Thursday, April 23, 2020


An Easter Prayer
As you cause the sun to rise, O God,
Bring the light of the risen Christ to dawn in our lives.
Give us grace to reflect Christ's light:
Let his love show in our deeds,
His peace shine in our words,
And his healing in our touch,
That all may give you praise, now and forever.  Amen

Spiritual Reflection
on our Emmaus Journey

This weekend we will hear again Luke's version of the story of the walk to Emmaus.  We know this story well. Most likely, if someone asked us, we easily could tell them the story. The disciples were walking on the road talking  and relaying their experience of the death of their friend.

At times in our lives, we have been "the disciples on the road to Emmaus" feeling lost, alone, sad, confused, and perhaps even angered by our personal "death" experience.  Or it might have been a time when a significant person or part of your life died to you. Take a moment and remember one of your "Calvary" experiences.  Like the disciples who never thought they would lose Jesus, the experience of loss, sadness, confusion, depression and perhaps anger are real.

What was that time in life like for you?  
How long did it take you to begin to recover and begin to come back to life?  
Did your faith sustain you during this time or did God feel light years away from you?  
Was there any sense, small though it may have been, that God was with you, sustaining you, strengthening you?  

These times are extremely difficult and they may threaten our trust and faith in God.  We all know that bad things happen to good people; however, when they happen to us, our natural reaction is to question: "Why me? Why did God let this happen?"

If we hold onto our faith in God, Jesus eventually will appear to us again, most likely in unexpected ways, places, or people. Will our mind and hearts be open or will they be closed by anger, fear, and loss? Today may we pray for the grace to trust that Jesus will come to us.  May we trust and believe that Jesus is with us always!
This joyful Eastertide is a time for all of us to be as generous as we can. We may not be meeting together in person, but the work and ministry of St. John's continues, along with its need to pay salaries and utilities. Please know that members of the staff are working harder than ever to worship, to bring people together in love, to serve our community and keep our church property maintained and safe. 

We have made it even more convenient to give online.  You can find a "Give Now" button on our St. John's website:

There are 4 other ways to stay current on your pledge: 
1)  US mail
2)  the secured mail slot next to the parish office door on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9:00am and 3:00pm
3)  Sally can add an automatic credit or debit payment by providing to her in writing the necessary information (bank name, account number, expiration date and amount to be withdrawn, 
4)  you can go to your bank (physically or on line) to set up an automatic payment to St. John's by bank check once a month.

If you need help with any of these options, please contact Sally via email ( or phone call to the office on Thursdays for assistance.

Scripture Readings For the Week

Readings for Sunday, April 26, 2020

Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35

Bulletin for Sunday, April 26

Facebook Link for Sunday Service: St. John's Facebook Page

ECS Virtual Gala
We are going virtual!  
               ...and it's going to be fun!

In light of COVID-19, we are bringing the event online to your home this year! We know you are determined to respond to the needs of children, adults and families in your community.

Proceeds from the Making Miracles Gala will inspire children, empower adults and transform communities. They are counting on your generosity to keep moving forward. It's not possible without you!

Join us as we ignite hope and inspiration while celebrating ECS and all of you! Be the first to experience a virtual reception from the comforts of your home with a fun online auction, entertainment, inspiring program, giveaways, and more surprises to be announced.

Registration is FREE, and there will be opportunities to support ECS during this virtual event by making a donation or purchasing an auction item. Please  
RSVP here or by calling 619-609-1182. Thank you so much for your continued support!

For more information, visit us   online or call us at (619) 609-1182.


Year of Discipleship

In the Diocese of San Diego, Bishop Susan Brown Snook has called us to spend the year 2020 focusing on discipleship: How we grow in faith as followers of Jesus Christ.  Discipleship grows as we adopt spiritual practices for daily living.  Our diocese offers these resources to help you develop spiritual practices as individuals, families, small groups, and full congregations.

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego invites you to  Learn  as part of
The Year of Discipleship 2020  in this holy season of Easter.

Find resources for the Learn area of The Way of Love in this season of Easter here:  Learn- Discipleship EDSD

Current office hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday.
If you need assistance, please email Maria Love: 


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

Prayer List
Today and every day include some time for prayer, for yourself,
for your church family, and for those in need.  

For our Military
Matt, Drew, Cody,  Cameron,  Chariti, 
Mark,  Sean, Jonathan,  TK,   Christopher, 
Timothy,  Jeremy,  David,  Jonathan,  Nick, 
Jamal,  Matt, Daniel,  Jocelyn, Devon, 
Taylor, Jorge, Katherine, Sebastian and Richie.

  For Strength in Time of Need

Scott, Betty, Rob, Bill, Brian, Marcia,  Ed, 
Bernie,  Donna,  Mary Ann,  Liz, Dean,
Lorena, Minnie, Barbara, June,
and for all first responders, medical professionals, 
essential workers and their families.

For Churches in Transition in our Diocese

Christ Church, Coronado
St. Paul, Palm Springs
St. Margaret's, Palm Desert
All Saints', Vista

From the Prayer Journal of Fr. Jack Tolley

We all have experienced dark moments of the soul.  Things seem utterly hopeless. Our youngest son has a mental illness, rheumatoid arthritis, and other medical problems. The author of this reflection had similar seemingly hopeless problems that eventually turned into joy with God's help and love. That can happen for you too.  
Blessings, love, and hugs from a safe distance,
Fr. Jack.

And when all the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw what had happened, they went home in deep sorrow. (Luke 23:48)

     As I sit here writing, my son Isaac, is singing the soundtrack from Frozen at the top of his lungs.  He brings truly immeasurable and uniquely delivered love and joy to me, my family and many others.  Yet, when he was born with Down syndrome just after Easter 10 years ago, I confess it was one of the darkest times of my life- an agonizing and humbling admission for a mom to make.  Now I can say with complete honesty that Isaac is one of the greatest joys of my life, a precious and continuous gift.  His guileless and generous affection, unprejudiced enjoyment of the littlest things, keen emotional intuition, and innocent yet profound faith are priceless blessings.  Plus, he's just plain fun.
     As I remember those early, dark moments of my pregnancy and those first months after Isaac's arrival, I think about the last few days of Jesus' life.  How unspeakably dark that time must have been for His followers.  The hope Jesus offered was seemingly extinguished on that hill.  I found myself unexpectedly but joyously pregnant at forty-three with the heart-welling anticipation of new life; then that joy was suddenly confusingly, agonizingly gone.
     Did the apostles feel the same way?  Were they lost in despair?  But we're wrong to underestimate God's omnipotence and His love for us!  The empty tomb and then Jesus' appearance in the upper room heralded joy, just as Isaac does for me today.  If you are at what seems like a terminal low point, look to the cross.  Recall how hopeless it all seemed.  Then remember Easter.  Thank you, Jesus, for Easter!
- Isabella Yosuico

Opportunities For Service

Pill Bottle Ministry

Did you know that in developing countries, the pill bottle and cap is often more expensive than the medication inside. You can donate your empty prescription bottles! Just drop off your empty prescription bottles in our collection bucket located in the foyer- no need to peel the information off.  Our volunteers will take care of that for you! We will wash them and ship them to Matthew 25: Ministries.  Matthew 25: Ministries accepts donations of empty plastic pill bottles for inclusion in shipments of medical supplies and for shredding and recycling. Our pill bottle program fulfills the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment.

Please note that we can currently only collect the clear orange prescription bottles.  We have found that the others do not benefit the program.
Thank you for your support!
Emergency Food Pantry:

Jesus said, "Feed my sheep." John 21:17
The South Bay Community Services "Emergency Food Pantry" needs donations every month. It's easy to donate! We will focus on a different food category each month. Pick up a flyer from the narthex, carry in your car until your next trip to the market, purchase the food, and place it on the table in Nale Hall before the end of the month.  During the month of April, our featured items will be cereals, powdered and canned milk.  Thank you for your support!
Free Entertainment
Here is a list of some things to do while you are quarantined at home:

Streaming of operas from the Metropolitan Opera, which are occurring daily.  Go to to enjoy the daily streaming available.

The Seattle Symphony is also offering live streaming at this site:

Museums worldwide are offering their exhibits online:

One of the pianists who frequently visits our communities has made a free video performance, which you can enjoy by following this link:

A free class to take at YALE University:

More Museums offering free virtual tours:

Free coloring books for adults from 113 museums:

An article with links to a variety of things that are now free:
The Vestry

David Dennehy,  Senior Warden
Mark Higginbotham,  Junior Warden
Terry Farrelly,  Treasurer
Pamela Brittain
Ray Contreras
Diane Gustafson 
Mark Higginbotham
Muriel Kulikowski
Jim McDevitt
Judy McKay
Lynn Young

Approved Minutes for the January 22nd Vestry meeting can be found here:

Approved Minutes for the February 19th Vestry Meeting can be found here:

Rev. Roger's Office Hours
Rev. Roger will be available in the office Monday and Tuesday depending on his school schedule 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 619-301-0724.

To our Saint John's Family:
Here is your weekly newsletter highlighting 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 and Sunday bulletin.

Emergency Contact Information

If you had a medical emergency at church on Sunday morning, would the Wardens or church  staff know who to contact? If you would like to add someone to St. John's emergency contact  list in case of such an emergency, please contact Maria, our parish secretary (619-422-4141 or A sign-up sheet will also be available in the church lobby to collect this information. Please provide your name, the name of your emergency contact, their relationship to you, their phone number and/or their email address. This is one more way we can show how we love one another.
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.

Safeguarding God's People
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May God's face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
May God give you the grace never to sell yourself short;
Grace to risk something big for something good;
Grace to remember that the world is too dangerous for anything but truth 
And too small for anything but love.
So, may God take your minds and think through them;
May God take your lips and speak through them;
May God take your hearts and set them on fire.
-William Sloane Coffin

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