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Second Sunday after Pentecost 

June 23, 2019 
Dear Friends,

I understand that change can sometimes be challenging for us.  But the church is a living organism, and like all living things is continually changing.  This is a necessary for life and health.  When a living thing becomes static, it is in fact dying.  If you were to look back over the course of the history of our parish you would see that the church is continually changing.  It was not that long ago when women were not allowed to serve on the Vestry, much less be ordained priests.  There was a time in most of our lifetimes when, if you were divorced you were not allowed to be remarried in the Episcopal Church.  The introduction of the 1979 Prayer Book dramatically shifted not only the way that we worshipped, but our entire theology.  The Eucharist became the central act of our corporate worship instead of Morning Prayer and our theology came to be much more focused around the waters of baptism.  All of these changes have helped the Episcopal Church to remain relevant in people's lives as we have continued in our mission to proclaim the love and grace and mercy of God to our world.  As we seek to be a church where all God's people feel truly welcome we will continue to explore the breadth of rich liturgical resources available to us and celebrate the diversity of our community.  This is the reason why I have been intentional about introducing different Eucharistic Prayers each season, and why I am introducing new music from our Episcopal hymnals.  My vision for this community is that we are as comfortable worshipping with Bach as we are with Carl Haywood.  I know that some of us have been frustrated with two pieces of service music that we have introduced this season.  I have asked Michael to play and teach both of these hymns before the service begins on Sunday and have asked him to play the melody with minimal accompaniment while we learn them and incorporate them into the tapestry of our worship.  Additionally I have found recordings of them on YouTube and am linking them here so that you can hear them.  Admittedly, these are not the best recordings, but they will give you a sense of how they sound.  I look forward to seeing you all in church on Sunday as we gather to worship God in all God's glory.  

Fr. Jeremy
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah     No. 243 (Lift Every Voice and Sing)

 Holy, Holy, Holy     No. 255 (Lift Every Voice and Sing)

Please join us this Sunday, June 23, during the 9:00 Christian Formation hour as we explore the Spiritual Practice of Stewardship.  This class will be held in the Resource Room.  
Adult Christian Formation
Our exploration of the Spirituality of the Twelve Steps continues next Thursday, June 27th 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.
Collect for 

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Bob Burgwald
LEM: Gale Michael
Usher: Jack Voigt

10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: John Huntoon, Rob McManamy
LEMs: Sam Otoo, Donna Blackburn
Acolytes: Kyle Dailor, Maggie Oyster, Catherine Madden, Zoe Huntoon
Ushers: Steven Russell, Cyndie Knoll
Greeters: Candace Barrera, Carolyn Oyster
Oblation Bearer: Stewart Scott
Coffee Hour: Lois Rinkenberger, Joanne Fisher, Sarah Walter

Altar Guild: Captain: Lynn Ruschhaupt, Bev Keene, Marilyn Kromer, Nancy Mulcahy

The Fourth of July is Almost Here!

Every year, individuals and families from the broader Flossmoor community attend St. John’s Ice Cream Social. We always offer special entertainment for kids. This year, our balloon twisters will be back. We seek donations from parishioners to help defray the costs of providing this entertainment. You can help us offer this event to the community. Look for red, white and blue donation envelopes around the church. You may place your donation in the offering plate or drop it off at the parish office.

If you are in need of a name tag please contact Sarra via email at
or call the office (708)-798-4150 and you will have yourself a shiny new name tag by the following Sunday. 
Care For Our Common Home

The South West Interfaith Team (SWIFT) will be participating in a service project at the Orland Grassland in Tinley Park on Saturday, June 22 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Volunteers will be clearing out invasive plant species and spreading native seeds. Several parishioners from the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration have already signed up and their rector, Rev. Annette Mayer, is tentatively coming as well. So this is a great opportunity not only to work with people from other faith traditions but also our fellow southside Episcopalians. If you are interested please speak to or contact Bryan Burke ( or Rob McManamy ( This is a great opportunity for service hours for teenagers but anyone under 13 must come accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

SWIFT is a Non-Profit Organization made up of synagogues, churches, & mosques located in the South & South-West suburbs of Chicago.
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Week

June 23: Madeline Moxley
June 23: Anne Edwards &
                       Shirley Reilly
June 24: Diego Barrera
June 24: Carolyn Oyster
June 25: Michael Oyster

May the Lord always smile upon you and bless you with everything that is good. May His heart fill you with love and keep you safe on this special day and every day this year.
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.
Calling all campers ages 7-15! Registration for Camp Chicago is open!
This summer Camp Chicago is offering three, week long, sessions between June 30-July 19 at the Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center in Oregon, IL. Camp is NOT limited to just Episcopalians or regular churchgoers. ALL are welcome to come and enjoy a variety of summer activities, Christian education, worship, fellowship, and memory making. For more information we invite you to visit: 
Parish Office Hours
As many of you know our Music Director, Michael Soto, will soon be moving on to life's next great adventure. Please join us for cake and refreshments following the 10:00 am service on Sunday, July 28th as we say farewell and good luck to Michael.
Cottage Meeting Hosts Needed
Dear Friends, 
Thank you to all who have graciously volunteered to host a Cottage Meeting. As you know, these meetings are the first step in our Capital Campaign and will consist of structured conversation and listening sessions as we collaborate to envision our hopes and dreams for the future of St. John's. We are still in need of 2-3 volunteers to host! Hosts need to be able to accommodate up to ten people. You may provide drinks and refreshments, but this is not a requirement. If you have the ability to open your heart and home to facilitate this period of discernment, please contact the church office via email or telephone. 
This Week's Lessons

1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a
Psalm 42 and 43
Galatians 3:23-29
Luke 8:26-39

Go to to read this week's lessons.
Please join us at the 
Third Annual Lighthouse Pride Party
 Friday, June 28 from 5-9 p.m.
18020 Martin Ave, Homewood, IL 60430
St. John's will be hosting a booth at the Pride Party and we are looking for volunteers to be present as well as donations to underwrite the cost of running the booth.
We're also having a bake sale at the table and need your help! If you want to contribute, please drop off your wrapped-to-sell goodies either at the church on Friday by 4 pm, or bring them straight to the booth between 4 - 5 pm. We'll do the pricing for you.  Questions? Call Tracie: 708-822-6372.  Thanks! You can read more about the event by going to 

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 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: 78
Last Week's Offering: $3,064.00
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is $105,250.82 which is $2172.50 (2%) ABOVE our budgeted need.
Coming Up This Week:

Saturday, June 22

9:00-12:00pm S.W.I.F.T. Service Project (Orland Grassland)

Sunday, June 23
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  (Spoken Service)
9:00 am Adult Formation (Resource Rm) - Stewardship as Spiritual Practice
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  (Sung service with choir)
5:00 pm St. John's Table 

Tuesday, June 25
12:30 pm Bridge (Guild Room)

Wednesday, June 26
9:00 am Holy Eucharist w/Healing Rite
10:00 am  Bible Study (Resource Room)
8:00 pm A.A. (Undercroft)

Thursday, June 27
7:00 pm  Adult Formation (Resource Rm.) - Breathing Underwater

Saturday, June 29
5:00 pm Recovery Mass
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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Contact us:
The Church of St. John the Evangelist
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
(708) 798-4150

The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
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