February 13, 2020


Office Closed Monday
The office will be closed on Monday, February 17th for the President's Day holiday.
Dinah's Closet Returns!

T he Women of St. John's will open Dinah's Closet on Sunday, March 1 after both services. This is a unique fundraiser. We ask for your donations of men's and women's clothing and accessories, and then we sell them in Nale Hall for just $5 per item. You clear your closet, and we contribute the  money to the Church operating fund.
Two things to remember: we want gently used, quality items (like you might find in a nice resale boutique), and we can't accept them until the morning of March 1 at 7:30 a.m. (we don't have storage space). 
Questions? Call Diane Gustafson 619-253-7298.
Tuesday Night Bible Study News

The next meeting of the Tuesday Bible Study group will be on March 3rd at 6PM to begin a new study, titled "Answers To Tough Questions," a 6-session study designed to help individuals speak with confidence about biblical truth - to "tune up your testimony," if you will - that will make us better witnesses for Christ. 
All are welcome, but please contact Mike Gollihur if you will be new to our group, so that we can order enough study guides.
619-852-4960 (talk or text) or  mgollihur@aol.com.

Saturday, February 15

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Good Samaritan, 4321 Eastgate Mall 
San Diego, CA 92121

$25, lunch included, scholarships available

Contact the Rev. Nancy Holland
for more information about scholarships.

Leadership Academy features learning opportunities for new and seasoned church leaders alike. The format for all the sessions will follow the World Café - Art of Hosting process introduced at convention last November. All sessions are at least 90 minutes. Some offerings will constitute two or more 90-minute sessions. If you plan on attending a multi-session program, please commit to the entire program.

More information on the academy, including the agenda, can be found at 

Please register soon to help us plan a smooth and successful Leadership Academy.

Year of Discipleship

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego Presents  Pray Resources 
as part of The Year of Discipleship 2020

Resources for the Season After Epiphany

The season after Epiphany is a great opportunity to explore what it means to grow a rule of life for the new year ahead and engage with all the ways we can engage in prayer as part of that rule. We hope these resources help you in your formation plans for the season after Epiphany.

Learn more about Discipleship 2020 and hear Bishop Susan's invitation to the season of Pray on   this special episode of the Faith To Go Podcast  (available now on all your favorite podcast apps)

Let's grow in faith together!

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

Scripture Readings For This Sunday

Readings for Sunday, February 16, 2020

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37

Weekly Bible Study and Morning Prayer 

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 101
1 John 2:12-17
John 10:1-18

Every 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 will resume on March 3rd.
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  mgollihur@aol.com

Did You Know?  
Liturgy is flexible

The Holy Eucharist is the principle liturgy of Episcopal worship on the Lord's Day for the people gathered.

Our worship service contains two sections:  The Word of God and Holy Communion. In planning our worship services, we follow the Book of Common Prayer and on occasion when appropriate we may us the liturgical supplement Enriching Our Worship.  These two sources provide optional forms for the various parts of each section.

For instance the introductory part of the Word of God has alternated form; including a Penitential Form, which is appropriate for Lent.  Likewise, there are optional forms for the Prayer of the People, Offertory Sentences, and Eucharistic Prayers. The Dismissal also has several options; some including an Alleluia and some not.  Unless otherwise prohibited, it is not right or wrong to use a form containing Alleluia.  One may want to choose the form seasonally;  that being with an Alleluia for festive seasons (Christmas and Easter) and other Feast Days and a form without an Alleluia for the more ordinary times of the Church's liturgical year (Epiphany and Pentecost).

The ability to choose prayers and texts seasonally or for special occasions allows us the experience to the depth and breath of our liturgical prayer found in the Book of Common Prayer.
Calendar of Events:

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

Choir Practice
Thursday, February 13, 6:00-7:30 pm
President's Day Holiday, Office Closed
Monday, February 17 
Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, February 19, 9:30 am
Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 25, 5:30 pm
Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, February 26, 9:00 am and 7:00 pm
Dinah's Closet
Sunday, March 1
Healing Service
Sunday, March 1, 11:30 am
Bible Study
Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 pm


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 and Richie.

  For Strength in Time of Need

Scott, Betty, Rob, Eva,  Dee and Barb,   
Heather and Stephen,  Don, Jr.,  Rev. Al, Deacon Tom, 
Chaplain Wally, Joe, Jan, Linda and Marion.

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

For Churches in Transition in our Diocese

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

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 February, our featured items will be rice, pasta or mac & cheese.  Thank you for your support!
From the Prayer Journal of Fr. Jack Tolley

Friends: We have two events coming up on the Episcopal Church's Liturgical calendar. They are Ash Wednesday and Shrove Tuesday. Here's some  information about them I thought you might find helpful. 
Blessings, love, and hugs, Fr. Jack.
Ash Wednesday: Day on the liturgical Calendar forty-six days, or forty days other than Sundays, before Easter; marks the beginning Lent. Follows Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday," or Shrove Tuesday. See the Book of Common Prayer service on  page 264 for Ash Wednesday, which sets an appropriately penitential or preparatory tone for Lent. The name Ash Wednesday derives
from the traditional rite of that day in which the celebrant makes the sign  of the cross on the foreheads of the worshippers, using ashes made of palm leaves left over from the preceding Palm Sunday celebration.
Shrove Tuesday: The day before Ash Wednesday, named for the "shriving" or confessions and absolutions, performed traditionally on that day. Also known as "Mardi Gras," or "Fat Tuesday," for those who prepare for Lent by making sure they have sins of which to repent.
The Men of St. John's Church  will be hosting a free pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday,
February 25, at 5:30 pm, for the parish family.
Source of this information: "A New Dictionary for Episcopalians,"
by The Rev. John N. Wall, Jr. Winston Press.

The Vestry

David Dennehy
Senior Warden
(619) 429-4747 
Mark Higginbotham
Junior Warden
Terry Farrelly 
Pamela Brittain
Ray Contreras
Diane Gustafson 
Mark Higginbotham
Muriel Kulikowski
Jim McDevitt
Judy McKay
Lynn Young

Approved Minutes for the December 15th 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  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.

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
maria@saint-johns.org). 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, (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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