The altar flowers for Sunday, October 15, 2023 are given by Wilma Hunter
in celebration of Jeane, Marianne, and Wilma’s 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Churches everywhere celebrate the second Sunday in October as Clergy Appreciation Day. At the 9:00 a.m. service last Sunday, Rev. Roger was honored with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and showers of love from the people of St. John’s. He gave heartfelt thanks and said, “There is nowhere I would rather be.”
The entire month of October is Clergy Appreciation Month, so we all have opportunities to tell Rev. Roger that we are blessed to have him lead us.
2024 STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE CAMPAIGN
This Sunday, October 15th, we kick-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
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 a made generous by being Rooted in Abundance of the blessings and grace of God.
Stewardship Pledge Campaign Receptions:
We will gather at parishioner’s home to socialize and celebrate the abundance of God’s blessings in our lives. It is God’s abundant blessings that allow us to generously minister to the needs of the members of our parish and those of the surrounding community.
Tom Brzeczek: Friday, October 20th at 6:00pm
Gregg and Elizabeth King: Sunday, October 29th at 4:00pm
Lynn Young: Wednesday, November 8th at 1:00pm
Jeff Bates and Rev Roger Haenke: Sunday, November 19 – Nale Hall at 10:00am
I had a good friend, Kathy Barnes, who lived to almost 100. She imparted a lot of wisdom, and she liked to say that everyone, at some point in their life, should help to build a church. But not necessarily hammering two-by-fours or paying for the nails.
We have a large building, but our congregation is small. We have lost many people who have moved away or passed away. (This is common throughout the country now.)
But we are mighty!
We have an abundance of caring, welcoming, and generosity, for example the Thanksgiving bags and the 40 Items-in-40 Days campaigns. We give generously because we have received abundantly. Think back to the beginning of the pandemic. It seemed like the end of the world was coming, didn’t it? We all saw our world shrink. Some of us were confined to small quarters. We coped, did without, rearranged our priorities.
Look at what we have accomplished in the last year. We built a magnificent columbarium with landscaping, celebrated 100 years in Chula Vista, honored our organist who has been with us for fifty years, invited our neighbors in to share music and ice cream.
“Rooted in Abundance”. We give abundantly because God has been good to us.
Others before us built the church up. Now it is our great joy and opportunity to help build St. John’s out, to share what we love about it and encourage others to join us.
OUTREACH AND EVANGELIZATION
Celebrating Latino/a/x - Hispanic Heritage Month
By: Rachel Ambasing, EDSD Multicultural Missioner
Last Thursday, I attended “La Misa in English” at St. John’s, Chula Vista, where over 40 people of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds spanning several generations gathered in St. John’s Nale Hall. La Misa in English is a monthly gathering designed particularly for the predominantly Latino/a/x- Hispanic neighborhood in which St. John’s is planted.
Each La Misa in English service is centered around a theme, celebration, or saint. Past celebrations have centered around San Pedro y San Pablo (Saints Peter and Paul) and Santa Maria la Virgen (the Virgin Mary). For October, St. John’s La Misa celebrated Hispanic Heritage in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Read More
Join us for our next La Misa in English
celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:00pm.
Please bring a pumpkin or two to church this Sunday!
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.
We will continue our ongoing collections for:
New Blankets - Domestic Violence Shelters (Denise Czer and Linda Dennehy)
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:
St. John's is a member of a national organization called "Prayers and Squares: The Prayer Quilt Ministry".
Prayers and Squares will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month 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.
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, and Nancy Stewart.
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 people of St. Thomas of Canterbury in Temecula.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Kenya.
In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Sailors aboard Naval Base Point Loma and Naval Base San Diego.
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,
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
ACROSS THE COMMUNITY
ACROSS THE CHURCH
Prayers for Peace
By: Bishop Susan Brown Snook
Over the weekend, the world was shocked and grief-stricken to see the attacks in Israel on unarmed civilians, resulting in many deaths and numerous hostages. Here in the US, I know that many Jews and others were deeply grieved and traumatized by the deaths and the graphic violence shown in videos of the victims, as well as videos of people around the world celebrating the violence that occurred.
The situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza is deeply complex, as all acknowledge, and a peaceful solution to generations of conflict seems very far away. But there is no excuse for terrorist acts against civilians, and we must offer our prayers for civilians held captive and innocent people in danger in this broadening conflict. Read More
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
EDSD’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
Tickets for the 50th Anniversary Dinner at St. Paul’s Cathedral (November 10) are sold on a first come first served basis. Seating is limited.
On October 21, join leaders on Zoom from throughout EDSD for a dedicated time to discuss important aspects of church governance. This round table will cover benefits, reading monthly financial reports, internal controls, and property insurance.
The Cursillo Back to the Mountain Retreat will be Friday, October 27th through Sunday, October 29th at the Whispering Winds Camp and Conference Center near Julian. This retreat is for those who have already made their Cursillo weekend.
In this episode, David and Charlette discuss the Gospel for Sunday, October 15th.Listen Here
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
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