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Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost 
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November 10, 2019 
Dear Friends,
 
Did you know that there is a ministry tool called the “Rector’s Discretionary Fund?”  If so, do you know what that fund is used for?  As the name suggests, this is a discretionary account that is controlled solely by the Rector and is mandated by the Canons (our Church law).  While these funds are “discretionary,” their intended use is to provide support for those in need.  The recipients of this fund are completely anonymous and are known only to the Rector.  I report the amount of any deposits and expenditures to the Vestry on a regular basis, but who and what the funds are used for is not shared with anyone, and when time comes for this account to be audited, it is done so by someone who has no affiliation with St. John’s. 
 
I share this with you, because I have become aware that many people do not understand this fund, and because a couple of meetings ago, your Vestry approved a change in how this fund will be funded.  First, let me emphasize that this fund does a tremendous amount of work.  In the last year we have been able to provide emergency shelter to three families, we have prevented a number of individuals from having their utilities turned off during cold months, we have fed several families, we have provided Christmas dinner and gifts for a family facing tragedy, and we have provided grants to ministries doing very important work in our region.  These are just some of the uses of this discretionary fund. 
 
In the past, this work has been funded from the General Budget and has been somewhat hidden under the category “Outreach”.  Beginning January 1st, we will remove this funding from the General Budget and instead begin funding it from a special collection on a designated Sunday each month.  This will enable the congregation to actively participate in worthwhile ministry that is too often invisible.  So when we announce in January which Sunday the collection will support the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, please be generous, this money is used entirely to care for those who need our help the most, those who Jesus especially calls us to love, those on the margins of society, just trying to get by. 
 
Blessings,
Fr. Jeremy
In Memoriam: Bishop James Montgomery, 1921-2019

St. John's will be hosting a Memorial Mass for Bishop Montgomery on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. 

 
Servers will be:
Lector: Sue O'Brien
LEM: M.J. Bond
Usher: Jack Voigt
Acolytes: TBA
Your 2020 Stewardship Book and Pledge Card is on the way.  Please check your mailbox, information about this year's stewardship campaign should be arriving any day now if you have not already received it!  Let's work together to meet this year's pledge goal of $217,000!
Our lovely sister in Christ, Adelle Stone, has put together a table display in the Undercroft with cards for the military members we pray for so often. Please take a  moment to sign the cards and leave a message of encouragement for those who are serving our country. 
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday: 104
Last Week's Offering: $4,424.00
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$165,777.24 which is $23,328.75 (12%) BELOW our budgeted need.

Dear Friends,

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).

The first order for cards will go in on Sunday November 17th. 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.

Once again we will be partnering with the ReVive Center to help local Families and Seniors have a very merry Christmas. During this season of thankfulness and giving, if you are able, please consider "adopting" one of these families in need. Stay tuned for more information on how you can make someone's Christmas wish come true.
Blue Jean Sunday
November 17

 After services on Sunday, November 17 please plan to lend a hand doing some much needed yard work around the St. John's grounds. Conveniently, Blue Jean Sunday also falls on the same day as the Thanksgiving dinner presented by Loaves & Fishes. Work off that second piece of pie by picking up a rake and pitching in. Remember, many hands make light work!
TRAINING
Saturday, November 16
at 9:00 am
in the Resource Room

The training is free, but space will be limited, so it is important that you register with the Church Office.  Please let Sarra know if you plan to attend either by email or by calling (708) 798-4150.  If we have enough interest we will add an additional class.
 This week's Birthdays 

November 10: Ken Blackburn 
November 11: Rowan Moxley 
November 13: Stewart Scott 
November 14: Marcus Richardson
November 15: Diane Mobley
 
Heavenly Father, we are so thankful for your perpetual, unyielding love. We humbly ask that you bless and keep those who are celebrating this week. We pray for peace and joy in their lives, today and every day this year.
Bless Your Heart!

Did you know that 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure?
Here at St. John's we believe in caring for our congregation, not only spiritually but also mentally and physically.
That's why, beginning November 10, and continuing on the second Sunday of each month, the
Ministry for Caring will be offering free blood pressure screenings after the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services. No registration is necessary, come on down and get checked out. 
Do you have lots of leftover candy because Christmas decided to show up on Halloween?

The Illinois Veterans' Home at Manteno, one of four skilled care  nursing homes for veterans run by the State of Illinois is happily accepting candy donations for their annual Candy Drive for Veterans.
The candy pieces must be individually wrapped. (Fun-sized candy bars are especially popular.)

You may leave your donations in the marked box in the foyer between the two staircases. Collections continue through Veterans' Day, which is Monday, November 11th. Our participation is part of a larger candy drive that has become a November highlight for the vets. Thanks for helping!
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. 
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! 
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.
The snow is already falling and it's only going to get colder. Please take a moment to consider how you may be able to help the homeless in our area by volunteering with PADS. 

PADS relies on local churches and volunteer-based assistance to keep the program going. There are a variety of locations and time slots available. We have shift lengths as short as 2 hours and the commitment is only for ONCE A MONTH. Please contact Laura Brady 
lcmbrady@comcast.net if you have any questions or are able to lend a hand. 
The final Parting Thoughts Grief Workshop will take place this Saturday, November 9th starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Resource Room. Certified Life Celebrant Silvia Gale will be here again to close out our three part workshop. All are welcome, even if you didn't make the first two and regardless of the nature your grief. Come, support, be supported, grow, and learn together. Leaning on each other and Christ is just one way to heal what cannot be ever be completely mended. 
  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.  
Winner, winner Turkey dinner!
Loaves & Fishes will be hosting a Thanksgiving meal in the Undercroft on Sunday, November 17 after the 10:00 a.m. service. They will be supplying the delicious turkey, dressing, and mashed potatoes. Please bring your appetite and a dessert or side-dish to share.
We have much to be thankful for this year, let's celebrate with some fellowship and a great meal. 
Tired of cooking for just 1 or 2? Dinner groups could be the answer to beating the post holiday and winter blues.

If you’re new to the parish, this is a good way to meet other parishioners.
If you’ve been around a
while, it’s a great way to reconnect with old friends. Groups of six to eight will
meet at each other’s homes at least three times. The host provides the entree and
the guests bring appetizers, salad, or dessert.

Sign up with Gale Michael by November 24 before or after mass. For more information contact her at verger@comcast.net.
A Prayer from the Order:

Give us strength to overcome temptation and the grace to work to spread your kingdom and to gather your scattered sheep within your fold.

The Daughters of the King meet Saturday, November 16, 10:00 to 11:30, in the Guild Room. All women of the parish are welcome. Questions? Reach out to Cyndie Knoll or Betsy Elliot.
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Gale Michael
LEM: Donna Blackburn
Usher: Jack Voigt
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Bob Burgwald, Betsy Elliot
LEMs: Sam Otoo, Debbi Huggett
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Gale Michael, Maggie Oyster, Zoe Huntoon
Ushers: Mike Madden &                Diane Walsh-Madden
Greeters: Pat Smith-Huntoon,                                Zoe Huntoon
Oblation Bearer: 
Steven Russell
Coffee Hour: Jack Voigt,                                          Nancy Mulcahy

Altar Guild: Captain: Susan Marquis, Debbi Huggett, Don Rubins, Betsy Elliot
Collect for November 10

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Week's Lessons

Haggai 1:15b-2:9

Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38


Go to lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Coming Up This Week:

Saturday, November 9
9:00 Parting Thoughts Grief Workshop (Resource Room)

Sunday, November 10
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 13
9:00 a.m Holy Eucharist w/Healing
10:00 a.m. Bible Study (Resource Room)
7:00 p.m. Healing & Recovery (Guild Room)
8:00 p.m. A.A. (Undercroft)


Saturday, November 16
9:00 a.m. AED Training (Resource Room)
10-11:30 a.m. Daughters of the King (Guild Room)

Sunday, November 17
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  
Loaves & Fishes Thanksgiving Dinner
Blue Jean Sunday
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. 
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The Church of St. John the Evangelist
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Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
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