March 5, 2020


Lent 2020

We continue our Lenten journey.
We are invited, in the name of the Church, to an observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and acts of charity; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. 
For disciple of our God, this way of observing Lent becomes a way of life.  After all that is what Jesus asked his disciple to do.
Our "Lenten" life will lead us once again to the Easter feast, whereby, we will renew our Baptismal commitment which promise new and everlasting life. 
We do not strive for holiness because the world exp ects it, but rather because a closer relationship with God will be our reward.

Lenten Practices

Acts of Charity:
Volunteer with St. Mark's and ECS on Maundy Thursday!
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 8-11am or 11:15am-2:15pm

St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Episcopal Community Services (ECS) are hosting a joint Maundy Thursday event for St. Mark's homeless neighbors and ECS clients.
The day will include meals, showers, new shoes for guests, foot washing, and more. Volunteers are needed to help with greeting and registering guests, serving meals, distributing shoes and other items, washing feet, and other tasks which help the event run smoothly.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church -  4227 Fairmount Ave., San Diego

If you are interested in volunteering, please find a flyer and sign up sheet in the Narthex.
If you have any question, please speak with Norma Dunn

You are invited to consider the words of Pope Francis how they may become part of your daily life.

The Way of the Cross - prayer and reflections for the 14 Stations of the Cross
As we make our way through Lent, the weekly newsletter will include two or three Stations with questions of reflection for you to use in your prayer and meditation.  By the end of Lent, you will have "walked" all 14 Stations. This week we continue with the next two stations:

Lent:  Week 2

Third Station
Jesus falls the first time


We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not count equality with God a thing to be grasp ed; but emptied himself,
taking the form of a servant, and was born in human likeness.
And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, and kneel before the Lord our Maker,
for he is the Lord our God.
V.             Surely he has borne our griefs:
R.             And carried our sorrows.

Let us pray. (Silence)
O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers,
that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright:
Grant us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers,
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.
Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy upon us.
How does this experience of Jesus make you feel?
Can you recall times that you have fallen because of the weight of sin and/or burdens of life?

Fourth Station
Jesus meets his afflicted mother

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
To what can I liken you, to what can I compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem?
What likeness can I use to comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion?
For vast as the sea is your ruin.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
The Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of mourning shall be ended.
V.             A sword will pierce your own soul also:
R.             And fill your heart with bitter pain.
Let us pray. (Silence)
O God, who willed that in the passion of your Son
a sword of grief should pierce the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary his mother:
Mercifully grant that your Church, having shared with her in his passion,
may be made worthy to share in the joys of his resurrection;
who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.
Can you identify with the pain of Jesus mother?
Do you have a person in your life that provide you care, nurturing and love?

Artwork by students from St. John's Episcopal School

For the complete Way of the Cross, please click here.

Maundy Thursday Footwashing 2020
What is Foot Washing #8?  We gather to celebrate Holy Week by serving our neighbor.  We provide new shoes, boots or sandals, foot washing, socks, personal care kits, hot meals, bag lunches, music, health and well-being services such as haircuts, veterinary services, medical clinic, dental care, podiatrist and VA and AA information.  All this occurs in an atmosphere of prayer and healing. It will take place on the morning of April 9th at 2 locations, the Episcopal Church Center (ECC) in Pacific Beach and St. Mark's in City Heights.  Episcopal Community Services will distribute shoes and provide other service during the morning of April 9th at St. Mark's. Over 300 homeless clients will be registered by the 2 centers and ECS before the event.  

St. John's has supported this worthwhile outreach to our neighbors since its inception.  To join in that support, you may donate cash in any amount to enable the organizers to buy shoes in bulk. You may also shop for travel size hygiene products (List below), or purchase white or black cotton tube or low athletic unisex socks. Containers are ready in Nale Hall to accept your donations.  This collection will only last for the next 2 Sundays, March 8th and March 15th.  Of course, you can drop off your purchases or checks made payable to EDSD anytime you come to Church during the week too! I will deliver our contributions to ECC on March 16th. 

To volunteer in Foot Washing #8, at St. Mark's during the festivities, enroll at To help with the lunch at St. Mark's, see Mark Higgingbottom or Norma Dunn. It is very rewarding to be involved in such a large outpouring of community service.

Travel size Hygiene Items:
Shampoo, Conditioner, Wipes, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Lotion,
Mouthwash, Razors, Lip balm, Tampons
Thanks for your continued support of the less fortunate in our community.
Year of Discipleship

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego invites you to  Turn  as part of
The Year of Discipleship 2020  in this holy season of Lent.

The season of Lent is the perfect opportunity to turn and reorient yourself toward Jesus.

On the Way of Love, we don't only practice turning away from destructive things, but also turning ourselves toward God - like a flower setting its face toward the sun. In our daily lives, we are called to reorient ourselves to Jesus and his loving, liberating, life-giving Way.

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

Scripture Readings For This Sunday

Readings for Lent 2, Sunday, March 8, 2020

Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

Weekly Bible Study and Morning Prayer 

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 72
1 Corinthians 5:9-6:8
Mark 4:1-20

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

Spring Forward
Don't forget that Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday!  Make sure to set your clocks forward one hour.
No Sunday School This Week
Sunday School is cancelled for the week of March 8. 
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Men of St. John's Meeting

The next meeting of the Men of St.John's Church will be Monday, March 9 at 6 pm, at Fr. Stott's home.
We usually have our meeting on March 17, but we need extra time to plan for our St. Patrick's Day fundraiser
dinner to benefit St. John's on Saturday, March 21.

Please check with Tim Attaway if you have questions.

Bonita Valley Garden Club
The Bonita Valley Garden Club will meet Wednesday March 11, 9am-12 in Nale Hall.
The program: Bokashi Composting, a Fermentation Sensation 
Please join us for fellowship and Education!
St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser

Our St. Patrick's Day dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage will be on Saturday, March 21st at 5:30 pm.  Tickets are $20.00
per person and will be on sale beginning this Sunday.
Tickets will also be available in the office.

Opportunity Drawings

The Women of St. John's are holding another of the popular and successful Opportunity Drawings at the St. Patrick's Dinner. There will be many prizes. Tickets will be sold 6 for $5, and you can deposit your tickets in the bags accompanying the prizes you would like a chance to win.
As always, we are looking for donations of prizes. These can be gift cards or gently-used items that can be combined into baskets.

So far we have a chili basket, signed copies of all three of Diane Gustafson's books, a children's basket, and a Lladro design address book.

We can use just about anything. If you have something to donate or have questions, call Diane Gustafson 619-253-7298.

You can bring your items to church and place them in the Choir Room. Please put a sign on your donations to identify them as being for the drawings. Thanks!

ECS Thank You
A huge THANK YOU to the Saint John's Community for hosting the ECS Para Las Familias Friendship Family Dinner in Nale Hall on February 7. It was such a special evening! You decorated the Hall beautifully, the food was delicious, the Saint John's volunteers were gracious and amazing to work with, and the arch for the family photos looked fantastic. All of our families had a wonderful time! We are so grateful for the time, energy, care, creativity, and resources the Saint John's team invested in blessing our Para Las Familias families with this fun and memorable evening.


Calendar of Events:

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

Roland James Memorial Service
Friday, March 6, 11:00 am
Flo Looney Memorial Service
Saturday, March 7, 11:00 am
Daylight Savings Time Begins (Spring Forward)
Sunday, March 8
Men of St. John's Meeting
Monday, March 9, 6:00 @ Fr. Stott's home
Bible Study
Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 pm
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, March 11, 9:30-11:00 am
Parish Council Meeting
Saturday, March 14, 9:00 am


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

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,  Marion, Bill, Brian, Marcia, 
Malia, Norma, Allison and Bernie.

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

For Churches in Transition in our Diocese

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

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 March, our featured items will be peanut butter and jelly.  Thank you for your support!
From the Prayer Journal of Fr. Jack Tolley

The Episcopal Church remembers St. Patrick of Ireland on March 17. Fr. Stott will host his famous  St. Patrick's Day meeting of the Men of St. John's Church on March 9 at 6 pm.   And later in the month the MOSJC will have a St. Patrick's Day fundraising dinner to benefit St. John's Church on March 21 at 5:30 pm. (Be sure to get your $20 per person tickets from Mark Jordan.)

Here's a character sketch of St. Patrick I thought you might find of interest.
He was a very special Christian. 
Blessings, love and hugs, 
Fr. Jack.
Patrick, Bishop and Missionary, Apostle to Ireland, Died March 17, 461. Scarcely any saint has been as celebrated as Patrick. He was born of Christian parents in Roman Britain. At sixteen he was captured by barbarian raiders and carried off to Ireland as a slave. After six years as a swineherd he escaped and eventually returned to Britain. To the astonishment of family and friends, he resolved to return  to Ireland as a missionary, and began a long period of intensive training in France. After many hardships and disappointments he was able to return to the land of his bondage as a missionary bishop. Patrick was not the first Christian missionary to Ireland but he was by far the most successful. Patrick himself has left us a record of his experiences in his "Confessions" -how he confronted the fierce King of Tara and how he confounded the proud Druids. His sound and effective teaching is reflected in a hymn, "I bind unto myself today" (see the Hymnal 1982, number 370).
   Most of Patrick's work was done in the northern part of the island. His headquarters were at Armagh. He made a famous pilgrimage into the mountains of Mayo. He died at Saul in Ulster. It is said that he found a heathen Ireland but left a Christian one.

  "Bless your servant Patrick, O Lord, and all the people of Ireland."
Source of this information: " Saints Galore," by David L. Veal. 

The Vestry

David Dennehy,  Senior Warden
Mark Higginbotham,  Junior Warden
Terry Farrelly,  Treasurer
Pamela Brittain
Ray Contreras
Diane Gustafson 
Mark Higginbotham
Muriel Kulikowski
Jim McDevitt
Judy McKay
Lynn Young

Approved Minutes for the January 22nd Vestry meeting can be found here:

Approved Minutes for the February 19th 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

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 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 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, (, 858-793-4555 or Ms. Equilla Luke, (, 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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