1/18/17 Weekly Wednesday Scroll

January 18, 2017

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Sunday’s Scripture Snippet
Lord called me before I was born,
while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
He made my mouth like a sharp sword,

in the shadow of his hand he hid me;

he made me a polished arrow,

in his quiver he hid me away.

And he said to me, “You are my servant,

Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”

Isaiah 49
This Week in 
St. John’s
Thursday, January 19
Mom’s Morning


The next Mom’s Morning will meet on Thursday, January 19, at 8:45 a.m. in Discovery House. Come for as little or long as you’d like and please feel free to bring your little ones. Toys and coffee will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please contact wwolf@


10:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing & Anointing 
Men’s Thursday Bible Study and Lunch
11:45 a.m., Peterson Room
The Men’s Thursday Bible Study and Lunch group meets 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, January 22
8:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I)  
9:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II)  
Sunday School for Children 
(Parish Hall)
Following the 9:15 a.m. service
Coffee Hour Fellowship 
(Parish Hall)
10:30 a.m.
Adult Christian Formation 
(Lowry Room)
Adult Formation classes meet at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and will take place in the Lowry Room. Bring your coffee and join the conversation! For more information, contact Kathleen Moore at 221.6253 or
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I)  
Monday, January 23
Bible Women
4:00 p.m., Lowry Room
The study group for
Bible Women by Lindsay Freeman meets on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. in the Lowry Room. All women are welcome and each week is a standalone lesson. The book may be purchased from Forward Movement for $15.  Please complete the noted readings and reflections.


Tuesday, January 24
Contemporary Women’s Bible Study
6:45 a.m., Peterson Room
CWBS continues their study of Paul’s letter to the


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
Wednesday, January 25
12:15 p.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) 
Wednesday Nights In St. John’s
6:30 p.m., Parish Hall
No matter what you believe, no matter how you behave, Jesus invites you to follow In God’s Footsteps
In this eight-session study, best-selling author and pastor Andy Stanley shows you that Jesus’ invitation was really an invitation to relationship and this study explains what it means to follow Jesus.
The Wednesday Nights group will continue viewing this series through February 1.


January 25 – Leading Great
February 1 – Unfollow 
The 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 

 for more details. 
Parish Hymn Sing


The next event in our Annual Music Series will be a Parish Hymn Sing on Sunday, February 5,
at 5:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to come together for an hour and sing your favorite hymns with St. John’s Choir and organ. We all have our favorites – some of which come around in the liturgical cycle and others that are sung less frequently. All of the hymns that we will sing on this occasion will be by request, irrespective of the season, so if there is a hymn that is dear to you, be it one (or more) that we sing regularly, or one that you’ve been longing to sing, please contact me by email or phone at smorley@ or 397.1012  We hope to raise the roof!
Simon Morley



Lincoln-Douglass Ball Tickets Available


he Cornerstone Kids
Inc. Board of Directors will host its


Seventh Annual Lincoln-Douglass Ball
and honorin
the relationship between

Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass ~ on Saturday, February 11
from 6:00 p.m. to
00 p.m. at the
mbassy Suites
 at the 
niversity of South
. The theme
s y
‘s B
all i
s “
ine Celebration.” St. John’s has purchased ten seats to the event. If you would like to attend and support Cornerstone Kids, RSVP to Regan in the parish offices by email or by calling 259.1570.

The proceeds from the Ball will
benefit our partner
Cornerstone Kids, Inc., the after-school program located in Tampa Height
. The program is designed specifically to reach at-risk
inner city children from
5-11 who reside in lower income, single

parent h
The mission of
tone Kids
s to assist
their educational, spiritual and emotiona
development in a safe
secure and nurturing en




Focus on Faith Adult Confirmation Begins February 26


Are you an adult seeking confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation of your faith?  Focus on Faith will prepare and direct you toward an expression of this deeper commitment. The format is a small group experience where participants learn more about the Episcopal Church and our Christian beliefs. It is also a time to connect with others on your Christian journey.
The eight-week program will begin February 26 and is led by Rev. Janet Tunnell. Visitation for Confirmation by The Right Reverend Dabney Smith, Bishop of Southwest Florida, is May 7. Questions? Pick up a brochure, call Janet at 518.5232, or email her at jtunnell@ Register by phone or email with Janet
by February 15



Annual Meeting of the Paris: Sunday, February 12


The Annual Meeting of St. John’s Parish will take place on Sunday, February 12, following a combined service at 10:00 a.m. There will also be an 8:00 a.m. service as usual that Sunday. A lunch of
Cubanos, regular Cuban sandwiches, chips, dessert, as well as coffee, tea, lemonade, and water will be served at the meeting.



Voting for new Vestry members will take place before the Annual Meeting begins on Sunday the 12th. Votes can also be cast the two Sundays before the meeting (January 29 and February 5) between all three services. Additionally, ballots can be cast in the parish offices during the weeks of January 29 and February 5 during regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no absentee voting.


Christian Education
Mid Morning Women’s Bible Study: January 24


The Mid Morning Women’s Bible Study will meet in the Church Sanctuary from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24.  They will be continuing the study of Luke’s Gospel which they began in the fall. On January 24, the group
will be studying Luke 10 and will be led by Margaret Brokaw.

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 patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com.



Children and Youth
Parents’ Night Out


Save-the-Date and book a sitter for a Parents’ Night Out on Friday, February 24.
Details coming soon!


Mom’s Morning This Thursday, January 19


The next Mom’s Morning will meet this Thursday, January 19, at 8:45 a.m. in Discovery House. Come for as little or long as you’d like and please feel free to bring your little ones. Toys and coffee will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Whitney Wolf.


Action Items and Opportunities
Sandwich Sunday Hosts Needed


We are in need of hosts for the remainder of 2017, which include the following dates: February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 17. Contact Cindy Martin if you can help. Hosting includes shopping for the supplies, coordinating the sandwich preparation on the day-of, and delivering the meals to Faith Cafe. Costs are reimbursed by the church.



Vacation Bible School Volunteers Sought: June 19 – 23


Whether you want to join us for the whole week and lead a section of the program, contribute a few hours for afternoon care, help purchase supplies, or bring a snack, we are in search of enthusiastic helpers to ensure this year is a great success! If you’re interested in participating in any way, big or small, please contact Whitney Wolf as soon as possible at wwolf@ or 312.244.0871.



Flowers Available


The flowers at the church altar and t
he flowers at the chapel altar are available 
for February 12, February 19, and February 26. 
If you would like to take one of these opportunities to honor a loved one and support St. John’s, please call 259.1570 or email


Sunday School Volunteers Sought


Do you like what we’re doing in Sunday School? Would you like to be a part of it next year? If you are not currently on our team of teachers, assistants, substitutes, and helpers, but would like to be for the fall of 2017, please contact Whitney Wolf to discuss further. We can never have too many dedicated parents helping to bring the word of the Lord to the children of our parish.



Kitchen Help Needed


The Kitchen Guild was formed to provide the opportunity for all of us to break bread and be together as one Christian community, regardless of which service we normally attend.  The guild is also a community unto itself, enjoying Christian fellowship with one another as we serve the Body of Christ. The following opportunities are open to those who wish to step out in the capacity of servant.  Pick one Sunday morning or one Wednesday (or both) to come and join in the us in the kitchen. No experience necessary. The following days/times are available.
Email Dave Kenyon for more details or to sign up to help
You can also send him a text or call him at 404.5000. 


Help Needed
Annual Meeting of the Parish (February 12): Arrive 8:30 a.m., we will serve about 125 people.
Lenten Dinners 2017 (Wednesdays from March 8 through April 5): Arrive 3:30 p.m., we will serve about 40 to 50 people.
Confirmation Classes (February 26,
March 5, 12, 19, 26, 
April 2, 23, 30): 
Arrive 9:00 a.m., we will serve 12 to 20 people.



From the Parish Register
January 19, Emily Grim, Jeffrey Hunt, Parker Milling, Karen Rabbitt, Ralph Sevelius
January 20, Graeme Evans, James Harrington, Helen Schumal, Ellis Weekley
January 21, Laura Cruse, Whitney Wolf


January 22, Douglas Arthur, James Graff, Kelly Holbrook, Ethan Pineiro
January 23, Thomas Gardner, James Martin
January 24, Erin Carr, Dylan Crain, Richard Eatman, Andrew Galavis, Ronald Hulse, David Stillie
January 25, George Hayes, David Wheaton