May 6, 2020
Virtual Worship, Ministries, and Resources
Small Group Ministries
NEW!  Wednesday Afternoon Adult Sunday School
The group will meet by Zoom from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. If you would like to join this group, contact Deacon Kathleen at for login information.
On Tuesday, May 12, the Contemporary Women's Bible Study (CWBS) group will begin a weekly virtual study time on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The group will continue its interrupted 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.
Virtual Prayers
Daily School Chapel
Fr. Reho posts daily morning chapel video services for the School. You can access them here. They become available each day at 4:15 a.m.

Morning Devotionals
Daily devotional videos continue on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays.  Along with past recordings, they can be found  by clicking here to visit our Facebook page . Past recordings can also be found on our YouTube channel. Each devotional contains a reading by a parishioner, a reflection by clergy, and a short musical performance by the choir. 

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.
Worshipping Virtually
St. John's will continue to stream the 9:15 a.m. service 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 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.
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
Visit our website at for prayers and devotionals. 

New Resource! New Episodes of Presiding Bishop's Podcast Series
Season 3 of The Episcopal Church's 
podcast The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry, is now available. These weekly conversations, featuring Bishop Curry, podcast host Sandy Milien, and a variety of guests, center on ways to live a life committed to living the way of God's unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love.  Framed by the Way of Love - those seven practices of turning, learning, praying, worshipping, blessing, going, and resting - listeners will hear stories and lessons about how they can grow closer to God in daily life.  Podcasts from Seasons 1 and 2, as well as bonus episodes and reflection guides, are also available.
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
Senior Sunday 2020 Is This Sunday!
This year for Senior Sunday on May 10, the parish has compiled a Senior Slideshow video which will include three to four pictures from each Senior, as well as a short speech from each Senior who would like to speak.The slideshow will be available on our YouTube channel after that for friends and family to enjoy.
Virtual Organ Concert Sunday
Our own Choirmaster and Organist, Simon Morley, will give an online concert this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. It will be uploaded to the official St. John's YouTube channel and available on Facebook. While you're there, please subscribe!
Virtual Holy Hospitality Coffee Hour This Sunday!
St. John's will be hosting a Virtual Coffee Hour this Sunday to celebrate Mother's Day.  This is a great chance to see each other and wish our moms a very happy Mother's Day!  The fellowship will run from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and Zoom meeting credentials have been emailed through Realm. Contact John Edgar if you have questions.
We all have a primal hunger to belong and be valued as part of a group. Jesus knew this and routinely invited people to join him. When we invite people to a deeper connection at St. John's, we are actually inviting them to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Church is about drawing people to Christ. Good invitations involve listening to others and inviting them to places we know about. Listening, sharing, and inviting requires some courage and humility. St. John's is committed to fostering a culture of invitation where we habitually ask each other to join and rejoin the Body of Christ. This takes us out of maintenance mode and onto a path of healthy growth.
We ask you to take the 1-2-3 Invite Challenge:
  1. Share 1 idea for how St. John's can be more inviting with Fr. Michael Cannon at
2. Invite 2 people to one of St. John's five online worship offerings.  
Daily Devotionals, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Compline, and Sunday services each have their own unique qualities. They vary in length, some have music, some are more formal, etc.  Inviting others is as easy as forwarding the parish email with a recommendation, or the link to the webpage with all of our offerings is here: 

3.  Send 3 reasons you love St. John's that we can share with others to Fr. Michael at
Subscribe to St. John's YouTube Channel!
St. John's has a new YouTube account where we are posting Sunday services, devotionals, and other videos, including Fr. Reho's most recent video on speaking to children about coronavirus.

We need your help... by subscribing to our channel, you will help us reach the point where we can have a custom web address (rather than random numbers and letters), as well as getting notifications when we add new videos. We hope you will visit us on YouTube and subscribe today!
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.
Outreach Spotlight
St John's is one of 15 local churches that, along with several community service organizations, make up Love INC of Metro Tampa. By sharing resources and complementing strengths, the partner churches are able to live out their faith and meet community needs in ways that they could not do alone. 
During the time of COVID-19, Love INC has transitioned to a remote Help Center.  Staff and volunteers are working from home and using technology to stay connected with  each other and the guests they continue to serve.  A major task just now is helping people navigate the necessary systems to apply for and receive the aid that is available through state and federal government, as well as calling people who are alone and making sure they have reassurance, companionship and tangible help they may need.
If you are interested in volunteering while safe at home, contact Deacon Kathleen or Father Michael or go to
Here are some more immediate needs that you can help Love INC address. Go to the website to donate or call Deacon Kathleen at 785.9400:
Laptops   - for a mom of five and four tablets for her school aged children so they can continue their studies. The family's tablets are not compatible with e-learning and the school district has run out of laptops. The mother has also requested a whiteboard to organize their daily homework assignments.  
Partial Rents - Love INC has two families living in New Life Village - which has waived the rent for April. However, starting in May they have to add $200 each month for the rent until April rent is paid off.
CNA License Fee - One unemployed mom wants to use this time to reinstate her nursing license.  The fee is $200.  Another man has one more payment of $194 due for an IT certification and he now is unemployed.  
Publix and Walmart Gift Cards for Food  -  People usually have to supplement their SNAP (food benefit) a few hundred dollars a month. 
Bikes -  Requests for bikes for employment transportation increase daily.
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.
Flowers Available
Flower tributes are still available during this time of virtual services. The Chapel Altar flowers are available on May 17, and the Chapel Altar flowers are available on May 31. If you would like to take one of these opportunities to support your church and honor a loved one, please call the Parish Offices at 259.1570 or email
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.
During this time, although we are not able to meet in worship as usual, the work of the Parish goes on. We hope that if you are able, you will continue to make your weekly contribution online here. Giving with credit and debit cards is now available. You can also text to give by texting SJE to 73256, then following the prompts.
Children and Youth
Children's Ministry Notes
Sunday School Via Video
Sunday School will continue to send out weekly videos, along with the written lesson.

VBS 2020 Registration Remains Open
We are evaluating the cancellation of VBS, but at this time registration still remains open,  click here to go there.  VBS is planned to take place June 15 through 19 at St John's Middle Division campus.

St John's VBS is open to potty trained 3 year olds up to current 4th graders, and the cost is $40 per child. If your child is in 5th grade or older, we'd love to have them volunteer! This year's theme is Rocky Railway--a mountain adventure! At Rocky Railway, kids will discover that Jesus' power can pull them through life's ups and downs. Rocky Railway is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmosā„¢, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life.
EYC News
Join our St John's Youth (and parents!) for Compline evening prayer every Thursday night from 8:00 to 8:15 p.m. on Instagram Live! Make sure that you're following @StJohnsEYCTampa on Instagram at 

St John's EYC for 6th through 12th graders will not meet this Sunday in honor of Mother's Day, but we will resume next Sunday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Zoom! We plan to continue through June. Join us for fun games, discussion, and prayer.   Click here to see the 2019-2020 EYC slideshow for a recap of the year!
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 7, Wyatt Wankelman, Dawn Javino

May 8, Rogers Padgett, Lee Lowry, Susan Boyd, Britta Neugaard, Kelsey Killgoar, Shawn
O'Brien, Alan Gay

May 9, Sharon Romanski, India Witte, Jeremiah Roper

May 10, McIver Grim

May 11, Rob Newton, Kali Bradley, Lina Okenfus, Robert Curtis

May 12, Pierce White, Paul Shoukry, Malloy Lacktman

May 13, Skip Eckhard, Abigail Weekley
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

J esus said, "Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice."

John 10

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
Sunday, May 10: Senior Sunday and Mother's Day!
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 9:15 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, May 12
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study/CWBS
The groups will be finishing their study of First Corinthians on Tuesday, May 12.  Chris McAdams will be the facilitator/discussion leader for 1 Corinthians 16:1-21.  The time and Zoom access information is the same. 
On Tuesday, May 12, the Contemporary Women's Bible Study (CWBS) group will begin a weekly virtual study time on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The group will continue its interrupted 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.
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
Stay connected.
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