Thursday, May 14, 2020


Eastertide Prayer
O God, you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as surpass our understanding:
Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   Amen.
Scripture Readings For the Week

Readings for Sunday, May 17, 2020

Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:7-18
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21
 Bulletin for Sunday, May 17

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

Spiritual Reflection  on John 14:15-21
Jesus tells us that whoever observes His commandments is the one who loves Him. And all who love Jesus will be loved by Him and His Father. What more could we ask for? Love is the greatest gift on the face of this earth. We may have money, influence, good health and many other good things. However, if we are not loved, truly we are among the poorest on this earth.
For human beings, unconditional love is the greatest gift to give and to receive. The wonderful thing is that we human beings do love unconditionally. Think of a parent's love for their child. Even through struggles and difficulties, parents continue to love their children and want only the best for them. However, sad to say, there also may be times in our lives when there may be conditions on the gift of our love. The wondrous thing is: with God, Jesus and the Spirit, there is only pure and unconditional love. No matter what we do or how we act, their love for us never diminishes. Their love for us flows unceasingly.
We human beings have more difficulty with unconditional love. Yet, in moments of grace, we also are able to love another unconditionally. What a great gift to give and to receive. Truly, there is no greater love!
Today may we strive to imitate the free and unconditional love of God, Jesus and the Spirit. What a wondrous gift to share! Also be thankful when you receive this wonderful gift. Don't forget to thank them! Then may we go forth and share our unconditional love with our family, friends and even strangers!

Revs. Roger, Cathey, Jack, Al

Hospitality - it's time to sociali ze!

During this time of separation, we are looking for ways to stay connected as a family of faith.  One way is to gather as family and friends of St. John's on Sunday after our worship service for a virtual time to be together - "Coffee Hour".  So bring your coffee, tea, juice and whatever pastry you want to eat and join us for our Zoom Coffee Hour.

You will be sent the Zoom link prior to Sunday.  Click on the link (or enter the identification number if you already have Zoom).  If you have never been on a Zoom session you may be asked to download a small program or application.

For security purpose, you will be put into a "waiting room", where the host (me) will let you in.

In Zoom, "Gallery View" view will allow you to see the most amount of people.

Please join us!  This is a time to reconnect, socialize, see friends, and support one another during this time.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Reopening St. John's

Bishop Susan has recommended that parishes form a task force for the reopening of the parish.  The task force will look at the guidelines and practices set forth by the public health and ecclesial authorities that need to be in place when we receive the word that churches are allowed to reopen.  The reopening of our parish will be a slow, phased process.

We will look at all areas of our parish life - liturgy, discipleship, evangelization, outreach, and spiritual formation. I have formed that task force with members of the vestry and other lay leaders of the parish who will be convening soon to begin our planning.

The reopening of the parish will be done with an act of love for our neighbor, respect for government and public health experts, and with an opportunity to be "church" in a new way.  Please keep St. John's in your prayers as we begin this very important, careful work of reopening the parish.


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,   Lorena, 
Minnie, Barbara, Paul, Don
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

"God's love pouring into our hearts."  When we entrust our lives to Jesus; when we ask Jesus to show us how we can become more like him, our lives change in wonderful ways. That's what  the author (unknown) of this Forward Day by Day reflection in June of 2019 is talking about. I thought you would  enjoy it. Blessings, love, and hugs from a safe distance, 
Fr. Jack.

John 16:15. All that the Father has is mine.
For this reason I said he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

When I think of the Creator of the universe holding me in in one hand, and pouring love into me with the other hand, everything else seems trivial. Sure, I have bad moments and go through difficult times, but I have God's love actually pouring into my heart. We each have God's love pouring into our hearts, and that provides all the hope we need. This love-fueled hope gives us character founded in love, and gives us strength to endure suffering. In his seminal work, "The Problem of Pain," C.S. Lewis wrote, "We were made not primarily that we may love God (though we were made for that too), but that
God may love us, that we may become objects in which the Divine love may rest "well pleased."
 "Social distancing will not stop love." 
From the outside sign of the Jubilee United Church.
Stewardship is about the offering of our time, talent and treasure, and this joyful Eastertide is a time for all of us to be as generous as we are able.
Thank you to those who make the work and ministry of St. John's continue.

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.

Memorial Day
In anticipation of Memorial Day, please let us know of any family members who are deceased veterans. 
Please email names to Maria by Thursday, May 21. (
St. John's will commemorate Memorial Day on
Sunday, May 24.
Blessed are those who gave their all, that we might be free.

Opportunities for Service

Donate Snacks to Uptown Safe Haven - The ECS Uptown Safe Haven clients love snacks and treats as they shelter in place together. You can send treats via Amazon or drop them by the house and leave them on the doorstep. 
Address for mailing or dropping off snacks: 
Uptown Safe Haven, Attn: Christina Zeman/UTSH Staff
2822 5th  Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103.

Volunteer with Head Start Food Distribution Program - 
ECS Head Start preschool programs are closed, but we are distributing food to families Tuesday through Friday, 9:15am to 12:30pm, each week and are looking for volunteers to help! This is taking place outside in South Bay, families drive by to get bags of food, and safety precautions are in place. Volunteer roles include helping with set up, break down, directing traffic, and handing bags to families through car windows.

For more info about any of these ECS activities, please contact Deann Rios at 619-694-9892 or

* Pill Bottle and Monthly SBCS grocery list collections are currently suspended at St. John's.   

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

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

One Diocesan-Wide Experience

Bishop's Book Studies  

Take part in this diocesan-wide book study led by Bishop Susan throughout the season of Easter. This will be an online offering, where each week Bishop Susan will post a reflection on a chapter and some discussion questions on the DiscipleshipEDSD website, to which participants can respond interactively online. Alternately, participants may choose to use the reflection and discussion questions in small groups in their congregations, or for personal reflections at home. No need to sign up. Just buy the book and take part in the conversation throughout the season.

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
Diane Gustafson, Clerk
Pamela Brittain
Ray Contreras
Mark Higginbotham
Muriel Kulikowski
Jim McDevitt
Judy McKay
Lynn Young

Approved Minutes for the March 25th Vestry meeting can be found here:

Rev. Roger's Office Hours
Rev. Roger will be available, but working from home on Mondays and Tuesdays  and in the office all day on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  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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