June 3, 2020
Virtual Worship, Ministries, and Resources
Virtual Ministries and Prayer Groups
Click here to visit our webpage that details all the virtual ministries and prayer groups at St. John's.
Morning Devotionals
Daily devotional videos have ended, but previous videos can be found  on our YouTube channel

Evening Prayer
Fr. Connelly streams evening prayer daily Monday through Saturday at 3:00 p.m. on Facebook Live. Intercessory prayers are invited in the comments during the feed or email Fr. Connelly.

Compline Night Prayer
Fr. Reho and his wife Lori have ended Compline night prayers for the summer but past Complines are available on our YouTube channel.
Offices Closed
The parish offices remain closed, but your clergy and staff are available if you need them. Please email us or call 259.1570 to speak with John Edgar.
Sunday Services
St. John's continues to stream our 10:00 a.m. services on Facebook Live on Sundays. Access the stream at our page at https://www.facebook.com/stjohnstampa/. We will resume in-person services this Sunday, June 7. Please see details below.

The audio for sermons is here. New sermons are uploaded by Monday each week. Bulletins for Sundays are here, each week's bulletin is uploaded to this page on Saturday. Click here to find the readings for this coming Sunday. You can also see Sunday services on our YouTube channel, they are uploaded each Sunday by mid-afternoon.

The Chapel of the Resurrection, outdoors in the courtyard, is open 24/7. Please practice safe distancing measures with other parishioners.
Please note that blue text denotes a hyperlink directly to the service or website referenced.

If you have any questions or trouble using the online services noted above, please contact Lee Lowry by replying to this email, or contact John Edgar at jedgar@stjohnstampa.org. You can also contact the clergy member or parishioner who is the contact for each ministry. 
News of the Parish
New Financial Administrator Hired, Farewell to Debbi Huelsman
I am pleased to announce that Laurie Lawther will be joining St. John's Church as our Financial Administrator on June 4. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Laurie has previous experience as an office manager and bookkeeper for a public accounting firm and another Episcopal Church. She is experienced in all aspects of Realm, our data base and financial management system, and familiar with reporting requirements for the Vestry and the diocese. Please join me in welcoming Laurie to the St. John's family.
It is with sadness, gratitude, and joy that we will say farewell to Debbi Huelsman, our Financial Administrator for the past fifteen years. Debbi has been an integral and important part of our team, providing financial guidance and assistance to our staff and parishioners. Her involvement and leadership in our stewardship campaigns, annual budget development, conduct of the relationship with our diocesan partners, and to the ongoing management of our financial affairs has been invaluable. Debbi's teenagers, Max and Mia, are both graduates of St. John's Episcopal Parish Day School where Debbi was very active as a parent volunteer. She will be deeply missed by both the Church and School communities. I know you join me in wishing Debbi the very best in the next phase of her life.

Worship In Person Resumes This Sunday
We will resume in-person services with appropriate controls in place this week on Trinity Sunday, June 7. The services will be said Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m. and Choral Morning Prayer, or Matins, at 10:00 a.m. The 10:00 a.m. service will be streamed on Facebook. We will continue to offer services of Morning Prayer on Sundays until it is safe to resume the distribution of Communion.
Safe distancing procedures will be in place for entering, seating, and exiting. Safe distancing in seating results in a maximum capacity of 100 people at each service. Face coverings are highly recommended, not only for your safety, but for the safety of others. While all will be welcomed, we recommend that those parishioners over age 65 and those with underlying health conditions consider remaining safe at home and participating comfortably in the streamed service.  
Sunday School for children will continue to be conducted virtually. For information on how to participate, please contact Ayana Grady at agrady@stjohnstampa.org . The nursery will remain closed.
Enquirers Class Finale
The Enquirers Class of 2020 had its final session on the Day of Pentecost. Vestry members gave presentations on their commissions and shared encouraging words.  Congratulations to all who participated!
Welcome is the second major habit of the Invite-Welcome-Connect ministry. We both take our lead from Jesus and encounter Jesus in the habit of welcoming. Jesus was curious about others and sought them out. He looked at those different from himself and noticed them instead of avoiding them. He saw in those different from himself the "possibility of blessing." This is certainly contrary to the "don't talk to strangers" and "stay in your lane" attitudes that are often prevalent today. Opening ourselves up to others is an investment of time and energy, of listening to and getting to know someone new.  Welcoming is opening up space in our hearts to love that person. Indeed, in such encounters, the world can be made new. As a church family, we are encouraged to ponder what it would be like to have a church that truly sees each other. 

New 1, 2, 3 Challenge from the Invite-Welcome-Connect ministry:
  • Share 1 story of welcome
  • Meet 2 new parishioners
  • Give 3 ideas that can make St. John's even more welcoming
Send your responses to Fr. Michael at mcannon@stjohntampa.org.
Joyful Baptism!
Louisa Corral was baptized in the Chapel of the Resurrection on the Day of Pentecost by Fr. Michael. Louisa is the daughter of Thomas and Kate Light. 
Sandwich Sunday Continues!
Sandwich Sunday, our outreach project for Faith Cafe, continues in spite of our current challenges! In April, John and Tricia McKay made the lunches from their home, and delivered them. In May, David and Cindy Martin did the same. When delivered, they were very much appreciated! Questions about Sandwich Sunday? Contact Cindy Martin at cdmcasa@gmail.com.
Sandwich Sunday Continues!
Thanks to our parish call team for helping us stay connected during this difficult time:
Beth Arthur
Donna Barrs
Miriam Faircloth
Don Goodheart
Cindy Hadlow
Mary Hulse
Kevin Kellar
Melinda Pendino
Pam Scruggs
Sara Stone
Mary Tombaugh
Nancy Watkins
If you would like to join this ministry, please contact Fr. Michael at mcannon@stjohnstampa.org.
Action Items and Opportunities
Exploring Love INC Volunteer Opportunities
St John's is one of 14 partner churches of Love INC of Metro Tampa, an organization dedicated to connecting neighbors in need with churches and community organizations that can meet those needs.  If you are interested in exploring the possibility of becoming a Love INC volunteer, you are invited to participate in a 7-week online study of the principles of Redemptive Compassion (http://redemptivecompassion.org/wp/), an approach to helping others that is transformational rather than just transactional.  The study group, led by Love INC Executive Director Ann Doyle, will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning July 1; a free study guide will be provided.  Space is limited. If you are interested, RSVP by July 17 to: Ann M. Doyle at adoyle@loveinctampa.org or 541.7366, or contact Deacon Kathleen at 785.9400 for more information.  
Making a Gift to Your Parish
There are many ways to make a one time or recurring gift to your parish! The work of the parish goes on and is more important than ever, and we appreciate your support. Please note, when we resume in-person services on June 7, we will not pass the collection plates.

Mail a check to the church

Our address is St. John's Episcopal Church, 906 S. Orleans Ave., Tampa, FL  33606


Send a check through your bank's online bill pay

The bank will need the church's name, address, and usually our phone number, 259.1570


Request that St. John's make an automatic monthly withdrawal from your checking or savings account

Contact Debbi at dhuelsman@stjohnstampa.org to set up.


Give online

Go to www.stjohnstampa.org and click on "Give Now" on the right side of the top blue bar. The church now has the ability to accept credit and debit card payments, along with checking/savings account payments


Give by text
In the 'To' field of the text type "SJE," then in the message, type 73256. You will receive a text back immediately with a link to complete the payment.


Debbi Huelsman is available to walk you through any of these methods by email at dhuelsman@stjohnstampa.org or a phone call at 259.1570.
Loving our Parish During a Time of Need
If you are someone who is able to help your fellow parishioners with errands and other means of support, please contact Fr. MIchael at mcannon@stjohnstampa.org. Conversely, if you are a parishioner who needs help, please also contact Fr. Michael at email at mcannon@stjohnstampa.org or by phone at 864.320.7116He will be matching needs with resources so we are able to help one another in Christ's name.
Children and Youth
Youth News
Confirmation to Be Rescheduled
St John's Confirmation service (originally scheduled for Sunday, June 14) has been postponed to later in the summer. Please watch further communications for details on the exact date!
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays

June 4, Daniel Stillie, Susanne Arthur, Melissa Weekley, Avery Pento, Nathan Pento, Bryce Whittlesey, Paisley Smith
June 5, Pat Martin, John McAdams, Ed Prange, Laura Silva, Virginia Eversole, Victoria Angiulli

June 6, None

June 7, Carole Page, Sean McClelland, Elizabeth Whiteley, William Farmen, Lucy Henry
June 8, Deborah Foley, Jimmy Robbins, Georgia Roberts
June 9, Doug Norton
June 10, Henry Woodroffe, Bob Thomson
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

At this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?"

Acts 2

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. 
Individual Pastoral Care
Although in-person pastoral visits are restricted, your clergy are available to you for pastoral conversations. If you are unable to reach them at the Church offices, please call directly. They can be reached at these numbers:

Pastoral Emergency Line: 813.906.5199
Father Connelly: 813.250.6293
Father Cannon: 864.320.7116
Father Goodheart: 321.446.4934
Deacon Moore: 813.785.9400
Father Reho: 917.526.0746
This Week In St. John's
Thursday, June 4
Men's Interactive Bible Study, 11:45 a.m., Zoom
The Men's Interactive Bible Study meets every Thursday at 11:45 a.m. to study the readings for the coming week and for fellowship. Email John in the parish offices at  jedgar@stjohnstampa.org for the link to join.
Sunday, June 7
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Church

Choral Morning Prayer, 10:00 a.m., at Church and on Facebook Live
Tuesday, June 9
CWBS, 6:00 p.m., Zoom
The Contemporary Women's Bible Study (CWBS) group is doing a weekly virtual study on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The group will continue its study of the Acts of the Apostles. This is a Zoom meeting, so if you are interested in participating, you will need to register. Contact Deacon Kathleen at 785.9400 or  kmoore@stjohnstampa.org; or Sally Thompson at  tampasal@gmail.com or 254.3009.
Wednesday, June 10
Wednesday Afternoon Sunday School, 2:00 p.m., Zoom
The group will meet by Zoom from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. If you would like to join them, contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org for login information.
COVID-19 Resources
There are many resources, both national and local, available during this time to help you keep up with swiftly changing events and keep yourself and your family safe. A few are below.

Centers for Disease Control

USF Public Health

USF has experts available to answer questions.

State of Florida

Hillsborough County

City of Tampa
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