Upcoming Events
The Way of Love Group Meets Tonight
The Way of Love small group for parishioners under 40 meets tonight Wednesday, October 6 at 7:15 p.m. on Zoom. Join them to pray, share, and grow! Send Fr. Cannon an email and he’ll send you the link.
Invitation to Tour the Tampa Bay History Center
To all our St. John’s newcomers and/or our longtime St. John’s parishioners:

Have you moved to Tampa within the past few years and want to learn more about the rich history of Tampa, Florida? Or perhaps you have lived in Tampa all your life, and want to find out more about its beginnings? If so, we have a wonderful opportunity for you! From the early Florida Indian tribes, to the English settlers, to the pirates, to Tampa’s infamous gangsters, you will be surprised of what you will learn about Tampa during an amazing tour of the Tampa Bay History Center (TBHC).

The St. John’s Invite Welcome Connect (IWC) Team would like to cordially Invite you for a “Lunch and Learn” at the Tampa Bay History Center in beautiful downtown Tampa. The event will begin with a delicious lunch together (separate checks) at 11:30 a.m. at the Columbia Cafe in TBHC that is part of the famous Columbia Restaurant group, followed by a magical tour of TBHC with our wonderful docent, Jack Wyatt (admission gratis). We have two upcoming dates available, but space is limited, so please reply back to Donna Gem at donnaagem@aol.com as soon as possible with your requested date and number of people you will be bringing to reserve your spot. Available dates are Friday, October 29 and Friday, November 19.

Fr. Fred and Fr. Michael recently took part in a previous lunch and learn TBHC tour and had this to say:

Fr. Fred said “It was truly a first class experience and I look forward to going again. You will have an unforgettable, most enjoyable experience!”

Fr. Michael said “The History Museum tour was a great experience! Jack (Wyatt) really knows his stuff and made it a lot of fun, too. The food at the Columbia was delicious, too. The best thing about it was bonding with our church friends. I whole-heartedly recommend it!”
School Enrollment Open House
St. John's School will be holding an open house on October 13 at the Primary Division campus. Attendees can register to attend the event using this link. Please share this information with anyone you know who is looking for an outstanding school for their child! Click on the flyer to enlarge.
The Soiree Returns!
St. John's Church
invites you to a
at the home of
Ron and Mary Hulse

Friday, October 22
6:30 p.m.

4912 Lyford Cay Road

Bring an hors d'oeuvre to share and a drink of your choosing. RSVP to Mary Hulse at mmhulse@tampabay.rr.com or

The event will be held outside on the patio to insure safe social distancing.

We hope you will join us!
Fathers Camping Trip 2021
The annual Fathers Ministry camping trip will be November 5 and 6 at Lakewood Retreat, 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road in Brooksville. Don't miss this popular St. John's tradition! Contact Kaivon Madani with questions and to RSVP.
Holy Land Pilgrimage
Fr. Fred and Linda Robinson invite you to learn more about a spiritually-oriented pilgrimage they are leading to The Holy Land. Please contact Linda at lindarobinsonsrq@gmail.com or 941.914.2688 for more information. Brochures also are available from Fr. Fred in the parish office.
News of the Parish
Join us Daily for Evening Prayer!
As we start the new season of fall, you are warmly welcomed to join our clergy and fellow parishioners for Evening Prayer LIVE at 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday on St. John's Facebook page. The prayer sessions remain on our page, so access them later if you can't join us live!
Spreading HOPE in Tampa Bay
This fall, the Hillsborough Organization for Progress & Equality (HOPE) began its work to deepen relationships and share how community problems are impacting our community. HOPE also reflected on its spiritual foundation for doing justice work and the vital role each person can play to fulfill God’s call to “do justice.”

If you are interested in learning more about the work that HOPE is doing in Hillsborough County, you are invited to attend the Virtual HOPE 33rd Annual Convention on Monday, October 25, to hear the results of this year’s Listening Process and see how HOPE makes decisions and commits to work together for justice. The time and login information will be included in an upcoming Scroll. Contact Shirley Susich at sjsusich@gmail.com with questions, click here for a full explanation of HOPE's work in our community, or visit hillsboroughhope.org to learn more.
School Pet Blessing
An exciting School pet blessing was held this past Monday in honor of St. Francis's feast day!
St. John's School Tops List!
SJE is at the top of Niche.com’s latest private school rankings, coming in as #1 among all Tampa area private schools up to 8th grade! Our School was given an A+ grade - an accomplishment only 2.5% of all schools in the nation attain! Click here to check out our School's Niche.com profile. 
EYC News
You can check out more St John’s EYC pictures and stay updated on events on our St John's EYC Instagram.

Join our Remind EYC group text to stay up to date on EYC happenings by clicking here (from your phone)!

Click here for our event calendar for October!
EYC Leadership Council Profiles
Mae A.
9th grade at Robinson IB

🇳🇿 Mae lived in New Zealand for 2 years

🥍 Mae plays Lacrosse

🍚 Mae’s favorite food is fried rice

Mae’s favorite thing about St John’s: The connections that you can make with different people 😍.
Ayana Wants to Visit You!
Pictured, you'll see Ayana and members of our EYC who play on St. John’s School's volleyball team at a recent game! A reminder that Ayana would be thrilled to come to your school, sports, or arts events, just let her know!
Adult Christian Formation
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
The Women’s Mid Morning Bible Study continues a study of the first and second letters of Paul to the Thessalonians using the study guide Paul for Everyone, Galatians and Thessalonians by N. T. Wright. They will meet on alternate Tuesdays, gathering at 10:00 a.m. for fellowship, followed by the lesson from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Margaret Brokaw will be guiding their study of 1 Thessalonians, 4:1 - 5:11 on Tuesday, October 12. They will continue to meet by Zoom for now.

For more information, contact Sally Wiley at wiley48sm@gmail.com or 244.4497 or Pat Wilson at patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com. All women of the parish and those whom they would like to invite are welcome to join them as the group delves into Paul’s earliest extant correspondence.
Wednesday Adult Christian Formation
The Wednesday Afternoon adult formation group continues on Zoom on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. The group studies the work of a variety of Christian writers; group discussions are lively and substantive. All are welcome. For more information contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 785.9400.
Action Items and Opportunities
Search for Bishop Coadjutor Extended
On behalf of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, we would like to announce the extension of the application period for the Bishop Coadjutor Search. The decision was made in the interest of having a deep and diverse selection of applicants to work with in this process. Therefore, the application period will now close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15.

The diocese asks all parishioners to prayerfully consider if you know anyone who would fit the needs of this diocese in serving as our next Bishop. The profile and application information can be viewed at www.bishopsearchswfl.org. When you identify a person who you believe may be interested in applying, please share this information with them.

So many people in our diocese have lived in places around the country and may know someone who could be called to this position.
Finally, as they are also committed to regularly praying, they invite you to join them in prayer for this process. Below you will find a prayer written by committee chaplain, the Rev. Adrienne Hymes. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the committee via their email address, info@bishopsearchswfl.org.

Gracious God, as we walk by faith the shared journey of choosing a bishop for the Diocese of Southwest Florida, nurture within us discerning hearts and minds hopeful for possibilities yet to be revealed. Send to us a caring leader, we pray, who will uniquely delight in the abundant gifts of our diocese, and the beauty of this land, which so richly reflect your unity in diversity. Equip our human eyes and ears with divine recognition for the chief pastor of our diocese whom you have chosen to lead us in the ever-unfolding mission of your Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Metropolitan Ministries Donations Wanted
Two big blue barrels stand in the parish office foyer ready to receive donated food, clothing, and other items. My favorite so far was a beautiful teddy bear that I know is giving great comfort to a child in need. On Sundays, a few items representing all the donations made that week are brought forward in a basket, placed on the altar, and blessed by the priest. On Mondays, I empty the blue barrels and take all the donations to Metropolitan Ministries. Rinse and repeat. Of course we make donations like this because Jesus taught us to care for those in need.  Thank you!!

Fr. Cannon
Calling all Crafters!
We have some opportunities to sew and craft items to support the homeless in our area. Please see Fr. Cannon or Shirley Sucich if you’re interested in helping form a service group utilizing your crafty gifts.
Supporting your Parish
Annunciation Window
Giving to St. John's
There are many ways to make a one time or recurring gift to your parish! The work of the parish goes on and is more important than ever, and we appreciate your support. 

Mail a check to the church
Our address is St. John's Episcopal Church, 906 South Orleans Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606
Send a check through your bank's online bill pay
The bank will need the church's name, address, and usually our phone number, 259.1570
Request that St. John's make an automatic monthly withdrawal from your checking or savings account
Contact Laurie Lawther at llawther@stjohnstampa.org to set up.
Give online
Go to www.stjohnstampa.org and click on "Give Now" on the right side of the top blue bar. The church now has the ability to accept credit and debit card payments, along with checking/savings account payments. To make a pledge or pay in some other way, click on "Stewardship" in the top website menu.
Give by text
In the 'To' field of the text type 73256, then in the message, type SJE. You will receive a text back immediately with a link to complete the payment.
Laurie is available to walk you through any of these methods by email at llawther@stjohnstampa.org or call her at the parish offices at 259.1570. If you prefer, you may also call John Edgar in the parish offices and he will fill out a pledge card for you.
This Week's Birthdays
October 7, Mary Pekkala, Kristie Salzer, Hyatt Sbar

October 8, William Clewis, Mercer Mackie, Helen Straske

October 9, Pene Herman, Isabelle Lowke, Pam Shives, Luke Eatman

October 10, Peyton Purdy, Robert Frick, Laura Capen

October 11, Frank Hancock, Jay Singletary, Shannon Sampson, Frances Galavis, Scott Lee, Mackenzie Moore

October 12, Jack Wyatt, Yvonne Santiago, Betsy Graham, Rowan Cruse, Julie Blanner

October 13, Heddy Brown, Lindsey Robbins, Fuller Saunders, Elizabeth Mackie
This Week in St. John's
Thursday, October 7
Healing Service and Holy Communion with the Reserved Sacrament, 10:00 a.m., Church

Men's Interactive Bible Study, 11:45 a.m., Lowry Room and Zoom
The Men's Interactive Bible Study meets every Thursday at 11:45 a.m. to study the readings for the coming week and for fellowship. The group will convene in person in the Lowry Room for those who are comfortable. If you prefer to continue joining virtually, email John in the parish offices at jedgar@stjohnstampa.org for the link.

Sunday, October 10
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church, followed by Coffee Hour Fellowship

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 10:00 a.m., Church, on Facebook Live, and our website, followed by Coffee Hour Fellowship

Sunday School for Children, 10:00 a.m., Parish Hall

Pet Blessing and Memorial Eucharist, 3:30 p.m., Church

Monday, October 11
Offices closed for Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day

Tuesday, October 12
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study, 10:00 a.m., Zoom

CWBS, 6:00 p.m., Zoom
The Contemporary Women's Bible Study (CWBS) group does a weekly virtual study on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. This is a Zoom meeting, so if you are interested in participating, contact Deacon Kathleen at 785.9400 or kmoore@stjohnstampa.org; or Sally Thompson at tampasal@gmail.com or 254.3009 for the link.

Wednesday, October 13
Adult Christian Formation, 2:00 pm., Zoom
Virtual Worship, Ministries, and Resources
Service Information

Sunday Services
In addition to welcoming in-person attendance at the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Sunday services, St. John's streams our 10:00 a.m. services live on Facebook. Access the stream at our page at https://www.facebook.com/stjohnstampa/. The stream is also live on our website. Please access the most current safety guidance here.

The audio for sermons is here. New sermons are uploaded by Monday each week. Bulletins for Sundays are here, each week's bulletin is uploaded to this page by Saturday. Click here to find the readings for this coming Sunday (St. John's follows Track 2). You can also see Sunday services on our YouTube channel, they are uploaded each Sunday by mid-afternoon.

The Chapel of the Resurrection, outdoors in the courtyard, is open 24/7.

Offices Open

The parish offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Email us at parish@stjohnstampa.org or call 259.1570 to speak with John Edgar if you have questions.

Virtual Ministries and Prayer Groups

Evening Prayer
Our clergy, staff, and fellow parishioners stream evening prayer daily Monday through Saturday at 4:00 p.m. on Facebook Live. Intercessory prayers are invited in the comments during the feed.

Compline Night Prayer
Compline is offered by the brothers of the Society of St John the Evangelist on their web site at www.ssje.org on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:30 p.m EST.

Please note that blue text denotes a hyperlink directly to the service or website referenced.

If you have any questions or trouble using the online services noted above, please contact Lee Lowry by replying to this email, or John Edgar at jedgar@stjohnstampa.org. You can also contact the clergy member or parishioner who is the contact for each ministry. 
Individual Pastoral Care

Your clergy are available to you for pastoral conversations. If you are unable to reach them at the parish offices at 259.1570, please call directly. They can be reached at these numbers:

Pastoral Emergency Line: 813.906.5199
Father Robinson: 941.350.0043
Father Cannon: 864.320.7116
Father Goodheart: 321.446.4934
Deacon Moore: 813.785.9400
Father Reho: 917.526.0746
Caring for our Parish Family

If you are someone who is able to help your fellow parishioners with errands and other means of support, please contact Fr. MIchael at mcannon@stjohnstampa.org. Conversely, if you are a parishioner who needs help, please also contact Fr. Michael at email at mcannon@stjohnstampa.org or by phone at 864.320.7116. He will match needs with resources so we are able to help one another in Christ's name.