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The Second Sunday in Lent 

March 8, 2020 

Dear Friends,
I am sharing with you information that has been provided from the Bishop’s Office and Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD).  As more cases of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are being identified in our region and across the country, the Church can play an important role in sharing accurate information and educating our people about practical measures to slow the progress of the virus.
You can find current information and guidelines on the ERD website, including reliable information about the symptoms of the virus, how it spreads, and what you can do to prevent it.
We are implementing the following recommendations at St. John’s effective immediately.  Please note that these are not permanent changes, but will remain in place until the current health crisis is resolved.  

  • If you are sick, please stay home.  I know that some of us want to be in church when we are not feeling well and that receiving communion is of particular comfort during those times.  However, we have a number of congregants who are aging, or who for a variety of reasons are immunocompromised.  Please help keep them safe by not placing anyone at unnecessary risk. If you are sick, please contact the church and you will be included in our prayers.
  • We will be placing hand sanitizer in prominent locations throughout the church.  Please use it.
  • Wash your hands frequently, particularly before leaving the restrooms and before handling food or drinks.  This is especially pertinent to our coffee hour hosts and those who attend St. John’s Table. 
  • We are not going to ban shaking hands or hugging when we pass of the peace.  However, we encourage you to avoid doing so, particularly if you are not feeling well, or if you are immunocompromised.  Waving, bowing to the Christ in each other, and other forms of greeting that don’t involve physical contact are just as effective and equally hospitable.  
  • Please use hand sanitizer when you come forward to receive communion.  You will notice that the Clergy and Lay Eucharistic Ministers will be using hand sanitizer before receiving and distributing communion. It has been suggested that we use a nicer looking container for hand sanitizer at the altar.  While this may be more aesthetically pleasing, we will not be doing so.  We want the congregation to see that we are using hand sanitizer as well.  
  • When receiving communion, we WILL NOT BE INTINCTING (dipping the bread into the wine). While this may seem more sanitary, it is not.  There are more germs around our fingernails than anywhere else on our bodies, including the mouth.  
  • You are encouraged to drink directly from the chalice instead of intincting.  Research has proven that there is very little risk from drinking from a metal, silver-lined chalice, and there has never been evidence that sharing a common cup at communion has spread any virus. That being said, if you are not comfortable drinking from the chalice, please refrain.  Receiving only the bread is still receiving full communion.  

If you have any questions about these changes or anything else, please ask me.  Thank you for your help in caring for our people.  
Fr. Jeremy

Important Announcements
  • Daylight savings time "Spring forward" will occur this Saturday. Cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices will update the time automatically. You need only worry about analog devices such as alarm clocks, appliance clocks, and other battery operated time telling devices. 
  • There will be a meeting for all Ushers and Greeters, in the sanctuary, on Sunday, March 15. 
  • For your convenience and the health and safety of others: Liquid hand sanitizer and/or anti-bacterial wipes have been placed at every entrance and throughout the entire church. Please feel free to use them liberally. 
-Save the date for visiting the Shrine of Christ's Passion. Saturday, March 28. You can check out the website by clicking here or see Rev. Mike Bond for additional details. 

-There will be no Pre-K Sunday school on Sunday, March 8th. The Nursery will be open and all other Sunday school classes will be meeting.

-The next Blood Pressure screening will be held on Sunday, March 8th. This is a free screening provided by the Ministry for Caring. 

-The next Scrip order deadline is Sunday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. 
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday: 91
Last Week's Offering: $5,560.00
We need an average of $3,682.94 each week to maintain our budgeted income.
Our income year-to-date is
$41,421.00 which is $8,274.54 (25%) ABOVE our budgeted need.
Are you interested in finding out more about the Daughters of the King? Or perhaps you'd like to renew your commitment? Our next meeting will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 7, in the Resource Room. We will be starting a study for new members, though a commitment to join is not required (just your curiosity). For more info, reach out to Cyndie Knoll or any member of the Daughters.
Help us sing our praises to the Heavenly Father by joining the St. John's choir.

Now is the perfect time to give it a try because we need more singers! Currently we rehearse only before the 10 a.m. worship service.

For more information (or to enlist), reach out to Mary VanSwol or Betsy Elliot.
We're mighty grateful to everyone who's donated much needed items to PADS so far. If you haven't had a chance, we will still be collecting items until April 5. Share the wealth, show the love.

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
**Please Note: Items must be new/unused. Open packages may be accepted so long as the remaining items in the pack are unused.
For example, a package of underwear that was opened but did not fit is acceptable IF the remaining pairs were not worn/used.  
 Birthdays & Anniversaries 
March 8: Greg Knoll
March 9: Susan Marquis
March 9: Marty Mears
March 9: Teddy VanSwol
March 10: Bill Bestow

Heavenly Father, we come to you in thanksgiving, asking for blessings for Greg, Susan, Marty, Teddy, and Bill  as they celebrate another year of life.  Father, 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.
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 
Serving Sunday, March 8:
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Tom Senesac
LEM: Kristy Petersen                  
Usher: Rob Carrier

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Don Rubins,
                   Jean Scott

LEMs: Sam Otoo,
                    M.J. Bond

Acolytes: Kyle Dailor, Rowan Moxley, Ruby Moxley, Catherine Madden
Ushers: Mike Juskelis, Cyndie Knoll
Greeters: Mike Madden
Oblation Bearer: Don Rubins
Coffee Hour: Pat Smith-Huntoon
Altar Guild: Captain: Alison Deniston, Ginny McCollum
Collect for March 8

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Please join us on Thursdays during Lent for a short Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. followed by study and discussion of N.T. Wright's video series
Surprised by Hope:
Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. 
The Recovery & Healing Ministry

The 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. 
As of February 5 we have begun studying The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen. 

Interfaith Speakers' Forum (Sunday, March 15)

The South West Interfaith Team (SWIFT) will be hosting its biennial speakers' forum at Peace Memorial United Church of Christ in Palos Park on Sunday, March 15. The topic will be "One God: Three Faiths?" and the panel will include Northwestern University Muslim Chaplain Tahera Ahmed, Pastor Adam Malak of Faith United Presbyterian Church in Tinley Park, and Rabbi Michael Balinsky, the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis.
Registration will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the program running from 3:00 p.m.--5:00 p.m. with a Q&A afterwards. There is NO charge but please bring a non-perishable food donation that will be donated to Respond Now if you can. Refreshments will be provided.
Parish Cycle of Prayer
  • Anne Edwards & Shirley Reilly
  • Paul & Tonya Eisenberg
  • Ethan Eisenberg
Heavenly Father, this week we lift up in prayer: Anne & Shirley, Paul & Tonya, and Ethan. 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 peace, and hold them close in times of strife.  All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.
  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.  
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
(Breakfast for Dinner)

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

Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

Visit to read this week's lessons.
Coming Up This Week:

Saturday, March 7
10:00 a.m. Daughters of the King (Resource Room

Sunday, March 8
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) *No Pre-K Sunday School*

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m. St. John's Table 

Wednesday, March 11
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist w/Healing Rite
10:00 a.m. Bible Study (Resource Room
7:00 p.m. Healing & Recovery Ministry (Guild Room)
8:00 p.m. A.A. (Undercroft)

Thursday, March 12
7:00 a.m.Lenten Eucharist and Study "Surprised by Hope" (Resource Room)

Sunday, March 15
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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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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