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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 

July 28, 2019 
Dear Friends,
Over the last month or so there has been a lot of conversation around our liturgy and some of the choices that have been made as we seek to find meaningful ways of expressing our worship.  The language that we use, influences how we perceive and experience God in our lives, and while we have inherited a rich liturgical tradition, the Church has always been seeking more expressive ways of interacting with the Holy.  We can see this through the various versions of the Book of Common Prayer that have evolved over time and across space. Perhaps one of the most beautiful examples of this is the New Zealand Prayer Book.  Our General Convention, which is the decision making body of The Episcopal Church, has authorized a number of supplements to our current Book of Common Prayer, some of which are expressed in the five volumes of Enriching Our Worship.  A similar journey is taking place with our musical tradition, with the publication of supplemental Episcopal Hymnals and resources such as Lift Every Voice and Sing, II and Enriching Our Music.  
So, why is it important that we use these resources, you may ask.  First, just as is happening throughout our nation, The Episcopal Church is rapidly becoming more multi-cultural and these resources help us to experience God through expansive and inclusive language.  There is movement happening in the Church toward Prayer Book revision, and we need to be familiar with these supplemental resources because, if history holds true, many of them will likely appear in our next Prayer Book.  

I understand that change can be challenging, particularly when we are asked to consider new language for something that is as meaningful and personal as our prayers.  But the Church has never been static, and as our understanding and experience of God continues to change us as individuals, it only stands to reason that the Church shifts too.  So, as we continue to draw on our wealth of historical and new liturgical resources, I am forming a Worship & Liturgy Committee to help guide our practices here at St. John’s.  Over the next few weeks I will be inviting individuals to be a part of this work and will announce the members of the Worship & Liturgy Committee soon. This will be a Standing Committee reporting to the Vestry.  If you have any questions or input as we move forward in this direction, please feel free to reach out to me, and, please keep our Church and this new Committee in your prayers.  
Fr. Jeremy
Our prayers have been answered: The air conditioning in the church has been fixed. Thanks be to God!
Summer is that time of year when attendance is lower than usual as we all travel and enjoy the summer vacation.  But unfortunately, the expenses of the Church do not go on vacation.  Please consider maintaining your pledge and offerings during the summer through our new Online Giving option.  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.  
Adult Christian Formation
Our exploration of the Spirituality of the Twelve Steps will continue Thursday, August 1st 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.
Capital Campaign Kick-off
Please mark your calendar to be in Church on Sunday, August 4 for our Kick-Off Sunday!  On that day our consultant, Linda Buskirk from the Episcopal Church Foundation, will be here to share with us and to answer any questions during a forum following both services which will be held in the Resource Room. We will also begin signing up to attend upcoming Cottage Meetings. We will need everyone's input during this Discernment Phase as we begin to envision our future ministry as a Parish community, so please plan to join us for Kick-Off Sunday and to attend a Cottage Meeting. If you would like to learn more about our Capital Campaign we encourage you to check
Calling all teens, tweens, and young folks!
St. John's will be hosting a Youth night on Friday, August 9th at 7:00pm in the Youth Room. Please join us for a time of fellowship as we enjoy pizza and other refreshments as well as a movie (movie TBA). 
Any questions? Contact 
Rev. Mike Bond at

We hope to see you there and feel free to bring your friends! 
Serving this week:

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

10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Jean Scott, Don Rubins
LEMs: Debbi Huggett, Sam Otoo
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Kyle Dailor, Maddie Moxley, Rowan Moxley
Ushers: Eric & Ben Turnquest
Greeters: Candice Barrera, Sarah Walter
Oblation Bearer: Rob & Dee McManamy
Coffee Hour: Jack Voigt, Nancy Mulcahy

Altar Guild: Captain: Lynn Ruschhaupt, Bev Keene, Marilyn Kromer, Nancy Mulcahy
This Week's Lessons
Hosea 1:2-10
Psalm 85
Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19)
Luke 11:1-13

Go to to read this week's lessons.
Collect for July 28th
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Week
July 27- Iris & Bill Bestow
July 27- Ginny McCollum
July 27- Patti & Dan Pohrte
July 28- Daniel Childs
July 28- Donall Childs
July 29- Janice & Leo Hickman
August 1- Jean Landeen

Dear Heavenly Father, we come to you in thanksgiving for those celebrating this week. May they always feel Your guiding hand and loving spirit, today and everyday. 
The Bishop Search and Nomination Committee needs your help.  The schedule of listening sessions were published this week and will take place during the month of August.  Please make an effort to attend one of these sessions and share your experiences of both blessings and challenges in our Diocese.  The information gathered during these listening sessions will be used to compile our Diocesan Profile.

August 3, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
St. Gregory's, Deerfield

August 3, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Emmanuel, Rockford

August 8, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Ascension, Chicago

August 10, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
St. Edmund's, Chicago

August 10, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
St. Paul's, Peoria

August 18, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
St. Mark's, Glen Ellyn
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.
Music is a big part of our worship experience here at St. John's. We have been blessed to have our wonderful music director, Michael Soto, with us for the last few years. Now God is guiding him towards his next phase of life. Please join this Sunday, July 28th, for cake and coffee following the 10:00 am service as we give Michael our love and support for all of his future endeavors. 
The South West Interfaith Team (SWIFT) will be hosting its annual summer picnic on Sunday, July 28, 1pm-5pm on the church grounds of Peace Memorial United Church of Christ, 10300 W 131st St, Palos Park.
Cost to attend is absolutely free but please bring a side dish or a dessert if you can. There will be lots of food as well as a clown, bounce house, piñata, and games for the kids and of course plenty of opportunities for great conversations with our Jewish, Muslim, and Christian neighbors.
If you are interested in attending or have any questions please speak to Rob McManamy ( or Bryan Burke (

Knit once - Pray twice
The Knitting group is providing a couple scarves-in-process if you feel you want something to do with your hands during mass.
The knitting bowl will be at the back of the church.
As you knit we encourage you to pray for the person who will receive the scarf.
Sarra's Reflections
Dear friends, we all understand that prayer is a very powerful tool that the Lord has given us. Time and again the Bible encourages us to take our requests to the Lord and, if it is right, He will lovingly abide. A very humbling thought I had recently was something along the lines of “remember the days you prayed for the things you have now”. This is humbling because it really makes you take a step back and look around at what you have. That job you prayed for and got? That illness you prayed would resolve and it did? That affliction that you’re still trying to mitigate but you’re further along now than ever before? Whatever the answered prayer was, we must rejoice and give thanks for the Lord has shown us loving mercy.
Support the Arts
Are you looking for a way to support the local art community? Then look no further because The Homewood Arts Council has a Gallery located in the heart of downtown Homewood. The gallery is open every Thursday evening from 6 to 9pm and features a variety of local artists. This month our very own Bill Moser will be one of the featured artists. Join him for the Opening Reception next Thursday, August 1st.
The gallery is located at 2023 Ridge Road Homewood, IL 60430

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:91
Last Week's Offering: $3,134.25
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$120,767.07 which is $3,785.90 (3%) BELOW our budgeted need.
Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, July 28
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  (Spoken Service)
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  (Sung service with choir)
11:15 am Farewell Celebration for Music Director Michael Soto (Undercroft)
1:00-5:00 pm Annual S.W.I.F.T. Picnic (Peace Memorial United Church of Christ)
5:00 pm St. John's Table 

Tuesday, July 30
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)

Wednesday, July 31
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
9:00 am Holy Eucharist w/Healing Rite
10:00 am Bible Study (Resource Room)
8:00 pm A.A. (Undercroft)

Thursday, August 1
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
7:00 pm Adult Christian Formation Class: 
          Breathing Under Water (Resource Room)

Friday, August 2
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)

Saturday, August 3
10:00-12:00 pm Capital Campaign Facilitator training (Resource Room)
10:00 am Daughters of the King

Sunday, August 4 (Capital Campaign kickoff!)
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  (Spoken Service)
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  (Sung service with choir)
Capital Campaign Forum (Resource room after the 8 & 10 am services)
5:00 pm 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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