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
“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
This Week in
Thursday, November 24: Thanksgiving Day
The Holy Eucharist (Church)
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 email@example.com if you would like to partake.
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.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Church)
Sunday School for Children
the 9:15 a.m. service
Coffee Hour Fellowship
Sunday Adult Christian Education
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 or contact her a t 221.6253.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
Monday, November 28
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or Pat Wilson at 644.4640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
Wednesday, November 30: The Feast of St. Andrew
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
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 at
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 email@example.com or 941.556.0315.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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!