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,

What a difference a month makes. I have heard many stories of how you are caring for each other. This Thursday the good news I have to share is that our Director of Music, Brian Rotz, has had his procedure and is recovering. Please keep Mr. Rotz in your prayers.

Today you can follow the link (or simply go straight to the Sermons and Liturgies section of our web page) and participate in the liturgy of Maundy Thursday.

Tomorrow you will receive notification for a link to Good Friday, and, of course Sunday is coming.

Thank you to all the ministers of God who help construct these liturgies.  Mthr. Melissa and I form them. Our administrator, Larry Alexander, is the chief architect of the bulletins. He and Lane Duffie have also acted as the provisional Altar Guild and Flower Guild. James Guardino is our videographer and editor. Aimee Confer is pivotal in getting the liturgies on our website. Kradel youths have stepped up to help with the reading and singing, and Truman Bullard plays the organ while Brian Rotz is on sick leave. God bless you all.  

And now I continue to invite you to a blessed Holy Week.


Fr. Adam

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


This week is Holy Week. You can view the Maundy Thursday Liturgy  here:  

Go to our website, go to the Worship page, go to the Sermons and Liturgies, you will find  the Palm Sunday Service with music.Or follow this link:

A copy of the bulletin for Maundy Thursday:

Or this to get to Ms. Aimee's Children's Chapel Lessons for Holy Week:

Ms. Aimee prepared a Journey through Holy Week Passport for families who want to participate from home. The passport will include videos, prayers, and responsive activities for families to work through together.   Look on our website for the videos, passports, and instructions on how to plan and participate.  If you would like to participate in our Easter Sunday Children's Chapel zoom please email Aimee to receive an 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.

We all are longing to be together to worship God, and yet, we are in exile waiting. During this time, please consider how much your church means to you and please remain faithful to your pledge. We are working hard to build up the kingdom, all of us, wherever we may be. We are the church in a new way guided by the Spirit and supported by all of you.

Giving Methods

We continue to expand our methods for you to pay your stewardship or roof pledges or to donate funds.  The following are the current options for you to select the best option to complete your donation.


1.  Mailing Cash or Check.  When donating by check or cash, ensure you place it in an envelope with your name and address if you want it recorded toward your pledge and to obtain a contribution statement for tax purposes.  During the current Coronavirus Pandemic, please refrain from donating cash via the mail.

2.  Setup with your bank to issue a paper check to St. John’s -  This can be done using your bank’s online service.  There is no fee for you to setup this one-time or reoccurring contribution.

3.  A new online giving application which we have implemented is GivePlus+.  Go to the bottom of the St. John’s website and click on the Donate link.  You can now go in and very securely donate to St. John’s with your credit and debit cards.  Follow the steps in GivePlus+.   You have the option to give to your Stewardship 2020, Roof Pledges, and to the General Fund (you need to let us know where you want these applied).  There is a button you can click on to partially help offset part of the fees charged to St. John’s for providing this service.

4.  Stock transfers or IRA donations can be made by contacting Alvin Blitz at or calling 717-440-5630.

For Online Giving questions, please call Larry Alexander at 717-243-4220 or Debbie Kendrick at 717-448-6117.

Intercessions For Easter Sunday, April 12
Today in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for Peace of Jerusalem and the People of the Land of the Holy One
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 Church of Our Saviour – Montoursville and Hope Church, Mt. Hope
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, Susan, 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, April, Barbara, Jean, Tom, Hope, Jessie 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 LordAmen. (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, and Jennifer Gramley. 
Below are lists of those celebrating Anniversaries and Birthdays in the coming weeks:

Please remember them in your prayers, drop them a note, or call them.  For individuals' privacy exact dates are not included in this email.

April Anniversaries by Week
Week 3:
  • Lord, Bill & Pam
  • Aryee, Nii & Christiana
Week 4:
  • Schuj, Marty & Diane     
Week 5:
  • Baringer, David & Kelly 
  • Kern, Gary & Judy           
  • Tiley, Steve & Holly         
April Birthdays by Week:

Week 3:
  • Eric Cummings
  • Natalie O'Neill
  • Claire Bilbrey
  • Jessica Murray
  • Timothy Lauriello
  • Jenny Morris
Week 4:
  • Amy Kordenbrock
  • Marty Schuj
  • Fr. Adam Kradel
  • Denny Middleton
  • Connor Meikrantz
  • Susan Hench
  • Lydian Emily Cummings
  • Kevin Hess
Week 5:
  • Josiah Kradel
  • Madeleine Potts
  • David Stewart
  • Brooke Czarnecki
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