The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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Financial Giving

The pandemic has thrown off our normal patterns of living. Our parish needs to take in about $40,000 a month in contributions to live into our mission and ministry. March and April were bad months for parish finances, but leadership sent out that message for help and you responded in kind in May and June which were very good months. Things were slow over the summer, but that happens every summer. As Fall settles in end of year pledge donations tend to increase substantially as we return to our normal schedules and make year-end gifts.

However, this September donations were one-half the amount of last year. Please take a moment when receive your contribution report this month to determine if your pledge is up to date and help us again if you are able.  We are also cognizant that for some of you this is a difficult time and in such case, please focus on your personal needs first or even reach out to one of the clergy for assistance, both spiritual or financial. We do have over $7,000 contributed this year to assist parishioners in need. Going forward, our ministries continue and we continue to adopt new ministries at St. John’s so any financial assistance is appreciated. Thank you for your continued support of St. John’s. You are helping us make a difference in doing God’s work.

Father Adam

Current Worship Services:

  • 8:00 Rite I Eucharist in Church (by reservation)
  • 9:30 Rite II Eucharist in Church (by reservation) 
    • Families: Please sign up for the Rite II service in the Church and we will have a Children's Chapel in the Parish Hall.
  • There are still spaces available at each service. You can still sign up.
  •  Our Outdoor Services are finished for the season. Please join us for the indoor services.
  • You may now access our recorded liturgy online at  
    • This service will be available on line by 11:00 pm.  


      The internet at St. John's is too slow to Livestream. For now we are recording the 8 a.m. Liturgy and posting it to the website. We will be able to livestream when the internet is upgraded, which will take a few months. Until that time the 8 a.m. Liturgy will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Sundays.


Below is a copy of the online bulletin and our parish prayer list for Pentecost 20:

Rite I Bulletin with Hymns Link click below:


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.

We still have space available for this Sunday's Services!
Reserve your spot here:

UPDATE ON COVID and What that Means for our Church Services

Mother Melissa and Father Adam Update the Congregation on these Changes:

We have updated information from the Diocese: 

The May guidance included several provisions including temperature checks, records of attendance and use of masks, among others. In accordance with state guidance issued later in July, we limited group size to 25 persons (during liturgies this included chancel party, ushers and the congregation). All previous provisions remain in effect except group size. To better reflect the situations of each congregation, take full advantage of the spaces available to us; and based on feedback from across the diocese this guidance is changed as follows: Attendance will be limited by the ability to socially distance. A minimum of 6 feet must be maintained between each individual attendee or family group. This includes the chancel party, ushers, musicians, etc. As long as 6-foot separation can be maintained there is no numeric or percent capacity cap. Should any parish wish an independent review of its seating chart or other implementing instruction please contact the diocesan rep who assisted you during your reopening.

What this Means:

We have more seats available during our Rite I and Rite II Services.  There are now 40 spaces available for people to reserve. Singles and Family groups will be socially distanced by 6 feet. This new plan will begin this Sunday, October 18.  
Congratulations on the Baptism of Virginia Ericka Cummings.

Virginia will be baptized during a private family service at 11 a.m. following the 9:30 a.m. Service.
St. John's welcomes you into the house of God!

The Raise the Roof Celebration was a GLORIOUS Event!

Thank you to the whole St. John's Community for this outstanding accomplishment. Our roof is preserved for generations to come. If you would like to view the celebration, please go to for a recorded version.

This year our Apple Butter fundraiser looks different.  Even though there is no National Apple Festival this year, please find a way to participate in this exciting fundraising project.  All sales benefit our children and youth programs and mission trips.

You may help by:

Together we can continue this ministry with joy and enthusiasm, despite Covid-19. Please use the order aform to order apple butter (this is coming) or sign-up to volunteer to sell apple butter. Any questions, please contact Aimee Confer or Robert Pound. Due to Covid-19,the parish office will NOT be selling apple butter.
 All apple butter orders will be picked up at the Farmers' Market on Wednesdays.

From your Stewardship Chair,
Becky Hammell

Would we ever hesitate to tell our children about the love of God? Would we ever hesitate to assure a grieving member of our hope in Christ ? Would we ever withhold the sacrament from those who lift their hand to receive it? I pray not! Why then do we hesitate to preach stewardship, to teach it to others, and to form a steward's heart? It is as much a part of faithful living as those other practices. In fact, it may be more than that because how do we recognize God's love and pardon and grace without gratitude? Join us next Sunday, October 25th, for the parish forum on Stewardship: How to Form a Grateful Heart. You may sign-up to be present in the nave or watch online at

A Note from Brian Rotz:

Last week, I completed all of the chemo and radiation treatments for my Stage 3 lung cancer. I will still have side effects in the coming months, but they will gradually fade. I thank everyone for the cards and e-mails - they have been very supportive and meaningful for me. The next step is to have a CAT scan on December 30th. This will indicate if further treatment is necessary. I am gradually getting back to playing the organ, so you will be hearing me from time to time. I thank you all for your loving support and care.   Brian Rotz



Flowers were placed in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd following the wedding of Marinda Reames and Andy Herring.  Due to the Covid-19 restrictions they were unable to hold their wedding in the church.  Our congratulations to the new couple!


St. John's needs ushers for our in-person worship.

Please contact Fr. Adam, if you can serve.
Anglican Prayer Group:
Tuesday 10 a.m. Parish Hall 

Bible Study:
Wednesday 11 a.m. Parish Hall


Fourth Night For Youth Choir
Music Appreciation:

Wednesday 5:30 p.m. Courtyard


Class of 2020
  • Pam Lord
  • Cindy Mortzfeldt – Sr. Warden
  • Theresa Rice
  • Dave Twining
 Class of 2021
  • Becky Hammell
  • Debbie Kendrick – Sr. Warden
  • Terry Neiles
  • Cindy Payo
 Class of 2022
  • Barb Cross
  • Perry Heath – Property Warden
  • Katie Perkowski
  • Robert Pound
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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