The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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Dear Good People of St. John's Episcopal Church,

The roof work is progressing wonderfully. Work on the spire will be complete this week and the work will move over to the church proper ( i.e. the nave and chancel).  This means that we will not have in-person worship from now until Sunday August 23. This will allow us to have one big cleanup of the mess that is made by reroofing the nave and chancel, and the new roof will be glorious.

And, of course, we will continue to worship on-line.
Online worship has been our primary venue for worship since March 13. 

As always, we thank our lectors, musicians and James Guardino (and his student intern) for making the on-line mode of worship possible and beautiful.

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


Fr. Adam

Father Harry celebrated his 80th birthday during the pandemic. 

Alas his consolation prize was this T-shirt.  

Tents and the Gospel:

Do you remember that the Isrealites were constantly moving the holy of holies?  When they did so, they tried to protect the holy of holies with a cover or a tent.  Did you know that St. Paul was a tentmaker before he became an evangelist or full time letter writer?  As the fall approaches and the work on the roof is completed, we would like to consider putting a tent outside on the flagstone in the courtyard. If you own a large tent, ideally with some kind of flaps, would you let us know?  We are hoping to resume some of our ministries in the safest place possible. Each day, your clergy, staff, and lay leaders must adapt to the changing landscape of COVID. A tent may enable us to adapt in a meaningful way.

Please email Mother Melissa at with suggestions.


Forward Day by Day

The Forward Day by Day booklets have not arrived.  I checked with Forward Movement and they are re-shipping them to us. With the current pandemic they do not know what happened.  It will take about a week for them to arrive.  I will send out an email once they available.  


Friday, July 31st marks a successful end to SPY's 36th year and I want to thank the members of St. John's for helping to make this accomplishment achievable!  This summer no doubt has been our most challenging ever and the overwhelming display of care and compassion you have shown to SPY has been extremely heartwarming!  Without your selfless offering of countless hours in the kitchen with Alice and delivering food, generous monetary and supply donations, and prayers for the health and safety of all our campers and staff, SPY never would have been possible.  You have truly touched the lives of the children in our community and SPY is forever grateful!  
With extreme gratitude - Jeanna Som, SPY Executive Director


Work has concluded on the Steeple Shingles:

The Steeple shingles are done! The craftsmen from Donald B. Smith, Inc. have done an outstanding job.

Last Row Installed!

Part of he crew from Donald B. Smith, Inc. :

Work is almost finished on the roof over the Nave:

With the clear daytime (although very hot) weather the roofers were able to make fast work of this project.  There is still gutter work, down pipe installation, and painting to be completed.  They are still working on some repairs to the Steeple walls around and over the louvered windows.  Some of the louvers themselves were previously broken/dry-rotted and this was discovered as the roofing project progressed.  The individual broken louvers are being replaced and will be painted while we have the lifts on site.  Great time to make these repairs!

The Courtyard and Cloister Door are still off limits the rest of this week and most of next because of heavy equipment/construction. If you need to use the ramp call ahead. 
Thank You Note From

Community CARES

Our Youth Investment Group was able to donate $2500 to Community Cares (was Carlisle CARES) from the proceeds of the investment portfolio they oversee.  Cares has remained open during the COVID-19 crisis and continues to provide services for the area's homeless.

The church and office have opened back up

by appointment only!

Call in Advance

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.  


This week is Pentecost 9.  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 9:

Or this to get to Ms. Aimee's Children's Chapel Lessons for Pentecost 9:
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 IX, August 2

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: 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, Cheri, Betty, Felicity, Sharon, Tara, Sandra, Pam, Charlie, Eleni, Christine, Krista, Dorothy, Ruby, Bob, Sonny, Erika, Sue, Marty, 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 new Province of Alexandria – created from the former Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa in the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East.
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 Bangor Church, Churchtown
August Anniversaries
Week 1
  • Holt, James & Carolyn           
  • Jenkins, Ron & Ellen               
Week 2
  • Wronski, Todd & Karen                     
  • Robinson, Edgar & Jane                     
  • Barney, Daniel & Pam            
  • Scheneman, Fr. Mark & Dottie           50th
Week 3
  • Bellinger, William & Jane                  
  • Freberg, Donald & Carolyn                
  • Gwozdecki, Mike & Holly                   
Hays, Randy & Qui                 
  • Stewart, Samuel & Anne                    
  • Lowell, Jim & Jane                  
  • Czarnecki, Ed & Lindsay         
Week 4           
  • Lavalley, Joe & Millie             
  • Carman, James & Kaew          50th
August Birthdays
Week 1
  • Dayna Bryner
  • Kathy Holtry
  • Steve Cummings
  • Robert Epley
  • Donald Freberg
  • Sondra Rhoads
  • Walter Tibbetts
  • John Harding
  • Trish Carlucci
  • James Confer
  • Mary Louise Kutz
Week 2
  • Sarah Rice
  • Charles Brophy
  • John Newbold
  • Charlene Martin
  • Hope Comeau
  • Susan Rohrs
  • Pat Simms
  • Karen Westphal
Week 3
  • Adam Bilbrey
  • Sarah Knisely - Merritt
  • Jack Still
  • Lindsay Czarnecki
  • Taylor Anne Hurt
  • Cindy Payo
  • Cheri Ackley
  • Elaine Laird
  • Joan Shaw
  • Corby Myers
  • Megan Gwozdecki
Week 4
  • Katherine DiCrocco
  • April Bilbrey
  • Sandra Harding
  • Paxton Foreman
  • Georgina Robinson
  • William Matzner
  • Miriam Hock
  • Jane Robinson
Week 5
  • Erika Dougherty
  • Ben Heckman
  • Roy Leonard

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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