Thursday, November 9, 2023


Thanksgiving Food Drive For Head Start

Urgent Need

Due to a scheduling issue the

Bags of Blessing: Thanksgiving Food Drive

needs to be collected and will be blessed this 

Sunday, November 12th

Please help St. John’s donate bags of food to our Head Start families.

The bags of food will be collected until Wednesday, November 15th and delivered to the families on Thursday, November 16th.

Thanksgiving Shopping List:


  • Cornbread or biscuits (box mix)
  • Canned Vegetables (green beans, corn, etc.)
  • Mashed potatoes (instant)
  • Turkey gravy (canned or boxed)
  • Stuffing or dressing mix
  • Chicken broth (canned or boxed)
  • Cranberry sauce (canned)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, tea, juice boxes etc.)
  • $25 gift card for turkey and/or extra ingredients


If you wish to make a monetary donation, envelopes will be available in the narthex.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

Psalm 107:1


A Prayer for Heroic Service

O God of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts

the men and women of our country who in the day of decision

ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy.

Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land

share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines.

This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Collect for Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world

that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God

and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope,

we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again

with power and great glory, we may be made like him

in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns

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

Readings for Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16

Psalm 70

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Matthew 25:1-13

Worship Booklet for Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, November 12, 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 12, 2023 are given by Cookie Tichonchuk in memory of Joseph and Josephine Zajkowski.

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


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 the final Stewardship Reception:

     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 on Abundance

My entire family lived in Port Huron, Michigan. Our family gatherings totaled 21 people counting my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and several cousins. We always celebrated holidays together with the men in the family room watching sports on TV, the women in the kitchen laughing and preparing wonderful feasts, and the cousins all hanging out together. Little did I realize at the time how blessed I was to have such an abundance of love and support from all my family members.

After graduating from high school, I was again blessed by receiving a scholarship from Michigan State University. I loved every moment I was there and felt I was well prepared to face whatever the future held for me when I graduated. My roommate and I were both offered contracts to teach in the Los Angeles School District so we jumped in the Volkswagen Beetle and eagerly set out for our first teaching assignment in the Watts ghetto of Los Angeles. I truly needed an abundance of love, patience, and perseverance to survive that year.

Fast forwarding, it was also the year I met my future husband. My roommate and I decided to settle in Torrance, but, before we selected an apartment building to live in, we drove their parking garages and selected the one with the most sports cars. I ended up dating and marrying the owner of an MG!

My marriage was not a life-long story, but I did end up with two wonderful sons. They each provided me with an abundance of love, joy, and pride as they graduated from college, married, and began their professional careers. My youngest son also provided me with two wonderful grandchildren.

Moving on, I had a long and successful career as a teacher. I often encountered students who had been left to flounder and was able to get them back on track academically. Therefore, they were able to regain pride in themselves and experience academic success.

In my lifetime I have had an abundance of love and support from family, friends, and many other sources. Roger was my main source of support as I attempted to navigate my way through the loss of my oldest son, Rob. Rob fought an eight-year battle with cancer, and finally cancer won. As a blessing to him and to us, we were able to be at the hospital in Sacramento loving and supporting him in his last few days and hours. We relied upon each other for strength and support as well as the hospital staff, and somehow we made it through the worst experience of our lives.

I cannot thank Roger enough for his abundance of support at that extremely difficult time. None of my family was in San Diego with me so besides my friends, Roger was the one I relied upon the most. He allowed me to express all of my “Why not me instead of Rob?” questions and also made me feel it was okay to cry and express all of my emotions and frustrations. In this safe and calming environment, I was able to find some peace and to survive the most painful and trying time of my life.

None of the blessings I have received in my lifetime could have happened without a deep and abiding faith in God. He is the One that guides us in our reactions to events such as the loss of my son and also the good things that are bestowed upon us. I am abundantly blessed to have God in my life.

-Judy McKay


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 15th

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, Celia Vasquez,

Barbara Oliveira, Linda Longoria-Neff, 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.

Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Clergy and Delegates to the 50th Annual Diocesan Convention.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Igreja Anglicana de Mocambique e Angola.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, on this Veterans Day weekend, we pray for those who have served the U.S. military and the Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. 

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.  


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


Approved Vestry Minutes

Approved vestry minutes from 9-26-23

Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • November 13th: Men of St. John's Meeting, 6:00pm at Tim Attaway's home
  • November 14th: Prayers and Squares Quilting Ministry, 9:30-2:30 in Nale Hall
  • November 16th: Daughters of the King Meeting, 9:30am, Conference Room
  • November 22nd: Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service, 7:00pm at St. John's

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



People of Faith, Stand With Us

By: Bishop Susan Brown Snook,

Robert Cardinal McElroy, Roman Catholic Bishop of San Diego, and The Rev. David C. Nagler, Bishop of the Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

As religious leaders in San Diego and Imperial Counties, we have witnessed the beauty and the depth of the Jewish and Muslim communities and the faith which animates them. We profess in our own Christian faith the unity of the human family that has been created by God, equal in dignity. We are grateful for the many years of peaceful interfaith cooperation that religious leaders of all faiths have worked hard to foster here in the San Diego area. Now, however, the conflict in the Holy Land threatens that deepening understanding between people of faith here at home. Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism are utterly incompatible with what it means to be a follower of Christ or what it means to be an American. Read More

Honoring Veterans Day

One hundred and five years ago, on November 11, 1918, the guns of the world fell silent. An armistice was signed, and the Great War was over. Unfortunately, World War I was not the “war to end all wars,” as many had hoped. Following WWI, the United States commemorated November 11th as Armistice Day. The date was significant since WWI fighting ended on November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour, 11th month, 11th day). However, in 1947, a WWII veteran from Birmingham, Alabama, was the driving force in his community to organize this country’s first Veterans Day celebration. Raymond Weeks believed that all veterans should be recognized–not only those who perished, as was the case for Memorial Day. The idea took root, and eventually, in 1954, Congress passed a bill designing November 11th as Veterans Day.

This Veterans Day marks the 76th anniversary of that first celebration. The service of America’s veterans never truly ends. Even when they hang up their military uniforms for the last time, many still choose to protect us. 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

Convention Service Project

Throughout 2023, churches across EDSD participated in the Year of Service. Hundreds of people were aided by programs focusing on creation care and migration. As a final diocesan-wide service project for the year, in honor of Veterans Day and alongside the business of Diocesan Convention, we are assembling care packages for Sailors soon to be deployed out of San Diego. Read More

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 David Tremaine and Charlette Preslar are joined by special guest Monica Gillespie Ph. D. (NAES) to discuss the parable of the ten bridesmaids, the implications of this story in our spiritual lives, and what conversations at home could be like based on these gospel themes. 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

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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