January 10, 2018
News of the Parish
Parish Breakfast and Sandwich Sunday: January 21
Next Sunday, January 21, will be our monthly Parish Breakfast. The menu will feature ham biscuits, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, cereal, coffee, iced tea and juice. Chef Dave always welcomes help in the kitchen!

The 21st is also our Sandiwich Sunday. This month our hosts are the youth of our parish, under the guidance and leadership of Ayana Grady. Join them in the Parish Hall  to make sandwiches and bag lunches for the patrons of Faith Cafe!
Tampa Deanery Meeting Tomorrow: Mission Trip Planning
What: Tampa Deanery General Meeting - planning for 2018 mission trips to the Dominican Republic
Where: St. John's Parish Hall
When:Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Contact Sally Thompson with questions at, or visit the Deanery website at  You can also download a flyer about this year's trips by clicking here.

Looking Ahead...
On Sunday, February 11, we will have a 10:00 a.m. combined service, followed by the Annual Parish Meeting in the Parish Hall. At the Annual Meeting, new Vestry members will be elected and parish finances and other progress will be reviewed. A simple lunch will be served by Chef Dave and his team.

At 5:00 p.m. that day, the Parish Hymn Sing returns for all to enjoy. The Hymn Sing will take place in the Church.
Stewardship Corner
Offering envelopes for the 2018 year are available for pick up on the back counter in the Parish Hall. 

Also, it's not too late to fulfill your 2017 pledge. Your check can be placed in the offering plate on Sundays, mailed, or dropped off to the parish offices. Please write "2017 Pledge" on the memo line. 
Adult Christian Formation
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
On Tuesday, January 23, the Women's Mid Morning Bible Study will continue their study of the book of Genesis. Father Connelly will lead the discussion of Genesis 18:1 - 19:38, "Entertaining Angels Unaware."  The group meets on alternate Tuesdays, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., in the Church Sanctuary.

They invite you to consider joining them even if you missed the fall study. Each chapter of Genesis is rich in themes and teaching that inform our Christian journey. The study guide they will be using is Genesis for Everyone, Part 2 by John Goldingay, which is available from Amazon and other booksellers. If you have questions, please contact Joan McKay at or Pat Wilson at or 644.4640.
2018 Lenten Program to Feature the Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton
St John's 2018 Wednesdays in Lent series begins February 21 and continues for the following four weeks (February 28, March 7, March 14, and March 21).  Each week we will gather for dinner at 6:00 p.m., a program at 6:30 p.m., and Compline at 7:30 p.m.  

We are delighted (and extremely fortunate) to welcome The Rev Dr. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton as our guest speaker for the March 7 program.  Dr Crafton is a popular preacher, retreat leader, and writer.  She is the author of many books, and her articles have appeared in the New York Times and the Reader's Digest, among other distinguished publications.  Check out her web site, The Geranium Farm, at And watch the Scroll and Compass for more details!
Children and Youth
EYC Kickoff!
Winter Jam Is This Saturday!
St John's EYC is going to the Winter Jam Concert Tour THIS Saturday, from 3-10 p.m. at Amalie Arena! Come rock out with artists such as Skillet, Kari Jobe, and Building 429. The cost is $15 per person, and friends are welcome!  Sign up this week with Ayana Grady ( ) if you would like to come!
EYC Meeting February 4
Are you ready for some football? Our St John's EYC (youth group) gathering on Sunday, February 4  (4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Discovery House - 918 S Orleans) will be Super Bowl-themed! Come in your favorite football jersey to play games, eat tailgating snacks, and learn more about our place in the Game of Life!
EYC Mission Trip
Sign up for St John's EYC Mission Trip to Chattanooga (June 2 through  9 )! Our group will be serving the people of Chattanooga at rec centers, nursing homes, and food banks-while spending our free days at a Braves game, whitewater rafting, and sleeping in a cave! The trip cost is $550 per person, and scholarships are available.
New Beginnings #63 (Middle School Retreat): Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4
New Beginnings is an awesome weekend geared especially for 6th to 8th graders using songs, skits, and small group discussions to address some meaningful topics. This year's New Beginnings will take place from March 2 through 4 at Dayspring Conference Center. We'd like to have a big group from St John's participate in the weekend! You can get more info on New Beginnings here. Applications are due by Friday, February 16
Events and Fellowship
Moms' Mornings Resume Next Week
Moms' Mornings begin again next Thursday, January 18 at 8:45 a.m. (please note date change). They will be talking about Chapter 1 of the book In This House. January's theme is JOY, which we could all use a bit more of in our lives!

The group will meet on the first Thursday of the month going forward and invite any moms who are interested to join or contact Sarah Bricklemyer with questions at
St. John's Book Club Meeting
The St. John's Book Club will meet on Tuesday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lowry Room.  Margaret Brokaw will lead the discussion of The Lion's Pride, a non-fiction work about Teddy Roosevelt's family written by Edward Renehan.  Everyone is invited to attend.
Action Items and Opportunities
Kitchen Help Needed
A great seasonal opportunity awaits those willing to make a small sacrifice of their time and talents.  On February 11, we will have the Annual Parish Meeting and the kitchen crew will be serving a simple lunch.  We always need volunteers.  In addition,  the Lenten Dinner series of 2018 begins February 21 and continues for five weeks.  If you would like to be a part of either of these wonderful ministries; come and join us in the kitchen.  You don't need to be a chef ... if fact, you don't even need to know how to cook.  There are so many easy jobs that are available for the willing, decorating, table setting, serving etc. Contact me at or 404.5000. In conjunction with the Lenten Series there will be the Confirmation classes for adults and young adults.  This is a great opportunity to see the Church at work ... empowered by the love of Christ; the eating, laughing, and fellowship is a joy to behold.  You don't have to sign up for all five weeks - do one, do two: whatever your schedule will allow.

February 11 - Annual Parish Meeting
February 21 - Lenten Dinner 1
February 28 - Lenten Dinner 2
March 7  - Lenten Dinner 3
March 14 - Lenten Dinner 4
March 21 - Lenten Dinner 5

Chef Dave
Information and Resources
Our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays

January 11
Brody Kellar, Sol Kohlhaas, John Marston

January 12
Eliina Lick, Charlsey Roman, Linda Scarritt, Kirt Thomason

January 13
Paul Dolcimascolo, Jay Howey, Rick LeVarge, Miriam Lykes, Mary Mixon, George Wiegand

January 14
Maggie Gustafson, Abby Peel, Todd Spencer

January 15
Jay Bever, Erika Lee, Simon Matthews

January 16
Elizabeth Calfee, Michael Colgan, Margo Hirons, Connor Schrils

January 17
Stephen Cabral, Evelyn Conti

Sunday's Scripture Snippet

And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."

Mark 1
Hospital Visitation

We want to provide support during your time of need! However, because health regulations prohibit the clergy from being informed when our parishioners are in the hospital, we will not know if you or someone you love is there unless you tell us. We want to provide support in any time of need or crisis. Please call the parish offices at 259.1570 or  click here to email us to let us know when you need us.
This Week in St. John's
Thursday, January 11
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing & Anointing, 10:00 a.m., Chapel

Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch, 11:45 a.m., Peterson Room
The Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch group meets on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. at the School's Middle School campus. The readings the group studies are those from the Revised Common Lectionary for the coming Sunday. Please do not park in the Four Green Fields parking lots. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Tampa Deanery Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Parish Hall
What: Tampa Deanery General Meeting - planning for 2018 mission trips to the Dominican Republic
Where: St. John's Parish Hall
When:Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Contact Sally Thompson with questions at, or visit the Deanery website at

Sunday, January 14
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 9:15 a.m., Church
Coffee Hour Fellowship following the 9:15 a.m. service
Sunday Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation group will begin a new study, Embracing Spiritual Awakening, this Sunday, January 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.  This five-session DVD series features Diana Butler Bass, a well-known writer and speaker on religion and spirituality in today's world, leading a series of discussions on the role of the church in our changing cultural landscape and what it means to be a Christian in the world today.  Bring your coffee and join us for a lively discussion between services.
The Holy Eucharist, (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church
Monday, January 15
Parish Offices Closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Tuesday, January 16
Contemporary Women's Bible Study, 6:45 a.m., Peterson Room
The CWBS group will begin its spring study series on  Tuesday, January 9 at 6:45 a.m. in the Peterson Room on the St John's Middle School campus.  Weekly meetings start with a light breakfast followed by prayer and study until 8:00 a.m. All women of St John's and their friends are welcome. For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.

The St. John's Book Club, 4:00 p.m., Lowry Room
The St. John's Book Club will meet on Tuesday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lowry Room.  Margaret Brokaw will lead the discussion of The Lion's Pride, a non-fiction work about Teddy Roosevelt's family written by Edward Renehan.  Everyone is invited to attend.
Wednesday, January 17
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel

Wednesday Nights In St. John's, 6:00 p.m., Parish Hall
 The Wednesday Nights group invites you to join them for a potluck dinner followed by a viewing and discussion of a session from the DVD program Christian History Made Easy led by Timothy Paul Jones, PhD.

In the 12-session study Christian History Made Easy Dr. Timothy Paul Jones takes you through the most important events in Christian history from the time of the apostles to today. He brings to life the fascinating people and events that shaped our world. This isn't dry names and dates. It's full of dramatic stories told with a touch of humor. This series, based on Dr. Jones' popular award-winning book of the same title ties in spiritual lessons believers can glean by looking at the past, and shows how God was still working in his church despite all the ups and downs.

Contact Paul and Winkie Game with questions  about the Wednesday Nights Group.
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