St. John's Enews
February 1, 2021
Celebrate Love
February is a special month when we celebrate love. On Valentines Day, we give thanks for the people who usher love into our lives, sharing special gifts that honor them. Ash Wednesday begins the holy season of Lent that gives us a chance to rejoice in love as we foster greater intimacy with our Lord and one another. What we have been through points the way forward in the Following Scriptural Encouragements:


"Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see" (Heb.11:1)


"And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us" (Romans 5:5)


"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God"
1 John 4:7

It's time to leave the world of fear, despair and hate.

Embrace the God of Faith, Hope and Love!

Be blessed by Love Like This


Fr. Joseph
Parish Secretary

St. John's has purchased a permanent name tag for new members. As a reminder, name tags are available in the Narthex before or after worship service for:

  • Fred and Mary Gollash
  • Joe and Susan Guzzo
  • Ken Helton
  • Paul and Amy Heuerman
  • Patricia Kipp
  • Allain and Patricia Russo

Golden name tags are available for pick up for:

  • Shirley Anderson
  • Rebecca Davis
  • Margaret Donovan
  • George and Helen Fox
  • Marilyn Hibbert
  • Ruth Randazzo
  • Midge Voss
  • Barbara Youngs

Please contact for any changes to your meetings and events so that we can update our calendar and make room for additional facility requests.

Facility Use Request Forms are available at the office.
Please contact me for details in order to reserve your space and time for upcoming meetings and events. All requests are subject for approval.

Instant Church Directory Membership updates are made on a daily basis. If you need your contact information updated and would like your picture included please submit your information and picture via email to

We look forward hearing from you.

Claudia Trejos
Youth Sunday School
It was an exciting January welcoming all of our families back to Sunday School! The children have enjoyed their hands-on lessons and discussions about Jesus. As we continue to learn about Jesus and follow in his footsteps every day,
we will also be getting ready for the season of Lent. We will focus on reading Bible stories about Jesus and how he served and loved others. Since Jesus showed the importance of serving and loving everyone, we can continue to spread love and serve others in our everyday lives too.  
It has been wonderful to see all of the children back at in-person Sunday School! Sunday School will continue in-person classes at the 9:00 AM mask-mandatory service. All children, parents and teachers attending Sunday School at 9:00 AM will be asked to social distance and wear a mask. The nursery will be available for families attending the 10:00am service. The nursery will have lessons and educational materials available for those families attending the 10:00am service.  
Dayna Sottosanti

Stewardship Campaign

You can mail your gift to the church at
St. John's Episcopal Church
500 Park Shore Drive
Naples, FL 34103
Outreach Grant Celebration

St. John's awarded 10 Collier Charities $210,000 in 2020. One Charity will be in focus each month.

Baby Basics of Collier County thanks with gratitude the congregation of the St John’s Episcopal Church for your continued support of our program. Your generous donations over many years have enabled us to not only grow our program but enhance the lives of hundreds of babies in our community. Your church members and the leadership have been a beacon of hope for struggling families and a great enhancement for babies’ lives. The money you donate to us goes directly to the purchase of diapers for our 545 babies in Naples and Bonita. The pandemic has not stopped the determination of our volunteers to get diapers to the babies in need each month. Putting on masks, gloves and getting the diapers ready to give out rain or shine has been the task of over 50 dedicated volunteers. They truly are the heroes of our program.

As we look toward to the future of Baby Basics, we hope to reach out to even more families with a helping hand so that their babies (from birth to three) will have the opportunity to grow and be healthy without the harmful results of not having enough diapers to change as frequently as needed. We are able to do this because of your kindness and generosity. 
One Mom recently said, “Please tell the people who give the money that I hope God continues to bless them because they are blessing us.”

We send you heartfelt thanks for your wonderful support. 


Jean Ann Lynch
President of Baby Basics of Collier County, Inc

Thrift Shoppe
Happy 2021 


Where can you buy designer clothing for men and women at a considerable discount? Where can you buy Waterford crystal at a discount?

At the updated St. John's Thrift Shoppe. The same place our customers refer to as the best place to shop and have been returning to our shop for years. The same place you can shop or spend a few hours a week or month volunteering and having fun.

Be a part of supporting local charities.
Check us out!

God Bless everyone and stay healthy.

St. John’s Thrift Shoppe Board members


Fourteen images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion line the perimeter of the sanctuary walls. These Stations of the Cross are imitations of the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem believed to be the actual path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary. Pictured are six of the fourteen images.
Noteworthy News
Women's Bible Study meets Mondays at 10 AM in Sugden Hall. Questions? Please contact Jan Eveleigh at

Sisters for Life gather Mondays at 5:30 PM in Brewster Hall. Please contact Dee Hayes at 239.784.8759.

Co-Ed Bible Study continues as we study the book of Acts. Tuesday’s from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. We will meet in Brewster Hall. We welcome anyone who would like to join us. Contact Joan McCarthy at 331.625.2196.

Men's Bible Study fellowships on Wednesdays at 7:30 AM in Brewster Hall. Bring your own coffee. Plenty of room to distance. We continue our study of Matthew. Please contact Skip at

Order of St. Luke gathers Wednesdays at 10 AM in Brewster Hall.

OSL healing prayer continues on Sunday during the service. For healing prayer at any other time, please contact Vickie Bauch at 239.249.0957.

Stitches of Love meets Fridays at 10 AM in Brewster Hall. Please contact Jane Kindorf at 630.542.1243 or Mary Frances Aiken at 239.450.3199.

St. John's worship services are Saturday 5 PM and
Sunday 10 AM. Join us in person or via live stream!

Enews deadline is Friday (February 12th)

ASH Wednesday Service is (2/17) at 9:00 AM

Life Relaunch will be at St. John’s on the following dates: Men’s (2/12-2/13) and (2/26-2/27). Women’s (2/19-2/20).  For more information, contact Ray Jensen at

Valentine's Day also known as Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an extremely popular holiday that celebrates and honours St Valentine and to express gratitude
and love to dear ones. Every year on 14 February people celebrate this day by sending messages of love and affection to partners, family and friends.
Lent ( from an Old English word meaning "spring," the time of
lengthening days) a season of “penitence and fasting" 
The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. 

Archives of the audio and video sermon are available at Sermons.
Worship Bulletins are available at click on sermon tab and then worship bulletins. You can also click on worship-bulletins.
Facility Use Request Forms are available at the office.
Please contact Claudia for details at to reserve your space for your meetings and events. All requests are subject for approval.

For any changes to current meetings and events on the calendar please notify
Facility Key Release Form is available at the office. You will be asked to to fill out a form when a key is released. The key return date will be filled out by the office staff.
For Lost and Found inquires, please contact the church office. We may have found your item! Any items found, please feel free to drop it off at the office.
St. John’s WiFi system is present in all buildings.
“Florida legal document” scams 

TALLAHASSEE – An ongoing international email scam aimed at bilking people out of money has resurfaced again using fraudulent Florida court documents. They often appear to come from the Florida Supreme Court. It is part of an ongoing series of similar scams stretching back several years. They appear to come from locations in Florida like Shalimar but may target people elsewhere in the United States or other nations. Many of the intended victims are unfamiliar with Florida law. The current scam has targeted people in Europe, including Spain and Sweden, and claims connections with other nations like Hungary and South Africa. All the documents are falsified to suggest they came from the Florida Supreme Court. Some contained legal terminology not used in Florida, such as calling attorneys “barristers.” They may use other legal words more common in Europe and may cite nonexistent state or federal statutes. Florida’s state courts do not send out binding official legal notices by email. Anyone receiving emails that reference a Florida court document should never pay money without checking further.

Also, IRS, Social Security & Court Jury Duty Clerks NEVER CONTACT YOU BY MAIL OR EMAIL.If you record a Deed, you do not need to buy a copy of it. Your original Deed will be returned from County Recording Dept., your attorney or title company. You do not need to pay $50-$75 (or more) for one.
Parish People
New Members: Kenneth A. Helton

Transfer: N/A

Deaths: N/A

Instant Church Directory
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Please Pray For
Tony, Becky, Jackie, Gretchen, Lois,
Clay, Dayna, Betsy, Darren,small businesses,
St. John's Parishioners and Families.
Names are kept on the prayer list for 4 weeks unless the office is notified.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of repentance 
ashes on the foreheads of participants to either the words
"Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or the dictum "Remember that
you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
The ashes symbolize both death and repentance.
The Fruit of My Womb

For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb… Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:13,16 (TEB)
      My husband and I were in Jamaica on vacation, spending time talking with friends one evening when one of them, a medical doctor, began to stare at my neck.
           “Don’t you see that you have a goiter?” he said.
           “Goiter? What’s a goiter?” I asked. When he explained, I laughed. “I don’t have a goiter. My neck is just fat.”
           “No, you have a goiter,” he insisted. Before we left to return to our home in Michigan, our friend gave me some iodine pills and told me that if they didn’t solve the problem, I was to contact my primary physician for testing and additional medication.
           When the mass on my neck did not go away, I did consult my doctor. He ordered blood work, but before its results came back, he ordered for me to get radiation treatment at a hospital nearby. Following his instruction, I had the radiation treatment. And then the results of my blood work came back. I was pregnant.
           My physician immediately called for my husband and me to come into the office to see him. “We are going to have to terminate this pregnancy because we don’t know how much radiation you took in,” he told us.
           “I’m not ready,” I said, but I was shaken. I went home and prayed, “Lord, what should I do?” Immediately the Hail Mary I’d recited as a child came to mind.
            “Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.”
           “This child is the fruit of my womb,” I thought, “a gift from God. I can’t abort this child.”
           When I told my doctor of my decision, he said that if I did not take his medical advice and abort, I had to sign forms legally releasing him and the hospital from any liability.
           God’s answer to my prayer was clear and irrefutable. Despite my doctor’s repeated admonitions, I stood firm and carried my child to term. When our son was born, he was 100% healthy. He’s now thirty-six years of age, and he has been a tremendous blessing each and every one of them!  

Diann Keeys
St. John's Episcopal Church| 500 Park Shore Drive Naples, FL 34103 | 239.261.2355| |