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The First Sunday after Christmas 
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December 29, 2019 
Ministry Leaders: Please submit your Annual Reports to the Parish office by January 8, 2020 so they may be presented as part of the Annual Meeting on January 26. 

When the old year dies,

And the new comes bounding in,

I draw strength from knowing

That in the next twelve months

The snows will go

The buds will burst

The heat will rise

The leaves will fly,

That all these things will happen

According to Your schedule

And in Your time;

That there is order in Your universe,

And that I am part of it.

— Van Varner

Please join us for a service of Christmas Lessons & Carols, this Sunday, December 29th at 9:00 am. Supply Priest Shawn Evelyn will be presiding as Fr. Jeremy continues to recover. 

On behalf of the Parish Office, we wish you a bright and joyous New Year. 

In Christ's Heavenly Love, 

Sarra
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday:106
Last Week's Offering: $2,023.00
We need an average of $3,865.66 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$192,299.24 which is $3,844.32 (2%) BELOW our budgeted need.
St. John's Needs You!
The end of the year is quickly approaching and that means it's time to submit nominations for Warden, Vestry, and Convention Delegates.  If you are interested in standing for election for any of these offices, or know someone who is, please download the Nomination Form that can be found on our website, https://www.mysje.org.  Please note, that those who are elected to serve as Convention Delegates will represent St. John's at both the June 20, 2020 Special Electing Convention (where we will elect our new Bishop) and the November 20-21, 2020 Annual Diocesan Convention.   

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).

If you are interested in viewing the website it is: shopwithscrip.com

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 sjescrip@gmail.com.

Serving this week:
 
Service of Lessons & Carols  9:00am
 
Lectors: Betsy Elliot, Don Rubins, Kristy Petersen, Jean Scott, Pat Smith-Huntoon, Bob Burgwald

LEMs: Sam Otoo,                                Debbi Huggett

Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Maggie Oyster,  Gale Michael

Ushers: Mike Juskelis,
                  Cyndie Knoll


Greeters: Alison Deniston, 
                      Joanne Fisher


Oblation Bearer: Nancy Mulcahy


Coffee Hour: Lois Rinkenberger, Joanne Fisher, Sarah Walter

Altar Guild: Captain: Lynn Ruschhaupt, Bev Keene, Marilyn Kromer, Nancy Mulcahy                
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 Amazon.com. 
  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.  
If you haven't made your pledge toward the 2020 Stewardship Campaign, it's never too late!  We invite you to join us as we work to secure the financial health and future of St. John's.  Every penny counts!  If you have not received your 2020 Stewardship Book and Pledge Cards there are extra copies in the back of the Church or in the Parish Office. 
Parish Cycle of Prayer
  • Bob Berner 
  • Bill & Iris Bestow
  • Ken & Beth Blackburn 
Dear Lord, we come to you in thanksgiving this week for Bob, Bill & Iris, and Ken & Beth. We ask that you keep them safe and healthy this winter. Please help them  find joy and contentment in their lives and hold them close to your heavenly heart when they experience difficult times . And help us to be a good friend to them, too. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. 
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.

On the menu this week:
Sloppy Joes

St. John's Table is held every Sunday at 5:00 pm.  Come join us and invite your friends.
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. 
This Week's Lessons

Isaiah 61:10-62:3

Psalm 147
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
John 1:1-18


Go to lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Collect for December 29

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, December 29
9:00 a.m.  Service of Christmas Lessons & Carols
Please Note: There is only ONE service this Sunday

Wednesday, January 1

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

Sunday, January 5
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
office@mysje.org
http://www.mysje.org

The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
Rector
frjeremy@mysje.org
To schedule an appointment with Fr. Jeremy,
please go to https://frjeremy.youcanbook.me

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