February 19, 2020
News of the Parish
Ash Wednesday Service Schedule 
7:00 a.m.   Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Holy Eucharist, Chapel
12:15 p.m. Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Holy Eucharist, Church

5:30 p.m.   Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Holy Eucharist, Church
Childcare available in the nursery.

7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Holy Eucharist, Church
Childcare available in the nursery.
Esther Society Meeting, March 2 
The next gathering of the Esther Society will be Monday, March 2, at the home of Marie Borland, 113 Adalia Avenue, Davis Islands (due to space limitations at the church that day). RSVP to John Edgar at jedgar@stjohnstampa.org with your attendance and the appetizer you plan to bring. The group will choose a Bible study for future meetings, in addition to beginning the gathering with prayer and a period of fellowship and refreshments. Questions? Contact Lisa Sepulveda, Marie Borland, or Rachel Long Mattox. The group hopes you will join them!
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: February 25
Please join us Tuesday, February 25  from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall for our annual Shrove Tuesday celebration.  Enjoy several kinds of pancakes, sausages, cut fruit, and ice cream, along with music and karaoke, all prepared by the Father's Ministry. There will be special decorations and fun galore, especially if you and your family join in.  See you then!
Thursdays in Lent Begin March 5 
The Ash Wednesday liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer includes an invitation to observe a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. Over five Thursdays in Lent, St John's clergy team will lead a series of prayer and study sessions focusing on responses to the invitation. Fr. Connelly will open the series on March 5, followed by Fr. Goodheart on March 12, Fr. Cannon on March 19, Fr. Reho on March 26, and Deacon Moore on April 2.  Each week, we will begin with the beautiful liturgy of the Stations of the Cross in the church at 5:00 p.m., followed by a program in the Parish Hall from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Deacon Moore at 785.9400 or kmoore@stjohnstampa.org.
Vestry Retreat 2020

St. John's Vestry met Saturday at the law offices of Bennet, Jacobs & Adams to pray, reflect, and plan. Thanks to this team for their dedication to church governance!
Fellowship and Events
Everyone is invited to the Invite - Welcome - Connect "Launch Brunch" after the 9:15 a.m. service on Sunday, March 1 .  Plan to attend the event to learn about this exciting new ministry led by Dallas Coffield and Rick Eckhard, what this important ministry means for St. John's and how you can participate.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  Curious?  Come on!
Faithful Friends Group Meeting
Faithful Friends is sponsoring a special program on Sunday, March 15, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. just after the 11:15 a.m. worship service.  A light lunch will be provided, along with a talk entitled "Support Groups:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" which will be given by parishioner Harry Hedges. If you or someone near to you has experienced the loss of a loved one and could benefit from fellowship and good information, please come.
Cornerstone Kids Lincoln-Douglass Ball
The Cornerstone Kids, Inc. Board of Directors is sponsoring the 30th Annual Lincoln-Douglass Ball, which celebrates and honors the relationship of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass.  The theme of this year's ball is Masquerade . Please join them to share your love with family and friends on Saturday, February 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, University of South Florida Hotel in Tampa, Florida. The event proceeds benefit Cornerstone Kids. Click here for more information. If you wish to sit with a St. John's group, Deacon Kathleen has a few seats available. Please contact her to claim them.
Don't Scroll Past This!
Ken Johnston is in his 34th year of service to St. John's! So much hard work and knowledge goes into caring for our facilities. We are so fortunate to have such a diligent and caring Sexton!
Action Items and Opportunities
Sandwich Sunday Hosts Needed
We are in need of hosts for our outreach project for Faith Cafe, Sandwich Sunday. If you would like to host this year, help is needed on a few more dates: June 21, July 19, and December 20. Hosting includes shopping for supplies, coordinating sack lunch preparation on the day-of, and delivering the meals to Faith Café. Costs are reimbursed by the parish. Email Cindy Martin at cdmcasa@gmail.com to help!
Adult Christian Formation
Sunday Adult Formation Begins Lenten Study 
On March 1, the Sunday Adult Formation Group will begin a five-week Lenten study:  Signs of Life: Why Church Matters.  The group will meet on Sundays March 1, March 15, March 22, March 29, and April 5 (no meeting March 8) at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.  All are welcome.
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study will continue to study the Apostle Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians using Tom Wright's Paul for Everyone, 1 Corinthians as a study guide. The Rev. Don Goodheart will guide their study of 1 Corinthians 8:1 - 9:27, "Matters of Conscience,"on Tuesday, March 3.  

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 Sunday School Snacks (30 to 35 allergy friendly snacks)! You can sign up here to help. 

VBS 2020
Save the date! Our 2020 St John's Vacation Bible School will be June 15 through 19,and this year's theme is Rocky Railway . The registration site (for participants and volunteers) will be up soon. Jesus' power pulls us through!  Click here for more on the theme.  
EYC News
EYC This Week
St John's EYC meets this Sunday, February 23, 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 week, the group will be discussing the importance of community!
EYC Movie Night!
On Sunday, March 15, St John's EYC will have a special Movie Night at the theater to see the movie I Still Believe! The movie tells the true story of Christian musician Jeremy Camp and his wife, and it stars Riverdale's KJ Apa and Britt Robertson! Click here for the movie's trailer.
Dinners Needed
Parents! We have plenty of open dates for dinners! Bring an EYC Dinner  by signing up here Please bring enough for 15 to 20 people, with a veggie option. 
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays

February 20, Jeannie Kenyon, Bettye Spoto, Markus Dangl, Patrick Kelly

February 21, Sue Cox, Paulette Lane, Carol Woodroffe, Bob Yelverton, Kent Malizia, Charlotte Graham, Drew Hunt

February 22, Christina Arcuri, Wiley Sharp, Sara Stone

February 23, Con Foley, Ruth Giordano, Karen Lassey, Lawson Lewis

February 24, Jeff Blume, Pamela Price, Mark Mellon, Isabella Blewitt

February 25, Gina Shelton

February 26, Tom Davidson, Mary Margaret Dolcimascolo, Tom Giddens, Jack Guyton, Alexandra Gay
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the  Lord  your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days.

Deuteronomy 30
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, February 20 
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, February 23 
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 9:15 a.m.
Family Service, 9:15 a.m., Parish Hall

Holy Hospitality Coffee Hour, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall   
Sunday Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation Group meets this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room. 
For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 785.9400.

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m.
Enquirers Class, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
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, February 25 
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.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 5:00 p.m., Parish Hall 
Wednesday, February 26 
Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Holy Eucharist, 7:00 a.m., Chapel
Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Holy Eucharist, 12:15 p.m., Church

Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Holy Eucharist, 5:30 p.m., Church
Childcare available in the nursery.

Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Holy Eucharist, 7:00 p.m., Church
Childcare available in the nursery.
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