Thursday, August 18, 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.



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:

Sign up in the Narthex or call the office 619-422-4141  or


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


We need to know how many people will be attending the Centennial Dinner.

Just as you would be expected to RSVP well in advance of a wedding reception, you need to buy your dinner ticket and choose your entrée in advance. Tickets will be sold on August 21st and 28th after church, or through the parish office, or on our parish website ( by clicking the “Give Now” button and choosing the appropriate drop down selection. We need to tell the caterer at the beginning of September exactly how many will attend and how many of each entrée have been ordered.

Some dinner tickets have be donated, so please do not let cost be an issue. It is the hope of the Centennial Committee and the Vestry that every parishioner be given the opportunity to have a seat at the Centennial Dinner.


While this is a celebration for the parishioners of St. John's, your friends and families are welcome to buy tickets too.

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.


The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 21, 2022

9:00 am

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.

Collect For the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church,

being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit,

may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name;

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 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 58:9b-14

Psalm 103:1-8

Hebrews 12:18-29

Luke 13:10-17

Worship Booklet for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 21, 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 13:10-17

Today we have another familiar story. The primary character in this Gospel is a woman who had been crippled and incapacitated for 18 years. She was bent over and she was unable to stand up straight. Her whole world must have been limited by her infirmity. Can you imagine not being able to look into another person’s eyes as you were talking with them?

Yet her infirmity was only one aspect of this woman. Jesus looked deeply at the woman and truly “saw” her. He saw her — not her infirmity. And Jesus had compassion on her: he healed her of her infirmity! She immediately responded to his great gift by praising and glorifying God.

Many in the crowd were astounded by Jesus’ ability to cure her. However, the leader of the local synagogue was extremely upset by Jesus “healing” on the Sabbath. To this man, the law was more important than the life and health of this woman. He bluntly said this to Jesus! Jesus responds to his remark harshly. Jesus says that anyone who owns animals feeds and waters them on the Sabbath. Should this woman not be healed simply because it was the Sabbath? Did she deserve less than the animals?

At times we also become legalistic. And we may judge someone harshly — even though it

is not ours to judge. At times the judgment comes so automatically, I am hardly aware of it.

Today as we move through our day may we be mindful of our thoughts and especially of

our judgments! If or when we become aware that we are judging another, let us consciously choose to “let go” of the judgment! God will bless us! (And we will feel better about ourselves!)

Altar Flowers for 2022

The Altar Flowers for August 21, 2022 are given by Barbara Oliveira

in memory of Dee Parmley on their 53rd anniversary.

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: $ 36,246.00

A generous donor has offered a major gift towards our columbarium fund.

Your donations and this 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  


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


Parish BBQ and Chili Cook-Off 

Thank you to the Men of St. John's for providing the hamburgers and hot dogs and for cooking and hosting the event.

Thank you to everyone who brought side dishes and desserts and to all who helped judge the chili.

Congratulations to Jeff Bates, who's Bourbon Chili won the Chili Cook-off event!

It was a pleasure to once again be able to enjoy food and fellowship at our beautiful St. John's Parish campus.

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 28

September 4

September 11


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 24

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, Craig Nightingale, Jenny and Herb Dougherty, 

Tony Ramirez, Tom Brosche and Michael Brosche.

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.

Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the clergy and people of St. Andrew's by-the-Sea in San Diego.

Prayer for Episcopal Diocese of San Diego's The Good News Festival:

Loving God, Author of life, in You we live and move and have our being.

We ask that you revive us again in your mighty Spirit

as we prepare our hearts for The Good News Festival.

Inspire us to reach out to those who do not know you, and welcome them

with open arms, without judgement, so that all may embrace your Good News, answer your call, and dance together with joy.

We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Marines and Sailors of Marine Aircraft Group 39 and Marine Air Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton.


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

Vestry Meeting, August 24

All St. John's parishioners are invited to attend Vestry meetings. Our next Vestry 

meeting is on Wednesday, August 24 at 6:00 pm. Please contact Rev. Roger or Maria 

in the office and we will send you the Zoom link for the meeting.

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

  • August 24: Vestry Meeting, 6:00pm via Zoom

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

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

  • September 17: St. John’s Centennial Dinner, 6:00pm; wine reception at 5:30pm

  • September 18: St. John's Centennial Liturgy, 9:00am

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 II

By: Bishop Susan Brown Snook

In my first reflection on Lambeth, I told you about the results

of the Call on Human Dignity, which involved a discussion of human sexuality (and I was very happy with the result). In this second reflection, I thought I would give you my Top Ten Observations about Life at Lambeth. Note that for me, Lambeth ended early, as I tested positive for Covid on August 3, which put me in isolation for the rest of the conference. (Not to worry about my health – I simply have mild cold symptoms and expect to recover quickly.) So here are my observations about my experience from July 26 – August 2, and the remainder of the conference in which I participated virtually. Read More

Servant Ministry - The Deacon

By: Archdeacon Cindy Campos

On August 1, the EDSD News presented an article entitled "What Does It Mean to be a Deacon," the first in a series that provides a snapshot of who a deacon is, what a deacon does, where a deacon ministers, and when does one discern a call. This week's article provides a snapshot of the dynamic ministry of deacons and where you might find them living out their calling.  

A deacon's ministry is one of servanthood--both that of servant leadership and servant assistant. A deacon's ministry is lived within the Church as well as outside the Church walls. We are asked to stretch ourselves further, to bring the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world back to the Church. 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

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.

St. Dunstan's Rummage Sale

Collectibles, home décor, furniture, toys, board games, seasonal and holiday items, clothes for all ages, shoes, dishware, cookware, glassware, books, linens, artwork, jewelry, and so much more.

Lots of awesome bargains!

Border Immersion Visit, October 1, 8:30am-5pm

Environmental Summer Film Festival, August 24, 7:00-9:00pm

ECW Annual Meeting, September 9 and 10

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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