23/11/16 Weekly Wednesday Scroll

November 23, 2016 

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Sunday’s Scripture Snippet

“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Luke 23

This Week in 
St. John’s
Thursday, November 24: Thanksgiving Day
10:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist 
Men’s Thursday Bible Study and Lunch
11:45 a.m., Peterson Room
No meeting this week
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. The group will not meet this week.
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 27
8:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
Advent Wreath Making, This Sunday, November 27


Join us in the courtyard after the 8:00 and 9:15 a.m. services to celebrate the first Sunday of Advent by decorating a beautiful wreath that you can take home and enjoy for the rest of the Christmas season! Wreaths are $5 each. Candles are $5 for a set. Decorations and light refreshments will be provided.



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)
Sunday Adult Christian Education
(Lowry Room)
No meeting this week
Adult Formation classes will meet again to begin an Advent study on December 11. Come and join the conversation! 
Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes. For more information,
email Kathleen Moore
contact her a
t 221.6253.


11:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) 
Monday, November 28
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.
The Bible Women group
will resume on Monday, November 28 and begin a study of “Women Who Speak in Daniel.”


Tuesday, November 29
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. 
CWBS will not meet this week so that members may attend the Quiet Day with the Bishop at DaySpring.


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 29 on t
heir alternate Tuesday schedule. The Rev. Don Goodheart will lead them in their study of Luke 8.

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 30: The Feast of St. Andrew
12:15 a.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.
November 30 – Jesus Says
December 7- Next Steps
December 14 – Fearless
December 21 – Follow Where
December 28 – The Fine Print
January 4 – What I Want to Want
January 11 – Leading Great
January 18 – Unfollow
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
Thanksgiving Service


Join us to give thanks to God through worship tomorrow, Thursday, November 24, at 10:00 a.m. Our choir will present several lovely works to highlight the joy of Thanksgiving. Join us!


Join us for Advent Wreath Making – This Sunday!


Join us in the courtyard this Sunday, November 27, after the 8:00 and 9:15 a.m. services to celebrate the first Sunday of Advent by decorating a beautiful wreath that you can take home and enjoy for the rest of the Christmas season! Wreaths are $5 each. Candles are $5 for a set. Decorations and light refreshments will be provided.



Metropolitan Ministries Food Drive Success!


More than 3,300 pounds of food, plus 140 turkeys, were donated to Metropolitan Ministries by St. John’s Church and School on Friday. Thank you for your generosity to the less fortunate members of our community!



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.


Music Notes


On Sunday, December 4, a service of Nine Lessons and Carols will take place in the church at 5:00 p.m. This service was drawn up by Edward White Benson, Bishop of Truro, in 1880 for use in the then temporary wooden cathedral, with four hundred people attending at 10:00 p.m. The service was later adapted for use by King’s College, Cambridge, who made it popular through their annual television broadcast, which continues to this day. Here at St. John’s, there will be an opportunity to hear music by Harold Darke, John Tavener, John Gardner and William Mathias.


Our Annual Christmas Concert will take place on Sunday, December 18, again at 5:00 p.m. This concert, begun as a one-time event in 2007, has very much become a part of the St. John’s Christmas tradition, and draws a large crowd. There will be carols of the season for audience and choir, and music by Francis Poulenc, Andrew Carter and Peter Warlock. Both the service of Lessons and Carols and the Christmas Concert will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall, to which all are warmly invited.


Join us for the Fourth Annual Soaring Eagle Run to Benefit St. John’s School


The Fourth Annual Soaring Eagle Run at Gadsden Park in South Tampa is a family-friendly race intended to help encourage community members and SJE families to exercise and maintain healthy lifestyles. The event will be chip-timed. Finishers cups will be given to every child who participates in the 5K or 1M Run. The Run is open to the public. Event takes place on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Last year’s event attracted over 650 registered runners.
Click here to go to the Racehawk website to register!


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 8:00 and 9:15 a.m. services this Sunday
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!


Children and Youth
Children’s and Youth Ministry Dates


Please note, the 2017-2018 Calendar of Events and Key Dates for the Children’s and Youth Ministries will be available in January.


Seeking Photographer to Capture Christmas Pageant


If you’re planning to attend the 4:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve and would be interested in being one of our designated pageant photographers, please contact wwolf@ You don’t need to be a professional photographer – just someone with a decent camera (i.e. not a cell phone) who might enjoy capturing a few shots of the performance, to be used in church communications and on the website.


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 child throughout the short (20 minute) pageant 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


Christmas Pageant Rehearsal Schedule


Sunday, December 4 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Saturday, December 17 – 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 22 – 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.


For a more detailed schedule or if you would like to help out, please contact Stephanie Andrews at szam1317@gmail.com or Cristy Braun at gatorcristy@gmail.com.


Events and Fellowship
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



Action Items and Opportunities
Every Member Canvass 2017


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


From the Parish Register
November 24, Helena Ringhoff, William Smoak
November 25, Marc Adams, Patricia Dockery, Blythe Gay, Porter Gay, Keith Gibson
November 26, George Peterson, Kimberly Rice, Debra Schrils
November 27, Robert Lewis, Julia Mattox, Allison Watkins
November 28, Joe Andrews, James Carroll, Kay Peterson
November 29, Scott Dietrich, Samuel Giordano, James Russell
November 30, Elizabeth Arthur, Andrew Brown, LeRoy Collins, Jonathan Davidson, Thomas Kendall, Jackson Lee, Jason Lejkowski, Ray Olsson, Joseph Strickland