January 22, 2020
News of the Parish
Cornerstone Kids Say Thanks!
A New Year, a New 20/20 Vision: The Esther Society
Drawing on the strength and courage of Queen Esther, this new fellowship initiative at St. John's will foster friendship, fun, and spiritual growth among our fabulous female parishioners. Our first Esther Society gathering will take place in the Parish Hall on Monday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m. All women are invited to join; come prepared with enthusiasm and ideas for the future direction of this new group! RSVP to the Parish Offices by emailing jedgar@stjohnstampa.org to let us know you will be attending and to sign up to bring a light bite to share. Contact Marie Borland marie.borland@hwhlaw.com  or Rachel Long Mattox longrachel15@gmail.com  to find out more.   We look forward to seeing you on February 10!
Combined Services and Annual Meeting of the Parish on February 2, Early Voting Starts Now
The Annual Meeting of St. John's Parish, which will include the election of four Vestry members from the 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.

Early voting will be available during regular Parish Office hours now  through Friday, January 31 , and between services this Sunday.

In accordance with the bylaws of Saint John's Parish, "Only adult communicant members of this Parish, those who are 16 years of age or over, whose names are duly enrolled in the Register of said Parish, and who are regular in their attendance at its services and make stated contributions of record to its general support, shall be Electors qualified to vote at a duly convened meeting of the Parish."

The Vestry amended the bylaws of the Parish so the four nominees receiving the most votes will be elected. A majority of all votes cast is no longer required for election.
Candle Available
On Sunday, February 9, the candle in the Sanctuary Light is available. If you would like to take this opportunity to honor a loved one and support St. John's, please contact the Parish Offices by email or at 259.1570.
Fellowship and Events
Quiet Day with Deacon Kathleen
Deacon Kathleen will lead   a Quiet Day  at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in downtown St. Petersburg this Saturday, January 25. Get some respite from the Gasparilla rumpus with a contemplative day out of town! Click here for more information.
Icon Writing Workshop: January 2020

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 a 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 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. Michael Cannon will be the facilitator on Tuesday, February 4, for  1 Corinthians 5:1 - 6:20.

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.
Adult Enquirers Class Begins February 9
St. John's Enquirers Class is an important formational opportunity for all parishioners seeking to deepen their faith. Led by Fr. Connelly and Fr. Cannon, this twelve-week course delves into several critical topics by which our faith is understood. Holy Scripture, the Book of Common Prayer, sacraments, prayer, worship, mission, doctrine, and church history will be taught and discussed. The idea is for each participant to come to and strengthen their own faith by better understanding the teachings of the church and its instruments for a faithful practice. This course is open to anyone who wants to deepen their faith. All will benefit from the content discussion as well as the group fellowship. This course is required for adults seeking to be baptized, confirmed, received into The Episcopal Church, and anyone wanting to make a public reaffirmation of faith. The class begins Sunday, February 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Lunch will be provided. The class is free of charge. 

Please contact either Fr. Michael or the parish offices to sign up.  There will be a nursery provided as needed.  
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! St John's Vacation Bible School will be June 15 through 19, 2020, with the theme Rocky Railway. Click here for more on the theme. Registrations will open next month!
EYC News
Christian Formation: Confirmation Information Meeting
Our Youth Confirmation Parents' Informational Meeting will be Sunday, February 9 from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. in Discovery House to go over any questions about the class. St John's Confirmation Class is open to 7th grade youth and older, those who have not already been confirmed!

Confirmation is an exciting journey of questions and faith, learning more about the Episcopal Church, faith, and our roles as disciples of Christ. Please contact Youth Minister Ayana Grady at agrady@stjohnstampa.org to sign up for the class!
EYC is Super!
Join St John's EYC (combined 6 th through 12 th graders) on Sunday, February 2  for our annual Super Bowl Party from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Discovery House! Come wearing your favorite jersey, and we'll celebrate the Super Bowl with themed games and snacks! Super Bowl Kickoff isn't until 6:30 p.m., so you'll have plenty of time to get home. Invite your friends for a fun afternoon!

Dinners Needed
We have plenty of open dates through May-- bring a future EYC Dinner  by signing up here Please bring enough for 15-20 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

January 23, Jim Martin, Thomas Gardner

January 24, Dylan Crain, Ron Hulse, Richard Eatman, David Stillie, Erin Carr, Andrew Galavis

January 25, David Wheaton, Calvin Hayes

January 26, Andrew Williams, Greg Rix, Jamie Graff

January 27, Emilie Williams, Charleston Roman

January 28, Ashley Carastro, Henrietta Martin, Elizabeth Kurz, Andrew Koch

January 29, Larry Brooks
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 1

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 23
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 26
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 continues  their Epiphany study 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.
Middle School EYC, 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
Combined EYC Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Discovery House
High School EYC, 6:00 p.m., Discovery House
Tuesday, January 28
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 29
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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