December 11, 2019
News of the Parish
Parish Breakfast and Sandwich Sunday This Week
Our monthly Parish Breakfast is this Sunday, December 15, the third Sunday of the month. The menu will be s crambled eggs, b acon and sausage, b iscuits, g ravy,  hash brown casserole with veggies, j uice, and coffee. Join us!

Sandwich Sunday will also take place on the 15th. Join us in the Parish Hall after the 9:15 a.m. service to help make sandwiches and bag lunches for the patrons at Faith Café. Thanks to our hosts this month, the Witte family!
Fr. Bob Elliott's Birthday Celebration

There was a wonderful celebration for Fr. Elliott's 95th birthday this past Saturday, with guests from all over.  Father Bob has been a sailor, priest, husband, father, and so much more! Happy birthday, Father Elliott!
Advent Lessons and Carols

Advent Lessons and Carols filled the congregation with great joy as these pictures of happy faces at the reception afterwards show.  Thanks to Simon Morley and the choir and all the excellent readers for their labor, and to the Stones and the rest of the Holy Hospitality team for preparing the reception!
Vestry, Clergy, and Staff Get Together!


Rick and Tweed Eckhard hosted a lovely Advent party on Sunday for the vestry, clergy, and staff and their guests. A lovely holiday time to get together and visit outside regular business hours, thanks to the Eckhards and co-hosts India Witte and Heddy Brown!
Christmas Lessons and Carols
A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols with the Holy Eucharist will take place on Sunday, December 22. Music will be of Philip Stopford, John Tavener, and Benjamin Britten. This service takes the place of our usual 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services (the 8:00 a.m. service will take place as usual). A special Holy Hospitality reception will follow. 

Celebrate the season with St. John's!
Christmas Service and Event Schedule
Sunday, December 22, at 10:00 a.m.
A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist, music of Philip Stopford, John Tavener and Benjamin Britten

This service will take the place of our regular 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services (the 8:00 a.m. service will take place as scheduled).

Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve
4:00 p.m. Children's Pageant with Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Rite II) with the Choir of St. John's
11:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Rite I) with the Choir of St. John's (pre-service music from 10:30 p.m.)

Parish Offices close at noon

Wednesday, December 25, Christmas Day
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Rite II) with Congregational Carols

Parish Offices Closed

Thursday, December 26
Parish Offices Closed
Fellowship and Events
Moms Meet Up Next Thursday: New Date and Location
Update: The Moms Meet Up group will now meet on Thursday, December 19 , at 8:45 a.m. at Sarah Bricklemyer's house (3207 West Palmira Avenue). This will be a fun Christmas celebration complete with yummy treats! They will still have their regular Nooma lesson. This month's topic will be the lure of "busy-ness," and how we can strive to prioritize the things that we truly care about. The group will watch  Shells  from the Nooma video series.  Click here for a preview. They  hope that everyone can join them!
Children and Youth
Cornerstone Kids Christmas Party
EYC News
Tacky Christmas Party
Our annual EYC Tacky Christmas Party and White Elephant Gift Exchange will be on Sunday, December 15 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Discovery House (combined 6th through 12th graders)! Come in your tackiest Christmas outfit with a fun or wacky WRAPPED Christmas present worth no more than $10 to $15. Friends as always, are welcome!
Ayana at EYC Events
EYC Dinner Needed
We still need volunteers to bring dinner this Sunday, December 15, click here to sign up.
EYC on IG
Don't forget to follow St John's EYC on Instagram at  https://www.instagram.com/stjohnseyctampa/   The Instagram is updated regularly with pictures/videos from Youth events.
Action Items and Opportunities
Advent Meditation Resources
This year there are two Advent meditation books available for your use during the season.  One is O Wisdom, which was very popular last year, and the other is The Wondrous Mystery.  Feel free to take one or both home with you. They are available at various locations around the church or from the Parish Offices.
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
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This Week's Birthdays

December 12, Steve Galloway, Christopher Walker, Jack Walker, Ellie Taylor

December 13, none

December 14, Ab Goodman, Mary Greacen, Kathy Lewis, Donna Gem, Sharon Stoll

December 15, Peggy Thompson, Marty Angiulli, Alexis Farmen, Hayden Atzenhoefer
 
December 16, Bridget Wiese, Andrew Mason, Samuel Shoukry
 
December 17, Lynn Rydene, Guy King, Susan Sharp, Jackson Andrews, Dennis Carr
 
December 18, John Webster, Ronnie Goodheart, Ansley Sampson
Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.


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, December 12
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 10:00 a.m., Chapel

Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch, 11:45 a.m., Lowry Room
The Men's Thursday Bible study will meet on Thursday 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, December 15
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
Sunday School for Children, 9:15 a.m., Parish Hall   

Parish Breakfast and Sandwich Sunday, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall
Sunday Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation Group will not meet this Sunday, December 15.  The Advent study will continue on Sunday, December 22 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., Church
Tacky Christmas Party and White Elephant Gift Exchange (6th through 12th grades), 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Discovery House
Tuesday, December 17
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 us for coffee, a light breakfast, and stimulating discussion. For information, contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 785.9400.
Wednesday, December 18: The Feast of St. Thomas
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel

Wednesday Nights in St. John's, 6:30 p.m., Parish Hall
On December 18, the Wednesday Nights group will see Christmas Child. The movie presents a heartwarming story of mystery and discovery based on Max Lucado's bestseller. As Christmas approaches, an enigmatic photograph draws journalist Jack Davenport to Clearwater, Texas, where he discovers an intricately carved nativity. Who made it and why? As he investigates, he uncovers secrets from his past---and a love who never left him. The movie stars Steven Curtis Chapman.

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