October 10, 2019

Small Group Meetings 2019

Last Chance on Sunday!
Join with 2 Vestry members and other folks from Saint John's  to dig a bit deeper into the meaning of your responses to the CAT survey. The information gained from these meetings will be used to create an action plan for Saint John's to become a more vital, healthy and energized congregation. Your responses will also be important to the Calling Committee as they prepare to interview candidates. Finally, this information will help the new permanent priest to gain some insights into the parish. 
Meet in the Library (formerly Fr. Marshall's office) right after the service. The gatherings will last no more than 90 minutes. 

Steak Dinner

Tickets are available after both services for the Men of St. John's Dinner on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm in Nale Hall.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children; a chicken option is available.
Wine and Margaritas will be available for purchase.
Help Needed

Hey, all Men of St. John's! Our annual steak dinner fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, October 26th and we need help, especially with keeping the service areas stocked. There's a sign up sheet in the narthex. Find the appropriate job description where you can serve, write your name and phone number, show up and help out.
Easy, right? "many hands make light work," and we'll have fun and get to eat great food, too! Don't forget to buy your tickets!  

Opportunity Drawings
The Women of St. John's are sponsoring opportunity drawings at the Steak Dinner on October 26.  Each prize will have a paper bag next to it; drop one or more tickets in the bag to have a chance to win that prize. Tickets will be sold at the Dinner, six for $5.
We are looking for donated items to use as prizes. We can use just about anything that is in good condition because we combine things into baskets.
Here are what we plan to/would like to have; maybe this will give you ideas:
  •  Gift cards to local restaurants or stores
  •  A bundle of books
  •  A large basket of kitchen items
  •  British foods basket
  •  One or more Christmas baskets. We already have a set of eight cork-       backed placemats, four guest towels, cookbooks, earrings, and a             beautiful red Christmas sweatshirt, size L, in fine condition that
     belonged to our friend, Rose Peters.
 We'd like to make Halloween and Thanksgiving baskets.
 And we could use the baskets themselves, especially large ones.

Here's the important part: Please hold onto your donations until the week of October 14.  A Bible Study now meets in the room where we usually store prize donations. We invite you to contact Diane Gustafson (diangus15@aol.com) to let us know what you will bring so we can plan ahead.


If it is Fall, it is time for the annual pledge drive. While one focus of a pledge campaign is to identify what revenues will be available for the 2020 budget, another focus is spiritual: How has God blessed me, so that I can bless others? 

The theme for this year's invitation to pledge is NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD, for it is out of our thankfulness that we give in support of the many ministries at Saint John's. For example, 38 prayer quilts have been distributed so far this year. Saint John's hosts 3 different 12-step recovery groups. You have supported various outreach efforts by South Bay Community Service, Episcopal Relief Services and the Diocese. 

From October 20 through November 17, we will focus on thankfulness in song, sermon, witness and action. We are trying something new this year - a thankfulness activity that everyone can take part in. Each Sunday, as you enter the sanctuary, you will be invited to place a long-stemmed artificial flower into a vase at the front of the baptismal font. This flower will be a visual sign of something you are thankful for over the past week. Along with the weekly monetary collection, this vase of Thanksgiving Flowers will be brought forward and placed in front of the altar. "All things come of Thee, O Lord, and of Thine own have we given Thee."  
Pet Food Ingathering

The Diocesan Convention is November 8th-9th at St Margaret's in Palm Desert. The congregation at St Margaret's hosts a large weekly ministry for people struggling in the Coachella Valley.  Many of them receive unconditional love from their pets and often have to choose between buying medications or food.  Help us help others keep their loving companions at their side by bringing pet food donations. Dry dog and cat food is recommended.
There will be a box in Nale Hall for your contributions. Thank you.
Lunch Bunch
Lunch Bunch will meet on Friday, October 18th
at Applebee's in Chula Vista, 610 Palomar St.,
at 11:30 am.

Clergy Appreciation Month

October was designated as Clergy Appreciation Month in 1992. It has been said that if any church can and should appreciate their clergy, it's St. John's. We have four of the most caring, ready-to-serve clergy we could ever desire, save Jesus Himself.
While the 2nd Sunday in October is Clergy Appreciation Day, you are invited to celebrate Cathey, Jack, Al and Tom on each Sunday during the month. You will find a box in the narthex where you can drop your cards, notes, and letters. Gift cards are an option, too! Let's REALLY show them how much we appreciate them!
"Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching." 
1 Tim 5:17 (Contemporary English Version)
Obey your leaders and do what they say. They are watching over you, and they must answer to God. So don't make them sad as they do their work. Make them happy. Otherwise, they won't be able to help you at all.
Hebrews 13:17 (Contemporary English Version) 
Men of St. John's Oktoberfest Meeting

The next meeting of the MOSJC is our annual Oktoberfest meeting at Fr. Al's home on Monday, October 21, at 6 pm.
Oktoberfest originated in Germany many years ago as a festival to support items produced by Germany, such as their famous beers. It is now celebrated all over the world. The main course, of course,  will be brats and sauerkraut. Please bring your favorite dessert or side dish along for our potluck supper.
Remember: All men attending services at St. John's are welcome and automatically members. No dues either. Please come. It's a great way for us to get know, love, and support each other and St. John's too.
Holy Communion Classes
During the months of September and October, catechism classes will focus on the importance of Holy Communion and the Mass/Lord's Supper/Holy Eucharist for we Christians. This time will help prepare some of our children to receive communion for the first time. There will be a Holy Communion Sunday celebration for all on October 27. 

Calendar of Events:

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

Tuesday Night Bible Study 
Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 pm
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, October 16, 9:30-11:00 am
Choir Practice
Wednesday, October 16, 5:30-7:00
Daughters of the King Meeting
Thursday, October 17, 10:00 am
Lunch Bunch at Applebee's in Chula Vista, 610 Palomar St.
Friday, October 18, 11:30 am
Men of St. John's Oktoberfest
Monday, October 21, 6:00 pm at Fr. Al's
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, October 23, 6:00-8:00 pm in Nale Hall
Steak Dinner and Opportunity Drawing
Saturday, October 26, 6:00 pm
Holy Communion Sunday
Sunday, October 27


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, Jeannine,
Gail, Janice, Priscilla, Bob, Kenny, Patty, Karina,
Flo, Fr. Jack and Sarah, Heather and Steven,
Dee and Barb, Joe, Paul and Marilyn, Nancy,
Gabriel, Abraham, Helena and Nicole.
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

All Saints', San Diego
St. Thomas, Temecula
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
St. Paul's, Yuma
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, October 13, 2019

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Psalm 66:1-11
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 119:1-24
1 Corinthians 14:13-25
Matthew 10:24-33

Celebrant's Schedule

Here is our upcoming celebrant's schedule:

Sunday, October 13
Presider: Fr. Tom
Gospel: Rev. Cathey, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Tom

Sunday, October 20
Presider: Fr. Tom
Gospel: Rev. Cathey, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Tom

Sunday, October 27
Presider: Fr. Tom
Gospel: Rev. Cathey, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Al

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

In 2002 I placed this reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes in my prayer journal about wisdom.  Since that date I have prayed that God would also give me wisdom and understanding. 
I thought you might find this reading helpful like I did. 
Blessings, love, and hugs, Fr. Jack.

A Reading (lesson) from the Book of Ecclesiastes (51:13-22)

While I was still young, before I went on my travels, I sought wisdom openly
in my prayer. Before the temple I asked for her, and will search for her
to the last. From blossom to ripening grape my heart delighted in her;
my foot entered upon the straight path; from my youth I followed her steps.
I inclined my ear a little and received her, and I for found for myself much instruction. I made progress therein; to him who gives me wisdom, and I will give, glory. For I resolved to live according to wisdom, and I was zealous for the good; and shall never be put to shame. My soul grappled with wisdom,
and in my conduct I was strict; I spread out my hands to the heavens and lamented my ignorance of her. I directed my soul to her, and through purification I found her. I gained understanding with her from the first, therefore I will not be forsaken. My heart was stirred to seek her,
therefore I have gained a good possession. The Lord gave me a tongue
as my reward, and I will praise him with it.
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 August 28th 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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