St. John's Episcopal Church 

  1A North Hanover Street, P.O. Box 612
     Carlisle, PA 17013
This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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September 8, 2019
Pentecost XIII

Program Year Sundays 2019

8:00 a.m.     Rite I Worship

9:30 a.m.    Rite II Worship- This service is outside! See below for details.





The Annual Parish Picnic is THIS SUNDAY, September 8th, following the 9:30 am service in the courtyard.  The Rite II Eucharist will be held in the courtyard so wear your hat and sunscreen!

This year St. John's will provide the following food items:
Hot Dogs
Rolls, Buns, and all the Fixings

Baked Beans

Join us and bring a side dish or whatever says picnic to you!

Our St John's Picnic favorites: Water, Lemonade, and Iced Tea will be available.

As always, you will need to bring your own chairs.  The brand new burgundy parish hall chairs will not be invited to this outdoor event.

Families with children are encouraged to bring blankets, so they can sit up front and participate in the worship.

NOTE:  The timing and location of the Rite I, 8 a.m. Eucharist are unchanged. 

Evening Prayer Begins at St. John's on Sundays at 5pm

Evening Prayer is an ancient prayer service of the church. Its roots trace directly back to the monastic orders who gathered five times a day to pray.  We will be using the Evening Prayer liturgy directly from the Book of Common Prayer. Some of you will remember such wonderful canticles like the Song of Mary and the Song of Simeon. This liturgy is particularly geared to those who cannot get here in the mornings because of physical limitations or small children's sleep schedules. It is also a great gathering for our Dickinson students who may find the need for community on Sunday evenings.

Evening Prayer will be on
September 8, October 13, November 3, December 8

Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) will take place on
October 20 and November 10


Remember the Following Funerals
this Next Week:

Ruth Fields

Tuesday, September 10th, 11 a.m.

Larry Smith
Saturday, September 14th, 1 p.m.


Apple Butter Fundraiser is Fast Approaching

Please volunteer to help at the largest fund raiser at St. John’s!

We are very short of volunteers the following times:
Sat. 5th in the Morning
Sat. 12th in the Afternoon
Sun. 13th in the Morning

Saturday, Oct. 5; Sunday, Oct. 6; Saturday, Oct. 12; and Sunday, Oct. 13 we need Volunteers!  Sign up in the Cloister.  If you have questions contact Mike Gwozdecki  at


Tweens and Teens:  We are having a

This is a great way to get your service hours in and get to know some new people at church.  We are planning a mission trip in 2021 and if you would like to participate in that you shoiuld also help at Apple Butter as the money goes to Mission Trips!

Families- Please let Aimee know if you are going to attend this event as we would love to recognize and celebrate you and your children.
Youth Investment Club announces its 2019-20 season. 
St. John’s Youth. Do you want to learn how to invest in the stock market? Do you want to have fun helping your community? This is your chance to do both. Participants will be asked to choose and then learn to evaluate a stock using the ValueLine Investment Reports to obtain a deeper understanding on how to invest in the stock market. Participants will also work as a group to develop a diversified portfolio for investing the $90,000 presently available to the Youth Investment Club. Earnings from the portfolio will then be distributed in the spring of 2020 to those charities in Carlisle the participants deem deserving of grants. Meetings will be for one hour on Sunday afternoons at 4pm starting from late September through early May. Our organizational meeting will take place on Sunday, September 29 at 4pm in the Church Library. You must be in 7th grade or above to participate. No previous understanding of the stock market is necessary. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to invest and help charities in our community. Please contact any of the following individuals with questions about the Club or to sign up for this year’s program:  
Alvin Blitz at; Mike Cross at; Jon Still at; Ben Heckman at; Fr. Adam Kradel at;        

We look forward to seeing all of you on September 29. 
Downton Abbey Premiere!
Some people at St. John's are interested in attending the premiere of Downton Abbey. If you are interested in participating in this event please contact Aimee Confer by Friday, September 6. Aimee will purchase the tickets that evening.  The information about the event is listed below. 

Jacqueline L. Powell & Associates, Inc. is hosting the premiere of the long awaited ‘Downton Abbey’ movie at R/C Theaters in Carlisle, PA on September 19th, 2019!

This is a ticketed event which will benefit Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties.

The national release date is September 20th so you will have the chance to be among the very first to experience the witty dialogue, lavish costumes and sets, and an outstanding cast as Downton Abbey comes to the big screen!

Dressing up in period appropriate attire is encouraged!
Wednesday Bible Study 11 a.m. has Resumed.

We are working our way through the Old Testament. We are currently in the book of Judges and are working toward Ruth. Want to know more about the book that Jesus called, "The Bible", come to Wednesday Bible study at 11 a.m. in the parish library.


To Help the Homeless……..

Search  for volunteer opportunities as well as supplies needed by C.A.R.E.S., the local year-round shelter.  These include clean used blankets, sheets, pillowcases, and towels.  Phone Jean Morris at (717) 421-3529 for pick-up, or leave labeled bags on top of the peanut butter donation bench in the Parish Hall.

Prayer Shawl Ministry will resume its monthly meetings at a new time  
and day. The new meeting time will be on the 2nd Wednesday of the  
month from 1:00 to 2:30 in the church library. We welcome all who are  
interested in knitting or crocheting prayer shawls for those in need  
to our first gathering on September 11.
If you need more information or have questions please contact  
Carolyn Freberg. (717-713-0985)

National Acolyte Festival 2019
National Cathedral in Washington

Deadline to register for the festival is FRIDAY, SEPT 13th

Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 10:00am

Join acolytes from across the United States for a morning service of re-dedication and Holy Eucharist. Bring your processional crosses, banners, torches, thuribles, flags, and streamers for a festive procession of acolytes, clergy, and vergers. Workshops in the afternoon offer enrichment and instruction.  Theresa Rice would like to take a group of people to this event.  If you might be interested in attending, please contact her:

Theresa Rice -

For information on the event:

Coming Up At St. John's

Hold the Date:  November 16th – The Planned Giving Committee will be holding a Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Al Blitz financial presentation.  Details to follow.

Youth Group Begins with Deeg and Laura on Sept. 8th. Join them at 5:30 in the parish hall for discussion and games.
Apple Butter Time is Almost Here.
Please volunteer to help at the largest fund raiser at St. John’s.

Saturday, Oct. 5; Sunday, Oct. 6; Saturday, Oct. 12; and Sunday, Oct. 13 we need Volunteers!  Sign up in the Cloister.  If you have questions contact Mike Gwozdecki  at

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 Please note:  The deadline for submissions to "This Week" and the Sunday service bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thanks!  If you submit an out of church event, please verify the information before sending it to the office.
Readings For Pentecost XIII
     September 8th
Pentecost XIII

Old Testament                                                                                             Jeremiah 2:4-13
Rite I -  Sue Hench
Rite II – Elias Kradel

A Reading from the Prophet Jeremiah:
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: "Come, go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words." So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it. And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it. Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus says the Lord: Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.
        Continue to the Psalm at both services

Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17

Rite I -  Sue Hench
Rite II – Elias Kradel
Lord, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.

3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

4 You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.

5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

12 For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

13 I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
your works are wonderful, and I know it well.

14 My body was not hidden from you, *
while I was being made in secret
and woven in the depths of the earth.

15 Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
all of them were written in your book; *
they were fashioned day by day,
when as yet there was none of them.

16 How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
how great is the sum of them!

17 If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.


The Epistle                                                                                                   Philemon 1-21

Rite I -  June Trinnaman
Rite II – Amy Kordenbrock
A Reading from Paul’s Letter to Philemon:
Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and co-worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith toward the Lord Jesus. I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ. I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother. For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty, yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love-- and I, Paul, do this as an old man, and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus. I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and to me. I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might be of service to me in your place during my imprisonment for the gospel; but I preferred to do nothing without your consent, in order that your good deed might be voluntary and not something forced. Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother-- especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay it. I say nothing about your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, let me have this benefit from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.

Luke 14:25-33

Now large crowds were traveling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, "Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, `This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.' Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions."
Liturgical Ministers Schedule
Pentecost XIII
Liturgical Ministers Schedule
8 am Rite I This Sunday
                               Celebrant – Adam P. Kradel+                            
Lay Ministers:
Lay Reader 1-Sue Hench
Lay Reader 2- June Trinnaman
Vestry-Pam Lord
Intercessor-Robert Pound
Chalice-Larry Alexander
Chalice-Terry Young
Usher-Debbie Kendrick
Usher-Robert Pound

9:30 am Rite II This Sunday
Lay Ministers:

Lay Reader 1-Elias Kradel
Lay Reader 2-Amy Kordenbrock
Verger-Jim Holt
Vestry-Dave Twining
Intercessor-Barb Cross
Chalice-Dayna Bryner
Chalice-Becky Hammell
Chalice-Jim Carman
Usher-John Newbold
Usher-Perry Heath
Usher-Dave Stewart
Usher-Nii Aryee

Altar Guild:  Patty Neiles, Darlene McCurdy, Linda Myers, Meaghan McDermott, Beth Watkins, Katie Lauriello

Flower Delivery: Suzanne Cornman

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