St. John’s Christmas Lessons and Carols
Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Join us by copying and pasting this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87475137051?pwd=Wkw3a0t5UlFDMDdHZ1puZS91cENpZz09
or by phone: 312.626.6799
Meeting ID: 874 7513 7051 Passcode: 3857
or watch on Facebook (even if you are not on Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/stjohnschicago/
Sunday, November 29, 2020
8:00 and 10:00 a.m. online (details below)
SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: 9:00 a.m. Communion in person (details below)
Join us through Zoom:
To listen in call 312.626.6799. Enter the Meeting ID and #. Enter the Password and #.
To join through the Zoom app:
8:00 a.m. Meeting ID: 590 789 527 Password: 006925
10:00 a.m. Meeting ID: 937 817 763 Password: 031899
OR Watch on Facebook live (even if you are not signed up for Facebook) on our public page.
SUSPENEDED: 9:00 – 9:20 a.m. Communion Servicein front of the church (Snow, Shine, or Cold!) Dress warmly, wear a mask, stand 6 feet apart on the sidewalk. Please sign the Worship Covenant. 3857 N. Kostner Avenue.
We are celebrating seven weeks of Advent, preparation for God with us, in our hearts and in our world. Join us each Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. for a short prayer, song, and the lighting of candles.
November 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15 and 22
Zoom Meeting ID: 842 4739 7204 Passcode: 3857
By phone: 312.626.6799
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!
Our next reflection group meeting is Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us on Zoom by copying and pasting this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88163974158?pwd=ZkRhVENrWjRtV3hrMkJQN1JVRjdCUT09 or opening your Zoom app and putting in the Meeting ID: 881 6397 4158 and Passcode: 3857
October/November 2020: 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
A great back-to-school project for kids and teens (and it’s not all online!)
Please help us honor the true native languages of this land by learning and sharing nature words of local Native American Chicagoans. Here’s how!
- Watch this short video about why language preservation is important: https://theways.org/story/living-language
- Visit the St. John’s garden (next to 3857 N Kostner Ave). Write down the words for the things you see that you want to learn the names of i.e. dirt, grass, rabbit, tree, robin, flower, worm etc.
- Choose a language you wish to learn. We recommend the starred * languages because you can look up the word and hear how it is pronounced. You may want to choose a language that is your own heritage or a neighbor’s. For instance, the Ho-Chunk nation has an office near St. John’s on Milwaukee Avenue. Here is a list of the 15 largest groups of Native American people living in the Chicagoland area:
|Language||Link||Color of ribbon|
|Ho Chunk||https://glosbe.com/en/win||light green|
|* Ojibwe||https://ojibwe.lib.umn.edu/browse/english||light yellow|
|Choose your own!||http://www.native-languages.org/|
- Write the Native word you learned in permanent marker on the colored ribbon indicated. If the word is something that moves (like a rabbit), tie the ribbon to a picture of it (which you draw or photograph or print). If you are a St. John’s member there is roll of ribbon in your Sunday School in a bag. If you need ribbon please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will deliver some to you!
- Go back to the garden and tie the ribbon to the thing (tree, flower, wood etc) and bring some sticks to tie on the ribbons and put in the ground (rabbit, butterfly, wind).
- Practice saying the words!
The Antiracism Team was established in January 2018 and meets monthly. Our Antiracism Action Plan was presented to and accepted by our vestry (leadership council) on June 20, 2018. We worked on our 2019 Antiracism Plan and are continuing our work in 2020. The team began with an African-American Literature Book Group. A list of the books we read over two years can be downloaded here: Reading to End Racism. Our list of books about white supremacy and white privilege is here: Wrestling with White Supremacy. Currently we have a Latinx Book Group and that reading list is on this page of our website.
Thank you God for all the gifts you have so freely bestowed upon us, for the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea.
Thank you for the Indigenous peoples of this land, the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa who welcomed the Ho-Chunk, Fox, Sauk, Miami, Kickapoo, and Illinois confederacy tribes and offered assistance to the first Europeans to travel here, and who are our neighbors today.
Thank you for all people who in their daily lives reveal to us the image of God, for our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends.
Thank you for minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve, for health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play.
We pray for those who go without today, for the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity.
Thank you for all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice, for those who have died, in all times and places, who are alive in our memories and hearts.
Thank you God for this food, for those who labored to produce it and the hands that have prepared it. May this meal strengthen us this day, and give us hope and health in the days ahead. Amen.
Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer, page 837
What’s left after all this wonderful work? Glad you asked!
We have some painting, moving and unpacking to do.
The kitchen and nursery remain unfinished.
And we need to pay ourselves back the money we lent ourselves to get this done!
Bathrooms, From old and tired to accessible!
Opening up an accessible pathway from the Parish Hall to the Bathrooms, putting in the old Parish Hall Doors and a refreshed Parish Office, reception and storage areas
Basement Flooring – Vinyl Tile and New Paint!