St. John's Episcopal Church 

  1A North Hanover Street, P.O. Box 612
     Carlisle, PA 17013
The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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January 19, 2020

8:00 a.m.     Rite I Worship
9:30 a.m.  Rite II Worship
10:30 a.m.  Fellowship 
11:00 a.m. Parish Forum/Sunday School returns this week.

*Please follow the junior crucifer out of the church for Children's Chapel. 




Carlisle's Ice Art Fest will be February  7 – 9 

St John's participated last year with a sculpture of our church steeple in front of the church.  Over 75 ice sculptures will be available around town.  Food vendors, ice sculpture carvings, glass blowing demonstrations, an ice bar at the Comfort Suites, and carriage rides will be available throughout the weekend.  St. John’s will be open for tours of the church focusing on our stained glass windows, an icon exhibit, and an exhibit of Barbara Forney’s art.

Friday, February 7, 2020
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.   Church Open
Saturday, February 8, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Church Open
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Noon – 2:30 p.m.   Church Open

If you would be interested in supporting this event, please contact Larry in the office or Barb Cross. We need docents to help in the church and host our guests.


Saturday, January 26th we will have a Saturday Evening Service

Barbara Seras + will be the celebrant.

Feb 2- Souper Bowl Sunday

The youth group of St. John’s will use the energy of The Big Game as a way to tackle hunger in our community. They will be partnering with Project SHARE and collecting non-perishable food items and any monetary donations from now until Feb 9. We hope that you will join us during coffee hour where the youth will be serving a variety of soup for you to enjoy. 
Look for a box in the cloister for non-perishable food donations and/or note Project SHARE in the memo of checks.
Any questions, contact Theresa Rice

Feb 9- Scout Sunday

Scout Sunday celebrates the birthday of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the church. If you are a scout, or scout leader, you are encouraged to come in your scout uniform so you can be recognized. If you would like to participate in the worship service please contact Theresa Rice and we can find the right job for each scout. 

Annual Meeting with ONE Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.  Please plan to join us after the service to elect new vestry members and to hear about the Raise the Roof.  Check out the bulletin board in the cloister to see our wonderful candidates for Vestry.

St. John's Parish Lenten Retreat- 
This year during Lent, we will hold a parish retreat. If you have never been on a retreat, or wonder what one entails, this would be a great opportunity to try one. If you are interested in being on the planning team for the retreat, please see Mother Melissa or email her at



Peterkin Camp and Conference Center- SAVE YOUR DATES!

Upcoming Camps 2020
June 1-6, 2020 – Staff Training

June 8-12 – Day Camp

(entering grades K – 6)

June 14-17 – Mini Camp

(ages 3-8, with an adult)

June 17-20 – Beginners’ Camp

(entering grades 1-4)

June 21-27 – Senior Camp

(entering grades 9 – graduating seniors)

June 28- July 4 – Family Camp

(all ages)

July 5 – 11 – Intermediate Camp

(entering grades 5-8)

July 12-18 – MAD (Music, Arts, Drama) Camp

(entering grades 4-12)

Contact Father Adam for more information!



The Church Camp Experience
By Father Adam Kradel


This past July 4 St. John’s youth and I participated in summer camp at Peterkin, the Episcopal church camp in West Virginia. 

There are plenty of summer camps for kids out there: soccer, basketball, YMCA and the like, but church camp is different. Campers in church camp have fun. There are water sports, campfires with s’mores, and plenty of time with friends, but the foundation of life at Peterkin and Shrine Mont is to build your relationship to God. I know of one St. John’s family that attended the Family Camp at Shrine Mont, the church camp in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

In the past many have wondered if there were any long term effects on the faith life of church camp campers. It is possible that some would get an infusion of faith, only to have it dissipate as the immediate experience of church camp faded from memory.

In 2005 the American Camp Association began a longitudinal study of the ongoing impacts of camp, and there found significantly higher levels of faith in those who had church camp experience. Surveys of more than 1000 campers and 300 parents showed that there were lasting changes among campers in their acknowledgement of the relevance of faith to everyday life.

Those who had been to church camp were more likely to seek support from Christian friends or adults at church in times of need. Those who had participated in camp were more likely to participate in devotional practices such as worship attendance, college religious groups, and Bible studies.

Close attention to church camp life indicates why this ministry is so effective at formation. Church camp is: participatory, faith-centered, different from home, relational, and a safe space. 

At times dramatic things happen at camp, one likely cause of this is that campers know that it is a safe space, so they wait until they are in a safe space to pour out their heart. I have had many experiences of church camp campers waiting until the third day of camp and then letting loose all their problems. The all-encompassing camp community makes this open environment possible.

A luminous example of the relationships developed in the faith forming environment of camp comes from a sermon illustration I preached last fall. 

I am sure you remember the sermon that went,

“A little over 20 years ago I served as a church camp counselor, and because of the wonders of internet based social media, I still kept in contact with many of my old campers.

About 5 years ago a former camper of mine. She was 33 years old. She had a newborn baby, and her husband died in a bicycle accident. He was an avid bicyclist and he was hit by a car.

One day Carrie was a happy mom with a newborn and a supportive family, and the next day she was a widow.  Carrie has a great family of origin, and they were a great support, but still Carrie had suffered a horrible loss and she was upset. She was justifiably upset.

Keeping up with the world through social media is a method that has many faults. But is also provides quick communication for people with far flung social networks that would not be possible otherwise.  Carrie expressed her distress through social media regularly. Her main message was, “This sucks.”

She was not angry at God. She did not even seem to be upset at the driver of that car. She was simply angry at her situation.”

The demands of life usually result in people drifting from each other after a decade or two from people relate to each other face to face, but I still know what is up in Carrie’s life. She is doing better. She is, understandably, still grieving. 

That Carrie and I care about the well-being of each other over a vast expanse of time is a stark example that the relationships built in the theological playground of church camp are special.


What is Fourth Night?
Each Wednesday at 5:30, the Fourth Night of the week, the community of St. John's gathers for a delicious meal, fellowship, and Christian formation. Following the meal, the men and youth choir practices and adults attend a formation program. The current program is on the plight of refugees, developed by the Episcopal Migration Ministries, and is framed within the context of the gospel account of the flight into Egypt. Newcomers and current members are welcome to join Fourth Night at any time.

Please sign up to be a coffee hour host this week in the Parish Hall.

Thank you to all who participated in our Mini Twelfth Night this year!  It takes many hands to make great work, and we did it! We look forward to the BIG ONE next year!  If you would like to see pictures check out our Facebook page.

Coming up at St. John's:

Parish Forum and Sunday School Resume- January 19

5 p.m Saturday Service- January 25

Ice Fest- February 7-9

Annual Meeting and ONE Liturgy at 9:00 a.m. - February 9

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