Thursday, January 18, 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.


The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday, January 21, 2024


Collect for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ

and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation,

that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works;

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Jonah 3:1-5, 10

Psalm 62:6-14

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

Mark 1:14-20

Worship Booklet for the the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 21, 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.


Our parish Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28th following our liturgy (approximately 10:30).

Please plan on staying and attending our Annual Meeting. We need to have a quorum in order to conduct our parish business.

A continental breakfast will be served.

One piece of important business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting is the election of members to our St. John’s Parish Vestry.

This year:

  • The term held by Lynn Young will end. Lynn is eligible and has agreed to run for another 3-year term.

  • The term held by Alex Valdez-Beer will end. Alex is eligible and has agreed to run for another 3-year term.

  • The term held by Jane Ferguson will end. Jane has decided not to run for another term.

  • David Dennehy is eligible and has offered to run for Jane’s open 3-year term on vestry.

Therefore, we will vote on our slate of nominees for vestry:

Lynn Young, Alex Valdez-Beer, and David Dennehy.

In the gospel from Mark, this coming Sunday, Jesus proclaims the good news of God, saying, "The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is near . . . "

The question before us as a parish is: How will we continue to fulfil and make present the kingdom of God?

Or in other words, with regard to our parish family, what do you long for, what do you hope for, or what do you want to see happen? I want to hear your answers.

Then, I invite you to come and see how our hopes and dreams and yearnings might be fulfilled. 

I look forward to the coming year with much hope and excitement.



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

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, January 24th

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, 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.

For the Deceased

Pray for the repose of the soul of David Bricknell, Sr.

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 our Ecumenical partnerships during the Week of Christian Unity.

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

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, Naval Station San Diego


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

The family requests that memorial donations be made in Penny's memory to 

South Bay Community Services


New Start Blankets

(please make your check out to St. John’s and write “New Start Blankets” in the memo line)

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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Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • January 20th: Celebration of Life for Penny Milam, 11:00am
  • January 28th: Annual Meeting, following the Worship Service in Nale Hall
  • February 1st: La Misa in English, Celebrating Dia de la Candelaria (Candlemas), 6:00pm 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



Year of Leadership: Governance

By: Chris Tumilty and the Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch

Episcopalians love committees and meetings and, more recently, Zoom calls. We chat about shared missions and still have differing opinions on almost everything. It is something that makes the Episcopal tradition beautiful–the free expression of different experiences, cultures, and opinions. We have vestry and Bishop’s committee meetings, and Executive Council meetings, and the Standing Committee, and Diocesan Convention . . . How did the Episcopal Church get this way?

The late 18th century was a tumultuous time in the history of the United States. The American Revolution was in full swing, and not surprisingly, it came with a strong desire among American Anglicans to distance themselves from the Church of England. Yearning for a church that mirrored their newfound nation’s ideals, early Americans convened the first convention of the Church in 1785 in Philadelphia–the future first capital of the fledgling country–and established the Constitution and Canons of the Church. Read More

Diocesan Service and Justice Coalition

You are invited to the next meeting of the Diocesan Service & Justice Coalition on January 27, 2024 from 9:30-11:30am on Zoom. The DSJC is a group of dedicated service/outreach and peace/social justice coordinators who network, share ideas and collaborate on projects to make a greater impact in our community.

Click here for more information and to register

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

Today, Charlette and David talk about conflict and reconciliation as parents and what if we made time for patience in reconciliation among each other in this world. 

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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