February 28, 2018
News of the Parish
Wednesdays in Lent: Next Week We Welcome the Rev. Dr. Crafton!

We continue our 2018 Wednesdays in Lent series, Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, tonight with Fr Ackerman as presenter.  We will gather at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall for a communal meal prepared by Chef Dave and his team. Tonight's menu is potato leek soup with salad and bread, with mac and cheese for the kiddies. Dinner will be followed by  a program at 6:30 p.m. when we will reflect together on God's word as found in the writings of St John the Evangelist. The program will be followed by a closing service of Compline at 7:30 p.m.

If you plan to join us for the Wednesdays in Lent series, RSVP to the parish offices at so we can count you in for dinner!

Next Wednesday, March 7, we will have a special treat --The Rev. Dr. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton will be our guest speaker.  Dr. Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and author of many books as well as of the celebrated "Almost Daily eMo from the Geranium Farm," read by thousands worldwide. She was rector of St. Clement's Church in Manhattan's Theatre district. She was also a chaplain on the waterfront of New York, and served both historic  Trinity Church Wall Street and St. John's-in-the-Village. She was a chaplain at Ground Zero during the recovery effort after the attack on the World Trade Center.   She spent a year in Italy at the American Church in Florence.  An actress, director and producer, she has worked for many years in combining the lively arts and the life of faith, and has been profiled extensively in electronic and print media throughout the world. Her video discussions of forgiveness, prayer and many other topics are found at and many other sites. Her many books include Called (about vocation), The Also Life (about the life that lies beyond this one), The Courage to Grow Old (about aging), as well as books of essays, daily meditations and poetry. She has also written Mass in Time of War about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the aftermath of the World Trade Center Bombing.  

Dr. Crafton's next book, to be published soon, is Come Here, Jesus, and this will be the topic of her presentation next Wednesday.

For more information contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
Adult Confirmation Class
All adults wishing to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, those wishing to make a public reaffirmation of their faith, or any who want to learn more about our church are invited to attend confirmation class this Sunday in the church from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.  The schedule for the remainder of the class will be distributed during this session.  Bishop Smith's visit to St. John's will occur on May, 6, 2018.
Annual Ann Zack Interfaith Gathering at Rodeph Sholom
The annual Ann Zack Interfaith Gathering will be held on Wednesday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Congregation Rodeph Sholom.  Our sisters at Rodeph Sholom invite all women of St John's to attend.  The topic for this year's Gathering is the music of faith. A team from St John's will discuss the use of music in Anglican worship and liturgy-with examples.  We are grateful to Simon Morley for his help in preparing.  

Congregation Rodeph Sholom is located at 2713 Bayshore Blvd.  Admission to the Gathering is free but seating for the lunch is limited, so if you would like to attend please contact Deacon Kathleen Moore at 785.9400 or, or the parish offices no later than this Tuesday, March 6.
Moms' Mornings Meeting in March
The Moms' Mornings group will meet next Thursday, March 8 at 8:45 a.m. The group typically meets on the first Thursday of the month. They invite any moms who are interested to join. Contact Sarah Bricklemyer with questions at
Annual Bishop's Appeal
The Bishop's Appeal is a diocesan-wide effort that supports two funds, one for outreach programs in Southwest Florida and a second for the camp and conference center DaySpring. Gifts can be given to either ministry or split between both. We hope St. John's parishioners will support this worthy effort. More information can be found by clicking here.
Kitchen News from Chef Dave
Anyone wishing to host an event that requires cooking, warming, cleaning up, etc. will find a complete manual next to the microwave in the Germany kitchen. The manual covers everything from the equipment to cleanup to coffee making. It also includes photographs and detailed instructions on the operation of all the equipment. The photos are the placement of the manual and the cover.
Children and Youth
Easter Egg Painting Party!
Spring Youth Calendar
Sunday, March 11 
Regular EYC 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Discovery House

Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18 
Happening #76 High School Retreat, Dayspring Conference Center

Sunday, March 18 (Tentative) 
I Can Imagine Movie Night!

Sunday, March 25 
Messy Games Night,4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Discovery House

Sunday, April 1 
Easter Sunday (No EYC)

Sunday, April 8 
Regular EYC, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Discovery House

Sunday, April 15 
EYC Mission Envelopes Fundraiser, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., Parish Hall

Sunday, April 22 
Bowling Night, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Pinarama Bowl Lanes

Sunday, May 6 
Final Regular EYC, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Discovery House

Sunday, May 13 
Senior Sunday
Happening High School Youth Retreat Deadline this Friday!
Registration is due by THIS Friday, March 2,  for Happening #76 High School Retreat, Friday, March 16  through  Sunday, March 18  at Dayspring Conference Center!
Happening is a meaningful renewal weekend for 9 th through  12 th graders, focused on helping them experience God's love and learn about faith in a dynamic way. You can sign up online here!
Youth Confirmation Continues this Sunday
Youth Confirmation classes continue this Sunday for 6th graders and older, and we would love for your children to join us! Confirmation is a special sacrament focusing on the importance of young adults claiming their faith for themselves. The Youth Confirmation class will meet on Sunday mornings, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in Discovery House now until   April 22 . C ontact Youth Minister Ayana Grady ( ) for more information!
Metropolitan Ministries Donations
We now have a permanent blue Metropolitan Ministries donation barrel located just inside the door to Brickman Hall.  This barrel will be regularly serviced by Metropolitan Ministries each month and is available for you to donate both unopened food as well as new or slightly used clothing items at any time.  There is always an opportunity for you to be a blessing to someone else!
Tampa Deanery Dominican Republic Project 2018
The Tampa Deanery's 2018 project is the completion of a three-year project building San Timoteo Episcopal Church in Nizao, which will be consecrated on June 30. The teams will also be working at the San Matias Church and School in Santana, Bani, adjacent to the Morrow Center (our lodging). They will be completing much needed repairs, painting and sealing the concrete roof. The school was constructed by the Tampa Deanery in 2002-2003.

Dates for the three teams are June 16 to 23, June 23 to July 1, and June 29 to July 7. There are still spaces on teams 1 and 2.

For more information, contact Sally Thompson at 760.5120 (phone/text) or
Action Items and Opportunities
Candle Available 
The candle  at the Church Altar is available for April 15 and May 13. If you would like to take one of these opportunities to support St. John's and honor a loved one, please call 259.1570 or email
Just Two Dates Left to Host Sandwich Sunday
We are in need of Sandwich Sunday hosts on November 18 and December 16.   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. Click here to contact Cindy Martin if you can help.
Information and Resources
Our Parish Family
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Birthdays

March 1
Phyllis Lax, Bill Lax, Ed Neugaard, Ed Page, Justin Williams

March 2
Peter Arcuri, Rosemary Armstrong, Benjamin Cabral, Lionel Lowry, Ben Mackie, Larry Peel

March 3
Stephanie Andrews, Charles Graff, Nicholas Hearing, Sydney Heller, Eva Lick, Nedra McCraw

March 4
Drew McCulloch, Mallory Scarritt

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

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

March 7
Cole Malizia, Harrison Ringhoff
Sunday's Scripture Snippet 

He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

Romans 4
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.
This Week in St. John's
Thursday, March 1
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing & 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 and Lunch group meets on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. at the School's Middle School campus. The readings the group studies are those from the Revised Common Lectionary for the coming Sunday. Please do not park in the Four Green Fields parking lots. Feel free to bring your lunch.
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

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

Adult Christian Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
Confirmation for Youth, 10:30 a.m., Discovery House
Confirmation for Adults, 10:30 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church
Tuesday, March 6
Contemporary Women's Bible Study, 6:45 a.m., Peterson Room
The CWBS group continues its spring study series on  Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the Peterson Room on the St John's Middle School campus.  Weekly meetings start with a light breakfast followed by prayer and study until 8:00 a.m. All women of St John's and their friends are welcome. For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
Mid Morning Women's Bible Study, 10:15 a.m., Church
On March 6, the Rev. Don Goodheart will lead the group's study of Genesis 29:1 - 33:17, "Jacob in Haran."  The group meets on alternate Tuesdays, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., in the Church Sanctuary.

Each chapter of Genesis is rich in themes and teaching that inform our Christian journey.  The study guide they are using is "Genesis for Everyone, Part 2" by John Goldingay, which is available from Amazon and other booksellers.  If you have questions, please contact Joan McKay at or Pat Wilson at
Wednesday, March 7
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel

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

Wednesdays in Lent, 6:00 p.m., Parish Hall
Tonight we are pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton. RSVP to so we can count you in for dinner if you wish to attend. Tonight's delicious menu prepared by Chef Dave and his team is k ale and quinoa minestrone soup with salad and bread, with g rilled cheese and chicken noodle soup for the kiddies.
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