January 30, 2020


Rev. Roger will be out of the office from Sunday, February 2 through Saturday, February 8.  If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact David Dennehy at (619) 840-9994 and he will direct your call to a member of our clergy team.

Women of St. John's Meeting 
Monday, February 3

The WOSJ will meet at 3 p.m. on Monday, February 3, in Nale Hall. We keep our meetings to no more than one hour.

We will discuss our efforts to help the church, including the St. Patrick's Day dinner, for which in the past we have coordinated decorations, desserts, and the opportunity drawings. Please join us and share your opinions.

Questions? Call Diane Gustafson 619-253-7298

Don't forget the Women of St. John's Bake Sale on February 2nd!
Healing Service  

St. John's monthly healing service will be held at 11:30 am on Sunday, February 2nd.
Men of St. John's Meeting
The next Men of St. John's meeting will be on Monday, February 10, at 6:00 pm at Mark Jordan's home.  Please note that this is the second Monday of the month, not the usual third Monday!

All men are welcome.

Saturday, February 15

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Good Samaritan, 4321 Eastgate Mall 
San Diego, CA 92121

$25, lunch included, scholarships available

Contact the Rev. Nancy Holland
for more information about scholarships.

Leadership Academy features learning opportunities for new and seasoned church leaders alike. The format for all the sessions will follow the World Café - Art of Hosting process introduced at convention last November. All sessions are at least 90 minutes. Some offerings will constitute two or more 90-minute sessions. If you plan on attending a multi-session program, please commit to the entire program.

More information on the academy, including the agenda, can be found at 

Please register soon to help us plan a smooth and successful Leadership Academy.

Thank You from Toys for Tots
Thank you for helping Toys for Tots deliver a message of hope to over 7 million less fortunate children in 2019!
2019 marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program and proved to be yet another successful Christmas Holiday Season.  Our Marines and volunteers distributed nearly 19 million toys to 7.3 million children-in-need! Marines and volunteers conducted toy collection and distribution campaigns in 807 communities throughout the U.S. collecting nearly 12 million toys.  Sadly, as good as our Marines and volunteers are at raising toys locally, they ran out of toys before they ran out of children needing support, but the American public rallied behind Toys for Tots.  With help from countless individuals, local businesses as well as our Corporate Sponsors, we were able to augment our local toy drives with an additional 8 million toys valued at $66 million allowing our Marines and volunteers to support ALL families seeking their assistance.

Outreach Opportunity 

We need a volunteer to deliver our magazines to the Seafarers Mission in National City once a month. If you feel an affinity with those who spend months away from home, this might be something to consider. See Norma Dunn or email   4nodunn@gmail.com 
Year of Discipleship

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego Presents  Pray Resources 
as part of The Year of Discipleship 2020

Resources for the Season After Epiphany

The season after Epiphany is a great opportunity to explore what it means to grow a rule of life for the new year ahead and engage with all the ways we can engage in prayer as part of that rule. We hope these resources help you in your formation plans for the season after Epiphany.

Learn more about Discipleship 2020 and hear Bishop Susan's invitation to the season of Pray on   this special episode of the Faith To Go Podcast  (available now on all your favorite podcast apps)

Let's grow in faith together!

Find a video message from Bishop Susan and other resources for the Pray area of The Way of Love, as well as rules of life in this season after Epiphany  here.

Eucharistic Visitor &
Pastoral Care Visitor Training
Ministries of Healing, Presence and Hope

Saturday, February 22
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

St. Thomas of Canterbury
44651 Avenida de Missiones, Temecula, CA 92592

$15 per person

Learn about the history, customs and roles for both the Eucharist Visitor and Pastoral Care Visitor Ministries. These related ministries have much in common yet are distinct.

The Ven. Pam Rieger, archdeacon, will lead the training, which is required by the office of the bishop. Check-in and hospitality begin at 9:30 a.m. The program begins promptly at 10 a.m. Lunch included.

Registration is required prior to the event. No walk-ins will be allowed. 

Register here.

Faith Alive!

Hosted by the Church of the Good Shepherd
February 7, 8 & 9, 2020
Where: Church of the Good Shepherd
               3990 Bonita Rd., Bonita, CA 91902
               (619) 479-0943
When:    Friday Dinner and Program at Good Shepherd at 6 pm
              Saturday Neighborhood Discussion Groups from 10 - 11:30 
              Saturday Lunch at Good Shepherd from Noon to 1:30
              Saturday Dessert and Program from 6:30 - 9:00 pm 
              Sunday Worship Service at 9:30 am
Join us for all events, or just the ones you can
Children's and teen programs also available.

RSVP's needed!
Register on EventBrite, call the church office Monday through Friday, 9:00-2:00 (619) 479-0943,
or email goodshepherdbonita@gmail.com
Join a spiritual renewal weekend program and change your life!
Calendar of Events:

Office hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.
The office is closed on Fridays. 

Choir Practice
Thursday, January 30, 6:00-7:30
Women of St. John's Bake Sale
Sunday, February 2
Women of St. John's Meeting
Monday, February 3, 3:00 pm
Bible Study
Tuesday, February 4, 6:00 pm
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, February 5, 9:30 am
Para Las Familias ECS Valentine's Dinner
Friday, February 7, 5:00-7:30 pm, Nale Hall
Men of St. John's Meeting
Monday, February 10, 6:00 pm at the Jordan home
Bonita Valley Garden Club Valentine's Tea
Wednesday, February 12, 9:30 am -12:00 noon
President's Day Holiday, Office Closed
Monday, February 17 


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  revroger@saint-johns.org

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, Eva,  Dee and Barb,   
Heather and Stephen,  Don, Jr., Flo, 
Rev. Bob, Rev. Al, Deacon Tom and Chaplain Wally.

Those unable to come to services, but thankful
for their continuing connection with Saint John's, 
especially Lois, Roland  and  Juanita.   

For Churches in Transition in our Diocese

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

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 January, our featured items will be dried or canned beans, or boxed potatoes.  Thank you for your support!

Scripture Readings For This Sunday

Readings for Sunday, February 2, 2020, combined service at 9:00 am

Micah 6:1-8
Psalm 15
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12

Weekly Bible Study and Morning Prayer 

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 119:73-96
Hebrews 11:23-31
John 6:52-59

Every Wednesday, Saint John's will have Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Bible Study from 10 am to 11. 

Tuesday Night Bible Study

Tuesday night Bible Study meets on  Tuesdays from 6-7:30 pm in the youth room. For information, please contact Mike Gollihur
at 619-852-4960 or  mgollihur@aol.com

From the Prayer Journal of Fr. Jack Tolley

Friends: I enjoyed this reflection by Rick Hamlin,  Executive Editor of a Guideposts publication  titled "Morning with Jesus." This appeared  in their January/February issue. I like its  theme too, "Daily Encouragement for Your Spirit."   I recommend it to you. 
Blessings, love, and hugs, 
Fr. Jack.

"Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who  comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes  in me shall never thirst." (John 6:35)

"For a lack of attention a thousand forms of  loveliness elude us every day." 
(Evelyn Underhill)

I confess that when I'm sitting in church in a Sunday  my thoughts don't always go in saintly directions. I'll  wonder why that mom can't keep her kid from running  up and down the aisle during worship, or why that guy  wears the same jacket week after week - it could use  some dry cleaning - or why the preacher takes 20 minutes   to say something that could be said in 10. This is in  church, when I'm supposed to be thinking about God.
I found a healthy corrective the other day as I was  talking to one of my fellow choir members. "You know,"  she said, "I've decided that if I'm not paid to be a judge,  I'm not going to judge. It's as simple as that." She should
know. She works as a judge for the state. It's her job.
It's not mine. So why keep doing it ? After all, what do  I really know about the mom and her kid or the guy and  his jacket or the preacher and the theological insights  he has to share?  Can't I do better?
"Judge not, that you not be judged," Jesus said. What  we give is what we get back - practical advice that has  passed the test of centuries. Followers of Jesus are still  observing it. Come meet them in this issue of "Mornings  with Jesus" as we grow in faith, hope, and non-judgment al  love.

(You can find more information about "Mornings with Jesus" at

The Vestry

David Dennehy-Senior Warden
(619) 429-4747 
Terry Farrelly - Treasurer
Pamela Brittain
Ray Contreras
Diane Gustafson 
Mark Higginbotham
Muriel Kulikowski
Judy McKay
Lynn Young

Approved Minutes for the December 15th 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  www.saint-johns.org.

We welcome your feedback, photos, and news items. Contact Maria Love at 619-422-4141 or  maria@saint-johns.org .

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
maria@saint-johns.org). 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, (jseitman@pacbell.net), 858-793-4555 or Ms. Equilla Luke, (aequilla@icloud.com), 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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