June 5, 2019
News of the Parish
Don't Miss Your Chance to ROAR! VBS Student Registration Closes This Sunday, June 9
St. John's Vacation Bible School registration for potty-trained 3 year olds through current 4th graders is open at this link until Sunday, June 9: https://vbspro.events/p/events/stjohnstampavbs 

Volunteers are welcomed to sign up through Sunday, June 23!
Pentecost Sunday: June 9
This Sunday, June 9, is the Sunday of Pentecost. Red attire is traditional and encouraged on this day, symbolizing joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. We hope you will join us and your clergy in this tradition and wear red this Sunday!
July Schedule: Combined Service at 10:00 a.m.
During the month of July this year, we will hold two services each Sunday, at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. The 10:00 a.m. service will take the place of the 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services.Holy Hospitality Coffee Hour will continue in the parish hall after the 10:00 a.m. service. This will be a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with some of your fellow parishioners from "the other service!"

The 10:00 a.m. service will be Rite II, with congregational hymn singing since our choir will be on hiatus that month. Children's Sunday School will take place in the Parish Hall as usual during the first portion of the 10:00 a.m. service each week.
Reminders will be sent in various formats over the weeks before we transition to two services, but please mark your calendars for the change beginning Sunday, July 7. We will return to our regular Sunday three-service schedule on August 4.
Summer Sunday Adult Formation Group
On July 7, the Sunday Adult Formation Group will start a new summer study of Jesus for the 21st Century. The DVD series includes presentations by well-known experts such as Diana Butler Bass, Walter Brueggeman, Amy-Jill Levine, and Brian McLaren. Bring your coffee and join the group each week at 9:00 a.m. in the Lowry Room (before the combined service at 10:00 a.m.)  For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at 785.9400 or kmoore@stjohnstampa.org.
News from St. John's School
One of the great pleasures of my year in Tampa has been the chance to connect with the Church community, especially being able to do so at so many different levels. From interacting with the Church staff and the Vestry to being part of our shared
worship life, and even to having the chance to speak on Episcopal Schools Sunday, being part of the St. John's family has been both enjoyable and enriching.
 
First of all, working with Chip has been both professionally and personally rewarding, and I quickly learned to depend on his insights into so many areas of both Church and School. He has forged strong ties between the two organizations, to the benefit of both.
 
I also enjoyed getting to know my colleagues on the Church side; Simon, Chase, Ayana, Kathleen, Regan, Lee, and Debbi. Chase and Ayana both led School chapel services and Simon's music in chapels added immeasurably to the experience.
 
Constant and open communication is the key to a strong School-Parish relationship, so I was pleased when the Vestry welcomed me to their meetings. During a year highlighted by major decisions to enhance the future of both Church and School, our ability to work closely together has proven invaluable.
 
Gathering the community together daily for worship is one of the strengths of the School. Almost every Friday I got to lead the Lower School chapel service in the Sanctuary. It was one of the highlights of my week, as was participating as a Lay Eucharistic Minister at the Thursday Eucharists at the Middle School.
 
My wife Rachelle also made involvement in the Church part of her Tampa experience, as she enjoyed participating in both Bible Study and Book Club.
 
I am sure incoming Head of School Hugh Jebson will find his association with the Church community a welcome and productive aspect of his tenure.
 
With thanks,


Stu Work
Events and Fellowship
St. John's Mother-Daughter Tea: August 17
Rising 6 th through  12 th grade girls! Save the date for our very first St. John's Mother-Daughter Tea, which will be held at the Royal Tea Room on Saturday, August 17  from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.! The cost will be $10 per person, and spots are limited. You can reserve your spot today by contacting Youth Minister Ayana Grady agrady@stjohnstampa.org! Visit the Royal Tea Room site by clicking here.
Outreach
Help with Outreach to Cornerstone Kids: Serve at VBS!
St John's Vacation Bible School 2019 is June 24 to 28, and we need your help! VBS has a variety of service options available--before, during, and after Vacation Bible School. We need volunteers for Decorating/Set Design, Leading Games, Teaching Classes, Cleanup, and so much more! 

St John's Vacation Bible School has a longstanding partnership with Cornerstone Kids, and our week together is always a fun Outreach event like no other. Please click here to sign up to volunteer today! You may sign up to volunteer until June 23.
Adult Christian Formation
Books for our Journey: Women's Summer Study
A new opportunity for women to read and discuss books that enlighten and nurture on our Christian journey will begin Monday,  June 10, in the Lowry Room from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  The first book will be Learning to Walk in the Dark by the Reverend Barbara Brown Taylor, an Episcopal priest and author of thirteen books, including two New York Times best sellers.  

Those desiring to participate are encouraged to read the Introduction and Chapter 1 prior to the first meeting, but this is not a prerequisite to attending.  The group will gather weekly in June, July, and August.  Please consider joining them, whether you are in Tampa for the whole summer or coming and going.  For more information contact Pat Wilson at patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com or 644.4640.
Action Items and Opportunities
Sandwich Sunday Hosts Needed for Next Week
We are in need of Sandwich Sunday hosts for next Sunday, June 16. Hosting includes shopping for supplies, coordinating sandwich preparation, and delivering the meals to Faith Cafe. Costs are reimbursed by the parish. December 15 is also available. Contact Cindy Martin at cdmcasa@gmail.com if you can help!
Help VBS with Supplies and Snacks!
If you are unable to volunteer at Vacation Bible School this year, you can still help by donating supplies! Click here to go to Amazon and see what is currently needed: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2XHLNC5ZV3N2F?ref_=wl_share
 
The team also has a food list. If you would like to supply snack items for the kids, click here for the updated list. Thank you!
Children and Youth
Volunteers Needed for Summer Sunday School
Can you help teach St John's Summer Sunday School? For the summer, from now though September 8, St John's will have a "One-Room Schoolhouse" Sunday School format held in the Parish Hall during the 9:15 a.m. service (during the combined 10:00 a.m. service during the month of July). In addition to teaching the lesson, you will be responsible for bringing in an allergy-friendly snack for 10 to 15 people. It's a fun way for parents to get involved in a meaningful way (and to give our dedicated Sunday School teachers some much-needed rest!)


All lessons are available in the Parish Hall (organized by date) for you to prepare before your teaching day!
Information and Resources for our Parish Family
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This Week's
Birthdays 

June 6
None

June 7
Carole Page, Sean McClelland, Elizabeth Whiteley, William Farmen, Lucy Henry

June 8
Deborah Foley, Jimmy Robbins, Georgia Roberts

July 9
Doug Norton
 
July 10
Henry Woodroffe, Bob Thomson
 
July 11
Skyler Norton, Matthew Kendall, Colin Kendall
 
July 12
Hayley Divers, Max McGeachy
Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

"Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."

John 17
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, June 6
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 **New Summer Location**
The Men's Thursday Bible study will meet on Thursday at 11:45 a.m. in the Lowry Room. ** Please note new location ** The group will come together for fellowship and study the readings for the coming Sunday.  Please feel free to bring a lunch if you wish.
Sunday, June 9: The Day of Pentecost
Click here for the readings for Sunday.  Red attire is traditional and encouraged on this day.
  
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

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

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

Sunday Adult Formation ** No meeting today**
For more information about this group, contact Deacon Kathleen at 785.9400 or

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church
Tuesday, June 11
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 us for coffee, a light breakfast, and stimulating discussion. For information, contact Deacon Kathleen at kmoore@stjohnstampa.org or 785.9400.
Wednesday, June 12: The Feast of St. Barnabas the Apostle
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel

Wednesday Nights in St. John's, 
6:30 p.m., 
Parish Hall
The group continues a five session DVD presentation by The Rev. Dr. John R. Claypool, The Stages of Life One of the country's most compelling preachers, Dr. Claypool offered outstanding ministry in several leading Southern Baptist congregations prior to his Episcopal ordination. The author of eight books including Tracks of a Fellow Struggler, his moving personal journal following the death of his young daughter, Claypool was a featured speaker on "The Protestant Hour," deliverer of the Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School, and conference leader at the College of Preachers.

The Wednesday Nights Group meets weekly at 6:30 p.m. to share a potluck supper followed by fellowship, a video, and discussion.  Contact Paul and Winkie Game at pgamefla@aol.com with questions about the group.
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