What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Third Sunday of Advent
December 15/16, 2018

We have arrived at Gaudete Sunday (Gaudete is the Latin word for “rejoice”) this Third Week of Advent, and the Scriptures take on a joyful tone as we continue our preparations for the feast of our Savior’s birth.

Our Second Reading gives us cause for joy as St Paul reminds us, “The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all….” Then he gives us a prescription for maintaining this peace: “In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Paul’s instructions for obtaining peace come as an early Christmas gift. They remind us that we can and should go to God with all our needs and present them to Him along with our thanks. This guidance calls to mind a vital aspect of a stewardship way of life: gratitude to God in response to His great love and countless gifts to us.

The Gospel passage, from Luke, shows us how to live out this thanks, making our lives a “Christmas gift” to Christ in joyful response to His love for us. When the crowds hear John the Baptist’s message that their Savior is coming, they ask him what they should do to prepare. He responds, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do the same.” He tells tax collectors to stop collecting more than is prescribed and soldiers, to be satisfied with their wages. In other words, he tells them to be good and generous stewards of all God’s gifts to them!

As the great feast of Christmas draws near, let us rejoice in Christ’s extravagant love. Let’s avail ourselves of the peace He longs to give us. Moreover, let’s look carefully at our lives to make sure we are indeed making of them a gift fitting for Him.
Ushers Needed!!

We are in need of ushers for the 4:15 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass in the Gym. If you are available to help, please notify Russ Shomperlen at 414-763-1250. 
SCRIP Schedule

Through the weekend of December 22/23, Scrip will be sold every weekend for your holiday shopping needs. 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.
What's Happening in Our School
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Small Plates, Big Hearts!
A Night at St. John's

Save the Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

We are now accepting auction donations for our event! As you are shopping the great sales this holiday season, look for the following items that make for a successful auction: electronics, jewelry, sports/outdoor equipment, household items, gift cards, timeshares, sporting event tickets, sports memorabilia, spa items, etc.

Tickets are now available. The cost per ticket is $25. We will be selling tickets after all Masses through December 23, 2018. What a great Christmas present for those hard to buy for people in your life - an evening out with you!

To purchase tickets online click here!

Questions? Email SJEGive@stjohns-grfd.org

In the Coming Weeks
Miller Park Concessions

As an activity of St. John's Stewardship, we need adult volunteers (18 years old and up) to help with the concession stand at Miller Park for the 2019 season. This past season volunteers generated over $11,000 of additional revenue for the parish and school. All volunteers are requested to do a minimum of 3 games and will receive training.

Contact Gary Tveten at 414-282-1567 for more information.
THE 2018 PARISH FINANCIAL BOOKS WILL CLOSE ON DECEMBER 31

If you wish to have any contributions credited to your account for 2018, it must be received by end of day December 31. Any contributions received after end of day on December 31 will be credited to 2019. PLEASE BE AWARE: Even if your check is dated and mailed in 2018, it must be POSTMARKED in 2018 or it will be credited to 2019.

QUESTIONS??

Please call the parish office to avoid any complications with your 2018 tax deductions. 
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"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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