August 29, 2012 Issue 

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St. John's Episcopal Church, South Tampa
Calendar for the Week Ahead
Wed, August 29
Thu, August 30
Fri, August 31
Sun, September 2
Mon, September 3
Tue, September 4
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New Sunday School Year, New Format: 9/9 at 9:00! Sunday School

On Sunday, September 9, St. John's will kick off a new Sunday School year!  Sunday School for children will now take place during the 9:00 a.m. service.  Children will process from the church during the opening hymn and return later in the service.  The curriculum will follow the liturgy, with age-appropriate crafts, activities, and learning.  Singing, snacks, and hands-on outreach to Uganda will also be a part of each session, as children meet in age-specific groups, then come together as a group.   


Between the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services, stay for adult Sunday School and coffee hour fellowship.  Activities for children on the sports deck, as well as quiet time for reading and coloring, will also be available at this time.  


Join us September 9 to begin an energizing new year of growing in our faith!

Round Up of the Round Up!
This past Sunday, August 26, the many ministries of St. John's Church were celebrated.  Children and adults alike processed down the aisle at  the beginning of the 9:00 a.m. service with colorful banners representing the more than 40 outreach, education, fellowship, and support ministries that St. John's sustains.  Then following the service, parishioners gathered in Rudisill Parish Hall to enjoy fellowship and find out more information about these ministries and groups.  We hope you were able to find a ministry that inspires you!

Thanks to Keith Lindquist Photography for the terrific pictures!

Save the Date! 
St. John's Centennial Celebration is Saturday, September 29!
On Saturday, September 29, St. John's Church will celebrate our centennial with a festive evening to include fellowship, dinner, music from  our choir, and a visit from the Right Reverend Dabney Smith, the Bishop of Southwest Florida.  Please save the date and look for more information soon!

We are also looking for parishioners' help in locating photos of St. John's history.  Any baptism, wedding, Easter, or Christmas photos are welcome!  We will carefully scan and return them in the same condition.


As Long as we Both Shall Live... Keeping the Promise

September 21 and 22  

Join Better Marriages Florida for a weekend of celebration of your commitment to your marriage at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church.  The event features time for romance, laughter, and skill-building workshops for strengthening connectedness with your spouse.  This is a wonderful chance for you and your partner to feel refreshed and energized!  Child care will be provided.  The fee for the weekend is $99 before August 31 and $129 after that date.

For more information or to register, visit or call 813.505.5505.

Parish Baby Shower


Mother Stefanie Taylor

Saturday, September 22, 2012

11: 00 a.m. to ??

Rudisill Parish Hall


So we can plan for seating and food,

RSVP by Monday, September 17,  

to Peggy Curlin at 287.0176 or


If you would like to help with decorations or food,  

contact Miriam Faircloth at 839.2838 or

Walking the Mourner's Path: New Session Begins September 25 

St John's will offer the program Walking the Mourner's Path beginning September 25, with group meetings held weekly on Tuesday evenings for eight weeks.  The program is designed for individuals who have cross experienced the death of a loved one at least 6 months ago.  Walking the Mourner's Path is a small group experience whose goal is to help participants begin to heal and find a renewed joy in living.  Sessions are held at 7:00 p.m. in the School's Lower Division Library, upstairs at the Orleans campus; the last session is on Tuesday, November 13.  For more information, contact Fr. Randy Hehr or Jan Elliott in the parish offices at 259.1570 or click here to find more information at St. John's website.

Your Action Needed

Having a Baby? The Newborn Celebration Ministry Wants to Know! 

If you or someone you know in our parish is welcoming a baby into the family, please let us know.  St. John's loves our little ones and we want to celebrate them by bringing the family a meal and our best wishes!    


If you would like to be part of the ministry, the volunteers of the Newborn Celebration Ministry would love your assistance.  Please contact Tweed Eckhard at 743.1494 or Vera Farmen at 434.6771 to participate or to share the happy news of a new baby in our parish family.

If you would like your information to be included in next week's Scroll, please email all content by Monday at 9:00 a.m.
to Lee Lowry at

This Week at St. John's

Wednesday, August 29
12:15 p.m.-
12:45 p.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Chapel)

Wednesday Nights at St. John's:  

No Meeting Tonight

Next Wednesday, September 5, the group continues a DVD series on the travels of Paul titled "The Apostle Paul and the Earliest Churches."  This brilliant and illuminating production follows Paul's missionary journeys on Anatolian soil (modern Turkey). 

Thursday, August 30
10:00 a.m. -
10:30 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing
12:15 p.m. -
12:30 p.m.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel)

Friday, August 31 
12:15 p.m.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel)

Sunday, September 2
7:45 a.m.

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)     

 9:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Church)
 11:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
Monday, September 3
Parish Offices Closed Today for Labor Day Holiday
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel)
Tuesday, September 4

The Contemporary Women's Bible Study  

There will be no CWBS meeting today.  The group will resume next week on Tuesday, September 11 with a study of the "General Letters" of the New Testament.  Beginning on December 4 (start of Advent), the study of Isaiah will resume with Isaiah 2, 40 - 66.  Contact Kathleen Moore at 221.6253 or with questions.  

10:15 a.m. -
11:30 a.m.
Women's Mid Morning Bible Study
New time!  New location!  And a slightly new name! 
Beginning Tuesday, September 4, the women's Bible study that has been meeting at noon for the last several years will commence a study of "Parables of the New Testament" at 10:15 a.m. in the Lowry Room, adjacent to the parish offices at 906 South Orleans Avenue.  There will be time for fellowship, followed at 10:30 a.m. by an introduction to the study of parables, given by Father Randy Hehr.  The group will conclude at 11:30 a.m.

This is a great opportunity to expand your understanding of some of Jesus' most puzzling teachings in the midst of a welcoming and supportive community of women.  If you have questions, contact Sally Wiley at or 253.3906.

12:15 p.m. -
12:45 p.m.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel)

Upcoming Events
Sunday, September 9

New Sunday School Year, New Format: 9/9 at 9

On Sunday, September 9, St. John's will kick off a new Sunday School year.  Sunday School for children will now take place during the 9:00 a.m. service.  Activities for children, coffee hour fellowship, and adult Sunday School will take place between the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services.  Keep watching the Scroll and the Sunday Compass for more exciting details soon!

Sunday, September 16

The Youth Group Year Begins! 

On September 16, the Middle School Youth Group will meet from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Youth House next to the School's Middle Division. Dinner will be provided. Also on September 16, the High School Bible Youth Group Study will take place from 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. at the Youth House next to the School's Middle Division. Then on September 30, the first High School Youth Group meeting will be at PDQ at 6:00 p.m.


The schedule for the rest of the year is as follows:

Middle School Youth Group:

We meet every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Dinner is provided by parent volunteers, please contact Mother Taylor if you can help.

High School Youth Group:

We meet the last Sunday of every month for fellowship over dinner at a restaurant. Bible Study is on every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month.


We hope you will join us! Questions? Mother Taylor,

Saturday, September 29
Hold the Date for the St. John's Centennial Celebration Dinner!  More information coming soon.