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
o set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law– indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
This Week in
Thursday, April 6
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.
Tampa Deanery Meeting
7:00 p.m., St. James House of Prayer
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). 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)
Contact Sally Thompson at 760.5120 (cell), or
email@example.com with questions.
Saturday, April 8
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Easter Egg Decorating (Parish Hall)
Sunday, April 9: The Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday
The Liturgy of the Palms and the Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
The Liturgy of the Palms and the Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Church)
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.
Youth Confirmation Class (Discovery House)
The Liturgy of the Palms and the Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
A Service of Choral Evensong (Church)
Monday, April 10
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 12
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
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 at
This Sunday is Palm Sunday – Remember to Bring Kids Early!
Please plan to bring your children to the Parish Hall by 9:00 a.m. this Sunday so that they have the opportunity to take part in the Processional through the Church with palms at the opening of the 9:15 a.m. service. We will assemble the children in the Parish Hall and then head over to queue up in the back of the church shortly after 9:00 a.m. After the Processional, children will be led by their teachers back to Sunday School and returned to the church at the Peace, as usual.
A Service of Choral Evensong: This Sunday
The next Choral Evensong will take place this Sunday, April 9 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.
Bob Vawter and Nicholas Nitch at Faith Cafe
Update on Faith Cafe
For any of you who are newcomers or who are unfamiliar with Faith Café, it is an important ministry of St. John’s that we share with six other South Tampa churches (the group called STEM, or South Tampa Ecumenical Ministries). Faith Cafe is open six days a week to serve the needy a hot lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Located near the interstate (1340 N. Clearview Ave.) just off Himes Ave, it is a new facility that STEM, an entirely volunteer organization, opened in 2013. The third and fourth Fridays of each month it is St. John’s responsibility to set up and serve the food that comes to us from Metropolitan Ministries. Many of our parishioners have given many hours over the years to arrive around 10:30 a.m., set up, do some additional food prep, serve the meals, and then clean up. Each day there is a Daily Coordinator who has multiple tasks-our faithful coordinator Nicholas Nitch is famous for the soups he makes. There is also a driver who picks up the large containers (cambros) from Metro on Florida Ave to bring to FC. It is only a ten minute drive. There is no lifting required; but an SUV, van, or truck is required because, when full, the cambros would be very difficult to get out of a trunk of a passenger car. There are also drivers who stop to pick up donations from Starbucks on Bay to Bay, an easy task requiring no special vehicle. Approximately 15 volunteers accomplish all the tasks in the kitchen and serving area. We have a very strong core group of volunteers, but always welcome more; and we especially need one or two people to step forward to train to be a Daily Coordinator because Nicholas would enjoy a vacation from time to time. One of our most frequent needs is for drivers to pick up the food because, although neither physically difficult nor time-consuming, it does require the right sort of vehicle. Bob Vawter, Pat Wilson, Rick Barrs, and Mary Beth Carastro have all served in this capacity. Sally Wiley has been a Daily Coordinator and Driver as well. We even have a category for the “less than mobile,” as a greeter. With the summer months coming we have both the opportunity to encourage more volunteers as schedules open up, but also the challenge of filling some slots as people leave Tampa for travel. So, if you can find in your hearts a calling to serve the needy, please contact us. All of us who volunteer find the service and the contact with our guests a meaningful, valuable experience. We have fun as volunteers, we see face of Christ in those who are hungry, and we are restored by their responses, “thank you” and “God bless you for being here.” A smile shared with them brings each of us into the true meaning of being the hands of Christ in this world. Please contact us if you could join in this ministry: Sally Wiley (253.3996 or email@example.com) and Mary Jane Schenck (545.1868 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Eastertide Quiet Day with Bishop Smith
Join Bishop Dabney Smith and our own Fr Connelly for a day of reflection at DaySpring. 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 email@example.com.
Easter Egg Painting Party – This Saturday, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Join us in the Parish Hall this Saturday to paint some eggs, partake in fun seasonal crafts, and enjoy friendship and light refreshments. We ask for a small donation and a dozen pre-filled plastic eggs to be used on Easter Sunday in the Egg Hunt. And remember – DRESS FOR MESS!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 785.9400.
Events and Fellowship
Tampa Deanery Meeting
7:00 p.m., St. James House of Prayer
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). 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 to 17); Team II (June 17 to 24); Team III (July 1 to 8)
The St. John’s Book Club will meet on April 18 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lowry Room. Sally Thompson will lead the discussion of Out of Africa by Karen Blixen, Everyone is welcome to attend.
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
Join us for the final week of our Wednesday Lenten series. Adults will conclude 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
test their Lenten knowledge
in a game of Jeopardy with prizes for the team who gets the most correct answers about the Stations of the Cross, general Lenten details, and Durufle’s Requiem
. Reference materials will be provided!. We 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 email@example.com. With questions or to volunteer for the CHILDREN’S PROGRAM, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 April 18, the Rev. Janet Tunnell will lead their study of Luke 18.
Easter is Coming- Don’t Forget to Bring your Flowers and Fill Your Blue Boxes!
On Easter Day, April 16, we will have a short Flowering-of-the-Cross ceremony at 9:00 a.m. prior to the Family Service in the Parish Hall. We encourage families to bring a flower and their blue boxes and partake in this special event!
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 at https://www.episcopalswfl.org/Youth%20and%20Young%20Adult/happening.html ) for more information.
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 Volunteers and Supplies Needed
June 19 through 23
Seeking Volunteer Babysitter to Help Staff the Nursery
We will be providing staffed nursery services for volunteers during VBS and are hoping to find a few motivated and enthusiastic volunteers to help out. Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23. Youth volunteers will receive service credit hours for this job!
Seeking Huddle Coaches to Lead Conversation
A great gig for youth and adults alike – 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 email@example.com or 312.244.0871 for more information!
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! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for it to be picked up, or you can drop it off at the parish offices anytime!
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 6, Amanda Crosby, Pamela Divers, Jackson Hoskins, George Robbins, John Robbins
April 7, William Jennewein, Samuel Kelley
April 8, Ann Lowry Brown
April 9, Robert Frick, Blake White
April 10, Caroline Deitzer, Carly Elliott, Victoria Malizia
April 11, Jane Kiper, Jonathan Smigie
April 12, Julie Harrington, Stephen Leal, Christy Purdy
April 13, Alexandria Kriz, Payton Rodriguez, Jennifer Smith