December 25, 2019
News of the Parish
Invite - Welcome - Connect
A new ministry in St. John's headed up by Vestry members Rick Eckhard and Dallas Coffield will begin in early 2020.  Stay tuned for more information!
Adult Enquirers Class Begins in February
Frs. Connelly and Cannon will be co-teaching the Adult Enquirers Class beginning Sunday, February 9.  The class will prepare participants for adult Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation and will meet most Sundays from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. with lunch included.  More details to follow . . .
Icon Writing Workshop: January 2020

The Annual Icon Writing Workshop with Phil Zimmerman will be January 20 through 25, 2020 (Monday thru Saturday), to be held at Holy Name Monastery, 12138 Wichers Road. St. Leo, FL 33574. The photo of the icon the group is painting "Jonah and the Whale" above is from the original on a wall in the Meteora monastery in Greece, photographed in summer of 2015 and 2019.

For further information please contact Sr. Mary Clare Neuhofer OSBmaryclareneu@gmail.com or 352.588.7188 or Phil Zimmerman icon53@verizon.net or 724.235.9784 home, or 724.757.4191 cell (for texting).
Fellowship and Events
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study begins a study of the Apostle Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians early in the new year.  In the opinion of the Reverend Tom Wright whose book Paul for Everyone, 1 Corinthians they will be using, this letter reveals Paul's pastoral sensitivity and deep insight which come together to make First Corinthians not only one of Paul's crowning achievements, but full of good things for us to ponder today.

The group invites all interested women to join them on Tuesday, January 7, at 10:00 a.m. in the Lowry Room.  The first lesson will cover 1 Corinthians 1:1 - 3:4 and will be led by Laura Silva, beginning at 10:15 and concluding at 11:15.  The group will meet thereafter on alternate Tuesdays through May 5.  For more information, please contact Pat Wilson at patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com or 245.9562, or Joan McKay at mckayjhm@aol.com.
Celebratio 2020
Celebratio 2020
Saturday, February 8
7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Peter O'Knight Airport Hangar, 825 Severn Avenue, Davis Islands

Take off with St. John's School for their largest fundraising event by becoming a VIP Sponsor (Learjet and higher) and receive  exciting perks, including an exclusive Flight Club party!

Click here for sponsorship opportunities and information.

Contact your Flight Captains for any questions!
Action Items and Opportunities
Candle Available
The candle in the Sanctuary Light is available for Sunday, January 5, and  Sunday, February 9 . If you would like to take one of these opportunities to honor a loved one and support St. John's, contact us.
Children and Youth
EYC News
EYC Holiday Schedule
EYC will take a holiday break on December 29, and will resume on Sunday, January 5 with a combined 2020 Kickoff Game Night in Discovery House for 6th through 12th graders!

Dinners Needed
We still need volunteers to bring weekly EYC Dinners next semester! Please look over your spring calendar, and sign up here. 

EYC on the 'Gram
Remember to follow St John's EYC on Instagram , w e update it regularly with pictures/videos from Youth events!
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
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This Week's Birthdays

December 26, Nancy Adams, Kim Wiese, Amy Yost, Constance Severn

December 27, none

December 28, Caden Hearing, Kevin Kellar, Jerry Maya, Graham Thomason

December 29, Winkie Game, Leslie Jennewein, Ben Graham, Barrett Browning

December 30, Pat LeVarge, Cindy Martin, B Armstrong, Rob Kelley, Damian Stone

December 31, none

January 1, Tom Scarritt, Pat Rice, Lee Tuuri, Ganon White, Eleanor Graff
Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see-- I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger."

Luke 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, December 26
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing and Anointing, 10:00 a.m., Chapel

Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch, No Meeting
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. 

The group will not meet this week, but will resume on Thursday, January 2.
Sunday, December 29

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   

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m.
Sunday Adult Christian Formation, No Meeting
The Sunday Adult Formation Group will take a break for the holiday on Sunday, December 29, and Sunday, January 5.  Meetings will resume on Sunday, January 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.

For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 785.9400.
No EYC This Sunday
EYC will take a holiday break and resume on Sunday, January 5 with a combined 2020 Kickoff (6th through 12th grades).
Tuesday, December 31
Parish Offices close at noon.

Contemporary Women's Bible Study, No Meeting
CWBS meets on Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the Lowry Room. The group will take a holiday break on December 24 and 31, resuming on January 7.

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.
Wednesday, January 1
Parish Offices closed

Wednesday Nights in St. John's, No Meeting
The Wednesday Nights Group will take a holiday break on January 1, but will resume on January 8.

The 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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