June 10, 2020
News of the Parish
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.
Wednesday Afternoon Sunday School
The Sunday Adult Formation Group continues to meet via Zoom each Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Beginning June 17, St John's parishioner Dr. Hal Wiley, a presenter and board member of the School of Pastoral Care, an international healing ministry, for over twenty years, will present a 3-session series on Healing.    Each week will begin with a presentation on a different topic, followed by group discussion: June 17: What is healing? June 24: What is healing prayer? and July 1: What is the relationship between the church and healing?    All are welcome; if you have not previously attended the Wednesday afternoon sessions, contact Deacon Kathleen at  kmoore@stjohnstampa.org  or 785.9400 for the login information.
Thanks to our Gardeners!
Thanks to our parish Gardening Guild  for keeping the Chapel of the Resurrection a welcoming space for prayer, meditation, and silence.  
Worship In Person: Guidelines and Information
We have resumed in-person services with appropriate controls in place. The services are 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 is also 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 are 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.  For more information on the in-person services, click here.
 
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.
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, though we have resumed in-person services, we do not pass the collection plates, they will instead be in the rear of the church.

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 Laurie Lawther at llawther@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.

 

Laurie is available to walk you through any of these methods by email at llawther@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.
Virtual Worship, Ministries, and Resources
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 (St. John's follows Track 2). 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.
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.
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.
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. 
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
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This Week's Birthdays

June 10, Henry Woodroffe, Bob Thomson
 
June 11, Skyler Norton, Matthew Kendall, Colin Kendall
 
June 12, Hayley Divers
 
June 13, Paul Game, Susan Lang, Suzette Lemrow

June 14, M.C. Jenkins, Chris Brown
 
June 15, Hal Flowers, Carina Stillie, Morgan Austin
 
June 16, Mallie Stanford

Sunday's Scripture Snippet


Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

2 Corinthians 13


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 11
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 14
Morning Prayer, 8:00 a.m., Church

Choral Morning Prayer, 10:00 a.m., at Church and on Facebook Live
Tuesday, June 16
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 17
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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