November 21, 2019


Thanksgiving Blessings in a Bag
Please bring your Blessings in a Bag donations by Sunday, November 24th .

Grocery List:

$10 Gift card from any local grocery store or cash donations
Candied Yams   
Stuffing Mix       
Boxed Potatoes       
Canned Vegetables
Cranberry Sauce      
Cake Mix     
Jello or Pudding Mix
Pie Crust in Foil Pan       
Small Bottle of Oil
Aluminum Foil

Any cash and cards that come in after November 17th will go to South Bay Community Services to reimburse St. Rose of Lima for their expenses for the dinner on November 21st.. 

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Wednesday, November 27

6:00 pm


Advent and Christmas Events
Sunday, December 1
services at 8am and 10am
Blessing of the Advent Wreath at both services          H ealing Service at 11:30am

Saturday, December 7-
Parish Council at 9am in the Choir Room
Move Christmas decorations to Nale Hall at 1pm

Sunday, December 8
services at 8am and 10am
Blessing of the creches during both services
Light lunch in Nale Hall at 11am
Cleaning/Greening of the church 11:30am-?

Friday, December 13 
Men of Saint John's Christmas Party 6pm-?

Saturday, December 14
Advent Quiet Morning (prayer, instruction, labyrinth)  9am-Noon                               
Sunday, December 15
services at 8am and 10am
African handicrafts for sale in Nale Hall after both services
Last day to donate to Toys for Tots

Sunday, December 22 
services at 8am and 10am

Tuesday, December 24
services at 5pm and 9pm  (carol sing-along begins at 8:30)

Wednesday, December 25
Christmas Day Celebration at 10 am

Sunday, December 29
Services at 8am and 10am (baptism at 10am service)

Tuesday, December 31
New Year's Eve service with Labyrinth at 3pm and Communion Service at 4pm 

Sunday, January 5 
Epiphany Sunday - service at 10am
De-greening of the church 11:30-?

Clean and Green the Church 

On December 8, all are invited to help clean the church and decorate it for Christmas. A light pot-luck lunch is being planned for after the 10am service. The  cleaning and greening will begin around 11:30. Many hands make for light work, so plan now to join in making Saint John's ready to welcome visitors over the Christmas holidays.

October Vestry and Congregation Report
Thank You for Your Pledges    

Thank you for your pledges. To date we have received 54 pledges, totaling $120,113. In 2019, 72 individuals pledged $137,322.  Of the pledges received, there were 4 new pledging members and 27 people increased the amount of their pledge from last year. THANK YOU.
There are blank pledge cards on the counter of the church lobby for those of you who have not yet pledged. The Vestry encourages you to submit your pledge before the end of November if possible. Knowing what the pledged revenue is for 2020 will be important information as the Finance
Committee and Vestry build a budget for next year. 

Charitable Donations from IRAs

If you're age 70½ or older, you can make up to $100,000 in annual cash donations to IRS-approved charities directly out of your IRA. These direct donations are called qualified charitable distributions (QCDs).
QCDs are tax-free and nondeductible. So, they don't directly affect your tax bill. However, they count as withdrawals for purposes of meeting the required minimum distribution (RMD) rules that apply to traditional IRAs after age 70½.
So, if you haven't yet taken your 2019 RMDs, consider holding off and arranging tax-free QCDs before year end in place of taxable RMDs. That way you can meet your 2019 RMD obligation in a tax-free manner while satisfying your charitable goals at the same time.
Lynn D. Boster, CPA, CGMA
Tax Partner, Vasquez & Company LLP
Parishioner at Saint John's
Toys For Tots
Only a couple more weeks
in the Toys for Tots campaign!

Every year the Toys for Tots campaign collects and distributes new, unwrapped toys to unfortunate kids who would not otherwise receive gifts at Christmas. A collection box has been
provided for your donations in Nale Hall.
Let's fill it quickly! They will provide another! 
For more information about Toys for Tots, visit
Ordinations to the Priesthood
Saturday, December 14,  11 a.m.
The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook and the Rt. Rev. John Chane will ordain the Rev. Christopher Craig-Jones to the priesthood at St. Michael's, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, 92008. Reception to follow.


Saturday, January 4, 11 a.m.
The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook will ordain the Rev. Hannah Wilder to the priesthood at St. Mark's, 4227 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego, 92105. 
Reception to follow.

Silver Tea Service Needed

A memorial service for Barbara Ervin will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 4. The Women of St. John's will make the coffee and tea for the reception following the service and will clean up afterward. 
Does anyone have a silver tea service and/or a samovar that the Women might borrow that afternoon? We would like to make Barbara's memorial special. If you can lend something (we can pick it up that morning), please call Diane Gustafson 619-253-7298 or email

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, November 26, 6:00 pm
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, November 27, 9:30-11:00 am
Thanksgiving Eve Service
Wednesday, November 27, 6:00 pm
Office Closed
Thursday, November 28
Healing Service
Sunday, December 1, 11:30
Parish Council Meeting
Saturday, December 7, 9:00 am

Lunch Bunch
Lunch Bunch will be on hiatus until after the holidays.

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, Florence, Eva,  Dee and Barb,  Jamie and Paula, 
Ryan, Ricardo, Phil, Anne, Sarah, Marilyn and Bryce.
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. John's, Chula Vista
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 October, our featured items will be soup, ramen noodles and crackers.  Thank you for your support!

Scripture Readings For This Week

Readings for Sunday, November 24, 2019

Jeremiah 23:1-6
Canticle 16 (Luke 1:68-79)
Colossians 1:11-20 
Luke 23:33-43

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 119:145-176
1 Peter 2:1-10
Matthew 19:23-30

Celebrant's Schedule

Here is our upcoming celebrant's schedule:

Sunday, November 24
Presider: Fr. Tom
Gospel: Rev. Cathey, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Tom

Sunday, December 1
Presider: Fr. Tom
Gospel: Rev. Cathey, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Tom

Sunday, December 8
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

I have been an admirer of The Daughters of the King ( DOK ) for a long time. I thought you would find a bit of DOK history and their Patron Saint, Margaret, Queen of Scotland, interesting. Maybe you too may feel called to be a DOK.  The DOK is an Order for women of the Episcopal Church. It was organized in 1885. Every DOK pledges herself to a lifelong program of prayer, service and personal evangelism, dedicated to the extension of Christ's kingdom, and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish. There are more than 14,000 DOK women in the United States and the world. The emblem of the Order is a silver Greek cross, which members wear at all times. Latin words inscribed on this cross broadly translate, " With lofty heart, mind and spirit uphold the Cross." The initial, FHS, at the base of the cross remind DOK members that prayer, service, and evangelism, are "For His Sake."

St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland - Died Nov.16, 1093. Exemplary Wife, Queen, and Mother.

Queen Margaret was one of the most lovely Queens there has ever been, and she was loved so because she herself loved so much, and did all she could for her subjects. Above all, she loved God, and loving her people, she wanted them to love God, too. And she also built Edinburgh Castle many years ago, and a little Chapel, that is called after her now - St. Margaret's Chapel." Into this place during these long years Scotland's folks have come: those who were in great power, those who were in great humility, or just ordinary folk like you and me, who aren't great in much. Not only Scots come now but people from all over the world.
Margaret married King Malcolm and became Scotland's most beloved and revered Queen. She was always a deeply religious person, showing great interest in the church and great compassion for the poor. In her youth she considered a religious vocation and in her maturity found one, as wife and mother. Her firm and loving influence on the king, the church, her children, and the people, virtually renewed the whole life of Scotland. Their son, David, became one of Scotland's finest kings. 
Blessings, love, and hugs,
Fr. Jack
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 October 23rd 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

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.

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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