The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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A Thank You from our Lay Leadership at St. John's

The body of Christ is a team. It is not supported by one person, but by all of us. We are strongest working together, so that we can do God’s will. In these unprecedented times, we see the creativity by our leaders and staff in making sure our church remains connected. As your senior wardens, we want to send a special thank you to those on the forefront, or behind the scenes, supporting us through this time when we cannot see one another and share in worship together.

Fr. Adam and Mo. Melissa continue their daily activities to support us. We are very grateful for the weekly services, pastoral activities, evening prayers, Zoom gatherings, and formation activities, just to name a few, that have continued in a variety of formats.  James Guardino has been instrumental in filming the weekly services and making them available via our website. Truman Bullard provided the beautiful music that you are hearing in the services.  And, Larry Alexander and Lane Duffy have provided valuable altar guild support.

Thank you to our parish administrator, Larry Alexander, for keeping the office running smoothly. Even though most of us are staying at home, Larry has come to the office to ensure the donations are deposited, bills are paid, and phone messages are handled efficiently.  Aimee, our children and youth director, has created the virtual children’s services to keep our families connected. She is ensuring the weekly Spire email is complete and ready for release to our congregation. Our sexton, Josh, has been deep cleaning all the areas of the church to ensure it is safe for those who are still in the building and thoroughly clean upon our return. 

While our preschool is technically closed, the staff are remaining in contact with our preschool families and children. Through email, they are sharing online resources to help parents engage their children in authentic learning activities. They are also using their private Facebook group to share resources and stay in contact. 

Your vestry is reaching out to stay in touch with our congregation. The phone calls are helping to ensure everyone is doing well and identifying those who need emotional, spiritual, or financial help at this time.

Alvin Blitz, our church treasurer, has been monitoring the church finances. He deserves our deepest gratitude for his expertise in guiding us through the application process to receive funds so that our staff is paid during these times of uncertainty.  He is working full-time as well as supporting St. John’s financial stability.  

Vestry, Finance Committee, Outreach Commission to name a few, continue to come together to handle our church’s mission via Zoom sessions.

So, even though we are not coming together at St. John’s every week, you can see that many are working very hard to sustain our mission, stay in touch with all of you and will continue to do so until we can once again worship together. 

Thank you to those of you on the “front-line” of St. John’s and to our congregation for continuing to create on-line worship and helping each other during this time.

Cindy Mortzfeldt & Debbie Kendrick


This week is Easter IV.  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 Easter IV:

Or this to get to Ms. Aimee's Children's Chapel Lessons for Easter IV:
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!

Formation and Fellowship Opportunities:

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.

Zoom Gatherings :

If you would like to participate in ongoing Zoom Gatherings please email Father Adam.  Do you want to participate in Zoom but are unsure on how to get started?  Contact Aimee at She will help you get started!

Please do not reply directly to this email.  If you would like to reply please contact Father Adam or Mother Melissa directly.

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 (please do not use the mobile version on your phones for now). Click on the black DONATE button which automatically takes you to the online giving page.
  • Fill in the block for Stewardship 2020, Roof Pledge, or General Fund with the amount you wish to donate
    You must enter the specific fund you want to give money towards in the box that is adjacent to the General Fund (the Rector’s Discretionary Fund for example.)  
  • Do not use the mobile application there will not be a box for this needed comment and we will not know where to apply the funds. You must complete this on a computer.
  • Follow the online steps to complete your donation.
  • There will be an option to help offset the cost to St. John’s for providing this credit card service.
  • (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).

Last Church of England Edition of the Book of Common Prayer Used at St. John's after 1760.

Intercessions For Easter 4, May 31

We pray for the dead:
O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Especially accept our prayers on behalf of your servants April Newbold and Susan Banks 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 for ever. Amen. (BCP pg. 493)
We pray for the Unemployed:
Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP pg. 824)
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, Kaew, Cheri, Jane, Charles, Lori, Betty, Revena, Elaine, Carson, Gail & Jack,  Barb, Terry, Jeff, Jim, Terri, Dean, Mike, Martha, Teresa, Ryan, William, Felicity, Dave & Norma, Virginia, Ivan, Roland, Colin, Helen, Joan, Donna, Marge, Regan, Jody, Todd, Joe, Ida, Marilyn, Kara, Ben, Kimberly, Rowan, Madeline, Greg, Sharon, Barbara, Jean, Tom, Hope, Jessie, Alison, Sandra, Syed & his wife, Pam, John, Jane, and Dominick.
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, and Chelsea & Zack.

We pray for those who are deployed:  Mike Reynolds

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, and Jennifer Gramley.
Today in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan) The Most Rev. Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu – Primate of The Nippon Sei Ko Kai & Bishop of Hokkaido.

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 St. John the Baptist, York.
May Anniversaries by Week
Week 2
  • Glick, Dean & Karen
  • Myers, Corby & Linda
  • Smith, Toby & Ashley
Week 3
  • Payo, Cindy & John Ralph
  • McDowell, Fr. John & Hatty
Week 4
  • Potts, Dave & Laura
  • Blitz, Alvin & Diane
  • Stewart, David & Jane
Week 5
  • Knisely, Fr. Harry & Gail
  • Morris, Robert & Lynda
  • Henry, Deacon Eric & Carol

May Birthdays by Week
Week 1
  • Louise Broujos
Week 2
  • Kathy Zengerle
  • Ellie Miller
  • Lynn Knight
  • Bill Kosco
  • Jordan Heckman
  • Judith Twining
  • Nelly Smith
  • Mabel Seldon Smith
Week 3
  • Fiona Carmichael
  • Betty Kosco
  • Michael Seibert
  • Wellington Nelson Smith
  • Donald Raley
  • Eric Comeau
  • Jennifer Stump
  • Kathy Young
Week 4
  • Carolyn Freberg
  • Jim Lowell
  • Sarah Gwozdecki
  • Chris Smith
  • Karen Anne Glick
  • Mark Rice
  • Elizabeth Cathcart
Week 5
  • Kimberly Dederer
  • Donald Jones
  • Gary Kern
  • Joyce Aryee
  • Bennett Ward
  • Linkey Green
  • Ben Smith 
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