January 8, 2020
News of the Parish
Adult Enquirers Class Begins in February
Frs. Connelly and Cannon will be co-teaching the Adult Enquirers Class beginning Sunday, February 9.  The class will prepare participants for adult Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation, and will meet most Sundays from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. with lunch included.  

The course will delve into foundational topics such as The Book of Common Prayer, Holy Scripture, Sacraments, Key Doctrine, Church History, Worship and Hymnody, Mission and Outreach, and Responsibilities of the Laity.  Please contact either Fr. Michael or the parish offices to sign up.  There will be a nursery provided.  
Adult Christian Formation Resumes This Sunday
This Sunday at 10:30 a.m., after the 9:15 a.m. service, the Adult Christian Formation group will resume with an Epiphany study. Bring your coffee and join them in the Lowry Room for fellowship and inspiration!
Combined Services and Annual Meeting of the Parish on February 2
The Annual Meeting of St. John's Parish, which will include the election of four Vestry members from the attached list of eight nominees, will follow a combined service at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 2. The combined service will take the place of the 9:15 and 11:15 services. The 8:00 a.m. service will take place as usual. The Annual Meeting will be in the Parish Hall, with a simple lunch provided.
Fellowship and Events
Moms' Meet Up Tomorrow!
Moms' Meet Up will have their monthly meeting tomorrow,  Thursday, January 9, at 8:45 a.m. in  Discovery House. This month's topic will be the lure of "busy-ness," and how we can strive to prioritize the things that we truly care about. The group will watch Shells from the Nooma video series. Click here for a preview!
Quiet Day with Deacon Kathleen
Deacon Kathleen will lead   a Quiet Day  at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, January 25. Click here for more information and to learn how to join her!
Icon Writing Workshop: January 2020 (Note New Dates)

The Annual Icon Writing Workshop with Phil Zimmerman will be January 27 through February 1, 2020 (Monday thru Saturday), at Holy Name Monastery, 12138 Wichers Road, St. Leo, FL 33574.

The photo of the icon the group is painting, "Jonah and the Whale" above, is from the original on a wall in the Meteora monastery in Greece, photographed in summer of 2015 and 2019.

For further information, please contact Pam Shives at pamshives@aol.com, Sr. Mary Clare Neuhofer at OSBmaryclareneu@gmail.com or 352.588.7188 or Phil Zimmerman at icon53@verizon.net or 724.235.9784 home, or 724.757.4191 cell (for texting).
Adult Christian Formation
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study will continue a study of the Apostle Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians on alternating Tuesdays through May 5.  The  Rev. Charles Connelly will guide the group's study of 1 Corinthians 3:5 - 4:21, The Sole Foundation, on Tuesday, January 21.

In the opinion of the Reverend Tom Wright, whose book Paul for Everyone, 1 Corinthians the group is using for their study, this letter reveals Paul's pastoral sensitivity and deep insight, which come together to make First Corinthians not only one of Paul's crowning achievements, but full of good things for us to ponder today.

The group invites all interested women to join them on alternate Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Lowry Room. The lesson will begin at 10:15 and conclude at 11:15.  For more information, please contact Pat Wilson at patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com or 245.9562, or Joan McKay at mckayjhm@aol.com.
Children and Youth
Children's Ministry and Sunday School Notes
Sunday School Snacks
We still need volunteers to bring this week's Sunday School Snacks (30 to 35 allergy friendly snacks) and future weeks' as well! You can sign up here to help. 
EYC News
EYC Holiday Schedule
This Sunday, January 12 , St John's EYC returns to its split format, with 6th through 8th graders meeting from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., and 9th through 12th graders meeting from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Discovery House. This semester, we'll be reminded through hands-on projects and activities that life is messy but God is faithful!

Dinners Needed
Thank you to Helen Turnquist for providing this Sunday's EYC Dinner. We have plenty of open dates through May-- bring a future EYC Dinner  by signing up here.

EYC Hosts Sandwich Sunday
St John's EYC (6th through 12th graders) will sponsor the January Sandwich Sunday on January 19, after the 9:15 a.m. service! Please meet in the Parish Hall at 10:15 a.m. Since January 19 is also the Sunday of MLK weekend, that will be the only EYC event that day (no regular EYC). Sign up to help by e-mailing Youth Minister Ayana Grady at agrady@stjohnstampa.org. We will sign for service hours! 
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays

January 9, Sadie Saunders, Art Severn, Oliver Lacktman

January 10, Nancy Burchill, Andrew McIntosh, Lacher Polins, Skye Bryant

January 11, John Marston, Brody Kellar, Margaret Drumsta 

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

January 13, Paul Dolcimascolo, Rick LeVarge, Mary Mixson, Miriam Lykes, George Wiegand

January 14, Abby Peel, Maggie Gustafson

January 15, Jay Bever, Simon Matthews, Erika Lee
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,

over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and over the young of the flock and the herd;

their life shall become like a watered garden,
and they shall never languish again.

Jeremiah 31
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, January 9
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing and Anointing, 10:00 a.m., Chapel

Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch, 11:45 a.m., Lowry Room
The Men's Thursday Bible study meets on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. The group comes together weekly for fellowship and to study the readings for the coming Sunday.  Feel free to bring your lunch. 
Sunday, January 12: The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord

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

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 9:15 a.m.
Sunday School for Children, 9:15 a.m., Parish Hall  

Holy Hospitality Coffee Hour, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall 

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m.
Sunday Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation Group will r esume to begin their Epiphany study on Sunday, January 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.

For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 785.9400.
Middle School EYC (6th through 8th grades), 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
EYC Combined Dinner (6th through 12th grades), 5:30 p.m., Discovery House
High School EYC (9th through 12th grades), 6:00 p.m., Discovery House
Tuesday, January 14
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 studying the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Join them for coffee, a light breakfast, and stimulating discussion. For information,  contact Deacon Kathleen at  kmoore@stjohnstampa.org  or 785.9400.
Wednesday, January 15: The Feast of the Confession of St. Peter
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 each week on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a shared potluck supper followed by fellowship, a video, and discussion of our faith. 

Do you know the real story behind the New Testament? We all share a fascination for discovering "the rest of the story." We enjoy learning the behind-the-scenes facts about seemingly familiar events. In the eight-session video Bible study The New Testament You Never Knew, well-known Bible scholars N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird team up to take you on a tour of the story behind the explosive story.

You will discover things you never knew about Jesus' baptism and journey into the wilderness, the meaning behind his parables and miracles, the significance of his death and resurrection, the incredible expansion of the early church into the Greco-Roman world, and how the transforming mission of Jesus can still turn the world upside down today.  Through reading the New Testament we continually discover that God indeed keeps his promises, but those promises don't always look like what people expected, especially when it comes to Jesus. Come join the journey with N.T. Wright and Michael Bird and they will help you understand the New Testament you never knew!

Contact Paul and Winkie Game with questions at pgamefla@aol.com .
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