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
“He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
This Week in
Thursday, May 11
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.
The Bible Women group welcomes all ladies to join them. Email Pat Wilson with questions at email@example.com or reach her by phone at 644.4640.
Tuesday, May 16
Contemporary Women’s Bible Study
6:45 a.m., Peterson Room
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 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. The group will conclude their sessions on Luke on Tuesday, May 16. Carol Blume will guide the study of Luke 22, 23, and 24. This will be their last class until September when they will recommence with the study of Genesis.For more information, you may contact Joan McKay at email@example.com or Pat Wilson at 644.4640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. John’s Book Club
The St. John’s Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 16 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lowry Room. Sally Olsson will lead the review and discussion of The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. Everyone is invited to attend.
Wednesday, May 17
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
Wednesday Nights In St. John’s
6:30 p.m., Parish Hall
The Wednesday Nights group continues the 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
All graduating high school seniors are invited to participate and to be recognized on Sunday, May 14, during the 9:15 a.m. service. As in the past, seniors will have the opportunity to offer remarks during the service and a reception hosted by the parents of juniors will follow. Parents of seniors can pick up a photo board in the parish offices that can be displayed during the reception. Contact Kim French at email@example.com if your senior is planning to speak during the service or if you have any questions.
Let’s Join Together in Service on Saturday, May 20
The Fathers Ministry is organizing an all-parish service event at Metropolitan Ministries on Saturday, May 20 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This opportunity is open to everyone in the Parish with a minimum age of 8 years old with adult supervision or 14 years old without supervision. This will be a wonderful opportunity for family and fellowship as we work together in support of Metropolitan Ministries and their valuable work within the local community. Volunteer activities will include assisting as needed in the kitchen, sorting donations in the warehouse, and picking vegetables in the local community garden. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Kevin Kellar at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 892.6238. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP. Go to the “Morning Volunteer Opportunity” link for May 20. RSVPs are requested by Saturday, May 13. Click here for general background information about Metropolitan Ministries
Flowers and Candles Available
Flowers and candles are available on the following Sundays:June 11 – Candle in the Sanctuary LightJune 18 – Flowers at the Church AltarJune 18 – Candle in the Sanctuary LightJune 25 – Flowers at the Church AltarIf you would like to take one of these opportunities to honor a loved one and support St. John’s, please call the parish offices at 259.1570 or email@example.com.
Parishes from St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa are joining together to hold an Interparish Racial Reconciliation Fellowship Dinner on May 20. The group will courageously and whole-heartedly embark on a journey of understanding the dynamics of racial power and oppression in the spirit of our Baptismal Covenant and with the goal of honest, loving reconciliation for the church and for society. The dinner is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 20 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Clearwater, 1676 S Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33764. The evening will begin in the sanctuary for a 5:00 p.m. service. The parish is just north of East Bay Drive. Seating is limited to 50 adult participants. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Please sign up by Friday, May 12. Register by emailing ChristiansForReconciliation@gmail.com
Preserve Our Heritage Campaign Update
The Preserve Our Heritage Campaign is in full swing! We have completed the “building envelope” work, and we have begun the replacement of our antiquated lighting control system in the sanctuary. Plans to renovate the courtyard are progressing too. The contractor for the “building envelope” portion was Western Specialty Contractors. This work included repairing, cleaning, and sealing the walls and windows of the entire church and school buildings on the Orleans campus. On April 20th, the contractor, along with vestry, clergy, and CBRE, provided a final walk-through and sign-off on the work. On that day, we took photographs of the work andyou can view more of these by clicking here. A major portion of the work included pressure washing, applying mortar in cracks (“repointing”), and applying a sealant on the buildings. Special care was taken to attempt to match the color of the new mortar with original and previously repaired areas. This was a challenge due to the various colors used for repairs over the years and, as a result, close inspection of the mortar still shows it in different colors; but clean and neat, nonetheless. Another highly visible portion of the project was repair of the casings and coverings of the stain glass windows in the church. A close look at these windows and you can see how the wood work around the windows has been carefully stripped, sanded, refinished, and painted. The Plexiglas coverings have been replaced too, bringing renewed brilliance to these important assets of the parish. Other notable improvements made as part of the campaign, although not in Western’s scope, included one highly visible improvement and one virtually invisible: refinishing the doors on the sanctuary and applying insulation below it. The doors are outstanding, and the insulation will help us run the HVAC system more efficiently. Pictures of both of these can be seen in the link provided above. Please take a look around and we think you’ll agree that important work is being done. We need to continue on this path to ensure the beauty and integrity of our facilities will serve us now, and well in to the future. 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 $189,000 in contributions from 92 families and individuals toward that goal to date. We expect to reach our fundraising goal soon! We are hopeful that we will exceed our goal, as this will allow us to do more in key areas, including replacing our sanctuary lights with LED lighting, which will garner substantial savings on electricity costs over time and virtually eliminate the challenge of replacing the current bulbs as they burn out due the long lasting nature of LEDs. If you haven’t yet contributed to the Campaign, please prayerfully consider a gift. Contributions to the Campaign should be made to St. John’s Church, and please note “Preserve Our Heritage” on the check.
Events and Fellowship
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
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.
St. John’s 17th Annual In-Gathering for Alpha House: Collection Day is This Sunday
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 in “Wish List” items on (or before) Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. All donations will be collected in the courtyard prior to all three services this Sunday, Mother’s Day, or drop off in the parish offices prior to May 14.
Tampa Deanery – 2017 Mission Trip to the DR
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 Matías Church and School in Santana, Baní 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). Sally Thompson and Father Roy Allison from St. Mark’s are heading up Team II, and we are looking for volunteers. For more information contact Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-760-5120 (cell/text).
Children and Youth
Youth Mission Camp 2017
Do you love to help others? Do you love summer camp? Why not do both at the same time?! All youth (rising 6th graders through rising 12th graders) are encouraged to sign up for Mission Camp this summer at DaySpring, from July 23 through 28 . We will join youth from across the diocese for a week of serving God and others, as well as taking advantage of all the things summer camp has to offer, including swimming, canoeing, the ropes course, and more! As if that isn’t enough to entice you, Fr. Chase will be serving as one of the camp chaplains! Be sure to visit www.campdayspring.org to register for Mission Camp or contact Fr. Chase for more information.
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:
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 still looking for a couple of volunteers (adult OR youth) from the Parish to hang out with the littlest ones (under 3) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Youth will receive service hour credits for their time.
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 just one last date for 2017, July 16. Contact Cindy Martin if you can help. Hosting includes shopping for supplies, coordinating sandwich preparation on the day-of, and delivering the meals to Faith Cafe. Costs are reimbursed by the parish.
From the Parish Register
Evelyn Cecilia Harden
William Ford Raffa
May 11, Henry Baker, Kali Bradley, Clark French, Lina Okenfus
May 12, Malloy Lacktman, Paul Shoukry, Ganon White
May 13, Jeremiah Baker, Harry Eckhard, Abigail Weekley III
May 14, Kevin Blewitt, Natalie Cheeseman, Sara Logan, Gregory Orcutt, John Riffey, Elizabeth Rugg
May 15, Richard Casey, Nancy Mellon, Sally Peel
May 16, Jennifer Arizu, Priscilla Grotheer, David Karpan, George Leach, Dorothy Levy, William Salzer, Sarah Swain