Thursday, May 16, 2024


The Day of Pentecost

Sunday, May 19, 2024


You are invited to wear red or ethnic clothing.

Collect for the Day of Pentecost

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life

to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit:

Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel,

that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for the Day of Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21

Psalm 104:25-35, 37

Romans 8:22-27

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Worship Booklet for the Day of Pentecost

Following the service, we will have a Pentecost Potluck for the parish. All are welcome to attend - even if you can't bring a dish.

2024 Altar Flowers

The altar flowers for May 19, 2024 are given by Tom Brzeczek 

in memory of Mark Higginbotham on his birthday.

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.


In preparation for the Remembrance of Memorial Day on May 27th, please inform the office if you have had a family member from any branch of the military die in active service since last Memorial Day or if your loved one was missing from last year's Memorial Day Roll Call. Please contact Maria at with any new names, or to check for your loved one's names on our previous list.


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 (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 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, May 22nd

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, Jesse Brittain, Janie Burchartz, Dan Muwazi, Dan Thomas, 

Marcia Morris, and Mike Gollihur.

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. Matthew’s in National City and for the richness and diverse cultures in the church and the essential role of intercultural dialogue and development.

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

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for USS Russell (DDG 59).


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


Follow Us on Facebook and Instagram

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


           Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Units (11 HVAC Units)



Capital Campaign Goal:  $500,000


Capital Campaign Donations Received: $120,875

Percentage of Goal Achieved: 24%


The church exists as the People of God,

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

Please consider 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

  • Sunday, May 19th: The Day of Pentecost; Potluck following the Worship Service
  • Monday, May 20th: Men of St. John's meeting at the Gustafson's home, 6:00pm
  • Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day Holiday, Office Closed
  • Tuesday, May 28th: Sow and Grow planting with students from The Bishop's School, 9:00am

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 Bishop's Statement on Israel and Palestine

By: Bishop Susan Brown Snook

As we observe the distressing conflict in Israel and Palestine, we see continued violence across this sacred region. The recent escalation has resulted in tragic losses—lives cut short, families shattered, and communities plunged into despair. It is a poignant reminder of the gift of peace and the enduring pain of enmity. 

As followers of Christ, we are called to be peacemakers, embracing that which seeks to transcend boundaries, heal divisions, and embody the love of God in every action and word. The Gospel of Matthew guides us toward a path of peace, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." This beatitude is not merely a call to passive existence but an active charge to engage with the world, courageously and lovingly, to forge reconciliation out of strife. Read More

Diocesan Service and Justice Coalition

Bi-Monthly Meeting

May 18th, 9:30-11:30am on Zoom

Email Debby Park at for link.

You are invited to the next meeting of the Diocesan Service & Justice Coalition on May 18 at 9:30am, when Randy Heyn-Lamb will offer a brief reflection on his 2-week visit to Palestine and Israel earlier this year. An opportunity for Q&A will follow. Randy attends All Saints, Pasadena, where he co-leads the Middle East Ministry. He is also involved with Friends of Sabeel (the voice of the Palestinian Christian) and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network. Click here for more information

Episcopal Community Services’ Moonlight Ball

May 18th, 5:30-9:30pm

Celebrate with Episcopal Community Services at the annual Moonlight Ball. Enjoy an evening of fine dining, live music, and festivities, supporting vital health and human services programs for over 7,000 clients in the areas of homelessness, mental health, substance use disorder treatment, and early childhood education.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

Unveiling General Convention

at Upcoming “Ask Me Anything” Event

By: Chris Tumilty, Director of Communications

As the Episcopal Church approaches another pivotal General Convention, understanding the intricacies of church governance has never been more crucial. We are excited to announce an upcoming "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session to foster a deeper understanding and engagement with the Episcopal community. This event will feature three distinguished leaders from our community: Bishop Susan Brown Snook, the Rev. Hannah Wilder, and Rachel Ambasing. Scheduled to take place on May 29, this virtual gathering will offer an opportunity to learn about the workings of the General Convention, its impact on every tier of church life, and to ask questions.

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church shapes doctrines and directs policies that resonate through its congregations worldwide. From liturgy to social outreach, the decisions made here are both far-reaching and deeply personal. Read More

Evangelism 101

EDSD’s Evangelism 101 course explores a non-anxious form of evangelism rooted in the Episcopal tradition. Students will discuss the theological roots of the gospel and how to lead a congregation toward evangelistic practice by example. Those who finish the course may be nominated for lay evangelist licensing.

For more information and to register, click here

Faith to Go Podcast

Today Charlette welcomes our Canon to The Ordinary, Gwynn Lynch, to talk about hearing and listening in the context of Pentecost. Listen Here

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