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The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
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October 25, 2020 

Dear Friends,
 
If we have recognized nothing else in this past year, we have recognized that this election is a contest between two very different visions for our nation and our society.  The church does not endorse any political party or candidate, but we do encourage each other to continually be formed in the image of God in which we are all made, and in doing so we live and make decisions based on the moral vision that Jesus taught us, one rooted in the command to love God and love each other as God love us.  Bishop Curry, in his Word to the Church on September 16 said, “What does voting have to do with the Gospel? …. It’s a contest of ideas about how to shape the future of a community, nation and maybe even a world.  It’s a contest, a debate, a discernment of moral values and their and their relationship to public policy.  Voting is an act of moral agency.  It is an act of moral discernment and decision.  It is how a community or a nation decides how the moral values that it holds and shares shape public policy and the lives of people.  The children of God.  It is salutary to remember that partisan neutrality does not mean moral neutrality.”  You can read and watch Bishop Curry’s full message here.
 
My friends, I will go so far as to suggest that voting is our moral obligation.  If you have not yet done so, go and vote.  If you’re not registered to vote, in Illinois you may register at the polling station when you arrive.  And, when you vote, be guided in your decisions by the Gospel message of God’s great love for us all.  
 
In the coming days, please pray for our community and our nation, and I invite you to join me in the church on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd at 9:00 a.m. as we pray together for peace and unity in our nation.  
 
Grace & Peace,
Fr. Jeremy

2021 Pledge Appeal
Please watch your mail, because our 2021 Pledge Appeal has been mailed.  You may either return your pledge card to the church, or go to the Stewardship page of our website and complete your pledge card online.  Either way, I encourage you to participate in this very important act of worship in the life of our community.  We will place al the pledges on the altar and bless them at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on November 22.  
Worship for the weekend of October 25, 2020

Sunday, October 25
In-Person Worship at 11:00 a.m.
This service will be live-streamed.  Follow us on Facebook to receive notifications when our services are being streamed, or visit the homepage of our website to watch the service there.
COVID-19 Upcoming Worship Schedule

Sunday, October 25
11:00 am - Holy Eucharist, Rite II
In-Person Worship (masks & physical distancing required)
Simultaneous Live Streaming at www.mysje.org
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.  Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.  This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people.  Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.  

Dialogue Circles will be forming here, at St. John's this Fall.  If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Fr. Jeremy at frjeremy@mysje.org.  The number of Circles will depend on participation.  

Please click here to learn more about Sacred Ground from the Episcopal Church's website.
Due to COVID-19 South Suburban PADS has closed the scattered-site locations and is now housing 50 – 70 clients at the Baymont hotel in Calumet City.

There are two shifts that are in need of volunteers to serve already-prepared meals to these clients in the motel lobby:  Friday nights 6 pm – 8:30 pm and Saturday mornings 8 am – 9:30 a.m. 

If anyone is interested in helping out, please contact Sarra in the Church Office via telephone or email. 
This Week's Lessons

Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
Psalm 1
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46


Visit lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Collect for The Twenty-first Sunday of Pentecost 

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 Did you know that the church has earned over $450 by using Scrip? $450+ just from doing our regular shopping. 

If you're considering giving gift cards as holiday presents please check out the list of over 600 retailers Scrip has to offer. 

If you haven't tried Scrip yet please check out
shopwithscrip.com  
to see how you can contribute to the church by simply doing your regular shopping. Questions may be directed to sjescrip@gmail.com

The next Scrip order will be submitted at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25.
Parish Cycle of Prayer

Polly Mallinga & Family

Heavenly Father, this week we lift up in prayer: Polly and her loved ones. Please bless them with an abundance of peace and an overflowing cup of joy. Bring comfort to them in their time of need and help them to seek You in all that they do. Please Lord, act as their shield  from illness, both mental and physical. May the light of the Holy Spirit be seen shining through their hearts and eyes. All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Amen 
 Birthdays & Anniversaries

October 25: Debbi Huggett
October 28: Astrid Ciaglia
October 30: Stuart & Alice Creason

 
Heavenly Father, we come to you in thanksgiving, asking for birthday blessings for Debbi and Astrid as well as anniversary blessings for Stuart & Alice Lord we ask that You please bless them with a year filled with joy and contentment. Please keep them safe, mentally and physically healthy, and on the path that leads to love and life eternal.
  In Jesus' name we pray.
Amen
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
Memorial donations on behalf of any member, past or present, are gladly accepted and will be applied to an ongoing ministry here at St. John's. You can do this either by mailing a check to the church with the person's name in the memo line or make an online donation. 

Bulletin Folders Needed

With in person worship starting up again soon we will be getting back into the swing of things, including printing service bulletins.

Typically the Folders come in on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and make quick work of assembling and folding bulletin materials for services.

If anyone is interested in volunteering for bulletin folding please contact Sarra in the Church office.
(708) 798-4150 or office@mysje.org 
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.  
In addition to online giving there is also a text option.
Text "SaintJohn" to 73256 to give using your mobile device. This number will never send unsolicited texts to you. To cancel further messages, text STOP. If you need assistance with text giving, text HELP. Standard text message and data rates may apply.
Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, October 25
11:00 am - Holy Eucharist, Rite II
In-Person (Limited attendance) & Simultaneous Live Streaming 

Please visit the homepage of our website

Wednesday, October 28
7:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting
8:00 p.m.  AA (Undercroft)

Thursday, October 29
5:00 p.m.  Online Bible Study (Gospel of Matthew)

Please click here to enter the Bible Study.

7:00 p.m. Recovery & Healing Group
(This will be a hybrid meeting in-person & Online.)

Please click here to enter the Healing & Recovery Group.
 

Please pray for those seeking God’s healing: Alexa; Alice & Anna; Amy; Annie B.; Bessie; Bonnie; Carolyn; Hank; Jacques; Jay; Jessica; John; Kelly; Kim; Larry; Laura; Laura; Linda; Lynn; Marcia; Marcy; Margret; Michael; Mike; Ralph; Rich; Sadie; Theresa; Tony; Vince; Marsha Acheson; Pr. Dave Adams; Lynn Ahearn; Kennith Allen; Joyce Aryee; Nancy Barys; Shannon Benaitis; Carmen Bernal; Iris Bestow; Ken Blackburn; Millie Boggs; Joe Boland; Deacon Mike Bond; Laura Brady; Kelly Buckman; Ela Bujak; Phil Calvin; Jim & Arlene Carr; Janelle Carrier; Rob Carrier; Carol Cerullo; Sabina Childs; Denise Coffman; Lorraine Corey; Alice Creason; Jennifer Cummins; Alex Deniston; Claudette Doyle; Katherine Doyle; the Englewood community; Ethan Eisenberg; Paul Eisenberg; Ruth Frank; Valorie Franklin; Anita Frigo; Janet Froyen; Grace Gaskill; Laura Gorski; Kathi H.; Marie Haar; Mary Harrison; Kojo Hayford; Marilyn Hurt; Laura Jamieson; Buddy Johnson; Ken Johnson; Stewart Keene; Judy Kiedaisch; Brenda Knight; Cyndie Knoll; Anne Knuth; Bill Knuth; Paul Koch; the Koswenda family; Kelli Lange; Scott Lauterbach; Alex Lawler; Greg Lawrence; Elizabeth Lee; Shawn Lobaugh; Mary Long; Richard M.; Jerry Mabry; Jacob MacDonald; Terri Martin, Ino Martinez; Rev. Annette Mayer; Ginny McCollum; Susan McKeever; Kelly McLaughlin; Katelyn Moore; Lita Morgan; Ann Moser; Sharon Moxley; Carol Mullings; Michael Mullins; Terry Needham; Alex Nettey;  Audrey Ongman; Elaine Ooms; Jake Peckel; Patty Portrey; Anthony Raimondi; Shirley Reilly; Damen Ressel; Bob Rhoads; Pat Rhoads; Julie Rinkenberger; Lois Rinkenberger; Bella Rodrigues; Stephanie Rogers; Laura Rossen; Roger Rossen; Don Rubins; Karen Scherrer; Mark Scott & Family; Stewart Scott; Karen Scheffers; Julie Seely; Blake Sheffer; Doris Sheffer; Diance Smith; Thomas Smith; The Rev. Tom Smith; Bob Stevens; Jamie Stovall; Ginny Summers; Leslie Tatum; Phyllia Tettey-Enyo; Shanti Thayil; Bishop Robert Thompson; Tawny Triebold; Lee Turner; Joan Unterberg; Rich VanSwol; Roman VanSwol; Cora Watson; Erna Watson; Bob Weinman; John Whennen; Jim Whitfield; Terri Whitfield; Austin Widner; James Woods; Vonda Young; John Zimmerman
 
Please pray for those seeking God’s guidance: Alicia; Angel; Bonnie; Brianna; David; Debbie; Don; Glenda; James; Linda; Marcy; Mary; Nora; Polly; Rich; Stephanie; Terri; Victor; Bishop David & Mrs. Bailey; Marilin Brown; Norval Brown & Family; Freeborn family; Arifa Brookins Hinton; Gregory Brookins Hinton; Mike Mabry; Nancy Mulcahy; The Diocese of The Navajoland; the Seelaus family; the Stevens family; Jessica Wetzel; The Wetzel Family; James Woods; Bill Sole; Staci Young.
 
Please pray for our members serving in the military and their families: Christina Bembenic; Kevin Cunningham; John O’Brien; David Trier; Darius Webb.

Please pray for all First Responders, especially, Austin Corydon; Amy Vitulli; Sarah Lawrence

Please pray for the faithful departed


In the Parish Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for Polly Mallinga & Family

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, Pray for the Church in Wales The Most Revd John Davies - Archbishop of Wales & Bishop of Swansea & Brecon

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Pray for the growth and vitality of our congregations; And for ministries in our Companion Dioceses of SE Mexico and Renk

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
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The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
Rector
frjeremy@mysje.org
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