Thursday, March 7, 2024


Daylight Savings Time begins

Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 am.

Set your clocks forward one hour.

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 Fourth Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 10, 2024


Collect for the Fourth 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 Fourth Sunday in Lent

Numbers 21:4-9

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

Ephesians 2:1-10

John 3:14-21

Worship Booklet for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 10, 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

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.

Opportunity Drawings

During the Steak Dinner on March 17th, we will have an opportunity drawing. 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 links below:

Kathy Weizer Jewelry Items

Non-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 Tuesday, March 12th 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 13

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, and Wilma Hunter.

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 Betty Peikert, birth mother of Malia Attaway,

and Brenda Goddard-Laurence, daughter of Mary Goddard.

Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord;

And let light perpetual shine upon them.

May their souls 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 the Apostle, Encinitas.

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

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station San Diego.


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

  • 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
  • Tuesday, March 19th: La Misa in English celebrating El Dia de San José (the Feast Day of St. Joseph), 6:00pm 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




The Daily Office on Zoom

By: EDSD Staff and St. Michael’s by the Sea

St. Michael’s By the Sea in Carlsbad has made an exciting contribution to the life of the diocese by offering participation in their Morning and Evening Prayer on Zoom. 

As Tony Vanaria, Senior Warden, said, “Morning and Evening Prayer have connected and strengthened us at Saint Michael’s in our ongoing spiritual journey, increasing our sense of Community, promoting our Ministry, and reinforcing that we are One in the Body of Christ. Our prayer and what we feel to be a calling is for the Daily Office to spread and become practice throughout all our congregations; joining those who otherwise may never meet, in common and communal prayer across the Diocese.”

Beginning this Lent, the Diocese will be partnering with St. Michael’s to offer morning and evening prayer six days a week online. Read More

Diocesan Service and Justice

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.

Read More

EDSD Voter Participation

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 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

This week, Faith to Go is On The Go inside All Souls’ Episcopal Church in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego. The Rev. Douglas Worthington, Rector of All Souls Episcopal Church, shares thoughts on the family of God by encouraging us to be Jesus as we serve people. 

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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