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The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

January 12, 2020 

Dear Friends,

As you know, last year we added an alternative worship service to our schedule on Sunday evenings, St. John's Table.  This service is still in its formation period as we continue to nurture it and help it to grow into its own.  The idea behind this gathering is that it should be a safe space for those who have been hurt or made to feel unwelcome in traditional churches.  We typically gather at 5:00 pm and spend the first hour in fellowship and service as we prepare a meal together.  The second hour is spent, gathered around the table, sharing the meal and worshiping together.  I recently became aware that some have thought this service is for young adults only, but let me assure you, it is for ALL people regardless of age.  It is very informal and perfect for young adults and children, but it is for everyone.  

This Sunday will be a special day for St. John's Table, particularly on this Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.  We will welcome Nate Berg into the household of God when he enters into the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at St. John's Table.  I invite you to join us and celebrate Nate's new life in Christ as we gather around the font and the table to celebrate and worship!  If you have any questions about this service, please feel free to reach out to me.

Peace and All Good,
Fr. Jeremy

  • The beautiful poinsettias that decorated the church for Christmas are now in need of new, loving homes. Please feel free to take one home. 
  • If you're curious about Scrip but have been hesitant to try it out,    Pat Smith-Huntoon will be holding a Scrip coaching/learning session this Sunday, January 12th, after the 8:00 a.m. service in the Guild Room and after the 10:00 a.m. service in the Resource Room. 
  • Sarra is looking for volunteers to answer the phones and collect the mail February 3, 4, & 5. If you're interested in helping out, please call or email 
St. John's by the Numbers

Please note that the budget numbers presented below are only estimates based on the information we have at this time.  We are still working to draft a responsible 2020 budget which to present to the Annual Meeting of the Parish on January 26.

Attendance Last Sunday:88
Last Week's Offering: $5,453.00
We need an average of $3,920.42 each week to maintain our budgeted income; or an average of $4,822.00 each week to balance our deficit budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$5,453.00 which is $1,532.58 (39%) ABOVE 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,  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.   
Daughters of the King Brunch

All women of the parish are invited to the annual Daughters of the King winter brunch. Mark your calendars for 10 a.m., Saturday, January 18, at Cyndie Knoll's house. RSVP to Cyndie, and come hungry. It's always a time of good fellowship and delicious dishes.
Working together is a great way to achieve a common goal. That's exactly what the Yarn Ministry is hoping to accomplish as they spearhead a collection of items for PADS. 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
Starting this Sunday there will be a collection bin in the Undercroft with a handy list of the items that are most in need. 

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
-Helen Keller
Serving this week:
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Kristy Petersen
LEM: Gale Michael                    Usher: Rob Carrier

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Steven Russell,                                               Chris Pfeifer
LEMs: Sue O'Brien, MJ Bond
Acolytes: Kyle Dailor,
Rowan Moxley, Ruby Moxley,
Catherine Madden

Ushers: Cyndie Knoll,
                  Stewart Scott

Greeters: Mike Madden &
             Diane Walsh-Madden

Oblation Bearer: Don Rubins

Coffee Hour: Lois Rinkenberger, Joanne Fisher, Sarah Walter
Altar Guild: Captain: Susan Marquis, Debbi Huggett, Don Rubins, Betsy Elliot           
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 
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:
Taco Bar
All the Fixin's

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

Isaiah 42:1-9

Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17

Visit to read this week's lessons.
Collect for January 12

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Start the New Year off by flexing your creative side! The next Art in the Undercroft is scheduled for Sunday, January 19 from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $40 and all materials are included. Whether you're a novice or your skills are multiplying- all are welcome!
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. 
Practicing our Faith Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Guild Room to discuss:

 Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues by N.T. Wright.

You can purchase the book locally or via Amazon by clicking here
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. 
Coffee, tea, hot toddy perhaps? Whatever you prefer, it'll stay nice and hot in these mugs! They are microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe, and we're sure you're going to love them. 

Roll out the welcome wagon, these brand new St. John's mugs will be given to visitors and new parishioners with a welcome letter, informational leaflet, and our contact information. By purchasing one of your own, you will be investing in the growth of our congregation. The cost is $22 and they can be purchased in the Parish Office. 
Parish Cycle of Prayer
  • Laura Brady
  • Bill Braker
  • Allan & Carol Brenner
Heavenly Father, this week we lift up in prayer: Laura, Bill, Allan & Carol. We ask that you please bless them and keep them safe. Guard their hearts and minds,  shield them from illness, and help them in just the right ways.  And please help us to be a good friend to them, too. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. 
 Birthdays & Anniversaries 
January 10: Charles Campbell
January 13: George Turner
January 14: Paula & Fred Jaicks
January 15: Glynis Keene

Dear Lord, we come to you in thanksgiving for those celebrating this week. Please continue to whisper smiles in their ears so that their lips may reflect it. Help them find peace and joy in the new opportunities another year may bring. All this we ask in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen. 
  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, January 12

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, January 15
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, January 16
7:00 p.m.  Practicing our Faith Book Club (Guild Room)

Saturday, January 18
10:00 a.m.  Daughters of the King Winter Brunch
(Cyndie Knoll's Home, women of the parish welcome)

Sunday, January 19
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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2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
(708) 798-4150

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