Thursday, July 7, 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 the Human Family (BCP 815)

Let us pray for victims of gun violence,

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us

through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family;

take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts;

break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love;

and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes

on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you

in harmony around your heavenly throne;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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.

The Columbarium Committee and Vestry have given careful consideration, discussion, and decision-making in the creation of a 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: $12,235.00

Percentage of Goal: 27%

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  


The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 10, 2022

9:00 am

Come, pray, sing, receive Holy Communion,

and join us for fellowship following our liturgy.

Collect For the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you,

and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do,

and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Deuteronomy 30:9-14

Psalm 25:1-9

Colossians 1:1-14

Luke 10:25-37

Worship Booklet for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 10, 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

As San Diego County has moved into the medium-risk category for COVID-19, 

mask wearing is voluntary, but highly recommended.

Reflection on Luke 10: 25-37

The parable of the Good Samaritan is well known and much loved. Jesus tells this parable in response to questions from what the NRSV Bible calls a “lawyer.” The original Greek in this passage connotes someone well-versed in the Torah. Here, the lawyer challenges Jesus: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus points the lawyer to the Law, and his answer is accepted. He tries to catch Jesus up one more time: “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus offers a parable in response.

The parable of the Good Samaritan tells the story of a man, traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, who is beset by robbers, beaten, and left on the side of the road. A priest and then a Levite pass him by, and he is helped and cared for by a Samaritan. The tendency of modern Christians is to think of the Samaritan as a member of an oppressed group offering help to someone they don’t know. But this doesn’t quite capture the feeling of enmity that existed between Jewish people and the Samaritans. Both claim lineage back to Moses and both use the Torah as the source of religious observance. Where Samaritans are descended from the northern kingdom of Israel, who had Samaria as their main center of worship,

the Jewish people are descended from Judah, which had Jerusalem as their main center of worship. Samaritans weren’t any more or less oppressed than the Jewish people living under Roman occupation.

What we have here, then, is a story of a Samaritan crossing boundaries by not crossing the road. He uses the money and social position he has to care for an enemy. It’s as if a Ukrainian person were to stop along the side of the road to care for a Russian person. It is unexpected, and, if enacted in real life, is violence-disrupting.

The lawyer realizes that the neighbor is the Samaritan but can’t bring himself to actually say the word. Jesus tells him to do what the Samaritan does. We are called to do the same.

  • In this passage, the Samaritan is “moved with pity” to act, as the lawyer observes, with “mercy.” The term translated as “moved with pity” could also be translated as “to feel compassion.” In what ways do compassion and mercy work together?
  • When we read stories like these, we want to identify with the person who Jesus holds up as an exemplar. Think about each character in the parable: the robbers, the priest, the Levite, the man, the Samaritan, and the innkeeper. Which of these characters have you been in your life? Which characters have you met in your life? If you were ever the Samaritan, how did you decide to act?
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Altar Flowers for 2022

The Altar Flowers for July 3, 2022 are given by Bob and Norma Dunn

in celebration of their anniversary.

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?


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.


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 

The Centennial Planning Committee will meet on July 10

in Nale Hall after church.

St. John’s Parish BBQ and Chili Contest on Saturday, August 13th, hosted by the MOSJ

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/ 

St. John's Ice Cream Social 

If you were not able to attend this spectacular parish event, you may watch it here:

Thanks to Jane Ferguson, who wrote, produced and directed the program, and to all the performers.  Special thanks to Cheryl and Wayne Seppala for their musical accompaniment.

Centennial Cookbook

Copies of the Centennial Cookbook will be available for sale after church this Sunday. The price is $15 or 2 for $25. These would make great Christmas gifts for friends and family!

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

Diane Gustafson is hosting a luncheon for St. John’s women on Friday, July 15, starting at 11:30 a.m. Look for a sign-up sheet in the Narthex soon.

Diane will provide soft drinks and water, and each woman attending is asked to bring an item for the Faith Salad. This is a unique and fun way to have lunch because everyone brings something for a salad (protein like eggs or ham, greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, dressing, etc.) and we have faith that it will all be balanced. St. John’s has done this several times in the past, and it has always worked out!

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:

July 10

July 17

August 7

August 14


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.


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 13

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, and Linda Longoria-Neff.

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. Francis

in Pauma Valley.

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

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for all Sailors stationed onboard Naval Air Facility, El Centro.


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

Your Vestry Corner

A little clarity on Fundraising and the Budget

Each year when the Finance Committee develops the budget, under the General Fund there is a Line Item for Fundraising, the amount of which is based on the amount raised the previous year. This year the amount is $5000.00. In order to meet the requirements of the general fund, which we must do in order to maintain a balanced budget, all fundraising dollars must go in that line item until that amount is reached. That’s not to say we can’t raise more than 5K, hopefully we will, that will potentially allow us to increase our Fund Raiser line item for next year. The only exception to that requirement is when the vestry designates a fundraiser for a specific purpose. In order for the vestry to effectively maintain our budget it is imperative that all fundraisers be presented to and approved by the vestry.

An example of the exception to the Line Item requirement is our present Columbium Fundraiser. There have been a number of questions as to how that Fundraiser works. First it’s important to remember that what allows people to be very generous with their donations is their ability to deduct that donation off their taxes. Here is where we have to be a little careful, the question that’s been asked; If I purchase a niche will that $2,500.00 be counted as a donation?, the answer, no. You are receiving something for your money, therefore that can’t be counted as a donation and does not qualify as a Tax Deduction. Anything over the purchase amount you give would count as a donation.

I hope this gives a little more understanding of how our Budget and Fundraising works. Please remember, your vestry really wants to hear from you with any and all ideas you have concerning ideas for Fundraising.  

by David Dennehy

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 10: Centennial Planning Committee meeting, 10:15am in Nale Hall

  • July 15: Women's Fellowship Luncheon, 11:30am at the home of Diane Gustafson

  • July 18: Men of St. John's Meeting, 6:00pm at the home of Tom Brzeczek 

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

  • July 31: Bake Sale, 10:15am in Nale Hall

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.


What is General Convention

By: Chris Tumilty, EDSD Director of Communications

General Convention, the governing body of the Episcopal Church, begins its triennial meeting on July 8 in Baltimore, Maryland. Similar to our own Diocesan Convention, where our local congregations are represented by fellow parishioners, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church is a gathering of Bishops and elected representatives (deputies) from each diocese. 

Every three years, General Convention’s bicameral legislature–the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops–meets to discuss, vote, and pass resolutions facing the Church. General Convention is the highest temporal authority in the Episcopal Church. For example, General Convention has the ability to amend the Constitution and Canons of the Church, update the prayer book, create official relationships, elect officers and members of the Executive Council of the Church, and more. Read More 

Episcopal Leaders Mourn Gun Deaths at Independence Day Parade

By: David Paulsen

[Episcopal News Service] Trinity Episcopal Church in Highland Park, Illinois, hosted an online service of lament on July 4, the evening after a gunman opened fire on an Independence Day parade in the northern suburb of Chicago, killing six people and wounding about two dozen others. A 21-year-old man is in custody after a police manhunt.

The Rev. Paula Clark, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Chicago, and the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, assisting bishop, issued a message to the diocese after the rampage, saying their “hearts are broken” at the news. They also highlighted the gun violence that continues to plague Chicago, including 57 people shot over the long holiday weekend, at least nine of them fatally.

“Despite their great numbers, these deaths and the poverty and systemic racism that fuel them are often lost in the conversation about gun violence as our nation lurches from one mass killing to another,” Clark and Knudsen said. “Please, in the hours after this horrifying event, as this violent weekend draws toward an end, keep yourself safe, and join us in prayer.”

Read More

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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