May 15, 2019
News of the Parish
Senior Sunday: May 12
We are so proud of our graduating high school seniors! On Sunday, we celebrated these young people before they head to colleges all across the country in the fall. Fr. Connelly and Mr. Brokaw presented the students with parting mementos, reminding them that they will always have a spiritual home at St. John's.
It's All Greek to Me, Part II
The very successful Koine Greek class, led by Lawrence Normandeau, will reconvene on alternate Sundays at 12:30 p.m. beginning this Sunday, May 19.  Returning students and new adventurers are all welcome.  For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at 785.9400 or kmoore@stjohnstampa,org.
Events and Fellowship
Annual Canoe Trip
Mark your calendar for St John's Annual Canoe Trip, this Saturday, May 18. We will be gathering at Canoe Escape for a half day of fun on Tampa's beautiful and winding Hillsborough River!

Canoe Escape is located at Sargeant's Park, 12702 US 301, Thonotosassa, 33592. We will meet at 9:00 a.m., park and pay at the office, then launch our vessels for a 4.5 mile journey downriver. We'll finish at Morris Bridge Park about noon -- so pack a lunch!

Discounted cost is $43 per canoe, accommodating up to 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children. Youth 13+ may canoe together without an accompanying adult. Single person kayaks are also available.

Back by popular demand, children will get our "Critter Sightings" worksheets to check off along the way - expect to see turtles, osprey, herons, and sunbathing gators. Most of the trek is canopied, but be sure to bring your hats and sunblock.

Contact Kevin Kellar at with questions and to register, or contact Fr. Connelly ( to inquire about financial assistance.

See you on the river!
The St. John's Book Club
The St. John's Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 21, at 4:00 p.m. in the Lowry Room. Sally Olsson will review the book Lion (previously published as A Long Way Home: A Memoir) by Saroo Brierley. Everyone is invited to attend.
Help with Outreach to Cornerstone Kids: Serve at VBS!
St John's Vacation Bible School is coming up from June 24 to 28, and we need your help! VBS has a variety of service options available--before, during, and after Vacation Bible School. We need volunteers for Decorating/Set Design, Leading Games, Teaching Classes, Cleanup, and so much more! 

St John's Vacation Bible School has a longstanding partnership with Cornerstone Kids, and our week together is always a fun Outreach event like no other. Please contact Children's Minister Ayana Grady ( to volunteer today!  
Adult Christian Formation
Sunday Adult Christian Formation: Delve into the New Testament
This Sunday, May 19, the group will continue a new study, The New Testament You Never Knew. They meet weekly at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.   All are welcome! For more information contact Deacon Kathleen at 785.9400 or .
Cursillo Ultreya Event: Sunday, May 19
The Cursillo Community of St. John's is having a Parish Ultreya.
Everyone is welcome!
Sunday, May 19 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Parish Hall
Refreshments at 4:00 p.m.
Ultreya begins at 4:30 p.m.

What is Cursillo? ( Cur-SEE'-yo) - Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning "short course," or in this case "A Short Course in Christian Living," an opportunity to grow in faith and in spirituality.
Cursillo is:
  • An opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and how we can serve him.
  • An experience of living in a loving and caring Christian community.
  • A continuing community that gives support and encouragement empowering the renewed Christians to persevere in carrying out their Baptismal vows.
Please contact Ray or Sharon Stoll for more information -  Ray: ; Sharon: ; 767.3742
Action Items and Opportunities
Help with Holy Hospitality
The Holy Hospitality team welcomes  more volunteers to bring food from time to time. The process has been streamlined using Sign-up Genius , and we would love to add names of willing participants to the email list. The coffee hours have been very successful and popular, and the more people who help make them that much better! Thanks to those who have stepped up so far to make these Sundays warm and welcoming!

To find out more about Holy Hospitality, email Sara Stone at or Heddy Brown, vestry liaison to Holy Hospitality, at, or contact either of them on Realm.
Fr. Baker and Family Reception: Cooks Needed
Chef Dave is looking for help making finger foods for the farewell reception for Fr. Robert Baker and his family on Sunday, May 19. Contact Dave to volunteer!
Flowers Available
The flowers at the Church altar are available for July 28.  Please let us know that you would like to take this opportunity to honor a loved one and support St. John's by emailing us at  or calling 259.1570.
Help Faith Cafe, Host a Sandwich Sunday!
We are in need of Sandwich Sunday hosts for the coming year. Hosting includes shopping for supplies, coordinating sandwich preparation on the day-of, and delivering the meals to Faith Cafe. Costs are reimbursed by the parish.

Available dates are: June 16 and December 15. Contact Cindy Martin at if you can help!
Children and Youth
There's Still Time to Register for  VBS!
St John's Vacation Bible School registration for potty-trained 3 year olds through current 4th graders is now open:
Life is wild, but God is good. 
Volunteers Needed for Summer Sunday School
Can you help teach St John's Summer Sunday School? For the summer, from May 26 though September 8, St John's will have a "One-Room Schoolhouse" Sunday School format held in the Parish Hall during the 9:15 a.m. service. In addition to teaching the lesson, you will be responsible for bringing in an allergy-friendly snack for 10-15 people. It's a fun way for parents to get involved in a meaningful way (and to give our dedicated Sunday School teachers some much-needed rest!)

All lessons are available in the Parish Hall (organized by date) for you to prepare before your teaching day!
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's

May 16
Priscilla Grotheer, George Leach, Dorothy Levy, William Salzer, Jennifer Arizu, David Karpan

May 18
Savannah Walker, Laurel Riffey, Susanne Conaty, Sophia Swain, Paisley Spencer

May 19
Frances Colgan, Steve Kent, CharleyYost, Tyler Patmintra
May 20
Suzanne Crosby, Yvonne Whitcomb, Finley Roberts
May 21
Helen Moseley, Julie Martin
Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father's hand. The Father and I are one.

John 10
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.
This Week in St. John's
Thursday, May 16
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing and Anointing, 10:00 a.m., Chapel

Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch
The Men's Thursday Bible study will meet on Thursday at 11:45 a.m. in the small Peterson Room at the St. John's Middle School Campus, 240 Plant Avenue.  Please park in the lot in the front of the Middle School and not in the Four Green Fields lot.  We will come together for fellowship and study the readings for the coming Sunday.  Please feel free to bring a lunch if you wish.
Due to security measures at St. John's School, upon arrival, please stop by the front desk to receive a lanyard.
Saturday, May 18
Canoe Trip, 9:00 a.m., Canoe Escape
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 9:15 a.m., Church              

Farewell Reception for Baker Family, following the 9:15 a.m. service

Sandwich Sunday, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall
Please join us in the Parish Hall after the 9:15 a.m. service to make bag lunches for the patrons of Faith CafĂ©. Thanks to our hosts for this month,  Perry Soash and Helen and Bailey Turnquist

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church

Sunday Adult Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
On Sunday, May 19, the group will continue a new study, The New Testament You Never Knew. They meet weekly at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.   All are welcome! For more information contact Deacon Kathleen at 785.9400 or .

It's All Greek to Me Part II Greek Koine Class, 12:30 p.m., 

Cursillo Ultreya, 4:00 p.m., Parish Hall
Tuesday, May 21
Contemporary Women's Bible Study, 6:45 a.m., Lowry Room
CWBS meets on Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the Lowry Room.  All women are welcome.  The group is starting a new study of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Join us for coffee, a light breakfast and stimulating discussion.   For 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, May 21, at 4:00 p.m.  Sally Olsson will review the book Lion  (previously published as A Long Way Home: A Memoir ) by Saroo Brierley. Everyone is invited to attend.
Wednesday, May 22
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel

Wednesday Nights in St. John's, 
6:30 p.m., 
Parish Hall
The Wednesday Nights Group meets at 6:30 p.m. to share a potluck supper followed by fellowship, a video, and discussion. 

The group will continue to view a DVD study by Andy Stanley: Me and My Big Mouth Open mouth. Insert foot. Ever said anything you wish you could take back? Of course you have. We all have. Even if what you said was true, those words may have cost you your job, your reputation, or even a relationship.

Conversations don't come with backspace buttons, so how do we prevent our big mouths from getting us in big trouble next time? Andy Stanley shares the secret to keeping our mouths shut in this four-part study.

Contact Paul and Winkie Game at with questions about the group.
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