3/29/17 Weekly Wednesday Scroll

March 29, 2017

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Sunday’s Scripture Snippet
does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the
looks on the heart.
1 Samuel 16
This Week in 
St. John’s
Thursday, March 30
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, April 2
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)
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)
EYC Meets This Sunday!
St. John’s EYC will meet this
Sunday, April 2
, from
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
in Discovery House.  All youth (6th through
grades) are invited for some fun, faith, food, and fellowship!




Monday, April 3
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, April 4
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
Mid Morning Women’s Bible Study


The Mid Morning Women’s Bible Study meets in the Church Sanctuary from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on alternate Tuesdays. 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. For more information, you may contact Joan McKay at mckayjhm@aol.com or Pat Wilson at 644.4640 or patwilson68@tampabay.rr.com.


Wednesday, April 5
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


Our 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!





Preserve our Heritage Campaign Update


The ‘building envelop’ portion of the Preserve Our Heritage campaign is nearly done, and the results are outstanding.  Evidence of this work can be seen with a close look at the stained glass windows in the church – the trim is refinished and caulked, and the Plexiglas protective layer is clean and clear again.  Last week, Western Contracting reported these progress numbers:
Related to the building envelop project, but not under Western’s scope, we installed insulation under the church over spring break.  This important, yet unseen, facet of the project is designed to help our HVAC system work more efficiently and effectively by minimizing the humidity that ‘seeps’ into the church.  When you’re worshiping at church, this blanket of insulation is literally right below your feet (and knees) and will help keep us cool in the summer months, which are right around the corner.
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 $
in contributions from
families and individuals toward that goal to date.


As we turn our attention to some more visible projects, like the renovation of our courtyard (see rendering below), please prayerfully consider a gift if you haven’t done so already.  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 Women’s Retreat


The annual St. John’s Women’s Retreat will be held at Dayspring Conference Center May 19 through 21.  All women of St John’s and their friends are invited.  Come for the whole weekend or just for the day on Saturday.  The theme for this year is Finding God in the Everyday.  There will be lively group discussion, crafts, music, social time, and quiet time for prayer and reflection; walk the labyrinth or just wander in the woods.  For more information about cost and registration contact Deacon Kathleen Moore at kmoore@ or 785.9400.




Events and Fellowship
The Circle’s Spring Event


Join us on Sunday, April 23, at the home of Lisa and Steve Sepulveda from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a wine and cheese party hosted by the Sepulvedas, Browns, and Stanfords.
Guests should bring a favorite appetizer, bite-sized dessert, or beverage.  Hosts will provide heavy appetizers. 
If you did not receive an evite,
please contact Kim French to be added to the list.




Adult Christian Education






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 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 both 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



Children and Youth
EYC Meets This Sunday!
St. John’s EYC will meet this
Sunday, April 2
, from
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
in Discovery House.  All youth (6th through
grades) are invited for some fun, faith, food, and fellowship!




High School Happening #74
Happening is a unique high school experience weekend at DaySpring that helps teens foster a personal more meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.  During a Happening weekend, participants will experience the love of Christ through music, talk, prayer, worship and a community led by fellow students, all of which is supported by clergy and lay adults.  The weekend is designed as a one-time encounter for high school youth in 9th through 12th grades.  The next Happening (#74) will occur on the weekend of
April 28 through 30
, and participants must be registered by April 14
.  Anyone interested in this amazing weekend should contact Fr. Ackerman or visit the Happening website (
) for more information.





Don’t Forget to Get Plastic Eggs for April 8!


We hope you will join us for Egg Painting and Crafts in the Parish Hall on Saturday, April 8 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. We request that each family offer a small donation of $5 and a dozen pre-filled plastic eggs to be used in the egg hunt on Easter Sunday. If you’d like to drop off pre-filled eggs in advance of the party, you can bring them to the parish offices anytime. Thank you and we hope to see you there!



Nursery Hours During Holy Week


In addition to our regular Sunday hours, the nursery will be open for children three and under as follows:
  • Maundy Thursday, April 13:  6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Good Friday, April 14:  11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Easter Vigil (Saturday), April 15:  6:00 to 10:00 p.m.




VBS News and Needs
June 19 through 23


Registration Is Closed
We have reached capacity for attendees this summer and have closed registration at this time. If your children wish to attend but have not yet registered, please contact wwolf@ to be added to our waitlist in the event of cancellations. We still need lots of volunteers to make the week the best it can be for the kids, so please call 312.244.0871 today to find out how you can get in the game this summer!



Huddle Coaches Sought
A great gig for youth volunteers – as well as the young at heart – Huddle Coaches will be responsible for a small group of 6 to 8 children throughout the week of VBS, keeping them together at rallies, accompanying them to their sport, and leading the daily “huddles” by sharing relevant stories and facilitating conversation. No athletic ability or interest is necessary, just a love of sharing the word of the Lord with our children. If you’re interested, please sign up by clicking here or contact
wwolf@ or 312.244.0871 for more information!



Donations Requested
If you want to support Vacation Bible School at St. John’s this summer, but aren’t able to volunteer your time, there is another way you can help! While we can borrow some key supplies from the school, and request that children bring in their own soccer balls and basketballs, there are still a few things we are hoping to obtain in order to run a successful sports program this year.


Please click here if you’d like to donate supplies from the list! Each item costs less than $20 and will go a long way in creating a fun and meaningful experience for our attendees. If you see something on the list that you already have at home and would like to donate instead of purchasing, just contact wwolf@ to arrange for them to be picked up, or you can drop them off at the parish offices anytime!



Action Items and Opportunities
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.


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 30, Tyler Blume, MaryJo Morin
March 31, Cole Bryant, Caroline Gibson, Heather Kendall, Bryn Leonard, Greg Merritt
April 1, Peter Arcuri, Eliot Miller, Luke Sevelius, Ronald Walker
April 2, James Arthur, Janis Chapman, Christopher Elliott, Kelly Horan, David Martin, Madalyne Sulzer
April 3, Alan Heller
April 4, Alexandra Greacen, Kevin Holmberg
April 5, Timothy Andreu, Stephen Cheeseman, Stacy Dunlap, Paul Gustafson, Patricia Matthews, Kimberly Osborne