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
CWBS is studying Amos and Hosea . 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, August 24: The Feast of St. Bartholomew
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)
Wednesday Nights In St. John’s
6:30 p.m., Parish Hall
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.
Baseball with the Bishop
The date for the annual Baseball With the Bishop event is Friday, September 23. The event is the Rays vs Boston Red Sox. Lower level tickets are $25 (a $35 value). Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, September 9. Please send your check to the parish offices, payable to St. John’s. A portion of the sale of each ticket will benefit the Episcopal Charities Fund. Contact Kaivon Madani with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Randy Hehr Called as Rector
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Clearwater, has called The Rev. Randy Hehr as their Rector. That parish has scheduled a Celebration of a New Ministry on Saturday, October 8, at 11:00 a.m., with Bishop Smith presiding. Randy has been Priest-in-Charge since he went to Holy Trinity after being with us at St. John’s.
New Adult Formation Events Planned
Our mission at St John’s is to proclaim, by word and example, the good news of God in Christ, and to build a spiritual community forming Christians of all ages through worship, education, and outreach.We are formed within our church community through worship, continuous learning, intentional outreach, advocacy and service.The Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation of the Episcopal Church describes Christian faith formation as “a lifelong journey with Christ, in Christ, and to Christ.”
Join us on the journey this fall as we explore what it means to be a Christian with Episcopalian theologian Marcus Borg, discover the great themes of the Bible, and enter together into the expectant waiting and preparation of Advent, the first season of the church year.Watch the Scroll and Compass for more details or contact Kathleen Moore at email@example.com.
Children and Youth
Sunday School Kick-Off: September 11
Our Fall Sunday School Program will kick-off on Sunday, September 11 in the Parish Hall. The program is available to children from 3 years old through 5th grade, and takes place every Sunday during the 9:15 a.m. service. During Sunday School, children receive a Bible lesson that corresponds with the weekly readings, do crafts, eat a snack, and do other activities to strengthen their faith and teach them about their Christian heritage. They return to their families in the church during The Peace/Greetings. For questions about our Sunday School program, or if you are new to the church and interested in registering your child, please contact Whitney Wolf at 312.244.0871 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday School Substitutes and Volunteers Needed
As we prepare to kick-off a new year of Sunday School at St. John’s we would like to invite anyone who is interested in getting more involved with our program to contact Whitney Wolf ( email@example.com ) or 312.244.0871. We have positions open for Assistant Teachers and Substitutes as well as other part-time volunteer opportunities. Come help us make this year the best one yet!
Services for Families Reconvene with a Special Backpack Blessing
Our monthly services for families with small children will reconvene on Sunday, August 28th at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall, including a special Backpack Blessing to start the year off right. All students are invited to bring their backpacks to have them blessed for the new school year. The monthly Family Service is a casual and kid-friendly alternative to the formal service in the church, allowing us to introduce our youngest children to Episcopal lessons and nbsp;traditions in a more relaxed environment. It will take place on the last Sunday of every month, at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Christmas Pageant Planning in Progress: Come Join Us!
It may be 99 degrees outside but we are already beginning to plan for our Children’s Christmas Pageant and would love to include interested volunteers early so that you can have a voice in the planning and we can make this great together. All talents are needed and welcome, so if you’re interested in learning more, please call Whitney Wolf ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or 312.244.0871.
An Evening with Christian Band Unspoken
Holy Innocents’, Valrico, is hosting a Christian concert featuring Unspoken, a nationally recognized Christian band with five top-ten singles. The concert will be on Friday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. This is a unique opportunity, especially for our youth and young adults. For more information, visit the event website at https://eveningwithunspoken.com.
Events and Announcements
Parish Breakfast and Sandwich Sunday: August 21
Sunday, August 21 marks our first monthly Parish Breakfast for the fall. Join us between the 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services in the Parish Hall for food and fellowship!
We will also prepare sandwiches and bag lunches for the patrons of Faith Café during this time. All parishioners are invited to help. Thanks to the Gray family for being our hosts this month!
Women’s Mid Morning Bible Study Resumes September 6
On Tuesday, September 6, the Women’s Mid Morning Bible Study will gather to begin a study of “The Gospel According to Luke.” We will be using the study guide Luke for Everyone by N. T. Wright.
The group invites all interested women to join them in the Church Sanctuary from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on alternate Tuesdays. On September 6, Mary Jane Schenck will facilitate the first discussion, which will focus on Luke 1 and 2. For more information, you may contact Joan McKay at email@example.com or Pat Wilson at 644.4640 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For help in ordering the study guide Luke for Everyone by N. T. Wright, contact Melinda Pendino at 215.3421 or email@example.com. She will place an order in early September if there is interest. The book is also available from Amazon and other booksellers.
Your Help Needed
Volunteers Needed for Children’s Ministry and Parish Events
Are you interested in becoming more involved in the community here at St. John’s? The Children’s Ministry has a number of exciting events planned for this fall and all sorts of opportunities for participation. We encourage anyone who is interested in sharing their gifts – be it an hour or two of your time, or the desire to take on a larger project – to contact Whitney Wolf at 312.244.0871 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about what opportunities might best fit your interests and availability.
Sandwich Sunday Hosts Needed
Each month, we make sandwiches and bag lunches for the patrons of Faith Café to take with them after they eat a hot meal at the Café.We are in need of monthly hosts for 2016 on October 16, November 20, and December 18. Hosting means purchasing supplies (costs are reimbursed by St. John’s), helping facilitate the assembly line, and delivering sandwiches to Faith Café. If you are interesting in hosting on one of the dates, please contact Sandwich Sunday Coordinator Cindy Martin at email@example.com.
School Supplies Needed for Cornerstone Kids
As the new school year approaches, your generous support is requested for the children at Cornerstone Kids. The goal is to raise $1,500 to cover the cost of backpacks and school supplies for 35 children.
You may drop off your monetary donation at the parish office NO LATER than August 28. Please make your check payable to St. John’s. Contact MC Jenkins with questions at Bucsjenkins@aol.com. Thanks!
From the Parish Register
August 18, Charles Crumpton, Edwin Mills, Reid Nelson, Carson Weekley
August 19, Stephen Bowles, Russell Dostal, Keith Lindquist, Warren Sponsler
August 20, Harley Campbell, Jill Elliott, Mary-Evelyn Farrior, Joseph Keesling, Tracy Lejkowski, Emily Strickland
August 21, Peter Arizu
August 22, Parker Adair, Wendy Beaver, Sacha Dyson, Anne Graff, Williston Johnson, Ernest Lykes, Melinda Pendino, Mary Audrey Wilson
August 24, Gloria Carnes, John Guyton, Kamra Hearing, Mary Keesling, Catherine Mellon, Robin Michel, Adajean Samson, Barbara Weston