What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 18/19, 2019

Today’s readings on this Fifth Sunday of Easter contain inspiring but challenging messages for us as Christian stewards. 

The Gospel from John includes this well-known verse: “My children… I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”

What a succinct description of a stewardship way of life! It sounds so simple, however, simple does not necessarily mean easy.

How exactly is Jesus calling us to love? Love as He Himself loved. Jesus loved (and loves) by serving us and by making a sacrifice of His very life for us. That is a tall order. 

Living a life of service and self-sacrifice is not easy because it requires us to fight against our selfish inclinations continuously. However, the more we empty ourselves of “self” by serving others, the more room we make in our hearts for God to pour His grace into us. 

As we face the hardships that come with living as Christian stewards, we can continue to rejoice in the wonder of the Resurrection this Easter season, finding great joy in following in our Lord’s own footsteps and in loving as He loves.
Pastoral Council Elections
 
Next weekend, May 19/20, we will be holding Pastoral Council Elections.   Please prayerfully read the biographies of each of the candidates for the three (3) Member-at-Large positions .
 
Fr. Nick Baumgardner's
Mass of Thanksgiving

Please note that the time listed in last week’s bulletin for Fr. Nick Baumgardner’s Mass of Thanksgiving next Sunday is incorrect.  The Mass is scheduled to begin at 12:30pm.

Thank you
CDs from Augustine Institute

Did you know we have CDs (and other items) located in the narthex? Each week we will highlight one of the available CDs.

Cost is $4 each.
Renowned Scripture scholar and author, Dr. Tim Gray, provides a fascinating explanation of the importance of the visible Church and the centrality of God on Earth. He offers incredible insights that make clear the role of the Church as an essential part of God’s plan for salvation. These are sure to help those who have left her, or who mistakenly claim to be “spiritual, but not religious.”
Spring is here and it's time to shake the winter dust bunnies out of the house. Don’t forget to clean the most neglected parts of your home. Air vents, windows/window sills, blinds, and your oven just to name a few. No matter the project, use scrip to buy your supplies! Click here to view and print our order form. We order on Mondays and have them ready to be picked up no later than Thursday each week.

May 18/19 and June 1/2 will be the upcoming SCRIP weekends. As always, SCRIP is available in the Parish Office during regular business hours.
This program allows .5% of your regular shopping on Amazon to be donated to St. John the Evangelist.

If you purchase Scrip, St. John's receives an additional 2.25%. That's 2.75% of your purchases to St. John's if you are already shopping Amazon.
Festival News
Become a Firecracker Backer!

Make a contribution to this year's fireworks display.

Categories for Sponsorship:
  • Platinum: $500
  • Gold: $250
  • Silver: $150
  • Bronze: $100
  • Copper: $50

The deadline for Sponsorship is June 30, 2019.
What's Happening in Our School
Cousins Sub Day
Friday, May 24
ALL DAY

Need a quick bite before you head out of town for Memorial Day Weekend? Don't want to cook on a Friday night? We have the answer! Cousins Subs, 7495 W. Layton Ave., will donate a portion of all sales to SJE School on Friday, May 24. Just by stopping in and having lunch or dinner you can help our excellent school. Our April 18 Cousins Day earned us $222.39. What a great community partner!

Cousins Scrip cards are available in the Parish Office during regular business hours or during SCRIP sale weekends
In the Coming Weeks
Golf Outing

Come join us on Sunday, June 2, at Whitnall Golf Course. First tee time is 2:00 p.m. All are welcome, men and women. This is a fun outing, no competition or prizes. We will be playing 9 holes. A light lunch in the church hall will follow. Cost: $20/person walking. Carts are available at extra cost.

To sign up, call Ron Heser at 414-448-7117.
The newsletter is published on Wednesdays. Articles for each week's publication are due on Mondays at noon.

To submit articles e-mail to: newsletter@stjohns-grfd.org
"Remember God's Will in Yours!"

Please keep the needs of St. John the Evangelist in mind as you do your estate planning. For information on how to include the parish as a beneficiary, contact the Parish Office at 414-321-1965.
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