However, health regulations prohibit the clergy from being informed when our parishioners are in the hospital, so we will not know if you or someone you love is there unless you tell us. W e want to provide support in any time of need or crisis.
Please call the parish offices at 259.1570 or email
CWBS is studying Amos and Hosea . After conversation and a light breakfast (fruit & some type of bread) that members take turns bringing, the study starts at 7:00 a.m. and ends shortly before 8:00 a.m.; a few people may leave early if they have to go to work.
All women of St John’s and their friends are welcome; the current group includes several valued members from other branches of Christ’s church. For more information, please contact Kathleen Moore at 221.6253 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 19: The Feast of St. Luke
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
Wednesday Nights In St. John’s
6:30 p.m., Parish Hall
The Wednesday Nights Group invites all parishioners and friends to join them each week in the Parish Hall. Bring a dish to share and an open heart and mind for discussion. Contact Paul and Winkie Game at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Organ Recital by James Kennerley
We are delighted to be presenting James Kennerley in concert at St. John’s on Sunday, October 30,
at 5:00 p.m. James is one of the finest young organists of today, and this is a recital not to be missed. There will be a big screen to enable the audience to see the organ console, usually hidden from view, and a reception, to which all are warmly invited to meet James, will follow the recital.
Hailed as “a great organist” displaying “phenomenal technique and sheer musicality” (Bloomberg News), James Kennerley is a multi-faceted musician, working as a conductor, keyboardist, singer, and educator.
Mr. Kennerley was a prizewinner at the 2008 Albert Schweitzer International Organ Competition, and a finalist at the inaugural (2013) Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. In addition to solo concerts in the US and Europe, Mr. Kennerley frequently collaborates with groups such as the Voices of Ascension, New York City Master Chorale, and Greenwich Choral Society. He has studied the organ with David Sanger, Thomas Trotter and McNeil Robinson, and holds the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists diploma. He has given concerts at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum, Washington National Cathedral, The Frick Collection, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, London, and many other major organ venues in the USA and Europe. A renowned specialist in the art of improvisation, Mr. Kennerley is frequently in demand as a performer and educator in this regard. He studied improvisation with Robert Levin, McNeil Robinson, and Noam Sivan at the Juilliard School.
A native of the United Kingdom, Mr. Kennerley is Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, New York City, where he directs the professional choir and coordinates the church’s extensive concert series. From 2008 he held a similar position at “Smoky Mary’s”, the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Times Square.
Celebration of Ken Johnston’s Anniversary
Ken Johnston has recently celebrated his 30
anniversary of service to St. John’s. We will hold a party to commemorate this occasion on Sunday, November 6 following the 9:15 service. Questions? Want to help? Contact Lindsey Robbins or Janice Straske.
Calling All Moms! Mom’s Mornings Begin Tomorrow, Thursday, October 13
Join us at 8:45 a.m. at Discovery House (918 South Orleans Avenue) tomorrow, Thursday, October 13, to kick off our monthly moms group. With the devotional Bible study Walking with God in the Season of Motherhoodas our guide, you will learn how to nourish your own heart, mind, and soul with the wisdom you need to become the mother you long to be, while garnering strength and support from your peers in a comfortable and judgement-free environment. Let this group be your haven. Come for as little or as long as you’d like. Coffee and morning treats will be provided. Little ones are welcome. If you have any questions or want to join us, please email Whitney Wolf at email@example.com.
Hospitality of the Heart Conference
All parishioners are invited to participate in the exciting conference, Hospitality of the Heart, November 18 and 19 at the DaySpring Episcopal Center. This conference is about how to create the culture of welcome, belonging and personal and congregational transformation. It is rooted in Celtic traditions and Christian hospitality as a way of life.
Join the Fathers Ministry on Sunday, October 16, in the Parish Hall for their Holiday Letters for Heroes party! The event will take place after the 9:15 a.m. service i n conjunction with our Parish Breakfast. Parish children will be using their creativity to write thank you letters to service members deployed overseas over the holidays. The Fathers will set up and decorate two tables for letter writing, kids’ puzzles, and Veteran’s Day wreath-making.
Grown-ups can write a letter too! A drop box for letters will be set up the week of the event. Let’s show these heroes our appreciation for their sacrifice and service. See you there!
St. John’s Fathers Camping Trip
This year’s St. John’s Fathers Ministry camping trip is upon us. This year’s trip will be November 11 and 12 at Lakewood Retreat in Brooksville, FL (https://www.lakewoodretreat.org).
This is one of the easiest camping trips you will ever attend. Do not worry if you haven’t been camping before – this is a “team event.” We welcome dads and children to come early on Friday, starting after lunch. Friday is really the meat of the trip and there are many activities such as canoeing, nature trails, and the animal farm that can be enjoyed. Arrival during daylight is ideal, especially for setting up your tent! If you are planning to purchase a tent, we would recommend the type that pops up, one which you do not need to run bendable poles through sleeves.
The camping trip is a simple event that our children look on with fond, powerful memories. We cannot emphasize enough how profoundly and positively this little adventure impacts them. Dads, be prepared to stand up and say a few words about why you are proud of your child(ren) during the kettle corn campfire on Friday night. An e xample: “Hello, I’m Kaivon Madani. This is my daughter Shahla. Shahla is a great swimmer. She has a wonderful imagination. She works hard at school and makes almost all A+’s, I’m so proud of her and so glad she is here tonight.”
Furthermore, as the date approaches, Kaivon will be asking fathers to sign up to take responsibility for a single task such as manning the grill, cleaning up after dinner, running the s’mores station, cleaning up after we leave on Saturday, etc.
The October 18 meeting of the Mid Morning Women’s Bible Study group has been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 25, due to a funeral in the church on the 18th. They will meet in the Church Sanctuary, from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on the 25th, and Kathleen Moore will guide a study of Luke 5.
They will meet again the following week on Tuesday, November 1, and Father Connelly will be the facilitator for Luke 6.
Save the Date: On Sunday, October 16, at 6:00 p.m., there will be a Dominican Night Dinner at St. John’s Episcopal Church i n honor of the Diocese of Southwest Florida’s Companion Diocese Relationship with the Dominican Republic.
If you have participated in mission work in the Dominican Republic, especially those from the Tampa Deanery, and/or if you are just interested in the work of the Dominican Development Group, the group is asking for volunteers to help make this dinner a success.
The Wednesday Nights Group invites all parishioners and friends to join them each week in the Parish Hall. Bring a dish to share and an open heart and mind for discussion. Contact Paul and Winkie Game at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. This week, the group will view the movie God’s Not Dead 2. When high school history teacher Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart) is asked a question about Jesus in class, her reasoned response lands her in deep trouble. The ensuing epic court case could expel God from the classroom — and the public square — once and for all! God’s Not Dead 2 is a powerful call to action. Where will you stand? This week, the group starts earlier than usual. They will meet at 6:00 p.m. for the covered dish dinner, then begin the movie at 6:20 p.m.
Children and Youth
Pumpkin Painting Party, Sunday October 23
On Sunday, October 23, we will host our annual Pumpkin Painting Party from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) and we will have everything you need to make your pumpkin a beautiful and festive addition to your Halloween decor. Parents, look for our sign-up stand following the 9:15 a.m. service on October 16, as well as an evite from host Katie De La Cruz coming soon to your inbox. Questions? Please contact Whitney Wolf at email@example.com.
EYC Bowling at Pinarama!
It’s time to brush off your bowling skills and get ready to have fun! Junior and Senior EYC will meet together at Pinarama on Sunday, October 30, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. for some bowling fun – South Tampa style! Please bring $5 to help cover the cost of the lanes and shoe rental, plus a little extra if you plan on purchasing any snacks. Youth will need to be dropped off and picked up at Pinarama (5008 South Dale Mabry Highway), and we will be finished in time to still make the organ concert that evening at the church at 5:00 p.m.. Our regularly scheduled EYC meetings will continue to be on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. See you there!
EYC Food Help Needed
It takes a lot to make a successful youth group, but most of all it takes FOOD and EYC at St. John’s is no exception! A major part of our meetings is the fellowship and fun we have while sharing a common meal together with both the Junior (6-8 Grades) and Senior (9-12 Grades) EYC groups.
If you can help out by arranging for food for our bi-monthly EYC meetings, we would very much appreciate the help! Click here to sign up.
Christmas Pageant Sign-Ups Extended for One More Week
This Sunday, October 16, will be the last Sunday to sign up for your desired roles in this year’s Christmas Pageant! Please be sure to mark all the roles for which your kids are interested, and pick up a rehearsal schedule when you drop your kids off for Sunday School. We have parts for everyone and will draw names out of a hat in the instance of a tie. Role assignments will be announced at the Kick-Off Brunch on Sunday, November 13. If you have questions or if you miss the opportunity to sign up on Sunday, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Events and Fellowship
St. John’s Church invites you to a Soirée
at the home of Mary and Ron Hulse, 4912 Lyford Cay Road
Friday, October 21
Bring an hors d’oeuvre to share and a drink of your choosing.
The Church Altar Advent Greenery is available on Sunday, December 4, and the Candle in the Sanctuary Light is available on Sunday, December 25. If you would like to take one of these opportunities to honor a loved one and support St. John’s please email us or call 259.1570.
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From the Parish Register
October 13, William Ahlstrand, Helen Brown, Elizabeth Mackie, Lindsey Robbins, Fuller Saunders
October 14, Donna Barrs, Walter Hardenstine, Brooke Riffey, Elizabeth Wessel, Ian Wolf
October 15, Carolina Cassedy, Nicholas Gagliardo
October 16, Jane Arnold, Kate Arthur, John Genter, Linda Pearce, Christina Roberts
October 17, Emma Brown, Lester Collier, Zachary Rugg
October 18, Nina Haaskivi, Margaret Korakis, Joanne Watkins