Thursday, November 2, 2023



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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.

Reminder: Turn Clocks Back this Weekend

A Prayer for Peace Among the Nations 

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit

may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed,

all people may live in justice and peace.

We pray now for peace among the nations,

and especially for the people of Ukraine, Israel and Palestine.

Guide us all into the way of justice and truth,

and establish among us that peace, which is the fruit of righteousness,

that all people may live and flourish in the world you have created.

All this we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  


All Saints' Sunday

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Welcome The Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch, Canon to the Ordinary

Collect for All Saints' Sunday

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion

and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:

Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living,

that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared

for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,

one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Readings for All Saints' Sunday

Revelation 7:9-17

Psalm 34:1-10, 22

1 John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12

Worship Booklet for All Saints' Sunday, November 5, 2023

Sunday Liturgy Schedule

9:00am with Organ/Choir and Sunday School

Coffee and Fellowship to follow

11:00am with Contemporary Music

All are welcome to attend!

Altar Flowers for 2023

The altar flowers for Sunday, November 5, 2023 are given by the Vasquez family in celebration of all Vasquez family birthdays.

Our 2023 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.

Transportation to Church

Do you need a ride to church on Sundays?

Would you be willing to pick up a parishioner who lives in your proximity?

If "Yes" to either question, please contact the parish office at 619-422-4141 or


Last Sunday, we kicked-off our 2024 Stewardship Pledge Campaign. We are intertwined by faith and Rooted in the Abundance of God’s blessings.

2024 Stewardship Pledge Campaign

2024 Budgeted (preliminary) Expenses   $352,478

2024 Budgeted Net Income from ECS  - $177,736

2024 Stewardship Pledge Income Goal:   $174,742

Stewardship Reflections:

Each week, we will have the opportunity to hear from parishioners during our Sunday liturgy and written in our E-Newsletter about the ways we can be generous by being Rooted in the Abundance of the blessings and grace of God.

Stewardship Pledge Campaign Receptions:

During the Stewardship Campaign this year, you will have the opportunity to attend Stewardship Receptions. These receptions are intended to be a time for us to gather, socialize, celebrate who we are, discuss the ministries and mission of the parish, and the needs of the church.

You will not be asked to complete a pledge card or give any money. This is a time for us to be together, talk about St. John’s and what the parish means to us.

You are welcome to attend any of the following Stewardship Receptions:


     Wednesday, November 8th at 1:00pm

     at the home of Lynn Young

     1122 Camino Prado, Chula Vista, CA 91913

     Sunday, November 19th at 10:00am (between services)

     hosted by Jeff Bates and Rev. Roger Haenke

     In Nale Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 760 First Ave., Chula Vista 91910

Please sign up in the narthex or RSVP to the office (619-422-4141 or

Click here for Stewardship Pledge Card

You may also pick up a pledge card in the Narthex or call Maria in the office (619-422-4141) to have a pledge card mailed to you.

Stewardship Update

Stewardship Reflection

As I sat in church today, I was reminded of how blessed I am to belong to the Episcopal Church, in general and to Saint John's, in particular. During his sermon, Father Roger talked about the importance of human dignity. After spending a year doing my counseling internship at a hospice in San Diego, and now, witnessing current world events, I realize the importance of human dignity, and am so grateful that our priest holds this value close.


Human dignity is the fundamental concept that emphasizes the intrinsic worth and value of every individual. It is the idea that each person has an inherent and inalienable worth, simply by virtue of being human. This notion is rooted in the conviction that every person, regardless of their background, beliefs or circumstances, deserves to be treated with respect, fairness, and compassion.


In the Episcopal church, this is a priority and it is heartening to see how this commitment to human dignity leads to an abundant life within our parish. Here are some ways in which I have seen how human dignity manifests itself at Saint John's, resulting in abundance:


Inclusivity: I have seen how the community at Saint John's welcome people of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, sexual identities and socio-economic statuses. Thanks to this, we have created a diverse and rich community where we learn from each other's experiences. La Misa in English is an excellent example of this desire to learn from other cultures. Participation in the San Diego Pride Parade shows how Saint John's embraces people of all sexual orientations and identities.


Empathy and Support: Two words I would use to describe the culture at Saint John's are empathy and support. Parishioners care for one another, helping ease the burdens and challenges of life and share in each other's joys and successes.


Community Outreach: Saint John's commitment to embodying human dignity has led it to engage in outreach programs to serve the wider community. Several images come to mind as I recall Saint John's outreach programs: the altar flooded with backpacks for the children of the Head Start program, Nale Hall full of clothes during the Lent 40-day clothing drive, grocery bags overflowing with food for those less fortunate at Thanksgiving.


Social Justice: Advocating for social justice and standing up for the marginalized and disadvantaged is a key part of prioritizing human dignity. This can happen through initiatives to combat poverty, discrimination and other forms of inequality. I am always humbled to see how the generosity of the people of Saint John's allows them to see the spiritual, emotional, and financial needs of others.


My experience at Saint John's has always been one where I have felt respected, valued and loved for who I am and this is has truly made my life abundant. I am deeply grateful for this beautiful blessing.

-Alex Valdez-Beer


Items Needed for Blessings in a Bag

Supplies are needed for those who go without food or shelter. Please Click Here for all the items needed.

Outreach Collections

We will continue our ongoing collections for:

  • New Blankets - Domestic Violence Shelters (Denise Czer and Linda Dennehy)
  • Eyeglasses
  • Greeting Cards - ECS HeadStart (Judy McKay)
  • Clean, Gently Used Blankets - Dreams for Change
  • Emergency Food Pantry - South Bay Community Services (Maria and Joe Love)
  • Blessings in a Bag - For our neighbors who live in need. 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


Prayers and Squares: The Prayer Quilt Ministry

St. John's is a member of a national organization called "Prayers and Squares: The Prayer Quilt Ministry".

Prayers and Squares will meet on Tuesday, November 14th in Nale Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to sew. Participants will be shown how to make simple quilts for our Prayer Quilt Ministry. If you don't sew but would like to be a part of this ministry, there are many other quilt-making steps you can help with.

Please bring your own sewing machine and brown bag lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Lothspeich.

If you would like to request a Prayer Quilt for anyone in need of prayer and support, please contact Diane Gustafson ( or Maria (

This important ministry brings comfort and healing to many people who are suffering with illness.

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, November 8th

Parish Prayer Lists

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, Jamal Warner, Devon Strunk,

Matt Hernandez, Daniel Getreu, Taylor Harrold, Jorge Zuazua, Sebastian Morales, Roberto Chavez, Ryan Lothspeich, Andrew C. Dugger, Dan and Chelsey Nyaradi, Gen. G.J. Heinrich and Pedro Bonilla.

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

Steve Magill, Gary and Shirley McCarren, Ann Lindshield, the McClure family, 

Josey Felts, Barbara Oliveira, Linda Longoria-Neff, Celia Vasquez, Ann and Bill Rogers, 

Alec Hauer, Karen Polk, Penny and Bob Milam, Nancy Stewart, Bill Gustafson,

and Vanessa Peeke.

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 Deceased

Pray for the repose of the soul of Josey Felts.

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.

Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the faculty and students of the West Coast Collaborative and the Clergy and Delegates to EDSD's 50th Annual Diocesan Convention.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Marines and Sailors of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.


Celebration of Life for Bernie Duignan

The Celebration of Life for Bernie Duignan will be on

Saturday, November 4th at 11:00am

at St. John's Episcopal Church, 760 First Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910

The Duignan family has requested that memorial donations be made in Bernie's honor to St. John's Episcopal Church. Memorials given by check, write "Bernie Duignan" in the memo line, or you may give electronically through the "Give Now" button on the St. John's website.

Notes of care and sympathy may be sent to:

Karen Duignan

5359 Robinwood Rd.

Bonita CA 91902

Funeral Service for Priscilla Morris Szymanski (Alice)

Services for Priscilla Morris Szymanski (Alice) will be on

Monday, November 6th

at Glen Abbey Memorial Park, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902

Visitation - 9:30 to 11:30am

Funeral service - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Committal service - 12:30 to 1:00pm

Reception - 1:00 to 3:00pm

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Morris family may be shared at

Notes of care and sympathy may be sent to:

Michael & Marcia Morris

461 Emerson St.

Chula Vista CA 91911 

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend you servants,

Bernie and Priscilla.

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

lambs of your own flock, sinners of your own redeeming.

Receive them 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 them, O Lord;

And let light perpetual shine upon them.

May their soul and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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


Centennial Cookbook Sale

On Sunday, November 5th, copies of the Cookbook will be available for sale between services. The cost is $10.

Even if you have already gotten a copy for yourself, consider purchasing one or more for Christmas gifts or to take to the hostess of a holiday party. Also, cookbooks are considered “media mail” (book rate) and are very inexpensive to mail. (The Post Office says media mail can take up to 30 days, but actually it usually is almost as fast as regular mail.)

The cookbook has some legendary recipes, like Irene Cheney’s famous Albondigas (Mexican Meatball Soup) and Ann Lindshield’s Scottish Shortbread. Small bags of Spicy Herb Roasted Nuts from Lynn Young’s recipe would make great gifts or stocking stuffers. As you plan your Thanksgiving Dinner, consider mashed potatoes that you can make two weeks in advance or any of several other suitable vegetables. There are six recipes for hearty Christmas morning breakfasts that can be assembled the night before and baked while you unwrap gifts.

And the desserts! From Brownie in a Mug to Jane Ferguson’s grandmother’s pie crust to Cheryl’s Better Than S-X Cake (and eight other Cheryl masterpieces), you’re bound to find something irresistible.

Approved Vestry Minutes

Approved vestry minutes from 9-26-23

Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • November 4th: Celebration of Life for Bernie Duignan, 11:00am at St. John's
  • November 5th: All Saints' Sunday
  • November 8th: Stewardship Reception, 1:00pm at the home of Lynn Young

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 and Tuesday afternoons, and all day on 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




Celebrating Episcopal Schools

By: Charlette Preslar, Director of Formation

Visiting small children is an exquisite experience that fills my heart with boundless warmth. Their sparkling eyes and infectious giggles are a testament to the joy of life. Time spent with these little bundles of energy rekindles a sense of wonder within adults, reminding me of the magic in the everyday world. It reminds me of unbridled faith. It is reminder of the incredible beauty of God through the eyes of a child.

In the last few weeks, I have had the joyful opportunity to spend time at all eight of our diocesan schools. Traveling from Temecula to Hillcrest, La Jolla to Coronado, Poway to Pacific Beach, La Mesa to Bay Park, the sounds of children’s laughter has guided my journey. Our Episcopal Schools are an exceptional blessing to the children and families that they serve and the communities that surround them! Read More

Diocesan Convention

This year holds special significance as we are celebrating 50 years as a diocese. We've journeyed together through half a century, carrying forward our faith and mission. Join us for EDSD’s 50th Annual Convention (November 10-11) and reflect on the challenges overcome and victories achieved. Read More

Volunteers Needed for Convention

Volunteers are needed for Diocesan Convention. If you feel called to serve and are interested in one or more of the volunteer opportunities, click here to register

Organ Recital Pre-Convention

The Cathedral’s weekly organ recital will be given by Canon Martin Green, who will be joined by guest artist Steve Foster on the trumpet on Friday November 10th at 1pm. The 30-minute informal recital is a wonderful way to experience the cathedral, its architecture and magnificent pipe organ outside of a formal liturgical service setting. The program for the first day of Convention will feature familiar Baroque and Classical pieces for trumpet and organ as well as pieces by 20th century and living composers. Visitors are welcome to come in and out with refreshments during the recital. 

Faith To Go Podcast

This week Faith To Go formation team members David Tremaine and Charlette Preslar discuss Jesus' teaching from this week's gospel about the importance of remaining a lifelong learner.  Listen Here

EDSD Support for Migrants

EDSD’s Migration Ministry office continues to work with migrants along our southern border, providing immediate aid and relief. Thank you for your support! For an updated list of donation needs, volunteer opportunities, and a list of our partners, please visit Have questions? Contact Migration Missioner Robert Vivar at

Sacred Ground

A new Sacred Ground circle sponsored by EDSD’s Racial Justice and Reconciliation Task Force starts on Wednesday November 8, 3-5 pm.

Click here to register.

Preparing for Advent

This Advent and Christmas, The Episcopal Church is offering a number of resources to help you and your congregation share signs of God’s love through the coming of Jesus Christ—the “good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). Read More

Support Episcopal Relief and Development

Your gift to the Middle East Fund will support the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and Al-Ahli Arab Hospital as they offer critical health services to those impacted by the current crisis in Gaza. Through your generosity, ERD is able to provide medicine and other supplies to help tend to the physical and psychosocial wounds of the current conflict.

Visit today to make a contribution

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