Thursday, September 9, 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 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 12, 2021 

Please join us for our celebration of Holy Eucharist at 9:00 am in the church. 
  • Following the directive of our bishop, we will continue to wear masks and have low contact during our Sunday liturgies.
  • There is a section in the chapel where those who want to be social distanced can safely do so and still be part of the service. 
Come, pray, sing, receive Holy Communion, 
and join us for fellowship following our liturgy. 

Collect for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

O God, because without you we are not able to please you,
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  

Readings for Sunday

Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19: 1-2, 4, 6-11, 14
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

Worship Booklet for the Sixteenth 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 Mark 8:27-38

On this Sunday, Jesus and his disciples set out to journey
 to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" Perhaps he also was curious to know what people thought and said about him. The disciples replied: "Some say John the Baptist. Others say you are Elijah or one of the prophets." Jesus then shifted the focus. He asked: "But who do you say that I am?" Naturally, it was Peter who answered his question. He simply said: "You are the Christ."
Then Jesus began to teach his disciples. However, the words he spoke must have been shocking to the disciples. He told them that the Son of Man would suffer and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the scribes. He then would be killed. Yet he would rise after three days! Imagine what was going through the disciples' minds and hearts as they listened to Jesus. They must have been shocked, dismayed and afraid. And what did Jesus mean when he said: "He would rise on the third day?"
Peter could not tolerate hearing all of this. He took Jesus aside and rebuked him for saying all these wild things. Jesus looked directly at his disciples and then he turned back to Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! You are not thinking as God thinks but as human beings think!"
Jesus said to the disciples: "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny him/herself. Then take up their cross and follow me! If you strive to save your life, you will lose it. However, if you lose your life for my sake and for that of the Gospel, you will save your life."
Today Jesus asks us: "Who do you say that I am?" Take a few moments and seriously ask yourself: Who do I say Jesus is? Who is he to me? Is he simply a man that lived over 2,000 years ago? Or is Jesus real to me? Ask yourself: How does Jesus and his teaching and example of self-sacrificing love, affect my daily choices and actions? Is the impact significant? Or is it minor?
Answering Jesus' question may clarify for us who Jesus is for us today! Hopefully we will reiterate Peter's response: "You are the Christ."

Altar Flowers

The Altar Flowers are given by given by Bill and Diane Gustafson in memory of Rose Urbancic and Jeff Sederoff 
and by Alice Burnham in memory her father, Methuselah Musoke.

Thank you to all who have donated for altar flowers. 
There are no more available dates for 2021. 

Thank you to our Flower Guild for the beautiful floral arrangements each week.

Sunday School
This Sunday, September 12th, we will re-open Sunday School.  Children ages 4 and up are welcome to come and learn about the Word of God with Heather Wallace.

Children must be masked in order to attend Sunday School.  They will gather in the Sunday School Room before our service begins and return at the Sign of Peace.
Child Care

We will begin Child Care during our Sunday Services on Sunday, September 19th. Ana, the daughter of Alex Valdez-Beer, will be staffing our child care room.

The Rev. Jack Tolley Memorial Library
The Rev. Jack Tolley Memorial Library is open for all to visit. 
Come in and borrow a book, to read here or to take home. 

The library is a place where all are welcome to come visit with each other, have a cup of coffee and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the St. John's campus.
Men of St. John's Meeting
The next Men of St. John's meeting will be on Monday, September 20th at 6:00 pm, at Phil Bajo's home.  All men are invited!
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:

September 26
October 3
October 10
October 17
October 24
October 31

Name Tags
If you are in need of a name tag, please contact Maria (619-422-4141; so we can have one made for you.
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 
Lynn Young, Diane Gustafson and John Will have been sorting through many documents and photos on the history of St. John's.  If you know some of our history please let them know.
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

Veteran and Military Friendly Congregation

St. John's Prayer Banner

The prayer banner which we signed and presented to the 1st Lt and Chaplain of the USS ESSEX was displayed during their church service.
The crew of the USS ESSEX took this picture at their service on Sunday.  They talked about St. John's commitment to pray for them on deployment.  The Sailors and Marines are quite grateful for our care.  

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:

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.
to be included in the Zoom meeting.

The Morning Prayer guide can be found here:
Daughters of the King Prayers
If you have a special prayer request for Daughters of the King, you are invited to fill out a prayer card, found in the narthex.  Drop your prayer request in the church-shaped box or in the offering plate.  These requests are confidential and are separate from our printed parish prayer lists.  

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 Jensen, Drew Shorkey, Cody Crossland, Cameron Ronie, Chariti Paden, Mark Stanfield, Sean Robinson, Jonathan Martinez, TK Nguyen, Christopher Lindshield, Timothy Lindshield, Jeremy Colton, David Sanchez, Jonathan Baldera, Nick Wyatt, Jamal Warner, Matt Hernandez, Daniel Getreu, Jocelyn Hernandez, Devon Strunk, Taylor Harrold, Jorge Zuazua, Katherine Milam, Sebastian Morales, Richie Lebron, Roberto Johnson and the crew of USS Essex.

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

Steve Magill, Gary & Shirley McCarren, Ann Lindshield, Lyne C., Kim B.,
the Mount family, Scott Hunter, Rodney Munoz, Oliva Escobar, Joe Cabral,
Ted Garcia, Dean Nightingale, the McClure family and Adam Beneschan.

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. Luke's in San Diego.

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

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A Prayer for 9/11

Powerful God, our refuge and our strength, we turn to you 
for peace and security as we recall the 9/11 attack. We thank you for the bravery and the sacrifice of those who saved lives as firefighters, rescue crews, or people aboard United 93. 

Comfort and strengthen the family and friends of those who died. 
Give healing and patience to the survivors of the attacks who are living with continued physical or psychological pain. May those who survived feel gratitude, not guilt. Assure each person whose life changed forever of your protection and strength. Dispel the nightmares; silence the anxiety. May we learn to depend on the security you offer.

We pray for your peace as we remember the terrorism attacks of 9/11. May our suffering from these attacks awaken in us an awareness of the pain and fear that so many around the world live with each day. May we know how to pray for those who struggle against oppression and injustice. As we hear of terrorist activity around the world, quiet our fears. Heal the wounded of these attacks, and help their families and friends rest in your security.

Guide the choices of our world leaders. Give them wisdom and discernment not only as they work to resolve the lasting effects of the 9/11 attacks but also as they try to alleviate terror of all sorts-from genocide to hunger, from drought to bombings. May their actions bring your peace to all the people of the world.

Gracious God, our world changed with the 9/11 attacks. We have seen how easily buildings can fall and how quickly lives can end. As we remember 9/11, may it remind us that you are our only true security. Give us your strength to face the memory of this attack and the changes it made in our lives. Give us your compassion to help each other and recognize need around the world. Give us your hope as we face an uncertain future. Give us your peace.

In the strong name of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

A prayer of peace and lament written for the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks by Carrie Steenwyk, children's ministry director and lead curriculum writer at Harderwyk Ministries in Holland, Michigan. 

A Prayer for the People of Afghanistan 

Eternal God, hear our prayer for the peoples of Afghanistan. There is a profound humanitarian crisis. Countless people, mostly women and children, are now fleeing and vulnerable. The lives of many are now endangered. The hopes of many are forgone. Send your Spirit, Lord, to rally the resolve of the nations of the earth to find pathways to save human lives, protect human rights, and to resolve the hardships of those seeking refuge, asylum, and safety. Hear our prayer for the peoples of Afghanistan. This we pray as followers of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

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 ( 

We Are Here For You!
As the pandemic continues 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

Reflection on Stewardship
Alejandra Valdez-Beer has been attending St. Johns for a
bout 5 or 6 years after attending Christ Church Coronado for about 18 years. She likes the fact that St. Johns is in the community she lives in and feels welcome here because it is an inclusive community.
She has participated in Women of St. John's and Daughters of the King and was elected to the Vestry at this year's Annual Meeting. She doesn't have specific criteria about where to invest her time. She participates in Daughters of the King because she likes being a part of a group of women who serve via prayer and acts of service and participates in the Vestry because she believes the "business side" of the church is important in order to fulfil the church's mission. Since the church has begun to have services indoors again, she has been serving as an usher.
This very busy lady is mother to four grown children, two of whom are studying in New York and one as a sophomore at Princeton. Her daughter is now a student at Cardozo Law School. Alex is a student, too, working on a Master's degree in clinical psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University. All this in addition to her day job as psychotherapist in Tijuana, Mexico.
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

Daughters of the King Meeting

10:00 am

Thursday, September 16

Parish Council Meeting

9:00 am

Saturday, September 18

Men of St. John's Meeting

6:00 pm

Monday, September 20

Vestry Meeting

6:00 pm

Wednesday, September 22

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, Friday and Sunday; 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.

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.

ERD Hurricane Relief Fund
On Sunday, August 29, sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Ida made landfall in the same region. This Category 4 storm brought flooding and damaging winds that caused a loss of water to hundreds of thousands and a loss of electricity to over 1 million people. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with the Diocese of Louisiana and other regional partners in what will be a long-term response. Your generous gift will help alleviate suffering for the most vulnerable residents impacted by Hurricane Ida. Please visit to make a gift today.
Refugee Housing Needed
If you or someone you know has housing connections 
in the wider San Diego area and could advise a local Lutheran church that is providing housing to several refugee families, please contact:  
or call 619-464-4211. 

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.

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pastoral care: 619/301-0724

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