August 7, 2019
News of the Parish
Youth Mission Trip Presentation This Sunday!
St. John's 2019 Youth Mission Trip Presentation will be this Sunday, August 11, at 10:30 a.m. (between services) in the Parish Hall! The presentation will include Mission Youth speakers, as well as the debut of the Mission Trip Slideshow. We encourage all Mission Trippers to come in your Youthworks T-shirt!
Rally Day Planning Meeting This Sunday

A brief Rally Day organizational meeting for ministry leaders will be held this Sunday, August 11 in the Parish Hall immediately following the Youth Mission Trip presentation. Questions? Contact Heddy Brown.
Save the Dates as Fall Begins!
Sunday, August 18
Regular Sunday School resumes, during the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall
Weekly regular Sunday School begins Sunday, August 18, during the 9:15 a.m. service. Please drop your child off in the Parish Hall before the service, and they will join you in the church at the Peace.

This year's Sunday School classes will be split into Pre-K (Potty-trained 3 and 4 year olds), Kindergarten and 1st grade, 2nd and 3rd grade, and 4th and 5th grade.  Click here to download the registration form.

Backpack Blessings, during the 9:15 a.m. service, Church

Breakfast Sunday, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall
Want to help? Contact Chef Dave.

Sandwich Sunday, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall

EYC resumes, 4:30 p.m., Discovery House
Click here to download the EYC release form.

Sunday, September 8
Combined Services and Rally Day, 10:00 a.m.
The 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services will be combined into one service at 10:00 a.m. withRally Day to follow.

Rally Day, St. John's ministries' showcase and kickoff event, will be on Sunday, September 8. You are invited to sample the array of ministries, outreach projects, and fellowship groups of our Parish, as well as delicious food as you get to know the needs and opportunities here and decide where best to share your own gifts and talents.
Sunday Adult Formation Group Takes a Summer Break
The Sunday Adult Formation Group will take its summer break from August 4 through September 8 while Deacon Kathleen is away in Europe.  Meetings will resume on Sunday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room as our DVD series The New Testament You Never Knew continues with a study of the ministry of the Apostle Paul.  All are welcome to join the group for this very interesting series led by theologians Bishop N.T. Wright and Dr Michael Bird.
Join Us for Baseball with the Bishop: August 30
The date for the 10th Annual Baseball With the Bishop at Tropicana Field is Friday, August 30. Proceeds benefit Episcopal Charities of Southwest Florida. The event is the Rays vs. Cleveland Indians. Lower level tickets are $25. Start time is 7:10 p.m.; gates open at 5:40 p.m. To order, call Jeane Drury at 727.342.5719 or email her at The deadline to purchase is Wednesday, August 21. Download the flyer here.
Children and Youth
EYC Kickoff: Sunday, August 18
Sixth through twelfth  graders! Come (and bring your friends) to our EYC Kickoff, an epic Game Night that will start our school year off with a bang! All are welcome, and dinner is included. We hope to see you there on Sunday, August 18 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.!
EYC Parent Meeting: August 18
EYC parents of sixth through twelfth graders, please join us on Sunday, August 18, from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. for a meeting to go over our fall EYC calendar! You will hear about the changes coming to youth group this year, most importantly, how we are splitting the middle and high school groups.  RSVP by e-mailing Youth Minister Ayana Grady at

We also need parents to sign up to bring an EYC dinner. Dinner should be for 10 to 15 people and allergy friendly. Sign up here:
Events and Fellowship
St. John's First Mother-Daughter Tea: August 17
Click on the invitation below to RSVP!
Cornerstone Kids Need School Supplies
As the new school year approaches, your generous support is requested for the children at Cornerstone Kids. The goal is to raise $1,500 to cover the cost of backpacks and school supplies for 35 children. 

Please put your check, made out to St. John's, in the alms basin or drop it off in the parish offices by Sunday, August 25. Contact MC Jenkins with questions at 
Sandwich Sunday: One Sunday Left to Host!
We are in need of Sandwich Sunday hosts for just one more date in 2019, December 15. Hosting includes shopping for supplies, coordinating sandwich preparation on the day-of, and delivering the meals to Faith Café. Costs are reimbursed by the parish. Email Cindy Martin at to help.
Children and Youth
Dates Remain to Teach 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
An old open Bible on a rustic wooden plank with room for print
This Week's Baptisms
 and Birthdays

August 4
Yajaira Ana-Teresa Torres

August 8
Mary Katherine Leach, Carolyn Yelverton, Kathleen Purdy, Henry Moore

August 9
Abby Chilldon, Cece Lane

August 10
Julie Norton, Mary Ellen Collins, Dee Ayala

August 11        
Tom Cassedy, Lucy Scarritt, Jill Johnson, Will Sunich, Harrison Sunich

August 12
Richard Arcuri, Mia Carastro, John Rabbitt, Marie McClelland, Darryl Petters

August 13
Adelaide Few, Mike Foley, Mark Lundy, Cary Brown, Emily Andrews, Darren Milling

August 14
Ken Hyatt, Carson Tappan, Michael Eachon, Martha Robin, Lee Peterson, Bradley Mackie, Jonathan Ackerman, Judith Coffey, Ed Sprenkle
Sunday's Scripture Snippet  

It is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

Ecclesiastes 1

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, August 8
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 will meet on Thursday at 11:45 a.m. The group comes together weekly for fellowship and to study the readings for the coming Sunday.
Sunday, August 11: Regular  Service Schedule
Click here for the readings for Sunday. St. John's follows Track 2.

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, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall
Youth Mission Trip Presentation, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall

Rally Day: Ministry Leader Planning Meeting, following the Youth Mission Trip Presentation, Parish Hall

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 11:15 a.m., Church
Tuesday, August 13
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, August 14: The Feast of St. Mary the Virgin
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel

Wednesday Nights in St. John's, 6:30 p.m., Parish Hall  
The group will continue to review How to be Rich, a four session DVD presentation by Andy Stanley.

The Wednesday Nights Group meets at 6:30 p.m. each week for a shared potluck supper followed by fellowship, a video, and discussion of our faith. Contact Paul and Winkie Game at with questions about the group.
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