Dear Good People of St. John’s,

Back in the warm months of summer we fully expected a cold weather spike in COVID-19 cases and then ensuing restrictions on our activities in order to reduce the spike. That time is here.

Our Bishop convened a capable task force, including our own Bill Lord and Barb Cross, and then issued worthwhile restrictions on what we can do at least until the calendar year.

What this means for us on the ground is:

  1. Worship will be On-Line (more on that later) or outside (as in our 4 p.m. Christmas Eve bonfire)

  2. Church meetings, prayers groups, classes will be online or outside.

  3. Preschool and SPY do not change and will continue to follow the health and safety protocols they have established in accordance with the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and St John’s Rector and Vestry.

This is not as easy time, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. We, as a parish have been very resilient. There are organizations that have majorly contracted or closed; we have expanded. We have especially expanded through on-line worship.

In the coming weeks I will highlight ministries to enrich your souls. Right now I commend to you our filmed liturgy of Christmas Lessons and Carols.  It will be available on our web site beginning at 2 p.m. Christmas Eve.

We have many talented lectors. We have many talented musicians who are either part of St. John’s or are connected to St. John’s. We shall make a joyful noise unto the LORD, so stay tuned.

You will hear more from me in the ensuing weeks. Until that time, be sure to wash your hands, physically distance, and wear your mask.


Fr. Adam

Current Worship Services:

  • Per Diocesan requirements all liturgies are now online.  You can view the Liturgy on our website on Sunday Morning.
  • Click the link below to watch the Sunday Service will be posted on Saturday Evening.


Sunday Liturgy Bulletin with Hymns Link click below:


Parish Forum - November 22!

Advent starts November 29 so please join Mother Melissa and Theresa Rice on November 22 -ONLINE ONLY- for our Annual Advent Wreath Making Workshop where Mother Melissa will explain the liturgical season of Advent and the symbolism of the Advent Wreath.  Due to COVID restrictions, St. John’s will not be providing materials, but here’s a list of supplies you should gather together so you can participate and build your Advent Wreath right along with us.

Wreath form:  foam, metal, oasis, straw
Candle holders- depending on wreath form
Real or artificial evergreens, pinecones, holly berries, etc., for decorating 
Floral wire or floral pins
Pruning shears
4 taper candles: 3 purple and 1 pink
Larger white pillar candle

What will our stewardship campaign look like during this pandemic period in 2020?

As we move into our 2020 fall pledge time for 2021 pledges, we are hoping to make this process as simple as possible for all of you.  The theme for this year is Sustain.  We know that this has been a challenging year for everyone and while we know that our costs will be increasing in the coming year, we hope that we can count on you in your discernment process to pledge the same as you did in last year’s campaign.  We encourage you to continue the practice of prayer and discernment and if you feel called to sustain the pledge that you made for 2020, you have an additional option this year.  If we do not hear from you by November 23, we will assume that your pledge is remaining the same for 2021 and you will receive an acknowledgment to that effect. However, we know that many of you prefer to complete pledge cards regardless of whether your 2021 pledge remains the same or not, and this is totally fine. If you do not receive a pledge card in the stewardship mailing, please feel free to contact the office to request a card

The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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Cookie Sale is On, December 11th,
COVID style!
Spread the word.
The St. John's Cookie Sale 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 Sale will take place at the High Street entrance. People will buy boxes of prepackaged cookies. Deeg Shank is our Covid Cookie Sale chair. Please email her,, to let her know how you can help. More details to follow. For now, please save the date!
Pastoral Notes while we are Apart:
St. John's joyfully welcomes Theresa, wife of Ernest Cobbina and mother of John Cobbina, to the United States. She safely immigrated this past week. Please welcome her when you see her at St. John's. If you are able to bring a meal to the Cobbina family as they settle in, please sign up below.

Parishioners, Randy and Quy Hays, had their lifestyles changed abruptly earlier this year when Quy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. She has had positive results from her treatment, with minor side effects and is able to work at her Vietnamese Kitchen, located in the Farmer's Market on Rt. 34. When I asked Randy what we could do to help, he said "Honestly the best thing you could do at this time is to patronize and support her business at the kitchen." Please help support their small business.   
Faith and Politics Discussion Group
Two weeks ago Fr. Adam held a Zoom discussion regarding the recent election. It became apparent that there is interest in having a Faith and Politics discussion group via Zoom. This group will be a discussion group and not an activist group.  If you are interested, send Fr. Adam an e-mail at ( and he will send you a link for a Zoom next Wednesday at 2 p.m..
Did you know that St. John's is still caring for the transitionally homeless during this pandemic?
We paid for families to stay in the Community Cares motel because we could not house them in our parish hall. Our youth also baked cookies every Sunday, during the month of November, so that guests could enjoy our hospitality.
Our own Carolyn Freberg, Rebecca Schreiber and Truman Bullard participated in this wonderful service.
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 Lessons and Carols (This will be posted on the website on Christmas Eve.)
December 25 Christmas Day
  • Online Christmas Lessons and Carols that was posted December 24.
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 2-3 more 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. These rehearsals will be OUTSIDE with masks or on ZOOM depending on the weather and COVID.
  • 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 as the pagaent is filling up!
Many of our weekly activities are moving to Zoom. 
  • Wednesday Bible Study at 11:00 a.m. will move to Zoom. Please contact Father Adam for details.
  • Tuesday Anglican Prayer Group-  Please contact Deacon Ann for details.
  • Wednesday Evening Prayer- Please contact Debbie Kendrick for details.
  • Wednesday Pageant Rehearsals will begin December 2.  Please contact Aimee Confer for details.
Intercessions Christ the King

We pray for those who have died: O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Especially accept our prayers on behalf of your departed servants, April, Susan, Bette, Marge, Roland, William, Charles, Bonnie, Ivan, Todd, Greg, William, Gladys,  John, Yates, Dan, 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 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, Betty, Felicity, Sharon, Sandra, Pam, Charlie, Eleni, Sonny, Erika, John, Marty, Joan, Janet, Robert, Ann, Megan, Stella, Mary, Cathy, Jack & Gail, Cathy, Christine, Rodney, & Peggy, Guy, Donald, Shane, Qui, Scott, Mike, Ida, Brian, Kathy, Molly, Gavin, and Dominick.  Please let us know if you have names to add to this list.
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,  J.T. & Sandra, Marie, Amelia, Erin, Theresa, Kathy and Family and Chelsea & Zack.
We pray for those who are deployed:  Mike Reynolds, Michael Twining, Benjamin Smith, 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 Bermuda (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury) The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Dill – Bishop of Bermuda
We Pray for our Companion Congregations:  St. Edward’s, Lancaster
In our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray  for St. John’s, Huntingdon.

Anniversaries in November
Week 1:  Paul & Jean Voss, Mike & Barbara Cross, Robert & Jacqueline Chicchi
Week 3:  Donald & Barbara Jones
Week 4:  Andresen, Della & Marty Andresen
Birthdays in November
Week 1:  Patch Foreman, Todd Wronski, Anthony Rauhut, Diane Schuj, Joan Benze, Mary Ann Felty, Susan Stewart, James Smith, Dianne Tussing, Patty Neiles
Week 2:  Bill Solomon, Louis Winters, David Zawisa, Patti Leggett, Kevin Dederer, Annette Smith, Brian Ulrich, John Ulrich
Week 3:  The Rev. Clark Hock, Mary Abeln, Titus Manetta, Joe Lavalley,
 Maura Van Weelden, Linda Craft, DeeDee Logie, James Carman, Joe Kroon
Week 4:  Joan de Coninck, Felonica Kirkham, Maribeth Wilt-Seibert,
 Jeff Merritt, David Smith
Week 5: James Guardino

Congratulations! Yesterday Anna Christine Mortzfeldt and Grayson Barry Whistler were married here in the church.   They met here during St. John’s  Youth Group.
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

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Carlisle. PA  17013

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