August 1, 2019

Healing Service This Sunday
St. John's monthly healing service will be held at 11:30 am 
on Sunday, August 4th. 
Funeral for Ruth Stevenson
The funeral for Ruth Stevenson will be on Monday, August 5th at 11:00 am. 
A reception will follow in Nale Hall.


St. John's Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) Profile was posted on Wednesday July 31, 2019 on the website of The Episcopal Church. We are requesting applications for a ¾ time Priest-In-Charge,  and candidates can apply through Sept. 30, 2019. The Calling Committee will review applications  received and will initiate interviews with the chosen candidates. We will keep the congregation up to date with the process, but information regarding candidates must remain confidential to the Calling Committee only. St. John's website has been updated to include our own Written Parish Profile for candidates and parishioners. We encourage you to take a look at this new addition to our existing website at, and click on the tab marked Priest Search. 
St. John's Calling Committee includes Alice Burnham, Tim Attaway, Bob Dunn, Lynn Boster, Helena Livingston, Lynn Young, and Jane Ferguson. Please feel free to contact any of us with your questions and concerns. We have met monthly since our initial meeting in May 2019, and will continue to meet as often as necessary to complete the work needed in calling a new permanent priest to St. John's. We appreciate your prayers and ask for continued prayers as we begin this next step of the  Transition process. We are grateful for the help of Fr. Tom Wilson, our interim priest,  and The Rev. Laura Sheridan Campbell, who is our Diocesan OTM Director.  Both have provided us much needed guidance and support.
Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT) Results
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. 

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:
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.
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:

Women of St. John's Meeting
The Women of St. John's will meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 5, in Nale Hall. We keep our meetings to an hour in respect of everyone's time.
At this meeting we will discuss having another Dinah's Closet, our role in the Fall Kick-Off event (especially the Ministry Fair), and providing desserts for the Steak Dinner.
All women in the parish are automatically members of the WOSJ. We have a very long tradition of helping St. John's and would be delighted to have you join us.
Questions?  Contact Diane Gustafson  619-253-7298 or
Termite Costs

The termites are a cost
For those who have been asking, here is a breakdown of the costs for the recent termite work. All of this work was able to be covered in the 2019 budget
$15,500 - Fumigation
$  6,870 - Repair work, including new bases for the pillars in courtyard
$  1,080 - Night-time security during tenting
$  1,620 - Landscape Preparation (remove ivy from walls, trim foliage away      _______   from walls, etc.)
$25, 070
Calendar of Events:

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

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
Bible Study
Tuesday, August 6, 6:00 pm
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, August 7, 9:30-11:00 am
Cate Gilman Memorial Service
No Bible Study
Tuesday, August 13, 6:00 pm
Daughters of the King Meeting
Thursday, August 15, 10:00 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, 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

Thank You From UTO
Thank You 
St Johns Episcopal Church 
Chula Vista, CA 
For your generous gift to the United Thank Offering. 
Gift Date: 6/11/2019 
Amount: $47 

This generous donation to the United Thank  Offering will help support building up the annual ingathering, which funds mission and ministry throughout the world and teaches the personal spiritual discipline of gratitude. 
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 4, 2019

Hosea 11:1-11
Psalm 107:1-9, 43
Colossians 3:1-11
Luke 12:13-21

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 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

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

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 

I was going through my 1995 Prayer Journal and came upon this I pasted in it.
I thought you would like its message like I did.
Blessings and love, Fr. Jack.
Psalm 55:24 - Cast your burdens upon the Lord,
and he will sustain you.
Give thanks to the Lord always and your life will be a song.
Some songs are sad, of course, but the melody is still there
as well as the movement and the feeling of freedom that comes from music.
To praise and thank God, no matter what happens,
is a gift which few possess.
To lift your voice and heart on high in failure and defeat
places you among the saints of God.
   For only faith and love can explain a song of
praise and thanksgiving when times are bad.
Selections from Song of the Sparrows by Murray Bodo O.F.M.,
St. Anthony Messenger Press.

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,

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:

Meet Your Vestry
Our spotlight this week is on Ray Contreras, who has attended St. John's for approximately fourteen years. He is a very valuable member of the Vestry because, as an attorney, he offers a unique perspective.
How long have you been on Vestry?
(Ray) Just since elected in January.
How did you become interested in Vestry?
I was drafted.
What aspects of being on Vestry do you like best?
Being able to give service to St. John's.
Has anything surprised you about being on Vestry?
Things are much more organized this year.
How much time does Vestry take per month?
For me, 4-8 hours, plus meeting time.
Do you have any advice for anyone considering Vestry?
It's a commitment.

Are you interested in learning more about Vestry? There will be three positions to fill at the Annual Meeting in January 2020. Come to one or more of our meetings, held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. in Nale Hall. Talk to a current member of the Vestry (see the Sunday bulletin for names). Pray about 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

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 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

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.

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