January 15, 2020
News of the Parish
No Parish Breakfast This Month or Next
There will be no Parish Breakfast this Sunday as previously announced. Dave Kenyon is having some health issues, so we are without our chef for at least a month or two. We hope to resume soon, but as of now, there will also not be a Breakfast in February.
Offices Closed
Please note, the Parish Offices will be closed this coming Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Combined Services and Annual Meeting of the Parish on February 2, Early Voting Starts Now
The Annual Meeting of St. John's Parish, which will include the election of four Vestry members from the list of eight nominees, will follow a combined service at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 2. The combined service will take the place of the 9:15 and 11:15 services. The 8:00 a.m. service will take place as usual. The Annual Meeting will be in the Parish Hall, with a simple lunch provided.

Early voting will be available during regular Parish Office hours from Tuesday, January 21  through Friday, January 31 , and between services on Sundays this Sunday and next Sunday, January 26.

In accordance with the bylaws of Saint John's Parish, "Only adult communicant members of this Parish, those who are 16 years of age or over, whose names are duly enrolled in the Register of said Parish, and who are regular in their attendance at its services and make stated contributions of record to its general support, shall be Electors qualified to vote at a duly convened meeting of the Parish."

The Vestry amended the bylaws of the Parish so the four nominees receiving the most votes will be elected. A majority of all votes cast is no longer required for election.
Fellowship and Events
Quiet Day with Deacon Kathleen
Deacon Kathleen will lead   a Quiet Day  at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, January 25. Get some respite from the Gasparilla rumpus with a contemplative day out of town! Click here for more information.
Icon Writing Workshop: January 2020

The Annual Icon Writing Workshop with Phil Zimmerman will be January 27 through February 1, 2020 (Monday thru Saturday), 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 a Meteora monastery in Greece, photographed in summer of 2015 and 2019.

For further information, please contact Pam Shives at pamshives@aol.com, Sr. Mary Clare Neuhofer at OSBmaryclareneu@gmail.com or 352.588.7188 or Phil Zimmerman at icon53@verizon.net or 724.235.9784 home, or 724.757.4191 cell (for texting).
Adult Christian Formation
Adult Enquirers Class Begins in February
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.  
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
Christian Formation: Confirmation Information Meeting
Our Youth Confirmation Parents' Informational Meeting will be 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 Hosts Sandwich Sunday
St John's EYC (6th through 12th graders) will sponsor the January Sandwich Sunday this Sunday, January 19, after the 9:15 a.m. service! Please meet in the Parish Hall at 10:15 a.m. Since January 19 is also the Sunday of MLK weekend, that will be the only EYC event that day (no regular EYC this Sunday evening). Sign up to help by e-mailing Youth Minister Ayana Grady at agrady@stjohnstampa.org. We will sign for service hours! 

EYC is Super!
Join St John's EYC (combined 6 th through 12 th graders) on Sunday, February 2  for our annual Super Bowl Party from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Discovery House! Come wearing your favorite jersey, and we'll celebrate the Super Bowl with themed games and snacks! Super Bowl Kickoff isn't until 6:30 p.m., so you'll have plenty of time to get home. Invite your friends for a fun afternoon!

Dinners Needed
We have plenty of open dates through May-- bring a future EYC Dinner  by signing up here Please bring enough for 15-20 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

January 16, Michael Colgan, Connor Schrils, Elizabeth Calfee, Margo Hirons

January 17, Harry Greene

January 18, Suzanne Cuthbertson, Dottie Webster, Susan Webster, Dottie Miller, Cristy Braun, Lisa Ruas

January 19, Karen Rabbitt, Jeff Hunt, Parker Milling, Ralph Sevelius, Ashley Reese

January 20, Ellis Weekley, Helen Schumal, James Harrington

January 21, Laura Cruse, Marla Farrior, Peggy Sauerwein

January 22, James Graff, Doug Arthur, Kelly Holbrook
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

A voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased."

Matthew 3
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, January 16
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, January 19
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 

Sandwich Sunday, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall
Join us to make sandwiches and bag lunches for the patrons of Faith Cafe! Thanks to our youth for being hosts this month!

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m.
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.
No EYC Today
Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Offices Closed
Tuesday, January 21
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 a study of the Apostle Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians on alternating Tuesdays through May 5.  The  Rev. Charles Connelly will guide the group's study of 1 Corinthians 3:5 - 4:21, The Sole Foundation, on Tuesday, January 21.

In the opinion of the Reverend Tom Wright, whose book Paul for Everyone, 1 Corinthians the group is using for their study, 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 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.
Wednesday, January 22: The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul
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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