May 27, 2020
Virtual Worship, Ministries, and Resources
Virtual Ministries and Prayer Groups
Click here to visit our webpage that details all the virtual ministries and prayer groups at St. John's.
Morning Devotionals
Daily devotional videos continue on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays this week for a final week. They can be found  by clicking here to visit our Facebook page . Recordings can also be found on our YouTube channel

Evening Prayer
Fr. Connelly streams evening prayer daily Monday through Saturday at 3:00 p.m. on Facebook Live. Intercessory prayers are invited in the comments during the feed or email Fr. Connelly.

Compline Night Prayer
Fr. Reho and his wife Lori offer Compline night prayers on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook Live. They will do so through this Friday, May 29, the end of the Easter season.
Sunday Services
St. John's continues to stream services on Facebook Live on Sundays. Access the stream at our page at We will resume in-person services on June 7.

The audio for sermons is here. New sermons are uploaded by Monday each week. Bulletins for Sundays are here, each week's bulletin is uploaded to this page on Saturday. Click here to find the readings for this coming Sunday. You can also see Sunday services on our YouTube channel, they are uploaded each Sunday by mid-afternoon.

The Chapel of the Resurrection, outdoors in the courtyard, is open 24/7. Please practice safe distancing measures with other parishioners.
Visit our website at for prayers and devotionals. 
A pdf of The Book of Common Prayer can be found here.  Hard copy prayer books are also available at the church, outside on the porch courtyard, if you wish to borrow one. The Lectionary Page, with the readings for each week, can be accessed here .

Please note that blue text denotes a hyperlink directly to the service or website referenced.

If you have any questions or trouble using the online services noted above, please contact Lee Lowry by replying to this email, or contact John Edgar at You can also contact the clergy member or parishioner who is the contact for each ministry. 
News of the Parish
10:00 a.m. Service of Choral Matins Streaming this Sunday
This Sunday, May 31, the Day of Pentecost, we will stream a service of Choral Matins at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook Live.  Click here for more information about Matins, or Morning Prayer. We hope you will join us from the comfort and safety of your home.
Worship In Person Resumes on June 7
We will resume in-person services with appropriate controls in place on Trinity Sunday, June 7. The services will be said Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m. and Choral Morning Prayer, or Matins, at 10:00 a.m. The 10:00 a.m. service will be streamed on Facebook. We will continue to offer services of Morning Prayer on Sundays until it is safe to resume the distribution of Communion.
Safe distancing procedures will be in place for entering, seating, and exiting. Safe distancing in seating results in a maximum capacity of 100 people at each service. Face coverings are highly recommended, not only for your safety, but for the safety of others. While all will be welcomed, we recommend that those parishioners over age 65 and those with underlying health conditions consider remaining safe at home and participating comfortably in the streamed service.  
Sunday School for children will continue to be conducted virtually. For information on how to participate, please contact Ayana Grady at . The nursery will remain closed.
More information on procedures we are implementing to ensure a safe worship experience for all will be forthcoming.
Cornerstone Kids Graduate!
Even though the schools have been closed due to the pandemic, there are four students that have worked hard and are worthy of recognition. Pictured below are Shamara and Cortayveous who have graduated from Academy Preparatory Center of Tampa. They qualified to attend the nationally accredited nonprofit middle school back when they were enrolled as fourth graders at Cornerstone. In the fall they both plan to attend Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School, a college-preparatory, Catholic institution.

In addition, two fifth graders have graduated from the after school program in Tampa Heights: Za'Yonna and Harvis. I was thrilled to hear Za'Yonna give a speech reflecting on her years at Cornerstone at the Lincoln-Douglass Ball back in February. I had the pleasure of working with her as well as six of her older siblings over many years. Once again, St. John's was pleased to award these new graduates with $25 Wal-Mart gift cards for their achievement.

MC Jenkins
Exploring Love INC Volunteer Opportunities
St John's is one of 14 partner churches of Love INC of Metro Tampa, an organization dedicated to connecting neighbors in need with churches and community organizations that can meet those needs.  If you are interested in exploring the possibility of becoming a Love INC volunteer, you are invited to participate in a 7-week online study of the principles of Redemptive Compassion (, an approach to helping others that is transformational rather than just transactional.  The study group, led by Love INC Executive Director Ann Doyle, will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning July 1; a free study guide will be provided.  Space is limited. If you are interested, RSVP by July 17 to: Ann M. Doyle at or 541.7366, or contact Deacon Kathleen at 785.9400 for more information.  
Action Items and Opportunities
Candle Available
The candle in the Sanctuary light is available for Sunday, June 7. If you would like to take this opportunity to honor a loved one and support your parish, contact us at or 259.1570.
Making a Gift to Your Parish
There are many ways to make a one time or recurring gift to your parish! The work of the parish goes on and is more important than ever, and we appreciate your support. Please note, when we resume in-person services on June 7, we will not pass the collection plates.

Mail a check to the church

Our address is St. John's Episcopal Church, 906 S. Orleans Ave., Tampa, FL  33606


Send a check through your bank's online bill pay

The bank will need the church's name, address, and usually our phone number, 259.1570


Request that St. John's make an automatic monthly withdrawal from your checking or savings account

Contact Debbi at to set up.


Give online

Go to and click on "Give Now" on the right side of the top blue bar. The church now has the ability to accept credit and debit card payments, along with checking/savings account payments


Give by text
In the 'To' field of the text type "SJE," then in the message, type 73256. You will receive a text back immediately with a link to complete the payment.


Debbi Huelsman is available to walk you through any of these methods by email at or a phone call at 259.1570.
Loving our Parish During a Time of Need
If you are someone who is able to help your fellow parishioners with errands and other means of support, please contact Fr. MIchael at Conversely, if you are a parishioner who needs help, please also contact Fr. Michael at email at or by phone at 864.320.7116He will be matching needs with resources so we are able to help one another in Christ's name.
Children and Youth
Children's Ministry Notes
Sunday School Zoom!
In addition to our weekly video, St John's Sunday School will have its first Zoom meeting this Sunday, May 31 at 11:15 a.m., right after the streaming church service. Contact Ayana for the link at agrady@stjohnstampa.orgMay 31st is Pentecost Sunday, so hopefully we'll see you all in RED! 

Youth News
St John's EYC (6th through 12th graders) will meet this Sunday, May 31, for the final weekly EYC of the school year! We will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Join us for fun games, discussion, and prayer!
Confirmation to Be Rescheduled
St John's Confirmation service (originally scheduled for Sunday, June 14) has been postponed to later in the summer. Please watch further communications for details on the exact date!
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
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This Week's Birthdays

May 28, Mary Stephen Straske, Jeff Slack, Luke Osborne, Dax Nelson, Ronan Sampson

May 29, Avery Slack, Mark Braun

May 30, Mary Hulse, Benjamin Johnson, Keri Stricker

May 31, Lelia Clewis, Enid Barness
June 1, Caroline Brown, Jessica Arizu, Lexi Hutchinson, Richard Mockler, Georgette Brown, Stephanie Moxley, Grady Scott
June 2, Bette Crowder, Stephanie Simon

June 3, Jan Williams
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

1 Peter 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. 
Individual Pastoral Care
Although in-person pastoral visits are restricted, your clergy are available to you for pastoral conversations. If you are unable to reach them at the Church offices, please call directly. They can be reached at these numbers:

Pastoral Emergency Line: 813.906.5199
Father Connelly: 813.250.6293
Father Cannon: 864.320.7116
Father Goodheart: 321.446.4934
Deacon Moore: 813.785.9400
Father Reho: 917.526.0746
This Week In St. John's
Thursday, May 28
Men's Interactive Bible Study, 11:45 a.m., Zoom
The Men's Interactive Bible Study meets every Thursday at 11:45 a.m. to study the readings for the coming week and for fellowship.  Although the group normally meets in the Lowry Room at the Orleans Campus, they are temporarily meeting on Zoom. Email John in the parish offices ( for the link to join.
Sunday, May 31
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 10:00 a.m., Facebook Live
Bulletins and other resources are available here.

Enquirers Class, 12:30 p.m., Zoom

EYC, 4:30 p.m., Zoom
Tuesday, June 2
CWBS, 6:00 p.m., Zoom
The Contemporary Women's Bible Study (CWBS) group is doing a weekly virtual study on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The group will continue its study of the Acts of the Apostles. This is a Zoom meeting, so if you are interested in participating, you will need to register. Contact Deacon Kathleen at 785.9400 or; or Sally Thompson at or 254.3009.
Wednesday, June 3
Wednesday Afternoon Sunday School, 2:00 p.m., Zoom
The group will meet by Zoom from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. If you would like to join them, contact Deacon Kathleen at for login information.
COVID-19 Resources
There are many resources, both national and local, available during this time to help you keep up with swiftly changing events and keep yourself and your family safe. A few are below.

Centers for Disease Control

USF Public Health

USF has experts available to answer questions.

State of Florida

Hillsborough County

City of Tampa
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