Thursday, January 11, 2024

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.

Office Closed on Monday

The office will be closed on Monday, January 15th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday, January 14, 2024


Collect for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world:

Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments,

may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known,

worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

1 Samuel 3:1-10

Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

John 1:43-51

Worship Booklet for the the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 14, 2024

2024 Altar Flowers

Our 2024 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.


Items Needed for Blessings in a Bag

Supplies are needed for those who go without food or shelter. Please Click Here for all the items needed.

Outreach Collections

We will continue our ongoing collections for:

  • New Blankets - Domestic Violence Shelters (Denise Czer and Linda Dennehy)
  • Eyeglasses
  • Greeting Cards - ECS Head Start (Judy McKay)
  • Clean, Gently Used Blankets - Dreams for Change
  • Emergency Food Pantry - South Bay Community Services (Maria and Joe Love)
  • Blessings in a Bag - For our neighbors who live in need. 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


Prayers and Squares: The Prayer Quilt Ministry

St. John's is a member of a national organization called "Prayers and Squares: The Prayer Quilt Ministry".

Prayers and Squares meets on the second Tuesday of each month to sew. Participants will be shown how to make simple quilts for our Prayer Quilt Ministry. If you don't sew but would like to be a part of this ministry, there are many other quilt-making steps you can help with.

Please bring your own sewing machine and brown bag lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Lothspeich.

If you would like to request a Prayer Quilt for anyone in need of prayer and support, please contact Diane Gustafson ( or Maria (

This important ministry brings comfort and healing to many people who are suffering with illness.

Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study

Morning Prayer will resume on Wednesday, January 17th.

Parish Prayer Lists

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, Jamal Warner, Devon Strunk,

Matt Hernandez, Daniel Getreu, Taylor Harrold, Jorge Zuazua, Sebastian Morales, Roberto Chavez, Ryan Lothspeich, Andrew C. Dugger, Dan and Chelsey Nyaradi, Gen. G.C. Heinrich and Pedro Bonilla.

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 and Shirley McCarren, Ann Lindshield, the McClure family, Alec Hauer, Barbara Oliveira, Linda Longoria-Neff, Ann and Bill Rogers, Karen Polk, Bob Milam,

James Kellogg Burnham III, David Bricknell, Sr., Deborah Pendleton, Celia Vasquez,

and the family of Tom and Cindy 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. John’s, Chula Vista, for the children and leaders at Epiphany Camp at Camp Stevens, and for the presenters and participants in Leadership Academy.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Church of the Province of South East Asia.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Navy Expeditionary Medical Training Institute, Camp Pendleton.


Celebration of Life for Penny Milam

The Celebration of Life for Penny Milam will be on

Saturday, January 20th 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:

Bob Milam and Kathy Milam

1640 Maple Drive Apt. 39

Chula Vista, CA 91911

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend you servant, Penny.

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 soul and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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


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2024 Vestry Membership

We have three vacant Vestry positions for 2024.

If you are interested in running for election to the Vestry, please let Rev. Roger know.

Currently, there are three members of the parish who have expressed interest.

Reports for the Annual Meeting

Please send your Committee Reports to Maria ( by Tuesday, January 16th in preparation for our Annual Meeting.

Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • January 15th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Office Closed
  • January 15th: Men of St. John's Meeting, 6:00pm at Tim Attaway's Home
  • January 18th: Daughters of the King Meeting, 9:30am in Conference Room
  • January 20th: Celebration of Life for Penny Milam, 11:00am
  • January 28th: Annual Meeting, following the Worship Service in Nale Hall

1st 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 and Tuesday afternoons, and all day on 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



Commission on Ministry: Day of Information

By: The Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch

Are you discerning a call from God? Perhaps it’s a call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church?

Ordination in the Episcopal church is a communal call – we don’t get to just decide ourselves that we’re going to be a priest or a deacon. We must enter into a time of communal discernment, where your bishop, your priest, your community, deacons, and laypeople help us understand what God is calling us to do and be. Read More

Leadership Academy 2024

Last Chance to Register - Registration closes January 15!

For the first time in many years, we will gather for a day of learning in community. Leadership Academy offers the opportunity for new and seasoned leaders to explore new ways of doing things. One of the most tremendous blessings of our diocese is the amount of wisdom and talent found in its leaders. Leadership Academy invites participants to select workshops from three tracks – Foundations, Storytelling, & Growth.

Click here for more information

Creation Care Roundtable Gatherings

Start the New Year in conversation about the Care of all Creation by registering for the virtual EDSD Creation Care Community Roundtables either Thursday, 1/25 or Tuesday, 1/30 from 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Click here to register

Faith To Go Podcast

Join David and Charlette in a conversation about being seen and truly seeing someone else and the authenticity that Jesus gives to each of us.

Listen Here

A Case for Love - January 23rd

A Case for Love will be shown in select theaters on January 23rd. This feature-length documentary examines the question of whether or not love, specifically unselfish love, is the solution to the extreme societal and political divide facing the world.

Click here for more information

Cursillo Weekend

Cursillo weekend is scheduled for February 22-25 at the Whispering Winds Camp and Conference Center near Julian. Cursillo Weekend is designed to deepen a person's relationship with Jesus and enable them to live out their life as a witness to Jesus in the world.

Click here for more information.

EDSD Support for Migrants

EDSD’s Migration Ministry office continues to work with migrants along our southern border, providing immediate aid and relief. Thank you for your support! For an updated list of donation needs, volunteer opportunities, and a list of our partners, please visit Have questions? Contact Migration Missioner Robert Vivar at

Support Episcopal Relief and Development

Your gift to the Middle East Fund will support the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and Al-Ahli Arab Hospital as they offer critical health services to those impacted by the current crisis in Gaza. Through your generosity, ERD is able to provide medicine and other supplies to help tend to the physical and psychosocial wounds of the current conflict.

Visit today to make a contribution

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