Thursday, February 4, 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.


You are cordially invited to the

St. John's Virtual Spaghetti Dinner and Fundraiser
Saturday, February 13th on Zoom
from 5:00 to 7:00pm
Order your dinner from Italgo Pasta Bar
by 12 Noon on Saturday
(or prepare your own dinner)
Italgo Pasta Bar
635 Broadway Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910
Menu (at a reduced price - generously from the owner)
Starter: Caesar Salad ($5)
Pasta: Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce or Bolognese (meat) Sauce; or Lasagna ($10)
Main Course: Chicken Parmigiano ($12)
Homemade Bread: ($2.50)
Homemade Dessert: ($5)
When ordering, indicate that you are part of St. John's Dinner and Fundraiser.
You may order for take-out/pick up (Preferred) or to be delivered.

Opportunity Drawings throughout the evening
Please purchase your tickets for the Opportunity Drawings 
before the Virtual Spaghetti Dinner.  
The event is just 9 days away! 

Tickets: six for $5
may be purchased by a check payable to St. John's
sent to Diane Gustafson at 3820 Bonita Glen Terrace, Bonita 91902.
Please indicate which item bag(s) and how many tickets in each.
Or you may purchase tickets using the "Give Now" button
on the church website: 
Please use the memo line to indicate the number of ticket(s) for which item number. You do not have to be present to win.
Note: One ticket will be picked from each bag to determine the winner of that prize. Since this is a virtual fundraiser, all tickets must be purchased in advance, no later than 2:00 on Saturday
and none will be available for sale during the dinner.
Live auction of two items during the dinner
Bids will be placed using the chat feature on Zoom.
Auction will end at 7:00 pm. Must be present to win.

Details about the available auction and "opportunity drawing" prizes 
can be found here:

We will be creating a St. John's Italian Cookbook

Please submit your favorite Italian recipes to Maria at the church office.
Recipes for: appetizers, bread, salads, entrees, and desserts.
An online cookbook is being prepared and will be available on our website 
at no cost.

Sunday Worship Services
At St. John's, we will continue to gather virtually for our worship service of the Word of God and Spiritual Communion.  Our service will be livestreamed on the internet.
You may access the livestreamed service and the worship booklet through our St. John's website:  www.saint-john'  
or our Facebook page:   Saint John's Episcopal Church. 
Ash Wednesday
Our Ash Wednesday service will be live-streamed at 7:00 on February 17.

Please Bring Us Your Palm Fronds
Do you have any palm fronds/crosses from previous Palm Sundays?
Do you want to dispose of them?

In preparation for Ash Wednesday, we will be collecting Palms.
Bring your old palms to the church and place them in the assigned basket 
on Wednesday, February 10th along with our other Outreach collections. 
The palms will be ritually burned; and the ashes blessed and distributed for 
the Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday.
Scripture Readings For the Week

Readings for Sunday, February 7, 2021

Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm 147:1-12, 21c
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39
Facebook Link for Services:  Saint John's Episcopal Church
St. John's website:

Altar Flowers
The Altar Flowers for Sunday, February 7th are donated in remembrance of Mary Avery, whose birthday was February 8th, 
given by the Avery and Martin families, 
and in celebration of Alice Burnham's birthday on February 10th, 
given by Janie Burchartz.

Our Altar Flower donations chart for 2021 is available in the parish office.  If you would like to donate altar flowers in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion without coming to the office, please contact Maria at 619-422-4141 or

The suggested donation for altar flowers is $40.00.

No dates are available before Easter; after Easter, the following dates are available:

April 11, 18 and 25
May 2
June 20 and 27

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:
Diocesan-wide Lenten Book Study 
Wednesdays, Feb. 24 - March 24, 7-8pm
More than ever before, people of faith are called to pray, 
learn, and act for Creation Care! The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego invites you to read Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change by Jim Antal along with others from across the Diocese and meet on Wednesday nights to discuss it - or watch the recorded discussions when you can. Together we will learn about our current reality, how our faith relates to stewardship of the environment, and what we can do to make a difference. 

"Jim Antal shows how the church can engage in the urgent moral crisis of climate change. This book will inspire both the courage and conviction people of faith need to provide the leadership necessary to realise God's dream of a just world in which humanity is reconciled to all creation." -Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus

Each participant is asked to buy a book, and a free study guide will be provided. Sessions will be facilitated by clergy and leaders from St. Paul's Cathedral, Camp Stevens, St. Luke's, St. Timothy's, and St. Margaret's.

You can check out our book study flyer here, and register here today! 

If you have questions, please contact Diane Lopez Hughes, Co-Leader of Simpler Living at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, at or Deann Rios, Co-Missioner of Peace & Justice for the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, at

St. John's Family and Friends

As we begin a new year, we are updating our parish 
membership registry and directory.  Please help us by providing the following information.  You may respond to this email Newsletter or call Maria at the parish office (619-422-4141):

Last Name, First name(s)
Name(s) of children living at home
Mailing Address including Zip Code
Phone Number(s)
Email Addresses

_____  Is it your intent to be a registered member of St. John's Episcopal Church?

_____  Do you want to continue receiving our E-Newsletter and Pastoral Communications? 

St. John's Outreach Committee has gathered to discuss 
our renewed 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
Our collection day will be Wednesdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. (during this pandemic while we cannot gather)
Tables with labeled bins will be set up outside the church. You may drive up and drop off your items in the appropriate bins. If you do not feel comfortable driving, we will find a volunteer to pick up the items from your home.

Blanket Ministry - There is a great need

New Start Blankets benefits domestic violence shelters in San Diego. The blankets we collect go to women and children who have escaped domestic violence.  Most of the time, women and children arrive at the shelters with only the clothes on their backs.  They are each given a new blanket, usually the only new thing they receive, and it is theirs to keep.  Blankets are multi purpose, providing comfort, warmth, and security.

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 by bringing them to the Parish Office. 

Matthew 25: Ministries accepts donations of empty plastic pill bottles for inclusion in shipments of medical supplies and for shredding and recycling. Their pill bottle program fulfills the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment.

If you would like to contribute your financial support as well as your pill bottles, we welcome your donations.

Eyeglass Recycling
If you buy new glasses, bring your old pair to St. Johns. They will be delivered  to LensCrafter, where they will be reground and used for those who can't afford to buy brand new glasses.
Magazine Collection

Your used magazines, paperback books and calendars will be delivered to the Seafarers Mission in National City. They will then be distributed to those whose sea journeys can last for many months.
Greeting Cards

Your greeting cards, stickers and other supplies will be delivered to our ECS Head Start program and to Mi Escuilita, a Head Start run by SBCS. All cards are accepted: free cards you have received from charitable organizations or greeting cards you were sent (you may cut off the back to remove any personal information).   The children use them in art projects and to identify objects and make up stories. 
Emergency Food Pantry

The South Bay Community Services "Emergency Food Pantry" needs donations every month. If you would like to donate, please bring your non-perishable food items to the Parish Office and they will be delivered to SBCS.

These items are always welcome:
Dry and canned beans, boxed potatoes
Rice, pasta, Mac & Cheese
Canned meat or fish and can openers
Cereals, powdered and canned milk
Peanut butter and jelly
Canned fruit and vegetables
Soup, ramen noodles and crackers
Canned stews and Spaghetti-o's
Lenten Outreach
Forty Days-Forty Items
We have a Outreach challenge for you:
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 (Ash Wednesday) is the first day of Lent. Each day of Lent, think about someone less fortunate as you look in your closet.
Remove one item from your closet or dresser that you no longer wear or need and put it into a collection bag. 
At the end of the 40 Days, St. John's will collect and donate your 40 Items of clothing to the people in need who are served by Uptown Community Service Center, hosted at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, North Park.

90% of their clients are men but only 5% of the clothing donations are for men! 
The following items are really needed:
  • Warm hoodie sweatshirts (men / women)
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sweatpants
  • Jeans
  • Pants
  • Gently used socks
  • Shoes (they are in great need of men's shoes!)
  • Blankets
  • Used towels (for the Showers Ministry)
  • Ball caps
  • Used backpacks
  • Heavy duty plastic grocery bags (for dispensing clothing to clients)
Items they need but which must be new:
  • Toiletries
  • Men's and Women's underwear
Becoming a Church for Military Members and Families
Ministry to military members and their families is an 
important outreach ministry, therefore, Bishop Susan 
Brown Snook recently appointed The Rev. Frank Munoz, retired Navy chaplain and Priest-in-Charge at Grace Episcopal Church in Menifee, as our first military missioner-and the first known diocesan military missioner in The Episcopal Church.
Men and women of the military have chosen to give of themselves in order to serve and defend the freedoms and liberties of our country. We have an opportunity to serve them in return. The most obvious reason to minister to the military is that they are our neighbors, and as neighbors some are in need of pastoral care.
Some of us have come from military families and others of us have had the experience of a military family coming to our churches while they live near us and fitting in quickly, until they are deployed to another base. While they are with us, they want what many of us want from a church community: fellowship, education, prayer, sacraments, and pastoral care. The problem is that not all military families find churches easily.
That's where we come in. We have an opportunity to become more intentional about reaching out to the military and inviting them in.
The Vestry of St. John's has agreed that we will register our parish with the Military Chaplains Association as Veterans/Military Friendly Congregations so that chaplains can send people our way. We also can advertise our military ministry on our websites and in our E-Newsletter
Bishop Susan has identified this coming year, 2021, as the Year of Evangelism. Ministry to the military offers us a way to tell the Good News to our many neighbors in the military and to give the opportunities to use their spiritual gifts while they are with us.
If you would like to me a part of this Outreach ministry to our military members and their families, please contact Rev. Roger at the parish office.

Thank you to our landscaper, John Farle.  John made a memorial gift, in honor of his mother, June Farle, to be used for our new security system.

Outreach Good News- Donation to St. Luke's Episcopal Church

The many, many bags of toiletries St John's congregation donated for the homeless back in April 2020, for the Maundy Thursday Foot Washing that was cancelled, have found a worthy home. Jeff Bates is delivering them to St Luke's Church in North Park. This small but busy Church has a community garden and distributes food, clothes and other necessities to its congregation and the diverse population in the area. They are grateful for the many useful items we are donating.

Pastoral Care
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

Should I Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

As your Priest, and also a nursing instructor of Public Health, I encourage
everyone to get vaccinated. It is the right thing to do! Let's all demonstrate
love for our neighbor by protecting everyone in our community and setting
an example of caring for others.

Being vaccinated provides a person with immunity. Immunity gives
significant protection against contracting the COVID-19 virus, which also
reduces the possibility of spreading the virus to anyone else.

The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to minimize the spread
of the disease.
  • Clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines
  • Scientists agree that it is safe to receive a FDA approved vaccine rather than to risk becoming infected with the COVID-19 virus
  • Allergic reactions are very rare and vaccine recipients are closely monitored for any reactions
  • Vaccine technology (mRNA) is not new . . .under development for the last 10 years
  • The Vaccine will not give you the COVID-19 disease; you may experience temporary side effects.  Side effects are a good thing - it means your immune system is helping your body to create antibodies against the virus
  • Immunity from the vaccine is more effective at lessening the chance of contracting the disease as compared to the immunity from being infected the virus
  • Immunity from the vaccine lasts longer than natural (virus) immunity
  • Immunity from the vaccine lessen the severity of illness -                      ie. hospitalization and death
  • Immunity through being infected the COVID-19 virus may result in future long term health problems.  Researchers are studying the long term affects of being infected with the disease - Heart and lung complications, blood clotting disorders, and neurological conditions
The long term benefits outweigh the temporary inconvenience or side effects.
If we all work together to prevent further spread of the disease,
here are some benefits to all of us:
  • our community will return to normalcy
  • we will be able to return to in person events such as worship and fellowship
  • freedom from wearing masks
  • our businesses and economy will be strengthened
  • we will be able to socially gather with families, grandchildren, and friends
The County of San Diego's website has information about scheduling

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, Betty, Steve, Gary and Shirley, Brian, Ed,
Priscilla, Hugh, Cyd, Paige and Andrew,
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 all those organizing, presenting and attending the Diocesan Leadership Academy.

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

Prayer Quilt Ministry
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 ( 

The Vestry

David Dennehy, Senior Warden
Terry Farrelly, Treasurer
Diane Gustafson, Clerk
Pamela Brittain
Tom Brzeczek
Ray Contreras
Jane Ferguson
Muriel Kulikowski
Alejandra Valdez-Beer
Lynn Young

Upcoming Events at St. John's

February 13, 2021


Spaghetti Dinner-Virtual

February 15, 2021

President's Day; Office Closed

February 17, 2021

7:00 pm

Ash Wednesday-Virtual

Parish Office Hours

Updated Diocesan COVID Guidelines -Church Offices:
  • Ensure that to the extent possible, church staff are working remotely rather than coming together in person.
  • If staff and/or volunteers must come into the office for necessary activities, they should remain masked and distanced, with outdoor windows open and doors shut between people, to minimize exposure.
The Parish Office will be open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.  Please call before coming into the office, as our hours of availability may change.

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.

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.

Clergy Transition News
All Saints' Episcopal Church in Vista has called the 
Rev. Kirby Smith as their new priest-in-charge. Rev. Kirby has served as the treasurer and chief financial officer of the diocese since 2018 and is now called to return to parish ministry.

While our diocese is familiar with Rev. Kirby's background in business, finance and banking, he is also well-versed in languages and multicultural ministry. Having served as vicar of a bilingual/bicultural congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, Rev. Kirby is well suited to ministry at All Saints'. He has also done extensive work supporting children in foster care and the adoption systems. 

Bishop Susan Brown Snook said, "Kirby has been a valued colleague and friend to us at the Episcopal Church Center. I am so grateful for his hard work and his heartfelt commitment to the church and its ministries. I am very glad that he will still be a member of our diocesan clergy, helping to lead, grow, and develop our beloved congregation at All Saints' Vista. I look forward to working with him in a whole new way!"

All Saints' and Father Kirby will be working together to revitalize the congregation, its physical plant, and sharing the love of Christ with their neighbors and the broader community in Vista.

Rev. Kirby Smith will conclude his ministry at the diocese on February 19 and celebrate his first Sunday with All Saints' on March 7, 2021.
RefugeeNet Virtual Benefit

RefugeeNet invites you to register today by clicking here 
for a live show from 5 to 6:30 pm on February 27 that will include cooking and dancing lessons, African music, and life-changing testimonials that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Pre-order a reheatable meal prepared by our new Mama Africa catering project and we'll deliver it to your doorstep the night of the event! And keep your eyes out for a range of auction items in the weeks ahead. Questions? Contact Colin at
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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