February 12, 2020
News of the Parish
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: February 25
Please join us on Tuesday, February 25  from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall for our annual Shrove Tuesday celebration.  Enjoy several kinds of pancakes, sausages, cut fruit, and ice cream, along with music and karaoke, all prepared by the Father's Ministry. There will be special decorations and fun galore, especially if you and your family join in.  See you then!
Thursdays in Lent Begin March 6
The Ash Wednesday liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer includes an invitation to observe a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. Over five Thursdays in Lent, St John's clergy team will lead a series of prayer and study sessions focusing on responses to the invitation. Fr. Connelly will open the series on March 5, followed by Fr. Goodheart on March 12, Fr. Cannon on March 19, Fr. Reho on March 26, and Deacon Moore on April 2.  Each week, we will begin with the liturgy of the Stations of the Cross in the church at 5:00 p.m., followed by a program in the parish hall from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Deacon Moore at 785.9400 or kmoore@stjohnstampa.org.
Holy Hospitality is Flourishing at St. John's!
A heartfelt thank you goes out to the many parishioners listed below who joined the Holy Hospitality team in 2019 to enhance our coffee hours, choir receptions and special events. On Sunday, February 16, the 2020 ministry team will be commissioned during the 9:15 a.m. service. Please renew your commitment or join the team for the upcoming season. Your help is needed and so appreciated!

Ministry Leader/Event Host
Sara Stone

Schedule Coordinator
Laura Hobby

Ministry Team Members
Beth Arthur, Donna Barrs, Heddy Brown, Erika Cannon, Erin Carr, Alvie Casey, Sarah Casey, Dallas Coffield, Sue Cox, Tweed Eckhard, John Edgar, Miriam Faircloth, Kim French, Ruth Giordano, Cindy Hadlow, Laura Hobby, Jan Kelley, Elizabeth Kurz, Susan Lang, Rachel Long Mattox, Pat Rice, Lindsey Robbins, Gwyn Schabacker, Pam Scruggs, Lisa Sepulveda, Caty Spriggs, Lynn Stanford, Sharon Stoll, Damian Stone, Sofia Stone, Janice Straske, Helen Turnquist

Clergy Serve at Faith Cafe
Clergy from the Tampa Deanery, including our own Fr Cannon, waited on and bused tables at Faith Cafe this past week.  Around 80 people with food insecurity receive a healthy and hearty meal at this local ecumenical mission every day.  St John's has a long-standing relationship with Faith Cafe.  Parishioners Sally Wiley and Mary Beth Carastro serve on the board, and our St John's team serves meals on the third and fourth Fridays of each month.  Volunteers are always needed.  Go to faithcafe.org to learn more, or ask your clergy or the St John's representatives about it.  This is a wonderful way to serve that just makes you feel so good!
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, Tomorrow, Thursday, February 13
This month's Moms' Meet Up, tomorrow, 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.
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!
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, 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.
Enquirers Class Begins

An engaged and diverse group of parishioners eager to deepen their faith gathered this past Sunday for the first Enquirers Class, led by Frs. Connelly and Cannon.
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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: 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
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! Our 2020 St John's Vacation Bible School will be June 15 through 19,and this year's theme is Rocky Railway . The registration site (for participants and volunteers) will be up soon. Jesus' power pulls us through!  Click here for more on the theme.  
EYC News
EYC This Week
St John's EYC  is back this Sunday, February 16 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 week, the group will be getting real with themselves and their faith, through fun hands-on activities and games--sticking with this semester's "life is messy" theme!
Youth Confirmation Classes Begin Sunday
Our first Youth Confirmation Class is THIS Sunday, February 16, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in Discovery House! We'll be discussing our Baptism, and how that relates to Confirmation. Youth Confirmation is open to all Youth 7 th grade and older who have not already been confirmed. Please contact Youth Minister Ayana Grady (agrady@stjohnstampa.org) if you would like to sign up for the class before this Sunday!
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
Parents! We have plenty of open dates for dinners, including this Sunday, February 16! 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 Birthdays

February 13, Pauline Dean, Zachary Taylor, Steve Sper, Wren Wankelman, Ned Roberts

February 14, Sarah Casey, Katherine Hancock, Billy Carson, Judy Galloway, Adeline Lee, Kimberly Poor

February 15, Mary Leach, Kim Reed, Melinda Rix, Lockwood Gray

February 16, Jack Boggs, Ralph Belfatti, Amy Shoukry

February 17, Peter Dawson, Evan Foley, Sandra Peterson, Betty Rawlings, Bill Young, William Whitcomb, Lindsay Mickler, Jeremiah Pederson, Jill Niell

February 18, Liz Ackermann, Lynn Fluharty, Kate Shamblin, William Horan, Emily Ruas, Allison Grimard

February 19, Jessica Simmons
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

"What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him"

1 Corinthians 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, February 13
Moms' Meet Up, 8:45 a.m., Discovery House

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 16
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 9:15 a.m.
Commissioning of Holy Hospitality volunteers will take place at this service.

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 meets this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room. 
For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 785.9400.

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

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 17
Parish Offices Closed in honor of Presidents' Day
Tuesday, February 18
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.
Mid Morning Women's Bible Study, 10:00 a.m., Lowry Room
Wednesday, February 19
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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