Thursday, February 18, 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 SEASON OF LENT
The First Sunday of Lent
 
Rule of Life

Many Christians live under a Rule of Life.  Monks and Nuns (collectively referred to as Religious) are obvious examples of people who have chosen to live their lives under a Rule.  However, more and more Christians are discovering that a Rule of Life is beneficial (and somewhat essential) for Spiritual and Personal Development.
Lent is a particularly appropriate time to undertake a Rule of Life.  This Rule may be a Trial Rule for the Period of Lent, or it may be a serious endeavor to make a new beginning which will continue beyond the Forty Days.  The Exhortation to a Holy Lent gives us the essential elements for a Rule of Life.  It should include: Self-Examination and repentance; Prayer, Fasting and Self-Denial; and Reading and Meditating on God's Holy Word.
Lent is a time for taking on a Rule of Life, not a time for making little laws to make ourselves miserable.  A good Rule leads to growth, peace and joy in Christ.  It may involve struggle and even some pain, but it should never be a return to that slavery before the Law from which Jesus Christ has set us free.
         
          adapted from Lent: History and Practice by the Rev. William R. McCarthy


Readings for Sunday, February 21, 2021

Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-9
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15

 
Facebook Link for Services:  Saint John's Episcopal Church
St. John's website: saint-johns.org

Collect for the First Sunday of Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit 
to be tempted by Satan: 
Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations;
and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, 
let each one find you mighty to save; 
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
 one God, now and for ever. Amen

Lenten Outreach
 
Forty Days-Forty Items
 
We have an 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
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 (revcat@gmail.com)
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 dianelopezhughes@me.com or Deann Rios, Co-Missioner of Peace & Justice for the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, at drios@edsd.org

Stations of the Cross
 
For your private devotion, you are invited to walk the steps of Jesus on his journey to the cross.

Along with the prayers and reflections for each station, you will find artwork from former St. John's students.

Attached is the link to the prayer booklet:

 Stations of the Cross



WORSHIP
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's.org  
or our Facebook page:   Saint John's Episcopal Church. 

The vestry is currently considering an action plan to re-open for 
in-person worship, hopefully during Holy Week.
                                                                               
Altar Flowers

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 maria@saint-johns.org

The suggested donation for altar flowers is $40.00.

After Easter, the following dates are available:

April 18 and 25
May 2
June 20 and 27
July 4, 11 and 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
September 5 and 19
October 3, 10, 24 and 31
November 7 and 21

FELLOWSHIP
Spaghetti Dinner Update
 
The Virtual Spaghetti Dinner and Fundraiser was lots of fun and a success! The total amount raised for the church is $2420, but the best part were the "Dining Rooms" (Zoom break-out rooms) that allowed each of us three opportunities to see and talk with others.
 
Here is a list of Opportunity Drawing winners:
  #1   Flo Looney's vase     Linda & David Dennehy
  #2   Basket of Flo's jewelry and scarf       Pam Brittain
  #3   Basket (from Mark Higginbotham) of Flo's jewelry and shawl   Gloria
             Attaway
  #4   Jewish scholar doll      The little fellow was unwanted by the end of
                 the evening, so St. John's asked Temple Beth Shalom to find him
                 a home.
  #5   Kids' basket         Louise Estevez (friend of Gustafsons)
  #6   Books written and signed by Diane Gustafson   Lynn & Jim McDevitt
  #7   Valentine's basket     Linda & David Dennehy
  #8   Family Tree display       Tom Brzeczek
  #9   DIY Italian Dinner   Lynn & Jim McDevitt
#10   Breakfast Sandwich Maker & thermos       Sally Elliott
#11   Emma Gonzales wall hanging and honeysuckle candle   Sally Elliott
#12   Emma Gonzales mats and decorative teapot       Alice Burnham
#13   Game Night       Judy McKay
#14   Must-See Movies, 2-volume set of books       Tom Brzeczek
#15   Terry Farrelly note cards and Susan Head quilt       Norma Dunn
#16   Italgo gift card        Liliana Morales
#17   Canvas print of San Diego skyline         Sarah Tolley
#18   Christmas basket       Alice Burnham
#19   Mexican food basket and quilt       Alice Burnham
 
There are so many people to thank for helping make this a memorable event.
  • Italgo Pasta Bar for discounted food and gift card   (The food was great; please consider patronizing Italgo in the future.)
  • Bob & Penny Milam and Wilma Hunter for providing cash to buy prizes and supplies
  • All who donated items for prizes. (There were things left over to be used next time.)
  • All who bought tickets
  • All who attended on Saturday evening
  • Kevin Winger for donating the painting auctioned off to Judy Butcher for $210
  • Rev. Roger for donating a dinner for 4, cooked and delivered by him. Thanks to Tom Brzeczek's excellent auctioneering skills, it sold to the Gustafsons for $500. Subsequently, the Farrellys offered another $500 if Rev. Roger would duplicate it. He agreed. Finally, Tim & Gloria Attaway offered yet another $500 for a third dinner, and Rev. Roger agreed. But that's all, folks. Otherwise, Rev. Roger would find himself with a third job as chef.
  • Diane Gustafson for organizing the Opportunity Drawings
  • Judy Butcher and Judy McKay for helping put the baskets together
  • Tom Brzeczek for donating baskets belonging to our beloved Mark
  • The estates of Flo Looney and Emma Gonzales for items for prizes
 
Hopefully, no one has been overlooked, but please know that everyone's participation is highly valued and appreciated.
 
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.

OUTREACH & EVANGELIZATION 
Outreach

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
 
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.
 
PASTORAL CARE
Need to Receive Your Vaccine?

St. Paul's Senior Service - PACE Center
invites members of St. John's who qualify for the COVID vaccine to schedule an appointment - call Maribel at:

St. Paul's PACE Akaloa Center
630 L Street,  Chula Vista, CA  91911
619-271-7100
 
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
appointments.  www.sandiegocounty.gov

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 revroger@saint-johns.org

MINISTRY OF PRAYER
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, Priscilla, Hugh, 
Cyd and Paige, Andrew and Jillian, Don, Freddie and Andrea,
and for all first responders, medical professionals, 
essential workers and their families.

For the repose of the souls of Dorothy Zirkle, the Rev. Ben Bachmeier, 
and Barbara Glenski.
May light perpetual shine on them.

Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the clergy and people of St. Alban's in El Cajon.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of the Province of Central Africa.

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 (diangus15@aol.com) or through the office (maria@saint-johns.org). 

 
STEWARDSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION
The Vestry

David Dennehy, Senior Warden
619-840-9994 
Terry Farrelly, Treasurer
Diane Gustafson, Clerk
Pamela Brittain
Tom Brzeczek
Ray Contreras
Jane Ferguson
Muriel Kulikowski
Alejandra Valdez-Beer
Lynn Young

OFFICE CONTACTS
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.

Upcoming Events at St. John's

Vestry Meeting

6:00pm

Wednesday, February 24

Sunday of the Passion: 
Palm Sunday


9:00 am


Sunday, March 28

Maundy Thursday

7:00 pm

Thursday, April 1

Good Friday

12 noon

7:00 pm

Friday, April 2

The Great Vigil of Easter:
Easter Eve


7:00 pm


Saturday, April 3

Sunday of the Resurrection:
Easter Day


9:00 am


Sunday, April 4


Your weekly newsletter highlights 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.

AROUND THE DIOCESE
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 colin@refugee-net.org.
 
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, (jseitman@pacbell.net), 858-793-4555 or Ms. Equilla Luke, (aequilla@icloud.com), 760-583-0485.

Safeguarding God's People
 
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