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The Second Sunday in Lent

 March 17, 2019

Dear friends,
We woke up yesterday morning to the horrific news of the murder of 49 of our Muslim brothers and sisters in Christchurch, New Zealand.  I wish that I could say that this was shocking, but, unfortunately I can not.  In the politically charged climate in which currently we live, it has somehow become acceptable to hate those who we see as "other".  It has become the normal response to act with violence against those who are different from us.  This time it was against God's beloved children who were gathered together in their mosques, worshipping and praying for God's blessing upon this world.  The world has been called upon, once again, to offer our prayers and our thoughts and our expressions of sympathy and solidarity with the families and loved ones of those who were gathered together to pray.  It seems like yesterday it was for our Jewish brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh, our young people in Parkland, and our LGBT siblings in Orlando, and not long before that our Christian family in Charleston.  And the many, too many to keep count of, others in the months and years in between.  On days like today, it is so easy to look up toward heaven and cry out, "Where are you, O God?"  And I hear that still small voice emanating from some deep but familiar and untouchable place whisper back, saying, "I am here."  "And I was there when the shooting began.  I was there in the panic, as some rushed for the exits and as some fell to the ground.  I was there holding my children as they cried, as they bled, as they gave up their spirit."  My friends, as we weep and mourn this latest attack on humanity, let us try to not forget that God was there holding our sisters and brothers as they died.  In the coming days and weeks, as our grief turns to anger and frustration that these senseless acts of violence continue, let us try not to forget that even in this, somehow, God is still present among us and holding us in divine and loving arms.  When we are confronted with those who are different from us, those who look different, and sound different, and love different, and worship God different, let us never forget that they are our brothers and sisters, to remember as the Prime Minister of New Zealand reminded us, that they are us and we are them.  

I invite you tomorrow, to gather with us at 2:30 pm, as we welcome our interfaith friends for the SWIFT creation care speakers forum, join us as we take the opportunity to hold our Muslim brothers and sisters in our love and in our arms.  Join us as we take a moment to grieve with them, and to remember that the crown jewel in God's creation is human life.  And to those who seek to minimize and silence our differences, let our silence become a deafening roar that God's creation is all the more spectacular because of the great diversity that God has made!  
Fr. Jeremy

A New Kind of Ancient Worship Experience

St. John's Table continues Sunday, March 24th 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: Margi Strombeck
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Susan O’Brien
Usher: Tom Senesac
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Cyndie Knoll, Betsy Elliot
Lay Eucharistic Ministers: Steven Russell, Donna
Acolytes:  Kyle Dailor, Zoe Huntoon, Oliver Zigmnd, Owen Zigmund
Ushers: Cyndie Knoll & Ted Stone
Greeters: Alison Deniston, Mike Juskelis
Oblation Bearer: Jack Voigt
Coffee Hour: Donna Blackburn, Ann Glascoff, Gale Michael
Altar Guild: Donna Blackburn, Janice Hickman, Kristy Petersen, Candice Barrera
This Week's Lessons

Go to to read this week's lessons.

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Psalm 27
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Luke 13:31-35
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.
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

Wednesday, March 20: James Kamis
Thursday, March 21: Joan Stevens
Friday, March 22: Bryan Burke, Brandon Senesac
Collect of the Day

O GOD, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Coming Up This Week

Sunday, March 17
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)
2:00 pm  SWIFT Spring Speakers Forum: Environmental Stewardship

Tuesday, March 19
12:30  Bridge Club (Guild Room)

Wednesday, March 20
9:00 am  Holy Eucharist w/ Healing Rite
10:00 am  Bible Study (Guild Room)
7:00 pm  Vestry Meeting
8:00 pm  A.A.  (Undercroft)

Thursday, March 21
7:00 pm  Lenten Holy Eucharist & Study
7:00 pm  Practicing Our Faith Book Club: People of the Way

Friday, March 22
7:00 pm  PADS Team (St. Lawrence O'Toole)
Other Announcements

Show your support for both God's creation and interfaith outreach this week when St. John's hosts its first-ever SouthWest InterFaith Team (SWIFT) event on Sunday, March 17. Entitled “Environmental Stewardship in Our Faiths", the SWIFT Spring Speakers' Forum will feature short presentations from Muslim, Christian, and Jewish speakers, followed by questions from our audience. Doors open at 2:30 pm for registration, and the two-hour program begins at 3:00 pm. ADMISSION IS FREE, but attendees are encouraged to bring donations of canned goods for Respond Now. Light refreshments will be served. Guest speakers will be Dr. Lynne Muhammad, chair of the Science Dept. at Whitney Young High School; Rev. Scott Onque' of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church; and Rabbi Michael Zedek of Faith in Place, a 20-year-old, Chicago area nonprofit that encourages peoples of all faiths to care for the Earth. For more information, contact our SWIFT representatives, Bryan Burke ( or Rob McManamy (

Art in the Undercroft
Longing for Caribbean sunsets? The next “Art in the Undercroft” class, which will create a painting of a sunset in Aruba based on a participant’s photo, will be from 2 - 4ish p.m. on Sunday, April 7. The cost is $40, and all materials are provided. You don’t need to be a great artist. We’ll have fun creating a painting and surprise ourselves at how good it will be. For more information, contact Gale Michael,, Shirley Reilly,, or Bill Moser, We have several openings, so sign up now.

Spring Flower Sale!
Last year we held a spring flower sale the day before Mother’s Day, with flowers purchased from Sunrise in Grant Park.  On Sunday, March 24, there will be a planning meeting for the sale this year.  I need people who are able to help with flower orders.  We will also need help from those who own trucks, vans or SUV’s to go to Sunrise and pick up the flowers on 5-10-19, and some folks to help with the day people pick up their flowers on 5-11.  Anyone interested in attending the meeting on March 24, or helping with the sale in any way, please contact Shirley Reilly at 708-305-2540
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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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