September 12, 2018
News of the Parish
This Sunday, September 16: Services at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
The 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services will be combined this Sunday into one service at 10:00 a.m. with Rally Day to follow.  

Rally Day, St. John's ministries' showcase and kickoff event, is this Sunday, September 16.   You are invited to get "A Taste of St. John's" by sampling the array of ministries, outreach projects, and fellowship groups of our Parish.   You'll also enjoy delicious food samples - St. John's and Tampa favorites - as you get to know the needs and opportunities here and decide where best to share your own gifts and talents this year.   This event is a celebration and will be uplifting and fulfilling (and filling!) for all. See you there!
The Soiree
St. John's Church  invites you to a  SoirĂ©e
at the home of  Ron and Mary Hulse
4912 Lyford Cay Road

Friday, September 28
7:00 p.m.

Bring an hors d'oeuvre to share. 
Catch up with old friends and meet new people.

RSVP to Mary Hulse at or
Pat Wilson at
Bingo is Back and Better than Ever!
St John's Fall Family Bingo Night is coming up on Friday, September 21 , from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall! We'll have pizza and game materials-come join us for a fun night of fellowship with friends!
Canoe Trip Highlights
Thank you all for making this year's Canoe Trip another awesome outing for St. John's. This was a great group as you can see - especially love seeing all the kiddos come out and have some (unplugged) fun.  This year we had 25 paddlers.  The river was pretty high this trip, making the wildlife sightings more scarce, but the kids had fun and the weather held out!  
Events and Fellowship
Mom's Mornings Resume Tomorrow
Mom's Mornings resume tomorrow, Thursday, September 13, at 8:45 a.m. in Discovery House. They invite all parish moms to join them for fellowship, reflection, and fun! Contact Sarah Bricklemyer at with questions.
The St. John's Book Club
The St. John's Book Club will meet on Tuesday, September 18, at 4:00 p.m. in the Lowry Room.  Pat Rice will lead the discussion of Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas.  Everyone is invited to come and/or join the book club, which meets on the third Tuesday of each month from September through November and January through April.
Baseball with the Bishop: Deadline This Friday
The Diocese's annual Baseball With the Bishop event is Friday, September 28, at 7:10 p.m., Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays. Lower level tickets are $25 (a $45 value). The deadline to purchase tickets is this Friday, September 14. Please send your check to the parish offices, payable to St. John's. A portion of the sale of each ticket will benefit the Episcopal Charities Fund. Contact with questions.
Hospitality of the Heart Conference: November 16 and 17
Join our own Ayana Grady, the Rev. Janet Tunnell, and other diocesan leaders to experience how a culture of welcome and belonging can transform the lives of both parishioners and congregations. Visit the diocesan website at to find out more and register or click here for a direct link.
Children and Youth
EYC News
RTU Recap
Thanks to all of the St John's Rock the Universe participants-especially the adult leaders who sacrificed their sleep for a weekend of late nights: Fr. Chase Ackerman, Suzanne Arthur, Marcia Bento, Ayana Grady, Leslie Jennewein, and Kevin Kellar. Everyone did a great job!
EYC Meeting This Sunday
St John's EYC resumes THIS Sunday, September 16, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Discovery House (918 Orleans Avenue)! Our theme this semester is Dirty Faith, and we'll be discussing Aliens-how does our faith make us different? Join for lots of games, food, and fun-invite your friends!
Middle School Retreat
New Beginnings Middle School Retreat (October 5 through 7 at DaySpring) is going to be epic, with games, small groups, songs, and fun! The deadline to register is THIS Monday (September 17), and you can find out more here. We hope to have a great group from St John's participating!
Adult Christian Formation
Sandwich Sunday Hosts Needed
We are in need of Sandwich Sunday hosts on November 18. 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. Contact Cindy Martin at if you can help.
Adult Christian Formation
Koine Greek Class Starting Soon
If it's all Greek to you, why not join us for a class in Koine Greek, the language of the New Testament?  The class  will  meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. beginning September 25 and ending November 13 (eight weeks). Parishioner Lawrence Normandeau will lead the class.  All materials will be provided. For more information or to sign up, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study will study Exodus this fall, using Interpretation Bible Studies' guide Exodus by James D. Newsome. They invite all women of St. John's and their friends to join them as they explore God's redemptive and merciful activity in some of the most unforgettable stories in the Old Testament.

The group will meet on alternate Tuesdays from 9:45 to 11:00 a.m. in the Church Sanctuary. On September 18, Margaret Brokaw will lead the study of Exodus 7:1-24, "The First Plague," and Exodus 12:1-51, "Free At Last." 

For  more information contact Joan McKay at or Sally Wiley at or 244.4497.
Information and Resources
Our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays 

September 13
Greg Hearing, Tom Reed, Ansley Graff

September 14
Mary Beth Carastro, Kate Graves, Bonnie Judy, Monica Tappan, Jerry Williams, Ken Walker, Jacqueline Thomson, Chris Carnahan

September 15
Mary Jo Shenk, Barbara Taylor  

September 16
Paul Carastro, Mollie Dolcimascolo, Bill Henry, Eleanor Johnson

September 17
Don Cox, Emery Pieper, Elizabeth Pearce, John Edgar

September 18
Ellen Henne, Vicki Hayes, Sarah Bricklemyer, Denise Thomason

September 19
George McGahran, John Nelson, Bear Galavis

Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

Show your goodness, O  Lord to those who are good  and to those who are true of heart.

Psalm 125
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.
This Week in St. John's
Thursday, September 13
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing & 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 and Lunch group meets on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. The readings the group studies are those from the Revised Common Lectionary for the coming Sunday. Feel free to bring your lunch. Please park under the Selmon Expressway.
Sunday, September 16: Rally Day
Click here for the readings for Sunday. St. John's follows Track 2.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

Combined Service: The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 10:00 a.m., Church
Sunday School for Children, 10:00 a.m., Parish Hall

Rally Day, following the 10:00 a.m. service, Parish Hall

Adult Christian Formation: 
No Meeting
The Sunday Adult Formation group will take a summer break during July and August.  Meetings will begin again on Sunday, September 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.  Bring your coffee and join us for a lively discussion between services. For more information, contact Kathleen Moore at 221.6253 or

EYC, 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
Tuesday, September 18
Contemporary Women's Bible Study, 6:45 a.m., Peterson Room
Contemporary Women's Bible Study continues its fall session on Tuesday mornings at 6:45 a.m. in the Peterson Room.  All women are welcome!  For information,  contact Deacon Kathleen at  or 785.9400.
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study, 9:45 a.m., Peterson Room
On September 18, Margaret Brokaw will lead our study of Exodus 7:1-24, "The First Plague" and Exodus 12:1-51, "Free At Last."
Wednesday, September 19: The Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
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 begins a new series: Cultures in Conflict, Paul Proclaims Jesus As Lord. 

Life Among Pagans:
 How do people  live in a culture where the worldview conflicts with Christianity?  In letters from Paul, he presents his beliefs to the most powerful court in Athens and settles among the Greco-Romans of Corinth, who valued wealth and class, worship of mutiple gods, and decadent pleasure-seeking above all else.
In this five-lesson DVD, Ray Vandor Laan guides viewers through Athens and Corinth and leads them through scripture to answer this query.

Contact Paul and Winkie Game at with questions about the group.
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