The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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Our in-person worship continues this Sunday with a cap on attendance of 25 for each liturgy, due to Governor Wolf's new mandate.
Next Sunday, our in-person worship will be on hiatus due to the work of roofers both inside and outside the building.
We are tentatively planning on August 23 as the date for the resumption of in-person worship--as long as the roof is completed and the Bishop allows us to continue in-person worship.

At that point, you will receive an invitation with an assigned time from the church once the start date is finalized.  Please respond as quickly as possible so that others can be extended an invitation if you cannot come.

Our on-line Liturgy of the Word worship continues each Sunday at

Our Wednesday in-person outdoor worship will continue at North Middleton Park at 6pm. 

For all in-person worship, please remember to wear a mask and stay home if you are not feeling well.

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

Work continues on the Steeple and Narthex:

The new synthetic shingles are almost all installed on the church's steeple and should be completed soon.  The color of the shingles really complements the church!

Work is almost finished on the Sacristy Roof:

Work will begin on the roof over the Nave Next Week:

This is the largest section of the church complex will take up to four weeks to complete.

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. 
Special Cards of Condolence for
Erin Abeln

Members of the congregation have asked the best way to get sympathy cards to Erin since her father's death last week. 
Please forward them to:

Erin Abeln
c/o Mary Abeln
1006 Armstrong Road
Carlisle, PA  17013


Carlisle Area Religious Council Back to School Collection


This year, due to the concerns of COVID-19, Carlisle4Kids, the distribution of backpacks and school supplies for children in need in our community will be held as a drive-through and all items will be pre-packaged. The event will be held on August 13 from 2-6 PM in the parking lot of the Carlisle Expo Center. In past years, we have had a two-day collection of supplies at WalMart, which will not be possible this year. Previously, many of our churches have collected specific items. However, to reduce the amount of handling of supplies, we are encouraging everyone to make monetary donations and the volunteers will then purchase all needed supplies in bulk and pack them. The cost is $20/child to donate a fully stuffed backpack but any amount will gladly be accepted. You can donate by sending a check made payable to: 

Project SHARE (please put Carlisle4Kids in the memo line)
          5 N. Orange Street, #4, Carlisle, PA 17013,  717-249-7773                or on the United Way of Carlisle Fill the Bus page.

Other Churches are also collecting items, but with the dangerous roof construction around St. John's, we are not collecting items this year.

Please do not send these donations to the church.

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

St. John's Church and office is open by appointment only. We want to allow people the opportunity to pray in the Nave/Sanctuary and Chapel.  You must 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.  For every one's personal safety, all who enter the church complex 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 phone well in advance.  

SPY is fully functioning this summer
in four locations.

St. John's is supporting SPY as a home base and food center. Please click on the link if you have time to volunteer to assist. There are many safe ways to serve SPY this summer.


Sign up to volunteer

SPY is in desperate need of guest readers for the remainder of the summer.
Here is a new link that takes you directly to the guest reader sign-ups.  Could you help spread the word?  


This week is Pentecost 7.  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 7:

Or this to get to Ms. Aimee's Children's Chapel Lessons for Pentecost 7:
Ms. Aimee will continue to host a Sunday Morning Zoom. 


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 VII, July 19

We pray for Archdeacon Anne Flynn as she assumes her new role at Grace Cathedral in Topeka Kansas -  Deacon Flynn was a Deacon at St. John's before she and her husband Patrick Early relocated.  Congratulations to Deacon Anne on this appointment as Archdeacon by Bishop Cathleen Bascom.

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, Ivan, Todd, Greg, William, 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, Sharon, Tara, Sandra, Pam, Charlie, Eleni, Christine, Krista, Dorothy, Ruby, Bob, Sonny, Erika, Sue, and Dominick.  Please let us know if you have names to add to this list.
For Brian Rotz:  Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your servant Brian, and give your power of healing to those who minister to his needs, that he may be strengthened in his weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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, Erin, Theresa, Kathy and Family, 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 Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea - The Most Rev. Allan Migi – Archbishop of Papua New Guinea
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  Mt. Calvary, Camp Hill
July Anniversaries by Week
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 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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