Thursday, March 21, 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 Heart of the Christian Year

Holy Week begins on the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, as Jesus enters Jerusalem and is welcomed as king. The week progresses to the Last Supper when Jesus washes the feet of his disciples and his betrayal and arrest on Thursday evening; his trial and crucifixion on Friday; and his conquering death and resurrection on Easter Eve/Easter Sunday. These services provide a liturgical experience of the last days of Jesus' earthly life.

Holy Week culminates with the Paschal Triduum (sacred three days): starting the evening of Maundy Thursday, through the evenings of Good Friday and Holy Saturday (with the Great Vigil of Easter,) and ending the evening of Easter; all celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The Paschal Triduum is experienced as one liturgy: having remembered the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, we traditionally wait and pray (vigil) at the altar of repose on Maundy Thursday; then we continue with the reading of the Passion along with the veneration and prayer (vigil) at the cross of Christ on Good Friday; leading us to the Easter Vigil where we gather and pray (vigil) around the new fire to hear the stories of salvation after which we celebrate the resurrection of Christ in the Holy Eucharist; a celebration that continues into Easter day.

"Stay with me, keep watch with me.  Watch and pray."

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday -

March 24th at 9:00am

Beginning with Blessing of Palms in Nale Hall

and Triumphal Procession into the Church

Please bring your 40 Days, 40 items bags of clothing

to the Narthex on Palm Sunday


Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 24, 2024


Collect for Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

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 Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Mark 11:1-11

Philippians 2:5-11

Psalm 31:9-16

Mark 14:1-15:47

Worship Booklet for Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 24, 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.


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.

We also would welcome your donations of bags of dirt and packets of seeds, especially pumpkins, squash, zucchini, onions, carrots.

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

ECS Moonlight Ball Silent Auction Basket

Episcopal Community Services sponsors the Moonlight Ball, an annual fundraiser to support life-changing programs that empower the most vulnerable members of society. Last year our Head Start director invited St. John’s to create a basket for the Silent Auction. We have been asked once again to create a basket for the May 18th event. We want to finish by April 5th.

We’ve chosen the theme “Everything Chocolate” and would like help from our parishioners in filling the basket. Here are some suggestions:

  • A large basket
  • Chocolates such as Ghirardelli, Russell Stover, See’s etc.
  • Truffles
  • Chocolate cookbook
  • Tea towel with chocolate theme
  • Mug
  • Chocolate liquor

We have already received several chocolate microwave cakes in individual servings.

We would like to include a gift certificate for a chocolate store, so cash donations would be welcome.

Questions? Contact Diane Gustafson 619 253-7298 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


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.

No Morning Prayer on March 27th. Morning Prayer will resume on April 3rd.

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, Craig Nightingale, Nick Nightingale, Georgene Nightingale, Ginger Wyatt, the Brosche family, Gen. G.C. Heinrich, Denise Eddleman, Jesse Brittain, Bob Quinlan, Wilma Hunter, Madelyn Flechs, and Al Berkowitz.

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 soul of Ann Lindshield.

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.

Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the clergy and people of Church of the Good Shepherd, Hemet.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of the Province of West Africa.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Navy Chaplain Corps.


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

  • Monday, March 25th: Men of St. John's Meeting, 6:00pm at Michael Morris' home
  • Wednesday, March 27th: Vestry Meeting, 6:00pm via Zoom
  • Monday, April 1st: Office Closed
  • Saturday, April 6th: Celebration of Life for Ann Lindshield, 11:00am at St. John's

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



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The Good Friday Offering

For 102 years, donations to the Good Friday Offering have directly supported ministries of the Anglican Communion Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. These gifts have made an astounding difference in the lives of many people in the homeland of Jesus and beyond.

For more information, click here

Diocesan Hikes: Sacred Trails

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. Registration is now open - make sure to invite your friends!

For more information and to register, click here

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 special episode, David and Charlette talk about betrayal, Jesus example of loving Judas through betrayal, and our call to continue Jesus’ work in the world.

Listen Here

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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