November 14, 2019


Over the past couple of weeks, we have been reflecting more consciously about the many blessings we have received from God, big and small. We have used the hymn "Now Thank We All Our God" as a theme for these past weeks. We have expressed our thankfulness by adding flowers to the Thanksgiving Bouquet that was brought forward at each service. We have heard several members of this congregation speak about the personal reasons they are thankful. And much information has been shared in the Worship Bulletin and in the weekly eNews bulletin about how your financial donations to Saint John's have made it possible for many ministries within this congregation, and outside it, to flourish. For all this we are thankful. 
November 17 is Ingathering Sunday. Everyone is invited to come forward after the sermon and Thankfulness witness to place their pledge cards in the offering plate. There are pledge cards in the pews if you need one. If you already have returned your pledge card, there will be a KAIZEN business card in the pew for you to bring forward as a symbol of your financial commitment to Saint John's. Together we will process toward the altar with a sense of abundance and generosity, as we look forward to another year of doing God's work in this place. Now thank we all our God!

Charitable Donations from IRAs

If you're age 70½ or older, you can make up to $100,000 in annual cash donations to IRS-approved charities directly out of your IRA. These direct donations are called qualified charitable distributions (QCDs).
QCDs are tax-free and nondeductible. So, they don't directly affect your tax bill. However, they count as withdrawals for purposes of meeting the required minimum distribution (RMD) rules that apply to traditional IRAs after age 70½.
So, if you haven't yet taken your 2019 RMDs, consider holding off and arranging tax-free QCDs before year end in place of taxable RMDs. That way you can meet your 2019 RMD obligation in a tax-free manner while satisfying your charitable goals at the same time.
Lynn D. Boster, CPA, CGMA
Tax Partner, Vasquez & Company LLP
Parishioner at Saint John's
Congratulations Linda and David Dennehy!
The Diocesan Servant Ministry Award was presented on November 8 th at the Diocesan Convention by Bishop Susan Brown Snook to David and Linda Dennehy, along with a number of other individuals. This award is given to those nominated by their clergy, as a way to highlight the quiet, and often unrecognized ministry of individuals in their churches and beyond. Here is the text of the nomination.
David and Linda are a team that is self-motivated, generous, and committed to Jesus and Saint John's congregation. Together they have created the design of reusable bags for Thanksgiving dinner donations to the needy. Together they coordinate the purchase and distribution of welcoming mugs, pens, and information cards for first-time visitors to Saint John's. They ensured that the fences and railings were painted during 2019. They are one of the usher teams for the parish. David has served four separate terms on the Vestry, and was Junior Warden twice. David chaired the Day School Board when its very existence was in question. He is an active member of the Men of Saint John's group. The Senior Warden and Interim Priest rely on him as the "unofficial sexton" who interfaces with vendors for tree trimming, HVAC repairs, termite mitigation, electrical repairs, and more. Linda is a member of the Daughters of the King and has taken on the responsibility of knitting blankets for newly baptized individuals. She participated in the Women of Saint John's group. This past year she cleaned and organized the storage closet and pantry in the parish hall. She trained the acolytes for the Day School. She is David's biggest supporter. This couple is truly instrumental in the day-to-day life of Saint John's.
Bishop Snook: Convention Address 

Bishop Susan Brown Snook addressed the 46th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, held November 8-9, 2019 at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert CA. You can hear her address on YouTube.

Men of St. John's Meeting
The next meeting of the MOSJC is Monday, Nov.18, 6 pm, at  Tim & Gloria Attaway's home. ( 619-427-6392) We will all chip-in  for  pizza, so you do not have to bring anything  for  our usual potluck supper.   All men attending services at St. John's are welcome. No dues. This is  an excellent way  for  us to get know, love, and support each other,  and St. John's too. Please come!

Put this on your calendars too. The MOSJC Christmas Party
for all men, their spouses and significant others, is Friday, Dec.13,
6 pm, at  Fr. Jack & Sarah's home. 

Vestry Meeting
Your Vestry will meet on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:00pm in the Choir Room. New business will include a presentation by Daniel Sanchez on creating a sun shade in the columbarium area. This is Daniel's Eagle Scout project. ALL are welcome!

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Wednesday, November 27

6:00 pm


Thanksgiving Meal
New Information on our Gift Card Contributions
Dina Chavez, an administrator at South Bay Community Services informs us that a new church has stepped up to cook and serve this dinner this year.  The church that usually caters this event can no longer provide this service and St Rose of Lima on H Street in Chula Vista has stepped into the breach.  Our contributions in cash and gift cards will go towards providing turkeys, side dishes, dessert and paper supplies for about 50. The date chosen by St Rose of Lima for this event is November 21 st , the week BEFORE Thanksgiving.  It would be most beneficial if your cash and gift cards were donated by November 17 th.  
Thanksgiving Blessings in a Bag
Please bring your Blessings in a Bag donations by Sunday, November 24th .

Grocery List:

$10 Gift card from any local grocery store or cash donations
Candied Yams   
Stuffing Mix       
Boxed Potatoes       
Canned Vegetables
Cranberry Sauce      
Cake Mix     
Jello or Pudding Mix
Pie Crust in Foil Pan       
Small Bottle of Oil
Aluminum Foil

Any cash and cards that come in after November 17th will go to South Bay Community Services to reimburse St. Rose of Lima for their expenses for the dinner on November 21st.. 

Toys For Tots
The 2019 Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign has begun! Every year the Toys for Tots campaign collects and distributes new, unwrapped toys to unfortunate kids who would not otherwise receive gifts at Christmas. A collection box has been
provided for your donations in Nale Hall.
Let's fill it quickly! They will provide another! 
For more information about Toys for Tots, visit
You are Invited to an Ordination
God willing  and the people consenting, 
The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, 
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego
and  The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, 
Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego,  Bishop of Washington (2002-2011)  will ordain
The Rev. Christopher Craig-Jones  to the Priesthood 
Saturday, December 14
11 a.m.
St. Michael's by-the-Sea
2775 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Your prayers and presence are requested
Reception following in the parish hall

Silver Tea Service Needed

A memorial service for Barbara Ervin will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 4. The Women of St. John's will make the coffee and tea for the reception following the service and will clean up afterward. 
Does anyone have a silver tea service and/or a samovar that the Women might borrow that afternoon? We would like to make Barbara's memorial special. If you can lend something (we can pick it up that morning), please call Diane Gustafson 619-253-7298 or email

Calendar of Events:

Office hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.
The office is closed on Fridays. 

Pledge Ingathering
Sunday, November 17
Men of St. John's Meeting
Monday, November 18, 6:00 pm
Tuesday Night Bible Study 
Tuesday, November 19, 6:00 pm
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, November 20, 9:30-11:00 am
Choir Practice
Wednesday, November 20, 5:30-7:00
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, November 20, 6:00-8:00 pm
Daughters of the King
Thursday, November 21, 10:00 am
Thanksgiving Eve Service
Wednesday, November 27, 6:00 pm
Office Closed
Thursday, November 28

Lunch Bunch
Lunch Bunch will be on hiatus until after the holidays.

We Are Available in Your Time of Need

If you have a pastoral emergency when the parish offices are closed, 
please call 619-483-7883 or email

Prayer List
Today and every day include some time for prayer, for yourself,
for your church family, and for those in need.  

For our Military
Matt, Drew, Cody,  Cameron,  Chariti, 
Mark,  Sean, Jonathan,  TK,   Christopher, 
Timothy,  Jeremy,  David,  Jonathan,  Nick, 
Jamal,  Matt, Daniel,  Jocelyn, Devon, 
Taylor, Jorge, Katherine, Sebastian and Richie.

  For Strength in Time of Need

Scott, Betty, Rob, Florence, Eva,  Dee and Barb,
Jamie and Paula, Ryan, Ricardo, Phil, Anne and Sarah.
Those unable to come to services, but thankful
for their continuing connection with Saint John's, 
especially Lois, Roland  and  Juanita.   

For Churches in Transition in our Diocese

Christ Church, Coronado
St. Paul, Palm Springs
St. Margaret's, Palm Desert
St. John's, Chula Vista
St. David's, San Diego
All Saints', Vista
Holy Cross, Carlsbad

Opportunities For Service

Pill Bottle Ministry

Did you know that in developing countries, the pill bottle and cap is often more expensive than the medication inside. You can donate your empty prescription bottles! Just drop off your empty prescription bottles in our collection bucket located in the foyer- no need to peel the information off.  Our volunteers will take care of that for you! We will wash them and ship them to Matthew 25: Ministries.  Matthew 25: Ministries accepts donations of empty plastic pill bottles for inclusion in shipments of medical supplies and for shredding and recycling. Our pill bottle program fulfills the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment.

Please note that we can currently only collect the clear orange prescription bottles.  We have found that the others do not benefit the program.
Thank you for your support!
Emergency Food Pantry:

Jesus said, "Feed my sheep." John 21:17
The South Bay Community Services "Emergency Food Pantry" needs donations every month. It's easy to donate! We will focus on a different food category each month. Pick up a flyer from the narthex, carry in your car until your next trip to the market, purchase the food, and place it on the table in Nale Hall before the end of the month.  During the month of October, our featured items will be soup, ramen noodles and crackers.  Thank you for your support!

Scripture Readings For This Week

Readings for Sunday, November 17, 2019

Isaiah 65:17-25
Canticle 9
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 119:121-144
Revelation 21:9-21
Matthew 17:22-27

Celebrant's Schedule

Here is our upcoming celebrant's schedule:

Sunday, November 17
Presider: Fr. Tom
Gospel: Rev. Cathey, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Tom

Sunday, November 24
Presider: Fr. Tom
Gospel: Rev. Cathey, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Tom

Sunday, December 1
Presider: Fr. Tom
Gospel: Rev. Cathey, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Tom

Weekly Bible Study  and Morning Prayer 

Tuesday night Bible Study meets on  Tuesdays from 6-7:30 pm  in the youth room.  For information, please contact Mike Gollihur
at 619-852-4960  or  
Every Wednesday, Saint John's will have Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Bible Study from 10 am to 11. 

From the Prayer Journal of Fr. Jack Tolley

"Mom loves to love others." That what Sandra T. Montes say about her Mom in the October 17, 2019, reflection she wrote in Forward Day by Day. I am definitely placing this reflection in my Prayer Journal. Sandra is a consultant to the Episcopal Church Foundation, active member of several acting groups 
and committees across the Episcopal Church, and a church musician in high demand.  Sandra lives in Houston. 
I thought you would enjoy this. Blessings, love, and hugs, 
Fr. Jack.
1 Corinthians 14:26c Let all things be done for building up.
My mom has a way of building people up. She loves to love and goes out of her way to be thankful and offer specific compliments. She is generous and loves to give people gifts and handwritten notes. People who love to be loved by her always surround Mami. My mother always tells me how much she loves me and includes a hug and kiss with all her hellos and goodbyes. Sometimes when we are together, I will suddenly realize that she isn't right next to me. Often, I find her deep in conversation  or prayer with a stranger. Mami has a way of picking out people who are ignored, undervalued, and lonely- and then she shows them God's love in her sweet way. I don't know where I would be without her encouragement. She loves the way I pray God loves all of us.
MOVING FORWARD: Who loves you the way you love to be loved?
Thank that person with a call or note. 

The Vestry

Karen Duignan-Senior Warden
(619) 470-1647
David Dennehy-People's Warden
(619) 429-4747
Terry Farrelly - Treasurer
Pamela Brittain
Ray Contreras
Diane Gustafson 
Mark Jordan
Jim McDevitt
Judy McKay
Lynn Young

Calling Committee

Tim Attaway
Lynn Boster
Alice Burnham
Bob Dunn
Jane Ferguson
Helena Livingston
Lynn Young

Approved Minutes for the September 25th Vestry meeting can be found here: 
Approved Minutes for the October 23rd Vestry meeting can be found here:

To our Saint John's Family:
Here is your weekly newsletter highlighting important events at St. John's Episcopal Church.  You can also find news about St. John's at

We welcome your feedback, photos, and news items. Contact Maria Love at 619-422-4141 or .

Please submit your announcements by Tuesday of each week for inclusion in the Enews and Sunday bulletin.

Emergency Contact Information

If you had a medical emergency at church on Sunday morning, would the Wardens or church  staff know who to contact? If you would like to add someone to St. John's emergency contact  list in case of such an emergency, please contact Maria, our parish secretary (619-422-4141 or A sign-up sheet will also be available in the church lobby to collect this information. Please provide your name, the name of your emergency contact, their relationship to you, their phone number and/or their email address. This is one more way we can show how we love one another.
Reporting Misconduct
As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a safe haven for everyone, our diocese trains people in the prevention of misconduct and encourages all to report misconduct. All reported incidences are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly and confidentially. If you believe you have experienced misconduct of any kind, please contact Mr. John Seitman, (, 858-793-4555 or Ms. Equilla Luke, (, 760-583-0485.

Safeguarding God's People
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May God's face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
May God give you the grace never to sell yourself short;
Grace to risk something big for something good;
Grace to remember that the world is too dangerous for anything but truth 
And too small for anything but love.
So, may God take your minds and think through them;
May God take your lips and speak through them;
May God take your hearts and set them on fire.
-William Sloane Coffin

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