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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 
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July 14, 2019 
Dear friends, 
 
Just a week ago we celebrated Independence Day, the day that we remember when our founding fathers and mothers threw off the tyranny of foreign empire and declared our nation’s independence.  It was the birth of a country that is often proud to claim itself to be a Christian nation, though that moniker is itself a myth, for from the very beginning we have been a nation committed to equality without regard to religion … at least in theory.  We claim in our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Now, admittedly, we have never succeeded in fully living up to these ideals.  It was a long time before women were fully enfranchised and even longer before African-Americans (and one could argue that in some respects they still aren’t). There was a time when Roman Catholics received a similar bigoted reception as our Muslim sisters and brothers often do today.  
 
Today we are facing a crisis in our nation that we have not seen in our life-times – and it is NOT a crisis being caused by desperate human beings seeking safety in the land that once offered to “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”  Political ideologies aside, before we are Democrats or Republicans or Independents or any other flavor of party, we are people who call ourselves Christian.  In our rite of initiation, by which we received that name, Christian, we promised to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves, to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being.  When the disciples thought that they would shoo the children away, Jesus rebuked them and said, “let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”  When Jesus taught his disciples what it looks like to follow him, he said, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”  When they asked Jesus when he was any of those things, he said to them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  
 
Today on our southern border children are still being torn away from their parents, being locked up in cages, being denied clean clothes, a bed to sleep on, adequate food to eat or water to drink, basic healthcare, the ability to even bathe.  These children are sleeping on concrete floors under foil blankets, and as if this is not cruelty enough, now reports are coming out that they are being abused, physically and even sexually.  These children are suffering irreparable psychological trauma due a breakdown of a system that is supposed to protect them at every level of government: local, state, and federal.  This is not how we treat other human beings.  This is not what Jesus meant when he commanded us to love others as we love ourselves.
 
We believe in a God who created all life, and made each one of us in his likeness and  image.  When we look into the eyes of those who are being brutally and shamefully detained with no end in sight, we are looking into the eyes of the God who created us. If we are going to call ourselves Christians, then the time has come for us take a stand for those who are being bound, and to speak up for those whose voices are being gagged.  These beloved children of God deserve basic human dignity. Can you imagine how desperate these refugees must be to come to our border knowing what awaits them.  If these conditions are worth the cost, then just imagine what it must be like where they come from.  
 
I’m not normally one to pick up my picket sign and take to the streets, but these are extraordinary times when common decency, and the spirit of Love that Jesus calls us to follow, is being suffocated.  But like the light that shines in the darkness, the darkness shall not overcome it! I invite you to join me Friday evening as we join voices with those all around the world who have committed to stand in the gap and be counted.  A Lights for Liberty Vigil will be held in Homewood at Richard D. Irwin Park (18120 Highland Ave.) at 6:00 pm.  We will stand in solidarity with those refugees being “housed” in inhumane conditions. Around 7:00 p.m. this Vigil will move to Kankakee where hundreds are being detained, right here in our own Deanery. The Kankakee Vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. near the gazebo in downtown (250 S. Schuyler Ave.).  I am told that candles will be provided, but the organizers are asking that you bring your own sign.  My Brothers and Sisters, we have been blessed with a voice.  Let’s find a way to use it.  Please, if you cannot attend tomorrow evening, write a real letter to your Senators and Representatives.  Let us flood the halls with Congress with letters expressing our dismay and righteous anger.  
 
May the same Spirit of God that led the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt, also lead us.
 
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, July 18th th 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.
Calling all teens, tweens, and young folks!
St. John's will be hosting a Youth night on Friday, August 9th at 7:00pm in the Youth Room. Please join us for a time of fellowship as we enjoy pizza and other refreshments as well as a movie (movie TBA). 
Any questions? Contact 
Rev. Mike Bond at  deaconmikebond@comcast.net

We hope to see you there and feel free to bring your friends! 
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Tom Senesac
LEM: Kristy Petersen
Usher: Tom Senesac

 
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Rob McManamy, Dee McManamy
LEMs: Gale Michael, Donna Blackburn
Acolytes: Owen Zigmund, Oliver Zigmund, Catherine Madden
Ushers: Mike Madden, Diane Walsh-Madden
Greeters: Pat Smith-Huntoon, Carolyn Oyster
Oblation Bearer: Ginny Eysenbach
Coffee Hour: Cyndie Knoll, Shirley Reilly, Lynn Ruschhaupt

Altar Guild: Captain: Susan Marquis, Debbi Huggett, Don Rubins, Betsy Elliot
Cottage Meetings are Coming

The first phase of our Capital Campaign will begin in just a few weeks.  Please mark your calendar to be in Church on Sunday, August 4 for our Kick-Off Sunday!  On that day we will begin signing up to attend Cottage Meetings and our consultant, Linda Buskirk from the Episcopal Church Foundation, will be here to share with us and to answer any questions during a forum following both services.  We will need everyone's input during this Discernment Phase as we begin to envision our future ministry as a Parish community, so please plan to join us for Kick-Off Sunday and to attend a Cottage Meeting.
Collect for July 7th

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This Week's Lessons

2 Kings 5:1-14
Psalm 30
Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20


Go to lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Week

July 16: Jean Hilliard
July 16: Mike Madden
July 17: Noah Thomas
July 19: Susan & Robert Marquis
 
Dear Heavenly Father, we come to you in thanksgiving for those celebrating this week. May they continue to clothe themselves in Your love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 
It's official: the dog days of summer are upon us. As temperatures reach 90+ please make sure to stay well hydrated and avoid being outside for long periods of time, especially during the hottest part of the day. If you're able, remember to check on elderly loved ones and friends. One phone call or visit can make a world of difference. 

Knit once - Pray twice
The Knitting group is providing a couple scarves-in-process if you feel you want something to do with your hands during mass.
The knitting bowl will be at the back of the church.
As you knit we encourage you to pray for the person who will receive the scarf.
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
Did you know that adults can be Acolytes too?
We are in need of new acolytes, to help lead our worship.  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to lead the procession or light the Gospel?  Are you nostalgically reminiscing the days when you were an Acolyte?  Then this is your opportunity to scratch that itch and to serve God in the process.  Please speak to Fr. Jeremy or email Sarra in the Parish Office (office@mysje.org) if you are interested.  
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.
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.
Save the Date!

The next Art in the Undercroft painting date is from 2 - 4 p.m. on  Sunday, September 29. Please reserve the date and join us for painting and lots of fun! All are welcome! The cost is $40 and proceeds go to the Rectory Renovation, Part 2.
This project will be a very impressionistic still life with colorful flowers.
If you have participated before, you can pick up your paintings from the Undercroft any time this month - before the Asbestos Abatement, please. 
If you haven’t attended previously, you may not know that this is how we start Art and Whine: (In our whiniest voices) I can’t draw a straight line. Fortunately we don’t work with straight lines!
The St. John's website got an exciting, and long overdue, update! We're also in the process of transitioning emails.

You can reach Sarra in the office at: 
office@mysje.org
or
Fr. Jeremy at:
 Frjeremy@mysje.org

Check out our new website at  
https://www.mysje.org/
 
The South West Interfaith Team (SWIFT) will be hosting its annual summer picnic on Sunday, July 28, 1pm-5pm on the church grounds of Peace Memorial United Church of Christ, 10300 W 131st St, Palos Park.
Cost to attend is absolutely free but please bring a side dish or a dessert if you can. There will be lots of food as well as a clown, bounce house, piñata, and games for the kids and of course plenty of opportunities for great conversations with our Jewish, Muslim, and Christian neighbors.
If you are interested in attending please speak to Rob McManamy (
robmac0613@yahoo.com) or Bryan Burke (bryanburke93@gmail.com) as soon as possible so we can rough headcount. Also, if you need service hours for school and can help us to set up or clean up, please let us know, we always appreciate the help!
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: 96
Last Week's Offering: $4,388.00
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$114,693.82 which is $1,269.29 (1%) BELOW our budgeted need.
Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, July 14
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 

Tuesday, July 16
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)

Wednesday, July 17
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
9:00 am Holy Eucharist w/Healing Rite
10:00 am Bible Study (Resource Room)
6:45 pm Evening Prayer
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting
8:00 pm A.A. (Undercroft)

Thursday, July 18
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
7:00 pm Adult Christian Formation Class: 
          Breathing Under Water (Resource Room)


Friday, July 19
NO MORNING PRAYER TODAY
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
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
jeremyfroyen@gmail.com
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