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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost 

September 1, 2019 
Dear Friends,
Today on the Church’s calendar we remember three women who were executed during the reign of Elizabeth I for being the hands, feet and heart of Jesus.  Margaret Ward, Margaret Clitherow, and Anne Line were arrested and put to death for the crime of providing sanctuary to Roman Catholic priests.  They believed that God’s love was such that no person should be put in prison, exiled, or executed for the way they worshiped God.  As I read their stories this morning I couldn’t help but think of the story of immigrants in our own nation today.  The Church has a millennia old tradition of providing sanctuary for those seeking refuge.  In fact the word sanctuary literally means a place of refuge or safety, fitting I believe that the most sacred space in our church is called the Sanctuary, the area where the altar stands. 
Today at least 45 churches around the nation are providing sanctuary for immigrants.  And while there is no law preventing Immigration and Customs Enforcement from entering churches to arrest immigrants, they have been following their decades old policy, refraining from making immigration arrests in such “sensitive locations.”  Margaret Ward, Margaret Clitherow, and Anne Line are remembered for their courage and integrity in standing up to both a government and a Church that were intent on removing those who they feared would taint society, and thus were dangerous.  They died as martyrs, doing what I believe Jesus would have done.  As followers of Jesus, we continue to struggle to find our appropriate response to a world and a government that fails to see the face of Jesus in the least of these.  But as persecution continues, and increases, find it we must!  If we are to take serious our baptismal vow to strive for justice and peace among all people, respecting the dignity of every human being, then I think we need to begin having serious conversations about how we, as a faith community, will respond to these trying times.  What do we do when our neighbors arrive, grabbing onto God’s altar crying for sanctuary, crying for refuge and safety?  I would like for us to consider what St. John the Evangelist might look like as a church with sanctuary space, being willing to be a place of true sanctuary for all God’s people.  Remember these most vulnerable amongst us in our prayers and pray for justice and peace to prevail.
Fr. Jeremy
Thanks to the Communications Committee you can now Follow us on Instagram @stjohnflossmoor or on Facebook
Summer is that time of year when attendance is lower than usual as we all travel and enjoy the summer vacation.  But unfortunately, the expenses of the Church do not go on vacation.  Please consider maintaining your pledge and offerings during the summer through our new Online Giving option.  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.  
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 this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Kristy Petersen
LEM: Sue O'Brien
Usher: Tom Senesac
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Debbi Huggett, Pat Smith-Huntoon
LEMs: Sam Otoo, Steven Russell
Acolytes:  Abbey Sutherland, Kyle Dailor, Gale Michael, Maggie Oyster
Ushers: Rob McManamy, John Huntoon
Greeters: Shirley Reilly, Candice Barerra
Oblation Bearer: Don Rubins
Coffee Hour: Donna Blackburn, Ann Glascoff, Gale Michael

Altar Guild: Captain: Donna Blackburn, Janice Hickman, Kristy Petersen, Candice Barerra
 This week's Birthdays & Anniversaries
September 3: Ginny & Geoff Eysenbach
September 3: Teresa Morgan
September 5: Geoffrey Eysenbach
September 5: Fr. Jeremy Froyen & Brave Fung
September 5: Rosemary Turner

Father God, we are so thankful for the opportunity to rejoice with those celebrating this week. May their year be filled with good tidings and wondrous blessings.  

Art in the
(New and Improved) Undercroft

The next Art in the Undercroft painting date is Sunday, September 29 from 2 - 4 p.m. Please join us for painting, laughter, and lots of fun! All are welcome!The cost is $40 and all materials are included. 
The proceeds go to the Rectory Renovation, Part 2.
This project will be a very impressionistic still life with colorful flowers.
SouthWest InterFaith Team (SWIFT) 
Care and Share Project
SWIFT will be collecting toiletry items for the Rich Township Pantry between now and October 20th. If you are able to contribute, there will be a collection box in the narthex or donations may be dropped off at the Parish Office.

Examples of items that are often needed are: 
Band aids (large ones that cover blisters are nice), razors, wet wipes, chapstick, lotion, sunscreen, EmergenC, chewable multivitamins, paper products (tissues, toilet paper), Disposable diapers (adult and infant) all sizes, feminine hygiene products (especially pads), good quality socks, and genuine notes of encouragement for our neighbor in need. 

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 
The Bishop Search and Nomination Committee needs your help.  The schedule of listening sessions were published this week and will take place during the month of August.  Please make an effort to attend one of these sessions and share your experiences of both blessings and challenges in our Diocese.  The information gathered during these listening sessions will be used to compile our Diocesan Profile.

September 5, 7 - 8:30 pm 
 Grace, New Lenox 
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.
The asbestos is gone, the cracks are sealed, the walls are painted and the new flooring is going in!

Extra special thanks to everyone who helped get this project underway. The movers, the painters, the all-around helpers- we couldn't have done it without you.

Now we need some volunteers to move tables and chairs from the education wing back to the undercroft. If you are able, we are meeting at 10:00 on Saturday, August 31 to move everything back in preparation for our “Grand Re-opening" on Sunday, September 1.
Collect for September 1st
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Cottage Meeting Sign-up 
5 meetings down, 5 more to go! 
Make sure your voice is heard! 

If you haven't already signed up for a cottage meeting please check out the list of dates and times on our website. You can also sign up to attend a meeting at or on the bulletin board in the narthex
This Week's Lessons

Jeremiah 2:4-13

Psalm 81: 1, 10-16
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14

Go to to read this week's lessons.
Parting Thoughts: Conversations about living after loss
Parting Thoughts is an invitation to a three part series of conversations with Certified Life Celebrant, Silvia Gale. These conversations are for those who have experienced the death of a beloved--be it a parent, spouse, partner, child, family member or friend, and who are committed to finding health and wholeness for their lives again.

This is a safe space of understanding, compassion, encouragement, maybe a little bit of dark humor (the kind one acquires while trying to make sense of the senseless), and support for those who have and/or are grieving a loss, regardless of how long ago your loss occurred. 

The Parting Thoughts workshops will be held on September 14, October 12, and November 9. There is no cost to attend but we will be taking donations to offset the cost of the facilitator's travel. 
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday: 97
Last Week's Offering: $2663.60
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$135,484.67 which is $10,542.95 (7%) BELOW our budgeted need.
Coming Up This Week:

Saturday, August 31
5:00 pm  Recovery Mass

Sunday, September 1 
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  
5:00 pm St. John's Table 

Monday, September 2
Labor Day- Parish Office Closed

Tuesday, September 3
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)

Wednesday, September 4
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
9:00 am Holy Eucharist w/Healing Rite
10:00 am Bible Study (Resource Room)
8:00 pm A.A. (Undercroft)

Thursday, September 5
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
7:00 pm Bishop Search Listening Session (Grace, New Lenox)

Friday, September 6
7:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)

Sunday, September 8
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  
5:00 pm 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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