November 20, 2019
News of the Parish
Thanksgiving Service
Please join us on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, at 10:00 a.m. for the Holy Eucharist. For the full Thanksgiving and Christmas schedule, click here.
Annual Advent Wreathmaking This Sunday
Our St John's Advent Wreathmaking event is this Sunday, November 24, beginning after the 8:00 a.m. service and continuing after the 9:15 a.m. service! Wreaths and candles will be available for $5 each. Come celebrate the upcoming Advent season with yummy cookies as you create.

We will need help cutting greens the day before, and on the day of the event. Please contact Ayana at if you can help (or if you can let us borrow your clippers for the event)!
Bishop's Advent Quiet Day
Join Bishop Dabney Smith for a day of pre-holiday reflection at DaySpring on Tuesday, December 3, for Advent Quiet Day. The day, which begins at 10:00 a.m., includes teaching sessions, lunch, personal time, and walkabouts on the Manatee River campus. Individuals and groups are welcome. The cost, which includes lunch in Curry Hall, is $10. Visit the diocese's website to learn more.
Ordination of the Rev. Deacon Michael Cannon this Saturday
The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith will Ordain the Rev. Deacon Michael Cannon to the Sacred Order of Priests in St. John's Church this Saturday, November 23, at 11:00 a.m. All are invited and encouraged to attend. A graduate of The School of Theology at
Sewanee, Michael comes to us from St. Andrew's Church in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

A reception honoring Michael and his wife, Erika, will follow the Ordination service in the parish hall. If you would be willing to bring a dish or help in another way with the reception, please be in touch with Sara Stone at

Please plan to join us for what will be a glorious day in the life of St. John's Church.
Fellowship and Events
Interfaith Thanksgiving at Rodeph Sholom
Join us Monday, November 25, at Congregation Rodeph Sholom for a communal gathering to celebrate the numerous blessings that all of us have been given in our lives. We will begin at 7:00 p.m. Our two communities will gather the week of Thanksgiving to celebrate our faith, our community, and our gratitude. We will be collecting food and money for Metropolitan Ministries so please bring nonperishable food and/or money for this great organization in our community. Contact Deacon Kathleen with questions.
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study: Final 2019 Session
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study continues their study of the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. The group invites you to come enlarge your understanding as they follow Interpretation Bible Study's Isaiah by Gary Light.  The group meets on alternate Tuesdays in the Lowry Room beginning at 10:00 a.m. The lesson time is 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. 

On Tuesday December 3, the Rev. Don Goodheart will guide their study of Isaiah 66, "YHWH and All Flesh," the final chapter in Interpretation Bible Studies Isaiah by Gary Light.  This is the last session for 2019, the group will meet again in January 2020.

For more information contact either Pat Wilson at or 245.9562, or Joan McKay at
Children and Youth
Sunday School and Family News
Cornerstone Christmas!
St John's annual Cornerstone Kids Christmas Party for the kids of Cornerstone, Inc, held at St James House of Prayer Episcopal Church, will be on Tuesday, December 10, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.. We encourage families to sign up together to serve! Please contact Shawn O' Brien at or Ayana Grady at to sign up to help!  
Sunday School Snack
Thank you to Mickey Pickering for bringing this week's Sunday School snacks!
EYC News
St John's EYC will not meet this Sunday, November 24, because most of the group will be out of town! We'll be back on Sunday, December 1, with Middle Schoolers continuing their Kid President lessons and High Schoolers learning from clips of the TV show Felicity

St John's EYC is serving at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tents THIS Saturday, November 23, from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. Click here for driving instructions to the Tents.

Our annual EYC Tacky Christmas Party and White Elephant Gift Exchange will be on Sunday, December 15 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Discovery House (combined 6th-12th graders)! Come in your tackiest Christmas outfit with a fun or wacky WRAPPED Christmas present worth no more than $10 to $15. Invite your friends!

Don't forget to follow St John's EYC on Instagram! The EYC Instagram is updated multiple times a week, and is a great way to stay up to date with Youth activities and events.
Action Items and Opportunities
St. John's Giving Tree 2019: Updates
It's time to shop for the children who attend Cornerstone Kids, the local after-school program supported by our parish. This Sunday, look for the Christmas tree in the courtyard between/after services. There will be more ornaments to choose from this year: RED, WHITE, and BLUE. If you want to buy toys for a child, you'll choose a red ornament(s). If you want to buy pajamas and/or socks, you'll choose a white ornament(s). If you want to buy a $20 Wal-Mart gift card, you'll choose a blue ornament(s). 

Please bring your wrapped gifts and gift cards to the parish offices NO LATER THAN December 11.  Contact MC Jenkins with questions.

Also, on Monday, December 16,  at 2:30 p.m., helpers are needed to transport all the gifts to Cornerstone Kids.  Please contact Deacon Michael at or by phone at 397.1005 if you can help with transport.

Thank you!!  
Parishioner Nametags: Order Now
St. John's is placing an order for nametags soon.  Please call or email the parish offices if you are interested.  The cost is $18 each.
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays

November 21, Joyce Davidson, Melissa Spring, Margaret Nelson. Rory Palermo, Bob Alter, Amanda Sansone
November 22, Carol Blume, Dick Eatman
November 23, Suzanne Nelson, Kari Bradley, David Pearce
November 24, Helena Ringhoff

November 25, Marc Adams, Emily Conlee, Trish Dockery, Porter Gay, Blythe Gay
November 26, George Peterson, Debra Schrils
November 27, Bob Lewis, Allison Watkins, Julia Mattox, Dakota Metzler
Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

"Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, `I am he!' and, `The time is near!' Do not go after them."

Luke 21
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, November 21
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 will meet on Thursday at 11:45 a.m. The group comes together weekly for fellowship and to study the readings for the coming Sunday. The group will not meet next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Saturday, November 23
EYC in Service, 8:45 a.m., Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tents

Ordination of the Rev. Michael Cannon, 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, November 24: The Feast of Christ the King
Giving Tree Tags Available

Click here for the readings for Sunday.  St. John's follows Track 2.

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

Advent Wreathmaking, following the 8:00 a.m. service 

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

Holy Hospitality Coffee Hour, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Courtyard (weather permitting)

Advent Wreathmaking, following the 9:15 a.m. service 
Sunday Adult Christian Formation, 10:15 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation Group will meet this week. They will take a break next week on December 1. For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church
No EYC This Weekend
Monday, November 25
Interfaith Thanksgiving, 7:00 p.m., Rodeph Sholom
Tuesday, November 26
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 us for coffee, a light breakfast, and stimulating discussion. For information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
Wednesday, November 27: The Feast of St. Andrew
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel

Wednesday Nights in St. John's, No Meeting This Week
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. The group will take a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, and will resume next week. Contact Paul and Winkie Game with questions at
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