11/09/16 Weekly Wednesday Scroll

November 9, 2016 

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Sunday’s Scripture Snippet

“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God. 
Blessed are you who are hungry now, 
for you will be filled. 
Blessed are you who weep now, 
for you will laugh.


Luke 6
This Week in 
St. John’s
Thursday, November 10
10:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist and Healing and Anointing 
Men’s Thursday Bible Study and Lunch
11:45 a.m., Peterson Room
The Men’s Thursday Bible Study and Lunch group continues meeting on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. at the School’s Middle School campus. The readings the group will study are those from the Revised Common Lectionary for the coming Sunday. 
Please do not park in the Four Green Fields parking lots. Lunch is sandwiches at $5 per person. RSVP to dlrncrtpa@verizon.net
if you would like to partake.
Sunday, November 13
8:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
9:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II)  
Sunday School for Children

(Parish Hall)

the 9:15 a.m. service
Coffee Hour Fellowship
(Parish Hall)
This Sunday, November 13 is the Christmas Pageant Kick-Off Brunch! Roles to be Announced!


Come enjoy a tasty breakfast and find out Christmas Pageant role assignments on Sunday, November 13, following the 9:15 a.m. service! We will also be handing out scripts and a more-detailed rehearsal schedule. If you signed up for the pageant and are not able to attend the Brunch, please contact wwolf@ so we can ensure you receive all pertinent information.


Sunday Adult Christian Education
(Lowry Room)
Adult Formation classes resume at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room this Sunday, November 13. Come and join the conversation!


Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes. For more information,
email Kathleen Moore or
contact her a
t 221.6253.


11:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) 
Choral Evensong


On Sunday, November 13, our choir will again bring us Choral Evensong, widely considered the jewel in the crown of the Anglican Choral Tradition. You might be aware that St. John’s Choir has increased the frequency with which these services will be offered. We hope you will join us Sunday, November 13, at 5:00 p.m. for this lovely way to worship and wind down your weekend.


The Circle


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. Enjoy our Choral Evensong, then come enjoy a Tuscan-themed evening!


Monday, November 14
Bible Women
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.



Tuesday, November 15
Contemporary Women’s Bible Study
6:45 a.m., Peterson Room
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
Mid Morning Women’s Bible Study


The Mid Morning Women’s Bible Study group will meet in the Church Sanctuary
from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. 
on Tuesday, November 15, returning to their alternate Tuesday schedule.  On November 15, Father Chase Ackerman will guide their study of Luke 7.

The group invites all interested women to join them in the Church Sanctuary from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on alternate Tuesdays. For more information, you may contact Joan McKay at
mckayjhm@aol.com or Pat Wilson at 644.4640 or



12:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) 
Wednesday, November 16
12:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) 
Mom’s Morning
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 wwolf@ for more details. 
Wednesday Nights In St. John’s
6:30 p.m., Parish Hall
The Wednesday Nights Group continues 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.
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 

 for more details. 

Breaking News
The Ordination of Kathleen Moore to the Diaconate


The Standing Committee acted favorably on Kathleen Moore’s application for ordination the the Sacred Order of Deacons.  This concludes the canonical process. Please join Kathleen and your fellow parishioners in celebrating this momentous occasion!
By the Grace of God
The Right Reverend Dabney T. Smith
Fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida
Will Ordain to the Sacred Order of Deacons
Jonathan William Evans
Robert Paul Kinney
Vickie Lynn McDonald
Kathleen Mary Moore
In Christ’s One Holy Catholic Church
Saturday, the third day of December
in the year of our Lord 2016
at eleven o’clock in the morning
The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter
140 Fourth Street North
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Reception following



Choral Evensong: This Sunday, November 13


This Sunday, November 13, our choir will again bring us Choral Evensong, widely considered the jewel in the crown of the Anglican Choral Tradition. You might be aware that St. John’s Choir has increased the frequency with which these services will be offered. We hope you will join us Sunday, November 13, at 5:00 p.m. for this lovely way to worship and wind down your weekend.


This Sunday, November 13 is the Christmas Pageant Kick-Off Brunch! Roles to be Announced!


Join us this Sunday, November 13, following the 9:15 a.m. service to enjoy a tasty breakfast and find out the Christmas Pageant role assignments! We will also be handing out scripts and a more detailed rehearsal schedule. If you signed up for the pageant and are not able to attend the Brunch, please contact wwolf@ so we can ensure you receive all pertinent information.


Advent Quiet Day with Bishop Smith


Join Fr. Connelly at DaySpring for an Advent Quiet Day with Bishop Dabney Smith on Tuesday, November 29, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The registration fee is $10 which includes lunch in Curry Hall. The day includes four teaching sessions by Bishop Smith, worship, and personal time for reflection. For more information or to register contact Marilyn Erfourth at merfourth@episcopalswfl.org or 941.556.0315.


Celebration of Ken Johnston’s Anniversary


The celebration of our dedicated sexton Ken Johnston was a lovely reflection of his service to St. John’s.
Click here to view a video of our choir singing the special psalm written in his honor by choirmaster and organist Simon Morley!


The Giving Tree


The Projects and Outreach Commission is pleased to announce that the Giving Tree is back again this Christmas season. In the courtyard after the 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services starting this Sunday, November 13
for three consecutive Sundays you will find a tree decorated with ornaments representing a suggested gift for one of three local organizations: Cornerstone Kids, Meals on Wheels, and Metropolitan Minis
tries. This effort will allow parishioners a range of giving options that align with their budget and/or causes closest to their heart. Gifts should be returned to the church by Sunday, December 4
. Let’s make this second year of the St. John’s Giving Tree a huge success!


Interfaith Service: Monday, November 21


On Monday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m., our St John’s community will join with the community of Congregation Rodeph Sholom for a service of Thanksgiving to be held in St. John’s Church.  O
ur choir will present special music, and Rabbi Joshua Hearshen will speak.
Click here for a flyer about the event.


Calling All Christmas Trees!


Do you have an extra artificial Christmas tree lying unused in your attic? Perhaps you would like to donate it to the Church for one month this season? The Projects and Outreach Committee is looking for a medium-sized tree to use on Sunday mornings from November 13 through December 4 for the St. John’s Giving Tree. It would be most appreciated if interested tree volunteers are able to both deliver the tree in November and retrieve it in December. For any questions, or to volunteer your tree, please contact the Rev. Janet Tunnell at jtunnell@



Incense Alert


On Sunday, November 20, at the 11:15 a.m. service, incense will be used in honor of Christ the King Sunday, the final Sunday before Advent. If you or a loved one has a sensitivity to incense, please be aware that this may not be the service for you.


St. John’s Food Drive for Metropolitan Ministries


The Holiday Food Drive by St. John’s Church and School for Metropolitan Ministries continues through Friday, November 18. The most-needed items include:
  • Cereal (hot or cold)
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned yams
  • Boxed or bagged stuffing
  • Bagged or canned beans
  • Grocery gift cards
  • Canned or packets of gravy
  • Peanut butter
  • Box of macaroni and cheese
  • Canned vegetables
  • Bag of rice
  • Canned or boxed potatoes
  • Dessert mixes
  • Packaged cookies or pastries
Please bring your donations to the area inside the entrance to the parish offices.  (A note, the desired quantities of these items are for families, not for large kitchen preparations.)
Thank you for your generosity!



Children and Youth
Casting Call for Baby Jesus


We are searching for someone in the Parish who has welcomed a new baby in the past month or is expecting one in the very near future, and would like their new addition to “star” in this year’s Christmas Pageant (December 24, 4:00 p.m.) as the one-and-only Baby Jesus. You will stay with your baby throughout the short (20 minute) play and will also be involved choosing the “manger” he or she is placed in, to ensure the utmost comfort for you and your child. If you’re interested or would like more details, please contact wwolf@stjohnstampa.com.


Youth Volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries: Sign Up Deadline is Friday


On Sunday, November 20, both Junior and Senior EYCs (all youth in 6th through 12th grades) are invited to volunteer at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent from 4:00 to 6:15 p.m.There will not be regular EYC meetings in Discovery House on that day. The Holiday Tent program allows Metropolitan Ministries to reach more of our community during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.We will be helping those in need by assisting with food and toy sorting, assisting in the donation lane, helping clients check-in, and any other areas as needed.


All youth who will participate must complete the online registration form found at https://stjohnsyouth.metromin.volunteerhub.com/ prior to this Friday, November 11. Parents of minors under 18 years of age must also complete a Metropolitan Ministries waiver and bring it with you to the Tent on the 20th. This event will be a wonderful way to give back to the community during Thanksgiving as well as continue to build our own community of amazing youth!


Contact Fr. Ackerman at
cackerman@ if you have any questions, to get the sign-up links, or if you are interested in being an adult chaperone.
You can also visit our website’s Youth page by clicking here.



Seeking Young Readers for Monthly Family Services


We are looking for enthusiastic young readers to participate in our monthly Family Services. If your child is interested in doing a Reading or leading the Prayers of the People, please contact Whitney Wolf (wwolf@ and we’ll put you on the roster!



Events and Fellowship
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!


Action Items and Opportunities
Every Member Canvass 2017


The Every Member Canvass for 2017, Living Generously, is now on!
Pledge online by clicking here.


Altar Greenery Available


The Church Altar Advent Greenery is available on Sunday, December 4
. If you would like to take this opportunity to honor a loved one and support St. John’s please email us or call 259.1570.


From the Parish Register
Sunday, November 6
Grady Sawyer Scott
Graham Joseph Thomason
November 10, Emily Adams, Vicki Arthur, Susan Lopez
November 11, Gregg Haddad, Olivia Pineiro
November 12,  Benjamin Horan, Christian Orebaugh, Caroline Shepard, Susan Straughn


November 13, James Bliss, Betty Carroll, Richard Eckhard, John Giordano, Dorothy Hilton, Alison Hyatt, Frederick Schrils, Frederik Tellekamp, James Turner
November 14, Charles Ahlstrand, Catherine Cassedy, Curtis Foulsham, Susan Haire, Zena Hoskins, Kavanagh Kane, David Malizia, Katherine Morales, Marion Ridley
November 15, Charles Hobby, Benjamin Osborne
November 16, Bradford Spring, William Swanson