Thursday, July 1, 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.

Prayer for our Country
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for 
our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.                                   (BCP 820)
Independence Day Holiday

The office will be closed on Monday, July 5th,   
in observance of Independence Day.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men 
are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among 
these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
                                                -Thomas Jefferson
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
July 4, 2021 (Independence Day)

Please join us for our celebration of Holy Eucharist at 9:00 am in the church. 

  • Our services do not require masks or social distancing, unless you have not be vaccinated.   
  • There is a section in the chapel where those who want to be masked and social distanced can safely do so and still be part of the service. 
  • We are now serving coffee after the service.  
Come, pray, sing, receive holy Communion, and return to the fellowship. St. John's is rising like the Phoenix from the ashes of the pandemic!

Collect for Independence Day (BCP 242)

Lord God Almighty, 
in whose Name the founders of this country 
won liberty for themselves and for us, 
and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: 
Grant that we and all the people of this land 
may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; 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

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Psalm 48
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13

Worship Booklet for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

If you are not able to attend, please join our livestream service:
Facebook Link for Services: Saint John's Episcopal Church
St. John's website:

Reflection on Mark 6:1-13

This Gospel reading this Sunday begins as Jesus and 
his disciples return home, to his native place. On the Sabbath, Jesus went to the synagogue, and he began to teach. All who listened to Jesus were astonished. They were taken aback at the power of his teaching as well as the power of his presence. This was Jesus, a man they knew very well. He was a man who had grown up in their midst.
How did Jesus become so knowledgeable and such a powerful speaker? He was the son of a carpenter, not the son of a rabbi. Many of the people in his hometown discounted Jesus and his message. They refused to listen to him. After all, who did Jesus think he was to preach to the people who had known him from birth?
Jesus replied to their comments and questions by saying that typically a prophet is not honored by the people who have known him from birth. Jesus realized that he was too familiar to the people who had known him as a child. They only saw in him what they wanted to see. Thus, Jesus was unable to perform any great deeds there as they did not have faith in him.
In baptism, we are called and sent, like the disciples, to proclaim the Good New of God in Christ by word and example.
It can be easy to discount the people whom we know the best. They are so familiar to us that we simply may take them for granted. Take a moment and think about the people in your life: what are their gifts?
How do they gift you with their love and care?
How do they make the love of God known?
Do you appreciate their gifts and talents?
Do you let them know how important they are to you?
May we make time to give thanks for the many people who love and care about us! In some small way, let them know how grateful you are to have them in your life!

Are you wanting to Serve?  You are needed.
On Sunday, June 27, we welcomed our newest acolyte, Jaden Opara.
Well done, Jaden!  Thank you for your service to St. John's.

We are in need of acolytes to serve during our Eucharistic Liturgies. Acolytes (altar servers) function as a cross bearer, candle torch bearers and servers who help prepare the altar for the celebration of Eucharist.

If you are will to serve as an acolyte, please talk to Rev. Roger after Mass, or call or email the office (619-422-4141/

Updated Health Guidelines for In-person Worship

Following the state of California and the advice from the diocesan Public Health Task Force, the bishop is lifting many COVID restrictions.
  • Vaccinated people are no longer required to wear masks or maintain social distance for worship. 


  • Vaccinated people may now join in congregational singing.


  • Participants in the following church ministries should be vaccinated:
  • Anyone celebrating or distributing communion. 
  • Anyone singing in a choir or leading sung music in worship.
  • Anyone leading children/youth ministries for those under age 12.
  • Anyone visiting a home, hospital, or group care setting as part of a pastoral care ministry or serving as a Eucharistic visitor.


  • Since children under age 12 have not had the opportunity to be vaccinated, all children's ministries should be conducted with masks, following 3-foot distancing between children (the same requirements schools follow). 


  • Refreshments may be served at coffee hour, indoors or outdoors, but they should not be served buffet-style with shared implements. Refreshments should be individually wrapped, or served by a server who is the only one to touch the serving implements.

  • Unvaccinated people, including children under age 12, are expected to wear masks.

If you have not been vaccinated, you are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated, to help prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, including the more dangerous Delta variant.    

Altar Flowers

The Altar Flowers are given by Muriel Kulikowski 
in thanksgiving to God for her blessings.

Our Altar Flower donations chart for 2021 is available in the narthex.  If you would like to donate altar flowers in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion please sign up on the chart, or contact Maria at 619-422-4141 or

The suggested donation for altar flowers is $40.00.

The following dates are available:

August 15 and 22 
October 3, 10, and 31


Congratulations to Natalie Sanchez, daughter of Pam and Uriel Sanchez.
Natalie graduated from Bonita Vista High School with an International Baccalaureate Diploma with CFS Honors.
Natalie will be attending the University of California, Berkeley
Rausser College of Natural Resources in the major of Environmental Sciences.


Gracious and Loving God, 
Be with Natalie as she celebrates this important accomplishment.  
Help her to grow in wisdom and grace to discern what is right, 
good and just.  With your Word as a lamp for her feet,
may she be a light to this world radiating your message of hope,
peace and love.  Watch over her as she journeys through life
using her gifts wisely and in service to others.  Bless her
with your care and guidance; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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:
July 11
July 25
August 1
August 8
August 15
August 22
August 29
September 5
September 12
September 19
September 26

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.
We need to start planning for our celebration!
In planning our celebration, we will need your help on the following committees:
  • Communications and Publicity
  • Gala and Fundraiser
  • Liturgy
  • History and Archives 
Perhaps you know some of our history: identify "founding families" along with names of descendants baptized at St. John's; locate artifacts for an exhibit; and create short oral/video interviews of long-time parishioners.
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

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. Cathey (
to be included in the Zoom meeting, or to update your info, if she does not have your current email.

The Morning Prayer guide can be found here:
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, Drew, Cody, Cameron, Chariti, Mark, Sean, Jonathan, TK, Christopher, 
Timothy, Jeremy, David, Jonathan, Nick, Jamal, Matt, Daniel, Jocelyn, Devon, Taylor, Jorge, Katherine, Sebastian, Richie and Roberto.

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

Scott, Steve, Gary & Shirley, Ann, Carl, Marguerite, Diane, Debbie, Barbara, and Evan and the McClure family.

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. Paul in the Desert in Palm Springs.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Papua, New Guinea.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for all Sailors and Marines stationed onboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

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 ( 

Backpack Collection
The Outreach Committee of St. John's is coordinating a backpack 
collection for the children of the ECS Head Start Program.
There will be 164 children beginning Head Start on Monday, August 16th.
We will begin collecting backpacks and school supplies for the children.

Ö        Purchase backpacks and/or supplies and drop them off at the church
      or the parish office.
Ö        Or you can make a donation to St. John's (Head Start Backpack in the        memo line), drop it in the Offertory Collection or at the parish office          and we will purchase the items.
We will fill the empty backpacks on Saturday, August 7th in Nale Hall at 10 am.
The backpacks will be blessed during our Liturgy on Sunday, August 8th.
The filled backpacks will be delivered to ECS Head Start during that week.
What is needed:
  • Preschool Sized Backpack
  • Jumbo / Large Crayons
  • Jumbo / Large Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpener (for jumbo pencil)
  • Pad of Wide-lined Paper
  • Pad of Construction Paper
  • Preschool Activity Book
  • A,B,C's or 1,2,3's or Colors or Shapes Flashcards
  • Stickers
  • Round-tipped Scissors
  • Glue Stick
2021 Pride March
Sunday, July 11
St. John's will be joining St. Paul's Cathedral and the San  Diego's LGBTQ community in a demonstration of our strength, resilience and resolve to continue the fight for justice and liberation.
You are invited to join us for this march to reconnect after a year of isolation and to bring messages of hope.

We will meet at St. Paul's Courtyard at 10:25. We will be leaving for the staging point (which is right up the street) at 10:45 as the step-off time is 11:00 am

We will wear parish tee shirts and carry our banner.  This is a walk/march, not a parade so families can participate with children as it shouldn't be a fast walk. 

Please contact Jeff Bates at if you wish to participate or have any questions.
ECS Head Start Program at St. John's
ECS Head Start provides high quality early childhood and family education programs at no cost to eligible families and their children, ages 0-5.

We welcome:
  • Low Income Families
  • Children With Special Needs
  • Foster/Kinship Families
  • Families Experiencing Homelessness
  • SSI or TANF Recipients
In-Person Services
In-person preschool services provided in daily sanitized classroom environments located throughout the South Bay San Diego area.

Distance Learning Option
Tablet provided for live instruction with our preschool teachers via Zoom, Face Time, or video call.

Meals Provided
Healthy balanced meals and snacks that promote wellness and development provided for your child.
ECS Head Start
(619) 422-1642
Lic #: 376600897
Outreach Collections

St. John's Outreach Committee meets monthly to discuss our parish Outreach activities.
We will continue our ongoing collections for:
  • Blankets - Coordinated by Denise Czer and Sarah Tolley                            There is a great need for blankets
  • Pill Bottles - Coordinated by Sally Elliott   
    A financial donation for postage would be appreciated 
  • Eyeglasses - Coordinated by Norma Dunn
  • Greeting Cards - Coordinated by Norma Dunn
  • Emergency Food Pantry - Coordinated by Maria and Joe Love
Items may be brought to Nale Hall on Sundays when we gather for worship.  You may also bring your items to church during our weekday office hours, Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm.  Ring the doorbell, and you will be buzzed in to leave your items outside Nale Hall.
If you do not feel comfortable driving, please contact the parish office, and we will find a volunteer to pick up the items from your home.

Please click on the following link or visit the St. John's website ( for more information on our Outreach Ministries:

Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation
St. John's is registered with the Military Chaplains Association as a Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation. With this designation, military chaplains can direct military members and veterans to us for their spiritual needs.

Ministry to active military members, veterans, and their
families is an important outreach ministry.  This outreach ministry offers us a way to tell the Good News to our many neighbors in the military and to give the opportunities for us to use their spiritual gifts while they are with us.

Rachel and Roberto Johnson, with the support of our Outreach Committee, are helping to lead this ministry opportunity.
We Are Here For You!
As the pandemic restrictions loosen and we carefully gather in person at St. John's, we would like to remind you that 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, Marriage, Renewal of Vows, Quinceañera, Anointing of the sick or Eucharistic visit.  
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

New St. John's Logo

The Vestry of St. John's has approved a new logo featuring our steeple.

In 1997 St. John's Episcopal Church was awarded the Richard Walsh Memorial Award for our contribution to the Beautification of our Community.

The magnificent steeple stands as a beacon of faith and hope for the city of Chula Vista.  The sight of the steeple is a reminder to us of our baptismal call to welcome all people, to pray, to serve Christ, and to love our neighbor.

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

Fourth of July Holiday
Office Closed

Monday, July 5

Pride Walk
at St. Paul's Cathedral

10:25 am

Sunday, July 11

Celebration of Life
for Margaret Trader

1:00 pm

Friday, July 16

Farewell Reception
for Rev. Cathey

10:00 am

Sunday, July 18

Men of St. John's Meeting
at Tom Brzeczek's home

6:00 pm

Monday, July 19

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, Thursday and Sunday; and all day Wednesday and Friday.  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.

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.

Vacation Bible School 2021
Vacation Bible School is a time to grow in Jesus' love. 
Beginning July 11 for five weeks, each Sunday at 3 pm, a new 20-30 minute episode will premiere on YouTube to watch as a family or with your church family. Featuring leaders from across our diocesan family we'll use Treasured from Group Publishing as a springboard to explore Jesus' love through stories, songs, scripture, and more.

The VBS team is excited to continue to unwrap God's future together and look forward to an exciting summer of learning about Jesus' love for us.

2021 Pride March
Sunday, July 11
We invite you to join San Diego's LGBTQ community in a 
demonstration of our strength, resilience and resolve to continue the fight for justice and liberation.
We invite you to join us for this march to reconnect after a year of isolation, and to bring your best Prideful attire, flags, protest signs, and messages of hope and resilience.

St. Paul's is organizing a group to join the walk. All are asked to meet at 
St. Paul's Courtyard at 10:25. We will be leaving for the staging point (which is right up the street) at 10:45 as the step-off time is 11:00 am. Marchers should wear their parish or diocesan tee shirt, bring flags or banners. This is a walk/march, not a parade so families can participate with children as it shouldn't be a fast walk. 

For more info and to register to walk please email Susan Jester at SPC by July 10. Learn more at
Good News Festival

On December 3 - 4, 2021, 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.

Who's your "One?" Inviting friends, family, and neighbors to the Good News Festival is an important part of making this event a true celebration of good news. Join us in committing to invite your "One," one person you know who needs to hear the good news of Jesus. You can find materials to help invite "your one" to the Good News Festival on the website. The flyers are available for download, but printed materials will also be provided to churches for broad distribution.

Join us in prayer for 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

The Town and Country Resort in San Diego is the venue for the Good News Festival.  The resort recently completed a multimillion-dollar transformation,  making it the perfect place to celebrate some good news. Discounted room rates are available when you book through
Social Anxiety After COVID
   Suzanne Watson, Salt and Light

We've reached the point where the US is relaxing its COVID-19 precautions. That cases have fallen to the point that this is possible is incredibly good news, the answer to prayer, and a source of great joy. However, I am also seeing a spike in anxiety in my outpatient psychiatric practice. As I recently heard someone say, "it's like I've forgotten how to be human."
Although the person was joking, there is some truth to the comment. Many of us have been isolated for the last 15+ months. Social interactions have been online, or with masked strangers on the occasional essential trip out of the house. If we interacted with others in person, it was only with a select few and usually with people we knew very well. Or we were essential workers living with the stress of the unknown-would we catch the virus? If so, how severe would our case be? Were we exposing our loved ones and family due to our work? Many of us have lost loved ones, and the threat of death was present everywhere. Some people faced their own mortality and the mortality of those they love for the first time.  It has been a very difficult and stressful time.
Many people live with diagnosable anxiety disorders. These include:
  • Social Anxiety: Marked fear or anxiety about one or more social situations in which the individual is exposed to possible scrutiny by others
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: excessive anxiety and worry, an "apprehensive expectation" about a number of events or activities
  • Panic Disorder: An abrupt surge of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak in minutes during which physical and cognitive symptoms occur
  • Agoraphobia: Intense fear or anxiety triggered by the real or anticipated exposure to a wide range of situations
For some people who lived with an anxiety disorder prior to the pandemic-imposed isolation, returning to "normal" life can be extremely stressful. Many people who live with these disorders described a feeling of relief that they did not have to be out in the world during the pandemic, and that they could interact with others free of some of the stressors that induced symptoms.
But even if a person does not live with a diagnosable anxiety disorder, returning to "normal" life can still be hard. Some people remain fearful of interactions due to safety concerns. Is it okay to interact with others without a mask? Is that person really vaccinated? What about my children (or grandchildren) who aren't eligible for the vaccine?  Will it be safe to return to work in person? For others, it is that we are out of the habit of interacting with others. We are used to being around our homes, and we have forgotten how to interact with others in person.
So how do we cope? One way is to take comfort in the fact that we are not alone if we experience fear and discomfort in social situations. If you are feeling a little uneasy about being back out in the real world, chances are that those around you are too. It is a time for us to be especially gentle and understanding with one another.
Another way to manage is to remember some of the coping mechanisms that we developed during the pandemic to handle stress. Many people found solace in new, calming activities: cooking, gardening, playing chess, virtual yoga and workouts, writing real letters on paper to others, walking/hiking and more. We can take these activities with us as new ways to cope with our anxiety and worry as life begins to return to normal.
And we can pray, and take comfort in God's word as found in Isaiah 41:10:
do not fear, for I am with you,
    do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. (NRSV)
However, some people may need professional help. If your anxiety or worry is causing you significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning, it is time to reach out. You can start by talking to your primary care doctor who can assist or refer you to a mental health professional for therapy or medication if indicated.
This has been a very difficult year filled with loss, fear, and isolation. As we begin to emerge from the darkness of this time, we can remember that anxiety is normal given what we have all been through. In fact, it is very "human."
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, foregoing the common cup and refraining from congregational singing.
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.

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