However, health regulations prohibit the clergy from being informed when our parishioners are in the hospital, so we will not know if you or someone you love is there unless you tell us. W e want to provide support in any time of need or crisis.
Please call the parish offices at 259.1570 or email
April 21, Samuel Dolcimascolo, Cynthia Gardner, Robert Sulzer
April 22, James Edgar, Gary Grant
April 23, John Casey, Candice Gardner, Shannon Gray, Wade Wankelman, Michele Williams
April 24, Caleb Bess, Catherine Eckhard, Crystal Madani, Julie Sevelius
April 25, Cameron Cassedy, Lisa Couch
April 26, Peggy Curlin, Karen Saunders, Williams Shamblin, Hugh Young
April 27, Ellie Bass, Genevieve Evans, Hugh Otero, Allison Sharp
Sunday’s Scripture Snippet
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
This Week in
Thursday, Apr 21
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.
Please do not park in the Four Green Fields parking lots. Lunch is sandwiches at $5 per person. RSVP to email@example.com if you would like to partake.
CWBS is studying Paul’s letter to the Romans 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel)
Wednesday, Apr 27
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
Wednesday Nights In St. John’s
The Wednesday Nights group invites all parishioners and friends to join them each week in the Parish Hall. Bring a dish to share and an open heart and mind for discussion. Contact Paul and Winkie Game at email@example.com for more details.
Senior Sunday is May 8
Our annual celebration of our graduating high school seniors will take place during the 9:15 a.m. service on Mother’s Day, May 8. Brief remarks given by some of our seniors will stand in place of the sermon at that service. The reception afterwards is hosted by junior class parents.
Senior parents: Mortarboards will be available in the parish offices beginning this Sunday, April 24. Please turn in your decorated mortarboards to the parish offices by Thursday, May 5.
The Rev. Don Goodheart , retired priest, will be joining St. John’s as a Priest Associate. He will be helping out from time to time with liturgy, pastoral care, and adult education.
The Rev. Donald P. Goodheart has led congregations from rural New Hampshire to Seattle, Washington in his 42 years of ordained ministry. Under his leadership St. Paul’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, grew to a membership of 2800, carried out a $14 million expansion of facilities, developed an Outreach Center, and started programs focused on spirituality and faith. A graduate of Stanford University and Yale Divinity School, he has taken on diocesan responsibilities and initiated ecumenical endeavors in every community where he has served. Since taking early retirement in 2007 he has done supply work, acted as chaplain on numerous cruise ships (including a 121-day world cruise), and returned to St. Paul’s Winston-Salem as Interim Rector in 2014. Also in 2014 he published an eBook on Amazon.com entitled The Eternal Mystery. He and his wife Ronnie moved to Tampa in 2013 and joined St. John’s in 2015 where they participate in various classes and bible studies as well as Sunday worship. They have four children and seven grandchildren (plus one on the way).
2016 Ministry Roundup: Sunday, May 15
HOWDY, PARTNERS!! You are wanted on Sunday, May 15 for St. John’s 2016 Ministry Roundup! There are so many different ministries at St. John’s, and many ways for you to share your talents and get involved. Do you enjoy organizing, arranging flowers, or making sandwiches? Are you creative, artistic, or good with computers and graphic design? Do you like teaching, working with children, and sharing God’s word? Or are you skilled in building, planting, or singing? We all have different gifts and we need yours!! Our prayer is that every parishioner says “yes” and serves in some way.
May 15 will be a casual Sunday, so dust off your cowboy boots, saddle up and come explore the many ways to get involved at St. John’s. We will have information tables and opportunities to ask questions, step up, and sign up! There is a place for you to use your gifts and to praise God for the gifts He has given us.
Get ready for Ministry Roundup on May 15!
Lisa Sepulveda, Lindsey Robbins, and Janice Straske, Parish Life Commission
St. John’s 16th Annual In-Gathering for Alpha House
Sunday, May 8
While Mom will get lots of “Luvs” and “Huggies” on her special day, remember that others need to be pampered too. We can all help the mothers and babies at Alpha House by bringing “Wish List” items on (or before) Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8. Collection bags with detailed wish lists will be distributed following all services on Sundays, April 24 and May 1 and will also be available at the reception desk outside of the parish offices.
The needs of Alpha House mothers are a little different this year. While all donations of diapers, wipes, toiletries, etc. are still very much needed and appreciated, there is a serious shortage of items required for new mothers transitioning into apartment living. These items include sets of plates, pots, pans, flatware, cups and glasses, kitchen and bath towels, kitchen utensils, shower curtains, all-purpose cleaners, and scrub brushes. Cash and very gently used item donations are also appreciated.
All donations will be collected in the courtyard prior to all three services on Mother’s Day or please drop items at the parish offices prior to May 8.
****Volunteers are needed to distribute collection bags following all three services on May 1. Volunteers are also needed to receive collection bags prior to all three services on Mother’s Day. If you can lend a hand, please call Ruth Giordano at 254.4332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. John’s Church invites you to a Soirée
at the home of Mary and Ron Hulse, 4912 Lyford Cay Road
Friday, May 13
Bring an hors d’oeuvre to share and a drink of your choosing.
We love to meet new people so please feel free to bring a guest.
Tampa Dominican Republic Deanery Planning Meeting
Thursday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.
The Tampa Deanery’s 2016 project is to build the first floor of a new two-story church and school building for the San Timoteo mission in the community of Nizao on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic about 30 miles west of Santo Domingo. Lodging will be at the new center adjacent to San Matias (similar to the Kellogg Center in San Pedro de Macorís). Join us on Thursday, April 28, to learn more, or click here to download a flyer with more information.
Contact Sally Thompson for more information at email@example.com or 760.5120 (mobile – call/text)
Events and Fellowship
Women’s Mid Morning Bible Study: Final Meeting
The Women’s Mid Morning Bible Study will complete their 2015-2016 study of Paul, The Prison Letters by N.T. Wright on Tuesday, May 3. Father Robert Baker will lead our study of Philemon.
This will be a lunch meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the home of Sally Wiley. All women of the parish are welcome. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Joan McKay at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pat Wilson at email@example.com or 644.4640. There will be a charge of $7 for lunch.
On Wednesday April 27, Fr. Robert Baker will present his program Study of Angels in Scripture. Then on Wednesday May 4, the Wednesday Nights group will begin the study Believing Jesus: A Journey Through the Book of Acts.
In Believing Jesus, an 8 session DVD study, Lisa Harper retraces the steps of the Apostles in the Book of Acts,while throwing in a few of her own crazy adventures along the way. Rarely are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person but then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical! She is a gifted communicator, whose style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit.
Lisa Harper’s resume includes six years as the director of Focus on the Family’s national women’s ministry, followed by six years as the women’s ministry director at a large church in Nashville. Her academic resume includes a Masters of Theological Studies with honors from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. Now a sought-after Bible teacher and speaker, Lisa was on the Women of Faith national arena tour for eight years and speaks at many other large multi-denominational events as well as at hundreds of churches all over the world.
She’s had eleven books published including A Perfect Mess: Why You Don’t Have To Worry About Being Good Enough For God and her latest, Believing Jesus: Are You Willing To Risk Everything? She also has three best-selling video-based Bible study curriculums with LifeWay: Malachi: A Love That Never Lets Go; Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus; and Mark: The Jesus We’re Aching For (which just released in 2016).
Men’s Ministry May Meeting
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 Tuesday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Circle Celebrates Cinco de Mayo on Friday, May 6
Please join us for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, one of our favorite Circle traditions. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. with Happy Hour and the return of the margarita machine at the home of Erin and Dennis Carr (3116 W. Lawn Avenue). Later on, we will move two houses down to the home of Betsy and Drew Graham (3122 W. Lawn Avenue) for dinner and dessert.
Dinner will feature a taco bar from O Cocina and Flights, the newly opened Mexican restaurant owned by parishioner Bear Galavis.
Director of Children’s Ministries and Parish Life Sought
With Miranda HQ’s upcoming ordination in the Methodist Church, St. John’s has a part-time opportunity (20 hours per week) available for a Director of Children’s Ministries and Parish Life. The Director will facilitate the operation of our children’s Sunday School as well as parish life programs that offer a safe, friendly, welcoming environment where all may experience the love of God and be spiritually nurtured. These programs are crucial to spiritual formation offered by St. John’s, and we encourage referrals of individuals who are a strong match for the role. For a job description or more information, contact Fr. Connelly at email@example.com.