May 20, 2020
Virtual Worship, Ministries, and Resources
Change of Service Time this Sunday for Memorial Day Weekend
Please note that this Sunday, May 24, we will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook Live (not at 9:15 a.m.). We will celebrate Rite 1 in a choral Eucharist to the setting by Herbert Sumsion at 10:00 a.m. Click here to read more about Sumsion and his life and work.
Virtual Ministries, Worship, and Prayer Groups
Click here to visit our webpage that details all the virtual ministries and prayer groups at St. John's.
Daily School Chapel
Daily morning chapel video services for the School have ended for summer, but you can access past videos here

Morning Devotionals
Daily devotional videos continue on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays.  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 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 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 Saturdays. 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
Change of Service Time This Sunday, May 24
Please note that this Sunday, May 24, we will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook Live (not at 9:15 a.m.). We will celebrate Rite 1 in a choral Eucharist to the setting by Herbert Sumsion at 10:00 a.m.

Please be on the lookout for an email later this week regarding our summer schedule and other changes as we look toward resuming in person services on a limited and careful basis.
Society of St. John the Evangelist: Online Resources
During this challenging time, the brothers of the Society of St John the Evangelist (SSJE)  are sharing from their own Episcopal monastic tradition resources and practices for living well.  We hope that these resources will sustain you, inspire you, and help you discover grace in the midst of trial. Visit to see more.
Candles and Flowers Available
The candle in the Sanctuary light is available for Sunday, May 24 and Sunday, June 7, and the Church altar flowers are available on Sunday, June 28. If you would like to take one of these opportunities 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.

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.
Action Items and Opportunities
Stay Connected: Update your Profile and Photo in the Parish Directory!
As we spend so much more time together virtually, Realm, our interactive web-based parish information service, is more important than ever. We encourage you to visit the site at to  check your profile for errors or omissions, and upload your photo and photos of your family members so that other parishioners can connect with you!

Update your Photo and Profile
Using the menu on the top of the page, click on your name, then click "My Profile." You can edit the information by using the "Edit Profile" button. To upload a photo of yourself, click on the circle next to your name at the top left of the profile page. You will get the opportunity to choose a photo from those saved on your computer. 
Update a Family Member's Photo and Profile 
Family member profiles are connected to yours, and are located in the right-hand column of your profile page. To update a family member's profile information and upload their photo, click one of their names in the right-hand column and follow the same instructions from above for uploading a photo. You can also add a family member profile in that column by clicking on "Add Family."
Access Parish Information
Using the menu on the left-hand side and clicking on "Community," you can search the Parish Directory to get to know your fellow parishioners better, check to see where you stand with your financial commitment to St. John's or make a new commitment, and more!

Can't Access Realm?
If you have never logged in to Realm or you are having trouble accessing your account, contact John Edgar at Having trouble uploading a photo? John will walk you through the process.
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
VBS 2020 Cancelled
Due to the pandemic and safe distancing restrictions, we unfortunately have had to make the tough decision to cancel our 2020 St John's Vacation Bible School, scheduled for June 15 through 19. If you have already registered your child and paid, please contact our Finance Manager Debbi Huelsman ( ) for a refund.
Sunday School Zoom!
In addition to our weekly video, St John's Sunday School will have its first Zoom meeting on Sunday, May 31 at 11:15 a.m., right after the streaming church service. We will email out the link next week! This is in response to the Sunday School survey that we sent out last week. You can still respond to the survey at May 31st is Pentecost Sunday, so hopefully we'll see you all in RED! 

EYC News
St John's EYC (6th through 12th graders) will continue to meet every Sunday in May from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Zoom! Join us this Sunday, May 24, for fun games, discussion, and prayer! Click here to see a video from last week's meeting.
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays

May 21, Julie Martin

May 22, None

May 23, Max Grimard, Bonnie Hough

May 24, Darian Brokaw, Adelaide Sansone, Greer Sampson, Remi Sampson
May 25, Tracey Picone, Beth Strong, Rhys Leonard
May 26, Lori Reho
May 27, Alice Prange, Adam Weekley, Laander Lowry, Melissa Slack
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

"I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you."

John 14

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 21: The Feast of the Ascension
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 24
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 10:00 a.m., Facebook Live
Bulletins and other resources are available here.

Enquirers Class: No Meeting This Week

EYC, 4:30 p.m., Zoom
Tuesday, May 26
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, May 27
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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