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
“Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised.”
This Week in
Thursday, April 20
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing & Anointing (Chapel)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to partake.
Combined Service: The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Church)
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!
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.
Monday, April 24
No Meetings Until May 1
The Bible Women group will resume meeting on May 1 and welcomes all ladies to join them.
CWBS is currently studying Psalms. 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 email@example.com.
Wednesday, April 26: The Feast of St. Mark
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
Wednesday Nights In St. John’s
6:30 p.m., Parish Hall
On April 26, the group will conclude a series on the religions of Game of Thrones, led by The Reverend Doctor Robert O. Baker. Then on Wednesday, May 3, they will begin a DVD series, A Bible Study of James, a four-session study,
The 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
On the Sunday following Easter, this Sunday, April 23, 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!
Get our App and Get Online!
This Sunday at the Parish Picnic, under the Newcomers Tent, all parishioners will have the opportunity to learn about our app and upload their photos to the online directory. Visit us and find out more!
Stitch 3 – Pray 3
Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting or sewing? Stitch 3 – Pray 3 creates prayer shawls, lap blankets, caps, etc., providing comfort for those that may have a need. Prayers are said over the item and stitching is done in motions of three for God, The Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit. For those who enjoy sewing, simple jumper dresses are created for AIDS orphans in Tanzania in conjunction with the Sewing for Hope organization. Patterns are provided. For more information, contact Caroline Campbell at 205.6674.
Annual Choir Benefit Concert: May 7
The final event in St. John’s Annual Music Series this year will be the Annual Benefit Concert on Sunday, May 7 at 5:00 p.m. This year, the concert takes as its theme ‘The music of Maurice Durufle’, and will feature, as the central work, his well-known and much-loved ‘Requiem’, from 1947. Maurice Durufle was a French organist and composer. His output was modest, given his perfectionism and tendency to revise works until they were, in his view, just right. The Requiem, whilst challenging for choir and organist, is rightly considered one the finest and most sublime works in the entire choral repertoire. Simon Morley, our Organist and Director of Music, will conduct the concert, and Benjamin Sheen, Associate Organist of St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York City, will accompany and play two of Durufle’s spectacular organ pieces, the ‘Prelude and Fugue sur le nom d’Alain’, and the Choral Variations on ‘Veni, Creator Spiritus’. Please plan to support this concert with your presence- you will not be disappointed.
Events and Fellowship
Tampa Deanery Dominican Republic Summer Mission Trip
What: Tampa Deanery General MeetingWhere: Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 604 N Valrico Rd, Valrico, FL 33594When: Tuesday, April 25Time: 7:00 p.m. This is the second year of a three year project building San Timoteo Episcopal Church in Nizao. The teams will also be working at the San Matias Church and School in Santana, Bani, adjacent to the Morrow Center (our lodging). We will be completing much needed repairs, painting and sealing the concrete roof. The school was constructed by the Tampa Deanery in 2002-2003. There will be three one-week teams of up to 15 missionaries each: Team I (June 10-17); Team II (June 17-24); Team III (July 1-8) Hope to see you on the 25 th! Contact Sally Thompson with questions.
St. John’s Church invites you to a Soirée at the home of Mary and Ron Hulse, 4912 Lyford Cay Road Friday, May 12 7:00 p.m. Bring an hors d’oeuvre to share and a drink of your choosing. RSVP to Mary Hulse at 391.7743 or firstname.lastname@example.org or to Pat Wilson at 644.4640 or email@example.com.
Adult Christian Enrichment
Eastertide Quiet Day with Bishop Smith
Join Bishop Dabney Smith and our own Fr. Connelly for a day of reflection at DaySpring on April 25. The day includes four teaching sessions, lunch, personal time, and walkabouts on the Manatee River campus. The registration fee is $10, which includes lunch in Curry Hall. Bring a Bible, notebook, and comfortable clothes for optional walks. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Women’s Retreat
The annual St. John’s Women’s Retreat will be held at Dayspring Conference Center from 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 email@example.com or 785.9400.
Adult Christian Formation
The Sunday Adult Christian Formation group will meet again on May 14 in the Lowry Room at 10:30 a.m. 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.
Children and Youth
Sign Up to Teach Sunday School This Summer
Sunday, May 21 will mark the final day of our school year Sunday School program, after which we will switch to weekly volunteers throughout the summer. Host families will provide a snack and teach a lesson to a mixed-age group of children in the Parish Hall. You can sign up to teach one class or a few classes via the schedule by clicking here.
VBS Volunteers and Donations Sought
June 19 through 23
We continue to seek volunteers to fill the following open roles for VBS (June 19 through 23) this summer:
Huddle Coaches – The huddle coach is responsible for “chaperoning” a small group of children throughout the week and ensuring their engagement throughout the morning. Of most importance, the Huddle Coaches are responsible for leading daily “huddles” during which they will share a personal story related to the daily theme and facilitate conversation amongst their small group. This person should enjoy working with kids and leading conversation. No athletic interest or ability is necessary. Each Huddle Coach is given a Playbook with details for every day so they are well-prepared to lead their group!
Bible Coaches (Pre-K/K) – This person would be responsible for teaching our youngest VBS’ers their daily Bible story, complete with colorful pictures and activities (provided)! This person should be comfortable around little kids (age 4 to 6) and enjoy sharing the word of the Lord!
Nursery Volunteers – We are planning to have the nursery available to watch the children of volunteers who are too young to attend the camp (3 and under). We are hoping to find one or two volunteers from the Parish to hang out with the little ones from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. If we can find several people who are interested, we may even be able to divide up the days so that each person only does a couple of days.
Aftercare Volunteers – Aftercare will be available from noon to 5:00 p.m. each day for the week of VBS and we already have around 20 children signed up. This time will include seated lunch (kids bring their own), quiet time, outdoor play in the playground (requiring supervision), some crafts and theatre games, and perhaps a movie or two. We are hoping to staff this portion of the day with people who did not work in the morning so that no one gets burnt out from working both all week long!
Last but not least, if you want to help out but can’t donate your time, you can visit our Amazon Registry to donate an item that we will be using throughout the week! Click here to go to Amazon for our list.
Action Items and Opportunities
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
April 20, Christina Brown, Tyler Jones, Lauren Orebaugh, Michael Purdy
April 21, Thomas Byrne, 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, Catherine Eckhard, Crystal Madani, Julie Sevelius
April 25, Cameron Cassedy, Lisa Couch
April 26, Karen Saunders, Williams Shamblin, Hugh Young