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The Third Sunday of Easter 
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April 26, 2020
 

Dear Friends,

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us as individuals, as a church, and as a society in ways that we would never have expected.  These are difficult and challenging times when our fear and uncertainty is heightened.  But we are still the Church of God, and we continue to put our hope and our trust in God's loving hands.  Remember that we are Easter people and that before the glorious resurrection on Sunday morning, there was the pain and agony of the cross on Friday.  When we emerge from our isolation we will do so in a different world.  The way we have always done things will no longer work in many cases.  We will grieve together and then we will gain a new sense of normal.  The journey to our new normal may be painful, but in the words of Theresa of Avila, all will be well, all manner of things will be well.  This is our opportunity, as a community, to welcome new life even in the midst of death and illness.  Over the coming weeks I will be working with your Wardens and Vestry to create a "re-opening" plan for our Parish that will necessarily follow guidance coming out of Bishop Lee's office.  Church will look different, so I encourage you to begin praying for patience.  It will be a process, a journey for us all, and there will likely be missteps along the way, but we will get there together.    Let us continue to love each other, be gentle with each other, and keep in touch with each other.  As always, if you need anything, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.  You are loved and appreciated.  

Peace and all good,
Fr. Jeremy+

All in-person worship, meetings, and other gatherings are still cancelled until further notice.

The closure of our Churches has been extended at least through May 30.  Bishop Lee continues to work closely with Diocesan staff, civil, and medical authorities to determine the best course of action for the re-opening of our churches.  Please continue to monitor messages from St. John's and our website for updates.  The health and safety of our people is our highest priority right now, so please continue to follow all social distancing guidelines and recommendations from our state and local authorities.  
Worship for Sunday, April 26, 2020
Morning Prayer at 9:30 a.m.
Please click here to enter Morning Prayer
Need a little midweek spiritual socialization pick-me-up? Join us for Weekly Bible Study! Thursdays at 5:00 we will gather via Zoom to continue the study of the book of Matthew.
Click here to enter Zoom for Bible Study
"Clarifying Our Passion" Survey

Thank you to those who have already completed the "Clarifying our Passion" survey.  If you have not yet participated, please take two minutes and do so.  The results from this one question survey are very important and will help the Long Range Planning Committee proceed with articulating the Mission and Vision of St. John's and will guide our Capital Campaign as we move forward.
 
Collect for the Third Sunday of Easter

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This Week's Lessons

Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17
1 Peter 1: 17-23
Luke 24:13-35


Visit lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
 Birthdays & Anniversaries 

April 26: Bob de Oliveira
April 26: John O'Brien

Dearest Lord, we come to you in thanksgiving, asking for blessings for Bob and John. Please guide their minds, guard their hearts, and help them to continue to walk in the light that leads to Your unending love.
  In Jesus' name we pray.
Amen
Parish Cycle of Prayer

Glynis & Wade Keene
Stewart Keene


Holy God, this week we lift up in prayer: Glynis, Wade, and Stewart.  Please bless them with wisdom and insight and shape their hearts to mirror Yours.  Shield them from illness, both mental and physical.  Grant them grace, fill them with your peace, and hold them close in times of strife.  All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Amen 
We regretfully share news that Rick Unterberg, son of Joan Unterberg passed away yesterday from complications related to COVID-19.  Our deepest condolences to Rick's family.  Please keep Joan and her family in your prayers during this difficult time
THANK YOU!!!!!

For those of you who have been keeping your pledges current and those who have given extra to support the work of St. John's, THANK YOU!
We understand that the last several weeks have been challenging for many people, so if you have found that you need to adjust your commitment to the budget of St. John's, please let Sarra in the Church Office know.  

We are confident that God will see us through the challenges that lie ahead and that we will come out of this being a stronger and more faithful community because of it.  

Please continue to share your generosity by mailing a check to:

St. John the Evangelist
P.O. Box 25
Flossmoor, IL 60422

Of by setting up automatic bill pay through your bank (this is a free service of most banks).  Or by clicking on the "Online Giving" button below.  If you give online, please consider clicking the box that allows you to add 3% to cover the processing fees from the credit card companies.  
  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.  
Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, April 26
9:30 a.m.   Morning Prayer for the Third Sunday of Easter
Please click here to enter Morning Prayer

Tuesday, April 28
12:00 noon  Office hours with Fr. Jeremy.  
This is open forum time for us to gather together, connect, and ask any questions that may be on your mind.  There is no agenda to these gatherings, so stop by for a few minutes and say hi.

Please click here to enter Office Hours.

Thursday, April 30
5:30 p.m.  Online Bible Study
Since we are in Year A in the Sunday lectionary, which focuses on the Gospel of Matthew, we will begin a study of Matthew.
Please click here to enter the Bible Study.
Do you know anyone in need?

Please let the Church Office know if you are aware of anyone in our Parish who is ill, in the hospital, or in any other need.  Please do not assume that we are already aware, because we may not be.  Please call (708) 798-4150 and leave a message for Sarra, or email the Church Office at office@mysje.org.  Thank you for keeping an eye out for each other.   
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The Church of St. John the Evangelist
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
(708) 798-4150
office@mysje.org
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The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
Rector
frjeremy@mysje.org
To schedule an appointment with Fr. Jeremy,
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