February 5, 2020
News of the Parish
Annual Meeting and New Vestry Members
Congratulations to our newly elected Vestry members,  Paul Brokaw, Brett Divers, Richard Hadlow, and Jan Kelley! 

Thank you to all those who stood for election. Thanks also to those whose term has just ended and who gave of their time, talent, and passion to make our Parish even better.

We also appreciate everyone who made the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Parish a wonderful time for information and fellowship, particularly our kitchen team!
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: February 25
Save the date for the Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper! We will gather in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, February 25. More info soon!
A New Year, a New 20/20 Vision: The Esther Society
Drawing on the strength and courage of Queen Esther, this new fellowship initiative at St. John's will foster friendship, fun, and spiritual growth among our fabulous female parishioners. Our first Esther Society gathering will take place in the Parish Hall on Monday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m. All women are invited to join; come prepared with enthusiasm and ideas for the future direction of this new group! 

RSVP to the Parish Offices by emailing jedgar@stjohnstampa.org to let us know you will be attending and to sign up to bring a light bite to share. Contact Marie Borland at  marie.borland@hwhlaw.com  or Rachel Long Mattox at longrachel15@gmail.com  to find out more.   We look forward to seeing you on February 10!
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!
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.
Fellowship and Events
Moms' Meet Up, Thursday, February 13
This month's Moms Meet Up, next T hursday, February 13  at 8:45 a.m. in Discovery House,  will focus on helping us learn to love as Jesus loves by watching the Nooma: Bullhorn video. You can check out a preview here.
Cornerstone Kids Lincoln-Douglass Ball
The Cornerstone Kids, Inc. board of directors is sponsoring the 30th Annual Lincoln-Douglass Ball, which celebrates and honors the relationship of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass.  The theme of this year's ball is Masquerade . Please join them to share your love with family and friends on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, University of South Florida Hotel in Tampa, Florida. The event proceeds benefit Cornerstone Kids. Click here for more information. If you wish to sit with a St. John's group, Deacon Kathleen has a few seats available. Please contact her to claim them.
Don't Scroll Past This!
Do You Know this Woman?

Do you know this person? Ayana Grady leads St. John's excellent programs for youth and children, including Sunday School, EYC, mission trips and so much more with her infectious energy. It's always a joy to be around Ayana!
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 the following dates: February 16, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, October 18, 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
Adult Enquirers Class Begins This Sunday
St. John's Enquirers Class is an important formational opportunity for all parishioners seeking to deepen their faith. Led by Fr. Connelly and Fr. Cannon, this twelve-week course delves into several critical topics by which our faith is understood. Holy Scripture, the Book of Common Prayer, sacraments, prayer, worship, mission, doctrine, and church history will be taught and discussed. The idea is for each participant to come to and strengthen their own faith by better understanding the teachings of the church and its instruments for a faithful practice. This course is open to anyone who wants to deepen their faith. All will benefit from the content discussion as well as the group fellowship. This course is required for adults seeking to be baptized, confirmed, received into The Episcopal Church, and anyone wanting to make a public reaffirmation of faith. The class begins Sunday, February 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Lunch will be provided. The class is free of charge. 

Please contact either Fr. Michael or the parish offices to sign up.  There will be a nursery provided as needed.  
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
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. Michael Cannon will be the facilitator on Tuesday, February 18, with the topic of 1 Corinthians, Chapter 7, "Marriage and Related Matters."

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.  For more information, please contact Pat Wilson at patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com or 245.9562, or Joan McKay at mckayjhm@aol.com.
Children and Youth
Children's Ministry and Sunday School Notes
Sunday School Snacks
We still need volunteers to bring Sunday School Snacks (30 to 35 allergy friendly snacks)! You can sign up here to help. 

VBS 2020
Save the date! St John's Vacation Bible School will be June 15 through 19, 2020, with the theme Rocky Railway. Click here for more on the theme. Registrations will open next month!
EYC News
EYC Returns to Regular Schedule This Week
This Sunday, February 9, St John's EYC returns to its split format with 6th through 8th graders meeting from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., and 9th through 12th graders meeting from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Discovery House. This semester, we'll be reminded through hands-on projects and activities that life is messy, but God is faithful!
Youth Confirmation Information Meeting This Sunday!
Our Youth Confirmation Parents' Informational Meeting will be this Sunday, February 9 from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. in Discovery House to go over any questions about the class. St John's Confirmation Class is open to 7th grade youth and older, those who have not already been confirmed.

Confirmation is an exciting journey of questions and faith, learning more about the Episcopal Church, faith, and our roles as disciples of Christ. Please contact Youth Minister Ayana Grady at agrady@stjohnstampa.org to sign up for the class!
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
We have plenty of open dates through May, including this Sunday! 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
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This Week's Baptisms and Birthdays

Baptisms

February 2
Thomas Maria Moore

Vincent Robinson Shellgren


Birthdays
February 6, Barbara Hendry, Wilson King, Byrne Marston, Jane Lowry

February 7, Harrison Giddens, Dave Kenyon, Marjorie McDuffie, Hansen Rix, Irene Frick, Isabella Kirkpatrick

February 8, Pat Richards

February 9, Ryan Sampson

February 10, Sally Thompson, Kay Nolan, Peter Orebaugh, Elizabeth Henry

February 11, Kelly Levy, David Williams, John Banks Whiteley, William Shenk, Trudy Stracey

February 12, John Crosby, Nicholas Nitch, McKay Bever, Sarah Sbar, Drew Graham, Kim O'Brien
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

Happy are they who dwell in your house! 
they will always be praising you.

Happy are the people whose strength is in you! 
whose hearts are set on the pilgrims' way.

Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of springs, 
for the early rains have covered it with pools of water. 

Psalm 84


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 6
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, February 9
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

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

Sunday Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation Group continues their Epiphany study this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room. 
For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 785.9400.

Youth Confirmation Informational Meeting, 10:30 a.m., Discovery House

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

First Meeting, Adult 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, February 10
Inaugural Meeting of the  Esther Society, 6:30 p.m., Parish Hall
Drawing on the strength and courage of Queen Esther, this new fellowship initiative at St. John's will foster friendship, fun, and spiritual growth among our fabulous female parishioners. Our first Esther Society gathering will take place in the Parish Hall on Monday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m. All women are invited to join; come prepared with enthusiasm and ideas for the future direction of this new group! 
Tuesday, February 11
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.
Wednesday, February 12
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. 

Do you know the real story behind the New Testament? We all share a fascination for discovering "the rest of the story." We enjoy learning the behind-the-scenes facts about seemingly familiar events. In the eight-session video Bible study The New Testament You Never Knew, well-known Bible scholars N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird team up to take you on a tour of the story behind the explosive story.

You will discover things you never knew about Jesus' baptism and journey into the wilderness, the meaning behind his parables and miracles, the significance of his death and resurrection, the incredible expansion of the early church into the Greco-Roman world, and how the transforming mission of Jesus can still turn the world upside down today.  Through reading the New Testament we continually discover that God indeed keeps his promises, but those promises don't always look like what people expected, especially when it comes to Jesus. Come join the journey with N.T. Wright and Michael Bird and they will help you understand the New Testament you never knew!

Contact Paul and Winkie Game with questions at pgamefla@aol.com .
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