Thursday, August 11, 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.



With Joy and Gratitude to God

You are Cordially invited to Join us in Celebration

St. John’s Centennial Dinner on Saturday, September 17th at 6:00pm in Nale Hall

Wine Reception starting at 5:30

St. John’s Centennial Liturgy with a visitation from Bishop Susan Brown Snook

on Sunday, September 18th at 9:00am in the church

Tickets for the Centennial Dinner will be sold after church

on Sundays.

Tickets are $30.00 each. Three entrée selections are available: steak, salmon or chicken. Tables will be set for 8 people and a whole table can be purchased for $240.00.  

Calling All St. John's Photos

Do you have photos from St. John’s that could be used in an historical slideshow for the Centennial? If so, please notify Maria in the office as soon as possible. Let us know the date of the photo and names of those in it, if you can, and to whom the photo is to be returned.

St. John’s Parish BBQ and Chili Cook-Off Contest

Join us for the St. John's Parish BBQ and Chili Cook-Off Contest on Saturday, August 13th from 12:00-2:00pm hosted by the MOSJ.

MOSJ will provide the main course and beverages. Please bring a side dish (potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw or green salad) or dessert.  


As San Diego County has moved into the high-risk category 

for COVID-19, mask wearing is strongly encouraged.

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 14, 2022

9:00 am

Come, pray, sing, receive Holy Communion,

and join us for fellowship following our liturgy.

Collect For the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin,

and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully

the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps

of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 23:23-29

Psalm 82

Hebrews 11:29-12:2

Luke 12:49-56

Worship Booklet for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 14, 2022

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

St. John's website:

St. John's YouTube Channel: St. John's Episcopal Church, Chula Vista

Scripture Study on Luke 12:49-56

Today’s Gospel is not an easy one to read. Jesus speaks of “setting the earth on fire” and he wants it to be hot and blazing. He also speaks of the anguish and pain and that he anticipates his “baptism” which lies ahead of him.

Jesus speaks of families that will be divided: father against son, mother against daughter, neighbors who are at odds with each other. Too often we experience these divisions in our own families, our local communities, our church, and our world. Will we ever be one united human community?

For a moment, imagine how our world would be different if all of us on the face of this earth were united? No more war, no more hatred, no more violence. In the face of the rampant violence, hatred, fear, and war, it is very tempting to give up on our world. Yet without hope we are lost! Without hope we despair!

Today may we be beacons of hope and faith to our families, neighborhoods, country, and the world. If we join together in this effort, we might be astounded at the impact it has on our family, neighborhood, and even our world!

Altar Flowers for 2022

The Altar Flowers for August 14, 2022 are given by Bill and Diane Gustafson

in honor of their grandson Riley’s 17th birthday.

Our 2022 Altar Flower sign-up is available in the Narthex. If you are not able to sign up in person, please contact the office to see if your desired date is available. If you donate online, please contact Maria with your dedication:

Suggested donation is $40.00.


Great News!

We have raised to date: $ 35,246.00

A generous donor has offered a matching gift, dollar for dollar, for the money that is donated towards our columbarium fund - up to $35,000.  Your donations and the matching gift will allow us to complete the project.

The construction of the new Columbarium and Memorial Garden is nearing completion.  During the construction time, the remains of our loved ones will be held safely and respectfully in the Rev. Al Stott Conference Room of the Graves Pavilion.

A service will be planned to move the remains of our loved ones into the new columbarium once the columbarium is completed.

You may wish to purchase a niche in the new Columbarium for $2,500. Any dollar amount over the purchase price of a niche, will be considered a donation to the Columbarium Endowment.

Thank you for your commitment and generosity.

Your Columbarium Committee and Vestry  


St. John's will celebrate La Misa in English

August 25th at 6:00pm


an opportunity to gather to celebrate Mass

in English while celebrating Latino/Hispanic culture and heritage.

Social – Music – Mass – Dinner

All are welcome to attend  -  Please invite family and friends

Please contact us to reserve a place at the table:

619-422-4141  or

South Bay Pride Arts and Music Festival


St. John's will be represented with a booth at the

14th Annual South Bay Pride Arts and Music Festival

on Saturday August 27th, The festival goes from 11am-10pm,

at Bayfront Park, 

980 Marina Way, Chula Vista.

We will have a table and tent set up so that we can speak with attendees about our wonderful parish, and invite them to come to our church. Our booth will be staffed

until 5:00pm.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jeff Bates ( or the parish office (

Outreach Collections

We will continue our ongoing collections for:

  • New Blankets - Domestic Violence Shelters (Denise Czer and Linda Dennehy)
  • Pill Bottles - Matthew 25 Ministries (Sally Elliott)
  • 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)
  • Blessings in a Bag - For our neighbors who are living outside. Click here for a list of items you can donate to fill the bags.
  • Gently Used Clothing - Men's, women's and children's 

Items may be brought to Nale Hall on Sundays when we gather for worship.

You may also bring your items to the church during our weekday office hours,

Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm.

If you are not able to bring them, please contact the parish office, and we will pick up the items from your home.

St. John's Outreach Committee meets monthly to discuss our parish Outreach activities.

Please click on the following link for more information on our Outreach collection activities:

Outreach Ministries of St. John's


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!

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


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:

August 14

August 21

August 28


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:

Morning Prayer, August 17

Monarch Ministry

Debbie Lothspeich raises and nurtures Monarch butterflies and plants milkweed, their food of choice.

On August 9, Debbie released 13 Monarchs with prayers to collectively honor the people of St. John's who died between November 2019 and November 2021.

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 pray for you during the Sunday liturgy. 

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, Sebastian Morales,

Andrew C. Dugger, Dan and Chelsey Nyaradi, Ryan Lothspeich, Roberto Chavez,

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

Steve Magill, Gary & Shirley McCarren, Ann Lindshield, the McClure family, Christy and Mike Gollihur, Norma Dunn, Anna Jones, Linda Longoria-Neff, Bob Smalley, Dave Stewart, Rochelle Kramer and Craig Nightingale.

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 Scott Hunter.

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 Good Samaritan

in San Diego.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Extra-Provincial Churches.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Coast Guardsmen serving with US Coast Guard Station San Diego.


New California Law Requires the Recycling of Organic Waste

The City of Chula Vista has adopted the California state law regarding recycling.

You will notice new trash receptacles in Nale Hall. These receptacles will be used to handle our waste correctly and to comply with SB 1383.

The signs on our trash receptacles will advise you:


  • Aluminum cans and glass bottles.
  • Clean paper products.
  • Aluminum foil.
  • Hard plastic (spoons, forks, knives)
  • Clean cardboard


  • Any paper products with food or drink on or in them. (Cups, plates etc.)


  • Non recyclable plastic & mixed plastics.
  • Styrofoam, composite materials.
  • Glass other than bottles & jars.
  • Plastic bags

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

Approved Vestry Minutes, July 27, 2022

Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • August 13: BBQ and Chili Cook-off, hosted by the Men of St. John's, 12:00-2:00pm

  • August 25: La Misa in English, 6:00 pm in Nale Hall

  • August 27: 14th Annual South Bay Pride Arts and Music Festival, 11:00am

3rd Quarter Calendar of Events

Parish Office Hours and Contacts

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 will be in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. He is available by appointment. Please call the office to schedule an appointment.

In case of a pastoral emergency, Rev. Roger may be reached on his cell phone at


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.


Lambeth Letters - Part I

By: Bishop Susan Brown Snook

I’m writing to you from the Lambeth Conference, where, to my regret, I tested positive on August 3 for Covid (with mild cold symptoms) and will be in isolation for the rest of the conference, joining the live stream as I can. While I would much rather be in person at the conference, or in isolation in my own home, I am grateful that the conference organizers are delivering food to the door of my little dorm room. I’m also grateful for other bishop friends who are helping to make sure I have what I need. I’m not the only Covid-positive TEC bishop, so everyone is checking with us to make sure we’re all right. Read More

Sharing God's Good News

How can we share Good News in ways that feel authentic and just? You are invited to join Jerusalem Greer, staff officer for evangelism in the office of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, and the Episcopal Evangelism Team for this evangelism workshop.  Register Here

Border Immersion Visit

Join your fellow Episcopalians for a one-day immersion visit to Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. After walking across the border at the Ped East crossing in San Ysidro, transportation will be provided.

For more information and to register, click here.

Leadership Roundtable

Join Canon Gwynn Lynch on August 13, from 9 to 11 via Zoom for our next Leadership Roundtable. The session will be oriented toward wardens and other congregational lay leaders, but all are welcome to attend. This will be an open discussion of topics received from lay leaders. Read More

Season of Creation

This year in solidarity with faith communities across the globe, the EDSD Creation Care Task Force invites you to celebrate another Season of Creation from September 4 - October 2.

ENS - Bishops who support full LGBTQ+ inclusion release statement from Lambeth Conference

ENS - A look back at the 2022 Lambeth Conference, through bishops’ social media snapshots

Lambeth Conference - Closing Eucharist

Good News Festival

Summer Snacks - VBS

Help Ukrainian Refugees

Episcopal Relief & Development continues to work with Anglican and ecumenical partners to provide aid to people displaced by the crisis in Ukraine. 

Please click the button below to donate:


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