Thursday, June 13, 2024


The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, June 16, 2024


Collect for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love,

that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness,

and minister your justice with compassion;

for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns

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

Readings for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Ezekiel 17:22-24

Psalm 92:1-4, 11-14

2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17

Mark 4:26-34

Worship Booklet for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

2024 Altar Flowers

The altar flowers for June 16, 2024 are given by Iris Atkins

in thanksgiving for the Lord’s kindness to allow her to reach 83 years

of life with a working mind that thinks like a 39-year-old.

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.

A Father's Day Prayer

God our Father, thank you for the gift of our fathers. 

Thank you for their encouragement, their guidance, and their provision for us. Thank you for their patience, understanding, and sense of humor, and for their unfailing love.

We ask you to bless our fathers with your spirit of wisdom, counsel and fortitude. May they feel your love in their hearts, your peace in their minds and your joy in their spirits this day.

We ask all this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Annual Men of St. John's Italian Dinner

Saturday, June 29th in Nale Hall and Courtyard

5:30pm - Wine and Appetizer Social

6:00pm - Dinner

  • There is no charge (ticket) for the dinner

a "free will" donation will be accepted. (Suggested donation $30)

  • Limited Seating (80): Please reserve a seat by signing up in the narthex or by calling the parish office (619-422-4141).

  • Money donated for the dinner and raised on the Opportunity Drawings and Auction will help pay for the new roof.

All are welcome!

Italian Dinner Opportunity Drawings and Auction Update

Opportunity Drawings:

More items are being received daily and being combined into baskets.

Among the things we have so far are:

  • Jars of preserved lemons
  • King Arthur dark pumpernickel bread mixes plus scone mix and single-serve, microwaveable chocolate cakes
  • Large ceramic serving bowl for pasta, an olivewood measure for spaghetti, and a bottle of wine
  • Bottle of sparkling wine and four champagne flutes
  • Jars of homemade jam made with fruit from the jam-maker’s trees
  • Beautiful ceramic pie plate with pie recipes from Mabel Holmes (does anyone know who Mabel is/was?)
  • Wooden tray with six wine glasses
  • A container of Tom’s amazing chili that will feed 4-6 (we’ll keep it refrigerated until the winner can take it home) plus a cornbread mix
  • $50 gift card plus snacks from Trader Joe’s
  • $100 gift card to Garbatella, the restaurant that is providing our Italian Dinner


We will have 2 silent auction prizes:

  • Original photograph on canvas by Cliff Berkowitz
  • Two Civic Theater tickets to “Peter Pan” for Sunday, August 4th at 6:30pm. 

These are great seats in Row A of the Orchestra!

We will have a live-auction prize(s):

  • Two original painting done by Rev. Roger Haenke

Diane is creating and arranging beautiful gift baskets. How can you help?

Do you have any wicker baskets that you would like to donate?

If so, please contact Diane at 619-253-7298/


Sow and Grow

The gardens of our creation care project with ECS Head Start have been planted.

Do you have time to help water the gardens?

We need help, especially on Tuesdays.

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 (Bob Dunn)
  • 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. Please note that the July meeting will be on the third Tuesday, July 16th. 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.

On behalf of the "Prayer Quilt Angels" and the parish of St. John's, Debbie Lothspeich was honored for all of her time and commitment to the Prayers and Squares: The Prayer Quilt Ministry

Debbie's passion for quilting and pastoral ministry allows St. John's to continue our Prayer Quilt Ministry.

Our love and prayers are a source of healing and comfort for those suffering from physical and emotional illness.

Thank you Debbie!

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, June 19th

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, Jesse Brittain,

James Kellogg Burnham III, Marcia Morris, Mike Gollihur, Denise Eddleman, Dan Muwazi, and Rosemarie Viloria.

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. Margaret’s, Palm Desert and for all doing the work of racial healing and reconciliation, especially in our diocese, the leaders and people participating in LARK and RJRTF.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Iglesia Anglicana de Chile.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the USS Hampton (SSN 767).  


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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Please follow us and friend us on Facebook at Saint John's Episcopal Church

and on Instagram at stjohnsepiscopalchurchcv


“Raise the Roof”

St. John’s Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign for Property Maintenance Reserve


Our loved ones raised the church with money and physical labor –

We must maintain their legacy


Property Maintenance Reserve Needs:

  • New Roof for Church, Nale Hall and Graves Pavilion = $175,000
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Units (11 HVAC Units) = $325,000


Capital Campaign Goal:  $500,000


Capital Campaign Donations Received: $135,125

Percentage of Goal Achieved: 27%


The church exists as the People of God,

but also, as the buildings from which God is served and worshiped.

Please consider investing in St. John's with a donation to the Capital Campaign:

Capital Campaign Statement of Intent


Capital Campaign Committee: Bob Dunn (co-chair), Terry Farrelly (co-chair),

Tom Brzeczek, Denise Czer, Jane Ferguson, Rev. Roger Haenke

Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • Monday, June 17th: Men of St. John's Meeting, 6:00pm at Jeff and Scott's
  • Thursday, June 20th: DOK Meeting, 9:30am in the Rev. Al Stott Conference Room
  • Sunday, June 23rd: Vestry Meeting following the 9:00am Worship Service
  • Saturday, June 29th: Italian Dinner hosted by the Men of St. John's in Nale Hall, 5:30pm - Wine and Appetizer Social, 6:00pm - Dinner

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 mornings, 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



Photos from the City of Chula Vista Pride Flag-Raising

on Wednesday, June 5, 2024


Juneteenth: Receiving Treasure Paid for by Others

By: Rachel Ambasing,

EDSD Missioner for Community Vitality and Diversity

A couple of weeks ago, I found out from Alyson Terry, EDSD’s Registrar and keeper of the calendar, that I have an unexpected day off this month. At the May meeting of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, they voted on the new EDSD Employment Handbook, which added Juneteenth to the list of diocesan-observed holidays. As a diocese, I’ve seen us increasingly and actively observe Juneteenth as a part of our collective history, particularly since it became a federal holiday in 2021. And I was delighted that our leadership had this detail in our policy to make the observance of Juneteenth an official part of our corporate culture.

Although it does ultimately take the approval of someone from a central seat of authority to officially turn a movement into legislation–making it an “official” piece of our culture–it is important to remember that so many liberating and life-giving changes to our status quo come to us from the wisdom, creativity, and resilience of communities existing on the margins of our sociocultural spectrum. Read More

Light Up the Cathedral

Join us on July 17 at 7:00 PM at St. Paul’s Cathedral for “Light Up the Cathedral.” This inspiring interfaith service marks the start of Pride Week in San Diego, and brings together diverse faith communities to celebrate unity, love, and acceptance, illuminating the cathedral with vibrant colors and powerful messages of inclusivity. Be part of this uplifting event as we honor the spirit of Pride and stand together in solidarity, embracing the beauty of love.

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Faith to Go Podcast

Today, David is joined by the Rev. Laurel Mathewson, Co-Rector of St. Luke’s in North Park. We hear about her new books, An Intimate Good and a new edition of The Interior Castle.

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