Thursday, October 19, 2017

Announcements for October 22nd

United Thank Offering – IT’S EASY!
Notice the good things that happen each day? Give thanks to God for your Blessings and make an offering for each Blessing. Every penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar offered in thanks through the United Thank Offering (UTO) is given to God’s mission in the world.  Every coin and bill transforms Lives in the United States and around the world. Turn your gratitude for your blessings into blessings for others.

Respond Now
The Daughters of the King are collecting personal items for the men and women that receive assistance through Respond Now. Suggestions are: soap, shampoo, body lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, deodorant, etc. Both full-size and travel-size are needed.

Christmas Basket Program
St. John’s is once again participating in the ReVive Center for Housing and Healing’s Christmas Basket Program. We are asking parishioners and church organizations to please volunteer and sponsor a family to provide them with a merry and memorable Christmas. Sign-up sheets are available in the undercroft, so please start selecting the families you wish to sponsor. This year’s deadline for dropping off the Christmas Baskets at St. John’s will be no later than Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Diocesan Convention
The Vestry has approved the following slate of delegates for the November diocesan convention. They are: Steve Hofer, Sue O’Brien, and Shirley Reilly as delegates, and Gale Michael, Don Rubins, and Doris Sheffer as alternates.

A Robust and Heartfelt THANK YOU!
To the wonderfully generous parishioners of St. John’s!  Your thoughtful, useful, fun and delicious contributions to the college care packages are on their way to six college freshman who—surely—will be delighted by your gift.  Many of you included words of encouragement and/or scripture; we wager those supportive words will strike just the right chord and lift some spirits (or confidence) at just the right time. Good work, St. John’s! 

Fr. Jim Caldwell’s last Sunday with us will be October 29.
There will be a celebration of his ministry among us in the undercroft after the 10 am service. In gratitude for his service here, the Vestry would like to present him with a purse. If you wish to contribute to this, please place your check or cash (labeled “purse”) in the collection plate at next Sunday’s service.

Practicing Our Faith Book Club
This month the Practicing Our Faith Book Club is reading Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor, a collection of short stories written in the final decade of her life. The book club will meet on Thursday, November 16 at 7:00pm in the Guild Room to discuss the book. New members are always welcome!

Blue Jean Yard Clean Up – Will meet Sunday, November 12th.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Announcements for October 15th



College Care Packages
St. John’s Outreach Ministry is sending college freshmen surprise care packages this fall. We’re asking everyone to bring something to contribute to the now 6 young people we’re collecting for. Keep it simple (gum, pencils, Post-it notes)…use your imagination. Stumped? See, text or call Mike Madden or Dee McManamy for suggestions or if you, too, know a college freshman who would like a fun surprise. Boxes will be in the undercroft during coffee hour for the next several Sundays. Remember: Notes of encouragement are always a welcomed addition!


United Thank Offering – IT’S EASY!
Notice the good things that happen each day? Give thanks to God for your Blessings and make an offering for each Blessing. Every penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar offered in thanks through the United Thank Offering (UTO) is given to God’s mission in the world.  Every coin and bill transforms Lives in the United States and around the world. Turn your gratitude for your blessings into blessings for others.


Christmas Basket Program
St. John’s is once again participating in the ReVive Center for Housing and Healing’s Christmas Basket Program. We are asking parishioners and church organizations to please volunteer and sponsor a family to provide them with a merry and memorable Christmas. Sign-up sheets will be available shortly, so please start thinking about your individual or your organization’s participation in this worthy project. This year’s deadline for dropping off the Christmas Baskets at St. John’s will be no later than Wednesday, November 29, 2017.


Respond Now

The Daughters of the King are collecting personal items for the men and women that receive assistance through Respond Now. Suggestions are: soap, shampoo, body lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, deodorant, etc. Both full-size and travel-size are needed.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Announements for October 8th


College Care Packages
St. John’s Outreach Ministry is sending college freshmen surprise care packages this fall. We’re asking everyone to bring something to contribute to the now 6 young people we’re collecting for. Keep it simple (gum, pencils, Post-it notes)…use your imagination. Stumped? See, text or call Mike Madden or Dee McManamy for suggestions or if you, too, know a college freshman who would like a fun surprise. Boxes will be in the undercroft during coffee hour for the next several Sundays. Remember: Notes of encouragement are always a welcomed addition!

  
United Thank Offering – IT’S EASY!
Notice the good things that happen each day? Give thanks to God for your Blessings and make an offering for each Blessing. Every penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar offered in thanks through the United Thank Offering (UTO) is given to God’s mission in the world.  Every coin and bill transforms Lives in the United States and around the world. Turn your gratitude for your blessings into blessings for others.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Announcements for October 1st



We Need Your Feedback!  
The Search Committee is asking that everyone complete the Church Assessment Tool, or CAT.  This survey is designed to tell us who we are as a parish and who we want to be going forward as we search for our new rector.  If you are 16 and over and consider St. John's your church home, please go online and take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StJohnEvangelistIL.  Hard copies are also available if you'd prefer.  The next phase of research will be small group discussions and all ages are encouraged to participate.  More information to come.

Yarn Ministry – Will meet Monday, October 2nd in the Guild room at 7:00 p.m.


College Care Packages
St. John’s Outreach Ministry is sending college freshmen surprise care packages this fall. We’re asking everyone to bring something to contribute to the now 6 young people we’re collecting for. Keep it simple (gum, pencils, Post-it notes)…use your imagination. Stumped? See, text or call Mike Madden or Dee McManamy for suggestions or if you, too, know a college freshman who would like a fun surprise. Boxes will be in the undercroft during coffee hour for the next several Sundays. Remember: Notes of encouragement are always a welcomed addition!

Blessing of the Animals – Sunday,  October 1st at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Announcements for September 24th




We Need Your Feedback!  
The Search Committee is asking that everyone complete the Church Assessment Tool, or CAT.  This survey is designed to tell us who we are as a parish and who we want to be going forward as we search for our new rector.  If you are 16 and over and consider St. John's your church home, please go online and take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StJohnEvangelistIL.  Hard copies are also available if you'd prefer.  The next phase of research will be small group discussions and all ages are encouraged to participate.  More information to come.

Yarn Ministry – Will meet Monday, October 2nd in the Guild room at 7:00 p.m.


College Care Packages

St. John’s Outreach Ministry is sending college freshmen surprise care packages this fall. We’re asking everyone to bring something to contribute to the now 6 young people we’re collecting for. Keep it simple (gum, pencils, Post-it notes)…use your imagination. Stumped? See, text or call Mike Madden or Dee McManamy for suggestions or if you, too, know a college freshman who would like a fun surprise. Boxes will be in the undercroft during coffee hour for the next several Sundays. Remember: Notes of encouragement are always a welcomed addition!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Announcements for September 17th



FINALLY! “Faith + Science” // Interfaith Forum // Sept 17, 3 pm, Frankfort
This Sunday, Sept. 17, Episcopal Rev. Clayton Thomason, medical ethics director at Rush University Medical Center, will offer a Christian take on "Faith + Science" at the latest SWIFT Interfaith Forum. He will be joined onstage by Dr. Zaher Sahloul, a pulmonologist at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and Dr. Carol Gerson, an ENT specialist and assistant professor at Northwestern University. The free event will take place from 3-6 pm, at the St. Francis Woods Campus in Frankfort IL (9201 W St Francis Rd). Refreshments will be served, but please bring a non-perishable food item for Respond Now. For more details, please contact Rob McManamy or Bryan BurkeFor more about SWIFT, of which St. John's is now a member, go to www.swiftinterfaith.org, or visit the group's Facebook page.

We Need Your Feedback!  
The Search Committee is asking that everyone complete the Church Assessment Tool, or CAT.  This survey is designed to tell us who we are as a parish and who we want to be going forward as we search for our new rector.  If you are 16 and over and consider St. John's your church home, please go online and take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StJohnEvangelistIL.  Hard copies are also available if you'd prefer.  The next phase of research will be small group discussions and all ages are encouraged to participate.  More information to come.

Got Freshmen?
Let us know who they are!  Let's send our young adults away at college for the first time a surprise "care package." Consider bringing in simple, fun items, or a note of encouragement to let our fellow parishioners (or relatives/friends) know we are thinking of them and wishing them success in their new life phase.  And when we say "simple", we mean simple:  a pack of gum, deck of cards, refrigerator magnet, pencils, stickers, candy, etc (the Dollar Store would be the perfect place to shop).  Anything, really--use your imagination!  We will have labeled boxes in the undercroft during coffee hour over the next few weeks; toss in your contributions (so far, we have a list of four freshmen).  If you know a college freshman you want to receive a St. John's care package, please call/text either Mike Madden or Dee McManamy--or see them at church. We'll need your freshman's full mailing address.  Each package will be a collective gift from the Church of St. John--yet another way to say we are, indeed, One Body--even when we are away from one another.


Confirmation and Sunday School classes begin Sunday, September 17th at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Announcements for September 10th

    

       “Faith + Science” // Interfaith Forum // Sept 17, 3 pm, Frankfort
Next month, Episcopal Rev. Clayton Thomason, director of the medical ethics program at Rush University Medical Center, will offer a Christian perspective at the SWIFT Interfaith Forum on "Faith + Science." Muslim and Jewish speakers will also join him on a panel to present their distinct takes on this oft-contentious topic. The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 3-6 pm, at the St. Francis Woods Campus in Frankfort IL (9201 W St Francis Rd). Refreshments will be served, but attendees also are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item as a donation for Respond Now. For more details, please contact Rob McManamy or Bryan BurkeFor more about SWIFT, of which St. John's is now a member, go to www.swiftinterfaith.org, or visit the group's Facebook page.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!  URGENT HELP NEEDED!
We need volunteers for teaching Sunday School!  This is an important ministry that has a positive and lasting impact upon the children of our parish.  Volunteers do not need to be parents of current students, and can alternate Sundays to meet personal schedules.  If you are interested or want to know more about the program, please call Diane Walsh-Madden.

We Need Your Feedback!  
The Search Committee is asking that everyone complete the Church Assessment Tool, or CAT.  This survey is designed to tell us who we are as a parish and who we want to be going forward as we search for our new rector.  If you are 16 and over and consider St. John's your church home, please go online and take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StJohnEvangelistIL.
We will also have computers set up and ready with the CAT after both services this Sunday for anyone interested.  Thank you!

Jubilation – Sunday, September 10
All are welcome to celebrate St. John's Annual Ministry Jubilation directly following this Sunday's 10am service. Gather additional information and learn how to become more involved in our parish's ministries and activities. Lunch will be provided by Loaves and Fishes.

Announcements from Cyndie Knoll

Daughters of the King will be meeting on Saturday, September 9th from 9:30-11:00 am. We will be discussing our plans for this year as well as preparing the display for the Jubilee. Also, Confirmation Registration is this weekend. All young people 7th through 12th grade are welcome to enroll. Classes will begin September 17th.