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The First Sunday in Lent 

March 1, 2020 

Dear Friends,
As you all know, seven months ago our Director of Music left St. John’s to pursue his master’s degree in Texas.  In the months since then we have been blessed to have several supply musicians to help lead our worship and have even had a few Sundays where we have returned to the ancient tradition of singing without instruments.  I am very happy to announce that Michael Wolniakowski will be joining the ministry team at St. John’s as Interim Director of Music beginning this Sunday.  Some of you may have met Michael last Sunday when he supplied with us. 
Michael holds a Bachelor of Music from Concordia University where he studied organ performance and music composition; a Master of Music from Northwestern University with a concentration in music education, composition, and choral conducting; and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Composition from the Royal College of Music in London.  I am excited for the talent and spirit that Michael will bring to our worship and look forward to working with him.  Please join me in welcoming him to St. John’s.
Grace & Peace,
Fr. Jeremy  

-Special thanks to Bill Moser and Tracie Moxley for organizing and prepping and to all who came out to enjoy the Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper.
-We're looking for a volunteer to be responsible for ensuring the donated food in the Narthex is taken to the food pantry on an as needed basis. Likely 2 or 3 times per month. Contact the church office if this is a task you'd like to undertake. 
-The next Scrip order deadline is Sunday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. 
-Save the date for visiting the Shrine of Christ's Passion. Saturday, March 28. You can check out the website by clicking here or see Rev. Mike Bond for additional details. 

-There will be no Pre-K Sunday school on March 8th. The Nursery will be open and all other Sunday school classes will be meeting.

-The next Blood Pressure screening will be held on Sunday, March 8th. This is a free screening provided by the Ministry for Caring. 
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday: 92
Last Week's Offering: $2,717.00
We need an average of $3,682.94 each week to maintain our budgeted income.
Our income year-to-date is
$35,861.00 which is $6,397.48 (22%) ABOVE our budgeted need.
Are you interested in finding out more about the Daughters of the King? Or perhaps you'd like to renew your commitment? Our next meeting will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 7, at the home of Ginny McCollum. We will be starting a study for new members, though a commitment to join is not required (just your curiosity). For more info, reach out to Cyndie Knoll or any member of the Daughters.
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.
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.  
 Birthdays & Anniversaries 
March 1: Lita Morgan
March 3: Molly Marquis

Heavenly Father, we come to you in thanksgiving, asking for blessings for Lita and Molly as they celebrate another year of life.  Father, please guide their minds, guard their hearts, and help them to continue to walk in the light that leads to Your unending love.
  In Jesus' name we pray.
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 
Serving Sunday, March 1:
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Kristy Petersen
LEM: Debbi Huggett                   
Usher: Warren Becker

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Rob McManamy,
                   Steven Russell

LEMs: Donna Blackburn,
                    M.J. Bond

Acolytes: Zoe Huntoon, Catherine Madden, Maggie Oyster
Ushers: Sam Otoo, John Huntoon
Greeters: Sarah Walter, Candice Barrera
Oblation Bearer: Mike Juskelis
Coffee Hour: Lois Rinkenberger, Joanne Fisher, Sarah Walter
Altar Guild: Captain: Alison Deniston, Ginny McCollum
Collect for March 1

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Starting tonight, February 27, and every Thursday during the Lenten season there will be a short Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. followed by study and discussion of N.T. Wright's video series
Surprised by Hope:
Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. 
The Recovery & Healing Ministry

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. 
As of February 5 we have begun studying The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen. 

Interfaith Speakers' Forum (Sunday, March 15)

The South West Interfaith Team (SWIFT) will be hosting its biennial speakers' forum at Peace Memorial United Church of Christ in Palos Park on Sunday, March 15. The topic will be "One God: Three Faiths?" and the panel will include Northwestern University Muslim Chaplain Tahera Ahmed, Pastor Adam Malak of Faith United Presbyterian Church in Tinley Park, and Rabbi Michael Balinsky, the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis.
Registration will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the program running from 3:00 p.m.--5:00 p.m. with a Q&A afterwards. There is NO charge but please bring a non-perishable food donation that will be donated to Respond Now if you can. Refreshments will be provided.
Parish Cycle of Prayer
  • Bob DeOliveira &
  • Bill Sole
  • Theresa Duckett
Heavenly Father, this week we lift up in prayer: Bob, Bill, and Theresa.  Please bless them with good mental, physical, and spiritual health. Grant them grace, fill their hearts with peace, and hold them close in times of strife. Father, please help them to put You and the mission of Christ first in their lives.  All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Still stuck on that same scarf you started back in December? You're in luck,The next Yarn Ministry Meeting will be Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Guild Room. 
  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
Soup Supper
Salad w/fixin's

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

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

Visit to read this week's lessons.
Coming Up This Week:

Saturday, February 29
5:00 p.m. Recovery Mass

Sunday, March 1

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 

Wednesday, March 4
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist w/Healing Rite
10:00 a.m. Bible Study (Resource Room
7:00 p.m. Healing & Recovery Ministry (Guild Room)
8:00 p.m. A.A. (Undercroft)

Saturday, March 7
10:00 a.m. Daughters of the King (Ginny McCollum's House) 

Sunday, March 8
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) *No Pre-K Sunday School*

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
(708) 798-4150

The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
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