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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 
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August 11, 2019 
Dear Friends,
 
This Sunday we will begin the first of our Cottage Meetings.  I know that we have talked about them before, but I want to hopefully clarify the purpose of these.  Some have asked how this is different from the listening sessions that were held during the Rector Search.  Those listening sessions helped to get an idea of some of the concerns and issues facing the congregation, and to help us get to know ourselves a little better.  The product of those listening session were ideas about where we want to be going.  These Cottage Meetings will help us to begin turning our attention away from ideas and toward solutions. 

Then also, the Capital Campaign is primarily about raising funds to address needs to our buildings and grounds, but more than just “fixing” things, we must be good stewards of all our resources.  This means that every repair, every remodel, every repurposing of space that arises out of our Capital Campaign must be done in response to the mission and vision of St. John’s.  This is at the heart of our Cottage Meetings, to spend time visioning how St. John’s is (and will be) ministering to the needs of this community.  We should be able to come out of these Cottage Meetings with enthusiasm for our future and excitement for the work that we are doing.  I do not have any preconceived ideas about what our mission and ministry will look like after this time of discernment.  All that I do know is that we must be willing to put everything on the table and be open to new ministry, be open to reimagining ministry differently, and be willing to perhaps even restore ministry that we stopped doing at some time in our past.  This is the time that we look critically at what we are doing and what is working and what could be done better. 

If you have not done so already, please go to the Capital Campaign page on our website and sign up for a Cottage Meeting, or sign up on one of the posters in the narthex near the Columbarium door.  And as you begin thinking about what St. John’s means to you and to our community, begin thinking about the blessings your have found in this parish, the challenges we are facing (or have faced in the past) and how we might approach those challenges as people of faith, what are the needs of our community and how might we address them (in this one I encourage you to dream BIG!).  This is an exciting time in our communal life together, and regardless the path our future takes us, let us go there proclaiming God’s reconciling, life-giving love and grace. 
 
Faithfully,
Fr. Jeremy
Summer is that time of year when attendance is lower than usual as we all travel and enjoy the summer vacation.  But unfortunately, the expenses of the Church do not go on vacation.  Please consider maintaining your pledge and offerings during the summer through our new Online Giving option.  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.  
Adult Christian Formation
Our exploration of the Spirituality of the Twelve Steps will continue Thursday, August 15th at 7:00pm in the Resource Room. This study is based on Richard Rohr's book, Breathing Underwater.  You can purchase the book on Amazon by clicking here.
Cottage Meeting Sign-up 
Thank you to everyone who joined us during the forums on Sunday. If you haven't already signed up for a cottage meeting please check out the list of dates and times on our website. You can also sign up to attend a meeting at  https://www.mysje.org/capital-campaign.html or on the bulletin board in the narthex. Remember, we will need everyone's input during this Discernment Phase as we begin to envision our future ministry as a Parish community. 
St. John's Youth night is TOMORROW! We will be watching "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" while we enjoy pizza and refreshments. Please join us for a time of fellowship tomorrow, August 9th at 7:00pm in the Youth Room.  Any questions? Contact Rev. Mike Bond at  deaconmikebond@comcast.net
We hope to see you there and feel free to bring your friends! 
This Week's Lessons

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Psalm 50: 1-8, 23-24
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Luke 12:32-40


Go to lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Bob Burgwald
LEM: Sue O'Brien
Usher: Warren Becker

 
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: R.J. VanSwol, Zayda Stewart
LEMs: Debbi Huggett, Steven Russell
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Zoe Huntoon, Gale Michael, Maggie Oyster
Ushers: Sam & Theresa Otoo
Greeters: Joanne Fisher, Stewart Scott
Oblation Bearer: Nancy Mulcahy
Coffee Hour: Gale Michael, Donna Blackburn, Ann Glascoff


Altar Guild: Captain: Susan Marquis, Debbi Huggett, Don Rubins, Betsy Elliot
The Bishop Search and Nomination Committee needs your help.  The schedule of listening sessions were published this week and will take place during the month of August.  Please make an effort to attend one of these sessions and share your experiences of both blessings and challenges in our Diocese.  The information gathered during these listening sessions will be used to compile our Diocesan Profile.

August 3, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
St. Gregory's, Deerfield

August 3, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Emmanuel, Rockford

August 8, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Ascension, Chicago

August 10, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
St. Edmund's, Chicago

August 10, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
St. Paul's, Peoria

August 18, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
St. Mark's, Glen Ellyn
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.
Recent Birthdays and Anniversaries 
 
August 3: Alison Deniston
August 5: Patti Pohrte
August 7: Lynn & Dave Ruschhaupt
August 8: Steven Russell
August 8: Cynthia Turnquest
August 9: Brave Fung
August 9: Mary VanSwol
August 10: Jacob Fisher
August 10: Joan Unterberg
August 11: Mike & MJ Bond
August 13: Erica Strombeck
August 15: Alyssa Green
August 16: Lola Pohrte
August 16: Adelle Stone

Dearest Heavenly Father, we come to you in thanksgiving of your unwavering love for those celebrating this week. May they continue to feel your keen spirit today and every day. In Jesus' name we pray, amen. 
Collect for August 11th
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Hidden Gem Half Marathon, which takes place in conjunction with Flossmoor Fest, will be held on Saturday, September 7th. The course will pass in front of St. John's and we will be hosting a water station for the runners. We will need 15-20 volunteers to help with the water station beginning at 6:45am for about an hour and a half. This is another great opportunity for us to be visible and active in our community. Please contact the church office via email or telephone if you are interested in volunteering. You can learn more about the Hidden Gem Marathon by visiting:
Parting Thoughts: Conversations about living after loss
 
Parting Thoughts is an invitation to a three part series of conversations with Certified Life Celebrant, Silvia Gale. These conversations are for those who have experienced the death of a beloved--be it a parent, spouse, partner, child, family member or friend, and who are committed to finding health and wholeness for their lives again.

This is a safe space of understanding, compassion, encouragement, maybe a little bit of dark humor (the kind one acquires while trying to make sense of the senseless), and support for those who have and/or are grieving a loss, regardless of how long ago your loss occurred.

We are not a traditional support group nor an alternative for professional counseling. We are simply the survivors of loss—those left behind to share our own stories of struggles and triumphs, setbacks and comebacks, the departure from one phase of our life and entry into a new phase, (often referred to as our “new normal” if there is such a thing). 


So, if any of the following apply to you
--If you've been dealing with the death of your loved one in silence and isolation.
--If you pretend to be happier than you really are because you don't want to be thought of as a 'Downer'.
--If you’ve stopped talking to others about the pain because it’s been years since your loss and you’re wondering if it’s ‘normal’ to still be feeling this way.
--If you wish you could talk to others who just "get it".
--If you feel you have insights to share that might help others on the grief journey.
Then I invite you to 
#JoinTheConversation

The Parting Thoughts workshops will be held on September 14, October 12, and November 9. There is no cost to attend but we will be taking donations to offset the cost of the facilitator's travel. 
 
Loss and heartache do not define us. They are a part of our story, and stories are meant to be told. 
CALLING ALL CHURCH SCHOOL TEACHERS!!!

We are still looking for Church School teachers for the next program year beginning in September.  Church School teachers get to have all the fun of Church School and receive the added blessing of knowing that you are helping to form our children into faithful followers of Jesus.  Please E-MAIL Fr. Jeremy at jeremyfroyen@gmail.com if you are interested.  (Please note, if you have mentioned your interest in passing to Fr. Jeremy, please be sure to send him an e-mail too.  Thanks!)
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday:81
Last Week's Offering: $3730.00
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$127,055.07 which is $6087.76 (5%) BELOW our budgeted need.
Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, August 11 
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  
5:00 pm St. John's Table 

Tuesday, August 13
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)

Wednesday, August 14
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
9:00 am Holy Eucharist w/Healing Rite
10:00 am Bible Study (Resource Room)
8:00 pm A.A. (Undercroft)

Thursday, August 15
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
7:00 pm Adult Christian Formation Class: 
          Breathing Under Water (Resource Room)


Friday, August 16
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)

Sunday, August 18
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  (Spoken Service)
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  (Sung service with choir)
5:00 pm 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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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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