Thursday, June 16, 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.

Next Thursday

June 23rd at 6:00pm

St. John's will celebrate 

La Misa in English 

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



A Father's Day Prayer

God our Father, thank you for the gift of our fathers. 

Thank you for their encouragement, their guidance,

and their provision for us.  Thank you for their patience, understanding, and sense of humor,

and for their unfailing love.

We ask you to bless our fathers with your spirit of wisdom,

counsel and fortitude. May they feel your love in their hearts,

your peace in their minds

and your joy in their spirits this day.

We ask all this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

In honor of Father's Day, we will have a special blessing of all fathers during our worship service on Sunday, June 19th. 

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, June 19, 2022

9:00 am

Come, pray, sing, receive Holy Communion,

and join us for fellowship following our liturgy.

Collect For the Second Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name,

for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon

the sure foundation of your loving­-kindness; 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 Second Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 65:1-9

Psalm 22:18-27

Galatians 3:23-29

Luke 8:26-39

Worship Booklet for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 19, 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 8:26-39

The fact that this story centers around a man controlled by demons can be a challenging issue for some people. The text has enough detail to make it very approachable for us, and it appears in the gospels written by Mark and Matthew, which suggests that it was widely circulated in the early Christian communities. All of this makes it very difficult to dismiss it outright as fantasy. If we set aside our own notions of what a demon is and focus on the man himself, we see someone who is cut off from his family and community, who has to be chained up in a place no one else will go for everyone’s safety, and who lives out his existence in horrendous conditions. While we may not use the term demon in the same way, we still have individuals who live like this today. Jesus not only heals this man physically and spiritually, but also teaches him and sends him back to his family to proclaim the message of the gospel! This provides tremendous hope for us on what a deeper relationship with Jesus means, but it is also a look at what the forthcoming kingdom of God will look like where the evil that crushes us physically and spiritually is defeated by the love and power of God and where our broken relationships are healed and restored. In the moment of our greatest need, Jesus will be there ready to meet us and heal us where we are.

  • Have you ever experienced something that you could describe as a “demon”? Was your faith helpful in dealing with it?
  • This man showed tremendous gratitude to Jesus by sitting at his feet and asking to become his disciple. Describe a time that you felt gratitude. What happened and how did you respond to that feeling?

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Altar Flowers for 2022

The Altar Flowers for June 19, 2022 are given by Iris Atkins

in thanksgiving for another year of life and health.

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.

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New Diocesan Sacred Ground Circle

In the wake of recent gun violence due to racial division, we must open our minds and hearts to counter these acts of hate. Bishop Susan urges us to participate in a Sacred Ground race-dialogue series.

We have been invited by St. Bart's to join a new Sacred Ground dialogue circle on Wednesday's beginning June 15th from 3-5 pm via Zoom.

Sacred Ground is the Episcopal Church’s film & reading based series which creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race, racism & faith.

For more information and instructions on how to register, please see the flyer attached here.


Outreach Ministry

Feel passionate about helping the homeless, but don’t want to hand out money on the streets? Here’s an idea!

Blessings in a Bag

St John’s will begin collecting and packing 1 gallon zip top bags with items that are helpful for our neighbors living outside. A few bags can be kept in your car to hand out when you come across a homeless person in need. We will also provide a prayer card from the church, so they know we care!  Click here for a list of items you can donate to fill the bags.

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)  

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 

Ice Cream Social with Old-Time Music

July 3, 2022

Please save the date and sign up in the Narthex!

Sunday July 3, 2022 at 3:00pm

All parish and community old-fashioned Ice Cream Social (for all ages).

  • Ice cream sundaes with lots of toppings!
  • Live entertainment - featuring the St. John's Choir and the SHQ
  • Fun program
  • Community sing along
  • Tribute to the military

Please invite your friends and families to this event as we recreate a St. John’s favorite tradition from the past in this year of our Centennial Celebration.

Hope to see you there as well as members of our community!

Jane Ferguson, Chair 

Parish Art/Variety Show on a date to be determined

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

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

on Sunday, September 18th

Parish Centennial Cookbook is being published and will feature the favorite recipes of the parishioners of St. John's.

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

Memorial Service for John Chudacek

The Memorial Service for John Chudacek will be on Monday, June 20th at 2:00pm

Emmanuel Anglican Church

635 E 7th St., National City, CA 91950

(Chapel is upstairs on the corner of F and 7th)

or via Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 848 6035 0296

Notes of care and sympathy may be sent to:

The Chudacek Family

C/O Emmanuel Anglican Church

PO Box number 2186 National City, CA 91951

Please hold the Chudacek family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend you servant, John.

Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold,

a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming.

Receive him 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 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.

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:

June 19

June 26

July 3 

July 10


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.

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 get it in the Sunday liturgy. If you have a picture of you that we could post for your birthday and/or a wedding photo or current photo for those celebrating an anniversary, please email it to us - it would be great to allow everyone to see you.

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, Katherine Milam, 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 our President, for the leaders of the nations and for all in authority.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the crew of USS America (LHA-66).


Vestry Meeting, June 22

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

meeting is on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:00 pm. Please contact Rev. Roger or Maria 

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

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

  • June 20: MOSJ meeting, 6:00 pm at Jeff and Scott's home

  • June 22: Vestry Meeting, 6:00 pm, virtual

  • June 23: La Misa in English, 6:00 pm at St. John's

  • June 25: Parish Council Meeting, 9:00 am in Nale Hall

  • July 3: Ice Cream Social, 3:00 pm at St. John's

2nd Quarter Calendar of Events

Emergency Contact Information

If you had a medical emergency at church on Sunday morning, would the ushers or church staff know who to contact? If you would like to add someone to St. John's  emergency contact list in case of such an emergency, please contact Maria in the office (619-422-4141 or Please provide your name, the name of your emergency contact, their relationship to you and their phone number. Any information you provide will be stored carefully in order to protect the privacy of your contact's information.
Parish Office Hours and Contacts

As our staff are now fully vaccinated, we are permitted to open our parish office.

Masking and social distance should be maintained when visitors are present.

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's Office Hours

Rev. Roger will be in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. He is available by appointment. 

Please call the office (619-422-4141) to schedule an appointment.

In case of a pastoral emergency, Rev. Roger may be reached on his cell phone at


Beware of Scam Emails & Phishing Attempts

If you receive a suspicious email from an address that seems to be Rev. Roger or another parishioner asking for a favor, it may be a phishing attempt. Scam emails mimic addresses we are familiar with and are very often full of grammatical errors.

Rev. Roger will never email you asking for funds or financial support by way of gift cards. If you receive an email that seems suspicious, do not open it or respond to it. Delete it immediately.
Phishing is a cyber attack that uses disguised email as a weapon. The goal is to trick the email recipient into believing that the message is something they want or need - a request from their bank, for instance, or a note from someone in their company - and to click a link or download an attachment.
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.



Environmental Summer Film Festival

Grab some popcorn and join us for an Environmental Summer

Film Festival on Wednesday, June 22, July 27, and August 24.

Films include:

The evening starts with prayer at 7:00 pm. We’ll stream the films online and have a twenty-minute discussion on each film.

Free registration for one or more of the films is available for this event. Please reserve your spot by completing the form found here.  You will be provided with the Zoom information for this event in an email after registration is complete.

Summer Snacks: A Virtual VBS Resource

Over the past few years, we’ve heard your request for continued offerings of positive, faith-based content and feel proud to announce… 

Summer Snacks

Delivery begins July 7

These short-format videos will focus on the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel featuring formation leaders from across our diocesan family. Each ‘Snack’ has supplemental components to accompany the gospel story like family cookie recipes, Lego translations of the story, Minecraft walkthroughs based on the Gospel, and more.

Premiering each Thursday on the Diocesan YouTube Channel, these videos will be a great supplement to any mealtime conversation, a springboard for summer formation programming, and so much more.

Read more here.

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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Cursillo Celebration 2022

Saturday, June 25

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

The celebration will begin with fellowship and a continental breakfast, followed by welcoming, orientation, opening prayer and a video address from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

Cost: $20 — includes the agape lunch and take-home materials.

Location: Church of the Good Shepherd, Bonita

Point of Contact: Larry Salvadori, 858-485-5434,

For details and registration info, please see the flyer attached here.


The Good News Festival

December 9-10, 2022

“Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people…”

Good News Headliners Announced

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is excited to announce the headliners for the Good News Festival. The Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be joined by social justice leader,

The Rev. Dr. William Barber. With two of the greatest public speakers in a generation, the Good News Festival is primed to be the most energizing spiritual event this Fall.


Joining these two unparalleled preachers is The Voices of Our City choir.

There has never been a better time to start inviting people to this amazing offering. Welcome your friends, families, and neighbors to the Good News Festival on December 9-10, 2022. And stay tuned–The Good News Festival has more coming your way!

Read more here.

Save Your Seat for the Good News Festival Here

Good News Festival Updates

Senior Ministry at St. Pius X: Summer Senior Fitness

You are invited to join the Senior Ministry program at

St. Pius X Catholic Church in Chula Vista for a summer full of exercise and fellowship in the Parish Hall, from June 13 - August 26. 

Please wear comfy clothes and shoes and don’t forget your water! 

  • Mondays 11:15am–12:00pm: Tai Chi 
  • Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm: Stretch, Stability and Movement 
  • Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm Zumba Gold

St. Pius X is located at 1120 Cuyamaca Ave in Chula Vista.

760 First Ave   Chula Vista, CA   91910

(619) 422-4141  |  |

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