Thursday, May 13, 2021

Ascension Day


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.

Ascension Day

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior  
Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
The Seventh Sunday of Easter:  
The Sunday after Ascension Day

Please join us for our celebration of Holy Eucharist at 9:00 am in the church. No reservation required.

Collect for the Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day

O God, the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph
to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless,
but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us,
and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
in glory everlasting. Amen.

Readings for Sunday, May 16, 2021

1 John 5:9-13
Psalm 1
John 17:6-19

Reflection on the Gospel of John

In Sunday's loving and tender passage from the Gospel of John, Jesus prayed for all the people (including us) whom God has entrusted to his care.  Jesus realized that his time on earth was short and He was concerned about the people he would be leaving behind.  Jesus prayed and asked his Father to protect these individuals "in his name."  Jesus longed for his flock to be kept safe when he was no longer with them. 

Clearly, Jesus loved his disciples.  He longed for them to share his joy fully and completely.  Jesus knew that he would be leaving them and he wanted them to be safe and secure in God's love and care for them.  Jesus also longed for his disciples to share the depth of joy that He experienced in being One with God.

Take a moment and remember a time when you experienced a sense of closeness or oneness with God or Jesus.  
Do you remember the time or place?  
What were the emotions you experienced?  Joy?  Peace?  Love?  Awe?

Jesus longs to share his peace, his joy, and his truth with us.  Are we open to receiving these gifts?  If so, I invite you to sit quietly in Jesus' presence with an open mind, heart, and hands. . . and wait.  Jesus will come and gift you.  Be patient!

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:

In Honor of Mark Higginbotham

As a tribute to Mark's involvement and love for our liturgies, the processional cross and 4 candle torches have been re-plated and refurbished in his honor.  
Memorial donations allowed us to have this work done. 

Mark's memory will live on in our prayer and liturgical life.

Updated Health Guidelines for In-person Worship

As the coronavirus situation continues to improve in our region, Bishop Susan has adapted our worship guidelines.
  • Temperature assessment and contact tracing are no longer required
  • Hand sanitizer will be place at the entrance and in the pew of the church
  • Face masks are still required (double masking is not required)
  • Social distancing of 6 feet  (entering the church, seating, and one communion line)
  • No physical touch at the sign of peace or passing of the collection plate
  • Communion will be bread only - No common cup
  • Spoken congregational responses are permitted (if masked)
  • Congregational music may be hummed quietly behind masks
  • Provide the best ventilation possible (doors and windows will be open)
  • Worship service may be 60 minutes or less - (One service at 9:00)
  • Attendance allows for 50% of seating capacity of the church capacity (129 people - No reservations required)
  • Services will be live-streamed for those who do not feel comfortable gathering
Altar Flowers

The Altar Flowers are given by Sarah Tolley
in memory of Fr. Jack Tolley on his birthday.

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:

July 4 
August 15 and 22 
September 5 
October 3, 10, 24 and 31
November 7 

Men of St. John's BBQ
Men of Saint John's Episcopal Church, Tim Attaway and 
David Dennehy will be hosting a BBQ on Saturday May 29th beginning at 1:00 PM in the courtyard of the church.
Because many of us have been vaccinated and it will be an open air gathering and we have not been able to meet for such an unbearable number of months, it seems like it would be an excellent way of reconnecting in 2021.  The church needs a healthy MOSJ and we have many projects and fund raisers that would be so important for our church community into the future.  Please, give this a priority in planning your calendar for May 29th.

If you would please let Maria, David or Tim know that you will attend so that we can plan appropriately for food and drink. 
Tim   619 417 6392,
Maria 619-422-4141,
David 619-840-9994,
Centennial Celebration

2022 will be our Centennial Year, and it's not too 
early to plan a year-long celebration!
In 1922, we were founded as a mission of St. James Episcopal Church and two years later chose the name St. John's.

In planning our celebration, we will need the following committees:
  • Communications and Publicity
  • Gala and Fundraiser
  • Liturgy
  • History and Archives 
  • Others as may be identified 
Initially, we have a need for a History Committee to collect information about the early years. John Will, the Historian/Archivist for the Diocese (husband of our interim priest Fr. Tom Wilson) will work with the committee in gathering and preserving the information and items for the 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, especially the History Committee? Do you have any ideas about how we can celebrate this important milestone? Please contact Maria Love in the parish office by calling
1-619-422-4141 or emailing

Get Your Vaccination!

St. John's Episcopal Church             
Chula Vista
      in collaboration with


Will be hosting a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
2:00 - 7:00pm
St. John's Episcopal Church
760 First Ave.   Chula Vista, CA 91910
To schedule an appointment and complete the initial forms,
Please click on the following link:
If you do not have a computer or internet access,
walk-in appointments are available.
Questions may be directed to:
Nicole Roberts
St. Paul's Senior Services

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, QuinceaƱera, 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

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.

For Strength in Time of Need

Scott, Steve, Gary & Shirley, Ethan, Andrew, Gloria, 
Barb, Deborah and Sheri, Ron, and Ann,
and for all first responders, medical professionals, 
essential workers and their families.

Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the clergy and people of 
St. Philip the Apostle in Lemon Grove.

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

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we honor and pray for those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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 ( 

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
  • Pill Bottles - Coordinated by Sally Elliot
  • Eyeglasses - Norma Dunn
  • Magazines - Bob Dunn
  • Greeting Cards - 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:

A Request from your Outreach Committee

Your Outreach Committee meets monthly, and we need your help. We are beginning to have lengthy discussions focused on what kinds of Outreach activities we can start planning for as restrictions start to loosen. 

We are looking for your ideas. Remember, Brainstorming is simply coming up with ideas, "wouldn't it be great or a good idea to do --?" Go to this link "Outreach Brainstorming", and let us know your ideas.  At this point don't worry about the "how" to or "what" would it take, just enter the idea and send, let the Outreach committee research the details. If you want to get involved in the planning all the better, we will get back to you. Right now, we just want to hear from you and hear your ideas. This can be fun and a great way to communicate great ideas that might never get addressed otherwise, and really get God's working doing just that, "Working".
Very Respectfully,
David Dennehy on behalf of the Outreach Committee
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.
Who are we as the parish of St. John's?
What is our parish vision for the future?

The Vestry would like to hear from you.  What are your thoughts and ideas in regards to these questions:

Where do you see St. John's in the near future? 
Where do we need to be in 5 years?
What would be a good size of the parish?
What would be the appropriate demographics of the parish?
How would you like the parish be known in the city of Chula Vista?
How could we minister to the parish and the surrounding community?
Would you like to see an increase or decrease:  


general/social gatherings

small faith groups 

children/youth/adult faith formation 

outside speakers

connection to our elderly 

relationship with ECS Head Start 

involvement in the diocese

You may have other thoughts and ideas.  Please let the vestry know by contacting your wardens:
David Dennehy - 619-840-9994;
Lynn Young - 208-695-7735;
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
Muriel Kulikowski
Alejandra Valdez-Beer

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.
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 in the office Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 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.

Upcoming Events at St. John's

Vestry Retreat


Saturday, May 15



Sunday, May 23

Men of St. John's BBQ

1:00 pm

Saturday, May 29

Memorial Day

Monday, May 31

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.

Update: Donation Items for Unaccompanied Minors
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego has been asked to coordinate a pastoral and spiritual care response for the 1400+ unaccompanied migrant children who are being housed in the San Diego Convention Center. We are working with our ecumenical and interfaith partners to bring together a coordinated program of caring for the young people's spiritual needs, working in partnership with South Bay Community Services, which is coordinating all programming for the migrants. There will be many opportunities to volunteer and support the young people - stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, here are new ways that your congregation can support the girls.

Make a donation to South Bay Community Services for care packages
The most helpful way to support the girls at this time 
is to  make a monetary donation toward the purchase of items for care packages here:

100% of donations will be used to purchase items for care packages for the migrant girls.
To make a $200 donation: Select "$200 - Provides care package for migrant youth"
To make a donation of any amount: In the "Choose your own amount" box, type in the amount you wish to donate, and in the "Apply my donation to" drop-down, select "Migrant Shelter"

Make a donation to EDSD for spiritual care materials
You can make a monetary donation to the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego (EDSD) here:

These donations will support the religious, spiritual, and chaplaincy care EDSD is coordinating for the girls. Funds will be used to purchase religious materials, worship resources, devotional books, and other supplies. 100% of donations will be used to purchase items for the spiritual care of the girls.

South Bay Community Services is also accepting volunteer applications 
(click here)

Email Deann Rios at with any questions about supporting the teen girls.
Called to the Wall
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego continues to be 
called to the wall. Join us on May 15 from 4-6:30pm for Called to the Wall: Building Bridges of Healing and Reconciliation. This year's event will be held online--giving us the opportunity to learn and worship with even more people.

To register, click here
Transformation Academy
All are invited to join the people of the diocese for an exciting, new virtual learning and enrichment series. Together, we'll dive deeper into four diocesan priority areas: Peace & Justice, Evangelism, Discipleship, and Leadership. 

Transformation Academy is offered over four months and features national speakers and local leaders from our diocese discussing issues that transform the way we serve the Church's mission.

Get ready to "be transformed by the renewing of your minds" (Rom 12:2) as we learn together at the Transformation Academy!

Transformation Academy is an exciting series of keynote presentations coupled with two different breakout groups to dive deeper into transformational ministry. Please register for both the keynote presentation and a breakout group.

Leadership Academy - Thursday, May 20, 6-7:30pm
Pivoting to New Realities:
Adaptive Leadership for a Post-Pandemic Church

Donald Romanik, President of the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF)

Breakout 1: Davey Gerhard
Year-round Stewardship

Breakout 2: Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch
Vestry 101

Evangelism Academy - Thursday, June 17, 6-7:30pm
Joining God in Mission

Dwight Zscheile, vice president of innovation and associate professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary

Breakout 1: Rev. Frank Munoz
Military Missions: Welcoming our Military Neighbors

Breakout 2: Rev. Darin Johnson
Campus Missions: Welcoming our College Student Neighbors
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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