Thursday, September 3, 2020

 

Join the Diocesan-Wide Worship Service
 
We have been invited to join Bishop Susan Brown Snook for the Diocesan Worship Service on Sunday, Sept. 6. It's a time for the diocese to come together and join with other Episcopalians throughout our diocese for worship.

We encourage you to join in our diocesan service at 10:00am.  Shortly before 10:00, please join members of St. John's by going to the St. John's website and click on the link for the livestream of the diocesan service.  This will appear like our Sunday services and we will be able to comment to one another. 

Bishop Susan will preside and preach, recording from St. Paul's Cathedral. Music and prayers will be in English and Spanish, with a bulletin available in both languages. It will be a great day for our diocese to come together with our bishop in worship and thanksgiving! 

We will not be having our regular Sunday Worship Service.
 
A Prayer for Labor Day

Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another
that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives:
So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone,
but for the common good;
and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor,
make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers,
and arouse our concern for those who are out of work;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  
Amen.

Labor Day
 
Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday in September,  honors and recognizes the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. 
Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, different groups of trade unionists chose a variety of days on which to celebrate labor. In the United States, a September holiday called Labor Day was first proposed in the early 1880s. 

According to one early history of Labor Day, the event originated in connection with a General Assembly of the Knights of Labor convened in New York City in September 1882. In connection with this clandestine Knights assembly, a public parade of various labor organizations was held on September 5 under the auspices of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York. Secretary of the CLU Matthew Maguire is credited for first proposing that a national Labor Day holiday subsequently be held on the first Monday of each September in the aftermath of this successful public demonstration.

P. J. McGuire, Vice President of the American Federation of Labor, is frequently credited as the father of Labor Day in the United States.  According to McGuire, on May 8, 1882, he made a proposition to the fledgling Central Labor Union in New York City that a day be set aside for a "general holiday for the laboring classes", recommending that the event should begin with a street parade as a public demonstration of organized labor's solidarity and strength, with the march followed by a picnic, to which participating local unions could sell tickets as a fundraiser. According to McGuire he suggested the first Monday in September as an ideal date for such a public celebration, owing to optimum weather and the date's place on the calendar, sitting midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving public holidays.

Yet another origin story goes back to Canada. In 1882, an American labor leader witnessed the annual May "labour day" festivities in Toronto which inspired him to organize the first American "labor day" on September 5 that same year. The popularity of the event spread across the country. By the time President Grover Cleveland declared the first Monday of September as an official federal holiday in 1894, 30 states were already celebrating Labor Day.

Update on the Pandemic

The leadership of St. John's have been continuing to track the data regarding the coronavirus pandemic.  We looked at the public health data related to the coronavirus in the County of San Diego.  The rolling 14 day positive infection rate for the county was at 3.6% and the Chula Vista rate was at .8%.  

Given the reduction in rates, the vestry of St. John's felt that it would be safe for our parishioners to regather for outdoor worship following the guidelines set forth in our action plan.

The vestry met and unanimously agreed to request the approval from the bishop to allow the parish of St. John's to gather for in-person worship in our courtyard beginning with a single service Sunday, September 13th at 9:00am.

Bishop Susan has granted us permission to gather outdoors in our courtyard for in-person worship following our approved action plan.

 
In Person Worship Services Will Begin
 
On September 13th, 2020 we will gather once again at St. John's in the beautiful courtyard at 9:00am for our in-person/live-streamed Eucharistic service.  It is an exciting opportunity for us to gather once again to celebrate the presence of God's love and grace in our lives.

Our gathering must follow the guidelines for in-person worship, including: 
  • temperature and symptom review 
  • social distancing of 6 feet 
  • hand sanitation 
  • wearing mask protection
  • regretfully, no physical touch
  • discourage age 65 and over 
  • if you are sick, you are asked to stay home
For those who cannot attend because of the guidelines or do not feel comfortable, the liturgy will be streamed live on the St. John's website.

We will try to make shaded seating available, but it is recommended to wear a hat and sunscreen.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must manage the size of the gathering to ensure the health and safety of all who gather.  If you would like to attend, please contact Maria Love at the the Parish Office (619-422-4141) or by email (maria@saint-johns.org) with your name and the number of people in your party that will be attending.

Upcoming Events at St. John's

September 6        10:00 am   Diocesan Wide Worship Service 
                             Please join us from the link on our website.
September 7        Office Holiday: Labor Day
September 12      10:00 am    Rob McKay Memorial Service
September 13      9:00 am     In Person Worship, St. John's Courtyard
September 19      11:00 am   Fr. Al Stott Memorial Service
September 20      9:00 am     Bishop Susan Snook
 Annual Episcopal Visit to St. John's
 
Wednesday Morning Prayer
 
Join us for Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study
on Wednesdays at 9:30 am as a Zoom meeting. 

Please contact Rev. Cathey (revcat@gmail.com)
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:
 
Prayers

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.

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, Barbara, Dean,  
Sarah, Norma, Paul, Laura and Ed,
and for all first responders, medical professionals, 
essential workers and their families.

For the repose of the souls of Fr. Jack Tolley and Robert Bailey

For Churches in Transition in our Diocese

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

Stewardship
 
Stewardship is about the offering of our time, talent and treasureThank 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: www.saint-johns.org

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 (sally@saint-johns.org) or phone call to the office on Thursdays for assistance.


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


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.
 
The Vestry

David Dennehy, Senior Warden
619-840-9994 
masterfrog@att.net
Mark Higginbotham, Junior Warden
619-861-5510
Terry Farrelly, Treasurer
Diane Gustafson, Clerk
Pamela Brittain
Ray Contreras
Mark Higginbotham
Muriel Kulikowski
Jim McDevitt
Judy McKay
Lynn Young

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

Rev. Roger's Office Hours
 
Rev. Roger will be in the office Sunday, 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.


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.

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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