The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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Dear Good People of St. John’s Episcopal Church,

We all are longing to be together to worship God, and though we are in exile waiting, the work of St. John’s, our Clergy and our Staff has dramatically increased because of the confinement of social distancing. Likewise we must honor our financial obligations to our vendors and our staff and be willing and able to provide financial assistance to those parishioners who may be in need. 

If you are financially able to do so, please remain faithful to your pledge by giving to St. John’s via one of the methods below. 

For those are fortunate enough to receive a direct payment under the recent CARES legislation, and who are asking themselves, “How can I use this money to help others less fortunate than me?”, please consider donating part or all of that gift to St. John’s or one of our worthy local charities. 

If you are temporarily unable to honor your pledge due to your health or the current economic environment, we understand, you remain part of our faith community, and all of us pray for your speedy return to physical and financial health. 

For those contemplating including St. John’s in their estate plan, you can contact our Treasurer Al Blitz  717-440-5360), and next week look forward to a Bishop White Society newsletter which will be linked the week’s e-blast of The Spire.

We are working hard to build up the Kingdom, all of us, wherever we may be. We are the church in a new way guided by the Spirit and supported by all of you.


The Finance Committee of St. John’s Episcopal Church
Alvin Blitz – Treasurer 
Bill Lord – Assistant Treasurer   
Debbie Kendrick – Senior Warden and Finance Clerk
Becky Hammell – Chair Investment Subcommittee
The Rev. Adam Kradel – Rector
Dan Hayward
Terry Walker
Kevin Hess  


Giving Methods

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 

2.  Electronic Donations to St. John’s
You can use this link:


  • 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 (;  phone:  717 440-5630).



This week is Easter II.  You can view this Liturgy  here:  

Go to our website, go to the Worship page, go to the Sermons and Liturgies, you will find  the Palm Sunday Service with music.Or follow this link:

The video will be up by Sunday Morning.

A copy of the bulletin for Easter II:

Or this to get to Ms. Aimee's Children's Chapel Lessons for Easter II:

Ms. Aimee will continue to host a Sunday Morning Zoom.  Easter Sunday was 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, 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 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.
Update on Brian Rotz

Brian has been released from the hospital following surgery.  He went to stay at his sister’s home in Wilkes-Barre.  After a few weeks of recovery time he will return to his home in Carlisle.  Please continue to keep him in your prayers.
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 2, April 19

We pray for the dead   O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servants April and Susan 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 pray for the repose of the soul of April Newbold who died this past week from complications from the Covid 19 virus.  Remember John Newbold, Aurora Lehman, and their families in your prayers at this time when we are unable to gather and mourn as a Parish.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Susan Johnston Banks  who died this week.  Please keep Charles and all his family in your prayers until a memorial service is scheduled at St. John's when we will be able to gather and mourn as a Parish.

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: 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. (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, Sandra, Pam, 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 and Jennifer Gramley.

Today in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the Church of Ireland.
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 pray for Trinity, Williamsport.

Below are lists of those celebrating Anniversaries and Birthdays in the coming weeks:

Please remember them in your prayers, drop them a note, or call them.  For individuals' privacy exact dates are not included in this email.

April Anniversaries by Week

Week 4:
  • Schuj, Marty & Diane     
Week 5:
  • Baringer, David & Kelly 
  • Kern, Gary & Judy           
  • Tiley, Steve & Holly         
April Birthdays by Week

Week 4:
  • Amy Kordenbrock
  • Marty Schuj
  • Fr. Adam Kradel
  • Denny Middleton
  • Connor Meikrantz
  • Susan Hench
  • Lydian Emily Cummings
  • Kevin Hess
Week 5:
  • Josiah Kradel
  • Madeleine Potts
  • David Stewart
  • Brooke Czarnecki 
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