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The First Sunday in Lent

 March 10, 2019

Dear friends,
As we enter into a new season of the Church year, and begin to self-reflect, on our own lives and on that of our community, as Lent calls us to do, I want to take a moment to write to you about our church budget.  The Episcopal Church has not done a good job in our history of talking about money.  I suspect this is part of our heritage of historically being a church that sat in position of privilege and a certain amount of power.  This is not the Episcopal Church of today, though.  We are more and more beginning to reflect the make-up of our society, though we still have a long way to go.  What we do need to do, is to begin to learn how to have healthy conversations around money in the church.  So, you will find that I am not going to shy away from talking about money in the church, that is a good and healthy place for us to be.  If you were paying attention at the Annual Meeting, and trust me, I get it if you snoozed a bit, you will have noticed that we passed a deficit budget this year.  This means that we need more income than expenditures this year to begin to crawl out of that deficit.  In an effort to keep everyone informed of the financial health of the Parish, we have begun to post our weekly giving in the Sunday Bulletin, and starting today in the E-vangelist as well.  So let me tell you what these numbers mean.  We need $3,865.56 each week to meet our budgeted offering income of $201,009. However, if we only receive the budgeted amount of income, we will still be $16,787 short of our budgeted spending. We are in a healthy place at the moment as income is in line with what we budgeted, but not enough to erase our deficit.  I want you to know that we are attempting to cut our spending as much as we are able to, but most of our budget includes items that are outside of our control. As we live in to this season of self-reflection, I encourage you to also reflect on your giving to the mission and ministry of St. John’s.  If you have not pledged this year, I encourage you to do so, it is never too late to start.  Stewardship should be a year around conversation, not just something we talk about in November.  If you are pledging, I encourage you to reflect on whether you are in a position to give just a little more.  (If each pledging unit were able to give just $2.50 a week more, we would more than erase our deficit.)  This is not an attempt to guilt anyone into giving more.  I understand that times can be tough for a lot of us.  I am very grateful to all of you for your commitment to the life of this community.  May you have a blessed Lent.
Fr. Jeremy

Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday.
Please keep Jack and Laurie Zielinski and their family in your prayers as they mourn the death of Laurie's niece, Lea Ciastko.

Rest eternal grant unto Lea, may her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

A New Kind of Ancient Worship Experience

St. John's Table continues Sunday, March 10th at 5:00 pm, and every month on the 2nd and 4th Sunday.  

The ancient church worshiped around the table, around a meal that we have ritualized into the modern Mass.  Join us as we reclaim an ancient form of worship, as we gather around the table and together seek the Spirit's movement in our own time and in our own community.  
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Tom Senesac
LEM: Kristy Petersen
Usher: Carolyn Oyster
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Debbi Huggett, Steven Russell
Lay Eucharistic Ministers: Sam Otoo, MJ Bond
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Rowan Moxley, Ruby Moxley, Catherine Madden
Ushers: Mike Juskelis, Cyndie Knoll
Greeters: Bryan Burke, Stuart Creason
Oblation Bearer: Ginny Eysenbach
Coffee Hour: Pat Smith-Huntoon, Beth Blackburn
Altar Guild: Susan Marquis, Debbi Huggett, Don Rubins, Betsy Elliot
This Week's Lessons

Go to to read this week's lessons.

Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Romans 10:8b-14
Luke 4:1-13
The Funeral Mass for Frank So will be held at St. John's on Saturday, March 23rd at 11:00 am.  Please continue to keep Debbi and their family in your prayers.
Lenten Reading Materials in the New Resource Room
We used to have our church library on a book cart in the undercroft. No longer. We now have an expanded library at the end of the education wing in classroom 4. Browse the collection and do some reading in the comfortable chairs in the Resource Room. If you prefer, check out a book or two by signing your name in the binder on the wood book cart along the north wall. We have some wonderful spiritual titles!
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Week

Sunday, March 10: Bill Bestow
Wednesday, March 13: Terri Whitfield
Thursday, March 14: Kyle Dailor, Dan Pohrte
Friday, March 15: Anne Edwards
Collect of the Day

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.
St. John's by the Numbers

Last Sunday’s Attendance: 81
Last Sunday’s Offering: $8,539.00
We need an average of $3,865.56 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is $38,874.06, which is $4,084.01 (12%) ABOVE our budgeted need.
Coming Up This Week

Sunday, March 10
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  (Spoken Service)
9:00 am  Church School  (Education Wing)
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  (Sung service with choir)
11:30 am  Communications Committee Meeting  (Resource Room)
5:00 pm  St. John's Table (Undercroft)

Wednesday, March 13
9:00 am  Holy Eucharist w/ Healing Rite
10:00 am  Bible Study (Guild Room)
8:00 pm  A.A.  (Undercroft)

Thursday, March 14
7:00 pm  Lenten Holy Eucharist & Study

Saturday, March 16
12:00 pm  Vestry Retreat  (Resource Room)
Other Announcements

SWIFT Speakers’ Forum, March 17 at St. John’s
St. John’s will be hosting the South West Interfaith Team’s (SWIFT) Spring Speakers’ Forum on Sunday, March 17. The topic is “Environmental Stewardship in Our Faiths” and will feature a Christian, Jewish, and Muslim speaker who will present the perspective of each faith on our responsibility to God’s creation. Registration starts at 2:30pm with the forum running from 3:00pm to 5:00pm with a Q&A following that. Those who cannot stay for the Q&A are free to not attend. There will be snacks and light refreshments throughout. If you have any questions please talk to or email Bryan Burke ( or Rob McManamy (
Respond Now Needs Men’s Gloves!
Respond Now is asking for St. John’s help in collecting men’s gloves for this winter season. Any winter articles would be appreciated (hats, scarves, gloves, coats), but they have completely run out of men’s gloves to give out. Donations can be placed in the boxes at the top of the stairs to the undercroft.
The Fine Print
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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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