Thursday, April 7, 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 Passion: Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 10, 2022
9:00 am

Please join us for the Liturgy of the Palms beginning in Nale Hall
and processing into the church, followed by the celebration of the Eucharist
with a reading of The Passion According to Luke.

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

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 Passion: Palm Sunday

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race
you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature,
and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering,
and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Luke 19:28-40
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 22:14-23:56

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

St. John's website:
St. John's YouTube Channel: St. John's Episcopal Church, Chula Vista
Reflection on Luke 19: 28-40

There are two ways to read this passage. 1) Jesus, as the Son of God, can predict the future and that’s what he’s doing here, describing what he has foreseen for his disciples. 2) Jesus, as the Son of God, loves humanity enough to embrace his destiny and so has made plans ahead of time for his entrance into Jerusalem, even though he expects that this entrance will lead to his death.

Surprise, surprise, I favor the second option. Not, particularly, because I have concerns about what Jesus knows or doesn’t know about the future. He’s been predicting his death in Jerusalem throughout his long trek there with his disciples. Rather, I believe that Jesus’ carefully made plans reflect his commitment to go to the city that will reject and crucify him because of his great love for that city and, indeed, all the world.

It was William Barclay, I believe, the Scottish New Testament scholar committed to making the Bible accessible to everyday readers, who once commented that there are two kinds of courage. There is the kind of courage the prompts someone to throw him or herself in the way of an oncoming car to push a child to safety. It is the kind of bravery that is instinctual, habitual, and is revealed in the moment of crisis. And there is also the kind of courage that sees danger coming a long way off, that has plenty of time to choose an alternative path, yet chooses to stay the course, to remain faithful, to endure the mounting fear in order to do one’s duty.

It is this second kind of courage we see in Jesus. He knows what lies ahead of him. He has seen it coming for most of his life. He has plenty of opportunity to flee to the path of safety. Yet he does not. He stays the course, endures the fear, makes plans to embrace it in love and wrestle it to the death.

By his stripes, Isaiah said, we were healed. And by his courage, I would add, we are set free from fear.

Prayer: Dear God, we give you thanks for the love and courage of your Son, and we ask that, seeing his example, we also might find the courage to endure the fears and challenges of our day for the sake of all your children you love so much. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Rev. David Lose
Scripture Scholar and Pastor
Easter Flowers

Our church will be decorated with beautiful flowers for Easter.
If you would like to honor your loved ones in our worship bulletin on Easter, please use the Easter Flower envelopes found in the church
or email or call the office (; 619-422-4141) with your requests:

In honor of ____   
In memory of _____ 
In thanksgiving for _____
The Heart of the Christian Year

Holy Week begins on the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, as Jesus enters Jerusalem and is welcomed as king. The week progresses to the Last Supper when Jesus washes the feet of his disciples and his betrayal and arrest on Thursday evening; his trial and crucifixion on Friday; and his conquering death and resurrection on Easter Eve/Easter Sunday. These services provide a liturgical experience of the last days of Jesus' earthly life.
Holy Week culminates with the Paschal Triduum (sacred three days): starting the evening
of Maundy Thursday, through the evenings of Good Friday and Holy Saturday (with the Great Vigil of Easter,) and ending the evening of Easter; all celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The Paschal Triduum is experienced as one liturgy: having remembered the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, we traditionally wait and pray (vigil) at the altar of repose on Maundy Thursday; then we continue with the reading of the Passion along with the veneration and prayer (vigil) at the cross of Christ on Good Friday; leading us to the Easter Vigil where we gather and pray (vigil) around the new fire to hear the stories of salvation after which we celebrate the resurrection of Christ in the Holy Eucharist; a celebration that ​continues into Easter day.

"Stay with me, keep watch with me.  Watch and pray."
Holy Week and Easter Services at St. John's

Sunday of the Passion – Palm Sunday: April 10th

9:00AM  (In-person service begins in Nale Hall, processing into the church; live-streamed)
Liturgy of the Palms followed by the celebration of the Eucharist with a reading of The Passion According to Luke
Maundy Thursday: April 14th

6:00PM (Soup Supper in Nale Hall)
7:00PM  (In-person service in Nale Hall; live-streamed)
The Maundy Thursday Liturgy commemorates the Last Supper with the Foot Washing ritual (with 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 at the Altar of Repose.
Good Friday: April 15th

12:00PM  (In-person liturgy in the church)
Noonday Prayer with Stations of the Cross
If you are not able to attend and would like to pray the 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)
Liturgy of the Word including hearing the Passion of Christ, solemn prayers and the veneration of the cross with time for individual prayer at the cross of Christ.

Holy Saturday – The Great Vigil of Easter: April 16th

7:00PM  (In-person liturgy in the church; live-streamed)
Gather (vigil) in prayer as we light the new fire and Paschal Candle and we hear again the stories of salvation; 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)
Please join us in the church for our Easter celebration of God’s word, reaffirm our faith with the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Holy Baptism and Celebration of Eucharist with the receiving of Easter Communion.
Lenten Outreach
Forty Days-Forty Items

Please consider giving of your excess clothing in order to clothe those who go without.
Collection bags are available on the table in the narthex.
Please bring your bags of clothing to the church before 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.

While our focus is on cleaning out our closets for those less fortunate, CERRC's greatest need at this time is for new socks and underwear for men and women.

The following items are needed:
  • Warm hoodie sweatshirts (men/women)
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sweatpants
  • Jeans
  • Pants
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Blankets
  • Ball caps
  • Used backpacks
Creation Care
April is Earth Month

South County's Largest Earth Day Celebration is Back!

April 9, 2022 – 11:00am - 4:00pm
Memorial Park, 373 Park Way, Chula Vista, CA

Join us as the City of Chula Vista hosts the South County’s largest Earth Day celebration at the FREE family friendly 2022 South Bay Earth Day event. We will be showcasing many fun, sustainable activities, products, and services that will help you reduce your impact on the environment, save money, and live a greener lifestyle. Be inspired to be more environmentally friendly with topics that range from zero waste living to how to properly compost your own waste. This free event welcomes all ages, so gather friends and family to show Mother Nature some love this Earth Day! 

Check our full list of fun and FREE activities, click here.
For more information, call 619-691-5122
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.
Please submit your recipes to Nancy Painter, the Editor of the cookbook.
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.
Celebration of Life

In times of grief, we are comforted with assurance of our faith, that those who die have the promise of newness of life in the resurrection.

June Vasquez
The Celebration of Life for June Vasquez will be on
Saturday, April 9th at 11:00am
at St. John's Episcopal Church, 760 First Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910

Notes of Care and Sympathy may be sent to:
Mike and Celia Vasquez
2950 Iris Ave Space 84
San Diego, CA 92154

Please hold the Vasquez families in your prayers during this difficult time.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior,
we commend you servant, June.
Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold,
a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming.
Receive her into the arms of your mercy,
into the blessed rest of everlasting peace,
and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.
Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon her.

May her souls and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
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
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 10
April 17 (Easter Sunday)
April 24
May 1
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 and David Dennehy.

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.

Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the clergy and people of St. Hugh of Lincoln in Idyllwild.

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

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for all Sailors serving aboard submarines,
USS Alexandria (SSN-7570, USS Scranton (SSN-756) and USS Annapolis (SSN-760).
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 9: June Vasquez Celebration of Life at 11am at St. John's

  • April 10: Palm Sunday, 9am service begins in Nale Hall

  • 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

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:
Lenten University at St. Bart's

Rev. Cathey Dowdle invites you to participate in one of St. Bart’s most attended formation programs is a Lenten program called Lenten University. Rev. Cathey will be hosting the sessions and offering a short period of prayer to close the session that is optional for both presenters and attendees.

April 7, 6:30-7:30: How Do We Live into Our Call to Hospitality

Join Zoom Meeting: Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 863 1394 3100
Passcode: Lent2022
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