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
“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?”
This Week in
Thursday, September 22
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 next week. 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 to email@example.com if you would like to partake.
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, September 28: The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels
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.
Choral Evensong, This Sunday, September 25
Choral Evensong is widely considered the jewel in the crown of the Anglican Choral Tradition. You might be aware that St. John’s Choir are increasing the frequency with which these services will be offered, and the first opportunity to experience Evensong this season will be this Sunday, September 25,
at 5:00 p.m. when we will observe the feast of St. Michael and All Angels. The music on this occasion will feature the very beautiful Preces and Responses of Richard Shephard, originally composed for the choir of Salisbury Cathedral in the UK.
Sunday Adult Christian Education Program Starts This Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
This Sunday, September 25, at 10:30 a.m., we will begin a 5-part series on Embracing an Adult Faith: What it Means to be Christian. This is a video/discussion series featuring the late Episcopal theologian Dr. Marcus Borg. The series is designed for anyone seeking a richer understanding of issues in contemporary Christian practice and theology. It addresses such questions as: Who is God? Who is Jesus? What is salvation? How do we practice our faith? How do we live in community?
Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes. Bring your coffee and join the conversation! For more information, contact Kathleen Moore at 221.6253 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Save the Date: Family Game Night is Friday, September 30!
Mark your calendars for Family Game Night, 6:00 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 30, in the Parish Hall. We’ll have pizza, bingo, and an assortment of other games and activities for kids of all ages. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact email@example.com . Hope to see you there!
Family Service This Sunday at 9:15 a.m.
Join us in the Parish Hall to celebrate the Liturgy in a casual and and kid-friendly alternative to the formal service in the church. The monthly Family Service is a great venue to introduce our youngest children to Episcopal lessons and traditions in a more relaxed environment. We will not have Sunday School as all are welcomed and encouraged to attend the Service instead. If your child is interested in participating in one of our upcoming Family Services, please contact Whitney Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
Local Kairos Events
Prayer is requested for the following two upcoming Kairos events. A four-day weekend begins next Thursday, September 29, at Hernando Correctional Institution (women) in Spring Hill. And in mid-November, there will be a two-day retreat at Sumter Correctional Institution (men) in Sumter County.
St. John’s has a rich history of involvement in the Kairos prison ministry. It is very fulfilling to work a weekend as a volunteer and see God change hearts and attitudes. The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry International is “to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families, those who work with them, and to assist the incarcerated in the transition to becoming a productive citizen.”
If your interest is piqued, or you are feeling God’s call to get involved, please contact MC Jenkins at BucsJenkins@aol.com.
St. John’s Fathers Ministry Service Project
Join the Fathers Ministry on October 16 in the Parish Hall for their Holiday Letters for Heroes party! Parish children will be using their creativity to write thank you letters to service members deployed overseas over the holidays.
Grown-ups can write a letter too! We will have patriotic crafts and puzzles, and will even be making Veterans Day wreaths to take home! A drop box for letters will also be set up the week of the event. Let’s show these heroes our appreciation for their sacrifice and service. Hope to see you there!
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Events and Fellowship
On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Kathleen Moore will facilitate the Women’s Mid Morning Bible Study group’s discussion of Luke 4. The group invites all interested women to join them in the Church Sanctuary from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on alternate Tuesdays. For more information, you may contact Joan McKay at email@example.com or Pat Wilson at 644.4640 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
St. John’s Church invites you to a Soirée
at the home of Mary and Ron Hulse, 4912 Lyford Kay Road
Friday, October 21
Bring an hors d’oeuvre to share and a drink of your choosing.
We will have a list of Christmas pageant roles and a schedule of rehearsals available during Sunday School check-in on Sunday, October 2 and Sunday, October 9. Please encourage your child to sign up for ALL the roles they would be interested in playing. In addition to the lead roles, we have plenty of room for angels and shepherds and singers, so there is something or everyone who wants to participate in any way! Final parts will be assigned at the Christmas Pageant Kick-Off Brunch on Sunday, November 13. If you miss the Sunday sign-in opportunities and are interested in participating in the Christmas Pageant or volunteering, please contact Whitney Wolf at email@example.com prior to October 11.
Save the Date for Vacation Bible School 2017!
Save the date, VBS 2017 will be June 19 through 23. Details to follow in early 2017. If you’re interested in volunteering and being a part of the plan, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday School Assistants Needed
With over 25 kids in our Pre-K & Kindergarten classes, alone, we are looking for more enthusiastic volunteers to support our lead teachers and our program on Sundays. From snacks to supplies to help in the classroom – if you want to get involved, we’ve got a job for you! If you’re interested, contact Whitney Wolf.
Action Items and Opportunities
Calling All Acolytes!
The third annual Diocesan Acolyte Festival will take place on Saturday, September 24 , at The Cathedral Church of St. Peter in St. Petersburg from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This festival has become one of the largest youth events in the diocese and offers the opportunity for youth to meet fellow acolytes from across Southwest Florida. Workshops this year include: Where there is Smoke, Holy Eucharist 101, Acolyte Jeopardy, On the Verge, and Vessels and Vestments and Linens, Oh My! The day will close with a Eucharist in which every church’s acolyte team will process. There is no fee for the festival and both a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Each participant is required to bring their own vestments to the cathedral. Contact Father Ackerman to register for the event or if you have any questions. Vergers are also welcome to attend!
From the Parish Register
September 22, Walter Baldwin, Ann Dawson, Jeffery Patenaude, Jonathan Stillie
September 23, Anne Hyatt, Lillian Lowry, Mikel Peel
September 24, Lauren Brown, Sloane Dring, Michael Nolan, Alejandro Valdes, Robert Vawter
September 25, Thomas Bricklemyer, Emily Deitzer, Lisa Marlene Sawyer, Paul Weekley