Thursday, February 29, 2024

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.


The Third Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 3, 2024


Collect for the Third Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls,

that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body,

and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for the Third Sunday in Lent

Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 19

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

John 2:13-22

Worship Booklet for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 3, 2024

2024 Altar Flowers

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.

LENT 2024

On Wednesday, February 14th, we began the holy season of Lent. The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion (Good Friday) and resurrection (Easter), and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for these holy days by a season of penitence and fasting.

You are invited, therefore, to an observance of a holy Lent.

The word Lent comes from the Saxon lencton which means Spring.  Lent, as we now know it, is the Spring Fast.  This season of Lent is traditionally marked by acts of special devotion: prayer, fasting, self-examination and repentance, spiritual reading, and alms giving.

We have the opportunity to intentionally practice who we are as people of faith.

We are providing optional acts of devotion to help you keep the season holy:


  • Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study 

Consider joining us on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am - 

you may request the Zoom link from Rev. Roger.

  • Stations of the Cross 

For your private devotion, you are invited to walk the steps of Jesus on his

journey to the cross. You may "walk the steps" at home or in the church from

9:00am-2:00pm. There is a link to an electronic service booklet located below or paper booklets will be available at the church.


  • Self-Examination

Through self-examination, you may discern and consider fasting from those

things that are holding you back from being an example by word and deed

of God’s love.



  • 40 Days – 40 Items

Please consider giving of your excess in order to clothe those who go without. 

See the table in the narthex or the article in our E-Newsletter for details. 

If you wish to have clothing collection bags sent to you, contact Maria in the

church office.

Stations of the Cross

Along with the prayers and reflections for each station, you will find artwork from former St. John's students.

Attached is the link to the prayer booklet:

Stations of the Cross


40 Days / 40 Items

Lenten Clothing Collection

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2024

through Maundy Thursday, March 28, 2024.

Each day of Lent, you are encouraged to think of someone less fortunate as you look in your closets and dresser drawers. Remove one item that you no longer wear or need and put it into the appropriate bag.


Men’s items will go in a black bag, Women’s items in a white bag, Children’s items in a separate bag labeled “Children’s”.


Filled bags of clothing may brought to the church narthex. We will watch our generous giving grow. At the end of the Forty Days, St. John’s will donate new or gently used clothing to the families of ECS Head Start.


Male / Female Clothing of adult/teen/children sizes

The following are suggested items that are needed:

  • Hoodie Sweatshirts / Sweatshirts
  • Sweatpants
  • Jeans / Pants
  • Shirts
  • Shoes
  • Ball caps
  • Socks (new)
  • Underwear (new)

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
  • 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


St. Patrick's Day Steak Dinner and Opportunity Drawing

The Men of St. John's are hosting a St. Patrick's Day Steak Dinner on Sunday, March 17th starting with a wine and appetizer social at 4:00pm and the dinner at 5:00pm. This is a community event, so please invite your friends and family to this dinner at no charge!

The Men of St. John's will provide the steaks. Please sign up in the Narthex to bring an appetizer, salad, potatoes, vegetable, or dessert.

During the Steak Dinner on March 17th, we will have an opportunity drawing. So far we have the following prizes:

  • Dallas Cowboys lap quilt
  • Oster cordless wine opener
  • Black shawl with beautiful rose embroidery
  • Bundle of books
  • DVD game "Scene it?" from Turner Classic Movies
  • Mississippi Pot Roast ingredients, gift card for the meat, and recipe 
  • Tea basket
  • Irish basket including a 6-pack of Guinness
  • Penny Milam’s favorite book (new copy donated by Penny’s sister because Penny’s copy was falling apart)

Once again we are de-emphasizing "stuff" but please feel free to offer things in good condition that you no longer want. Also, we would welcome donations, such as a bottle of wine to go with the wine opener or a box of tea or scone mix for the tea basket, or a cash donation.

Contact Diane Gustafson, 619-253-7298,

Update on March 17th Opportunity Drawings

When Kathy Weizer left her entire estate to St. John’s, there were many costume jewelry items. These will be included in the Opportunity Drawings during the Steak Dinner on March 17th. Tickets will be six for $5. You can deposit one or more tickets in the bags for any items you would like to have a chance to win.

To read the descriptions and see pictures of the items, please click the link here:

Kathy Weizer Jewelry Items


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 from 9:30-2:30 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, March 6

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, and Pedro Bonilla.

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, Ann Lindshield, the McClure family, Alec Hauer, Barbara Oliveira, Linda Longoria-Neff, Ann and Bill Rogers, Karen Polk, Bob Milam,

James Kellogg Burnham III, Celia Vasquez, Ginger Wyatt, Craig Nightingale,

Nick Nightingale, Georgene Nightingale, the Brosche family, and Gen. G.C. Heinrich.

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 Sts. Peter and Paul, El Centro and the students, teachers, and staff of The Bishop’s School, La Jolla.

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 US Navy Reserves on their 109th Birthday.


Celebration of Life for Christina Constantino

The Celebration of Life for Christina Constantino will be on

Friday, March 1st at 11:00am. The Rev. George Keith will be presiding

at St. John's Episcopal Church, 760 First Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend you servant, Christina.

Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold,

a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming.

Receive her into the arms of your mercy,

into the blessed rest of everlasting peace,

and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord;

And let light perpetual shine upon her.

May her soul and the souls of all the departed,

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

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

  • Friday, March 1st: Celebration of Life for Christina Constantino, 11:00am
  • Tuesday, March 12th: Prayers and Squares, 9:30am-2:30pm in Nale Hall
  • Sunday, March 17th: St. Patrick's Day Steak Dinner, 4:00pm in Nale Hall

1st Quarter Calendar of Events

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




Year of Leadership:

Whose Voice Gets Heard in the Church?

By: Rachel Ambasing, Missioner for Community Vitality and Diversity,

Chris Tumilty, Director of Communications,

and The Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch, Canon to the Ordinary

I love Annual Meeting Sunday! When I was growing up at St. Matthew’s in National City (1990s/2000s), we’d be squirreled away into a nearby classroom to watch movies and play together during the annual meeting. But, me being me, I would sneak back into the nave–fascinated by the formality of the meeting and by how many adults were called up in celebration of their ministries. As adult after adult would stand and voice their wisdom, I’d whisper into my very patient mother’s ear, “What's happening now? …Who’s that talking?” 

By the time I was a teenager, Annual Meeting Sunday became one of the biggest celebrations of community all year. Both the English-language and Spanish-language community would gather to discuss the business of our collective congregation. I began to notice the seasoned and emerging leaders courageously stepping forward for election into leadership roles. Read More

EDSD Voter Participation

The date of our presidential primary election is March 5. Please pray for this election, for elected leaders, and for wise laws. Our diocese is building a positive voter participation initiative in this year's election cycle. To learn about this initiative, voting resources, and more, click here.

Border Ministry Update

With the shuttering of the welcome center in San Diego, Customs and Border Protection are dropping off 300 to 700 asylum seekers at transit centers in the city every day. EDSD’s Border Ministry is coordinating volunteers in morning and afternoon shifts to hand out sack lunches and offer directions at Old Town and Iris transit stations and San Diego airport. If you are unable to volunteer, donations are also welcome. Visit to volunteer or donate.

Sacred Ground

A new Sacred Ground circle sponsored by EDSD’s Racial Justice and Reconciliation Task Force starts Thursday, March 7, 6:30-8:30 pm.

Click here for more information and to register

Faith To Go Podcast

This week, Charlette and David share the importance of being aware of our intentions year-round, especially during Lent. Also... why did Jesus flip tables? Have a listen to find out.

Listen Here

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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.

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