Thursday, January 4, 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 First Sunday after The Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord

Sunday, January 7, 2024


Collect for the First Sunday after The Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan

proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit:

Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant

they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior;

who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,

one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Readings for the First Sunday after The Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord

Genesis 1:1-5

Psalm 29

Acts 19:1-7

Mark 1:4-11

Worship Booklet for the the First Sunday after The Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord January 7, 2024

Liturgy Time Notice

Beginning this Sunday, January 7th, there will be one service at:

9:00am with organ/choir, and Sunday School for children.

2024 Altar Flowers

We are now accepting dedications for Altar Flowers for 2024. 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: [email protected]

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 will meets on Tuesday, January 9th, in Nale Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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 ([email protected]) or Maria ([email protected]).

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.

For the Deceased

Pray for the repose of the soul of Penny Milam.

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.

Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, on this first Sunday of the year, intercessions will be offered for the congregation, for the clergy and wardens, and for all others in leadership positions—as it is the first Sunday in The Year of Leadership—with particular petitions for wisdom and guidance in the year to come. For all those being baptized and those renewing their baptismal covenant in our diocese. 

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Scottish Episcopal Church.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11, Imperial Beach.


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 [email protected]


Follow Us on Facebook and Instagram

Please follow us and friend us on Facebook at Saint John's Episcopal Church

and on Instagram at stjohnsepiscopalchurchcv


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 ([email protected]) by Tuesday, January 16th in preparation for our Annual Meeting.

Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • January 9th: Prayers and Squares Quilting Ministry, 9:30-2:30 in Nale Hall
  • January 15th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Office Closed
  • January 15th: Men of St. John's Meeting, 6:00pm
  • January 18th: Daughters of the King Meeting, 9:30am in Conference Room
  • January 21st: Annual Meeting following the Worship Service, in Nale Hall

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 [email protected].

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

Chris Tumilty, Director of Communications

At our 50th Diocesan Convention, Bishop Susan Brown Snook announced that 2024 will be the Year of Leadership in EDSD. Throughout 2024, the Diocese is offering a number of ways for individuals to develop as leaders, both in their spiritual journey and in their practical skills to serve the community. 

At the heart of this year’s focus is Leadership Academy–a flagship event set for January 20th. This year’s academy offers three distinct tracks: Foundations, Storytelling, and Growth, each designed to cater to various aspects of leadership. We will gather at the newly formed Resurrection Episcopal Church, located at the Episcopal Church Center in Ocean Beach. Read More

Leadership Academy 2024

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

Faith To Go Podcast

Join David and Charlette in a conversation about honesty, wishing God would reveal Himself in rough times, how baptism is a pivotal time, and how renewing our baptismal covenant can be a multisensory and moving experience.

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 [email protected].

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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