May 2, 2018
News of the Parish
St. John's Annual Ingathering for Alpha House
While Mom will get lots of "Luvs" and "Huggies" on her special day, remember that others need to be pampered too. We can all help the mothers and babies at Alpha House by bringing in "Wish List" items on (or before) Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13. Collection bags with detailed wish lists will be distributed following all services this Sunday, May 6. These bags will also be available outside of the parish offices any time prior to Mother's Day.

Special donation requests for 2018: sheet sets for twin beds, crib and toddler sheets, and pots and pans are especially requested this year. All items can be new or very gently used. Gasoline gift cards are also a special request made this year.
Other items needed include many ongoing necessities such as diapers, wipes, toiletries, and food and clothing for babies and toddlers. Mothers are in need of toiletries, grooming/beauty items, and first aid supplies. General household items such as pillows, towels, and kitchen essentials are always needed. Gift cards and monetary donations are also greatly appreciated.

All donations will be collected in the courtyard prior to all three services on Mother's Day, or drop off in the parish offices prior to May 13.

Questions? Please call Ruth Giordano at 254.4332 or email .
Mom's Morning Meeting Tomorrow!
The next Mom's Morning will take place tomorrow, Thursday, May 3, at 8:45 a.m. at Discovery House. The group will continue talking about the book In This House, We  Will Giggle.

The group meets on the first Thursday of the month and invites any moms who are interested in joining or have questions to contact Sarah Bricklemyer at
Visitation by the Bishop
Confirmation for youth and adults will take place this Sunday, May 6, at 9:15 a.m. Bishop Dabney Smith will preside. The Bishop will also preside over the 11:15 a.m. service of the Holy Eucharist and Holy Baptism.
Senior Sunday: May 13
Our annual celebration of our graduating high school seniors will take place during the 9:15 a.m. service on May 13. Brief remarks given by some of our seniors will stand in place of the sermon at that service. The reception afterwards is hosted by junior class parents.
Senior parents, please let Ayana know if your child plans to participate. Junior parents, email Betsy Graham if you can help with the reception.
Events and Fellowship
The Soiree
The next Soiree will be at Mary and Ron Hulse's home at 4912 Lyford Cay Road on Friday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. We hope to have a big turn out as we have not had a Soiree for a few months. Bring a dish to share and and any drink of your choosing. We will have red and white wines.
The Circle
Cinco with the Circle This Friday!
Are you interested in joining a group of St. John's parishioners who periodically gather to share in faith, fellowship, and friendship through social events? The Circle is open to adult parishioners of any age. 

We are kicking off 2018 with a festive "Cinco de Mayo" event this Friday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Paul and Mary Beth Carastro. We hope you'll make plans to join us!

If you would like more information about The Circle, to join our mailing list, or to help organize or host future events, please email Lisa Sepulveda at
Adult Christian Formation
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study, 10:15 a.m., Church
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study will be concluding their study of Genesis on Tuesday, May 15, and will begin a new study in September. Father Baker will be leading the May 15 study of Genesis 47:28 - 50:24. The group will gather in the Church Sanctuary at 11:15 a.m. and the discussion will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Following the session those who wish will gather for lunch. More information about the location for lunch will be forthcoming. 
The group invites you to consider joining them even if you have not attended previously.  Each chapter of Genesis is rich in themes and teaching that inform our Christian journey.  The study guide they are using is Genesis for Everyone, Part 2 by John Goldingay, which is available from Amazon and other booksellers.  If you have questions, please contact Joan McKay at or Pat Wilson at or 644.4640.
Children and Youth
Mission Tripper Profile
Declan William Kellar
Will be attending Madison Middle School (STEAM program)
Hobbies: Trains, rock collecting, steampunk, reading
" I look forward to going on the Chattanooga Mission Trip because I will get to see new things and places, help people in the community, and be a good ambassador while representing St. John's.  Service and ministry is important because you can help people to make a difference."
VBS Registration Is Now Open!
Online registration for St John's Vacation Bible School (June 18 through 22) is now up! VBS is open to all children in Pre-K through 4th grade, and this year's fun and spirit-filled theme is Shipwrecked.  

We ask that all parents of VBS participants volunteer in some way (either before, during, or after VBS). Volunteer sign ups are available at the registration link:  

VBS will be from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day, and the cost is $40 per child. Registration is capped at 80 children, so sign up before we sell out! Contact Ayana Grady at for more information.
Spring Youth Calendar
Sunday, May 6 
Final Regular EYC, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Discovery House

Sunday, May 13 
Senior Sunday
Action Items and Opportunities
Flowers and Candle Available
The flowers at the Chapel altar are available on July 1, 8, and 22. The Candle in the Sanctuary Light is available for  June 3 and 17, and July 1 If you would like to take one of these opportunities to support St. John's and honor a loved one, please contact the parish offices at or call 259.1570.
Tampa Deanery Dominican Republic Project Update
The Tampa Deanery's 2018 project is the completion of a three-year project building San Timoteo Episcopal Church in Nizao, which will be consecrated on June 30 . Click here for a flyer about the trip.
The teams will also be working at the San Matias Church and School in Santana, Bani, adjacent to the Morrow Center (our lodging).  We will be completing much needed repairs, painting and sealing the concrete roof. The school was constructed by the Tampa Deanery in 2002 and 2003.
Dates are: Team 1 - June 16-23, Team 2 - June 23-July 1, Team 3 - June 29-July 7. 
We still have spaces on Teams 1 and 3.
For more information contact Sally Thompson at 760.5120 (phone/text) or
Information and Resources
Our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays 

May 3
Ruth Hemmingway, John Jenkins, Gareth Leonard, Hartley Mellish, Pickens Price

May 4
Kristina Angiulli, Cody Crosby, Joe Swanson

May 5
Matthew Crane, Guy King, Robert Lewis, Scott Taylor, John Thompson

May 6
Stephen Bowles, Leslie Bryant, Addison Kriz, Joseph Strickland, Lynda Tappan

May 7
Dawn Javino, Wyatt Wankelman

May 8
Kristin Allen, Susan Boyd, Alan Gay, Kelsey Killgoar, Lee Lowry, Britta Neugaard, Shawn O'Brien, Rogers Padgett

May 9
Rod Kayton, Emily Raffa, Sharon Romanski, Jeremiah Roper, India Witte
Sunday's Scripture Snippet 

"Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?"

Acts 8
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, May 3
Mom's Morning, 8:45 a.m., Discovery House

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, May 4
Cinco with the Circle, 6:30 p.m., Carastro Home
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Confirmation for Youth and Adults, 9:15 a.m., Church

Coffee Hour Fellowship, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall

Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation group will continue on Sunday, April 29, at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.  Bring your coffee and join us for a lively discussion between services. For more information, contact Kathleen Moore at 221.6253 or

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) and Holy Baptism, 11:15 a.m., Church

Final Regular EYC, 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
Tuesday, May 8
Contemporary Women's Bible Study, 6:45 a.m., Peterson Room
The CWBS group continues its spring study series on Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the Peterson Room on the St John's Middle School campus.  Weekly meetings start with a light breakfast followed by prayer and study until 8:00 a.m. All women of St John's and their friends are welcome. 

For  more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at  or 785.9400.
Wednesday, May 9
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel

Wednesday Nights at 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 series  Starting Point, led by Andy Stanley.  Contact Paul and Winkie Game at with questions  about the group.
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