The Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 5, 2021
Worship with communion at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m., in person and online.
Download the bulletin for Sunday, December 5.
For In Person Worship: Everyone over the age of two who attends will wear a mask. Dress warmly! we will continue to crack the windows open with the heat on. Please sign the Worship Covenant (once). There is seating for 50 in the main part of the sanctuary. At 10 a.m. those who would prefer a less crowded space and physical distancing choose to worship in the Parish Hall. Nursery care is available for children under 5. There is a limit of ten children; please sign up in advance.
Please join us for coffee, tea, and juice in the Parish Hall after the service.
For Online Worship: Join either service with the same Zoom link. Meeting ID: 882 2966 1337 Password: 3857
To listen in call 312.626.6799. Enter the Meeting ID and #. Enter the Password and #.
OR Watch on Facebook live (even if you are not signed up for Facebook) on our public page.
Please remain on the Zoom call after the service for Zoom coffee hour!
St. John’s Annual Stewardship Campaign
They shall be like a tree planed by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit. – Jeremiah 17:8
Every year the members, and some friends of St. John’s, make a pledge to support our shared mission and ministry. Every year those commitments root us in love and generosity, making possible every Sunday morning worship service, every encounter with a member, newcomer, or visitor, and help us serve as a base camp for outreach to the wider community. Your generosity made it possible for us to keep and pay all our employees during the 2020 pandemic; paying and retaining our excellent staff supports our worship and care for each other. The care and maintenance of our buildings and grounds are one of our largest expenses and one of our best tools of evangelism, making possible the beauty of our worship, the hospitality of the garden, and the support of community groups.
Rooted in love for this community, I hope you will prayerfully consider continuing your generous pledge to the mission and ministry of St. John’s in 2022.
You can pledge on line by filling out this confidential annual stewardship pledge form.
Join in St. John’s 2021 Capital Campaign
Thank you for attending our event held on Tuesday November 9th, titled “Critical Race Theory: How it Affects Me and Why it Matters. A conversation with three educators”.
We are tremendously grateful to our panelists for sharing their expertise, passion, and experiences. They exceeded our expectations and provided us all a truly educational and enlightening 90 minutes. We have compiled a list of resources provided from the panelists and moderator to deepen our understanding of the topic Critical Race Theory. Those resources are listed below and can also easily be accessed on our webpage: St. John’s Anti-racism Resource .
Thank you to our co-sponsors for their collaboration and commitment to learning.
–The St. John’s Antiracism Team
The Rev. Kara Wagner Sherer, Rector email@example.com
Resources for further reading and discovery
Recommendations from Blanche B. Cook:
CAUGHT: Calculating the Moves of Power in our Midst, A TEDx talk at Wayne State University
Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, Second Edition by: Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic (2012)
Forward: The Jurisprudence of Reconstruction (California Law Review, Vol 82, No. 4 July 1994), by Angela Harris
Looking to the Bottom: Critical Legal Studies and Reparations, by Mari J. Matsuda
Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education, by Marvin Lynn and Adrienne D. Dixson (2021)Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color, by Kimberle Crenshaw
Recommendations from Kyle Westbrook:
Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (2020)
No Name in the Street, by James Baldwin
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
A Nation by Design: Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America, by Aristide Zolberg
Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow, by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880, by W.E.B. Du Bois
Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago 1940-1960, by Arnold R. Hirsch
A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago Since the 1960s, by Elizabeth Todd-Breland
Recommendations from Heather Yutzy:
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo (2018)
Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson (2020)
You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience, by Tarana Burke and Brene Brown (2021)
The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James H. Cone (2011)
Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, by Kristin Kobes Du Mez (2020)
Code Switch Podcast From NPR
Recommendations from Duncan Moore:
The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson (2010)
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi (2019)
Recommendations from St. John’s members
An article from the New Republic about the November 2021 Virginia governor race
From the New Yorker The Void that Critical Race Theory was Created to Fill
From the New Yorker podcast The New Culture Wars over American History
An article about the slave auction controversy in Traverse City, Michigan
An article about the founder of Critical Race Theory, Derrick Bell
An article about how CRT became weaponized as a public issue
From The Episcopal Church Office of Racial Reconciliation
Let’s Talk CRT: Christian Race Theory By Stephanie Spellers
From the Chicago Public Library:
A reading list from Ibram X. Kendi from the Chicago Public Library
From the St. John’s Antiracism Team:
A video on why we do antiracism work: Can I get a Witness?
Our Antiracism Team Page: https://www.stjohnschicago.com/?page_id=5268
A reading list of books by African-American writers: Reading to End Racism
A reading list of books on white supremacy: Wrestling with White Supremacy
A reading list of books by Hispanic and Latinx authors: Latinx Book Group
Thank you for thinking about St. John’s during this difficult time. We are planning to continue to pay our employees and our bills so we appreciate all donations. There are four ways to give to St. John’s while we are quarantined.
This fun video shows all the ways you can give to St. John’s! Or read the details below:
- You can write a check and mail it to the office: 3857 N Kostner Ave. Chicago, IL 60641. The cost to you is the envelope and the stamp about $.51!
- If your bank offers on-line bill payment you can schedule a reoccurring payment. You just need the name and address of the church. If you have a pledge number please add it to the memo line. The bank will generate and send the checks to St. John’s. There is no fee for this.
- If you use Zelle or Quick Pay you can schedule a donation to St. John’s by using the email firstname.lastname@example.org There is no fee for this.
- You can donate on our website. Click on the red “donate” button at the top of the screen and enter in your debit or credit card number. The fee is 3.95%. For example, if you donate $100 it will charge you $103.95.
If you have questions contact Lisa at email@example.com or call her at 773.725.9026. Thank you!
The Evening Bible Study meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
November and December 2021: I and II Kings
October 2021: The book of James
February-May: The Gospel of John Discussion Questions
October – January: Romans
September 2020: Four Prophets: Joel, Amos, Obediah and Jonah
July and August 2020: The book of Exodus.
April 2020: Reflection on the book of Job.
March 2020: Reflection on the book of Esther.
January 2020: Reflection Guide for the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.
November 2019: Reflection Guide for the Gospel of Matthew
Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 874 4418 0048 Passcode: 3857
Sunday, October 24
Pieces I Wrote on a Cold Winter Night
Masked, vaccinated people over 12 (and children under 12) are welcome in person.
You can also watch the performance online via Zoom:
Meeting ID 878 8575 2024 Passcode 3857
Concert is free.