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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 

July 7, 2019 
Dear Friends,

Yesterday, St. John’s celebrated the Fourth of July by hosting our 26thAnnual Ice Cream Social!  If you weren’t here, you missed a great time of fellowship with each other and with our neighbors.  It was a reminder for me of what we, as a parish community are called to be in this place – the hands, and feet, and heart of Jesus!  Jesus and his disciples did not spend their time in the synagogue, ministering to those who were there.  He clearly regularly attended synagogue, but we rarely find him ministering there. Scripture paints a picture of Jesus’ ministry as one that is out in the world.  Jesus met people when they were drawing water from a well and when they were attending a wedding feast, he met them by the sea and in cemeteries, he came to them in their homes and in the places where “good Jews” shouldn’t be. Jesus came to people wherever they were, regardless of how religious or “good” they were.  If we are to be a people called by God to follow in the way of Jesus, to be those who choose to be the hands and feet and heart of Jesus, then we must be willing to come out of our comfort zones, out from behind the walls of the church, and meet people where they are.  We are doing this at St. John’s.  In the last week we have met people at the Homewood Pride Party and in our own backyard at the Ice Cream Social.  We are telling people the good news that God loves them, just as they are, and inviting them to be a part of this Way of love.  In the last few months, we have welcomed new people into our community, but if our only connection with St. John’s is on Sunday morning we may not have noticed.  There are new people at St. John’s who are here on Sunday evenings for St. John’s Table, there are new people who are here on Wednesday mornings for our midweek Holy Eucharist, there are new people here on Thursday evenings as we explore the spirituality of the Twelve Steps.  They are people who have found their way here because someone went out into the world, where they were, and invited them.  Dear friends, I invite you to step into those uncomfortable places, for that is often where God’s Holy Spirit is waiting to meet us, and be a part of the excitement that is beginning to bubble up here at St. John’s, and invite someone to know the grace and mercy and love of God that you have found here.  This is an exciting journey we are on, and we are all on it together.  So come and be the hands, and feet, and heart of Jesus.  

Fr. Jeremy

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 resume Thursday, July 11th th 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.
Calling all teens, tweens, and young folks!
St. John's will be hosting a Youth night on Friday, August 9th at 7:00pm in the Youth Room. Please join us for a time of fellowship as we enjoy pizza and other refreshments as well as a movie (movie TBA). 
Any questions? Contact 
Rev. Mike Bond at

We hope to see you there and feel free to bring your friends! 
Collect for July 7th

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; 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: Bob Burgwald
LEM: Kristy Petersen
Usher: Ken & Beth Blackburn

10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Kathy Basil, Ginny Eysenbach
LEMs: Donna Blackburn, Steven Russell
Acolytes: Maddie Moxley, Rowan Moxley, Ruby Moxley, Maggie Oyster
Ushers: Cyndie Knoll, Mike Juskelis
Greeters: Alison Deniston, Stuart Creason
Oblation Bearer: Don Rubins
Coffee Hour: Lois Rinkenberger, Joanne Fisher, Sarah Walter

Altar Guild: Captain: Alison Deniston, Ginny McCollum, Joan Stevens, Margi Strombeck
Cottage Meetings are Coming

The first phase of our Capital Campaign will begin in just a few weeks.  Please mark your calendar to be in Church on Sunday, August 4 for our Kick-Off Sunday!  On that day we will begin signing up to attend Cottage Meetings and our consultant, Linda Buskirk from the Episcopal Church Foundation, will be here to share with us and to answer any questions during a forum following both services.  We will need everyone's input during this Discernment Phase as we begin to envision our future ministry as a Parish community, so please plan to join us for Kick-Off Sunday and to attend a Cottage Meeting.
The St. John's website got an exciting, and long overdue, update! We're also in the process of transitioning emails.

You can reach Sarra in the office at:
Fr. Jeremy at:

Check out our new website at
The South West Interfaith Team (SWIFT) will be hosting its annual summer picnic on Sunday, July 28, 1pm-5pm on the church grounds of Peace Memorial United Church of Christ, 10300 W 131st St, Palos Park.
Cost to attend is absolutely free but please bring a side dish or a dessert if you can. There will be lots of food as well as a clown, bounce house, piñata, and games for the kids and of course plenty of opportunities for great conversations with our Jewish, Muslim, and Christian neighbors.
If you are interested in attending please speak to Rob McManamy ( or Bryan Burke ( as soon as possible so we can rough headcount. Also, if you need service hours for school and can help us to set up or clean up, please let us know, we always appreciate the help!
Did you know that adults can be Acolytes too?
We are in need of new acolytes, to help lead our worship.  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to lead the procession or light the Gospel?  Are you nostalgically reminiscing the days when you were an Acolyte?  Then this is your opportunity to scratch that itch and to serve God in the process.  Please speak to Fr. Jeremy or email Sarra in the Parish Office ( if you are interested.  
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.
As many of you know our Music Director, Michael Soto, will soon be moving on to life's next great adventure. Please join us for cake and refreshments following the 10:00 am service on Sunday, July 28th as we say farewell and good luck to Michael.
Save the Date!

The next Art in the Undercroft painting date is from 2 - 4 p.m. on  Sunday, September 29. Please reserve the date and join us for painting and lots of fun! All are welcome! The cost is $40 and proceeds go to the Rectory Renovation, Part 2.
This project will be a very impressionistic still life with colorful flowers.
If you have participated before, you can pick up your paintings from the Undercroft any time this month - before the Asbestos Abatement, please. 
If you haven’t attended previously, you may not know that this is how we start Art and Whine: (In our whiniest voices) I can’t draw a straight line. Fortunately we don’t work with straight lines!
Sarra's Puppy Chow Recipe
3 Cups Peanut Butter flavored Chex
3 Cups Rice Chex
3 Cups Crispix
1 Cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Peanut Butter
2 Cups Powdered Sugar (more as needed) 

  • Measure cereal and place in large bowl, preferably a bowl with a tight fitting lid
  • Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a sauce pan, stir to combine
  • Pour chocolate mixture over cereal and gently stir until cereal is well coated
  • Let the coated cereal rest and cool off a bit, ~15 minutes or so
  • Pour powdered sugar over cereal, close lid, shake like the dickens to ensure all cereal is coated with powdered sugar. 
  • Serve & Enjoy
Notes: You do not have to use 3 different cereals, I just like the added flavor. 9 total cups of one cereal will suffice. If you do not have a large container with a tight fitting lid, a brown paper grocery bag will also work and will save on cleanup. 
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Week

July 8: Tonya & Paul Eisenberg
July 9: Diane & Mike Juskelis
July 9: Eurid Morgan Jr. 
July 11: Kendall Rallins
July 11: Jayden Thomas
July 12: Mike Juskelis
Heavenly Father, we lift up those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this week. We thank you, Lord,  for showering them with love and joy, holding them near and dear to your heart, and protecting them through life's many trials. May they continue to enjoy the fruits of Your Holy Spirit today and every day this year. 
This Week's Lessons

2 Kings 5:1-14
Psalm 30
Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Go to to read this week's lessons.

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: 87
Last Week's Offering: $2558.00
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$110,305.82 which is $1362.36 (1%) BELOW our budgeted need.
Coming Up This Week:

Saturday, July 6

10:00 am Daughters of the King

Sunday, July 7
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  (Spoken Service)
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  (Sung service with choir)
5:00 pm St. John's Table 

Tuesday, July 9
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)

Wednesday, July 10
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
9:00 am Holy Eucharist w/Healing Rite
8:00 pm A.A. (Undercroft)

Thursday, July 11
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
7:00 pm Adult Christian Formation Class: 
          Breathing Under Water (Resource Room)

Friday, July 12
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
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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