Thursday, September 1, 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.

Collect for Labor Day (BCP 261)

Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another

that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: 

So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, 

but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return 

for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations 

of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are 

out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns 

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


With Joy and Gratitude to God

You are Cordially invited to Join us in Celebration

St. John’s Centennial Dinner 

on Saturday, September 17th at 6:00pm in Nale Hall

Wine Reception starting at 5:30

St. John’s Centennial Liturgy and Reception 

on Sunday, September 18th at 9:00am in the church

with a visitation from Bishop Susan Brown Snook


We need to know how many people will be attending the Centennial Dinner.

Just as you would be expected to RSVP well in advance of a wedding reception, you need to buy your dinner ticket and choose your entrée in advance. Tickets will be sold on September 4th after church, or through the parish office, or on our parish website ( by clicking the “Give Now” button and choosing the appropriate drop down selection. We need to tell the caterer at the beginning of September exactly how many will attend and how many of each entrée have been ordered.

Some dinner tickets have be donated, so please do not let cost be an issue. It is the hope of the Centennial Committee and the Vestry that every parishioner be given the opportunity to have a seat at the Centennial Dinner.


While this is a celebration for the parishioners of St. John's, your friends and families are welcome to buy tickets too.

Centennial Liturgy Reception with the Bishop

Please indicate, on the Reception sign up sheet in the Narthex, if you are willing to bring a breakfast item for the reception.  Or you may call the parish office and let Maria know.


The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, September 4, 2022

9:00 am

Come, pray, sing, receive Holy Communion,

and join us for fellowship following our liturgy.

Collect For the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts;

for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength,

so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns

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

Readings for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Psalm 1

Philemon 1-21

Luke 14:25-33

Worship Booklet for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 4, 2022

Masks are not required.

However, if you are unvaccinated or immunocompromised,

you may wish to wear a mask.

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

St. John's website:

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

Scripture Study on Luke 14:25-33

The Gospel for today can be a difficult one to understand. Jesus once again was on the road with his disciples and great crowds were following him. At one point, Jesus turned to the crowds and addressed them. He said: “If anyone comes to me who does not hate his father and mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters, and even his or her own life, he or she cannot be my disciple.” Jesus then adds: “Whoever does not carry his or her cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”

These are extremely strong words! Did Jesus truly mean that we are to hate our parents, brothers, sisters, children and friends? Or is Jesus telling us that if we choose to follow him we need to realize that Jesus needs to be first in our lives? Jesus is making a very clear and strong point. Our primary allegiance always needs to be to Jesus. Jesus is not saying that we cannot or should not love and care for our families and our friends. He realizes that we have committed ourselves to our families and we need to live out that commitment.

Rather, Jesus is telling his listeners what is essential. First and foremost, Jesus must be first in our lives. However, Jesus also wants us to love and care deeply for our family, our friends and for the world community. Today may we strive to love each person we encounter: the person we pass in the grocery store, a co-worker who is struggling, or an individual we simply do not like. The quality of love that Jesus hopes we will have for one another surpasses the simple notion of liking another person. Rather, Jesus hopes that we truly will love every person in our world. This may sound impossible. However, with Jesus’ grace and love, we have the ability to do this.  Will we choose to do this?

Altar Flowers for 2022

The Altar Flowers for September 4, 2022 are given to the glory of God.

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:

Suggested donation is $40.00.


The Columbarium and The Re-Interment of Remains

Our New Columbarium and Memorial Garden is to be completed on Tuesday, September 6th.

On Sunday, September 11th, following our Sunday liturgy,

we will bless the new Columbarium and re-inter the remains

of our loved ones who have gone before us.

You are invited to follow the recession to the Columbarium for the service.

If you wish to purchase a niche in the new Columbarium, please contact Maria in the parish Office. 


Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance

St. John's is pleased to partner with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency to offer Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance on Tuesday's and Thursdays from 2-3pm in Nale Hall.



Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance has been shown to improve balance and mobility, and reduce the risk of falls. People of all ability levels are welcome. This class can be conducted from a seated or standing position. Classes are in English.

St. John's Episcopal Church

760 1st Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Every Tuesday and Thursday | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Starting September 20th, 2022 (Program runs for 24 weeks)

Questions? Call 858-495-5500 or email

Informational Flyer: Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance

Cool Zones

During the current heat wave, if you need a cool space to sit and relax, you are invited to spend some time in the air-conditioned Rev. Jack and Sarah Tolley Memorial Library.  Office hours are from 9-3, Monday through Thursday.

Other "cool zones" in Chula Vista:

  • Norman Park Senior Center, 270 F Street, Tuesday-Friday 8 am-5 pm; Saturday 8 am-1 pm, and this year the Center will open on Labor Day, Sept. 5, 8 am-5 pm.  

  • The Chula Vista Public Library will be open the following days/times: Civic Center Branch, 365 F Street, Tuesday–Thursday 10 am-8 pm; Friday–Saturday 10 am-5 pm; Sunday 1-5 pm; Closed Labor Day Monday. South Branch, 389 Orange Avenue, will be open Tuesday-Thursday 10 am-8 pm; Friday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm; closed Labor Day Monday. Otay Ranch Branch, 2015 Birch Road is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-7 pm and Sunday 12 -6 pm; closed Labor Day Monday.

St. John's Pride Shirts

Would you like to show your St. John's Pride with one of our new T-shirts? The shirts feature our St. John's logo and motto and are $35.00 each. Checks should be made out to St. John’s, with "Pride Shirt" in the memo line.  You can buy one after church on Sunday or in the office during the week. 

Outreach Collections

We will continue our ongoing collections for:

  • New Blankets - Domestic Violence Shelters (Denise Czer and Linda Dennehy)
  • 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)
  • Blessings in a Bag - For our neighbors who are living outside. 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


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


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. Coffee and Clean-up are done by our Sexton, Ryan Attaway.

Current Available Dates:

September 4

September 11

October 2

October 9


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, September 7

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 (
or through the office (

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 pray for you during the Sunday liturgy. 

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, Sebastian Morales,

Andrew C. Dugger, Dan and Chelsey Nyaradi, Ryan Lothspeich, Roberto Chavez,

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

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

Christy and Mike Gollihur, Norma Dunn, Anna Jones, Linda Longoria-Neff, Rochelle Kramer, Craig Nightingale, Jenny and Herb Dougherty, Tony Ramirez, Tom Brosche, Michael Brosche, Adam Beneschan and Darlene Sweetwood.

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. Dunstan's

in San Diego.

Prayer for Episcopal Diocese of San Diego's The Good News Festival:

Loving God, Author of life, in You we live and move and have our being.

We ask that you revive us again in your mighty Spirit

as we prepare our hearts for The Good News Festival.

Inspire us to reach out to those who do not know you, and welcome them

with open arms, without judgement, so that all may embrace your Good News, answer your call, and dance together with joy.

We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Australia.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the crew of USS Makin Island (LHD 8).


Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • September 5: Labor Day Holiday, Office Closed

  • September 17: St. John’s Centennial Dinner, 6:00pm; wine reception at 5:30pm

  • September 18: St. John's Centennial Liturgy and Reception with a visit by Bishop Susan, 9:00am 

3rd Quarter Calendar of Events

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, Tuesday, 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


Approved Vestry Minutes

Approved vestry minutes for the August 24th Vestry meeting can be found here:

Approved Vestry Minutes 8-24-22

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.


A Deacon's Reflection: My Identity as a Deacon

By: The Rev. Daniel McMillan

As a deacon, I am one who serves. And pastoral care has been a big part of that. Currently, I have been seeing parishioners on a one-on-one basis for coffee. I hear about spiritual journeys, and I always marvel at how God brings people from sometimes radically different backgrounds into our church. For me, this is the beauty of being Episcopalian. We can be so different and yet still come together in and through the one cup and the one bread.

As a deacon, I am a witness to the Holy Spirit’s gathering of people and the narratives the spirit works within to make that happen. This makes being a deacon a sacred order, for I am a witness to the private challenges that God is working in with other people.

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Sacred Ground

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.

Not sure whether a Sacred Ground circle is for you? Attend an informational meeting on Monday, September 12, 5:30-6:30 pm via Zoom.

For more information and to register, click here

Creation Care: What's Your 2040?

EDSD Creation Care Task Force and sponsoring churches will present the film, "What's Your 2040," followed by viewer discussion on September 13 from 6:30-7:45pm. This film takes us to solutions: what’s being done currently that generates hope.

Register Here

The Good News Festival

December 9-10, 2022

“Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people…”

We need some Good News. With hardship after hardship, it can feel like there is nothing good in front of you. We are here to remind you that the Good News of Christ is alive in you and in me. 

On December 9 - 10, 2022, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego will welcome Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Southern California for a celebration of good news. With interactive outreach projects, workshops, live discussion panels, youth offerings, and an evening of celebration at the beautiful Town and Country Resort, this is the perfect time to get away and enjoy some good news.

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Visitor to Diocesan Convention

This year, EDSD is holding Convention in person, and you are welcome to attend. Please register as a visitor and enjoy the worship, business, and fellowship of Diocesan Convention with hundreds of others. 

Register Here

Sharing God's Good News

September 17, 9:00am-2:30pm

How can we share Good News in ways that feel authentic and just? You are invited to join Jerusalem Greer, staff officer for evangelism in the office of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, and the Episcopal Evangelism Team for this evangelism workshop. Register Here

Help Ukrainian Refugees

Episcopal Relief & Development continues to work with Anglican and ecumenical partners to provide aid to people displaced by the crisis in Ukraine. 

Please click the button below to donate:


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