Thursday, November 5, 2020

 

Prayer for Veterans
 
Mighty God, thank you that you can satisfy our
every desire and need. Hear our prayer of thanks for our veterans who made great sacrifices on our behalf. We ask that you would bless them and meet all their needs. We pray you would give them peace when they suffer from past trauma. We acknowledge the debt of gratitude that we owe them for the freedom of our country. Lord, bless them and keep them, make your face shine upon them. Turn your face towards them
and give them peace. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

A Collect for Heroic Service

O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Prayer for Stewardship

 

Generous and loving God, we come to you in thanksgiving,
knowing that all we are and all that we have is a gift from you.
In faith and love, help us to do your will. We are listening.
Speak your words into the depth of our souls,
that we may hear you clearly.
 
We offer to you this day all the facets of our lives,
whether it be at home, at work, or at school.
We seek to be patient, to be merciful, to be generous, to be holy.
Give us the wisdom and insight to understand your will for us
and the fervor to carry out our good intentions.
We offer our gifts of time, talent and possessions to you
as a true act of faith, to reflect our love for you and our neighbors.
Help us to reach out to others as you have reached out to us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

2020 Stewardship Campaign
 
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God,
serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.- 1 Peter 4:10
 
The theme for our Stewardship Campaign is Time, Talent, Treasure. While St. John's needs your monetary pledge, we hope that you will also participate in parish activities using your time and talents, your own spiritual gifts. Our stewardship campaign this year is focused on all the gifts that God has given us and our call to serve one another.
 
Each week of the campaign, we will have the opportunity to hear from members of the parish about their own gifts that they have been given by God and how they choose to share those gifts with St. John's and the broader community. 
 
God has given each of us one or more spiritual gifts. If you would like to discern your spiritual gifts using the Spiritual Gifts Tool, please contact Diane Gustafson (diangus15@aol.com) 
  
Stewardship is not only about treasure; it is also our time and talent. Yes, we do need your generous contributions to operate the parish, but we also need your time and talent to bring forth the mission of the Church - serving one another in love. 
 
Pledge Cards have been mailed out.  If you did not get one, please reply to this E-News with your address and Maria will add you to the list.  
How to pledge:
1. Mail your pledge card back to the parish office
2. Bring your pledge card to church and place in the offertory plate
3. Give electronically through our website www.saint-johns.org, using our "Give Now" button; scroll down to the "Pledge" option.   

You will notice that the Pledge Card has an opportunity for you to indicate ways that you can offer your gift of time and talent.  If you are pledging electronically through our "Give Now" button, you may reply to this E-News to offer your time and talent in the ministries listed below.



Stewardship Results Update

 
2020
2021
Number of pledges
69
 15
Treasure amount pledged
$143,033.00
$49,100 
Time and Talent responses
 
17 

 

Stewardship Reflection
Linda Dennehy

I, Linda Dennehy, thought about writing this paper 
on the many opportunities I have had to help and give my time for St John's Church. With my thoughts going to how it all started, back in 1977 on April 1 when David and I were married here and started a new beginning with our sons. It also became a new beginning of faith for me in the Episcopal Church family. We were so fortunate to have our Granddaughter Sabrina join us and guide her from baptism to graduating from St. John's School. I realize how much St. John's gave to me through many years and how so many people and opportunities showed how love and trust became a gift for me to pay it forward. I feel very blessed to serve and remain a small part of how St. John's different groups together make one beautiful church.
I could tell you all the many groups and things I have helped and joined through the years but I think I would prefer to remind everyone that they already belong to our family. As women, we are THE WOMEN OF ST JOHN'S and as men, you are THE MEN OF ST JOHN'S. From there we find many opportunities to serve that can take as little as an hour a week, and can't we all find one little hour? Perhaps just making phone calls, counting money, cleaning and hosting on Sunday morning after church, sitting with someone to listen and pray. We have the choir, acolytes, usher/greeters, Daughters of the King, Vestry, flower guild, alter guild, and more.
I know that there is also that little word FEAR, that we need to conquer with faith that God will help us see that we are where we are suppose to be. Taking small steps and continuing to pray develops new habits and can be very satisfying. I learned that sometimes I hesitate, thinking I can't make a difference and then God gives me the chance when least expected and wonderful things have happened. OLD in our body is a number, YOUNG in our heart with love keeps us going. Be Positive, let's take a leap of faith and step out of our comfort zones to find new challenges to better our future. We all have gifts to share and I can't think of a better place to open our hearts and talents.
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the prayers and love that has taken us through many Trying times and wonderful moments of Happy memories with our St. John's family. Looking forward to great times to come and sharing our gifts with faith in God, together with strength and love he will show us the way.

In-Person Worship Services 
 
In the case of inclement weather, and because of the rising number of coronavirus cases, we will not gather in the church for in-person worship.
We will gather virtually for Morning Prayer.

The parish of St. John's had been given permission by Bishop Susan to gather outdoors for our in-person worship. 
In accordance with the health guidelines established by the governor and bishop, we will follow our Re-gathering Action Plan.  

As we gather:
  • we will perform temperature checks and symptom assessment, 
  • we will all wear a face mask 
  • we will use hand sanitizer
  • we will maintain 6 feet social distance
  • we will greet one another verbally, regretfully no physical touch.  
  • our music will be done as solos, (except for those of you at home who can sing as loud as you would like).  
  • we will distribute Holy Communion, the Body of Christ under the form of bread.  
For those of you who are not able to attend because of the guidelines or do not feel comfortable, both of the above worship services will be streamed live on our website at www.saint-johns.org and our Facebook page:
Saint John's Episcopal Church

We will try to make shaded seating available, but it is recommended to wear a hat and sunscreen.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must manage the size of the gathering to ensure the health and safety of all who gather. 

If you plan to attend on Sunday, please contact Maria Love at the the Parish Office (619-422-4141) or by email (maria@saint-johns.org) with your name and the number of people in your party that will be attending.


Scripture Readings For the Week

Readings for Sunday, November 8, 2020

Wisdom 6:12-16
Psalm 70
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13
 
Facebook Link for Sunday Service:  Saint John's Episcopal Church
St. John's website: saint-johns.org


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). 

 
Wednesday Morning Prayer
 
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:
 
Correction
 
Our sincere apologies to Paul Erickson,
whose late wife Marilyn was left off
the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed list.
Marilyn passed away on December 4, 2019.
 
Prayers

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.

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, Richie and Roberto.

For Strength in Time of Need

Scott, Betty, Dean, Norma, Steve,
Ann, the Cook family, Marge,
and for all first responders, medical professionals, 
essential workers and their families.

For Churches in Transition in our Diocese

St. Paul, Palm Springs
All Saints', Vista

A Prayer for Putting on a Mask

Creator,
as I prepare to go into the world,
help me to see the sacrament
in the wearing of this cloth -
let it be "an outward sign
of an inward grace" -
a tangible and visible way
of living love for my neighbours,
as I love myself.

Christ,
since my lips will be covered,
uncover my heart,
that people would see my smile
in the crinkles around my eyes.
Since my voice may be muffled,
help me to speak clearly,
not only with my words,
but with my actions.

Holy Spirit,
as the elastic touches my ears,
remind me to listen carefully -
and full of care -
to all those I meet.
May this simple piece of cloth
be shield and banner,
and each breath that it holds,
be filled with your love.
In your Name
and in that love,
I pray.
May it be so.
May it be so.

The Right Reverend Richard Bott is the current Moderator of the United Church of Canada. He composed this beautiful prayer for when we put our masks on, and has given permission for it to be shared (asking only that we attribute it to him).
 
Thanksgiving Blessings
 
This year, in lieu of our usual "Blessings in a Bag," we are   
asking you to make monetary donations or donations of grocery store gift cards, which we will deliver to South Bay Community Services. 
If you send a check, please make your check out to "St. John's Episcopal Church" and put "SBCS Thanksgiving" in the memo line. 
You may also use the "Give Now" button on our website (www.saint-johns.org); choose the South Bay Community Services-Thanksgiving Drive option.

Thank you for your generosity!
 
Office Closed
 
The office will be closed
on Wednesday, November 11,
in honor of the Veterans Day Holiday.
 
Upcoming Events at St. John's

November
Stewardship Drive
November 11

Veteran's Day; Office Holiday
November 25
7:00 pm
Thanksgiving Eve Service
   (details to follow)

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.

 

Current office hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
If you need assistance, please email Maria Love: 

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.

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.
 
The Vestry

David Dennehy, Senior Warden
619-840-9994 
Terry Farrelly, Treasurer
Diane Gustafson, Clerk
Pamela Brittain
Tom Brzeczek
Ray Contreras
Muriel Kulikowski
Jim McDevitt
Judy McKay
Lynn Young



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.

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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