February 14, 2018
News of the Parish
Organ Recital This Sunday
This coming Sunday, February 18  at 5:00 p.m., we are delighted to be hosting an organ recital by Stephen Tharp. Stephen, as the Dallas Morning News wrote, is "one of the most brilliant concert organists around these days." Having graduated from Illinois College  and Northwestern University, where he studied with Rudolf Zuiderveld and Wolfgang Rübsam, respectively, Tharp also studied privately in Paris with Jean Guillou. He has performed extensively, having gone on more than 32 solo tours, and given over 800 concerts in North America alone.  He is currently Artist-in-Residence at St. James, Madison Avenue, New York City.
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Youth Confirmation begins February 25
Is your child (6 th grade or older) interested in being confirmed into the Episcopal Church? St John's Youth Confirmation classes are starting this month, and we would love for them to join us! Confirmation is a special sacrament focusing on the importance of young adults claiming their faith for themselves. The Youth Confirmation class will meet on Sunday mornings, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in Discovery House from February 25  to  April 22 .
Please come to the Confirmation Parents' Meeting on Sunday, February 18  from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. in Discovery House to get all of the Confirmation details, or contact Youth Minister Ayana Grady ( for more information!
Confirmation for Adults
All adults wishing to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, those wishing to make a public reaffirmation of their faith, or any who simply want to learn more about our church are invited to attend confirmation classes beginning Sunday, February 18 , in the church from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.  Bishop Smith's visit to St. John's will occur on May 6, 2018.
Wednesdays in Lent Begin Next Week
February 21 marks the beginning of our 2018 Wednesdays in Lent series, Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John. We will gather for the five Wednesdays of the season--February 21 and 28, and March 7, 14, and 21) at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall for a communal meal prepared by Chef Dave and his team.  The menu on February 21 is v egetarian white bean soup, s alad and bread, g rilled cheese and tomato soup for the kiddies.  There will be a program each evening at 6:30 p.m. when we will reflect together on God's word as found in the writings of St John the Evangelist, followed by a closing service of Compline at 7:30 p.m.

If you plan to join us for the Wednesdays in Lent series, RSVP to the parish offices at  so we can count you in for dinner! 

On the third Wednesday in Lent, March 7, we will have a special treat --The Rev. Dr. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton will be our guest speaker.  Dr. Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and author of many books as well as of the celebrated "Almost Daily eMo from the Geranium Farm," read by thousands worldwide. She was rector of St. Clement's Church in Manhattan's Theatre district. She was also a chaplain on the waterfront of New York, and served both historic  Trinity Church Wall Street and St. John's-in-the-Village. She was a chaplain at Ground Zero during the recovery effort after the attack on the World Trade Center.   She spent a year in Italy at the American Church in Florence.  An actress, director and producer, she has worked for many years in combining the lively arts and the life of faith, and has been profiled extensively in electronic and print media throughout the world. Her video discussions of forgiveness, prayer and many other topics are found at and many other sites. Her many books include Called (about vocation), The Also Life (about the life that lies beyond this one), The Courage to Grow Old (about aging), as well as books of essays, daily meditations and poetry. She has also written Mass in Time of War about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the aftermath of the World Trade Center Bombing.  Barbara Crafton is married to Richard Quaintance, sometimes better known simply as "Q,"  a  professor of English literature. She has two children and six grandchildren.

For more information contact Deacon Kathleen at or 813-785-9400.
New Vestry Members and Vestry Leaders Selected
Congratulations to the four new members of the Vestry who were elected this past Sunday at the Annual Meeting,  Dennis Carr, Kim French, Greg Hearing, and Bob Yelverton. Following the Annual Meeting, the Vestry held the Organizational Meeting in which the Rector appointed John Marston as Senior Warden. The Vestry elected David Adams Junior Warden; Drew Graham Treasurer; and Gwyn Schabacker Clerk of the Vestry.
Delegates to the Diocesan Convention
I am pleased to tell you that the Vestry elected the following St. John's parishioners as Delegates/Alternate to the Diocesan Convention. Convention will be on October 12  and 13  at the Charlotte Harbor Convention Center in Punta Gorda. 

Greg Gaar
Kevin Kellar
Janice Straske
Eric Williams
We appreciate their service to St. John's and the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

Tampa DR Deanery Meeting Tomorrow
The Tampa Deanery's 2018 project is the completion of a three-year project building San Timoteo Episcopal Church in Nizao, which will be consecrated on June 30 .
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.

Dates for the three teams are June 16 to 23, June 23 to July 1, and June 29 to July 7.
The next Tampa DR Deanery Planning Meeting will be at St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church, 2708 North Central Ave, Tampa 33602, tomorrow, Thursday, February 15 . The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. and should last no longer than an hour.
For more information, contact Sally Thompson at 760.5120 (phone/text) or
Adult Christian Formation
Lenten Quiet Day with the Bishop
Join the Bishop for his annual Lenten Quiet Day on Tuesday, February 20 at Dayspring. Click here for more information.
Lenten Meditation Books Available
Copies of our Lenten meditation book, Ashes and the Phoenix, are available on the tables in the porches and on the shelf at the back of the Parish Hall for those who would like them. There will also be journal booklets for participants in the Wednesdays in Lent series; these can also be made available to others who would like them. Contact Deacon Kathleen at for more information.
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
On Tuesday, February 20,  Chris McAdams will lead the study of Genesis 25:19 through 28:32.  The group meets on alternate Tuesdays, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., in the Church Sanctuary.

The group invites you to consider joining them even if you missed the fall study.  Each chapter of Genesis is rich in themes and teaching that inform our Christian journey.  The study guide they will be using is "Genesis for Everyone, Part 2" by John Goldingay, which is available from Amazon and other booksellers.  If you have questions, please contact Joan McKay at or Pat Wilson at
Events and Fellowship
The St. John's Book Club
The St. John's Book Club will meet on February 20 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lowry Room.  Sally Olsson will lead the discussion of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  Everyone is invited to attend.
Children and Youth
New Beginnings #63 (Middle School Retreat): Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4
6 th through  8 th graders! Have you signed up for New Beginnings Middle School Retreat (March 2 through 4 at Dayspring Conference Center)? The deadline is this Friday, February 16

New Beginnings is an awesome weekend geared especially for middle schoolers--using songs, skits, and small group discussions to address some meaningful topics. You can get more info on New Beginnings here .
New Beginnings #63 (Middle School Retreat): Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4
Can we find Beauty in the Broken? As we begin Lent, St John's EYC will be discussing how we can use hard times and sacrifices in our lives to bring us closer to Christ! Come join us THIS Sunday, February 18, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Discovery House for lots of games, fun, food, and faith! Invite your friends!
Action Items and Opportunities
Candle and Flowers Available 
The candle is available for March 4, March 11, March 18, and April 29. The f lowers at the Chapel Altar are available for April 8, April 15, and April 29. If you would like to take one of these opportunities to support St. John's and honor a loved one, please call 259.1570 or email
Sandwich Sunday Hosts Needed
We are in need of Sandwich Sunday hosts on the following dates: April 15, June 17, July 15, August 19, October 21, November 18, and December 16.   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. Click here to contact Cindy Martin if you can help.
Information and Resources
Our Parish Family
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This Week's Birthdays

February 15
Helen Akst, Lauren Arce, Lockwood Gray, Mary Leach, Kim Reed, Melinda Rix

February 16
Ralph Belfatti, Jack Boggs, Tracy Hodges, Amy Shoukry

February 17
Peter Dawson, Evan Foley, Lindsay Mickler, Jill Neill, Jeremiah Pederson, Sandra Peterson, Betty Rawlings, William Whitcomb, Bill Young

February 18
Liz Ackermann, Lynn Fluharty, William Horan, Emily Ruas, Kate Shamblin

February 19
Stephanie Gibson, Jessica Simmons

February 20
Markus Dangl, Harrison Hodges, Jeannie Kenyon, Bettye Spoto

February 21
Sue Cox, Charlotte Graham, Drew Hunt, Paulette Lane, Kent Malizia, Carol Woodroffe, Bob Yelverton
Sunday's Scripture Snippet

For it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4
Hospital Visitation

We want to provide support during your time of need! However, because health regulations prohibit the clergy from being informed when our parishioners are in the hospital, we will not know if you or someone you love is there unless you tell us. We want to provide support in any time of need or crisis. Please call the parish offices at 259.1570 or  click here to email us to let us know when you need us.
This Week in St. John's
Thursday, February 15
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing & Anointing, 10:00 a.m., 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 studies are those from the Revised Common Lectionary for the coming Sunday. Please do not park in the Four Green Fields parking lots. Feel free to bring your lunch.
Sunday, February 18
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I), 8:00 a.m., Church

The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 9:15 a.m., Church
Sunday School for Children, 9:15 a.m., Parish Hall

Coffee Hour Fellowship, 
following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall
Sandwich Sunday, following the 9:15 a.m. service, Parish Hall
Join us in the Parish Hall to assemble sandwiches and bag lunches for the patrons of Faith Cafe. Thanks to this month's Sandwich Sunday host, Elizabeth Whiteley!

Confirmation Parent Meeting, 10:30 a.m., Discovery House

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I),11:15 a.m., Church

EYC Meeting, 4:30 p.m., Discovery House

Organ Recital with Stephen Tharp, 5:00 p.m., Church
Tuesday, February 20: Shrove Tuesday
Contemporary Women's Bible Study, 6:45 a.m., Peterson Room
The CWBS group continues its spring study series on  Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. in the Peterson Room on the St John's Middle School campus.  Weekly meetings start with a light breakfast followed by prayer and study until 8:00 a.m. All women of St John's and their friends are welcome. For more information, contact Deacon Kathleen at or 785.9400.
Mid Morning Women's Bible Study, 10:15 a.m., Church
On Tuesday, February 20, Chris McAdams will lead the study of Genesis 25:19 through 28:32. The group meets on alternate Tuesdays, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., in the Church Sanctuary.

The group invites you to consider joining them even if you missed the fall study.  Each chapter of Genesis is rich in themes and teaching that inform our Christian journey.  The study guide they will be using is "Genesis for Everyone, Part 2" by John Goldingay, which is available from Amazon and other booksellers.  If you have questions, please contact Joan McKay at or Pat Wilson at
The St. John's Book Club, 4:00 p.m., Lowry Room
The St. John's Book Club will meet on Tuesday, February 20 at 4:00 pm in the Lowry Room.  Sally Olsson will lead the discussion of  A Man Called Ove  by Fredrik Backman.  Everyone is invited to attend.
Wednesday, February 21: Ember Day and the Feast of St. Matthias
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II), 12:15 p.m., Chapel

Wednesdays in Lent, 6:00 p.m., Parish Hall
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