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The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 
November 15, 2020 

Dear Friends,
Our Psalm for this Sunday begins, “Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to another.  Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, from age to age you are God.”
Many of us are feeling unsettled in this world right now.  Our democracy is facing one of its greatest challenges, not because of differences in political ideologies, but because we have failed to treat each other with civility and with the sort of love that Jesus demands we have for one another.  Our world continues to face the threat of COVID-19 and we struggle to balance our need to protect ourselves and one another by wearing masks and physically distancing, with our deep desire to resume some sort of normality in our lives.  Relationships are being strained, job security may be tenuous, and our public discourse is rooted in anger and hatred. 
These are distressing days for us but, as followers of Jesus, we know the full story.  We know that we were all made in the image of God, that we live in a broken world, that Jesus’ mission was to usher the reign of God into our world, a reign that is rooted in love, and that we will all be reconciled with God and with each other someday.  The psalmist reminds us this morning that God is our refuge, always has been and always will be.  When we put our trust in God, we can find the capacity to love each other, which is not the same as agreeing with each other.  We may continue to disagree on a range of issues, but the great gift of salvation we have all received makes it possible to gather around God’s table together, in unison, even amidst our disagreements.  That is the power of love.  
Please know that you are loved, and that you are all in my prayers.
Grace & Peace,
Fr. Jeremy

Did you miss church this weekend?  Watch the Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Mass here.
2021 Pledge Appeal
You should have already received the 2021 Pledge Appeal in your mail.  If not, please contact Sarra in the Church office, or visit the Stewardship page of our website.  You may either return your pledge card to the church, or go to the Stewardship page of our website and complete your pledge card online.  Either way, I encourage you to participate in this very important act of worship in the life of our community.  We will place all the pledges on the altar and bless them at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on November 22.  
Worship for the weekend of November 14 & 15, 2020

Saturday, November 14
In-Person Worship at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 15
In-Person Worship at 11:00 a.m.

Both services will be live-streamed.  Follow us on Facebook to receive notifications when our services are being streamed, or visit the homepage of our website to watch the service there.

In normal times, the Transition Committee would have hosted a week of "Walk-Abouts" during which time the Candidates would have toured the Diocese and engaged in a series of Town-Hall forums to help us get to known them better.  Clearly, in the age of COVID-19 this is not going to be possible.  Instead there will be 6 Candidate Conversations hosted via Zoom beginning tonight.  These Conversations are open to all people of the Diocese, and I encourage you all to attend at least one, if not more of them, and to share your impressions of the candidates to your electing delegates.  Your electing delegates are:
Gale Michael
Sue O'Brien
Steven Russell
Pat-Smith Huntoon (Alternate)

In addition, you can also share your thoughts with any of the Clergy who all have a vote as well.   

Please click here to see the schedule, and to access the Zoom links for each Candidate Conversation.
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.  Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.  This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people.  Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.  

We already have one Dialogue Circle meeting, and there is room to add others.  If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Fr. Jeremy at  

Please click here to learn more about Sacred Ground from the Episcopal Church's website.
Please click on the image above to register for the next SWIFT Speakers Forum, which will be held via Zoom on Sunday, November 15 at 3:00 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Rob McManamy or Bryan Burke.
This Week's Lessons

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

Visit to read this week's lessons.
Collect for The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

As part of a winter community service project the youth of St. John's will be volunteering at Feed My Starving Children on Friday, December 11, 2020. They will meet at the Church at 5:00 pm and will be back around 9:00 pm. Please feel free to contact Pat Smith-Huntoon with any questions. 
 Did you know that the church has earned over $450 by using Scrip? $450+ just from doing our regular shopping. 

If you're considering giving gift cards as holiday presents please check out the list of over 600 retailers Scrip has to offer. 

If you haven't tried Scrip yet please check out  
to see how you can contribute to the church by simply doing your regular shopping. Questions may be directed to

The next Scrip order will be submitted at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22.
Parish Cycle of Prayer

Lita Morgan
Bill & Ann Moser

Father in Heaven, this week we lift up in prayer: Lita, and Bill & Ann  Please bless them with an abundance of peace and an overflowing cup of joy. Bring comfort to them in their time of need and help them to seek You in all that they do. Please Lord, act as their shield  from illness, both mental and physical.  All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Need a little midweek spiritual socialization pick-me-up? Join us for Weekly Bible Study! Thursdays at 5:00 we will gather via Zoom to continue the study of the book of Matthew.
Click here to enter Zoom for Bible Study
Farewell Bishop Lee

As you are all aware, Bishop Lee will be retiring at the end of next month.  The Standing Committee will be hosting a virtual farewell celebration for Bishop Lee and Lisa on December 5 at 4:00 p.m.  You are invited to be a part of that gathering, please click here to register for the event.  At that farewell celebration the Diocese will present Bishop Lee and Lisa with a purse to show our love and appreciation for their years of ministry among us.  If you would like to contribute to that purse, please either mail in a check made payable to St. John the Evangelist and put "Bishop's Purse" in the memo line, or click here to make an online donation.  (Please remember to select "Bishop's Retirement Purse" in the 'Fund" dropdown menu.  All donations need to be received by St. John's no later than November 30.  

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.  
In addition to online giving there is also a text option.
Text "SaintJohn" to 73256 to give using your mobile device. This number will never send unsolicited texts to you. To cancel further messages, text STOP. If you need assistance with text giving, text HELP. Standard text message and data rates may apply.
 Birthdays & Anniversaries

November 7: Ruby Moxley
November 10: Ken Blackburn
November 11: Rowan Moxley
November 13: Stewart Scott
November 17: Michael Dailor
November 19: Amy Freeborn

Heavenly Father, we come to you in thanksgiving, asking for belated birthday blessings for Ruby, Ken, and Rowan. We pray that their days were special and this next year will be filled with health, growth, and happiness. 
  Lord we are also thankful for this week's birthday celebrants: Stewart, Michael, and Amy. We ask that You please bless them with a year filled with joy and contentment. Please keep them safe, mentally and physically healthy, and on the path that leads to love and life eternal.
  In Jesus' name we pray.
Coming Up This Week:

Thursday, November 12
6:00 p.m.  Bishop Candidate Conversation
Please click here to access the Zoom link.

Friday, November 13
10:00 1.m.  Bishop Candidate Conversation
Please click here to access the Zoom link.

Saturday, November 14
12:00 p.m.  Bishop Candidate Conversation
Please click here to access the Zoom link.

5:30 p.m.  Holy Eucharist
In-Person (attendance limited to 25) and Livestream on our website.

Sunday, November 15
11:00 am - Holy Eucharist, Rite II
In-Person (attendance limited to 25) and Livestream on our website.

Wednesday, November 18
7:00 p.m.  AA (Undercroft)

Thursday, November 19

5:00 p.m.  Online Bible Study (Gospel of Matthew)
Please click here to enter the Bible Study.

7:00 p.m. Recovery & Healing Group
(This will be a hybrid meeting in-person & Online.)

Please click here to enter the Healing & Recovery Group.

Please pray for those seeking God’s healing: Alexa; Alice & Anna; Amy; Annie B.; Bessie; Bonnie; Carolyn; Hank; Jacques; Jay; Jessica; John; Kelly; Kim; Larry; Laura; Laura; Linda; Lynn; Marcia; Marcy; Margret; Michael; Mike; Ralph; Rich; Sadie; Theresa; Tony; Vince; Marsha Acheson; Pr. Dave Adams; Lynn Ahearn; Kennith Allen; Joyce Aryee; Nancy Barys; Shannon Benaitis; Carmen Bernal; Iris Bestow; Ken Blackburn; Millie Boggs; Joe Boland; Deacon Mike Bond; Laura Brady;  Ela Bujak; Phil Calvin; Jim & Arlene Carr; Janelle Carrier; Rob Carrier; Carol Cerullo; Sabina Childs; Denise Coffman; Lorraine Corey; Alice Creason; Jennifer Cummins; Alex Deniston; Claudette Doyle; Katherine Doyle; the Englewood community; Ethan Eisenberg; Paul Eisenberg; Ruth Frank; Valorie Franklin; Anita Frigo; Janet Froyen; Grace Gaskill; Laura Gorski; Kathi H.; Marie Haar; Mary Harrison; Kojo Hayford; Marilyn Hurt; Buddy Johnson; Ken Johnson; Stewart Keene; Judy Kiedaisch; Brenda Knight; Cyndie Knoll; Anne Knuth; Bill Knuth; Paul Koch; the Koswenda family; Kelli Lange; Scott Lauterbach; Alex Lawler; Greg Lawrence; Elizabeth Lee; Shawn Lobaugh; Mary Long; Richard M.; Jerry Mabry; Jacob MacDonald; Terri Martin, Ino Martinez; Rev. Annette Mayer; Ginny McCollum; Susan McKeever; Kelly McLaughlin; Katelyn Moore; Lita Morgan; Ann Moser; Sharon Moxley; Carol Mullings; Michael Mullins; Terry Needham; Alex Nettey;  Audrey Ongman; Elaine Ooms; Jake Peckel; Patty Portrey; Anthony Raimondi; Shirley Reilly; Damen Ressel; Bob Rhoads; Pat Rhoads; Julie Rinkenberger; Lois Rinkenberger; Bella Rodrigues; Stephanie Rogers; Laura Rossen; Roger Rossen; Don Rubins; Karen Scherrer; Mark Scott & Family; Stewart Scott; Karen Scheffers; Julie Seely; Blake Sheffer; Doris Sheffer; Diance Smith; Thomas Smith; The Rev. Tom Smith; Bob Stevens; Jamie Stovall; Ginny Summers; Leslie Tatum; Phyllia Tettey-Enyo; Shanti Thayil; Bishop Robert Thompson; Tawny Triebold; Lee Turner; Joan Unterberg; Roman VanSwol; Cora Watson; Erna Watson; Bob Weinman; John Whennen; Jim Whitfield; Terri Whitfield; Austin Widner; James Woods; Vonda Young
Please pray for those seeking God’s guidance: Alicia; Angel; Bonnie; Brianna; David; Debbie; Don; Glenda; James; Linda; Marcy; Mary; Nora; Polly; Rich; Stephanie; Terri; Victor; Bishop David & Mrs. Bailey; Marilin Brown; Norval Brown & Family; Freeborn family; Arifa Brookins Hinton; Gregory Brookins Hinton; Mike Mabry; Nancy Mulcahy; The Diocese of The Navajoland; the Seelaus family; the Stevens family; Jessica Wetzel; The Wetzel Family; James Woods; Bill Sole; Staci Young.
Please pray for our members serving in the military and their families: Christina Bembenic; Kevin Cunningham; John O’Brien; David Trier; Darius Webb.

Please pray for all First Responders, especially, Austin Corydon; Amy Vitulli; Sarah Lawrence

Please pray for the faithful departed

In the Parish Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for Lita Morgan and Bill & Ann Moser

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, Pray for the Church of Ceylon (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury) The Rt Revd Dhiloraj Ranjit Canagasabey - Bishop of Colombo The Rt Revd Keerthisiri Fernando - Bishop of Kurunegala

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Pray for our annual Diocesan Convention, Clergy, and lay delegates attending our Diocesan Convention.

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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Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
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