To begin, Good News: Brian Rotz is home. He was diagnosed with stage 3a lung cancer and will be undergoing treatments for this disease. He is resting in Carlisle and, during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, prefers for you to send him your well wishes over e-mail (email@example.com).
As the pandemic takes its course it has become apparent that we will not shift from our current status of stay at home to a complete resumption of normal activities. That being the case, Mthr. Melissa, Aimee Confer, the Senior Wardens, and I are working on crafting a plan to respond to directives from Governor Wolf and Bishop Scanlan.We will discuss this at the next Vestry meeting as well.
For the time being, we have rich worship offerings on our parish web page, and we continue our educational opportunities over Zoom. Many thanks are due to our vestry members who have been calling your household to check in on you. If you have received a call, please contact the office at (firstname.lastname@example.org) to update your contact information.
Our other good news is that the parish received a Payroll Protection Loan from the Federal Government, through the portion of the program designated for religious institutions. This will help make sure that we can continue to meet our financial needs. Many thanks are due to our Treasurer, Alvin Blitz, who shepherded this process and to Debbie Kendrick and David Smith who got the appropriate documentation of our incorporation from the historical society. (A photo of our document signing is under this letter. Notice our well practiced social distancing.)
Godspeed to you in this most unusual time and Mother Melissa and I appreciate all the note of support we have received in response to the on-line worship opportunities.
This week is Easter III. You can view this Liturgy here:
Or this to get to Ms. Aimee's Children's Chapel Lessons for Easter III:
Ms. Aimee will continue to host a Sunday Morning Zoom. The past few Sunday's were such a success. If you are interested in participating again please send me an email and I will send you a private invite!
Formation and Fellowship Opportunities:
If you do not have a Facebook account, you can still go on their page www.facebook.com, 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.
Zoom Gatherings :
If you would like to participate in ongoing Zoom Gatherings please email Father Adam. Do you want to participate in Zoom but are unsure on how to get started? Contact Aimee at email@example.com. She will help you get started!
Please do not reply directly to this email. If you would like to reply please contact Father Adam or Mother Melissa directly.
1. Send a Check to Saint John’s
Make the check payable to “Saint John’s Episcopal Church”
You must use the bottom lower left memo line for any contribution other than Stewardship 2020
Mail to St. John’s Episcopal, P.O. Box 612, Carlisle, PA. 17013
Or you can go to the bottom of the St. John’s Website (please do not use the mobile version on your phones for now). Click on the black DONATE button which automatically takes you to the online giving page.
Fill in the block for Stewardship 2020, Roof Pledge, or General Fund with the amount you wish to donate
You must enter the specific fund you want to give money towards in the box that is adjacent to the General Fund (the Rector’s Discretionary Fund for example.)
Do not use the mobile application there will not be a box for this needed comment and we will not know where to apply the funds. You must complete this on a computer.
Follow the online steps to complete your donation.
There will be an option to help offset the cost to St. John’s for providing this credit card service.
(For Online Giving questions, please call Larry Alexander at 717-243- 4220 or Debbie Kendrick at 717-448-6117.)
3. Arrange with your bank, via its on-line service to issue a check to St. John’s.
4. Via transfer of stock or from your IRA / 401k. Please contact Alvin Blitz for assistance (dianeblitz@Comcast.net; phone: 717 440-5630).
A friend of the Newbold's set up a meal train for John. As a church community, we are using this link to provide John with meals as he grieves. You may click on the picture to go the site or you may click here.
There are instructions on the page for how to safely drop off your meal to John. Please read the instructions on the page to help you. If you have any questions, you can may call Sharon Stockton (her number is on the meal website). Thank you to all who contribute and to Sharon for setting this up.
Last Church of England Edition of the Book of Common Prayer Used at St. John's after 1760.
Intercessions For Easter 3, April 26
We pray for the dead: OGod, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Especially accept our prayers on behalf of your servants April Newbold and Susan Banks and grant them an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP pg. 493)
We especially pray for the repose of the soul of Joseph LaValley Sr., father of Joe and Millie LaValley who died this past week.
We pray for the Unemployed: Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP pg. 824)
We pray for the sick: OGod 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. (BCP pg. 458)
Especially for Linkey, Kaew, Cheri, Jane, Charles, Lori, Betty, Revena, Elaine, Carson, Gail & Jack, Barb, Terry, Jeff, Jim, Terri, Dean, Mike, Martha, Teresa, Ryan, William, Felicity, Dave & Norma, Virginia, Ivan, Roland, Colin, Helen, Joan, Donna, Marge, Regan, Jody, Todd, Joe, Ida, Marilyn, Kara, Ben, Kimberly, Rowan, Madeline, Greg, Sharon, Barbara, Jean, Tom, Hope, Jessie, Alison, Syed & his wife, Sandra, Pam, John, Jane, and Dominick.
For Brian Rotz: O Lord, holy Father, giver of health and salvation: Pour your Holy Spirit over Brian; that, as your holy apostles anointed many that were sick and healed them, so Brian may be healed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
We pray for those desiring guidance: Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP pg. 832)
Especially for Shane, Sharon, Kate, Keaton, Dolores, Millie & Joe, Teresa, Isaiah, Brayden, Scott, The Hurt Family, J.T. & Sandra, Marie, and Chelsea & Zack.
We pray for those who are deployed: Mike Reynolds
In this time of pandemic we also pray for all who work in health care: Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP pg. 460)
Especially for Claudia Libertine, Jennifer Still, Susan Erwin, Suzanne Cornman, Marinda Reams, Laura Potts, Andrew Dussinger, Rachel Markey, Meaghan McDermott, Monica Carman, Sharon Hattrick, Monica Minnich, and Jennifer Gramley.
Today in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East The Most Rev. Michael Lewis, Archbishop, Jerusalem & The Middle East and Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf.
We Pray for our Companion Congregations: St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, York; and Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle, England.
In our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we prayfor St. Andrew’s, York.