November 6, 2019
News of the Parish
St. John's Choir Commemorates the Feast of All Souls' and Veterans Day
On Sunday, November 10, at 5:00 p.m., St. John's Choir will offer the Requiem of Gabriel Faure, liturgically, to commemorate the feast of All Souls' and Veterans Day. Faure composed the Requiem between 1887 and 1890, and it is the best-known of his large works, with its focus on rest and consolation. The piece premiered in its first version in 1888 at the church of La Madeleine in Paris, where Faure was organist. Faure said of the work "Everything I managed to entertain by religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest." Please join us for this service, and one of the most well-loved of all the settings of the Requiem Mass.
Ordination of the Rev. Deacon Michael Cannon
The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith will Ordain the Rev. Deacon Michael Cannon to the Sacred Order of Priests in St. John's Church on Saturday, November 23, at 11:00 a.m. All are invited and encouraged to attend. A graduate of The School of Theology at
Sewanee, Michael comes to us from St. Andrew's Church in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

A reception honoring Michael and his wife, Erika, will follow the Ordination service in the parish hall. If you would be willing to bring a dish or help in another way with the reception, please be in touch with Sara Stone at

Please plan to join us for what will be a glorious day in the life of St. John's Church.
Pledge Sunday is this Weekend
This Sunday is Pledge Sunday. If you have already made your pledge, thank you! If not, please bring your pledge card this Sunday for the offering plate. We are all grateful for your financial support.
Annual Advent Wreathmaking: November 24
We will be offering Advent wreathmaking on Sunday, November 24 beginning after the 8:00 a.m. service and continuing after the 9:15 a.m. service. Wreaths and candles available for $5 each. Everyone is welcome, make your wreath before Advent 1! 
Thanksgiving Food Drive
The St. John's Episcopal Parish Day School Dads' Club is hosting our annual church/school Thanksgiving food drive for Metropolitan Ministries, and we need your help! Metropolitan Ministries assists more than 20,000 struggling families each season and they need our support. Our previous drives have been tremendously successful, and we are looking for the same giving spirit this year! A collection barrel will soon be placed in a convenient location for your donations. Questions? Contact Fr. James Reho.

In addition, Metropolitan Ministries is encouraging families to give their time and energy by volunteering at their Holiday Tent. If you would like to be a part of this effort, contact Kayla Boronell at 209.1000, extension 1239, or at .
St. John's School Seeks Team Member
St. John's Parish Day School is seeking a team member for its After School Program.  Individuals must be at least 21 years old and able to work Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Primary and Lower Division Principal, Ana Ibanez, at
Fellowship and Events
Sacred Ground at DaySpring
On Saturday, November 16, DaySpring will host  Sacred Ground , a  day-long film-based dialogue series on race and faith, as part of their Racial Reconciliation series.
  • Sacred Ground is a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race and racism.
  • It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story.
  • It holds as a guiding star the vision of beloved community - where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another's pain and seek one another's flourishing.
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
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. Sharon Stoll will guide their study of Isaiah 44:9-20 and Isaiah 55 on Tuesday, November 19.

For more information contact either Pat Wilson at or 245.9562, or Joan McKay at
Annual Fathers Camping Trip is Friday!
This year's St. John's Fathers camping trip is November 8 and 9 at Lakewood Retreat, 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, 34602 in Brooksville, FL (

The cost is $25 per person including children. Please mail a check 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 with questions and to RSVP. Don't miss this popular St. John's tradition!
Action Items and Opportunities
St. John's Giving Tree 2019
The Outreach Commission is pleased to announce that the St. John's Giving Tree is back again for the Christmas season! The dates to pick up ornaments and choose a gift for a child are November 17 and 24. Our friends at Cornerstone Kids will be the lucky recipients of your love and generosity! Contact MC Jenkins with questions.
Parishioner Nametags: Order Now
St. John's is placing an order for nametags soon.  Please call or email the parish office if you are interested.  The cost is $18 each.
Children and Youth
Sunday School and Family News
Christmas Pageant Cast Reveal
Our Christmas Pageant Cast Reveal Brunch is this Sunday, November 10, in the Parish Hall after the 9:15 service! Come celebrate the beginning of our Christmas journey, and our amazing group of St John's children! The Christmas Pageant will be on Tuesday, December 24, during the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service. Thank you to Jen Isaacs, Meaghan Robertson, Kate Shenk, and Sara Stone for providing the Brunch!  
Sunday School Snack
We still need several volunteers to bring the Sunday School snack in November, including THIS Sunday, November 10 !   Please sign up here to help!
EYC News
6th-12th graders! St John's EYC will meet this Sunday, November 10, in Discovery House, with Middle School (6th through 8th graders) meeting from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., and High School (9th through 12th graders) meeting from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.! This Sunday, Middle Schoolers learn life lessons from Kid President! The High Schoolers will discuss how we can embrace our similarities, instead of always highlighting our differences, watching clips from the movie The Breakfast Club!

Thank you to Jodi Rainey for providing Sunday's EYC Dinner! We have a few open dates in December, if you would like to bring an EYC Dinner:

Don't forget to follow St John's EYC on Instagram! The EYC Instagram is updated multiple times a week, and is a great way to stay up to date with Youth activities and events.
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). 
The St John's Youth 2020 Mission Trip to New Orleans is officially full, but we have started a waiting list and are actively looking into extra lodging options in order to add spots. Please contact Ayana at to sign up for the trip! Click here for a preview of some of the exciting Mission activities:
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays and Baptisms


November 3,  Charleston Haven Roman,  James Scott Lee,  Andrew Hayes Harris  

November 7, Evelyn Bowles, Thompson Marston, Braden Simmons

November 8, Leland Baldwin, Charles Crumpton, Mary Esther Parker, Anne Voss, Brandi Mason, Brett Divers, Benjamin Lejkowski, Sam Zukusky, Lawrence Normandeau

November 9, Betsy Arizu, Candace Portmann, Bridgette Howell

November 10, Emmy Adams, Suzy Lopez, Vicki Arthur
November 11, Evelyn Harden, Thuy-Trang Smith
November 12, Caroline Shepard, Susan Straughn, Benjamin Horan
November 13, Betty Carroll, Rick Eckhard, John Giordano, Dottie Hilton, Fred Schrils, Fred Tellekamp
Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.

Ephesians 1
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, November 7
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, November 8 and Saturday, November 9
Fathers Camping Trip, Lakewood Retreat
Sunday, November 10: Pledge Sunday
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   

Holy Hospitality, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Courtyard (weather permitting)
Christmas Pageant Reveal Brunch, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Discovery House
Sunday Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation Group meets on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room. They continue to view the DVD series The New Testament You Never Knew and 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 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
The Choir of St. John's, Faure Requiem, 5:00 p.m. Church
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, November 12
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 or 785.9400.
Wednesday, November 13
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 is watching  How Happiness Happens, a six session DVD presentation by Max Lucado, Teaching Minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX and best selling inspirational author of more than 140 million books.
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