The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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The church office will be closed on Friday July 3rd
for the Independence Day Holiday.

Please contact Father Adam or Mother Melissa on their cell phones for help with any pastoral emergencies.


Gathering for worship has not always been without difficulty.

In the early church, people had to meet in secret so that the Roman Empire would not prosecute those gathering to worship Jesus Christ. In the middle ages, the angelus bell would ring to remind people to drop their ploughs and tools and come to worship. And now, this pandemic has forced us to contend with weighing the costs and safety of worship. The CDC has determined that being outside is safer than being inside. 

To that end, we will be gathering outside at North Middleton Township Park for evening prayer at 6pm on Wednesdays during July. 

We will be praying Evening Prayer together outside under Pavilion #2. Please email Mother Melissa at if you plan to come on any given Wednesday

A note from Mother Melissa:

We are entering our third week of in-person worship.  All in-person worship is by invitation so that we can keep numbers low and reach everyone in the parish. Invitations are extended by the rector and ask for a prompt reply so that as many can be invited as is prudent.

Invitations have been extended to:
those who live alone
those who live as couples to the letter K

Invitations will continue to be extended to:
those who live as couples K-Z
those who live as families

Once the whole parish has been invited to church, we will let the community know.

As always, worship is available on-line and we have just added Evening Prayer in the park on Wednesday evenings.

The church and office have opened back up by appointment only!

St. John's Church and office has opened back up by appointment. We want to allow people the opportunity to pray in the Nave/Sanctuary and Chapel.  Please call ahead to arrange for a private scheduled time in the church/chapel, meeting with Adam+, Melissa+, or the Parish Administrator.  The doors to the building will remain locked and most fobs will still not work.  With construction around the complex and for every one's personal safety all must wear a mask and maintain social distancing.  The church will only be open for scheduled, socially distanced in-person visits on:

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
10:15 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.

Larry Alexander

Melissa+ and Adam+'s hours will still vary because of sick calls and visits, so make sure to plan ahead.  
Words from your Treasurer:

I am gratified to see the work on the roof move at such a rapid pace. We have incurred several thousand dollars in change orders for some minor problems uncovered during the project  but so far nothing substantial has been discovered that could impact the cost of the overall project. In fact, I am hopeful that we may be able to pay off the $100,000 short term loan from the Diocese this year at little or no interest charges on the debt and result in the church balance sheet being debt free again. I am so grateful for how our parishioners have rallied behind this project despite the hardships incurred by the pandemic.

Thanks be to God!!  Alvin

The Lloyd Center/Office/Library is Done:

Up close detail of this roof....

Work Over the Sanctuary Has Begun:
From Mulberry....

From Irvine Row....

In one day they got shingles up!

Work continues over the Steeple and Narthex:
Wednesday Up Close. 
If you were wondering?  From the base of the gold cross to the bottom
of the steeple's shingle roof is a little over 58 feet!  

Remember that the roads around the church (Irvine Row and Mulberry Ave.) will be closed during portions of the construction. 

The Courtyard and Cloister Door will be off limits the rest of this week and next because of heavy equipment/construction. If you need to use the ramp call ahead. 

St. John's largest annual fundraising event has been cancelled by the festival's organizers.  The church will be looking for alternative ways to sell our apple butter in 2020.  Please be on the look out for information and socially distanced selling opportunities this year.   
Below is a link to the final newsletter from the Episcopal Home in Shippensburg. The home is in the processes of closing. Many of you have been actively involved with this ministry through Women at the Well.  Please look at the newsletter and find the Women at the Well images. 

This year SPY will run in an entirely different format!

The campers will be attending camp at various other facilities near St. John's to insure that social distancing is strictly adhered to.  The SPY Board wants to make sure the health and welfare of every camper is at the forefront.

St. John's is going to remain actively involved in the SPY Program.  We have been asked to be the "Central Kitchen" for all the locations.  Miss Alice Arter will continue to manage the meals out of St. John's kitchen.  The meal program for SPY is critical to the growth and development of each camper.  Meals will be delivered from St. John's to the other locations. 


Click here to donate to our program and help purchase supplies to enhance their educational experience.  



SPY is Looking for Volunteers!
SPY is starting on June 15th!
We have 75 campers who are excited for fun and learning and teachers who are ready to teach. Now all we need are volunteers!
To help ensure the health and safety of all involved, we are closely following the CDC's guidelines and recommendations for Youth Summer Programming.
Because of this, SPY looks a little different this year and so do the volunteer opportunities. Click below to find out more. Please consider helping SPY at a time when it is needed the most!
The outpouring of support we have received thus far from the members of our community has been very heartwarming and inspiring! Without your dedication and passionate commitment to impacting the lives of children, SPY's mission accomplishment would not be possible! For this we are so grateful!


Supplies Needed for SPY

The list of what we need this summer so that each camper has their own items is daunting and any donations are extremely appreciated!  

SPY has created a sign-up sheet with all of the items listed in small quantities.   Please drop off supplies Monday - Friday at St. John's Back Entrance on Irvine Row 10:30am until 3 pm - ONLY.  The Church is still closed.  You will not be able to enter the building.  You must leave them in the box during those hours as the box will be brought inside after hours for security.

Here is the link:

There are other supplies our teachers will need that are not on this list.  Gift cards for Amazon or Walmart in any denomination would also be most helpful.  

Thank you so much!! 


Jeanna Som 
Executive Director
Summer Program for Youth 
Phone:  717.713.7296


This week is Pentecost 5.  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 Sunday Service with music.
Or follow this link:
The video will be up by Sunday Morning.

A copy of the bulletin for Pentecost 5:

Or this to get to Ms. Aimee's Children's Chapel Lessons for Pentecost 5:
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!


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.

 Intercessions Pentecost V, July 5

We pray for those who have died: God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Especially accept our prayers on behalf of your servants, April, Susan, Bette, Marge, Roland, William, Charles, Bonnie, and Joe 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 forever. Amen. (BCP pg. 493)
We especially pray for all families who are grieving and not yet able to bury their loved ones.
We pray for the human family: O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. (BCP pg. 815)
We pray for the sick: 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, Cheri, Betty, Felicity, Todd, Sharon, Sandra, Pam, Charlie, Eleni, Christine, Krista, Dorothy, Ruby, Bob, Sonny, Erika, Sue, Greg, Marty, and Dominick.  Please let us know if you have names to add to this list.
We especially remember Ivan Beachy in our prayers: Lord Who Inhabits Eternity, we ask that You sustain our sick loved one with Your Holy Spirit. O Lord, let Your mercy rest upon him, for his trust is in You. May his days be spent in Your favor. Defend him with Your mighty power and remind him that You are always walking with him. Receive our entreaties and prayers which we offer before You for Your mercies’ sake. Amen. 
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, Amelia, Greg & Jen, Theresa, and Chelsea & Zack
We especially remember Erin Abeln as she prays for her father Greg during this difficult time .
We pray for Kathy Copenhaver, her children, and grandchildren as they gather in Atlanta to be with Todd and his family.  

We pray for those who are deployed:  Mike Reynolds, Grayson Whisler,  and Brandon Manfred

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, Lori Edmondson, and Jennifer Gramley.
Today in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the United Church of Pakistan
The Most Rev. Humphrey Peters – Bishop of Peshawar & Moderator of the Church of Pakistan
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 All Saints, Brookland.
July Anniversaries by Week
Week 1
  • Libertine, Mary & Hattrick, Sharon   
Week 2
  • Raley, Donald & Ann  
  • Hench, Brad & Susan 
Week 3
  • Confer, Dan & Aimee 
  • Matzner, Jeff & Megan          
  • Murray, John & Susan
Week 4
  • Young, Terry & Kathy 
  • Anderson, Kirk & Rebecca     
Week 5
  • Kradel, Fr. Adam & Wilcox, Mother Melissa 

July Birthdays by Week                                                      
Week 1
  • George Ackley
  • Luca Trazzi
  • Mike Cross
  • Grace Messimer
  • Marianne Smith
Week 2
  • Tony Manetta
  • Suzanne Cornman
  • Ashley Smith
  • Anna Mortzfeldt
  • Sabrina Spirito
Week 3
  • Megan Chicchi
  • Susan Smith
  • Peter Tiley
  • Barbara Cross
  • Brian Francis Hurt
  • Fr. Harry Knisely
  • Diane Blitz
  • Jason N. Smith
  • Ethan Hurt
Week 4
  • Holly Gwozdecki
  • Edgar Robinson
  • Graham Lively
  • Bonnie Ulrich
  • William Shufflebarger
Week 5
  • Samuel Carroll
  • Jonathan Carroll
  • Judy Kern

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
  • (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).

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