What's Happening at SJE
This Week
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 17/18, 2019

Today’s readings set a high bar for us Christian stewards, reminding us that a stewardship way of life is meant to be a challenging way of life. 

In the second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, we are told to live as Christ lived. And how did Christ live? “For the sake of the joy that lay before Him, He endured the cross.” If we are tempted to complain about the sufferings we must endure in living as Christ’s disciples, we are told, “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.” In other words, “If you’re not bleeding, what are you complaining about?” That is quite a high bar! 

The Gospel reading from Luke continues this challenging theme. Our Lord tells His disciples, “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing.” A couple of verses later, Jesus adds, “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.”

Jesus’s life on this earth and the message He brought were not meant to make us feel good. His words can make us downright uncomfortable at times. That’s because His Good News (and it is indeed good news!) is meant to change us, to make saints of us. 

The stewardship way of life sets a high bar indeed. But deeply embraced, this way of life focusing on God and others will make us the saints we are called to be. 
The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
is a Holy Day of Obligation

All Catholics are required to attend Mass. Masses will be offered on Thursday, August 15th at:

8:00 a.m.


6:30 p.m.

Registration is now open!
Classes Start on Sunday, September 8, 2019

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.
With so much technology at our fingertips, it's tough not to get swept away in all the noise and clutter. In our society there's often a tendency to live passively by simply "going with the flow." In this talk given at a FOCUS national conference, Fr. Mike Schmitz explains how we need to live an intentionally Christian life within a technological age. 
It's never too early! Summer’s almost over and school will soon be back in session! Before you send your kids back to school, get your scrip and make sure they’re ready for the first day of class with new clothes, supplies, and everything else a student needs. Shop with us and St. John's will receive a percentage. 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.

August 17/18 and September 7/8 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.
What's Happening in Our School
After-School Care Provider Needed

St. John the Evangelist is in need of an after-school care provider. Hours are 2:15 until approximately 6:00 PM each school day, beginning in late August. Candidate must be willing to work with multi-age groups of children, supervising both indoor and outdoor play, snack time, and quiet time each afternoon. This is a great opportunity to work with our wonderful day school children. It would be the perfect position for someone who is recently retired!

All school personnel must complete Safeguarding All God’s Family training and submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

For more information or to apply, call or stop in at the
Parish Office. 321-1965.
Cousins Sub Day
Monday, August 26

Do you have the Monday blahs? School is starting and you are on the hunt for school supplies and don't have time to cook? Looking for a quick lunch? We have the answer! Cousins Subs, 7495 W. Layton Ave., will donate a portion of all sales to SJE School on Monday, August 26. Last school year Cousins,
7495 W. Layton Ave., donated over $1500 to our school! Support our excellent school and an amazing community partner by stopping in for lunch or dinner.

Cousins Scrip cards are available in the Parish Office during regular business hours or during SCRIP sale weekends.
In the Coming Weeks
You are cordially invited to join our pastor, Fr. Michael, and other parishioners at the 17th Annual Seminary Dinner titled “CALLED” on Friday, October 4th. 

The dinner will be held at the Wisconsin Center Ballroom in Milwaukee. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a joyful evening with Catholics from all over the diocese, enjoy a delicious dinner, and support the seminary. Cost per person is $150, a portion of which is tax-deductible. Transportation can be arranged. 

Please contact Dennis or Mary Baumgardner at 414-427-0832 with questions or to RSVP. RSVP’s are needed by Sept. 15.
Thank you!
Silent Preached Retreat for Women

Let God speak to you and revitalize your Spirit, Friday, October 4, thru Sunday, October 6, at the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Oconomowoc.

The theme this year is “The Four Pillars of the Catholic Church.” This dialogue is spelled out in the Creed, the Sacraments, Morality and Prayer. The weekend starts around 7:00 P.M. with check-in at 6-6:30 P.M. on Friday. It ends around 12:00 Noon on Sunday. Car pooling is available.

For details and to sign up, call Barb at 414- 448-7117 or the retreat center at 262-567-6900
Blood Drive

St. John's Christian Women will be sponsoring a blood drive on Monday, September 16, in the church hall. We have appointment times open between 2:30-7:30 p.m. We will have a Dual Red Machine available. A light lunch will be provided.

Contact Diane at 414-327-6780 to make an appointment.
Walk-ins are welcome.

Please Be A Life Saver!!!
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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