St. John's Enews
May 20, 2016

Fr. Joe 

Dear St. John's family,
I hope you're enjoying the beautiful May weather and less traffic on the road. Taking a deeper breath, going for longer walks and enjoying a leisurely meal with friends are great ways to spend some time in the days ahead. Be open to our Good Shepherd leading you beside still waters and green pastures that will wonderfully renew you, that you may be blessed and bless others.
In the spirit of blessing, I want to share with you that there are some St. John's families that are struggling financially.  Facing debilitating medical conditions and out of work, it's hard for them
to pay rent, buy food and keep up with bills.  They and I have sought
every financial avenue (Government, etc.) but sometimes to no avail.
To provide for their basic needs, I'm making an appeal for additional
financial gifts to the St. John's Benevolence Fund.  This will enable
me to assist our St. John's families who desperately need HELP NOW!
Please make a substantial donation at a church service or mail your
gift to us.
God Bless You!
Fr. Joe

Fr. Christian
Sunday school party celebrating the birthday of the Church at Pentecost
Thank you to all the families,
teachers, nursery workers, and
and others who made this year
of Sunday school fun and exciting.
Family pool party and cookout
Be sure to check out
the June/July issue of
Parish Life for our
upcoming family-friendly
Many blessings,
Fr. Christian+

Michael Thornhill serves the CCO as Assistant Director of Cross-Cultural Ministry.
A graduate of Slippery Rock University, Michael came on staff with the CCO in 2012 to reach out to students at Point Park University through a partnership with New City Church.
He now serves alongside Director of Cross-Cultural Ministry, Michael Chen, traveling to campuses and churches throughout the northeast.  He has this to say about his new work in the harvest field:
"Cross-cultural ministry is important to me because all of Scripture is cross cultural," says Michael. "Since Adam and Eve in Genesis, the Bible gives us innumerable, archived accounts of cross-cultural experiences for us to learn from. I want to cultivate a community of wounded healers, teaching learners, and authentic believers who seek to work for unity in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."
Here is a link to my staff page where people can make donations directly.
Literacy Volunteers of Collier County
The Literacy Volunteers of Collier County and all the students they tutor are very grateful for the support they receive from St. John's Episcopal Church.
If you or someone you know are interested in volunteering, please click on the training brochure for more information.         Training Brochure
Thank you.
Chris Nind
Executive Director

for 30 years of service as Parish Historian!
Peggy Shaw's burial service will be at St. John's on Wednesday (5/25) at 10:00am.
Second chances: The Thrift Shop Musical will be at Sugden Community Theater from May 26-29. Tickets are $35 and special group rates are available. Order by calling 239.263.7990.
Summer Coed Bible Study begins Sunday (6/5) at 9:00am in Sugden Hall.
St. John's Sunset Beach Picnic will be Saturday (6/11) from 6:30-8:30pm at Moorings Beach Park, located at 2101 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. Your name and $5 registration fee are your reservation due by Wednesday (6/1). A box meal will be provided. Bring your own drink and lawn chair.
Saturday (7/30) 8:30am - 2:00pm:  Mark your calendar for Vacation Bible School.  Theme: Jonah and the Big Fish; Trusting God Even in the Belly of a Whale.  We look forward to seeing you - it will be 'a whale of a good time'!
Coffee Hour Hosts

If you have signed up to serve as a St. John Coffee Hour Host, please click on the link below to view the May / June schedule.  As always, thank you for your faithful service.  Blessings!

Coffee Hour Host Schedule May / June 2016
New Members


Highlighting Our New St. John's Members!


Please take a few moments to welcome them to our wonderful family!

Thomas Eppley
Thomas "Tommie" Eppley grew up in Washington D.C. where  his love for education began.  Tommie received two masters degrees and a doctorate, then later went on to work as an educational consultant. 

For hobbies, Tommie enjoys sports, reading and exercise.  But his favorite thing to do is to help others.

Welcome to St. John's Mr. Eppley!  It's nice to have you on board with us. 

Julie & Rev. Paul Feider
Rev. Paul and Julie Feider are winter residents with St. John's joining us from Menasha, WI.
Fr. Paul is a retired Episcopal Priest who was active in parishes and healing.  He enjoys golf, building, biking and walking.  (A little birdie told me he's a great handyman and he's pretty dandy on the guitar as well!)
Julie is a licensed professional counselor who's hobbies are baking, shelling, health and nutrition..
Their favorite things to do are enjoying their grandchild, laughing, loving and living, and walking on the beach together.  
The Feiders are a  blessing to our St. John's family.  Please give the Feider family a great big St. John's welcome!

Please pray for..... 

Bill, Sylvia, Rob, Rebecca, Andrew, Ann, Dan, Katy,
Maggie, Tracy, Yvonne
Please keep the Shaw family in your prayers as Peggy passed on to be with our Lord.
May her soul, and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercies of God, rest in peace.  Amen.
A Service of Celebration & Thanksgiving
 for the Life & Ministry of Peggy Hobbs Shaw
will be held Wednesday (5/25) at 10:00am
at St. John's.



  ...When life isn't a bed of roses,
     remember who wore the thorns.   

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