The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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And to worshiping. learning, and socializing safely together again!  While we continue to be apart lets make the most of our time by connecting via online worship, Zooms and small outdoor gatherings!
Diocesan Updates on In-Person Worship:
Bishop Scanlan has stated that when Cumberland County returns to a 5% positivity rate we may return to in-person worship. Our numbers are going down, but are not that low yet. Please continue to worship with us on-line and with Zoom.
Morning Prayer- Epiphany I

You can view the January 10 Morning Prayer on the website starting Sunday Morning.  This service is recorded and can be viewed at any time.  An reminder email will be sent on Saturday with the link and bulletin for the Sunday Service.
This Week: January 10

Parish Forum and Coffee Hour, 11am- This year, we are going to do the Parish Forums on Zoom to allow for discussion and more fellowship. The Zoom link will be sent out on Saturday night, along with the liturgy. Please join us this week as Father Adam concludes a two-part series on Epiphany. He will explain the liturgy and theology of the Epiphany.
St. John's Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 31st, 11am on a Zoom Webinar
By now you should have received the biographies by email for the folks who have offered their gifts to serve as vestry members. Paper ballots will be mailed to households.  All ballots must be returned to the church by 10am on Sunday, January 31st to be tallied. We are so thankful for so many who are willing to serve in this context.

Below is a link to the bios and photos of the candidates for the upcoming Vestry election in 2021:

Thank you to the 165 households that pledged for 2021. We have more pledging households this year than we have had in the last five years! Our pledge goal is $400,000. This faithful and generous community has already pledged $393,000. Thus, our funding gap only remains $7,000. If we hear from the remaining households who have not yet pledged, we will be able to continue proclaiming the gospel with conviction and clarity.
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.
  • Tuesday Anglican Prayer Group-  Please contact Deacon Ann for details.
  • Wednesday Evening Fourth Night Class on Romans: 6 pm  Please contact Father Adam for details. Begins January 13.
Miriam Arlene (Mann) Hock


Miriam Arlene (Mann) Hock, 86, of Carlisle, PA, on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, died at home of a sudden heart attack. Born August 28, 1934 in Clayton, OH, to Harriet May (Engle) Mann and Leighton H. Mann. Married on September 29, 1956, to Rev. Clark Arthur Hock of Carlisle, PA. Miriam and Clark met at Messiah College and quickly became known as “the couple” on campus – they always wanted to be together! They married two and half years later and proceeded to serve pastorates in New Paris, IN, Cleona, PA, Annapolis, MD, Olivet, MI, and Mercersburg, PA. While parenting four small children, Miriam returned to school in her late 30s and earned a B.S. from the University of MD and proceeded on a career teaching elementary school. Once she and Clark relocated to Michigan, Miriam, now in her late 50s, again returned to education earning two nursing degrees and working as a nurse practitioner for the Veterans Administration. Perhaps best known for her love and devotion to Clark, Miriam was an active participant in the life of the various churches where he pastored. Survived by husband Clark, brother Myron Mann, sister Erma Herr, children Arthur Patton-Hock, Karen Walker, Kathy Smith, and Beverly Hock, eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A note from Clark’s Children:

We are with Clark at their home in Carlisle, helping him adjust in the short term.  We know he will feel supported by any messages you may choose to send.  There are various ways to communicate with Clark:  you can call him at 717-258-8547, you can leave a message in the guestbook at the above-linked obituary, and/or you can send him mail to 947 Alexander Spring Road, Carlisle PA, 17015.  Our parents had a comforting poem about death in easy view at a seating area in their study.  We’ve typed it below our signatures as we find it comforting. 
Arthur Patton-Hock, Karen Walker, Kathy Smith, Beverly Hock
“The Last Thing” by Monk Gibbon, an Irish monk
Who’d be afraid of death.
I think only fools
are.  For it is not
as though this thing
were given to one man only, but all
receive it. The journey that my
friend makes, I can
make also.  If I know
nothing else.  I know
this, I go where he is.
O Fools, shrinking from this little door,
Through which so many kind and lovely souls have passed
Before you,
Will you hang back?
Harder in your case than another?
Not so.
And too much silence?
Has there not been enough stir here?
Go bravely, for where so much greatness and gentleness have been
Already, You should be glad to follow.


We are looking for members of the Parish who write in Calligraphy.  The Memorial Book and several other historic registers need to be updated.  We are hoping that we can locate multiple parish members who might have time in their schedules to help with this project. Please let Larry in the Office know if you would like to help:  717-423-4220
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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