been done changed on that day when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary.  We see evidence of it in her great song, the Magnificat, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!", in which Mary declares that everything will be turned upside down and God's kingdom will be ushered in by all sorts of unexpected people, in all sorts of unexpected places.  

This Advent I encourage you to invite someone to join us on this journey as we make our way to Bethlehem and to the manger, where we will discover God in the unexpected.  May your Advent journey be filled with joy and surprise, as we seek to find God in all sorts of unlikely places.  

Grace & Peace,
Fr. Jeremy
We have much to be thankful for this year and we have two opportunities to worship and give thanks this week.

Tonight, November 27 at 7:30 p.m., is the Thanksgiving Eve Community Interfaith Service at Flossmoor Community Church. 

Tomorrow, November 28 at 10:00 a.m., is the Thanksgiving Mass here at St. Johns.

However you choose to celebrate the holiday we pray that Christ's blessings continue to flow abundantly in your lives. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. 
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday:74
Last Week's Offering: $3,165.00
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$173,396.24 which is $28,465.47 (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.   
Christmas Baskets for ReVive Center 2019

All 23 families have been adopted!
Thank you to everyone who has taken on the task of helping a family have a great Christmas this year
.

Now it's time for the fun part: Shopping! Hopefully you can take advantage of some good deals this weekend and check some things off your adopted Family's list. 

I can't stress this enough: 

All gifts MUST be wrapped, labeled with the family code number, and brought to the Church by Thursday, December 5th. 

If you need help wrapping or carrying anything I (Sarra) am more than happy to lend a hand. Stop by the office between 9am-2pm and I'll make sure you get sorted. 

St. John's is joining with many churches around the country in using scrip to raise money for our church.  It is simple but does require some planning.

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 1: Allan Brenner
December 2: Sean Dailor
December 2: Ken & Beth Blackburn
December 2: Bill Moser
December 4: Doris Sheffer
December 4: John Weller
December 5: Jacki Natale
December 6: Sabina Childs
December 6: Bev Keene
 
Heavenly Father, we come to you in humble thanksgiving for all those who are celebrating this week. May they have a year filled with peace, joy, and prosperity. 
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.  
Would you like a variety of scrumptious sweets but don't care to spend hours upon hours baking? Well then you're in luck!

The annual St. John's Cookie Walk will take place on Saturday, December 14th from
9-11:30 a.m.

The "elves" of St. John's will be busy making tasty treats for your friends and family to enjoy! 
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. 
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, bring a friend, and let's get painting!
We all need prayers from time to time and with the new church year starting this Sunday we thought it was time to implement a Parish Cycle of Prayer. Each week we will be praying for individuals and families that are part of St. John's congregation. This week we ask that you pray for:
  • Tuti Arquilla
  • Susan Austin
  • William Austin
Heavenly Father, we treasure our parishioners so much. Thank you for their presence here at St. John's. We ask that you watch over Tuti, Susan, and William and lead them into hope and blessing. And help us be a good friend to them too. Amen.
The first year of college can be a fun but challenging experience for most young adults. One thing we all need to succeed is love and support from each other. To show our support, we will be collecting items to put in a College Survival care package for Matthew Turnquest, who is in his first year at Ohio State. The care package can include a wide range of things such as snacks, quarters to do laundry, notes of encouragement, prayers, and other well wishes. Care package items can be dropped off at the Parish Office at any time. Please include a note or follow up email if you drop off something after hours. 
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.

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: Kristy Petersen
LEM: Gale Michael
Usher: Jack Voigt

 
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Greg Lawrence, Kathy Basil
LEMs: Debbi Huggett, M.J. Bond
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Rowan Moxley, Maggie Oyster, Ruby Moxley
Ushers: Ben & Eric Turnquest
Greeters: Alison Deniston, Zayda Stewart
Oblation Bearer: 
Ginny Eysenbach
Coffee Hour: Pat Smith-Huntoon, Beth Blackburn

Altar Guild: Captain: Lynn Ruschhaupt, Bev Keene, Marilyn Kromer, Nancy Mulcahy                          
This Week's Lessons

Isaiah 2:1-5

Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44


Go to lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Collect for December 1

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Coming Up This Week & Beyond:

Wednesday, November 27 (Office Closing at Noon)
7:30 p.m. Interfaith Thanksgiving Service (Flossmoor Community Church)
8:00 p.m. A.A. (Undercroft)

Thursday, November 28 (Office Closed)

10:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Mass

Saturday, November 30
5:00 p.m. Recovery Mass

Sunday, December 1
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 

Wednesday, November 27 (Office Closing at Noon)
9:00 a.m Holy Eucharist w/Healing
10:00 a.m. Bible Study (Resource Room)
8:00 p.m. A.A. (Undercroft)


Saturday, December 7
10:00 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 


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
NOTE THAT THERE IS 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. 
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The Church of St. John the Evangelist
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
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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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