The Spire: This Week at St. John's Episcopal Church On-the-Square
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Would you want to join with other members of St. John's for Evening Prayer?

Mother Melissa is exploring an evening prayer liturgy on Wednesday evenings at 5pm at North Middleton Park. We would have a pavilion set aside for worship. Please email or call her to express interest in gathering on Wednesday evenings during the summer.  We would wear masks and sit six feet apart. Please respond ASAP so she can plan and secure the pavilion if there is interest.
The church and office will be opening back up on a limited basis, now that we are in the green phase!

St. John's Church and office will be opening back up by appointment. We want to allow people the opportunity to pray in the Nave/Sanctuary and Chapel.  Please call ahead to arrange for a private scheduled time in the church/chapel, meeting with Adam+, Melissa+, or the Parish Administrator.  The doors to the building will remain locked and most fobs will still not work.  With construction around the complex and for every one's personal safety all must wear a mask and maintain social distancing.  The church will only be open for scheduled, socially distanced in-person visits on:

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
10:15 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.

Larry Alexander

Melissa+ and Adam+'s hours will still vary because of sick calls and visits, so make sure to plan ahead.  

Bulletin Announcements and
Intercession Updates

With the bulletins being finalized to film the weekly liturgy on Tuesday, the cut off for updates and any announcements is now Monday at noon.  Any changes or additions made after Monday noon will appear on the following week's lists.  Sometimes the additions will make it in to The Spire that same week.

The Front Half of the Library/Office Complex Almost Has a New Bonnet

The new synthetic slate roof is going up and will be protecting this section of the building.  Most of the original slate roof was also crumbling and it was time for it to be replaced.  They will be completing the front half of the building this week, the Steeple has been started, the Nave/Sanctuary, and the Chapel/Sacristy roofs to complete.

New roofing is being installed inside the courtyard:

Work starts on the steeple roof:

Remember that the roads around the church (Irvine Row and Mulberry Ave.) will be closed during portions of the construction. 

The Courtyard and Cloister Door will be off limits the rest of this week and next because of heavy equipment/construction. If you need to use the ramp call ahead. 
Below is a link to the final newsletter from the Episcopal Home in Shippensburg. The home is in the processes of closing. Many of you have been actively involved with this ministry through Women at the Well.  Please look at the newsletter and find the Women at the Well images. 
The St. Barnabas Zoom is taking a two week break.  Starting in July, the St. Barnabas group will move to an outdoor gathering. If you are interested in joining us either outdoors or on Zoom, please send Mother Melissa an email at  We will pick a different setting each week and all are welcome to join in at any time. The purpose of the group is to gather and encourage one another during this time of isolation.

If you have been having trouble reaching Melissa+'s or Adam+'s cell phones
for the last few weeks......

AT&T is still experiencing cell tower issues in Carlisle.  Please email them if you are having difficulties, until full cell service is up and running.


This year SPY will run in an entirely different format!

The campers will be attending camp at various other facilities near St. John's to insure that social distancing is strictly adhered to.  The SPY Board wants to make sure the health and welfare of every camper is at the forefront.

St. John's is going to remain actively involved in the SPY Program.  We have been asked to be the "Central Kitchen" for all the locations.  Miss Alice Arter will continue to manage the meals out of St. John's kitchen.  The meal program for SPY is critical to the growth and development of each camper.  Meals will be delivered from St. John's to the other locations. 


Click here to donate to our program and help purchase supplies to enhance their educational experience.  



SPY is Looking for Volunteers!
SPY is starting on June 15th!
We have 75 campers who are excited for fun and learning and teachers who are ready to teach. Now all we need are volunteers!
To help ensure the health and safety of all involved, we are closely following the CDC's guidelines and recommendations for Youth Summer Programming.
Because of this, SPY looks a little different this year and so do the volunteer opportunities. Click below to find out more. Please consider helping SPY at a time when it is needed the most!
The outpouring of support we have received thus far from the members of our community has been very heartwarming and inspiring! Without your dedication and passionate commitment to impacting the lives of children, SPY's mission accomplishment would not be possible! For this we are so grateful!


Supplies Needed for SPY

The list of what we need this summer so that each camper has their own items is daunting and any donations are extremely appreciated!  

SPY has created a sign-up sheet with all of the items listed in small quantities.   Please drop off supplies Monday - Friday at St. John's Back Entrance on Irvine Row 10:30am until 3 pm - ONLY.  The Church is still closed.  You will not be able to enter the building.  You must leave them in the box during those hours as the box will be brought inside after hours for security.

Here is the link:

There are other supplies our teachers will need that are not on this list.  Gift cards for Amazon or Walmart in any denomination would also be most helpful.  

Thank you so much!! 


Jeanna Som 
Executive Director
Summer Program for Youth 
Phone:  717.713.7296


This week is Pentecost 4.  You can view this Liturgy  here:  

Go to our website, go to the Worship page, go to the Sermons and Liturgies, you will find the Sunday Service with music.
Or follow this link:
The video will be up by Sunday Morning.

A copy of the bulletin for Pentecost 4:

Or this to get to Ms. Aimee's Children's Chapel Lessons for Pentecost 4:
Ms. Aimee will continue to host a Sunday Morning Zoom. The past few Sunday's were such a success. If you are interested in participating again please send me an email and I will send you a private invite!


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.

 Intercessions Pentecost IV, June 28

We pray for those who have died: God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Especially accept our prayers on behalf of your servants, April, Susan, Bette, Marge, Roland, William, Charles, and Joe and grant them an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (BCP pg. 493)
We pray for Bonnie Overdorf “sister” of Edgar and Jane Robinson who died this past week.
We especially pray for all families who are grieving and not yet able to bury their loved ones.
We pray for the human family: O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. (BCP pg. 815)
We pray for the sick: 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, Cheri, Betty, Felicity, Todd, Sharon, Sandra, Pam, Charlie, Eleni, Christine, Krista, Dorothy, Ruby, Bob, Sonny, Erika, Sue, Marty, and Dominick. 
Please let us know if you have names to add to this list.
We especially remember Ivan Beachy in our prayers: Lord Who Inhabits Eternity, we ask that You sustain our sick loved one with Your Holy Spirit. O Lord, let Your mercy rest upon him, for his trust is in You. May his days be spent in Your favor. Defend him with Your mighty power and remind him that You are always walking with him. Receive our entreaties and prayers which we offer before You for Your mercies’ sake. Amen. 
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 Lord. Amen. (BCP pg. 832)
Especially for Shane, Sharon, Kate, Keaton, Dolores, Millie & Joe, Teresa, Isaiah, Brayden, Scott, The Hurt Family, J.T. & Sandra, Marie, Amelia, Greg & Jen, Theresa, and Chelsea & Zack.
Especially For Kathy Copenhaver as she travels to Atlanta to be with her son Todd
who is battling cancer.

We pray for those who are deployed:  Mike Reynolds and Brandon Manfred

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, Sharon Hattrick, Lori Edmondson, and Jennifer Gramley.
Today in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the United Church of North India – The Most Rev. Dr. Prem Chand Singh – Moderator of CNU and Bishop of Jabalpur
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 the Transfiguration, Blue Ridge Summit and St. James, Bedford
June Anniversaries by Week
Week 5
  • Doran, Kirk & Malinda Triller - Doran                      
  • Seller, Charles & Jane                    
 June Birthdays by Week                                                     
Week 5
  • Pat Price                             
  • Kirk Anderson                  
  • Jacob Dussinger                

Giving Methods

1.  Send a Check to Saint John’s

  • Make the check payable to “Saint John’s Episcopal Church”
  • You must use the bottom lower left memo line for any contribution other than Stewardship 2020
  • Mail to St. John’s Episcopal, P.O. Box 612, Carlisle, PA.  17013 

2.  Electronic Donations to St. John’s
You can use this link:


  • Or you can go to the bottom of the St. John’s Website
  • (For Online Giving questions, please call Larry Alexander at 717-243- 4220 or Debbie Kendrick at 717-448-6117.)

3.  Arrange with your bank, via its on-line service to issue a check to St. John’s.

4.  Via transfer of stock or from your IRA / 401k. Please contact Alvin Blitz for assistance (;  phone:  717 440-5630).

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