April 15, 2020
From the Rector

Last week was an unusual Holy Week. The way we worshipped was very different, and many have remarked on the irony that our physical separation has, in some ways, drawn us closer together. Your church is still here, and we will continue to worship together. I want to thank Mr. Morley and the quartet from the choir, Kristen Walker, Tori Swilley, Marty Angiulli, and Steve Galloway for their hard work that has allowed our tradition of Anglican choral music in worship to continue. I want to thank Jan Elliott, Debbi Huelsman, and John Edgar for keeping our office up and running, even when no one is in it. I want to thank Ayana Grady for keeping our kids connected in a spiritual and prayerful (and fun) way. I want to thank Michael Matthews and Ken Johnston for keeping our physical facilities maintained. I want to thank Deacon Moore and Fathers Reho, Cannon, and Goodheart for their ministries. For developing the technology that allows us to provide online worship and ministry opportunities, thanks goes to Kim French, Lee Lowry, and to someone without whom much of this would not have been possible, John Edgar. You can be proud of your St. John's Church Team. I sure am! 

May all blessings be yours during this Eastertide.

Virtual Worship, Ministries, and Resources
Virtual Prayers
Daily School Chapel
Fr. Reho posts daily morning chapel video services for the School. You can access them here. They become available each day at 4:15 a.m.

Morning Devotional
We are offering a new devotional video every morning this week. They each contain a reading, a reflection, and a short musical performance by the choir. Today's devotional can be found by clicking here to visit our Facebook page.

Evening Prayer
Fr. Connelly streams evening prayer daily Monday through Saturday at 3:00 p.m. on Facebook Live. Intercessory prayers are invited in the comments during the feed or email Fr. Connelly.

Compline Night Prayer
Fr. Reho and his wife Lori offer Compline night prayers on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook Live.
Worshipping Virtually
St. John's will continue to stream the 9:15 a.m. service on Facebook Live on Sundays. Access the stream at our page at https://www.facebook.com/stjohnstampa/The audio for each week's sermons is here. Bulletins for Sundays are here, each week's bulletin will be uploaded to the same page on Saturdays. Click here to find the readings for this coming Sunday.

The Chapel of the Resurrection, outdoors in the courtyard, is open 24/7. Please practice social distancing measures with other parishioners.
Individual Pastoral Care
Although in-person pastoral visits are restricted, your clergy are available to you for pastoral conversations. If you are unable to reach them at the Church offices, please call directly. They can be reached at these numbers:

Pastoral Emergency Line: 813.906.5199
Father Connelly: 813.250.6293
Father Cannon: 864.320.7116
Father Goodheart: 321.446.4934
Deacon Moore: 813.785.9400
Father Reho: 917.526.0746
Resources
A pdf of The Book of Common Prayer can be found here. Hard copy prayer books are also available at the church, outside on the porch courtyard, if you wish to borrow one. The Lectionary Page, with the readings for each week, can be accessed here.

Please note that blue text denotes a hyperlink directly to the service or website referenced.

If you have any questions or trouble using the online services noted above, please contact Lee Lowry by replying to this email or John Edgar at jedgar@stjohnstampa.org. You can also contact the clergy member or parishioner who is the contact for each ministry. 
News of the Parish
Easter 2020: Safer at Home Edition
It's not too late to send us your Easter photos for us to share on social media! Email them to llowry@stjohnstampa.org.

There's Still Time: Join the New Wednesday Afternoon Adult Formation Group
Many of us are missing our Adult Formation group sessions, so after Easter we will begin a new study that combines online videos with a weekly Zoom discussion on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.  The first study will be a four-part series on Prayer.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Deacon Kathleen at  kmoore@stjohnstampa.org.  A link to the videos will go out to all interested participants, and you will be invited via your email address to join the Zoom discussion group each week, The first Zoom discussion will be on Wednesday, April 22.  
CWBS and Women's Mid Morning Bible Study Joint Meetings
Contemporary Women's Bible Study/ Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
The groups are meeting virtually in a joint study.   Adelaide Few will guide next week's study of 1 Corinthians, Chapter 15 on Tuesday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. For log-in information, please contact Sharon Stoll at  harpwings@aol.com.
Sermon Audio Available
You can now find audio versions of our weekly sermons on our website. They are uploaded on Monday after each Sunday service.  Click here to listen or click on the Sermons button in the top right of our homepage menu.
Action Items and Opportunities
Financial Administrator Needed
Our longtime Financial Administrator, Debbi Huelsman, is moving on at the end of the spring, so we are seeking a new person to take this role. It is 20 hours a week and can largely be done from home. Please click here for a full description of the position, as well as how to apply.
Loving our Parish During a Time of Need
If you are someone who is able to help your fellow parishioners with errands and other means of support, please contact Fr. MIchael at mcannon@stjohnstampa.org. Conversely, if you are a parishioner who needs help, please also contact Fr. Michael at email at mcannon@stjohnstampa.org or by phone at 864.320.7116He will be matching needs with resources so we are able to help one another in Christ's name.
During this time, although we are not able to meet in worship as usual, the work of the Parish goes on. We hope that if you are able, you will continue to make your weekly contribution online here. Giving with credit and debit cards is now available. You can also text to give by texting SJE to 73256, then following the prompts.
Online Resources for Prayer and Study
Many of us are using online prayer, scripture, and devotional resources-some are old friends from pre-pandemic days, others you may have discovered more recently.    Click here for some examples that you may want to sample; all of them are free.   If you know of others, please send the information to Deacon Kathleen at  kmoore@stjohnstampa.org  and she will share them.
Children and Youth
Children's Ministry Notes
Sunday School Via Video
Sunday School will continue to send out weekly videos, along with the written lesson.

VBS 2020 Registration Remains Open
Participant and volunteer registration for St John's 2020 Vacation Bible School, still planned to take place June 15 through 19 at St John's Middle Division campus, is now open! Click here to go there.

St John's VBS is open to potty trained 3 year olds up to current 4th graders, and the cost is $40 per child. If your child is in 5th grade or older, we'd love to have them volunteer! This year's theme is Rocky Railway--a mountain adventure! At Rocky Railway, kids will discover that Jesus' power can pull them through life's ups and downs. Rocky Railway is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmosā„¢, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life.
EYC News
Instagram
Make sure that you're following @StJohnsEYCTampa on Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/stjohnseyctampa/

Youth Confirmation Class
The Youth Confirmation Class has switched to a Zoom meeting interactive format. The meeting invitations are sent out over e-mail by Ayana. 

EYC
St John's virtual EYC for 6th through 12th graders continues on Sundays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Invitations are sent out over e-mail.  Wonder what virtual EYC looks like? We've made a preview video to show you what you're missing.
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
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This Week's Birthdays

April 16, Eric Polins, Sandy MacKinnon, Mark Graff, Grace Grimard
 
April 17, Margaret Brokaw, Rebecca Lowke, Allan Watkins
 
April 18, Sally Moore, Mary Picone, Laurie Spencer, Haydn Cole

April 19, Mike Barna, William Van Dyke, Kim Brown, Karen Moore, Yajaira Torres
 
April 20, Michael Purdy, Chris Brown, Tyler Jones, Lauren Orebaugh
 
April 21, Sam Dolcimascolo, Cindy Gardner, Alston Barrow
 
April 22, James Edgar
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Colossians 3

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. 

If you have a pastoral emergency when the parish offices are closed, please call 906.5199. 
Covid 19 Resources
There are many resources, both national and local, available during this time to help you keep up with swiftly changing events and keep yourself and your family safe. A few are below.

Centers for Disease Control

USF Public Health

USF has experts available to answer questions.

State of Florida

Hillsborough County

City of Tampa
This Week In St. John's
Thursday, April 16
Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch, 11:45 a.m., Zoom
If you would like to join the virtual meeting and did not receive credentials, contact John Edgar at  jedgar@stjohnstampa.org.
Sunday, April 19
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 9:15 a.m., Facebook Live

Youth Confirmation Classes, 10:30 a.m., Zoom
 
Enquirers Class, 12:30 p.m., Zoom

EYC, 4:30 p.m., Zoom
Stay connected.
St. Jo hn's Church | 813.259.1570 | parish@stjohnstampa.org