Thursday, July 21, 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

July 28th 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

Choir Appreciation Sunday

July 31st in Nale Hall following our Sunday liturgy

In appreciation for all the time and talent that the

choir has share with us to make our worship beautiful - we would like to honor and celebrate them with a champagne reception.

Please join us as we recognize  our wonderful choir!

St. John's Bake Sale

Sunday, July 31st in Nale Hall following our liturgy

Brownies, Cookies, and Pies . . . oh, my!


Our Bake Sale in February was so successful that we’re trying it again on Sunday,

July 31.  We would appreciate your donation of (preferably homemade) goodies and your purchase of foods others have brought.

Enjoy them during the social hour following church and/or take them home.


Cookies and brownies should be individually wrapped, and we’ll have small bags if needed.  Cakes and pies will be sold whole.


Questions? Contact Diane Gustafson: 619-253-7298 or


As has been previously announced, our columbarium is in disrepair. We are in need of a new columbarium and memorial garden.  

It is our responsibility to provide a respectful, dignified place for the perpetual care for our loved ones who have gone before us and for ourselves in the future.

Construction has begun on the new Columbarium and Memorial Garden.

You can see a conceptual 3D rending of the new Columbarium and Memorial Garden -

click here

To Note:  

  • the Columbarium will be constructed of charcoal colored granite so that the etching of Names and Dates will stand out more; 
  • the empty square pedestal is where the current statue of St. John “the Beloved” will stand

Please consider how much you could donate to the Columbarium Fund Drive.  

Goal: $45,000.00

Raised to Date: $ 28,021.25

Percentage of Goal: 62%

As an incentive, a generous donor has offered a matching gift, dollar for dollar, for all the money that is donated towards our columbarium fund. 

Your generosity to the new Columbarium and Memorial Garden will demonstrate your care for those who have gone before as well as those who remain.

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.

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 Fund Drive.

Thank you for your commitment and generosity.

Your Columbarium Committee and Vestry  


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

for COVID-19, mask wearing is strongly encouraged.

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 24, 2022

9:00 am

Come, pray, sing, receive Holy Communion,

and join us for fellowship following our liturgy.

A word about our worship -

our worship service begins with the lighting of the altar candles into the prelude

and ends after the postlude with the extinguishing of the candles.

A sense of prayerful reflection is appropriate to be maintained.

Collect For the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

O God, the protector of all who trust in you,

without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:

Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that,

with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal,

that we lose not the things eternal;

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 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 18:20-32

Psalm 138

Colossians 2:6-15

Luke 11:1-13

Worship Booklet for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 24, 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

Reflection on Luke 11: 1-13

This passage in Luke’s Gospel begins a long section about discipleship, so it is fitting that he begins by talking about prayer. The Lord’s Prayer serves as a template for structuring prayer (it is shorter than Matthew’s version): adoration, supplication, and confession, as well as moral implications. Luke impresses the attitude and ethos of prayer: it should be continuous. As Paul said, we “pray without ceasing.”

Jesus’ disciples speak for us when they ask Jesus to teach them to pray. Such a request is one that we might make today! After all, as St. Thomas Aquinas says, “God is the first mover of all things,” so we must rely on the Holy Spirit to move us first, that we might participate in prayer. 

But the Lord has given us the words to pray that we might not be completely lost. Not only has he given us the Lord’s Prayer, but he has also given us all of Scripture, most notably the Psalms. And these prayers are both temporal and spiritual. The Lord himself has taught us to pray for both our physical needs and our spiritual needs.

  • Can you recall a time you felt unable to pray?
  • Do you have a memory of a prayer that was answered? Do you have a memory of a prayer that you felt was unanswered? How did you respond in those cases?
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Altar Flowers for 2022

The Altar Flowers for July 24, 2022 are given by Tom Brzeczek

in memory of his anniversary with Mark Higginbotham

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.


Christian Initiation


Do you desire to make a commitment of faith in the Episcopal Church?


You are invited to celebrate the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation or the rites of Reception or Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows


Holy Baptism


Holy Baptism is full initiation into Christ’s Body, the church. Baptism creates a bond which indissoluble and unrepeatable.

Our church recognizes all baptism performed with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We do not repeat a baptism that was validly celebrated.

Those who are baptized are thereby admitted to Holy Communion. Baptized infants should receive Holy Communion regularly.


Confirmation, Reception, Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows


Confirmation is the renewal of baptismal vows for those baptized at an early age who desire to make their first adult affirmation of faith. It is a sacrament of mature adulthood.


Reception is a renewal of baptismal vows for those who have made a mature affirmation of faith in any other Christian church and who now wish to join the Episcopal Church.


Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows is a renewal of baptismal vows

  • for those who were baptized as adults without laying on of hands by a bishop,
  • for those who have made a mature affirmation of faith but have returned from a lapse of Christian practice,
  • for those concluding a period of personal or pastoral crisis, and
  • for those who are experiencing a new call from God to grow in faith or to begin a new ministry


If you have any questions about these sacraments and/or rites or have a desire to deepen you commitment of faith in the Episcopal Church, please contact Rev. Roger Haenke.


San Diego Pride Parade 2022

St. John's was well represented at

the San Diego Pride Parade. 

Alice Burnham, Tom Brzeczek, Jeff Bates, Scott Bricknell, Cliff Berkowitz and Rev. Roger joined other members of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

Rev. Roger sprinkles participants

with holy water.

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 27, 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. 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


Centennial Events 

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. 

Bring your best pot of chili to enter into the contest!

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

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

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

If you are interested in helping with any of these events, please notify

Maria Love in the Office: 619-422-4141/

or Diane Gustafson: 619-253-7298/ 

Centennial Cookbook

This Sunday is the last day to buy your Centennial Cookbook!

The price is $15 or 2 for $25.

Cookbook sales will return in December.

I'll Bee There Book Sale

Contact Diane Gustafson: 619-253-7298/ if you would like a signed copy of her book I'll Bee There: Short Stories and Personal Essays.
The entire $10.00 price will go to the Centennial Dinner fund.


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


Women’s Fellowship Luncheon

Nine women gathered for a fellowship luncheon at Diane Gustafson’s house on July 15. Each brought an ingredient for the Faith Salad. The group decided to meet every 3-4 months. All women in the parish are welcome and encouraged to attend. Watch this newsletter for the announcement of the next Women’s Fellowship Luncheon.

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 7

August 14

August 21


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, July 27

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,

Richie Lebron, Andrew C. Dugger, Dan and Chelsey Nyaradi, Ryan Lothspeich,

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

Scott Hunter, Steve Magill, Gary & Shirley McCarren, Ann Lindshield, the McClure family, Christy and Mike Gollihur, Norma Dunn, Anna Jones, Linda Longoria-Neff and Bob Smalley.

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. Mary's in-the-Valley in Ramona.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church in Wales.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for veterans of the Korean War.


Vestry Meeting, July 27

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

meeting is on Wednesday, July 27 at 6:00 pm. Please contact Rev. Roger or Maria 

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

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

Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • July 28: La Misa in English, 6:00pm in Nale Hall

  • July 31: Bake Sale, following the Sunday liturgy in Nale Hall

  • July 31: Choir Appreciation Sunday, following the Sunday liturgy in Nale Hall

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

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.


When is a Book Not a Book?

By: Bishop Susan Brown Snook

This year, General Convention began to redefine the Book of Common Prayer. I mentioned this development in my recap of General Convention on July 12. But exactly what happened, and why does it matter?

The first thing to understand is that the Book of Common Prayer is a vital symbol of the unity of the church. When the first BCP was developed by Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer in 1549, it demonstrated the hope that the Protestant and Catholic wings of the Church of England could end the conflicts of the Reformation by praying together. It was also the first time the people of England could worship in their own language, participating fully and understanding the prayers and readings. This dedication to praying in a way that people can understand and share is a core commitment of our church – which is why the Book of Common Prayer has often been revised to reflect evolving language and culture. Read More

Creation Care 101

Thinking about starting a Creation Care ministry but need more information on creation care? Consider participating in Creation Care 101, a free program, toolkit, and community-building resource designed for the church.

Click here for more information and to register.

DSJC Invites You to Network

July 23, 2022, from 9:30-11:30am on Zoom

The Diocesan Service & Justice Coalition is a group of dedicated service/outreach and peace/social justice coordinators who gather to network and share ideas and collaborate on projects to make a greater impact in our community.

Click here for more information

Photos from the Pride Parade

Environmental Film Festival

Good News Festival

Summer Snacks - VBS

Forward Day by Day Web and App Upgrades

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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