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The Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 26, 2019

Dear Friends,
As you are no doubt aware, our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Jeff Lee has announced his intention to retire in August of 2020.  While we will certainly miss his pastoral presence and leadership, this is an exciting time for our Diocese, and I am honored to have been invited to serve on the Search & Nomination Committee as we begin to discern his successor.  
Just as we have begun to talk about our future mission and ministry here at St. John’s, in this community, our Diocesan community will soon be talking about our future mission and ministry in this region.  These are times that are full of opportunity, when we can allow ourselves to dream big and get creative, when we should be especially open to hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit leading us into new ministry and new ways of doing things.  
Here at St. John’s, we will begin holding a series of Cottage Meetings in August, to be held in a variety of locations, at a variety of times.  These small group meetings will provide us with the opportunity to share with each other our hopes and dreams for the future of St. John’s. This is the first step in our Capital Campaign, to help us create a road map for our future.  This period of discernment will only be successful if we hear from everyone, so please anticipate attending one of these Cottage Meetings.  Times and locations will be posted no later than the first Sunday in August.  In the meantime we need volunteers!  We need parishioners who are willing to host a Cottage Meeting in your home.  The only requirements are that you have space to host about 10 individuals.  You may provide drinks and refreshments, but this is not a requirement.  If you are willing to consider hosting a Cottage Meeting, please contact Sarra in the Parish Office and we will get you more information.  
And throughout our Diocese, there will be a number of opportunities in the coming months to engage in similar conversations around the future vision of our Diocese.  The general timeline for the discernment of our next Bishop is this: over the next few months the Search & Nomination Committee will be holding conversations around the Diocese as we discern together the future vision of the Diocese of Chicago.  A Diocesan profile, shaped by these conversations, will be published in November and we will begin to receive nominations from around the Church.  In April a slate of finalists will be announced, and in June the candidates will participate in a “walk-about” as they get to know the Diocese and we get to know them.  Later in June a special electing convention will be held to select our next Bishop.  The Bishop-elect will begin ministry in the Diocese in September of 2020 and his or her consecration will take place in January of 2021.  Please keep Bishop Lee, the Diocesan Leadership & Staff, and the Search Committee in your prayers over the coming months.   
Fr. Jeremy
Please join us this Sunday, May 26, during the 9:00 Christian Formation hour as we explore the Spiritual Practice of Stewardship.  This class will be held in the Resource Room.  
Adult Christian Formation
Our exploration of the Spirituality of the Twelve Steps continues next Thursday, May 30th 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.
Collect for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Sue O'Brien
LEM: Gale Michael
Usher: Ken & Beth Blackburn
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Jean Scott; Candice Barrera
LEMs: Steven Russell; Kristy Petersen
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Maggie Oyster, Owen Zigmund, Oliver Zigmund
Ushers: Mike Madden & Diane Walsh-Madden
Greeters: Alison Deniston, Stuart Creason
Oblation Bearer: Ginny Eyesenbach
Coffee Hour: Jack Voigt, Nancy Mulcahy
Altar Guild: Lynn Ruschhaupt, Bev Keene, Marily Kromer, Nancy Mulcahy
A New Kind of Ancient Worship Experience

St. John's Table returns Sunday, May 26, and will continue every Sunday at 5:00 pm.  Come join us and invite your friends.

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.  
The Resource Room is coming along and is nearly complete!  One of the final items needed to make this space a fully functional meeting and education space is the purchase of 8, 59"x30" tables that can be configured in a variety of ways to meet the needs of any size group.  The cost for each table is $300.  Please consider donating a table in memory, thanksgiving or honor of a loved one, and your memorial will be placed on a plaque in the Resource Room.  If you are interested in helping with this project, please include "Resource Room" in the memo line of your check.  For more information, please contact, Sue Buckman, Ginny McCollum, or Susan Marquis.  Thank you!
This Week's Lessons

Go to to read this week's lessons.

Acts 16:9-15
Psalm 67
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
John 5:1-9
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Week

May 26: Grant Weichbrodt
May 26: Betsy & Bob Burgwald
May 26: Diane Walsh-Madden & Mike Madden
May 30: Kiersten Mears

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 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: 93
Last Week's Offering: $13,169.50
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is $92,019.82, which is $6,121.22 (7%) ABOVE our budgeted need.
Coming Up This Week

Sunday, May 26
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  (Spoken Service)
9:00 am  Church School  (Education Wing)
9:00 am Adult Formation (Resource Rm) - Stewardship as Spiritual Practice
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  (Sung service with choir)

Wednesday, May 29
10:00 am  Bible Study (Guild Room)
6:45 pm  Evening Prayer (Church)

Thursday, May 30
7:00 pm  Practicing our Faith Book Club
7:00 pm  Adult Formation (Resource Rm.) - Breathing Underwater
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.

Annual Parish Picnic
Come One!  Come All!  Bring your friends and neighbors.  THE PARISH PICNIC will be SUNDAY JUNE 9, 2019 (Pentecost Sunday) following the 10:00 service.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share if you can.  Hamburgers and Hot Dogs will be provided.  For more information, contact Cyndie Knoll at
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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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