(Dinner: 5:00-6:15 p.m.- PLEASE RSVP in advance 222-2636x31, Classes 6:30-7:30 p.m., unless noted)
You and your family are welcome to dinner 5:30-6:15 pm prior to Wednesday evening courses. Please call 850-222-2636, x31 or make your dinner reservation online at www.saint-john.org. Adult dinners are $7.00, Children and Seniors are $4.00 and the family maximum is $20.00. The Wednesday night menu is printed in each week’s Chimes and can be heard on the reservation phone line.
Forums in Alfriend Hall from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 pm
Forums resume January 11th.
Mothers of High Schoolers-
All are welcome to join us on Wednesday, September 21 from 6-8 pm, as we kick off the 1st Mothers of High Schoolers (MOHS) club! MOHS is a group of moms that will meet once a month to explore, learn and discuss topics concerning teenagers today. With God’s help, we will get through these exciting and sometimes challenging years.
MOHS will meet at St. John’s Church from 6-8pm on January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, and May 10. For more information: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making Marriage Work A short course offering January 25 thru March 29th from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. in Cobb Library and Parlor. Based on the New York Times bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, the Gottman Seven Principles Program is a nine-week course designed to help couples toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. There are nine modules which each last 90 minutes. The book and the program are based on Dr. John Gottman's groundbreaking research of marriage, using rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples in unprecedented detail over many years. This workshop is for couples who want to learn how to deepen the friendship foundation of their relationship, manage conflict successfully, honor each other's dreams, and create shared meaning. The program provides practical skills for strengthening their relationship.
January 6 - Epiphany Pageant and Chili Cook Off- Join the parish as we raise funds for the Summer Youth Cuba Mission Trip and see the children of the parish tell the Christmas story one more time. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. ($5.00 a spoon to taste the best chilis in town) and the Pageant begins at 6:00 p.m.
January 11 and 18- Join us as we kick off our Wednesday Evenings with Dr. Monte Finkelstein who speaks to us about Italy’s role in the Holocaust and the fate of Italian Jews, 80-85 % of whom survived, mainly due to the efforts of the Italian people. He will address the rise of Italian Fascism, Italy’s racial laws, Mussolini’s role, Italian efforts to protect Jews in other nations and the fate of Jews in Italy after the fall of Mussolini in July 1943.
January 25 and February 1- Join us for a conversation on Judaism. Dr. David Levenson, FSU, will give two lectures, the first night he will present an introduction to the concept of Torah, including oral Torah, and in his second lecture he will give a description of modern Judaism, the different divisions, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist.
February 8 and 15- Christianity in the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance Dr. David Proctor, TCC History Chair, will present a two-part talk on the Christian world of the Later Middle Ages and the Renaissance. He will explain how Church involvement in the political, military, social, and cultural events of the time created the conditions that led to the Protestant Reformation. Dr. Proctor will conclude the series with the reigns of the powerful Renaissance Popes Julius II and Leo X.
February 22 Stay Tuned! We have a program....
February 28- MARDI GRAS! Join us for a festive celebration and support our Youth Mission Team as they raise funds for their summer mission trip to Cuba.
1 March- Ash Wednesday. Join us for services at 7:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Church. Programs resume on March 8.
March 8- The Wideness of God’s Mercy Fr. Dave will speak about three parables of mercy found in Luke’s Gospel: the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son and the Rich Man and Lazarus. Come and see how, in the words of the hymn, “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea.”
March 15- “Severe Mercy” Can there be such a thing as “severe mercy”? Dr. David McNaughton will lead us in discussion as we look at this question through the lens of the book A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken. While studying at Oxford, Sheldon and his wife Davy develop a friendship with C.S. Lewis, under whose influence and with much intellectual scrutiny they accept the Christian doctrine. Shortly after, Davy acquires a fatal illness. After her death, Sheldon embarks on an intense experience of grief and comes to discover the meaning of "a mercy as severe as death, a severity as merciful as love."
March 22- Mercy in Southern Literature The narrator in Southern writer Lee Smith's novel, Oral History, says, "I'll tell you a story that truer than true." This statement is a good definition of the purpose of much fiction. In this forum, Dr. Anne Rowe will use short stories to illustrate the insightful ways in which they treat the subject of mercy and redemption.
March 29- Civil Rights Come learn about the intersection of The Episcopal Church in Tallahassee and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's, looking at the theological motivations of the time and the reactions to these movements. There will be a presentation on specific protests in which Episcopal students from the Chapel of the Resurrection (Ruge Hall) participated, given by Devin Burns, a senior undergraduate history student at Florida State University.
April 5- The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy and Pope Francis's book, The Name of God is Mercy For the Roman Catholic Church, this is the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, announced by Pope Francis. The Pope’s book, The Name of God is Mercy, meditates on the centrality of that virtue in Christian life. This Wednesday night session will focus on major themes from Pope Francis’s book, with time for discussion on what these themes mean in our lives. We welcome Dr. David McNaughton back for this evening’s discussion and presentation.