Thursday, June 17, 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 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Collect for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence
for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern
those whom you have set upon the sure foundation
of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.  

Readings for Sunday, June 20, 2021

2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
Mark 4:35-41

Worship Booklet for the Fourth 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 4:35-41

The Gospel reading this Sunday is the story of the storm 
at sea. Jesus and his disciples are on the shore of the sea.  He says to his disciples, "Let us go cross to the other side." Jesus and the disciples got into the boat and started to row to the other side of the sea. 
While they were crossing the sea, a violent storm arose.  The waves were high and their boat began to fill with water.  Jesus, however, was oblivious to the storm.  He was sound asleep in the boat.  Finally, the disciples woke him.  They said to him, "Teacher do you not care that we are perishing?"
Jesus then rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Immediately, the wind ceased and the waves of the sea became calm.  Jesus turned to his disciples and asked: "Why are you afraid?  Have you still no faith?"  The disciples were filled with awe and amazement.  They looked at one another and asked, "Who then is this, that even the wind and sea obey him?"
Can you remember a time in your life when you experienced a ferocious storm?  You may not have been on a body of water but you may have believed that you would perish.  It may have been a death of a loved one, the loss of a job, financial difficulties, or a life-threatening medical condition.
How did you respond to this situation? 
Did you trust God?  Or did you react as the disciples did to the storm at sea: with fear and trembling? 
Did you lose faith in God?  During painful and difficult times, it is natural to question and doubt.  Yet, we need God especially during the confusing and frightening times in our life. 
Do we call out to Him as the disciples did or do we remain silent? 
Jesus wants us to call out to Him and he will respond to our need, our pain and our fear.  Most likely, the situation will not immediately be resolved, but God will strengthen us and walk with us each and every day.  He will not leave our side.  And one day, the sun will shine again!

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.


  • Communion wine may distributed in individual containers, or by having the priest intinct all wafers and drop them in worshipers' hands. Sipping from the common cup, or having individual worshipers intinct, is still not allowed.


  • 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, I strongly encourage you to be vaccinated, to help prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, including the more dangerous Delta variant.    Roger+

Altar Flowers

The Altar Flowers are given by Michael and Marcia Morris
in celebration of December half-birthdays: Marcia Morris,
Diane Gustafson, Rev. Roger, and Bob Milam.

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 
October 3, 10, and 31

Centennial Celebration
2022 will be our Centennial Year!
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.

For Strength in Time of Need

Scott, Steve, Gary & Shirley, Ann, Carl, Marguerite and Diane,
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 our President, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of North India (United).

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for all recruits, Drill Instructors and leadership on Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

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                            There is a great need for blankets
  • Pill Bottles - Coordinated by Sally Elliot
  • 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:

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.
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

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

Upcoming Events at St. John's

Parish Council Meeting

 9:00 am

Saturday, June 19

Men of St. John's Meeting
in Nale Hall

12:00 pm

Saturday, June 26

Remembrance of 
Florence Cooper

 9:00 am

Sunday, June 27

Celebration of Life
for Margaret Trader

1:00 pm

Friday, July 16

Farewell Reception
for Rev. Cathey

10:00 am

Sunday, July 18

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.

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.

June 19th - Juneteenth - also known as Freedom Day, 
Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, or Juneteenth Independence Day - commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. In honor of this holiday - and as a great ongoing practice - consider learning about and supporting Black and minority-owned businesses in your local community or online. This can be a fun excuse for trying a new restaurant, brewery, electrician, printer, or donut shop. 

Here are a few lists we found online to get you started!

*Buy Black San Diego 

2021 Baccalaureate Service: June 27th
On June 27, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. The Episcopal Diocese of 
San Diego will honor the High School Seniors in our diocese with a live-streamed baccalaureate service. The service will be led by Bishop Susan and feature youth readers, musicians, and a virtual procession of the graduates. 
In a time where so many of the rites of passage have been lost for these young adults, it is our goal to give them a vibrant celebration of both their achievements and their faith. There are four ways that youth are invited to participate in the baccalaureate service.
Procession of Graduates: Please submit a photo of your graduate with their name, where they attended high school, congregation name, and what they will be doing next (Please omit the last item, if this decision has yet to be made). These should be submitted to Charlette Preslar, no later than June 10, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
Commissioning Video: Part of the service will include the commissioning of the graduates. There are two responses from the graduates in that video segment. Youth should submit one horizontal (landscape) video of them saying the following two responses. "I am ready." "I do so pledge. And I promise to work, pray, and give of my resources for the spread of the kingdom of God." Our goal is to have as many youth as possible submit a video for this segment. They may be taken on a cell phone or a laptop and emailed to Charlette Preslar, no later than June 10, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
Readers and Music: Youth who would like to participate as a reader for the service should contact Charlette Preslar, right away. Multicultural Readers are encouraged! Readers will be assigned no later than June 10, 2021. 

Musicians should submit emails to Chris Tumilty, with the name of their proposed piece and whether they would like to submit a vocal or instrumental piece. We will work to incorporate a diverse assortment of musical offerings. 
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."
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.
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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