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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost 
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October 6, 2019 
Dear Friends,
 
On this special day I wish you all a blessed and joyous Feast of St. Francis!
 
But as I have been scrolling through Facebook today I have become more aware than usual that most people don’t really know much about my Brother Francis.  He is one of the most beloved of all the Saints and has won a place of honor is so many garden bird baths.  Everybody seems to know of his great love for all of creation, which is why we will all bring our pets to church Sunday afternoon and have them blessed, and why Pope John Paul II declared him to be the patron Saint of the environment.  But what was Francis’ motives?  Why such an affinity for the animals?
 
Francis believed that, not only humans, but all of creation is made in the image of God and that a spark of the Divine exists in all living things.  This is why he wrote such beuatiful songs to Brother Sun and Sister Moon, and why he preached so passionately to the birds of the air and to his brother wolf in the forest, because all God’s creation should hear the Good News of God’s love.  Love is at the heart of everything for Francis.  I believe that Francis would be a little bit appalled that the thing he is most remembered for is his love for animals and that he has been portrayed by most of society as a sort of Hippie Saint. 
 
The reality is that Francis saw his mission as one to rebuild the Church.  The church is Francis’ day was much like the church in our own day.  There was a decline in attendance and an even greater decline in living out our faith.  Italy was at the height of the Renaissance and secularism was running rampant.  Francis saw his mission as one to reconcile all creation with God.  We could learn a lot from Francis.  He threw himself into his mission to be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus as Teresa of Avila would put it. 
 
As we continue our time of discerning what our mission is to this community, what does it mean for us to rebuild the church?  What are our motives?  Are we concerned with attracting new people to St. John’s to help meet our budget?  Are we interested in young families because they have children and we don’t see as many of them as we might like?  Do we want to grow our church so that we might regain a sense of status that we might have held at some time in our past?  If these, or any other reason that is not entirely about making the unconditional, life-changing, reconciling, love of God known, then we have missed the point entirely.
 
On this Feast of St. Francis, let us imagine a church – a world – in which our only concern is knowing and experiencing God’s love, and making that love known to all creation.  Imagine a world in which we care for others more than we care for ourselves.  Imagine a church that is more concerned with those who are outside our walls than we are with our own places of comfort and privilege.  Francis was adamant that his followers live outside of their comfort zones, meeting people where they were, in all their brokenness.  They lived with the homeless, with lepers, and with those who had been shunned from polite society.  And because of their faithfulness, many who had been told that they were beyond salvation, came to know that they are beloved children of God, made in God’s image, loved beyond measure, just as they are.  That is the power of God’s reconciling love. 
 
Pax et bonum!
Peace and all good, my friends!
 
Fr. Jeremy
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday:82
Last Week's Offering: $2,503.00
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$149,681.24 which is $17,821.03 (11%) BELOW our budgeted need.
The Bishop Search & Nomination Committee needs your help.  If you have not already done so, please take the brief online survey that will help to guide the committee as they write our Diocesan Profile.   The profile will be an important tool describing the current state of our Diocese and letting prospective candidate know where we want to be going. 

The survey should take no more than ten minutes to complete and all members of the Diocese are encouraged to participate. The survey will be open through Sunday, October 13 and is divided into two parts. The first part asks about various aspects of the Diocese of Chicago and what characteristics are desired in the next bishop. These five questions are required. The second part includes questions that will help the committee learn a little bit about you. These answers are helpful in interpreting the results, and are optional. All answers are anonymous.

 
To begin the survey, click here.
TRAINING

As you may have noticed, there is now an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) located in the Narthex, next to the door going out to the Columbarium.  This generous gift to St. John's helps to make us a safer Church.  Now, we want to make sure that people know how to use it in the event of a cardiac emergency.  The Flossmoor Fire Department has offered to come to St. John's to offer a Friends & Family CPR & AED training class.  This will be a low-key training, geared to be accessible to people of all comfort levels.  The training will be:

Saturday, November 16
at 9:00 am
in the Resource Room

The training is free, but space will be limited, so it is important that you register with the Church Office.  Please let Sarra know if you plan to attend either by email or by calling (708) 798-4150.  If we have enough interest we will add an additional class.
A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas.  We will be collecting donations for one more week, so if you have not done so and would like to contribute, you still can.  You can place a check in the Sunday offering (be sure to indicate Hurricane Dorian Relief in the memo line) or you can give online by clicking here.  Please continue to keep our friends in the Bahamas in your prayers.
  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.  
Collect for October 6th

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Grab your knitting needles, crochet hooks, and yarn balls, y'all!

The Yarn Ministry will be meeting Monday, October 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Guild Room. 
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 Amazon.com. 
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Tom Senesac
LEM: Kristy Petersen
Usher: Ken & Beth Blackburn

 
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Rob McManamy,
                      Cyndie Knoll

LEMs: MJ Bond, Donna Blackburn
Acolytes:  Kyle Dailor, Abbey Sutherland, Gale Michael,
Maggie Oyster

Ushers: John Huntoon,                                            Rob Carrier
Greeters: Alice & Stuart Creason
Oblation Bearer: 
Ginny Eysenbach
Coffee Hour: Donna Blackburn, Ann Glascoff, Gale Michael

Altar Guild: Captain: Alison Deniston, Ginny McCollum, Joan Stevens
Youth of St. John's!
The Youth Group will be meeting on Saturday October 26th for some Halloween Festivities. Local Deanery Youth have also been invited. Come and enjoy a time of fellowship, food, friends, and fun.
 

Note: The St. John's Youth Group normally meets on the third Saturday of the month. Please contact the parish office with any questions. 
This Week's Lessons

Lamentations 1:1-6, 3:19-26

Psalm 137
2 Timothy 1-1-14
Luke 17:5-10


Go to lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi we will be holding an outdoor Pet Blessing Service this Sunday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m. Pets of all varieties, along with their responsible owners, are welcome to come and receive blessings. 
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.
Please join us for the next Parting Thoughts Grief Workshop, presented by Certified Life Celebrant Silvia Gale. The second installment of this three part workshop will take place in the Resource Room on Saturday, October 12 starting at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome even if you were unable to attend the first workshop. There is no cost to attend however we will be taking donations to offset the cost of the facilitator's travel. 
 This week's Birthdays & Anniversaries
 
October 7: Wade Keene
October 9: Paul Koch
October 10: Laurel Richardson
October 11: MJ Bond
October 11: Abbey Sutherland
October 11: Lee Turner
 
Heavenly Father, we come to you in thanksgiving for those celebrating birthdays this week. May they feel the fruits of your spirit today and every day this year. 
The Daughters of the King is a women's prayer and service order in the Episcopal Church. St. John's chapter meets the first and third Saturdays of the month, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Our next meeting will be October 5, and we will continue our study, using the book Paths to Prayer: Finding Your Own Way to the Presence of God by Patricia D. Brown. All women of the parish are welcome to join us for conversation, fellowship, and prayer. Questions? Contact Cyndie Knoll, Betsy Elliot, or any other Daughters member.
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. 
Lobsterfest is back! Be sure to get your orders in by October 15 for pickup on October 19. Order forms can be found here at St. John's in the Narthex, the Undercroft, and in the entryway near the parish office. Or you can contact Rob McManamy robmac0613@yahoo.com
SouthWest InterFaith Team (SWIFT) 
Care and Share Project 2019

SWIFT will be collecting toiletry items for the Rich Township Pantry between now and October 20th. If you are able to contribute, there is a collection box in the narthex or donations may be dropped off at the Parish Office.

Every single donation is needed and appreciated!
To help aid the collection process, an informational board has been placed in the undercroft. Each Post-it on the board has one item listed on it and the idea is that when someone takes a post-it, they have committed to donating the item that's listed. This system helps us create complete care packages instead of having an abundance of the same item. 


Sorting and packing of donations will take place here at St. John's on Sunday, October 20th from 2-5pm.Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Any questions may be directed to
Bryan Burke
interfaith.swift@gmail.com. 
A Big Thank you to Bill Moser for leading, Gale Michael for organizing, everyone else who came out for Art in the Undercroft this past Sunday. 
Coming Up This Week:

Saturday, October 5
10:00 a.m. Daughters of the King

Sunday, October 6
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 
& Pet Blessing Service

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


Saturday, October 12
9:00 a.m. Parting Thoughts Grief Workshop (Part II)

Sunday, October 13
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
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Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
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The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
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