Thursday, September 16, 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.


WORSHIP
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 19, 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 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, 
but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed 
among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those 
that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


Readings for Sunday

Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm 1
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

Worship Booklet for the Seventeenth 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 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples are traveling through Galilee. 
He was teaching his disciples and he said to them: "The Son of Man will be handed over and will be killed! Three days after his death the Son of Man will rise." His disciples did not understand what Jesus was saying to them. Would what he foretold really come true? How could that be? Jesus was a great teacher and Rabbi. However, they hesitated to question him.
 
They arrived in Capernaum and when they were settled in the house where they were staying, Jesus asked them: "What were you arguing about during our journey?" However, the disciples remained silent. They were embarrassed. The topic of their conversation had been "who was the greatest disciple." Most likely, they knew that Jesus would not approve of their conversation. What would Jesus think of them if they told him the truth?
 
Jesus then tells his disciples: "Whoever wishes to be first shall be the last of all and the servant of all." Jesus then calls a little child over to him and says to the disciples: "Whoever receives one child in my name, receives me! And whoever receives me, receives the One who sent me."
 
Power and renown. In our world, this is what many people long for and strive for! Think of all the movie stars, rock singers, models and political candidates who vie for publicity, power and renown. Do they actually believe that this will bring them happiness? Or are they simply caught up in the world's values? Jesus calls us to find our happiness and security in him, not in fame or fortune.
 
Naturally, we all desire that others think well of us. And in and of itself, this is not bad. We get into trouble when we are driven to look good or to achieve in order to achieve some status, honor or esteem. We believe that then people will approve of us and of what we have accomplished.
 
We are invited to take some time and ask our self: How important is power, renown and admiration to me? Do I consciously or unconsciously strive to look good? To have others admire me? Or am I content to be simple, pure and loving like a child? There is no guile in young children. They simply are who they are. They trust. They love. They enjoy life. And yet we adults often consider them immature. And in many ways they are. Yet, they can be a great example to us of what truly is important in life. Today observe a child. Imitate a child. You may have a wonderful day!
 
Altar Flowers

The Altar Flowers are given by Jan Jones
in memory of William Walter Wallace and Richard L. Jones.

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.


FAITH FORMATION
Sunday School
 
Sunday School is now open.  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.

PASTORAL CARE
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
 
And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'                                                                                               Matthew 25: 39-40

The Episcopal Church affirms the place of the Holy Eucharist
as "the principal act of Chistian worship on the Lord's Day and other major feasts".  As an act of the whole community of faith, the Eucharist is a summons to all baptized persons to share in the table of the Lord.

As members of our congregation age and/or because of health and mobility concerns (especially during a pandemic), some in our family of faith are not able to attend our Eucharistic worship services in person and receive Holy Communion. 

At General Convention 1985, The Episcopal Church authorized a form for the distrubution of Holy Communion by licensed lay persons.  This is intended to foster a communal use of the Eucharist among those who, by reason of illness or infirmity, are unable to join the congregation in worship.

Pastoral Ministry at St. John's Episcopal Church will include Pastoral Visitations (without Holy Communion) and Eucharistic Visitations (with Holy Communion). Pastoral and Eucharist visits are made to those who request a visit by a priest, deacon or lay person, ie. persons in their home, nursing facility, or hospital and are not able to participate and receive Communion during our Sunday worship.
 
There will be a training for Lay Eucharistic Ministers on:
Saturday, October 2, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm
The Rev. Jack Tolley Memorial Library
 
If you are interested in serving in this important pastoral ministry, please contact Rev. Roger or call the parish office (619-422-4141).
 
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 revroger@saint-johns.org

FELLOWSHIP
The Rev. Jack Tolley Memorial Library
 
The Rev. Jack Tolley Memorial Library is open. 
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!
 
Hospitality
 
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 maria@saint-johns.org

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;
maria@saint-johns.org) 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 maria@saint-johns.org

OUTREACH & EVANGELIZATION 
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 (www.saint-johns.org) for more information on our Outreach Ministries:

 
MINISTRY OF PRAYER
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. Rogerrevroger@saint-johns.org)
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, Adam Beneschan, Geraldine Adams and Helen McGrath.

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. Mark's in San Diego.

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

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the crew of USS Tripoli (LHA-7).

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

STEWARDSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION
Vestry Meeting, September 22

All St. John's parishioners are invited to attend Vestry meetings.  
Our next Vestry meeting is on Wednesday, September 22nd at 6:00 pm.  Please contact Rev. Roger or Maria in the office and we will send you the Zoom link for the meeting.
 
The Vestry

David Dennehy, Senior Warden
619-840-9994 
Lynn Young, Junior Warden
208-695-7735
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

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 
(619-422-4141).

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 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
Good News Festival Postponed to 2022
 
As you know, our diocese has been looking forward to 
welcoming Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for a Revival here in the Diocese of San Diego this year. We have also been keeping a close eye on the COVID situation, as we want to make sure that our festival gathering is safe for all involved. After prayer and careful consultation, we have decided to reschedule the Good News Festival for Dec. 9-11, 2022. Presiding Bishop Curry is still coming, and the Town & Country has graciously agreed to honor our commitment, one year later. While it's disappointing to reschedule, we want to make sure that our event is held as safely as possible, with the opportunity for a large group to gather in person and celebrate. We thank co-chairs Susan Jester and Martin Hall, and the committee they are leading, for all the great work that has gone into planning so far!
 
The extra year will offer us an opportunity to reboot the Year of Evangelism. Originally scheduled for 2021, our ability to do some of the things we had hoped for in the Year of Evangelism has been limited by COVID restrictions. Stay tuned for more information about a Year of Evangelism in 2022 that will include revival opportunities in congregations, training and support in doing evangelism in your communities, and other ways to grow in faith and discipleship! We are praying for a true spirit of renewal to come into our diocese as we emerge from this COVID time. In 2022, more than ever, our communities will need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ!
 
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 episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief 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, (jseitman@pacbell.net), 858-793-4555 or Ms. Equilla Luke, (aequilla@icloud.com), 760-583-0485.

Safeguarding God's People
 
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