March 4, 2020
News of the Parish
Coronavirus Update
St. John's is keeping a close eye on the potential for spread of the coronavirus and will take all appropriate precautions to safeguard our parishioners. We remind you that a friendly smile and a hearty elbow bump or wave can express fellowship and greeting during the Peace instead of a handshake or hug, and that Communion wine is not a necessary part of fully partaking of the Holy Eucharist. If you take wine by intinction (dipping the bread in the wine), then please allow the Eucharistic Minister to intinct for you. We welcome your prayers on behalf of those who are affected by the virus and for the health and safety of our clergy and staff and parishioners.
Thursdays in Lent Begin Tomorrow
The Ash Wednesday liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer includes an invitation to observe a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. Over five Thursdays in Lent, St John's clergy team will lead a series of prayer and study sessions focusing on responses to the invitation. Fr. Connelly will open the series tomorrow on March 5, followed by Fr. Goodheart on March 12, Fr. Cannon on March 19, Fr. Reho on March 26, and Deacon Moore on April 2.  Each week, we will begin with the beautiful liturgy of the Stations of the Cross in the church at 5:00 p.m., followed by a program in the Parish Hall from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Deacon Moore at 785.9400 or
Music Notes  
Visiting Choir, March 15
We will be joined by the choir of Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA for our services on Sunday, March 15. Included in the music for the 9:15 a.m. service will be Miserere mei, Deus of Gregorio Allegri, Sanctus & Benedictus of Franz Schubert, and our Rite I service at 11:15 a.m. will feature the work of Herbert Sumsion.
Ben Sheen in Concert
We are thrilled and proud to welcome Benjamin Sheen back to St. John's for an organ 
concert on Sunday, March 29, at 5:00 p.m.. There will be a reception following in the Parish Hall. The concert is free, with an offering requested.

Hailed as a "brilliant organist" by the New York Times, Benjamin Sheen was named the winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize at the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, and the second prize winner and Jon Laukvik Prize winner of the 50th St. Albans International Organ Competition, both in 2013. Learn more at and plan to join us for this tremendous musical event!
60th Annual Ann Zack Interfaith Gathering on March 25
The Sisterhood of Congregation Rodeph Sholom has invited St John's to join them for the 60th Annual Ann Zack Interfaith Gathering on Wednesday, March 25, at 11:00 a.m.  This is always a joyful event.  This year's theme is A Celebration of Religious Traditions, and St John's will present part of the program.  A complimentary lunch follows the program.  RSVP before March 16 to 813.837.1911 or visit  If you would like to help with the program, contact Deacon Kathleen at 785-9400 or
Lenten Quiet Day  
The Contemporary Women's Bible Study (CWBS) group invites everyone at St John's to join them for a Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday, March 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the church.  Our time together will include prayer, meditation and quiet reflection on readings from Holy Scripture.  A light lunch will be provided.  If you would like to attend, contact Deacon Kathleen Moore at or 785.9400.
Fellowship and Events

Invite-Welcome-Connect is off to a great start under the leadership of parishioners Rick Eckhard and Dallas Coffield!  During the 9:15 service this past Sunday, seven parishioners were commissioned as Invite-Welcome-Connect ministers.  Then, after discussion and informative videos at coffee hour, another 28 parishioners signed up to support the ministry's effort to build up the Body of Christ at St. John's. 

The next meeting of the ministry will be Sunday, March 29, after the 9:15 a.m. service.  If you were not able to attend the kickoff event , but want to participate (or just learn more about this exciting new ministry!),  please contact John Edgar, the parish administrator, at
Moms' Meet Up in March  
Moms' Meet Up will get together tomorrow, Thursday, March 5, at 8:45 a.m. in Discovery House. This is a little earlier in the month than their usual schedule, they are hoping to avoid everyone's spring breaks. This month's Mom's Meet-Up will focus on how we see God in the rhythms of life-watching the Nooma video Rhythm. You can check out a preview here:
Shrove Tuesday!

A great time was had at our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper last week!  Special thanks to Shawn O'Brien for his leadership and Kevin Kellar for his hard work.  230 pancakes, 96 sausages, and a whole lot of fruit and ice cream were enjoyed by the 75 people who attended, and it was noted that the karaoke was sublime. Thanks to our Fathers Ministry and everyone who came out for this fun pre-Lent fellowship!
Faithful Friends Group Meeting
Faithful Friends is sponsoring a special program next Sunday, March 15, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. just after the 11:15 a.m. worship service in the Lowry Room.  A light lunch will be provided, along with a talk entitled "Support Groups:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" which will be given by parishioner Harry Hedges. If you or someone near to you has experienced the loss of a loved one and could benefit from fellowship and good information, please come.
Action Items and Opportunities
Just Two Dates Left: Sandwich Sunday Hosts Needed
We are in need of hosts for our outreach project for Faith Cafe, Sandwich Sunday. If you would like to host this year, help is needed on a few more dates: June 21 and December 20. Hosting includes shopping for supplies, coordinating sack lunch preparation on the day-of, and delivering the meals to Faith Café. Costs are reimbursed by the parish. Email Cindy Martin at to help!
Adult Christian Formation
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study: March 17
The Women's Mid Morning Bible Study will continue to study the Apostle Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians using Tom Wright's Paul for Everyone, 1 Corinthians
as a study guide. Sharon Stoll will guide their study of 1 Corinthians 10:1 - 11:34, "Everything to God's Glory."
The group invites all interested women to join them on alternate Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Lowry Room. The lesson will begin at 10:15 and conclude at 11:15 a.m.  For more information, please contact Pat Wilson at or 245.9562, or Joan McKay at
Children and Youth
Children's Ministry and Sunday School Notes
VBS 2020 Registration Open, Volunteer Training Soon
Participant and volunteer registration for St John's 2020 Vacation Bible School, to take place June 15 through 19 at St John's Middle Division campus, is now open! Click here to go there.

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 Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life.

There will be a local training session for  Rocky Railway where volunteers can experience parts of a VBS day, make decorations, sing the songs, and get ideas from other churches. The Tampa training will be Saturday, March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Belmont Baptist Church, 7830 N 56th Street.  More info on the VBS Funshop training is available here.  

Please let Ayana know by Friday, March 13, if you are willing/available to come to the March 21 VBS Training!  We ask that every parent sending a child to VBS volunteer in some capacity, whether daily at VBS, with set-up/preparation, or in our cleanup. Please look over the volunteer roles, and sign up!
Save the Date for Egg Painting
Save the date! Our annual St John's Easter Egg Painting Party will be on Saturday, April 4 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This event is open to all ages, and we ask that you please bring two dozen filled eggs per family for us to use at the following week's Easter Egg Hunt!
Sunday School Snacks
Parents! Can you provide a week of Sunday School snacks? We ask that you provide 30 to 40 allergy-friendly individually wrapped snacks for the group. You can sign up here to help.
EYC News
EYC This Week
How do you keep the faith during hard times? At St John's EYC this Sunday, March 8, we'll discuss how we can choose to believe even when things might seem unsure. 6th through 8th graders meet from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., and 9th through 12th graders meet from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Discovery House. Come for dinner, fun, and faith this Sunday!
Dinner Desperately Desired!
Parents! We don't have anyone signed up to bring our EYC Dinner this Sunday, March 8! Bring dinner  this week or any week by signing up here Please bring enough for 15 to 20 people, with a veggie option. 
EYC Movie Night: Date Change
On Sunday, March 22, St John's EYC will have a special Movie Night at the theater to see the movie I Still Believe! The movie tells the true story of Christian musician Jeremy Camp and his wife, and it stars Riverdale's KJ Apa and Britt Robertson! Click here for the movie's trailer.
EYC: No Meeting Next Sunday
St John's EYC will not meet on Sunday, March 15 because of Spring Break! The EYC Movie Night, as noted above, has been postponed to Sunday, March 22. It will take the place of our regular meeting that day.
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
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This Week's Birthdays

March 5, Denise Cassedy, Logan Peterson, Charlotte Wiese, Dawn Merritt, Lauren Maya, Brian Stricker, Anne Koch, Steve Messer

March 6, Emmett Lee, LeAnn Corey, Steve Pralle, Lisa Sepulveda, Clark Roberts, Hugh Cruse, Daniel Ringhoff, Garrett Tozier

March 7, Cole Malizia, Harrison Ringhoff
March 8, Olivia Meagher, Colton Peterson, John Strickland, Ryan Watts

March 9, Chase Tappan, Chris Scott, Ashley Messer

March 10, Ross Scudder, Marian Flowers, David Eversole, Benjamin Heller, Morgan Watts, Emma Solaun

March 11, Jim Lane, Jr., Trish McKay, Betsy Wood, Zane Pollins, Anna Frick, Avery Collier
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

Just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.

Romans 5
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, March 5
Moms' Meet Up, 8:45 a.m., Discovery House

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., Lowry Room
The Men's Thursday Bible study meets on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. The group comes together weekly for fellowship and to study the readings for the coming Sunday.  Feel free to bring your lunch.  

Stations of the Cross, 5:00 p.m., Church

Thursdays in Lent, 6:00 p.m., Parish Hall
Sunday, March 8
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 9:15 a.m.
Sunday School for Children, 9:15 a.m., Parish Hall

Holy Hospitality Coffee Hour, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall   
Sunday Adult Christian Formation  No Meeting Today
The Sunday Adult Formation Group continues its Lenten study: Signs of Life: Why Church Matters next Sunday, March 15.   The group will meet on Sundays March 15, March 22, March 29, and April 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room. 

All are welcome. For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
Youth Confirmation Class, 10:30 a.m., Discovery House 

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m.
Enquirers Class, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
Middle School EYC (6th through 8th grades), 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
EYC Combined Dinner (6th through 12th grades), 5:30 p.m., Discovery House
High School EYC (9th through 12th grades), 6:00 p.m., Discovery House
Tuesday, March 10
Contemporary Women's Bible Study, 6:45 a.m., Lowry Room
CWBS meets on Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the Lowry Room.   All women are welcome.  The group is studying the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Join them for coffee, a light breakfast, and stimulating discussion. For information,  contact Deacon Kathleen at  or 785.9400.
Wednesday, March 11
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 meets each week at 6:30 p.m. for a shared covered dish supper followed by fellowship, a video, and discussion of our faith.   Contact Paul and Winkie Game with questions at .

On March 11, the group will view the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou, a 2000 crime comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Charles Durning in supporting roles.  The film is set in 1937 rural Mississippi during the Great Depression. Its story is a modern satire loosely based on Homer's epic poem The Odyssey that incorporates mythology from the American South.

On March 18, the group will begin a four-session DVD presentation by Andy Stanley entitled Taking Responsibility for Your Life: Because Nobody Else Will.
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