Worship with St. John’s

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, August 14, 2022
Gospel on the Green

Art by Bridget Zaremba

Join us for worship in the garden at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Pets on leashes welcome.

Download the bulletin for Sunday, August 14.

For In Person Worship: 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. worship is mask optional.

The Nursery is open at 9:45 a.m. for ten children under 5 years old. Children over 2 will wear a mask. You no longer need to sign up in advance for the nursery.

For Online Worship: Join either service with the same Zoom link. Meeting ID: 882 2966 1337, Passcode: 3857. By phone: call 312.626.6799. Enter the Meeting ID and #. Enter the Password and #. OR Watch on Facebook live on our public page. 

EVENT CANCELLED: Mock United Nations Meeting on Climate Change Game

Chicago Fair Trade plans to reschedule this event for February 2023.

Mock United Nations Meeting on Climate Change Game
Sunday, July 24
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church
Free for all St. John’s members since St. John’s is a member of Chicago Fair Trade. RSVP here by July 20. Join Chicago Fair Trade for an innovative game to explore what combination of policies may have the greatest impact on climate change. Chicago Fair Trade Board member Professor Jocelyn Leitzinger will facilitate this interactive event featuring En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator. Developed by MIT’s Sloan Sustainability Initiative and Climate Interactive, this interactive event helps foster a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in tackling one of the biggest challenges in our lifetime.

Fair Trade Day at St. John’s!

Saturday, May 14 between 11 am and 4 pm

Join us in the garden (rain location: Parish Hall)

Visit St. John’s during the 2022 Open House Celebration of World Fair Trade Day with Chicago Fair Trade on Sat. May 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Jerome McDonnel, former host of Worldview on National Public Radio and fair trade supporter, will be doing a bike ride to 3 of these fair trade stops on the north side of Chicago – one of them being St. John’s! 
St. John’s open house stop will feature 

– Indigenous Columbian art from Tulia’s Artisan Gallery
– Land Acknowledgment (2:15 pm)
– Conversation between Jerome McDonnel and Karen Torres, CEO of Tulia’s Gallery (2:30 pm)
– Clothing Swap – bring an item – take an item
– Fair Trade Trivia Prize Wheel
– Eco Tours of our campus
– Fair trade coffee and tea

More about Open House Chicago around Chicago and suburbs…

Each May, World Fair Trade Day is celebrated by tens of thousands of people in dozens of countries. For fifteen years, Chicago Fair Trade has organized the largest World Fair Trade Day in the U.S.

On Saturday, May 14, Chicago Fair Trade’s member businesses, organizations and allies are hosting multiple events throughout the city to showcase how they support economic and environmental justice.  As an attendee you will receive a virtual passport to use when checking in at different sites and if you check in at three or more, you’ll be entered to win a fair trade raffle (over $200 in value!).  Proposed itineraries will be neighborhood-based for easy access and an interactive map listing all participating locales will be available on our website.

Here is a sneak peak of some of the day’s activities: 

Join our growing network of conscious consumers and show your commitment to building a better, more just and equitable world.  We hope you are able to join us on this celebratory day!

St. John’s Concert Series

Luis Rafael Vivanco, Sunday, May 1, 3:00 pm

St. John’s Concert Series presents Luis Rafael Vivanco performing flamenco music and masterpieces of the Spanish guitar by Paco de Lucia, Joaquín Rodrigo, Isaac Albeniz and others.

You can also watch online via Zoom (Meeting ID: 878 8575 2024 Passcode: 3857) or Facebook Live. Concert is free and open to the public. Masks optional, vaccine strongly recommended.

Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday  April 10
8:00 a.m. Worship (gather at the Byron Street Door)
10:00 a.m. Worship (gather in the Garden)
Services in person or via Zoom (Phone: 312.626.6799 Meeting ID: 882 2966 1337 Passcode: 3857) or via Facebook.

Children’s Holy Week  April 13, 6:00 p.m. Gather in person for dinner, stories, and communion. Or join via Zoom (Meeting ID: 834 5028 3757 Passcode: Holy) over your own dinner at home.
Download the bulletin for Children’s Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday  April 14, 7:30 p.m. Worship
In person or via Zoom (Phone: 312.626.6799 Meeting ID: 865 4187 9057
Passcode: HolyWeek) or via Facebook.
(same link for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday)

Download the bulletin for Maundy Thursday.

Good Friday  April 15
12:00 Station of the Cross
(gather in the garden, neighborhood walk is about 2 hours)
In person or follow via Facebook.
Download the bulletin for Stations of the Cross.
7:30 p.m. Worship
In person or via Zoom (Phone: 312.626.6799 Meeting ID: 865 4187 9057
Passcode: HolyWeek) or via Facebook.
(same link for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday)

Download the bulletin for Good Friday.

Easter Vigil at the Cathedral  April 16, 8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday  April 17, 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Worship
Easter Egg hunt for children at 9:00 a.m. (Bring empty baskets!)
Services in person or via Zoom (Phone: 312.626.6799 Meeting ID: 882 2966 1337 Passcode: 3857) or via Facebook.
Download the bulletin for Easter Sunday.

Fish Fry! Fish Fry!

Saturday, April 2 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Eat in the Garden, the Parish Hall, or take your dinner to go!

Menu and Tickets

 $8 for kid’s meal (1 piece of fish, coleslaw, fries, roll)
$15 for adults(2 pieces of fish, coleslaw, fries, roll)

Link to purchase tickets in advance OR Zelle to treasurer@stjohnschicago.com (put fish fry in memo). 

Tickets available at the door with cash, checks or Zelle payments.

Preparing for Lent

Have you decided how you will observe the season of Lent? You may choose to give something up; this can be something you want to let go of forever, a habit you want to break, or a way to change your relationship with someone or something. You may choose to add a practice; a time of meditation, a new prayer practice, reading, exercising, or composting. The goal is not self-improvement or punishment, but to clear space for a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God. 

Have you decided how you will observe the season of Lent? You may choose to give something up; this can be something you want to let go of forever, a habit you want to break, or a way to change your relationship with someone or something. You may choose to add a practice; a time of meditation, a new prayer practice, reading, exercising, or composting. The goal is not self-improvement or punishment, but to clear space for a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God. 

In her latest blog The Rev. Heidi Haverkamp, author of Holy Solitude: Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets, and Rebelsshared some good advice for choosing a Lenten discipline:

“It becomes more important to have a daily routine that is in synch with our God-given nature than to have a rule that impresses all who read it … but which is impossible for us to keep without a major ‘makeover’ of our true selves.” Fredette, Karen and Paul. Consider the Ravens. (iUniverse, 2009).

“Keep the schedule immovable enough to keep your natural habit restrained, and flexible enough to enable you to be led.” Jones, W. Paul. Teaching the Dead Bird to Sing. (Paraclete, 2002).

“I abandoned discipline. I became erratic in my daily practices. I looked at each day individually, and listened within to see what was needed to relate to this silence within me. Slowly, new patterns have emerged.” Taylor, Barbara Erakko. Silent Dwellers. (Continuum, 1999).

Articles to read

Barb Cohn recommends this New Yorker article: How I Proposed to My Girlfriend (appropriate for Ash Wednesday) 

Lenten Devotionals

Low- and no-cost Lenten devotions, reflections, journals, and curricula for individuals and congregations:

Leanne recommends this Lenten devotional with poetry by Mary Oliver.
 
Brother, Give Us a Word: A daily monastic practice from the Society for St. John the Evangelist
 
d365: Journey to the Cross starting March 2
 
Episcopal Charities 2022 Lenten Reader and bulletin inserts available for download
 
Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Devotions (downloadable PDF or daily emails) in English and Spanish
 
Lenten Virtual Borderlands Experience: a free, five-week virtual experience for individuals and groups from Episcopal Migration Ministries and The Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries
 
Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent from The Episcopal Church
 
Living Well Through Lent from Living Compass
 
United Thank Offering “40 Days of Gratitude” Journal

Lenten Retreats

Living into Silence Contemplative Practices for Lent from Holy Wisdom Monastery

March 9, March 16, March 23. March 30
From 6:30-7:15 pm via Zoom

New to Lent or contemplative practices? All are welcome to learn the basics of spiritual practices in this virtual series. Together, let’s lean away from the stress of life, focus on your personal needs so you can be present to yourself and others, nurture your spirit and learn how to use silence.
Experience:

  • Guidance from Benedictine sisters and an oblate – simple practices in a low-stress environment
  • Being with others as you seek renewal in your spiritual journey 
  • A variety of practices to choose from so you can choose one that suits you
  • Answers to questions like What do I do on a retreat? What practices can I do on my own at home?

Series cost is $25/computer. After registration, you will be sent a private Zoom link via email. Register Today


Cultivating and Letting Go: A Lenten Retreat
March 5 at St. Luke’s, Evanston

On March 5 from 9 am to noon, St. Luke’s, Evanston will host Cultivating and Letting Go: A Lenten Retreat. Participants are invited to set the tone for the start of Lent through a combination of worship, reflection activities, and self-directed time. Register here. Contact Denise Steinhauser for more information.


You are invited to walk a special Lenten journey with immigrant sojourners and advocates.

Join us for a free, five-week Lenten Virtual Borderlands Experience
Thursdays: March 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7
7 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time

• Hear stories from our immigrant siblings  
• Learn from those involved in migration ministry
• Follow the steps of those who have crossed borders in search of a better way of life

This series can be done individually or as part of a congregational study group.

REGISTER TODAY


La Sagrada Familia by Kelly Latimore

Darwin Day!

Saturday, February 12 from 4-6 pm

Together we will watch the award-winning film Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to save the World’s Children. This documentary tells the inspiring story of Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a man with a singular, unwavering focus: to eliminate the diseases of children. From his poverty-stricken youth on the plains of Montana, he came to prevent pandemic flu, invent the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and develop the first-ever vaccine against human cancer. Responsible for more than half of the vaccines children receive today, he is credited with saving more than eight million lives every year.

Stay on zoom afterwards for a discussion! 

Join us via Zoom (Meeting ID: 874 7249 6852 Passcode: 3857) or Facebook Live.