3/22/17 Weekly Wednesday Scroll

22March 22, 2017

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Sunday’s Scripture Snippet
Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Romans 5
This Week in 
St. John’s
Thursday, March 23: The Feast of the Annunciation

Mom’s Morning This Week


We invite all moms of St. John’s Parish to join in this spiritual gathering of support, conversation, and friendship at 8:45 a.m. Come for as little or as long as you’d like and children are welcome. Toys and coffee will be provided.



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 26
8:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I)  
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)
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.



10:30 a.m.
Youth Confirmation Class (Discovery House)
11:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I)  
12:30 p.m.
Focus on Faith (Parish Hall)
Monday, March 27
Bible Women
4:00 p.m., Lowry Room
The Bible Women group continue their study during Lent of the book 
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 28
Contemporary Women’s Bible Study
6:45 a.m., Peterson Room
CWBS continues their Lenten study of The Prophet in You by Sr. Joan Chittister.


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
Wednesday, March 29
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. This week, the menu is Greek inspired, with baked eggplant and Greek 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


Preserve our Heritage Campaign Update


The Preserve Our Heritage Campaign is gaining momentum!  We are nearing the completion of the “building envelope” work that is repairing, cleaning and sealing the walls and windows of our buildings, which 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.  We also recently completed the restoration of the Church doors and installing insulation under the sanctuary, which will help to address temperature and humidity issues.


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 $141,000 in contributions from 64 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 8th letter outlining details of the Campaign,
please contact the parish offices.  Thank you!




Annual Spring Parish Picnic is April 23!


On the Sunday following Easter, as is our custom, we will combine the
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
services into one
10:00 a.m.
service, to be followed by our spring Parish Picnic. The main course and dessert will be provided by St. John’s. Parishioners with last names beginning with A through L, please plan to bring a side dish. Those with last names from M through Z, please plan bring a salad, fruit, or some type of vegetable. Kids, look for a bounce house and Kona ice just for you!



Maundy Thursday Vigil: Volunteers Needed


We are looking for volunteers to participate in our annual Maundy Thursday Vigil, which begins at approximately 8:00 p.m. on April 13 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.



Mom’s Morning This Week


Thursday, March 23 at 8:45 a.m.
in Discovery House, we invite all moms of St. John’s Parish to join in this spiritual gathering of support, conversation, and friendship. Come for as little or as long as you’d like and children are welcome. Toys and coffee will be provided.



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!









Wednesdays in Lent


If you haven’t joined us for a
Wednesday evening just yet, we encourage you to do so as we have an enriching program offering for both adults and children after dining together as a group in the Parish Hall. Over the next few weeks, adults will continue their spirited discussions about
When Bad things Happen to Good People, led by the Reverend Everett Walk of Sarasota, while the children will convene in the Lowry Room to make comfort bags for the homeless (3/22), learn about the choral lenten piece “Requiem” and observe our very own choir practicing it (3/29), and continue their lessons about the Stations of the Cross, including a scavenger-hunt-style Bingo game with prizes (4/5). We hope you will join us for one or all of the upcoming evenings and ask that you RSVP
via this link so that we can ensure there is enough food to go around. With questions or to volunteer for the ADULT PROGRAM, please contact
kmoore@ With questions or to volunteer for the CHILDREN’S PROGRAM, please contact



Adult Christian Education
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.  They will be continuing the study of Luke’s Gospel. O
n Tuesday, April 4, Deacon Kathleen Moore will guide their study of Luke 16 and 17.


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.


Children and Youth

Save the Date for Easter Egg Painting On April 8


By now you should have received an invite in your email to join us for our Annual Easter Egg Painting Party on
Saturday, April 8
3:00 to 5:00 p.m
. We will provide everything you need to create dazzling Easter decorations and ask only that you bring a $5 donation to help offset costs and a dozen, pre-filled, plastic Easter Eggs for use in the Easter Egg Hunt the following Sunday.




Registration On Hold: Critical Roles Still Needed for VBS


June 19 through 23, volunteer times vary


We are still looking for a Soccer Coach, Huddle Coaches, (great opportunity for Youth Service Hours) and Aftercare Help for VBS this summer. If you’re interested in helping out in any way, please contact



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 Sandwich Sunday hosts for 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 23, Lucie Benson, Patricia Crumpton, Christopher Farmen, John Guyton, Elizabeth Heisel, Michael Matthews, Charles Sansone, Patricia Van Dyke


March 24, Stephen Crane, Andrew Deitzer, Franklin Haire, Catherine Marston


March 25, Allison Foley, Evan Simmons, Mary Tozier
March 26, Karen Dellinger, Elizabeth Foley, Lori Green, Daniel Russell, Pamela Scruggs
March 27, Christian Brown, Christine Henry, Glenda Hodgson, Colin Roberts
March  28, Robert Barnes, Lara Butler, Gaines Hayes, Tess Lowke, Shahla Madani
March 29, Ada Edgar