November 13, 2019
News of the Parish
Interfaith Thanksgiving at Rodeph Sholom
Join us on November 25 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom for a communal gathering to celebrate the numerous blessings that all of us have been given in our lives. We will begin at 7:00 p.m. Our two communities will gather the week of Thanksgiving to celebrate our faith, our community, and our gratitude. We will be collecting food and money for Metropolitan Ministries so please bring nonperishable food and/or money for this great organization in our community. Contact Deacon Kathleen with questions.
Ordination of the Rev. Deacon Michael Cannon
The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith will Ordain the Rev. Deacon Michael Cannon to the Sacred Order of Priests in St. John's Church on Saturday, November 23, at 11:00 a.m. All are invited and encouraged to attend. A graduate of The School of Theology at
Sewanee, Michael comes to us from St. Andrew's Church in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

A reception honoring Michael and his wife, Erika, will follow the Ordination service in the parish hall. If you would be willing to bring a dish or help in another way with the reception, please be in touch with Sara Stone at sarabstone@yahoo.com.

Please plan to join us for what will be a glorious day in the life of St. John's Church.
Fathers Fun!
Parish Breakfast and Sandwich Sunday This Sunday
This Sunday is our monthly Parish Breakfast following the 9:15 a.m. service. If you can help Chef Dave and his crew, email him at davekenyon@gmail.com. The delicious menu is vegetable egg strata with mushrooms, broccoli, spinach and cheddar cheese, bacon, and Cuban toast, along with fruit. Dave plans to make homemade guava jam for the toast.. don't miss it!

This Sunday is also Sandwich Sunday. We invite everyone to help make sandwiches and bag lunches for the patrons of Faith Cafe. Thank you to Perry Soash and Helen and Bailey Turnquist for being our hosts this month!
EMC Commissioning

Thanks to the St. John's parishioners who have committed to being EMC representatives this year! They were commissioned this past Sunday, and will go forth to encourage their fellow church members to support our parish during the Shining our Light 2020 campaign!
Thanksgiving Food Drive
The St. John's Episcopal Parish Day School Dads' Club is hosting our annual church/school Thanksgiving food drive for Metropolitan Ministries, and we need your help! Metropolitan Ministries assists more than 20,000 struggling families each season. Our previous drives have been tremendously successful, and we are looking for the same giving spirit this year! The collection barrels are in the hallway between the parish hall and the Lower Division classrooms. Please bring your donations in by this Sunday.

Questions? Contact Fr. James Reho.

In addition, Metropolitan Ministries is encouraging families to give their time and energy by volunteering at their Holiday Tent. If you would like to be a part of this effort, contact Kayla Boronell at 209.1000, extension 1239, or at  kayla.boronell@metromin.org .
Fellowship and Events
Moms' Meet Up Tomorrow!
The Moms' Meet Up group will meet this Thursday, November 14 , at 8:45 a.m. in Discovery House. This month's topic will be Gratitude, and how we show that gratitude in our lives. The group will watch Corner from the Nooma video series. 
Click here for a preview.
Annual Advent Wreathmaking: November 24
We will be offering Advent wreathmaking on Sunday, November 24 beginning after the 8:00 a.m. service and continuing after the 9:15 a.m. service. Wreaths and candles available for $5 each. Everyone is welcome, make your wreath before Advent 1! 
Sacred Ground at DaySpring
On Saturday, November 16, DaySpring will host  Sacred Ground , a  day-long film-based dialogue series on race and faith, as part of their Racial Reconciliation series.
  • Sacred Ground is a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race and racism.
  • It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story.
  • It holds as a guiding star the vision of beloved community - where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another's pain and seek one another's flourishing.
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study continues their study of the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. The group invites you to come enlarge your understanding as they follow Interpretation Bible Study's Isaiah by Gary Light. 

The group meets on alternate Tuesdays in the Lowry Room beginning at 10:00 a.m. The lesson time is 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.  Sharon Stoll will guide their study of Isaiah 44:9-20 and Isaiah 55 on Tuesday, November 19.

For more information contact either Pat Wilson at patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com or 245.9562, or Joan McKay at mckayjhm@aol.com.
Action Items and Opportunities
Greenery and Candles Available
On December 1 and  December 22 , the Church Altar Advent Greenery is available, and on  December 1, the Candle in the Sanctuary Light is available . If you would like to take one of these opportunities to honor a loved one and support your church, contact the parish offices at 259.1570 or parish@stjohnstampa.org.
St. John's Giving Tree 2019: Updates
It's time to shop for the children who attend Cornerstone Kids, the local after-school program supported by our parish. During the next two Sundays, look for the Christmas tree in the courtyard between/after services. There will be more ornaments to choose from this year: RED, WHITE, and BLUE. If you want to buy toys for a child, you'll choose a red ornament(s). If you want to buy pajamas and/or socks, you'll choose a white ornament(s). If you want to buy a $20 Wal-Mart gift card, you'll choose a blue ornament(s).  Please bring your wrapped gifts and gift cards to the parish offices NO LATER THAN December 11.  Contact MC Jenkins with questions.

Also, on Monday, December 16,  at 2:30 p.m., helpers are needed to transport all the gifts to Cornerstone Kids.  Please contact Deacon Michael at mcannon@stjohnstampa.org or by phone at 397.1005 if you can help with transport.

Thank you!!  
Parishioner Nametags: Order Now
St. John's is placing an order for nametags soon.  Please call or  email the parish offices if you are interested.  The cost is $18 each.
Children and Youth
Sunday School and Family News
Save the Date! 
The annual Cornerstone Kids Christmas Party will be held at St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church on Tuesday, December 10, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. St John's children, youth, and families will help lead games and crafts, serve food, and sing carols with the kids. Sign up to help or donate by emailing Ayana Grady at agrady@stjohnstampa.org today!
Christmas Pageant Update
We will be picking costumes for the Christmas Pageant this Sunday, November 17.  All children with speaking roles will choose their costumes during Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. at Discovery House, then all other roles will pick costumes right after the service at Discovery House.
Sunday School Snack
We still need several volunteers to bring the Sunday School snack in November.   Please sign up here to help!
EYC News
6 th through  12 th graders! St John's EYC will meet this Sunday, November 17,  at Discovery House, with Middle School (6 th through  8 th graders) meeting from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., and High School (9 th to  12 th graders) meeting from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.! This Sunday, Middle Schoolers will continue learning life lessons from Kid President and High Schoolers will be discussing how to get through life's struggles, watching clips from the movie We Bought a Zoo!
 
Thank you to Merritt Barrow for providing Sunday's EYC Dinner!  We have a few open dates in December, if you would like to bring an EYC Dinner: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044ca9af2ca6fd0-eycdinners1

Don't forget to follow St John's EYC on Instagram! The EYC Instagram is updated multiple times a week, and is a great way to stay up to date with Youth activities and events. https://www.instagram.com/stjohnseyctampa/


Youth Minister Ayana Grady would love to come to your child's school events (sports,dance, academic competitions, etc.)! Please let her know a specific date that she can come to cheer your child on, and she will make her best effort to be there.
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
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This Week's Birthdays

November 14, Katie Cassedy, Zena Hoskins, David Malizia, Katherine Morales, Charles Ahlstrand, Kavanagh Kane

November 15, Charles Hobby, Benjamin Osborne

November 16, Bradford Spring, William Swanson

November 17, Charley Greacen, Megan Nolan
 
November 18, Joan Lochridge, Bill Brown, Obi Pederson
 
November 19, Rusty Shenk, Kristin Normandeau
 
November 20, David Webster, Emily Picone, Caroline Cox
Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

We beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. 

2 Thessalonians 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.
This Week in St. John's
Thursday, November 14
Moms' Meet Up, 8:45 a.m., Discovery House

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 will meet on Thursday at 11:45 a.m. The group comes together weekly for fellowship and to study the readings for the coming Sunday.
Sunday, November 17
Giving Tree Tags Available

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   

Parish Breakfast and Sandwich Sunday, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall
This Sunday is our monthly Parish Breakfast. If you can help Chef Dave and his crew, email him at davekenyon@gmail.com.

This Sunday is also Sandwich Sunday. We invite everyone to help make sandwiches and bag lunches for the patrons of Faith Cafe. Thank you to Perry Soash and Helen and Bailey Turnquist for being our hosts this month!
Sunday Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room    No Meeting
The Sunday Adult Formation Group will take a break this week, resuming next Sunday the 24th. For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 785.9400.

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church
Middle School EYC (6th through 8th grades), 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
Combined EYC Dinner (6th through 12th grades), 5:30 p.m., Discovery House

High School EYC (9th through 12th grades), 6:00 p.m., Discovery House
Tuesday, November 19
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 us 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, 10:15 a.m., Lowry Room
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study continues their study of the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. The group invites you to come enlarge your understanding as they follow Interpretation Bible Study's  Isaiah  by Gary Light.  Sharon Stoll will guide their study of Isaiah 44:9-20 and Isaiah 55 on Tuesday, November 19.

For more information contact either Pat Wilson at  patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com or 245.9562, or Joan McKay at  mckayjhm@aol.com.
Wednesday, November 20
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. 

The group is watching  How Happiness Happens, a six session DVD presentation by Max Lucado, Teaching Minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX and best selling inspirational author of more than 140 million books.
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