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
May 5, Matthew Crane, Guy King, Robert Lewis, John Taylor, John Thompson
May 6, Stephen Bowles, Leslie Bryant, Addison Kriz, Joseph Strickland, Lynda Tappan
May 7, Dawn Javino, William Wankelman
May 8, Kristin Allen, Susan Boyd, Alan Gay, Kelsey Killgoar, Lee Lowry, Britta Neugaard, Joseph Padgett
May 9, Rodney Kayton, Emily Raffa, Sharon Romanski, Jeremiah Roper, India Witte
May 10, McIver Grim, Katherine Lutton
May 11, Henry Baker, Kali Bradley, Lina Okenfus
Sunday’s Scripture Snippet
“Do you want to be made well?
Stand up, take your mat and walk.”
This Week in
Thursday, May 5: Ascension Day
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.
Friday, May 6
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.
We are excited to announce that dinner will feature a taco bar from O Cocina and Flights, the newly opened Mexican restaurant owned by parishioner Bear Galavis.
Please bring all of your food and beverage contributions to the Carrs’, and we will make sure they get to the right place. Encourage your parish friends to attend as all are welcome! Contact Betsy Graham with questions.
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.
Wednesday, May 11
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
Wednesday Nights In St. John’s
The Wednesday Nights group continues 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.
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.
Schedule for Day of Pentecost: Sunday, May 15
8:00 a.m. – The Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
Following the 8:00 a.m. service – Ministry Roundup
9:15 a.m. – Festal Eucharist (Rite II)
Following the 9:15 a.m. service – Ministry Roundup and Breakfast
S andwich Sunday (thanks to host Amy Ross!)
10:30 a.m. Confirmation Rehearsal (Church)
11:15 a.m. –
Solemn Eucharist (Rite I) Please note, incense will be used at this service.
Following the 11:15 a.m. service – Ministry Roundup
Casual dress (including cowboy attire) is appropriate this morning.
5:00 p.m. – Choir Benefit Concert: Music for Royal Occasions (Church)
The choir will be directed by Simon Morley, with Kevin Page at the organ and brass and percussion drawn from the Florida Orchestra.
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.
The 2016 blue Ministry Handbooks will be available on the name tag tables this Sunday for folks who want to learn more about St. John’s ministries before the 15th.
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 after all three services!
Lisa Sepulveda, Lindsey Robbins, and Janice Straske, Parish Life Commission
2016 Choir Benefit Concert: Sunday, May 15
The Annual Benefit Concert on Sunday, May 15, at 5:00 p.m. takes as its theme this year ‘Music for Royal Occasions.’ England’s Queen Elizabeth II, as well as becoming the longest reigning monarch this year, also celebrates her ninetieth birthday this month. This affords us a wonderful opportunity to present so many pieces associated with Royal occasions down the centuries, and will include, of course, Hubert Parry’s ever-popular anthem ‘I was glad’, together with William Mathias’ ‘Let the people praise thee, O God’, composed for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, and “we wait for thy loving kindness, O God’ of Sir William McKie, composed for the wedding of the then Princess Elizabeth to Philip Mountbatten in 1947. There will also be the opportunity for the audience to join in the singing of some of the great hymns associated with these occasions, including ‘All people that on earth do dwell’, to the arrangement of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Simon Morley will conduct the choir, with Kevin Page at the organ. They will be joined by brass and percussion of the Florida Orchestra. A reception, to which all are warmly invited, follows in the Parish Hall.
St. John’s 16th Annual In-Gathering for Alpha House
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 are also 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 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.
Save the Date for St. John’s Annual Canoe Trip
Save the date for canoeing with your fellow parishioners! Saturday, June 11 is the date, look for more information soon!
Events and Fellowship
Confirmation for youth and adults will take place on Sunday, May 22, at 9:15 a.m. Bishop Dabney Smith will preside. Cake and punch will be served following the service.
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 are available in the parish offices. Please turn in your decorated mortarboards to the parish offices by tomorrow, Thursday, May 5.
New Meals on Wheels Program WOW Launches with Hurricane Prep Pack Day, St. John’s Help Needed
Meals On Wheels of Tampa will launch a new program this month called Water On Wheels (WOW). WOW was developed by the Meals On Wheels of Tampa High School Leadership Board (HSLB) to encourage healthy hydration by providing reusable water tumblers, water flavor packets, and educational materials to all of the seniors and homebound served by Meals On Wheels of Tampa.
On Saturday, May 21, community volunteers will deliver WOW in addition to the Hurricane Preparedness Packs. The reusable tumblers were purchased with funds raised by the HSLB’s Student Music Fest this past month, hosted by Tampa Preparatory School. The event was a success- more than 150 guests gathered on the lawn to enjoy musical performances by local students. Water flavor packets were donated by Brittany Magrini and her USF Communications Class.
MOW is requesting that St. John’s parishioners contribute one-gallon sized jugs of drinking water for Meals on Wheels recipients for Hurricane Preparedness Packs. Leave in the parish offices by Monday, May 16, and one of our volunteers will pick them up and take to MOW.
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.