The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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Current Worship Services:

  • 8:00 Rite I Eucharist in Church (by reservation)
  • 9:30 Rite II Eucharist in Church (by reservation) 
  • 9:30 Young Families Eucharist in the Parish Hall (by reservation) Begins This Sunday!
  • There are still spaces available at each service. You can still sign up.
  • There is NO Outdoor Service this week! 
  • You may now access our livestream liturgy online at

Below is a copy of the online bulletin and our parish prayer list for Pentecost 19:

Rite I Bulletin with Hymns Link click below:

This service will be available on line by 1:00 pm


If you do not have a Facebook account, you can still go on their page, and then search for St. John's Carlisle, PA.  On our Facebook page we have a variety of offerings including Daily Evening Prayer by Fr. Adam.

Dez wants to show Father Adam his light up shoes, Father Adam wants to show you our new livestream service!

The NEW Livestream Service will begin this Sunday. There will no longer be a pre-recorded service from earlier int the week to watch. Beginning at 1pm on Sunday please go to the St. John's Website and scroll to the bottom. You will find the Rite I Service with hymns. You will be watching the service once it has been posted.
Raise the Roof Celebration! 

This Sunday: Go to the LIVESTREAM  feed on our website at 5 p.m.  for our Parish Raise the Roof celebrate. Our new roof is installed and we want to celebrate that.  It will last a minimum of 50 years. This is a reason to rejoice.
This year our Apple Butter fundraiser will look different.  Even though there is no National Apple Festival this year, please find a way to participate in this exciting fundraising project.  All sales benefit our children and youth programs and mission trips.

You may help by:

Together we can continue this ministry with joy and enthusiasm, despite Covid-19. Please use the order aform to order apple butter (this is coming) or sign-up to volunteer to sell apple butter. Any questions, please contact Aimee Confer or Robert Pound. Due to Covid-19,the parish office will NOT be selling apple butter.
 All apple butter orders will be picked up at the Farmers' Market on Wednesdays.

Harvest Celebration for our Children and Youth:

On October 17, from 12-3 p.m. please join us for a Harvest Celebration.  We will make scary masks, carve pumpkins, enjoy a meal together and play some games.  If you are interested in helping or planning please let Aimee know!
This is a way for us to connect outdoors and see each other safely during the pandemic!
 Location TBD!  


A Note from Brian Rotz:

Last week, I completed all of the chemo and radiation treatments for my Stage 3 lung cancer. I will still have side effects in the coming months, but they will gradually fade. I thank everyone for the cards and e-mails - they have been very supportive and meaningful for me. The next step is to have a CAT scan on December 30th. This will indicate if further treatment is necessary. I am gradually getting back to playing the organ, so you will be hearing me from time to time. I thank you all for your loving support and care.   Brian Rotz


From your stewardship chair,
Becky Hammell

"Jesus said it was difficult for the rich man to pass through the eye of the needle -- difficult but not impossible.  One small action we can take involves our own resources.  How do we manage what we have with an eye on a larger picture?  Using our money in a disciplined way helps to counter the pressures of unfairness and of consumerism.  Proportional giving is a strategy to help us extend our resources beyond our individual needs.  Giving 3 percent, 5 percent, 8 percent or 10 percent becomes a habit that informs the rest of our spending.  The important point is to commit to a specific level of generosity, integrating it into our everyday spending patterns.  Americans have a lot of stuff in our lives:  full closets, full larders.  We embody that favorite phrase of car dealers: we come fully loaded.  How much is enough?  it is a question to ponder."

Dr. Mary Blair, Stewardship Chair
Cathedral of the Incarnation, Baltimore
From "One Minute Stewardship" by Charles Cloughen, Jr.


St. John's needs ushers for our in-person worship.

Please contact Fr. Adam, if you can serve.
Wednesday Bible Study Has Resumed

The Wednesday Bible Study has resumed.  We are reading 1st Samuel chapter 20 as we work our way through the Hebrew Bible. If you would like to join us at 11 a.m. Wednesdays in the parish hall, you must contact Fr. Adam at (  Fr. Adam sets places in the parish hall to insure proper social distancing. We are happy to have new participants, and to do so you must contact Fr. Adam ahead of time.
The new Forward Day by Day for November, December, and January have arrived.  Copies may be found outside the back door or in the Cloister.  Please let Larry know if you need a large print version and he can have it ready for you.

SPY is looking for Volunteers:

Now that school has started and the SPY program for this year is underway we would love for volunteers to help with lunch at various locations acrooss Carlisle. SPY is also looking for snack donations to keep the kids working hard in the afternoons.

Here is a list of the snacks SPY is requesting:


Anglican Prayer Group:
Tuesday 10 a.m. Parish Hall 

Bible Study:
Wednesday 11 a.m. Parish Hall


Fourth Night For Youth Choir:
Wednesday 5:30 p.m. Courtyard


Class of 2020
  • Pam Lord
  • Cindy Mortzfeldt – Sr. Warden
  • Theresa Rice
  • Dave Twining
 Class of 2021
  • Becky Hammell
  • Debbie Kendrick – Sr. Warden
  • Terry Neiles
  • Cindy Payo
 Class of 2022
  • Barb Cross
  • Perry Heath – Property Warden
  • Katie Perkowski
  • Robert Pound
Alvin Blitz – Treasurer-Life Member
John Newbold - Life Member
Don Kutz – Life Member Emeritus
Linda Myers – Clerk
Adam P. Kradel – Rector
Melissa Q. Wilcox – Associate Rector
Aimee Confer – Director of Children Youth
Brian Rotz – Director of Music
Josh Edgington – Sexton
Larry Alexander – Parish Administrator

St. John's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 612
Carlisle. PA  17013

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