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March 9, 2016 Issue 

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From the Parish Register


March 10, Charles Eversole, Marian Flowers, Benjamin Heller, Brendan Scudder, Morgan Watts
March 11, Avery Collier, Anna Frick, James Lane Jr., Patricia McKay, Zane Polins, Elizabeth Wood
March 12, Charles Hancock, Anne Kelley, Anna Malizia, Oliver Roberts, Esther Santiago
March 13, Casimir Harazda, Andrew Jennewein, Catherine Jennewein, David Martin Sr., Carolyn McGinnis
March 14, Hazel Cox, Michael Dangle, Martin McKinney, Jacqueline Preis
March 15, William Carson II, Cynthia Hadlow, Kendal Kelly, Anne Stadel, Jack Williams
March 16, Randall Hehr, Nicholas Raffa, Thomas Scarritt


Sunday’s Scripture Snippet
Everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
2 Corinthians 5
This Week in 
St. John’s
Thursday, Mar 10
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. The Rev. Don Goodheart will guide the study on March 10.
Please do not park in the Four Green Fields parking lots. Lunch will not be provided this week, but chips and drinks will be available.
Friday, Mar 11
12:15 p.m.

Noonday Prayer (Chapel)

Sunday, Mar 13
8:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
9:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
Following the 9:15 a.m. service 
Coffee Hour Fellowship (Parish Hall)
11:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
Monday, Mar 14
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.
Three women will be our focus on Monday of Holy Week, March 14.  Mary Magdalene; Mary, Mother of Jesus and Salome, mother of James and John.  Readings:  Matthew 20:20-23, Matthew 27:55-56, Mark 15:40-16-8 and pages 372- 375.  Review the scripture readings from Mary Magdalene and Mary, Mother of Jesus.


Bible Women group will not meet on March 21- Monday of Holy Week or Easter Monday when the parish offices are closed.
Tuesday, Mar 15
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 15. The Rev. Don Goodheart will lead the study of Colossians 1 on this day.


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 16
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 16        
Living into the Incarnation, led by Hal Wiley
Wednesday Nights In St. John’s
No Meeting Tonight
We give thanks to God for the life and ministry of Mother Alice Sadler.


Breaking News

Parish Retreat Scheduled: April 16
The Fathers Ministry is pleased to host a Family Retreat at DaySpring, the Diocese of Southwest Florida’s scenic 92-acre campus in Palmetto.  The retreat is open to the entire parish family, including children and adults of all ages. Join us for a day of fellowship with canoeing and nature trail adventures, labyrinth exploration, tree-top canopy walk, and much more!  Participation in a low ropes course is an option as well for attendees 7 years old and up.
The retreat runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, but all are welcome to come and go as they please throughout the day. The cost for lunch is $10 for parishioners 12 years old and older, and $5 for children from 4 to 11. Children 3 and under eat lunch for free. An additional charge for the canopy walk ($3) and low ropes course ($10) apply. However, cost should never be a deterrent to parishioners wishing to participate in St. John’s activities, so please contact Fr. Connelly if you have a financial need. Click here to sign up for the retreat.
Prayer the Subject of 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.
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 4   March 9          
, led by Miranda Harrison-Quillin
Week 5   March 16        Living into the Incarnation, led by Hal Wiley
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.
Important Dates
Holy Week Service and Event Schedule
March 20, Palm Sunday
Parish Breakfast and Sandwich Sunday, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall
A Service of Choral Evensong, 5:00 p.m., Church
Tuesday, March 22 
Stations of the Cross, 5:00 p.m., Church
March 24, Maundy Thursday
Joint School Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m., Church
Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist, 7:00 p.m., Church
March 25, Good Friday
Parish Offices Close at Noon
Morning Prayer and Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament, 7:00 a.m., Chapel
The Liturgy for Good Friday with St. John’s Choir, 12:00 noon, Church
Tolling of the Bells, 3:00 p.m.
Good Friday Evening Prayer, 5:30 p.m., Church
March 26, Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil, 7:00 p.m., Church
March 27, Easter Sunday
Easter Service, 8:00 a.m., Church
Flowering of the Cross, 9:00 a.m., Courtyard

Festal Easter Service, 9:15 a.m.,

Easter Service for Families with Young Children, 9:15 a.m., 
Parish Hall 
Easter Egg Hunt following the 9:15 a.m. family service in the Parish Hall, Church Grounds
Festal Easter Service, 11:15 a.m., Church
March 28  Easter Monday
Parish Offices Closed for Holiday 
Events and Fellowship
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.
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.


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
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 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