October 2, 2019
News of the Parish
Annual Pet Blessing this Friday
Bring your pets, whether scaly, furry, or splashy, to be blessed! The blessing will take place in the church courtyard immediately following school (approximately 3:00 p.m.) on St. Francis Day, this Friday, October 4. T his year's complimentary dog biscuits will be provided by parishioner Ellie Brown through her company Brady's Biscuits.
Episcopal Schools Celebration: October 6
Episcopal Schools Celebration celebrates the ministry of the nearly 1,200 Episcopal schools and early childhood education programs throughout the Episcopal Church. Whether it is at school, the parish or cathedral, or at a diocesan-wide service or event, ESC is the time to give thanks and to proclaim to your community and the Church the good news that is your school! Hugh Jebson, Head of St. John's School, will give an address in place of the sermon at Sunday services on ESC which will take place on Sunday, October 6.
Annual Fathers Camping Trip
This year's St. John's Fathers camping trip is November 8 and 9 at Lakewood Retreat in Brooksville, FL (www.lakewoodretreat.org). Lakewood Retreat is located at 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, 34602. Office phone: 352.796.4097

The cost is $25 per person. For example, a father bringing two children will be $75. Please mail a check made out to Kaivon Madani to: Kaivon Madani, 5224 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611, or you can pay at the campground. The fee will help cover the cost of the campsite fees, food, firewood, and other needed supplies.

Please email kaivonmadani@hotmail.com with questions and to RSVP.
St. John's School Admissions Open House
St. John's School is hosting a fall Admissions Open House on Tuesday, October 29, at 8:30 a.m., for K(4) through Grade 4 at the Lower Division campus (906 South Orleans Avenue).
Interested families can register at stjohnseagles.org/openhouse or contact Admissions for more information!

Can't make the Open House? The Primary Division is open for tours each Tuesday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Ask a friend to join you for a tour and conversation and learn more about the St. John's experience.
Music Notes
The Choir of St. John's in Concert
The removal of the carpet from the sanctuary this summer resulted in enhanced acoustics, and the Choir of St. John's will present a concert of choral favorites to celebrate the new sound. The concert, which will take place on Sunday, October 13, at 5:00 p.m., will feature works by Olivier Messiaen, Robert Parsons, Sir Edward Bairstow, and Sir Charles Villiers StanfordReception to follow in the Parish Hall.  Simon Morley will conduct  and  Ryan Hebert will be  Guest Organist.
University of Tampa First Friday Recital Features Simon Morley
The next concert in the First Friday lunchtime series in Sykes Chapel at the University of Tampa will be on Friday, October 4  at 12:00 p.m. Our own Organist and Director of Music, Simon Morley, will play an organ recital on the chapel's fine Dobson organ. The program, which will last around forty minutes and is designed to be very listener-friendly, will include works by J.S. Bach, Grayston Ives, and Percy Fletcher. Admission is free, and the chapel, with its fine acoustic and organ, is well worth a visit.
Fellowship and Events
The Circle Fall Social
The Circle
Join us for The Circle Fall Social
Faith, Food & Fellowship
Sunday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Cary & Katey Brown, Dennis & Erin Carr, Steven & Lisa Sepulveda
Evites with further details on the way soon
To be added to The Circle mailing list, please email lwsepulveda@aol.com.
Action Items and Opportunities
Love INC Breakfast Fundraiser
On Tuesday, October 8, Love INC will hold a fundraising breakfast at the Portico Church, 1001 North Florida Ave. Tampa, FL 33602. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and there is ample, free, off-street parking. There is no charge for this event, bring a friend and your hearts! There are plenty of seats at the table.

To sign up for our St John's table, please contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 795.9400.
Adult Christian Formation
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
On Tuesday, October 8, the Women's Mid Morning Bible Study continues their study of the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. The group invites you to come enlarge your understanding as they follow Interpretation Bible Study's Isaiah by Gary Light. 

The group meets on alternate Tuesdays in the Lowry Room beginning at 10:00 a.m. The lesson time is 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.   Deacon Kathleen Moore will be facilitating the study of Isaiah chapters 7:1-17 and 9:1-7, as well as the entirety of chapters 36 and 37.

For more information contact either Pat Wilson at patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com or 245.9562, or Joan McKay at mckayjhm@aol.com.
Children and Youth
Pumpkin Painting Party
Our St John's Pumpkin Painting Party will be Sunday, October 27  from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall! It's BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin), and the church will provide paint, brushes, activities, and food! We encourage all families to participate in this fun Fall tradition. Invite your friends for a great time!
Sunday School News
Thank you to Kristen Decelles for bringing our Sunday School snacks this week! You can sign up to bring Sunday School snacks here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044ca9af2ca6fd0-sunday
Christmas Pageant sign-ups will begin this Sunday, October 6 , with our annual Christmas Pageant Reveal Brunch scheduled for Sunday, November 10  between the services! Please sign up for your child's preferred role at Sunday School check-in, or e-mail Ayana at agrady@stjohnstampa.org .
EYC News
EYC In Service
Sign up to serve at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tents on Saturday, November 23 from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.! This is a fun and meaningful annual service event and 6th through 12th grade families are welcome to sign up together! Every volunteer needs to register here (first come, first served): https://metromin.volunteerhub.com/lp/StJohnsEpiscopalChurch/  

EYC Halloween Party
The annual EYC Halloween Party (a combined 6 th through  12 th grade event) will be on Sunday, October 20  from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Discovery House! Please come in a church-appropriate costume for a night of games, treats, and fun. Invite your friends!

Mission Trip Meeting
On Sunday, October 13 , we will have our St John's EYC Mission Trip Parents' Meeting from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Discovery House! Our 2020 EYC Mission Trip will be from May 31 through  June 6  in New Orleans. We have 18 spots available for the trip, and a $100 deposit at the meeting will secure yours. Come to learn more about the trip details, as well as our fundraising opportunities!

EYC This Week
This Sunday, October 6 , St John's will have another awesome night of EYC! Middle Schoolers (6th through 8th graders) will meet from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Discovery House, and High Schoolers (9th through 12th graders) will meet from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Discovery House. The Middle Schoolers will learn about Worship this week (with Black Panther as our superhero example), and the High Schoolers will be learning about the importance of community from the movie About a Boy!

Thank you to India Witte for providing our EYC dinner for the combined group from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.! We still have several available dates to bring one of our weekly EYC Dinners--you can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044ca9af2ca6fd0-eycdinners1 
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
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This Week's
 Birthdays

October 3
Virginia Bever, Adam Hutchinson, John Koch

October 4
Cole Jeffries, Mary Jane Stagi, Jim Clark

October 5
John McKay, Laura Hobby, Turner Martin

October 6
Virginia Hobby
Daniel Johnson

October 7
Mary Pekkala
Kristie Salzer
Hyatt Sbar

October 8
Joan McKay
William Clewis
Caroline Mackie

October 9
Pene Herman
Isabelle Lowke
Pam Shives
Luke Eatman
Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

T here is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.

1 Timothy 6
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, October 3
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 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.
Friday, October 4
First Friday Organ Recital featuring Simon Morley, Noon, University of Tampa Sykes Chapel

St. Francis Pet Blessing, 3:00 p.m., Church Courtyard
Sunday, October 6: Episcopal Schools Celebration

This Sunday's readings will not follow the regular Lectionary readings. In honor of Episcopal Schools Celebration Sunday, we will read: 
Ezekiel 36:24-28
Psalm 51:10-16
Philippians 2:12-16
Luke 17:20-24

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

The Holy Eucharist ( Rite II) and Holy Baptism, 9:15 a.m., Church
Sunday School for Children, 9:15 a.m., Parish Hall   

Holy Hospitality Coffee Hour Fellowship, following the 9:15 a.m. service , Courtyard
Sunday Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation Group will continue this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room as the DVD series The New Testament You Never Knew continues with a study of the ministry of the Apostle Paul.  All are welcome to join the group for this very interesting series led by theologians Bishop N.T. Wright and Dr Michael Bird. For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 785.9400.

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church
Middle School EYC (6th through 8th grades), 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
Combined EYC Dinner (6th through 12th grades), 5:30 p.m., Discovery House
High School EYC (9th through 12th grades), 6:00 p.m., Discovery House
Tuesday, October 8
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.
Mid Morning Women's Bible Study, 10:15 a.m., Lowry Room
Walking the Mourner's Path Grief Support Group, 6:00 p.m., Lowry Room
Wednesday, October 9
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. 

The group continues viewing Move Over:  When Mercy Meets Your Mess, a  six session DVD presentation by Vicki Courtney,  national speaker and best-selling author  of Bible studies and books.  Contact Paul and Winkie Game at pgamefla@aol.com with questions about the group.
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