January 23, 2020


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.

Combined Service and Annual Meeting
January 26, 2019
Our Combined Service and Annual Meeting are this Sunday, January 26th.  The Combined Service will begin at 9:00 am with the Annual Meeting immediately following.
Lunch will be served.

Women of St. John's Bake Sale, February 2

For the past several years the Women of St. John's have been holding a bake sale on Super Bowl Sunday. 
All money raised is used for church-wide projects; last year we raised $312.
We are asking for donations of homemade baked goods or snack items (such as the popular Chex mix). Some suggestions are muffins, cookies, whole pies and cakes, cupcakes, etc.  
If you can help, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the Narthex counter. Someone will call you a few days before to remind you.
We appreciate your assistance. Please call Diane Gustafson 619-253-7298 if you have questions.
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.

Eucharistic Visitor &
Pastoral Care Visitor Training
Ministries of Healing, Presence and Hope

Saturday, February 22
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

St. Thomas of Canterbury
44651 Avenida de Missiones, Temecula, CA 92592

$15 per person

Learn about the history, customs and roles for both the Eucharist Visitor and Pastoral Care Visitor Ministries. These related ministries have much in common yet are distinct.

The Ven. Pam Rieger, archdeacon, will lead the training, which is required by the office of the bishop. Check-in and hospitality begin at 9:30 a.m. The program begins promptly at 10 a.m. Lunch included.

Registration is required prior to the event. No walk-ins will be allowed. 

Register here.

Faith Alive!

Hosted by the Church of the Good Shepherd
February 7-9
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, January 23, 6:00-7:30
Combined Service and Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 26, 9:00 am
Bible Study
Tuesday, January 28, 6:00 pm
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, January 29, 9:30 am
Women of St. John's Bake Sale
Sunday, February 2
Para Familias ECS Valentine's Dinner
Friday, February 7, 5:00-7:30 pm, Nale Hall
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 


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, Florence, Eva,  Dee and Barb,   
Heather and Stephen,  Don, Jr., Flo, 
Rev. Bob, Rev. Al, and Ted.

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

For Churches in Transition in our Diocese

Christ Church, Coronado
St. Paul, Palm Springs
St. Margaret's, Palm Desert
St. David's, San Diego
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 January, our featured items will be dried or canned beans, or boxed potatoes.  Thank you for your support!

Scripture Readings For This Sunday

Readings for Sunday, January 26, 2020, combined service at 9:00 am

Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 5-13
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23

Weekly Bible Study and Morning Prayer 

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 119:49-72
Hebrews 9:15-28
John 5:19-29
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

Friends. God wants a relationship with us even when our lives are falling apart. I have found  that to be so true in my own life. God loves and wants to help us at all times - even when we don't feel very good about ourselves.

Blessings, love, and hugs, 
Fr. Jack.
Psalm 6: 6-7. I grow weary because of my groaning; every night I drench my bed and flood my couch with tears. My eyes are wasted with grief and worn away because of my enemies.
I love this passage from Psalms because it reminds us it's okay to have seasons when we're weary and wasted with grief. God loves us and wants us just as much when everything is a hot mess as when we have it all together. I had to learn this hard truth when I went through divorce. Years of codependency and dysfunction blew up, and my tidy life became untidy. It took years for me to surrender to God and accept God's love in the midst of my pain. God wants a deep, abiding relationship with us-especially when our lives seem to be falling apart. These times when we are at our weakest as humans teach us to lean more heavily on Christ and to grow stronger in our bonds to the Creator.
- This wonderful reflection was written by retired Navy Officer, James Neal, in the January 14, 2020 issue of Forward Day by Day. He is a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Enid, Oklahoma.
They have two daughters and three dogs. James is a newspaper journalist.

The Vestry

Karen Duignan-Senior Warden
(619) 470-1647
David Dennehy-People's Warden
(619) 429-4747 
Terry Farrelly - Treasurer
Pamela Brittain
Ray Contreras
Diane Gustafson 
Mark Jordan
Jim McDevitt
Judy McKay
Lynn Young

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

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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