March 13, 2019
News of the Parish
St. John's Lenten Study Series Starts Next Week
The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then we rise in hope to life transformed. We invite you to walk with Jesus on his Way of Love into the experience of transformed life, through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption. Our Lenten worship and study series for this year will be held on four Thursdays: March 21 and 28 and April 4 and 11. Stations of the Cross will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the church, followed at 6:00pm by an adult forum, Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent in the Parish Hall. All materials will be provided. Call the parish offices at 259.1570 by this coming Monday, March 19, to register. Contact Deacon Kathleen at for more information.

The Quiet Day originally planned for March 23 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in the fall.
Gala Organ Concert This Sunday, March 17
The next event in our Annual Music Series will be a gala concert this Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m. featuring organist David Briggs - international concert organist and Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. This will be David's second visit to St. John's, and, as last time, he will be joined by our own choir in a performance of the 'Messe Solennelle' of Jean Langlais, with whom David studied in Paris. David and I worked together at Truro Cathedral in the nineties, before he went to be Organist of Gloucester Cathedral and subsequently concentrate on his solo performing and composing career. He is, without doubt, one of the foremost organists of his generation, and we are very fortunate to have him make a return appearance at St. John's. As always at our concerts, a reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

Love INC Visit
Holy Hospitality has been born again at St. John's! Many parishioners will remember participating in former St. John's associate rector Randy Hehr's "Practicing Holy Hospitality" program several years ago. Now, we are building on that foundation and revitalizing our efforts to make St. John's a more welcoming and connected community, starting with Coffee Hour between the 9:15 and 11:15 am services and extending to occasional receptions and other special events. Parishioner Sara Stone has taken the helm, and already more than 20 individuals have joined the team.   A big thank you to Sara and everyone else who has enthusiastically stepped up thus far, bringing delicious treats and helping set up in our beautiful courtyard during the first two Sundays in March.
In addition to providing an opportunity for fellowship and connection, our Holy Hospitality Coffee Hours will give us a time to showcase ministry opportunities at St. John's. This past Sunday, Love Inc. was the featured Outreach Ministry. Lindsey Hale, a Love INC representative, and Thad Bereday, a St. John's parishioner and Love INC. volunteer, were on hand to provide information and answer questions about the many volunteer opportunities Love, INC. offers.
If you want to join the Holy Hospitality team, email Sara Stone at or Heddy Brown, vestry liaison to Holy Hospitality, at, or contact either of them on Realm.
Also, on Tuesday, April 9, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., Love INC will hold its annual fundraising breakfast and open house at The Portico Church, 1001 North Florida Avenue in downtown Tampa. There will be a continental breakfast and a special guest host.  All are invited.  There is no charge to attend.
Pancake Supper Thanks
Thanks to all the Fathers who helped and those who joined us for the Pancake Supper last week. A special thanks to Bailey, Caroline, Kayie, and Declan for lending a hand, and to Kevin Kellar for organizing!
Save the Date for the 59th Annual Interfaith Gathering at Rodeph Sholom
The Shalom Sisterhood of Congregation Rodeph Sholom invites all women of St. John's to the 59th Annual Ann Zack Interfaith Gathering on Wednesday, April 3, at 11:00 a.m. at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 2713 Bayshore Blvd in Tampa.  This year's topic is One God - Three Religions.  Refreshments will be served. Our own Fr. Ackerman will be one of the panelists.

If you'd like to attend contact Deacon Kathleen at and she will make a single reservation for all St. John's guests.
Seeking Stillness - Christian Meditation Conference

Outreach Opportunities
ROAR VBS Volunteers Needed: Partnership with Cornerstone Kids!
St John's Vacation Bible School is coming up from June 24 through 28, and we need your help! VBS has a variety of service options available--before, during, and after Vacation Bible School! We need volunteers for decorating/set design, leading games, teaching classes, cleanup, and so much more! St John's Vacation Bible School has a longstanding partnership with Cornerstone Kids, and our week together is always a fun Outreach event like no other. Please contact Children's Minister Ayana Grady at to volunteer today!  
Sandwich Sunday Hosting Dates Available
We are in need of Sandwich Sunday hosts for the coming year. Hosting includes shopping for supplies, coordinating sandwich preparation on the day-of, and delivering the meals to Faith Cafe. Costs are reimbursed by the parish.

Available dates are: May 19, June 16, July 21, September 15, October 20, and December 15. Contact Cindy Martin at if you can help!
Adult Christian Formation
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study continues a study of the Gospel of Matthew using Interpretation Bible Studies' guide Matthew by Alyce M. McKenzie.  Laura Silva will lead the discussion of Matthew 16:13-28, "Peter's Confession and Jesus' Passion" on Tuesday, March 19.

The group will gather for fellowship at 9:45 a.m. and the lesson will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel.  All interested women are invited to attend. For more information contact Joan McKay at or Pat Wilson at or 644.4640.
Mom's Bible Study Tomorrow
The Mom's Bible Study is tomorow morning, March 14, at 8:45 a.m. in Discovery House (918 Orleans). All moms are welcome!

This month, we will be watching the Nooma video Rich, focusing on how rich our lives can truly be. Check out a quick preview here: Join us on Thursday morning for a thoughtful discussion, and lots of fun!
The St. John's Book Club
The St. John's Book Club will meet on March 19 at 4:00 p.m.  Janice Chapman will lead the discussion of America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie.  Everyone is invited to attend. 
Children and Youth
Save the Date for Egg Painting!
Save the Date! St John's Easter Egg Painting Party will be Saturday, April 13, from  3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please bring a bag of candy-filled eggs to donate to our Easter Egg Hunt!
No EYC This Week
6 th through  12 th graders! St John's EYC will not meet this Sunday, March 17, because of Spring Break. We'll be back to regular EYC on Sunday, March 24, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Discovery House!
Mission Trip Profiles
During summer 2019, our youth will go on mission and we will feature several of the young people going on the trip in the weeks to come.  The St John's 2019 Youth Mission Trip will be in the Blue Ridge Mountains, NC from June 8 through 1 5. .   

Declan Kellar
6th grade at Madison Middle School STEM Program
Hobbies: Floor Hockey, Football, Legos, Piano, and Coding.

I am looking forward to the mission trip to Blue Ridge Mountains because I like to learn about new communities in different places. I am also excited about helping and meeting new people.
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Ba
ptisms and Birthdays 


March 3
Logan Theodore Drumsta
Greer Ivy Sampson
Remi Gray Sampson


March 14
Jackie Preis, Hazel Cox, Michael Dangl, Martin McKinney

March 15
Cindy Hadlow, Bill Carson, Jack Williams, Kendal Kelly

March 16
Mac Scarritt, Nicholas Raffa
March 17, Thad Bereday, Maggie Wiegand, Paige Shoukry

March 18
Absley Pekkala, Francie Brooks, Mark Johnson

March 19
Nancy Crane, Lisa Leal, Stacy Arcuri

March 20
Tiffany Blume, Jack Casey, Charles Arnold, Mank Saunders
Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

'Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.'

Luke 4
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, March 14
Mom's Bible Study, 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., Peterson Room
The Men's Thursday Bible study will meet at 11:45 in the Small Peterson Room at the St. John's Middle School Campus, 240 Plant Avenue.  Please park in the lot in the front of the Middle School and not in the Four Green Fields lot.  We will come together for fellowship and study the readings for this coming Sunday.  Please feel free to bring a lunch if you wish.
Due to security measures at St. John's School, upon arrival, please stop by the front desk to receive a lanyard.
Sunday, March 17
Click here for the readings for Sunday. St. John's follows Track 2.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 9:15 a.m., Church

Parish Breakfast and Sandwich Sunday, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall
This Sunday is our monthly Parish Breakfast. The menu will consist of scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, grits, and fresh fruit. If you can help Chef Dave and his crew, email him at

This Sunday is also Sandwich Sunday, we invite everyone to help make bag lunches for the patrons of Faith Cafe. Thanks to the hosts for this month, the Sansone and Schenk families!

Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation group continues a DVD-based study entitled The New Testament You Never Knew Bring your coffee and join the group for a lively discussion between services. For more information, contact Kathleen Moore at 785.9400 or

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

No EYC This Week

Gala Organ Concert, 5:00 p.m., Church. Reception follows in the Parish Hall.
Tuesday, March 19
Contemporary Women's Bible Study, 6:45 a.m., Lowry Room
CWBS meets on Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. All women of St. John's and friends from other churches are welcome.  The Lenten study is based on Lent for All by N.T. Wright. For information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.

Women's Mid Morning Bible Study, 9:45 a.m., Chapel

The St. John's Book Club, 4:00 p.m., Lowry Room
Wednesday, March 20: The Feast of St. Joseph
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 at 6:30 p.m. each week to share a potluck supper, followed by fellowship, a video, and discussion of our faith. Contact Paul and Winkie Game at with questions about the group.
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