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
We continue a 5-part series on Embracing an Adult Faith: What it Means to be Christian. This is a video/discussion series featuring the late Episcopal theologian Dr. Marcus Borg. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and will take place in the Lowry Room. Bring your coffee and join the conversation! For more information, email Kathleen Moore or contact her a t 221.6253.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
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.
Monday, October 24
4:00 p.m., Lowry Room
The study group for Bible Women by Lindsay Freeman welcomes all women. Each week is a standalone lesson. The book may be purchased from Forward Movement for $15.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid Morning Women’s Bible Study
The Mid Morning Women’s Bible Study group will meet in the Church Sanctuary on Tuesday, October 25, from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. and Kathleen Moore will guide a study of Luke 5.
They will meet again next week on Tuesday, November 1, and Father Connelly will be the facilitator for Luke 6.
Wednesday, October 26: The Feast of St. James and Sts. Simon and Jude
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
Wednesday Nights In St. John’s
6:30 p.m., Parish Hall
On Wednesday, October 26, the Wednesday Nights Group will continue the DVD series Finding Your Way Back to God.
If you or someone you know is wondering whether God will ever be a part of your [his/her] life again, this DVD series may lead to spiritual awakenings on the way to a new spiritual life.
October 26 – Awakening to Regret
November 2 – Awakening to Need
November 9 – Awakening to Love
November 16 – Awakening to Life
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 email@example.com for more details.
Hospitality of the Heart Conference
All parishioners are invited to participate in the exciting conference, Hospitality of the Heart, November 18 and 19 at 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 us this Sunday, October 23, for 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. Questions? Please contact Whitney Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. Click here to go to our website to learn more about Mr. Kennerley.
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.
Outreach: St. John’s School’s Change for Change
Members of the Student Council at our Middle School presented representatives from Faith Cafe (Nicholas Nitch) and Cornerstone Kids (MC Jenkins) with checks for $450 each on October 13 after the School’s weekly chapel service. The children collected spare change last year and were eager to give back to two local organizations. Thank you, Middle Schoolers, for your efforts!
The Circle: Sunday, November 13
The Circle will kick off the year with an event at the home of Vera and Chris Farmen on the evening of Sunday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. The event will be co-hosted by India and David Witte. Mark your calendars, more details and an evite soon!
Save the Date! Advent Wreath Making will be Sunday, November 27
Join us to celebrate the first Sunday of Advent by decorating a beautiful wreath to take home and enjoy for the rest of the season! Stay tuned for more details!
Holiday Letters for Heroes
Holiday Letters for Heroes was a great success, with lots of wonderful “thank you for serving our country” and “be safe” notes written by the kids, coloring and activities, and Veterans Day wreaths. Beth and Kevin Kellar organized, with assists from Dan Ringhoff and Whitney Wolf. It was a fun event and we were really proud of the kids and the nice things they wrote to our servicemen and women in the Armed Forces.
Highlights from our Dominican Dinner
Bishop Dabney Smith, Milagros Hernandez Holguin, Bishop Wendell Gibbs, and Bishop Julio Holguin celebrating Dominican Night at St. John’s
Janet Tunnell, Bill Kunkle and Bob Stevens
Entertainment by Bishop Holguin and Bishop Smith
This past Sunday, October 16, we held a Dominican Night Dinner in honor of the Diocese of Southwest Florida’s Companion Diocese Relationship with the Dominican Republic. Many who have participated in mission work in the Dominican Republic, as well as leader Bill Kunkle, and our Bishop Dabney Smith attended to celebrate the success of this outreach project.
Usher Party at Lane Home
Delicious food and great community time hosted by Ken and Cece Lane at their ranch for the Ushers at the 8:00 a.m. service. Ken heads the 8:00 a.m. group and all had a terrific time!
Children and Youth
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!
Mark Your Calendars for the Christmas Pageant Kick-Off Brunch!
Christmas Pageant sign-ups are complete, but we still have a couple of key roles to fill. Role assignments will be announced and scripts will be handed out during the brunch on November 13 after the 9:15 a.m. service. If you missed the sign-up and would still like to be involved, please contact email@example.com.
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.
Events and Fellowship
Next Mom’s Morning: Wednesday, November 16
Join us around 8:45 a.m. at Discovery House on Wednesday, November 16, to take a breath from your busy week and connect with other moms from the parish in a faith-based and supportive gathering. Come for as little or as long as you like. Coffee and toys will be available. Little ones are welcome! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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). Kaivon Madani is organizing this year’s event.
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.
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.
Mark your calendars for an interfaith service during the week of Thanksgiving with Congregation Rodeph Shalom on Monday, November 21. More details to follow.
Action Items and Opportunities
Candle and Altar Greenery Available
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.
From the Parish Register
October 20, William Arthur, Thomas Gonzalez, Aubrey Howell, Peter Johnson, Jessica Moore, Hannah Neugaard, McKenna Peterson
October 21, Trenten Decelles, Helen Ireland, Pippa Richardson, Janet Williams
October 22, Paul Brokaw, Leo Dorsch, Carolyn Harbert, Jack Hoskins, Kenneth Hyatt, Mark Schnell, Tessa Sevelius, John Shepard
October 23, Ty Bradley, Robert Kelley, Scott McClelland, Emily O’Brien, Kathryn Swanson
October 24, Andrew Cappiello, Elizabeth Garcia, Pansy Hawk, Kathleen Kefauver, Deborah King, Rachel Mattox, Layla Ringhoff
October 25, Andre Ruas, Jeffrey Surrena, Lynda White
October 26, Blair Foulsham, Mason Morales, Carson Schrils