Thursday, April 25, 2024


Fifth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, April 28, 2024


Collect for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life:

Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth,

and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps

in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:26-40

Psalm 22:24-30

1 John 4:7-21

John 15:1-8

Worship Booklet for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

2024 Altar Flowers

The altar flowers for April 28, 2024 are given to the glory of God.

Our 2024 Altar Flower sign-up is available in the Narthex. If you are not able to sign up in person, please contact the office to see if your desired date is available. If you donate online, please contact Maria with your dedication:

Suggested donation is $40.00.


Sow and Grow

In response to The Episcopal Church’s initiative focused on Creation Care and the celebration of Earth Day, on Monday, April 22nd,

St. John's in collaboration with ECS and The Bishop's School (Episcopal High School) held the beginning day of our Sow and Grow Project.

The children of ECS Head Start learn about the earth, plants, and care for God’s creation. They planted seeds into cups of dirt and watered them.

On May 28th, students from Bishop’s School will return to help the children plant the seedlings in the raised gardens beds, water, and the children will watch their plants grow. 

We, members of St. John’s, will take care of watering the plants while the children are on summer break. 

In the Fall, the children harvest the vegetables which they take home to their families to eat.

If you would like to help us with this wonderful Sow and Grow Project -

Please contact Maria at the church office: 619-422-4141 or

Items Needed for Blessings in a Bag

Supplies are needed for those who go without food or shelter. Please Click Here for all the items needed.

Outreach Collections

We will continue our ongoing collections for:

  • New Blankets - Domestic Violence Shelters (Denise Czer and Linda Dennehy)
  • Eyeglasses (Bob Dunn)
  • Greeting Cards - ECS Head Start (Judy McKay)
  • Clean, Gently Used Blankets - Dreams for Change
  • Emergency Food Pantry - South Bay Community Services (Maria and Joe Love)
  • Blessings in a Bag - For our neighbors who live in need. Click here for a list of items you can donate to fill the bags.
  • Gently Used Clothing - Men's, women's and children's 

Items may be brought to Nale Hall on Sundays when we gather for worship.

You may also bring your items to the church during our weekday office hours,

Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm.

If you are not able to bring them, please contact the parish office, and we will pick up the items from your home.

St. John's Outreach Committee meets monthly to discuss our parish Outreach activities.

Please click on the following link for more information on our Outreach collection activities:

Outreach Ministries of St. John's


Prayers and Squares: The Prayer Quilt Ministry

St. John's is a member of a national organization called "Prayers and Squares: The Prayer Quilt Ministry".

Prayers and Squares meets on the second Tuesday of each month to sew. Participants will be shown how to make simple quilts for our Prayer Quilt Ministry. If you don't sew but would like to be a part of this ministry, there are many other quilt-making steps you can help with.

Please bring your own sewing machine and brown bag lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Lothspeich.

If you would like to request a Prayer Quilt for anyone in need of prayer and support, please contact Diane Gustafson ( or Maria (

This important ministry brings comfort and healing to many people who are suffering with illness.

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. Roger (

to be included in the Zoom meeting.

The Morning Prayer guide can be found here:

Morning Prayer, May 1st

Parish Prayer Lists

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, Devon Strunk, Matt Hernandez, Daniel Getreu, Taylor Harrold, Jorge Zuazua, Sebastian Morales, Roberto Chavez, Ryan Lothspeich, Andrew C. Dugger, Dan and Chelsey Nyaradi, Gen. G.C. Heinrich, Pedro Bonilla, and Patrick King.

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 and Shirley McCarren, the McClure family, Alec Hauer,

Barbara Oliveira, Linda Longoria-Neff, Ann and Bill Rogers, Karen Polk, Bob Milam,

Celia Vasquez, James Kellogg Burnham III, Denise Eddleman, Jesse Brittain,

Al Berkowitz, Deborah Pendleton, Ted Garcia, Janie Burchartz, Dan Muwazi,

Dan Thomas, and Marcia Morris.

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.

For the Deceased

Pray for the repose of the souls of Michael Morris and Eileen Wallace, stepmother of Heather Wallace.

Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord;

And let light perpetual shine upon them.

May their soul and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the clergy and people of St. Andrew's by-the-Lake, Lake Elsinore.

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

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 59).


The Interment of John and Charlene Ayers

The Interment of John and Charlene Ayers will be on

Saturday, May 11th at 11:00am

at St. John's Episcopal Church Columbarium and Memorial Garden,

760 First Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910

All are welcome to attend.

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, Quinceañera, Marriage, Renewal of Vows or Anointing of the Sick.

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


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Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • Wednesday, May 1st: Outreach meeting, 5:00pm via Zoom
  • Saturday, May 11th: Interment of John and Charlene Ayers, St. John's Columbarium and Memorial Garden, 11:00am
  • Sunday, May 12th: Mother's Day
  • Tuesday, May 14th: Prayers and Squares, 9:30am-2:30pm in Nale Hall
  • Tuesday, May 14th: La Misa in English, celebrating Día de Las Madres, 6:00pm in Nale Hall

Parish Office Hours and Contacts

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) or email

Rev. Roger will be in the office on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, and all day on Wednesday and Thursday. He is available by appointment. Please call the office to schedule an appointment.

In case of a pastoral emergency, Rev. Roger may be reached on his cell phone at



Recognizing Cultural Gifts as Gifts

By: Rachel Ambasing,

Missioner for Community Vitality and Diversity

As a 2nd-generation American of Igorot-Filipino and Chinese ancestry, there are a few cultural traditions I grew up practicing that I know are unfamiliar to most American households. One of these cherished practices has to do with pouring tea.

Growing up, my family would visit my maternal grandfather once a month for dim sum in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. At the start of every meal, as soon as the servers set down the customary tea pot and cups, my mother would pour us each a cup of tea, starting with my grandfather. Then, my mother would effortlessly monitor our cups and pour as necessary to keep our cups consistently full for the rest of the meal (it’s poor form to let a cup become empty), even while keeping up the conversation in between bites of siu mai and chicken feet. Read More

Philadelphia Eleven Screening

April 27th, 9:30am

Sponsored by the Daughters of the King, St. Andrew’s in La Mesa invites you to a screening of the Philadelphia Eleven on April 27 at 9:30 AM. The film shows how a brave group of women shattered the stained-glass ceiling by challenging the very core of patriarchal culture to seek ordination as priests in the Episcopal Church. 

Click here for more information

Sacred Trails: Last Chance to Register for Your Hike!

April 27th

In partnership with the EDSD Creation Care Community, Sacred Trails provides the opportunity to hike and pray in God's creation. With four hikes offered around our diocese, participants are invited to pick the time and difficulty level that works best for them. Great for youth groups, families, young adults, and anyone with a love of the great outdoors - Sacred Trails takes discipleship out of our churches and into the wild. Register today - and make sure to invite your friends!

For more information and to register, click here

Legal Explanation of Nonpartisan Election Activities

with the Rev. Douglas Worthington

May 7th, 6:20pm-7:00pm

EDSD Voter Participation Initiative provides online training to empower congregational voting advocates and others to take and share voter-related information with their congregations and surrounding neighborhoods. On May 7 at 6:20 p.m., the Rev. Douglas Worthington of All Souls in Point Loma will speak on the “Legal Explanation of Nonpartisan Election Activities.”

Click here for more information

Episcopal Community Services’ Moonlight Ball

May 18th, 5:30-9:30pm

Celebrate with Episcopal Community Services at the annual Moonlight Ball. Enjoy an evening of fine dining, live music, and festivities, supporting vital health and human services programs for over 7,000 clients in the areas of homelessness, mental health, substance use disorder treatment, and early childhood education.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

General Convention: Ask Me Anything Zoom

May 29th, 5:30pm

Join Bishop Susan Brown Snook, the Rev. Hannah Wilder, and Rachel Ambasing for a live "Ask Me Anything About General Convention" Zoom session on May 29 at 5:30 pm. This is your opportunity to engage directly and ask any questions you have regarding the upcoming General Convention. Feel free to submit up to three questions for our speakers. Please share this unique chance to gain insights and have General Convention questions addressed with your congregations. Click here for more information

Support Episcopal Relief and Development

Your gift to the Middle East Fund will support the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and Al-Ahli Arab Hospital as they offer critical health services to those impacted by the current crisis in Gaza. Through your generosity, ERD is able to provide medicine and other supplies to help tend to the physical and psychosocial wounds of the current conflict.

Visit today to make a contribution

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