December 5, 2018
News of the Parish
Clergy News
With the support of Bishop Smith, Father Connelly, and Mr. Work, St. John's Interim Head of School, the Vestry of Christ Church in Bradenton has called the Rev. Dr. Robert O Baker to be their Priest-in-Charge.  Robert concluded his service as Associate Rector of St. John's Parish last Sunday, but he will continue to serve as Chaplain to the School for the remainder of the school year. We look forward to having Robert, Evelyn, and their children with us on a Sunday in May so we can appropriately recognize their contributions to our church and school. This new ministry is a wonderful opportunity for Robert and we wish him Godspeed.
The St. John's Choir Presents an Advent Service of Lessons and Carols
The Choir of St. John's will present a Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 9, at 5:00 p.m. Our choir, led by Simon Morley, Organist and Director of Music, will present a service of Advent Lessons and Carols featuring the music of Herbert Howells, G.P da Palestrina and Boris Ord. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. We hope you will join us for music of this season of anticipation as we prepare for Christmas!

For the full Christmas service schedule, please click here.
Funeral Service for Fr. George Cave
The funeral service for the Rev. George Cave will take place at 10:00 a.m. this Monday, December 10, with burial in the Chapel of the Resurrection. Bishop Dabney Smith will be the celebrant. Please contact the parish offices with questions at or at 259.1570.
Delicious Menu Planned for Breakfast Sunday on December 16
Join us on Sunday, December 16, for a Christmas feast! Chef Dave and his team will  create a holiday brunch consisting of Christmas Croissant Strata, a pplewood smoked bacon, m aple and sausage biscuits and gravy, crème brûlée  oatmeal with ginger cream sauce, f resh fruit, and beverages. This extra-special Breakfast Sunday will take place between the 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services. Want to help? Contact Chef Dave.
Advent Wreathmaking
Events and Fellowship
Mom's Morning: Thursday, December 13
The December Mom's Bible Study will be on Thursday, December 13  from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. in Discovery House (918 Orleans). This month's topic is Prayer and Doubt. What is our response when God doesn't answer our prayers in the way that we would like? Join this fun group of women for an enlightening morning conversation!
Classical Guitar Performance at St. Chad's
The St. Chad's Episcopal Church parish invites you to join them on December 19 at 6:30 p.m. for a  classical guitar performance with Ben Pila. Dr. Pila is a semi-regular performer at the national 9/11 museum where he performed for Pope Francis. He has shared the stage with Barack Obama, George W. Bush, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma. He has been featured on The Today Show, and NPR's From the Top. He has won multiple awards for his music, including the ASCAP Best Performance  of a Contemporary Work award.
St. Chad's Episcopal Church is located at  5609 North Albany Avenue in  Tampa.The cost is $20 per person suggested donation. Child care is available for a donation of $10 per child. Light refreshments will be served. Call  872.7545 for more information.
Action Items and Opportunities
Flowers, Candle, and Greenery Available
The flowers at the Church Altar  and t he candle in the Sanctuary Light  are both available for Sunday, January 13, 2019. I f  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 by clicking here .
The St. John's Giving Tree 2018: Deadline This Sunday
Gifts for the Giving Tree should be returned to St. John's by this Sunday, December 9. Let's make this fourth year of the St. John's Giving Tree a huge success!
Children and Youth
Annual Cornerstone Kids Christmas Party!
St. John's Children and Youth! Our annual St. John's Cornerstone Christmas Party, led by our parish children, youth, and parents for the children at Cornerstone Kids, will be held on Wednesday, December 12 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church, 2708 North Central Avenue, 33602.  You can click here to learn more about the Cornerstone Kids program and background!

We still need a volunteer to bring lemonade, as well as 2 or 3 volunteers to provide the Chick-fil-a dinner (chicken nuggets and waffle fries) for 65 people!  RSVP by e-mailing Ayana at , and let us know what you can bring!
2019 Youth Mission Trip: Just a Few Spots Left!
Our 2019 Youth Mission Trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, NC is almost full! We currently have only two open spots (of 18 total). Our trip will be June 8 through 15, 2019 and a $100 deposit will secure your spot on the trip! While in NC, our group will serve the local community through kids' clubs, nursing homes, and building projects-and on our free day, we will have fun at Carowinds Amusement Park. Don't miss out on the opportunity to participate in this life-changing experience!
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Baptisms 
and Birthdays 


December 2
Bailey Elizabeth Chanda Turnquist 


December 6
David Schenck, Gail Dee Russ, Jim Armstrong, Hayden Kendall, Reed Wilson

December 7
Jim Voss

December 8
Mark Schabacker, Bob Elliott, Sydney Braun

December 9
Thomas Conlee, Jack Koch

December 10
Kevin Johnson, Julie Sunich, Nicole Hasselbach, Grayson Stone

December 11
Ingalls Witte, Chris Nix, Tommy Moxley

December 12
Steve Galloway, Christopher Walker, Jack Walker
Sunday's Scripture Snippet   

For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.

John 18
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, December 6
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing and Anointing, 10:00 a.m., Chapel
Sunday, December 9
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

Coffee Hour Fellowship, 10:30 a.m., Parish Hall

Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation group will continue a three week Advent study this week.  The 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

EYC Meeting, 4:30 p.m., Discovery House

A Service of Advent Lessons and Carols, 5:00 p.m., Church
Tuesday, December 11
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.
Wednesday, December 12
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel
Cornerstone Kids Christmas Party, 4:00 p.m., St. James House of Prayer
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