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

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.


Fr. Adam


We are still gathering outside at North Middleton Township Park for evening prayer at 6pm on Wednesdays during July. 


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.


Mother Melissa shared a Youtube video below about the construction project and where we stand on some of our ministries.  Thank you Adelaide for filming this:

Click on the link below

Work continued this week on the Steeple and Narthex:

The Steeple shingles are done! The craftsmen from Donald B. Smith, Inc. have done an outstanding job.
Dirty orange stains on the front of the St. John's are a thing of the past.

Last Row Done!

Look at the precise corners on the steeple shakes:

(Have you ever wondered what it looks like from
the top of the steeple straight down)?

Mike and Alan (from Donald B. Smith, Inc.)
inspecting the work:

Work began on the roof over the Nave
this week:

This is the largest section of the church complex and will take
several 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 are still off limits the rest of this week and 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.
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!

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.  

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 8.  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 8:

Or this to get to Ms. Aimee's Children's Chapel Lessons for Pentecost 8:
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 VIII, July 26

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: 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, Carolyn, Jim, 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 please pray for the team responsible for preparing the Lambeth Conference, which was due to be taking place now – please pray for them as they consider the implications of its postponement in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 Trinity, Chambersburg

July Anniversaries by Week
Week 5
  • Kradel, Fr. Adam & Wilcox, Mother Melissa        
                            July Birthdays by Week                                                       
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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