St. John's Episcopal Church 

  1A North Hanover Street, P.O. Box 612
     Carlisle, PA 17013
The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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February 2, 2020

8:00 a.m.     Rite I Worship
9:30 a.m.  Rite II Worship
10:30 a.m.  Fellowship 
11:00 a.m. Parish Forum/Sunday School

*Please follow the junior crucifer out of the church for Children's Chapel. 


This Forum is a Parish Wide Event. Please join us to enjoy soup and a presentation from Bob Weed of Project SHARE.
Join us for these delicious soups:

Butternut Squash Soup (Gluten Free and Vegan)
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Turkey Chili
Turkey Pasta Soup
Italian bread and crackers

Carlisle's Ice Art Fest will be February  7 – 9 

St. John's participated last year with a sculpture of our church steeple in front of the church.  Over 75 ice sculptures will be available around town.  Food vendors, ice sculpture carvings, glass blowing demonstrations, an ice bar at the Comfort Suites, and carriage rides will be available throughout the weekend. 

As a part of Carlisle’s Ice Art Fest 2020, St. John’s will be open for tours of the church focusing on an iconography exhibit, the stained glass windows, and featuring an exhibit of paintings by local Carlisle artist, Barbara Forney, PhD.  The icon exhibit will display 32 traditional Eastern Orthodox and Western themed icons in the Byzantine style.  The icons have been written by members of a group under the tutelage of well know iconographer Jody Cole.  Many members of this group are also members of St. John’s Church.

The church and exhibits will be open:

Friday, February 7, 2020    5-7pm
Saturday, February 8, 2020   10am-6pm
Sunday, February 9, 2020  Noon-2:30pm

If you would be interested in supporting this event, please contact Larry in the office or Barb Cross. We need docents to help in the church and host our guests.

 On February 8th, 2020, we will be coming together 
in the Library for a program on "Preparing for Lent". Refreshments 
will be served from 9 - 9:30 am; program will be presented from 9:30 
to 11 am.  Please join us for a morning of spiritual growth, sharing, 
and refreshments. NOTE: Consider carpooling or being dropped 
off for the meeting as this will be Ice Fest weekend and parking will 
be in demand. Contact Debbie Kendrick if you have any questions at


Annual Meeting with ONE Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.  Please plan to join us after the service to elect new vestry members and to hear about the Raise the Roof.  Check out the bulletin board in the cloister to see our wonderful candidates for Vestry.

Feb 9- Youth Group- Night Out
Join us after Evensong for Pizza and a trip to Sports Emporium for Laser Tag. This event is for youth from Grades 6-12.  The cost for the game $25.  This includes 2-40 minute sessions of laser tag. You must RSVP for this event so we can order tickets.  We will head to Laser Tag in groups for a 7:00 p.m. playtime.  Email Aimee with your rsvp and she will send you all the information you need to participate. 


This year for VBS we are having Family Camp!  Save the weekend- September 11-13.  More information to come!

Changes are coming to your IRA

 At the end of 2019, Congress passed legislation that includes a variety of changes with retirement accounts, including IRAs.  Outlined below are highlights of the changes in the law which any IRA account owner should be aware of.

  1. The required minimum distribution (RMD) will now increase from 701/2 to 72 for anyone turning 701/2 after December 31, 2019.
  2. Parents can withdraw up to $5,000 from an IRA within a year of a child’s birth or adoption without penalty but must pay income tax on the withdrawal.
  3. Individuals that inherit an IRA from people that die after December 31, 2019, must take the money out of the IRA and pay all taxes due within 10 years with exceptions for spouses, minor children and heirs who are chronically ill or disabled. Some commentators say that this 10 year rule applies to regular and Roth IRA accounts. This could have a profound impact on many heirs of large IRA accounts.
  4. The minimum age for Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) is not changed by the law.  QCDs can still be made to charity without being taxed for anyone 701/2 or older.
St. John’s Estate Planning Committee plans to provide a workshop for its parishioners on  February 22, 2020, times are wine and appetizers will be served from 6 - 6:30 pm, workshop presentation will be 6:30 to 7:30 pm. If you have any questions concerning this topic, feel free to reach out to Alvin Blitz at 717-440-5630 or email

St. John's Parish Lenten Retreat- 

The Parish Retreat is scheduled for March 21st. Please save the date. If you are interested in planning this retreat, please see Mother Melissa or Deacon Ann or email Mother Melissa at

 Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Saint John’s and more, these informative sessions include topics such as the social and political dynamics that led to the formation of the Episcopal Church, the people that were martyred in the process, and how, why and when The Book of Common Prayer was written, the Scriptures, and the Sacraments. This formation program is geared towards newcomers and anyone who would like to deepen their faith. Classes will start the first Sunday in Lent (March 1) at 11am. Please email Mother Melissa to reserve a spot.

Delegates to the Diocesan Convention Needed 

St. John’s needs volunteers as Delegates and one alternate delegate for the Diocesan Convention to be held October 16 through October 17.  Please contact Father Adam if you are interested in attending.


Coming up at St. John's:

Ice Fest- February 7-9
Annual Meeting and ONE Liturgy at 9:00 a.m. - February 9
Evensong with Men and Youth Choir- February 9
Youth Group- Pizza and Laser Tag- February 9
Saturday Service- February 22
Ash Wednesday Services- February 26

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