The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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Note for This Sunday March 28:
  We will meet in the Church courtyard for the Palm Sunday Palms Procession!  Please come early as we will leave promptly at 9:30. Please bring and wear your mask!
Palm Sunday: 
We will continue to record and post our morning services and parish forums for Sunday Morning. Please look for the link and the bulletin, Saturday afternoon.

Our Parish Forums have ended for the season. We will return in the Fall of 2021!


Outreach Projects Serves 40 People Home-Cooked Breakfast at Community Cares- 
Thank you to all the households who woke early and fed our community last Sunday. Special thanks to Tony Rauhut who organized this ministry. If you are interested in St. John's ministry to the homeless, please contact Mother Melissa for our next initiative.

Maundy Thursday Fellowship Soup Supper- PLEASE SIGN UP BY THE END OF THE DAY
The Fellowship Commission will be providing soup for us on April 1. Sign up here if you would like homemade soup on Maundy Thursday.  Please order your soup by March 25.  There will be a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian options to choose from when you pick it up. You can pick up your meal between 4-5 at the church. At 6pm, we will share a special blessing and gathe on Zoom while we enjoy a dinner, and fellowship. Questions about the Supper, contact Mother Melissa at

What a blessing to be able to participate in the Liturgy of The Way of the Cross in a different way this year.  Each Thursday in The Spire we will post a Way of the Cross Liturgy from different places around the globe.  You will find a link that will allow you to watch or listen from different churches. 

Our Sixth Week is from Building Faith. There are lots of resurces here to help you pray through the Way of the Cross.  This one is wonderful because you can head outside and find things in nature to worship!  There is an adult and child version!

Dear Members of St. John’s: 

On behalf of the Board and Staff of Summer Program for Youth, I want to express our appreciation for your most recent generous contribution of $3,000 to SPY.  

Thirty-six years ago, the compassionate members of St. John’s started SPY with a mission to help children in our area grow academically, socially and emotionally over the summer.  Since this time, with your continued devotion, SPY has grown into a professionally staffed youth development organization known for its quality programming.  Marginalized families in Carlisle have come to rely on SPY to provide their children in 1st-3rd grades with a safe, nurturing environment, sustained nutrition and educational enrichment while not in school.  YOU made this growth possible and SPY is extremely grateful!  

I am excited to announce that in 2021 we are once again growing.  With the exception of last summer, SPY has been solely located at St. John’s with an enrollment of 50 children.  This summer St. Paul Lutheran Church has graciously agreed to offered us additional space.  These two locations combined will allow us to serve up to 100 students!   

In addition, we will be offering a new “mini-spy” program giving up to 50 more children the opportunity for enrichment and social emotional learning.  Mini-spy will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8am-12pm and will have two locations, New Life Community Church in Carlisle and Mount Holly Springs.  As with SPY, mini-spy will be free to attend.  Elementary school counselors will refer students in grades 1-5 to this part-time program and focus on siblings of children enrolling in SPY and students who would qualify for SPY but are not able to attend a full-day program.  

Counselors have already started forming their lists of campers. They have expressed gratitude for the ability to enroll additional students as they have identified more children who would benefit from the program(s).  This past year of virtual learning has placed at-risk students, with access to fewer resources, at an even greater academic disadvantage when compared to their more affluent peers.  The achievement gap is growing and so is the need for SPY.  

SPY is proud to be associated with St. John’s, an organization that displays such an incredible dedication to our children and their future.  Together we are doing great things and I am excited for the continued advancements our partnership will allow!  With Sincere Appreciation, 


Jeanna Som, SPY Executive Director 


P.S.  The best time to support SPY is now!  There are a few days left in the Partnership for Better Health’s Match Madness Campaign.  Read more here:

 To join the Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 854 7085 6299 Passcode: 679967 One tap mobile ++1 929 205 6099 US (New York) 
 To join the Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 854 7085 6299 Passcode: 679967 One tap mobile ++1 929 205 6099 US (New York) 
Many of our weekly activities will continue on Zoom.
  • Wednesday Bible Study at 11:00 a.m. will move to Zoom. Please contact Father Adam for details.
  • Wednesday Evening Fourth Night Class on Seculosity: 6 pm  Please contact Father Adam for details.
Vestry Class Roster:
 Class of 2021
  • Becky Hammell – Outreach Grants & Investment Committee Chair
  • Debbie Kendrick – Pastoral Care
  • Terry Neiles - Worship
  • Cindy Payo - Preschool
 Class of 2022
  • Barb Cross-  Senior Warden
  • Perry Heath – Property Warden
  • Katie Perkowski – New Members
  • Robert Pound - Stewardship
Class of 2023
  • Mike Gwozdecki – Outreach Projects, Stewardship
  • Anne Backenstow – Outreach Grants
  • Kevin Hess- Senior Warden
  • Cindy Mortzfeldt - Preschool
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

St. John's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 612
Carlisle. PA  17013

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