3/15/17 Weekly Wednesday Scroll


March 15, 2017

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Sunday’s Scripture Snippet
If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
John 3
This Week in 
St. John’s
Thursday, March 16
10:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing & Anointing 
Men’s Thursday Bible Study and Lunch
11:45 a.m., Peterson Room
The Men’s Thursday Bible Study and Lunch group meets 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. 
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, March 19
8:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I)  
9:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II)  
Sunday School for Children 
(Parish Hall)
Following the 9:15 a.m. service
Coffee Hour Fellowship and Sandwich Sunday 
(Parish Hall)
Thanks to our Sandwich Sunday hosts, Cindy and David Martin!
Adult Christian Formation


The Christian Formation group will meet in the Lowry Room at 10:30 a.m. for their Lenten study.


Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and takes place in the Lowry Room. Bring your coffee and join the conversation! For more information,
email Kathleen Moore or call her at 221.6253.



11:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I)  
12:30 p.m.
Focus on Faith (Parish Hall)
4:30 p.m.
Middle School EYC (Discovery House)
A Service of Choral Evensong: This Sunday, March 19


The next Choral Evensong will take place on Sunday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. in the church. Choral Evensong is widely considered the jewel in the crown of the Anglican Choral Tradition. We hope you will join us for this lovely way to worship and wind down your weekend.




Monday, March 20
Bible Women
4:00 p.m., Lowry Room
The Bible Women group continue their new study during Lent called
The Women of Easter,
 written by Liz
Curtis Higgs. The book can be purchased through Amazon for $11.14. 
They welcome all ladies to join them.


Email Pat Wilson with questions at patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com
or reach her by phone at 644.4640.


Tuesday, March 21
Contemporary Women’s Bible Study
6:45 a.m., Peterson Room
CWBS continues their study of Paul’s letter to the


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
Mid Morning Women’s Bible Study


The Mid Morning Women’s Bible Study will meet in the Church Sanctuary from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21.  They will be continuing the study of Luke’s Gospel.
Deacon Kathleen Moore will guide their study of Luke 15 on March 21.


The group invites all interested women to join them in the Church every other week on alternate Tuesdays. For more information, you may contact Joan McKay at mckayjhm@aol.com or Pat Wilson at 644.4640 or patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com.


Wednesday, March 22
12:15 p.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) 
Wednesday Nights In St. John’s
The Wednesday Nights group will not meet during Lent. Parishioners are encouraged to attend the Lenten Wednesday night series. Contact Paul and Winkie Game 
pgamefla@aol.com for more details about the Wednesday Nights group.


Wednesdays in Lent
5:30 p.m., Parish Hall
We will gather in the Parish Hall at 5:30 p.m. for social time and prayer with a delicious dinner by Chef Dave served at 6:00 p.m.  At 6:45 p.m. there will be a program for children in the Lowry Room.  Adults will remain in the Parish Hall for a series of discussions on the topic 
When Bad Things Happen to Good People,
 led by our guest speaker, the Rev Everett Walk of Sarasota.  The evenings will conclude at 7:30 p.m. 
For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen Moore at


A Service of Choral Evensong: This Sunday, March 19


The next Choral Evensong will take place on Sunday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. in the church. Choral Evensong is widely considered the jewel in the crown of the Anglican Choral Tradition. We hope you will join us for this lovely way to worship and wind down your weekend.




Preserve our Heritage Campaign Update


The Preserve Our Heritage Campaign is underway!  If you have driven by the Church lately during the week, you likely have noticed the trucks and workers at the Church.  This work is the first phase of a multi-faceted effort to restore and improve the structures that are critical to our worship and parish life as well as to our School.  This week the work includes
new caulking, paint, and protective coverings for our beautiful stained glass windows.
The Campaign goal is $445,000, and we launched the Campaign with existing commitments totaling $245,000 from the School, our Endowment, and a few large individual donations.  We are now raising the remaining $200,000 from St. John’s parishioners to reach our goal, and we have received $124,000 in contributions from 56 families and individuals toward that goal to date.


If you haven’t yet contributed to the Campaign, please prayerfully consider a gift.  Contributions to the Campaign should be made to St. John’s Church, and please note “Preserve Our Heritage” on the check.  If you have questions on the Campaign or didn’t see the February 8 letter outlining details of the Campaign,
please contact the Parish Offices.  Thank you!



Music Notes


We are delighted to welcome two new faces to the music program – both of whom will be with us through the end of the current season. Many people have already met and heard Margaret-Mary Owens. Margaret is a graduate of Florida State University, and is currently in the midst of auditions for a post-grad place at three of the country’s finest music conservatories. She has played some challenging organ repertoire to a high standard over the weeks that she has been with us.


James Hendy has, quite literally, just arrived from the UK. James hails from Plymouth in south-west England, and was a student at Canford School, one of the UK’s top public, (as they’re known there, but private here!) schools. He is taking what is commonly known as a “gap year” between school and university, and is hoping to win an organ scholarship to one of the Oxbridge (Oxford and Cambridge) colleges. Please take time to make both Margaret and James feel welcome.


We are, of course, now in the season of Lent. There are many ways in which we mark this season liturgically – the crosses are veiled, we omit Alleluias, and the vestments are purple. The tone of the music changes too. Some of the greatest hymns and anthems, in their often minor keys, were written for this season. In marking Lent musically, some churches, especially those in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, suppress the use of the organ almost entirely, and all of the hymns and service music are sung unaccompanied. Here at St. John’s, we have not gone quite that far, but we have, for the past two years, ceased from playing postludes at the end of the services. In adopting this practice once again this year, it is our hope to encourage a reflective end to our services, and that the impact of the organ voluntary will be all the more meaningful when it returns at the Great Vigil of Easter.


Simon Morley



Events and Fellowship

The Circle Spring Event


Save the date for the next Circle event on April 23! Join us at the home of Lisa and Steve Sepulveda for a dinner hosted by the Sepulvedas, Browns, and Stanfords. More information and an evite coming soon!




The St. John’s Book Club


The St. John’s Book Club will meet on March 21 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lowry Room.  Sally Wiley will lead the discussion of Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth.  Everyone is welcome to attend.









Wednesdays in Lent


Join us for the Wednesday evenings of Lent: March 15, 22, 29, and April 5. We welcome you to come to a few, most, or all of the evenings, it is not necessary to come to every session to enjoy and benefit from them.
The group gathers in the Parish Hall at 5:30 p.m. for social time and prayer, followed by a delicious dinner by Chef Dave served at 6:00 p.m. Tonight’s meal has an Italian theme and will consist of vegetable pasta alfredo with bread, salad, and tiramisu.
At 6:45 p.m. there will be a program for children in the Lowry Room and adults will remain in the Parish Hall for a series of discussions on the topic When Bad Things Happen to Good People led by our guest speaker, the Rev Everett Walk of Sarasota.  The evenings will conclude at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen Moore at kmoore@ or 785.9400,
or click here to download the flyer. If you and your family plan to attend, RSVP to
parish@ or
by clicking here so we can get a count for food.



Children and Youth


Vacation Bible School Volunteers Needed to Re-Open Registration


June 19 through 23, volunteer times vary


Due to the high volume of registrations in the two weeks since we opened VBS sign-ups, we have had to move to a waitlist and pause all future registrations pending full-time commitments from more adults in our community to ensure safety with appropriate child/adult ratios. We have jobs for all interests and abilities. Please see below for the most critical needs currently, to see if any of these might be a good fit for you! The more volunteers we have, the more kids we can welcome to VBS. Youth volunteers are sought as well and will receive service hour credit for their participation.


While strong athleticism is not required, some experience coaching or playing soccer is a big plus. All lead coaches will be given a VBS playbook specific to their sport to guide them in the themes and drills. Without a designated soccer coach, we will need to cancel the soccer unit of VBS.


This is a great role for youth volunteers who expect to attend for the entire week. Each Huddle Coach will team up with a group of 6 to 8 children, joining them for their sport each day and then leading them in the Bible Lesson during the “huddles” in between sport sessions. Huddle Coaches will receive a Huddle Playbook with all the information they need to lead a productive and successful huddle group with their kids.


This person will learn the theme songs for VBS and teach them to the group during our daily rallies. You don’t need to be a professional musician, just someone who loves sharing the word of the Lord and doesn’t mind singing in front of a group.


Could be one person for the week or a few people divided up between the days to drop off a healthy snack for our VBS participants. This volunteer does not need to stay for the entirety of VBS.


We are hoping to find a few adults to join us from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on some or all days of the week to assist with the aftercare supervision which will include movie screenings, crafts, playground time, and other fun activities after the formal VBS program concludes at noon.



Action Items and Opportunities
Sanctuary Candle Available


The candle in the Sanctuary light is available on Sunday, April 2. If you would like to take this opportunity to honor a loved one and support St. John’s,
please contact us.



Sandwich Sunday Hosts Needed


We are in need of hosts for the following dates: March 19, July 16, and November 19. Contact Cindy Martin if you can help. Hosting includes shopping for the supplies, coordinating the sandwich preparation on the day-of, and delivering the meals to Faith Cafe. Costs are reimbursed by the church.



From the Parish Register
March 16, Randall Hehr, Nicholas Raffa, Thomas Scarritt
March 17, Thaddeus Bereday, Paige Shoukry, Margaret Wiegand
March 18, Frances Brooks, Mark Johnson, Absley Pekkala


March 19, Stacey Arcuri, Nancy Crane, Lisa Leal
March 20, Charles Arnold, Tiffany Blume, John Casey, Mank Saunders
March  21, William Barrs, Emily Cabral, Emma Matthews, Sterling Purdy
March 22, Miriam Faircloth, Richard Whiteley, Amanda Whittlesey