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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August 18, 2019
Pentecost X

Program Year Sundays 2019

8:00 a.m.     Rite I Worship

9:30 a.m.    Rite II Worship
*Please follow the junior crucifer out of the church for Children's Chapel.


Peaches and Ice Cream Social is August 25th

Sunday August 25th,  (after both the Rite I and Rite II Eucharists) we will have our annual Peaches and Ice Cream Social in the Parish Hall. 

We need Peach Peelers on Saturday Morning August 24th at 9:30 am. 
Please sign up in the Cloister on the old Canterbury Cart.  If you have questions contact Kathy Holtry -



A Prayer for Philadelphia and California

Almighty God, who created us in your own image: We pray for first responders and all who battle gun violence. Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


Fr. Adam’s September 4th Night Class

Church Decline......?
Spend fifteen minutes in social conversation with committed Episcopalians, and you will hear about our challenges in membership and attracting young people. These conversations reveal participants' anxieties. These conversations rarely shed light on what is really happening, and what the threats and possibilities are in this era.
Fr. Adam’s class, Decline…?, will be taught the first four Wednesdays of 4th Night (September 4 through September 25).  Decline…? Will explore the history of religious belonging, behaving, and believing in the United States, using data from substantial national surveys. The material will also explore various responses of church leaders to the realities of smaller membership. It will then shift to address methods of reaching out to those seeking a faith community. The material used to explore these matters will come from the fields of sociology of religion, political science, church history, and his own experience as a parish priest. 

The anxiety of the age for The Episcopal Church is what to do about reduced membership and reduced dollars. Fr. Adam cannot provide a single explanation to address this development. He can provide church leaders with the tools to properly understand our place in these social developments. Once church leaders understand what has brought us to our current setting in life, then the appropriate theological responses become more apparent. Furthermore, the reduced raw numbers of church membership allows for some exciting opportunities to witness to the Gospel, and these opportunities need to be understood and then seized. 


Episcopal Migration Ministries Logo

How can you help the situation at the border?

Edgar Robinson invites anyone who would like to gather and discuss the border situation to join him for a second meeting, this Sunday August 18th, after the Rite II Eucharist, in the Library. The group will continue to discuss how the community at St. John's might help those in need. 

Below are two web addresses to the Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) website that includes a speech from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. The second link takes you directly to their donation page. In the 1980’s EMM was formally established and, in partnership with a network of affiliate agencies, dioceses, churches, and volunteers, is today one of only nine national agencies through which all refugees enter the United States.

Apple Butter Fundraiser is Fast Approaching

Please Volunteer to help for the largest fund raiser at St. John’s.
Saturday Oct. 5TH, Sunday Oct. 6TH, Saturday Oct. 12TH, and Sunday Oct. 13TH we need Volunteers to help at our Apple Butter Booth! 

Sign up in the Cloister. 

If you have questions contact Mike Gwozdecki  at:


Church Directory Updates Needed By This Sunday

Please check the sign up table in the cloister for proof copies of the next directory.  We still are missing information from many members of the congregation. There are notes on what we are missing, but many members have dropped home phone numbers or changed other contact information.  Please make the changes and updates directly on the sheets, before we print the new directory.

Sunday, August 18th is the Last Day to Make Changes before new directories are printed for the year.


A Big Thank You to those who buy Giant Gift Cards! In the last two months we have increased the weekly sales to an average of $600.  This is a dramatic increase in card sales.  We were only raising $600 on average per MONTH.  

The rebate funds from this program will now cover the phone and internet bill every month.  Let us see what other recurring monthly bill we can cover! 


  These card sales raise funds for St. John's in the form of rebates to the church, directly from GIANT/Ahold.  There is no fee associated with these card sales.  Watch in the parish hall or stop by the office during business hours to purchase your cards.

Remember your checkbooks!


National Acolyte Festival 2019
National Cathedral in Washington

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:

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral and Trinity Episcopal Church, Pro-Cathedral will host “Pilgrimage to Scotland 2020”! Join our cathedrals as we travel with Thin Places Mystical Tours from May 15-24, 2020. Airfare and travel insurance are not included in the cost. Individuals will be responsible for their travel to and from Edinburgh, Scotland. Wheelchair accessibility limited in most places and terrain is often uneven. Contact The Rev. Shayna Watson once you registered or if you have questions,, 717-236-4059. Follow this link for detailed itinerary and Payment instructions for "The Monk's Trail."


Dickinson College's Friendship Family Program 

Dickinson College's Friendship Family program allows local individuals, couples, and families to welcome international and long-distance domestic (> 500 miles from campus) students into the Carlisle area. Students live on campus but Friendship Families will connect with students at scheduled on-campus events including Orientation and Family Weekend and also provide connections when the campus is on break. (Friendship Families are not asked to provide housing for students at any time during the year.) Share this application: you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Leadership & Campus Engagement (SLCE) at

Doreen and Frank Maisano have enjoyed being part of this program for the last several years and encourage you to participate!
Readings For Pentecost X
     August 18th
A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah:                                                                                        Isaiah 5:1-7
Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!

Psalm 80:1-2, 8-18

1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.

2 In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
stir up your strength and come to help us.

8 You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *
you cast out the nations and planted it.

9 You prepared the ground for it; *
it took root and filled the land.

10 The mountains were covered by its shadow *
and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.

11 You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *
and its branches to the River.

12 Why have you broken down its wall, *
so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?

13 The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *
and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.

14 Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;
behold and tend this vine; *
preserve what your right hand has planted.

15 They burn it with fire like rubbish; *
at the rebuke of your countenance let them perish.

16 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.

17 And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your Name.

18 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

A Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews:                                                             Hebrews 11:29-12:2
By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace. And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets-- who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented-- of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.


The Gospel                                                                                                                            Luke 12:13-21
Jesus said, "I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided:  father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law." He also said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, `It is going to rain'; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, `There will be scorching heat'; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?"


Prayers of the People
Prayers from the Episcopal Migration Ministry
Sovereign God, may we who are the Body of Christ, the Church, embrace and welcome the immigrant, the refugee, and all who seek shelter from any danger.
We lift our prayer to You,
People: Lord, hear us.

God of protection, whose Son fled violence from his own home with Joseph and Mary and sought refuge in a foreign land, hear the cries of all who suffer because of hatred, war, violence, greed, and famine. Help us to peacefully mend our divisions, that all you have created in this world may be whole.
We lift our prayer to You,
People: Lord, hear us.

God Who makes us One, we pray for our nation and all the nations of the world, that those who govern the people and have authority over them may consider each life to be of value and may serve the people of their nation with equity and fairness, dedicating themselves to peaceful resolution of conflict.
We lift our prayer to You,
People: Lord, hear us.

Gracious God, we pray for our newest neighbors, that those families who have sought refuge from the ravages of war and violence may find not only shelter and sustenance, but also a loving and supportive community in which to create a new beginning with dignity.
We lift our prayer to You,
People: Lord, hear us.

Eternal God, may you receive those who have died during times of war and violence into your loving and peaceful arms and may they find rest for their souls. Comfort those who mourn the loss of their friends and loved ones and give them relief from the painful memories they bear, giving assurance of eternal life.
We lift our prayer to You,
People: Lord, hear us.
Almighty and Loving God, you who have crossed the boundaries of Heaven and Earth to be with your people, be with all the departed who have gone on to eternal life.
We lift our prayer to You,
People: Lord, hear us.
May all praise, glory and honor be to our God, the Most High.  Amen.
Liturgical Ministers Schedule
Pentecost X

8 am Rite I This Sunday
Lay Ministers:
Lay Reader 1 - Robert Pound
Lay Reader 2 - Jim Dicrocco
Vestry - Terry Neiles
Intercessor - Linda Myers
Chalice - Sue Hench
Chalice - Bill Lord
Usher - Linda Myers
Usher - Larry Alexander

9:30 am Rite II This Sunday
Lay Ministers:
Lay Reader 1 - Susan Smith
Lay Reader  - Dan Confer
Verger - Dave Twining
Vestry - Theresa Rice
Intercessor - Don Kutz
Chalice - Maribeth Wilt-Seibert
Chalice - Craig Jurgensen
Chalice - Patti Shufflebarger
Usher - Bill Shufflebarger
Usher - Mike Gwozdecki
Usher - Mike Seibert
Usher - Holly Tiley
1st Crucifer – Evan Kase
Sr. Server – Christian Aryee
Jr. Server – Michael Boruta
Altar Guild:  Dayna Bryner, Patti Shufflebarger, Kathy Holtry, Lisa Miller, Dolores Rizzuto
Flower Delivery:  Mike Gwozdecki and Truman Bullard
Coming Up At St. John's

Peaches and Ice Cream Social - Sunday August 25th, after both services

Parish Picnic is September 8th after the 9:30 Eucharist.

Mark your Calendar. We need volunteers to help clean up afterwards.  Please sign up in the Cloister.  BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS WILL BE DURING THE OUTDOOR EUCHARIST.

State of the Parish Meeting September 29th

There will be one combined Choral Eucharist at 9 am that Sunday and the meeting will follow in the Parish Hall.  Details to follow.
Apple Butter Time is Almost Here.
Please volunteer to help at the largest fund raiser at St. John’s.
Saturday Oct. 5TH, Sunday Oct. 6TH, Saturday Oct. 12TH, and Sunday Oct. 13TH we need Volunteers!  Sign up in the Cloister.  If you have questions contact Mike Gwozdecki  at:

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