Thursday, June 22, 2017

Announcements for June 25

       The Fourth of July is Almost Here!                                                                             

Every year individuals and families from the broader Flossmoor community attend St. John’s Fourth of July Ice Cream Social.  We always offer special entertainment for kids.  This year, our balloon twisters Skiddles and Twistina, will be back.  We seek donations from parishioners to help defray the costs of providing this entertainment.  You can help us offer this event to the community.  Look for red, white and blue donation envelopes around the church.  You may place your donation in the offering plate or drop it off at the parish office.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Announcements for June 18

Intercessory Prayer
Anyone who has a prayer request next week, please call the church office. Betsy Sloan will be in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, or contact Betsy Elliot who will activate the prayer chain.

Wednesday Bible Study Class
St. John's Wednesday bible study class is on hiatus for the summer, but we will be joining Holy Family's rector and parishioners for a study of Isaiah on Tuesdays from 6:30 PM until approximately 8:00 PM at Holy Family in Park Forest. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Looking Ahead: Fourth of July Ice Cream Social
July 4th is only two weeks away. St. John’s Ice Cream Social is our gift to the people, young and old, of Flossmoor. Financial contributions are needed to help cover the cost of the children’s entertainment and many volunteers are needed to run the event. Contact Gale Michael to volunteer. Look for the red, white and blue donation envelopes around the church.

SWIFT Annual Picnic
South West Interfaith Team (SWIFT) will be hosting its annual picnic on Sunday, July 23rd at Peace Memorial Church, 10300 W 131st St, Palos Park from 1pm – 5pm. The picnic is only open to members of the 15 congregations that make up SWIFT (including St. John’s), but you are welcome to bring a friend or two if you would like. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, and lots of other food as well as a bounce house, a piñata, and a clown. It should be lots of fun and a great opportunity to share fellowship with our Christian, Muslim, and Jewish neighbors. If you have any questions please ask or e-mail Rob McManamy or Bryan Burke.

Reflection for June 18

O God, you have bound us together for a time as priest and people to work for the advancement of your kingdom in this place: We give you humble and hearty thanks for the ministry which we have shared in these years now past.

We thank you for your patience with us despite our blindness and slowness of heart. We thank you for your forgiveness and mercy in the face of our many failures.

Especially we thank you for your never-failing presence with us through these years, and for the deeper knowledge of you and of each other which we have attained....

Now, we pray, be with those who leave and with us who stay; and grant that all of us, by drawing ever nearer to you, may always be close to each other in the communion of your saints. All this we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen. (From The Ending of a Pastoral Relationship in the Book of Occasional Services)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Announcements for June 11

Farewell Brunch
The Vestry looks forward to seeing everybody at the farewell brunch for Kristin on Sunday, June 18, which is her final Sunday with us. Festivities will take place in the undercroft after the 10 AM service. Please make certain to turn in your RSVP, notify Betsy or any Vestry member by tomorrow, June 12, so we have an accurate headcount. BUT even if you haven’t responded, please join us. All are welcome.

Wednesday Bible Study Class
St. John's Wednesday bible study class is on hiatus for the summer, but we will be joining Holy Family's rector and parishioners for a study of Isaiah on the next few Tuesdays from 6:30 PM until approximately 8:00 PM at Holy Family in Park Forest. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Ice Cream Social
We’re gearing up for the St. John’s Annual Community Ice Cream Social scheduled for Tuesday, July 4th. Skiddles and Twistina will entertain us with their balloon creations. We will have ice cream, cold drinks, and hot dogs. All of this happens immediately following the 10 a.m. Flossmoor Children’s Parade and runs through about 12:15 p.m. Your participation is what makes this event a success. Are you able to bring in some wildflowers or flowers from your garden? Can you put up flyers around town? Can you help move tables and tents outside? Can you meet and greet our guests? Can you scoop ice cream or cut watermelon on July 3rd? Do you have a card table or two that we can borrow? How about (and this is for everyone) praying for glorious weather? Contact Gale Michael with offers to help and/or questions.

SWIFT Annual Picnic
South West Interfaith Team (SWIFT) will be hosting its annual picnic on Sunday, July 23rd at Peace Memorial Church, 10300 W 131st St, Palos Park from 1pm – 5pm. The picnic is only open to members of the 15 congregations that make up SWIFT (including St. John’s), but you are welcome to bring a friend or two if you would like. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, and lots of other food as well as a bounce house, a piƱata, and a clown. It should be lots of fun and a great opportunity to share fellowship with our Christian, Muslim, and Jewish neighbors. If you have any questions please contact Rob McManamy or Bryan Burke.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Announcements for June 4

Wear Red for Pentecost
This Sunday is the Day of Pentecost. It is an informal custom in the church for everyone to wear red symbolizing the tongues, as of fire, in the Pentecost story.

Parish Office Summer Hours
The parish office is now on summer hours. The office will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

New E-vangelist Schedule
Beginning next week, the e-vangelist will be distributed electronically midday on Thursday. ALL submissions must be received in the parish office by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. Please email or phone the office with submissions.

Wednesday Bible Study Class
St. John's Wednesday bible study class is on hiatus for the summer, but we will be joining Holy Family's rector and parishioners for a study of Isaiah on the next few Tuesdays from 6:30 PM until approximately 8:00 PM at Holy Family in Park Forest. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Ice Cream Social
We’re gearing up for the St. John’s Annual Community Ice Cream Social scheduled for Monday, July 4th. Skiddles and Twistina will entertain us with their balloon creations. We will have ice cream, cold drinks, and hot dogs. All of this happens immediately following the 10 a.m. Flossmoor Children’s Parade and runs through about 12:15 p.m. Your participation is what makes this event a success. Are you able to bring in some wildflowers or flowers from your garden? Can you put up flyers around town? Can you help move tables and tents outside? Can you meet and greet our guests? Can you scoop ice cream or cut watermelon on July 3rd? Do you have a card table or two that we can borrow? How about (and this is for everyone) praying for glorious weather? Contact Gale Michael with offers to help and/or questions.

Reflection for June 4

When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability (Acts 2:1-4).

Friday, May 19, 2017

Minutes of the Vestry Meeting - April 17, 2017

Formation

Evening Prayer and Thanksgiving & Prayer Requests
The vestry met in the church at 7:00 PM for Evening Prayer and then reconvened in the undercroft meeting room where everyone offered prayers of intercession and thanksgiving.

Attendance
Present were the rector Kristin Orr; the senior warden Greg Lawrence; the junior warden Steve Hofer; vestry members Mike Bond, Bob Burgwald, Alice Creason, Randy Oyster, Shirley Reilly, Zoltan Sziky, Cynthia Turnquest, and Mary VanSwol; the treasurer Debbi Huggett; and the clerk Susan Marquis. Vestry member Rob Carrier was absent. The vestry also was joined by Shay Craig from the diocesan staff.

Parish Stewardship

Minutes
Mary VanSwol moved that the minutes from the March meeting be accepted. Shirley Reilly seconded, and the motion was approved.

Treasurer’s Report
Debbi Huggett reported that collections are ahead of expectations largely due to some 2016 pledges being paid late and some 2017 pledges being paid in full. Expenses are below budget, but this is largely due to timing issues. Bob Burgwald moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report, and Steve Hofer seconded. The motion was approved.

Information

Rector’s Report
— Part of the O’Neill bequest may be used to buy a new missal stand.
— Pastor Orr expressed thanks to all of the people who took on extra responsibilities during Holy Week, including Gale Michael, who oversaw the agape meal, the Altar Guild, the acolytes, and the choir.
— The ushers’ badges that Steve Hofer donated have arrived. Pastor Orr will put a note in the “e-vangelist” stating that the badges were given in memory of long-time usher Dick Keller.
— We still are awaiting an estimate of costs from a general contractor regarding the columbarium.
— Pastor Orr announced that she will be leaving St. John’s to accept a position at the Yellowstone Episcopal Parishes in Montana. She will mail a letter to all parish members on Wednesday and make an announcement in church on Sunday. Her last day at St. John’s will be June 18th. The vestry will meet with Andrea Mysen next Monday at 7:00 PM. Andrea is the transitions minister in the diocese; and she will help explain the process of saying good-bye, finding an interim, and searching for a new rector.
—The vestry retreat scheduled for April 29th has been cancelled.

Discussion and Decisions

Fund-raising
Shay Craig is the Associate for Resource Development for the diocese. She spoke with the vestry about raising funds to ease our budget deficit. She made the following points:
— For the annual giving campaign, stand up the first day and talk about what ideas have arisen organically from discussions in the parish.
— Listen throughout the months about why people come here and what “feeds” them.
— Develop impact statements. For example, a financial statement could be that we donated X number of dollars to PADS. An impact statement could be that we fed X number of people. Concentrate on impact statements.
— Report on one thing, such as one mission, per month.
— List impact statements in pledge letters. Include information such as, “If St. John’s weren’t here, X number of people would not have been fed.”
— Every reminder should come with a thank you. In fact, every request should be balanced by seven expressions of thanks.
— Send handwritten notes to thank parishioners for paying off their pledges.
— Bring in other “pockets” (donors) rather than asking the same people who have given to give more.
— Plan a late summer or fall event for fund-raising. Build onto an existing event or add a new event.
— Know in advance how much money you need to raise at an event.
— Encourage parishioners to bring someone from outside of the parish to an event. The job is not to make them stay but to come here for something. Shay said that we should not have a scarcity mentality because we are in a good financial position relative to many other parishes. She offered to meet in the future with a St. John’s finance committee.

Closing

The meeting ended with prayer for Pastor Orr led by Shay Craig. The next vestry meeting is on May 15th.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Marquis
Clerk of the Vestry

Approved by the vestry:  May 15, 2017