October 3, 2019

Blessing of the Animals
Commemorating St. Francis

Saturday, October 5th
10:00 am
St. John's Courtyard

Third Quarter Pledge Statements

Individually addressed envelopes containing your 3rd Quarter Pledge Statement can be found on the counter in the Narthex (church lobby). The statement records the financial donations you have made to Saint John's in the past 9 months. It also indicates what amount you pledged for 2019 and what balance remains. Please review the information and call the parish Secretary, Maria Love, if you have any questions (619-422-4141).
As of the end of September, our actual revenues and expenses are nearly balanced. However, we have budgeted for additional pledge and donation monies that haven't been fully realized yet. That is why there is an $8,000 Year To Date (YTD) deficit on the monthly financial report that was recently distributed. We trust that the upcoming Steak Dinner fundraiser and end-of-the- year donations will help us to exceed our revenue goals for 2019.
Thank you for your ongoing generosity in support of God's mission here at Saint John's.

A Fond Farewell

Dean Peters is moving to Oregon to be near his daughter and grandchildren. Sunday, October 6 will most likely be Dean's last Sunday at Saint John's. We will publicly thank him and bless him during the 10am service. Here are just a few of the many activities in which Dean has given of his time, talents and treasure to Saint John's: financial oversight during the construction of the new church, vestry, acolyte, chalice bearer, lector, intercessor, electrician-in-residence, husband of Rose. Dean will be greatly missed. Let us continue to remember him in our prayers and give thanks for the many ways in which he has helped to build up this part of the body of Christ.
Steak Dinner

Tickets will be available soon 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.

Help Plan/Lead Liturgies
For Advent & Christmas

The top Critical Success Factor for Saint John's, according to our recent Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT) is "In our congregation the laity work with the clergy in leading and planning worship services." If you would like to participate in planning our Advent and Christmas celebrations, meetings will be held with Father Tom on Sunday, October 6 after both services. We will gather in Father Tom's office to start the planning process. All are invited.
Bonita Valley Garden Club
Bonita Valley Garden Club will hold its October 9th meeting at 9:30 in Nale Hall.
Speaker: Cynthia Pardoe, from San Diego Geranium Society, will share tips for keeping your geraniums healthy and beautiful. She will have several unusual varieties to share.

Please join us for fellowship and garden education. 

Small Group Meetings 2019

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 after both services,
in the Library.
The purpose of these gatherings is to explore further some of the responses to the CAT survey. The Meetings will encourage conversation around identified priorities so that the Vestry can gain a better sense of "the mind of the parish." 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. The information will also be important to the Calling Committee as they prepare to interview candidates. Finally, this information will also help the new permanent priest to gain some insights into the parish. 
The gatherings will last no more than 90 minutes. Two Vestry members will be present at each gathering: one to facilitate the conversation and one to take notes. 
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) 
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. 

More Prayer Quilt Thank You's

These notes are also available in the narthex.  


Thank You From St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Back 2 School Bash

Calendar of Events:

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

Blessing of Pets
Saturday, October 5, 10:00 am
Healing Service
Sunday, October 6, 11:30 am
Tuesday Night Bible Study 
Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 pm
Garden Club
Wednesday, October 9, 9:00-12:00
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, October 9, 9:30-11:00 am
Daughters of the King Meeting
Thursday, October 17, 10:00 am
Men of St. John's Oktoberfest
Monday, October 21, 6:00 pm at Fr. Al's
Healing Service
Sunday, October 6, 11:30 am
Steak Dinner and Opportunity Drawing
Saturday, October 26, 6:00 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,  Florence,  Eva, Becky,  Norm,
Cookie, Jeannine, Gail, Judith, Priscilla,
Bob, Kenny, 
Patty, Karina, Flo, Fr. Jack and Sarah,
Heather and Steven, Barb and Dee, and Joe

For the repose of the soul of Tom, husband of Stephenie.
May light perpetual shine on him.

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 6, 2019

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
Psalm 37:1-10
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 130
1 Corinthians 11:23-34
Matthew 9:9-17

Celebrant's Schedule

Here is our upcoming celebrant's schedule:

Sunday, October 6
Presider: Rev. Cathey
Gospel: Rev. Cathey, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Tom

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

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. 

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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