January 29, 2020
News of the Parish
Combined Services and Annual Meeting of the Parish this Sunday February 2, Early Voting Available 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 .

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.
Endowment Fund Leaders Selected
The Trustees of the Endowment Fund of the Church and the School has elected officers as follows: Jim Robbins, Chair, Drew Graham, Treasurer, and Lisa Sepulveda, Secretary. The following were elected to the Investment Committee: Drew Graham, Chair, David Malizia, and Tom Cassedy.  The Endowment Fund was established in 2004 to support the mission and ministry of St. John's Church and St. John's Episcopal Parish Day School.
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.
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 the following dates: February 16, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, October 18, 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!
Fellowship and Events
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 at  marie.borland@hwhlaw.com  or Rachel Long Mattox at longrachel15@gmail.com  to find out more.   We look forward to seeing you on February 10!
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, 2020 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.
Quiet Day with Deacon Kathleen
St. John's was well represented at this Saturday's Quiet Day  at St. Peter's Cathedral! The day was led by the Ven. Dr. Kathleen Moore, pictured here at the Eucharist in the Chapel of the Cathedral.

Action Items and Opportunities
Do You Know this Man?

Do you know this man?  If you don't know him yet, this is John Edgar, our Parish Administrator. John's work is vital to the smooth operation of the church. Feel free to stop by the office to meet him in person!
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.
Adult Christian Formation
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
EYC Guest Leader!
Our youth had a lot of fun playing pop the balloon and then discussing the messiness of life with Fr. Michael this past Sunday, while Ayana was away. This awesome group of young people are excited about the upcoming summer mission to New Orleans that Ayana is leading!
EYC is Super!
Join St John's EYC (combined 6 th through  12 th graders) this 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 to 20 people, with a veggie option. 
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!
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
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This Week's Birthdays

January 30, none

January 31, David Adams, Ben Nelson, Maggie Malizia

February 1, Jim Whittlesey, Gerald Stenklyft

February 2, Gwyn Schabacker, Jarvis Bereday, Halina Bereday, Olivia Kirkpatrick, Jamie Allen
 
February 3, Emily Leonard, Fred Niell
 
February 4, Alvie Casey, Rich Hadlow, Caleb Rugg, Hal Wiley, Michael Lykes, Allison Decelles, Jeffrie van Loveren, Chris Stewart, Harrison Rainey
 
February 5, Kevin Rowe, Elise Whiteley, Luke Wiegand, Kari Power
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 

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 30
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 2
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

Combined Service of The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 10:00 a.m.
Annual Meeting of the Parish, following the 10:00 a.m. service, Parish Hall
Combined EYC Super Bowl Party, 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
Tuesday, February 4
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.
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study, 10:00 a.m., Lowry Room
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.
Wednesday, February 5
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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