Enjoy the Ride!
by Jan Wendel

Remember last September when we wished our beloved music Director and Organist, Robert McConnell, farewell and godspeed? At that time, the St. John’s family presented Robert with a monetary gift to put toward the purchase of a new bike. Robert is an avid bike rider, and we knew this gift would mean a lot to him.

Fast forward to this May. I was driving back to church after picking up my lunch, and I was at a stop sign waiting to cross the tracks. All of a sudden I heard a knock on my car window. Imagine my surprise when I turned my head and saw the smiling face of Robert McConnell! He had just been at church to show us his new bike, and when no one answered the door, he headed toward home. He happened to see my car at the stop sign and pulled up next to me to say hello. Talk about perfect timing!  I just love those happenstance moments.

By the way, his new bike is awesome and almost as cool as he is. Enjoy the ride, Robert!

Happy Birthday to those born May 27-6/2:
  • Sharrie Bailey, 5/27
  • Peter Knobel, 5/27
  • Joshua Flachsbart, 5/29
  • Virginia Milnikel, 5/30
  • Kevin Bolash, 6/1
We apologize for any omissions. If your birthday, anniversary, or new intention on the prayer list is not included, please contact to be added. Please also let us know of any personal or family milestones, including happy occasions or serious lifecycle events that you would like to share with the St. John's community.
Mission & Vision Progress Update
In worship this past Sunday, we received an update from our Mission & Vision Team on what was heard in the Lenten small group discussions.  For those who missed this presentation, the powerpoint can be found below.  One of the things we learned through our Lenten small group conversations is that more discussion is needed on what "justice," and "liberating love" mean for our congregation.  We look forward to delving into these topics more in the coming months.  
Sunday's Presentation
Sesquicentennial Memorial Day Unity March & Ceremony
As part of Wilmette’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee is observing Memorial Day (May 30) by conducting a special Unity March and Ceremony to honor the 110 Wilmette men and women who died while serving their country in time of war. Representatives from Wilmette's civic, service, governmental, religious, business, and other organizations/groups are invited to participate in the march and attend the ceremony. Pastor Allison will be leading a group from St. John’s in marching together. If you’d like to march, please meet at the St. Joseph’s parking lot at 9:30 am on Monday, May 30. The 0.9-mile march will begin at 10:30 am and conclude at Village Hall. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 am on the green in front of Village Hall. Wilmette native Michael Rogers, retired Naval Admiral and former head of the nation's cyber security, will deliver the Memorial Day speech.
Evanston’s Interfaith Reparations Effort & Community Launch Event
Interfaith leaders in the Evanston area, including Pastor Allison, are joining together to support Evanston’s groundbreaking reparations program. The Interfaith Reparations Effort will include educational opportunities about reparations, accountable partnership building (atonement, truth-telling, history sharing), financial contributions to the Evanston Reparations Community Fund, and supporting the national reparations movement and H.R. 40. All are invited to our Community Launch Event on Monday, June 13th at 12 pm at Fountain Square in Evanston. Speakers will include clergy, elected officials, and representatives from the Reparations Stakeholders Authority of Evanston.
Funds Secured for a St. John’s Brick
We are happy to report that we have reached our goal raising of $250 for a large-sized commemorative brick to be included in Wilmette’s new pedestrian alleyway in the Village Center. Thank you so much for your generosity! We look forward to seeing our church’s name engraved in this central walkway for years to come.
Visitors for Sarah
Sarah Rink, a regular participant at the Saturday service and now a participant in Sunday morning services, is looking for folks who would be willing to visit her in her home (1900 Wilmette Ave. #2F).  She is experiencing chronic pain, and having visitors would be a great blessing in her life.  She is open to hosting visitors at 4 pm or 5 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Sarah is fully vaccinated and happy to wear a mask if that is preferred.  Please give her a call at 847-251-2758 to let her know when you can stop by!
Sunday, May 29
9:30 am  Hybrid Worship with Children’s Church
10:30 am  Coffee Hour
Monday, May 30  Memorial Day
Church Office Closed
9:30 am  Meet at St. Joseph's for Unity Walk
10:30 am  Sesquicentennial Unity Walk
Thursday, June 2              
10:00 am  Quilting
12:00 pm  Zoom-only Men’s Lunch
Sunday, June 5  Pentecost
9:30 am  Hybrid Worship with Children's Church
10:30 am  Coffee Hour           
Preaching & Presiding Minister:  The Rev. Allison Bengfort
Assisting Minister:  Jason Shutters
Guest Organist:  Sam Reese
Cantor:  Richard Rusz
Minister of the Word:  Nick Danielsen
Crucifer:  Nick Danielsen
Children's Church:  Student Pastor Derek Stienmetz
Usher:  Buckley Crist
Altar Guild:  Cindi Rachowicz
Livestream Camera Operator: Luke Rasmussen
Zoom Host:  Luke Rasmussen
Through your investment in this community, we can continue to grow in love and life together. 
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