January 2, 2020


Barbara Ervin Memorial Service
Barbara   Ervin , a long-time parishioner with her husband, Donald, was welcomed into heaven by him and the heavenly host of angels on September 24th.   Barbara  was the niece of The Rev. Richard Nale, who served as rector of St. John's from 1949 through 1964.   Barbara  had a long and full life, having just celebrated her 91st birthday in August.  A service honoring  Barbara 's life will be held on Saturday, January 4th, at 2:00p.m. here at St. John's.  
The Rev. George Keith, who retired as rector of St. John's in 2009, will preside and preach.

Women of St. John's Meeting 

The WOSJ will meet on Monday, January 6, at 3 p.m. in the Narthex. We have switched to an earlier start time so those of us who don't drive after dark can come. We keep our meetings to just an hour. We have a number of things to discuss and would like your input. Among these are the welcome for Fr. Roger's first service on January 19 (we plan continental-breakfast-type things at various stations in Nale Hall), our Super Bowl Sunday bake sale on February 2, and the possibility of a St. Patrick's Day dinner which would be handled mostly by the Men of St. John's but for which we would do the decorating and plan the opportunity drawings.
Hope to see you there!  Call Diane Gustafson 619-253-7298 if you have questions.
The South Bay Amateur Radio Society (SOBARS) will be holding their monthly meeting at St. John's on the first Monday of each month in Nale Hall at 7:00 pm. The first meeting will be on January 6. Anyone interested is welcome, and you don't have to be a member (or a HAM) to attend our meetings. We usually wrap up by 9:00 pm.
Please email Bill Cheney if you have any questions - Kg6ftm@yahoo.com
Garden Club
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Bonita Valley Garden Club will meet in Nale Hall at 9:30am.
Kathy Taylor demonstrates how to make colorful Mexican flowers. Every one will go home with a flower they have made. Please join us for a fun and informative meeting.

Men of St. John's  January Meeting
The Men of St. John's will meet on Monday, January 20 at 6 p.m. at
Mangia Italiano's on 3rd Ave. in Chula Vista.
Thank You!

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
Vestry  Application Process is OPEN 

Over the past couple of months, members of the Vestry have been inviting folks to ponder God's call to serve on the Vestry. The Vestry is Saint John's board of directors. The Vestry is responsible for the financial and physical well-being of the parish. The Vestry is composed of nine lay members, plus the priest, and normally meets once per month. Biographies of current Vestry members, as well as meeting minutes, can be viewed on Saint John's website (www.saint-johns.org)

Saint John's By-laws state that the qualifications for serving on Vestry are:  "any person of 16 or more years of age who is attendant at worship and a regular contributor of record and who for the previous sixty (60) days shall have been registered in the congregation as a baptized person or communicant member." Vestry members are elected by the parish at the Annual Meeting in January and serve for a three-year term.
There will be three openings on the Vestry in 2020, as Karen Duignan, David Dennehy and Mark Jordan complete their terms of service. If you wish to apply, please complete the application form found here:   Vestry Application 2020
and return it to the Vestry Clerk, Diane Gustafson (diangus15@aol.com), no later than December 31, 2019.  Paper copies of the application form can be found on the counter in the church lobby.
Ordination to the Priesthood
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.

Calendar of Events:

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

Memorial Service for Barbara Ervin
Saturday, January 4, 2:00 pm
De-greening of the Church 
Sunday, January 5, 11:30 pm
Healing Service
Sunday, January 5, 11:30 pm
Women of St. John's Meeting
Monday, January 6, 3:00 pm
SOBARS Meeting
Monday, January 6, 6:00-9:00 pm
Bible Study
Tuesday, January 7, 6:00 pm
Garden Club
Wednesday, January 8, 9:30 am
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, January 8, 9:30 am
Gonzaga Students Visiting
January 5-11
Fr. Roger's First Day
Monday, January 13
Reports Due for Annual Meeting
Monday, January 13
Daughters of the King Meeting
Thursday, January 16, 10;00 am
Men of St. John's Meeting
Monday, January 20, 6 pm, at the Mangia Italiano Restaurant in Chula Vista
Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 pm
Combined Service and Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 26, 9:00 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  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,  Dee and Barb,   
Pete and Phyllis,  Heather and Stephen, 
Penny, baby Mario, Don, Jr., and Flo.

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. 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 January, our featured items will be dried or canned beans, or boxed potatoes.  Thank you for your support!

Scripture Readings For This Week

Readings for Sunday, January 5, 2020

Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7,10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 117 & 118
Colossians 1:15-23
John 7:37-52

Celebrant's Schedule

Here is our upcoming celebrant's schedule:

Sunday, January 5
Presider: Fr. Al
Gospel: Rev. Cathey, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Al

Sunday, January 12
Presider: Fr. Al
Gospel: Fr. Al, 8:00
            Fr. Jack, 10:00
Sermon: Fr. Al

Sunday, January 19
Welcome, Fr. Roger Haenke

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
The Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ
The Feast of the Epiphany starts on January 6 each year, and runs from January 6 until Ash Wednesday on February 26. Epiphany means "revealing" or "showing forth," and the Epiphany season begins with the showing forth of Jesus' ministry to the Gentiles, specifically to the wise men, astrologers or Magi in Greek, of Matthews Gospel. They are the first to know of Jesus' divinity. Epiphany thus proclaims Jesus as Savior of the whole world, and prepares for the proclamation that the church is the people of God, with promises of salvation now applying to all the peoples of the earth. Christ was made known to the world. In the course of time the Lordship of Christ was revealed in various people. The "Wiseman from the East" observed his star and  were guided to his cradle where they worshipped him as a newborn king. When John baptized him in the river Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended " as a dove " and a voice from heaven  proclaimed, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." At a wedding feast at Cana his embarrassed host was amazed when he turned water into wine. He revealed himself to his disciples and through their witness the knowledge  of him spread. As the church grew its witness to him was formalized in the sacraments and the canonical scriptures. In the Epiphany season we remember these events, and  the expanding revelation and manifestation of Christ to the world. We pray for the  continued growth of his kingdom until "The earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea." In the ancient Eastern Church, January 6 was observed 
as the feast of the Nativity, "Christmas." 
The Eve of Epiphany is still observed in some places as the "Twelfth Night " of Christmas and the conclusion of the nativity season.
Blessings, love, and hugs, 
Fr. Jack.

Sources of the above information: " Saints Galore, " The Rev. David L. Veal,
and " A New Dictionary for Episcopalians," The Rev. John N. Wall, Jr.
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

Approved Minutes for the November 20th 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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