Thursday, May 19, 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.

For the Sake of God's Kingdom

For the Sake of God's Kingdom

by Bishop Susan Brown Snook


As followers of Jesus, we are heartbroken and in anguish for these latest acts of senseless and unspeakable violence. And so, we pray. We pray for the eleven dead and their loved ones, we pray for the eight wounded and their families, we pray for the witnesses and the survivors, we pray for the first responders, we pray for the officials who must deal with the aftermath, we pray for the people of Buffalo, New York, and Laguna Woods, California, we pray for the perpetrator and his family, and we pray for this nation. 


As followers of Jesus, we also know that prayer—while critically needed—is not enough on its own. Not when the tally of mass shootings for 2022 is up to 198 and not when the Buffalo incident is reported to be a racially motivated act of white supremacy.  

Read more here.

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New Diocesan Sacred Ground Circle


In the wake of more gun violence due to racial division this past week, 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.

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 Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 22, 2022

9:00 am


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.


Having Troubles Hearing in Church?


With the new sound system at St. John’s, we have the T-Loom (telecoil) technology. This technology permits the coupling of your personal hearing aid with the church sound system.

We also have individual hearing devices for those who do not have hearing aids.

For more information on this system, please contact Kurth Barnes: (619) 415-6543. 


Collect For the Sixth Sunday of Easter


O God, you have prepared for those who love you

such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things,

may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire;

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 Sixth Sunday of Easter


Acts 16:9-15

Psalm 67

Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5

John 5:1-9


Worship Booklet for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 22, 2022

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

St. John's website: saint-johns.org

St. John's YouTube Channel: St. John's Episcopal Church, Chula Vista

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Altar Flowers for 2022


The Altar Flowers for May 22, 2022 are given by Bill and Diane Gustafson

in celebration of their 49th 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: maria@saint-johns.org

Suggested donation is $40.00.

CREATION CARE

Creation Care during the Easter Season


It’s a time for Christians to celebrate God’s love,

which embraces not only humanity but all of creation.

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Creation Care Book Study – We are invited to join a 5 week study with Good Samaritan Episcopal Church beginning May 8th

 

The book Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul: Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What Our Souls Know and Healing the World by John Phillip Newell will be the focus of a five-week forum series beginning Sunday, May 8th, directly after their 10:00am service on Zoom. Learn more about this book hereand consider ordering it today. If you have any questions, please contact Deann.


Other Creation Care Activities

 

1.   Pray daily for our common home and all its inhabitants. 

Prayers from Home for our Common Home: A Selection.

2.   Take the Episcopal Creation Care Pledge here.

3.   Complete TEC Carbon Tracker here.

4.   Green your home here.

5.   Spend time in nature: walking guide for all ages; and family resource.

6.   Participate in civic engagement here.

7.   Learn about environmental racism, eco-justice, and environmental justice here.

8.   Consider your transportation choices here; and carbon offsets here.

9.   Divestment resources from fossil fuels here.

FAITH FORMATION

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 AND EVANGELIZATION

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:

ST. JOHN'S CENTENNIAL

Italian Dinner and Fundraiser Update

 

Thank you to everyone who worked to make our Italian Dinner and Fundraiser a success. We raised $2504. Thank you to all who organized the meal, decorated Nale Hall, donated prizes for the drawing and auction, and coordinated the prizes,

and thank you to all who bought tickets and came to the event!

Centennial Events 


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


Ice Cream Social with Old-Time Music

Save The Date!

Mark your calendars and save the date of Sunday July 3, 2022, for an all parish, all ages, old- fashioned Ice Cream Social at 3:00 p.m. There will be live entertainment, a community sing along, and lots of non- stop fun and socializing, as well as ice cream sundaes’ with lots of toppings! 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. More news to come so watch the newsletter. 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/ maria@saint-johns.org

or Diane Gustafson: 619-253-7298/ diangus15@aol.com 

I'll Bee There Book Sale

Contact Diane Gustafson: 619-253-7298/ diangus15@aol.com 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.

PASTORAL CARE

Celebration of Life: Muriel Kulikowski


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.


The Celebration of Life for Muriel Kulikowski will be on

Saturday, June 4th 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:

The Kulikowski Family

1074 Las Rosas Court

Chula Vista, CA 91910


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


Into your hands, O merciful Savior,

we commend you servant, Muriel.

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 soul 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!



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

FELLOWSHIP

Pentecost Sunday Potluck


Pentecost Sunday is on June 5th.  Following the service, we will have our traditional international potluck to which parishioners bring ethnic foods representing their heritage. Please sign up in the narthex to indicate how many people will be attending and what kind of dish you will bring.

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:


May 29

June 12

June 19

June 26

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.


Morning Prayer will not meet on Wednesday, May 25th.  Morning Prayer will resume

on June 1st.

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).

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, Akiko Horst, Barbara Oliveira, Norma Dunn, Anna Jones, Linda Longoria-Neff, and Dominick Smith and his family.


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 children and teachers of St. Stephen's Preschool.


In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of the Province of South East Asia.


In the Military Cycle of Prayer, on this Armed Forces Day (May 21, 2022), we honor and pray for those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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



  • May 30: Memorial Day, Office Closed


  • June 4: Muriel Kulikowski Celebration of Life, 11:00 am at St. John's


  • June 5: Parish Potluck following the 9:00 am Pentecost Worship Service


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 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 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

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:
UKRAINIAN CRISIS RESPONSE

Bless St Luke's Africa Trip and Delight in a Chef-Designed Meal


Have you joined us for one of St Luke's fundraiser dinners in our patio garden yet? Our final dinner before our trip will take place on Sunday, May 22 at 5:30 pm and will be designed by Chef Matt, formerly of North Park's Urban Solace. Funds raised will support our 18-person delegation to South Sudan, Uganda, and a Tanzanian refugee camp with our board and staff to learn, grow, and praise God for blessing our congregation with the resettled refugees who have enlivened our church again. Check out the delicious menu and buy your tickets today by clicking here.

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

by Cynde Durnford-Branecki


At the 2021 Diocesan Convention, Resolution 21-04 Becoming a Beloved Community by combatting anti-Asian/Pacific Islander American violence, bias and racism was adopted. As part of that resolution, the diocese agreed to lift up the stories of Asians, protect Asians from racist persecution, and nurture understanding of Asian peoples and cultures through prayer and liturgy, among other ways.


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month) is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. Read More

May AAPI Film Series


Celebrate AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Month through facilitated discussion and clip viewing of the 5-part PBS series: Asian Americans. Sponsored by EDSD Racial Justice Task Force, the series explores the impact of Asian Americans on the US’s past, present and future.


Meetings are on Tuesdays in May: 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 2022,

6:30 – 7:45 p.m. via Zoom.



To register, click here. For more information, contact Jill Henderson: jfh@cox.net

Episcopal Evangelism 101


Evangelism 101 is a not-so-basic training designed to introduce a fresh, humble, effective and Episcopal approach to the spiritual practice of evangelism. The 90 minute online training on May 26, from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, will include stories, small group exercises, and Q& A time. Attendees will also be sent a Participant Guide + Handouts that include a host of resources for sharing the Jesus Movement, redefining evangelism, organizing a revival, sharing our stories, walking the neighborhood, improving hospitality, and more. Also, you will be given a preview of Embracing Evangelism, a training that any congregation can host on their own.


To register, click here

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Creating a Culture of Generosity - Diocese of San Diego

by Tens: The Episcopal Network for Stewardship


Description

Best Practices and Tools to shape your stewardship formation. Making disciples and donors in your congregation. Review generosity practices

Date and time

Thu, May 19, 2022

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM PDT

Location

Free online event - To register, click here

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Grand Ultreya and Virtual Ultreya


Ultreya - "Forgiveness by the Forgiven"

May 21, 2022 

6 pm Pot Luck / Brown Bag Supper

7 pm Ultreya


Speakers: Kathryn Bunch, Mike Jewett and Rev. Bob Nelson

Host:  Ruben Rodriguez

Location: St. Andrew's, La Mesa

Music:  The Cursillo Musical Saints

All musicians are welcome and encouraged to bring their guitars and other musical instruments and join in!


For more information, click here.

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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, lasalvadori@yahoo.com


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

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