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Holocaust Remembrance

It’s about remembering. Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto rebellion. Remembering Auschwitz and the other places of barbed wire and butchery. Remembering Europe’s six million Jewi and three million Christian victims of the Nazi Holocaust, remembering them and others in the annual service of remembrance called Yom Hashoa; Yiddish for Holocaust Day.

This year, for the sixth consecutive year, members of Sun City Center’s Beth Israel congregation joined with members of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church , Prince of Peace Catholic Church, United Methodist Church, United Community Church, Unitarian, Universalist Fellowship, Trinity Baptist Church, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, and other participants at St. John’s April 17 for prayer, meditation and songs of remembrance.

The names and ages of scores of Holocaust victims, symbolizing all victims, were read aloud by participants who rose and stood in place. Speakers during the service, including Beth Israel spiritual leader, Rabbi, Carla Freedman, offered narratives rooted in the fate of those millions, including such stories as that of a young boy, found hiding behind a pile of bodies as American soldiers liberated Buchenwald. A choir and soloists in the Yom Hashoa service presented “The 23rd Psalm,” “Hollowing Our Names,” “Eili, Eili,” “Ani Ma’amin,“ (I Believe) and other selections to mourn, honor and cherish those who were taken and to pledge never to forget.

In her remarks as host of the service, Joanne Sudman of Beth Israel, said, “Countless memoirs and diaries written by survivors plead and demand that we remember the details of how they were degraded, brutalized, and killed. We recall part of what they witnessed, part of the horrors that they suffered, in order to remember them and to remind others. On this day, and not on this day alone, we perpetuate their testimony recalling the words of Ignacy Schipper, who perished in Maidanek: “Nobody will want to believe us, because our disaster is the disaster of the entire civilized world….We will have the thankless job of proving to a reluctant world that we are Abel, the murdered brother.

There is no adequate reaction to the Holocaust, but we must not ignore it and we must not forget its victims. Ellie Weisel tells us that to remember is to create links to affirm man’s faith in humanity and to convey meaning on our fleeting endeavors. The aim of memory is to restore dignity to justice.”



Grace Garden Memorial Reunion >

SJD memorial garden 4-16-15 copyA service May 4 will dedicate a section of Grace Memorial Garden now holding cremains brought over from the Ruskin Campus. (click on headline for more information.



Dominican Mission Project 2015 >

St. John the Divine will participate this years, as in past years, in the Tampa Deanery’s Dominican Mission project. We will send Mark Annie Hunter, Bob Stevens and The Rev.Kevin Warner.



To see the Sunday, April 19 sermon, “Living,” by the Rev. Lee Miller, click on image below.



Coffee and Conversation –  April 23

SJD’s Parish Nurses invite everyone to “Coffee and Conversation” with Edmund Dubriel, President of the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, for an informative conversation about your concerns. Thursday, April 23, 11:00 a.m.


sister carrieBook Club – “Sister Carrie” April 26

SJD Book Club will meet April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Bea MacDonald’s in Sun City Center to discuss Theodore Dreiser’s “Sister Carrie.”  You’re invited.  Books are available from Linda Jeker 813-391-9552.



SHMA Events

by Chuck Collins

SHMA Sing – April 27

The South Hillsborough Ministerial Association invites you to participate in a community churches “Sing” on Monday, April 27 here at St. John the Divine.  Please support this interdenominational worship of Christ through music.  The musical prelude begins at 6:30 p.m. As host church, we want to have a good turnout.  We are responsible for providing Greeters, Ushers, Kitchen crew and other volunteers. Questions? Call me (Chuck Collins) 813-787-6844.

national day of prayer 2015National Day of Prayer – May 7

SHMA will host a local expression of the 64th Annual National Day of Prayer.  This year’s event will be held Thursday, May 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at E.G. Simmons Park, (2401 19th Ave. NW Ruskin.)  The theme is “Lord Hear Our Cry.” Bring the family. Restrooms, playgrounds, free food and drinks will be available.  Don’t forget your folding chair.

 To learn more, call me (Chuck Collins) 813-787-6844.


“The Empty Tomb”

To see the Sunday, April 5 sermon, “The Empty Tomb” by the Rev. Kevin Warner, click on image below.




Homewood Tour – May 15

SJD’s Parish Nurses invite you to take a tour of Homewood from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  A bus will pick you up at SJD at 10:30 sharp.  Space is limited. Sign up in the Parish Hall. For more information, call Betty Burke, RN 813-334-8925 or Jackie Winder, RN 813-633-3198.

 “The Three Most Important Questions God Will Ever Ask You” >

To hear Fr. Lee Miller’s sermon  click on headline or on his photo icon at right.

 “What Does The Cross Mean To You?” >

To hear Fr. Kevin Warner’s sermon of Sun. 3-15-15, click on headline or on his photo icon at upper right.

“Meet the Priest” – Fr. Kevin Warner >

Interview with Fr. Kevin Warner appears in the current (Lent/Easter) issue of the Diocesan publication, “Southern Cross.” (To read in full, click on headline)

A Few Feb Photos


 From the “Revelations” March issue

To see the entire issue, click on the Revelations

icon in the column at right

clicking on image will open image on a separate page. Clicking on that image will enlarge it for easier viewing.

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Alpha website promo

Here is Fr. Kevin Warner’s  message from the front page of the February, 2015 edition of “Revelatons.”  To read the entire publication, click on the “Revelations” icon in the column at right.

Click on image below to enlarge for easier reading


Annual Meeting


meeting recap  for 1-25-15

To read the Annual Report made available to all parishioners, click on link below.

SJD Annual Report – 2014/2015
















Meaningful Worship

worship page-website-revised Dec 19-2014

To hear Fr. Kevin Warner’s  Christmas Sermon

click on his photo icon at right.



 It was a Holly, Jolly Christmas gathering Dec. 14 for families, friends and kids of The Lord’s Lighthouse.  Many gifts of love, toys and presents of all kind were given, provided by personnel from MacDill Air Force Base, Lord’s Lighthouse donors, by the Men’s Club of St. John the Divine and other members of the parish.

Take a look at the video (click on link below) prepared by Sharon Silverglade.  As noted: “The giving just went on . .and on . .and on.”

Kennett’s Day

acolyte fest

To see more pictures from the Acolyte Fest and a video of the service, go to:  ACOLYTE FEST 2014   

                                                                                     Allie Maiocchi


Three Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask

To hear Fr. Lee’s latest message,

click on his photo icon at right.

Happy Anniversary, Maestro

Charles “Chuck” Wirick, on August 3rd, 2014, completed his 24th year as St. John the Divine’s Director of Music, for which the Parish offers its “love, admiration and gratitude.”

Chuck Wirick anniv aug 3 2014 for web