Thursday, April 14, 2022
St. John's Mission Statement

St. John's is a Christian community that intentionally gathers 
to experience God's love through Episcopal worship, education,
fellowship, and ministry to the wider community.
A Prayer for Peace Among the Nations (BCP 816)

Let us pray in this time of conflict for the countries of Russia and the Ukraine,

Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world
into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them
that peace which is the fruit of righteousness,
that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 17, 2022
9:00 am

Come, pray, sing, receive Holy Communion,
and join us for fellowship following our liturgy.

We will also celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Baptism
of Ivanna Trujillo
and Fernando Trujillo, Jr.,
and renew our own baptismal vows.

Masks are not required.
However, if you are unvaccinated or immunocompromised,
you may wish to wear a mask.

A word about worship - our worship service begins with the lighting of the altar candles
into the prelude and ends after the postlude with the extinguishing of the candles.
A sense of prayerful reflection is appropriate to be maintained.

Collect for the Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Sunday

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection,
may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for the Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1, 14-17, 19-24
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
John 20:1-18

If you are not able to attend, please join our livestream services:

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Reflection on John 20:1-18

The detailed account of Mary Magdalene’s response to Easter morning in John’s Gospel feels relatable in numerous ways. She notices that something is wrong or unexpected, in the stone rolled away from the tomb. She notifies others, as the duties to which she is likely there to attend to can’t occur without a body. And when the others she gathers return to their homes, she remains and weeps, her grief of the last few days perhaps compiled at this moment of real, physical loss and confusion.
What we as the readers know has occurred falls outside of Mary’s ability to comprehend— all that makes sense at this moment is the body of her teacher being taken, a tragedy in itself. She is asked by the two angels and then by Jesus, whom she does not yet recognize, why she is weeping. In Jesus’ question of “Whom are you looking for?” is a call back to the first question Jesus asks in John: “What are you looking for?” (John 1:38). Again, we as the reader of this text might be able to make this connection, but Mary does not realize to whom she is speaking until Jesus calls her by name. In hearing her name in her teacher’s voice, Mary’s eyes are opened to who this person is. Jesus encourages her to not hold on to him, for his work of ascension is not complete, but instead to turn toward her brother and sister disciples to share the good news of what she has seen. We are called to remember that part of the resurrection is letting go of what has been, so that the opportunity for something new to flourish is possible.
• What are you seeking? How are you being called to be aware of the unexpected, beyond comprehension ways that the things you seek may show up in your life?
• How often are we unsure of whether or how God is speaking to us until we experience something that feels like someone we know calling our name? How does that change the way we respond?
• Are there things, both physical and ephemeral, that you attempt to hold on to that perhaps have a greater purpose in being shared?

This Bible study was written by Sarah Diener-Schlitt
a seminarian at the Seminary of the Southwest.
The Heart of the Christian Year

On the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, we began Holy Week as we commemorated Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem where he was hailed as king.

Holy Week will culminate with the Paschal Triduum (sacred three days):
starting the evening of Maundy Thursday, through the evenings of Good Friday and Easter Eve (with the Great Vigil of Easter), and ending the evening of Easter; all celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

You are invited, therefore, to join this week in prayer as we celebrate the Paschal Triduum; the holiest time of the church year. The Paschal Triduum is ritually experienced as one liturgy.

"Stay with me, keep watch with me.  Watch and pray."
Holy Week and Easter Services at St. John's
Maundy Thursday: April 14th

6:00PM (Soup Supper in Nale Hall)

7:00PM  (In-person service in Nale Hall; live-streamed)
St. John's is excited to be hosting St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, National City for our Maundy Thursday celebration.

We will gather in Nale Hall at 6:00pm for a Soup Supper.
We will then gather in the church for The Maundy Thursday Liturgy which commemorates the Last Supper with the Foot Washing ritual (we are given the directive to love and serve our neighbors) and the institution of Holy Eucharist. The worship of this day has no formal dismissal. Following the stripping of the altar you are invited to stay and pray (vigil) at the Altar of Repose.
Good Friday: April 15th

12:00PM  (In-person liturgy in the church)
Noonday Prayer with a contemporary Everyone's Way of the Cross
If you are not able to attend and would like to pray the traditional Stations of the Cross privately, here is the link to the prayer booklet: Stations of the Cross

7:00PM  (In-person liturgy in the church; live-streamed)
We will gather in prayer in the church for the Good Friday liturgy, with
The Liturgy of the Word including hearing the Passion of Christ, Solemn Prayers,
and then the Veneration of the Cross with time for individual prayer (vigil)
at the cross of Christ.

Easter Eve – The Great Vigil of Easter: April 16th

7:00PM  (In-person liturgy in the church; live-streamed)
We will gather in the church for prayer (vigil) as we light the new fire and
Paschal Candle and we hear again the stories of salvation.
Then, we reaffirm our faith with the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, followed by the Celebration of Holy Eucharist and the receiving of Easter Communion.

Sunday of the Resurrection – Easter Day: April 17th

9:00AM  (In-person liturgy in the church; live-streamed)
We will gather in the church for our Easter celebration of God’s Word and music, to reaffirm our faith with the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Holy Baptism and Celebration of Eucharist with the receiving of Easter Communion.
There are times when it is difficult to feel hope.
On the days before the first Easter Sunday,
Jesus stood in the face of evil and eventually lost his life.
Those that knew Jesus best likely saw little hope in what lay ahead 
And yet, after the tears dried
The tomb was found empty.
Christ has risen.
Goodness has won.
Hope has prevailed.
A goodness that rocks the foundation of the world.
A hope conquers the darkness when all seems lost.
That goodness, 
That hope, 
Is available to you
No matter who you are.
Come and know the goodness of Christ.
Let hope fill your heart once again.
Celebrate Christ’s resurrection with us this Easter.
Lenten Outreach
Forty Days-Forty Items

Thank you to all who supported this collection. At this time, we have collected 104+ bags of clothing.

You may still bring your bags of clothing to our Maundy Thursday liturgy when we will bless the articles of clothing.

We will donate these items to the clients of Episcopal Community Services - Central East Regional Recovery Center (CERRC) and Father Joe’s Villages.
Creation Care
April is Earth Month

Creation Care Sunday at St. John's - April 24 at 9:00 am.
EDSD Cleans Up - This April the EDSD Creation Care Task Force and Youth Collaborative are partnering for an Earth Month Challenge. Help us clean up our diocese!
The idea is simple: your congregation, your youth group, your family, your friends, or even just YOU pick a day to walk your community and pick up trash. As you walk, lift prayers for the community and the world.
When you are done, (if you are able) take a picture of your group, post it on Social Media, tag The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego and use the hashtag #edsdcleansup. Pictures will be reshared on diocesan platforms inspiring others to walk, clean up, and pray too!
Outreach Collections

St. John's Outreach Committee meets monthly to discuss our parish Outreach activities.
We will continue our ongoing collections for:
  • New Blankets - Domestic Violence Shelters (Denise Czer and Linda Dennehy)
  • Pill Bottles - Matthew 25 Ministries (Sally Elliott)
Reminder: To make the process more efficient, Please donate only amber-colored prescription bottles with the label removed. For a quick and easy way to do this at home, watch this short video: Label Removal Video
A donation to help with postage would be appreciated. 
  • Eyeglasses - (Norma Dunn)
  • Greeting Cards - ECS HeadStart (Judy McKay)
  • Clean, Gently Used Blankets - Dreams for Change (Norma Dunn)
  • Emergency Food Pantry - South Bay Community Services (Maria and Joe Love)

Items may be brought to Nale Hall on Sundays when we gather for worship.
You may also bring your items to church during our weekday office hours, Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm. Ring the doorbell, and you will be buzzed in to leave your items outside Nale Hall.
If you do not feel comfortable driving, please contact the parish office, and we will find a volunteer to pick up the items from your home.

Please click on the following link or visit the St. John's website ( for more information on our Outreach Ministries:

Centennial Events 

Italian Dinner and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 14th hosted by the MOSJ
During the Italian Dinner, we will have our popular Opportunity Drawings as a fundraiser for the church.  Prizes will be displayed and tickets will be sold 6 for $5. If you want a chance to win a prize, deposit one or more tickets into its bag.

Prize Updates
Among the items collected so far:

  • Mark Higginbotham was a stringer of beads, and Tom Brzeczek has generously donated some of Mark's work as prizes in the Opportunity Drawings. One prize will be nine beautiful bracelets for you to keep or give as gifts. An Anglican rosary, suitable for either men or women, is sure to be one of the most-highly sought after. Some of the necklaces are Hawaiian style, owned, although not made, by Mark, and they have been paired with a beautiful piece of Batik fabric from Bali.

  • Florence Cooper's Crown Staffordshire bone china teacup, saucer, and dessert plate will go to the lucky winner along with two cans of Lyle's Golden Syrup.

  • A Pandora bracelet comes with eight charms and lots of room to add more. 

Diane Gustafson is looking for a couple of people to help assemble and wrap the prizes in baskets in the first week of May. Contact her at 619 253-7298 or if you can give a couple of hours. The prizes will be displayed on May 8 in the Narthex, and we'll begin to sell Opportunity Drawing tickets that day.

We are still seeking items for our prize baskets. Wine, tea, books, gift cards etc.

Parish Potluck with Ethnic Foods on Pentecost Sunday, June 5th

Ice Cream Social with Old-Time Music
Save The Date!
Mark your calendars and save the date of Sunday July 3, 2022, for an all parish, all ages, old- fashioned Ice Cream Social at 3:00 p.m. There will be live entertainment, a community sing along, and lots of non- stop fun and socializing, as well as ice cream sundaes’ with lots of toppings! Please invite your friends and families to this event as we recreate a St. John’s favorite tradition from the past in this year of our Centennial Celebration. More news to come so watch the newsletter. Hope to see you there as well as members of our community!
Jane Ferguson, Chair 

Parish Art/Variety Show on a date to be determined

St. John’s Parish BBQ and Chili Contest in August hosted by the MOSJ

St. John’s Centennial Dinner on Saturday, September 17th

St. John’s Centennial Liturgy with a visitation from Bishop Susan Brown Snook
on Sunday, September 18th

Parish Centennial Cookbook is being published and will feature the favorite recipes of the parishioners of St. John's.
Forms to submit your recipes will be available in the Narthex. Please return them to Nancy Painter, the Editor of the cookbook, or to the office.
If you would be interested in any of the following, please contact Nancy: 619-422-7792/ Much of this work can be done from your home.
  • separating recipes by type (salads, entrees) and figuring out the order of recipes
  • typing the recipes that have been handwritten
  • proofreading
  • choosing cover and internal pictures
  • selling at church later in summer

If you are interested in helping with any of these events, please notify
Maria Love in the Office: 619-422-4141/
or Diane Gustafson: 619-253-7298/ 
I'll Bee There Book Sale

Contact Diane Gustafson: 619-253-7298/ if you would like a signed copy of her book I'll Bee There: Short Stories and Personal Essays.
The entire $10.00 price will go to the Centennial Dinner fund.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers

St. John's has four Lay Eucharistic Visitors who are commissioned to bring Holy Communion to anyone requesting a visit.

If you are not able to join us for our celebration of Holy Eucharist, we will bring Holy Communion to you. You may call the parish office (619-422-4141) and request communion to be brought to you by one of our Eucharistic Visitors.
We Are Here For You!

As we carefully gather in person at St. John's, we would like to remind you that we are here for you!

If you, a family member, neighbor or a friend are interested in celebrating a significant event in your spiritual life, please know that you are welcome.
We would be honored to be a part of your Baptism, Holy Communion, Quinceañera Marriage, Renewal of Vows or Anointing of the Sick.

At St. John's, no matter who you are or where you are on your spiritual journey - you are welcome here
We Are Available in Your Time of Need

If you have a pastoral emergency when the parish offices are closed,
please call 619-301-0724 or email
Calling All Men of St. John's to Dinner and a Planning Meeting

Please stop and think about a new commitment to join us and become a part of this great group of men doing good works for the benefit of our church community and the wider community. We have a great Italian dinner to plan for that is occurring on May 14th. We would like to join hands together and plan something very special to start off our year leading up to the Centennial in mid- September.
President Tim Attaway is hosting this in his newly furnished entertainment center that used to be an old dusty garage. The old cold workshop is no longer the place to meet, this is better.
The night is Monday April 18th……the day after Easter Sunday. Easy to remember. 6 o’clock pm is the time and the address is 252 Sea Vale Street, Chula Vista CA (just a block away from the Chula Vista DMV), that is…. in north Chula Vista, centrally located for all to find easily. Unlimited parking everywhere so please come and join us.
The main dish will be a choice of Angus burgers and/or BBQ chicken breasts and other delectable items. Please bring something if you would like and hopefully it will complement our dining experience.
Beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided and or bring what you prefer.
I would really appreciate knowing how many to plan for so if you would be so kind drop me a text message or an email and let me know that you are not going to miss this event. There may be a special raffle with tickets given out to all in attendance for a gift giveaway. You would not want to miss that would you?
Text me at 619 417 6392
Email me at

Tim Attaway
President, MOSJ
Lunch Bunch

We need a Coordinator for Lunch Bunch. This involves selecting a restaurant and calling to make a reservation, making sure separate checks will be allowed (we have a list to work from), putting a sign up sheet in the Narthex (if you can't come to church, we can do that), and letting the restaurant know the number of people expected. A small but important volunteer job. Interested? Call or email Maria in the Church office (619-422-4141 or
Coffee/Tea with Rev. Roger

For almost the entire time that Rev. Roger has been at St. John's we have been in a pandemic with part of that time being shut down.

Rev. Roger would like to provide an opportunity for any members of the parish to "get to know him".

On Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:30, following Morning Prayer and Bible Study,
Rev. Roger will be available in the Rev. Jack and Sarah Tolley Memorial Library for a visit. This is time to get to know him, ask him questions, and learn about his vision and dreams for the church.
Hospitality Hosts Needed!

Please join us for hospitality after the Sunday morning worship service. 
If you would like to host a Sunday, you may sign up on the poster in Nale Hall or by calling or emailing Maria at 619-422-4141 or

Refreshments should be individually portioned or wrapped, or served by a server who is the only one touching the serving implements. Coffee and Clean-up are done by our Sexton, Ryan Attaway.

Current Available Dates:

April 17 (Easter Sunday)
April 24
May 1
May 8
May 15
Choral Presentation of "Elijah" at Point Loma Nazarene University

St. John's choir member Alice Burnham invites you to a performance of Felix Mendelssohn's "Elijah" on Sunday, April 24th at 3 pm at Brown Chapel, Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Dr.
Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study

Join us for Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study
on Wednesdays at 9:30 am as a Zoom meeting.

Please contact Rev. Roger (
to be included in the Zoom meeting.

The Morning Prayer guide can be found here:
Prayer Quilt Ministry

The leaders of the Prayer Quilt Ministry would like to remind
you that there are many quilts available for anyone in need
of prayer and support. This important ministry brings comfort and healing to many people who are suffering with illness.
Please contact Diane Gustafson directly (
or through the office (
Daughters of the King Prayers

All the women of the parish are invited to discern becoming a member of the Daughters of the King. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Young (208-695-7735) or Linda Dennehy (619-429-4747).

If you have a special prayer request for Daughters of the King, you are invited to fill out a prayer card, found in the narthex. Drop your prayer request in the church-shaped box or in the offering plate. These requests are confidential and are separate from our printed parish prayer lists.
Parish Prayer Lists

Birthday and Anniversary Prayers

We would like to acknowledge and pray for anyone celebrating a birthday and/or anniversary in the coming week. Please let us know by Thursday of the prior week so that we can get it in the Sunday liturgy. If you have a picture of you that we could post for your birthday and/or a wedding photo or current photo for those celebrating an anniversary, please email it to us - it would be great to allow everyone to see you.

Our Parish Prayer Intentions

Today and every day include some time for prayer, for yourself,
for your church family, and for those in need.

For our Military

Matt Jensen, Drew Shorkey, Cody Crossland, Cameron Ronie, Chariti Paden, Mark Stanfield, Sean Robinson, Jonathan Martinez, TK Nguyen, Christopher Lindshield, Timothy Lindshield, Jeremy Colton, David Sanchez, Jonathan Baldera, Nick Wyatt, Daniel Getreu, Jamal Warner, Matt Hernandez, Devon Strunk, Taylor Harrold, Jorge Zuazua, Katherine Milam,
Sebastian Morales, Richie Lebron, Andrew C. Dugger, Dan and Chelsey Nayaradi,
and Roberto Johnson and the crew of USS Essex.

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping 
all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad.
Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; 
strengthen them in their trials and temptations; 
give them courage to face the perils which beset them; 
and grant them a sense of your abiding presence 
wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Strength in Time of Need

Scott Hunter, Steve Magill, Gary & Shirley McCarren, Ann Lindshield, the McClure family, Christy and Mike Gollihur, Linda Longoria-Neff, the Nicholas family, Cheryl Sulier,
Nancy Stewart, Yolanda Nichols, Judith Hutchinson, David Dennehy and Akiko Horst.

O God of heavenly powers, 
by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies 
all sickness and all infirmity: 
Be present in your goodness with your servants, 
that their weakness may be banished and their strength restored; 
and that, their health being renewed, they may bless your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the repose of the soul of Paul Erickson.
Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

The Erickson family has requested that memorial donations be made to
and to the National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia, Kansas

Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the clergy and people of St. John's in Indio.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of Pakistan (United).

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for all Sailors serving aboard USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000).
The Vestry

Lynn Young, Senior Warden
Tom Brzeczek, Junior Warden
Jane Ferguson, Clerk
Bill Cheney, Treasurer
Diane Gustafson, Recorder
Pamela Brittain
Alice Burnham
David Dennehy
Alejandra Valdez-Beer
Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • April 14: Maundy Thursday, Soup Supper at 6pm in Nale Hall, Liturgy at 7pm

  • April 15: Good Friday, 12 noon - Stations of the Cross; 7pm - Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross

  • April 16: Easter Vigil, 7pm in the church

  • April 17: Easter Sunday, 9am in the church

  • April 18: Men of St. John's Meeting, 6pm

  • April 21: Daughters of the King Meeting, 10am in the Rev. Al Stott Conference Room

  • April 27: Vestry Meeting, 6pm, via Zoom

Emergency Contact Information

If you had a medical emergency at church on Sunday morning, would the ushers 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 in the office (619-422-4141 or Please provide your name, the name of your emergency contact, their relationship to you and their phone number. Any information you provide will be stored carefully in order to protect the privacy of your contact's information.
Parish Office Hours and Contacts

As our staff are now fully vaccinated, we are permitted to open our parish office.

Masking and social distance should be maintained when visitors are present.

The Parish Office will be open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.
Please call the parish office if you have any questions or concerns
(619-422-4141) or email
Rev. Roger's Office Hours

Rev. Roger will be working half-days in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; and all day on Wednesday and Friday. He will be available by appointment. Please call the office (619-422-4141) to schedule an appointment.

In case of a pastoral emergency, Rev. Roger may be reached on his cell phone at
Beware of Scam Emails & Phishing Attempts

If you receive a suspicious email from an address that seems to be Rev. Roger or another parishioner asking for a favor, it may be a phishing attempt. Scam emails mimic addresses we are familiar with and are very often full of grammatical errors.

Rev. Roger will never email you asking for funds or financial support by way of gift cards. If you receive an email that seems suspicious, do not open it or respond to it. Delete it immediately.
Phishing is a cyber attack that uses disguised email as a weapon. The goal is to trick the email recipient into believing that the message is something they want or need - a request from their bank, for instance, or a note from someone in their company - and to click a link or download an attachment.
Your weekly newsletter highlights 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.
Help Ukrainian Refugees

Specific needs will change as the crisis evolves. As of right now, there is a need for food, water, and shelter. Please consider partnering with Episcopal Relief & Development in this response.

Please click the button below to donate:
Cursillo Forward

The Forward is an informational newsletter for Cursillistas in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. It is published every other month and on special occasions and contains useful information, dates and messages of encouragement as we live out our Fourth Day. Ultreya!

by Diane Lopez Hughes, Executive Council Member

In a prequel to Earth Month and leading up to Creation Care Sunday, our Simpler Living Ministry held a Garden Retreat on Saturday morning, March 26 at the home of Cindy Schurict and Britt Palmer. The annual retreat provides an opportunity to “be present” in God’s creation: the very Nature that we strive to protect. Read More
Immigrant Day of Action 2022: Taking the Lead

Are you ready to build an equitable California where everyone—our family, friends, colleagues and neighbors can thrive? Join us Tuesday, April 26, 2022, as we gather our collective power virtually for Immigrant Day of Action! On IDA, we will urge our leadership to continue the momentum and keep their promises for bold, equitable public policy that centers immigrant community members who have enriched our state economically and socially for years, but who have been excluded from benefits and protections.
Whether you’ve joined us before or this is your first time, your participation is critical to ensure an equitable post-pandemic recovery. With over 700 registrants last year, we are expecting this to be the biggest virtual Immigrant Day of Action to date.

ECS Gala: Moonlight Magic
May 14, 2022

Be a part of the exciting event to benefit the programs at Episcopal Community Services that address child development, mental health, and substance use disorders in San Diego. You are invited for an elegant evening of fundraising, fine dining, live music, dancing, and more!
For sponsorship and ticketing contact Andrea Muir at