Thursday, July 28, 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.



ECS Head Start children return on Monday, August 1st.

  • We will stuff the Backpacks with school supplies on Saturday morning at 10:00am in Nale Hale.

          Please join us as we fill the backpacks for the children.

  • The backpacks will be blessed during our Eucharistic liturgy on Sunday morning.

St. John's will celebrate La Misa in English

TONIGHT: 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

This Sunday, July 31st

Champagne and Breakfast Reception

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 reception of champagne and small breakfast bites.

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 Choir reception 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


Construction has begun on the 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.

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.  

Cost of the Project: $45,000.00

Raised to Date: $ 31,121.00

Percentage of Goal: 69%

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. 

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 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 31, 2022

9:00 am

Come, pray, sing, receive Holy Communion, with a special blessing of the choir,

and the blessing of backpacks and ECS Head Start students and teachers.

Join us for a reception honoring the choir 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 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church;

and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help,

protect and govern it always by your goodness;

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 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23

Psalm 49:1-11

Colossians 3:1-11

Luke 12:13-21

Worship Booklet for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 31, 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 12:13-21

In his opening remarks, Jesus proclaims that he will not participate in pronouncing any kind of judgment. Still, he rather sneakily uses the parable, in fact, to pronounce judgment. Jesus seems to say to the young man desperately wishing to draw him into his family quarrel, “You’re paying attention to the wrong things!” In the New Revised Standard Version translation, Jesus sets the scene for his story and tells the crowd to “Take care” (v. 15). The original Greek word for this phrase means see, view, or perceive. He does not tell them to listen up or pay close attention. Instead, Jesus tells them to “perceive,” and then follows with, “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions” (v. 15). By saying this, Jesus indicates that this goes beyond objective reality or rationalizations of the mind. He wants the young man and the crowd to feel the meaning within their bodies, and to know in a different kind of way.

This does not necessarily seem to be a lesson centered on sharing, but the rich man in the parable uses the word “my” five times in the span of just two verses: “my crops,” “my barns,” “my grain,” “my goods,” “my soul” (v. 17-19). Then, he knocks down his old barn and builds a bigger one to hold his stash. Luke stresses the importance of an equitable society, so the truth to be perceived comes directly from Jesus’ use of the word abundance. With great irony, the rich man capitalizing on his abundance makes him blind to the truth of God’s abundance. The rich man’s greed is built upon his fear of scarcity for his future. Luke drives this point home when God says, “You fool!” (v. 20), echoing Jesus’ opening sentiments to the young man. God seems to say, “Your eyes are so narrowed on your material accumulations, you cannot see the destruction your greed rains upon you or the others around you.”

  • How might your perceptions be out of focus with God’s?
  • Within your communities, where do you see the fear of scarcity doing harm to others?
  • Are there spaces where you can expose the myth of scarcity and introduce the abundance of God?
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Altar Flowers for 2022

The Altar Flowers for July 31, 2022 are given by Bob, Penny and Kathy Milam

in thanksgiving for Debbie Milam.

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.


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.

MOSJ will provide the main course and beverages. Please bring a side dish (potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw or green salad) or dessert.  

Please sign up in the Narthex, and also indicate if you will be entering the Chili Cook-off.

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/ 

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


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, August 3

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, Bob Smalley

and Dave Stewart.

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 All Saints' in San Diego.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of the Province of West Africa.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Marines and Sailors of 11th, 13th and 15th Marine Expeditionary Units.


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.


Leadership Roundtable

Join Canon Gwynn Lynch on August 13, from 9 to 11 via Zoom for our next Leadership Roundtable. The session will be oriented toward wardens and other congregational lay leaders, but all are welcome to attend. This will be an open discussion of topics received from lay leaders. Read More

You Have a Heart for Discernment

By: The Rev. Brian Fidler

All of us may practice spiritual discernment, prayerfully listening for God’s word for our lives. To do so in intentional community is to be supported in faithfully distinguishing the unique call of God’s voice – calling us to the ministry where God most needs us to be.

This communal spiritual discernment lies at the heart of the work of the Parish Discernment Committee (PDC). The PDC occurs in the early stages of an individual’s exploration of a call to ordained ministry, based on a letter of support from their sponsoring priest, and at the direction of the Bishop and Commission on Ministry. Because discernment of ordained ministry in God’s Church occurs in partnership with the Church – the people of God – the PDC is composed of several parishioners from the discerner’s home parish, and one or two trained conveners who meet a handful of times to prayerfully consider three important questions... 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.

Statement on Lambeth Calls

Episcopal bishops reject Anglicans’ same-sex marriage ultimatum

General Convention Deputy Reflections

Environmental Film Festival

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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