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The Second Sunday of Lent
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February 28, 2021
Dear Friends,
 
I was recently reminded of a quote from the late Bishop Barbara Harris, the first female and black female bishop in the Anglican Communion.  "We are an Easter people living in the midst of a Good Friday world."  In many ways it feels as though Good Friday never ended last year, but we are an Easter people, which is what the season of Lent is meant to remind us as we prepare ourselves to live into that hope.  We have many reasons to find hope in our world and in our lives, even as we face many challenges.  Reflecting on this hope, we continue looking ahead to what life at St. John's will look like in a post-pandemic world.  

According to guidelines from the Diocese of Chicago and the State's Restore Illinois Plan, in Phase 4 we are permitted to have up to 50 people in our building for in-person worship.  I am aware that because of the way our church building is configured 50 people in the church at one time will make it nearly impossible to maintain safe physical distancing.  Since resuming our Sunday morning 11:00 am Mass we have exceeded 20 people in attendance on several occasions, and as people continue to be vaccinated we expect this number to continue to grow.  

Therefore, beginning on Sunday, March 7, we will resume our early service at 8:30 am and maintain the 11:00 am Mass.  Please note the time changes to our regular Sunday schedule.  We anticipate adding our Saturday, 5:30 pm Mass beginning on April 3 with The Great Vigil of Easter.  However, if attendance dictates, we may add that service earlier.  While we are anxious to resume some semblance of normality, we are committed to doing so in a safe manner.  Please continue to pay attention to the e-Vangelist and the parish website for updates, and continue to pray for our parish community, particularly those who are grieving losses this past year.  Please know that you all continue to be in my prayers and that you are loved.  
 
Peace and all good, 
Fr. Jeremy
COVID-19 UPDATE

Cook County (Region 10) is now in Phase 4 of the State's restoration plan and our local positivity rate is 3.9%.  Accordingly the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Chicago has authorized all congregations in Region 10 to resume in-person gatherings of no more than 100 or 25% of the seating capacity (whichever is fewer).  

For St. John's this means that we have resumed worship inside the church with gatherings of no more than 50 per service.  We have resumed the 11:00 am Sunday Mass, and will add additional services as attendance dictates. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Fr. Jeremy
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IF YOU LIVE IN COOK COUNTY AND NEED ASSISTANCE OBTAINING VACCINATION INFORMATION, THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS SET UP A HOTLINE.  PLEASE CALL:
(833) 308-1988
Upcoming Worship

Sunday, February 28
Holy Eucharist at 11:00 a.m.  (In-Person & Livestream)

Sunday, March 7
Holy Eucharist at 8:30 a.m. AND 11:00 a.m. (In-Person & Livestream)

All Masses 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.
Resources for Lent
Did you miss church this weekend?  
Watch last Sunday's service here.
  You Are Invited
 
What:  An Afternoon Tea
When:  4:00 PM, Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Who:  All Women of St. John the Evangelist Parish
Where:  Virtually via Zoom
Hosted by:  Members of the First Tea Party
 
Please email the Church Office by Tuesday, March 2, to receive your Zoom link for this Afternoon Tea.
We look forward to this opportunity to gather, to chat and to share Lenten practices during a pandemic.
This Week's Lessons

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:22-30
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38


Visit lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Collect for The Second Sunday of Lent

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Extra, extra, read all about it!
Hot off the press:
2021 Parish Directories are now available. Pick one up on Sunday before or after services or stop by the church office, Monday-Thursday between 9-2.
Can't make it to the church? 
Call Sarra at 708-798-4150 and she will find a way to assist you with getting a new directory. 
Do you have a document that needs to be notarized? 

Our very own Laura Brady is a Notary Public and is offering the service free to anyone in the parish. If you need a document notarized at any time, please contact Laura and she’ll be happy to meet you at church after the service to take care of it.
What if you had a way to give free money to the work and ministry of St. John's?  Well there is!

By signing up with Scrip you can do your shopping (at most of the stores you are already shopping at) with prepaid cards and Scrip offers a percentage of what you spend back to St. John's.  There is NO cost to you.  

This is also a great way to purchase gift cards to give as birthday presents, Mother's Day gifts, or just a little something for yourself.

Please go to the scrip page of our website for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact Pat Smith-Huntoon at sjescrip@gmail.com.  

The next Scrip order will be submitted at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 28
Serving this week
 
Lector: Donna Blackburn
Usher: Steven Russell
Calling All Writers!

We are considering creating a short devotional for Holy Week this year.  If you are interested in writing a short reflection on the daily scripture readings on one or more days from Palm Sunday through Easter, please contact Fr. Jeremy.  
Ways to Give

Remember that there are several ways to make your pledge and offerings to St. John's.  You may put it in the offering plate if you are attending worship in-person.  Or you may mail a check to:   

St. John the Evangelist
P.O. Box 25
Flossmoor, IL 60422

Or 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.  
Parish Cycle of Prayer

Cecelia Dawkins
 Alexander Deniston
Craig Deniston


Father in Heaven, this week we lift up in prayer: Cecelia, Alex, and Craig. Lord, we humbly ask that you 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.

Amen 
 Birthdays & Anniversaries

March 1: Lita Morgan

Loving God, we are so thankful for this week's birthday celebrant: Lita
Lord, we ask that You please bless Lita with another year filled with joy, contentment, good health and spiritual wealth.
Please keep her safe and on the path that leads to love and life eternal.
  In Jesus' name we pray.
Amen
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 Mark.  (Please note that this link has been fixed)
Click here to enter Zoom for Bible Study
St. John's by the Numbers
Attendance for February 21, 2021
In-Person: 21
Online: 84
Average Sunday Attendance: 127

Pledge & Offering last Sunday: $1,775.10
Pledge & Offering year-to-date: $26,044.05
In order to maintain our budget, weekly Pledge & Offering needs to be $3,544.62.
As of this week we are $2,312.91 (8%) BELOW our budgeted need.

Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, February 28
11:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Livestream on our website.

Wednesday, March 3
7:00 p.m.  AA (Undercroft)

Thursday, March 4
5:00 p.m Virtual Bible Study

Click here to join.

6:45 p.m. Recovery & Healing
To participate please email
Brave Fung.

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; Marilin Brown; Sr. Mary Ruth Broz; Ela Bujak; Phil Calvin; Jim & Arlene Carr; Janelle Carrier; Rob Carrier; Carol Cerullo; Sabina Childs; Denise Coffman; Alice Creason; Jennifer Cummins; Lenora Darden; Alex Deniston; Claudette Doyle; the Englewood community; Ethan Eisenberg; Paul Eisenberg; Ruth Frank; Valorie Franklin; Anita Frigo; Brave Fung; Grace Gaskill; Laura Gorski; Peter 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; Terry & Mike Kratzer; Kelli Lange; Scott Lauterbach; Alex Lawler; Greg Lawrence; Elizabeth Lee; Shawn Lobaugh; Mary Long; Richard M.; Jerry Mabry; Jacob MacDonald; Terri Martin; Rev. Annette Mayer; Ginny McCollum; Claire McDonnell; 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; Don Rubins; Karen Scherrer; Mark Scott & Family; Stewart Scott; Karen Scheffers; Julie Seely; Blake Sheffer; Doris Sheffer; Barry Sims; Diance Smith; Thomas Smith; The Rev. Tom Smith; Bob Stevens; Jim Stewart; Ted Stone; Jamie Stovall; Ginny Summers; Leslie Tatum; Phyllia Tettey-Enyo; Shanti Thayil; Bishop Robert Thompson; Tawny Triebold; Emilia Turner; Lee Turner; Joan Unterberg; Roman VanSwol; Jack Voigt; Cora Watson; Erna Watson; 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;  Terri; Victor; Bishop David & Mrs. Bailey; 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 Cecilia Dawkins, Alexander Deniston, and Craig Deniston

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, Pray for Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, We pray for Congregations in the Chicago-South Deanery: Nuestra Senora de las Americas in Chicago; St. Alban in Chicago; Holy Nativity in Chicago Companion Dioceses of SE Mexico and Renk: La Transfiguración in Oaxaca; Jarbanat Sub-Parish

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 office@mysje.org.  Thank you for keeping an eye out for each other.   
The Fine Print
The weekly e-vangelist is distributed (usually) on Thursdays via e-mail subscription.  You may subscribe by submitting your request (including your e-mail address) to office@mysje.org.
 
If you would like to submit material for the weekly e-vangelist, please e-mail to office@mysje.org.  Or you may phone the parish office at 708-798-4150.  Please limit announcements to 100 words or less.  Graphics or photos may be submitted and will be included at the editor’s discretion.  The deadline is Noon on Thursday.
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The Church of St. John the Evangelist
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
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The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
Rector
frjeremy@mysje.org
To schedule an appointment with Fr. Jeremy,
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