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A New Year’s Wish

Sunday Video/Report on Human Trafficking/Big Band Hits

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Human Trafficking Video

And Report Jan 15 at SJD

Human Trafficking doesn’t get much worse than it is in the Tampa Bay area and across Florida. Only two states report records worse than Florida in the number of men, women and children forced each year against their will to serve in the sex trades, domestic servitude and agricultural industries. A report on this human crisis will be presented Sunday, January 15 at St. John Divine church, 1015 E. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center, during the 8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. Highlights of a WEDU-PBS documentary, “Too Close To Home,” will be shown. The featured speaker to discuss local efforts to combat these crimes and to help the survivors is Sonja Jordan, Operations Manager of Miracles Outreach of Tampa, which provides foster care and other services for children, most between the ages of 12 and 17, who are homeless, have been abused or were victims of human trafficking.  The presentations are open to the community.

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Big Band Hits Feb 4 at SJD

The Jack Edison Jazz Band will be back on stage February 4 with a hit-after-hit lineup of signature songs, all-time favorite tunes that “belong” to great bands and vocalists, including Duke Ellington’s Take the A Train,  Nat Cole’s Unforgettable, Tony Bennet’s I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Benny Goodman’s Stompin’ At The Savoy.  And that’s just the start of things. The band plays February 4 at 7:00 p.m., at St. John Divine, 1015 E. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center.  Tickets are $15 at the door.

Edison’s “Rebirth of the Blues and Big Band Era” concerts were first staged at SJD eight years ago.  Many of the band’s charts are arrangements written by Jack’s late brother, Jim, who played with big bands, led one of his own and was noted for his inventive “voicing” of instruments.  As one musician said about the Edison arrangements. “Seven guys are playing and they sound like fourteen.” The band members are: piano, Gary Tatlock, Dave Brown on bass, the drummer is Jerry Cheesbro, Dave Evans plays baritone sax, tenor sax is Neil Theriault,  Ken Easton is on  trumpet, and leader Jack Edison is on trombone.

Other tunes planned for the event include Tommy Dorsey’s I’m Getting Sentimental Over You, Ella Fitzgerald’s Stardust, Henry Mancini’s Moon River, Andy Williams’ Canadian Sunset, Glenn Miller’s In The Mood, Harry James’ One O’Clock Jump, Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York.  Part of the show proceeds support St. John Divine community outreach programs.

SJD Christmas Services 2016

Below are four videos of Christmas Services at SJD on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas Pageant – 4:00 p.m., December 24

Candlelight Service – 6:00 p.m., December 24

 SJD Candlelight service 10:30 p.m. 12-24-16

SJD Christmas Service 11:00 a.m. 12-25-2016

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Radio Theater

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“Be Prepared”

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“Count Your Blessings”

Fr. Lee, sermon, Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 23, 2016 “Count Your Blessings”