January 9, 2020


Welcome, Fr. Roger Haenke
All are invited to the 8 and 10 am services on Sunday, January 19th, when we welcome Fr. Roger Haenke as our new priest-in-charge.
Twelfth Annual 
MLK Day of Interfaith Service

Join people of different faiths and cultural backgrounds for a wonderful morning of community service, fun and fellowship. We will celebrate our twelfth anniversary of interfaith service by cleaning up Balboa Park. Families are encouraged to participate in this intergenerational hands-on community service day. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. with the opening ceremony at 9:15 a.m.

Monday, January 20
8:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Balboa Park, Marston House
3525 Seventh Avenue, San Diego

Questions? Contact the Rev.  Melissa Spence, 619-297-4366 x120.

Men of St. John's  January Meeting
The Men of St. John's will meet on Monday, January 20 at 6 p.m. at
Mangia Italiano's on 3rd Ave. in Chula Vista.
Combined Service and Annual Meeting
January 26, 2019
Mark your calendars for our Combined Service and Annual Meeting on January 26th.  The Combined Service will begin at 9:00 am with the Annual Meeting immediately following.

Reports are due to Maria Love by January 13th.
Year of Discipleship

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego Presents  Pray Resources 
as part of The Year of Discipleship 2020

Resources for the Season After Epiphany

The season after Epiphany is a great opportunity to explore what it means to grow a rule of life for the new year ahead and engage with all the ways we can engage in prayer as part of that rule. We hope these resources help you in your formation plans for the season after Epiphany.

Learn more about Discipleship 2020 and hear Bishop Susan's invitation to the season of Pray on   this special episode of the Faith To Go Podcast  (available now on all your favorite podcast apps)

Let's grow in faith together!

Diocesan-wide Labyrinth Walk
(Saturday, January 11)

Everyone in the diocese is invited to take part in this Diocesan-wide Labyrinth walk, and share there experience on social media using #EDSDlabyrinth2020. Take time whenever you can on Saturday, January 11th, either individually or with a group, to walk a labyrinth. This includes churches that have a labyrinth, as well as churches who want to use a labyrinth in their community or want to create one on their campus.

These labyrinths could be drawn with chalk, created with soup cans, or etched in the sand. This will all take place at the same time as the annual Epiphany youth retreat at Camp Stevens. That event will host roughly 50 youth plus chaperones, all walking the Camp Stevens labyrinth as part of the program. You or a group from your church can join them to walk the labyrinth at Camp Stevens or one closer to where you live.

Find a video message from Bishop Susan, a list of labyrinths in the diocese, and other resources for the Pray area of The Way of Love, as well as rules of life in this season after Epiphany  here.

Calendar of Events:

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

Fr. Roger's First Day
Monday, January 13
Reports Due for Annual Meeting
Monday, January 13
Bible Study
Tuesday, January 14, 6:00 pm
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, January 15, 9:30 am
Daughters of the King Meeting
Thursday, January 16, 10;00 am
Welcome, Fr. Roger Haenke
Sunday, January 19, 8 and 10 am Services
Office Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr, Holiday
Monday, January 20
Men of St. John's Meeting
Monday, January 20, 6 pm, at the Mangia Italiano Restaurant in Chula Vista
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 pm
Combined Service and Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 26, 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  priest@saint-johns.org

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,   
Pete and Phyllis,  Heather and Stephen, 
Penny, baby Mario, Don, Jr., Flo, and Reverend Bob.

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. 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 January, our featured items will be dried or canned beans, or boxed potatoes.  Thank you for your support!

Scripture Readings For This Week

Readings for Sunday, January 12, 2020

Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 119:1-24
Hebrews 2:11-18
John 1:29-42

Celebrant's Schedule

Here is our upcoming celebrant's schedule:

Sunday, January 12
Presider: Fr. Al
Gospel: Fr. Al, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Al

Sunday, January 19
Welcome, Fr. Roger Haenke

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  mgollihur@aol.com

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

I always want to put strong wings on your weary hearts, and  encourage you to entrust your life to Jesus. Entrust your life to Jesus  with enthusiasm; tell others about what Jesus has done  for you (and me too).
Blessings and love, Fr.  Jack.

A Salvation Prayer:
An invitation to an "Act of Faith," saying, 
"Lord, I believe. I  believe in your love. I believe your love has saved me. 
believe your love has given me dignity I didn't have. 
believe your love has given me hope."
        (A Roman Catholic Prayer - Sept. 2017)

"God is coming to you and has so much to give. All you have  to do is trust - and wait. God never runs out of time, or love,  or space. 
May you be blessed to know that today."
      (Safronia Scott, Forward Day by Day, Sept. 2017)

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

Approved Minutes for the November 20th 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  www.saint-johns.org.

We welcome your feedback, photos, and news items. Contact Maria Love at 619-422-4141 or  maria@saint-johns.org .

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
maria@saint-johns.org). 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, (jseitman@pacbell.net), 858-793-4555 or Ms. Equilla Luke, (aequilla@icloud.com), 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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