April 10, 2019
News of the Parish
Easter Quiet Day at DaySpring
The Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor, who served as the sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, will be the facilitator for the Eastertide Quiet Day at DaySpring on Tuesday, April 30. The Rt. Rev. Taylor  was also a frequent visitor to St. John's when his daughter-in-law, Stefanie Taylor, was our Chaplain to the School.

His topic will be   Living and Telling the Good News, a subject he says is not a skill of going out to evangelize, but instead having "a change in how we see things." Visit the diocesan website for more information.
St. John's Choir In Concert
On Friday, May 3,  at 12:00 noon, the Choir of St. John's will sing a concert in Sykes Chapel of the University of Tampa as part of their lunchtime concert series. The program, lasting approximately forty minutes, will encompass a broad repertoire of pieces from the liturgical seasons of the year. Admission is free, and Sykes Chapel, if you haven't experienced it, is very fine, both visually and acoustically, and is home to the spectacular Dobson organ of 2010, which will be heard in the concert.
Simon Morley
Thursdays In Lent Conclude Tomorrow
Thursdays in Lent conclude on April 11. The beautiful Stations of the Cross liturgy takes place in the church at 5:30 p.m. followed by a study series, Life Transformed:  The Way of Love in Lent in the Parish Hall at 6:00 p.m.  We conclude at 7:00 p.m. so you will be home for dinner!  All are welcome!
Egg Painting: Saturday, April 13
Are you ready to paint? Come celebrate the Easter season with this fun annual family event! Food and drinks will be provided. The event will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Please bring a bag of candy-filled eggs to donate to our Easter Egg Hunt, which will be the next week on Easter Sunday. Click here to RSVP!
Maundy Thursday Vigil
We are looking for volunteers to participate in our annual Maundy Thursday Vigil, which begins at approximately 8:00 p.m. on April 18 immediately following the Maundy Thursday service. The Vigil will take place in the chapel and will continue throughout the night until 7:00 am Morning Prayer. Each volunteer will be responsible for an assigned reading(s) during one hour of the Vigil. If you are interested in participating, please contact Nicholas Nitch at nicholasnitch@gmail.com and let him know which hour you would like to sign up for. All parishioners are encouraged to attend the Maundy Thursday Vigil even if they do not wish to participate formally.
News from St. John's School
With the Fourth Quarter underway and the end of the year in sight, there is lots to report.

As I mentioned in this column back in January, we had a record number of applicants for our K(5) Kindergarten program. That has now translated into a full class for next year. Parents who may be thinking of Kindergarten as their entry point into St. John's may want to reconsider and look at K(4) Pre-kindergarten instead to be surer of a spot.

The Master Plan phase of our campus renovation project is well underway, and we are have received input from a number of stakeholders. There will be a parent survey, so you will have a chance to share your thoughts about the campus going forward. To conduct the Master Plan, the School and Church engaged the well-known local architectural firm of Cooper Johnson Smith Peterson (formerly Cooper Johnson Smith). Dave Peterson and his talented colleagues are doing a terrific job of leading us through the exciting process of determining our needs for the future.

Stu Work, Interim Head of St. John's School
Events and Fellowship
The Soiree
Click on the graphic above to RSVP.
The Circle Event: May 5
Please join The Circle for Food, Fellowship & Fun on Cinco de Mayo!
Sunday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m.
At the home of Leigh & Truett Gardner
Please email lwsepulveda@aol.com to be added to the invite list.
Outreach Opportunities
Candle and Flowers Available
The candle in the sanctuary light is available on S unday, May 5, and the  Flowers at the Church Altar on  Sunday, May 12.

If you would like to take one of these opportunities to honor a loved one and support St. John's, please email us at parish@stjohnstampa.org or call 259.1570.
Adult Christian Formation
Mom's Bible Study
The Mom's Bible Study Group will meet tomorrow, Thursday, April 11, at 8:45 a.m. in Discovery House. The session's Nooma video, Sunday will focus  on how we can live a life of true faith, instead of just going through the motions.  Here's a preview: https://youtu.be/91Owj2R9W5c  Join them for a thoughtful discussion and lots of fun!
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study continues a study of the Gospel of Matthew using Interpretation Bible Studies' guide Matthew by Alyce M. McKenzie. 
Margaret Brokaw will lead the study of Matthew 22:1-14, "The Parable of the King's Wedding Banquet" on Tuesday, April 16.

The group will gather for fellowship at 9:45 a.m. and the lesson will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel.  All interested women are invited to attend. For more information contact Joan McKay at mckayjhm@aol.com or Pat Wilson at patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com or 644.4640.
Outreach Opportunities
ROAR VBS Volunteers Needed: Partnership with Cornerstone Kids!
St John's Vacation Bible School is coming up from June 24 through 28, and we need your help! VBS has a variety of service options available--before, during, and after Vacation Bible School! We need volunteers for decorating/set design, leading games, teaching classes, cleanup, and so much more! St John's Vacation Bible School has a longstanding partnership with Cornerstone Kids, and our week together is always a fun Outreach event like no other. Please contact Children's Minister Ayana Grady at agrady@stjohnstampa.org to volunteer today!  
Help Faith Cafe, Host a Sandwich Sunday!
We are in need of Sandwich Sunday hosts for the coming year. Hosting includes shopping for supplies, coordinating sandwich preparation on the day-of, and delivering the meals to Faith Cafe. Costs are reimbursed by the parish.

Available dates are: June 16 and December 15. Contact Cindy Martin at cdmcasa@gmail.com if you can help!
Children and Youth
Eggs Needed
St John's Annual Easter Egg Hunt after the 9:15 a.m. Easter Family Service is coming up, and we need your help! We are asking for each family to provide 20 filled Easter eggs to donate for our hunt. Please bring the filled Easter eggs to our Easter Egg Painting Party on Saturday, April 13,  or you can drop them off at the parish offices anytime before April 13 . Thanks so much!
VBS Registration is Open!
St John's Vacation Bible School registration for potty-trained 3 year olds through current 4 th graders is now open: https://vbspro.events/p/events/stjohnstampavbs

Life is wild, but God is good. 
Youth Confirmation Retreat
EYC This Week
6 th through  12 th graders! This Sunday, April 14 , St John's EYC will be experiencing Palm Sunday in an exciting new way. Why is Palm Sunday important? What can it teach us about our faith? Join us from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Discovery House for an evening of fun!  
Mission Trip Profiles
During summer 2019, our youth will go on mission and we will feature several of the young people going on the trip in the weeks to come.  The St John's 2019 Youth Mission Trip will be in the Blue Ridge Mountains, NC from June 8 through 1 5.   

Walker Wilson  
8 th Grade at St John's Episcopal Day School  
Hobbies: Certamen, Video Games, Golf, and Skiing

"On last year's Mission Trip, I had fun helping others, and I felt myself growing closer to God. This year, I hope to have even more fun, help even more people, and grow even closer to God."
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's

April 12 
Christy Purdy, Stephen Leal, Julie Harrington

April 13 
Madeleine Tellekamp, Jennifer Smith, Payton Rodriguez, Alexandria Kriz

April 14
Irene Few,  Don Jennewein,  Katie Wiegand,  Kian Madani,  Huck Nicola,  Marie Borland
April 15
Kurt Grotheer,  Justin Pepe
April 16
Eric Polins,  Sandy MacKinnon,  Mark Graff , Grace Grimard
April 17
Margaret Brokaw,  Rebecca Lowke,  Allan Watkins

Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 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. 

If you have a pastoral emergency when the parish offices are closed, please call 906.5199.

This Week in St. John's
Thursday, April 11
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., Peterson Room
The Men's Thursday Bible study will meet at 11:45 in the small Peterson Room at the St. John's Middle School Campus, 240 Plant Avenue.  Please park in the lot in the front of the Middle School and not in the Four Green Fields lot.  We will come together for fellowship and study the readings for the coming Sunday.  Please feel free to bring a lunch if you wish.
Due to security measures at St. John's School, upon arrival, please stop by the front desk to receive a lanyard.
St. John's Lenten Study Series
The remaining Lenten worship and study series session for this year will be held on April 11. Stations of the Cross will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the church, followed at 6:00 p.m. by an adult forum, Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent in the Parish Hall. All materials will be provided. Contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org for more information.
Sunday, April 14: Palm Sunday
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, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Courtyard (weather permitting)

Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Lenten study entitled The New Testament You Never Knew continues through today.  Bring your coffee and join the group for a lively discussion between services.  For more information, contact Kathleen Moore at 785.9400 or kmoore@stjohnstampa.org

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church

EYC, 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
Tuesday, April 16
Contemporary Women's Bible Study, 6:45 a.m., Lowry Room
CWBS meets on Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. All women of St. John's and friends from other churches are welcome.  The Lenten study is based on Lent for All by N.T. Wright. For information, contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 785.9400.

Women's Mid Morning Bible Study, 9:45 a.m., Chapel
Wednesday, April 17
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 at 6:30 p.m. each week to share a potluck supper, followed by fellowship, a video, and discussion of our faith.  This week, the group will watch a DVD by Lee Strobel called The Case for Easter: Helping us to understand the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus.

Contact Paul and Winkie Game at pgamefla@aol.com with questions about the group.
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