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Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost 

November 17, 2019 
Dear Friends,

Over this last week a few of you have asked me about our Cottage Meetings.  First, let me say, "Thank you!" to all of you who have participated.  We have completed the meetings and have received some very useful feedback that will help to guide not only our future ministry, but how we utilize the buildings that we are stewards of.  The Long Range Planning Committee is working hard to compile all the comments and data we have received into a summary report.  This report will be completed and distributed at our Annual Meeting of the Parish, on Sunday, January 26. 

In the meantime, those who are compiling the data and drafting the Summary Report will be sharing some of the information with you in two e-Vangelist messages in December and in January ahead of the complete report being finalized.  After the report is shared in January we will hold two open forums, one at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 2, and one at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 9.  These will provide two more opportunities for you to offer feedback and to ask questions.  Following February 9, the Long Range Planning Committee will be sending out a survey, which will provide one last opportunity to share your thoughts as we continue to discern our future ministry together.  These are exciting times for us, and I look forward to sharing the things that you have found important about St. John's.  

Fr. Jeremy
Christmas Baskets for ReVive Center 2019

The envelopes were hung on the bulletin board with care.... 

St. John's has happily accepted the task of helping 23 households have a very merry Christmas this year. We will be helping families of varying sizes and a few seniors as well.

Packets of information have been created and will include the following:
- The Family Profile
-Instructions on how to best create the baskets
-An in-kind donation form
-Pre-made labels for each box

All unassigned family information packets can be found on the bulletin board in the Undercroft. There is a sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board as well. Please be sure to put your name next to the family you're "adopting" so we can distribute any thank-you cards that are received after Christmas. If needed, additional box labels can be obtained outside the Parish Office. Please call or email the office if you have any questions. 

*Note: All gifts MUST be brought to the Church by Thursday, December 5th.

During this season of thankfulness and giving, if you are able, please consider "adopting" one of these families in need. 
In Memoriam: Bishop James Montgomery, 1921-2019

St. John's will be hosting a Memorial Mass for Bishop Montgomery on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. 

Servers will be:
Lector: Sue O'Brien
LEM: M.J. Bond
Ushers: Jack Voigt & Don Corydon
Acolytes: TBA
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday: 88
Last Week's Offering: $2,460.00
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$168,237.24 which is $25,034.61 (13%) BELOW our budgeted need.

Dear Friends,

St. John's is joining with many churches around the country in using scrip to raise money for our church.  It is simple but does require some planning.

What is scrip?  It is the purchase of gift cards that give a rebate percentage to the charity. Rebates range from 1%- 12% rebates.  The range of gift cards include grocery stores, department stores, gas, restaurants, airlines, etc.

There are 3 ways to order scrip:

1.) Create a Shopwithscrip account and set up Bank draft (Presto Pay)
2.) Create a Shopwithscrip account, order and give check to the Scrip Coordinator(s).
3.) Complete a form with pre-selected cards,    turn in form and check to the Scrip Coordinator(s).

The first order for cards will go in on Sunday November 17th. If you are interested in viewing the website it is:

Pat Smith-Huntoon and Shirley Reilly will have more detailed information and will be available to answer any questions in person or you can send any questions to

The first year of college can be a fun but challenging experience for most young adults. One thing we all need to succeed is love and support from each other. To show our support, we will be collecting items to put in a College Survival care package for Matthew Turnquest, who is in his first year at Ohio State. The care package can include a wide range of things such as snacks, quarters to do laundry, notes of encouragement, prayers, and other well wishes. Care package items can be dropped off at the Parish Office at any time. Please include a note or follow up email if you drop off something after hours. 
Your 2020 Stewardship Book and Pledge Card is on the way.  Please check your mailbox, information about this year's stewardship campaign should be arriving any day now if you have not already received it!  Let's work together to meet this year's pledge goal of $217,000!
Blue Jean Sunday
November 17

Although there is already snow on the ground we are still planning to do some yard work this Sunday, November 17 after the Loaves & Fishes Thanksgiving dinner.
Work off that second piece of pie by picking up a rake and pitching in. Remember, many hands make light work! 

*Please note, a rain date may be scheduled depending on the weather conditions this Sunday*
Saturday, November 16
at 9:00 am
in the Resource Room
 This week's Birthdays 

November 17: Michael Dailor
November 17: Christopher Dixon
November 19: Amy Freeborn
November 19: Jack Voigt
Father God, during this season of thanksgiving we are so thankful for the blessings bestowed upon us. We ask that you please place a wreath of protection, love, and joy around those who are celebrating this week. May they continue to experience your wondrous and unending love.
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 
  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.  
The newly formed 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.  Currently we are studying Addiction and Grace by Gerald G. May, M.D.  You can purchase the book through your local bookseller or by clicking on the image above to purchase it through Amazon. 
Would you like a variety of scrumptious sweets but don't care to spend hours upon hours baking? Well then you're in luck!

The annual St. John's Cookie Walk will take place on Saturday, December 14th from
9-11:30 a.m.

The "elves" of St. John's will be busy making tasty treats for your friends and family to enjoy! 
This Week's Lessons

Isaiah 65:17-25

Canticle 9
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19

Go to to read this week's lessons.
Winner, winner Turkey dinner!
The Lovely Loaves & Fishes group will be hosting a Thanksgiving meal this Sunday, November 17 after the 10:00 a.m. service. Please bring your appetite and a dessert or side-dish to share.
We have much to be thankful for this year, let's celebrate with some fellowship and a great meal. 
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.
Practicing our Faith Book Club will be meeting on Friday, November 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Resource room to discuss Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor. 

Please Note: Book Club generally meets on the third Thursday of the month but was moved to Friday due to Bishop Montgomery's Memorial Service. 
We've been invited to join with friends and neighbors for an annual service sponsored by the South Suburban Interfaith Ministerial Association. Fr. Jeremy Froyen will be giving the Sermon for the evening.

In addition to prayers and hymns of praise and thanksgiving, the service will include music by the HF Viking Choir. An offering will be collected to benefit the work of Respond Now in providing social services in our community.

What: Thanksgiving Eve Community Interfaith Service
Where: Flossmoor Community Church
When: Wednesday, November 27 at 7:30 P.M.
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Tom Senesac
LEM: Gale Michael
Usher: Warren Becker
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Bill Moser, Debbi Huggett
LEMs: Steven Russell, Sue O'Brien
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Gale Michael, Maggie Oyster, Zoe Huntoon
Ushers: M.J. Bond, Cyndie Knoll
Greeters: Mike Madden &                Diane Walsh-Madden
Oblation Bearer: 
Nancy Mulcahy
Coffee Hour: Cyndie Knoll, Lynn Ruschhaupt

Altar Guild: Captain: Donna Blackburn, Kristy Petersen, Candice Barrera
Tired of cooking for just 1 or 2? Dinner groups could be the answer to beating the post holiday and winter blues.

Make new friends and reconnect with old ones at St. John’s Parish Dinner Groups.
Groups of six to eight will meet at each other’s homes at least three times. You don’t have to host to participate. Conversation will flow, and it doesn’t even have
to be religious! 

Sign up with Gale Michael by November 24 before or after mass. For more information contact her at
A Prayer from the Order:

Pour out upon us the sevenfold gift of the Holy Spirit that we may always remember it is your work we are called to do, that all we think, do or say may be pleasing in your sight. We ask it all for His sake, our King and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Daughters of the King meet Saturday, November 16, 10:00 to 11:30, in the Guild Room. All women of the parish are welcome. Questions? Reach out to Cyndie Knoll or Betsy Elliot.
Collect for November 17

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Coming Up This Week:

Saturday, November 16
9:00 a.m. AED Training (Resource Room)
10-11:30 a.m. Daughters of the King (Guild Room)

Sunday, November 17
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  
Loaves & Fishes Thanksgiving Dinner
Blue Jean Sunday
5:00 p.m. St. John's Table 

Wednesday, November 20
9:00 a.m Holy Eucharist w/Healing
10:00 a.m. Bible Study (Resource Room)
7:00 p.m. Healing & Recovery (Guild Room)
8:00 p.m. A.A. (Undercroft)

Thursday, November 21

7:00 p.m. Memorial Service for Bishop Montgomery

Friday, November 22
7:00 p.m. Practicing our Faith Book Club (Resource Room)

Sunday, November 24
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
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
(708) 798-4150

The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
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