2/11/16 Weekly Wednesday Scroll

November 2, 2016 

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Sunday’s Scripture Snippet
You are my hiding-place;

you preserve me from trouble;

you surround me with shouts of deliverance.

Psalm 32
This Week in 
St. John’s
Thursday, November 3
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 next week. 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 6: All Saints’ Sunday
8:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
9:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Holy Baptism 
Sunday School for Children

(Parish Hall)

the 9:15 a.m. service
Coffee Hour Fellowship
(Parish Hall)
Sunday Adult Christian Education
(Lowry Room)
There will be no Adult Formation session this Sunday, November 6 as we will gather in the Parish Hall to celebrate Ken Johnston’s 30 years of service to St John’s.  Adult Formation will resume at 10:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room next 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) 
4:30 p.m.
Middle School EYC
(Discovery House)
5:30 p.m.
High School EYC
(Discovery House)
Monday, November 7
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 8
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
12:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) 
Wednesday, November 9
12:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) 
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.
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 

 for more details. 

Breaking News
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


Ken Johnston has recently celebrated his 30
anniversary of service to St. John’s. We will hold a party to commemorate this occasion this Sunday, November 6, following the 9:15 service. Questions? Want to help? Contact Lindsey Robbins or Janice Straske.


Choral Evensong: November 13


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.


St. John’s Food Drive for Metropolitan Ministries


The Holiday Food Drive by St. John’s Church and School for Metropolitan Ministries begins this Sunday and continues through Friday, November 18. The most-needed items include:
  • Cereal (hot or cold)
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned yams
  • Boxed 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.  We will collect donations through Sunday, November 18. (A note, the desired quantities of these items are for families, not for large kitchen preparations.)
Thank you for your generosity!



Look Both Ways!


We have seen a recent increase in the numbers of cars going the wrong way down Orleans Avenue. Although it is a one-way street, drivers sometimes don’t see, or even choose to disregard the signs to that effect. Therefore it is important to ALWAYS look both ways when crossing, each and every time you cross.


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@



Children and Youth
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.


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


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 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
St. John’s Fathers Camping Trip


St. John’s Fathers Ministry’s 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.
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.
Please email Kaivon with questions and to RSVP.


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!


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



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 wwolf@ for more details.



Interfaith Service: Monday, November 21


Mark your calendars for an Interfaith Service during the week of Thanksgiving with Congregation Rodeph Sholom on Monday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. in St. John’s Church. Our choir will present special music, and Rabbi Joshua Hearshen will speak.


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.


Book Fair to Benefit St. John’s School


The St. John’s School Book Fair is online now at Barnes & Noble! Use code #12004354 for online purchases at www.barnesandnoble.com  through November 6, and St. John’s will get a portion of sales. Encourage family members and friends anywhere in the country to do so as well! Back by popular demand, cheesecakes from The Cheesecake Factory are also available to order for your holiday celebrations and St. John’s will benefit!


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
November 4, James Few, Robert Goodman, Gerd Michel, Cynthia Peters


November 5,  Vera Farmen, Joseph Lykes, Robert Lykes, Hamilton Rice, Sarah Wahl
November 6, Walker Barnes, Matthew Conlee, Bennett Cruse, Hywel  Leonard, Andrew Moore, Gabriel Picone, Scott Simons, Josie Taylor
November 7, Evelyn Bowles, Thompson Marston, Meredith Pieper, Braden Simmons
November 8, Leland Baldwin, Charles Crumpton, Brett Divers, Benjamin Lejkowski, Brandi Mason, Mary Esther Parker, Anne Voss, Samantha Zukusky
November 9, Betsy Arizu, Cynthia Fields, Bridgette Howell, Candace Portmann