Thursday, December 3, 2020


Second Sunday of Advent

God of all power and mercy,  
our hearts desire the warmth of your love
and our minds are searching for the light of your Word.
The day draws near when the glory of you Son
will make radiant the night of the waiting world.
Prepare our hearts and
remove the anxiety that hinders us
from feeling hope and peace which his presence will bestow.
Increase our longing for Christ our Savior
and give us strength to grow in love,
that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence
and welcoming the light of his truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Advent 2020

Advent season in which the church celebrates the coming of Jesus at Christmas and prepares for the return of Christ at the Second Coming.
Advent is a time of active waiting and preparation. It is a season of opening our lives and souls with longing expectation and renewed hope.
This Advent season we will have a three-part forum series following our worship service on Zoom. The forums will include information and discussion about the personal preparation for the end of our own lives.
First Sunday of Advent, November 29th:
The theology and scriptural basis for anticipatory preparation and being prepared.  (presented by Rev. Roger)
Second Sunday of Advent, December 6th:
Personal and legal preparation - Advance Directives, Trusts,    Wills and Planned Giving  (presented by Gary Powell, Attorney at Law). 
The Zoom link for the forum is: Advent 2 Zoom Forum
Third Sunday of Advent, December 13th:
Preparation for our liturgical Celebration of Life 
(presented by Rev. Cathey)
Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20th:
Preparation and decoration of the church for Christmas
(those who feel comfortable, following the health guidelines will gather
at the church)
Our Sunday Worship Services 
Because of the rising number of coronavirus cases placing us in the Purple (worst) Zone
we cannot gather in the church for in-person worship.  
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 through our St. John's website:  www.saint-john'  or our Facebook page:  Saint John's Episcopal Church.

2020 Stewardship Campaign
We are guided by Love, secured by Hope,
and made courageous by Faith.
It is with gratitude for the abundant grace received by our God, that St. John's gives thanks for all the gifts you have given to our family of faith.
With your gift of time, talent and treasure, we will continue to make Christ known in our community and respond to our call to love and serve one another.
This Sunday, we will bless all of the pledges received which represent the fruits of our labor, the hopes of our live, and our love for God.
It is never too late to pledge!
How you can pledge:
  • You may mail or bring your pledge card back to the parish office.(If you did not receive a pledge card, we are truly sorry.  Please contact the parish office to request a pledge card.)
  • You may email the parish office with the information regarding the amount of your pledge and how you would like to give (envelope or electronically). 
  • You may also indicate ways that you can offer your gifts of time and talent.  
Stewardship Results Update

Number of pledges
Treasure amount pledged
Time and Talent responses

Gracious and loving God, we come to you in thanksgiving,
know that all we are and all that we have are gifts from you.
We are Your people,
and we thank You for the gift of our parish family.
We offer to you our gifts as a true act of faith,
to reflect our love for you and our neighbor.
As we strive to be good stewards,
we ask that you bless the offering of our Time Talent Treasure.

Stewardship Reflection
Jeff Bates
Good morning. My name is Jeff Bates. And I'm NOT really a member of St John's Church! Actually, my husband, Scott Bricknell, and I are new here after being long-time members of St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. So why are we here? I'll get to that in a minute. First let me introduce ourselves. Scott and I have been married for 4 years. I joined the Episcopal church officially in 2008, though I had been attending since the early 90's. I work as a sales manager in the pharmaceutical industry, a career I've had for 30 years!! I have had to travel for work and have taken assignments on the East Coast and in Seattle, where I lived for 8 years. But I always returned to San Diego.
I met Roger in Seattle back in 2006. He learned I was from San Diego, which is coincidentally where he planned to move. Later, we both spent several years serving at St Paul's Cathedral as Acolytes and Vergers. When Roger was first called to St John's, Scott and I came for moral support; to see him on his first Sunday as the then, Priest-in-charge. We were initially struck by the beauty of the campus itself. The lovely spire, the breezeways and garden, the magnificent courtyard, and of course, the beautiful sanctuary. But, more importantly, we were touched by the warm welcome we received by you parishioners here. It seemed a friendly, family place, and that feeling has been borne out over time.
We visited a few times and suddenly the pandemic hit! There was a scramble to see how you could adjust to serve the needs of the parish while keeping everyone safe. I have some familiarity with audio visual things, so Roger asked that I help with the selection, purchase, and set up of the temporary sound system used for the outdoor services. Oh, and by the way, would I be willing to come each Sunday and work the system during the services?! As Pamela Brittain said some weeks ago in her stewardship reflection, "I was asked, and I said yes!"
I have a deep love of music and have played musical instruments and sung since childhood. So, again, when I was asked to help with singing, I said yes. It's been very rewarding to get the chance to work with Cheryl and Jane - St John's is very lucky to have the both of them here.
You have a wonderful congregation here. More importantly, you have the opportunity to grow within the local community. I love community outreach. You have a wonderful hall and kitchen which can be used for many things. And you have a local community in need of Good News. This is exciting, and attractive to people like Scott and I, and will be attractive to others in the community who have yet to walk through the doors.
As Scott and I consider planting roots here at St John's, we know this includes our pledge for 2021. You have so much here already, and so many more possibilities. Please pledge to St. John's; it's needed now more than ever. Thank you!

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.

Toys For Tots
Please give to our Toys for Tots Drive.

This year we will be collecting monetary donations.  You may mail or bring your donation to the parish office or use the "Give Now" button on our website.

Consider what you would spend on a toy for a child.

Please make your checks out to St. John's and write Toys for Tots in the memo line.  We ask that you write a separate check from your pledge check, for bookkeeping purposes.

All donations need to be delivered to the St. John's office
by December 15th.

May we make this Christmas bright for a child in need.

Christmas Flowers
Our church will be decorated with beautiful poinsettia 
flowers for Christmas. If you would like to honor your loved ones in our worship bulletin on Christmas, please email or call the office (; 619-422-4141) with your requests:

In honor of ____   
In memory of _____ 
In thanksgiving for _____

Scripture Readings For the Week

Readings for Sunday, December 6, 2020

Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8
Facebook Link for Sunday Service:  Saint John's Episcopal Church
St. John's website:
Worship Booklet for Sunday, December 6

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 (
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:

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

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, Marge, Brian, Edward, Anne Marie, Bernie, Jeff, 
Christy, Judith, Gloria, Dyan, Marla, the Milam family, Steve,
and for all first responders, medical professionals, 
essential workers and their families.

For the repose of the soul of Debbie Milam.  
May light perpetual shine on her.

Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the clergy and people of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Bonita.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain.

A Prayer for Change and Grief

Blessed Jesus,
you knew the messiness and confusion of human life.
We cry out to you for mercy,
because our world is in peril, and we are afraid.
In the quiet
we sense you are here,
and you are loving us into a future we cannot see.
We ask that your ever-present love may help us feel our feelings,
rather than trying to escape them.
In time,
help us to understand what our grief has to teach us 
about who we are and who we are still becoming.
Here and now we claim our desire
to live with the fullness of presence.
We want to receive dreams and longings, 
even while we honor the tenderness of this moment.
We want to be sustained in hope,
open to the mystery of your grace.
We trust that is your desire for us too.
So may your wisdom flow through each one of us,
that in your companionship we may find everything we need
to be your people,
now and always.

The Rev. Kay M. Houck

Thank You
Penny, Bob and Kathy Milam wish to express their thanks to their St. John's community of friends for the outpouring of support they received in their time of grief.  They appreciate all the cards, flowers and food.
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 ( or through the office ( 

Upcoming Events at St. John's

December 6
10:00 amAdvent Forum
December 1310:00 amAdvent Forum 
December 20 
10:00 am
Preparation of the Church 
for Christmas

December 247:00 pmChristmas Eve Service - Virtual
December 259:00 am Christmas Day Service - Virtual

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, Monday through Thursday.
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
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:
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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.

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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