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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

October 20, 2019 
Dear Friends,
As most of you are aware, we have not had a Sexton at St. John’s for almost a year.  If you did not grow up in an Anglican church you might be asking yourself what this strange sounding job really is.  The Sexton is responsible for maintaining the church property and grounds, keeping every clean and tidy, making sure that everything is in good repair, and generally making sure that the church buildings and grounds are ready for use in worship and service. 
Over the past year we have been using a handyman to come in from time to time to help with minor maintenance issues that a Sexton would normally take care of, such as changing light bulbs and making minor repairs.  We have also engaged with a housekeeping service that has saved us around $2,600 over the course of the year, and they are doing a wonderful job at keeping the church clean.  But they only come twice a month.  During the time in between we had hoped that members of the congregation would step up to help keep things in order.  This has not been as effective as we had hoped, though, and many of the daily tasks, such as emptying trash, changing paper in the restrooms, and picking up leaves off the floor has landed on two volunteers in particular, who frankly are burning themselves out. 
At last night’s Vestry meeting your Vestry discussed options for ensuring that we are being good stewards of our buildings and grounds.  We discussed hiring a part-time Sexton to supplement the work that the housekeepers are doing, but it was decided that the approximately $4,000 that this would require could be better used in other areas of the budget.  So, instead of hiring a part-time Sexton, we are implementing a new ministry to help maintain the church.  More information will be provided in next week’s e-Vangelist, but the gist of the idea is that we will request individuals and families to sign up to help with church maintenance in the weeks in between when the housekeepers are here.  We will need people to fill approximately 28 shifts over the course of the year.  Please prayerfully consider if this might be one way that you can contribute your time to the mission of St. John’s while at the same time helping us to be as fiscally responsible as possible. 
You all bring unique gifts to this community.  Thank you for your faithfulness to St. John’s as we continue to seek ways to be the hands and feet and heart of Jesus in our community and in our world.
Fr. Jeremy+
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday:83
Last Week's Offering: $1,619.00
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$155,989.24 which is $20,102.89 (11%) BELOW our budgeted need.
The orders have been placed, the lobsters are en route, and we will feast like royalty this Saturday night. (At least those of us who placed an order, that is)  Lobster pick-up is this Saturday, October 19 in the Undercroft. If you opted for live lobsters please make sure to bring a container along. Also, if you have not paid for your order please be sure to do so at the time of pick-up. Any questions can be directed to
Rob McManamy
PADS is an emergency Shelter Program that provides hospitality, food and overnight emergency shelter to the homeless. The Winter season of PADS is up and running between now and April 30, 2020. 

You may be wondering "how can I help?". PADS relies on local churches and volunteer-based assistance to keep the program going. There are a variety of locations and time slots available. We have shift lengths as short as 2 hours and the commitment is only for ONCE A MONTH. Please contact Laura Brady if you have any questions or are able to lend a hand. To read more about the PADS program you can visit:

As you may have noticed, there is now an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) located in the Narthex, next to the door going out to the Columbarium.  This generous gift to St. John's helps to make us a safer Church.  Now, we want to make sure that people know how to use it in the event of a cardiac emergency.  The Flossmoor Fire Department has offered to come to St. John's to offer a Friends & Family CPR & AED training class.  This will be a low-key training, geared to be accessible to people of all comfort levels.  The training will be:

Saturday, November 16
at 9:00 am
in the Resource Room

The training is free, but space will be limited, so it is important that you register with the Church Office.  Please let Sarra know if you plan to attend either by email or by calling (708) 798-4150.  If we have enough interest we will add an additional class.
A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas.  We will be collecting donations for one more week, so if you have not done so and would like to contribute, you still can.  You can place a check in the Sunday offering (be sure to indicate Hurricane Dorian Relief in the memo line) or you can give online by clicking here.  Please continue to keep our friends in the Bahamas in your prayers.
  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.  
Collect for October 20th

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 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 
This Week's Lessons

Jeremiah 31:27-34

Psalm 119:97-104
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Luke 18:1-8

Go to to read this week's lessons.
SouthWest InterFaith Team (SWIFT) 
Care and Share Project 2019

Brothers & Sisters in Christ! Thank you for your overwhelming support of this Care and Share Project! 

Every single donation is needed and appreciated!

If you'd like to lend a hand, sorting and packing of donations will take place here at St. John's this Sunday, October 20th from 2-5pm.Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Any questions may be directed to
Bryan Burke 
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.
 This week's Birthdays 
October 19: Alexander Barrera
October 19: Bob Berner
October 21: Betsy Elliot
October 25: Debbi Huggett
Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings you've bestowed upon those who are celebrating this week. May they continue to shine in your image and have a wonderful year filled with joy and prosperity. 

O Lord, Jesus Christ, head of the mystical body of the church of which we are members, cleanse our eyes to see you, quicken our ears to hear you, open our lips to show forth your praise, give our hands skill to do your bidding, and make our feet swift to go where you guide, that your Kingdom may come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, all for your dear sake. AMEN.

The next regular Daughters of the King meeting will be Saturday, November 2nd starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Resource Room.
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Tom Senesac
LEM: Gale Michael
Usher: Jack Voigt

10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Don Rubins,
                      Jean Scott

LEMs: Steven Russell, M.J. Bond
Acolytes: Kyle Dailor, Rowan Moxley, Zoe Huntoon,
Ruby Moxley

Ushers: Ben & Eric Turnquest
Greeters: Mike Madden &                                   Diane Walsh-Madden
Oblation Bearer: 
Rob McManamy
Coffee Hour: Cyndie Knoll,
                            Lynn Ruschhaupt

Altar Guild: Captain: Donna Blackburn, Kristy Petersen,
Candice Barerra
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. 
Youth of St. John's!
The Youth Group will be meeting on Saturday October 26th at 5:00 p.m. for some Halloween Festivities. Local Deanery Youth have also been invited. Come and enjoy a time of fellowship, food, friends, and fun.

Note: The St. John's Youth Group normally meets on the third Saturday of the month. Please contact the parish office with any questions. 
Coming Up This Week:

Saturday, October 19
12:00-5:00 p.m. Lobster Pick-up (Undercroft)

Sunday, October 20
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, October 22
12:30 p.m. Bridge (Guild Room)

Wednesday, October 23
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)

Saturday, October 26
5:00 p.m. Youth Halloween Party
5:00 p.m. Recovery Mass

Sunday, October 27
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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