The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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Lent III: 
We will continue to record and post our morning services and parish forums for Sunday Morning. Please look for the link, bulletin, and zoom invitation on Saturday afternoon.

Our Upcoming Parish Forums:

This Sunday, March 7:

Liberation Theology - The Good News of Liberation With Kevin Barron

Liberation Theology, regardless of the particular emphasis, asserts that God takes the side of the oppressed and seeks their liberation from bondage.  Sacred scripture reflects this position through various narratives found in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  During our hour together we will take a look at a few of these narratives of liberation and discuss what this means for us as people of faith.  We will discuss how might Liberation Theology may shape our understanding of sacred scripture

Anthony Alexander: Union of Black Episcopalians

Brother John Forbis from Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY (Member of St. John's for over 12 Years): Finding Identity During COVID 
Maundy Thursday Fellowship Soup Supper-
It has been so long since many of us have gathered for fellowship. It seems fitting on the night that Jesus gathered with his disciples, we would share a meal together. The Fellowship Commission will be providing soup for us. Sign up here if you would like homemade soup on Maundy Thursday. Soup will be picked up between 4-5 at the church. At 6pm, we will share a special blessing and gathering on Zoom while we enjoy our soup. If you would like to make soup, please contact Marilyn Koste at  Questions about the Supper, contact Mother Melissa at



The Estate Planning Committee is pleased to present its second ZOOM HAPPY HOUR EVENING RECEPTION ON TUESDAY, MARCH 9 AT 5PM.  Alvin Blitz, Esq. will discuss what you should know when designating your IRA to your family or charity.  Alvin will review the tax implications of designating your IRA to your heirs or charity and review the best methods more maximizing the amount your heirs can inherit. He will also discuss the Income for Life Trust through the Episcopal Church Foundation and why it might be just the ticket for your heirs. So join us with your favorite libation or non-alcoholic drink for an informative discussion on how designate your IRA to minimize taxes and maximize what your heirs can receive from your IRA.  They will remember you more fondly for it.
We are very grateful to announce that Judge Kevin Hess will be assisting as Co-Senior Warden this year, with Barb Cross.  In year past, Judge Hess was a chorister, as a boy, in England, while his parents were stationed there. He has continued that tradition by being a chorister for St. John's.  We thank him for his service.
What a blessing to be able to participate in the Liturgy of The Way of the Cross in a different way this year.  Each Thursday in The Spire we will post a Way of the Cross Liturgy from different places around the globe.  You will find a link that will allow you to watch or listen from different churches. 

Our Third  Week is from St.Mary's Episcopal Church in Eugene, Oregon. It is an audio recording with a link to photos that follow the Stations.

Here is the link:
A Fourth Night Zoom Class with Father Adam

St. Augustine famously prayed to God saying, “O Lord, You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.   Human beings are made to search for higher meaning and to be restless until we rest in God. Alas idols abound, and if a person does not find God, a person will find an idol to fill that void. That idol could be: nationalism, love of one's alma mater, or worship of one's own family.

To address this danger, Episcopalian lay leader David Zahl has written a book titled, Secolosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do About It.

Fr. Adam will lead a book group on this title Wednesday evenings in March 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., please contact him for the Zoom link. 
The Outreach Projects group met and has decided to cook for Carlisle Cares on Sunday morning, March 21st. If you feel called to help with making breakfast for 40 people, please email Mother Melissa to sign up.  Details will follow as we get closer to the time.

We’re so thankful to the Outreach Commission at 
St. John's Episcopal Church who recently approved our grant request of $14,000 to furnish the three new apartments we’re building in Stuart House. Thank you to all the parishioners for your generosity and support!

The Partnership for Better Health has invited 52 local nonprofit organizations to participate in our annual matching gift campaign throughout March. We are pleased to welcome M&T Bank and The Josiah W. and Bessie H. Kline Foundation as our partners this year! With the partner’s support, generous donations from our volunteers and the Partnership’s match, this year’s stretch pool has grown to $130,000! During the campaign, all donations to participating organizations will be eligible to receive a portion of the stretch pool.

Match Madness donations will only be accepted between March 1 and March 31, 2021

St. John's Supports many of these non profit organizations but SPY, Project SHARE and Community CARES are three that we support regularly.   

You may donate by filling in this donation form:

Scroll down the form to choose the appropriate organization.

You can also write a check and send it to: 

  • Donations may be made online or via check, payable to Partnership for Better Health with the appropriate organziation in the memo line.
    • Mail checks to: Partnership for Better Health
                               274 Wilson Street
                              Carlisle, PA 17013

Many of our weekly activities will continue on Zoom.
  • Wednesday Bible Study at 11:00 a.m. will move to Zoom. Please contact Father Adam for details.
  • Wednesday Evening Fourth Night Class on Seculosity: 6 pm  Please contact Father Adam for details. Begins January 13.
  • Bread Baking Through the Bible:  Sunday Afternoon 1 PM  Contact Aimee for details. Continues through Lent.
 Class of 2021
  • Becky Hammell
  • Debbie Kendrick 
  • Terry Neiles
  • Cindy Payo
 Class of 2022
  • Barb Cross-  Senior Warden
  • Perry Heath – Property Warden
  • Katie Perkowski
  • Robert Pound
Class of 2023
  • Mike Gwozdecki
  • Anne Backenstow
  • Kevin Hess- Senior Warden
  • Cindy Mortzfeldt

Alvin Blitz – Treasurer-Life Member
John Newbold - Life Member
Don Kutz – Life Member Emeritus
Linda Myers – Clerk
Adam P. Kradel – Rector
Melissa Q. Wilcox – Associate Rector
Aimee Confer – Director of Children and Youth
Brian Rotz – Director of Music
Josh Edgington – Sexton
Larry Alexander – Parish Administrator

St. John's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 612
Carlisle. PA  17013

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