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March 2, 2016 Issue 

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From the Parish Register


March 3, Stephanie Andrews, Charles Graff, Janet Harrison, Nicholas Hearing, Sydney Heller, Nedra McCraw, Kennedy Tenukas
March 4, Drew McCulloch, Mallory Scarritt
March 5, Denise Cassedy, Anne Koch, Lauren Maya, Dawn Merritt, Logan Peterson, Brian Stricker, Charlotte Wiese
March 6, LeAnn Corey, Michelle Craig, Hugh Cruse, Emmett Lee, Steven Pralle, Daniel Ringhoff, Clark Roberts, Lisa Sepulveda, Garrett Tozier
March 7, Robert Malizia, Harrison Ringhoff
March 8, Patsy Carte, William Duryea, Olivia Meagher, Colton Peterson, Lindsay Rice, John Strickland, Ryan Watts
March 9, Christopher Scott, Chase Tappan


Sunday’s Scripture Snippet
So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10
This Week in 
St. John’s
Thursday, Mar 3
10:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist and Healing and Anointing (Chapel)

Men’s Thursday Bible Study and Lunch
11:45 a.m., Peterson Room
The Men’s Thursday Bible Study and Lunch group continues weekly. The readings the group will study are those from the Revised Common Lectionary for the coming Sunday. The group will continue with this pattern, reading and studying the lessons for the Sunday to follow, to better understand and absorb those readings and Sunday’s sermon.
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.
Friday, Mar 4
12:15 p.m.

Noonday Prayer (Chapel)

Sunday, Mar 6
8:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
9:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
Family Service (Parish Hall)
Following the 9:15 a.m. service 
Coffee Hour Fellowship (Parish Hall)
11:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
Monday, Mar 7
12:15 p.m.

Noonday Prayer (Chapel)

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.
On March 7, our Lenten Bible Women group will learn about Mary Magdalene, who went to the grave of Jesus on Easter morning.   Please complete the noted readings and reflections.  Readings:  Matthew 27:55-61, Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 15:40-47, 16:1-11, 1-18 and pages 433- 437.
Tuesday, Mar 8
Contemporary Women’s Bible Study
6:45 a.m., Peterson Room
CWBS continues their study of the book of Daniel
on Tuesdays from 6:45 to 8:00 a.m. in the Peterson Room at the School’s Middle Division campus. 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
Women’s Mid Morning Bible Study
This group’s focus for winter/spring will be the study of Philippians, Colossians and Philemon.  They will continue using the study guide Paul, The Prison Letters by N. T. Wright.
The group’s next meeting is Tuesday, March 8, Mother Alice Sadler will be guiding the study of Colossians 1.  


The group invites all women of the parish and interested friends and neighbors to join them at 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. in the Church sanctuary (please note new location).  They meet on alternate Tuesdays.  For more information, contact Pat Wilson at patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com or 644.4640 or Joan McKay at mckayjhm@aol.com.
12:15 p.m.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel)
Wednesday, Mar 9
12:15 p.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
2016 Lenten Series:
Living Luke
5:45 p.m., Parish Hall
The 2016 Lenten Series at St. John’s, Living Luke, will explore the gospel of Luke in depth and help us find ways to use it as a guide for our spiritual journey during Lent and all throughout the year.


The evenings will include a light supper of soup, bread, and salad, served family-style, and dessert. Fellowship begins at 5:45 p.m. and the program will close with worship and end at 7:45 p.m. each week.


March 9          
Prayer, led by Miranda Harrison-Quillin
March 16        
Living into the Incarnation, led by Hal Wiley
Wednesday Nights In St. John’s
No Meeting Tonight
Breaking News
Fr. Connelly Leads this Wednesday’s Lenten Series
The 2016 Lenten Series at St. John’s, Living Luke, will explore the gospel of Luke in depth and help us find ways to use it as a guide for our spiritual journey during Lent and all throughout the year. Participants will get the chance to study the book with the leadership of our clergy, turning it from a book of the Bible that we think of only on Sundays into a guide that changes how we live our daily lives.
Luke reinforces the idea of Jesus as our divine example, while still calling Christians to use him as a model for our own lives. He emphasizes the work of the Spirit and the necessity of demonstrating mercy to the poor and downtrodden, while demanding detachment from material possessions and things of this world, all appropriate reminders during the season of Lent.
The evenings will include a light supper of soup, bread, and salad, served family-style, and dessert. Fellowship begins at 5:45 p.m. and the program will close with worship and end at 7:45 p.m. each week.
Week 3   March 2          
, led by Fr. Chip Connelly
Week 4   March 9          Prayer, led by Miranda Harrison-Quillin
Week 5   March 16        Living into the Incarnation, led by Hal Wiley




Outreach Volunteer Event
Thanks to the parishioners who came to help Kids Against Hunger by assembling nearly 4,000 meals this past Saturday!


The Angel Closet is Bulging
Thank you for your generous response in providing the needy who visit Faith Cafe with clothing, shoes, hats and personal care products.  The Angel Closet is now restocked to assist the influx of additional homeless and hungry people who arrive in Tampa in winter and early spring.
Although our collection drive is over for 2016, if you find that you have items you would like to donate, you may contact Sally Wiley at
swileytampa@aol.com or 253.3906 or Mary Jane Schenck at
mjschenck@ut.edu throughout the year.  We will be happy to channel your donation to the Angel Closet.
Cornerstone Kids Update
MC Jenkins’ fifth grade class gave a lively presentation to the rest of the group after completing the reading of the book A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements. This effort was the culmination of reading and discussing 22 chapters, one per week, on their early-release Mondays as part of the KidzLit after school reading program.
Maundy Thursday Vigil
We are looking for volunteers to participate in our annual Maundy Thursday Vigil, which begins at approximately 8:00 p.m. on March 24, immediately following the Maundy Thursday service.  The Vigil will take place in the chapel and will continue throughout the night until 7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer.  Each volunteer will be responsible for an assigned reading(s) during one hour of the Vigil.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Nicholas Nitch at
nnitch@tampabay.rr.com and let him know which hour below you would like to sign up for.  All parishioners are encouraged to attend the Maundy Thursday Vigil even if they do not wish to participate formally.
Click here for a full description of Maundy Thursday’s activities.
Parishioner Featured
Winston Scott, who was a St. John’s parishioner during the two plus years he was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, was recently featured in a Navy series on African American history. The piece on Winston can be viewed
by clicking here.
Events and Fellowship
Men’s Ministry April and May Meetings
Curt Brown is the Investment Manager for Ambassador Enterprises Southeast Regional Office. Ambassador Enterprises is a “family office” located in Fort Wayne, IN. Ambassador’s mission statement states: “Ambassador Enterprises is a for-profit, philanthropic equity firm investing for the glory of God – the building of his kingdom, the betterment of mankind and financial sustainability – by working together with others in optimizing individual and organizational performance.”
Curt will be telling the Ambassador story and how Ambassador uses business as a platform to integrate Faith into the marketplace.


Please join the group in the Parish Hall on April 5 and May 3 at 5:30 p.m. for fellowship time, followed by a fine meal catered by Holy Hog Barbecue at 6:00 p.m., and our speaker following dinner at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Dallas Coffield at dcoffield@gmail.com.


Easter Egg Decorating
Saturday, March 19, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Parish Hall and Courtyard
Bring the family to decorate eggs and enjoy snacks as we anticipate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting splashed with egg dye. $20 suggested donation per family for supplies and food.

Parish Retreat Scheduled
On Saturday, April 16, j
oin the Fathers Ministry at 
DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center 
for a day of fun! Canopy walks, lunch, kayaking, prayer, and fellowship will highlight this day for parishioners of all ages. Look for more information soon.
Action Items and Opportunities
Your Prayers are Requested for Kairos
“I was in prison and you visited me.” – Matthew 25:36
Please pray for the Kairos weekend being held March 3 through 6 at Hernando Women’s Correctional Institution, especially for the 36 residents who will participate and the volunteer team serving on the weekend.  St. John’s has supported Kairos for many years with financial support through our Outreach budget, with prayer, and with the time and talents of parishioners who volunteer to serve on the weekends.
The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.

The Kairos Inside program, presented in both male and female institutions, brings together positive and negative leaders in the prison for a 3½ day weekend led by same-gender Kairos volunteers.  The weekend includes a series of talks, discussions and chapel meditations and focuses on creating a Christian community inside the prison.


If you would like to know more about Kairos, go to their website
www.kairosprisonministry.org and if you would like to get involved with Kairos, contact St. John’s parishioner MC Jenkins at
March 20 Sandwich Sunday Hosts Needed
Each month, we make sandwiches and bag lunches for the patrons of Faith Café to take with them after they eat a hot meal at the Café. We are in need of monthly hosts for 2016 on March 20, June 19, October 16, November 20, and December 18. Hosting means purchasing supplies (costs are reimbursed by St. John’s), helping facilitate the assembly line, and delivering sandwiches to Faith Café. If you are interesting in hosting on one of the dates, please contact Sandwich Sunday Coordinator Cindy Martin at 
DaySpring Summer Camp
DaySpring summer camp registration is now open! DaySpring is one of the top church conference camps in the Southeast. 
Campers participate in a Christian program designed to help them grow spiritually and emotionally. The program provides campers the chance to explore new interests, skills, and friendships. Six week-long sessions are available for elementary to high school students. Activities from canoeing to high ropes and zip line to Wacky Wednesday events and spiritual growth opportunities are highlights. Click here for more information.