February 6, 2020


Rev. Roger will be out of the office from Sunday, February 2 through Saturday, February 8.  If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact David Dennehy at (619) 840-9994 and he will direct your call to a member of our clergy team.

Women of St. John's 
Bake Sale Update

Thank you to everyone who donated items for the WOSJ Bake Sale last Sunday and to all who bought goodies.  
As a result, we raised $344, which will go into the Church operating fund. 
This surpasses the previous sale's total!
Men of St. John's Meeting
The next Men of St. John's meeting will be on Monday, February 10, at 6:00 pm at Mark Jordan's home.  Please note that this is the second Monday of the month, not the usual third Monday!

All men are welcome.
Tuesday Night Bible Study News

The Tuesday Bible Study group will not meet Tuesday, February 11th. We will meet on February 18th at 6PM to begin a new study, titled "Answers To Tough Questions," a 6-session study designed to help individuals speak with confidence about biblical truth - to "tune up your testimony," if you will - that will make us better witnesses for Christ. 
All are welcome, but please contact Mike Gollihur if you will be new to our group, so that we can order enough study guides.
619-852-4960 (talk or text) or  mgollihur@aol.com.

Saturday, February 15

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Good Samaritan, 4321 Eastgate Mall 
San Diego, CA 92121

$25, lunch included, scholarships available

Contact the Rev. Nancy Holland
for more information about scholarships.

Leadership Academy features learning opportunities for new and seasoned church leaders alike. The format for all the sessions will follow the World Café - Art of Hosting process introduced at convention last November. All sessions are at least 90 minutes. Some offerings will constitute two or more 90-minute sessions. If you plan on attending a multi-session program, please commit to the entire program.

More information on the academy, including the agenda, can be found at 

Please register soon to help us plan a smooth and successful Leadership Academy.

Outreach Opportunity 

We need a volunteer to deliver our magazines to the Seafarers Mission in National City once a month. If you feel an affinity with those who spend months away from home, this might be something to consider. See Norma Dunn or email   4nodunn@gmail.com 
Year of Discipleship

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego Presents  Pray Resources 
as part of The Year of Discipleship 2020

Resources for the Season After Epiphany

The season after Epiphany is a great opportunity to explore what it means to grow a rule of life for the new year ahead and engage with all the ways we can engage in prayer as part of that rule. We hope these resources help you in your formation plans for the season after Epiphany.

Learn more about Discipleship 2020 and hear Bishop Susan's invitation to the season of Pray on   this special episode of the Faith To Go Podcast  (available now on all your favorite podcast apps)

Let's grow in faith together!

Find a video message from Bishop Susan and other resources for the Pray area of The Way of Love, as well as rules of life in this season after Epiphany  here.

Registration for the Eucharistic Visitor/Pastoral Care Visitor Training Workshop is now closed!

Due to workshop capacity limitations we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins or late registration.

At this workshop, several deacons will be trained and licensed by the diocese to facilitate many more EV & PCV workshops in the future!

If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for the next EV/PCV Training Workshop please send your contact information, including your parish, to  prieger@edsd.org

Faith Alive!

Hosted by the Church of the Good Shepherd
February 7, 8 & 9, 2020
Where: Church of the Good Shepherd
               3990 Bonita Rd., Bonita, CA 91902
               (619) 479-0943
When:    Friday Dinner and Program at Good Shepherd at 6 pm
              Saturday Neighborhood Discussion Groups from 10 - 11:30 
              Saturday Lunch at Good Shepherd from Noon to 1:30
              Saturday Dessert and Program from 6:30 - 9:00 pm 
              Sunday Worship Service at 9:30 am
Join us for all events, or just the ones you can
Children's and teen programs also available.

RSVP's needed!
Register on EventBrite, call the church office Monday through Friday, 9:00-2:00 (619) 479-0943,
or email goodshepherdbonita@gmail.com
Join a spiritual renewal weekend program and change your life!
Calendar of Events:

Office hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.
The office is closed on Fridays. 

Choir Practice
Thursday, February 6, 6:00-7:30 pm
Para Las Familias ECS Valentine's Dinner
Friday, February 7, 5:00-7:30 pm, Nale Hall
Men of St. John's Meeting
Monday, February 10, 6:00 pm at the Jordan home
Bible Study
Tuesday, February 11, 6:00 pm
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, February 12, 9:30 am
Bonita Valley Garden Club Valentine's Tea
Wednesday, February 12, 9:30 am -12:00 noon
President's Day Holiday, Office Closed
Monday, February 17 
Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 25, 5:30 pm
Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, February 26, 9:00 am and 6:00 pm
Dinah's Closet
Sunday, March 1


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, Rob, Eva,  Dee and Barb,   
Heather and Stephen,  Don, Jr.,  Rev. Bob, 
Rev. Al, Deacon Tom, Chaplain Wally, Joe and Jan.

For the repose of the souls of Emma Gonzales, Roland James and Flo Looney.
May light perpetual shine on them.

Those unable to come to services, but thankful
for their continuing connection with Saint John's, 
especially Lois  and  Juanita.   

For Churches in Transition in our Diocese

Christ Church, Coronado
St. Paul, Palm Springs
St. Margaret's, Palm Desert
All Saints', Vista
Holy Cross, Carlsbad

Opportunities For Service

Pill Bottle Ministry

Did you know that in developing countries, the pill bottle and cap is often more expensive than the medication inside. You can donate your empty prescription bottles! Just drop off your empty prescription bottles in our collection bucket located in the foyer- no need to peel the information off.  Our volunteers will take care of that for you! We will wash them and ship them to Matthew 25: Ministries.  Matthew 25: Ministries accepts donations of empty plastic pill bottles for inclusion in shipments of medical supplies and for shredding and recycling. Our pill bottle program fulfills the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment.

Please note that we can currently only collect the clear orange prescription bottles.  We have found that the others do not benefit the program.
Thank you for your support!
Emergency Food Pantry:

Jesus said, "Feed my sheep." John 21:17
The South Bay Community Services "Emergency Food Pantry" needs donations every month. It's easy to donate! We will focus on a different food category each month. Pick up a flyer from the narthex, carry in your car until your next trip to the market, purchase the food, and place it on the table in Nale Hall before the end of the month.  During the month of February, our featured items will be rice, pasta or mac & cheese.  Thank you for your support!

Scripture Readings For This Sunday

Readings for Sunday, February 9, 2020

Isaiah 58:1-9a
Psalm 112:1-9
1 Corinthians 2:1-12
Matthew 5:13-20

Weekly Bible Study and Morning Prayer 

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 81
Romans 12:1-8
John 8:12-20

Every Wednesday, Saint John's will have Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Bible Study from 10 am to 11. 

Tuesday Night Bible Study

Tuesday night Bible Study meets on  Tuesdays from 6-7:30 pm in the youth room. For information, please contact Mike Gollihur
at 619-852-4960 or  mgollihur@aol.com

From the Prayer Journal of Fr. Jack Tolley

The Episcopal Church remembers Florence Li Tim Oi, who was ordained a priest in China, in the year 1941, by the Anglican Church. Women were not ordained Priests in the Episcopal Church until the 1970's, and in the Anglican Communion we are part of, a few decades ago. What a blessing their ministry
has been for us! 
Blessings, Love, and hugs, Fr. Jack.

Named by her father "much beloved daughter," Li Tim-Oi was born in Hong Kong in 1907.  When she was baptized as a student, she chose the name of Florence in honor of Florence Nightingale.  Florence studied at Union Theological College in Guangzhou (Canton),  In 1938, she served in a lay capacity, first in Kowloon and then in nearby Macao.

In May 1941 Florence was ordained deaconess.  Some months later, Hong Kong fell to Japanese invaders, and priests could not travel to Macao to celebrate the Eucharist.  Despite this setback, Florence continued her ministry.  Her work came to the attention of Bishop Ronald Hall of Hong Kong, who decided that "God's work would reap better results if she had the proper title" of priest.

On January 25, 1944, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Bishop Hall ordained her priest, the first woman so ordained in the Anglican Communion.

When World War II came to an end, Florence Li Tim-Oi's ordination was the subject of much controversy.  She made the personal decision not to exercise her priesthood until it was acknowledged by the wider Anglican Communion.  Undeterred, she continued to minister with great faithfulness, and in 1947 was appointed rector of St. Barnabas Church in Hepu where, on Bishop Hall's instructions, she was still to be called priest.

When the Communists came to power in China in 1949, Florence undertook theological studies in Beijing to further understand the implications of the Three-Self Movement (self-rule, self-support and self- propagation) which now determined the life of the churches.  She then moved to Guangzhou to teach and to serve the Cathedral of Our Savior.  However, for sixteen years, from 1958 onwards, during the Cultural Revolution, all churches were closed.  Florence was forced to work first on a farm and then in a factory.  Accused of counter-revolutionary activity, she was required to undergo political re-education.  Finally, in 1974, she was allowed to retire from her work in the factory.

In 1979 the churches reopened, and Florence resumed her public ministry.  Then, two years later, she was allowed to visit family members living in Canada.  While there, to her great joy, she was licensed as a priest in the Diocese of Montreal and later in the Diocese of Toronto, where she finally settled, until her death on February 26, 1992.

Gracious God, we thank you for calling Florence Li Tim-Oi, much beloved daughter, to be the first woman to exercise the office of a priest in our Communion: By the grace of your Spirit inspire us to follow her example, serving your people with patience and happiness all our days, and witnessing in every circumstance to our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Source: Holy Women, Holy Men Celebrating the Saints
copyright 2010 by The Church Pension Fund

The Vestry

David Dennehy-Senior Warden
(619) 429-4747 
Terry Farrelly - Treasurer
Pamela Brittain
Ray Contreras
Diane Gustafson 
Mark Higginbotham
Muriel Kulikowski
Judy McKay
Lynn Young

Approved Minutes for the December 15th Vestry meeting can be found here:

Rev. Roger's Office Hours
Rev. Roger will be available in the office Monday and Tuesday depending on his school schedule and all day Wednesday and Thursday.  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.

Emergency Contact Information

If you had a medical emergency at church on Sunday morning, would the Wardens or church  staff know who to contact? If you would like to add someone to St. John's emergency contact  list in case of such an emergency, please contact Maria, our parish secretary (619-422-4141 or
maria@saint-johns.org). A sign-up sheet will also be available in the church lobby to collect this information. Please provide your name, the name of your emergency contact, their relationship to you, their phone number and/or their email address. This is one more way we can show how we love one another.
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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