Thursday, October 21, 2021
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.
The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
October 24, 2021 

Please join us for our 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.
The mask requirement has been lifted, except for:
  • If you are not vaccinated or are immuno-compromised,
aaaaaayou may want to consider wearing a mask
  • Children ages 2-12 and teacher must wear a mask
Sanitize your hands, keep some social distance and limit physical touch

Collect for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for Sunday

Jeremiah 31:7-9
Psalm 126
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 10:46-52

The Livestream Service will be unavailable on Sunday, October 24th.

Reflection on Mark 10:46-52

This Sunday, we will hear the story of Bartimaeus, the blind man. As Jesus was leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus was sitting on the roadside begging for alms. When Bartimaeus realized that Jesus was passing by, he cried out to him: “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” The people around Bartimaeus tried to silence him. However, Bartimaeus was determined to get Jesus’ attention. He continued to cry out: “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”

When Jesus heard Bartimaeus’ plea, he stopped and said to his disciples: “Call him.” The disciples called to Bartimaeus: “Take courage and get up! Jesus is calling you!” Immediately, Bartimaeus jumped up, threw his cloak aside and went to Jesus. Jesus quietly asked him: “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus replied: “Master, I want to see.”

Jesus did not do anything extraordinary. He simply instructed Bartimaeus to go on his way. Jesus quietly told him that his faith had saved him. Immediately Bartimaeus received his sight! Imagine how astounded and amazed he must have been! Jesus then said to him:
“Go on your way; your faith has saved you.” And in that instant, Bartimaeus received his sight and he followed Jesus on the way. What a wondrous gift!

Ask yourself: What is the healing we desire? What is the “sight” that you wish to ask Jesus for today? What is it that you need to see? Then be attentive throughout the day. Jesus may give you your “sight” in an unexpected or unusual way. Be attentive to each person you encounter. Truly look at each person. They may appreciate a few minutes of your time and attention. Or perhaps they simply need some recognition that you have “seen” them.

And today give thanks for the people who notice and “see” you. They have given you a great gift. In return, share this small but loving gift with others!
Altar Flowers

The Altar Flowers are given by Norma Ojeda
in memory of her parents, Jose and Maria Ojeda.
2021 Stewardship Campaign
Our stewardship theme continues to be Time - Talent - Treasure with a focus on how love can transform our lives. While St. John's needs your monetary pledge, we hope that you will also participate in parish activities using your time, talent and spiritual gifts. Our stewardship campaign this year is focused on using the gifts that God has given us in order to transform the lives of all people.
Each week of the campaign, we will have the opportunity to hear from members of parish about their own gifts that they have been given by God and how they choose to share those gifts with St. John's and the broader community. A written reflection will appear in our
E-Newsletter and a spoken reflection will be heard at our Sunday liturgy.
Stewardship is not only about treasure; it is also our time and talent. Yes, we do need your generous contributions to operate the parish, but we also need your time and talent to transform our lives and world by serving Christ in all people and loving our neighbor as ourselves. We will explore the way that our generosity will transform us personally and the lives of others in our parish and broader community.
God has given you a gift. Please don't leave it unopened.

Reflection on Stewardship
Bill Cheney
Irene and I have called Saint John’s our church home for over 16 years. We have witnessed not only many wonderful events, but also difficult events in the life of the Church, and have always been amazed by the resiliency of the Congregation to step up and address the challenges with grace and dignity and determination. Our spiritual formation became a transformation, and has evolved and grown with each passing year. In other words, we have developed a deeper understanding of, and commitment to our Christian faith.
The challenge we all have most recently faced is the Covid-19 pandemic, and how it has affected our Church, Congregation, and community. However, it seems that when events are trying everyone’s patience and creating anxiety all around us, Saint John’s acts in response with an abundance of love and strength. We all have various gifts to offer, like our time, talent, and treasure. It is amazing at how generous the congregation is when it comes to the giving of these gifts, especially when they are needed most. It is this unconditional giving of love and prayer that lifts and carries us through difficult times. And it also seems serendipitous that we always seem to have the right people at the right time in our journey. I feel that one of the best examples of this is how we were blessed with a wonderful new rector, Father Roger, who came on board just as Covid began to spread across the land. With the guidance of his leadership, our congregation has been led throughout this pandemic with the knowledge and security that we are on the right path (not without a few bumps in the road).
To conclude, as Church Treasurer, I would like to mention that as we enter this new “Season of Stewardship”, I believe that we should view stewardship as an act of thanksgiving. As a faith community, we are thankful for the gifts of our Church congregation, and the Leadership of Father Roger and the Vestry. The Spirit flows through us and the many ministries that we are a part of and contribute to. We are so very blessed to be part of this wonderful congregation and the generosity of the people who make it such a blessed home.

Peace and blessings
Bill Cheney
Sarah Tolley

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news that Sarah Tolley passed away last evening after experiencing some complications from her surgery.

In this time of grief, we are comforted to know that she is at peace and in the presence of Jack and her God. With assurance of our faith, we have hope in the promise of newness of life in the resurrection.

Please hold the Tolley family in your prayers during this difficult time.
Service plans are pending.

Notes of Care and Sympathy may be sent to:
The Family of Sarah Tolley
594 Los Altos Dr.
Chula Vista, CA 91914
Celebration of Life for Faye Cory

Faye Cory passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Faye was a longtime member of St. John's.

In this time of grief, we are comforted with assurance of our faith, that we have the promise of newness of life in the resurrection.

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

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. John's on Friday, November 5th at 11:00 am.

Notes of Care and Sympathy may be sent to:
The Family of Faye Cory
3649 Bonita Verde Dr.
Bonita, CA 91902

Into your hands, O merciful Savior,
we commend you servants, Sarah and Faye.
Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, sheeps 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 souls and souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
We Are Here For You!

We carefully gather in person at St. John's, we would like to remind you that we are here for you!

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 Euchatistic Visitors.

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
Blessings in a Bag for ECS HeadStart

Thanksgiving Food Collection for Episcopal Community Service's HeadStart Families

Sunday, October 17th through November 14th, St. John's will be collecting bags of groceries and money for our annual Blessings in a Bag collection.

Grocery bags with a list of food items will be available at church. Take a bag (or two), fill it with grocery items and return the bag when you come to church. Every Sunday, the bags will be brought to the altar along with our Eucharistic gifts during the offertory anthem.
All the bags will be blessed during our celebration of Holy Eucharist on November 14th and given to ECS HeadStart.

If you wish to make a monetary donation, envelopes will be available in the narthex.
You may place your donation in the offering plate or you may use the "Give Now" button on our website.
Toys for Tots
As a Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation, St. John's will once again be a site for the Marine's Toys for Tots community collection program. Toys for Tots collects toys for less fortunate children who would not otherwise receive gifts at Christmas.

A Toys for Tots collection box will be available inside the gates at the entrance of the church on Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
The collection will take place through December 15th.

Please donate a toy:
  • ages 1-14
  • new
  • in it's original packaging
  • unwrapped

To give a monetary donation, visit or write a check payable to Toys for Tots San Diego and place it in the offering plate.
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

Refreshments should be individually portioned or wrapped, or served by a server who is the only one touching the serving implements.

Current Available Dates:

October 31
November 7
November 14
November 21
November 28
Welcome to the Library
The Rev. Jack Tolley Memorial Library is open! 
Please feel free to come in relax and read or borrow a book to take home. 
Book topics include Christianity, Episcopal Studies, ethics and justice, lives of the saints, history, fiction, cookbooks, children's books. 

All are welcome to come visit with each other, have a cup of coffee and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the St. John's campus.
Centennial Celebration
2022 will be our Centennial Year!

Our Centennial Liturgy will be on September 18, 2022.
In 1922, we were founded as a mission of St. James Episcopal Church and two years later chose the name St. John's.
In planning for our celebration, we will need your help on the following committees:
  • Communications and Publicity
  • Gala and Fundraiser
  • Liturgy
  • History and Archives 

Lynn Young, Diane Gustafson and John Will have been sorting through many documents and photos on the history of St. John's. If you know some of our history please let them know.
Would you be interested in helping with any of these committees?
Do you have ideas of how we can celebrate this important milestone?
Please contact Maria Love in the parish office by calling 1-619-422-4141 or emailing
Sunday School
Sunday School is now available. Children ages 4 and up are welcome to come and learn about the Word of God with Heather Wallace.

Children must be masked in order to attend Sunday School. They will gather in the Sunday School Room before our service begins and return at the Sign of Peace.
Child Care

Child Care is available during our Sunday Services. Ana, the daughter of Alex Valdez-Beer, will be staffing our child care room.
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:
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, Jamal Warner, Matt Hernandez, Daniel Getreu, Jocelyn Hernandez, Devon Strunk, Taylor Harrold, Jorge Zuazua, Katherine Milam, Sebastian Morales, Richie Lebron, 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

Steve Magill, Gary & Shirley McCarren, Ann Lindshield, Lyne C., Kim B., the Mount family, Scott Hunter, the McClure family, David Bricknell, Diane Gustafson, Bernie Duignan,
Didi Moore, Lisa Means and Mimma Fonti.

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 souls of Sarah Tolley and Faye Cory.

Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine on them.
May their soul, and the souls of 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 St. Thomas of Canterbury in Temecula.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Extra-Provincial Churches.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Sailors stationed at Naval Base San Diego.
Prayer Quilts
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 (
or through the office (
Vestry Meeting, October 27

All St. John's parishioners are invited to attend Vestry meetings.  Our next Vestry 
meeting is on Wednesday, October 27th at 6:00 pm. Please contact Rev. Roger or Maria in the office and we will send you the Zoom link for the meeting.
The Vestry

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

Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, October 27
6:00 pm on Zoom

Celebration of Life: Faye Cory
Friday, November 5
11:00 am

Diocesan Convention
Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th.

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
Rev. Roger's Office Hours

Rev. Roger will be working half-days in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday; and all day Wednesday and Thursday. 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
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

We welcome your feedback, photos, and news items. Contact Maria Love at 619-422-4141 or

Please submit your announcements by Tuesday of each week for inclusion in the Enews.
Diocesan Convention
November 5 and 6

Declaration of Extraordinary Circumstances
We would like to point out specifically Resolution 20-01, the passed change to the canons that accommodates issues surrounding the pandemic. It seeks to allow certain activities that are unique to the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves. Examples include permission to hold a virtual convention, and calculation of number of delegates for convention 2021. The Executive Council of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego has voted to extend the declaration of extraordinary circumstances due to COVID-19.

Pre-Convention Zoom Meetings
Join Diocesan leadership for the review of the budget & resolutions to be voted on at Diocesan Convention.

Budget Hearings:
Monday, October 11 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m.
Monday, October 18 at 2 p.m. 

Resolution Hearings:
Tuesday, October 12 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 20 at 7 p.m.
Friday, October 22 at 10 a.m.

Contact Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty for Zoom information.

Review the Resolutions Facing Convention
The resolutions facing this year's Diocesan Convention are available for your review here.

Nominations for Servant Ministry Awards are OPEN!
Every year, Bishop Susan Brown Snook is happy to honor individuals throughout the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego for their diligent, faithful work in their church communities. Clergy have the option of nominating a layperson for the Servant Ministry Award to be presented by the Bishop at Diocesan Convention. Please fill out the nomination form for a volunteer from your community.

The Diocesan Convention agenda is listed below. (This agenda may change slightly as we draw closer to the event).

Friday, November 5
2:00 - 5:00pm Convention Workshops
5:15pm Opening Prayer and Conversation between Bishop Susan Brown Snook and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Saturday, November 6
8:00am Registration Opens
9:00am Convention Opening Worship
10:30am Business of Convention begins
4:00pm Close of Business

Please email the Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty with any questions regarding this year's virtual convention.
Caring for People With Dementia

October 21, 6:00PM with The Rev. Anne Cox Bailey
Did you know that there are over 100 different types of dementia? They affect people regardless of nationality, gender, race, faith, or age (yes, there is even pediatric dementia!) Nearly 100,000 people in San Diego County are experiencing the joys and trials of dealing with loved ones, parishioners, and friends who are experiencing a form of dementia.
What if there were a technique that one could learn, a set of tools that make the path through dementia easier? What if it were possible to create a calmer environment, with more moments of joy and grace? Come learn about a hope-filled, effective way to experience meaning for all concerned!

Creation Care Offerings

As we move through the Season of Creation this fall, the EDSD Creation Care Task Force and a number of churches in our Diocese are hosting events, services, and more to help us engage in learning and work focused on care for the earth, one of God’s most precious gifts to us. Here is the complete calendar of offerings, and below are details about two of them. To learn more about the EDSD Creation Care Task Force, contact Deann Rios at

Wednesdays, Oct. 13 – Nov. 10, 7 - 8pm: Braiding Sweetgrass Book Study will reflect on essays focused on creation care by indigenous scientist and gifted storyteller Robin Wall Kimmerer who calls us to celebrate and live in reciprocity with the rest of the living world. Sponsored by Simpler Living of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Environmental Stewardship Team of St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church. Contact Parth with any questions.

Faith to Go

A Weekly, On The Go Resource for Parents and Non-Parents Alike

Hosted by the Faith To Go team in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, David Tremaine and Charlette Preslar. Joined each week by a special guest, the Faith To Go team highlights themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your faith discussions and reflections throughout the week.

Resources for Emotional Support

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for all of us. You may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely or frustrated in these circumstances.

You're not alone!

Find resources to connect with real people that can help, here.
EDSD Statement of Commitment
As part of the Jesus Movement and the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, we pledge to love our neighbors and protect the most vulnerable among us, remembering our baptismal vows to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being." We live these pledges out by actively engaging in dismantling racism. For many of us, this will mean learning more about our racial identity, listening to those who have experienced racial prejudice, speaking out against racism, and showing up alongside those in our community working to change unjust systems in our society. We also live out this pledge at worship during this pandemic, by wearing face-coverings, respecting distancing guidelines, and foregoing the common cup.
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, (, 858-793-4555 or Ms. Equilla Luke, (, 760-583-0485.