Thursday, March 14, 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 Fifth Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 17, 2024


Collect for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven

to be the true bread which gives life to the world:

Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him;

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm 119:9-16

Hebrews 5:5-10

John 12:20-33

Worship Booklet for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 17, 2024

Easter Flower Dedications

We are accepting dedications to honor your loved ones while helping us to decorate the altar with beautiful flowers.

Flower envelopes are available in the Narthex, or you may email Maria ( with your dedications:

In honor of ________________

In memory of ______________

In celebration of ____________


In thanksgiving for ___________

Payment may be made by mailing a check to St. John's, or by placing your check in the offering plate. Please submit your dedications by Monday, March 25th.

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.

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

Please bring clothing bags by:

Wednesday, March 27, 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.

Male / Female Clothing of adult/teen/children sizes

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.

The following are suggested items that are needed:

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

Sow and Grow

Are you interested in gardening?

We could use your help.

Sow and Grow is a creation care project helping the children of ECS Head Start learn about the earth, plants, and care for God’s creation.

The children plant a variety of vegetable and flower seeds in individual cups. Then, they plant the seedlings in gardens, water, and watch their plants grow. 

We take care of watering 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
  • 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

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!

Opportunity Drawing

During the Steak Dinner on March 17th, we will have an opportunity drawing and two silent auctions. Tickets for the opportunity drawing 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.

Silent Auction

1.      Personalized Song

Joe Love will write a song for you for any occasion you choose. Joe and Maria will perform it and you will receive a video. This would make a wonderful, unique gift for a birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc.


2.     Faux fur parka, never worn, donated by Karen Duignan.

A Google search reveals that this would sell for approximately $150.

Think it’s too warm in San Diego? Where does Grandma live?


To read the full descriptions of the prizes, please click the link below:

Prizes for the Opportunity Drawing and Silent Auction


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, March 20

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

Celia Vasquez, James Kellogg Burnham III, Craig Nightingale, Nick Nightingale, 

Georgene Nightingale, Ginger Wyatt, the Brosche family, Gen. G.C. Heinrich, 

Denise Eddleman, Jesse Brittain, Bob Quinlan, Wilma Hunter and Madelyn Flechs.

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 Camp Stevens Sunday and for the youth and leaders participating in the Night Watch Pilgrimage to the Desert: 

God of the oak and the pine, of sunrise and sunset,

and of healing and love, hear our prayers.

Celebrate those who love Camp Stevens

and those who are discovering camp today for the first time.

Keep us mindful of the rights and needs of others through Camp Stevens’

mission work of transformation grounded in the values of

openness, connection, gratitude, and wonder. Amen. 

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

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Beachmaster Unit One (BMU 1) NAB Coronado.


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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Vestry Minutes

Approved Vestry Minutes from 12-13-2023

Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • Sunday, March 17th: St. Patrick's Day Steak Dinner, 4:00pm in Nale Hall
  • Tuesday, March 19th: La Misa in English celebrating El Dia de San José (the Feast Day of St. Joseph), 6:00pm in Nale Hall
  • Thursday, March 21st: DOK Meeting, 9:30am in the Rev. Stott Conference Room
  • Monday, March 25th: Men of St. John's Meeting, 6:00pm at Michael Morris' home

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



Diocesan Service and Justice

You are invited to the next Diocesan Service & Justice meeting on March 16, 2024 from 9:30-11:30am on Zoom. The Diocesan Service & Justice Coalition is a group of dedicated service/outreach and peace/social justice coordinators who gather to network and share ideas and collaborate on projects to make a greater impact in our community. Join other Episcopalians who want to get the church involved in the issues facing our world today.

For more information, email

Knowing Yourself:

Ministry from a Place of Self Awareness

April 13th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at All Saints’ Episcopal Church

Knowing Yourself is designed to equip individuals to better see their differences and divergences as strengths to be utilized in living into their unique calling as a part of the Body of Christ.

Registration is open to a maximum of 30 people and will close promptly on April 8, 2024, at 9 PM, or when it is full.

For more information and to register, click here

Border Ministry Update

With the shuttering of the welcome center in San Diego, Customs and Border Protection are daily dropping off hundreds of asylum seekers at transit centers in the city. Starting Monday, March 11, EDSD’s Border Ministry will be preparing sack lunches every Monday at our diocesan offices from 3:00 to 5:00 pm for migrants who are overnighting at the San Diego Airport waiting for flights.

Visit to volunteer or donate.

Faith To Go Podcast

In this week’s episode, David and Charlette wrestle with the practical charge and challenge of loving our neighbor by serving people in need and the importance of loving with our whole selves.

Listen Here

Support Episcopal Relief and Development

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