February 26, 2020
News of the Parish
Ash Wednesday Service Schedule 
There are still two opportunities to join us for worship today!

5:30 p.m.   Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Holy Eucharist
Childcare available in the nursery.

7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Holy Eucharist with the Choir of St. John's
Childcare available in the nursery.
Music Notes  
Lenten Music Changes
This Sunday is, of course, the First Sunday of Lent. There are many ways in which we mark this season liturgically - the crosses are veiled, we omit Alleluias, and the vestments are purple. The tone of the music changes, too. Some of the greatest hymns and anthems, in their often minor keys, were written for this season. In marking Lent musically, some churches, especially those in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, suppress the use of the organ almost entirely, and the hymns and service music are sung unaccompanied. Here at St. John's, we have not gone quite that far, but we have, for the past several years, ceased from playing postludes at the end of services. In adopting this practice once again this year, it is our hope to encourage a more reflective end to our liturgy, and that the impact of the organ voluntary will be all the more meaningful when it returns at the Great Vigil of Easter.

Visiting Choir
We will be joined by the choir of Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA for our services on Sunday, March 15. Included in the music for the 9:15 a.m. service will be Miserere mei, Deus of Gregorio Allegri, Sanctus & Benedictus of Franz Schubert, and our Rite I service at 11:15 a.m. will feature the work of Herbert Sumsion.

Simon Morley
Thursdays in Lent Begin March 5 
The Ash Wednesday liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer includes an invitation to observe a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. Over five Thursdays in Lent, St John's clergy team will lead a series of prayer and study sessions focusing on responses to the invitation. Fr. Connelly will open the series on March 5, followed by Fr. Goodheart on March 12, Fr. Cannon on March 19, Fr. Reho on March 26, and Deacon Moore on April 2.  Each week, we will begin with the beautiful liturgy of the Stations of the Cross in the church at 5:00 p.m., followed by a program in the Parish Hall from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Deacon Moore at 785.9400 or kmoore@stjohnstampa.org.
Lenten Quiet Day  
The Contemporary Women's Bible Study (CWBS) group invites everyone at St John's to join them for a Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday, March 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the church.  Our time together will include prayer, meditation and quiet reflection on readings from Holy Scripture.  A light lunch will be provided.  If you would like to attend, contact Deacon Kathleen Moore at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 785.9400.
Fellowship and Events
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!
Esther Society Meeting, March 2 
The next gathering of the Esther Society will be Monday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Marie Borland, 113 Adalia Avenue, Davis Islands (due to space limitations at the church that day). RSVP to John Edgar at jedgar@stjohnstampa.org with your attendance and the appetizer you plan to bring. The group will choose a Bible study for future meetings, in addition to beginning the gathering with prayer and a period of fellowship and refreshments. Questions? Contact Lisa Sepulveda, Marie Borland, or Rachel Long Mattox. The group hopes you will join them!
Moms' Meet Up in March  
Moms' Meet Up will get together again Thursday, March 5, at 8:45 a.m. in Discovery House. This is a little earlier in the month than their usual schedule, they are hoping to avoid everyone's spring breaks. This month's Mom's Meet-Up will focus on how we see God in the rhythms of life-watching the Nooma video Rhythm. You can check out a preview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FNHoYl8a78
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.
Don't Scroll Past This!
Simon Morley found some necessary maintenance on the organ pipes and took care of it himself. Talented and agile is our Mr. Morley!
St. John's was beautifully represented this past Saturday at the Cornerstone Kids annual Gala!
Action Items and Opportunities
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 a few more dates: June 21, July 19, 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!
Adult Christian Formation
Sunday Adult Formation Begins Lenten Study 
This Sunday, March 1, the Sunday Adult Formation Group will begin a five-week Lenten study:  Signs of Life: Why Church Matters.  The group will meet on Sundays March 1, March 15, March 22, March 29, and April 5 (no meeting March 8) at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.  All are welcome.
Children and Youth
Children's Ministry and Sunday School Notes
Sunday School Snacks
Parents! Can you provide a week of Sunday School snacks? We ask that you provide 30 to 40 allergy-friendly individually wrapped snacks for the group. You can sign up here to help. 

VBS 2020
Save the date! Our 2020 St John's Vacation Bible School will be June 15 through 19,and this year's theme is Rocky Railway . The registration site (for participants and volunteers) will be up soon. Jesus' power pulls us through!  Click here for more on the theme.  
EYC News
EYC This Week
St John's EYC meets this Sunday, March 1, with 6th through 8th graders from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., and 9th through 12th graders from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Discovery House. This week, the group will be discussing perfectionism-is it from God, or does it come from us and our surroundings? Come for dinner, fun, and faith this Sunday!

Thank you to Leslie Stephens for providing this Sunday's EYC Dinner.
EYC Movie Night!
On Sunday, March 15, St John's EYC will have a special Movie Night at the theater to see the movie I Still Believe! The movie tells the true story of Christian musician Jeremy Camp and his wife, and it stars Riverdale's KJ Apa and Britt Robertson! Click here for the movie's trailer.
Dinners Needed
Parents! We have plenty of open dates for dinners! Bring an EYC Dinner  by signing up here Please bring enough for 15 to 20 people, with a veggie option. 
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays
February 27, Kris Pento

February 28, Ryan Divers, Sandy Rief

February 29, none

March 1, Bill Lax, Phyllis Lax, Justin Williams, Ed Page, Ed Neugaard
March 2, Rosemary Armstrong, Larry Peel, Peter Arcuri, Ben Mackie, Christopher Osborn, Lionel Lowry
March 3, Nicholas Hearing, Nedra McCraw, Stephanie Andrews, Sydney Heller, Charles Graff, Eva Lick
March 4, Mallory Scarritt
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

From the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"

Matthew 17
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, February 27
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, March 1 
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 9:15 a.m.
Sunday School for Children, 9:15 a.m., Parish Hall

Invite-Welcome-Connect Launch Brunch, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall   
Sunday Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room 
On March 1, the Sunday Adult Formation Group will begin a five-week Lenten study:  Signs of Life: Why Church Matters.  The group will meet on Sundays March 1, March 15, March 22, March 29, and April 5 (no meeting March 8) at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.  All are welcome.For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 785.9400.
Youth Confirmation Class, 10:30 a.m., Discovery House 

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m.
Enquirers Class, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
Middle School EYC (6th through 8th grades), 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
EYC Combined Dinner (6th through 12th grades), 5:30 p.m., Discovery House
High School EYC (9th through 12th grades), 6:00 p.m., Discovery House
Monday, March 2
Esther Society Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Home of Marie Borland 
Tuesday, March 3 
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. Don Goodheart will guide their study of 1 Corinthians 8:1 - 9:27, "Matters of Conscience," on Tuesday, March 3.  
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 a.m.  For more information, please contact Pat Wilson at patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com or 245.9562, or Joan McKay at mckayjhm@aol.com.
Wednesday, March 4 
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.  
Contact Paul and Winkie Game with questions at pgamefla@aol.com.
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