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The Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 19, 2019

Dear friends,
Over the last several weeks you have heard me speak about our upcoming Capital Campaign, which will not only address the condition and use of our buildings and grounds, but will help us to dream big about our mission and ministry to our community.  As a community, we have an obligation to be good stewards of the resources that have been handed down to us, which include our buildings.  

Over the years we have addressed some building maintenance needs by the least expensive measures rather than the necessarily best measures.  As a result we have two urgent projects that cannot wait for our Capital Campaign funding.

First, the wall behind our altar is in desperate need of repair.  Over time, the mortar between the bricks on the exterior wall has failed, allowing water to penetrate into the wall.  This water intrusion has resulted in loss of integrity to the mosaic wall in the church and mold damage inside the wall.  We have contracted with a company that specializes in mosaic restoration who will begin this restoration and mold remediation work very soon.  

Second, as many of you are aware, the undercroft frequently floods during heavy rain and the source of the water intrusion is unknown.  The original floor contained asbestos, and in an effort to save on the cost of asbestos remediation, a new floor was installed over it, effectively sealing the asbestos.  This is an effective manner to deal with an asbestos floor, however, in order for us to access the concrete subfloor and foundation, we have to remove the asbestos floor.  We are in the process of obtaining all the necessary estimates and a scope of work to remediate the asbestos floor and seal and/or repair the undercroft from addiction water intrusion.  

These two projects are urgent because they can potentially affect the health and safety of our congregation.  A third project that we will be addressing over this summer is the replacement of one of the AC handlers in the Church.  We replaced one last year and knew at that time that the other would need to be replaced this year.  

We estimate that these projects will cost around $50,000.  While we do not have funds in the Building and Grounds account to cover these unbudgeted expenses, we do have access to our Endowment Fund which was established to help fund building maintenance and outreach.  The Vestry has approved a resolution to take out a loan from our Endowment Fund, which will be repaid at 6% interest so as to account the expected loss of income that will result from the withdrawal of these funds.  We are able to accomplish these necessary but painful projects because of those faithful members of our community who have left gifts to our Endowment Fund, and so we give thanks for their legacy to St. John's.

When we begin our Capital Campaign in just a few months, one of the needs will be to repay this loan to our Endowment, but the Campaign itself will help us to look at the big picture of our mission and ministry.  We will be looking not only at funding capital needs, but will also be looking at how we engage in stewardship and planned giving.  If you want a jump start on these conversations, please join us at 9:00 on Sunday morning in the Resource Room as we begin a study on Stewardship as a Spiritual Practice.  If you have any questions about our current projects, please feel free to reach out to me.
Grace and peace,
Fr. Jeremy
Please join us beginning this Sunday, May 19, during the 9:00 Christian Formation hour as we explore the Spiritual Practice of Stewardship.  This class will run for 6 weeks in the Resource Room.  
Adult Christian Formation
Our exploration of the Spirituality of the Twelve Steps begins this Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00pm in the Resource Room.  This study is based on Richard Rohr's book, Breathing Underwater.  You can purchase the book on Amazon by clicking here.
Collect for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Kristy Petersen
LEM: Gale Michael
Usher: Jack Voigt
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Jean Scott; Pat Smith-Huntoon
LEMs: MJ Bond; Debbi Huggett
Acolytes: Kyle Dailor; Zoe Huntoon; Catherine Madden; Oliver Zigmund
Ushers: Rob McManamy; Mike Juskelis
Greeters: Don Rubins; Stewart Scott
Oblation Bearer: Nancy Mulcahy
Coffee Hour: Cyndie Knoll; Shirley Reilly; Lynn Ruschhaupt
Altar Guild: Donna Blackburn; Janice Hickman; Kristy Petersen; Candice Barrera
A New Kind of Ancient Worship Experience

St. John's Table returns Sunday, May 19, and will continue every Sunday at 5:00 pm.  Come join us and invite your friends.

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.  
The Resource Room is coming along and is nearly complete!  One of the final items needed to make this space a fully functional meeting and education space is the purchase of 8, 59"x30" tables that can be configured in a variety of ways to meet the needs of any size group.  The cost for each table is $300.  Please consider donating a table in memory, thanksgiving or honor of a loved one, and your memorial will be placed on a plaque in the Resource Room.  If you are interested in helping with this project, please include "Resource Room" in the memo line of your check.  For more information, please contact, Sue Buckman, Ginny McCollum, or Susan Marquis.  Thank you!
This Week's Lessons

Go to to read this week's lessons.

Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Week

May 20: Akim Osinaike
May 21: Don Corydon
May 23: Alice Creason
May 24: Joanne Fisher

We are still looking for Church School teachers for the next program year beginning in September.  Church School teachers get to have all the fun of Church School and receive the added blessing of knowing that you are helping to form our children into faithful followers of Jesus.  Please E-MAIL Fr. Jeremy at if you are interested.  (Please note, if you have mentioned your interest in passing to Fr. Jeremy, please be sure to send him an e-mail too.  Thanks!)
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday: 84
Last Week's Offering: $3,967.50
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is $78,850.32, which is $2,753.35 (3%) BELOW our budgeted need.
Coming Up This Week

Sunday, May 19
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  (Spoken Service)
9:00 am  Church School  (Education Wing)
9:00 am Adult Formation (Resource Rm) - Stewardship as Spiritual Practice
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  (Sung service with choir)

Wednesday, May 15
10:00 am  Bible Study (Guild Room)
6:45 pm  Evening Prayer (Church)

Thursday, May 16
7:00 pm  Practicing our Faith Book Club
7:00 pm  Adult Formation (Resource Rm.) - Breathing Underwater
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.

Annual Parish Picnic
Come One!  Come All!  Bring your friends and neighbors.  THE PARISH PICNIC will be SUNDAY JUNE 9, 2019 (Pentecost Sunday) following the 10:00 service.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share if you can.  Hamburgers and Hot Dogs will be provided.  For more information, contact Cyndie Knoll at
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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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