December 20, 2017
News of the Parish
Christmas 2017 Service Schedule
Sunday, December 24
8:00 a.m. - The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Holy Eucharist, Rite I
4:00 p.m. - The Holy Eucharist and Children's Christmas Pageant
6:00 p.m. - The Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 p.m. - String Trio
11:00 p.m. - The Holy Eucharist, Rite I
Monday, December 25
10:00 a.m. - The Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Parish Offices are closed Monday and Tuesday, December 26
Cornerstone Kids Christmas Performance
After the wonderful Christmas party coordinated on Monday by Shawn O'Brien & other St. John's parishioners, the children of Cornerstone Kids performed for a packed house of parents and other supporters that included Father Connelly, Deacon Moore, and  Harry Hedges on Thursday, December 14. The kids were quite animated as they sang & danced during "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and "Jingle Bell Rock," but the favorite performance is always the moving closing number, "A Child is Born" by the youngest in the group. Following the program, everyone was fed and then it was time to distribute the wealth of presents provided by St. John's and St. Mary's churches. Thanks to everyone who was involved in any way, big or small!
Lincoln-Douglass Ball Tickets Available
St. John's has purchased ten seats to the twenty-eighth annual Lincoln-Douglass Ball, the major fundraising event for Cornerstone Kids.  The event will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites at the University of South Florida.  If you would like to attend and support Cornerstone Kids, RSVP to Regan in the parish offices by email or by calling 259.1570 before January 29.
The proceeds from the Ball will benefit our partner Cornerstone Kids, Inc., the after-school program located in Tampa Heights. The program is designed specifically to reach at-risk, inner city children from age 5 to11 who reside in lower income, single-parent households. The mission of Cornerstone Kids is to assist in their educational, spiritual, and emotional development in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment.
Sunday Adult Formation Group Begins New Study
The Sunday Adult Formation group will begin a new study, Embracing Spiritual Awakening, on January 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.  This five-session DVD series features Diana Butler Bass, a well-known writer and speaker on religion and spirituality in today's world, leading a series of discussions on the role of the church in our changing cultural landscape and what it means to be a Christian in the world today.  Bring your coffee and join us for a lively discussion between services.
Action Items and Opportunities
Kitchen Help Needed
A great seasonal opportunity awaits those willing to make a small sacrifice of their time and talents.  On February 11, we will have the Annual Parish Meeting and the kitchen crew will be serving a simple lunch.  We always need volunteers.  In addition,  the Lenten Dinner series of 2018 begins February 21 and continues for five weeks.  If you would like to be a part of either of these wonderful ministries; come and join us in the kitchen.  You don't need to be a chef ... if fact, you don't even need to know how to cook.  There are so many easy jobs that are available for the willing, decorating, table setting, serving etc. Contact me at or 404.5000. In conjunction with the Lenten Series there will be the Confirmation classes for adults and young adults.  This is a great opportunity to see the Church at work ... empowered by the love of Christ; the eating, laughing, and fellowship is a joy to behold.  You don't have to sign up for all five weeks - do one, do two: whatever your schedule will allow.

February 11 - Annual Parish Meeting
February 21 - Lenten Dinner 1
February 28 - Lenten Dinner 2
March 7  - Lenten Dinner 3
March 14 - Lenten Dinner 4
March 21 - Lenten Dinner 5

Chef Dave
Candle and Flowers Available
The following flowers and candle are available. If you would like to take one of these opportunities to honor a loved one and support St. John's, please email the parish offices by clicking here or by calling 259.1570.

Chapel altar flowers: January 7, 2018
Candle in the sanctuary light: January14, 2018
Children and Youth
EYC Gets Tacky
Information and Resources
Our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays

December 22
Zigmund Bereday, Jo Anna Hall, Tricia Hancock, Eric Stoll, Stephen Swindal, Anne Williams, Pat Wilson

December 23
John Ackermann, Helen Scott

December 25
Harry Hedges

December 26
Nancy Adams, Heather McGeachy, Constance Severn, Kim Wiese, Amy Yost
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

R ejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5
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.
This Week in St. John's
Thursday, December 21
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing & 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 and Lunch group meets on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. at the School's Middle School campus. The readings the group studies are those from the Revised Common Lectionary for the coming Sunday. Please do not park in the Four Green Fields parking lots. Feel free to bring your lunch.
Friday, December 22
Parish Offices Close at Noon
Sunday, December 24: Christmas Eve
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist and Children's Christmas Pageant, 4:00 p.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 6:00 p.m., Church

String Trio,  10:30 p.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 11:00 p.m., Church
Monday, December 25: Christmas Day
10:00 a.m. - The Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Parish Offices Closed Today
Tuesday, December 26
Parish Offices Closed Today
Wednesday, December 27: The Feast of Sts. Stephen and John
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 invites you to join them for a potluck dinner followed by a viewing and discussion of a session from the DVD program Christian History Made Easy led by Timothy Paul Jones, PhD.

In the 12-session study, Christian History Made Easy, Dr. Timothy Paul Jones takes you through the most important events in Christian history from the time of the apostles to today. He brings to life the fascinating people and events that shaped our world. This isn't dry names and dates. It's full of dramatic stories told with a touch of humor. This series, based on Dr. Jones' popular award-winning book Christian History Made Easy, ties in spiritual lessons believers can glean by looking at the past, and shows how God was still working in his church despite all the ups and downs.  

Contact Paul and Winkie Game with questions  about the Wednesday Nights Group.
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