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The Last Sunday after the Epiphany. 
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February 23, 2020 

Dear Friends,
 
This Sunday marks the end of the Epiphany season in which we have remembered God’s love being made known to all the world through the light of Jesus.  We end this season by reading Matthew’s account of Jesus’ transfiguration, in which Jesus takes his friends, Peter, James, and John up Mount Tabor to serve as witnesses to the miracle of the Transfiguration.  The mountain is shrouded in a cloud, reminding us of the presence of God’s Holy Spirit, and Jesus is seen standing with Moses and Elijah.  Then we hear God’s voice coming from the cloud, in a manner reminiscent of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, “This is my son, the beloved, with him I am well pleased.  Listen to him!”
 
God commands the Apostles, and so us too, to listen to Jesus – to do what he says!  And what is it that Jesus says?  He tells the three apostles who were with him to tell no one about what they have seen until after Jesus is raised from the dead.  In other words, he implies that after his resurrection, go and tell everyone what you have seen and heard.
 
God is calling us to go and do what Jesus has told us to do, and what is that?  We are to go and love our neighbors.  We are to go and love our enemies.  We are to go and forgive.  We are to go and reconcile ourselves and the world with God’s transforming love that changes hearts and lives.  We are to love and care for the poor, to love and care for those who are alone, to love and to care for those who are struggling with life, to love and care for those who are hard to love, to love and to care for those who exist on the margins of what we have decided is decent and acceptable society.  Jesus’ message is one of love and it always leads us closer to the God who is love.  
 
Let us go to the mountain and meet God, but be prepared, because once we meet the God of love, we are destined to be transformed in our hearts and souls and minds to be bearers of God’s love to all those whom God loves, and that includes those who are sometimes the most difficult to love.
 
Grace and peace,
Fr. Jeremy

Announcements
 
  • There will be no Holy Eucharist w/Healing Service, Women's Bible Study, or Healing & Recovery on Wednesday, February 26. All three will resume their regular schedule on Wednesday, March 4. 
 
  • The next Scrip order deadline is Sunday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. 
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday: 84
Last Week's Offering: $3,568.00
We need an average of $3,682.94 each week to maintain our budgeted income.
Our income year-to-date is
$33,144.00 which is $7,363.42 (29%) 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.  

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 22: Dee McManamy
February 25: David Ruschhaupt
February 27: Elliot McManamy


Heavenly Father, we come to you in humble prayer this week, asking You to please bless Dee, David, and Elliot. God, please guide their minds, guard their hearts, and give them the blessings that You know they need.  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. 
Serving Sunday, February 23:
 
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Tom Senesac
LEM: Gale Michael                    
Usher: Ken & Beth Blackburn

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Pat Smith- Huntoon,
                   Greg Lawrence

LEMs: Sue O'Brien, Steven Russell
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Rowan Moxley, Zoe Huntoon, Ruby Moxley
Ushers: Ben & Eric Turnquest
Greeters: Zayda Stewart
Oblation Bearer: Steven Russell
Coffee Hour: Cyndie Knoll, Shirley Reilly, Lynn Ruschhaupt
Altar Guild: Captain: Lynn Ruschhaupt, Bev Keene, Marilyn Kromer, Nancy Mulcahy
Collect for February 23

O God, who before the passion of your only begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Start practicing your Pancake Flipping skills!
 
A pancake flipping relay will be one of the highlights of the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, which will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25 in the Undercroft.

The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids 3 to 12, $20 for families, and kids under 3 eat free. Real maple syrup will be available.
The Shrove Tuesday Pancake flipping will begin at 6 p.m.
The supper will feature pancakes, waffles, sausages, orange juice, coffee, and milk. 
All are welcome. Invite your friends.
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. 

 
Parish Cycle of Prayer
  • Cecilia Dawkins
  • Alison Deniston
  • Alexander Deniston
  • Craig Deniston
Father God, this week we lift up in prayer: Cecilia, Alison, Alexander, and Craig.  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.
Amen 
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
Pasta Primavera 
Bread
Salad w/fixin's
Dessert
 

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

Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9


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

Sunday, February 23
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 


Tuesday, February 25
12:30 p.m. Bridge (Guild Room)
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Pancake Supper (Undercroft)

Wednesday, February 26
Ash Wednesday Services
6:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
8:00 p.m. A.A. (Undercroft)


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 
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
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Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
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The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
Rector
frjeremy@mysje.org
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