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,

What does being in the Green Phase means for St. John's?  We shall attempt a Morning Prayer service this Sunday for possibly 29 people who were invited.

As I mentioned in a previous communication, we are inviting people that live alone to be the first to attend in-person worship with social distancing. Then, we will determine of social distancing worship feels like worship as we know it. 

Of course, we will continue on-line worship.  Our on-line worship is robust.  Our largest number of worship views was 663 on Easter Sunday, our lowest number of views was 224. You are worshiping our great God.

The ther feature of being in the Green phase is that if you would like to visit with your priest, sitting outside, please send us a note and we can make arrangements ( for me; for Mthr. Melissa).

Last look below for a note about the parish office from our Administrator Larry Alexander:


Fr. Adam
The church and office will be opening back up on a limited basis, now that we are in the green phase!

St. John's Church and office will be opening 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.  

The Back Half of the Library/Office Complex Has a New Bonnet

The new synthetic slate roof is up and protecting this section of the building. The old roof was held up with 1890's square cut steel nails. We got good use out of the last roof.  Most of the original slate roof was crumbling and it was time for it to be replaced.  We still have the front half of this building, the Steeple, the Nave/Sanctuary, and the Chapel/Sacristy roofs to complete.

On Tuesday:


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. 
The St. Barnabas Zoom is taking a two week break.  Starting in July, the St. Barnabas group will move to an outdoor gathering. If you are interested in joining us either outdoors or on Zoom, please send Mother Melissa an email at  We will pick a different setting each week and all are welcome to join in at any time. The purpose of the group is to gather and encourage one another during this time of isolation.

If you have been having trouble reaching Melissa+'s or Adam+'s cell phones
for the last few weeks......

AT&T is still experiencing cell tower issues in Carlisle.  Please email them if you are having difficulties, until full cell service is up and running.


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 3.  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 3:

Or this to get to Ms. Aimee's Children's Chapel Lessons for Pentecost 3:
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.


On Monday June 1, 2020, Sarah Rice graduated from Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School. She played soccer, was in the orchestra, and participated in many clubs and activities at MASH. Sarah continued to be active and engaged at St. John's where she helped in the nursery, was an acolyte, and participated in Souper Bowl Sunday and Twelfth Night. Sarah looks forward to her next adventure as a Red Devil at Dickinson College.

Want to join a St. John's Zoom Group?  This is a wonderful way to connect through fellowship and education. Zoom offers you face to face education and fellowship that we are all missing because of covid-19.

Our Classes This Week:
Sunday, 11am: Children's Chapel (with Aimee)
Wednesday 6:30 pm: St. Barnabas Group (with Mother Melissa)

The St. Barnabas Zoom is taking a two week break.  Starting in July, the St. Barnabas group will move to an outdoor gathering. If you are interested in joining us either outdoors or on Zoom, please send Mother Melissa an email at  We will pick a different setting each week and all are welcome to join in at any time. The purpose of the group is to gather and encourage one another during this time of isolation.

To Join a Group:
 Email Father Adam, Mother Melissa, or Aimee in advance of Sunday based on the group you would like to join.
One of the staff will email you back with an invite to enter group.

Not sure how to join Zoom? 
Start by watching this video.

If you are still having trouble, don't fret, email Aimee at and she will set you up! 
Intercessions for Pentecost 3, June 21
 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, 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, Kaew, Cheri, Jane, Lori, Betty, Revena, Elaine, Carson, Gail & Jack,  Barb, Terry, Jeff, Jim, Terri, Dean, Mike, Martha, Teresa, Ryan, William, Felicity, Dave & Norma, Ivan, Colin, Helen, Joan, Donna, Marge, Regan, Jody, Todd, Joe, Marilyn, Kara, Ben, Kimberly, Rowan, Madeline, Greg, Sharon, Barbara, Jean, Tom, Hope, Jessie, Alison, Sandra, Syed & his wife, Pam, John, Jane, Megan, Charlie, Pat, Kason, Eleni, Christine, Krista, Dorothy, Ruby, Bob, David, and Dominick.
Please pray for the recovery of Reagan who had neurosurgery this past week.  Reagan is the sister of Lainey and daughter of Zach and Katlyn Stout.  Lainey has been part of our Preschool Program.
Please pray for Pam Barney and Sandra Harding, both have moved in to new housing in the middle of this unusual time.  It would be wonderful if they could receive cards and letters from friends here at St. John’s while they adjust to new surroundings.  I have checked with both facilities and they are able to receive US Mail.
Pam Barney
C/o Chapel Pointe
770 S Hanover St,
Carlisle, PA  17013
Sandra Harding
C/o Cumberland Crossings
1 Longsdorf Way
Carlisle, PA 17015

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 pray for those who are deployed:  Mike Reynolds 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 Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma) The Most Rev. Stephen Than Myint Oo – Archbishop of Myanmar and Bishop of Yangon
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 Christ Church, Berwick and All Saints, Selinsgrove



June Anniversaries by Week
Week 3
  • Dussinger, Andrew & Jennifer                   
  • Ackley, George & Cheri                 
  • Knight, Perry & Lynn                      
Week 4
  • Solomon, Bill & Pat                        
  • Kase, Matt & Lauri                          
Week 5
  • Doran, Kirk & Malinda Triller - Doran                      
  • Seller, Charles & Jane                    
June Birthdays by Week
Week 3
  • Carolyn Holt                      
  • Connie Middleton                           
  • Andrew Dussinger                          
  • Virginia Harrison                              
  • Katharine Lively               
  • Terry Neiles                       
  • Craig Jurgensen               
  • Deborah Kendrick                           
Week 4
  • William Morris                 
  • Dan Confer                        
  • Barbara Jones                   
  • Donald Reinecker                           
  • Daniel Barney                   
  • Katherine Lauriello                         
  • Griff Hamilton                   
  • Janet Thrasher                 
  • Jean Voss                           
Week 5
  • Pat Price                             
  • Kirk Anderson                  
  • Jacob Dussinger               

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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