Thursday, July 8, 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.

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 11, 2021 

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 the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord, mercifully receive
 the prayers of your people who call upon you, 
and grant that they may know and understand 
what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for Sunday

2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19
Psalm 24
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29

Worship Booklet for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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

Reflection on Ephesians 1:3-14

Theology Professor, Kenneth Berding wrote a devotional 
book - "How to Live an 'In Christ' Life". The following is a little exercise he did while working the book which emphasizes our union with Christ. He decided to try to re-order the various clauses and phrases from Paul's famous paragraph (Ephesians 1:3-14) with the goal of seeing more clearly Paul's emphasis on our union with Christ.
May our Lord Jesus Christ's God and Father be blessed.
In Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
Just as in Christ God chose us before the foundation of the world.
That in Christ we might be holy and blameless before God.
Through Jesus Christ, God lovingly predestined us for adoption to himself as sons.
In Christ the beloved, this was done according to the purpose of God's will, to the praise of God's glorious grace.
In Christ and through the blood of Christ, we have redemption, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of God's grace which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.
In Christ, God made known the mystery of his will and set it forth according to his purpose as a plan for the fullness of time.
That in Christ all things might be united, things in heaven and things on earth.
In Christ we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of God who works all things according to the counsel of his will.
That in Christ, we who were the first to hope might be to the praise of God's glory.
In Christ, when you believed in Christ, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of God's glory.
Celebration of Life for Margaret "Peggy" Trader
The Celebration of Life for Margaret "Peggy" Trader will  
be at St. John's on Friday, July 16th at 1:00 pm.

Peggy's great-grandson, Johnathan, was a student at St. John's School from 2010 to 2017.

Please keep Peggy's family in your prayers.

Are you willing to Serve?  You are needed.
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/

Altar Flowers

The Altar Flowers are given by Bob and Norma Dunn
in celebration of their 53rd wedding anniversary.

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

The Men of Saint John's Social Gathering

The big reveal is that we have over 50 men that belong to 
the congregation at Saint John's.
The last meeting of the MOSJ discussed this and came up with a plan.
Appetizers and wine, beer night will be held on
July 19th at 6 P.M. at St. John's....a MEN"S SOCIAL HOUR. 
An anonymous donor also will provide the means for a one ticket to all men in attendance raffle.
That's right...monetary incentive to come and have free appetizers and liquid libations.
The donor, who shall remain nameless, will also provide a few funny white elephant items for the raffle.
The cash incentive will be a Benjamin Franklin, yes ...$100.00.  This should be a fun get together that you do not want to miss.
Our goal, is of course,  to have some fun but also to increase the number of active members.
Expect to see an email invitation for you to come and join in the fun.
If you miss the email invitation for whatever reason, consider this message in the newsletter to be your invitation.
Tim Attaway     President
Phil Bajo           Vice President
Robert Dunn     Secretary
Tom Brzeczek   Treasurer
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:

August 1
August 8
August 22
August 29
September 5
September 12
September 19

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, Evan and the McClure family, Liz and Theresa.

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. Francis in Pauma Valley.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Episcopal Church in the Philippines.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the crews of COMMANDER DESTROYER SQUADRONs 1, 7, 21 and 23.

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
Please pick up a flyer in the Narthex.

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.
APPLY NOW FOR THE FALL (invite your family and friends)
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

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 Meet and Greet
at St. John's

 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.

Needle-pointers Needed 
for Cathedral Kneeler Project
Would you like to have your needlepoint artwork in St. Paul's 
Cathedral? This project involves the creation of kneelers for every seat in the Cathedral and we need artists to contribute their work. Kits expected to be available by the end of summer. If interested, please email Ric Todd 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
Resources for Emotional Support

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for all of us. You may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely or frustrated in these circumstances.

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.

Safeguarding God's People
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pastoral care: 619/301-0724
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