November 7, 2018
News of the Parish
All Souls' Day Requiem
Did you miss our magnificent choir performing Faure's Requiem on Friday evening? Click here for the video.
Every Member Canvass: Pledge Sunday is This Sunday
Pledge Sunday is this Sunday, November 11. Please return your pledge in advance or bring it to the Pledge Sunday service. Your pledge will transform generosity in our church, in our community, and in our lives. If you have already returned yours, thank you!
Mom's Morning Meets Tomorrow
The monthly Mom's Morning meets tomorrow, Thursday, November 8, at 8:45 a.m. in Discovery House (918 Orleans)! This month, the group will begin a study based on the Nooma short films. Each video is around 10-15 minutes long, and will be followed by discussion questions. This month's video is Noise-helping us to focus on God in the midst of a loud, distracting world. Here's a preview of Noise:
Action Items and Opportunities
Greenery Available
The Chapel Altar greenery is available for December 9 and 16. If you would like to take one of these opportunities to honor a loved one and support St. John's, please contact the parish offices at 259.1570 or
Thanksgiving Food Drive for Metropolitan Ministries
The Thanksgiving Food Drive by St. John's Church and School for Metropolitan Ministries begins next Monday continues through Friday, November 16. The most-needed items include:
  • Cereal (hot or cold)
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned yams
  • Boxed or bagged stuffing
  • Bagged or canned beans
  • Grocery gift cards
  • Canned or packets of gravy
  • Peanut butter
  • Box of macaroni and cheese
  • Canned vegetables
  • Bag of rice
  • Canned or boxed potatoes
  • Dessert mixes
  • Packaged cookies or pastries
Please place your donations in the blue barrels at the church. A reminder, the desired quantities of these items are for families, not for large kitchen preparations.

Thank you for your generosity!
Events and Fellowship
Fathers Annual Camping Trip This Friday
This year's St. John's Fathers camping trip is November 9 and 10 at  Lakewood Retreat in Brooksville, FL (  The cost is $25 per person, including children. Please mail a check made out to Kaivon Madani to 5224 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611, or you can pay at the campground.

Please email with questions and to RSVP.
Third Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service
St. John's will host our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service this year on Thursday, November 15, at 7:00 p.m.  Join us as we gather together with our friends from Congregation Rodeph Sholom to give thanks for all the blessings God has given us.  Don't miss this celebration of our shared and unique traditions as we come together to give thanks to the Lord.  A reception will follow in the parish hall.  All are welcome!
Holiday Letters for Heroes
Holiday Letters for Heroes is back! We will have a letter drop box near the parish offices starting this Sunday.  Then join us November 18 in the Parish Hall after the 9:15 a.m. service, as our parish children use their creativity to write thank you letters to service members deployed overseas during the holidays. Grown-ups can write a letter too! There will be patriotic crafts, puzzles, and wreaths to take home!

Let's show these heroes our appreciation for their sacrifice and service. Contact Kevin Kellar with questions. See you there!
Children and Youth
EYC News
6th to 12th graders! Are you Called? This Sunday at St John's EYC (4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Discovery House), we'll be discussing what it means to have a calling. What is God calling you to do with your life, today, and in the future? How can you live out that calling in faith? Join us for games, a yummy dinner, and lots of fun!
Christmas Pageant Reveal Breakfast
Join us this Sunday, November 11, for our Christmas Pageant Reveal Breakfast after the 9:15 a.m. service in the Parish Hall! We will show our 2017 Christmas Pageant slideshow and give out physical copies of the 2018 Pageant Rehearsal schedule (click here to download), music, and script! 
Information and Resources
Our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Baptisms
 and Birthdays 


November 4, 2018
Grace Louise Grimard
Wyatt Rhodri Leonard
Henry Douglas Moore


November 8
Leland Baldwin, Charles Crumpton, Mary Esther Parker, Anne Voss, Brandi Mason, Brett Divers, Benjamin Lejkowski, Samantha Zukusky, Lawrence Normandeau, Lucy Bunker

November 9
Betsy Arizu, Candace Portmann, Bridgette Howell, Theodore Newton

November 10
Emmy Adams, Suzy Lopez, Vicki Arthur

November 11
Gregg Haddad, Evelyn Harden

November 12
Carline Shepard, Susan Straughn, Benjamin Horan

November 13
Betty Carroll, Rick Echhard, John Giordano, Dorothy Hilton, Fred Shrils, Fred Tellekamp

November 14
Katie Cassedy, Zena Hoskins, David Malizia, Katherine Morales,
Sunday's Scripture Snippet   

Those who trust in him will understand truth, 
and the faithful will abide with him in love, 
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones, 
and he watches over his elect.

Wisdom of Solomon 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.
This Week in St. John's
Thursday, November 8
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing & Anointing, 10:00 a.m., Chapel

Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch, 11:45 a.m., Peterson Room
The Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch group meets on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. The readings the group studies are those from the Revised Common Lectionary for the coming Sunday. Feel free to bring your lunch. Please park under the Selmon Expressway.
Friday, November 9 through Saturday, November 10
Fathers' Camping Trip, Lakewood Ranch

Saturday, November 10
EYC Metropolitan Ministries Service Day, 9:00 a.m. to noon, Met Min Holiday Tent
Sunday, November 11: Pledge Sunday
Click here for the readings for Sunday. St. John's follows Track 2.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

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

Parish Breakfast and Sandwich Sunday, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall
Join us Sunday for our monthly Parish Breakfast, one week earlier than our regular schedule! Enjoy fellowship and fun over fabulous food after the 9:15 a.m. service. The menu for breakfast, as prepared by Chef Dave and his team, will be scrambled eggs, fresh baked banana nut chocolate chip bread, fresh, cereal for the young ones, orange juice, coffee, tea, water, and pink lemonade. Thanks as always to Dave and his helpers!

Also, please join us in the Parish Hall after the 9:15 a.m. service to make sandwiches and bag lunches for the patrons of Faith Café. Thanks to our hosts for this month, the Gardner family!

Christmas Pageant Reveal Brunch, 10:30 a.m., Discovery House

Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation group will not meet on November 11 (Breakfast Sunday). On Sunday, November 18, they will conclude the six-part DVD series, Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi, led by Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School.  On Sunday, December 2, they will begin a three week Advent study. 

The Sunday Adult Formation group meets on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room. B ring your coffee and join us for a lively discussion between services. For more information, contact Kathleen Moore at 785.9400 or

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church
Tuesday, November 13
Contemporary Women's Bible Study, 6:45 a.m., Lowry Room
Contemporary Women's Bible Study continues its fall session on Tuesday mornings at 6:45 a.m. in the Lowry Room.  All women are welcome!  For information,  contact Deacon Kathleen at  or 785.9400.
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study, 9:45 a.m., Chapel
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study is studying Exodus this fall, using Interpretation Bible Studies' guide Exodus by James D. Newsome. They invite all women of St. John's and their friends to join them as they explore God's redemptive and merciful activity in some of the most unforgettable stories in the Old Testament.

The group meets on alternate Tuesdays from 9:45 to 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel. T he Rev. Chase Ackerman will lead the study of Exodus 32:1-35, "The Golden Calf," on Tuesday, November 13.

For  more information contact Joan McKay at or Sally Wiley at or 244.4497.
Wednesday, November 14
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel
Wednesday Nights in St. John's, 6:00 p.m., Parish Hall
The group continues the study  Christianity and World Religions: Questions We Ask About Other Faiths Adam Hamilton, named by PBS's Religion and Eth ics Newsweekly as one of the top "Ten People to Watch," interviews religious leaders in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism, then honestly and respectfully discusses the differences between each and Christianity. This six session DVD series builds bridges without compromising beliefs. 

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