May 15, 2013 Issue 

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Calendar for the Week Ahead
Wed, May 15
Thu, May 16
Fri, May 17
Sun, May 19
Mon, May 20
Tue, May 21
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This Week, We Celebrate the Birthdays of the Following Parishioners:

May 15  

Richard Casey, Kelly Heyer, Nancy Mellon, John Overton, Sally Peel, Joseph Wessel 


May 16

Jennifer Arizu, Janifer Bliss, Priscilla Grotheer, Dorothy Levy, William Salzer


May 17

Jessica Barker, Angela Sparks, Benjamin Williams 


May 18

Susanne Cleckler, Sean Heisey, Laurel Riffey, Savannah Walker 


May 19

Claire Colgan, Steven Kent, Jennifer Sasso, Charles Yost


May 20

Suzanne Crosby  


May 21

Julie Martin, Helen Moseley, Corey Poe


Senior Sunday   

What an amazing group of young people we celebrated on Sunday!  These graduates are articulate, family- and God-centered and ready to  take on the world.  We are so proud of them and wish them the best in this next exciting stage of their lives!


Sunday, May 19, 9:00 a.m.
Confirmation will take place at St. John's on Sunday, May 19, at the 9:00 a.m. service. The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith, bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, will be the preacher and celebrant for all three services this day.  A special parish breakfast will follow in Rudisill Parish Hall.

The Contemporary Women's Bible Study (CWBS)

Tuesday, May 21, 6:45 a.m., Peterson Room

CWBS begins a three-week mini-series on Psalms, starting on May 21 and continuing through June 4.  Summer Session begins on June 11 and will use Elaine Pagels' Revelations: Vision, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation as a study guide to the Book of Revelation.   


All women of St. John's are invited to attend, with a special invitation to teachers who are unable to attend during the regular school year.   Contact Kathleen Moore at 221-6253 or for more information.   

VBS 2013: Live in Love!  

 Monday, July 22 -Thursday, July 25

9:00 a.m. to noon

Ages 3 to 10

The registration form for St. John's 2013 Vacation Bible School is now available!  Please click here or go to our website at to download a copy. 

St. John's Parishioner Featured in Audubon Florida 

Sally Thompson, longtime St. John's parishioner and alumnae of St. John's School, was honored by Florida's Audubon Society in a recent issue of the Society's magazine. Thompson is a longtime conservation leader and supporter of Audubon. While she has had a lifelong interest in conservation, she began her work in Southwest Florida  with a local group, Save Our Bay, which merged into the Hillsborough Environmental Coalition with her as president. See the story on page 11 of the Spring 2013 edition of Audubon Florida.

Why Whitsunday?

Among Christians, Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the twelve apostles and other followers of Jesus, as described in Acts 2:1-31. For this reason, Pentecost is sometimes described as the "Birthday of the Church." Pentecost is the fiftieth day after Easter Day, and is ten days after the ascension of Christ.    


Whitsunday is another name for Pentecost, used in the UK and in Episcopal churches. The name is a contraction of "White Sunday," attested in "The Holy-Ghost, which thou did send on Whit-Sunday" in the Old Englishhomilies, and parallel to the mention of hwitmonedei in the early 13th-century Ancrene Riwle. Walter William Skeat noted that the Anglo-Saxon word also appears in the Icelandic (hvitasunnu-dagr), but that in English the feast was always called Pentecoste until after the Norman Conquest, when white (hwitte) began to be confused with wit

or understanding.  


According to one interpretation, the name derives from the white garments worn by catechumens, those expecting to be baptized on that Sunday. A different tradition is that of the young women of the parish all coming to church in new white dresses on that day. However, Augustinian canon, John Mirk (1382-1414), of Lilleshall Abbey, Shropshire, had another interpretation:

"...this day (Dies Penthecostes) is called Wytsonday by cause the holy ghost bought wytte and wisdom into Crists dyscyples, and so by prechying after in all Cristendom and fylled him full of holy Wytte"

Thus, he thought the root of the word was "wit" (formerly spelt "wyt" or "wytte") and Pentecost was so-called to signify the outpouring of the wisdom of the Holy Ghost on Christ's disciples.  


Ironically, the clergy's vestments on Whitsunday are not white, but red, reminding us of the form the Holy Spirit took as it descended on the disciples. "And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them." - Acts 2:3


In 2013, Whitsunday falls on Sunday, May 19.

Centering Prayer
Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Centering Prayer is a form of meditation designed to facilitate the development of Contemplative Prayer: the opening of heart and mind - our whole being - to GOD, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Tampa will be hosting an introductory workshop on Centering Prayer on Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., in St. Mary's Hall. The group is asking for a donation of $20 to cover the cost of lunch and 2 additional three-hour sessions. The additional sessions will be held on May 25 and June 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, at which time the group will practice Centering Prayer, discuss their experiences, and watch a video by Fr. Thomas Keating.  


The deadline to signup is May 15. Please contact Polly Nelson at 805.2219 with any questions or to learn more about this spiritual practice.  

Outreach Committee & Friends of Uganda

May Meeting Rescheduled

May 29, 5:30 p.m., Lowry Room

The next Outreach Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th at 5:30 p.m. in the Lowry Room because of the Memorial Day holiday. On the agenda will be a discussion of activities for the upcoming year, including the Friends of Uganda Committee (which is meeting with Outreach) and budgetary plans for 2013. Meetings are generally scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month during the school year from August to May so this will be the last meeting until August.


If you have any items to be discussed and cannot attend, or for more information, contact Sally Thompson, 254-3009 or

Your Action Needed
Sandwich Sunday Hosts Needed

Now that Faith Café has opened in their new space, we are able to deliver bagged meals to them again for the deserving people who come there for lunch. 

We are in need of a family or families to sponsor this important outreach on December 15. If you can help, contact Amanda Sansone at or 220.5573, she will be the temporary coordinator. 

Candle and Flowers Available 

The flowers at the church altar are available on June 2, the flowers at the chapel altar are available on June 30, and the candle in the sanctuary light is available on June 23.  If you are interested in honoring a loved one and supporting St. John's on any of these dates, please contact the parish offices at, or by calling 259.1570.

2013 Every Member Canvass  

Please click here to read Fr. Doug Remer's letter regarding the canvass, and access our online pledge form here. You can also download a pledge worksheet by clicking here, or by visiting our website at  Please prayerfully consider what you can contribute this year for the glory of God and the support of St. John's. 
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This Week at St. John's
Wednesday, May 15
6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Nights at St. John's 
Bring your study Bible, a covered dish, and an open heart and mind for fellowship and stimulating conversation.  Contact Paul and Winkie Game at for more details.
Thursday, May 16
10:00 a.m.The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) and Healing (Chapel)
11:45 a.m.
Men's Bible Study and Lunch (Peterson Room)

The final meeting of this group until the fall will be on Thursday, May 16, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., in the Peterson Room. Parking is in the lot across Plant Avenue under the Selmon Expressway. Men of St. John's and their friends are invited to join the group.

12:15 p.m.Noonday Prayer (Chapel)
Friday, May 17
12:15 p.m.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel)
Sunday, May 19: Whitsunday
7:45 a.m.

The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)     

9:00 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite II) (Church) and Confirmation
10:15 a.m.
Special Parish Breakfast in Honor of Confirmands (Rudisill Parish Hall)

Sandwich Sunday (Rudisill Parish Hall)

Join us in the parish hall to help assemble sandwiches and bag lunches for the patrons of Faith Cafe following the 9:00 a.m. service.  Thank you to the Madani family for being our hosts!  We are still looking for hosts for December 15, please contact Amanda Sansone if you can help.   

11:15 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist (Rite I) (Church)
Monday, May 20
12:15 p.m.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel)
Tuesday, May 21
6:45 a.m.
The Contemporary Women's Bible Study (Peterson Room)
The group continues this week with their study of the book of Daniel.  All women, St. John's parishioners and their friends, are welcome.  Contact Kathleen Moore at 221.6253 or for more information.
12:15 p.m.
Noonday Prayer (Chapel)

More Upcoming Events
Sunday, June 16
Mother Taylor's Last Sunday in St. John's
Monday, July 22 through Thursday, July 25
VBS 2013
Vacation Bible School for 2013 will take place Monday, July 22 through Thursday, July 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, for ages 3 to 10.  Click here or go to our website at to download a registration form.

Volunteers are needed!
  Students, you can receive community service hours for your help at VBS.  If you can help or if you have questions, please contact Leland Baldwin, Director of Christian Education.