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The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. 
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February 9, 2020 

Dear friends,
 
If you’re like me, the political events of this week have left your head spinning.  Our election season has started off challenging our confidence in the way we select our presidential nominees.  The United States Senate has voted to acquit our President, seeming to acknowledge that he has not been honest, has corrupted his office, and has used his office and authority to pressure others to also not be fully honest, but yet still sending the message that doesn’t matter.  I don’t say all this to rouse political hackles, but to simply frame the state of mind that many of us are currently experiencing and to acknowledge that our nation is perhaps more divided than it has been since the inception of the Civil War.  
 
But then we come to the Gospel lesson for this Sunday, in which we are reminded that as followers of the Way of Jesus, we are to be shining lights, set upon a hill for everyone to see.  When we let our light shine, we are saying to the world that God’s love, which resides within us and shines out through our words and actions and in the way that we love others, that this love is more powerful that all the misguided verbiage and actions of our elected leaders.  We are that city – the church, the gathered people of God – that has been set upon the hill, and we are the ones that have been commissioned to be the voices of love and unity in a world fraught with division and hatred.  
 
When we find ourselves in conversations that are not edifying everyone, when we are tempted to demonize those who disagree with us, when we fail to recognize the presence of God, the Christ, the Holy Spirit, in the face of everyone, even those who we cannot agree with, then we have hidden our light under the bushel so that no one can see us.  My friends, be the light of Christ, shining forth in a troubled world, and they certainly will know that we are Christians, that we are followers of the Way of Jesus, by our love.  This is not an easy ask, but it will change how we respond and it will change the world, one light at a time.   
 
Grace and peace,
Fr. Jeremy+

Announcements
  • There will be a Capitol Campaign Open Forum this Sunday, February 9 after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. 
  • Ash Wednesday Services will be held on Wednesday, February 26 at 6:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 7:00 p.m.
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday: 94
Last Week's Offering: $7,231.00
We need an average of $3,682.94 each week to maintain our budgeted income.
Our income year-to-date is
$27,582.00 which is $9,167.39 (50%) ABOVE our budgeted need.
Good people of St. John's: Our parish has been blessed recently with some lovely guests and visitors. It's never easy being the new person in a room full of folks who know each other.  Let's help them put some names with some faces by wearing our name tags. If you need a new name tag, or never had one to begin with, shoot Sarra an email and one will be created for you. 
Help us sing our praises to the Heavenly Father by joining the St. John's choir.

Now is the perfect time to give it a try because we need more singers! Currently we rehearse only before the 10 a.m. worship service.

For more information (or to enlist), reach out to Mary VanSwol or Betsy Elliot.
For February, the Daughters of the King will meet on the second Saturday, February 8, at 10 a.m. in the Resource Room. We'll continue our study of prayer, having taken a break with our fun and delicious January brunch. As always, all women of the parish are welcome.
We're mighty grateful to everyone who's donated much needed items to PADS so far. If you haven't had a chance, we will still be collecting items until April 5. Share the wealth, show the love.

There is a growing need for the following items:
  • Underwear (all sizes)
  • Tube socks  (all sizes)
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Disposable diapers 
  • Incontinence pads 
  • Scarves & Gloves 
  • Travel-size: soaps, face lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, chapstick, and hand cream
**Please Note: Items must be new/unused. Open packages may be accepted so long as the remaining items in the pack are unused.
For example, a package of underwear that was opened but did not fit is acceptable IF the remaining pairs were not worn/used.  

If you have any questions regarding what is acceptable please reach out to PADS coordinator Laura Brady or the Church Office and we will be happy to advise you. 
 Birthdays & Anniversaries 
 
February 7: Caroline Madden
February 7: Dean Sutherland
February 8: Gail Richardson
February 11: Carol Brenner
February 12: Millie Boggs

 
Heavenly Father, we ask that you please bless Caroline, Dean, Gail, Carol, and Millie and be with them as they celebrate another year. Help them in times of need and bless them with your holy and unyielding love.  In Jesus' name we pray.
Amen
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. 
Collect for February 9

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This Week's Lessons

Isaiah 58:1-9a, (9b-12)
Psalm 112:1-9
1 Corinthians 2:1-12
Matthew 5:13-20


Visit lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Save the Date!

The annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is Tuesday, February 25. Stay tuned for more details coming soon! 
Dryads, fairies, and other woodland creatures: Come and join us in the Impressionistic Forest.
The next Art in the Undercroft is set for
Sunday, May 3.
$40 and all materials are included in the cost. 
The Recovery & Healing Ministry

Next week will be our last week of studying Addiction and Grace by Gerald G. May, M.D. 

Starting February 5 we will begin studying The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen.

It is not completely necessary to purchase the book in order to participate in the group but it is helpful. If you plan to purchase the book, and, if you are able, we would love to have an extra copy or two for any drop-in guests that may join us in the future. 

The 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. 

 
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
  • Astrid Ciaglia 
  • Don Corydon
  • Gayle Coan
Heavenly Father, this week we lift up in prayer: Astrid, Don, and Gayle.  We ask that you whisper smiles in their ears and make their lips reflect Your good Word.  Please keep them healthy not only physically but also in their minds and spirits. All this we ask in the name of your Son, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Amen 
Serving Sunday, February 9:
 
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Gale Michael
LEM: Sue O'Brien                     
Usher: Jack Voigt

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
LectorsDebbi Huggett,                                            Mike Juskelis
LEMs: Sam Otoo,                                     Steven Russell
Acolytes: Kyle Dailor, Abbey Sutherland, Maggie Oyster, Zoe Huntoon
Ushers: Mike Madden & Diane Walsh-Madden
Greeters: Pat Smith-Huntoon,
                    Zoe Huntoon

Oblation Bearer: Nancy Mulcahy
Coffee Hour: Donna Blackburn, Ann Glascoff, Gale Michael
Altar Guild: Captain: Susan Marquis, Debbi Huggett, Don Rubins, Betsy Elliot
     
     
  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.  
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
Chili 
Toppings Bar
Dessert
 

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

Saturday, February 8
10:00 a.m. Daughters of the King 

Sunday, February 9

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
~11:15 a.m. Capitol Campaign Open Forum
5:00 p.m. St. John's Table 


Wednesday, February 12
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, February 16
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. 
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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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