St. John's at the Crossroads
August 4, 2017
Familiar New Faces at St. John's
Scott Bradley to Lead Youth Group
Scott Bradley
Hi!  I'm Scott Bradley and I will begin my time as Youth Leader at St. Johns on August 1st!  Some of you at St. John's know me from growing up in the St. John's community where I attended church, church school and was active in the Youth Group. After my time at the Youth Group, and at an earlier age than most, I attended a few youth group trips as a "chaperone" for my older brothers (with parent of course)!
A little background about myself:   I graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Economics.  When I am not at St. John's, I volunteer at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad and work for Metropolitan Hospitality group in DC. I am an avid soccer fan, enjoy card games, appreciate cheesy jokes, and am up for any outdoors activities.
I am excited to have the opportunity to return to the St. John's YG  to help create a fun and inclusive space where youth can form friendships in a spiritual community.  Also, I look forward to the privilege our YG has in its participation at CAMP JOY.   I welcome your ideas and questions.  
Stay tuned for developing plans for September!

- Scott Bradley, Youth Leader
Sonya Sutton to Serve as Interim Director of Music 
Beginning in September, Sonya Subbayya Sutton will step in as Interim Director of Music Ministries. (Many of you may remember Sonya, who served as substitute organist for Anne Timpane while she was on sabbatical last summer.)

Sonya is an organist, pianist, conductor and blogger. She has served as Music Director at several Episcopal Churches, including most recently at St. Alban's in Washington, D.C., where she led professional and volunteer musicians in five ensembles, wrote a weekly blog on music and faith, and founded a performing arts series, Arts@Midday, which attracted audiences with its innovative programming.

Sonya received her education at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, earning Bachelor and Master Degrees in Piano Performance, and a second Masters in Arts Administration. She is married to the Episcopal Bishop of Maryland, the Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton and they have four children in their blended family.

Please welcome Sonya, whose first Sunday with us will be on September 3rd.

Bishop Eugene Sutton to Preach on August 6th
On Sunday, August 6th, St. John's is honored to have The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton preach at the 8 am, 10 am and 5 pm services.

The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton elected bishop of the Diocese of Maryland in 2008, is nationally known for his commitment to non-violence, reconciliation, the environment, and the practice of Centering Prayer. Formerly the Canon Pastor of Washington National Cathedral and Director of the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, Bishop Sutton has also served as a college chaplain, parish priest and professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. The author of several articles about spiritual practices and preaching, he's a sought-after guest preacher and a contributor to the book, The Diversity of Centering Prayer.

Farewell for Pamela Terry and Cynthia Grimes on
August 6th
Please join us on Sunday August 6th as we say farewell and thank you to Pamela Terry, Children's Chapel Minister, and Cynthia Grimes, departing Youth Group Leader. 

Pamela will be moving to New York in mid-August to pursue a Masters of Social Work at NYU.   Cynthia will be pursuing a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Science in Disaster, Resilience, and Leadership at Tulane.

Pamela and Cynthia will be recognized with a Liturgy of Departure during the 10 am service. Following the service, join us for lemonade and cake on the lawn, and a chance to convey your good wishes.

Thank You
Farewell to Anne Timpane
Members of St. John's choirs participated in the Liturgy of Departure for Anne and her family.

Over 50 singers participated in the summer choir.

Many thanks to all who helped to make our good-bye to Anne Timpane and her family (David, Michael, Robby, and Julia) so memorable -

Joyful congregational singing!
A huge Summer Choir!
A warm liturgy of departure!
A successful reception!

- Liz Luck
Parish News
Seeking Candidates for Director of Youth & Family Ministries - We Need Your Help!
As you know, with the retirement of Nancy Derr this October, St. John's is undergoing a search for an energetic and creative individual to occupy the position of  Director of Youth and Family Ministries. As we conduct this search, we welcome your thoughts and encourage you to send feedback and ideas around St. John's youth and family programs to: search[A]

Also, we are asking your help to recruit candidates. Please reach out to your personal networks and point possible candidates to  the job listing on the St. John's website. Those interested should send a letter of inquiry and resume to: application[A]

Many thanks for your help in this exciting time of transition.

- Search Committee

Summer Schedule: Crossroads, Parish Office and Sunday Services
Crossroads is published bi-weekly during the summer.  Weekly issues will resume on August 25th.  Deadline for submission is one week prior to the edition date.

Additionally, summer office hours through Labor Day are  Monday through Thursday, 9am to 4pm .

And finally, the Sunday summer service schedule is as follows: 8am - Simple Spoken Holy Eucharist; 10am - Combined Holy Eucharist (no Church School); 5pm - "Come As You Are" Holy Eucharist. The regular schedule will resume on Sunday, September 17.

- Karen Berry, Director of Church Operations
Become a Stephen Minister
If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, we'd love to tell  you more  about the  program! 

Look for Stephen Ministers at Lemonade on the Lawn this summer, or for  more information contact any of the Stephen Leaders:  

Toni Hartman ( tonihartman[A] ); 
John Mertens ( John_mertens[A] ); or 
Penny Winder ( winderph[A] ).

Education for Ministry (EfM)
Each Wednesday evening of the school year, a small group meets in St. John's lounge for supper, discussion, and theological reflection through the EfM program for laypersons offered by the Episcopal seminary at Sewanee, Tennessee. Students read and learn about the Bible, church history, and spiritual discernment. There is an annual enrollment fee of $375, but scholarships are available. 

If you are interested in joining the group starting September 20th and want to learn more, please contact Barbara Ordway at  ordwaybp[AT]
Episcopal Migration Ministries Webinar on August 15th
Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations are hosting a free, one-hour webinar on August 15 at 4 pm EST. 

All are welcome to join the webinar and hear the latest updates on the travel ban, refugee funding, and upcoming opportunities to engage in advocacy and outreach in support of refugee resettlement.

You may register for the webinar here. For more information , contact Lacy Broemel, Episcopal Church Refugee and Immigration Policy Analyst.
Build Community
Thank You for Making a Home for a Refugee Family
As you know, less than two weeks ago, we were contacted by Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area and asked if we could set up an apartment for a family of 11 (yes, 11!) arriving on July 26 from Afghanistan.  The family includes a father (45), mother (40) and 9 children ranging in ages from 3-21. 
Without hesitation, St. John's parishioners and other volunteers jumped into action and made this happen. Over the course of a week, the donations arrived - couches, chairs, tables, bedding, food, cleaning supplies, toys, grocery store gift cards, toothpaste, lamps, rugs, flowers, Metro cards, bath linens, dishes, pots & pans, a lap top, stuffed animals and much more!  The generosity was overwhelming!
The weekend of July 22nd we gathered items, delivered them to the apartment and a group prepared the home for the family's arrival on July 26th.  Together we created a space that is warm & welcoming and will be so appreciated by our newest neighbors.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your compassion and partnership.   You are a blessing!
  If you have a couple of minutes, check out the  video  of the home that was created.

- Melanie Folstad

Men's Crab Feast on August 20th
On Sunday, August 20th at 5:45 pm, come and partake in a crab feast - crabs, corn and burgers! Sign up on the bulletin board or  email the office .  It's a great way to finish up the summer and enjoy the company of some great guys.  

We provide the food and soft drinks, you provide your own beer and/or wine. Enjoy an evening of good food and company. All St. John's men and boys are invited. 
($25 /person please.) 

Any questions, contact: 
Greg Murdock at  gregmurdock11[AT]  or  Joe Clark at  woodherb[AT]

Post Your Picture in Breeze!
If you haven't already discovered St. John's new online directory, you can still register and begin using this handy tool to look up fellow parishioners, view your pledge and contribution information, make online payments - and more! 

Setting up an account is easy. Click  here to request a link to get you started.

Once you are signed in, you can view and edit your information along with using all of the other features listed above.

Most importantly, we're asking all parishioners to post a picture so that we can create our own St. John's pictorial directory. It's easy to do, and you can change your picture as often as you like. Having the ability to place a name with a face will be a great way for us to build community.

Sign up and post your picture today!

- Karen Berry, Director of Church Operations
Make a Difference
Water, Snacks & Activities Needed for Women's Shelter 
Every August, St. John's parishioners provide all of the meals for one week at the Interfaith Works Women's Shelter in Rockville.  We were scheduled to do so again this August, but in June, the shelter's new building at 2 Taft Court became uninhabitable due to a severe construction deficiency.  Temporarily, the shelter's 35 residents have moved into Progress Place (another Interfaith Works shelter) at 8106 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.  Because of this move, the shelter's needs have changed for the summer.  The shelter staff is asking for our help with the following:
  • Could you provide individual-sized bottled water or non-perishable, packaged individual snacks, such as granola bars, nuts, or chips?  While the women are living at Progress Place, there is not enough storage space or refrigeration there, so the shelter staff is collecting strictly non-perishable items in a room at 2 Taft Court in Rockville and moving them to Progress Place as needed.  In addition, feminine hygiene products are always needed.  If you can donate any such items, please drop them off at 2 Taft Court in Rockville or bring them to church on Sunday morning, August 6, 13, or 20, and St. John's Outreach Committee will deliver them.
  • Could you host or lead an activity or entertainment, such as a bingo game with prizes, a beginners' tai chi class (without mats), a sing-along, art, craft, or ice cream social, one evening or weekend this summer at Progress Place? If so, please contact me at juliaandrews[A]
- Julia Andrews, Outreach Committee Chair
Faith in Action on August 6th
When the Faith in Action Group  met in June, we decided to have a summer meeting just to catch up and re-group on where politically things are and who has been doing what, what new events or marches are coming up, etc.
Our next meeting will be Sunday, August 6 from 1:30 pm to 3 pm in the lounge at St. John's.  I am hopeful you can join us.
We will not meet on the first Sunday in September (Labor Day weekend).  Our next meeting will be October 1.  In the meantime, if you have information you would like to share, just send an email to  after-the-march[A]

- Penny Winder
Diocesan News
Bishop Curry Preaches During Union of Black Episcopalians Eucharist
[Episcopal News Service - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preached at African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas during a July 25 Eucharist commemorating the 225th anniversary of the black presence in the Episcopal Church. (View the video here.)

"The child you save today may save you tomorrow," was Curry's refrain during the sermon. He called on people of faith and politicians, including President Donald Trump, to ensure a safe and secure future for all children.

The service was part of the Union of Black Episcopalians'49th annual conference, held at a nearby Cherry Hill, New Jersey, hotel. The UBE met jointly for the first time with the African Descent Lutheran Association and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton presided at the Eucharist.

- The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is senior editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service.

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12   

Please join us in prayers of condolence for the families and friends of those who have died:

- Jody Schwartz (friend of Jane & Phil Ross)
- Jonah Fox (grandson of Prince Taylor-Lewis)
- Ryan Poli (son of Lori & Jeff Poli - friends of Elizabeth Tesi)
- Ruth Berg and John Carlson (friends and former co-workers of Karen Berry)

Please contact the Office if you have a prayer request or thanksgiving to share with the Parish.   Send us an email request
Upcoming Events
August 6, 2017
Farewell Reception f or Pamela Terry and Cynthia Grimes,  11:00 am on the Tower Lawn.
Faith in Action Meeting  1:30 pm in the Lounge.

August 20, 2017
Men's Crab Feast   5:45 pm in the Parish Hall. St. John's men and boys are invited, cost is $25 per person, please.

August 27, 2017
Holy Land Committee Meeting   11:00 am in the Parish Hall.

This Week 
Sunday, August 6, 2017
8:00 am
Holy Eucharist with sermon - Bishop Eugene Sutton preaching
9 am-12 pm Parish Library Open
10:00 am Combined Service - Holy Eucharist and sermon - Bishop Eugene Sutton preaching
11:00 am Lemonade on the Lawn & Reception for Pamela Terry and Cynthia Grimes - Tower Lawn/Coffee & Conversation - Lounge
4:45-6:30 pm
Parish Library Open
5:00-6:00 pm
'Come As You Are' Holy Eucharist and sermon - Bishop Eugene Sutton preaching

Monday, August 7 - Saturday, August 12, 2017
Floor Maintenance - Limited Access to the Building

Monday, August 7, 2017
Church Office Summer Hours: M-Th, 9am-4pm

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
7-8:30 pm Finance Committee Meeting - Lounge

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
12-1:00 pm Holy Eucharist and Healing - St. Mary's Chapel

Thursday, August 10, 2017
7-9:00 pm Stephen Ministers - Library & Lounge

Friday, August 11, 2017
Summer Hours: Church Office Closed

Sunday, August 13, 2017
8:00 am
Holy Eucharist with sermon - The Rev. Dr. Kate Heichler
9 am-12 pm Parish Library Open
10:00 am Combined Service - Holy Eucharist and sermon - The Rev. Dr. Kate Heichler
11:00 am Farewell Reception for Anne Timpane - Parish Hall
4:45-6:30 pm
Parish Library Open
5:00-6:00 pm
'Come As You Are' Holy Eucharist and sermon - The Rev. Dr. Kate Heichler

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