January 9, 2019
News of the Parish
January 20 Organ Recital Not To Be Missed
The first event of the New Year in our Annual Music Series will be an organ recital on Sunday, January 20  at 5:00 p.m. by Geoffrey Morgan, Organist of Christchurch Priory in the UK. Geoffrey is a former Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey and Sub Organist of Guildford Cathedral, and is a highly regarded recitalist and liturgical organist. Simon Morley writes: "I have known Geoffrey for over thirty years, having met him during my student days in London. When I became Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey, it was a rare privilege to work alongside him, and I credit much of what I know today regarding liturgical accompaniment to his example, embarrassed as I know he would be to hear me say it! His programs are very carefully chosen to appeal to a wide audience, so please do support this recital."
Epiphany Bible Study with the Rector
Wednesdays through February 27 i n the Lowry Room from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m.
The Epiphany Bible Study with Fr. Connelly will continue this week when we will consider St. John's exclamation that Jesus is the Lamb of God (John 1:29-42). No advance preparation is necessary; only an open heart and an open mind. You may want to bring a Bible in the translation you prefer. Bring a "brown bag" lunch too, if you wish. 
Combined Services on Sunday, February 10
The Annual Meeting of St. John's Parish, which will include the election of four Vestry members from the nominees below, will follow a combined service at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 10. The combined service will take the place of the 9:15 and 11:15 services. The 8:00 a.m. service will take place as usual. The Annual Meeting will be in the parish hall with a simple lunch provided.

Dr. John Marston, Senior Warden and Chair of the Nominating Committee, announces that the following have been unanimously nominated and have agreed to stand for election to the Vestry:

Dallas B. Coffield, III
Richard D. Eckhard (Rick)
Laura E. Hobby
Kevin C.W. Kellar
Robert E.V. Kelley, Jr. (Rob)
Susan S. Lopez (Suzy)
Daniel L. Russell (Lanny)
Bruce S. Yost

Photos and biographical information will be available soon. The other members of the Nominating Committee were David Adams, Lindsey Robbins, and Janice Straske. The Rector, Dr. Marston, and the rest of the Vestry thank them for their service.

The Vestry amended the bylaws of the Parish earlier this year so the four nominees receiving the most votes will be elected. A majority of all votes cast is no longer required for election.
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study has begun a study of the Gospel of Matthew using Interpretation Bible Studies' guide Matthew by Alyce M. McKenzie. On January 22, Deacon Kathleen Moore will lead the study of Matthew 3:13 - 4:11, "The Baptism and Testing of the Messiah."

The group will gather for fellowship at 9:45 a.m. and the lesson will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  All interested women are invited to attend. For more information contact Joan McKay at mckayjhm@aol.com or Pat Wilson at patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com or 644.4640.
Children and Youth
EYC This Week
6 th through  12 th graders! This Sunday, January 13, we will have EYC from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Discovery House (918 Orleans Ave). This semester, our theme is going to be tackling some of our biggest questions about God and our faith--and our first topic was chosen by last week's group! Can you believe in the Bible and in evolution? How does science connect with our faith? Come for fun, food, and a faith-filled discussion! 

We still need parent volunteers for our weekly EYC Dinners ! If you can help, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044ca9af2ca6fd0-eycdinners1. 
EYC Hosts Sandwich Sunday!
On Sunday, January 20, St John's EYC will be hosting Sandwich Sunday--so we will need all hands on deck around 10:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall (when the 9:15 a.m. service gets out). This will be our EYC event for the day, so we will NOT have EYC that evening.
Save the Date for VBS!
Save the date for St John's Vacation Bible School 2019, June 24 through 28! More info to come!
Action Items and Opportunities
Sandwich Sunday Hosting Dates Available
We are in need of Sandwich Sunday hosts for the coming year. 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.We are in need of help on: March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15. Contact Cindy Martin at cdmcasa@gmail.com if you can help.
Flowers and Candle Available
The flowers at the Church Altar and the candle in the Sanctuary Light are both available on the following Sundays. If you would like to take one of these opportunities to honor a loved one and support St. John's, please contact the parish offices at 259.1570 or email us by clicking here.

February 3: The candle in the Sanctuary Light
February 17: The flowers at the Church Altar and the flowers at the Chapel Altar
February 24: The flowers at the Church Altar and the flowers at the Chapel Altar
March 3: The flowers at the Chapel Altar
Events and Fellowship
The Soiree: This Friday, January 11
St. John's Church invites you to a Soirée at the home of Ron and Mary Hulse, 4912 Lyford Cay Road, on Friday, January 11, at 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 mmhulse@tampabay.rr.com or Pat Wilson at patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com.
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's 

January 10
Nancy Burchill, Andrew McIntosh, Lacher Polins, Skye Bryant

January 11
John Marston, Brody Kellar

January 12
Linda Scarritt, Charlsey Roman, Eliina Lick, Kirt Thomason

January 13
Paul Dolcimascolo, Jay Howey, Rick LeVarge, Mary Mixon, Miriam Lykes, George Wiegand

January 14
Abby Peel, Maggie Gustafson, Todd Spencer

January 15
Jay Bever, Simon Matthews, Erika Lee

January 16
Michael Colgan, Connor Schrils, Elizabeth Calfee, Margo Hirons
Sunday's Scripture Snippet   

A rise, shine; for your light has come.

Isaiah 60
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, January 10
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., Peterson Room
The Men's Thursday Bible study will meet at 11:45 in the Small Peterson Room at the St. John's Middle School Campus, 240 Plant Avenue.  Please park in the lot in the front of the Middle School and not in the Four Green Fields lot.  We will come together for fellowship and study the readings for this coming Sunday.  Please feel free to bring a lunch if you wish.
Due to security measures at St. John's School, upon arrival, please stop by the front desk to receive a lanyard.
Friday, January 11
The Soiree, 7:00 p.m., Hulse Home
Sunday, January 13: The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord
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

Coffee Hour Fellowship, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall

Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The Sunday Adult Formation group will resume meeting today. Bring your coffee and join them for a lively discussion between services.  For more information, contact Kathleen Moore at 785.9400 or kmoore@stjohnstampa.org

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church

EYC, 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
Tuesday, January 15
Contemporary Women's Bible Study, 6:45 a.m., Lowry Room
CWBS meets on Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. All women of St. John's and friends from other churches are welcome.  For information,  contact Deacon Kathleen at  kmoore@stjohnstampa.org  or 785.9400.
Wednesday, January 16: The Feast of the Confession of St. Peter
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel
Epiphany Bible Study, 1:00 p.m., Lowry Room
The Epiphany Bible Study with Fr. Connelly will continue this week when we will consider St. John's exclamation that Jesus is the Lamb of God (John 1:29-42). No advance preparation is necessary; only an open heart and an open mind. You may want to bring a Bible in the translation you prefer. Bring a "brown bag" lunch too, if you wish.  You may wish to join some of your fellow parishioners before the Bible study for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the chapel beginning at 12:15.
Wednesday Nights in St. John's, 6:30 p.m., Parish Hall
The Wednesday Nights Group  continues a a four session DVD study of The Case for Christmas on January 9.

"In The Case for Christmas, Lee Strobel investigates the story of Jesus' birth and reveals how we can know it is true. He examines the Bible's claim that Jesus was born of a virgin, some of the "puzzles" we find in the Gospel that don't seem to match up with the historical record, and the great mystery of the incarnation - how Jesus could be both fully God and fully human."

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