Thursday, May 17, 2018

Announcements for May 20th


BLUEGRASS CONCERT MAY 20!
Grande Prairie Singers present a bluegrass concert at 4 pm, Sunday, May 20, at Freedom Hall in Park Forest. Down-home music complete with terrific bluegrass musicians. For info or tickets, see Michael Soto or Betsy Elliot.

Pentecost This Sunday
Think red! Red in what you wear and what you share. This Sunday, May 20th, is the Day of Pentecost when we joyfully remember the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Don't forget to wear red, the Pentecost color. To add to the festivities, we'll have a red snack day at coffee hour. Please bring in some red finger food to share. Homemade or store-bought, fancy or simple, let's celebrate!

Parish Picnic
This year, our annual Picnic & Garden Planting, which will include a celebration of our Confirmands, will take place after the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, June 3rd. Everyone is invited for food and refreshments, socialization, and to take part in planting the parish garden. Everything grown in the garden will be donated to Rich Township’s Food Pantry. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Announcements for May 13th


BLUEGRASS CONCERT MAY 20!
Grande Prairie Singers present a bluegrass concert at 4 pm, Sunday, May 20, at Freedom Hall in Park Forest. Down-home music complete with terrific bluegrass musicians. For info or tickets, see Michael Soto or Betsy Elliot.

Rectory Update – Donna Blackburn
Good news!  Construction in the rectory is starting May 9. We are so excited to get the ball rolling....and speaking of rolling balls, thanks to all who supported the bowling fundraiser!  We plan on having another open house when the work is done, so stay tuned. 

Flower Pickup
Pickup day for those who placed orders for the St. John flower sale is Saturday, May 12th from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. There will also be a limited number of plants available for those who did not place an order but would still like to purchase some.
  
Pentecost is Coming on May 20th
Think red! Red in what you wear and what you share. Next Sunday, May 20th, is the Day of Pentecost when we joyfully remember the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Don't forget to wear red, the Pentecost color. To add to the festivities, we'll have a red snack day at coffee hour. Please bring in some red finger food to share. Be as creative as you like, and let's celebrate!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Announcements for May 6th

Bowling Benefit
St. John’s is sponsoring a bowling benefit fundraiser on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Lynwood Bowl, 2581 Glenwood-Lansing Road, Lynwood, Illinois. Check-in is at 4:00 pm and bowling starts at 4:30 pm. The fee is $25.00 per person, which includes bowling, shoes and food. There will be raffles, and a non-perishable donation for the Rich Township Food Pantry will be appreciated. Reservations required. Money due by April 29, 2018. Get your teams together. Round up your family, friends and neighbors. For more information contact Shirley Reilly or Gale Michael.

Blue Jean Yard Clean-Up — Will meet Sunday, May 6th after the 10:00 a.m. service.

BLUEGRASS CONCERT MAY 20!
Grande Prairie Singers present a bluegrass concert at 4 pm, Sunday, May 20, at Freedom Hall in Park Forest. Down-home music complete with terrific bluegrass musicians. For info or tickets, see Michael Soto or Betsy Elliot.

Yarn Ministry — Meeting will be May 7th at 7:00 PM in the Guild Room.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Announcements for April 29th


Flower Fundraiser
A wonderful opportunity awaits you as flowers (annuals only), vegetables, and herbs are for sale at St. John’s!  Make your gardens beautiful while helping our Parish.  The plants will be sold by the flats only and cost $15.00 each (money due upon pick-up). You must order by Sunday, April 29th. The pick-up will be Saturday May 12, between 9am and noon at St. John’s.  When you complete your order form, please give it to Bev Keene or Shirley Reilly.  Proceeds from the flower sale will be used towards the rectory renovations. If you have any questions please contact Shirley Reilly. 

Bowling Benefit
St. John’s is sponsoring a bowling benefit fundraiser on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Lynwood Bowl, 2581 Glenwood-Lansing Road, Lynwood, Illinois. Check-in is at 4:00 pm and bowling starts at 4:30 pm. The fee is $25.00 per person, which includes bowling, shoes and food. There will be raffles, and a non-perishable donation for the Rich Township Food Pantry will be appreciated. Reservations required. Money due by April 29, 2018. Get your teams together. Round up your family, friends and neighbors. For more information contact Shirley Reilly or Gale Michael.

Blue Jean Yard Clean-Up — Will meet Sunday, May 6th after the 10:00 a.m. service.

A Note from Stewart Scott
Many of you remember Bob and Marty Christopher, dedicated members of St. John’s from the early 80s through the late 90s.  In his retirement, Bob wrote eight books, seven novels and his autobiography.  All the books reflect Bob’s strong faith. These books are now in the St. John’s library.  I have read all of his books.  Bob has been a brother in Christ, a business client, and a good friend since we first met on the steps of St. John’s in 1981. Please check out one of his books. They are in the undercroft on the library bookshelves.

BLUEGRASS CONCERT MAY 20!
Grande Prairie Singers present a bluegrass concert at 4 pm, Sunday, May 20, at Freedom Hall in Park Forest. Down-home music complete with terrific bluegrass musicians. For info or tickets, see Michael Soto or Betsy Elliot.

Bible Study
The evening Bible Study and dinner group will meet Sunday, April 29 at 5 pm at the VanSwol residence. Contact Mary if you plan to attend.

Yarn Ministry — Meeting will be May 7th at 7:00 PM in the Guild Room. 

Rectory Open House
Now that you've seen the rectory as it has been for -- oh, forty years or so -- you can look forward to another open house when it's all spiffed up! As a result of your generous contributions, we can begin to move ahead with improvements in anticipation of the arrival of our new rector. We expect work to begin in two or three weeks. For those who want to contribute but have not done so yet, there are envelopes and a donation box in the undercroft. For those who would like to see the rectory but didn't have an opportunity last week, we'd love to offer private tours. Set up a time with Donna Blackburn, Tracie Moxley, Cyndie Knoll, Debbi Huggett, or Susan Marquis. We thank you for your donations of funds, your suggestions for improvements, your offers to do specific tasks, and your supportive attitude!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Flower Fundraiser
A wonderful opportunity awaits you as flowers (annuals only), vegetables, and herbs are for sale at St. John’s!  Make your gardens beautiful while helping our Parish.  The plants will be sold by the flats only and cost $15.00 each (money due upon pick-up). You must order by Sunday, April 29th. The pick-up will be Saturday May 12, between 9am and noon at St. John’s.  When you complete your order form, please give it to Bev Keene or Shirley Reilly.  Proceeds from the flower sale will be used towards the rectory renovations. If you have any questions please contact Shirley Reilly. 

Bowling Benefit
St. John’s is sponsoring a bowling benefit fundraiser on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Lynwood Bowl, 2581 Glenwood-Lansing Road, Lynwood, Illinois. Check-in is at 4:00 pm and bowling starts at 4:30 pm. The fee is $25.00 per person, which includes bowling, shoes and food. There will be raffles, and a non-perishable donation for the Rich Township Food Pantry will be appreciated. Reservations required. Money due by April 29, 2018. Get your teams together. Round up your family, friends and neighbors. For more information contact Shirley Reilly or Gale Michael.

Save the Date
On April 22nd, there will be an open house at the rectory after the 8:00 AM service AND after the 10:00 AM service. The last updates were made before Fr. Vanderslice moved in. Come and see the rectory now and learn about the updates we plan before our new rector moves in. Yes, there will be snacks!

A Note from Stewart Scott
Many of you remember Bob and Marty Christopher, dedicated members of St. John’s from the early 80s through the late 90s.  In his retirement, Bob wrote eight books, seven novels and his autobiography.  All the books reflect Bob’s strong faith. These books are now in the St. John’s library.  I have read all of his books.  Bob has been a brother in Christ, a business client, and a good friend since we first met on the steps of St. John’s in 1981.
Please check out one of his books. They are in the undercroft on the library bookshelves.

Practicing Our Faith Book Club
In April the Practicing Our Faith Book Club is reading Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott, "a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it, and how we can embrace it." The book club will meet on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00pm in the Guild Room to discuss the book. New members are always welcome!

BLUEGRASS CONCERT MAY 20!
Grande Prairie Singers present a bluegrass concert at 4 pm, Sunday, May 20, at Freedom Hall in Park Forest. Down-home music complete with terrific bluegrass musicians. For info or tickets, see Michael Soto or Betsy Elliot.

Bible Study
The evening Bible Study and dinner group will meet Sunday, April 29 at 5 pm at the VanSwol residence. Contact Mary if you plan to attend.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Announcements for April 15th

Flower Fundraiser
A wonderful opportunity awaits you as flowers (annuals only), vegetables, and herbs are for sale at St. John’s!  Make your gardens beautiful while helping our Parish.  The plants will be sold by the flats only and cost $15.00 each (money due upon pick-up). You must order by Sunday, April 29th. The pick-up will be Saturday May 12, between 9am and noon at St. John’s.  When you complete your order form, please give it to Bev Keene or Shirley Reilly.  Proceeds from the flower sale will be used towards the rectory renovations. If you have any questions please contact Shirley Reilly 708-305-2540. 

Bowling Benefit
St. John’s is sponsoring a bowling benefit fundraiser on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Lynwood Bowl, 2581 Glenwood-Lansing Road, Lynwood, Illinois. Check-in is at 4:00 pm and bowling starts at 4:30 pm. The fee is $25.00 per person, which includes bowling, shoes and food. There will be raffles and a non-perishable donation for the Rich Township Food Pantry will be appreciated. Reservations required. Money due by April 29, 2018. Get your teams together. Round up your family, friends and neighbors. For more information contact Shirley Reilly or Gale Michael.

Save the Date
On April 22nd, there will be an open house at the rectory after the 8:00 AM service AND after the 10:00 AM service. The last updates were made before Fr. Vanderslice moved in. Come and see the rectory now and learn about the updates we plan before our new rector moves in. Yes, there will be snacks!

A Note from Stewart Scott
Many of you remember Bob and Marty Christopher, dedicated members of St. John’s from the early 80s through the late 90s.  In his retirement, Bob wrote eight books, seven novels and his autobiography.  All the books reflect Bob’s strong faith. These books are now in the St. John’s library.  I have read all of his books.  Bob has been a brother in Christ, a business client, and a good friend since we first met on the steps of St. John’s in 1981.
Please check out one of his books. They are in the undercroft on the library bookshelves.

Practicing Our Faith Book Club
In April the Practicing Our Faith Book Club is reading Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott, "a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it, and how we can embrace it." The book club will meet on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00pm in the Guild Room to discuss the book. New members are always welcome!

BLUEGRASS CONCERT MAY 20!
Grande Prairie Singers present a bluegrass concert at 4 pm, Sunday, May 20, at Freedom Hall in Park Forest. Down-home music complete with terrific bluegrass musicians. For info or tickets, see Michael Soto or Betsy Elliot.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Announcements for April 8th


Practicing Our Faith Book Club
In April the Practicing Our Faith Book Club is reading Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott, "a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it, and how we can embrace it." The book club will meet on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00pm in the Guild Room to discuss the book. New members are always welcome! 

Bowling Benefit
St. John’s is sponsoring a bowling benefit fundraiser on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Lynwood Bowl, 2581 Glenwood-Lansing Road, Lynwood, Illinois. Check-in is at 4:00 pm and bowling starts at 4:30 pm. The fee is $25.00 per person, which includes bowling, shoes and food. There will be raffles and a non-perishable donation for the Rich Township Food Pantry will be appreciated. Reservations required. Money due by April 29, 2018. Get your teams together. Round up your family, friends and neighbors. For more information contact Shirley Reilly or Gale Michael.

Center for Independence Update
St. John and the Center for Independence have mutually agreed to move forward with our space usage agreement. It will begin with their Summer Program, which will run from April thru July 2018. We felt this would serve as a good first step towards a possible long term agreement. We will keep the parish informed of future developments.

Save the Date
On April 22nd, there will be an open house at the rectory after the 8:00 AM service AND after the 10:00 AM service. The last updates were made before Fr. Vanderslice moved in. Come and see the rectory now and learn about the updates we plan before our new rector moves in. Yes, there will be snacks!

A Note from Stewart Scott
Many of you remember Bob and Marty Christopher, dedicated members of St. John’s from the early 80s through the late 90s.  In his retirement, Bob wrote eight books, seven novels and his autobiography.  All the books reflect Bob’s strong faith. These books are now in the St. John’s library.  I have read all of his books.  Bob has been a brother in Christ, a business client, and a good friend since we first met on the steps of St. John’s in 1981.
Please check out one of his books. They are in the undercroft on the library bookshelves.