3/1/17 Weekly Wednesday Scroll

March 1, 2017

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Sunday’s Scripture Snippet
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here.”
Matthew 17
This Week in 
St. John’s
Thursday, March 2
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 5
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 
(Parish Hall)
Youth Confirmation Class (Discovery House)
Adult Christian Formation


The Christian Formation group will meet in the Lowry Room at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 5 to begin 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)
Monday, March 6
Bible Women
4:00 p.m., Lowry Room
Beginning on Monday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m., the Bible Women group will begin a 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 7
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 7.  They will be continuing the study of Luke’s Gospel.
The Rev. Don Goodheart will guide the study of Luke 13 and 14 on March 7.  


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 8
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.  The first meeting’s menu will feature potato leek soup, bread, and salad. 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




Ash Wednesday Service Schedule


5:30 p.m.   Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Holy Eucharist in the Church
Childcare available in the nursery.
7:00 p.m.  Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Choral Eucharist in the Church
Childcare available in the nursery.





Lenten Meditations


We invite you to share in the 2017 Lenten email series from Episcopal Relief & Development.  Each day during Lent you will receive a daily emailed reflection, co-authored by a group of Anglican Communion and other faith leaders. During this season of reflection on our Christian faith, their writings will enhance your spiritual journey as they both inspire and challenge you.  Each daily meditation is presented in both English and Spanish. Click here to sign up.


Lenten devotionals are also available in the back pew of the church. This year’s selection, “The Sanctuary for Lent 2017” by Donald K. McKim, commemorates the Reformation’s 500th anniversary. Entries include a quote from a Reformer, Scripture passage, reflection, and closing petition.



Pancake Supper


Our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper was a fun night of fellowship and tasty treats! Thanks to the Fathers Ministry for their work in the kitchen and to Kevin Kellar for organizing!



Preserve our Heritage Campaign Update


The Preserve Our Heritage Campaign is officially underway!  If you have driven by the Church lately during the week, you likely have noticed the trucks and workers. This work is the beginning 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.


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 have now set out to raise the remaining $200,000 from St. John’s parishioners to reach our goal, and we have received $70,300 in contributions from 36 parishioners 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 Church Office.  Thank you!



A Service of Choral Evensong: 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.




Dominican Outreach News


The group at San Matías Church, Santana, Baní, are pictured here wishing missioners well after they assembled new playground sets for the parish on their recent trip to the Dominican Republic from February 5 through 9.





Kairos Weekend #40


Your prayers are needed for the Hernando Women’s Correctional Institution residents who will participate in the Kairos Prison Ministry weekend March 2 through 5. Our own Carol Ihrig is serving once again as a volunteer on the team. Kairos Prison Ministry is a Christian faith-based ministry that addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women, youth, and their families. By sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, Kairos hopes to change hearts, transform lives, and impact the world. Please remember to pray for the residents and the members of our team.





News about Molly Jensen


Molly Jensen, longtime member of St. John’s, died on February 15. Her dear friends Genevieve and Paul Linnehan have asked that contributions be made to St. John’s in lieu of flowers. There are no current plans for a funeral service.



Events and Fellowship
Ann Zack Interfaith Gathering


The 57
Annual Ann Zack Interfaith Gathering
Wednesday, March 8, 11:00 a.m.
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
2713 Bayshore Blvd.
Admission is free.
Seating is limited.
RSVP required before March 1
Call the Congregation Rodeph Sholom office at 837.1911
or visit
to register. 
St. John’s own Mary Jane Schenck will present an example of a Woman of Valor from the New Testament at this event.



Pastoral Care Spring Fling


Monday, March 13, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
If you have an interest in exploring a pastoral care ministry, come and join the Pastoral Care Team for dinner and discussion on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall and find the opportunity that fits your gifts.
Register by March 8 by emailing jtunnell@ or call Janet at 518.5232.




Christian Education
Wednesdays in Lent


Mark your calendars for the five Wednesday evenings of Lent:  March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5.  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.  The first meeting’s menu will feature potato leek soup, bread, and salad. 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 kmoore@ or 785.9400,
or click here to download the flyer above. If you and your family plan to attend, RSVP to
parish@ so we can get a count for food.



Children and Youth


VBS 2017 – MEGA Sports Camp Registration Now Open!


A Vacation Bible School unlike any other, MEGA Sports Camp is an award-winning, high-energy, volunteer-friendly outreach that engages kids from pre-school through 6th grade (Fall 2017) in physical activity while furthering their connection with God. VBS will be June 19-23.


Less than two weeks into registration and we’ve already had so many kids sign up that we may need to close registration soon until we get more volunteers. You do NOT need to be athletic to help out. If you want to help, we have a job to fit your interests and availability!


So please log on, sign up, spread the word, and get in the game! It’s going to be fantastic!


Contact Whitney Wolf to hear about the perks of volunteering!
Click here to sign up.




Inviting Families with Children to our Wednesday Event Lenten Series


St. John’s will be hosting an evening Lenten series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in Lent. The topic for this year is on Harold Kushner’s book, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” and will be led by the Rev. Everett Walk of Sarasota. For adults, the evening will offer a discussion of spirituality as it pertains to coping with crisis. In an effort to welcome families to this fellowship opportunity, we also created a special Lenten series for children to partake in simultaneously, which will include seasonally relevant discussion topics, games, and activities in the Lowry Room during the adult discussion in the Parish Hall. We hope you will come and enjoy dinner as a family, and then embrace nourishment for souls of all ages in the programs after dinner.


Action Items and Opportunities
Candle Available


The Candle in the Sanctuary Light is available for April 30. If you would like to take this opportunity to honor a loved one and support the parish, please contact the parish offices by email or call 259.1570.



Sandwich Sunday Hosts Needed


We are in need of hosts for the following dates: March 19, June 18, July 16, October 15, November 19, and December 17. 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 2, Peter Arcuri, Rosemary Armstrong, Benjamin Cabral, Lionel Lowry, Benjamin Mackie, Joseph Peel
March 3, Stephanie Andrews, Charles Graff, Nicholas Hearing, Sydney Heller, Nedra McCraw
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, Hugh Cruse, Emmett Lee, Steven Pralle, Daniel Ringhoff, Clark Roberts, Lisa Sepulveda, Garrett Tozier
March  7, Robert Malizia, Harrison Ringhoff
March 8, William Duryea, Olivia Meagher, Colton Peterson, Lindsay Rice, John Strickland, Ryan Watts