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The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany. 

February 16, 2020 

Dear friends,

Ash Wednesday is now less than two weeks away.  It's hard to imagine that we have nearly circled back to this time on the calendar again.  As the Church prepares to enter into this Great Fast, I encourage you to consider what your Lenten practice will be.  Most of us automatically, from years of conditioning perhaps, think of what to give up for Lent, and this is fine, so long as what we have given up reminds us to direct our attention toward God and God's relationship with us.  But I would encourage you to also consider what you might add to your life during Lent that will draw you closer to God.  During this season in which we spiritually journey with Jesus toward Jerusalem and the Cross, we sacrifice in an effort to remind us of our own mortality, our own death.  

I can't help but recall Ash Wednesday two years ago, a day that also landed on Valentines day.  That was the day when 17 young people were massacred at their school in Parkland.  It was the day when the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida youth community lost one of our leaders.  That was a very dark Lent for me and for many across our nation.  But out of that horrific Ash Wednesday new life has emerged.  Young people who have engaged their community in ways that many of us have never seen, have challenged us to be more authentic, and to say what we mean and to do what we say.  What is your challenge this Lent?  I ask you to spend some time praying about what God might be asking you to either give up or to add to your life, that will help you to draw closer to God's presence.  

Please join us for Holy Eucharist with the imposition of Ashes on Wednesday, February 26 at either 6:30am, 12 noon, or 7:30pm.  Immediately following the 6:30am service I will be walking to the Flossmoor Metra Station and distribute ashes to the commuters there.  If you would like to join me for that, please reach out and let me know.  It is a great way for us to step outside of our comfort zones and to be a visible presence in our community.  In the meantime, let us enjoy this last week and a half of Epiphany when we bask in the glory of Christ's light.

Grace and peace,
Fr. Jeremy

  • We are currently searching for a qualified candidate (or two!) to join the Counting Team. Ability to meet at the church on Tuesday mornings, attention to details, accuracy, and reliability is a must. Legible handwriting is highly desired. If you're interested or would like more information please reach out to the Parish Office. 
  • The next Scrip order deadline is Sunday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. 
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday: 74
Last Week's Offering: $1,994.00
We need an average of $3,682.94 each week to maintain our budgeted income.
Our income year-to-date is
$27,576.00 which is $7,478.36 (34%) ABOVE our budgeted need.
Good people of St. John's: Our parish has been blessed recently with some lovely guests and visitors. It's never easy being the new person in a room full of folks who know each other.  Let's help them put some names with some faces by wearing our name tags. If you need a new name tag, or never had one to begin with, shoot Sarra an email and one will be created for you. 
Help us sing our praises to the Heavenly Father by joining the St. John's choir.

Now is the perfect time to give it a try because we need more singers! Currently we rehearse only before the 10 a.m. worship service.

For more information (or to enlist), reach out to Mary VanSwol or Betsy Elliot.
We're mighty grateful to everyone who's donated much needed items to PADS so far. If you haven't had a chance, we will still be collecting items until April 5. Share the wealth, show the love.

There is a growing need for the following items:
  • Underwear (all sizes)
  • Tube socks  (all sizes)
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Disposable diapers 
  • Incontinence pads 
  • Scarves & Gloves 
  • Travel-size: soaps, face lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, chapstick, and hand cream
**Please Note: Items must be new/unused. Open packages may be accepted so long as the remaining items in the pack are unused.
For example, a package of underwear that was opened but did not fit is acceptable IF the remaining pairs were not worn/used.  

If you have any questions regarding what is acceptable please reach out to PADS coordinator Laura Brady or the Church Office and we will be happy to advise you. 
 Birthdays & Anniversaries 
February 16: Miranda Elliot
February 17: Jack Zielinski
February 19: Fred Jaicks
February 20: RJ VanSwol
February 21: Iris Bestow
February 21:
Josephine Sowinski Kuzniewski

Heavenly Father, we ask that you please bless Miranda, Jack, Fred, RJ, Iris, and Josephine and be with them as they celebrate another year of life. Help them learn and grow, calm them in times of trouble, and bless them in ways only the Father can.  In Jesus' name we pray.
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 
Serving Sunday, February 16:
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Shirley Reilly
LEM: Kristy Petersen                    
Usher: Tom Senesac

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
LectorsJohn Huntoon,
                   Sue O'Brien

LEMs: MJ Bond, Debbi Huggett
Acolytes: Kyle Dailor, Maggie Oyster, Catherine Madden, Gale Michael
Ushers: John Huntoon, Steven Russell
Greeters: Alison Deniston, Mike Juskelis
Oblation Bearer:Rob McManamy
Coffee Hour: Lois Rinkenberger, Joanne Fisher, Sarah Walter
Altar Guild: Captain: Donna Blackburn, Kristy Petersen, Candice Barrera
Collect for February 16

O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Start practicing your Pancake Flipping skills!
A pancake flipping relay will be one of the highlights of the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, which will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25 in the Undercroft.

The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids 3 to 12, $20 for families, and kids under 3 eat free. Real maple syrup will be available.
The Shrove Tuesday Pancake flipping will begin at 6 p.m.
The supper will feature pancakes, waffles, sausages, orange juice, coffee, and milk. 
All are welcome. Invite your friends.
 Practicing our Faith Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Guild Room to discuss "How to Live: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches us about Happiness, Meaning, and Community".

You can purchase the book on Amazon by clicking the photo above. 
The Recovery & Healing Ministry

As of February 5 we have begun studying The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen.

It is not completely necessary to purchase the book in order to participate in the group but it is helpful. If you plan to purchase the book, and, if you are able, we would love to have an extra copy or two for any drop-in guests that may join us in the future. 

The 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. 

Parish Cycle of Prayer
  • Sean & Nichole Dailor
  • Michael Dailor
  • Kyle Dailor
Heavenly Father, this week we lift up in prayer: Sean, Nichole, Michael, and Kyle.  Lord we ask that you please bless the Dailor family with spiritual wealth, health, and all things good. Keep them safe and warm in your ever loving holy embrace. Help them to put You and the mission of Christ first in their lives.  All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.
  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.  
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
Toppings Bar

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

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37

Visit to read this week's lessons.
Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, February 16
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 

Wednesday, February 19
9:00 a.m Holy Eucharist w/Healing
10:00 a.m. Bible Study (Resource Room)
6:45 p.m. Evening Prayer
7:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting
7:00 p.m.  Healing & Recovery Ministry (Guild Room)
8:00 p.m. A.A. (Undercroft)

Thursday, February 20
7:00 p.m.  Practicing our Faith Book Club (Guild Room)

Sunday, February 23
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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