The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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Cookie Walk Is On, December 11th,
COVID style!
Spread the word.
The St. John's Cookie Walk is a cherished tradition that Covid can not shut down. Let the baking begin!

We still need wonderful bakers to make 10 dozen cookies; there will be opportunities to use the convection ovens in the kitchen if you would like to.  Sign up sheets, Cookie Tins, and helpful hints for cooking (and possibly) freezing cookies will be available in the entrance of the church this Sunday.

We still need volunteers to drop off flyers.
We still need volunteers to construct boxes, receive cookies, and pack them on Thursday, December 10th.
We still need volunteers to assist with the sale of boxed cookies on Friday, December 11th.

This year, the Cookie Walk will take place at the High Street entrance. People will buy boxes of prepackaged cookies. Deeg Shank is our Covid Cookie Walk chair. Please email her,, to let her know how you can help. More details to follow. For now, please save the date!
One feature of this pandemic era is that the rules for what one can safely do and not-do changes daily with new information and new directives. This has certainly been true for St. John’s Episcopal Church. We take our directions from the Governor of Pennsylvania, then our Bishop, then our Rector in conjunction with the Wardens and Vestry.

Today I will give you a revisitingof the rules for worship attendance, but be aware, they will change. Right now we can have 50 people in our worship space. People can sit as: individuals, couples, or bigger family units. Post-it notes (thank you 3M Corporation for inventing these useful tools) mark where people can sit with appropriate social distancing of six feet. Since we can have 50 people in our worship space, you should feel free to make a reservation to attend each week. For about 3 weeks we have had unfilled spaces during in-person worship. The internet link to make reservations is sent out each Monday.

You should also feel encouraged to worship on-line if that helps you feel more secure. Online worship is real worship and God hears your prayers. In addition, Herculean efforts have been made to provide on-line Liturgies, so it is always good to hear that people are taking advantage of this opportunity.

You must wear a mask during worship. One will be provided if you forget to bring one, but it is definitely best of you to bring your own. Enter the church through the Narthex doors (the Big Red ones). Ushers will check your
temperature, give you a bulletin, and escort you to your seat. Thank you for your attention and forbearance during this difficult time. It has been a pleasure to create multiple worship opportunities to keep us connected to God, even as our normal patterns of worship have been disrupted.

Current Worship Services:

  • 8:00 Rite I Eucharist in Church-(by reservation)
  • 9:30 Rite II Eucharist in Church-(by reservation) 
    • Families: Please sign up for the Rite II service in the Church and we will have a Children's Chapel in the Parish Hall.
  • Parish Forum- Immediately following the Rite II Service. We expect this to be about 10:30 a.m. (by reservation)
  • You may now access our recorded liturgy online at  
    • This service will be available on line by 1:00 pm.  


Rite I Bulletin with Hymns Link click below:


The internet at St. John's is too slow to Livestream. For now we are recording the 8 a.m. Liturgy and posting it to the website. We will be able to livestream when the internet is upgraded, which will take a few months. Until that time the 8 a.m. Liturgy will be posted at approximately 1 p.m. on Sundays.


We still have space available for this Sunday's Services! 

Reservations close Friday Morning.

Feel free to sign up every week now that we can have up to fifty people at each service.

Parish Forum Next Week- November 8!

Our Parish Forum for the coming weeks focus on Christian Formation. Each Sunday, our younger children participate in a program called Godly Play, but none of us get to witness the depth and breadth of this program. Next Sunday, you are invited to observe children as they wonder about the work of God. Godly play was developed by theologian and Episcopal priest, Jerome Berryman. At its core, it is a Montessori approach to the Biblical narrative which honors the innate spirituality of children. As our children and youth program continues to grow, Godly Play forms them as followers of Christ.

Why does St. John’s call stewardship a spiritual practice?

As with any endeavor, the more we practice, the better we become at the task we have set our minds to.

Through spiritual practice we can increase our awareness of the presence of God and become more open to God’s grace in our lives and others’.  Spiritual practice includes worship, prayer, silent meditation, reading scripture and giving. Giving (financial stewardship) has numerous spiritual benefits.

Here are just three: 

  • Giving helps us better experience truth that we are indeed one in spirit. 
  • Stewardship reduces our attachment to things material. We learn that by giving away something we “have” really does not diminish us at all. Our needs continue to be met by God.
  • Our willingness to give impacts our willingness to receive and our ability to accept God’s gifts. 
Fourth Night Formation Book Group on Zoom, Wednesdays, 7pm, beginning November 11.

As Covid continues, we thought we would try an on-line platform for the beloved fourth night formation program. Becky Hammell will lead a book study on the Presiding Bishop's new book, "The Way of Love: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times."  We will meet for 6 weeks starting November 11 - December 23 (no meeting Thanksgiving week).  This will be interactive with time to discuss and time to write and reflect.  To register for the study, please email Becky at The book is available through Amazon at  In addition to the book, a notebook and pen or pencil for each session will be helpful.

Becky will send you the Zoom link for the discussion. We look forward to gathering together in the cloud.

This Event is COVID and WEATHER PERMITTING. If the weather is poor or we can't have the service due to COVID you can take your meal to go! We are so thankful for all of our youth and would love to see you and just say hi!
December 24 Christmas Eve
  • 4 PM Family Christmas Eve Liturgy at the Comeau's Farm. This an outdoor event with a bonfire, pageant and Holy Eucharist.
  • Online Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols (This will be posted on the website on Christmas Eve. 
  • 10 PM Christmas Liturgy in Church (by reservation)
December 25 Christmas Day
  • 11 AM Christmas Day Service in Church (by reservation)
More information will be shared as we move closer to Christmas but please save these dates and times!
December 24 Christmas Eve Pageant
  • This year we are having our 4 PM Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist outdoors at the Comeau's Farm.  Despite COVID this service will be exceptionally special. It is a family service like always but we will be having a Bonfire and short pageant as a way to celebrate the birth of Jesus. 
  • We are looking for 10 -15 children and youth to be in our pageant.  It will be short and sweet but we will need to have 3 rehearsals to practice. 
  • These will be on Wednesday nights December 2, 9, and 16th from 6- 6:45 PM. We will be masked and socially distanced while rehearsing and performing! 
  • If you will be celebrating with us on Christmas Eve and your children are interested in being in the pageant please let Aimee know ASAP via email.
It's time once again to consider your ministry to St John's by serving on the Vestry.
The Nominating Committee consists of Barb Cross, Perry Heath, Katie Perkowski
and Robert Pound.
Each of them would be happy to answer any of your questions regarding the responsibilities 
as a member of the Vestry.  If you are interested and would like your name put on the ballot, please contact one of these members or the Office Administrator. Please make sure we have your name by January 4th if you are interested in helping with this vital ministry. The election will be held in February 2021. 
Four members will be elected for a three year term.

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

Bible Study:
Wednesday 11 a.m. Parish Hall

Fourth Night For Youth Choir
Music Appreciation:

Wednesday 5:30 p.m. Courtyard

Evening Prayer:

 Wednesdays 6:15 p.m.  St. John's 


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 and 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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