August 8, 2019

Memorial Service for Cate Gilman
All are invited to a memorial service for Cate Gilman on Tuesday, August 13th at 6:00 pm.  A reception will follow.

Tuesday Night Bible Study
Following the Memorial Service for Cate Gilman on August 13th, Tuesday Night Bible Study will be on summer break until Tuesday, September 3rd. Please join us then as we begin a new study.
Revision of By-laws
According to the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church, as well as California Corporate Law, Saint John's is required to have a set of by-laws. The by-laws were last revised in 2009. Along with the closure of the Day School, The Episcopal Church's and our Diocesan Constitution and Canons have also changed. Thus a revision was needed. 

The Diocesan Chancellor (lawyer) and a volunteer consultant from the diocese worked with Father Tom to develop the current DRAFT revisions to the By-laws. The Vestry has reviewed this DRAFT, which will be presented to interested parishioners in the eNews of August 8, as well as at presentations after both services on August 11. The Vestry will take a final vote on the DRAFT revisions at its August 28 th meeting. If approved, the DRAFT will be sent to Bishop Susan and the Diocesan Standing Committee. Once they agree to the DRAFT revision, it will come back to Saint John's for a final vote of the entire parish at the Annual Meeting in January 2020. 

Volunteers Carpool for 
Back 2 School Bash
August 17 th at St Mark's in City Heights

If you would like to join Norma Dunn's car pool on this day, the following shifts are available:

1.  8:15am - 11:15am
2.  11:00am - 2:00pm
3.  8:15am - 1pm

We would choose one shift that is amenable to all those interested.
St. Mark's would like names prior to the event. 
If you are interested in participating in this fun day,
please see me as soon as possible.
St. John's in the News!
Thanks to Diane Gustafson, St. John's is in the newspaper!  For the story of Alex Trebek and a St. John's Prayer Quilt, please click on the link below:

Calendar of Events:

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

Cate Gilman Memorial Service
No Bible Study
Tuesday, August 13, 6:00 pm
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, August 14, 9:30-11:00 am
Daughters of the King Meeting
Thursday, August 15, 10:00 am
Men of St. John's Meeting
Monday, August 19, 6:00 pm at Tim & Gloria Attaway's
Parish Council Meeting
Saturday, August 24, 9:00 am


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,  Ed, Eva, Becky and Irad .

Those unable to come to services, but thankful
 for their continuing connection with Saint John's, 
 especially Lois, Roland,  Ron & Cathy and  Juanita.   

For Churches in Transition in our Diocese

All Saints in San Diego
Christ Church, Coronado
St. David's in San Diego
St. Andrew's in Pacific Beach
St. Margaret's in Palm Desert
St. Paul's in Yuma
St. Paul's in Palm Springs
St. Thomas in Temecula

From Bishops United Against Gun Violence August 4, 2019

Following the murder of thirteen precious children of God in Thousand Oaks, California in November 2018, Bishops United Against Gun Violence offered a litany in the wake of a mass shooting to commemorate the dead, to comfort their loved ones, and to honor survivors and first responders. Today, the litany has been updated to include two more mass shootings that took the lives of 31 precious children of God in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio within a single 24-hour period
We offer this litany, once again, with the reminder that one does not pray in lieu of summoning political courage, but in preparation for doing so. Bishops United Against Gun Violence invite you to join in this litany and our commitment to take action so that our country can be freed from the epidemic of gun violence.

Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting

Refugee Network and Plastic Bag Ministries
We will no longer be collecting items for the Refugee Network, which is actually good news in that it has expanded by partnering with a Thrift Store.  We want to thank everyone for supporting that wonderful ministry for the last couple of years.
We will continue collecting plastic bags for St. Marks caring for the homeless ministry.
Again our thanks and blessings to you all.

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 August, our featured items will be diapers and baby food.  Thank you for your support!

Scripture Readings For This Week

Readings for Sunday, August 11, 2019

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Psalm 50:1-8, 23-24
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Luke 12:32-40

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 81
Acts 19:1-10
Mark 8:34-9:1

Celebrant's Schedule

Here is our upcoming celebrant's schedule:

August 11
Presider: Fr. Tom
Gospel: Fr. Tom, 8:00
                 Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Tom

August 18
Presider: Fr. Tom
Gospel: Fr. Tom, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Rev. Cathey

August 25
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 

How are we supposed to be Christians in a non-Christian world?
I placed this reflection from  Forward Day by Day in my 1992 Prayer Journal.
It was written by an unknown author.  
It's tough being a Christian today
and has been for many centuries. It gave my a lot to think about. 
Blessings and love, Fr. Jack. 
How are we supposed to be Christians in a non-Christian world?
Maybe we should concentrate on maintaining as pure a faith as possible. If we are to be salt, and retain our saltiness, a case can be made for defining ourselves against a culture which does not, by and large, embrace our faith. We would know that within the Christian community the faith was purely taught.  But then what would happen to the world? If we kept ourselves separate from it and did not allow it into our midst, we would have no opportunity of transforming it. We could only
harangue the world from a position outside of it. And, as our separate state continued, we would know less and less of the world's language. We would be less and less understandable. So maybe we should be completely part of the world. Learn the language. Understand its workings. Be part of things. But then our saltiness would be so diluted that nobody could taste it. Not us and not the people we're trying to reach. We'd be one of many civic groups peddling programs for improving the world solely on the world's terms. No good.
It's not easy to retain our saltiness, the love of Christ, joined to a genuine love of the world.  IN it, but not OF it.
News from Around the Diocese

Pray for our Youth

August 3 - 9: Youth Mission Trip to the Diocese of Western Mexico
As our high school diocesan youth make their way to Mexico for a service trip, 
we ask your prayers for them, especially for safe travel, good health, 
and for the bonds of affection across borders to be strengthened.

School for Ministry Fall Classes

The School for Ministry in Ocean Beach is a community of students, teachers and staff  who are dedicated to nurturing and preparing people for church service.  It is a place of formation that allows people to learn, grow and deepen their faith.  The School for Ministry welcomes any and all who would like to increase their knowledge  in faith formation. 
For more information please contact Rector Laura Sheridan Campbell, or Diocesan Registrar Alyson Terry,

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 July 24th Vestry meeting can be found here: 

Members of your vestry at Stewardship and Beyond

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.

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