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
We continue a 5-part series on Embracing an Adult Faith: What it Means to be Christian. This is a video/discussion series featuring the late Episcopal theologian Dr. Marcus Borg. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and will take place in the Lowry Room. Bring your coffee and join the conversation! For more information, email Kathleen Moore or contact her a t 221.6253.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
EYC Bowling at Pinarama!
It’s time to brush off your bowling skills and get ready to have fun! Junior and Senior EYC will meet together at Pinarama this Sunday, October 30, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. for some bowling fun – South Tampa style! Please bring $5 to help cover the cost of the lanes and shoe rental, plus a little extra if you plan on purchasing any snacks. Youth will need to be dropped off and picked up at Pinarama (5008 South Dale Mabry Highway), and we will be finished in time to still make the organ concert that evening at the church at 5:00 p.m.. Our regularly scheduled EYC meetings will continue to be on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. See you there!
Monday, October 31
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.
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 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 1, and Father Connelly will be the facilitator for Luke 6.
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
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
Wednesday, November 2
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
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 2 – Awakening to Need
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Pumpkin Painting Party
On Sunday, October 23, we enjoyed our biggest Pumpkin Painting Party yet. Special thanks to our “Hostess with the Mostest,” Katie De La Cruz and her family, and over a dozen other volunteers who helped make the event a success, including: Alvie Casey, Virginia Galavis, Dawn Javino, Cristy Braun, Shawn & Kim O’Brien, Candace Courter, Amy Ross, Ansley Graff, Jeanne Ackerman, Kevin & Beth Kellar, Stephanie Andrews, Suzanne Arthur, and Whitney Tozier. Food, creativity, and merriment were in abundance and fun was had by all. Please click here to visit the Children’s Ministry page of our website for more pictures and to learn about upcoming events in the Children’s Ministry!
All Saints’ Memorial Envelopes
Memorial envelopes for All Saints’ Day will be due back to the church by next Tuesday, November 1, in order for the bulletin inserts to be printed for All Saints’ Sunday, November 6.
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.
Organ Recital by James Kennerley
We are delighted to be presenting James Kennerley in concert at St. John’s this Sunday, October 30,
at 5:00 p.m. James is one of the finest young organists of today, and this is a recital not to be missed. There will be a big screen to enable the audience to see the organ console, usually hidden from view, and a reception, to which all are warmly invited to meet James, will follow the recital.
Hailed as “a great organist” displaying “phenomenal technique and sheer musicality” (Bloomberg News), James Kennerley is a multi-faceted musician, working as a conductor, keyboardist, singer, and educator.
A native of the United Kingdom, Mr. Kennerley is Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, New York City, where he directs the professional choir and coordinates the church’s extensive concert series. From 2008 he held a similar position at “Smoky Mary’s”, the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Times Square. Click here to go to our website to learn more about Mr. Kennerley.
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 email@example.com.
Children and Youth
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!
Christmas Pageant Roles to be Announced during Kick-Off Brunch on November 13!
Christmas Pageant sign-ups are all complete! Role assignments will be announced and scripts will be handed out during the brunch on Sunday, November 13 immediately following the 9:15 a.m. service. If you signed up for the pageant and are not able to attend the Brunch, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can ensure you receive all pertinent information.
Events and Fellowship
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 on Sunday, November 6, following the 9:15 service. Questions? Want to help? Contact Lindsey Robbins or Janice Straske.
St. John’s Fathers Camping Trip
This year’s St. John’s Fathers Ministry 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.
This is one of the easiest camping trips you will ever attend. Do not worry if you haven’t been camping before – this is a “team event.” We welcome dads and children to come early on Friday, starting after lunch. Friday is really the meat of the trip and there are many activities such as canoeing, nature trails, and the animal farm that can be enjoyed. Arrival during daylight is ideal, especially for setting up your tent! If you are planning to purchase a tent, we would recommend the type that pops up, one which you do not need to run bendable poles through sleeves.
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!
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 email@example.com for more details.
Hospitality of the Heart Conference
All parishioners are invited to participate in the exciting conference, Hospitality of the Heart, November 18 and 19 at DaySpring Episcopal Center. This conference is about how to create the culture of welcome, belonging and personal and congregational transformation. It is rooted in Celtic traditions and Christian hospitality as a way of life.
Mark your calendars for an Interfaith Service during the week of Thanksgiving with Congregation Rodeph Shalom 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
Book Fair to Benefit St. John’s School
The St. John’s School Book Fair returns to Barnes & Noble this year in the Dale Mabry store and online! Use code #12004354 for online purchases at www.barnesandnoble.com from today 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! In-store, just let the cashier know you are from St. John’s (or use the voucher that will be sent home) for us to get credit. Back by popular demand, cheesecakes from The Cheesecake Factory will be 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
October 27, Eric Wiese
October 28, Adam Burden
October 29, Kenneth Dockery, Rowland Lee
October 31, Simon Morley
November 1, Virginia Collier, David Corey, Nancy Craig, Minnie Norton, Allison Shamblin, Nelson Spoto, Anna Marie Stracey, Sherrie Weekley, Thomas Young
November 2, Catherine Eckhard, Elizabeth Eckhard, Jonathan Maya, Jensen Whittlesey, Jude Whittlesey