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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost 
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August 18, 2019 
Dear friends,
 
I have been reflecting lately about the state of the Church in our society and in our lives, particularly in light of the oft-lamented fear that the Church is dying.  Well, let me just say that I do not think that the Church universal is dying.  It is changing and being called toward something new, something that very well could look different than the model of Church we are all familiar with, but not dying.  The old markers of Church health that are so ingrained into our way of thinking are being challenged – average Sunday attendance and budgets are not determinative of healthy churches.  What is determinative of health is how we are the Church – how we are transforming lives, how we are restoring relationships and community, and how we are being guided ever deeper into God’s love and grace. 
 
In this world of shifting attitudes, diminishing resources, and shrinking congregations, we are being challenged to be bearers of God’s love to this world that is hungry for an authentic experience of God’s divine grace.  Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin, who God asked to be the God bearer, the mother of the Incarnate Christ in our world, and who had the courage to say yes, “Here am I, let it be with me according to your word.”  Mary is lifted up for us as an example of how to follow Jesus.  In the Gospel appointed for today, Mary is with Jesus and his disciples at a wedding feast in Cana, and when Jesus seems reluctant to act, she tells the servants to “Do whatever he tells you.”  We may not always be sure what to do, but if we follow Mary’s instructions, to do whatever Jesus tells us, then we can be assured that we are building a healthy Church, for what is it that Jesus tells us to do?  He tells us to love God with all our heart, and to love each other as ourselves.  If we do these two things well, then we are in fact transforming lives, and restoring community, and being guided into God’s love and grace.  And I think that we are doing these things well, here at St. John’s.
 
Grace & Peace,
Fr. Jeremy
Attention St. John's Ministry Teams:
Please submit your 2019-2020 meeting dates and/or other events to the office (office@mysje.org)  no later than August 23, 2019 so that we may begin creating the new calendar. Please include dates, times, locations, and any other pertinent information you would like noted. 
 
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, August 22nd 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.
Dear Friends, we will be taking the contents of the Rich Township donation box to the food pantry on September 3rd. If you have non-perishable items you would like to contribute please feel free to bring them on Sunday or drop them off at the office Monday through Thursday between 9:00-2:00. 
 
If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. Isaiah 58:10
Cottage Meeting Sign-up 
*Update* If you signed up on the board in the narthex  your name has also been added to the digital sign-up forms. We will continue to check the board on Mondays and will update the digital forms accordingly. 
 
If you haven't already signed up for a cottage meeting please check out the list of dates and times on our website. You can also sign up to attend a meeting at  https://www.mysje.org/capital-campaign.html or on the bulletin board in the narthex
This Week's Lessons

Isaiah 5:1-7

Psalm 80: 1-2, 8-18
Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Luke 12:49-56


Go to lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Donna Blackburn
LEM: Kristy Petersen
Usher: Ken & Beth Blackburn

 
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Candice Barerra, MJ Bond
LEMs: Steven Russell, Sam Otoo
Acolytes: Kyle Dailor, Abbey Sutherland, Rowan Moxley, Ruby Moxley 
Ushers: Eric & Ben Turnquest
Greeters: Mike Madden & Diane Walsh-Madden
Oblation Bearer: Ginny Eysenbach
Coffee Hour: Cyndie Knoll, Shirley Riley, Lynn Ruschhaupt


Altar Guild: Captain: Donna Blackburn, Janice Hickman, Kristy Petersen, Candice Barerra
Check out the new SWIFT billboard on I-80/294! As one of SWIFT's 19 member congregations, St. John's has contributed to the cost of funding the billboard, which will be up through Labor Day weekend. The billboard company estimates that it will be seen by 2.3 million vehicles over the course of thirty days. If you're interested in learning more about SWIFT we encourage you to visit http://www.swiftinterfaith.org/
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 18, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
St. Mark's, Glen Ellyn

September 5, 7 - 8:30 pm 
 Grace, New Lenox 
St. John's would like to extend their deepest condolences to the Nolan Family. Arrangements for Robert "Bob" Nolan are listed below. 

Visitation:
Friday, August 16 from 3-8pm
 Church of the Holy Nativity
9300 S. Pleasant Ave. Chicago, IL 60643
Funeral:
Saturday August 17 at 11am.
St. Cajetan Church
2445 W. 112th St. Chicago, IL 60655

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to Church of Holy Nativity, St. Cajetan Parish, or the American Diabetes Association. 

Please keep the Nolan family, especially Daryce and Douglass, in your prayers during this difficult time. 
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.
 This week's Birthdays and Anniversaries 
 
August 18: Mary Agnes Long
August 19: Benjamin Turnquest
August 19: Ann & Bill Moser
August 19: Ted Zigmund
August 20: Bev & Harold Keene
August 21: Sam Otoo
August 23: Robert Sheldon

Father God, thank you so much for the blessings you have heaped upon those celebrating this week. May they continue to grow, in health, wealth, and happiness, as they follow the path of Jesus, in who's name we pray, amen. 
Collect for August 18th
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Hidden Gem Half Marathon, which takes place in conjunction with Flossmoor Fest, will be held on Saturday, September 7th. The course will pass in front of St. John's and we will be hosting a water station for the runners. We will need 15-20 volunteers to help with the water station, beginning at 6:45am, for about an hour and a half. This is another great opportunity for us to be visible and active in our community. Please contact the church office via email or telephone if you are interested in volunteering. You can learn more about the Hidden Gem Marathon by visiting:
Parting Thoughts: Conversations about living after loss
 
Parting Thoughts is an invitation to a three part series of conversations with Certified Life Celebrant, Silvia Gale. These conversations are for those who have experienced the death of a beloved--be it a parent, spouse, partner, child, family member or friend, and who are committed to finding health and wholeness for their lives again.

This is a safe space of understanding, compassion, encouragement, maybe a little bit of dark humor (the kind one acquires while trying to make sense of the senseless), and support for those who have and/or are grieving a loss, regardless of how long ago your loss occurred. 

So, if any of the following apply to you
  • You've been dealing with the death of your loved one in silence and isolation.
  • You pretend to be happier than you really are because you don't want to be thought of as a 'Downer'.
  • You’ve stopped talking to others about the pain because it’s been years since your loss and you’re wondering if it’s ‘normal’ to still be feeling this way.
  • You wish you could talk to others who just "get it".
  • You feel you have insights to share that might help others on the grief journey.
Then I invite you to #JoinTheConversation

The Parting Thoughts workshops will be held on September 14, October 12, and November 9. There is no cost to attend but we will be taking donations to offset the cost of the facilitator's travel. 
 
Loss and heartache do not define us. They are a part of our story, and stories are meant to be told. 
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday:87
Last Week's Offering: $2447.00
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$129,589.07 which is $7,848.69 (6%) BELOW our budgeted need.
Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, August 18 
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  
5:00 pm St. John's Table 

Tuesday, August 20
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)

Wednesday, August 21
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, August 22
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
7:00 pm Adult Christian Formation Class: 
          Breathing Under Water (Resource Room)


Friday, August 23
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
7:00 pm Deadline for calendar submissions

Sunday, August 25
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  
5:00 pm 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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Contact us:
The Church of St. John the Evangelist
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
(708) 798-4150
office@mysje.org
http://www.mysje.org

The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
Rector
frjeremy@mysje.org
To schedule an appointment with Fr. Jeremy,
please go to https://frjeremy.youcanbook.me

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