May 22, 2019
News of the Parish
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! Visit the Royal Tea Room site by clicking here.
Fr. James Reho Joins the St. John's Family
We are delighted to announce that the Rev. James Reho, Ph.D. will join us on July 1 as Associate Rector of the Church and Chaplain to the School.In a nationwide search, he stood out as the candidate whose experience and talents would most enrich the community, with a strong background in education and in ministry.

Fr. Reho comes to us from Palmer-Trinity Episcopal School where he was a member of the Religious Studies program and associate to the chaplain.A graduate of The General Theological Seminary, he was ordained to the priesthood in 2008 and subsequently served as the Chaplain to the Seminary.

Fr. Reho has a B.A. from St. John's University, a B.S. from Wagner College, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University, and an M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary. Before entering the ministry, Fr. Reho was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry at East Carolina University.

Please join us in welcoming James Reho to St. John's!
Events and Fellowship
Annual Canoe Trip
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!  
Adult Christian Formation
Books for our Journey: A 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 or 644-4640.
Sunday Adult Christian Formation: Delve into the New Testament
This Sunday, May 26, the group will continue its study, The New Testament You Never Knew. Meetings are weekly at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.  All are welcome! For more information contact Deacon Kathleen at 785.9400 or
It's All Greek to Me Part II: Koine Greek Class Continues on Sundays
This group meets weekly in the Lowry Room after the 11:15 a.m. service.  The leader and guide through the mysteries of Koine Greek, the language of the New Testament, is Lawrence Normandeau. For more information contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
Action Items and Opportunities
Help with Holy Hospitality
The Holy Hospitality team welcomes  more volunteers to bring food from time to time. The process has been streamlined using Sign-up Genius , and we would love to add names of willing participants to the email list. The coffee hours have been very successful and popular, and the more people who help make them that much better! Thanks to those who have stepped up so far to make these Sundays warm and welcoming!

To find out more about Holy Hospitality, email Sara Stone at or Heddy Brown, vestry liaison to Holy Hospitality, at, or contact either of them on Realm.
June Sandwich Sunday Host Needed!
We are in need of Sandwich Sunday hosts for June. 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. June 16 is still open for a host family, as well as December 15. Contact Cindy Martin at if you can help!
Children and Youth
There's Still Time to Register for  VBS!
St John's Vacation Bible School registration for potty-trained 3 year olds through current 4th graders is now open:
Life is wild, but God is good. 
Volunteers Needed for Summer Sunday School
Can you help teach St John's Summer Sunday School? For the summer, from May 26 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
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's

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 27
Alice Prange, Adam Weekley, Laander Lowry, Melissa Slack
May 28           
Mary Stephen Straske, Jeff Slack, Luke Osborne, Dax Nelson, Ronan Sampson
May 29
Avery Slack, Mark Braun
Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another."

John 13
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, May 23
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing and Anointing, 10:00 a.m., Chapel

Men's Thursday Bible Study and Lunch
The Men's Thursday Bible study will meet on Thursday at 11:45 a.m. in the small Peterson Room at the St. John's Middle School Campus, 240 Plant Avenue.  Please park in the lot in the front of the Middle School and not in the Four Green Fields lot.  We will come together for fellowship and study the readings for the coming Sunday.  Please feel free to bring a lunch if you wish.
Due to security measures at St. John's School, upon arrival, please stop by the front desk to receive a lanyard.
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. service, Parish Hall

Sunday Adult Formation, 10:30 a.m., Lowry Room
The group will continue its study, The New Testament You Never Knew. Meetings are weekly at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room.   All are welcome! For more information contact Deacon Kathleen at 785.9400 or .

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church

It's All Greek to Me Part II  Greek Koine Class, 12:30 p.m.
Monday, May 27
Parish Offices Closed for Memorial Day Holiday
Tuesday, May 28
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 or 785.9400.
Wednesday, May 29: The Feast of the Ascension and the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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 at 6:30 p.m. to share a potluck supper followed by fellowship, a video, and discussion. 

The group will continue to view a DVD study by Andy Stanley: Me and My Big Mouth Open mouth. Insert foot. Ever said anything you wish you could take back? Of course you have. We all have. Even if what you said was true, those words may have cost you your job, your reputation, or even a relationship.  Conversations don't come with backspace buttons, so how do we prevent our big mouths from getting us in big trouble next time? Andy Stanley shares the secret to keeping our mouths shut in this four-part study.

Contact Paul and Winkie Game at with questions about the group.
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