July 25, 2019

Back to School Bash

St. Mark's 8th Back to School Bash will include backpacks, certain school supplies, socks and shoes for 400 children who are in need of a helping hand to begin the new school year. Many of them are newly arrived immigrants.  The event also includes a family photograph, haircuts, games, crafts and snacks. It costs an average of $65 to sponsor each child. All this is only possible with your help. From experience, St Mark's has learned that it is a better deal to buy what they need in bulk. 
They therefore are requesting your financial support. Donations are requested on or before August 3rd.  A box will be located in Nale Hall for your contributions in any amount.
If you know of anyone will specialty skills - hairdressers, photographers, videographer, who could volunteer on August 17th, please contact Norma Dunn or St. Mark's: outreach@stmarks-cityheights.org
VOLUNTEERS are needed to assist before the event to assemble supplies  (dates to be announced) and on the actual day to help with every aspect of the event.
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.
Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT) Results

Sunday, August 4, after both services, a presentation on the results of the CAT survey will be made. A written summary will be provided in the August 1 edition of eNews. Printed copies of the summary will be available on Sunday, August 4. This will be the beginning of a parish conversation about how the information from CAT can be used to build Saint John's into a more vital congregation. 

Calendar of Events:

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

Reception following the burial of Celestino Hernandez
Monday, July 29, 2:30 pm
Bible Study
Tuesday, July 30, 6:00 pm
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, July 31, 9:30-11:00 am
ECS Head Start First Day of School
Thursday, August 1
CAT Presentation
Sunday, August 4, after both services
Healing Service
Sunday, August 4, 11:30 am
Ruth Stevenson Memorial Service, followed by a reception in Nale Hall
Monday, August 5, 11:00 am
Women of St. John's Meeting
Monday, August 5, 4:00 pm


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, Linda,  Bill, Austin, 
Flo, Mary, George, 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. Mary's in Ramona
St. Paul's in Yuma
St. Paul's in Palm Springs
St. Thomas in Temecula

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 July, our featured items will be canned fruits and vegetables.  Thank you for your support!
Stella Maris Seafarers Mission
Mike Vasquez has generously volunteered to deliver the magazines, puzzle books, etc., which you donate, to the Stella Maris Seafarers Mission.  This Mission, supported by the EDSD, benefits the merchant mariners who crew the many cargo ships docking in San Diego's commercial port.  Your donations are important to these crews who are usually far from home and, being at sea much of their time, have little access to such material.


Scripture Readings For This Week

Readings for Sunday, July 28, 2019

Hosea 1:2-10
Psalm 85
Colossians 2:6-19
Luke 11:1-13

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 72
Acts 16:16-24
Mark 6:47-56

Celebrant's Schedule

Here is our upcoming celebrant's schedule:

July 28
Presider: Fr. Tom
Gospel: Rev. Cathey, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Tom

August 4
Presider: Rev. Cathey
Gospel: Rev. Cathey, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Tom

August 11
Presider: Fr. Tom
Gospel: Fr. Tom, 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  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 was reading Psalm 121 today.
It's always so encouraging to me when I have not so good days.
You know about such days I'm sure.
It's a short but totally uplifting Psalm for me.
I need to hear how much God loves and consoles me.
God is always my friend, and yours, too.
Blessings and love, Fr. Jack. 
Psalm 121 - I lift my eyes to the hills, from where is my help to come? 
My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth
...the Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life. 

"God's love is ever present;
it does not falter or catch with the wind and rain
the way our anxieties and fears do.
God has given me safety and grounded me in such mighty love
...I remember and I pray my thanks."

Wonderful words from Liz Bartenstein,
a Forward Movement Board member, July 2, 2019.

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, lsheridancampbell@edsd.org or Diocesan Registrar Alyson Terry, aterry@edsd.org

Stewardship and Beyond

Saturday, August 3, 8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Good Samaritan, University City
This daylong workshop will explore stewardship as a spiritual practice, and help learners understand fundraising as building connections and drawing people deeper into community. The Rev. Canon Nancy Holland and Mr. Erik Daubert will present.
Contact Information
Hannah Wilder 

Diocesan Service and Justice Coalition

Quarterly Meeting
Saturday, August 3, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
St. Mark's, San Diego ~ City Heights
The Diocesan Service and Justice Coalition invites outreach coordinators or committee members to share about your church's outreach, learn from others, troubleshoot problems and share in service and justice projects larger than your one church. 
A guaranteed inspiring dialogue at every meeting. Join us!
Please RSVP to Carolyn Lief: cglief@aol.com

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

Parish Profile  Writing Committee

Muriel Kulikowski
Linda Longoria-Neff
The Rev. Cathey Dowdle

Calling Committee

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

Web Profile Committee

Diane Gustafson
Helena Livingston

Approved Minutes for the June 26th Vestry meeting can be found here: 

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

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.

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