Thursday, March 31, 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.
Amen.
WORSHIP
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Sunday, April 3, 2022
9:00 am

Please join us for our sung celebration of Holy Eucharist at 9:00 am in the church.

Come, pray, sing, receive Holy Communion,
and join us for fellowship following our liturgy.

Masks are not required.
However, if you are unvaccinated or immunocompromised,
you may wish to wear a mask.


A word about 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 Fifth Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command
and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes
of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed
where true joys are to be found; 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 in Lent

Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8

If you are not able to attend, please join our livestream services:

St. John's website: saint-johns.org
St. John's YouTube Channel: St. John's YouTube Channel
Reflection on John 12:1-8

The Gospel begins as Jesus arrives in Bethany. He has come to visit with Lazarus, Martha and Mary. They gathered around the table to catch up with Jesus. Martha spent most of the day preparing a special meal for Jesus.
 
While they were gathered at the table, Mary approached Jesus with a container of expensive perfumed oil. She began to cleanse his feet and then she anointed his feet with exotic and expensive oil.
 
Mary should not be washing Jesus’ feet! This was a task for the slaves and servants, not for a member of the family. Mary not only washed Jesus’ feet, she also had the audacity to dry his feet with her hair! What an intimate act! Many of the guests were shocked. What was Mary thinking? Her action was completely inappropriate. However, no one spoke a word.
 
After a few moments, Judas Iscariot finally asked why this expensive oil had not been sold and the money given to the poor. Judas sounded like a champion of the poor, however, he had hoped to sell the oil and then pocket the money himself. Judas was in charge of the money bag. Jesus knows that Judas is upset about the spending of the money (which he had planned to pocket). Judas was not concerned for the needs of the poor. He simply was concerned for himself.
 
Jesus defends Mary and her compassionate, loving action. Jesus knew that the coming days would be horrific for him. By washing his feet and anointing them, Mary had given him a great gift of love and care with this simple, loving action. Jesus confronts Judas and his hypocrisy. He emphatically tells Judas to leave Mary alone. She was to keep the oil for the day of Jesus’ burial.
 
Jesus knew Judas’ heart had changed. Yet, Jesus still loved Judas. And Jesus was deeply saddened that Judas was no longer committed to Jesus and to the people of God. Judas was committed only to himself. What a loss for Jesus and for Judas. Jesus had lost a loved one and a follower but Judas had betrayed himself and his best friend! And for what: a bag of coins?
 
Do we have a “Judas” in our lives: someone who had hurt or betrayed us? I assume most of us do. The question is: will we strive to follow in Jesus’ footsteps? Are we open to forgiving the person who hurt or betrayed us? And if we cannot answer yes, are we willing to desire to forgive the other to Jesus? Jesus will grace us with the ability to forgive, if we open our hearts to him. All we have to do is ask!
 
Sr. Kristine Anne Harpenau, OSB
Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana
Easter Flowers

Our church will be decorated with beautiful flowers for Easter.
If you would like to honor your loved ones in our worship bulletin on Easter, please use the Easter Flower envelopes found in the church
or email or call the office (maria@saint-johns.org; 619-422-4141) with your requests:

In honor of ____   
or 
In memory of _____ 
or
In thanksgiving for _____
LENT 2022
The Season of Lent

The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion (Good Friday) and resurrection (Easter), and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for these holy days by a season of penitence and fasting.
You are invited, therefore, to join us in our observance of a holy Lent.

Lent is traditionally marked by acts of special devotion: prayer, fasting, self-examination and repentance, spiritual reading, and alms giving.

We are providing optional acts of devotion to help you keep the season holy:

Prayer
  • Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study 
Consider joining us on Wednesday morning - 
you may request the Zoom link from Rev. Roger.

  • Stations of the Cross 
For your private devotion, you are invited to walk the step of Jesus on his
journey to the cross; 
a link to the service booklet is located below.

  • Lenten Book Study – Creation Care
The Lenten Book Study is sponsored by the Creation Care Task Force of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego featuring "Sacred Earth Sacred Soul"
Join us via Zoom on 5 (plus an optional 6th) consecutive Tuesday evenings-March 8, March 15, March 22, March 29, and April 5, plus April 12 (optional)-from 6:30 - 7:45 PM.
For more information and to Register, click here

Fasting 
  • Self-Examination
Through self-examination, you may discern and consider fasting from those
things that are holding you back from being an example by word and deed
of God’s love.
Alms-Giving
  • 40 Days – 40 Items
Please consider giving of your excess in order to clothe those who go without.
See the table in the narthex or the article in our E-Newsletter for details.
If you wish to have clothing collection bags sent to you, contact Maria in the
church office.
Stations of the Cross

Along with the prayers and reflections for each station, you will find artwork from former St. John's students.

Attached is the link to the prayer booklet:

Lenten University at St. Bart's

Rev. Cathey invites you to participate in one of St. Bart’s most attended formation programs is a Lenten program called Lenten University. This year it will take place on Thursday evenings during Lent from 6:30 to 7:30 via Zoom. This year our overall theme will be “The Call to Hospitality.” Speakers will offer a 30 – 40-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for questions and conversation around the evening’s topic. At the end of the meeting, Rev. Cathey Dowdle will be hosting the sessions and offering a short period of prayer to close the session that is optional for both presenters and attendees.

Every week on Thursday, until Apr 7, 2022, at 6:30 pm.

March 31: Our Call to Hospitality to Immigrants, Troy Elder
April 7: How Do We Live into Our Call to Hospitality, TBD

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Weekly: Weekly Calendar

Join Zoom Meeting: Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 863 1394 3100
Passcode: Lent2022
Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent 

The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption. Throughout Lent, come along with us as we explore Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent, produced by Hillary Raining and Jenifer Gamber. You can find resources mentioned below at iam.ec/lifetransformed or by scanning the QR code above to the right.

Week 5

Sunday, April 3
Today’s Practice: Watch the Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining’s video at iam.ec/lifetransformed for Week 5. The topic is based on the practice “Rest” and is titled, “The Valley of Dry Bones”.
Read: Ezekiel 37:1-14
 
Monday, April 4
Today’s Prompt: What are you thankful for?
Read: “For we are aliens and transients before you, as were all our ancestors; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.” - 1 Chronicles 29:15
 
Tuesday, April 5
Today’s Prompt: Where might God be asking you to take your great love into the world?
Read: “You have heard; now see all this; and will you not declare it? From this time forward I make you hear new things, hidden things that you have not known.” - Isaiah 48:6b
 
Wednesday, April 6
Today’s Prompt: Slowly read this passage aloud. How does this speak to the world today?
Read: “As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.”
- Matthew 4:18-22
 
Thursday, April 7
Today’s Prompt: What seminal moments have informed a need to return to Christ?
Read: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”
- Psalm 51:10
 
Friday, April 8
Today’s Prompt: What relationships do you need to mend?
Read: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” - Isaiah 55:8-9
 
Saturday, April 9
Today’s Prompt: How has this Way with God impacted your experience of God?
Read: “Let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” - John 7:38
 
Reflections from “Living the Way of Love” by Mary Bea Sullivan (Church Publishing, 2019). Used with permission. Quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
The Heart of the Christian Year

Holy Week begins on the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, as Jesus enters Jerusalem and is welcomed as king. The week progresses to the Last Supper when Jesus washes the feet of his disciples and his betrayal and arrest on Thursday evening; his trial and crucifixion on Friday; and his conquering death and resurrection on Easter Eve/Easter Sunday. These services provide a liturgical experience of the last days of Jesus' earthly life.
Holy Week culminates with the Paschal Triduum (sacred three days): starting the evening
of Maundy Thursday, through the evenings of Good Friday and Holy Saturday (with the Great Vigil of Easter,) and ending the evening of Easter; all celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The Paschal Triduum is experienced as one liturgy: having remembered the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, we traditionally wait and pray (vigil) at the altar of repose on Maundy Thursday; then we continue with the reading of the Passion along with the veneration and prayer (vigil) at the cross of Christ on Good Friday; leading us to the Easter Vigil where we gather and pray (vigil) around the new fire to hear the stories of salvation after which we celebrate the resurrection of Christ in the Holy Eucharist; a celebration that ​continues into Easter day.

"Stay with me, keep watch with me.  Watch and pray."
Holy Week and Easter Services at St. John's

Sunday of the Passion – Palm Sunday: April 10th

9:00AM  (In-person service begins in Nale Hall, processing into the church; live-streamed)
Liturgy of the Palms followed by the celebration of the Eucharist with a reading of The Passion According to Luke
 
Maundy Thursday: April 14th

6:00PM (Soup Supper in Nale Hall)
7:00PM  (In-person service in Nale Hall; live-streamed)
The Maundy Thursday Liturgy commemorates the Last Supper with the Foot Washing ritual (with the directive to love and serve our neighbors) and the institution of Holy Eucharist. The worship of this day has no formal dismissal. Following the stripping of the altar you are invited to stay and pray at the Altar of Repose.
 
Good Friday: April 15th

12:00PM  (In-person liturgy in the church)
Noonday Prayer with Stations of the Cross
7:00PM  (In-person liturgy with Veneration of the Cross; live-streamed)
Liturgy of the Word including hearing the Passion of Christ, solemn prayers and the veneration of the cross with time for individual prayer at the cross of Christ.
Holy Saturday – The Great Vigil of Easter: April 16th

7:00PM  (In-person liturgy beginning in the courtyard with a procession to the church;
live-streamed)
Gather (vigil) in prayer as we light the new fire and Paschal Candle and we hear again the stories of salvation; reaffirm our faith with the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, followed by the Celebration of Holy Eucharist and the receiving of Easter Communion.

Sunday of the Resurrection – Easter Day: April 17th

9:00AM  (In-person liturgy in the church; live-streamed)
Please join us in the church for our Easter celebration of God’s word, reaffirm our faith with the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Holy Baptism and Celebration of Eucharist with the receiving of Easter Communion.
ST. JOHN'S CENTENNIAL
Centennial Events 

Italian Dinner and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 14th hosted by the MOSJ
During the Italian Dinner, we will have our popular Opportunity Drawings as a fundraiser for the church.  Prizes will be displayed and tickets will be sold 6 for $5. If you want a chance to win a prize, deposit one or more tickets into its bag.
We are seeking prizes. Can you help? Among the items collected so far are an English teacup, saucer, and dessert plate that belonged to Florence Cooper; collectible plates that belonged to Dinah Bates; a Barefoot Dreams poncho, and a rechargeable massage gun.
If you have something to donate, please bring it to the church office before May 1. We combine items into baskets so even small items such as a bottle of wine and non-perishable foods can be used. And we can use baskets as well.  Used items in good condition are acceptable.
If you have questions, please contact Diane Gustafson 619-253-7298, diangus15@aol.com

Parish Potluck with Ethnic Foods on Pentecost Sunday, June 5th

Ice Cream Social with Old-Time Music on Sunday, July 3rd

Parish Art/Variety Show on a date to be determined

St. John’s Parish BBQ and Chili Contest in August 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.
We will be asking you to submit your recipes, but right now we are looking for help in putting it together. Nancy Painter is Editor of the cookbook. If you would be interested in any of the following, please contact Nancy: 619 422-7792/ buddys@cox.net.
Much of this work can be done from your home.
  • separating recipes by type (salads, entrees) and figuring out the order of recipes
  • typing the recipes that have been handwritten
  • proofreading
  • choosing cover and internal pictures
  • selling at church later in summer

If you are interested in helping with any of these events, please notify
Maria Love in the Office: 619-422-4141/ maria@saint-johns.org
or Diane Gustafson: 619-253-7298/ diangus15@aol.com 
PASTORAL CARE
Celebration of Life

In times of grief, we are comforted with assurance of our faith, that those who die have the promise of newness of life in the resurrection.

June Vasquez
The Celebration of Life for June Vasquez will be on
Saturday, April 9th at 11:00am
at St. John's Episcopal Church, 760 First Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910

Notes of Care and Sympathy may be sent to:
Mike and Celia Vasquez
2950 Iris Ave Space 84
San Diego, CA 92154

Please hold the Vasquez families in your prayers during this difficult time.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior,
we commend you servant, June.
Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold,
a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming.
Receive her 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 her, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon her.

May her souls and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
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!

As we carefully gather in person at St. John's, we would like to remind you that 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 revroger@saint-johns.org
OUTREACH AND EVANGELIZATION
Lenten Outreach
Forty Days-Forty Items

Each day of Lent, you are encouraged to think of someone less fortunate as you look in your closets and drawers. Remove one item from your closet that you no longer wear or need and put it into the appropriate bag.

We will provide labeled bags to separate the items by Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s items. (If you need a bag mailed to you, please let us know) Men’s items will go in a black bag, Women’s items in a white bag, Children’s items in a gray bag labeled “Children’s”. At the end of the forty days, donate these items to St John’s so that we may share them with clients of Episcopal Community Services - Central East Regional Recovery Center (CERRC) and Father Joe’s Villages.

While our focus is on cleaning out our closets for those less fortunate, CERRC's greatest need at this time is for new socks and underwear for men and women.

The following items are needed:
  • Warm hoodie sweatshirts (men/women)
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sweatpants
  • Jeans
  • Pants
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Blankets
  • Ball caps
  • Used backpacks
Outreach Collections

St. John's Outreach Committee meets monthly to discuss our parish Outreach activities.
We will continue our ongoing collections for:
  • New Blankets - Domestic Violence Shelters (Denise Czer and Linda Dennehy)
  • Pill Bottles - Matthew 25 Ministries (Sally Elliott)
Reminder: To make the process more efficient, Please donate only amber-colored prescription bottles with the label removed. For a quick and easy way to do this at home, watch this short video: Label Removal Video
A donation to help with postage would be appreciated. 
  • 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 church during our weekday office hours, Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm. Ring the doorbell, and you will be buzzed in to leave your items outside Nale Hall.
If you do not feel comfortable driving, please contact the parish office, and we will find a volunteer to pick up the items from your home.

Please click on the following link or visit the St. John's website (www.saint-johns.org) for more information on our Outreach Ministries:

FELLOWSHIP
Coffee/Tea with Rev. Roger

For almost the entire time that Rev. Roger has been at St. John's we have been in a pandemic with part of that time being shut down.

Rev. Roger would like to provide an opportunity for any members of the parish to "get to know him".

On Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:30, following Morning Prayer and Bible Study,
Rev. Roger will be available in the Rev. Jack and Sarah Tolley Memorial Library for a visit. This is time to get to know him, ask him questions, and learn about his vision and dreams for the church.
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 maria@saint-johns.org

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:

April 10
April 17 (Easter Sunday)
April 24
May 1
MINISTRY OF PRAYER
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 ( revroger@saint-johns.org)
to be included in the Zoom meeting.

The Morning Prayer guide can be found here:
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 (diangus15@aol.com)
or through the office (maria@saint-johns.org).
Thank You for the Prayer Quilt

Thank you so much for the beautiful hand quilted blanket of prayers. It was an honor and surprise to be the receiver of a gift so precious. The prayers that are wrapped up in those ties will forever bring me the Lord’s comfort and peace as I journey down the road of grief. Thank you to the priest and all the wonderful congregation at your church. Please send my love.

Blessings,
Marie Ferrantello
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 Nayaradi,
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, Linda Longoria-Neff, the Nicholas family, Cheryl Sulier, Nancy Stewart, Katherine Tullmann, Yolanda Nichols and Judith Hutchinson.

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 repose of the soul of Franco Cremascoli, Sr.
 
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.


Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the clergy and people of Church of the Good Shepherd in Hemet.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the crews of Expeditionary Strike Group 3.
ADMINISTRATION AND STEWARDSHIP
The Vestry

Lynn Young, Senior Warden
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Tom Brzeczek, Junior Warden
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Jane Ferguson, Clerk
Bill Cheney, Treasurer
Diane Gustafson, Recorder
Pamela Brittain
Alice Burnham
David Dennehy
Alejandra Valdez-Beer
Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • April 9: June Vasquez Celebration of Life at 11am at St. John's

  • April 10: Palm Sunday, 9am service begins in Nale Hall

  • April 14: Maundy Thursday, Soup Supper at 6pm in Nale Hall, Liturgy at 7pm

  • April 15: Good Friday, 12 noon - Stations of the Cross; 7pm - Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross

  • April 16: Easter Vigil, 7pm beginning in the Courtyard

  • April 17: Easter Sunday, 9am in the church

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 maria@saint-johns.org). 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 info@saint-johns.org.
Rev. Roger's Office Hours

Rev. Roger will be working half-days in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; and all day on Wednesday and Friday. He will be 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
619-301-0724.
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 www.saint-johns.org.

We welcome your feedback, photos, and news items. Contact Maria Love at (619) 422-4141 or info@saint-johns.org

Please submit your announcements by Tuesday of each week for inclusion in the Enews.
AROUND THE DIOCESE
Help Ukrainian Refugees

Specific needs will change as the crisis evolves. As of right now, there is a need for food, water, and shelter. Please consider partnering with Episcopal Relief & Development in this response.

Please click the button below to donate:
What are your motivations?

In this week's gospel we hear the story of Jesus' final visit to his friends Mary, Martha, and Lazarus before his entrance into Jerusalem for the Passover. In the story, Mary pours a pound of expensive perfume on Jesus' feet in a loving act of intimate care for her friend. One of the disciples, Judas, sees this loving act and remarks that this was a waste of precious resources, and that the money would have been put to better use by being given to the poor rather than being spent on this expensive perfume. While Judas' words appear righteous and compassionate, his underlying motivations are expressed by the author of John's gospel in a parenthetical statement:

(He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)

While not always as extreme as Judas, we all have underlying motivations for our words and actions, some of which we are conscious of and some of which we are not. One of the invitations of the gospel this week is to become increasingly aware of our motivations, not necessarily to change them, but just to acknowledge and observe them. This week, pay attention to your words and action this week, especially those that create tension either within your body or in your relationships. Take some time to wonder about the "why" of these words and actions. If someone was writing the gospel of your life, what would be in the parentheses after these words and actions? What are the practices (e.g. journaling, meditation, conversation, etc.) that help reveal your underlying "why?"
ECS Gala: Moonlight Magic
May 14, 2022

Be a part of the exciting event to benefit the programs at Episcopal Community Services that address child development, mental health, and substance use disorders in San Diego. You are invited for an elegant evening of fundraising, fine dining, live music, dancing, and more!
For sponsorship and ticketing contact Andrea Muir at amuir@ecscalifornia.org.
Episcopal Relief and Development
What Would Love Do: 1000 Days of Love

Love calls us to care for our neighbors and for our enemies. Love calls us to attend to those in prison, to those who are homeless, to those in poverty, to children, immigrants and refugees.

What would love do? To you, who so generously support the transformative work of Episcopal Relief & Development, love calls you to continue to sow seeds of lasting change

Visit Episcopal Relief and Development: One Thousand Days of Love to see how you can help.
Reporting Misconduct
 
As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a safe haven for everyone, our diocese trains people in the prevention of misconduct and encourages all to report misconduct. All reported incidences are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly and confidentially. If you believe you have experienced misconduct of any kind, please contact Mr. John Seitman, (jseitman@pacbell.net), 858-793-4555 or Ms. Equilla Luke, (aequilla@icloud.com), 760-583-0485.