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The Feast of the Epiphany
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January 5, 2020 
Ministry Leaders: Please submit your Annual Reports to the Parish office by January 8, 2020 so they may be presented as part of the Annual Meeting on January 26. 

Dear Friends,

A few months ago I shared with you the Vestry's decision to change the way in which the Rector's Discretionary Fund is funded.  Beginning January 1, this fund is no longer funded from the general budget.  Instead, we will deposit the loose cash offering from the first Sunday of each month into the Discretionary Fund.  This gives each of you the opportunity to participate in the ongoing ministry that this fund supports.

Recently, St. John's has been able to provide food assistance to a local foster family, we have provided emergency overnight housing to a young family going through a moment of crisis, we have helped a family in need keep their electricity turned on, and we have helped the Night Ministry with the costs associated with relocating their homeless youth shelter.  All of this was made possible by contributions to the Rector's Discretionary Fund.

This Sunday, please consider putting a little something extra in the collection plate to support this work.  Again, all of the loose cash offering will go to this fund, or if you would like to contribute by check, please be sure to put "Rector's Discretionary Fund" in the memo line.  Thank you for your commitment to the ongoing work and ministry of this parish.  

Blessings,
Fr. Jeremy

 

Pledge Envelopes 2020 edition are here and ready to be picked up in the Undercroft.
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday:93
Last Week's Offering: $1,412.00
We need an average of $3,865.66 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$193,711.24 which is $6,297.88 (3%) 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, please download the Nomination Form that can be found on our website, https://www.mysje.org.  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 our new Bishop) and the November 20-21, 2020 Annual Diocesan Convention.   
Start the New Year off by flexing your creative side! The next Art in the Undercroft is scheduled for Sunday, January 19 from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $40 and all materials are included. Whether you're a novice or your skills are multiplying- all are welcome!
Serving this week:
 
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Tom Senesac
LEM: Kristy Petersen                          Usher: Warren Becker

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: M.J. Bond,                                               Candice Barrera
LEMs: Sam Otoo, Steven Russell
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Maggie Oyster,  Gale Michael,                               Zoe Huntoon
Ushers: Mike Juskelis,
                  John Huntoon

Greeters: Alice & Stuart Creason
Oblation Bearer: Nancy Mulcahy

Coffee Hour: Donna Blackburn, Ann Glascoff, Gale Michael
Altar Guild: Captain: Alison Deniston, Ginny McCollum, Joan Stevens             

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.

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. 
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. 
  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.  
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. 
Daughters of the King Brunch

All women of the parish are invited to the annual Daughters of the King winter brunch. Mark your calendars for 10 a.m., Saturday, January 18, at Cyndie Knoll's house. RSVP to Cyndie, and come hungry. It's always a time of good fellowship and delicious dishes.
 
Coffee, tea, hot toddy perhaps? Whatever you prefer, it'll stay nice and hot in these mugs! They are microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe, and we're sure you're going to love them. 

Roll out the welcome wagon, these brand new St. John's mugs will be given to visitors and new parishioners with a welcome letter, informational leaflet, and our contact information. By purchasing one of your own, you will be investing in the growth of our congregation. The cost is $22 and they can be purchased in the Parish Office. 
Parish Cycle of Prayer
  • Millie Boggs 
  • Mary Ann Boggs
  • Mike & M.J. Bond 
Dear Lord, we come to you in thanksgiving this week for Millie, Mary Ann, Mike & M.J. Please keep them safe and warm this winter. Shield them from illness and let this new year bring new blessings upon them all.  And please help us to be a good friend to them, too. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. 
 Birthdays & Anniversaries 
 
December 30: Catherine Madden
December 30: Tyler Matula
December 30: Graham Natale
December 30: Sean & Nichole Dailor
December 31: John Freeborn
December 31: Beth Blackburn
January 3: Susan & Jack O'Brien
January 6: Anna Alsman
January 7: Harold Keene
January 7: Dee & Rob McManamy
January 8: Joyce Neubauer
January 9: Mark & Tracie Moxley
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:
Southern New Years
Corned Beef
Cole Slaw
Corn Bread
Black Eyed Peas 
Dessert 


St. John's Table is held every Sunday at 5:00 pm.  Come join us and invite your friends.
This Week's Lessons

Isaiah 60:1-6

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12


Visit lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Collect for January 5

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, January 5

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, January 8
9:00 a.m Holy Eucharist w/Healing
10:00 a.m. Bible Study (Resource Room)
7:00 p.m.  Healing & Recovery Ministry (Guild Room)
8:00 p.m. A.A. (Undercroft)


Sunday, January 12
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 
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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Contact us:
The Church of St. John the Evangelist
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
(708) 798-4150
office@mysje.org
http://www.mysje.org

The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
Rector
frjeremy@mysje.org
To schedule an appointment with Fr. Jeremy,
please go to https://frjeremy.youcanbook.me

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